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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
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
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
International human rights group, UN experts call for stay of Lisa Montgomery execution
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An international human rights commission and United Nation experts have appealed to the U.S. government to stay the January execution of Lisa Montgomery, according to a news release. Citing Montgomery’s mental illness and history of sexual abuse, the [Inter\-American Commission on Human Rights ]( The commission, which joins a chorus of other groups calling for Montgomery not to be executed, also stated that the conditions of Montgomery’s detention were “not adequate for a woman survivor of sexual violence, especially considering the very serious information of sexual abuse” ...
The Kansas City Star
Ivanka Trump beefs with D.C. attorney general on Twitter after deposition about 2017 inaugural fund
Like father, like daughter. Ivanka Trump got into a Twitter spat with Washington’s attorney general on Thursday after news broke that she was recently questioned in his investigation into her father’s inaugural committee’s sketchy spending patterns. The Trump daughter, who serves as a senior adviser in her father’s White House, claimed Attorney General Karl Racine’s probe into the president’s 2017 inaugural committee is a “waste of taxpayer dollars.” “This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness,” she tweeted shortly after fresh court papers revealed she was ...
New York Daily News
Fauci walks back criticism of Britain's vaccine approval
Washington (AFP) - Leading American infectious disease scientist Anthony Fauci on Thursday walked back his criticism of Britain's drug regulator after saying it had rushed through its coronavirus vaccine approval. His comments came a day after Britain became the first country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for general use, prompting some skepticism among the country's European neighbors and suggestions of politicization. Widely respected Fauci, who leads the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the BBC: "I have a great deal of confidence in what the...
Lawsuit: Correctional officer trainee fired for wearing 'Black Lives Matter' shirt after others wore 'Police Lives Matter' shirts
SEATTLE — A newly hired correctional officer was fired by the Washington state Department of Corrections after wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt to work in response to several other officers wearing “Police Lives Matter” shirts, according to a federal lawsuit. Enow-Tambong Agbor-Baiyee sued the DOC in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on Saturday, alleging his firing constitutes racial discrimination and retaliation. Agbor-Baiyee, who is Black, was hired in May as an on-call correctional officer at Airway Heights Corrections Center in Spokane County, and started a s...
The Seattle Times
Seahawks' Josh Gordon reinstated by NFL, can play in final two games of season
Seahawks receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL on Thursday and will be eligible to play in the final two games of the regular season, the league announced. Gordon was indefinitely suspended last Dec. 16 by the league for violating policies on performance-enhancing drugs and substances of abuse. The NFL’s statement Thursday read: “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Seattle’s Josh Gordon, it was announced today. Gordon may begin COVID testing Friday, December 4 and may join the club on December 9 assuming negative tests. Gordon will be permitted to attend team meeti...
The Seattle Times
Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory 'not closing' after collapse
Washington (AFP) - Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory could still have a future after its vast telescope dramatically collapsed this week, US officials said Thursday. The structure was destroyed on Tuesday when its 900-ton receiver platform, which was suspended 450 feet (140 meters) in the air, fell loose and plunged onto the radio dish below. Ralph Gaume, director of the US National Science Foundation's division of astronomical sciences, said "the NSF is not closing the Arecibo Observatory." "The NSF is deeply saddened by the situation," he told reporters, adding that the agency "has a very we...
Lawmakers push to preserve pandemic voting access
Bolstered by a presidential election with the highest voter turnout in more than a century, state election officials and lawmakers — mostly Democrats, but also some Republicans — are working to codify many of the pandemic-specific changes that broadened ballot access over the past year. But officials who want to permanently expand mail-in voting and other changes still face an uphill battle in conservative-leaning states where many Republican lawmakers, already hostile to expanding voting access, are parroting President Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud. Since Election Day, Democra...