Tom Brady, Black History Month, Tesla Reminder. This is Tuesday’s news.

Tesla braked on a faulty stop function affecting thousands of cars. And Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of ignoring demands over Ukraine.

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The GOAT left the building

Will he retire or not? It’s now official: he will. A day after saying he was weighing his options regarding his future, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady officially retired from the NFL after 22 seasons, he announced on social media on Tuesday. Brady, 44, led the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns this season and his last game was the NFC Divisional home loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Brady’s retirement ends a storied career with seven Super Bowl titles, three MVP awards and five Super Bowl MVP awards and 15 Pro Bowl selections. If there’s a blemish on his record, it came during the 2015 AFC Championship when the Colts accused Brady of using a deflated football. “I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Brady wrote in a social media post. “My teammates, coaches, competitors and fans deserve 100% from me, but for now it’s best that I leave the playing field to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.”

February is Black History Month

Tuesday marks the start of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration of the contributions African Americans have made to the United States and a time to reflect on the ongoing struggle for racial justice. Memorial Month aims to recognize and understand major moments and figures in African American history, as well as those who continue to lead the way. Throughout Black History Month, USA TODAY reporters will tell the stories of those who pushed and brought about lasting change in Black communities. We start with the 1972 Black National Political Convention which was attended by 10,000 people discuss the future of black political engagement.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson, executive director of Operation PUSH, speaks from the floor of the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind., March 1972.

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Pfizer is preparing to offer its vaccine to the youngest

Pfizer and its partner BioNTech should seek emergency use authorization from the FDA for their COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, according to reports. It could happen as early as Tuesday – and clearance could come by the end of February, people familiar with the talks said. In tests, a lower dose of the vaccine – 3 micrograms – given to children aged 6 months to 2 years produced as much immune protection as shots given to other age groups. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, coronavirus cases in children rose sharply in 2022 with the omicron variant, recording more than 3.5 million child cases in January – triple the peak level of the delta wave. in 2021.

Pedestrians walk past a mural depicting Mexican painter Frida Kahlo wearing a face mask to raise awareness about COVID-19 in Mumbai on Saturday.

Putin says US and NATO ‘ignored’ Russia’s demands on Ukraine

In his first comments on the crisis in more than a month, Putin said that The Kremlin’s “fundamental concerns have been ignored” in its demands regarding Ukraine. On Tuesday, Putin said Moscow had not received ‘adequate consideration’ from the US and NATO, then demanded that NATO return the military alliance to a ‘1997 status quo’. , indicating that at least 14 countries, including the Baltic states, Poland and Romania should withdraw from the bloc to meet the Kremlin’s demands. Putin’s comments came after high-level talks between the United States and Russia broke little as the threat of war looms over Ukraine amid a large Russian troop buildup at its frontier.

Pigeons take off in front of the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow on January 26, 2022. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he and other senior officials would advise President Vladimir Putin on next steps after receiving United States' written responses to the requests.  Those responses are expected this week – even though the United States and its allies have already made it clear that they will reject key Russian demands.

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Tesla recalls vehicles via software that runs stop signs

Not only is it dangerous, but it seems like a good way to get a ticket. Tesla is recalling nearly 54,000 cars and SUVs because their “Full Self-Driving” software allows them to drive through stop signs without coming to a complete stop. Documents released Tuesday by US security regulators say Tesla will disable the feature with a software update over the internet. The “rolling stop” function allows vehicles to pass through intersections with stop signs in any direction at up to 5.6 miles per hour. Tesla said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by this feature. The recall affects Model S sedans and X SUVs from 2016 to 2022, as well as Model 3 sedans from 2017 to 2022 and Model Y SUVs from 2020 to 2022.

Models S, X, 3 and Y.

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