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Melissa Rivers on the death of the red carpet: ‘It’s been on life support’
"With virtual, you’re not gonna have any mishaps, any malfunctions ... Which sadly takes a lot of the fun out of it," she told us.
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NY Democratic Officials Call for Cuomo's Resignation Following 2nd Sexual Harassment Allegation
At least two Democratic members of New York's state legislature urged the governor to resign on Saturday, while others insisted that an independent investigation investigate his alleged conduct.
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Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings
The astronauts replaced wings on the port side of the station where the oldest and most degraded solar wings are located.
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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. continue to let the sunshine in!
Two of The 5th Dimension's founding members, whose music brought joyful harmonies to the tumultuous '60s and '70s, will soon release their first studio album in three decades, "Blackbird," featuring classic Beatles love songs.
Masters futures: Is betting on Tony Finau a good play?
Is it really true nobody remembers who finished second? The reality is it’s sometimes tough to forget, especially for those who bet on golf and have a twisted affinity for Tony Finau. A case can be made that Finau is currently the best player on the PGA Tour who’s never won a major. He’s just...
How to Watch Donald Trump’s CPAC 2021 Speech
Trump will deliver his first public address since leaving office at CPAC this afternoon.
Sen. Scott says he will support incumbent GOP senators over Trump-backed primary challengers
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fl., chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told "Fox News Sunday" that he will support any incumbent Republican senator against primary challengers, even if that challenge is supported by former President Donald Trump.
Biden’s Middle East policy is one-and-a-half steps forward, but not enough
The moves the new administration is making are an improvement. More is needed.
Nick Jonas jokes with brother Kevin about Jonas Brothers’ future on ‘SNL’
Nick Jonas' "SNL" hosting debut turned into something of a family affair.
Donald Trump at CPAC: Ex-president expected to declare himself leader of Republican Party
Trump is not expected to declare a 2024 presidential candidacy - he is likely to discuss plans for the 2022 congressional elections.
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. continue to let the sunshine in!
Correspondent Nancy Giles goes up, up and away with two of The 5th Dimension’s founding members, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., whose music brought joyful harmonies to the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s, and who will soon release their first studio album in nearly three decades, “Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons,” featuring classic Beatles love songs.
As one Virginia school district prepares to reopen, educators and families balance Covid precautions and normal instruction
Rose Moore stands in front of a classroom, training a teacher about technology and safety for in-person learning.
Best friends
When Brian Meyers adopted Sadie, a German Shepherd, from Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in New Jersey, he may have thought he was rescuing her. But Sadie rescued Brian instead. Correspondent Steve Hartman reports.
What we know: Tiger 'recovering' as golfers plan to wear red on Sunday in honor of legend
As Tiger Woods continues his recovery from a crash last Tuesday near Los Angeles, golfers on the PGA and LPGA will be honoring the legend on Sunday.
Ex-CIA director urges Biden to hold MBS ‘accountable’ in Khashoggi’s death
​Former CIA Director John Brennan called for President Biden to ban Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman from the US following the release of an intelligence report last week that blamed the Saudi royal ruler for the death of ​dissident ​Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded that the...
Dr. Fauci on US case count: This is what history tells us
Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned against relaxing pandemic restrictions throughout the US even though Covid-19 cases have plateaued, citing how premature relaxations of restrictions can lead to new spikes in cases.
Today in History for February 28th
Highlights of this day in history: Scientists discover DNA's double-helix structure; The Branch Davidian standoff begins in Waco, Texas; Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is killed; U2 releases its 'War' album. (Feb. 28)
Wally Triplett, the first Black draftee to play in the NFL, and a letter that changed everything
When Miami rescinded a scholarship offer after learning Wally Triplett was Black, he kept that letter to remind him what people said he couldn't do.
Australia to take 12,000 refugees
Australia will take an extra 12,000 migrants fleeing conflict in the Middle East, and join coalition airstrikes against Syria, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
Police hunt cricket star for child maid abuse
Police in Bangladesh are hunting for an international cricketer and his wife in connection with the alleged abuse of their 11-year-old domestic helper.
North and S. Korea agree to family reunions
Members of families split by war then division in North and South Korea will be reunited in a brief series of meeting next month, the first since last year.
Japan lifts evacuation of Fukushima town
For the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, residents of a certain town can return full-time if they wish.
30 hospitalized in school gas incident
Mysterious gas at an Afghan girls' school sent 30 people to the hospital Saturday in the fourth such incident in the area in a week.
Blue sky vanishes after Beijing's big parade
A day after China's massive military parade, skies immediately turned from crystal blue to polluted gray.
What's behind Malaysia's '1MDB' scandal?
What is at the heart of the financial scandal currently embroiling Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Rezak?
Woolly sheep doesn't look like this now
An Australian champion shearer has set a new record after clipping a sheep that had become so overgrown its life was endangered.
China parades missile advances
The weaponry that wound its way through Beijing Thursday as part of a massive military parade underscores the rapid development of China's defense industry.
New N. Korea: Short skirts, synthesizers?
It is believed that Kim himself formed the North Korea girl band, Moranbong, in 2012 as a symbol of his country's turn to modernity.
Why Cumberbatch is 'monstrously uncomfortable'
When Benedict Cumberbatch's baby boy was born in June, the newborn immediately became a global obsession.
Bangkok suspect carrying bomb formula
Thai police have said a second suspect arrested in connection with last month's deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine was carrying a formula for making explosives.
China flexes muscles with military parade
Some 12,000 troops began marching through the Chinese capital Thursday morning with fighter jets set to fly overhead as China put on a massive military parade.
The enduring popularity of artist Bob Ross
In the 1980s and ‘90s Bob Ross hosted the public television series “The Joy of Painting,” until his death in 1995 at age 52. But ever since, the artist’s instructions in how to paint “happy little trees” have only grown more popular. Correspondent Lee Cowan looks back at the canvas of Ross’ career and the big picture of his life lessons.
Newt Gingrich: Defeating polio and coronavirus – this is how we kill viruses
For many Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has resurfaced fears we faced in decades past. Not long ago, parents across the nation were terrified of the possibility that their children could contract the polio virus.
R. Kelly reportedly got COVID-19 vaccine while awaiting child sex charges
R. Kelly has reportedly received both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine while being held in an Illinois lockup on serious child sex charges. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer — who repeatedly tried to get released from custody because of the dangers of the pandemic — is one of more than 60 inmates at...
Five things to watch as MLB spring training games begin in Arizona, Florida
MLB's spring training schedule begins Sunday and while it's silly to read into exhibition results, there's plenty to keep an eye on around baseball.
Start your week smart: Stimulus bill, coronavirus, QAnon, school raid, Ebola
Here's what you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.
LeVar Burton on the good that television can do
The actor who starred in "Roots" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and hosted PBS' literacy series "Reading Rainbow," says television can be used as a ministry, to both enlighten and entertain.
Sunday Profile: LeVar Burton
When LeVar Burton switched his career ambitions from the seminary to the stage, his first audition was for the TV miniseries “Roots,” which brought him instant fame as the enslaved Kunta Kinte. Since then the actor became renowned for his role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and as host of the PBS literacy series “Reading Rainbow.” Correspondent Mo Rocca talks with Burton about the broad sweep of his career, including his podcast, “LeVar Burton Reads.”
UFC Fight Night 186 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: 2021 total breaks $1 million
UFC Fight Night 186 fighters took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay, a program that launched after the UFC's deal with Reebok.       Related StoriesCiryl Gane responds to Dana White's underwhelming response to UFC Fight Night 186 winJon Jones not impressed by Ciryl Gane-Jairzinho Rozenstruik fight at UFC Fight Night 186Jon Jones not impressed by Ciryl Gane-Jairzinho Rozenstruik fight at UFC Fight Night 186 - Enclosure
The enduring popularity of artist Bob Ross
More than a quarter-century after his death, we look back at the career of the artist who instructed us how to paint "happy little trees," and at the big picture of his life lessons.
Dems will look for ‘indirect ways’ to boost minimum wage: Sen. Mazie Hirono
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, appeared on ABC's "This Week."
The Book Report: New fiction and nonfiction
Washington Post book critic Ron Charles checks out some of the latest titles to recommend, including "Klara and the Sun" by Nobel Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro, and "Under a White Sky" by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Charged With Conspiring to Commit Subversion
China's continued crackdown on opposition voices comes just weeks after Beijing warned President Joe Biden's administration not to interfere in Hong Kong.
Wide Open Spaces. Very Different Characters.
Anne Rearick / Agence vu / ReduxA gentleman comes from the East Coast to make his fortune. When the train lets him off in a dusty Wyoming town, he encounters an array of cowpunchers, card sharps, and ne’er-do-wells, whose coarse manners shock and intrigue him. At the saloon, he’s treated to their opinions on the local women, as well as one man’s boast that he never forgets a face—so long as that face is white. A game of cards nearly turns into a shootout when one man calls the newcomer a “son-of-a—,” causing him to lay his pistol on the table and utter what will become the story’s catchphrase: “When you call me that, smile.”So begins Owen Wister’s The Virginian, considered by some to be the first Western novel. Published in 1902, it became a mega–best seller, made Wister rich, and helped popularize an international genre of literature and film. The Virginian doesn’t get a lot of attention anymore, but its basic tropes are still what many readers think of when they picture a Western: a bunch of white men shooting at one another, or at Indigenous people, who enter the story as faceless antagonists if they enter it at all.But the past several years have seen the rise of a different kind of Western novel. The genre has been evolving for some time, with TV shows like Deadwood and films like No Country for Old Men and Hell or High Water offering a twist on the usual formula. And recently, a number of authors have upended it further, in the process sweeping away some of its most calcified myths.[Read: Americans are living in an alternate history]The protagonist of Hernán Diaz’s 2017 novel, In the Distance, for example, takes the opposite of a traditional hero’s journey; instead of trying to conquer Western land, he seeks to disappear into it. In Téa Obreht’s 2019, Inland, cowboys and outlaws are replaced by a camel driver, an exasperated mother, and visitors from the afterlife. And in How Much of These Hills Is Gold, C Pam Zhang’s 2020 debut novel, a Chinese American prospector’s daughter forges her own path across California after her family is kicked off their claim.These novels preserve some aspects of the old Westerns: the parched vistas, the isolation, the high-stakes emotion of characters running afoul of the law. But they also call into question the genre’s basic premise: the idea of the frontier as a place to be mastered and overcome. Instead, the Western becomes a way of thinking about humans’ relationship to land, the past, and the idea of home.Anne Rearick / Agence vu / Redux“If the Western is the expansion of America, I wanted to question who or what is American,” Zhang told me in an email. “If the Western is about nostalgia, I wanted to complicate that nostalgia through immigrant characters who simultaneously feel the tug of inherited nostalgia for another land.”Indeed, the protagonists of recent revisionist Westerns are tugged not merely West to make their fortunes, but in more complex directions. In Diaz’s In the Distance, for example, a Swedish boy named Håkan tries to sail to New York with his brother, but gets on the wrong boat and ends up alone in San Francisco. His search for his brother leads him to travel against the flow of settlers; as Lawrence Downes wrote at The New York Times in 2018, he instead goes “west to east, around in circles, down into the earth, and north to Alaska.”Håkan becomes an outlaw, but is the most unwilling of gunslingers; after he slaughters a band of thieves for assaulting the woman he loves, he is so consumed with shame that he lives largely as a hermit for decades, digging a warren of subterranean caves and sheltering inside them. Dressed in rags and eating only what he can trap or gather, he is completely absorbed by the work of maintaining his underground burrow. “He seldom considered his body or his circumstances—or anything else, for that matter,” Diaz writes. “The business of being took up all of his time.” Rather than conquering the West, in other words, Håkan becomes a part of it.Téa Obreht’s Inland, too, offers a twist on the hero quest. Instead of a horse, Lurie Mattie rides a camel, his travels across the West inspired by the real-life United States Camel Corps. Like Håkan, Lurie is an immigrant; he arrived in the U.S. as a child from the Ottoman Empire. Unlike Håkan, he has an unusual gift, or curse: He can feel the desires of the dead. Obreht’s other protagonist, Nora, is an Arizona homesteader who is haunted, too—by the memory of Evelyn, her dead daughter, who still speaks to her. By the time Nora’s story intersects with Lurie’s, readers sense that neither will attain the standard Western hero’s goal of laying claim to the land.[Read: Life on the road is more than inspiration for your novel]But when Nora opens Lurie’s canteen and gains, for a moment, some of his supernatural power, she’s able to see a different future for herself. “This is the place,” Obreht writes, “until it isn’t; her house—until it isn’t; no water and therefore no house, no paper, no town at all, one way or the other, no matter what; but then some other town, some other house, some house elsewhere, some new house in Wyoming; and Evelyn there—Evelyn with her in the new house, after all.” Ultimately, Nora’s and Lurie’s stories both raise the possibility of a home in the West—in the world—defined not by treaties or conquest or lines on a map but by the presence of loved ones, living or dead.The characters in Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold are also forced to consider how to put down roots when owning land isn’t an option. The story follows Lucy and her sibling, Sam, who must make their way in Gold Rush–era California after the death of their parents and the cancellation of the family’s claim. The latter occurs thanks to a racist law intended to target their Chinese American family: “The law strips all rights to gold and land from any man not born in this territory.”The siblings take divergent paths through their grief and dispossession into adulthood. But when they reunite, they must make a decision about where their future lies. As Lucy makes that decision, she thinks back to her childhood environs, her memories inextricably tied up with love, family, and loss: Maybe if you only went far enough, waited long enough, held enough sadness pooled in your veins, soon you might come upon a path you knew, the shapes of rocks would look like familiar faces, the trees would greet you, buds and birdsong lilting up, and because this land had gouged in you an animal’s kind of claiming, senseless to words and laws ... then, if you ran, you might hear on the wind, or welling up in your own parched mouth, something like and unlike an echo, coming from before or behind, the sound of a voice you’ve always known calling your name. While the old Westerns were about claiming land, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is about being “claimed by it,” about how landscape and history combine to shape a human life.Anne rearick / Agence Vu / ReduxDiaz, Obreht, and Zhang all propose different kinds of relationships with land and place than those offered in conventional Westerns. And such relationships are sorely needed as America begins to reckon with its colonialist past and present. “Many more of us should question who has rights to a place, and whose rights were stolen in the process,” Zhang told me. “Not necessarily in an antagonistic way, but in an empathetic way that is informed by the tangled, bloodied history of exploitation and violence that has led us up to this point.”Throughout her novel, Zhang is clear about whose rights were stolen in the California hills—not just Lucy and Sam’s, but also those of the Indigenous people who lived there before the prospectors arrived. In old Westerns, by contrast, Indigenous people either don’t appear at all or are presented as obstacles keeping white people from what should belong to them. In John Wayne movies, for example, “we oftentimes see the hero celebrated for killing people who look like me,” Joshua Nelson, the chair of the University of Oklahoma’s Film and Media Studies Department and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, told me.Perhaps for that reason, Indigenous writers and filmmakers have not always been interested in revisiting the tropes of the Western, Nelson said. “The Western has never been very much about American Indian people,” he explained. “So, by and large, Indigenous folks have instead wanted to tell stories that were about them.”Many of these stories, though they may not have the hallmarks of the revisionist Western, deal with issues of land and sovereignty in their own ways, Nelson said, citing works by Louise Erdrich and other Indigenous writers and filmmakers such as Jeff Barnaby and Sterlin Harjo. Erdrich’s The Round House, for example, is about an Ojibwe woman who has been sexually assaulted near the border of reservation and United States land, calling into question which courts have jurisdiction over the case. The story follows her son, Joe, as he investigates the crime himself, coming to a greater understanding of trauma, law, and justice in the process.Stories such as this, by Indigenous creators, and neo-Westerns such as those by Zhang, Diaz, and Obreht are coming to the fore at a time of greater cultural attention to the many histories that have been papered over to make the myth of America. It’s also a time when the land of the West is deeply at risk from climate change. “Wildfires raged through California while I wrote and edited and put out my novel,” Zhang told me. And it’s a time when authors continue to experiment with genre and play with time, in alternate histories like The Underground Railroad or fantasies like The City We Became.When The Virginian came out, and for decades after, “the frontier” was a site of fantasy for many white readers. “Practically every American male has at one time or another thought of himself as a cowboy or rancher,” the novelist (and rancher) Struthers Burt wrote in his 1951 introduction to the text. But today, the so-called frontier can be a site of reimagining—of how to live on land without possessing it, how to make a home without stealing someone else’s, and how to tell the story of the past in a way that informs the future. “To me, the true DNA of the Western is nostalgia,” Zhang said. “Westerns exist at the trembling edge between one world and another.”To be sure, How Much of These Hills Is Gold and novels like it look to the past for inspiration. But they also look outward, inviting readers not simply to imagine themselves as “a cowboy or rancher,” but to envision other lives, other journeys, and, perhaps, other worlds.
Andrew Yang Calls Rise in Anti-Asian Violence 'Painful' as New Yorkers Rally Around Community
Hundreds of New Yorkers came together for a rally in support of Asian community members amid a spike in hate crimes.
Trump to call for GOP unity in CPAC speech: ‘We will not be dividing our power’
Former President Donald Trump, in his first public address since departing the White House in January, will call on Republicans gathered at a conservative conference in Florida Sunday to unite for the party.
Ben Sasse Says Nebraska Is 'a Lot Trumpier Than I Am,' Hit by State GOP Rebuke
"There are a lot of really good people involved in party activism. But I don't think they're at all representative of regular Nebraskans," the Republican senator said.
Same Gun Used in Failed Plot to Kill Hypnotist Tied to 2012 Murder of British Family
Stefan Wermuth via ReutersIt has been nearly a decade since the bullet-ridden bodies of a British-Iraqi family and a French cyclist were found on a deserted road in the French alps on September 5, 2012. Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife, Iqbal, 47, and her mother, Suhaila Al-Allaf, 74, were found dead in their idling burgundy BMW. The lifeless body of Sylvain Mollier, 45, a French bicyclist, was near the car. Zainab, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, was found outside the car, pistol whipped with a gunshot would to her shoulder and her 4-year-old sister Zeena was hiding under her mother’s corpse in the back seat.More than 800 witnesses in France, England, Italy, Switzerland and Iraq have been heard in the dead-end investigation, that has been rife with conspiracy theories, ranging from reports that the patriarch, Saad Al-Hilli was a money runner for Saddam Hussein’s millions thanks to rumors of secret bank accounts and a family feud, to suppositions that it was an ambush of a secret meeting between Mollier and Al-Hilli. In 2013, Al-Hilli’s older brother was accused of ordering a hit on his brother but later released due to lack of evidence of any hitmen.Blood-splatter evidence painted an unsolvable mystery. The Al-Hilli patriarch was shot dead inside the locked car, but had the cyclist’s blood on his clothing. The 7-year-old found outside the vehicle had the cyclist’s blood on her feet.Read more at The Daily Beast.