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Brian Laundrie Lawyer Says Claims His Remains Were Planted Are 'Ludicrous'

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino angrily dismissed speculation about the discovery of the fugitive's body in an animated TV interview.
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What Time Is ‘Beebo Saves Christmas’ on the CW?
DC's Legends of Tomorrow breakout star Beebo is getting his own special!
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Submit your Mets and Yankees questions for Thursday’s chat with Ken Davidoff
It’s been a busy offseason for the Mets and a curious one, so far, for the Yankees. Are the Mets spending owner Steve Cohen’s money wisely? Are the Yankees wise to wait out the free-agent market? Let’s discuss all the moves that have happened and those that have not, as well as what lies ahead...
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More American adults living alone, Census Bureau reports
More American adults are living alone, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's annual America's Families and Living Arrangement table package.
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Colton Underwood’s Father Says He ‘Would Have Preferred’ If His Son Didn’t Come Out on TV
The former Bachelor star's upcoming Netflix series centers on his coming out journey.
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Peter DeFazio is the latest House Democrat to announce plans not to seek reelection
Rep. Peter DeFazio, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2022, the latest in a long stream of House Democrats leaving Congress at the end of their terms.
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Biden Jokes Only Santa Can Keep Promise of Gifts Arriving on Time Amid Supply Chain Woes
The president said the CEOs of major retailers recently told him "their inventories are up" and their "shelves are well-stocked" heading into the holidays.
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Omicron Variant Officially Hits the United States
DADO RUVICThe United States has identified its first case of the Omicron variant, which has already been reported in more than a dozen other countries since the coronavirus strain was first detected in southern Africa last week.The infected patient—who is experiencing “mild symptoms”—is fully vaccinated, and returned to the U.S. from South Africa on Nov. 27, testing positive for the variant two days later, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced Wednesday.Countries around the world have been scrambling to determine how best to respond to what the World Health Organization has characterized as the “very high” risk posed by the latest variant of the coronavirus which was first identified by researchers in South Africa.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Former player, labor lawyer lead MLB into 9th work stoppage
Tony Clark was a minor league prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ system and Rob Manfred a junior lawyer on Major League Baseball management’s legal team during the sport's last work stoppage.
Anne Rice gets another AMC show, this one about witches
The author’s “Mayfair Witches” book series adaptation follows the announcement of an “Interview With the Vampire” show last June.
Paris Jackson shares sweet tribute to late godmother Elizabeth Taylor
The actress and singer was only 12 years old when the late Hollywood icon, whom she called her godmother, died.
Biden on report Trump tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of 2020 debate: 'I don't think about the former President'
President Joe Biden on Wednesday had a sharp response to a reporter's question on a report that suggested then-President Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last year earlier than previously disclosed.
Robert Saleh ‘feels terrible’ about unflattering Brian Kelly snow shoveling story
Robert Saleh would like to clarify – he didn't mean to rip Brian Kelly.
How cartoons are capturing anxieties about the omicron variant
In addressing the reactions to omicron variant, political cartoonists are focusing on fatigue and fear.
Missing Heidi Planck: Forensic evidence discovered as search continues in landfill
Authorities discovered forensic evidence that led them to start searching for signs of Heidi Planck, a California mother who has been missing for more than a month, at a landfill in the Los Angeles area.
Browns GM Andrew Berry expects healthier Baker Mayfield to play best ball down stretch
Baker Mayfield hasn't had the "fantastic season" Andrew Berry envisioned, but the Browns GM is holding onto hope the QB can still finish strong.
Father of 'Rust' Armorer Suspects Live Ammo Came From Another Movie Before Fatal Shooting
Investigators are looking into a new lead about the source of the ammunition involved in Alec Baldwin's accidental shooting of a cinematographer.
Prosecutor Loses $185K Salary After Law License Suspended Following Sexual Assault Charge
Pennsylvania attorney Jeffrey Lynn Thomas was charged with assault in September following an accused rape.
Jared Cannonier: I'll turn 'Blonde Brunson' into 'Blood Brunson' and get title shot
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell sounds more hawkish. This strategist explains why
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed might end its pandemic-era stimulus sooner than expected. Chief US policy strategist for AGF Investments Greg Valliere explains why.
To the Max: Scherzer, Mets finalize $130M, 3-year deal
Mets owner Steve Cohen promised a max effort bringing a World Series back to New York.
Virgil Abloh designed a wild Mercedes-Benz off-roader before he died
Designer Virgil Abloh designed a concept off-road Maybach luxury car with Mercedes-Benz prior to his death at age 41.
Jacqueline Avant, music icon Clarence Avant's wife, shot and killed during a home invasion
Jacqueline Avant, 81, the wife of music producer and executive Clarence Avant, was shot and killed during a home invasion in Beverly Hills.
‘Needle Nazis,’ ‘medical brown shirts,’ Mengele and Stars of David: How Nazi-coronavirus comparisons have proliferated on the right
Lara Logan on Fox News was merely the latest of many examples. And leaders have largely given up trying do anything about it.
Republicans feud over vaccine shutdown fight
“I want the vaccine mandates lifted, but I don’t think the [spending bill] is the tool to do it," said GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer.
Pelosi's House on track for least number of voting days in modern history
The House is scheduled to vote on 100 days next year in the second half of the 117th Congress after only 103 voting days this year, for a total of 203.
A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll
Protein subunit vaccines work by injecting people with a tiny portion of a virus. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, that tiny portion is the spike protein that the coronavirus uses to enter cells.
Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot reveals names of Hollywood stars who flew on his plane
Jeffrey Epstein’s former pilot Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr. took the stand Tuesday in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial.
First confirmed US case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in California
Biden’s latest travel ban is “probably a waste of time”
Passengers wait at a ticket counter at O.R. Tambo International Airport, in South Africa, near Johannesburg, on November 29. | Jerome Delay/AP It might delay omicron’s arrival, but maybe not even that. The Biden administration’s travel ban on eight countries in southern Africa went into effect on Monday, but it probably won’t do much to stave off omicron, a new, fast-spreading Covid-19 variant that was discovered in the region last week. Travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi are now blocked from entering the US, and American citizens and permanent residents coming from those countries must present a negative coronavirus test before traveling. Dozens of other countries have implemented similar measures restricting travel from the region, in addition to quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements for their own returning citizens. President Joe Biden told reporters Monday that he was operating with very little information when he issued the ban, which was intended to buy his administration time to evaluate how to prepare for the inevitable arrival of omicron in the US. Scientists are still investigating whether omicron is more transmissible or more deadly than current variants. But as part of efforts to halt omicron, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strengthened its guidance to encourage all US adults to get a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. “[W]hile we know that travel restrictions can slow the spread — they cannot prevent it. We will have to face this new threat,” Biden tweeted on Monday. If anything, the ban may delay omicron’s arrival for a week or two, and as of Tuesday, it had not yet been detected in the US. But unless coupled with strict quarantine and testing requirements for all travelers, past coronavirus-related travel bans haven’t achieved more than delays. These measures have been largely absent from the US’s pandemic response so far, but are reportedly under consideration. “[Bans] have generally proved quite ineffective with the more infectious variants like delta, and so will likely do little more than slow the spread of omicron — not prevent it,” said Chris Beyrer, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The ban, therefore, carries limited potential upside. It not only punishes South Africa and Botswana, which were quick to alert the international community to omicron, but also other countries in the region that have suffered from inequitable distribution of vaccines globally. And it may be that the ban is too narrow — and was implemented too late — to delay omicron’s spread in the US: The variant was spreading in Europe at least 11 days before it was discovered in South Africa. European travelers were then allowed to come into the US — and, as of Tuesday, they still are. Travel bans likely won’t keep omicron out Researchers have found that, if implemented correctly and at the right time, travel bans can temporarily slow the spread of Covid-19. But they can’t halt it altogether. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study last year found that the travel bans implemented by the Trump administration in early 2020 did not come soon enough to prevent coronavirus from arriving in the US. Another spring 2020 study, in the journal Science, found that travel restrictions in China implemented right after the virus was identified in Wuhan only slowed its spread internally by about three to five days. The study also said that international travel restrictions did help stave off the virus’s spread globally until mid-February, but that early detection, hand washing, self-isolation, and household quarantine were more effective mitigation measures. We don’t yet know whether the latest ban on southern Africa was implemented soon enough to delay omicron’s arrival in the US. But it might also be too narrow to actually be effective. For travel bans to be a useful tool to slow the spread of Covid-19, a country has to basically go all-in: Shut down their borders, require testing before a flight, enforce mandatory quarantine upon arrival for all travelers (even their own citizens), and test again five to seven days later, said Dr. David Hamer, a professor of global health at Boston University School of Medicine. “But if it’s not very effectively implemented, it’s probably a waste of time,” he added. And against highly transmissible coronavirus variants like delta and possibly omicron, it’s even less likely to be effective. Right now, US travel restrictions are far from airtight. International travelers are only required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test conducted within three days of their flight if they are fully vaccinated or within one day if they are not fully vaccinated. (The US is reportedly considering requiring all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to take the test within a day of traveling as a means of mitigating the spread of omicron.) Jerome Delay/AP Passengers walk from a Covid-19 testing tent at O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Also, omicron has already been detected in 12 additional countries that are not covered by the ban, meaning that travelers from those countries could still spread it. We now know that it was in Europe before South Africa detected and reported its existence. And US citizens and permanent residents are still allowed to travel from banned countries; though they must be tested upon their return to the US, it is possible that they may be in the incubation period when tested. If so, their infection wouldn’t show up on a coronavirus test. The ban therefore leaves plenty of potential for omicron to spread to the US imminently, if it hasn’t already. It’s possible that scientists have yet to detect the variant due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s limited, but rapidly expanding surveillance capabilities. That could mean that the ban was useless from the start. And that uncertain protection comes with a high cost for the affected countries. The travel ban penalizes the countries it is targeting South African officials have rebuked the international community’s rush to ban travel from their country and others in Africa, with the foreign ministry claiming that it was “akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker.” There’s some concern that the US’s decision to impose a travel ban on South Africa could create a chilling effect on other countries that might identify new coronavirus variants. If the world continually alienates such countries, it “disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores,” Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in an address before the World Health Assembly on Monday. “South Africa and Botswana should be thanked for detecting, sequencing, and reporting this variant, not penalized,” he added. However, it’s not clear how strong that chilling effect might be. After the ban on southern Africa went into effect, the Netherlands still came forward to announce that omicron was circulating within its borders earlier than previously known. But countries have not yet banned Dutch travelers. Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown School of Public Health, has also warned that any upsides of travel bans have to be weighed against the kind of message they send to the international community: The signal to the next country isIf you identify a variant and share it with the global communityYou will be punished with a travel banI am not pro or anti travel bansThey can be useful in instancesBut we should know that its weak tool for fighting a global pandemic— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) November 26, 2021 The ban punishes countries that, through no fault of their own, have not had the resources to vaccinate widely. Some, like South Africa, may not have the infrastructure to distribute the vaccines quickly or in some cases, store them at the necessary ultracold temperatures, forcing them to turn down shipments of additional doses. And much like the US and several European countries, they have also struggled to overcome vaccine hesitancy. Wealthy countries like the US have hoarded vaccines in an effort to vaccinate and provide boosters to large shares of their populations. According to the WHO, countries that represent the world’s 20 largest economies have received more than 80 percent of the global vaccine supply. By comparison, less than 1 percent of all vaccines have gone to low-income countries, many of which are in Africa. Wealthy countries may argue that they have the right to protect their own, but importantly, that also requires that the rest of the world gets vaccinated. If those inequities aren’t rectified, new variants may continue to crop up in countries where coronavirus has been allowed to spread without widespread vaccination, possibly undermining the effectiveness of vaccines for all. “We’ve been saying for a year that vaccine equity is not simply a matter of justice or ethics, but also of science,” Beyrer said. “You can’t leave billions of people unprotected and expect variants to not emerge.”
Bad Bunny and Olivia Rodrigo topped Spotify streams in 2021
Bad Bunny was the top globally streamed artist for the second year in a row, while Olivia Rodrigo had some of the top globally streamed songs and the top streamed album.
Michigan school shooting suspect identified as Ethan Crumbley, 15
The teen is accused of killing three students and injuring eight others when he allegedly opened fire at Oxford High School on Tuesday.
Alec Baldwin exclusive: 'The trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger'
George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview airs Thursday on ABC, streams on Hulu
The two halves of the pandemic
The pandemic can be cleanly divided between Trump and Biden. Here's how each half went.
Chris Cuomo tells Sirius XM listeners that CNN suspension ‘hurts’
Cuomo spoke for the first time since his suspension late Tuesday night but offered no apology over the latest revelations.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek re-election in 2022. Here's what it means.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, widely considered to be the heir to Gov. Charlie Baker's political legacy, has also decided not to run for governor in 2022.
McCarthy tries to keep order within House GOP as Dems debate Boebert punishment
But as more controversies crop up in the House Republican conference, ultra-conservatives are increasingly emboldened.
Supreme Court abortion case: Justices grill lawyers on precedent, fetal viability, constitutional rights
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a potential landmark abortion rights case Wednesday, as the state of Mississippi defended an abortion restriction law that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.
During Arguments Over The Fate Of Roe, Kavanaugh and Barrett Finally Showed Their Cards
A majority of justices appears eager to overturn the constitutional right to abortion.
Facebook lifts Kyle Rittenhouse restrictions, including searches and praise
Facebook will no longer limit users from searching for or praising Kyle Rittenhouse, following a court's acquittal of all charges facing the teenager at the center of a deadly shooting in Kenosha, Wisc., last August.
‘Credible’ UFO sightings spotted by jet pilots are being ‘ignored by government’
Credible sightings of UFOs by commercial jet pilots are routinely shelved by a government unit set up to investigate them, documents suggest.
Convicted drug dealer busted in pair of Harlem shootings just days apart
Emres Smith was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the Nov. 17 shooting death of Susakii Young.
Wrong number sparks 20-year friendship between two strangers
A Florida woman has revealed how her simple phone folly inadvertently spawned a friendship with a Rhode Island man that's lasted for more than 20 years.
Epstein Victim Says She Flew on His Plane With Prince Andrew
Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesA woman who claims she was 14 when Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein abused her, told feds that she flew on the sex-trafficker’s private jet with Britain’s Prince Andrew.The revelation came Wednesday during Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial. The British socialite’s lawyer, Laura Menninger, spent the morning cross-examining Jane Doe about her previous statements to the government relating to Epstein and his enablers.Menninger asked whether Jane recalled saying Andrew and others—including chef Adam Perry Lang; Epstein’s brother, Mark; and Epstein’s mother—were passengers on the jet. Jane answered that she didn’t recall. (The Daily Beast previously reported that Lang was cooperating with the government’s probe.)Read more at The Daily Beast.
Gift Pick: This $10 Winter Sweater Is Equal Parts Chic & Cozy
Photo: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Retailer.Wherever this year takes you, go there dressed on-trend with this sweater from WMNSWR, the collection made for today’s women who dress to impress with comfort and flair. Its curated shop for essentials beckons the wearer to explore all of its offerings to design one’s own look from head to toe. Plus, I love that this inclusive brand offers stylish wardrobe staples for all sizes for all body types. You can shop the site for looks suited for just about any occasion, from brunch dates to beach days and beyond. Our favorite piece at the moment though is their Windowpane sweater, which is on sale for just $10 right now. Update your winter wardrobe with this lush windowpane sweater in eggshell cream. The wide turtleneck, long sleeves, and subtle high-low hemline make this cozy top the perfect piece to tuck into your favorite outfit during the chilliest months of the year. Stock is selling out quickly, so don't sit back on this cozy weather staple.Read more at The Daily Beast.
DeFazio becomes latest Democratic lawmaker to retire at the end of current term
House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., will retire at the end of this Congress.
Elizabeth Holmes took the stand. This CNN reporter was in the courtroom
What's it like to be in the courtroom as Elizabeth Holmes takes the stand? CNN Business' Sara Ashley O'Brien talks about her experience covering the high-profile trial for months.
Bash on abortion case: This is why so many conservatives stick by Trump
CNN's Dana Bash says the line of questioning by the six conservative Supreme Court justices that seems to indicate the high court will limit abortion is why many conservatives stuck by Donald Trump through the controversies of his administration.
COVID-19 omicron variant unravels travel industry's plans
Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant.