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Kominers’s Conundrums: All Hail the Newest ‘Jeopardy’ Star

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‘Killer robots’ may be coming. New Zealand wants to stop them.
At least 30 countries have called for a total ban on autonomous weapons, though major military powers such as the United States and Russia have downplayed the risks of killer robots.
Majority of Americans Concerned About War With China in the Next Five Years: Survey
Just over half of those polled by a conservative think tank identified China as the United States' primary threat. Only 14 percent chose Russia.
All the Special Guests Featuring on Kelly Clarkson's Christmas Special on NBC
Singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson recruits her celebrity pals to help with ring in December with a Christmas special tied to the launch of her new album.
'A Real Moby Dick': Incredibly Rare White Sperm Whale Filmed Off Jamaica Coast
The sperm whale was filmed by the captain of a Dutch merchant ship and was estimated to be over 30 feet long.
Donald Trump Teases 2024 Run: 'If You Love the Country, You Have No Choice'
The former president has repeatedly hinted at running in 2024, though is yet to firmly announce a decision.
Supreme Court weighs abortion ban, Michigan school shooting, 'Downpour': 5 things to know Wednesday
Mississippi's abortion ban will be examined, charges pending after a boy killed three at a Michigan school and more news to start your Wednesday.
South Korea struggles with record Covid-19 cases
Record numbers of new Covid-19 cases, critical cases and deaths in South Korea, the new reality of 'living with Covid' and Omicron's discovery in South Africa are threatening the country's road to recovery. The health system is stretched to the limit and medical staff are mentally and physically exhausted. CNN's Paula Hancocks catches up with the doctor she first met at the start of the pandemic.
Body spray recall: What the finding of a cancer-causing chemical means for you
Old Spice and Secret antiperspirant and deodorants were voluntarily recalled by manufacturer P&G due to the presence of a known cancer-causing chemical, yet more contaminated body sprays remain on the market, a petition says.
Covid-19 Live Updates: U.S. Expected to Toughen Testing Rules As Omicron Variant Spreads
The U.S. is expected to introduce tougher COVID testing rules for international travelers as the Omicron variant spreads to over a dozen countries so far. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
Dark Money Group Paid Former Trump AG to Ask for Pardons—and He Never Registered as a Lobbyist
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn Donald Trump’s final months in office, lobbyists swarmed the White House in hopes of securing pardons for their clients. It was a cash bonanza for Beltway insiders aspiring to bend the aggrieved president’s ear, as disclosures required by federal law later revealed.But one person stands out among that crowd, both for his former role in the Trump administration and for the fact that he never registered as a lobbyist—even though he was being paid $400,000 by a conservative dark money group that had tapped him to lead its efforts to secure pardons and commutations.Matthew Whitaker held senior roles in Trump’s Justice Department from Sept. 2017 to Feb. 2019, finishing off his DOJ tenure with a three-month stint as the acting attorney general. And when he finally departed the administration, he found quite the cushy gig: chairing a new project for the right-wing nonprofit FreedomWorks.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Mariah Carey Would Like You to Date Me For Christmas
Mariah CareyFamously, Mariah Carey does not believe in time.She celebrates birthdays, of course. But they are “anniversaries,” dahling, and just how many of them there have been is between her and God. (“I’m 12,” she told my colleague Tim Teeman once when the subject of her age came up.)She has perhaps become inextricable from the ceremony of years passing, having delivered one of the most memorable New Year’s Eve performances in recent memory—for reasons it is impolite to acknowledge—and then followed it up 365 days later with a triumphant redemption.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Dr. Oz’s Sick Journey From Political Joke to Senate Candidate
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyOn Tuesday, Dr. Mehmet Oz officially announced his plans to win election to the United States Senate. If successful, it would mean a return to the scene of what might have been the worst humiliation of his career as a pop health guru.That a celebrity best known for hawking dubious supplements and treatments under the cover of medical expertise would seek the Republican Party nod for a top office is little shock in the current GOP. But Oz wants to join a body where he once found himself obligated to answer for “sham” weight-loss supplements he promoted on his own TV show.He’d also be tasked with creating policy to address a still-horrific pandemic he has repeatedly spread disinformation about and made light of, to the dismay of experts across the public-health community.Read more at The Daily Beast.
HIV/AIDS Orgs: DaBaby Ghosted Us and Didn’t Donate a Dime
Rich Fury/GettyDaBaby is flying high. The Charlotte-based rapper is in the midst of a multi-city concert tour and was recently defended by Dave Chappelle in his controversial Netflix special The Closer. Back on July 25, however, the hip-hop artist received heavy criticism following an unprompted homophobic rant at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.“If you didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS, or any of them deadly STDs that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up,” the 29-year-old instructed the crowd. “Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up.” (To make matters worse, DaBaby was flanked by Tory Lanez, a blatant middle finger to Megan Thee Stallion, who’d just performed on the same stage and had a restraining order against Lanez over the time he allegedly shot her in the foot.)Following a wave of backlash, DaBaby embarked on a halfhearted apology tour (his social media mea culpas have since been deleted) and met with a handful of HIV/AIDS awareness organizations back in August in the name of educating himself and repairing his image. But several of those organizations told The Daily Beast that DaBaby never made a financial contribution to them. Additionally, DaBaby failed to partner with any of the groups that he’d met with for World AIDS Day (Wednesday, Dec. 1), and many of the organizations say they never heard from DaBaby again.Read more at The Daily Beast.
There’s Only One Surefire Way to Stop Variants Like Omicron
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe variant news cycle is back.Last week, South Africa identified a new COVID-19 variant. Dubbed “Omicron” by the World Health Organization, it contains enough mutations to make it a “variant of concern.” At the moment, scientists don’t know whether it is more dangerous or more contagious than Delta, the COVID-19 variant already dominant in the U.S.What we do know is that Omicron has added new fuel to a conversation we’ve been doomed to constantly repeat: Will this new variant be the one that defeats the vaccine?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
The Big MAGA and QAnon Civil War Keeps Getting Nuttier and Sleazier
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe big MAGA civil war between Trump-loving attorney Lin Wood and former national security adviser Michael Flynn went nuclear this week and it’s causing chaos among the former president’s acolytes.As Fever Dreams previously reported, Wood has been scrambling to retain credibility on the right ever since Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse slammed him as a shoddy lawyer and accused him of betrayal and grift. He’s also been attacking fellow stop-the-steal figures like Kraken-queen Sidney Powell and former CEO Patrick Byrne. For example, Wood—who has a penchant for taping his friends as well as his enemies—released audio of Byrne trash-talking Powell, claiming that she wanted to sleep with him and that she spread lies about him after he rejected her. “There has been a good amount of infighting and backstabbing recently, stuff that amounts to very high-school-style drama,” explains Fever Dreams co-host Will Sommer.But things really escalated when Wood released audio of Flynn—“his erstwhile buddy and fellow QAnon hero”—ripping into the pro-Trump conspiracy theory as a CIA-backed plot. This, despite the fact that “QAnon’s been very good to Michael Flynn,” Sommer notes. “Some of them believe he’s Q… I mean this is a guy who is thick as thieves with QAnon. But privately, [he calls it] a ‘CIA operation. It’s nonsense.’ So this is a pretty big break from what he does publicly.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
The One Crisis Where Biden Is Getting High Marks
Reuters/Jonathan ErnstPresident Joe Biden was elected on the promise of bringing competent leadership to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. But the new administration inherited more mismanaged public health emergencies than just COVID-19—from opioids and mental health to gun violence and vaccine disinformation.As the HIV/AIDS epidemic enters its fifth decade this year, however, it is Biden’s handling of that crisis that has earned him greatest credit among public health advocates and researchers who often felt isolated and ignored under the previous administration.“I’m encouraged,” said Jeffrey S. Crowley, who served as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy under President Barack Obama. “President Biden is dealing with the COVID pandemic, so much politicization, and a huge agenda for the American people, but he still has time to care about HIV. And the fact that he’s made a major commitment is encouraging.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Omicron Is Moving Fast. Congress Is Moving Slow with Pandemic Prep.
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen the new Omicron strain of COVID-19 emerged last week, it hinted at the exact worst-case scenario that lawmakers and public-health advocates have been hoping to mitigate through action in Washington.For months, they have pushed Congress to approve a huge pot of funding—at least $30 billion—to help strengthen science and public-health infrastructure, in hopes of giving the United States a head start when another pandemic emerges.But this same stubborn pandemic is making those long-term investments look like matters of shorter-term survival. Scientists are concerned that the Omicron variant—which has an unusually high number of mutations and is already feared to be dramatically more transmissible than the Delta variant—could derail a shaky global COVID recovery.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Florida cop shot in 2018 lashes out as defendant takes plea deal: 'My life changed forever'
A Florida man who shot a police officer in 2018 was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 10 years of probation Tuesday after he took a plea deal in a Tampa court.
‘French Trump’s’ Run For President Is Already a Total Shitshow
Bertrand Guay/Pool/AFP via GettyPARIS—Sex scandals, copyright breaches and aggressive confrontations with members of the public have seen the presidential campaign of Eric Zemmour—a controversial far-right pundit in France—begin with a whimper, not a bang.In typically divisive fashion, the 63-year-old polemicist announced his long-expected candidature on Tuesday from a wooden desk with a vintage microphone above a soundtrack of Beethoven, alluding to Charles de Gaulle’s famous call to the French people to join the resistance against the Nazis in 1940. “It is no longer time to reform France but to save it,” said Zemmour, in a 10-minute YouTube video. “We must give back the power to the people, take it back from minorities that oppress the majority.”But political analysts told The Daily Beast that Zemmour, known for his outspoken anti-Islam, anti-immigrant views, has made several chaotic errors in the lead-up to his announcement—and that his decision to run in France’s April 2022 elections could split the far-right vote, killing off their chance of power.Read more at The Daily Beast.
US expected to toughen testing requirement for travelers after omicron: Live COVID-19 updates
The United States may toughen testing requirements for travelers as omicron is discovered in more countries. More COVID updates.
How Science Links Global Warming to Extreme Weather: QuickTake
As long as climate change has been a topic of public discussion, one question has been whether a warming globe makes extreme weather events worse. A new branch of science has emerged in the past few years that finally can offer some answers. Although precise connections between warming trends and extreme weather aren’t completely understood, this growing field of study connects climate change and greater risks of deadly hurricanes, typhoons, rainstorms, wildfires, heat and even cold.
R&B singer Trey Songz being investigated by Las Vegas police for sexual assault allegations
"Bottoms Up" singer Trey Songz is being investigated by Las Vegas police for sexual assault allegations.
Private Equity Rummages in Europe’s Telco Bargain Bin
Stock-market investors are averse to spending on broadband upgrades, and this is creating rich pickings for buyout firms.
Don Lemon Stays Silent About Chris Cuomo's Suspension From CNN
CNN host Don Lemon on Monday claimed Chris Cuomo was one of the "kindest people" he knew but yesterday failed to mention Cuomo's suspension.
Los Angeles suspects mug mother with baby outside home in brazen daytime robbery caught on camera
Police in Los Angeles were looking for two suspects who allegedly victimized a mother and her baby last weekend in a brazen daytime crime that was caught on a security camera.
Students describe barricading doors with tables during Michigan high school shooting that left 3 dead and 6 injured
Students at a Michigan high school described terrifying scenes of barricading doors with desks and escaping out of windows during a shooting that left three dead and six others injured.
Holmes, Maxwell, Smollett courtroom dramas showcase a tech scam, sexual abuse and a racial flashpoint
The media in recent days have focused on a series of headline-grabbing courtroom dramas: the trials of Elizabeth Holmes, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jussie Smollett.
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Singapore's pavilion is 'an oasis in the desert' at Expo 2020 Dubai
There is no shortage of eye-catching structures at Expo 2020 Dubai, but the lush greenery of the Singapore Pavilion makes it a standout.
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A woman sued Walmart after she stepped on a nail and needed her leg amputated. A jury awarded her $10 million.
After multiple amputations, April Jones lost most of her right leg. She has been in a wheelchair for six years and, according to her lawyers, “her daily life was significantly interrupted.”
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Powell’s ‘Transitory’ Retreat Is Just the Beginning
The Fed chair finally retired a phrase that had become increasingly meaningless. Now he has to manage the communication and policy challenges of the late wake-up call on inflation.
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Police officer, two other victims killed in wild Georgia shooting
A police officer and two other victims were killed in a wild shootout in a residential neighborhood in Georgia on Tuesday night, reports said.
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Reggie Miller’s advice to James Harden bites Knicks
Reggie Miller reminded James Harden that he was a former MVP. Then the Nets star went out and played like it. And the Knicks paid the price.
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6 Christmas-Themed Anime Movies & Series To Watch This Festive Season
The festive season is upon us and it's the perfect time of year to revisit old favorites and Christmas-themed films and TV shows to get into the holiday spirit.
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Covid-19 live updates: Omicron prompts U.S. to prepare tighter travel restrictions
The Biden administration is expected to announce all inbound travelers need to covid test one day before departing for the United States.
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As officials prep for Omicron, US hospitals are still battling severe Delta variant infections
While researchers gather more information on the Omicron variant detected in at least 20 countries and territories, the present reality is that the Delta variant is still spreading across the US and putting a strain on already over-taxed health care systems.
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Yellen’s claim that the CBO found the Biden plan is ‘fully paid for’
The Treasury Secretary is picking and choosing what elements of the CBO score she embraces.
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Abortion: Challenge to Mississippi law could provide answer to Roe v. Wade's fate
At stake in the case is a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy as well as the Supreme Court's commitment to Roe v. Wade.       
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Oxford High School Shooting in Michigan
The three teens who were gunned down by a fellow student at their Michigan high school were identified Tuesday night.
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Suns beat Warriors to match team record with 17th consecutive win despite losing Devin Booker to injury
Devin Booker left the game with a hamstring injury in the second quarter, but the Suns pulled away late to beat the Warriors 104-96.       
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Did Anyone Win the $102 Mega Millions Jackpot on 11/30/2021? Numbers and Results
Five lucky players each won $20,000 in the latest drawing. But did anyone bag the top jackpot prize last night?
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Tucson police officer fired after fatally shooting man in a wheelchair, officials say
A Tucson police officer was fired Tuesday after video captured him fatally shooting a man in a motorized wheelchair, officials said.
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Shooting During Tennessee High School Basketball Game Leaves One Person Dead
One adult died and at least three others were injured during shooting at game at Humboldt High School.
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Florida police searching for answers in mysterious killing of 14-year-old
Florida police are searching for answers after the mysterious killing of Ryan Rogers who was found dead after going for a bike ride last month.
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Rex, Georgia Mass Shooting as Police Officer Among 3 People Killed
Clayton County field training officer Henry Laxson was killed responding to a domestic violence call.
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For coronavirus, Dems prefer ‘centralized’ DC control while GOP trusts American people to decide: Tate Reeves
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, reacted Tuesday night to coronavirus-related mandates being issued by Democratic Party politicians.
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China's birthrate in 2020 just hit another record low. But the worst has yet to come
China's birthrate in 2020 has hit another record low -- and there's no indication things are about to pick up anytime soon.
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Can Germany’s New Coalition Revive Centrism?
It’s an improbable alliance. It will be tested immediately and severely. But if it works, it could breathe life into more productive politics.
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