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President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump told The Hill Monday that writer E. Jean Carroll was "totally lying" when she said he raped her in a dressing room of New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s.

I’ll say it with great respect: No. 1, she’s not my type. No. 2, it never happened. It never happened, OK?"

Why it matters: Carroll's accusation is the 16th allegation of sexual misconduct or assault levied against the president throughout his time in public life — all of which he has denied.

Catch up quick: Carroll, a columnist for Elle, alleged Trump pinned her against a wall in the dressing room in either 1995 or 1996, pulled down her tights, unzipped his pants and sexually assaulted her. Carroll claims she fought back and escaped relatively quickly.

  • She told CNN she's uncomfortable with the word "rape," but her description of the incident in her new book would legally qualify as rape.

The big picture: Trump previously called the accusation false, saying Carroll is making the claims to boost book sales. He said he never met Carroll, though The Cut published a photo of them together at a party in the 1990s. Trump dismissed the photo evidence on Saturday. "Standing with coat on in a line — give me a break — with my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is," he told reporters.

  • Trump insisted to The Hill he knows nothing about Carroll. "It’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that," he said.
  • Carroll responded to Trump's latest comments about her on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Monday evening.
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Five cases of the newly-discovered Omicron variant were detected in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday, making New York the fourth state with confirmed cases.

The latest: In addition to New York, the variant has been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

Early winter heat shatters records in U.S., Canada

Temperature departures from average on Dec. 2, 2021, as depicted by the GFS computer model. (Weatherbell.com)

A widespread and intense heatwave is roasting large portions of the U.S. and Canada, shattering daily and monthly temperature records.

Why it matters: Winter is the fastest-warming season across the U.S., and the lingering warmth is shortening the snow season in places like Colorado and Montana, where mountain snowpack is a critical source of water during the summer months.

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The start of the COVID-19 pandemic seems like a lifetime ago to some, and just yesterday to others. Scientists are beginning to unpack the way people processed the passage of time amidst the stress, uncertainty and isolation of the 1 year, 8 months and 21 days since WHO declared a pandemic.

Why it matters: The pandemic's global effects on how people experience time could provide new insights into the brain's ability to perceive and predict time — a fundamental feature of life.