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Mississippi governor signs bill retiring last state flag with Confederate battle emblem

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday signed the bill retiring the last state flag in the U.S. that featured the Confederate battle emblem, saying, "This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled, and to move on."
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Mookie Betts, new Dodger and prominent African American, says 'our fight is not over'
Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts says 'baseball did not do a good job' of responding to George Floyd's killing and the ensuing protests about racial inequality.
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New virus cases rising in 40 states as U.S. death toll surpasses 130,000; Texas woman gives birth to triplets after coronavirus diagnosis
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Cooper: Trump wants you to suck it up as thousands die
CNN's Anderson Cooper slams President Donald Trump's comment that coronavirus is "99% harmless" while the number of cases in the US continue to rise.
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Donald Trump claims 99% of coronavirus cases are 'totally harmless.' The 'long haulers' with lingering symptoms say he's wrong.
Doctors and patients with COVID-19 complications are raising concerns about long-term harm, even as President Donald Trump downplays the risks.        
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Hannity: Dems have 'zero credibility' on race issue after George Wallace, Robert Byrd, Al Gore Sr.
In his Opening Monologue, Sean Hannity said Democrats want America to forget their decades-long history of being on the wrong side of racial justice issues, as recently as within the last decade with their praise of the late West Virginia Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.
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Yankees are battle-proven for craziness of 2020 MLB season
Remember the glorious old days when the most a baseball player had to worry about was an ankle sprain, a knee strain, a hamstring pull, a ligament tear, an oblique tweak? Remember, in other words, the glorious Yankees spring and summer of 2019? Every week brought a fresh wave of visits to the injured list....
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'Do your damn job!' Cuomo's passionate plea to the government
CNN's Chris Cuomo speaks directly to the federal government, telling them to do their jobs and stop hiding from the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Prison officials want to ensure Ghislaine Maxwell doesn’t meet same fate as Epstein
Accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell was quietly transferred on Monday from New Hampshire to a Brooklyn federal prison where she’ll await trial pending a bail hearing. Maxwell, who was arrested in a million-dollar rural mansion last week, was moved by US Marshals to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park on Monday morning, the...
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Jane Goodall became a champion for chimpanzees. It started with a 10-year-old’s dream.
Her mother was the only supporter of her desire to live among wild animals.
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Republican National Convention will test Jacksonville attendees daily for coronavirus
The Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, will feature daily coronavirus testing for those attending the event, which will be centered on President Donald Trump accepting the Republican nomination at a 15,000-person arena.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is 'really not good'
Fauci said Monday that the United State's current handle on the COVID-19 outbreak is "really not good" and that action is needed to curb the spread.        
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Tucker Carlson: Can Democrats lead a country they 'despise'?
Tucker Carlson called into question the "patriotism" of Democrats and the mainstream media Monday following a weekend of criticism over President Trump's Fourth of July celebration.
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WNBA reveals COVID-19 test results and plans to spread Black Lives Matter message
In addition to announcing plans on how it plans to address the issues of social inequality, the WNBA also revealed COVID-19 testing results for players.
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Expert claims Americans will wear masks for ‘several years’ due to coronavirus
Health experts won’t ask Americans to take off their masks any time soon. That’s the take of Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He has been preparing for an outbreak like the novel coronavirus as part of his work for years. Johns Hopkins practices virus simulations as part...
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See photos of Yankees star Gerrit Cole’s ‘adorable’ baby boy
Gerrit Cole’s scouting report of his new baby boy Caden was spot on. Amy Cole, the wife of the Yankees ace, shared photos Monday of the couple’s first baby, and Caden is as “absolutely adorable” as Cole told reporters last week. “Amy is doing excellent and he is doing excellent,” the 29-year-old Cole said Friday....
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Bill Cosby citing systemic racism as he fights sexual assault conviction
Bill Cosby is invoking the recent unrest and move for racial inequality in the appeal of his sexual assault conviction.
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Trump's stunning embrace of slavery's symbols will backfire
As he tries to draw his base to his side, the US President is rising up to protect the symbols of the most shameful parts of the nation's past, writes Frida Ghitis. But he is misreading the electorate -- a majority support the anti-racism protests -- and risks going too far.
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Washington Post mocked for tweet saying Ennio Morricone wrote ‘ah-ee-ah-ee-ah’ theme of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’
The Washington Post offered a bizarre tribute to the late Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who died on Monday at the age of 91. 
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Samsung says profit jumped 23%, likely thanks to strong chip demand
Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, predicts its profit jumped more than 20% last quarter, suggesting that the company has managed to withstand the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
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MLB releases shortened schedule amid COVID-19 testing delays
The schedule was a bright spot on an otherwise shaky day in baseball's reboot following a monthslong shut down. Opening night on July 23 will feature the Yankees visiting the Nationals.
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Bradley Whitford slams NBA over lack of action in China-Hong Kong unrest
Bradley Whitford is holding the NBA accountable amid the continuing civil unrest in Hong Kong.
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Brazil opens itself up, to everything except masks
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Former Penn State basketball player transferred after coach made 'noose' comment
Former Penn State basketball player Rasir Bolton transferred to Iowa State after his freshman year because his former head coach Patrick Chambers referenced "a noose around my neck" during a meeting between the two of them.
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J.R. Smith says ability to challenge LeBron James, and handle his fury, helps Lakers
J.R. Smith, the newest member of the Lakers, believes his relationship with LeBron James will aid the team in its quest to win the NBA title.
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Senator Waiting For White House Promise Not To Block Promotion Of Impeachment Witness
Sen. Tammy Duckworth tells NPR that she'll hold up hundreds of Army officer promotions unless she gets an assurance that the Trump administration won't interfere that of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
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Listen: How the Coronavirus Affects Kids
Early on in the pandemic, it seemed as if kids were spared the worst effects of the coronavirus. But in May, a mysterious illness emerged that affected children and appeared to be linked to the virus. As parents now look to send kids back to school and daycare, how should they think about these risks? What do we now know about this new syndrome?James Hamblin and Katherine Wells are joined on the Social Distance podcast by staff writer Sarah Zhang to discuss. Listen here:Subscribe to Social Distance on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or another podcast platform to receive new episodes as soon as they’re published.What follows is an edited and condensed transcript of their conversation.EMBED LANGUAGEKatherine Wells: Sarah, we have gotten so many questions from listeners about kids and coronavirus. And they're often in two parts. One is: what's up with the disease and kids? And two is, therefore: how are we supposed to think about childcare and schools? We can start with the actual virus. A listener named Liz wrote us back in May:“I am a mom of a 3-year-old, 19-month-old, and 7-week old. I am a nurse anesthetist returning to work on June 1. Can you tell me how worried I should be about this ‘Kawasaki-like’ illness that may (or may not be) associated with COVID-19?”Sorry, Liz, that we're getting to you late, but maybe we could start there: Sarah, can you just give us an overview of what we know about kids and the virus?Sarah Zhang: It was clear pretty early on that kids don't seem to get very sick from the virus. And when they do, they're often asymptomatic or very mild, and it also seems like they don't really spread it. But a few weeks after the virus first peaked in New York, doctors started noticing, as Liz says, this Kawasaki-like disease, which is now called Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C. When I was reporting on it back in May, it had a different name, but I guess they settled on MIS-C.Wells: It seems like it's just ‘miscellaneous.’James Hamblin: It is the perfect word, actually. I don't mean to make light of this—because it can be very serious and I'm sure that wasn't unintentional—but it fits really well.Wells: Okay, so this miscellaneous syndrome affects children. Sarah, what is it?Zhang: Well, it's fittingly a miscellaneous set of symptoms. It includes a bunch of different things that are usually seen with an overactive immune system, like rashes on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, a swollen tongue, cracked lips, in some cases really, really low blood pressure. It looks like a bunch of different things that can sometimes happen with different viruses as well. Kids sometimes just have what looks like an overactive immune system. They have almost a delayed reaction to the virus.Part of the reason this took a while for doctors to notice is that it seemed to peak about six weeks after the COVID-19 cases actually peaked in New York. It seems like there was some delay between exposure and actually getting this syndrome. That's why it took so long to notice. It's also because it's really, really rare.Hamblin: I think part of the reason we haven't heard more about it is because it's so difficult to define and because of that lag. That is why you're just now seeing these clear cases. The CDC has warned parents to consult a doctor “right away” if their child develops “symptoms of MIS-C” that include: “fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eye, [or] feeling extra tired.”And there have been fatalities. Some kids have had serious cases. So essentially, CDC was telling people: hey, if you don't have enough to worry about already, if it seems like your kid is feeling extra tired, they might have this serious condition.Zhang: As you're saying, it’s this collection of symptoms that are so nonspecific. Part of the worry is that we really don't know why most kids are totally fine after getting COVID-19, but a very, very small number seem to develop this serious condition. And that kind of uncertainty of knowing this can happen but not knowing who it will happen in makes it really hard.Wells: So this is happening to kids after they have recovered from COVID-19?Hamblin: They probably didn't even get it.Zhang: Yeah, they never had the coughing or the shortness of breath that most of us associate with COVID-19.Wells: Got it. But these are in instances where they had the virus circulating in their bodies, they fight off the virus, and then some number of weeks later, they start to have these inflammatory symptoms.Zhang: Yeah, exactly. It's like the virus is gone or almost gone, but the system is still reacting to it for some reason.Wells: I understand that a lot of the worst reactions in adults to coronavirus happen with a cytokine storm, like an overreaction of the immune system. Is the same theory in play here with kids?Zhang: I think in a general sense, that is what we're seeing. You fight off the virus first. Even when adults have this really strong reaction, it's towards the end of infection and they may not actually have that much virus.Wells: It's a delayed reaction.Zhang: Yeah, the real difference is that you just never got the respiratory symptoms in kids that you tend to see in adults.Hamblin: I'm imagining a sort of Venn diagram here. There's an MIS-C-COVID-19 Venn diagram where some people are going to have both, some people are going to have just the respiratory symptoms, and some people are just going to have a delayed immune response.Wells: Are there any theories about why this is happening? Are kids' immune systems are a lot stronger in general, so they're better at fighting off that initial disease, but then keep going too long or something?Zhang: There are some theories. Kids' immune systems are stronger and weaker in different ways. Kids tend to encounter a lot of new pathogens because everything you encounter as a kid is new to you, so they tend to be better at fighting off something that's completely new.But if you're seeing something for the first time, it also takes time for your immune system to mount that response. If you're an adult and you've had, for instance, chickenpox before, the next time you see chickenpox, your immune system will recognize it and start getting rid of it right away, whereas in kids, it may take a while for their immune system to respond. So they do work slightly differently and that might help explain why their responses are so different to adults.Wells: Got it. You know, there was this thought at the beginning of the pandemic that maybe kids are better off and maybe they don't seem to get sick, so we don't have to worry about them. But is the lesson here that actually, we do?Hamblin: I think kids are better off than adults—though it does seem that they can transmit the virus, as anyone who's carrying it can). And MIS-C is pretty reliably treatable so far. It shouldn't be super scary. What is worth keeping in mind is that these patterns are just now emerging. We don't know how this is going to play out in the long term across the population in terms of potential delayed effects.Wells: What does this mean for schools and daycare? Many parents have been working from home and trying to take care of their children. There are parents who need to go back to work and need childcare for their kids. How worried should people be about transmission in these spaces with kids?Zhang: Well, everyone's risk calculation is different, but I don't think this miscellaneous disease is the biggest thing to worry about. You mentioned transmission. Kids bringing it home from schools and daycares, or infecting teachers, is probably a slightly bigger worry. But the evidence does indicate that kids don't usually get very sick and they're not walking virus bombs.Wells: Really? We don't think that kids are as good at transmitting the virus?Zhang: Yeah, there haven't been very many cases where a kid went to school, got sick at school, and brought it back. Part of this is that a lot of schools have been closed. But in the Netherlands where they have opened schools, they followed families and there haven't really been any cases where the kid brought it back to the family.That doesn't mean it doesn't happen. And when it comes to risks, there's no one-size-fits-all advice. It depends on who else is in your household, how old are your other kids, are you living with grandparents. I think the individual family situation matters a lot more than should this daycare be open?Hamblin: I think this is a good moment to resist the impulse to stratify risk or to help people calibrate anxieties in any way other than saying Here's what we know right now and here are some possibilities for the ways this could unfold. It's not something to panic about, but it is something that we want to keep a close eye on. I want to be assured that there are not other manifestations of this multi-system inflammatory process that don't linger and cause something that is actually significant that we aren't yet picking up on.Wells: Sarah, you've been following the science of the virus since the beginning and covering science for years. What do you most want to know about how this virus works?Zhang: The question I most want to answer is why it seems to manifest differently in different people. And I think the answer to that actually may not be about the virus itself, but actually in our immune systems, because lots of viruses are really different from person to person. If we could in some way predict who would get really sick once they get this virus, I think that would help a lot in figuring out how to minimize the impact.
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Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline
Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the long-disputed pipeline across U.S. rivers and streams
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UFC’s July pay-per-view curse strikes again, but this year it all worked out (knock on wood)
The July pay-per-view is one of the cornerstones of the yearly schedule, but it almost always turns into madness, and UFC 251 is no different.        Related StoriesTriple Take: Did Jorge Masvidal make the right call fighting Kamaru Usman on short notice?MMA Junkie Radio #3067: Jorge Masvidal's big step up, Khabib's father, moreJorge Masvidal passes COVID-19 test; UFC makes Kamaru Usman title fight official 
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I’m Officially Rooting For a Bugsy And Alex Romance on ‘Below Deck Med’
The frolicking! The shrinkage! The forehead kiss!
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Georg Baselitz experiments with 'chance and disorder' in new paintings
Enigmatic figures appear in a succession of poetic poses across 13 large canvases. Sometimes separate and at other times touching, the works are part of a series of oil paintings by German painter Georg Baselitz, unveiled at the recently reopened Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong.
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Georg Baselitz experiments with 'chance and disorder' in new paintings
Enigmatic figures are repeated in a succession of poetic poses across 13 large canvases. The new works by German painter Georg Baselitz, are on show at the Gagosian in Hong Kong.
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Phoenix police shot and killed a man in a parked car, sparking renewed protests
Phoenix police officers shot and killed a man inside a parked car July 4 in an incident captured on bystander video, sparking renewed protests in the Arizona city.
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The real problem with government officials not correcting Trump
President Donald Trump's heart of late has been in stoking racial divides and protecting symbols of the Confederacy. Monday it was the Confederate flag, which even Republicans in Mississippi recently abandoned.
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Kanye West's Yeezy LLC, Jim Henson Co. and Gersh got federal loans
Companies receiving PPP loans include Kanye West's apparel business Yeezy LLC, Jim Henson Co. and Beverly Hills-based talent agency The Gersh Agency.
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John Kasich: President Trump is 'in a meltdown'
Former Governor John Kasich (R-OH) says Donald Trump "is in a meltdown" after the President complained about NASCAR's recent decision to ban the Confederate flag from all races and events.
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Second tests samples reveal prohibited substance in two of Bob Baffert's horses
Second test samples from Charlatan and Gamine, both trained by Bob Baffert, confirmed the presence of lidocaine, an anesthetic banned in horse racing.
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Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in New York park
The monument to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, one of several in Rochester, New York, was found ripped from its base and disposed in a gorge. Police haven't identified who took down the statue and decline to speculate a motive, according to Rochester Police.
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California Assembly delays return to work as 5 workers test positive for coronavirus
A coronavirus outbreak in the California Legislature has indefinitely delayed the state Assembly's return to work from a scheduled summer recess, highlighting the rapid spread of the virus in a state that has imposed new restrictions on bars and restaurants following a surge of cases and hospitalizations.
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Dorado Beach launches ‘private luxury camp’ at $1,124 per night
Campers “can rest assured that they will be easily able to maintain physical distance from other guests."
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Phoenix police under fire after shooting man in parked car
Phoenix police are facing scrutiny after video shows them shooting a man in a parked car. The incident was caught on video by a bystander.
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Citizens collectively ring pots when world leader goes on TV
In the age of Covid-19, President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are two of a kind. CNN's Bill Weir reports on how the US and Brazil lead the world in the number of cases while their leaders downplay coronavirus.
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Central Park ‘Karen’ busted – but she’s suffered enough
She lost her job, her reputation, and now, perhaps, her freedom. When will society be satisfied that Central Park Karen has been punished enough? Amy Cooper, 41, was arrested Monday and hit with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. She will be arraigned on misdemeanor charges by Manhattan District Attorney...
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Lizzo claims she was kicked out of vacation rental early, twerks about it
"I I know you’re watching my page so I just want you to know you can’t stop this black girls’ shine."
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Maryland jail defies ICE to release accused rapist
Rene Atilio Ramos-Hernandez was arrested June 18 and released June 23
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Coronavirus expert says Americans will be wearing masks for ‘several years’
The U.S. recently added about 43,000 positive COVID-19 cases to its 2.9 million total.
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American student locked in Egyptian prison for over a year without trial is freed, returns to US
An American medical student imprisoned in Egypt for more than a year returned to the United States on Monday, the State Department said.
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An American Airlines mechanic is accused of smuggling cocaine but his attorney says authorities got the wrong guy
A longtime American Airlines mechanic is accused of using his access to secure areas of an airport to smuggle cocaine into the US in an airplane compartment, according to a criminal complaint filed in February. His attorney says authorities got the wrong guy.
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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro Tested for COVID-19 After Exhibiting Symptoms
Bolsonaro could be seen coughing during a Thursday broadcast on his social networks, when he sat next to six other people, none of whom wore a mask
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