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2020 US Open: What to know about the pro golf event

The U.S. Open, one of the four major championships in golf, will begin Thursday after being postponed from its original date in June because of the pandemic. 
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Biden Not Worried About First Presidential Debate, Says Trump 'Not That Smart'
"I'm prepared to go out and make my case as to why I think he's failed," the Democratic presidential nominee said.
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Police Bust NYC Wedding With Nearly 300 Guests Amid Rising COVID Cases
A wedding with 300 guests in Queens was shut down, just one day before New York reported its highest single-day positive COVID-19 cases since early June.
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Auburn impresses in opening defeat of Kentucky as Bo Nix
No. 8 Auburn was facing a tricky opener against Kentucky, but the Tigers emerged with a win, helped by an impressive showing by quarterback Bo Nix.       
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Amy Barrett: If Democrats attack her over 'People of Praise' membership, they'll regret it
You cannot fight bigotry with bigotry. Indulging it won't get us a more tolerant America.       
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Trump and Biden prepare to square off in presidential debates
President Trump and Joe Biden are set to square off in the first of three presidential debates this Tuesday in Cleveland. CBS News campaign reporter Nicole Sganga has the latest on how the two campaigns are preparing ahead of the debate.
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How Trump's potential SCOTUS nominee could impact U.S. abortion rights
President Trump's potential nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court justice seat could affect abortion rights in the United States. Lana Zak spoke with CBS News reporter Kate Smith about the impact Judge Amy Coney Barrett could make.
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U.K. tightens COVID-19 restrictions as new cases surge
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of new, tightened coronavirus restrictions across the country as the United Kingdom battles to contain a nationwide surge of COVID-19. CBS News contributor Simon Bates joins us for this weekend's edition of "London Calling."
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Millionaire mom convicted of killing autistic son may be retried
Millionaire “killer mom” Gigi Jordan may have to be retried now that a judge’s procedural technicality has voided her 2014 murder trial, Manhattan prosecutors said. During the trial, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon had briefly dismissed jurors and closed his courtroom to the press after prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos asked for a closed-court conference with...
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Local Digest: Mystics’ arena will be voting supercenter
A roundup of news from the Washington region.
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A rare hurricane force wind warning was just issued for Alaska
The National Weather Service office in Anchorage issued a rare Hurricane Force Wind Warning for the Northern Gulf of Alaska on Saturday.
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'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson envisions a 'political assassination' on Trump's Supreme Court nominee
There's been much debate over President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and no matter who it is, "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson said he expects a "political assassination" to come.
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Watchdog Group Warns of 'Completely Defective' Databases in Georgia's Voting System
"There will not, at this point, be sufficient time to conduct the Logic and Accuracy testing that is required by statute for a fully deployed Dominion voting system," the court filing states.
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Aaron Boone talks Yankees pressure, the Clint Frazier difference
With the MLB playoffs beginning this week, Yankees manager Aaron Boone takes a swing at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: What do you expect, or hope, the mindset of your team to be when the playoffs begin? A: I think just really focused on the moment. My message always going into the...
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Trump set to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge, to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.
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Best star snaps of the week: Kristin Cavallari, A. Rod, Serena Williams
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China pushes emergency use of COVID vaccine despite concerns
Concerns remain over China's rush to push out a vaccine.
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Virginia detectives replace medals Marine Vietnam vet lost in burglary
Detectives with a Virginia sheriff’s office surprised a Vietnam veteran--replacing service medals stolen from him in a burglary.
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Author John Grisham wants Matthew McConaughey to star in a 'A Time for Mercy' film adaptation
John Grisham's "A Time for Mercy" comes out next month and looking ahead, he revealed he'd love if Matthew McConaughey starred in a film adaptation.       
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Gigi Hadid gave birth to newborn daughter on a farm: source
Sources tell Page Six that supermodel Gigi Hadid gave birth to her baby girl on her farm in rural Pennsylvania.
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How the pandemic is bringing Elon Musk’s dream to connect everyone on Earth closer to reality
Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox How the technology behind airplane wifi could help connect everyone on Earth. In vast swathes of the United States and the world, there are millions of people who don’t have reliable internet access. These unconnected people aren’t just in far-flung places like rural America or New Zealand or Sub-Saharan Africa, either. There are plenty of people living in dense city centers who struggle to access affordable broadband. The pandemic has brought new urgency to the problem, and while companies like Google and Facebook have floated far-out ideas for solving this problem, the internet technology that’s most promising is also the one that’s already proven: satellite broadband. In early March, just days before cities across the United States shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Elon Musk shared the latest details about his plan to build a satellite broadband service called Starlink. Speaking to an audience at a satellite conference in Washington DC, Musk described how a constellation of Starlink satellites will “blink” when they enter low-Earth orbit. As described, they almost sound like streaks of glitter in the night sky, or magic bands of flying gadgets that can beam internet down to anyone on the planet. Combined with improvements to existing technology like DSL, cable, and fiber — not to mention 4G and 5G cellular networks — futuristic satellite broadband stands to bridge the digital divide in the US and elsewhere. And because the pandemic has prompted explosive demand for better, more widely available internet connectivity, fast progress seems more inevitable than ever. Musk’s new satellites went online in early September, giving beta testers download speeds that rival those of terrestrial broadband. SpaceX has now put 700 Starlink satellites into orbit in the past 16 months and has plans to deliver as many as 30,000 more in the next few years. More satellites mean more bandwidth and faster speeds, and eventually, SpaceX says its low-Earth orbit satellite constellations could deliver high-speed internet to the entire US. Amazon, Facebook, and several startups have made similar promises in recent years. The concept of satellite-based internet service is actually decades old. However, the innovative low-Earth orbit satellite technology being developed by SpaceX and others could be essential, if not transformative, for everything from telemedicine to remote learning in places that aren’t already connected. Satellite broadband could also be very profitable to whichever company figures it out first. One could imagine Amazon using satellite broadband to boost its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business or Facebook using it to ensure that more people get online and look at Facebook. And if Musk gets his way, his Starlink constellation will generate billions of dollars in profits to fund his mission to colonize Mars. This all sounds futuristic, but satellite broadband is already a very real thing. In fact, if you’ve ever connected to the wifi on a plane or cruise ship, you’ve probably used it. The basic idea is that ground stations connected to the internet, known as gateways, can send data up to a satellite which then relays that data to antennas somewhere else on the ground — or on a ship or an airplane. The problem with this technological feat is that it’s all very expensive. It can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to launch satellites into space, and that’s not even taking into account what it takes to get over regulatory hurdles. Plenty of companies have tried and failed to crack the business model in the past 20 years, but rather suddenly, the space internet game has changed. “The Covid-19 crisis has significantly accelerated attention to and investment in satellite technology,” Babak Behesti, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at the New York Institute of Technology, told Recode, who added that the number of launches had gone up 10 fold from last year to this year. “Why? Because schools, local governments, and others suddenly needed to have broadband internet access in areas where there was really no infrastructure in place.” This might sound like proof that satellite broadband is finally on its way to solving the digital divide, but the situation remains incredibly tenuous. As SpaceX started firing up its Starlink satellites, Amazon in July received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)l to launch 3,236 low-Earth orbit satellites for a constellation of its own called Project Kuiper. Meanwhile, longtime satellite broadband industry leaders like Viasat can’t seem to get new satellites into the sky fast enough to keep up with demand. And along the way, the federal government is pledging billions of dollars in subsidies to companies that bring broadband to rural America. In some ways, the dream of connecting everyone on Earth has never been closer. In other ways, it’s hard to tell if the latest innovative ideas will suffer the same pitfalls as those of years’ past. Satellite broadband, briefly explained Satellite broadband is exactly what it sounds like: broadband internet access delivered via satellite. The basic idea hasn’t changed much since the heyday of satellite TV in the late ‘90s, when companies would beam internet connectivity to the same dish that received your HBO signal at speeds that were faster than dialup but still slower than today’s broadband. In 2020, there are two main ways that companies deliver satellite broadband. The key difference between them is how high the satellites orbit. Geosynchronous satellites, which orbit about 22,000 miles above a fixed place on Earth’s surface, is an older technology that companies like Viasat use for broadband connections. You’ve probably used this tech for airplane wifi. Then there are low-earth orbit constellations, which are made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of smaller satellites that orbit between 300 and 1,200 miles above the earth. This is the approach that’s getting all of the buzz lately and the one that SpaceX and Amazon are taking. Geosynchronous satellites are the more mature, more proven technology. Viasat and a company called Hughes, which is the former parent company of DirecTV, have been around for decades. (DirecTV actually used its dishes and infrastructure to offer a satellite internet service called DirecPC back in the late ‘90s.) Viasat and Hughes are also the two companies that most likely offer satellite broadband in remote parts of the US right now. If you’re someone who lives in the New Hampshire wilderness, where there are no terrestrial broadband options, you can get a version of DSL, which operates on existing copper telephone lines, that’s essentially as sluggish as dial-up or you can sign up for geosynchronous satellite broadband through Viasat or Hughes and get speeds comparable to basic broadband: about 25 megabits-per-second. Plans start at $40 to $50 a month and get more expensive if you want more bandwidth. Though they are dependable, these geosynchronous satellite systems have some issues. The main one is latency. The satellites are thousands of miles above Earth’s surface, so it takes time for data to travel — and that might mean a slight delay between sending and receiving. This isn’t a problem if you’re just browsing the web. It’s a significant problem if you’re trying to stream video games or do video calls, something we’re all doing more than ever before. Just think about remote TV news correspondents who have to wait half a beat between when the anchor in the studio asks the question and when they hear it in their earpiece, as the signal travels up to a communications satellite and then back down to the surface. Low-Earth orbit constellations, like the ones SpaceX and Amazon are building, promise to solve the latency problem. Because the satellites are closer to the ground, the data doesn’t have to travel as far. Musk says this means latency on SpaceX’s Starlink satellites,which will orbit at around 340 miles above the surface, will offer high latency, thus reducing the risk of lag. The latency question is a big deal to the FCC and its decision to hand out billions of dollars in subsidies, by the way. The agency says it will prioritize networks that offer low latency when giving out funding. Still, there are other unanswered questions about just how fast and dependable newly designed low-Earth orbit constellations will be. Unlike geosynchronous satellites, which are fixed above one spot, low-Earth orbit satellites circle the planet every 90 to 120 minutes. They’re designed to stay connected to the ground station and to the end user by staying connected to each other, but if this chain gets broken, it would disrupt the connection. These constellations are also made up of thousands of relatively small satellites — Starlink satellites weigh less than 600 pounds — which means they require multiple launches, which are expensive. “As more satellites go up, they optimize the network architecture,” explained Manny Shar, Head of Analytics at Bryce Space and Technology. “In the next couple of years, we should see decent improvements in rural areas where there’s really limited capability, and there’s limited competition to improve that. So at the very least, there will be an alternative option that those rural users can take advantage of.” Shar’s point about limited competition is an important one to highlight. Many parts of the United States, for instance, have access to slower DSL connections thanks to telephone lines, but because upgrading that infrastructure is so expensive, the telecom companies that serve those areas often have little incentive to do so. That leaves residents depending on a mix of poor wired connections and often spotty cellular networks. New technology like 5G could ostensibly bring faster cellular speeds to remote areas, but again, building that infrastructure takes time and money. Satellite broadband, meanwhile, can beam fast, reliable, and potentially affordable internet access down to nearly anywhere on Earth. This also requires time and money, but what we’re seeing in 2020 is that the pandemic is attracting all kinds of investment in the technology, which means more satellites are launching. Both geosynchronous and low-Earth orbit satellite broadband systems have pros and cons. The former is already viable, albeit not perfect. The latter holds promise, albeit unfulfilled. Inevitably, though, to get to that goal of connecting more people, it will all come down to money. Slow march of progress The future of satellite-based broadband largely depends on who can get the most bandwidth into space for the least amount of money. Each individual satellite, by design, can offer a limited amount of bandwidth, so companies are either making lots of satellites to launch at once — this is what SpaceX is doing — or they’re investing technological improvements and launching new satellites every few years. This is Viasat’s strategy, and the company plans to launch a new satellite called Viasat 3 next year that’s expected to vastly improve its network. This satellite and others like it weigh tens of thousands of pounds, so these launches are expensive. So one could see the appeal of launching lots of smaller satellites over time, especially if you’re a company like SpaceX and own your own rockets. Amazon and its Project Kuiper, similarly, have the benefit of being owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the rocket ship maker Blue Origin. It’s so far unclear how Blue Origin might factor into Project Kuiper, however. In fact, Amazon has revealed very little about the project other than it plans to offer affordable high speed, low-latency internet service through low-Earth orbit satellites. “There are still too many places where broadband access is unreliable or where it doesn’t exist at all,” Amazon senior vice president Dave Limp, Senior said in a statement following the FCC’s approval of the first Project Kuiper launch. “Our $10 billion investment will create jobs and infrastructure around the United States that will help us close this gap.” It’s worth pointing out a difficult truth here. Selling affordable satellite broadband to individual customers in rural areas will not generate enough revenue to send the needed satellites to space. Again, each launch costs hundreds of millions of dollars, and selling service for $40 a month to individual households can’t cover the startup costs. And even then, not everyone that needs internet access can afford that. This economic challenge is part of the reason why the dream of offering satellite-based internet service to anybody on earth — or any other kind of reliable, high-speed internet service — has been so elusive. This is why companies that have been successful at building satellite broadband networks have approached the challenge from different angles. Viasat, for instance, spent years building out an enterprise business, selling bandwidth to the military and governments, not to mention helping you get wifi on airplanes. Now, the company says that demand from the consumer market has been on the rise and has simply exploded since the pandemic hit. And that demand isn’t necessarily coming from the most remote areas. “It turns out that a lot of the demand tends to be around the major metro areas,” said Viasat CEO Mark Dankburg. “In the highest demand markets — in the Midwest, in the Southeast — we’ve been out of bandwidth for two years. So we can’t have that many more customers until we get our next satellite.” Dankburg added that Viasat is developing technology that would involve connecting its existing geosynchronous satellites with its own low-Earth orbit satellites, as well as cellular networks, for faster, lower latency connections. As Recode’s Emily Stewart recently explained, broadband access isn’t just a problem in rural Montana. Even in city centers and suburbs, the infrastructure to offer high-speed internet access either doesn’t exist or is too expensive for many people to afford. This means that new options, including space internet, could stand to connect millions of Americans more quickly than it would take to expand existing terrestrial infrastructure. That doesn’t make providing access to those in far-flung regions any less of a priority, and government subsidy programs are helping to make this happen, albeit slowly. Coincidentally, just as the pandemic pushed the country into lockdown, the FCC launched its Digital Rural Opportunity Fund, which will provide up to $16 billion to telecom companies that expand internet access in rural areas. SpaceX has applied for funding, although it must prove that its service offers the low latency and high speeds required by the agency to get the money. Viasat received $87.1 million in funding from a similar FCC program last year. Again, in the absence of government funding, companies like SpaceX and Amazon are in a unique position to take the lead in the satellite broadband industry because building such an infrastructure will come in handy for other reasons. SpaceX is in a unique position to deliver its satellites into low-Earth orbit. The benefit of Amazon owning its own satellite broadband network also seems apparent. When it goes online, Project Kuiper could be an immediate boon to the company’s AWS business. “Amazon is essentially, effectively going to be its own biggest customer to really prime the pump for the revenue stream,” said Behesti, who is also a senior member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). “And then, obviously, the additional revenue streams would come from the residential individual consumers.” The benefits of satellite-based internet services have been obvious for years. However, for years, companies have struggled to make those ambitions meet reality. It’s not for lack of trying — and trying creative approaches, too. Alphabet continues to pursue a project called Loon, which started out as a Google experiment about 10 years ago. Loon involves using high-altitude balloons that beam internet access down to rural areas. After being deployed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, a fleet of Loon balloons started delivering service to millions of people in Kenya in July, marking the first commercial application of the technology. Meanwhile, Facebook has had its own far-fetched plans. Its initiative called Internet.org that aims to connect the entire planet suffered a big setback in 2016, when a SpaceX rocket carrying a satellite designed to deliver internet access to sub-Saharan Africa exploded on the launch pad. There was also Project Aquila, which involved sending solar-powered drones 60,000 feet into the atmosphere to connect rural areas. The company abandoned the project in 2018. Big internet companies like Facebook and Google have also faced backlash for their lofty connectivity projects. While projects like Loon and Internet.org are billed as charitable initiatives to serve the public good, critics say they stand to violate the principles of net neutrality and serve the companies’ best interest, rather than the public’s. After all, a free or low-cost internet service from Facebook or Google could simply steer billions of people to Facebook and Google’s products and services, balkanizing the internet as we know it. With all of these efforts, there’s bound to be more failures and possibly more backlash in the future. Elon Musk’s goal of offering high-speed broadband to everyone on Earth is a lofty one. We do know that such a thing is technically possible. It’s expensive, and plenty of smart people are figuring out how to pay for it, while other promising tech, like 5G, continues to roll out. But if anything would motivate such a tremendous disruption in the internet service business, the pandemic should do it. Never before have we depended so much on connectivity. We might just have to leave planet Earth to get it.
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Minnesota House candidate's death delays election
Minnesota will delay a congressional election for its 2nd District after the death of third-party candidate Adam Weeks.
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Republicans eye Oct. 12 for start of SCOTUS confirmation hearings: source
Republicans are eyeing Oct. 12 as the target date for the start of confirmation hearings for Trump’s pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a source familiar with the process told Fox News.
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CBS' Gayle King calls out Pelosi's 'egregious' language when she refers to Trump allies as 'henchmen'
The exchange came after Gayle King asked whether Nancy Pelosi still felt that Joe Biden shouldn't debate Donald Trump.       
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Man sent to prison for using drone to drop bombs near ex-girlfriend’s home
Romances go sour, but this one really bombed. A man is going to spend five years in federal prison for using a drone to drop explosives near his ex’s home in eastern Pennsylvania. Jason Muzzicato, 45, came to the attention of federal prosecutors last year during an investigation of a series of small blasts that...
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Amy Coney Barrett, Family Seen Leaving Indiana Home Ahead of Trump SCOTUS Announcement
Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family were seen leaving their Indiana home on Saturday, hours ahead of President Donald Trump's announcement of his nominee for associate justice on the United States Supreme Court.
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Nine Texas cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in water supply
Residents of nine cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in a southeast Texas water supply.
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Man faces assault charge for breaking cop’s hand – with his face
Officer Trevor Spencer broke his hand trying to defend himself in a fight with a probation violator who he stopped for speeding, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
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The number of positive coronavirus tests in New York climb to highest since early June
Positive tests for the coronavirus in New York state shot up to more than 1,000 for the first time since June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
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Dax Shepard opens up about drug abuse (2018)
Actor Dax Shepard talks to Conan O'Brien about his former drug abuse and being sober for 13 years.
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Oscar Pistorius ‘30 For 30′ Live Stream: How To Watch ESPN’s ‘The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ Live
ESPN's new four-part doc explores one of the most shocking stories in the history of sports.
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The 'very troubling' questions Kentucky's attorney general isn't answering on the Breonna Taylor decision
Why wasn't Brett Hankison charged with endangering Breonna Taylor? Did the grand jury even vote on homicide charges? A look at unanswered questions.       
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You better believe New York’s next championship is on the way
It has been little over a week since the Islanders’ splendid run came to a sad but not entirely stunning end. In a couple of days the Yankees will embark on their most bizarre quest for a championship since they started making regular such quests in 1921. That means New York’s Hell Clock sits at...
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‘Zoom Karen’ interrupts grandchild’s class to blast BLM, Obama
A video of a grandmother branded “Zoom Karen” has gone viral on TikTok after user @Stayflyest uploaded a video of her interrupting her grandchild’s class to argue with the teacher about Black Lives Matter. In the post dubbed “Karen found in Zoom Class going off,” which has garnered over 1.7 million views so far, the...
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Kamala Harris blasted for praising BLM as ‘essential’ and ‘brilliant’ amid violence
Kamala Harris praised the “brilliance” and “impact” of Black Lives Matters protests, deeming them “necessary” in comments that led some on social media to slam her as “insane.” “Nothing that we have achieved that has been about progress, in particular around civil rights, has come without a fight, and so I always am going to...
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Jalen Ramsey set to deploy his 'classified' shutdown game vs. Josh Allen and Bills
Josh Allen might be the second coming of Ben Roethlisberger, but Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey has '105 reasons' the Bills shouldn't throw his way.
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UFC books Miles Johns vs. Kevin Natvidad for Oct. 31 event in Las Vegas
A bantamweight matchup between Miles Johns and Kevin Natividad is the latest addition to the UFC's Oct. 31 event.        Related StoriesUFC books Miles Johns vs. Kevin Natvidad for Oct. 31 event in Las Vegas - EnclosureVideo: Matt Serra, Joshua Fabia get into argument at breakfast during UFC 253 fight weekNeil Magny wants to be Khamzat Chimaev's UFC main event foe: 'What's the hold up?' 
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Woman charged with felony in Breonna Taylor protest hit-and-run
Poice arrested a 25-year-old woman in a hit-and-run incident during Breonna Taylor demonstrations in Buffalo earlier this week.
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Gov. Cuomo accuses Trump of threatening New Yorkers over COVID-19 vaccine
Andrew Cuomo accused President Trump of threatening New Yorkers after the governor said he planned to slow-roll a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Ohio teen fakes her own abduction to get out of school
We’ve heard of calling in sick, but faking your own kidnapping? Really?
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Surprise! Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie are expecting their first baby
Rose Leslie debuted her baby bump during an interview and shoot with Make Magazine for their "Bold Issue."       
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Video: Matt Serra, Joshua Fabia get into argument at breakfast during UFC 253 fight week
Joshua Fabia is not Matt Serra's "type of guy," as exemplified by a video captured by Din Thomas.        Related StoriesUFC 253 live streaming watch-along with MMA Junkie Radio on SportsCastrNeil Magny wants to be Khamzat Chimaev's UFC main event foe: 'What's the hold up?'Conor McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao odds: WBA champ opens as heavy favorite 
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Paris Attack Suspect Said It Was Aimed at Paper That Mocked Islam’s Prophet
An 18-year-old immigrant from Pakistan was arrested on Friday after the stabbing of two people near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted in a 2015 terrorist attack.
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Ginsburg personal trainer honors her with pushups
In the line of guests paying tribute as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lay in state on Friday at the US Capitol, Bryant Johnson, the justice's beloved trainer for her RBG workouts, dropped to the ground and did three quick pushups. (Sept. 26)      
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Plastic surgery on the rise as patients use COVID-19 masks to hide
Between social distancing and continued closures, New York City can feel limiting. But there’s one group of locals who has found freedom in wearing masks. “I probably would have put getting my neck tightened on hold if I didn’t have the mask,” said Maggie, 34, who asked that her last name be withheld. “I don’t...
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Exclusive — Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short: ‘Pray for’ Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee Because She ‘Will Be Attacked Mercilessly’
Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short told Breitbart News he urges the American public to “pray for” President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and her family because the left and Democrats will attack them “mercilessly.”
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How Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court could affect LGBTQ rights
People holding placards in support of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a potential nominee for Supreme Court Justice as supporters of U.S President Donald Trump arrive at a Great American Comeback campaign rally at the Jacksonville JetPort at Cecil Airport. | Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images She once questioned the court’s landmark ruling on marriage equality. President Donald Trump reportedly will nominate federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, a choice LGBTQ rights groups are concerned could lead to a reduction in the rights enjoyed by LGBTQ Americans. The Supreme Court has been historically been important for the advancement of LGBTQ rights, with its rulings giving gay and lesbian people marriage equality and recently ruling that queer and trans people are protected from employment discrimination under federal law. And there are a number of important cases soon to come before the court; for example, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia is set to be heard the day after election day. That case, in which a religious adoption agency is seeking the right to turn away LGBTQ couples, will determine whether taxpayer-funded organizations are allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Senate Republicans have already promised a speedy confirmation process to install Trump’s nominee before the election, suggesting Barrett, if she is indeed the president’s nominee, will soon be on the Supreme Court. Barrett is a Catholic and former Notre Dame law professor; she has not said how she would rule in cases about LGBTQ rights, but she has spoken and written extensively about her conservative view on reproduction and sexuality. And these remarks have some of her critics concerned that she will swing the balance of the court towards a more conservative agenda on the issue of LGBTQ rights. What we know about Barrett’s record on LGBTQ rights As Vox’s Ian Millhiser has explained, while Barrett has not served for long as a federal judge — and thus does not have as long a judicial record as many Supreme Court nominees have has — as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, “she frequently weighed in on many of the cultural fights that animate religious conservatism.” One of these is the issue of LGBTQ rights, which has been a long and evolving interest for conservatives, many of who have fought against policies such as trans people using the bathrooms that align with their gender identity and transition care for trans teens. Some of Barrett’s most notable comments on the issue came during a lecture she gave at Jacksonville University ahead of the 2016 presidential election, while she was a professor at the University of Notre Dame. In that lecture, she defended the dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court ruling which made marriage equality the law of the land, as well as suggesting the Title IX rights afforded to transgender people ought to be reviewed by lawmakers. “Maybe things have changed so that we should change Title IX,” Barrett said during the lecture. “Maybe those arguing in favor of this kind of transgender bathroom access are right. ... But it does seem to strain the text of the statute to say that Title IX demands it, so is that the kind of thing that the court should interpret the statute to update it to pick sides on this policy debate? Or should we go to our Congress?” Also concerning LGTBQ advocates is that Barrett — who is Catholic — signed a letter in 2015 addressed to Catholic bishops that detailed her personal beliefs, and that included a statement that “marriage and family founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.” This, Millhiser notes, would seem to “suggest that Barrett personally opposes marriage equality — and potentially opposes extending other rights to LGBTQ people.” In her Jacksonville University lecture, Barrett similarly deployed language, suggesting an adversarial stance towards trans issues by misgendering transgender women in the calling them “physiological males.” This is one statement, but to many advocates her words seem an ominous portent for the nascent transgender rights movement, which scored a big win at the high court this June in Bostock v Clayton County, which determined that transgender people are protected from employment discrimination under federal civil rights law. The Human Rights Campaign, for instance, has taken issue with Barrett’s likely nomination, highlighting Barrett’s Jacksonville University speech. In a statement Friday, Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said “If she is nominated and confirmed, Coney Barrett would work to dismantle all that Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for during her extraordinary career.” Of concern to activists like David is that Bostock isn’t the only trans rights case that will hit the Supreme Court under the next justice’s tenure. The court will be called upon to rule on several big legal battles have been brewing for years, over issues such as transgender student bathroom rights, or trans women participating in women’s sports. Should Barrett be confirmed, her work on the court may depart from her personal views. However, as Millhiser writes, her personal and professional thinking has aligned in the past: Barrett’s limited judicial record suggests that her approach to constitutional interpretation aligns with her conservative political views. In Planned Parenthood v. Box(2019), Barrett joined a brief dissent arguing that her court should rehear a case that blocked an anti-abortion law before that law took effect. That opinion argued that “preventing a state statute from taking effect is a judicial act of extraordinary gravity in our federal structure” — suggesting that Barrett would have prevented her court from blocking the anti-abortion law at the heart of that case if given the chance. And it is this judicial record, limited though it is, that has led activists to express concern Barrett’s appointment could limit LGBTQ rights in future rulings.
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Dozens in Militarized Body Armor Arrive for Right-Wing Rally in Portland
The Proud Boys, a group that has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, described it as a free speech event to support Trump
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Sen. Tom Cotton launches 'Supreme Court War Room' to defend Trump's nominee
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton announced the launch of a "Supreme Court War Room" on Friday to help Republicans fight back against Democratic attacks on President Trump's impending nomination to fill the High Court's seat left vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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