WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally acknowledged that Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential election. Six weeks after the November election — and a day after the Electoral College formally sealed Biden's win — the Republican leader says the Electoral College “has spoken.” McConnell's statement on the Senate floor Tuesday ends weeks of silence over President Donald Trump’s defeat. It comes after a groundswell of leading Republicans have said Biden won and it was time to move on. Some, though, vow to stick with Trump and carry the fight to Jan. 6 when Congress votes on the Electoral College results.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A home test for COVID-19 will soon be on U.S. store shelves. U.S. officials on Tuesday cleared the first device that consumers can buy without a prescription to test themselves entirely at home. Regulators granted use for a similar test last month, but it requires a doctor’s prescription. The plastic test kit from Australian manufacturer Ellume allows users to swab themselves and develop the results at home. The test connects to a digital app to help users interpret the results. Ellume says it will have 3 million tests available next month
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's prime minister says health officials in the Scandinavian country have misjudged the impact of the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Tuesday, an independent commission criticized the country’s strategy. Stefan Lofven told the Aftonbladet newspaper that many “didn't see such a wave in front of them.” Sweden has seen 320,098 cases and 7,514 virus-related deaths, a death toll much higher than neighbors Norway, Finland or Denmark. The recent resurgence of infections in the fall has produced a rapid increase in new cases that has strained Sweden's health care system.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been arrested in Winnipeg. Court records show Nygard, who is 79, was arrested under the Extradition Act and is to appear in a Winnipeg courtroom this afternoon. Early this year, U.S. federal authorities raided the Manhattan headquarters of the fashion mogul, a search that came amid claims he trafficked and sexually assaulted dozens of teenage girls and women. The FBI searched the designer’s Times Square offices less than two weeks after 10 women filed a lawsuit accusing Nygard of enticing young and impoverished women to his estate in the Bahamas with cash and promises of modeling opportunities.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The monarch butterfly will have to wait longer to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells The Associated Press that the black-and-orange butterfly's population has fallen enough to qualify for listing as threatened or endangered. But other species with a higher priority must be considered first. Officials plan to propose listing the monarch in 2024 unless its situation improves. They say a nationwide volunteer effort to restore habitat for the butterfly is helping. But environmental groups say it's not enough.