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Amid Putin tension, Biden to hold talks with Ukrainian President Zelensky

Amid growing concerns over Moscow’s military buildup along the border with Ukraine, President Joe Biden is due to speak by phone Sunday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The two leaders plan to review preparations for upcoming diplomatic engagements, according to the White House. The conversation comes days after Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States and its allies would “respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine,” said White House press secretary Jen PSAKI, in a statement released after the roughly 50-minute call Thursday between the two. leaders. A senior official said Biden told Putin he had two options: diplomacy leading to de-escalation or further aggression with “serious costs and consequences.” Possible consequences include economic sanctions, adjustments to NATO forces in allied countries and further aid to Ukraine to defend its territory, the official said. The White House has repeatedly warned Russia against invading its neighbor.

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Are you worried about New Year’s resolutions? Try making intentions instead.

As 2022 approaches, many have decided to make New Year’s resolutions. While the New Year can be a time to assess areas you want to improve, experts suggest approaching goals in a lesser way. binding. Jenny Koning, a therapist at virtual primary care and mental health platform PlushCare, says if we don’t end up getting together or following through on this resolution we made earlier this year, more pressure can build up. to install. Not only can resolutions contribute to this pressure, but they can also make people feel like they’ve failed trying to achieve unattainable goals. Instead, Koning suggests shifting your mindset from resolutions to setting intentions, which “gives us a more enjoyable approach to creating lasting change no matter the time of year.”

The minimum wage is about to increase in more than 20 states across the country

Twenty-one states and 35 cities and counties are expected to raise their minimum wages on or around New Years Day, according to a report provided exclusively to USA TODAY by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a labor advocacy group. For example, the base hourly wage will drop from $11 to $12 in Illinois; $9.25 to $10.50 in Delaware; $9.50 to $11 in Virginia; $12 to $13 for most New Jersey workers; and $10.50 to $11.50 in New Mexico. Additionally, four of the localities raising their wage floors on Jan. 1 will hit the $15 threshold for the first time: Denver, which drops from $14.77 to $15.87, and the California cities of San Diego, Oakland and West Hollywood. With some governments taking action later in the year, a total of 25 states and 56 localities will lift their pay floors in 2022, according to the NELP.

The Rose Bowl highlights an action-packed day of college football

For many college football fans, New Year’s Day still sounds like a day of celebration. Although bowl season is more spread out now, watching your team compete in a bowl on January 1 or New Year’s Eve is still special. Saturday will feature five bowl games, including three of six New Year’s Day matchups. First, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Oklahoma State will square off in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. (ESPN, 1 p.m. ET). Later, the Ohio State No. 7 will face the Utah No. 11 in the “grandfather of all,” the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET). Finally, in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, No. 6 Baylor will face No. 8 Mississippi (ESPN, 8:45 p.m. ET). Saturday’s action follows two college football playoff bowls played on Friday. Alabama’s No. 1 crushed Cincinnati’s No. 4 and Georgia’s No. 3 blasted Michigan’s No. 2. The Crimson Tide will face the Bulldogs for the national title on Jan. 10 in a rematch of the SEC Championship Game.

Start 2022 with a magical “Harry Potter” reunion

More than 20 years after the first “Harry Potter” movie hit theaters, the film’s cast will reunite for a special premiere on HBO Max on Saturday. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton and other members of the Hogwarts gang will return to Magical School with filmmaker Chris Columbus for an HBO Max special to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s first movie “Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone”. The special will include in-depth interviews and cast conversations and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the franchise. must not be named (Ralph Fiennes) and others.

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