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US renews push for COVID boosters as data shows they protect

Americans who got the updated COVID-19 boosters seem better protected against symptomatic infection than those who didn’t — at least for now. That’s according to a first look at the real-world effectiveness of the new shots, released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about 13% of US adults have received the updated booster. The CDC tracked people tested for coronavirus-like symptoms at drugstores between September and early November. The study found that people who had the new booster were less likely to contract COVID-19 than those who skipped the new shot.

Boo Simmons: Nets guard booed in 1st game in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons got his hostile homecoming in Philadelphia. Simmons was an All-Star guard for the 76ers before suffering back injuries and what he believed to be mental health issues led him to demand a trade. Simmons was booed from the moment he stepped onto the field in Philadelphia. Sixers fans also berated him. There were some supporters. Simmons was traded to the Nets for James Harden last season. He missed Brooklyn’s first game in Philly last season with an injury.

Ronaldo leaves Manchester United ‘with immediate effect’

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Manchester United say Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the Premier League club “with immediate effect”. The 37-year-old attacker held an explosive interview on the eve of the World Cup. He criticized manager Erik ten Hag and the club owners. United said last week it had taken “appropriate steps” in response to Ronaldo’s comments. United say the club “thanks him for his huge contribution over two spells at Old Trafford.”

Police officers investigating stabbings in Idaho say stalker tips are unproven

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Authorities investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students as they slept say detectives have looked extensively at information that one of the victims had a stalker and have been unable to verify it. Moscow police said in a press release Tuesday that investigators have pursued hundreds of pieces of information about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker, but have been unable to identify one. Authorities have said they have no suspect or weapon in the Idaho Panhandle city of 25,000 more than a week after the Nov. 13 murders.

TV meteorologist and pilot die in news helicopter crash

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A helicopter pilot and meteorologist who worked for a North Carolina television station died after the station’s helicopter crashed next to a highway near Charlotte. WBTV broadcasters who had been reporting on the crash identified their colleagues on-air about three hours after the deadly incident on Tuesday. The men were identified as meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag. The accident occurred along Interstate 77. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Johnny Jennings said no vehicles were involved in the incident. The chief said preliminary witness statements indicate the pilot made some “diversionary maneuvers” and “probably saved some lives”.

Army vet, naval officer stopped gunman at Colorado gay club

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A current U.S. Navy soldier and an Army veteran are being applauded for helping to suppress the gunman at a Colorado Springs gay club. Rich Fierro, the army veteran, credits his military training and instincts to help him disarm the attacker. He told reporters Monday how he grabbed the gunman’s body armor and began beating him. Authorities say Fierro and another man, Thomas James, stopped the gunman after he began spraying bullets at Club Q on Saturday night. The rampage killed five people and injured 17. Fierro’s daughter’s boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, was among those killed.

Jury: NCAA not guilty in death of ex-USC football player

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has dismissed a claim from the widow of a former USC football player who said the NCAA failed to protect him from repeated head trauma that led to his death. The jury ruled on Tuesday that the NCAA was not negligent in Matthew Gee’s death. Lawyers for Gee’s widow, a linebacker on the 1990 Rose Bowl-winning squad, say he endured an estimated 6,000 hits as a college athlete. They say this caused permanent brain damage and led to cocaine and alcohol abuse, from which he eventually died at the age of 49. The NCAA said it had nothing to do with his death.

Gladys Knight’s Christmas: Big Family Gathering, TV Movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gladys Knight remembers Christmas as more than a family affair growing up in Atlanta. The legendary singer says her parents would “hug” any children in the neighborhood. Knight looks forward to welcoming extended family to her North Carolina home for the holidays. She’s also celebrating onscreen with the TV movie “I’m Glad It’s Christmas,” airing Saturday on the Great American Family channel. Knight plays matchmaker Cora, who wants to bring together a saleswoman who dreams of Broadway fame and a songwriter for a small-town Christmas concert. Jessica Lowndes and Paul Greene star together in “I’m Glad It’s Christmas.”

Famous ‘Goonies’ home for sale in coastal Astoria, Oregon

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — A historic home from the classic “The Goonies” movie is up for sale in Astoria, Oregon. Built in 1896, the house offers a beautiful view of the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean. It is listed with an asking price of $1.7 million. The home’s relator says potential buyers are considering making it more accessible to the public. Since the movie was released in 1985, fans have flocked to the house, sometimes forcing the owner to close it to foot traffic. The steady stream of visitors has also led to complaints from residents and forced local officials to restrict parking. The city celebrates Goonies Day on June 7.

Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new habits

The holiday travel rush has already begun and could be spread over more days than usual this year. Travel experts say many people’s ability to work remotely is causing them to leave early for Thanksgiving or return home later. The crowds are expected to rival those of 2019, the last Thanksgiving before the pandemic. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2.6 million travelers Monday, more than the 2.5 million screened the Monday before Thanksgiving in 2019. AAA predicts that nearly 55 million people in the US will travel at least 50 miles from home this week, an increase from last week. year and only 2% less than in 2019.

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