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A couple convicted of assaulting a Sesame Place worker after a mask dispute has been sentenced to prison
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A couple convicted of assaulting a Sesame Place worker after a mask dispute has been sentenced to prison

A New York couple has been sentenced to prison after being convicted in last summer’s assault of a Sesame Place employee that prosecutors said happened hours after the victim tried to enforce the theme park’s face mask policy. Troy McCoy, 41, was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison Monday, while Shakerra Bonds, 32,…MORE

Citigroup to US staff: Get vaccinated, or you’re fired
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Citigroup to US staff: Get vaccinated, or you’re fired

Citigroup told staff Thursday that US-based employees will be required to get fully vaccinated if they want to stay employed. In a post on LinkedIn, Citi’s head of human resources Sara Wechter partially cited the Biden administration’s vaccine order for federal contractors, noting the US government is a “large and important client” of the bank.…MORE

Rupert Murdoch is letting his media empire spread January 6 and election conspiracy theories
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Rupert Murdoch is letting his media empire spread January 6 and election conspiracy theories

Is Rupert Murdoch a 1/6 or election truther? The conservative media mogul hasn’t weighed in directly on the conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen or the insurrection that took place at the US Capitol earlier this year, and his spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment Thursday morning when asked that very question.…MORE

Senior US general warns China’s military progress is ‘stunning’ as US is hampered by ‘brutal’ bureaucracy
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Senior US general warns China’s military progress is ‘stunning’ as US is hampered by ‘brutal’ bureaucracy

In the wake of China’s test of a hypersonic missile, the second most senior US general said Thursday that the pace at which China’s military is developing capabilities is “stunning” while US development suffers from “brutal” bureaucracy. The outgoing Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Hyten, echoed Secretary of Defense Lloyd…MORE

January 6 committee is losing patience with Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows as it seeks his testimony
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January 6 committee is losing patience with Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows as it seeks his testimony

Members of the House select committee investigating January 6 are losing patience with the pace of talks with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and some are considering whether more aggressive steps are needed to force his compliance in the sweeping probe, multiple sources tell CNN. Meadows was first subpoenaed more than a…MORE

Covid-19 cases are down 60% from Delta peak. Still, be vigilant heading into winter, CDC director says
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Covid-19 cases are down 60% from Delta peak. Still, be vigilant heading into winter, CDC director says

Rates of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have sunk significantly in the US since a wave driven by the highly contagious Delta variant peaked in September. But with cases still relatively high, many children still ineligible to be vaccinated, and colder weather coming, it’s not time to feel comfortable about the country’s position, leading health…MORE

Los Angeles County offers $1.25 million each to 2 families whose loved ones died in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
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Los Angeles County offers $1.25 million each to 2 families whose loved ones died in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Two families whose loved ones were killed when a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and others crashed on a California hillside have reached a tentative settlement over allegedly leaked photos of the scene. Lawyers representing Los Angeles County have offered $1.25 million each to the Altobelli and Mauser families. John Altobelli, 46, his wife Keri, 46,…MORE

Fintechs are the new corner bank, but big financial firms are fighting back
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Fintechs are the new corner bank, but big financial firms are fighting back

Fintech giants Square and PayPal are taking Main Street by storm. More consumers, especially younger ones, are using services like Square’s Cash App and PayPal’s Venmo for mobile payments. But banks and other traditional financial services firms are fighting back — and investors have taken notice. Goldman Sachs is the top performing stock in the…MORE

Vampires have thrilled us for centuries. These are the most fearsome, fascinating and funny bloodsuckers ever seen on screen
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Vampires have thrilled us for centuries. These are the most fearsome, fascinating and funny bloodsuckers ever seen on screen

Where zombies are grotesque, werewolves are unsophisticated and mummies are mindless, bloodthirsty vampires have style, intelligence and storytelling potential in spades. For centuries, the bloodsuckers have fascinated and frightened us, occupying the most macabre corners of our collective imagination. There’s a reason we’re so drawn to them, says one expert of supernatural lore: Of all…MORE

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