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Pentagon orders Nimitz back to Persian Gulf during troop drawdown in Iraq, Afghanistan
President Trump has directed the drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Pentagon felt it 'prudent' to have the USS Nimitz in the area.
President Trump paid $3M in Wisconsin recount only for Biden to gain 132 votes
President Trump spent $3 million for recounts in two Wisconsin counties after the election — but so far the end result is 132 more votes for Joe Biden. Those expensive new votes, all from Milwaukee County, now add to Biden’s lead of nearly 20,600 votes in the state. Trump requested recounts in Milwaukee and Dane...
NFL issues facilities closure for Monday and Tuesday
The NFL is taking drastic steps to try to halt the impact of COVID-19 on its already battered schedule. According to a league-wide memo distributed Friday, all team facilities will be closed to in-person activities on Monday and Tuesday, ESPN and reported. The facility lockout does not apply to teams scheduled to play on...
LIVE UPDATES: Trump campaign eyes Supreme Court after appeals panel tosses Pa. fraud case
The Trump 2020 Campaign looked ahead to a potential Supreme Court fight after a panel of federal appeals judges in Pennsylvania dismissed the campaign's lawsuit over alleged voter fraud in the presidential election.
Here's how Earth looked to astronauts aboard the SpaceX capsule
The view from space is just out of this world.
Cyber Monday weekend is here: All the best deals to shop right now
These early Cyber Monday 2020 price drops on the Amazon Fire stick, Apple AirPods are more are some of the best we've seen—shop our top picks.
Squad members AOC, Omar plug campaign merchandise for Black Friday
Two members of the far-left "Squad" of congresswomen took the opportunity on Black Friday to plug their campaign merchandise on social media.
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Cindy McCain eyed by Biden for US ambassador to the UK: report
Joe Biden is expected to pick Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, to be US ambassador to the UK, The Times of London reported Saturday. An Anglophile and lifelong Republican, McCain, 66, issued a widely viewed campaign ad for Biden this year. That support has been viewed as crucial to Biden...
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Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. bout 20 years too late but still fascinates
Two decades ago, this would have been the fight of the year, an event that could have captured the world’s attention. Roy Jones Jr. against Mike Tyson, two of the biggest names the sport has known in their era. Jones was considered the sport’s pound-for-pound king in 2003, having gone from light heavyweight to earning...
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New Space Race Shoots for Moon and Mars on a Budget: QuickTake
The first space race was a competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union for national pride and military advantage. Now NASA is farming out missions to private companies, and other countries have joined the race — notably China and India. The moon and Mars remain tantalizing goals for many nations, as are the technological advances that space exploration can drive.
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What to watch this weekend: ‘My Psychedelic Love Story’ on Showtime
Saturday November 28 and Sunday November 29, 2020 | “Empires of New York” on CNBC
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Bidens, DOTUS to be joined by a cat in the White House: report
It’ll be the purr-fect start to the presidency for Joe Biden. The President-elect and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, reportedly plan to acquire a cat — and bring it to the White House. The new feline companion is expected to join the family’s German shepherds in the People’s House when Biden takes office on Inauguration...
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One dead, another hospitalized in critical condition after mall shooting
One person is dead, and another hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting in a Sacramento mall, police said Friday evening.
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This CNN Host Plans to Hold Biden’s Feet to the Fire on Climate Change
Courtesy CNNBill Weir has a stark warning to anyone who thinks there is hope of ever turning back the clock on climate change.“Goldilocks is dead,” the globe-trotting journalist told The Daily Beast in an interview about his new role as CNN’s chief climate correspondent.Weir, who joined CNN in 2013 after spending a decade as an anchor and reporter for ABC News, is perhaps most well-known to CNN viewers as the host of travel series The Wonder List with Bill Weir, which featured him traveling the world to highlight unique places and cultures struggling to deal with seismic changes in climate and modern society.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Why Do Older Folks Heal So Slowly?
Yves Herman/ReutersI recently visited an 83-year-old patient in the hospital after EMTs rushed her to the ER with an infected leg wound. Her ordeal started inconspicuously when she bumped into the sharp edge of a table and developed a small cut. The patient’s wound didn’t close, but she ignored it until she woke up in pain one morning two weeks after first injuring her leg. Her daughter called 911 after noticing angry, red skin discoloration and pus—both signs of an infection. Our medical team treated her with IV antibiotics and cleared up the infection, but the wound did not fully close until at least a month later, well after she was discharged from the hospital.How different the story is when children get a cut. They may scream initially, but within days, the scab falls off, revealing new skin. Why was healing so delayed in my 83-year-old patient compared to a healthy child?The answer is age. Decades of life slow down healing for most tissues, and wounds in skin can offer a window into why this slowdown occurs.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Harvard Coed Cold Case Murder That Became an Urban Legend
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos via Amazon/Wikimedia CommonsShe was murdered because she wouldn’t end the affair she was having with the professor who was also her mentor. Or he killed her because she was about to expose the fact that his claims about the importance of an archaeological dig he was working on were bogus. Or maybe he killed her because he was trying to protect his bid for tenure, and she was in his way.Fifty years after she was found murdered in her apartment in January 1969, Harvard graduate student Jane Britton’s unsolved killing had become a sort of ghost story/urban legend. But it was a legend known to only a very few.“It was actually frightening, almost nobody outside the archaeology department knew about this, but inside the department, almost everyone knew it. It was alive, but isolated,” says Becky Cooper, author of We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder At Harvard And A Half Century Of Silence, a book about her attempt to solve this coldest of cold cases.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How JFK Became the Poster Boy for Idealism and Hope
Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection/GettyFor decades now, academic historians have been telling us the same thing: John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a good president, but not a great one. In 13 polls conducted between 1982 and 2011, the youngest man ever elected president—he was only 43—is ranked on average thirteenth best chief executive in American history.It’s not all that difficult to see why, if one thinks back. Kennedy was president for less than three full years. His first year in office was, well… problematic, with the Bay of Pigs fiasco, followed by a weak, humiliating performance at the Vienna summit with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. The first meeting between the leaders of the West and the communist worlds seemed to confirm the belief of many political old hands that the new president lacked both the gravitas and the experience to stand up to the truculent Russians. Throughout his thousand-day presidency, JFK had very limited success in pushing his progressive domestic reform programs through a conservative Congress.Nonetheless, there were significant accomplishments. Kennedy showed great restraint and discernment under sustained, grinding pressure during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He resisted the pleas of hawkish advisers to bomb the missile sites in Cuba, and quite possibly set off World War III. After the Soviets withdrew the missiles, Kennedy worked with Khrushchev to de-escalate tensions in the Cold War effectively, leading to a nuclear test ban treaty and the installation of a hotline between Moscow and Washington.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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GOP's House wins show some Dem voters 'connecting the dots' on liberal left, lawmaker says
Republican U.S. House candidates shattered expectations in the 2020 election, in part because independents and some Democratic voters "connected the dots" between liberal Democratic governance and the economic deterioration in their communities, according to one GOP lawmaker.
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A Tale of Two Castes, Two Crimes and Two Justice Systems
Satish Bate/Hindustan Times/GettyIt’s been two months since a young Dalit woman was brutally raped and killed in Hathras in India and in contrast to the swift action by the government in previous cases, there has been little action taken since the four men allegedly responsible were arrested. The 19-year-old woman was found in a paralytic state not far from her home in Boolgarhi village in September. She was initially treated at a district hospital and then at JNMC hospital in Aligarh before being shifted to Safdarjung hospital. Before she died a few days later, she said that four upper-caste men had gang-raped her and strangled her.The four men are in police custody, but since their arrest, four Muslim men who travelled to Hathras to visit the woman’s family in a show of support and sympathy have also been arrested on charges of sedition as it seems the Uttar Pradesh government wanted Muslim scapegoats to divert attention from the rape case. The Muslim men were raising funds for the victim’s family as, according to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the victim’s family are living in conditions similar to a house arrest. The family has also expressed fear for their lives once the official protection given to them is withdrawn. The police have characterized the Muslim men’s interest in the victim’s family as a terrorist conspiracy to trigger caste riots over the rape and murder.That crime, along with the subsequent conduct of the police and Uttar Pradesh government, has brought stark attention to the plight of Dalit women in a country that still clings to its outdated and barbaric caste system. As it happens, the young woman who was allegedly gang raped in September died at the same hospital where Jyoti Singh, a member of the higher Bhumihar caste, died in 2012 after she was gang raped and tortured on a private bus in what became known as the Nirbhaya case that sparked an international outcry about sexual violence in India.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Black Beauty Vloggers Want to Be Seen. Equally.
GettyOne of the cornerstones of YouTube happens to be its community of beauty vloggers. These beauty-obsessed, video-loving aficionados have developed an entire phenomenon and key demographic for YouTube views, which makes sense given the multibillion-dollar industry that is cosmetics and beauty. Beauty vloggers are able to build entire independent businesses off of their success ranging from product placements, to brand partnerships, and affiliate marketing. However, a quick look at the roster of the most featured beauty vloggers on fashion magazine websites and in brand campaigns will find that there is a dearth of Black beauty vloggers present.Amid the calls for more racial diversity at fashion and beauty companies this year, Black beauty vloggers have begun speaking out and demanding the representation that their non-Black counterparts have often received. While it is easy to say, “Let’s have more Black representation,” Black beauty video creators need the subscriptions, brand partnerships, and follows on their media platforms. In addition to shopping Black-owned brands, it’s also time to give Black beauty vloggers the attention they deserve.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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A Frugal Traveler’s First Luxury Experience In a Nearly COVID-Free Country
Nicole Phillip/The Daily BeastI’m not much of a luxury traveler. But it’s not because I don’t like the glam-life.I’m just, you last week was the first time I experienced what it was like to travel sans budget in the island of Antigua, and while I don’t see myself spending this kind of money on my humble journalist’s salary, I see why people shell out the cash for these five-star getaways. Add in the fact that the island is nearly COVID-free, and well, it might just be worth the investment.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Billie Piper Made ‘I Hate Suzie,’ a Genius Dark Comedy About Revenge Porn
HBO MaxI Hate Suzie lives inside a feeling most of us, if we’re lucky, only experience for a few panicked seconds at a time. It’s that moment after you hear a bit of Earth-shattering news—when a vacuum seems to form at the back of your throat and the atmosphere around your head seems to thin, leaving you to float in space inside your own body. Everything is too close but also exceedingly far away, and even though your mind is spinning, your feet feel permanently glued to the floor. Here, the inciting incident is a photo hack. We first meet Suzie Pickles—yes, Suzie Pickles—as she greets a swarm of people who’ve arrived at her home in the English countryside to shoot her for a magazine. As the afternoon wears on and various designers and decorators coat both Suzie and her home in furs, baubles, and fake blood, the actress figures out why loved ones have been blowing up her phone all day. Images have begun circulating online of her performing fellatio on a man who, based on the skin color in the photos, is definitely not her husband. Cue a futile campaign to gather up all the WiFi modems and phones in the house. If Suzie can just keep everyone from finding out what’s happened, she seems to think, maybe she won’t lose the career opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to play an aging Disney princess. (If it wasn’t clear, this show is a dark comedy.) The camera hovers right in front of Suzie’s face for most of this, crowding her as the claustrophobic dread slowly builds—until she finally explodes, yelling at the photographer to just get the shot and then begging everyone to get the fuck out of her home so she can assess the damage.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Meet the College Professor Who Moonlights as a Dominatrix
HandoutWhen you think of a college professor, you don’t usually think of a dominatrix. And, you also don’t usually think of someone who is so underpaid that they don’t know how they’re going to afford rent or groceries. However, due to college administrators’ relentless drive to cut labor costs via outsourcing college instruction to freelance “contingent faculty,” the latter is increasingly common. And for that reason, at least one professor—whom we’ll meet soon—has taken up BDSM as a side job.More than half of all college professors are now “adjuncts”: part-time freelance instructors who often have the same PhDs as their tenured and full-time colleagues, but who get paid low amounts on a per-course basis, with few or no benefits and little job security. Typically, adjuncts (also known as “contingent faculty”) string together gigs at multiple colleges, which pay an average of $3,984 per course. Three courses a semester, or six per year, is considered a full teaching load—though many adjuncts report it’s difficult to get this many courses—which comes out to a typical yearly income of $23,904 for the “lucky” adjuncts with a full-time-equivalent teaching load.For reference, full-time baristas at Starbucks make an average of $27,030 per year, and are eligible for benefits including health insurance, dental, vision, 401(k), paid time off, parental leave, and even emergency financial assistance during family crises; adjunct professors typically receive none of these benefits.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Jerky Boys’ Johnny Brennan Is Back to Sell You a Piano
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos by Jerky BoysThe guy on the phone is trying to buy a piano. He’s a 55-year-old Staten Island man calling about an ad for a vintage grand. On the call, he’s energetic, gregarious, and prone to laughter–which is good, because the salesman, prank-caller Johnny Brennan of the Jerky Boys, has veered off-topic, away from thousand-dollar instruments and onto what he calls his “Terminal Groove” class: a hybrid of bikram and goat yoga, that involves stretching at 110-degree temperatures surrounded by hot goats in total silence. Raised voices or screaming, he explains, can cause the animals to collapse and go into cardiac arrest. “I’m an animal lover,” Brennan rasps. “But you know, everybody’s gotta make money. These goats gotta help out a little. They gotta pitch in.”It’s been almost seven years since Brennan made a prank call, but more like 25 years since he hit the phones in earnest. Back in the 1990s, Brennan and his partner, Kamal Ahmed, made a living doing what Bart Simpson did for free: calling up strangers in the New York area, posing as one of a small cast of characters–caustic pseudo-mobster Frank Rizzo, inept magician Tarbash, or in this case, hypochondriacal Sol Rosenberg–and gabbing until the stranger hung up, or they did, or both. For half a decade, the Jerky Boys went about as far as crank calls can get you. Howard Stern played their bootlegs; their first two albums went double platinum; they starred in a movie with Alan Arkin and Vincent Pastore. But in 2000, after some intra-Jerky Boy tension, Ahmed quit. Each one tried to go solo; nothing stuck. The piracy of the dot-com boom killed commercial prank calls. The joke was, more or less, over.Over, at least, until Black Friday, when Brennan dropped his first album of original prank calls since 1999. The self-titled record arrived after a minor resurgence of interest in the Jerky Boys’ work, born partly out of ’90s nostalgia, partly out of the ubiquity of YouTube. “The internet clobbered the record business 20-some-odd years ago,” Brennan said. “And now the internet is back again and in a good way, spreading everything that I've ever done.” Otherwise, little in the Jerky Boy universe seems to have changed. The technology is different–Brennan had to rig a Samsung Note so it recorded both sides of every call; and Ahmed, with whom Brennan hasn’t had contact in decades, never appears. But aside from a few new characters, the album plays like a time capsule–picking up with old personalities like they’d never left. “Once you get going, it just flows,” Brennan said. “I wasn't looking to compete with myself. I just wanted to let the characters flow.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Democrats: Stop Chasing Amy and Start Chasing Stacey
Cheriss May/GettyDemocrats, a majority of white women just aren’t into you.I know this is painful to hear, and I hate to break the news, but a sincere friend who loves you tells harsh truths, while others write articles about “economic anxiety” and hillbilly elegies.You have spent so much time and energy over the past several years chasing Amy and Karen. You’ve squatted in Rust Belt coffee shops and visited Midwestern suburban Paneras, talking to “real Americans.” You held numerous focus groups and interviewed hundreds of “undecided voters” desperately trying to understand why they would continue to support a failed businessman and crude misogynist who brags about grabbing women and faces nearly two dozen sexual assault allegations, and how you could get them to support you instead. Despite all that, they don’t.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ohio State cancels game after more positive coronavirus tests
Ohio State’s game against Illinois has been canceled after Buckeyes coach Ryan Day tested positive for coronavirus and additional positives were found after a round of PCR tests Friday afternoon, the school announced. The Buckeyes originally were going to play the game, scheduled for Saturday at noon in Champaign, Ill., without Day, but Ohio State...
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Inside the Battle Between a Mega-Influencer and Indie Designer That Just Won’t Stop
Edward Berthelot/GettyDanielle Bernstein and Christina Viviani grew up leading parallel lives: fashion-obsessed teens from the suburbs fantasizing about haute couture careers in the big city. From Long Island and Detroit, respectively, they moved from lowly fashion-closet internships to partnerships with some of the world’s biggest designers. They both attended the It-girl mecca Fashion Institute of Technology, where Bernstein, then a burgeoning fashion blogger, was briefly a fan of Viviani’s first underwear line. Now, their paths have come crashing together again, in a legal battle that has spawned tabloid headlines and raised questions about what, exactly, it means to be an original.Bernstein is better known to her millions of fans by her Instagram handle, WeWoreWhat, a massively popular account where the glossy-haired 28-year-old meticulously documents all of her trendy outings and outfits. As an early fashion blogger, Bernstein helped pioneer the role of influencer, definitively proving the power of envy to drive clothing sales. But as a designer, she is arguably less innovative: Over the last four months, she has been accused no less than five times of ripping off other creators’ designs.That’s where The Great Eros comes in. After her own stint at FIT, Viviani turned to designing—first, for major fashion labels like Donna Karan and Adrienne Vittadini, and later, after a life-changing car accident, for herself. In 2016, with the help of her husband and fellow fashion veteran Emilio Ramirez, she launched The Great Eros, a lingerie company and “modern love brand” that sources its materials from sustainable farms and stitches its garments in Italy. The brand is a favorite of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Zoë Kravitz and is, according to New York Magazine, “a cult hit among shoppers seeking a sex-positive, sophisticated source for lingerie.” Its three brick-and-mortar stores sell lingerie, loungewear, and specialty items like Japanese vibrators, paraben-free lube, and something called an “Obsidian Massage Stone.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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The President's attacks on Georgia's election system raise GOP concerns
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Trump's legal defeats pile up while his attacks on Georgia's election system raise GOP concerns
President Donald Trump is pushing contradictory messages about Georgia, calling the state's election system fraudulent at the same time he is urging his supporters to turn out for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in twin runoff races that will determine control of the US Senate.
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Trump’s Already Gaming Out a 2024 Run—Including an Event During Biden’s Inauguration
GettyIn the twilight of his presidency, Donald Trump is discussing different ways to disrupt the impending Joe Biden era, chief among them by announcing another run against him.According to three people familiar with the conversations, the president, who refuses to acknowledge he lost the 2020 election that he clearly did, has not just talked to close advisers and confidants about a potential 2024 run to reclaim the White House but about the specifics of a campaign launch. The conversations have explored, among other things, how Trump could best time his announcement so as to keep the Republican Party behind him for the next four years. Two of these knowledgeable sources said the president has, in the past two weeks, even floated the idea of doing a 2024-related event during Biden’s inauguration week, possibly on Inauguration Day, if his legal effort to steal the 2020 election ultimately fails.The president and some of his closest associates have already started surveying prominent donors to get a sense of who would be with him, or perhaps against him, if he chose to run in the 2024 election. Some top Trump allies have told The Daily Beast that they are doing what they can to stay in the president’s good graces, calculating that doing so will help ensure a seat at the table and a future in the party—in the event he runs again.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Oregon State upsets rival No. 11 Oregon with fourth-quarter rally, capped by last-minute TD
Oregon State outscored Oregon 22-7 in the fourth quarter, with backup QB Chance Nolan scoring the game-winning TD on a sneak with 33 seconds left.        
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Carter Page files $75M suit against FBI, DOJ, others over ‘unlawful surveillance’
Carter Page on Friday sued the Justice Department, the FBI and former FBI Director James Comey for $75 million, insisting he was unlawfully surveilled as part of the 2017 special counsel investigation into so-called Russian collusion. The 59-page lawsuit, filed Friday in Washington, DC, the federal court additionally sues former FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe...
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Ask Amy: Adoption complicates clan’s wedding plans
Bride struggles with how to include biological mom
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Miss Manners: Umbrella gesture misunderstood — or not
Recipient of humanitarian offer found a way to compliment herself
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Hints From Heloise: Keep pets safe during winter
Wipe their feet, clear a path, try sweaters and booties
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Carolyn Hax: When the dearly departed wasn’t really all that dear
Her boorish father-in-law has died, and she doesn’t know how to handle the funeral.
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November 27 coronavirus news
The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. In many places, as countries reopen, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. Follow here for the latest.
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One dead, one wounded in Sacramento mall shooting: reports
A manhunt was underway in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday night after a shopping mall shooting left at least one person dead and another wounded, according to reports.
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Backlash as Brennan Blasts Killing of Iranian Nuclear Scientist: ‘Always on the Side of our Enemies’
Following Iran’s announcement that the head of its nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated on Friday afternoon, Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan set off a storm after criticizing the “criminal” killing.
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How Giants O-line is faring in aftermath of Joe Judge-Marc Colombo feud
Nick Gates is in the center of the Giants’ resurgent offensive line and got caught up in the middle of the Joe Judge-Marc Colombo feud. Escalating tensions behind the scenes first boiled over at a recent practice, when head coach Judge corrected a technique taught by offensive line coach Colombo, and the two coaches argued...
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Ohio State-Illinois football game canceled after virus spike
No. 3 Ohio State’s game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week, leaving the the Big Ten's best team precariously close to being ineligible to play for the conference title.
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No. 9 UCLA women's basketball team routs Cal State Fullerton in delayed season opener
Charisma Osborne's 31 points led the No. 9 UCLA women's basketball team to a 98-49 win over Cal State Fullerton in a season opener pushed back two days.
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California police officer shot during vehicle chase
A California police officer was shot Friday night in Anaheim, near the intersection of Interstate 5 and state Highway 91, according to reports. The officer’s medical condition was not immediately clear. It was unknown if a suspect had been arrested. The location is on the northwest edge of the Orange County city. Authorities say the...
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CDC panel plans meeting to discuss distribution of COVID-19 vaccine
A panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss who should first receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s been approved. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices wants to vote on who should receive the first batches of the vaccine prior to the Food and...
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A Black Friday With Masked Shoppers And Booming Online Sales
Shoppers encountered temperature checks and mall Santas behind plexiglas shields. But online sales may have stolen the show.
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Fantasy football owners should look at Seahawks’ defense this week
For most fantasy football leagues, the regular season is winding down, and these next two weeks will be crucial for your playoff life. With positions like running back and wide receiver having been picked clean on your waiver wire, you can boost your weekly point total by streaming the right defense. Depth at the skill...
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Milwaukee County presidential recount wraps up with Biden adding to his margin over Trump
President-elect Joe Biden received a net gain of 132 votes in his margin of victory over President Donald Trump as a result of the recount.        
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CDC panel to meet Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority
ATLANTA — A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.
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