Bear Branch Park in the Woodlands is becoming inclusive for all to enjoy

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Bear Branch Park, located at 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, closed for renovations Nov. 29 and will reopen April 1 as an inclusive playground, according to a news release from The Woodlands Township. The entire play structure and rubber surfacing at the park will be removed and redesigned, and the …

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Father and Son Arrested on Suspicion of Starting the Caldor Fire

LOS ANGELES — A father and son have been arrested on suspicion of starting the Caldor fire, a huge blaze that burned perilously close to Lake Tahoe this year, sending residents of the resort region fleeing. The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday that David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, …

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House Votes to Impose Forced Labor Ban on Goods Made in Xinjiang

Companies including Nike, Coca-Cola and Apple lobbied Congress in an attempt to weaken that provision, claiming that the passage of the bill could wreak havoc on already crippled supply chains. Roughly one in five cotton garments sold globally contains cotton or yarn from Xinjiang, and the region produces a significant portion of the world’s polysilicon, …

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Pfizer Says Its Booster Is Effective Against Omicron

“You have to start somewhere,” said Kathrin U. Jansen, a senior vice president and the head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer, while awaiting the results of more complex studies and “real-world evidence that tells you what we need to know.” Scientists say it could take a month or more to really understand the …

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House Votes to Impose Forced Labor Ban on Goods Made in Xinjiang

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban a wide array of imported products made in China’s Xinjiang region, moving over the strong objections of large corporations to crack down on companies sourcing goods produced through forced labor by persecuted Muslim minorities. The lopsided 428-to-1 vote reflected increasing bipartisan ire …

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Jury in Jussie Smollett Trial Begins Deliberations

The jury tasked with deciding whether Jussie Smollett falsely told the police that he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic assault began deliberations on Wednesday and started to grapple with the two differing narratives of what happened on a freezing Chicago night in 2019. Prosecutors have accused Mr. Smollett of orchestrating the …

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