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Covid-19 live updates: White House suggests flexibility in vaccine deadline for federal workers, contractors

"There is not a cliff here,” White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said.
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UNLV Fraternity Suspended After Student With No Boxing Experience Dies After Match
"Kappa Sigma Fraternity expects all of our chapters to conform with all applicable state and local laws," Mitchell Wilson said Thursday in a statement.
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Eco warrior Leo DiCaprio takes jet trip for Art Basel benefit in Miami
The environmental activist expanded his carbon footprint by jetting from Miami to New York -- and back -- in just one day to co-host a starry charity event.
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WATCH: Aurora borealis lights up sky above Alaska
The aurora borealis creates a stunning scene, lighting up the night sky over Alaska's White Mountains.
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CNN exclusive: 9-year-old Afghan girl sold into marriage rescued
Last month, CNN reported that Parwana and several other underage girls were being sold by their fathers so other members of their families could eat. After an international outcry as a result of CNN's story, Parwana was returned to her family due to the backlash from the community against the buyer. CNN's Anna Coren has the update.
WATCH: Stolen school bus slams into parked vehicles
New York City police are investigating after they say a man stole an unoccupied school bus in Brooklyn and struck 15 to 20 parked vehicles before he was stopped.
Brené Brown on her new book, a deep-dive into our emotions
Norah O'Donnell recently spoke with best-selling author Brené Brown about her new book, "Atlas of the Heart," which maps out the language people use to describe emotions.
It’s long past time for MTA brass to put an end to costly overtime abuse
The old-time honor system is too often abused, eroding public confidence and squandering precious transit dollars. Agency honchos need to make the new system a priority.
Labor shortages impede home construction
Not only are builders facing a shortage of materials amid supply chain issues, they're also hampered by labor shortages.
Hospital Turning Away Stroke Patients, Sending Them 200 Miles Away As COVID Filling Beds
A top health official in Wisconsin said 97 percent of intensive care beds and 98 percent of intermediate care beds are filled as COVID cases rise in the state.
WATCH: Drone sweeps over sizzling lava stream
A drone sweeps over a sizzling lava stream from the Cumbre Vieja volcano as its activity shows no sign of stopping.
NCAA approves late addition to bowl lineup, 42nd game
The NCAA football oversight committee on Thursday approved a waiver to the deadline for bowl certification so another game can be added to this season's lineup, upping the number to 42 and ensuring all teams that finished 6-6 can play in the postseason.
Team Biden, you can’t blame looting gangs on COVID and Trump — look in the mirror
It’s all Donald Trump’s fault. Or COVID. Whatever the issue, count on Team Biden to shift the blame to the pandemic — or the president’s predecessor.
Biden's new plan to fight Covid: stricter testing rules for U.S.-bound travelers, increase at-home testing, new vaccine push
CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.
Colts' Carson Wentz isn't phased by rejection from Eagles fans after trade: 'To be blunt, that’s Philly'
Largely praised for his role in leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory, Carson Wentz has since fallen out of favor with his former fanbase, but he doesn’t take it personally.
MLB team owners impose lockout on players
Major League Baseball team owners imposed a lockout on players for the first time in decades as the league's collective bargaining agreement with players expired without a new deal.
War in Ethiopia fuels humanitarian crisis
The war in Ethiopia has escalated into what the U.N. calls the world's worst hunger crisis in over a decade. Millions are facing starvation. Debora Patta reports.
Leon Black wants comms between accuser’s lawyer and Fanatics’ Michael Rubin
Leon Black, who is defending against a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who accused him of sexual assault, has served subpoenas demanding all communication between her law firm and several individuals, including Fanatics owner Michael Rubin.
Football airtime celebrating the insufferable
How could someone — anywhere in public, let alone on national TV — say such a thing?
Five Omicron Variant Cases Confirmed in New York State
“This is not a cause for major alarm,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said, adding that she was not announcing a shutdown or other drastic measures in response to the cases.
The Crew: Bucs' Leonard Fournette joins & RG3 tell-all book
Bucs' Leonard Fournette joins the show. Can any team dethrone the champs? Plus RG3's tell-all book.
U.S. has shortage of 2.2 million construction workers
The nationwide shortage of homes for sale is being driven, in part, by a severe shortage of builders. The construction industry says more than 2 million new workers will be needed over the next three years to meet demand. Mark Strassmann takes a look.
"CBS Evening News" headlines for Thursday, December 2, 2021
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News," hosted by Margaret Brennan.
How the G.O.P. Became Saboteurs, Threatening a Government Shutdown
Republican obstructionism is getting even more naked.
Halle Berry's MMA training for 'Bruised' was as real as it gets
Halle Berry was not messing around when it came to preparation for her latest starring role.       Related StoriesHalle Berry's MMA training for 'Bruised' was as real as it gets - EnclosureGeoff Neal jailed on DWI, weapon charges 16 days before UFC 269 fightDana White: Conor McGregor 'chomping at the bit,' still has desire to fight
Biden rolls out new plan to fight Covid as new Omicron variant spreads in U.S.
CNN's Nick Watt reports.
Suspect arrested in killing of Jacqueline Avant
Police in Los Angeles made an arrest in the killing of Jacqueline Avant, who was gunned down in the home she shared with her husband and music legend Clarence Avant. The suspect was caught at the scene of another crime, officials said. Carter Evans has more.
What Time Will ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Be on Disney+?
That wimpy kid sure has a lot to say!
Abortion: The Voice of the Ambivalent Majority
Our democracy may not be strong enough for post-Roe politics.
GOP senators threaten shutdown over vaccine rule
Lawmakers have until the end of Friday to approve a short-term government funding deal, but they're running into resistance from a group of Senate Republicans over federal vaccine requirements. Kris Van Cleave reports.
Far-Right Shock Jock Confronts Mark Meadows on Alleged Ties to China
TASOS KATOPODISFar-right radio personality Stew Peters ambushed Mark Meadows this week on his nightly internet program, asking the ardently pro-Trump former chief-oF-staff why he has allegedly been hanging around “Chinese communists.”The unexpectedly antagonistic questioning came as the ex-Trump official made his rounds in right-wing media to promote his new book, titled The Chief’s Chief.“Back on November 19th, this show discovered a really concerning report,” Peters stated while citing a claim made by far-right website The National File. Meadows has “very close connections with Chinese communists through the ridiculously named Humpty Dumpty Institute as well as the CCP-tied Taihe Institute,” the host continued.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Oregon Wolf Pack Among 8 Killed by Poison; Police Seek Help With Investigation
Oregon State Police reached out to the public for help in its investigation after all leads came up dry.
'Collaborating with the mullahs': Iranian dissidents warn US not to return to the nuclear deal
While Iran announced that it is escalating its nuclear program, despite the Vienna talks aimed at preventing just that, Iranian activists are speaking out to Fox News.
Biden launches plan to combat Omicron variant
President Biden unveiled his latest strategy to combat COVID-19 hours after the U.S. confirmed its first reported cases of the Omicron variant. Weijia Jiang shares more.
Fox Nation's 'Christmas at the Cathedral' honors history of St. Patrick's Cathedral
There’s nothing like Christmastime in New York City! Join Jonathan Morris for an exclusive look at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue and its stunning Christmas displays like you’ve never seen before.
TSA will force train and plane operators to tell the feds when they've been hacked
US airlines and railroads will have to report cyber breaches to the federal government, the Biden administration said Thursday, as officials warn of increasing danger from attempted hacks.
Alan Cumming recalls nude scene with Jessica Lange: ‘You have fantastic boobs’
His memoir is full of juicy tales from his life in showbiz, but one story, in particular, involves Jessica Lange, a nude scene and her so-called "fantastic boobs.”
Exclusive — Mark Levin: CDC Ignores Natural Immunity as Democrats Push Vaccine Mandates, Registries
Mark Levin noted the Biden administration refuses to consider natural immunity as part of its mass vaccination campaign and operation.
Alec Baldwin talks about fatal 'Rust' shooting
Actor Alec Baldwin sits down with ABC News for his first formal interview since discharging a prop firearm that killed a crew member and injured another on the set of "Rust." Follow here for the latest updates.
LeBron James cleared to return after false-positive coronavirus test
The four-time MVP will be eligible to play when the Lakers host the Clippers on Friday.
Michigan school shooting reveals the epidemic America is ignoring
Republicans have repeatedly hyped up a phony threat of "critical race theory" when it is school shootings that pose a real danger to the physical and psychological safety of students across the country, writes Julian Zelizer.
Keith Urban was judgmental about Nicole Kidman’s ‘Lucy’ voice
“Vocally, I started with the Lucy voice," Kidman said at a Thursday "Being the Ricardos" screening in NYC. "And I’d do it for my husband who has a great ear, cause he’s a musician, and he’d be, like, ‘Hmmmm.’ Kinda scary.”
Vaccination mandate extended to NYC religious, private school staffers
Under Thursday's announcement, employees at all private and religious education schools — including yeshivas and Catholic schools — must provide proof of a first vaccination dose by Dec. 20.
Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, among attorneys ordered to pay $180,000 over Michigan ‘Kraken’ suit
A federal judge called the legal fees to be paid to Detroit and state of Michigan appropriate to deter “misconduct”
Biden Administration Blames Omicron Variant for Supply Chain Woes
The Biden administration on Wednesday blamed the Omicron coronavirus variant for continued economic supply chain woes.
‘Sex and the City’ author Candace Bushnell celebrates birthday on stage
A spy told us director Lorin Latarro and Bushnell’s two poodles — Pepper and Prancer — joined her onstage with a cake from Butterfield Market that read “Happy Birthday Candace! Our Star!”
Bill de Blasio: Assume Omicron 'Community Spread' Is in New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Thursday that residents should assume that the omicron variant of the coronavirus is already present in New York City.
Tropical Bird Waltzed Into Family's House And 'Made It His Home' In Adorable Viral Video
"As my family was eating dinner, we saw this flash of green just appear at our door," the young woman said.
Jay Williams calls out ESPN for taking Brian Kelly quote out of context
Jay Williams is not happy with the ESPN social media team.