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News the MLB used 2 types of baseballs in 2021 could throw curveball into labor talks

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:13

Players and owners face a Wednesday night deadline to reach a deal — or else owners can impose a lockout, the league's first work stoppage since the 1990s.

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News the MLB used 2 types of baseballs in 2021 could throw curveball into labor talks

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:13

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday. Owners may now impose a lockout, the league's first work stoppage since the 1990s.

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Women's Tennis Association suspends tournaments in China over concern about Peng Shuai

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 15:51

WTA Chairman Steve Simon said he is "greatly concerned" about the risks players and staff would face after the treatment of tennis star Peng, who says she was sexually assaulted by a Chinese official.

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The mystery of where omicron came from — and why it matters

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 14:48

How did this new strain of the novel coronavirus evolve? Researchers are investigating various possibilities. One leading theory involves ... just one person.

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California has reported the first U.S. case of the omicron variant

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 14:01

The individual returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and had mild symptoms. Cases have been found in more than 20 countries, less than a week after the worrying new variant was first identified.

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A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 13:46

Protein subunit vaccines work by injecting people with a tiny portion of a virus. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, that tiny portion is the spike protein that the coronavirus uses to enter cells.

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Authorities say a FedEx driver dumped hundreds of packages into an Alabama ravine

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 13:42

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said the unnamed driver dumped packages into a wooded area at least six times, leaving some 450 people without their deliveries.

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A Ghislaine Maxwell accuser says she was recruited and abused when she was just 14

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 13:30

The female accuser, using the pseudonym Jane, is the first of four women who are expected to speak in court about their allegations of sexual abuse.

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The omicron variant has been found in 23 countries

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 13:24

More should be known about the transmissibility and severity of the new variant in "days, not necessarily weeks," a senior World Health Organization scientist says.

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What the AIDS crisis can teach us about the COVID pandemic response

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:53

This is the second World AIDS Day during the coronavirus pandemic. Public health officials are calling on world leaders to do more to address the inequities at the root of both crises.

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A 4th student has died in the Michigan high school shooting

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:49

Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has become the fourth student to die from a shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday. Seven other people were wounded, some critically, when a sophomore opened fire.

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Roe v. Wade's future is in doubt after historic arguments at Supreme Court

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:24

The fate of abortion in the U.S. appeared to be on shaky ground as a divided Supreme Court weighs a Mississippi law. A decision in the case is expected by summer.

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Jan. 6 panel to take up contempt referral for former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:00

Clark, who had promised to pursue former President Donald Trump's false election fraud claims, appeared for a deposition, but the select committee said Clark failed to cooperate.

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Living robots made in a lab have found a new way to self-replicate, researchers say

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:42

Xenobots, a type of programmable organism made from frog cells, can replicate by spontaneously sweeping up loose stem cells, researchers say. This could have implications for regenerative medicine.

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WHO member states will work on a global agreement to deal with future pandemics

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:31

The coronavirus outbreak exposed flaws in the global health system but also showed a willingness among countries to work together, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, says.

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Ancient footprints mistakenly attributed to bears were made by early humans

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:00

A new look at nearly 3.7-million-year-old fossil footprints uncovered in Tanzania shows that multiple species of early humans lived together at the same time.

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Nigeria detects an omicron case from weeks before it was first reported in S. Africa

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 08:38

It is the first West African country that has recorded the omicron variant and adds to a list of nearly 20 countries where the variant has been detected.

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These women speak candidly about their abortions. Here's what they want you to know

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 06:00

In D.C. and across the country, people gathered by the thousands in coordinated rallies to demand reproductive justice for all. The main message? Everyone loves someone who's had an abortion.

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After the 'Rust' movie set shooting, investigators look into the ammo supplier

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:59

Investigators are still trying to determine how live ammunition ended up on the set of Rust. In October, Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop gun armed with a live bullet.

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Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade in historic arguments

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:04

At issue is whether to reverse the court's nearly half-century-old decision, Roe v. Wade, and subsequent decisions declaring that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

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