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US health officials urge more vaccinations as they work to answer 3 key questions about the new Omicron variant
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US health officials urge more vaccinations as they work to answer 3 key questions about the new Omicron variant

US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus “is…MORE

How to build a habit in 5 steps, according to science
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How to build a habit in 5 steps, according to science

Most of us assume those hyper-achievers who are always able to squeeze in their workout, eat healthy foods, ace their exams and pick their kids up on time must have superhuman self-control. But science points to a different answer: What we mistake for willpower is often a hallmark of habit. People with good habits rarely…MORE

Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating anti-Semitic flyers distributed one night before the beginning of Hanukkah
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Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating anti-Semitic flyers distributed one night before the beginning of Hanukkah

Police in Beverly Hills, California, have launched an investigation after residents received anti-Jewish hate speech flyers ahead of the first night of Hanukkah, the department said Sunday. The flyers were likely distributed overnight in what police are calling a “hate incident,” according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department. Police said they received…MORE

Global markets brace for a nervous week over Omicron concerns
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Global markets brace for a nervous week over Omicron concerns

Stocks in Asia fell on Monday while European markets and US futures edged higher as investors continued to digest news about a new Covid-19 variant. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was down about 1.6%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index had dipped about 1% by 3.30 a.m. ET. China’s Shanghai Composite was flat. European markets opened higher,…MORE

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial begins Monday. Prosecutors allege she created a network of underage victims for the late Jeffrey Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial begins Monday. Prosecutors allege she created a network of underage victims for the late Jeffrey Epstein

The public will get a glimpse into the life of the late Jeffrey Epstein as the sex-trafficking trial of his longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell gets underway. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday after a jury is empaneled. Federal prosecutors allege the British socialite created a network of underage victims for Epstein to sexually exploit.…MORE

DOJ moves to limit Bannon media circus over January 6 investigation
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DOJ moves to limit Bannon media circus over January 6 investigation

Prosecutors have accused former President Donald Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon of attempting to try his criminal case through the media instead of in court and have asked a judge to limit what Bannon can release publicly throughout the case, according to a new filing in DC District Court. Bannon is trying to convince a judge…MORE

A University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies days after participating in fraternity charity boxing match
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A University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies days after participating in fraternity charity boxing match

A University of Nevada Las Vegas student died just days after participating in a fraternity’s charity boxing match where he collapsed soon after the fight, according to statements from the university and his family’s attorney. In what the school described as “a tragic incident,” Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, died Tuesday, four days after participating in…MORE

Omicron news coverage is in overdrive, but there’s still so much we don’t know

Omicron news coverage is in overdrive, but there’s still so much we don’t know

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Friday’s satirical headline by The Onion said it best: “Nation Nearly Strings Together 3 Good Days In Row.” The blessing of Thanksgiving on Thursday was followed by a curse on Friday: Urgent news about the…MORE

Carrie Meek, trailblazing Black former congresswoman, dies at 95
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Carrie Meek, trailblazing Black former congresswoman, dies at 95

Former Rep. Carrie Meek, who broke barriers throughout her winding political career as the daughter of a sharecropper and granddaughter of a slave, died Sunday in her Miami home. She was 95. Meek’s death came after a “long illness,” family spokesperson Adam Sharon said in a statement describing the late Florida Democrat’s “trailblazing” life and…MORE

Safe and alive, but ‘traumatized,’ the future of these Afghan women footballers is very uncertain
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Safe and alive, but ‘traumatized,’ the future of these Afghan women footballers is very uncertain

They are safe and alive, and have the prospect of new lives in the United Kingdom, but for 130 Afghan female football players and their families it’s an existence still full of uncertainty. When the Taliban seized control in mid-August as the United States and Western allies withdrew their forces, women and girls were quickly…MORE

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