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Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in the Tehran suburb of Damavand late Friday, Nov. 27 (Tehran time).

According to published reports, Fakhrizadeh was killed when gunmen on a motorcycle pulled up next to his car and opened fire with machine guns.

Another car carrying members of his security team was blown up with an explosive device.

Fakhrizadeh was an officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and taught physics at the Imam Hussein University in Tehran.

Israeli intelligence considered Fakhrizadeh to be the mastermind behind Iran's nuclear weapons program.

According to published reports, the targeted attack will make it difficult for the incoming administration "in the final days of the Trump administration."

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that Western countries should "end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror". But his tweet was met with silence.

The White House, Pentagon, State Department, CIA and Joe Biden's transition team all declined to comment.

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As most Americans emerge from their homes after living in fear of Covid-19, Bill Gates is planning for the next pandemic in three years.

The Microsoft founder -- who does not have a medical degree -- revealed on his podcast his prediction that another pandemic will hit America in three years -- just in time to impact the 2024 presidential elections.

Gates said he believes another pandemic is "inevitable" in an increasingly globalized world in 10-15 years, but "we must assume it could be 3 years from now," he said.

He didn't say if the next pandemic will also originate in a lab in China.

Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci "predicted" the current Covid-19 pandemic in 2017.

Gates' critics believe Covid-19 was "planned" to affect the 2020 election and to fight climate change by forcing Americans to wear masks permanently (less C02 exhaled into the air) and more employees working from home (less carbon emissions from cars).

Dr. Fauci declared Americans will still wear face masks even if they take the Covid-19 vaccine.

He said the US should tackle climate change with the "same sense of urgency" as the coronavirus pandemic. Gates has said Covid-19 is "awful", but climate change is even worse.

The software developer spent a decade "investigating" climate change, and he believes the long-term effects of Covid-19 on the American way of life will substantially curb climate change by reducing harmful carbon emissions.

He predicts that business travel will permanently fall by over 50% in a post-Covid world and more employees will work from home -- thus decreasing time spent in their cars by at least 30%.

"We will continue to go to the office and we will continue to do business trips, but much less," he said.

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Former President Barack Obama was a guest on the Breakfast Club radio show in New York City on Wednesday.

Co-host Charlamagne tha god put Obama on the spot, asking him why he didn't do more for Black people in his 8 years in office.

Co-host DJ Envy also pressed Obama to explain why he uplifted LGBT+ people while Black people didn't receive any tangibles.

Obama said, "Look, I'm just trying to sell books." Just kidding. He didn't say that. But he may as well have.

Obama said he was confident that he did more for Black people than current President Donald Trump. He said he just didn't go around bragging about what he did.

He also blamed Republicans for blocking his attempts to do something for Black people. But Democrats held the majority in both the House and the Senate in Obama's first 2 years in office.
 

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4 million travelers passed through the nation's airports since Saturday on their way to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.

The TSA screened 917,354 people at airports across the country on Monday. Security screenings at U.S. airports surpassed 2 million over the weekend, as people ignored the CDC's warnings to avoid traveling over the holiday.

It's a far cry from earlier this year when Americans were terrified to leave their homes amid the news media's daily doom and gloom Covid-19 reports.

Mainstream cable news outlets saw drastic drops in TV ratings as millions of viewers fled to alternate news stations such as Newsmax and One America News (OAN) who don't obsess over Covid-19 statistics.

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Among the well-heeled travelers were Jennifer Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez who sparked outrage on social media when they shared this Instagram.com photo of their luxurious accommodations on their private jet.

Dr. Anthony Fauci ramped up his usual fear mongering, warning that 43,000 Americans will die with Covid-19 between now and Christmas.

Long lines formed outside health clinics in New York City as hundreds waited for 6-12 hours to get tested before traveling.

But NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that a negative test does not mean New Yorkers can stop wearing masks or social distancing.

De Blasio set up "checkpoints" around the city to catch people violating his strict quarantine orders over Thanksgiving.

Violators may face fines of $1,000 to $2,000, the mayor's office has said.
 

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David Dinkins, who made history as New York City's first Black mayor, died of natural causes at his home on Monday. He was 93.

Dinkins' death comes just weeks after his wife, Joyce, passed away in October at age 89.

Dinkins' only one term as mayor was doomed by a high murder rate, high unemployment, AIDS and crack epidemics, and a riot in Brooklyn that was sparked when a 7-year-old Black boy was run over by a car in the motorcade of an Orthodox Jewish religious leader.

In his inaugural speech, Dinkins described New York as a "gorgeous mosaic of race and religious faith, of national origin and sexual orientation, of individuals whose families arrived yesterday and generations ago, coming through Ellis Island or Kennedy Airport or on buses bound for the Port Authority."

After losing a close mayoral race to Rudy Giuliani in 1993, a bitter Dinkins blamed racial prejudice: "I think it was just racism, pure and simple."

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Known for his passion for the sport of tennis, one of Dinkins' last acts in 1993 was to sign a 99-year lease with the United States Tennis Association to build a tennis complex on city land in Queens. The deal guaranteed that the U.S. Open would be based in New York City for decades.

Dinkins is survived by his son, David Jr., daughter, Donna and two grandchildren.

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Ricky Schroder is facing death threats after his hefty donation helped teenager Kyle Rittenhouse bond out of a Wisconsin jail on Friday, Nov. 20.

Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested in August and charged in the shooting deaths of 2 Antifa activists during Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha.

His $2 million cash bond was raised mostly through public donations to crowdfunding websites and the generosity of millionaires like Schroder and Mike Lindell, CEO and founder of MY Pillow.

Now Schroder is receiving death threats on social media, and Twitter users are posting his address online.

Schroder, 50, retweeted some of the threats on Twitter.com alongside a photo of himself armed with a Mossberg shotgun.

He captioned the post: "To my Democrat Friends. This is the country want to live in? #f-ckantifa."

One Twitter user wrote: "Ricky's house is clearly listed online. Hopefully a patriot will scope out Ricky and report back. Ricky and his disgusting coffee should pay for the murder and terrorism they support. We the people pray Ricky gets what he deserves..."

Another user tweeted: "Have some exciting things planned for Lil Ricky. Lots of people looking for justice. We will see you soon Ricky and make an example of you. Good luck terrorist..."

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Schroder is best known as the child star of the film The Champ, starring Jon Voight and Faye Dunaway (1979) and the television series Silver Spoons (1986-1987).

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Airports nationwide saw a spike in travel ahead of Thanksgiving, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control not to travel this holiday season.

Security screenings at U.S. airports surpassed 2 million over the weekend, as travelers chose to ignore the CDC's warnings to avoid traveling over the holiday.

On Saturday, just under 1 million people flew -- the highest number of travelers since March, but less than half of last year's number, MSN reports.

At Logan Airport, vending machines dispensed disposable masks, latex gloves and infrared thermometers.

"We did a COVID test. We turned out negative. We're bringing hand sanitizers with the wipes. We are disinfecting everything," said Estefania Krause, according to MSN News.

Other travelers say the airlines are taking precautions, so they are living their lives.

"All the airlines seem to be doing the good precautions, so we're trying to play it safe. Just live our lives, as well," said traveler Jon Love.
 

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Tyler Perry was in the giving mood this weekend -- as Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta welcomed thousands of cars for a food giveaway Sunday morning.

More than 5,000 families came from all over to get in line at the food drive giveaway that the studio dubbed TPSGiving.

Tyler Perry and co. gave away 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food as well as gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to their grounds in southwest Atlanta on Sunday.

The cars started arriving as early as Saturday afternoon, and the line of cars only grew bigger going into Sunday -- with the food drive going from 8 AM ET to noon.

Traffic backed up all along the surrounding freeway, TMZ reported.

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Tyler's staff wore hazmat suits and PPE as they handed out care packages of food at the curbside pickup, and everyone receiving a care package was asked to wear masks.

Tyler's charitable deeds are nothing new around these parts. Tyler's done everything from tipping local restaurant staff -- with upwards of $20,000 plus -- and also picked up the tabs of grocery shoppers in NOLA and Atlanta earlier this year.

Watch 11 Alive's video footage of the food drive below.
 

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A Jacksonville woman who shot at police officers breaking into her home says her 911 call proves she did not know they were cops.

Diamonds Ford and her boyfriend Anthony Gantt were asleep in bed when Jacksonville sheriff's deputies served a "high-risk" no-knock search warrant at their home around 8 a.m. on Sept. 28.

Ford, 28, and Gantt were jolted awake by the sound of glass shattering. Gantt handed Ford her .45 caliber handgun which she fired seven times through a window while pleading with a 911 dispatcher to "send someone."

One officer was shot in the chest but he was saved by his armored vest.

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Ford and Gantt surrendered after the officers identified themselves as officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

"I'm opening the door!" she told the officers. "You got the wrong house!"

Deputies found just over 4 ounces of weed in the home - a misdemeanor in some states. Ford and Gantt were charged with attempted murder on a police officer and armed possession of marijuana. They are still in jail, unable to afford their high bail.

Ford, speaking through her attorney, says she is innocent and that the 911 call proves she did not know the home invaders were officers.

"She had no idea it was law enforcement in her home. Once they made their announcement she complied," said attorney Stephen Kelly.

On Thursday, rapper Killer Mike posted news footage about the Ford and Gantt case and captioned it "Free'Em!."

One of his Instagram followers asked Mike, "Where is the philanthropists with buckets of cash to pay her bail.... ain't you starting a bank?"

Ford and Gantt are being compared to 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse who killed two Antifa activists during a Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August.

Rittenhouse was freed on $2 million cash bond paid by his attorneys on Friday, Nov. 20. The $2 million was raised through public donations.

Former child actor Ricky Schroder and Mike Lindell, CEO and founder of My Pillow, contributed large donations to top off the bail fund for Rittenhouse.

Listen to audio of Ford's 911 call below.
 

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Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin was released on bond Friday.

Rittenhouse, who was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, posted $2 million bond -- mostly donations raised through crowdfunding websites.

He posted bond through his attorney at about 2 pm, Kenosha county sheriff's Sgt David Wright told reporters.

The teenager is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during violent Jacob Blake protests on August 25.

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, told police he was attacked by the protesters. At least one protester was armed with a gun.

Conservatives praised Rittenhouse as a hero who was exercising his right to bear arms during the unrest in Kenosha.

His initial bail amount was $1 million, but an Illinois judge increased the amount to $2 million after Rittenouse's supporters quickly raised the $1 million to pay his bail.