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Students hold candles during a prayer vigil after the shootings at Oxford High School on Tuesday in Oxford, Mich.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:50

Charges against the boy were announced a few hours after authorities reported the death of a fourth teen from Oxford High School in southeastern Michigan.

A dozen organisms designed by artificial intelligence known as xenobots (C-shaped; beige) beside loose frog stem cells (white).
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:26

Xenobots, a type of programmable organism made from frog cells, can replicate by spontaneously sweeping up loose stem cells, researchers say. This could have implications for regenerative medicine.

Abortion-rights advocates and abortion-rights opponents demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before fetal viability.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:24

The fate of abortion in the U.S. appears to be on shaky ground as a divided Supreme Court weighs a Mississippi law. A decision in the case is expected by summer.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol will meet Wednesday evening to consider a contempt referral against former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 11:00

Clark, who had promised to pursue former President Donald Trump's false election fraud claims, appeared for a deposition, but the select committee said Clark failed to cooperate.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Oct. 18.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 10:31

The coronavirus outbreak exposed flaws in the global health system but also showed a willingness among countries to work together, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, says.

Researchers used treats to coax young black bears to walk on their hind legs through mud to get footprints to compare to the fossils.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 10:00

A new look at nearly 3.7-million-year-old fossil footprints uncovered in Tanzania shows that multiple species of early humans lived together at the same time.

The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol raised alarm bells for a think tank studying democracy.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:05

The United States has joined the list of countries where democracy is backsliding, according to a new report by the think tank International IDEA.

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:00

In D.C. and across the country, people gathered by the thousands in coordinated rallies to demand reproductive justice for all. The main message? Everyone loves someone who's had an abortion.

A rusted chain hangs on the fence at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 27.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 04:59

Investigators are still trying to determine how live ammunition ended up on the set of Rust. In October, Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop gun armed with a live bullet.

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case from Mississippi that could reverse the court's nearly half-century-old <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 04:05

At issue is whether to reverse the court's nearly half-century-old decision, Roe v. Wade, and subsequent decisions declaring that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

This women's health clinic in Jackson, Miss., is at the center of <em>Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization</em>,<em> </em>which comes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 04:00

A Mississippi case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday could result in a major rollback of abortion rights. The state has just one remaining clinic that offers abortions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters ahead of House passage of Democrats' Build Back Better Act, which now faces changes in the Senate.
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 04:00

A new report from the think tank Third Way found that a two-parent family of four would save up to $7,400 due to provisions of the Democrats' Build Back Better legislation.

Former Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes leaves the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building with her partner Billy Evans.
Tue, 11/30/2021 - 20:24

In a tense day of testimony, the former founder of Theranos tried to fight assertions from federal prosecutors that she deliberately deceived investors and misled patients.

Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. Pfizer has asked federal regulators to expand the eligibility for booster shots to include 16- and 17-year-olds.
Tue, 11/30/2021 - 19:58

Pfizer's CEO says the vaccine maker has asked federal regulators to authorize boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds. Currently, only people 18 and over are eligible for a booster in the U.S.

Chris Cuomo attends the Turner Upfront 2018 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2018 in New York City.
Tue, 11/30/2021 - 18:24

CNN said new documents "raise serious questions" about the anchor's role in trying to help his brother, former N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual misconduct allegations.

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