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Closing arguments begin in the trial of 3 men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

Updated November 22, 2021 at 1:18 PM ET

Attorneys have started making their final pitches to the jury in the trial of the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia last year.

Travis McMichael, his father, Greg, and their neighbor William 'Roddie' Bryan have all been charged with Arbery's murder. The 25-year-old was jogging through a neighborhood in Glynn County, Ga., when the three men started pursuing him in vehicles. He was then shot dead by Travis McMichael.

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Biden reappoints Jerome Powell as Fed chairman at a critical time for the economy

President Biden has chosen to keep Jerome Powell in place for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman — a move that signals continuity with the central bank's policies at a time when the economy faces critical challenges, including surging inflation

Biden nominated current Fed governor Lael Brainard to serve as vice chair. Brainard had been seen as a leading contender to replace Powell.

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In a first test of its planetary defense efforts, NASA's going to shove an asteroid

NASA is about to launch an unprecedented mission to knock an asteroid slightly off course.

In the first real-world test of a technique that could someday be used to protect Earth from a threatening space rock, a spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Tuesday at 10:20 p.m. PST.

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As the GOP eyes Virginia swing district, is the Biden agenda enough for Democrats?

At a busy pub in Midlothian, Virginia, a group of voters are gathered at long wooden tables, ordering burgers and pimento cheese fries and talking about the Democrats' legislative agenda.

"I think universal pre-K is a good idea," said Lindsay Sherrard, a local physician.

"The [child] tax credit is fantastic," added Yael Levin, who works on education issues. "I love the tax credit because that gives the choice back to people."

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Why people with mental illness are at higher risk of COVID

Even before the federal government's recent decision last week to authorize COVID-19 boosters all adults, it had already recommended them in October for people with certain high-risk conditions. Along with with illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, that list included mental health conditions.


80 people stormed a California Nordstrom store and stole merchandise

About 80 people rushed into a Nordstrom store near San Francisco on Saturday and stole merchandise in what authorities called an "organized theft."

Police in Walnut Creek said Sunday that they arrested three people in connection with the incident at the luxury department store, including one person allegedly in possession of a gun.

"The remaining participants in this criminal mob fled from the area in cars at high speeds," officials added.


In a video call, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai told Olympics officials she's safe

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who has been missing from public view, told Olympic leaders Sunday that all is well. Questions surrounding the athlete's wellbeing­­ — and whereabouts — in recent weeks became another point of political tension between the U.S. and China over human rights concerns.


5 people are dead and 40 injured after a driver speeds through a Wisconsin parade

Updated November 22, 2021 at 1:21 AM ET

A holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., turned to horror after a driver in a red SUV tore through the crowd Sunday evening. The city stated that five people have been confirmed dead and more than 40 people were injured after the SUV collided with parade marchers.

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Tiger Woods shows off his golf swing in new video following February car crash

Golf icon Tiger Woods seems to be on the mend following a car crash earlier this year that left him injured.

Woods posted a short video of himself on Twitter Sunday morning that shows him practicing his swing. He wore what appears to be a compression sleeve on his right leg.

"Making progress," he captioned the post.

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COVID in the U.S. update: Disney's vaccine mandate, boosters, a startling death toll

The U.S. is approaching its second Thanksgiving in the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases are rising again.

The CDC reported that, as of Thursday, the seven-day daily average of new infections was 88,482, a 16.1% jump over the prior week.

Public health experts say families that are fully vaccinated can enjoy a normal Thanksgiving together, and they're urging those who have not yet gotten the shot to do so.

Here are some other coronavirus updates: