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WNBA team Atlanta Dream, co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, is close to being sold, league says

The sale of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream — co-owned by outgoing US Sen. Kelly Loeffler — is close to being finalized, a league spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday. The news of the sale was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Loeffler, who lost to Rev. Raphael Warnock in the historic Georgia senatorial runoff earlier this…

Right-wing extremists and their supporters use Christian website to raise funds

Before Proud Boys member Nick Ochs was arrested and charged in connection with the insurrection at the US Capitol, he raised $300 on the Christian-oriented website GiveSendGo.com to help get him to DC. Following Ochs’ arrest, a supporter turned to GiveSendGo to raise money for his legal defense, a campaign that has garnered nearly $20,000…

Civil rights leaders hope Biden can heal the nation through action

When President-elect Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech Wednesday, civil rights leaders are hoping for more than just promises, but a plan of action for racial healing. Biden will be entering the presidency at a time when the nation is divided after White rioters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 in their refusal to…

Hiland Dairy recalls batch of chocolate milk, saying it may contain food-grade sanitizers

A batch of chocolate milk has been recalled after it was discovered that some could contain food-grade sanitizers. Hiland Dairy is recalling half-pint, 1% low fat, chocolate milk, sold in small cartons, produced in Norman, Oklahoma, the company said in an announcement. Consuming food-grade sanitizers could cause illness. Affected products were distributed to these areas,…

Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton dead at 75

Hall of Fame baseball player Don Sutton died Monday night at the age of 75, his son tweeted Tuesday. “Saddened to share that my dad passed away in his sleep last night. He worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect…and he took me to work…

11 ways kids can take part in the presidential inauguration

If kids were actually going to school, they’d likely be watching Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on television and getting a civic lesson or two. But in the pandemic, most of them are learning remotely. What’s a parent to do? Here are some fun and educational ways to get your kids involved in this…

For the first time in NFL history, a woman will officiate at the Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas already made history when she was named the first permanent female NFL official in 2015, and became the first female to officiate an NFL playoff game in 2019. Now, she’s about to take her accomplishments up a notch. Thomas has been selected to be part of the officiating crew for Super Bowl LV…

NBA star Kyrie Irving bought George Floyd’s family a house

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving bought a house for the family of George Floyd, who died last year at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was a close friend of Floyd’s, discussed the gift and the outpouring of support for Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, on “The Rematch”…

College Board will no longer offer SAT’s optional essay and subject tests

The SAT’s optional essay and subject tests have been nixed by the College Board, the latest step away from standardized testing in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. “As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them. We’re making…

Boston-based political scientist accused of acting as an unregistered agent of Iran

A Boston-based political scientist and author has been arrested and charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Iranian government. Federal prosecutors said Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, 63, was to make an initial appearance in US District Court in Massachusetts Tuesday after his arrest one day earlier at his home in Watertown on charges…

US accuses China of ‘genocide’ of Uyghurs and minority groups in Xinjiang

The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority groups who live in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. “This genocide is ongoing, and…we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said…

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