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Victims and prosecutors see Ghislaine Maxwell as 'center' of Epstein's scheme ahead of trial

“This is a ring that ensnared dozens and dozens and dozens of girls. And Maxwell was an integral player,” one civil attorney said.
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Patrick McMullan Archives

Dow closes down more than 900 points as new Covid variant sparks market sell-off

The downward moves came after officials on Thursday warned of a new Covid-19 variant that’s been detected in South Africa.
Stock Indexes Remain At Near Record Highs, As Inflation Continues To Rise Sharply
Stock Indexes Remain At Near Record Highs, As Inflation Continues To Rise Sharply

Stores kick off Black Friday but pandemic concerns linger

The fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers’ minds.
Black Friday shoppers wearing face masks wait in line to enter a store at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.
Black Friday shoppers wearing face masks wait in line to enter a store at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.

Map: See if the CDC recommends indoor mask use in your county

Nationwide, nearly 9 out of 10 counties are included in the indoor mask guidance.
Image: CDC Mask recommendations
Image: CDC Mask recommendations

Tracking coronavirus case surges in the United States

New coronavirus cases are rising across the country. Not all upticks are the same.

Covid-19 cases are falling around the country. See where case counts are falling the most.

NBC News is following Covid-19 case numbers in states and territories in the United States. The data will be updated daily.

'Put an end to this madness': Retailers ramp up security after wave of robberies

“We will do what we need to do to put an end to this madness,” San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said after several high-end retailers were targeted in a wave of robberies.
Image: Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco
Image: Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco

CDC warns about rising flu cases in kids, young adults

Flu activity is still low in the U.S., but more than 90 percent of cases have been among children and young people ages 5 to 24.
A health worker administers a flu vaccine in San Fernando, Calif., on Nov. 24, 2020.
A health worker administers a flu vaccine in San Fernando, Calif., on Nov. 24, 2020.
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Donors raise more than $950,000 to help Missouri man wrongfully convicted in 1979

Kevin Strickland isn't eligible for compensation from Missouri because the state only allows wrongful imprisonment payments to people exonerated through DNA evidence.
Kevin Strickland answers questions during an evidentiary hearing regarding his innocence on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Mo.
Kevin Strickland answers questions during an evidentiary hearing regarding his innocence on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Mo.

Why juries reacted differently to Rittenhouse's and McMichael's defenses, experts say

“Rarely have I seen a defendant who’s put on the stand by his defense team really perform so poorly,” a former federal prosecutor said.
Image: Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand, in Brunswick, Ga., on Nov. 17, 2021.
Image: Travis McMichael speaks from the witness stand, in Brunswick, Ga., on Nov. 17, 2021.