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The government is forecasting lower gas prices to ring in the new year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says regular gas may cost three-oh-one a gallon next month. This after the price of gas was three-42 a gallon just one month ago.       In response to the emergence of a new COVID strain, Pfizer says it's developing an Omicron [[ ahm-ih-cron ]]-specific vaccine. The drugmaker predicts it'll be ready by March. Meantime, Pfizer says a third dose of its coronavirus vaccine provides good protection against the new strain.       Closing arguments are set to happen today in the trial of former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett [[ smuh-LETT ]]. They'll be followed by jury instructions and deliberations. This after Smollett once again took to the stand in court in Chicago, alleging he was attacked by two suspects who made homophobic and racist comments.       A California murder case that captivated the nation is about to take a big turn in court. Scott Peterson plans to speak today when he's re-sentenced for killing his pregnant wife and their unborn son. It happened in 2002 on Christmas Eve, just a month before Laci was due to give birth.       Border landowners have been hit hard by the surge in illegal immigration. Police chases have plowed down fences and Texas Republican Congressman Tony Gonzales says the federal government needs to pay for that. He's filed a bill to reimburse border landowners for damages to their property resulting from illegal immigration.       Tom Petty is receiving a posthumous Doctorate in Music degree from the University of Florida. The Tampa Bay Times reports that in a meeting Friday, the school's board of trustees voted unanimously to confer the degree on the Gainesville native who passed away in 2017. Petty did not attend college, but instead dropped out of high school at age 17 to pursue a music career.