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Severe storms with tornadoes threaten the central US this weekend

As the country transitions from the heat of summer to the cold of winter, the clash between seasons will trigger severe storms, including tornadoes, this weekend in the central United States.
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Pfizer in 100 day Race For Omicron Vaccine as World Seeks to Contain Variant
The U.S. is among countries that have imposed restrictions on travelers from southern Africa as the race is on for a vaccine against the new Covid variant.
United States will bar travelers from 8 countries in southern Africa.
Starting Monday, travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be barred unless they are citizens or permanent residents.
How to go about chopping down your own Christmas tree
Cutting down your own tree isn’t as simple as just going out to the woods, finding a tree and cutting it down.
Judge vacates death sentences of Pervis Payne, who was to be executed for a crime he says he didn't commit
A Tennessee judge this week vacated the death sentences of Pervis Payne, who has spent more than three decades on death row for two murders he says he did not commit, due to the inmate's intellectual disability.
12 Outstanding Gifts for Your Significant Other That Will Make Your Love Grow
From gift ideas for that special person to gifts that couples can share together, these are all things that may benefit your relationship.
Firefighters launch tense rescue after pet tortoise traps pet dog in underground burrow
The two animals aren’t exactly the best of friends.
How Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship Is Like Nuclear Brinkmanship
Republicans and Democrats alike have characterized the debt-ceiling fight as a game of chicken, in which two drivers barrel toward each other and each hopes that the other swerves away first. Political pundits have described some strategies for resolving the conflict, such as changing the Senate’s filibuster rules to allow a simple majority to raise the debt limit, as “nuclear options.” Language like this might seem to melodramatize the legislative process, but the comparisons are apt. Nuclear-war strategists have long understood how recklessness, or the appearance of recklessness, may help one side get the other to relent during a single game of chicken. But these strategists’ work also offers a warning for Congress: The more times the game is played, the more treacherous it becomes, because when both sides become convinced that catastrophe will always be averted in the end, each behaves more rashly.Tensions between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have cooled after a temporary extension of the debt limit last month, but they could quickly escalate as a new deadline looms in mid-December. If the possibility of default is anything other than zero, it will happen if debt-ceiling chicken is played enough times. Will this latest round be the time our luck finally runs out?From a nuclear strategist’s point of view, the way the United States has repeatedly flirted with a potentially catastrophic default on the national debt bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the crises of the early Cold War. During the period from the first Berlin Crisis, in 1948, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, in 1962, a superpower standoff with the potential to escalate into all-out nuclear war occurred every few years. Under the Eisenhower administration’s policy of “massive retaliation,” Washington sought to contain communism by leaving open the possibility that a conventional conflict could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. But the mercurial Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev appeared all too willing to test Western resolve. This apocalyptic environment encouraged strategic theorists to seek ways to make brinkmanship more effective and “win” at it.[Read: A new nuclear era is coming]The most influential theorist contemplating brinkmanship strategies was the future Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling. He sought a solution to the problem of making deterrence credible: If thermonuclear war could not be won, then why would the Communists take seriously American threats to use nuclear weapons, especially to retaliate against a nonnuclear attack on U.S. allies? If risking full-scale nuclear war, in which most Americans might perish, struck Soviet leaders as too irrational, it wouldn’t serve as a credible deterrent threat.Schelling proposed that irrational threats could still work as a deterrent by incorporating an element of chance. He argued that states could exploit “the danger that somebody may inadvertently go over the brink, dragging the other with him.” In his 1966 book, Arms and Influence, Schelling used this analogy: “If two climbers are tied together, and one wants to intimidate the other by seeming about to fall over the edge, there has to be some uncertainty or anticipated irrationality or it won’t work.” If the climbers are competent and the mountain isn’t treacherous, then approaching the brink carries no danger. Either climber could jump off on purpose, but could not make a plausible, rational threat to do so. Yet so long as the climbers could slip or stumble, they can still intimidate or deter each other. In the presence of “loose ground, gusty winds, and a propensity toward dizziness,” Schelling explained, “one can threaten to fall off accidentally by standing near the brink.”The United States could harness this idea, Schelling argued, to convince the U.S.S.R. to back down in a superpower crisis. Instead of trying to prevail militarily in nuclear war, the U.S. could signal its resolve by taking steps that increased the risk of inadvertent escalation, akin to one of the imagined climbers trying to intimidate the other by moving closer to the crumbling edge. Schelling’s approach provided a possible way to credibly deter the Soviets—and also avoided the need to match them in nuclear weapons, because the winner in a contest of resolve is not the player with the most bombs, but the one that blinks last. Even if one side had a larger nuclear arsenal, its leaders might still make concessions if they believed that the other side had the resolve to spark an uncontrollable war.Despite its elegance, Schelling’s argument did not win over all nuclear strategists. His contemporary Herman Kahn argued that the “rationality of irrationality” strategies Schelling promoted were like to the games of chicken played by delinquent teenagers on public highways. While Kahn admitted that Schelling’s framework had appealing features, he fretted about its dangers. Competing at risk taking is gambling, and not losing depends on a certain amount of luck. Kahn pointed out that even if the risk of each game of chicken was small, “the probability of war actually occurring as a result of ‘chicken’ being played too often may be very high.”[Read: The debt ceiling is a national disgrace]Disturbingly, the game can become more dangerous with each repetition. “In any long period of peace there may be a tendency for governments to become more intransigent as the thought of war becomes unreal,” Kahn wrote. He warned ominously that “this may be the case especially if there is a background of experiences in which those who stood firm did well, while those who were ‘reasonable’ seemed to do poorly.”Imagine that Schelling’s hostile mountaineers have played their game of alpine chicken many times. Perhaps they have attracted an audience that cheers the climber who takes risks and mocks the one whose resolve falters. After enough repeated games, neither the spectators nor the climbers take the possibility of falling seriously. Some observers even begin to doubt that a fall can occur, making arguments that the climbers are too “rational” to allow it, or that a fall would not actually be catastrophic. Chastened by the boos of the crowd, the climbers grow inured to the danger and take larger risks. Inevitably, at some point one of them slips, dragging both of them into the abyss.The regular brinkmanship in Congress over the debt ceiling appears to have degenerated into the kind of repeated game of chicken that Kahn warned us about. The more times the crisis is repeated, the less each occurrence seems like a crisis, because none has yet resulted in a catastrophe. Politicians are encouraged by experience to grow more and more inflexible and take harder positions the next time.In the debt-ceiling dispute, the U.S. could end up defaulting precisely because each side keeps waiting for the other to blink.Such an outcome is entirely avoidable. Unlike nuclear weapons, the debt ceiling could be un-invented. If it chose to, Congress could amend the rules to reduce or ideally eliminate the opportunity for this kind of brinkmanship. But as long as the debt ceiling exists in its current form, the incentives to play chicken over and over again remain in place. And each new confrontation brings the country closer and closer to calamity.
The Kathy Ireland weighted blanket is an extra 20% off for Black Friday
The blanket weighs around 10% of most people’s body weight, helping you achieve the deepest sleep you’ve had in a long time.
Georgia police officer's shooting death leads to 3rd arrest, authorities say
A third suspect connected to the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer in the line of duty was arrested last week, police said Thursday, according to reports.
The Best Harry Potter Novel Isn’t Written by J.K. Rowling
It’s queer, it’s class-conscious, and it’s 500,000 words-long.
Omicron: South Africa Blasts Travel Bans as Hospitals See Surge of Younger COVID Patients
Authorities worry health facilities could quickly become overwhelmed as new variant is being blamed for a surge in new COVID-19 cases.
At least 2 dead as Storm Arwen thrashes the UK
At least two people are reported to have died as Britain was battered by severe weather with winds reaching speeds of over 90 mph (144 km/h) in some areas.
What we learned about global travel this week
Countries around the world imposed travel restrictions after a new Covid-19 variant was detected in southern Africa, Thanksgiving air travel hit a pandemic record, and in Asia-Pacific, New Zealand and the Philippines revealed new reopening plans.
Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to honor Kyle Rittenhouse with Congressional Gold Medal
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., recently introduced a bill calling for Kyle Rittenhouse to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, according to reports.
Knicks face tough test vs. red-hot rival Hawks
The Hawks (10-9) are humming along just in time for Saturday’s showdown with the Knicks — the teams’ first meeting since June 2, when the Hawks ended the Knicks’ season in a Game 5 victory at the Garden.
Donald Trump Jr, Ted Cruz Troll WHO For Skipping 'Xi' in Naming Omicron Variant
The Chinese president's surname is relatively common and the term Nu may have been deemed confusing.
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The omicron variant has sparked new travel restrictions. Are more COVID rules ahead?
The new omicron variant threatens to tighten travel restrictions around the globe just as they were easing due to rising COVID-19 vaccination rates.      
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Ohio State-Michigan rivalry finally has big stakes again
It’s Michigan. It’s Ohio State. It’s The Game. And everything — the Big Ten East Division crown, a spot in the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes demons that dog Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, the Heisman Trophy hopes of Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud — is on the line. You couldn’t ask for the stakes...
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The 'betrayal' that could kill Britain's railway romance
After the government amputated a key part of its own controversial HS2 plan to upgrade Britain's railways, can the country's creaking 19th century network deliver on promises to passengers?
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NDAA, debt ceiling, government funding: Here's what's left for Congress to address in 2021
Both chambers of Congress will be working to try to avoid a government shut and default, as well approve a must-pass national security package.      
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Taylor Swift, rerecording albums to own her masters, is infinitely more punk rock than I am
Taylor Swift is fighting for herself and for the rest of us singer-songwriters – by doing the most punk rock thing I've seen in the music industry.      
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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain
Large retailers have spent billions of dollars to woo workers. Smaller stores that can't do that expect staff shortages will lead to lost sales. They're asking shoppers to be patient.
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'You'll get nothing out of this': Partisans with limited experience stumble through gaffe-prone 'audit'
Experts dismissed the 'audit' as worthless. But it also helped the GOP and related interests rake in millions and keep the cause of Donald Trump alive.      
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D.C.-area forecast: Chilly and breezy today, with a snowflake possible late tonight
Anything that falls is of the "conversational variety." Sunday's likely the nicer day of the weekend.
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Minneapolis' School Plan Asks White Families to Help Integrate
In a citywide overhaul, a beloved Black high school was rezoned to include white students from a richer neighborhood. It has been hard for everyone.
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After doctors saved her life, this 12-year-old girl is committed to paying it forward
Lalia Susini's terrifying accident on a porch swing has pushed her into the ultimate quest, a mission of goodwill for other injured and sick children.
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'Tyrants and Traitors Need to Be Executed,' Said the Army-Vet-Conspiracy-Theorist
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.
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After 50 years, the mystery of these Vietnam War photos of ‘Donut Dollies’ is solved
An Army veteran finally gets his wish to say thank you to the young women who visited the troops.
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Delta, United not revising South Africa flights amid Omicron variant concerns
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines do not plan any changes to their South Africa-US routes after the White House said it plans to impose new travel curbs on southern Africa.
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Giants’ Daniel Jones to wear play-calls wrist band vs. Eagles
Like many quarterbacks across the league, the Giants’ Daniel Jones has been wearing a wrist band listing the team’s play calls in practice this week and he is expected to do so in Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
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Los Angeles-area looters target Home Depot, Bottega Veneta stores on Black Friday: reports
Officials in California sent word earlier this week that they planned to crack down on "smash and grab" robberies and flash-mob-style looting after numerous recent incidents up and down the state. But apparently not everybody got the message.
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As the Omicron variant sparks concern, experts say it's time for unvaccinated Americans to get their shots
As a new Omicron variant spurs global travel bans, experts said that concerns over its impact should spur the millions of unvaccinated Americans to get their Covid-19 shots -- and for those who are eligible to get boosters -- as it will offer at least a degree of protection.
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WTA remains 'deeply concerned' about Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) "remains deeply concerned" that Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai "is not free from censorship or coercion."
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Kings use balanced attack in triple-overtime win over Lakers
Seven Kings players scored in double figures as Sacramento outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime.
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Mega Millions Numbers for 11/26/21: Did Anyone Win $94 Million?
A top cash prize option of $67.5 million was on offer on Friday but did anyone take home the big one?
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Their first Thanksgiving was spent with neighbors they just met. Here's how it happened
With another Thanksgiving crossed off the calendar, our stomachs are full, our fridges are stocked with leftovers and one couple from Colombia is reflecting on their first year celebrating the American holiday.
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Biden’s Summit For Democracy Mustn’t Just Be Blah Blah Blah
Democracy is in decline across the world. But what can the U.S. president actually do about that?
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Iona suffers letdown loss to Belmont after big Alabama win
Iona, who pulled off a stunning upset over No. 10 Alabama on Thursday, fell to Belmont 72-65 on Friday night at the ESPN Events Invitational.
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World Chess Championship: Chess is sexy again. But for Magnus Carlsen, it's business as usual
The press conference in Dubai ahead of the World Chess Championship is running 30 minutes late. However, that hasn't quelled the feverish anticipation of the crowd of journalists clambering for a good spot to photograph Magnus Carlsen, the world's best chess player.
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Small Business Saturday, Hanukkah, college football: 5 things you need to know this weekend
Local businesses take the spotlight, the Festival of Lights begins, and more news to start your weekend.      
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Knicks could be without Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose vs. Trae Young, Hawks
Could the Knicks be without Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose on Saturday night in Atlanta? 
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Paolo Banchero propels No. 5 Duke to thrilling win over No. 1 Gonzaga
Paolo Banchero scored 21 points to help Duke hold off a turnover-prone Gonzaga team 84-81 on Friday night in front of an announced 20,389 fans — the largest basketball crowd ever in Nevada.
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NBA fines LeBron James $15,000 for obscene gesture, warned for language
LeBron James was fined $15,000 for an obscene gesture Friday by the NBA, which also warned the Lakers superstar about using profane language.
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One wounded in shooting at Tacoma Mall on Black Friday
Hundreds of holiday shoppers took cover after gunfire erupted in the food court of the Tacoma Mall around 7 p.m. local time on Friday, according to The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
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Taiwan's leader meets with Mace, Slotkin other US lawmakers in defiance of China
U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., and four other members of Congress traveled to Taiwan this week for a meeting with its president, in an unannounced visit held in defiance of the Chinese government.
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Giants’ other coordinators know jobs ‘always on notice’
The two remaining coordinators on the Giants don’t believe the firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett this week puts them on alert for a similar fate. 
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Why these students are dreading their 21st birthdays
On the day they turn 21, thousands of young immigrants will no longer be protected by the work visas that allowed their parents to come to the United States. After living in the US almost all their lives, they could be deported.
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DeAndre’ Bembry showing Nets he deserves long-term minutes
DeAndre’ Bembry is doing plenty to both earn himself more minutes and, quietly, the Nets more victories.
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