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Agent: Master spy writer John le Carre dies at 89
2020-12-13 22:11:55 FILE - This Sept. 13, 2011, file photo shows British author John Le Carre at the UK film premiere of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," in London. John le Carre, the spy-turned-novelist whose elegant and intricate narratives defined the Cold War espionage thriller and brought acclaim to a genre critics had once ignored, has died. He was 89, Le Carre’s literary agency, Curtis Brown,
More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations
2020-12-13 14:08:11 A plaque sits at the steps of St. James Episcopal Church, Friday Dec. 4, 2020, in New York's Upper East Side neighborhood, acknowledging the church's wealth created with slave labor. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NEW YORK (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder. An Episcopal church in New York City erects a plaque noting
US looking into possible computer hacks of federal agencies
2020-12-13 20:43:37 FILE - The U.S. Treasury Department building viewed from the Washington Monument, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. Hackers got into computers at the U.S. Treasury Department and possibly other federal agencies, touching off a government response involving the National Security Council. Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot said Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 that the gover

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Loeffler campaign: She had “no idea“ she posed with neo-Nazi
2020-12-13 22:19:56 Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler speaks during a campaign rally to gain North Georgia voters' support ahead of the January 5th runoff election for Senator at the Springhill Suites on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 in Ringgold, Georgia. (Troy Stolt/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP) ATLANTA (AP) — The campaign of Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is disavowing a photo circul
White House, other top officials to get early vaccine access
2020-12-13 22:42:11 Dusk settles over the White House, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. government officials, including some White House officials who work in close proximity to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, will be offered coronavirus vaccines as soon as this week, while its public distribution is limited to fr
Gunman shot by police at NYC cathedral Christmas concert
2020-12-13 21:23:56 New York police officers move in on the scene of a shooting at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of the Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. It's unclear if the gunman was killed or if any others were injured. The shooting happened
Fresh food initiatives feed, teach communities of color
2020-12-13 16:19:06 Spaces of Opportunity garden manager and farmer Bruce Babcock collects watermelons Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2020, from one of a handful of family farms to be sold at the weekly farmers market. Babcock spends most of his time managing and assisting other farmers at the 10-acre community farm. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey) PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Babcock only has to walk across the street
EXPLAINER: How do other democratic nations select leaders?
2020-12-13 17:24:45 FILE - In this April 27, 1994, file photo, people queue at a primary school to cast their votes at a polling station in Soweto, South Africa, as the country went to the polls in the country's first all race elections. The way in which America formally chooses its president on Monday stands in stark contrast to how most of the world's democracies select leaders. In other democr
Trump raises China concerns as reason to veto defense bill
2020-12-13 17:38:58 FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that he intends to veto a wide-ranging defense policy bill, raising new but unspecified concerns about China as a reason to reject a traditionally bipartisan measure with a nearly 60-year track record of being sign
Donations soar but nonprofits still struggle with pandemic
2020-12-13 16:09:32 A grocery shopper readies a bill to drop in the red collection kettle as Salvation Army bell ringer Michael Cronin, right, looks on, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Linden, Wash. Despite record amounts of charitable donations this year, nonprofits across the country are being suffocated by the effects of the pandemic. Organizations face soaring costs and demands for help, yet are la
Hundreds of Nigerian students missing after attack on school
2020-12-13 10:44:11 LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Nigerian students are missing after gunmen attacked a secondary school in the country's northwestern Katsina state, police have confirmed. The Government Science Secondary School in Kankara was attacked Friday night by a large group of bandits who shot “with AK 47 rifles,” Katsina State police spokesman Gambo Isah said in a statement. Police e
The Latest: Warp Speed leader decries pressure put on FDA
2020-12-13 06:53:26 Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool) WASHINGTON — Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientist leading the White House’s Operation Warp Speed, said President Donald Trump’s public pressuring of the Food and Drug Admin
EXPLAINER: How much COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped in US
2020-12-13 15:31:16 The Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant is shown in Portage, Mich., Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) NEW YORK (AP) — COVID-19 vaccines have begun shipping in the U.S.
Budget toll from virus hits both Democratic, GOP-led states
2020-12-13 15:58:23 FILE - This March 5, 2013, file photo, shows Trinidad Drilling rigs near Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo. Congressional Republicans say they are against providing additional coronavirus aid to state and local governments because they claim it would “bail out” states run by Democrats. But the pandemic-induced tax drop-off is hitting Democratic and Republican states alike. Am
Swift backlash for Brazil students targeting misinformation
2020-12-13 16:02:17 Leonardo de Carvalho Leal, right, and Mayara Stelle, who administer the Twitter account Sleeping Giants Brazil, use their computers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Sleeping Giants is a platform for activism whose stated mission is to attack the financing of hate speech and dissemination of fake news. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Before dawn on Dec
Artists, activists rush to save Black Lives Matter murals
2020-12-13 15:04:56 Leesa Kelly, left, walks past plywood mural boards as she and Kenda Zellner-Smith, background right, and volunteers meet at a warehouse, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Minneapolis to organize them. The two women formed the Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement to preserve the painted expressions and pain born of outrage after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnea
DOJ probe of Catholic church abuse goes quiet 2 years later
2020-12-13 13:22:57 FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, a photo of Rev. Robert Brennan, right, is displayed during a news conference in Philadelphia. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia charged Brennan, a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew the accuser and his family. Two years ago U.S. attorney William McSwain in Philadelphia joined the long line of amb
GOP voters ready for Georgia runoffs despite Trump“s claims
2020-12-13 13:25:09 FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2020, file photo crowds wait for the start of a rally featuring President Donald Trump for U.S. Senators Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., who are both facing runoff elections in Valdosta, Ga. Many Republican voters in Georgia are angry; certain that widespread voter fraud — claims of which are baseless — cost President Donald Trump the ele
Iran summons EU envoys for protesting reporter“s hanging
2020-12-13 10:35:13 File - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, journalist Ruhollah Zam speaks during his trial at the Revolutionary Court, in Tehran, Iran. Iran. Tranian state television and the state-run IRNA news agency say Ruhollah Zam was hanged early Saturday, Dec. 11, 2020, just months after he returned to Tehran under mysterious circumstances. (Ali Shirband/Mizan News Agency via AP, File) TEH
Trump appoints flurry of allies as presidency winds down
2020-12-13 12:39:17 FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. As he prepares to exit the White House, President Donald Trump is rewarding some supporters and like-minded allies with the perks and prestige that come with serving on federal advisory boards and commissions. (AP Photo/Patrick S
Biden“s challenge: Building Cabinet that meets all his goals
2020-12-13 13:01:12 FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden, right, listens to Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, left, his choice to be housing and urban development secretary, during an event to announce several positions in the Biden administration at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after President-elect Joe Biden’
Silent nights: Germany tightens lockdown over festive period
2020-12-13 10:43:44 After the switching conference between her and the prime ministers of the federal states, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) adjusts her mask and comments on the further procedure in the Corona crisis at a press conference in the Federal Chancellery, on Sunday, Dec.13, 2020. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via AP) BERLIN (AP) — Most stores shut, tight limits on social contacts, no sing
Biden“s Homeland Security pick faces questions on 2015 probe
2020-12-13 04:57:28 FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden's Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. The last time Mayorkas faced Senate confirmation, not a single Republican voted for him because there was an open investigation into his management of the U.S. immigration agency under President Barack Obam
Asia Today: Japan, S.Korea set new daily records, mull steps
2020-12-13 03:30:43 People wearing face masks visit Nagoya castle in Nagoya, central Japan, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season. (Kyodo News via AP) TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time wh
UK, EU say talks will continue on post-Brexit trade deal
2020-12-13 09:07:44 European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives to deliver a statement at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Britain and the European Union say talks will continue on a free trade agreement — a deal that if sealed would avert New Year's chaos for cross-border traders and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil.
EXPLAINER: What’s in store when the Electoral College meets
2020-12-13 05:09:22 All states have certified results of the 2020 presidential election ahead of a Dec. 14 meeting of electors. (AP Graphic) WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters cast their ballots for president more than a month ago, but the votes that officially matter will be cast Monday. That's when the Electoral College meets. The Constitution gives the electors the power to choose the president, and whe

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Analysis: Short work by high court of Trump“s `big one“
2020-12-13 05:07:04 FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. As the court on Friday, Dec. 12, rejected a Texas-based lawsuit to overturn the election results, not even Trump’s three high court appointees were willing to rise to the defense of the president. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn't take the Supreme Court long to make short w
Tempers flare as Trump supporters rally in Washington
2020-12-13 05:12:37 Supporters of President Donald Trump who are wearing attire associated with the Proud Boys attend a rally at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump returned to Washington for weekend rallies to back his desperate efforts to subvert the election that he lost to Joe Bid
Hunter Biden subpoena seeks info on Burisma, other entities
2020-12-13 05:04:22 FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, embraces his son Hunter Biden, left, in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s son Hunter says he has learned from federal prosecutors that his tax affairs are unde

 

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