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No charges for Miami-Dade cop fired for slapping woman at airport. He retired, with back pay

The Miami-Dade police officer who slapped an angry woman at Miami International Airport last year won’t face criminal prosecution — and was allowed to retire with back pay for the time he was booted from the force. The June 2020 confrontation between the woman and Officer Antonio Clemente Rodriguez was captured on video that went […]

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U.S. immigration agents to pilot use of body-worn cameras

By Mica Rosenberg (Reuters) – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is rolling out a pilot program to test the feasibility of requiring immigration agents to wear body cameras, a senior agency official said on Tuesday, a move that could aid criminal investigations as well increase oversight of agents’ activities. The cameras are expected to […]

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Arizona man sentenced to more than 10 years in connection with wiretap investigation into cocaine trafficking

Dec. 21—An Arizona man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison in connection with a Harford County drug trafficking sting; he is the only individual charged who is not a resident of Maryland. Jack Anderson IV, 45, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to 126 months in federal prison Friday, for his […]

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Omicron compels Portugal to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is reimposing coronavirus restrictions because of fears over the threat from the omicron variant, despite the country having one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world. With new daily infections ticking slowly but steadily higher, and despite almost 87% of the population being fully vaccinated, the government announced […]

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UK’s Johnson rules out new COVID-19 curbs before Christmas

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he would not be introducing new COVID-19 restrictions in England before Christmas, but the situation remained extremely difficult and the government might need to act afterwards. Britain has reported record levels of COVID-19 cases over the past week as the highly […]

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Walgreens limits sales of at-home COVID-19 tests to four per customer – CNBC

(Reuters) – Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc is limiting sales of at-home COVID-19 tests to four per customer due to a surge in demand as infections rise, CNBC reported on Tuesday. There has been an “unprecedented increase in demand” for rapid at-home COVID-19 tests since Thanksgiving at Walgreens, CNBC reported, citing a company spokesperson. The report […]

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Analysis: Republicans see election opportunity in Biden border struggles

By Ted Hesson and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leading Republican vying to unseat an Arizona Democrat in a crucial U.S. Senate race next year gets heated when he talks about Democratic President Joe Biden’s “failed border policies,” occasionally throwing in expletives when decrying their alleged financial cost and what he says is the […]

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Food running out, Philippine typhoon survivors warn

By Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine officials and residents of areas that bore the brunt of Typhoon Rai pleaded for food, water, and shelter on Tuesday as damaged roads, flooding, and severed power and communication lines hampered relief efforts. Rai struck last Thursday, the strongest typhoon to hit the archipelago […]

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Suspect busted for socking cop during Manhattan shoplifting try

A serial shoplifter who socked a cop in the face while trying to shoplift at a Manhattan Duane Reade was taken into custody after walking into another of the chain’s stores Monday, cops said. Amil Foray, 25, attacked the officer Dec. 10, throwing a caught-on-camera punch that knocked the officer to the ground and broke […]

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Missouri court adds to ban on Biden contractor vaccine rule

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge in Missouri added another legal block Monday against President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal contractors receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The new preliminary injunction prohibits enforcement of the contractors’ vaccine mandate in 10 states that collectively sued. It comes on top of a nationwide injunction issued earlier this month […]

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Morgan deputy recovering after his ear bitten during psychiatric call

Dec. 20—A Morgan County sheriff’s deputy is home recovering after losing a portion of his ear while responding to a psychiatric call last week, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Spokesman Mike Swafford said deputies were working an incident involving a suicidal threat on Double S Mountain Road in the Baileyton area last Tuesday. He said […]

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Athens woman charged with stealing Christmas gifts

Dec. 20—An Athens woman is facing a burglary charge after attempting to steal Christmas gifts from a home in the 25000 block of Beatline Road on Sunday, according to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies charged Sarah Rose Gregory, 35, with third-degree burglary after she allegedly broke into a house […]

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U.S. families fear hunger after child-tax credit expires

By Moira Warburton and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The phone calls to Yvonka Hall’s health nonprofit in northeastern Ohio from families begging for help feeding their children started in March 2020, and slowed down only when an expanded child tax credit came into effect last summer. Now, Hall fears the calls will ramp up […]

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E-scooter sharing firm VOI raises $115 million, valuation crosses $1 billion

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s VOI Technology, which operates e-scooter service in Europe, said on Tuesday it has raised $115 million from investors such as Raine Group and VNV Global, valuing the company at just over $1 billion. The revenue of VOI, whose competitors include Germany’s Tier and American companies Lime and Bird, has grown by […]

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9th candle factory worker dies; Kentucky toy drive a success

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A worker injured in the destruction of a Kentucky candle factory hit by a tornado has died, raising the total killed in the facility to nine. The worker was hospitalized and recently succumbed to their injuries, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. Meanwhile, Beshear said a recent toy drive had brought in […]

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Joe Manchin demands that only parents working and making less than $200,000 get the full child tax credit — otherwise he’ll tank it

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) walks after a vote on Capitol Hill on November 4, 2021 in Washington, DCJoshua Roberts/Getty Images Sen. Manchin doesn’t want the child tax credit to go on in its current form — if it extends at all. A work requirement would ensure payments are “accountable,” Manchin told West Virginia’s MetroNews. And […]

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Joe Manchin reacts to White House statement denouncing him for opposing Build Back Better: ‘Basically, they retaliated. I figured they would come back strong.’

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is swarmed by reporters at the US Capitol on December 15, 2021.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images After Manchin announced his opposition to the Build Back Better, the White House criticized him. Manchin was asked about the statement in a Monday interview with a West Virginia radio station. “Basically, […]

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Trump’s supporters booed and jeered when he revealed he got a booster shot and is pro-vaccination

Former President Trump at a rally in Wellington, Ohio, in June.REUTERS/Gaelen Morse/File Photo Trump’s supporters booed at an event Sunday when he announced he’d gotten the COVID-19 booster shot. The audience cheered when Trump said he was opposed to vaccine mandates. But the reaction changed when Trump and Bill O’Reilly said they were vaccinated and […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Polio Vaccine Comment Gets Scorched

Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is using the new COVID-19 surge to sow more doubt about the coronavirus vaccines, which sharply reduce the chances of serious illness and death. Greene on Sunday tweeted a link to an article about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s breakthrough case in which he credited vaccination for keeping his […]

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Teen’s Fingers Hacked Off With Machete for Snubbing Mexican Gang

Image News A 16-year-old Mexican boy had both of his index fingers cut off by members of an organized crime group in the port city of Acapulco after declining to traffic narcotics for the gang, according to a report last week by Mexico’s Imagen TV network. “They put a board [under my hands] and hacked […]

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