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Schwarber, Bradley, Duvall among 59 cut in…

Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams declined to offer them 2021 contracts by Wednesday night's deadline

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No Surprises in 2nd Georgia Recount

Ballots are being counted in Georgia once again—but elections officials don't believe it's going to be third time lucky for President Trump. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday that "no substantial changes" have been seen from any county so far in the recount, CNN reports. "And that's...

Trump rehashes unsubstantiated voter fraud charges

In a video released Wednesday, President Donald Trump delivered a 46-minute diatribe against the election that produced a win for Democrat Joe Biden, unspooling one misstatement after another to back his baseless claim that he really won. (Dec. 2)

American Taxpayers Can Deduct Charitable…

The IRS estimates that nearly 90% of US taxpayers take the standard deduction instead of itemizing. Under the new tax code, not itemizing made it virtually impossible to claim a tax deduction for contributions to charitable organizations. But according to Business Insider, the pandemic relief CARES Act has a provision incentivizing Americans to help others in need. It's an above-the-line charitable tax deduction. Beginning with 2020 tax returns, taxpayers can claim up to $300 in cash contributions made by December 31 to charity as a deduction without itemizing. The IRS says roughly 130 million American taxpayers could benefit by donating, as it reduces their taxable income.

Ivanka Trump deposed as part of inauguration fund…

Ivanka Trump has been deposed by attorneys alleging that President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misused donor funds

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Harry Styles Responds to Candace Owens’ 'Vog…

Harry Styles Responds to Candace Owens’ 'Vogue' Comments. Last month, Styles made history as the first-ever solo male cover star for 'Vogue.'. He wore a Gucci ball gown for the shoot, which did not go over well with political pundit Candace Owens. There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. , Candace Owens, via Twitter. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men, Candace Owens, via Twitter. On Dec. 2, Styles took to Instagram to post a picture of himself eating a banana with the caption, "Bring back manly men.". He also addressed Owens' comments in a new interview with 'Variety.'. To not wear [something] because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes, Harry Styles, via 'Variety'. I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with, Harry Styles, via 'Variety'

Quitting Smoking Won't Just Save You Money On…

It's very simple: if you smoke tobacco or cannabis, vape, or chew tobacco, you will pay more for life insurance. The US Surgeon General says 16 million Americans have a smoking-related disease. Smoking-attributable healthcare spending costs over $170 billion per year. According to Business Insider, life insurance premiums are based on your health risk for insurance providers. The effect of nicotine on health is well documented, so smokers are seen as a higher risk for life insurance companies. For example, a twenty-year, $500,000 term policy for a 35-year-old male would cost $27.50 a month if he is a non-smoker, but $102.08 a month if he smokes! If you plan to quit smoking or are in the process of quitting, annual renewable term life insurance is better than a traditional term life insurance policy. Another option for smokers is no medical exam life insurance.

CNN Ratings Soar, Top Fox in Coveted Demographic

The 2020 election didn't just inspire a record-setting number of votes—it also had America glued to the news. CNN and Fox News reaped the most benefits, with CNN dominating the coveted age demographic of 25 to 54 in November and raising its overall viewership by a 135% compared to...

Chinese probe successfully lands on the moon

China’s Chang’e-5 probe landed on the Oceanus Procellarum, the largest dark spot on the moon, on Dec. 2, according to the China National Space Administration. It's on a mission to collect the first lunar samples in 44 years.

WHO Updates COVID-19 Face Mask Guidance

WHO Updates COVID-19 Face Mask Guidance. The World Health Organization (WHO) updated the guidance for the first time in almost six months. A mask alone, even when used correctly, is insufficient to provide adequate protection or source control, WHO, via guidance. Other infection prevention and control (IPC) measures include hand hygiene, physical distancing of at least 1 meter, avoidance of touching one’s face, .., WHO, via guidance. ... respiratory etiquette, adequate ventilation in indoor settings, testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, WHO, via guidance. The WHO also advises that , "the general public should wear a non-medical mask in indoor shared workplaces, schools, or outdoor settings where physical distancing of at least 1 meter cannot be maintained.". Unless indoor ventilation "has been assessed to be adequate," the WHO advises wearing a mask regardless of physical distancing. The agency recommends that children under the age of five shouldn't wear a mask. . The WHO has also determined that face shields are currently considered inferior to masks

No. 1 Gonzaga rallies to beat No. 11 West…

Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each had, and No. 1 Gonzaga rallied to beat No. 11 West Virginia 87-82 on Wednesday night in the Jimmy V Classic

Pelosi continues Capitol Christmas Tree tradition

The 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit after a ceremony on the West Front of Capitol Hill in Washington, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California presiding. (Dec. 2)

City Offers Reward for Man 'Lying in Wait'

The suspect in a string of at least 10 random assaults in Massachusetts now has a price on his head. Authorities in Waltham, about 20 miles outside of Boston, offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the recent...

Asia Today: S. Korean students take exams amid…

Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 confirmed COVID-19 patients, have taken the highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules

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Woman saves broiler chicken from ending up at…

Woman ends up keeping broiler chicken as pet instead of eating it

Mark Kelly Joins the Senate

For the first time since John Glenn retired in 1999, there is an astronaut in the Senate. Sen, Mark Kelly, who flipped the Arizona seat held by Republican Sen. Martha McSally in a special election last month, was sworn in Wednesday to serve the remaining two years of late Sen....

Biden pledges help for workers hit hard by COVID

President-elect Joe Biden met virtually with Americans who have been hard-hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic, promising help is on the way. He also urged Congress to pass a stimulus bill now as a "down payment" before he takes office. (Dec. 2)

US Soldier Murders Girlfriend's 5-Year-Old Son…

5-year-old Austin Birdseye loved to sing. He particularly enjoyed singing in the car--at the top of his lungs. But no more. Sunday night, his mother's boyfriend pushed Austin out of his car onto a dark, rainy, and busy highway, allegedly for being 'unruly.' Two miles from his home, Austin was struck by a vehicle and pronounced dead at the hospital. According to Newser, the mother's longtime boyfriend is soldier Bryan Starr, who is stationed at Georgia's Fort Benning. Starr has been charged with reckless murder.

China: Moon probe preparing to return rock…

China’s space agency says its latest lunar probe has finished taking samples of the moon’s surface and sealed them within the spacecraft for return to Earth

Keke Palmer Opens up About Struggles With…

Keke Palmer Opens up About Struggles With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Palmer took to Instagram on Dec. 1 to reveal her ongoing battle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Until recently, Palmer hadn’t known that PCOS had been attacking her “from the inside out [her] entire life.”. She had constantly struggled with acne and didn’t understand why it was always “so bad” no matter what she did. . I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the “right” things, my blood tests were fine, Keke Palmer, via Instagram. It was only when she “did the research” herself that she was able to get the correct diagnosis. . It took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me. , Keke Palmer, via Instagram. Palmer ended her post with a message of encouragement. To all the people struggling with this please know you’re not alone and that you are still so f------ fine … I’m not afraid to show myself to the world and you shouldn’t be either, Keke Palmer, via Instagram. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects women and girls of reproductive age. . It can trigger a wide range of symptoms such as irregular periods, migraines, fertility problems and ovarian cysts. . According to the National Institutes of Health, PCOS affects as many as one in ten women

Austin Mayor Urges Residents To 'Stay Home' From…

The mayor of Austin, Texas, told his constituents on a video call last month to 'stay home' and avoid unnecessary travel. The message was a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the city and across Texas, as COVID-19 patients are already overwhelming hospitals. But according to Business Insider, Mayor Steve Adler, a Democrat, neglected to mention where he was when he filmed the public service announcement. In fact, he was speaking from a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to which he'd flown on a private jet shared with eight other family members and guests. The day before the flight, Adler had hosted a wedding for his daughter, with 20 attending. As of Wednesday, more than 13.8 million Americans have tested positive for coronavirus and over 272,400 have died. Texas is the second worst-hit state in the US. It's surpassed 1.25 million cases and 22,100 deaths.

Secret Service Investigated Mulaney After SNL Joke

After investigating comedian John Mulaney, Secret Service agents are apparently satisfied that he is not conspiring with senators to murder President Trump. Mulaney told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night that an investigation was opened after a Feb. 29 Saturday Night Live monologue in which he joked about Roman senators stabbing Julius...

Dog stranded on river ice rescued in North Dakota

This labrador retriever found herself trapped on a chuck of river ice in Horace, North Dakota, on Dec. 2. Police and fire crews waded through ice-cold water to pull the dog back to safety.

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Florida Becomes 3rd State to Surpass 1 Million…

Florida Becomes 3rd State to Surpass 1 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases. On Dec. 1, Florida reported an estimated 8,800 new cases of coronavirus. The new cases pushed the state over the 1 million mark. . Florida also has the fourth-highest total of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., with more than 18,600 reported. . Texas and California topped one million cases last week, with both states now reporting over 1.2 million confirmed cases. . Florida’s grave COVID-19 milestone is particularly notable given Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ stance on the virus. . He announced earlier this week that schools would remain open and continue in-person instruction despite rising COVID-19 numbers in the state. He also confirmed to WPTV that he is still against a statewide mask mandate. . I’m opposed to mandates period. I don’t think they work … People in Florida wear (masks) when they go out. They don’t have to be strung up by a bayonet to do it, Ron DeSantis, via WPTV. DeSantis also spoke about ending travel restrictions, saying they were no longer beneficial. Let's get travel from Brazil back. Let's get travel from the European countries back … To have these types of travel restrictions is not getting you any benefit, and I think it's causing a lot of people a lot of harm, Ron DeSantis, via WPTV

Changing of the guard: Rockets, Wiz make…

The Houston Rockets traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected, first-round pick in a swap of point guards just weeks before the NBA season begins

Kosovo divide lifts for ill Serb in ghost village

Kosovo ethnic divide eases as Muslim cares for elderly Serb. (Dec. 2)