Student loan debt forgiveness, seized Russian yachts, NFL draft, microplastics. It's Thursday's news.

Student loan debt forgiveness, seized Russian yachts, NFL draft, microplastics. It’s Thursday’s information.

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President Joe Biden stated he’ll think about student loan forgiveness within the coming weeks. And this does not sound like an actual factor, however it’s: Deadly pathogens can hitch a trip on microplastics, in response to a brand new examine.

👋 It’s Laura. It’s Thursday. That means it is time for Thursday’s information!

But first, let’s begin off with some extraordinarily excellent news. ❤️🐾 A cat that was lacking for 16 YEARS was reunited along with his proprietor. (Fair warning, this story made me cry some completely happy tears.)

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🔎 Student loan forgiveness

Student loan debt? He’s serious about it. As strain grows from progressives to supply reduction for student loan debtors, President Biden stated Thursday that he was contemplating utilizing government authority in coming weeks to cancel student loan debt — however lower than $50,000. “I’m in the process of taking a hard look at whether or not … there will be additional debt forgiveness,” Biden stated. Pressure has been mounting on the Biden administration to supply widespread debt reduction to debtors because the administration continues to pause funds. Since March 2020, the federal authorities has frozen the requirement that the nation’s 41 million debtors pay again their t loans. Biden prolonged the moratorium till Aug. 31 after it was going to run out in May.

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Selling Russian mega-yachts for a superb trigger?

Auctioning off a type of mega-yachts owned by Russian oligarchs might turn out to be simpler if the Biden administration will get its want – and it could assist a superb trigger. The White House stated Thursday that it could search authority to streamline the method for seizing sanctioned Russian belongings and having the proceeds be used to assist Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. The administration stated it could ship the proposal to Congress alongside a supplemental request to assist Ukraine. “We’re going to seize their yachts or luxury homes and other ill-begotten gains of Putin’s kleptocracy,” President Joe Biden said.

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🏈 Kicking off the NFL draft

For professional soccer followers, the most important day of the offseason arrives Thursday with the primary spherical of the NFL draft. Las Vegas is internet hosting the TV extravaganza for the primary time, with 21 high prospects scheduled to attend. For the second consecutive yr, the Jacksonville Jaguars shall be on the clock first with the No. 1 general choice. Will they go together with Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson, who tops USA TODAY Sports’ rating of the highest 50 prospects? Or will they decide Georgia DE Travon Walker, who goes No. 1 in our closing mock draft? You can watch it unfold on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network (8 p.m. ET). Rounds 2-3 will happen Friday at 7 p.m.; Rounds 4-7 are Saturday at midday. Here’s methods to watch. 

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Moderna seeks FDA OK for COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids

Moderna has submitted a request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years old, the company announced Thursday. In the company’s study of 6,700 kids in the 6-month to under-6-year age group, researchers found after receiving two 25-microgram doses of the vaccine they developed levels of virus-fighting antibodies comparable to young adults who received two doses of the full-strength 100 microgram shot. While other countries already allow Moderna’s vaccine to be used in children as young as 6, the U.S. has limited the company’s shot to adults. Only Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is currently allowed in the U.S. for use in teens and children as young as 5.

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Deadly pathogens may hitch a trip on microplastics

Microplastics. These tiny particles are turning into an enormous drawback. Smaller than a grain of rice, microplastics are more and more turning up on the planet’s oceans and waterways. It’s estimated that tens of 1000’s of tons of microplastics pollute waters across the globe. In a examine revealed this week within the journal Scientific Reports, scientists confirmed microplastics can present a brand new manner for microorganisms to pay attention close to coastlines and journey deep into the ocean – by hitching a trip. The microorganisms, toxoplasma gondii, cryptosporidium parvum and giardia enterica, find yourself in waterways when feces from contaminated animals contaminate the water. From there, the lethal pathogens may find yourself catching a trip on microplastics washing out to sea, concentrating the bugs and doubtlessly placing people and animals like sea otters, seals and dolphins in danger. Read extra in regards to the examine right here.

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