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Court of appeals to weigh Trump’s arguments to retain cases

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawyers for former President Donald Trump will try to persuade a federal appeals court to block Congress from receiving call logs, draft speeches and other insurgency-related material January 6 at the US Capitol led by his supporters. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States will hear arguments on Tuesday from lawyers for Trump and the House committee seeking the records as part of its investigation into the riot. Trump’s lawyers want the court to overturn a federal judge’s decision allowing the National Archives and Records Administration to release the documents after President Joe Biden waived executive privilege.

In the shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears intensify

ARLINGTON, TX (AP) – In a playground outside a North Texas daycare center, laughing preschoolers chase each other around a playhouse. Toddlers spin on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate a toy. Upstream from the playground, peeking through the trees, is a site where Total Energies pumps natural gas. The French energy giant wants to drill three new wells on the property next to the Mother’s Heart Learning Center, which mainly serves black and Latino children. The three wells, along with two existing ones, would be about 600 feet from where the children planted a sunflower garden.

WHO warns new virus variant poses “very high” risk

GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that the global risk of the omicron variant is “very high” based on early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to outbreaks with “serious consequences” . The United Nations health agency’s assessment, contained in a technical paper provided to Member States, amounted to the strongest and most explicit warning from WHO to date regarding the new version first identified. times a few days ago by researchers in South Africa. It happened as a growing circle of countries around the world reported cases of variant and decided to slam their doors in an act now approach, to ask questions later while scientists are rushing to figure out just how dangerous the mutant version could be.

Cosby prosecutors ask Supreme Court to restore conviction

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Prosecutors have urged the United States Supreme Court to restore Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, complaining in a petition released on Monday that the verdict was overturned over a questionable deal which the comic said , granted him lifetime immunity. They said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in June to overturn Cosby’s conviction set a dangerous precedent by giving a press release the legal weight of an immunity deal. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele called the court ruling an “indefensible rule,” predicting a wave of criminal appeals if it remains legal. “This decision, as it stands, will have far-reaching negative consequences beyond Montgomery County and Pennsylvania.

Biden vaccine rule for health workers stuck in 10 states

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (AP) – A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from applying a coronavirus vaccine warrant to thousands of healthcare workers in 10 states that filed the first court challenge against this requirement. The court order said the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to promulgate the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor. St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp’s preliminary injunction applies to a coalition of litigation states that includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Burmese court defers verdict of ousted leader Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) – A Myanmar court on Tuesday postponed its verdict in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow for the testimony of an additional witness. The court accepted a defense request to allow a doctor who was unable to appear in court to add his testimony, a legal official said. The verdict would be the first for the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the military seized power on February 1, arresting her and preventing her National League for Democracy party from starting a second term. She also faces trials on a slew of other charges, including bribery, which could send her to jail for decades if found guilty.

Boebert on appeal refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Days after fiery Conservative Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado was harshly criticized for making anti-Muslim comments about Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota whom she compared to a bomb-carrying terrorist , the two spoke over the phone. According to the two legislators, it did not go well. Monday’s conversation, which Boebert solicited after issuing a lukewarm statement last Friday, offered the opportunity to hold out an olive branch in a house torn by tension. Instead, it ended abruptly after Boebert rejected Omar’s request for a public apology, amplifying the partisan conflicts that have become a feature, not a bug, of the GOP since a crowd of supporters. Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 1.

Twitter’s New CEO Goes Behind-the-Scenes to High Notoriety

Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, has gone behind the scenes to take over one of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile and politically unstable jobs. But its previous lack of name recognition coupled with solid technical background seems to be what some big business backers have been looking to get Twitter out of its current slump. A 37-year-old Indian immigrant, Agrawal does not belong to the ranks of famous CEOs, including the man he replaces, Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and SpaceX and Tesla’s Elon Musk. These founders and leaders of branded companies have often made headlines – and on Twitter – for feats beyond the day-to-day running of their businesses.

Prosecutors to start case against Jussie Smollett in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Testimony is set to begin Tuesday in the trial of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who prosecutors say staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago but whose defense attorney said to be “a real victim” of a “real crime.” Special Prosecutor Dan Webb told jurors during opening statements Monday night that Smollett recruited two brothers – who worked with him on the TV show – to help him carry out a mock attack in January 2019 because he thought the TV studio hadn’t taken any hate mail it received seriously. Smollett then reported the alleged attack to Chicago Police, who labeled it a hate crime and dedicated 3,000 man hours to investigate, Webb said.

LSU hires Kelly away from Notre Dame to be Tigers’ next coach

LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, an astonishing decision by one of college football’s most accomplished coaches, moving from the sport’s most famous program to a Southeastern Conference powerhouse. The move was confirmed Monday evening by a person familiar with the ruling who spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity as neither school was ready to make an official announcement. Yahoo! Sports first reported the rental. It was the second college football bombshell in as many days, coming just over 24 hours after Southern California pulled Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma.

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