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Judge demands information on Roger Stone’s commutation
A federal judge in Washington on Monday demanded more information about President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of his longtime pal Roger Stone. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that the parties provide her by Tuesday with a copy of the executive order that commuted Stone’s sentence. Jackson also asked for clarity...
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New York City reports zero new deaths from Covid-19 for the first time in months
What used to be the country's epicenter of Covid-19 has now reached a promising milestone. But that doesn't mean the battle is over, with rising infection rates among young adults.
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Tesla scraps plans for its bargain version of the Model Y
Tesla is scrapping plans for a bargain Model Y SUV because of its short range on a single charge, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet over the weekend.
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Celebrities post tributes to Kelly Preston
"We were shooting on cold days in Colorado, but she couldn't have been warmer or kinder to a young, nervous actor trying to make good," former co-star Daniel Dae Kim tweeted
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New York City reports zero new deaths from Covid-19 for the first time in months
What used to be the country's epicenter of Covid-19 has now reached a promising milestone.
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NEOWISE comet is now visible from Earth. Don't miss it!
A three-mile wide comet named "NEOWISE" is passing by Earth in July and August and won't return for over 6,000 years.
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Death Valley sets record for planet's hottest temperature in years
The brutal heat wave​ baking the Southwest and lower Plains states is going to move east and north to engulf much of the nation this week.
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L.A. Unified will not reopen campuses for start of school year amid coronavirus spike
Because of the spike in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles public school campuses will not reopen for classes Aug. 18 and will remain shut indefinitely.
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Gov. Cuomo produces old-school poster glorifying coronavirus response
Tippecanoe and Cuomo, too. Gov. Andrew Cuomo went back to the old-style political campaign posters he loves so much to memorialize New York’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic with yet another self-centered painting that includes quotes from himself and even features his muscle car. The illustration, unveiled in a Monday press briefing in Manhattan, depicts the...
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Ohio county creates hotline for residents to report people not wearing face masks
Three days after Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced the hotline, the county had received more than 500 complaints.       
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Sen. Ted Cruz spotted on American Airlines flight without mask during coronavirus pandemic
Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, only took it off while he was eating or drinking, as allowed, a spokesperson said.        
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What it was like at Brad Paisley's Indiana parking lot concert
Country star Brad Paisley headlined the final night of three parking lot concerts at Ruoff Music Center.        
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Christine Quinn reveals Justin Hartley, Chrishell Stause went to therapy before split
"Obviously there were some issues going on with them," the "Selling Sunset" star said.
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How TV and film productions have pivoted across Africa
As the demand for new content continues to rise, the TV and film industry across Africa has pivoted in order to continue producing during these unprecedented times. CNN's Eleni Giokos takes a look at how filmmakers from Nollywood and South Africa are adapting and using digital platforms to create new opportunities.
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The Judiciary Is the One Branch of Government Working Effectively. That’s Terrifying.
This term’s progressive wins hide the Supreme Court’s pernicious rightward creep.
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Middle-aged Americans less healthy than English peers — and it doesn't matter how much money they have
Middle-aged people in the United States are in worse health than those living in England, and the disparities are larger for low income individuals, according to a new study. This gap could point to why Covid-19 has had a more devastating impact on low income Americans.
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QB transfer JT Daniels eligible to play immediately for Georgia
Ex-USC quarterback JT Daniels revealed he has gained immediate eligibility to play for Georgia without having to sit out season after transferring.        
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Former USC quarterback JT Daniels is granted immediate eligibility at Georgia
Former USC quarterback JT Daniels is expected to compete with another transfer, Jamie Newman, for the starting job at Georgia next season.
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Google’s former CEO hosts an exclusive retreat in Yellowstone each July. You won’t hear much about it.
On the right, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at a different “private function” — the annual Sun Valley conference. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Weekend getaways like these aren’t uncommon. But they are drawing more and more scrutiny. Each year, around this time in July, billionaire and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt usually invites a few dozen celebrities, economists, and politicians from around the world to Big Sky country. On the 5,200-acre grounds of the ultra-exclusive Yellowstone Club retreat, Schmidt brings together the likes of Lady Gaga, Sen. Cory Booker, and about 40 other invitees to hear from leaders who have included some Google executives — and few people know about it. In the world of billionaires and other elites, these kinds of ritzy Western getaways — often christened “ideas summits” or weekends for “thought leadership”— are not uncommon. But they are usually quasi-public, like the paparazzi-littered Sun Valley deals conference, or at least more broadly known, such as the annual retreat hosted until recently by now-disgraced television host Charlie Rose or Mitt Romney’s summit in Utah. But this particular conclave — in its eighth year since launching in 2012, though it’s taking a break due to the coronavirus pandemic — has remained highly secretive by design, only vaguely acknowledged in media. But it is coming into focus in a new report from a tech watchdog group, the Tech Transparency Project, which combed through social media posts and flight records connected to Schmidt’s retreat to offer the most detail yet on the weekend. The report argues that this retreat gives Schmidt, until recently one of Google’s highest-profile executives, a way to charm his critics and curry favor for Google — covertly. “The picture that emerges is Schmidt using the celebrity-studded retreat as a form of soft power, helping Google advance its interests with cowboy hats and intimate concerts rather than the traditional tools of corporate influence,” the group writes in the report. Schmidt and Google declined to comment on the event and on the report. Retreats for the elite are drawing more scrutiny as populist pushback builds to both tech wealth and to the broader notion of how elites shape public opinion. Google is one of the world’s most powerful companies, and Schmidt has long served as its political fixer, the tip of the spear of a tech lobbying operation that spent $150 million over the last decade. (Schmidt reportedly cut his last lingering tie to the company earlier this year.) And the event, at least theoretically, is a possible way for Schmidt to more gingerly build out this sphere of influence. The event seems to have adopted a veil of secrecy. More than a dozen attendees identified by the Tech Transparency Project — which itself doesn’t fully disclose its backers, except to say there are no corporate donors — didn’t return requests for comment. Part of the reason the event has effectively remained undercover may be that it’s held at a heavy-security club among the most exclusive locations in the country — “the world’s only private ski, golf and adventure community” that is limited to just about 860 memberships to preserve its exclusivity. Mentions of the Schmidt event are almost entirely nonexistent in the press, save a few in mostly foreign media. In one of those few apparent public utterances about the event, a fellow Yellowstone Club member and billionaire, Ron Burkle, said Schmidt hand-picks the people who appear at the retreat each year. The event’s agenda seems to resemble other conferences: Attendees sit in on sessions and interviews, spend time outdoors, attend private concerts from musicians like Leon Bridges, or even jaunt over to the Yellowstone Club’s annual rodeo invitational, which sometimes coincides with the Schmidt event, the report says. But crucially, Schmidt’s event offers an opportunity for him to not just entertain some of the world’s most influential thinkers, but to occasionally promote Google by bringing Google leaders to the event, according to the authors, such as one of the inventors of Google Glass and a Google employee who worked on its self-driving cars. Some of the event’s past attendees have the power to scrutinize and investigate Google in their roles as lawmakers or journalists. Still, there’s no hard evidence that Schmidt’s weekends have directly won him or Google any favors. The group merely raises the possibility that it could soften attitudes toward the tech giant. In a way, that’s part of the point — it’s usually hard to know if retreats sway attendees’ views or relationships with the host. It’s the under-the-wraps nature of Schmidt’s retreat that appears to be unusual. The report points to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow as examples of past attendees whose relationships with Google may have been influenced by Schmidt’s events. The report speculates that there is a possible connection between changes in Kurz’s stance on taxing tech companies and his attendance in 2018. A spokesperson for Kurz declined to comment. And though Farrow has published critical pieces about Google since he attended the event, the report calls out one particular story Farrow ran on NBC about ISIS that the Tech Transparency Project felt was soft on Google. “I view it as part of my job to meet sources in government and business, along with academics, scientists, and fellow journalists,” Farrow told Recode. “That has not and would not influence my reporting. And I welcome any investigative leads on Google or any other major tech company.” Other senior reporters have also attended the Schmidt weekend in the past, a group that once included Vox’s editor-at-large, Ezra Klein. Klein said the event “seemed to be a pretty standard ideas-style conference, but in Yellowstone.” “The guest list and tone definitely reflected an older era when Silicon Valley thought it had a lot to teach Washington, and Washington was more interested in learning,” he told Recode. The Tech Transparency Project doesn’t have ironclad proof of any policy or opinion change tied to the conference. But Katie Paul, the project’s director, argues that the existence of this retreat should at least be publicly known since, she says, it is effectively a form of lobbying. “Its secrecy is also something that should be concerning to the American public — in terms of what kinds of influence these companies are trying to wield — if it’s something they feel they need to keep quiet,” she said. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. 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Keilar: Trump is peddling in debunked and illogical crap
CNN's Brianna Keilar discusses the Trump administration's attempts to discredit doctors and scientists as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge throughout the country.
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Nearly 60 hand sanitizers potentially toxic, FDA warns
Disinfectant products that contain wood alcohol are linked to blindness and fatalities, federal safety watchdog says.
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Pelosi says ‘no’ regrets after initial downplaying of coronavirus earlier this year
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have frequently accused President Trump of not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough, particularly when it first it the U.S., but when confronted with her own comments that appeared to take COVID-19 lightly, Pelosi insisted that she did not downplay it at all.
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Kansas father, girlfriend charged in murder of his 3-year-old daughter
A Kansas father and his girlfriend are facing felony murder charges in the death of his 3-year-old daughter – amid allegations that she was “tortured,” according to reports. Investigators believe the girl, Olivia Ann Jansen, was killed sometime Thursday, the day before she reporting missing by her father, Howard Jansen III, from her Kansas City...
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Alaska Airlines flight turns around after passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody’
A recent Alaska Airlines flight landed early after a passenger became belligerent and aggressive, threatening to kill everyone on the aircraft. Alaska flight 422 departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday at 11:10 p.m., bound for Chicago O’Hare, KOMO News reports. During the ascent, an unnamed male passenger became disruptive and acted “extremely belligerent and physically...
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Giants won’t sign Leonard Williams to long-term contract extension
There will be no long-term extension for defensive tackle Leonard Williams. Not at this time, anyway. The 26-year old – one of the most polarizing players on the roster, in the hearts and minds of Giants fans – is currently on the books for the $16.1 million franchise tag tender he signed back in late...
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Dale Resteghini says he’s gotten death threats over controversial new project
“Cracka" depicts whites as slaves and blacks as slave owners.
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'Cruel, abrupt and unlawful': States sue Trump administration over college student visa rule
The new rule could be devastating for students and universities alike, as many colleges plan to offer classes entirely online amid the pandemic.        
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Docuseries 'Lenox Hill' follows staff at New York Hospital
A new eight-part Netflix series, "Lenox Hill," follows four doctors at a New York City hospital of the same name. (July 13)       
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1-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting near New York City playground
A 1-year-old boy was killed and three men were injured in a shooting outside a Brooklyn park on Sunday evening, police and law enforcement sources told CNN Monday morning.
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South Africa Introduces Alcohol Ban And Curfew As Coronavirus Surges
The country has more than 276,000 cases, surpassing Italy, Spain and other hard-hit nations. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the worst is yet to come.
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Weinstein’s accusers want federal judge to block global settlement
Weinstein's lawyer said that holding out for a more generous settlement is unrealistic.
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Squirrel tests positive for plague in Colorado
According to health officials, the squirrel is the first case of plague in The Town of Morrison, Jefferson County, which is about 17 miles southwest of Denver.
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Brooklyn Beckham’s fiancée Nicola Peltz comes from billions
Nicola Peltz won't have to shop off the rack for bridal gowns.
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Children must go back to school, but....
Erin Bromage writes that if we open schools but don't open them safely, the ramifications are going to ripple throughout our communities -- well beyond the playground
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Millionaires say "tax us" to fund coronavirus aid
Heiress Abigail Disney and other wealthy people say taxes on the rich must go up "immediately" — charity isn't enough.
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Devastated 4-year-old loses it over lack of ‘fun’ during pandemic lockdown
We can't go anywhere — not even McDonald's, which is my favorite restaurant."
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Vandal dumps red paint on ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural outside Trump Tower
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s giant Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower is already getting dumped on. An unidentified man walked up to the giant mural outside the Midtown skyscraper and poured red paint on the bright yellow letters shortly after noon Monday, then ran off before cops showed up to survey the damage. “I...
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This Anker power strip cube is on sale for its lowest price ever
This Amazon deal on Anker's cult-favorite powerstrip cube is too good to pass up.       
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Rockets' Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus
Rockets' Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus and did not travel with the team to Orlando, Fla., in preparation for the NBA's restart.
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Body Found In California Lake, Presumed To Be 'Glee' Actor Naya Rivera
Rivera was best known for her role as Santana Lopez, a take no prisoners cheerleader/singer on Glee for six seasons. That character was also an inspiration for young LGBTQ viewers.
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Cuomo says Trump’s handling of coronavirus makes Richard Nixon ‘look innocent’
"Trump's COVID scandal makes Nixon's Watergate look innocent," Cuomo said during a news conference in Albany.
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Judge halts first federal execution in nearly two decades
Judge halts execution for Daniel Lewis Lee; Justice Department files appeal to allow it to move forward.
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More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule
More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students
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NFL, Oakley come up with face shields to protect players
With NFL training camps set to start at the end of the month, the league believes it is closer to one answer when it comes to player safety amid the coronavirus pandemic: face shields for the players' helmets.
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Alanis Morissette says she feared being viewed as ‘stupid or uneducated or ignorant’ because of ‘Ironic’ song
Alanis Morissette said in a recent interview that she fears being viewed as “stupid or uneducated or ignorant” after years of shaming for her 1996 song “Ironic.”
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Does ‘Foodie Love’ Signal HBO Max’s Spanish Programming Ambitions?
The sensual series isn't exactly the next Money Heist.
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‘Star Wars’ animated series ‘The Bad Batch’ coming to Disney+
A new animated “Star Wars” series is imperial marching its way towards the small screen.
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Fort Lauderdale homeless put up in motels during pandemic refusing to leave as state's coronavirus surges
Some homeless people in Fort Lauderdale who have been living in motels for three months as a part of citywide efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus are reportedly refusing to leave if the state cannot come up with the funding to extend the program that’s kept them off the streets.
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