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People walk around to banner reading "Je suis Charlie", "I am Charlie" on the Place de la Republique. Photo: Francois Mori / AP

French counterterrorism police have arrested three people who are suspected weapons suppliers in the January 2015 terror attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in Paris, per the AP.

Why it matters: U.S. federal law (the 2005 federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act) exempts gun makers from most liability that might arise over criminal use of their products. Judges in the U.S. have cited the law to reject lawsuits against gun makers and dealers in the Colorado movie theater shooting and the Washington, D.C. sniper shootings, per the AP.

  • The NRA and other gun rights supporters in the U.S. have spoken out about the law as well.
  • Right now, lawyers for those lost in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are trying to renew a lawsuit against gun maker Remington Arms over this very issue.

Other action in France... Preliminary charges have already been filed against 14 people in the investigation in France and 13 have been jailed.

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.