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Hiring was a bust in November, even before omicron, with 210,000 jobs added

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 08:40

U.S. employers added 210,000 jobs in November, as the unemployment rate fell. A data from the Labor Department suggest the economy was losing steam even before the appearance of a new virus variant.

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Colleges with high vaccination rates must now decide if they'll require boosters

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 07:03

Wesleyan University is among a small group of colleges requiring COVID-19 boosters for spring semester. Will other institutions follow?

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Leonard is the brightest comet all year. Here's how to see it

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 07:01

The comet was discovered less than a year ago near the orbit of Jupiter. Now, observers in North America can see it in the northeastern sky around sunrise.

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How Pfizer developed a COVID pill in record time

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 05:05

Pfizer researchers looking for a drug to treat SARS found clues that gave the company a head start in its quest for a pill to treat COVID-19, including the omicron variant.

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Potential 2024 rivals Harris and Buttigieg ally to sell Biden agenda

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 05:00

With President Biden approaching 80 years old, the political spotlight has been trained more brightly than usual on the pair. Here's a look at their political prospects.

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Physician assistants want to be called physician associates, but doctors cry foul

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 05:00

PAs say the new title would clarify that they work in a team and don't require oversight by M.D.s. Doctors say it obscures the fact that PAs have less education and training than physicians.

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Elle magazine says it will ban fur from its publications worldwide

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 19:32

So far, 13 editions globally have implemented the ban, with 20 more set to do so by January 1. The magazine says the decision reflects changing tastes in fashion.

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21 states poised to ban or severely restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 18:18

So-called "trigger laws" in 12 states would automatically enact an abortion ban if Roe is overturned. In nine others, bans that were blocked by courts or have long been unenforced could take effect.

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Scientists race to answer the question: Will vaccines protect us against omicron?

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:35

There's serious concern about the effectiveness of vaccines against the omicron strain. But there's also reason to be hopeful — especially for those who've had a booster.

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FTC sues to block big semiconductor chip industry merger between Nvidia and Arm

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:34

The regulator says the deal would give the combined company too much power, hurt competition and raise prices for consumers. It comes as a global shortage of chips wreaks havoc on the economy.

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House approves a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:34

The measure now heads to the Senate, where prospects for quick passage are in doubt ahead of a Friday deadline. A few Republicans have said they'd object to fast-tracking the bill.

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The final, anguished years of a warrior-scholar who exposed torture by U.S. troops

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:28

Ian Fishback was a Green Beret who exposed torture by U.S. troops in Iraq. After serving four combat tours and earning a Ph.D. in philosophy, Fishback died last month in a nursing home. He was 42.

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Dave Draper, iconic American bodybuilder, dies at 79

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:34

The bodybuilder won the Mr. America and Mr. Universe pageants in the 1960s and inspired one fan who went on to become the governor of California.

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Kellogg and its cereal workers union reach a tentative deal to end 2-month strike

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 15:57

The strike was one of several recent labor actions in the U.S. Workers everywhere from John Deere to McDonald's to the mining company Warrior Met Coal have walked off the job this year.

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Astronomers find a new planet that's mostly made of iron

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 14:00

NASA's TESS telescope finds a small, iron-rich planet which could help explain the origins of Mercury, the innermost planet in our solar system

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The 'Home Alone' house could be yours for a night

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:52

The McCallister family home will be available to rent on Airbnb later this month. The overnight stay will include junk food, booby traps and "ample opportunity to scream into the mirror."

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Alec Baldwin says he didn't pull the trigger in the fatal shooting on the 'Rust' set

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:35

In his first interview since the shooting, the actor breaks down as he remembers the victim Halyna Hutchins.

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The deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. 5 times in the back is charged with murder

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:29

Jason Meade, the white Ohio sheriff's deputy fatally shot Goodson, who was Black, in an encounter that led to racial justice protests. Goodson's family has filed a federal civil rights suit.

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Disney appoints its first female board chair

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:22

Susan Arnold has been elected as chairman of the Walt Disney Co. Arnold will be the first woman to hold the position at Disney.

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These Portuguese kids are suing 33 European countries to force them to cut emissions

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:08

Adults "can see us as serious or they can see us as a joke," one of the kids says. "A lawsuit is not a joke," her brother adds. The European Court of Human Rights has fast-tracked their 2020 lawsuit.

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