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Peter DeFazio is the latest House Democrat to announce plans not to seek reelection

Rep. Peter DeFazio, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2022, the latest in a long stream of House Democrats leaving Congress at the end of their terms.

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LeBron James: Fully vaccinated Lakers star benched over NBA’s Covid protocol

NBA star LeBron James missed a game on Tuesday and could sit out multiple others after entering the league’s Covid protocols, suggesting the fully vaccinated Los Angeles Lakers player either tested positive or inconclusive for coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal reports. “Hopefully this is something that’s short-term,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel told the Journal. “We’ll see.” The league leaves announcing tests results to individual players. If a vaccinated player tests positive, they can’t play for at least 10 days, or until they receive two negative tests 24 hours apart. TMZ reported on Tuesday that Mr James took three tests, with two coming back positive and one coming back negative, which the Lakers have not confirmed. More details to come on this breaking news story... Read More NBA star Kyle Kuzma roasted for wearing oversized pink sweater LeBron suspended 1 game, Stewart 2 games for altercation Stacey Abrams launches new bid for governor in Georgia

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Samples of 6 international fliers who tested Covid positive sent for genome sequencing

Six international passengers tested positive for the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) out of 3,476 passengers from the so-called at risk countries tested on arrival at airports across the country on December 1, the first day of implementation of the Centre’s revised guidelines for Covid testing, according to a government statement

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Soccer-Watford v Chelsea suspended after medical emergency in stands

WATFORD, England (Reuters) - Watford's Premier League home game against Chelsea at Vicarage Road was suspended after 12 minutes on

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Haugen urges lawmakers to avert impasse on social media laws

Ex-Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen implored lawmakers to avert the usual congressional stalemates as they weigh proposals to curb abuses on social media platforms by limiting the companies’ free-speech protections against legal liability

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Alec Baldwin: 'I didn't pull the trigger' of gun on 'Rust' set

Alec Baldwin told ABC News he never pulled the trigger of the gun that shot director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of "Rust."

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Where is I’m a Celebrity filmed? Inside the ‘haunted’ Gwrych Castle in Wales

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is back on our screens, with a new group of celebrities competing to be named the King or Queen of the Castle. While the series usually takes place in the Australian wilderness, this year showrunners have been forced to adapt due to the pandemic for the second year running. That means the show is being filmed this year in the ruins of Gwrych Castle in Wales, a 200-year-old medieval castle that some believe is “haunted”. With a history dating back to 1810, Gwrych Castle is a spectacular Grade 1 listed country house in the moors of Conwys, north Wales. With 250 acres of gardens and grounds, the castle has incredible views across former parkland and across the Irish Sea. Its official website explains that Gwrych Castle was built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, as a memorial to his mother’s ancestors, the Lloyds of Gwrych. It was built on the site of an Elizabethan house named Y Fron (“rounded hill”), which had fallen into dereliction. A number of important architects have become associated with the castle and its estate over the years, including Charles Augustus Busby, Thomas Rickman, and George Edmund Street. In 1940, Henry Kennedy was employed to add extensions to the castle – including a new bedroom wing, staircase and porch – during the 1840s. The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, a poet, landowner and patron of the Welsh arts who supposedly had a grudge against her husband. Visitors claim to have seen an angry woman in white stalking her way along the walls. The castle was requisitioned during the Second World War as part of Operation Kindertransport, when it housed 200 Jewish refugee children who had fled the Nazis. After the war it was sold by the Dundonald family, which ended almost 1,000 years of continuous family ownership. It was purchased in 1948 by Leslie Salts, who ran it as the “Showplace of Wales” for 20 years, after which it was sold again and operated as a medieval entertainment centre. During this time, the castle suffered a period of decline that culminated in its being closed to the public in 1985. In 1997, it was rescued by schoolboy Mark Baker, who launched a campaign to save it by writing to Tony Blair and Prince Charles. He set up Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust to raise awareness of its chequered history, and the trust finally bought the castle in 2018. I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! begins on Sunday 21 November at 9pm on ITV. Read More I’m a Celebrity 2021 cast: Full line-up of contestants, from Frankie Bridge to Richard Madeley I’m a Celebrity 2021 start date announced by ITV I’m a Celebrity: RSCPA urges ITV to stop ‘anti-animal’ Bushtucker Trials as show returns Richard Madeley opens up about exit from I’m a Celebrity Decision to move Banksy mural from Welsh town to England sparks row Who is I’m a Celebrity 2021 contestant Naughty Boy?

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Ethiopian government says it has recaptured Lalibela, U.N. World Heritage site

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) -Ethiopian government forces and their regional allies have recaptured the town of Lalibela, a United Nations World Heritage

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U.S. Congress will pass voting rights bills, Stacey Abrams says

By Katanga Johnson and Merdie Nzanga (Reuters) -Democratic politician Stacey Abrams is bullish that the U.S. Congress will pass two

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Oil demand, climate change clash in California pipeline plan

A proposed oil pipeline in California that could allow ExxonMobil to resume production at three offshore platforms is expected to enter a critical phase of its government review next year

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Brain problems found in 1% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients; real-world data shows Moderna vaccine highly effective

By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) - The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that

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Steve Cohen’s Fund Invests in 24-Hour Exchange That Jumped Into Crypto

(Bloomberg) -- A 24-hour trading venue’s embrace of cryptocurrencies helped it secure $14 million in a funding round led by

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Slash on his new album, his relationship with Axl Rose and being a Halloween costume

Slash says the recording of his latest album was "quite an adventure" and "a memorable experience."

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Naughty Boy: From real name to his songs, who is the I’m a Celebrity contestant?

Naughty Boy is finally getting his time in I’m a Celebrity spotlight having pulled out of last year’s series. The music star has been announced as part of the 2021 line-up alongside Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy and Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge. Naughty Boy – real name Shahid Khan – is a hit DJ and record producer who has worked with artists including Tinie Tempah, Jennifer Hudson and Emeli Sandé. The rapper released his debut album, titled Hotel Cabana, in 2013, which featured collaborations with Gabrielle and Ed Sheeran. His song, “La La La”, won Best Song and best Video at the MOBO Awards. Speaking about joining the ITV series, Naughty Boy said: “I want people to know the real me. I am not a celebrity at all. My music is the celebrity and now is the chance for me to show people what I am really like.” He added: “I don’t know what people in the music industry will think about me being in the Castle but having a break from everything is something I think everyone should have and do once a year. “I love my friends and family, but I think it is good to have a break and time out.” Speaking about his mum, whom he lives with, the music star said: “[She] has been very well, and it is going to be difficult for me being away. But that said, I think the break will be good for both of us.” Naughty Boy was forced to pull out of last year’s series due to a family emergency. He was replaced by Radio 1 DJ Jordan North, who ended up finishing in second place behind Giovanna Fletcher. The hit ITV reality show relocated from the Australian jungle to Wales for its most recent series as a result of the pandemic, and will do so again for the 2021 edition. I’m a Celebrity will return to ITV on 21 November. Find out more about the contestants here. Read More Can contestants quit I’m a Celebrity and still get paid? See the latest odds on this year’s I’m a Celebrity winner Fans react to Naughty Boy earning all the stars in I’m a Celebrity task Naughty Boy still unhappy in I’m A Celebrity as camp mates grow weary I’m a Celeb viewers react as Frankie left in tears after rice row with Naughty Boy I’m a Celebrity viewers confused by Naughty Boy’s behaviour in latest episode

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Athletics-Warholm says world title defence will be tougher than ever

(Reuters) - The fierce rivalry between Norwegian Karsten Warholm, named male athlete of the year on Wednesday, and Rai Benjamin

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Jaish IED expert among two terrorists killed in J&K

According to officials familiar with the matter, the encounter broke out during a search operation in Qasbayar village of Pulwama on Wednesday. Police have identified the terrorists as Jaish IED expert Yasir Parray and Pakistan national Ali Bhai.

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India’s active cases drop below 100,000 for the first time in 18 months

With 99,023 active infections across India as of Wednesday morning, the case burden on the country is at the lowest since June 2, 2020 – a time when the first wave of the pandemic was just beginning.

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ACNH December Sea Creatures: Full List

With Animal Crossing's deep-sea creature rotation changes in December, players are looking for the ones only available this month.

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Who are Ethan Crumbley's parents? Teen’s dad bought gun on Black Friday

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard confirmed that the gun used in Tuesday's attack was bought by the gunman’s father on Black Friday

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Shiba Inu Rally Spurred by Kraken Listing Starts to Peter Out

(Bloomberg) -- The red-hot rally in meme-coin darling Shiba Inu is losing some of its steam. The token had posted

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Army-Navy at Meadowlands, with 20th anniversary of 9-11

The annual Army-Navy game is returning to the Meadowlands on Dec. 11 for the first time since 2002

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EU proposes longer legal limbo for migrants from Belarus

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed letting member states bordering Belarus, and facing migrant flows allegedly orchestrated by Minsk, to

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US announces first Omicron case in traveler returning from S.Africa

The United States on Wednesday announced its first confirmed case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant had been detected in California,

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How to Maximize Halo Infinite FPS

When playing Halo Infinite, you'll want every setting to suit your needs for maximum performance and experience. Here is how to maximize Halo Infinite FPS.

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Macron called Boris Johnson ‘un clown’, French press reports

Emmanuel Macron has branded Boris Johnson “un clown” in private conversations with advisers, according to reports in the French press. The magazine Le Canard Enchaîné quoted the French president as saying that he was able to have serious conversations with the prime minister in private, only to find him “giving us a hard time” in public later. And it said that Mr Macron had told members of his inner circle that the prime minister had apologised in private for making France a scapegoat over issues ranging from small boats in the Channel to fishing and the so-called “sausage war”, but told the president that he had to do so for the sake of British public opinion. The report came as former French ambassador to the UK Sylvie Bermann told Times Radio that cross-Channel relations had “never been as bad since Waterloo”. The paper – a satirical and investigative publication similar to Private Eye – said the comments were made after Mr Macron discovered that Johnson had tweeted a letter to the president setting out UK demands for France to take back migrants who cross the English Channel. The publication of Mr Johnson’s six-page letter before Mr Macron had had a chance to see it provoked a furious response from Paris, which withdrew an invitation for home secretary Priti Patel to join a meeting of European interior ministers to discuss the small-boat problem. According to the magazine, Mr Macron complained of Mr Johnson’s behaviour after speaking by phone with the PM immediately after last Wednesday’s tragic sinking of an inflatable boat in which 27 people died. Describing Mr Johnson as having “the attitude of a vulgarian”, the president reportedly added: “BoJo talks to me at full speed, everything is going fine, we have discussions like big people, and then he gives us a hard time before or afterwards in an inelegant way. “It’s always the same circus.” Three days later on Saturday, following the publication of Mr Johnson’s letter, Mr Macron is reported to have said: “It is sad to see a major country, with which we could do huge numbers of things, led by a clown.” The French president is reported to have blamed the PM’s attitude on the failure of Brexit. “Brexit is the starting point of the Johnson circus,” he is reported to have said. The deal was signed on 24 December 2020. “Very quickly he realised that the situation was catastrophic for the British. There was no petrol in the pumps, there were shortages of a whole pile of products. “He is positioning himself as the victim and making France the scapegoat. He tries to turn simple situations into complex problems. “We’ve been in this position since March. He’s done it over the ‘sausage war’, over fishing, over the submarine affair. “In private he says he’s sorry to behave like this, but he says that he has to consider public opinion over everything else.” Mr Johnson’s official spokesperson said the prime minister had not seen the report. But he added: “The important thing that the public on both sides of the Channel want us to do is to focus on how we avoid further loss of life.” There was no immediate response from the Elysée Palace to a request from The Independent for comment on the Canard Enchaîné report. Read More Immigration minister on Channel deaths: ‘I feel a huge weight of responsibility’ Macron ‘brands Boris Johnson clown’ amid parliament security breach - follow live PM steps up push for UK-EU returns agreement to solve Channel migrant crisis What are Zemmour’s chances in the French election next year? France accuses UK of ‘quasi-modern slavery’ amid Channel crisis row French far-right pundit Eric Zemmour announces presidential bid

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