Mysterious silver monolith disappears from Utah desert

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

  Investigators search doctor’s office, probing Maradona death

Completed Wisconsin recount confirms Biden’s win over Trump

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

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

  Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus

Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones

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

  2 dogs found shot, tied with Christmas lights in Tennessee

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

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

Governor nixes parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

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

  Store manager helps woman give birth in parking lot

  2 shot, killed at Northern California mall on Black Friday

Iran’s president vows revenge over slain military scientist

Amber Alert discontinued for Texas toddler

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

  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 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.

  Florida man defrosts Thanksgiving turkey in swimming pool

A Florida family is getting a lot of attention after sharing their unique family tradition on social media.

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.

  Bidens Thanksgiving message: Better days coming

The Bidens share how their family celebration will be a smaller affair and a sacrifice.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Family builds drive-thru window at home for Thanksgiving

One Colorado couple has found ways to preserve holiday traditions, even if they can’t dine at a table together.

  Entrepreneurs pay for $40,000 worth of groceries at Atlanta-area store

The group of entrepreneurs also paid for drivers to fill up at local gas stations and planned to give away hundreds of boxes of food.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

Scotland to make period products freely available to all

Under the bill, the Scottish government must set up measures to allow anyone who needs period products to get them free of charge. Schools and universities must make the products available for free in their bathrooms.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Flynn is the second Trump associate convicted in the Russia probe to be granted clemency by the president.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

The Justice Department says it's appealing a judge's refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

Rocky the Christmas tree stowaway owl returns to the wild

Rocky the stowaway owl is back in the wild.

  Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

Biden said that, until there’s a vaccine, wearing masks, social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings “are our most effective tools to combat the virus.”

Amazon Web Services widespread issues affecting Gray TV sites

The outage affected this and other Gray TV websites for several hours, which rely on AWS to manage stories and other content online.

Boy, 15, charged in Wisconsin mall shooting that injured 8

A 15-year-old boy faces multiple charges stemming from a shooting at a Wisconsin mall that left eight people injured.

  EXPLAINER: Why the Dow topped 30,000 for the first time

Wall Street busted through its latest milestone Tuesday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 30,000 for the first time.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

Fox News, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich settle suit

Fox News has reached a settlement with slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich’s parents, who alleged in a lawsuit that the cable news company exploited their son’s death in stories and commentary.

  Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, reveals she had miscarriage in the summer

The former Meghan Markle said she was sharing her story to help break the silence around an all-too-common tragedy.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Substitute teacher accused of body-slamming Fla. high school student

The school district is investigating the incident. The substitute will not be placed at any school pending its outcome.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

Nearly 1 million Sunbeam Crock-Pots recalled over burn risks

The owners of these Crock-Pots are being asked to stop using them as pressure cookers until they can obtain a free replacement lid from the company.

  California OK’d aid in name of Scott Peterson, other killers

From March to August, more than 35,000 inmates were named in claims filed with the California Employment Development Department, with more than 20,000 being paid.

Man pleads guilty in plot to attack White House, Trump Tower

Kristopher Sean Matthews pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge to provide material support to IS during a court hearing in San Antonio on Tuesday.

  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.

  ‘America is back’: Biden pushes past Trump era with nominees

Biden’s Washington veterans all have ties to former President Barack Obama’s administration as the president-elect has sought to deliver a clear message about his desire to reestablish a more predictable engagement from the United States on the global stage.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

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

A Facebook post on social distancing takes it to the next level, especially when it comes to dealing with the creatures you might encounter in one of America’s national parks.

Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week

Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week.

A Grammys ‘Savage’: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations

The 2021 Grammy Awards, to be hosted by Emmy-winner Trevor Noah, will air live on Jan. 31.