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Federal Judge to Decide if Transgender Athlete Case is Moot

By Rebecca Boone | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
An Idaho woman says her lawsuit challenging the state's ban on transgender athletes should continue moving through the court system because she's enrolled at Boise State University and plans to play soccer on the school's club team next spring.

Omicron Travel Bans Strike South Africa Safari Business

By Sebabatso Mosamo | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
South African travel bans in response to the omicron variant have hammered the country's safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic.

7 Tips to Avoid Going Over Budget on Kids' Holiday Gifts

By Amanda Barroso, NerdWallet | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
These holiday shopping tips from budgeting and parenting experts can help you find what works for your family.

Joining Drag Queens on HBO's 'We're Here' Costs Indiana Pastor His Job

By David Crary | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
The Rev. Craig Duke has been a Methodist minister for three decades but his pastoral duties have now been terminated after appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the HBO reality series "We're Here."

Closing Arguments Set in Actor Jussie Smollett's Trial

By Don Babwin and Sara Burnett | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning in the case against former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Both Sides Rest in Josh Duggar Child Pornography Trial

Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
The defense rested Tuesday in the Arkansas federal trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar after a prosecutor sharply questioned a computer expert during the state's cross-examination.

Pfizer Says COVID Booster Offers Protection Against Omicron

By Lauran Neergaard | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine may protect against the new omicron variant even though the initial two doses appear significantly less effective.

Chile's Congress Approves Same-Sex Marriages, Adoptions

By Eva Vergara | Wednesday Dec 8, 2021
Both houses of Chile's congress voted Tuesday to approve a marriage equality bill that also includes authorization for adoptions by same-sex couples.

Review: Spielberg's 'West Side Story' a Rousing Revival

By Jake Coyle | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
Spielberg, Tony Kushner, and Steven Sondheim have deepened and clarified one of the 20th century's most iconic musicals, and made a better movie than the 1961 original... but has it lost some of its punch?

If Roe Falls, Some Fear Ripple Effect on Civil Rights Cases

By Lindsay Whitehurst | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
If the Supreme Court decides to overturn or gut the decision that legalized abortion, some fear that it could undermine other precedent-setting cases, including civil rights and LGBTQ protections.

NYC to Impose Vaccine Mandate on Private Sector Employers

By Michelle L. Price, Bobby Caina Calvan, Karen Matthews | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
From big Wall Street banks to corner grocery stores, all private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

In and Outside Court, Smollett Fights for Reputation, Career

By Sara Burnett and Charles Rex Arbogast | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
Outside the courtroom where actor Jussie Smollett is fighting charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his publicist has introduced a roster of supporters to the assembled TV cameras.

Iowa to Pay $1.9M to Settle Religious, Speech Rights Cases

By David Pitt | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
A state panel agreed Monday to spend nearly $2 million to settle two federal lawsuits brought against the University of Iowa in 2017 after a religious group denied a gay student a leadership role.

How to Holiday Shop at the Last Minute

By Courtney Jesperson, NerdWallet | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
Here's what to do if you still have gifts left to purchase this month.

'Yassify,' 'Omicron' Among 2021's Most Mispronounced Words

By William J. Kole | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
The list released Tuesday identifies the words that proved most challenging for newsreaders and people on television to pronounce this year.

How Can I Protect Myself From New Omicron Variant?

By Lauran Neergaard | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
Best protection from the new omicron variant? Get vaccinated if you haven't yet, get a booster if you're eligible and step up other precautions you may have relaxed.

Fired CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Steps Away from SiriusXM Show

Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said he's dropping his SiriusXM radio show, a decision that followed a sexual harassment allegation.

Drake withdraws 2 Grammy Nominations from Final Ballot

By Jonathan Landrum Jr. | Tuesday Dec 7, 2021
Drake wants no part in competing for a Grammy.

Jussie Smollett Trial to Resume with Defense Possibly Calling Him

By Don Babwin and Sara Burnett | Monday Dec 6, 2021
After two brothers told a jury how Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago, the big question when the actor's trial resumes Monday will be whether he will tell his side of the story.

Fauci Says Early Reports Encouraging About Omicron Variant

By Gene Johnson | Monday Dec 6, 2021
U.S. health officials said early indications suggest omicron may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations.

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