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Specialist Meric Greenbaum works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street Friday, after a coronavirus variant from South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa.
The S&P 500 index fell 2.3%, its worst day since February and the Nasdaq composite had its worst drop in two months.
Recommendations include limiting areas available for energy development and raising costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water.

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  1. Thousands of people browse local vendors during the Shopapalooza Festival at Vinoy Park on Saturday in St. Petersburg.
  2. Black Friday shoppers, wearing face masks, carry bags at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
  3. Activists from Extinction Rebellion block the entrance to the Amazon fulfilment centre, preventing lorries from entering or leaving on Black Friday, the global retail giant's busiest day of the year, in Tilbury, England, Friday. The group has targeted Amazon sites in Doncaster, Darlington, Dunfremline, Newcastle, Manchester, Peterborough, Derby, Coventry, Rugeley, Dartford, Bristol, Tilbury and Milton Keynes.
  4. In this Aug. 25 file photo, an oil well works at sunrise in Watford City, N.D. The Biden administration on Friday called for an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water.
  5. Specialist Meric Greenbaum works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street Friday, after a coronavirus variant from South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa.
  6. Stacy Davis and Ellen Bell load up their Black Friday purchases at a Target in St. Petersburg.
  7. The United Kingdom has approved molnupiravir, an antiviral pill, to treat COVID-19 infections. Public health authorities in the United States are considering approving the drug, too.
  8. FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
  9. Cynthia St. Lawrence holds her calico cat, Callie, last week at her home in Clearwater. St. Lawrence is 72 and has a robust group of friends. But she lives alone in a 55+ community, and wishes there were more opportunities for senior cohousing in the area.
  10. San Francisco multimedia artist Jim Campbell will bring a light art installation titled "Three Arcs" to a public space outside the Thousand & One office building in Water Street Tampa.
  11. A Russian Emergency Ministry truck is on scene Friday to help in rescue efforts following an explosion at the Listvyazhnaya mine, right, near Belovo, in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia.
  12. People shop at International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa on Monday, Nov. 14, 2021.
  13. Sun Country Airlines' direct flight between St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., began Thursday.
  14. A class-action lawsuit accuses Kellogg's of misleading consumers about the amount of strawberries in their Pop-Tarts.
  15. A sign at a Tampa Winn Dixie announces employees will have Thanksgiving off.
  16. The Seminole Tribe, which owns the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, was denied its request to continue operating its new online sports betting app while it appeals a ruling that the app violates federal law.
  17. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the grand opening of General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck EV Factory Zero on Nov. 17.
  18. A plane prepares for a flight during holiday travel at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday in Atlanta. Attorney General Merrick Garland directed U.S. attorneys across the country to swiftly prioritize the prosecution of federal crimes that happen on commercial flights as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior.
  19. This single-family home at 11132 Windpoint Dr., in Tampa, was purchased by an investor earlier this year, which beat out six other offers. The sale punctuates the historic high of investor purchases of homes in the Tampa Bay area, which creates intense and sometimes insurmountable competition for regular buyers looking for places to live.
  20. A hiring sign is displayed outside of a retail store in Vernon Hills, Ill., on Nov. 13.  The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year’s coronavirus recession.  [Nam Y. Huh | Associated Press]
  21. Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field returns Nov. 26, turning the baseball field into a massive holiday winter wonderland.
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  23. Truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Vermont during March 2020. Vaccination will be required for all essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials.
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