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Prince William deplores his godmother's racial comments

LONDON — Prince William's office said "racism has no place in our society" as he sought to prevent the backlash over his godmother's treatment of a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse from overshadowing his trip to the United States.

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Today's interactive Google Doodle honors Jerry Lawson, a pioneer of modern gaming

Anyone who goes online Thursday (and that includes you, if you're reading this) can stop by the Google homepage for a special treat: A set of create-your-own video games inspired by the man who helped make interactive gaming possible.

Gerald "Jerry" Lawson, who died in 2011, would have turned 82 on Dec. 1. He led the team that developed the first home video gaming system with interchangeable cartridges, paving the way for future systems like Atari and Super Nintendo.


3 tribes dealing with the toll of climate change get $75 million to relocate

Three Tribal communities in Alaska and Washington that have been severely impacted by the effects of climate change on their homes are getting $75 million from the Biden administration to help relocate to higher ground.


Almost $80 million is spent on TV ads for Georgia's 4-week Senate runoff

There has been a rush of spending on TV ads for the pivotal Georgia U.S. Senate runoff, which is just a shortened four-week campaign.

In that period, some $79 million has been poured in to buy airtime. And spending by groups supporting Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock has more than doubled contributions from groups backing Republican challenger Herschel Walker, according to data from the ad-tracking firm AdImpact and analyzed by NPR.

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How to address antisemitic rhetoric when you encounter it

Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, set off a chain reaction of condemnations from companies, brands and the public after he made antisemitic remarks earlier this year. Now, political leaders are joining the criticism after former President Donald Trump dined with Ye and Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier also known for his antisemitic positions and language.

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School principals say culture wars made last year 'rough as hell'

"Rough as hell."

That's how one high school principal in Nevada describes the 2021-'22 school year, when conflicts with parents and community members were all too common.

"Something needs to change or else we will all quit," says another principal, in California.

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Alabama coal miners begin their 20th month on strike

Hundreds of coal miners in Brookwood, Ala., reached a milestone Thursday: They've spent 20 months on strike.

That's well past the six-week average for strikes, according to Bloomberg Law. The miners believe it's the longest strike in Alabama's history.

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Medical bills remain inaccessible for many visually impaired Americans

A Missouri man who is deaf and blind said a medical bill he didn't know existed was sent to debt collections, triggering an 11% rise in his home insurance premiums.

In a different case, from California, an insurer has suspended a blind woman's coverage every year since 2010 after mailing printed "verification of benefits" forms to her home that she cannot read, she said. The problems continued even after she got a lawyer involved.


Biden and Macron will hold a joint press conference as part of a state visit

Updated December 1, 2022 at 9:30 AM ET

President Biden will host a joint press conference with Emmanuel Macron on Thursday as a part of the French president's three-day state visit.

The joint press conference is set to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET. Watch it live:


The Royal Mint unveils a Rolling Stones coin to mark the band's 60-year anniversary

LONDON — They want money — that's what they want, that's what they want. Well, now the Rolling Stones can say they're also ON money, the face of a new collectible coin issued by Britain's Royal Mint to celebrate the band's 60th anniversary.