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Surgeon General Murthy: Vaccinated Children Will Still Need to Wear Masks in School

Thursday on CNN's "New Day," U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sounded off on masks for children as the White House prepares for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to be approved for children ages 5 to 11 in the coming weeks.
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This rhythm therapy device is even better than a massage gun
It's time for reinvented pain relief.
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Students Stage Walkout to Protest Video Featuring Racial Slurs
Hundreds of students at Tigard High School in Oregon walked out of class in protest after a social media video showed some students using racial slurs.
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White House set to announce new COVID-19 measures today after the first case of the Omicron variant reported in the U.S.
The White House is expected to announce new measures Thursday after the first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant was reported in the U.S., including family vaccination clinics, extending the transit mask requirement and requiring all international travelers to test negative for COVID within 24 hours of their departure. CBS News Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes joins "CBSN AM" with the latest.
"Mountain of digital evidence" suggests school shooting was planned
Tate Myre was one of the four teenagers killed​ on Tuesday when a student opened fire at a Michigan high school.
House lawmakers reach deal on funding bill to avoid government shutdown
The bill funds the government through February 18, and includes $7 billion to held resettle Afghan refugees.
Podcast: Estimates suggest half a million people have died in the ongoing war in Syria. Activists are now asking if the revolution was worth the cost
Hours after Chinese boycott, IOC speaks to star player Peng Shuai
The IOC said that "a team" from the committee held a video call with Peng, but it did not outline what was discussed or provide any photos or video.
Real estate has gone meta
In November, a company sold a tract of virtual real estate for about $2.5 million worth of cryptocurrency. | MR.Cole_Photographer / Getty Images You can now be a landlord in the metaverse. The metaverse is getting hotter. Not hot, like a delicious meal or a Finnish sauna. This mostly fictional, virtual world is getting hot like a real estate market. Because lately, it is one. If you have enough money and courage, you can now buy up digital tracts of land in the metaverse. Of course, there isn’t just one metaverse. Much like a website is part of the larger World Wide Web, there are countless companies, including Meta (née Facebook), building their own virtual realms where they hope people will soon gather as their digital avatars to play games, buy things, and interact with ads. The emerging real estate market for these three-dimensional spaces in virtual reality — including everything from virtual concert venues and shopping malls to houses and monuments — anticipates a future in which digital property owners can work with brands that want a presence in the various iterations of the metaverse. One of the first companies to get into the digital real estate business is Metaverse Group, which operates a virtual world called Decentraland. Last week, Metaverse Group’s parent company,, announced that a “116 parcel estate in the heart of the Fashion Street district within Decentraland” sold for the equivalent of about $2.5 million — a record! The new owner of this estate near Fashion Street could presumably profit if Louis Vuitton wants to open a store there: They could effectively be the brand’s virtual landlord. This Decentraland deal did not, strictly speaking, involve real money. The digital estate sold for 618,000 mana, a type of cryptocurrency used in Decentraland. When you say it out loud, “mana” actually sounds a lot like the first couple syllables of “Monopoly money.” “Imagine if you came to New York when it was farmland, and you had the option to get a block of SoHo,” Metaverse Group co-founder Michael Gord recently told the New York Times. “If someone wants to buy a block of real estate in SoHo today, it’s priceless, it’s not on the market. That same experience is going to happen in the metaverse.” All this probably sounds a bit mind-bending. Who would pay real money for the rights to a piece of a virtual world that doesn’t entirely exist yet and will never exist in the real world? Well, if you’ve been paying any attention to the NFT craze or the cryptocurrency boom in recent years, plenty of people are pouring millions of dollars into digital assets with the expectation that others might be willing to pay even more for them in the future. This metaverse land grab is happening under a similar assumption. What makes the metaverse real estate boom all the more enticing, though, is the idea that once you own a piece of digital land, you might be able to make money by leasing it out or selling ads. Decentraland Users can wander around Decentraland to find stores and activities. They can also buy land and build their own. In its most basic form, the metaverse concept is not that different from the early days of the web. Starting in the late ‘80s, a common programming language for the web (HTML) enabled people to build websites that hosted content or offered services to users, and eventually, when websites attracted enough of these users, the site owners could sell ads or charge fees to make money off it all. The big difference, of course, is that the web was designed to be free while the metaverse seems destined to be owned by big companies. Just before announcing that Facebook would change its name to Meta, for example, Mark Zuckerberg told investors that the company expected to spend more than $10 billion on its metaverse projects this year alone. It’s hard for anyone to compete with that kind of cash. Still, plenty of companies are trying. In addition to Decentraland, you can now buy digital land in metaverses with names like Somnium Space, the Sandbox, and Upland. One company called Spotselfie, which currently operates an augmented reality app, will soon let you buy virtual real estate that’s associated with GPS coordinates in the real world through a new feature called Spotland. The idea is that by using tokens issued by Spotselfie — these are effectively cryptocurrency that’s specific to this metaverse, much like the mana used in Decentraland — you’ll buy the rights to a radius around a GPS coordinate, and then if Spotselfie decides to sell ads at that location, you get a cut. The big difference here is that Spotselfie’s metaverse is designed for augmented reality, not virtual reality. To see the metaverse, you just point your phone’s camera at the real-world location, and the Spotland software overlays a digital world onto your screen, ads and all. This could be the future. If and when mixed reality glasses become a thing — some analysts think that Apple will release a version of them in 2022 — we could be walking around looking at an overwhelming collision of real and digital worlds. And even though a lot of companies are scrambling to stake their claim, it’s unclear exactly who will own that space. Spotselfie co-founder Ray Shingler, for one, hopes that by offering users the option to buy now, his technology will bring some of that democratic, web 1.0 spirit to the nascent metaverse. “I’m trying to figure out a way,” Shingler told Recode, “where the users are actually getting something out of being in the app, and they actually control the metaverse. Because if you don’t control it soon enough, it’ll be lost to Facebook, or be lost to the Gemini Brothers.” (He’s referring to Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who recently received $400 million in funding for metaverse projects.) Then again, Mark Zuckerberg might be wrong about the metaverse. It’s entirely possible that not that many people actually want to wander around a virtual world, meeting other avatars and buying NFTs with cryptocurrency. Maybe we don’t want to inhabit some boundless digital space filled with ads and designed to track our behavior in ways we haven’t imagined yet. But if indeed the metaverse is the 21st century’s answer to the web, you can buy your piece of it now. Hurry up, though. The market is virtually hot. This story was first published in the Recode newsletter. Sign up here so you don’t miss the next one!
Biden to Unveil New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.
President Biden will announce insurance reimbursement for at-home coronavirus tests and better access to tests for those without insurance as Omicron spreads. His plan to combat the pandemic also includes stricter testing for U.S.-bound travelers and a mask mandate extension. Here’s the latest.
Inflation causing hardship for almost half of U.S. households
New Gallup survey also finds that more Republicans than Democrats are feeling the pinch from higher prices.
Save an extra 20% on personal massage guns for Cyber Week
We’ve rounded up the best massagers currently on sale for Cyber Monday with the promo code CMSAVE20 for a limited time.
WorldView: Facebook parent company removes Chinese accounts spreading COVID-19 disinformation
The parent company of Facebook and Instagram has taken down more than 600 accounts, pages and groups connected to a Chinese operation spreading COVID-19 disinformation. Meanwhile, a British court dismissed an appeal by a tabloid paper against a ruling that it had breached the privacy of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex by printing parts of a letter she wrote to her estranged father. Ian Lee reports from London on these and other stories from around the world.
Conservative-leaning Supreme Court justices signal support for Mississippi abortion law
A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is signaling support for Mississippi's abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, joined "CBSN AM" to discuss.
The vast majority of Republicans don't want a booster
The effort to provide a Covid-19 vaccine booster to every American adult is underway. While millions of Americans have received their booster, 84% of adults have not.
Mortgage rates hold steady despite volatility in financial markets and new covid concerns
The 30-year fixed-rate average slowed its upward trajectory this week, edging up to 3.11 percent.
Mass Food Poisoning Among Church Congregation Kills One, Leaves Dozens Ill
Cook John Croucher was sentenced to a four-month jail sentence after admitting to the charges against him.
Bradley Cooper calls ex Irina Shayk’s support ‘very special’
The Oscar nominee attended the premiere of his movie "Nightmare Alley" in NYC on Wednesday night with the Russian model by his side amid rumors they're back on.
The bombshell about Trump testing positive also implicates the Trump family
Only a few days after Trump tested positive for covid, his family sat maskless in the debate audience.
Dog Snoozing With Head Out of Car Window Melts Hearts Online
An adorable video of a dog snoozing with her head dangling out of the car window was posted to TikTok, and the internet is obsessed.
U.S. finalizes plan to revive Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy
The policy's revival, which is mandated by a federal court order, will require some asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are adjudicated by U.S. courts.
Here's how tech can tell that your partner is cheating on you
Is your spouse or partner always on the phone or computer? Here are the tech-savvy clues that may show if it's innocent or cheating.
The Daily Money: Burger King cutting menu items that slow down drive-thru lanes
Today's top stories from USA TODAY Money.
'Like a gay dream come true': Netflix's first gay holiday rom-com 'Single All the Way' relishes in joy
Netflix's first gay holiday romantic comedy "Single All the Way" is here to lift holiday spirits and further queer up a heterosexual genre.
The World’s Banks Risk Becoming ‘Dumb Pipes’
Just like the telecoms a generation ago, big financial institutions are spending huge sums of money on their core businesses, but the real gains are likely to be made by more nimble entrants.
Two Election Workers Targeted by Pro-Trump Media Sue for Defamation
The two Georgia workers were falsely accused of manipulating ballots by Trump allies and right-wing news sites. Election officials said the workers did nothing wrong.
Infectious disease doctor on Omicron coronavirus variant
Scientists in South Africa say they're starting to get an idea of how the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting people, including increasing reinfections. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Amesh Adalja spoke with Anne-Marie Green on CBSN about the new findings and his recommendations for how to protect yourself in public.
As U.S.-China Tensions Rise Ahead of Summit, Marines Train for Taiwan Crisis
"On the Taiwan issue, all options are on the table for the Chinese mainland, it's difficult to anticipate when, how and where," South China Sea Probing Initiative Director Hu Bo told Newsweek.
College football best bets for Championship Weekend: Take Pitt, Oregon
Pittsburgh, San Diego State and Oregon are the top college football picks against the spread this weekend.
Those supply chains are straightening out. So is Biden’s rhetoric.
Two pieces of good news for Democrats.
Five neighborhoods where you can shop local this holiday season
You won’t have to worry about shipping delays when browsing for holiday gifts in person.
New movies to stream this week: ‘Benedetta,’ ‘Adrienne’ and more
Watch these new movies from home.
Look to Cowboys to get you out of Thanksgiving slump
The Cowboys, a 4.5-point favorite, will win and cover against the Saints, VSiN Dave Tuley predicts.
Tate Myre: Petition To Rename Oxford High School's Stadium Hits 100K Signatures
Tate Myre, the Michigan school's 16-year-old football star, was reportedly killed trying to disarm the shooter.
Will Smith Almost Gets Slapped by Endangered Turtle Trying to Rescue It
The green sea turtle had gotten stuck on its back and would have died from the heat of the sun.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Doubles Down on 'Jihad Squad' Remarks
Greene used the slur in response to a tweet about abortion rights made by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
WHO: Travel bans won't keep cases out
After the first detected case of the Omicron variant in the US, the World Health Organization has issued guidance against travel bans. WHO spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris joins CNN's Brianna Keilar to discuss.
A Moral Panic Is Brewing About Instagram and Video Games. Don't Fall for It | Opinion
Both video games and social media have been just another spin of the moral panic wheel. Whatever you decide to put beneath the tree this year, your kid will be fine.
Burger King celebrates 64 years of the Whopper with 37 cent throwback deal Friday, Saturday
Burger King's Whopper will cost 37 cents as part of a two-day "birthday bash" deal. But the special is only open to Royal Perks loyalty members.
California Rep. Swalwell hit with FEC complaint alleging campaign improperly paid personal expenses
The American Accountability Foundation (AAF) filed the complaint against Swalwell on Thursday, citing multiple reports of the California Democrat spending campaign cash on personal purchases.
Super-Ripped Cat With Bulging Muscles Due to Rare Condition Stuns Internet
The National Organization for Rare Disorders says: "Affected individuals have up to twice the usual amount of muscle mass in their bodies."
'Hannity' on inflation, Dr. Oz Senate bid
Guests: Geraldo Rivera, Dan Bongino, Gregg Jarrett, Pete Hegseth, Mehmet Oz, Clay Travis, Pam Bondi
MLB removes player photos and news from website as lockout begins
MLB removes player headshots and articles from team websites amid locking the players out after the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement
'Coming Out Colton' tracks 'The Bachelor' alum Colton Underwood's LGBTQ education
Much like Caitlyn Jenner's coming-out education in "I Am Cait," "The Bachelor" alum Colton Underwood approaches the process of telling the world who he is almost like an anthropologist in the six-part Netflix docuseries "Coming Out Colton." It's a carefully constructed showcase for someone who, like Jenner and her extended family, appears accustomed to life under the camera's watchful eye.
Former Afghan women's soccer captain describes 'nightmare' Taliban rule after escape: 'They are traumatized'
Former Afghan women's soccer team captain Khalida Popal joined 'FOx & Friends First' to describe the 'nightmare' trying to flee Taliban rule after the team's successful escape to the United Kingdom.
Colton Underwood: I didn’t come out to ‘bury the drama’ with Cassie Randolph
The former "Bachelor" came out as gay in April, just months after his ex-girlfriend obtained a restraining order against him for stalking and harassment.
Tom Brady FaceTimes with high school team after they text Sean Murphy-Bunting by mistake
Vinny Tartaglia, a member of the Notre Dame Prep freshman basketball team, was adding his teammates' numbers to a group text last week when he accidentally added the wrong number.
A Tesla for kids? Check out the brand's new Cyberquad, a four-wheel ATV meant for children
Electric car maker Tesla launched Cyberquad for Kids, a four-wheel, electric all-terrain vehicle inspired by the design of Cybertruck
US, Mexico reportedly reach deal on restarting Trump-era asylum policy
The policy requires asylum seekers attempting to enter the US by crossing the southern border to wait in Mexico until their cases are heard.