City Council, de Blasio budget deal chops $1.5B from NYPD

The City Council was poised Tuesday to approve an $88.1 billion budget deal that Mayor de Blasio said would slash spending on the NYPD by $1.5 billion. The cuts — a combination of trimming fat and shifting resources away from cops in response to calls to defund the NYPD in the wake of George Floyd’s...
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Want to live to 122? Play the harmonica
What’s the secret to a long life? According to this 122-year-old woman in the Philippines, it’s playing the harmonica. Francisca Susano, who is a mother 14 times over, blows on the mouth organ every morning, which keeps her lungs strong and healthy. Born in 1897, the former farmhand, from Negros Occidental, also credits a diet...
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Trademark hog really just wants to help Washington find new NFL name
Could the Washington Redskins’ trademark tussle end soon without much of a fight at all? Martin McCaulay, the 61-year-old Virginia man who owns more than 40 trademarks for alternative Washington sports team names, has “no intention to stand in the way” of the rebranding, according to attorney Darren Heitner. McCaulay went viral overnight earlier this...
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Arizona professor sued for including questions about ‘Islamic terrorism’ on a test
A political science professor at a public school in Arizona is being sued by a Muslim student who alleges he was forced to “either disavow his religion or be punished by getting the answers wrong on the quiz" during the spring semester.
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Schools utilize power fans to combat COVID-19
As schools look to open next month, one school district in Arizona is getting creative when it comes to keeping their students safe.
Most Americans had a tech ‘wake-up’ call during coronavirus lockdown
Three-quarters of Americans have experienced a tech wake-up call due to COVID-19, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans revealed just how reliant they are on digital services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents were asked to reflect on the digital services they’ve used during self-isolation and how their lives have...
Michaela Coel's new HBO show makes consent clear: 'It doesn't look gray, does it?'
Michaela Coel, creator, writer, star and co-director of HBO's "I May Destroy You," talks about channeling her personal trauma into the acclaimed HBO series.
NBA bubble’s snitch hotline busts Jimmy Butler for dribbling
The NBA bubble’s anonymous tip line for violations, otherwise known as the “snitch hotline,” may be working too well. Last week, during the league’s initial quarantine period, someone called the hotline to snitch on Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler as he was attempting to do a workout from his hotel room. “A security guard received...
Airbnb criticized on social media after 'tone deaf' email asks users to donate to hosts: 'This is nuts'
Not everyone is happy with Airbnb’s new initiative.
Ghislaine Maxwell faked being Epstein’s girlfriend, former pal claims
Christina Oxenberg — a cousin to the British royal family — said she believes Ghislaine Maxwell only pretended to be Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend despite reports they engaged in a brief romance in the 90’s. “She wanted me to believe she was Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend but I knew that she wasn’t,” Oxenberg told Australia’s “60 minutes”...
J.C. Penney plans job cuts, receives critical extension on deadline to avoid bankruptcy sale. Is your store closing?
J.C. Penney plans to close 242 stores, including 152 that have already been identified. It received a deadline extension to avoid bankruptcy sale.
Fire spreads to seven ships at Iranian port, state media reports
A fire has damaged least seven vessels at a shipyard in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, despite the efforts of firefighters, according to state media.
The best office chairs of 2020
In an effort to discover which office chairs are actually comfortable, we spent more than a month testing 11 different options varying in price, function and style. In the end, two chairs sat comfortably at the top for us.
The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled. Blame the coronavirus
The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled, but parade officials are looking to find a new way to celebrate during the pandemic.
Dear Care and Feeding: My Black Son Sold “N-Word Passes” to His White Friends
Parenting advice on racial slurs, babysitting payment, and siblings’ front-seat wars.
Steve Levy: Cuomo and NY coronavirus nursing home deaths -- don't be fooled governor's 'report'
We must insist that other states now experiencing increased COVID-19 hospitalizations do not follow New York’s ill-advised nursing home policies.
Maine now offers nonbinary option on birth certificates
Instead of male or female, an "X" can now display on a birth certificate.
Layoffs: 1.25M more workers likely filed jobless claims as some states close again, others reopen
Another 1.25M workers likely filed jobless claims, a gauge of layoffs. The figure has fallen but could rise as states close again amid Covid spikes.
Joey Chestnut can eat 75 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Study says only 85 is humanly possible
A study calculated that 84 was the maximum number of hot dos one person could eat in 10 minutes. Joey Chesnut recently ate a world record of 75.
Feminism has helped white women most, Americans say in survey
More than a third say feminism has helped white women a lot, only 21% say the same for Black women and just one-in-ten say it's helped poor women a lot.
Is this Ghislaine Maxwell’s mystery husband?
Ghislaine Maxwell refused to cough up the name of her mystery husband to feds — but signs suggest it could be a British tech CEO. Maxwell was most recently linked to divorced dad Scott Borgerson last year, when she was reportedly living at his oceanfront mansion in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. But Borgerson denied the two were...
Captain Tom Moore says being knighted by queen will be one of 'most special' days of his life
The 100-year-old British war veteran who raised more than $41 million for those working on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight is set to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday – and he is already anticipating it as one of the “most special” days of his life.
Sign at Michigan shop warns masked customers of armed employees. 'Lighten up,' owner says.
The sign asks customers to "remove your mask or raise both hands high" to avoid being mistaken as a robber. It's a joke, the owner says.
Watch Mike Tyson battle ‘Jaws’ during Shark Week 2020
"Someone's going to get bit," says Tyson in a promo video.
Christine Quinn says Justin Hartley is a ‘sweetheart’ amid Chrishell Stause split
Christine Quinn of Netflix’s “Selling Sunset” sat down with Page Six to dish about the upcoming season and spill some tea about her co-stars. In the trailer for Season 3, her co-star Chrishell Stause admits to being blindsided by Justin Hartley, who filed for divorce. Quinn reveals the couple was seeking help for their marital...
Floyd family filing civil lawsuit against Minneapolis police officers charged with his death, lawyers say
The family of George Floyd has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged with his death.
What is a supercell? Why these thunderstorms can form violent tornadoes
These types of thunderstorms are notable for spawning some of the most severe weather.
Benjamin Keough struggled with ‘pressures’ of Presley family name, pal says
"It's a tough thing when you have a lot of pressure with your family and living up to a name and an image. It's a lot of pressure."
Oklahoma Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19
Gov. Kevin Stitt is the first governor known to have tested positive for the virus. Oklahoma saw its largest one-day increase of cases on Wednesday.
Mormon church asks members in Utah to wear face masks in public
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly referred to as Mormons, is urging its members in Utah to wear face masks in public as temples reopen.
NYPD officials attacked, bloodied at Brooklyn Bridge police-brutality protests
Video tweeted out by the NYPD Tuesday appears to show a protester on the Brooklyn Bridge use a stick like a baton to whack police officers over the head.
Trump criticizes Iran for executing three anti-government protesters
President Trump on Wednesday called on Iran to halt the impending executions of three men who were detained last year for participating in anti-government protests. “Three individuals were sentenced to death in Iran for participating in protests. The execution is expected momentarily,” the president posted on Twitter. “Executing these three people sends a terrible signal...
Happy Tax Day! Your refund may be delayed
July 15 is the deadline to file your 2019 returns, yet some taxpayers may not get their refund for months.
Democratic-allied group gives a boost to conservative Kobach in Kansas Senate primary
A new group with ties to Democrats is getting directly involved in the US Senate race in Kansas with the apparent aim at bolstering the candidacy of Kris Kobach, the fiercely conservative Republican whose candidacy has prompted alarms among the GOP establishment in Washington, DC, and Topeka.
Comet NEOWISE spotted by NASA spacecraft
A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet NEOWISE is the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century and was captured by NASA's spacecraft. (July 15)
Sergio Pettis vs. Ricky Bandejas headliner, Aaron Pico highlight Bellator's July 24 return
Bellator is back for the first time in five months due to the global coronavirus pandemic.        Related StoriesJustin Tafa off July 25 UFC 'Fight Island' event; Tanner Boser expected to face Raphael PessoaWith Sergei Pavlovich out, Ciryl Gane vs. Shamil Abdurkhaimov targeted for Sept. 19 UFC eventAlexander Volkanovski: Maybe 'Korean Zombie' and his team 'need another good slapping'
Spectacular Views of Comet Neowise
For the next month, comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, otherwise known simply as “Neowise,” will be visible in the night sky above much of the northern hemisphere. The comet will be at its brightest this week, dimming as it moves away from the sun. If you have clear skies, head outside about an hour after sunset and look near the horizon to the northwest. For the next week or so, if it’s dark enough, Neowise might be visible to the naked eye, but you may need binoculars to see it well. The images in these photos below are made with long exposures, so may appear stronger than what you’d see with your own eyes, but it’s still worth a look—this is the brightest comet we’ve seen in 23 years, and after this, Neowise won’t be back for another 6,800 years.
Convenience store in Japan using robot to test out retail automation
TOKYO – In August, a robot vaguely resembling a kangaroo will begin stacking sandwiches, drinks and ready meals on shelves at a Japanese convenience store in a test its maker, Telexistence, hopes will help trigger a wave of retail automation. Following that trial, store operator FamilyMart says it plans to use robot workers at 20...
Padma Lakshmi reveals she eats over 7,000 calories a day when filming ‘Top Chef’
Padma Lakshmi revealed that she eats anywhere from 7,000 to 8,000 calories a day while filming “Top Chef."
California shatters record with more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases in one day
California reported its largest one-day total of new coronavirus cases while hospitalizations hit a new high and deaths approached record levels.
Benjamin Keough struggled with Presley family name 'pressure,' says friend
Benjamin Keough tragically died on July 12 and now his friend, musician Brandon Howard is shedding some light on the situation.
Chipotle to hire 10,000 to staff drive-thru expansion
Chipotle Mexican Grill said on Wednesday it plans to hire as many as 10,000 employees over the next few months to help support the expansion of drive-thru lanes at its restaurants. The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed dining-in at restaurants across the US, resulting in a surge in online orders. Chipotle intends to cater to this...
Wells Fargo is a hot mess. It has only itself to blame
Wells Fargo has gone from one of America's strongest big banks to easily the weakest.
City backs reparations in the form of community investment
Officials in the North Carolina city of Asheville have apologized for its historic role in slavery and discrimination and voted to provide reparations.
World's largest retailer will require customers to wear masks
Walmart will require customers at all of its US stores to wear masks beginning next week, becoming the largest retailer to mandate facial coverings as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Mass grave of Nazi soldiers, including WWII artifacts, found in Poland
Archaeologists have uncovered a mass grave of Nazi soldiers from World War II in Poland that includes a number of artifacts, including weapons, medals and tools.
Fired 'Vanderpump Rules' star Kristen Doute talks bias, wishes Bravo filmed firing
In her first public interview since her firing from "Vanderpump Rules," Kristen Doute discussed what she learned about educating herself on racism.
Filmmaker James Gunn wanted 'Scooby-Doo' character Velma to be 'explicitly gay'
Director and screenwriter James Gunn says he "tried" to make bespectacled detective Velma "explicitly gay" in his script for the live-action 'Scooby-Doo' movie.
From 4chan to Congress? A guide to the QAnon conspiracy theory
QAnon is the baseless conspiracy theory that President Trump is waging a war against a powerful group of elites who, among other crimes, run a child sex ring.