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A roadside tribute is left near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, U.K., where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision in August. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat accused of killing a British teenager while driving on the wrong side of the road in England, will face criminal proceedings in January, U.K. prosecutors said Monday.

The big picture: Sacoolas was charged in December 2020 with "causing death by dangerous driving" over the August 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn near RAF Croughton, an air force base in the East Midlands used by the U.S. military.

What to watch: It's unclear whether Sacoolas will appear for the Jan. 18 hearing at the Westminster Magistrates' Court.

  • A spokesperson for the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement to news outlets, "While the challenges and complexity of this case are well known, we remain committed to securing justice in this matter."

What they're saying: A spokesperson for Sacoolas' lawyers, Arnold & Porter, denied to the Washington Post that she would appear via video, as U.K. news outlets had reported.

  • "While we have always been willing to discuss a virtual hearing, there is no agreement at this time," the spokesperson said.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, delaying the start of her defamation trial against the New York Times.

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Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading.