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Americans No Longer 'Protective' of Harry and Meghan—Expert

  Americans No Longer 'Protective' of Harry and Meghan—Expert Celia Walden has told a U.K. news host that Americans no longer seem to be "protective" or "defensive" over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Photographed in Dubbo Australia, October 17, 2018. Walden is a novelist and has covered culture and the royals for publications such as the Telegraph and the Daily Mail for decades. She is also married to British broadcaster and outspoken Sussex critic Piers Morgan.

Queen Elizabeth stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles amid a sexual abuse lawsuit. The United States will give out half a billion more at-home rapid coronavirus tests. And look up! A massive asteroid might be visible as it zooms by Earth.

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Queen 'Would Have Thoroughly Enjoyed' Trump's Gaffe During Visit—Expert

  Queen 'Would Have Thoroughly Enjoyed' Trump's Gaffe During Visit—Expert Royal expert Hugo Vickers says Queen Elizabeth II "greatly enjoyed" the former president during his visits to the U.K.Vickers said: "I understand that she greatly enjoyed her meeting with [President] Trump. And when he went to tea with her at Windsor Castle, she kept him there for an extra 10 or 15 minutes.

Queen takes back Prince Andrew's honorary titles

Queen Elizabeth II revoked Prince Andrew's military associations and royal patronages on Thursday, a day after a federal judge in New York refused to dismiss a sexual abuse lawsuit by an American woman against him. Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing the news. "With The Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York's military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen," the statement said. Andrew, 61, the queen's second son, is being sued by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, who alleges that Andrew raped and sexually assaulted her in New York in 2001 when she was 17. She claims Andrew's friend Jeffery Epstein trafficked her to him and that the prince knew it at the time.

A complete timeline of how 2021 became the year Britney Spears was freed from her father and conservatorship

  A complete timeline of how 2021 became the year Britney Spears was freed from her father and conservatorship See how a set of court hearings, documentaries, and viral fan campaigns built up to the removal of Jamie Spears from his daughter's day-to-day life.

  • Sexual abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew can move forward, judge rules.

Supreme Court blocks a COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate

The Supreme Court on Thursday halted enforcement of one of President Joe Biden's signature efforts to combat COVID-19, ruling that his administration doesn't have the authority to impose sweeping vaccine-or-testing requirements for employers with more than 100 employees, a measure that would impact around 84 million Americans. The unsigned opinion marked the second time the nation's highest court unwound a key pandemic policy of the Biden administration, once again concluding that federal officials exceeded the power given to them by Congress. The court in August blocked Biden's eviction moratorium, ruling that it also amounted to government overreach. The court in a second unsigned opinion on Thursday permitted another vaccine mandate on people employed at health care facilities that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid. That measure, which takes effect this month, is estimated to affect 10 million workers.

Bachelor in Paradise's Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt's Relationship Timeline

  Bachelor in Paradise's Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt's Relationship Timeline A match made in paradise! Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt finished Bachelor in Paradise season 7 as one of only three engaged couples, but their journey was full of twists and turns. Amabile, affectionately known to fans as Grocery Store Joe, made his Bachelor Nation debut during Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2018, but he was eliminated during the first week. The Chicago native later joined season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise, where he met Kendall Long. Though the duo split before the season ended, they got back together during the September 2018 finale. “I’m happy with her,” Amabile told Us Weekly at the time. “I trust her. … We just like being together. It feels right.” Less than two years later, however, the couple called it quits as they had difficulty deciding where to live. “We have decided mutually to go our separate ways,” they said in a January 2020 statement. “Joe has made the decision to move back to Chicago while Kendall will be remaining in her hometown of Los Angeles.” When Amabile decided to give love another shot during season 7 of BiP, he immediately connected with Pitt, who originally competed on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor in early 2021. The twosome seemed destined to finish the season as a couple, but things got rocky after Long arrived on the beach.

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A sign outside of a hospital advertises the COVID-19 vaccine on November 19, 2021 in New York City. © Spencer Platt, Getty Images A sign outside of a hospital advertises the COVID-19 vaccine on November 19, 2021 in New York City.

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Camilla 'Felt Empathy' for Diana Due to Charles' 'Regimented' Routines

  Camilla 'Felt Empathy' for Diana Due to Charles' 'Regimented' Routines Author Tina Brown writes in her upcoming biography that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall saw Princess Diana in a new light after getting to know Charles better.In an extract published by The Telegraph, the ex-Vanity Fair editor writes that the usually "upbeat" and "encouraging" Camilla struggled with royal life following her marriage to Charles in 2005.

US to buy another 500 million at-home rapid tests

The federal government will buy 500 million at-home rapid coronavirus tests, doubling the purchase the White House announced last month, Biden said Thursday in a speech about what the administration is doing in response to the current coronavirus surge. The first batch of 500 million tests, which Biden announced in December, have yet to be distributed. Americans will be able to request tests, which will be sent to their homes, online through a website that hasn't launched yet. Fueled by the omicron variant, the pace of newly reported coronavirus cases in the United States is still on the uptick, reporting more than 5.5 million cases in the week ending Wednesday, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

  • Biden sending medical teams to six states to help hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19.
  • Poll: Biden's approval rating falls to new low of 33%; Americans feeling sour on COVID-19 response.
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President Joe Biden removes his face mask as he arrives to meet with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. © Andrew Harnik, AP President Joe Biden removes his face mask as he arrives to meet with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

Remains of Houston couple found in 1981 finally identified. But where is their child?

The truth behind the disappearance of Harold Dean Clouse and Tina Linn Clouse has been uncovered — 40 years after the Houston couple went missing. A genetic genealogy agency tested their DNA and linked it to the bodies of a couple found in 1981 who were reportedly beaten and strangled to death. Donna Casasanta, Harold's mother, said her son was known to join cults and police assumed the pair left with a cult. But one question still remains: Where is their daughter? Hollie Marie, who would be 41 today, is still missing. Debbie Brooks, Harold's sister, said Hollie was last seen in Lewisville, Texas, and there is an ongoing investigation. It's unknown whether she was with her parents when they were killed, with a "cult" or anyone else.

Prince Charles Marks First Anniversary of Prince Philip's Death with Rarely Seen Childhood Photo

  Prince Charles Marks First Anniversary of Prince Philip's Death with Rarely Seen Childhood Photo The black-and-white photo shows Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in full parenting mode with Prince Charles and Princess AnnePrince Charles marked the first anniversary of his father Prince Philip's death by sharing some of their happy moments together.

Family photo of Tina Gail Linn, Hollie Marie Clouse, and Harold Dean Clouse. Murdered in 1980 and discovered in early 1981, Hollie's body was never found and it is possible she is still alive. © Identifinders International Family photo of Tina Gail Linn, Hollie Marie Clouse, and Harold Dean Clouse. Murdered in 1980 and discovered in early 1981, Hollie's body was never found and it is possible she is still alive.

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An enormous asteroid will soon zoom through a sky near you

Look! Up in the sky! It's not Superman, it's a massive asteroid. A "potentially hazardous" asteroid faster than a speeding bullet and bigger than any building in the world will pass by Earth next week. Not only is it the biggest known asteroid coming within 2.3 million miles of Earth this year, but it's so massive that you might be able to see it in the sky. First discovered in Aug. 1994, 1994 PC1 is classified as a "potentially hazardous" asteroid because it is an Apollo asteroid, meaning it crosses Earth's orbit. While it sounds terrifying, there's no need to expect a "Don't Look Up" situation: It will be 1.2 million miles away from Earth on Jan. 18 at 4:51 p.m. EST while traveling at 43,754 miles per hour. Here's how you can see it for yourself.

Queen Elizabeth's Horse Wins Race — and Her Racing Manager Says She'll Be Watching on TV

  Queen Elizabeth's Horse Wins Race — and Her Racing Manager Says She'll Be Watching on TV Educator, who defeated High Fibre at Newmarket Racecourse, will race at Epsom Downs as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in JuneQueen Elizabeth is celebrating some exciting news in the horse racing world!

Asteroid 1994 PC1. © Courtesy: Unistellar Asteroid 1994 PC1.

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As Queen Attended Philip's Funeral Alone in Lockdown, Downing Street Partied .
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office has apologized to Queen Elizabeth II over parties held No.10 during lockdown.The PM's office has apologized to the Queen on Friday after it emerged two separate drinks parties were held at Downing Street on April 16, 2021, on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral.

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