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Top eight stories for today including California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is quickly stockpiling body bags and prepping emergency morgues to aid hospitals swamped with Covid-19 patients; New findings on Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine confirm its high efficacy rate and could lead to imminent approval for emergency use; President-elect Joe Biden traveled to Atlanta to campaign for a pair of Democratic Senate hopefuls, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including California is quickly stockpiling body bags and prepping emergency morgues to aid hospitals swamped with Covid-19 patients; New findings on Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine confirm its high efficacy rate and could lead to imminent approval for emergency use; President-elect Joe Biden traveled to Atlanta to campaign for a pair of Democratic Senate hopefuls, and more.

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National

1.) New findings on Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine released Tuesday confirm its high efficacy rate and could lead to imminent approval for emergency use.

Registered Nurse Kath Olmstead gives volunteer trial participant Melissa Harting of Harpersville, N.Y., a blinded study experimental vaccine for COVID-19 developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. at the United Health Services facility, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

2.) Three weeks before a pair of Georgia runoff elections decides control of the Senate, President-elect Joe Biden made a trip to Atlanta on Tuesday to campaign for Democratic hopefuls Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff at a drive-in rally.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

3.) In announcing Tuesday it will give the public access to noteworthy cases via audio livestream, the federal court system will move a few rungs closer to the 21st century — at least in 13 districts.

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

4.) The Senate on Tuesday approved Thomas Kirsch, 51-44, to serve on the Seventh Circuit, filling a vacancy left behind by Justice Amy Coney Barrett when she was elevated to the Supreme Court in October. 

President Donald Trump looks toward Amy Coney Barrett before Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Regional

5.) Reacting to a devastating number of post-Thanksgiving deaths, California Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the state is quickly stockpiling body bags and prepping emergency morgues to aid hospitals swamped with Covid-19 patients.

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2020, file photo, a sign reminding people to wear a mask stands along the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Calif. After a punishing fall that left hospital struggling, some Midwestern states are seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases. But the signs of improvement are offset by the infection’s accelerating spread on both coasts. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

6.) Across the Golden State, fans of sports, music and theater know and dread one thing all too well: the crush of traffic getting in and out of venue parking lots. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s baseball teams have a solution: gondolas going over bumper-to-bumper traffic and onto the stadium grounds.

Rendering of a gondola project linking Union Station in downtown Los Angeles with Dodger Stadium. (Art courtesy Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit)

7.) While a state election law complaint proceeds in federal court, a New York political party asked a circuit panel to block new rules requiring it to pick a presidential candidate to gain ballot access. 

Voters line up in front of the Yonkers Public Library in Yonkers, N.Y., on Oct. 24, 2020 as the first day of early voting in the presidential election begins across New York state. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)

International

8.) Under new proposed European Union rules, tech giants like Facebook and Google could face massive fines if they repeatedly fail to take down content deemed dangerous and break fair competition practices.

A Facebook employee walks past a sign at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

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