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All protest charges dropped against Kentucky lawmaker
All protest charges dropped against Kentucky lawmaker

All charges were dropped Monday against Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott and others arrested during a protest against the decision not to indict the police officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor. Scott, the only Black woman in Kentucky's legislature, tweeted a picture of court documents Monday afternoon

Mexico explains decision to flood poor, Indigenous areas

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he had to face a tough decision on whether to allow a big city to be flooded, or to direct excess water to poorer, more sparsely populated Indigenous areas. "It hurts me a lot," López Obrador said, while noting "there would have been a lot more

Dems can win both Georgia Senate runoffs if November voters turn out: Mary Anne Marsh
Dems can win both Georgia Senate runoffs if November voters turn out: Mary Anne Marsh

Former senior adviser to Johny Kerry Mary Anne Marsh and GOPAC chairman David Avella debate tension in the Democratic Party and provide insight on the Georgia Senate races.

Black Lives Matter Is Challenging Sweden
Black Lives Matter Is Challenging Sweden's Myth of a Post-Racial Paradise

It's been four months since anti-racism protests filled Europe's boulevards and parks, toppling statues of enslavers and colonizers like Edward Colston and Belgium's King Leopold II, and prompting larger conversations around anti-Blackness on the continent. But even as the swells of crowds with raised fists have left the streets, the cause of the protests remains. Black lives still hang in the balance, and now activists are moving from marches to ideological battles in classrooms, boardrooms, and online spaces.In Ireland, that means shifting focus onto the need to dismantle Direct Provision. France has been grappling with not only police brutality towards Black and Muslim people but...

Raphael Warnock
Raphael Warnock's Blood Libel

Raphael Warnock, the Democratic Senate candidate seeking to unseat Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia's runoff election in January, has had some interesting things to say about Israel in the past.Here is Warnock during a 2018 sermon:> We need a two-state solution where all of God's children can live together. We saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey. . . . It is wrong to shoot down God's children like they don't matter at all. And it's no more anti-Semitic for me to say that than it is anti-white for me to say that Black lives matter. Palestinian lives matter.Warnock, senior pastor of the church once led by Reverend Martin...

UPS lifts its longstanding ban on beards for employees and scraps gender-specific dress codes in a drive to
UPS lifts its longstanding ban on beards for employees and scraps gender-specific dress codes in a drive to 'celebrate diversity'

From now on, UPS staff can have beards and moustaches, as well as hairstyles such as "afros, braids, curls, coils, locs, twists and knots."

Biden
Biden's inauguration team is worried Trump supporters will try to turn it into a 'MAGA rally'

The planning for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration was always going to be difficult because of the coronavirus pandemic, but those involved with the preparations are also anticipating extra hurdles from President Trump and his supporters, The Daily Beast reports.The expectation is that Biden will continue to adhere to his personal policy of putting health and safety first, so there likely will be an effort to scale back the crowd-size and keep people away from the National Mall, even if the post-election celebrations in Washington, D.C., indicate that will be a difficult task, per The Daily Beast. But if Biden supporters do heed that advice, it could leave more room for protesters...

Growing calls for Trump to concede presidential election to Biden
Growing calls for Trump to concede presidential election to Biden

Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts has the latest on 'Special Report'

Sen. Gary Peters says John James refusing to concede is
Sen. Gary Peters says John James refusing to concede is 'pathetic': 'They lost'

Michigan Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James is not conceding defeat to incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and wants an investigation into the race to determine its fairness. James, a Black businessman and Iraq War veteran who graduated from West Point, fell short of his bid to unseat the first-term senator in Tuesday's election. Peters was projected to win with 49.8% of the vote in comparison to 48.3% for James with 99% of precincts reporting, according to the New York Times.

Biden
Biden's potential Cabinet picks may be limited 'to those who Mitch McConnell can live with'

Should Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden win the 2020 election while Republicans retain control of the Senate, some potential Cabinet nominees may reportedly be out of contention. No winner has been projected in the 2020 race as votes continue to be counted in key battleground states, but Biden holds an Electoral College lead over President Trump, while it appears Democrats may fail to gain a majority in the Senate. As a result, Biden's transition team is being forced to "consider limiting" his options for Cabinet picks "to those who Mitch McConnell can live with," Axios reported on Thursday. "A Republican Senate would work with Biden on centrist nominees...

Police Declare Riot in Downtown Portland, National Guard Activated
Police Declare Riot in Downtown Portland, National Guard Activated

Police declared a riot in downtown Portland Wednesday night as protests turned violent and votes in the general election continued to be counted a day after Election Day.Governor Kate Brown deployed the Oregon National Guard, which had been placed on standby before the election to respond in the event demonstrations devolved into violence. Guard members were deployed to assist local authorities in "the interest of public safety," the governor said.Demonstrators vandalized businesses and threw objects at police, including one man who was arrested with a rifle, several magazines of ammunition, commercial grade fireworks, a knife, and spray-paint cans, according to police.At least...

Ethiopia mobilises for war in northern region
Ethiopia mobilises for war in northern region

Ethiopia mobilised for war in the northern Tigray region on Thursday, dashing international hopes of averting a conflict between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government and the powerful ethnic faction that led the ruling coalition for decades. "Our country has entered into unexpected war... the war will not come to the centre, it will end there (in Tigray)," the deputy chief of the army, Birhanu Jula, said on state television. Troops were being mustered from around the country and dispatched to Tigray, he said.

Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like
Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says

"The U.S. is now seeing a pretty widespread transmission across the board," said William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology.

Opinion: Why L.A.
Opinion: Why L.A.'s archbishop might have been passed over for a cardinal's hat

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has been passed over by Francis not just this year, but in four previous announcements of new cardinals.

Dow falls 950 points as coronavirus infections rise and hope fades for stimulus talks
Dow falls 950 points as coronavirus infections rise and hope fades for stimulus talks

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the Trump administration will "defeat" the pandemic, "because we're Americans."

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AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine is looking especially promising for the elderly

Another potential coronavirus vaccine is moving along, with especially good news for the elderly.AstraZeneca announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine in development with the University of Oxford has produced a similar immune response in both younger and older adults. The vaccine also results in low adverse responses among older people, the pharmaceutical giant said. That's a standout response considering COVID-19 tends to be more severe in older patients.Several dozen coronavirus vaccines are in the works around the globe, with AstraZeneca's one of many undergoing clinical testing. It's unclear when AstraZeneca will publish the results of its large ongoing trial that will help determine...

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell's Conservative Challenger Gets a Boost... From Dems

In a last-ditch effort to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), a deep-pocketed Democratic group has begun airing ads backing the Libertarian candidate in Kentucky's U.S. Senate contest.A new super PAC called True Kentucky Patriots started buying television and digital ads last week in support of Libertarian Brad Barron, calling him "Kentucky's true conservative for U.S. Senate," in the words of one thirty-second spot. "Barron is one hundred percent pro-Second Amendment, one hundred percent pro-life, and one hundred percent pro-term limits. Sorry Mitch, 36 years is too long."The group is clearly designed to peel off conservative votes from McConnell, who faces a challenge...

Prince Harry says it took him
Prince Harry says it took him 'many, many years' to realize unconscious bias exists

Prince Harry is opening up about how Meghan Markle helped him become aware of unconscious racial bias, which he didn't realize existed for "many years."In a conversation with Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson published by GQ on Monday, Harry praised the "incredibly important" movement and described how for a while, he did not realize that unconscious biases exist in society."Unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was," Harry said. "I had no idea it existed. And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it, especially then living a day or a...

Philippines: Typhoon displaces 120,000 people, 8 missing
Philippines: Typhoon displaces 120,000 people, 8 missing

A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said. Local authorities reported at least two dead from Typhoon Molave, including a villager who drowned, but the government's main disaster-response agency said it would wait to include the deaths in its casualty count until after they are validated. At least 13 people were initially reported missing, mostly fishermen, but five were later rescued separately off the eastern island province of Catanduanes, the Office of Civil Defense said.

China retaliates against news media in latest feud with US

China has ordered six U.S.-based news media to file detailed information about their operations in China the latest volley in a monthslong battle with the Trump administration. A foreign ministry statement issued late Monday demanded that the bureaus of ABC, The Los Angeles Times, Minnesota Public Radio

Tensions between EU and Turkey escalate over Erdogan insults
Tensions between EU and Turkey escalate over Erdogan insults

Tensions between the European Union and Turkey have risen further after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned the mental state of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. Several EU officials harshly criticized Erdogan's comments over the weekend and the bloc's executive arm, the European Commission, said on Monday that the Turkish leader should change his approach if he does not want to derail the bloc's attempts at renewed dialogue with his country. Erdogan said Saturday that Macron needed his head examined.

'60 Minutes' says the huge book Trump's press secretary presented to Lesley Stahl as his 'healthcare plan' was largely filled with existing legislation

The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, delivered the huge book to Stahl after Trump cut short an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes."

Seven held after British military boards threatened oil tanker in English Channel
Seven held after British military boards threatened oil tanker in English Channel

British soldiers on Sunday boarded an oil tanker off England's south coast and detained seven suspects, the defence ministry said, after the crew were forced to take shelter from stowaways who threatened them.