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SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages.

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LONDON (AP) — Britain became the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday and could be dispensing shots within days — a historic step toward eventually ending the outbreak that has killed more than 1.4 million people around the globe.

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Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

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Internal U.S. Census Bureau documents indicate that it will be unable to meet a year-end deadline for handing in data used for allocating congressional seats as it deals with irregularities found in the numbers-crunching phase of the count, according to a Wednesday letter from the chair of t…

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin Mayor Steve Adler went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was “not the time to relax."

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NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent law enforcement training group is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to restore the tossed convictions for the former president of Pilot Flying J and two of his former employees related to a rebate scheme to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 2, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Joint Authorization Board (JAB), consisting of the Chief Information Officers from the Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration, and Department of Defense, has selected, from the latest round of FedRAMP Con…

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As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution.

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 2, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Current Builders ( www.currentbuilders.com ) is pleased to announce that Eric Seminara has been promoted to Vice President of Construction and will also become the director of the firm’s operations on the west coast of Florida. Semina…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the “2020 People of the Year.”

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Dec. 2, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Spodak Dental Group (“SDG”) recently provided complimentary dental services to the men and women of the US’ Armed Forces and their family members as part of the Eighth Annual Freedom Day USA. Freedom Day USA is a “Day of Free” to thank…

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 2, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Healient Physician Group and Kansas City’s newest Medicare-approved diagnostic imaging vendor, New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics, have announced a partnership to improve access to care for seniors put at risk by the Covid-19 health crisis.

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NEW YORK and HONG KONG, Dec. 2, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — DataNumen company, the developer and vendor of professional data recovery programs, announces the release of DataNumen Word Repair 3.5. It is the new version of a powerful recovery tool, which uses AI technology to analyze damaged …

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Housing Finance Strategies President Faith Schwartz today announced that industry leader and award-winning mortgage executive Dana Dillard will join her firm as leader of its diversity and inclusion practice and a principal in its expand…

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VAGANESH, Kosovo (AP) — Blagica Dicic, 92 and in failing health, is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that's been abandoned by all its other inhabitants — including her own children.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Health care workers and nursing home residents should be at the front of the line when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available, an influential government advisory panel said Tuesday.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Nearly 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, the most in any month since the dark early days of the pandemic, engulfing families in grief, filling newspaper obituary pages and testing the capacity of morgues, funeral homes and hospitals.

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Asian shares advanced Wednesday after Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones, as a broad rally pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Native American tribes and advocates are condemning “Big Sky,” a Montana-set ABC drama, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making whites the crime victims.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New clues have surfaced in the disappearance of a gleaming monolith in Utah that seemed to melt away as mysteriously as it appeared in the red-rock desert — though it's no longer the only place where a strange structure has come and gone.

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SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby's alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, …

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PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. It was the first of three punishments he’ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited b…

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Nasdaq is pushing for the more than 3,000 companies listed on its U.S. stock exchange to make their boardrooms less overwhelmingly male and white by hiring directors that better reflect the country's diverse population.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page, the star of “Juno," “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy,” came out as transgender Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Clark Shaw, a Tennessee tourism leader who built Casey Jones Village in Jackson into a popular roadside attraction featuring a restaurant, a train museum, a country store, an ice cream parlor and even a farm, has died. He was 66.

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MEMPHIS, Mo. (AP) — As Dr. Shane Wilson makes the rounds at the tiny, 25-bed hospital in rural northeastern Missouri, many of his movements are familiar in an age of coronavirus. Masks and gloves. Zippered plastic walls between hallways. Hand sanitizer as he enters and exits each room.