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EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?

EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?

By MARIA CHENG, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #EditorsPicks South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province LONDON (AP) — WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA? South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It's unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in…
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DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. The Justice Department last Friday filed an updated complaint in its ongoing lawsuit against Alabama over prison conditions. Justice Department officials wrote that violence remains unabated in facilities that are both overcrowded and “dangerously” understaffed. “In the two and a half years following the United States’ original notification to the State…
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Acquitted and in demand, Kyle Rittenhouse ponders what’s next

Acquitted and in demand, Kyle Rittenhouse ponders what’s next

By MICHAEL TARM and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks  #Lifestyle KENOSHA, Wis. — When he was acquitted of murder in shootings during unrest in Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse went from staring at possible life behind bars to red-hot star of the right: an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson and a visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago capped by a photo of both men smiling and snapping a thumbs-up. For Rittenhouse, a year of legal uncertainty over whether his claim of self-defense would stand up has given way to uncertainty over what’s next. He told Carlson, in an appearance that spiked the host’s ratings by…
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Get ready for the Baby Yoda balloon on Thanksgiving Day

Get ready for the Baby Yoda balloon on Thanksgiving Day

By Frank DeCaro, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks On Thursday, a larger-than-life helium-filled likeness of Grogu, the beloved “Mandalorian” character also known as Baby Yoda and the Child, is making its aerial debut above the streets of New York. The Grogu balloon is the first “Star Wars” inflatable in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — a thrill for fans of that cosmic franchise. But for Funko, the collectible toy company behind the tiny square-headed figurine after which the balloon is modeled, it’s an even more momentous occasion. If the Force is with Funko — and the…
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President, VP and spouses assist food kitchen for holiday

President, VP and spouses assist food kitchen for holiday

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks NANTUCKET, Mass. — President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, helped a Washington food kitchen prepare Thanksgiving meals for the needy before they left town — like millions of other Americans — to resume their family tradition of spending the holiday on tiny Nantucket island in Massachusetts. The first family, including children and grandchildren, arrived on the island Tuesday night and were staying at the home of billionaire businessman David Rubenstein, a family friend, as they have previously. The president was expected to return to the White House on Sunday.  …
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George Clooney, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Among Hollywood Players Starting Schools in Los Angeles

George Clooney, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Among Hollywood Players Starting Schools in Los Angeles

BY KIRSTEN CHUBA | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Lifestyle  #EditorsPicks Entertainment names are behind two LAUSD magnet high schools that will open next fall with a goal of providing a path to employment: "Why not access all of this young talent that we have in our own backyard," says Clooney. Hollywood and the education system have been intertwined for many years, with celebrities and industry companies long writing checks and forming charitable partnerships to give back to the next generation. As of late, though, Hollywood has taken a big new step in changing the school system: creating its own. The Roybal…
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Travel: FAA fining passengers for alcohol-fueled behavior on planes

Travel: FAA fining passengers for alcohol-fueled behavior on planes

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #EditorsPicks The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced civil penalties in eight incidents this year involving unruly passengers and alcohol. The FAA says it has received nearly 300 reports of passenger disturbances due to alcohol and intoxication so far in 2021. Disturbances on planes are rare. But the number spiked when the FAA instituted a “zero tolerance” policy for unruly behavior on planes and the federal government began requiring masks on planes in January 2021. Incidents have decreased since earlier this year. The FAA doesn’t have the authority to criminally prosecute people, but refers some…
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Airport gun discharge occurred despite TSA safety protocols

Airport gun discharge occurred despite TSA safety protocols

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks  The Transportation Security Administration has procedures in place at airport checkpoints to prevent accidental weapon discharges like the one that sent passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson International scrambling on Saturday. But that protocol wasn’t followed because it wasn’t immediately clear from X-ray images that TSA officers were dealing with a firearm. TSA officers who detect a gun in an X-ray machine should close down the lane, leave the bag where it is and alertpolice. “Actually, the police remove the carry-on bag from the X-ray machines, because we don’t even want our TSA officers to…
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Lawyer who wants to ban Black pastors no stranger to controversy

Lawyer who wants to ban Black pastors no stranger to controversy

By Bill Rankin - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Asia Simone Burns - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Shaddi Abusaid - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks BRUNSWICK - The lawyer whose request to bar Black pastors engulfed a murder trial with turmoil both inside and outside the Glynn County courthouse is known for saying the unexpected. But Kevin Gough’s repeated, inflammatory comments during the trial of three men accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery brought condemnation from onlookers in this coastal community and from legal commentators and civil rights activists nationwide. Gough, 59, represents William “Roddie” Bryan, who is on trial with Travis…
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Checkup finds Biden ‘vigorous’; Harris briefly held presidential power

Checkup finds Biden ‘vigorous’; Harris briefly held presidential power

By Zeke Miller, The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks  #Lifestyle BETHESDA, Md. — President Joe Biden remains “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for duty, but is showing some signs of aging, his doctor said Friday after the oldest president in American history underwent his first routine physical in office and — in a history-making moment — briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he underwent a colonoscopy. Harris, the first woman, first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to be vice president, was — for one hour and 25 minutes — acting president while…
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