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  Holiday nostalgia could boost mental health amid COVID-19

Celebrating the holidays this year could be a much-needed mental health boost, even if they don't look much like the celebrations of the past.

  Thousands bid farewell to soccer legend Maradona in Argentina amid clashes

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

  Bidens Thanksgiving message: Better days coming

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Family builds drive-thru window at home for Thanksgiving

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  Entrepreneurs pay for $40,000 worth of groceries at Atlanta-area store

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

Scotland to make period products freely available to all

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

  Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

The Justice Department says it's appealing a judge's refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

Rocky the Christmas tree stowaway owl returns to the wild

Rocky the stowaway owl is back in the wild.

  Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

  Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

Amazon Web Services widespread issues affecting Gray TV sites

Boy, 15, charged in Wisconsin mall shooting that injured 8

  EXPLAINER: Why the Dow topped 30,000 for the first time

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

Fox News, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich settle suit

Fox News has reached a settlement with slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich’s parents, who alleged in a lawsuit that the cable news company exploited their son’s death in stories and commentary.

  Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, reveals she had miscarriage in the summer

The former Meghan Markle said she was sharing her story to help break the silence around an all-too-common tragedy.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Substitute teacher accused of body-slamming Fla. high school student

The school district is investigating the incident. The substitute will not be placed at any school pending its outcome.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

Nearly 1 million Sunbeam Crock-Pots recalled over burn risks

The owners of these Crock-Pots are being asked to stop using them as pressure cookers until they can obtain a free replacement lid from the company.

  California OK’d aid in name of Scott Peterson, other killers

From March to August, more than 35,000 inmates were named in claims filed with the California Employment Development Department, with more than 20,000 being paid.

Man pleads guilty in plot to attack White House, Trump Tower

Kristopher Sean Matthews pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge to provide material support to IS during a court hearing in San Antonio on Tuesday.

  November’s full beaver moon rises at month’s end

The November full moon was traditionally called the beaver moon by both colonial and Native Americans.

  ‘America is back’: Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

Biden’s Washington veterans all have ties to former President Barack Obama’s administration as the president-elect has sought to deliver a clear message about his desire to reestablish a more predictable engagement from the United States on the global stage.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

To wave or not to wave: Not all wild animals want to be friends, National Park Service says

A Facebook post on social distancing takes it to the next level, especially when it comes to dealing with the creatures you might encounter in one of America’s national parks.

Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week

Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week.

A Grammys ‘Savage’: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations

The 2021 Grammy Awards, to be hosted by Emmy-winner Trevor Noah, will air live on Jan. 31.

Trump skips turkey jokes, gives thanks for COVID-19 vaccines

One will be declared the national Thanksgiving turkey, though both will retire to a new home on the campus of Iowa State University.

Bruce Boynton, who inspired 1961 Freedom Rides, dies at 83

Boynton was arrested 60 years ago for entering the white part of a racially segregated bus station in Virginia and launching a chain reaction that ultimately helped to bring about the abolition of Jim Crow laws in the South.

Police: Person dies after plane crashes into garage

According to the investigation, a fixed-wing aircraft struck a garage-type structure causing it to be engulfed in flames.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

In a virtual hearing with a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, the OxyContin maker admitted impeding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to combat the addiction crisis.

  Mysterious metal monolith found in Utah desert

The officers were in a helicopter helping wildlife workers count bighorn sheep when they spotted the strange sight.

  Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, Biden transition

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 30,000 points for the first time Tuesday as investors were encouraged by the latest progress on developing coronavirus vaccines and news that the transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden will finally begin.

  Biden win over Trump in Nevada made official by court

The unanimous action by the seven nonpartisan justices sends to Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak results that will deliver six electoral votes from the western U.S. battleground state to Biden.

Restorers remove dangerous Notre Dame cathedral scaffolding

The removal of the 200 tons of scaffolding was considered dangerous, with some experts fearing that it could cause more of the Gothic monument to fall down.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

Helen LaFrance, who painted rural memories, dies at 101

A prominent Black Kentucky artist whose painted memories of rural life in Kentucky are featured in U.S. and European museums and in the collections of well-known personalities including Oprah Winfrey, has died. Helen LaFrance was 101 years old.

New York City’s first Black mayor, David Dinkins, dies at 93

Police say initial indications were that the 93-year-old died of natural causes.

  Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first disclosed in a tweet that the Department of State had certified the vote count for president and vice president.

  Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ concert film coming to Disney+

The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver — acts who all appear on Swift’s “folklore” album.

  WATCH: Wildlife uses Utah’s first interstate crossing just for them

Video of various animals utilizing a wildlife bridge over an interstate in Utah shows the $5 million project is working as intended, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

How to get the best Apple Black Friday 2020 deals

Apple doesn’t have “discount” in its DNA. While Apple tempts us with its latest technology, Black Friday deals often come from retailers clearing out last-generation inventory.

US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

In a motion that must still be approved by a federal judge, the Justice Department and lawyers for several of the women agreed that immigration authorities would not carry out any deportations until mid-January.

Texts: US census manager told counters to use fake answers

The texts are the latest evidence suggesting census accuracy was sacrificed for speed as census takers and supervisors rushed to complete a head count last month.

  Families meet after double kidney swap

Hallie Thomas happily donated a kidney to little Emery. As luck would have it, Emery’s mom was a match for her husband Richard, who also needed a kidney.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

Some romaine hearts recalled in 15 states because of E. coli concerns

The recall includes Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts and Dole Organic Romaine Hearts three-packs.

  ‘Ghost candidates’ blamed for siphoning votes in Florida Senate races

These mysterious candidates appear to run for office solely to take votes away from a competitor and make it easier for a third candidate to win.

  Carl Bernstein says 21 GOP senators contemptuous of Trump

Former Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein took to Twitter to list the names of 21 Republican senators who he says have “repeatedly expressed contempt” for Donald Trump and his fitness to be president.

Court: Texas, Louisiana can end Planned Parenthood funding

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Texas and Louisiana can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics.

  Officers hand out turkeys instead of tickets in NYC

The officers made several stops for minor infractions, but instead of handing out tickets, they cut the drivers a break and gave them turkeys.

Off-duty officer fatally shoots burglary suspect after teen son calls for help

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

After criticism, Feinstein to step down as top Judiciary Dem

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said he will seek to replace Feinstein as the committee's top Democrat.

  Biden transition gets govt OK after Trump out of options

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers, which has two Republicans and two Democrats, was meeting Monday afternoon for what usually is a routine step.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

The move clears the way for Joe Biden aides to begin coordinating with federal agencies on plans for takeover on Jan. 20.

Delta CEO thanks employees with free travel

The gift will go to about 40,000 employees.

  Biden signals sharp shift from Trump with Cabinet picks

The picks mark a return to a more traditional approach to America’s relations with the rest of the world and reflect Biden’s campaign promises to have his Cabinet reflect the diversity of the American population.

Ken Jennings will be first interim ‘Jeopardy!’ host

Ken Jennings is well-known to fans of the game show for his 74-game winning streak and victory in last year's prime-time ‘Greatest of All Time’ competition.

  New Zealand leader Ardern offers virus know-how to Joe Biden

New Zealand's leader said the tone of the 20-minute phone call Monday was warm and that Biden spoke very favorably about how New Zealand was handling the pandemic.

  AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

A path-breaking figure in the male-dominated economics field, Yellen, 74, was also the first woman to serve as Fed chair, from 2014 to 2018. She later became an adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign in an unusual departure for a former Fed leader that thrust her into the political arena.

GM flips to California’s side in pollution fight with Trump

General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its own clean-air standards.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Tennessee business creates new safety device to stop school shootings

The device is a massive containment unit designed to keep people from entering a school, bank or courthouse with any type of gun.

GM to recall 7 million vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags

The decision announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion, about one third of its net income this year.

  White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

The decision to move forward with indoor White House events and other gatherings comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, top White House advisers and public health professionals across the nation have been pleading with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving.

White Sox to host Yankees in Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12

Major League Baseball says the plan is tentative, contingent on the status of public health next summer.

Toy safety group releases annual list of top 10 ‘worst’ toys

“Although intended for fun and entertainment, many toys contain hidden hazards unnecessarily putting children at risk of injury or death,” Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. said in a statement announcing its “10 Worst Toys” of the year.