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U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations expected to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the identification of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa. However, the meeting he was referring to was later postponed after the new variant led to travel restrictions that would have prevented many participants from reaching Geneva. "The news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations," Biden said in a statement.
The men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery are not the only ones facing prison time for the February 2020 murder. Former Georgia District Attorney Jackie Johnson was arrested for her role in delaying justice for the Black man, who was chased and killed while running through a mostly white neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia. According to a grand jury indictment, Johnson violated her oath by “showing favor and affection” to Gregory McMichael and “failing to treat Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity.”
"We need to produce more maple syrup," a spokeswoman said. The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, known as the maple syrup "cartel" because they control such a large share of the market, is draining 50 million pounds of the sweet liquid gold from its reserve, about half of the entire strategic stockpile, Bloomberg reported. "We need to produce more maple syrup," spokeswoman Helene Normandin told Bloomberg.
But the murder convictions of the three white men who chased him may have been secured as much by their own words to investigators the day of the shooting. Greg McMichael, who was in the bed of a pickup truck when his son killed Arbery, told police the Black man "was trapped like a rat" and he told Arbery: "Stop, or I'll blow your f—ing head off! Statements like that allowed prosecutors to give context to the short video that didn't show the entire shooting and had little of the five minutes that the men chased Arbery.
A mom in Florida helped her son out in a pinch. In video shared to his social media earlier this week, Martin County snake wrangler who goes by the names Trapper Mike and Python Cowboy posted amazing content of his mother assisting him at work. The quick clip shows how they both were able to get a sizable python out from under a white sedan parked in a Florida home's garage.
Hundreds of unopened FedEx packages were found in an Alabama ravine the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office. How they got there remains a mystery, but FedEx was called to come get them, officials said in a Nov. 24 news release. The exact location was not revealed, officials said, but it was on private property.
Italy has given safe haven to Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country's wars, Prime Minister Mario Draghi's office said on Thursday. The government intervened after Gula asked for help to leave Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in August, a statement said, adding that her arrival was part of a broader programme to evacuate and integrate Afghan citizens. U.S. photographer Steve McCurry took the picture of Gula when she was a youngster, living in a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border.
Today I'm thankful to have ZERO Brandon voters in my family! she wrote. The “Brandon” dig references the anti-President Joe Biden phrase “Let's Go Brandon.
Charles Moose, the former Montgomery County Police Chief who led the investigation into the 2002 sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area, has died. He was 68.
China's Foreign Ministry said the U.S. should face up to its responsibility to restore the environmental damage it caused with its nuclear tests. It said China was willing to engage with the Marshall Islands and other Pacific island nations on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation under the “One China Principle,” in which Taiwan is viewed as part of China. We welcome efforts to boost economic relations and improve the quality of life between the sides,” the ministry said in a statement.
Dave Chappelle visited his former high school earlier this week. During the visit, Chappelle was criticized for his comments about the trans community in his Netflix special. Dave Chappelle's recent appearance at his former high school was a "grotesque" display of "ego and narcissism," a student who was in attendance told Insider.
Citing unnamed sources, Radio Free Asia said a man there was sentenced to death for smuggling it. A report by Radio Free Asia cited unnamed sources inside North Korea as saying a man who smuggled and sold the dystopian drama had been sentenced to death by firing squad and a high schooler who bought a USB drive containing the show was sentenced to life in prison. RFA is a US government-funded nonprofit news service that serves audiences in Asia.
National Geographic magazine's famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said Italy organized the evacuation of Sharbat Gulla after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian government will now help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said.
Former Fillmore Councilwoman Ari Larson died on Sept. 17 from a health condition that neither she nor her family knew about. Larson died from coronary artery disease, according to a Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office autopsy report. Undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes was a contributing factor to her death.
Out came an unlikely pair: Laura Carroll, a petite 50-year-old elementary school vice principal and her 17-year-old daughter, Emily Grover, a popular local tennis star and “A” student at nearby Tate High School. The alleged cheat for glory could have ended with a slap on the wrist if it weren't for local parents' fears, investigators' ambitions and the pair's own stubbornness, according to hundreds of pages of court documents and interviews with people involved. To hear Grover's family, friends and teachers tell it, she was a beloved athlete who worked hard to overcome attention deficit disorder, only to become ensnared in a tech mix-up and made into a sacrificial lamb.
Three years later, Ray is fighting the Virginia Employment Commission in court as the agency tries to take the money back. It's a case that, as Ray's pro bono attorney sees it, illustrates the ethos of a radically dysfunctional agency. Like the teacher who doesn't like children and the librarian who doesn't like books, this is an agency that doesn't like the people that it's supposed to serve,” said Hugh O'Donnell, who has done decades of unemployment compensation work.
Despite being a victim of the state, he will not receive any form of compensation from the state in restitution. On Tuesday, Nov. 23, Kevin Strickland was exonerated by a “Show Me” state judge of an over 40-year murder conviction he received in 1979. Evidence that was previously ignored was brought forward by a Jackson County prosecutor and was key in gaining Strickland's new freedom.
An Oakdale man died at home Wednesday night, hours after crashing his motorcycle in Modesto and being ejected into a canal, the California Highway Patrol reported. The collision happened about 6:50 p.m. on McGee Avenue south of Claribel Road, said CHP Modesto office spokesman Officer Tom Olsen. Joshua Corrigan, 42, was southbound on a straight stretch of McGee, riding his 2008 Yamaha.
The Philippines will not remove a dilapidated navy ship grounded on an atoll in the South China Sea, its defence chief said on Thursday, rejecting a demand by China after it blocked a mission to resupply the vessel's crew. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dismissed China's assertion on Wednesday that the Philippines had committed to remove the BRP Sierra Madre, which was intentionally grounded at the Second Thomas shoal in 1999 to reinforce Manila's sovereignty claims in the Spratly archipelago. The Second Thomas Shoal, 105 nautical miles (195 km) off Palawan, is the temporary home of a small contingent of military aboard the rusty ship, which is stuck on a reef.
Los Angeles County filed a motion asking for Vanessa Bryant's photo leak lawsuit to be dismissed. The County's attorneys claimed that Kobe Bryant's crash site photos are deleted and unrecoverable. Bryant sued the county for emotional distress and invasion of privacy after officers took photos of the crash.
President Joe Biden will eat his Thanksgiving feast amongst family at the Nantucket mansion of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, a move that Republicans are critiquing as out of touch as American consumers face an all-time-high bill for their own dinners due to rampant inflation. The White House confirmed Tuesday night that Biden and his family would spend the long weekend at Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein's $30 million property. Rubenstein, who is worth $4.5 billion, will be traveling abroad and will not be at the dinner, according to his spokesperson.
A newly released report from the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims claims the Iranian government deliberately did not close the airspace to civilian flights, using passenger flights to "shield against possible American attacks." At the highest levels of military alertness, the government of Iran used passenger flights as human shield against possible American attacks, by deliberately not closing the airspace to civilian flights. Report by Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims On Jan. 8, 2020, 176 people on board the Ukrainian Airlines flight, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents, were killed when the plane was shot down by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Gua...
Trump ripped Gen. Mark Milley and the journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in a new statement. Former President Donald Trump put out a statement on Friday saying that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should be "tried for treason" — a crime punishable by death — for taking steps to prevent a war with China during the Trump presidency.
Lois and her father attend the funeral of Lois' childhood nanny. Meanwhile, Peter and the rest of the family turn Pewterschmidt mansion into a hotel.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday that Israel is "on the threshold of an emergency situation” after authorities detected the country's first case of a new coronavirus variant and barred travel to and from most African countries. The Health Ministry said it detected the new strain in a traveler who had returned from Malawi and was investigating two other suspected cases. At a Cabinet meeting convened Friday to discuss the new variant, Bennett said it is more contagious and spreads more rapidly than the delta variant.
“I know it doesn’t feel like it, but inflation is both a feature and a bug of a normalizing economy.”
“What is not going to work, and hasn’t worked, is trying to talk people out of the lived reality of higher prices.”
“When inflation expectations rise, actual inflation tends to follow.”
“The Fed must acknowledge that its monetary policy has been a source of inflation, and that it will need to raise interest rates.”
“The supply chain logjams are the core of the problem right now, and that should work itself out over time.”