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Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos support homeless students amid pandemic with laptops, scholarships

Thanks to a donation from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, the shelter provider Win will be able to give funds to support 20 homeless college students.        
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Matthew Wolff finds ‘something to be proud of’ after US Open implosion
Matthew Wolff had a chance at making history Sunday. Instead, he was left with a lesson for his bright future. The 21-year-old was the 54-hole leader by two shots at Winged Foot but let his first major championship slip away after shooting a 5-over-par 75 and finishing six shots behind the victorious Bryson DeChambeau. Wolff,...
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Voting and Black Lives Matter take center stage at 2020 Emmys
Capping off the evening was an "un-thank you" speech from "Succession" creator Jesse Armstrong, who singled out President Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for their coronavirus response efforts.
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Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington host 'New Year's Eve' party while watching 2020 Emmy Awards
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are ready for the new year.
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The Worst Thing About the Emmys This Year? No Time for Theme Songs.
You can listen to them here instead.
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Daniel Jones was so close to becoming Giants hero
One step forward, two turnovers back. With one more 10-yard completion, Daniel Jones awakes Monday a hero to Giants fans. With a game-ending touchdown pass and a 17-point comeback, the second-year quarterback would have looked like Eli Manning’s rightful heir. Instead, Jones’ final pass fell incomplete at the goal line, cementing a 17-13 loss to...
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'Succession's' Cousin Greg takes us inside his Emmys night at home
Nicholas Braun gives Yvonne Villarreal a glimpse inside the Emmys at his home.
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Issa Rae and the 'Insecure' cast went big for their Emmy Awards viewing party
The cast and crew of "Insecure," star Issa Rae included, watched Sunday's Emmy Awards from Inglewood's new SoFi Stadium. But why?
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Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Open
27-year-old American overpowers Winged Foot en route to first major title
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Bryson DeChambeau’s stunning US Open win is game-changing
Get used to this, people. Bryson DeChambeau told he us wants to change the game of golf, and — skeptics be damned — that’s exactly what he’s doing. Golf’s old-school establishment has had its starched shirts in a wrinkle since DeChambeau turned up back in June at Colonial looking like Ray Lewis in a golf...
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You can now buy shoes from DSW while grocery shopping at some Hy-Vee locations
Shoppers walking into select Hy-Vee grocery stores can now pick up a new pair of shoes in addition to their eggs, milk and bread.
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The Inside Story of Why Mueller Failed
Andrew Weissmann was one of Robert Mueller’s top deputies in the special counsel’s investigation of the 2016 election, and he’s about to publish the first insider account, called Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation. The title comes from an adapted quote by the philosopher John Locke that’s inscribed on the façade of the Justice Department building in Washington, D.C.: “Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.”Weissmann offers a damning indictment of a “lawless” president and his knowing accomplices—Attorney General William Barr (portrayed as a cynical liar), congressional Republicans, criminal flunkies, Fox News. Donald Trump, he writes, is “like an animal, clawing at the world with no concept of right and wrong.” But in telling the story of the investigation and its fallout, Weissmann reserves his most painful words for the Special Counsel’s Office itself. Where Law Ends portrays a group of talented, dedicated professionals beset with internal divisions and led by a man whose code of integrity allowed their target to defy them and escape accountability.“There’s no question I was frustrated at the time,” Weissmann told me in a recent interview. “There was more that could be done that we didn’t do.” He pointed out that the special counsel’s report never arrived at the clear legal conclusions expected from an internal Justice Department document. At the same time, it lacked the explanatory power of last month’s bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on the 2016 election. “Even with 1,000 pages, it was better,” Weissmann said of the Senate report. “It made judgments and calls, instead of saying, ‘You could say this and you could say that.’”The Mueller inquiry was the greatest potential check on Trump’s abuse of power. The press gives the president fits, but almost half the country chooses not to believe the news. Congress will protect Trump as long as his party controls at least one chamber. Local prosecutors and civil plaintiffs are severely limited in pursuing justice against a sitting president. Public opinion is immovably split and powerless until the next election. Only the Special Counsel’s Office—burrowing into the criminal matter of Russian interference in the 2016 election, a possible conspiracy with the Trump campaign, and the president’s subsequent attempts to block an investigation—offered the prospect of accountability for Trump. Mueller couldn’t try the president in court, let alone send him to prison, but he could fully expose Trump’s wrongdoing for a future prosecutor, using the enforceable power of a grand jury subpoena. The whole constitutional superstructure of checks and balances rested on Mueller and his team. As their work dragged on through 2017 and 2018, with flurries of indictments and plea deals but otherwise in utter silence, many Americans invested the inquiry with the outsized expectation that it would somehow bring Trump down.Suddenly, in March 2019, the Special Counsel’s Office completed its work. A report, hundreds of pages long, with many lines blacked out, was delivered to the attorney general. Before releasing it to the public, Barr pronounced the president innocent, in a brazen mix of elisions, distortions, and outright lies—for the report presented extensive evidence of cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian assets, and of the president’s efforts to obstruct justice. The lesson Trump took from the Mueller investigation was that he could do anything he wanted. He declared himself vindicated, vowed to pursue the pursuers, and immediately turned to extorting favors for another election from another foreign country. Uproar over “Russiagate” gave way to uproar over “Ukrainegate.” The Mueller report faded away, as if it had all been for nothing.[Read: Robert Mueller and the tyranny of ‘optics’]“Had we given it our all—had we used all available tools to uncover the truth, undeterred by the onslaught of the president’s unique powers to undermine our efforts?” Weissmann writes in the introduction. “I know the hard answer to that simple question: We could have done more.” Elsewhere, he admits that, “like Congress, we were guilty of not pressing as hard as we could” for evidence. He calls a crucial passage of the Mueller report “mealymouthed”—an easy mark for Barr’s treachery. “Part of the reason the president and his enablers were able to spin the report was that we had left the playing field open for them to do so.”Weissmann, who now teaches at NYU, is a former federal prosecutor from New York, with an aggressive reputation and a precise manner. He won cases against Mafia bosses and Enron executives, served as Mueller’s general counsel at the FBI, and became the head of the Justice Department’s criminal-fraud section under President Obama. When Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017, he chose Weissmann to lead “Team M”—the group responsible for the case against Paul Manafort, Trump’s corrupt former campaign chairman. Theirs was the most straightforward part of the investigation; they produced an early indictment and, ultimately, a conviction of Manafort on tax fraud and other charges.Team M also came close to establishing a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. On August 2, 2016, Manafort dined in New York City with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian-born business associate with ties to Russian intelligence and oligarchs. Manafort, a lavishly compensated hired gun for some of the oligarchs, had been sharing campaign strategy with Kilimnik, including sensitive polling data. Over dinner, Manafort described Trump’s strategy in four battleground states; Kilimnik in turn presented for Trump’s approval a Russian “peace plan” that would amount to the annexation of eastern Ukraine. Last month’s Senate report, going further than Team M, named Kilimnik as an actual Russian intelligence officer and revealed his likely connection to the 2016 election-interference operations. “This is what collusion looks like,” the committee’s Democratic members wrote in an appendix.In the absence of a discoverable deal between the Trump campaign and Russian assets, the number and flagrancy of contacts and the readiness of Trump and his advisers to lie about them have been too easily minimized. As Weissmann observes in Where Law Ends: “The hope of uncovering something even greater distorted the perception of what was actually brought to light.” Weissmann and his colleagues were thwarted by chance—Manafort’s No. 2, Rick Gates, arrived late for the dinner with Kilimnik and was subsequently unable to tell investigators all that was discussed. They were hamstrung by Mueller’s decision not to look into Trump’s financial dealings with Russia, which might have established a source of Russian leverage over Trump, but which the president had declared a red line not to be crossed. And they were frustrated by perjury—for Manafort never stopped lying to Team M. His lies were encouraged by the president, who made sympathetic noises about Manafort with the suggestion that stonewalling might earn him a pardon. Trump’s pardon power was an obstacle that the prosecutors didn’t anticipate and could never overcome. It kept them from being able to push uncooperative targets as hard as in an ordinary criminal case.The Special Counsel’s Office also worked under the constant threat that Trump would fire Mueller, as Richard Nixon had fired Archibald Cox, the first Watergate special prosecutor, in the Saturday Night Massacre. Trump tried several times to get rid of Mueller, but he was stopped by his underlings, who knew that it would lead to legal and political disaster. Still, the threat never went away, and in the end, it served the president’s interests well: “The specter of our being shut down exerted a kind of destabilizing pull on our decision-making process.” Where Law Ends describes numerous instances, large and small, when Mueller declined to pursue an aggressive course for fear of the reaction at the White House. For example, the special counsel shied away from subpoenaing Don Trump Jr. to testify about his notorious June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. Ivanka Trump, who didn’t attend the meeting but talked with participants afterward in the lobby, and later discussed with her father how to conceal details from the press, was never even asked to speak with Mueller’s investigators: They “feared that hauling her in for an interview would play badly to the already antagonistic right-wing press—Look how they’re roughing up the president’s daughter—and risk enraging Trump, provoking him to shut down the Special Counsel’s Office once and for all.”[Read: The president is winning his war on American institutions]Weissmann blames this persistent timidity on one of Mueller’s other top deputies, a lawyer named Aaron Zebley, comparing Zebley to George B. McClellan (and more zealous team members, including himself, to Ulysses S. Grant). “Repeatedly during our twenty-two months in operation,” Weissmann writes, “we would reach some critical juncture in our investigation only to have Aaron say that we could not take a particular action because it risked aggravating the president beyond some undefined breaking point.”Weissmann described to me this failure of nerve on Zebley’s part, an aversion to confronting the ugliness coming from Trump. I pointed out that all of these were ultimately Mueller’s decisions. Weissmann agreed.His portrait of Mueller is admiring and affectionate. The former FBI director is laconic, loyal, demanding, and, very occasionally, drily charming. Weissmann goes to great lengths to understand Mueller’s thinking on two of his central decisions: not to subpoena Trump, and not to state plainly in the report what the evidence of volume two makes clear—that Trump obstructed justice. Neither decision holds up to Weissmann’s scrutiny.On the subpoena, Weissmann told me that the reason given in the report—that the legal battle would have unduly delayed the inquiry—was less than candid, since a subpoena issued at the start of the investigation could have been resolved by the Supreme Court months before the date of the report’s completion. In Where Law Ends, Weissmann reveals that the real reason for not compelling the president to be interviewed was Mueller’s aversion to having an explosive confrontation with the White House. On the obstruction of justice, Mueller declined to make a determination because of a long-standing Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Mueller, judging that Trump wouldn’t have his day in court until he became a private citizen again, refrained from stating that Trump had broken the law (even though volume one of the report explicitly cleared the president of the conspiracy charge).Weissmann politely demolishes this effort at extreme fairness. “I was flummoxed by Mueller’s thinking,” he admits. The special counsel was required to make a legal recommendation on the facts and present it in an internal department document to the attorney general. Barr could decide to keep the report private. Or, if it became public, Trump could use his unparalleled platform to defend himself to the country. Or he could choose to be charged and tried in order to clear his name. Mueller, completely out of character, was “making his own, freelance judgments about what was appropriate and not delivering on what he was tasked with doing.”Weissmann made these arguments to the lawyer whom Mueller had assigned to draft this tricky passage of the report. “I also think it seems like a transparent shell game,” Weissmann told his colleague. “When there is insufficient proof of a crime, in volume one, we say it. But when there is sufficient proof, with obstruction, we don’t say it. Who is going to be fooled by that? It’s so obvious.”By abdicating the role of prosecutor, Mueller cleared the way for Barr to take it on himself. Mueller and Barr were old friends. Several weeks before submitting the report, Weissmann writes, Mueller informed Barr of his intent to omit any legal recommendation. Barr didn’t object. Without telling Mueller, he saw a chance to disfigure the report into an exoneration of the president and thereby make its damning truths disappear. “Barr,” Weissmann writes, “had betrayed both friend and country.”[Andrew Weissmann: America’s prosecutors know what Bill Barr did was wrong]And Mueller? He was incapable of navigating the world remade by Trump. He conducted himself with scrupulous integrity and allowed his team to be intimidated by people who had no scruples at all. His deep aversion to publicity silenced him when the public badly needed clarity about the special counsel’s dense, ambiguous, at times unreadable report. His sense of fairness surrendered the facts of presidential criminality to an administration that was at war with facts. He trusted his friend Barr to play it straight, not realizing that Barr had gone crooked. He left the job of holding the president accountable to a Congress that had shown itself to be Trump’s willing accomplice. He wanted, above all, to warn the American people about foreign subversion of our democracy, while the greater subversion gathered force here at home.In our interview, I asked Weissmann if Mueller had let the American people down. “Absolutely, yep,” Weissmann said, before quickly adding: “I wouldn’t phrase it as just Mueller. I would say ‘the office.’ There are a lot of things we did well, and a lot of things we could have done better, to be diplomatic about it.”And the investigation—was it a historic missed opportunity?Weissmann’s reply was terse. “That’s fair.”With the end of the Special Counsel’s Office, the one real check on Trump’s unfettered power was gone, until the next election. Now it’s upon us, and the president remains free to repeat what worked for him in the last one.
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Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor, hospitalized with chest pains, to start if healthy
The Chargers don't know how serious Tyrod Taylor's condition is, but if he is healthy, coach Anthony Lynn says the quarterback will start next week against Carolina.
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Emmys 2020 recap: The best and worst moments from this year’s unusual show
The 2020 Emmys gave host Jimmy Kimmel and presenters an unusual challenge.
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Hints From Heloise: Can lid loose in the trash leads to an ER trip
Reader finds a trick to prevent a repeat.
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Ask Amy: Scorned husband needs a dose of cordial
He wants ex’s new spouse to be excluded from small family gatherings.
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Miss Manners: Why doesn’t my friend like my posts?
Reader agreed to be social media friend but doesn’t get any “likes.”
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Emmys 2020: Regina King, Zendaya, more favorite looks, from virtual red-carpet glam to loungewear
The Emmy Awards looked different due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn't stop stars such as Zendaya, Regina King and more from showing up in style.       
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Emmys 2020’s COVID-era ceremony was a weird delight to watch
Wait — was that a tribute to “Schitt’s Creek” or the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Sunday night’s first-ever virtual Emmys telecast went off with nary a hitch — and was transformed into a celebration of “Schitt’s Creek,” the Canadian-produced Pop TV sitcom that sailed away on an ocean of statuettes across several major categories...
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Actresses America Ferrera, Issa Rae Portray Hollywood as Racist at Emmys: They Said 'Sound More Latina'
Actresses America Ferrera and Issa Rae portrayed the Hollywood television industry as bigoted towards ethnic minorities during the 72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday, calling out industry gatekeepers who demeaned and insulted them at the start of their careers.
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Tyler Perry champions diversity at the Emmys while accepting Governors Award
Mega-producer Tyler Perry had many collaborators to thank while accepting the Governors Award at the 2020 Emmys.
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Emmys 2020: HBO expands its dominance with 30 awards
Prestigious programming led by including "Watchmen" and "Succession" propelled AT&T-owned HBO to a total of 30 trophies.
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CDC says coronavirus spreads mainly in the air, through respiratory aerosols and droplets
In new guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the coronavirus spreads mainly through respiratory aerosols, small particles that apparently can remain suspended in the air and inhaled.
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NFL Week 2 recap, scores and standings
Injuries to star players overshadowed the second Sunday of the NFL season.
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Emmys 2020: From festive pajamas to serious message tees
Laidback luxe and award-show-from-home chic carried the night.
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Anthony Anderson highlights Black Lives Matter in 2020 Emmys speech
Anthony Anderson shared a message in support of Black artists at the 2020 Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
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Seahawks stop Cam Newton at goal line for thrilling win over Patriots
Russell Wilson somehow never has received a single MVP vote during his first seven NFL seasons, but the Seattle quarterback is off to a monster start in 2020. Wilson tossed five touchdown passes – one more than he managed in Week 1 — and the Seahawks held on for a 35-30 victory Sunday night over...
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Russell Wilson, Seahawks hang on to defeat Patriots in nail-biter
Russell Wilson said he had “no doubt” he was the best quarterback in the NFL and on Sunday he might have silenced anyone who dismissed his belief.
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Trump calls California deputies injured in ambush shooting
The two deputies injuring during an ambush shooting in California on Sept. 12, were given a call by President Trump last week as they were recovering from the hospital, according to authorities.
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Twitter's Reaction to Emmys Virtual Audience: Confused, Angry, Bemused, Bored
Twitter on Emmys Audience
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“Very critical” injuries in Sousa Bridge crash, fire department says
Car crashes and burns in SE Washington, according to fire department.
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Tyler Perry celebrates diversity in Governors Award acceptance speech at 2020 Emmys
Entertainment icon Tyler Perry was honored with the annual Governors Award at the virtual 2020 Emmys on Sunday night.
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Emmys: Covid-19 'Test;' Jimmy Kimmel Mocks MAGA Rallies, Cracks Jokes About Russian Interference
The 72nd Emmy Awards embraced a new, virtual format on Sunday as the entertainment industry continues to deal with fallout from the coronavirus. But some things in Hollywood never change.
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Viewers try to access Emmys 2020 afterparty with Jimmy Kimmel’s Zoom ID
Good luck getting in.
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‘Every tool at our disposal’: AOC, Schumer urge ‘unprecedented’ action over Supreme Court
Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined forces in Brooklyn on Sunday to issue a “fervent plea” that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court remain vacant until after the November presidential election. Speaking from the late justice’s alma matter, James Madison High School in Midwood, Ocasio-Cortez said Dems need to use “every...
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Census Could Look 'Manipulated' If Cut Short By Trump Officials, Bureau Warned
Curtailing the time for conducting the census in the middle of a pandemic will lead to "fatal data quality flaws that are unacceptable," Census Bureau career officials warned in an internal document.
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Emmys: Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Anderson Chant Black Lives Matter
The 72nd Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel joined Black-ish star Anthony Anderson in a chant of "Black Lives Matter" during the live broadcast on Sunday, in a skit that saw Anderson lament how the awards show was forced to go virtue, stopping all the black nominees and winners from basking in their victory together. 
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David Letterman re-wears tuxedo -- and recycles jokes -- from 1986 Emmys hosting gig for 2020 show
The former late-night host showed up Sunday evening to announce the award for outstanding variety talk series.
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Ramy Youssef shows person in hazmat suit outside home after Emmys loss: 'When you lose'
Ramy Youssef is taking his Emmy loss in stride.
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Bradley Whitford watches the 2020 Emmys with ‘West Wing’ co-stars
Whitford was shown holding hands with Janel Moloney and Dulé Hill.
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Eli Manning enjoying strange new Giants world
Eli Manning relaxes on Sundays for the first time in 17 years. He watches his former teammates and friends. He tracks how his first fantasy football team is doing. It hasn’t taken long for the 39-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP to move on. It hasn’t taken much time for some of his fans, either. Participating...
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Anthony Davis stands tall under pressure to deliver Game 2 win to Lakers
Coverage of Lakers-Nuggets Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
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‘Succession’ wins in four major categories at Emmys 2020
The family drama clinched the prestigious award for Oustanding Drama Series.
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‘The Energy Is Unbelievable.’ Democrats Say the Supreme Court Vacancy Is a Motivating Force
Lauren Acker stands near the Supreme Court on a crisp September night as thousands of people gather around in tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The perimeter of the Supreme Court lawn is starting to fill up with flowers and signs left by the people who streamed to the vigil the evening after Ginsburg’s death.…
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'Schitt's Creek' star Daniel Levy on the show's historic comedy Emmys sweep: 'It is absolutely incredible'
"Schitt's Creek" made history on Sunday night at the Emmy Awards by becoming the first series to sweep all of the major comedy awards in a single evening.
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Son nets 4 as Spurs triumph; Mane double in Liverpool win
No fans but no shortage of goals.
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The first ever virtual Emmys were the perfect awards for our times
"Schitt's Creek" set Emmy records, while "Watchmen" and "Succession" helped lead HBO to a dominant night in a surreal evening that demonstrated how to pull off an awards show during a pandemic.
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'I deserved it': Djokovic gets obscenity warning in SF win
Novak Djokovic knows it isn’t model behavior when he loses his cool on the tennis court.
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Woman suspected of sending ricin to White House arrested near Canada border
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