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    (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    (CNN)Rep. Ilhan Omar said Sunday she is "very confident" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take "decisive action" on Rep. Lauren Boebert over the Colorado Republican's anti-Muslim remarks."I've had a conversation with the Speaker and I'm very confident that she will take decisive action next week," she told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "As you know, when I first got to Congress, I was worried that, you know, I wasn't going to be allowed to be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab. She promised me that she'd take care of it. She fulfilled that promise. She made another promise to me that she will take care of this, and I believe her."She said Boebert should be punished for her racist anti-Muslim rhetoric directed at Omar. What you dont understand about Lauren Boebert"I think it's important for us to say this kind of language, this kind of hate cannot be condoned by the House of Representatives, and we should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language by doing...
    (CNN)While Ina Garten's "engagement chicken" recipe might seem like it has magical powers, roast chicken shouldn't be reserved for those wanting to put a ring on it. Nor do you need a specific recipe to make a roast chicken that causes marriage proposals -- though knowing how to do so might change your life for the better.Let's not call it "engagement chicken." Let's call it "anytime chicken" because roast chicken is one of the most flexible and forgiving meals out there. It's not even so much of a recipe as a framework, which can be adapted to use the ingredients you have on hand.And while you can't beat the convenience of a supermarket rotisserie chicken, homemade roast chicken is even juicier and gives you the same "cook once, eat twice" benefits. Save the leftovers for tacos or burrito bowls later in the week and use the bones to make stock. (Don't stress. We'll help with that. Keep reading.)The roast chicken basics How to take the bland out of a low-sodium dietTruly, you only need one piece of equipment to roast...
    The outbreak of new Covid variant Omicron in the province of Gauteng in South Africa has triggered the sharpest rise in hospitalisations of any previous wave, sparking concerns that a similar outbreak in the UK could overwhelm the NHS. Gauteng alone has seen over 1,000 hospital admissions in the past week, quadrupling the figure recorded just two weeks ago, while South Africa recorded a total of 1,802 hospitalisations in the past week to Friday - the latest day for which data is available.  The virus also appears to be more transmissible, with cases up from around 300 three weeks ago to nearly 7,000 on a seven-day rolling average.   Cases have soared by a massive 408 per cent in just one week while deaths rose from eight to 21 across the same time period, according to the latest figures.  The country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded another 16,366 cases on Saturday, with the vast majority in epicentre Gauteng province - a 408 per cent increase from last weekend when just 3,220 new infections were registered across the previous 24 hours.  It is...
    Here are the top news stories you might not have heard about this week: Two astronauts successfully conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Thursday following a delay last month over space debris. Astronauts took over six hours to replace a malfunctioning communications antenna. The spacewalk was the 245th at the station. A games agreement was approved Friday for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic games, which will be held in Los Angeles. The LA City Council said yes to a roadmap for the games as the city prepares to host the nearly $7 billion event. The agreement says the games are paid for by the nonprofit Los Angeles Organizing Committee or LA28. In the event of a deficit, the city and state of California would make up the costs. A new survey shows most vaccinated adults plan to get booster shots. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 60% said they would definitely get a booster or already have. This comes as five cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Berkeley, California Friday.
    SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Wiggins and his coach, Steve Kerr, were both able to admit after avenging their loss to the Suns that Golden State’s newly aggressive wing wasn’t at his full capacity in their first meeting earlier this week. At full health Friday, Wiggins showed what he is capable of with 19 points while shadowing Chris Paul on defense in the Warriors’ 118-96 win Friday, evening the season series with the Warriors’ top competition in the West after a loss Tuesday in the desert. Back spasms bothered him the morning of their first clash, and he turned in his quietest performance since his awakening against Minnesota. “I thought Wiggs was fantastic defensively, just setting a tone on Chris right away, hounding him everywhere he went,” coach Steve Kerr said. “And also contributing offensively the way he did, I thought Wiggs had a great game.” Wiggins said he felt far better Friday. It showed. With Devin Booker out, Wiggins took on the task of guarding Paul, the Suns’ slippery point guard, often picking him up at...
    A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Nov. 30, 2021.Michael Nagle | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images (This article was sent first to members of the CNBC Investing Club with Jim Cramer. To get the real-time updates in your inbox, subscribe here.) The S&P 500 pulled back in what was a very volatile week, as investors attempted to price in the potential impact of the Omicron COVID variant and commentary from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that "the risk of higher inflation has increased." As a result of the this updated view, Powell added that the Fed may consider speeding up the pace of its bond purchase tapering plans. While all major averages finished the week in the red, the Nasdaq was the hardest hit as Powell comments resulted in expectations for higher longer-term interest rates over time and therefore a contraction in the multiples investors are willing to pay for longer duration stocks (think those that trade on a price-to-sales basis with actual earnings only expected to materialize far into...
    In this article DOCU ETSY DASH ZM A man points at a computer screen showing stock information.Regis Duvignau | ReutersA funny thing happened on the way to the stock market's retreat. Stay-at-home stocks that benefitted most from Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdowns, like Etsy, DoorDash, Zoom and DocuSign, were the worst performers this week. It's the opposite reaction that one might expect as the new Covid omicron variant, which the World Health Organization said poses a "very high" global risk, makes its way around the world. The sharp selloff suggests investors are betting that, no matter what happens with omicron, the U.S. is done with the shutdowns that boosted food delivery and streaming TV services while forcing people to collaborate remotely for work and chat endlessly by video with friends and family members. Shares of pandemic darling Zoom slumped 18% for the week, hitting a new 52-week low on Dec. 3 of $177.12 a share, a 69% drop from its record high in October 2020. Shares of online marketplace Etsy, which became a haven for mask buyers early in...
    BIG BEAR, Calif. (KABC) -- Even though the first snow storm of the season hasn't arrived yet, Big Bear Mountain Resort opened Thursday to season pass holders."I expected for there to be snow by now," said Johnny Espinoza, a season pass holder. "Usually by Thanksgiving time we already have some snow going on, but I'm excited to be here now."Resort officials said although there isn't much natural snow, this isn't uncommon and that their robust snow making machines will help carry the resort through its roughly four-month snow season."We typically try to get open somewhere around Thanksgiving, give or take a week on either side," said Justin Kanton, a Big Bear Mountain Resort official. "That being the case, we're fairly in line with the typical season start. Weather has been warmer than usual, but we've been able to make enough snow to get limited runs open at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.""Last year this was open on Thanksgiving," said Jason White, a season pass holder. "Now, it's Dec 2 and we got one run, so I guess we're blaming global...
    Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Fresh off his Oscar nomination Riz Ahmed teams up with “Beast” director Michael Pearce for “Encounter,” an alien invasion/family drama hitting Amazon Prime Video on Friday, Dec. 10. Ahmed plays an ex-Marine with a host of troubles that only compound when he suspects his ex-wife, with whom he shares two sons, may have been infected by the extra-terrestrials. What starts as a straightforward science fiction adventure takes on its own life as a family drama — a choice some might disagree with. And if “Encounter” isn’t for you, Ahmed’s best actor-nominated performance in “Sound of Metal” is also still available on Prime. — Sandra Bullock struck viewership gold with “Bird Box” on Netflix and now is back with another very different project, “The Unforgivable,” about a woman trying to reenter society after serving her time in prison for a violent crime. Bullock plays the ex-convict, who finds that people aren’t quite ready to forgive her...
    I make no assumptions about how much attention you may have paid to the arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Mississippi law would bar elective abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (If the court allows the Mississippi law to stand, it will be either the end, or at least the biggest change in decades to the legalities of abortion under the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade jurisprudence, which recognized a woman’s right to choose an abortion until at least 24 weeks into a pregnancy.) I listened to it the hearing, but don’t trust my court-watching abilities nearly as much as I trust those of Dalia Lithwick, a lawyer herself but mostly a journalist who writes “Supreme Court Dispatches” for Newsweek and about legal matters generally (and Supreme Court in particular) for Slate. Lithwick, of course, covered yesterday’s legal arguments before the high court on the constitutionality of the Mississippi law. Article continues after advertisement So, I rise today only to pass along a link to Lithwick’s Slate coverage of the arguments, which ran under the headline:...
    DENVER (CBS4) – It will be about 10-15 degrees cooler in Denver and on the eastern plains today thanks to a weak cold front that moved through overnight. But despite the cool down we’ll still see afternoon highs that are several degrees above normal for this time of the year. A typical high in Denver on this date is closer to 45 degrees. Over the weekend it will remain dry and quiet around the state with temperatures running above normal. By Saturday night and Sunday it will turn windy, especially in the northern mountains and foothills, where some gusts will top 40 mph. The wind will be in response to a tightening pressure gradient as a storm approaches the state. It will bring snow back into the mountains starting late Monday and lasting into Tuesday. Denver could even see a few snow showers along with a more significant cool down. The storm next week will be the start of a pattern change as we roll into the middle of December. Starting Monday, it looks like we will see...
    BILLIONS of WhatsApp users have been urged to secure their accounts. Cyber-experts have warned The Sun over a rise in hack and scam attempts over Xmas – so locking down your WhatsApp is a high priority. 1WhatsApp users are being urged to secure their accounts with two-step verificationCredit: WhatsApp WhatsApp users are regularly targeted by hackers who use clever social engineering to take over accounts. Some fraudsters even pose as family members to enter your WhatsApp account. Once they're in, these tricksters can impersonate you and go on to hack your friends and family. "It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that hackers become more daring and sneakier over the holiday period," said Steven Hope, co-founder of Authlogics, speaking to The Sun. "It makes sense – organisations and consumers alike tend to let their guard down to celebrate with family and friends, often leaving their accounts unsecured and vulnerable to breach." We spoke to several privacy experts who revealed how you can stay safe this Christmas. Most read in TechBRIGHT EYED How to watch the solar eclipse online – livestream...
    It’s Friday and that means another week of “The David Hookstead Show” is in the books. This week, we had so many different tech errors that I don’t even know where to start, but we found a way to rebound! It’s not how you start. It’s all about how you finish. On our two episodes this week, I interviewed “Yellowstone” star Luke Grimes and talked about Bill Burr taking a stand against cancel culture. You can check out both episodes below. November 30: ‘Yellowstone’ Star Luke Grimes Talks Season Four, Kayce’s Story Arc And The Show’s Ending December 2: Bill Burr Rips People Trying To Cancel Comedy, Brian Kelly’s Goodbye Speech To His Notre Dame Players Is Comically Short, Georgia Is A Heavy Favorite To Win The National Title, Every Wisconsin Defensive Starter Wins All-Big Ten Honors, ‘Yellowstone’ Continues To Put Up Huge TV Ratings And ‘Stranger Things’ Star Opens Up About Season 4 Thanks for tuning in for another week of “The David Hookstead Show” and thanks for bearing with me through all the issues. Live can...
    ... except for a few rich white guys, probably “It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.” —Sarah Kay RUDE. Because I’m certainly not ready (especially since I realized that Thanksgiving was somehow only a week ago), and I would have appreciated being consulted on the matter. But much like Republican state lawmakers’ attempts to subvert democracy, women’s right to determine what happens to our own bodies, and COVID-19 safety measures, time keeps on keepin’ on, so here we are, in December, whether we like it or not. December is also generally synonymous with the holiday season, a time associated with joy and generosity, but statehouse Republicans are in more of a taking mood than a giving one. Campaign Action Give It To Me: As an erudite consumer of this missive, you’re likely no stranger to Wisconsin Republicans attacking democracy in pretty fundamental ways. Restricting ballot box access Gerrymandering the Electoral College Usurping a popularly elected governor’s powers because he’s a Democrat And, of course, partisan gerrymandering. When a state has Democrats winning statewide elections (Tony...
    The New York Giants may be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. The New York Giants had to be feeling good after they defeated the rival Philadelphia Eagles 13-7 in their first official game with Freddie Kitchens as offensive coordinator. Unfortunately for the team, they did not leave unscathed, and it happened to the focal point of their offense. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a neck strain in the Eagles game and is considered week-to-week. Veteran backup Mike Glennon is expected to get the start for this Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. #Giants QB Daniel Jones is considered week-to-week because of his neck strain and backup Mike Glennon is now expected to start Sunday against Miami, sources tell me and @RapSheet. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 30, 2021 Daniel Jones does have a strained neck that puts the next few weeks in doubt, per sources. Puts Mike Glennon in line to start vs. Dolphins. Weve seen how tough Jones is before though. — Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December...
    Two of Southern California’s ski areas will open this week despite the lack of one key ingredient: snow. Big Bear Mountain Resort, which includes Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, will open to pass holders Thursday and to the general public Friday. Because of COVID-19 restrictions last season, guests were required to book their tickets in advance before arriving at the slopes. This season, skiers and snowboarders can purchase tickets at the base areas, resort officials said. Justin Kanton, Big Bear Mountain Resort’s advertising and marketing director, said “no major operation changes” are planned this season. Despite vaccine mandates in many parts of California, resort visitors will not be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, but guests will need to wear masks when they are inside any facilities at the slopes. California Tahoe ski resort opens early, joining Mammoth Mountain, after massive snowstorm Palisades Tahoe will join Mammoth Mountain in starting its season early, opening Friday for skiing and snowboarding. This week’s opening follows an especially dry fall in Southern California, with low rainfall throughout...
    One of the two outstanding recounts requested by Democratic incumbents who trail their GOP challengers in Virginia House races will take place Thursday and Friday. Republicans won at least 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber in the Nov. 2 election and have said they expect their leads to hold in the 85th and 91st Districts, where the recounts were requested. The secondary count of ballots in Virginia Beach’s 85th District race between Republican Karen Greenhalgh and Del. Alex Askew will kick off Thursday morning. That’s according to Christine Lewis, the city’s deputy registrar. The second recount is expected to take place next week. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — The Cambridge Health Alliance will not be taking vaccine walk-ins for the rest of the week. The health system has multiple locations in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. The move is because of an increased interest in their Vaccine Center. “To accommodate the unprecedented volume at our Vaccine Center, we are asking anyone seeking a vaccination or booster shot to make an appointment,” Cambridge Health posted on Facebook. “We will not be accepting walk-ins for the remainder of this week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.” Make an appointment online.
    There are no plans for President Joe Biden to visit Waukesha, Wis., after the Christmas parade attack earlier this month that killed six people, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.    'Obviously any president going to visit a community requires a lot of assets ... requires taking their resources,' she said after being asked during her regular briefing on Monday why he had not yet visited. 'And it's not something that I have a trip to preview at this point in time, but we remain in touch with local officials.'  A vigil was held in Waukesha on Sunday afternoon to mark a week since an S.U.V. plowed into a Christmas parade. Darrell Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.  More charges are expected to follow. Investigators have yet to reveal a motive. White House Press Secretary said she had nothing to announce about any trips when asked why President Joe Biden had not visited Waukesha, Wisconsin 'Obviously any president going to visit a community requires...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Monument Lighting is making a comeback after a taking a year-long hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event is a tradition in Baltimore, which marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. This year marks the lighting’s 50th anniversary. READ MORE: Nursing Programs Send Students Into The Workforce To Help Combat Workforce ShortageIt involves hanging thousands of Christmas lights – 8,400 to be exact – from the Washington Monument in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, starting at the monument’s base and going all the way up. “Other cities can light a tree, but Baltimore has to do things its own way,” said Mike Evitts, senior vice president of communications for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “So, we light our monument, which by the way is older than the one in D.C.” Because of the pandemic, the event was held virtually last year. But this year, organizers are getting ready to host the festivities in person once more. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mount Vernon Place, located...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It is that time of year to celebrate the start of the holiday season with family and friends. This week there are several holiday celebrations across Broward County that will be lighting Menorahs and Christmas trees. So far, the South Florida weather is matching perfectly with this week’s festivities. Happening tonight is the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Menorah Lighting Celebration in Las Olas Oceanside Park. The event begins at 6 pm so make sure to wear long sleeves and have a sweater to keep warm because it’ll be feeling like the holidays. Temperatures will be falling into the 60s by Monday evening and then into the 50s overnight. READ MORE: HHS Data Shows Florida COVID-19 Hospitalizations Have DippedChristmas-by-the-Sea at Anglin’s Square in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea happens on Wednesday, December 1st starting at 5 pm. By Wednesday evening, temperatures will still be on the cool side, but a light sweater or jacket will do. Then a couple of more events in Broward are set for December 2nd. There will be the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Dania Beach City Hall...
    The Duke Blue Devils and Michigan Wolverines have tricky matchups that could lead them to be trendy choices for college basketball upset picks this week. There was a ton of drama in the world of college basketball last week as chaos took over at many of Feast Week’s MTEs. Three Top 5 teams lost, including No. 1 Gonzaga against Duke, while another Top 10 team fell with Alabama getting tripped up by Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels. Gonzaga and Alabama were among last week’s college basketball upset picks, with a third team (Auburn) losing as well while a fourth (Memphis) got tripped up in their second game at the NIT Season Tip-Off. Let’s take a look at another five potential upset victims this week, beginning with the newly minted No. 1.Upset alert: Week 4 college basketball upset picksNo. 1 Duke at Ohio State – TuesdayThe only action of the week for Duke is a dangerous road trip to Ohio State as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Buckeyes have played a lot of competitive games this year and are expected...
    This year's only total solar eclipse will take place this week, but you may have some way to go to enjoy it — with the full event only visible from Antarctica, NASA said. Taking place on Saturday December 4, the eclipse will reach its greatest extent at around 07:33 GMT for viewers near the edge of Antarctica's Ronne Ice Shelf. While this may go largely missed, viewers elsewhere in the southern hemisphere — including parts of Australia, Chile and New Zealand — will see a partial eclipse. The next total solar eclipse will not occur until April 8, 2024 but, unlike this week's event, it will be widely visible in parts of Canada, Mexico and the United States. In Europe, meanwhile, a total solar eclipse is not expected to occur this century. This year's only total solar eclipse will take place this week, but you might have some way to go to enjoy it — with the full event only visible from Antarctica, NASA said. Taking place on Saturday December 4, the eclipse will reach its greatest extent...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Joe Biden is scheduled to stop in the Twin Cities this week to discuss the federal infrastructure package. According to the White House, the president is slated to be in Rosemount on Tuesday, where he will visit Dakota County Technical College to discuss how the infrastructure package will help Minnesotans and create good-paying jobs. Per the Minnesota DFL, the bipartisan infrastructure package will bring billions of dollars to the state, including $4.5 billion for highway programs, $302 million for bridge replacement and repair, $100 million for broadband coverage in greater Minnesota, and $680 million for water infrastructure. The last time Biden visited Minnesota was in the final days of his 2020 presidential election campaign. Biden won Minnesota with 52.4% of the vote.   More On WCCO.com: Large Groups Rob Burnsville, Maplewood Best Buys On Black Friday Infant Found Dead, Mother Arrested During St. Cloud Welfare Check, Police Say Woman Dies Days After Brooklyn Center Shooting Remains Of Missing Woman Found Near Hinckley
    Baltimore (WJZ) — Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle will visit the National Aquarium this week to speak on her new book, “National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey”. According to the National Aquarium website, the event, “An Evening with Dr. Sylvia Earle”, will take place on Wednesday and be open to the public. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 762 New Cases Reported, Positivity Rate Increases To 4.76%During the event, Earle will speak on the history and beauty of the ocean, as well as the challenges it faces. READ MORE: Maryland Teacher Of The Year Brianna Ross Named A BCPS Superintendent FellowShe will also share images from her book. Following the lecture, Earle will answer questions from the audience. Earle has been an explorer in residence with National Geographic since 1998 and was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. MORE NEWS: Hogan, Officials To Break Ground On Howard Street Tunnel ProjectThose interested in attending can purchase a ticket on the National Aquarium website. The speech will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
    DENVER (CBS4) – One of the warmest and driest November’s on record in Denver will seamlessly transition into an equally warm and dry start to December this week. High temperatures will be close to records most days this week starting with a forecast high of 71 degrees in Denver on Monday. That’s about 25 warmer than normal for the end of November and about 5 degrees warmer than it was on Sunday. READ MORE: Laura Shepard Churchley, Daughter Of America's First Person In Space, To Fly In Blue Origin Rocket (source: CBS) Monday will bring the total number of above normal days this month to 24 of 29. November is currently averaging about 6 degrees above normal which is huge from a climate standpoint. The month is likely to end tied for third place on the list of warmest November’s on record, tied for second place on the list of least snowiest November’s on record, and tied for ninth place on the list of driest November’s on record. (source: CBS) READ MORE: Aurora Mother Whose Child Was...
    We’re watching three Alberta Clipper systems that will impact the Great Lakes and Northeast this week.    Moisture will be limited with these quick moving storms, but some snow will pile up along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.  More heavy rain and mountain snow are expected for the Northwest this week.     The national forecast for Monday, Nov. 29. (Fox News) TEXAS GOVERNOR GUARANTEES LIGHTS WILL STAY ON THIS WINTER  Flooding will be imminent where past rainfall has brought rivers into a major flood stage.    The next storm could bring over a foot of rain this week.  Expected snowfall totals for this week. (Fox News) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  Incredibly warm temperatures for this time of year also broke records over the weekend for some of the Western states. Temperatures will warm up for much of the country with an elevated fire risk for California.  Heat records that were broken over the weekend.  (Fox News) Meanwhile, chilly air across the East continues this week.  Janice Dean currently serves as senior meteorologist for FOX News Channel (FNC)....
    JORGINHO gave away a goal against Manchester United due to a terrible touch a week after Fabinho showed how it should be done. United cleared from a corner and with Jorginho under pressure from a high ball, the Italian lost control of the ball and Jadon Sancho pounced to open the scoring. 2Jorginho's miscontrol allowed Jadon Sancho to break through on goal and scoreCredit: Sky Sports 2Fabinho remained cool under pressure when placed in the same situation against Arsenal last week Last week, Fabinho was placed in an identical scenario against Arsenal, but with only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang closing him down. But the Brazilian was the epitome of composure as he brought the ball down and played a pass back to Alisson. Tactical Times have mocked Jorginho on Twitter using a clip of the Liverpool star. The tweet read: "Jorginho, this is how you do it." Fans on social media loved the ribbing, with one saying: "He (Jorginho) doesn't have the capacity." Another added: "Just the perfect lesson." FINAL PICTURES Off White designer Virgil Abloh is seen in NYC just a...
    The Big Ten-ACC Challenge and another non-conference test for Gonzaga highlight this week’s college basketball schedule. Feast Week is past us and college basketball is set to serve up another week of stellar action as the calendar flips to December. The highlight of the week is the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, which has set up a slate of intriguing matchups from two of the sport’s strongest conferences, while Gonzaga has another huge non-conference showdown on tap against Alabama. It will be hard to top all of the drama from last week’s MTEs but there is still plenty to watch this week. Let’s break down the top ten games that you should find a way to watch on this week’s college basketball schedule.Top 10 games on the college basketball scheduleBig Ten-ACC Challenge – Florida State at Purdue – Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNThis matchup is underrated since most people forgot Florida State was ranked in the preseason Top 25 before getting tripped up at Florida in Week 1. The Seminoles haven’t lost since and now get a chance...
    Lawmakers are returning to Washington, D.C., this week for a chaotic final stretch of the year as they face a pile up that could drag into the holidays.  The Senate is returning on Monday from the week-long Thanksgiving break, while the House will have its first votes for the week on Tuesday.  Both chambers have less than 10 scheduled working days before they are supposed to leave town on Dec. 13 through the end of the year — a timeline they are all but guaranteed to blow through as they face a packed to-do list despite the shrinking legislative schedule.  Government funding  Lawmakers have until the end of the week to figure out a way to fund the government and avoid a shutdown that would otherwise start on Saturday, Dec. 4.  Congress previously passed a stop-gap bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), to fund the government starting on Oct. 1, the beginning of the 2022 fiscal year, through Dec. 3  Though leadership is expected to use another CR to avoid a December shutdown, they haven’t yet said how long...
    A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: EYE ON CONSUMERS The Conference Board delivers its monthly index of U.S. consumer confidence Tuesday. The November index is expected to show a reading of 110.9, which would be down from 113.8 in October, when consumer confidence rose as the public’s anxiety about the delta variant of the coronavirus appeared to abate. A reading of 90 or better reflects a healthy economy. Spending by consumers makes up about 70% of all economic activity in the U.S., so economists pay close attention to the index. Consumer confidence, by month: June 128.9 July 125.1 Aug. 115.2 Sept. 109.8 Oct. 113.8 Nov. (est.) 110.9 Source: FactSet ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT The Federal Reserve serves up a report Wednesday based on its survey of business conditions across the U.S. The report, dubbed the beige book, is a snapshot of how business are doing in the Fed’s 12 regional bank districts. October’s report found that the economy faced a number of headwinds at the start of the month, ranging from supply-chain...
    The Cleveland Browns are wearing numbers on their helmets for their Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Even with the up-and-down season, the Cleveland Browns are still in the playoff picture following their win over the Detroit Lions last week. But in Week 12, they faced off against the division rival Baltimore Ravens on the road on Sunday Night Football. For the huge AFC North game, Cleveland wore some unique uniforms for the occasion, which included the numbers on the helmets. That did catch the attention from fans, but there is a specific reason why that is the case.Why are the Browns wearing numbers on their helmets?The Browns are wearing numbers on their helmets because these are uniforms honoring the franchise’s 75th anniversary. They borrowed certain elements from different eras of the team’s existence. Cleveland players wore numbers on the helmets from the 1957 season until 1960. Here is the team’s full explanation of the helmet designs for the 75th anniversary uniforms, via their official website: The Browns’ 75th Anniversary Uniform helmet features a white stripe down the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger. That was the story that ricocheted around the world after Jussie Smollett, a Black and openly gay actor, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime. Nearly three years later, Smollett is about to stand trial on charges that he staged the whole thing. He was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors said he lied to police about what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service. Smollett told police he was walking home from...
    BAY SHORE, New York (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a French Bulldog was stolen from a home in Suffolk County over the weekend.Suffolk County Police say someone broke into the back door of a home on Farrington Avenue in Bay Shore sometime between Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m.They say the burglar took off with a 3-month-old French Bulldog named Zushi, along with clothing and cash.It is the second such incident on Long Island this week involving a stolen French Bulldog.The first incident happened Thursday afternoon when a 4-year-old French Bulldog named Stella was stolen from a home in Huntington.EMBED More News Videos The family came home to find their dog, Stella, was missing - along with a Sony Playstation 5. That dog was found and returned to its owners on Saturday.EMBED More News VideosJoe Torres has the details after a French bulldog was found after being stolen from a home on Long Island. There's no word yet on if the two crimes are connected.Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call...
    The Indianapolis Colts are donning some pretty sweet throwback helmets from 1956 going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  One of the more intriguing matchups of the weekend is no doubt the showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even leading up to the opening kickoff, though, the Colts were stealing the show thanks to their uniforms. Better yet, their helmets. For the Sunday tilt, Indy is rocking throwback helmets from the 1956 season. Fans have noticed that the classic horseshoe logo is missing, but again, this is because of the team honoring the ’56 team for this matchup. Looked good in 1956. Looks good in 2021. ????⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Vwl7vCinnb — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 28, 2021 Colts helmets are taking over Twitter on Sunday For folks who didn’t know Indy was going to turn back the clock with their helmets, they feel like the players are showcasing a bit more swag in this case. Matter of fact, there have been some great reactions on Twitter, with the team hoping to stun Tom Brady and Co. in this...
    CHICAGO -- A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger.That was the story that ricocheted around the world after Jussie Smollett, a Black and openly gay actor, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime.Nearly three years later, Smollett is about to stand trial on charges that he staged the whole thing.He was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors said he lied to police about what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service.EMBED More News Videos Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois...
    The Department of Homeland Security will restart President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program as soon as this week because of a court order, border agency officials told media outlets. “The Biden administration is expected to restart the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ border policy next week, according to a senior administration official,” said a November 24 report on CNN. “President Biden will start turning asylum seekers back to Mexico as soon as this week under a reinstated Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program — but will offer them the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” Axios reported November 24. The partial revival of RIM is being forced by a Texas judge, Matt Kacsmaryk. In August, Kacsmaryk directed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to restore the Migrant Protection Protocols or else detain all asylum-seeking migrants until their asylum claims have been decided. Agency officials decided to to revive the RIM policy instead of building detention centers for the migrants. But the federal law and Trump’s RIM policy are deeply opposed by various border officials, including Mayorkas, the pro-migration DHS chief. Mayorkas has already declared...
    Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist Jan. 6 panel may see leverage from Bannon prosecution MORE (D-Calif.) said the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE could make a decision this week on whether to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims MORE.  "I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and maybe others," Schiff, who sits on the panel, said Sunday during an appearance on CNN's "State...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection will make a decision "this week" on whether it will refer Mark Meadows for criminal contempt charges for defying a subpoena before the Thanksgiving recess, California Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the panel, said Sunday."I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and maybe others," Schiff told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "I can't go into ... what communications that we're having or haven't had with particular witnesses, but we are moving with alacrity with anyone who obstructs the committee, and that was certainly the case with Mr. Bannon. It will be the case with Mr. Meadows, and Mr. Clark or any others."The looming decision by the committee comes amid attempts to try to get Meadows -- the former White House chief of staff for former President Donald Trump, who defied his subpoena from the panel -- to comply with the panel's request as it seeks more information about the events at the US Capitol on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- WVON Radio is airing a five-part docuseries highlighting some of the stories of 51 missing Black women and girls."The Invisible Ones: Voices of the Missing" is produced and hosted by WVON anchor Candace McCollum and explores the disparities in the investigations and coverage of these victims.The 51 cases involve woman and girls who have gone missing, or have been found dead after being reported missing in Chicago, over the past 20 years.SEE MORE: Gabby Petito captured headlines when she went missing; do people of color get the same treatment?McCollum says "I sought to humanize many of these women whose names we never knew. I cannot name one Black woman whose name is etched in the psyche of America because she went missing."The series will air on WVON from Monday through Friday at 6:50 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 4:50 p.m. and 7:50 p.m.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After a few rounds of snow showers last night, we are dry this morning, but some roads and overpasses could be icy especially north. Warm air from the south is moving in so a lot of areas in Pittsburgh and south are above the freezing mark and waking up to just wet roadways. READ MORE: Police: 33-Year-Old Man Shot, Killed In Avalon Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center Freeport in Armstrong County picked up 3.5″ and others north about 1-3″ last night. Expect just a few flurries around today and even a few rain and snow showers. Areas north could get a few more rounds of lake effect snow showers and even with upslope enhancement along the ridges a few areas could get an additional 1-2″ later today through Monday morning with a passing shortwave. Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center READ MORE: 'I Was Terrified:' Woman Recalls Stranger Following Her Car For MilesIt’ll be windy today with gusts around 20-25 mph making it feel around the freezing mark all day. Remember,...
    Many Americans are shopping small Saturday to support mom-and-pop clothing, toy, furniture, sporting goods, hardware and electronics’ stores. But this year’s Small Business Saturday promotion is unlikely to change the fortunes of independent shops in America, which have diverged dramatically from their larger rivals. Small retailers have been squeezed out throughout the pandemic and are at a significant disadvantage navigating the current supply chain crisis, rising inflation and the shortage of workers, said retail analysts and supply chain experts. First, as Covid-19 spread last year, many small shops did not meet the criteria of “essential” businesses and had to close down. Their larger competitors such as Walmart, Target, Costco, Home Depot and others were able to stay open. With smaller retailers closed and spending on travel and leisure at a standstill, these major chains boomed as Americans stocked up on groceries, household basics, office supplies and furniture during stay-at-home mandates. Meanwhile, the pandemic caused roughly 200,000 more small businesses to close in the first year of the pandemic than in a typical year, the Federal Reserve estimated. As independent shops...
    Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Jane Campion, whose last movie was 2009’s “Bright Star,” makes a triumphant return to filmmaking in “The Power of the Dog, ” a frontier psychodrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons. Adapted by Campion from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, Cumberbatch plays a domineering Montana rancher who resents his brother’s new wife and her son. Widely hailed as one of the best films of the year, “The Power of the Dog” begins streaming Wednesday on Netflix. In my review, I called it a “masterful vision of the West” that plays out “in a juxtaposition of rugged exteriors and murkier, more mysterious interiors.” — Documentary filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin last made the Oscar-winning “Free Solo,” about mountain climber Alex Honnold. In “The Rescue” (streaming Friday on Disney+), they swap high peaks for watery depths, chronicling the 18-day rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach in a flooded Thailand cave....
    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts falsely claim vaccinated American Airlines pilots died in flight CLAIM: In two recent incidents during flights departing from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines pilots died from myocarditis caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. THE FACTS: These incidents didn’t happen, a spokesperson for American Airlines confirmed in an email to The Associated Press. Thousands of social media users this week shared a fearmongering article that falsely claimed to provide evidence for why “vaxxed pilots should not fly.” The article shared two examples of incidents it said took place on American Airlines flights traveling from DFW to Fort Myers, Florida, and from DFW to Los Angeles. It claimed that one pilot experienced cardiac arrest in flight, and the other “started convulsing and vomiting” in flight, and both died before the planes landed. The article attributed both the deaths...
    Stanford won’t be playing in a bowl game this season. Instead, the Cardinal is ending its season with the next best thing—a prime-time, nationally televised game against No. 5 Notre Dame. Or at least that’s how junior tackle Walter Rouse is viewing it. “There’s nothing after this game. This is everything for us,” Rouse said. “We’re not scared, we’re not going to back down. We’re very excited to play them.” Still, the team isn’t naïve about the challenge. Stanford coach David Shaw said that Notre Dame (10-1) is “no question” the toughest team the Cardinal (3-8) will face this season. “It’s going to take our best effort of the year to give ourselves a chance,” Shaw said of Saturday’s game at Stanford Stadium (5 p.m., Fox) Notre Dame is coming off a 55-0 win over Georgia Tech, its third straight game without allowing a touchdown. The defense under first-year coordinator Marcus Freeman has been extremely disruptive, ranking fourth in the NCAA in sacks (38) and fifth in interceptions (15). Stanford did beat a top-5...