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James Franco admits sleeping with his students

Actor James Franco has finally broken his silence about the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him nearly four years ago.

CDC probes listeria outbreak from Dole, Fresh Express salads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday it is currently investigating two separate listeria outbreaks linked to packaged salads produced by Dole PLC and Fresh Express.

Germany adds US, Spain, Portugal to Covid-19 high risk list

Jury in Black motorist Daunte Wright shooting trial deliberates for fourth day

Jurors began their fourth day of deliberations on Thursday in the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who mistook her handgun for her Taser and fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright.

Cause of fire at Texas oil refinery under investigation

Biden bans imports from Xinjiang and imposes sanctions on foreigners responsible for forced labour: White House

United States President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation that bans imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about forced labour, the White House said. Read more

Actor who played ‘Home Alone’ brother arrested in Oklahoma

The actor who played Kevin’s older brother in the classic Christmas movie “Home Alone” has been arrested in Oklahoma after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

US new home sales race to seven-month high in November

US reunites 100 children, taken away under Trump, with their parents

A Biden administration effort to reunite children and parents who were separated under former president Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy has made increasing progress as it nears the end of its first year.

The US will pay about $700 for each course of Merck’s drug, which requires patients to take four pills twice a day for five days.

US adds Merck pill as 2nd easy-to-use drug against Covid-19

United States health regulators on Thursday authorised the second pill against Covid-19, providing another easy-to-use medication to battle the rising tide of Omicron infections. Read more

Biden administration officials continue to insist that the price surge being seen now will start to fade next year as supply chain problems get resolved. They noted that energy prices, including the cost of gasoline have already started to fall.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.5% in November and has risen 4.7% over the past 12 months.

It was the fastest pace for the core reading since a 5.1% rise in the 12 months ending in September 1983.

Personal incomes, which provide the fuel for future spending increases, rose 0.4% in November, slightly lower than the 0.5% increase in October.

Consumer spending, which accounts for 70% of US economic activity, rose 0.6% in November, a solid gain but below the 1.4% surge in October.

US Supreme Court to take up Biden vaccine mandate cases

US military landlord pleads guilty to fraud, resolving probe: Justice Dept

4 injured in ExxonMobil plant fire in Texas

Four people were injured Thursday in a fire that broke out at an ExxonMobil plant in Texas, police said, labeling it a “major industrial accident.”

US jobless claims unchanged at 205,000

US consumer prices rose 5.7% over past 12 months, fastest gain in 39 years, while consumer spending up 0.6% in November