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Dan Campbell: NFL will apologize for no delay-of-game call in Lions' loss to Ravens

The referee in the Detroit Lions' 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens explained the lack of a delay-of-game penalty. Coach Dan Campbell was unfazed.      
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First Lady Jill Biden on challenges teachers face today
In an exclusive interview, Gayle King sat down with First Lady Jill Biden to discuss what it's like to be a teacher in 2021.
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Playwright Recalls How Adele Attended His Play But Left Before It Started
Jeremy O. Harris has shared a Twitter thread about Adele visiting his off-Broadway play—before part of the set prompted her to walk out.
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When will oil prices peak? Traders and analysts are rethinking their forecasts.
A global energy crunch has pushed oil prices up to seven-year highs, and some traders are betting they will rise much more.
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Police Officer Punching Young Black Man in Face Caught on Video
The Hemet Police Department in California said it will "thoroughly" investigate the officer's use of force.
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‘Superman & Lois’: The Super Sons Break Down Their Complicated Season 1 Relationship
"There was a lot there that they decided to not do, and that caused this show to be special," Alex Garfin told Decider.
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Texas’s anti-abortion law is back at SCOTUS. Here’s what’s different this time around.
Women’s groups organized marches across the country to protest SB 8, a Texas law banning most abortions. | Yana Paskova/Getty Images The Biden administration’s last-ditch bid to restore abortion rights in Texas, explained. On October 14, the conservative United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit formally blocked a trial court’s decision halting SB 8, a Texas law banning most abortions in that state. On Monday, the US Justice Department, which sued to halt the Texas law, sought review ofthe Fifth Circuit’s thinly reasoned, single-paragraph order in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, where Republican appointees hold a 6-3 supermajority, is unlikely to do anything to restore abortion rights in Texas. Last month, a 5-4 Court handed down its own thinly reasoned, single-paragraph order permitting the Texas law to take effect. The Court also plans to hear a case in December, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which asks the justices to overrule Roe v. Wade altogether. But there are some important legal distinctions between the current challenge to SB 8, known as United States v. Texas, and the Court’s previous order in Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson allowing SB 8 to take effect. Specifically, the Justice Department argues in its request for relief that the United States is allowed to sue Texas directly, even if private parties may not. The Texas law was specifically drafted to evade judicial review. Ordinarily, a plaintiff who wishes to challenge a state law in federal court must sue the state official charged with enforcing that law. If a state law requires police to block access to abortion clinics, for example, a clinic might sue the chief of police charged with carrying out this law. But SB 8, written to sidestep that kind of legal challenge, explicitly forbids any “officer or employee of a state or local governmental entity” in Texas from enforcing it. The idea is that, if no state official can enforce the law, abortion rights plaintiffs have no one to sue. Instead, SB 8 permits “any person” who is not an employee of the state to file a lawsuit against anyone who performs an abortion or who “aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion.” Victorious plaintiffs collect a bounty of at least $10,000 from any such defendant. This scheme, as Chief Justice John Roberts noted in his dissenting opinion in Whole Woman’s Health, “is not only unusual, but unprecedented.” As Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, the law is “engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny,” And yet, in Whole Woman’s Health, the five most conservative justices effectively blessed this attempt to frustrate judicial review. Although it is possible that the Court will strike down SB 8 at a later date (most likely after it has hobbled or even eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion in its Dobbs decision), the Court’s order in Whole Woman’s Health claims that it is not “clear whether, under existing precedent, this Court can issue an injunction” against the state law. Rather than resolve that uncertainty, moreover, the five anti-abortion justices in the majority simply allowed SB 8 to take effect. The new challenge from the DOJ argues that, at least in an unusual case such as this one, the United States should be allowed to sue the state of Texas — and that it should be able to do so specifically because no one else can. As Judge Robert Pitman, who briefly blocked SB 8 before his decision was stayed by the Fifth Circuit, summarized the DOJ’s argument, the United States should be allowed to step in when “(1) a state law violates the constitution, (2) that state action has a widespread effect, and (3) the state law is designed to preclude review by the very people whose rights are violated.” Again, this argument is unlikely to prevail in the same Supreme Court that handed down the order in Whole Woman’s Health. A majority of the justices appear quite happy with a world where, at least for now, no one can sue to block SB 8. But the Justice Department’s arguments that the United States can act as a kind of plaintiff of last resort are, at least, plausible under the Supreme Court’s existing precedents. The DOJ faces two legal obstacles in its lawsuit against Texas The problem created by SB 8, and by the Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health, is that, if the United States cannot sue, there will be no viable way to challenge SB 8 in court. There’s no serious question that SB 8 is unconstitutional under existing Supreme Court precedents. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey(1992), the Court held that the Constitution protects “the right of the woman to choose to have an abortion before viability and to obtain it without undue interference from the state.” “Viability” refers to the moment when a fetus could live outside the womb. SB 8 effectively forbids abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, long before the point of viability. Thus, so long as Casey remains good law, the only real legal question in the Texas lawsuit is whether the United States is allowed to sue the state. In order to do so, it must overcome two hurdles. First, like anyone who brings a federal lawsuit, the federal government must show that it has “standing” to challenge SB 8 — meaning that the United States needs to demonstrate that it is injured in some way by the Texas law. This problem, however, should be easily overcome. As Judge Pitman explained in his opinion, various federal laws require the United States to assist people who need abortions. Prison regulations provide that medical officials in federal prisons “shall arrange for an abortion to take place” when a pregnant inmate requests one. Under certain circumstances, the Defense Department is required to provide abortions. Medicaid may be required to cover medically necessary abortions. But, under SB 8, federal officials who fulfill these legal obligations can be sued and potentially forced to pay bounties. And the federal government will have to pay for the cost of transporting at least some abortion patients in Texas across state lines. That’s enough to establish standing. The second and more difficult question is why the federal government should be the plaintiff of last resort. DOJ rests the lion’s share of its argument on In re Debs (1895), a Gilded Age decision giving federal courts simply extraordinary authority to halt union activities that disrupt interstate commerce (Debs arose out of a massive railroad strike that threw shipping in the Midwest into disarray). Debs suggests that the federal government must have the power to assert its own interests in federal court, even when no federal law authorizes it to do so. “Every government, entrusted, by the very terms of its being, with powers and duties to be exercised and discharged for the general welfare,” the Court explained, “has a right to apply to its own courts for any proper assistance in the exercise of the one and the discharge of the other.” Though Debs conceded that the federal government may not file a lawsuit to “interfere in any mere matter of private controversy between individuals,” it permitted suits “whenever the wrongs complained of are such as affect the public at large, and are in respect of matters which by the Constitution are entrusted to the care of the Nation, and concerning which the Nation owes the duty to all the citizens of securing to them their common rights.” The DOJ argues that these conditions are met because, if the DOJ cannot sue to block SB 8, there will be no one to secure “common rights” protected by the Constitution. “Just as the United States could sue in Debs to eliminate a grave threat to its sovereign interest in the free flow of interstate commerce,” the Justice Department argues in its brief to the justices, “it may sue here to eliminate S.B. 8’s grave threat to the supremacy of federal law and the traditional mechanisms of judicial review.” Ordinarily, if a state law permitted private parties to sue abortion providers in state court, those providers could wait to be sued, and then argue that the law permitting them to be sued is unconstitutional during that state court proceeding. But SB 8 is designed to frustrate this normal process as well. For one thing, it contains a simply extraordinary provision stating that SB 8 defendants may not assert their “belief that the requirements of this subchapter are unconstitutional or were unconstitutional” as a defense in state court. Even setting aside that provision, the mere threat of SB 8 lawsuits is enough to prevent abortion clinics from violating this unconstitutional law. Because the law allows literally any person who is not employed by the state of Texas to file such a suit, an abortion provider (or even someone who is falsely suspected of being an abortion provider), could be inundated with thousands of lawsuits, brought by plaintiffs from across the globe, and filed in any number of Texas state courts. To defend against so many suits, a provider would likely need to hire a small army of lawyers — all at considerable expense. And if they lost just one suit, SB 8 permits the prevailing plaintiff to collect a bounty of “not less than $10,000 for each abortion that the defendant performed or induced in violation of this subchapter.” There is no upper limit to this bounty, so a judge could conceivably force a provider to pay millions of dollars for a single violation. SB 8, in other words, effectively punishes people suspected of performing abortions (or anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion) by subjecting them to potentially crippling legal fees before any court has even determined that they violated the law. And the law also prohibits defendants from recouping their attorney’s fees. The mere fact that someone impoverished by legal bills might eventually be able to argue in state court that SB 8 is unconstitutional offers no real relief. So the DOJ makes an entirely plausible argument that permitting it to sue Texas is essential to vindicate the supremacy of the federal Constitution — a Constitution that, at least for now, is understood by binding Supreme Court precedent to protect abortion rights. But there’s no reason to think that the DOJ’s argument will convince the five justices who joined the majority in Whole Woman’s Health. These justices already endorsed a regime where the right to an abortion goes unprotected within Texas’s borders. Why would they reverse course now? A possible middle ground Although this Court is unlikely to protect abortion rights, there are still potent reasons why even anti-abortion justices should oppose SB 8. For one thing, if Texas can offer bounties to anti-abortion plaintiffs — and evade judicial review in the process — other, bluer states could pass copycat laws. Do the justices really want New York to pass a law permitting “any person” to collect a bounty from gun owners? Similarly, as explained above, SB 8 potentially imposes extraordinarily expensive legal fees on people who are suspected of performing an abortion, even if they didn’t actually perform an abortion. Suppose, for example, that a false rumor circulates on Twitter that Dr. Jane Smith performed an abortion in Austin, Texas, when, in fact, Dr. Smith has never performed an abortion in her life. Under SB 8, Dr. Smith could be bombarded with hundreds or even thousands of lawsuits — enough that the legal costs of defending against these suits would bankrupt her. I don’t have any illusions that this Supreme Court will hold that doctors who perform abortions cannot be punished. But I’d hope that we could all agree that doctors who are falsely accused of violating a state law should not be punished. If due process means anything, it should mean that Dr. Smith should get her day in court before she is forced into bankruptcy. On Twitter, University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck proposed a possible solution to this problem. If the Court isn’t willing to block SB 8, it should at least decide whether to strike down SB 8 at the same time that it is considering Dobbs. Now that the Fifth Circuit has (again) showed its hand, #SCOTUS should treat DOJ's forthcoming application to vacate the stay in US v. Texas as a petition for cert before judgment, grant it *and* the providers' pending petition, and have them argued alongside Dobbs in December.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) October 15, 2021 Vladeck’s approach would allow the Court to excise SB 8 even if it also nullifies the constitutional right to an abortion at the same time — and the Court handed down a brief order on Monday suggesting that it may be inclined to do as Vladeck suggests. That way, there won’t be copycat laws targeting other constitutional rights. And there won’t be waves of lawsuits based solely on things like online rumors.
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China's reported hypersonic missile test "an important surprise"
Beijing insists it was just a routine test of a "space vehicle," not a test of a high-tech system that could put it ahead of the U.S. in the race to hypersonic weapons.
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Who is Michelle Young? The Story Behind the Lead for 'The Bachelorette' Season 18
Michelle Young is the latest person looking for love in Season 18 of "The Bachelorette," but how did she end up on the show?
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Tennessee mom barricades toddler in bathroom after man breaks through window, crawls into house
A mom in Lake County, Tenn., barricaded herself inside a bathroom after a man screaming "help" smashed a window and crawled into their home.
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A giant hole was discovered in an area north of Canada known as the 'Last Ice'
An area expected to have ice as thick as 16-feet had a hole in it due to extreme wind, causing concern as to if the ice is thinning.       
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New 620-mile railway line connects China and Laos
China's intense railway expansion has marked a new milestone with the official opening of a new track that pushes beyond its own frontiers into its southern neighbor Laos.
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Ahmaud Arbery murder trial: Jury selection off to slow start
Attorneys planned to resume questioning potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery following a slow start and some admonishment from the judge to speed things along.
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Taylor Swift will induct Carole King into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift will induct newcomers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its annual ceremony, set for Cleveland on Oct. 30.
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Melanie C tears up over ‘DWTS’ elimination: ‘I had such high expectations’
Following her elimination from "Dancing With the Stars," the singer also revealed which member of the Spice Girls she would nominate to compete next. 
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C.J. Uzomah, Joe Mixon and the Bengals fan's phone that fell during TD celebration
C.J. Uzomah and Joe Mixon gave a Bengals' fan an experience he won't forget during a touchdown celebration in Detroit.       
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Greta Thunberg ‘Rickrolls’ climate concert with crazy dance moves in Sweden
Greta Thunberg “Rickrolled” a climate concert in Sweden -- belting out Rick Astley’s "Never Gone Give You Up" in front of a screaming crowd of teenagers.
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Despite winning, lineup choices and ice time not adding up for Rangers
The Rangers are winning, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some curious decisions behind their start.
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'Arrest Bill Gates' Protesters Swarm Car Before Microsoft Founder Attends Private Dinner
Gates was in London to attend dinner with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who invited 20 of the most influential business figures to Downing Street.
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What actually happened during GameStop mania?
In late January, there was one question on the minds of investors: How did a struggling mall-based video game retailer became Wall Street's hottest stock, seemingly overnight?
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CNN's Brian Stelter avoids Dr. Sanjay Gupta's explosive Joe Rogan interview on 'Reliable Sources' media show
CNN's left-wing media guru Brian Stelter turned a blind eye to his colleague Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interview with Joe Rogan after his network praised its chief medical correspondent for daring to appear on the popular podcast.
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Quake off Greece's Karpathos shakes eastern Mediterranean
An earthquake struck off the Greek island of Karpathos early on Tuesday, shaking towns and cities across the eastern Mediterranean, witnesses and media said.
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Above-average weather forecast for East, West to see rain and mountain snow
After a chilly start to the week for most of the eastern U.S., above-average temperatures return by midweek. 
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The Ultimate ‘Real Housewives’ Book Is Finally Here And We’re Celebrating It on Instagram Live
Author Dave Quinn is giving us the inside scoop on writing the inside scoop.
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This railway will soon link China to Laos
Part of China's "Belt and Road Initiative," the 621-mile railway connecting Kunming to Vientiane is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021.
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Russia accuses CNBC’s Hadley Gamble of being a ‘sex object’ sent to distract Putin
Vladimir Putin was caught on camera making flirty faces with her before they went onstage -- where he then suggested she was "too beautiful" to understand his answers.
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Apple rolls out new MacBooks and AirPods: Talking Tech podcast
On the Talking Tech podcast, Brett Molina reviews the new MacBook Pros and AirPods      
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Florida student torches colleges' 'draconian' COVID policies, warns 'surveillance state is taking root'
Campus Reform reporter, Ophelie Jacobson, sounded the alarm on COVID policies on college campuses around the nation warning "the surveillance state is taking root."
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Jill Biden on getting teachers fair pay: "It starts at the top"
Mrs. Biden, who is a teacher at Northern Virginia Community College, is the first person​ to have a job while serving as first lady
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States face an extra hurdle in boosting the Johnson & Johnson vaccines
The vaccine was originally distributed to the hardest-to-reach populations.
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Breakthrough Cases Like Colin Powell's Make Up Under 1 Percent of COVID Deaths
The death of the former secretary of state, who was vaccinated and being treated for cancer, illustrates the need for booster shots, expert says.
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Magic Johnson on unvaccinated players: "I would never do that to my teammates"
As the NBA prepares to celebrate its 75th season, it’s tapped Magic Johnson to serve as a season-long ambassador. The basketball legend sits down with Lilia Luciano to talk about the league, its legacy, and why NBA players need to get vaccinated.
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Elizabeth Strout’s ‘Oh William!’ is yet another dazzler
The novel investigates timely themes — loneliness, grief — in a rich, mesmerizing narrative.
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Eye Opener: Mix-and-match COVID boosters could soon be authorized
Mix-and-match COVID booster shots could soon be authorized while a vocal minority of protesters are pushing back against vaccine mandates. Also, remembering the legacy of Colin Powell. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Diver finds 900-year-old sword on the Mediterranean seafloor
An amateur diver uncovered the four-foot long sword, which likely once belonged to a Crusader knight almost a millennium ago.
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Could Mexico Be the Next Denmark?
The country is poised for a long period of unspectacular but steady economic growth.
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Manchin’s shameful child-care stance isn’t just bad politics. It’s self-defeating policy.
The senator is forcing a choice among four crucial pillars of a holistic solution to help struggling families.
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The costs of climate change are getting lost on Capitol Hill
As Democrats in Congress face pressure to lower the price tag of their $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package, economists are sounding the alarm over climate spending that might be scaled back.
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Girls’ soccer Top 10: Good Counsel is No. 1; Broadneck, Marriotts Ridge join
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Seneca Valley, once Maryland’s premier football program, tries to recapture its glory
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Boys’ soccer Top 10: St. John’s, Walter Johnson lead the way as the postseason approaches
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Five renovations that will add the most value to your home
The vast majority of the top five projects involve outdoor work.
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Taco Bell is giving away free breakfast burritos
Breakfast is back on the menu at Taco Bell, so it's giving away free food to celebrate.
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A Black mother lost her son to police violence in 2008. People are finally saying his name
Sheryl Bell's son Julian Alexander was killed by Anaheim police in 2008. His name is only now being talked about in the same breath as George Floyd and other Black Americans killed by police.
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After a devastating summer of fire, parts of California might get a break this fall
With peak fire season upon us, rain and wind are in a race for who gets here first.
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Ohio college student 'angry' and 'scared' after 'cisgender men' installed radiator in dorms: 'Safe space'
An Oberlin College student described being “scared” and “angry” after the school announced a work crew would be installing radiators in a “safe space” dormitory for women and trans students
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Editorial: How to handle an anti-vaccine 'stay-at-home' protest against schools
Some parents kept their kids home from school Monday to protest vaccine mandates. The lesson here: There's nothing constructive about harming schools or children's education.
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Virginia Democrats are worried. They should be.
Terry McAuliffe should be cruising to victory in Virginia. Here's why he isn't.
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Explaining ‘Vivid’ mode on the Switch OLED and the best games for it
Games with darker shades benefit the most from this new feature.
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