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USC tries to transform its skeptics into believers with dominant win over Oregon

Following a disappointing loss to Arizona on Saturday, Tahj Eaddy helps lead No. 19 USC to a 72-58 victory over Oregon.

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The facts about how the U.S. processes unaccompanied migrant children
An overview of the legal authorities and policies that govern the care of unaccompanied kids, as well as the facilities where they're housed while in custody.
For Patrick Page, it’s Shakespeare’s bad guys who steal the show
The actor superbly plays the Bard’s greatest villains in his one-man show, ‘All the Devils Are Here,” a Shakespeare Theatre Company production running online through July 28.
Kentucky man ran violent drug, sex operation, exploited victims’ dependence on crack, heroin: DOJ
A Kentucky man was sentenced Thursday to 36 years in prison for running a violent drug and sex trafficking operation that forced young drug-addicted women to prostitute themselves and sell illicit drugs in the Lexington area, prosecutors said.
Grandma chases down, tackles thief who stole her purse
A security camera captured an elderly woman chasing down a man who allegedly nabbed her purse at a pub in Australia.
Aaron Pico targeted for return at Bellator 257 vs. England's Aiden Lee
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Jodie Foster: 'The culture is wakening'
Jodie Foster speaks alongside Nancy Hollander, the real-life lawyer she plays in "The Mauritanian," about Guantanamo Bay and sexism in Hollywood.
Fact Check: Is Biden Required to Give the SOTU Address in Person in His Inaugural Year?
Some Twitter users claimed that President Biden should have given a State of the Union address already.
Hate crimes: How they affect BIPOC and why they are on the rise
USA TODAY's Anika Reed chats with Andra Day, the star of "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," about her portrayal of the iconic singer.
The next Republican civil war: a fight over earmarks
As Democrats begin their march toward reinstating earmarks, Republicans are grappling with how their party will handle bringing back directed congressional spending.
Sephora is opening more stores as it moves beyond the mall
Makeup sales have been walloped by the pandemic. But that's not stopping Sephora from adding more stores as it pushes ahead to attract shoppers outside of struggling malls.
California allocates $1.4 million to track and stop attacks against Asian Americans
Lawmakers in California this week allocated $1.4 million in state funds to help Asian Americans report hate incidents after a string of recent violent attacks in the state.
Biden bulldozes Trump's classical architecture mandate for federal buildings
President Biden revoked former President Trump’s order that called for "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture.”
Biden Allies Outraged At Plan To Re-Open Migrant Child Center Dogged by Abuse Allegations
Plans to reopen the much-maligned Homestead facility in Florida have led to growing public backlash among Democrats and activists who say they will fight to ensure it never opens again.
The Decluttr Store offers a low cost, waste reducing way to upgrade your tech
We wouldn't doubt you if you'd become one of the world's leading experts on online shopping over the last year. But did you know staying connected to the rest of the world with the best tech can be pricey for both you and the planet? Fortunately there's a cheaper, greener and more stress-free alternative for your next tech purchase.
Man with MMA training who beat up Oklahoma football player Spencer Jones speaks out
Walker Brown and his attorney assert there's more to consider other than what is shown in the viral video.       Related StoriesHolly Holm has faith friend Jon Jones will thrive at heavyweight: 'His skill is just on another level'Alex Caceres looks forward to day he's longest tenured UFC fighterUFC Fight Night 186's Magomed Ankalaev says there is no secret to his success
CNN's coverage of Cuomo, Kavanaugh allegations comes under fire for drastically different framing
After CNN finally covered bombshell sexual harassment leveled against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., Thursday with a story leading with his denial, critics pointed out Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh didn't receive the same treatment.
Blasio: don't 'assume the worst' about new variant
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to quell fears about a new "New York variant" of the coronavirus on Thursday. De Blasio emphasized that a lot more research needed to be done before it is known whether the new variant is any more or less dangerous. (Feb. 25)
Bicameral group push for LGBTQ protections bill
Bicameral Democratic group join forces on Capitol Hill to push through a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden. (Feb. 25)
Jodie Foster on sexism in Hollywood: I believe we're getting better
Actress Jodie Foster speaks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about sexism in Hollywood and how she chooses her roles in films.
Man survives 14 hours in open ocean by clinging to buoy
He left the buoy in the ocean "so it could save another person’s life."
ECB president on women leaders: 'Of course we can do the job'
Christine Lagarde was the first woman to serve as finance minister of a G7 nation, managing director of the IMF and now president of the European Central Bank. She spoke to CNN's Richard Quest about "making way for others to follow suit."
Cupp: Marjorie Taylor Greene is in Congress to get famous
CNN's SE Cupp criticizes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's "stunts" since joining Congress, saying the Georgia Republican came to Washington, DC, to become famous rather than represent her constituents.
TikTok Mom Praised for Teaching Daughters Virginity Doesn't Exist
"It is a patriarchal concept used to control women and serves no purpose other than making women feel bad about ourselves," the mother explained in a viral video.
Hulu Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Shrill,’ ‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.’
Plus, the return of Love, Victor for Season 2.
To all the clothes I’ve loved before
Getty Images Reconciling the sweatpants-wearing me with the fashion-loving woman I was just a year ago is an existential crisis like no other. I’ve never been one to put too much stock in the idea that clothing has to be practical. Scrolling back through photos from those blissfully naive first months of 2020, my outfits make that much clear: There’s the faux-pearl bra top and holographic motorcycle jacket I wore to a friend’s birthday party; the leopard-print creeper shoes that carried me through 30,000-step days in Tokyo; the pink, bedazzled thrift store blazer I wore one night at Mardi Gras that I like to think would have made Dolly Parton proud. A year later, I have a hard time reconciling that person with the me who wakes up every morning and decides between two pairs of sweatpants and the leggings I wore to bed the previous night. What last spring felt like isolation’s small silver lining — a break from the societal demands of presentability, a chance for eyelashes to regrow and skin to reset after years of extensions and makeup — now feels like another way the pandemic is chipping away at the person I thought I was. It’s not that I have anything against sweatpants. I’m not a Grinch who hates comfort. I just liked them a lot more when I had a reason to wear anything else. Without dinner parties, concerts, weddings, conferences, happy hours, business trips, coffee dates, vacations, or countless other social activities, there aren’t many occasions left for which to dress. I understand that, for some people, it’s freeing not to worry about what to wear or whether this thing goes with that. For a sea of others, including me, it’s been destabilizing: Looking at my closet, many of the pieces I once carefully selected now feel like they belong to another life. Fashion, for all its flaws, can be joyful and creative; it can make us feel like we’re part of a community. I wonder, sometimes, if that same joy, creativity, and community will still be there on the other side. And while this time of isolation could be a rare opportunity for all of us to figure out who we are when we truly dress for ourselves, for me, dressing up at all feels futile when there’s nowhere to go and no one to see. Style, after all, doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Clothes are a form of self-expression, but they are also central to our identity because they shape how others see us, says Carolyn Mair, a behavioral psychologist and author of The Psychology of Fashion. Our brains are designed to form split-second judgments based on appearance. For better or worse, she says, our external selves — including the clothes we wear — are “the gatekeeper to being liked or disliked, being wanted or unwanted.” “We have a sense of identity ourselves by what we’re trying to project, and our identity is also reinforced through the feedback of others,” Mair says. This may help explain why, while fashion may not rank high on everyone’s list of what’s been lost during the pandemic, for some it has felt like a significant blow. On social media, celebrities and everyday users alike have bemoaned how the pandemic has laid waste to their style. “I’ve forgotten the purpose of 90% of my clothing. Only like 3 shirts even make sense any more,” radio host Jess McIntosh tweeted. “There used to be an organizational axiom that if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in 6 months, it’s time to get rid of it,” replied one follower. “Except that now describes literally every piece of clothing in my closet, all of my accessories, and most of my shoes.” For comedian Ashley Nicole Smith, the style crisis hit in October. “Am I the only one? After six months of working from home I have... no idea what my personal style is anymore? How do I like to dress? I like... comfortable.... that’s all I’ve got,” she tweeted. And in one meme that went viral in December — comedian Lorena Pages’s “love it, couldn’t wear it” — Sofia Vergara, Shay Mitchell, an internet-famous greyhound, and thousands of other Instagram and TikTok users lamented a year of unworn looks. With nowhere to wear party dresses or high heels — or even “hard pants,” for that matter — these clothes have piled up in warehouses, leaving brands and retailers grappling with the question of what to do with so much excess inventory. So many people are at home reevaluating their wardrobes and looking to make some money off the many pieces they no longer wear that resale sites have seen a flood of supply; no telling whether there’s enough demand to meet it. Claudia Stevens, a hairstylist in Toronto, Canada, says she was always a very intentional shopper before the pandemic. She could go whole seasons without buying anything new because the pieces in her wardrobe were classic and felt so her. After salons closed last spring and the city went into lockdown, though, that relationship started to shift. Suddenly, nothing she tried on felt right. At first, she chalked it up to pandemic weight gain — maybe, she thought, it was just that her clothes literally didn’t fit right — but then she noticed the same sensation even with pieces that draped perfectly. “I just didn’t feel connected to that part of who I was,” she says. “And when I would try to put something together the same way I would have [before lockdown], it’s like the second those pieces hit my body, I felt almost strangled.” The fashion industry, which once dictated what we’d all be wearing a full season in advance, is experiencing its own existential crisis. Many designers have taken the opportunity of the pandemic to slow down the pace of their collections, produce fewer styles, and sync up the deliveries of seasonal pieces like coats and swimsuits with the arrival of fall and summer, respectively, rather than putting them on sale months in advance. When Katrina Orsini moved home to her parents’ house in Connecticut last March, she expected to be there for a few months. She’d lost her job in events and, with no paycheck coming in, broke the lease on her Brooklyn apartment, packed a bag with a few basics — T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants — and put the rest of her belongings in storage. It didn’t take long before the erosion of her sense of physical identity — the absence of the lipstick she usually wore even on trips to the bodega, the jeans and heels she’d sealed away — started to get to her. “I’m a huge lipstick person,” she says. “And I went through this phase when [people started wearing] masks where I was trying everything to hold on to that.” Armed with various shades of lipstick-colored embroidery thread, she made masks embroidered with lips and a nose ring like her own. Still sensing a void, she tried painting her nails and watched the polish chip away without anyone else ever seeing it. She accumulated a collection of wigs — some blonde, some colorful, always with the strong blunt bangs she’s never been bold enough to try for real — and, before beginning her job as an adjunct last month at Parsons School of Design, she was consumed with the idea of wearing a different wig each week to virtual class. At least, she reasoned, the wigs would add variety and a sense of change, the exact things life in semi-lockdown is sorely lacking. Denied our usual outlets for self-expression, we’re all finding our own ways to cope. Jasmyn, a Chicago gamer who also goes by the handle CakePop, found herself missing the joy and excitement of getting ready for a night out with friends. She was strict about staying safe in quarantine, and her work attire (first scrubs, then work-from-home sweats) didn’t lend itself to self-expression, so she turned to Animal Crossing. The ultra-popular Nintendo Switch game allows users to design their characters’ outfits or style them in a nearly endless array of wardrobe options. “A lot of people set up their character’s look and they’ll change it every so often,” says Jasmyn. “I change clothes every day that I play the game. So when I open the game, I go to my closet in my Animal Crossing house and I put together a different outfit before I go about my island chores.” In the real world, with salons due to reopen once Covid-19 case numbers are low enough, Stevens is wrestling with how she’ll get dressed every day, especially in an industry where there’s an expectation to look the part. “I can’t imagine going back to work and picking anything from that wardrobe. It’s so foreign to me right now,” she says. “I wear all of those things now and I’m like, ‘What the?’ It feels heavy and strange and kind of makes me think, ‘Who was I really dressing for?’” It’s not lost on us that this question of whose gaze we’re courting as we get ready for the day is one that only tends to be asked of women. Even in lockdown, when the only eyeballs many of us regularly encounter are those of our partners, families, or pets, it’s the absence of others’ gaze that can throw us off balance. “It’s weird for that to be then taken away so abruptly,” says Orsini. “I still now, a year later, am thinking about what it is I actually love about lipstick.” The lack of visibility can be positive for some women, says Mair, especially those who have been disadvantaged by societal beauty norms. Ideally, it can mean we’re judged on our thoughts or contributions instead of what we look like. “All the values that I think are far more important than appearance in real terms can come to the fore,” she says. On the other hand, humans are visual creatures — as much as half of our brains are dedicated to processing visual information. When we don’t have opportunities to present ourselves to the world and receive feedback, we lose an important tool for negotiating and clarifying our identity. This isn’t only true for people who have spent the past year at home: Essential workers who have spent the pandemic in scrubs and uniforms also haven’t have had the chance to do their makeup or put on their favorite shoes for a night out to remind themselves of who they are outside their grueling jobs. Jessica LaVoy, a bartender in Chicago, says that between work and quarantine, she’s spent most of the past year in either a uniform or sweatpants, a fact that’s taken a toll on her self-esteem. With bars now open again where she lives, the only feedback she’s getting is from the older men who come into the bar. “I’m getting hit on all the time, which can be very uncomfortable,” she says. “I would much rather take a look in the mirror and see myself in my favorite H&M shirt, going out to hang out with my friends, knowing that I look good for myself.” That feeling of self-confidence is hard to come by in isolation. And even after this is over, the comfort of a favorite outfit no longer feels a given: What if your favorite shirt isn’t your favorite anymore once going out with friends is safe again? For now, I’ve found solace in this: I may now have no use for 90 percent of the shoes I own, but I can raid my girlfriend’s beanie collection and wear a new color every week. Salons may be a distant memory, but I can touch up my hair with purple Manic Panic at home. And while I don’t know who we’ll be or what we’ll wear on the other side, I can only hope it involves more bedazzled blazers. Hilary George-Parkin covers fashion and consumer culture for publications including Vox, Glamour, Fashionista, and CNN. She last wrote about a shoe that’s taken over urban streets for The Highlight.
Alex Caceres looks forward to day he's longest tenured UFC fighter
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State faces massive economic losses from damage to property and key industries, according to one estimate.
AOC rips NYPD’s new robotic dog
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez growled on Twitter on Thursday about the NYPD’s new robotic dog, which was tested on her home turf in the Bronx this week. “Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead,” the New York Congresswoman tweeted out. “Now robotic surveillance ground...
‘Zoom fatigue’ is real and it’s ruining us, according to science
Being stared at for hours on end causes "physiological arousal."
Britney Spear's dad Jamie speaks out about conservatorship via lawyer on 'GMA'
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As GOP Opposes H.R. 1, Poll Finds Majority of Republicans Support Election Reform Bill
H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act, has support from 68 percent of likely Republican voters.
Teachers speak out about frustrations with unions slow-walking school reopenings: 'Politics seems to rule'
President Biden's plan to reopen schools within 100 days has faced opposition from teachers unions due to coronavirus safety concerns, leaving other teachers frustrated.
Maisie Williams and boyfriend Reuben Selby walk GCDS runway together
Alongside Dua Lipa's sister Rina.
Chinese Americans mobilize against critical race theory
A Chinese American group on Tuesday issued a public letter forcefully denouncing critical race theory as a “hateful, divisive” and “manipulative fraud” that has infected nearly every facet of society and must be stopped.
Award shows forced to delay and reimagine ceremonies due to pandemic
Coronavirus concerns have forced the entertainment industry to delay and reimagine their biggest awards shows. The pandemic has also prompted changes to the rules about who is eligible for Hollywood's big prizes. CBS News' Chris Martinez takes a look at what fans can expect this year.
Angels expect rising star Griffin Canning to provide stability in the rotation
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Ohio sues Census Bureau over new redistricting deadline
Delayed release of data creates timeline crunch in some states.
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Assistant HHS secretary refuses to answer child gender reassignment question
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Capitol rioter called ex-girlfriend a ‘moron’ during siege— then she turned him in
An alleged Capitol rioter called his ex-girlfriend a “moron” in a text message during the siege — and she then turned him into the feds the next day, authorities said in recently unsealed court papers. The suspect, Pennsylvania man Richard Michetti, allegedly sent several messages to the woman the night before the riot and on...
Navy task force pledge on discrimination, 'intersectional identities': What we know
The Task Force One Navy recently made diversity-related recommendations that include de-emphasizing standardized academic tests when evaluating Navy recruits and renaming ships and other assets with "problematic" names.
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Opinion: If they're smart, Seahawks will let Russell Wilson cook, and have input on their shopping list
If QB Russell Wilson wants to make suggestions on areas that need upgrades, the Seahawks should listen. They can't afford to further waste his talent.      
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Roberts heads to K Street
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Filip Chytil nearing injury return in badly needed Rangers boost
Rangers center Filip Chytil skated with the team for the first time Thursday since sustaining a hand injury, which was given a four-to-six week timeline to heal, in the 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Jan. 24. The 21-year-old is still considered “day to day,” according to head coach David Quinn, but he wasn’t entirely...
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How the Equality Act Will Change LGBTQ Litigation and Access to Federal Programs
The Supreme Court's landmark ruling in the Bostock case protected employees from being discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act, however, would expand those protections for LGBTQ Americans seeking equal access to healthcare, housing and education.
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How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?
How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants? By tweaking their vaccines, a process that should be easier than coming up with the original shots.
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'Black-box' recorder in Tiger Woods' Genesis GV80 SUV could reveal details of car accident
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