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'This Is An Exciting Thing.' For Frontline Workers, Vaccine Comes As A Massive Relief

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| Despite some early bumps, the arrival of the first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine was celebrated this past week by those who've been caring for patients since the early days of the pandemic.

U.S. State Department Closing Two Consulates In Russia

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The announcement follows the revelation of a massive cyberattack against numerous government agencies as well as a number of private companies. Russian intelligence is widely believed responsible.

Brexit Countdown: What To Know As The United Kingdom Breaks With The EU

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As the New Year's Eve deadline approaches, the two sides are still trying to negotiate a deal to avert major economic and trade disruptions. Here are some of the top issues at play.

Sacklers To Face House Panel Over Purdue Pharma Oxycontin Sales

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Members of the family have worked to keep their role in Purdue Pharma's operations private. In a surprise move, David and Kathe Sackler agreed to testify under oath.

'What Real Friends Do': How to Navigate Tough Conversations About COVID-19

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With a spike in COVID-19 cases colliding with cold weather and the holidays, many Americans are facing difficult decisions about whether and how to socialize.

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MacKenzie Scott Has Donated More Than $4 Billion In Last 4 Months

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"This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling," Scott wrote, announcing gifts to organizations in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Russian Agents Trailed Opposition Leader Navalny Before Poisoning, Report Finds

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An investigation by Bellingcat, an Internet research organization, and other media outlets, revealed that for years, Russian agents secretly followed Alexei Navalny.

Census Estimates U.S. Population As High As 336 Million Ahead Of Actual Count

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The Census Bureau has yet to release the 2020 census results, which are undergoing quality checks. Based on government records, it estimates the population has grown by as much as 8.7% since 2010.

Support For Scottish Independence Is Growing, Partly Due To U.K.'s COVID-19 Response

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Recent polls show consistent support among Scots for leaving Great Britain. Many in Scotland think Prime Minister Boris Johnson is poorly suited to handle the pandemic and trust Scottish leaders more.

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