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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century completely collapsed on Tuesday. The collapse stunned many scientists who had relied on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world. “It's a huge loss,” said Carmen Pantoja, an astronomer and professor at the University of Puerto Rico who used the telescope for her doctorate. The telescope was built in the 1960s with money from the Defense Department amid a push to develop anti-ballistic missile defenses. “I am one of those students who visited it when young and got inspired,” said Abel Méndez, a physics and astrobiology professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo who has used the telescope for research.
Persons: , Carmen Pantoja, , Abel Méndez, Puerto Rico, Méndez, “ I'm Organizations: JUAN, U.S . National Science Foundation, University of Puerto, NSF, Defense Department, National Science Foundation, University of Central, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Puerto Rico, Arecibo, University of Puerto Rico, U.S, Puerto, University of Central Florida
Georgia runoff to decide John Lewis' short-term successor
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
ATLANTA — Georgia voters on Tuesday are choosing the short-term replacement for civil rights legend John Lewis. Former Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are contesting a runoff election. The 5th Congressional District includes most of the city of Atlanta, as well as some suburban areas of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties. Hall and Franklin both contend they can get something accomplished during a short stay in Congress. Franklin and Hall share similar positions on issues, but Franklin, now a theology professor at Emory University, preaches a higher cause as well.
Persons: John Lewis, Robert Franklin, Nikema Williams, Republican Angela Stanton King, Williams, King didn’t, Lewis, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Franklin, Rebecca Breyer, ” Hall, , Martin Luther King Jr, Hall Organizations: Georgia, Former Atlanta City Council, Kwanza, Morehouse College, Democratic Party, Republican, Congressional, Student Nonviolent, Franklin, Atlanta City Council, Atlanta, Hall, Emory University Locations: ATLANTA, Atlanta, Fulton , DeKalb, Clayton counties, Washington, Selma , Alabama
A Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fatal fight that began when he put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers, authorities said. James Dixon, 28, is charged with killing Vincell Jackson, 52, who was the boyfriend of the Thanksgiving party host. Jackson was trying to escort Dixon out of the Chicago house because he had put his hands in leftovers early Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Susie Bucaro said. The fight moved to the porch, where Jackson was stabbed at least nine times, Bucaro told a judge Sunday. A judge set bond at $350,000, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Persons: James Dixon, Vincell Jackson, Jackson, Dixon, Susie Bucaro, Bucaro, Patrick Ryan Organizations: Defense, Chicago Tribune Locations: Chicago
Barr appoints Durham special counsel in Russia probe investigation
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he had appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal statute that governed special counsel Robert Mueller in the original Russia probe. He said Durham's investigation has been narrowing to focus more on the conduct of FBI agents who worked on the Russia investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane. The current investigation, a criminal probe, had begun very broadly but has since "narrowed considerably" and now "really is focused on the activities of the crossfire hurricane investigation within the FBI," Barr said. A senior Justice Department official told the AP that although the order details that it is "including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III," the Durham probe has not expanded. Appointing Durham as a special counsel would mean that he could only be fired for very specific reasons under the law.
Persons: Attorney John Durham, William Barr, Barr, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump's, Hillary Clinton, Bob Mueller, they'd, Durham, Trump, Robert S, Mueller III, Mueller Organizations: Attorney, U.S, Trump, Associated Press, FBI, The Associated Press, Durham, Justice, CIA, Department Locations: New Haven, Conn, Russia, Durham
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — They threw her new cellphone on the roof of the station house and placed nails under the wheels of her pickup truck. Other Black firefighters who endured similar treatment in the Winston-Salem Fire Department recently brought their complaints before the city. The grievance they filed in October calls for Chief William “Trey” Mayo to be fired for failing to discipline white firefighters who, the group said, have created a hostile work environment through comments in person and on social media. Across the country, firefighters are confronting incidents of racism and discrimination as part of a burgeoning movement to call out and address racial injustice in America. Chris Carlson / APTwo Black women sued the city of Denver in September, saying its fire department discriminated against them because of their gender and race.
Persons: WINSTON, Timika Ingram, , Ingram, William “ Trey ” Mayo, , Thomas Penn, Chris Carlson, Winston, George Floyd, Lee Garrity, “ We’d, ” Garrity, Mayo didn’t, Penn, you’ll, she’d, ” Ingram, Gary Waddell, ” Waddell Organizations: , Salem Fire Department, News, City, Winston, , Facebook, Twitter Locations: SALEM, N.C, North Carolina, Winston, America, Denver, Lansing , Michigan, Delaware, Charlotte, Mayo, Salem
If Week 12 is a harbinger, NFL executives will be doing more scrambling than Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray. The NFL deserves praise for getting this far with minimal disruptions compared to what we are seeing in the college game. “When you think about the country right now, we’re going through a second wave. “I think right now from a competitive and balance standpoint that’s out there, and from a safety standpoint that’s out there, go to a bubble. Browns center JC Tretter, the president of the NFL Players Association, last week addressed the issues pro football is facing.
Persons: Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, They’ve, it’s, , Bill Cowher, , NFL hasn’t, , Sean Payton, JC Tretter Organizations: Ravens, Denver, Saints, Patriots, Pro, of Fame, CBS Sports, NFL, Bears, Browns, NFL Players Association Locations: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Denver
Hill filed also filed a request in June asking the court to review the appellate court’s decision. The original case involved Ashlee and Ruby Henderson, a gay married couple from Lafayette who filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 challenging Indiana’s birth records law. The case is among the first dealing with same-sex marriage for the Supreme Court since the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Journal & Courier and The Indianapolis Star reported. In that case, the court ruled that the “constellation of benefits that the states have linked to marriage” extended to having the names of same-sex parents on a birth certificate. They argued that it was unfair to force one mother from a same-sex marriage to spend $4,000 to $5,000 to legally adopt the couple’s child.
Persons: Curtis Hill, Hill, Ashlee, Ruby Henderson, Ruby, Amy Coney Barrett, Karen Celestino, Hill’s, ’ ” Celestino, Smith, Hendersons, , , ” Hill Organizations: INDIANAPOLIS, U.S, Supreme, & Courier, Indianapolis Star, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Indiana, Indiana’s, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indianapolis, Arkansas, Chicago
First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes on sale
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. If a blood test had been available, “I might have been afraid of the results” but would have “jumped on that” to find out, she said. The blood test from C2N Diagnostics of St. Louis aims to fill that gap. If the PET scan was negative, the blood test ruled out amyloid buildup 77 percent of the time. The other 23 percent got a positive result, but that doesn't necessarily mean the blood test was incorrect, Braunstein said.
Persons: Drug Administration —, Tammy Maida, chalked, , , don’t, Louis, David Holtzman, Randall Bateman, it’s, It’s, It's, Bateman, Holtzman, Joel Braunstein, Braunstein, Eliezer Masliah, “ We’re, we’re, ” Heather Snyder Organizations: U.S . Food, Drug Administration, C2N Diagnostics, St, Washington University School of Medicine, Louis, Alzheimer’s, U.S . National Institute, Aging, Alzheimer’s Association Locations: San Jose , California, United States, U.S, Europe, Alzheimer’s
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary. Like other travelers during these times, the elephant needed to be tested for Covid-19 before his flight. Once his large metal crate was safely on board, Kaavan was provided with in-flight snacks — 440 pounds of them — for the seven-hour journey. The flight was uneventful, which is all you can ask for when you transfer an elephant,” Khalil said. Amir Khalil, head of project development at Four Paws, with Kaavan at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan in September.
Persons: Kaavan, Amir Khalil, ” Khalil, Saheli, Cher, Eric Margolis, Saiyna Bashir, Martin Bauer, Bauer, Kaaven Organizations: American, Kaavan, NBC Locations: PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Pakistani, Vienna, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Marghazar, Islamabad
Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the last decade, has declined to comment on the attack. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful. Though long suspicious of Iran's nuclear program, the Emirates has said it wants to de-escalate the crisis. Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran on Saturday. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Hossein, Gen, Esmail Ghaani, Ali Akbar Sahei, Mamoud Alavi, Amir Hatami, Fakhrizadeh's, Hatami, hadn't, Majid Asgaripour, Reuters Hatami, , Alam, Ali Shamkhani, ” Shamkhani, Donald Trump’s, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran's Defense Ministry, Revolutionary Guard, Force, Intelligence, Defense, United Arab Emirates, U.S, Protesters, Reuters, , Press, NBC, country’s Supreme National Security Council, Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s Guardian Council Locations: TEHRAN, Iran, Israel, Tehran, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Emirates, Imamzadeh Saleh, , Al, Fars
Milwaukee County, the state's other big and overwhelmingly liberal county targeted in a recount that Trump paid $3 million for, reported its results Friday, a 132-vote gain for Biden. “As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin," Danielle Melfi, who led Biden's campaign in Wisconsin, said in a statement to The Associated Press. With no precedent for overturning a result as large as Biden's, Trump was widely expected to head to court once the recount was finished. His campaign challenged thousands of absentee ballots during the recount, and even before it was complete, Trump tweeted that he would sue. Election officials in the two counties counted those ballots during the recount, but marked them as exhibits at the request of the Trump campaign.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Trump, Dane County, Joe Biden’s, Danielle Melfi, ” Trump, , Donald J, didn't, Tony Evers ’, Evers, Dean Mueller Organizations: — Wisconsin, Trump ., Biden, Associated Press, Trump, Democratic, Commission, The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, Gov, Wisconsin Locations: MADISON, Wis, , Dane, Trump . Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Arizona , Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania
U.S. advisers to decide how to distribute vaccine
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
SEE NEW POSTSU.S. advisers to decide how to distribute vaccine ATLANTA — A panel of U.S. advisers are set to meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. David Michaels, PhD, MPH: An epidemiologist and Professor of Environmental andOccupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Much of his research focuses on protecting the integrity of the science underpinning public health, safety, and environmental protections. The first doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine are on the move.
Persons: BioNTech, Jared Polis, Marlon Reis, Polis, Breed, San Francisco —, Biden, Jane Hopkins, David Michaels, Jill Jim, Hopkins, Clinton, Michaels, COVID, Benjamin Tandre, Kiran Ridley, Remi Thor Organizations: CDC, Pfizer, FDA, Moderna Inc, Colorado, San Francisco 49ers, Levi's, Public Health, NFL, Mayor London Breed, Saturday, San Francisco, Health, San, Navajo, Harborview Medical, Snoqualmie Hospital, SEIU Healthcare, Advisory, Washington Workforce Board, Washington State Labor Council, SEIU Washington State AFRAM Caucus, Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation Department of Health, Indians, Alaska Natives, Lizer Administration, Navajo Department of Health, Environmental, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Labor, Occupational Safety, Energy, Environment, Safety, NBA, The Associated Press, Preseason, National Basketball Players Association, NBC News, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Getty, Reuters Locations: ATLANTA, Colorado, California, Santa Clara County , California, Silicon Valley, Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco, California's, Los Angeles County, San, San Diego, San Jose, Navajo Nation's, RNMH, England, Seattle, Washington, Sierra Leone, Alaska, Navajo, U.S, Belgium, Puurs, Louis , Missouri, Andover , Maryland, Kalamazoo , Michigan, France, Paris
Small businesses fight for survival during pandemic
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +10 min
County health officials also reported a record 760 new Covid-19 cases and 239 hospitalizations. David Michaels, PhD, MPH: An epidemiologist and Professor of Environmental andOccupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Much of his research focuses on protecting the integrity of the science underpinning public health, safety, and environmental protections. Share this -Pfizer's first Covid-19 vaccine doses flown to U.S. The first doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine are on the move.
Persons: Jared Polis, Marlon Reis, Polis, Breed, San Francisco —, Biden, Jane Hopkins, David Michaels, Jill Jim, Hopkins, Clinton, Michaels, COVID, BioNTech, Benjamin Tandre, Kiran Ridley, Remi Thor Organizations: Colorado, San Francisco 49ers, Levi's, Public Health, NFL, Mayor London Breed, Saturday, San Francisco, Health, San, Navajo, Harborview Medical, Snoqualmie Hospital, SEIU Healthcare, Advisory, Washington Workforce Board, Washington State Labor Council, SEIU Washington State AFRAM Caucus, Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation Department of Health, Indians, Alaska Natives, Lizer Administration, Navajo Department of Health, Environmental, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Labor, Occupational Safety, Energy, Environment, Safety, NBA, The Associated Press, Preseason, National Basketball Players Association, NBC News, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Getty, Reuters Locations: Colorado, California, Santa Clara County , California, Silicon Valley, Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco, California's, Los Angeles County, San, San Diego, San Jose, Navajo Nation's, RNMH, England, Seattle, Washington, Sierra Leone, Alaska, Navajo, U.S, Belgium, Puurs, Louis , Missouri, Andover , Maryland, Kalamazoo , Michigan, France, Paris
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his partner test positive for virus
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
Jared Polis announced Saturday night that he and his partner, Marlon Reis, have tested positive for coronavirus. County health officials also reported a record 760 new Covid-19 cases and 239 hospitalizations. David Michaels, PhD, MPH: An epidemiologist and Professor of Environmental andOccupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Much of his research focuses on protecting the integrity of the science underpinning public health, safety, and environmental protections. The first doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine are on the move.
Persons: Jared Polis, Marlon Reis, Polis, Breed, San Francisco —, Biden, Jane Hopkins, David Michaels, Jill Jim, Hopkins, Clinton, Michaels, COVID, BioNTech, Benjamin Tandre, Kiran Ridley, Remi Thor, TOLGA AKMEN, Stuart Bell Organizations: Colorado, San Francisco 49ers, Levi's, Public Health, NFL, Mayor London Breed, Saturday, San Francisco, Health, San, Navajo, Harborview Medical, Snoqualmie Hospital, SEIU Healthcare, Advisory, Washington Workforce Board, Washington State Labor Council, SEIU Washington State AFRAM Caucus, Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation Department of Health, Indians, Alaska Natives, Lizer Administration, Navajo Department of Health, Environmental, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Labor, Occupational Safety, Energy, Environment, Safety, NBA, The Associated Press, Preseason, National Basketball Players Association, NBC News, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Getty, Reuters, Police, Getty Images Police, Covid Locations: Colorado, California, Santa Clara County , California, Silicon Valley, Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco, California's, Los Angeles County, San, San Diego, San Jose, Navajo Nation's, RNMH, England, Seattle, Washington, Sierra Leone, Alaska, Navajo, U.S, Belgium, Puurs, Louis , Missouri, Andover , Maryland, Kalamazoo , Michigan, France, Paris, London, AFP, United Kingdom
Another California county issues stricter stay-at-home orders
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
SEE NEW POSTSAnother California county issues stricter stay-at-home orders Public health officials in Santa Clara County, California, home to Silicon Valley, followed San Francisco and Los Angeles on Saturday in announcing stricter stay-at-home rules as the number of coronavirus patients continues to rise nationwide. County health officials also reported a record 760 new Covid-19 cases and 239 hospitalizations. The county also said travelers from more than 150 miles away would have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Share this -Pfizer's first Covid-19 vaccine doses flown to U.S. The first doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine are on the move.
Persons: Breed, San Francisco —, Biden, Jane Hopkins, David Michaels, Jill Jim, Hopkins, Clinton, Michaels, COVID, BioNTech, Benjamin Tandre, Kiran Ridley, Remi Thor, TOLGA AKMEN, Stuart Bell Organizations: San Francisco 49ers, Levi's, Public Health, NFL, Mayor London Breed, Saturday, San Francisco, Health, San, Navajo, Harborview Medical, Snoqualmie Hospital, SEIU Healthcare, Advisory, Washington Workforce Board, Washington State Labor Council, SEIU Washington State AFRAM Caucus, Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation Department of Health, Indians, Alaska Natives, Lizer Administration, Navajo Department of Health, Environmental, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Labor, Occupational Safety, Energy, Environment, Safety, NBA, The Associated Press, Preseason, National Basketball Players Association, NBC News, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Getty, Reuters, Police, Getty Images Police, Covid Locations: California, Santa Clara County , California, Silicon Valley, Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco, California's, Los Angeles County, San, San Diego, San Jose, Navajo Nation's, RNMH, England, Seattle, Washington, Sierra Leone, Alaska, Navajo, U.S, Belgium, Puurs, Louis , Missouri, Andover , Maryland, Kalamazoo , Michigan, France, Paris, London, AFP, United Kingdom, BRUSSELS
San Francisco imposes new stay-at-home orders
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
SEE NEW POSTSSan Francisco imposes new stay-at-home orders In a little more than a month's time the city of San Francisco went from being among the state's best-performing communities when it comes to Covid-19 cases to yet another city constrained by California's strictest stay-at-home rules. Unlike in Los Angeles County, where restaurants are now limited to delivery and takeout, San Francisco officials said they'd allow restaurants to host outdoor diners. Health officials in the state's largest cities—Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco—have now all imposed the strictest stay-at-home measures since spring in response to the national case surge. Share this -Pfizer's first Covid-19 vaccine doses flown to U.S. The first doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine are on the move.
Persons: Breed, San Francisco —, Biden, Jane Hopkins, David Michaels, Jill Jim, Hopkins, Clinton, Michaels, COVID, BioNTech, Benjamin Tandre, Kiran Ridley, Remi Thor, TOLGA AKMEN, Stuart Bell, , Roger Goodell, PFT Organizations: Mayor London Breed, Saturday, San Francisco, Health, San, Navajo, Harborview Medical, Snoqualmie Hospital, SEIU Healthcare, Advisory, Washington Workforce Board, Washington State Labor Council, SEIU Washington State AFRAM Caucus, Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation Department of Health, Indians, Alaska Natives, Lizer Administration, Navajo Department of Health, Environmental, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Labor, Occupational Safety, Energy, Environment, Safety, NBA, The Associated Press, Preseason, National Basketball Players Association, NBC News, United Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Pfizer, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Getty, Reuters, Police, Getty Images Police, Covid, NFL Locations: Francisco, San Francisco, California's, Los Angeles County, San, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Navajo Nation's, RNMH, England, Seattle, Washington, Sierra Leone, Alaska, Navajo, U.S, Belgium, Puurs, Louis , Missouri, Andover , Maryland, Kalamazoo , Michigan, France, Paris, London, AFP, United Kingdom, BRUSSELS
NBA announces new coronavirus protocols ahead of new season
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
NBA announces new coronavirus protocols ahead of new seasonNBA players who test positive for the coronavirus this season may have to miss nearly two weeks in some instances before being allowed to return to the court, the league told its teams Saturday. That revelation was one of many in a 63,000-word document, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, that explained some of the heath and safety protocols for the looming season. Preseason games begin Dec. 11 and regular-season contests start Dec. 22. The document still needs to be ratified by the league and the National Basketball Players Association, but at least provides some sort of blueprint for the start of training camps in the coming days. Players, coaches and other key staff are expected to be tested daily in most cases.
Persons: COVID Organizations: NBA, The Associated Press, Preseason, National Basketball Players Association
Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LAS VEGAS — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to transform the city's downtown area, has died. For years, he also worked to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, pledging $350 million in 2013 for redevelopment. “Tony Hsieh played a pivotal role in helping transform Downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. “Tony Hsieh might be the most original thinker I’ve ever been friends with,” former venture investor Chris Sacca tweeted. He genuinely delighted in making anyone and everyone happy.”Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added, “Tony Hsieh was a visionary.
Persons: Tony Hsieh, Hsieh, Megan Fazio, Puoy, weren't, wasn't, , ” Hsieh, , Zappos, “ Tony Hsieh, Steve Sisolak, “ Kathy, Tony’s, I’ve, Chris Sacca, Tony Hawk, , Max Levchin Organizations: VEGAS, Las, DTP Companies, Downtown, Zappos, Harvard University, Amazon, Las Vegas City, , ” Nevada Gov Locations: Las Vegas, Connecticut, Zappos, Downtown Las Vegas, ” Nevada
Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
BRUSSELS — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging COVID-19 pandemic over the holiday season. Britain, with the continent's highest death rate at 57,031 yet a Christmas tradition unlike few others, could not resist the temptation of relaxation. Like Belgium, Italy, where the pandemic initially struck hard in Europe, is taking a hard line at Christmas. In Oberndorf, home of the world's most famous Christmas carol, they hope its lyrics will not be taken too literally.
Persons: Alexander De Croo, , Santa Claus, I’d, Alexis — Santa, Michael Gove, Ursula von der Leyen, Angela Merkel, Karl Lauterbach, Steven Van Gucht, Sciensano, Remi Salomon, Croo, there’s, Michiel, . Virginia, Pope Francis Organizations: European Union, NBC, EU Commission, U.S, Pfizer, German, Anadolu Agency, Getty, University of Cologne, Belgian Army, Michiel Hospital, ., . Virginia Mayo, Vatican Locations: BRUSSELS, France, Britain, Europe, Germany, Paris, Belgium, Italy, Christmastime, Brussels, Austria
Ha said the NIS told lawmakers that North Korea executed a high-profile money changer in Pyongyang last month after holding the person responsible for a falling exchange rate. North Korea has also banned fishing and salt production at sea to prevent seawater from being infected with the virus, the NIS told lawmakers. North Korea recently placed Pyongyang and northern Jagang province under lockdown over virus concerns. The agency has a mixed record in confirming developments in North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive nations. The pandemic forced North Korea to seal its border with China, its biggest trading partner and aid benefactor, in January.
Persons: Kim Jong Un, Kim's, Joe Biden’s, Ha Tae, Kim, Ha, couldn’t, hasn't, Donald Trump, Trump, Kim Byung, kee, Biden Organizations: National Intelligence Service, NIS, U.S, NBC, North Korean, North, Washington . Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, North, Pyongyang, United States, North Korea, Jagang, Korean, Korea, China, Seoul, Washington, Washington . North
Paris police officers suspended over beating of Black man
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
PARIS — A Black man beaten up by several French police officers said he is seeking justice after the publication of videos showing officers repeatedly punching him, using a truncheon and tear gas against him for no apparent reason. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin ordered the officers involved in the case suspended. They didn't stop beating him, the video of the violence (inside the studio) lasts for 12 minutes.”At some point the officers called in reinforcements and went outside. “I’m obviously scandalized by these images,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said in a television interview. It notably makes it a crime to publish images of officers with intent to cause them harm.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron’s, Michel Zecler's, Macron, Gerald Darmanin, Michel Zecler, Zecler, , Hafida El Ali, , El Ali, Eric Dupond, Moretti, ” Darmanin, IGPN Organizations: PARIS, Twitter, Associated Press, , National Police, Le Parisien Locations: France, Paris
LONDON — AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental Covid-19 vaccine. In the low-dose group, AstraZeneca said, the vaccine appeared to be 90 percent effective. In the group that got two full doses, the vaccine appeared to be 62 percent effective. But the way in which the results were arrived at and reported by the companies has led to pointed questions from experts. Some 2,741 people received a half dose of the vaccine followed by a full dose, AstraZeneca said.
Persons: David Salisbury, You’ve, , Sarah Gilbert, , , Moncef Slaoui, Organizations: LONDON, AstraZeneca, Oxford University, Wednesday, NBC, Chatham House, Oxford, U.S Locations: Brazil, U.S
Judge in Venezuela Convicts 6 U.S. Oil Executives of Corruption
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
CARACAS, Venezuela — A Venezuelan judge on Thursday found six American oil executives guilty of a wide-ranging corruption scheme and immediately sentenced them to prison. The so-called Citgo 6 — employees of the Houston-based Citgo refining company, which is owned by Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA — had been lured to Venezuela three years ago for a business meeting and arrested. The men — Gustavo Cárdenas, Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Jose Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira — each face more than eight years in prison. Corruption has been a chronic and well-known problem for years at PDVSA and has helped to undercut its operations and profits. It later arrested the head of PDVSA, a former oil minister and dozens of others.
Persons: PDVSA —, — Gustavo Cárdenas, Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell, Jose Luis Zambrano, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Angel Pereira —, Nicolás Maduro’s Organizations: Venezuelan Locations: CARACAS, Venezuela, Houston, Texas, Louisiana, U.S, PDVSA, Venezuela’s
Bruce Boynton, who inspired 1961 Freedom Rides, dies at 83
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
SELMA, Ala. — Bruce Carver Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides” of 1961, died Monday. Yet both his mother and father were early civil rights activists. Thurgood Marshall, then the nation’s leading civil rights attorney and later on to become the first Black Supreme Court justice, was his counsel. The “Freedom Riders” were arrested or attacked in Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina, and a bus was burned. He spent most of his career as a civil rights attorney before retirement.
Persons: — Bruce Carver Boynton, Sen, Hank Sanders, Boynton’s, Boynton, Jim Crow, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Barack Obama, , Myron Thompson, Rosa Parks, ” Boynton, , Thurgood Marshall, Bruce Boynton, John F, Kennedy, Sanders, ” Sanders, Thompson Organizations: Former, Supreme, Associated Press, Howard University, Washington , D.C, Black, Riders Locations: SELMA, Ala, Alabama, Former Alabama, Virginia, South, U.S, Rosa, Washington ,, Richmond , Virginia, . Virginia, Alabama , Mississippi, South Carolina
Fox News has reached a settlement with slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich's parents, who alleged in a lawsuit that the cable news company exploited their son's death in stories and commentary. Rich was shot and killed in 2016 in Washington, D.C., in what authorities described as a botched robbery attempt. His parents, Joel and Mary Rich, had objected to a Fox article and commentary falsely suggesting their son had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign. Internet theories that Rich had been assassinated for leaking emails were contradicted by U.S. intelligence reports. Rich's parents, in a statement, said the settlement closed another chapter in their efforts to mourn their son, who was 27 when he was killed.
Persons: Seth Rich's, Rich, Joel, Mary Rich, , ” Fox Organizations: Fox News, Democratic, Washington , D.C, Fox, WikiLeaks, U.S, Circuit Locations: Washington ,, Manhattan, Omaha , Nebraska
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