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5 things to know for December 7: Coronavirus, White House transition, marijuana, Venezuela, India

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Your normal body temperature may not be 98.6 -- and that's totally OK. There are ways to determine what it is and how it varies so you can be more confident in knowing when something is amiss. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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1. Coronavirus

The US is nearing an average of 200,000 new Covid-19 cases every day, a sign that bad weather and bad pandemic behavior are worsening the situation. As of midnight this morning, millions of Californians are under new lockdown orders, and the Navajo Nation has implemented another three-week lockdown to relieve its taxed health care system. Some European countries are discussing a different safety measure: "immunity passports," which allow for travel if one has successfully recovered from Covid-19. Hungary has implemented them for months, and other countries like Iceland could soon follow suit. Meanwhile in the US, coronavirus stimulus talks continued through the weekend, but Congress is still hung up on a few things. Republicans want liability protections for businesses, and Democrats want funding for state and local governments.

2. White House transition

The Biden transition team is scheduled to receive briefings from the Pentagon's intelligence agencies starting today, after some controversy about whether the Pentagon blocked the Biden team from certain Department of Defense intelligence agencies. (The Pentagon said such claims are "demonstrably false and patently insulting.") After losing favor with some Republicans for saying the Justice Department found no evidence of voter fraud during the election, Attorney General William Barr is considering leaving his post before the end of President Donald Trump's term, a source told CNN. Elsewhere in Trump's circle: Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for coronavirus.

3. Marijuana

The House has passed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The MORE Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminate criminal penalties for individuals who manufacture, distribute or possess marijuana. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the bill would be an important step in addressing the "racial disparities in conviction rates" for drug-related offenses. The bill passed largely along party lines, and has little hope of passing the Republican-led Senate. But it's historic nonetheless. This is the first time a chamber of Congress has voted on federal marijuana decriminalization.

4. Venezuela

Candidates supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro secured control of the country's parliament, known as the National Assembly, after a contentious Sunday election. Key opposition candidates boycotted the election over accusations of fraud and corruption in other areas of the Venezuelan government. The National Assembly had previously been controlled by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, widely recognized to be the interim President of Venezuela. However, it now returns to the influence of Maduro despite an economy ruined by mismanagement, stifling US oil sanctions and the mass emigration of citizens beleaguered by hunger, oppression and poverty.

5. India

More than 300 people in southeastern India have been hospitalized with an unidentified illness with a range of symptoms including seizures, loss of consciousness and nausea. Though India has had a difficult battle with coronavirus, this illness is completely unrelated, and local officials said all patients tested negative for Covid-19. Authorities are now testing water samples in the area for contamination, as well as other sources like food and milk. Neurologists and other specialists have also been called to the area to perform further neurotoxic tests.

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People are loving Mariah Carey's Christmas special

All we want for Christmas is ... glitzy escapism!

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When worlds (and fists) collide.

'The Queen's Gambit' is sparking a surge of interest in chess

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Google Maps is rolling out new features

They include a new community-based review feature -- so use wisely!

An Indian village schoolteacher won a $1 million global prize, and gave half to the runners-up

Wonderful news for the teachers, the students and the future of the world in general. A rare win-win-win!

TODAY'S NUMBER

$65,000

That's how much New York artist Guy Stanley Philoche has spent buying work from artists struggling during the pandemic. He says artists do important work and are often forgotten during economic uncertainty. "The art world is my community and I needed to help my community," Philoche told CNN.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"... whenever America faced a crisis, baseball — and attending baseball games — was a common bond that united the country."

An excerpt from a lawsuit, filed by All 30 Major League Baseball teams, the MLB  commissioner's office, MLB's digital and streaming services, MLB Network and Tickets.com. All of the parties cite massive property damage and "time element" losses, and allege their insurers have failed to properly pay up.

TODAY'S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Merry Krampus! 

Gather round, wicked children (or curious adults), for the tale of Krampus, the European Christmas demon who's definitely not as holly jolly as old Saint Nick. (Click here to view)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 755401

Reported Deaths: 8531
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1513291905
Ramsey62614972
Dakota56158520
Anoka53010513
Washington33145327
Stearns27922252
St. Louis23178352
Scott21316159
Wright20879170
Olmsted17821118
Sherburne15232111
Carver1336954
Clay1006598
Rice9855131
Blue Earth949559
Crow Wing9254105
Kandiyohi819195
Chisago816662
Otter Tail7807104
Benton7363108
Beltrami633276
Mower631740
Douglas616189
Goodhue603683
Winona603653
Itasca596978
McLeod580868
Steele572425
Isanti558172
Morrison541565
Becker518762
Polk502577
Freeborn480842
Nobles477052
Lyon444456
Carlton438666
Nicollet423051
Pine419930
Cass413142
Mille Lacs403565
Brown398846
Todd389336
Le Sueur378331
Meeker350452
Waseca322629
Martin316534
Wabasha28495
Hubbard283644
Dodge26819
Roseau258924
Fillmore236312
Redwood234143
Wadena230229
Houston229017
Renville224249
Faribault214630
Pennington213227
Sibley204512
Cottonwood193027
Kanabec187130
Chippewa185839
Aitkin178442
Watonwan168711
Pope15328
Rock153219
Yellow Medicine151120
Jackson144114
Koochiching137219
Clearwater133318
Swift132619
Pipestone131627
Marshall131419
Murray131310
Stevens122311
Lake106221
Wilkin100214
Lac qui Parle95024
Mahnomen86312
Norman8459
Big Stone7874
Grant7669
Lincoln7525
Kittson59522
Red Lake5769
Unassigned528124
Traverse5005
Lake of the Woods4524
Cook2420

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 467281

Reported Deaths: 6685
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk73698716
Linn28680379
Scott24441271
Black Hawk20130355
Woodbury18854242
Johnson17800100
Dubuque15577228
Pottawattamie14073197
Dallas13894107
Story1275148
Warren763496
Webster6876111
Cerro Gordo6816107
Clinton6814100
Des Moines657893
Marshall635484
Muscatine6294113
Wapello5807136
Jasper571478
Lee560787
Sioux560276
Marion499791
Buena Vista489745
Plymouth459187
Henry378647
Jones365160
Washington362255
Bremer353867
Benton352056
Boone344837
Carroll341753
Crawford337345
Mahaska313656
Dickinson297651
Clay274631
Buchanan274239
Jackson270445
Kossuth269373
Hardin266448
Tama261476
Fayette253848
Delaware253444
Cedar246326
Page244827
Wright240945
Winneshiek230837
Hamilton228553
Floyd216744
Harrison215277
Madison214325
Clayton210058
Poweshiek206840
Iowa204229
Butler203237
Jefferson197340
Mills197227
Allamakee192952
Cherokee191943
Lyon190641
Cass190557
Winnebago185432
Hancock184739
Calhoun184115
Appanoose175950
Shelby174239
Louisa169651
Grundy167937
Emmet163842
Franklin163328
Humboldt161826
Mitchell161843
Union159437
Chickasaw156418
Sac156323
Guthrie154034
Palo Alto140831
Clarke140028
Montgomery138941
Keokuk137534
Monroe131534
Howard125422
Ida116641
Davis113825
Greene113712
Lucas112224
Pocahontas109323
Monona107436
Worth10678
Adair103634
Osceola91117
Fremont83711
Van Buren82721
Decatur81212
Taylor78612
Wayne72024
Ringgold66827
Audubon64514
Adams4984
Unassigned150
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