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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.

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 19:59

"It hurts to even say it," the popular cable news anchor told listeners of his SiriusXM show on Wednesday. Cuomo has been suspended by CNN indefinitely, pending an evaluation by the network.

Kyle Rittenhouse, pictured at his trial on Nov. 19, can rejoin Facebook and Instagram, Meta announced on Wednesday.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 18:17

The announcement follows Rittenhouse's recent acquittal for last year's shooting in Kenosha, Wis. The company is also lifting restrictions that blocked his name in certain search results.

Meta has removed six networks of accounts for abusing its platforms, underscoring the ways bad actors around the world use social media as a tool to promote false information and harass opponents.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 17:29

The Chinese operation is one of six networks blocked from Facebook and Instagram after spreading false information and harassing opponents.

Twitter is expanding its ban on users publicizing private information to include videos and images of other people posted without their permission.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:46

Twitter users may no longer share private videos or images of others without permission. Critics say the broad policy gives the company too much control over what's deemed in the "public interest."

Democrat Stacey Abrams has risen to national prominence following her narrow loss in Georgia's 2018 governor's race.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 15:36

Abrams rose to national prominence following her narrow loss in Georgia's 2018 governor's race. Her entrance into the contest sets up a potential rematch against Gov. Brian Kemp.

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 15:32

A collective from Belfast won the U.K. prize for art. Prize organizers said the work tackles "urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humor, seriousness and beauty."

Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves hits a home run against the Houston Astros during game six of the 2021 World Series. A report by Business Insider found that the league used two different types of baseballs during the 2021 season, one of which flew further.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 15:13

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday. Owners may now impose a lockout, the league's first work stoppage since the 1990s.

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai plays during the second round of the U.S.Open tennis championships in 2019. The Women's Tennis Association says they are canceling all tournaments in China after Peng Shuai was silenced after revealing her sexual assault.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 14:51

WTA Chairman Steve Simon said he is "greatly concerned" about the risks players and staff would face after the treatment of tennis star Peng, who says she was sexually assaulted by a Chinese official.

Here's a computer generated image of the omicron variant of the coronavirus — also known as B.1.1.529. Reported in South Africa on Nov. 24, this variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 14:23

How did this new strain of the novel coronavirus evolve? Researchers are investigating various possibilities. One leading theory involves ... just one person.

People line up to get tested for COVID at a site in New York City on Monday. The new omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, is quickly spreading around the world.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 13:16

The individual returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and had mild symptoms. Cases have been found in more than 20 countries, less than a week after the worrying new variant was first identified.

FedEx trucks are parked at a FedEx Ship Center on September 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. FedEx says the driver who dumped packages into an Alabama ravine at least six times is no longer with the company.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:51

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said the unnamed driver dumped packages into a wooded area at least six times, leaving some 450 people without their deliveries.

Researchers at the University of Washington Medicine Retrovirology Lab at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle process samples from Novavax's phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in February 2021.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:46

Protein subunit vaccines work by injecting people with a tiny portion of a virus. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, that tiny portion is the spike protein that the coronavirus uses to enter cells.

A courtroom sketch show assistant U.S. attorney Alison Moe questioning an unidentified victim about her experiences with Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, during Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:30

The female accuser, using the pseudonym Jane, is the first of four women who are expected to speak in court about their allegations of sexual abuse.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a top World Health Organization official on COVID-19, speaks at a news conference in July.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:24

More should be known about the transmissibility and severity of the new variant in "days, not necessarily weeks," a senior World Health Organization scientist says.

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