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  • Americans Consider COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters While Employers Roll Out Mandates
    Millions of people in the United States are gearing up to get COVID-19 booster shots amid ongoing controversy over vaccine mandates. Michelle Quinn reports. Produced by: Mary Cieslak 
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    Published on 10-24-21
    10 hours ago
  • Michigan Vigil Prays for Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti
    More than 100 people gathered Sunday in a small Michigan town to pray for the safe release of a local family among 17 members of a missionary group kidnapped by a gang in Haiti more than a week ago. The vigil in the western Michigan community of Hart took place after a video was released Thursday showing the leader of
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    Published on 10-24-21
    14 hours ago
  • Calls to Ban Guns on Movie Sets Grow After Baldwin Shooting
    Calls were growing Sunday to ban the use of firearms in movie-making, as Hollywood struggled to come to terms with Alec Baldwin's fatal on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. A memorial service will be held Sunday for 42-year-old Hutchins, who was struck in the chest when Baldwin fired a prop gun during the filming of the low-budget Western "Rust." She
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    Published on 10-24-21
    15 hours ago
  • Russians now Must Travel to Warsaw for US Immigrant Visas
    Russians hoping to apply for an immigrant visa to the United States are now required to travel to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, the State Department confirmed Sunday, while blaming restrictions imposed by Moscow. That development came amid unresolved U.S.-Russian tensions, and tit-for-tat expulsions that earlier led Moscow to limit the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia. Russia condemned
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    Published on 10-24-21
    17 hours ago
  • Biden Trying to Finalize Social Safety Net Spending Plan
    U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting Sunday with two key senators at his home in Delaware to try to complete details of a pared-down social safety net and climate control spending plan set for introduction in Congress as soon as Monday.  Biden is hosting Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, along with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of two
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    Published on 10-24-21
    22 hours ago
  • US Envoy Urges North Korea to End 'Provocations'
    The U.S. envoy for North Korea once again urged Pyongyang on Sunday to engage in talks to denuclearize. Special Representative Sung Kim called Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile test concerning and counterproductive against lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula. But Pyongyang has so far rejected offers to return to the table, accusing Washington and Seoul of talking diplomacy while escalating tensions
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    Published on 10-24-21
    1 day ago
  • 250 Km/h Without a Driver: Indy Autonomous Cars Gear Up for Race
    There will be cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday but no drivers in sight as racing teams mark a milestone in autonomous vehicle development. Nine single-seaters will take part in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a competition with a $1 million prize that aims to prove "autonomous technology can work at extreme conditions," said Paul Mitchell, CEO of
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    Published on 10-23-21
    2 days ago
  • As Pandemic Empties Offices, Record Number of Buildings Converted to Apartments
    The practice of converting office buildings into apartments is at an all-time high in the United States, according to a recent report. Of the nearly 32,000 apartments created through adaptive reuse since the start of the decade, 41% are in converted office buildings, according to the RentCafe analysis. “Existing buildings already have a lot of embodied energy that has gone into creating them, and
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    Published on 10-23-21
    2 days ago
  • 'Strategic Ambiguity' on Taiwan Apparent as White House Walks Back Biden Comments 
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday appeared to walk back President Joe Biden's statement on Thursday that the United States was committed to defending Taiwan should it come under Chinese attack. "The president was not announcing any change in our policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy," Psaki said during a White House news
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    Published on 10-23-21
    2 days ago
  • Apple Updates App Store Payment Rules in Concession to Developers
    Apple has updated its App Store rules to allow developers to contact users directly about payments, a concession in a legal settlement with companies challenging its tightly controlled marketplace. According to App Store rules updated Friday, developers can now contact consumers directly about alternate payment methods, bypassing Apple's commission of 15 or 30%. They will be able to ask users
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    Published on 10-23-21
    2 days ago