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Omicron detected in 5 states, November jobs report preview: 5 Things podcast


On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Omicron detected in 5 states as Biden unveils new plan

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.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text. 

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson, and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 3rd of December, 2021. Today Biden’s plan to fight Omicron, plus a government shutdown has been avoided and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. A number of schools in the Detroit area will remain closed today after a 15-year-old shooter killed four students in Oakland County earlier this week. Other schools say they’ve also received threats of violence this week.
  2. At least 12 people are dead after an Islamic State attack on an Iraqi village. Among those killed, were Kurdish forces.
  3. And Germany has announced new sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements. They will block unvaccinated people from non-essential stores, restaurants, and sports venues while parliament also considers a general vaccine mandate.

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