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Ben Simmons told 76ers he’s not ‘prepared mentally’ to play

The Sixers' disgruntled point guard met with head coach Doc Rivers, center Joel Embiid and the rest of team on Friday.
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Four-day workweek gains traction among some in Congress
A bill to cap Americans' work week at 32 hours, and pay overtime above that, is an idea gaining popularity globally.
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Kellogg's says it will permanently replace striking workers
Workers voted down a five-year offer from the cereal maker that included 3% raises and cost-of-living adjustments.
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Pope Francis says extramarital sex sins aren’t that ‘serious’
“Sins of the flesh are not the most serious,” the 84-year-old religious leader said. Top transgressions instead include pride and hatred.
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Randy Moss had secret meeting with Tom Brady before joining Patriots
For those under the impression star player recruitment began with LeBron James and the NBA, Tom Brady and Randy Moss have a secret to reveal.
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Rep. Gonzales warns border is ‘on fire,’ lays out plan to end migrant crisis
Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, whose district includes part of the U.S. border with Mexico, is warning that the U.S. immigration system is currently "on fire" as he lays out a plan to end the crisis at the southern border — and urges Republicans and Democrats to act urgently to implement it.
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This popular electric car scored zero stars in crash test
The head of NCAP suggested that the push to produces electric cars may be having a negative effect on safety efforts.
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De Blasio calls Post’s ‘Santanista Claus’ front page one of his favorites
With just a few weeks left in his second and final term, Mayor Bill de Blasio made a point of expressing his love for a critical New York Post Page One from earlier this week.
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Fmr. Reagan official warns of threats to abortion -- and to democracy
Former U.S. Solicitor General Charles Fried and writer Katie Roiphe discuss democracy in the United States and the Mississippi abortion case before the Supreme Court.
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Arena design giant Dan Meis selling $1.5M West Village pied-à-terre
Architect Dan Meis is used to designing giant sports and entertainment complexes — like the Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers — in California. But at home, he scales significantly, well, smaller. He’s put his Greenwich Village digs on the market for $1.5 million. The charming pied-à-terre, at 101 W. 12th St., is...
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Dorit Kemsley reacts to husband PK’s DUI: ‘He was barely over the limit’
Paul "PK" Kemsley was arrested on Nov. 23 after having wine with dinner and then driving in LA. His attorney said he "fully cooperated with the authorities."
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The best places to work in 2021, ranked
Glassdoor has ranked large employers across the US... and a lot of the big tech companies aren't at the top
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Waitress Confronts 'Rude' Customer Accused of 'Looking at Underaged Girls' in Viral Video
"You're a pedophile and a freak and you deserve to be locked up at Bellevue," the waitress said.
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Will the Blazers trade Damian Lillard this season?
USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down how the Blazers can rebuild with some big moves.       
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Google warns over 1M devices have been infected in ‘Russian hack’
Google has taken action against a major hacking operation that it thinks has infected more than one million devices.
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Saudi Man Mistakenly Identified as One of Jamal Khashoggi's Killers Freed by France
The misidentified man reportedly shares the same name as one of Khashoggi's suspected killers, Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi.
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Japanese tycoon blasts off to space
Japanese billionaire and his producer rocketed to space and reached the International Space Station several hours later      
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Biden's Export-Import Bank nominee's strong pro-China ties cast doubt on her confirmation
Lawmakers are divided on how to best handle ties with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as geopolitical tensions continue to escalate, leaving senators torn over President Biden’s pick to lead the government's official export credit agency.
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Facebook delays January office deadline for its workers
Parent company Meta will allow employees to work remotely for an additional three to five months.
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Supreme Court scrutinizes tuition program in religious liberty case
A decision from the Supreme Court is expected by summer of 2022.
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How to deal with feeling ashamed about pandemic weight gain? Carolyn Hax readers give advice.
Carolyn Hax readers give advice to a letter writer who feels shame over gaining weight during the pandemic.
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A Texas school district is reviewing 400 library books after a GOP lawmaker's inquiry
State Rep. Matt Krause launched an inquiry into school library books on topics like race and gender earlier this fall. A San Antonio district says it's reviewing some 400 titles that were on his list.
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Christmas tree outside Fox News in NY set afire
A man was charged with arson and other crimes Wednesday for setting fire to a 50-foot (15-meter) Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, police said. (Dec. 8)      
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Biden hails ‘very encouraging’ report that Pfizer booster works on Omicron
President Biden said he was glad to see Pfizer's report that a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine works against the Omicron variant.
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The Kristin Cavallari ‘Southern Charm’ Love Triangle Lives on In ‘Summer House’ Season 6
Craig Conover and Austen Kroll are bringing their romances (and drama) up north and out east to the Hamptons.
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Biden's catastrophic collapse of American leadership
It turns out that going from America First to America Last has real world consequences.
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What stands out about the bulls' hot start?
USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down how the Chicago Bulls quickly rebuilt their roster this offseason.       
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In South Carolina, bypass crowded Charleston for tranquil Beaufort
Beaufort, S.C., offers beauty and history to rival Charleston — with fewer tourists.
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The Supreme Court appears really eager to force taxpayers to fund religious education
Reproductive rights and anti-abortion protesters rally outside the US Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on December 1, 2021. | Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Carson v. Makin appears likely to end in another transformative victory for the religious right. At an oral argument held Wednesday morning, all six members of the Supreme Court’s Republican-appointed majority appeared likely to blow a significant new hole in the wall separating church and state. The case is Carson v. Makin; the question is whether the state of Maine is required to subsidize religious education; and the majority’s answer appears, at least under certain circumstances, to be yes. Under current law, as Justice Elena Kagan noted during Wednesday’s argument, the question of whether to fund religious education is typically left up to elected officials. Maine’s legislators decided not to do so when they drafted the state’s unusual tuition voucher program that’s at issue in Carson, and is meant to ensure that children in sparsely populated areas still receive a free education. The overwhelming majority of Maine schoolchildren attend a school designated by their local school district. But a small minority — fewer than 5,000 students, according to the state — live in rural areas where it is not cost-effective for the state to either operate its own public school or contract with a nearby school to educate local students. In these areas, students are provided a subsidy, which helps them pay tuition at the private school of their family’s choice. The issue in Carson is that only “nonsectarian” schools are eligible for this subsidy. Families may still send their children to religious schools, but the state will not pay for children to attend schools that seek to inculcate their students into a religious faith. All six of the Court’s Republican appointees appeared to think that this exclusion for religious schools is unconstitutional — meaning that Maine would be required to pay for tuition at pervasively religious schools. Notably, that could include schools that espouse hateful worldviews. According to the state, one of the plaintiff families in Carson wants the state to pay for a school that requires teachers to sign a contract stating that “the Bible says that ‘God recognize[s] homosexuals and other deviants as perverted’” and that “[s]uch deviation from Scriptural standards is grounds for termination.’” In the likely event that these plaintiffs’ families prevail, that will mark a significant escalation in the Court’s decisions benefiting the religious right — even if the Court limits the decision narrowly to Maine’s situation.Shortly after Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation gave Republicans a 6-3 supermajority on the Supreme Court, the Court handed down a revolutionary decision holding that people of faith may seek broad exemptions from the laws that apply to anyone else. But the Court has historically been more reluctant to require the government to tax its citizens and spend that money on religion. That reluctance may very well be gone. The Court’s conservative majority wants to redefine what constitutes religious “discrimination” The purpose of Maine’s exclusion for sectarian schools, according to Christopher Taub, the lawyer given the unfortunate task of defending that exclusion against a hostile Supreme Court, is to ensure that the state remains “neutral and silent” on questions of religion. For many years, the Constitution was understood to require this kind of neutrality. As the Court held in Everson v. Board of Education(1947), “no tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion.” Everson was effectively abandoned by the Court’s decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (2002), in which a 5-4 Court upheld a pilot program in Ohio that provided tuition vouchers funding private education — including at religious schools. But Zelman, as Kagan pointed out today, merely held that states “could” fund religious education if they chose to do so. Nothing in that decision prevents states from adopting the same neutral posture toward religion that was once required by cases like Everson. On Wednesday, however, several members of the Court’s Republican-appointed majority questioned whether religious neutrality is even possible, and suggested that Maine’s efforts to remain neutral on questions of religion are themselves a form of discrimination against people of faith. Chief Justice John Roberts, for example, proposed a hypothetical involving two private schools. One of these schools teaches its religious beliefs openly and explicitly, and it also teaches a particular set of religious values in the process. The other school might eschew explicit references to God or to a holy text, but it teaches a different value system that is motivated by religious beliefs. If the state funds the latter school but not the former one, Roberts asked, why is it not drawing “distinctions based on doctrine”? Justice Samuel Alito, meanwhile, offered the Fox News version of Roberts’s argument. Maine’s law, Alito noted, does not contain explicit exemptions for private schools that teach white supremacy or critical race theory, but it does explicitly exempt religious schools from its tuition program. The implication was that Maine is discriminating against religion and in favor of critical race theory. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, meanwhile, offered the most direct version of this argument that neutrality toward religion is the same thing as discrimination. “Discriminating against all religions” is still unlawful discrimination, Kavanaugh told Taub — a position that is difficult to square with the text of the First Amendment, which prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion.” It should be noted that Roberts and Kavanaugh are, while both very conservative, the most moderate members of the Court’s six-justice conservative bloc. So if both of these justices vote against Maine, it’s hard to imagine how the state finds five votes to sustain its law. That said, there is an off chance that the Court will dismiss this case. Early in the oral argument, Justice Clarence Thomas pointed to the fact that his Court may not have jurisdiction to hear the Carson case. Under Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife(1992), federal courts may not hear a lawsuit unless the injury alleged by the plaintiffs can be “redressed by a favorable decision.” But, according to Maine, both of the plaintiff families want to send their children to schools that might refuse state funds even if such funds are offered to them — because Maine forbids all entities that receive state subsidies from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Even if the Court were to order Maine to provide tuition subsidies to religious schools, in other words, the plaintiffs in Carson might wind up with nothing, because their preferred schools could choose to keep their anti-LGBTQ policies intact instead of receiving state subsidies. Nevertheless, even if the Court does ultimately decide to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, that will only delay a reckoning over public funding for religious institutions. Eventually, some lawyer will find a school that is willing to accept state funding. And when that happens, there will likely be at least five votes on the Supreme Court to hand that lawyer a victory. The justices are likely to place some limits on its decision in Carson, but it’s not yet clear how they will justify those limits Although the six conservative justices showed little sympathy for Maine’s position — or for existing law — on Wednesday, some of them did suggest that there should be some limits on a decision forcing states to fund religion. Roberts, for example, suggested that he might strike down a program that gave money directly to religious institutions in order to fund religious programs, rather than providing tuition grants to parents who then turn that money over to a religious school. Suppose that a state has a program that funds building construction at private schools, Roberts suggested at one point, but that also provides that the money cannot be used to build a chapel. He appeared to be suggesting that such an exclusion for chapel construction is permissible. Similarly, Kavanaugh asked Michael Bindas, the lawyer challenging Maine’s program, whether religious families are entitled to tuition vouchers merely because their state funds ordinary public schools. Bindas denied that tuition vouchers are required under these circumstances, pointing to a line in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue (2020) stating that “a State need not subsidize private education.” But it’s hard to draw a principled line between a Court decision requiring Maine to fund religious education as part of its existing private school tuition program and a decision requiring all states with a public school system to fund religious education. In his brief, Bindas argues that policies that require religious families to “choose between their religious beliefs and receiving a government benefit” are unconstitutional. But if the Constitution does not permit states to force families to choose between receiving a free education and a religious one, then then it’s unclear why this rule wouldn’t threaten any public school system. Traditional public education, where students attend a government-run school for free, is a government benefit. All families who send their children to private, religious schools choose to forgo this government benefit. So, under the rule articulated in Bindas’s brief, every state may be required to pay for private tuition at religious schools. In any event, the Court has previously drawn unprincipled lines that are difficult to square with legal texts and existing doctrines. So if five justices are bothered by the possibility that ordinary public school districts may be required to fund religious education, they could simply declare that such a thing is not required and leave it at that. Proponents of a wall of separation between church and state can take some minor comfort in that fact. At the very least, however, the Court appears likely to hand down a transformative decision rethinking much of its approach to religion — and to force at least some states to fund religious education in the process.
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Instagram head testifies before Congress
Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, is testifying today at a Senate subcommittee hearing about the platform's potentially harmful impact on younger users. Follow here for live updates.
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Supreme Court justices offer support for religious rights in Maine education case
Conservative Supreme Court justices raised challenges to a Maine program that provides tuition for private schools, but excludes religious schools.
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Chinese Hackers Targeting Southeast Asia Nations Likely State-Sponsored, U.S. Company Says
U.S. cybersecurity threat researchers at Insikt Group identified over 400 servers across Southeast Asia affected by Chinese malware.
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The UAE is adopting a 4.5-day workweek and a Saturday-Sunday weekend
The change will apply to federal government entities starting in January. UAE officials hope it will enhance workers' wellbeing and boost the country's economic competitiveness.
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Biden will sign executive order setting 2050 net-zero emissions target for federal government
Biden plans to use the power of the federal purse to buy clean energy, purchase electric vehicles and make federal buildings more energy efficient.
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Fewer Americans quit their jobs in October as openings rose again
There were just over 11 million openings across the country as of the last day of October, an increase of some 431,000 from September.
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Ted Cruz: Russian invasion of Ukraine would be Biden's fault after Afghanistan 'surrender'
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blasted President Biden on 'The Faulkner Focus,' arguing tension between Russia and Ukraine is his fault.
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FULL SHOW 12/08/2021: Investors reassess Omicron risk
Renaissance Capital's Kathleen Smith on why 2021 was the peak for IPO activity. Plus, Aurora Cannabis CEO Miguel Martin outlines how the company plans to attain profitability. And Goldman Sachs' Joe Duran offers his strategy for navigating the current market volatility.
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The Ford Bronco Sport is using recycled plastic from the ocean to make these auto parts
Ford pulls plastic from the ocean to make Bronco Sport car part as part of a bigger mission to adopt sustainable manufacturing practices.      
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What do the Knicks need to do to be a contender in the east?
USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down how the Knicks can improve at the trade deadline.       
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Italian-American Christmas Eve ‘seven fishes’ tradition brings together faith and family, Fox Nation explores
Fox Nation explores the fascination, celebration, and history of the Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Experience the journey of Italian-Americans from the fish market to their Christmas Eve tables as these dishes come to life.
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Wendy Williams not returning to her talk show in early 2022
The host was last seen departing a Miami wellness center, where she unconvincingly assured her fans that she was "doing fabulous" despite needing assistance.
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Alleged Texas cop's killer had just been confronted by wife about his infidelity, authorities say
Jaime Jaramillo, 37, and his alleged mistress had just been confronted by his wife in a suburban Dallas supermarket when he fatally shot Mesquite Police Officer Richard Houston who was responding to the disturbance call, according to authorities.
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Trump tries to distance himself from Sidney Powell — whom he once wanted as special counsel
Sidney Powell is too unhinged for Trump, even if her arguments aren’t.
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YouTube to remain on Roku in ‘multiyear’ deal after monthslong battle
YouTube and Roku Inc announced on Wednesday a multi-year pact to end a battle that dragged for months over accusations of anti-competitive conduct.
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40 camels ejected from beauty pageant for using banned Botox
More than 40 camels were booted from a Saudi Arabian beauty pageant after getting administered BOTOX, hormones and other appearance enhancing techniques.
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A-Rod sells Miami house for $6.3M following Jennifer Lopez split
Alex Rodriguez dropped $5.5 million in April for an investment property in Miami right before his split with Jennifer Lopez. But it looks like his plans quickly changed following the break up. Initially closing on the home on April 9, he quickly put the property back on the market on April 26, nearly 10 days...
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Russia Says 'Impossible' to Revive Soviet Union Amid U.S. Concerns, Growing Nostalgia
While there's no clear plan to bring back the Soviet Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously gained massive popularity with moves on Ukraine.
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Parents of School Shooters Rarely Are Held Responsible. A Michigan Prosecutor Wants to Change That
James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, face multiple charges related to the fatal shooting of four teenagers at their son's high school in Oxford, Michigan
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‘Jeopardy!’ Announces Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik As Hosts for Entire Season 38
Jeopardy! is coming closer to a permanent decision.
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