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WFT-Raiders preview: Washington’s secondary faces a depleted Las Vegas receiving corps

The Washington Football Team has a chance at its fourth straight win Sunday afternoon against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.
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'Money Heist: Korea'— Everything We Know About Netflix's New Spin-Off
The highly anticipated Korean remake of Netflix's "Money Heist" series stars "Squid Game" actor Park Hae-soo and Yoo Ji-tae from the Korean film "Oldboy."
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What 2020's pro-Trump phony electors means for 2024
Robert Alexander writes that slates of phony electors from seven states were sent to then-Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to persuade him to discard the legitimate slates of electors he received -- an alarming, albeit unsuccessful, attempt to upend the 2020 presidential election results, and one requiring immediate remedy to avoid repetition in 2024.
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Texans hit with skyrocketing utility bills following deadly winter storm
As Texas works to restore power and clean water to all 29 million residents, some say they've received bills of thousands of dollars for just a few days' worth of service during last week's deadly winter storm. Dallas Morning News staff writer Maria Halkias joins CBSN's Lana Zak with more on the state's independent power grid and the steep price hikes.
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Blinken arrives in Ukraine, says Russia could attack at short notice
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday in a whistle-stop diplomatic push to defuse tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.
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South Africa facing violent unrest following jailing of former President Jacob Zuma
More than 200 people have died in South Africa during a week of violent unrest sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. Outrage in the country has been heightened by economic disparities that were highlighted during the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal's Africa Deputy Bureau Chief Gabriele Steinhauser joins CBSN to break down the unrest in the nation.
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China Uses Anal Tests To Detect Omicron As COVID Variant Spreads Before Winter Olympics
The testing method—considered impractical for larger outbreaks—has been in use since the start of the pandemic.
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Testing requirements for nursing home visits leave families stuck in 'another lockdown'
As Covid-19 cases rise again in nursing homes, a few states have begun requiring visitors to present proof that they're not infected before entering facilities, stoking frustration and dismay among family members.
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Off-Duty Deputy Dies As Mom Suffered 'Possible Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound'—Police
A Texas sheriff said: "It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of our deputy. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers."
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Ukraine warns Russia has 'almost completed' build-up of forces near border
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Abcarian: How to persuade the willfully unvaccinated? Make their lives more difficult
France has just mandated "vaccine passes" for public places. We should too.
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Op-Ed: My city's new gun control laws will help more than waiting on Congress to do something
San Jose will soon require gun owners to purchase liability insurance and to pay annual fees to fund violence-reduction initiatives.
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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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Man wanted in Florida murder arrested in Southern California
A man wanted in connection with the killing of a woman at a Florida motel earlier this month was captured last week in Southern California, authorities said on Tuesday.
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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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Letters to the Editor: What's behind those train package thefts? A railroad seeking a bigger profit
Long trains, the kind that move slowly and are easy pickings for thieves, are better for the railroad's bottom line but not for security.
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They settled on a Georgia island while enslaved. Now they fight rising seas, land loss to preserve culture.
The historic Gullah Geechee community came to Sapelo Island while enslaved and made it their home. Centuries later, they're fighting for survival.       
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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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'Black Hawk Down' pilot Mike Durant aims for Alabama Senate seat, Lauds American principles over liberal media
Former U.S. Army Special Operations aviator and Alabama Senate candidate Mike Durant has set his sights on Alabama's opening Senate seat following the retirement of Sen. Richard Shelby at the end of his term. Durant has touted his military and small business owner experience in stating his case to Alabamians.
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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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Letters to the Editor: Anti-vaccine lies are killing good people. This family shows how
A father who was unvaccinated died last year. His son, racked with guilt, later committed suicide. That's two lives lost to anti-vaccine disinformation.
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Letters to the Editor: L.A. Times, why wasn't the Texas synagogue standoff front-page news?
Amid a spike in antisemitic attacks, some readers ask why coverage of the Texas synagogue attack wasn't given more prominence.
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Former McDonald’s employee claims this one item is free
A former McDonald’s worker has revealed that there is one menu item that fans can reportedly get for free: pickles.
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Granderson: Why aren't Democrats making Election Day a state holiday?
It would be such an easy way to improve voting access.
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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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Shopping for a new car? Prepare for little selection, no negotiation
Buying or leasing a new vehicle in 2022 won't be any less painful than it was in 2021. Here are some buying strategies.      
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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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Moose found trapped in Colorado basement
Wildlife officers were called to rescue a moose that became trapped in a house in Breckenridge after it fell through a window.
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Glenn Youngkin is off to a strong start on schools in Virginia
When Glenn Youngkin won Virginia’s gubernatorial contest last fall, it was about a lot more than education. But his critiques of endless school closures and critical race rheory, along with his blunt support for parental rights, played a big role. He promised to empower parents, promote academic rigor, move past the disruptions of the early pandemic, and address the proliferation of toxic dogmas in schools.
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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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What the Greek Myths Can Teach Us About Our Moment of Crisis
In late 2020, towards the end of my work on my compendium of Greek myths, I was editing my version of the story of Phaethon. The source is Ovid’s famous epic poem about transformations, Metamorphoses. Phaethon is the son of the sun-god Helios, who drives his blazing chariot across the sky every day. But Phaethon…
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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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High school lunch photo shared by New York dad has parents concerned
Chris Vangellow shared multiple photos of the free lunches his children have been served at school under USDA guidelines.
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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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The long slide: Inside Biden’s declining popularity as he struggles with multiple crises
The administration has repeatedly underestimated the magnitude of the nation’s challenges — not just hoping for best, some Democrats say, but also failing to plan for the worst.
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Today’s news conference is a rare event for Biden
Biden has held only one formal news conference as president before today. The limited nature of his press events raise the stakes for occasions like this one.
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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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