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Zack Snyder plans to shoot new ‘Justice League’ scenes next month
The "Justice League" is getting back together.
How businesses are trying to reopen safely
Many U.S. businesses are implementing extensive cleaning and disinfecting procedures in order to safely reopen during the pandemic. CBSN associate producer Ayanna Runcie shows us what this process looks like.
Joe Biden urges peace, patience following Breonna Taylor grand jury decision
Protests in Louisville have continued for months following the March 13 police shooting of the 26-year-old EMT who was killed in her home.
Model says she’s being harassed, losing gigs over her unibrow
She’s taking a real “brow” beating! A model who grew a unibrow to embrace a more “unique” style says she’s been harassed online — and has even lost work because of it. “I get mocked mostly on social media sites like TikTok because of my look. People are constantly telling me that I would be...
Californians on 2035 new gas engine car sales ban
There was reaction Wednesday to an announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom that California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035. Gov. Newsom says the move will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the state. (Sept. 23)
'The Masked Singer' premiere recap: Dragon's fire is extinguished on the first episode
"Masked Singer" returned for a fourth season Wednesday, introducing Sun, Giraffe, Popcorn, Dragon and Snow Owls (the first costume with two stars).
'The Masked Singer' Season 4: Meet the contestants and see the first to be eliminated
"The Masked Singer" has suited up for a fourth season. Meet the new contestants and see which ones have been axed.
Racism has cost the U.S. $16 trillion, Citigroup finds
Quantifying the economic impact of racial inequality shows the steep toll it takes on America's growth.
Leah McSweeney bumped to $10K per episode for 2nd year on ‘RHONY’
McSweeney was "ready to walk" just last week over her "pathetically low" original raise.
Louisville cop shot in city’s downtown area
A Louisville, Ky., police officer has been shot in the city’s downtown. The officer was shot around 8:30 p.m. near Broadway and Brook Street as residents took to the city’s streets to protest the grand jury’s decision over the police killing of Breonna Taylor, WDRB, a local Fox affiliate, reported. Further information on the shooting...
Florida attorney general asks for investigation of Bloomberg's efforts to reinstate felon voting rights
Florida's attorney general has requested that the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate Michael Bloomberg's efforts to reinstate the voting rights of felons by paying their fees, according to a letter provided to CNN by the attorney general's office.
Green Beret's Widow Sues VA Over Nurse Alleging She Stole Stepchildren's Inheritance
According to court documents, a VA nurse allegedly used private information to harass the wife of late retired soldier Christian H. McCoy.
Bill Gates: The Pandemic Has Erased Years of Progress
Editor’s Note: This article is part of our coverage of the The Atlantic Festival. Learn more and watch festival sessions here. In April 2018, I spoke with Bill Gates about two near certainties—that the world would eventually face a serious pandemic and that it was not prepared for one. Even then, Gates acknowledged that this was the rare scenario that punctured his trademark optimism about global progress. “My general narrative is: Hey, we’re making great progress and we just need to accelerate it,” he told me. “Here, I’m bringing more of: Hey, you thought this was bad? [You should] really feel bad.”Two years on, COVID-19 has infected at least 31 million people around the world. The confirmed death toll is nearing 1 million. Both numbers are likely underestimates. The annual “Goalkeepers Report” from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is usually a hopeful account of an improving world, is instead a litany of loss. The global economy will decline by at least $12 trillion by the end of 2021. About 37 million people have already been pushed into extreme poverty. Twenty-five years of progress in vaccine coverage have disappeared in 25 weeks.[Read: America is trapped in a pandemic spiral]Today at The Atlantic Festival, I talked (virtually) with Gates again about the lessons that the world—the United States in particular—must learn from the coronavirus pandemic.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Ed Yong: Bill, we last spoke about this topic in 2018, a very different time. How do you feel about the way the pandemic has played out this year?Bill Gates: Well, sadly, I think the most pessimistic view of how unprepared we were has actually played out, particularly in the United States. With something that can grow exponentially, like infectious disease, a little bit of preparedness makes such a difference. A few countries have distinguished themselves, but most countries have not.Yong: And looking at how the U.S. has fared, what has surprised you, and where do you see we’ve gone wrong?Gates: The U.S. had a lot of assets going into this. We weren’t ground zero, so the U.S. had more time to get ready. The U.S. has more PCR [polymerase chain reaction] machines than all other countries per capita. We are very blessed with an expensive medical infrastructure. And we have groups like the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and BARDA [the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority]. So the U.S. had done more to get ready than other countries had in advance.I would have expected us to get the commercial [testing] providers up and going like South Korea or Germany or Australia did. There were so many phone calls about, We have to get diagnostic capacity up and we have to get quick results. I participated in a lot of those calls. And yet, to this day, that’s just a complete mess.Yong: I think you are one of the few people who has had direct contact with the president and the administration about the matter of pandemic preparedness. What is your assessment of America’s leaders and their response to this pandemic?Gates: Even though the U.S. didn’t do a very good job, most other countries didn’t. There were a few that had been hit by SARS or MERS that had practice understanding, Oh, wow, diagnosis, contact tracing is super important, so they are among the countries that did the best. So I’d give the U.S., like, a C–.Once it hit, the first community spread of coronavirus in the United States should have set off such alarms. This notion that the travel ban was some beneficial thing, that’s just not true. And then after the pandemic starts, there hasn’t been any coherence.[Read: How the pandemic defeated America]Now the R&D funding, I will say that’s where the U.S. actually does get the highest grade in the world. We need to complement that with funding the factories and the procurement for the global response, in which the U.S. has been absent so far. But I’m still hopeful that if there’s another supplemental bill, we’ll get about $8 billion for international COVID activities into that.Yong: Do you think that the pandemic should change the way we think about global health? In this crisis, many of the richest countries have fared appallingly, whereas many poorer ones, Senegal to Vietnam, have actually done really well. Do you think that this should be cause for humility and change in our approach?Gates: Certainly humility is called for because the damage—whether it’s economic, educational, mental health—is so large. Other than a world war, this is the worst thing that’s happened in over a century. And so we should all say, “Wow, we didn’t understand about masks; we didn’t understand about asymptomatics.” Even the medical profession. We haven’t taken understanding these different respiratory diseases quite as seriously as we should. So everyone has lessons here.Yong: I think that one of the things the pandemic has highlighted is the relevance of social interventions. The pandemic has so much widened inequities, both around the world and domestically, between rich and poor. It has disproportionately hit Black and Latinx and Indigenous communities. How are you thinking about those disparities and what needs to be done to address them?Gates: Yeah, it’s kind of unbelievable that every dimension of inequity has been exacerbated here. Every other year, [our “Goalkeeper’s Report”] has been this positive story of gradual progress—less children dying, less malnutrition, longer life spans. We get to say to the world, “Hey, pay attention to that steady progress.”This report had to deliver the news that if you only look at COVID deaths, you’re actually missing the scale of the setback. Because it’s also routine immunization, malaria, getting HIV medicines. Things are so disrupted, even gathering the numbers for that was very, very difficult. But we dropped our routine-immunization levels by over 14 percent. There’s going to have to be a stronger equity agenda, hopefully on a global basis, once we get out of this. Thirty-seven million people have been driven into extreme poverty. That’s really just gut-wrenching.[Read: The pandemic experts are not okay]Most of the time when we talk about infectious diseases, our problem is, the world doesn’t pay attention to malaria or TB. Here, because people care so much about getting the [COVID-19] vaccines, they’re actually saying, “Okay, we should maybe be even less generous.” The kind of generosity that historically has helped might even go down.Yong: Do you see those kinds of inequities also play out in the U.S.? One of my concerns is that the groups that have been disproportionately burdened by this pandemic and by this long-standing history of systemic discrimination will be last in line to receive the vaccine. What work should and can be done to reduce that inequity back home?Gates: One way to help with that is to have so much volume that you’re not making superhard trade-offs. With our vaccine expertise in the foundation, we’re trying to help with that. If multiple [vaccines] get approved, actually, the volumes could be quite large.We should look at the risk levels. And based on that, you would say that communities including Blacks and Hispanics would have higher priority. You can come up with what the equitable priority ranking should be, [but] I’m not seeing that sense of gathering the data to come up with those algorithms. It’s kind of bizarre that you have these overoptimistic projections that the vaccine will come soon. When you read the 67-page report about how it’s distributed, it doesn’t actually concretely identify the criteria or how the information is going to be gathered to do the prioritization.It’s just like everything with this—the vacuum of leadership and the unwillingness of people to step forward because it’ll say, “Oh, you know, this thing’s a mess.”Yong: You and your foundation have shaped a lot of the research, the funding space, the thinking around global health. Looking at what is happening with a pandemic this year, with the benefit of hindsight, do you see any mistakes? Would you do anything differently in the future?Gates: I think the prescription is still the same as it was before this pandemic, and the cost of doing it is in the tens of billions, not hundreds of billions. Compared to, say, defense budgets, this is not a gigantic additional burden. And, in fact, if it’s done appropriately, it will drive progress and will help us with diseases that are here today.I think we can be ready for the next time, so that if something that’s not much worse than this hits, the impact would be, you know, 5 percent of what it’s been here.Yong: Do you think that this crisis will actually spur introspection?Gates: Yes. People didn’t think about infectious diseases, mostly because we’ve made so much progress that rich countries kind of ignore them. But this thing has cost trillions of dollars. The [cost of] preparedness, as a percentage of the damage this thing has done, is not even close to 1 percent. There’s basically no country that hasn’t had very big damage. If you care about education, and if you care about race, if you care about mental health, if you care about gender, if you care about government budgets and having money to do things that you want the government to do, this has cost so much.So yes, it takes rich people getting sick. It takes rich economies being affected. But when that happens, the world gets together. If this had hit 20 years ago, with the state of biology, digital infrastructure, you would have had to just pray that it didn’t come back. Now we do have all the things that we need so that a pathogen like this wouldn’t be a big deal in the future.Yong: I hope you are right, Bill. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us today. Really appreciate it.Gates: Great to talk to you.
Sen. Rand Paul says Homeland Security panel will refer report on Bidens, Ukraine to DOJ for criminal probe
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to refer the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees' report on their investigation into Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings to the Department of Justice later this week, he told "The Story" Wednesday.
Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos scores early in Game 3 return against Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, making his first appearance since February, scores in the first period of Game 3 against the Dallas Stars.
Justin Trudeau Says Second Wave of COVID-19 Under Way, Canadians Won't Meet for Thanksgiving, But 'Have a Shot' at Christmas
"It's all too likely that we won't be gathering for Thanksgiving, but we still have a shot at Christmas," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said while discussing the COVID-19 pandemic during a national televised address on Wednesday.
In California: State to ban sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, and CSU gets a new chancellor
The governor says it's a crucial step to curb climate change and pollution — and will spur innovation. Plus: Tesla sues the U.S. government, a majority of Californians don't want app-based drivers to override AB 5 and not everyone loves rent control.
Holliston's iconic Balancing Rock toppled
4th grader sent home from school after sneezing
12-year-old collects diapers for families in need
Nursing homes help reconnect visitors w/loved ones
Residents can't search city property records by name
Trump says he’s ‘not a fan’ of Meghan Markle, wishes Prince Harry ‘a lot of luck’
During a recent press conference, a reporter asked Trump what he makes of Markle and Harry encouraging Americans to vote in the upcoming election.
Officer Shot In Louisville Demonstration After Breonna Taylor Decision
The shooting followed moments of civil unrest and arrests following the announcement of criminal indictments facing one of three officers involved in Taylor's death.
Alabama woman attacked by bees after tree collapses through her bedroom: report
An Alabama woman says she was stung “at least 15 to 20 times” last week after a tree containing a nest of bees crashed through her roof and caused her to be pinned down during the attack.
The fate of the Pac-12 football season will be decided Thursday
The Pac-12 CEOs will vote Thursday on possible reinstating a fall 2020 football season.
UFC 253 pre-event facts: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a historic title fight
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Louisville Police Officer Shot Amid Breonna Taylor Protests
A Louisville Metro Police Officer was shot Wednesday evening in downtown Louisville amid protests after a Kentucky grand jury did not bring murder charges against any of the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Editorial: Goodbye and good riddance to gas-powered cars
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‘The View’s Sunny Hostin Details the “Race Based Discrimination” She Experienced at ABC
In a virtual panel, Hostin revealed that when she was first hired on The View, she wasn't formally announced or even given a dressing room near her co-hosts.
What to stream this weekend: Netflix's 'Enola Holmes,' Disney+'s 'Secret Society of Second-Born Royals'
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Brett Hankison released on $15,000 bail following indictment in Breonna Taylor case
Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison has been booked and released on $15,000 bail in connection with a botched drug raid that left a sleeping woman dead, according to local reports.
NY Times compares 'quiet, eerie' Joe Biden campaign events to empty NFL stadiums
The New York Times has likened Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's appearances on the campaign trail to coronavirus-affected NFL games, describing them as "quiet, eerie and almost entirely fan-free."
Angels sweep Padres, who suddenly seem vulnerable despite Manny Machado's resurgence
Padres third baseman Manny Machado continues to impress, even on a day the Angels ride a three-home run second inning to a second straight win at San Diego.
Top FDA vaccine adviser recuses herself over tie to Moderna: report
A top adviser has resigned from the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) vaccine advisory committee amid concerns about her ties to a pharmaceutical company conducting a trial for the highly anticipated treatment.
Proud Boys denied Portland rally permit over COVID-19 concerns
Right-wing group the Proud Boys were denied a permit for their planned Saturday rally in Portland, city officials announced Wednesday, citing coronavirus concerns. The proposed rally at Delta Park in north Portland was expected to draw 10,000 Proud Boy supporters. Two concurrent counter protests by left-wing groups were also planned in the city, including one...
Amoeba found in soil kills gardener, turns his brain into mushy liquid
An elderly gardener died from a brain-eating amoeba found in soil after it turned part of his frontal lobe into a mushy liquid, according to researchers in Georgia. The 82-year-old man is believed to have contracted the shape-shifting organism while potting plants at an unnamed location, and was later struck by seizures, according to a...
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Body camera footage shows moment NJ cops fatally shot man armed with knife
Newly released video shows the moment New Jersey police officers fatally shot a man wielding a knife after a standoff at his apartment. Asbury Park police fired two shots, striking Hasani Best, 39, after a tense 45-minute standoff at his apartment door this August, according to New Jersey Attorney Gurbir S. Grewal, who released seven...
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The Republican Irritation Olympics
So much talent, if you really enjoy exasperation.
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Utah fishermen guilty of cheating at Lake Powell tournament
Robert Dennett, 45, and Kamron Wootton, 35, participated in a largemouth bass fishing tournament at Lake Powell in Oct. 2018 and passed off fraudulent catches as their own.
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'Enough already': Queen Latifah decries Taylor decision
Queen Latifah added her voice to those protesting the decision by a Kentucky grand jury in the Louisville police killing of Breonna Taylor. "Enough already," she said. (Sept. 23)       
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Trump won’t commit to a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ if he loses
President Trump, when asked if he’d accept the result, brought the discussion around to mail-in ballots.
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New Ruth Bader Ginsberg documentary hustles for distribution before election
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Trump Accuses FDA Of Playing Politics With COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines
Referring to a report that the FDA plans to tighten requirements for a vaccine, Trump said, "That sounds like a political move."
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Federal judge deems L.A. in contempt of court over 'bulky item' notices
A federal judge found that L.A. defied an order that prohibits the city from seizing and destroying bulky objects such as mattresses and carts based solely on their size.
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Missouri governor who was critical of mask mandates tests positive for coronavirus
Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons, a Republican who has been critical of mask mandates during the coronavirus pandemic, has tested positive for the virus. Parsons, 65, said his wife, Teresa, tested positive for the deadly bug after developing symptoms early Wednesday, and that a precautionary test he subsequently took also came back positive, the governor said...
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Weirdo stole cat blood from Florida veterinary clinic: authorities
It wasn’t a purr-fect crime. A man was caught on surveillance camera stealing cat blood from a veterinary clinic in Florida, according to local authorities. The prowler was allegedly caught red-handed snatching four vials of the feline fluid, valued at $600, from the Anastasia Cat Clinic in St. Augustine on Sept. 17, according to the...
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A controversial photo editing app slammed for AI-enabled 'blackface' feature
Photo editing app Gradient is under fire for a new feature that lets people alter their ethnicity in images, with many slamming it for promoting digital "blackface."
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