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Member of January 6th committee says if subpoenaed Trump loyalists don't testify, committee prepared to involve DOJ

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California and member of the January 6th committee, tells CNN's Pamela Brown that if the four subpoenaed Trump loyalists refuse to testify, the committee is prepared to involve the Department of Justice.
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Saudi Arabia to launch enormous oil themed 'extreme park'
The Middle Eastern country has announced plans to convert an oil rig into a 150,000 square attraction located in the Arabian Gulf.
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West Virginia's reliance on coal is getting more expensive, and Joe Manchin's constituents are footing the bill
During the winter months in West Virginia, Felisha Chase pays more for her electricity than she does for her home.
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‘We were ready to kill the show’: How Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’ made it to TV
In a new oral history about the "Real Housewives," Andy Cohen says he "couldn’t believe how sexy and Californian everybody seemed, how big their boobs were," when he first saw the sizzle reel.
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Kathy Griffin Brands Woody Allen 'Creepy' for Defending Bill Cosby
Comedian Kathy Griffin slammed filmmaker Woody Allen as she spoke about her encounter with him at a dinner party.
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FIFA 'deeply concerned' at social media footage of DR Congo Under-20 women's national team
Football's world governing body FIFA says it's "deeply concerned" at images that have recently emerged on social media of the Congolese Under-20 women's national team.
For Onboarding Hires These Days, How a New Job Starts Might Be Why It Ends
Conveying a company’s culture is always hard, and often in-office interactions offer cues that no handbook can capture
Chicago police report 21 shootings, 4 murders over weekend with wounded victims as young as 11
There were 21 shootings, including one involving an 11-year-old boy, and four murders reported over the weekend in Chicago, police said Monday.
Strike in Haiti over crime shuts down country amid search for missionaries
A protest strike shuttered businesses, schools and public transportation in a new blow to Haiti's anemic economy, and unions and other groups vowed to continue the shutdown Tuesday in anger over worsening crime as authorities try to rescue 17 kidnapped members of a U.S.-based missionary group.
Are you ready for some volleyball? A new women's pro league hopes the answer is yes
"We have 400 girls that have to go abroad" if they want to play pro volleyball, the CEO of a fledgling women's league says. She's trying to fix that problem, starting with youth clubs.
NFL Week 7 power rankings: Packers are No. 1 after Bills’ slip-up
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The UK will give homeowners $7,000 to buy heat pumps. But what are they?
Heat pumps literally take heat from one place and pump it to another. They typically extract heat from the air or the ground, and they work like a refrigerator, but in reverse. Here's what else to know.
Nikki Sixx dives into dysfunctional childhood in new book: 'I chose (my family) over addiction'
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx talks new memoir, "The First 21," which details his dysfunctional upbringing on the way to becoming a rock star.
Clippers 2021-22 schedule and roster
A look at the Clippers' 2021-22 season schedule by month and the team's roster.
Economy Has Plenty of Offramps Before Stagflation City
Inflation is accelerating faster than real growth, but that’s not unusual historically, and it doesn’t necessarily mean the trend will continue.
This group is trying to save their neighbors from eviction before it's too late
A group of Detroit nonprofits are taking it to the streets, going door-to-door and working with local businesses, to help tenants avoid eviction.
How to store ‘garage’ items without a garage
Organizing tips for tools, sports equipment and camping gear.
This has been a big year for laptops. Ask yourself these questions before you upgrade.
There’s never been a better time to be searching for a new computer.
RNC Chairwoman McDaniel: Americans deserve answers about Hunter Biden
Just how deep do Hunter’s schemes go, and how much did Joe Biden know about them? We need an independent, transparent investigation to ascertain the truth.
Seville to become world’s first city to name heat waves
The initiative in Spain will test whether naming and categorizing heat waves can raise awareness and save lives.
Loudon County Fiasco Illustrates the Folly of War on School Board Critics | Opinion
But what really happened in Loudoun County? The truth about the incident undermines Garland's effort to criminalize legitimate public protests.
When Fakeness Is a Good Thing
Arguably, no mode of writing has influenced the past decade of novels more than autofiction, a catchall term for books that call themselves fiction while claiming to be rooted, in some way, in their authors’ real lives. Amid this boom, critics and readers alike have shown a certain anxiety over how based in fact a novel can be—and how anyone might know, given that no autofiction writer purports to be telling the complete, unadulterated truth. Is reality identifiable on the page? Is it ferret-out-able? Is it relevant? As narratives professing to be true-ish gain in popularity, critics seem sometimes inclined to either deride their gestures at veracity or declare them all basically fake. One cynical interpretation of either impulse would be to say that, in a social-media-addled culture, everyone is comfortable assuming falsity. Another would be to see readers as a cranky panel of judges demanding sworn testimony every time they crack a book claiming to hold some similarity to the writer’s life. A more forgiving analysis, though, is that many fiction lovers remain attached to the idea of writers inventing stories, and feel anxious about reading novels full of not only emotional but literal truth. Some of us, in short, like fakeness. I know I do.Two new novels, Joshua Ferris’s A Calling for Charlie Barnes and Claire Vaye Watkins’s I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness, react to this anxiety by flaunting both their fakeness and their debt to autofiction, if not to reality. Watkins loans her name and biography to her protagonist, though the details of their lives seem to differ. Ferris, meanwhile, names his main character after Hemingway’s Jake Barnes; the character’s father is inspired by Ferris’s own father, who died from cancer in 2014, but the connection between novel and writer can seem loose. As their naming choices indicate, the two authors approach autofiction differently: Watkins riffs lovingly on it while Ferris both mimics and critiques it. But both works suggest that, valuable though truth telling may be, invention and fakery are necessary sources of possibility and relief in relentlessly difficult moments. Reading these two books side by side shows that autofiction, as much as any other mode of writing, can be escapist.[Read: The surprising value of a wandering mind]A Calling for Charlie Barnes often reads like a wild search for hope in the face of bleak reality. It opens with Jake’s father, Charlie, a serial self-reinventor still aiming to hit it big, awaiting a doctor’s call: He’s about to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which he expects will be terminal. When Jake, a successful novelist living on the East Coast, hears the news, he speeds home to the Chicago suburbs to care for his dad—and, soon enough, to write about him. Charlie signs off on the latter, but with a constraint: He asks Jake to write a “factual account,” adding, “You’d do me an honor if you just told the truth.” Jake tries, but he chafes at the confines of truth. Usually, he gripes, he’s “free to move a character around at will, to swap the cat in the window for a dog at his feet”—he can do anything he likes. Limited by his promise to “tell it straight this time,” though, Jake feels he has no relief from Charlie’s illness and looming death.Of course, no novel can save anyone from terminal cancer, or from the pressures of caring for a sick parent. Whatever life-giving properties fiction may have are psychological. (Perhaps this is why Charlie, who gives no sign of caring about mental health, informs his son that “make-believe” is “a very silly occupation for a grown man.”) Still, Jake clearly needs a respite from the dark experience of living with his dying father—and, as many writers might, he needs fiction to be that respite. Before the novel is over, he cracks, abandoning fact for an explosion of metafictional possibilities. At this point, the plot more or less becomes nonsensical: I cannot in good conscience recommend the final act of this book. But Ferris’s central idea—that fiction offers the fantasy of escape from mortality—remains both convincing and clear. It’s hard not to sympathize when Jake, hating his efforts at autofiction, starts yearning for “new adventures, happy ends.” Who doesn’t want to pretend death isn’t coming for us all?[Read: An emotional framework for understanding the end of the pandemic]The promise of immortality—setting aside cryogenic freezing for billionaires, I guess—is peak fakery. Death is, as Jake puts it, the “harsh truth” of all life. Even so, many of us could use breaks from acknowledging it. Every day, my fiancé and I tell our dog how glad we are that she’s immortal. We make up Wishbone-style tales about her eternal life. We are, usually, rational adults; we’re aware that our little mutt never lived with Diogenes in his barrel or stole Marie Antoinette’s cake. But we have fun claiming that she did—and we welcome the vacation from knowing better. A Calling for Charlie Barnes is an ode to precisely this sort of emotional breather. Charlie may consider “make-believe” childish, but to Jake (and, I would wager, to Ferris himself), nothing could be further from the truth. Being an adult means understanding, likely from experience, the awfulness of death and grief. Nobody needs to carry the weight of that understanding nonstop. Jake Barnes tries. It doesn’t go well.If Ferris’s novel dramatizes the urge to look away from reality, Watkins’s explores an altogether more drastic impulse: to break from the confines of one’s life altogether. I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness is a fake-it-’til-you-make-it book, emphasis on fake. At its start, its protagonist, Claire, is feeling very confined indeed. She’s suffering from postpartum depression; she’s grieving for her father, who died of cancer when she was a child, and her mother, who overdosed when Claire was a young woman; she hates her tenure-track job in Ann Arbor; her marriage is collapsing; she might be in love with an elusive van-life bro who lives halfway across the country—oh, and she’s convinced that her vagina has teeth. At first, the teeth upset her, but before long she comes to see them as a “secret companion” in her loneliness: “I loved the teeth,” Watkins writes, “and was unafraid of that love.” Smartly, Watkins introduces them early in the novel, before readers can settle too cozily into thinking Watkins and Claire are one and the same. (They could be, of course; far be it from me to make assumptions about another woman’s teeth.) The vagina dentate serves as a warning. No matter how much the fictional Claire may seem like the real Watkins, readers can’t just decide the two are the same.Watkins doesn’t create this sort of implied division between her protagonist’s parents and her own. If anything, she reverses course. Both character and creator are the eldest daughter of Martha and Paul Watkins, the latter of whom was once one of the cult leader Charles Manson’s right-hand men. Letters from Martha—which Watkins has told interviewers are real—function as primary sources of a sort; Watkins also includes real excerpts from her father’s 1979 memoir, My Life With Charles Manson. These additions give Claire’s parents an aura of reality, just as the teeth give Claire an aura of made-up-ness. Adding to this effect, Watkins gives Paul and Martha linear, heavily foreshadowed narratives that work in stark contrast to the chaotic one she constructs for her protagonist. Claire is terrified of becoming her mother, who spent much of her life battling addiction; she also cannot stand the stifling conventionality of marriage and professorhood. Unable to visualize an alternate life, she flees to the Mojave Desert, determined to find one for herself.As with the teeth, whether Claire’s trajectory is invented or not isn’t especially relevant. Watkins underscores the truthfulness of her protagonist’s past, of which she writes, early in the book, “You must remember that this was real,” but such reminders do not appear in the novel’s present day, once Claire leaves Michigan. Watkins seems to use Claire’s flight westward to dramatize fiction’s improvisatory potential: Her novel becomes structurally looser and shaggier with every chapter. As Claire shakes herself free from the narratives she already knows, she realizes that her life can take any shape she likes, or no known shape at all.Watkins’s freewheeling excavation of her family’s story may be frustrating to readers seeking more allegiance to reality: So many of us feel irreversibly beholden to loved ones, history, or convention. But I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness, like A Calling for Charlie Barnes, is not slickly false. Both are messy, bighearted books that prioritize emotional searching. Jake dreams of fiction as a deathless space, one where he and his dad can briefly escape the inescapable. Ferris comes close to allowing him that dream. Watkins’s Claire, haunted by memories of her parents, knows better than to imagine dodging death, but she, even more than Jake, is an escape artist, constantly wriggling from the clutches of life as she knows it. Perhaps together these two characters are—or prefigure—the future of autofiction: characters fleeing the worst and least-escapable parts of their writers’ own lives. What other kind of fiction could be better equipped for this task?
97-year-old actor: ‘I enjoy working with other people, particularly young — well, in my case, they’re all younger than I am’
Mike Nussbaum’s long career has included film, television and working with David Mamet on stage.
Elijah McClain's family reaches settlement with city of Aurora
The attorney for Sheneen McClain confirmed they reached an unspecified settlement, "resolving all claims raised in her federal civil rights lawsuit."
Man falls to death after dangling from hot air balloon in Israel
A man dangling from the basket of a hot air balloon fell to his death onto a road in Israel on Tuesday, police said.
Man falls to death after dangling from hot air balloon
A man dangling from the basket of a hot air balloon fell to his death onto a road in Israel on Tuesday, police said.
Corgi race fails spectacularly
Corgis might not be the brightest bunch — but they sure are hilarious. Watch as dozens of corgis attempt to run a race during a meet-up for the short-legged dog breed on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The viral video was filmed by Ashley Langford, owner of a 6-month-old corgi named Cheddar.
Real-life 'Speed' as Man Driving Truck Says If He Stops It Will Explode
Speeds never exceeded 10 mph, police said, in the nearly hour-long pursuit.
Gemma Chan's 'epic' love story in 'The Eternals'
At the Los Angeles premiere of the new superhero film "The Eternals," star Gemma Chan discusses her character's very long-lasting relationship and being called back into Marvel's fold. (Oct. 19)
Hochul leads Cuomo, James, Williams, de Blasio in potential primary for governor
Gov. Kathy Hochul would handily win a hypothetical Democratic primary for governor that includes Andrew Cuomo, Letitia James, Jumaane Williams and Bill de Blasio, according to a new poll.
What we know about coach Nick Rolovich's firing, contract status and future of team at Washington State
WSU football team faces unprecedented situation after midseason firing of five coaches, including Nick Rolovich, who refused to get COVID-19 vaccine.
Mother Bear and Cubs Found Under Decking in Trashed Minnesota Yard
A conservation officer managed to coax the bears out with a stick.
Colin Powell's death does not mean vaccines don't work
Makayla Noble Update As Almost $180,000 Raised for Paralyzed Texas Cheerleader
The teenager's family said she had an "amazing day" as she recovers from a spinal injury she sustained in September.
NBA predictions: Lakers lose to Nets in Finals; Durant wins MVP with no votes for LeBron
In a poll of 17 NBA writers and editors from throughout the USA TODAY Network, the Nets, Lakers and Bucks got the votes to win NBA title.
ShowBiz Minute: Disney, Jane Fonda, Kanye West
Disney delays 'Indiana Jones 5,' 'Black Panther 2' releases; Jane Fonda calls for end to offshore oil drilling; Rapper formerly known as Kanye West is now just Ye. (19 Oct.)
Norway attack victims were killed by stabbings, not arrows, police say
The five victims of last week's attack in Norway were all stabbed to death, rather than killed by bow-and-arrow as previously thought, police said Monday.
Norway attack victims were killed by stabbings, not arrows
The five victims of last week's attack in Norway were all stabbed to death, rather than killed by bow-and-arrow as previously thought, police said Monday.
China Ramps up Coal Production to Highest Level This Year to Avert Energy Crisis
China's months-long energy crisis could last until next spring, but the government says it has boosted production to meet the shortage of supply.
'A dangerous time': Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides
Portland, Oregon, has had 67 homicides so far this year, surpassing its previous record of 66 set in 1987
Christian Manley, Capitol Rioter Caught on Video Pepper Spraying Police, Arrested
Video footage also showed Manley allegedly throwing a metal rod at police officers during the riot.
Week 7 NFL power rankings: Unbeaten Cardinals remain No. 1, Ravens crack top five
The first four teams, including No. 1 Arizona Cardinals, remain unchanged after posting Week 6 wins. But Baltimore Ravens stake claim as AFC's top squad.
NFL power rankings after Week 6
Here is how the 32 NFL teams stand after Week 6 of the 2021 season.
Brian Laundrie’s former co-worker remembers him as ‘chameleon’ and ‘weirdo’ who sometimes lost temper
Brian Laundrie had the personality of a “chameleon” who sometimes lost his temper and always had clean hands despite working with plants and soil, according to a former co-worker.
Bratz Slammed for Recreating Controversial Megan Fox Movie Scene
The doll brand recreated a scene in cult classic "Jennifer's Body" where Fox's character burns her tongue with a lighter.
Why Juan Soto, a son of the Dominican Republic, gave back to his home country’s Olympians
Soto chose to sponsor a mix of baseball players, boxers and track athletes with his shares from the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby in Denver.
The Threat, in Perspective
Colin Powell’s death highlights the continuing Covid risks to older people with medical conditions.
Colombia responsible for rape and torture of journalist, court rules
Colombia "fully accepts the decision," President Ivan Duque tweeted.
How to Be Prepared for the Next Pandemic | Opinion
The coronavirus pandemic was unavoidable, but did it need to be as bad as it was?