Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias…

Artificial intelligence scholar Timnit Gebru helped improve Google’s public image as a company that elevates Black computer scientists and questions harmful uses of AI technology

CDC Makes Significant Change to Its Mask Advice

The worsening coronavirus situation has driven the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand its guidance on face masks. They should be worn indoors at all times, new guidance issued Friday says, with the only exception being at home. "Compelling evidence now supports the benefits of cloth face masks"...

Menorah fire safety tips

When celebrating Hanukkah, here are some important menorah fire safety precautions to keep in mind.

Families of 34 California boat fire victims…

The families of 34 victims who were killed in a boat fire off the California coast in 2019 have endured a year of firsts — the first anniversary, first birthdays, first holiday season without their loved ones — amid the coronavirus pandemic

House Makes Landmark Move on Marijuana

Reflecting changing attitudes among Americans, the House voted Friday to decriminalize marijuana. The measure, approved with support from both parties on a 228-164 vote, also would expunge nonviolent convictions related to marijuana offenses, the New York Times reports. And the drug would no longer be covered by the Controlled Substances...

Vermont firefighter accused of assault resigns

A Burlington, Vermont, firefighter accused of simple assault while he was on duty has resigned, the city fire department announced Friday. (Dec. 4)

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Scene from 'Elf' comes to life as Buddy meets dad…

The story of Buddy the Elf meeting his biological father has come to life, just in time for the holidays

'Miracle' at Walmart Involves One Smart Dog

An Alabama woman had been missing her dog for three weeks when the unthinkable happened: The pooch found her. June Rountree was beginning to lose hope that she'd ever see her dog, Abby, again after the 4-year-old lab-pitbull mix slipped out of her collar in the backyard of Rountree's Dothan...

Nor'easter to unleash rain, snow this weekend

Strong winds and heavy rain will target the coastal areas and I-95 corridor, while the interior could receive accumulating snow.

Newtown board blocks proposed gun-carrying…

Newtown, Connecticut, officials have blocked proposed bans on carrying firearms around town that were requested by gun control activists who said they were intimidated at protests by armed Second Amendment Supporters

Jobs Number Comes In Much Worse Than Expected

The new unemployment report is out, and it has a figure that in normal times would be strong: Employers added 245,000 new jobs in November. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.9% to 6.7%. But in the context of the surging pandemic, the stat about new jobs...

Dionne Warwick on her viral PlayStation 5 tweet

Dionne Warwick sent her social media fans into a frenzy when she hilariously denied a stranger's request to buy him a PlayStation 5. The legendary singer is gearing up for her 80th birthday next week and her livestream Christmas concert. (Dec. 4)

Niece says 'cruel and traitorous' Trump belongs…

President Donald Trump’s niece says her uncle is “traitorous” and belongs in prison after he leaves the White House

Mistake Leads to Mauling at Carole Baskin's Rescue

A tiger nearly ripped off a volunteer's arm Thursday at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue, made famous by Netflix's Tiger King . Candy Crouser had arrived to feed the male tiger, Kimba, around 8:30am when she noticed he was "locked in a section that was away from where he was...

'It's kind of surreal.' Two wildfires on video in…

Video of a sunrise in Tustin, California, on Dec. 3, shows smoke from the Bond Fire in Orange County obscuring the sun before panning over to show the Airport Fire in Riverside County in the other direction.

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Pandemic casts inevitable shadow on final…

The coronavirus outbreak that delayed taping of Showtime's “Shameless” is woven into the 11th and final season of the Gallagher saga

Prosecutors Raise Concerns About Rittenhouse…

A lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse stepped back from the teenager's criminal case Thursday after prosecutors said ethical concerns made him unfit for the trial team. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said in a motion filed Thursday that Los Angeles-based lawyer John Pierce has "significant personal financial difficulties" which...

SpaceX CRS-21 to deliver holiday supplies to ISS

NASA's commercial cargo provider SpaceX is getting ready to launch its 21st commercial resupply services (CRS-21) on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. CRS-21 will supply holiday food to seven astronauts in space. (Dec. 4)

States submit vaccine orders as coronavirus death…

States are facing a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths

Biden Doesn't Want This Familiar Face Going…

President-elect Joe Biden doesn't want Dr. Anthony Fauci going anywhere. Biden told CNN Thursday, in his first joint interview with Kamala Harris since being elected, that he's asked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director "to stay on in the exact same role he's had for the past...

COVID-19 testing sites begin to winterize

As temperatures drop and COVID-19 cases rises, states begin to bring in equipment to keep test administrators and residents warm.

Nissan pulls out of Trump emissions fight with…

Nissan says it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California’s ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards

Biden's 100-Day Plan: Masks on Everyone

Even when he becomes president in January, Joe Biden won't have the authority to order Americans to wear masks. But he will make it a request on Day One, the Hill reports. "Just 100 days to mask, not forever," Biden said Thursday. "100 days." Biden made the comments in a...

AP Top Stories December 4 P

Here are the top stories for Friday, Dec. 4th: Biden pushes for quick COVID relief bill; Pence, Obama campaign for Senate candidates in Ga.; House passes marijuana decriminalization; Community refrigerators aid the needy.

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Minnesota regulators deny request to delay Line 3…

A Minnesota regulatory panel has denied a request by two northern Minnesota tribes to prevent Enbridge Energy from moving forward with its contentious Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement

Pfizer Cuts Expectations in Half

Saying there have been issues in the supply chain, Pfizer has reduced its projections for the number of coronavirus vaccine doses it will ship this year by half. "Scaling up the raw material supply chain took longer than expected," a spokeswoman said. "And it's important to highlight that the outcome...

Hurricane damage to cemeteries in Louisiana still…

The Louisiana Cemetery Task Force is still learning of damages caused by hurricanes this fall, as another deadline for FEMA money to help repair damaged graves looms.