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Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, has died

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 18:31

Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper's daughter who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday. She was 95.

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Clan politics reign but a family is divided in the race to rule the Philippines

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 18:01

In the race to succeed outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the offspring of two presidents are gunning to run the country in an unprecedented tie-up.

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Renowned fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after a private battle with cancer

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 17:32

Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear, but the 41-year-old designer had already made a name for himself prior to joining the luxury label.

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Omicron variant spreads to Australia and more of Europe

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 16:48

President Biden received a briefing from his medical task force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said that "inevitably" the omicron variant will turn up in the U.S.

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The Ghislaine Maxwell trial is about to begin. Here's what to watch for

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 16:01

Opening arguments in the highly anticipated trial of Ghislaine Maxwell begin on Monday in a Manhattan federal court. This is what the defense is expected to say, and what we're waiting to find out.

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Fauci says the omicron variant will inevitably appear in the U.S.

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 13:25

The omicron variant has not been detected in the U.S., but Dr. Anthony Fauci says it is certain to be at some point. Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins appealed for people to get vaccinated as a defense.

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The WHO is seeking a new treaty on handling future pandemics. It could be a hard sell

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 10:01

At a special session this week, the World Health Organization hopes to start sketching out a new world order. "We don't have rules of the game," says WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Iran nuclear talks are starting again. A lot has changed, and here's what's at stake

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 10:01

The deal provided Iran sanctions relief for limits on its nuclear program. But now there's new Iranian leadership and more uranium in their stockpile than when Trump abandoned the agreement.

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The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:40

A raft of travel restrictions are being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow the variant's spread.

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Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly

Sun, 11/28/2021 - 08:03

When it comes to receiving organ transplants, patients are not usually judged on prior behavior, but some doctors are questioning whether unvaccinated COVID patients should qualify for new lungs.

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How vaccine makers plan to address the new COVID-19 omicron variant

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 19:03

A new coronavirus variant, first discovered in South Africa, has begun to spread around the globe. Vaccine producers say they're working to get ahead of the new strain.

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Honduran voters want to protest the president. Their options are a cast of characters

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 17:35

Hondurans go to the polls Sunday, and many voters say they're undecided who they'll vote for. But one thing they do know is that they'll be casting a vote to punish the current National Party.

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American whiskey makers set their sights on Europe as Trump-era tariffs are lifted

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 12:01

The 25% tariff on U.S. whiskey will be removed in January. Gone too will be the tariffs on U.S. motorcycles and denim, all levied during the Trump administration's trade battle with the E.U.

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Peru has the world's highest COVID death rate. Here's why

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 11:48

An isolated city on the Amazon illustrates why Peru has the highest COVID death rate in the world. One infectious disease expert called the country's awful record the result of a "perfect storm."

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At least 2 people have died during the first winter storm in the U.K.

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 10:39

The first winter storm of the season, named Arwen, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, with gusts of nearly 100 mph. Falling trees killed two people.

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At least 2 people in the U.K. have the omicron variant, health secretary says

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 09:56

The cases involve travel to southern Africa, where the latest COVID variant of concern was first identified, the British health secretary said. No cases have been identified in the U.S. so far.

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COVID hit 13 members of their family the first time. A year later it struck again

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 07:00

The second time Vanessa Quintero's family caught the virus, probably from her 8-year-old daughter, fewer people got sick. They and their doctors credit the protection of vaccination.

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Every auto startup wants to be the next Tesla. Why these 2 may have a real shot

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 07:00

They aren't household names yet, but Rivian and Lucid are two auto startups attracting a lot of buzz – and loads of money.

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Trump, tough issues and personal rivalries test the GOP's reputation for unity

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 05:00

Tensions are driven by the still-divisive personality of former President Trump, by issues such as vaccines and mandates and by the prospect of big Republican gains in the elections of 2022 and 2024.

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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 05:00

Large retailers have spent billions of dollars to woo workers. Smaller stores that can't do that expect staff shortages will lead to lost sales. They're asking shoppers to be patient.

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