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Worried scientists in South Africa are scrambling to combat the lightning spread across the country of the new and highly transmissible omicron COVID-19 variant as the world grapples with its emergence.

November 27, 2021
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The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread.

By PAN PYLAS Associated Press November 27, 2021
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Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, shoppers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items.

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, Associated Press November 27, 2021
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For 26 years, Ernest Ray worked at a company in southwest Virginia that made compressors, in a physically demanding job that involved night shifts on a factory floor. When the plant closed in 2018, Ray applied for and received about $9,000 in unemployment benefits.

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press November 27, 2021
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Stocks closed sharply lower on Wall Street Friday, after a coronavirus variant from South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa.

By Associated Press November 27, 2021
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France is launching a new process for women to formally report domestic violence and sexual and other abuse, circumventing police stations where many victims feel uncomfortable filing such complaints.

By MASHA MACPHERSON and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press November 26, 2021
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Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91.

By MARK KENNEDY Associated Press November 26, 2021
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Like many others in Europe, Switzerland is facing a steep rise in coronavirus cases. But its federal government, unlike others, hasn't responded with new restrictive measures.

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press November 26, 2021
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One of Thailand's major fast food chains has been promoting its "Crazy Happy Pizza" this month, an under-the-radar product topped with a cannabis leaf. It's legal but won't get you high.

By By CHALIDA EKVITTHAYAVECHNUKUL Associated Press November 26, 2021
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Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street Friday, after a coronavirus variant from South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa.

By By KEN SWEET and PAUL WISEMAN Associated Press November 26, 2021
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On this year's Black Friday, things almost seem normal.

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and TALI ARBEL The Associated Press November 26, 2021
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The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water.

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press November 26, 2021
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It took half a year but Democrats have driven President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package of social and climate initiatives through the House. It gets no easier in the Senate, where painful Republican amendments, restrictive rules and Joe Manchin lurk.

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press November 25, 2021
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Determined to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions that were put on pause last year by the pandemic, millions of Americans will be loading up their cars or piling onto planes to gather again with friends and family.

By Associated Press November 24, 2021
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Three German parties have reached a deal to form a new government that will end the era of longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to Olaf Scholz, who is poised to replace her.

By FRANK JORDANS and GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press November 24, 2021
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Two women of color are President Joe Biden’s picks to lead the White House budget office, a milestone for the powerful agency after his first choice withdrew following criticism over her previous attacks on lawmakers from both parties.

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press November 24, 2021
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At least 31 migrants bound for Britain died Wednesday when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest tragedy involving migrants on the dangerous crossing to date.

By ANGELA CHARLTON and SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press November 24, 2021
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Jurors on Wednesday convicted the three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was chased and fatally shot while running through their neighborhood in an attack that became part of the larger national reckoning on racial injustice.

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press November 24, 2021
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A jury ordered 17 white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay more than $26 million in damages Tuesday over the violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

November 23, 2021
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The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago.

By ED WHITE, Associated Press November 23, 2021
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President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered a record-setting 50 million barrels of oil released from America's strategic reserve to help bring down energy costs, in coordination with other major energy consuming nations, including India, the United Kingdom and China.

By JOSH BOAK and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press November 23, 2021
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A jury ordered white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay more than $25 million in damages Tuesday over violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer November 23, 2021
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Target will no longer open its stores on Thanksgiving Day, making permanent a shift to the unofficial start of the holiday season that was suspended during the pandemic.

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, The Associated Press November 22, 2021
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The SUV driver who plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring 48, was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place just minutes earlier, Waukesha’s police chief said Monday.

By SCOTT BAUER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press November 22, 2021
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President Joe Biden said Monday he is nominating Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, endorsing his stewardship of the economy through a brutal pandemic recession in which the Fed's ultra-low rate policies helped bolster confidence and revitalize the job market.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer November 22, 2021

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