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Belgium dismantles statue of former monarch as king expresses 'deepest regrets' for DR Congo colonial abuses

Belgium on Tuesday dismantled the statue of King Leopold II, the former monarch held responsible for the deaths of millions of Africans, as the country’s current king expressed his “deepest regrets” for Belgium’s colonial past.
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Thandie Newton Says Tom Cruise’s Huge Zit Was the Real ‘Mission: Impossible’
"I saw it growing, and it was like the zit was me, just getting bigger and bigger."
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Brad Pye Jr., first Black sports broadcaster in L.A. and civic leader, dies at 89
Brad Pye Jr., L.A.'s first Black sports broadcaster, who rose through the ranks at news agencies, sports organizations and city services, has died.
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Why scientists are eavesdropping on a rainforest in Indonesia
The Kalimantan Rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse spots on Earth. Bustling with life, the dense greenery is home to orangutans, all kinds of birds, frogs, you name it. But the rainforest won't stay that way if mining and logging continues unchecked. Which is why The Nature Conservancy's Dr. Eddie Game is listening to the sounds of the rainforest to measure the impact of human activity on the area's wildlife.
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Bradley Beal won’t play in NBA restart because of shoulder injury
The Wizards announced Tuesday that Beal is dealing with a right rotator cuff injury.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus infection on Tuesday, according to a statement from his communications ministry.
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New Jersey primary candidate sues to remove party lines on ballots
A Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives filed a federal lawsuit seeking to remove party lines on the ballots for New Jersey’s primary election, according to a report. Christine Conforti sued Monday, a day before the 2020 primary vote, along with the New Jersey Progressive Legal Defense Fund, New Jersey Globe reported. “New Jersey’s...
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How these farmers are trying to combat the climate crisis
Farmers in Iowa turn to their faith after experiencing the wettest 12-month period the US has ever recorded.
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Live results for the New Jersey primaries
Amanda Northrop/Vox The state was a major battleground for House races in 2018 — and is poised to be one again in 2020. New Jersey was a major battleground for House races in 2018, and this cycle, it looks like several of its seats will be quite contentious yet again. Two years ago, Democrats flipped four Republican-held seats in the state, all of which are poised to be competitive this fall, according to the Cook Political Report. Such wins were a sign of how New Jersey, as a whole, has shifted to the left in recent years — though Republicans are now fighting to reassert their presence in its congressional delegation. Democrats hold 10 of the state’s 12 House districts, as well as both Senate seats. This fall, they’re hoping to hang on to the gains they’ve made, while also flipping New Jersey’s Second District, which is represented by Democrat-turned-Republican Jeff Van Drew. While many of these races are set to be close, experts say Democrats have a strong chance of maintaining their existing dominance given the party’s strength in the suburbs. “The Democrats may very well be overextended, but it’s unclear whether the GOP can claw back any territory,” says Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia. This week’s primaries will set the stage for a slew of fall face-offs: There’s a tight race among Democrats vying to take on Van Drew in the Second district as well as several Republicans eager to unseat Reps. Andy Kim in the Third and Tom Malinowski in the Seventh. Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s seat in the 11th District is also expected to be a close contest in November, though her likely Republican challenger, tax attorney Rosemary Becchi, isn’t set to face a competitive primary this Tuesday. Multiple Democratic incumbents — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Albio Sires — are also fending off primary challengers, though both are expected to keep their seats. Here are some of the key New Jersey races to keep an eye on — and the stakes involved in each. We’ll have live results throughout the evening, powered by our partners at Decision Desk. Because of mail-in voting this year, close races may not be called for a few days. Democratic races Republican races New Jersey’s Second District: A professor, a Kennedy, and a former Booker staffer compete for Jeff Van Drew’s seat The Democratic primary for this Atlantic City-based seat is among the most closely watched this week, both because the district could be a key pickup and because of how interesting Van Drew’s trajectory has been. Van Drew, a longtime state senator, first won the seat for the Democrats in 2018, when he beat GOP candidate Seth Grossman by 7 points. This year, however, he’s running as a Republican. Van Drew announced that he’d switch parties last December after deciding to vote against the impeachment of President Donald Trump, a decision seemingly driven by electoral necessity. At the time, Van Drew’s support from regional Democrats was waning. By securing Trump’s support, he put himself on track for a strong performance in the Republican primary, where he’s expected to beat Bob Patterson, a former Trump administration staffer. The president’s backing could well help Van Drew in the general election, too; the district voted for Trump by about 5 points in 2016 after voting for President Barack Obama in 2012. “I think [Van Drew] is... likely to keep his seat,” Princeton political science professor LaFleur Stephens-Dougan tells Vox. “His district is less moderate than [other battlegrounds in the state]. I expect that [Van Drew’s] choice to align himself with Trump should not be problematic in that district.” Five Democrats are now competing to unseat Van Drew in November. Two of them — Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison and former public school teacher Amy Kennedy — are viewed as the frontrunners due to the regional endorsements they’ve picked up. Harrison has the support of Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez as well as several labor unions, while Kennedy, who’s also a member of the famous political family, has secured the backing of Gov. Phil Murphy. Both Harrison and Kennedy have characterized Van Drew’s decision to switch parties as a betrayal. “When he voted against the [impeachment] inquiry ... he failed the litmus test of a generation,” Harrison has said. The two candidates’ policy platforms are relatively consistent. Both have said they support expanding the Affordable Care Act and differ most notably on their position on marijuana: Harrison would legalize marijuana, while Kennedy would decriminalize it. Meanwhile, Will Cunningham, an attorney and former Booker staffer, is running in the district as a progressive, backing Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal. Whoever wins Tuesday will have a close race against Van Drew this fall; Cook Political Report rates the seat Lean Republican. New Jersey’s Third District: Republicans are eager to flip Rep. Andy Kim’s seat Rep. Andy Kim’s seat, which has been rated a toss-up by Cook, is among the most vulnerable Democratic ones this cycle. Kim, a Rhodes scholar and former diplomat, first won in 2018 when he beat incumbent Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur by just over a point. This year, Republicans are keen to retake the district, which Trump won by 6 points in 2016. Kim has a massive fundraising advantage thus far, with $3.2 million in cash on hand, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The two candidates angling to take him on are former construction executive David Richter, a Republican previously competing in the Second District; and Kate Gibbs, a deputy director at the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative. They’ve had a heated contest thus far: Gibbs has slammed Richter as a “carpetbagger” who’s simply competing in the district after Van Drew switched parties last year, while Richter has criticized her for a shoplifting conviction she received when she was younger. On the policy front, however, they share many positions, including support for Trump’s southern border wall and a focus on reducing the national debt. New Jersey’s Fifth District: Rep. Gottheimer faces a primary challenge from the left After scoring a string of high-profile primary victories in New York last month, progressives are hoping for at least one more in New Jersey Tuesday: In the state’s Fifth Congressional District, two-term incumbent Rep. Josh Gottheimer faces a serious challenge from neuroscientist Arati Kreibich, a local council member who has won endorsements from Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Sunrise Movement, among others. Gottheimer, who in 2019 was one of the most conservative Democrats in the House according to GovTrack, holds a substantial fundraising advantage over his rival. As Politico reported last month, he outraised Kreibich by better than a factor of four according to pre-primary Federal Election Commission disclosures, and his campaign has a staggering $8.5 million in cash on hand. He also has establishment backing: In a statement to Vox, the Gottheimer campaign emphasized the endorsements of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as all of the county-level Democratic committees within his district. It’s unclear how close Tuesday’s Democratic primary might end up being. Internal polling from the Gottheimer campaign suggests he holds a lead of better than 40 points, but Kreibich told the Intercept in June that her campaign’s data shows a much closer race. Either way, a candidate’s internal poll numbers only mean so much: In New York’s 16th District, for example, incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel’s campaign touted an 8-point lead over challenger Jamaal Bowman on Twitter, shortly before Bowman cruised to a 25-point victory. Kreibich is hopeful that late momentum will do the trick: “We’re feeling really good,” Kreibich’s campaign manager Alexander Deatrick said on Monday. “June was by far the biggest, most exciting month of our campaign by any metric — volunteers, fundraising, you name it — and so we’re just really excited that we’ve been able to building that momentum at the right time.” On the Republican side, repeat candidate John McCann and banker Frank Pallotta are leading a four-way race, which also includes teacher James Baldini and doctor Hector Castillo. McCann is hoping for redemption after losing to Gottheimer by almost 14 points in 2018, while Pallotta, who is part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program, leads the GOP field in fundraising by a substantial margin. Whoever wins will face either Gottheimer or Kreibich in November, though the Cook Political Report has NJ-05 almost out of GOP reach in the Likely Democratic column. New Jersey’s Seventh District: Malinowski is a top GOP target Also on Tuesday, Republicans in New Jersey’s Seventh District will weigh in on a three-candidate race to challenge first-term Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski in November. State Sen. Tom Kean Jr., doctor Raafat Barsoom, and HR director Tom Phillips are all vying for the GOP nomination, though Kean, who serves as minority leader in the state Senate, is the prohibitive favorite to win out. If Kean does win on Tuesday, he’ll be waging an uphill battle to unseat Malinowski, an Obamaworld alumnus who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor before winning his House seat. As the New Jersey Globe reported late last month, Malinowski, who doesn’t have a primary challenger, holds a hefty fundraising advantage with his $2.96 million war chest. Kean, by comparison, has only about $1.2 million on hand. The district is a top target for New Jersey Republicans, however: Kean is part of the highest tier of the NRCC’s Young Guns program, which the NRCC says “represent[s] the most competitive congressional seats in the 2020 election cycle.” The Cook Political Report, though, rates the Seventh District Lean Democratic. New Jersey Senate race: Republicans vie to take on Booker While the state’s House races will be more interesting, New Jersey also has a statewide Senate primary taking place this Tuesday as Sen. Cory Booker runs for another term. On the Democratic side, activist Lawrence Hamm is challenging Booker in an effort to push the lawmaker on issues including police reform. And on the Republican side, several candidates including aerospace engineer Hirsh Singh and biotech entrepreneur Rik Mehta are running for the nomination. Both Singh and Mehta have sought to align themselves closely with Trump’s approaches to immigration and taxes, while Mehta has highlighted his experience with health care policy as a key strength. Singh leads the pack in fundraising with nearly $600,000 in receipts, followed by Mehta who has almost $400,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Booker is the favorite in both the Democratic primary and the general election, when Republicans have historically struggled. “Statewide races are the toughest ones of all for a GOP outnumbered by a million more registered Democrats in the state,” Micah Rasmussen, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, told NJ Spotlight. Cook rates the seat Solid Democratic. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Filing your taxes? Here are some last-minute tips
CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joined "CBS This Morning" with last-minute advice on filling your 2019 taxes.
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs serving in Iraq, hits back after Tucker Carlson suggests she hates America
Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, rebuked Tucker Carlson after the conservative Fox News host attacked her on Monday night and suggested that she hates America.
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WHO holds briefing as scientists urge amended guidance
Hundreds of scientists have urged the agency​ and other public health organizations to amend their guidelines to reflect the risk that the coronavirus can be airborne.
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Daughter of slain NYPD officer shares powerful message: 'They bleed just like the rest of us'
The daughter of a slain New York City police officer spoke out against the vilification of cops taking place amid the nationwide protests against police brutality.
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Black Friday as we know it is finally dead
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving on which retailers offer doorbuster deals, is known to attract massive crowds and hysteria. Imagine that scenario in a pandemic.
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Josh Brolin and wife Kathryn Boyd expecting second child together
"Our little December babe is on the way.... ."
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Why Baker Mayfield, wife Emily celebrated on Patrick Mahomes’ contract day
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' front office may not have been the only ones sipping Dom Perignon on Monday.
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Trump's 'mission accomplished' moment is premature and deadly. We have not defeated COVID.
Desperate for crowds and adoration, Trump has put his most fervent supporters at risk of getting a deadly disease. Future historians will be astonished.        
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A classic French dessert gets a savory spin with this bell pepper and zucchini clafoutis
This creamy clafouti is filled with sautéed bell peppers and zucchini, with white sharp cheddar for balance.
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Spinning Back Clique: Is Kamaru Usman or Jorge Masvidal taking the bigger risk at UFC 251?
Check out this week's edition of "Spinning Back Clique," which focuses on the UFC 251 main event.       Related StoriesJorge Masvidal explains how his housemate helped him stay ready during quarantineGilbert Burns: If Jorge Masvidal beats Kamaru Usman at UFC 251, 'we're gonna get a circus'Video: UFC 251 'Countdown' for Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas 2 
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Johnny Depp testifies that Amber Heard may have once defecated in their bed
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor said the actress or "possibly one of her friends" put the feces there — and that Heard later claimed it was "just a harmless prank," according to the Daily Mail.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, he announced Tuesday. “It came back positive,” the controversial 65-year-old leader said of a COVID-19 test he had Monday that he initially suggested showed “the lung’s clean.” Bolsonaro — who has repeatedly refused to wear a mask as he played down the contagion ravaging his...
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Texas leaders face an alarming spike in coronavirus cases
The number of coronavirus cases in Texas doubled in recent weeks and several major cities warn they are quickly running out of hospital beds. Governor Greg Abbott finally issued a mandate for all residents to wear a mask. Politico reporter Renuka Rayasam joined CBSN to explain the spike in numbers and the pressure to keep Texas open.
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Thandie Newton says Hollywood executive Amy Pascal used Black stereotypes during meeting
Thandie Newton is opening up about her experience with stereotyping in Hollywood, including a meeting with Hollywood executive Amy Pascal.        
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Car speeds away with protester on hood after alleged lynching attempt in Indiana
A driver sped away with two people clinging to the car during a protest in Indiana over the alleged lynching attempt of a black man, according to reports. Footage posted to Twitter showed the red vehicle taking off Monday with one person on the hood and another hanging onto the driver’s side in Bloomington. The...
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Madonna, 61, poses topless in mirror selfie
Express yourself.
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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson backtracks on proposal to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth
Sen. Ron Johnson withdrew a proposal to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth for federal employees, saying he does “not support efforts to erase” America’s history, but was instead, attempting to save taxpayer dollars and avoid putting the U.S. “further in debt.”
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Paris Jackson gets candid about self-harm and depression
"Pain is way better than numb because at least you’re feeling something."
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Former Michigan State star Andre Rison claims assistant Buck Nystrom hit him before game
Former Michigan State WR Andre Rison alleges he was slapped by Buck Nystrom in the locker room before taking the field at Illinois on Oct. 18, 1986.       
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It’s No Surprise That This Inspirational Love and Self-Acceptance Pep Talk Is Everywhere
Let's hope sharing kind, heart-warming words become the next big TikTok trend
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Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of President in new book obtained by CNN
Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of the President in her forthcoming book, accusing him of "hubris and willful ignorance" dating back to his early days.
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Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of President in new book obtained by CNN
Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump levels scathing criticism of the President in her forthcoming book, accusing him of "hubris and willful ignorance" dating back to his early days.
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Country singer Lindsay Ell reveals she was raped at 13 and 21 years old
Country singer Lindsay Ell is turning her traumatic experiences as a sexual assault victim into music.
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Hong Kong Businessman: Joe Biden Election Would Mean Chinese Communists 'Won Against Free World' -- 'Game Over'
A Hong Kong businessman issued a dire warning on Monday, saying a Joe Biden win would be a win for the Chinese communists and a loss for the free world.
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Why Is Mexico’s President Giving Trump a Photo-Op in the Middle of a Pandemic?
López Obrador was once one of Trump’s fiercest critics. What happened?
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Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19
The president has downplayed the virus' severity, often appeared in public to shake hands with supporters and mingle with crowds.
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Want to help out a Black-owned business on #BlackoutDay2020? Here's how
Today is #BlackoutDay2020. To demonstrate their economic force, Black consumers -- and anyone wishing to support the Black community -- are encouraged to not spend money today. Or, if they do, to limit their purchases to companies owned by Black people.
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This is why there’s so much pink snow covering the alps
Remarkable aerial pictures show pink-colored snow in the Presena glacier in the Italian Alps. A number of news reports say the strange pink snow in the glacier near Pellizano is the result of the algae Ancylonela nordenskioeldii, which is typically found in Greenland. However, Biagio Di Mauro, a researcher at the Institute of Polar Sciences...
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Active Shooter Reported at 29 Palms Marine Corps Base
An active shooter alert was issued Tuesday morning at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in California.
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Neighbors seek hope for their 'underwater' neighborhood
A Florida neighborhood is coming to grips with the inevitable by forming America's first Underwater Homeowner's Association. CNN's Bill Weir goes there.
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Mulvaney warns Trump will face ‘headwinds’ if election turns into ‘referendum’ on himself
Former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has a blunt assessment of President Trump's chances in November’s presidential election, saying the president should hope it doesn't turn into "a referendum" on himself.
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NFLPA president JC Tretter says NFL is putting season, players at risk with its coronavirus approach
NFLPA president JC Tretter said the NFL's "resistance to change" regarding the coronavirus could threaten the 2020 season.        
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Reporter’s viral Pablo Sandoval photo drew fat shaming and regrets
Baseball writer Andy Baggarly is feeling the weight of his actions. On Saturday, Baggarly, who covers the San Francisco Giants for The Athletic, tweeted out an unflattering photo of third baseman Pablo Sandoval from spring training. The rotund Venezuelan appeared to have added some extra pounds during the offseason and the response to Baggarly’s photo...
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Reports of possible active shooter at Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms
The U.S. Marine Corps said in a tweet Tuesday morning it was aware of the reports and was monitoring the situation.
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Why nation’s biggest charter network dumped its slogan, ‘Work hard. Be nice.’
I wish Harriett Ball, who inspired KIPP, were here to write a new slogan with God’s help.
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Who will be Trump's political heir?
Whether in 2020 or 2024, President Donald Trump will no longer be the President and another member of the Republican Party will be next in line. Who will it be? Chris Cillizza goes through the most likely heirs to Trump's political legacy.
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'We've Got To Learn From Our History,' 'Demagogue' Author Warns
Author Larry Tye chronicles Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous smear campaign in a new book. He says both McCarthy and Trump are "bullies" who exploit fears and "point fingers when they're attacked."
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Cases are skyrocketing in Florida, Texas and Arizona
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Mookie Betts’ MLB free agency hinges on a tense Dodgers season
MLB’s proposed 2020 season is filled with uncertainties regarding the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring player safety. For Mookie Betts, the free agent market following the shortened season adds another layer to that uncertainty. One of the league’s most talented young stars, Betts turned down multiple extension offers reportedly worth at least $300 million from the...
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Mary Trump book paints a harsh portrait of her uncle, the president
President Trump's attitude and policies were shaped by neglect and trauma growing up, his niece claims in a new book obtained by The Times.
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