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China denies weakening sanctions enforcement on…

China is rejecting U.S. accusations it is weakening its enforcement of U.N. sanctions on North Korea, but says greater effort is needed toward reaching a political settlement and more attention should be paid to the impact of the sanctions on ordinary North Koreans

Woman saves broiler chicken from ending up at…

Woman ends up keeping broiler chicken as pet instead of eating it

Elizabeth Smart Has a Surprising Reveal About Her…

Responding to a question from a follower asking when she told her parents about the abuse she suffered during her kidnapping ordeal, Elizabeth Smart revealed on Instagram Sunday that she actually never did so directly. "I never sat them all down and had a 'tell all' experience with them. Honestly...

Health Sec.: UK Hospitals ready for COVID vaccine

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says hospitals are ready to receive the new coronavirus vaccine and other modes of distribution are being set up. Britain approved the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for emergency use on Wednesday. (Dec. 2)

The McRib Is Back At McDonald's

McDonald's McRib is returning to menus across America on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. According to Business Insider, this will mark the sandwich's first national rollout since 2012. In years past, the beloved sandwich has returned to some, but not all, locations across the US. The patchy roll-out of the past few years has sparked confusion and frustration from McRib fans. The McRib is a seasoned boneless pork sandwich with barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles on a hoagie-style bun. The popular sandwich made its national debut in the early 1980s,

China spacecraft collects moon samples to take…

China says its spacecraft sent to bring lunar rocks back to Earth has collected its first samples, adding to a string of successes for Beijing’s increasingly ambitious space program

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‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Elliot Page Shares…

‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Elliot Page Shares Transgender Identity . The Oscar-nominated star of 'Juno' and 'The Umbrella Academy' took to social media to announce that he is transgender. Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot, Elliot Page, via Instagram. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self, Elliot Page, via Instagram. I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive, Elliot Page, via Instagram. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better, Elliot Page, via Instagram. Page also identifies as non-binary. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today, Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media, via statement

Healthcare Workers, Elderly May Get COVID-19…

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted on Tuesday. The vote was to recommend vaccines for healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents. The CDC believes they should receive a coronavirus vaccine first, says Business Insider. Vaccinating healthcare workers first would allow them to continue to respond to the pandemic. Those living in nursing homes and assisted living have experienced high rates of COVID-19. ACIP's recommendation will help decide who gets the first doses of a vaccine once it is authorized.

Feds Investigating Possible Bribe-for-Pardon…

With President Trump 50 days from leaving office, the Department of Justice is investigating a possible bribery scheme involving presidential pardons, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. The heavily redacted federal court documents say two people are being investigated for improperly acting as lobbyists for somebody seeking a pardon from...

Tropical trouble brewing after hurricane season

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is defined as being from June through November, but AccuWeather experts say tropical storms can defy the calendar.

Why Getting a COVID-19 Test Isn’t Enough for a…

Why Getting a COVID-19 Test Isn’t Enough for a Safe Holiday Gathering . With the holiday season upon us, friends and family worldwide are figuring out how to safely see each other. . In order to meet in person, guests will likely turn to COVID-19 tests to determine whether they are “clear” to gather. . Unfortunately, experts agree that relying on testing is not a safe plan for holiday celebrations. . COVID-19’s incubation period, the amount of time it takes for a person to become infectious, can potentially last for up to 14 days. This means that a person could test negative for COVID-19 simply because they haven’t begun “shedding” the virus yet. The chance of someone having an asymptomatic or mild case with a low viral load of COVID-19 can also complicate holiday plans. . Doctors believe low viral loads are harder for tests to detect. This means that someone could have no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19, but still be infectious. Rapid antigen tests, which people are more likely to use because of their speed and low cost, are not always accurate. . The reported rate of false negative results for antigen tests is as high as 50 percent. . PCR tests are estimated to produce false negative rates between 2 percent and 37 percent

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to…

In a breakthrough, the United Nations says it and Ethiopia’s government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access to the embattled Tigray region, at least the parts under federal government control

On This Day: 2 December 1999

Romantic drama "The End of the Affair" premiered in Los Angeles. (Dec. 2)

Panel Votes 13-1 to Give Vaccine to 2 Groups First

When the COVID-19 vaccination program starts, the first people to be vaccinated should be health care workers and nursing home residents, an influential federal advisory panel has recommended. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the CDC, voted 13-1 in favor of giving the first doses to 21 million...

China's space ambitions: robot on Mars, a human…

China’s landing of its third probe on the moon is part of an increasingly ambitious space program that has a robot rover en route to Mars, is developing a reusable space plane and is planning to put humans back on the lunar surface

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Stray Chewbacca finds forever home

Chewie rescue story

5 Dead in Germany Vehicle Rampage

In what authorities are calling a rampage—but with no apparent connection to terrorist groups—a man drove into pedestrians in the city of Trier in western Germany Tuesday, killing five people and injuring many others. Authorities say the 51-year-old was arrested after driving an SUV into a pedestrian zone...

ShowBiz Minute: Page, Cosby, Queen Elizabeth II

"Juno" actor comes out as transgender, named Elliot Page; Pennsylvania court questions whether Cosby has a "signature" crime pattern; Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle. (Dec. 2)

Trump Has Raised $150-Million To Fight Election…

Since election day President Donald Trump's campaign has ratcheted up fundraising. The Washington Post revealed the Trump campaign has raised more than $150 million to fight election fraud. The New York Times published a similar report on Monday, but put the number at $170 million. Business Insider reports that's the amount raised since Election Day is about double the amount that one of Trump's main PACs raised during September, its best month. The Trump campaign sent hundreds of emails in November, asking supporters to donate as the president fights the results of the 2020 election.

Thai prime minister acquitted of ethics breach…

Thailand’s highest court has acquitted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of breaching ethics clauses in the country’s constitution, allowing him to stay in his job

Lewis Hamilton Tests Positive for COVID-19

Lewis Hamilton Tests Positive for COVID-19. Lewis Hamilton, a well-known name in Formula One auto racing, has tested positive for COVID-19. . According to a statement from Hamilton, he woke up Monday morning with mild COVID-19 symptoms. . Although he tested negative three times the previous week, Hamilton requested another COVID-19 test, which came back positive. . In a statement to Instagram, Hamilton said he was “devastated” to have tested positive. . He claimed that he and his team had been taking “all the precautions.” . Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we’ve been in order to stay safe. , Lewis Hamilton, via Instagram. Hamilton went on to say that he had “immediately” entered self-isolation where he will stay for 10 days. . I’m gutted not to be able to race this weekend but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others. , Lewis Hamilton, via Instagram. Hamilton will miss the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix. . If he fails to test negative following his self-isolation, he will also miss the following week’s season finale in Abu Dhabi

Auris Medical Climbs 480% Following Positive Lab…

Auris Medical skyrocketed as high as 480% on Tuesday. The surge followed the announcement that its nasal spray, AM-301, could potentially protect against the coronavirus. Business Insider reports that the clinical-stage company tested its spray using human nasal cells in a laboratory setting. Researchers found that cells treated with AM-301 right before inoculation of the coronavirus saw effective protection. In cells treated with the spray, the amount of coronavirus was 90% lower than control groups 48 hours after infection. Shares of the Bermuda-based company are trading at over $5 per share, after closing at just $1.1 on Monday.

Trump Sues to Overturn State's Election Result

President Trump is attempting to overturn the election results in Wisconsin, which were certified by the chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers Monday. In what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls a "last-ditch effort" to reclaim the state, the president has gone directly to the Wisconsin...

Ohio transportation leaders urge drivers to stay…

With more than 800 snowplows on the roads the night of Dec. 1, the Ohio Department of Transportation issued a public plea for drivers to stay home if travel was not needed and leave room for snowplows.

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New York Governor Cuomo Warns of Overwhelmed…

New York Governor Cuomo Warns of Overwhelmed Hospitals. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke on Monday about the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in New York. . According to Cuomo, COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York are nearly quadruple what they were in June. . He cited small gatherings acting as “spreader” events, saying they accounted for 65 percent of new cases. Cuomo went on to say the state’s hospital system is close to being overwhelmed by this “new phase in the war against COVID.”. In preparation for the continued surge, Cuomo said every hospital in the state must start compiling a list of retired doctors and nurses. . He also said that larger hospital systems must begin “[distributing] patients across [their] system.”. Just like at the beginning of the pandemic, plans for regional “field hospitals” are also being drawn up. Cuomo went on to hint at an even worse crisis than in the Spring. As the virus spreads across the state, resources are becoming less flexible. So we will have a limited ability to bring resources from upstate to downstate as we did in the spring … because literally every region is dealing with a hospital issue now, Andrew Cuomo, via 'New York Post'

German city grieves after 5 killed in pedestrian…

Trier residents placed flowers and lit candles at the base of the southwestern German city’s landmark Roman gate in tribute to the five people killed and more than a dozen others injured when a man drove an SUV at high speed through the central pedestrian zone

UK to begin Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine emergency use

British officials authorized the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech for emergency use on Wednesday. Officials say the first shipment is expected within days. People will start getting shots right away. (Dec. 2)