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Author Alice Sebold speaks at the Sunday Book and Author Breakfast at BookExpo America in New York on June 3, 2007. Sebold apologized Tuesday to Anthony Broadwater, 61, the man who was exonerated last week in the 1981 rape that was the basis for her memoir "Lucky." She said she was struggling with the role she unwittingly played "within a system that sent an innocent man to jail." (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Author Alice Sebold apologizes to man cleared in 1981 rape

- Associated Press

Author Alice Sebold apologized Tuesday to the man who was exonerated last week in the 1981 rape that was the basis for her memoir “Lucky” and said she was struggling with the role she played “within a system that sent an innocent man to jail.”

In this April 26, 2018, file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs the courthouse after he was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Lilli Bernard, a prominent Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, N.J. Bernard's lawsuit comes just before the state's two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Bill Cosby prosecutors take case to Supreme Court

- Associated Press

Prosecutors asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction, arguing in a petition Monday that a decision announced in a press release does not give a defendant lifetime immunity.

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Abortion rights advocates demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Outside Supreme Court, crowd amplifies abortion arguments

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Hundreds of abortion debate partisans crowded the plaza in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, intermingling and trading chants as justices heard the highly anticipated arguments inside.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the opening of a Broadway COVID-19 vaccination site in Times Square, April 12, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Hundreds of NYC jailers face suspension over vaccine mandate

- Associated Press

New York City's troubled jail system is facing more turmoil: the suspension of potentially hundreds of corrections officers for failing to meet a Tuesday night deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

FILE - The Christmas tree of the closed Christmas market is reflected in a puddle in Innsbruck, Austria, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. As countries shut their doors to foreign tourists or reimpose restrictions because of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, tourism that was just finding it's footing again could face another major pandemic slowdown amid the uncertainty about the new strain. (Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

- Associated Press

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant.

FILE - A migrants makeshift camp is set up in Calais, northern France, on Nov. 27, 2021. The U.N. migration agency says the coronavirus pandemic has “radically altered” mobility around the world, projecting in a new report that the growth in the number of international migrants is likely to remain weaker as long as travel and other restrictions remain. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

UN migration agency: COVID has 'radically altered' mobility

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The U.N. migration agency says the coronavirus pandemic appears to have accelerated "hostile rhetoric" against migrants in the world and "radically altered" mobility, projecting in a new report that travel and other COVID-19-fighting restrictions could dampen migration worldwide as long as they remain.

A medical worker of Tokyo Medical Center receives a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan has started administering the booster shots to health care workers on Wednesday. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights

- Associated Press

Japan continued its aggressive stance against a new coronavirus variant on Wednesday, asking international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in the country until the end of December in a further tightening of already strict border controls.

In this Dec. 8, 2018 file photo, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attends the 12th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Cuomo appeared to offer advice on a statement by his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, addressing allegations of sexual harassment, according to a report issued on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. The CNN prime-time personality testified to investigators looking into his older brother’s behavior. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely

- Associated Press

CNN said Tuesday it was suspending anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely after details emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he faced charges of sexual harassment.

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Omicron variant spooks Wall Street; Dow takes a tumble

- The Washington Times

Financial markets reeled Tuesday after vaccine-maker Moderna predicted the omicron variant would inflict a "material drop" in their COVID-19 shots' power and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the viral strain could produce "downside" risks to in-person work and supply chains.