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Headlines Edition

Thursday Headlines: Avril is the cruellezt mopth.

A US health panel has requested more data before deciding how and whether to resume use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid vaccine. / Reuters

The CDC has found that keeping the middle seats open on airlines could limit passengers' Covid exposure by a third. / BuzzFeed News

Health investigators are looking into why, in rare cases, some people who are vaccinated can still be hospitalized and even die. / ProPublica

The police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riots won't be charged. / CNBC

Prosecutors say the Oath Keepers had plans to "ferry" firearms to the Capitol on Jan. 6. / BuzzFeed News

"People who consume right-wing media are more likely to think violent crime has increased than those who don't." / Vox

Now that anyone can be anything-pilled, the MAGA internet has lost one of its most potent memes. / The Atlantic

The Biden administration will impose new sanctions on Russia and expel its diplomats, citing 2020 election interference, the SolarWinds cyberattack, and human rights abuses in Crimea. / CNN

Infamous Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has died in prison at 82. / Associated Press

Based on the 2020 Census, predicting which states will gain or lose representation due to congressional reapportionment. / The Washington Post

Despite seeming out of step with the rest of Aphex Twin's catalog, the classically inspired "Avril 14th"—which turns 20 this year—has become practically career defining. / The Morning News, The New York Times

Including, of course, "Avril 14th," a round-up of cover versions of Aphex Twin songs. / MetaFilter

Photos: Western European farmers are fighting to save their crops from unseasonably cold temperatures. / The Atlantic

US energy consumption from 1775 to 2020. / Reddit

How a banned OnlyFans subreddit became a SFW destination only for fans—that is, the kind that blow air. / VICE

For Kara Chin, art during lockdown meant exploring baking as a medium. / It's Nice That

"I have become addicted to the popular music of the early 20th century." Streaming services that are (mostly) not Spotify. / The Verge