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Asian college applicants in the US avoid telling about typically Asian interests such as chess, violin and piano to avoid being rejected because of their race, according to a 2009 study, Asians need to score 140 points higher than whites on the SAT and 450 points higher than blacks to have the same chance of being admitted

21 people charged with money laundering using cryptocurrencies as part of the multi-year US investigation called Operation Crypto Runner, according to prosecutors they played a key role in international fraud, more arrests to be expected according to William Smarr, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Dallas field office

Milo Yiannopoulos says he was the architect behind having Kanye West bring Nicholas Fuentes to Donald Trump's dinner party and that he wanted to send a message to the former president that he has systematically repeatedly neglected, ignored, abused the people who love him the most, the people who put him in office, and that kind of behavior comes back to bite you in the end

All five cars rented by Joe Biden during Thanksgiving catch fire a day after they were returned, still unclear what caused the fire in the airport parking lot, the president spent the holiday on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, which the family has done for more than 40 years

Kanye West brings young controversial nationalist Nicholas Fuentes to dinner with Donald Trump, an activist profile the former president claims he doesn't know and later distances himself from, the incident appears to have put the Trump campaign in damage control mode as it took several hours to issue a public response after media reporting started

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown pardons an estimated 45,000 convicted of minor possession of marijuana, applies to cases before 2016 where the person was at least 21, the crime was the only charge and where there were no victims, expunges 47,144 convictions from records and $14 million in fines

Walmart employee Andre Bing shoots dead six co-workers and then takes his own life, previously unknown to police and no clear motive at this time

Five dead and 18 injured in shooting at gay club in Colorado Springs, USA, 22-year-old alleged perpetrator Anderson Lee Aldrich in custody and is being treated for injuries

The white population in the United States has decreased by 9 percent between 2010 and 2020 while the Hispanic population has grown by 23 and the black population by 5.6 percent, the entire population since 1901 has increased from 77 to 330 million

82-year-old Nancy Pelosi is not running for re-election as the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, while Republican Kevin McCarthy is expected to take over as speaker after securing a majority in the House of Representatives, she remains as a member, which she has been since 1987, and says that the time has come for a new generation to take over

Donald Trump announces his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election, if re-elected he will become the second president after Grover Cleveland to be re-elected after losing an election and would become the 45th and 47th president of the United States

The Democrats retain control of the Senate after victories in the US midterm elections in Nevada, Arizona and New Hampshire, the election in Georgia in December will determine whether Vice President Kamala Harris gets the decisive vote or not, means, among other things, that the party still controls the approval of the appointment of high offices such as judges in the Supreme Court

All operations at the Obama Presidential Center construction site in Chicago suspended after what is interpreted as a noose is discovered at the site, the group overseeing the project comments that they have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate, that they will provide another series of trainings and conversations for all staff and workers, that authorities have been informed and that they offer a USD 100,000 reward for information leading to those responsible, no pictures or descriptions of the noose given

The deceased Tony DeLuca (D) is re-elected as a Pennsylvania state representative, the 85-year-old's death from lymphoma occurred a month before the election, which was too late for changes to be made, Democrats in the state House of Representatives tweeted that while they are incredibly saddened by the loss, they are proud that voters continue to show their confidence in him by re-electing him posthumously

Matthew Continetti: The election was much tighter than expected and it may be a month before the result is certain, the House of Representatives will likely go Republican and control of the Senate depends on the results in Nevada and Georgia, things did not go as well as expected for the Republicans and now it seems Florida be as politically exceptional as it is culturally

Ron DeSantis cruises to a landslide victory in the Florida gubernatorial race and is now preferred as presidential candidate in the state over Donald Trump according to exit polls, and stroke-stricken left-wing Democrat John Fetterman wins in the key state of Pennsylvania

Republicans want control of the border and are open to investigating the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the origins of the covid-19 pandemic, and doesn´t rule out launching impeachment proceedings, says Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in an interview with CNN two days before the US midterm elections

NBA star Kyrie Irving defends after critisism his decision to tweet a link to the movie Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America! who claims that the Jews were responsible for the transatlantic slave trade, says according to ESPN that he will be stronger because he is not alone and has an entire army around him, the team's owner is disappointed that the basketball player seems to support a movie based on a book full of anti-Semitic disinformation

Two men who served more than 20 years in prison for the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965 are now receiving $36 million in compensation since their acquittal last year, by Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, then named Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson, only the former alive, the murdered man was a representative of the black power organization Nation of Islam which, among other things, promoted racial separation

Messages supporting Kanye West's statement about Jews appear on big screens at the stadium in Jacksonville, Florida local and federal authorities say it probably does not involve criminal activity, the message "Kanye is right about the Jews" was the same that appeared on a banner over a highway in Los Angeles last week along with another sign that said 'honk if you know'

Six bodies have been found dead in Lake Mead in USA so far this year, as the largest man-made reservoir in the United States dries up, currently at about 27 percent of its full capacity

George Soros is the single largest donor to the US midterm elections, donates $129 million to the Democrats, while second and third Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein, and Kenneth Griffin give $70 and $66 million respectively to the Republicans, in total this round looks to break previous fundraising records

Nancy Pelosi's husband attacked with a hammer at the couple's San Francisco home, the 82-year old Paul Pelosi was taken to a hospital and underwent a successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands, 42-year-old David DePape who is identified as the suspect is noted to having posted memes and conspiracy theories on Facebook about Covid vaccines, the 2020 election and the January 6 attack

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announces expansion of placement of shipping containers along Mexico border, comes two weeks after federal officials asked him to move those he initially set up pending agency contracting

16 New York public sanitation workers fired for being unvaccinated get their jobs back and retroactive pay under Supreme Court ruling, New York Supreme Court Justice Ralph J. Porzio called enforcement of the vaccine mandate “arbitrary and capricious”, the city has filed an appeal

The new Premier of Alberta, Canada, Danielle Smith, apologizes to unvaccinated citizens, says she is deeply sorry for anyone who was inappropriately discriminated against because of their vaccine status, and she welcomes back the government employees who were fired from their jobs, took office on October 11 when she became the new party leader of the United Conservative Party who have been in power since 2019

Three dead and six injured in school shooting in St. Louis, USA, suspected perpetrator shot dead at school by police, other victims are a female teacher and a teenage girl

Donald Trump will not be allowed to testify live in the investigation of the storming of the Capitol because, according to co-chairman Liz Cheney, the committee does not intend to let him make a circus out of it, it is unclear how the former president will act, but according to sources close to him, he may consider participating given that he gets to do it live

Illegal border crossings into the United States from Mexico hit an all-time high of 2.38 million in the fiscal year that ended last September, 78,000 people from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, to which countries you are not allowed to be deported, were stopped in september, while 58,000 from the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, which historically accounted for the largest share

The mid-term elections in the United States are held on November 8 this year, opinion polls show the Republicans in lead, the Democrats currently have a narrow majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Joe Biden says he believes in recovery for his party because the economy is starting to look better, including lower prices for gas which, according to him, is due to what he has done

Applications to work as a police officer in Minneapolis decrease after the death of George Floyd from 292 in 2019 to 57 this year, police spokesman Garrett Parten says that you can shout as loud as you can that more people need to be hired, but if fewer apply, it will not change the outcome

Donald Trump is called to testify in the congressional investigation of the storming of the Capitol, he also needs to hand over documentation with, among other things, his communications during the day in question and with Michael Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone and Steve Bannon, who was sentenced to prison in the same trial

Steve Bannon sentenced to four months in prison for refusing to cooperate with Congress committee investigating Capitol riots of January 6, 2021, claimed that subpoena violated executive privilege of Donald Trump

Florida Gov. Ronald DeSantis plans to resume flights of migrants to Democratic stronghold, trips to Delaware and Illinois were scheduled for early October but postponed due to Hurricane Ian ravaging the state, in September the White House was told that immigrants would be sent by DeSantis to an airport near Biden's vacation home

Donald Trump writes that no president has done more for Israel than he has but that the Evangelicals appreciate it more than people of the Jewish faith and especially the Jews living in the United States who need to get their act together up and start valuing what they have in Israel before it is too late

More than 100,000 Americans died of overdoses last year, deaths among teenagers the fastest growing group, doubling between 2019 and 2020 and growing another 20% by 2021, the US has 20 times the global average drug-related death rate but Scotland is not long after

5 dead and 2 injured in shooting in North Carolina in the United States, 15-year-old arrested, no known motive, Joe Biden said in a statement he is grieving alongside the families whose loved ones were killed and called for a ban on assault weapons

Evanston, Illinois pays black residents damages for alleged discrimination in mid-20th century real estate market, pays $25,000 given pre-1969 residency and can only be used for home repairs, down payment or down payment, 16 recipients so far

Former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the Democrats, saying the party is in complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers who are dividing the country by racializing every issue, stoking anti-white racism, demonizing the police and protecting criminals at the expense of law-abiding people, and above all, are dragging us ever closer to nuclear war

New York changes its gun buyback program rules after a man travels from West Virginia to sell 60 3-D printed guns for USD 21,000 in gift cards where a premium was awarded as the weapons were deemed as ghost guns lacking serial numbers, the man says the money was enticing but that he was mainly interested in showing the buybacks' stupidity, the attorney general's office comments that it is shameful that someone exploited a program that has successfully protect the communities from gun violence by taking thousands of guns off the streets

Harvey Weinstein trial begins, faces 11 charges for alleged sexual assaults on five women, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, among them who will testify about their experience

Biden pardons all prior Federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana, urging all Governors to do the same with regard to state offenses, the president writes in the statement that "no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana"

18 killed in Mexico when city hall in San Miguel Totolapan, Guerroro was shelled, mayor and his father among the dead, criminal group Los Tequileros claimed responsibility, third attack in Mexico in recent weeks

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signs bill restricting use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases, Dina LaPolt, entertainment attorney, states "for too long, prosecutors in California have used rap lyrics as a convenient way to inject racial bias and confusion into the criminal justice process", and Assembly member Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr. says "their stage name might be Little Murder, but that doesn’t mean they’re a murderer"

Buckhead elected official Mary Norwood says more than the crime level drives the Atlanta neighbourhood secession attempts, explains that many years of centralized neglect has resulted in poor roads, flooding and a disproportionate influx of new residents and that the city government must take their concerns very seriously if it wants to avoid the creation of a separate city

Oberlin College in Ohio agrees to pay USD 37 million to Gibson's Bakery for falsely accusing them of racism after a 2016 incident where three black students who had previously stolen from the bakery were chased out of the store while trying to swipe two wine bottles using a fake ID and the employee Allyn Gibson was assaulted, the 137-year-old family business was hit hard by the protests and had to lay off half of the staff

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization says a Covid-19 vaccine booster every 90 days may be warranted in the context of heightened epidemiological risk as well as operational considerations for the efficient deployment of the Covid-19 vaccination program, the Department of Health recently said a booster every nine months was sufficient

Mississippi officials say Jackson's 150,000 residents can shower in tap water but should close their mouths as the city's month-long water issues continue, state of emergency declared as excessive rainfall and flooding exacerbated the problems

Kansas middle school math teacher Pamela Ricard reaches USD 95,000 settlement after being suspended for violating the Geary County Schools' Diversity and Inclusion Policy that requires educators to refer to students by their preferred names and pronouns, Ricards had one incident where she used a student's birth name instead of the preferred name and then called a girl by her last name only despite being reminded multiple times of the policy, Ricard argued in the now dismissed lawsuit that any policy that requires her to refer to a student as zhe/zher etc violates her religious beliefs

38-year old Florida vegan Sheila O'Leary sentenced to life in prison for starving her 18-month-old son to death in 2019, her husband Ryan Patrick O’Leary remains in jail while awaiting trial on the same charges, the couple's 3-year-old and 5-year-old children were also found malnourished and a fourth child was earlier returned to her biological father after an earlier malnutrition case in Virginia, the family ate only raw fruits and vegetables although the toddler was also fed breast milk

Florida jury finds Tesla 1% to blame for teenager's 2018 death crash in Fort Lauderdale as they granted the teen's wish to disable the father's speed limiter, the teen crashed at 186 kph in a 48 kph zone and the limiter was formerly set at 136 kph

First Avenue in Minneapolis cancels Dave Chappelle show and apologizes after backlash on social media, Varsity Theater instead hosts the comedian with five sold-out shows over three days, Chappelle criticized for transphobic jokes such as comparing being transgender to wearing blackface and has despite years of callouts insisted that his views are biological facts

Sesame Place in Philadelphia apologizes and conducts bias training after viral video shows a costumed performer in a parade waved at two black girls instead of highfiving them, the family's attorney B'Ivory LaMarr says they request immediate termination of the employee and that the theme park takes care of any type of health care or mental care expenses that these children have realized

Three dead and two injured after Indiana mall shooting, the shooter who was armed with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition was shot dead by a legal carrier shortly after commencing the shooting, Police Chief Jim Ison calls the intervening citizen a hero, no info given regarding the perpetrator

27-year-old transgender woman serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter moved from women's only prison after impregnating two inmates, Department of Corrections spokesman Dan Sperrazza says they will continue to house inmates according to gender identity but that they are reviewing the policy with the intention of implementing minor modifications

Ivana Trump dead at 73 from cardiac arrest, was married to Donald Trump between 1977 and 1992 and had three children with him

73-year-old black man beaten to death with a traffic cone by seven youths in Philadelphia, USD 20,000 reward offered for information on the four black boys and three black girls caught on surveillance cameras, the attack was filmed by one of the assailants but police have not found the film on social media, overall crime in the city up more than 25% in 2022

Derek Chauvin sentenced to 21 years in federal jail for violating George Floyd's civil rights, the term runs concurrently with his 22.5-year state murder sentence, Chauvin to be transferred from the current state prison to a federal prison which by many is considered to be a far safer and less restrictive place

San Francisco couple threatened with USD 1,542 fine for parking in their own driveway, violated code section allowing parking in front of a garage but not in front of a house, tried getting waiver via aerial photo from 1938 showing the space being used for parking but the photo was deemed not clear enough, Planning Chief Dan Sider says he recognizes the frustration but that the code is needed for aesthetic reasons to ensure that front yards don't turn into parking lots

6 dead and at least 30 injured after mass shooting in a Chicago suburb during a Fourth of July parade, 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III arrested, Joe Biden comments that there is still much more work to do despite the recently signed gun safety bill

Pasco County in Florida under quarantine due to the discovery of giant African land snails, the 20-cm invasive snails which can produce 2,500 eggs per year pose a health risk to humans as they carry the rat lungworm parasite which can cause meningitis, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services plans to spend three years eradicating the population using the pesticide metaldehyde to treat the soil

53 migrants found dead in tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, four people charged in the deadliest human smuggling incident in US history

US Supreme Court declares New York's concealed handgun regulations unconstitutionally restrictive, Justice Clarence Thomas writes that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual's right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home and that there is no historical basis for New York to effectively declare the island of Manhattan a "sensitive place"

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ends the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and gives individual states the legislative power, the decision is saluted on social media by conservatives and Christians while progressive liberals mourn

Google co-founder Sergey Brin files for divorce from Nicole Shanahan and shared custody of their 4-year-old daughter, the couple started dating in 2015 and got married in 2018, Brin cites irreconcilable differences as the reason in the filing

White House says Covid-19 vaccination shots for kids under 5 could begin as soon as June 21, coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha says the good news is that the US has plenty of supply of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and that 10 million additional doses would be made available to order immediately

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw says the wrong decision was made when nearly 20 officers waited outside the classroom for 48 minutes before confronting 18-year-old Salvador Ramos who murdered 19 students and 2 teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Governor Greg Abbott comments that he is absolutely livid about being given inaccurate information about the incident

19 students and 2 teachers killed in a shooting Tuesday morning at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, the 18-year-old suspected shooter Salvador Ramos killed by responding law enforcement

SpaceX flight attendant accuses Elon Musk of exposing himself to her and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage in 2016, SpaceX paid her USD 250,000 as part of a severance agreement after she reported the incident in 2018, Musk asks Business Insider for more time to respond and calls the story a politically motivated hit piece

Elon Musk tweets that he will vote Republican for the first time as the Democrats have become the party of division and hate, asks everyone to watch the Democrats' dirty tricks campaign against him unfold

128,775 emails from Hunter Biden's laptop uploaded to searchable databas www.BidenLaptopEmails.com by former Trump aide Garrett Ziegler, another 15,000 messages so far missing from the database

Federal judge blocks Alabama law where health care providers risk 10 years in prison and a USD 15,000 fine for providing minors with puberty blockers and hormones, US District Judge Liles Burke says he finds substantial likelihood that part of the law is unconstitutional and that parents have a fundamental right to direct the medical care of their children.

Federal judge blocks Alabama law where health care providers risk 10 years in prison and a USD 15,000 fine for providing minors with puberty blockers and hormones, US District Judge Liles Burke says he finds substantial likelihood that part of the law is unconstitutional and that parents have a fundamental right to direct the medical care of their children.

10 dead in mass shooting in Buffalo supermarket, 18-year-old white Payton Gendron shot 11 black and two white victims while livestreaming in what authorities describe as racially motivated violent extremism, investigators look into whether a widely circulated online manifesto drawing inspiration from the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings was posted by Gendron

Three 8th-grade boys in Wisconsin under school district investigation accused of sexual harassment for not using a female student's preferred they/them pronouns, the school district comments that it prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment and that it will continue to support all students regardless of sex and transgender status

Randy Weaver dead at 74, American federal agents killed his wife, son and dog at Ruby Ridge in 1992 after he was repeatedly pressured to sell two sawed down two shotgun barrels to an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and then provoking a confrontation after he refused to be an informant

Utah overrides Governor Spencer Cox's veto to ban transgender student athletes from girls sports, Cox comments that he is no expert on transgenderism but always tries to err on the side of kindness and compassion, and hopes that they can work to find ways to show the trans children that the state loves them

Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas wins Ivy League's 200-meter freestyle with a new pool record 2.5 seconds ahead of second-place Samantha Shelton the day after winning 500-meter freestyle beating the pool record, Caitlyn Jenner comments that Thomas is hurting women's sports and that this must be criticized despite the dysfunctional woke world forcing people to praise it

Canadian police uses stun grenades and pepper spray to clear the Freedom Convoy protests which have blocked Ottawa for more than three weeks, 100 people arrested during Friday and 47 during Saturday, the police comments on Twitter that they slowly and methodically told people to leave but were met with assault and aggressiveness, the organizers say they are shocked at the abuses of power and ask the truckers to move their vehicles to avoid further brutality

Weapons manufacturer Remington Arms agrees to pay a total of USD 73 million to the families of nine of the Sandy Hook mass shooting victims, first time a gunmaker has been held liable in a US mass shooting, US President Joe Biden praises the settlement as historic

Meta employee Jeren Miles loses employment after YouTube channel Predator Catchers Indianapolis livestream him coming to a hotel to meet what he believed was a 13-year-old boy after sending sexually explicit messages

Canada's Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says financial institutions have moved quickly to freeze the accounts of people linked to the Freedom Convoy demonstrations in Ottawa, explains that actions have been taken to restrict access to cash and cryptocurrency and that those who parked big rigs on the streets will see their insurance cancelled and their corporate accounts suspended, comments that the government feels great sorrow but that the measures were necessary to defend democracy and to restore peace and order

Quebec Premier François Legault says the federal Emergencies Act against the Freedom Convoy must not apply in Quebec as they do not need to throw oil on the fire, the premiers of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have also spoken out against invoking the act

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vows to invoke the Emergencies Act to freeze personal bank accounts of anyone linked with the Freedom Convoy, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Terrorist Financing rules will be broadened to cover cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding platforms and that vehicle insurances can be suspended, Trudeau comments that the scope of the measures will be time-limited, reasonable and proportionate

Ontario removes its vaccine passport system on March 1, Premier Doug Ford says that the decision has nothing to do with the Freedom Convoy and that the restrictions saved tens of thousands of lives

Alberta ditches proof-of-vaccine program immediately and ends rules requiring students to wear masks in schools while children under 12 will not have to wear masks anywhere, social democratic opposition leader Rachel Notley comments that the sight of an elected government being bent to the will of the Freedom Convoy criminals should be of grave concern to everyone regardless of their political beliefs

New York City Mayor Eric Adams apologizes for 2019 video where he says he used to kick his cracker officer colleagues' asses daily, the city's largest police union comments that a few seconds of video will not define their relations with 61-year-old Adams

GoFundMe takes down fundraiser for the Freedom Convoy claiming violation of the site's policy on violence, first announces the CAD 10 million will be sent to charities but reverses course and refunds the money to the contributors after criticism from among others Elon Musk who calls the company thieves and accuses it of treating the BLM protests differently, new fundraiser set up through GiveSendGo reaches excess of CAD 1 million despite the site being under heavy DDoS and bot attacks

USA Swimming updates its policy regarding transsexual athletes, notes that the top-ranked female in 2021 would be ranked 536th across short course yards male events in the country and 326th across long course yards which needs to be balanced with the commitment to greater inclusivity, three independent medical experts to make decision about whether or not physical development before the sex change provides competitive advantage and whether athlete's testosterone levels is less than 5 nmol/L for at least 36 months

Quebec Premier François Legault abandons the idea of a tax on the unvaccinated, calls for social peace amid growing unrest with the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa and a similar demonstration planned in Quebec City, says he extends a hand to the unvaccinated as his role as Premier is to bring Quebeckers together and it is now time to rebuild bridges

Conservative Party of Canada votes 73–45 to remove leader Erin O'Toole after internal discontent with his steering the party to the left and breaking several key election promises involving firearms rights and carbon taxes, the party is set to elect an interim leader as it prepares for a leadership race

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the Freedom Convoy protest an insult to truth and says he will not meet with the protestors as they do not represent the story of the people, Conservative Party Deputy Leader Candice Bergen says the protestors represent millions who have had enough of lockdowns and broken promises, GoFundMe page to support the convoy has now raised over 9 million CAD

University of Nebraska changes mascot Herbie Husker's hand gesture from an OK sign after 47 years as the symbol has been linked to white supremacy, Husker to instead raise his index finger in what is referred to as a "number one" gesture

50,000 people protest vaccine mandates in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flees his Ottawa home days after calling the trucker convoy a small fringe minority, the convoy grew up to 72 kilometer long as it made its way through the country

Long Island nurses Julie DeVuono and Marissa Urrao arrested accused of forging official Covid-19 vaccination cards and entering the information into New York's statewide database between November 2021 and January 2022, allegedly brought in over USD 1.5 million where adults paid USD 220 and children USD 85

Bridge collapses in Pittsburgh, at least ten injured as a bus and several other vehicles fall more than 30 metres into a ravine below

New York couple Michael and Amber Naab charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree for allegedly presenting fake vaccination cards to enter Buffalo Bills playoff game against New England Patriots, risk seven years in prison

World's oldest male gorilla Ozzie dies aged 61, was the only surviving member of the original group of western lowland gorillas who arrived at Zoo Atlanta in 1988, survived Covid-19 with mild symptoms in September

Peter Robbins dead at 65, was most known for being the original voice actor of Charlie Brown in the 1960s Peanuts shows, battled lifelong mental illness, struggled with addiction and had several run-ins with the law as an adult

Federal judges block Alabama's new congressional districts map, argues that the new voting map underrepresents minority voters and demands two districts in which black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office says the ruling will be appealed