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Northern Irish police charge two over killing of journalist Lyra McKee

Northern Irish police said on Thursday they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province.
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Beloved monkey dies after battle with kidney disease
A howler monkey who lived at Washington D.C.'s National Zoo has died.
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‘You’ Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: “W.O.M.B.”
Demoted from "You" to "her": tough time to be Love.
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Jen Shah to earn money hosting strip club event ahead of fraud trial
Jen Shah of "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" has a new strip club gig lined up in an effort to line her pockets before her 2022 trial for fraud.
Texas Doctors Slam 'Politically Driven' Vaccine-Mandate Ban, Suggest Paying Fine More Ethical
"Governor Abbott's order means a cancer patient could be exposed to COVID-19 from an unvaccinated employee," said Dr. Joanna Schwartz.
Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil transported to hospital after falling off stage during concert: report
Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil was rushed to the hospital on Friday night after falling off the stage during a performance, according to reports.
2020 NLCS: Look back at every game of the Dodgers' dramatic series win over the Braves
As the Dodgers prepare to face the Braves in the NLCS, look back at every game of last year's dramatic playoff series during which Los Angeles rallied from a 3-1 deficit to reach the World Series.
D.C. police identify officer who shot and wounded man in Northeast
Authorities said the man had a large knife and a fired a weapon that they later learned was a paintball gun
NYPD’s anti-suicide ride for veterans returns after COVID hiatus
Members of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit will escort veterans on a 20-mile horseback ride through Manhattan Saturday to raise awareness of military suicides.
Astros vs. Red Sox prediction: Houston will win Game 2
The Astros will beat the Red Sox in Game 2, Stitches predicts.
Not much has gone right for Jets entering bye week
Through five games, it is hard to know exactly who the 2021 Jets are.
A new crew docks at China's first permanent space station
The three astronauts began their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station. The crew includes Wang Yaping, who is expected to become China's first female spacewalker.
Man Renovating New Home Finds Child Porn Hidden in Drywall
Police in Sacramento County were alerted to the images found in March at the Orangeville property. A father and son have been arrested.
Houston deputies shot in ambush attack, police say
A gunman fired on constable's deputies who were trying to detain someone else outside a Houston bar, ultimately killing one deputy and injuring two others, a constable said. Police say they're looking for the shooter. One person was taken into custody, though investigators didn't immediately know whether that person was a suspect or a witness, according to police.
'Sopranos' star reveals how he landed iconic role
Steven Van Zandt talks about how playing in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band helped him land the role of Silvio on the "The Sopranos."
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Forgotten Battle’ on Netflix, A Dutch War Film With Some Personal Points Of View
The Forgotten Battle (Netflix) reaches for the sweep of a war epic while it tells its personal story of Dutch resistance during WWII.
One-handed busker stuns with electric bass solo in NYC
A Union Square subway busker with just one hand became a NYC Reddit sensation last week when a passerby captured his bass solo and posted it online.
Sir Michael Caine announces retirement from acting: 'I haven't worked for two years'
Award-winning actor Michael Caine's Hollywood career is coming to a close.
Meet Doug: My insecure, 17-pound pandemic pup
Author Paula Froelich first saw Doug on One ear up, one ear down.
Albany pols, NYPD order cops to do nothing as drug addicts shoot up
New York City’s war on drugs is over. The junkies won. The New York Police Department waved the white flag last week — upon orders to surrender from Albany — directing officers to let drug addicts freely shoot up on city streets, and even let them share needles.
‘You’ Season 3 Episode 5 Recap: “Into The Woods”
Roughly six months have passed since the last episode, and we've arrived at a moment of transition.
'Play hard, party hard': Dodgers bulldog Max Scherzer is greedy for another World Series ring
Three-time Cy Young winner got his first career save in the NLDS clincher and has his eyes set on winning another championship.
Kourtney Kardashian went berserk searching for Travis Barker's phone on flight
It was flying hell in business class for Kourtney Kardashian, 42, on her Delta flight from Los Angeles to New York on Wednesday when the reality star frantically searched for a phone.
Europe's energy crunch is giving Putin the upper hand
With natural gas supplies running short on the continent, David A. Andelman writes that Russian President Vladimir Putin's ability to pressure Europe is only growing.
‘Next stop, Ohio’: Video shows MTA bus booking it down Midwest highway
A video of an MTA bus driving down Ohio's I-80 made its rounds on NYC's Reddit page last week. The clip shows the bus headed east out of the Buckeye State as it barrels down the highway.
Mini, sour spiderwebs to make with kids this Halloween
This Halloween recipe from American Licorice Company could be your next family tradition.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green reach divorce settlement
It's been nearly one year since Megan Fox filed for divorce from Brian Austin Green, and now the estranged couple have finally reached a settlement.
Tumultuous time in NY helped prepare Geno Smith for new opportunity
If you are armed with perseverance, if you never stop believing in yourself, the football gods just might decide to throw you a bone of mercy. Geno Smith has gotten that in Seattle.
Biden Cannot Declare Victory on Climate Without One of These Policies
In the past few years, a historic shift has occurred in American public opinion: For the first time ever, and across a variety of polling outlets, a majority of Americans say that they want to see the government take serious action on climate change. This shift has accompanied an eruption of climate-related disasters. Wildfires now paralyze the West Coast. Heat waves have killed elderly people in their homes. And record-breaking floods have destroyed farms, shut down cities, and drowned children in basements.Since he entered the race for his current job, President Joe Biden has stressed the danger of climate change, naming it one of the “four historic crises” that the country faces now. He has promised to zero out carbon pollution from the electricity system by 2035, with 80 percent of U.S. electricity coming from zero-carbon sources by 2030.These goals are the backbone of Biden’s climate agenda. He cannot meet his climate commitment without a realistic, trustworthy plan to hit these electricity goals. There are two different ways to achieve them: the Clean Electricity Program, which incentivizes utilities to increase the amount of zero-carbon power that they generate each year, or a carbon tax, which levies a fee on each ton of greenhouse-gas pollution released into the atmosphere.If Congress can pass either of these policies, then Biden’s climate agenda will succeed, and the world will have a much better shot of avoiding the worst ravages of climate change by the middle of the century. If not, then Biden’s climate agenda will fall short.The fate of these policies is being decided now. Last night, The New York Times reported that Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, opposes the Clean Electricity Program proposed in the reconciliation bill. But Manchin himself has not said so publicly, and House progressives, too, have some leverage left: If that bill does not address climate change to their satisfaction, then they can veto the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Today, remarkably, 60 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by fossil fuels. In order to meaningfully address climate change, that number must decline and rapidly reach zero. Building a zero-carbon electricity system isn’t some environmentalist fantasy; it is the first and most important step to actually managing climate change in the next two decades.This is because of the basic restrictions of chemistry and technology. Right now, a huge portion of economic activity is powered by the controlled combustion of fossil fuels, which produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Humanity knows how to generate energy without causing carbon pollution—using wind turbines, solar panels, nuclear plants, and more—but only in the flexible yet specific form of electricity. Nearly every plan to limit climate change in the United States follows a two-step process: First, the country must scale up the power grid, generating nearly all of its electricity from zero-carbon sources. Second, it must bring almost every fossil-powered industrial process onto the electricity grid.Between the Clean Electricity Program and a carbon tax, the Clean Electricity Program is Biden’s best option. It would directly incentivize utilities to clean up their grid by offering federal grants for those that boosted zero-carbon electricity production by 4 percent each year. Utilities that do not meet that standard can buy credits or pay a small penalty. The policy is designed to keep electricity rates low for consumers, has support from large utilities, and resembles clean-electricity programs that have been successfully implemented in 29 states. With this program in place, the U.S. electricity grid would generate 73 percent of its energy from zero-carbon sources within a decade, preventing at least 400 million tons of carbon pollution, according to the Rhodium Group, an energy-analysis firm. (Climate tax credits would bump zero-carbon energy’s share of the energy mix the rest of the way to Biden’s 80-percent goal.) Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan think tank, has found similar results. Biden’s other option is to support a carbon price. Such a policy has traditionally been a favorite of economists, and it would reduce carbon pollution. A carbon fee of $15 per ton, rising 5 percent each year and exempting gasoline (as any Biden plan reportedly would), promises to eliminate 45 percent of U.S. carbon pollution by 2030 compared with its all-time high, according to Resources for the Future. That makes it roughly comparable to the Clean Electricity Program, and it would make Biden’s goal of halving carbon pollution by 2030 feasible.But there are good reasons to be skeptical of a carbon tax. A carbon tax is, by design, intended to raise fossil-fuel prices, which strikes me as politically unwise, amid a global spike in energy prices and an ongoing producers’ strike in the Texas oil patch. Taxing carbon also turns fossil fuels into an enduring source of government revenue, when the goal should instead be to eliminate them.Yet for all these quibbles, a carbon tax would undoubtedly work. And the passage of either a carbon tax or the Clean Electricity Program would amount to a colossal political achievement, finally allowing the United States to sit among its peer countries that have passed significant climate policy.Manchin is the greatest opponent of both these policies. He has reportedly told Biden that he cannot accept the Clean Electricity Program, even though he seemed to accept it in a secret agreement that he signed with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer this summer. Senate Democrats respect Manchin and understand his unusual political acumen—he has, after all, found a way to win elections as a Democrat in a state that Donald Trump won by 39 points last year. Although Manchin’s family owns a coal-brokerage company from which he might still draw an income, he may have broader goals as a politician. He seems determined to ensure that the roughly 31,000 fossil-fuel workers in his state can envision a future for themselves in a decarbonizing economy—much as climate activists are desperate to see a safe and prosperous future for themselves in the hot years ahead.If the Times is wrong that Manchin has categorically rejected Clean Electricity Program, there is plenty about these policies that Manchin and Biden can and should negotiate about. They could slow the Clean Electricity Program’s pace of change (should utilities go zero-carbon at 3 percent a year, rather than 4?) or adjust the amount of carbon capture permitted (should natural-gas plants that capture 80 percent of their pollution count?). They could exempt certain states from the program during its early years. The Clean Electricity Program would supercharge one of Manchin’s own provisions in the bill—a tax credit that would help companies build clean-energy technologies in America—by creating 15 to 30 percent more jobs than the policy would alone.These details matter—they will decide how fast America’s significant share of global carbon pollution falls—but ultimately either the Clean Electricity Program or carbon tax would allow the U.S. to further drive down the cost of producing zero-carbon energy. That benefit would redound worldwide, shaping a far larger share of global climate pollution.Is there a third option here? According to the Times, White House staff is now “trying to cobble together a mix of other policies that could also cut emissions,” and they could plausibly find some provisions that are acceptable to Manchin that would also encourage utilities to replace some of their fossil-fuel generation with renewables. But barring a miracle, the administration would be forced to fall back on using Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce carbon pollution, a potentially costly and arduous process that would be vulnerable to challenges at the conservative Supreme Court or rollbacks from future presidents. And there is no guarantee that it would become settled law by the 2024 election.These political concerns may seem quotidian, and they are—but how and whether any of these policies pass is a question of world-historical importance. Lawmakers, the press, and Americans of good character must understand that the U.S. has more at stake than the particular makeup of its electricity system. Over the past few years, some of the most famous institutions in the country—the biggest companies, universities, states, and cities—have pledged to act on climate change. Leading diplomats have flown around the world to proclaim the seriousness of America’s commitment.But what have they concretely accomplished? For all its climate-destroying coal plants, China still installs more solar power than any other country, sells more electric vehicles than any other country, and operates a weak but expanding carbon market. Trans-Atlantic strategists worry that the European Union, which also maintains a carbon price, could eventually fuse its system to that of its largest trading partner, China. For the U.S. to fail to follow through after so much blabber would suggest, as China’s leaders reportedly believe, that our democracy is too sclerotic to meet the current crisis. That is a mortifying conclusion for the country, and a potentially dangerous one for the world order. If the U.S. cannot pass one of these policies, cannot bring itself to actually reduce carbon pollution, then it will strengthen the perception that American democracy is fundamentally sick, dying, unable to act on an issue on which its leaders’ credibility and its international stature rides. We will look like a decadent, soul-sick nation, too feeble to govern our basest instincts. And, well, aren’t we?
Deputy fatally shot, 2 injured at Houston nightclub shooting
A Texas constable deputy was fatally shot and two other deputies were wounded in what police are calling an "ambush" early Saturday morning outside a Houston nightclub.
Volkan Oezdemir on 'killer' Magomed Ankalaev: 'I signed up to fight the best guys'
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'Halloween Kills' star spills on being murdered by Michael Myers: 'It was really beautiful'
In an exit interview, one 'Halloween Kills' star describes death at the hands of Michael Myers and also reveals a 'cool' deleted ending. Spoilers!
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Good Timing With Jo Firestone’ On Peacock: More Than OK, Boomers!
You're never too old to harness your sense of humor.
Chiefs superfan 'X-Factor' banned from Arrowhead Stadium after fight
Kansas City Chiefs superfan known as “X-Factor” revealed Friday he was banned from Arrowhead Stadium following a viral video that appeared to show him in a fight at the venue.
TikTok’s ‘Old Jewish Men’ demand cheap lox, places to pee in NYC ‘protests’
Whether it's the price of lox or a place to pee, one of the latest TikTok trends features old dudes kvetching for a cause.
Call of Duty telling a different war story: Talking Tech podcast
On the Talking Tech podcast, Mike Snider and Brett Molina discuss the new Call of Duty video game release.     
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1 deputy was killed and 2 were wounded in an ambush at a Houston bar
The constable deputies were shot while working an extra shift at the bar, officials said. Authorities took a person into custody but were searching for a man believed to be the shooter.
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Harvard Law Student Blames 'Deeply Embedded Sexism' for Fainting Viral Video Concerns
The video amassed over three million views after the Harvard Law student carried on her argument after fainting, but people were too eager to paint her as a "damsel in distress" she told Newsweek.
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Vienna museums launch OnlyFans account to display 'explicit' artworks
The city of Vienna is taking an offbeat approach to the censorship of art and has turned to using the adults-only online platform OnlyFans to put its most "explicit" artworks on full display.
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Vienna museums launch OnlyFans account to display 'explicit' artworks
The city of Vienna is taking an offbeat approach to the censorship of art and has turned to using the adults-only online platform OnlyFans to put its most "explicit" artworks on full display.
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Why Wasn't Biden's Child Tax Credit More Popular?
The president needs to make the case for a big expansion of government spending.
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Trump Switches Arizona Audit Focus to Pima County, Demands Loss to Biden Be Decertified
Pima County's administrator explained that the election results were already "publicly audited via hand count by the County's Republican and Democratic parties."
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Alabama high school football game shooting leaves several wounded, police say
At least four people were shot during an Alabama high school football game on Friday night, police said.
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De Blasio hires violent felon to senior role in Community Affairs Unit
Mayor de Blasio tapped a violent felon to a senior role in his administration's Community Affairs Unit.
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‘Squid Game’ Episode 3 Recap: Sugar, Sugar
Once Squid Game sinks its teeth into one of these games, they bite hard.
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Five Reasons Donald Trump Will Be Pessimistic About Running in 2024
The former president has now lost the popular vote in two consecutive elections and could struggle to win in 2024.
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U.S. will provide condolence payments to families of Kabul drone strike victims
The Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike was supposed to target ISIS-K members, but the attack killed 10 Afghan civilians. Now those victims' families will get unspecified condolence payments.
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Pramila Jayapal Won’t Let the Biden Presidency Fail
In the infrastructure negotiations, the leader of the House progressive caucus has shown a willingness to play hardball.
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Massive update and paid DLC coming to ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’
A new update will bring a lot of a new content to the game after a dry spell.
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