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A gas station attendant stands next to a newspaper headline in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday. The new omicron variant has spread from South Africa to parts of Europe, and as far as Hong Kong. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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A sticker on a wall in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, invites people to vote in the presidential elections on Sunday. Hondurans will elect a successor to President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who was first elected in 2013. SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett hide caption

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Huge waves crash the against the sea wall and Roker Lighthouse after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Sunderland, England, on Saturday. Owen Humphreys/AP via AP hide caption

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The Lucid Air takes the stage at the 2021 LA Autoshow on November 17, 2021. The luxury electric sedan won the 2022 Motortrend Car of the Year award this month. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Every auto startup wants to be the next Tesla. Why these 2 may have a real shot

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Three generations, (from left to right) grandmother Genoveva Calloway, daughter Petra Gonzales, and granddaughter Vanesa Quintero, live next door to each other in San Pablo, Calif. Recently their extended family was hit with a second wave of COVID infections a year after the first. Beth LaBerge/KQED hide caption

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COVID hit 13 members of their family the first time. A year later it struck again

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Republicans often present a united front, but loyalty to former President Donald Trump, seen here with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, and views about his future in the party are showing some divisions. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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People walk by a hiring sign in a store window in New York on Nov. 17. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

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The Krause House DAO is a group organized by cryptocurrency fans that is raising money to attempt to purchase an NBA franchise. Krause House DAO hide caption

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Jennifer Beecher, left, and her sister-in-law Ashley Beecher, right, enjoy going shopping on Black Friday at Best Buy, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Houston. This year is the first time the pair has arrived before dawn to shop. T Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle/AP hide caption

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Supporters of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a group of farmers' organizations, hold flags during a protest to mark one year since the introduction of divisive farm laws and to demand the withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in New York in 1976. Sondheim died on Friday at age 91. R. Jones/Getty Images hide caption

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Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway legend, has died at 91

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An oil well works at sunrise Aug. 25, 2021, in Watford City, N.D., part of McKenzie County. The Biden administration on Friday, Nov. 26, called for an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov (center) speaks to the media in the Listvyazhnaya mine building, near Belovo, in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia, Russia, Friday. A devastating explosion in the Siberian coal mine Thursday left dozens of miners and rescuers dead. Sergei Gavrilenko/AP hide caption

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A panel of the mosaic discovered by a team of archaeologists in England. The researchers say it shows the body of Hector returning to his father, King Priam (right), in exchange for his weight in gold. University of Leicester Archaeological Services hide caption

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People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday as several countries announced travel bans in response to the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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Danyelle Clark-Gutierrez and her service dog, Lisa, shop for food at a grocery store. Clark-Gutierrez got the yellow Labrador retriever to help her cope with post-traumatic stress disorder after she experienced military sexual trauma while serving in the Air Force. Stephanie O'Neill for KHN hide caption

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Hollins University was founded in 1842 on the principle that "young women require the same thorough and rigid training as that afforded to young men." Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A sign promote sales at a clothing store in a Colorado mall. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Yes, we are shopping way more than ever

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