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LIVE: Supreme Court weighs Trump bid in census case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Supreme Court on Monday is set to take up President Donald Trump's unprecedented effort to exclude immigrants living in the country illegally from the population totals used to divvy up congressional seats.

The challengers to Trump's July directive include various states led by New York, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. They have argued that the Republican president's move could leave several million people uncounted and cause California, Texas and New Jersey to lose House seats, which are based on a state's population count in the decennial census.

The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority including three justices appointed by Trump, is scheduled to hear an 80-minute oral argument by teleconference... Read More

Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the pandemic, which has been on the upswing in the U.S. and Europe. U.S. hospitals have been stretched to the limit as the nation has seen more than 160,000 new cases per day and more than 1,400 daily deaths. Since first emerging nearly a year ago in China, the virus has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide.

Moderna is just behind Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in seeking to begin vaccinations in the U.S. in December. Across the Atlantic, British regulators also are assessing the Pfizer shot and another from AstraZeneca... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Jehovah's Witnesses contact government officials, businesses with message of hope

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Beginning Nov. 1, more than 8.6 million Jehovah's Witnesses in 240 lands began participating in a campaign to distribute a special edition of the Watchtower magazine entitled "What is God's Kingdom?"

Jehovah's Witnesses used alternative methods to reach federal, state, and local government officials, school district leaders, and local businesses with their Bible-based message. Methods included sending personalized handwritten or printed letters, making phone calls, and sending a website link to the digital magazine electronically by email or text message... Read More

Local businesswoman shares impact Tony Hsieh made in her life

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While many are looking for answers as to what happened leading up to the death of Tony Hsieh, one Las Vegas businesswoman who owns “See Us Now Staffing” shared how he personally impacted her life.  

 “I literally was sitting with Tony Hsieh talking to him because I went to where he was speaking at downtown and then he got me an appointment with his partners for me to go look at some shared space that they had,” said Laura Nowlan. 

Nowlan described Hsieh as down to earth, friendly and willing to help as she was starting out in her business ventures. 

 “You know, he touched my heart in the sense where he taught me about culture,” Nowlan said. “How do you want to be known to the people you work with and to people that work for you? That's what I mean by culture.”  

She knows that Hsieh had an impact on so many and that he will be greatly missed.  ... Read More

Merriam-Webster's top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be?

Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year.

“That probably isn't a big shock,” Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, told The Associated Press.

“Often the big news story has a technical word that's associated with it and in this case, the word pandemic is not just technical but has become general. It's probably the word by which we'll refer to this period in the future,” he said.

The word took on urgent specificity in March, when the coronavirus crisis was designated a pandemic, but it started to trend up on Merriam-Webster.com as early January and again in February when the first U.S. deaths and outbreaks on cruise ships occurred... Read More

BLM confirms 'monolith' was removed, say visitors left behind human waste

SALT LAKE CITY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) visited the site where an illegally installed "monolith" had previously been discovered to confirm that an unknown party removed the structure sometime on the evening of Friday, Nov. 27.

Mysterious Utah Monolith disappears

The BLM stated they did not remove the structure which was discovered on public lands on November 18.

Despite their attempts to keep visitors from locating the monolith, over the course of Thanksgiving week, the BLM said a relatively large number of people still showed up to the site, which has not been developed for heavy visitation... Read More

Las Vegas Valley businesses gear up for Cyber Monday sales

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Cyber Monday is tomorrow! It's one of the busiest days for online sales and some businesses plan to cash in by offering some deals. 

Some businesses already posted their cyber deals, some even last the entire week. 

But one company plans to participate for the first time tomorrow. 

 "We've never done this before," said Juanny Romero CEO and founder of Sunrise Coffee and Mothership Coffee Roasters. "Cyber Monday is always something that I thought like that wasn't part of our program." 

But the pandemic changed Romero's mind. 

"During the height of the pandemic, most of our coffee sales were coming online for local delivery," Romero said. 

She owns Sunrise Coffee and Mothership Coffee Roaster — a small business with cafe locations around the Las Vegas Valley. 

She plans to offer a discount on coffee bags and a gift box only on the website during Cyber Monday. ... Read More