Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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Georgia officials tussle over mask mandates

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/16/20, 07:32 pm

Georgia’s Republican governor sued the Democratic mayor of Atlanta on Thursday after she refused to cancel a mask requirement in the state’s largest city. “Science and data will continue to drive the city’s decision,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. At least 15 cities and counties in Georgia have ordered residents to wear masks in public to combat the spread of COVID-19, but Gov. Brian Kemp ordered local leaders to rescind those rules.

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Russia accused of targeting COVID-19 research

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/16/20, 02:11 pm

A group of hackers backed by the Russian government is trying to steal research related to vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre said on Thursday. The United States and Canada backed the agency’s statement accusing APT29, or Cozy Bear, of carrying out ongoing attacks worldwide “predominantly against government, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare, and energy targets.”

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Supreme Court clears the way for second federal execution

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/16/20, 06:32 am

The high court early Thursday morning ruled 5-4 to proceed with the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey, 68, overturning a federal judge’s ruling that her court needed to evaluate a claim that Purkey is mentally unfit. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Wednesday blocked Purkey’s execution scheduled for Wednesday night at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Purkey was convicted in 2003 of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl and killing an 80-year-old woman.

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