As Monday morning rolls in, we’re providing TechWire readers with a quick recap of the past week’s news headlines.

Notable news stories from last week included: Morrisville-based Heat Biologics is moving closer to human testing for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate; a London-based EV startup is bringing its North American headquarters to Charlotte, where it plans to hire around 150 employees; International Capital Group is more than doubling the size of its operations in Charlotte, planning to bring over 500 more jobs with average wages of $87,500; fitness giant Peloton acquired a huge manufacturing plant in Guilford County as a part of its $420 million deal with Precor.

A few North Carolina companies secured new funding last week, including Wilmington-based Performance Culture ($2.9 million), Chapel Hill-based ($775,000) and Raleigh-based BOA Nutrition ($1.35 million). Read more local startup news in our weekly Startup Rewind edition.

And, in national news: Apple is moving forward with plans for developing an autonomous vehicle; Google denied and rejected the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit claims; AI startups raised $9.9 billion in the second half of 2020, up 15% from the same period last year; genetics experts worry that coronavirus vaccines might not work as well against the new U.K. variant; China announced an anti-monopoly investigation into e-commerce giant Alibaba; a new survey found that business leaders expect to have 51% or more employees back in the physical workplace by January.

Keeping with our Monday “TechWire Rewind” tradition, here’s a look back at 66 local, state and national headlines as reported by WRAL TechWire last week:

MONDAY | Dec. 21 Headlines:

TUESDAY | Dec. 22 Headlines:

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THURSDAY | Dec. 24 Headlines:

FRIDAY | Dec. 25 Headlines:

Weekend Reading: