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COVID crumbles college hoops, we remember Desmond Tutu: 5 Things podcast


On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Flight cancellations hit the thousands

More are expected today as COVID-related staff shortages continue. Plus, USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg talks about how this COVID surge is affecting college basketball, the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell resumes, we remember Desmond Tutu and new passports now cost more.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning, I’m Taylor Wilson. And this is 5 Things You Need to Know, Monday, the 27th of December 2021. Today, flight cancellations reached the thousands. Plus, remembering Desmond Tutu and more.

Here are some of the top headlines: 

  1. Russian president Vladimir Putin said yesterday he would consider new options if the West refuses certain guarantees on Ukraine. Russia continues to sit troops on Ukraine’s border and is demanding that NATO denies membership to Ukraine. Both Putin and president Joe Biden have threatened vague consequences in the standoff.
  2. Islamic extremists have killed more than 40 people in an attack in Burkina Faso. Violence in the once peaceful West African nation is escalating as attacks linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic state are on the rise.
  3. And a surfer in California’s central coast has died after a shark attack. The victim was pronounced dead on Christmas Eve.

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