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Omicron Variant, Maxwell Trial, Virgil Abloh Obituary : Up First

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NPR Two cases of the newly identified omicron variant have been identified in Ontario, Canada, the U.S. is putting travel restrictions in place starting Monday. The trial of of Jeffery Epstein’s alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, is set to begin in a Manhattan federal court. And, legendary Black designer Virgil Abloh......

Investigations: CTE And Desperate Patients’ “Last Hope” : Up First

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NPR CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy — is a degenerative brain disease found in many former professional football and hockey players, for whom blows to the head have long been part of the job. But those injuries also occur outside the world of pro sports. And as awareness of CTE......

New COVID Variant, Dow Has Worst Day of the Year, Stephen Sondheim Dies : Up First

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NPR A new coronavirus variant out of South Africa called Omicron has been designated by the World Health Organization as a “variant of concern.” In response, Friday saw a massive selloff on Wall Street — a phenomenon that extended to Europe and Asia as well. And a titan of American......

New COVID Challenges, Iran Nuclear Talks, Holiday Shopping Kickoff : Up First

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NPR The World Health Organization evaluates a new COVID-19 variant, while the delta strain surges in other countries. Diplomats trying to revive a nuclear deal with Iran face new demands and a harder line from Tehran. Plus, holiday shopping could set records, despite inflation, shipping crises, and retail hiring struggles.......

Arbery’s Killers Found Guilty, Food Insecure Military Families, Sudan Protests : Up First

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NPR Three men found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia now face federal hate crime charges and possible life prison terms. An estimated 160,000 active military service members and their families have trouble putting food on the table. And mass protests in Sudan demand a return to full government......

White Nationalists Found Liable, Landmark Opioids Decision, Thanksgiving Travel Rush : Up First

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NPR A jury in Charlottesville, Virginia finds white nationalists and neo-Nazis liable for millions in damages from the 2017 Unite the Right rally. Jurors in Ohio determine that three of the country’s biggest pharmacy chains helped fuel the opioid crisis. And what can Thanksgiving holiday travelers do to cope with......

Waukesha Parade Grief, Fed Chair Rerun?, Austria’s New COVID Lockdown : Up First

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NPR Waukesha, Wisconsin mourns five who died when an SUV struck the city’s Christmas parade. Lawmakers react to President Biden tapping Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for a second term. And Austria becomes the first European country to impose a new national lockdown to fight surging COVID infections. NPR –......

Christmas Parade Tragedy, Georgia Trial Closing, COVID-Safe Holidays : Up First

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NPR At least five are dead and more than 40 are injured after an SUV sped through a holiday parade and struck dozens of people, including children, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Closing arguments are set for today in the Georgia trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery. And......

Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict, Booster Expansion, House Passes Spending Bill : Up First

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NPR Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two people and wounded a third last year amid violent protests over police conduct, has been acquitted of all charges. COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available to all adults. And after months of arduous negotiation, House Democrats finally approved President Biden’s social and climate......

Marathon House Speech, Supporting Africa’s Democracies, Green-Lighting Adult Boosters : Up First

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NPR House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s marathon speech-making delays a vote on President Biden’s spending agenda. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Nigeria to address climate, COVID, cultural influence, and turmoil. And COVID boosters for all American adults could get a green light from federal regulators today. NPR – Click......

Who Killed Malcolm X?, Defense Testimony On Arbery Killing, North American Summit : Up First

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NPR Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X are expected to be exonerated today. One of three men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery tells a Georgia jury it was self defense. And President Biden today talks about COVID, methane, and migration with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. NPR –......

All-Adult COVID Boosters?, Democrats’ PR Blitz, U.S. Diplomacy In Africa : Up First

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NPR Every adult in the U.S. could be eligible for a COVID vaccine booster within days. Democrats open a cross-country blitz to promote President Biden’s vision for spending on everything from childcare to climate. And U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken opens a visit to Africa against a tumultuous backdrop......

U.S.-China “Guardrails,” Bannon’s Contempt, Cuba’s Crackdown On Dissent : Up First

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NPR The White House says President Biden raised human rights concerns while setting “guardrails” during a three-hour virtual summit with China’s Xi Jinping. Ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon remains defiant in the face of federal contempt charges for ignoring a subpoena from Jan. 6 investigators. And Cuba’s government cracks down......

Biden-Xi Virtual Summit, COP26 Climate Concerns, Catholic Politicians And Communion : Up First

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NPR The White House says today’s virtual summit between President Biden and China’s Xi Jinping will balance competitive and common interests. COP26 is over, but not all climate delegates are happy with the outcome. And U.S. Catholic bishops are set to debate whether Catholic politicians who favor abortion rights should......

Steve Bannon Indicted, Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Ends, Rising Inflation : Up First

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NPR Steve Bannon has been indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena from the House panel investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The controversial conservatorship that has controlled pop star Britney Spears’ person and estate for 13 years has been terminated by a......

COP26 Climate Deal-Making, China’s Communist Power Moves, Britney Spears’ Court Date : Up First

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NPR COP26 summit diplomats confront sticking points to try to forge a global agreement on action to slow climate change. China’s Communist Party declares President Xi Jinping a “helmsman” for its economic and strategic power. And an end to Britney Spears’ 13-year-long conservatorship could be decided at a hearing in......

Biden’s Infrastructure Promise, Masks In Texas Schools, Rittenhouse On The Stand : Up First

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NPR President Biden applauds the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan as a tool to open shipping bottlenecks and ease economic headwinds. A federal judge overrules a ban on COVID-19 mask mandates in Texas schools. And Kyle Rittenhouse testifies that he feared for his life when he shot and killed two......

Federal Judge Rebuffs Trump, EU Border Crisis, “Concerning” Detentions In Ethiopia : Up First

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NPR A federal judge rejects former President Donald Trump’s request to keep White House documents away from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. Poland deploys troops and accuses Belarus of orchestrating a crisis at E.U. border crossings. And as the conflict in Ethiopia escalates, the U.S. calls the......

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