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  • Unvaccinated Americans are more likely to think that “media outlets have exaggerated the seriousness” of COVID-19 and to believe wrong information that “there is more to fear from the vaccines than from Covid-19,” NBC News said, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he now regrets signing a law that prohibits local mask mandates in the state.
  • The St. Louis couple who aimed an AR-15-style rifle and a semiautomatic pistol while menacing peaceful protestors in their neighborhood have been pardoned by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.
  • Emperor penguins may soon be listed as endangered thanks to climate change.
  • Rihanna, the world’s wealthiest female musician, has actually made the bulk of her fortune from her namesake Fenty Beauty line.
  • New York Magazine has a tender appreciation of California writer Anthony Veasna So’s too-short life.
  • Got $10 for this novelty baseball card of Courageous Cat, the best and fluffiest addition to the Yankees roster this year?
  • It’s been a hectic week already so let’s self-soothe with this profile of Christopher Meloni.
  • And add this double dose of muddy paws: