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Taiwan Not Concerned About War With China, Despite Sky-high Tensions

Polling by pro-government and opposition bodies reflects sanguine attitudes toward tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
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Britney Spears' Fiancé Celebrates Landing Movie Role Opposite Mel Gibson
Sam Asghari has revealed a role in the upcoming thriller "Hot Seat," alongside the Mad Max star and Kevin Dillion.
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Queen Elizabeth pulls out of climate summit following medical advice
"Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the Reception but will deliver a message to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message," Buckingham Palace said.
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Why a 7-foot tall Harambe statue popped up outside Facebook headquarters
Having already made an appearance on Wall Street, a giant statue of Harambe was also briefly installed opposite Facebook's headquarters in California, staring down the social media platform's blue logo.
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US stocks hover near record territory
Here's the latest news on what stocks are doing.
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Nor'easter Photos and Videos: Flash Floods, Heavy Rain Hit Tri-State Area
Parts of New York and New Jersey saw flash floods as 5 inches of rain fell in a single day.
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The secret first-class seats offered by airlines
International airlines are gradually retiring their top-tier seats, but the spirit of first class lives on in a kind of secret first class -- roomy suite-style arrangements tucked away at the front of the airplane.
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Massive fire in New Jersey auto auction building
Crews battled a massive fire in an auto auction in New Jersey on Tuesday night. The fire broke out in Pennsauken Township, near Philadelphia. (Oct. 27)      
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IBM is Using Quantum Computing to Help the Automotive Industry Solve EV, Traffic Problems
IBM is helping the automotive industry with a multitude of complex problems using quantum computing to speed up solutions.
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Video of Dog Refusing to Eat French Fry Unless Dipped In Ketchup Goes Viral
The Labrador's choice of condiment has divided dog lovers, with some Reddit commenters warning that the snack "isn't good for them."
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FDA panel recommends Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11; unvaccinated Americans face tougher rules for reentry into US: COVID-19 updates
Children are one step closer to being able to receive a COVID vaccine, just as testing starts for a new-to-the-U.S. vaccine. More COVID updates.       
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Pedestrian struck and killed on train tracks in Virginia
Police said the incident happened near Burke and Rolling roads.
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The Best 'Dune' Memes to Spice Up Your Day
Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" is one of the weirdest sci-fi worlds to appear in a blockbuster for years, triggering plenty of hilarious memes and reactions.
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The Mushy Middle
We look at public opinion about abortion in Texas.
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Congressional Republicans Want to Draft Your Daughter | Opinion
We cannot enact policies that risk our civilization for the hollow approval of coastal elites.
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The Second Amendment Has Become a Threat to the First
Many Americans fervently believe that the Second Amendment protects their right to bear arms everywhere, including at public protests. Many Americans also believe that the First Amendment protects their right to speak freely and participate in political protest. What most people do not realize is that the Second Amendment has become, in recent years, a threat to the First Amendment. People cannot freely exercise their speech rights when they fear for their lives.This is not hyperbole. Since January 2020, millions of Americans have assembled in public places to protest police brutality, systemic racism, and coronavirus protocols, among other things. A significant number of those protesters were confronted by counterprotesters visibly bearing firearms. In some of these cases, violence erupted. According to a new study by Everytown for Gun Safety and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), one in six armed protests that took place from January 2020 through June 2021 turned violent or destructive, and one in 62 turned deadly.These kind of data fill a void in ongoing debates about the compatibility of free speech and firearms at protest events. For example, is the phenomenon of armed protests new? Is it frequent? The open display of firearms at public protests, including long rifles and what are sometimes called “assault-style rifles,” is a relatively new phenomenon. Although many states allow firearms in public places, until recently few Americans have openly toted firearms to political demonstrations. The Everytown/ACLED study examined thousands of protests, showing a marked uptick in protests at which people were visibly armed following the police murder of George Floyd. It found that at least 560 events involved an armed protester or counterprotester. Loose state firearms laws are part of the explanation for this phenomenon. The incidence of armed protests was three times higher in states with expansive open-carry laws, the study noted.Such research makes much clearer the implications of open carry for public safety, public protest, and constitutional democracy. Some have argued that open carry will make protests safer. In fact, tragedies were far less frequent at protests that did not involve firearms, the Everytown/ACLED research revealed: One in 37 turned violent or destructive, and only one in 2,963 unarmed gatherings turned fatal.[Joseph Blocher and Reva Siegel: Guns are a threat to the body politic]In short, the visible presence of firearms increases the risk of violence and death when exercising one’s First Amendment rights. The increased risk of violence from open carry is enough to have a meaningful “chilling effect” on citizens’ willingness to participate in political protests. Research thus far has focused on open display of firearms, but further study is needed to evaluate the public safety concerns that may still be present when protesters or counterprotesters bring concealed firearms to demonstrations. In addition, concealed carry may not have the same chilling effect; it’s possible that without weapons visible, protesters will not be deterred. But at the same time, merely knowing that people might be armed could keep people away from public protests.Diana Palmer, one of the authors of this article, conducted a study on the impact of open carry of firearms on the exercise of protest rights, and confirmed what common intuition suggests but included some surprises. The study found that participants were far less likely to attend a protest, carry a sign, vocalize their views, or bring children to protests if they knew firearms would be present.Participants were asked about their willingness to participate in protests in two groups. In the control group, firearms were not mentioned in the questions. In the experimental group, they were. The questions did not specify whether the participants were visibly carrying firearms or not. The participants in the experimental group were much less willing to participate in expressive activities than participants in the control group to whom firearms were not mentioned.That hesitation was present regardless of respondents’ political ideology. It was experienced by gun owners and nonowners alike. Survey respondents’ explanations as to why they would refrain from participating in protests where arms are present revealed the significant chilling effects of guns at protests. Among other things, respondents indicated:I feel like I would be antagonizing [firearms carriers] and that could lead to me being injured.If they started shooting, I would be concerned they would target me for what I said. I’ll let the people with the guns do the talking.Nothing is important enough to be shot over. Some open-carry proponents insist that they bring firearms to protests to defend themselves against potential violence or to ensure that the First Amendment rights of all participants are respected. However, the Everytown/ACLED study concluded that 77 percent of armed protests during the observed period were “driven by far-right mobilization and reactions to left-wing activism.” The study also found that 84 percent of armed protesters at Black Lives Matter protests were counterprotesters from extremist groups such as the “boogaloo boys,” the Proud Boys, and other right-wing groups. Rather than being motivated by self-defense or civil-rights concerns, the decision to carry a gun tends to follow far-right political ideology.[Garrett Epps: Guns are no mere symbol]Whatever the motives of firearms carriers might be, the clear social perception of would-be participants is that armed protests are unsafe. That finding is crucial to understanding the potentially devastating effect that bringing guns to protests can have on the exercise of First Amendment rights.The Supreme Court will soon decide whether there is a Second Amendment right to carry firearms and other weapons in public places, a question it has yet to weigh in on. A pending case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, involves restrictions on concealed-carry permits. To decide it, the Court will need to determine whether the Second Amendment applies outside the home. As the studies show, the answer has profound implications not just for public safety but also for constitutional democracy. As courts and legislatures considergun regulations, they ought to bear in mind not just the physical dangers of armed protests but also the social harms associated with them. For many—perhaps an increasing number of—Americans, participation in armed public protests may simply not be worth the risk. Even if public protest survives, only those willing to risk their life, or who are inclined and able to carry weapons in defense of their own right to protest, may want to participate. Rather than serving as a democratizing means of expression, protest may become an armed contest and the exclusive preserve of the non-peaceable. Most concerning is that public protest as we know it may cease to exist at all. That would deprive Americans of participating in one of the greatest traditions of this country: expressing their views, engaging in public life, and advocating for democratic change.
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Queen Elizabeth II will skip COP26 entirely, days after overnight hospital stay
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Tom Stoppard: I really ought to write something else now
CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks to playwright Tom Stoppard about his plans for future writing.
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5 things to know for October 27: Covid-19, Congress, social media, climate, Myanmar
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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McAuliffe buys 'fake news' ads in effort to sway voters, Fox News investigation finds
Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe has spent nearly $100,000 advertising “fake news” websites on Facebook during the Virginia gubernatorial campaign
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Men shot by teen at Kenosha protests can be called "rioters" and "looters" at trial
A judge laid out the final ground rules on what evidence will be allowed when Kyle Rittenhouse goes on trial for shooting three people during a protest against police brutality.
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Biden and McAuliffe go all in on Trump bashing ahead of next Tuesday's Virginia contest
Virginia has an uncanny record of foreshadowing how a first-term president’s party will fare in the midterms.
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Golden Retriever's Loving Reaction to Special Needs 4-Year-Old Is Melting Hearts Online
Indie the golden retriever was filmed behaving in a such a gentle and loving manner with a special needs girl, 4, that many online are in awe of the animal.
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Billie Eilish calls for 'urgent action' ahead of COP26
Music star Billie Eilish joined forces with scientists from the group Arctic Basecamp on Tuesday, calling on world leaders to stand together and take urgent action at the U.N. COP26 climate summit next week.
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Alec Baldwin's accidental shooting incident leads to conversations about gun bans on movie, TV sets
Internal discussions at major film and TV studios are reportedly underway to address calls for a ban on having real guns on set. However, it’s unlikely that a blanket ban will come from a network or studio level any time soon.
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The U.S. is set to appeal the U.K.'s refusal to extradite WikiLeaks' Assange
Earlier this year, a lower court judge refused an American request to extradite Assange on spying charges over WikiLeaks' publication of secret military documents a decade ago.
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A pilot bought Jeffrey Epstein’s jet before the sex-trafficking bust. He’s now suing, calling the plane ’tainted.’
A Georgia man bought a jet and business from Jeffrey Epstein. Now he says the company is "damaged by the stigma" of Epstein's reputation.
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How the Statue of Liberty became a symbol for a national myth
Reece Jones outlines how the Statue of Liberty, dedicated 135 years ago this month, came years later to be a symbol for the sincere belief that the US is a nation of immigrants; he shows how the stories we tell ourselves about what it means to be an American are not actually true.
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Dad of Four Killed by Heart Attack on His Birthday, Three Days Before His Wedding
Phil Boyd had been set to marry his partner of 21 years, but died while on vacation on the Greek island of Kos.
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Heat or eat? America's poor face an inhumane, impossible choice this winter.
Every winter, one elderly woman I interviewed boiled pots of water and used a space heater in the living room where she spent her days and nights.       
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Garland to face questions about politicization of the Justice Department
Attorney General Merrick Garland will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he is expected to face questions echoing those he met while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee last week.
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Op-Ed: Will Congress expose Big Oil like it did Big Tobacco in the '90s?
This week Congress can expose the deceptions of Big Oil as it did for Big Tobacco nearly three decades ago.
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Inside the rise of AR-15-style rifles in America
The use of assault weapons is on the rise. In the last three years, 67% of gun massacres were with assault weapons.
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Sen. Rick Scott: Suburban voters are rejecting Democrats' radical agenda
It doesn’t take much searching to find analyses from political pundits and the media declaring the death of the Republican Party, due to losses among suburban voters.
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Welcome to our future of omnipresent Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet is here to stay with box-office hits "Dune" and "The French Dispatch" under his belt and a Willy Wonka prequel on the way,
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Letters to the Editor: Never forget California's history of racist violence
The mass murder of Chinese people in Los Angeles in 1871 is a stark reminder of how far back our inhumanity toward one another reaches.
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Merrick Garland will appear before Senate panel amid pressure on Nassar probe, Bannon and school boards memo
Attorney General Merrick Garland is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he is likely to face fierce Republican blowback to a memo he issued addressing threats to school boards, as well as bipartisan heat for the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar probe.
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Fossil Fuel Companies Are Still Influencing COP26, Despite Losing Their Official Role
Finally, it seemed, the companies that played a large part in creating the climate crisis were being denied a say in deciding how we dig ourselves out. Unlike at previous climate summits, the organizers of COP26 in Glasgow didn’t give fossil fuel companies a formal role in the talks, a move that climate activists have…
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Some fast-food items contain plastics linked to serious health problems, new report shows
Chemicals used to make things like rubber gloves, industrial tubing or food conveyor belts find their way into fast-food menu items, a new study shows.
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Ex-CNN analyst slams network as 'unabashedly left-wing': They don't want 'intelligent counterarguments' on air
Former CNN political analyst Eliana Johnson tore into the liberal network over its jarring transformation in the Trump era.
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Popular this year: Toys that soothe, comfort and pop
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Letters to the Editor: To the City Council members whining over redistricting: Adapt
Decades ago, City Councilman Joel Wachs' district suddenly shifted to the conservative northeast San Fernando Valley. He went on to win big.
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Rachael Rollins wants to remake the criminal justice system. Republicans have vowed to block her path.
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Merck Will Share Formula for its Covid Pill With Poor Countries
The company announced a licensing deal that will allow the drug, molnupiravir, to be made and sold cheaply in 105 developing nations.
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Former Ambassador Michael McFaul on Putin's Russia
Host Michael Morell talks with the former ambassador to Russia about Putin's geopolitical objectives and anxieties about the West.
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Your deed inadvertently swapped the addresses of you and your condo neighbor. Here’s how to fix it.
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | If the survey shows the unit you live in as Unit 5 and your deed shows that your unit number should be Unit 6, and your neighbor has the reverse, you and your neighbor can re-record your deeds with the corrected legal descriptions or take steps that are permitted in your state to correct the error.
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Big Oil to Testify on Climate Change Disinformation—What This Could Mean for Green Economy
The world's largest oil companies will answer questions before Congress on their alleged efforts to obscure the role of fossil fuels in global warming.
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AG Garland Calls Bathroom Rape 'State Case' While Siccing FBI on Parents | Opinion
Concerned parents are not domestic terrorists.
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Will Kids Be Forced To Get A COVID Vaccine? | Opinion
With the news that the Biden administration has purchased 65 million pediatric vaccine doses from Pfizer comes a pressing question: will kids be forced to get the COVID vaccine?
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