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Elizabeth Holmes to be sentenced in Theranos fraud case

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, the failed blood-testing company at the center of her downfall, will be sentenced Friday. Holmes was convicted in January of four counts of fraud for misleading Theranos investors about the company’s technology and its financial health. She faces a potential maximum of 20 years in prison. The …

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Time running out for climate deals on final day of COP27

Global climate talks approached crunch time on Friday, the final scheduled day of negotiations that are expected to go past their deadline as chances of a deal still looked unclear. A new draft cover decision from the Egyptian presidency came out Friday morning, half the size of a 20-page document released Thursday that was criticized for being …

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Nancy Pelosi takes a big step aside

Good morning. Just some housekeeping before we get started today. The Poynter Report is going to take a brief Thanksgiving break. The newsletter won’t publish next week, but it will return on Nov. 28. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. We start today with the big news out of Washington involving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and then today’s …

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Afghan Taliban say group will stick to strict Islamic law

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban will stick to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, a spokesman said Thursday, underscoring the group’s intention to continue hard-line policies implemented since they took over Afghanistan more than a year ago. During their previous years in power in the late 1990s, the Taliban carried out public executions, …

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Qatar bans alcohol from soccer World Cup stadiums

A little over 24 hours before it kicks off the soccer World Cup, officials made the shock announcement Friday that Qatar is banning alcohol sales in its expensively constructed stadiums. FIFA, the sport’s troubled international governing body, said in a tweet that the decision had been made “following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA.” …

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Ticketmaster’s not-so-Swift action: Public tickets sale is off

The Morning Meeting with Al Tompkins is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas worth considering and other timely context for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. You can’t just “shake it off” this time. If you didn’t get your megabucks …

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Where can you buy Taylor Swift tour tickets? Not Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is, yet again, pointing blame at literally everyone but itself after the latest debacle involving tickets for Taylor Swift’s 2023 “Eras” concert tour. On Thursday, after days of frustration and confusion, Ticketmaster announced it was straight up canceling the planned public ticket sale as a result of “extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and …

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Alabama calls off execution after problem with venous access

ATMORE, Ala. — Alabama on Thursday night called off the scheduled execution of a man convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire slaying of a preacher’s wife after the state had trouble establishing venous access and the state faced a midnight deadline to get the execution underway. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said prison staff …

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