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Live updates: Spain IDs variant case not tied to S. Africa

MADRID — Spanish health authorities have confirmed the first case of the omicron coronavirus strain without any established link to southern Africa. Secretary of State for Health Silvia Calzón said...
Dec. 2, 2021

Scientists use stem cells to create models of pre-embryos

Scientists are using human stem cells to create a structure that mimics a pre-embryo and can serve as a research alternative to a real one. They say these “blastoids” provide...
Dec. 2, 2021

UN General Assembly urged to investigate Yemen atrocities

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 60 organizations urged the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to establish an investigative body to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations...
Dec. 2, 2021

Germany locks unvaccinated out of public life; mandate looms

BERLIN (AP) — Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a...
Dec. 2, 2021

Smollett lawyer suggests star witness sought money, fame

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s legal team suggested Thursday that a star state witness who testified that the former “Empire” actor recruited him and his brother to stage a fake...
Dec. 2, 2021

Omicron confirmed in man who attended NYC anime convention

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a day after the U.S. announced its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus had been detected in California, health officials announced Thursday...
Dec. 2, 2021

Variants, boosters turn rich-poor vaccine gap into chasm

PARIS (AP) — The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines fairly already scaled back its pledge to the world's poor once. Now, to meet even that limited promise, COVAX would...
Dec. 2, 2021

Israel halts controversial tech to track omicron variant

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Thursday it was halting the use of a controversial phone tracking technology to trace possible cases of the new coronavirus variant. Earlier this week, the...
Dec. 2, 2021

Retired Alabama deputy killed in shooting recalled fondly

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — Madison “Skip” Nicholson retired from his job as a deputy with the Wilcox County Sheriff's Department, but he never really left. He was still around the...
Dec. 2, 2021

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada on Thursday slapped simultaneous sanctions on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim...
Dec. 2, 2021

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a...
Dec. 2, 2021

Live updates: WHO official says Africa 'bought world time'

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The World Health Organization’s Africa director says quick detection and reporting of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus by Botswana and South Africa have “bought the...
Dec. 2, 2021

With Roe in question, justices dig into private debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Historic Supreme Court arguments over abortion behind them, the justices soon will begin the work of crafting a decision that could dramatically limit abortion rights in the...
Dec. 2, 2021

Baltimore County detectives solve 1981 killing of teen girl

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say they’ve solved a 40-year-old homicide of a teenage girl. DNA evidence has proven that John Anthony Petrecca Jr. killed Heather Porter, a...
Dec. 2, 2021

Suspect killed in Utah parking lot shootout, 2 cops wounded

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — A Utah man wanted by police was killed and two officers were wounded in a shootout in the parking lot of a convenience store...
Dec. 2, 2021

Officer, suspect die in head-on crash in suburban St. Louis

BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (AP) — A police detective and a suspect died in a head-on collision of their vehicles near St. Louis following a police attempt to stop the suspect’s...
Dec. 2, 2021

Michigan 15-year-old charged in Oxford High School shooting

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan school were summoned to discuss his behavior just a few hours before...
Dec. 2, 2021

Man who put razor blades in pizza dough sentenced to prison

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man accused of putting razor blades and screws in pizza dough at supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire was sentenced Thursday to four years and...
Dec. 2, 2021

Jury selection resumes for officer who killed Daunte Wright

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection resumed Thursday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright's shooting death, with five more people needed to complete the...
Dec. 2, 2021

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by the long, bloody war in Iraq...
Dec. 2, 2021

Ball for 1st Black St. Pete mayor canceled over circus theme

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A ball planned for the first Black mayor of a major Florida city has been canceled amid concerns its circus theme was inappropriate in the...
Dec. 2, 2021

Smollett defense questions credibility of star state witness

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s legal team on Thursday worked to dent the credibility of a star state witness who the day before testified that the former “Empire” actor recruited...
Dec. 2, 2021

Wildfire burns into central Montana town, destroys houses

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning several homes and grain elevators that had stood for...
Dec. 2, 2021

Norway reports omicron cases linked to company party

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At least 50 people in and around Norway's capital have been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant, and the cases are connected to a Norwegian company’s...
Dec. 2, 2021

Sister of man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia writes to Hamilton

PARIS (AP) — The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother's life...
Dec. 2, 2021

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