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Biden signs bill averting government shutdown

President Biden signed a short-term funding bill on Friday, averting a government shutdown hours before the deadline. A group of conservatives in the House and Senate had threatened the fate of the legislation over opposition to Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate before finally allowing the legislation to pass. The bill funds...

Five things to know about the November jobs report

The November jobs report gave a muddled picture of an improving economy. Overall job growth fell far short of expectations, with the U.S. adding just 210,000 of the roughly 500,000 jobs that analysts projected the economy to gain last month. Even so, the unemployment rate sunk from 4.6 percent to 4.2 percent, landing less than 1 percentage point above the pre-pandemic jobless rate.

Portland Trail Blazers GM fired after code of conduct investigation

The Portland Trail Blazers have fired President and General Manager Neil Olshey after a private investigation revealed he violated the team's code of conduct in the workplace environment. The NBA team said Olshey's termination was effective immediately, according to a statement released on Friday, while Joe Cronin, the director of...

New international travel testing rules: What to know

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that its international travel requirements have changed. Beginning on Monday, Dec. 6, all air passengers two years and older – regardless of vaccination status or citizenship – will have to show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel to the U.S.

Florida police shoot, kill armed Florida Tech student who 'lunged' at officers

Florida police shot and killed a knife-wielding suspect on the Florida Tech campus Friday night after he chased a number of students into dorms. Melbourne police responded at around 10:50 p.m. to a report of a male armed with a knife assaulting students at the Florida Institute of Technology campus. Campus security cornered the suspect in a building and confronted him before police arrived.

DOJ launches civil rights probe into police department in New York suburb

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it would be opening a civil rights investigation into a police department in a New York City suburb. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the DOJ's Civil Rights Division announced that the "pattern-or-practice" probe would evaluate allegations concerning the Mount Vernon Police Department's use of force and strip searches.

Taliban says women aren't 'property,' must consent to marriage

Afghanistan's Taliban government on Friday released a decree regarding women's rights in the country, according to a report by Reuters. The decree, announced by Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhunzada, states that women are not to be considered "property" and that “both [women and men] should be equal,” according to The Associated Press. It also says that “no one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure."

Two hippos in Belgian zoo test positive for COVID-19

BRUSSELS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Two hippos have tested positive for COVID-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium in what could be the first reported cases in the species, zoo staff said. Hippos Imani, aged 14, and 41-year-old Hermien have no symptoms apart from a runny nose, but the zoo said the pair had been put into quarantine as a precaution.

Democrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden

Democrats are up in arms this month over GOP charges that President Biden is to blame for the prolonged COVID-19 crisis. They argue that Republicans, from former President Trump to his most vocal allies in Congress and in state capitals, bear plenty of responsibility for public resistance to masks and vaccines, noting the opposition to those leading mitigation efforts comes overwhelmingly from the right.

Honda recalls 724K SUVs, pickups over hood issue

Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) say that thousands of SUVs and pickup trucks are being recalled over a safety issue with the vehicles’ hoods. The NHTSA said in a recall notice this week that more than 724,000 Honda vehicles were affected in a recall for certain...

Deposition delayed for Trump DOJ official in Jan. 6 probe

Former Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) official Jeffrey Clark has secured a delay for his deposition, initially scheduled for Saturday, due to a medical issue, postponing his effort to plead the Fifth Amendment and avoid criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress. The move delays the House committee investigating the Jan....

Why CNN's Chris Cuomo 'indefinite' suspension isn't enough

By and large, journalists realize they have to conduct themselves in certain ways to earn the public's trust. On a personal level, that means behaving ethically. On a professional level, that means adhering to professional journalistic norms, such as truth-telling and avoiding conflicts of interest. The journalism industry has identified...