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Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Lashes Out at 'Dumb A**' Anti-Maskers

The ex-GOP official said he was "exhausted" by people refusing to adhere to COVID-19 rules amid the ongoing pandemic.
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At UN, Kelly Craft tears into Security Council at COVID session: ‘Shame on each of you’
U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft tore into other members of the Security Council on Thursday for using a COVID-19 meeting to focus on what she called “political grudges” rather than the pandemic – while noting the massive U.S. contribution to the international effort against the virus.
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House Democrats consider scaled-back stimulus proposal in effort to jumpstart stalled talks
House Democrats are preparing a new coronavirus relief package in an effort to shake free negotiations that have been in a stalemate for nearly two months.
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Trump's health care 'vision' punts on two major issues
President Donald Trump is touting what he calls his health care "vision," but the executive orders he's planning to sign Thursday afternoon largely punt on addressing two major issues facing Americans.
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Alexei Navalny's Accounts Reportedly Frozen While In Berlin Hospital After Poisoning
A spokeswoman says the Russian opposition leader's bank accounts were frozen and his Moscow apartment "seized" in connection with a libel suit while he was in a coma after poisoning by a nerve agent.
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Do Fake Phishing Emails Really Teach People to Recognize Scam Messages?
Here’s what research shows about the effectiveness of this sort of cybersecurity training.
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Mastodon fossil discovered in Colombian gold mine
Fossils of a mastodon, a giant prehistoric relative of today's elephants, have been discovered at an artisanal gold mine in central Colombia in a find which researchers say could herald a trove of similar specimens.
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Biden campaign claims Trump trying to distract with controversial transfer of power comments
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is accusing President Trump of using controversial comments over not committing to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November presidential election as an effort to distract from what they call Trump’s “catastrophic failure as president.”
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PM Update: Patchy fog possible overnight with a couple showers around Friday
Clouds rule tonight and tomorrow. Any rain is spotty and brief.
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Life in ‘Anarchist’ New York City
I saw a woman drinking iced coffee in 57 degree weather. OK, chaos agent!
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Video shows black LA cop remain calm amid racist taunts from protesters
A black Los Angeles police officer remained calm and composed while a group of angry protesters taunted him with racial slurs — coming within inches of his face, video shows. The stoic cop, wearing glasses and a helmet, remains stone-faced as at least three protesters — two of them wearing costume masks — yell at...
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‘Special relationship’ can help Knicks’ Julius Randle unlock star potential
They have all taken turns as NBA playoff heroes in the Orlando bubble: the Heat’s Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo, Nuggets’ Jamal Murray and Lakers’ Anthony Davis. They have three things in common. The four players are still in the NBA’s Final Four. Each once wore Kentucky blue. And all graduated from Kenny Payne University....
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Workers accused of building "man cave" under Grand Central
Railway employees suspended without pay for allegedly turning room under landmark station into secret hideaway.
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These North American airports are top-rated for traveler satisfaction
The sharp coronavirus-related decline in passenger volume across North American airports has “been a boon” for traveler satisfaction, according to a new J.D. Power survey. Results of the 2020 North America Airport Satisfaction Study indicate that satisfaction within such airports has “risen sharply” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, J.D. Power said Wednesday. In...
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What Do Two New Studies Really Tell Us About Coronavirus Transmission on Planes?
While it’s likely these two case studies identified cases of COVID-19 transmitted aboard planes, there's a lot we don't know.
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Andrew McCarthy: Anti-Trump derangement of House Democrats has unintended consequences
The unintended consequences of the House Democrats’ anti-Trump derangement, in both infantilizing congressional oversight and foolishly pleading with the federal courts to meddle in it, are becoming manifest.
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Lizzo discusses ‘commercialized’ body positivity movement: 'We have to make people uncomfortable again'
Lizzo has always been a champion of body positivity.
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Washington’s main weather radar is broken and could be out of service for many days
A team is en route from Oklahoma to fix the radar while forecasters rely on surrounding sites for storm monitoring.
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McEnany says Trump will accept results of a 'free and fair election,’ as Democrats slam president’s comments
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Trump will accept the results of a “free and fair election,” when pressed on his comments about a peaceful transfer of power. 
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How the US keeps poor people from accessing abortion
The 2020 US election could decide the fate of a more than 40-year-old ban on abortion funding. For the past 44 years, every US Congress and president have approved a federal budget that includes a ban on federal funding for abortion services, except in extreme cases like rape, incest, and a life threatening situation for the child-bearer. It’s known as the Hyde Amendment, and even politicians who support abortion access generally have a history of voting in favor of it to get spending bills passed. The politics of abortion access in this country have evolved since the introduction of the Hyde Amendment. Progressive Democrats have long been critical of it for singling out Medicaid recipients, who are disproportionately poor and people of color. Presidential candidate Joe Biden supported the Hyde Amendment until 2019, attributing his reversal to the changing landscape of US abortion access. Today, abortion access largely depends on the politics of the state you live in. Because of the Hyde Amendment, it also depends on how much money you have. Banning federal funding for abortion services primarily affects people who rely on Medicaid for their health care: people who are living close to the poverty line in the US or are disabled. This has the effect of preventing some of the country’s most vulnerable people from accessing abortion services, since they are the least likely to be able to afford an out-of-pocket expense. This video is the third in our series on the 2020 election. We aren’t covering the horse race; instead, we want to explain the stakes of the election through the issues that matter the most to you. To do that, we want to know what you think the US presidential candidates should be talking about. Tell us here: http://vox.com/ElectionVideos You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube. And if you’re interested in supporting our video journalism, you can become a member of the Vox Video Lab on YouTube. Will you help keep Vox free for all? The United States is in the middle of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes. It’s essential that all Americans are able to access clear, concise information on what the outcome of the election could mean for their lives, and the lives of their families and communities. That is our mission at Vox. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone understand this presidential election: Contribute today from as little as $3.
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Trump's talk of rejecting election result evokes chaos scenarios
Trump's refusal to say that he'd peacefully transfer power may just be bluster. But there are steps he could take, and Democrats are on the alert.
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Kentucky grand jury decides against homicide charges for police in Breonna Taylor's death
CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan and CBS News legal analyst Keir Dougall weigh in after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the decision by a grand jury to not press homicide charges against the three police officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.
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More Dems pivoting away from mail-in voting, report finds
As the November Election draws closer, many Democrats are pivoting away from urging their base to vote exclusively by mail, an option many had pushed amid the lingering coronavirus pandemic.
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In Luzerne County PA, Where Voters Went for Obama then Trump, FBI Finds Discarded Military Ballots Cast for Trump
After conducting numerous interviews and reviewing physical evidence, an FBI investigation confirmed that nine discarded mail-in ballots were cast for President Donald Trump.
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'Mayday!': Artist Susan Silton asks us to send Donald Trump names of our COVID-19 dead
In"Mayday!" Susan Silton tracks the pandemic's toll and 'the collective weight of people mourning' by having participants send names of the country's COVID-19 dead to Donald Trump. She also looks back at the way U.S. media covered Hitler's rise.
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SpO2 monitoring, refined performance and new colors make the Series 6 the best Apple Watch yet
Since its debut way back in 2015, each iteration of the Apple Watch has come with newer and, well, better features. The Series 3 was the first with cellular, Series 4 increased the display and Series 5 gave us an always-on display.
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Trump is proposing to limit student visas to two years for citizens of 59 countries
Mask-wearing students at the Boston College campus on September 14, 2020, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. | Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald It’s only Trump’s latest attack on foreign students. The Trump administration is proposing a new rule to limit student visas to two years for citizens of 59 countries, potentially complicating the path to an American college degree for tens of thousands of foreign students. Student visas are currently valid for as long as students are enrolled in their course of study. But the proposed rule, published by the Department of Homeland Security, would limit the validity period to two years for certain immigrants under the theory that it will be easier to identify security threats and monitor compliance. The countries targeted are those that are designated as state sponsors of terrorism and those with a high rate of people who come to the US and overstay their visas. After that two-year period, students will have to apply for an extension. It’s not clear whether immigration officials could deny their request even if a student would need it to complete a traditional four-year undergraduate program or a PhD, which can take six years or longer. But if a student is taking longer than the typical time it takes to complete their course of study, they will have to provide evidence of “compelling academic reasons,” a documented medical condition, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, including a natural disaster or national health crisis, according to the rule. That could potentially dissuade foreign students from enrolling in American universities, which are already experiencing a decline in foreign student enrollment — a critical source of talent and tuition. Foreign students generate an estimated $32 billion in revenue annually and support more than 300,000 jobs, according to the think tank New American Economy. It’s not clear if the rule will go into effect. The Trump administration has only a few months to finalize the rule before January 2021, when a new administration could take over and abandon the proposal. But if President Trump wins a second term in November, time would be on his side. The proposal would affect citizens and people born in countries on the State Department’s State Sponsors Terrorism List, including Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea. It would also apply to citizens of another 55 countries with a more than 10 percent rate of visa overstays, including all but a few African countries. Some of those countries send large numbers of foreign students to the US, including Vietnam, Nigeria, and Nepal. During the 2018-2019 academic year, more than 24,000 Vietnamese, 13,000 Nigerians, 13,000 Nepalese, and 12,000 Iranians were enrolled in US universities, according to the Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education. Foreign students who are not from any of the affected countries but are enrolled in schools that are unaccredited or do not participate in the federal employment eligibility verification program E-Verify would also only be eligible for a two-year visa. Targeting countries with high visa overstay rates means targeting African countries The majority of people who overstay their visa in the US are from China, India, Brazil, and Canada —none of which are impacted by the proposed rule. Rather, it targets primarily students from African countries. The countries with the highest visa overstay rates, with the exception of Syria and Nigeria, actually account for only a small proportion of total annual visa overstays. In fiscal year 2019, Burundi, for example, had a 44 percent visa overstay rate for students and exchange visitors — one of the highest worldwide. But it accounted for only 127 of the more than 60,000 total estimated overstays. China, by comparison, had a less than 2 percent overstay rate in those visa categories, but as the top-sending country for foreign students, it accounted for more than 11,000 overstays. Trump has a history of seeking to discriminate against immigrants from African countries. He has sought to keep out Africans from what he called “shithole countries” while suggesting that the US should accept more immigrants from predominantly white nations like Norway. And he’s repeatedly sought to dismantle the diversity visa lottery — for many Africans, the only way they can immigrate to the US. Last year, he also imposed restrictions on citizens of four African countries — Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania — seeking to immigrate to the US permanently as part of an expansion of his travel ban policy. Trump has sought to crack down on foreign students before This also isn’t the first time that Trump has sought to discourage foreign student enrollment. In July, he tried to kick out foreign students who were enrolled in online-only programs, even though many universities had made the decision to suspend in-person classes in the fall in order to protect students, staff, and other members of the campus community amid the pandemic. After universities filed a slew of lawsuits challenging the policy, the administration ultimately backed down. But it rattled students, who might now think twice about staying in the US post-graduation. Trump has imposed restrictions on visa programs that provide a pathway for students to remain in the US long-term, including the sought-after H-1B visa program for skilled workers. It’s a pipeline for foreign talent, particularly in the fields of computer science, engineering, education, and medicine. During the pandemic, Trump signed a proclamation temporarily blocking the entry of foreign workers coming to the US on H-1Bs and other visas through the end of the year. According to a senior administration official, he’s also pursuing reforms to the program that would make it harder for entry-level workers just graduating from US universities to qualify. More than 85,000 immigrants get H-1B visas for skilled workers annually,including thousands of workers at tech giants such as Google and Amazon. Recipients are currently selected by lottery, but Trump is proposing to instead prioritize workers with the highest wages and raise the program’s minimum wage requirements. Trump has also sought to clamp down on student visa fraud, using what many advocates consider to be questionable methods. Immigration and Customs Enforcement came under fire in November after announcing that it had been operating a fake university designed to lure in immigrants seeking to obtain student visas fraudulently — but the students claimed they were the ones who had been deceived. Some 250 students at the University of Farmington in Farmington Hills, Michigan, were consequently arrested. The University of Farmington wasn’t a real educational institution: Although ICE advertisedthe university as offering graduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses, it did not have any teachers, curriculum, classes, or other educational activities. Its primary selling point, prosecutors said, was a ticket to an F-1 visa. But attorneys for the students affected say these operations are entrapment, designed to trick unknowing international students into paying thousands of dollars to a university, while having no way of knowing that their actions are illegal. The Trump administration also tried to make it easier for students to face penalties for violating the terms of their visas. US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a memo in 2018 that meant that mistakes as minor as failing to file an address change report or having to drop a course could have prevented students from applying for a new visa or barred them from reentering the US for up to 10 years. That memo, however, was blocked in federal court before it could go into effect. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. 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Saturn’s mysterious moon has new ice and scientists aren’t sure why
Enceladus, Saturn’s mysterious moon that could support life, could be more geologically active than previously thought, according to a new study. The research, published in the scientific journal Icarus, looked at new images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and found the northern hemisphere of Enceladus has been resurfaced with ice. In 2005, Cassini observed that the...
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Watch 'Black Poets in a Time of Unrest' live
L.A. poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis and other poets share experiences and verse with L.A. Times Book Club readers.
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US Olympian Chloe Dygert crashes over guardrail in cycling accident
Chloe Dygert’s individual time trial at the cycling world championships went horribly wrong. The 10-time world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist was in pole position for another title with less than half of her run in Imola, Italy remaining. But as Dygert rounded a turn, she lost control of her bike and hit a...
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Breonna Taylor protester run down by pickup truck in Buffalo
A female pickup-truck driver revved her engine before racing through a group of Breonna Taylor protesters in upstate New York — peeling away after hitting a cyclist, according to video and reports. The Dodge truck was caught in numerous videos revving its engines as it drove toward dozens of demonstrators who were blocking traffic outside...
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'Pokémon Go' October Updates Bring More Than the Halloween Celebration
There are Raid updates and Special Research Breakthroughs coming for fans to enjoy in October.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic on contracting coronavirus: 'COVID had the courage to challenge me. Bad idea'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said Thursday he tested positive for the coronavirus a day after he tested negative for the illness.
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See model Jasmine Tookes’ $250K engagement ring from fiancé Juan David Borrero
Seven carats of stunning beauty.
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Serena Williams, other tennis pros can't stay at private homes during French Open despite presence of fans
U.S. tennis pro Serena Williams will not have the luxury of staying at her apartment in Paris when she participates in the French Open later this month, officials announced last week. 
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Maryland Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison After Shooting Black Man In Hate Crime
Brandon Higgs, the white man sentenced, reportedly told the Black man he shot to "go back to Africa." The prosecutor said police found that Higgs has links to white supremacist groups.
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NYC deli owner stabbed in the neck three times by thieving duo
A Brooklyn deli owner was stabbed three times in the neck by robbers Thursday, police sources said. The 44-year-old deli owner was behind the counter at Friendship Deli at 5 Bradford Street in Cypress Hills around 2:45 p.m. when the man and woman came behind the counter and stabbed him, the sources said. The two...
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New home unveiled for flood victim after losing landmark log cabin
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17-year-old killed in drive-by shooting
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Boy attends virtual school with grandma's help
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Social Security scam steals $4K from woman
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Governor, wife test positive for Covid-19
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Neighborhood fed up with smelly sinkhole
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French Quarter restaurant reports Hepatitis A
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Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea levels and endanger New York: study
If the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement are not met, the Antarctic ice sheet will melt, resulting in global sea levels rising to the point where humanity will have to “give up … New York,” according to a new study. The research, published in Nature, notes that if temperatures rise 35.6 degrees Farenheit,...
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Amazon launches flying camera for the home
Technology giant also unveiled a new gaming platform, a line of entertainment products and car security gear.
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Grieving alone during the pandemic is hard. RBG’s memorial might be helping us cope.
As thousands come to pay their respects, a massive outpouring is just what we needed.
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This ‘ramen’ face mask is designed to avoid glasses fogging up
A Japanese artist designed a "ramen mask" so his glasses stop fogging up because of his face mask.
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Yankees giving Clarke Schmidt audition for MLB playoffs start
Clarke Schmidt is being lined up to start the Yankees’ season finale and that could be an audition for him being part of the postseason roster if the Yanks advance beyond the first round. Schmidt would start Sunday against the Marlins. If that goes well, the Yankees would think about adding him to the roster...
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