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Why is a giant sculpture of Elon Musk on a goat's body being driven around Texas?

A cryptocurrency firm run by Elon Musk fans built a monument in the billionaire's image. Yes, seriously.     
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Man Said Woman 'Just Wanted a Free Meal' After She Wouldn't Sleep With Him
"No one should feel pressured to sleep with someone for a meal," one user commented.
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Yale University sued over discriminating against students with mental health disabilities
Students of Yale University sued the university Wednesday, accusing the school of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities.       
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Huge trade partner and 'systemic rival.' Europe has a China problem
Europe is becoming increasingly reliant on China for trade, and many of its top companies are eager to invest in the world's second biggest economy despite the disruption caused by Covid lockdowns.
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WATCH: Lion cubs orphaned during war in Ukraine arrive at Minnesota animal sanctuary
Lion cubs orphaned during the war in Ukraine have arrived safely at a Minnesota animal sanctuary that has pledged to give them a permanent home.
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As Elon Musk fights censorship, states take aim at Anthony Fauci, Big Tech
“What’s become clear in this lawsuit and in Dr. Fauci’s deposition,” he said Wednesday, “is that when Fauci speaks, Big Tech ­censors.”
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‘Love Is Blind’ star SK says he had casual relationships with other women amid cheating claims
“SK” and Ross called it quits earlier this month after two women accused him of cheating. The pair met while filming Season 3 of the hit Netflix series.
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Phil Mickelson’s LIV move helped make PGA Tour players tons of money
Phil Mickelson shook the PGA Tour tree. The result has been hundreds of millions of dollars the PGA Tour claimed it didn’t have being added to purses.
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Ohio drivers, police grab mystery cash dumped on highway, causing traffic jams
A mysterious flurry of money flew across an Ohio highway Tuesday afternoon and drivers caused traffic jams as they attempted to snatch as many bills as they could, WHIO TV reported.
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Wizards have no answers for Kevin Durant in loss to Nets
Kristaps Porzingis has 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds but Washington could not stop the former MVP, who scored 39 to lead Brooklyn to a 113-107 win.
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The mesmerizing spectacle of a Sam Bankman-Fried interview
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried speaks virtually during his first public interview at the elite New York Times DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday. | Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images “I’ve had a bad month,” said the former CEO of the fallen crypto exchange FTX, speaking at the DealBook Summit. Sam Bankman-Fried — the 30-year-old dethroned billionaire who fell from grace last month with the bankruptcy of his cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, and revelations of missing customer funds — was notably fidgety, hemmed and hawed over his answers, and seemed at times to martyr himself in much anticipated first public interview since his company, valued to be worth at least $32 billion, simply imploded. “I’ve had a bad month,” Bankman-Fried said at one point, an understatement that drew a burst of laughter from the audience at the New York Times’s DealBook Summit, an annual elite conclave of global corporate leaders, investors, politicians, and celebrities. The former wunderkind CEO, who had graced magazine covers, mingled with Washington power players, and funded philanthropic causes before the stunning collapse of his exchange, told the New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin that he was down to one last credit card and about $100,000 in a bank account. He also said that his lawyers didn’t think it was a good idea for him to be speaking. Bankman-Fried said he was being given the “classic advice — don’t say anything. Recede into a hole.” “I think I have a duty to talk to people,” he said. “I have a duty to explain what happened.” What happened was the astonishing collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange Bankman-Fried founded, sending shock waves through not only financial and crypto circles but political and philanthropic ones as well. The company, currently in bankruptcy proceedings, is being investigated by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal. At least $1 billion in FTX customer funds appears to be missing. Bankman-Fried, who had been seen as a rare billionaire serious about using his wealth to improve the world following a philosophy known as effective altruism, has now left philanthropic organizations to which he committed money grappling with funding gaps. FTX’s ruin has led to “crypto contagion” in the rest of the industry, ushering in widespread instability: BlockFi, a crypto lending company that FTX bailed out in July, also filed for bankruptcy this week, and the crypto exchange Kraken announced that it will lay off 30 percent of its workforce. (Disclosure: This August, Bankman-Fried’s philanthropic family foundation, Building a Stronger Future, awarded Vox’s Future Perfect a grant for a 2023 reporting project. That project is now on pause.) Bankman-Fried did not attend Wednesday’s event in person but was interviewed virtually from the Bahamas, where he’s been based since late 2021. When he came into view around 5 pm, his demeanor was subdued, compared with the fast-talking, frenetic energy he is known for during public appearances. In introducing Bankman-Fried, Sorkin pulled no punches: “The generous view is that you are a young man who made a series of terrible, terrible, very, very bad decisions. The less generous view is that you have committed a massive fraud.” Bankman-Fried’s answers seemed to push for the more generous read, but their vagueness failed to dispel the less kind perceptions the public holds. Bankman-Fried, who is well known for his unusual aesthetic — he loved to wear baggy shirts and shorts that communicated a kind of asceticism — wore a loose-fitting plain black T-shirt and sat in an unremarkable room with little more than a houseplant visible in a corner. At various points in the roughly hour-long Q&A, his body language was hunched, his head and gaze lowered as he answered a barrage of difficult questions from Sorkin, including where FTX customers’ money had gone, whether employees had used drugs, what he had told his Stanford law professor parents, and what he saw for his future. At one point, Sorkin referenced a letter he received from someone who accused the former billionaire of stealing about $2 million from him, asking why Bankman-Fried had “decided to steal my life savings.” Did Bankman-Fried think what he did was fraud? Bankman-Fried’s head hung as Sorkin read the letter. “I’m deeply sorry about what happened,” he said before quickly adding that, “to his knowledge,” FTX’s US platform was “fully solvent.” Moments earlier, he said, “I didn’t ever try to commit fraud on anyone.” Bankman-Fried appeared remarkably calm for a man some are comparing to Elizabeth Holmes and Bernie Madoff. He was repeatedly apologetic but maintained that he didn’t know the details of exactly what had happened and why — only that he had failed in his duty as the CEO of FTX, while emphasizing a lack of oversight and poor risk management. When Sorkin mentioned allegations that employees at FTX had used drugs, Bankman-Fried characterized himself as an innocent: “I had my first sip of alcohol after my 21st birthday,” he said, and said that FTX did not have wild parties, and that if there were parties, employees played board games. The DealBook Summit is a self-described space for “unguarded conversations about business, culture, and politics.” It’s set up as an elite gathering of people with the influence to shape the worlds of finance, business, and politics; a regular ticket has a $2,499 price tag. Among the panoply of famous names in attendance this year were Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It has typically been a friendly stage for business leaders, and past interviewees include Elon Musk as well as venture capitalist and Republican megadonor Peter Thiel, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates. Last year’s virtual summit, however, invited disgraced WeWork founder Adam Neumann for his first interview about two years after the corporate scandal that tarnished his reputation. Unlike Neumann, Bankman-Fried did not wait two years after his public immolation to do an interview, and it seems he isn’t loath to attract more attention. Since FTX’s collapse, and since allegations of fraud surfaced a few weeks ago, Bankman-Fried has been uncommonly talkative on Twitter and with journalists. He was bewilderingly candid in a Twitter DM interview with Vox journalist Kelsey Piper, pulling back the curtain on the kind of reputation-polishing that, as Bankman-Fried implies, all powerful people — including himself — engage in. In his DMs, the mask of his image as a thoughtful philanthropist and diplomatic crypto spokesperson slipped; he said bluntly, on the issue of crypto regulation, “fuck regulators” and espoused the view that the world cared more about who they perceived as “winners” than people who were actually ethical. Bankman-Fried attempted to clarify and soften some of the comments in that interview at the DealBook Summit, saying that he genuinely cared about important issues such as animal welfare and pandemic prevention. But he stood firm on the idea that “doing good” was often a PR game that companies played. “There’s a bunch of bullshit that regulated companies do,” he said. “It’s just a PR campaign masquerading as do-gooderism.” He acknowledged that he, too, had participated in such PR campaigns. “Yeah. We all did.” After Bankman-Fried’s Vox interview, the current CEO of FTX, John Ray III (who helped restructure Enron when it went bankrupt), released a terse reminder on Twitter that Bankman-Fried no longer spoke on behalf of the company. On Wednesday, however, Bankman-Fried had plenty to say about FTX. Sorkin pressed him on the specifics of what had happened and what he had known, asking him early about whether there had been a commingling of funds between FTX and the trading firm Bankman-Fried had founded, Alameda Research. Alameda has been accused of borrowing FTX customers’ funds. “I didn’t knowingly commingle funds,” Bankman-Fried replied. He said he realized belatedly that FTX client money and Alameda money had been tied together “substantially more” than he would have wanted it to be. As Bankman-Fried continued to repeat that he hadn’t been aware of the true financials of both companies, Sorkin was blunt: “But, Sam, I think the question is whether you were supposed to have access to these [customer] accounts to begin with.” Bankman-Fried avoided that question, insisting again that he had little involvement in Alameda. Bankman-Fried’s presence at the summit raised numerous questions: Does hearing from a disgraced business leader on such a large stage help the public get closer to the truth about what happened? Or does it hand back some control to a powerful person, allowing them to prune their public image and inject an exculpatory spin on the unfolding narrative of FTX and of Bankman-Fried himself? When asked whether he had been honest during the interview, Bankman-Fried’s answer was a perfect encapsulation of the vagueness and word-twisting he’d displayed during the interview. “I was as truthful as, you know, I am knowledgeable to be,” he said. And then, as if he was thinking better of the hedging, he added: “Yes, I was.”
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Idaho Student Killings: Local Police Clarify Prosecutor's Mixed Reports
Police continue hunting for a suspect in the investigation of four slain University of Idaho students.
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Aaron Rodgers says he would approach conversation of change to Jordan Love with 'open mind'
Aaron Rodgers knows the possibility is looming that he will step aside and watch Jordan Love finish out this 2022 Green Bay Packers season.      
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Students sue Yale University, alleging discrimination against students with mental health disabilities
Current students and an advocacy group are suing Yale University and its governing body, alleging "systemic discrimination against students with mental health disabilities," according to a lawsuit filed in Connecticut federal court Wednesday.
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Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving keep Nets rolling in win over Wizards
Fresh off a 45-point explosion, Kevin Durant merely poured in 39 points, helping the Nets outshoot their rebounding issues in a win over the Wizards.
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Gregg Berhalter has made USMNT a force to be reckoned with again
Gregg Berhalter, the 49-year-old, New Jerseyan who is the coach of the United States men’s national soccer team, has been in this position before.
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Federal appeals court keeps Biden student loan forgiveness plan on pause in latest ruling
The decision will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, which is already considering another challenge to Biden's student loan forgiveness plan.       
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Families of three Americans who died of suspected CO poisoning in Mexico City suing Airbnb
Kandace Florence and Jordan Marshall, both 28, and Courtez Hall, 33, were found dead inside the vacation rental after they traveled to Mexico to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in October.
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McCarthy demands January 6 committee preserve all records and vows to hold hearings next year
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a letter to the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, on Wednesday demanding that it preserve all records and transcripts and vowing to hold hearings next year on the security failures that led to the US Capitol breach.
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Knicks’ upset bid falls short in loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks
This time, it wasn’t a superstar who did the Knicks in. This time, it was a member of the supporting cast who drove the stake through their heart.
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'River of blood': Foxconn employee describes violent protests in China
Video obtained by CNN shows violence in China at Foxconn, the world's largest iPhone factory. Workers are protesting unfair treatment, dirty living conditions, and chaotic Covid rules, as CNN's Selina Wang reports.
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Former Hunter Biden business partner snagged jobs in Trump, Biden administrations
A senior adviser at a business firm founded by the president’s embattled son Hunter Biden landed Commerce Department appointments under both the Trump and Biden administrations. 
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Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’ called ‘racist’ for casting black actors as bullies
"Whoever thought making the Black man as the owner of a pilgrim amusement park is literally going to hell," one astonished viewer tweeted.
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Rose Bowl agrees to clear way for College Football Playoff expansion
Rose Bowl game organizers informed College Football Playoff officials they are willing to alter agreements, clearing the way for the CFP to expand to 12 teams.
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What to know about the Sparks' 2023 schedule
The Sparks' Curt Miller era will open on May 19 against the Phoenix Mercury, as the WNBA released its regular-season schedules Wednesday.
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Alex Hall speaks out on relationship with ‘Selling the OC’ co-star Tyler Stanaland
Hall, 33, and Stanaland, also 33, sparked romance rumors back in September after they were spotted getting cozy while at dinner with some friends.
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Rangers hang on against Senators to snap three-game skid
The Rangers built a lead and defended it as if their season depended on it in this game against the Senators.
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DOJ will hold accountable "those responsible for crimes" related to Jan. 6, AG says
A Washington, D.C., jury on Tuesday convicted Oath Keepers leaders Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs of seditious conspiracy.
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John Dickerson reports on the deal to avert a nationwide rail strike, why a top economist believes the U.S. will enter a recession in 2023, and New York City's plan to hospitalize more people deemed mentally ill.
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Sam Bankman-Fried Made Another Risky Bet That Didn’t Quite Go as Planned
It was just a live interview with the New York Times. What could go wrong?
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Mena Suvari says she struggles with postpartum depression 'every day' more than a year after giving birth
Mena Suvari opened up about her constant postpartum depression in a podcast episode that aired Wednesday, saying she struggles with it every day since giving birth in 2021.
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MMA Junkie's Fight of the Month for November: Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler meets the hype
With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best fights from November 2022.      Related StoriesMMA Junkie's 'Fight of the Month' for November: A lightweight war for the agesMMA Junkie's 'Fight of the Month' for November: UFC newcomers go to war 
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House committee receives Trump's federal tax returns. Here's what they could reveal
The House Ways and Means Committee now has six years of Donald Trump's federal tax returns. CNN's John Berman speaks with Trump biographer David Cay Johnston about what they could reveal about the former president.
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Worker pleads guilty in Colorado election equipment tampering case
The former elections manager assisted in a security breach of voting equipment in a Colorado county, prosecutors said.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton watch courtside as Boston Celtics take on the Miami Heat during their US trip
Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton attended Boston Celtics game at the TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday night. The couple walked into the arena shortly before the game began.
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New York Man Who Brutally Attacked 67-Year-Old Asian Woman Sentenced 17 Years in Jail
A New York man who brutally attacked a 67-year-old Asian woman -- punching her more than 125 times -- was sentenced to 17 years and a half years in state prison on Tuesday.
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Taylor Lorenz warns new Twitter COVID policy will cause ‘more deaths’
Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz published a report Tuesday warning that Twitter's removal of its COVID misinformation policy would lead to "more deaths."
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Kyler Murray fires back at Patrick Peterson's criticism: 'You on some weird s---'
The Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray has responded to former teammate Patrick Peterson's criticism of the QB suggesting Murray only cares about himself.
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Hit-and-run driver slams into mom, 4 kids on Brooklyn street
Four young children and a woman were rushed to the hospital Wednesday after they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn.
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Atlanta police seek public's help identifying shooting suspects
Atlanta police are asking for the public's help in identifying individuals captured on surveillance video near Market Street in connection to a shooting.
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Dead California dog leads to discovery of owner’s bodies after car crash
The bodies of a California couple and their dog were found hidden under the heavy brush of a creek bed where a driver had crashed the day before.
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Hunter Biden and family spotted at National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony
“From the Biden family to you, Merry Christmas, America!” President Biden said during the ceremony, where he delivered brief remarks before counting down the tree lighting.
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Sauce Gardner hyped to go head-to-head with Vikings’ Justin Jefferson
The No. 4 overall pick hasn’t allowed a touchdown catch since Week 2 and has allowed two catches or fewer and 42 yards or fewer in four straight games.
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LA County DA takes keen interest in John Legend car theft case, prosecutor calls it insult to crime victims
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has taken a special interest in a case involving a suspect who allegedly tried to steal John Legend’s Porsche
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TUCKER CARLSON: Zelenskyy, Yellen and Bankman-Fried could use federal investigations, but are celebrated
Fox News host Tucker Carlson weighs in on the impact of the U.S. government still sending funds to Ukraine following the Russian invasion on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
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Why this doctor applauds Elon Musk ending Twitter’s COVID ‘misinformation’ ban
Bottom line: No one in America should face censorship, it’s a dangerous path to follow. Elon Musk is right. 
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2 killed in small plane crash at Southern California airport
The single-engine Arion Lightning crashed while the pilot was attempting to land at Torrance Municipal Airport, the FAA said.
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Funeral arrangements set for Rep. A. Donald McEachin of Virginia
The congressman died Monday after a battle with colorectal cancer and the secondary effects of treatment.
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Weeks after fatal stabbing of homeless veteran at L.A. City College, authorities seek public's help
Authorities, on Wednesday, released pictures of the victim and surveillance video screenshots of the person believed to be the suspect.
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