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Omicron confirmed in man who attended NYC anime convention

Omicron confirmed in man who attended NYC anime convention

NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19   Health officials say the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been found in a Minnesota man who attended an anime convention in New York City in November NEW YORK (AP) — Just a day after the U.S. announced its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus had been detected in California, health officials announced Thursday it was found in a man who attended an anime convention in New York City in late November. The man tested positive after returning home to Minnesota, health officials in that state said. Officials in…
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Baldwin to ABC about shooting: ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’

Baldwin to ABC about shooting: ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’

NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks  #Lifestyle ABC News has released a clip in which Alec Baldwin tells George Stephanopoulos that he did not pull the trigger on a gun that went off on a New Mexico film set, killing a cinematographer NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing Thursday that he did not pull the trigger on a prop gun he was holding on a New Mexico film set when it went off, killing a cinematographer. “I didn't pull the trigger,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun…
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Latest COVID variant raises urgency for young children to be vaccinated

Latest COVID variant raises urgency for young children to be vaccinated

By Helena Oliviero - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution John Perry - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #Health Even before the omicron variant was detected, Georgia parents were taking their time seeking the shots for children As a new and fast-spreading variant sparks global concern, public health officials are renewing calls for adults — and children — to get vaccinated.   But the pace of vaccinating children in Georgia, especially younger children, lags behind the national average. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said this week the new omicron variant makes getting children and teens vaccinated more urgent. Noting vaccines for…
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Operation Blooming Onion: Federal indictment reveals ‘modern-day-slavery’ in Georgia

Operation Blooming Onion: Federal indictment reveals ‘modern-day-slavery’ in Georgia

By Drew Favakeh, Savannah Morning News Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks   According to a newly unsealed indictment revealed last week by acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia David H. Estes, 24 people conspired for three years to smuggle Mexican and Central American workers and forced them to work in brutal conditions on farms located across the world, including the southern, middle and northern regions of Georgia. At a news conference at the Cay Building, Estesstood at a podium alongside the federal law enforcement officers who were involved in cracking the case.The 54-count indictment, titled “USA v. Patricio et al.,” discloses…
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1st US case of COVID omicron variant confirmed in California

1st US case of COVID omicron variant confirmed in California

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 A person in California has become the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 WASHINGTON (AP) — A person in California who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant, the White House announced Wednesday as scientists continue to study the risks posed by the new virus strain. Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters the person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive on…
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FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT  HAYDEN, Ala. — The recent discovery of hundreds of packages in a wooded area north of Alabama’s most populous city have led authorities to question a FedEx driver, a sheriff said Monday. As many as 400 packages of varying sizes were found in a ravine last week about 30 miles north of Birmingham, authorities said. The discovery was made on private property near the small town of Hayden in Blount County, Sheriff Mark Moon said. The county sheriff said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page that investigators had spoken with security…
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Walmart said she shoplifted; jury awards her $2.1 million

Walmart said she shoplifted; jury awards her $2.1 million

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks MOBILE, Ala. — An Alabama woman who says she was falsely arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart and then threatened by the company after her case was dismissed has been awarded $2.1 million in damages. A Mobile County jury on Monday ruled in favor of Lesleigh Nurse of Semmes, news outlets reported. Nurse said in a lawsuit that she was stopped in November 2016 when trying to leave a Walmart with groceries she said she already paid for, according to AL.com. She said she used self-checkout, but the scanning device froze. Workers didn’t…
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Bill Cosby prosecutors take case to Supreme Court

Bill Cosby prosecutors take case to Supreme Court

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPIcks PHILADELPHIA — Prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction, arguing in a petition Monday that a decision announced in a news release does not give a defendant lifetime immunity. Prosecutors said the ruling could set a dangerous precedent if convictions are overturned over dubious closed-door deals. They have also complained the chief judge of the state’s high court appeared to misstate key facts of the case when he discussed the court ruling that overturned Cosby’s conviction in a television interview. “This decision as it stands…
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Will the vaccines stop omicron? Scientists are racing to find out

Will the vaccines stop omicron? Scientists are racing to find out

By Apoorva Mandavilli, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #Health As nations severed air links from southern Africa amid fears of another global surge of the coronavirus, scientists scrambled Sunday to gather data on the new omicron variant, its capabilities and — perhaps most important — how effectively the current vaccines will protect against it. The early findings are a mixed picture. The variant may be more transmissible and better able to evade the body’s immune responses, both to vaccination and to natural infection, than prior versions of the virus, experts said in interviews. The vaccines may well continue to…
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In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again

In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again

By ARNO PEDRAM and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks France is inducting Missouri-born cabaret dancer Josephine Baker who was also a French World War II spy and civil rights activist into its Pantheon PARIS (AP) — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer, French World War II spy and civil rights activist — into its Pantheon, the first Black woman honored in the final resting place of France’s most revered luminaries. On Tuesday, a coffin carrying soils from the U.S., France and Monaco — places where Baker made her mark — will be deposited inside…
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