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Saturday October 30th, 2021 day edition

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday decided it would not step in to block a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in Maine, which does not offer religious exemptions.

Most U.S. states with vaccine requirements for health care workers do provide opportunities for religious exemptions, a point some health care workers who legally contested the requirement raised in their request for the Supreme Court to step in ahead of the state's vaccination deadline.

In the opinion, Gorsuch contrasted Maine's lack of religious exemptions with those offered by other states and said those who would prefer a religious exemption option believe the state's requirement "violates foundational principles of their religious faith.".

Maine Governor Janet Mills introduced the state's requirement for all health care workers to be vaccinated against the virus in August.

The mandate did not provide religious exemptions for health care workers, per a decision made by the state legislature in September 2019 that "eliminated religious exemptions to vaccination requirements for health care workers and mandated the removal of religious exemptions from all Department vaccination requirements.".

In light of Mills' vaccine mandate, some health care workers argued it violated their right to exercise their religion and filed legal challenges.

The request argued that most other U.S. states do offer religious exemptions for vaccines, while the health care workers in Maine who cited religious reasons for not getting vaccinated were faced with "immediate termination" once the deadline passed. »

Court rules Alabama judge accused of racist, sexist remarks must be removed from office

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An Alabama probate judge accused of making racist and sexist remarks and fostering a hostile work environment must be removed from office, a state judicial ethics court said Friday in a rare and unanimous ruling.

The commission then decides whether to bring the case before the Court of the Judiciary, a panel of judges, lawyers and nonlawyers appointed by the governor's office.

That happened to Roy Moore, a former state chief justice, who was ousted twice for defying federal court orders. »

North America’s first whale sanctuary is taking shape in rural Nova Scotia

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The plan to build North America’s first wild refuge for whales retired from marine parks was poised to take a big step forward Friday in a remote corner of northeastern Nova Scotia.

“This really does show people that we are here, and we’ll be cutting the ribbon to show this is in fact our home, here in Nova Scotia.”.

“It’s a good opportunity for a new business to come into the municipality,” said Greg Wier, the warden of the rural municipality that includes Sherbrooke. »

Aurora borealis could be visible in wide swaths of continental US, Europe on Saturday because of large solar flare

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NOAA issued a G3, or "strong" geomagnetic storm watch, for Saturday and Sunday ahead of the flare slamming into the Earth.

The scale for geomagnetic storms runs from G1, or minor storm, to G5, an extreme storm.

The most visible effect from the impending geomagnetic storm is it will likely supercharge the aurora borealis, making it visible across large parts of the US and Europe. »

Skydance New Media Joins Forces with Marvel Entertainment

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“I can’t imagine a better partner than Marvel for our first game,” said Hennig, President, Skydance New Media.

“The Marvel Universe epitomizes all the action, mystery and thrills of the pulp adventure genre that I adore and lends itself perfectly to an interactive experience.

“Their ambition and vision for making innovative entertainment using beloved Marvel IP was obvious from our first meeting. »