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The planet-hunting telescope TESS depicted in front of a lava world orbiting a small red star.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 13:15

NASA's TESS telescope finds a small, iron-rich planet which could help explain the origins of Mercury, the innermost planet in our solar system

The 'Home Alone' house in Winnetka, Ill. will be available to rent through Airbnb for one night later this month. The $25 stay will also include junk food, booby traps, a film screening and other holiday hijinks.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:52

The McCallister family home will be available to rent on Airbnb later this month. The overnight stay will include junk food, booby traps and "ample opportunity to scream into the mirror."

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:35

In his first interview since the shooting, the actor breaks down as he remembers the victim Halyna Hutchins.

Tamala Payne (center) and attorney Sean Walton participate in a Dec. 11, 2020, protest of the shooting of her son, Casey Goodson Jr., by a Franklin County deputy sheriff in Columbus, Ohio.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:29

Jason Meade, the white Ohio sheriff's deputy fatally shot Goodson, who was Black, in an encounter that led to racial justice protests. Goodson's family has filed a federal civil rights suit.

Sofia (left) and André Oliveira first grew anxious about climate change in the summer of 2017 when an intense heatwave was baking Portugal. Adults "can see us as serious or they can see us as a joke," Sofia says. "A lawsuit," André adds, "is not a joke."
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:08

Adults "can see us as serious or they can see us as a joke," one of the kids says. "A lawsuit is not a joke," her brother adds. The European Court of Human Rights has fast-tracked their 2020 lawsuit.

Migrants leave Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 27 as they continue their trek north toward Mexico's northern states and the U.S. border.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:18

Migrants seeking to enter the United States will again have to stay in Mexico as they await immigration hearings, as the Biden administration reluctantly announced plans to comply with a court order.

Travelers wear masks at LaGuardia International Airport on Tuesday in New York, New York as concern grows worldwide over omicron, the newest COVID-19 variant. Minnesota confirmed the second U.S. omicron case on Thursday.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:00

Colorado health officials say the case was identified in a resident who tested positive after traveling to southern Africa. Another case of the variant was reported in Minnesota earlier Thursday.

People embrace as they visit a makeshift memorial outside of Oxford High School on Wednesday in Oxford, Mich.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:20

Oxford High School lost four young students in a shooting this week. The victims, many of them athletes on school teams, were between 14 and 17 years old.

A makeshift memorial seen outside Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., on Wednesday honors the four students who were fatally shot and seven people who were injured.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:19

Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said the parents of the suspect failed to keep a recently purchased firearm out of the hands of their son, who is accused of killing four classmates.

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 08:21

Activists say menstrual products are a basic necessity that shouldn't require a long walk to the school nurse's office, and that providing them is key to removing the stigma of periods.

President Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding Air Force One in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Biden is set on Thursday to discuss his strategy for dealing with COVID-19 this winter.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 06:21

The White House wants more people to get vaccines, booster shots and COVID tests — especially with the new omicron variant here. A new plan will provide some new incentives.

Parcels jam a conveyor belt at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility in Boston.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 05:01

To all those holiday present procrastinators out there (you know who you are): Be sure to ship that holiday gift sooner rather than later to get those presents to their destination before December 25.

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 05:00

Officials say the new rules are a necessary update to an outdated law, but consumer advocates worry that borrowers risk missing key information or falling prey to scammers.

Dr. Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, who directs the St. Louis Department of Health, has turned to social media platforms this week and to local clergy and community groups — the sort of trusted messengers people turn to in times of uncertainty — to help get the right sort of early word out about the omicron variant. Conveying what's known and what's still to be learned are both important, she says.
Thu, 12/02/2021 - 04:01

Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say.

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 02:49

Police are investigating the shooting of Jacqueline Avant, who was found shot in her Beverly Hills home early Wednesday. "I don't think it's a random attack", said police chief Mark Stainbrook.

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