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Justin Verlander could become fascinating offseason option for Mets, Yankees

Justin Verlander, the two-time Cy Young Award winner and as certain a Hall of Famer as any active player not named Albert Pujols, is on the 2021 Astros’ payroll yet not on their roster.
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Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
Australia's prime minister says his country will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns
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One person shot at Texas mall, suspect on the loose
An unidentified man remains on the run after allegedly firing 10 gunshots at the Finish Line retail store at the Killeen Mall in Texas.
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How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic
From the English Premier League to the NFL, sport is a multibillion-dollar industry, and top teams are increasingly turning to technology to give them the edge.
Cold temperatures for parts of the East as much of the West see rain and snow
Hawaii flooding is largely over, but the Continental US will see cold temperatures for parts of the East and rain and snow for the West. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the latest.
Flashing lights and smashing world records. Is this the future of athletics?
Flashing lights on the side of the track -- a bit like a disco -- and snazzy "made to fly" Nike spikes played a part in delivering two world records in the space of an hour in Valencia, Spain on Wednesday as track and field fans got a glimpse of what the future might hold for the sport.
Indian Air Force helicopter crashes with defense chief on board
An Indian Air Force helicopter crashed Wednesday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu with Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Bipin Rawat on board, according to the Indian Air Force (IAF).
How Team Liquid is helping its fans get through the pandemic
With so many stuck indoors over the last year, esports has been a perfect distraction for fans worldwide. For teams and fans, that connection and bond has been more important than ever.
State police investigate death of former NFL player after he was taken into custody
Alabama state authorities are investigating the death of former New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. two days after he was taken into police custody.
The journey to becoming one of the world's best pro gamers
From skipping class to playing in front of an audience of 100 million, this is the journey of G2 Esports' Luka "Perkz" Perkovic & Rasmus "Caps" Winther.
The U.K. and France Need to Collaborate, and Not Just on Migration
Petty spats are no substitute for sound policy — especially after Brexit.
League of Legends is growing. Traditional sports better watch out.
With its millions of viewers, lucrative titles and sell-out competitions, it should come as no surprise that the world of esports is beginning to challenge some of Europe's most established sports.
Photos from the Christmas tree fire on 6th Avenue
A man was arrested after setting fire to a Christmas tree outside Midtown’s News Corporation building early Wednesday morning, police and sources said.
With jury set, trial turns to opening statements in Daunte Wright killing
Opening statements are set for today in manslaughter trial of police officer Kim Potter for the death of Black motorist Daunte Wright. Her lawyers claim she mistakenly pulled gun instead of her Taser
Both sides rest in Josh Duggar child pornography trial
The defense rested Tuesday in the Arkansas federal trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar after a prosecutor sharply questioned a computer expert during the state’s cross-examination.
Review: Jon Stewart revisits 'The Facts Of Life,' while Snoop Dogg spars with Kevin Hart in 'Diff'rent Strokes'
Latest 'Live In Front Of A Studio Audience' finds Jon Stewart, Snoop Dogg joining Kevin Hart and Jennifer Aniston on 'Facts,' 'Strokes' revival
Police in Texas are searching for a suspect after mall shooting leaves one injured and shoppers are forced to shelter-in-place
Police in Texas are searching for a suspect after one person was shot at a mall in Killeen on Tuesday evening, forcing shoppers to shelter-in-place.
China claims its authoritarian one-party system is a democracy -- and one that works better than the US
As some 100 countries prepare to convene virtually for US President Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy, China is busy trying to convince the world that it's also a democracy -- and its version is superior to the United States.
According to our Google searches, 2021 was about getting better
The results are in: This past year, people wanted to get better. Google launched its annual "Year in Search," reflecting on the top trending searches of the year, powered by Google Trends data.
Here's what people Googled in 2021
If 2020 was defined by a spike in people frantically Googling for everything related to the coronavirus, this year saw the old standards of sports and entertainment make a resurgence in online searches around the world.
Baldwin says he never pulled the trigger. Experts are skeptical.
Gun experts have said Baldwin's explanation is "not plausible" and "improbable."
Is the U.S. Treasury Market Too Big to Trade?
With banks and now investment funds dependent on the government securities for liquidity, what happens when everyone wants their money back at once?
It’s Biden’s Washington, but the press can’t get enough of Trump
President Biden is dealing with a wide array of global problems, from ordering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics to warning Vladimir Putin against an invasion of Ukraine, omicron, inflation, and supply shortages — but the media is still fawning over Trump.
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Malaysian court upholds ex-premier Najib's graft conviction
The Appeals Court upheld the conviction and 12-year sentence for ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak for abuse of power and criminal breach of trust in connection with the IMDB state investment fund.
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Kshama Stewart Seattle Recall Election Results as Votes Counted
Preliminary results show voters are narrowly in favor of recalling the socialist Seattle City Councilmember.
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China Says Diplomatic Boycott ‘Seriously Violates’ Political Neutrality of Olympics
The U.S. is attempting to interfere with the Beijing Games “out of ideological prejudice and based on lies and rumors," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
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Navy seeks to contest Hawaii health officials' order to halt operations at fuel site linked to contaminated tap water
The Navy will contest an emergency order issued by the Hawaii Department of Health to suspend operations at a fuel site tied to contaminated tap water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, officials said Tuesday.
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ONLY ON AP Desperate Afghans try to cross into Iran
Afghans are streaming across the border into Iran in accelerating numbers, driven by desperation. In the past three months, more than 300,000 people have crossed illegally into Iran and more are coming, at the rate of thousands a day. (Dec. 7)      
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One arrest after Christmas tree set on fire outside News Corp. building
A man was arrested after setting fire to a Christmas tree outside Midtown’s News Corporation building early Wednesday morning, police and sources said.
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Kevin Durant, James Harden’s heavy Nets minutes likely won’t get them day off
DALLAS — James Harden played the entire fourth quarter of the Nets’ 102-99 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday night, while Kevin Durant did him one better and played the whole second half. Don’t expect either to take off Wednesday when the Nets play the second night of back-to-back, at Houston. “S–t, I might play...
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Biden’s China response is ‘bare minimum,’ Olympics should be relocated: Sen. Rick Scott
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., agreed on "The Ingraham Angle" on Tuesday night that many big-name U.S. companies seem more concerned about reaping profits in China than about standing up for American values overseas.
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Tennessee medical board deletes anti-misinformation COVID-19 policy after GOP pressures to dissolve board
Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, has pressured the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners to unpublish a policy against COVID-19 misinformation.       
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Greg Gutfeld: The Media has neither a soul, nor the will to search for one
A biased writer at a biased paper commissioned a biased firm to study media bias, and surprise, he thinks media's biased against Joe. How convenient.
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Tokyo Set to Begin Recognizing Same-Sex Partnerships
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for caution on the issue ahead of the election, even though a poll found that 57% of respondents approved of same-sex marriage
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State rejects Anaheim compromise, expected to say Angel Stadium deal violates law
The California Department of Housing and Community Development is expected to say that the Angel Stadium deal violates law.
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Malaysia court upholds guilty verdict for former PM Najib's 1MDB conviction
A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former Prime Minister Najib Razak's guilty verdict on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), dealing a blow to his hopes of a political comeback.
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RJ Barrett shows he might just be key to it all for Knicks
The wild card for a struggling team is always this: Maybe you can get better. It’s rarely that easy, of course. Usually it takes a force outside of the ordinary to shake things up: a trade, a benching, a Jeremy Lin falling out of the sky for a couple of weeks, an injury that elevates...
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Protests held at Boise State after professor says at conference that men, not women, should be recruited into fields like medicine and law
Hundreds of protestors demonstrated at Boise State University in Idaho over the weekend following comments made at a conference by a professor who said men should be prioritized for fields of study such as engineering, medicine and law.
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Navy SEAL dead after Virginia training accident: reports
A U.S. Navy SEAL died Tuesday after being injured over the weekend during a training operation in Virginia, according to a report.
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Chinese couple reunited with abducted son after 14-year search
A couple in southern China were reunited with their missing teenage son in an emotional ceremony on Monday, ending their 14-year-search which inspired a hit movie.
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Mandatory food recycling to begin in California
Starting in January, banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won't be allowed in most California trash bins under a mandatory food recycling program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. (Dec. 8)      
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Jeff Bezos toasts 'drinking buddy' Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at 2021 People's Choice Awards: See all the winners
The People's Choice Awards honored Kim Kardashian West, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and more. See what you missed, and check out all the winners.       
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Lakers' Big Three lead win over Celtics
LeBron James scored 30 points as the Lakers beat rival Boston Celtics 117-102 on Tuesday at Staples Center.
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Stephen Colbert Mocks Devin Nunes for Ditching Congress to ‘Milk’ Trump
CBS“Speaking of catastrophes,” Stephen Colbert said midway through his Late Show monologue on Tuesday night, pivoting from a story about the demise of humanity to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who announced this week that he will be leaving Congress at the end of this year to work for Donald Trump.“Nunes has been named the CEO of the former president’s new media company,” the host explained, “despite having ‘no apparent prior experience working in the tech industry or as an executive.’” As a former dairy farmer, Colbert joked that Nunes is the “perfect guy to make money off the old president, because he has experience milking things with leathery skin.”This brought Colbert to Nunes’ most famous social media interaction, which consisted of him suing Twitter for $250 million over a parody account pretending to be his cow. “The case was of course dismissed and we still don’t know who was behind the cow Twitter account,” he said. “All we know is that it’s someone smarter than Devin Nunes, so probably a cow.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Watch Jennifer Anniston, Kevin Hart and Ann Dowd revive 'The Facts of Life' and 'Diff'rent Strokes'
ABC's "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" aired reenactments of sitcoms from the '70s and '80s with a star-studded cast. Watch to see how they compare to the originals.
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What you need to know about Germany's new chancellor and coalition government
Social Democratic politician Olaf Scholz will take over from center-right Angela Merkel as chancellor and will lead a coalition of three different parties in government.
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Germans See the Smurf in Olaf Scholz. Putin Might, Too.
Scholz succeeds Angela Merkel facing plague at home and talk of war to the east. Will he rise to the occasion?
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Climate Progress Depends on U.S.-China Competition
Competition between American and Chinese companies will be the real driver of decreased greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.
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In Russia, the Pandemic Is Beating Putin
The virus has starkly revealed the limits of the president’s power.
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