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Plesiosaur: Fossil hunters in Australia discover 100 million-year-old skeleton

CNN — The discovery of a giant 100 million-year-old marine reptile’s skeleton in Australia has been hailed by researchers as a breakthrough that may provide vital clues about prehistoric life. The remains of the 6-meter (19 feet) tall juvenile long-necked plesiosaur, also known as an elasmosaur, were found by a trio of amateur fossil hunters …

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A new species of penguin-like diving dinosaur has been discovered

CNN — A new study found evidence that at least one species of dinosaur may have been an adept swimmer, diving into the water like a duck to hunt its prey. The study, published in Communications Biology on December 1, describes a newly-discovered species, Natovenator polydontus. The theropod, or hollow-bodied dinosaur with three toes and …

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A ‘hacker’ collective is setting up free pay phones in Philadelphia

CNN — An “amateur phone collective” in Philadelphia is working to bring back pay phones to the city – just without the actual payment. PhilTel, a volunteer organization that launched in June, is planning to open its first free-to-use payphone on December 17 at Iffy Books, a hacker-focused bookstore and workshop in the Center City …

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Guangzhou Covid-19: China locks down key transportation hub; markets fear economic fallout

Hong Kong CNN Business — China has locked down a major transportation hub in the south, as the country grapples with its largest nationwide Covid outbreak since April. The lockdown also follows rising cases in Beijing, which reported the country’s first Covid deaths in nearly six months. In recent days, China had begun to ease …

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Antonio Brown: Tampa Police issue arrest warrant for former Buccaneers receiver after domestic incident

CNN — The Tampa Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for former NFL player Antonio Brown after a “domestic battery incident with a woman,” police said in a statement. Police say the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with the victim at a home in South Tampa …

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Lionel Messi has a penalty saved but Argentina progresses to the World Cup knockout stages with a win

CNN — Lionel Messi had a penalty saved but Argentina booked its ticket to the knockout phase of the 2022 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Poland. Alexis McAllister’s scuffed effort 60 seconds into the second half broke the deadlock before Julián Álvarez’s brilliant curled shot sealed the three points as Argentina advanced as …

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The US economy’s growth was stronger than expected in the third quarter

New York CNN Business — The US economy grew much faster than expected in the third quarter, according to the latest gross domestic product report, which showed GDP rose by an annualized rate of 2.9%. That’s an improvement from the initial government reading in October that showed 2.6% growth in economic activity, and better than …

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Jake Flint: Musician dies just hours after his wedding

CNN — Oklahoma musician Jake Flint died unexpectedly over the weekend, hours after getting married, his publicist Clif Doyal told CNN. He was 37. “Jake Flint was a true Ambassador of the Oklahoma and Texas Red Dirt music scene,” Doyal said. “He was not only a prolific songwriter, recording artist, and in-demand live performer, but …

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The United States Women’s National Team earns more money from the men’s World Cup than its previous two women’s tournaments

CNN — The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) earned more money from its male equivalent reaching the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar than it did from winning its own tournaments in 2015 and 2019. As a result of the equal pay agreement forged earlier this year between the United …

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Meghan and Harry faced ‘disgusting and very real’ threats, ex-counterterror chief says

CNN  —  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry faced “disgusting and very real” threats from right-wing extremists, a former counterterrorism police chief has said. In an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News on Tuesday, Neil Basu said the threats against Meghan were serious and credible enough that authorities had assigned teams to …

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