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Putin rages against vaccine refusal as COVID-19 deaths hit record highs in Russia

Russia’s daily infections have been surging for weeks and coronavirus mortality numbers topped 1,000 for the first time over the weekend amid low vaccination rates, lax public attitudes toward taking precautions and the government’s reluctance to tighten restrictions.
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Biden Blames Cold on His Grandson, White House Doctor Says President Negative for COVID
Kevin O'Connor, Biden's longtime physician, said Friday that Biden will receive over-the-counter medications to help alleviate symptoms.
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Cat Found at Nashville Airport Mysteriously Microchipped to Italy, Internet on the Case
Though an animal may be microchipped, a pet owner must register the chip with the microchip company.
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Trump attorneys argue for dismissal of E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit
Carroll is suing Trump over his claim she was "totally lying" about her allegation that he assaulted her in the 1990s to sell a memoir.
Omicron cases, hospitalizations surging among kids under 5 in South Africa
The "highly transmissible" Omicron variant of COVID-19 has disproportionately hospitalized kids under age 5 as it tears through South Africa, health officials in the country said Friday.
Pandemic-weary Americans turn to RVs, which are being produced in record numbers
The RV industry is producing a record number of homes on wheels as pandemic-weary Americans answer the call of the open road. Work-from-home policies, international travel restrictions and social distancing rules limiting crowds all have conspired to push up demand for the RV lifestyle. In October, more recreational vehicles rolled off the factory floor and...
Ukrainian official: 'We are prepared to defend our country'
Oksana Markarova, Ukraine's ambassador to the US, said the country is being attacked by Russia and remains "very concerned" about the troop buildup along its border.
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President Joe Biden unveils new COVID plan amid Omicron fears; California police arrest 14 linked to smash-and-grab robberies.
Guide to skincare: Dermatologists explain how to build a basic routine
Your new skincare regimen, explained.
Chargers’ Keenan Allen addresses drops like only a wide receiver can
The latest pass catcher to take a page from Keyshawn’s book is Chargers veteran Keenan Allen.
Pope Francis Says Western Countries Should Accept Migrants As Vatican Takes Some In
As Pope Francis visited Cyprus, a country overwhelmed by asylum-seekers, the Vatican announced they would take in 12 migrants.
It’s time to say it: The conservatives on the Supreme Court lied to us all
And some people were naïve enough to believe they might be telling the truth.
Young Girl Who Was Sold to 'Old Man' for $2,200 in Afghanistan Rescued and Relocated
Parwana Malik was sold by her father in October after he couldn't afford food for the rest of the family.
Man Serving 48 Years for Killing Woman Wants Conviction Tossed After Pandemic Delays Trial
Carine Reeves claims that because his trial didn't take place within 120 days after he returned to Maine from New York, his guilty verdict should be thrown out.
Education freedom is a political winner in 2022. Time to give parents school choice
Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in deep-blue Virginia sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party in an election that pitted two fundamentally different views of education against one another.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Stone Ocean’ on Netflix, One of the Best Seasons Of ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ Yet
This installment could be the best of the JoJo animated adaptations yet.
Aaron Carter claims he’s ‘trapped’ in his bedroom, ex ‘will not leave’ house
The singer's messy breakup with ex-fiancée Melanie Martin continues to play out on social media just one week after they welcomed a baby boy, Prince.
Inside the Texas town of 23 people Mark Cuban just bought
Mustang was previously described as a "ghost town" that only consisted of a wastewater treatment facility and a volunteer fire department.
Maryland men's basketball parts ways with head coach Mark Turgeon
Maryland men's basketball is parting ways with head coach Mark Turgeon amid his 11th season in College Park. Danny Manning will take over.
BTS remixes 'Butter,' Juice Wrld's song with Justin Bieber and more new music releases
New music releases this weekend include Shawn Mendes and a posthumous Juice Wrld and Justin Bieber collaboration, plus a few notable holiday songs.
The Tesla 'Cyberquad' ATV still isn't on sale, but a kid version is
As Elon Musk wrapped up his presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck back in November 2019, he had one more thing he still wanted to show off.
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Google delays January return to office date
The Omicron variant is derailing companies' plans to bring workers back to offices.
Omicron variant discovered in at least 5 states as millions prepare to gather for holidays
At least five states have confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, and that number could be much higher. Health officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated and boosted as they prepare to travel and gather during the holiday season. Nikki Battiste reports.
Mark Turgeon, Maryland agree to part ways in shocking move
Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon and the school agreed to part ways on Friday in a shocking move after he had spent 10 seasons as the Terrapins’ leader.
Nicole Kidman’s daughters are her ‘hardest critics’
The "Being the Ricardos" star's young daughters have no interest in watching their mother on the big screen, she told Page Six at the movie's premiere.
Teen Admits He Made Threat Against School to Get Day Off After Oxford Shooting: Police
Police said the suspect "stated that he saw all the other areas schools were closed due to threats and he just wanted a day off of school."
US State Department phones were hacked with NSO Group spyware
The iPhones of about a dozen US State Department employees serving in Africa were hacked with spyware developed by Israeli technology firm NSO Group in recent months, according to a senior US official familiar with the investigation and another source familiar with the matter.
2021 in photos: A fascinating image from every day this year
Remember this roller-coaster of a year through the most interesting visuals chosen by our photo editors.
Chicago women punched, shoved in string of robberies over 25-minute period, police said
Three women were robbed and at times assaulted in separate incidents over the course of 25 minutes in Chicago’s Lakeview, police said Friday.
US Capitol rioter 'sought to physically remove' Pelosi and McConnell, prosecutors say
Justice Department prosecutors say have evidence that an alleged rioter who brought a gun to the US Capitol on January 6 was targeting both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Biden signs short-term funding bill to avert government shutdown
The bill funds the government through February 18, and includes $7 billion to help resettle Afghan refugees.
Biden’s ‘Free’ At-Home COVID Test Plan Isn’t as Straightforward as it Sounds
As the Biden Administration prepares to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this winter, part of its strategy is to expand access to rapid, at-home coronavirus testing free of charge—something that many public health experts have said is key to controlling spread of the virus. “The bottom line: This winter, you’ll be able to test for…
Woman Claims Her Dog Became Sick After Eating Popular Dog Food Brand in Viral Video
"We normally don't get this brand, but we were at Target and we needed dog food, so we grabbed it," the TikToker said.
Chipotle is selling a cilantro soap — and people can't get enough
Some people think cilantro is delicious. To others it tastes like soap. And now Chipotle is bringing both sides together.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘degrading’ list of staff rules revealed in court
Ghislaine Maxwell kept a 58-page list of rules that ordered staff at Jeffrey Epstein's estates to always make sure the couple had a gun nearby at night.
Britney Spears vents her frustrations in skit about what she experienced in therapy
Britney Spears is definitely in charge of her own social media these days, and she's letting her feelings fly. Therapists, this one is aimed at you.
Mariah Carey had ‘six grown men’ carry her 60-pound holiday special gown
"Everybody was like, 'Oh, she’s exaggerating,' until they held it for two seconds," the songbird quipped of her embellished Dolce & Gabbana dress.
The AP Interview: Man who sounded alarm on omicron
Dr. Sikhulile Moyo was analyzing COVID-19 samples in his lab in Botswana last week when he noticed they looked startlingly different from others. Within days, the world was ablaze with the news that the coronavirus had a new variant of concern. (Dec. 3)
Nassar survivors overwhelmingly vote to accept settlement from USA Gymnastics
Lawsuits by more than 500 women who've alleged abuse by Larry Nassar, a coach or someone else affiliated with gymnastics have been on hold since December 2018
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Maggie Gray announces new job after WFAN shakeup
Gray announced on Twitter that she is moving over to CBS Sports Radio, where she will host an afternoon drive program with Andrew Perloff.
Scottish rugby star Siobhan Cattigan dead at 26
Scotland rugby player Siobhan Cattigan died on Friday, her Stirling club confirmed.
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Get salon-ready hair right in the comfort of your own home with this discounted hair tool.
Man in Italy uses fake silicone arm to try to get vaccine certificate
A 50-year-old man tried to pass off a silicone arm as his own at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in northern Italy, in an attempt to get a vaccine certificate without actually getting vaccinated.
Jobs report shows employers nervous about variants
The November jobs figures point to a job market and an economic recovery that looks resilient though under threat from a spike in inflation and the potential impact of the coronavirus. (Dec. 3)
Since Oxford Shooting, At Least 519 Schools Have Closed Nationwide Due to Threats
An analysis by Newsweek found that 519 schools closed on Friday as string of copycat threats of violence were made in seven different states.
Fight erupts at Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s ‘Verzuz’ Battle
A rap battle turned into a real brawl as rap groups Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony took the stage for their ‘Verzuz’ match. The showdown in the Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium on Thursday night, hosted by Fat Joe, sparked heated remarks from Bizzy Bone, who claimed Three 6 “mocked” him when they were performing....