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Biden pushed to seal the deal on paid sick leave for rail workers
-  on Thursday passed legislation brokered by President Joe Biden denying freight rail employees any compensated sick leave, labor advocates implored the president—who called himself the "most pro-labor" president ever—to sign an executive order guaranteeing at least seven days of paid days off for illness to railroad and other workers. The upper chamber  voted  52-43 Thursday—eight ...

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Fed's preferred inflation gauge slowed in October
- Inflation showed signs of slowing in October, but it still remained uncomfortably rapid even as a spate of economic data underscored that a return to normal price increases could take time. Prices as measured by the Personal Consumption Expenditures index, the measure the Federal Reserve watches most closely, climbed by 6 percent in the year through October, the report showed, in line with what economists in a ...

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Kanye West suspended from Twitter after swastika post, Elon Musk says
- Elon Musk said Twitter suspended the rapper Ye on Friday after he shared an image of a swastika combined with the Star of David, weeks after his account was restored following a previous restriction. It's the latest fallout for Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, after he began making frequent antisemitic comments online and in interviews, which also caused him to lose several lucrative business deals. His tweets ...

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Supreme Court to make decision on Biden's student loan-cancellation plan
- President Joe Biden answers questions with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona as they leave a White House event about the student debt relief portal beta test in October. (Susan Walsh, Associated Press file photo) NEW! WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether the Biden administration can broadly cancel student loans, keeping the program blocked for now but signaling a final answer by ...

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Appeals court: Trump merits no 'special master' for seized files nor 'special exception' to criminal law
- A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday that a federal judge in Florida erred in granting former President Donald Trump's request for a "special master" to review the thousands of documents the FBI took from Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in an August raid. The unsparing ruling was a victory for the Justice Department, a big defeat for Trump, and an embarrassing rebuke of ...

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Arizona's Cochise County supervisors certify election after court loss
- An Arizona judge on Thursday ordered Cochise County's board of supervisors to certify the county's votes in the 2022 midterms by 5 p.m., and two of the three supervisors then met and did so . The third supervisor, Tom Crosby, skipped the court-ordered meeting and did not vote. Crosby and the other Republican on the board, Peggy Judd, had voted against canvassing the election before Monday's state-mandated deadline, ...

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White House sparks primary firestorm by pushing South Carolina for top spot
- WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is recommending that South Carolina, the state that lifted him to front-runner status in the 2020 primaries, kick off Democrats' 2024 presidential nominating contest, according to a top Democratic source familiar with the plan. In doing so, he has set off a frenzied scramble among competing early states that are apoplectic over the proposal. The proposed order would do away ...

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Today's mortgage and refinance rates: December 2, 2022 | Rates move down following Powell speech
- Mortgage rates have trended down this week following a speech Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell gave at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday. In his speech, Powell talked about the current economic conditions and how the Fed is thinking about inflation as it prepares to head into its mid-December meeting. Powell reiterated what he's been saying for months, which is that inflation has been incredibly stubborn ...

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Trump Organization's Last Play in Tax Fraud Case: Pin It on the Fall Guy
- O.J. Simpson had: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." The Trump Organization has: "Weisselberg did it for Weisselberg." As the criminal tax fraud trial against former President Donald Trump's private business comes to an end, one moment in court on Thursday summed up the absurdity of the Trump Organization's defense strategy of blaming their problems on a chief financial officer gone rogue. It came when ...

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Idaho student killings: As police release a series of confusing statements on the case, here's where the investigation stands
- After a series of confusing statements released by police on the Idaho student killings, here's where the investigation stands CNN — As many University of Idaho students returned to campus this week, the police investigation into the stabbing deaths of four of their peers continued – but not without confusion over a key case detail. Nearly three weeks since the college students were found stabbed to ...

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What Congress's same-sex marriage bill actually does
- It doesn't go as far as Obergefell, but it still offers important protections. Congress could soon pass historic protections for same-sex marriage, offering a critical safeguard if the Supreme Court were to overturn its 2015 decision that established the right. The Senate has already passed this legislation, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, and it now heads to the House, which is likely to approve it next ...

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Uvalde survivors file a $27 billion class-action lawsuit against police and others
- Survivors of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, filed a $27 billion class-action lawsuit against the city, the school district, multiple law enforcement agencies and individual officers present that day, court documents show. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Austin, lists the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District's police department, the Uvalde Police Department, ...

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FDA moves to ease blood donor restrictions on gay men amid national shortage
- The Food and Drug Administration is weighing a series of moves to make it easier for gay and bisexual men and other individuals to donate blood amid a nationwide blood shortage . Driving the news: The FDA is considering easing blood donor screening restrictions for men who have sex with men that originated during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. An option under discussion is moving from a three-month deferral ...

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GOP tension builds over House speaker race as McCarthy and critics prep for floor fight
- CNN — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his critics are gearing up for a potential floor fight over the speakership in January, raising the possibility of a messy intraparty showdown that could bring uncertainty and chaos just as Republicans prepare to enter their new majority. McCarthy still insists he will have the 218 votes needed to secure the speakership. Conservative hardliners seeking to plot ...

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November Jobs Report: U.S. Hiring Continues at Robust Pace, Complicating Fed's Path
- America's jobs engine kept churning in November, the Labor Department reported Friday , a show of continued demand for workers despite the Federal Reserve's push to curb inflation by tamping down hiring. Employers created 263,000 jobs, even as a wave of layoffs in the tech industry made headlines. That was only a slight drop from the revised figure of 284,000 for October. The unemployment rate was steady at 3.7 ...

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Amid its war on rodents, New York City is hiring a 'rat czar'
- A war is raging in New York City, and the bloodshed is about to begin — at least that's what city leaders hope as they search for a new "rat czar." Rats' fight for supremacy in the Big Apple has long been a losing battle — but they're gaining momentum. Though humans still outnumber rats, the rodent population is on the rise, fueled by an ever-present, all-you-can-eat buffet of trash in the city. New ...

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Ukraine has lost between 10,000 and 13,000 soldiers so far, according to presidential adviser; US president offers to speak with Russian counterpart
- US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron presented a united front on Ukraine with Biden saying he would talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin if he is willing to end the war and only in consultation with Nato allies. I'm prepared to speak with Mr Putin if in fact there is an interest in him deciding he's looking for a way to end the war. He hasn't done that yet," Biden told a news conference ...

Source: theguardian.com
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FTX chief Sam Bankman-Fried says he 'screwed up' but rejects fraud claim
- Disgraced chief executive tells summit he 'didn't knowingly commingle funds' with FTX's sister company Alameda Research "Look, I screwed up," the fallen crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried told a conference in New York on Wednesday, but he maintained he "didn't ever try to commit fraud" and was "shocked" by the collapse of his businesses. With glassy eyes, at times visibly shaking, Bankman-Fried appeared via video ...

Source: theguardian.com
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Trump taxes: US lawmakers get access to former president's returns
- Donald Trump's tax returns have been handed over to a committee of the US House of Representatives after the former president lost a long legal battle to keep them sealed. The Treasury Department said it had complied with a Supreme Court order that the records should be given to a panel in the Democrat-controlled House. It is not clear if the returns will be made public, or what they will reveal. Mr Trump is yet to ...

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Joel Greenberg sentenced to 11 years after cooperating with federal probe into Matt Gaetz
- Orlando, Florida CNN — Convicted fraudster Joel Greenberg , who cooperated extensively with the Justice Department's sex-trafficking probe into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison by a federal judge in Florida. Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector, previously pleaded guilty to underage sex trafficking, wire fraud, stalking, identity theft, producing a fake ID card, ...

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Danny Masterson: Mistrial in case of That '70s Show actor accused of raping three women
- Masterson is a member of the Church of Scientology, and his three accusers were at the time of the alleged crimes. A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson, who was facing three rape charges. Jurors told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo that they were hopelessly deadlocked, having voted seven times on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 46-year-old is accused of ...

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Trump's third presidential run goes all-in on extremism as his MAGA allies' power grows in the House
- WASHINGTON — Two weeks into his third presidential campaign, former president Donald Trump has made one thing clear: The extremist fringe that was always part of his base is moving to center stage. There was his shocking dinner at Mar-a-Lago last week with the white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Ye, the rapper better known as Kanye West who has made a series of antisemitic statements. Trump also reposted memes ...

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Names, personal information of 6,000 noncitizens posted on ICE website 'erroneously,' ICE says
- The agency disclosed the personal information breach. The names and personal information of more than 6,000 noncitizens were posted on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website erroneously, an ICE spokesperson told ABC News on Thursday. The data breach occurred on Monday, according to an agency spokesperson. "On November 28, 2022, while performing routine updates, a document was erroneously posted to ...

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Indiana's attorney general wants a state board to discipline a doctor who provided abortion services to a 10-year-old. Her attorney says it's to 'intimidate' providers
- CNN — Indiana's attorney general is asking the state medical licensing board to discipline an Indianapolis doctor who provided abortion services to a 10-year-old girl – a move the physician's attorney has called an effort to "intimidate" abortion providers. Attorney General Todd Rokita in a complaint filed Wednesday alleges that Dr. Caitlin Bernard violated federal and Indiana law related to patient ...

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Man found guilty in killings of 7 adults and teen from another Ohio family
- Jurors convicted a man Wednesday in the after weighing his denials and other testimony against the word of witnesses including his brother and mother, who previously pleaded guilty for their roles. George Wagner IV, 31, was found guilty of all 22 counts he faced in southern Ohio's Pike County, including eight counts of aggravated murder in the of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family. Wagner sat ...

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Unlicensed weed tainted with E. coli, lead and salmonella, study finds
- About 40% of cannabis products sold at unlicensed storefronts in New York City contained bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides, finds a recently released report. Marijuana, edibles and vaporizers purchased from 20 illicit shops in August were tested and found to contain varying levels of eight contaminants, including E. coli, salmonella, nickel and lead, according to the commissioned by the New York Medical ...

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Fintechs Made "Massive Profits" on PPP Loans and Sometimes Engaged in Fraud, House Committee Report Finds
- An investigation that began after reporting by ProPublica finds lax anti-fraud standards, executives who cashed in for themselves and contempt for small loan applications that would generate minimal fees. "Delete them," one executive wrote. Financial technology firms at the front lines of approving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program — intended to help small businesses survive during the pandemic ...

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Yale University sued for alleged discrimination against students with mental health disabilities
- The suit alleges Yale forces students struggling with mental health to withdraw. Two Yale University students and Elis for Rachel, an advocacy and support group at the university, filed a lawsuit against the school Wednesday, alleging the school discriminates against students with mental health disabilities by failing to provide necessary accommodations and pressuring them to withdraw. The lawsuit, seeking ...

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Did the Talmud warn us about 'Cocaine Bear?'
- Turns out Jewish texts have a bit to say about dangerous bears (if not cocaine) There's a new movie coming out called Cocaine Bear about a bear who consumes cocaine and goes on a killing spree. The sages predicted this. Sort of. In the Talmudic tractate Bava Kamma, 15b , which deals with liability and torts, the bear is named as one of the wild beasts that is "forewarned."  Essentially, this means, if you ...

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Republican Georgia lieutenant governor says he couldn't vote for Walker
- Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan (R) said he did not vote for either Republican Herschel Walker or Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) in the state's Senate runoff. "I showed up to vote this morning," Duncan told CNN's John Berman on Wednesday. "I was one of those folks who got in line and spent about an hour waiting, and it was the most disappointing ballot I've ever stared at in my entire life since I started voting." "I had ...

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LeBron James called out reporters for not asking him about a 1957 photo showing Jerry Jones in a crowd preventing integration of his high school
- LeBron James expressed disappointment that reporters didn't ask him about an old photo of Jerry Jones. A 1957 photo shows a teenaged Jones on the steps of a segregated high school in Arkansas, where white students stopped Black students from entering. James noted the contrast between the lack of questions about Jones to the frequent questions he fielded about Kyrie Irving's sharing an anti-Semitic film on social ...

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US   MEDICINE  
U.S. health officials to test wastewater around the country for polio
- U.S. health officials will begin testing wastewater for poliovirus in select locations around the country, including possibly at sites in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The testing will happen in communities that have low polio vaccination rates or those with possible connections to New York communities that are linked to a recent case of paralytic polio in Rockland, N.Y. "Wastewater testing can be an important tool to ...

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Obama to campaign for Warnock in tight Georgia runoff race
- ATLANTA — Former president Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail Thursday night for a rally aimed at energizing Democratic voters in Georgia to head back to the polls to support Sen. Raphael G. Warnock in his runoff battle against Republican Herschel Walker. In his second trip to the Peach State this election cycle, Obama urged a crowd of about 5,000 supporters to do their part to ensure the senator is ...

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Al Roker returns to hospital due to blood clot 'complications'
- Al Roker has returned to the hospital shortly after being released amid his ongoing recovery from blood clots.  Hoda Kotb confirmed Thursday on Today that the weatherman "is back in the hospital" due to "some complications." She added that he is "in very good care" and resting as his doctors are "keeping a close eye on him."   Roker confirmed on Nov. 18 that he has been absent from the Today ...

Source: theweek.com
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Florida pulls $2 bln from BlackRock in largest anti-ESG divestment
- Dec 1 (Reuters) - Florida's chief financial officer said on Thursday his department would pull $2 billion worth of its assets managed by BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) , the biggest such divestment by a state opposed to the asset manager's environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. The move will hardly dent BlackRock's $8 trillion in assets and drew a strong response from the company, which said the ...

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Airbnb Now Helps Renters Find Apartments to Host Part Time
- Airbnb this week launched a new program that helps people find apartments to host on the service part time, and when it's convenient for them to do so. The Airbnb-friendly apartments feature aims to make it easier for renters to "share their space" by renting it out only some of the time. Whether you're looking to turn a spare bedroom into spare cash or sublet the entire flat while traveling, renters can browse ...

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US   SCIENCE  
Never-before-seen minerals discovered in Somalian meteorite
- A space rock that crashed in Somalia decades ago lay partially encased in sand until 2020, when researchers dug it up and sliced into it for samples. Inside the 15 ton meteorite — the ninth largest ever found intact on this planet — were two minerals, and possibly a third, that had never before been seen on Earth. The finding could not only inform theories on how asteroids form , but inspire new forms ...

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"I thought he was going to beat me": Herschel Walker's ex claims he attacked her in "enraged" fit
- The Daily Beast's Roger Sollenberger has done more than his share of  bombshell reporting  on Herschel Walker in 2022, describing, in elaborate detail, allegations that the U.S. Senate candidate impregnated  two different women  and wanted them to  have abortions  — allegations that the MAGA Republican has flatly denied. Sollenberger offers yet another bombshell report on Walker ...

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IRS Audits Sweeping up Ex-FBI Chiefs Not Improper, Watchdog Says
- A Treasury Department watchdog said in a report released Thursday it didn't find misconduct during a review conducted in the wake of revelations of IRS audits of former FBI Director James Comey and former acting and deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration review came at the request of then-IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig and members of Congress, following a July New ...

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Chemerinsky: An important week of arguments in the Supreme Court
- Erwin Chemerinsky. Photo by Jim Block. Next Monday and Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two of the most important cases of the term. Each could have enormous implications for future litigation and for constitutional law. 303 Creative v. Elenis Do a person's religious beliefs and free speech rights provide a constitutional basis for an exemption from anti-discrimination laws? The court has ...

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White House To Serve Maine Lobster At State Dinner Despite Controversy Over Its Unsustainable Status
- Lobsters from the Gulf of Maine — a fishery that two organizations recently labeled as unsustainable — are on the menu at the White House state dinner Thursday night. For their first state dinner, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. The meal's first course is butter-poached lobster topped with caviar. "They had to ship 200 live ...

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Gaylord Perry, two-time Cy Young winner, dies at 88
- GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday. He was 88. Perry died at his home in Gaffney at about 5 a.m. Thursday of natural causes, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. He did not provide additional details. Perry pitched for eight major-league teams from 1962 until 1983. He won the Cy Young with Cleveland in ...

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Hakeem Jeffries, a staunchly pro-Israel Democrat, will lead his party in the U.S. House
- Jeffries visited Israel five times in the last decade and calls Jerusalem New York City's sixth borough Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York Wednesday became the first Black leader of either major political party in Congress. House Democrats voted unanimously for him to succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats, and Jewish leaders and pro-Israel groups welcomed their choice.  The Democratic Majority ...

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Relatives Of The Family Who Was Killed By A Cop Who Catfished Their Teen Daughter Made An Emotional Plea To Parents
- "Please, parents, guardians, when you are talking to our children about the dangers of their online actions, please use us as a reference. ... Not out of fear, but out of example of something that did happen." Relatives of the family in California who was killed by a law enforcement officer after he catfished their teenage daughter spoke at an emotional news conference and pleaded with parents to be aware of their ...

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