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How Every State in America Got Its Name
Native American words, honoring royals, or homesick settlers—check out the crazy origins of every American state's name.



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NewsweekNov 25, 2020
China's President Xi Congratulates Joe Biden on Election Win
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan also congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency said.

Biden Team Hides Secret Job Advert in Source Code of Presidential Transition Website (Newsweek)
What Barack Obama Said About Donald Trump, Joe Biden in Frank 'Colbert' Interview (Newsweek)

NPR Topics: NewsNov 25, 2020
As COVID-19 Vaccine Nears, Employers Consider Making It Mandatory
With promising news out of COVID-19 vaccine trials, the question now is how many people will get the vaccine? And can or will employers require their workers to get vaccinated?

Coronavirus latest: YouTube suspends rightwing news channel OANN over Covid-19 misinformation (FT.com - Europe)

NewsweekNov 25, 2020
How Prince Harry Told Royal Family About Meghan Markle's Miscarriage
Prince Harry told the royal family about Meghan Markle's miscarriage after she lost her second child in July leaving her heart in "shattered pieces."

'An Almost Unbearable Grief': Duchess Of Sussex Reveals She Suffered Miscarriage (NPR Topics: News)

NewsweekNov 25, 2020
As China War Threat Continues, Trump EPA Head Cancels Taiwan Trip
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler was scheduled to visit Taiwan for three days in December in what would have been the fourth high-profile trip to the island since August.

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 25, 2020
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Shares Her Miscarriage Grief
She wrote that she held "an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few."

ABC NewsNov 25, 2020
Iran's president hopes Biden unravels Trump's Iran policies
Iran's president has reiterated his hope that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden would return America's Iran policy to where he left things as vice president four years ago, rejoining Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers

Donald Trump Shares Deep State Conspiracy Article That Says 'We Are at War' (Newsweek)

CNBC World NewsNov 25, 2020
Trump's tariffs could give Biden 'leverage' over China, former White House trade negotiator says
"Whether you love the tariffs or hate the tariffs, they have created leverage for United States," said former top White House trade negotiator Clete Willems.

NewsweekNov 25, 2020
Thanksgiving 2020: All the Best Specials Airing on TV This Year
Thanksgiving 2020 may feel very different thanks to COVID-19, but many of the usual specials like the Macy's parade are still available to watch on TV to bring a sense of normality.

How Californians Are Adapting Thanksgiving (Int'l Herald Tribune)

BBC Front PageNov 25, 2020
Spending review: Rishi Sunak cuts overseas aid budget
The Archbishop of Canterbury calls the chancellor's decision "shameful and wrong".

UK borrowing to hit £394bn as Sunak warns of ‘economic emergency' (FT.com - Europe)

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 25, 2020
U.S. Unemployment Claims Jump for Second Straight Week
It was the latest sign that the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases is threatening to undermine the economic recovery. Here's the latest.

Unemployment Claims Jump For Second Week As Pandemic Rages (NPR Topics: News)

UN WomenNov 25, 2020
Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic
Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors' needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic "new normal" as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

FT.com - Comment & AnalysisNov 25, 2020
Goldman leads Wall Street bulls as markets ride high
Investor sentiment upbeat but some strategists point to reasons for caution

BBC News Front Page | WorldNov 25, 2020
England's Sciver leads Melbourne Stars to Women's Big Bash final
A fine all-round display from England's Nat Sciver helps Melbourne Stars to a place in the Women's Big Bash final with a dominant semi-final victory over Perth Scorchers in Sydney.

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 25, 2020
It's Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)
Excessive screen time can be harmful to our well-being, but we can free ourselves from tech's hooks with goals, rules and boundaries.

NewsweekNov 25, 2020
Watch Meghan Markle's Moving 'Are You OK?' Interview Which Inspired Miscarriage Essay
Meghan Markle asked "are we OK?" in her heartbreaking miscarriage essay—inspired by a TV interview in which she was asked the same question. Here is how she answered.

BBC Front PageNov 25, 2020
Covid Christmas rules: Caution urged over household mixing
The UK's five-day relaxation of rules will throw "fuel on the Covid fire", scientists warn.

CBC Top StoriesNov 25, 2020
Meghan Markle reveals she had a miscarriage in July
The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.

BBC Front PageNov 25, 2020
Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas
Mark Drakeford says restrictions brought in after Christmas should be agreed by the four nations.

NewsweekNov 25, 2020
Biden Treasury Pick Janet Yellen's Past Warnings About Debt Trigger Alarm Among Left-Wing Democrats
The former Fed Chair has a mixed record on fiscal policy, having called for debt-reduction measures that are closer to austerity but also touting the need for "extraordinary fiscal support" in the pandemic.

BBC News Front Page | WorldNov 25, 2020
Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi activist's trial 'moved to terrorism court'
The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, who is on hunger strike, had hoped she would be released.

BBC Front PageNov 25, 2020
Spending review: Chancellor warns of 'lasting' damage to UK economy
Official forecasts warn the UK economy will shrink 11.3% this year due to the impact of the virus.

MSNBC Int'l NewsNov 25, 2020
Biden NSA pick warns against 'war crimes' in Ethiopia in first foray in new job
In one of his first tweets after being named, Sullivan warned about "the risk of violence against civilians, including potential war crimes."

FT.com - EuropeNov 25, 2020
UK grip on European derivatives at risk in fight over post-Brexit rules
Esma says it will not tweak requirements, setting up clash with UK rules from January

NYTimes GlobalNov 25, 2020
Will White Women in Georgia Put Family or Culture War First?
As the crucial swing voting bloc in the state's two pivotal Senate runoffs, they have a clear choice.

CNBC World NewsNov 25, 2020
U.S. stock futures little changed after record day on Wall Street
U.S. stock futures were little changed early Wednesday morning following a banner day for three of the for major market benchmarks.

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 25, 2020
Biden's Cabinet Picks Veer Away From ‘America First' Isolationism
"Diplomacy is back," said President-elect Joe Biden's choice for ambassador to the United Nations. Here's the latest.

CNBC World NewsNov 25, 2020
Britain's borrowing hits peacetime high as Covid fuels economic plunge not seen for 300 years
The British economy is forecast to contract by 11.3% in 2020, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.

FT.com - EuropeNov 25, 2020
US initial jobless claims rise for the second week in a row
Higher-than-expected increase sends worrying signals about labour market as Covid cases surge

BBC Front PageNov 25, 2020
Rishi Sunak: Government set 'to fund priorities of British people'
The chancellor told the Commons that the government can 'set the direction' by funding the 'priorities of British people'.

Spending Review: Key points from Rishi Sunak's statement (BBC Front Page)

CNBC World NewsNov 25, 2020
A Biden administration wants the Iran nuclear deal back. That could be much harder and riskier now
While a Biden administration will likely try to restart talks with Iran, the main obstacle may be whether Iran is willing to negotiate — and at what price.

NYTimes GlobalNov 25, 2020
As Cases Overwhelm the U.S., Officials Give Up on Contact Tracing
Health officials are acknowledging that contact tracing can no longer be expected to contain the virus's spread. Here's the latest.

CBC Top StoriesNov 25, 2020
Au revoir 'America First': Biden team ditches Trump-style nationalism with foreign policy picks
Bye-bye, 'America First'. We now have a good sense of what Joe Biden's administration will look like, what its early moves will be and its attitude toward international affairs. And it's a dramatic shift from the Trump era.

Biden's foreign policy: the return of American exceptionalism (FT.com - Europe)

NPR Topics: NewsNov 24, 2020
Initial Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines Will Go To States Based On Population, Not Risk
Operation Warp Speed is allocating the first batch of 6.4 million COVID vaccines to states, based on population. This circumvents a CDC advisory committee, which proposed allocation based on risk.

BBC News Front Page | WorldNov 24, 2020
US-China trade war: Trump gives one last twist
The US says it will impose tariffs on twist ties, used to seal bread bags and tie up cables.

BBC News Front Page | WorldNov 24, 2020
Coronavirus: French lockdown highlights small business struggles
The online giant has postponed Black Friday in France after pressure from the government.

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 24, 2020
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Takes On a Pandemic
Macy's had to rip up its usual script and plan a new parade with the coronavirus in mind. There will be Rockettes, but don't expect a kickline.

FT.com - EuropeNov 24, 2020
Global stocks rise after Wall Street hits record highs
Asia-Pacific equities buoyed by hopes for smooth transition of presidential power in US

CNBC World NewsNov 24, 2020
Asia-Pacific shares mostly up after Dow surges to a new record; Xiaomi's stock drops despite stellar earnings
Stocks in Asia-Pacific mostly rose in Wednesday trade following a record session on Wall Street.

MSNBC Int'l NewsNov 24, 2020
Paris police clash with protesters after clearing out out migrant camp
French police clashed with demonstrators when they cleared out an illegal migrant camp in the center of Paris. The confrontation came just before France's parliament approved a controversial new security bill that will ban the posting of some images of police and soldiers on social media.

Outcry in France After Police Clear Paris Migrant Camp (Int'l Herald Tribune)

ABC NewsNov 24, 2020
Man pleads guilty in plot to attack White House, Trump Tower
Federal authorities say a South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to a terror charge for plotting to bomb or shoot up sites including the White House and Trump Tower in New York City in attacks inspired by the Islamic State group

BBC Front PageNov 24, 2020
US election: Daily Show comedian Jordan Klepper on Trump and his supporters
Jordan Klepper has become known for his Trump supporter interviews with Trevor Noah.

CNBC World NewsNov 24, 2020
Biden's pick for foreign policy head affirms a push to get allies on board with U.S. policy on China
As names emerge for President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet, the new U.S. administration looks intent on working with allies to negotiate with Beijing.

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 24, 2020
'Chappelle's Show' Off Netflix as Comedian Fights ViacomCBS
The comedian was unhappy that "Chappelle's Show" was licensed to Netflix and HBO Max, saying that he should have been paid.

Int'l Herald TribuneNov 24, 2020
Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis
The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

NPR Headline NewsNov 24, 2020
Latest In Presidential Transition: Trump Makes Comments, Biden Unveils Cabinet Picks
President Trump pardoned turkeys on Tuesday, making his first public comments since acknowledging that the transition is going ahead. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his cabinet picks.

BBC Front PageNov 24, 2020
Ibrahimovic and Bale query Fifa video game name and image rights
Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are consulting their lawyers about the use of their names and images in Fifa video games.

ABC NewsNov 24, 2020
11-year-old arrested after multiple fires set at neighborhood home with people inside
An 11-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly intentionally setting multiple fires at a home in his own neighborhood while people were inside.

BBC News Front Page | WorldNov 24, 2020
Jamal Khashoggi murder: Trial of 20 Saudis in absentia resumes in Turkey
Two ex-aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are among 20 on trial in absentia for the killing.

CBC Top StoriesNov 24, 2020
Canada entering most challenging period of pandemic yet as cases mount: top doctorss

NYT Middle EastNov 24, 2020
Qatar Charges Airport Police After Female Passengers Are Strip-Searched
Officials said they had identified the mother of a baby abandoned at the airport, and were seeking to extradite the women in order to charge her with attempted murder.

CBC Top StoriesNov 22, 2020
Family of jailed Saudi activist implores Canada to call out kingdom's human rights record at G20
The family of Loujain Alhathloul, a graduate of UBC who has been jailed in Saudi Arabia for more than two years, is calling on countries, including Canada, to hold the kingdom to account on its human rights record as it hosts the G20 summit.

MSNBC Int'l NewsNov 21, 2020
Biden faces a race against the clock for U.S. to rejoin Iran nuclear deal
Iran is anxious to get help for its crippled economy, but Biden must decide whether to lift sanctions imposed by Trump since the 2015 deal was signed.

NYT Middle EastOct 30, 2020
Qatar Apologizes for Airport Strip Searches and Pursues Charges
The government called the invasive examinations of women on 10 flights at Doha's airport this month "wholly inconsistent with Qatar's culture and values."
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