The United States is going to restrict air travel from South Africa and seven other countries over concerns of a new COVID variant. President Joe Biden says the World Health Organization has identified the new variant which is spreading through South Africa. They say the highly transmissible Omicron variant is a variant of concern.    A shooting at a shopping center in Durham, North Carolina is leaving three people wounded. Police say one of the victims is a ten-year old, who was hit with a bullet that ricocheted. The child reportedly has non life threatening injuries.    The trial of British socialite Ghislaine [[ GHEE-lane ]] Maxwell begins on Monday, as she stands accused of being Jeffrey Epstein's madam. All of Epstein and Maxwell's alleged victims are expected to take the stand. Epstein reportedly took his own life inside his jail cell two years ago, before his trial on sex crimes could begin.    A government funding deadline will be on the list when Congress returns to work next week. December 3rd is when the government runs out of money. Other deadlines will be looked at by Congress, including raising the nation's debt ceiling.    Union workers at The New Times product review website, Wirecutter, are on strike. The movement happened Thursday after a new deal wasn't reached after two years of negotiations. The staff walked out ahead of Black Friday, and expect to go back to work after the busy shopping weekend.    Thomas Wells, famous for his singing on talent shows including the X Factor, passed away at the age of 46. According to TMZ, Thomas died earlier this month following an accident while working at his job at a tire manufacturer in Oklahoma. He was featured on shows like "America's Got Talent," "The Voice," and "The Winner Is..."