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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider a case that could fundamentally transform abortion rights in America by overturning Roe v. Wade and clearing the way for stringent new restrictions on abortion in roughly half the country. "This is the most important Supreme Court case on abortion since Roe in 1973, and I don't think it's particularly close," said Sherif Girgis, Notre Dame law professor and former clerk to Justice Samuel Alito.
Period pain is a fact of life for many women, yet many don't know that what they are experiencing might not be normal. "When it comes to period pain, a lot of people just don't know what they don't know," Dr. Nita Landry, a Los Angeles-based OBGYN, said. In other cases, it may be because their mom or grandmother or aunt told them that painful periods "are just the way it is" for women in the family, according to Landry.
Attorneys delivered opening statements Monday in the much-anticipated criminal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of notorious serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell faces a six-count indictment for allegedly conspiring with and aiding Epstein in his sexual abuse of underage girls between 1994 and 2004. "I want to tell you about a young girl named Jane," Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz told the jury.
The holiday season is in full swing and tree farmers across the country are preparing for the Christmas crowds. At Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Waynesville, North Carolina, customers can cut down their own Christmas tree. Darren Nicholson, who works at the farm, said he is grateful to see people "coming out in record numbers to get the perfect Christmas tree."
Vaccine makers say they are in the midst of testing their shots' effectiveness against the newly discovered omicron coronavirus variant, and they remain optimistic that a new variant-specific vaccine could be produced and rolled out quickly if needed. When asked about the new omicron variant that was first detected in southern Africa, Paul Burton, Moderna's chief medical officer, told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Monday that vaccine manufacturers around the world, including Moderna, "are testing samples from people who have received our vaccines against the strains." Burton said that while the company thinks "vaccine effectiveness may come down, based on the mutation seen in this in this virus," he added that with booster shots of the existing version of the vaccine, "We should be able to get antibody levels up, so that's a very important initial line of defense."
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, said she had an "unproductive" call with Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., on Monday over her anti-Muslim remarks and claimed the Colorado Republican refused to publicly apologize for suggesting she was a terrorist. Instead, Omar claimed in a new statement that Boebert "doubled down on her hurtful and dangerous comments," which led Omar to "end the unproductive call." In a video posted to Twitter last week, Boebert referred to Omar as a member of the "Jihad Squad" and claimed that a Capitol Police officer thought she was a terrorist in an encounter in an elevator on Capitol Hill.
First lady Jill Biden unveiled the White House holiday decorations on Monday and announced her theme for the 2021 season as "Gifts from the Heart," intended to honor those who have persevered through hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. "As we celebrate our first holiday season in the White House, we are inspired by the Americans we have met across the country, time and again reminding us that our differences are precious and our similarities infinite," the first lady and president said.
Officials in New York City have reinstated the city's mask advisory while indoors as the omicron variant continues to spread around the globe. City health officials are "strongly recommending" that all residents wear masks inside public settings such as grocery stores, building lobbies and offices, regardless of vaccination status. "This includes those who are vaccinated and those who have had COVID-19," Dr. Dave Chokshi, commissioner of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told reporters at a news conference Monday.
A British inn and pub officially bid “fond farewell” to 61 guests Monday after a blizzard stranded them for days inside. Located 270 miles north of London, Tan Hill Inn in Yorkshire, England, had arranged an event for an Oasis tribute band on Friday.
The suspect who carried out a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on an early August morning in 2019 had an "enduring fascination with mass violence," the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit concluded in a report released Monday. Just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2019, Connor Betts killed nine people and wounded 27 when he opened fire in downtown Dayton. It was the second mass shooting that weekend, after 23 people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the day before.
Merriam-Webster announced on Monday that "vaccine" was its word of the year for 2021. "The biggest science event of the year quickly became the biggest political debate in our country, and the word at the center of both stories is vaccine," Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, said in a press release. “Vaccine lookups increased 600%, and the story is about much more than medicine,” Sokolowski said in the press release.
Adele has done it again. To no surprise, the British singer's newest album, "30," has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Not only did the "Easy On Me" singer surge to the top, the album's massive success makes it the largest debut week for any album of 2021.
Lindsay Lohan is getting married. The "Mean Girls" alum, 35, announced Sunday that she's engaged to her boyfriend, Bader Shammas. Lohan shared a carousel of pictures to Instagram of them grinning from ear to ear -- and showing off the sparkler on her ring finger.
Japanese car giant Nissan Motor Co. said it plans to invest $17.6 billion to accelerate its electrification plans, as the industry as a whole pivots away from gas-powered autos. Nissan said it will invest 2 trillion Japanese yen over the next five years (just under $17.6 billion) and will launch 23 new electrified models, including 15 new electric vehicles. The company said it is aiming to have a 50% electrification lineup by 2030 as part of its "Nissan Ambition 2030" initiative, which will put electrification at the center of its long-term strategy.
With the COVID-19 omicron variant sending shockwaves around the world, President Joe Biden addressed the nation in his first formal remarks surrounding the new variant on Monday as new travel restrictions to the U.S. took effect. "First, this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic," Biden said from the White House, urging Americans to remain calm. The president announced Friday that starting this week, the U.S. will restrict travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
A "thriving" Temple University student set to graduate this spring has been gunned down near the school's Philadelphia campus. Samuel Collington, a 21-year-old senior, was shot Sunday afternoon, the university said, becoming one of more than 500 people killed in Philadelphia this year. Collington had just parked when he was shot, returning to school following Thanksgiving with his family, reported ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who served under former President Donald Trump until his firing in the wake of the 2020 election, has sued the Department of Defense over redactions they made to his upcoming book. Esper's memoir, set to be released in May of 2022, is expected to chronicle his time in the Trump administration, in which he served first as Secretary of the Army and then as Secretary of Defense until Trump tweeted about his firing on Nov. 9, 2020, following weeks of contention. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Sunday, said that Esper engaged in "extensive coordination" with the Department's Office of Pre-publication and Security Review.
Jack Dorsey is resigning from his role as CEO of Twitter, the social media platform he co-founded in 2006, he announced in a tweet on Monday. "After almost 16 years of having a role at our company...from co-founder to CEO to Chair to Exec Chair to interim-CEO to CEO...I decided its finally time for me to leave," Dorsey wrote. Agrawal has been with Twitter for more than 10 years and has been in his role as CTO since 2017.
A former deputy public guardian in California, at the center of controversy over care and services provided to adults who suffered years of abuse, said she would cooperate with an investigation into the treatment of all 13 Turpin children, after they were rescued from their parents four years ago and placed into the care of the social services systems in Riverside County. "I have no issue submitting any and all necessary proof to the law firm or departments charged with this investigation," Vanessa Espinoza, the deputy public guardian who had been assigned to work with the seven adult Turpin children, wrote in a statement on her Facebook page on Saturday.
More than 16 years after a teenage girl reported to Palm Beach police that she had been sexually molested by a wealthy older man during a massage at his seaside mansion, the allegations surrounding serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged co-conspirators will finally be tested in a court of law. The criminal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and longtime associate, is set to open Monday morning in a Manhattan courthouse that sits in the shadow of the jail where Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial for alleged child sex trafficking in 2019. Federal prosecutors say Maxwell played a "key role" in a multi-state sex trafficking scheme, in which she allegedly "befriended" and later "enticed and groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Epstein” and was also, at times, "present for and involved" in the abuse herself.