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A metal monolith was reported to have appeared on a scenic location in northern Romania on Nov. 27. Local newspaper Ziar Piatra Neamt reported the finding on a hill near the archaeological site of an old fortress overlooking the Bâtca Doamnei lake.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 07:36

Not long after a metal object appeared without explanation in the Utah desert, it disappeared. Now, locals in Piatra Neamt say they have found a similar monolith, and answers remain just as scarce.

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 05:52

Over the course of two hours, several heavily armed men laid siege to the coastal city of Criciúma, where they blew up ATMs and took hostages.

Christopher Krebs, recently ousted as director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is sworn in to testify last year on Capitol Hill.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 05:26

Christopher Krebs, who led the federal government's efforts to secure the 2020 election, called the operation near seamless despite President Trump's claims to the contrary.

Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a Planned Parenthood Action Fund candidate forum in June 2019 in Columbia, S.C.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 05:26

Groups opposed to abortion rights have celebrated many policy wins during the Trump administration. Now, reproductive rights advocates want President-elect Biden to reverse those actions.

A student raises his hand while attending an online class from home in Miami on Sept. 3.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 04:57

A new report offers the clearest picture yet of pandemic learning loss among U.S. students. But researchers warn that many of the nation's most vulnerable children aren't represented in the new data.

A key test for Joe Biden's presidency will be how he prevents the broad coalition that got him into the White House from splintering once he begins governing.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 04:01

Joe Biden won by tapping into a diverse group of voters who were on a mission to defeat President Trump. But now without Trump, Biden faces a daunting challenge to keep that coalition together.

The speed of COVID-19 vaccine development, along with concerns about political interference with the process, has left some health care workers on the fence about getting COVID-19 vaccines.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 04:01

A CDC survey released in November shows that only 63% of health care workers are ready to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Concern about speed and political interference are contributing to the hesitancy.

A new study that analyzed blood donations from December 2019 to early January helped show that the coronavirus infected people in the U.S. earlier than previously thought.
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 01:50

The discovery, uncovered after analyzing blood donations from nine states, strengthens evidence that the coronavirus was quietly spreading around the world before health officials were aware.

White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas, pictured in September, made numerous political blunders during his brief tenure, including a lengthy interview with Russian state media that ran just days before the U.S. presidential election.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 21:21

Atlas, who was a radiologist by training, pushed fringe theories about the coronavirus, including the idea that large numbers of people should get infected in order to reach so-called "herd immunity."

The USS Bonhomme Richard at sea in an undated photo.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 17:22

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship burned for five days after a fire broke out onboard July 12. It could cost the Navy $3 billion to repair the ship or $1 billion to repurpose it.

Housing activists gather in Swampscott, Mass., in October to call on the state's governor to support more robust protections against evictions and foreclosures during the pandemic.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 16:20

Many Americans who've lost income in the pandemic are falling deeper into debt — forced to pay bills or even their rent on credit cards. It's a sign of trouble ahead for the economy.

A traveler waits for a flight at Portland International Airport in Oregon last week. Public health experts say it's important that people who traveled or gathered with others are especially careful over the next two weeks.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:54

Experts suggest being extra-careful over the next week or two if you gathered with others outside your pod. That means masks, getting tested and assuming you might be infected with the coronavirus.

People shop at Macy's in New York on Black Friday, Nov. 27.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:47

Despite the pandemic recession, holiday sales are expected to set a new record, topping $755 billion.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Gov. Doug Ducey exchange election documents as they certify election results Monday at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:35

"We do elections well here in Arizona. The system is strong and that's why I have bragged on it so much," said GOP Gov. Doug Ducey. Meanwhile, the state GOP tweeted, "DO NOT CERTIFY A FALSE ELECTION!"

Israeli tourists deplane from a FlyDubai flight from Tel Aviv to Dubai, on Nov. 28.
Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:08

The ministry's 29-page advisory is geared to tourism professionals and business travelers now that travel is open between the two countries, but it has been criticized in both Israel and the Gulf.


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