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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Kaavan, dubbed the "world's loneliest elephant" after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo, was readied Sunday for his flight to a sanctuary in Cambodia and the much-needed company of other elephants.

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LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. He was 85.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed two teens at a Northern California mall in the midst of Black Friday, sending shoppers running for safety, authorities said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attempt to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to divvy up congressional seats is headed for a post-Thanksgiving Supreme Court showdown.

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The following restaurant ratings and critical items were reported Nov. 9–20 by the Limestone County Department of Health:

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Thanksgiving is a holiday where people are encouraged to take a moment and reflect on the things for which they are thankful. For Janice Williams, one of the things she is thankful for is being able to help out those less fortunate than herself.

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Editor’s note: This is the third installment of Q&As with the eight teachers who have been chosen by Athens City Schools as teachers of the year. Future installments will tentatively appear in Saturday and Wednesday editions of The News Courier.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States, what had been a record-low unemployment rate in Alabama jumped up into the teens. The latest unemployment figures for October, 3.7% in Limestone County, show the economy has vastly improved since then, but many people remain out of work.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At the Bibb Correctional Facility in Alabama, the old prison chapel has been turned into a quarantine zone. The sound of coughing is constant. And some people appear afraid to enter the room.

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — St. Michael's College managed to keep coronavirus cases at bay for almost two months this fall with students tested upon arrival and once every three weeks.

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Attorneys for the state of Alabama have recommended a former Limestone County judge be sentenced to 15 years and one day for two of the counts to which he pleaded guilty, as well as two years for a third count, records show.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a small beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

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LIBOURNE, France (AP) — Jim, from Taiwan, slipped a face mask inside the greeting card he sent to Santa and marked “I (heart) u." Alina, 5, asked in her Santa letter written with an adult's help that he please use the front door when he drops in, because the back door is reserved for Grandma…

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama hospitals are bracing for a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases since infections were already rising before Thanksgiving gatherings, hospital officials said.

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The Dimmer Twins, consisting of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, are bringing their country and rock sound to the Princess Theatre stage. The show is set for Friday, Jan. 8, prior to the Festival of Cranes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday announced that Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, an Alabama native with a lengthy Washington D.C. resume, will serve as his chief of staff.

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Pet stores often carry an overwhelming number of dog chew options, from rawhides and antlers to rubber toys and ropes. With so many choices, how do you know which is the best for your dog?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5% last month, the weakest rise since April, when the pandemic first erupted, and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening the economy.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Andy Larsen is a sports writer, but with so many games scratched during the pandemic he has spent a lot of time digging into coronavirus data and its sobering implications.

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Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways for Thanksgiving, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — A coalition of social justice groups criticized Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s social media posts Tuesday, including a since-deleted retweet that mentioned a “war on whites.”

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With tens of thousands of travelers driving through Alabama during this Thanksgiving week, troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are ramping up their plans to keep roadways safe for everyone and to ensure all motorists arrive alive.

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Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Q&As with the eight teachers who have been chosen by Athens City Schools as teachers of the year. Future installments will tentatively appear in Saturday and Wednesday editions of The News Courier.

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Foot traffic on Elm Street has been an issue in Athens for some time. Many pedestrians like to traverse the area, either going to a local convenience store or crossing the highway to the Athens Sportsplex.

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Who do you call when you have a question about a civil lawsuit, are curious about the history of downtown Athens or need someone to ask Santa Claus to appear at an upcoming event? That's right, Shane Black, Athens' city attorney.

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To those seeking to get a jump-start on holiday giving, get a photo of their pet or child with Santa, or simply get a chance to see critters in Christmas costumes, the Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter might have just the thing.

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Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Q&As with the eight teachers who have been chosen by Athens City Schools as teachers of the year. Future installments will tentatively appear in Saturday and Wednesday editions of The News Courier.

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Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths but also angering critics who want to see individuals held accountable, in addition to the company.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin.

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Students attending Calhoun Community College now have a chance at free classes during the spring semester, thanks to a new "buy one, get one" scholarship announced this month.

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Once word got out that Athens-Limestone Hospital was in need of a way to better support families grieving an infant loss, it took less than a month for the community to not just raise the funds but surpass the goal by thousands of dollars.

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For the safety of travelers and road construction and maintenance workers, the Alabama Department of Transportation will have no temporary lane closures on interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday from noon Wednesday, Nov. 25, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in early trading Monday after investors received several pieces of encouraging news on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, tempering concerns over rising virus cases and business restrictions.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jury duty notices have set Nicholas Philbrook's home on edge with worries about him contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his father-in-law, a cancer survivor with diabetes in his mid-70s who is at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19.

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CUBA, N.M. (AP) — The midday arrival of a school bus at Cyliss Castillo's home on the remote edge of a mesa breaks up the long days of boredom and isolation for the high school senior.

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