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Duke's youth looks grown as Blue Devils continue trending toward NCAA tournament berth

Led by a season-high 57 points from its freshman class, Duke extended its winning streak to four games with a romp over Syracuse on Monday night.      
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At least 10 injured after Texas natural gas explosion
As least 10 people were injured in a fire caused by a natural gas explosion in Texas Friday night, officials said. The explosion happened just before 8 p.m. when workers for the utility company CenterPoint Energy were trying to shut down a gas line outside a home in the town of Spring, KXAN reported, citing...
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White Rochester cop probed after pepper-spraying black mom near toddler
A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative leave after video emerged Friday of the cop pepper spraying a shoplifting suspect as she attempted to flee with her three-year-old child. The video was released as the Rochester Police Department remains under scrutiny over its interactions with black residents — including Daniel Prude, whose September...
'We're walking into the mouth of the monster' by loosening Covid-19 restrictions, expert says
More states are relaxing measures to protect against Covid-19 as variants circulate in the United States -- a combination that means "we're walking into the mouth of the monster," an infectious disease expert said.
Former Mexican President Vincent Fox expects cannabis bill to pass
MEXICO CITY – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Friday he expected Congress to pass its new law to legalize cannabis next week, a move that would effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill, backed by the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would mark a major shift in...
Democratic divides sharpen even as Biden's Covid-19 relief package moves forward
The honeymoon is over for President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats, whose unified front has been thrown into doubt during the final stages of negotiations on the White House's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill.
The Gary Sanchez positives keep coming for Yankees
Observations from the Yankees’ spring training game on Friday Power Up After hitting just three homers last season, Gleyber Torres hit his first of the spring — an opposite field shot off Tigers left-hander Tyler Alexander. Walk On Right-handed prospect Luis Medina walked four batters in just two-thirds of an inning. The 21-year-old has struggled...
Pope Francis to meet with top Shiite cleric in Iraq
NAJAF, Iraq — Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority.  The historic meeting in al-Sistani’s humble home was months in the making, with...
The Apollo 11 astronauts quarantined after returning to Earth. Here's why
Just weeks after becoming the first man to walk on the moon, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong celebrated his 39th birthday in quarantine.
Senate OKs extension of $300 weekly unemployment benefit after long delay
The Senate adopted an amendment to keep the federal unemployment benefit at $300 per week through August. The change passed the Senate 50-49.
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits 100 mph in spring outing
Shohei Ohtani figured he’d be careful in his return to the mound after two injury-spoiled seasons. A few batters in, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation reached back for a little extra — and brought back some of the buzz that surrounded his major league debut three years ago. Ohtani reached 100 mph with his...
Dalai Lama seen getting COVID-19 vaccine at hospital in India
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama got his first COVID-19 shot at a hospital in India Saturday morning — and then posted a photo on Instagram. The photo shows him wearing a face mask and a scarlet robe as a masked and gowned worker gave him the injection at Zonal Hospital in Dharmsala, India, where...
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Pope Francis meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urges for peaceful coexistence
Pope Francis met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq's holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence.       
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Senate moves forward with COVID bill "vote-a-rama"
Although the $1.9 trillion bill is expected to pass, Republican senators will make the process as difficult as possible.
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Familial-like bond between star players has Wagner on verge of NCAA tourney
They are the engine to the area’s best local college basketball story, close friends who describe each other as brothers, a pair of junior college transfers who have turned Wagner from a preseason afterthought to favorites to reach the NCAA Tournament from the Northeast Conference. There is the quiet, unassuming and easygoing Alex Morales, the...
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Rangers coach David Quinn downplays Mika Zibanejad benching
David Quinn was candid while explaining his reasons for benching struggling veteran Mika Zibanejad for a majority of the second period in the Rangers’ 6-1 victory over the Devils on Thursday night, but the head coach said everything was business as usual between the two in practice Friday. “The same vibes, nothing has changed from...
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Senate grinds toward passage of $1.9 trillion Biden relief plan
Debate on the Senate floor stretched into the early morning hours of Saturday.
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Senate rejects Sanders’ $15 minimum wage bid, braces for all-nighter on COVID-19 relief
The Senate voted 58-42 Friday night to reject Sen. Bernie Sanders’ effort to add a $15 minimum wage provision to President Biden’s $1.9 million COVID-19 relief bill, and is now poised to work well into Saturday in an all-night marathon of haggling over the massive measure. The so-called “vote-a-rama” — during which senators can offer...
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Robert Gamez’s 32-year Arnold Palmer run comes to unceremonious end
ORLANDO, Fla. — Robert Gamez has had — and will continue to have — many better days on the golf course than the one he experienced on Friday. The 20-over 92 Gamez shot in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to finish 27-over and DFL through 36 holes surely was...
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Claressa Shields makes more history with shutout of Marie-Eve Dicaire
Claressa Shields might want to compete exclusively in mixed martial arts if she cares about challenges. No one in boxing can touch her.       Related StoriesUFC 259 'Embedded,' No. 6: Behind the scenes at tense faceoffsVideo: Which UFC 259 title fight will be most talked about come Sunday?Twitter Mailbag: If Israel Adesanya becomes champ-champ at UFC 259, then what? 
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What to watch this weekend: ‘GOATs: The Greatest of All Time’ on ESPN
Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7, 2021 | 2021 Critics Choice Awards on the CW.
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Cuomo ‘grooming’ claims should’ve been investigated: Charlotte Bennett’s lawyer
Gov. Andrew Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett’s lawyer expressed outrage toward his aides for allegedly telling her there was no need to investigate him because his inappropriate behavior never got past the “grooming” stage. Bennett’s lawyer, Debra Katz said Friday night that Cuomo’s staff was required by law to investigate the allegations. “When she said, ‘I...
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Five mid-majors to watch as northeast conference tournaments begin
It’s conference tournament time and the local mid-majors are practicing their steps in hopes of qualifying for the Big Dance. Here are five schools to watch: Hofstra Hofstra avoided any COVID-19 pauses until a bad time: The final two weeks of the season. That means the Pride will enter the CAA Tournament having gone 20...
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WTF Happened to Naomi Watts?
HuluEven with the noxious Mel Gibson as its villain and a story driven by a tired Groundhog Day conceit, Boss Level (on Hulu on March 5) is a reasonably lively video game adventure about an ex-Special Forces soldier (Frank Grillo) stuck reliving the same action-packed day over and over again until he finds a way to defeat his assassin adversaries, kill Gibson, and escape his 24-hour time loop. Much of the B-movie’s success is due to Grillo’s smarty-pants macho routine, but none of the credit goes to Naomi Watts, here relegated to playing Grillo’s scientist ex, who’s responsible for developing the high-tech device that created this re-running fiasco, and whose death at Gibson’s hands is what compels Grillo to try to reach his coin-op reality’s final stage.In other words, she’s the “woman in the refrigerator”—the disrespected female character who’s unceremoniously dispatched by the storytellers in order to give the hero guiding motivation. That she has only slightly more screen time in this affair than NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski is merely insult to injury. Appearing for only a few expositional scenes that underline her character’s status as a one-dimensional narrative device, Watts is not served well by the gung-ho Boss Level. Then again, that’s not a unique situation for the 52-year-old Australian to find herself in, especially over the past decade. Though capable of more than handling her own in dramas and comedies, small-scale chamber pieces and CGI-enhanced spectacles, the Oscar-nominated actress has had her talents wasted in recent years by a string of misfires that were either middling or misbegotten from the start, or inept at properly utilizing her. Whether the result of faulty instincts or shoddy guidance from others, Watts’ career has gotten more than a bit off track as of late—a state of affairs that need not continue, so long as she begins gravitating toward the types of projects that made her an A-lister in the first place.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Chris Hayes Compares Cuomo's Nursing Home Deaths to Trump Keeping COVID Patients on Ships
Hayes called any elected official's attempts to artificially suppress COVID-19 case numbers "an indefensible position."
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Brett Gardner’s return isn’t a ‘reward’ for his Yankees past
TAMPA — Brett Gardner is back for a 14th season in pinstripes, but not just because of what he did in his first 13 seasons in The Bronx, according to general manager Brian Cashman. Though the veteran outfielder re-signed with the Yankees less than a week before position players reported to spring training and may...
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Los fanáticos del LA Galaxy y LAFC podrían asistir a los juegos bajo las nuevas pautas del coronavirus
Según las pautas de coronavirus establecidas en California, el Galaxy y el LAFC podrían recibir a un número limitado de fanáticos cuando comience la temporada de la MLS
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Is there a border crisis? It depends who you ask, but it's clear that more migrants are crossing into the US
the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border has skyrocketed, resembling trends from early 2019, which marked the beginning of what political leaders on both sides of the aisle described as a major crisis.
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Is there a border crisis? It depends who you ask
An American flag blew in the South Texas wind as Father Roy Snipes prepared to welcome 100 migrants to the school close to his church.
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Joe Scarborough to Bill Maher: The Republican Party Is Dead
HBO“It’s so nice to be here,” remarked Joe Scarborough.On Friday night, the slick MSNBC co-host returned to HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher after a prolonged absence. The last time Scarborough was on the show he was a conservative; now, he identifies as an independent, having spoken out against Trump during his chaotic presidency.“Honestly, tell me about this. You’re an independent now. So, what does that say? To me, it says that you think the Republican Party is unsavable,” Maher asked. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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UFC 259 'Embedded,' No. 6: Behind the scenes at tense faceoffs
Go behind the scenes with the sixth episode of "Embedded" leading up to UFC 259, which features three title fights atop the card.       Related StoriesVideo: Which UFC 259 title fight will be most talked about come Sunday?Twitter Mailbag: If Israel Adesanya becomes champ-champ at UFC 259, then what?UFC 259 weigh-in highlights, faceoffs and photo gallery 
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Star Journalist Malcolm Gladwell Is Also a Paid Celebrity Endorser for General Motors
Bloomberg/GettyThe New Yorker’s longtime staff writer Malcolm Gladwell—the bestselling author of Blink, The Tipping Point, Outliers and, most recently, Talking to Strangers—is flouting the conventions of journalistic ethics by appearing in a series of television commercials for General Motors.The issue of ethics in journalism has gained currency this week with the revelation by BuzzFeed News that New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks failed to disclose to readers his significant financial remuneration from Weave, a community-building social project of the Aspen Institute—largely funded by Facebook and Amazon—that has been a frequent subject of Brooks’ columns.By contrast, Gladwell’s star turn in GM’s commercials could hardly be more public.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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How Mota, the QAnon-Spouting Skate Brand, Became Roller Derby’s Big Villain
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/InstagramFor four years, roller derby player Zack “NoMad” Sherman lived and breathed Mota Skates. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company sponsored Sherman’s gear, and he worked the Mota booth at championships games and conventions. People saw him represent Mota so often that he would be mistaken as the company’s owner.In reality, that title belongs to a couple named Doug and Julie Glass. Sherman told The Daily Beast he “really considered Doug and Julie family” during his time with Mota. That ended abruptly when Sherman cut ties with the brand after they posted an anti-Black Lives Matter statement on Instagram last summer. Nine months later, as Mota has steadily promoted QAnon and COVID-truther conspiracy theories on their Instagram page, Sherman feels “disgraced” to have been tied so closely to the brand.This downfall began with a post on Mota’s Instagram page, presented last June in the response to the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Snakes on the Plains: How Texas Snake Zoos Beat the Freeze
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyOn the coldest night of the deep freeze that hit Texas in mid-February, the Serpentarium at the Texas Reptile Zoo was crowded with the cold-blooded—lizards from Madagascar, tortoises from the Sahara, sizable crocodiles and, of course, snakes by the scores.Then the water pipe in the ceiling burst.Zoo owner Tim Caglarcan walked in to check on his reptiles and found water spraying from the ceiling and pooling on the floor.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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She Gave Up Her Baby for Adoption, Then Fought to Find Him
Catherine Falls Commercial/GettyAuthor’s introduction: Months after giving birth to her firstborn son as an unmarried teenager in 1961, Margaret Erle Katz became one of an estimated three million young women in the decades after World War II and before Roe v. Wade who was forced—by her family; by society; and even New York State law, which until 1971 criminalized premarital sex—to surrender her firstborn son into an adoption system designed to keep the identities of birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families a secret. Margaret, the 17-year-old daughter of Jewish refugees in Manhattan, did all she could to maintain custody of her son. She pushed aside the shaming admonitions of her parents, maternity home officials, and social workers, who told her she would “forget” her baby and move on. She eloped with her son's father, George Katz, but was no match for the predatory industry intent on delivering white infants to the homes of hopeful couples who were unable to conceive in a period—the Baby Boom—in which creating families was a national fetish.Margaret and George Katz had had three more children and were raising their family in New Jersey in 1981. Unbeknownst to anyone, even George, Margaret still thought daily about the son she'd been coerced into relinquishing to Louise Wise Services, the Manhattan adoption agency into whose custody her mother had signed her. Over the years, she had called the agency to warn the son she'd named Stephen of the illnesses in the family tree. When Stephen was a young adult, Margaret herself was becoming politicized by adoptee-rights activists in New York and began trying to find him herself. Thwarted by New York's byzantine secrecy laws, she resolved to leave her contact information for him at the agency's Upper East Side offices.As much as Margaret sought to ignore the topic of adoption, it continued to bubble to the surface. One day, during a quiet moment, she picked up a newspaper and saw a headline that read “Parents Want Proposal Defeated.” The article addressed the concerns of adoptive parents, who were trying to block the passage of a bill to allow New Jersey adoptees access to their original birth certificates. In the brief piece, a woman who represented the group Concerned Adoptive Parents said such a bill represented an “intrusion into the sanctity of the home and personal lives,” and was a “betrayal” that would benefit no one.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How My Arrest at Age 13 Changed the Shape of My Life
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyYou’ve heard my story before, or something like it. You’ve seen it on TV or in a movie: A lost kid, a life forever altered by a first encounter with our nation’s criminal justice system. It happens far too often, to far too many lost boys in America. It’s a narrative we must change.As a young Black kid growing up in Washington, D.C., I hoped to become a lawyer one day. I wanted to be like Perry Mason, a heroic figure protecting the falsely accused. I told my grandmother, who largely raised me, that this was my plan.But my first encounter with the criminal justice system pushed me in a different direction, along a path that ultimately stripped me of those dreams. Here’s how.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Supreme Court Cannot Let Louisiana’s Jim Crow Relic Stand
GettyThis spring the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case (Edwards v. Vannoy) that will serve as an important test of America’s ongoing reckoning over racial injustice, and whether we will not only condemn the sins of the past–but repair their harms in the present.The case concerns whether the Court’s April 2020 ruling invalidating Louisiana’s notoriously racist non-unanimous jury rule will apply retroactively to people who are still serving sentences imposed by split juries.The stakes are high–and not only for the more than 1,500 incarcerated people whose lives hang in the balance.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Beer Ruled the Ancient World
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyImagine excavating ancient burial ground and running across a brewery. This is exactly what happened last month when the Egyptian government announced that a team of Egyptian and American archaeologists had discovered what may be the world’s oldest known beer factory. Pyramids, Pharaoh, and now tasty adult beverages—ancient Egypt had it all.The factory was unearthed at Abydos, a site located 280 miles to the south of Cairo and west of the Nile river. Abydos is primarily known for its temples and funerary practices, with a number of monuments honoring Osiris, the god of the dead. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, noted that the discovery was made at the site of an ancient burial ground and that the beer factory dates to the reign of King Narmer, who lived and ruled at the beginning of the First Dynastic period, more than 5,000 years ago.Dr. Matthew Adams, of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and one of the leaders (along with Dr. Deborah Vischak of Princeton University) of the mission, said that the factory was built here to supply beer for royal rituals. The brewery itself was divided into eight large sections each of which contained 40 clay pots for mixing grain and water. In its prime, Adams added, the brewery may have produced as much as 22,400 liters of beer at a time. Beer was an important part of the ancient Egyptian diet that was drunk by everyone from Pharaohs to peasants, and workers were even sometimes paid in beer.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Mr. Potato Head Scandal Is the Dumbest Controversy of the Week
HASBROThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.This week:The emails have not found me well this week.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This is what Rep. Gosar was posting days before Capitol riot
A report posted by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren features a collection of social media posts and tweets that span dozens of pages from Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar where he urges supporters to "hold the line," days before what would become the Capitol insurrection.
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Stock Craters Among State Democrats
Each month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stock seems to sink lower despite the millions he is spreading around to state Democrats.
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NFL hires Maia Chaka as league’s first black female game official
The NFL has hired Maia Chaka as the first black female official in league history. She will work games during the 2021 season. “I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my...
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Tiger Woods Was Found Unconscious at Crash Scene
The first person to come across the Tiger Woods crash scene was a local man who told police he found the golf great unconscious.
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Cuomo's Staff Failed to Follow Law by Not Investigating Sex Harassment Claims: Accuser's Lawyer
Cuomo's accuser said that his chief of staff and general counsel decided not to investigate her sexual harassment claims because nothing "serious happened," adding, "It was just grooming."
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Amanda Gorman shares racial profiling incident: 'This is the reality of Black girls'
Amanda Gorman is detailing her recent experience with racial profiling after making history as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.       
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US progressives grapple with path forward as hopes of passing minimum wage fade
The Senate dealt progressives a blow they have been trying to prevent but knew was coming by voting down an amendment to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package.
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Bellator free fight: Dillon Danis submits Max Humphrey for second pro win
Watch Dillon Danis get his second professional win by submitting Max Humphrey with an armbar in June 2019.       Related StoriesTwitter Mailbag: If Israel Adesanya becomes champ-champ at UFC 259, then what?Video: Which UFC 259 title fight will be most talked about come Sunday?Megan Olivi: Working UFC 259 broadcast 'a good distraction' from husband Joseph Benavidez's fight 
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Newly released NCAA allegations: Bribes, fake transcripts under UA head basketball coach Sean Miller
The allegations, which UA has sought to keep out of view since October, were released late Friday night after a judge's order.       
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CBS Evening News, March 5, 2021
Sweeping COVID restriction rollbacks worry health experts; 94-year-olds find love in the time of coronavirus. 
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