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Coronavirus live updates: Ex-CDC head warns of 'bumps in the road' with vaccination
Myriam Borzee/iStock By MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 63.3 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here's how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern: Dec 01, 8:11 pm Number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 nearly 99K in US The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. reached a new high on Tuesday, with 98,691 hospitalizations, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project....
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Florida boater rescued 86 miles off coast: 'I thought, this is it'
Motor vessel Angeles via U.S. Coast Guard BY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS (MIAMI) — The man who was rescued 86 miles off the coast of Florida after his boat capsized didn't think he would make it back to shore alive, the satellite call made after he was found revealed. The search for 62-year-old Florida resident Stuart Bee began once his family alerted the U.S. Coast Guard that he failed to dock at the Port Canaveral Marina after departing Friday evening, saying he only planned to be out for a few hours, according to Coast Guard officials. The news of Bee's...
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Hiker recounts seeing mysterious monolith removed from Utah desert site
Courtesy @TheMeowtainGiraffe via Instagram BY: IVAN PEREIRA AND DRAGANA JOVANOVIC, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — The truth behind the pair of mysterious monoliths is out there, and investigators on two continents are hard at work searching for clues. Now, an eyewitness has shed some light on how the 10- to 12-foot metal beam was removed from the Utah desert last week . Mike Newlands, 38, of Denver, told ABC News that he, his roommate and two other friends decided to drive to the Red Rock desert to see the object, which went viral after it was discovered Nov. 18. The...
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Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico collapses before plans to demolish
RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images By CRISTINA CORUJO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Scientists, students and Puerto Ricans are among those mourning the collapse of the iconic radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The telescope collapsed Tuesday morning after showing signs of extreme weakness. The radio-telescope had already suffered major damages after a cable that helped support the 900-ton platform hanging at 450 feet above the dish broke in August. Weeks later, a second cable gave in, putting the telescope at greater risk. Initial findings show that the top of all three support towers holding the platform ripped, dropping the instrument...
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New York City advises elderly to remain at home as COVID cases grow
Brianna Mancini/iStock BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — New York City officials are advising senior citizens to avoid as much nonessential travel outside of their households as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations jump. The city's Health Department issued an advisory Tuesday that elderly and New Yorkers with underlying health conditions should "limit activities outside the home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.” Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said the coronavirus situation is getting worse and cases are...
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CDC advisers call for 1st COVID-19 vaccines to go to health care workers, long-term care facilities
simon2579/iStock By STEPHANIE EBBS and ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News(ATLANTA) -- A group of independent experts voted Tuesday that health care personnel treating patients -- as well as workers and residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities -- should get the first shots of a COVID-19 vaccine when one is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on vaccines , called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or ACIP, voted Tuesday on who it recommends should receive the initial limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Early in the meeting, Beth Bell,...
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears Bill Cosby's plea to overturn sex assault conviction
Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images BY: AARON KATESKY, ABC NEWS (PHILADELPHIA) — Justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeared open to one part of Bill Cosby's plea to overturn his sex assault conviction but less sympathetic to a second part during oral arguments, held virtually, on Tuesday. Cosby was found guilty in 2018, after a second trial, of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a decision based, in part, on the testimony of five other women -- known as prior bad-act witnesses -- who also accused Cosby of sexual misconduct but whose allegations, the defense argued, should never have been presented to the jury....
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Suspect in string of unprovoked attacks in Massachusetts likely enjoys 'thrill of the assault,' police chief says
Waltham Police Department via Facebook By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward to find the person, or persons, responsible for a string of violent attacks on the streets of Waltham, Massachusetts.At least 10 men have been attacked by a blunt force object since Nov. 10, including a man out for an evening stroll, another who was taking the trash out and a Postal Service worker who was delivering mail, according to the Waltham Police Department.A possible 11th attack on a victim who sustained injuries to the face was called into the anonymous tip line,...
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Mother shot at funeral for teen son killed by Florida sheriff's deputy
vmargineanu/iStock By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(COCOA, Fla.) -- Nursing a bullet wound to her left leg, Quasheda Pierce said she remembers saying her final tearful goodbyes to her 18-year-old son whose casket had just been lowered into his grave at a Florida cemetery when gunfire erupted.The 39-year-old mother, whose son, Sincere Pierce, was shot to death in November by a Brevard County Sheriff's deputy, told ABC News that she recalls the burning in her leg and falling to the graveyard grass in disbelief at the chaos taking place at her child's burial service."I really don't know what happened. I was...
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Forest management could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by billions of tons a year: Study
subinpumsom/iStock By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Forest management, when implemented correctly, can not only reduce the number of devastating wildfires that rage every year but also the billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions that result from them as well, researchers have determined.The mitigation potential for avoiding deforestation, implementing forest management activities, increasing harvest rotations and reforestation and afforestation could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 6.6 billion tons a year by 2055, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature.The avoidance of deforestation in the tropics would have the largest impact, which could account for up...
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Cold blast all the way to the Gulf Coast, snow continues for Eastern Lakes
ABC News By MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major storm system moving through the Eastern U.S. is bringing damaging and dangerous weather from Ohio to Maine and down to Florida.There were four reported tornadoes in Florida and 19 severe damaging storm reports from Maryland to New Jersey.Winds gusted to 105 mph as an EF-1 tornado moved through Florida’s panhandle north of Tallahassee and produced damage.A tornado was also reported north of the Tampa Bay area with some damage reported there as well.In the Northeast, winds gusted 60 to 89 mph from Maryland to Maine with damage reported and...
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Giving Tuesday: Teen donates 'snack packs' to food pantries and more kids giving back
Danita Platt By RENI CALISTER and DANIELLE GENET, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Fifteen-year-old Michael Platt has been hard at work during the pandemic, donating thousands of “snack packs” -- healthy, shelf-stable items -- to local food pantries to help other kids in need. “Kids are no longer in school. So they are not getting the two meals that they would have gotten from school,” Platt told ABC News' Good Morning America. “I definitely have been upping my Snack Pack giveaways, and very important what we’re doing, and very important what the food pantries are doing.” Michael has been passionate...
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