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Pelosi Says Bill on Investing Rules for Lawmakers Will Face Vote This Month

The House will take up legislation intended to curb stock trades by members of Congress that can create real or perceived conflicts of interest.
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Graduates With Greater Student Loans More Likely To Regret College Choices
College graduates who felt their major comes in handy in their careers earn around 15 percent more per year than those who regret their college choices.
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What happens next to Shohei Ohtani and Angels? Dodgers' 2012 sale might provide clues
The Dodgers' ownership change a decade ago could provide clues into how the Angels' sale might affect Shohei Ohtani and the organization.
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Lakers guard Matt Ryan had a unique path to the NBA, and it involved a cemetery
Matt Ryan's route to the Lakers included working at a cemetery while training at a rec center where he had to create a makeshift three-point line.
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Robert Redford: Supreme Court should not dishonor 50th anniversary of Clean Water Act
Robert Redford: Last thing we need is to put Clean Water Act on trial at the Supreme Court. Protect wetlands and streams that feed our drinking water.       
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Garcetti deputy being named to high-level U.S. diplomatic post, sources say
Nina Hachigian will be the country’s first special representative for subnational diplomacy, linking local governments to national foreign policy
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White Guilt and Black Science | Opinion
Both whites and blacks have a vested interest in lying about the past.
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How to come up with a unique Halloween costume without spending a ton of money
Denis Novikov/Getty Images Tap your creativity (and closet) for the best Halloween costume. With an October 30 birthday, it’s only natural that Kimberly Murphy takes Halloween extremely seriously. A natural redhead, Murphy has dressed up as iconic crimson-haired characters like the Wendy’s mascot and Chuckie from Rugrats, but once she started dating her now-fiancé, Brian, nearly a decade ago, Murphy’s costumes leveled up. A selection of Murphy and Brian’s greatest Halloween hits: Dexter and Dee Dee from Dexter’s Laboratory, Ms. Frizzle and the eponymous bus from The Magic School Bus, Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tormund and Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones, and Shaun White and a snowboard. “We put my snowboard on his back so I could actually ‘ride’ him,” Murphy, who, regardless of the character’s gender, always dresses as the redhead, says. “It gave a funny, experiential element to the costume.” This October, the couple, both in their early 30s, is getting married and will be depicting Chucky and Bride of Chucky for Halloween. (You can guess who’ll be donning the white dress.) In childhood, Halloween is one of the few days of the year where you can wear your most imaginative garb to school and to strangers’ doors. As you get older, that sense of youthful creativity might wane, and figuring out what to wear to a costume party becomes another minor conundrum. Whether you dabble in dress-up or are a cosplay aficionado, conceiving of creative, yet approachable, Halloween attire doesn’t need to be a bewildering or expensive experience. Experts in the art of costuming offer their advice for ideating and executing your best guise so you can take home top honors in this year’s costume contest. Narrow your focus When every character, celebrity, historical figure, animal, pun, and meme is potential costume fodder, homing in on one idea can feel overwhelming. Limitations and parameters are your best friend. Use your own appearance — is there a person or fictional character who has a similar style as you? Vaguely comparable features? — and the media that interested you this year as jumping-off points. Everything from YA novels and nostalgic ‘90s TV shows to extremely local jokes and gags (public transit, sports mascots) to niche memes (hello, Chris Pine astral projecting) are prime inspo. Is there an alter ego you’re interested in exploring? Cosplayer and photographer Hope Elmekies often dresses up as characters she feels a personal connection to, like Morticia Addams. “I very much felt like I related to [her] because she’s not fitting in,” she says. “I felt that kinship to that character.” Courtesy Fungirlwithacamera Photography One of Hope Elmekies’ go-to cosplay characters is Morticia Addams. For all of her costumes, Murphy has let her red hair and the height difference between her and her fiancé (she’s 5 feet tall, he’s 6-foot-2) guide her choices. She thinks back to significant pop culture or historical moments that fall under these categories. For example, Murphy flagged Queen’s Gambit as a potential ensemble, due to its buzzworthiness and the fact that the protagonist had red hair. “I take this formulaic approach to Halloween where if it’s unusually small or redheaded,” she says, “that fits my formula of a potential Halloween candidate.” For group or family costumes, it can be helpful to focus on one shared interest, accessory, or hobby. If you all met in an adult dodgeball league, maybe you want to dress up as dodgeball players. Maybe your group is composed of three couples and you want to do a Grease-inspired collab. Then, figure out what effect you’d like your costume to have. Is your goal to make everyone laugh? Be the sexy one? Go all-in on minute details? Incorporate a few friends for a group costume? This can help you zero in on an idea. The location of your Halloween bash can help further narrow down your options, says custom costume maker Correen Borst-Straub of Correen’s Creative Designs. Think about where you’ll wear the getup to determine what’s appropriate. If you’re going to a party in a small apartment, you probably won’t want to wear a huge Marie Antoinette dress or you might want to think twice about wearing vampire fangs to a costumed fundraiser with a sit-down dinner. Buck convention, respectfully Using popular culture as inspiration may yield a few potential ideas, but if you really want a memorable guise, approach these concepts in an unconventional manner. Many people tend to dress up as the main characters from popular shows (how many chefs and Targaryens are we going to see this year?) but supporting roles or genre tropes can also be crowd-pleasing attire. For her all-time favorite Halloween costume, Dani Cabot, the manager of New York City vintage boutique Screaming Mimis, dressed up as a virgin sacrifice. “I got bedsheets and a classic cheesy ’70s Roman goddess dress and I got a huge wig, and then a choker that made it look like my throat was slashed,” she says. Even if you don’t share every physical trait with a character, use your differences to your advantage. Murphy and her fiance have often dressed up as characters that have historically been depicted as opposite to the couple’s own gender presentation. “Gender is always very subjective,” says Philadelphia-based drag queen VinChelle. “Everyone can express themselves how they want to.” VinChelle frequently performs in looks inspired by Beyoncé and uses the star’s photoshoots as a reference. She’ll then scour fabric stores in Philadelphia or New York City for the garment and works closely with seamstresses to construct the outfit. “Beyoncé’s a glorified drag queen,” she says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ~VinChelle~ (@_vinchelle_) To be clear: This is not an excuse to appropriate other cultures, use makeup to darken your skin, or wear racist costumes. If you’re unsure if a costume is appropriate, run your idea by a few friends first, says Kate Farrier, the wardrobe manager for RWS Entertainment Group, an entertainment and event production company that has produced haunted experiences for the likes of Six Flags Great America, Sea World, and Legoland. Reference your personal style Think about ways you can infuse your personality into popular ideas. Say you want to be a witch or a vampire. What can you do to make the costume feel like you? If your one wardrobe staple is a leather jacket, make your witch persona wear a leather jacket. “If you’re always on your phone, maybe you’re a celebrity vampire, social media vampire,” Farrier says. “Try and make it about something that you always have by bringing your personal items into it because that will make it special for you.” One year, a shopper at Screaming Mimis spiced up their vampire attire by adding ’70s disco accessories. “They did this insane disco Studio 54 vampire look,” Cabot says. You can also take a character who isn’t particularly known for their fashion, like Pacman, and make an interesting garment inspired by their aesthetic. Another way to differentiate is to make subtle changes to tried-and-true depictions. Borst-Straub has a 25 percent rule where she infuses her creativity into well-known designs so the resulting look is 75 percent true to pop culture and 25 percent her own. Elmekies gets inspiration by searching her costume idea plus “cosplay” on Pinterest to see how others have approached the concept. Don’t worry about being so niche that everyone has to ask you what you are, Elmekies says. “So, what are you?” is a great icebreaker. “Sometimes when I go out as Belle from Beauty and the Beast, people don’t know who I am necessarily because it’s not a Disney knockoff, it’s more built that you can wear every day,” Elmekies says. Use what you’ve got (or shop secondhand) Halloween outfits shouldn’t cost a ton of money. Think about the colors, shapes, and silhouettes needed for a costume to help you identify the look’s building blocks. For a gargoyle look, for example, you’ll need a lot of gray apparel and makeup. “Think about the shapes of things instead of the actual items,” says Ryan Walton, the producer of Halloween experiences for RWS Entertainment Group. “[Say] I need a round hoop-like thing. What can I do that’s round and hoop-like that’s not going to cost me a lot of money and then I can refabricate?” Scour your closet (or your friends’ closets) for pieces you’ll need. If you’re dressing up as a flapper, dig out a slip dress if you have one. Then, let your accessories and props do all the talking. “So things like jewelry, gloves, stockings, headpieces, masks can really transform a basic into something that’s excellent,” Cabot says. For any pieces you don’t already own, visit a local vintage or thrift store, indie costume shop, or dollar store to get materials. Workers at these stores can offer expert costuming advice, and by shopping in person, you can be sure you’re getting exactly what you want — no online ordering surprises, Cabot says. Shopping secondhand is also far more sustainable than purchasing a polyester outfit from a big-box store. Chances are you can even incorporate aspects of your ensemble into your regular wardrobe, too. Rock your costume Ultimately, you’re going to have the best time in an outfit you feel comfortable and confident wearing. Think about how the fabrics and props feel; it’s not worth being constricted by shoes that are impossible to walk in. “You will light up the most when you are wearing something that you love,” VinChelle says. “When I am in my favorite costume, I’m a whole other person.” Even if you feel like you don’t have the “right” body type for a certain character or look, “you can look at it as this is my character and my character’s just curvy,” Elmekies says. “Realize your character is incredible.” Even Better is here to offer deeply sourced, actionable advice for helping you live a better life. Do you have a question on money and work; friends, family, and community; or personal growth and health? Send us your question by filling out this form. We might turn it into a story.
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3 die when plane hits Minnesota house; 2 inside home survive
"We looked out and noticed the entire back half our house was gone," one resident said.
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When Will the 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' Anime Air?
The iconic "Bleach" anime is returning with an adaptation of the final arc of Tite Kubo's manga, titled the "Thousand-Year Blood War."
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Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month
Celebrating some of the most notable names during Latinx Heritage Month.
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Ukrainian troops claim new gains in counteroffensive in the south
Ukrainian troops have continued to push on with a counteroffensive that has embarrassed Moscow, with possible gains in the southern region of Kherson.
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Op-Ed: A new law can help us keep the robust free press our democracy needs
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would authorize news outlets to bargain together for compensation from platforms that share their work like Google and Facebook.
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Commanders’ play-calling suggests they’ve lost faith in passing game
The team asked less of quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday. A struggling offensive line might have something to do with that.
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'I shouldn't even be here:' After a seven-year absence, Rockies closer Daniel Bard is better than ever
Despite another last place finish by the Rockies, closer Daniel Bard has had an unforgettable season.      
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An Early Conservative Victory in the War on Big Tech | Opinion
In the fight against monopoly power, conservatives must pick a side: big business or the free market.
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Joe Rogan Thinks MacKenzie Scott's Second Husband had 'Zero Chance'
Joe Rogan joked about Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie Scott's second divorce. She had married school teacher Dan Jewett in 2021.
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Man Tries To Kiss Cobra, Gets Bitten in Face Now Battling for Life
Snake expert Jose Louies told Newsweek the snake species does not attack unless provoked and kissing it "crosses the limits."
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Russian TV Aghast at Ukraine Advance: 'We Are Retreating–What's Happening?'
Speaking on Russian State TV, Andrey Gurulyov suggested one of the problems was people receiving constantly good reports that could be lies.
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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing woman 36 years ago
The break came in 2020 after investigators obtained a DNA sample from Carbo — who was 18 at the time of the murder — and it matched.
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One simple question could have protected Tua Tagovailoa from serious injury | Opinion
Can anyone trust the NFL to fix its head trauma protocols so this doesn't happen again, this time to somebody else's son? columnist Nancy Armour asks.       
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Spectator dies in fall from escalator after Steelers-Jets game in Pittsburgh
There was no word early on his identity or what caused the fall.
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Nobel prize in medicine awarded for research on evolution
The medicine prize kicked off a week of Nobel Prize announcements.
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POLITICO Playbook: Why the White House isn't sweating GOP probes
And Maggie Haberman dishes on her new book.
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Dog's Last Cuddle Before 'Crossing The Rainbow Bridge' Melts Hearts Online
"Always go in with your dog bc they need you to hold them, you're their world. They've earned it," one user said.
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Matt Gaetz Asks for Help in Florida After Voting Against Hurricane Relief
The Florida rep. wrote on Twitter on Sunday for Congress to give the state "half of what you sent to Ukraine," for residents "in grave need of assistance."
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NFL Week 4 winners and losers: Eagles pass tough test; Ravens can't finish games
While the Philadelphia Eagles showed that they can overcome a big early deficit, the Baltimore Ravens blew their second double-digit lead this season.      
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Trial to begin for man accused of killing 22 women in Texas
It was one woman's survival of a March 2018 attack that set Billy Chemirmir's arrest in motion.
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MLB power rankings: Braves sweep Mets to take over an NL East race for the history books
Mets lose all three games in Atlanta to blow their season-long NL East.      
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As the Kanjuruhan Tragedy Shows, Indonesia Has Not Resolved Its Long-Standing Problem of Soccer Violence
Soccer has a troubled history in Indonesia, due to bitter inter-club rivalries and what some say is questionable policing
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U.K. Scraps Tax Cut for Wealthy That Sparked Market Turmoil
The unfunded cuts unveiled only days ago sparked turmoil on financial markets and sent the pound to record lows
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Slavery descendants fight to memorialize a cemetery in Maryland
Development has forced many historically Black communities around the country to uproot and disperse. Cemeteries often remain the only proof that those communities existed.
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Letters to the Editor: What do you do when Luke Skywalker asks for campaign money?
A reader says she spends too much time deleting Democratic fundraising messages, but she paid special attention to one from Mark Hamill.
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Inside House Republicans’ Plan to Investigate Hunter Biden as a ‘National Security Threat’
"We're not investigating Hunter Biden for political reasons,” insists Rep. James Comer, who is poised to lead the House Oversight Committee in a Republican House.
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'I’ve given up on all my dreams': Dread in Germany deepens over war in Ukraine
Surging inflation and fears about an energy crisis from Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine are taking a toll on the finances — and psyches — of Germans.
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Nicholas Goldberg: Jan. 6? Climate change? War in Europe? The voters have other things on their minds
The biggest crises and challenges facing America and the world are not the ones that will draw voters to the polls in November.
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Endorsement: Send Christy Smith, Sydney Kamlager and Robert Garcia to Washington
Voters should elect these three Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Letters to the Editor: Why timely Trump tell-alls wouldn't have saved us
If reporters and Trump insiders had been more forthcoming during his presidency, they would have been disregarded as traitors and enemies of the people.
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Would you buy a $400 Marvel action figure? Thousands of people can’t wait.
Hasbro's monstrous 32-inch-tall Galactus could point the way to the future of plastic superhero toys.
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Letters to the Editor: Stop explaining away gas price gouging in California
Readers are fed up with relentless increases in gas prices in California, and the explanations that are used to justify them.
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NFL's path to top jobs still narrow, lengthy for coaches of color
A USA TODAY analysis shows that opportunities for NFL coaches of color are limited by lower-level jobs that don't often lead to top positions.       
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What are midterm elections and why are they important?
Who are the candidates I should know about? What are the top issues? How can I vote? We answer your questions about the November elections.
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100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts: Apple Watch Series 8
Learn about the new Apple Watch Series 8 wearable, our first 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts pick.
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100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts: I am Groot Marvel Lego set
Plus, more toys your boys will love to receive for Christmas or Hanukkah.
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Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers matchups, start time, how to watch and prediction
Matthew Stafford and the Rams have struggled to breakthrough on offense this season, and the San Francisco 49ers will provide a significant test.
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Ga. woman’s mysterious death was ‘deliberate and personal,’ officials say
A trail of clues has raised more questions than answers after Debbie Collier’s body was found burned and naked off a Georgia highway.
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The Outrageous, Republic-Distorting Census Error You've Heard Nothing About | Opinion
Red states Texas and Florida should have gained one and two seats respectively, but did not.
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How the new NBA app could change the sports distribution game
What the app could mean for the NBA's next national TV rights negotiations. It could become a very big deal.
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As TV doctor, Mehmet Oz provided platform for questionable products and views
Now a Republican candidate for the Senate in Pennsylvania, Oz has made his medical background and his popular TV show a centerpiece of his campaign
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