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  Story 349 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
Ex-Arizona politician gets 6 years in adoption scheme
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. It was the first of three punishments he’ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited by an international compact. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as metro Phoenix’s assessor for six years and also worked as an adoption attorney, illeg ...
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  Story 348 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
US probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday. Most of the information in the 18-page court order is redacted, including the identity of the people whom prosecutors are investigating and whom the proposed pardon might ...
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  Story 347 -   Saturday November 28, 2020
Indigenous people across the US want their land back -- and the movement is gaining momentum
(CNN)Around this time every year, Americans come together to share a feast commemorating a myth about its first inhabitants. An indigenous tribe did eat with the Pilgrims in 1621 and sign a treaty with the colonists that had settled on their shores -- an act of survival rather one of goodwill and friendship. But the relationship would eventually break down, decimating the tribe's population and whittling away its land. Nearly 400 years later, ...
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  Story 346 -   Saturday November 28, 2020
Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order; US hits 13 million cases; Ohio State coach tests positive
A national surge in COVID-19 cases continues as the United States recorded its 13 millionth case on Black Friday, a day typically marked by crowds of bargain hunters. This year, however, many shoppers across the country turned to online deals, keeping crowds thin. Even so, experts worried that testing disruptions over the holiday will lead Americans to falsely believe the virus' spread has slowed. That's because testing sites have shorter hour ...
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  Story 345 -   Saturday November 28, 2020
U.S. vaccine plans take shape but no let-up on restrictions
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) - U.S. health authorities will hold an emergency meeting next week to recommend that a coronavirus vaccine awaiting approval be given first to healthcare professionals and people in long-term care facilities. The meeting, announced on Friday by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) committee on immunizations, suggests that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be close to authorizing distributi ...
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  Story 344 -   Saturday November 28, 2020
Eight dead after cyclone hits Somalia's Puntland, spread of locusts feared
GAROWE, Somalia (Reuters) - A cyclone that hit parts of Somalia this week killed eight people and displaced thousands, flooded farmlands and could worsen a locust plague, an official and United Nations agencies said. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Thursday Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Sunday and subsided on Tuesday, but moderate and light rain conti ...
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  Story 343 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Killing of suspected Iranian nuclear mastermind risks confrontation as Trump exits
DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday that could provoke confrontation between Iran and its foes in the last weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. The death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Iranian media said died in hospital after armed assassins gunned him down in his car, will also complicate any effort by U.S. President-elect ...
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  Story 342 -   Friday November 27, 2020
She called me!!!!!: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris phones California teen to thank him for painting her portrait
‘I’m overwhelmed with just the magnificence of your artistry,’ Harris said on the call Last weekend, Bay area teen artist Tyler Gordon uploaded a time-lapse video of himself painting a portrait. Gordon has posted many videos like this before. The inspiration behind this particular piece was none other than Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris. Gordon tweeted, “@KamalaHarris My name is Tyler Gordon and I’m 14 years old and I live in the Bay A ...
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  Story 341 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Major shift at Supreme Court on Covid-19 orders
The Supreme Court signaled a major shift in its approach to coronavirus-related restrictions late Wednesday, voting 5-4 to bar New York state from reimposing limits on religious gatherings. The emergency rulings, issued just before midnight, were the first significant indication of a rightward shift in the court since President Donald Trump’s newest appointee — Justice Amy Coney Barrett — last month filled the seat occupied by liberal Justice ...
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  Story 340 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss his case. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to ...
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  Story 339 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Supreme Court rules against NY coronavirus restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate those restrictions. But the court’s action also won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Roman Catholic ...
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  Story 338 -   Friday November 27, 2020
10-foot python removed from under car hood in Florida
DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-foot Burmese python was removed from under the hood of a car in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a tweet Thursday that the snake was coiled up inside the engine compartment of a Ford Mustang in Dania Beach, which is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale. “Our officers responded and safely captured and removed the approximately 10-foot invasive snake,” the tweet said. ...
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  Story 337 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Man leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for virus
CLEVELAND — A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The man walked in Sunday, ordered the beer and asked for the check, which came to $7.02, Nighttown owner Brendan Ring wrote on Facebook. Ring said the man wished him well and told him to share the tip with the four employees who were working brunch service. As the man walked out, Ring wrote, he looked down at th ...
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  Story 336 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Taylor Swift wins top prize at AMAs, says she's re-recording music
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she’s busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold. In a video that aired during Sunday’s awards show, the pop star said “the reason I’m not there tonight is I’m actually re-recording all of my old music in the studio where we originally recorded it. So it’s been amazi ...
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  Story 335 -   Friday November 27, 2020
3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper
LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. The results are based on interim analysis of trials in the U.K. and Brazil of a vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca. No hospitaliza ...
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1,000 U.S. Hospitals Are 'Critically' Short On Staff — And More Expect To Be Soon
More than 1,000 hospitals across the United States are "critically" short on staff, according to numbers released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services. Those hospitals, which span all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, represent about 18% of all hospitals that report their staffing status to HHS. And that number is expected to grow: 21% of all hospitals reporting say they anticipate having critical staffing shorta ...
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  Story 333 -   Sunday November 22, 2020
U.S. Passes 12 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
Cases of COVID-19 are rising at an alarming rate in nearly every state as the nation approaches Thanksgiving. The cumulative case count passed 12 million on Saturday, six days after the previous million mark was crossed, which was six days after the previous million. On Friday alone, there were more than 195,000 new confirmed cases and 1,878 deaths reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 255,000 people have d ...
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  Story 332 -   Friday November 27, 2020
Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?
There have been more than 1.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 54,000 people have died, government figures show. However, these figures include only people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus and other measures suggest the number of deaths is higher. Note: Total case numbers in some areas may have dropped between 15 and 16 Nov. This is due to Public Health England reallocating some ...
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  Story 331 -   Saturday November 21, 2020
Analysis: With silence, GOP enables Trump's risky endgame
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are engaged in a risky but calculated bet that once President Donald Trump has exhausted his legal challenges to the election, he will come to grips with his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. But the opposite is happening. As one Trump court case after another falls by the wayside, Trump is doubling down on efforts to disrupt the election outcome. Rather than accept the reality of the vote, the pre ...
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  Story 330 -   Saturday November 21, 2020
EXPLAINER: Trump's election challenges falling flat in court
While President Donald Trump vows to press ahead with efforts to overturn the election, judges across the country have consistently swatted down his legal challenges. Trump’s campaign has failed to make any real headway in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn’t exist. Over the course of a single day this week, Trump and his Republican allies dropped or lost cases seeking to block the certification of electi ...
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