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ShowBiz Minute: Sondheim, 'SATC,' AFI
Broadway dims marquees to honor Stephen Sondheim; "Sex and The City" sequel premieres in New York, "Dune," "CODA," "West Side Story" make AFI's 2021 top 10. (Dec. 9)
After 43 years in prison on a wrongful conviction, Kevin Strickland is getting no restitution. He's not alone.
After 43 years, Kevin Strickland was cleared of murder and left prison with nothing from Missouri, revealing wide gaps in restitution between states.
A giant patch of garbage in the ocean is home to a thriving new community. Scientists call it a 'floating plastic habitat.'
Anemones, barnacles and other species carried out to sea on plastic debris aren't just surviving on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They're thriving.       
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On This Day: 9 December 2004
Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum helped premiere Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" in New York. (Dec. 9)      
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AP Top Stories December 9 A
Here's the latest for Thursday December 9th: Senate votes to nullify administration's business vaccine mandate; Biden convenes Summit for Democracy; Bob Dole to lie in state; NASA sends multi-telescope observatory into orbit.      
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Multi-telescope observatory sent into orbit
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried a multi-telescope observer into orbit early Thursday. The observer, called IXPE, will look at extreme events in Space, revealing details about events like exploding stars and spinning black holes. (Dec. 9)      
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With Roe v. Wade in peril in Supreme Court, abortion-rights activists ask: Where are the men?
With activists predicting Roe v. Wade will be overturned, they are seeking help from a largely silent segment of supporters: men who back abortion.       
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The US is undercounting COVID deaths, researchers say. Now they have a tool to figure out why.
COVID deaths in the United States have been undercounted, public health experts say. They're trying to figure out where and why.       
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COVID cases, hospitalizations climb as US reaches 200M vaccination milestone: Live updates
The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID reached 200 million Wednesday amid a dispiriting holiday-season spike in cases. More updates.       
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Black college leaders support Biden plan in letter
More than 50 historically Black college and university leaders are asking the Senate to pass President Joe Biden's Build Back Better spending plan, saying the funds help Black students achieve the American dream. (Dec. 9)      
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Scientists look at evolution to save coral reefs
With coral reefs threatened by rising ocean temperatures, scientists are working to breed "super corals" that can better withstand climate change. They're trying to help corals adapt to survive global warming faster than they could in Nature. (Dec. 9)      
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Father and son arrested on suspicion of starting massive Caldor Fire, district attorney says
The accused are David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32. No criminal charges have been filed against the two, yet, according to the DA.
Senate rejects vaccine mandate for businesses
The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday overturning the Biden administration's requirement that businesses with 100 or more workers have their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing. (Dec. 9)
Calif. to be abortion sanctuary if Roe overturned
If the U.S. Supreme Court allows states to ban abortion, California announced a plan to welcome people from out of state to get the procedure (Dec. 8)
Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Accusers share testimony
A former boyfriend of a woman who says she was paid to give sexual favors to Jeffrey Epstein, starting at age 14, corroborated parts of her account Wednesday at the sex trafficking trial of the millionaire's longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. (Dec. 9)
Cross-country winter snowstorm to hit central and western US, disrupting commutes and bringing relief to ski industry
Parts of the central and western U.S. could see up to 12 inches of snow on Thursday, bringing an end to snow dry spells and disrupting travel plans.
Today in History for December 9th
Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce they are separating; The Charge of the Light Brigade - is published in Britain; Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa is elected president in Poland; Actor Kirk Douglas is born. (Dec. 9)
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Here's the latest for Wednesday December 8: Senate aims to reject vaccine mandate for businesses; California plans to be abortion sanctuary if Roe overturned; Coast Guard diver pulls body from car above Niagara Falls; Beavers in Siberia impact environment.
The AP Interview: CDC director on omicron variant
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told The Associated Press on Wednesday that U.S. omicron cases so far show mainly mild illness. (Dec. 8)
Biden touts infrastructure law, gas prices in Mo.
President Joe Biden traveled to a bus depot in Kansas City, Missouri Wednesday to promote his agenda and highlight his $1 trillion infrastructure law, declaring, "It's going to be infrastructure decade now." (Dec. 8)
Biden hosts democracy summit amid home stresses
President Joe Biden is convening global leaders determined to show the world that democracy can still deliver. The administration's inaugural Democracy Summit on Thursday comes as the United States is facing some of the gravest threats in years. (Dec. 8)
'West Side Story' revitalized with in-depth characters, new script
The stars of "West Side Story" say the reimagining of the classic Broadway musical by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner has revitalized the story for a modern audience. (Dec. 8)
Opening statements in officer's trial in Minneapolis
Opening statements in the trial of the police officer accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright began Wednesday. The defense claims it was a mistake while the prosecution says Kim Potter "betrayed a 20-year-old kid." (Dec. 8)
Scott Peterson resentenced to life in wife's death
Scott Peterson was resentenced to life without parole Wednesday during an emotional hearing in which family members of his slain pregnant wife, Laci, called him out for the 2002 killing and his apparent lack of remorse. (Dec. 8)
Rescue attempt after car plunges near Niagara Falls
A vehicle plunged into the Niagara River close to the brink of the American Falls Wednesday afternoon, local media reported. (Dec. 8)
Delta drives surge in US cases before omicron gains foothold; Pfizer says booster protects against new variant: Latest COVID-19 updates
Even before omicron establishes a firm foothold, infections are soaring, including in highly vaccinated regions like New England. Latest COVID news.
Pelosi: 'Never forgive' Trump, lackeys for Jan. 6
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she would "never forgive" former President Trump and "his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol for the trauma" that was exerted to staff during the Jan. 6 riot. (Dec. 8)
More than 50 earthquakes rumble off Oregon coast over 24-hour period
Over 50 earthquakes have been reported off of the Oregon coast in the span of 24 hours, but an expert says there's no cause for concern.
'Our best defense': Pfizer says third dose of its COVID vaccine protects against omicron
A third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to be as effective against omicron as two doses were against the original variant.
Scott Peterson gets new life sentence in wife's murder after years on death row
Scott Peterson was resentenced to life without parole Wednesday. A judge will hold a hearing next year over whether Peterson should get a new trial.