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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address during a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will rebrand itself under a new name: Meta.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 14:30

The change comes as Facebook looks to recast its public image from battered social network to tech innovator focused on building the next generation of online interaction known as the "metaverse."

A polar bear eats a pumpkin in the zoo in Hanover, Germany, 26 October 2017. Pumpkins are a source of enrichment for the animals and a way to draw visitors to the zoos.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 13:42

From elephants to otters to armadillos, all sorts of animals get a kick out stomping, rolling and eating the orange gourds.

Dr. KJ Seung, a professor at Harvard Medical School, speaks at a September rally outside the home of the CEO of Moderna, maker of one of the two mRNA vaccines that prevent COVID-19. The fake bones are meant to represent lives lost unnecessarily to the coronavirus. Seung was part of a group of doctors demanding Moderna share vaccines — and its recipe — with low-resource countries.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 12:58

A small number of health workers are protesting for global vaccine equity. Their demonstrations echo the call for equal distribution of HIV medications decades ago — but there are key differences.

Facing a union effort, Starbucks, which is also making changes to training and scheduling, says that it supports the workers' right to organize but that a union was unnecessary.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 12:11

Costco pays $17 an hour after a second raise this year. Starbucks is raising hourly pay to $15 amid a union effort. Major chains are pushing to draw workers, who have shunned a million retail jobs.

The immersive art organization, Confront Art in collaboration with the NYC Parks, unveils the SEENINJUSTICE exhibit, featuring three sculptures by Chris Carnabucci: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis, at Union Square Park in New York, on Sept. 30. Authorities arrested a suspect in connection with vandalism of the statue several days later.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 12:11

Micah Beals has been charged with criminal mischief in connection with the Oct. 3 incident. Under a stage name, he's played minor roles in television shows like "Parks and Recreation" and "CSI: NY."

Texas Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, looks over the calendar as law makers rush to finish business, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 12:00

Republican Matt Krause is asking schools for an accounting of any book that "might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress."

A view of the Emanuel AME Church is seen June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 11:28

Survivors and families who lost loved ones in the June 2015 attack said the FBI's negligence allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used in the attack.

American Airlines released a statement saying, "This behavior must stop, and aggressive enforcement and prosecution of the law is the best deterrent."
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 11:17

The man's unwillingness to wear a mask triggered the assault, a witness said, and forced the cross-country flight to land in Denver. The female flight attendant was reportedly punched in the face.

Brett Favre has repaid $600,000 in welfare money he accepted for speeches where he didn't appear, but the Mississippi attorney general could sue still Favre if he doesn't pay interest owed on the amount, the Mississippi auditor said Wednesday.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 10:18

The NFL legend says he never knew the money he received came from welfare funds. The Mississippi attorney general could still sue Favre if he doesn't pay interest owed on the amount.

Supporters of President Trump protest outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 10:07

Robert Costa's book Peril, which he co-wrote with Bob Woodward, goes inside Trump's war room on the eve of the Jan. 6 insurrection. Costa says the 2024 election could trigger a constitutional crisis.

Thu, 10/28/2021 - 10:06

It does not include progressive priorities like paid family leave or measures to lower the costs of prescription drugs. Still, President Biden thinks it would pass both chambers.

President Joe Biden, right, reacts after speaking at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday, Oct. 26 in Arlington, Va. McAuliffe will face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the election on Nov. 2.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 09:25

Voters in Virginia will choose a new governor Tuesday. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, is running for his seat again, while Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin is a first-time candidate.

Donald Caesar, Jr., 49, stands in front of a pile of garbage. That's what's left of his family's home a month after Hurricane Ida ripped through LaPlace, La.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 08:18

For the people of LaPlace, La. the destruction of Hurricane Ida was on another level. And that has some residents considering moving away before the next one.

President Joe Biden promotes his "Build Back Better" agenda, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Kearny, N.J.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 08:17

The Biden administration believes the resulting legislation will still be transformative, but it is far less than what he originally proposed.

President Biden, pictured leaving the Oval Office on Oct. 15, is traveling to Rome and Glasgow during the second foreign trip of his presidency.
Thu, 10/28/2021 - 07:00

President Biden has been scrambling to make a deal at home with lawmakers in his own party before heading to the G-20 summit in Rome and the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow.

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