Omicron updates, global stocks & more: What’s trending today –

FILE — Sandile Cele, a researcher at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, works on the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus Wednesday Dec. 15, 2021. South Africa's noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country's dramatic omicron-driven wave has passed its peak, medical experts say. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)AP
A look at some of the top headlines trending online today around the world including the latest developments surrounding the Omicron variant, other coronavirus updates and much more.
Manchin joins Senate Democrats to discuss future of Build Back Better bill (NBC)
Coal miners’ union urges Manchin to reconsider opposition to Biden plan (The Hill)
Global stock markets rise after Wall St rebounds (AP)
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn sues January 6 committee over subpoenas (CBS)
Education Department considers extending student loan relief amid Omicron surge (Politico)
Winter storms could bring extreme weather to the East and West coasts this week (ABC)
Biden pivots to home tests to confront omicron surge (AP)
U.S. death rate soared 17 percent in 2020, final CDC mortality report concludes (NBC)
Parents, schools face another reckoning over COVID-19 cases (AP)
Cleveland-area hospitals battling latest Covid-19 surge put ad in local paper that reads: ‘Help’ (CNN)
NBA commissioner says there’s no plans to pause season amid virus surge (CBS)
Queen’s Brian May details ‘horrendous’ COVID battle, urges vaccination (CNET)
Report: NHL, players officially agree to withdraw from Beijing Olympics (Yahoo)
Candy cane shortage 2021: Peppermint candy is harder to find before Christmas (USA Today)
Kellogg workers ratify a revised contract after being on strike since October (NY Times)
The Bidens say hello to new puppy Commander, and Major is off to a new home (NPR)
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