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As of Sunday, more than 800,000 people in the US have now died of Covid. Over 450,000 of those deaths occurred this year. / Reuters

A new report details how an American strike cell targeting the Islamic State in Syria ignored rules and repeatedly killed civilians. / The New York Times

California Gov. Newsom announces a gun-control plan modeled after Texas's abortion ban that would allow people to sue gunmakers and sellers. / Vox

Texas's operation to arrest suspected undocumented immigrants has had the unintended effect of allowing some asylum seekers to remain in the US. / BuzzFeed News

Doing the math on how many Covid vaccines rich countries actually need—and how many they appear to be hoarding. / STAT

Globally, more than half a billion people fell into extreme poverty last year from healthcare costs due to the pandemic. / Reuters

See also: Leaked screenshots show how a Southern California hospital's computer system seems to automatically apply outrageous price hikes. / Los Angeles Times

An Instagram artist with the handle @metaverse was suddenly shut out of her account, and only had it reinstated after the New York Times asked why. / The New York Times

Anne Rice has died at 80. / NOLA

"She told me at the time that she believed transgender people were sacred; that we possessed a unique gift of life experience that few ever would." On knowing Anne Rice. / Phaylen Fairchild

The irony of pundits criticizing Sesame Street for being political is that the show has always been political. / The New York Times

Sicilian parents are irate after a Roman Catholic bishop told children that Santa doesn't exist. / Associated Press

See also: Brief interviews with atheists about their holiday plans. / The Morning News

How SantaCon devolved from an anti-capitalist protest into drunken mayhem. / The Guardian