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Thailand’s highest court is set to rule on whether Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has breached ethics clauses in the country’s constitution and should be ousted from his position. The Constitutional Court will rule Wednesday on a complaint brought by the Pheu Thai Party, the largest opposition grouping in Parliament, that Prayuth has broken the law by continuing to live in his military residence after he retired as army commander in September 2014. The ruling comes as Prayuth has been dealing with another major headache, a persistent student-led pro-democracy movement that has been holding frequent rallies demanding that he and his government step down. Prayuth’s defense has been that the official residence of the prime minister is undergoing renovation. Read more

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The Warren Campus’ monoclonal antibody treatment program offers patients bamlanivimab, an experimental drug developed by Eli Lilly. Read more

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Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their election lawsuit. Read more

The scale of the unemployment fraud involving California state prison inmates has grown to a staggering $400 million. That's nearly triple the amount prosecutors first disclosed last week. The new number comes from the California Employment Development Department comparing its unemployment claims data to inmates' Social Security numbers. In all, records show about 31,000 inmates applied for benefits. About 20,800 were paid about $400 million. The rest were unpaid claims totaling about $80 million. The new number is higher because it includes the base unemployment benefit and additional aid Congress approved during the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is “deeply alarmed." He said bad actors abused the system.  Read more

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A U.S. judge in California has struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers. The judge said Tuesday that the government didn’t follow transparency procedures. The changes applying to the H-1B visa program announced in October include imposing salary requirements on companies hiring overseas workers and limits on specialty occupations. The judge said the contention that the changes were an emergency response to coronavirus-related job losses didn’t hold water because the Trump administration has floated the idea for some time but only published the rule in October.  Read more

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The Justice Department is investigating a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency. That's according to a court document unsealed Tuesday. Most of the information in the 18-page court order is redacted, including the identity of the people whom prosecutors are investigating and whom the proposed pardon might be intended for. But the document from August does reveal that people are suspected of having acted to secretly lobby White House officials to secure a pardon and that, in a related scheme, a political contribution was floated in exchange for a pardon. Read more

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Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings after having its last game canceled. The Buckeyes landed behind No. 1 Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson for a second straight week. The top seven teams were unchanged from last week’s rankings after the playoff contenders either won comfortably or didn’t play because of COVID-19 issues. Texas A&M was in fifth and Florida sixth. Ohio State had to cancel its game at Illinois last week, the second game of the season the Buckeyes have lost. The College Football Playoff has set no minimum number of games played to be eligible for the playoff. Read more

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Federal manslaughter charges have been filed against a California dive boat captain in the fiery deaths of 34 people who were trapped below deck last year. A Los Angeles federal grand jury said Tuesday that Jerry Boylan was negligent when the fire broke out aboard the Conception on Sept. 2, 2019. Boylan and four crew members escaped from the flaming boat after he made a breathless mayday call. All 33 passengers and one crew member who had been sleeping perished. Federal safety investigators faulted the owners of the vessel for a lack of oversight, but they were not charged with any crime.  Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19, as the virus rages across the nation. According to a senior administration official, the new guidelines, which are set to be released as soon as Tuesday evening, will allow people who have come in contact to someone infected with the virus to resume normal activity after 10 days, or 7 days if they receive a negative test result. That’s down from the 14-day period recommended since the onset of the pandemic. Read more

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With skiing being an outdoor sport they say they fully intend to operate as normal, but COVID restrictions will be upheld in the indoor areas like the lodge and restaurants. Read more

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Kevin Durant used to worry about how he would play. There hasn't been reason for that in years. He became an explosive scorer and one of the best players in the NBA. But that was before he suffered one of the worst injuries for a basketball player. Now, 18 months after rupturing his Achilles tendon, Durant knows there is reason to wonder again. He is eager to see how he will play when the season begins. His Brooklyn Nets have high expectations, but it might require Durant to recapture his old form for them to reach them. Read more

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A top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the pandemic response says addressing racial disparities cannot be an afterthought. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University said Tuesday that COVID-19 has taken an unequal toll on Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans so the national response must address issues of inequality head-on in testing and vaccine distribution. Racial minorities in the U.S. have rates of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 that are two to four times higher than for whites. Nunez-Smith co-chairs Biden’s pandemic task force with former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler. Read more

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Two of four women charged in a South Florida prostitution sting that also involved New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have taken plea deals this week. Court records show 41-year-old Lei Wang and 60-year-old Shen Mingbi each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count in Palm Beach County circuit court. Records show two other who worked at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter had previously reached deals with prosecutors. A misdemeanor charge against Kraft was dropped earlier this year after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for sex. Kraft had pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions. Read more

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A top Georgia elections official has lashed out angrily at the rhetoric surrounding the election and the threats of violence that have resulted. Republican Gabriel Sterling on Tuesday specifically called on President Donald Trump to rein in his supporters. During a routine news conference at the state Capitol Tuesday to provide an update on the recount of the presidential race, Sterling admonished the president and Georgia’s two U.S. senators. The GOP senators are both locked in tight runoff races and have called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign over the election. Sterling said the president needs to “stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence."  Read more

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EASTON, Pa. - It's been a two-week scramble for the staff of Safe Harbor in Easton to get their emergency winter shelter ready. Read more

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are hoping they can pull off their thrice-delayed showdown at Heinz Field. The teams were originally supposed to meet on Thanksgiving night. A COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore forced NFL officials to move the game to Sunday afternoon and then Tuesday night before landing on Wednesday. The Ravens will be without reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, one of several Ravens on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Pittsburgh will be without starting running back James Conner and standout defensive end Stephon Tuitt among others because of COVID-19. Pittsburgh can move to 11-0 with a win and eliminate Baltimore from the AFC North race in the process. Read more

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Sarah Althen is a native of Cumru Township and alumna of Governor Mifflin High School. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Blair County Republican Rep. Jim Gregory said Tuesday he wants to repeal the 2019 state law that expanded mail-in voting to all residents after a “confusing” election plagued with “irregularities."  Read more

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U.S. Soccer and the women’s national team have settled the players’ legal claim over inequitable working conditions, putting to rest a part of the team’s gender discrimination lawsuit. The parties filed notice of the settlement in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The settlement allows the players to appeal their claim that the men’s team is paid more, which a federal judge dismissed earlier this year. As a result of the settlement, U.S. Soccer has agreed to equitable working conditions related to such things as travel, accommodations, venues and staffing.  Read more

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RADNOR, Pa., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP alerts investors that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against Raytheon Technologies Corporation f/k/a Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTX, RTN) ("Raytheon") on behalf of those who purchased or otherwise acquired Raytheon securities between February 10, 2016 and October 27, 2020, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Read more

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Hundreds of child care centers across the state have closed their doors since the start of the pandemic. Read more

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With record unemployment and a new recession, this might be the most important Giving Tuesday in a decade. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a measure on Monday that would have provided broad liability protections for businesses, schools and nursing homes facing COVID-19 lawsuits. Read more

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“76 Days,” shot in Wuhan hospitals in January and February, captures a local horror before it became a global nightmare. Given the constraints at the time on footage and information from Wuhan, it’s a rare window into the infancy of the pandemic. The film is directed by the New York-based filmmaker Hao Wu, who worked with two Chinese journalists to create of a portrait of the virus epicenter. “76 Days" is being released Friday by MTV Documentary Films in more than 50 virtual cinemas. Last month, it was nominated for best documentary at the IFP Gotham Awards. Read more

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'Tis the season of giving at 85 S. Commerce Way in Bethlehem, a hub for shoeboxes stuffed with donated toys for the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley's 20th Holiday Hope Chest Campaign. Read more

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Native American tribes and advocates are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama. They say it ignores the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead makes whites the crime victims. But the groups also assailed the network and the show’s producers for failing to respond to their complaints, which they first made known in mid-November. The makers of “Big Sky” broke their silence Tuesday. The executive producers said in a statement that they are now aware of the “outsized number” of Native American and Indigenous women who go missing and are murdered each year. The “Big Sky” producers say they are working with Indigenous groups to help bring attention to the issue.  Read more

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The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those first steps toward what they hope is a championship. Such was the case Tuesday — in a very tempered fashion, amid news that at least three players have already tested positive. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket. 76ers coach Doc Rivers says he is “very concerned if we can pull this off.” Read more

A 3 1/2-year ban on new local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina has expired. The expiration of the moratorium Tuesday prompted gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures. The ordinances would prohibit LGBT discrimination at workplaces, hotels and restaurants. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper agreed to the moratorium on the ordinances in March 2017. In return, GOP lawmakers agreed to eliminate a provision of a 2016 law that required transgender people to use public bathrooms matching their biological sex. The “Bathroom Bill” drew widespread condemnation and prompted several large corporations and sports teams to relocate events to other states or reconsider expanding in North Carolina.   Read more

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A former Arizona politician who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. The sentence issued Tuesday to former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is the first of three punishments he’ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited by an international compact. Authorities say Petersen illegally paid women from the Pacific Ocean nation to come to the United States and give up their babies in at least 70 adoptions cases in Arizona, Utah and Arkansas. Petersen faces sentencing next month for convictions in Utah and Arizona.   Read more