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Editorial: A sigh of relief for California as Newsom survives the recall election

The recall is on track to fail, sparing the state from more than a year of political chaos.

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Obama Presidential Center is Causing Home Prices to Rise Nearby, Activists Say
Obama said the center is one way of giving back and said he hoped it would bring an economic boost to the area and inspire a future generation of leaders.
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'We're in AWWW': Rare Baby White Rhino Born at Drive-Through Safari
Aziza the calf is the second for mother Anna, as well as the 37th rhino calf to be born at the park since 1979.
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North Korea Releases First Photo of 'Hypersonic Missile' Launch
Rodong Sinmun reported that North Korea's Academy of National Defense Science "conducted a test launch of the newly developed hypersonic missile 'Hwasong-8.'"
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Bernie Sanders Urges House Democrats to Vote Against Infrastructure Bill Until Deal Reached
House Democrats' splintering leaves a vote on the bill in the air as the GOP solidifies opposition.
Milley admits he spoke with Bob Woodward, other journalists for high-profile Trump books
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley admitted during the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on Tuesday that he has spoken to several journalists for their high-profile books reporting on the final months of the Trump administration.
'Healthy and adorable': Barbara Bush welcomes first child with husband Craig Coyne
Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, is a first-time mother now, after giving birth to a daughter named Cora Georgia Coyne.
R. Kelly conviction: Black women, girls suffer the brunt of sex trafficking, exploitation
Our image of a sex trafficking victim is a white girl kept in a basement. But Black women and girls are disproportionately targeted.
Trump loses legal fight over tell-all book written by former aide and 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa
A New York arbitrator ruled that Omarosa Manigault Newman did not violate a non-disclosure agreement in writing her 2018 tell-all book.
400K in US got Pfizer booster shots last weekend
The White House COVID-19 task force says More than 400,000 Americans got Pfizer booster shots last weekend through local pharmacies as the U.S boosted its effort to provide more protection for vulnerable populations. (Sept. 28)
Obamas break ground on presidential center
Barack and Michelle Obama attend a celebratory groundbreaking on their legacy project in a lakefront Chicago park; the groundbreaking come after five years of legal battles. (Sept. 28)
Rats 'the Size of Cats' Can Infiltrate Homes Via Toilets Says Pest Control Expert
Being forced to stay indoors during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to fewer food sources outside for rats.
Mila Kunis addresses her and Ashton Kutcher's viral bathing comments: 'It's so dumb'
The “Family Guy” star, 38, made an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” as a guest host and called the internet roasting “so dumb,” while telling DeGeneres that she didn’t expect the remarks to garner as much blowback or ensuing discussion.
LeBron James Says He's Vaccinated, Won't Promote Everyone Getting Shots
The Lakers star broke his silence on vaccinations while speaking with reporters on Tuesday, calling the decision a personal one for each individual to make.
Mayorkas admits 'tragic rise' of delta variant at US-Mexico border 'surprised' him
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded Monday that the surge of the delta variant at the border took him by surprise.
'Problematic': Borger on Biden's relationship with generals
CNN's Gloria Borger breaks down President Joe Biden's "problematic" history with the nation's top generals following testimony on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Is America a Christian nation? Pastors at odds about faith and politics
The debate over what role religion should play in public life has never been more contentious.
Electric Cars Have Hit an Inflection Point
This is an excerpt from The Atlantic’s climate newsletter, The Weekly Planet. Subscribe today.One theme of this newsletter is that the world’s physical infrastructure will have to massively change if we want to decarbonize the economy by 2050, which the United Nations has said is necessary to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis. This won’t be as simple as passing a carbon tax or a clean-electricity mandate: Wires will have to be strung; solar farms will have to be erected; industries will have to be remade. And although that kind of change can be orchestrated only by the government (hence the importance of the infrastructure bills in Congress), consumers and companies will ultimately do most of the work to make it happen.Take electric cars, for instance. An electric car is an expensive, highly specialized piece of technology, but building one takes even more expensive, specialized technology—tools that tend to be custom-made, large and heavy, and spread across a factory or the world. And if you want those tools to produce a car in a few years, you have to start planning now.That’s exactly what Ford is doing: Last night, the automaker and SK Innovation, a South Korean battery manufacturer, announced that they were spending $11.4 billion to build two new multi-factory centers in Tennessee and Kentucky that are scheduled to begin production in 2025. The facilities, which will hire a combined 11,000 employees, will manufacture lithium-ion vehicle batteries and assemble electric F-series pickup trucks. While Ford already has several factories in Kentucky, this will be its first plant in Tennessee in six decades. The 3,600-acre Tennessee facility, located an hour outside Memphis, will be Ford’s largest campus ever—and its first new American vehicle-assembly plant in decades.The politics of this announcement are worth dwelling on. Ford and SK Innovation were lured to Tennessee with $500 million in incentives; Kentucky gave them $300 million and more than 1,500 acres of free land. Ford’s workers in Detroit have historically been unionized—and, indeed, a source of power in the national labor movement. But with these new factories, Ford is edging into a more anti-union environment: Both Tennessee and Kentucky are right-to-work states, meaning that local laws prevent unions from requiring that only unionized employees work in a certain facility. In an interview, Jim Farley, Ford’s CEO, played coy about whether either factory will be unionized. (Last week, the company announced that it was investing $250 million, a comparative pittance, to expand EV production at its unionized Michigan facilities.)That news might depress those on the left who hope that old-school unions, such as the United Auto Workers, can enjoy the benefits of electrification. But you can see the outline of a potential political bargain here. Climate-concerned Democrats get to see EV production expand in the U.S., while climate-wary Republicans get to add jobs in their home states. (And unions get shafted.) Whether that bargain can successfully grow support for more federal climate policy, further accelerating the financial-political-technological feedback loop that I’ve dubbed “the green vortex,” remains to be seen.More important than the announcement is what it portends. In the past, environmentalists have complained that even when the law has required that automakers make climate-friendly cars, they haven’t treated them as a major product. It’s easy to tune out climate-friendly announcements as so much corporate greenwashing, but Ford’s two new factories represent real money: The automaker’s share of the investment exceeds its 2019 annual earnings. This investment is sufficiently large that Ford will treat EVs as a serious business line. And if you look around globally, you’ll see that Ford isn’t alone. EVs are no longer the neglected stepchild of the global car industry. Here are some recent headlines: Nine percent of new cars sold globally this year will be EVs or plug-in hybrids, according to S&P Global. That’s up from 3 percent two years ago, a staggering, iPhone-like rise. GM, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota, BMW, and the parent company of Fiat-Chrysler have all pledged that by 2030, at least 40 percent of their new cars worldwide will run on a non-gasoline source. A few years ago, the standard forecast was that half of new cars sold in the U.S. would be electric by 2050. That timeline has moved up significantly not only in America, but around the world. (In fact, counter to its high-tech self-image, America is the laggard in this global transition. The two largest markets for EVs worldwide are China and the European Union.) More remarkably (and importantly), automakers are spending like they actually believe that goal: The auto industry as a whole will pump more than $500 billion into EV investment by 2030. Ford’s investment in these two plants represents less than a third of its planned total $30 billion investment in EV production by 2025, and that’s relatively small compared with its peers’. Volkswagen has announced more than $60 billion in investment. Honda has committed $46 billion. Norway could phase out gas cars ahead of schedule. The country has one of the world’s most robust pro-EV policies, and it is still outperforming its own mandates. In the most recent accounting period, eight out of 10 cars had some sort of electric drivetrain. If the current trend holds, Norway would sell its last gas car in April of next year—and while I doubt the demise will be that steep, consumer preferences are running well ahead of its schedule to ban new gas-car sales by 2025. I won’t make predictions or declare that a tipping point for EVs has arrived. But if mass adoption of electric cars was hitting an inflection point, wouldn’t it look, well, something like this?
Viral Video Shows Bold Theft Inside Ulta Beauty Store in Broad Daylight
The three thieves successfully stole more than $10,000 worth of merchandise from the beauty store in Norridge, Illinois.
6 Real Homes That Appeared in These Popular Films
The house that inspired the horror film "The Conjuring" was recently listed for a price of $1.2 million.
Your regular reminder that the debt ceiling doesn’t really accomplish much
I don't like it any better than you do.
Prince William, Kate Middleton walk red carpet at 'No Time To Die' premiere in London
"No Time To Die" marks Daniel Craig's last time playing the British spy and is also the franchise's 25th movie.
Detroit Lions release LB Jamie Collins after trade fails to materialize
With Jamie Collins gone, Trey Flowers is the only major ex-Patriot signed in the Quinntricia era left with the Detroit Lions.
Pennsylvania Law Would Allow Parents to Defy School Mask Mandates
"We need Republicans to stop spending their time undermining public health and instead encourage people to get vaccinated," the governor's office said.
Navy advocacy group urges DOD to fill gaping holes in leadership
A Navy advocacy organization urged the Biden administration to fill holes in the Navy's leadership.
Congress Can 'Act Big' on Infrastructure, Put U.S. on 'Better Path,' Janet Yellen Says
"The investments in the president's agenda would be a sweeping overhaul of our national infrastructure," the Treasury secretary said.
McAuliffe endorses prosecutor facing backlash for light sentence of sex predator
Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe could face backlash from Virginians at the polls after a prosecutor he endorsed agreed to cut almost in half the prison sentence for a convicted sex predator.
U.S. Steel Plant Discharged Plume Into Water With Elevated Iron Levels, Beach Closures Remain
A spokeswoman for U.S. Steel said that upon analysis of the discharge, they discovered "elevated concentrations of iron causing the discoloration" in the Burns Waterway.
Lakers' LeBron James says he received COVID-19 vaccine: 'I think everyone has their own choice'
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James revealed on Tuesday that he received the COVID-19 vaccine. The four-time NBA MVP said that his decision was based on the people closest to him.
Opinion: LeBron James finally speaks out in support of COVID-19 vaccine, but not loud enough
LeBron James says he has been vaccinated, but the NBA star who has spoken out on many social issues, will not advocate for others to get the shot.
Lindsay Lohan's mom Dina pleads guilty to drunk driving on Long Island
Lohan pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. She will be sentenced on Dec. 3.
'Goofiest little weirdo' now a Guinness World Record holder
Check out the world's longest dog ears as the hound checks out herself. Lend CNN's Jeanne Moos your ears.
The story behind Trump's mysterious 2019 Walter Reed trip revealed
Former President Donald Trump's secret visit to Walter Reed in 2019 appeared to be for a routine colonoscopy, according to Stephanie Grisham, Trump's former press secretary and first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff. CNN's Kate Bennett and Jake Tapper discuss.
The NFL’s Answer to Its Problems: More NFL!
Chalk up one more anomaly to These Unprecedented Times: Something genuinely weird is happening on an NFL broadcast. For this season of its marquee Monday Night Football program, ESPN is airing an additional broadcast featuring the brothers and retired Super Bowl–winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. The “Manning-cast,” as sports media have affectionately dubbed it, has the hangout feel of a Twitch stream: The Mannings break down the game as talking heads from their couches, frequently digressing at length from the on-the-field action to go deep with some football wonkery or welcome a procession of celebrity guests, including LeBron James and Charles Barkley.If “Tampa 2” sounds more like a vacation booking than football terminology to you, the program also contains a hefty dose of what can only be described as “antics.” During last night’s broadcast, a snoozer of a game in which the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Philadelphia Eagles, Eli flipped a double bird and danced around in his socks, quoting Shakira, while Peyton sternly argued in real time with a notorious Twitter troll. In the three short weeks the Manning-cast has been on the air (seven more episodes are slotted for the rest of the season), Eli’s home fire alarm has interrupted a broadcast, Peyton has struggled to fit his massive cranium into a football helmet, and the duo have occasionally had to hustle like fast-talking talk-show hosts to get through segments before a commercial break.This is not what Monday Night Football typically looks like. The program’s spit-shined, hyper-professionalized modern incarnation is one of the most watched things on all of television. It earned 8 percent of the league’s nearly $3 billion in ad revenue last season and employs dozens of staffers just to make its absurdist graphics. The NFL embodies a certain Big Business philosophical conservatism, and yet the Manning-cast genuinely innovates in how it deconstructs the league’s televised product. Unsurprisingly, viewers are loving it. A spokesperson for ESPN said in an email that the Manning-cast drew in 2.8 million viewers last week, up from 2 million the week before.But who, at the end of this day, is this really for? The NFL, and American professional sports leagues across the board, is bleeding viewers younger than 35. The future of its mind-bogglingly lucrative deals for broadcast rights depends on the league’s success at earning the loyalty of younger fans and prying them from their smartphones. According to a recent report from Sportico, the median viewer age for NBC’s Sunday Night Football is just over 53 years old.Hopelessly addicted football nerds like myself were always going to love the Manning-cast. But it seems unlikely that the answer to the league’s wider existential dilemma is to lean so heavily on two Brooks Brothers–clad 40-somethings. Football’s powers that be have finally taken a stab at something new. But in doing so they’ve revealed the extent to which the league and its media partners are captured by their own success, stuck drawing from a wellspring of nostalgia and tradition even when trying to power the future.Although the Manning-cast adopts some very Gen Z aesthetic trappings, you don’t have to watch for long to figure out that neither Manning is an obvious star for the TikTok cohort. Peyton has a dadcore style and demeanor, while Eli’s relentless deadpan is not exactly made for YouTube. The show might be parent-friendly bridge content, but Rich Luker, a social psychologist and the creator of the sports-marketing tool ESPN Sports Poll, told me that that’s probably not sufficient to ensure generational succession in football’s fandom. “They’re doing the right thing … [but] if you aren’t doing something where the youth is relevant, you’re not going to get a benefit,” he said. “So the fact that they’re doing something right is not enough.”This particular approach to such a flagship product might be understandable, given the long history of ignominious failed attempts at innovation in the booth. And the league’s core of older viewers, resistant to big changes, still props up a remarkably massive enterprise: Billions in ad revenue are wrapped up in NFL broadcasts, a number that’s only expected to rise as America emerges from the pandemic and years of mostly unwanted gridiron political controversy fade away. Still, that creates a fundamental tension in which one of the biggest drivers of media ad dollars is unable to tap into the coveted 18-to-49-year-old (and, more and more, 18-to-34-year-old) demographic that those dollars are spent to reach. “If you look at [younger generations] and their interest in Monday Night Football, it’s almost nothing,” says Irving Rein, a professor emeritus of communication studies at Northwestern University and the author of The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace.The NFL, which did not respond to a request for comment, has made more overtly youth-friendly media overtures before. A partnership with Nickelodeon last year earned warm (if somewhat befuddled) reviews, and it will reoccur this season, but it’s too soon to know whether it will inculcate a new generation of fans. Amazon has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Thursday Night Football starting in 2022, and will feature the games on Twitch, which Twitch has announced will include streamers “from buttoned up sports talk pros to gamers who happen to be big fans.”And from the NFL’s point of view, the Manning-cast might still be a resounding success even if it doesn’t lead to throngs of teens aching to watch the Detroit Lions, simply by virtue of what those in the business refer to as “earned media.” “The Manning-cast works so well as a product that it might not even matter if it doesn’t succeed in its mission of getting a broader audience to watch Monday Night Football on the ESPN networks,” J. A. Adande, Northwestern’s director of sports journalism and a frequent ESPN panelist, told me in an email. “It could be that cuts and quotes of the Manning brothers’ quips is relieving people of the need to watch both the regular broadcast and the Manning-cast. Maybe that’s okay.”Ultimately, as much of a breakthrough as the Manning-cast has been, it’s still hard to imagine the league or its broadcast partners leaping feetfirst into the kind of foundation-scrambling experimentation—think turning a major weekly game over to a gaggle of experienced podcasters or streamers, or massively expanding the number of games that can be easily streamed—that would make Gen Z feel as if it has cultural ownership of the game-day experience, in the same way their parents have for decades.The NFL, then, finds itself exactly as it was before the Manning-cast: a league that’s too big to fail. Despite frequent warnings of impending doom, it still dominates the American sports-media landscape, earning more annual revenue than the NBA and NHL combined. Surely to some in the league, the notion that a course correction is necessary—or even desirable—is laughable. But that very dominance makes the league and its partners overly cautious in a way that could one day jeopardize the sport’s current centrality to American life. The Manning-cast embodies both the enormous strength and potential weakness of the NFL and its media apparatus, with one navy-blue-socked foot stuck stubbornly in the past, knowing that it needs to look toward the future.
KT McFarland: Afghanistan was a fiasco and our woke military, political leaders will never be held accountable
Tuesday, the U.S. military’s three top generals testified at the Senate Armed Services Committee about the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
No. 7 Bearcats get back to work for No. 9 Notre Dame
Luke Fickell understands that bye weeks can come in handy during a grueling college football season.
7 Texas House Democrats Warn Party's Climate Plan Will Cost Jobs, Raise U.S. Energy Prices
"These taxes and fees, as well as the exclusion of natural gas production from clean energy initiatives, constitute punitive practices,″ the lawmakers said.
Lori Loughlin marks return to acting with 'When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas'
Lori Loughlin will soon be back on the small screen.
McKenzie: Wasn't 'Feasible' to Keep Bagram Open After Troops Started Withdrawal
"Retaining Bagram would have required putting as many as 5,000 U.S. troops in harm's way just to operate and defend," said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Trudeau: Canada's decision on whether to allow Huawei is coming
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canada will decide within weeks whether to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei into the country’s next-generation 5G wireless networks
Wisconsin Assembly to vote on $100 million for mental health
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on a Republican-authored bill that would require Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to spend $100 million in COVID-19 relief funding on mental health programs in schools. The measure up for approval Tuesday faces a nearly certain veto from Evers. He has already vetoed two similar bills...
UFC 266 medical suspensions: Brian Ortega facing potential six-month suspension for orbital fracture
Check out the full list of medical suspensions for Saturday's UFC 266 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.      Related StoriesTaila Santos wants top names after dominating Roxanne ModafferiAfter UFC debut loss in T-Mobile Arena, Jalin Turner avenged things in a big wayUFC 266 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media
Success or Failure: Top Military Leaders Break Down the Pullout From Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said President Biden "followed [his] advice on executing on the evacuation plan" and gave him "all the resources needed" to execute it.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘La Brea’ On NBC, Where A Massive Sinkhole Opens In Los Angeles, But Those Who Fell In Actually Survive — Somewhere
Natalie Zea and Eoin Macken star in NBC's latest attempt to make their own version of Lost.
Top Pentagon leaders testify on Afghanistan withdrawal and aftermath
Top Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, testified publicly before lawmakers for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. CBS News' Natalie Brand reports on their testimony, and then Mark Jacobson, former deputy NATO senior civilian representative for Afghanistan, joined CBSN to discuss the fallout.
Charter jet with over 100 American evacuees departs Kabul
A private charter jet is bringing 123 Americans and green card holders, as well nine Special Immigrant Visa holders, back to the United States after they were left in Afghanistan.
Voting rights advocate Desmond Meade named MacArthur "genius grant" winner
Meade spoke with 60 Minutes last year about the fight for Amendment 4 in Florida.
Democrat Sen. Durbin Presses Republicans to Nuke Filibuster so Democrats Can Raise Debt Limit
Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) demanded Republicans cancel the filibuster so the Democrats can continue to put the American taxpayer further into debt.
Cop causes freak sprinkler mishap at NYC precinct
The NYPD's 72nd Precinct turned into a flood zone Monday -- thanks to a key-slinging cop who accidentally triggered the sprinkler system with an errant throw, officials said.