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Top eight stories for today including a jury convicted three white men of murder for the fatal shooting of Black man Ahmaud Arbery; President Biden’s approval rating has hit an all-time low; A Social Democrat is on track to become Germany's next chancellor, and more.

National

Jury convicts three men of murder for killing Ahmaud Arbery

After about nine hours of deliberations, a Georgia jury convicted the three white men who chased and fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery of murder on Wednesday, spurning the defendants’ claims that they only pursued the 25-year-old Black man because they wanted to make a citizen’s arrest and shot him in self-defense.

Defendant Travis McMichael looks on during his trial with William "Roddie" Bryan and Gregory McMichael over the death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Pool Photo via AP)

North Carolina lawmakers head to Washington to push for a say in voter ID snarl

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear the appeal by North Carolina legislators who have been excluded from an upcoming trial over the state's 2018 law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

A forklift operator loads absentee ballots for mailing in Raleigh, N.C., in September 2020. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Mississippi abortion ban tees up Supreme Court to overturn Roe

Working to overturn Roe v. Wade since it was read from the bench in 1973, anti-abortion groups will mount their best chance to do just that on Dec. 1 before the supermajority-conservative Supreme Court. 

An abortion rights advocate holds signage at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., on May 21, 2019, voicing her opposition to state legislatures passing abortion bans that prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. In addition, there are no provisions for rape or incest. Mississippi is among the states that have passed and signed into law such legislation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

NFL to pay St. Louis $790 million over Rams move to Los Angeles

The St. Louis region will receive $790 million to settle claims that the National Football League violated its relocation guidelines in allowing the Rams to leave St. Louis for Los Angeles in 2016.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2021. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Inflation fears send Biden approval rating to new low

President Joe Biden’s approval rating has hit an all-time low as more Americans say they’ve grown increasingly concerned with rising inflating across the country.

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, following a visit to meet with House Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

International

Young Oaxacans find their roots cooking a classic dish: mole

Hundreds of years of mole tradition faced the worst fate of traditions — being forgotten. A new generation of Oaxacans are working to make sure the quintessential dish lives forever.

Mole negro is one of the recipes that young chefs at Oaxaca's Azucena Zapoteca have rescued from being forgotten as a result of the effects of globalization. (Cody Copeland/Courthouse News)

Germany on track for a new chancellor after 16 years of Merkel

Olaf Scholz, a veteran politician and moderate within the center-left Social Democrats, is on track to become Germany's next chancellor after sealing a coalition deal with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats on Wednesday.

Olaf Scholz, Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, arrives for the presentation of a government coalition agreement in Berlin on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

WHO head warns vaccinated feel ‘false sense of security’

With Europe amid a new devastating wave of coronavirus infections, the head of the World Health Organization warned that too many vaccinated people feel “a false sense of security” and are allowing the virus to spread.

People line up in front of a vaccination center at the Arena Treptow in Berlin, Germany, in March 2021. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

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