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The Bidens unveil their first White House Christmas decorations

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 15:40

With some holiday spirit and over 100 volunteers, the White House has been decorated in the theme of "gifts from the heart." The theme honors frontline workers, first responders and the military.

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Former Defense Secretary Esper sues the Pentagon over book redactions

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:20

The Trump-era Pentagon head says he wants to publish an "unvarnished" account of his turbulent time in the post. But the Biden administration wants him to delete parts of 60 pages of the text.

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'Flying Blind' author says Boeing put profit ahead of safety with the 737 MAX

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:44

The 737 MAX was grounded in 2019 after two deadly crashes exposed flaws pilots hadn't been told about. Journalist Peter Robison says Boeing cut costs and co-opted regulators in designing the craft.

The U.S. restricts travel from 8 countries as omicron variant spreads

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:19

President Biden has restricted travel from eight southern African countries in an effort to slow the spread of the omicron variant.

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Merriam-Webster's 2021 word of the year is, of course, 'vaccine'

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:49

The word "vaccine" saw a more than 600% increase in lookups this year over last. In its announcement, Merriam-Webster noted that it's come to represent much more than just medicine.

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Dozens of strangers were snowed in at a U.K. pub. Cue the Oasis singalongs

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:44

The stranded residents and musicians slept on the floor and on mattresses provided by the pub, and passed the time by singing karaoke, playing quiz games and eating Yorkshire puddings.

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Sweden's first female leader quit last week after a few hours. She was just reelected

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:24

Magdalena Andersson, a former finance minister who leads the Social Democratic Party, won her second election in less than a week. She will officially take office on Tuesday.

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Biden says omicron variant is cause for concern but not panic

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:23

President Biden said Monday that while travel restrictions imposed on travelers from several southern African nations would slow the omicron variant's entry, "it cannot prevent it."

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Matthew McConaughey says he won't run for Texas governor in 2022

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:06

After months of dropping hints and dodging specifics, Matthew McConaughey has finally announced his much-speculated-about plans for the Texas governor race: He won't be running in it.

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Congress returns to tight deadlines on government funding, Biden's agenda and more

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 11:26

Lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving holiday break with a pile up of critical legislation — bills to fund the government, avoid a default on the nation's credit limit and a $2 T spending bill.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO; Parag Agrawal succeeds him

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 10:58

He'll continue to head Square, the financial payments service. Dorsey has been criticized for leading both companies at once.

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As the Supreme Court considers Roe v. Wade, a look at how abortion became legal

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 10:38

Abortion did not become illegal in most states until the mid to late 1800s. But by the 1960s, abortion, like childbirth, had become a safe procedure when performed by a doctor.

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The World Health Organization warns of very high risk posed by the omicron variant

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 10:04

The newly identified strain of the coronavirus, which could be more transmissible than the previously dominant delta variant, has global health officials worried about a possible new surge in cases.

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Opening statements are set to begin in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 09:54

Prosecutors have sought to portray the once prominent socialite as the chief coordinator of a trafficking ring that victimized teenage girls to the benefit of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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How Black tech entrepreneurs are tackling health care's race gap

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 05:01

Determined to improve the way doctors connect with their patients, a new wave of innovators are using technology to match people of color with culturally competent professionals.

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Saudi Arabia and China are accused of using sports to cover up human rights abuse

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 05:01

Saudi Arabia has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to stage high-profile sporting events. Critics say those investments are an attempt by the kingdom to cover up human rights violations.

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Democrats go on the offense with Biden's agenda to avoid a repeat of Obamacare battle

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 05:00

The Build Back Better agenda is the largest expansion of the social safety net in decades. Democrats say they learned from the debate over the Affordable Care Act and are selling their bills sooner.

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For patients with long COVID, chronic fatigue syndrome may offer a guiding star

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 05:00

Long COVID has been a reality since the beginning of the pandemic. The patients who have it are desperate for answers that doctors don't yet have.

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Leftist claims victory in Honduran vote, setting up a showdown with National Party

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 01:54

The leftist opposition candidate claimed victory in Sunday's presidential election, while the National Party also said its candidate had won. Complete results may not be known for days.

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As omicron spreads, studies suggest that travel bans alone don't do much good

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 22:08

Public health experts warn that the rush to impose travel bans on southern African countries after the omicron variant was identified can work against scientific transparency.

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