US daily COVID-19 cases up 18 pct: CDC director US to release 50 mln barrels of oil from strategic petroleum reserve Data show US is hurting democracy worldwide: Russian broadcaster NY transit authority denies death benefits for unvaccinated crew Polarized presidential poll awaits Chileans Powell 'right person' to lead Fed, fight inflation: Biden Man in US Wisconsin charged with 5 counts of intentional homicide No jabs, no death benefits, New York transit workers told US COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpass number in 2020 US Republicans block govt vaccine mandates amid increasing COVID-19 cases: US News & World Report Christmas trees seen costing up to 30% more this year Police: Suspect in fatal parade plowing was fleeing disturbance Rich vs poor nations: The Haves get the vaccine while Have-nots wait in agony for help Nasdaq and S&P 500 end down after hitting record highs 5 dead, 40 injured after driver plows into crowd in US COVID-19 pandemic in US spurs widespread resignation of doctors, nurses: Fox News Scientists say the US to see spike in COVID-19 cases: The Guardian US stocks mixed as Nasdaq falls again Using US oil reserves will 'make a difference:' Biden