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'This is home': Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres make 14-year, $340 million deal official

Tatis' 14-year, $340 million deal could keep him with the Padres for the rest of his career.      
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War crimes court orders record $30M compensation for Congo victims
THE HAGUE – Child soldiers and other victims of convicted Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda should get a total of $30 million compensation, International Criminal Court judges ruled on Monday, in their highest ever reparation order. The judges said Ntaganda did not have the resources to pay the compensation himself. Instead they asked the tribunal’s...
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Brooklyn’s acting US Attorney resigns
Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Seth DuCharme announced his resignation Monday — after less than eight months on the job, a source told The Post. A spokesman for the office, John Marzulli, confirmed DuCharme’s departure, but declined to comment further. DuCharme, whose resignation is effective March 19, will be replaced...
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'Save 1 Trans, Kill 1 TERF' Graffiti Appears in Paris at International Women's Day Event
Advocates rallying against pornography and prostitution were surprised by an aggressive group some labeled as "queer activists."
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2 boys dead after being trapped in NJ house fire, family says
Flames broke out early Saturday morning at the home in Paulsboro, where Michael Rosario, 7, and Ty-Yon Rosario, 5, were being looked after by a family friend, their aunt Tia Sheed told The Post Monday.
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12-year-old's website helps more than 1,600 people get vaccines
When 12-year-old Sam Keusch saw his dad help his grandparents and neighbors book vaccine appointments, he realized it might be hard for others to find appointments online. So, the tech-savvy preteen built his own website to help New Yorkers get appointments.
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Kyle Pitts could form ‘unique’ duo with Evan Engram as Giants seek playmakers
Play them together. Keep Evan Engram. Select Kyle Pitts with the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft. Put them on the field at the same time and give the Giants two tight ends capable of making explosive plays, putting stress and strain on opposing defenses as they’re forced to find ways to deal with two bigger-bodied...
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Conservatives Are Mad That Children’s Cartoons Can’t Be Horny Anymore
Space Jam: The Lost Legacy is a kids’ cartoon, but it’s the adults who are freaking out that Lola Bunny has lost her boobs and Pepe LePew has been cut.
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Tennessee Judge Could Be Removed From Bench for Expanding Absentee Voting in 2020
Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle pushed for broader policies that would allow people to cast ballots remotely ahead of November's general election.
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FBI arrests Capitol rioter after he’s deported from Kenya
A Montana man accused of pushing a metal police barricade into officers during the Capitol siege had been staying in Kenya since January — but was deported back into the waiting arms of the feds over the weekend, according to court documents. Isaac Sturgeon, 32, of Dillon, Montana, was captured on cops’ body-worn cameras allegedly...
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What is the process to impeach Governor Cuomo if he refuses to resign?
Mounting sexual harassment allegations and other claims of inappropriate behavior are increasing the likelihood that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will get impeached if he continues to ignore calls for his resignation. That scenario could put the three-term Democratic governor on trial for his political life — and create a sordid spectacle the likes of which New...
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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry share new family photo after revealing they're expecting a baby girl
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's photographer, Misan Harriman, unveiled a new family photo featuring Markle's baby bump on Monday. The picture comes hours after the couple's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Rays OF Arozarena, Pirates 3B Hayes among MLB's top rookies
A couple of postseason stars. The son of a former big leaguer. A versatile infielder from South Korea.
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Cindy McCain Warns GOP Can't Survive by 'Appealing to the Dark Side of Humanity'
Senator John McCain's widow said the Republican Party is on the "brink" and will be forced to either "find its way or dissolve."
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Fashion giant H&M pauses placing new orders in Myanmar over unrest
STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, said on Monday it was shocked by the use of deadly force against protesters in Myanmar and that it had paused placing orders in the country. Police and military have killed more than 50 people to quell daily demonstrations and strikes against a Feb. 1 military...
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Djokovic breaks Federer's record for most weeks as ATP No. 1
Novak Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer for the most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings on Monday.
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Miami Spent $5M On Campaign to Bring in Vacationers, Spring Break Crowds After Losing Billions
Tourists that have traveled to Miami Beach have received text messages urging them to "Vacation Responsibly or Be Arrested."
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Can The Bachelor Be Saved?
A Slate Live panel debates whether Matt is a weird kisser, and more.
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Raquel Willis on the Power of Inclusive Activism
Writer, editor and activist Raquel Willis is on a mission to ensure that the fight for equality is intersectional—cognizant of peoples’ identities, privileges and lived experiences. Through her work in media and as the founder of Black Trans Circles, Willis elevates the voices of marginalized communities and emphasizes the impact of inclusive coalitions. “We’re paying…
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This 'doesn't end well' for Cuomo: New York councilman believes there are 'more than enough' votes to impeach
NYC councilman Joe Borelli said Monday he believes there are “more than enough” votes in the New York State Assembly and Senate to impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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Stanford climbs to No. 2 in women's AP Top 25 behind UConn
Buoyed by an impressive run to the Pac-12 Conference championship, Stanford jumped two spots to No. 2 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll on Monday.
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Enough With the Boring Magic Duels! Here’s How to Fix Them.
WandaVision and Harry Potter ended in underwhelming beam-o-wars. This Disney classic offers a solution.
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Roberts alone in dissent as Supreme Court backs student in religious-speech case
The issue centered on nominal monetary damages, similar to a high-profile case involving singer Taylor Swift.
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Cop who admitted to lying about shooting teen got a medal for alleged bogus heroics
The NYPD officer who was revealed in court docs to have lied for nearly a decade about shooting a teen at “point-blank” range was awarded one of the department’s highest honors for his allegedly bogus heroics. The department’s new officer database listed Officer Danny Acosta as receiving the Medal of Valor — as well as...
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New York Republicans Take First Step Toward Impeaching Andrew Cuomo
"There's been one bombshell after another," Republican minority leader Will Barclay announced Monday.
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China Defends Legal Push to Ensure Only 'Patriots' Represent Hong Kong
"Loyalty to the motherland is a basic political ethic of all public office holders and aspirants anywhere in the world," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. "Hong Kong is no exception."
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Proxima’ on Hulu, in Which Eva Green Portrays the Pains of Being a Female Astronaut
Green sheds her goth-lady proclivities for a career performance.
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Uros Medic didn't think his buzzworthy finish of Aalon Cruz was all that crazy
Take a look inside Uros Medic's TKO of Aalon Cruz at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.      Related StoriesTrevin Jones says partying days are over now that he's 30 – well, mostly, anywayUFC 259 rookie report: Grading the newcomers in Las VegasUFC 259 bonuses: All four $50,000 winners come from the prelims 
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Gonzaga remains No. 1, Baylor back to No. 2 in AP Top 25
Gonzaga’s bid to go wire-to-wire No. 1 is in its final week.
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Wolken: The Irreparable stain on Les Miles and his legacy
SportsPulse: Dan Wolken looks at how Les Miles will be viewed after the disturbing allegations that came to light recently and why he will likely never coach in college football again.       
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I saw 3 movies in 2 days when New York City theaters reopened. Here's what happened.
Popcorn pickup, sanitizing stations and assigned seats are the new norm of moviegoing. Here's what you need to know before going back to theaters.       
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Supreme Court rejects case over 'qualified immunity' for police
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a chance to review the scope of a legal defense called qualified immunity that increasingly has been used to shield police accused of excessive force, turning away an appeal by a Cleveland man who sued after being roughed up by police while trying to enter his own home.
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Syrian president Assad, wife test positive for coronavirus
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president’s office said Monday, with both having only mild symptoms of the illness. In a statement, Assad’s office said the first couple did PCR tests after they experienced minor symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 illness. It said Assad,...
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New York ‘Oath Keeper’ seen in photo with Roger Stone busted by feds in Capitol riot
A New York man reportedly connected to the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers -- and photographed next to Roger Stone on Jan. 6 -- was arrested for his role in the Capitol riot, a law enforcement official said Monday.
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Jackson, Mississippi, mayor says city has made "significant progress" on water crisis
Jackson, Mississippi, is still recovering from the winter storm that hit the South last month. Many residents were without water for weeks, and the crisis was so bad the National Guard was called in to help with water distribution. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba joined CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss the crisis and the governor's decision to lift a statewide mask mandate.
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Biden visits VA center to see vaccination effort
President Joe Biden visited a veterans medical center Monday that administers COVID-19 vaccines. Speaking to staff and patients, Biden praised the nation's vaccination efforts but said there needs to be more focus on the "at risk neighborhoods." (March 8)      
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Exciting 2nd half awaits NBA, but virus may still have a say
While LeBron James was largely resting through the All-Star Game, the Brooklyn Nets were adding another piece for a run at his title.
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Spring break could be "perfect storm" for COVID-19, doctor warns
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of a possible spring surge as some states relax pandemic-related health restrictions.
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White House Open to Third Gender Option on Federal Forms, Not Certain Executive Order Needed
"I haven't looked yet to whether that requires an executive order," the executive director of the White House Gender Policy Council said.
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Newsom recall is almost certainly a go after reaching 1.95M signatures
Leaders of the ongoing effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom have amassed enough signatures to trigger a special election this year, they announced. Speaking at a press conference across the street from the state Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday, leaders of the recall effort revealed that they had collected 1.95 million signatures with just...
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John Roberts dissents alone and doesn't hold back
Chief Justice John Roberts, untethered from his usual position in the Supreme Court majority and dissenting alone on Monday, fired back with an arsenal of sarcasm, derision and his own alternative view of history.
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Fmr. palace insider reacts to Harry & Meghan interview
Former deputy private secretary to Prince Charles Peter Westmacott and New European columnist Bonnie Greer talk about the bombshell Meghan and Harry interview.
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U.S. sees coldest February since 1989 amid global temperature dip
The planet’s temperature was above average, but 2021 is off to cooler start compared to recent years.
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What the Covid-19 relief bill does for student loan forgiveness, explained
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a press conference about student loan debt in July 2019. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Student loan forgiveness just got a big political boost in the stimulus package. Tucked into the $1.9 trillion stimulus package is a provision that makes forgiven student debt tax-free. It ups the pressure for President Joe Biden to cancel student debt, but it is also a big deal for many borrowers regardless. The provision, added to the Covid-19 relief bill by Senate Democrats and championed by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), says that anyone whose student loans are discharged through 2025 won’t face tax consequences. Debt cancellation is usually treated as taxable income, so without this, if someone were to have some or all of their student debt forgiven, it would be accompanied by a tax bill. While student debt forgiveness used to be a pretty fringe idea, it’s become much more mainstream in recent years as student debt in America has grown. Currently, some 45 million borrowers owe $1.7 trillion in student loans. Biden has backed Congress forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt per individual. However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Warren, and progressive Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alma Adams (D-NC), and Maxine Waters (D-CA) have urged the president to cancel $50,000 using executive action. Biden has said he doesn’t believe he has the authority to cancel student debt. One big question in the background has been whether, if some forgiveness happened, people would face taxes. The stimulus package moves that hurdle out of the way. While the political impetus to get this tax provision into the relief bill may have been broad-based forgiveness, this is a fix that many policy experts have long been advocating for and believe needs to be made permanent. Many student loan borrowers are on income-driven repayment plans, where they make payments on their loans based on their incomes and then after 20 or 25 years, those loans are forgiven. Not many borrowers have hit that 20- or 25-year limit yet, but when they do, without making forgiveness tax-free, they’ll be taxed. “Primarily, this was aimed at making a fix that was essentially aimed at knocking down that potential barrier to administrative action on broader debt cancellation … but it has spillover effects that are important,” said Jessica Thompson, associate vice president at the Institute for College Access & Success. “It’s just the right policy.” The current tax treatment on student loan forgiveness doesn’t really make sense In the absence of this new provision, tax liability for forgiven student debt has been determined in an awkward, uneven way. In some circumstances, the IRS considers forgiven loans taxable income; in others, it does not. Loans forgiven under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which forgives debt after people make 10 years of payments while working in certain public service jobs, are not considered taxable. However, loans forgiven under income-driven repayment are. Not a lot of people have qualified for forgiveness under those types of programs yet, because the programs haven’t been around for long enough, but as more people do start to qualify, the tax issue is looming. “We’re still in the very beginning of folks coming into that forgiveness period,” Thompson said. “But there are over 8 million people in these plans now, so that number is just going to grow and grow and grow. We’re going to start seeing examples of people getting tax bills.” It’s not hard to see why that would be a problem: Many of the people spending two decades on paying back loans are not high-income. “They are people whose balances have been growing because they don’t even make enough to cover their interest payments,” Thompson said. The Obama and Trump administrations both found ways to make sure loans discharged for people who went to colleges that committed fraud or closed weren’t taxed. It’s likely the Biden administration would have taken similar action, but now with the stimulus bill, this makes the tax guidance much clearer. The new proposed rule builds on a tax provision included in the 2017 tax bill that Republicans passed, which scrapped tax liability for student debt forgiven because of disability or death. That also expires at the end of 2025. Many experts hope that set a precedent for making all student loan forgiveness tax-free to become permanent law. This removes a roadblock — and gives Biden a nudge Prior to the tax fix, some experts believed the federal government could find some workarounds on making forgiveness tax-free if it wanted to, though there was hardly widespread agreement on the matter. Now Democrats have shut down this part of the wider student debt debate. President Biden has been adamant that he’s not interested in canceling student debt on his own through executive action and would like for Congress to forgive $10,000 of debt. If Congress were to act, this new provision would apply. But many Democrats are also using it to urge Biden to act on his own and cancel up to$50,000 in student loans. Both Menendez and Warren made clear after the Covid-19 relief bill passed that the point is to smooth the path for Biden to take action. 3/ Just look at the math. This is a huge victory for the millions of Americans burdened by student loan debt––NO SURPRISE TAX BILLS on forgiven college loans! Now it’s time for @POTUS to cancel AT LEAST $50k in student debt! pic.twitter.com/B0nCqxaBEj— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 6, 2021 I’m happy that my bill with @SenatorMenendez to make any student loan forgiveness tax-free was included in the COVID relief bill. This clears the way for President Biden to #CancelStudentDebt without burdening student borrowers with thousands of dollars in unexpected taxes.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 6, 2021 The student debt forgiveness debate isn’t going away, and the pressure on the White House to do something is building.
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Doctor on potential COVID-19 surge from spring break travelers
Dr. Ron Elfenbein joined CBSN to discuss the latest on the coronavirus and the potential risk of another surge as spring break season begins and states lift mask mandates and open businesses to full capacity.
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Mysterious flyers in English neighborhood claim local husband is cheating on wife
There’s an old saying: "Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned." And that’s probably the case for some unknown husband in England, based on a series of mysterious flyers that have appeared around town.
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Fleeing penguin escapes killer whales in nail-biting video
Penguin: 1. Killer whale: 0.
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Mother of Harlem boy bludgeoned to death was investigated for neglect
The mother of a 10-year-old Harlem boy who was bludgeoned to death in the family’s Harlem apartment was investigated for neglect when her son was a baby, police said Monday. Police said the woman’s boyfriend, Ryan Cato, 34 — who is awaiting arraignment on murder charges in the boy’s death — was also investigated by...
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Dow crosses 32,000 to all-time high after Senate clears stimulus bill
The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 32,000 mark for the first time to hit a record high after the Senate cleared a stimulus bill to boost the economy’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The blue-chip index climbed more than 2 percent, or 651.74 points, on Monday to an intraday record of 32,148.04 following the...
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