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We should see President Biden's latest steps to fight COVID-19 for what they are: disaster relief in the face of a perfect storm.      
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New Zealand Attempts a Record-Setting ‘Vaxathon’
The country took a different approach to encouraging vaccinations on Saturday, with barbecues, a telethon and the chance to get jabbed in the business-class seat of a Boeing 787.
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Hannity: 'Vile' Joe Biden is proving 'morally bankrupt'
In his "Opening Monologue" on Friday, Sean Hannity called out President Joe Biden as "morally bankrupt" as the Taliban's 'reign of terror' continues abroad and inflation hits American families hard at home
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What to watch this weekend: ‘Baptiste’ on PBS
Saturday, October 16, 2021 & Sunday, October 17, 2021 | “Succession” returns on HBO
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11 kids drowned, 10 rescued in Indonesian river cleanup
Local officials said 150 students were participating in the cleanup along the banks of the Cileueur river bank when 21 of them slipped into the water.
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Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa’s clutch homers lead Astros to Game 1 win
Are these Houston Astros the best sports villains ever?
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There is a lesson for Daniel Jones in his Giants injury scare
Be honest: You didn’t think this was possible.
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Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve rally Astros past Red Sox in ALCS opener
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China’s Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission
China’s Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay.
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ALCS: Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve power Astros past Red Sox in Game 1
Jose Altuve hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth and Carlos Correa a go-ahead shot in the seventh as Houston beat Boston 5-4 in Game 1 of the ALCS.
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Parents sue Minnesota charter school alleging racist behavior
The parents of several Black and biracial students are suing the operator of a Minnesota charter school on behalf of their children, alleging that the school failed to prevent "racist, unfair, hurtful and at times dangerous interactions" at the hands of both students and staff.
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Tensions between mainland China and Taiwan spark debate inside Biden amin
As the alliance between the US and Taiwan grows stronger, Beijing is becoming more agitated. CNN's Will Ripley reports.
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Palisades routs Hamilton to close in on Western League title
Palisades rolled to its 11th consecutive win and a step closer to the Western League title Friday night with a 63-7 victory over host Hamilton.
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Bret Baier presses Transportation Secretary Buttigieg on supply chain woes
"Special Report" host Pete Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended President Biden's plan to solve supply chain disruptions in time for holiday shopping.
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Clutch homers from Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa power Astros past Red Sox in Game 1 of ALCS
Jose Altuve tied it with a two-run homer in the sixth and Carlos Correa put the Astros ahead for good in the ALCS opener with a seventh inning blast.      
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Barclay Goodrow already giving the Rangers a jolt
Whenever Gerard Gallant felt the Rangers offense was beginning to go stale during their home opener against the Stars on Thursday night, the head coach turned to Barclay Goodrow to give the entire lineup a boost.
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Carlos Correa's monster home run lifts Astros to win in ALCS Game 1
Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve came up in the clutch for the Houston Astros in their 5-4 victory Friday night over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
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Clinton "doing fine" and will be out of hospital soon
President Joe Biden says Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he is being treated for an infection
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Migrant sisters, 4 and 6, found alone at US-Mexico border
The two sisters were spotted near the United States-Mexico border holding a sign with their aunt's name and address attached.
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Netflix’s ‘You’ Is Sharper, Funnier, and More Brutal Than Ever in Season 3
John P Fleenor/NetflixWhere does a fugitive go once he’s stalked and murdered his way through both New York and Los Angeles? In You Season 3, Penn Badgley’s misanthropic bookworm Joe Goldberg is stuck in a new hell of his own making: Suburban life with a serial killer and their unborn child, whom he’s desperate to protect from his wife. (Because her murderous tendencies are totally worse and more villainous than his.)Madre Linda, where newlyweds Joe and Love Quinn make their home in Season 3, is You’s first fictional location. Creator Sera Gamble says the gossip-obsessed town was inspired by several bedroom communities in Northern California.“We were intrigued by the notion that on the outskirts in and around Silicon Valley, there are a lot of people that have made their fortune in industries that are at least adjacent to surveillance,” Gamble told The Daily Beast during a recent interview. “It cut to the heart of a lot of what we’ve been saying the whole time about how privacy is dead and at this point we’re all both voyeurs and exhibitionists and there’s no going back.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Mom Walked Kindergartner to Bus Stop and Never Saw Her Again
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Courtesy of Connie Chavis/ Cecil ArdWhen Connie Chavis and her 5-year-old daughter picked out clothes for kindergarten on a cold January morning back in 1998, they took great care to choose bright colors: lots of green, splashes of pink.The outfit was as peppy and upbeat as little Brittany Locklear herself.Neither of them could have guessed, as the kindergartener pulled on each leg of her green overalls, that within a few short hours those same overalls would turn up on the side of the road, discarded like trash. That their 5-year-old occupant would be nowhere to be found.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Did Netflix Fuck Up the Dave Chappelle Backlash This Badly?
NetflixThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.This week:The content of Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special The Closer—the dangerous transphobia, the gaslighting, the false equivalence of marginalized communities, the erasure of intersectionality—wasn’t shocking so much as it was pedestrian, the most basic, unenlightened kind of “humor” about the LGBTQ community. (Read more about it here, here, and here.)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tucker Carlson Is Fighting for ‘Freedom’ Everywhere Except at Fox News
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesTucker Carlson took a break from his nightly anti-vax mandate rants to rave this week about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg taking paternity leave after he and his husband adopted twins: “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed, no word on how that went.”The “joke” was homophobic and also just not very funny, but it also came from inside of a glass house. Yes, the woke culture that Tucker Carlson hates on nightly is in fact the same woke culture his employer has embraced. At least when it comes to parental leave and COVID policies, Rupert Murdoch’s evil empire is tough to beat.While Fox News may be poisoning our airwaves and rotting the brains of a significant portion of the population, it happens to be a very good place to work. Don’t take my word for it, listen to that of Fox and Friends host Todd Piro (no relation to Judge Box of Wine Pirro) who wrote an entire opinion piece for the Fox News website about how much he enjoyed his six weeks of paid paternity leave: “I cannot thank Fox enough for providing all fathers who work here with such a generous paternity leave. This experience has changed me in a profound way and in ways I won’t fully comprehend until my daughter is older.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Pentagon offers payment to Afghanistan family's survivors after botched US airstrike
The Pentagon has offered condolence payments to the surviving family members of the 10 innocent civilians, including seven children, who were accidentally killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan in late August. 
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Did Allison Mack and the NXIVM Sex Cult Destroy ‘Smallville’s’ Legacy?
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Alamy/YoutubeIn 1989, a flaming meteor burst through the Earth’s atmosphere landing in a cornfield, marking the arrival of a young Kal-El to a nondescript town in Kansas. Or at least that’s how it happened on CW’s cult-favorite show Smallville, which follows a teenage Kal-El/Clark Kent through his high school years as he evolves into the Superman the world knows today.The series, which premiered exactly 20 years ago—on October 16, 2001—and made a star out of Tom Welling, went on to become a massive hit and still holds the title for the longest-running superhero show on television, spanning 10 seasons until its finale in May 2011.But in recent years, the once family-friendly show that many fans cherished for its life lessons has become known for something much darker: a recruitment playground for the now-infamous NXIVM sex cult.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Two of Africa's Covid experts are leaving the continent. Is this a brain drain or gain for Africa?
Two of Africa's Covid experts are clearing out their desks and counting the hours as they prepare to take up new roles offered to them overseas.
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Two of Africa's Covid experts are leaving the continent. Is this a brain drain or gain for Africa?
Two of Africa's Covid experts are clearing out their desks and counting the hours as they prepare to take up new roles offered to them overseas.
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Epstein Bragged About Gift From Woody Allen Before Raping Russian Model, Lawsuit Says
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyA new accuser has filed a class-action lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, claiming the late sex-trafficker raped and assaulted her numerous times from 2017 through 2019—including at his homes in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the months leading up to his arrest—after interviewing her on Skype and promising to aid her career.The woman, a Russian national referred to as Jane Doe, also claims Epstein gave her a tour of his Palm Beach mansion and showed off a broken guitar, a gift he claimed was from his longtime friend, the disgraced director Woody Allen.Doe’s complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, also names Epstein’s veteran executive assistant Lesley Groff as a defendant. Groff helped to facilitate Epstein's sex ring, the suit claims, by “purchasing plane tickets, sending money, making appointments, and sending various communications from New York.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Oman ready to savor 'one in a million' opportunity as host of cricket's T20 World Cup
Think of cricket-playing nations and the likes of India, Australia and England might come to mind. Not so much Oman, a country nestled on the corner of the Arabian Peninsula with limited history when it comes to red or white-ball versions of the game.
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Oman ready to savor 'one in a million' opportunity as host of cricket's T20 World Cup
Think of cricket-playing nations and the likes of India, Australia and England might come to mind. Not so much Oman, a country nestled on the corner of the Arabian Peninsula with limited history when it comes to red or white-ball versions of the game.
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Carolyn Hax: Boyfriend keeps borrowing money, and she feels mostly alone
Her boyfriend is having money issues but also isn't “bringing the non-monetary equivalent to the relationship.”
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Ask Amy: Baby shower brings on infantile behavior
Grandma-to-be goes through with shower after mom-to-be asks her to reschedule.
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Hints From Heloise: Dishwashers can clean more than dishes
Cleaning brushes and sponges are among the many other uses for dishwashers.
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Miss Manners: Illness takes patient’s hair, leaves nosy questions
Reader wants a response that will discourage further talk of changed appearance.
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It’s Time to Get Personal, and Nasty, With Vaccine Resistors
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/Photos Getty ImagesPlenty of highly-produced primetime segments attempting to hammer home the ugly reality of COVID-19 have aired over the past year and a half. Plenty of public officials have pleaded, and reasoned and asked nicely. We’ve heard from people who, through no fault of their own, have suffered COVID-related catastrophe due to the actions of others. We’ve heard from people who, completely because of their own negligence, have suffered the effects of COVID and wish they could undo it. There is a vaccine for the disease widely available, at no cost to anybody living in this country who chooses to get it. And yet, the pandemic persists. Perhaps it’s time for some new public messaging.We can—and should—go further. It’s time for public health vaccine messaging to focus less on what getting jabbed means for society, and more on what not getting vaccinated can mean for individuals. In other words, it’s time to get disgusting. Anti-smoking campaigns and anti-drug campaigns have used upsetting medical descriptions and imagery in public service announcements. Why not go there with COVID?On the Reddit forum r/nursing, there are no reporters in full hair and makeup standing with a hospital in the background; the real horror of COVID is in clear, grotesque focus. Nurses trade stories of COVID patients with maggots in their sinus cavities, of something called “COVID poop,” which apparently causes sores for some patients on ventilators, of unvaccinated COVID-positive pregnant women who go into labor prematurely while intubated and die before they meet their infants, who now have to spend time in the NICU for a completely preventable reason.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Justin Turner sees no contest between ‘burden’ of playing in New York and LA
ATLANTA — Justin Turner has spent the past decade-plus of his career playing exclusively for teams in New York and Los Angeles, and from his vantage point it’s no contest which market is tougher. The veteran infielder, set to play Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday for the Dodgers against the Braves, noted the...
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Making a Movie Is Hard. Making One in Space Is Insane.
Audrey Shelepin/GCTC/Roscosmos/Handout via ReutersOn October 5, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft flew into space with three people onboard, and docked with the International Space Station a few hours later. The crew’s mission: principal photography on the first fictional feature film shot in space.That’s right—the point of this trip was not to enable new scientific research or a cutting edge demo of new technologies, as astronauts normally do in space. Along with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, the Russian crew included movie director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild. The latter two will spend a total of 12 days aboard ISS gathering footage for The Challenge, a movie about a surgeon sent to the space station to treat a cosmonaut in orbit. It’s the first time in history scenes are being shot for a feature film in space. And it certainly won’t be the last time. The entertainment industry has finally made it to space, and it plans to stay—despite all the challenges to space travel.The technological and economic barriers to reaching orbit are so staggering that even 60 years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to leave Earth, space has largely remained the domain of government-run space agencies. For decades, the only people going up into space were astronauts and cosmonauts who spent years training at state-of-the-art facilities run by institutions like NASA. Occasionally an extremely wealthy guy would buy his way onto a short mission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Hague Is So Much More Than a Destination for War Criminals
Tom Lau/GettyThis is the latest installment of It's Still a Big World, our twice-a-month series on underrated destinations.The wind was clocking in at around 20 miles per hour, so the bungee tower at the end of the pier was closed. It was a Tuesday in August in Scheveningen, a seaside district of the Hague, and the North Sea waves were so unruly that even the surfers had called it quits. I probably should have felt relief over this (my mother certainly did when I told her), but the self-imposed risk of jumping off a 200-foot tower seemed like a welcome reprieve from 18 months of pandemic-inspired fear.Plus, I liked the idea of doing something exotic in the Hague, the third-largest city in the Netherlands, known largely for its powerful judicial institutions—the International Criminal Court and the U.N.’s International Court of Justice. It’s also still home to Parliament and the Dutch royal family, although, thanks to the whims of various counts, princes, kings, and politicians, as well as a couple of occupations and the Eighty Years’ War, Amsterdam became the official capital city in 1983.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Rolling Stones Will No Longer Play ‘Brown Sugar.’ And It’s About Damn Time.
Kevin Mazur/GettyThis month, British rock icons The Rolling Stones—sans the late, great Charlie Watts—head out to stadiums across the United States for their No Filter tour where, ironically, they’ll be self-censoring one of their biggest hits.In a new Los Angeles Times interview with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the two were asked why the song “Brown Sugar,” which depicts chattel slavery—specifically, the systemic rape of Black women and girls—was noticeably absent from their setlist.“You picked up on that, huh?” Richards said. “I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment, I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this shit. But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith calls email leaks 'disrespectful and unacceptable'
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith on Friday called on the league to release all emails from the workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team after the latest revelation showed a cozy relationship between a former executive and a top lawyer.
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How Mae West’s Play ‘Sex’ Scandalized Broadway—and Landed Her in Jail
Irving Lippman/John Kobal Foundation/Getty ImagesOn April 19, 1927, actress Mae West pulled up to Welfare Island, now known as Roosevelt Island, in the back of a limo. She was sharply dressed down to her silk underwear and carrying a bouquet of white roses. When she stepped out of the limo, she smiled for the waiting photographers…and then checked into the women’s prison to begin serving a 10-day sentence.As this performance showed—as her entire life and career would show—Mae West had no regrets. She was a pioneer, pushing the boundaries of the roles women were allowed to play both onscreen and off and refusing to apologize if her behavior shocked or offended.She was, after all, the actress who would quip in the 1933 film I’m No Angel, “When I’m good I’m very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Meet The Tomahawk-Toting QAnoner Terrorizing School Boards
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via TwitterThe audience at a meeting last month of the Ankeny, Iowa, school board exploded over the prospect of the board reinstating a mask mandate, with parents shouting at board members who supported the mask rule.“We know where you live!” one parent yelled at the school board members. “We’re going to stalk you!”The scene, which ended with the board voting to reimpose the mask rule, looked like so many other school board meetings across the country this year over coronavirus restrictions. But the Ankeny school board has become a larger flashpoint in the fight over mask mandates in schools, thanks in large part to a leather-clad, tomahawk-toting QAnon personality named Scott McKay.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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16-year-old boy struck in face with bullet, killed in Lower East Side shooting
An unidentified gunman opened fire on a group of people and killed a 16-year-old boy, who was struck in the face, on the Lower East Side Friday night.
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Kahleah Copper is good as gold as Sky take 2-1 lead in WNBA Finals
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Biden says former Sen. Chris Dodd would never ‘disrespect the waitress’
President Biden raised eyebrows Friday when he praised former Senator Chris Dodd and inadvertently referenced an episode of alleged sexual assault involving Dodd and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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Canucks score twice in shootout, beat Flyers 5-4
With a raucous Philly crowd against them, and a third-period collapse still raw, the Vancouver Canucks pulled themselves together and believed the best was still ahead.
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Heroic Indiana Firefighter Prevents Person from Jumping off Highway Overpass
A heroic Indiana firefighter prevented a suicidal person from jumping from a highway overpass on October 12.
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Hughes scores 2, lifts Devils past Blackhawks in OT
Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the game less than a minute into overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 after blowing a late two-goal lead on Friday night.
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Cardinals coach Kingsbury, 2 others to miss Sunday vs Browns
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury, quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen will miss the Cardinals' game Sunday at Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19.
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