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Victim Tortured With Shock Collar and Boiling Water Found Injured in Bushes After Escaping Captors, Police Say
He told detectives in Inkster, Michigan, that his former friends used a lighter to burn his nipples and forced him to chew a towel soaked in dog urine.
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3 small-business owners on life after shutting down
For small-business owners forced to shut down due to the pandemic, the loss can be deeply personal. | Marcia Straub/Getty Images “I feel like a part of my identity is gone.” D’mai Urban Spa was no stranger to Park Slope’s thriving Fifth Avenue brick-and-mortar scene in Brooklyn, New York. Customers used to fill the shop’s schedule with appointments for luxury massages and facials. Having survived the economic recession in 2008, Daniella Stromberg — a longtime Park Slope resident and owner of the small luxury spa — never lost faith in her business. But all that changed when the Covid-19 pandemic forced her to shut it down. Now she does advocacy work to protect independent business owners. Since March, when much of the country imposed lockdown measures to keep the novel coronavirus at bay, small businesses have taken a hit. In September, Yelp released its latest economic impact report showing that 60 percent of the business closures on its platform were permanent. Not even federal or local assistance such as a loan from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act was enough to help small businesses stay afloat. Without customers and income, owners struggled to not only pay their employees, but also negotiate their rent. Many business owners, like Stromberg, are facing huge fines and legal battles with landlords for breaking leasing contracts. “I try not to feel hopeless. I’ve tried to feel like we will get through this,” Stromberg said. “But my heart is really broken right now. My business was very special to me, and very special to the community, so I’m a little bit raw.” Across the country, small-business owners face uncertainties for the future. Many are waiting for the perfect time and location to start all over again, while others are pivoting to different professions like real estate or political lobbying. In some places, local businesses have long been embedded in the social fabric of a neighborhood. Black-owned businesses, in particular, which serve as success stories amid rampant racial discrimination nationwide, have had to make the heartbreaking choice to permanently shutter a historical legacy in their community. With the pandemic exposing the cracks in society, some owners like Stromberg have turned to community activism. Vox talked to three small-business owners who had to permanently shut down their ventures due to Covid-19’s economic challenges and learned what they plan to do next. “I’m kind of like, do I want to rebuild an industry that’s treated that way, or should I get into something safer?” Eric Bowler, 42, owner of Fortune club and Revelry restaurant in Portland, Oregon My background is actually as a DJ. About eight years ago, my wife and I decided that we wanted to move back to Portland from Los Angeles, so we did. The opportunity formy club, Fortune, came up about six years ago, and from there, we just kind of grew our little company up to six different businesses. Fortune closed partially due to a years-long dispute with our landlords, which we were able to fight pre-pandemic because we were open and able to make money to fund the legal site. But with no revenue coming in during the pandemic, we couldn’t afford a pair of lawyers to stay open anymore. There really haven’t been protections for commercial tenants. I know in Oregon and Portland, they extended the eviction moratorium for residential people. They also put some protections in place for mortgage holders, which is great for building landlords. But when it trickled down to the tenants, we are just taking the brunt of the whole thing. I also owned another restaurant called Revelry that won Best New Restaurant in Portland in 2016, but we had to completely close that permanently earlier in the year due to Covid-19, too. So I’m pretty well-versed in shutting things down. We got PPP, and that gave us a brief glimmer of hope. But that was basically a two-month fix, and we’re in month eight now. It’s crazy to see the charts of how the rich have gotten so much richer during the pandemic, and then everyone else was kind of left fighting for scraps. It’s frustrating to see other industries get total bailouts, while hospitality places, live music venues — which we’re kind of like a hybrid of those — are just totally left out. A lot of places are able to reopen with online sales or other ways to do what they do, but we survive on putting people in a place to socialize, and I agree that that’s not safe right now. But there needs to be some sort of a bailout or assistance for places that fall into that category, because they’re a huge part of the economy. I’ve worked in hospitality for almost 20 years, so it’s such a huge part of what I am and what I do, and being a small-business owner, you definitely put in a lot of extra hours, which is a huge part of your life. I’m kind of like, do I want to rebuild an industry that’s treated that way, or should I get into something safer? Since we closed, I’ve definitely rebranded myself as the 24/7 dad guy, and I love it. My oldest daughter also started kindergarten, so collaborating with my wife on kindergarten lessons has been pretty awesome. My wife is my business partner in everything. I’m also studying to get my real estate broker’s license so that I have something I can do while I’m at home watching the kids. It’s something I potentially would want to pivot to the longer this goes on. I’m like, “Okay, do I wait another three or four months for the vaccine? Or is it going to be years from now before I’m back to what I was doing?” So I want to at least have some sort of backup, just in case it takes years. “I feel like a part of my identity is gone in the process. It’s pretty much all I’ve done.” Nick Muscari, 39, owner of Nick’s Sports Grill and Lounge in Lubbock, Texas I started the business in 2010, and before that, I bartended. I just always wanted to have a bar, and my partners approached me to run a place for them. When the governor shut us down for the first time in March, we did to-go stuff, but that was a struggle financially. When we finally got to reopen, things were pretty good, because we had our regulars. I had the PPP loan, and my landlord at the time was kind of working with me on rent. But all of a sudden, the state shut us down again. Everything changed. I was about to have to start paying full rent, and the PPP money was gone. With no timetable set for reopening, it just didn’t make financial sense. There’s no way I’m going to be able to pay rent, pay the staff, and do it all over. We weren’t like a hardcore bar. We were a sports bar. Lubbock thrives on Texas Tech [University] and football season, but now our stadiums are limited to a certain percent capacity. There’s a lot of small businesses — hotels and restaurants — that depend on those six home games a year to really carry them throughout the year, and the way things are is just really bad right now. Ultimately, I decided to close and move all my stuff out before I had to pay rent. I didn’t expect the pandemic to last as long as it did. I feel like a part of my identity is gone in the process. It’s pretty much all I’ve done. I’m only 39, and I opened when I was 29. It’s pretty much my whole adult life. Right now, I’m just on unemployment. I’m also trying to help some friends who have another restaurant, though I don’t want to get involved in too much stuff right now with no real food for the future. At the same time, I also have a pending lawsuit since I broke my lease. So owning anything really isn’t in the cards right now. I’ve just been going to the gym, doing stuff around the house, and not a whole lot, really. My parents live in Florida, so I went to visit them for a week. I’m just trying to make time go by. I would definitely like to be a small-business owner again, once I figure out how to clear up the lawsuit as well as my business debt. I really have never done anything else except work in small-business restaurants — it’s really all I know. And I know I didn’t close down because of something I did. I believe that the government knows they made a mistake and won’t do it again. “The loss of my business is more than just the loss of a business. It’s the loss of significant revenues in a community.” Daniella Stromberg, 55, owner of D’mai Urban Spa in Brooklyn, New York I’m a resident of Park Slope, my business was in Park Slope, and it was immediately embraced by Park Slope. My day spa was really a neighborhood institution for over 17 years. I opened it because it was a natural extension for me. I have been working in holistic wellness on the private side with individual clients, and I really wanted to be part of the very vital, independent entrepreneurial movement that was happening on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. I wanted to walk to work, and I wanted to have a brick-and-mortar and be part of an exciting, young experience. I never did have a worry, until the pandemic hit. I knew early on that it was going to be a really serious, life-changing economic changing event. It was a fucking nightmare. I shuttered my business on March 13, and I immediately reached out to my landlord, because rent was the biggest worry I had. And I sent him a very rational kind of, “We’re in this together, looks like the pandemic is gonna hit long and hard, we should talk as soon as you have a free moment about how you and I are gonna get through this.” But no, he really had no sense of “in it together” at all. In fact, he held me to my scheduled rent increase. With my business being close contact, I didn’t reopen until phase 4 in July, and it was a struggle. I’m mourning a loss. The loss of my business is more than just the loss of a business. It’s the loss of significant revenues in a community. But I feel like my brand is strong, and I have a lot of day spa in me. I’m still looking for the right place to continue my business, but I’m just not sure when or where. In the meantime, I’ll continue to stay focused on seeing how we can save our independent businesses. I’m doing advocacy work with small-business owners on the local level. I’m not going to work for a couple of months, and I want Covid-19 to settle down. I’m married to someone who works at Kings County Hospital, so being in a partnership helps with the bills. It isn’t easy, but we prioritize and cut back. For now, what I need to do is to focus on legislation, because an entrepreneur should not be left to find a nice landlord. Legislation should change because the landlord should not be allowed to find loopholes to mandate a renter to stay, in the final months of relief, during an extraordinary time such as a pandemic. There should be government protections for that. And there is a bill sitting on the state floor that should have been voted on. [The legislation would suspend all rent payments for small-business commercial tenants who were forced to shut down their business, and certain mortgage payments for landlords for 90 days in response to Covid-19.] I plan to write postcards and make phone calls. We are sort of past the two-party system, and there’s a global united group of very, very wealthy people working together and robbing resources from our planet and from the rest of us. And we need those resources to stay healthy. This never had to happen. Small businesses could have been saved. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. 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This Republican senator is taking being pro-Trump to a whole other level
Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler was apparently on another planet or something during the 2016 presidential race.
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Falcons coach Raheem Morris takes blame for Todd Gurley's costly touchdown blunder vs. Lions
Todd Gurley scored with less than 70 seconds left instead of falling down before the end zone to waste time. It led to Lions' comeback win.       
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Residents survey damage, begin cleanup after Zeta
New Orleans residents were left with mess of debris, toppled trees and power outages after Hurricane Zeta. (Oct. 29)       
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Georgia Power Outage Map, Updates as Tropical Storm Zeta Leaves Over 900,000 Without Power
There are more than 2.2 million power outages reported across Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi, as of Thursday.
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Blue Ridge Fire glows bright orange behind homes in California
The Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 14,000 acres.        
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Anonymous Was Just a Little Gremlin
Yesterday afternoon, the “senior administration official” who wrote a prominent anti-Trump New York Times op-ed and book named himself, ripping off his mask to reveal … a face so forgettable, so forgotten, that it was unclear whether the mask had been ripped off at all, or whether he was like the Robert Stack character in Airplane!, dramatically removing his sunglasses to reveal an identical pair of sunglasses underneath. Anonymous is Miles Taylor, a Republican operative who started as chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security in February 2019, five months after publishing his op-ed. He left that position in June 2019 and is now campaigning for Joe Biden. At the time of the op-ed’s publication, Taylor was the DHS deputy chief of staff, and his name did not appear on the DHS leadership page at all. Most people thought the author was more famous, not an unknown appointee but a real grand fromage, perhaps at the level of a Cabinet secretary.[David A. Graham: Anonymous failed]In retrospect, it was foolish to expect a Trump-administration official—let alone a “senior” one—to heed the ancient counsel of integrity: “underpromise; overdeliver.” I’m not sure what The New York Times’ excuse is. The op-ed strongly suggested that its author was one of the 15 officials empowered by the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to vote on removing the president due to incapacity. Taylor’s boss, Kirstjen Nielsen, was one of those officials, but Taylor was probably far too junior to channel the thoughts of the other 14 voters or the vice president. Many candidates fell under suspicion of authorship, and many suspects were discarded, because the leak-hunters assumed that The New York Times would not allow an underling to write with what could reasonably be mistaken for the authority of a boss.When James Dao, then the deputy op-ed editor, was asked who counted as a senior administration official, he said that Washington types know the term, and that it encompasses the “upper echelon[s]” of the administration. That’s true enough: I’ve received background briefings from “senior” officials more obscure than Taylor. Although I have never background-quoted such an official myself, I know how the category of “senior” puffs up like a blowfish to impress readers: By using it, the reporter gets an important-sounding background source; the source gets a quote published that sounds like it comes straight from the Oval Office, and not from a cubicle in an adjacent building. Ordinary readers cannot be expected to know these subtleties—and journalists should be more transparent about who gets “senior” treatment (I would suggest no one below the level of deputies to leaders of departments and major agencies). The op-ed and book hint, misleadingly, at that higher level of authority.Taylor’s book, A Warning, is (as Mark Twain said of the Book of Mormon) chloroform in print. That is what happens when you write a book while taking care to consign to oblivion all identifying traces of your personality. There were touches of an expensive education—quotes from Cicero and Tocqueville (whom he called “De Tocqueville,” helpfully eliminating certain suspects who consistently, and properly, truncate the De). But having regained consciousness after a thorough read, I found that my list of suspects was zero names long, because little tics like that had ruled out everyone I could call “senior” in good conscience. I am reassured to know that I was not wrong, only misled along with the rest of the public.The New York Times should never have run the op-ed in that form, and since it no longer has to protect its source’s identity, it should explain its reasoning for the obfuscation in the first place. If the author were very senior, the granting of anonymity might have been defensible: that would have been the only way to convey to readers that (say) the attorney general was a saboteur. Instead, Taylor looks like a relatively minor gremlin, for whom the venerable opinion page should have maintained the normal rule: if you have an opinion, you should attach your name and reputation to it like an adult. “Speak in your own name,” my colleague David Frum wrote at the time the op-ed came out. “Previous generations of Americans have sacrificed fortunes, health, and lives to serve the country. You are asked only to tell the truth aloud and with your name attached.”[Gary R. Edson: Anonymous is a coward]As for Taylor, he is expiating his misdeeds for Donald Trump by exerting himself for Joe Biden and lining up anti-Trump interviews in the days before the election. He has been a CNN contributor since September. If I were Biden, I am not sure I would want him on my side. “I am a Republican, and I wanted this President to succeed,” Taylor wrote yesterday. “It’s why I stayed.” Biden can easily find Republicans who were, unlike Taylor, perceptive enough to figure out not to trust Trump without having first worked for him for a year. Moreover, Taylor is a liar. In August, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him directly whether he is Anonymous, and he said, “I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloweens and pandemics. So no.” Cute, but it’s still a lie—and Taylor’s attempts to explain it away sound like more dishonesty. (In the book, he promised that he would “strenuously deny” authorship if asked.) A journalistic enterprise like CNN should not employ contributors who lie to the camera without a trace of scruple. Many Trump officials, senior and junior, will emerge from the administration seeking ways to launder their reputations. This one should, for now, be sent back to the spin cycle.
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Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler says she is 'not familiar' with Access Hollywood tape
Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia said Wednesday she is "not familiar" with President Donald Trump's widely reported comments boasting about sexually assaulting women that came to light during the 2016 campaign.
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'NBA 2K21' Next-Gen MyWNBA & The W Revealed - A WNBA MyCareer Mode
"NBA 2K21" offers a huge expansion to its WNBA experience with MyWNBA and The W. Learn all about the WNBA-centric MyCareer alternative here.
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Which NFL Owners Have Donated to Donald Trump and Republicans?
A new report shows NFL owners have donated a combined $5 million to Republican causes over the last four years, with donations to Democratic campaigns amounting to less than $1 million.
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Police Officers Had 'What Appeared to Be Blood' Thrown on Them During Philadelphia Protests, Commissioner Says
In response to the Walter Wallace Jr. shooting, protesters have clashed with police and caused widespread damage across the city.
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Michael Schiavello breaks down ONE Championship's four title fights at 'Inside the Matrix'
ONE Championship's play-by-play commentator Michael Schiavello breaks down the four title fights ahead of ONE Championship 118 in Singapore.        Related Stories'Inside LFA with Ron Kruck:' UFC on ESPN+ 39 stacked with former LFA fightersScott Coker explains recent roster departures, breaks down Bellator 250, moreUFC free fight: Uriah Hall stuns Gegard Mousasi with spinning kick for TKO win 
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Pompeo says US will open embassy in the Maldives with a resident ambassador
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will open an embassy in the Maldives as America’s top diplomat was on a five-day swing through Asia in an effort to shore up support to counter China’s expanding role in the region. Pompeo pointed out in a news conference on Wednesday with Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla...
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What Polls Say About Trump Vs. Biden in Key Swing States With Just 5 Days to the Election
Polling data indicates the Democratic presidential nominee holds the widest leads in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin less than one week ahead of Election Day.
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'We're just a target.' Zeta is fifth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana this hurricane season
Hurricane Zeta slammed into Louisiana Wednesday as a Category 2 storm, becoming the fifth named storm to make landfall in the state this hurricane season -- the most ever for the Pelican State.
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Biden campaign touts military support in new TV commercial
EXCLUSIVE: With five days to go until Election Day on Nov. 3, Joe Biden’s campaign on Thursday is going up with a new TV commercial in key battleground states that spotlights the Democratic presidential nominee’s support among military families and veterans.
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John Lydon defends Trump's attacks on mainstream press: 'More power to him'
John Lydon's fascination with competing views is on display in his new book, “I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right,” whose title is a lyric taken from Public Image Limited’s best known song, “Rise.”
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Bills' Josh Allen on why he sticks around to sign autographs
Josh Allen is trying to make himself as accessible as possible for Buffalo Bills fans even as the coronavirus pandemic has barred spectators from practice and from a handful of stadiums.
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Woman found dead in Bronx bedroom allegedly beaten to death by son
The woman found dead in her Bronx bedroom this week was bludgeoned to death by her adult son in a jealousy-fueled rage, cops said. Steven Castro, 40, was busted in connection to the slaying of his 66-year-old mother, Carmen Aponte, whose daughter found her body inside an apartment on Seneca Avenue near Faile Street in...
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Joe Biden is a 'Trojan Horse' for socialism, says Tammy Bruce
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is being used as a "trojan horse," Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said on Thursday.
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Five Days Until Election, Donald Trump's Chances of Beating Joe Biden Are Stalling
According to betting experts Oddschecker, Trump's odds of victory on Thursday stood at 9-5, which the comparison site said implied a 35.71 percent chance of victory.
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Europe tried a scalpel on the second wave. Now it's going back to the sledgehammer
When the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic started to emerge over the summer, Europe's leaders pulled out out the scalpel, launching local lockdowns in an attempt to squash the outbreak before it gets out of countrol. It didn't work. Now they're bringing back the sledgehammer.
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World leaders condemn ‘brutal’ knife attack in Nice, France
World leaders are standing by France in condemning the barbaric knife attack in Nice that left three people dead on Thursday. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the horrific incident at the Notre Dame Basilica an “odious and brutal attack,” adding that the whole of Europe stands in solidarity with France, united “in...
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UK's Jeremy Corbyn suspended from Labour Party after damning anti-Semitism report
Former UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the party and has had the whip removed.
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Cars too dangerous and dirty for rich countries are being sold to poor ones
A customer checks out a car at a used car shop in Nairobi in 2017. | Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images So why are these cars considered good enough for Africa? A new report shows that the European Union, Japan, and the United States are selling millions of used cars to developing countries that come nowhere close to meetingminimum safety and environmental standards. In other words, rich countries are dumping high-polluting cars on poorer ones — which could have disastrous and unjust climate effects. The report, released by the UN Environment Program this month, found that developing countries received 14 million used cars from the EU, Japan, and the US between 2015 and 2018. 70 percent of this total ended up in developing countries, with more than half sent to African countries. Many of those nations don’t require strict inspection rules or safety standards, which is how richer countries are still able to export their junk cars. What’s more, those cars rarely adhere to modern-day environmental standards, meaning they pollute more than newer cars. This is a major problem. The World Health Organization estimates about 90 percent of road accidents occur in low- to middle-income countries, with death rates from such accidents highest in Africa. As lower-quality cars flood into those nations, especially in Africa, the roads are likely to become even more dangerous. Depressingly, that’s only the short-term concern. The longer-term worry is these dangerous vehicles will imperil us all — by potentially exacerbating the effects of climate change. How to curb the deadly spread of “dirty cars” The cars rich countries are sending to poorer ones release more harmful emissions and consume greater amounts of energy than newer models. That’sespecially troubling since two of the exporters, the EU and Japan, have made commitments to become carbon-neutral by 2050. They might reach their goals, but sending problematic vehicles to poorer countries won’t improve dire environmental conditions there. Indeed, less-developed nationsalready suffer the worst consequences of the climate emergency — like food insecurity —despite contributing the least to global warming. Sending crappy cars, then, only addsinsult to injury. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/GettyImages Secondhand vehicles at a car dealership in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 2012. The UN report’s authors propose a solution to all this. Mainly, they say regulationsshould be tightened in the next few years, and low- to zero-emission vehicles should be exported by richer countries, not cars adhering to fewer environmental and safety standards. Exporting and importing counties have a shared responsibility to regulate the quality of used vehicles and mitigate any negative impacts on the environment. Strong implementation and enforcement mechanisms, like new, enforceable global treaties or conventions could add teeth to regulations and compel countries to comply with them. Such changes require greater international collaboration between the countries that send cars and those that receive them to monitor and regulate the sale of used vehicles and end the practice of “dirty car” exports. “I think the onus is not only on the exporting country, it’s really a joint responsibility,” Rob de Jong, one of the report’s authors who is Head of Mobility at the UN, told the BBC on October 26. The goal should be to ensure that all used vehicles sent to poorer nations are secure and clean while remaining affordable. If that goal isn’t met soon, the dual problems of unsafe roads and worsening climate change will continue. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone make sense of an increasingly chaotic world: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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McEnany: Biden still has not denied substance of allegations about family's business ventures
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany emphasized the seriousness of emails provided by former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski, noting that Joe Biden has yet to clearly refute their validity.
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US workers file 751,000 jobless claims, COVID-19 total nears 66 million
Some 751,000 Americans applied for jobless benefits last week but the number of workers joining the nation’s unemployment rolls continued to drop, the feds said Thursday. The US Department of Labor figures mean workers have filed a seasonally adjusted total of 65.9 million initial jobless claims over the past eight months of the coronavirus pandemic...
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Tim Tebow on Tua making his first NFL start: 'He's the most pure pocket passer I've ever seen'
SportsPulse: Mackenzie Salmon connected with one famous left handed quarterback to talk about another. Tim Tebow did not mince words with how great he thinks Tua Tagovailoa can really be.       
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Matt Ryan implored Todd Gurley not to score before latest Falcons collapse
It seemed the entire Atlanta Falcons offense was on the same page. Running back Todd Gurley knew not to score. In fact, a new NFL Films clip shows quarterback Matt Ryan imploring Gurley in the huddle before the play not to score a touchdown, so the Falcons, who were trailing the Lions by two late...
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Sony sees ‘very, very considerable’ demand for PlayStation 5
Sony is expecting a blockbuster debut for its PlayStation 5 next month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to supercharge the demand for games. The Japanese tech giant said it is seeing “very considerable” demand for pre-orders of the next-generation console, which hits stores on Nov. 12. The PS5 moved as many pre-orders in its first...
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Maryland officials urge voters to avoid mailing ballots, use dropboxes instead
Warning comes as the state again breaks its single-day, in-person early voting record.
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Trump administration expected to drop gray wolf from 'endangered' list, ending federal protection
Federal officials say the gray wolf no longer needs protection. But conservationists disagree and are preparing to challenge the decision in court.
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Biden if elected will form task force to reunite 545 separated immigrant children with family, campaign says
Joe Biden is pledging that if he's elected president, he will sign an executive order to form a task force that will focus on reuniting the 545 immigrant children who've been separated from their families.
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2 grand jurors in Breonna Taylor case say charges should have been filed against other Louisville officers
Two anonymous grand jurors say more Louisville police officers should face criminal charges in Breonna Taylor's death.        
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‘The Great British Baking Show’ Cast Rankings: Will Peter Win and is Lottie in Trouble?
Which bakers are in line for the finale and who's on the verge of going home?
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Despite Trump’s efforts, democracy is flourishing
Americans are fighting back.
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Most Americans believe LGBTQ people are legally protected from discrimination. They're not.
An overwhelming number of Americans believe that LGBTQ people are legally protected against discrimination, per a GLAAD survey. That's not the case.       
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'Celebrity IOU': Property Brothers partner with Justin Hartley and Jonathan's love, actress Zooey Deschanel
Season 2 of "Celebrity IOU" will premiere in December. Zooey Deschanel is among the celebs featured on the show hosted by Jonathan and Drew Scott.       
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Just in time for (next) Halloween, you can own part of Elvira's spooky legacy
Cassandra Peterson, who plays horror icon Elvira, tells The Times about her newly announced auction and how she'll celebrate Halloween in quarantine.
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Review: Think you know Sylvia Plath? Read this definitive new biography
Heather Clark fuses new discoveries and eye-opening analysis in an inspiring biography, "Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath."
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Six ways adults can help children make sense of a divisive election
Six ways caregivers and educators can frame and use this moment to help kids develop core values, think critically, maintain an even keel, and act with agency.
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Why LGBTQ rights hinge on the definition of “sex”
Without federal legislation, the fight for LGBTQ rights has unfolded in the courts and in the White House. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was originally meant to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, and religion. But in a political maneuver meant to make the bill so unpopular it wouldn’t pass, the word “sex” was added. The strategy didn’t work, and sex discrimination became illegal, opening the doors for women across the country to sue for workplace sexism. But it also set off another fight: to expand the definition of sex discrimination to be inclusive of LGBTQ Americans. Gender identity and sexual orientation aren’t explicitly included in federal anti-discrimination laws, even though 27 states offer some kind of protections against discrimination based on these factors. (Twenty-three states don’t offer any protections at all.) This patchwork system of laws is why activists and politicians have tried to pass the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people at the federal level. But absent congressional legislation, LGBTQ Americans have had to wage this battle in the courts. Though the Supreme Court decided in June that the Civil Rights Act does apply to transgender and queer Americans, the Trump administration has seemingly come to a different conclusion — and that means there are huge stakes for LGBTQ rights in the 2020 election. This video is theeighthin our series on the 2020 election. We aren’t covering the horse race; instead, we want to explain the stakes of the election through the issues that matter most to you. You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube. And if you’re interested in supporting our video journalism, you can become a member of the Vox Video Lab on YouTube. Will you help keep Vox free for all? The United States is in the middle of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes. It’s essential that all Americans are able to access clear, concise information on what the outcome of the election could mean for their lives, and the lives of their families and communities. That is our mission at Vox. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone understand this presidential election: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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