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In historic pick, Biden taps Haaland as interior secretary

President-elect Joe Biden selected New Mexico Rep.
Biden picks Regan for EPA nominee, Haaland for interior head

Biden picks Regan for EPA nominee, Haaland for interior head

President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he had chosen North Carolina regulator Michael S. Regan as his nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as his pick for interior secretary.
US inmate scheduled to be executed tests positive for virus

US inmate scheduled to be executed tests positive for virus

WASHINGTON — A federal prisoner scheduled to be executed just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office has tested positive for coronavirus, his lawyer said Thursday.

Rarely seen Shirley Jackson story is finally published

NEW YORK — Laurence Hyman, son of the late Shirley Jackson, has been on a quest for more than 20 years. Jackson was just 48 when she died, in 1965, and left behind an extensive backlog of unreleased material.

Turkey that had online fans but real-life haters is killed

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A wild turkey that had developed an online fan following but also drew complaints about aggressive behaviour was euthanized last week, Massachusetts wildlife officials said.
Family behind OxyContin attests to its role in opioid crisis

Family behind OxyContin attests to its role in opioid crisis

Two owners of the company that makes OxyContin acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that the powerful prescription painkiller played a role in the opioid epidemic but they stopped short of apologizing or admitting wrongdoing.
Hot spot: California hospitals buckle as virus cases surge

Hot spot: California hospitals buckle as virus cases surge

LOS ANGELES — Hospitals across California have all but run out of intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients, ambulances are backing up outside emergency rooms, and tents for triaging the sick are going up as the nation’s most populous state emerges a
French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS — Wearing a white medical mask, French President Emmanuel Macron went ahead with a planned speech by videoconference Thursday, hours after testing positive for COVID-19 following a week in which he met with numerous European leaders.
Snow days, virtual opera: The office holiday party goes on

Snow days, virtual opera: The office holiday party goes on

NEW YORK — An online murder mystery. Law-themed opera arias. A snowman-building competition. With dancing, drinking and fancy dinners a no-go because of virus concerns, companies are getting creative about their holiday office parties this year.
After years fighting them, Milley talks peace with Taliban

After years fighting them, Milley talks peace with Taliban

KABUL — In his three combat tours in Afghanistan, Gen. Mark Milley saw the Taliban as a formidable foe, one unlikely to “fade away in the dust,” as he put it in 2013.