Sunday Reads: Dec. 26

The Billings Gazette: COVID No. 1 cause of death among Montana Native Americans

The Washington Post: The ‘Cowboy Cocktail’: How Wyoming became one of the world’s top tax havens

Task and Purpose: Military housing company to pay $65 million fine after years of ‘pervasive fraud’

The Washington Post: Gift giving: Is it really the thought that counts? Psychologists weigh in.

Associated Press: NHL shuts down Wednesday through Saturday; 5 games postponed

NPR: As the pandemic persists, more schools embrace outdoor classes

The Washington Post: Opinion: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ turns 75 this year. It’s still a testament to America’s promise.

NPR: Writing ‘Rudolph’: The original red-nosed manuscript

LAist: How Chinese restaurants conquered Christmas

Wired: 10 not-so-Christmas Christmas movies to watch this season

NPR: NORAD’s Santa Tracker began with a typo and a good sport

Associated Press: Security protocols leave threat responses up to schools

National Geographic: Where’s Santa buried? Resting places of the real St. Nick

Route Fifty: The $1.6 billion federal plan to spur local zoning reforms

NPR: Teachers thought 2021 would be better. Instead, some say it’s their toughest year yet

Associated Press: Russian court slaps Google, Meta with massive fines

The New York Times: A Civil War-era time capsule, hiding beneath Lee since 1887. Maybe.

The Washington Post: The ‘most serious’ security breach ever is unfolding right now. Here’s what you need to know.

NPR: How your brain copes with grief, and why it takes time to heal

The Economist: An economic history of restaurants

The New York Times: Behind Manchin’s opposition, a long history of fighting climate measures

The Washington Post: Tourist drug demand is bringing cartel violence to Mexico’s most popular resorts

ProPublica: How Black communities become “Sacrifice Zones” for industrial air pollution

Reuters: U.S. cities try new way to help the poor: give them money

NPR: Omicron is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S., making up 73 percent of new infections

Reuters: California sues Walmart over hazardous waste disposal

The New York Times: Can the flu contribute to Parkinson’s disease?

Flathead Beacon: A miracle on ice

NPR: A fossilized dinosaur embryo shows a link to modern birds

Reuters: Two U.S. senators seek probe into labor practices

NPR: Move more, sit less and celebrate outside this holiday season

Associated Press: Troops find religious exemption for vaccines unattainable

The New Yorker: How to think about the risks of Omicron

NPR: Boeing and Airbus urge a delay in 5G wireless service over safety concerns

The Washington Post: Mexico’s wheat fields help feed the world. They’re also releasing a dangerous greenhouse gas.

Atlas Obscura: America’s small towns are packed with wonder

NPR: Some colleges and universities will start the new year online as omicron spreads

Recode: How omicron broke COVID-19 testing

The Washington Post: They borrowed money to pay for college. Here’s what they would change about student loans.

The New York Times: Are schools ready for the next big surge?

NPR: Passengers could lose their TSA PreCheck privilege over unruly behavior on flights

The Wall Street Journal: Is it time to get rid of the QR code menu? A debate

TechCrunch: Crypto mayors on the rise

The New York Times: Hospitals scramble as antibody treatments fail against omicron

Associated Press: 2021 on track to surpass last year as nation’s deadliest

Reveal: The secret bias hidden in mortgage-approval algorithms

The Washington Post: On the line at Edwins, where a restaurateur dishes out tough love to former inmates

Route Fifty: More cities move to adopt vaccine requirements for indoor spaces

The Wall Street Journal: Hospital prices are unpredictable. One type of health coverage often gets the worst rates.

Kaiser Health News: As patients fell ill with COVID inside hospitals, government oversight fell short

The New York Times: Omicron infections seem to be milder, three research teams report

CNN Business: Cooking is out. Campbell’s soup is in again

The New York Times: ‘Once we’re gone, we’re not coming back’