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  Story 371 -   Sunday December 20, 2020
Republicans, Democrats reach compromise over Covid-19 stimulus package
WASHINGTON — Senior lawmakers reached a compromise over the Federal Reserve's emergency lending powers late Saturday night, overcoming a major hurdle that prevented Congress from completing a $900 billion coronavirus relief package earlier in the week, according to multiple sources. A last-minute roadblock emerged on Friday as Democrats accused Republicans, namely Pennsylvania's Sen. Pat Toomey, of attempting to encumber the incoming Biden adm ...
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  Story 370 -   Saturday December 19, 2020
Congress averts shutdown; fight continues over pandemic aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a two-day stopgap spending bill Friday night, averting a partial government shutdown and buying yet more time for frustratingly slow endgame negotiations on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. The virus aid talks remained on track, both sides said, but closing out final disagreements was proving difficult. Weekend sessions were on tap, and House leaders hoped for a vote on Sunday on the mas ...
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  Story 369 -   Wednesday December 16, 2020
Pavlich: Democrat's coronavirus class war
California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent residents of his state into another lockdown this week, arguing that issuing a stay-at-home order just one more time will get the spread of coronavirus under control. “If there was ever any time to put aside your doubt, to put aside your skepticism, to put aside your cynicism to put aside your ideology, to put aside any consideration except this: Lives are in the balance. Lives will be lost unless we do more t ...
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  Story 368 -   Wednesday December 16, 2020
Utilizing the International Space Station to enable humans to reach Mars
Over the past 20 years, the International Space Station (ISS) has housed more than 200 astronauts from 17 countries. The ISS has proven to be uniquely capable of enabling the development and testing of exploration technology and human physiology research for future Mars missions. In the next 10 years the ISS can play a critical role in overcoming hurdles on the road to human exploration of Mars, not only as a laboratory for key research topics ...
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  Story 363 -   Wednesday December 16, 2020
The White House should order production of 1 billion vaccine doses
Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the White House should immediately leverage the Defense Production Act to ramp up production to save as many lives as possible and allow our economy to recover. Any delay in expanding productive capacity will unnecessarily extend this deadly pandemic and cause further harm to our economy. The same White House that invoked the Defense Production Act as ...
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  Story 362 -   Wednesday December 16, 2020
Tom Cruise yells at 'Mission: Impossible' crew over breaking COVID-19 rules in leaked audio om Cruise unleashed on the “Mission: Impossible 7” crew for breaking COVID-19 rules on set, according to leaked audio obtained by The Sun. The outburst began after the actor spotted two crew members standing too close to each other in front of a computer screen. Sources close to production confirmed the audio to Variety. In the leaked audio, Cruise laid into the crew, saying the movie industry has been looking to the “Mission: Impossible 7” ...

  Story 361 -   Wednesday December 16, 2020
Congress closes in on COVID-19 relief, funding deal
Congressional leaders said Tuesday night they are making progress on a sweeping deal to fund the government and provide coronavirus relief but hadn't yet clinched an agreement. The top four congressional leaders met twice Tuesday as they race the clock to try to fund the government by Friday and break a months-long stalemate to provide more coronavirus aid. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters that they were "close ...
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  Story 360 -  
Former development aide accuses Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment
NEW YORK (AP) — A former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is now running for Manhattan borough president accused him of sexual harassment in a series of tweets Sunday, saying he made inappropriate comments about her appearance. Lindsey Boylan tweeted that the Democratic governor “sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.” “I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or h ...
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  Story 359 -   Monday December 14, 2020
U.S. begins shipping Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine
Pfizer has begun shipping out its coronavirus vaccine in the U.S., with the doses set to arrive at the first tranche of vaccination sites within a day. Trucks carrying the first doses of the vaccine, authorized by the FDA late Friday night, started rolling out of Pfizer's manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sunday morning, kicking off a challenging effort to inoculate Americans against a virus that's killed nearly 300,000. FedEx and ...
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  Story 358 -   Sunday December 13, 2020
Charley Pride Dies,  Famous Victim of Covid-19
Perhaps the most famous person who died from the pandemic, Charley Pride died of COVID one month after performing at the CMAs, which were indoors and full of people not wearing masks. They gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award and promptly killed him. Pride died Saturday at age 86 in Dallas. He was born on March 18, 1934, in Sledge, Mississippi, the singer was a sharecropper's son who rose to become country music's first black superstar. H ...
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  Story 357 -   Sunday December 13, 2020
States will start getting COVID-19 vaccine Monday, US says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning, U.S. officials said Saturday, after the government gave the final go-ahead to the shots needed to end an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. Trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states, said Army Gen. Gustave Perna of ...
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  Story 356 -   Monday December 14, 2020
Feds passed up chance to lock in more Pfizer vaccine doses
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump aims to take credit Tuesday for the speedy development of forthcoming coronavirus vaccines, even as his administration is coming under scrutiny for failing to lock in a chance to buy millions of additional doses of one of the leading contenders. That decision could delay the delivery of a second batch of doses until manufacturer Pfizer fulfills other international contracts. The revelation, confirmed ...
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  Story 355 -   Saturday December 5, 2020
States submit vaccine orders as coronavirus death toll grows
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States faced a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while hospitals were pushed to the breaking point — with the worst feared yet to come. The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high in the U.S. on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That figure has more than doubled over the pas ...
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  Story 354 -   Wednesday December 2, 2020
UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use
British officials authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, greenlighting the world’s first shot against the virus that’s backed by rigorous science and taking a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The go-ahead for the vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech comes as the virus surges again in the United States and Europe, putting pressure on hospitals and morgues in some places an ...
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  Story 353 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
Brazen gun battle in Brazil bank heist leaves cash scattered on road
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Bank robbers in southern Brazil blasted explosives and fired high-caliber weapons at police late on Monday, in an audacious heist that injured two people and left reams of cash in the streets to be pocketed by locals. The robbery began just before midnight on Monday in the southern city of Criciúma and lasted nearly two hours, according to a statement from military police in Santa Catarina state. Of the two people wh ...
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  Story 352 -   Sunday December 6, 2020
England faces regional COVID-19 restrictions despite lawmaker rebellion
LONDON (Reuters) - Parliament approved a system of regional COVID-19 restrictions for England on Tuesday despite a rebellion within Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party which underlined growing unhappiness at his handling of the pandemic. More than 40% of people in England will be subject to the toughest tier of restrictions on their daily life from Wednesday, when the government shifts to its new approach after a month of national lockdow ...
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  Story 351 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
Five killed, including baby, as car ploughs into pedestrian zone in Germany
BERLIN (Reuters) - Five people including a nine-month-old baby were killed and up to 15 injured on Tuesday when a speeding car ploughed into a pedestrian area in the western German city of Trier in what authorities said appeared to be a deliberate act. Witnesses said people screamed in panic and some were thrown into the air by the car as it crashed through the shopping zone. “We have arrested one person, one vehicle has been secured,” poli ...
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  Story 350 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
Sweden: Mother suspected of locking up her son for 28 years
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police in Stockholm are investigating a woman in her 70s suspected of having kept her son locked up — reportedly for 28 years — in an apartment south of the Swedish capital, investigators said Tuesday. Prosecutor Emma Olsson, who heads the preliminary investigation, said the woman who was held on suspicion of unlawful deprivation of liberty and grievous bodily harm. Olsson said the 41-year-old son was found by a relative wh ...
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  Story 349 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
Ex-Arizona politician gets 6 years in adoption scheme
PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. It was the first of three punishments he’ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited by an international compact. Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as metro Phoenix’s assessor for six years and also worked as an adoption attorney, illeg ...
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  Story 348 -   Tuesday December 1, 2020
US probing potential bribery, lobbying scheme for pardon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday. Most of the information in the 18-page court order is redacted, including the identity of the people whom prosecutors are investigating and whom the proposed pardon might ...
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