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Man Reckons He Found a 'Mummy' Inside a Tree in L.A.'s Oldest Graveyard
The discovery was made at the Evergreen Memorial Park and Cemetery, which was established in 1877.
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Alec Baldwin blames the victim in sickening interview
Just when you think Alec Baldwin can’t go any lower, he blames Halyna Hutchins, the woman he shot to death, for getting shot to death.
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Colleges with high vaccination rates must now decide if they'll require boosters
Wesleyan University is among a small group of colleges requiring COVID-19 boosters for spring semester. Will other institutions follow?
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These days, forgetting these important travel items could cost you thousands of dollars
Assume nothing when you're making your travel plans. And that means re-checking entry requirements like vaccination cards and health insurance.      
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Chase Elliott named NASCAR's most popular driver, but what's up with that hat?
Chase Elliott won NASCAR's most popular driver award for the fourth time in a row in 2021, while Justin Allgaier and Hailie Deegan won in the Xfinity Series and Truck Series.
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Trump's White House doctor facing fresh scrutiny over Covid test timeline
Former President Donald Trump's positive Covid test in September 2020, three days before the first presidential debate, is raising new questions about whether Trump's physician at the time, Dr. Sean Conley, had a duty to inform the public -- and Joe Biden -- about Trump's positive result.
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Leonard is the brightest comet all year. Here's how to see it
The comet was discovered less than a year ago near the orbit of Jupiter. Now, observers in North America can see it in the northeastern sky around sunrise.
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L.A. voters back a right to shelter, but are wary of taxes to pay for it, new poll finds
Los Angeles County voters support a legal right to shelter for all, but are less enthusiastic about enacting new taxes to build housing for the homeless, a new poll finds.
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Overdraft fees are a menace
Capital One announced it's eliminating overdraft fees. Other financial institutions should follow suit.
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‘Flash mob’ robberies roiling U.S. retailers, traumatizing workers
Experts say the brazen crimes, which can involve dozens of thieves carrying weapons and breaking glass, are likely being coordinated on social media apps
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Emily Compagno shares her dad's recipe for a delicious holiday pasta dish
Fox News cohost shares a delicious Christmas meal and other family traditions at holiday time in this story and recipe featured in the new book, 'All American Christmas.'
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WTA stands up to China over Peng Shuai, demonstrates moral leadership desperately needed in West
Steve Simon, the Chairman and CEO of the WTA, announced the organization would suspend all of its tournaments in mainland China and Hong Kong in response to Beijing's treatment of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.
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Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Betting odds, lines, start time and how to watch
The Rams sorely need a win after three consecutive losses, and the Jacksonville Jaguars present the perfect opportunity for them to turn things around.
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The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021
From the nonsensical sketches of ‘I Think You Should Leave’ to the breathtaking achievement of ‘The Underground Railroad’
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Why the Right Needs a More 'Muscular' and 'Masculine' Conservatism | Opinion
Any conservatism worthy of the name in 2021 must "know what time it is."
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Why Is 'Money Heist' Ending?
The final five episodes of "Money Heist" will be released on Netflix on Friday, December 3 and will see the conclusion of the Bank of Spain heist.
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It's Time to Stand up to Progressive Prosecutors | Opinion
Waukesha has already paid the most extreme price, but other parts of America feel the pain daily as progressive prosecutors reshape the justice system.
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The good and the not as good in Biden’s winter Covid-19 plan
The Biden White House is trying to get out ahead of the omicron variant threat, detailing a new plan to accelerate vaccinations, increase testing, and make treatments widely available. | Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images The pandemic refuses to quit. What can the White House do about it? Experts were already a little worried about another winter surge of Covid-19. Now the omicron variant has amplified those concerns, though we still don’t know to what extent it will alter the course of the pandemic. The Biden administration is trying to get ahead of the threat, detailing a new plan to accelerate vaccinations, increase testing, make treatments widely available, and deploy teams of public health experts to any hot spots that emerge in the coming months. Taken together, the plan reads like the consensus you would probably find if you asked a few hundred public health experts what we should be doing; in fact, some experts are annoyed some of these things weren’t already being done. Even so, a few provisions — such as promising insurance reimbursement for tests rather than providing them for free — raise eyebrows. But overall, experts seem to think the plan hits the important points. The real question is how much of an impact any program from the federal government can have at this point. Some state governments are resistant to even the most basic measures, such as masks in schools; 16 percent of adults said in October they will definitely not get the Covid-19 vaccine, the highest share recorded by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in its vaccine surveys. People have dug in. The administration knows it can’t stop Covid-19, omicron variant or otherwise. But this is its attempt to lower the barriers for people to coexist with Covid-19: by making it easier to get a vaccine, to get tested, and to get meds if you are sick. Biden’s winter Covid-19 plan, briefly explained The plan announced Thursday by the Biden administration covers the full spectrum of the federal response. It starts with booster shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already revised its recommendations, urging all adults over 18 to get an additional dose of a Covid-19 vaccine six months after their second Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech shot (or two months after their first shot if they received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Many experts are cautiously optimistic that boosters received now will also be protective against omicron if the variant starts to spread widely in the US, though how much protection the current vaccines provide remains to be seen. The Biden administration is partnering with the AARP for an education campaign to get seniors boosted and plans outreach from Medicare as well. While there is still some debate about the value of boosters for young and healthy adults, almost every expert agrees that older Americans and people who have a compromised immune system should receive another shot. AARP also pledged to coordinate ride-hailing programs to get people to their booster appointments, and the White House is calling on employers to give workers paid time off to get their shots. However, 30 percent of Americans remain unvaccinated — including a lot of kids between 5 and 12, who are currently eligible for the vaccines. (Shots for kids younger than 5 are expected to be approved sometime early next year.) Community health centers are going to hold family vaccination days and FEMA is going to set up mobile vaccination clinics. Medicaid will also reimburse doctors for talking with families about getting children vaccinated. This will be an uphill battle: According to the KFF October survey, 30 percent of parents say they will “definitely not” get their child vaccinated and another 33 percent plan to wait and see. And many adults who are currently unvaccinated insist they will never get a shot. Testing remains essential to tracking and stemming the virus’s spread, letting people know if they need to isolate or seek medical attention. The Biden administration plans to issue new regulations to permit patients to seek reimbursement from their health insurer if they purchase an over-the-counter test; they also plan to distribute more tests for free through community health centers and other providers including pharmacies. Another component of the plan is “strike” teams that can be deployed to support hospitals strained because of staffing shortages, to provide monoclonal antibody treatments in areas with high spread, and disease investigators to assist with tracking the virus. There are also stricter rules for international travelers, requiring a negative Covid-19 test within a day before boarding a plane. And as part of the plan, the federal government will take responsibility for doling out the new antiviral medications if and when they are authorized by the FDA. It’s a pretty comprehensive plan, though experts still see some shortcomings. “What other partners could they employ other than AARP to reach others who are not of retirement age?” Tara Smith, a public health professor at Kent State University, told me. “I like that partnership and the things they are doing there — but we need that for other age groups too. I like their family vaccination clinics, but why wasn’t this started in January?” Should the tests just be free? One part of the plan, though, drew particular scrutiny: It calls for patients to seek reimbursement from their health insurer if they purchase an over-the-counter test. Some people are getting billed for Covid-19 tests currently, which might discourage them from taking a test at all; and expanded insurance coverage could help ameliorate that problem. But there will likely still be an obstacle between purchasing the test yourself and getting your money back. It has been well documented in US health care that even small financial obligations can have a sizable effect on people’s actions. The so-called “shoebox effect” — when people who are asked to submit reimbursements on their own never end up doing so because it’s a hassle — could also kick in. “Insurance reimbursement for at-home tests will increase access and mean more people will use the tests, but it’s not a panacea,” Larry Levitt, executive vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told me. “Having to pay upfront will discourage some people, and the hassles of having to file for reimbursement from your insurer will mean that many receipts will just end up sitting in shoeboxes.” Why isn’t the federal government just buying hundreds of millions of tests and giving them away? It’s a matter of funding. Even 500 million rapid at-home tests would barely be enough for one for every person in the US. Abbott’s rapid testing kits currently retail for $24 for two tests at CVS. It could all add up quickly and, while we can debate whether the government should buy and give away the tests anyway, that much money would likely require creative accounting by federal agencies or else new funding approved by Congress. From the government’s perspective, having patients submit bills directly to the insurer is certainly easier. But it’s more difficult for the patient. The US government also does not typically pay, for all its citizens, the kind of routine medical services that Covid-19 tests will likely become, though most other wealthy countries do so in one way or another. A more conventional American market is expected to emerge, with insurers covering Covid-19 tests as they do other routine tests. “This is our fragmented health care system at work,” Levitt said. The Biden plan looks like a path from an epidemic to a new normal The plan provides a playbook of sorts for how we start to live with Covid-19. Because eradication is out of the question, experts are thinking about how to reduce risk and harm as much as possible, while also allowing life to return to normal as much as possible. “Because Covid-19 is becoming an endemic infection, teaching people how to risk-calculate with an everyday threat is very important,” Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, told me. “To that end, home testing, antivirals, monoclonal antibodies, and boosting of the high-risk are really important.” Nobody wants to go back into lockdown, and in the US, there isn’t the political will or public buy-in to do it anyway. The Biden administration is trying to create a plan while facing a big dilemma: Millions of people are still vulnerable to the virus — and that number could grow depending on how effective omicron is at overcoming prior immunity, which we don’t know — but many of them don’t have any interest in getting vaccinated or even getting tested. “Many people are just done. They won’t get boosters, at least right now,” Smith said. “They won’t wear masks short of a serious mandate. They certainly won’t be buying tests.” The federal government has already run into some of the limits of its power: The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large employers is tied up in court. The threat of a mandate did appear to have motivated a lot of businesses to require vaccines and a lot of people to get them; research shows mandates could be effective and new vaccinations did spike after the White House had finalized its regulations. Sometimes, sending the signal can be the next best thing to concrete policy. So they came up with this all-of-the-above approach. Boosters and tests for people who want them. For those who end up getting sick, we have more treatment options than before, with the new antivirals expected to come on the market any day, and the Biden winter plan includes measures for getting the medications out into the country. A new normal isn’t a world without any Covid-19, but a world in which we can live with it. Nature itself will have something to say about that, as omicron reminds us. But this is what the Biden administration says it is doing to prepare.
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Chris Cuomo saga: MSNBC continues avoiding CNN anchor's suspension after downplaying bombshell revelations
The Peacock network continues avoiding the scandal plaguing its liberal rival
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The Biblical Clash at the Core of The Power of the Dog
The banjo may seem like an innocent instrument, but in The Power of the Dog, it’s downright menacing. The swaggering rancher Phil Burbank (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) at the center of Jane Campion’s new film is introduced as a thin-skinned bully who’s quick to insult those around him. But I didn’t realize what a frightening character he was going to be until Phil retired to his bed, pulled out a banjo, and started angrily plucking at it; that humble string instrument hasn’t been played so malevolently on-screen since the notorious “dueling banjos” of Deliverance.Campion’s first feature film in 12 years, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, is set on a 1925 Montana ranch that’s surrounded by spiky mountains and acres of barren landscape filled with both promise and hostility. There, Phil has proudly carved out a lonely existence for himself as a cattle herder, while his full-hearted brother, George (Jesse Plemons), is dissatisfied with their spartan life and seeking companionship. Into this dynamic wanders local widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son, Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). George marries Rose, seeing the newcomers as the beginning of a real family, but Phil derides them as too weak for life on the range.[Read: Escape from quarantine with a Western movie]Westerns almost always wrestle with masculinity in some way, whether through a simple yarn about heroes and villains in the open country, or through a darker reckoning with Americans’ desire to conquer land that is not their own. In The Power of the Dog, Campion embraces the genre’s many possibilities. Each member of her wounded foursome reflects a different aspect of the tainted promise of the West. But Phil, played magnificently by Cumberbatch in a role that’s completely against type, is the furious engine of the film’s heartbreak.Phil sees himself as the ultimate cowboy. He constantly invokes a now-dead mentor named Bronco Henry who taught him how to survive on the frontier and lashes out at anyone else who dares to try to forge a connection with him. He castrates bulls by hand, binds twine together to make his own ropes, and rarely bathes; whenever he’s inside the drafty mansion his brother has constructed, he feels out of place, like some grimy poltergeist disrupting George’s facade of civility. George may not be spoiling for a fight in the same way that Phil is, but the symbolic fracture between the brothers is undeniable: George desires domesticity, moving grand pianos into the house and hosting dinner parties with politicians, while Phil craves eternal wilderness—the kind of world he can prove his own toughness in. The clash feels almost biblical in nature, a face-off between a harsh, unjust world and a gentle, modern one.An entire movie about Phil’s cruelty to everyone around him might be unwatchable. But Campion is an empathetic director, and she’s long been drawn to characters whose emotions are buried deep, such as the electively mute Ada of The Piano, the squirrelly older sister Kay of Sweetie, or the introverted academic Frannie of In the Cut. Phil is one of the most layered, enthralling protagonists in her filmography. He has erected impenetrable force fields around his anxieties about manliness, but Peter, whom he initially dismisses as an effeminate mama’s boy, forces him to begin to confront hidden neuroses about his own sexuality. Every twitch on Cumberbatch’s face feels like an earthquake for the viewers, as he draws out the drama in the barest hint of feeling.[Read: Another unpretentious, melancholy farewell from Clint Eastwood]The Power of the Dog is structured in chapters, and each new one veers in a surprising direction. George and Rose’s romance is tender at first, but eventually crumbles under external pressures. Dunst’s performance is achingly nervy, some of the best work she’s done in years; Plemons registers his adoration and his apprehensions quietly, keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of Phil’s abuse and Rose’s inner demons. Smit-McPhee initially plays Peter as a sensitive teen making paper-flower arrangements to keep his mother happy, but he gradually reveals the character’s brutal side. Campion builds his antagonistic yet fraternal dynamic with Phil into a fascinating puzzle for audiences to try to solve.But the film offers no definitive judgments on its anguished ensemble. The cinematographer Ari Wegner’s camera will occasionally zoom out for massive aerial shots that underline the insignificance of the people milling among the mountains, trying to make something of themselves. Campion never takes a side in the ongoing conflict between George and Phil, instead brilliantly capturing the purpose, and the futility, in each brother’s approach, making The Power of the Dog an inimitable viewing experience.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema comes to Washington, D.C. — at long last
The Texas-based movie theater chain’s latest outpost opens Dec. 10 in Northeast DC.
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What to watch with your kids: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ ‘Wolf’ and more
Here’s what parents need to know.
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The NBA’s newest trend keeps stars in street clothes and demeans the game
John Wall has become a costly emblem of the NBA's confounding and increasingly popular way to handle tricky work situations.
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How to watch the Alabama-Georgia SEC title game as an NFL Draft-obsessed Jets or Giants fan
There is no better talent showcase during a college football season than the SEC Championship Game. Especially when Alabama and Georgia square off, as the 2012 and 2018 editions of the SEC Championship Game showed. Their third showdown for a conference title in the past 10 years – scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday – promises to...
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What Chris Cuomo Has Said About His CNN Suspension
"It hurts to even say it. It's embarrassing, but I understand it," Cuomo said on his SiriusXM Satellite Radio show.
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The body of a missing 2-year-old girl was found in a river. Her father was charged with felony neglect.
Emma Sweet, 2, was found dead after police say her father drove off an embankment into an Indiana river shortly before Thanksgiving.
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Mel Blanc's son recalls the moment Looney Tunes star responded as Bugs Bunny from a coma: 'I was stunned'
Mel Blanc, ″The Man of A Thousand Voices,″ including the legions of Looney Tune stars such as Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Pie and that mischievously silly wabbit Bugs Bunny, died in 1989. He was 81.
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Lebanese Minister Resigns in Bid to Ease Crisis with Saudis
Lebanon’s information minister announce his resignation Friday, in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Minister George Kordahi made the announcement at a press conference in Beirut, weeks after televised comments he made that were critical of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen sparked the crisis. In response,…
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Former head of World Athletics Lamine Diack dies aged 88
Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics' governing body, has died aged 88.
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Cowboys benefit from Taysom Hill INTs. Patriots-Bills caps weekend's action. Plus, all the NFL Week 13 essentials you need.
The Cowboys got back in the win column, thanks to Taysom Hill's generosity. The Patriots and Bills square off in a huge AFC East showdown.       
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Cutting-edge addiction treatment saved son's life
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Suns push past Pistons, win franchise record 18th straight
Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne both scored 19 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to their franchise-record 18th win in a row, beating the Detroit Pistons 114-103 on Thursday night.
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USC football vs. Cal: Betting odds, lines, start time and how to watch
USC closes out the season in a makeup game against California, and there are plenty of potential wild-card factors in this one.
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Arizona weighs in on Build Back Better agenda: Inflation ‘bleeds you dry,’ says Biden voter
Biden's Build Back Better agenda concerns some in Arizona, even among his supporters.
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Kaprizov scores twice, Wild roll to 5-2 win against Devils
Kirill Kaprizov had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild kept rolling with a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
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USA TODAY investigation reveals a stunning shift in the way rain falls in America
"East of the Rockies, more rain is falling, and it's coming in more intense bursts. In the West, people are waiting longer to see any rain at all."       
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What Time the Solar Eclipse December 2021 Starts and How to Watch Live
The eclipse will mainly occur over Antarctica, but NASA will be streaming the event for viewers to watch online.
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Alec Baldwin: 'I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never'
In an interview with ABC that aired Thursday, Alec Baldwin shed light on what happened in the moments prior to the fatal shooting on the set of the film "Rust" that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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A 13-year-old's murder went cold for 22 years. Until now.
CNN was granted exclusive access as the NYPD re-opened the cold case of 13-year-old Minerliz Soriano's murder. For nearly four years, the department's top detectives & forensics lab kept the case alive, culminating in a history-making arrest 22 years after her body was found in a dumpster
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Matt Amodio Regains Twitter Verification Check Mark After Mysterious Removal
The former "Jeopardy!" champ had seen his coveted Twitter verification checkmark vanish without explanation this week.
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'No job is not your job': Cowboys coaches, players shifted roles in Saints win without Mike McCarthy
With Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy in quarantine due to COVID-19, Dan Quinn stepped in to lead Dallas to a 27-17 win against New Orleans.       
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Swayman's 42 saves leads Bruins over Predators 2-0
Jeremy Swayman made 42 saves, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo scored, and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Thursday night.
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Kemp, facing potential Trump-backed primary challenge ahead of Abrams rematch, vows he won't be 'outworked'
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia says he’ll make a clear contrast between himself and Democrat Stacey Abrams as he gears up for a potential titanic rematch in 2022
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A massive snowstorm left dozens stranded in an Ikea. They slept on the display beds.
Six customers and about two dozen employees spent Wednesday night at the Ikea in northern Denmark after a snow storm left them stranded at the store.
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String of violent crimes committed by career offenders leaves communities nationwide outraged
Communities nationwide have been outraged in recent months by a string of high-profile cases in which criminals with lengthy rap sheets allegedly committed heinous crimes.
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Forbes leads Spurs in 114-83 win over shorthanded Blazers
Bryn Forbes had 18 points off the bench and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to a season-high three games with a 114-83 victory over the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
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Unvaccinated Man Hospitalized by COVID for Half a Year Says 'Get the Shot'
"You don't want to go through this," said Nate McWilliams after leaving the hospital where he had spent 158 days.
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Covid Treatments Are Coming
Here’s why they are a big deal.
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