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‘America’s Got Talent’ Singer Kodi Lee Brings Judges to Tears with Moving Performance

Lee, who is blind and has autism, brought down the house during the AGT quarterfinal.
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Rep. Rodney Davis tests positive for COVID-19
Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis has tested positive for coronavirus, less than one week after he delivered a presentation on staying safe from the virus in the Capitol. Davis, the top-ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee, was diagnosed Wednesday morning, he said in a statement. The congressman said he had been giving himself twice-daily temperature...
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Jake Paul’s neighbors heard ‘mysterious explosions’ before FBI raid
Jake Paul was already facing a $2 million tax lien when a cache of weapons was found in an FBI raid.
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Zoe Kravitz’s ‘High Fidelity’ Reboot Canceled at Hulu
Top five TV heartbreaks, go.
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Hiroshima survivors mark 75th anniversary of attack, urge ban on nuclear weapons
Survivors of the world’s first atomic bombing gathered in diminished numbers near an iconic, blasted dome Thursday to mark the attack’s 75th anniversary, many of them urging the world, and their own government, to do more to ban nuclear weapons.
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Cacao Mexicatessen Cilantro Lime Rice
This vegan cilantro lime rice is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
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Ellen Pompeo stuck with 'Grey's Anatomy' all this time for the money: 'I’m financially set'
Ellen Pompeo revealed the main reason she’s stuck with “Grey’s Anatomy” all this time simply comes down to financial security. 
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US workers file over 1 million jobless claims for 20th straight week
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits topped 1 million for the twentieth straight week — bringing the total number of initial jobless claims filed during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 55 million. An additional 1.186 million people filed for unemployment last week, according to the US Department of Labor. Jobless claims were...
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Meghan McCain is Sick of “B.S.” Questions About Leaving ‘The View’: “I Hate This”
Do you really think Meghan McCain would miss an election cycle?
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Fewer Americans filing for unemployment aid
The number of people applying for initial unemployment benefits fell below 2 million for the first time since March.
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Portland Riots Continue After Withdrawal of Federal Officers; Target Local Police
Riots have continued in Portland, Oregon, for several nights despite the withdrawal of federal law enforcement officials, as left-wing activists from Black Lives Matter and Antifa have attacked local police and battled them in the city streets.
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'Nothing compares': Unemployment filings top 1 million for 20th straight week
The unprecedented streak of jobless claims has shattered all previous records.
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Giancarlo Stanton checks out Vanessa Hudgens as model ex moves on
There appears to be a new beauty on Giancarlo Stanton's mind.
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Sally Yates is probably ‘on the very short list’ for AG in a Biden administration, Ian Prior says
FBI agents arbitrarily used the Logan Act to interview former national security adviser Michael Flynn in order to "set him up to lie," former Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said on Thursday. 
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ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump
As of this week, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against President Donald Trump's administration
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Bella Hadid flips off NYPD officers for not wearing masks: ‘U guys look goofy’
Bella Hadid stuck up her middle finger at the NYPD for not wearing masks as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Layoffs: 1.2M workers file for unemployment amid COVID-19 spikes, pushing total in crisis above 55M
Another 1.2M workers sought unemployment benefits -- a measure of layoffs -- last week, pushing the total in the crisis above 55 million      
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Facebook launches app for Instagram that looks a lot like TikTok
Facebook is launching a new app for Instagram called Reels. The app is almost identical to popular social media app TikTok.       
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Another 1.2 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
The recovery from America's jobs crisis seems to have hit a roadblock, and weekly claims for unemployment benefits are proof of that.
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Chip and Joanna Gaines bringing 'Fixer Upper' back
"Fixer Upper" fans have something to look forward to next year.
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PEN America Study Says Hollywood Increasingly Normalizing Self-Censorship to Appease China
The left-wing PEN America has repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump as a menace to free speech. Now the elite cultural organization finds itself in the awkward position of agreeing with the Trump administration on the issue of Hollywood's cozy relationship with China's Communist regime, which is suppressing the freedom of expression around the world.
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Long Island residents rip PSEG for poor customer service after Isaias
Long Island residents say their electricity company has been missing in action — except to flag a fake Twitter account that had been mocking the utility after Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out power throughout the region. “We are aware of a fake Twitter account mimicking our official company account @PSEGLI,” PSEG Long Island tweeted Wednesday...
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Romance Novels Help Shape Our Understanding of Desire
Romance novels keep teaching us what we like, what we don’t like, and the happily ever afters we want for ourselves.
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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall to 1.19 Million, Lowest Level of Coronavirus Pandemic
Economists had expected around 1.4 million.
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WWE legend Marty Jannetty’s apparent murder confession sparks police probe
An apparent murder confession by former WWE star Marty Jannetty is prompting cops in Georgia to launch an investigation, according to a report. The former intercontinental and tag team champ who rose to stardom as part of “The Rockers” duo with Shawn Michaels in the late 1980s and early 90s said he “made a man...
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Vice President Mike Pence calls Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts 'a disappointment to conservatives'
Pence held up Roberts as a political siren call to remind Republican voters "just how important this election is for the future of the Supreme Court."        
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Trump’s radical lawsuit against Nevada’s vote-by-mail law, explained
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on August 4, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images It’s Bush v. Gore all over again. On Monday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed legislation intended to ensure that voters in his state can still cast a ballot during the Covid-19 pandemic. Among other things, the new law (known as AB4) provides that registered Nevada voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail, a common practice in Western states. It also requires the state to provide a minimum number of polling places for in-person voters, both on Election Day and for early voting. President Trump’s response to this new law was apoplectic. On Tuesday, one day after AB4 became law, Trump’s lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party, seeking to block it. Their legal complaint in Donald J. Trump for President v. Cegavske is not a model of careful legal argumentation. It claims, for example, that AB4 changed Nevada law to allow mailed-in ballots without postmarks to be counted so long as they arrive within three days of Election Day. In fact, Nevada law already allowed such ballots to be counted. An entire section of the complaint focuses on the fact that AB4 was enacted “on a weekend vote” — the state House approved the bill on a Friday, but the Senate passed it on a Sunday — without explaining how the day of the bill’s passage was relevant to its legality. Though Trump for President v. Cegavske (the named defendant is Barbara Cegavske, Nevada’s secretary of state) targets several provisions of Nevada’s election law, its most significant attacks focus on two provisions — the provision allowing some late-arriving ballots to be counted, and a provision requiring the state’s two most populous counties to have a higher minimum number of polling places than less populous counties. It’s not hard to guess why Trump wants late-arriving mail-in ballots to be tossed out. Multiple polls have shown that Biden voters prefer to vote by mail, while Trump voters are much more likely to vote in person. Trump has spent the past several months attacking states that try to make it easier to vote by mail — though he recently claimed that mail-in ballots in Florida are fine because “Florida’s got a great Republican governor.” In any event, Trump’s lawsuit suffers from several fundamental flaws. Some of its arguments rely on federal statutes that most likely cannot be enforced through a lawsuit brought by a private party. Others rest on speculation about how certain provisions of AB4 will be implemented. Important prongs of Trump’s legal arguments rest on the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore (2000), an opinion that explicitly states its decision is “limited to the present circumstances” and therefore should not be relied on by future courts. And beyond that, at least some of Trump’s arguments would lead to sweeping progressive results that he probably would not like, if they were embraced by federal courts. Trump would not like the implications of his own legal arguments AB4 requires all Nevada counties to have at least one in-person early voting site in every county and at least one in-person polling place on Election Day. Only two Nevada counties have more than 60,000 residents, and those two counties are required to have additional polling sites. Washoe County (Reno), with nearly 500,000 residents, must have at least 15 early voting sites and 25 sites on the day of the election. Clark County (Las Vegas), with more than 2.2 million residents, must have at least 35 early sites and at least 100 on Election Day. The Trump team claims this arrangement is unconstitutional and relies heavily on Bush v. Gore to make its case. One of the ironies of Bush v. Gore is that if the Supreme Court actually took its own holding in that case seriously, Bush would have been one of the most progressive election law decisions in American history. The specific issue in Bush, which effectively handed the presidency to George W. Bush, concerned a recount of the ballots cast in Florida’s extraordinarily close 2000 presidential contest between Bush and Democrat Al Gore. The majority in Bush faulted Florida election officials for failing to apply “uniform rules” to this recount — an unclearly marked ballot might be counted in one Florida county while a ballot with the same unclear marking might be rejected in another. This lack of one statewide standard, according to a majority of the justices, injected too much arbitrariness into the recount. But Bush also contains sweeping language suggesting that any disparate treatment of voters within a state may be constitutionally suspect. “Having once granted the right to vote on equal terms,” the majority concluded in Bush, “the State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one person’s vote over that of another.” One reason Bush was widely criticized by legal scholars is because this expansive approach to voter equality was hard to square with prior, more parsimonious voting rights decisions handed down by conservative justices who joined the Bush majority. As Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law professor and a member of Gore’s legal team in Bush, wrote in 2003, “the ‘right’ ostensibly protected by the majority in Bush v. Gore seems characteristic of a class of entitlements that has received only reluctant federal protection from the Rehnquist Court.” The conservative justices’ departure from their ordinary practices, their decision to restrict their holding to a single election, and the fact that Bush placed a Republican in the White House all gave a fairly clear impression that Bush v. Gore was an exercise of partisanship and not of legal reasoning. Moreover, the Supreme Court has since been fairly clear that it doesn’t take Bush’s approach to voter equality seriously. In the nearly two decades since Bush was decided, only one Supreme Court opinion has so much as cited Bush v. Gore, according to the legal database Lexis Advance. And that single citation appears in a footnote to a dissenting opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that was joined by no other justice. Nevertheless, Trump’s lawyers ask the courts to take Bush’s expansive approach to voter equality very seriously. Relying on the strong language in Bush calling for all voters to be treated on “equal terms,” Trump’s lawyers argue that Nevada’s formula for setting the minimum number of polling places in each county is unconstitutional. “Several rural counties — where AB4 authorizes only 1 polling place each — have substantially higher numbers of registered voters per polling place” than the two most populous counties, they claim. As a threshold matter, this claim is premature. As the Supreme Court held in Texas v. United States (1998), “a claim is not ripe for adjudication if it rests upon ‘contingent future events that may not occur as anticipated, or indeed may not occur at all.’” AB4 does not require Nevada’s smaller counties to have only one polling place — it provides that those counties must have at least one polling place. It’s possible that once AB4 is actually implemented, rural counties will have roughly the same number of registered voters per polling place as urban counties. But if Trump is truly serious about implementing a voting rights standard that requires all voters to have equal access to polling sites, Democrats should agree to that deal with enthusiasm. After the Supreme Court struck down much of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, many states started closing polling places — and these closures disproportionately impact voters of color who tend to prefer Democrats over Republicans. As a result, voters in large Democratic cities within red states sometimes have to wait hours to cast a ballot. It’s unlikely, however, that Trump really wants Democrats of colorin urban centersto be able to vote with ease on Election Day. It’s more likely that he is looking for another decision like Bush v. Gore — a one-off opinion that lifts up a Republican presidential candidate without providing any benefits to future voters. Trump wants to force Nevada to toss out many ballots AB 4 provides that mall-in ballots will be counted so long as they are postmarked by the day of the election and received by the seventh day following the election. But not all mail is postmarked, and sometimes the date on a postmark is illegible. Thus, there is a risk that voters will be disenfranchised for completely arbitrary reasons — such as the postmark on their ballot getting smudged while the ballot was being delivered. Nevada addresses this problem by creating a safe harbor for some ballots that arrive without postmarks. Under a provision ofNevada law that took effect last January, mailed ballots will be counted if they are “received not more than 3 days after the day of the election and the date of the postmark cannot be determined.” (AB4 actually makes this provision marginally stricter, by requiring such ballots to arrive by 5 pm on the third day after the election.) Trump’s lawyers argue that this provision is illegal because it conflicts with a federal law providing that “the electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed, in each State, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November.” At least in theory, a ballot mailed after Election Day might arrive within three days of the election, and it might bear an illegible postmark. Thus, Trump’s lawyers claim, by accepting some late ballots, Nevada could wind up counting ballots mailed after the federally mandated Election Day has passed. It’s a clever argument. And it is true that, at least before the Covid-19 pandemic, few states explicitly allowed ballots that arrived late and without postmarks to be counted. But there are a number of reasons to suspect that courts will reject this argument. One problem with Trump’sargument is that it is difficult to square with the expansive theory of voter equality that Trump uses to challenge the state’s allocation of polling places. If it is unconstitutionally arbitrary for some counties to have more polling places per voter than others — or, for that matter, if it is unconstitutionally arbitrary for some Florida counties to use different standards to evaluate unclearly marked ballots than others — then surely it is also unconstitutional to toss out some ballots and accept others based on whether the post office smudged a postmark while the ballot was being delivered. It’s also far from clear that Trump’s campaign — or, for that matter, any other private party — is allowed to sue because a state decides to count ballots that are cast after Election Day. Not all federal laws create a “private right of action,” meaning that private plaintiffs are allowed to bring a lawsuit challenging alleged violations of those laws. As the Supreme Court explained in Gonzaga University v. Doe (2002), “for a statute to create such private rights, its text must be ‘phrased in terms of the persons benefited.’” Thus, for example, a statute that reads “eligible voters shall receive a ballot by mail” would create a private right of action because the text of this hypothetical statute centers “eligible voters” — the people who would benefit from that statute. A different statute that provides that “the state shall provide for a system of voting by mail” most likely could not be enforced in court because that statute does not even mention the people who would benefit from it. In any event, the federal statute setting the date of presidential elections (“the electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed, in each State, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November”) is not phrased in terms of the persons benefited — it conveys no rights that apply to individual voters, political candidates, or their campaigns. So it most likely cannot be enforced by private plaintiffs in federal court. There’s also a third reason to doubt that Trump will prevail in his effort to toss out late-arriving Nevada ballots. Though Chief Justice John Roberts, frequently the median vote on the Supreme Court, is often hostile to voting rights claims, he’s also signaled that state officials struggling to control the pandemic should be given an unusual amount of deference by courts. In South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom (2020), for example, Roberts sided against a church that challenged a state public health order that only allowed places of worship to reopen at limited capacity. “The precise question of when restrictions on particular social activities should be lifted during the pandemic is a dynamic and fact-intensive matter subject to reasonable disagreement,” Roberts wrote in his South Bay opinion. He added that “our Constitution principally entrusts ‘[t]he safety and the health of the people’ to the politically accountable officials of the States ‘to guard and protect.’” The same logic that led Roberts to defer to state officials who want to prevent Covid-19 from spreading at churches in South Bay may also lead him to defer to Nevada officials who want to prevent Covid-19 from spreading at polling places. That said, there is never any certainty in this kind of highly political litigation — especially when a Republican president seeks relief from courts dominated by Republicans. In the short term, the case is assigned to Judge James Mahan, a George W. Bush appointee. However Mahan rules, the losing party will likely appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is closely divided between Democrats and Republicans. And the case may very well be heard by a very conservative Supreme Court. 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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How businesses in one Arizona community are struggling to stay afloat amid pandemic
A recent survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows that almost 60% of small businesses in America are worried about permanently closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially hard-hit is the state of Arizona, which suffered once when the virus struck in March, then again during a deadly surge in July. Mola Lenghi visits two businesses along one Main Street struggling to survive both economic and personal tragedies.
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53 from Hurtigruten ship test positive for COVID-19; SeaDream passengers, crew all negative
53 people from two Hurtigruten cruises have tested positive. Meanwhile, SeaDream passengers and crew from have all tested negative.       
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Here's how to get the new Samsung Galaxy devices
Lock down Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live, and more       
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Sanders says he wants to tax billionaires' 'obscene' wealth earned during coronavirus pandemic
The Vermont independent proposed imposing a 60% levy on the windfall gains that 467 billionaires earned between March 18 and Aug. 3, which he said could raise more than $420 billion.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator's 2020 reboot may be the safest way to fly this year
The rebooted Microsoft Flight Simulator, available August 18, 2020, could be the perfect antidote to airplane cabin withdrawal symptoms for those who've been bumped off their real-world flight plans due to Covid-19
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Search continues after deadly Beirut blast
At least 137 people were killed and 5,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook Beirut on Tuesday, Follow here for the latest.
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Opinion: Quarantine QB? Keeping Aaron Rodgers off COVID list must be Packers' priority
In a league where quarterbacks have an outsized influence on winning and losing, they might have an even greater impact in 2020.       
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People are having seizures, losing vision and dying after drinking hand sanitizer, CDC warns
The CDC says that four people died and nearly a dozen others have had health complications after swallowing hand sanitizers in recent months.       
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Princess Diana’s bridesmaid says she spent time on Jeffrey Epstein’s island
One of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids has admitted she socialized with Jeffrey Epstein — including at his notorious private island — but says she was “clearly very lucky” she wasn’t molested by the pedophile. Clementine “Clemmie” Hambro, 44, said she flew on Epstein’s private jet twice in 1999 following visits to his New Mexico ranch and...
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‘Big Brother’ premiere reveals rowdy ‘All-Stars’ cast, COVID-19 precautions
“All of this season’s houseguests have been individually quarantined for the past two weeks,” host Julie Chen Moonves assured viewers.
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FBI executed federal search warrant at Jake Paul's home
A law enforcement official confirms to CNN that FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at the Calabasas, California, home of YouTube celebrity Jake Paul.
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Jeff Foxworthy's estate sale at Georgia home includes autographed memorabilia
The veteran stand-up comic and Atlanta native is reportedly downsizing from his 12,000 square foot estate.
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Trump impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal
"There Is Nothing for You Here: Opportunity in an Age of Decline" should be released in late 2021.
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Heroic maid seen on video pulling toddler to safety after Beirut blast
Dramatic video has emerged of a heroic maid grabbing a toddler and rushing the girl to safety after Beirut was rocked by a devastating explosion.
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Girl, man pulled out alive from rubble hours after Beirut explosion
Amid the devastation in Beirut, a young girl was found alive after spending at least 24 hours buried under the debris from this week’s deadly blast in the Lebanese capital, according to a report. The crying child is seen in heart-wrenching video, with her head poking through the rubble as rescuers work feverishly to free...
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Biden announces shake-up to convention as President Trump mulls moving speech to White House
Joe Biden's campaign said Wednesday the former vice president will now accept the Democratic nomination in his home state of Delaware, instead of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The change comes as President Trump mulls accepting his nomination at the White House, despite members of his own party questioning whether that would violate federal law. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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Dodgers' Chris Taylor completes dramatic double play to seal victory vs. Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor called game Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres.
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Oliver Stone says Charlie Sheen ‘had more potential’
“I mean, frankly, he’s wealthy, but I think he had more potential and he didn’t use it," Stone said.
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Macron's call for reform against corruption
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Minor league baseball team mourns loss of beloved former mascot dog Boomer
The York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League announced the death of Boomer, the minor-league team's beloved former mascot dog.       
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CNN investigates Russia's claim of cutting-edge virus response
CNN gains exclusive access to a new coronavirus testing facility in Moscow, which Russia is promoting as more effective than Western counterparts. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
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19 dead from virus at Texas nursing home; 24 staffers infected
"This harrowing development speaks to the severity of this pandemic," said Yolanda Ford, the mayor of Missouri City, Texas.
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