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Travelers making their way through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Denver International Airport. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled on Wednesday that fliers have limited grounds to sue Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners because they are immune from being legally responsible for claims including assaults, false arrests, and abuse, reports the Washington Post.

The details: The 2-1 ruling came in response to a case brought by business consultant, Nadine Pellegrino. She and her husband sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution after a July 2006 altercation at Philadelphia International Airport. Even though screeners' badges and titles identify them as "officers," they aren’t qualified as "investigative or law enforcement officers" who could be held legally responsible for abuses under federal law, the ruling said. The court added that it's on Congress to decide whether to expand liability for abuses.

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Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said Monday that he is "absolutely" confident that the company will be able to meet its distribution goals, which include 100 million doses by June and up to a billion by the end of 2021.

Driving the news: J&J is already in the process of shipping 3.9 million doses this week, just days after the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the one-shot vaccine. Gorsky said he expects vaccines to be administered to Americans "literally within the next 24 to 48 hours."

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While Fed chair Jerome Powell is brushing off the seismic rise in government bond yields and a corresponding decline in stock prices, a group of central bankers in the Pacific are starting to take action.

Driving the news: Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda told parliament on Friday the BOJ would not allow yields on government debt to continue rising further above the BOJ's 0% target.

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President Biden expressed support for a union vote by Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama in a two-minute video posted on Twitter Sunday, though he did not name the tech giant specifically.

Why it matters: A vote by workers at the Bessemer, Ala., warehouse to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union would make the facility the first Amazon warehouse to unionize in the U.S., per NPR. The election will run through March 29.

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