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We have the latest reaction to the death of Ponzi scheme swindler Bernie Madoff, why child safety experts don't want a kids' version of Instagram and what Prince Philip's death means for the royal family.
Here is what we're watching this Thursday morning.
'I couldn't wish enough bad things on him': Madoff's victims react to the fraudster's death at the age of 82
"I'm sorry he died, because I would have wanted him to stay in prison for 100 years."
"Death is too good for him," she added.
Halio, a retired real estate agent from Florida, was one of about 37,000 investors worldwide who were defrauded through Madoff's elaborate scheme, which had reached an estimated $65 billion when he was arrested in 2008.
Thursday's top stories
Brooklyn Center mayor, a Liberian refugee, faces defining moment in Daunte Wright shooting
By Corky Siemaszko | Read more
In the wake of the killing of Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott faces the biggest challenge of his first term as he tries to navigate a crisis that threatens to shred the social fabric in one of Minnesota's most ethnically and racially diverse cities.
Child safety groups ask Facebook asked to scrap plans for Instagram for kids
By Olivia Solon | Read more
An international coalition of public health and child safety advocates urged Facebook executives Thursday to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under age 13 because its members feared it would put young users at "great risk."
'End of an era': With Prince Philip's death, the role of a modern monarchy comes into play
By Rachel Elbaum | Read more
As the Queen's children and grandchildren step up their royal duties in the wake of Prince Philip's death, the transition to the next generation could raise doubts about the monarchy's role.
Meanwhile the U.K. continues to prepare for Saturday’s royal funeral, with the family releasing new photos of its patriarch.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains on pause as CDC panel requests more information
By Erika Edwards | Read more
The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine will remain paused as the investigation into rare reports of severe blood clots continues.
OPINION: I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday and took a selfie. Things got weird after that.
By Andi Zeisler | Read more
The pause on Tuesday had strangers hyping my supposedly inevitable demise. But victim-blaming is just a response to those people's perceived vulnerability.
BETTER: 6 tips for reconnecting with friends you haven't seen during the pandemic
By Dana McMahan | Read more
It's been a year (that feels like a lifetime) since we have seen many of our friends. Here's how to make the transition back to socializing easier.
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One fun thing
A recent study of coronavirus vaccines sent "Harry Potter" fans into a frenzy this week for the name of its lead scientist.
Matthew Snape, associate professor in pediatrics and vaccinology at the University of Oxford — in other words, Professor Snape — was the subject of jokes and memes this week for sharing a name with the potions master at Hogwarts, played in the movie adaptations by the late Alan Rickman.
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