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More than 4,000 flights were delayed as holiday travel spikes in the U.S.

Updated November 27, 2022 at 5:05 PM ET

Thousands of flights were delayed — and a number of others canceled — across airports in the United States on one of the busiest travel days of the year. More than 4,200 flights were delayed and another 109 cancelled as of Sunday afternoon, according to FlightAware, with numbers continuing to climb.


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Pop sensation Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship

Albania's president granted citizenship to pop star Dua Lipa on Sunday for promoting the country through her international fame.

President Bajram Begaj said he was happy to recognize Lipa, the daughter of Albanian immigrants, for her musical talents and contribution to spreading international awareness of Albania.

"Happy to give the one and only Dua Lipa the decree of Albanian citizenship," he said. "She has made us proud with her global career and engagement in important social causes."


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Zoom and a butter mint recipe bring a mother and daughter together

All Things We're Cooking is a series featuring family recipes from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We'll continue to share more of your kitchen gems throughout the holidays.


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How a 'Martian droppings' cookie got its out-of-this-world name

All Things We're Cooking is a series featuring family recipes from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We'll continue to share more of your kitchen gems throughout the holidays.


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All jokes aside, this fruitcake is legendary. It was even served at a wedding

All Things We're Cooking is a series featuring family recipes from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We'll continue to share more of your kitchen gems throughout the holidays.

For all the fruitcake haters out there, Ellie King would like you to reconsider with a slice of her Grandma Phoebe's fruitcake.


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Her father's fudge recipe brings back childhood memories of the Midwest

All Things We're Cooking is a series featuring family recipes from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We'll continue to share more of your kitchen gems throughout the holidays.

Not many recipes can promise a mini workout, but with 11 minutes of constant stirring, that is exactly what you get when you make Pete Kincaid's fudge.


Civilians escape Kherson after Russian strikes on freed city

KHERSON, Ukraine — Fleeing shelling, civilians on Saturday streamed out of the southern Ukrainian city whose recapture they had celebrated just weeks earlier.

The exodus from Kherson came as Ukraine solemnly remembered a Stalin-era famine and sought to ensure that Russia's war in Ukraine doesn't deprive others worldwide of its vital food exports.

A line of trucks, vans and cars, some towing trailers or ferrying out pets and other belongings, stretched a kilometer or more on the outskirts of the city of Kherson.


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U.S. soccer federation briefly alters Iran's flag to show solidarity with protesters

Updated November 27, 2022 at 1:32 PM ET

DOHA, Qatar — The U.S. Soccer Federation briefly displayed Iran's national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic, saying the move supported protesters in Iran ahead of the two nations' World Cup match on Tuesday.

Iran's government reacted by accusing America of removing the name of God from its national flag.


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Diamond diggers in South Africa's deserted mines break the law — and risk their lives

Bracing against the vibrations of the jackhammer, illicit diamond miner Jefferson Ncube bores steadily into the rock face before him, sending chunks of dry stone clattering to the ground and filling the air with a cloud of pale gray dust. He's 30 feet below the surface of the desert in the Namaqualand region of South Africa in a tunnel barely tall enough to crawl through.


Frontier Airlines drops its customer service line

Frontier airlines will no longer let customers call a phone number in order to speak with a live agent. And while the budget airline is known for its cost-cutting measures, most major airlines still operate customer service lines.

Customers will instead have to rely on other ways to contact the airline: a chatbot on its website, a live chat available 24/7, its social media channels and even WhatsApp, according to Frontier spokesperson, Jennifer De La Cruz, who confirmed the news to NPR on Saturday.


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