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‘Da Vinci Code’ author Dan Brown’s ex-wife alleges he had ‘sordid’ string of affairs

Author Dan Brown’s ex-wife has accused him in a new lawsuit of secretly siphoning off vast sums of money to conduct “sordid, extra-marital affairs” — including a dalliance with a horse trainer, according to media reports. Blythe Brown made the salacious allegations against her ex-husband Dan Brown — whose 2003 novel “The Da Vinci Code”...
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.        
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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.
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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.
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Microsoft CEO: Broadband internet access is a 'fundamental right'
Among the many types of inequality in the United States laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic is the digital divide between those who can access the internet at home and those who can't.
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3 Delta passengers test positive for coronavirus after landing in NY
Three passengers on the same Delta Airlines flight tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in New York, officials announced The three individuals began feeling symptoms on July 6, the day after traveling from Atlanta to Albany on Delta flight 4815, Rensselaer County Health Department officials said in a statement. “Three passengers, all from Rensselaer...
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Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper says prosecuting Amy Cooper 'lets white people off the hook'
Christian Cooper, the Black man who filmed a White woman calling the police on him while he was birdwatching in New York's Central Park in May, says he's not cooperating in her prosecution -- which "lets white people off the hook" and "their own prejudices unexamined."
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With Trump, invective obscures his policy messages
Even when Trump has policy accomplishments to talk about, he often distracts from them with political attacks — a strategy that's harmed his standing
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Mysterious incidents in Iran continue as at least 7 boats catch on fire at shipyard
Seven boats at a shipyard in Iran caught fire Wednesday, the latest in a slew of mysterious incidents.
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Samara Weaving Joins ‘Nine Perfects Strangers’
Weaving will star alongside Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.
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Colorado man survives bear attack in his kitchen
A Colorado man knew something was wrong when he heard a commotion early Friday morning in the Aspen house where he's staying with his kids.
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Dallas police officer beats coronavirus after more than 100 days in hospital: 'I proved a lot of people wrong'
He never gave up the coronavirus fight – and has emerged victorious. 
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'Survivor' officially pulled from CBS Fall 2020 schedule due to COVID-19 pandemic
CBS has officially pulled its hit reality competition series “Survivor” from its Fall 2020 lineup. 
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Police footage shows George Floyd’s last words: ‘Man, I can’t breathe’
George Floyd’s last words before he died during an encounter with Minneapolis police were “I can’t breathe,” according to transcripts from new police body-cam video.
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How Neil Gorsuch Became the Supreme Court’s Most Unpredictable Justice
If Gorsuch remains exasperating, at least he’s exasperating all the right people.
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Johnny Depp allegedly got cheeky in texts about Amber Heard’s ‘flabby ass’
It wasn’t clear what the text messages were in reference to — but Amber Heard's assistant claimed it came "out of the blue.”
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Toddler flung into the air after SUV hits stroller
This stroll was far from peaceful. A toddler luckily escaped serious injury in Foshun, China, after an SUV hit a stroller being pushed across a crosswalk. Watch the head-spinning moment when the boy flies out of his seat before the safety belt catches him in midair. Thankfully, the woman pushing the tyke kept one hand...
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Apple Does Not Owe Ireland Nearly $15 Billion In Back Taxes, Court Rules
In a major victory for the tech giant, the European Union's second-highest court said the tax break received by Apple did not represent an unfair advantage.
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Jacob deGrom undergoing MRI after leaving Mets start with back problem
The Mets hope to get more answers on Jacob deGrom’s status soon as the ace will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas said. DeGrom, the 32-year-old two-time Cy Young winner, exited Tuesday night’s intrasquad game after just one inning with back tightness, clouding his status for Opening Day. The Mets are set to...
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Would you buy this island after only a video tour?
An unnamed buyer purchased this private island off the coast of Ireland, but never actually saw it in person -- they relied exclusively on a video tour.
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‘He’s a great gentleman’: Trump says he’d welcome Flynn back on campaign
President Trump said Tuesday that he would welcome ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn back with open arms to campaign for his reelection.
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How Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye and 'Black genius' inspired a jazz/hip-hop supergroup
Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and 9th Wonder formed Dinner Party, whose new album offers respite from, and reflects, the chaos surrounding us.
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White House Strips CDC of Data Collection Role For COVID-19 Hospitalizations
The Trump administration is directing hospitals to use a new platform to report COVID-19 data, instead of an existing system at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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New police body camera footage reveals George Floyd's last words were 'I can't breathe'
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Tax Day tips: Filing extensions and planning ahead
The Treasury Department extended the tax filing deadline to July 15 this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But for more than 142 million taxpayers who have already filed, this may also be a good time to start planning for 2020 taxes. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins CBSN to offer her tips for Tax Day and beyond.
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Fauci: ‘Bizarre’ White House Behavior Only Hurts the President
Anthony Fauci isn’t about to quit, despite the White House’s clumsy attempts to stain his public image. More so now than at any other point in their uneasy partnership, it seems that if President Donald Trump wants to be rid of Fauci, he’ll need to fire him. In recent days especially, the White House has stepped up efforts to discredit Fauci, a move he describes as “bizarre.”“Ultimately, it hurts the president to do that,” Fauci told The Atlantic in a series of interviews this week. “When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president.”He described the White House attacks against him as “nonsense” and “completely wrong.” He also seemed dismayed that they are coming at a time when COVID-19 is surging across the country, deaths are once again rising, and Americans remain deeply confused about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.Targeting Fauci seems like a tragic misuse of White House time and energy if officials’ aim is to defeat the coronavirus. But Trump appears more concerned with discrediting Fauci. Over the weekend, the White House sent multiple news outlets a document that smacked of opposition research. It carried a list of statements Fauci had made about COVID-19, purporting to show that he had contradicted himself about the outbreak and that he “has been wrong on things.” In one example from an NBC interview in February, the White House omitted Fauci’s full quote, giving the impression that he’d misjudged the outbreak’s danger. Peter Navarro, Trump’s top trade adviser, wrote an op-ed for USA Today yesterday claiming that Fauci has been “wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.” (A Trump communications aide tried to distance the White House from the op-ed this morning.)The attempt to discredit Fauci’s public-health expertise is a political move, and one with disastrous implications. As much as Trump wants and needs Americans to see the virus as a nuisance that’s soon to be overcome, Fauci is a recurring reminder that the crisis remains a grave and enduring threat, and that Trump has mishandled the pandemic. The Americans who believe the White House’s anti-science campaign risk cutting themselves off from potentially life-saving information.[Peter M. Shane: Trump shouldn’t be able to fire Fauci for contradicting him]“I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that,” Fauci told The Atlantic, in reference to the White House document. “I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.“I can’t explain Peter Navarro,” he added. “He’s in a world by himself.”My colleague Ed Yong and I spoke with Fauci in two interviews over the past 24 hours—about the oppo against him, the private discussion he had later with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and the nation’s faltering response to the virus’s resurgence. What follows is an edited and combined transcript of our conversations.The Atlantic: In your 36-year history as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has anything like this ever happened to you? What do you think about the White House’s claim that you made inaccurate statements about the pandemic?Anthony Fauci: I stand by everything I said. Contextually, at the time I said it, it was absolutely true … [The White House document] is totally wrong. It’s nonsense. It’s completely wrong. The whole thing is wrong. The whole thing is incorrect.The Atlantic: Why did the White House do this?Fauci: I don’t know.The Atlantic: You are the government’s top health adviser, and the government you’re trying to advise is actively trying to discredit you. How do you work like that?Fauci: Well, that is a bit bizarre. I sit here and just shrug my shoulders and say, “Well, you know, that’s life in the fast lane.”I think if you sit down and talk to the people who are involved in that list that came out, they are really, I think, taken aback by what a big mistake that was. I think if you talk to reasonable people in the White House, they realize that was a major mistake on their part, because it doesn’t do anything but reflect poorly on them. And I don’t think that that was their intention. I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.I can’t explain Peter Navarro. He’s in a world by himself. So I don’t even want to go there.[Read: Anthony Fauci’s plan to stay honest]The Atlantic: You met Monday with Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. What did you tell him?Fauci: I said that that was not particularly a good thing to do. Ultimately, it hurts the president to do that. When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president. And I don’t really want to hurt the president. But that’s what’s happening. I told him I thought it was a big mistake. That doesn’t serve any good purpose for what we’re trying to do.The Atlantic: Did Meadows offer an explanation or an apology?Fauci: No. There was no apology. He said that he didn’t know about it.The Atlantic: Given this experience, do you still want to work with the administration? Have you thought about resigning?Fauci: No. I think the problem is too important for me to get into those kinds of thoughts and discussions. I just want to do my job. I’m really good at it. I think I can contribute. And I’m going to keep doing it.The Atlantic: There’s been some reporting that the Trump administration has tried to cut back on your TV interviews. Isn’t it important at this moment for the nation and the world to hear from you?Fauci: I can’t make a comment on that, but I think you know what the answer to that is.The Atlantic: Can you update us on your relationship with the president?Fauci: Well, the scene has changed a bit. When we were having frequent press briefings, I had the opportunity to have a personal one-on-one to talk to the president. I haven’t done that in a while. But a day does not go by that I am not in contact with Debbie Birx [the White House coronavirus-response coordinator], with Bob Redfield [the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], or Steve Hahn [the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration] and others. My input to the president goes through the vice president. But clearly, the vice president—literally every day—is listening to what we have to say, there’s no doubt about that.The Atlantic: Do you know why it is that you don’t talk to President Trump more often?Fauci: No, I don’t.The Atlantic: Everyone who knows you has talked about the fact that you are indefatigably honest; that is your reputation, someone who always tells the truth. Can you tell us the truth about the federal response to the pandemic?Fauci: When you look at the numbers, obviously, we’ve got to do better. We’ve got to almost reset this and say, “Okay, let’s stop this nonsense.” We’ve got to figure out, How can we get our control over this now, and, looking forward, how can we make sure that next month, we don’t have another example of California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona? So rather than these games people are playing, let’s focus on that.The Atlantic: How much worse do you expect the pandemic to get? How do we get back to a better place?[Read: The week America lost control of the pandemic]Fauci: By pushing a reset button, I don’t mean everybody locking down again. We’ve got to call a time-out and say, “If you’re going to open, we’ve got to get everybody on the same team.” I’m not going to name any states—that’s not helpful—but some states did, in fact, prematurely jump over some checkpoints.Even though we are in the middle of a setback now—you can’t deny that; look at the numbers, you’re dealing with 40,000 to 60,000 infections in a day—it doesn’t mean we’re going to be defeated. But states that are in trouble right now, if those states pause and say, “Okay, we’re going to do it right, everyone wear a mask, bars closed, no congregating in crowds, keep your distance, protect the vulnerable”—if we do that for a few weeks in a row, I’ll guarantee you those numbers will come down.The Atlantic: We recently published a piece about burnout among public-health experts trying to fight this pandemic. You clearly have been very much a part of that. How are you doing? How are you coping?Fauci: I’m doing okay; I’m doing fine. I am running a bit on fumes, but as they say, the fumes are really thick. It’s enough to keep me going. I wish we didn’t have a lot of those distractions, which I think are noise that gets in the way. But I put that aside, try not to let it bother me, and just move ahead.
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How Public Health Experts Feel About Being Wrong
Like when they were wrong about masks.
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When Will ‘The Office’ Be on Peacock?
We have a question for you, Peacock: How dare you?
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Dr. Scott Atlas believes kids should go back to school: 'You either believe the science or not'
While tensions over whether or not schools should open this fall are heating up, former Stanford Neurology Chief Dr. Scott Atlas weighed in on Thursday, claiming that distance learning is a failure and kids do not transmit the virus.
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Bari Weiss' resignation a sign of narrowing views at New York Times
Once known as the "Gray Lady," The New York Times looks more like middle school run by the "Mean Girls" while the administration cowers in its offices.        
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Meet The New ‘Bachelorette’ Cast: Clare Crawley’s Suitors Revealed
There are 25 new men vying for a rose on Crawley's season.
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Fired Over Anti-Semitic Comments, Nick Cannon Wants 'Wild 'N Out' Ownership
The actor and comedian was fired from his long running show Wild 'N Out for anti-Semitic comments he made on his podcast. He demanded full ownership of the brand he helped create.
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Coronavirus updates: Gov. tests positive but 'not thinking about' mask mandate
The coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 580,000 people worldwide.
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Trump says he has a ‘very good relationship’ with Fauci despite Navarro’s scathing op-ed
Trump distanced himself from trade adviser Peter Navarro's op-ed that said Fauci "has been wrong about everything."
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CEO at ‘racist’ NJ company gave Nazi salute while dressed as Hitler
The CEO of a New Jersey company that's been accused of being a hotbed of racism has been photographed giving a Nazi salute in a Hitler costume and mounting a Mexican caricature while dressed as President Trump.
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Michael Goodwin: Bari Weiss resignation latest example of New York Times' decline
As Weiss notes, groupthink now dominates the paper’s coverage from front to back and readers are encouraged to obey, not think.
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Jim Carrey opens up about 'very special' ex-fiancee Renee Zellweger
Jim Carrey opened up about his personal life in his new book “Memoirs and Misinformation."
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Mosquitoes found with West Nile Virus in New York City, officials say
Mosquitoes were detected with West Nile Virus in New York City, health officials warned on Tuesday.
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Did Twitter uncover Stan Wawrinka and Garbiñe Muguruza’s rumored romance?
Social media sleuths believe they have cracked the case over the rumored romance between tennis stars Stan Wawrinka and Garbiñe Muguruza. In June, Switzerland’s Wawrinka posted a photo of himself on the court with the Venezuelan-born athlete, captioning the Instagram shot, “Hot and humid with Mugu.” Though both have shared solo shots since that initial...
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Former MGM Resorts chief Jim Murren lists Las Vegas mansion for $10.5 million
Shortly after resigning as CEO of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren has put his modern mansion in Las Vegas on the market for $10.5 million.
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US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans
The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on human rights. (July 15)       
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Trump to announce scaling back of environmental reviews for infrastructure projects
President Trump is traveling on Wednesday to Georgia, where he is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure.
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Company behind Dean & Deluca bankruptcy offers $10M to bring it back
The company that drove Dean & Deluca into bankruptcy is offering $10 million for another shot at running the gourmet grocer, The Post has learned. Thailand-based real estate company, Pace Development, which sunk millions into a failed Dean & Deluca expansion before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, outlined its plan for a...
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