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Introducing America’s latest hero: Woke Superman

This week, it was announced that Superman no longer stands for the American way.
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Watch Baby Elephant Takes Its First Steps With Help From Its Mom in Adorable Video
Video from Kruger National Park shows the moments just after a baby elephant is born.
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Pete Davidson, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker and the obsession with their relationships
Pete Davidson and his love life are everywhere. What is it about him? Or Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox? Or Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian?       
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Why you snore, when to be concerned and how to stop
Remedies for snoring include lifestyle changes, over the counter products and, as a last resort, surgery.
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Google fired its star AI researcher one year ago. Now she’s launching her own institute
Timnit Gebru is launching Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (DAIR) to document AI’s harms on marginalized groups
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Hunter Biden, foreign agent plotted investment meeting with Serbian president and oligarchs, emails show
A registered Serbian foreign agent and the Serbian Ambassador to the United States were in discussions with Hunter Biden in the early years of his dad’s first term as Vice President to coordinate the scheduling of an investment meeting with Serbia’s president and Serbian “high net worth individuals,” according to emails reviewed by Fox News Digital.
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The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of Dec. 2-8
A festive week includes the opening of the National Christmas Tree, two holiday boat parades, German-style Christmas markets and the NSO's "Ugly Sweater Concert."
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Video calls can be a pain for hybrid offices. Tech companies say relief is coming
Zoom, Google, Microsoft and others say new features and tools will help improve the headaches of hybrid work meetings.
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Watch: This Short Documentary Offers a Rare, Powerful Glimpse Into Immigration Detention
A harrowing new documentary, “The Facility,” follows the lives of immigrants detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities across Georgia from March to November 2020 as they fight for their own protection from COVID-19, as well as their dignity before U.S. law. Most of the documentary was filmed remotely, through a video conferencing app,…
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Biden Faces a Conundrum on Afghanistan | Opinion
The Afghan people's well-being is now connected to the Taliban. The U.S. shouldn't pretend otherwise.
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For a grieving father, a ‘manifest injustice’ in court after his son’s slaying
Tom Marmet, an aspiring social worker, was hit by a stray bullet in the District. Now his family is decrying a plea bargain for the killer.
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This doctor commutes 800 miles to provide abortion services in underserved communities
Emboldened by attacks on abortion rights, a new generation of doctors travels by plane, train and Uber to provide care.
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A tree falls, a rebuild begins
A contemporary design emerges from the ruins of the original home
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Just 4 teams make the College Football Playoff. Eight would make it better.
Cut out a regular season easy win to allow more teams to compete in the CFP.
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René Magritte was an enigma. A new biography tries to make sense of the genius.
“René Magritte,” by the late Alex Danchev, is an insightful and broad-reaching exploration of the artist.
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Stephen Curry, Draymond Green headline NBA first-quarter awards
With 20 games in the books, here's a look at the most deserving candidates for MVP, Coach of the Year and the other major NBA awards.
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In Flee, one Afghan refugee’s story comes to vibrant, animated life
Flee is an extraordinary documentary that mixes recorded interviews and animation to terrific effect. | Neon It’s one of 2021’s best films. Near the end of Flee, the main subject Amin — who fled Kabul, Afghanistan, with his family in the ’90s, when he was a young teenager — is in an airport. He’s reflecting on his own aversion to settling down, staying in one place, building a home with his fiancé Kasper. That reticence is surprising to the audience, since “home” is all he’s wanted since he was a child. But “when you flee as a child,” he explains, you are constantly on guard. You’re afraid to trust anyone. Even your partner. Even your best friend. So it’s to the credit of Amin’s childhood friend, director Jonas Poher Rasmussen (who attended high school with Amin in Denmark), that he convinces Amin to share with him his extraordinary, harrowing story for Flee, one of the year’s best documentaries — and perhaps its best animated film. Animation is common enough in contemporary documentaries, usually used as a whimsical tool to illustrate a story or schematic. It’s much rarer to watch a feature-length documentary that, like Flee, is almost entirely animated. Others have done it — 2008’s Oscar-nominated film Waltz with Bashir is a shining example. But animating a film is time- and labor-intensive, and the low budget usually allotted to documentary projects (especially those that aren’t in English) can make it prohibitive. Neon Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen includes himself in the film as he interviews Amin. Thank goodness Flee’s filmmakers managed. The animation in Flee is largely simple and realistic, but with a slightly jumpy style that keeps things from feeling like they’re aiming for Adult Swim territory. Occasional charcoal-style drawings and grainy video inserts add depth to the story, but the consistent imagery links the events in Amin’s life, connecting the present and the past rather than feeling like some remote story. In the present, Amin is pursuing postdoctoral studies at Princeton but living with Kasper during the off months in Denmark, where Amin arrived decades earlier as a refugee. His father was taken away from his family in the early 1990s, when the Moscow-backed Afghan government collapsed, the mujahedeen took over, and conditions became extremely dangerous. He left with his mother and siblings and ended up in Moscow. They attempted to leave for Norway only to be thwarted, spending months upon months stuck inside an apartment while an elder brother tried to figure out how to pay to get them out. All of this is recounted by Amin in an interview with Rasmussen, who recorded it. Amin’s voice is used as the film’s main vocal track, the animation laid down to illustrate the story he’s telling. But Rasmussen also renders the present in animation, recording the conversations he has with Amin about his difficulties telling the story, his hopes for the future, the memories they share from high school, his experiences coming to terms with his homosexuality in a traditional culture that would not only reject him but also threaten his life. Rasmussen records conversations between Amin and Kasper about the home Kasper wants to buy. You can hear dishes clinking in the background. The animation is both an aesthetic choice and a practical one. Some of it simply helps protect the identity of some of the film’s refugees or the people who came to their aid, but there’s more than that. Most of the events Amin describes could never have been caught on film; giving the audience even an artful glimpse of these events makes them hit that much harder. One unforgettable sequence involves a boat full of refugees, including Amin, attempting to cross the Gulf of Finland and running into trouble. A cruise ship appears on the horizon and the refugees begin to cheer, assuming the ship full of wealthy tourists will certainly rescue them. But their cheers turn to horror when the tourists stand coolly on the deck, taking pictures of the people in the boats. An announcement comes: The Estonian police have been alerted, and the refugees will be collected and returned to Moscow. It’s devastating. And it wouldn’t have the same impact in a fictionalized tale, or if the scene was rendered as a reenactment or simply Amin talking to the camera. Neon A younger Amin visits a club. And that’s the power of the animation. We’re aware that there’s a level of remove between us and the story, simply because we literally can’t see their faces. Instead, we interact with Amin’s life as if it’s in the grand storytelling tradition, a tale with meaning that stretches beyond the simple facts. Amin fears being hurt, losing his family, being alone, and being rejected for being gay — and most of his fears come true. He longs for safety and for home, a place where nobody will come to take him away. And yet, when he finds it, he can’t quite believe it. By the time Rasmussen and Amin discuss his history, it’s almost 20 years in the past, but for Amin, it’s as if it happened yesterday. He’s become educated and successful, reconnected with most of his family, and found real love. But even after finding safety and relative stability, Amin’s previous experiences will never stop reaching their long fingers into his present. There’s a deep meaning to Amin’s story beyond the specific facts of his life. All over the world, people are forced to flee their homes. If they’re very lucky, they might resettle in a place where they’ll be able to live some kind of better life. But that doesn’t mean the trauma subsides. By the end, it seems telling his story — saying it out loud in a safe space, at last — may have helped Amin heal a bit more. Perhaps sharing it with audiences opens the same space for others, too. Flee opens in theaters on December 3.
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Infectious disease expert Dr. Celine Gounder on Omicron variant, holiday travel impact
Officials have identified the first known case of the Omicron variant in the country. Infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Celine Gounder, talks to “CBS Mornings” about what steps must be taken to combat the virus and how it could impact families' holiday plans.
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President Biden to announce new set of COVID winter plans after first U.S. Omicron case detected
President Biden will announce a new set of COVID winter plans Thursday after the first U.S. Omicron variant case was reported in California. Nancy Cordes has the latest in the fight against COVID-19 and growing concern over the new variant.
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Accused school gunman’s half-brother says teen ‘seemed like an average kid’
“The Ethan I knew was just a smart boy who just seemed like an average kid,” Eli Crumbley, 18, told the Daily Mail on Wednesday.
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IOC says it held second video call with Peng Shuai, who 'reconfirmed' she is 'safe and well'
The IOC said it talked with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai via a video call and added it will meet with her in person in January.       
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Biden says he'll battle omicron with testing and boosters
Today the administration released a 9-prong coronavirus plan for the winter.
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Lala Kent addresses Randall Emmett cheating rumors: ‘I got the f–k out’
The "Vanderpump Rules" star finally acknowledged the allegations that the movie producer had cheated on her while away in Nashville in October.
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Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks told judge he couldn't pay child support because he ‘was getting incarcerated'
Waukesha Christmas parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. divulged details of his life, criticized the mother of one of his children and implied that he was unable to pay child support because he kept “getting incarcerated” in a letter sent to a Wisconsin judge in 2011 pertaining to one of the paternity cases, Fox News has learned.
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Mobley leads No. 20 USC to 93-73 victory over Utah
Isaiah Mobley kept the momentum going in what has been a fun week around the Southern California campus.
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'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Actress Jonshel Alexander Fatally Shot at 22
Former child actress Jonshel Alexander was fatally shot as she sat in a car in New Orleans on Saturday night.
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Anaheim Ducks hold off Vegas Golden Knights for wild 6-5 win
Troy Terry scored his 15th goal during Anaheim's four-goal second period, and Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano had three assists apiece in the Ducks' 6-5 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night.
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California Gov. Newsom blames local officials for not prosecuting shoplifting crimes
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in no uncertain terms that he thinks shoplifters should be prosecuted under existing California laws, as he called out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to do so.
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Michigan school shooting prosecutor 'doesn't have words' after watching footage of attack
Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast said he was speechless after reviewing security footage of the shooting at Oxford High School
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Biden to outline new steps to combat Covid in US through winter months
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Donald Trump Claims Black Lives Matter's Original Message Was 'Kill the Police'
The former president was making reference to a "pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon" chant heard at a protest in 2015.
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McDavid, Hyman lead Oilers past Penguins 5-2
Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, Zach Hyman scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Wednesday night.
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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York City
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree's dazzling lights were switched on to mark the beginning of the holiday season in New York City on December 1. Credit: Brenda J Espinoza via Storyful      
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Want to rent the ‘Home Alone’ house? Airbnb to rent it, complete with booby traps and a tarantula
Kevin's brother Buzz is hosting — and hopefully burglars won't show up, the company said.
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DNA matches body to Alaska man last seen alive in 1979
Michael Beavers' spouse reported him missing two months after he was last seen alive, in November 1979.
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Bellator 272 weigh-in results
Check out the results from the official Bellator 272 fighter weigh-ins.       Related Stories'I will get the belt back': Kyoji Horiguchi confident he'll beat Sergio Pettis, reclaim throne at Bellator 272'I will get the belt back': Kyoji Horiguchi confident he'll beat Sergio Pettis, reclaim throne at Bellator 272 - EnclosureKhabib Nurmagomedov: UFC told Islam Makhachev he'll get double bonus with Beneil Dariush finish 
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The Supreme Court faces an existential crisis of legitimacy
Right-wing justices have given up any pretense of judicial impartiality.
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The Supreme Court faces an existential crisis of legitimacy
Right-wing justices have given up any pretense of judicial impartiality.
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Anti-vaccine televangelist Marcus Lamb dies of COVID-19
Lamb, the CEO and founder of Daystar Television Network, was hospitalized with COVID-19 in November.
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Sacramento Kings rout shorthanded Clippers 124-115
De’Aaron Fox scored 24 points and Terence Davis added 23 in the Sacramento Kings' 124-115 victory over the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
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Suspect in Indianapolis cop stabbing was out on bond, police release photos of knives used
The suspect accused of stabbing two Indianapolis police officers during an “unprovoked attack” is now facing preliminary attempted murder charges while investigators have also released images of knives they say they recovered at the scene.
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The oldest trees on Earth
The gnarled bristlecone pines that have taken root high atop the remote, rocky slopes of California's White Mountains are the longest-lived individual trees on the planet – and they have secrets to share.
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Tesla officially moves its headquarters to Austin, Texas
The HQ move comes a little over a year after he first threatened to move Tesla to Texas or Nevada amid a fight with state health officials over COVID-19 restrictions.
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'The Witcher' cast and crew hopeful for third season
At the London premiere of the second season of Netflix's video game adaptation "The Witcher," star Henry Cavill hints that a third season may be a possibility. (Dec. 2)      
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If Major League Baseball wants change, we’ve got a few ideas…
MLB's lockout is all about changes to the game. Well, we've got a few that we'd like to see on the field.
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Teen faces murder charges in Michigan school shooting
Four people were killed and seven others were wounded in the shooting. Authorities have not yet identified a motive.
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Matthews nets hat trick, surging Maple Leafs thrash Avs 8-3
Auston Matthews scored three goals for his fourth career hat trick and the streaking Toronto Maple Leafs thumped the Colorado Avalanche 8-3 on Wednesday night.
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Former child actor Jonshel Alexander shot dead
Jonshel Alexander, a onetime child actor who played a supporting role in the 2012 Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” was killed in a weekend shooting in her native Louisiana. She was 22.
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Josh Hawley on 'Ingraham Angle': Time for Supreme Court to 'overrule' Roe v. Wade
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley said it's time to 'overrule' Roe v. Wade as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
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