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President Trump dismissed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Friday night, replacing him with the deputy surgeon general as he moves to name his own people to the administration.

What happened: Murthy "was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration," Health and Human Services spokeswoman Alleigh Marré said in a statement. "Secretary [Tom] Price thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation."

Who's in charge now: Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams is now the acting surgeon general.

Why: There was no official word, but Murthy, who released a report last year on the dangers of addiction, had made enemies because of his opposition to e-cigarettes.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
3 hours ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

4 hours ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.