House passes 'Tiger King' bill that bans private ownership of big cats
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to end the trade and ownership of big cats. The highly anticipated measure was highlighted in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.” The Big Cat Public Safety Act bans the private ownership of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats and limits public contact with those animals. The bill was long championed by animal rights activist Carole Baskin, whose nonprofit organization Big Cat Rescue was featured in the popular show. The final vote was 272-114 in favor of the bill, with 45 representatives not voting. “Remember #TigerKing?” U.S. Re...
New York Daily News
Kansas slugs Washburn, 89-54, to win 48th consecutive home opener
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas on Thursday night stretched its winning streak in home openers to a whopping 48 games by defeating NCAA Division II school Washburn, 89-54, in Allen Fieldhouse. No. 48 was quite different from the others in terms of atmosphere in KU’s tradition-rich building. David McCormack scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting (3 of 4 from the free-throw line) for his first double-figure scoring outing of the season and grabbed six rebounds. Jalen Wilson added 13 points and six boards in a game contested before approximately 100 family members of the players and coaches. No season-ticke...
The Kansas City Star
Jimmy Carter joins other ex-presidents encouraging COVID vaccine use
ATLANTA — A day after America witnessed its worst day in coronavirus-related deaths, Jimmy Carter joined three other living former presidents Thursday in encouraging Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot as soon as it becomes available. In a statement, Carter said that he and his wife, Rosalynn, “are in full support of COVID-19 vaccine efforts and encourage everyone who is eligible to get immunized as soon as it becomes available in their communities.” Carter’s office didn’t confirm whether he planned to get the vaccine. Carter is 96 years old. Rosalynn Carter, who is 93, was a staunch ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ex-US attorney asks Georgia to investigate Sen. Lindsey Graham
ATLANTA — A former U.S. attorney has asked the Georgia State Election Board to investigate Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, saying he pressed Georgia’s top election official to interfere in the presidential election. Last month Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Graham called him and asked whether he had the power to reject more absentee ballots as election officials conducted a recount and audit of the presidential race. The secretary said Graham appeared to be suggesting that he find a way to reject legally cast ballots to help President Donald Trump win...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Biden says he hopes Trump will attend inauguration for symbolism WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden said he hoped President Donald Trump would come to his inauguration in January because the peaceful transfer of power in the United States sends a message of strength and stability to the rest of the world. Biden added in an interview with CNN broadcast on Thursday night that it was unimportant to him personally whether Trump shows up or not, but that showcasing two formal rivals, standing together as one takes office is a key part of American democracy. “More than the impact on the domestic...
Tribune News Service
Detroit lawyers urge judge to reject latest Wayne County audit request
DETROIT — Detroit lawyers asked a Wayne County judge Thursday to reject the latest request for an audit of the county’s election results and sanction the lawyer who asked for them. Noting Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson already promised an audit, Detroit lawyer David Fink argued poll challengers pleading their case before Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny were really seeking to undermine public confidence in the vote. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan by 154,000 votes over Republican President Donald Trump. “There’s nothing new here,” Fink argued. “This is just a warme...
Detroit Free Press
Georgia's GOP senators say they'll push election changes in 2021
ATLANTA — Georgia Republican senators said after what happened in the 2020 election they will seek to make changes in state voting laws during the upcoming legislative session. Democratic nominee Joe Biden beat Republican President Donald Trump in Georgia. Trump has spent the past month claiming fraud, putting pressure on GOP officials who run the state to do something about it because many of his supporters believe his unproven allegations. “I’m going to try to build this statement based on a consensus of what I’m hearing from the people that I represent: We have totally lost confidence in ou...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Down goes No. 1: NC State hands top-ranked South Carolina first loss in 30 games
COLUMBIA, S.C. — For the first time in more than a calendar year, the South Carolina women’s basketball team has tasted defeat. The No. 1 Gamecocks fell, 54-46, to No. 8 N.C. State on Thursday at Colonial Life Arena, snapping the program’s record 29-game winning streak. No one would mistake the matchup for beautiful basketball: The top-10 showdown was an ugly, gritty affair with neither team shooting above 30% from the field and both consistently clashing in crowded lanes, with little outside shooting to speak of. In the end, South Carolina couldn’t overcome 4-of-11 free-throw shooting and 54 ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
San Diego ship captain orders crew sequestered over holidays; Navy reverses decision
SAN DIEGO — Crew members aboard the San Diego-based USS Rushmore say a quarantine to halt the spread of coronavirus while getting the ship ready for sea has led to a crisis in morale. Last Saturday, the crew of about 400 was ordered to return to the ship, despite being told they had the Thanksgiving weekend off, several sailors said. That night they were told they also were going to be sequestered on board the ship — while in port — for 28 days beginning last Monday, to prepare for a 7-day period at sea beginning at the end of December. The 28 days of isolation meant they would miss spending h...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
John Niyo: Darrell Bevell quarterbacked Wisconsin's turnaround. Can he do it for the Lions?
Maybe it’s not the way he would’ve drawn it up, but for Darrell Bevell, the Lions’ interim head coach, that’s nothing new. Not for a man whose football career took a detour designed by his faith 30 years ago, one that ultimately led him to a starring role in Wisconsin’s first- Rose Bowl triumph. And not for a coach whose two decades in the NFL have run the gamut of emotions, from Super Bowl glory and grief to a year of unemployment and now this latest awkward twist of fate, after a post-Thanksgiving purge in Detroit gave him a fourth-quarter shot at the job of a lifetime. One that had him on t...
The Detroit News