"I see this as an incredibly difficult decision with many more questions than answers," said panel chair Dr. Lindsey Baden of Harvard Medical School, who voted in favor of the drug. He said FDA would have to carefully tailor the drug's use for patients who stand to benefit most.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The suburban Minneapolis police officer who shot Daunte Wright will testify at her trial, her attorney said Tuesday as jury selection began with potential panelists questioned closely about their attitudes on policing, protests and the Black Lives Matter movement.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Ahead of Christmas, a towering wooden screen – once blackened with soot from millions of worshippers' candles – is being restored to its gilded glory in the Church of the Nativity, built at the site where many believe Jesus was born.

The number of vacant teacher positions in South Carolina has increased by 88 percent in the last two school years, and by 50 percent compared to last year, according to a report released by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement.

Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve will consider acting more quickly to dial back its ultra-low-interest rate policies to counter higher inflation, which Powell acknowledged will likely persist well into next year.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments from lawyers for former President Trump and the House committee seeking the records as part of its investigation into the Capitol riot. Trump's attorneys want the court to reverse a federal judge's ruling allowing the National Archives and Records Administration to turn over the records after Biden waived executive privilege.

Economic powerhouses Japan and France reported their first cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicated the mutant coronavirus had already slipped into Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm.

Prosecutors asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling that overturned Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, arguing in a petition Monday that a dangerous precedent could be set if press releases are treated as immunity agreements.

Health experts in South Carolina say the rise of the omicron variant, which was deemed a variant of concern by the World Health Organization Nov. 26, is not a reason to panic. Rather, it's a sign for residents to remain vigilant by wearing masks indoors and getting vaccinated against the virus.  

All participants showed a willingness to listen to the positions and "sensibilities" of the new Iranian delegation, Mora said. At the same time, Tehran's team made clear it wanted to engage in "serious work" to bring the accord back to life, he said.

Speaking Monday at the White House, Biden said it was inevitable that the new variant would reach the U.S., but he also said the country has the tools necessary to protect Americans — particularly the approved vaccines and booster shots. When omicron arrives, and it will, Biden said, America will "face this new threat just as we've faced those that have come before it."

The assessment from the U.N. health agency, contained in a technical paper issued to member states, amounted to WHO's strongest, most explicit warning yet about the new version that was first identified days ago by researchers in South Africa.

The fund was established in 1927 by Thomas P. Lesesne, former managing editor of The News and Courier. Since its founding, Good Cheer has raised more than $10 million to feed the hungry, tend to the sick and house those without shelter.

Alex Murdaugh, the once-respected Hampton County lawyer whose family long held great influence in the southern tip of South Carolina, is almost certainly going to prison for stealing millions of dollars from his law partners and clients. But there is still much left to unravel about how Murdaugh made off with the money, where it went and who was victimized, even after state prosecutors slapped the disgraced attorney with 27 new charges earlier this month.

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