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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaking to the media. Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is being called upon by the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and the Human Rights Campaign to investigate Jazmina Saavedra, a congressional candidate, for allegations citing harassment of a transgender woman, per a letter from the organizations.

The backdrop: Saavedra reportedly posted a video on Facebook of herself confronting a transgender woman using a female restroom at a Denny's in Los Angeles. The letter adds the candidate said "[t]here is a man here saying he's a lady," and alleges that Saavedra displayed her stun gun and pepper spray to viewers by the video's end.

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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.