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  US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

  Amazon driver runs into burning Fla. home to rescue man

  Man leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for virus

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

Starbucks giving free coffee to frontline health care workers, first responders during December

US Supreme Court asked to block Biden win in Pennsylvania

  Tennessee baby breaks record after being born from 27-year-old embryo

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  Trump files lawsuit challenging Wisconsin election results

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

  Senate GOP leader says he’s revising his COVID relief plan

  Photographer witnessed removal of Utah’s mysterious monolith as another appears in Romania

  Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud

‘Juno,’ ‘Umbrella Academy’ star Elliot Page comes out as transgender

Hollywood star Elliot Page has come out as a transgender person.

4 killed, 15 injured after German man drives car into crowd

A man zig-zagged an SUV at high speed through a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier on Tuesday, killing four people, including a 9-month-old child, and seriously injuring 15, officials said.

  Biden unveils economic team declaring, ‘Help is on the way’

Biden said he’d chosen a “first rate team” that is “tested and experienced” to tackle “this ongoing economic crisis.”

Cosby’s sex assault conviction goes before high-level court

Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol.

China says probe sent to retrieve lunar rocks lands on moon

It’s Giving Tuesday: How will you give back?

  Mnuchin defends shutdown of Fed emergency loan programs

  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

  Red Cross needs donations as pandemic saps blood supplies

Georgia runoff to decide short-term successor to John Lewis

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

CDC researchers analyzed blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from Dec. 13, 2019 through Jan. 17, 2020.

  Caught on video: Customer, owner face off in Calif. restaurant fracas over late order

Surveillance video shows what happened when an angry customer became violent over a late order.

Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2020

With more than 3.3 billion streams, Bad Bunny’s sophomore solo album “YHLQMDLG” tops Spotify’s list of most-streamed albums globally.

Nasdaq seeks mandatory rule on board diversity for companies

The proposal filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, if approved, would require all companies listed on the exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics about their board of directors.

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses

The collapse stunned many scientists who had relied on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world.

OPEC talks on production hit snag as pandemic clouds outlook

The OPEC oil producers’ cartel was to push ahead with a new round of discussions Tuesday about how much to pump next year as countries wrestled over whether to extend the production cuts that have been supporting prices depressed by the pandemic.

  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

Like the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Leslie and Patricia McWaters died a minute apart.

  Government watchdog says weekly unemployment benefits report flawed

A government watchdog has found that the Labor Department’s widely watched weekly unemployment benefits data are providing an inaccurate reading on the number of newly laid off workers because of flaws in the government’s data collection.

Palm tree helps toddler survive 4-story fall from apartment in Miami

A palm tree under the window helped slow the speed of the fall and the child landed in some bushes.

  Joe Biden weighs Rahm Emanuel for transportation secretary

Biden’s selection of his nominee to lead the Transportation Department is not believed to be imminent, and Emanuel is among multiple candidates in the running for the Cabinet position, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

The findings confirm expectations that students are losing ground during the pandemic, but show those losses are not as great as projections made in spring.

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

Thankfully, the patient in the picture is doing better and may be able to leave the hospital soon.

  Trump science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job

Atlas had broken with government experts and the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community to criticize efforts to encourage face covering to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  Top secret: Biden gets access to President’s Daily Brief

Outgoing President Donald Trump approved the briefings for Biden last Tuesday, a day after his administration approved the formal transition process to his successor.

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them.

Judge: Detained immigrants must see a judge within 10 days

Civil rights groups praised the ruling by U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan as the first of its kind in the nation to set such a rule for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency.

It’s Major: Pets poised for a return to the White House

In a few weeks, Major, fellow German shepherd Champ and the TBD feline are expected to make the move to the White House.

Stocks slip, but S&P 500 still logs best month since April

Stocks pulled back slightly from their record levels Monday as Wall Street put a quiet coda on one of its most rocking months in decades.

  Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy — and a final burst of judicial nominees — dominate a truncated two- or three-week session occurring as the coronavirus pandemic rockets out of control in President Donald Trump’s final weeks in office.

Wisconsin confirms Joe Biden as winner following recount

Joe Biden’s victory in battleground Wisconsin is scheduled to be certified following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over President Donald Trump.

Iowa board certifies 6-vote Republican win in US House race

Iowa officials on Monday certified a Republican candidate as the winner by six votes of an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades.

  Georgia official announces investigations, defends election

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol that his office continues to investigate any credible claims of illegal voting and violations of state election law. His office currently has more than 250 open cases from this year, he said.

Sen. Grassley returns to Senate after coronavirus isolation

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, is back in the Senate on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus two weeks ago.

OPEC talks on oil production to go into second day

The OPEC nations, led by Saudi Arabia, will reconvene Tuesday, according to a short statement from the cartel’s Vienna headquarters. The talks will include additional members from a wider group, known as OPEC Plus, that also includes Russia.

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump’s census plan

The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday that President Donald Trump could categorically exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to allot seats among the states in the House of Representatives.

  Arizona certifies Biden’s victory over Trump

Arizona officials have certified Joe Biden’s narrow victory over President Donald Trump in the state.

  White House Christmas decor gives nod to 1st responders

Melania Trump says it pays tribute to and showcases the “majesty” of the United States.

  Disappearance of Utah monolith won’t prompt major probe

Police won’t be opening a major investigation into the disappearance of a mysterious silver-colored monolith that generated international attention and a mess when curious visitors made their way to the site of the discovery in the Utah desert.

Iran says Israel killed military nuclear scientist remotely

A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the 2000s.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

Traveling, dining out and holiday parties might not the best idea this year as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of fun ways you and your family can enjoy this winter season.

SC delays execution, citing lack of lethal injection drugs

An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013.

  Coast Guard rescues man clinging to capsized boat 86 miles off Florida coast

A 62-year-old man was rescued Sunday after hanging on to his capsized boat well off the Florida coast.

First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s goes on sale

Independent experts are leery because key test results have not been published and the test has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — it’s being sold under more general rules for commercial labs. But they agree that a simple test that can be done in a doctor’s office has long

  Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the Treasury Department.

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

Dictionary.com on Monday declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year.

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

  Cyber Monday could be record-setting, analysts say

It’s Cyber Monday again, and some retail analysts say it could be a record-setting day.

  ‘World’s loneliest elephant’ arrives safely in Cambodia

Kaavan, a 1985 gift from Sri Lanka to Pakistan, had been living in the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad with his partner Saheli, who died in 2012. The zoo fell on hard times and conditions got so bad that a court in the Pakistani capital ordered the zoo closed in August.

  Record-breaking hurricane season comes to an end

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this season broke records across the board.

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

  Retired firefighter reunites with stranger who saved him from fiery crash

The retired firefighter faced a long recovery period, including more than a month in the hospital, but he’s thankful for the stranger who jumped in and saved his life.

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot

The office of President-elect Joe Biden says Biden twisted his ankle while playing with one of his dogs and will be examined by a doctor “out of an abundance of caution."

  Mysterious silver monolith disappears from Utah desert

A mysterious monolith found in a desert canyon in Utah has been removed by an unknown party.

  Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield.

Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting

A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

  Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump

Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state.

George Clooney says he has cut his own hair ‘for 25 years’

George Clooney is just like us, maybe. The star said he does his own haircuts with a device touted in infomercials.

  Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

Prowse represented England in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in the 1950s before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size.

Fuller sticking with Vanderbilt football after historic kick

Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller isn’t walking away from football just yet after becoming the first woman to kick in a Power Five conference football game.

  Investigators search doctor’s office, probing Maradona death

Argentine police searched the home and office of one of Diego Maradona’s doctors on Sunday, taking away medical records as part of investigations into the death of the 60-year-old soccer star that caused a wave of grief across the country.

  AP source: NFL fines Saints $500,000, Patriots $350,000

The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 and stripped them of a 2021 seventh-round draft pick for violating league COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the discipline told The Associated Press on Sunday.

  Reports: Cost of Tokyo Olympics delay put at about $2 billion

The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen.

  Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus

Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night.

Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones

Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years.