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Biden optimistic as Congress remains divided; U.S. envoy to Afghanistan resigns
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Alec Baldwin explains how the gun was handled on the set of 'Rust'
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Yankees will have to fill these roster holes when MLB lockout ends
MLB shut down late Wednesday night, and while other teams made moves down to the wire, the Yankees were quiet -- just like they’ve been all offseason.
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California city spending federal COVID funds on license plate readers to deter smash-and-grab mobs
San Jose has approved funding for license plate readers in an effort to address organized robberies that have taken place in the city and throughout California in recent weeks.
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Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau: Julius Randle has to play through bad calls
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday Julius Randle must fight through the notion that he has been told by officials that he’s not getting certain calls driving to the basket.
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Filip Chytil embracing veteran role on Rangers’ ‘Kid Line’
The Rangers’ so-called “Kid Line” may have gotten its name because the trio has an average age of 21, but the identifier doesn’t hold the same weight anymore for center Filip Chytil.
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Bryson DeChambeau says he once wanted to quit playing golf
Bryson DeChambeau, one of the world's top golfers, recently caught up with the New York Post and said that he once considered quitting the sport.
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Travel bans won't keep cases out of countries, WHO spokesperson says
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New York Times 'journalist' curses gun rights association in alleged voicemail: 'You f---ing a--holes'
New York Times journalist Erin Marquis allegedly left a profane voice message to the Michigan state affiliate of the National Association for Gun Rights.
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Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna enters race for L.A. County sheriff
Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna announced his bid this week to unseat Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
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Florida mom left baby home alone while she went to bar on Thanksgiving: cops
A Florida mother was arrested after she allegedly fired a gun at her front door and left her infant home alone while she went out to a bar on Thanksgiving, officials said.
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Alabama FedEx driver accused of dumping hundreds of packages in ravine
A FedEx driver dumped hundreds of packages into an Alabama ravine right in the middle of the holiday season rush, authorities said.
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Marie-Claire Blais, celebrated French Canadian novelist, dies at 82
Literary critic Edmund Wilson, an early champion, called her “a writer in a class by herself.”
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SpaceX launches 48 Starlinks and two Earth-imaging satellites
It was the 27th Falcon 9 launch so far this year for SpaceX, a new record.
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Miranda Cosgrove Shares How She's Supporting Kids' Ideas to Help the Environment
Actress Miranda Cosgrove discussed her involvement with the Girls Save the World project during an appearance on The Daily Break.
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10 420-Friendly Gifts For Weed Connoisseurs
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/iStock.Now that cannabis use is officially legal in 18 states (recreationally), weed accessories intended to elevate the marijuana smoking experience are becoming more and more widely available—and, frankly, much more fun. Chances are, you know someone who considers themselves a pot enthusiast sorts—or at least someone who enjoys cannabis on the regular. With that being said, if you have someone on your holiday shopping list who enjoys smoking cannabis from time to time—or is a self-professed stoner (no judgment here!)—, there are plenty of stellar gifts for stoners on the market to make their next blaze sesh better than ever. Naturally, many weed-smokers know what they like and have a lineup of favorite brands—whether it be rolling papers, pipes, and bongs, and heck, even ashtrays (I'm told that the ashtrays designed with a poker reign supreme, by the way). Of course, this makes finding the perfect gift for a stoner that much more difficult. From luxury rolling paper made with actual gold to silly weed-inspired joints for their pets to enjoy, there are plenty of fun weed gifts and 420-friendly stocking stuffers to give this holiday season and beyond. Scroll through below to check out our favorite picks. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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A U.K. Court Has Backed Meghan Markle in Her Dispute Over Privacy With a Publisher
The Duchess of Sussex said the Court of Appeal ruling was a victory of “right versus wrong"
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Ten-year-old artist Andres Valencia becomes Miami Art Week sensation
Andres is self-taught, having created his first painting at 4 after being inspired by Basquiat. He's inspired by Cubism and completes his large-scale works using a ladder.
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Human rights group reacts to asylum-seekers policy
Human Rights First leaders say they plan to restart their research to document the human rights abuses suffered by people turned away to wait in danger under this policy. (Dec. 2)      
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Murder charges for former Ohio deputy who shot Casey Goodson Jr. in the back multiple times
Two days shy of the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of Casey Goodson Jr., a Franklin County grand jury has indicted Jason Meade for murder.       
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Steve Nash: Nets still in process of establishing identity
The quarter-life crisis does not get as much attention as its older brother, but it would be understandable for the Nets to be doing some existential pondering right about now.
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Ex-Epstein staffer testifies accusers visited mansion
A former housekeeper testified Thursday that two women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing them as teens were repeated visitors to his Palm Beach mansion, summoned by Epstein or his associate Ghislaine Maxwell. (Dec. 3)      
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Miami’s athletic director search reportedly a ‘mess’
There’s only one word to describe Miami’s search for a new athletic director, per Action Network’s Brett McMurphy: mess.
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Pols should stop inspiring mobs to riot, as they did in my Queens district
Too many New York politicians fanning the flames of violence by commenting, tweeting and virtue-signaling to their respective cultural and political tribes sensationalized the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
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Years After Flint Water Crisis, Michigan Senate Approves Billions to Fix State Water Systems
Michigan's Senate approved over $3 billion in funding to replace lead pipes and fix dams across the state. The House will likely consider the proposal in 2022.
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Jacqueline Avant murder suspect served time for robbery, inflicting bodily injury before Beverly Hills slaying
The man accused of killing Jacqueline Avant, wife of Grammy Award-winning music executive, Clarence Avant, was paroled from a California correctional facility in September after serving time for a robbery conviction and has been incarcerated for other offenses.
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The biggest thing out of Miami Art Week is 10-year-old child prodigy Andres Valencia
Andrew Valencia is the sensation of 2021's Art Miami — and he's only 10 years old. Sofia Vergara and Jordan "Wolf of Wall Street" Belfort snapped up paintings by the fourth-grader.
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Biden helps light the National Christmas Tree
President Joe Biden helped light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House Thursday, remembering those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and crediting the American people for the optimism he says he feels about the country. (Dec. 2)      
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Jan. 6 Committee Says It Has Interviewed 250 People, With Just 2 Defying Orders
The number was revealed when committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said the figure when pushing for contempt charges for Jeffrey Clark at a House hearing.
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Alec Baldwin on 'Rust' shooting: 'Someone is ​responsible ... but I know it's not me'
Baldwin sat down with Stephanopoulos to sift through the series of events that led to Hutchins’ death.
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Video: Does champ Sergio Pettis or challenger Kyoji Horiguchi have more to lose at Bellator 272?
Will Sergio Pettis record his first title defense or will Kyoji Horiguchi get back the belt he never lost?       Related StoriesVideo: Does champ Sergio Pettis or challenger Kyoji Horiguchi have more to lose at Bellator 272? - EnclosureBellator 272 video: Sergio Pettis, Kyoji Horiguchi face off before title showdownSergio Pettis expects his reach to help dictate pace, range against Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272 
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Facebook sold ads comparing vaccine to Holocaust
Facebook has sold ads promoting anti-vaccine messages, comparing the US government's response to Covid-19 to Nazi Germany, casting doubt on the result of the 2020 election, and even pushing political violence.
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Officials confirm multiple cases of Omicron variant in the U.S.
The governor of New York announced five new confirmed cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant after infections were detected in California, Minnesota and Colorado. Dr. Nada Fadul, an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss the latest concerns with the new strain.
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Judge expresses skepticism of 3 House Republicans' challenge of mask fines
A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday about a lawsuit brought by a few far-right members of the House challenging the fines they face for not wearing masks on the House floor.
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The 2024 elections will be a 'bloodbath' for Democrats and 'I'm here for it': Jesse Watters
Jesse Watters commented on the latest departure from the Kamala Harris wing in the White House, veep's chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders, on 'The Five'
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Teen survivor of Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy returns home
A Wisconsin teenager who was seriously injured in the deadly Christmas parade attack in Waukesha has been sent home -- and faces a long road to recovery
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Knicks’ RJ Barrett misses Bulls clash with non-Covid illness
The illness that sent RJ Barrett to the locker room in the second quarter of the Knicks’ loss Tuesday night at Brooklyn also kept him sidelined Thursday night. 
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Missouri GOP Gov. Denies Hiding Study Proving Mask Effectiveness Against COVID
Parson accused the report's lead author of writing "a purposefully misleading article" that "handpicked information" and "took the data out of context."
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Review: Lively documentary 'Try Harder!' humanizes high-achieving San Francisco students
Debbie Lum's documentary "Try Harder" follows seniors at a public high school in San Francisco.
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Emphasizing Tests, Biden Vows to Fight Omicron With ‘Science and Speed’
The president’s plan shifts away from a near-singular focus on vaccination, as new cases of the variant have emerged in the United States.
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Congress scrambles to avert government shutdown before Friday night deadline
The House of Representatives passed a short-term resolution Thursday that would temporarily fund the government through February 18. It's now up to the Senate to stop the shutdown, but as CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave reports, a group of Republican lawmakers could derail the effort. Anthony Adragna, a Politico reporter covering Congress and author of Politco's "Congressional Minutes," joins CBSN's Lana Zak with the latest from Washington.
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Tracking Lincoln Riley's USC recruits: Mater Dei's Raleek Brown commits to Trojans
Raleek Brown is a five-star running back who committed to play for new USC coach Lincoln Riley. Check out our tracker featuring all of Riley's pledges.
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Police Commissioner and First Deputy File for Retirement
Commissioner Dermot Shea and his first deputy, Benjamin Tucker, each served in the New York Police Department for more than two decades.
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'Real Housewives' star Braunwyn Windham-Burke packs on PDA with new girlfriend during beach day in Miami
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Braunwyn Windham-Burke showed off her new relationship with Victoria Brito during a beach day in Miami.
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Saints’ Taysom Hill gets shot at QB tonight against COVID-ridden Cowboys
The Saints had to try something new.
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The Debt Ceiling and More: Congress Has a Pre-Break To-Do List
Governing by brinkmanship means missing lots of vacations.
nytimes.com
More Democratic senators are willing to weigh changes to Supreme Court
Senators of both parties have long been reluctant to consider adding more justices or limiting their tenure. But this week’s abortion argument, added to liberals’ anger about recent confirmations, is prompting some to rethink.
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CNN sees ratings spike for Chris Cuomo’s show – after his suspension
The anemic ratings for Chris Cuomo's CNN show shot up -- after he disappeared on suspension.
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Abortion battles intensify in the states ahead of court ruling expected to undermine Roe v. Wade
Normally low-profile state legislative races and less prominent gubernatorial contests suddenly hold the potential to become national flash points in the polarizing debate, while state legislative activity will become more significant in shaping abortion laws.
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