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Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:40

As China remains conservative with the virus, some of its ports are overloaded and understaffed.

A sign urges people to get the Covid vaccine at the Staten Island Ferry terminal on November 29, 2021 in New York City.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:39

By the end of the month, workers in New York City must be vaccinated against COVID-19, but nationwide, federal vaccine rules are on hold due to numerous legal challenges.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is facing a backlash after posting a photo showing him and his family holding guns in front of a Christmas tree. He's seen here drawing a handgun from his pocket during a pro-gun rally in Frankfort on Jan. 31, 2020.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:30

"Santa, please bring ammo," Rep. Thomas Massie wrote as he posted the image of him and his family posing with guns in front of a Christmas tree.

Budtenders at The Green Cross cannabis dispensary help customers in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 11:36

Supporters of the ordinance said the cannabis industry is experiencing a drop-off in business following a boom early in the COVID-19 pandemic and that a tax hike would result in higher prices.

Norwegian Cruise Lines confirmed 10 cases among Norwegian Breakaway passengers and crew members on Saturday, and then seven more on Sunday, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 11:01

At least 17 people on board the Norwegian Breakaway tested positive for COVID-19, including one probable case of the omicron variant. The cruise line said that all confirmed cases are asymptomatic.

Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung is recalling 234,391 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is asking customers to throw the products away or return them to their place of purchase.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 10:52

Alexander & Hornung is recalling 17 different ham and pepperoni products over listeria concerns. Federal officials say customers should throw the food away — here's what to look for on the label.

A COVID-19 testing site is pictured in Times Square, New York city on December 5, 2021.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 10:13

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Monday, saying the decision was designed to help head off the worsening coronavirus surge.

Security providers that focus on digital communications started noticing an uptick in attacks on companies that manage digital phone call services this fall.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 06:00

One way or another, most phone calls these days involve the internet. Cybersecurity experts say that makes us vulnerable in ways we might not realize.

Activists protesting "greenwashing," in which a company or government appears to do more for the environment than it is, gather outside the JP Morgan premises near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 05:00

Carbon offsets got a big boost from November's U.N. climate summit. New rules could make it easier for companies to pay for carbon-cutting projects in other countries, rather than doing it themselves.

The 2021 Kennedy Center honorees: (left to right) opera star Justino Díaz, <em>Saturday Night Live </em>creator Lorne Michaels, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and Motown founder Berry Gordy.<em></em>
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 04:40

Motown founder Berry Gordy, opera star Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and television impresario Lorne Michaels were among those celebrated this weekend.

In October, Eric Trump, son of the former president, spoke to a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 04:00

As the U.S. heads into midterm elections next year, the political right and the anti-vaccine movement are drawing ever-closer together — potentially at the cost of thousands of American lives.

Mourners grieve at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., on Wednesday, the day after a gunman opened fire at the school, killing four students and wounding seven other people.
Sun, 12/05/2021 - 20:32

State AG Dana Nessel said her office is the "perfect agency" to conduct a full review of the shooting that killed four students. The investigation would focus on the events leading up to the tragedy.

Chris Cuomo, pictured in 2019, was fired by CNN after an attorney arranged to share materials supporting accusations by a former colleague of Cuomo at ABC News that he had sexually harassed her there.
Sun, 12/05/2021 - 15:57

"My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women," said attorney Debra Katz on Sunday.

Newt Gingrich, the incoming speaker of the House, meets with Dole, then Senate majority leader, on Capitol Hill on Jan. 3, 1995. The 104th Congress had a Republican majority in both chambers for the first time since 1954.
Sun, 12/05/2021 - 11:43

After recovering from wounds suffered in World War II, Dole went on to represent Kansas in Congress for more than 30 years.

Maryanne Lundy, a single mother of three, had to quit her job at a hospital when the pandemic started
Sun, 12/05/2021 - 07:00

After battling homelessness as single mothers, these four women strive to become advocates for other struggling families and create a better life for their children.


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