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Biden Launches Winter COVID Plan; professional baseball season in jeopardy; and more news

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Today is Thursday, December 2, 2021. Let’s catch up.

Here are today’s best stories, celebrity birthdays, and a look back at that date in history:

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A sign requiring masks is posted on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

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A sign requiring the use of masks is posted on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

President Biden launches plan to fight winter COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is set to launch a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster injections on Thursday as he unveils his winter plans to fight the coronavirus and its omicron variant with a increased availability of injections and vaccines but without major new restrictions.

The plan includes a requirement for private insurers to cover the cost of home COVID-19 testing and tightened testing requirements for people entering the United States regardless of their vaccination status. But as other countries close their borders or reimpose closures, officials have said Biden will not impose additional restrictions beyond his recommendation that Americans wear masks indoors in public places. .

Biden said on Wednesday that the next strategy, which will be unveiled during a speech at the National Institutes of Health, would fight the virus “not with closures or blockages but with vaccinations, boosters, testing and more. widespread “.

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<p>Then-Chicago Cubs player Javier Baez sports an MLB logo tattoo and logos on his cap and jersey as he waits to practice batting ahead of the National Baseball League’s second game against the Nationals from Washington to Nationals Park on Oct. 7.  2017, in Washington.</p>
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Then-Chicago Cubs player Javier Baez sports an MLB logo tattoo and logos on his hat and jersey as he waits for batting practice ahead of Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 7, 2017, in Washington.

Work stoppage jeopardizes professional baseball season

IRVING, Texas (AP) – Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter of a century when the sport’s collective agreement expired Wednesday night and owners immediately locked players out, which threatens spring training and opening day.

The strategy, the leadership’s equivalent of a strike under federal labor law, ended the social peace of sport after 9,740 days over 26 and a half years.

The teams decided to force the long-awaited showdown during an offseason rather than risk the players pulling out over the summer, as they did in 1994. The players and owners had successfully struck four back-to-back deals without stopping of work, but they accelerated towards a confrontation. for over two years.

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Click on the links below for full versions of today’s top stories. Keep scrolling for a look back at this day in history and today’s celebrity birthdays:

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PICTURE OF THE DAY



<p>Abortion rights advocates holding cardboard cutouts of U.S. Supreme Court justices protest in court Wednesday in Washington as the court heard arguments in a Mississippi case, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.</p>
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Abortion rights advocates holding cardboard cutouts of U.S. Supreme Court justices protest in court Wednesday in Washington as the court hears arguments in a Mississippi case, where a 2018 law would ban abortion rights abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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