Fury As Bride's Brother "In Love" With Groom Refuses To Be in Wedding Party
"You need to support your sister and if you can't control yourself around her soon-to-be spouse, just stay the hell away from them," said one Reddit reply.newsweek.com
Paralyzed Whale Makes Final Journey: 'She Will Die … She's So Emaciated'
The humpback whale managed to swim 3,000 miles in "considerable pain," using only her pectoral fins to propel herself onwards.newsweek.com
The Ark Encounter site in Kentucky is bigger than Disneyland and still growing
The Tower of Babel, a bird aviary, and the largest model of Christ-era Jerusalem are all set to open within the decade at the Noah's Ark-themed park.usatoday.com
SZA 'S.O.S.' Sample Guide: All the Songs Featured on Her New Album
Fans have recognized some surprising samples and interpolations on the highly anticipated new album, released on December 9.newsweek.com
'Boy in the Box,' victim in notorious Philadelphia cold case, is identified 66 years later
The discovery of a boy's battered body in a box in 1957 became Philadelphia's best-known cold case, with the child's identity a mystery for decades.latimes.com
Brazil's soccer star Vinícius Júnior wants to give back to schools in his community
The forward for Brazil and Real Madrid has been tackling a lot on the road to his first World Cup, including racism abroad and poverty back home.npr.org
'Harry and Meghan' Netflix series revives controversy over British royals and racism
Netflix's long-awaited 'Harry and Meghan' series is out and stirring up more controversy over the Montecito-based couple and the British royal family.latimes.com
The first Gen Z member of Congress was denied a D.C. apartment due to bad credit
Maxwell Frost, who became the first Gen Z candidate to be elected to the U.S. House in November, says Congress has a serious problem of accessibility for people who don't come from wealth.npr.org
German far-right groups becoming increasingly organized, says a historian
The Reichsbürger or "Reich Citizens" movement believes Germany's modern democratic government is not legitimate, and has grown in the last year.npr.org
Because of Wisconsin's abortion ban, one mother gave up trying for another child
Kristen Petranek has a history of miscarriages – and she has diabetes, which makes pregnancy risky. She fears that if something goes wrong, her state's law may inhibit doctors from helping her.npr.org
Concern has risen in the West Bank as violence escalates in recent days
An already violent year in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has escalated in the last few days and could intensify as Israel puts together what could be its most right-wing governing coalition ever.npr.org
America just won a major victory over China. And it happened in Arizona.
Biden and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey celebrate TSMC's investment in U.S. But production isn't only about economic strength. It's about national security.usatoday.com
What we know about the next Senate and the balance of power now that Georgia's runoff is over
Despite the Georgia runoff results, a split Congress means both Democrats and Republicans will have trouble passing legislation in January.usatoday.com
Ukraine is calling for a boycott of 'The Nutcracker.' Ballet companies aren't budging
Ukraine's culture minister said his country's allies could stop Russia from weaponizing its culture by temporarily boycotting Russian artists, including The Nutcracker composer Tchaikovsky.npr.org
Shortage of hospital beds for kids with RSV "really has to do with dollars"
The U.S. is experiencing an unusual spate of childhood RSV infections. But the critical shortage of hospital beds to treat sick children stems from structural problems in pediatric care that have been brewing for years.cbsnews.com
Americans could be in for a tax refund shock next year
Many tax benefits instituted during the pandemic have lapsed, which means some people could see smaller refunds.cbsnews.com
Deadly “Depraved Indifference and Mismanagement” on Rikers Island
A series of gruesome, preventable deaths at the notorious Rikers Island have renewed calls to close that detention facility down.slate.com
Who Stars in the Voice Cast of Netflix's Korean Anime 'Lookism'?
Netflix's new Korean anime adapts Pak Taejun's webtoon of the same name, and it features voice casts in languages including Korean and English.newsweek.com
Democrats Should Listen to Newt Gingrich. Seriously.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAs he worked to unleash the Republican Revolution, Newt Gingrich famously crafted a lexicon to disparage Democrats. Among his favorite 1990s buzzwords: corrupt, pathetic, and sick. With C-SPAN cameras newly installed in the House, he spoke to an empty chamber, believing his words would find an audience of conservatives who wanted to “speak like Newt.” He packaged this new vocabulary in a memo titled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control,” and he baited Democratic leaders as pro-communist, un-American traitors in business suits.But three decades after storming into Congress as a radical reactionary Speaker of the House, he has changed his tune—at least for a moment. With Democrats excelling in the midterms last month, Gingrich penned a column comparing Joe Biden with Republican greats Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.And even before Raphael Warnock triumphed over Trump favorite Herschel Walker in his home state, Gingrich warned his party not to underestimate the Democrat in the White House.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Mystery Death of American Linked to Honeytrap Killing Spree
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/GoFundMeCAUCA, Colombia—The lifeless body of California resident Paul Nguyen, 27, was found on a street corner in the seedy Cucaracho neighborhood of Medellín on the morning of Nov. 10. He had neither cash nor ID on him, but authorities knew who he was right away, as they’d been alerted to his disappearance and given his description the night before.Nguyen was traveling with a friend on his first trip to Medellín, where he’d already visited the tomb of Pablo Escobar. The Cal State Fullerton grad was last seen on a date with a mysterious young woman he had met on the popular online dating app Tinder, according to local media reports. (Disclaimer: Tinder is owned by Match Group, which was formerly owned by The Daily Beast’s parent company, IAC).Based on information leaked to The Daily Beast from Nguyen’s social media accounts and the woman’s dating profile, she appears to have gone by the name María Luisa, although that could have been an alias.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Does ‘Jeanne Dielman’ Deserve to Be the New ‘Greatest Movie of All Time’?
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Janus FilmsSelecting one film as the greatest of all time is a foolhardy endeavor destined to inspire spirited debates (if not hostile arguments) that can never be definitively resolved. Diverse and multifaceted, art resists such narrow hierarchical quantifications, and yet that won’t stop amateurs and professionals alike from trying to fit dissimilar works into ranked lists, the most noteworthy of late being the eighth iteration of Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade movie poll.Culled from the ballots of more than 1,600 participants, the magazine’s rundown is an overarching macro-byproduct of many unique micro-submissions. Consequently, it’s less an authoritative declaration of distinction than a snapshot of critical consensus circa 2022 and, by extension, a glimpse at the way attitudes and opinions have shifted over the past 10 years.And as this year’s poll proves, shift they most certainly have, generating a not-inconsiderable bit of controversy in the process.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Will ‘Harry and Meghan’ Part 2 Explode Royal Truth Bombs, or Stay a Snoozefest?
NetflixRoyalist is The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday.Insiders at Buckingham Palace are breathing sighs of relief after the new Netflix show Harry & Meghan failed to land any meaningful blows on King Charles or other members of the royal family.One source, as The Daily Beast reported Thursday, mocked the show, saying: “It’s hard to see what Netflix paid $100m for. If this is all they have got to say, I really think the worst is over for the king.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Did Donald Trump Already Forget He’s Running for President?
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastMore than three weeks after announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has yet to hold a rally or even leave his adoptive home state of Florida. In fact, according to recent reports, Trump has barely left his home.“The former president announced his 2024 run against the wishes of most of the GOP and his close advisers, largely out of frustration with momentum shifting to Ron DeSantis,” said Alyssa Farah Griffin, the former White House communications director for Trump and current co-host on The View. “Now he’s several weeks into a presidential run with no real apparatus, zero message, and no events. So far, it’s a spite-run and it’s being received as poorly as one could expect.”Trump advisers and confidants are split on whether this is all part of the plan—more eight-dimensional chess from a man constantly credited with grand master moves—or actually another unforced error, launching a presidential campaign without state leadership in place. The static campaign is also an indication of where the MAGA movement stands within the GOP after disappointing midterm losses: intact and influential, but also rudderless and out of steam.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
How Comedian Tom Papa Knows Cancel Culture Is ‘Very Real’
Seacia Pavao/NetflixTom Papa has to be considered one of the least controversial comedians working today. And yet, as he explains in his return to The Last Laugh podcast for this bonus episode, even he has been subjected to “cancel culture” for a past joke that was considered culturally insensitive.The veteran stand-up comic, whose latest hour-long special What a Day! premieres on Netflix next Tuesday, Dec. 13, reveals the gig he lost out on and why more famous comedians may be able to evade similar fates. He also breaks down how his wife, teenage daughters, and elderly parents feel about being the target of his jokes and teases a new bit about meeting your heroes that just might end up in his next hour.After his previous special, You’re Doing Great!, premiered on Netflix in February 2020, Papa took what ended up being a longer-than-expected break from stand-up comedy. So when he finally got the chance to go back on the road to work out the material for his new special, he was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to fill up 1,000-seat theaters across the country.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
‘Retrograde’ Is the Daring Doc That Gives You a Front-Row Seat to Afghanistan War Wreckage
Matthew Heineman/OTP/Nat Geo Documentary FilmsRetrograde is a documentary of faces, which convey a depth of fear and despair that resounds louder than any of its anguished pleas, sorrowful apologies, and futile promises. The latest from Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts, A Private War), this on-the-ground snapshot of the United States’ 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan—viewed primarily through the eyes of one of the country’s bravest and staunchest local commanders—is a study of a betrayal and its heartbreaking fallout. No matter one’s opinion about the justness of the Afghanistan War, it’s a damning film that does President Joe Biden no favors.Spanning the final nine months of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, Retrograde (Dec. 8 on National Geographic Channel; Dec. 9 on Disney+; Dec. 11 on Hulu) begins in August 2021 at Kabul Airport, where soldiers fire machine gun rounds into the air in an attempt to disperse the frantic crowds threatening to overrun the facility. In this mess, someone screams out for their father, a woman cradles her infant while wearing a COVID mask beneath her nose, and people scurry this way and that. One mother is told that she needs an American passport in order to proceed, and turns around and disappears into the throngs. Others huddle together with their children in their arms along a fence topped with barbed wire. A flare cascades slowly to the ground, illuminating visages that are exhausted, beleaguered, terrified.It’s a scene of desperation teetering on the edge of calamity, and though that disaster will eventually materialize, Retrograde first rewinds eight months to January 2021 to take up residence alongside defensive forces at Camp Shorabak in Helmand Province. There, a team of 12 U.S. Army Green Berets advise and assist a 150,000-strong unit of Afghan National Army soldiers who are led by General Sami Sadat. From a Colorado base, LTC Matthew Chaney remarks to the Berets that “we’re in this together” and that he believes the Afghan leaders are well-positioned for the long haul and “can get it done.” In Afghanistan, Sadat is equally confident, telling his men, “I’m standing with you every step of the way… you will never be left alone.”Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
Today's 'Wordle' #538 Hints and Answer for Friday, December 9 Game
Struggling with today's "Wordle"? Newsweek is here to help you solve the latest puzzle.newsweek.com
Joe Biden Must Uphold the Law and Keep His Promise to Black Labor
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily BeastComing off a successful midterm, President Joe Biden must follow through on a resolution to Black labor in the New Year. Specifically, he has to keep his promise to train and hire skilled workers on an equitable basis for the 700,000 jobs anticipated under the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, most notably in highway construction.The failure to do so will result in a replay of the discriminatory outcomes of past infrastructure projects. Moreover, it will exacerbate an erosion of trust with labor interests after Biden forced a contract settlement on railroad workers.Just as the Biden administration must act, Black political and labor leaders should prepare to scrutinize the infrastructure policies of states. Vigilant oversight is the best way to be confident that inclusive hiring provisions are upheld. To date, about 6,000 projects funded by the infrastructure package are quietly underway, and about $185 billion has been distributed to states.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
This Year’s Christmas Specials Have Finally Gotten Silly (And a Little Gay)
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/NBC/Showtime/Matt BaumeThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by editor Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.As much of a crusty, cranky Scrooge as I am most other times of the year—my inner monologue is pretty much just screaming “bah humbug” in reaction to anything anyone tells me—I earnestly adore Christmas specials. I can’t explain it. The cornier, the better. I watch them all.You know I watch the Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson ones. I’m a sucker for Boobs (as in Bublé, Michael). When Lady Gaga and the Muppets did that bizarre thing together, I canceled all my plans. My family will inherit thousands of dollars of debt when I die because of the amount of money I have spent attending Mariah Carey Christmas concerts. Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s “Little Drummer Boy” duet is high art, and it will remain our greatest cultural artifact when the human race inevitably destroys itself and aliens discover the remains of our existence on Earth.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
This School Board Member Can’t Stomach Ron DeSantis’ ‘Insanity’
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyRon DeSantis’ war on public education is going national.At least that’s the fear of Jennifer Jenkins, a member of the Brevard County School Board, one of several Florida school boards that have undergone a rightward shift. The county’s highly accomplished superintendent, Mark Mullins, was essentially pushed out this month after candidates backed by the conservative group Moms for Liberty won election.“Not only has he weaponized public education, made teachers the target and the enemy, but his false narrative has grown so many legs that people really are genuinely believing it,” Jenkins said on the The New Abnormal podcast this week.Read more at The Daily Beast.thedailybeast.com
An HBCU faced with surging enrollment in booming Nashville gets creative to house students
Fisk University's enrollment is booming right along with the population in the HBCU's home, Nashville. The school had to innovate to house students.usatoday.com
'Houses That Can Save the World': These homes offer a blueprint for a greener future
Authors Sean Topham and Courtenay Smith conducted a worldwide search for innovative homes. The results combine cutting-edge technologies with ancient techniques being revived in the 21st Century.edition.cnn.com
Huge Explosions in Russia as Fire Rages Through Khimki Shopping Mall
"We woke up from the explosion. The blast was strong," said a resident who lives opposite. She added the fire broke out immediately after she heard the blast.newsweek.com
'A Very Backstreet Holiday' Canceled: Why ABC Christmas Special Was Pulled
The Backstreet Boys were set to celebrate the festive period with a highly anticipated special on ABC, titled "A Very Backstreet Holiday."newsweek.com
Couple Fight Shark 50 ft From Shore, Wife Feared Dead: 'Totally Missing'
The husband returned to shore but only the wife's bathing suit and snorkel have been recovered.newsweek.com
Russian State TV Claims U.S. Chose Griner Over Whelan Because of Identity
"American voters were given a choice" RT head Margarita Simonyan said regarding the deal to bring the basketball star home.newsweek.com
At this Penn. college, 40 students live in a convent with 40 nuns
Students and nuns at Neumann University have bonded over TikTok, swing dancing, Uber Eats, cookies, walks and more.washingtonpost.com
They survived a tornado that leveled a Kentucky candle factory. That was just the beginning
For three women who were trapped in the wreckage of the Mayfield Consumer Products factory, the trauma of that night remains fresh now one year later.usatoday.com
Paul Whelan's Brother Says Biden Made Right Call Releasing Brittney Griner
Whelan has said he's "disappointed" that more hasn't been done to secure his release from Russia since 2018 after a prisoner exchange for Griner.newsweek.com
Kate Hudson says her three children ‘just go nuts’ over ‘really wild’ Christmas tradition
Kate Hudson is revealing some of the favorite holiday traditions she shares with her three children.nypost.com
America needs the nuclear option to keep our homes warm – and to fight climate change
Nuclear power can create affordable, stable electricity in a way that radically reduces the emissions of gases associated with climate change.usatoday.com
'Money Heist: Korea' Ending Explained: Shootouts and a Return to the Start
The transfixing K-drama remake of "Money Heist" on Netflix comes to an explosive end as the Professor and police go head-to-head in a final showdown.newsweek.com
Game On: 'Elden Ring' takes top honors at The Game Awards
The challenging fantasy game wins Game of the Year at the annual video game awards show. Rick Damigella reports.edition.cnn.com
Woman Backed for Refusing To Spend Christmas With Sister: 'Uncomfortable'
"Just because she 'literally' can't control herself doesn't mean your husband has to subject himself to her behavior," said one commenter on a viral Reddit post.newsweek.com
A girl asked to keep a unicorn in her yard. Animal control said yes.
A girl in the first grade wrote to Los Angeles County officials requesting "your approval if I can have a unicorn in my backyard if I can find one."washingtonpost.com
When coyotes attacked, a dog killed 8 of them, saving a flock of sheep
Casper, a 21-month-old Great Pyrenees, returned to his Georgia home this week after killing eight coyotes that attacked a flock of sheep.washingtonpost.com