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Sneak peek: The Corn Rake Murder

A farmer says he found his wife impaled by a corn rake. The rake has just four tines – so why does she have six puncture wounds? CBS News chief investigative and senior national correspondent Jim Axelrod reports for "48 Hours." Watch Saturday, December 4 at 9/8c on CBS.
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'Bull' Canceled: Why the Show is Ending After 6 Seasons
The Michael Weatherly-starring CBS show's current season will be its last. But why is "Bull" coming to an end?
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Biden administration in court to defend controversial Trump-era border policy barring asylum seekers
The Biden administration will be in court Wednesday defending the use of a controversial Trump-era policy that's resulted in more than 1 million expulsions of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border.
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More real estate trends to watch in 2022
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | According to CoreLogic, a leading real-estate-analytics company, homeowners with mortgages saw their equity increase by more than 31 percent in the third quarter of 2021, fueling a refinancing boom which is expected to continue in 2022.
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USPS on the hook for White House's free Covid-19 test deliveries
The US Postal Service says it's prepared to deliver the first 500 million home Covid-19 tests to homes across the US. But USPS is facing problems, with communities in several states dealing with mail delays because of Omicron.
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Maryland couple argued over finances before husband fatally struck wife with SUV, police say
A 59-year-old Montgomery County man, who owned a beer-and-wine store with his wife, is accused of fatally striking her with his SUV.
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Why aren’t Americans more alarmed by white-supremacist violence?
Here’s what our research found.
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Texas synagogue hostage crisis: Scapegoating Jews will continue to lead to bloodshed
All the victims are safe, thank goodness. But downplaying antisemitism will lead to further tragedy. Jews in America might not be so lucky next time.       
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State Dept Counselor Derek Chollet on China, Russia, Iran and more
Host Michael Morell talks with Chollet about the way forward for the U.S. in approaching challenges posed by Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and China.
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Lawmakers call for investigation into at-home COVID test price gouging
Senator Ed Markey said Americans need to be able to afford the at-home tests so they can "protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities from the spread of COVID-19."
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Why artists like Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Bob Dylan are suddenly selling their catalogues
The simplest explanation is there’s never been a better time.
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Holes in the Social Safety Net Leave Millions Without Access to Needed Benefits
What good is a social safety net if the people who need help the most can't access it?
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Intangible Cultural Heritage Traditions to Celebrate Around the Globe
In a time of rapid globalization, UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list serves to recognize and celebrate cultural diversity and highlights how traditional ways of life interact with the contemporary world. From the navigation skills of Micronesian wayfarers to a thousand-year pottery tradition carried by women in northern Peru, here's a snapshot of this year's list.
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22 Books to Look Forward to in 2022
Newsweek has recommendations for enticing new reads coming out in the next few months. Reserve these 22 picks at your library or pre-order now so you'll have a steady supply of great fiction and nonfiction to start 2022 off right.
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Rubio is Right: We Must Stop U.S. Billionaires from Empowering China | Opinion
Sen. Rubio is right—the U.S. government cannot allow these companies to continue putting China's interests above our own.
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Help! I’m So Furious at My In-Laws for Commenting on My and My Baby’s Bodies.
What the hell?
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Dak Prescott apologizes for praising fans who pelted Cowboys’ field with debris
"I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my words were uncalled for and unfair," Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott tweeted.
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What Plato Would Have Thought About Licorice Pizza
About 25 centuries ago, in The Republic, Plato banished poets and playwrights from his ideal city, claiming that their work “is likely to distort the thought of anyone who hears it.” Plato worried that after witnessing the extremities of human behavior represented by storytellers, we might imitate that behavior in real life, resulting in disorder, division, violence, and chaos. He was skeptical of our capacity to distinguish between what’s real and what’s imagined, and likewise of our capacity to draw positive and productive insights for life and action from what we watch. So too are contemporary culture warriors, who are convinced, and keen to convince others, that when, for instance, something racist is depicted in a film and not clearly condemned, the film has incorrigible, racist effects—and deserves condemnation. But unlike Plato and the hashtag brigades, I’m willing to gamble that audiences will get it right, and that something good can come from them struggling to do so.What’s led me to Plato is the controversy surrounding Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, a loose and shaggy tale set in early 1970s California. Critics have praised the easy, electric charisma between the leads: aged-out child actor Gary (played by Cooper Hoffman) and 20-something glowering beauty Alana (played by Alana Haim). They have also admired the loving evocation of a distant-feeling time and place marked by innocent and intense experiences, and by growing up itself—sort of. At the same time, some viewers have reacted negatively to the movie’s instances of coarsely accented Asian English, leading critics on social media and at least one Asian American cultural organization to argue that audiences and prize juries should boycott it. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) announced that to shower Licorice Pizza “with nominations and awards would normalize more egregious mocking of Asians in this country.”[Read: Licorice Pizza is a tragicomic tale of 1970s Hollywood]In interviews, Anderson has said that he included these scenes for historical verisimilitude; beyond that rationale, I think they offer comedy that variously flatters, entertains, and unsettles. These are interpretive possibilities—all of them now reduced to whether the scenes were meant to be racist, could be taken as racist, or could lead to racism. Licorice Pizza has been caught up in the familiar art-versus-justice culture wars, pitting a self-assured creator’s artistic freedoms against activists and advocacy groups made zealous by their puritanical convictions. The debate about this movie isn’t just about this movie; it’s a stand-in for innumerable such discussions playing out in publishing, theater, and every other creative venue in which artists depict people not exactly like themselves with any kind of ambiguity.But I don’t think the relevant material in Licorice Pizza justifies the outrage and concern. Immediately before Jerry Frick (John Michael Higgins) speaks offensively to his wife, Mioko (Yumi Mizui), about the marketing plans for their new restaurant that Gary and his mother have put together, the camera focuses on Mioko in close-up. Listening to imbecilic American clichés about Japanese women (mysterious beauty, legendary hospitality, small feet, etc.), Mioko’s face is composed, if stony. She’s clearly not impressed by what she’s hearing. In turn, Jerry talks down to her, at length, in an absurdly stupid effort at phonetic translation, which occasions a stern response from her. The offended Japanese woman is the magnetic center of gravity. The offending white American man is peripheral and unappealing. Later, the scene repeats with a partial difference: Jerry has a new wife, also Japanese, also the more serious member of the couple, and he speaks to her in the same idiotic way.Within the larger context of the movie, these scenes suggest that the teenage Gary needs to grow up. He’s an irrepressible hustler and showman keen above all to impress and win over Alana. Here, he’s a witness to Jerry’s racism who doesn’t seem to see anything wrong; he smirks while Jerry babbles. Meanwhile, as an audience, we get to laugh at Jerry over his ignorant and offensive assumptions, and we get to feel assured and valorized that we are so much more enlightened than he is, decades later. The opposite, anxious reading seems, by comparison, dubious. Who could possibly sit through these scenes and want to be like Jerry, or feel like Jerry has legitimated misogynistic Japanglish? That said, even the accusation that this could be the case can exert pressure on filmmakers. The American film industry is already anxious about representational politics and not about to ignore nonwhite perspectives. Other moviemakers, watching what’s happening to Anderson’s latest, could quietly trim or starch their storytelling sails accordingly, particularlyfollowing criticisms of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights over a lack of darker-skinned Afro-Latino actors in major roles, and of Quentin Tarantino’s depiction of Bruce Lee as a hothouse fusspot who gets beaten up by a shrugging white stuntman in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.Miranda has apologized and Tarantino’s been coy; Anderson’s retroactive justifications are less convincing than the sense, from the film itself, that he trusted his audience to know the proportionate significance of these brief scenes relative to the rest of the movie; to know the difference between racism and the representation of racism; and to parse different representations of racism itself. Such variation absolutely exists, well beyond the debate over Licorice Pizza. Clearly unacceptable, in retrospect, is the juvenile joke of a character in John Hughes’s Sixteen Candles: Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe), a moronic, English-mangling Asian exchange student who is treated like an exotic pest by the white characters. Likewise, the “me so horny” exchange between the “Da Nang Hooker” character (Papillon Soo Soo) and Private Joker (Matthew Modine) in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket legitimated racist attitudes and stereotypes under the cover of humor. The exchange was later sampled in hit songs by 2 Live Crew (“Me So Horny”) and Sir Mix-A-Lot (“Baby Got Back”), to even worse effect.I don’t think many people would mimic Long Duk Dong or sing these songs with as much ease or self-confidence as they would have even five years ago. This is a good thing. But I also wager that many of these same people would still laugh at them—and this is not necessarily bad. The moral judgment here depends on why they laugh: Reactions to representations of racism can be as varied as the representations themselves. If they’re motivated by racist animus against Asian people, that’s reprehensible. If they’re expressing nostalgia for the period of their life when they first saw Sixteen Candles or heard those songs, that strikes me as more benign. Laughter might (and should) also come from a place of discomfort. It may have as its source feelings of deep and challenging recognition, of something both profoundly wrong (morally) and profoundly right (an accurate representation of life as it’s lived) about a situation.[Read: The artistic history of American anti-Asian racism]During Licorice Pizza, I was laughing at Jerry Frick, not Mioko, and I did so with other members of the audience, though definitely not with all of the other members of the audience. That was unsettling. Why weren’t others laughing? What did they think about those of us who were? Was I wrong to laugh? After all, I had no way of explaining why I was laughing. For a moment, I almost wished the scenes didn’t exist at all, or had played out in ways that offered absolutely clear evidence of who deserved sympathy and who deserved condemnation. That way, I could feel assured that everyone was experiencing the same thing, that there was no interpretative space between us, no gap between our own imaginative lives and the rest of our lives regarding something as fraught as the question of racism. But if all of that had been the case in this one respect, it no doubt would have influenced other elements of the storytelling, and Licorice Pizza would have been a weaker movie. I think I would have been made a weaker viewer too, less prepared to deal with ambiguity or to create it, for that matter. I had mocking South Asian–accented English used on me while growing up in white, small-town Canada. Such experiences owed in no small part to my being the only brown kid in groups that reliably had a shared familiarity with Ben Kingsley’s title turn in Gandhi and Fisher Stevens’s Ben Jabituya, from Short Circuit. The challenge I faced, again and again, was whether to get upset and thus, to my mind, prove that I was a fragile loser. Often, I chose to out-mock the mockers—with even more ridiculous singsong South Asian accents, or with thick, dumb white-guy voices, until they stopped, frequently in awkward silence or uneasy laughter. Such experiences made me feel a distinct kind of creative power to draw on and push back on the world and the people around me that were pushing on me. All of that was formative to my becoming the writer I am.I use accented English while reading aloud from my novels, many of which are satirical and feature both thick, dumb white guys and melodramatically musical South Asians, among others. I have done so to uncomfortable, uncertain, and limited laughter in public settings (and also, at times, to hearty laughter, usually from nonwhite readers). As a storyteller, this is exactly what I want to provide and provoke: I seek differential responses from audiences so that they are entertained and challenged by what they are experiencing from me and my work, and within themselves, and from one another. Not for me is Henry Fielding’s model of prefacing each chapter of his massive 18th-century novels with winking, directive guides to ensure readers know how to take the bawdy bits that follow. Instead, I trust my audiences, but not entirely. Also, they shouldn’t trust me entirely, either, or the people around them for that matter.With apologies to Plato and the good folks over at MANAA, I want Licorice Pizza playing everywhere, exactly as it is, to limited laughter and viral outrage and critical disagreement. The tension and grit between storytellers and their audiences, and inside and among the members of audiences, are what we should seek from page and stage and screen: We want thinking and imagining lives that are active rather than passive, evolving rather than static. A flourishing shared cultural life is one in which the stories we are told, and the stories we tell about ourselves, are free-ranging and risky, not locked down and safe.
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Wordle’s Creator Thinks He Knows Why the Game Has Gone So Viral
Hint: It has to do with New Zealand.
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Cristiano Ronaldo's 'Siu' celebration causes confusion at the Australian Open
Heard at weddings, in movie theaters and, of course, in football stadiums around the world, the sound of Cristiano Ronaldo's famous 'Siu' celebration became something of an unofficial soundtrack to 2021 -- and it's showing no signs of stopping in 2022.
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After Volcanic Eruption, Tonga Faces Weeks Without Internet
After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country’s lone connection to the global internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead.
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Police save woman from Bronx home after explosion
A woman was killed and eight other people - including five police officers - were hurt Tuesday in a suspected gas explosion and fire in the Bronx, officials said. Police body camera video shows officers rescue a woman who was underneath debris. (Jan. 19)      
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Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal poses 'monumental challenge' to Sony
Microsoft's blockbuster purchase of video game developer Activision Blizzard could pose a serious threat for Sony.
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Blinken: Russia has plans in place to increase force on Ukraine borders "even more"
Russia has plans to further increase its military forces on Ukrainian borders, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday in remarks to personnel at the US Embassy in Kyiv.
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French education minister criticized for announcing Covid-19 measures from Ibiza
France's education minister has come under fire after confirming reports that he announced stringent new Covid-19 measures for schools while on vacation on the Spanish party island Ibiza.
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How will Trump's order to end health care subsidies affect rates?
On Thursday, President Trump announced he would stop payments to insurers that lower premiums for millions of lower-income Americans. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the move could hike some health insurance rates by as much as 20 percent. Political writer for New York Magazine, Eric Levitz, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss why middle-income Americans could be affected the most.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Begin 2022 on the Offensive
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had an explosive start to the year with reports of separate conflicts with the media and the U.K. government.
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We are Latinx: Why some Latinos have embraced a gender-neutral identity
Nearly 2 million Latinos call themselves "Latinx." They say the word can bring people together.       
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The U.S. will provide $200 million in military aid to Ukraine amid crisis
"We are committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will continue to provide Ukraine the support it needs," a senior State Department official said.
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Qatar 2022 World Cup tickets go on sale with Final tickets reaching $1,600
In a little over 10 months, the world's best football players will descend on Qatar for the World Cup and tickets have now been made available to the general public.
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Britney Spears Says She Should Have 'Slapped' Sister, Mom As Feud Escalates
In the fallout of Jamie Lynn Spears' new memoir, "Things I Should Have Said," Britney Spears has some choice words for her and their mother, Lynne Spears.
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Where Were You When They Came for the Hamsters?
The day Hong Kong decided to kill 2,000 of the cuddly creatures to fall in line with China’s zero-Covid policy marks a new, dystopian low.
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Tips for installing recessed lighting
Recessed lighting can be an included feature or an option in new homes, but for owners of existing homes it can be a big project to install recessed lights in rooms that lack them.
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Body of 9-year-old Girl Discovered in Barrel Along River After Missing Report
A 31-year-old man has been charged with the girl's murder and has been denied bail.
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'Heinous Crime': Rare Mexican Grey Wolf Shot Dead in Arizona Sparking Backlash
The wolf, named Anubis, was shot and killed near Flagstaff on January 2, leaving conservationists "heartbroken."
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Astronomers detect mysterious bursts of radio signals from distant galaxy
Astronomers over the years have picked up dozens of "fast radio bursts" (FRBs) -- mysterious radio signals detected from an unknown part of the cosmos. But for only the second time, they have now found one that repeats itself, making it more likely that we might find out where they come from.
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'Fortnite': Can You Kill the Butter Cake Monsters in the New Update?
The new Butter Cake monsters in "Fortnite" (aka Klombos) can be formidable opponents. Here's what you need to know about taking them on.
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Who Is Vijay on 'New Amsterdam'?
The most recent episode of "New Amsterdam" saw Helen receive a call about someone called Vijay who has died, leading NBC viewers to wonder exactly who he is.
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Parts of the Plains waking up to subfreezing temperatuers
Wind chills to -45°, lake enhanced snow and a wintery mix for areas across the eastern US.. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the forecast for where the worst of the winter weather will be.
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Biden Administration Prepares to Issue 400 Million Free Masks
The nonsurgical N95 masks from the national stockpile will be available at health centers and pharmacies across the U.S. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.
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Brazil's parents want their kids vaccinated against Covid. Bolsonaro has tried to stop it
Last June, as Covid-19 cases were surging across Brazil, Camila Basto waited at a São Paulo hospital to find out what was wrong with her 9-year-old daughter, Manuela.
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Ted Cruz's campaign finance rule challenge gets its day at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of campaign finance Wednesday, hearing a challenge brought by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to a federal cap on candidates using political contributions to recoup personal loans they make to their campaigns.
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Biden administration to distribute 400 million N95 masks to the public for free
The Biden administration will make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans for free starting next week, a White House official told CNN, the latest federal step aimed at reining in the US' Covid-19 surge.
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Abbott Elementary Does the Impossible
Also, discussing The Lost Daughter and discussing Wordle.
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CBS News poll: Women say it's "very important" for more women to be elected
A CBS News poll has found that a majority of women believe it's very important for more women to be elected to political office, and a majority think the country would be better off if that happened. But there are still partisan divides in the results.
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What Happened to Lexi in 'Cheer' Season 2?
Loyal fans of "Cheer" on Netflix couldn't help notice elite tumbler Lexi Brumback was largely absent from Cheer Season 2. Here's why.
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Chilling new details learned about California parents accused of shackling 13 children
Bail for David and Louise Turpin has been set at $12 million each. The California couple has been accused of torturing and holding their 13 children hostage. David Begnaud reports on some of the shocking details prosecutors learned -- and the escape plan the siblings hatched.
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Why your 5G phone concerns the airline industry: What we know about the impact on travel, flights and more
Amid warnings of 'incalculable' damage to economy from airline industry, AT&T and Verizon are delaying 5G rollout near airports. Here's what we know.      
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You can't say that in America. Bullies on the left and right shut down 'divisive' ideas.
When you don't like something, call it divisive. It's a great way to shut it down. Once we decide to remove ideas, we can censor pretty much anything.      
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