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'Blackbird' deals with death, life, and family

Susan Sarandon plays a woman with ALS whose family gathers for a final weekend before she takes her own life. David Daniel talks with co-star Rainn Wilson.
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Hundreds of elephants may have died from toxic algae, officials say
More than 330 elephants in the Sergona area in Southern Africa died earlier this summer, but questions remain as to why other animals weren't affected.
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Ellen DeGeneres Returns to Show With Apology for Toxic Workplace
“Things happen here that never should have happened,” the host says. Warner Bros. started investigating her show in July, after complaints of a toxic workplace culture. Three top producers have been ousted.
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Trump thinks ‘professional’ Joe Biden will ‘do great’ at first presidential debate
"I think he's a professional. I don't know if he's all there, but I think he's a professional," Trump remarked.
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Stocks plunge on COVID-19 lockdown fears, political tensions
US stocks continued their retreat Monday as fears of more coronavirus lockdowns and a lack of economic support from Congress weighed on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 942.27 points, or 3.4 percent, to 26,715.15, putting the blue-chip index on pace for its third straight day in the red as...
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Emmys 2020: Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel almost burned down the building
Although they had an extinguisher, the fire failed to go out the way it did when they practiced in rehearsals.
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Zach Braff says Emmys 'passed' on putting Nick Cordero in In Memoriam segment
The In Memoriam segment at Sunday's Emmys didn't include late Broadway star Nick Cordero even though there was a fan campaign, friend Zach Braff says.
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Ayesha Curry on 'horrifying' injury from dish in new cookbook, being a fit 'bread pudding princess'
Blood, sweat and tears is just an expression, right? Well creating one dish in Ayesha Curry's "The Full Plate" cookbook actually resulted in injury.        
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LeBron James: Lakers critics would ‘s–t their pants’ in spotlight
LeBron James praised teammate Anthony Davis’ desire to come to the Los Angeles Lakers and his acceptance of the pressure to win a championship that coincides with that. James also said that most people who have criticized Davis this season would “probably s–t their pants” if they were in the situation Sunday in which A.D....
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Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman to win fifth Italian Open title
A little over three weeks since being defaulted at the US Open, Novak Djokovic has returned to winning ways with victory at the the Italian Open in Rome.
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Eli Manning doesn’t miss Giants days like this one
There is plenty about the game he misses. Eli Manning does not miss Monday mornings like this. Not the day after another loss, this one etched with the terrible markings of a season-ending knee injury to star running back Saquon Barkley. “It’s a tough day,” Manning told The Post. “I feel for the players, I...
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Saints vs. Raiders line, prediction: Liking Las Vegas’ chances
VSiN NFL handicappers Matt Youmans and Drew Dinsick look at Monday night’s New Orleans Saints-Las Vegas Raiders matchup from different perspectives, but come to the same conclusion. Youmans: As Brent Musburger might say, you will be looking live at the first-ever “Monday Night Football” game in Las Vegas. Musburger, the radio voice of the Raiders,...
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'A crazy year up north:' Arctic sea ice shrinks to 2nd-lowest level on record
The amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic has been steadily shrinking over the past few decades because of man-made global warming, experts say.        
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UFC 253: Make your predictions for Adesanya-Costa, Reyes-Blachowicz title fights
UFC 253: Make your predictions for Adesanya-Costa, Reyes-Blachowicz title fights        Related StoriesAfter settling for split call at UFC on ESPN+ 36, Andre Ewell wants a trip to 'Fight Island'How to watch UFC 253: Fight card, start time, online results, where to stream Adesanya vs. CostaBellator Europe 8: Make your predictions for Fabian Edwards vs. Costello van Steenis 
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49ers blame MetLife Stadium's 'trash' turf for costly injuries, NFL to look into field conditions: report
The San Francisco 49ers are taking “adding insult to injury” to a whole new level after dominating the New York Jets on Sunday.
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Schiff, Schumer blast Trump for casting doubt on Ginsburg’s reported dying wish
Top congressional Democrats are pushing back against President Trump for casting doubt on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s reported dying wish that her vacancy on the high court be filled by whoever wins November's presidential election.
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One of the World's Deadliest Spiders Evolved Its Killer Venom in Hunt for Sex
Australian funnel web spiders have killed 13 people and it is estimated 30 to 40 people are bitten each year.
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“It’s kinda like a first date”: How to make the most of starting a new job remotely
Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox The new normal requires more work, patience, and good humor — from both new hires and the companies bringing them on. Good news! You’ve landed a new job at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has put millions of people out of work. The bad news: You’ve landed a new job during a pandemic that’s forced millions of people to work remotely — including you. You’re not going to meet your co-workers for ... quite some time. That’s the scenario many Americans have found themselves in for the past six months, with no clear end in sight. Major companies such as Google and Facebook told employees they should not expect to return to their offices until July 2021 at the earliest; other employers haven’t made any projections at all. Work from home is the new normal, which means new hires aren’t showing up at the office to learn the ropes, make work friends, and figure out how to use the coffee maker — they’re at home, putting on their best Zoom face. Maybe you’ll end up doing that someday, too. If so, don’t be discouraged: People who’ve started new jobs remotely during the pandemic told me their experience working from home is pretty similar to what it’s like for their colleagues who knew their co-workers before coronavirus. It just requires more work, patience, and good humor — from both the new arrivals and the company that hires them. “It really hasn’t been bad,” says Joy Airaudi, an attorney who showed up to her new job with Chicago Public Schools on March 16, right before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker closed all schools in the state. She has spent every day since then working from home. “I work with a really good group of people, and I think they feel really bad for me.” In my very informal survey of Covid-era hires who work in office jobs, the key challenge appears to be the most obvious one: You have to work with a lot of people you’ve never met before, and seeing them on video calls doesn’t mean you’re really getting to know them. As a result, miscommunication happens more easily because you’re missing out on forming personal connections. Another downside is that the in-person exchange of ideas the much-embraced (and much-loathed) open office plan is supposed to foster is a lot harder to replicate when you’re remote. So one solution is to simply make a point of chatting with folks before and after a meeting, just like you might in real life. “I’ve always cared about people, but I’ve never been touchy-feely,” says Jason Kleckner, who in June started heading up user experience at Securian Financial, a financial services company based in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Now, when we start a meeting I ask them how they’re doing, how their family is doing. It’s something I’m forcing myself to do now.” But Kleckner says he can do that only when he’s talking to people who work for him. When he’s communicating with peers, no one has time for small talk. “You say hi, and it’s mostly down to business,” he says. “And when it ends, it just ends.” So you may need a more structured approach: Gather (or get someone to make you) a list of everyone you might need to know at your job, and start setting up one-on-one video chats or calls. As Kleckner noted, this is easier to do when you’re a boss, since your employees can’t say they’re too busy to meet you. That’s what Sean Cohan did when he started his job as chief growth officer at Nielsen, the marketing research company, in March. After spending a day at Nielsen’s Manhattan office to grab a computer and other equipment, he has been working from his vacation home and methodically scheduling 30-minute get-to-know-yous with some of the 4,500 people below him in the org chart. So far he’s knocked out 130 of them. “I have an informal mental script,” Cohan says. “I tell them ‘I don’t have an agenda, my only agenda is to check in with important team members.’ And then I ask them about themselves.” Does that sound awkward? It probably is. “It’s kinda like a first date. That’s the best way to describe it,” says Chad Gutstein, a Los Angeles-based consultant who’s been setting up one-on-ones with colleagues for a new assignment he’s taken on with a company in Toronto. “It’s a little bit of a first date/first job interview.” That mindset has been helpful, Gutstein says, because it leads him to ask the kind of questions he’s used before. “There are a lot of questions that I’ve used when I’ve interviewed people for jobs that I use now,” he says. “Like: ‘Who is the person you’re closest to in life?’ Okay. ‘So, in their opinion, what makes you good at your job?’ Or what would they tell me if I asked that person, ‘What makes you happy?’” If the thought of conducting mock dates/interviews with new co-workers makes you cringe, you can try other gambits. Gutstein says he’s also invited some of his new co-workers to after-hour online social events. Like Quarantunes, a buzzy, invite-only virtual concert series hosted by Hollywood agent Richard Weitz. Watching a concert on Zoom at the same time as someone else isn’t anything like going to a real-live concert with someone, he acknowledges. But at least it gives you a shared experience you can discuss the next time you see them online. Speaking of seeing each other: You know how weird and discombobulating it has been to have a day full of video conference calls with people you used to see in real life? It’s that much weirder when you’ve never met them before. So one approach is to shrug and hope everyone else understands what you’re going through. “At the end of the day, it’s about showing up with your true self, and really talking to people as if you would in person,” says Jenny Yu, a doctor who works for Healthline, an digital health information publisher. Yu knew she’d be working remotely, from Pittsburgh, for the South Carolina-based publisher from the start, since her position was always supposed to be work-from-home. But since Yu just started last month, she hasn’t been able to do any of the in-person onboarding Healthline would normally provide for her. She admits that meeting a completely new set of co-workers over the internet was weird. “When I first started, it was like — ”Is this reality? Is this actually happening?’ People were just showing up on a Zoom square.” Not knowing your new co-workers in 2020 also means taking pains not to upset them — it’s easier to accidentally offend someone in a text or a live chat, compared to face-to-face communication that lets you better read their nonverbal and emotional cues. “You don’t want to say anything that could be misinterpreted,” says Michael Maiello, who moved from New York City to Portland, Maine this summer and started working as a proposal writer for Tilson Technology, a networking company. “It’s a slower curve before you start joking around with people, just because you don’t know how things are going to land.” Maiello says working with new bosses and co-workers has also prompted him to over-communicate about what he’s working on— so people who can’t see him know that he’s working. “One thing I tried to do is to be more verbose about what I’m doing — especially with my supervisors, but also with the rest of the team.” There is a limit on how much communicating you can do, though. Particularly when it comes to online video chats, which make you communicate differently than you would in person. For instance: Video chat “violates our normal use of eye-gaze,” as journalist Clive Thompson put it this summer. Think about it: If you were talking with someone in-person and stared directly at them the entire time, they’d be put-off, or worse. But Zoom forces you to do that. “If I was in a conference room, I would never wonder, ‘What’s somebody going to think if I looked off into the corner for a while?” says Kleckner. “But [online] you have to not only look at them, but make sure that they know that they’re looking at them.” And that pressure is more heightened when you’re the new person. So Kleckner takes pains to tell co-workers that sometimes he isn’t looking at them. But he’s still listening. “I had to send a note out saying, “When you see me typing during a chat, know that I’m paying attention — I’m taking notes,’” he says. But let’s be honest. It’s a pandemic. You’re navigating the vagaries of a new job while you’re missing crucial clues about how things work. It’s going to be stressful. So maybe looking on the bright side will help. Yes, plowing through 50 ones-on-ones is a lot of work, says David Ellner, who started his new job as chief operating officer at Success Academy, a New York-based charter school in April — only a week after the company had gone remote. On the other hand, he says, “I didn’t have to go to the Bronx to meet a principal. I just did a call from my living room,” he says. “In some ways it was easier to move around the organization.” Ellner says that when he started, he was handed a 90-day on-boarding plan that included a list of people he should meet. But he’s not under the illusion that video chats are a 100 percent effective replacement for real life. ”There’s something just tactile, lacking,” he says. But “At the same time, I’m as productive as ...” — and here he uses a word you shouldn’t use inside a Success Academy classroom. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone make sense of an increasingly chaotic world: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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It's an alternate reality for these Dodgers working out every day at USC
For 30-some Dodgers minor leaguers serving as an insurance policy against injuries, staying positive through monotonous workouts at USC is a challenge.
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The evolution of Wendy Williams
She recently revealed a 25-pound weight loss.
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Roosevelt Island building proposal has ‘air-scrubbing’ feature
Now this is a climatic scene. A behemoth air-scrubbing high-rise that looks straight out of a sci-fi flick has been designed for the middle of Roosevelt Island. The tree-studded, 2,400-foot-tall, futuristic proposal is planned to loosely resemble a mandrake plant — with a base like a cruise ship morphing into a gleaming twisty tower a...
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Japenese woman, 117, becomes country's oldest living person
On Saturday, Kane Tanaka marked 117 years and 261 days alive, surpassing the age of the previous record holder by one day.
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Zarif: 'Nonsense' Iran trying to sway US election
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says allegations Iran is trying to influence the upcoming US presidential election are "nonsense." It is not important who is in the White House, he says, "for us, what is important is how they behave." (Sept. 21)       
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NYPD cop charged with serving as secret agent of Chinese government
An NYPD cop and US Army reservist was charged Monday with serving as a secret agent of the Chinese government. Baimadajie Angwang, who works as a community affairs officer in the 111th Precinct in Queens, allegedly began acting on behalf of China in May 2018 without informing the US government, according to a complaint unsealed...
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Survey: 74% of hotels will have to lay off more employees without new stimulus deal from Congress
Nearly three-quarters of hotels will have to lay off more employees than they already have during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.       
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Trump falsely claims Ginsburg's final wish is a hoax
President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Fox News that the final wishes of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was likely made up by Democrats.
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Sam McBratney, author of 'Guess How Much I Love You', dies
The author called his famous book "a lighthearted little story designed to help a big one and a wee one enjoy the pleasure of being together."       
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2020 Emmy Awards ceremony goes virtual
The Emmys on Sunday night was the biggest live virtual awards show yet during the coronavirus pandemic. Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier joined CBSN to break down the highlights.
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Costco is bringing back its wine advent calendar
Here's something to toast amid what has been a tumultuous 2020: Costco is apparently bringing back its wine advent calendar.      
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death brings new uncertainty to the battle over voting rights in 2020
The vacancy left by the Supreme Court justice comes at a critical point in a campaign already defined by hundreds of lawsuits over voting rules.
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A puppy was pulled from the rubble in an area devastated by wildfires. Rescuers named him Trooper
Authorities in California made an unexpected discovery while searching a property that had been burned by wildfires: a small black puppy.
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These are the top things on Americans’ remote working wishlists
Nearly three in four Americans said working from home has increased their sense of “digital overload,” according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans working from home found since messaging, email and video chat are now the primary ways they communicate, 73 percent of workers are more digitally connected than ever – but six...
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Chinese War Epic Becomes 2020's Top-Earning Movie Globally, Handily Defeating 'Mulan' in China
"The Eight Hundred" just surpassed the worldwide $424 million haul that "Bad Boys for Life" brought in earlier this year.
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Worried About Voting By Mail? Here's How You Can Track Your Ballot
"We wanted voters to have full transparency, accountability and communication about the status of their ballot just like you would track a package," said Amber McReynolds of the National Vote at Home Institute.
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Who is Allison Jones Rushing, possible Trump Supreme Court contender?
In private practice Rushing spent a lot of time on Supreme Court litigation, filing approximately 47 briefs with the tribunal, according to her Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
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Senate fight looms over the future of Supreme Court
The political battle has already begun over the future of the Supreme Court. President Trump could name is nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as soon as this week. CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reports from Washington, and Loyola University law professor Jessica Levinson joins CBSN with a closer look.
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Halloween candy chute is a ‘tricky’ way to socially distance
A Halloween-obsessed dad created a safe way to hand out candy this year. See how Andrew Beattie installed a candy chute on his porch railing in Cincinnati, Ohio, made from a shipping tube. A sign at the bottom tells kids where to hold their trick-or-treat bags.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Panthers' McCaffrey out multiple weeks with ankle sprain
Christian McCaffrey said he plans to attack his rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain the same way he does everything else — with a full head of steam.
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Mali Appoints New President After Military Coup
Regional leaders have insisted the West African country return to civilian rule. The new interim president is a retired colonel and former defense minister who served under the ousted president.
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Stopgap Spending Bill Hits Snag Over Farm Aid Days Before Shutdown Deadline
The disagreement over the House Democrats' bill released Monday means lawmakers have less than two weeks to reach an agreement before federal funding runs out.
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We get it, Mr. President: You’re mad at New York City
A declaration that the city is in a state of near-anarchy is the latest snipe from Trump at his former home.
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911 dispatcher calms worried callers while his own house burns in Oregon wildfire
Dennis didn't know his wife's whereabouts, but he helped advise his neighbors how to get out of the wildfires alive.        
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From Tiny Desk to Fortnite, K-pop sensation BTS had a busy morning
BTS, the K-pop boy band, started the week off right with a Tiny Desk home concert for NPR and news about a new "Dynamite" video for Fortnite.
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Michael Lonsdale, who played James Bond villain Hugo Drax, dead at 89
Michael Lonsdale, the French actor known for his role as the villain Hugo Drax in the James Bond film "Moonraker," has died. 
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Ohio, GOP defend limit on ballot drop boxes to 1 per county
Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are defending a GOP election chief’s directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the critical presidential battleground to one per county
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Listen to Episode 29 of ‘Pinstripe Pod’: Yankees Playing For Home Field feat. Bob Lorenz
The Yankees turned their season around in September, going on a 10-game win streak, before losing Sunday. Despite the loss, the Yankees have clinched a playoff spot with seven games to go. It seems like almost a lock that they will take on the Twins in the first round of the playoffs. To talk about...
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‘Match made in heaven’: Deion Sanders to coach Jackson State
Deion Sanders wiped away tears of joy and passion before speaking.
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DSW is opening shoe stores inside supermarkets
Milk, eggs, chicken breasts — and a pair of Vince Camuto ankle boots? Footwear retailer DSW just opened a pair of 1,200-square-foot shoe shops inside two supermarkets in Minneapolis — each of them located at the front of the store, with as many as 3,000 pairs of shoes to choose from. Customers can either pay...
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Column: Here's a deal Democrats could make to prevent a Ginsburg replacement before the election
A few Republicans could agree to postpone the replacement of Justice Ginsburg in exchange for a few Democrats agreeing never to vote for a court-packing scheme.
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