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The most important season in years: A look at what's riding on a successful 2021 IndyCar campaign

IndyCar may undergo several big changes by the end of the year, which combined with the series' momentum, make 2021 uber important for its growth.      
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Jackson Brothers thank Justin Timberlake for Janet Jackson apology
Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson discussed Timberlake's mea culpa for the 2004 halftime show incident.
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Colonial Pipeline fuel operations resume five days after cyberattack causes shutdown, gas shortages
Colonial Pipeline's fuel operations is back up and running Wednesday, five days after a cyber attack forced a shutdown. The ransom attempt is renewing focus on the need for enhanced cybersecurity in the private sector. David Begnaud reports.
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This is what vaccine inequity looks like
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Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers
A few beleaguered school boards, caught between the demands of anti-mask parents and the appeals of employee unions, eliminated student mask rules only to reverse or revise the decisions.
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Defense attorneys ask judge to allow Ahmaud Arbery's past run-ins with the law into the trial
Attorneys representing the three White men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery want to be allowed to tell a jury about Arbery's past run-ins with the law during the upcoming trial.
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'Tonight we took the pulse of the art market -- and it was clearly racing'
Despite ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, it was -- almost -- business as usual at New York's spring auctions this week, with two paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat fetching $144M among other exhilarating sales.
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How to buy a €1 home in Sicily without ruining its culture
Many Sicilian towns are selling houses for €1, but how do you buy a cheap home in Italy without ruining the local culture? These two women are determined to help you find your dream home respectfully.
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Liz Cheney Ouster Vote Lamented by Democrats as Donald Trump Allies Rejoice
Democrats raised concerns about the future of the GOP as its pro-Trump wing celebrated Rep. Cheney (R-WY) being ousted from her position as House Republican Conference chair.
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More than 150 Republicans launch new political movement questioning Trump's role in GOP
A group of more than 150 Republicans, led by Donald Trump critics Evan McMullin and Miles Taylor, announced a new political movement that takes aim at former President Donald Trump's hold on the GOP and calls for a reform of the party.
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'Mom' Series Finale: Will Anna Faris Appear in the Final Episode?
"Mom" will air its last-ever episode on May 13, and fans are wondering whether Anna Faris' Christy will return for one final episode of the CBS sitcom.
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‘Married at First Sight’ Season 12 Decision Day: Which Couples Stayed Married?
Which couples called it quits on Decision Day?
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Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside House chamber, Washington Post reports
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon, according to an account from The Washington Post.
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Global airlines cancel flights to Israel as violence escalates
Global airlines are canceling flights to Israel as clashes between the country's military and Palestinian militants in Gaza intensify.
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Goaltending is the Capitals’ biggest playoff weakness, but Peter Laviolette may provide some hope
On average, Stanley Cup winners see a save percentage of .920 from their netminders. The Caps' primary goaltenders weren't close to that during the regular season.
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Migrant children have been in US custody for weeks. Now the Biden administration has to reunite them with families
In more than 80% of cases, children who cross the US-Mexico border alone have a family member in the US, according to the Department of Homeland Security. But getting them to those relatives is a timely and often arduous process.
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Playboy model didn’t kill her ‘sugar daddy psychiatrist,’ boyfriend says in jailhouse interview
The boyfriend of a Las Vegas Playboy model is breaking his silence as both face a trial on charges they murdered the woman’s “sugar daddy.”
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'I Helped Dying COVID Patients Say Goodbye. I Can't Forget'
Daniel was the very first patient that I, as a palliative care physician, had to help say goodbye through a flat, electronic screen. It felt horrible and surreal. Like I was living in a post-apocalyptic, dehumanized world.
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When is Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey's Mental Health Show and How to Watch?
Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to explore mental health with guests including Lady Gaga and DeMar DeRozan in docuseries 'The Me You Can't See.'
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ShowBiz Minute: DeGeneres, Vegas Residencies, Rashad
Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running TV talk show next year: Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan join Celine Dion with residencies at new Vegas hotel; Phylicia Rashad to lead Howard College of Fine Arts. (May 13)      
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The Health 202: Congress is inching forward on legislation to lower U.S. maternal mortality
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) insists the issue is a bipartisan winner.
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School under fire for lesson that claimed George Floyd died of heart attack
A Saugerties, New York, high school teacher is under fire after she told students George Floyd died of a heart attack and drug overdose.
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What Jeanie Buss envisions when thinking of Kobe Bryant
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka talk about their close personal relationships with Kobe Bryant on eve of his Hall of Fame induction.
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AAA: 60% more Americans expected to travel this Memorial Day; will gas shortages linger?
AAA predicts 60% more Americans will travel for Memorial day than in 2020. But will the gas shortages caused by the Colonial Pipeline attack linger?      
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The Vital Republican Role for Fixing Broken Government | Opinion
America needs a Republican Party with a positive governing vision. Democracy can't work when one side just says no.
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Open for a surprise: The endearing results of Twitter’s new image crop
Twitter Twitter users rarely agree on anything. When they do, it’s an opportunity for community building. Twitter recently made a small but striking change to its interface: It changed the aspect ratio of cropped images on users’ mobile feeds, meaning many photos that would usually be cropped can now be displayed in their entirety. The sudden shift — one among a slew of changes Twitter began testing in March — gave many people the impression that the social media site had done away with automatic image cropping overnight. (In actuality, the old cropping ratio is still in effect on desktop browsers, and cropping is still happening on mobile but in a different ratio.) Once users started noticing, celebrations ensued, with an outpouring of art-sharing, meme-making, and gentle ribbing. The response provides an interesting lesson in how we use social media and why such unexpected changes often become opportunities for vital community building. Welcome to the vertical art party! Two of the fundamental truths about modern social media is that every platform has its own quirks, and that different communities of users evolve and transform these characteristics in a way that makes each platform unique. Whether they’re well-liked, core features (such as Twitter’s overall brevity) or inconveniences users must work around (like Twitter’s lack of an edit button), it’s how a platform’s users respond to and incorporate these traits into their daily lives that matters. On Tumblr, for example, users evolved the “gifset,” a bundle of interlocking animated images that tell a story and could really only exist as a creative entity on Tumblr. On Vine, the fact a video could only be six seconds long became the linchpin of the entire platform, spawning a new medium of microvideos that continue to shape internet culture. One of TikTok’s defining qualities is the ability to reuse audio from someone else’s videos; while lots of sites enable remixes, TikTok users, building off earlier apps such as Musical.ly (which merged with TikTok in 2018), routinely utilize each other’s original art as the basis for glorious strings of duets, virtual choirs, and other vocal creations. Less popular features and quirks can reliably unite an entire community in complaining. On Twitter, users have spent years lobbying for an image crop that works correctly. Twitter began to crop photos around 2014, when it introduced different default aspect ratios for users to apply to their own photos during uploading. At one point in 2015, it announced it would completely do away with image cropping; it later reneged on that decision, and by 2018 it was using AI image detection to automatically crop the images people added to their tweets, much to their chagrin. Until this recent change, the auto-crop feature typically forced all images, regardless of size and original framing, into a landscape orientation, often trimming photos in unpredictable and sometimes nonsensical ways. The desire to circumvent the Twitter crop grew so strong that elaborate tutorials emerged explaining exactly how to crop and display images so they’d show in their entirety without being placed on the algorithmic chopping block. Another way Twitter users evolved and adapted to the crop is the “open for a surprise!” meme, where they strategically post photos (knowing Twitter will crop out the best parts) and invite others to click on the full version for a “surprise.” For example: Twitter Clicking into the photo reveals a bevy of kittens — surprise! With the Twitter crop thoroughly established as a source of both endless hilarity and petty annoyance, the change in aspect ratios quickly became cause for celebration. While some users understandably mourned the hit to the “open for a surprise!” meme, conversation about the new image crop spread across the platform, with trends like “RIP Twitter crop” and #VerticalArtParty gaining traction. RIP Twitter crop!Here is a favorite that I took recently in NYC pic.twitter.com/uJUu3S2gaT— Rishi (@rishi_kara) May 5, 2021 It’s time for a #VerticalArtParty ! Post your vertical art that got slaughtered by twitter crop!This one is an old pencil piece of mine. I misspelled my last name on it because I finished it after an all nighter. pic.twitter.com/oXTLe635fZ— Karla Ortiz (@kortizart) May 5, 2021 To be clear, the site hasn’t actually done away with the crop; it’s merely changed the aspect ratio, meaning awkward crops can still happen. Twitter Or maybe, depending on your point of view, it’s still a fun gift: "open for a surprise" still works if you try hard enough pic.twitter.com/3Bpv7jG00O— vy ️ (@vyxnilla) May 6, 2021 And because the new crop ratio still applies only to mobile and not laptop browsers right now, the issue of presentation is still a source of frustration for many artists. For example: desktop really said yes crop behead unicorn... pic.twitter.com/LAjir1GaxW— isadora zeferino (@imzeferino) May 5, 2021 People have already started updating their image guidelines, which are very important to visual artists who use Twitter, to accommodate the new crop ratio. It is unclear whether the recent change is permanent, whether more changes are forthcoming, or when, if ever, the new ratio will be applied to desktop browsers. Still, there’s another crucial reason to celebrate the change. The new crop ratio may help combat racist tendencies in Twitter’s AI Twitter’s automatic image-crop function is supposed to algorithmically detect the subject of a photo before cropping it. But its AI’s judgment is often revealing. Sometime the results are funny. Consider this photo of Untamed star Xiao Zhan walking away from the camera, which the algorithm cropped very pointedly: Twitter But as some users have periodically pointed out, there are very serious biases at work in the autofocus algorithm Twitter uses: Like many other algorithms, it has a tendency to be racist. People began noticing and testing how it worked in September 2020, and they repeatedly demonstrated that the algorithm defaulted to showing white people over Black people. The tweet below shows Twitter’s algorithm automatically cropped two images to display the lighter-skinned person, each time in instances where they’re displayed at opposite ends of a photo shot in portrait orientation: Trying a horrible experiment...Which will the Twitter algorithm pick: Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama? pic.twitter.com/bR1GRyCkia— Tony “Abolish ICE” Arcieri (@bascule) September 19, 2020 Here are the original, uncropped images from that tweet: Twitter automatically focused on the lighter-skinned man in both photos. In response to tweets calling out these examples of racial bias, a Twitter spokesperson apologized and promised the site would keep hacking away at the algorithm, noting, “It’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do.” The newly revised crop ratio seems to be a direct result of Twitter’s promise to work on finding a solution, as many users were quick to speculate. Hey, do you think twitter removing crop was because it took them 6 months to try fixing the old crop's racism problem and finally went "fuck it, can't crop out Black faces if you don't crop in the first place"— Anosognosiogenesis (@pookleblinky) May 7, 2021 It’s unclear whether the new crop ratio has actually addressed the issue of automatic detection bias. Different users are reportedly seeing different results when uploading older images meant to test the algorithm. What we’re left with, then, is a platform that’s flawed but also in flux — and it’s when Twitter is in flux that we get glimpses of what really knits an internet community together. The updated image crop gave many Twitter users a moment of connection I didn’t realize the “twitter crop” was a point of contention for so many people.— Kelechi (@heykelechi) May 6, 2021 It’s not really surprising that so many people care so deeply about the Twitter crop, if you think about the platform not as a bunch of code but as a village. The inhabitants of that village all have their specific gripes about village life — but sharing those gripes and occasional joys with their neighbors is part of what makes the village feel like home. You don’t have to be an artist or a photographer to appreciate that when thousands of artists flood Twitter’s virtual streets with outpourings of creativity, all in response to a relatively banal code change, it’s not really about a couple of extra pixels. Sure, it’s partly about the satisfaction of being able to post tall images, but it’s also about everyone experiencing the same change and having something to celebrate together. No more crop?? pic.twitter.com/CT2onIIyKd— Izz. (@izzakko) May 5, 2021 This shared collectivity undergirds much of the internet. For better or worse, the desire to do what everyone else is doing is a key motivating factor behind the spread of memes: You see someone making a meme, you want to make a version of the meme, and the meme spreads. This principle usually doesn’t apply to coding changes on a social media platform, but perhaps it should. As I said above, internet communities build themselves around each platform’s individual quirks and uniqueness. So when those things change, the community enters a moment of flux where it can choose how to react. Will it respond with backlash, a flurry of complaints, a mass exodus? Or will the community adjust and adapt? In the case of Twitter’s new crop ratio on mobile, people found an opportunity for communion, a rare event in an era of increasingly polarized social media discourse. More pixels showing up on people’s phone screens became a way to find connection — and to showcase gorgeous art, of course. Twitter is an ephemeral platform, with continuity and consensus sustained by retweets, hashtags, and memes. While not typically a repository of nuanced cultural debate, the site frequently yields great beauty, whether through viral pet videos, stunning photography, or mesmerizing artwork. It’s significant that many Twitter users rallied around an updated image crop as an example of positive change: Even when the site’s community can’t agree on anything else, it can generally agree that more art and creativity is a good thing. The new ability to better showcase that art and creativity is an unexpected win for us all.
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What Chrissy Teigen Allegedly Said About Quvenzhané Wallis in Deleted Tweets
Chrissy Teigen is under scrutiny over tweets she sent to model Courtney Stodden—now people are demanding she apologize to young actress, Quvenzhané Wallis.
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Pandemic delivers new mothers special moments, extra stress
Mothers and their partners are adapting to the challenges that come with raising a child during the COVID-19 pandemic.       
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What you’ll get if you win Emily Ratajkowski’s NFT Christie’s auction
The EmRata piece is being offered without an estimate in order to let “the market alone” determine its final price, according to Christie’s.
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The Cybersecurity 202: Biden administration issues executive order in wake of pipeline attack
The Biden administration wants to use the government's spending power to make all software harder to hack.
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Man Builds $5,000 Home for His Dog in His Closet With Fireplace and TV
A South Carolina man has shared how he transformed a closet into a lavish home for his beloved golden retriever.
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Conspiracy theories swirl around Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
Bots and anti-vaccination influencers are amplifying political and medical conspiracy theories around COVID-19 vaccines.
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A student's death sparks a public outcry in China — and a rare government response
A school's stonewalling of a mother seeking information on her son's death caused simmering anger with official secrecy in China to boil over.
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Ellen DeGeneres' show ending over misconduct scandal, industry experts allege: 'Audiences crave authenticity'
In August 2020, the “Ellen” show went through an internal investigation by Warner Bros. after staffers made toxic workplace environment and misconduct accusations.
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Frat pledge "left alone on the couch to die" after hazing, suit claims
Stone Foltz​ was blindfolded, taken into a basement and forced to drink to an entire bottle of alcohol, according to the lawsuit.
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Electric Chevrolet Bolt EUV rated at 247 miles per charge
The Chevrolet Bolt EUV has been rated at 247 miles per charge according to the EPA. Chevy had estimated that it would hit the 250-mile mark.
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A million dollars in Ohio. $100 savings bonds in West Virginia. How incentives could improve the vaccination rate
While Krispy Kreme is offering free doughnuts to people who are vaccinated against Covid-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is betting dollars to those donuts.
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Nurses, nonprofits, others take COVID-19 vaccines to homebound people
As interest in coronavirus vaccinations dwindles nationwide, providers are ramping up efforts to find and reach millions of people in the U.S. who cannot leave their homes or who need help with transportation.
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Conservative groups mobilize against Democrats' sweeping election bill, targeting moderate senators
Several conservative groups are redoubling their efforts to oppose the sweeping elections bill Democrats are trying to pass through Congress, particularly focusing on states with Democratic senators who may be reluctant to end the legislative filibuster, including one nearly $2 million ad campaign launched Tuesday.
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Video shows mob violence breaking out in ​two Israel​i cities
Video shows ​mob violence between ​Arabs and Jews in ​two Israeli cities following days of air strikes and rocket attack​s. CNN's John Vause has more.
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Shocking video shows mob violence in Israel
Video shows ​mob violence between ​Arabs and Jews in ​two Israeli cities following days of air strikes and rocket attack​s. CNN's John Vause has more.
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Two horses that can beat Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit at the Preakness Stakes
Even without the pall of the horse’s failed drug test, you’re better off fading Medina Spirit in the Preakness Stakes.
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I was pressured for wanting my at-risk baby. Abortion and eugenics can't be separated.
I wondered how many vulnerable moms this doctor had encouraged to remove their supposedly "imperfect" babies from the gene pool.       
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Live updates: Biden to address Colonial Pipeline episode, meet with Republican senators on infrastructure
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is seeking to shore up support to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) in the No. 3 leadership position among House Republicans.
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Manon Fiorot vs. Maryna Moroz added to UFC Fight Night on June 5
Highly touted French prospect Manon Fiorot will face Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night on June 5.       Related StoriesManon Fiorot vs. Maryna Moroz added to UFC Fight Night on June 5 - EnclosureIslam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises booked for UFC Fight Night on July 17Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises booked for UFC Fight Night on July 17 - Enclosure 
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Dave Bautista talks Netflix's 'Army of the Dead,' collecting his action figures and 'awful' Drax makeup
'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista comes down to Earth for Netflix's 'Army of the Dead,' leading a Vegas heist amid a zombie outbreak.       
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Dave Bautista talks WWE action figures collection, Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead'
Dave Bautista chats with USA TODAY's Brian Truitt about his new Netflix film, "Army of the Dead", and collecting his old WWE action figures.      
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Road trip loop: Explore the beautiful coasts of these four Southern states
Take your time on this leisurely coastal road trip through the South (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina).     
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Biden can end our border crisis. My plan will kick start the solution
President Biden has all the tools he needs to end this border security crisis.
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