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Stanley Tucci celebrates Thanksgiving with brother-in-law John Krasinski: See the viral pic

Stanley Tucci is reminding fans that he and John Krasinski are brothers-in-law with his latest Thanksgiving post.       
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Russia asks foreign troops to leave Bulgaria and Romania
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Rescuers save dog by attaching sausage to drone: ‘Millie was hungry’
UK rescuers deployed a sausage-carrying drone to rescue a mutt that had become stranded on a treacherous mud bank amid an incoming tide.
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Five Years Later, What Was the Women’s March?
On its five year anniversary, it is not difficult to imagine how the original march might have played out differently.
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House January 6 committee seeks information from Ivanka Trump
The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is asking former President Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump to share information about what her father was doing and saying while the attack unfolded. CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane joins "CBSN AM" with details.
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Yosemite Horsetail Fall Is About To Start Glowing: How and When To See the Firefall
The spectacular illusion, which makes the Horsetail Fall waterfall appear as if it is on fire, can be witnessed from mid to late February.
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Kathy Griffin says CNN's Jeff Zucker slashed her pay after asking for a raise as co-host of NYE special
The CNN president told the New York Times that Griffin was "completely out of line" for asking for more money just days before the New Year's Eve broadcast.
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Jen Shah reacts to ‘RHOSLC’ co-star Jennie Nguyen’s ‘horrible’ Facebook posts
"I must now stand up, on behalf of my husband and sons who are African American, to say that I am deeply offended by the racially insensitive posts and comments."
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Social media company sued for federal officer's murder
In her first national television interview since filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Facebook, Angela Underwood Jacobs explains why she blames the social media company for the 2020 killing of her brother, a federal officer gunned down by anti-government extremists.
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Massive explosion in Ghana mining region leaves dozens dead or injured
More than a dozen people were killed and many more were injured by a massive explosion that rocked southwestern Ghana on Thursday, authorities said.
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Feedback: In defense of Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
Readers on our coverage of appropriation accusations against Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story,' plus COVID-time concert-going, Ronnie Spector's death and debating race and 'Grand Canyon'
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Two new books prove it's always a good time to think about Buster Keaton
Dana Stevens and James Curtis, authors of "Camera Man" and "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life," argue for the silent film star's enduring appeal.
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The pandemic pushed more families to home school. Many are sticking with it
During the pandemic, a growing number of families have chosen to home school their children, with an especially large increase in the number of Black home schoolers.
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These readers survived the Holocaust. This is what worries them about America today
We asked Times readers who escaped Europe amid violent antisemitism and authoritarianism about what they think about American democracy today.
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Senate’s tech antitrust push notches a win, but major hurdles loom
Bipartisan objections and dozens of proposed changes will test those leading the charge.
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Omicron poses new threats to restaurants and bars
With the Omicron variant surge, restaurateurs have to find new ways to pivot.
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Watchdog sues Education Dept, DOJ over documents on NSBA letter comparing parents to 'domestic terrorists'
A right-leaning federal watchdog organization said it is suing the Education Department and Department of Homeland Security over documents pertaining to the National School Board Association (NSBA) letter comparing parents to "domestic terrorists."
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Michael K. Williams imbued 'tender spirit' on the set of last movie '892,' director says
Michael K. Williams's final film, "892," debuts at Sundance Film Festival and tells the desperate true story of Brian Brown-Easley (John Boyega).       
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'Parenthood' told a flawed autism story. This time, Jason Katims vowed to 'do better'
With "As We See It," TV's king of the family drama made certain that the perspectives of people on the spectrum were his "North Star" from the start.
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What's on TV Friday: 'Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse'; Oscar Roundtables
What to watch Friday, January 21: 'Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse' on PBS; 'The Envelope Oscar Roundtables: Directors' on SN1
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Don’t Give Putin a Veto Over NATO Expansion
Negotiating the future size and shape of the alliance would be tantamount to surrender.
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Supreme Court denies science. We do know when life begins
The theme of Friday's March for Life is “Equality Begins in the Womb.” It emphasizes the horrific discrimination of mass abortion, which targets non-white babies, biological females, and those with Down syndrome.
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'Munich — The Edge of War': Was There Really a Plan To Assassinate Hitler?
Netflix's "Munich — The Edge of War" is a spy thriller about the consequences of The Munich Agreement of 1938 and two men who tried to change the outcome.
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Cheer season 2 shows how fame changes everything
Cheer season two on Netflix. | Courtesy of Kyle Alexander/Netflix Cheer’s second season is a good story about cheerleading and a better story about the price of fame. At first blush, I didn’t really have any interest in watching the second season of Cheer, Netflix’s hit docuseries about competitive junior college cheerleading. It’s not because of quality. The first season was a hypnotizing blend of drama, athleticism, and triumph complete with real-life cheerleaders — a talented troublemaker, a diamond in the rough, a charming second-stringer, a diehard rookie, a superstar — and an icy, determined coach who seemed to be written for television. I loved it. But I also watched as those people from my beloved docuseries became real-life celebrities. It’s what happens to a lot of reality show personalities. They get on television and the followers start rolling in. The media attention skyrockets, the endorsement deals arrive, and then, instead of their lives creating the show, the show becomes their life. In Cheer’s case, it gets even bleaker. In September 2020, season one star Jerry Harris was arrested by the FBI for allegedly soliciting child pornography. Later that year, in December, Harris was indicted on new charges alleging that he was soliciting minors to send him sexually explicit videos and photos of themselves. Still, a friend urged me to watch, and soon I found myself fixated. The show had changed into something else entirely. Instead of showcasing talent, Cheer’s second season is laser-focused on how fame has affected America’s cheerleading sweethearts. It turns out that just a small amount of celebrity can turn heroes into villains, friends into enemies, and make winning feel a lot like losing. Navarro becomes too famous too soon The boldest move that creator Greg Whiteley made in the second season is not shying away from the impact of the show. Its success didn’t happen in a vacuum, and the first episodes really show you how popular coach Monica Aldama and the kids became. They met Kendall Jenner and Arizona Cardinals football player JJ Watt. They were given $20,000 on Ellen to upgrade their gym and got to hug Oprah. They’ve amassed massive followings on Instagram and some are raking in dollars on Cameo. Aldama was a contestant on the 29th season of Dancing With the Stars. It’s not hard to read in between the lines and see why so many kids decided to come back for another go. Some of their rehearsed responses to media outlets, on social media, and recorded on the series about Navarro College being “a special place” do a lot of the work. They’re back in Navarro because it’s a meal ticket, and any young person would be an idiot not to take advantage of the possible endorsements, celebrity, and windfall that would come with a successful second season. Initially, Coach Monica and Navarro College were portrayed as a Blind Side-like feel-good story. Her program, which dominates the two-team junior college division, was depicted as a lifeline for some troubled teens, possibly helping them to get away from broken homes and rough streets, and into college. While there are legitimate questions about what it means to take young, vulnerable people and put them in physically punishing situations, the show’s story was one of the mental and physical sacrifice it takes to achieve greatness. Fame empirically changes that equation. It turns the Navarro narrative into something else entirely. It doesn’t feel as pure or as good when you realize that maybe the kids didn’t come back because they needed a life lesson or Coach Monica’s discipline. Maybe they just needed to cash in on another season before fame runs out. You can almost taste the acidic resentment from team members who weren’t featured on the first season when they’re interviewed this time around. It doesn’t take that many episodes for some of those team members to pivot their personal stories toward the camera. Courtesy of Kyle Alexander/Netflix Cheerleading! In the season one finale, it looked like a second season was in doubt because Varsity Spirit, a company that controls major cheerleading tournament coverage, did not seem to enjoy Navarro being filmed for its first season. Varsity did not allow Netflix’s crew access to the National Championship, and footage from Navarro’s performance was captured by attendees. The other big question was if the show was going to continue given the very serious child abuse charges against star Jerry Harris. A second season of Cheer wouldn’t be truthful and probably wouldn’t exist if it didn’t examine Harris’s investigation and didn’t have team members and Aldama speaking out about it. While the show handles it directly, the people on it sometimes falter. The show, then, isn’t really about the cheer program at all anymore, as much as it is about how impossible it is to wield fame. It’s this enormous celebrity and good fortune that makes it, at times, difficult to empathize with Coach Monica when she complains about her life and the negativity from people on her social media. Her newfound fame has brought newfound haters, as is par for the course. She comes off as a person who does not fully recognize the amount of fame, prestige, and goodwill she’s received in such a short amount of time. Watching someone get what they — and many other people — want, and struggle with it always makes for a complex, even alienating viewing experience. The make-or-break moment in the series happens when Coach Monica accepts an invite from Dancing With the Stars. In order to keep her participation a secret, she keeps her team in the dark, which is understandable. Sure. But a few interviews with her squad reveal that she was unreachable while filming, which eroded their trust in her. In her absence, a new assistant coach named Kailee Peppers asserts her power. Aldama chose the show, and the prestige that came with it, over coaching her team. That moment all but sours the promise that “coming to cheer for Coach Monica” used to hold. Monica says that it’s partly because of the Dancing with the Stars fatigue and spotlight that she couldn’t properly deal with the shocking and infuriating child porn allegations facing Jerry Harris. The second season’s fifth episode lends its platform to the twin boys who allege that Jerry sexually assaulted and coerced them, and includes interviews with their mother. Monica, we’re told from season one, cares about each of her kids and teaches them to be good humans. Jerry’s alleged behavior calls her relationship with him into question. With mounting evidence against Jerry and new indictments, Monica’s response is to complain about how she’s receiving negativity on social media, instead of marked concern about the very grave charges Jerry is facing, and for the well-being of the children who were allegedly involved. The coach who cares seems to be writing this incident off with an “I don’t know.” If Cheer’s season one is about sacrifice — physical injury, pared-down social lives, moving to a nowhere town in Texas, relentless practices — to achieve greatness, season two is an unvarnished look at how that payoff can bring its own set of problems. Enter: Trinity Valley The second season of Cheer also benefits by having underdogs to root for in Trinity Valley Community College, Navarro’s main rivals. In the first installment, they’re portrayed almost like villains, the only team that stands in the way of Navarro’s destiny. But now they’re back, reloaded with a superstar rookie class, but without Navarro’s glitz, glamour, and $20,000 facility upgrade courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres. Jada Wooten, a TVCC veteran who wants to take down Navarro’s Instagram-famous Goliath in her last year, is easy to root for. It’s do or die for Jada this time around. She takes it upon herself to give pep talks, to push her teammates, and to turn TVCC into a family unit. She’s the right-hand woman of coach Vontae Johnson, who seems to provide a stark counter to Monica. Jada and her teammates credit him with helping them be better. Vontae points out that Navarro has its pick of polished athletes ready to compete (a television show will help you do that), while he finds athletes who have the most potential. Courtesy of Kyle Alexander/Netflix Jada, of Trinity Valley Community College’s cheer team. That means teaching Jada to overcome her mental block and turning the “Weenies,” a group of uber-talented young men that defy gravity, into performers. The big problem with the Weenies is that despite their fantastic tumbling, they’re hung up on appearing masculine, and don’t want to smile or sass the way cheerleaders are supposed to. Whether or not Vontae and his sidekick coach Khris Franklin can shape this team into a national champion and beat their more famous rivals becomes the central tension of the back half of the season. At some points, the Trinity Valley team feels as though they were specifically created in a lab to be the perfect foils and underdogs to the Navarro juggernaut. Navarro has a new stage, while Trinity Valley unfurls their raggedy mats before every practice. Navarro’s superstar Gabi Butler is Instagram-famous, while Jada is relatively unknown to viewers. Navarro’s group of veterans knows how to win, while Trinity Valley is relying on rookies like dynamo Angel Rice. It makes for electric TV, and since the show has given Navarro enough slack to turn themselves into villains, it’s hard not to root for Trinity Valley in their national championship showdown. What’s peculiar about this, though, is that the entire series underscores that this is all too good to be true. Fame is cyclical; it imploded Navarro, and Trinity Valley is up next to enter the celebrity assembly line. The spotlight has an uncanny way of unearthing secrets and testing character, in ways that Trinity Valley hasn’t yet faced. Celebrity killed Navarro’s feel-good story, and there’s no reason to think the same couldn’t happen to TVCC.
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'Full House' creator Jeff Franklin wants $85 million for mansion on Manson murder land
'Full House' creator Jeff Franklin is asking $85 million for his Beverly Crest mega-mansion, which sits on the land where Sharon Tate was murdered in 1969.
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‘Fight Club’ Fans Pay Tribute to Meat Loaf: “His Name Is Robert Paulson”
The actor and musician gave a scene-stealing performance in David Fincher's 1999 film, playing a former body builder.
nypost.com
People Jump Out of Windows to Escape Shopping Mall Fire
The fire was reported at China Mall, Durban, South Africa, shortly after 10 a.m. Friday.
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A look back at Meat Loaf's health scares over the years
Rock superstar Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74, a representative confirmed on his Facebook account early Friday.
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Robin Roberts tests positive for COVID-19, ‘looking forward’ to ‘GMA’ return
The "GMA" co-anchor is the latest TV host to come down with the virus. Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Seth Meyers and James Corden also had it this month.
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Russian FM after meeting Blinken: The West is in 'hysterics' over Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke at a press conference in Geneva following his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The meeting comes at a critical time of escalating tensions between Russia and the US over Russian troops at the Ukrainian border.
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Intel to invest at least $20 billion in Ohio chip-making factory
The massive investment comes during a broader computer chip shortage that has held back numerous industries.
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Gavin Newsom on L.A. Rail Theft: 'We Look Like a Third-world Country'
Governor Gavin Newsom professed shock and outrage as he visited the site of mass looting of cargo trains in L.A., helping to clean up.
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Winter Weather Leads to Mass School Closures in Carolinas, Texas, Virginia
The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia each issued a state of emergency this week ahead of the forecasted winter storm.
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Meat Loaf drove this surprising car to record 'Paradise By the Dashboard Light'
Meat Loaf drove an economical Honda Civic during the recording of his classic "Bat Out of Hell" album.
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Jon Jones says he won't attend UFC 270: 'No need to flatter these big boys'
Jon Jones may have vested interest in UFC 270's heavyweight title fight, but he won't be there in person to witness it.       Related StoriesUFC 270: Francis Ngannou says Ciryl Gane was never his teammate, Gane respondsUFC 270: Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane verbally spar over memory of actual sparring sessionUFC 270: Francis Ngannou, Ciryl Gane verbally spar over memory of actual sparring session - Enclosure 
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Russian military intervention in Kazakhstan could be prelude to invading Ukraine
Russia's intervention in protests in Kazakhstan has increased Western concern over the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine      
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Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City sees growing numbers of COVID patients
Doctors in Missouri are concerned that low vaccination rates in the state are impacting children in greater numbers. Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City is seeing more COVID cases, with some children being admitted to the ICU. Carter Evans reports.
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House Select Committee investigating January 6 sends letter to Ivanka Trump
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol sent a letter to Ivanka Trump, another sign the investigation is closing in on Trump's inner circle. CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane reports from the Capitol.
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Jewish advocate blasts media coverage of Texas synagogue attack: 'Evil'
Jewish writer and advocate Eve Barlow flamed the mainstream media's coverage of the Texas synagogue attack, slamming them for not immediately calling out the attack as antisemitism.
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Bob Goalby, who won Masters on infamous scorecard mistake, dead at 92
Goalby's death Wednesday in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois, was confirmed by the PGA Tour and by Bill Haas, his great nephew.
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March for Life convenes today during a pivotal time for abortion rights
As conservatives await key SCOTUS rulings, they're eyeing more state restrictions.
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Secretary Blinken in Geneva for crucial talks with Russia amid fears of Ukraine invasion
On Friday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. Holly Williams is in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, talking to locals about their fears for a Russian invasion.
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A Broadway show about life after incarceration finds its most avid audience in a New York City prison
Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” gets a showing at Rikers Island, and prisoners have plenty of feedback.
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Why the voice of the Mets Gary Cohen can’t quit college basketball
Gary Cohen and the Mets are like family, but the longtime broadcaster's true passion can be found at Seton Hall.
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Memphis' Penny Hardaway rails against media's 'stupid f---ing questions' following SMU loss
Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway had it with reporters on Thursday and unleashed an expletive-laced tirade during his postgame press conference.
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Naomi Osaka proud of her fight, growth after Australian Open loss to unseeded American
Amanda Anisimova topples the four-time Grand Slam champion, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
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Unvaccinated seniors almost 50 times more likely to be hospitalized, CDC data shows: COVID-19 updates
Unvaccinated adults 65 and older who have COVID are 49 times more likely to be hospitalized than their boosted counterparts. Latest updates.      
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NY Republican, police union demand Gov. Hochul end cashless bail after another officer shot in line of duty
In New York, Republicans and law enforcement continued to call for the repeal of a controversial bail reform law they argue has driven up crime across the Empire State over the past two years.
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California: Data Suggest Omicron Coronavirus Wave Has Peaked
Data from around the State of California suggest that the state's omicron coronavirus wave has peaked, though the infection rate remains high, hospitalizations and deaths are at near-record levels, and the virus remains highly contagious.
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