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  Top secret: Biden gets access to President’s Daily Brief

Outgoing President Donald Trump approved the briefings for Biden last Tuesday, a day after his administration approved the formal transition process to his successor.

It’s Major: Pets poised for a return to the White House

Stocks slip, but S&P 500 still logs best month since April

  Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

Wisconsin confirms Joe Biden as winner following recount

Iowa board certifies 6-vote Republican win in US House race

  Georgia official announces investigations, defends election

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Sen. Grassley returns to Senate after coronavirus isolation

OPEC talks on oil production to go into second day

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump’s census plan

  Arizona certifies Biden’s victory over Trump

  White House Christmas decor gives nod to 1st responders

  Disappearance of Utah monolith won’t prompt major probe

Iran says Israel killed military nuclear scientist remotely

A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the 2000s.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

Traveling, dining out and holiday parties might not the best idea this year as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of fun ways you and your family can enjoy this winter season.

SC officials say they can’t obtain drugs by Friday execution

An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency cannot carry out the execution of Richard Bernard Moore due to the lack of drugs, which it has not had stocked since 2013.

  Coast Guard rescues man clinging to capsized boat 86 miles off Florida coast

A 62-year-old man was rescued Sunday after hanging on to his capsized boat well off the Florida coast.

First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s goes on sale

  Biden names liberal econ team as pandemic threatens workers

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

  Cyber Monday could be record-setting, analysts say

  ‘World’s loneliest elephant’ arrives safely in Cambodia

  Record-breaking hurricane season comes to an end

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this season broke records across the board.

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

  Retired firefighter reunites with stranger who saved him from fiery crash

The retired firefighter faced a long recovery period, including more than a month in the hospital, but he’s thankful for the stranger who jumped in and saved his life.

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot

The office of President-elect Joe Biden says Biden twisted his ankle while playing with one of his dogs and will be examined by a doctor “out of an abundance of caution."

  Mysterious silver monolith disappears from Utah desert

A mysterious monolith found in a desert canyon in Utah has been removed by an unknown party.

  Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield.

Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting

A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

  Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump

Wisconsin finished a recount of its presidential results on Sunday, confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state.

George Clooney says he has cut his own hair ‘for 25 years’

George Clooney is just like us, maybe. The star said he does his own haircuts with a device touted in infomercials.

  Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

Prowse represented England in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in the 1950s before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size.

Fuller sticking with Vanderbilt football after historic kick

Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller isn’t walking away from football just yet after becoming the first woman to kick in a Power Five conference football game.

  Investigators search doctor’s office, probing Maradona death

Argentine police searched the home and office of one of Diego Maradona’s doctors on Sunday, taking away medical records as part of investigations into the death of the 60-year-old soccer star that caused a wave of grief across the country.

  AP source: NFL fines Saints $500,000, Patriots $350,000

The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 and stripped them of a 2021 seventh-round draft pick for violating league COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the discipline told The Associated Press on Sunday.

  Reports: Cost of Tokyo Olympics delay put at about $2 billion

The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen.

  Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus

Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night.

Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones

Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years.

  2 dogs found shot, tied with Christmas lights in Tennessee

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible.

  Mother charged after police rescue 2 young boys locked in Ohio home

Police say the boys, who were naked and hadn't been fed since the previous night, were locked in the family apartment in "deplorable conditions."

Governor nixes parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

California Gov. Gavin Newson has reversed parole for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, marking the fourth time a governor has blocked her release.

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.

Ex-Trump campaign aide sues over Russia probe surveillance

A former Trump campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI’s Russia investigation says in a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of “unlawful spying.”

  Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home

Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics.

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5

Sarah Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend.

  Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46 after house fire

Tony Hsieh recently retired from Zappos after 20 years leading the company.

  Pope elevating 13 new cardinals in ceremony marked by COVID

The ceremony was taking place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which erupted in Italy in February and has seen a resurgence this fall.

  Store manager helps woman give birth in parking lot

As she helped deliver the baby, others called paramedics. Before they knew it, the baby girl arrived.

  2 shot, killed at Northern California mall on Black Friday

Police say the shooting appeared to be a targeted and isolated attack, and they're looking for a suspect in his 20s.

Iran’s president vows revenge over slain military scientist

Iran’s president has vowed to exact revenge over the killing of a scientist linked to Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program as he joined other officials in blaming Israel for the slaying

Amber Alert discontinued for Texas toddler

Authorities report Victoria Alerman was found on Saturday.

High court takes up census case, as other count issues loom

The administration’s top lawyers are hoping the justices on a court that includes three Trump appointees will embrace the idea, rejected repeatedly by lower courts.

Average of $137 to be spent on gifts for pets

Dogs are expected to fetch more gifts than cats, according to the new National Confidence Poll by Suntrust Bank.

  President Kennedy honored on 2020 White House ornament

The ornament is available on the White House Historical Association website and costs about $25.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

New rule could allow gas, firing squads for US executions

The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way to use other methods like firing squads and poison gas.

  Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals echoed a string of other courts in finding the Trump campaign offered no evidence of any election fraud. Instead, the court said “the campaign’s claims have no merit.”

  Female soccer player poised to play for Vandy’s football team

“Let’s make history,” senior Sarah Fuller wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

The Iran state TV report Friday cited sources confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

  Trump may be coming to terms with loss, won’t acknowledge

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake."

  Alex Trebek: Be thankful, keep the faith

Jeopardy Productions, Inc. released footage of Trebek's message, taken during a taping of the show.

Hulu offers Black Friday deal

The deal is a limited time offer. It’s available at Hulu.com through the end of Monday.

Lawmakers throw pig guts, punches on Taiwan parliament floor

President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration lifted a longstanding ban on imports of U.S. pork and beef in August, in a move seen as one of the first steps toward possibly negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. The ban is due to be lifted in January.

TikTok gets more time to sell US business

The short-form video app’s Chinese owner Bytedance is trying to finalize a take-over deal by Oracle and Walmart.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes flight in virus times

Instead of the usual path through Manhattan, this year’s parade was kept to the area in front of Macy’s flagship store and aimed at a television audience instead of live crowds.

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

A Venezuelan judge has found six American oil executives guilty of corruption charges and immediately sentenced them to prison.

  Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations, miss virus

Thanksgiving travel is especially dicey this year as people fearful of rising coronavirus cases and deaths in some parts of the U.S. attempt to social distance while navigating crowds.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Thousands bid farewell to soccer legend Maradona in Argentina amid clashes

Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he recovered from a brain operation on Nov. 3.

  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.

  Couple finds walls of whisky in new home

They found bottles of Scotch whisky hidden in the walls and floorboards during renovations of their New York home.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.