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Americans held hostage: a challenge for Joe Biden

Last month’s heroic rescue of a US hostage, Philip Walton, in Nigeria serves as a sharp reminder: Other Americans remain in captivity abroad unjustly, too, and the nation shouldn’t rest until every one of them is home. Walton’s rescue was absolutely spectacular: The elite SEAL team parachuted down a few miles from the target and...
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Braunwyn Windham-Burke reveals she is gay
Braunwyn Windham-Burke is opening up about her sexuality.
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College football schedule updates: Coronavirus issues cancel Michigan vs. Maryland
The Michigan Wolverines won't play the Maryland Terrapins this weekend. Will they be able to play the Ohio State Buckeyes next week?        
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Kentucky AG takes state's coronavirus restrictions to Supreme Court in bid to open religious schools
Kentucky's attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in a legal battle he's waging against his governor's response to the coronavirus – the latest of multiple appeals involving religious activity and pandemic-related rules.
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CDC director: Schools are not a major coronavirus transmission source
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday reiterated his advocacy for in-person learning, citing evidence that schools aren’t a major source of coronavirus transmission.
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Watch the Sun Nearly Bring Nicole Scherzinger to Tears in 'The Masked Singer' Semi-Finals Sneak Peek
The top six contestants will perform in the Season 4 semi-finals of "The Masked Singer" on Wednesday.
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Photos: The Reality of the Current Coronavirus Surge
As the number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide nears 65 million, and the number of deaths attributed to the disease approaches 1.5 million, many countries are enduring a crushing surge in numbers. The toll on health-care workers, families, and the victims of the disease has been enormous. Gathered below are photographs from around the world of the current battle against COVID-19, taken over the past few weeks.
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Food from canceled wedding feeds 200 on Thanksgiving
"In the grand scheme of things, canceling a big wedding isn't the worst thing that could happen," the bride said.
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Uber, JetBlue join Amazon-backed Climate Pledge
Amazon said Wednesday that five companies, including Uber and JetBlue, have joined its Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos last year pledged to make the largest US e-commerce company net carbon neutral by 2040, as employees and consumers around the world protested for broader moves to...
Jennifer Lopez has never gotten Botox: ‘I’m not that person’
"I’m not saying one day I won’t, but I haven’t yet.”
Epic trash-talking, lockdown D and back-to-back titles: Most memorable aspects of Joakim Noah's career
Joakim Noah won two national titles with Florida before becoming one of the era's best defenders in the NBA.
Dolly Parton using her voice to help children at Nashville hospital: 'Makes my heart happy'
Fellow artists Blake Shelton, Lauren Alaina, Rascal Flatts, and more are participating.
Top pro-GOP PAC launching new initiative to counter Biden's 'far-left policies'
A leading outside group that supports Republican causes is firing up a new initiative to counter what it says will be the "far-left policies" of President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration.
Small Businesses Less Confident Than Ever as Many Fear Impacts of Biden Administration, Lack of Stimulus
More than 8 in 10 small business owners want Congress to pass a second stimulus package.
Neera Tanden is being treated unfairly
Branding Joe Biden's nominee for the Office of Management and Budget a Twitter meanie whose online sparring makes her unfit for duty is hypocritical and dishonest, writes Jill Filipovic, coming as it does from some of the rudest people on Twitter, and others who have thrown their support behind the most famous Twitter abuser of them all.
U.N. Commission Removes Cannabis From Its Most Strict Drug Control List
The vote follows World Health Organization guidance saying that due to cannabis' therapeutic use and other factors, it "is not consistent with the criteria" for a Schedule IV drug.
US to hit Google with labor violations in workers dispute: report
The National Labor Relations Board will file a complaint accusing Alphabet’s Google of unlawfully monitoring, questioning and reprimanding workers last year, the affected former employees said in a statement Wednesday. The NLRB and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The complaint follows a year-long investigation prompted by a petition by five people...
Hey, COVID-19 Long-Haulers: Take Care In Shopping For Health Insurance
Anyone with lingering effects of COVID-19 should be extra careful in picking a 2021 health plan, specialists say. You now have a "pre-existing condition" that could increase medical expenses in 2021.
Daughter of Citgo 6 executive jailed in Venezuela calls on Trump to bring 'political prisoners' home
It has been a grueling three years for the families of American oil executives – dubbed the "Citgo 6" – who were finally found guilty on corruption charges in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas last week.
Giants ‘waiting to hear’ crucial Daniel Jones update
Daniel Jones arrived at the Giants facility on Wednesday “deep in the playbook and ready to work,’’ according to head coach Joe Judge.  The mind was wiling but the body is not yet able. “Really we’re waiting to hear a lot of feedback from the trainers,” Judge said. So, no dramatic update on the status...
Biden should pull off executive order 'blitz' before people can react, leftists say
Some on the left are suggesting President-elect Joe Biden should sign executive orders and ram through policies as soon as possible -- before the media can fully cover things and give leeway for backlash.
US investigating secret bribe scheme for WH pardon
Newly released court documents show the Justice Department is investigating whether there was a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency. (Dec. 2)
Nor’easter to lash Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with soaking rain, inland snow
The week’s second major storm will slam the East Coast late Friday into Saturday.
Rage and hope fuel women’s revolt over abortion in Poland
WARSAW, Poland— Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before. When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the national colors — white and red — onto her breasts and face, ending...
Changing Virginia county faces discrimination charges over Muslim cemetery
A federal lawsuit accuses Stafford County of intentionally blocking the cemetery. County officials say they’re worried it will contaminate nearby wells.
Gen. Milley, Joint Chiefs chair, just gave a brutally honest assessment of the Afghanistan war
Army Gen. Mark Milley, Joint Chiefs of Staff chair, testifying during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on March 4, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images “We believe that now after 20 years — two decades of consistent effort there — we’ve achieved a modicum of success,” he said on Wednesday. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, just gave an honest yet brutal assessment of America’s decades-long war in Afghanistan. Asked at a Washington, DC, think tank virtual event about the planned drawdown to 2,500 US troops in the country by January 15, President Donald Trump’s top military adviser tried to assure the audience that the US had somewhat completed its mission. “We went to Afghanistan ... to ensure that Afghanistan never again became a platform for terrorists to strike the United States,” he told the Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon on Wednesday morning. “We believe that now after 20 years — two decades of consistent effort there — we’ve achieved a modicum of success.” Let those last four words — “a modicum of success” — sink in for a moment. That’s Trump’s top military adviser saying out loud that after two decades of war, tens of thousands of Americans and Afghans killed, and more than a trillion dollars spent, the US can only boast of “a modicum of success” for its efforts there. Milley’s remark is certainly more accurate than the rosy assessments top US officials offered the public as the war raged. Year after year after year, presidents and top generals insisted America’s effort to support Afghan government forces against the Taliban had “turned a corner” and that success was on the horizon. But now, as US forces draw down from the country, Milley has made one thing painfully clear: The US never turned that corner. Instead, the US and its Afghan partners in Kabul made only modest gains over the past two decades. Namely, the US hasn’t suffered a terrorist attack on the homeland planned in Afghanistan since 9/11, and America helped set up a friendly government in Kabul, a capital city that in recent years has been safer than in the past. But the Taliban holds more ground in the country than when the war started, and danger remains for the the insurgents to overrun the government in Kabul if and when US troops fully depart. Milley acknowledged as much. “We have been in a condition of strategic stalemate where the government of Afghanistan was never going to militarily defeat the Taliban,” he continued, “and the Taliban, as long as we were supporting the government of Afghanistan, is never going to military defeat the regime.” It’d be infuriating if it weren’t so all “So damn depressing,” as Faysal Itani, deputy director of the Center for Global Policy, noted on Twitter.
Navy littoral combat ship is now armed for attack with Hellfire missiles
Should enemy helicopters, surveillance planes or armed drones be maneuvering to attack while circling above a U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship at seemingly unreachable ranges for the ship’s deck-mounted guns, commanders might be challenged to identify the best, fastest and most effective method to counterattack.
Julianna Margulies joins Season 2 of ‘The Morning Show’
“The Good Wife” is becoming “The Good Anchor.”
All Mariah Carey wants is for you to enjoy her Christmas special
Mariah Carey is adding another chapter to her Christmas legacy: "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special." Premiering Dec. 4 on Apple TV+, Carey shares how she came up with the idea, and why it was important to create a diverse family-friendly holiday program. (Dec. 2)
Woman’s headless body found along Baltimore street
A woman’s headless, mutilated body was found by two workers on a dead-end street in Baltimore, police said. The dismembered corpse – which also was also missing its feet and hands – was discovered early Monday by two people walking through a neighborhood in the city’s Morrell Park section, the Baltimore Sun reported. The workers...
Denver Broncos fine Drew Lock, other QBs for failure to observe COVID-19 mask protocol
The Denver Broncos fined all four of their quarterbacks for a violation of a COVID-19 mask violation that left them ineligible for Sunday's game.
Behind the final Trump team push for Saudi Arabia to 'normalize' ties with Israel
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner touched down in the Gulf this week in what observers say is a last-ditch effort to secure final prominent foreign policy wins for the Trump team with Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known colloquially as MBS.
Mitch McConnell’s Relief Offer Is Actually Worse Than Doing Nothing
The majority leader wants to send Americans a big lump of coal.
Sasha Obama TikTok dance video deleted after going viral
The 15-second video, set to artist Popp Hunna's 2020 track "Adderall (Corvette Corvette)," shows Sasha in front of seven people, all unmasked and inside what appears to be a kitchen.
Betsy DeVos rips Democrats who push free college tuition: 'We know somebody has to pay for it'
Free college tuition is not a viable idea, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Wednesday.
YouTube star Gabi DeMartino apologizes for peddling childhood video on OnlyFans
YouTube star Gabi DeMartino apologized for allegedly offering a nude childhood video of herself on her OnlyFans account.
CDC urges Americans not to travel during holiday season due to pandemic
The CDC just sliced the recommended quarantine time in half for some cases of exposure to COVID-19.
Restaurants, breweries try to keep customers warm as cold settles in
Man pleads guilty in case that left son dead
Secy. of State Raffensperger backs aide
Ex-Penn State president's conviction restored
Gov. discusses the possibility of a shutdown
Nurses strike at Montefiore New Rochelle
Christmas tree sales will be healthy this year
Away takes up to $125 off holiday luggage sets
Though travel remains on hold for most of us at the moment, you can start planning ahead for future getaways with Away’s latest holiday luggage deals. For its latest luggage drop, Away is taking up to $125 off a variety of luggage sets. The sets are curated for your specific travel needs — including a weekend...
These soft, cake-like cookies get their soul from Southern staples
Buttermilk adds tang to these simple Southern "tea cake" cookies from Kim Prince.