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Close to 200 Americans are still seeking to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells congressional staff
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Close to 200 Americans are still seeking to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells congressional staff

The State Department informed congressional staff Thursday that it is in touch with 363 US citizens in Afghanistan, 176 of whom want to leave, two sources familiar with the call told CNN. The figures presented on that call underscore the ongoing challenge faced by the Biden administration as Americans continue to come forward to seek…MORE

‘We’re getting all kinds of threats’: Judge says defiant US Capitol rioters are fueling threats from Trump supporters
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‘We’re getting all kinds of threats’: Judge says defiant US Capitol rioters are fueling threats from Trump supporters

A federal judge said Friday that defiant US Capitol rioters, who are still defending their role in the January 6 insurrection, are fueling threats against judges from people who falsely believe the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. “It bothers me that she would try to associate herself with that type of…MORE

More than 130 Chicago municipal employees file lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates
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More than 130 Chicago municipal employees file lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates

More than 130 Chicago municipal workers filed a lawsuit on Thursday, claiming the city and state’s vaccine mandates are unconstitutional. The workers, mostly from the fire, water and transportation departments, are challenging an executive order by Gov. J.B. Pritzker which requires state employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19. The mandate “far exceeds the power of…MORE

Business group warns of mass layoffs and ‘catastrophic’ supply chain disruptions from Biden’s vaccine mandate
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Business group warns of mass layoffs and ‘catastrophic’ supply chain disruptions from Biden’s vaccine mandate

President Joe Biden’s vaccine order will force employers to lay off thousands of workers, making the supply-chain crisis much worse, a major business group warned the White House this week. The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, an influential trade group that represents an industry with nearly 6 million workers, is pleading with the administration to delay…MORE

Trump SPAC skyrockets as much as 1,657% since deal was announced
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Trump SPAC skyrockets as much as 1,657% since deal was announced

Former President Donald Trump’s planned return to Wall Street is setting off a frenzy. Shares of the shell company that Trump’s new media company plans to merge with surged as much as 284% on Friday, prompting a series of trading halts for volatility. In recent trading the company, Digital World Acquisition Corp., was up 150%.…MORE

Robert Durst charged with murder of ex-wife last seen 39 years ago
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Robert Durst charged with murder of ex-wife last seen 39 years ago

Convicted killer Robert Durst, who was the subject of the HBO docuseries “The Jinx,” has been charged with the murder of his former wife, according to the Westchester District Attorney’s office. The complaint was filed in Lewisboro Town Court in New York on October 19, district attorney spokeswoman Jess Vecchiarelli said. Kathleen McCormack Durst was…MORE

Soaring meat prices a tough sell for barbecue pitmasters
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Soaring meat prices a tough sell for barbecue pitmasters

For about twenty minutes, Alex Barbosa had his full menu on display — written in permanent marker on peach-colored butcher paper — before he had to start taking parts of it down. “Sorry, ma’am. We’re already out of the burnt ends,” Barbosa, owner of the mobile barbecue trailer Barbosa’s Barbeque, tells the patron standing out…MORE

Prop guns: What they are and how they can kill
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Prop guns: What they are and how they can kill

The goal of movies and TV series is to make scenes look realistic. When it comes to prop guns, they don’t just look dangerous. Such was the case in the death Thursday of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico. The 42-year-old director of photography died after actor Alec Baldwin…MORE

Dinosaur fossil from a supposed huge carnivore actually belongs to something else

Dinosaur fossil from a supposed huge carnivore actually belongs to something else

A dinosaur fossil footprint found about 50 years ago is from a plant-eating dinosaur — not a huge meat-eating dinosaur as previously thought, according to a new study. The footprint, which dates back to the Triassic Period about 220 million years ago, was initially thought to have come from a large dinosaur from the Eubrontes…MORE

Tesla fans cry foul as Biden administration moves toward Autopilot regulations
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Tesla fans cry foul as Biden administration moves toward Autopilot regulations

The question of who will regulate cutting-edge driving technologies appears to be answered. For years, the US government hasn’t regulated driver-assist systems like Tesla’s Autopilot and GM’s SuperCruise. Automakers can do as they please because there are no standards for these systems. But President Joe Biden’s administration appears to want to change that, with the…MORE

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