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Here’s the latest for Friday, December 31: Residents see burned-out homes in Colorado; Actress Betty White has died; New Year’s Eve celebrated despite COVID surge; Russians take…

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Betty White dies at 99

Betty White dies at 99       

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Australia rings in 2022 but Omicron surge keeps crowds away

As COVID-19 case numbers soar, Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains upbeat for Australia in 2022.

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NSW reports 22,577 new COVID-19 cases in another daily record

NSW has recorded 22,577 new COVID-19 infections and five deaths in the last 24 hours. It comes as another 7442 COVID-19 infections were found in Victoria for…

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Ryan Reynolds and more pay tribute to Betty White

Betty White is being remembered for her light, humor, charm and friendship.

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Scientists say Omicron may peak in the U.S. in mid-January but still may overwhelm hospitals.

New estimates from researchers at Columbia University suggest that the surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant could reach an apex by Jan. 9.New estimates from…

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Louisiana judge resigns after using racist slur on video

Odinet faced calls to resign after multiple people were recorded using a racist slur in a video, which the judge confirmed was taken at her home.       

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‘I could hear the wood crackling’: Residents recount escape from fast-moving flames of Colorado wildfires

Thousands of Colorado families remained displaced Friday, unsure if their homes had survived the fast-moving flames of multiple wildfires near Denver.       

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Asymptomatic healthcare workers in NSW to get self-isolation exemption

Healthcare workers in NSW who are classified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case will be exempt from isolating in “exceptional circumstances” if they are asymptomatic.

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Betty White: Biden leads tributes for Golden Girls actress

The long-time Hollywood star died on Friday at the age of 99 after an eight-decade film and TV career.

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Biden: Betty White a ‘cultural icon who will be sorely missed’

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Tributes pour in following Betty White’s death

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Fireworks usher in New Year in several countries

Light shows and fireworks displays ushered in the New Year in Australia, New Zealand and North Korea amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrations were muted or…

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Wildfire burns hundreds of homes in Colorado

Tens of thousands of Coloradans driven from their neighborhoods by a wind-whipped wildfire are anxiously waiting to learn what’s left standing of their lives. Authorities say 500…

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Australia rings in 2022 as COVID-19 cloud continues to loom large

As COVID-19 case numbers soar, Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains upbeat for Australia in 2022.

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John Howard has criticised Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations

Former prime minister John Howard says he didn’t support a formal apology to the Stolen Generations, which Kevin Rudd delivered in 2008, as it was an “empty…

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