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Microsoft wades into Facebook news fight by siding with European publishers

Microsoft is joining forces with publishers in Europe to call for an Australia-style system that would force tech platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay news organizations for content.
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How Joe Biden's Stimulus Deal Compares With Donald Trump's First on 5 Key Issues
The Senate has cleared President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID bill, titled the American Rescue Plan, almost a year after the $2 trillion CARES Act was signed into law.
D.C.-area forecast: Chill continues today, with springlike warmth by midweek
Another chilly day today but with less wind. And then the warm-up begins, with highs in the 60s to near 70 by midweek.
The business winners in Biden’s relief package: Restaurants, concert venues and airplane manufacturers
The $1.9 trillion package includes billions in relief for hard-hit industries, though many corporate interests asking for aid got snubbed.
Jackson, Mississippi, officials report progress in restoring water after last month's powerful storm
After more than two weeks without a drop of water, one Jackson, Mississippi, restaurant is finally back open for business.
Louis Farrakhan vaccine claims posted to Twitter, Facebook despite misinformation policies
Big Tech has been allowing Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to share allegedly false claims about coronavirus vaccines despite their policies against coronavirus misinformation.
How Mads Mikkelsen Pulled Off the Most Spectacular Movie Scene of the Year in ‘Another Round’
Samuel Goldwyn FilmsRemember dancing? What so many of us wouldn’t give for that confused jumble of joy, freedom, and insouciance. The closest approximation of that rapturous feeling, for me, came during the finale of Another Round, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s tribute to alcohol and embracing the wonders of life.The premise is a cartoonish one: in the throes of a midlife crisis, high school history teacher Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) becomes fascinated by the work of Norwegian psychologist Finn Skårderud, who controversially claimed that humans are born with a blood-alcohol level 0.05 percent too low, and thus should maintain a steady buzz in order to achieve peak performance. So, Martin recruits three of his colleague-pals to help put this theory to the test. They begin day-drinking, and while the results are promising at first—Martin seemingly regains his joie de vivre, and makes love to his wife for the first time in ages—things soon spiral out of control.“That’s why the entire film took place in the school—we would be constantly reminded of the immortality right in front of us that we didn’t have anymore. It was gone. It had left us, and we were constantly being reminded of it by these kids,” explains Mikkelsen. “It’s a beautiful circle. He just wants five more minutes of being young. That’s what he’s asking for.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
As Americans Watch Megan Markle's Oprah Interview, British TV to Air Queen's Message
Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton will also feature in the U.K. show to be broadcast just hours before Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The City Filled With Homeless Dogs Fighting to Survive
Magnolia Pictures“You are on your own. Nothing happens to men like us because we live from day to day,” states a Chechen immigrant to homeless Syrian kids in Istanbul in Stray. Rootless, nomadic hand-to-mouth existences are at the center of director/producer/editor/cinematographer Elizabeth Lo’s documentary, but humans are merely the peripheral players in this stunning non-fiction inquiry, which truly trains its gaze on some of the myriad canines that roam the city’s streets. A spiritual companion piece to Ceyda Torun’s 2016 Kedi (which concerned the legions of cats inhabiting this same metropolis), Lo’s film reveals the secret life of dogs. In doing so, she draws stark parallels between their world and our own, and our shared desires for sustenance, comfort, and companionship.Following a 20th century in which authorities attempted to exterminate the animals (leading to mass killings), widespread protests have transformed the city into one of the few places on the planet where it’s illegal to euthanize and hold captive any stray dog—meaning that on virtually every sidewalk, in every alley, and near every dumpster, canines congregate, searching for food, sparring, nuzzling, and trying to survive. Theirs is an unromantic plight, albeit not without its pleasures, and Lo’s camera assumes their perspective throughout, maintaining a low-to-the-ground position while following these pooches to and fro, down bustling sidewalks where people barely give them notice, across streets where cars stop to let them pass, and on beaches where they’re free to run about, playing and rolling around and occasionally cornering and snarling at unknown intruders.Stray focuses its attention on a trio of dogs—beginning with Zeytin, whose striking tan coloring and big, sorrowful eyes are as expressive as her movements through Istanbul’s various districts are casual. With a sometimes squinty expression on her face, and a right ear that droops slightly lower than her left, Zeytin is a native inhabitant of this urban landscape, equally at ease on its well-paved sidewalks, in its parks beside busy thoroughfares, and on scraggly stretches of hilly land decorated with giant rock outcroppings and ruins of buildings whose columns still stand. Zeytin has a confidence that renders her a perfect guide for this environment, as well as makes her popular with locals, many of whom know her by name. That includes a collection of young Syrian migrants who live on the street and, we learn courtesy of random snippets of conversation, are known to sniff glue and are under constant threat of being arrested by the authorities.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan reacts to newest allegations: ‘Resign you disgusting monster’
Andrew Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan reacted quickly Saturday night after two more women came forward with sexual misconduct claims against New York’s Democrat governor.
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Zipline Above Bears and Kayak With Gators in Florida’s Best Secret Getaway
Renee Jones, Visit TallahasseeThis is the latest in our twice-a-month series on underrated destinations, It's Still a Big World.When planning a trip through Florida, chances are that Tallahassee doesn’t even enter the conversation.At first glance, unless you’re a dork like me who collects stamps from state capitol buildings, or a bright-eyed highschooler curious about Florida State University (one of the country’s top party schools), it doesn’t seem like Tallahassee has much to offer. My younger sister, a recent FSU grad, certainly had me convinced as much after years of visits filled with football games, cheap brunches, and lunchboxes—a heinously large pitcher with some ungodly combination of different alcohols.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tim O’Brien on Anti-War Writing: ‘Sentences Don’t Do Shit.’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Gravitas VenturesTim O’Brien has what he calls a lesson in outrage for his two teenage sons. “If you support a war, go for it; put your blood where your belligerence is, unless of course, you don’t mind the word hypocrite,” says the author of the wildly acclaimed Vietnam War novel The Things They Carried, who is the subject of The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien, a documentary currently available on video-on-demand.“Dead bodies are heavy, and awkward to carry,” says O’Brien in the film, and “the smell of death can be unpleasant. This death smell will one day be pumped into the nostrils of those who support wars.”This kind of brutal messaging is no surprise from O’Brien, who has been a noted anti-war proselytizer—or maybe the correct term is anti-stupid-war advocate—since he returned from Vietnam in 1970. His two most famous books, Carried and Going After Cacciato, are harrowing, sometimes surreal looks at a conflict that influenced, and damaged, a whole generation of Americans. Yet despite the critical acclaim these and other works have received, O’Brien, who says he felt he became a writer so he could strike back against war with sentences, acknowledges in the documentary that “sentences don’t do shit.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Hundreds risked everything in Selma 56 years ago today. This group is trying to identify them
Debra Barnes Wilson was 8 on "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama. She and her grandmother, Julia Barnes, joined the voting rights marchers, filing in at the back of the column, but turned back because the elder, an asthmatic, grew short of breath.
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Who Laced Tylenol With Cyanide? Nearly 40 Years On, It’s Still a Mystery.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyAfter the third sudden and unexpected death was confirmed on Sept. 29, 1982, Arlington Heights Fire Department captain Philip Capitelli began to suspect something was not right in his small suburb of Chicago.For Dr. Thomas Kim at Northwest Community Hospital, it was when a young couple was admitted on an early fall day in critical condition with dim prospects for recovery. Kim was shocked when he recognized them: just a few hours earlier, he had been speaking to the pair at the bedside of the husband’s brother, explaining that he had no idea why the young, fit man had suddenly died. Now these family members were also on their deathbeds for no obvious reason.As the two men began to look into the suspicious deaths, they realized an unusual connection: all of the victims—four so far—had taken Extra Strength Tylenol just before falling ill.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Is This the Week Biden Returned to ‘the Blob’?
Stefani Reynolds-Pool/GettyPresident Biden’s foreign policy has shown some encouraging early signs for those invested in breaking with America’s disastrous, decades-old geopolitical trajectory. As The Daily Beast first reported, Biden is extricating the U.S. from the Saudi-led war in Yemen and has placed counterterrorism strikes under review. America is back in the Paris climate accord and the United Nations Human Rights Council. Biden extended the nuclear arms-control framework with Russia. And on Friday, the White House told Politico that it’s embracing a congressional push to repeal certain post-9/11 war powers.But interviews with half a dozen progressive and socialist activists, Hill staffers, foreign-policy experts and former Obama administration officials in touch with Bidenworld point to deep dissatisfaction over what they consider an alarming drift toward the traditional, bellicose Washington foreign-policy consensus—what former Barack Obama aide Ben Rhodes famously termed “the Blob.”“This has been a terrible week for Biden’s foreign policy,” said historian Stephen Wertheim of the left/right antiwar Quincy Institute, author of Tomorrow, The World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy. “I credit the Biden administration with picking some low-hanging fruit early. But I refuse to accept a situation where the U.S. can do incredibly destructive and stupid things like aid the war in Yemen and then everyone has to cheer when an administration stops doing such things despite continuing the quest to extend armed dominance across the glob. And since we don’t know yet what exactly the administration’s Yemen policy is, we should remain cautious even on that front.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Turn Off Your Zoom Camera. You’ll Feel So Much Better.
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastWhen the arthritis pain in Adam Moore’s spine gets too much to handle, painkillers don’t always cut it. Sitting down in front of the many Zoom classes he attends as a UC Davis PhD student can make things worse. Sometimes, one of the only ways Moore can cope is by turning off his computer camera, lying down on a heating pad, and listening in from his couch.Moore, who is 26, also lives with generalized anxiety disorder, which makes it hard to focus. “So I turn my camera off and just try to get through the meeting, but [I] often end up doing random tasks around my apartment instead until I feel less anxious,” he told The Daily Beast.Then there are the days when Moore is just over staring at his face on a screen. “Turning the camera off makes [it] slightly more bearable and helps me maintain one last barrier between work and home while I am working from my kitchen table,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden to sign executive order expanding voting access
President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order Sunday expanding voting access in what the White House calls "an initial step in this Administration's efforts to protect the right to vote and ensure all eligible citizens can freely participate in the electoral process."
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'Why Us?': A Year After Being Laid Off, Millions Are Still Unemployed
Millions who lost jobs at the beginning of the pandemic are still out of the labor force, making up levels not seen since the Great Recession.
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The Court’s New Conservative Bloc Uses COVID to Go Full Christian Nationalist
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOn one level, it’s easy to summarize the Supreme Court’s about-face on the conflict between COVID-19 regulations and houses of worship. Before Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court twice upheld restrictions on religious gatherings. Afterward, the Court twice overturned them.So, sure: Before Barrett, the churches lose, but after Barrett, the churches win.Yet the inexplicably sloppy way in which the Court’s conservatives have written about these cases reveals something much more troubling: a seeming inability to separate legal and scientific reality from Christian nationalist conspiracy theories about the “war on religion.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Time for some more ‘good trouble’ on voting rights, 56 years after ‘Bloody Sunday’
If there is anything worth getting into trouble for, it’s safeguarding the right to vote.
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Porn Stars Are Having a Mental Health Crisis
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyCOVID-19 is creating a mental health epidemic. Suicide numbers are increasing. According to Stat News, opioid addiction and alcoholism are rising, too. Because porn stars are people, too, we are also suffering from mental health problems. You likely don’t know anything about this because porn stars have entered into a pact to keep mum about our mental health crisis.Porn doesn’t cause mental health disorders, but the stigma surrounding porn can exacerbate pre-existing conditions. If you suffer from anxiety, you might grow more anxious when your job can lead to family tension, judgment from friends, and difficulties with romantic partners. On top of this, when we do suffer, people presume our mental health problems stem from porn. It reinforces the stereotype that we’re all suicidal, abused addicts. So we shut up about our problems.All mentally ill Americans tackle this issue, and many Americans repress conversations about mental health. Most of our insurance plans even refuse to cover therapists. As my acupuncturist recently said, Western medicine fails to treat the body and mind. If we lose an eye, we take off work and see a doctor. If our mental health suffers, we keep on pushing. Adult performers offer to keep quiet because society already stigmatizes us as sex workers. But our hesitancy to speak feeds into the stigma surrounding our work choices, and that isolation alone can cause mental health problems in our community. I say, “Screw that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Sen. Ron Johnson Went from RonJon to RonAnon
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyA few years ago, I interviewed Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson in front of a crowd at one of those infamous conservative conclaves you sometimes hear about. He refused to make eye contact with me or even position his body in my general direction. I would ask him a question, and (instead of answering) he would give an angry speech directly to the audience. I would ask another question, and he would repeat the process. He didn’t even try to hide his contempt for me, and he wasn’t exactly fond of the audience, either.He had just won a stunning surprise re-election, but rather than showing magnanimity, he oozed anger and bitterness. He had a mountain-sized chip on his shoulder for all the doubters who’d predicted he would lose.And that’s why it didn’t surprise me to hear about his latest stunt: delaying the COVID relief bill this week by forcing Senate clerks to read all 628 pages aloud. According to NBC News, it took the clerks 10 hours, 43 minutes, and 9 seconds. What a dick.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Cali Mom Vanished 2 Months Ago. Her Husband Has Stopped Cooperating.
Facebook/Help Find MayWhen Maya “May” Millete stopped answering texts in a family group chat on Jan. 7, her older sister wasn’t immediately worried.Millete, a defense contractor at Naval Base San Diego, would sometimes be slow to respond to her six siblings, but the family was planning a trip to a cabin in Big Bear for Millete’s daughter’s 11th birthday. Texts and calls to make arrangements were going unanswered.“Both May and her husband Larry’s phones were off and going directly to voicemail,” Maricris Drouaillet, 47, told The Daily Beast this week. “It was extremely unusual for my sister to be off her phone for that long—let alone turn it off and not be in communication with us at all. Especially since we had a plan to go on a trip that day for her daughter’s birthday.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Germany should have led the world at handling the Covid pandemic. But experts slam Merkel's vaccine response as a disaster
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The Ali-Frazier 1971 ‘Fight of the Century’ provided cover for a mission to expose the FBI
Fifty years ago, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier captivated the country and provided the perfect cover for a mission to expose the FBI.
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PS5 Restock Updates for Amazon, Antonline, GameStop, Target, Walmart and More
Sony's next-gen PlayStation consoles remain unavailable at most retailers in the U.S. after several retailers restocked their supplies last week.
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New McDonald's drive-thru is using AI technology to take orders, make suggestions
McDonald’s, one of the pioneers of modern fast food, has decided to step it up when it comes to efficiency and consistent service. Somewhere in a Chicago suburb, an AI is currently taking drive-thru orders.
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Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley: I Won’t Take Bullying From NYPD
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyIt’s safe to say that the people of New York City are ready for a new mayor, and certainly one who isn’t Bill de Blasio.Sure, he gave the city universal pre-K but had some faux pas over the years—most recently in 2020, when he was accused of anti-Semitism for a tweet addressed to the Hasidic Jewish community over social distancing rules during COVID and also (this one was big) for not standing up to the NYPD who had shown excessive force toward citizens during the George Floyd protests this summer.One of the many candidates stepping up to take his place is Maya Wiley, an activist, professor and veteran of City Hall, who says she will handle things much differently if she becomes the next mayor of New York City. To start, she doesn’t think there should have ever been a curfew during the protests, she tells co-host Molly Jong-Fast, producer Jesse Cannon and Beast editor Harry Siegel in this members-only episode of The New Abnormal. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Merkel's vaccine disaster dented Germany's handling of the pandemic
The fridges are here but the shots are not.
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Cuomo sexual harassment scandal may be overshadowing NY's nursing home deaths, some critics worry
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing home deaths at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic may be getting overshadowed by his growing list of sexual harassment accusers, some critics of the Democrat say.
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NFL wide receiver Ryan Switzer’s baby boy hospitalized with COVID-19
An NFL player is asking for prayers for his baby boy, who is hospitalized with COVID-19 and will undergo surgery Sunday morning for serious bleeding. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ryan Switzer revealed his 9-month-old son Christian’s plight on social media Saturday. In a series of tweets, the NFL player told his fans Christian, needed three...
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Yankees’ Zack Britton being cautious after bout with COVID-19
TAMPA — Zack Britton is being careful during spring training after a bout with COVID-19 during the offseason. The left-hander has participated in drills with teammates, but hasn’t thrown off a mound since last Saturday. Britton said in an email he got COVID-19 in early January and “it hit me pretty good. I lost a...
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No regrets: Israel Adesanya 'not heartbroken' about first MMA loss at UFC 259
For starters, Israel Adesanya couldn't think of a better guy to lose to than Jan Blachowicz, and he plans to "rise again like the phoenix" that he is.       Related StoriesUFC 259 results: Jan Blachowicz denies Israel Adesanya's double champion quest, retains titleUFC 259 results: Jan Blachowicz denies Israel Adesanya's double champion quest, retains title - EnclosureJon Jones declares Israel Adesanya 'not even worth my time' after UFC 259 loss 
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Powerball Results, Numbers for 3/6/21: Did Anyone Win the $138 Million?
The winning jackpot numbers in Saturday night's drawing of the Powerball were 11, 31, 50, 52 and 58. The Powerball was 18 and the Power Play was X4.
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Dominic Smith blasts homer in second spring training game
Observations from the Mets’ spring training game on Saturday: Dom’s doings Dominic Smith, in his second start of the spring, blasted a solo homer in the fourth inning of the Mets’ 6-1 exhibition victory over the Astros in West Palm Beach, Fla. Not yet Francisco Lindor is still searching for his first hit of the...
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Pope Francis visits Iraq’s ruined city of Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq – Muslim and Christian residents of Mosul told Pope Francis of their lives under the brutal rule of Islamic State on Sunday as the pontiff blessed their vow to rise up from ashes, telling them that “fraternity is more durable than fratricide.” Francis, on a historic trip to Iraq, flew into the Mosul...
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US is at a tipping point of another Covid-19 surge, expert says. That's why safety measures remain crucial now
With each day and each vaccination, the US inches closer to the finish line of what has been a brutal battle against Covid-19.
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Jameson Taillon shows Yankees, ex-team he can escape a jam
BRADENTON — Returning to the city where he spent more time than he would have liked — courtesy of a pair of rehabs following two Tommy John surgeries, five years apart — Jameson Taillon took the next step in his latest comeback. The Yankees right-hander tossed two scoreless frames against the Pirates, his former team,...
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He adopted a dog that no one else wanted. It ended up saving his life
Brian Myers thought he was rescuing Sadie, little did he know she would save his life.
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Pope visits Iraq's war-ravaged north on last day of tour
Pope Francis arrived in northern Iraq on Sunday, where he planned to pray in the ruins of churches damaged or destroyed by Islamic State extremists and celebrate an open-air Mass on the last day of the first-ever papal visit to the country.
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Trevor Bauer shuts right eye while pitching shutout ball
What’s that piece of advice Little League coaches always tell their kids — keep your eye on the ball, right? Trevor Bauer provided a new twist on that idea. Eager to challenge himself in a spring training start, the new Los Angeles Dodgers ace kept his right eye closed while pitching out of a first-inning...
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UFC 259 bonuses: All four $50,000 winners come from the prelims
In a bit of a rarity, the post-fight bonus winners at UFC 259 all came from the preliminary card.      Related StoriesTwitter reacts to Jan Blachowicz's upset of Israel Adesanya to defend title at UFC 259Twitter reacts to Amanda Nunes' quick title defense over Megan Anderson at UFC 259Twitter reacts to Aljamain Sterling's DQ win to take title from Petr Yan at UFC 259 
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Iceland earthquakes spark fears of volcanic eruption
A recent swarm of earthquakes across southwestern Iceland have put officials on alert for potential volcanic activity. Meteorologist Derek Van Dam explains what is happening within this seismically active part of the world.
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Andrew Cuomo's accusers: Women who've made sexual harassment claims against NY governor
A succession of women have come forward to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment since former aide Lindsey Boylan brought allegations against him in February.
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Blachowicz retains title, hands Adesanya his first MMA loss
Jan Blachowicz fended off Israel Adesanya's bid at becoming a double champ by scoring a unanimous decision win in their light heavyweight bout.      
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Jon Jones declares Israel Adesanya 'not even worth my time' after UFC 259 loss
Is Jon Jones over the idea of fighting Israel Adesanya?       Related StoriesJon Jones declares Israel Adesanya 'not even worth my time' after UFC 259 loss - EnclosureUFC 259 results: Jan Blachowicz denies Israel Adesanya's double champion quest, retains titleUFC 259 results: Jan Blachowicz denies Israel Adesanya's double champion quest, retains title - Enclosure 
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Inside look at different ways Giants can improve at wide receiver
Whoever said “Life doesn’t give do-overs” wasn’t talking about acquiring playmaking wide receivers. One year ago, with a historically deep wide receiver draft class, the Giants didn’t use any of their 10 picks to add to the nucleus of Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Golden Tate. The decision haunted the NFL’s second-worst scoring offense and...
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Fighting for Aniah
College student Aniah Blanchard had a deep fear of being kidnapped. When she disappears, UFC fighter Walt Harris battles for justice for his stepdaughter. CBS News special correspondent James Brown reports for "48 Hours."
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Oprah Interview: Five Things To Look Out For
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey is expected to set the world alight with allegations directed at royal family "firm"—here's what to look out for.
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