Lakers are losing and their offense ranks last in the bubble. Is the problem mental?
Lakers coach Frank Vogel has thought about separating players to help their mental well-being. Is bubble life having an adverse effect on the team?
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Yankees should turn to Clint Frazier for much-needed jolt
These guys need a boost. “I think the off day [Monday] is coming at a good time,” Brett Gardner said Sunday, after his Yankees suffered a walk-off, 4-3 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field, their fifth loss in seven tries. “We’ve kind of had a crazy schedule. It’ll be good to take a step...
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Man fatally shot in the head at Brooklyn handball court
A 53-year-old man was shot dead at a Brooklyn handball court on Sunday. The victim was found with a bullet wound to his head inside Lincoln Terrace Park off Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights at about 5:45 p.m., according to police. The man was pronounced dead on scene. He was not immediately identified by authorities....
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At Virtual Summit, World Leaders Pledge $298 Million In Aid To Lebanon
World leaders, including President Trump, attended a virtual donor summit Sunday for recovery efforts after last week's blast. The event was co-hosted by the U.N. and French President Emmanuel Macron.
NY’s largest hospital network had to buy garden hoses to fix ventilators: book
At one point during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, staffers at New York’s largest hospital network were forced to shop at hardware stores for garden hoses to make the ventilators they had received from the state actually work, according to a new book. This experience and many others resulted in Northwell Health seeking to...
Father of Michael Brown Jr. attends Breonna Taylor protest
"When you go through something like that so traumatic, it's hard to find a balance. The only thing you want is justice," Michael Brown Sr. said in Louisville.
New COVID-19 testing site set to open near pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro along U.S.-Mexico border
The location is thought to be the closest testing location to the U.S.-Mexico border in any state
Three-run homers by AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts lift Dodgers late over the Giants
Sparked by AJ Pollock's three-run home run in the seventh and Mookie Betts' three-run blast in the eighth, the Dodgers rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants.
With a defanged watchdog, NYC’s fiscal future is dicey
Faced with the biggest New York City fiscal crisis in nearly two generations, the state’s ­Financial Control Board has punted. The board decided last week that the city’s budget isn’t balanced but not quite imbalanced enough to qualify as an emergency. The inaction demonstrates a grim reality: In the ’70s, when the state created the...
Attorney for NY congressional candidate on mail-in voting: ‘Let’s redesign the ballot envelope’
Patel lost to Rep. Carolyn Maloney in New York City’s 12th congressional district primary race, which tested the mail-in system.
San Quentin State Prison guard dies from coronavirus
There have been 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff members at San Quentin, but Palanco is the first correctional officer there to die from the illness, according to state prison officials.
Pro-Police protesters clash with BLM demonstrators in Colorado
Counterprotesters got involved in a violent confrontation with pro-police supporters at a Back the Blue rally in Fort Collins, Colo. Saturday, which ended in the arrest of three people by law enforcement.
Michael Brown's father attends Breonna Taylor protest in Kentucky
The father of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer in Missouri in 2014, was among the 200 people who gathered in Kentucky in Breonna Taylor's memory. Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT who was shot by police inside her home during a drug raid in March. CBS affiliate WLKY-TV's Shaquille Lord reports.
Letitia James’ political pot-shots at the NRA
There she goes again: Attorney General Tish James last week filed another dubious lawsuit, this one seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association. We’ve had differences with the pro-gun group over the years, but James’ attempt to crush it is clearly a political stunt. She’s hoping it will make her a star on the left...
CNN analyst: This is a bad look for US national security
CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd breaks down White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien's comments on President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders.
Astros, A’s brawl after Ramon Laureano is hit by pitch
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros engaged in a bench-clearing brawl Sunday that defied MLB’s coronavirus protocols and will likely lead to multiple suspensions. A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano charged the Houston dugout after being hit by a pitch in the back for the second time Sunday, in the bottom of the seventh inning by Humberto...
NY lawmakers to grill election officials over mail-in ballot debacle
Officials from the city’s Board of Elections will appear at a hearing in Albany on Tuesday as state legislators seek answers over the mail-in ballot debacle for the June 23 primary election. Myrie said he’s concerned about the Postal Service refusing to take part in the hearing, since it’s processing and post-marking of ballots is...
Zoë Kravitz calls out Hulu for shows lacking women of color after 'High Fidelity' is canceled
After "High Fidelity" was canceled on Hulu, star Zoë Kravitz not-so-subtly called out the streaming service for its lack of representation.
‘Defund the Police’ is a media fantasy
A new, exhaustive study by Gallup and the Knight Foundation found that Americans across the board are losing trust in the media. Some people might be shocked by this finding, but I suspect more people will be shocked to learn that the media had any trust left to lose. Either way, I think a separate...
How Trump Lied About China and the Coronavirus
A chronology of what Trump said—and what he knew—in January and February.
How Trump Killed Tens of Thousands of Americans
A blow-by-blow account of his personal role in the coronavirus catastrophe.
Joe Biden just destroyed one of Trump's biggest attack lines
Dean Obeidallah writes that the viral Fox News video of Biden biking and joking devastastes President Donald Trump's claims that the former vice president lacks the stamina for the presidency -- and suggests that Biden should challenge Trump to a bike ride rather than agree to a fourth debate
Joe Biden’s doubletalk on ‘Defund the Police’
Forget Joe Biden’s endless gaffes and remarks he later takes back; just try to figure out where he stands even when he speaks clearly, such as on defunding police. Thursday, he painted blacks with a broad brush, suggesting they think alike, compared with Hispanics: “Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is...
Black protesters in Portland struggling to have their voice heard
For Portland’s tiny Black community, competing voices and the harsh glare of a national spotlight has flattened the cause of protests in the Oregon city this summer to a culture war when the reality is much more complex.
Just the app New York needs to keep pols honest
An informed public is an ­energized public, and that’s a good thing. Right? So say hello to Citizen app, free public-safety software for your smartphone that keeps you in real-time touch with your neighborhood — one “shots-fired” incident at a time. The app is a digital-age version of an old-timey cop-radio scanner, logging police activity...
New Zealand marks 100 days of no new reported local coronavirus
The achievement was reached the same weekend the United States surpassed 5 million confirmed cases​ of the virus.
Chanel Miller: The full 60 Minutes report on the author and sexual assault survivor
For years she was known as "Emily Doe," the young woman sexually assaulted in 2015 by Brock Turner. Now, Chanel Miller is reclaiming her story. Bill Whitaker reports.
Reports: Cleveland Indians send pitcher Zach Plesac home for violating COVID-19 protocols
Zach Plesac left the Indians team hotel to go out with friends Saturday night in Chicago following his start against the White Sox, per reports.
Is de Blasio really going to bail out a donor again — at city expense?
Is Mayor Bill de Blasio actually thinking of buying a school-bus company owned by a donor — and assuming its debts? Even he couldn’t be that cynical, could he? As The Post’s Julia Marsh and Sue Edelman reported last week, the city is moving to take over some private bus companies, possibly including one with ties to a...
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Polls: Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 28, 2020. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Trust in Biden to handle the coronavirus crisis seems to be playing a role in his advantage. New CBS polls show presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden 6 percentage points ahead of President Donald Trump among likely voters in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, crucial battleground states which Hillary Clinton lost by less than 1 point in the 2016 election. There’s still plenty of time for things to change until the election, and battleground state polling should be taken with a grain of salt, but the results suggest Biden may have an advantage in the Rust Belt states that helped Trump secure his victory in 2016 — and that Trump’s botched response to the coronavirus crisis is playing a significant role in Biden’s ratings. While the polls, which were conducted by YouGov on behalf of CBS between August 4 and 7, show Biden in the lead, it is important to note the former vice president’s lead is within both polls’ margin of error, meaning Trump could actually be polling a little better than Biden. In Pennsylvania, pollsters found Biden ahead of Trump with 49 percent support to the president’s 43 percent. That poll has a 3.7 percentage point margin of error, meaning Trump could have up to 46.7 percent support and Biden as little as 45.3 percent. The Wisconsin poll — which had a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points — found Biden leading Trump 48 percent to 42 percent. In both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, independent voters were found to favor Biden. Clinton lost this group in both states to Trump; and Biden is also outperforming Clinton’s vote share among white voters with and without college degrees. It should be noted, however, that the two data points aren’t directly comparable — while polling data in this case comes from likely voters who may or may not actually go to the polls, 2016 voting data comes from voters who did, in fact, turn out. Pollsters found views on the coronavirus pandemic as having a strong relationship to candidate preference — in fact, in its analysis of the survey data, CBS found that views on the pandemic are more strongly associated with voting than views on the economy. “Those who say Wisconsin’s outbreak is a crisis are voting for Biden in even larger numbers than those who say the economy is very bad. The small group who think the outbreak is not much of a problem back Mr. Trump in larger numbers than voters who say the state’s economy is good,” the analysis says. Public perception of the president’s pandemic response is highly polarizing — and polls in recent months have shown that the public finds it to be the most important issue facing the nation. CNN’s polling expert Harry Enten has argued this is bad news for Trump, since historical polling data suggests that “whoever is most trusted most on the non-economic issue is likely to win the election.” State polling should be taken with a grain of salt Polling in battleground states is important — particularly given the US’s presidential elections are determined by the electoral college, not a popular vote. But state polling also has significant limitations, and Biden’s consistent lead in them (including other states like Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina) should not be seen as a surefire sign of his victory in those states and the overall election. Consider that a Marquette Law School poll in Wisconsin in late October 2016 had Clinton up by 6 percentage points — the same advantage Biden has in CBS’s Pennsylvania and Wisconsin polls — but Trump ultimately won the state by 0.7 points. As Vox’s Li Zhou has explained, there are many reasons that a number of state polls were off the mark in 2016 compared to the final election results. Some of those have been corrected for during this election cycle — for instance, in the run-up to 2016, some polls overrepresented Clinton voters because they failed to weight for education, and that’s no longer the case. (The CBS poll is weighted for education.) But there are still plenty of obstacles. Polling is always a snapshot of a specific time, and ultimately can’t give definitive insight into the likelihood that someone sharing their preference with a pollster will actually show up at the voting booth on Election Day, nor can it necessarily predict the patterns of late-breaking voters who decide on their candidate in the final days before election (something that played a crucial role in Trump’s victory). Adding to the uncertainty is that the pandemic makes predictions based on polling especially difficult, as Zhou explains: Specifically, the use of vote-by-mail due to the coronavirus pandemic makes predicting the composition of the electorate that much harder. It’s unclear how closely turnout will match up with prior years because of public health concerns about physical polling places and questions around the number of people who’ll use mail-in ballots instead. “It’s difficult to do a turnout model because you’re not sure who’s going to turn out. That’s going to be even harder in an election that has extensive vote-by-mail,” says University of New Mexico political science professor Lonna Atkeson. Bottom line: the polling is promising for Biden, but polls are not to be confused with perfect predictions of outcome. 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Cleveland Indians punish Zach Plesac for going out, breaking MLB protocol
The Cleveland Indians sent starting pitcher Zach Plesac home to quarantine after he went out Saturday night with friends in Chicago following his victory over the White Sox, according to a report. Plesac will be required to quarantine for 72 hours and test for the coronavirus daily, The Athletic reported. The team had him drive...
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Sen. Ron Johnson: Suppressing Breitbart News Is Part of Google's Electioneering for Democrats
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Google's suppression of Breitbart News in its search engine is part of an agenda to help the Democrat Party.
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MLS navigates resuming the season in local markets
In light of Major League Baseball's trouble with its season, Major League Soccer's plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny.
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2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attracts thousands with no mask requirements amid pandemic
Officials estimate over 250,000 people may show up for the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D. despite the widespread COVID-19 pandemic.        
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Coronavirus mask dispute leads to Washington man’s arrest in assault on veteran, 72
A man in Washington state was arrested Saturday and charged with assault after allegedly breaking the jaw of a 72-year-old disabled veteran in a hotel lobby in a dispute over coronavirus masks. Cody P. Hansen, 35, was arrested at his home in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday after police received an anonymous tip. He has been charged...
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It's official: NBA will have a play-in series in the West
It’s now official: There will be a play-in series to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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L.A. County reports more than 1,700 new coronavirus cases, many among younger people
Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 1,789 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 deaths.
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US reports more than 1,000 daily coronavirus deaths over the last 5 days
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Atlético says 2 group members test positive for coronavirus
Two members of Atlético Madrid's group set to travel to Portugal for the Champions League quarterfinals tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday — the first pandemic-related setback among clubs participating in the final stage of Europe's top club competition.
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In DC, city of gridlock, tarp stymies Nationals grounds crew
When it rained in the top of the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals' game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, it really poured on the infield dirt, because the grounds crew had trouble unrolling the giant tarp used to protect the diamond.
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Maxine Waters says she's confident Biden will choose a Black woman as a running mate
Rep. Maxine Waters said Sunday she's confident presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will choose a Black woman as his running mate ahead of his anticipated announcement in the coming days.
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A 103-year-old woman got her first tattoo to cross it off her bucket list
A beloved grandmother who spent all her life taking care of her family is proving to the world that you're never too old to make your dreams come true.
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Louisville police ban street protests after months of Black Lives Matter demonstrations
Police in Louisville are laying down the law. Cops in the Kentucky city said Sunday they are banning all street marches and protest caravans in the wake of a violent weekend clash with police that lead to 12 arrests. The announcement by the Louisville Metro Police Department also comes after more than 70 days of...
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BBC apologizes after initially defending use of racist term in reporting
A DJ quit the news organization over the defense of the racist term.
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AP Top Stories August 9 P
Here are the top stories for Sunday, August 9th: Massive biker rally in South Dakota as U.S. tops 5 million virus cases; Tensions on the rise over Beirut explosion; Lukashenko far ahead in Belarus vote; New Zealand marks 100 days without new cases.       
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India to ban over 100 imports of military equipment items to boost ‘self-reliance’ 
The Indian government on Sunday said it will ban the imports of more than 100 items of military equipment in a bid to boost its own economy and improve self-reliance in weapons manufacturing.
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Lindsey Graham Releases Document Showing FBI Misled the Senate on Steele Dossier
Graham released a document that showed the FBI misled the Senate Intelligence Committee on the reliability of the Steele dossier.
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Church holds indoor services amid pandemic, defying court order
Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park didn't let the coronavirus pandemic stop him from opening up his church Sunday.
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