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Massachusetts man spits on hikers for not wearing masks, says he has COVID-19

Massachusetts police are looking for a man they say spat at two women hikers who weren’t wearing face masks — and who then told them he had COVID-19. The man angrily approached the women as they hiked along the Hudson Overlook on the Midstate Trail in Ashburnham on Nov. 15, police said. He was caught...
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'Pandemic' Is's Word of the Year for 2020
In case you weren't aware, it's defined as "a disease prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world."
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Death toll from German car attack grows to five
A fifth victim has died in Tuesday’s horrific car attack in Germany, according to reports. Authorities said the victims include a 9-week-old girl and her father, as the shocked European nation continues to search for answers. Dozens of candles have now sprouted up at the scene of the deadly assault in the southwestern German city...
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NY expects 170K doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by mid-December
New York expects to receive its first 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government by mid-December, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday as he expressed doubt about the distribution of the shot throughout the state. “We expect, if all safety and efficacy approvals are granted, those first doses will arrive by Dec. 15,”...
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Notre Dame coaching legend Lou Holtz to get Medal of Freedom at White House
President Trump will award Notre Dame’s legendary former football coach Lou Holtz the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. Holtz, 83, will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor after surviving COVID-19 last month. Trump said in early September that he would give Holtz the award, but the ceremony was delayed by Trump’s packed campaign schedule...
New Orleans swingers convention leads to 41 COVID infections
"I wouldn't do it again if I knew then what I know now. It weighs on me and it will continue to weigh on me until everyone is 100% better," the event organizer said.
'Masked Singer' renewed for fifth season
Fox will unmask a new season of "The Masked Singer" next year.
How these Black women raised more than $1 million in VC funding
In the US, the number of Black female founders who have raised over $1 million in funding has more than doubled in the US since 2018, according to a new report. CNN Business spoke with three of them.
'Tidal wave' of coronavirus cases in Alabama could soon overrun state’s hospitals, warns official
Alabama’s recent increase in coronavirus cases — what one official described as a “tidal wave” — could soon overwhelm hospitals in the state.
Ryan Reynolds films a Netflix movie and more star snaps
Ryan Reynolds looks suave for his new film, Milo Ventimiglia hits the gym and more star snaps...
Obama criticizes "defund the police" messaging
The former president said the rhetoric could turn off new people, rather than convince them to be a part of it.
WHO updates coronavirus face mask guidance, says face shields are inferior alternative
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an update to coronavirus mask-wearing guidance for the first time in nearly six months.
Sen. Mitch McConnell becomes emotional while honoring Lamar Alexander
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became overwhelmed with emotion on the Senate floor as he honored the life and career of his friend of five decades, retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander. The display of emotion from McConnell (R-Ky.) came while delivering a speech to mark Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) retirement. McConnell began by noting how the two met...
Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Announced Its First Six Cases
The board will hear cases on adult nudity, hate speech, and more.
Candace Owens Versus Harry Styles: a History of Their 'Manliness' Feud
Harry Styles isn't slowing down on embracing feminine style, whatever Candace Owens might think.
Switzerland cuts new COVID-19 infections in half without national lockdown
Switzerland has slashed COVID-19 case counts in half within a matter of weeks despite bars, restaurants and gyms in most of the country staying open. The country recorded 10,128 new cases on Nov. 5, but the figure dropped dramatically to 4,312 new infections on Nov. 27, the Telegraph reported. Instead of implementing a nationwide lockdown, the Swiss...
Savannah Chrisley is getting her family phone chargers for Christmas
She's plugged in to the needs of her nearest and dearest.
Take a look at one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons
An Australian museum organization says it has acquired one of the most complete and finely preserved Triceratops skeletons ever found.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Flu
Health experts say we could have a scary winter ahead as two respiratory infections, flu and COVID-19, collide
There's a big effort underway to save the tiniest creatures known as the 'Little Five'
Inside Africa revisits the "Little Five," a must-see list of creatures that may be less noticeable than the more famous "Big Five," but are equally as vulnerable. In South Africa, despite the pandemic, vital efforts to study and ultimately save the threatened species continue.
Making John Durham a special counsel will cause problems for Biden
Now Democrats' Trump administration arguments will come back to haunt them.
‘Euphoria’ Sets Early HBO Max Premiere for Special Episode
The special will also premiere on HBO Sunday, Dec. 6 at 9/8c.
Mike Glennon starting again for Jaguars with lots of tanking implications
Mike Glennon almost ruined the Jacksonville Jaguars’ tank. And apparently, coach Doug Marrone liked it. The veteran Glennon will get the start at quarterback Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Marrone announced Wednesday. The Jaguars are sticking with Glennon even though season-opening starter Gardner Minshew’s fractured thumb is healed. Jacksonville’s quarterback situation is of major interest...
How Trump’s blizzard of misleading fundraising emails explains his refusal to concede
Trump walks to Marine One after playing golf on November 27. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images It’s bad for the country, but it’s raking in the money for Trump. President Donald Trump’s ongoing effort to overturn the election results is almost certain to fail, because Joe Biden clearly and decisively won the election. But the president has self-interested reasons for dragging out the fight as long as he can. The nearly 500 emails blasted out by the Trump campaign in November raised at least $170 million after Election Day, as Will Steakin and Soo Rin Kim reported for ABC on Tuesday. (For context, the Trump campaign account’s best monthly fundraising haul before the election came in September, when they raised a mere $81 million.) They’ve done so with highly misleading insinuations that the money is funding Trump’s farcical legal challenges of the election results, when a careful reading of the emails’ fine print shows the money is largely being raised for things like paying down campaign debt and funding Trump’s post-presidency operation. And it won’t be especially hard for Trump to eventually route some of his new leadership PAC’s windfall into his own pockets. (A “leadership PAC” is a type of political committee formed by current or former elected officials.) THREAD: recap & analysis of my fundraging emails from November.4️⃣9️⃣8️⃣ emails last month (avg of 16.6/day) NEW RECORD 2️⃣,4️⃣8️⃣2️⃣ emails in 2020 (avg of 7.4/day)3️⃣,4️⃣3️⃣6️⃣ emails since Jan 1, 2018 (avg of 3.2/day)— Trump Fundraising Emails (@TrumpEmail) December 1, 2020 “While he can’t just cut himself a massive check, he could rent out Mar-a-Lago for an obscene amount of money — leadership PAC money — to give a speech himself, and that would be totally legal,” Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), told Vox in an interview. “So if you view the Trump administration as one long grift to redirect money from taxpayers and political supporters into Trump properties, this would be a good move to do that.” But the fact that Trump could reroute contributions solicited by his campaign to his own pockets would likely come as news to some of the Trump followers who have ponied up during a time when losing campaigns are usually winding down operations. That’s because the emails the campaign continues to bombard people with nearly a month after Trump’s loss to Biden are misleading at best. Trump asked his supporters to donate to a nonexistent “Election Defense Fund” On November 15, for instance, the Trump campaign sent out an email that framed its post-election fundraising pitch around the president’s failing legal fight to overturn the results. “President Trump is FIGHTING BACK to defend the integrity of this Election, but he can’t do it alone,” the email said. “He needs YOU to step up and join him by contributing to our critical Election Defense Fund. This is so important that he’s giving YOU the opportunity to increase your impact by 1000%.”— Trump Fundraising Emails (@TrumpEmail) November 15, 2020 There’s just one problem: There is no such thing as Trump’s “Election Defense Fund.” Instead, as Josh Dawsey and Michelle Ye Hee Lee detailed for the Washington Post, the majority of the money raised by email pitches of that sort goes to the leadership PAC Libowitz mentioned: According to the fine print in the latest fundraising appeals, 75 percent of each contribution to the joint fundraising committee would first go toward the Save America leadership PAC and the rest would be shared with the party committee, to help with the party’s operating expenses. This effectively means that the vast majority of low-dollar donations under the current agreement would go toward financing the president’s new leadership PAC, instead of efforts to support the party or to finance voting lawsuits. According to @TrumpEmail, a Twitter account that has closely monitored Trump’s fundraising emails for three years, the tone of the missives has subtly shifted in recent days from hyping the fake “Election Defense Fund” to saying things like, “One thing has become clear these last few days, I am the American People’s ALL-TIME favorite President.” The email that contained that claim also cited already-debunked claims from disreputable outlets like the Epoch Times to insinuate that the 2020 election is still up for grabs. But the one constant is the emails aim at getting supporters to open their wallets — which they have. Campaign officials told the Post the bulk of the fundraising has come from small-dollar donors; the emails have activated “the president’s base of loyal and fervent financial supporters, who tend to contribute the most when they feel the president is under siege or facing unfair political attacks.” Unlike PACs that are tied to chambers of Congress, there are very few restrictions on what Trump can do with the leadership PAC money. In addition to the possibility of Trump using the funds to hold events at his properties (and thereby reroute it to his own pockets), Libowitz explained that he could use them to continue to hold political rallies around the country. “Renting out a basketball arena does not come cheaply, and given his history of not paying places back and the fact that he’s not a candidate, or at least not a current nominee, it’s much more likely people will require cash up front” after he leaves office, Libowitz said. “So he could rent out Trump Force One to the leadership PAC and charge his leadership PAC for his own use or his own plane to go to a rally. It basically just opens up a bunch of new ways he can continue to bring in money from his supporters that he can then redirect to his businesses and then, of course, to himself and his family.” So while it would be in the best interests of the country for Trump to acknowledge that he lost and psychologically prepare his followers for the reality that Biden will be inaugurated as president next month, dragging it out for as long possible allows him to keep grifting. “I think there is a question of whether this is just one last gasp of trying to milk every dollar he can out of his supporters, or whether people have so convinced themselves that he’s going to find some secret way to become president that they’ll continue to give him money,” Libowitz said.
Headless body also missing hands, feet found on dead-end street in Baltimore; police launch investigation
Baltimore police are investigating after a decomposing body with its head, hands and feet all missing was found on a property at the end of a dead-end street Tuesday.
Putin orders Russian officials to start large-scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered his government to start large-scale vaccinations against Covid-19 from next week.
George Rutler, Prominent ETWN Priest, Accused of Sexually Assaulting NYC Female Security Guard
ALAIN JOCARDA New York City priest known for his controversial views and regular appearances on a global Catholic television network has been accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old security guard after she allegedly filmed him watching gay pornography.Rev. George William Rutler, the 75-year-old pastor at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Manhattan, allegedly forcibly touched Ashley Gonzalez on Nov. 4, according to News12. The assault allegedly happened during the overnight security guard’s second day on the job, moments after Gonzalez says she came across the priest watching porn on an office computer in the church rectory.“He looked at me with a smile, looked away, and he put his hand inside his pants, and he was playing with himself,” said Gonzalez, who is now calling for the priest’s arrest. When she tried to leave the pastor’s office, the 22-year-old said he shut the door, “aggressively threw himself on me and grabbed me sexually, aggressively, and I was fighting him off of me.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
The real people behind those scam calls
From scamming to the underground drug trade economy, correspondent Mariana van Zeller tells Christiane about her new series "Trafficked".
Pandemic's hit to economy? Nearly $5 trillion over two years
Researchers' "best case scenario" points to 15% plunge in GDP, a bigger hit than seen during the Great Recession.
Here’s what Katie Lee is cooking up for the holidays
Holiday peppermint brownies, peanut butter popcorn bars and more.
Colleagues fear Zappos founder Tony Hsieh's alleged alcohol, nitrous oxide use played role in death: report
Colleagues of the recently retired Zappos founder who died days after being rescued from a fire in New London, Conn., fear his alleged habitual consumption of nitrous oxide and alcohol could have fed the blaze or prevented him from escaping it, according to a recent report.
Trump using military funding as leverage in fight with tech giants
President Donald Trump's threat Tuesday to veto an annual defense bill unless Congress removes legal protections for social media companies drew swift, sharp bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who charged Trump was using leverage over the troops to settle personal scores.
U.S. cracks down on emotional support animals on planes
The new Department of Transportation rule states a service animal must be a dog.
Florida police create silent film to warn residents about porch pirates
Police in Miami-Dade country channeled Charlie Caplin to warn residents of pesky porch pirates this holiday season — creating a hilarious, yet educational, silent film. The skillfully crafted black-and-white short features a one-eyed, hook-handed swashbuckler “looking for unattended boxes at your door” and an eagle-eyed parrot who squawks tips. “Try to have someone at home...
Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges
U.S. health officials say staying home for the upcoming winter holidays is the best way to stay safe and protect others
Arlington’s Signature Theatre will put its best musical foot forward online in 2021
A five-play program begins with composer Stephen Sondheim and ends with dramatist Dominique Morisseau.
Thousands of dead rays, shrimp, fish wash up in Florida, drawing memories of 2016 'fish-pocalypse'
Thousands of dead rays, skates, shrimp, and other sea life speckled some shorelines on Florida's Atlantic coast, a result of an algae bloom.
Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX returns to US skies
Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX returns to US skies on Wednesday — 20 months after federal officials grounded the jet in the wake of two crashes that claimed 346 lives. Members of the media will take a chartered American Airlines flight from Dallas to Tulsa — marking the first time anyone besides regulators and industry personnel...
McConnell chokes up in emotional tribute to retiring Tennessee senator
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell choked up on the Senate floor Wednesday as he remembered his decades long friendship with the retiring Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a rare moment of raw emotion from the usually stoic Republican leader.
Kelly Oubre Jr. adds engagement to eventful offseason
Paul George isn’t the only NBA star getting down on one knee this offseason. On Tuesday, Golden State Warriors small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. announced his engagement to girlfriend Shylyn, posting a “Love Wins” video to Instagram. In the clip, which begins as a commercial, 24-year-old Oubre Jr. is seen sliding a heart-shaped diamond ring...
Cartoon by Kevin Siers
An editorial cartoon by Kevin Siers of the Charlotte Observer
Former top Obama official faces backlash for defending companies in child slavery lawsuit
Former Obama administration acting solicitor general Neal Katyal is getting slammed for his defense of Nestlé and Cargill, in which he argued that American corporations should not be subject to lawsuits in American courts for allegedly aiding and abetting child slavery in a foreign country.
Why Presidential Pardons Are Normal, Trump’s Less So
The U.S. president has vast constitutional power to grant clemency in the form of pardons and commutations. The process is often tinged with politics. George H.W. Bush pardoned six men involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, while Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, a Democratic Party donor who had fled to Switzerland after being accused of tax crimes. But clemency under Donald Trump has been unusual in multiple respects, including how recipients are evaluated and how announcements are timed. There’s
Former cage fighter found guilty of murdering his ex in drug-fueled rage
A former cage fighter in the UK was found guilty Wednesday of murdering his ex-girlfriend in a cocaine-fueled rage after she confessed to being a prostitute who’d had sex with her own relatives. Andrew Wadsworth, 37, had admitted to stabbing 32-year-old Melissa Belshaw to death in her Wigan home in May — blaming a “loss...
Jaguars sticking with Glennon even though Minshew is healthy
Quarterback Mike Glennon is getting another start for the Jacksonville Jaguars even though Gardner Minshew is fully healthy.
John Mulaney: Secret Service investigated me for my ‘SNL’ joke
"In terms of risk assessment, no one who's ever looked at me thought I registered above a 1," he joked.
Harry Styles trolls his fashion shamers in the best way possible
Harry Styles has broken his silence on the uproar over his historic Vogue magazine cover. Here's what the pop musician and fashionista had to say.
Barack Obama Says DNC Should Give Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a Bigger Platform as Feud Between Progressives and Centrists Grows
"One thing I will say about the Democratic Party—promoting young people is really important. We stick so long with the same old folks and don't make room for new voices," Obama said
How to Find Your Apple Music Replay 2020, Because Spotify Can't Have All the Fun
Now Apple Music users can also see just how much music they played and how often they listened to their top songs of the year.