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Dr. Fauci on Potential for 'Monster' COVID Variant to Emerge

President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor urged people to get vaccinated to avoid mutations accumulating and creating a "functionally different" COVID variant.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott faces growing group of Republican long-shot challengers
Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a list of Republican challengers in his re-election bid despite receiving the coveted endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
5 reasons why FDA advisers did not recommend Covid-19 booster shots for everyone
FDA vaccine advisers declined Friday to recommend the agency approve booster doses for everyone who got vaccinated six months ago or longer.
Study suggests microbiome could be key to losing weight
A new study out of Seattle shows that what's in your gut -- specifically the microbiome -- could have an impact on your ability to lose weight.
Pollak: 10 Civilians Killed in Kabul, 10 Unanswered Questions Biden Must Answer
The Pentagon appears to think the "tragic mistake" was legal. But there are several questions that still remain about the Aug. 29 strike.
NYC vaccination requirement becomes a flashpoint for U.N.
The Biden administration worries that this year's U.N. General Assembly could become a COVID-19 "superspreader event" as world leaders descend on New York City.
Father and son killed in fast-moving house fire in New Jersey
Firefighters save man's life on flight
Hostess attacked after asking for vaccine proof
Fight outside restaurant ends with 1 dead
Truck driver lifts the spirit of young boy
6 y/o girl shot multiple times while in vehicle
Meghan Markle's dad Thomas reacts to Time 100 cover: 'There are far more influential people'
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were honored for their activism and philanthropy by friend chef José Andrés.
Catholic group using geo-data to target parishes in Virginia governor's race
The political action committee CatholicVote is attempting to reach Virginia voters through data that identifies their respective parishes – reflecting how salient the faith has become in American politics under President Biden.
Candace Cameron Bure shoots down 'The View' return, calls co-host stint 'one of the toughest jobs' she's had
"A Christmas Detour" star Candace Cameron Bure said that she'll "never" return to "The View" full-time.
VA to restore benefits for LGBTQ vets who received other-than-honorable discharges: report
The Department of Veterans Affairs will unveil plans Monday to restore full benefits for LGBT service members who left the military with a classification other than honorable discharge due to their sexual orientation, according to a report.
Today in History for September 18th
Highlights of this day in history: Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act; Anthrax tainted letters sent to NBC and the New York Post. (Sept. 18)
‘A Tragic Mistake.’ Botched Drone Strike in Afghanistan Raises Concerns Over Biden’s Counterterrorism Strategy
Days after ISIS-K terrorists killed more than 100 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops at Kabul’s airport, the U.S. military obtained intelligence that another attack was imminent. MQ-9 Reaper drones were deployed above the city, running wide race-track patterns day-and-night, hunting for the smallest clue that could potentially prevent another tragedy. Based on the information that…
Bravo nixes 'Real Housewives of New York City' reunion
Bravo has scrapped the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" reunion due to "scheduling challenges," according to a spokesperson for the network
Bellator 266's Mark Lemminger isn't intimidated by Gracie name, relishes underdog role
"I think Lemminger carries more weight, but I've got to prove that Saturday night."       Related StoriesBellator 266's Mark Lemminger isn't intimidated by Gracie name, relishes underdog role - EnclosureAfter years of dabbling in MMA, NCAA champ Jesse Delgado finally ready for pro debut at Bellator 266After years of dabbling in MMA, NCAA champ Jesse Delgado finally ready for pro debut at Bellator 266 - Enclosure
Joe Judge has slew of problems to fix after Giants’ gut-punch
Enjoy your weekend, Giants fans. Be emboldened that Joe Judge's decisions cannot hurt you this Sunday.
Angry and afraid, Afghanistan's LGBTQ community say they're being hunted down after Taliban takeover
Growing up as a teenager in Afghanistan, Rabia Balkhi felt lucky.
Missing Gabby Petito: Florida police enter home of fiance Brian Laundrie
Florida police were seen entering the home of Gabby Petito, her fiancé and his parents Friday evening.
Tens of thousands of Haitian migrants are trapped in southern Mexico
There are so many Haitians in Tapachula that the Mexican city can seem like a slice of the Caribbean. Under U.S. pressure, Mexican authorities won't let them leave.
LGBT Vets Discharged For Their Sexual Orientation Will Now Get Full Benefits
The change will reportedly be announced on the 10-year anniversary of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy ending.
U.S. Plans To Deport Massive Number Of Haitians From Del Rio, Texas, An Official Says
Plans have yet to be finalized, but officials are considering five to eight flights a day. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Jacob deGrom’s health one of many questions for Mets’ 2022 rotation
This 2021 rotation has largely overachieved, but the Mets must prepare for an offseason of questions regarding that unit.
TikToker claims she picked up Brian Laundrie hitchhiking in Grand Teton
A TikToker has gone viral over her claims she picked up Brian Laundrie hitchhiking alone in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, around the time his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was last seen.
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Jamison Crowder’s return gives Zach Wilson another Jets weapon
Jamison Crowder, the Jets' leading receiver the past two seasons, is projected to be back after missing Week 1 due to to COVID-19.
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Gov. Abbott signs Texas border security bill
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a border security funding bill into law on Friday. The bill will provide an additional $1.8 billion in state funding for border security over the next two years. (Sept. 17)      
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Official says US will deport 'massive' number of Haitians
An official says the administration is planning “massive movements” of Haitians.
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What Child Porn Probe? South Dakota Indulges in Troubled Billionaire’s Golf Extravaganza
Amy Sussman/APSIOUX FALLS, South Dakota—Some of the most successful and well-known senior golfers in the world teed off in Sioux Falls on Friday.They are competing in a tournament that bears the name of a billionaire caught up in a child pornography investigation, but the golfers and fans are more concerned with pars than porn.T. Denny Sanford, a banker and philanthropist and the richest man in South Dakota, donated $1 billion to a health service that put his name on it. Four years ago, it started the Sanford International, a senior PGA event that has attracted big-name golfers, including major winners Fred Couples, Ernie Els, John Daly and others.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a 'Betrayal'
In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.
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NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas Against Playing 'Black National Anthem': It 'Emphasizes Our Separateness'
NBA star Isiah Thomas blasted the NFL for playing the so-called "black national anthem" because it is "emphasizing our separateness."
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Robert Durst, New York real estate heir who prosecutors say confessed in HBO documentary, found guilty of best friend's murder
The New York real estate heir was the subject of the six-part HBO documentary "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which aired in 2015.       
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Prince Charles recalls the last conversation he had with late Prince Philip
"We're talking about your birthday," Charles claims to have told his father the day before he died, only to have Philip respond, "Well, I've got to be alive for it, haven't I?"
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Firefighters sue over city of L.A.'s vaccine mandate
Firefighters sued L.A. over vaccine mandate for city employees. A group of LAPD officers earlier filed a similar lawsuit.
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Pay attention to the far right's use of memes to stir extremism
A man, armed with a machete and a knife and expressing White supremacist views, was arrested near the Democratic National Committee's headquarters on Monday as Washington awaits a rally of diehard Trump supporters set for Saturday. The adornments on his truck flashed old-fashioned signs of hate, including a swastika -- an old-fashioned symbol in an era when right-wing extremists are more likely to rally behind internet memes. Whether old or new, these symbols have one thing in common: They are meant to terrorize.
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After years of dabbling in MMA, NCAA champ Jesse Delgado finally ready for pro debut at Bellator 266
A friend of Daniel Cormier and a former University of Illinois standout, Jesse Delgado feels like his MMA debut is long overdue.       Related StoriesAfter years of dabbling in MMA, NCAA champ Jesse Delgado finally ready for pro debut at Bellator 266 - EnclosureVideo: Will Yoel Romero win Bellator gold after coming up short in UFC?Yoel Romero opens up on eye injury that delayed Bellator debut, says 'best decision was not to fight' 
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Law enforcement ramped up for Sept. 18 ‘Justice for J6’ Capitol rally
Law enforcement officials have ramped up security measures in the days leading up to Saturday’s "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol, taking strides to prevent similar instances of violence that were seen during the Jan. 6, 2021 pro-Trump riot.
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Milley’s perfidy is more proof the ruling class couldn’t care less about democracy
This week’s unsettling revelation of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s alleged late Trump administration-era perfidy is but one glaring fusillade in a years-long crusade by America’s decrepit ruling class to condemn and ultimately subjugate us “deplorables,” “wrong-thinkers” and all others with a conservative or traditionalist worldview. It is a shot...
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France Is Mad
The dining room of the French Ambassador’s residence is one of the most beautiful places in Washington D.C., a confection of frothed plaster overlooking a garden in the poodle-clipped style the French so love. Before COVID, the room was known for the discussion sessions held there and hosted by a gracious series of ambassadors. It’s been a long time since anyone was able to enjoy an in-person event at the residence. So when invitations arrived to celebrate Constitution Day, September 17, at the residence in a lunchtime discussion with a former justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and an equally distinguished French judge, well, the RSVPs returned quickly.The timing, however, was unfortunate, as it coincided with an angry upset in Franco-American relations. The United States had snatched a $90 billion submarine contract with Australia from French shipyards. To add (security policy) insult to the (lost jobs and revenues) injury, the redirected submarine contract would consolidate a new U.S.-U.K.-Australia naval defense agreement in the Indo-Pacific, an agreement into which France had not been invited.Worse still, the French received word only hours before the public found out, reportedly because the Americans and the Australians each insisted that the other deliver the bad news.The French administered a symbolic protest by cancelling a gala event planned for Friday evening: a commemoration of the 240th anniversary of a naval battle that helped secure the American victory at Yorktown in 1781. But lunch? Attendees hastily confirmed: lunch was safe. Or so it seemed.The first hour of the lunch event harkened back to pre-COVID days: there was champagne in the foyer, courteous welcomes by embassy senior staff, all as it used to be. Guests took their seats. Opening remarks were elegantly spoken, all off the record, but so guarded and careful that there would be no news in them even without an agreement not to quote them. Steve Clemons, an editor-at-large at The Hill and the whisky-smooth master of ceremonies, set the conversation in motion. But about 15 minutes in, Clemons was obliged to make a regretful announcement: the ambassador had a very important meeting and would be leaving immediately.Somebody loudly asked, “Off to the state department?”Only later did we learn where the ambassador was heading: not to the state department, not to the Pentagon, not to the White House, but upstairs to pack before flying to Paris for “consultations.”Earlier in the meal, somebody had cracked a joke about U.S.-French relations: how they’d sunk so low that they were now under water. The Americans laughed. The French did not.But on the plus side: they did not shove us out on the sidewalk either. A powerful symbolic message was sent. France is mad, but not so mad that we will deprive our American friends of lunch and dessert. (Crème brûlée, in case you were wondering, under the crackling crust individually crafted by a sous-chef with a miniature flamethrower.)It’s like a scene from a marriage that endures despite the quarrels. The aggrieved partner walked out in a rage, but not before ensuring that the other had been properly fed.
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Photos: Bellator 266 ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffs
Check out these photos of the fighters on the scale and their faceoffs at the Bellator 266 ceremonial weigh-ins.       Related StoriesPhotos: UFC Fight Night 192 official weigh-ins and faceoffsPhotos: Carlos Condit through the yearsDana White's Contender Series 39: Best photos from Las Vegas 
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Friday, September 17, 2021
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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Meet Carrie Bradshaw’s new ‘Sex and the City’ hunk: A boxer and model
The Post can reveal that the mystery beefcake — who is wearing coveralls emblazoned with "Hot Fellas Baked Goods" on the set — is French actor and model Thomas Canestraro.
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Nearly 1 in 400 Floridians Has Died of COVID-19 as State Surpasses 50,000 Deaths
Since the start of September, COVID-19 has killed roughly 15 state residents every hour.
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