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Black Family Trying to Flag Police, Protect L.A. Store From Looters, Ends Up in Handcuffs

"You're losing your looters," a local reporter warned the police as they detained the black family protecting local businesses.
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How a Certain Clear Phone Became a Cultural Obsession
A unique industrial and teenage moment collided to create one of America’s most coveted hunks of plastic.
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A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a different kind of independence this July Fourth
On Saturday, as people across the country celebrate America's independence, Shakell Avery will celebrate a different kind of freedom.
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Letters to the Editor: Renaming John Wayne Airport misses the point: Racism is everywhere in America
John Wayne said some horribly racist things that were common beliefs in his day. We shouldn't rename the Orange County airport.
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Letters to the Editor: On paying $3,000 for a COVID-19 drug developed with taxpayer funding
Drug companies will undertake expensive research and development only when taxpayers contribute. This is unfair and counterproductive.
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‘I Am Here to Prove You Wrong’
At Miss Muslimah USA, a pageant for young Muslim women, the complexity of modesty is on full display.
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We Returned to Normal
#ThursdaysChild x Trunk Archive / Jingyu LinAfter 24 hours of travel from our home in Brooklyn, we landed exhausted and disoriented in Iceland on a Saturday night just two weeks ago, the midnight sun shining through the airplane windows. The otherworldly feeling I always get landing on this volcanic island in the middle of the North Atlantic was more intense than usual, because we had left one reality—the crisis-induced confinement of our small apartment—and were entering another—a country that has by and large stopped the spread of the coronavirus. We gathered our sanitized belongings, roused our young children, and exited the plane for the empty airport and our COVID-19 test, which we needed to get through customs. With the national contact-tracing app installed on our phones, we felt free for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.We had been planning our annual trip to Iceland to visit my wife’s family for a long time, but getting there took on increased urgency during the outbreak in New York City. First there were near-constant ambulance sirens and an ominous feeling that people were suffering and dying all around us. During the Black Lives Matter protests, the sirens transformed into police sirens—a new kind of ominous. Low-flying police helicopters and fireworks kept the children up at night. New rituals—limiting our outings to only the most essential trips, sanitizing our groceries, constantly washing our hands—helped us manage our persistent trepidation, but they were unnerving in their own right. I learned to master the mute button on conference calls when my children would fight or scream for whatever reason children fight or scream.The kids needed family, friends, other people. They needed playgrounds. Our downstairs neighbors also needed our children to have playgrounds, and we constantly felt guilty about that. We all needed a break, and a summer in Iceland was our opportunity for one. The country had done what it needed to do. People had listened to the scientists, trusted its leaders, tested widely. If you needed to quarantine, the government would put you up in a hotel and you would continue to receive your pay. The country responded in a rational and robust way and did everything it could to ensure that schools remained safely open. Iceland was still managing the pandemic, but it had thus far been successful, and life was continuing mostly as normal.[Thomas Chatterton Williams: Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing?]After three canceled flights on two airlines and lots of time spent on hold, we were finally able to book a confirmed flight through Boston. Despite a ban on Americans entering the country, we managed to secure a letter from Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that would allow us to return to my wife’s home country together.We completed our COVID-19 tests at the airport and collected our checked bags, but no family was there to greet us. We did not yet have our test results and did not want to endanger others. Without a ride, and to avoid taking the airport shuttle, we rented a car to get to the apartment where we’d be staying. As we drove into downtown Reykjavík, now past midnight, I felt like we were driving into the twilight zone. The streets were alive and joyous—and mask-less. It was all so jarring. Normal had become bizarre. We arrived at our destination and secured our masks before exiting the car. We did not want to be the people to bring the virus back to this country.We received our negative results in the morning—relieved, but not surprised. We had been hypervigilant in New York. We were most afraid of what we might have contracted while traveling. There was the man behind us on the flight to Boston who refused to wear his mask properly. There were the taxis and the hotel in Boston. There was everything that our 1-year-old daughter might have put in her mouth when we were not looking.Feeling cavalier, the first thing we did on Sunday in Reykjavík was go to the playground. It felt like the first playground we had been to in forever. Our kids were overjoyed.On the walk back from the playground with my son on my shoulders, I felt a hand touch my back. It was our Danish friend Peter, happy to run into us. This was the first physical contact I had had with someone other than my immediate family in more than three months. We asked him to give us some distance. We told him that we had tested negative but wanted to be extra cautious because of our travel. He was surprised and questioned the need for our masks. COVID-19 was over in Iceland, he said. We told him about New York, the fear of getting sick, the overloaded hospitals, the long-term closure of schools and playgrounds, the economic devastation there and throughout the country, the lackluster federal-government response. We told him how grateful we were to be here in Iceland. Our masks weren’t for our safety, we said, but for his.[Molly Jong-Fast: The new New York will be better]Peter knew much of this. He had been watching the news and had seen the disaster of the United States’ COVID-19 response. But if it was that bad to live through, he wanted to know, why didn’t the country respond to the virus in a serious way, so that it could move on safely? I didn’t know what to say. I don’t understand it either.I have always seen Iceland as a laboratory for the future, particularly for the United States. Its leadership in climate change, renewable energy, gender equity, and so much more show what could someday be possible with real innovation and effort. Today, Iceland also shows us a vision of a missed present.A few days into our trip, with normal life beginning to feel more and more normal, I sat in a café on the ocean edge of the city and called into an urgent parents’ meeting for our children’s preschool. Our tuition was due imminently and so many questions were still unanswered. Preschoolers don’t do well in virtual classrooms, we all agreed, and what about child-care needs for those of us who are working, not to mention those of us who might have to go back to the office? How do we keep our beloved school solvent and teachers employed? It felt like I was calling into another planet. There was so little governmental guidance or support. There was still the virus.We love New York City. We are going to return. But we don’t know what New York will be when we do. After only a few days in Iceland and a taste of normal life, the city and the coronavirus already felt so far away. As we settle in for our summer here, we hope this is an early return to normalcy. What we fear, though—and what I think we know but struggle to accept—is that this is just a temporary reprieve. Soon we’ll be back in New York City, ready with our masks and rituals, steeling ourselves for the months ahead.
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Fred Fleitz: At Mount Rushmore, Trump right to highlight danger leftist radicals pose to America
President Trump celebrated America’s independence and our nation’s 244th birthday Friday night with stirring speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota calling attention to serious threats America faces here at home from radical lawbreakers.
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Boycotting Zuck
What’s ESG investing, you ask? Environmental, social, and governance investing.
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June Medical: A Win In Wolf’s Clothing?
No, Chief Justice John Roberts is not turning into Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Letters to the Editor: Trump freaks out Democrats. That's the only reason Republicans love him
Republicans privately will concede Trump is not much of a leader, but they remain loyal because he confuses Democrats.
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Our Best Fourth of July Recipes
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80 American artists are writing messages in the skies above ICE detention centers
This Independence Day Weekend, 80 artists are asking Americans to look up at the skies. Over July 3 and 4, messages related to immigration will be written at 10,000 feet by World War II military planes, sky-typed over 80 sites related to the country's network of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, immigration courts, and the southern border. The idea is to bring attention to these facilities, which may not be familiar to many Americans.
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Oregon governor meets with state troopers caught flouting mask mandate in coffee shop
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown met Friday with three Oregon State Police troopers who were seen on video earlier this week defying a mandated statewide mask order while visiting a Corvallis coffee shop.
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80 American artists are writing messages in the skies above ICE detention centers
Over Independence Day weekend, the project "In Plain Sight" aims to bring attention to the complex network of facilities and landmarks related to US immigration around the country.
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Why do Trump, allies repost racist messaging and will it help his reelection effort?
The growing pattern comes as Trump drops in national polls.
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Our country is in chaos. But it's a great time to be an American
On July 9, 1776, a rowdy group of American colonists banded together at a political rally in New York City and did something that today would be called "badass."
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Our country is in chaos. But it's a great time to be an American
It's easy to be cynical this Fourth of July. Racial protests have rocked every major US city, and Americans can't even agree if they should wear face masks during a pandemic. But what some see as chaos, others see as an explosion of patriotism.
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Bob Ross' time in the Air Force influenced him in 'The Joy of Painting,' pal says
Before Bob Ross introduced the world to “The Joy of Painting,” he served in the Air Force where he discovered happy trees and almighty mountains.
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Fourth of July: Why do we celebrate with fireworks?
Do you know why it’s popular to celebrate July 4 with a bang?
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Your Weekend Briefing: Halfway Through 2020
January feels like a decade ago. Here’s what you may have forgotten.
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Toledo police officer fatally shot outside Home Depot store: reports
A police officer was fatally shot outside a Home Depot store just after midnight Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, according to reports.
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As coronavirus cases skyrocket, US marks July Fourth with pleas for people to skip the parties
After a week of skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the United States, officials are issuing a stark warning this July Fourth: Skip the parties.
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MLB’s Cleveland Indians say they’re open to possible name change
Cleveland’s MLB team hasn’t always been called the Indians -- and the team indicated Friday it might soon be willing to change its name again.
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Military vets and fireworks: It's a complicated relationship
While the Fourth of July can be likened to one of America's biggest street parties — at least in pre-pandemic times — our celebration of the sacrifices made by our nation's warriors can cause intensely painful trauma reactions for some who fight our wars.
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Spouse cheating? 10 tech clues to find evidence
Years of marriage will hone a spouse’s instincts, and we often know when something seems funny. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart tech absorb adulterous evidence like a sponge. Once suspicions are aroused, a digital trail could contain many clues about a potential dalliance.
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Trump will host a scaled-back July 4th party at White House as coronavirus cases spike
Trump's guests will include members of the military and law enforcement, as well as doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.        
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Britain has one of the world's worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it's about to drink itself into chaos
After four months of coronavirus lockdown closure, England's pubs are opening their doors again amid fears that this thirst for normality may risk further infections.
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Britain has one of the world's worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it's about to drink itself into chaos
The thought of a pint of beer in a proper pub is a dream that has sustained many people in the UK through the tough months of coronavirus lockdown, but as the doors to drinking establishments finally reopen after four months on Saturday, a potential nightmare looms.
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Lawyer for Epstein victims thinks Ghislaine Maxwell will die in jail
Ghislaine Maxwell will likely kill herself or “be silenced” in jail, a victim lawyer has reportedly predicted — a year after he correctly forecast Jeffrey Epstein’s early death behind bars. “I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive,” Spencer Kuvin, an attorney for several Epstein victims, told The Daily Mail. “I...
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July Fourth: Frederick Douglass found hope in our Declaration of Independence. So can we.
These are trouble times and the American dream may still be a dream deferred. But the great promise of our founding documents is worth chasing after.      
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Gilbert Burns comments on 'devastating' removal from UFC 251 after positive COVID-19 test
Gilbert Burns said he's "not feeling well" in his first comment since news of his removal from the UFC 251 main event.        Related StoriesMarina Rodriguez vs. Carla Esparza removed from July 15 UFC event after positive COVID-19 testConor McGregor offers condolences following death of Abdulmanap NurmagomedovOvince Saint Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov rescheduled for UFC's Aug. 22 event 
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Mets’ Luis Rojas: Yoenis Cespedes has been sprinting
Yoenis Cespedes’ legs might be the most heavily scrutinized body part in spring training 2.0 for the Mets. If he can run, he can play. And from reports manager Luis Rojas has received, Cespedes was sprinting during the COVID-19 layoff. “I know he was still in a progression while we were away, running bases and...
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Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead
If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.
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Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead
If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.
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Yankees’ Zack Britton: No-fan games will be a ‘challenge’
When you run through a list of reasons for a team winning a title in a shortened season, solid starting pitching, strong bullpen and deep lineup are the top three selections. Now, with MLB hoping to launch a 60-game regular season and a 10-team postseason in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and in front...
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3 Colorado police officers linked to photos at Elijah McClain memorial are fired: reports
Three Aurora, Colo., police officers linked to controversial photos snapped at the site of a memorial for slain black man Elijah McClain were fired Friday, according to reports.
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More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions
More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers have petitioned the state's governor asking that he impose further restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19.
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Nets’ Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has chance to make mark
Sometimes it takes an outside eye for perspective. And as Nets wing Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s friends and family back home in France watch the U.S. fail to slow the coronavirus — and many Americans refuse to act responsibly — they can’t help but be stunned. “Yeah, they’ve been really questioning myself on what’s going, why is...
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Gamblers can (legally) bet on the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest for the first time in the July Fourth event's history
Bettors with the stomach for it can now legally put up their money to see how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut will take down.
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Mets’ Edwin Diaz not ready to give up closer role without a fight
Edwin Diaz didn’t resemble much of a closer for the Mets last season, but in spring training this year indicated he still had faith the job was his. Returning to workouts 3½ months later, that mindset hasn’t changed. “My mentality has always been that I’m a closer, despite even what happened last year,” Diaz said...
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Trump announces creation of ‘National Garden’ with statues of ‘greatest Americans’
President Trump concluded his Friday night Mount Rushmore speech by announcing he has signed an executive order creating a “National Garden of American Heroes.” The president described the garden as a “vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived.” An interagency task force will look for potential sites,...
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Justin Trudeau might skip US-Canada-Mexico summit due to tariff and coronavirus
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be skipping the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) summit in Washington DC next week. Comments made by Trudeau on Friday indicated he intended to stay in Canada due to the recent uptick in the coronavirus cases in the United States. He also cited US threats to re-impose a 10 percent...
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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: Time, TV info for Fourth of July competition
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are the favorites again for Saturday's fan-less Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.       
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Instagram star flaunted lavish lifestyle but conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, US prosecutors say
A Nigerian man nicknamed "Ray Hushpuppi" who flaunted his Rolls Royces, fancy watches and designer clothing on Instagram faces money laundering conspiracy charges in the United States, according to the Department of Justice.
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Nigerian Instagram star flaunted lavish lifestyle but was actually conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, US prosecutors say
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Trump at Mount Rushmore: Controversy, fireworks and personal fascination
Trump's long-sought July Fourth visit has sparked racial and health controversy.
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Ex-Knick Marshall Plumlee takes skills from court to US Army
It’s as if the Plumlees made a point not to stand apart. Marshall, Mason and Miles are neighbors in baby-name books. The three brothers are separated by less than four years in age. Each stands at least 6-foot-10. Each played at Duke. Each reached the NBA. But when each calls home to Indiana, the Plumlees’...
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Leo Terrell slams DNC tweet tying Mount Rushmore to 'white supremacy' as 'the race card at its highest level'
Civil rights attorney Leo Tyrrell told "Hannity" Friday that a now-deleted tweet from the Democratic National Committee that tried to link Mount Rushmore with "white supremacy" made him "embarrassed to be a Democrat."
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