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Activists in Russia Push to Make Domestic Violence a Voting Issue

Middle-aged women are part of the core base of Russia’s ruling party. Can its refusal to help domestic violence victims harm its support in this weekend’s elections?
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Workers injured in Kuwait refinery fire, output unaffected
A fire at Kuwait's Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery on Monday injured several workers but operations were unaffected, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said.
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More than 20 dead after floods in south India
At least 22 people were killed after heavy rains lashed the south Indian state of Kerala over the weekend, officials said.
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Out of the Shadows: Steele defiant on dossier, says Trump still 'potential' threat
British ex-spy Christopher Steele is stepping out of the shadows to discuss his so-called "Steele dossier," five years after it made explosive claims about Donald Trump.
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What are carbon offsets and do they work?
Companies and people who want to cancel out the impact of their emissions on the climate often turn to something called carbon offsetting.
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'Succession's' Brian Cox 'Committed' to Season 4 —And Says Playing Logan Is 'Good Therapy'
Brian Cox spoke with Newsweek about playing the Roy family patriarch in "Succession" and detailed what fans can expect in Season 3 and beyond.
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Nevada’s Sisolak suffers injuries in car accident
Gov. Steve Sisolak, the Democrat from Nevada, was briefly hospitalized on Sunday after being involved in a car crash, a report said.
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A timeline of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the case against 3 men accused of his murder
At first, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 went largely unnoticed outside the South Georgia community where the 25-year-old lived and died just weeks before the country was gripped by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Murder trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery set to begin with jury selection in Georgia
Three White men accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man out for a jog, are set to stand trial for murder in Georgia this week in a case thick with issues of racism, self-defense and cellphone video.
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8 years. $28 million in deposits. The perplexing tale of a three-wheeled car that never arrived.
Elio Motors got 65,000 deposits worth tens of millions of dollars but hasn't delivered a single vehicle.      
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Capitol Hill Democrats face tough choices over major economic package in pivotal week ahead
With a debt limit crisis averted for now, the Democratic Party's effort to finalize a sweeping economic package to expand the social safety net will be front-and-center on Capitol Hill this week.
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Jill Biden surprises the stranger who helped her rediscover her faith in God
In May 2015, emotionally hobbled from watching her son, Beau Biden, fight and then succumb to brain cancer, Jill Biden said "goodbye" to God.
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The complex world of carbon offsets explained
Carbon offsetting promises a way to rebalance greenhouse gas emissions through reforestation and renewable energy. But can it avert a climate catastrophe or is it actually doing more harm than good?
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Some drought relief forecast for areas in the West
A steady flow of moisture is forecast to flow into the Pacific Northwest beginning Wednesday. This will help with the drought, but could impact burn areas left by the devastating wildfire season. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the forecast.
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Elio Motors promised an 84 mpg 3-wheeled car for less than $7,000
Elio Motors has taken 65,000 deposits for its promised 3-wheeled, 2-seat, 84 mpg car. It was supposed to cost less than $7,000. It hasn't happened.      
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Dr. Anthony Fauci urges police to get vaccinated: Live COVID-19 updates
Police officers and other public safety workers have a responsibility to get vaccinated, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Latest COVID updates.       
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'We dodged a bullet': California oil spill could have decimated Huntington Beach. Why didn't it?
The 25,000-gallon spill could have ravaged Huntington Beach, the environment and local economy. A combination of preparedness and luck came into play.       
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California School Walkout as Thousands of Parents Defy Child Vaccine Mandate
California requires school students to be vaccinated following the full FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for grades 7 to 12 and K-6.
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No economic package? No problem: Even without a budget deal, parties already shaping their messages
Republicans are casting Democrats as 'tax and spend' elites; Democrats plan to stress specific programs ranging from child care to community college       
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Taylor Heinicke isn’t going deep, and that could limit the length of his WFT starting stint
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Taylor Heinicke isn’t going deep, and that could limit the length of his WFT starting stint
After another uneven performance in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, Washington's Taylor Heinicke will have to dig deep — and go deep.
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Liz Peek: Biden team off to UN climate summit as their green energy policies fuel inflation at home
Good news! Pete Buttigieg will emerge from his months-long family leave in time to attend the U.N.-sponsored climate gathering. Pete will not go alone to COP26, which starts Nov. 1 in Scotland.
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What you need to know about the trial set to begin in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery
Three white men are accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man shot and killed as he was jogging down a residential street after being chased by pickup trucks. Jury selection begins Monday.
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What's at stake as Biden decides whether to stick with Jerome Powell as Fed chief
President Biden has a big decision to make: Whether to reappoint Jerome Powell to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman or choose someone else for one of the world's most powerful economic jobs.
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D.C.-area forecast: Sunshine galore this week as temperature rise through Thursday and then ease back
After mid-70s midweek, the coolest weather of the fall so far arrives over the weekend.
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Trump wanted to slash the federal government. But federal agencies are doing just fine.
Despite criticism of federal agencies, civil servants and private-sector managers and executives are about as likely to feel they can do their jobs well, our research finds.
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Havana Syndrome is a mystery illness with 200-plus documented cases. Lawmakers are demanding action.
Four years after the first Havana Syndrome cases emerged, the US still doesn't know who is behind the attacks on diplomats and intelligence officers.       
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Trump Missed the Part About No Do-Overs
And apparently no one from his party is going to explain it to him. 
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Hey Parler, Nashville Isn’t Turning Red
Nashville may be having an identity crisis. But our moral commitment to equality will never change.  
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The Stock Market’s Gains Could Be Spread More Fairly
The markets going up even as wages stagnate is not a sign of a rigged system.
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How Not to Reform the I.R.S.
The I.R.S. needs more resources. But it also needs to protect taxpayer rights.
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Is Mark Zuckerberg a Man Without Principles?
The veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg unpacks the Facebook Files with historical context and personal anecdotes.
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Afghan girl’s gruesome murder sparks investigation into possible organ harvesting ring
The chilling, cold-blooded killing of a 10-year-old Afghan girl has sparked an investigation into a possible organ harvesting or snuff filmmaking ring.
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Honda Spending $2 Million on Initiatives Promoting Young Driver Safety
To kick off National Teen Driver Safety Week, Honda has launched a $2 million initiative to help cut back on nearly one-third of annual traffic fatalities.
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How Democrats Gave Away Their Power
Democrats wanted to play fair, and they tried to lead by example. In the decade-long battle over who gets to draw the districts that determine control of Congress, the party even relinquished some of its power in the name of good government. Now Democrats are discovering the potential cost of that attempt at high-mindedness: their House majority and, perhaps, the presidency.To rid the country of partisan gerrymandering, Democrats for years joined with election reformers to take the responsibility for redistricting away from politicians and hand it to independent, nonpartisan commissions. The effort did not begin as an entirely altruistic project; both parties gerrymandered where they could, but Democrats had more to gain by scrapping the practice. They won the argument in a number of places: Voters in states including California, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, and Virginia have approved redistricting commissions over the past 15 years, protecting more than one in five congressional seats from the threat of extreme gerrymandering.Republicans, to a large degree, declined to go along. They refused to cede control of the redistricting process in the biggest red states (such as Texas) and fought commissions that could have cost them seats (Arizona) all the way to the Supreme Court. In Congress this year, they blocked legislation that would have created nonpartisan commissions across the country. The GOP’s reward for its defense of gerrymandering is a national map tilted further in its favor than it would have been if the Democratic push for independent commissions had flopped on its face.The stakes for the reapportionment that follows the decennial census are always enormous; the redistricting process draws lines for Congress and state legislatures that endure for a decade. But the consequences over the next few years could stretch far beyond the fate of President Joe Biden’s agenda or whether a particular state’s taxes go up or down: Given former President Donald Trump’s continued dominance over the GOP and the possibility that he will run again, whichever party controls the House and key state legislative chambers could determine the next presidential election. That stark reality is giving the Democrats who championed nonpartisan commissions second thoughts. “As a matter of policy, I think we should pursue these, because I think it’s the right thing to do,” Morgan Carroll, the chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, told me. “But as a matter of politics, if across the country every Dem is for independent commissions and every Republican is aggressively gerrymandering maps, then the outcome is still a Republican takeover of the United States of America with a modern Republican Party that is fundamentally authoritarian and antidemocratic. And that’s not good for the country.”Democrats have not abandoned gerrymandering everywhere. In large blue states such as New York, Illinois, and Maryland, the party is expected to draw maps that maximize its partisan advantage. But Republicans control the redistricting process governing more seats, and given the Democrats’ narrow House majority, the GOP could take back power through gerrymandering alone. By giving up their mapping pens in just a few states, Democrats might also have given away their gavel.[Read: Why Democrats might need to play dirty to win]No state illustrates the Democrats’ predicament better than Colorado, where the party holds the governorship and solid control of the legislature. That power could have allowed Democrats to draw a favorable new congressional seat, shore up their four House incumbents, and target the reelection bid of freshman GOP Representative Lauren Boebert, who supported Trump’s bid to overturn last year’s election. In 2018, however, Democrats backed a ballot initiative to hand power over congressional redistricting to a nonpartisan commission. The map that the panel has proposed would instead make the new Eighth District north of Denver a toss-up, potentially jeopardize at least one of the Democratic incumbents, and ease Boebert’s path to another term, Carroll told me. The difference between the commission map and what Democrats might have drawn themselves could be nearly enough to tip the balance of power in the entire House. “It is a problem,” a high-ranking Colorado Democrat told me, speaking on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment.In Virginia, Democratic leaders initially supported the creation of a nonpartisan redistricting commission, but they reversed course once the party won control of both chambers of the legislature in 2019. Voters, however, overruled them in 2020, backing the commission by wide margins in a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The commission has whiffed so far: Its members announced last week that they could not agree on a state legislative map and kicked the job up to the Virginia Supreme Court instead. A similar failure is possible when the panel turns to the congressional map, and the right-leaning court is unlikely to draw lines as favorable to Democrats as they would have drawn themselves without a commission.Democrats do stand to benefit from some of the redistricting panels. In Arizona, which is now closely divided between the parties, the map that the independent commission produces is likely to be far more fair than lines drawn by the state’s Republican legislature. The story in Michigan is more complicated. A nonpartisan commission is drawing maps there for the first time, and an analysis of its proposed state legislative districts found that they skew toward the GOP. “It’s been frustrating to watch,” the state’s Democratic Party chair, Lavora Barnes, told me. “Right now, my fear is that we do not end up with fair maps.” Yet Barnes said the commission is still far preferable to letting the Republican-controlled legislature run the process as it did in the past. “It would definitely be worse,” she said. “I would obviously happily accept maps that are more Democratic than they are, but I think fair is a much better bargain for us than where we are and where we would have been if the Republicans had been drawing these maps.”The Democratic quandary over redistricting commissions puts lawmakers like Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland in a tricky position. As the chair of the party’s Democracy Reform Task Force in the House, Sarbanes helped write the For the People Act, which requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions. But Sarbanes is in no rush for his home state to lead the way. Maryland is one of the most notoriously gerrymandered states in the country. A judge once described Sarbanes’s own district as “reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” A federal court threw out its Democrat-drawn map before the Supreme Court upheld the lines in a 2019 ruling. Redistricting commissions are truly fair, Sarbanes told me, only if every state has to use them. “I’ve pushed for a national solution from day one,” he said. (When I asked whether he agreed that Maryland’s current districts were gerrymandered, however, he dodged. “Maryland’s got a strange shape to begin with. You’re not going to end up with pretty maps,” Sarbanes replied. “But clearly Maryland is a Democratic state, and there’s always politics that are mixed in.”)Another leader in the Democratic push for election reform, Representative Zoe Lofgren of California, once shared Sarbanes’s view. She initially opposed the creation of an independent redistricting commission when it came up as a statewide referendum in 2008. “My theory was why should California, which has a Democratic majority, cede this authority to a nonpartisan commission when other states haven’t done it?” Lofgren told me. But after Democrats picked up seats in the California delegation even after the commission drew its first maps, Lofgren changed her mind. “I have to say the voters were right and I was wrong,” she conceded. “This does work much better.”Along with Colorado, California now serves both as the model for the kind of redistricting commissions Democrats want to establish nationwide and as an impediment to their hopes of retaining power long enough to do so. The party controls 42 out of the state’s 53 seats in Congress—easily the biggest Democratic delegation in the country—but an aggressive Democratic gerrymander probably could have yielded a few more.In Washington, Democrats removed the proposal to require redistricting commissions from the latest version of their election-reform bill, as part of an effort to narrow the measure and win the support of Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Lawmakers and advocates say the decision was about timing—commissions couldn’t be set up before 2022 in states that didn’t already have them—and not a reconsideration of the idea. “Democrats did not make a mistake,” says Kelly Burton, the president of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the group formed by former Attorney General Eric Holder to fight gerrymandering by Republicans. “By putting commissions in place, Democrats are saying, ‘We’re not afraid of voters, and we’re not afraid of a fair process, and we don’t need to cheat to win.’”Most of the Democrats I spoke with agreed with Burton—at least in principle. They hoped that voters would, as Sarbanes told me, reward the party that stood up for good government and put aside partisan politics. But the new maps stand for a decade, and as these Democrats considered the enormous ramifications of the next two national elections, doubt about its consequences began to creep back in. “If the result is that we have 10 years of Republican majorities under this current party,” Carroll said, “then I think the institution of Congress is dead.”
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Australian golfer makes hole-in-one just shy of 100th birthday
Traditional golfing etiquette calls for waiting for the group in front of you to vacate the green before hitting your drive on a par-3 hole.
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This 5,300-year-old mummy revealed the history behind tattoos for healing and religion
Ötzi the prehistoric iceman had 61 tattoos preserved on its body, and researchers have been investigating their meaning since the mummy was discovered 30 years ago.
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FIFA fear recent abuse cases in women's football are just 'tip of the iceberg'
FIFA Chief Social Responsibilty and Education Officer Joyce Cook tells CNN's Amanda Davies that the governing body fears recent abuse cases in women's football are just "the tip of the iceberg."
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The hotel on the rooftop of Arabia
"Don't worry, it'll be a walk in the park," says Ali, the senior climbing instructor at Alila Jabal Akhdar, a luxury hotel in the mountains of Oman.
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Has Tekashi 6ix9ine's Spotify Page Been Hacked?
The American rapper's Spotify page featured several edits, including to his biography, which referenced the artists Trippie Redd and Lil Durk.
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How to best burn calories while walking
Fitness expert Dana Santas shares how to get the most calorie-burning benefits from walking, including the desired intensity of your pace.
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How To Buy 'Fortnite's' New Kaws Skin—And When the Limited Edition Cosmetic Ends
For its ongoing Halloween event, "Fortnite" has added a spooky new outfit designed by renowned artist Kaws. Here is all you need to know about the skin.
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Meghan Markle's Royal Racism Allegations Used in School's White Privilege Lessons
Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview is being used to teach children at a London private school about white privilege.
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What Channing Tatum Said About Dave Chappelle As More People Wade In On Controversy
Channing Tatum used his Instagram account to give his opinion on the Dave Chappelle controversy after the recent Netflix special "The Closer."
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LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to get a psych exam before her lawsuit goes to trial
Vanessa Bryant and others who lost family members in the January 2020 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant sued Los Angeles County over leaked photos of the crash scene that were allegedly shared.
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Oman's Alila Jabal Akhdar: The hotel on the rooftop of Arabia
With a thrilling via ferrata climbing route, the Alila Jabal Akhdar mixes luxury with adrenaline-charged leisure
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Videos of People Playing 'Succession' Theme Song Across U.S. Go Viral
"Succession" fans showed they were musically inspired as the dysfunctional Roy family returned to screens for Season 3.
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AP Top Stories October 18A
Here's the latest for Monday October 18th: Authorities search for Haiti kidnapping victims; Jury selection to begin for Ahmaud Arbery suspects; VP Kamala Harris going to Nevada; Bill Clinton goes home from hospital.      
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Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker Engagement Sparks Wave of Scott Disick Jokes, Memes
Fans of the Kardashians are speculating that Kourtney's ex Scott Disick will not be taking the news well.
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