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Omicron causes more reinfections, study finds

Dec 7 • 11:26

It's still not clear if the variant makes people more sick. Plus, it's been 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, tech reporter Terry Collins explains how 'tiny homes' are offering stability for the homeless, money and tech reporter Michelle Shen talks about the project that might make Elon Musk a trillionaire and President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Put...

New COVID-19 travel testing rules in effect as omicron spreads

Dec 6 • 10:03

The variant has now been detected in at least 15 states. Plus, a third party will investigate the buildup to last week's Michigan school shooting, reporter Nina Mandell looks at the popularity of Spotify Wrapped and USA TODAY Sports' Tom Schad wonders how omicron will affect the Winter Olympics....

Holiday shopping season is in full swing, but is it too late to get big ticket items?

Dec 5 • 12:48

Holiday shopping season is well underway. If you didn't hit the stores or the web for Black Friday or Cyber Monday does that mean you are out of luck when it comes to getting some of the hot gifts this year? Is it too late to get some good deals and still get them delivered on time? We sat down with Kate Tully Ellsworth, the Executive Editor of Commerce at to ...

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect arrested

Dec 4 • 08:25

A prosecutor says the 15-year-old got the gun from his parents. Plus, White House correspondent Joey Garrison talks about a new law that could detect drunk driving in the cars of the future, omicron has popped up in more states, a blizzard hits Hawaii and it's Championship Saturday in college football....

Omicron detected in 5 states as Biden unveils new plan

Dec 3 • 10:04

White House correspondent Maureen Groppe reports on what President Joe Biden aims to do this winter to fight the virus. Plus, a government shutdown has been avoided, MLB reporter Gabe Lacques explains the latest work stoppage, the November jobs report will be released and Mariah Carey releases a new Christmas special....

First confirmed US case of the omicron variant detected in California

Dec 2 • 14:13

Health experts are urging vaccination as the variant spreads around the world. Plus, politics reporter Chelsey Cox examines the fallout from Rep. Lauren Boebert's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell continues, data reporter Kevin Crowe looks at climate change's impact on rainfall and Alec Baldwin speaks out for the first time since the 'Rust' sho...

Supreme Court weighs challenge to Mississippi abortion ban

Dec 1 • 13:11

Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze fills us in. Plus, charges are expected today after a school shooting in Michigan, investigative reporter Craig Harris talks about a survey showing employers are taking vaccine mandates into their own hands, a Major League Baseball lockout appears inevitable and climate change is creating irregular rainfall....

Omicron variant brings more questions than answers

Nov 30 • 15:38

Health reporter Elizabeth Weise fills us in on the latest. Plus, a judge blocks federal vaccine mandates for health care workers in ten states, a federal appeals court will hear arguments about former President Donald Trump's records, it's Giving Tuesday and national correspondent Bill Keveney talks about supply chain issues' impact on toy donations....

Opening arguments begin in Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Nov 29 • 09:14

The multimillionaire socialite faces charges of helping to get underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. Plus, education reporter Chris Quintana explains what American universities are doing to address caste discrimination, the trial of Jussie Smollett begins, reporter Nina Mandell looks at the story behind Starbucks' red holiday cups and Cyber Monday is here....

The Metaverse: What is it? How will people use it?

Nov 28 • 11:57

The metaverse is here already. Hosts of the Talking Tech podcast Brett Molina and Mike Snider join Shannon Rae Green on today's episode to discuss how the virtual worlds that many of us already inhabit will become much more advanced. There's significant privacy and security risks, plus mental health issues to consider. Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants are making p...

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