Covid testing company with 300 pop-up sites across U.S. under state and federal investigation
Multiple Center for Covid Control pop-up testing sites were shut down for operating without licenses and the company is facing state and federal investigations.The Illinois-based Center for Covid Control was founded in Dec. 2020 by Aleya Siyaj, 29, whose previous experience includes starting an axe-throwing lounge and a donut shop, according to state business records and her LinkedIn page.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) defamation trial against The New York Times, scheduled to begin Monday, has been postponed after she tested positive for COVID-19. © AP. Palin defamation trial against NY Times delayed after COVID-19 test
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who is presiding over the defamation case in Manhattan, said the trial will be rescheduled to Feb. 3 if Palin has recovered from the coronavirus by then, The Associated Press reported.
Rakoff said on Monday that he was informed that Palin tested positive after a rapid antigen test and noted that "she is, of course, unvaccinated."
He added that Palin, 57, retested on Monday and following the test results, saying, "since she has tested positive three times, I'm going to assume she's positive," according to the AP. She previously contracted the coronavirus in March 2021.
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You can now order free Covid-19 rapid tests that will be delivered to your mailbox — but you’ll only get a few.Covidtests.gov is part of the White House’s plan to buy and distribute 1 billion rapid tests over the coming months. The end goal of the new testing initiative is to make it easier for people to find out whether they have Covid-19, and if necessary, isolate to curb the spread of the virus. Technically, covidtests.gov wasn’t supposed to launch until January 19, but the government released a “beta phase” version of the site ahead of that deadline, allowing many people to order tests early.
According to The Washington Post, when Rakoff put forward alternative trial plans, Palin's lawyers noted that she wants to present for jury selection and that "she wants to testify live."
The defamation case was set to be heard in a Manhattan federal court on Monday. The former GOP vice presidential candidate claims that the newspaper and its former editorial page editor, James Bennet, defamed her in a June 2017 editorial.
Palin is seeking unspecified damages and about $421,000 in damage to her reputation.
She said last year that she would not get vaccinated against COVID-19.
"It'll be over my dead body that I'll have to get a shot," Palin said in 2021. "I will not do that. I won't do it, and they better not touch my kids either."
Prince Andrew's Trial by Jury Is a Colossal Gamble .
Prince Andrew had demanded a jury trial in his New York sexual abuse civil lawsuit, leaving his fate in the hands of 12 members of the public.The Duke of York is planning to fight allegations he raped a 17-year-old Jeffrey Epstein trafficking victim in a civil lawsuit in New York.