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What Mattered This Week: December 14-18, 2020

The FDA cleared a second COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use as cases and deaths soared across the U.S. Plus, Congress passed a stopgap bill to fund the government for two days as coronavirus relief talks dragged on, and the Electoral College affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Read up on these and more of the week’s top headlines.

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What Mattered This Week: December 14-18, 2020

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    FDA authorizes a second vaccine as average daily cases and deaths hit records

    FDA authorizes a second vaccine as average daily cases and deaths hit records

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    CNN - Jason Hanna

    CNN — The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday night authorized a second coronavirus vaccine for emergency use as Covid-19 hospitalizations rose to another record and cases and deaths are piling up in unprecedented ways. The FDA had signaled it would issue the authorization quickly for Moderna’s …

    Joe Biden picks Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary

    Joe Biden picks Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary

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    CNN - Dan Merica

    CNN — Joe Biden will nominate Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary, the president-elect said in a statement on Tuesday, elevating the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to a top post in the federal government. Buttigieg would be the first …

    Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of boys return home after kidnap ordeal

    Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of boys return home after kidnap ordeal

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    BBC News

    More than 300 schoolboys have been reunited with their families, a week after they were kidnapped from their school in north-west Nigeria. The boys arrived by bus in Katsina, capital of the state of the same name, where they were met by President Muhammadu Buhari. Looking weary, some were still …

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