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White House Offering More Aid for Winter Heat, Utility Bills

White House Offering More Aid for Winter Heat, Utility Bills

By Josh Boak | Nov 18, 2021

The Biden administration is taking steps to help distribute several billion dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills, an unprecedented sum that comes largely from its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

Jan. 6 Rioter who Carried Spear and Wore Horns Got 41 Months

Jan. 6 Rioter who Carried Spear and Wore Horns Got 41 Months

By JAq | Nov 17, 2021

Jacob Chansley, the spear-carrying Jan. 6 rioter whose horned fur hat, bare chest and face paint made him one of the more recognizable figures in the assault on the Capitol, was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

Alex Jones Liable for Defamation in Sandy Hook 'Hoax' Case

Alex Jones Liable for Defamation in Sandy Hook 'Hoax' Case

By Dave Collins | Nov 16, 2021

A Connecticut judge found Infowars host Alex Jones liable by default Monday in a defamation lawsuit brought by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over the conspiracy theorist's claims that the massacre was a hoax.

GOP Ramps Up LGBTQ+ Book Banning Efforts

GOP Ramps Up LGBTQ+ Book Banning Efforts

By Kilian Melloy | Nov 15, 2021

Republican officials in a number of states have targeted books with LGBTQ+ themes, declaring them "obscene" and "pornographic" and seeking to have them pulled from school libraries.

Trump Ally Bannon Taken into Custody on Contempt Charges

Trump Ally Bannon Taken into Custody on Contempt Charges

By Michael Balsamo and Mary Clare Jalonick | Nov 15, 2021

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday to face contempt charges after defying a subpoena from a House committee investigating January's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Britney Spears Got all to Agree she Needed to be Freed

Britney Spears Got all to Agree she Needed to be Freed

By Andrew Dalton | Nov 15, 2021

As recently as last spring, it appeared that Britney Spears' conservatorship could continue for years. Then it unraveled with surprising speed.

'Gay Tuesdays?' Suburban Boston High School Hockey Player Claims Sexual Abuse in Locker Room

'Gay Tuesdays?' Suburban Boston High School Hockey Player Claims Sexual Abuse in Locker Room

Nov 14, 2021

A suburban Boston high school hockey player has stepped forth to claim sexual abuse in the locker room that is being covered up by local officials.

Chappelle's Honor from his DC High School Postponed Over Netflix Special

Chappelle's Honor from his DC High School Postponed Over Netflix Special

Nov 14, 2021

Dave Chappelle was to get an honor from the Washington DC high school he graduated from, but its current students have nixed the idea, at least for now.

Prize-winning 1619 Project Now Coming Out in Book Form

Prize-winning 1619 Project Now Coming Out in Book Form

By Hillel Italie | Nov 14, 2021

The "1619 Project," which began two years ago as a special issue of The New York Times magazine, has been at the heart of an intensifying debate over racism and the country's origins and how they should be presented in the classroom.

Jury to Get to Weigh some Lesser Charges in Rittenhouse Case

Jury to Get to Weigh some Lesser Charges in Rittenhouse Case

By Scott Bauer, Michael Tarm and Amy Forliti | Nov 13, 2021

The jurors who will decide Kyle Rittenhouse's fate will be allowed to consider lesser charges if they opt to acquit him on some of the original counts prosecutors brought, the judge said Friday

Watch: Is This the Gayest Commercial of 2021?

Watch: Is This the Gayest Commercial of 2021?

Nov 13, 2021

Is this Car Gurus ad the gayest 2021 commercial?

Lions, Tigers and an Unbearable Year at Jack Hanna's Zoo

Lions, Tigers and an Unbearable Year at Jack Hanna's Zoo

By Julie Carr Smyth | Nov 13, 2021

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium had a bear of a year.

Parkland Activists Heal Over Years While Pushing Gun Reform

Parkland Activists Heal Over Years While Pushing Gun Reform

By Kelli Kennedy | Nov 13, 2021

When the shooter in the 2018 Parkland school massacre finally pleaded guilty last month, it briefly revived attention and donations for the anti-gun violence March For Our Lives student movement birthed by the tragedy.

Bannon Indicted on Contempt Charges for Defying 1/6 Subpoena

Bannon Indicted on Contempt Charges for Defying 1/6 Subpoena

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Michael Balsamo and Emily Wagster Pettus | Nov 13, 2021

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress.

Alzheimer's Drug Cited as Medicare Premium Jumps by $21.60

Alzheimer's Drug Cited as Medicare Premium Jumps by $21.60

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Nov 13, 2021

Medicare's "Part B" outpatient premium will jump by $21.60 a month in 2022, one of the largest increases ever. Officials said Friday a new Alzheimer's drug is responsible for about half of that.

After Nixing Diversity Symbols, School District Fires Leader

After Nixing Diversity Symbols, School District Fires Leader

By Andrew Selsky | Nov 12, 2021

A school board in Oregon that recently banned teachers from displaying symbols including those supporting gay pride and Black Lives Matter has abruptly fired the superintendent, deeply upsetting members who opposed the move.

Oklahoma Governor Orders End to Nonbinary Birth Certificates

Oklahoma Governor Orders End to Nonbinary Birth Certificates

By Sean Murphy | Nov 12, 2021

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt directed the State Department of Health to stop issuing birth certificates listing a nonbinary option instead of designating a gender, despite a settlement agreement in a civil case in which the agency agreed to do so.

Inmate who Sued for Gender Surgery Seeks $2.8M in Legal Fees

Inmate who Sued for Gender Surgery Seeks $2.8M in Legal Fees

By Rebecca Boone | Nov 12, 2021

A former Idaho inmate who became the first person to receive court-ordered gender confirmation surgery after suing the state Department of Correction is asking a judge to order the state to pay more than $2.8 million in attorney fees and other costs.

Local California School Official Resigns Over Homophobic Remarks

Local California School Official Resigns Over Homophobic Remarks

Nov 11, 2021

A California school official resigned over homophobic remarks he made over a Pride declaration.

Big Bird Backlash: Vax Lands Even Muppet in Political Flap

Big Bird Backlash: Vax Lands Even Muppet in Political Flap

By Kimberlee Kruesi | Nov 11, 2021

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, grilled Big Bird for what he called "government propaganda." Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe described it as "brainwashing children" and "twisted."

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