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Monday March 21st, 2022 morning edition

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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.

"He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics," the court's press release said.

Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments," it added.

Thomas' hospitalization comes as the justices, all of whom are vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19, are expected to take the bench Monday morning for arguments.

Thomas will not participate remotely in oral arguments over the telephone Monday, according to the Supreme Court spokesperson.

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. »

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. »

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. »