Parents of suspected Michigan school shooter in custody after manhunt

The parents of the teenager accused of killing four people in a Michigan high school shooting were taken into custody early Saturday after a manhunt, Detroit police said.James and Jennifer Crumbley were found inside a commercial building, Detroit Police Department Chief James E. White told a news conference. “They appeared to be hiding in the building,”…

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Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend off omicron

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — South African scientists are warning that reinfections among people who’ve already battled COVID-19 appear to be more likely with the new omicron variant than with earlier coronavirus mutants. A research group has been tracking reinfections in South Africa and reported a jump with the arrival of omicron that they hadn’t…

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Parents of suspected Michigan H.S. shooter are charged with involuntary manslaughter

The parents of a teenager accused of killing four fellow students at a Michigan high school were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter Friday. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley at a news conference. “While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the…

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Feds were investigating Cuomo sexual harassment allegations, document shows

The Justice Department was investigating sexual harassment claims against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to a state contract made public Thursday.It is unclear whether the inquiry, which was first reported by the New York Post, continues. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.The investigation was mentioned in a contract with a law firm…

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Georgia election workers suing conspiracy website over ‘campaign of lies’

Two Georgia election workers who became the target of conspiracy theories around the 2020 election are suing The Gateway Pundit, a far-right website that published false information about them as part of a sweeping effort to sow doubt about the integrity of the vote.The election workers, Ruby Freeman, a retired 911 call center worker, and…

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Top aide to Kamala Harris expected to leave White House in second high-level departure from VP’s office

WASHINGTON — Symone Sanders, a senior adviser and the chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave her position at the end of the month, a White House official and four other sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.Her departure would mark the second high-level exit from Harris’ office in recent…

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Hospitals refused to prescribe ivermectin. Threats and lockdowns followed.

HELENA, Mont. — One Montana hospital went into lockdown and called police after a woman threatened violence because her relative was denied her request to be treated with ivermectin.Officials of another Montana hospital accused public officials of threatening and harassing their health care workers for refusing to treat a politically connected Covid-19 patient with that…

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Chris Cuomo calls his suspension from CNN ’embarrassing’

CNN host Chris Cuomo said Wednesday that he never meant to compromise any colleagues by advising his brother and that his suspension from the network was “embarrassing.”He addressed his indefinite suspension on his SiriusXM show, “Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo.”“Hey everybody. It’s Chris Cuomo. Let’s get after it,” he said to start the…

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Regeneron says Covid drug could be less effective against Omicron variant

Further analyses are ongoing to confirm the potential impact using the actual Omicron variant sequence, according to the drugmaker.Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. headquarters in Tarrytown, N.Y., U.S., on June 12, 2020.Michael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty ImagesNov. 30, 2021, 11:52 AM UTC / Updated Nov. 30, 2021, 11:59 AM UTC / Source: ReutersRegeneron Pharmaceuticals said on Tuesday prior analyses…

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Biden administration to delay enforcement of federal worker vaccine mandate until next year

WASHINGTON — Federal workers will not be punished for failing to comply with President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate until next year, the White House announced Monday.The deadline for federal workers to receive the vaccine or face suspension or firing was Nov. 22. The White House said 96.5% of the 3.5 million employee workforce, the country’s…

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WHO warns omicron poses ‘very high’ global risk as variant spreads

LONDON — The global risk of the new omicron variant is “very high,” the World Health Organization said Monday, as more countries reported cases of the variant that has sparked worldwide concern that there is more pandemic suffering ahead.As cases of the variant are confirmed around the world, an increasing number of nations are tightening…

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South African doctor who first spotted the omicron Covid variant explains the symptoms

Member of the medical staff work in the hallways of the Intensive Care Unit where Covid-19 patients are hospitalised at the Etterbeek-Ixelles Hospital on April 6, 2021, in Brussels.JOHN THYS | AFP | Getty ImagesCovid symptoms linked to the new omicron variant have been described as “extremely mild” by the South African doctor who first…

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Omicron variant now in North America, Canadian officials say

Canadian officials announced Sunday that the omicron variant of the coronavirus has reached North America, with two cases appearing in Ontario.Top Ontario health officials Christine Elliott and Kieran Moore said in a joint statement that two people who had recently been in Nigeria have tested positive for the variant.Contact tracing was being conducted to determine…

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Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests

Public health officials have been struggling to persuade eligible Americans to get their COVID-19 booster shots. New research could help them make the case that the extra dose will provide substantially more protection — even if they’ve also recovered from a coronavirus infection. A small study that’s among the first to track people’s protective antibodies…

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American vaccine disinformation used as ‘Trojan horse’ for far right in New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — When Josephine Bartley, a councilor in Auckland, New Zealand, heard that a local Covid-19 vaccination clinic had been vandalized in early November, she drove over to survey the damage. After speaking to the owners and helping them connect with local law enforcement, she noticed three men loitering near her parking spot.“Some…

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How variants like omicron develop and what makes them variants ‘of concern’

The identification of a new Covid “variant of concern,” dubbed omicron, sparked countries to quickly roll out new travel restrictions as scientists work to understand the implications of the discovery. On Friday, the World Health Organization said that preliminary evidence suggested “an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other [variants of…

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