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NEW YORK — Victims of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein are finally getting their day in court. The long-awaited trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell begins Monday in Manhattan. Prosecutors allege that Maxwell, 59, was a central figure in Epstein’s sex criminal enterprise, helping him recruit and sexually abuse girls in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Epstein, 66, was found dead in his ...

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Actor Matthew McConaughey said Sunday evening that he has decided not to run for Texas governor after considering the idea for several months. In a three-minute video posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, McConaughey said he was humbled to be regarded as a possible candidate but that it is a path he is “choosing not to take at this moment.” “As a simple kid born in the little town of ...

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Scientists in South Africa are studying a recently identified new coronavirus variant of concern, stoking fears the country may face a potentially severe fourth wave that could spread internationally. The new discovery, called B.1.1529 until a Greek letter is assigned, carries an unusually large number of mutations and is “clearly very different” from previous incarnations, Tulio de Oliveira, ...

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A nearly all-white jury began deliberating Tuesday in the case of three white men accused of hunting down and murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whose death last year was captured on video and sparked racial justice protests across the nation. Gregory McMichael, 65, his son, Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 52, are accused of ...

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U.S. regulators proposed $161,823 in fines against eight airline passengers for alleged alcohol-related misbehavior, saying the rate of unruly behavior on flights “remains too high.” The highest penalty announced in a statement Monday was $40,823 against a traveler who flew Southwest Airlines Co. on April 15 from San Jose, California, to San Diego. The Federal Aviation Administration alleges ...

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WASHINGTON — The House told a federal appeals court Monday that there is an urgent need to get White House records related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, because they will shape a select committee’s investigation and potential legislation to ward off “future attacks on democracy” in upcoming elections. Attorneys for the House filed the brief as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District ...

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Democrats spent the weekend hyping President Joe Biden’s sweeping social and environmental spending package, dubbed “Build Back Better,” that faces a tough uphill battle for Senate approval. The roughly $2 trillion bill narrowly passed in the House of Representatives, but Democrats will need to mount a full-court press to get it through the evenly divided Senate. White House National Economic ...

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President Joe Biden will give a speech on the economy and combating inflation on Tuesday as markets await his decision on the next Federal Reserve chair and possible moves to bring down U.S. energy prices. For the U.S. central bank, Biden is choosing between Chair Jerome Powell and Fed Governor Lael Brainard, who is viewed as more liberal on climate change and bank regulation. The White House ...

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Air traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to approach pre-pandemic levels and travelers are likely considering their plans with some dread, given fresh memories about thousands of canceled flights. “The process of getting there is going to be difficult,” said Stephen Beck, founder of management consulting firm Cg42. “We’re going to have to prepare ourselves for the frustration that ...

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Our second holiday season under the shadow of COVID-19 is right around the corner. And though the pandemic isn't over and it's still important to take precautions, this year, many are vaccinated, so we're in a better starting place than we were last year. Gone are the days when we knew nothing about the coronavirus — and therefore needed to be vigilant about everything. We now know the primary ...