Jaclyn Diaz

John Madden, the larger-than-life Hall of Fame coach turned legendary NFL broadcaster, died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Madden died unexpectedly, the NFL announced. The league offered no other details on his death.

Washington, D.C., is experiencing a major pandemic surge — making it the highest-risk place for COVID-19 infection in the nation.

D.C. experienced an average of 1,192 new cases per day over the past seven days, and 169 cases per 100,000 people as of Monday, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The Michigan Court of Appeals has cleared two former university officials who had been charged with lying to investigators in connection with the sexual abuse investigation of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

On Tuesday, in a 2-1 decision, the court overturned the conviction of former Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.

The holiday break is coming early for National Hockey League players.

Because of dozens of recent COVID-related game postponements, the league and the National Hockey League Players' Association have agreed to postpone the five remaining scheduled games set for Thursday.

Updated December 21, 2021 at 4:52 PM ET

President Biden told Americans that he understands "how tired, worried and frustrated you are" about the latest COVID-19 case surge in the U.S. and announced several new steps to deal with the highly contagious omicron variant.

Moderna said Monday that preliminary data showed that its COVID-19 booster shot is effective against the omicron variant of the coronavirus currently surging in the U.S. and around the world.

The pharmaceutical company said its current FDA-authorized, 50-microgram booster shot increases antibody levels against omicron 37-fold compared to pre-booster levels.

A surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. is seriously altering previously promising holiday plans for many Americans. As many people traveled over the weekend, health officials and state leaders issued serious warnings about the coronavirus as the U.S. experienced record new infections.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 156,754 new COVID-19 cases. In early November, the country was averaging about 70,000 cases.

The Chicago Blackhawks settled a lawsuit filed by a former player who said he was sexually assaulted by an assistant coach during the team's Stanley Cup-winning season in 2010.

Representatives for the Blackhawks and their former player, Kyle Beach, met for the first time Wednesday for mediation that resulted in a confidential settlement between the two parties.

"The Blackhawks hope that this resolution will bring some measure of peace and closure for Mr. Beach," attorneys for the hockey team said in a statement.

The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it fired one of its top leaders after discovering he was sharing information about the organization to "a known anti-Muslim hate group."

The group's now-former Executive and Legal Director Romin Iqbal was terminated after national headquarters contacted the board of directors for CAIR-Ohio with information detailing his wrongdoing.

New York City's Mayor-elect Eric Adams made a historic choice to lead the city's police force, the nation's largest.

Adams tapped Nassau County Chief of Detectives Keechant Sewell to be the first female commissioner in the New York Police Department's 176-year history. She will also be the third Black commissioner in the department's history.

Sewell told The New York Post, which first reported news of her appointment, "I'm here to meet the moment."

Updated December 14, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET

The parents of Ethan Crumbley, the Michigan high school student charged with murdering four of his fellow students, made a brief appearance in court Tuesday related to charges they face in connection with the tragedy.

Updated December 10, 2021 at 7:44 AM ET

At least 53 people died after the packed truck they were riding in crashed into a pedestrian bridge over a highway near the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Another 58 people were injured in the crash, officials said.

Luis Manuel Moreno, the head of the Chiapas state civil defense office, said at least 21 were seriously hurt and taken to nearby hospitals.

Michigan's community of Oxford Township is mourning the loss of four young lives following a school shooting earlier this week.

Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles north of Detroit, initially claimed the lives of three students: Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana and Madisyn Baldwin.

Authorities in Santa Fe, N.M., are pursuing a new lead in the October Rust film shooting that left one cinematographer dead and the movie's director injured.

According to documents shared by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, investigators executed a search warrant on Tuesday for an Albuquerque-based ammunitions supplier.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday directed federal prosecutors across the country to prioritize the prosecution of airline passengers committing assault and other crimes on board.

This directive came the same day millions of Americans hit the skies for Thanksgiving Day travel — and amid record levels of unruly, criminal passenger behavior on planes.

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