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A ball for the 1st Black mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., is canceled over circus theme

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:58

The city's Junior League scrapped the 2022 event after Mayor-elect Ken Welch declined to attend. Critics say the theme was disrespectful and inappropriate in the majority-white, once-segregated city.

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U.S. will resume 'Remain in Mexico' policy for asylum-seekers

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:18

Migrants seeking to enter the United States will again have to stay in Mexico as they await immigration hearings, as the Biden administration reluctantly announced plans to comply with a court order.

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Minnesota confirms an omicron case in a resident who traveled from New York City

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:00

Minnesota health officials say the case was identified in a Hennepin County resident who tested positive days after attending an anime convention in New York City.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wins latest stage of her privacy dispute with a publisher

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:23

A U.K. court backed the former Meghan Markle in her long-running lawsuit against a British newspaper publisher over its publication of parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.

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What we know about the young victims of the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:20

Oxford High School lost four young students in a shooting this week. The victims, many of them athletes on school teams, were between 14 and 17 years old.

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Michigan authorities consider charges against the school shooting suspect's parents

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:19

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said that the parents of the suspect failed to keep a recently purchased firearm out of the hands of their son, who is accused of killing four classmates.

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The case for free tampons and pads in schools

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:21

Activists say menstrual products are a basic necessity that shouldn't require a long walk to the school nurse's office, and that providing them is key to removing the stigma of periods.

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If you want your holiday package to arrive on time, here are the deadlines to know

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 06:01

To all those holiday present procrastinators out there (you know who you are): Be sure to ship that holiday gift sooner rather than later to get those presents to their destination before December 25.

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Debt collectors can now text, email and DM you on social media

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 06:00

Officials say the new rules are a necessary update to an outdated law, but consumer advocates worry that borrowers risk missing key information or falling prey to scammers.

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Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 05:01

Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say.

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Biden's new winter COVID plan will reimburse you for at-home tests

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 05:00

The White House wants more people to get vaccines, booster shots and COVID tests — especially with the new omicron variant here. A new plan will provide some new incentives.

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Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec. Clarence Avant, is fatally shot

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 03:49

Police are investigating the shooting of Jacqueline Avant, who was found shot in her Beverly Hills home early Wednesday. "I don't think it's a random attack, said police chief Mark Stainbrook.

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Chris Cuomo says he's hurt and embarrassed about his suspension from CNN

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 20:58

"It hurts to even say it," the popular cable news anchor told listeners of his SiriusXM show on Wednesday. Cuomo has been suspended by CNN indefinitely, pending an evaluation by the network.

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Marcus Lamb, the Christian broadcaster who discouraged vaccines, dies from COVID-19

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 20:46

Lamb founded the conservative Christian Daystar Television Network. The network's programs have featured vaccine skeptics and health care professionals who promote alternative COVID-19 treatments.

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Meta is reversing policy that kept Kyle Rittenhouse from Facebook and Instagram

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 19:13

The announcement follows Rittenhouse's recent acquittal for last year's shooting in Kenosha, Wis. The company is also lifting restrictions that blocked his name in certain search results.

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Facebook takes down China-based network spreading false COVID-19 claims

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 18:29

The Chinese operation is one of six networks blocked from Facebook and Instagram after spreading false information and harassing opponents.

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Twitter photo-removal policy aimed at improving privacy sparks concerns over misuse

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 17:46

Twitter users may no longer share private videos or images of others without permission. Critics say the broad policy gives the company too much control over what's deemed in the "public interest."

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Stacey Abrams announces candidacy in Georgia governor's race

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:36

Stacey Abrams, who rose to national prominence in 2018, hopes to give Democrats a long-awaited victory in the key battleground state.

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Northern Ireland collective wins the prestigious Turner Prize for art

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:32

A collective from Belfast won the U.K. prize for art. Prize organizers said the work tackles "urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humor, seriousness and beauty."

Alvin Lucier, inquisitive and innovative composer, has died at 90

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:20

Lucier changed the way we think about sound through monumental works like I Am Sitting in a Room and Music on a Long Thin Wire.

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