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An October 2017 file photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Force Investigation Team Report shows a number of guns in the interior of mass shooter Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 16:54

Nevada's Supreme Court largely sided with gun manufacturers' argument that Nevada law immunizes them from civil actions unless the weapons malfunction.

Lady Gaga stars as Patrizia Reggiani and Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci in Ridley Scott's <em>House of Gucci</em>.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 16:35

She stars in the film as the woman at the center of a scandal in the fashion world. But the actors' Italian accents have been panned and the Gucci family has criticized the way it was depicted.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket in March, is led into a courtroom for a hearing on Sept. 7, in Boulder, Colo.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 15:54

Experts have found a man charged with the attack at a Boulder, Colo., supermarket earlier this year is mentally incompetent to stand trial for now, attorneys said during a court hearing.

A 3D-generated image of the coronavirus variant of concern known as omicron. The little bumps are spike proteins (see definition below).
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 15:34

The emergence of this new variant of concern has brought a new vocabulary into daily news reports. We asked experts to help define the terms you're being bombarded with.

Kenesha
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:16

In one of the poorest rural regions of the country's poorest state, a Black entrepreneur is helping Black owned businesses open and thrive even during the pandemic.

Health workers prepare COVID-19 vaccines at a coliseum in suburban Manila on November 29 — part of a massive 3-day vaccination drive launched by the government. It was one of 8,000 vaccination centers set up during the drive.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:14

Hit hard by the pandemic, the Philippines has vaccination rates far lower than neighbors like Vietnam and Cambodia. Here's how the country is trying to up its numbers.

The Portland Trail Blazers fired Neil Olshey on Friday, after workers reportedly accused him of creating a hostile work environment. He's seen here sitting near Damian Lillard in 2019.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:10

Last month, the NBA team announced that it had hired a law firm to look into workplace complaints at a Blazers practice facility. Olshey just started his tenth season as the team's general manager.

Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer, has said she meant to use a Taser instead of a handgun when she shot and killed Daunte Wright on April 11.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 14:02

Potter, a white former police officer, says she drew her gun by mistake when she fatally shot Wright, a Black motorist. Of the first 12 jurors seated, one identifies as Black and two as Asian.

The death of Jelani Day, a 25-year-old medical student who went missing on Aug. 24, was ruled by local officials as a drowning. "None of it adds up," said civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is pressing federal authorities to step in.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 13:17

The 25-year-old's body was found a month after he went missing. "As we approach 100 days without any answers, we are demanding that the FBI investigate this matter as a hate crime," Crump said.

President Biden on Friday signed legislation to avoid a partial government shutdown, but Congress still has a long to-do list before the end of the year.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:40

Lawmakers are juggling must-pass items, like addressing the nation's borrowing authority and an annual defense authorization package, along with major political priorities for Democrats.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, seen here on Thursday, signed a law that took effect this week that bans "squatted" trucks and SUVs, which have an unusually high front end and a low rear end.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:30

Police in the state are on the lookout for any "squatted" trucks or SUVs, which have an unusually high front end and a low rear end. The rakish look poses safety hazards, its critics say.

The ride-hailing company Didi says it has about 600 million users, theoretically giving the company access to the addresses and travel history of many government employees who use the app.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:26

The announcement reflects the rapid reversal in Didi Chuxing's fortunes as China goes on a regulatory blitz targeting some of the country's biggest private technology firms.

Alec Baldwin and anchor George Stephanopoulos talk during the ABC News special <em>Alec Baldwin Unscripted</em>.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:13

In an hourlong interview on Thursday night, Baldwin maintained he didn't pull the trigger of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

<em>The Thanksgiving Text</em> will follow the unlikely friendship that came from a mistaken text message between Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:09

The Thanksgiving Text will follow the true story of an unlikely friendship between a grandmother and an unintended text message recipient that began in 2016.

A memorial outside of Oxford High School, where four students were killed in a mass shooting Tuesday.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 11:25

Prosecutors laid out a timeline of "egregious" actions and missed opportunities, including buying their son a gun as a Christmas present and refusing to take him home from school before the shooting.

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