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8 takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate's first night

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the top-polling Democratic presidential candidate onstage Wednesday night, and the early moments of the party's first 2020 debate showed why.
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30 test positive for Covid-19 following funeral
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Commissioner under fire for using N-word
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Teacher interrupts governor's press conference
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Woman confesses to killing former state senator
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5-yr-old boy makes COVID care packages
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Death was from gun man thought was unloaded
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Louis Vuitton heralds the return of the physical fashion show -- in China
On Thursday, Louis Vuitton revealed its new menswear collection in spectacular fashion on the banks of the Huangpu River.
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History professor who has accurately predicted every election since 1984 says Trump will lose
History professor Allan Lichtman is used to being right.
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Judge rules E. Jean Carroll can continue to seek Trump's DNA in defamation suit
A New York state Supreme Court judge on Thursday denied President Donald Trump's effort to delay the proceedings in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by longtime magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll, a move that allows her to pursue his DNA sample in an effort to prove claims he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.
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In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets
As a grieving Beirut rebuilds its homes, businesses and lives, some Good Samaritans are making sure that one group of vulnerable residents are not forgotten.
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Couple born on same day, at same hospital, now married 23 years later
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Dog left in thunderstorm becomes emotional support dog
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At least 3 dead after Air India Express flight crashed on landing in Calicut
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Robin Williams’ ‘rambling’ Joe Biden bit resurfaces 11 years later
The resurfaced bit began circulating this week.
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Parasitic infection outbreak in Texas sickens 82 people
An outbreak in Austin, Texas, of the parasitic infection cyclosporiasis has sickened 82 people, according to the city's health department.
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The best money-saving offers from CNN Coupons to shop in August
Extra savings on some of your favorite brands are never a bad thing, so we've partnered with CNN Coupons to help you find discounts all month long.
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Recently freed convicted sex offender arrested in Boston on rape charges
Shawn McClinton, 39, was arrested on charges of aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault and related counts.
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Trump administration sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for carrying out Beijing's 'policies of suppression'
The Trump administration on Friday announced that it is sanctioning Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as part of a wave of sanctions on Hong Kong officials over the Chinese government’s 'policies of suppression" in the former British territory.
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‘High anxiety’ for 3 longtime GOP senators facing reelection: poll
New public opinion polling in three states where long serving Republican Senate incumbents are running for re-election indicates that all three are facing competitive challenges from their Democratic opponents.
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Deadly plane crash in India
A pilot and two passengers are dead after an Air India Express flight skidded off the runway at Calicut International Airport. Follow here for the latest.
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Why some people may not need 8 hours of sleep, according to a new report
Unbothered after a few hours of sleep? Studies suggest that not everyone may need seven or eight hours as generally recommended. 
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Kim and Kanye reportedly in Dominican Republic working on their marriage
"She just wants to do what's best for the kids. And she thinks finding a way to save her marriage is what's best for them."
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Senate Democrats warn of ‘foreign interference’ in 2020 election
Senate Democrats on Friday asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to offer “a regular series of update briefings” on an alleged foreign influence campaign targeting the November election. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) wrote to Wray they want to ensure “all Senators are aware of the specific threats posed by...
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Biden backtracks on comments about African Americans not being as 'diverse' as Latinos
Joe Biden said he did not mean "to suggest the African American community is a monolith."        
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Victims of police violence and their families could receive restitution in California under a new bill
If Assembly Bill 767 is passed, the state's victim compensation board would explicitly list excessive use of force by police among crimes eligible for compensation, said bill co-author Assemblymember Tim Grayson.
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NOAA forecasting active peak hurricane season with up to 6 major storms
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest hurricane outlook is forecasting a very active peak season. 
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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion twin in sexy looks for ‘WAP’ music video
See all their daring coordinated costumes here.
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The loudest voices against women's suffrage were women too
As America marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the history of anti-suffragism matters too, says Nicole Hemmer. Failing to grapple with the stories of these paradoxical women perpetuates blinders about gender, race, class and political identity that endure today.
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OPINION: We Are Africans. Here's Our View Of Beyoncé's 'Black Is King'
Esther Ngumbi, a professor from Kenya, and Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor in Nigeria, react to the megastar's movie-length music video — and to criticisms from other Africans.
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Who is the Narrator of ‘Tiny Creatures’ on Netflix?
Mike Colter always stands up for — and speaks for — the little guy.
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Judge Pirro rips 'ridiculous' anti-NRA lawsuit: 'Trump-hating' New York AG following through on promise
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro called New York Attorney General Letitia James "a President Trump and NRA-hating individual," who had already made such sentiments apparent on her election campaign.
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U.S. Sanctions Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam and Other Officials
The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials accusing them of roles in squashing freedom
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Portland demonstrations continue at police precinct despite mayor's plea
More than 65 nights of demonstrations carried on in areas of Portland, Ore., on Thursday night, just hours after the city's mayor decried the unrest that has roiled Portland since George Floyd's death.
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About 57K still without power after Tropical Storm Isaias slams NYC
Roughly 57,000 households are still without power late Friday morning — three days after Tropical Storm Isaias swept through the area, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Hizzoner blasted Con Edison for dragging its feet on restoring power. “This is an unacceptable situation,” he said. “Con Ed continues to be unclear in its response.” “What I’m...
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U.S. puts sanctions on Hong Kong leader, cites "brutal oppression"
The sanctions are the latest in a string of actions the Trump administration has taken targeting China.
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Dem Rep. Rose: De Blasio 'Worst Mayor' in American History, 'Put out a Prayer,' Not a Plan on School Opening
On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) policy on school reopening as not a plan, but “a prayer, an outline at best.” And characterized
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Here's how parents can protect their kids from coronavirus as schools reopen
Packed lunches? The perfect mask? Here's what parents can do to ensure kids stay safe as they return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.       
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All of this week’s best new movies are about anxiety. In a good way.
Seth Rogen in An American Pickle, out this week on HBO Max. | HBO Max I hear you saying, “Oh, great! Just what I need.” But trust me! Hollywood’s long-held August ritual — dumping all the mediocre movies into theaters to get them off the studios’ slates — has been disrupted this year, for a simple reason: Movie theaters, by and large, aren’t open. Couple that with the ever-evolving release schedule and you get an unusually eclectic month of films, albeit mostly on digital platforms and in drive-in theaters. There are a whole lot of good films out this weekend, but one worth highlighting is An American Pickle, which stars Seth Rogen and ... Seth Rogen: It’s a light, sweet comedy, adapted by Simon Rich from his 2013 serialized New Yorkerstory “Sell Out” (which you can read in four parts) and directed by Brandon Trost. Rogen plays an impoverished Ashkenazi Jew named Herschel Greenbaum, who, in the 1920s, marries a woman named Sarah (Sarah Snook) and immigrates to New York City. He gets a job in a pickle factory and promises Sarah that their descendants will be wealthy and successful. But unfortunately, Herschel falls into a vat of pickles and wakes up, perfectly preserved, in modern-day New York City, 80 years later. There, he discovers his only living relative is Ben Greenbaum (also Rogen), an app developer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The two go searching for the family cemetery plot where Sarah is buried, and they find it. But it’s surrounded by highways. As you might imagine, this does not please Herschel. Finding the burial plot kicks off the great-grandfather and great-grandson’s series of mishaps, and along the way they learn a lot. An American Pickle is about many things — family, ambition, wondering if your ancestors would be pleased with you — but it’s at its best when illustrating how hard it is, and has always been, to just scratch out a living. Whether you’re a pickle maker or an app coder or anything in between, just affording the rent in 2020 can be a cause for worry, let alone starting a business. And in the midst of that anxiety, your friends and family can be your best support ... or your worst enemy. (You can watch An American Pickle exclusively on HBO Max.) An American Pickle isn’t the only new movie that centers on anxiety this week. I can hear you saying, Oh, great! Just what I need. But the good news is there’s a film for every way of dealing with whatever it is you’re anxious about. If you’re worried about the end of democracy ... Well, A Thousand Cuts won’t exactly comfort you, but it will arm you to fight back by understanding the slip from democracy into autocracy in the Philippines under the violent rule of Rodrigo Duterte. Director Ramona S. Diaz follows the story of journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of the independent press outlet Rappler, who has been jailed, arrested, and harassed by the government, as well as influencers and candidates who support Duterte. It’s a chilling and daring film, and essential viewing. (You can watch it in “virtual cinemas” or on an August 9 live stream; more details at the film’s website.) If you feel like your life is going nowhere fast ... Check out I Used to Go Here, starring Gillian Jacobs (best known as Britta Perry from Community) as a Chicago writer named Kate Conklin. Her first novel is coming out, but her life is falling apart: She’s split from her fiancé, her publisher just canceled her book tour, and she’s beginning to worry she’s a fraud. So when a former professor (Jemaine Clement) calls to ask her to give a reading at her alma mater, she jumps at the chance. The film, which was supposed to premiere at South by Southwest before the festival was canceled this year, is a sweet, funny coming-of-age-in-your-30s story from director Kris Rey (Unexpected) and producers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, better known as the Lonely Island. (You can watch I Used to Go Here on streaming platforms such as Apple TV and Google Play.) If you’re staring the abyss square in the eye and think you might be losing ... She Dies Tomorrow is a brilliant, atmospheric drama about a young woman named Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil), a recovering alcoholic, who becomes convinced she’s about to die the next day. She’s not suicidal; she just knows it’s going to happen. But her premonition is not hers alone — it starts to spread to her friends. She Dies Tomorrow is designed to infect you, too, at least a little — colored lights, unidentifiable soundscapes, and a heavy pace cast a spell of existential dread. The mood iscatching. She Dies Tomorrow challenges both what we pretend to be and what we really are by forcing us to remember that we’re real, living in bodies that won’t last forever. (You can watch She Dies Tomorrow on digital services such as Apple TV and Google Playand at select drive-in theaters.) If you need to believe in magic again ... I’m not entirely sure why we needed a new movie version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel The Secret Garden, but I’m not mad about it. This one is moody and a little mystical. It tells the story mostly through the eyes of Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), who moves into the palatial English manor occupied by her bereaved and cold widower uncle (Colin Firth) after her parents die of cholera in India. Left to her own devices, Mary discovers both a sickly cousin hidden away in a wing of the house and a garden she believes to be magical on the property. It’s a relatively faithful adaptation of the classic book, but even if you’re familiar with the story, it’s a bit bewitching. (You can watch The Secret Garden on digital and on-demand platforms; a full listing is on the film’s website.) And if you just want to watch a joyously formulaic dance competition movie ... Look, the cure for any malaise is a dance competition movie. Everyone knows this, including Netflix, and that’s where Work It comes in. Starring Sabrina Carpenter and Liza Koshy (who are both pretty great), the movie follows the saga of high schooler Quinn Ackerman (Carpenter), who “accidentally” tells the admissions offer at Duke that she’s part of her high school’s champion dance team. Quinn is emphatically not a dancer, but she has to figure out a way to become one to get into Duke, and thus the antics begin. So brilliantly does Work It understand the formula for a dance movie that scarcely 10 minutes in, there’s already a wholly unmotivated dance-off. Also, Alicia Keys is one of the producers. (Work It is streaming on Netflix.) If you’re interested in something that’s not quite as new ... The original Mad Max, from 1979 — starring Mel Gibson, directed by George Miller, and set in an apocalyptic wasteland ruled by societal collapse and motorcycle gangs — is newly streaming on Netflix. Inside Out, Pixar’s 2015 movie about confronting your emotions and allowing yourself to feel them without judgment, is streaming on Disney+ and available to digitally rent or purchase on platforms like Apple TV and Google Play. And Kedi, a 2017 documentary about the street cats of Istanbul — no talking heads, just lots of cats and the people they hang out with — is available to digitally rent or purchase on platforms like Apple TV and Google Play. Back when Kedi was released, our own Emily VanDerWerff wrote that the film explores “what it means to live alongside other creatures anywhere you might be able.” (She also interviewed its director.) It’s both a cure for doldrums and a reminder that there’s plenty of good in the world yet. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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To slow coronavirus, a California county might pay the sick to stay home
Alameda County in California's Bay Area is planning to offer stipends of $1,250 for low-income residents to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
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Rich New Yorkers are buying up multiple Hamptons quarantine mansions
The ultra-rich are buying multiple quarantine mansions in the Hamptons for the “long-term,” as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is begging them to come back to New York City. The Hamptons real estate market is seeing a recent trend known as “compounding,” in which people snap up two — or even three — seven- and eight-figure homes...
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'Knight Rider' returning to big screen, but what car will play KITT?
Casting a car is harder than it seems
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Portland Mayor: Violent Rioters 'Attempting to Commit Murder'
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) on Thursday condemned the violence that recently convulsed his city, stating demonstrators are "attempting to commit murder" following an attack on East Precinct, where violent left-wing agitators attempted to set it ablaze.
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Massachusetts hotel fined for holding 300-person wedding
A hotel in Massachusetts was reportedly fined $600 for hosting two events over the weekend in violation of the state’s coronavirus restrictions. The Colonial Hotel in Gardner, Massachusetts, held a wedding on Saturday with more than 300 people and hosted another event on Sunday with 190 guests, according to a report from Telegram.com. The hotel...
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Lebanese authorities fire tear gas as protesters chant 'Revolution' after Beirut blast
The blast killed at least 154 people and injured at least 5,000 others, with dozens of people still unaccounted for. 
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The best sales to shop this weekend: Casper, Gap, HP and more
Summer's home stretch has arrived — and it has plenty of seasonal savings in tow. Spend your weekend shopping deals on electronics, home goods, apparel and more, the best of which we've rounded up for you.
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Chrishell Stause claims Justin Hartley told her about divorce via text
Even a voicemail would've been better.
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India's Coronavirus Cases Top 2 Million – More Than 62,000 Reported In One Day
India's fatality statistics might be artificially low because only a small portion of deaths that occur in India — reportedly around 22%, as of last year — are medically certified.
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Blue State Blues: Eleven Mistakes the Democratic Establishment May Regret in November
The Democratic Party establishment has made some reckless choices over the past year that it may have cause to regret, if and when it is forced to understand why it lost.
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