In our news wrap Tuesday, Republicans will retain a Senate seat in North Carolina that was closely contested. Incumbent Thom Tillis clinched reelection today when his Democratic opponent, Cal Cunningham, conceded. Also, Tulsa, Oklahoma, ran out of intensive care beds on Monday as COVID-19 infections continue to surge, and Minnesota is imposing new pandemic restrictions on gatherings and bars.
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In the day's other news: Senate Republicans held on to a seat in North Carolina. Incumbent Thom Tillis clinched reelection when his Democratic opponent conceded. The GOP now has 49 seats, and expects to hold a seat in Alaska. But both Republican senators in Georgia face run-offs in January.
There is stark new evidence of the growing wave of COVID-19 infections. The U.S. today passed one million new cases in just the first 10 days of November. In addition, Tulsa, Oklahoma, ran out of intensive care beds last night. Minnesota imposed restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings. and Maryland rolled back indoor dining to 50 percent capacity today.
Meanwhile, limited distribution of a new antibody drug by Eli Lilly begins tomorrow for patients with mild or moderate symptoms.
A Vatican investigation has found that sexual abuse by ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick was whitewashed by Roman Catholic church leaders for years. A report released today found that Pope John Paul II and other high officials turned a blind eye to McCarrick's behavior.
We publish the report with sorrow for the wounds that the matter has caused to the victims, their families, the church in the United States and the universal church. The trust of many faithful people in the church has been damaged.
McCarrick is now 90 years old. He was defrocked last year.
We will discuss the report in detail later in the program.
The Vatican's former Ambassador to France Archbishop Luigi Ventura went on trial in Paris today on five counts of sexual assault. He declined to attend, saying that it was too dangerous for him to travel from Rome to Paris amid the COVID pandemic. His alleged victims accuse Ventura of groping and inappropriate touching.
Russian peacekeepers began deploying to Nagorno-Karabakh today, after Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a cease-fire brokered by Moscow. Azerbaijani forces had made significant gains in the disputed territory, largely inhabited by ethnic Armenians. Protesters in Armenia's capital responded by storming into government buildings overnight, smashing furniture and condemning the cease-fire.
Garik Tovmasyan (through translator):
We do not agree with the decision. We will not give them away. We will fight. And we don't want this. We don't want this government in our city and in our motherland.
Armenia's prime minister said that his army urged an end to the fighting that began in September. Azerbaijan's president called the cease-fire a glorious victory.
Back in this country, Tropical Storm Eta has drifted away from South Florida, leaving a swathe of the region underwater. The storm was stalled today just off Western Cuba. It could move north later this week and possibly hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The European Union filed antitrust charges against Amazon today. Regulators accused the e-commerce giant of using data from third-party sellers to gain an unfair advantage and to stifle competition. Amazon denies the claims. It faces a potential fine of up to 10 percent of its annual worldwide revenue.
And, on Wall Street, for a second day, optimism about a COVID vaccine helped the broader market, but it hurt tech stocks that thrived during the pandemic. The Dow Jones industrial average gained almost 263 points to close near 29421. The Nasdaq fell 160 points, and the S&P 500 slipped about five points.