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Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open

Judges reveal why Novak Djokovic had to miss Australian Open

Three judges who unanimously rejected Novak Djokovic’s bid to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open have revealed their reasons for the ruling. In a written statement, the judges said it was not irrational for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to eject the Djokovic due to concerns the unvaccinated Serbian star could pose a risk…MORE

A Kansas DA cited stand your ground laws and announced no charges in death of teen in custody

A Kansas DA cited stand your ground laws and announced no charges in death of teen in custody

A Kansas district attorney announced he will be filing no charges in connection with the death of Cedric Lofton, a Black teenager who died in law enforcement custody, citing the state’s robust “stand your ground” law. Lofton, 17, died in September after being handcuffed and restrained in the prone position, meaning lying face-down, during a…MORE

M&Ms’ beloved characters are getting a new look

M&Ms’ beloved characters are getting a new look

M&M’s branding is getting a refresh. The candy’s anthropomorphized chocolate characters are being made over, and the logo is also getting a tweak. But the most noticeable change is to the six M&M characters: new shoes. Green has swapped her go-go boots for sneakers. Brown is sporting lower, more sensible heels. Red and Yellow’s shoes…MORE

Using marijuana may affect your ability to think and plan, study says

Using marijuana may affect your ability to think and plan, study says

Remember those classic stoner dudes — Cheech and Chong, anyone? — spending their days in a weed-drenched room (or car), capable of little besides finding that next great high? If you don’t, that’s not surprising. As more and more states move to legalize marijuana, the stereotypical mind-numbing effects of weed have become passé, often replaced…MORE

NBC says its coverage of Beijing Olympics will include ‘geopolitical context’

NBC says its coverage of Beijing Olympics will include ‘geopolitical context’

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. With China set to host the 2022 Winter Games in two weeks’ time, Olympic broadcaster NBCUniversal says it will acknowledge the “geopolitical context” of the games, but the athletes will remain the “centerpiece” of the…MORE

China keeps cutting critical lending rates to address its economic woes

China keeps cutting critical lending rates to address its economic woes

China keeps slashing lending rates as authorities ramp up their efforts to stave off a sharp economic slowdown. The People’s Bank of China on Thursday cut its one-year loan prime rate by 10 basis points to 3.7%, the second cut to the rate in a month. December’s cut was the first time the central bank…MORE

Marine charged after tactical vehicle crash kills 2, injures 17 near Camp Lejeune

Marine charged after tactical vehicle crash kills 2, injures 17 near Camp Lejeune

A US Marine is facing charges after a military tactical vehicle he was driving overturned near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Wednesday, killing two service members and injuring 17 others, officials said. The crash happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of US 17 and Highway 210 in Jacksonville, the state highway patrol said.…MORE

Florida bill to shield people from feeling ‘discomfort’ over historic actions by their race, nationality or gender approved by Senate committee

Florida bill to shield people from feeling ‘discomfort’ over historic actions by their race, nationality or gender approved by Senate committee

A bill backed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit Florida’s public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” based on their race, sex or national origin received first approval Tuesday by the state’s Senate Education Committee. The Republican-controlled committee approved the bill with six Republican senators in favor of…MORE

Enormous ‘twilight zone’ coral reef discovered off the coast of Tahiti

Enormous ‘twilight zone’ coral reef discovered off the coast of Tahiti

Deep in the ocean off the coast of Tahiti, scientists made an incredible discovery in November: acres of giant, pristine, rose-shaped corals blossoming from the sea floor in what’s known as the ocean’s “twilight zone.” That a coral reef so large and so beautiful had yet to be discovered emphasizes how little we still know…MORE

Voting rights fight shifts back to statehouses as Senate Democrats fail to advance national protections

Voting rights fight shifts back to statehouses as Senate Democrats fail to advance national protections

Just weeks from the first primaries of the 2022 midterm elections, the fight over voting rights is unfolding again at the state level — with Republicans in several swing states proposing new measures that would make it harder to vote. Seizing on former President Donald Trump‘s lies about widespread voter fraud, Republicans in statehouses across…MORE

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