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One person was wounded in a shooting Friday at a Tacoma, Washington, mall that subsequently closed its doors to Black Friday shopping for the night, authorities said. Gunfire was reported at Tacoma Mall at 7:08 p.m., according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. One person was hospitalized with serious injuries, Tacoma police said. The shooting is at least the second to happen in a mall in the U.S. on the busy Black Friday shopping day. In Durham, North Carolina, three people, including a 10-year-old, were wounded in a shooting Friday afternoon at The Streets at Southpoint.
Persons: Durham Organizations: Tacoma Mall, Sheriff's Department, Tacoma, NBC, Seattle, Durham police Locations: Tacoma , Washington, Tacoma, Pierce, , U.S, Durham , North Carolina, Southpoint
Las Vegas-based drag queen Elix streams on her Twitch account, which has 57,000 followers. At least six drag queens, including Elix, have been the target of swatting over the last two months. Six members of Stream Queens, a drag queen and makeup streaming partnership that includes Elix, have been swatted in the last two months, according to Elix. I'm still dealing with the rage and trying to funnel it into something positive because I don't know who did this to me. I don't know.
Persons: Elix, I'm, We're, LVPD, cyberstalk, Twitch Organizations: Stream, Las Vegas Police Department Locations: Vegas, Stream Queens, Mexico
Interior Department officials recommended that the Biden administration consider raising royalty rates for oil-and-gas leasing on federal lands, as President Biden seeks to deliver on promises to address climate change amid high inflation. In a report released on Friday, Interior officials urged Mr. Biden to raise royalty rates for competitive leases, saying that the program “shortchanges taxpayers” and that such rates haven’t been increased for 100 years. It also said the department should avoid leasing in areas where that activity could conflict with wildlife and cultural resources.
Persons: Biden, Mr Organizations:
Interior Department officials recommended that the Biden administration consider raising the royalty rate for oil-and-gas leasing on federal lands, as President Biden seeks to deliver on promises to address climate change amid high inflation. In a report released on Friday, Interior officials urged President Biden to raise the government’s royalty rate—now a minimum of 12.5% for onshore production—for competitive leases, saying that the federal oil-and-gas leasing program “shortchanges taxpayers,” and that such rates haven’t been increased for 100 years. It also said the department should avoid leasing in areas where that activity could conflict with wildlife and cultural resources.
Persons: Biden
A man enters the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 15, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization will meet on Friday to discuss a new heavily-mutated variant of Covid-19. The variant known as B.1.1.529 has been detected in small numbers in South Africa, WHO officials said. The U.K. Health Security Agency is investigating the variant, which Health Secretary Sajid Javid said is "potentially concerning." The South African rand nosedived on Friday morning to more than 16.2 against the dollar as investors rushed for cover.
Persons: 1.1.529, Tulio de Oliveira, Maria Van Kerkhove, Sajid Javid, Joe Phaahla Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, South Africa Department of Health, Health Security Agency, African Health Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Gauteng, South, Europe
A new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.529, has spread rapidly in South Africa. See all newslettersA chart from South African officials shows how a new coronavirus variant quickly came to dominate in a province of the country, supplanting the Delta variant. It was shown in a briefing from South Africa's Department of Health on Thursday warning about the B.1.1.529 variant. As of Friday, the variant had been detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. Its ascent was much faster than the Beta (green) and Delta (red) variants, which each took months to become dominant.
Persons: Tulio de Oliveira, 1.1.529, — Tulio de Oliveira, 1.1.529 —, , de Oliveira, Catherine Schuster, Bruce Organizations: country's Health Department, South, South Africa's Department of Health, Delta, Financial Times, SABC Locations: South Africa, South Africa's, Botswana, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Gauteng province, Gauteng, country's
The B.1.1.529 variant has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Israel. BioNTech said it would know in two weeks whether its shot works against the variant. Scientists and health officials are closely tracking the B.1.1.529 variant detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Israel. "We understand the concern of experts and have immediately initiated investigations on variant B.1.1.529," BioNTech told Insider. It is currently unknown whether the mutations make the B.1.1.529 variant more infectious or deadly.
Persons: BioNTech, 1.1.529 Organizations: Financial Times, Service, Pfizer, BioNTech, South Africa's Department of Health, Beta Locations: South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, Africa, Malawi, Gauteng
Advice on how to protect yourself against the coronavirus can be seen on a poster standing in the market square in Brügge, Belgium. In the background, the town hall with the Belfry, an 80-metre-high tower, one of the city's landmarks. Belgium has confirmed a case of the new, heavily mutated variant of the virus that causes Covid-19, according to one of the country's leading virologists. Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute, said a sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529 variant in a traveler who returned from Egypt on Nov. 11. The variant was first detected in a small number of samples in South Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
Persons: Marc Van Ranst, Tulio de Oliveira Organizations: Rega Institute, European Union, World Health Organization, South African Department of Health Locations: Brügge, Belgium, Egypt, Brussels, South Africa, Israel, Hong Kong
Boeing and other travel stocks tumbled in premarket trading Friday after several European and Asian countries announced new travel restrictions from southern Africa because of a new Covid variant. The U.K. on Thursday said it would temporarily suspend flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The European Commission recommended a pause on travel between the EU and southern Africa. Boeing shares were down more than 6% in premarket trading, while Delta Air Lines was down 7% and United Airlines fell 8%. Though domestic travel had largely recovered from early pandemic lockdowns, international travel remained a missing piece in airlines' recovery.
Persons: Hilton, we're, Virgin Atlantic, didn't, Biden, Matt Clinch Organizations: London Heathrow Airport, Boeing, European Commission, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Health, British Airways, Virgin, State Department, White, U.S, Transportation Security Administration Locations: Africa, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, France, Italy, Johannesburg, EU, Brazil, U.S
Mississippi lawmakers said the ban on most abortions after 15 weeks would make Mississippi 'the safest state in the country' for the unborn. "We've had so many state leaders who have talked about wanting Mississippi to be the safest state in the country for unborn babies. It's even higher for kids: one in three Mississippi children live in poverty. Each of the women has dedicated their life to helping Mississippi women and families. More than 100,000 Mississippi children should be eligible, but in 2019 – the most recent year for which there's data – just 20,900 benefited from the program.
Persons: Drusilla Hicks, unpacking, Hicks, doesn't, she'd, who's, she's, they'll, Phil Bryant, Amy Coney Barrett, Rory Doyle, Lynn Fitch, Roe, Wade, Flynn, We've, Carol Burnette, , Annie E, Lea Anne Brandon, Brandon, Nakeitra, Burse, they've, Cassandra Welchlin, She'll, Cassandra Overton Welchlin, Rogelio V . Solis, Laurie Bertram Roberts, Burnette, Tate Reeves, Phillip Gunn, Reeves, Bailey Martin, Matthew Carpenter, Welchlin, they're, it's, Dinnertime Organizations: Supreme, Trump, Christian, Care Initiative, Casey Foundation, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Children, Black, Fund, Yellowhammer Fund, Jackson, Health Organization, Medicaid, Affordable, , Mississippi Republican, Income Housing Coalition, NAACP Locations: Mississippi, Brandon , Mississippi, In Mississippi, , Mississippi, Alabama, Obamacare, Income Housing Coalition , Mississippi, Brandon
Activists are pushing companies to "fully extricate their supply chains from the Uyghur Region," meaning Xinjiang. Researchers say that cotton from that region of China is still ending up in stores. In 2020, the United States banned the import of certain Xinjiang products, including cotton, over concerns about forced labor in the region. Murphy spearheaded the report "Laundering Cotton: How Xinjiang Cotton is Obscured in International Supply Chains." In her research, she initially identified five Chinese companies selling cotton yarn or fabric that was sourced from the Xinjiang region.
Persons: that's, Laura Murphy, Helena Kennedy, Murphy, Joe Biden's, Wang Yi, Eileen Fisher, Marks, Jo Ann, . Bean, Brooks, Eddie Bauer, Guess, Hanes, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss, Lilly Pulitzer, Lucky Brand, Madewell, Marco Polo, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo, JCPenney, L.L . Bean, Bean, Lacoste, Timothy Voit Organizations: Service, Privacy, Coalition, Labour, United, China's International Press Center, Helena, Helena Kennedy Center for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, US Treasury Department, Rights Watch, UN Human Rights, Reuters, Spencer Group, Carrefour, Costco, Home Depot, Ikea, Kmart, Kohl's, Sears, Target, Walmart, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, Duluth Trading, Inc, Vineyard, Nike, Tesco Locations: China, Xinjiang, Uyghur Region, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, Beijing, United States, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mexico, Macy's, Patagonia, Chico's, Duluth, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous, Lacoste, Australia, Turkey, Peru, Thomaston
The U.S. will speak Friday with scientists from South Africa to "get the facts" on the emerging, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant detected there in a small number of samples, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's "New Day." Reviewing South Africa's research will help the U.S. better understand whether the novel B.1.1.529 variant can evade the antibody protection against the virus provided by vaccines and previous infection, Fauci said. Fauci emphasized that the U.S. is in "very active communication" with South African scientists, and is working to get the molecular makeup of the variant in order to conduct lab tests. B.1.1.529 contains even more mutations than the world's most dominant Covid strain, the highly transmissible delta variant. The variant features roughly 50 mutations, according to data presented by the South Africa Department of Health at a media briefing Friday.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, White, CNN's, Fauci, 1.1.529, Covid Organizations: White, Health, Education, Labor, White House, South Africa Department of Health Locations: Washington, U.S, South Africa, Europe, Asia, Africa, Belgium, Botswana, Israel
The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 set up a system to allow private companies to lease public lands to extract oil and gas from the ground. Later, Congress passed the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to govern drilling in federal waters. Some drew comparisons to the Trump administration, which tried to bury a major climate change report, also by issuing it the day after Thanksgiving. The report ’s recommendations regarding raising drilling fees are largely in line with legislation now making its way through Congress. The sweeping $2.2 trillion social policy and climate bill that passed the House of Representatives last week includes provisions that would increase federal royalty rates for oil and gas companies.
Persons: Biden, Haaland, Trump Organizations: Shell, BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Mineral, Shelf, Interior Department, White House Locations: Gulf of Mexico
Savings rates at the largest banks in TexasBelow you'll see the savings rates from the biggest banks in Texas. We selected Ally, Bank of America, PNC Bank, Navy Army Community Credit Union, and GECU as the best banks and credit unions in Texas. Other online banks and credit unions we considered that didn't make our listAre these banks and credit unions trustworthy? We looked at the top 10 biggest banks and credit unions in the state, plus state financial institutions featured in our Black-owned banks and credit unions guide and Hispanic American-owned banks and credit unions guide. There are many banking options — online banks, national banks, local banks — so you can explore a lot of choices before settling with one financial institution.
Persons: Ally, Ally Ally, Ally doesn't, Chase, you'll, aren't, It's, hasn't, Wells, Mykail James, Laura Grace Tarpley, Tania Brown, Roger Ma, James Organizations: FDIC, Bank of America, PNC Bank, Bank, of America, Comerica Bank, BBVA, PNC, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Bank of America Bank of America, PNC Bank PNC Bank, Auto Savings, Navy Army Credit Union Navy Army Community Credit, Navy Army, Navy Army Community, Navy Army Community Credit, Better, Bureau, Department of Justice, Bank of, Department of Labor, African, Hispanic, Finance, American, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, MasterCard Locations: Texas, Wells, South Texas, Corpus Christi, Aransas, Calallen, Kingsville , Portland, Rockport, Brownsville, Edinburg, McAllen, Mission, American, El Paso , Texas, El Paso County, Dona Ana, America, Wells Fargo, Chase
The Biden administration on Friday proposed reforms to the country's oil and gas leasing program that would raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water, but stopped short of recommending an end to leasing on public lands. Drilling on public lands generates billions of dollars in revenue but contributes to roughly a quarter of the country's planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The minimum royalty rate is currently 12.5% for oil and gas production on federal lands. Environmentalists argue the report offers little on the climate impacts of drilling and contradicts Biden's vows to end drilling on public lands. The administration recently opened more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to auction for oil and gas drilling, a record offshore sale that will lock in years of greenhouse gas emissions.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Deb Haaland, Biden's, Mitch Jones, Jones Organizations: Chevron Corp, Interior Department, drillers, Water Watch, country's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Trump Locations: San Ardo , California, U.S, Louisiana, Gulf, Mexico
What's on our radar for next week
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Zev Fima | )   time to read: +8 min
For the week, and energy actually gained on the period despite Friday's sizable losses because of a pop earlier in the week. Additionally, the Flash U.S. Manufacturing Output Index increased to 53.9 in November (from 52.1 in October). On an annual basis, the core PCE price index was up 3.6%, an acceleration from the 3.4% YoY advance seen in the second-quarter. When adjusting for inflation, real DPI fell 0.3%, real PCE increased 0.7% and the PCE price index increased 0.6% in October. Additionally, the median sales price for new homes in October was $407,700, while the average sales price was $477,800, that's up from $405,700 and $457,200, respectively, in September.
Persons: Spencer Platt, Jim Cramer, COVID, Gold, Freddie Mac Organizations: New York Stock Exchange, Getty, CNBC, Dow, Nasdaq, Treasury, Eagle Outfitters, National Association of Realtors, Markit, Flash U.S, PMI, IHS, Services PMI, Manufacturing, Analysis, BEA, Census Bureau, U.S . Department of Labor Locations: South Africa, September's, SAAR
Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Prison
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Erin Schaff | Carol Rosenberg | )   time to read: 1 min
GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Mention this place, and people tend to think of caged men wearing orange uniforms and on their knees, the image of opening day at the wartime prison four months after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But this military base is more than one big prison. About 6,000 people live at the U.S. Navy outpost, which has the trappings of small-town America and the amenities of a college campus, and functions like a cross between a gated community and a police state. It has a Defense Department school system for the children of sailors and contractors, a seaport for Navy and Coast Guard supply missions, bars, ball fields, neighborhoods with swing sets, beaches with barbecue grills and pleasure boats to rent for excursions on the bay.
Organizations: U.S . Navy, Defense Department, Navy, Coast Guard Locations: GUANTÁNAMO, Cuba, America
A mother who gave birth to her first child on an airplane was reunited just days before Thanksgiving with the first responders who helped her safely deliver the baby. A Delta passenger named Liliana Castaneda-Avilia gave birth to a daughter after starting contractions during her descent into Atlanta airport. Atlanta AirportA nurse on board helped Castañeda for more than three hours until the plane landed at the Atlanta International Airport. Meet our newest baby on board✈️ On Nov. 14, Liliana began having contractions and baby began her initial descent into the world mid-flight. Baby Analia Acevedo Castañeda was born aboard Delta flight 1804, according to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.
Persons: Liliana Castañeda, Edgar Acevedo, Castañeda, Liliana Castaneda, Avilia, ” Castañeda, , Juanita Nash, Liliana, Nash, Baby Analia Acevedo Castañeda, Analia Acevedo Castaneda, WRAL, Acevedo, Analia's Organizations: Delta Air Lines, Airport, Atlanta International, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, ATL, Atlanta, Atlanta Airport Locations: North Carolina, Mexico, Atlanta, Raleigh , North Carolina
A private contractor responsible for administering medical benefits to 9/11 first responders and survivors who live outside metropolitan New York has lost its government contract, according to a company email reviewed by NBC News. At the time, 9/11 responders and survivors said the program was failing to pay medical bills, providing inadequate treatment options and neglecting to address the needs of a population with significant rates of post-traumatic stress disorder. LHI, based in Wisconsin, has administered the program for members of the 9/11 community who live outside metropolitan New York since 2008. “LHI has been honored to be a trusted partner to NIOSH and the World Trade Center Health Program for more than a decade. Our team will continue to provide the highest level of service and care to health program members during the remainder of our contract,” an LHI spokesperson said.
Persons: “ LHI, , LHI, , ” “ I’m, Michael Day, “ I’m, ” Pat Aubert Organizations: NBC News, NBC, World Trade Center Health, NIOSH, National Institute for Occupational Safety, Health, Fire Department of New, Capitol Locations: New York, Wisconsin, Fire Department of New York
The social-spending and climate bill passed last week by the U.S. House would cap annual drug price increases at the rate of inflation. Albert Bourla, chief executive of Pfizer, says Medicare price negotiation is price-fixing. “They exchange one year of growth in exchange for a decade of no action at the federal legislative level on drug prices. Any revenue companies earn from price increases above consumer inflation would be forfeited to the government in the form of rebates. “It is better to place the financial rewards on true innovation rather than just price increases,” Dr. Schleifer said.
Persons: Biden, drugmakers, Anna Moneymaker, ” Leonard Schleifer, Schleifer, Albert Bourla, Christopher Goodney, , Ronny Gal, Bernstein, Leonard Schleifer, Eric Thayer, pare, Paul Masi ,, Loren Adler, Jared S, Hopkins, Joseph Walker Organizations: Medicare, Congressional, U.S, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Senate, Democratic, GOP, Republicans, Pfizer, Bloomberg, Industry, Pfizer Inc, Republican, Human Services Department, USC, Brookings Schaeffer Initiative, Health, CBO Locations: Government, joseph.walker
Behind the shift are changing views about the value of physical stores, industry executives and analysts said. As the cost of acquiring customers online has skyrocketed, stores also are a less expensive way to attract new shoppers. Foot traffic to existing physical stores across 10 retail categories still is below pre-Covid-19 levels. When Chris Riccobono started online shirt brand Untuckit LLC in 2010, he never thought he would open physical stores. Investors are awarding pure e-commerce retailers higher valuations than those with physical stores, prompting Saks Fifth Avenue to spin off its e-commerce business.
Persons: , Toni Roeller, Ms, Roeller, Levi Strauss LEVI, , Harmit Singh, Singh, Levi’s, Mr, Patrick Campbell, Chris Riccobono, ” Mr, Riccobono, Tracy Beck, Warby Parker, Bill Brand, Rue21, ” Warby Parker, Scott, Adam Falk, Jeff Gennette, It’s, Brendan Witcher, Suzanne Kapner Organizations: IHL Group, Department, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc, Sport, Public, Golf Galaxy, Solutions, Sporting Goods Digital, Google, Apple Inc, Inc, Inc, Wall Street Journal, Warby Parker Inc, Allbirds Inc, CVS Health Corp, CVS, Saks Fifth, Macy’s, Target Corp, Forrester Research, Wall Locations: Braintree, Mass, U.S
Workers in the U.S. resigned from a record 4.4 million jobs in September. Many Americans are leaving roles for better working conditions and pay amid a historically fast economic recovery. The wave of resignations hasn’t been uniform across the country, though. States in the West, including Hawaii, Montana, Utah and Oregon, saw the largest growth in quits in September, according to the Labor Department. Eighteen states broke or tied their records for quits levels in September.
Persons: hasn’t Organizations: Labor Department Locations: U.S, Hawaii , Montana , Utah, Oregon
The approval from the Interior Department paves the way for the country's second large-scale offshore wind farm after a similar project got underway in Massachusetts. The administration aims to put the U.S. on a path to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, powering about 10 million homes. Construction began last week on the first major offshore project — an 800-megawatt wind farm 15 miles off Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The administration plans to build at least 16 offshore wind energy facilities by 2025. Worldwide, 6.1 gigawatts were created by new offshore wind projects last year, according to a recent report by the Global Wind Energy Council.
Persons: Biden, Deb Haaland, Organizations: Wednesday, Interior Department, Construction, Global Wind Energy Council, China Locations: Rhode, New York, Massachusetts, Block, Montauk Point, N.Y, Long, U.S, Netherlands, Belgium
A gray wolf whose “epic” travels captured headlines and imaginations earlier this year was killed in California after being struck by a vehicle this month, wildlife officials said Wednesday. "I’m devastated to learn of the death of this remarkable wolf,” Weiss said in a statement. The last time a wolf was documented that far south was 1922, wildlife officials said, when one was seen in San Bernardino County. "He won’t be forgotten, and we’ll honor his memory by continuing to fight for the safety of wolves everywhere.”Gray wolves are native to California but were killed off a century ago. Roughly 20 are now believed to live in the state in two northern counties, Weiss said.
Persons: wasn’t, OR93, Amaroq Weiss, I’m, ” Weiss, , Weiss, " Weiss, ” Gray Organizations: California Department of Fish, Wildlife, Center for Biological, San Francisco Locations: California, Los Angeles, Lebec, Oregon, California's San Luis Obispo County, Kern County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County
President Biden to reinstate Trump's controversial "Remain in Mexico" program in the coming weeks. The Biden administration tried to end the policy, but the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling reinstating it. Under Biden, the program will offer adult migrants the chance to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Axios reported on Wednesday. But the Supreme Court in August upheld a Trump-appointed federal judge's ruling that the policy must be reinstated. Following the Court's ruling, Mayorkas issued another, longer, memo last month explaining why the administration believes the policy should end.
Persons: Biden, Axios, Joe Biden's, Trump, Marsha Espinosa, Alejandro Mayorkas, Mayorkas, Brian Fletcher Organizations: COVID, Department of Homeland, Trump Locations: Mexico, Government, Mexican, United States, COVID
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