Justin Bieber and Rihanna Agree: Jeans Are Back and Better Than Ever

Throughout the pandemic, clothes have been a useful measuring stick for our confidence, or lack thereof. It’s no surprise that in the dog days of the pandemic, sweatpants sales were through the roof. The New York Times reported last April that even as clothing sales overall plummeted 79%, sweatpants sales were up 80%. The rollout of vaccines is having the opposite effect on apparel sales. Customers’ cautious optimism seems to be reflected in the clothes they’re buying. All the jean stats are now pointing upwards: Levi’s expects revenues to grow by about a quarter in the first half of this …

Covid-19 Live Updates: Vaccines Protect Against Some Variants, Studies Show

Biden administration’s decision. But the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said she did not endorse Mr. Biden’s plan, raising questions about whether the bloc would agree to waive patents. And Germany, the bloc’s de facto leader, said that the U.S. proposal could trigger “significant implications” for the production of vaccines.

“The limiting factor in vaccine manufacturing is production capacity and high quality standards, not patents,” a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said in the statement.

In her speech, Ms. von der Leyen said that the European Union was “ready to discuss any proposals

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His Ship Vanished in the Arctic 176 Years Ago. DNA Has Offered a Clue.

On July 9, 1845, two months after departing from Greenhithe, England, Warrant Officer John Gregory wrote a letter to his wife from Greenland in which he described seeing whales and icebergs for the first time.

Gregory, who had never been to sea before, was aboard the H.M.S. Erebus, one of two ships to sail in Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Canadian Arctic that would serve as a trade route to Asia.

Disaster struck. The Erebus and the H.M.S. Terror became stuck in ice in Victoria Strait, off King William