Herald morning quiz: November 7
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As Biden Inches Ahead in Georgia, Stacey Abrams Draws Recognition and Praise
Celebrities, activists and voters credited Ms. Abrams for building a network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression and inspired an estimated 800,000 new voter registrations.
By Danny Hakim, Stephanie Saul and Glenn Thrush
Austria orders closure of 'radical mosques', news agency APA says
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s interior and integration ministers have ordered the closure of “radical mosques” after Monday’s deadly attack by a jihadist in Vienna in which four people were killed, Austrian news agency APA reported on Friday.
Details will be announced at a news conference at 2 p.m. (1300 GMT), APA said.
Jefferson County officials search for missing endangered boy
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing boy they believe may be in danger.
Jasiah Serna, 12, left his home on Spruce Canyon Circle, Golden, at 7 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page. Jasiah’s family and sheriff’s deputies searched the residence and the surrounded area, but they could not find the boy.
Jasiah is 5 feet tall with a medium build and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a camo sweater, sweatpants and brown boot. Anyone who has seen Jasiah or can provide information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
US economy added 638,000 jobs in October as unemployment falls to 6.9%
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The U.S. economy added 638,000 jobs in October, pointing to a slowdown in the labor market's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as government relief faded while new cases increased.
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The Labor Department's payroll report released Friday showed the unemployment rate unexpectedly slid to 6.9% from 7.9%. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected the report to show that unemployment dropped to 7.7% and the economy added 600,000 jobs.
It's the fourth consecutive month that job growth has cooled since employers added a combined 7.5 million jobs in May and June. U.S. employers made 672,000 new hires in September. There are still about 10.1 million more Americans out of work than there were in February before the crisis began.
"It should be noted that the level of job creation is slowing, and taken together with initial jobless claims also bottoming out, suggests that the labor market’s recovery is starting to become more uneven," said Sameer Samana, senior global market strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute. "Some of this may due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and related containment measures."
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Greta Thunberg’s Perfect Response to Donald Trump Just Won Twitter
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg would, of course, be an icon whether or not she also happened to be extremely good at Twitter. But it is a gift to us all that she is! And it is my firm belief that there is not another on this planet who could wait 11 months after being publicly mocked by Donald Trump to deliver a response so perfect.
For context: In December 2019, after Thunberg was named Time‘s Person of the Year, Trump launched an absurdly condescending attack on the teenager who sparked a global movement for climate action. “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted.
Who Speed-Dates During a Pandemic?
Julia Rothman is an illustrator. Shaina Feinberg is a writer and filmmaker. Both live in Brooklyn.
Britain's Boris Johnson, EU's Ursula von der Leyen to speak as post-Brexit talks go to wire
BRUSSELS (AFP) – EU chief Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are to speak by telephone on Saturday (Nov 7), her spokesman said, as post-Brexit talks butted up persistently against major differences.
European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer tweeted an update to von der Leyen’s calendar, saying “Saturday 7 November afternoon: phone call with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the state-of-play of the EU-UK negotiations”.
Magufuli Begins his Second Term in Office
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been sworn in for a second term following his victory in last week’s disputed election. More than 12 countries have been represented at the ceremony, as well as delegates from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community. Mr Magufuli took the oath of office at a sports stadium in the capital, Dodoma, with crowds streaming in from early in the morning. A government spokesman has tweeted photos of the ceremony. Mr Magufuli won 84% of the vote, in a poll rejected by the opposition as fraudulent. His main rival, Tundu Lissu, got 13% of the vote. The election commission denied that the election was rigged.