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Top eight stories for today including France can expect an unpredictable and potentially violent presidential race with the entry of Eric Zemmour; Private businesses in New York City will have to require their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus; The Supreme Court heard a challenge to how universities manage their retirement plans, and more.

National

Justices look for happy medium in university retirement plan snarl

The Supreme Court devoted oral arguments Monday to the search for middle ground in a suit over excessive fees built in to university employees' retirement plans. 

The Supreme Court is seen on what is its first day of the new term, Oct. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Feds take Texas to court over GOP-drawn voting maps

The Department of Justice claims in a federal lawsuit filed against Texas that the Lone Star State violated the Voting Rights Act by drawing political maps that decrease the voting power of minorities.  

The Texas State Capitol in Austin. (Kirk McDaniel/Courthouse News)

Jussie Smollett denies staging attack on himself

Jussie Smollett, the former "Empire" star accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime on himself in January 2019, took the witness stand Monday in his criminal trial in Chicago, directly contradicting what other witnesses said under oath last week.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives with his mother Janet at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago for day five of his trial on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Regional

NYC vaccine mandate extended to private employees

Amid rising concerns about the omicron variant, private businesses in New York City will have to require their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. 

On New York's Upper West Side, the American Museum of Natural History is home to its own subway station and, in 2021, a Covid-19 vaccination center. (Barbara Leonard/Courthouse News)

If two heads are better than one, how about five? Police oversight divides local leaders

Amid a national debate over policing powers, the Massachusetts Supreme Court struggled Monday to decide whether the law backs the formation of an unpaid oversight board of five civilians to replace the police commissioner of a city with a troubled history of ethnically tinged police violence.

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Top cop of Minneapolis to step down

Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo announced his retirement Monday, wrapping up a 32-year career that ended in his department’s most tumultuous years to date.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo speaks during a news conference with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in February 2021. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

International

They’re off: France sees start of raucous presidential race

All the contenders for the French presidency are now lined up at the start of what has already become a raucous campaign ahead of April elections where President Emmanuel Macron seems destined to face a right-wing challenger in a runoff.

French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour waves after his first rally in Villepinte, north of Paris, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP)

UK ‘push-back’ policy under focus following English Channel disaster

The United Kingdom government is under pressure to abandon controversial proposed new maritime tactics designed to "push-back" asylum seekers and migrants arriving on small boats in the English Channel, following the greatest loss of life in a single channel incident last week.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, following a small boat incident in the English Channel, in Kent, England, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

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