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Biden sought to smooth over tensions with China's Xi, who said conflict with the U.S. has 'unbearable consequences' for both countries. LA Times
VOA VIEW: XI played Biden.
U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third-straight week this week to the lowest since late September, signaling falling yields in the Treasury market that largely determine home borrowing costs may be boosting housing market affordability. Newsmax
As U.S. suicide rates continue to rise, new government data shows older men have become the most susceptible. In a report published Wednesday, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found there were about 30 suicide deaths for every 100,000 men. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Less to live for.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance will close nearly all of its stores and pharmacies on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in the chain's history to give staff "time with their loved ones," the company said Thursday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It's more about money.
A group of GOP senators is urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen to hold terrorist groups linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps accountable for attacks on U.S. service members. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden must be pushed to action.
Controversy has erupted after reports the FDIC had failed to eradicate widespread harassment in its workforce. New York Post
The authorities said the man was being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 69-year-old Jewish protester in Thousand Oaks this month. New York Times
San Francisco jurors convicted David DePape, 43, of federal crimes for breaking into the home of Nancy Pelosi and striking her husband with a hammer. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
More than 30,000 people have signed an evangelical group's petition to boycott the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade over its inclusion of transgender and non-binary performers. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Macy's will pay big.

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Big Oil companies say they'll face a biased jury when a trial kicks off this month over the alleged loss of coastal land in a Louisiana town -- where the jurors could all benefit financially from a ruling against the corporations. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The biased jury must be proved.
The judge overseeing the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others in Georgia issued an order on Thursday that prohibits the release of certain evidence. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: More bias.
Union members at Mack Trucks ratified a new five-year contract in another win for the United Auto Workers. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Unions are winning big because of Biden.
The House Ethics Committee found the GOP congressman violated federal law and engaged in a "complex web" of illegal activity involving his finances. CBS
VOA VIEW: Goodbye - good riddance.

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United Auto Workers union members approved a new contract with GM, making the company the first Detroit automaker to get a ratified deal. CBS
VOA VIEW: It will cost consumers.
"Panda diplomacy" between China and the U.S. appears to back on track. CBS
Republican Rep. George Santos of New York likely committed campaign fraud and other ethical violations, a House Ethics subcommittee unanimously concluded. CNBC

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Pro-Palestinian protesters in Boston and San Francisco called for a cease-fire in Gaza, shutting down two bridges during rush hour Thursday morning. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It will stop if some are arrested.
The FBI dug up two upstate New York farms looking for bodies and contraband connected to the Gambino crime family. FOX News
A group of aviation experts is voicing concerns about the Federal Aviation Administration's safety record, emphasizing the need for improved staffing, equipment and technology. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Thank Biden.
The Biden administration is facing the nearing expiration of a vital spy program set to end at the end of the year. This program enables data collection from security threats. FOX News
President Joe Biden Thursday signed off on a peaceful uses of nuclear energy agreement with the Philippines, giving Secretary of State Antony Blinken the go-ahead to implement the agreeement. UPI

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Workers filing for unemployment benefits for the first time over the past week jumped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 231,000, its highest total since August, according to new statistics released by the Labor Department UPI
VOA VIEW: The country has economic problems.
At least 100 people suffered injuries and one was arrested when demonstrators calling for a cease-fire of Israeli military action in Gaza protested outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. UPI
VOA VIEW: The left has gone wacko.
China launched an "ultra-high-speed next-generation" internet network linking Beijing, Wuhan and Guangzhou with the capability to transfer 1.2 terabytes of data per second. UPI

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Federal authorities arrested two people and confiscated more than 219,000 counterfeit luxury items retail at about $1.03 billion on Wednesday in what is being called the largest seizure of such merchandise in U.S. histor UPI

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