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De Blasio defends NYPD decision to end standoff with BLM protester
The protester accused of shouting in a cop’s ear with a high-power bullhorn — and who forced cops to retreat after they tried to arrest him for it — now faces up to seven years prison on felony assault charges. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement Saturday defending Commissioner Dermot Shea ordering his tactical-gear...
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Michael Jordan stepping into Knicks feud didn’t sit well with Charles Oakley
To Charles Oakley, Michael Jordan the owner and Michael Jordan the former teammate are two different things. So when Jordan tried to help de-escalate the feud between Oakley and James Dolan in 2017 — calling for a talk with the two and commissioner Adam Silver after the ex-Knick was arrested and charged with assault following...
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Three people shot across Brooklyn this morning, cops say
Three people were shot in separate incidents across Brooklyn early Saturday. The early morning gunplay began at 12:45 a.m. when a bullet grazed the arm of a 28-year-old as he was dropping a friend off on Morris Avenue in Brooklyn, police said. Less than four hours later, a 36-year-old was shot twice on Buffalo Avenue...
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Rams place defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson on active/non-football injury list
A'Shawn Robinson of the Rams is on the active/non-football injury list because of an unspecified injury or condition that occurred pre-training camp.
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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Skips Campaign Rally After Saying She Was Bitten by a Bat
Luckily, the presidential candidate doesn't seem particularly traumatized by the bat attack
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Trump signs executive orders aimed at bypassing Congress on coronavirus relief
With negotiations stalled on Capitol Hill, Trump is using executive powers to try to get aid flowing to the beleaguered economy. But there are questions about whether he has the power to do so.
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NYPD barricades have turned Gracie Mansion into de Blasio’s fortress, neighbors say
It’s the “People’s House” -- they just can’t get near it.
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Why influencer Jessica Wang is still wearing stilettos in quarantine
Despite being quarantined at home for months, Jessica Wang still sports stilettos. “I’ve actually been wearing heels for my TikToks and my photo shoots,” the social-media influencer told The Post. “As soon as I’m done with the shoes, I take them off and put on sweats.” Even cooped up in her New York-area house, the...
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative for coronavirus for second time after false positive
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Saturday afternoon that he and his wife have tested negative for Covid-19 for a second time after getting a false positive.
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Air tour brings Flying Fortress to Mason City
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Magnificent Mile at risk for massive store closures
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Couple pens bilingual kids book on wearing a mask
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Black Lives Matter murals to go up across the city
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Ponchatoula becomes state's first Purple Heart city
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Fantasy football draft rules to follow during this coronavirus season
Hooray all! Welcome to the 2020 fantasy football season! Hopefully. While you have been socially distanced from the Fantasy Madman, we’ve been preparing for what is certain to be the strangest and most unpredictable football season we’ve ever seen. And, inevitably, fantasy strategy has to change to adapt to this new reality. The rules are...
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Brewing in America: The nation's craft beer industry has a diversity problem but it's trying to fix it
Less than 1% or 60 of the nation's 8,000 breweries are owned by Black people. The Black is Beautiful beer project is looking to remove barriers.       
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Mid-American Collegiate Athletic Conference Cancels Fall Football Season Over Coronavirus
It became the first league at college football's highest level to cancel its fall season
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Twin brothers start chair building business amid pandemic
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Father's dedication helps daughter reach dreams
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Good Samaritans save family from floodwaters
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Unhatched sea turtle nests nearly wiped by Isaias
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Farm offers free meals to families during pandemic
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Collective offers women distraction-free workspace
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TSA policy change fuels concerns for employees
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Lake boating sees a boom amid pandemic
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Thousands of protesters in Beirut call for “the fall of the regime” in the wake of the blast
Protesters gather in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square to demand sweeping political changes. | AFP/Getty Images Protesters demanded change following a massive explosion that exacerbated an existing economic crisis. Thousands of demonstrators faced tear gas and rubber bullets in clashes with police in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday in protests sparked by a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital last week that killed more than 150, injured around 6,000, and left about 300,000 people without homes. Experts say the blast, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in recent history, and one whose causes are still unclear, has dramatically intensified political and economic crises that preceded the explosion, while further corroding public trust in Lebanon’s government. Thousands of protestors took to the streets in the city center, some gathering peacefully, and some throwing stones. Demonstrators chanted slogans including, “The people want the fall of the regime” — a popular chant during the Arab Spring in 2011 — and “Revolution, Revolution.” Protesters also held posters addressed to the country’s leaders that bore messages like, “Leave, you are all killers,” and signs commemorating the lives of people killed by the explosion. A group of protestors broke into the foreign ministry and burned a portrait of Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Others forced their way into the Association of Lebanese Banks. When demonstrators tried to remove a barrier in order to enter the parliament building, police fired tear gas at them. Police also fired live ammunition into the air in an attempt to get crowds to disperse. The origins of the explosion that have spurred the protests are not yet known. On Tuesday, two explosions in Beirut’s port area sent a red mushroom cloud thousands of feet into the air above the city. Lebanese officials say that over 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, which is used to make both bombs and fertilizer, had been stored there for six years without safety measures. Lebanon’s president said on Friday that the government was investigating whether the explosion was triggered by a bomb, negligence, an accident or something else. But protestors and much of the Lebanese public are skeptical of the government’s commitment to a serious investigation and see the event as yet another sign of deep-rooted corruption and incompetence in Lebanon’s political class. “The chickens are coming home to roost,” Nizar Ghanem, the Beirut-based director of research at the think tank Triangle Policy Research Center told Vox. He pointed to a three-pronged economic disaster made up of a banking crisis, a currency crisis, and a sovereign debt crisis that helped inspire a protest movement in Lebanon last October as having stoked widespread distrust of the government — and as intensifying the anger fueling the today’s protests. Rachel Raedi, a 20-year-old in Beirut, told the Guardian,“We were here in October, and so was our friend, she was campaigning for change to make Lebanon a better place. And now she is dead.” Lebanon was in trouble before the explosion hit As Vox’s Alex Ward has explained, Lebanon’s economy has been in abysmal shape for a long time, and the country’s faith in the government to operate in the public interest has been waning for many years: The nation’s leaders mismanaged the economy for decades, namely with a Ponzi-like scheme whisking away the hard-earned money of Lebanese people from banks to keep the government afloat, pay off public debts, and line the pockets of those in charge. The troubled policy screeched to a halt after the country’s banks simply ran out of money last year — meaning Lebanese workers lost savings they’d stored in accounts and expected to be available when needed. That worsened an already bad situation: the unemployment rate hovers around 25 percent and about a third of the country lives below the poverty line. The lack of funds has pushed millions into poverty, forcing some to eat at best every other day. That’s made worse as the lira, Lebanon’s currency, has collapsed, driving the prices of necessary items like food upward. It’s why many experts fear Lebanon may soon see refugees flock out of the country, though they have few places to go in the war-torn region. The explosion in Beirut has galvanized activists and disenchanted citizens while generating a new set of pressures on the government to meet the country’s many pressing needs. “We are staying here,” a protester with a megaphone said, Reuters reported. “We call on the Lebanese people to occupy all the ministries.” The most urgent needs are humanitarian ones. The blast took out Lebanon’s only large grain silo, for example, and United Nations agencies are helping provide medical aid and food to the country. An unknown number of people remain missing, and 300,000 people are living without basic accommodation and are in desperate need of shelter. And as Bujar Hoxha, the director of the aid group CARE’s Lebanon operation told Ward, resources are needed to help address the effects the explosion has had on people’s mental health. “These people were already facing immense trauma, but this adds more fuel to what they were feeling,” Hoxha said. “I don’t know how much more they can take.” But protesters do not just want their immediate needs fulfilled. Ultimately, their demands go far deeper — they are calling for structural changes and massive resignations across the political class. Tens of thousands of people have indicated through petitions that they don’t even trust the government to handle the influx of international aid to help with the aftermath of the explosion, with some signing a petition for France to retake control of the country. Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who was appointed in December 2019, said he understood demonstrators frustrations on Saturday, but stressed the economic situation was not his fault, according to Reuters. And despite the mistrust the public has for politicians, he proposed elections as the solution to the crises Lebanon has faced: “We cannot get out of this crisis without early parliamentary elections,” he said.
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Lebanese protesters storm government buildings as prime minister vows early elections
Protesters in Lebanon stormed government ministries as violence gripped Beirut Saturday night. 
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Trump expected to sign executive order extending federal COVID-19 aid
The order is expected to cut payroll taxes, halt evictions and revive federal unemployment funds which expired at the end of July.
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Curtis Sliwa rips NYPD commissioner for NYC’s West Side chaos
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa slammed “missing in action” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea for letting the West Side run wild, and vowed to do his job if the city’s “oblivious” Top Cop doesn’t put a lid on crime and chaos. “It is mind boggling what is happening to our city. We are here to fill...
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Surprise: FL Teen Provides Apartment to Nurses Who Lost Home in Fire
A Miami teenager surprised two nurses working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, providing them with an apartment after they lost theirs and a dog in a fire.
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Schools must allow trans students to use bathrooms that match gender
"A public school may not punish its students for gender conformity," the judges said.
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Police Fire Tear Gas As Thousands Express Outrage Over Beirut Explosion
Large crowds thronged the city's center, blaming politicians and a culture of corruption and negligence for an explosion that killed more than 150 people.
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Mississippi trooper fatally shot working part-time job driving USPS mail truck: reports
A man found fatally shot in a USPS delivery truck has been identified as a Mississippi Highway Patrol lieutenant.
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Gretchen Whitmer Interviews for Vice President, Then Mandates Self-Lockdowns for People Exposed to Sore Throats
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met this week with Joe Biden in Delaware as his search for a running mate comes down to the wire.
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Trump expected to sign executive orders on coronavirus relief
The orders will be announced at a press conference Saturday afternoon.
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U.S. intelligence says Russia seeking to boost Trump's re-election bid
The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Russia is actively seeking to boost President Trump's candidacy ahead of the 2020 presidential election. In an unprecedented statement outlining the candidate preferences of several foreign actors, National Counterintelligence and Security Center director Bill Evanina also said China "prefers that President Trump - whom Beijing sees as unpredictable - does not win reelection," and that Iran may try to "undermine" U.S. democratic institutions and the president, primarily through online and social media content. CBS News intelligence and national security reporter joins CBSN's Lana Zak to talk about the NCSC warning and the Trump administration's response.
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Brent Scowcroft Didn’t Always Follow ‘the Scowcroft Model’
As national security adviser, he voiced strong opinions and acted on them, especially when it came to Beijing and Moscow.
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Canadian ice shelf larger than Manhattan collapses into the sea
The Milne Ice Shelf in Canada lost nearly half of its area in just two days. The collapse occurred on July 30 and 31, reducing the last fully intact ice shelf in Canada by 43%.
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MLS abandoning bubble despite MLB’s coronavirus disaster
Major League Soccer will resume the regular season with clubs playing in their home cities starting from Aug. 12 following the end of the single-site tournament in Florida that was designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the league said on Saturday. The majority of matches will be played without fans in attendance and the...
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Stylist claims J.Lo, Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl are worst celebs to work with
A former Hollywood stylist is dishing the dirt on her TikTok page, taking bad celebrity behavior to task and spilling the T on the worst stars to work with, including Marisa Tomei, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez. A woman named Tamaran, who worked for several celebrity stylists from 2008 to 2017, has created several confessionals...
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Matt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book
Matt Lieberman, a Democrat running for Senate in Georgia, is facing calls from within his party to drop out of the race for authoring a book in 2018 comprising “racist and discriminatory tropes.” 
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Seth Rogen explains the naughty 'American Pickle' shout-out to Barbra Streisand's 'Yentl'
Barbara Streisand's role in 1983's "Yentyl" makes an appearance in "An American Pickle." Seth Rogan understands the love for his 'Guilt Trip' mom.        
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Clippers reserves finish off victory over Trail Blazers
Patrick Patterson and Rodney McGruder scored in the final minute to help the Clippers beat a red-hot Portland team 120-117 on Saturday.
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'This is a banger': Watch as Gen Z twins hilariously react after hearing Dolly Parton, Phil Collins for the first time
This is what happened when 21-year-old YouTubers listen to Dolly Parton and Phil Collins' songs for the first time.       
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