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  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.

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

Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week

A Grammys ‘Savage’: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations

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

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

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

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  Mysterious metal monolith found in Utah desert

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

  Biden win over Trump in Nevada made official by court

Restorers remove dangerous Notre Dame cathedral scaffolding

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Forecasters accurately predicted extremely active hurricane season in 2020

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

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

How to get the best Apple Black Friday 2020 deals

US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

Texts: US census manager told counters to use fake answers

  Families meet after double kidney swap

  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.

  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.

Gov. Cooper signs executive order to strengthen mask mandate in N.C.

As of Monday, North Carolina reported 339,194 coronavirus cases and 5,039 deaths. The daily percent positive was at 6.6 percent.

  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.

WATCH: Baby chimpanzee at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore laughs for the first time

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore posted a video of its baby chimpanzee named Maisie laughing for the first time earlier this month.

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.

Columbia Fire issues 130 mask violations in 3 days

Prior to this weekend, Jenkins said his team had only written about 50 tickets, more than half of them over Halloween weekend.

Reports: Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia, met crown prince

Israel has long had clandestine ties to Gulf Arab states that have strengthened in recent years as they have confronted a shared threat in Iran.

  Woman shoved in front of NY subway train can’t remember attack

The 40-year-old housekeeper was hit by a train. In an incident caught on surveillance video, she’s seen being shoved by someone onto the train tracks while she was standing on the platform Thursday at Union Square.

Suspect arrested, at least 2 dead in stabbing at San Jose, Calif., church

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbings of two people and the wounding of others at a California church that was being used as a homeless shelter, police said Monday.

Oxford English Dictionary couldn’t pick just one ‘word of the year’ for 2020

The Oxford English Dictionary had a hard time picking its traditional “word of the year” for 2020.

Tree from West Virginia tree farm to be official White House Christmas tree

The First Lady says the arrival of the 18 1/2 foot Fraser Fir will continue a holiday tradition at the White House dating back to 1966.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

Western Union money transfers between US and Cuba end

More than 400 Western Union locations will shut down across the island by 6 p.m. Cuba Time on Monday.

Beppe Modenese, creator of Milan fashion system, dies at 90

Dubbed “Italy’s Prime Minister of Fashion” in 1983 by Women’s Wear Daily, Modenese remained a front-row mainstay into recent seasons, maintaining the official title of honorary president of the Italian fashion council, the Italian National Fashion Chamber.

World War II veteran from Ladson turns 104 years old

Pinckney has 12 living children, 45 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. He lives in the College Park area.

‘Lights Over Gatlinburg’ open at Gatlinburg SkyBridge

Christmas time has arrived in Gatlinburg as lights on the SkyBridge are now twinkling over the mountains.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

Pope Francis’ book explores George Floyd, virus skeptics

“Let Us Dream” aims to outline Francis’ vision of a more economically and environmentally just post-coronavirus world where the poor, the elderly and weak aren’t left on the margins and the wealthy aren’t consumed only with profits.

  Man seen exhaling on protesters outside Trump golf club charged with assault

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Raymond Deskins is the man seen on a video exhaling at a gathered crowd.

The votes are in: National Zoo’s giant panda cub named

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub now has a name following a public vote.

Don’t let moose lick your cars, Canadian authorities caution

Authorities in Jasper, in Canada’s Alberta province, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick the salt off their cars.

  Co-founder of viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies at 37

The social media challenge has raised more than $200 million worldwide for Lou Gehrig’s disease research.

  Police: 1 killed, 6 hurt in shooting at Brooklyn apartments

New York City police say a young woman has died and six other people were wounded in a shooting at an apartment building in Brooklyn that followed an earlier shooting near a Sweet 16 birthday party.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  Trump campaign legal team distances itself from Powell

The Trump campaign’s legal team moved to distance itself Sunday from the firebrand conservative attorney.

  K-9 dies during search for burglary suspects in Pennsylvania; 5 arrested

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against the five suspects.

  Philadelphia boy, 12, fatally shot while answering knock on front door

Investigators doubt the boy was the intended target.

  Biden expected to nominate Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden’s first Cabinet picks are coming Tuesday and planning is underway for a pandemic-modified inauguration in January as his team moves forward despite roadblocks from the Trump administration.

  Man arrested in deadly attack at Nebraska Sonic restaurant

Authorities arrested a 23-year-old man in an attack at a Nebraska fast food restaurant in which two people were shot and killed, two were wounded and officers responding to a report of a possible bomb inside a moving truck in the parking lot arrived to find the vehicle on fire.

  Police arrest 15-year-old boy in Wisconsin mall shooting

Authorities say they arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection to a shooting at a suburban Milwaukee mall that injured eight people.

Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote

President Donald Trump is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of his campaign’s effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania.

  Cars line up for miles for Tyler Perry Atlanta food giveaway

Thousands of people have jammed roads for miles in Atlanta to try to get boxes of food and gift cards donated by entertainer Tyler Perry.

Michigan leader: Trump didn’t ask for election interference

President Donald Trump did not ask Michigan Republican lawmakers to “break the law” or “interfere” with the election during a meeting at the White House, a legislative leader said Sunday.

Chick-Fil-A debuts holiday gift guide, announces return of seasonal favorites

Chick-Fil-A is spreading holiday cheer with gift guides and seasonal menu items.

  Loeffler has negative COVID-19 test 2 days after positive

A spokesperson for the Georgia Republican's campaign says in a statement she is following CDC guidelines and informing those with whom she was in direct contact.