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Monday March 21st, 2022 day edition

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An Alabama liquor store owner has sued after a police officer responding to a robbery call at his store punched him in the face and broke his jaw in March 2020.

The Decatur Daily reports that Kevin Penn sued the city of Decatur and police officer Justin Rippen on March 11 in federal court.

Penn is Black and Rippen is white.

Penn had trapped a shoplifter with an electronic lock and the suspect was lying on the ground, with Penn holding him at gunpoint.

The video appears to show Penn setting the gun magazine down as the officer’s approach.

Penn refused saying, “I have a right to have my gun,” according to body camera video.

An officer, who has been identified as Rippen, then appears to punch Penn. »

Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized 'after experiencing flu-like symptoms'

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(CNN) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, on Friday evening "after experiencing flu-like symptoms," the court's public information office said Sunday evening, but he does not have Covid-19.

The Justice does not have COVID," a spokesperson for the Supreme Court said.

After years of near total silence from the bench, Thomas now regularly asks the first questions at oral arguments. »

U.S. home sales tumble; higher prices, mortgage rates eroding affordability

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With mortgage rates rising above 4% for the first time in nearly three years, sales are likely to slow this year, though that would do little to curb house price inflation.

Mortgage rates surged in February, with the 30-year fixed rate approaching a three-year high, according to data from mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac.

Higher mortgage rates and rising homes prices amid a prolonged housing shortage will reduce affordability, especially for first-time buyers. »

Support Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine

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Epic is committing all its Fortnite proceeds from March 20, 2022 through April 3, 2022 to humanitarian relief for people affected by the war in Ukraine.

Epic is distributing proceeds to humanitarian relief organizations, does that mean I can claim a credit on my taxes?.

All of Epic’s Fortnite proceeds earned in the window will be distributed to support humanitarian relief. »

World passes 1TW of solar installations – enough to power the whole of Europe

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Calculations based on BloombergNEF figures by photovoltaics publication PV Magazine estimated that the world’s solar capacity passed 1TW on Tuesday, meaning “we can officially start measuring solar capacity in terawatts”.

Driving the growth of solar energy harvesting are China, Europe and the US, with the three regions accounting for more than half of installed solar capacity globally.

Record growth was seen in 2021 for residential installations, typically through rooftop solar panels, while commercial and industrial systems also saw significant increases as solar electricity generation becomes more energy efficient and cost effective. »