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James Wolfensohn, Former World Bank Chief And Champion Of The Poor, Dies At 86

The financier is credited with transforming the World Bank. Among his reforms, he is said to have given "voice to the poor and magnify the impact of development investments." → Read More

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Biden: It Would Be 'Difficult' To Lose Sanders, Warren From Senate For Cabinet

The president-elect says he is open to including his progressive former rivals in his new administration, but that he also needs strong leadership in the Senate. → Read More

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Ken Jennings: Who Is 1st 'Jeopardy!' Guest Host?

"There will only ever be one Alex Trebek, but I'm honored to be helping Jeopardy! out with this in January," said Jennings, one of the show's all-time top winners. → Read More

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Kyle Rittenhouse Released On $2 Million Bail, Awaiting Trial In Kenosha, Wis., Deaths

Rittenhouse faces charges that he shot to death two men and wounded a third at protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August. → Read More

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Tyson Managers Suspended After Allegedly Betting If Workers Would Contract COVID

The move comes a day after the family of a deceased employee sued Tyson, claiming "incorrigible, willful and wanton disregard for worker safety at its pork processing facility in Waterloo, Iowa." → Read More

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Michigan 5th Deadliest State For COVID-19 And 6th Highest Coronavirus Cases In U.S.

A state report says cases are spiking across all ages, races and ethnicities. Meanwhile, "contact tracing is becoming overwhelmed ... and is at or near all-time lows." → Read More

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FDA Approves First At-Home Coronavirus Test

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is expected to provide results in 30 minutes or less. Its approval could help alleviate the strain on the nation's precarious coronavirus testing system. → Read More

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U.S. Moves To Drop Drug Trafficking Charges Against Mexico's Former Defense Minister

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda was accused of working on behalf of one of Mexico's deadliest cartels. On Tuesday, Attorney General Barr said the former general will be investigated by Mexican authorities. → Read More

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Senate Blocks President Trump's Controversial Nominee To The Federal Reserve Board

The 47-50 vote came as Sens. Mitt Romney and Susan Collins sided with Democratic senators to preserve a filibuster of Judy Shelton's confirmation. Two other Republicans missed the vote. → Read More

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California 'Sounding The Alarm' With New Restrictions Amid Coronavirus Spike

The shift into the "purple tier" for most counties comes as the number of daily new COVID-19 cases doubled in the past 10 days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. He also apologized for breaking the rules. → Read More

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Hurricane Iota Makes Landfall In Nicaragua, Region Braces For 'Catastrophic' Impact

Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta dumped heavy rainfall in the region, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and southern Belize are facing an even stronger storm fueled by climate change. → Read More

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak Tests Positive For Coronavirus

"With my case, I want to underscore the importance of Nevadans to stay at home as much as they possibly can at this time," Sisolak said, as cases continue to rise throughout the state. → Read More

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Father And Son Charged With Murder In Ahmaud Arbery Killing Are Denied Bond

"I'm relieved they'll stay behind bars," Arbery's mother said. She had asked a judge to keep the pair in jail, saying "Ahmaud wasn't allowed to go home. Ahmaud wasn't even allowed the chance to live." → Read More

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Indianapolis Grand Jury Declines To Indict Officer Who Killed Dreasjon Reed

Much of the incident that ended in the shooting was captured on Facebook Live by Reed. On Tuesday, a grand jury said there was not enough evidence to charge Officer Dejoure Mercer for the killing. → Read More

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Subtropical Storm Theta Makes 2020 Busiest Hurricane Season On Record

Forecasters say some slight strengthening is possible during the next 12 to 24 hours followed by little change in strength through Thursday. Theta is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. → Read More

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Veterans And Gold Star Families Granted Lifetime Passes To National Parks

Former service members and families of those killed on active duty will have "free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect." → Read More

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Philadelphia Police Release 'Traumatic' Bodycam Video Of Walter Wallace Jr. Shooting

"We understand that the materials released today will be very painful. It will elicit anger, rage, distress, evoke more questions, and rightfully so," the district attorney said, urging calm. → Read More

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Bail For Kyle Rittenhouse, Accused Kenosha Shooter, Set At $2 Million

Rittenhouse's lawyers argued that because he had allegedly acted in self-defense the bond should be set at $750,000. But Court Commissioner Loren Keating rejected that argument. → Read More

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Mom Dragged From SUV, Beaten By Officers With Toddler In Back Seat Filing Suit

Lawyers for Rickia Young, 28, and her son said she was battered, separated from the child for hours, and kept in handcuffs while being treated at a hospital. No charges have been filed against her. → Read More

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Walter Wallace Jr.'s Family Does Not Want Police Officers To Face Murder Charges

"Here's why: they were improperly trained and did not have the proper equipment by which to effectuate their job," the family's attorney said on Thursday. The officers' names have not been released. → Read More