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As Many as 17 U.S. Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti

The missionaries, including several children, were reportedly kidnapped by a gang known as 400 Mawozo that is known for targeting religious groups.
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Jessica Chastain Defends Jeremy Strong After New Yorker Profile—'Snark Sells'
Strong and Chastain starred in the movies "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Molly's Game" together.
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McConnell-McCarthy divide grows as Trump aims to keep his grip on GOP
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. James Comer were sitting near each other at Cardinal Stadium late last month, watching Kentucky and Louisville's home-state football rivalry turn into a one-sided affair.
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Didi is leaving Wall Street. A 'perfect storm' means other Chinese tech stocks may follow
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi wants to bail on Wall Street. It may soon have plenty of company.
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No. 11 Arizona overwhelms Wyoming in first half of 94-65 win
The ball shot up the court like a rock skipping across water, one pass to the next until it reached an open shooter.
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Epik is a refuge for the deplatformed far right. Here's why its CEO insists on doing it
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The Biden Economy Is Actually Pretty Good
The president deserves some credit for avoiding the policy mistakes of a decade ago, even if voters are unlikely to give it to him. 
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Barcello, Lucas lead No. 24 BYU past Utah State 82-71
Alex Barcello scored 17 points while Te’Jon Lucas added 14 points and six assists to lead No. 24 BYU to an 82-71 victory over Utah State on Wednesday night.
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Young, Ahrens lead No. 21 Ohio State past Towson 85-74
Kyle Young scored 18 points, Justin Ahrens had 16 points on a career-best five 3-pointers and No. 21 Ohio State held off Towson 85-74 on Wednesday night.
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Don Lemon Faces 'Ethical Questions' Over Jussie Smollett's Tip-Off Testimony
Don Lemon has come under fire, after Jussie Smollett testified the CNN anchor warned him that police didn't believe his account of his alleged racial attack.
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California plans to convert food waste into energy
Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won't have a place in California trashcans under the nation's largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that's set to take effect in January.
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Affordable Care Act exchanges seeing record interest in heavily subsidized 2022 coverage
Americans are flocking to the Affordable Care Act exchanges to sign up for coverage for 2022.
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Omicron Seems Mild so Far but People Will Die From It, WHO Expert Maria Van Kerkhove Warns
WHO COVID technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove has cautioned against referring to Omicron's symptoms as "mild" following some early data on its severity.
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Truck drivers are paid more than teachers. Why America's educators are leaving classrooms.
The most important piece in ensuring we have enough teachers is compensation, and educators have suffered under years of stagnant wage growth.       
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Former Sen. Bob Dole lies in state in Capitol Rotunda; Biden to attend ceremony
Dole, the Kansas Republican who died on Dec. 5, will be remembered with memorials in Washington on Thursday and Friday.       
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NFL Week 14 picks and predictions: Rams will beat Cardinals
The Rams face a tough test against the NFC West-leading Cardinals and the Las Vegas Raiders look to overcome the odds against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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‘Little House on the Prairie’ star Karen Grassle: 8 surprising revelations from her tell-all
Karen Grassle, who famously played Caroline “Ma” Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” recently wrote a memoir titled "Bright Lights, Prairie Dust: Reflections on Life, Loss, and Love from Little House’s Ma."
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Krispy Kreme starts 'Day of the Dozens' early for rewards members. How the donut deal works.
Krispy Kreme's Day of the Dozens is Sunday but rewards members get two days early access to the deal. Buy a dozen donuts, get a glazed dozen for $1.      
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Actions by school staff before Michigan shooting fuel questions about their liability
After his teacher found a disturbing drawing, the suspect was allowed to return to class without a search of his backpack or locker. "A lot could have been done different," the prosecutor has said.
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Without access to charging stations, Black and Hispanics communities may be left behind in the era of electric vehicles
Look at any map of electrical vehicle charging stations in the United States, and in most of the big cities, what is immediately apparent are big blank spaces. They're called charging deserts, and they coincide with Black and Brown communities.
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Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia is the subject of an upcoming doc featuring rare footage, daughter Trixie says
It was also reported in November that Jonah Hill will star in Scorsese’s untitled biopic on Jerry Garcia.
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McConnell and Schumer cut a deal to raise the debt limit without any Republican votes. Here’s how it works.
Don’t try these parliamentary tricks at home.
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All 'The Expanse' Characters Who Have Died From Season 1 to 5
"The Expanse" is set to come to an end with its sixth season, but before that Newsweek will look back on the characters lost in the series so far.
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The U.S. Shouldn't Give up Too Soon on Iran Nuclear Talks | Opinion
While there may come a point in time when U.S. and European officials conclude Iran is unwilling to budge from its maximalist position, now is not that time.
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Small Virginia university gets $75 million gift, a modern record for women’s colleges
An anonymous alumna is donating the money to Hollins University to support scholarships and financial aid.
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Neil Young made ‘Barn,’ his new album, in a barn
At 76, Young is following his instincts. They led him to record in a building with no doors, no bathroom and no headphones.
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Advice on dealing with a workplace bully
Whether you're a target or a witness, everyone can play a role in building an environment where workplace bullying won't thrive.
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For this year’s Christmas tree decorations, embrace the unexpected
Tired of the same old look? Experts share advice for how to decorate your Christmas tree with flair.
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China Wants to Rule the World by Controlling the Rules
To truly understand the contours of the growing competition between the United States and China, look beyond the corridors of power in Washington and Beijing, past the tensions in the waters and skies around Taiwan, away from the bellicose rhetoric at international forums, and even off the tennis court, the new front opened by the trauma of Peng Shuai. Instead, look to the courtroom.In the U.S. and much of the liberal West, the concept of the “rule of law” is vital to a properly functioning society—the idea (at least in theory) that the law is impartial, independent, and applied evenly and consistently to all, and that it serves to protect the innocent, including from the state. China’s leaders, however, follow the concept of the “rule by law,” in which the legal system is a tool used to assure Communist Party dominance; courts are forums for imposing the government’s will. The state can do just about anything it wants, and then find some helpful language in the “laws” to justify it.To see these differing perspectives in action, consider the case of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Vancouver in late 2018 on behalf of the U.S. Justice Department, which indicted her for bank fraud. From the American point of view, the case was a matter of law enforcement: The Justice Department accused Meng of lying to a major international bank about Huawei’s business in Iran, causing causing financial transactions that violated Washington’s sanctions on that country. Prosecutors were vindicated when Meng confirmed the substance of the case in an agreement reached in September that allowed her to avoid a U.S. trial and return to China.In Beijing, however, the case was never perceived as anything but political. China’s Foreign Ministry deemed Meng’s indictment “a political frame-up … designed to hobble Chinese high-tech.” Thus for Beijing, the case demanded a political solution. In July, when U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with her Chinese counterparts, they handed her two lists of demands that included dropping the case against Meng. Her eventual release was heralded within China as a diplomatic triumph. (Huawei, in a comment attributed to Meng’s lawyer, William W. Taylor, noted that she did not plead guilty, and asserted that “we fully expect the indictment will be dismissed.”)In a narrow sense, the episode illustrates rival superpowers seeking to pressure each other, just one part of a wider global conflagration. Yet this view misses the larger lesson of the case. Meng’s arrest and subsequent release point to something far deeper and longer-lasting, with the potential to reshape how the modern world works.[Read: What happens when China leads the world]For 75 years, the United States has been the world’s self-anointed rule writer and enforcer. Intent on preventing another global bloodletting on the scale of World War II, Washington attempted to craft a world order cemented in shared norms, with international institutions to enshrine and uphold them. Backing it all up was the might of the American military. That order has been imperfect, subject to abuse by an array of countries—America included—but it has kept a lid on big-power conflict, while spreading economic prosperity and democratic principles across much of the globe. It’s an order that, though somewhat tattered, the Biden administration is striving to maintain with, for instance, today’s Summit for Democracy.But the American monopoly on rule writing is now facing its stiffest challenge since the fall of the Soviet Union. As China rises in stature, Beijing is promoting its own concepts about global governance, development, and international relations, grasping influence at institutions such as the United Nations to infuse these concepts into global discourse, and using its growing wealth and military might to contest the existing norms of the American world system.Ultimately, this is what the Meng dispute is really about: a widening confrontation between the U.S. and China over who sets the rules on trade and technology, climate change, and public health. Fundamentally, it is about the principles and precepts that guide how countries, companies, and individuals interact on a global scale, a competition over whether the world will be one of the “rule of law” or the “rule by law.”The main purpose of the West’s original policy of engagement with China was to avoid this very situation. By integrating Beijing into the U.S.-led system, the thinking went, the Chinese leadership would see its benefits and come to support it. On a certain level, the plan succeeded. China has been a major beneficiary of the American order—perhaps the biggest of all. The security, trade, and cross-border investment fostered by the U.S. order propelled China’s rise from poverty, while Beijing eagerly immersed itself in U.S.-backed institutions such as the World Trade Organization.Yet today, China’s paramount leader, Xi Jinping, appears to consider the U.S. system a constraint on Chinese power. For a proud autocracy, the American order can seem an unfriendly, even threatening place, one where liberal political values reign supreme, and the Chinese form of government is perceived as illegitimate, while Chinese companies and officials are vulnerable to foreign sanction and Chinese ambitions are hemmed in. From Xi’s perspective, it is critical that Beijing rewrite the rules to better suit its interests and, more broadly, those of authoritarian states. Simply, Xi intends to flip the global hierarchy, placing illiberal governments and ideals at its apex.Xi “wants to dominate the rule of law,” Jerome Cohen, a longtime expert in Chinese law, told me. Xi believes that “you have to have rules that suit the interest of the majority of countries,” and “he sees the Anglo-Americans as being a minority now,” Cohen continued. “That minority should be governed by the autocracies of the world who are amenable to the Chinese point of view.”The U.S. has faced a similar challenge before, from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. But because China is more integrated into the American order, especially economically, than the Soviets ever were, it presents a more dangerous threat. Beijing is attacking the world order in a pincer movement. From the outside, it markets its ideas, governance, and development model as superior to the West’s; from the inside, it works within the very institutions and networks that bind the U.S. order together.[Read: Xi Jinping’s terrifying new China]Take, for instance, the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi’s pet program that finances and builds railways, power stations, and other infrastructure in developing nations. This undertaking is an effort to change the way international development is done by offering an alternative to the established practices of the Western powers and their institutions, such as the World Bank. Beijing’s state banks generally don’t follow the norms on lending to poor nations designed (after much trial and error) by other major creditor countries, nor has China participated in processes to manage that debt, such as the Paris Club. Instead, Chinese lending is based on China’s rules, often with less transparent terms and weaker standards on labor practices, corruption, and environmental protection. Kristen Cordell, a development policy expert, wrote in a 2020 report on Belt and Road that “the willingness of China to abide by international rules and processes for these investments has been secondary to its interest of shaping norms for its favor.”Meanwhile, China’s inroads at the United Nations show how the country is eating away at the American order from its very core. Beijing is using its influence to promote Belt and Road. It also employs its growing clout to infuse the institution with its own ideological principles on issues such as human rights and state sovereignty. Last year, at the UN’s Human Rights Council, 53 countries sided with China on its controversial imposition of a national-security law on Hong Kong, which allowed authorities to crack down on the city’s prodemocracy movement; at this year’s UN General Assembly, more than 60 members trumpeted China’s position on human rights—essentially, that a nation’s rights violations are none of the world’s business. Taken together, these efforts, a 2019 report by the Center for a New American Security contended, “will hasten the export of some of the most harmful aspects of China’s political system, including corruption, mass surveillance, and the repression of individual and collective rights.”Elsewhere, Beijing has ignored an international ruling and the protestations of its neighbors over its expansion in the South China Sea, a vital waterway for global trade that it claims is mostly China’s sovereign territory. There, Beijing is effectively attempting to rewrite the standard norms on territorial waters and free navigation, basing its position on China’s purported historical role in the area going back more than 2,000 years to the Han dynasty, and other dubious assertions. To solidify its grip, China has also utilized bullying and threats: Its coast guard harasses other nations’ ships, and its fishing vessels crowd into waters other governments contend they have the right to exploit. Beijing also built man-made islands in the region and stacked them with military installations. The nations that share the South China Sea, all smaller and in some cases poorer, have struggled to hold their own.And then there is the Meng case. She was ostensibly a private citizen working for an ostensibly private company, but China used the full might of its government apparatus to defend her. Along with raising her case in the meeting with Deputy Secretary of State Sherman and through other channels, Beijing also held two Canadian citizens, the former diplomat Michael Kovrig and the businessman Michael Spavor, who were arrested in China only days after Meng was detained in Canada. The move was widely seen as an attempt to pressure authorities in Ottawa to intervene and short-circuit the extradition process, and the differing treatment of Meng and “the two Michaels” illustrates the gulf in the differing perceptions of the rule of law between the U.S. (and other democracies) and China. While Meng defended herself in public hearings, Kovrig and Spavor faced undefined spying charges in closed-door trials. As the process dragged on, the pair rotted in Chinese prisons while Meng cooled her heels in a Vancouver mansion and indulged in fancy dinners and lavish shopping sprees.Beijing authorities pretended the affairs weren’t connected, but the truth that the two Canadians were no more than human bargaining chips was laid bare when the pair were immediately released upon Meng’s settlement with the Justice Department. In a postmortem of the affair, Scott Kennedy, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote that “Beijing’s actions reconfirmed the international community’s conclusion that China has no regard for rule of law.”What Xi’s world order might look like isn’t clear. He hasn’t elucidated a complete vision for a replacement system. On the surface, the language he proffers to describe the workings of a new order sounds innocuous enough. He talks of a “community of common destiny,” with diplomacy based on “win-win cooperation” and “mutual respect,” in which different social and political systems are accepted. But this is code for a downgrading of democracy. Unlike the current order, in which liberal democracy is held up as the sole legitimate form of governance, Xi’s version would raise authoritarianism to equal, or even superior, status. This would likely result in a world where Washington and its allies can’t decide which states deserve to be sanctioned for the global good, as they define it, one where Chinese executives such as Meng cannot end up in foreign courtrooms for allegedly violating the law. Such a system would suit Beijing’s preference to do business with anybody who wants to buy and trade.Xi wants to usurp the U.S. role as arbiter of global rights and wrongs, based on an entirely different set of criteria, such as who does and does not support Chinese interests and power. Beijing regularly imposes sanctions of its own on countries it views as a threat to its interests. Australia, for example, has faced severe economic coercion, including effective bans on key exports, for supporting an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which Beijing considers an attempt to undermine Communist rule. When Lithuania recently cozied up toTaiwan, Beijing downgraded its diplomatic relations and blocked imports from the country.[H.R. McMaster: How China sees the world]“It’s really about replacing a rule-of-law, equality-between-states system with a hierarchical sensibility that privileges authoritarianism,” Matt Pottinger, chair of the China program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and deputy national security adviser in the Trump administration, told me. If Beijing succeeds, he added, “the international order would be far more Machiavellian, and the UN system would reward the most Mafia-like players.”That’s bad enough for the U.S., but it’s downright dangerous for countries that aren’t superpowers—which means most of them. These countries seek protection in a rules-based order, one where they can (at least in theory) stand up to bullying from more powerful states by utilizing the rule of law. One reason the government of Australia has taken a hard line on aspects of Chinese foreign policy is its commitment to defending the current order. Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote last year that “it was manifestly in our interests to maintain respect for the rule of law in our region because that was the only way we, and other smaller states, could be sure of preserving our own freedom and sovereignty.”Confronted by this opposing set of global rules, Washington continues to try to uphold its own. Huawei is still facing Justice Department lawsuits, for theft of trade secrets and racketeering, among other charges. (A Huawei spokesperson said the company “will continue to defend itself” in the latter case but had no comment on the former.) The U.S. Navy routinely sends squadrons through the South China Sea to maintain freedom of navigation, shrugging off apoplectic tirades from Beijing. President Joe Biden has proposed an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative that would strengthen standards of development and lending for needy nations. Washington also looks set to initiate a new regional economic partnership in Asia.The United States might also consider joining and bolstering agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Though considered a trade pact, TPP is, in fact, packed with standards on labor and environmental protections, as well as other key issues for the global economy.In the end, the U.S. and China will likely never agree on what the global order should be, and they’re never likely to abide by the other’s rules. Ultimately, neither power can fully enforce its version of the rules, either. To a certain extent, they both prefer it that way. “The big powers don’t want impartial independent adjudication of their behavior under prevailing international norms,” Cohen pointed out. “They want to settle things themselves.”The battle over rules is really about power—which country has it, and which country can project it. The U.S. has held this power for decades; the Chinese now want it for themselves.
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'Hawkeye' Directors Bert & Bertie Dissect the Black Widow Reveal in Episode 4
Directing duo Bert and Bertie speak to Newsweek about the recent Black Widow reveal in "Hawkeye" Episode 4 and the incredible car chase one-shot from Episode 3.
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Gig Worker Protections Get a Push in European Proposal
A proposal with widespread political support would entitle drivers and couriers for companies like Uber to a minimum wage and legal protections.
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No. 19 Mich. St. outlasts Minnesota 75-67 in Big 10 opener
Michigan State is playing tough defense again, and the arrival of Tyson Walker is not a coincidence.
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Video shows Coast Guard pulling body from car above Niagara Falls
Video shows the rescue swimmer with an axe in his left hand being lowered 80 feet to the submerged car through falling snow.
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Can you ‘dig’ it? Army of snowmen built with excavator
While Canadians can’t stop making sexual snowmen, the staff at a hotel in China found a more family-friendly approach. Watch as more than 100 snowmen were constructed using an excavator, also called a digger, in this time-saving holiday hack.
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Doncic scores 26, Mavs rally past Grizzlies to end skid
Luka Doncic scored 26 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 19 as Dallas used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-96 on Wednesday night, ending the Mavericks’ three-game skid.
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Glimmers of hope emerge in the supply chain nightmare
Epic port congestion is easing. Shipping prices are falling from sky-high levels. Deliveries are speeding up a bit. There are growing signs that the supply chain mess is finally starting to get cleaned up.
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Animal Charity Calls Out Kate and Prince William Over Reindeer Welfare
Animal Aid said it was "sad" to see live reindeer used at a Westminster Abbey carol service hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Fox News' Lawrence Jones on Christmas: 'The best time of year'
'Fox & Friends' enterprise reporter shares a memorable story about his holidays as a child in this excerpt from the book 'All American Christmas'
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Martin scores career-high 28 as Heat beat Bucks 113-104
Caleb Martin scored a career-high 28 points and the Miami Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-104 on Wednesday night.
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Kids as Young as 9 Have Made ‘Copy-Cat’ Threats in Wake of Michigan School Shooting, Police Say
Emily Elconin/GettyAuthorities in Michigan are sounding the alarm over a disturbing trend following the deadly Oxford High School shooting—more children making violent threats against classmates, including some reported to be as young as 9 years old.In one Michigan county, nearly two dozen children have been charged over the course of just a few days.“We have charged 18 youth in the last few days with crimes relating to school threats. Much has been written about these types of cases lately, yet still these serious events continue to happen,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement Wednesday.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Capitol rioter says she plans to lose 30 pounds, ‘work out a lot and do a lot of yoga and detox’ while in custody
Jenna Ryan, who flew on a private jet to D.C., said on TikTok that she plans to read, practice yoga and lose weight during her 60-day sentence for her involvement in the insurrection.
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Capitol rioter says she plans to lose 30 pounds, ‘work out a lot and do a lot of yoga and detox’ while in custody
Jenna Ryan, who flew on a private jet to D.C., said on TikTok that she plans to read, practice yoga and lose weight during her 60-day sentence for her involvement in the insurrection.
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FOX Bet Super 6 'Quiz Show': $5,000 up for grabs answering questions on NFL, UFC 269 and more
A grand prize of $5,000 is on the line this weekend in the FOX Bet Super 6 "Quiz Show," a weekly contest that features six multiple-choice questions.
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Alexandria woman killed in homicide, police say
Police said the homicide occurred in an apartment on South Van Dorn Street in Alexandria.
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SpaceX Launches IXPE NASA Telescope for X-Ray Views of Universe
The IXPE spacecraft will use X-ray polarimetry to better measure black holes, supernovas and other astronomical phenomena.
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Rockets beat shorthanded Nets 114-104 for 7th straight win
Eric Gordon scored 21 points before being ejected in the fourth quarter and Garrison Mathews added 19 as the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to seven games with a 114-104 victory over the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
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Senators Demand Clarity on U.S. Defense of Taiwan Against China
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told key Biden officials on Wednesday that the U.S. needed to clarify its intent to safeguard Taiwan.
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How Nord Stream 2 has become a pivotal foreign policy issue for Biden
Meanwhile, Biden's “Summit for Democracy,” happening today, is seeking to demonstrate the U.S. is again a constructive global citizen following the presidency of Donald Trump.
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