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The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too. They're ready to use that desperation to their advantage. Homeland Security investigators are working with Pfizer, Moderna and dozens of other drug companies racing to complete and distribute the vaccine and treatments for the virus. The goal is to prepare for the scams that will inevitably come, especially after the mess of criminal activity this year with phony personal protective equipment, false cures and extortion schemes.  Read more

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With nothing on their agendas for months to come, music festival organizers in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign. The Belgian government has set a goal of vaccinating about 70% of the country’s population, about 8 million people, when approved COVID-19 vaccination shots become available. As the vaccines are expected to come in multi-dose vials to be administered on the same day, Belgium health authorities are planning to vaccinate people in groups as much as possible. The task will pose many logistical challenges, including the creation of vaccination centers that festival organizers say they can help set up. Read more

On a bustling street in east London, shops are scrambling to adapt to the pandemic and survive. Small businesses all over the world are struggling as the virus forces many to close outright while also remaking consumer habits, but many in the U.K. are facing the double whammy of the pandemic and the economic uncertainty caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union. As in much of Europe, the United Kingdom saw a sharp resurgence of COVID-19 infections this autumn, and officials imposed a second round of severe restrictions. The suffering has been especially acute in the U.K., where Europe’s deadliest outbreak has plunged the economy into the worst recession on record. Read more

Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka’s capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving six prisoners dead and 35 others injured. Officials say two guards were critically injured. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the number of coronavirus cases surges in the facilities. More than a thousand inmates in five prisons have tested positive and at least two have died. About 50 prison guards have also tested positive. A prisoners' rights group says the inmates at Mahara prison near Colombo had been frustrated because their pleas for coronavirus testing and separation of infected prisoners had been ignored by officials for more than a month. Read more

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Organizers of the delayed Tokyo Olympics are declining to confirm widely circulated reports in Japan that the costs of the one-year postponement will be about $3 billion. The estimates have been published in the last several days by Japan's top newspapers, the national broadcaster and the Japanese news agency Kyodo. All are citing similar figures and unidentified sources close to the games. Organizers say “we are in the process of assessing the additional costs” and decline to add details. Organizers have said the official cost is $12.6 billion. But a governments audit says it is twice that large. And this was before the delay. A University of Oxford study says these are the most expensive Summer Olympics on record. Read more

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President-elect Joe Biden is expected in the coming days to name several of his most senior economic advisers. The group includes liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations. Biden is placing a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers. Two expected to be named are former Fed chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary and Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget. Yellen would be the first female treasury secretary. Tanden would be the first woman of color and the first South Asian woman to lead the agency that oversees the federal budget. Read more

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A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus. A person with direct knowledge of the event tells The Associated Press that Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano got the results at the White House on Wednesday. Mastriano was there for a meeting between Trump and like-minded Republican state lawmakers about efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. Mastriano has aggressively opposed policies under the administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and keep people safe. Read more

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Congress is returning to Washington for one last attempt at deal-making this year. The only absolute must-do is preventing a government shutdown on Dec. 11. But lawmakers are also debating whether to deliver another round of coronavirus relief before President Donald Trump leaves office. A virus bill would provide funding for vaccines and testing, for reopening schools and for helping small businesses. But the parties remain divided on the details and the cost. Failure to pass a measure would push virus aid to the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.  Read more

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If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year. Merriam-Webster's editor at large, Peter Sokolowski, tells The Associated Press ahead of Monday's announcement that pandemic rose to the top in March. That's when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus crisis a pandemic. Interest in the word on the company's website, Merriam-Webster.com, has been high through the year. Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund. President-elect Joe Biden's fondness for the word malarkey lifted the word to runner up status as well.  Read more

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Global shares are mixed on renewed caution despite a record high finish on Wall Street last week driven by hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. European shares declined early Monday, while benchmarks finished lower in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China. Chinese manufacturing data showed the economy still gaining ground as it recovers from the pandemic. The head of the Tokyo exchange said he would step down to take responsibility for a glitch that shut down the bourse's operations last month. Optimism about a vaccine persists even as coronavirus cases remain high around the world.  Read more

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A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus. A person with direct knowledge of the event tells The Associated Press that Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano got the results at the White House on Wednesday. Mastriano was there for a meeting between Trump and like-minded Republican state lawmakers about efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. Mastriano has aggressively opposed policies under the administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and keep people safe. Read more

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The Broncos promoted a rookie practice squad receiver to play quarterback Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Kendall Hinton completed just one of nine passes in the Broncos' 31-3 loss. Hinton played quarterback for three years at Wake Forest before moving to wide receiver for his redshirt senior season last year. The Broncos turned to Hinton when they found themselves in a quarterback quandary when the NFL deemed Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles as high-risk close contacts after QB Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. Coach Vic Fangio says Hinton “did everything he could.” Read more

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Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Two guards were critically injured. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka’s overcrowded prisons. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the number of coronavirus cases surges in the facilities. Police say inmates created “unrest” Sunday at the prison, and officials attempted to control the situation. But the unrest turned into a riot as the prisoners tried to take control of the prison and hundreds attempted to escape. The guards responded by opening fire. More than 1,000 inmates in five prisons have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Read more

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Britain says it has secured 2 million more doses of a promising coronavirus vaccine as the country aims to launch an inoculation program within days. The U.K. government has agreed to buy more than 350 million doses of vaccines from seven different producers, should they prove effective. The Department of Health said Sunday it had increased its order for a vaccine developed by U.S. firm Moderna from 5 million to 7 million doses, enough for 3.5 million people. British media say hospitals have been told they could receive the first doses of another vaccine, developed by Pfizer, during the week of Dec. 7, if it receives approval from the U.K.'s medicines regulator. Read more

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New York City will reopen its school system to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week many children attend class even as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies in the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that some elementary schools and pre-kindergarten programs will resume classes Dec. 7. Others will take longer to reopen their doors. The announcement comes less than two weeks after de Blasio announced that schools were shutting down because of a rising number of cases. The plan for reopening middle and high schools is still being developed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he supports the mayor's school reopening plan.  Read more

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The nation’s top infectious disease expert says that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also says it's it’s “not too late” for people traveling back home after the Thanksgiving holiday to help stop the spread of the virus by wearing masks, staying distant from other people and avoiding large groups. Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio reversed course and said the nation's largest school system will reopen to in-person learning. Read more

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A group of Hawaii leaders is launching a campaign Sunday to promote the islands as an appealing location for a remote office with a view. Now that many companies, especially in the tech industry, allow employees to work from anywhere during the pandemic, they hope Hawaii will be alluring. They’re also throwing in roundtrip tickets to Honolulu for the first 50 approved applicants. Some say high-paid workers will bolster an economy decimated by dramatically fewer tourists. Others worry what those with Silicon Valley money will mean for housing, especially when there’s already a crunch for affordable places to live.  Read more

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It'll soon be time for Jill Biden to put her own stamp on what it means to be first lady. She's had eight years watching the role up close during the two terms of Barack Obama, when Joe Biden served as vice president. For starters, Jill Biden plans to continue her career as a college professor, and that will be a first for the spouse of a sitting president. She's known for her fierce protective streak for her husband, and she has a reputation as a prankster, too. In 2004, when Joe Biden and advisers were discussing whether he should run for president that year, she wrote “No” on her stomach and marched through their meeting in a bikini.  Read more

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Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, has been readied for his flight to a sanctuary in Cambodia and the much-needed company of other elephants. Sunday's mammoth task of getting him into the giant crate took several hours, and was perhaps the most crucial step in the rescue. Had Kaavan been spooked and refused to enter the cage, his departure could have been delayed for months while the team sought to restore trust. The global animal welfare group that's led the charge to save Kaavan said he'll depart for the sanctuary early Monday morning. Read more

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France’s highest administrative court has ordered a rethink of a 30-person attendance limit for religious services put in place by the government to slow down the spread of coronavirus. The measure took effect this weekend as France relaxes some virus restrictions, but it faced opposition by places of worship and the faithful for being arbitrary and unreasonable. Even before the ruling, several bishops had announced they would not enforce the restrictions. The Council of State has ordered that Prime Minister Jean Castex modify the measure within three days. “Non-essential” shops reopened in France on Saturday, but bars and restaurants will not reopen before Jan. 20. Read more

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Turkey has changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, confirming what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected. That the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government did an about-face this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus cases, not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms. That has pushed the number of daily cases to above 30,000. The country has now jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit.   Read more

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Cambodian officials say a family of six and another man tested positive for the coronavirus in a rare case of local infection, and Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern that the woman believed to be the source had traveled extensively in the country, including the capital. The 56-year-old woman’s husband works at the Interior Ministry in charge of prisons. Hun Sen, who himself just emerged from isolation after he was exposed to the infected Hungarian foreign minister, says his three Cabinet ministers will get tested and self-quarantine. Meanwhile a Chinese factory owned by South Korean semiconductor firm SK Hynix has halted operations after an employee tested positive. The city of Chongqing has so far tested 3,283 people, and 2,674 have been found to be negative.  Read more

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North Korea says it's further toughening restrictions on entering seawaters as part of elevated steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing. The Korean Central News Agency reported the country is mobilizing more anti-virus units and establishing strong steps to “completely remove uncivilized and unhygienic elements that could help make room for the spread of an epidemic” at winter. North Korea has maintained no single virus case has been found on its territory, a claim widely questioned by outside experts. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines. Read more

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Ultimately, COVID-19 concerns and new mitigation orders from state officials prompted the cancellation of the contest by Bethlehem Area School District leaders. Read more

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The Denver Broncos are left with a practice squad rookie receiver and a backup running back to take snaps against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday after losing all four of their quarterbacks to coronavirus concerns. No. 3 QB Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thanksgiving and the league on Saturday determined that Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were deemed high-risk close contacts. A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that the three quarterbacks weren't wearing their masks the whole time they were around Driskel on Wednesday. Read more

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The Denver Broncos have no quarterbacks. The San Francisco 49ers have no home stadium or practice facility. And the Baltimore Ravens may not have enough players available for their next game, which has already been pushed back twice. The COVID-19 pandemic plunged the NFL into chaos on Saturday, again calling into question the league’s plan to play a full schedule after several weeks of minimal disruption. Multiple people familiar with the NFL’s investigation told The Associated Press that all four of the quarterbacks on Denver’s roster were ineligible to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Meanwhile, the 49ers were ordered by Santa Clara County to stop playing and practicing at their home stadium starting Monday. Read more

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NBA 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 that explained some of the heath and safety protocols for the looming season. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the document. The proposed rules still need to be ratified by the league and the National Basketball Players Association, but they provide a blueprint for the start of training camps. Read more

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Pope Francis has raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy during a formal ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic. But he immediately warned them against using their new titles for corrupt ends. Two new “princes” of the church from Brunei and the Philippines didn’t make it to Rome because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Throughout Saturday's socially distanced ceremony in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica,, cardinals new and old wore protective masks. Most removed their face coverings when they approached a maskless Francis to receive their red hats, but the first African-American to become a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church kept his on.  Read more

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The focus is on the trial judge's decision to let five other accusers testify for the prosecution. Read more

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For many, 2020 has been a year filled with uncertainty and frustration. One man is making it his mission to help those fighting cancer by embracing a tradition that keeps the holiday spirit burning bright. Read more

Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September next year. The British government made the announcement Monday as it hardened its line against the Chinese technology company. The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is laying down to remove “high risk” equipment suppliers in draft legislation aimed at tightening telecommunications security requirements. Huawei declined to comment. It has previously denied the U.S. allegations and said Britain’s ban was politically motivated.    Read more

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Crews at the scene say one person was inside, but police were able to get that person out before fire crews arrived. Read more

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Look for rain to gradually overspread the region from south to north this morning, eventually becoming steady and heavy at times by mid to late morning. Read more

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - 11:30 a.m. (scheduled) - Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega will host a virtual press conference to provide an update on COVID-19 in the commonwealth, the Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard and COVID Alert PA. Read more

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The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region is calling on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared victory. Debretsion Gebremichael, in a phone interview with The Associated Press, said he remains near the Tigray capital, Mekele, which the Ethiopian army on Saturday said it now controlled. Far from accepting Abiy’s declaration of victory, the Tigray leader asserted that “we are sure we’ll win.” He also accused the Ethiopian forces of carrying out a “genocidal campaign” against the Tigray people.  Read more

The Turkish research vessel at the heart of an energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back at port. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. Ship tracker MarineTraffic showed the survey ship had docked. Tensions between the two neighbors and nominal NATO allies escalated over the summer with a military build-up. Ankara says the Greek and the Greek Cypriot governments are impinging on the energy rights of Turkey and breakaway northern Cyprus by setting maritime boundaries according to their own interests and attempting to exclude Turkey from potential oil and gas reserves. Read more

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French activists fear that a proposed new security law will deprive them of a potent weapon against abuse — cellphone videos of police activity — threatening their efforts to document possible cases of police brutality. French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is pushing a new security bill that makes it illegal to publish images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, amid other measures. But critics fear the new law could hurt press freedoms and make it more difficult for all citizens to report on police brutality, especially in impoverished immigrant neighborhoods. The proposed law is partly a response to demands from police unions, who say it will provide greater protection for officers. Read more

Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka’s capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving six prisoners dead and 35 others injured. Officials say two guards were critically injured. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the number of coronavirus cases surges in the facilities. More than a thousand inmates in five prisons have tested positive and at least two have died. About 50 prison guards have also tested positive. A prisoners' rights group says the inmates at Mahara prison near Colombo had been frustrated because their pleas for coronavirus testing and separation of infected prisoners had been ignored by officials for more than a month. Read more

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Organizers of the delayed Tokyo Olympics are declining to confirm widely circulated reports in Japan that the costs of the one-year postponement will be about $3 billion. The estimates have been published in the last several days by Japan's top newspapers, the national broadcaster and the Japanese news agency Kyodo. All are citing similar figures and unidentified sources close to the games. Organizers say “we are in the process of assessing the additional costs” and decline to add details. Organizers have said the official cost is $12.6 billion. But a governments audit says it is twice that large. And this was before the delay. A University of Oxford study says these are the most expensive Summer Olympics on record. Read more

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BERLIN — Germany’s word of the year is -- what else? -- “corona pandemic.” Read more

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A top Iranian security official says Israel used “electronic devices” to remotely kill a military nuclear scientist. Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, made the comment Monday to Iranian state television at the funeral for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Shamkhani’s remark drastically changes the story of Fakhrizadeh’s killing Friday. Authorities initially said a truck exploded and then gunmen opened fire on the scientist, killing him. Read more

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President-elect Joe Biden is expected in the coming days to name several of his most senior economic advisers. The group includes liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations. Biden is placing a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers. Two expected to be named are former Fed chair Janet Yellen as treasury secretary and Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget. Yellen would be the first female treasury secretary. Tanden would be the first woman of color and the first South Asian woman to lead the agency that oversees the federal budget. Read more

President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, a first for the presidency. Leading the team will be campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as Biden’s White House communications director. A longtime Democratic spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, will be Biden's press secretary. Four of the seven top communications roles at the White House will be filled by women of color. Biden's choices reflect his stated desire to build out a diverse White House team as well as what’s expected to be a return to a more traditional press operation. Read more

President-elect Joe Biden will likely wear a walking boot for several weeks after breaking his right foot. Biden's office says the president-elect suffered the injury Saturday while playing with one of his dogs, then visited an orthopedist Sunday afternoon in Newark, Delaware. His doctor, Kevin O’Connor, says a scan found tiny fractures of two small bones in the middle of Biden's right foot. Fractures are a concern generally as people age, but Biden’s appears to be a relatively mild one based on his doctor’s statement and the planned treatment. At 78 he will become the oldest president when he’s inaugurated in January. Read more

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A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus. A person with direct knowledge of the event tells The Associated Press that Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano got the results at the White House on Wednesday. Mastriano was there for a meeting between Trump and like-minded Republican state lawmakers about efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. Mastriano has aggressively opposed policies under the administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and keep people safe. Read more

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Congress is returning to Washington for one last attempt at deal-making this year. The only absolute must-do is preventing a government shutdown on Dec. 11. But lawmakers are also debating whether to deliver another round of coronavirus relief before President Donald Trump leaves office. A virus bill would provide funding for vaccines and testing, for reopening schools and for helping small businesses. But the parties remain divided on the details and the cost. Failure to pass a measure would push virus aid to the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.  Read more

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suffered heavy losses in mayoral elections that were completed with 57 runoffs on Sunday. Only five candidates he supported in the continental-sized nation of 5,570 municipalities won their bids, with all the big prizes at stake now taken by his adversaries. The president’s worst loss came in his hometown Rio de Janeiro, where Mayor Marcelo Crivella was battered in his reelection attempt 64 to 36% by his center-right predecessor Eduardo Paes. Evangelical pastor Crivella repeatedly used the president in his campaign to try to turn his fortunes. Read more

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If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year. Merriam-Webster's editor at large, Peter Sokolowski, tells The Associated Press ahead of Monday's announcement that pandemic rose to the top in March. That's when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus crisis a pandemic. Interest in the word on the company's website, Merriam-Webster.com, has been high through the year. Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund. President-elect Joe Biden's fondness for the word malarkey lifted the word to runner up status as well.  Read more

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Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, reflects on Pope Francis’ papacy and the humiliations of solitary confinement in his jailhouse memoir. “Prison Journal,” due Dec. 15, recounts the first five months of Pell’s 404 days in lockup. It also provides a play-by-play of Pell’s legal case and gives personal insights into one of the most divisive figures in the Catholic hierarchy today. To his supporters and even some detractors, Pell is a victim of a terrific perversion of justice. To his critics, he is the symbol of everything that has gone wrong with the Catholic Church’s wretched response to clergy sexual abuse. Read more

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Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers beat the slumping Chicago Bears 41-25 to pad their NFC North lead. Green Bay (8-3) scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions and grabbed a three-game division edge over Chicago (5-6) and Minnesota. The Bears have dropped five straight since getting off to a 5-1 start. Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes but also had three turnovers that led to Packers touchdowns. Read more

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After nearly three decades in politics, the chairman of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party is stepping down. All 15 lawmakers in the pro-democracy camp have decided to resign to protest a Beijing resolution in early November that led to the disqualifications of four of their colleagues. For 58-year-old Wu Chi-wai, quitting was a last resort. He says that staying on would not have changed things, as the pro-Beijing government was determined to push through policies that the pro-democracy camp would not have been able to stop. Wu says that pro-democracy supporters will need to rethink how to continue their fight now that so much has changed. Read more

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A survey shows China’s manufacturing activity accelerated in November as its rebound from the pandemic gained strength while the United States and Europe struggled with rising infections and renewed controls on business. The monthly purchasing managers’ index issued by the state statistics agency and an industry group rose to 52.1 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show an expansion. That was up from October’s 51.4. Business conditions have largely returned to normal since the ruling Communist Party declared the outbreak that began in southwestern China under control in March. Read more

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Global shares are mixed on renewed caution despite a record high finish on Wall Street last week driven by hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. European shares declined early Monday, while benchmarks finished lower in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China. Chinese manufacturing data showed the economy still gaining ground as it recovers from the pandemic. The head of the Tokyo exchange said he would step down to take responsibility for a glitch that shut down the bourse's operations last month. Optimism about a vaccine persists even as coronavirus cases remain high around the world.  Read more

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San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says the team was blindsided by new coronavirus regulations put in place by Santa Clara County officials that will force to find a temporary new home for practice and games. The county announced the new rules that include a three-week ban on practices and games for contact sports. The Niners were on a plane getting ready to travel to Los Angeles when the players and coaches heard about the new rules that will force the team out of their homes. The team hasn't figured out where it will practice or play games. Read more

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Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns to outplay Tom Brady and lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tyreek Hill scored on receptions of 75, 44 and 20 yards, backflipping into the end zone on his second TD, and finishing with 13 catches for 269 yards. Hill's last receptions was an 8-yarder on third-and-7 to give Mahomes an opportunity to run out the clock. The Chiefs won their sixth straight game and clinched their seventh 10-win season in eight years under coach Andy Reid. Read more

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Daniel Jones left the New York Giants' 19-17 victory at Cincinnati with a hamstring injury. Jones passed for 213 yards in New York’s third straight win. He’s scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. The Carolina Panthers lost wide receiver D.J. Moore in the fourth quarter of their 28-27 loss at Minnesota. Moore hurt his right ankle after landing awkwardly in the end zone on an incompletion by Teddy Bridgewater. Read more

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Taysom Hill ran for two touchdowns and led the New Orleans Saints to a 31-3 rout of the Denver Broncos who were without any of their four quarterbacks over coronavirus concerns. The Broncos turned to a rookie receiver on their practice squad in Kendall Hinton. But he was ineffective as were their running backs who often took direct snaps and kept getting stuffed by the league's second-ranked run defense. The Saints improved to 9-2 behind Hill's second straight win in place of an injured Drew Brees.  Read more

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The museum is now featuring its holiday miniature train exhibit until the end of December. Read more