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The Ghislaine Maxwell trial is about to begin. Here's what to watch for
Opening arguments in the highly anticipated trial of Ghislaine Maxwell begin on Monday in a Manhattan federal court. This is what the defense is expected to say, and what we're waiting to find out.
Fauci says the omicron variant will inevitably appear in the U.S.
The omicron variant has not been detected in the U.S., but Dr. Anthony Fauci says it is certain to be at some point. Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins appealed for people to get vaccinated as a defense.
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WHO seeks a new treaty on handling future pandemics. It could be a hard sell.
At a special session this coming week, the World Health Organization hopes to start sketching out a new world order. "We don't have rules of the game," says WHO head Tedros.
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Iran nuclear talks are starting again. A lot has changed, and here's what's at stake
The deal provided Iran sanctions relief for limits on its nuclear program. But now there's new Iranian leadership and more uranium in their stockpile than when Trump abandoned the agreement.
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Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly
When it comes to receiving organ transplants, patients are not usually judged on prior behavior, but some doctors are questioning whether unvaccinated COVID patients should qualify for new lungs.
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How vaccine makers plan to address the new COVID-19 omicron variant
A new coronavirus variant, first discovered in South Africa, has begun to spread around the globe. Vaccine producers say they're working to get ahead of the new strain.
Honduran voters want to protest the president. Their options are a cast of characters
Hondurans go to the polls Sunday, and many voters say they're undecided who they'll vote for. But one thing they do know is that they'll be casting a vote to punish the current National Party.
American whiskey makers set their sights on Europe as Trump-era tariffs are lifted
The 25% tariff on U.S. whiskey will be removed in January. Gone too will be the tariffs on U.S. motorcycles and denim, all levied during the Trump administration's trade battle with the E.U.
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Peru has the world's highest COVID death rate. Here's why
An isolated city on the Amazon illustrates why Peru has the highest COVID death rate in the world. One infectious disease expert called the country's awful record the result of a "perfect storm."
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At least 2 people have died during the first winter storm in the U.K.
The first winter storm of the season, named Arwen, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, with gusts of nearly 100 mph. Falling trees killed two people.
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At least 2 people in the U.K. have the omicron variant, health secretary says
The cases involve travel to southern Africa, where the latest COVID variant of concern was first identified, the British health secretary said. No cases have been identified in the U.S. so far.
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COVID hit 13 members of their family the first time. A year later it struck again
The second time Vanessa Quintero's family caught the virus, probably from her 8-year-old daughter, fewer people got sick. They and their doctors credit the protection of vaccination.
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Every auto startup wants to be the next Tesla. Why these 2 may have a real shot
They aren't household names yet, but Rivian and Lucid are two auto startups attracting a lot of buzz – and loads of money.
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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain
Large retailers have spent billions of dollars to woo workers. Smaller stores that can't do that expect staff shortages will lead to lost sales. They're asking shoppers to be patient.
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Trump, tough issues and personal rivalries test the GOP's reputation for unity
Tensions are driven by the still-divisive personality of former President Trump, by issues such as vaccines and mandates and by the prospect of big Republican gains in the elections of 2022 and 2024.
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Crypto enthusiasts want to buy an NBA team, after failing to purchase US Constitution
A group calling itself Krause House DAO, named after the late Chicago Bulls general manager, Jerry Krause, has raised $4 million with the long-shot goal of trying to buy an NBA sports franchise.
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10 Stephen Sondheim songs we'll never stop listening to
Stephen Sondheim has died at 91. Pop Culture Happy Hour's Linda Holmes looks back on her favorite Sondheim tunes.
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Retail sales surged this Black Friday, though the day's impact is diluted
The day after Thanksgiving drew hefty crowds of shoppers in real life, though it has lost stature as shopping has shifted online and discounts are extended for several days.
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India's farmers faced down a popular prime minister and won. What will they do now?
India is repealing controversial farm laws that sparked a year of protest from farmers. Analysts say it's both a victory for nonviolent resistance, and a shrewd political move.
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Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway legend, has died at 91
The celebrated composer-songwriter died on Friday. He had won several Tonys and Grammys, as well as an Oscar and Pulitzer, for musicals including West Side Story and Into the Woods.
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