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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.

Tom Daley said his work on knitting projects helped him stay calm between events at the Tokyo Olympics, where he won a gold medal. He recently launched an online store, selling knitting kits.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 09:08

The British diving star was often seen knitting at the Tokyo Olympics, where he won a gold medal. He sold doggie jumpers for charity; now the purler's going pro with a shop that sells knitting kits.

A commuter walks past information boards displayed to remind the public about how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Seoul on Wednesday.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 08:39

These are the first adjustments to social measures since the country began a long-awaited transition to a new phase in pandemic response in early November and lifted most of the restrictions.

Restaurants, like this McDonald's in Miami Beach, Fla., have been big engines of job growth.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 08:35

Hiring slowed sharply last month, even as the unemployment rate fell to 4.2%. Data from the Labor Department suggest the economy was losing steam even before the appearance of a new COVID-19 variant.

A nurse administers a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a City of Long Beach Public Health mobile vaccination clinic at the California State University, Long Beach campus.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 06:03

Wesleyan University is among a small group of colleges requiring COVID-19 boosters for spring semester. Will other institutions follow?

Comet Leonard is photographed from Savannah, Ga., between 5 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 06:01

The comet was discovered less than a year ago near the orbit of Jupiter. Now, observers in North America can see it in the northeastern sky around sunrise.

Scientists at Pfizer's research and development laboratories in Groton, Conn., worked on the COVID-19 pill called Paxlovid.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 05:05

Pfizer researchers looking for a drug to treat SARS found clues that gave the company a head start in its quest for a pill to treat COVID-19, including the omicron variant.

Leslie Clayton, a physician assistant in Minnesota, says a name change for her profession is long overdue. "We don't assist," she says. "We provide care as part of a team."
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 04:00

PAs say the new title would clarify that they work in a team and don't require direct oversight by M.D.s. Doctors say it obscures the fact that PAs have less education and training than physicians.

Vice President Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tour electric vehicle operations at a Charlotte Area Transit System bus garage on Thursday. The two were in North Carolina to promote the new infrastructure law.
Fri, 12/03/2021 - 04:00

With President Biden approaching 80 years old, the political spotlight has been trained more brightly than usual on the pair. Here's a look at their political prospects.

A file picture taken in January 2011 in Paris shows covers of some of the 42 foreign editions of the French fashion magazine "Elle", owned by French media conglomerate Lagardere.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 18:32

So far, 13 editions globally have implemented the ban, with 20 more set to do so by January 1. The magazine says the decision reflects changing tastes in fashion.

Activists and demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 17:33

So-called "trigger laws" in 12 states would automatically enact an abortion ban if Roe is overturned. In nine others, bans that were blocked by courts or have long been unenforced could take effect.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol Thursday to update reporters on the must-pass priority of funding the government.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:37

A day before the Friday deadline, lawmakers approved a spending bill that will keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18, 2022.

In this file photo, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang delivers a speech about AI and gaming.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:36

The regulator says the deal would give the combined company too much power, hurt competition and raise prices for consumers. It comes as a global shortage of chips wreaks havoc on the economy.

A registered nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine at a high school gym in Corona, California. Scientists are trying to determine if vaccines (and boosters) will offer protection against the newly identified omicron variant.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:35

There's serious concern about the effectiveness of vaccines against the omicron strain. But there's also reason to be hopeful — especially for those who've had a booster.

Retired Special Forces Maj. Ian Fishback, seen in December 2019, deployed four times to Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2005, he blew the whistle on U.S. troops who were torturing people in Iraq.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 16:30

Ian Fishback was a Green Beret who exposed torture by U.S. troops in Iraq. After serving four combat tours and earning a Ph.D. in philosophy, Fishback died last month in a nursing home. He was 42.

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