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'5m public sector workers face pay freeze' to plug Covid-19 budget black hole

At the time, he warned public sector pay would need to keep "parity" with private sector wages - which were feared to have tumbled in the pandemic.Some businesses are folding under the strain, public finances have been decimated, while the public sector has escaped relatively unscathed.(Image: Getty Images)Healthcare workers aside, it is difficult to justify generous pay rises in the public sector when private sector wages are actually falling.But National Education Union joint general secretary Kevin Courtney said a public sector pay freeze is the very last thing the economy needs as it tries to recover.However, it should not be public sector workers who have been on the frontline, keeping essential services running and protecting the public to be the ones to suffer as a consequence. read more...

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'100 percent dead': Court ruling could torpedo some lawsuits challenging Trump's loss

The dismissals came in advance of Tuesday's scheduled oral arguments in a federal lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania.On Sunday, attorneys for the campaign narrowed their legal arguments in that case to avoid running afoul of the appeals court ruling.Some election law and constitutional law experts predict that case, too, is in trouble.Trumps legal path to overturn the election results appears 100 percent dead, Richard Hasen, an election and campaign law expert at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law wrote on his Election Law Blog on Monday.The Trump campaign asked U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann to delay Tuesday's hearing. read more...

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$10,000 coronavirus masks offer big-ticket protection

The U.S. has averaged 173,766 cases of the coronavirus per day the last seven days, up from an average 87,340 cases per day four weeks ago.The weekly data was released one day early by the Department of Labor, in view of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.J.B. Pritzkers office and the states Department of Veterans Affairs are attempting to determine what caused the outbreak at the state-run LaSalle Veterans Home.WHO noted that Africa reported the highest increase in new cases and deaths, driven by South Africa, Algeria and Kenya.Myanmar reported a 74% jump in cases last week, with more than 11,000 new cases and a 36% increase in deaths, at 188. read more...

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"You can't kill me": Champion boxer fights back after being shot, stabbed by husband

While doctors worked to save Christy's life, Jim Martin disappeared."There is not convincing evidence in this case, beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Martin intended to kill Christy," he says.They believe Jim was the heavyweight in the marriage and that he turned a champion boxer into an abused wife.Barra and Vescio say they fully expected Jim Martin to plead not guilty by reason of self-defense.At the time of the attack, Jim Martin was 66 years old and had recently had heart surgery. read more...

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"Yorkshire Ripper" serial killer Peter Sutcliffe dies in U.K. after COVID-19 diagnosis

The British serial killer known as the "Yorkshire Ripper," a man who instilled terror and fear across northern England in the 1970s, died Friday at a hospital there./ APPeter Sutcliffe, a former grave digger, was serving concurrent life sentences for killing 13 women in Yorkshire and northwest England between 1975 and 1980.Pyne / APDuring his trial, even Sutcliffe expressed surprise that he was able to carry on for so long.But her testimony was discounted by police, who thought she was not a Ripper victim because she was not a prostitute, as were some of his other victims.A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Frankland prisoner Peter Coonan (born Sutcliffe) died in hospital on November 13. read more...

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"Wipeout" contestant dies after completing obstacle course

A contestant on "Wipeout" has died after completing the game show's obstacle course, authorities and sources close to the production said Friday.The cause of death has not been released, and the man's name is being withheld until relatives can be notified.Get Breaking News Delivered to Your InboxTwo people close to the production said the man had completed the course on the show's set in Santa Clarita, California, when he needed medical attention.The show stopped production Thursday and Friday and has a planned week off next week, they said.Endemol Shine released a statement saying, "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time." read more...

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"We just keep going": Relief group provides Thanksgiving meals to hurricane victims in Louisiana

Despite the difficult year, the disaster relief group Mercy Chefs is returning to the city where the hurricane made landfall, Lake Charles, to hand out meals for Thanksgiving.Volunteers with Mercy Chefs preparing meals.They helped a church in Conklin, New York, serve food to residents after a flash flood caused significant damage to the city.Gary LeBlanc Ann LeBlanc/Mercy ChefsThis week, Mercy Chefs is returning to Lake Charles to distribute Thanksgiving meals to the community and the surrounding area."We made the commitment earlier this year, we said, as long as the storms keep coming, Mercy Chef's is going to keep going." read more...

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"They took her soul": Army did "nothing" for soldier who reported sexual assault, mom says

Fifteen years ago, the Department of Defense established a program to combat sexual assault and rape in the ranks.Over the course of the investigation, CBS News spoke with nearly two dozen survivors of sexual assault, whistleblowers who worked for the military's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program and families of suicide victims who say the military grossly mishandled reports of sexual assault.Nothing happened in Kuwait with the sexual assault and the harassment, so why would they do something, you know, in Afghanistan?"In April 2018, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis said there was zero tolerance for sexual assault.At the time, a principal policy advisor to the military's sexual assault program reaffirmed the Pentagon's commitment to hold itself accountable. read more...

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"Take action" or face a grim future, warns climate scientist after a year locked in Arctic ice

Johannesburg, South Africa A massive ship called the RV Polarstern spent 389 days drifting slowly across the Arctic, trapped in ice.Scientists haul a sample of ice from the Arctic Ocean as part of research into the effects of climate change on the sensitive region as their vessel, the RV Polarstern, waits behind them.And the loss of this ice, both in the north and the south, is causing major changes to the way the climate functions."Researcher Dr. Alison Fong peers through the Arctic Sea ice during a year-long mission aboard the RV Polarstern to evaluate the impact of climate change on the Arctic.She believes that it will take different choices on that scale, at the national and international level, to help halt the damage to our warming world. read more...

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"Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome": COVID "long-haulers" suffering symptoms months after initial diagnosis

"Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome": COVID "long-haulers" suffering symptoms months after initial diagnosis Doctors are still searching for answers to why a portion of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 are still suffering symptoms months later.Anderson Cooper reports. read more...

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