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"Cheer" star indicted on new child sex solicitation charges

"Cheer" star Jerry Harris, who is already facing a federal child pornography charge, has been indicted on new charges that allege he solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions and convinced teenage boys to send him obscene photographs and videos of themselves.Harris, 21, has been held in a federal detention facility without bond since he was arrested on child pornography charges in September, and a judge has subsequently suggested that Harris would pose a public danger if released from custody.Harris' attorneys have not yet spoken about the new charges, but an arraignment was scheduled for Friday afternoon.Attorneys for two of Harris' alleged victims, teenage brothers who have sued Harris in Texas, praised authorities on Friday and asked that they continue to "locate victims and take action.""Cheer" was an instant success when it was released in January, and Harris drew fans for his upbeat attitude and his encouraging "mat talk." read more...

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"CBS This Morning" looks back on a historic year with a roundup of all the news that mattered in 2020

"CBS This Morning" looks back on a historic year with a roundup of all the news that mattered in 2020 2020 will be a year we'll always remember, and one that has forever changed our country.The coronavirus claimed the lives of more than 300,000 Americans, businesses closed, and tens of millions of people filed for unemployment.We also elected a new president, and witnessed the growing demand to end racial injustice."CBS This Morning" looks back at the pivotal moments and people that shaped this year. read more...

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"BTS bill," to let pop stars put off military service, sails through South Korean legislature

While an 18-month career interruption may seem insignificant, for South Korea's boybands, the hint is in the name: they're boybands, not manbands.Mandatory military service has doomed some of BTS' recent contemporaries.The band's value to South Korea's image, and its economy, is hard to overstate.That wasn't lost on the lawmakers who voted Tuesday, passing legislation they had unofficially dubbed the "BTS bill."1 hit on the world's biggest music chart, the Billboard Hot 100, back in August brought an estimated 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion) into South Korea's economy. read more...

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"Brilliant" mum-of-two found dead by her heartbroken boyfriend two days after Christmas

Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid EmailA "brilliant" mum-of-two has been found dead by her heartbroken boyfriend just two days after Christmas.Heartbroken mum Vicky said: We dont know how she died yet and we are just waiting on the coroner's report."She has twins who are two-and-a-half-year-old - Hugo and Aliyah - and she was a brilliant mother to them.Silhesha was the best mummy to her twins and she loved Marc with every bone in her body.The JustGiving page has currently raised more than 6,000 of a 7,000 target in just two days of being active. read more...

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"Black Panther" star Letitia Wright faces backlash after posting anti-vax video

British-Guyanese actress Letitia Wright has been scolded by fans after sharing a controversial video Thursday with unsubstantiated claims about the coronavirus vaccine.The actress, who starred alongside the late Chadwick Boseman in the blockbuster film "Black Panther," shared an hourlong YouTube video with her 360,000 Twitter followers.Wright immediately found herself in hot water with her fans, who condemned the star for using her platform to share misinformation."My ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies," she said. Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020Britain has become the first country in the West to approve a COVID-19 vaccine. read more...

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"Believe in science:" EU kicks off COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Lets see if we can all behave and make this virus go away, Hidalgo said after receiving her injection.As it turned out, some EU immunizations began a day early in Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.EU leaders are counting on the vaccine rollout to help the bloc project a sense of unity in a complex lifesaving mission after it faced a year of difficulties in negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain.Among the politicians who got shots Sunday to promote a wider acceptance of vaccinations was Bulgarian Health Minister Kostadin Angelov.The European Medicines Agency on Jan. 6 will consider approving another coronavirus vaccine made by Moderna, which is already being used in the United States. read more...

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"An inherent conflict of interest": State medical boards often fail to discipline doctors who hurt their patients

Doctors are licensed by state medical boards, panels made up almost entirely of fellow physicians, typically selected by the state's governor."State medical boards have the authority to take disciplinary action if the medical practice act is violated," the Federation of State Medical Boards, an umbrella group representing boards across the country, said in a statement to CBS News.It's important to note that not all medical malpractice settlements infer that malpractice occurred."Asked if the medical board is protecting patients or protecting doctors, Bell says, "I would say protecting doctors."The Indiana Medical Board didn't make Board President Dr. John Strobel available for an interview. read more...

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"An honor and a privilege": Two West Point cadets earn Rhodes Scholarships

For West Point Cadets Evan Walker and Tyrese Bender, the road to becoming Rhodes Scholars was paved with hard work and commitment to school, sports, and integrity but that didn't stop them from questioning whether they had actually won the prestigious award."I was in shock," Walker told CBS News.Bender, the second-highest-ranking cadet in the West Point chain of command, is the decorated captain of the track and field team."To represent our families and our sports teams and the academy and the Army internationally, that's an honor and a privilege," Walker said.They are the 95th and 96th West Point Academy cadets to be awarded the scholarship in this year's diverse cohort, and it's the first time since 2014 that two members of the Corps of Cadets received the honor. read more...

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"Alarming" and "extraordinary" rate of change as the Arctic warms, NOAA report says

That's according to an international team of 133 researchers from over a dozen countries who contributed to the 15th annual NOAA Arctic Report Card, released on Tuesday.In the a video accompanying the report, NOAA says there have been "alarming rates of change observed" since the 2006 Arctic Report Card, and adds, "the rate of change has been extraordinary."That was part of a several months long heat event which climate scientists said was made 600 times more likely by human-caused climate change.NOAAThe cause of the rapid warming is straightforward and well understood: It is human-caused climate change.Since 1981, June Arctic snow cover extent is decreasing at a rate of 15% per decade. read more...

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"48 Hours" investigates college freshman's disappearance after podcast brings more attention to case

"48 Hours" investigates college freshman's disappearance after podcast brings more attention to case A popular podcast has heated up a case about a college freshman that vanished after attending a party at California Polytechnic State University in 1996.Police have had a prime suspect since the beginning, but no one has been charged with her disappearance.Jonathan Vigliotti reports for "48 Hours." read more...

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