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New York Health Department probes potential coronavirus exposure at upstate church

ALBANY — The state Health Department is investigating a “potential” coronavirus exposure associated with a Catholic Church in Upstate New York. Catholics who attended mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ticonderoga in upstate’s Essex County on Sunday, June 21 at 9 A.M might have been exposed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. “An initial investigation...
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Why have deaths stayed steady while Covid-19 infections are spiking?
Kent Sepkowits wrties that there could be many reasons why the coronavirus death rate has remained steady, but a crucial issue affecting mortality is whether the raging epidemic in southern states will result in the virus further spreading into nursing homes.
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See the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat with 6 seats and 710 horsepower
According to Fiat Chrysler, its Dodge Durango Hellcat is the most powerful production SUV ever made.
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Prosecutors announce Ghislaine Maxwell charges at press conference
Prosecutors in Manhattan will formally announce the charges against Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell on Thursday. The press conference will be livestreamed on the Facebook page for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Maxwell was arrested Thursday morning on charges she groomed young women to have sex with Epstein beginning...
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Kobe Bryant will be on cover of NBA 2K21 'Mamba Forever' editions
Late Lakers star Kobe Bryant is among three cover athletes for NBA 2K21 and will grace the front of two "Mamba Forever" editions.        
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Bolton slams Trump's approach to world leaders as "naive and foolish"
In an interview on "The Takeout" podcast, former national security adviser John Bolton told Major Garrett that the president's approach to international negotiations is "naive and foolish." "I think he believed, and he said this to many people in this country and overseas, he can make deals on major issues in a day's worth of negotiations," Bolton said. The full interview airs Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on CBSN.
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Christina Ricci gets protective order against husband James Heerdegen
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to an alleged domestic battery incident on June 25.
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Company shares shocking model of future remote worker as pandemic continues
Yikes!
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Reconsidering my 'American Girl' doll dreams
Hannah Boufford writes that though Kitt Kittredge, the American Girl doll, inspired her to pursue journalism, the pandemic is making her think twice about her career choice.
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Bill Gates partly blames Facebook, Twitter, for coronavirus spread
With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the U.S., Bill Gates has partly laid the blame on social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, saying they can do better at curbing the spread of misinformation about the virus.
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A free concert with La Santa Cecilia's La Marisoul: Your must-watch of the day
La Marisoul closes out Union Station's live Summer Sessions series. Here's how you can catch the concert at home.
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NHL to announce two hub cities in Canada: reports
Training camps are scheduled to begin on July 10.
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‘Dark’ on Netflix Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: “Light And Shadow”
What you have here is a story of people being ground down by forces they can barely comprehend and cannot control.
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Kobe Bryant to be featured on NBA 2K21's 'Mamba Forever' edition
Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of NBA 2K21’s “Mamba Forever” edition.
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San Francisco to end mug shot release in effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and outside police experts said they believe...
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The cult-favorite Baby Foot peel is disgusting — and it totally works
Baby Foot, the infamous foot peel, has created some of the most amazing (but kinda gross) before-and-after pictures on the internet. So of course we had to give it a shot.
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Tammy Bruce: Trump prioritizing law and order with move to protect monuments from mob
The president is illustrating that law and order is of paramount importance and is at the foundation of everything else.
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Commerce IG says department is preventing release of report about NOAA officials who issued Hurricane Dorian statement
The Commerce Department Inspector General's office claims department officials are "actively preventing" them from releasing a report regarding National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials' issuance of statements that contradicted with a local National Weather Service statement about Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.
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We got comfortable with Hamilton. The new film reminds us how risky it is.
Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Eliza, Angelica, and Peggy Schuyler in Hamilton. | Disney The movie underlines what makes the musical radical. I listened to the Hamilton cast album hundreds of times before I saw the live show. Full-blown Hamilton fever was just starting to hit the internet in early 2016, six months after its Broadway debut. With an assignment in hand to write about Lin-Manuel’s Miranda retelling of the life of Alexander Hamilton, I bought tickets in seemingly the final week that someone in my income bracket could pull off that feat. I tucked into my cramped perch in the last row of the balcony one March evening, already knowing the show inside and out. Or so I thought. This week, watching the filmed version of the musical being released on Disney+, I was reminded of that night, and of how finally seeing the show made me realize what I’d missed: that the person who “tells the story” of Hamilton is not its namesake, but its villain, Aaron Burr (played by Leslie Odom Jr.). Yes, Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) is the protagonist, the title character. The show focuses on Hamilton’s life, and on how and why it ended in an infamous duel. But Burr lived on, and it’s Burr who tells Hamilton’s story, at least on this stage. Burr is our guide. Disney Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s version of the lives of Hamilton and his cohort necessarily compresses and elides details, but a battery of wild Aaron Burr facts demands a brief detour: The grandson of Princeton founder and archetypal “fire-and-brimstone preacher” Jonathan Edwards, Burr actually killed Hamilton while he was serving as Thomas Jefferson’s vice president. He finished his term without further incident. But there is a satisfying literary symmetry to his life: After working as a land speculator, becoming a defendant in a Supreme Court trial in which Jefferson accused him of treason, and spending a self-imposed exile bouncing around Europe, he returned to America and married a woman named Eliza Jumel, who divorced him after four months. Her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton Jr., the second son of Alexander Sr. and Eliza. Burr died the day the divorce was finalized. That Burr is Hamilton’s narrator would have been obvious if I’d paid closer attention to the cast recording. He opens each section of the musical by asking a series of questions about his nemesis — the recurring stanzas that start How did a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman ... — and then trying to answer them as we watch the events of Hamilton’s life unfold. Hamilton is gone by the end of the show, when Burr, having just killed him in a duel, sings with anguish from some point in the future: He should have known the world was wide enough for both of them. Burr is the one who introduces Hamilton’s political rivals, Jefferson and James Madison, as they ruefully admit in the musical’s final number that Hamilton’s financial system turned out to be a success, at least in their lifetimes. On stage — and thus in the film — this structure even more clear. Odom is commanding, a tall and elegant stage presence, especially compared to the scrappier Miranda. As Burr, he can swing from charming and smooth to tortured to obsequious with just the shape of his smile and the lift of his head. He is trying to please us and then, as time goes on, complaining to us about the unfairness of the universe. He was born to power and wealth and class. He is the one who has a family legacy to protect. He should, by rights, be president. Hamilton insists that Burr and he are the same, because they’re both orphans, but it’s obvious from the jump that there’s nothing similar about them. Burr’s sense of entitlement is what keeps him from believing in anything too firmly (“talk less, smile more / don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for”), and it’s why the combative Hamilton drives him up the wall. You can see it in his eyes. Burr doesn’t get the final word, though. In the final number, after he sings “When you’re gone, who remembers your name? Who keeps your flame? Who tells your story?”, his voice drops out completely. It is Hamilton’s widow Eliza (Pippa Soo) who finishes the show, who inserts herself “back into the narrative” and explains that she spent the last half-century of her life extending her husband’s legacy and creating one of her own. She is the reason, it is strongly suggested, that anyone remembers Alexander at all. Disney Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton. It’s difficult, from just listening to the album, to fully grasp how moving this final song is. By the end, having reclaimed her voice, published her husband’s work and fought for his legacy, raised funds to build the Washington Monument, and founded a private orphanage for kids like Alexander, Eliza stands in the center of the stage. In the shadows, softly singing, are the people she loved who are “on the other side” — George Washington, her sister Angelica, her son Philip, Alexander himself. In the last moment, she looks up at the light and gasps at her first glimpse of eternity. And it’s clear then that it’s not Burr who controlled Hamilton’s story after all, though he tried. It’s Eliza. Hamilton’s performances add new dimensions to the music Taking a cue from his show, Lin-Manuel Miranda seems to instinctively understand that controlling any narrative requires constant interaction with those who love it. Though he was alreadyknown to Broadway fans from his hit 2008 musical In the Heights, Miranda’s more widespread fame grew in tandem with Hamilton’s explosive popularity, which really got cranking when the cast album was released in 2015, about a year after the show’s Broadway premiere. Hamilton’s music is extremely catchy, and Miranda and his cast did everything they could to connect with fans who wouldn’t get to see the show due to cost and geographic access. They performed web-only exclusives with casts from other Broadway shows, remixed and reimagined their own performances, and actively promoted fan videos, like “Batlexander Manilton” and the full-length, very “early 2016”-era Jeb! So it’s only natural, when listening to the album, to imagine Miranda as the star. Certainly, Miranda richly deserves accolades for having written Hamilton’s zealously intricate lyrics and music, which manage to reference everything from hip-hop to gospel to Gilbert & Sullivan. But seeing the original cast perform, whether on stage or in the film, also reinforces how much this musical isn’t a story about one guy, one star. It doesn’t prop up the “great man” theory of history at all. Instead,Hamilton positions its namesake as a piece in a grander puzzle, to show how his conflicts and congress with others, his failures and successes, combine with others’ strengths and weaknesses to move history along. That approach backed up by the casting. Miranda is a solid and charismatic performer, but he’s physically smaller than a lot of his fellow actors, with less vocal power. Compare Miranda’s stage presence to that of the others: Chris Jackson’s both warm and chill-inducing entrance as George Washington. Jonathan Groff’s literally unhinged, spit-spraying performance as King George. (You may think you know him from the songs, but out of all of Hamilton’s characters, King George may gain the most from viewers seeing Groff’s on-screen performance.) Daveed Diggs’s wiry, electrifying turn as Thomas Jefferson. Okieriete Onaodowan’s bang-on Biggie energy as swaggering revolutionary Hercules Mulligan. Renee Elise Goldsberry’s rapid-fire flow as Angelica Schuyler, mixed with her sideways glances and obvious pain in longing for Alexander — emotions you can see in the film far better than you can from the back row of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, by the way. Watching actors bring the story alive drives home how much this tale belongs to everyone, not just Alexander Hamilton, who frequently recedes into the background. And of course it does: This is Hamilton, in which the Founding Fathers and Mothers, so long passed into legend for so many of us, are incarnated in Black and brown bodies. It’s a choice that (while presenting issues of its own) is still baldly radical. Hamilton both respects history and confronts it. All of these high-minded promises and big plans for freedom and equality, it says, are supposed to be for everyone. So why has the promise failed over and over again? Disney Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, and Okieriete Onaodowan in Hamilton. Can you get all of that audacity from listening to a disembodied recording? You can get some of it, sure. But watching people perform is different from listening to them sing. Even mediated by a screen, the joyous pulse is palpable. You go to a theater to be in the room where it’s happening, and if you don’t feel any discomfort or thrill, you’re probably doing it wrong. The world might have gotten too comfortable with Hamilton That so many people got so comfortable with Hamilton may have been the downside of its worldwide popularity. Launching at the end of the Obama presidency,Hamilton could feel self-congratulatory, in a manner that often shows up in Hollywood, too. Good job, America! We solved racism! In the intervening years, fictional characters who quote Hamilton approvingly have been deployed as shorthand for clueless and complacent white liberalism, as in 2017’s Get Out in or 2019’s Knives Out. And the show’s cultural pervasiveness has only spread. Mike Pence went to see the show soon after the 2016 election, prompting the cast to deliver a message directly to him from the stage and light the internet on fire. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton, for goodness’ sake — nobody has ever accused Bolton of being a liberal — named his book The Room Where It Happened. After the Pence incident, a Facebook acquaintance insisted to me that while they didn’t vote for Trump (a preamble that has since become ubiquitous), they thought the cast’s message for Pence was unconscionable, that “everyone should feel safe in the theater.” It’s a silly statement, because nobody should feel (metaphorically) safe in the theater. At its best, the theater has always been a place for audiences to be challenged, confronted in a live setting with stories about humanity performed by real human bodies. You have to give yourself over to it. Disney Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. Despite the admirable efforts made by Miranda and his colleagues to give Hamilton fans a taste of the live performance aspects of the show, getting beyond the cast album remained basically inaccessible to most people in the years after the show debuted. Live theater is inherently exclusive — it’s meant to be experienced in person, so you have to be there — on top of being extremely expensive to produce. Those two factors served (as they have with other productions in the past) to isolate Hamilton largely as an artwork for people who could afford to see it, even once it opened in other cities and went on tour. (One notable exception: audience members who were recipients of some of the production’s outreach initiatives, such as students from underserved communities.) That means the show’s theatrical audiences since 2015 have skewed well-off and urbane. The Disney+ release of the film won’t be available to anyone who can’t subscribe to Disney+, but it will make the show far more readily accessible to those who previously may have only listened to it. Watching Hamilton now, the revolutionary overtones are clear And new Hamilton viewers will be watching in 2020, not 2016. When I saw it in the spring of 2016, the show made me think about the currentpresident and the upcoming election, in which it seemed likea will to power unmoored from commitments to public service was clearly winning out. In mid-2020, watching Hamilton at home in the middle of a pandemic, during nationwide uprisings and protests against police brutality and racism, with the president tweeting that he is “THE LONE WARRIOR!”, I found myself struck by the way Hamilton positions the underdog, impoverished immigrant Alexander — who married up but was always a striver haunted by the memory of his past — against comfortable and well-off guys like Jefferson or Burr. It shoves away the idea that playing nice is better than causing change; it expressly repudiates those who “would have voted for Obama for a third term” and then figured things would sort themselves out. In Hamilton, a handful of young, scrappy dreamers get things started, hoping that tomorrow, there will be more of them, and their story will be told. I wonder if the revolutionary undertones of Hamilton will sing in a new way for those who watch it at home now. You can’t ignore who was left out of “all men are created equal” while watching Hamilton — unless you want to. You can’t forget how often Broadway, and entertainment more broadly, has largely excluded people of color from major roles when confronted by casting like this — unless forgetting it makes you more comfortable. You can’t quite miss the consequences of complacency, unless you choose to be complacent. Art alone doesn’t change the world; it just plows the soil. Hamilton is a show about revolution, and a show about the trouble with revolution: After you’ve turned the world upside-down, you have to figure out what comes next. You have to figure out your laws, your economy, your foreign policy. You also have to figure out who matters, who makes rules, and — maybe most importantly — who tells the story. Every culture war is about who gets to define the terms and control the narrative, and that’s no different now than it was in 2016 or 1812 or 1776. Hamilton begins streaming on Disney+ on July 3. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Sen. Tom Cotton: When Trump gets hawkish on Russia, Dems 'curl up in the fetal position'
Although Democrats claim to be outraged over explosive reports alleging that President Trump had been aware of classified intelligence indicating that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers, when the administration gets "hawkish" on Russia they "curl up in the fetal position," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said.
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Pick up discounted tech at B&H Photo Video's Fourth of July Sale
Fourth of July means tons of sales across all categories, but we're particularly excited about the deals available now at B&H Photo Video. With discounts on products ranging from laptops to doorbells to cameras, the tech retailer has something for everyone.
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NYC schools will reopen in September, de Blasio says
City schools will reopen — in some form — in September, Mayor de Blasio confirmed Thursday. The nation’s largest school system will be subject to daunting limitations with many principals staggering classes to comply with social distancing, he said. “Schools will be opening in September,” de Blasio said. “Each school will have a number that...
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‘Jealous’ family dog mauls newborn babies to death in Brazil
Two newborn twin sisters in Brazil were mauled to death by their family dog in what relatives described as a possible act of “jealously,” according to a report Thursday. Elaine Novais had left her prematurely born one-month-old babies, Anne and Analú, alone briefly while she talked to a neighbor at her home in Piripá on...
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Trump’s Political NDAs Are an Abomination to the First Amendment
Trump’s penchant for NDAs goes well beyond his own family.
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Trump sticks by denial of intelligence on alleged Russian bounties, calling it a "hoax"
President Trump continues to deny intelligence alleging Russia paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joined CBSN with the latest.
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We tried the top 5 therapy apps & these are the best
You may have heard of Headspace to help you meditate, but you might not have heard of Talkspace or 7 Cups of Tea — apps offering therapy at your fingertips.      
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Trump swipes at Biden, says tax hikes would tank market: ‘401ks will drop down to nothing’
President Trump is warning that if Democratic challenger Joe Biden is elected in November, the stock market will collapse and Americans' financial investments “will drop down to nothing.”
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Delaware removes state's last whipping post on public grounds
The last whipping post left in the state of Delaware was removed from the grounds of a courthouse Wednesday after protesters decried the history of racial injustice the post symbolized. 
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Jeffrey Epstein statue left outside Albuquerque’s city hall
A statue of notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was left outside a New Mexico city hall in a satirical attack on anyone defending racist monuments.
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Amid COVID-19, Trump administration keeps immigration courts open, putting judges, lawyers and immigrants at risk
A labor union representing the nation's immigration judges filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in part over the COVID-19 threat.        
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CrossFit co-founder Lauren Jenai marries Franklin Tyrone Tucker while he’s under house arrest
The ceremony marked a happy ending for the pair’s romance that began while Tucker was incarcerated in Florida for nearly two years awaiting trial on murder charges.
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Argentinian man sailed alone for 85 days after coronavirus canceled his flight home
Nothing was about to keep Juan Manuel Ballestero from his family. The Argentinian man was on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal when the coronavirus outbreak prompted officials to cancel all international flights to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to a recent report in The New York Times. But the shutdown sparked a...
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Ghosts are no match for this paranormal detective
For the past two decades, Joe Nickell, a former stage magician and detective, has used hard science to challenge paranormal experiences and other fringe pseudo-scientific claims. UFO sightings, aliens, ghosts, Bigfoot, lake monsters: these are but a few of the myths that Nickell debunks for a living. As he knows all too well, "the truth ... is out there."
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Avoid using hand sanitizer before handling Fourth of July fireworks, officials warn
If you’ve become a routine hand sanitizer user amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, take heed: do not use hand sanitizer before handling fireworks, as the two pose a dangerous — and very flammable — combination. 
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Kobe Bryant will be featured on the cover of 'NBA 2K21 Mamba Edition'
Two hand-painted portraits of late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will be featured on the covers of the "NBA 2K21 Mamba Edition" video games.
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Cassie Randolph details ‘awful few months’ after Colton Underwood split
Randolph split from "Bachelor" star Underwood in May.
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Local Communities Should Sue to Keep University Campuses Closed
Universities do not and cannot operate in a bubble.
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Boxed wine sales have increased dramatically during the COVID pandemic
Stigmatized as being both cheap in price and taste, boxed wine has gained newfound popularity during the COVID pandemic.       
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Bette Midler slams 'demented' people who refuse to wear masks
Bette Midler became the latest celebrity to rebuke “demented” people that refuse to wear a mask amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Broadway star calls Lea Michele 'despicable' in new interview
Lea Michele’s former Broadway co-star Craig Ramsay slammed her in a scathing new interview.
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Jeffrey Epstein associate charged
Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend and alleged accomplice of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested Thursday morning. Follow here for the latest.
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Elon Musk and Kanye West twin in orange with Yeezy sneakers
West stopped by Musk's house for an unexpected matching moment.
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Michigan woman draws handgun on Black family during confrontation in viral video
A video posted to Twitter shows a white woman pointing a handgun at the camera says, "Get away," while another woman asks someone to call the police.        
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Furloughed man dies from deep vein thrombosis after hours of gaming on lockdown
"Stand up, walk around and please warn your kids," his mourning dad pleads.
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NASCAR star Ryan Newman is promoting organ donation but not only for the reason you think
Fueled by the memory of Bryan Clauson and his own grandfather, NASCAR's Ryan Newman has partnered with Driven 2 Save Lives and Indiana Donor Network.      
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Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
Who is the woman whom Jeffrey Epstein once referred to as his “best friend”? 
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Freaked out about full flights during a pandemic? These airlines are still blocking seats – for now
Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska are among the airlines not filling planes to capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic. But be mindful of dates       
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Facebook is killing Lasso, its TikTok copycat app
The social network introduced the app — which allows users to make short form video clips similar to TikToks — back in November of 2018.
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Death row inmate seeks execution delay, says coronavirus endangers Buddhist priest
The lawsuit argues the pandemic risks the health of Rev. Seigen Hartkemeyer, who is "religiously obligated" to attend Wesley Purkey's execution.        
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