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Hurricane Sally: Massive alligator captured swimming in Alabama storm surge

Hurricane Sally appears to have brought more than just fierce winds, flooding, and a dangerous storm surge.
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Bobcat fire destroys at least 29 structures, continues to threaten Mt. Wilson
Fire officials say the number of damaged structures could rise as high as 85 as the blaze continues to grow.
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Nikola founder Trevor Milton keeps $2.5 billion in stock after departure
Nikola founder Trevor Milton has walked away from the electric-truck maker in the midst of a nasty feud with a short-seller with more than $2 billion in stock, records show. Milton — who stepped down as the Tesla challenger’s chairman Monday amid a storm of fraud allegations — got to keep more than 91.6 million...
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NYPD cop accused of spying for China also exaggerated his military history
The NYPD cop accused of spying on behalf of the People’s Republic of China apparently exaggerated his military service record to his brothers in blue, The Post has learned.
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UC fails to adequately prevent fraud in admissions, state audit says
The University of California's failure to rigorously oversee its admissions practices has allowed unqualified students to get in, state audit finds.
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28-year-old doctor dies from COVID-19, family says
Adeline Fagan was an OB/GYN starting her second year of residency in Texas when she began showing symptoms.
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Is Facebook Leaving the EU? Don't Set an Away Status Just Yet
Currently over 410 million people use the social media platform, along with the photo sharing app, Instagram
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USMNT's won't play October matches due to COVID-19 concerns
US Soccer said the ongoing pandemic made it too difficult for the federation to host U.S. players and international opponents.        
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Closest Asteroid to Pass Earth for a Year Will Fly by Thursday After Being Discovered 4 Days Ago
When the object flies past our planet it will be travelling at a staggering speed of more than 17,300 miles per hour.
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Bindi Irwin expecting a baby girl, compares fetus to tortoise hatchling
The next Wildlife Warrior is going to be a girl.
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Ann Arbor moves to decriminalize psychedelics like mushrooms, peyote
Ann Arbor is a trip, man. The Michigan city’s council just moved to decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms, peyote and other psychedelic plants, declaring law enforcement against those imbibing should be the lowest priority. City Council members insisted that the mind-bending plants’ benefits outweigh any of their potential negatives. “The use of entheogenic plants,...
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Trashaun Willis, one-armed HS quarterback, scores six touchdowns in one game
Imagine what Trashaun Willis could do with two arms? The one-armed quarterback from Iowa produced six touchdowns on Friday night, three through the air and on the ground. He completed 13-of-19 passes for 129 yards and ran for 95 more, according to CBS Sports. He guided Washington High School to a 41-27 victory over Mt....
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University of California wrongly admitted 64 wealthy students, some as student-athletes, state audit finds
A state audit released Tuesday revealed that the University of California wrongly admitted 64 wealthy students over the past six years, some under the premise of being athletes.
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DOJ: 179 arrested in darknet opioid takedown
Law enforcement officials arrested 179 people and seized more than $6.5 million in a worldwide crackdown on opioid trafficking on the darknet, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. (Sept. 22)       
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Restaurant manager films couple who allegedly fled without paying for $127 worth of steak and booze
This probably isn’t the best time to attempt a dine and dash.
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Trump’s “Address” to the UN Was Seven Minutes of Nonsense
He’s not even pretending to care anymore.
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This Life-size Gundam Robot Built in Yokohoma, Japan is Terrifying
It is part of an attraction based on the science fiction franchise "Mobile Suit Gundam"
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Elected officials 'are not doing enough': Pelicans' J.J. Redick on NBA players taking real action in fighting injustice
Pelicans guard J.J. Redick said his NBA peers are backing up their talk about helping Black communities with real action, while politicians are not.        
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Body found on Randall’s Island believed to be missing 5-year-old who fell into river
A child’s body found on Randall’s Island Tuesday morning is believed to belong to the 5-year-old who went missing after falling into the Harlem River Saturday, cops said. “It’s probably the 5-year-old,” a police spokesman said. “It’s looking more and more like this is the kid.” The remains were found around 11:30 a.m. near a...
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Trump-Biden debate viewers can win cash by predicting occurrences, phrases
FOX Bet Super 6, a free app that typically focuses on sporting events, will allow users to win prizes by making accurate predictions about the first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Biden on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Cleveland.  
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Editorial: Another sign of the times: Mass shootings are spiking
As the pandemic continues, overall violent crime has edged downward, yet homicides have increased in some major cities, including L.A., as have mass shootings.
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Lawrence Jones slams Biden for not releasing Supreme Court list: ‘Swing voters and moderates want to know’
Joe Biden should release his Supreme Court nominee list but he doesn't want to "box himself in," Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones said.
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Taylor Swift Wants You to Register to Vote Today and Here's Why She's So Fired Up
In a post to her Instagram story, Swift linked fans to resources available for them to vote in November.
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Comedians Desus and Mero talk cancel culture and life lessons in new book
Comedians Desus and Mero chat with USA TODAY's Rasha Ali about their new book, "God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx."       
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Desus and Mero drop 'God-Level Knowledge Darts' in new book, talk Trump and Black Lives Matter
Desus and Mero take their on-air antics to the literary world in "God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx"        
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'Everything is on the table': GOP's Supreme Court push escalates Democratic debate over packing court
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weeks before the presidential election has turned Democratic nightmares into a crushing reality.
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As Europe faces second coronavirus wave, tracing apps lack impact
LONDON — Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest from the public. Britain, Portugal...
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Riverside County proposal would dump state's plan and reopen sooner
The Board of Supervisors is considering new guidelines to reopen Riverside County at a quicker pace than the state allows.
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What will our lives be like in 2025? Futurists think Americans will eat, fly and go to school differently post-COVID
After the pandemic, futurists forecast a remote world with merged brands, less meat, more air purifiers and stadiums filled with people      
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Sizzler declares bankruptcy, citing COVID-19 impact
Steakhouse chain blames indoor dining closures and landlords' "refusal" to reduce its rent.
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EPA boss rips Cuomo, de Blasio over protests, threatens to relocate NYC office
WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday threatened to yank the federal agency’s office out of Lower Manhattan, blaming the ongoing protests that have roiled the city for months and targeted federal workers. In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, a copy of which was obtained...
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Meghan McCain Warns the Media Against “Kavanaugh”-ing Potential Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett
"When you start talking about Christian women like we're all commanders' wives in The Handmaid's Tale ... I implore the media to be careful."
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1 killed, 1 wounded in fusillade at Lorton social gathering
Police have not identified man fatally shot in Fairfax County on Monday night.
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Lenny Kravitz’s skincare secret: ‘Sand from the ocean’
From right outside his home on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, of course.
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Preorders for the new Xbox crash Amazon, Walmart, Microsoft sites
Microsoft’s new Xbox consoles sold out across all major American retailers within minutes of preorders going live Tuesday morning. Demand for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S systems crashed the preorder pages of Amazon, Walmart, GameStop and Target shortly after being made available. It even took down Microsoft’s Xbox ordering website. Gamers hoping...
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SI Swimsuit star Camille Kostek topless in comedy skit as park ranger
Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek went topless for a recent photoshoot at the Joshua Tree National Park.
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These four states, including Arizona and Minnesota are back on New York quarantine list
Travelers from Rhode Island, Nevada and Minnesota are among those who will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.       
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Party City Apologizes for Selling Children's Confederate Soldier Costumes
Store said it had pulled the offending items from its branch in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, after complaints from a customer.
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Beta downgraded from tropical storm as it dumps more rain on already soaked Texas
Flash flood watches are affecting nearly 11 million people along the coasts of Texas and Louisiana as Beta, now downgraded to a tropical depression, moves slowly inland, dumping more rain on an already saturated region.
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Connecticut man charged with killing mother ‘showed no emotion’
A Connecticut man who was on probation for stabbing his cousin is now accused of killing his mother — and showed “no emotion” when detectives told him she was dead, police said. Thomas Walker, 31, was charged with murder Friday after he walked into the Stratford Police Department and told an officer he wanted to...
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Dems’ DC, Puerto Rico statehood push could intensify if Trump gets another Supreme Court justice
Republicans appear ready to move forward on confirming a new Supreme Court justice as soon as President Trump announces his nominee for filling the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but some Democrats are already looking to drastic measures of retaliation should this happen.
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20,000 American Flags Placed at Washington Monument to Honor COVID Victims
The flags honor the more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who have lost their lives after contracting COVID-19.
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Six Louisville police officers under internal investigation for actions on night Breonna Taylor was killed
Six Louisville Metro Police Department officers are under internal investigation for their actions the night Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home, police confirmed Tuesday.
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77-year-old man suffers fractured skull after Midtown assault
A stranger randomly slugged a 77-year-old man in the face in Manhattan, leaving the oldster with a fractured skull when his head hit the sidewalk, police said Tuesday. The septuagenarian was walking by 300 Park Avenue when “an unknown individual punched him in the face” around 11 a.m. Monday, an NYPD spokesman said. The man...
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Va. Tech will have new defensive coordinator, no lunch pail for first time since 1995
Justin Hamilton takes over for retired Bud Foster in rapid rise within the Hokies' coaching ranks.
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Why Walmart thinks TikTok is the future of its business
Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images The brick-and-mortar retailer is trying to invent a digital future where it’s a leader of Amazon rather than a follower. For the past five years, nearly every one of Walmart’s big moves has seemingly had one goal: to narrow Amazon’s embarrassingly huge lead in e-commerce. From Walmart’s $3 billion acquisition of Jet.com in 2016 to its $16 billion deal for India’s Flipkart in 2018, as well as its recent launch of the Walmart+ membership program, Amazon and its Prime membership service seemed to always be at the forefront of Walmart’s corporate mind. For the first time in a long time, though, the giant brick-and-mortar retailer is expected to make a big bet that isn’t solely about chasing the Seattle-based tech giant founded by Jeff Bezos: a multibillion-dollar investment in, and multifaceted business partnership with, TikTok, the global sensation and short-form video-sharing app. And whether the partnership with TokTok turns out to be a brilliant chess move for Walmart, or a disastrous distraction, the moves still send a message that the traditional retailer is trying to invent a digital future where it will be a leader of Amazon rather than a follower in at least one arena. If successful, Walmart could become a leader in online video commerce — an area of retail that has been a hit in Asia, but is still nascent in the US. Some background, first, on the dramatic and winding business and geopolitical story that set Walmart up for this opportunity in the first place: In August, President Donald Trump cited security concerns over TikTok being owned by the China-based company ByteDance when he signed an executive order that would essentially ban TikTok in the US unless it sold itself to US entities. Over the weekend, Trump said he would approve a deal that would set up a new entity, called TikTok Global, of which Walmart and the database software company Oracle would own a combined 20 percent. ByteDance investors — some of which are US-based firms — would own the rest for now. As of Monday morning, though, there was still confusion about whether the deal would result in TikTok Global being majority-owned by US businesses or China’s ByteDance instead, so Trump once again threatened to scuttle the deal if US firms did not in fact gain majority control. Assuming the deal gets done, Walmart says it will “provide our ecommerce, fulfillment, payments and other omnichannel services to TikTok Global.” The details on these arrangements are scarce, but the mentions of “e-commerce,” “fulfillment,” and “payments” indicate that Walmart could help TikTok incorporate shopping features into its app. That means TikTok users could buy merchandise created or promoted by their favorite TikTok artists without leaving the app, and TikTok could potentially use Walmart’s existing warehouse and “fulfillment” services to deliver the merchandise. Today, when an influencer or a consumer brand advertises a product on TikTok, users almost always have to click through to an external shopping website to make a purchase. Sure, Walmart could provide incentives for TikTok or its most popular creators to link to Walmart.com in those instances, but a deeper integration into the app could be the longer-term vision. Last month, for example, TikTok experimented for the first time with allowing a popular creator to sell goods through a pop-up page within the app. The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin, is an example of what Walmart and TikTok could do together. Douyin has a deeper e-commerce integration for shopping than TikTok currently does, including strength in live-streaming video commerce, which allows app users to watch live as their favorite personalities or brands show off new merchandise and then have an easy way to buy what they see. Such online shopping trends — a more interactive version of QVC for the digitally-savvy — are already popular in Asia. No US company, not even Amazon, has figured out how to make this idea mainstream in the states, but they’re trying. Amazon has dabbled in video commerce via its Twitch streaming service and on Amazon.com. But it’s early enough stateside that if that behavior does end up growing popular in the US, a TikTok relationship could help Walmart lead the way among retailers. Walmart’s recent statement also says the commercial agreements with TikTok would “grow our third-party marketplace, fulfillment and advertising businesses.” Like Amazon, Walmart allows outside merchants to sell goods through Walmart.com — on its “marketplace” — so that the retailer can offer Walmart.com visitors a larger variety of goods for sale than it can in its physical stores. The language in Walmart’s statement implies that Walmart might work out a deal so that some of those influencers or brands that sell goods through TikTok might also make those items for sale directly through Walmart through its marketplace. Walmart could also introduce features that let its existing marketplace merchants more easily advertise or sell their goods through TikTok. Today, the selection on Amazon’s third-party marketplace is much bigger than Walmart’s, but a TikTok-branded storefront, or a direct link for Walmart merchants to advertise through the video app, could help the retailer attract a new set of younger consumers that might otherwise look to Amazon or other e-commerce websites as their main shopping destination. The move wouldn't be to directly match Amazon’s sheer marketplace size, but to give TikTok users and/or Walmart marketplace merchants access to goods or customers that they can’t get anywhere else. To be clear, a potential Walmart investment and partnership with TikTok could still turn out to be a costly distraction for the retailer, and even for the app. Walmart’s leadership team is already busy with the launch of its Amazon Prime competitor Walmart+ in the US, which requires an expensive expansion of grocery delivery to combat Amazon and Instacart along the way, as well as a brutal and costly battle in India with Amazon (via Flipkart) for the future of one of the fastest-growing e-commerce markets in the world. And Walmart has to also deal with the day-to-day logistical complexities of handling the rapid growth in online shopping that the pandemic has spurred. There’s reason for healthy skepticism about whether the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer can execute on this lofty vision even if it gets the chance. But for once, Walmart seems to be looking past Amazon while making a big bet, instead of simply aiming for Jeff Bezos’s back. 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Hillary Clinton vows to ‘tackle big subjects’ in new ‘You and Me Both’ podcast
With topics like grief, mental health and bouncing back, Hillary Clinton’s new podcast sounds like it could be a retelling of her last four years. The twice-failed Democratic presidential hopeful, whose podcast will be called “You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton,” promises to “tackle big subjects, like faith, leadership and food” on the show...
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Beware of covid-19 vaccine trials designed to succeed from the start
Pharmaceutical companies seem to be rushing vaccine candidates to market. We can and should demand better.
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Five States Where Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Fastest
New infections were reported to have increased in Wisconsin, Utah, Tennessee, North Dakota and South Dakota in recent weeks.
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