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Nets have designs on spoiling Bucks’ ring celebration

The Bucks defeated the Nets in a classic series en route to their NBA title. Those same Nets will be in the house, watching the champs get their rings.
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Miss Kentucky Elle Smith crowned Miss USA
Miss Kentucky Elle Smith was crowned 2021 Miss USA at Monday night's pageant.
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Ring Camera Catches Bear Breaking Into Woman's Home, Eating $600 Worth of Frozen Meat
Videos posted by Amy Franklin show the bear opening freezer door and feasting on the contents.
Qatar 2022 organizers 'not worried' about potential player protests
Qatar's credentials as a host nation will be under the microscope as it stages the Arab Cup. The specter of player protests at the 2022 World Cup looms. A number of national teams have already spotlighted human rights concerns but Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Al Khater insists the nation is not worried about them.
What Is a Mutation and How Many Does Omicron COVID Variant Have?
Scientists initially flagged the variant as concerning because of the large number of mutations it has compared with other forms of COVID.
Kyle Rittenhouse Faces Calls to Be Banned From Attending ASU: 'Racist Killer'
Students groups at Arizona State University say he should not be allowed to take classes—even though he was acquitted of murder during the Kenosha protests.
Majority Believe Joe Biden Is Responsible for American People's Divisions: Poll
The president has repeatedly spoken of his desire to unite the nation, but the polling results suggested divides remain.
Steven Spielberg Honors Stephen Sondheim at 'West Side Story' Premiere
Steven Spielberg paid tribute to the "immortal" work of the late Stephen Sondheim at the premiere of his "West Side Story" remake in New York City on Monday.
Qatar 2022 CEO promises Qatar is 'tolerant' and 'welcoming' for LGBTQ+ fans
With less than a year to go before the start of the 2022 World Cup, questions surround Qatar's handling of humanitarian issues, specifically concerning the state's anti-homosexuality laws. But in an exclusive interview with CNN, Qatar 2022 CEO Nasser Al Khater has defended the country's LGBTQ record, insisting that nobody should feel threatened when visiting Qatar.
Who Is Eligible for COVID Boosters, Where Can I Get One Amid Omicron Variant Fears
In response to the rise of the highly mutated variant of concern named Omicron, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new advice on booster shots.
Atlantic hurricane season ends up as more costly than the record-breaking one in 2020
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, just like the 2020 season, was one for the record books -- but for different reasons.
Alex Ovechkin is closing in on another NHL record and finding new ways to get there
The 36-year-old has 19 goals, including four on the power play to give him 273 on the man advantage in his career. That's one off the NHL record, held by Dave Andreychuk.
Alex Ovechkin is closing in on another NHL record and finding new ways to get there
The 36-year-old has 19 goals, including four on the power play to give him 273 on the man advantage in his career. That's one off the NHL record, held by Dave Andreychuk.
Man Shoots His Mother Dead While She Drives Him Home for Thanksgiving—Police
George Harry fled the car and opened fire into traffic after he shot his mother, said Oakland County Sheriff's Office investigators.
The world scrambles to contain new Omicron variant
At least 17 countries and territories have detected the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 and at least 70 countries or territories have imposed travel restrictions from several African countries. Scientists are racing to determine the variant's severity, transmissibility and whether it evades vaccines. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
Leaked China Papers Show Xi Jinping's Role in Xinjiang Rights Atrocities
The sensitive documents comprise what may be the first such classified leak in China's history, according to scholar Adrian Zenz.
Queen Elizabeth II Congratulates Barbados After It Scraps the Monarchy
Queen Elizabeth II extended her "warmest good wishes" to Barbados "as you celebrate" becoming a republic and removing her as head of state.
Woman Rushes Onto Airport Tarmac to Flag Down Plane
The unnamed woman was detained by officers at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday evening.
COVID-19 Live Updates: U.S. Braces for 'Inevitable' Omicron Variant Cases
White House officials are drawing up a winter plan lead by vaccines not lockdowns, Joe Biden has said, to tackle Omicron—potentially the most transmissible variant yet. Follow Newsweek's live updates for the latest.
Meet Biden's 'climate cabinet': A who's who of 9 senior officials tackling climate change
As Democrats move to enact $550 billion in climate spending, Biden officials are organizing to distribute the funds across the US.
Who Was Lotfi Zadeh? Google Doodle Honors the Azerbaijani American Scientist
The computer scientist's groundbreaking work has formed the basis of several modern technologies from facial recognition and subway systems to stock trading.
Don Lemon Backs Chris Cuomo Live on Air as Host's Involvement With Brother Revealed
Chris Cuomo said he would not address the scandal surrounding his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and would focus on other news instead.
Sexual harassment rife inside Australian parliament, report finds
One in three people working in Australia's parliament have experienced sexual harassment, a report published on Tuesday said, following an independent inquiry into parliamentary workplace culture.
'The Summit of the Gods' Director on Mallory's Camera and the True Story Behind the Film
'The Summit of the Gods' director Patrick Imbert spoke to Newsweek about the Netflix animation and the inspiration behind its story of two men climbing Everest.
Prosecutors ask Supreme Court to review ruling that freed Bill Cosby
Experts say it is unlikely that the nation's top court will take up the petition given the highly unusual circumstances that led to Cosby being released.
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US urges vaccination ahead of Omicron concerns, with experts warning even mild Covid infections risk stronger mutations
As scientists race to answer whether the newly identified Omicron variant poses a greater threat, experts are urging measures to help lower coronavirus risks to millions of Americans -- including vaccinations and mask wearing.
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Barbados cuts colonial-era ties with Britain and Queen Elizabeth II
The British monarch no longer holds dominion over the tiny Caribbean nation, which marked its rise to republic status with a nod to "National Hero" Rihanna.
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Ending a Tale of Two Power Grids
New transmission line projects could bring unity, along with clean energy for New York City from upstate and Canada.
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Barcelona fire kills family of 4, including 2 children
A fire in part of a building occupied by squatters in central Barcelona has killed four members of the same family, including two children aged 1 and 3, in the early hours of Tuesday
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Are Hedge Fund ‘Bubble’ Bets Naughty or Nice?
Europe isn’t comfortable with financial investors making bank on its carbon market. But that’s short-sighted.
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Stocks and oil prices fall as Moderna CEO says vaccines will struggle with Omicron
Global stocks and oil prices are falling again after a brief respite Monday from the heavy sell-off triggered by the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
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These Sexual Meditation Apps Want to Get You Off. You Might Also Fall Asleep.
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty“This is going to be sexy, damn it,” is not something you think to yourself before embarking on a genuinely sensual activity, but I had high hopes before pressing play on my 8-minute “quickie meditation.” I was listening to “Guided by Glow,” an app that produces “erotic audio sessions.”I found myself in sweatpants and a messy bun, lying on my bed—where I’d eaten pizza mere moments before—ready to listen to a faceless, honey-voiced lady named Sky “take [my] body and mind on a journey of surrendering to [my] inner goddess’ sexual desires.”Wham, bam, thank you ma’am porn it was not. This would take time. First, Sky would lead me on an opening meditation—breathe in, breathe out—while I waited for the story to begin. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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CNN responds amid new Chris Cuomo revelations from NY attorney general probe into brother
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Trump Never Got Another Classified Intelligence Briefing After Jan. 6
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAfter a holiday break where he didn’t receive a classified intelligence briefing, President Donald Trump was supposed to get one on Jan. 6, 2021—the day he incited a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. It didn’t happen. And then he didn’t get one for the rest of his presidency.That unusual stretch where the president didn’t receive a regular classified briefing is recounted in the latest version of a book published and regularly revised by the Central Intelligence Agency, which describes how spies update presidents on national security matters.The situation in the waning days of Trump’s presidency was so uncommon that it actually caused concern among some administration officials that Trump was losing touch with reality, as he was getting unhinged advice on domestic issues from Justice Department attorneys and outside counsel that openly advocated rejecting election results.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Dark Movie Exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s House of Horrors
UtopiaJeffrey Epstein was a monster, and his cursed spirit lives on in The Scary of Sixty-First, a wild indie throwback (Dec. 3 in LA; Dec. 17 in New York; Dec. 24 on VOD) that skillfully straddles the line between serious giallo homage and outlandish topical joke. Directed and co-written by Dasha Nekrasova (of Succession fame), it employs the late pedophilic financier’s crimes as a launching pad for sapphic Italian-style horror, delivering a strange blend of sincerity and silliness that marks Nekrasova as a talented filmmaker to watch.Counting Suspiria, The Beyond and Repulsion as some of its many touchstones, The Scary of Sixty-First focuses on twenty-something friends Noelle (Madeline Quinn) and Addie (Betsey Brown), who move into an Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan that comes with the previous tenant’s old, glitzy furniture, as well as a Murphy bed whose mattress, we’ll soon learn, is covered in mysterious stains. Cleaning up the place, they find a collection of rotten and expired food, which prompts Noelle to criticize Addie for her “poverty mindset” (because she’s rejected the monetary assistance of her wealthy father), and drives Addie to purify her bedroom of bad energy by burning incense. More ominous still, Noelle stumbles upon a tarot card of “The Sun” in her bathroom cabinet, while Addie spies claw marks on the inside walls of her closet and stares uncomfortably at the mirror situated on the ceiling just above her air mattress.Something is terribly amiss in this abode, and that impression is amplified from the start by Nekrasova, whose opening-credit sequence is a collection of creepy close-ups of carved gargoyle faces and cherubic angels on the façade of a New York City apartment building, and upward-gazing pans down (and aerial shots of) gray city streets and skylines. In a manner not unlike Peter Strickland (In Fabric), the director operates in a transparent Dario Argento mode, replete with phony 16mm print blemishes and a synth-heavy score to give the proceedings a vintage vibe. That’s further underscored by the narrative itself, about two young beauties who take up shop in a beguiling new residence full of bizarre doorways, chilling corridors and frightening basements, only to discover—with the assistance of an enigmatic stranger—that there’s something supernaturally sinister going on there and apt to devour them whole.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Here’s Why Kamala Didn’t Hesitate to Trust Jussie Smollett
Drew Angerer/GettyAs the trial of Jussie Smollett, the former Empire actor accused of faking his own hate crime, began on Monday, a 2019 tweet from Kamala Harris calling it “an attempted modern day lynching” and declaring that “no one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin” has resurfaced on social media.In case you’ve forgotten, Smollett, who is Black and gay, claimed two masked men “doused him with bleach, put a rope around his neck and said, ‘This is MAGA country!’” In Chicago, of all places.For many progressives, the story was “too good to check”—so they didn’t.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Harry Hamlin’s Secret Sauce: On Playing Tom Brokaw, Fighting the Paparazzi, and His Legendary Bolognese
Astrid Stawiarz/GettyAt the moment, Harry Hamlin is unexpectedly wet.It was a bit of a drive-by soaking. He thought it would be nice on a sunny Los Angeles afternoon to take his phone interview outside in the yard of his and wife Lisa Rinna’s Italian villa-style mansion. You know the one—the gorgeous property with the lush garden where, in the most recent season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a dinner party left the cast drooling over Hamlin’s signature bolognese sauce, as well as to a notorious pair of “ugly leather pants.”He was lounging in the sun when, simultaneously, the phone rang and the sprinklers came on, he explains as he seeks out dry land: “I just got inundated with water.” That meant a retreat from what he’s named “Bonnie’s Bench,” because Bonnie Raitt grew up in that house and used to sit outside and play her guitar on it. He’s kept it there for 35 years in her honor.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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These Places from Greek Mythology Still Exist—and You Can Visit
Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesThere was once a man in Greece who longed to build himself an immense banqueting hall, where he could sit and feast all day and night. So he went to the sacred grove, where the tallest trees grew, and he and his servants swung their axes, until the nymphs who lived there begged him to stop, because when their trees died, so did they. But the man would not step away, not even when he reached the largest, most sacred tree of all, and the goddess of the harvests, Demeter herself, appeared to warn him not to touch it.“You have enough,” she said.He felled the tree anyway, and that night Demeter sent Hunger to him, a creeping, emaciated being that latched onto the man’s open mouth, and breathed an unassuageable need for food into his stomach and guts and deep into his veins. The man woke hungry, and started eating, and called out for food, and more food, but however much he ate, it was never going to be enough. He consumed everything in the house, his horses too, corn, mules, wheat, bread, fruit, even the house cat. And then, at last, with his estate in ruins and his stomach burning, lusting for food he didn’t need, useless, empty, ceaseless consumption, when everything else was gone, the man had no choice but to eat himself.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’s’ Susie Essman Actually Loves Larry David
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettySusie Essman made a name for herself cursing out Larry David as her alter-ego Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm. But as she reveals in this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast, in the 21 years since the show premiered—and the 35 years since she met David in the New York comedy clubs—they have never once gotten into an actual fight.Essman opens up about David’s unique “genius” as a comedian, how Curb gets away with being so politically incorrect, the unconscious inspiration for her character, and the bizarro world in which she could have played Elaine on Seinfeld.We are talking the morning after the episode aired in which Susie gets roped into embroidering a KKK robe for Larry—with a special surprise for the Klansman in question on the back. “That was a great episode,” she says. “That, to me, was a classic Curb.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why There Might Not Be an Omicron Booster
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyDr. Peter Hotez has informed the public on the impact of COVID-19 in the United States, its variants, and the vaccinations to fight them since the beginning of the pandemic, so when Omicron started to gain traction in the news, host Molly Jong-Fast invited him on to The New Abnormal to tell us about it, and quick.Is it something to worry about? The answer isn’t simple, but Dr. Hotez has some promising predictions.Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. To listen to our weekly members-only bonus episodes, join Beast Inside here. Already a member? You can listen here and sign up for new episode email alerts here.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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These Charities Are Helping Refugees—And They Need Your Aid
JAVED TANVEER/AFP via Getty ImagesThis month, 10 people were found suffocated to death in the bottom of a desperately overcrowded boat taking on water off the coast of Libya, Médicins Sans Frontières reported. And international attention has turned to the Poland-Belarus showdown at their border, not least because of the thousands of migrants caught up in the middle of what appears to be a deliberately manufactured crisis, who were stranded in the wild in freezing temperatures and subjected to the use of water cannons and tear gas by military forces. Elsewhere, the drastically spiraling Afghanistan situation is about to become “the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth,” according to the director of the World Food Programme.According to data compiled by UNHCR earlier this year, there are currently 79.5 million unavoidably displaced people around the world. Of those, 26.3 million—half of whom are under 18 years old—are counted as refugees, having been forced to flee their country due to violence or threats of persecution. They are unable to return home, and many of them live day-to-day in a kind of limbo, stuck in hastily constructed encampments in freezing forests in Belarus or along barren stretches of the Pakistan border.That’s where Giving Tuesday comes in. The first Tuesday after Black Friday, #GivingTuesday was conceived back in 2012 as an initiative to think about others during the bustling holiday season. The phrase “now more than ever” is an effective cliche for a reason—between older ongoing crises, like the Rohingya continuing to face atrocious persecution and Syrians escaping the brutal civil war, and the ones begun in 2021, it’s time to lend a hand.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Confused on Where to Give on #GivingTuesday? Check Out These Charities.
Heart to Heart InternationalNow that we’re a year into the COVID-19 vaccine and unemployment numbers are decreasing, life is looking a little better than it did in November 2020. But the nation still faces a host of challenges, from a potential winter virus surge to the assault on voting rights. Here are some worthy causes and charities to consider while celebrating #GivingTuesday on Nov. 30.Of course, giving in any one of these areas can also have a positive ripple effect. “We need to see each other as working together as opposed to working separately or in silos,” said Carmen Garcia, the executive director of legal advocacy group Root & Rebound. “We are responsible for the narrative of the communities we serve.”COVID-19Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Homelessness Just Keeps Getting Worse. Here’s How to Help.
Spencer Platt/GettyHomelessness in America was already a massive crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic and the past two years have made the situation even worse. With evictions now rising after the end of a federal moratorium and an ongoing lack of affordable housing, more and more individuals and families are facing a desperate and dehumanizing situation. Here are some charities around the country that provide an opportunity to give a helping hand to those facing housing insecurity and homelessness.HUMANIZE HOMELESSNESSPart of the problem is the dehumanization of homeless people, making it easy for passersby to simply turn their heads—out of sight, out of mind. This is where the NGO ‘Humanize Homelessness’ comes in. This all-volunteer organization based in Washington state is dedicated to helping folks who are less fortunate to create a “kinder, more supportive, and more successful society for all of us.” The organization’s self-proclaimed vision is to “humanize the people experiencing homelessness” through programs like employment mentoring and “Know Your Neighbor” visits to family shelters, and its mission is to “make it easier to help the homeless.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Drink like Chekhov and Make this Traditional Baked Vodka
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty/Darra GoldsteinMy introduction to the wild, wild world of old Russian drinks came not from bars but from books, where I first encountered words that left me equally bewildered and intoxicated.Take the curiously named kislye shchi in Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls. The name translates literally as “sour cabbage soup,” which made no sense to me in its context as a sleep tonic for the novel’s hero, Chichikov. Only after puzzling over its other common translation as “a bottle of pickles” did I discover that this tonic is none other than a sparkling malt beverage, one that the aristocracy once quaffed like champagne.A second discovery occurred courtesy of another great Russian writer, Anton Chekhov, in his short story “The Siren,” where the narrator waxes poetic about something called zapekanka. In modern usage, that word refers to a baked casserole—comfort food in the form of mashed potatoes and meat, or kasha and mushrooms, or any number of other combinations, none of them drinkable. But that doesn’t fit with Chekhov’s description, where he uses the word zapekanochka, an affectionate diminutive form:Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Democrats want Biden to change his style, but that’s not happening
President Joe Biden doesn’t drive the news agenda, leaving a void that is happily filled by other partisan media and political voices. The ceding of his bully pulpit is unusual and is a fundamental problem, even if it fits Biden’s vision of a return to normalcy.
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Taliban accused of using trickery to locate ex-security force members to kill them
Taliban forces have killed or disappeared more than 100 former security force members by directing them to register to receive papers supposedly ensuring their safety, but in actuality serves as their death warrant, according to a newly released report by Human Rights Watch.
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Man shot at Greenbelt Metro station Tuesday night, Metro says
Shooting near bus bay was day’s second at a Metro station, according to officials.
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Biden’s ‘aggressive’ use of a tax loophole he’s trying to shut down
Tax experts say the Bidens used a tax-avoidance strategy to skirt hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicare taxes, but is it hypocrisy or clever tax planning?
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Banks Didn’t Listen to Buyout Boom Warnings. That’ll Cost Them.
Regulators have tried to cajole lenders to curb financing for private equity deals to little effect, so tougher measures are on the way.
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