More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said Thursday.

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Federal Hearing On Rikers InvestigationA hearing will be held Thursday on conditions on Rikers Island.
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off Holiday Season In New YorkThousands of people gathered in Midtown on Wednesday to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree light up. The crowds returned after the ceremony was mostly virtual last year; CBS2's Ali Bauman reports.
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