Lawyer: Jussie Smollett ‘a real victim’ of attack in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett “is a real victim” of a “real crime,” his attorney said as the ex-“Empire” actor’s trial started Monday, rejecting prosecutors’Read More

Alabama inmate who survived execution attempt dies of cancer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate whose lethal injection was halted because medical staff couldn’t find a suitable vein for the execution has diedRead More

New variant cause for ‘concern, not panic,’ Biden tells US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic” Monday and saidRead More

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepping down as CEO

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of the social media platform, the company announced. He will be succeeded by Twitter’s current chiefRead More

Judge changes course, allows video coverage of Potter trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Live video coverage will be allowed in the trial of a former suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of Daunte Wright after the judgeRead More

COVID’s ‘not done with us’: Nations rush to contain omicron

BRUSSELS (AP) — Taking an act-now-ask-questions-later approach, countries around the world slammed their doors shut again to try to keep the new omicron variant atRead More

Iran nuclear talks to resume in Vienna amid muted hopes

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiators gathered in Vienna on Monday to resume talks over reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with hopes of quickRead More

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there’s no middle ground in Wednesday’s showdown over abortion. The justices can either reaffirm the constitutional right toRead More

Matthew McConaughey won’t run for Texas governor in 2022

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Actor Matthew McConaughey isn’t running for Texas governor after months of publicly flirting with the idea of becoming the latest celebrity candidate.Read More

Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year:Read More