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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, seen here during a ceremony last year in London, revealed Wednesday in an op-ed that she suffered a miscarriage this past summer.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 09:45

In The New York Times, the former Meghan Markle said she was expecting a second child with Prince Harry when the miscarriage happened in July. She said she hopes to help others by sharing her story.

A protester holds a sign to protest measures in Miami to close indoor seating amid a rise in coronavirus cases. The number of unemployment claims rose for a second week, reinforcing concerns about the economy.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 09:32

Claims for state unemployment benefits again rose last week, signaling ongoing weakness in the job market as coronavirus infections continue to soar.

Adam Woodrum and his son, Robert, get ready for a bike ride near their home in Carson City, Nev., this month. During the summer, Robert had a bike accident that resulted in a hefty bill from the family's insurer.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 09:00

It was a surprise even for a family of lawyers. A process called "subrogation" began with a Nevada family's health insurer denying their claim for an ER visit after their 9-year-old fell off his bike.

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, led by Linda Chapa LaVia, shown here in 2018, has ordered an independent investigation into a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans' home.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 08:31

The coronavirus outbreak in LaSalle, Ill., has infected some 200 people, in what state officials are calling a "tragedy." Illinois is opening a probe into what happened.

President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 vote total shatters the 2008 record of 69.5 million votes cast for Barack Obama.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 08:07

The 2020 presidential election saw the most votes in U.S. history at 156 million and counting, and the highest participation rate since 1900.

An election worker scans mail-in ballots at the Clark County Election Department on Oct. 20 in North Las Vegas.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 07:41

Voting took place amid a pandemic and unprecedented polarization. Despite baseless claims by the president and his allies that the outcome was rigged, states say the results are accurate.

Flames approach houses during the Tick Fire on Oct. 24, 2019 in Canyon Country, California.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 06:25

Homeowners are rebuilding after wildfires, but many won't be required by governments to use fire-resistant materials. Without such improvements, communities face harm again with the next fire.

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 05:30

He was only 10 when the soldiers took away his father. Eventually the family fled to Jordan. But where would they go next? Their saga inspired a Pulitzer-winning graphic series in The New York Times.

President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the economy on Nov. 16, as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris looks on.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:13

A question for Joe Biden and his team is whether they should be encouraging Democrats to move quickly, to deliver aid faster, even if that means accepting a smaller deal.

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:01

With promising news out of COVID-19 vaccine trials, the question now is how many people will get the vaccine? And can or will employers require their workers to get vaccinated?

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:01

Voting experts say it's not easy to remove options once they've been given to voters. But the fraught politics around alleged "fraud" complicate the outlook for coming elections.

With Kamala Harris poised to become the country's first female vice president, she brings with her another historic first: America's first second gentleman, her husband, Douglas Emhoff.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:00

When his wife, Kamala Harris, is sworn in as vice president of the U.S., Emhoff will also be creating history. "I'm gonna support her," he said when once asked what he'd do if she were elected.

A Tesla car powers up at a charging station in Petaluma, Calif. on Sept. 23, 2020. Auto makers are trying to convince would-be electric car buyers to adopt new habits to power their vehicles.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:00

Most charging actually happens at home, but concerns about how to juice up are tripping up would-be buyers. A lot is on the line for automakers.

A North Korean man defected to South Korea by hopping a fence along the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 03:46

The unnamed man defected to the South on Nov. 3, avoiding capture for 14 hours. He is seeking asylum in South Korea.

France announced some COVID-19 restrictions will ease this week after the country passed the peak of the virus's second wave. Restaurants will remain closed until January.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 01:14

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the easing of a lockdown put in place as the country experienced a surge of new cases that swept through Europe.

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