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Resolved cold cases raise questions of genetic privacy

Credit: Pixabay / CC0 Public Domain On October 15, Toronto police announced that they had finally solved the murder of Christine Jessop in 1984 using DNA evidence and genetic genealogy sites. Identifying Calvin Hoover as Jessop’s killer has provided tremendous relief for the family and those close to the case, and especially for Guy Paul Morin, who was wrongfully convicted …

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Four years later, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer willpower and unsurpassed knowledge of the art of commerce. He has ticked off some things on his to-do list. Trump pushed through the most significant overhaul of the U.S. …

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Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Wilton Gregory along with 12 others

The move was widely anticipated as Washington archbishops are typically named as cardinals after their appointments. But it is nonetheless symbolic of significance in the American Catholic Church, where blacks have been under-represented among the leadership. Gregory was appointed Archbishop of Washington last year and took over from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who had been accused of abusing priests. Gregory, 72, …

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New U.S. virus cases are at 83,700 for the second day in a row

BALTIMORE – A day after the United States set a daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus infections, it came very close to doing it again. Data released by Johns Hopkins University shows that 83,718 new cases in the United States were reported on Saturday, almost equivalent to the 83,757 infections reported on Friday. Prior to that, most cases reported in …

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Covid: Wales’ rules for lockdown supermarket to be reviewed – BBC News

Covid: Wales’ rules on supermarket closures need to be reviewed by BBC News No escape from Wales: British police to enforce travel ban The Associated Press Wales: The corridors in the supermarket are closed when locking with ‘fire’ starts Guardian News Is a pumpkin an important element of the Welsh Covid fire? The Guardian Wales imposes ‘Firebreak Lockdown’ as Coronavirus …

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Jewish students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign face ‘anti-Semitic harassment’, the complaint says

Jewish students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have endured “a relentless campaign of anti-Semitic harassment,” according to a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. These students and others who support Israel “have been exposed to an alarming rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism over the past five years,” according to a statement issued …

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As Pompeo campaigns against China, a growing welcome in India

When the United States tried to seal a defense agreement seven years ago with the Maldives, a widespread and strategic archipelago, its plans were quietly torpedoed by a friend – India, who considers the Indian Ocean as its sphere of influence. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting the Maldives this week after top-level talks in India – which …

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Europe is moving to protect nature, but faces criticism over subsidizing farms

On Friday, the European Union Environment Council approved the proposal of the President of the European Union to create protected areas for 30 percent of the continent’s soil and water by 2030, together with legally binding measures to tighten forest protection. But Europe’s governing body was also criticized by environmental and climate scientists for failing to curb agricultural subsidies that …

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Mark Esper awaits the end of Trump’s term

WASHINGTON – Throughout the Pentagon’s long corridors, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper is widely seen as a dead man walking. There is widespread agreement that if President Trump defies the polls and wins re-election, the president has downplayed his defense secretary, referring to him as “Yesper” and mocking him both publicly and privately that a new defense secretary would …

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