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If Kajillionaire Is Weighed Down by Stylistic Quirks, Gina Rodriguez Brings It Back Into the Realm of the Human
Like all of Miranda July's movies, it's a heavily stylized ode to human connection, and Rodriguez is key to bringing that humanity
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Trump Wants One Thing From His SCOTUS Nominee
The president has already admitted what he cares about most in a SCOTUS pick.
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United to offer coronavirus tests to some passengers
United will offer Covid-19 testing for Hawaii-bound passengers beginning October 15 out of San Francisco, in a pilot testing program that the airline hopes to extend to other destinations. United Airlines Chief Communications Officer Josh Earnest explains how the testing will work.
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Where has Amy Coney Barrett stood on important cases?
Here are a handful of the notable stances Barredd has taken that might indicate the effect she could have on the Supreme Court's jurisprudence. 
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Game On: 'Mafia: Definitive Edition'
The mob-themed game trilogy gets remade for a new generation of gamers and consoles. Rick Damigella reports.
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TikTok "Benadryl Challenge" prompts FDA warning on overdoses
Agency cites reports of teens hospitalized or dead from misuse of allergy medication in an attempt to get high.
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Passenger at Philadelphia airport tries sneaking gun through security in his shoe
One Philadelphia man’s travel plans got off on the wrong foot this week.
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Democrats finally grasp the importance of the Supreme Court — when it’s almost too late
Finally, the court has become more important to Democrats' votes than to Republicans'.
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‘The Craft’ Remake Will Premiere on Prime Video Just in Time for Halloween
Get ready to meet a brand-new coven of witches Oct. 27.
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Hasbro unveils new 'Mandalorian' and holiday-themed 'Star Wars' figures
We might not have a blockbuster "Star Wars" film coming out this holiday season, but Hasbro's latest Black Series figures are filling that gap pretty nicely. The company also announced yet another figure to help us ring in "The Mandalorian" season two.
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Pentagon unlikely to swoop in if Biden wins and President Trump disputes election result
President Donald Trump can't expect military aid from the Pentagon if he disputes the election results, according to the military's top officer as well as the leading Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.        
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Neighbor calls 911 when hockey fans yell 'Shoot! Shoot!'
The police moved on quickly after talking to everyone involved and understanding the situation.
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Dog the Bounty Hunter and fiancée Francie Frane are hunting together
Chapman has a new sidekick.
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Woman charged after allegedly hitting cyclist during Breonna Taylor protest
The crash occurred as protesters took to the streets to express outrage after a Kentucky grand jury did not charge Louisville police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’ on Disney+, a Cruddy Blend of Princess and Superhero Movies
It's the worst of both worlds.
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Megan Thee Stallion’s team accuses Tory Lanez of launching ‘smear campaign’ against her
An investigation has reportedly been launched to find out who is behind them.
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Tigers vs. Royals prediction: Pitching matchup makes Under the play
It has been a lost season for both the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, but both are bringing their best starters to the mound Friday as each looks to close out the season with momentum. Both Spencer Turnbull of the Tigers and Brad Keller of the Royals have records of 4-3 and have given...
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UFC 253 predictions: Who's picking upsets in Adesanya-Costa, Reyes-Blachowicz title fights?
Check out our staff members' picks for the UFC 253 main card, featuring a pair of title fights in Abu Dhabi.        Related StoriesConor McGregor's next fight? He says he's boxing Manny Pacquiao in the Middle EastConor McGregor's next fight? He says he's boxing Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East - EnclosureConor McGregor leaks DMs from Dana White, revealing which opponents he wanted 
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Here's what we know -- and what we don't -- about Trump's $200 drug discount cards
In his latest bid to show that he's lowering drug prices, President Donald Trump said Thursday -- less than six weeks before the election -- that he will send $200 drug discount cards to 33 million Americans on Medicare.
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Recalled mushrooms linked to salmonella cases across 10 states
The outbreak was traced to black fungus mushrooms, also called wood ear mushrooms.
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Court orders Trump admin to extend census count
Citing COVID-19 delays, the Trump administration opted to end census collection early to meet the year-end deadline.
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Dax Shepard reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety
After 16 years of being sober, actor and comedian Dax Shepard revealed he has been battling an opioid addiction.
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Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at month’s end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress. The preliminary injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California late Thursday allows the once-a-decade head count...
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CNN's Brianna Keilar responds to McEnany attack
The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany baselessly linked CNN reporter Brianna Keilar's comments about the Kentucky Attorney General to the shooting of two Louisville police officers after the killing of Breonna Taylor. Hear her response.
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'Animal Crossing' Nintendo Switch: Where to Get Special Edition Console
Currently, only certain retailers have the special console available online.
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The Air Force Struggles With Diversity. Can The Space Force Do Any Better?
Top Space Force leaders say gender and racial diversity are a core part of the mission. But past indicators present a troubling picture.
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Thom Brennaman resigns from Cincinnati Reds, Fox Sports Ohio after making homophobic slur
Thom Brennaman resigned from his job with the Cincinnati Reds and Fox Sports Ohio. He was suspended last month for using a homophobic slur on air.       
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Florida sends thousands of voter registration invites – to already registered voters
Those who claim a special public records exemption because of their government jobs were targeted.        
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Conor McGregor's next fight? He says he's boxing Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East
Could Conor McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao in the boxing ring actually come to fruition?        Related StoriesConor McGregor's next fight? He says he's boxing Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East - EnclosureConor McGregor leaks DMs from Dana White, revealing which opponents he wantedConor McGregor leaks DMs from Dana White, revealing which opponents he wanted - Enclosure 
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The pandemic has devastated downtown D.C. Some fear the damage is permanent.
From the nation's capital to New York to Los Angeles, hopes of a quick recovery for deserted central business districts have sputtered and fear is rising that the long-term collapse of downtown economies could be irreversible.
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Leaders Indicted At Soldiers' Home Where At Least 76 People Died In COVID-19 Outbreak
Two leaders at the facility in Holyoke were allegedly responsible for deciding "to combine 42 veterans – some COVID-positive, and others not even showing any symptoms of COVID – into a single unit."
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People with curvier hips, thighs may live longer than others: report
Researchers conducted 72 studies with more than 2.5 million people.
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Democrats pledge to focus on ObamaCare in battle over Supreme Court
Democrats plan to focus on health care -- and the idea that millions could lose it -- in the looming confirmation battle over President Trump's pending Supreme Court nominee.
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Skincare and Snakes? Ulta Beauty Shoppers Interrupted When a Venomous Snake Slithered by The Brow Bar
The Kentucky incident may make you think twice about in-store shopping.
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Google agrees to workplace changes in settling sexual misconduct suit
Alphabet on Friday settled a shareholder lawsuit that accused the Google parent of covering up lavish exit packages to executives found responsible for sexual misconduct, saying it would overhaul workplace policies and increase oversight of its diversity efforts. The company will prohibit severance packages to employees who are subject to any pending investigation for sexual...
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Democrats' Election Advice to Candidates: Make It All About Health Care
A two-page messaging strategy memo sent to House Democrats and candidates across the country further represented the belief among party leaders that the vacant Supreme Court seat Republicans are so quickly trying to fill could be a winning issue for Democrats at the ballot box.
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Yosemite National Park reopens following closure due to wildfire smoke
Yosemite National Park will reopen to the public Friday morning following a weeklong closure due to significant smoke impacts from California’s wildfires. The popular national park will welcome guests once again starting at 9 a.m., the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement, citing improved air quality conditions. California’s largest national park closed Sept....
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Dr. Scott Atlas accuses media of spreading 'partial truths' about coronavirus: 'It's very damaging'
White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas accused the mainstream media of putting out "conflicting information" about the ongoing pandemic.
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See 'man cave' discovered under Grand Central Terminal
Three railroad employees were suspended without pay for converting a room underneath Grand Central Terminal in New York City into their own personal "man cave."
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RBG Fought for Working Moms. It's Time for America to Do the Same | Opinion
Mothers are facing impossible expectations in the COVID-19 pandemic—and it hurts all of us. Employers and national leaders must take action.
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Mark Meadows rips FBI Director Wray over voter fraud testimony
Wray testified the FBI had “not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise."
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A homeless Black man was fatally shot by a California deputy during a struggle
Protests broke out in San Clemente, California, on Thursday, a day after a homeless Black man was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy after the man grabbed a deputy's gun during a struggle, authorities said.
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Recalled mushrooms likely linked to salmonella outbreak shipped to restaurants in more than 30 states
The FDA and CDC are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections that has sickened 41 and is likely linked to wood ear mushrooms.       
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White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings
A federal judge has ordered the White House to begin providing sign-language interpretation at White House coronavirus briefings starting Thursday
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Lawyer for maskless mom arrested at football game says she ‘committed no crime’
The Ohio mom who was Tased and arrested in the stands of a grade-school football game had refused to wear a mask because she has asthma and was keeping more than the recommended six feet of distance from other fans, her attorney said. Alecia Kitts was sitting in the bleachers when she got into a...
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Why we’re still years away from having self-driving cars
Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox Self-driving cars were expected to roll out by 2021. Here’s what we need to solve and build first. For the last five years, all anybody in the car world has talked about — well, apart from electrification — is autonomous driving. Carmakers began dropping the terms “self-driving” and “mobility” at car shows, Uber and its competitors poached engineers from university robotics labs en masse, and Tesla fans began squabbling on Twitter about whether the company’s Autopilot system can be called “autonomous.” (It can’t.) Meanwhile, Cadillac, Mercedes, Volvo, and others rolled out similarly equipped vehicles that aren’t quite autonomous but are more or less capable of driving themselves down highways, as long as drivers maintain a persistent vigil and nothing too weird happens along the way. Meanwhile, visionary urban planners began rethinking city designs to envision what was sure to be a future uncluttered by automotive detritus—no more traffic signs or stoplights, no more cars parked by the side of the road. Vehicles would simply drop you off at your destination and vanish … somewhere. We were told cars would chat with each other and the roads themselves to modulate traffic flow, and that car accidents would no longer be a thing. In fact, the world was so optimistic about this future that then-US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declared in 2016 that we’d have fully autonomous cars everywhere by 2021. Flash forward to today, and precious little has changed about our daily driving. You probably hear a lot less about self-driving cars than you did a few years ago, and the prospect of safely dozing off behind the wheel on long drives remains a distant fantasy, even if old-school carmakers are working with startups like Waymo, Cruise, Argo, and Zoox on the technology. Why the radio silence? There are a lot of knotty problems to solve that are conspiring to delay the arrival of the technology — in fact, answers to these problems may redefine how self-driving cars will work. Everything from programming vehicles to follow the rules of the road to getting them to communicate with human drivers and pedestrians—forever ending, for instance, that infuriating indecisiveness we all encounter when trying to determine who should go first at a four-way stop—is giving engineers fits. Even further in the weeds: developing sensors that can work flawlessly in all kinds of weather and visibility conditions and teaching cars how to respond to all the so-called “edge cases” they’ll encounter on the road, such as comprehending the difference between a flock of birds dashing across the road or wind-blown leaves that are fine to run down. Also, cars don’t drive in a vacuum—the roads and infrastructure, as well as federal, state, and local regulations, have to accommodate fleets of robocars, and the public has to be on board, too. Many puzzle pieces must fall perfectly into place. To put it more simply: Five years ago, as companies developing this tech talked a big game to lure talent and investment dollars, we were all more optimistic than realistic about the timeline for rolling out autonomous cars that are predictable, reliable, and as safe as possible. “Those early estimates with really aggressive timelines for rolling out the services have turned into having a few research vehicles on the road by 2020,” notes Jeremy Carlson, an autonomy analyst with auto-industry research firm IHS Markit. “Even that might have been optimistic in some cases.” The reality is that while roads themselves are generally orderly and well-known environments, what actually happens on them is anything but. Humans are proficient behind the wheel, but they’re also imprecise and occasionally wayward. So until 100 percent of the vehicles on the road are fully autonomous — something many analysts think is actually highly unlikely — every autonomous vehicle will have to be able to respond to the edge cases plus countless quirks and tics exhibited by human drivers on a daily basis. It’s the stuff we’re able to swat away without missing a beat while driving ourselves, but getting computers to try to manage it is a really big deal. Pittsburgh-based Argo and the Bay Area’s Waymo, both frontrunners in the race to perfect self-driving tech, are solving for this challenge by training their autonomous-drive systems to rely as much on precisely scanned basemaps of the road as on sensors used to “paint” the environment around them. That means they will also be limited to areas that are fully mapped, as though operating in a real-world video game. It’s a process most developers will likely need to rely on, even though it requires persistent, continuously updated maps and will likely limit the ability to take vehicles “off-grid” as an owner or user might need from time to time. But don’t fret: Highly automated driving remains a very real proposition, one that’s being enabled not merely by fast-talking CEOs but by technology that’s indeed racing forward — even if it’s not as fast as we’d hoped. Computer-processing capabilities continue to surge annually while sophisticated artificial intelligence systems are learning to, if not necessarily think like humans, at least run through enough options for every decision to pick the best solutions. The onboard sensor systems that are required to detect vehicles, monitor their behavior, and “read” the environment grow more compact and affordable every year. Then there’s the ubiquitous communication systems that will tie everything together — namely, cloud computing and the forthcoming 5G cellular network, which will eventually make wireless speeds exponentially faster than the 4G you’re already familiar with and is deploying around the world. The cloud system allows engineers to offload a lot of the data processing away from the vehicles themselves and onto more capable and rigorously updated servers—meaning that the autonomous-drive systems remain persistently state of the art. But it’s the 5G network that could enable a lot of key features within these systems. Though the cars will by and large be able to operate without connectivity, having a more robust, faster, higher-bandwidth wireless data system will significantly boost the autonomous vehicle network’s capabilities. Cities will be able to optimize traffic patterns, cars will know ahead of time what the traffic signals will be at every intersection, and vehicles will communicate with each other to ease everything from lane changes to routing strategies based on congestion or weather. According to Carlson, that will generate a kind of universal awareness on the part of vehicles, akin to the way GPS navigation will today reroute you based on congestion. “With a better and more robust network, you’ll have longer detection ranges for other vehicles and incidents and have lots of different types of information pumped into the system,” he says. “There’s real value there in terms of how it can make driving better and more efficient.” Researchers have already demonstrated the systems’ abilities to precisely coordinate autonomous vehicles threading their way past each other with millisecond timing, thanks to all the vehicles automatically gauging their relative positions and deciding who goes where. This can only be done when vehicles are communicating wirelessly with each other. Finally, at the risk of further muddying the waters about when and what we can expect, there’s another variable that’s slowing down self-driving cars: Covid-19. Many carmakers are yet again recalibrating their expectations and timelines for the vehicles, noting that consumer behavior might change permanently as a result of the pandemic and that could mean both a reluctance to use shared-car services—which many had targeted as a significant launching pad for the technology—or, conversely, an increased desire to stay away from mass transit, thus making self-driving options more appealing. Ford announced in April that it would delay its anticipated 2021 rollout of its autonomous car service to 2022, using the time to gauge reassess the market. The pandemic might also spur increased interest in contactless delivery, of the sort Mountain View, California-based autonomy startup Nuro’s engineers are developing via R2, its self-driving delivery vehicle that’s nearly the size of a small car. It’s a more compact form of the same kind of technology that passenger-carrying vehicles would possess, adhering to the same principles and rules of the road, both real and virtual. “As an industry, we’ve seen an unprecedented shift in consumer demand for on-demand home delivery since the beginning of the pandemic—with online grocery sales increasing nearly five times,” says David Estrada, Nuro’s chief legal and policy officer. “We partnered with several nonprofits to help make meal deliveries for local food banks, deliver quarantine kits for those sheltering in place, and use R2 to bring meals to frontline workers who were treating Covid-19 positive patients in pop-up medical facilities.” Of course, plenty of other technologies for autonomous systems are already appearing in full-sized vehicles, as well, in the guise of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise control, traffic signal alerts, and emergency braking and maneuvering. (Technically, all semi-autonomous or “self-driving” systems are ADAS, it’s just that some are more advanced than others.) These will ease consumers into accepting and using them over time while the development of technology for the fully evolved systems continues in the background. The path to autonomy truly does appear to be starting out small, working up to something much larger and more impactful as all the pieces fall into place. 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. 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Ginsburg’s final class of clerks recall her unwavering dedication to law and life
Throughout the pandemic and her own ailments, young lawyers say the late justice remained meticulous and upbeat.
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RBG's personal trainer pays homage with a casket-side pushup
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer paid homage to the late justice by doing several pushups next to her casket at the U.S. Capitol.
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