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Peng Shuai: WTA remains ‘deeply concerned’ about Chinese tennis star

Peng Shuai: WTA remains ‘deeply concerned’ about Chinese tennis star

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) “remains deeply concerned” that Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai “is not free from censorship or coercion.” In an email statement on Saturday, the WTA says CEO Steve Simon has attempted to reach out to Peng “via various communication channels,” including two emails “to which it was clear her responses were…READ MORE

Their first Thanksgiving was spent with neighbors they just met. Here’s how it happened

Their first Thanksgiving was spent with neighbors they just met. Here’s how it happened

With another Thanksgiving crossed off the calendar, our stomachs are full, our fridges are stocked with leftovers and one couple from Colombia is reflecting on their first year celebrating the American holiday. Susana Orrego Villegas and her husband, Edward White, international students living in Brookline, Massachusetts, were able to spend their first Thanksgiving with a…READ MORE

World Chess Championship: Chess is sexy again. But for Magnus Carlsen, it’s business as usual

World Chess Championship: Chess is sexy again. But for Magnus Carlsen, it’s business as usual

The press conference in Dubai ahead of the World Chess Championship is running 30 minutes late. However, that hasn’t quelled the feverish anticipation of the crowd of journalists clambering for a good spot to photograph Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player. He will face off against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi across 14 games for an…READ MORE

Why these students are dreading their 21st birthdays

Why these students are dreading their 21st birthdays

Most college students can’t wait for their 21st birthdays. But Lakshmi Parvathinathan is terrified. It’s the moment when everything she’s worked for could slip away. “All my friends excitedly talk about turning 21 — hitting the bars, all of that…but it’s just something that I dread,” she says. The day she turns 21, Parvathinathan will…READ MORE

3 dead and 4 injured in shooting inside a Nashville apartment, police say

3 dead and 4 injured in shooting inside a Nashville apartment, police say

A shooting inside a Nashville apartment Friday night left three young men dead and four injured, police said. Those injured suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, the Nashville Police Department said in a tweet. Authorities recovered two guns at the scene, and there was no sign of forced entry, police said. No arrests have been made, and…READ MORE

1 person shot at Tacoma Mall in Washington state, authorities say

1 person shot at Tacoma Mall in Washington state, authorities say

One person was shot at the Tacoma Mall in Washington state on Friday night, sending shoppers scrambling for safety, officials said. The Tacoma police department said the victim was taken to a local hospital suffering from serious injuries. “People were fleeing, sheltering in place and the stores went into lockdown,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson…READ MORE

One dead in shooting at entrance to Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego

One dead in shooting at entrance to Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego

One person was shot and killed at the entrance of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego Friday, authorities have confirmed to CNN. Shortly before noon, a vehicle attempted to enter the facility at a checkpoint, according to a base spokesperson in a statement issued late Friday. Guards ordered the car to stop, but…READ MORE

What we know about the Omicron variant
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What we know about the Omicron variant

A new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa has prompted a fresh round of travel restrictions across the world and raised concern about what may be next in the pandemic. The World Health Organization Friday designated the strain, now named Omicron, as a variant of concern and said multiple studies…READ MORE

Stephen Sondheim, master of musical theater, dead at 91
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Stephen Sondheim, master of musical theater, dead at 91

Stephen Sondheim, the renowned composer of “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Gypsy,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and other essential works of musical theater, died early Friday morning, according to Aaron Meier at DKC O&M, the producers of Sondheim’s current production “Company.” He was 91. Sondheim died suddenly, the New York Times reported, citing…READ MORE

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