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Omicron spreads uncertainty about holiday travel and dampens a recovery for airlines

The rapid emergence of the omicron variant of the coronavirus has many questioning whether they should rethink their holiday travel plans.

Omicron spreads uncertainty about holiday travel and dampens recovery for airlines

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In debut poetry collection, Amanda Gorman looks at America today through its past

The youngest presidential inaugural poet writes about how looking at our history tells us what our bodies are made of – and of how collective memory of strength re-energizes us in our darkest moments.

Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is warning that the next pandemic may more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. Steve Parsons/AP hide caption

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A scientist behind the AstraZeneca vaccine is warning the next pandemic may be worse

Sarah Gilbert helped develop the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. She says without more spending to fight emerging viral threats, the next pandemic could be more contagious and more lethal.

President Biden told reporters on Monday that the U.S. pays the highest prescription drug prices in the developed world and that he wants Congress to pass his Building Back Better bill. That measure would cap the cost of some medications. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Biden calls on Congress to pass his Build Back Better bill to lower drug costs

The roughly $2 trillion House-passed measure awaits Senate action. The Senate Majority Leader says he'd like to try to finish by Christmas.

Flanked by Attorney General Merrick Garland, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta speaks at a press conference Monday to announce that the Justice Department was suing Texas over its recent redistricting map. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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The Justice Department is suing Texas over the state's redistricting plans

In its lawsuit, the Justice Department alleges that Texas' redistricting plans put minority voters at a disadvantage.

One of the Home Bed assist handles recalled by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. The company is recalling both its Bed Assist Handles and Bed Assist Rail after two deaths were reported. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission hide caption

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Adult portable bed rails have been recalled after 2 people became entrapped and died

In both incidents, officials say the bed rails were not securely attached to the bed. The two victims became entrapped between the product and their mattresses.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives on Monday with his mother Janet at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day five of his trial in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Jussie Smollett testifies at his trial, saying he did not stage a hoax attack

Two brothers have already told the court that Smollett orchestrated a hoax to get publicity, instructing them to place a noose around his neck and yell homophobic slurs.

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HBO's 'Landscapers' unearths the bizarre love story at the center of a grisly crime

The show, which premiers on Monday, is based on the true story of a mild-mannered couple who commit horrific crimes.

HBO's 'Landscapers' unearths the bizarre love story at the center of a grisly crime

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Michigan-based Alexander & Hornung is recalling 234,391 pounds of fully cooked ham and pepperoni products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is asking customers to throw the products away or return them to their place of purchase. U.S. Department Of Agriculture Food Safety And Inspection Service hide caption

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These pork products are being recalled over possible listeria contamination

Alexander & Hornung is recalling 17 different ham and pepperoni products over listeria concerns. Federal officials say customers should throw the food away — here's what to look for on the label.

In this June 16, 2021 file photo, President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the 'Villa la Grange', in Geneva, Switzerland. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Biden will lay out in a call with Putin the U.S. response if Russia invades Ukraine

In a scheduled video call Tuesday with the Russian president, Biden will outline economic sanctions and stepped-up support for NATO allies if Russia invades, a senior administration official says.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is facing a backlash after posting a photo showing him and his family holding guns in front of a Christmas tree. He's seen here drawing a handgun from his pocket during a pro-gun rally in Frankfort on Jan. 31, 2020. Bryan Woolston/Getty Images hide caption

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A congressman shares photo celebrating guns at Christmas, days after a school shooting

"Santa, please bring ammo," Rep. Thomas Massie wrote as he posted the image of him and his family posing with guns in front of a Christmas tree.

Chalinda Hatcher lost her 15-year-old daughter, Shamara Young, who was shot and killed in Oakland, Calif., in October. Hatcher wants the city to step up and help. Eric Westervelt for NPR hide caption

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Her daughter was killed. Now this mom is calling on Oakland to step up and help

The surge in gun violence and homicide mirrors in Oakland, Calif., mirrors an uptick in killings nationally as many cities are on track to match or surpass last year's terrible murder toll.

Her daughter was killed and now this mom is calling on Oakland to step up and help

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'Tis the season for coping with SAD, or seasonal affective disorder

It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do.

How to cope with SAD, or seasonal affective disorder

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A prescient play about race in America has its long-overdue Broadway premiere

Playwright Alice Childress took an unflinching look at racism in society and in the theater with "Trouble in Mind" in 1955. Now in its overdue Broadway premiere, the play proves prescient and timely.

A prescient play about race in America has its long-overdue Broadway premiere

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The 2021 Kennedy Center honorees: (left to right) opera star Justino Díaz, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and Motown founder Berry Gordy. Scott Suchman/Kennedy Center hide caption

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The Kennedy Center honors creative excellence in the arts at its annual gala

Motown founder Berry Gordy, opera star Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler and television impresario Lorne Michaels were among those celebrated this weekend.

Kennedy Center honors creative excellence in the arts at annual gala

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Activists protesting "greenwashing," in which a company or government appears to do more for the environment than it is, gather outside the JP Morgan premises near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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Carbon trading gets a green light from the U.N., and Brazil hopes to earn billions

Carbon offsets got a big boost from November's U.N. climate summit. New rules could make it easier for companies to pay for carbon-cutting projects in other countries, rather than doing it themselves.

Carbon trading gets a green light from the U.N., and Brazil hopes to earn billions

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Chris Cuomo, pictured in 2019, was fired by CNN after an attorney arranged to share materials supporting accusations by a former colleague of Cuomo at ABC News that he had sexually harassed here there. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for WarnerMedia hide caption

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Chris Cuomo, newly fired from CNN, faces an allegation of sexual misconduct

"My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women," said attorney Debra Katz on Sunday.

A Myanmar court on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years for incitement and breaking virus restrictions — which was quickly reduced to two years. In this photo from December 2019, Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Aung San Suu Kyi's conviction is a further blow to democracy in Myanmar

The ruling is the first in a series of cases brought against Suu Kyi since the army seized power on Feb. 1, blocking her National League for Democracy party from starting a second term in office.

Strata-East Records founders, from left: Trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, photographed in 1970. David Redfern/Redferns/Getty hide caption

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Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

To celebrate their 50-year anniversary, we trace the history and legacy of the independent jazz record label Strata-East founded by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and the late pianist Stanley Cowell.

Strata-East at 50: How a revolutionary record label put control in artists' hands

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