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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Posted at 6:55 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 06:55:50-05

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. Florida surpasses 1 million cases of COVID-19, 'Long haulers' battling symptoms for months
Florida became the third state in the nation to record at least 1 million cases, adding 8,847 Tuesday, as deaths rose by 82.

It was 49 days for Florida's death toll of residents to reach the first 1,000 yet it was only 40 days to more than double. The death toll has reached 18,679 for an average of 69 per day.

Patients with symptoms for weeks and months afterward have come to be known as "long haulers," and in some cases are dealing with worse symptoms than when they had the virus.

'Long haulers' battle COVID-19 symptoms for months

2. Missing 12-year-old 'endangered runaway' in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach police are searching for a missing 12-year-old girl they say is an 'endangered runaway.'

Police said Anjelique Whitby left on foot in an unknown direction around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday from the 1900 block of Brandwyne Road in West Palm Beach.

She is described as 5 foot 5 inches tall, weighing 183 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She has braids with black extensions.

Police searching for 12-year-old 'endangered runaway' in West Palm Beach

3. Justice Department Is Busy: Barr says no widespread fraud found, investigation into 'bribery-for-pardon' scheme
Attorney General William Barr said federal agents have followed up on numerous complaints and tips they've received, but have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

The Justice Department is examining a possible crime related to bribing the White House with money in exchange for a presidential pardon.

The court documents reveal that the emails confiscated show a "secret lobbying scheme" between unnamed individuals who tried to secure a presidential pardon in exchange for a "substantial political contribution or reprieve of a sentence" for a redacted individual.

Justice Department investigating possible 'bribery-for-pardon' scheme

4. Loophole robs victims of justice in Florida church abuse scandal
The Florida’s Attorney General’s office ended its investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests without a single prosecution.

Florida’s Attorney General (AG) issued a report announcing while it received nearly 300 tips and identified nearly 100 priests with Florida ties accused of past abuse, the AG’s office was barred from criminally prosecuting any of them because either the priest in question died or the statute of limitations had already expired.

Despite years of efforts and some new laws adopted in the past decade, currently, in Florida, adults who were sexually abused as a child more than 10 years ago still can’t civilly sue their abusers.

Priest abuse victims wait for closure

5. 'Juno,' 'Umbrella Academy' star Elliot Page comes out as transgender
The Oscar-nominated actor, known for his roles in projects like “Juno” and “The Umbrella Academy,” said his pronouns are he/they.

“I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Page will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves in “The Umbrella Academy,” the Netflix series about a family of superheroes that’s become one of the streaming service’s biggest hits.

Actor Ellen Page comes out as transgender, announces name change: 'My name is Elliot'
Cast member Ellen Page (now Elliot Page) arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Umbrella Company" at The ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Today's Forecast
Grab a jacket! This morning, temperatures starting off in the 40s and 30s inland under mostly clear skies.

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On This Day In History
On December 2, 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of emperor in a thousand years. Pope Pius VII handed Napoleon the crown that the 35-year-old conqueror of Europe placed on his own head in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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