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Sen. Paul grills Antony Blinken over target of US drone strike

Sen. Rand Paul grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken over whether the US actually knows whether a drone strike in Afghanistan killed an ISIS-K terrorist or an aid worker.
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Rate of BMI increase in children nearly doubled during pandemic, study finds
Body mass increased in children during a mere eight months of the pandemic, a new study finds. Here's what families can do.
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Latest Child Tax Credit payment delayed for some parents
Some families are expressing frustration that they have yet to receive the third installment from the federal program.
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This chef has a recipe for greener eating
From his restaurant in an Ecuadorian forest, chef Rodrigo Pacheco uses "regenerative gastronomy" to connect his diners with nature.
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These are the deaths and investigations connected to the Murdaugh family
Alex Murdaugh, an attorney and member of one of the most influential family dynasties in coastal South Carolina, was arrested by state authorities this week after investigators alleged he planned for a man to kill him so that Murdaugh's only surviving son would collect a $10 million life insurance payout.
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Gabby Petito’s father criticizes sister of boyfriend for remarks about ‘love’
Joe Petito, the father of missing Long Island native Gabby Petito, slammed comments made by Cassie Laundrie following Laundrie's recent television appearance.
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'NCIS: Hawaii' Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot: How to Watch the New Spin-Off
"NCIS" is about to release its third spin-off, set in Hawaii. Here's everything we know about the new series, including when it is out, who stars in it and what the CBS show is about.
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West African bloc ECOWAS sanctions Guinea and Mali over coups
West Africa's main regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers.
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MLB's 6 most pivotal players for the regular season's final two weeks
With six teams essentially battling for five playoff spots, Fernando Tatis Jr., Aroldis Chapman and four others hold the keys to their teams' futures.      
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The tricky agenda behind vaccine resistance
The tension over vaccine requirements reflects historical debates about the appropriate balance among government authority, religious freedom and the public good, writes Nicole Hemmer. That history reveals how religious exemptions were co-opted first by the anti-vaccination movement and then by the increasingly radicalized American right.
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Otter-ly adorable! Butterfly makes a zoo friend
Otters and butterflies aren’t usually BFFs. At a zoo in Colombia, however, the two species totally hit it off. Watch as a playful otter chases a wild butterfly on the other side of the glass in this interspecies meet-cute.
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Hunter Mauled by Bear Rescued by Alaska National Guard in Dramatic Video
The attack occurred in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve—the largest national park in the United States.
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Week 3 college football picks, bold predictions led by the Alabama-Florida showdown
No. 1 Alabama faces No. 9 Florida in the headline game in college football this weekend. Our experts make their game picks and predictions for Week 3.       
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Correa HR triggers 7-run 4th, Astros roll past Rangers 12-1
Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros are closing in on another AL West title after dominating their last-place Texas rival again.
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High School Football Coach's Advice to Player Who Wanted to Quit Goes Viral
The Californian coach's video about his reluctant player has been watched more than 1.4 million times—and sparked a debate on Twitter.
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Sarah Palin Says She Hasn't Been Vaccinated Because She's Already Had COVID
The former Alaska governor described herself as a "white, common sense conservative" who believed in science.
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COVID looms on 'The Morning Show'
TV news drama "The Morning Show" returns for Season Two with stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon hoping that Season Three will see "everyone in the streets just screaming and dancing and laughing and loving on one another." (Sept. 17)      
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Mark Milley Exposes the Myth of American 'Democracy' | Opinion
Milley's perfidy is but the latest indication that our woke ruling class takes no prisoners in its systemic assault upon our constitutional order.
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Critical Race Theory Distracts from Widespread Academic Underachievement | Opinion
With a new school year underway, parents, teachers and children anxiously return to classrooms amidst an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Own goal of the year? Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha's bizarre mistake gifts Galatasaray victory
Locked 0-0 in a cagey opening Europa League group stage match, it should have been a routine catch for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
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Own goal of the year? Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha's bizarre mistake gifts Galatasaray victory
Locked 0-0 in a cagey opening Europa League group stage match, it should have been a routine catch for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
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Viral Hack Shows How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies With Items in Your Cupboard
Fruit flies are unfortunately a summer staple for many homes, but this trick could help put an end to that.
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Lil Nas X's Hilarious 'MONTERO' Billboard Campaign Explained
To promote his new album, "MONTERO," Lil Nas X put up a series of ironic billboards across Los Angeles. His debut studio album is out now.
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5 things to know for September 17: Australia, Afghanistan, Covid, immigrants, climate
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Warriors' Klay Thompson can thrive after ACL, Achilles injuries, experts say. Will he be as effective?
For many, the question will be: can Klay Thompson get back to where he was before the injuries? His age could be a benefit in his recovery and return.       
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Eleven questions for Tom Carper
And pro-impeachment GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez won't run again in 2022.
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In Texas, Officials Are Reporting A Surge In Migrants At The Southern Border This Week
Texas officials say they are seeing a "historic surge" in migration along the southern border. Thousands of new arrivals from Haiti are straining an already overstretched effort to deal with them.
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HPV vaccines prevent cancer, but doses decline amid pandemic
Research shows that expanding HPV vaccination rates could relegate HPV to the same sort of threat as smallpox: No longer something worry about.      
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Social Media Is Attention Alcohol
Last year, researchers at Instagram published disturbing findings from an internal study on the app’s effect on young women. “Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the authors wrote in a presentation obtained by The Wall Street Journal. “They often feel ‘addicted’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.”This was not a new revelation. For years, Facebook, which owns Instagram, has investigated the app’s effects on its users, and it kept getting the same result. “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” said one slide from a 2019 presentation. “Teens who struggle with mental health say Instagram makes it worse.”The findings weren’t all negative. Although many teenagers reported that Instagram was compulsive but depressing, most teenagers who acknowledged this dark side said they still thought the app was enjoyable and useful.[From September 2017 issue: Have smartphones destroyed a generation?]So a fair summary of Instagram according to Instagram might go like this: Here is a fun product that millions of people seem to love; that is unwholesome in large doses; that makes a sizable minority feel more anxious, more depressed, and worse about their bodies; and that many people struggle to use in moderation.What does that sound like to you? To me, it sounds like alcohol—a social lubricant that can be delightful but also depressing, a popular experience that blends short-term euphoria with long-term regret, a product that leads to painful and even addictive behavior among a significant minority. Like booze, social media seems to offer an intoxicating cocktail of dopamine, disorientation, and, for some, dependency. Call it “attention alcohol.”I personally don’t spend much time on Instagram, but on reflection I love Twitter quite like the way I love wine and whiskey. Other analogies fall short; some people liken social media to junk food, but ultra-processed snacks have few redeemable health qualities compared with just about every natural alternative. I have a more complicated relationship with Twitter. It makes my life better and more interesting. It connects me with writers and thinkers whom I would never otherwise reach. But some days, my attention will get caught in the slipstream of gotchas, dunks, and nonsense controversies, and I’ll feel deeply regretful about the way I spent my time … only to open the app again, several minutes later, when the pinch of regret has relaxed and my thumb reaches, without thought, toward a familiar blue icon on my phone.For the past decade, writers have been trying to jam Facebook into various analogical boxes. Facebook is like a global railroad; or, no, it’s like a town square; or, perhaps, it’s like a transnational government; or, rather, it’s an electric grid, or a newspaper, or cable TV.Each of these gets at something real. Facebook’s ability to connect previously unconnected groups of people to information and commerce really does make it like a 21st-century railroad. The fact that hundreds of millions of people get their news from Facebook makes it very much like a global newspaper. But none of these metaphors completely captures the full berserk mosaic of Facebook or other social-media platforms. In particular, none of them touches on what social media does to the minds of the young people who use it the most.[From the December 2019 issue: The dark psychology of social networks]“People compare social media to nicotine,” Andrew Bosworth, a longtime Facebook executive, wrote in an extensive 2019 memo on the company’s internal network. “I find that wildly offensive, not to me but to addicts.” He went on: I have seen family members struggle with alcoholism and classmates struggle with opioids. I know there is a battle for the terminology of addiction but I side firmly with the neuroscientists. Still, while Facebook may not be nicotine I think it is probably like sugar. Sugar is delicious and for most of us there is a special place for it in our lives. But like all things it benefits from moderation. But in 2020, Facebook critics weren’t the ones comparing its offerings to addiction-forming chemicals. The company’s own users told its research team that its products were akin to a mildly addictive depressant.If you disbelieve these self-reports, perhaps you’ll be persuaded by the prodigious amounts of outside research suggesting the same conclusion. In June, researchers from NYU, Stanford, and Microsoft published a paper with a title that made their position on the matter unambiguous: “Digital Addiction.” In closing, they reported that “self-control problems cause 31 percent of social media use.” Think about that: About one in three minutes spent on social media is time we neither hoped to use beforehand nor feel good about in retrospect.Facebook acknowledges these problems. In a response to the Wall Street Journal exposé published on Tuesday, Karina Newton, the head of public policy at Instagram, stood by the company’s research. “Many find it helpful one day, and problematic the next,” she wrote. “Many said Instagram makes things better or has no effect, but some, particularly those who were already feeling down, said Instagram may make things worse.” But this self-knowledge hasn’t translated into sufficient reform.Thinking of social media as attention alcohol can guide reform efforts. We have a kind of social infrastructure around alcohol, which we don’t have yet for social media. The need to limit consumption is evident in our marketing: Beer ads encourage people to drink responsibly. It’s in our institutions: Established organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous are devoted to fighting addiction and abuse. It’s in our regulatory and economic policy: Alcohol is taxed at higher rates than other food and drink, and its interstate distribution has separate rules. There is also a legal age limit. (Instagram requires its users to be 13 years old, although, as it goes with buying alcohol, many users of the photo-sharing app are surely lying about their age.)Perhaps most important, people have developed a common vocabulary around alcohol use: “Who’s driving tonight?”; “He needs to be cut off”; “She needs some water”; “I went too hard this weekend”; “I might need help.” These phrases are so familiar that it can take a second to recognize that they communicate actual knowledge about what alcohol is and what it does to our bodies. We’ve been consuming booze for several thousand years and have studied the compound’s specific chemical effects on the liver and bloodstream. Social media, by contrast, has been around for less than two decades, and we’re still trying to understand exactly what it’s doing, to whom, and by what mechanism.We might be getting closer to an answer. A 124-page literature review compiled by Jonathan Haidt, an NYU professor, and Jean Twenge, a San Diego State University professor, finds that the negative effects of social media are highly concentrated among young people, and teen girls in particular. Development research tells us that teenagers are exquisitely sensitive to social influence, or to the opinions of other teens. One thing that social media might do is hijack this keen peer sensitivity and drive obsessive thinking about body image, status, and popularity. Instagram seems to create, for some teenage girls, a suffocating prestige economy that pays people in kudos for their appearance and presentation. The negative externality is dangerously high rates of anxiety.How do we fix it? We should learn from alcohol, which is studied, labeled, taxed, and restricted. Similar strictures would discourage social-media abuse among teenagers. We should continue to study exactly how and for whom these apps are psychologically ruinous and respond directly to the consensus reached by that research. Governments should urge or require companies to build more in-app tools to discourage overuse. Instagram and other app makers should strongly consider raising their minimum age for getting an account and preventing young users from presenting fake birthdates. Finally, and most broadly, parents, teens, and the press should continue to build a common vocabulary and set of rules around the dangers of excess social media for its most vulnerable users.Digital sabbaths are currently the subject of columns and confessionals. That’s a good start, but this stuff should be sewn into our everyday language: “No apps this weekend”; “I need to be cut off”; “I love you, but I think you need to take a break”; “Can you help me stay offline?” These reforms should begin with Facebook. But with social media, as with every other legal, compulsive product, the responsibility of moderation ends with the users.
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Milley's reasonable actions raise a serious question
What Milley did was put his country above his commander-in-chief, writes Peter Bergen. Given the irrational rage that Trump was exhibiting after his election loss, Milley made the right call to reassure the Chinese about the stability of the US national security apparatus. But Milley's actions could set a dangerous precedent and we should carefully consider how high-ranking military officers in future administrations might insert themselves into the chain of command under a different president.
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Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Pepper said he and his family began to worry after he began showing symptoms, including difficulty breathing. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday morning.
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Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Pepper said he and his family began to worry after he began showing symptoms, including difficulty breathing. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday morning.
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Mother arrested after abuse is caught on camera
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A woman accepted $50 from a West Virginia police chief so he could rape her 17-year-old relative, feds say
The woman pleaded guilty in a West Virginia federal court to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a minor. She faces up to life in prison.
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A woman accepted $50 from a West Virginia police chief so he could rape her 17-year-old relative, feds say
The woman pleaded guilty in a West Virginia federal court to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a minor. She faces up to life in prison.
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The Supreme Court's actions on abortion and voting rights would have stunned RBG
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago this week, had been well aware that the conservatives on the Supreme Court were poised to take a right turn in areas concerning reproductive health and voting rights. But the liberal icon would likely be stunned to see how far and how fast the court has actually moved.
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January 6 vs. September 18: How law enforcement hopes to prevent another riot
A new fence, an information-sharing alert and ramped-up airport security are just a few of the ways law enforcement is preparing to prevent another deadly insurrection ahead of Saturday's rally aimed at showing support for those arrested on January 6.
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Toddlers receive vaccine at clinic in Cuba. See inside
Cuban children are said to be the youngest anywhere in the world to be vaccinated for Covid-19. The government is using its home developed vaccines for children and adolescents between ages 2 and 18. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports from a clinic in Havana.
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20 fall books we can't wait to read by Katie Couric, Billy Porter, Jonathan Franzen and more
There are plenty of good books to read this fall under a warm blanket, including memoirs by Billy Porter, Katie Couric and Will Smith.       
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America's COVID response is still badly flawed. Here's how to finally get it right.
We should see President Biden's latest steps to fight COVID-19 for what they are: disaster relief in the face of a perfect storm.      
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This year’s Emmys are favoring mass appeal over the niche and artsy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The 2021 Emmy nominees have clumped around a handful of tentpoles, but the TV Academy’s inattentiveness to the scattered brilliance across the medium may have a bright side.
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Letters to the Editor: COVID-19 is only a culture war to Joe Biden's critics
President Biden isn't virtue signaling with his new vaccine rules; he's actually trying to beat the pandemic and save lives.
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Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse
Nearly two-thirds of our recent survey group think the Israel-Palestine situation is akin to apartheid.
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A plumber sang with the radio as he fixed a bathroom. His client overheard and gave him a record deal.
“I was gobsmacked,” said Kev Crane, who recently got the record deal. “It’s something you read about that happens to somebody else. You don’t expect it to happen to you.”
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Op-Ed: Garment workers behind 'Made in the USA' labels are horribly underpaid. Newsom can end the wage theft
Less than one-third of L.A.'s garment workers are paid the state's minimum wage. Under the piece-rate system, workers earn as little as 5 cents to sew a side seam.
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Map proposals show how parties hope to gain from new congressional boundaries
The Washington Post analyzed proposed U.S. House district boundaries in Oregon, Indiana and Colorado as redistricting debates unfold in state capitals.
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Ken Burns discusses his Muhammad Ali documentary - "The Takeout"
Burns says that he wanted to cover Ali's life from his boyhood in segregated Louisville until his death five years ago of Parkinson's Disease.
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Letters to the Editor: Democrats' whining over $276 million for the recall is blatant hypocrisy
If we could get back just $1 billion of the $11 billion spent on fraudulent unemployment claims, we could pay for three recall elections.
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A Detroit community college professor is fighting Silicon Valley’s surveillance machine. People are listening.
Chris Gilliard grew up with racist policing in Detroit. He sees a new form of oppression in the tech we use every day.
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