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Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead

Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead

By JAKE BLEIBERG, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated PressTroy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicksA man held people hostage for more than 10 hours at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in AfghanistanCOLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Four hostages were spared and their captor was killed, ending an hourslong standoff at a Texas synagogue, where the man — a British national — could be heard ranting on a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who…
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Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated PressTroy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicksWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday came during a spike in coronavirus cases caused by the omicron variant.The court's conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its…
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Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly ‘Rust’ shooting

Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly ‘Rust’ shooting

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressTroy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicksSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of creating dangerous conditions on a movie set where a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to include only dummy rounds.The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico state district court by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer who oversaw firearms, ammunition and related training on the set of “Rust" along with two colleagues. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died on Oct. 21 from a gunshot wound during a “Rust”…
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Bone in SUV is from Ohio mom missing since 2002 with 2 kids

Bone in SUV is from Ohio mom missing since 2002 with 2 kids

Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicksAURORA, Ind. (AP) — DNA testing has confirmed that a bone found in an SUV pulled last fall from the Ohio River in Indiana is from an Ohio woman who vanished in 2002 along with her two young children, authorities said Tuesday.Dearborn County Coroner Cameron McCreary learned Friday the bone had been confirmed as belonging to Stephanie Van Nguyen, who was 26 when she disappeared with her 4-year-old daughter, Kristina, and 3-year-old son, John, Indiana State Police said.Van Nguyen, who was from Delhi Township in southwestern Ohio, left a note in April 2002 saying she was…
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Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services

Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services

By  JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and TERRY TANG, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #EditorsPicks The explosion in omicron-fueled coronavirus infections has caused a breakdown in basic functions and services across America Ambulances in Kansas speed toward hospitals then suddenly change direction because hospitals are full. Employee shortages in New York City cause delays in trash and subway services and diminish the ranks of firefighters and emergency workers. Airport officials shut down security checkpoints at the biggest terminal in Phoenix and schools across the nation struggle to find teachers for their classrooms. The current explosion of omicron-fueled coronavirus infections in…
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Sidney Poitier’s Family Calls Him “Our Guiding Light” in Loving Tribute

Sidney Poitier’s Family Calls Him “Our Guiding Light” in Loving Tribute

BY RYAN GAJEWSKI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment  #EditorsPicks The actor's kin remembered him as "a man who always put family first." He died Thursday night at 94. Sidney Poitier’s family is sharing heartfelt memories of the star after his death Thursday night at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 94. In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter, his relatives described their grief following the Oscar winner’s passing. “There are no words to convey the deep sense of loss and sadness we are feeling right now,” the statement read. “We are so grateful he was able to spend his last…
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Days before Christmas, a letter: Repay your unemployment benefits

Days before Christmas, a letter: Repay your unemployment benefits

By Matt Kempner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks Employer filed claims. Worker: “I was completely confused, panicked.” Not long before Christmas, Haven Whiteman got a letter from the Georgia Department of Labor. It shook the 28-year-old Atlantan, a former restaurant server assistant who had seen her regular pay and hours plummet during much of the pandemic. Within 30 days, pay nearly $7,000, the state’s letter said. More than a year earlier, during 2020, “you knowingly and willfully failed to report and/or incorrectly reported your earnings,” the letter stated. Whiteman, it said, would have to reimburse both correct and…
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Local Officials Confident Super Bowl Staying in Los Angeles Despite COVID-19 Surge

Local Officials Confident Super Bowl Staying in Los Angeles Despite COVID-19 Surge

BY  CHRIS GARDNER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks "I feel really confident the event will happen here in L.A.," L.A.'s Public Health director Barbara Ferrer said in regards to next month's Super Bowl. A day after the NFL confirmed that it was exploring contingency plans for Super Bowl LVI in the event that COVID-19 conditions make Los Angeles untenable as a host city, local officials are saying SoFi Stadium will likely host the global spectacle on Feb. 13. “I feel really confident the event will happen here in L.A. There’s no indication that it won’t,” Los Angeles Department of Public…
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‘Hatred in the eyes’: How racist rage animated Jan. 6 riots

‘Hatred in the eyes’: How racist rage animated Jan. 6 riots

By  FARNOUSH AMIRI, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks The Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection by pro-Trump supporters and right-wing group members shattered the sense of security that many had long felt at the Capitol as rioters forcefully delayed the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Cori Bush is no stranger to protests. She spent years marching the streets of St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, rising to public office on the strength of her activism. But as the Missouri Democrat looked out the window of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — only her third day…
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FBI still hunting Jan. 6 suspects, pipe bomber a year later

FBI still hunting Jan. 6 suspects, pipe bomber a year later

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks A year after thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, hundreds of people who assaulted officers and committed other crimes still haven't been caught WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspect was covered from head to toe, skulking through the dark streets of the nation’s capital before methodically placing two explosives outside the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees. Only 17 hours later — and just before the U.S. Capitol was stormed by a sea of pro-Trump rioters — were the pipe bombs discovered. It quickly became one of the highest-priority investigations for the…
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