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MEXICO CITY — Nineteen people died and 32 more were injured after a bus apparently carrying pilgrims to a religious site in central Mexico crashed on Friday. State officials said the bus apparently lost its brakes and slammed into a building in the State of Mexico. Ricardo de la Cruz, the assistant state interior secretary, said the accident occurred in the township of Joquicingo, southwest of Mexico City. Mexico State borders Mexico City on three sides, and includes both remote rural villages and crowded suburbs of the capital. After the Spanish came, believers say, a cross miraculously appeared in a cave that had been dedicated to an Aztec god, making Chalma a Christian pilgrimage site.
Persons: Ricardo de la Cruz, Virgin Organizations: MEXICO CITY, ., Roman, Mexico City Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, State of Mexico, Toluca, Joquicingo, Mexico City, Michoacan, Chalma, Guadalupe, Mexico State, Spanish
“I think it is going to be a messy holiday season,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail. Stores diluted the day’s importance further by advertising Black Friday sales on more and more days. The pandemic led many retailers to close stores on Thanksgiving Day and push discounts on their websites, starting as early as October. Online shopping remains huge, and sales online are expected to rise 7 percent for the week after the massive 46 percent gain a year ago, when many shoppers stayed home, according to Mastercard. For the overall holiday season, online sales should increase 10 percent from a year ago, compared with a 33 percent increase last year, according to Adobe Digital Economy Index.
Persons: Aniva Pawlowski, Michael Ciaglo, Aurelien Duthoit, , Neil Saunders, Jeff Gennette, That’s, Gennette, Carol Claridge, Claridge, Organizations: Macy’s Herald, New, Shoppers, Allianz Research, GlobalData, messier, U.S, Associated Press, Mastercard SpendingPulse, Mastercard, Adobe, National Retail Federation Locations: Macy’s, Manhattan, Westminster, Colo, Bourne, England, New York, U.S
The FDA scientists said their review identified several potential risks, including possible toxicity and birth defects. Regulators also noted Merck collected far less safety data overall on its drug than was gathered for other Covid therapies. All Covid drugs currently authorized by the FDA require an injection or IV, which limits their use. If authorized, Merck’s drug would be the first that patients could take at home to ease symptoms and speed recovery. But the FDA review is key to determining who will be eligible and how widely it might be prescribed.
Persons: Merck Organizations: Merck, Drug Administration, FDA Locations: U.S
People gather as smoke rises from several torched buildings around the Chinatown district of Honiara in the Solomon Islands on Friday. Charley Piringi / AFP - Getty ImagesSogavare angered many in 2019, particularly leaders of the Solomon Islands’ most populous province, Malaita, when he cut the country’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne did not agree that other countries had stirred up the unrest. The Solomon Islands, about 1,000 miles northeast of Australia, were the scene of bloody fighting during World War II. They were successful, though fighting in and around the Solomon Islands continued through the end of the war.
Persons: Manasseh Sogavare, Sogavare, Charley Piringi, Malaita, Peter Dutton, ” Sogavare, “ I’m, Marise Payne, ” Payne, “ We’ve, Gina Kekea, ” Kekea, Kekea, “ It’s, Scott Morrison, Morrison, , we’ve, ” Morrison, , Zhao Lijian, Solomon Organizations: Solomon Islands, Parliament, Getty, Australia's, Australian, Getty Images, Protesters, Solomon, Foreign Ministry, U.S, Marines Locations: CANBERRA, Australia, Taiwan, Beijing, Honiara, Chinatown, Solomon Islands, AFP, Solomon, Malaita, China, Guadalcanal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donations are pouring in to help a man who was freed from a Missouri prison after a judge found that he was wrongfully convicted in 1979 in a triple killing. The GoFundMe fundraiser to benefit Kevin Strickland had surpassed its $430,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon, and donations kept coming. Many of the donors expressed outrage that the 62-year-old wouldn’t receive compensation from Missouri. Judge James Welsh, a retired Missouri Court of Appeals judge, ordered his release Tuesday, finding that evidence used to convict Strickland had since been recanted or disproven.
Persons: Kevin Strickland, Strickland, James Welsh, , Quinton Lucas Organizations: KANSAS CITY, Wednesday, Locations: KANSAS, Mo, Missouri, Kansas City
South Africa has seen a dramatic rise in new infections, Phaahla said at an online press briefing. Scientists in South Africa are working to determine what percentage of the new cases have been caused by the new variant. Currently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong in travelers from South Africa, he said. “This new variant has many, many more mutations,” including more than 30 to the spike protein that affects transmissibility, he said. Amid the rise in cases, scientists studied the genomic sequencing and discovered the new variant.
Persons: Joe Phaahla, Phaahla, , Sajid Javid, Tulio de Oliveira, de Oliveira, , ” De Oliveira, Ravindra Gupta, ” Gupta, Johnson, Nicholas Crisp, Crisp Organizations: Health, Network for Genomic Surveillance, University of Cambridge, Pfizer, Johnson Locations: JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Gauteng, Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Pretoria, , South
Interpol on Thursday elected a contentious official from the United Arab Emirates as its new president during the international law enforcement body’s annual General Assembly held in Istanbul. He has been accused by human rights groups of involvement in torture and arbitrary detentions in the UAE. Interpol said al-Raisi was elected following three rounds of voting and received 68.9 percent of the votes cast in the final round. “It’s an honor to have been elected to serve as the next president of Interpol,” the global police agency quoted al-Raisi as saying. The president chairs Interpol’s general assemblies and meetings of its Executive Committee.
Persons: Ahmed Naser al, Hu Binchen, Hu, Raisi, , , Meng Hongwei, Matthew Hedges, Hedges, Ali Issa Ahmad, Rodney Dixon, ” Hedges, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, ” Alwadaei, Kim Jong Yan, Valdecy Urquiza, Garba Baba Umar Organizations: United, United Arab Emirates, Assembly, NBC, Interpol, Asia, Al, Inter, Parliamentary Alliance, Bahrain Institute for Rights, Democracy, Juergen Stock Locations: United Arab, Istanbul, Maj, United Arab Emirates, UAE, Asia, China, France, Turkey, Beijing, Dubai, U.S, South Korea, Germany, Brazil, Americas, Nigeria, Africa
NFL defensive lineman Everson Griffen was receiving care Wednesday after refusing to leave his Minnesota home for hours after calling 911 to report an intruder, according to law enforcement officials and the Minnesota Vikings organization. The agency said psychologists from the Minnesota Vikings had been in communication with Griffen for hours. He was transported by ambulance to an area health care facility, according to the public safety department. "Law enforcement agencies have notified us Everson Griffen came out of his home without incident and is now getting the care he needs," the Vikings said Wednesday afternoon. " Griffen rejoined the Vikings this season after playing for Dallas and Detroit in 2020.
Persons: Everson Griffen, , Griffen, “ Griffen, , Brian Murphy, Trae Waynes, Tiffany, Sebastian, Rick Spielman Organizations: NFL, Minnesota, Minnesota Vikings, Public Safety Department, Vikings, Griffen, Hennepin County Sheriff’s, Bowl, NFL Network, Dallas, USC Locations: , Hennepin County, Detroit
The CDC report represents the latest available data on U.S. abortions. The idea that abortions may be increasing lately may be surprising, especially given recent efforts in many states to restrict abortions. Overall, there were about 630,000 abortions reported to CDC in 2019. That year, 56 percent of the reported abortions were surgical and about 44 percent were through use of the so-called abortion pill. It's not yet clear what abortion trends will look like for 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Rachel Jones, ” Jones, Jones, Organizations: Supreme, Centers for Disease Control, CDC, Guttmacher Institute Locations: California, New York, U.S, Indiana , Iowa, Kansas, lockdowns, wasn't
Count 2, felony murder: We, the jury, find the defendant, Travis McMichael, guilty. Count 3, felony murder: We, the jury, find the defendant, Travis McMichael, guilty. Count 4, felony murder: We, the jury, find the defendant, Travis McMichael, guilty. Count 5, felony murder: We, the jury, find the defendant, Travis McMichael, guilty. Count 7, aggravated assault: We, the jury, find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty Count 8, false imprisonment: We, the jury, find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty.
Persons: , Travis McMichael, Mr, McMichael, Count, Gregory McMichael, Greg McMichael, William R, Bryan, Organizations: Georgia Locations: State, Georgia, Glynn County , State of Georgia, Superior, Glynn County
Hours after being tapped as Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigned Wednesday after suffering a budget defeat in parliament and her coalition partner left the two-party minority government. She informed parliamentary Speaker Anderas Norlen that she remains interested in leading a Social Democratic one-party government. Despite the fact that the parliamentary situation is unchanged, it needs to be tried again.”Her resignation came just hours after Sweden’s parliament approved Andersson as the country’s first female prime minister, tapping the finance minister who recently became the new leader of the Social Democratic party. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsAndersson had been set to replace Stefan Lofven as party leader and prime minister, roles he relinquished earlier this year. “I have been elected Sweden’s first female prime minister and know what it means for girls in our country.”Under the Swedish Constitution, prime ministers can be named and govern as long as a parliamentary majority — a minimum of 175 lawmakers — is not against them.
Persons: Magdalena Andersson, ” Andersson, Anderas Norlen, Andersson, , , Stefan Lofven, Amineh, Kakabaveh, Sweden’s, , Lofven Organizations: Social Democratic, NBC, Social Democrats, Green Party, Left Party, Center Party Locations: Sweden, Iranian, Swedish
The three parties negotiating to form Germany’s next government will finalize and present their coalition agreement Wednesday, two of the prospective partners said. The deal paves the way for center-left leader Olaf Scholz to replace longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel in the coming weeks. The center-left Social Democrats have been negotiating with the environmentalist Green party and the pro-business Free Democrats since narrowly winning a national election on Sept. 26. Before that can happen, the coalition deal requires approval from a ballot of the Greens’ roughly 125,000-strong membership and from conventions of the other two parties. At the Free Democrats’ insistence, the prospective partners said they won’t raise taxes or loosen curbs on running up debt, making financing a central issue.
Persons: Olaf Scholz, Angela Merkel, Merkel, Scholz, Free Democrats ’, Merkel’s Organizations: Social Democrats, Green, Free Democrats, NBC, Christian, Getty, Greens, Democrats Locations: Germany’s, Berlin, Wednresday, Germany
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes. The network of 2,500 reefs covering 348,000 square kilometers (134,000 square miles) suffered significantly from coral bleaching caused by unusually warm ocean temperatures in 2016, 2017 and last year. Gareth Phillips, a marine scientist with Reef Teach, a tourism and educational business, is studying the spawning as part of a project to monitor the reef’s health. “It is gratifying to see the reef give birth,” Phillips said in a statement on Wednesday. I think we must all focus on the victories as we emerge from the pandemic,” Phillips added.
Persons: Australia —, Gareth Phillips, ” Phillips, , Locations: CANBERRA, Australia, Queensland, Cairns
VERSAILLES, France — France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was given a one-year suspended jail sentence and a fine of 75,000 euros, or $84,000, Wednesday in a sex-tape case that rocked French soccer. Benzema was found guilty of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. The Versailles court decision is unlikely to affect Benzema’s immediate sporting future. Prosecutors had asked that Benzema be fined 75,000 euros, the maximum allowed on the charge, and be given a suspended 10-month jail term if found guilty. That resulted in Benzema missing the 2016 European Championship, and also the 2018 World Cup which was won by France.
Persons: Karim Benzema, Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena, Noel Le Great, Thomas Samson, didn’t, , Sylvain Cormier, Prosecutors, Didier Deschamps, Deschamps Organizations: France —, Real Madrid, Ballon, Madrid, Getty, BBC, France’s, France Locations: VERSAILLES, France, France — France, Versailles, Paris, French
ROME — The only person convicted in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher was freed Tuesday after serving most of his 16-year prison sentence, his lawyer said. He will continue to work in the library at the Viterbo-based Center for Criminology Studies, Ballarini said in an email. Guede had already been granted permission to leave prison during the day to work at the center while he served his sentence for the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Kercher. The case in the university city of Perugia gained international notoriety after Kercher’s American roommate, Amanda Knox, and Knox’s then-boyfriend were placed under suspicion. Both were initially convicted, but Italy’s highest court threw out the convictions in 2015 after a series of flip-flop decisions.
Persons: ROME, Meredith Kercher, Fabrizio Ballarini, Rudy Guede’s, Ballarini, Guede, Amanda Knox, Knox’s, Kercher Organizations: Criminology Studies Locations: Viterbo, Perugia
The counties blamed pharmacies operated by CVS, Walgreens and Walmart for not stopping the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the two counties about $1 billion, their attorney said. This was the first time pharmacy companies had completed a trial to defend themselves in a drug crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the past two decades. How much the pharmacies must pay in damages will be decided in the spring by federal judge. They also said it was the doctors who controlled how many pills were being prescribed for legitimate medical needs. The judge said the governments hadn’t proven that the pharmaceutical companies used deceptive marketing to increase unnecessary opioid prescriptions and create a public nuisance.
Persons: Mark Lanier, Lanier, hydrocodone, Kaspar Stoffelmayr, Dan Polster, Oklahoma’s, drugmaker Johnson, Johnson Organizations: CLEVELAND, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, U.S, District, drugmakers Locations: Ohio, Trumbull, Cleveland, Trumbull County, Lake County, U.S, New York, Washington, West Virginia, California, Oakland
A Kansas City man who has been jailed for more than 40 years for three murders was wrongfully convicted in 1979 and will be released, a Missouri judge ruled Tuesday. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt fought efforts led by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and other legal and political leaders to free Strickland. Strickland was convicted in the deaths of Larry Ingram, 21; John Walker, 20; and Sherrie Black, 22, at a home in Kansas City. The evidentiary hearing focused largely on previous testimony from Cynthia Douglas, the only person to survive the April 25, 1978, shootings. In August, Peters Baker used a new state law to seek the evidentiary hearing in Jackson County, where Strickland was convicted.
Persons: Kevin Strickland, James Welsh, Strickland, Eric Schmitt, Jean Peters Baker, Schmitt, Mike Parson, Larry Ingram, John Walker, Cynthia Douglas, Douglas, Missouri Attorney General’s, Strickland’s, Strickland wasn’t, , Peters Baker, Welsh Organizations: Kansas City, Jackson, Republican, U.S . Senate, Gov, Missouri Attorney, Kansas City Star, Circuit Locations: Kansas, Missouri, Jackson, Jackson County, Kansas City
An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. The ruling is a victory for Aiden Vasquez and Mika Covington, two Iowans represented by the ACLU of Iowa. The ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit in April against the state of Iowa challenging a 2019 law that allows Medicaid to deny payment for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The court concluded that Iowa’s Medicaid program may not categorically discriminate against transgender people seeking gender-affirming, medically necessary care. Reynolds’ spokesman Alex Murphy said she is disappointed by the ruling “and disagrees with the district court’s ruling on Medicaid coverage for transgender reassignment surgeries.
Persons: Judge William Kelly, Aiden Vasquez, Mika Covington, Kelly, ” Kelly, , ” Rita Bettis Austen, ” Bettis Austen, Covington, ” Vasquez, Vasquez, Kim Reynolds, Reynolds, Alex Murphy Organizations: Iowa Department of Human Services, American Psychiatric Association, D.C, Movement Advancement, ACLU, Vasquez, Iowa, Iowa Civil Rights, Republicans, Iowa Legislature, of Human Services, Iowa DHS, Gov, Civil, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Iowa, Washington, Covington, Vasquez
A Hawaii man who was incarcerated and in a mental institution for more than two years because of a case of mistaken identity has sued the state, some Honolulu police officers, public defenders and doctors. But police, public defenders and doctors at Hawaii State Hospital, where Spriestersbach had been treated before, ignored his plight. "He was forced to take psychiatric medications in increasing doses until he became catatonic, all because Joshua continued to assert that he was not Thomas R. Castleberry and had not committed any of Thomas R. Castleberry’s felony crimes." Police "failed to verify Joshua’s identity by comparing his name, photo, fingerprints, and date of birth to that of Thomas R. Castleberry, the suit said. Even Hawaii State Hospital doctors who had treated Spriestersbach previously failed to believe him or investigate his claims, it said.
Persons: Joshua Spriestersbach, Thomas Castleberry, Spriestersbach, Joshua, Thomas, Thomas R, William C, Vedanta Griffith, AP Thomas Castleberry's, Gary Yamashiroya, Honolulu Police Department “, Rade Vanic, James Tabe Organizations: Hawaii State Hospital, AP, Police, Social Security, Social, Associated Press, Honolulu Police Department, Interim, Public Locations: Hawaii, Honolulu, Danby , Vermont
SEOUL, South Korea — Former South Korean military strongman Chun Doo-hwan, who took power in a 1979 coup and brutally crushed pro-democracy protests before going to prison for misdeeds in office, died on Tuesday. Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan speaks during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 6, 1978. In 1983, North Korean commandos triggered a bomb attack that targeted Chun during a visit to Myanmar. Chun narrowly escaped injury in the attack, which killed 21 people, including several South Korean government ministers. In 1987, North Korean agents bombed a South Korean airliner, killing all 115 people on board.
Persons: Chun Doo, Chun, Park Chung, Kwangju, Kim Dae, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un, Roh Tae, Kim Yong, sam, Roh, Kim Organizations: South Korea — Former South Korean, Police, Former South Korean, Yonhap, AP, Government, South, North Korean, Korean, Supreme Locations: SEOUL, South, Seoul, South Korea, Gwangju, States, North Korea, Korean, Myanmar, North Korean
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended for one game and Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart was suspended two games for their roles in an ugly incident during Sunday’s Lakers-Pistons game. Stewart will miss the Pistons’ home game against Miami on Tuesday and their game Wednesday at Milwaukee. The Lakers and Pistons meet again Sunday in Los Angeles, and James and Stewart will both be eligible to play. Stewart, the NBA said, was disciplined for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing ... James in an unsportsmanlike manner.” James merited the suspension “for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation,” the NBA said. The incident happened in the third quarter, starting when James and Stewart were jostling for position during a free throw.
Persons: LeBron James, Isaiah Stewart, James, Stewart, ” James, , he’d, , Phenizee Ransom, uglier, Dwane Casey, ” Casey, Cory Joseph, Scott Foster, , Cory, ” Foster, ” Stewart Organizations: Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday’s Lakers, Pistons, NBA, Lakers, Madison, New York Knicks, Miami, Wednesday, Milwaukee, Laker Locations: Los Angeles
Robert Bly, one of the most prominent American poets of the last half century and author of the best-selling men’s movement classic “Iron John,” has died. Bly published his first book of poems, “Silence in the Snowy Fields,” in 1962. American poet Robert Bly attends a poetry reading at the University of Sydney in Sydney Australia, on March 18, 1980. Over the years, Bly published more than two dozen poetry collections, multiple translations of other poets’ works and a handful of nonfiction books of which “Iron John” was the most well-known. Smith said “Iron John” had its roots in Bly’s coming to terms with his relationship to his father, a taciturn Norwegian farmer.
Persons: Robert Bly, John, , Bly, Mary Bly, “ Dad, Alan Gilbert Purcell, ” Bly, , John ’, Thomas R, Smith, Chile’s Pablo Neruda, Sweden’s Tomas Transtromer, Jeff Shotts, — Bly, James Lenfestey, Carol, Ruth, — Mary, Bridget Noah, Micha Bly, Wesley Dutta —, , John ”, ” Smith, John Wayne, ” Mary Bly, ” Ruth Bly Organizations: Associated Press, New York Times, University of Sydney, Fairfax Media, Getty, Paris, Navy, Harvard, Grand Central Station, Iowa, American, Graywolf Press Locations: Minneapolis, , Vietnam, Minnesota, Madison, American, Sydney Australia, New York City, America, Norwegian
Biden Renominates Powell as Fed Chair
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: 1 min
Today, I’m nominating Jerome Powell for a second term as chair of the Federal Reserve. And I’m — I’m nominating Lael Brainard to take the position as vice chair of the Federal Reserve. Small business creation is surging, surging in America today, which is why I’m proud to say if you look at my presidency so far, it’s a jobs presidency and it’s a small business presidency. So if you look at the facts, here’s what the record shows: record job creation, record economic growth, record new small business creation. That’s the story that should give us confidence about the economy that we’re building, confidence in ourselves, confidence in the future.
Persons: Jerome Powell, Lael Brainard Organizations: Federal Reserve Locations: America
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cadell Walker rushed to get her 9-year-old daughter Solome vaccinated against Covif-19 — not just to protect her but to help stop the coronavirus from spreading and spawning even more dangerous variants. “The only way to really beat Covid is for all of us collectively to work together for the greater good.”Scientists agree. That effort got a lift with 28 million U.S. kids 5 to 11 years old now eligible for child-sized doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. But some experts say children played a significant role this year spreading contagious variants such as alpha and delta. Getting kids vaccinated could make a real difference going forward, according to estimates by the Covid-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, a collection of university and medical research organizations that consolidates models of how the pandemic may unfold.
Persons: — Cadell Walker, , Covid, Kentucky —, David O’Connor, Katriona Shea, Stuart Campbell Ray, “ It’s, there’s, ” Ray, Ray, Walker, can’t, Solome, it’s, ” Walker Organizations: Covif, Pfizer, University of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania State University . Delta, Johns Hopkins University, Jefferson County Public, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: LOUISVILLE, Ky, Louisville, Yemen, Kentucky, Madison, United States, America, Jefferson, Ethiopia
WhatsApp is adding more details to its privacy policy and flagging that information for European users, after Irish regulators slapped the chat service with a record fine for breaching strict EU data privacy rules. Starting Monday, WhatsApp’s privacy policy will be reorganized to provide more information on the data it collects and how it’s used. With the update, users in Europe will see a banner notification at the top of their chat list that will take them to the new information. The chat service said it disagreed with the decision, but it has to comply by updating its policy while it appeals. Ireland’s Data Privacy Commission is the lead privacy regulator for WhatsApp under European Union rules because its regional headquarters is in Dublin.
Persons: it’s, WhatsApp Organizations: Facebook, Union Locations: Europe, Dublin
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