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President Trump pardons Flynn, taking direct aim at Russia probe

longtime confidant Roger Stone just days before he was to report to prison.

It is part of a broader effort to undo the results of an investigation that for years has shadowed his administration and yielded criminal charges against a half dozen associates.[TRENDING: Puppy pried from gator’s mouth doing OK | Florida Rep says Trump should pardon himself | 15-year-old girl dies after overdosing]The action voids the criminal case against Flynn just as a federal judge was weighing, skeptically, whether to grant a Justice Department request to dismiss the prosecution despite Flynn’s own guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts.The move, coming as Trump winds down his single term, is likely to energize supporters who have taken up

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Kai KupferschmidtScience's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation.Joining the flood of press releases announcing positive results from COVID-19 vaccine trials, developers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine today reported 91.4% efficacy from a second interim analysis of more than 18,000 people, bolstering a claim the team made on 11 November with scant evidence.While the initial report rested on a mere 20 cases of COVID-19 disease, with no details on how they were split between vaccinated and placebo groups, the new analysis is based on 39 cases total, 31 among the vaccinated group versus eight in the much smaller placebo arm.

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