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Federal hate crimes trial set to begin for Ahmaud Arbery's convicted killers

Sunday, February 06, 2022

The Justice Department's case against Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan directly addresses whether race was a factor in killing Arbery, in contrast to the state trial.

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Experts say Delta's call for an unruly passenger no-fly list invites legal turbulence

Sunday, February 06, 2022

The number of disorderly passengers on airplanes has spiked during the pandemic. Now, one airline CEO is renewing his call for a national no-fly list — and asking the U.S. government for backup.

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Furniture tip-overs are declining but still injure thousands in the U.S. each year

Thursday, February 03, 2022

The Consumer Product Safety Commission also found that there have been 581 tip-over fatalities in the U.S. since 2000. Four in five of the deaths were children.

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What will happen to the International Space Station when it is retired?

Thursday, February 03, 2022

NASA says the International Space Station will stop operating at the end of 2030. After that, the space agency plans to crash the football field-sized craft into a remote part of the Pacific Ocean.

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A church is suing after a town says it can give away free meals only twice per week

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon say the ordinance restricting them to two free meal giveaways per week violates their constitutional right to religious expression.

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New bomb threats disrupt campus activities at several HBCUs

Monday, January 31, 2022

Howard University received a second bomb threat on Tuesday — part of a recent pattern of violent threats against historically Black colleges and universities.

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Spotify will add a COVID advisory to podcasts after the Joe Rogan controversy

Sunday, January 30, 2022

The streaming platform will add a new content advisory to any podcast episode that discusses COVID-19, which will direct listeners to a hub with information from "trusted sources."

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Northern Ireland marks 50 years since the Bloody Sunday killings

Sunday, January 30, 2022

British soldiers shot and killed 13 people and wounded others during a 1972 civil rights protest. The shootings exacerbated the conflict in Northern Ireland, which left thousands dead over decades.

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Northeast begins to dig out from blizzard that dropped two feet of snow in some spots

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Snowfall totals eclipsed 30 inches in some areas of Massachusetts, while Boston tied its record for the most snow in a single day at just under two feet, according to the National Weather Service.

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A Tennessee school district has voted to ban the Holocaust graphic novel 'Maus'

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The 10-member McMinn County School Board voted unanimously earlier this month to remove the book because of foul language and an image of a nude woman.

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A nor'easter could bring several inches of snow to the Northeast this weekend

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The National Weather Service said it was too early to predict snowfall totals but warned that "blizzard conditions near the coast" could occur depending on the storm's path.

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3 Baltimore firefighters have died after getting trapped in a collapsed rowhome

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott called it a "gut wrenching tragedy" for the city, the fire department and the firefighters' families.

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Shark bites surged in 2021, rebounding from a drop earlier in the pandemic

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Still, the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File says the high number of shark bites and deaths last year was on par with long-term averages.

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Pfizer and BioNTech begin testing an omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Though people who are vaccinated and boosted appear to be better protected against omicron, the highly contagious variant has still led to breakthrough cases and a surge in infections worldwide.

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Billionaire Mark Cuban launches online pharmacy aimed at lowering generic drug prices

Monday, January 24, 2022

The pharmacy says it will bypass health care industry "middlemen" and help consumers avoid high drug prices by charging manufacturers' prices plus a flat 15% markup and pharmacist fee.

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Los Angeles school district tells students to upgrade from cloth masks

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Students will have to wear "well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire." Employees will have to wear surgical grade masks or higher.

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Ukraine crisis deepens after U.K. says Russia may try to install a pro-Kremlin leader

Sunday, January 23, 2022

The situation along the Russia-Ukraine border remains tense, with thousands of Russian troops amassed just across the divide and Ukraine preparing for a possible invasion.

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Cynthia Chavez Lamar becomes the first Native woman to lead a Smithsonian museum

Thursday, January 20, 2022

She will oversee the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., as well as the George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan and the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Md.

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A jury has been seated in the civil rights trial in George Floyd's death

Thursday, January 20, 2022

J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are accused of violating Floyd's civil rights by failing to provide him with medical aid during the May 2020 arrest in Minneapolis.

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Oklahoma will allow state employees to work as substitute teachers to fight shortages

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

It's the latest state to float an unorthodox solution to the problem of teachers and staff calling out sick because of an omicron-driven spike in COVID-19 infections across the country.

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