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Congresswoman calls for emergency declaration over foul odor in Carson

The smell in Carson linked to the Dominguez Channel is an emergency, Rep. Nanette Barragán says.


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Tijuana-based Kidnapping Ring That Killed 6, Including 3 U.S. Citizens, Arrested in Mexico
German Garcia Yera Hernandez and five other alleged participants in the ring face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.
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Omicron variant 'almost certainly' less severe than delta, Fauci says
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday that early indications suggest the omicron COVID-19 variant is potentially milder than previous strains.
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Chicago Police release plan for weekend, consider closing off downtown: report
Chicago’s Police Department reportedly is telling its commanders to familiarize themselves with a plan to shut down the city’s central business district ahead of potential unrest this weekend.
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Christina Aguilera rocks ‘Dirrty’ chaps at People’s Choice Awards 2021
Ring the alarm: One of Xtina's most iconic outfits is back, nearly two decades later.
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Chai: Spiced Tea With Ginger and Cardamom
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta shared his mother's variation on chai, a warming, aromatic spiced tea. Damyanti Gupta's version includes brown sugar, which Gupta says is "almost like molasses, but better."
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Internet Backs Redditor Who Says She Won't Pay Parents' Expenses Anymore in Viral Post
Though her parents helped in taking care of her son as a young mom, the Redditor no longer wants to fully support them.
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How do you pronounce Omicron?
The new COVID-19 strain is on a list of words that have proved most challenging for newsreaders and people on TV to pronounce.
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Amazon Quiet on What Caused Hours-long Outage for Major Websites, Airlines
An outage at Amazon Web Services Tuesday affected everything from streaming services to airlines for about five hours.
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Without Dorsey, Can Twitter Finally Flourish?
Dorsey cultivated one of the “greatest creation myths” of all time, but the reality of his impact at Twitter CEO is less impressive.
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How trolling became the new governing for Trumpist Republicans like Lauren Boebert
Over the weekend, Kentucky Republican Rep. Tom Massie posted a picture on Twitter of his family all holding guns with the caption "Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo."
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Kellogg's strike isn't over: Workers reject deal and company says it will replace strikers
Kellogg says it will replace striking workers after employees reject a proposed agreement and say they'll continue their months long work stoppage      
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Biden has "deep concerns" about Russia's military buildup at Ukrainian border
The White House says President Biden expressed his concerns to Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia's buildup of troops at the Ukrainian border. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe spoke with Anne-Marie Green on CBSN the two leaders' discussion and the potential consequences if Russia does invade Ukraine.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta says making chai is not just about the drink but also tradition
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows his daughters how to make his mother's chai, or spiced tea with ginger and cardamom.
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Leo Terrell: The left is ‘embarrassed’ over Jussie Smollett trial, does not 'care about the truth'
While media pundits are under scrutiny for defending Jussie Smollett during his trial, Civil Rights Attorney Leo Terrell told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday that the left is “embarrassed” about the case.
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New Mexico state lawmaker changes party affiliation from Democrat to 'decline to state'
New Mexico state Sen. Jacob Candelaria changed his party affiliation from Democrat to “declining to state,” the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. He announced the switch Monday in the early moments of a special session of the state legislature.
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Alec Baldwin lashes out at reporter when questioned on street about fatal ‘Rust’ shooting
Actor Alec Baldwin charged at a New York Post reporter while holding an umbrella on Monday night when faced with questions about the fatal shooting on the set of his movie "Rust."
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Great White Sharks Are Congregating Around the Carolinas Before Mating Season Begins
Tagging data shows how white sharks are migrating south along the U.S. East Coast for winter.
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Faith Hill looks unrecognizable on magazine cover with Tim McGraw
"Didn't even recognize this couple for a second," one follower commented on Instagram after seeing the country songstress' transformed appearance.
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Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck get cozy courtside at Lakers game
Bennifer is indeed back. The reunited Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck cozied up at the Lakers-Celtics game on Dec. 7, 2021 in Los Angeles.       
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'Special Report' All-Star Panel on potential Russian military action against Ukraine
Guests: Leslie Marshall, Hugh Hewitt, and Kimberley Strassel
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Study can’t confirm lab results for many cancer experiments
Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat early but influential lab experiments in cancer research.
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Dogs Take Sick Labrador for Walk on Wheeled Bed in Tear-Jerking Video
"They said I should put my dog to sleep...I said no. I will do whatever it takes to keep her happy," explained the pet owner.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta teaches family chai recipe to daughters
Continuing family tradition, Dr. Sanjay Gupta teaches his daughters the chai recipe he learned from his mother.
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Claudia Levy, Washington Post journalist and advocate for women in the newsroom, dies at 77
She helped bring an anti-discrimination complaint against The Post in the 1970s as women battled for pay equity as well as promotion.
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FAA issues aircraft restrictions linked to 5G technology, warns of possible flight diversions
The Federal Aviation Administration announced a new rule on Tuesday that forbids pilots from using auto-landing and other flight systems at low altitudes where 5G wireless signals could interfere with instruments that measure a plane's distance to the ground.
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US Businesses Posted 11 Million Open Jobs in October—But Only 7.4 Million People Are Looking
U.S. employers posted 11 million open jobs in October, nearly matching a record high reached in July and a sign that companies were confident enough in the economy to expand. A government report Wednesday also showed that the number of people quitting their jobs dropped slightly in October to 4.2 million, from 4.4 million in…
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Review: 'National Champions' shows us what a college athlete boycott might look like
For college football fans, the plot will feel less like fiction and more like an inevitability.      
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Video About Christmas Party Drops Boris Johnson Into Another Mess
Critics have condemned a recording showing the prime minister’s staff joking about breaches of coronavirus restrictions last year, when Britain was in lockdown.
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Texas dads arrested after getting vocal at school board meetings say superintendent aims to 'silence' them
Texas fathers who got arrested for allegedly disturbing meetings of the Round Rock Independent School District school board said they blame the school board and Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez.
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Tucker Carlson warns Democrats are pushing to ‘criminalize political dissent’
Guests: John Eastman, Joseph McBride, Candace Owens, Joe Borelli, Vince Coglianese, Colin Wright
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Glenn Foster's Family Reveals Former NFL Player's Mental Illness Past After Jail Death
Foster was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a decade ago, and his family is concerned he may have suffered a mental episode while in custody before his death.
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Biden says US troops in Ukraine are off the table but promises withering sanctions if Russia invades
President Joe Biden on Wednesday ruled out sending US troops to Ukraine to defend the country from a Russian invasion a day after laying out the consequences for such an incursion in a tense phone call with President Vladimir Putin.
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Sen. Rand Paul blasts Fauci as omicron cases are reported around US: He 'causes hysteria and creates fear'
Sen. Rand Paul criticized the Biden administration's response to the omicron variant, noting that the scientist who identified the new variant in South Africa called the new U.S. travel ban a "hysterical overreach."
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Charlottesville Robert E. Lee statue to be melted down for public art project
The controversial statue featured prominently in the 2017 Unite the Right rally
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'Hannity' on Biden's weak leadership on the world stage
Guests: Reince Priebus, Eric Trump, David Perdue, Pam Bondi, Daniel Hoffman, Dan Bongino, Geraldo Rivera
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What’s up with the debt ceiling?
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters outside the Senate chamber at the US Capitol on December 7. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images The Senate has come up with a unique solution to avoid default. The Senate is finally doing away with the filibuster — for one vote. In order to address an impasse over the debt ceiling, Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed to a measure that raises the debt limit with just 51 votes, instead of the 60 that are required if a bill is filibustered. The House already passed the measure on Tuesday night, and the Senate is set to consider it later this week. Stopping a minority of senators from blocking the bill’s passage is an interesting resolution to a longstanding disagreement the two parties have had regarding how to deal with the debt ceiling (a legal cap to how much the US can borrow). Every year to two years, lawmakers have to either raise or suspend the debt ceiling to make sure that the US is able to cover its spending, a vote Republicans are currently using as a messaging opportunity. For months, Republicans have tried to push Democrats into raising the debt ceiling on their own in order to paint Democrats as big spenders. Democrats, meanwhile, have argued that this vote should be bipartisan, because both parties are responsible for the accrued debt. Additionally, Democrats have shied away from raising the debt limit unilaterally via budget reconciliation — a process that allows a measure to pass the Senate with a simple majority — because of how arduous and time-consuming that approach would likely be. The contours of this argument have stayed consistent since October. But a rapidly approaching debt ceiling deadline of December 15 (per estimates from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen), and fears regarding the fallout from a potential default, have led Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to find a joint solution this time around. Though each leader wanted to force the other party into submission, neither wanted to risk the potentially catastrophic economic effects that going past this deadline could have. The two leaders have both backed a deal that involves passing a bill allowing Senate Democrats to approve a debt ceiling increase with 51 votes. This move would enable Democrats to address the debt ceiling on their own, while avoiding the use of budget reconciliation to do so. Additionally, it requires Democrats to list a specific number that the debt ceiling will be increased by, a provision Republicans have wanted so they can use this figure to frame the party as a group of reckless spenders. Essentially, it’s a one-time suspension of the filibuster, which requires legislation to have 60 Senate votes to pass if it gets blocked. Republicans opted to go this circuitous route because they’ve long wanted to claim that they didn’t vote in favor of a debt ceiling increase. However, failing to increase the debt limit was not seen as an option by leadership, due to the negative economic consequences that would have. This put Republicans in a bind, particularly because certain members could have filibustered a debt ceiling increase again, as they did in October. That would have forced members of the conference to vote in favor of overcoming the blockade, much as some had to do previously. In this case, they are technically voting to approve another bill that allows Democrats to pass the debt ceiling increase unilaterally, and can now say that they did not vote in favor of the increase. “We want a simple majority without a convoluted, risky, lengthy process and it looks like Republicans will help facilitate that,” Schumer said in a press conference Tuesday. Schumer and McConnell both announced their support for the proposal on Tuesday. To make it through the Senate, it will need the support of 10 Republicans to overcome any potential attempts to filibuster it, votes which GOP leaders said they’re confident they’ll have. Once it’s approved by both chambers, Democrats will effectively be able to advance the suspension of the debt ceiling without needing to worry about the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster. Previously, lawmakers had discussed pairing a debt limit increase with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual bill that lays out plans for military funding, in order to garner GOP support. They’ve since dropped that approach, however, due to bipartisan pushback. After weeks on negotiation on that bill, congressional leaders announced a compromise version on Tuesday; that, too, cleared the House this week and is expected to pass the Senate before the end of this year. Separating the debt limit and NDAA, and creating a one-time filibuster carve-out is a solution that allows both parties to claim some sort of victory. Republicans are able to say that they made Democrats raise the debt limit and to get them on the record for a specific amount (which could be as high as $2.5 trillion, according to the New York Times). Democrats, meanwhile, are able to avoid using budget reconciliation, giving them more time to focus on passing another piece of legislation they’ve struggled to vote into law: the Build Back Better Act, a massive social and climate spending package. The deal, too, probably ensures that the US won’t default on its debts. Why Congress has been fighting over the debt limit Raising or suspending the debt limit, something lawmakers have to do to ensure the country has enough money to cover its past spending, has long been politicized. In the past, both parties have used votes to raise or suspend it as opportunities to accuse the other party of irresponsible spending, with Republicans doing so more frequently in recent years. In reality, additions to the debt — including the most recent ones — have taken place under both Democratic and Republican presidents. And during the Trump administration, debt limit increases received bipartisan backing: In that period, $8 trillion was added to the national debt, and lawmakers voted to suspend the debt limit three times. This year, however, Republicans have been particularly eager to use the debt limit to send a political message, as midterm elections loom in 2022. Because Democrats are attempting to pass a $1.85 trillion social and climate spending bill on their own via budget reconciliation, Republican leaders have argued that they should figure out how to raise the debt ceiling on their own, too. Republicans hope to use a Democratic party-line debt limit vote in campaigns to accuse the other party of adding to the debt. They’re implying that Democrats’ spending bills necessitated the debt limit increase, even though the spending covered by the increase has already happened, with much of it taking place under Trump. The parties have already had this fight this year. The debt default date was originally in October, and Republicans initially refused to help raise the debt limit. They ultimately caved as the default deadline approached. At that time, lawmakers raised it by $480 billion, enough to push the limit date back a few months, and bringing the national debt to roughly $29 trillion. The latest agreement should end this fight, at least temporarily. It would raise the debt limit by enough to cover expenses until roughly next fall, at which point, this battle will be repeated. Since raising or suspending the debt ceiling is must-pass legislation, it should be a routine issue that Congress checks off, not a controversial one. Because it has to pass, however, it’s often been used as an opportunity for the minority party to extract policy concessions or make a political point (for example, that their opposition spends too freely). The fallout from a default would likely be disastrous While there has been significant resistance to a filibuster carve-out in the past — be it for voting rights or for immigration — leaders in both parties were willing to make an exception to the rules this time because neither actually want to default on the debt. (To establish a similar exception for other policies in this way, Democrats would also need 10 Republican votes.) Although it is hard to say for sure what would happen, since the US has never actually defaulted, many economists believe a default would lead to massive economic fallout. “We frequently have drama associated with this decision. But I can assure you the country will never default,” McConnell has said. Were the US to default, it effectively would be unable to pay its bills, forcing the government to delay payments it typically makes, including Social Security payments and federal employee salaries. And because of how interconnected global financial markets are, and because so many countries and institutions are reliant on payments from the US, it could spur a domestic and global financial crisis. Moody’s Analytics has previously estimated that a default would lead to the loss of 6 million jobs and sharp dips in stock prices. Those stakes are even higher given the hits the economy has taken due to widespread shutdowns during the pandemic, and because the US has had the highest unemployment rates it’s seen in years. “America must pay its bills on time and in full,” Yellen has previously said. “If we do not, we will eviscerate our current recovery.” Due to the agreement that’s been reached, Congress is on track to increase the debt ceiling soon, cutting it pretty close with the December 15 deadline Yellen has laid out. If lawmakers keep their plans to extend this ceiling through the midterms, they’ll face another fight over the debt ceiling again next fall.
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Biden: US troops in Ukraine ‘not on the table’ to deter Russia
Biden added that he informed Vladimir Putin during a Tuesday call that there would be "severe consequences" if Moscow orders an attack.
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Trump social media venture facing major hurdles
Federal regulators are now investigating the financing behind former President Trump's new social media startup. CBSN technology reporter Dan Patterson joins "CBSN AM" to break down the investigation and tell us more about the Trump social media venture.
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Raoni Barcelos meets short-notice replacement Victor Henry at UFC Fight Night 199
Raoni Barcelos will get to compete before the end of the year when he meets newcomer Victor Henry.       Related StoriesRaoni Barcelos meets short-notice replacement Victor Henry at UFC Fight Night 199 - EnclosureJustin Gaethje believes Dustin Poirier rematch wouldn't be same: 'I played a different game then'Justin Gaethje believes Dustin Poirier rematch wouldn't be same: 'I played a different game then' - Enclosure 
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'Succession' and HBO lead Critics Choice Awards television nominations
Cue the "Succession" theme song. HBO's family drama, which wraps its third season Sunday (9 EST/PST), garnered the most Critics Choice Awards nods.       
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Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams to miss rest of season after shoulder surgery, per reports
Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will undergo shoulder surgery after suffering a torn labrum, according to multiple reports.      
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My New Boyfriend’s Penis Had a Big Surprise for Me. Please Advise.
I need a plan of action, literally.
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50 earthquakes hit off the Oregon coast, but scientists say they're no great shakes
A swarm of earthquakes led some people to worry that the seismic activity might portend The Big One. But seismologists say that given the location of the quakes, there was no cause for alarm.
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Man arrested for allegedly setting Christmas tree on fire outside Fox News in NYC
A 50-foot-tall Christmas tree was on fire outside the Fox News headquarters in New York City, police have a man in custody.       
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Teen Smacks Shark After Predator Bites Friend at the Beach
Jack Shaw and his friend were neck-deep in water when the shark attacked.
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Delta variant drives new wave of COVID infections; Regulators open investigation into Trump's social media deal
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Smoke billows from fire at recycling plant in Boston suburb
Dark smoke billowed from a large fire burning at Schnitzer Steel in Everett, Massachusetts on December 8. Credit: Jeff Richards via Storyful      
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US announces funds to support independent journalism and reporters targeted for their work
The US will provide new funding to protect reporters targeted because of their work and support independent international journalism, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday at the opening of the virtual Summit for Democracy.
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