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Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Pepper said he and his family began to worry after he began showing symptoms, including difficulty breathing. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday morning.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda surprises theatergoers at ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’
The show, which centers around improv raps to audience suggestions and features special guests, was created as a hip hop impov group in 2004 by Miranda.
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How to Watch 'After We Fell' Online for Free
"After We Fell" is the latest chapter in the stormy relationship of Tessa and Hardin. YA fans will be able to watch the movie online this October—and some won't even have to pay a cent.
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Hollywood keeps retelling 'Dune.' Why this latest adaptation may be the one that takes off
The world established in Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune" is full of layers, many of which have been difficult to translate to the big screen. But Denis Villeneuve's movie may be different enough to catch on with today's audiences.
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What Time Will ‘Dune’ Be on HBO Max?
The wait is nearly over.
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Tucker: Biden open border policy resulted in a fentanyl crisis
'Tucker Carlson Tonight' welcomed guests John Daniel Davidson, Abigail Shrier, James Craig, Jason Rantz, Dorian Abbot and Alex Berenson.
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Fascinating Video Showing How Deep Hair Grows on Cadaver Viewed 22M Times
The educational clip, which shows just how deeply human hair penetrates into the skin, has shocked and intrigued viewers.
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Billie Eilish and more stars make a splash at Doja Cat’s birthday party
Doja Cat celebrated her 26th birthday on Wednesday with a wet and wild undersea-themed party at Catch LA — and famous friends like Billie Eilish, Winnie Harlow and Karrueche Tran came dressed in costumes that ranged from sexy to silly.
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'Special Report' on sinking approval rates for President Biden
'Special Report' welcomed guests Noel Hacegaba, Bill McGurn, Leslie Marshall and Steve Hayes.
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‘Self Care’ Isn’t the Fix for Late-Pandemic Malaise
If years could be assigned a dominant feeling (1929: despair; 2008: hope), 2021’s might be exhaustion. As the coronavirus pandemic rumbles through its 20th month, many of us feel like we are running a race we didn’t sign up for, and it’s getting longer every mile we run.With this slog has come a renewed focus on mental health. During the pandemic, universities have poured money into psychological resources. Corporations have hired chief health officers and invested in wellness services. In 2020, the mindfulness app Headspace saw a 500 percent increase in corporate-subscription requests. Alongside these efforts, a worldwide conversation has grown around “self-care:” anything pursued for the sake of one’s own wellness, including practicing goat yoga, bingeing Ted Lasso, and old-fashioned napping. Self-care has been popular for decades, but during the pandemic it has gained new cachet. Google searches for the term more than doubled from March to April 2020. Countless organizations, including mine, implemented “COVID days”—time off meant for employees to center their own needs.But self-care alone won’t fulfill people’s psychological needs as we rebound from the pandemic. After many months in relative isolation, we must reclaim connection and meaning. That comes not just from caring for ourselves but also from caring for one another.Self-care is vital, but its efficacy is specific: It is especially good at softening intense stress and anxiety, for instance among nurses and therapists. Profound distress saturated people’s lives in the spring of 2020, and self-care might have protected against it. However, that distress was surprisingly short-lived: As a task force to which I belong reported, acute mental-health problems peaked early in the pandemic and then quickly subsided."That doesn’t mean people are doing well. For many, the pandemic’s long tail has replaced intense distress with a duller struggle: languishing, or a loss of meaning amid the Groundhog Day that is pandemic living. Languishing has many sources, but right now I suspect isolation is its driving force. When people reflect on what matters to them most in life, social connections perennially top their list. Even as we emerge from social-distancing practices, it’s easy to miss those connections. People are still adapting to reentry and rebuilding atrophied social muscles. And though self-care soothes, it can be too individualistic to help with loneliness. “Me time” is great, truly, but human flourishing is typically out there with everyone else.[Read: Late-stage pandemic is messing with your brain]Languishing might subside on its own as socializing and travel become safe again. But another approach—one that has been shown in years of research to bolster people’s sense of self—is to show up for others. In one of many studies like it, people were randomly assigned to spend money on either themselves or someone else and then were asked how much they agreed with statements such as “My life has a clear sense of purpose.” Those who spent their money on others reported feeling greater meaning, self-worth, and connection. The effects in these studies were small; buying someone coffee probably won’t be your road-to-Damascus moment. But over time, the effects of many small actions can accrue.This is even truer during trying times. Despite headlines that blare about looting and other crimes, disasters usually bring out the best in people, intensifying charitable donations, volunteering, and cooperation. Kindness has continued through the pandemic, and its benefits have too. In one recent study, hundreds of people were randomly assigned to buy personal protective equipment for themselves or as a gift for a stranger. Spending on others again boosted people’s sense of meaning and connection.The punch line is simple: Giving boosts meaning in good times, and might be a salve against languishing in tough ones. Here’s the problem: Many people don’t seem to get this. Individuals wrongly predict that spending time, money, and energy on themselves will make them more fulfilled than spending those resources on others. When they act on these illusions, ironically they can deepen languishing and loneliness. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior can intensify when people most need human connection. For instance, individuals who feel lonely or depressed tend to turn inward, focusing less on others, which leaves them even more disconnected over time.Some people might bristle at the suggestion that they need to devote more time to others. So many of us—parents of young children, children of immunocompromised parents, teachers, health-care workers—have been worn to a nub by helping. Other-care has caused our burnout; how could it possibly be a cure?The surprising answer is that the very same act of helping can deplete or fulfill us, depending on how we think about it. Imagine helping someone move to a new apartment. To you, this could be an expression of appreciation to a close friend or an irritating obligation you were guilted into. These inner judgments can determine, in part, how doing this favor will affect you.Researchers have identified psychological ingredients that make helping beneficial to helpers, including autonomy and empathy. In studies run by my own lab and others, researchers checked in with participants at the end of each day, asking whether they had helped someone else that day, how they experienced their act of kindness, and how they were feeling. People reported being more fulfilled on days they helped others, but only when they felt connected to why they were doing what they were doing, and to the person they were helping.For these reasons, I think we need a complement to self-care days: “other-care” days, earmarked to zero in on positive effects we can have on someone else. Schools and companies can clear time for people not to soothe themselves but to be helpers instead. Among corporations, organized kindness was popular early in the pandemic, for instance when Anheuser-Busch brewed hand sanitizer and Gap pivoted to manufacturing clothing for health-care workers.[Read: Why are people nostalgic for early-pandemic life?]Other-care days would build on this spirit, but in different ways. They would shift from grand collective gestures to personal habits of helping, and give individuals leeway to help whomever and however they like, turning kindness into an act of self-expression. This could be integrated with the kinds of care many of us do already, such as parenting. On other-care days, instead of trudging between video meetings and preschool tantrums, a parent could take her kids to volunteer or visit an elderly neighbor. By making space for intention and compassion, other-care days could transform our everyday helping and recuperate its meaning.Ultimately, the line between self-care and other-care is blurrier than we might realize. People are psychologically intertwined, such that helping others is a kindness to ourselves and watching over ourselves supports others. This idea was embedded in early conversations about self-care. Following its more mundane roots in medicine—when self-care more or less meant heeding doctors’ orders—activists took this idea in a revolutionary direction. In the 1960s, the Black Panther Party launched Survival Programs, mutual-aid efforts designed to encourage preventive medicine, nutrition, and exercise in response to the lack of high-quality health-care access many Black Americans face.Activists such as Angela Davis and Ericka Huggins broadened this approach to include practices such as mindfulness and yoga, more along the lines of what we now understand as self-care. But their version was still firmly grounded in community. As they saw it, self-care among Black people—especially Black women—was a radical act, denying the oppression that would reduce them. It was also a way to continue pushing against that oppression and toward justice. “Anyone who is interested in making change in the world,” Davis once said, also “has to learn to take care of herself.”As with so many revolutionary ideas, the narrative around self-care has now been wrapped in marketing; the industry has soared past $10 billion a year in the United States alone. The millions of people who Googled self-care as the pandemic began likely didn’t find information on its community-based roots. They found instead an atomized, hyperpersonal world of tips, products, and services—calming, sometimes expensive tools for being alone in nicer ways—that can help sometimes, and that might strand us at other times.By integrating other-care into our plans, we can go back to self-care’s broader, more connected origins and rebuild meaning at a time when so many of us desperately need it.
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'The Five' on President Biden's approval number sinking
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Oversight Board slams Facebook for giving special treatment to VIP users
Facebook's "cross-check" program applies to millions of users, but the board says the company is not being transparent about how it applies its rules to those high-profile accounts.
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This priest was kidnapped in Haiti. He tells CNN what it was like
The recent kidnapping of 17 missionaries by a gang in Haiti has highlighted a brutal yet common occurrence in the country. CNN's Matt Rivers reports from Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.
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Eric Adams calls Curtis Sliwa a Trump ‘mini-me,’ ‘clown’
Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams called Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa a "mini-me" of former President Donald Trump and a "clown" on Thursday.
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'Your World' on Brian Laundrie search latest
'Your World' welcomed guests Priya Banerjee, Chris Swecker, Harold Hamm, Emanuel Cleaver, Cyril Wecht and Maureen O'Connell.
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Magnitude 2.4 earthquake felt in South Los Angeles
A magnitude 2.4 earthquake occurred in South Los Angeles on Thursday morning.
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Some first responders are quitting over vaccine mandates
Hundreds of first responders are leaving the workforce due to the COVID vaccine mandate. Jeff Pegues has the latest.
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John King Reveals 2020 Election Week 'One of My Worst' for MS Symptoms
CNN anchor John King, who on Tuesday revealed his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, has shared further details about the challenges he secretly faced for 13 years.
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Buying a home or refinancing? A 30-year mortgage may not be your best option
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Maya Millette’s husband searched ‘plant you take to never wake up’ before her apparent death
Larry Millete researched poisonous plants, including water hemlock, and the so-called date rape drug Rohypnol before her disappearance in January 2021.
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125K unaccompanied kids have crossed the border during Biden admin: report
More than 125,000 unaccompanied children have reportedly arrived at the southern border since President Biden took office in January -- smashing previous records.
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Joe Manchin Praised by Billionaire Who Voted for Trump as 'Most Important Guy in D.C.'
"I call him every week and say, 'Joe, you're doing great,'" billionaire Nelson Peltz said.
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This beef stew only takes 10 minutes of prep time: Try the recipe
On those days when the sun starts to set earlier, and it’s time to welcome fall, we all crave something a little heartier, a little warmer, a little beefier.
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Colts safety Julian Blackmon suffers season-ending Achilles tear in practice
Blackmon had 31 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, a pass defended and a fumble forced this season, and there's no obvious answer to who will replace him.       
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NASCAR driver Carson Ware suspended after assault arrest
Part-time Xfinity Series driver Carson Ware has been suspended by NASCAR and his teams after being arrested for assault.
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Homan on 'Fox & Friends': Biden's CBP nominee is 'perfect choice' for open border policies
Fox News contributor Tom Homan told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that President Biden’s pick to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Chris Magnus, would be the “perfect choice” for open borders.
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Boston Celtics game broadcast pulled in China after Enes Kanter's pro-Tibet posts
The NBA is facing another incident involving China after Enes Kanter, center for the Boston Celtics, criticized the country's treatment of Tibet.
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Boston Celtics game broadcast pulled in China after Enes Kanter's pro-Tibet posts
The NBA is facing another incident involving China after Enes Kanter, center for the Boston Celtics, criticized the country's treatment of Tibet.
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Boston Celtics game broadcast pulled in China after Enes Kanter's pro-Tibet posts
The NBA is facing another incident involving China after Enes Kanter, center for the Boston Celtics, criticized the country's treatment of Tibet.
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Can Democrats pass paid leave on a national scale?
Democrats are pushing to make paid leave available to all workers in the embattled reconciliation bill but it risks being scaled back in final proposal.
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Steve Somers leaving WFAN ‘sometime this fall’
Somers, 74, made somewhat of an announcement on his show Thursday, saying his time at that station is coming to an end “more sooner than later.” 
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Kate Beckinsale says her ‘very high IQ’ is a ‘handicap’ in Hollywood
"Every single doctor, every single person I've ever come across has said, 'You'd be so much happier if you were 30 percent less smart,'" Beckinsale told shock jock Howard Stern.
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LaMelo Ball’s ‘MVP’ opening night didn’t end on the court
The reigning Rookie of the Year rocked neon green threads to his postgame press conference after dropping 31 points to start the season.
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How TikTok's 13-year-old pug Noodle teaches us about self-care and living life to the fullest
Noodle the 13-year-old wise pug has bestowed some valuable life lessons. Like sometimes, it's OK to just flop and rest.     
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Photo of College Lecture on 'Right-Handed Privilege' Goes Viral
The lecture referenced a psychological paper that says that most left-handed people have negative experiences associated with their dominant hand.
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Texas Family Say They Were Evicted Even After Relief Program Paid Back Rent
Cherice Scott arrived home on October 5 to find herself evicted, and recalled her terror at the thought of her family ending up homeless.
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'Locke and Key' Season 2 Release Time: When the New Season Is Coming to Netflix
"Locke and Key" Season 2 is finally coming to Netflix, a full 20 months since the first season. Here's when the wait will be over for fans of the fantasy show.
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China Blocks NBA Games After Star Enes Kanter Posts Anti-Xi Jinping Video
Chinese internet streamer Tencent cut a live feed of a National Basketball Association (NBA) game Wednesday between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, users reported, after Celtics player Enes Kanter posted a video online condemning Chinese dictator Xi Jinping.
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'The work begins when you get married': Gwyneth Paltrow on her Netflix show 'Sex, Love & Goop'
Gwyneth Paltrow, who appears in Netflix's "Sex, Love & Goop," says "that area is really indicative of what we still have to work on."      
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Gwyneth Paltrow jokes about including 'Goop' in the title of her new Netflix series
Gwyneth Paltrow chats with USA TODAY's Erin Jensen about her new Netflix series on relationships, "Sex, Love & Goop."      
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5 Veterans Quit Sinema's Advisory Council Over Her 'Failure' to Stand by Constituents
The veterans wrote in a letter that the Arizona Democrat has "become of the principal obstacles to progress."
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Five military veterans advising Sen. Sinema resign, calling her one of the 'principal obstacles to progress'
Five military veterans on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's advisory board resigned from their roles this week, slamming the Arizona Democrat as one of the "principal obstacles to progress."
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49 gifts every woman in your life would love to receive
Whether it's a tear-jerking gift for your significant other or something practical for Mom, these editor-approved picks have you covered so you don't have to scramble to shop.
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Four Face Charges After Kyrsten Sinema Confronted in Bathroom
Police at Arizona State University are seeking misdemeanor charges over the incident involving the Democratic senator.
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Merrick Garland testifying before Congress amid fierce criticism over controversial memo
Attorney General Merrick Garland is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee amid intense criticism over a memo he released this month.
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Tesla's 'full self-driving' rolls back its privacy protection of trip videos
Tesla owners can buy the company's "full self-driving" software for $10,000, but they may have to pay with their privacy.
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Mushrooms: the next big weapon in the war against conventional meat
This story is part of our series on the future of cultured and plant-based meat. Read more here.
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Prepare yourself for an avalanche of fake meat
The list of meat mimics — plant-based, cultured, fungi-based — is mushrooming.
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This Apple TV Trick Turns Streaming Into the Curated Horror Sections at Your Old Video Store
Every Vincent Price movie available to stream across any service all in one row?!
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