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Penn State detects omicron variant at University Park for first time.

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin all but declares in race for Pennsylvania Governor.

Congress is planning a solemn observance to mark the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack.  New York is on verdict watch in the trial of a woman accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein abuse girls.

SpaceX is dealing with a COVID outbreak at its California headquarters.

Moderna is offering new hope as COVID cases spike ahead of Christmas. The company just said this morning that its booster shot increases protection against the new variant. Early data shows it can give people 37 times more antibodies to fight omicron, which is now in 45 states.

Today is the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year.  Of course, today is 24 hours long, just like all the other days, but the sun will be up for no more than ten of those hours and a lot less the farther north you are.  Winter officially begins at 10:59 a.m. Eastern Time.  While the solstice marks the astronomical start of winter, meteorologists consider December 1st as the first day of winter, and the start of the coldest three months in the Northern Hemisphere. 

There’s been another blaze at Fox News Headquarters in New York.  This time, flames broke out in a basement compactor room of the building, injuring at least one person.  A man was arrested earlier this month after allegedly setting fire to a Christmas tree outside the building. 

A Minnesota teenager is being called a hero after she jumped out of the McDonald’s drive-thru window she was staffing to save a customer’s life.  When 15-year-old Sydney Raley noticed a woman she’d served was “coughing profusely” and knew she was choking, she jumped out, got the woman out of her car and told her daughter to call 911.  She got a man who was nearby to help perform the Heimlich maneuver and dislodge a chicken nugget that was stuck in the woman’s throat.  Police officers in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie who responded to the incident over the weekend gave Sydney two 50-dollar bills from the department’s crime fund as a reward.

Sports

Penn State wrestling cruises past Northern Iowa, rallies late over Cornell in Collegiate Duals.

Penn State football LB Ellis Brooks sitting out Outback Bowl, declares for NFL Draft.

NFL – The Vikings defeated the Bears, 17-9. The Eagles will host Washington while the Seahawks visit the Rams. Kickoff for both games, 7pm tonight.

NBA – The 76ers defeated the Celtics, 108-103.

NHL – The Flyers host the Capitals tonight, 7pm.

Hockey players are staying off the ice until after Christmas due to a COVID outbreak.  The NHL will pause its season tomorrow, postponing 12 games and various practices involved with traveling across the border.  Teams will return Sunday to get tested.  This isn’t the first outbreak.  The league has already halted 27 games and is scheduled to take a three-week break to allow players to participate in the Beijing Olympics in February.