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Biden hosts artists from opera to disco at Kennedy Center honors

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President Joe Biden spotlighted the arts as shaping “the very soul of the nation” as he celebrated the latest group of Kennedy Center honorees at the White House on Sunday.

Comedian Billy Crystal, rapper Queen Latifah, and singer Dionne Warwick were among the group honored for their contributions. Soprano Renee Fleming and Bee Gees frontman...Read more

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Tab lovers hope to convince Coca-Cola to revive the once popular diet soda

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Coca-Cola discontinued its once groundbreaking Tab diet soda three years ago and a hardy group of fans are actively trying to get the company to bring it back to retail shelves.

Last month, on a sunny fall Friday, a dozen of them from all over the country gathered at the World of Coca-Cola Museum and handed over a petition with 6,500 names and ...Read more

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Is door opening for women in the Catholic Church? Miami woman leading the call has new hope

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For more than a decade, Ellie Hidalgo has been campaigning to expand the role of women in the Catholic Church.

The Miami woman is co-director of a nonprofit, Discerning Deacons, which invites other Catholics to consider ordaining women as deacons — a clergy role that has already been opened to married men. That would allow women for the first...Read more

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China says US Navy ship 'seriously violated' its sovereignty

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China criticized the U.S. after an American warship sailed in disputed waters in the South China Sea, underscoring lingering military tensions between the nations.

The appearance of the U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords near the Second Thomas Shoal on Monday “seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security,” according to a statement from the ...Read more


Milei plans labor, tax reform in 'shock' package, La Nacion says

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President-elect Javier Milei aims to present reforms to Argentina’s tax and labor laws, political processes and potential privatizations in an economic “shock” package immediately after taking office on Dec. 10, La Nacion newspaper reported Sunday.

Milei, a radical libertarian who swept to victory on a promise to shake up Argentina’s ...Read more

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Long waits for rooms leaving patients in ER hallways for hours. Could new state law worsen problem?

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Bill Dixon, 80, lay on a bed between two white fabric dividers in the hallway of the emergency department at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Friday, one of 14 patients waiting for an emergency bed to open up.

He had been there for two hours, having come in from his Solana Beach home with chest pain and dizziness, comfortable with the ...Read more

3 homes burn, igniting cache of ammunition in Southern California city; remains of 2 people found among ashes

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Three homes were destroyed and the remains of a woman and one other individual were found after an early-morning fire in Sylmar, California, that set off ammunition as firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze.

Los Angeles firefighters responded to the scene in the 13700 block of Glenoaks Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. Sunday and found multiple...Read more

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4 stabbed to death, including girl, 11, and boy, 12, by relative fatally shot by NYPD cops outside burning Queens home

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A crazed attacker fatally stabbed four relatives — including an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy — and then wounded two NYPD cops before they shot him to death outside his family’s burning Queens home on Sunday morning, according to police.

Cops raced to the home on Beach 22nd St. near Elk Drive in Far Rockaway at around 5:10 a.m. ...Read more

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Pittsburgh's percentage of female firefighters falls well short of national average, audit shows

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The number of female firefighters across the United States has grown over the past years but remains far from representative of the 51% of the population made up by women, a data point that holds particularly true in Pittsburgh where a recent audit found less than 1% of city firefighters are women.

First responder professions — police, EMS ...Read more

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City of California releases video of officers shooting less lethal round at transgender woman whose hands were raised

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ANTIOCH, Calif. — New videos released by the city — in what federal prosecutors now allege was an incident of police abuse — show an Antioch police officer fire a less-lethal launcher at a transgender woman whose hands were raised as a half-dozen officers, some with guns drawn, surrounded her.

In the video, Officer Devon Wenger — one of...Read more

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Inside the Pennsylvania taxpayer-supported fund that pays out millions of dollars in settlements

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The taxpayer-supported pool of money that covered most of the $295,000 sexual harassment settlement involving a former top Shapiro administration official has paid out almost $19 million for 138 claims of various types generated in recent years, state records show.

One multi-million dollar settlement went to the estate of ...Read more

CSU faculty to begin a week of strikes, demanding 12% pay raise this year

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Faculty at the California State University are gearing up to strike at four campuses this week, the latest move in a months-long fight for higher pay at the nation’s largest public university system.

While the California Faculty Association (CFA) — the union representing 29,000 faculty at the 23-campus institution — has called for a 12% ...Read more

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US reviewing options after Venezuela fails to release detainees

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The White House is evaluating potential consequences after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro missed an end-of-November deadline to release detained Americans, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Sunday.

“We were extremely concerned that they didn’t take those two extra steps — release of political prisoners and getting ...Read more


14-year-old driver loses control, sending SUV full of teens sliding off cliff, cops say

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Four teenagers were injured when a 14-year-old driver lost control of an SUV, causing it to slide off a cliff in North Dakota, according to officials.

The Ford Escape was traveling at a high rate of speed just north of Mandan at 8:22 p.m. on Dec. 1, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Officials said the driver ...Read more

Woman wins millions on Massachusetts scratch-off, hides ticket and goes on vacation

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A Massachusetts woman won big for a second time on a lottery ticket.

But this time, her prize was even bigger.

Desiree Fortini-Craft of Hyde Park won a scratch-off game’s third grand prize of $25 million, according to a Massachusetts State Lottery news release.

Fortini-Craft won on the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “Billion Dollar ...Read more

Is door opening for women in the Catholic Church? Miami woman leading the call has new hope

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For more than a decade, Ellie Hidalgo has been campaigning to expand the role of women in the Catholic Church.

The Miami woman is co-director of a nonprofit, Discerning Deacons, which invites other Catholics to consider ordaining women as deacons — a clergy role that has already been opened to married men. That would allow women for the first...Read more

NASA and Boeing chase jet contrails with science of climate impact in doubt

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Scientific debate is getting heated over what to do about airplane contrails — the wispy lines of water vapor you often see trailing behind a jet.

Those harmless-looking vapor trails sometimes spread out to form thin cirrus clouds. Environmental activists and nonprofits focused on climate change routinely assert contrails contribute more to ...Read more

Nevada legislators with rental properties voted against bills helping tenants

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At least six Nevada legislators who own rental properties voted against bills affecting rentals — from capping rent increases for seniors to increasing transparency on rental leases — prompting concerns about special interests’ influence on government.

The four different pieces of legislation passed the Democratic majority Legislature ...Read more

Family of US veteran 'devastated' by burial rejection

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Sisters Lynne Mowers and Kathy Mitchell flew across the country in October to attend a funeral for their parents at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

Weeks earlier, officials had approved the burial of U.S. Army and Reserve veteran Charles Paul Conner and his wife Agnes on Oct. 18. The sisters had ordered a “...Read more

From nearly zero to $16 billion: How the state of Georgia's reserves surged

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About this time 13 years ago the state had enough money in reserves to pay for schools, roads, policing, prisons, courts and all the other things the government does.

For a couple of days.

The Great Recession had siphoned its saving account, even after deep spending cuts across the whole of state government whittled agency budgets.

Fast-...Read more