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US will resume policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Migrants seeking to enter the United States will again have to stay in Mexico as they await immigration hearings, as the Biden administration reluctantly announced plans Thursday to accept the Trump-era policy and agreed to Mexico’s conditions for resuming it. Revival of the “Remain in Mexico”...
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CDC confirms first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health authorities in California confirmed the first case of COVID-19 linked to the newly discovered variant Omicron in the U.S. on Wednesday, saying an individual who had recently returned from South Africa tested positive for the strain. The traveler was fully...
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Hours after Chinese tennis boycott, IOC says it has spoken to star player Peng Shuai

London — Just hours after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) suspended all of its tournaments in China over concern for player Peng Shuai, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had held a second video call with her and that she appeared "safe and well, given the difficult situation she is in."

U.K. appeals court sides with Meghan in privacy battle with tabloid publisher over letter to her dad

London — A British court dismissed an appeal on Thursday by a newspaper publisher seeking to overturn a previous ruling that found the Mail on Sunday had breached the Duchess of Sussex's privacy by publishing portions of a letter she sent to her father. Britain's Court of Appeal upheld the earlier High Court decision, handed down in February, that the Mail had in fact breached Meghan's privacy in a way that was "manifestly excessive and hence unlawful."
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Chris Cuomo calls his suspension from CNN 'embarrassing'

CNN host Chris Cuomo said Wednesday that he never meant to compromise any colleagues by advising his brother and that his suspension from the network was "embarrassing." He addressed his indefinite suspension on his SiriusXM show, "Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo." “Hey everybody. It’s Chris Cuomo. Let’s get...
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Stacey Abrams announces another bid for Georgia governor

Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor, announced Wednesday that she's running again in 2022. Abrams' long-awaited decision will set up a high-profile race in one of the marquee battleground states during the midterm elections. Her announcement highlighted much of the work that she has done since she lost her bid in 2018.
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What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the US?

What’s the status of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the U.S.?. It’s on hold indefinitely because of legal challenges, but employers can still require the shots. To control the spread of COVID-19, President Joe Biden previously said businesses with 100 or more employees would need to require COVID-19 vaccination or have workers get tested weekly for the virus. The rule was to take effect Jan. 4, affecting about 84 million workers nationwide.
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Maxwell accuser says Epstein took her to meet Trump when she was 14

The first accuser to take the stand in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial testified on Wednesday that Jeffrey Epstein took her to meet former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago when she was 14, CNN reported. The first of four accusers, identified as "Jane," took the stand to testify about the abuse she...
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House Democrats announce plan to fund the government, prevent a shutdown

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are planning to bring a short-term government funding bill to the floor Thursday that would prevent a shutdown before the Friday night deadline. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., announced Thursday morning that House Democrats have agreed with Republican negotiators to move forward with a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Feb. 18.
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GOP fears boomerang as threat of government shutdown grows

The prospect of a government shutdown grew on Wednesday as a small group of conservative Republicans demanded a vote to defund President Biden ’s vaccine mandate in exchange for letting a stopgap funding measure pass by Friday’s deadline. Republicans fear that Senate conservatives led by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and...
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Symone Sanders, a top Kamala Harris adviser, resigning amid signs of VP office disarray

Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Vice President Harris and her chief spokesperson, will depart at the end of the year, in a sign of growing turmoil within the office. Sanders is the second top Harris aide to announce her departure in less than a month. Just two weeks ago, it emerged that Harris Communications Director Ashley Etienne had resigned. Harris has been plagued by poor approval ratings and questions from Republican critics about her competence.
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Capital One is the first big bank to get rid of overdraft fees

New York (CNN Business) — What's in your wallet? If you're a Capital One customer, it might soon be more money: The company will be the first large bank to eliminate overdraft charges. Capital One (COF) made the announcement Wednesday, saying is it getting rid of all fees for overdrafts...
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Data on thousands of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles patients breached

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) announced Wednesday that it had been the target of a “cybersecurity incident” that compromised patient information. In a notice posted online, PPLA reported that an “unauthorized individual” had gained access to its networks for a week in October, and had used ransomware and malware to steal files that contained patient names, dates of birth, addresses, insurance numbers, and clinical data that included diagnosis and prescription information.
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FDA advisers vote to recommend authorization of a pill to treat Covid-19

(CNN) — Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted 13-10 Tuesday to recommend emergency use authorization of a pill made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to help treat Covid-19. Members of the FDA's Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee were split in their vote to recommend molnupiravir, which can reduce the relative risk someone will progress to severe disease or death by about 30%. The absolute reduction in risk of severe disease or death was 3% -- 9.7% of people who took placebo died, compared to 6.8% of those given molnupiravir.
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Inflation causing hardship for almost half of American households

Inflation is inflicting financial pain on millions of U.S. households, with almost half reporting that higher prices are causing some form of hardship, according to a new survey from Gallup. The study found that 45% of American families said they experienced either severe or moderate hardship due to inflation. Lower-income...
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Fossils reveal a new dinosaur species that was the size of dogs

Fossils found in Chile are from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday. Some dinosaurs had spiked tails they could use as stabbing weapons and others had tails with clubs. The new species, described in a study in the journal Nature, has something never seen before on any animal: seven pairs of "blades" laid out sideways like a slicing weapon used by ancient Aztec warriors, said lead author Alex Vargas.
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Debt collectors can contact you on social media, text you

(NewsNation Now) — Debt collectors can now slide into your DMs as a way to get your attention about missed payments. New rules implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday now allow collection agencies to email, text and message people on social media to track you down about outstanding debts.
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2 Georgia deputies shot outside Atlanta; suspect dead in shootout

A manhunt in Georgia on Wednesday for an "armed and dangerous" suspect accused of shooting and wounding two DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies ended with the suspect's death in a shootout with police, according to a report. Suspect Edward Allen Gatling, 38, was killed in a wooded area in Lithonia, not...
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