California on the brink: Virus rages and closures…

Much of California is on the brink of sweeping new restrictions on businesses and activities in a desperate attempt to slow a frightening coronavirus surge threatening to overwhelm hospitals

WH Abruptly Fires DoD Advisers, Installs Trump…

Less than a month after President Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper , the White House conducted an abrupt mass firing Friday of nine members of a Pentagon advisory board, putting in their place Trump allies. Per Politico , the removed members of the Defense Business Board received a terse email from...

The latest on the Nor'easter

Strong winds and heavy rain will target the coastal areas and I-95 corridor, while the interior could receive accumulating snow.

Judge: Trump administration must take new DACA…

The Trump administration must accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some young immigrants from deportation

They Hoped to Adopt. They Walked Into a 'Baby…

A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "subverted...

Today in History for December 5th

Prohibition ends in the United States; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies; Walt Disney and Little Richard are born. (Dec. 5)

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UN health chief: World can start dreaming of…

The U_N_ health chief says positive results from coronavirus vaccine trials mean the world “can begin to dream about the end of the pandemic.”

Northeast Braces for Possible 'Bomb Cyclone'

The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season is set to blanket multiple states over the weekend, with strong winds, anticipated snowfall in the double digits, heavy rains, and power outages in some areas. The weather event may even turn into a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when a storm system's...

Rescuers scramble to save people from flooding in…

Torrential rain brought life-threatening flooding to the Indonesian city of Medan in Sumatra Island on Dec. 4. Rescue crews worked overnight to evacuate residents from the flood waters. At least six people have died.

Search continues for 2 missing after Alaska…

The search continued Friday for two people missing after a landslide slammed into a neighborhood in Haines, Alaska, earlier this week

Trump: Pull US Troops Out of This Nation by…

Last month, US officials announced President Trump would be pulling a significant number of US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq by January. Now, another country joins the list, in a different part of the world. The Pentagon said Friday that nearly all of the 700 American troops in Somalia...

Behind-the-scenes at a baby chimp rescue…

A new series follows an American couple living in Liberia who are dedicating their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating endangered chimps, they currently have 63 in their care. (Dec. 5)

Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias…

Artificial intelligence scholar Timnit Gebru helped improve Google’s public image as a company that elevates Black computer scientists and questions harmful uses of AI technology

Conway: Biden 'Looks Like' the Winner

A longtime member of President Trump's inner circle said Friday that she expects the Electoral College to award Joe Biden a majority of its votes and a peaceful transition to the new president to follow. "We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do," Kellyanne Conway said. The...

Menorah fire safety tips

When celebrating Hanukkah, here are some important menorah fire safety precautions to keep in mind.

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Families of 34 California boat fire victims…

The families of 34 victims who were killed in a boat fire off the California coast in 2019 have endured a year of firsts — the first anniversary, first birthdays, first holiday season without their loved ones — amid the coronavirus pandemic

CDC Makes Significant Change to Its Mask Advice

The worsening coronavirus situation has driven the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand its guidance on face masks. They should be worn indoors at all times, new guidance issued Friday says, with the only exception being at home. "Compelling evidence now supports the benefits of cloth face masks"...

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that it will…

"This is akin to the Hollywood sign falling down and sliding all the way down the mountain," says Jeff Bock, an industry analyst, about Warner Bros. decision to stream 2021 film slate at same time the films play in theaters_ the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic. (Dec. 4)

Scene from 'Elf' comes to life as Buddy meets dad…

The story of Buddy the Elf meeting his biological father has come to life, just in time for the holidays

House Makes Landmark Move on Marijuana

Reflecting changing attitudes among Americans, the House voted Friday to decriminalize marijuana. The measure, approved with support from both parties on a 228-164 vote, also would expunge nonviolent convictions related to marijuana offenses, the New York Times reports. And the drug would no longer be covered by the Controlled Substances...

Nor'easter to unleash rain, snow this weekend

Strong winds and heavy rain will target the coastal areas and I-95 corridor, while the interior could receive accumulating snow.

Newtown board blocks proposed gun-carrying…

Newtown, Connecticut, officials have blocked proposed bans on carrying firearms around town that were requested by gun control activists who said they were intimidated at protests by armed Second Amendment Supporters

'Miracle' at Walmart Involves One Smart Dog

An Alabama woman had been missing her dog for three weeks when the unthinkable happened: The pooch found her. June Rountree was beginning to lose hope that she'd ever see her dog, Abby, again after the 4-year-old lab-pitbull mix slipped out of her collar in the backyard of Rountree's Dothan...

Grand Canyon rockslide caught on video by hiker

A massive rockslide in the Grand Canyon was captured on video by a hiker Friday. Jordan Thomas of Indianapolis was on the rim of the canyon overlooking the Colorado River when the rockslide occurred. (Dec. 5)

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Niece says 'cruel and traitorous' Trump belongs…

President Donald Trump’s niece says her uncle is “traitorous” and belongs in prison after he leaves the White House

Jobs Number Comes In Much Worse Than Expected

The new unemployment report is out, and it has a figure that in normal times would be strong: Employers added 245,000 new jobs in November. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.9% to 6.7%. But in the context of the surging pandemic, the stat about new jobs...

'It's kind of surreal.' Two wildfires on video in…

Video of a sunrise in Tustin, California, on Dec. 3, shows smoke from the Bond Fire in Orange County obscuring the sun before panning over to show the Airport Fire in Riverside County in the other direction.