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This Supreme Court case could make abortion more restricted across the U.S.

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:00

A Mississippi case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday could result in a major rollback of abortion rights. The state has just one remaining clinic that offers abortions.

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Center-left group claims Democrats' spending package would save families thousands

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:00

A new report from the think tank Third Way shows that a two-parent family of four would save up to $7,400 due to provisions of the Democrats' Build Back Better legislation.

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Democracy is declining in the U.S. but it's not all bad news, report finds

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:00

The United States has joined the list of countries where democracy is backsliding, according to a new report by the think tank International IDEA.

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Elizabeth Holmes grilled by prosecutors on witness stand in her criminal fraud trial

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 21:20

In a tense day of testimony, the former founder of Theranos tried to fight assertions from federal prosecutors that she deliberately deceived investors and misled patients.

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Pfizer wants the FDA to let 16- and 17- year-olds get a COVID-19 booster shot

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 20:58

Pfizer's CEO says the vaccine maker has asked federal regulators to authorize boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds. Currently, only people 18 and over are eligible for a booster in the U.S.

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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely over his role in his brother's defense

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 19:24

CNN said new documents "raise serious questions" about the anchor's role in trying to help his brother, former N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual misconduct allegations.

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Alice Sebold apologizes to the man exonerated in the rape that her memoir focused on

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 18:12

"I am sorry most of all for the fact that the life you could have led was unjustly robbed from you," the author wrote in a statement. A judge exonerated Anthony Broadwater of the crime last week.

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The U.N. predicts that 2021 global tourism losses will barely improve over last year

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 17:52

The recent emergence of the highly transmissible omicron variant presents another potential hurdle as the tourism industry prepares for the upcoming winter holiday season.

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Greece will mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone over 60, or make them pay fines

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 17:39

Anyone who refuses to get vaccinated will face monthly fines of 100 euros, or roughly $114. The monthly fine is substantial for retirees — the average pension is 730 euros a month.

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As U.S. races to detect and track omicron, patchwork surveillance makes that tough

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 17:22

What's the U.S. doing to watch out for the omicron variant? Here's the work underway and the challenges that experts say may slow down the country's efforts.

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An FDA panel supports Merck COVID drug in mixed vote

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 17:05

If the Food and Drug Administration authorizes use of the drug, called molnupiravir, it would be the first oral COVID-19 treatment that could be taken at home.

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A former member of the Islamic State is convicted in the death of a Yazidi girl

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:46

A German court on Tuesday convicted the man of genocide and committing a war crime over the death of a 5-year-old Yazidi girl he had purchased as a slave and then chained up in the hot sun to die.

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TV's Dr. Oz enters Pennsylvania's crucial Senate race on the GOP side

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:44

The celebrity surgeon, who has promoted questionable health advice to national television audiences, has thrown his hat into the ring to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art scores its largest capital gift ever — $125 million

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:23

The money will be used to complete a long-delayed renovation the museum's Modern Wing and comes from philanthropist Oscar Tang, a museum trustee, and his wife Agnes Hsu-Tang.

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends as the third most active year ever

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:19

Hurricane Ida alone caused more than $60 billion in damages, making it one of the five most costly U.S. hurricanes on record since 1980. Forecasters ran out of names for a record second year in a row.

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Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' is sentenced to 3 years in prison on U.S. charges

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 15:47

Prosecutors had asked for four years for Emma Coronel Aispuro, who pleaded guilty to helping her husband, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, run the Sinaloa cartel, a multibillion-dollar criminal empire.

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What to know about the trial of Kim Potter, the ex-officer who killed Daunte Wright

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 15:36

Potter's lawyers say she mistook her handgun for her Taser earlier this year when she fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man. Her manslaughter trial will begin next week.

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3 students have been killed in a shooting at a Michigan high school

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 15:31

At least six others were injured in the attack, including a teacher. Authorities arrested the suspect — a 15-year-old-sophomore — and recovered a semi-automatic handgun and several clips.

Senate effort to reform military justice system, now under threat, faces final hurdle

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 13:31

As Congress works to pass the annual defense policy bill, lawmakers work to ensure efforts to reform the military justice system remain.

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Josephine Baker is the first Black woman to be inducted into France's Pantheon

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 12:56

The trailblazing U.S.-born star and civil rights activist was given France's highest honor on Tuesday when she was inducted into the Pantheon. She first achieved fame in Paris in the 1920s.

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