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Brexit: Westminster spending in Wales claims 'delusional'

Labour MPs dismiss UK government claims new powers it is seeking mean more cash will come to Wales.
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How Safe Is Flying in the Age of Coronavirus?
How safe is it to fly? This remains a troubling question. The hopes of airlines for a rebound in travel after an initial collapse ran up against a resurgence of the coronavirus around the world in late 2020. Would-be passengers continue to worry about being stuck in a cabin for an extended time with possibly infectious strangers. The evidence shows the risks aren’t negligible.
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Ten-Foot Burmese Python Discovered Hiding Under Hood of Car in Florida: 'It Was a Big Snake'
The python was found curled up by the engine of the Ford Mustang at an auto repair shop.
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50-foot pirate ship with pyrotechnics wows Halloween fans
This pirate ship is “sailing” into Halloween history. Behold the 50-foot “Pirates of the Caribbean”-inspired decoration created by Tony DeMatteo. The massive project took one year to complete and emits fog, fire and colorful lights in his front yard in Chili, New York, a suburb of Rochester.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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'My own death felt preferable to anybody discovering I was gay,' says former rugby player Dan Palmer
Former Australian international Dan Palmer, who has become only the second male rugby union professional after Gareth Thomas to come out as gay, says he "routinely numbed" himself with a "heavy cocktail of opioids" as he struggled with his sexuality during his playing career.
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Czech teenagers deployed to overwhelmed hospitals as Covid cases explode
Barbara Sásová, 18, attends a healthcare-focused high school in Czech Republic. But with schools shut down, she's been catapulted into the adult world, inside a hospital where she is badly needed.
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NHL team cuts ties with top draft pick who bullied Black classmate
The team said they learned more about Mitchell Miller bullying of a Black classmate with developmental disabilities.
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Trump Supporters Sprayed by Fire Truck at Maga Rally, Dozen Hospitalized amid Scorching Heat
Donald Trump spoke for nearly an hour 87-degree heat at rally in Tampa, Florida, which saw a dozen people hospitalized and crowds sprayed by fire trucks.
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New NASA posters share galactic horrors for Halloween
Vintage horror film adverts highlight cosmic frights in the latest artwork from NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Released for Halloween, these posters shed light on the universe's dangers and mysteries.
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Business Updates: Eurozone Growth Rebounds but Downturn Could Be Ahead
G.D.P. in the countries that use the euro rose 12.7 percent in the third quarter, but economic output remained lower than last year. Here’s the latest.
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Who is Clemson's Backup Quarterback? D.J. Uiagalelei is Trevor Lawrence's Replacement After COVID Diagnosis
Lawrence's positive coronavirus test result means he will miss Clemson's game against Boston College on Saturday and could sit out the game against Notre Dame on November 7.
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The Shifting Map
And what else you need to know today.
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5 things to know for October 30: Covid-19, election, police violence protests, France, Senegal
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Covid-19 tests given to cats, dogs, dolphins and more animal species by US scientists
Thousands of animals in the US have been tested for coronavirus, as researchers work to understand its transmission and which other species might be at risk. So far, dozens have tested positive, mostly cats and dogs exposed to sick owners.
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Power Up: Biden headed to Iowa as Democrats look to expand the map
Sen. Joni Ernst is also in a tough reelection battle with four days to go.
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'Their work will continue': NBA players prioritizing social justice initiatives over symbolic protests next season
NBA players brought attention to key social justice issues with their symbolic protests in the bubble. They seek more real-world action going forward.        
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Susan Collins Almost Tied With Democratic Challenger After SCOTUS 'No' Vote: Poll
The Maine senator is only 1 point behind Democratic candidate Sara Gideon after her vote against Amy Coney Barrett's nomination.
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Robert Kardashian Hologram For Kim's 40th Birthday Sparks Wave of Memes, Jokes
The reality television star shared a video of the hologram of her late father speaking which has since been viewed more than five million times.
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California Fire Map, Update as Evacuation Orders Lifted For Silverado and Blue Ridge Blazes
Firefighters continue to battle 22 wildfires across the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
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How to talk to kids about the election and fraught politics
There have been few moments in recent history in which children's lives have been so directly affected by politics. Today's kids have big questions and big feelings about this election year, and it's up to parents to help them process.
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Yes, Black Americans are entitled to reparations. We’ve earned them.
The centuries of injustices, dear reader, should be reason enough to make the case for reparations.
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Court-Packing Is Unconstitutional | Opinion
The last time Democrats tried to pack the Court for political reasons, it was widely rejected as at odds with the Constitution.
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Trevor Noah Says Black Men Backing Trump Are Like Pro-Iceberg Titanic Survivors
Trump has made repeated appeals for support from Black Americans, citing unemployment numbers and criminal justice.
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CNN, MSNBC prime-time shows skip historic 33.1% GDP growth amid economic recovery
CNN and MSNBC may still call themselves 24-hour news networks, but their most-watched shows in prime time continue to avoid some of the biggest headlines. 
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Donald Trump's Chances of Winning Election by a Landslide
George H. W. Bush was the last candidate to secure more than 400 of the Electoral College votes on offer.
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Surviving two weeks of isolation to play video games
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Cowboys seventh-round rookie QB Ben DiNucci ready for 'opportunity of a lifetime' vs. Eagles
Rookie Ben DiNucci went from a third-string afterthought to the Cowboys' expected starting QB for a crucial divisional game against the Eagles.        
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Chris Wallace compares 2020 presidential race to 1968: 'This race has stayed remarkably stable'
'Fox News Sunday' host says his biggest hope is for 'a clear winner and a clear loser on Election Night'
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Leopard mauls man who paid for "full contact experience"
"He went for the jugular," the man's attorney said of the attack. "The ear was pretty much removed."
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Column: Can Americans trust Tuesday's election?
It's tough to hold an election — or run a country — when so many Americans lack faith in the processes and people who make up the government
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The Radicalization Is Mutual
As one of the ugliest and most divisive American presidential campaigns in our history coasts to its finish, President Donald Trump’s defenders are making their closing arguments. Some of them assert that they like Trump’s policies; his ethical violations or his abuses of his office for personal gain don’t bother them. These views come from deep conviction, and at this point, they can’t be changed.But another argument that appears over and over again in these closing statements demands a response. It is often made by educated conservatives, people who know that the Trump administration and its incompetence have allowed the coronavirus to devastate America. They also know that Trump has left America weaker and less influential around the world. They even dislike Trump’s vulgarity and his cruelty; they just wish he would stop tweeting. Nevertheless, they will vote for him because the alternative—the left, the Democrats, the socialists, the “woke warriors,” whatever epithet you want to use—is so much worse.There isn’t time, in the few days left in the campaign, to argue about whether these conservatives’ beliefs about the left are correct. The Democrats’ choice of Joe Biden as their candidate seems to me solid proof that the party’s most active supporters—the people who vote in its primaries—wanted a moderate leader. Nothing in Biden’s decades-long record as a public servant indicates that he is a communist, a radical, or anything other than a small-l liberal. The same is true of the people around him. The big changes that he does want—including taxes on the very wealthy, universal health care, and major action on climate change—do not seem remotely extreme to me either, but that’s an argument for another time.[Franklin Foer: Joe Biden has changed]For at this stage, no one can convince the educated conservatives that any of this is the case. Instead, I’d rather acknowledge that some of the things they fear are real. Yes, it is true: We do live in a moment of rising political hysteria. Far-left groups do knock down statues, not just of Confederate leaders but of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Some self-styled “antifa” activists do seem more interested in smashing shop windows than in peaceful protest. Dangerous intellectual fashions are sweeping through some American universities—the humanities departments of the elite ones in particular. Some radical students and professors do try to restrict what others can teach, think, and say. Left-wing Twitter mobs do attack people who have deviated from their party line, trying not just to silence them but to get them fired. A few months ago, I signed a group letter deploring the growing censoriousness in our culture: “an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.” A part of the left—admittedly the part most addicted to social media—reacted to this letter with what can only be described as censoriousness, intolerance, and a determination to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.But anyone who is truly worried by these tendencies should fear the consequences of a second Trump administration even more. Anyone who actually cares about academic freedom, or the future of objective reporting, or the ideas behind the statues built to honor American democrats in the country’s public squares, must hope that Trump loses. If he wins a second term, extremism on the left will not be stopped. It will not grow quieter. Instead, extremism will spread, mutate into new forms, and gradually become entrenched in more areas of American life.Radicalism of all kinds will spread, on the right as well as the left, because America will find itself deeply enmeshed in the same kind of death spiral that the country experienced in the 1850s, a form of negative politics that the British political scientist Roger Eatwell has called “cumulative extremism.” Eatwell described this phenomenon in an article about northern England in 2001, a moment when groups of radicalized white British men physically clashed with groups of radicalized British Muslims. At that time, there were deep economic, religious, and sociological sources for the violence. People in the far right felt themselves to be outside of politics, alienated from the Labour Party that most had once supported. The neighborhoods where both groups lived were poor and getting poorer.But the mutual anger also acquired its own logic and its own momentum. The perception of anti-Muslim prejudice pushed some Muslims toward radical preachers. The radical preachers provoked an anti-Muslim backlash. Extreme language on one side led to extreme language on the other. Organized violence on one side led to organized violence on the other. Both would blame the other for accelerating the dynamic, but in fact the process of radicalization was mutually reinforcing. Milder, more moderate members of both communities began to choose sides. Being a bystander got harder; remaining neutral became impossible. Nor was this remotely unusual. “People tend to become violent, or to sympathize with violence, if they feel an existential threat,” Eatwell told me recently. They also become more extreme, he said, when they feel their political opponents are not just wrong, but evil—“almost the devil.”Cumulative extremism often occurs in places where physical space is contested—for example, when more than one community claims a particular neighborhood. In the 1960s and ’70s, the cycle of radicalism in Northern Ireland accelerated in part because of Catholic marches into Protestant “territory” and Protestant marches that offended Catholics. Clashes led to violence, and then violence normalized more violence. Cumulative extremism was also fueled by imitation. The two sides copied each other’s tactics, use of language, and use of media. Bad policing was also part of the story because it led many people to lose faith in the neutrality of the British state.That loss of faith then led, in turn, to a greater acceptance of violence and eventually to the same phenomenon that Eatwell observed. People who had been only slightly interested in politics were drawn in. The numbers of centrists shrank. In both communities, terrorists found safe harbor among ordinary working people who, in the past, had never considered themselves radical.[J.M. Berger: Our consensus reality has shattered]Modern America doesn’t have many physical contests for space. Americans, with a few exceptions, generally have enough land to enjoy the luxury of distance from people we really don’t like. There are some exceptions: A self-described member of Rose City Antifa, based in Portland, Oregon—he was wearing a mask when interviewed—told a journalist last summer that “when fascists come to our cities to attack people, we are going to put our bodies between fascists and the people they want to attack.” This sentiment could easily have come from the Irish Republican Army. A vigilante videographer in Idaho, who had read internet rumors that antifa groups were coming to his town, sounded much the same: “If you guys are thinking of coming to Coeur D’Alene, to riot or loot, you’d better think again. Because we ain’t having it in our town.”But as it turns out, symbolic struggles can be just as polarizing as physical ones. All of the angst at American universities over “platforming,” over who is and is not allowed to speak from a lectern, comes from a very similar kind of dispute. The gangs of students who have shouted down speakers or sought to prevent them from appearing on their campuses are behaving in a ritualized manner that would be familiar to the inhabitants of Belfast. They are acting out the street fights that erupt in other cities, with petitions or social-media campaigns and organized hissing and booing taking the place of physical contests—though sometimes they turn into physical contests as well.In the online spaces as well as the broadcast ether where American political contests take place, Trump has entered into these symbolic battles like a gang leader striding onto enemy turf. Like Reverend Ian Paisley, who happily played the role of Northern Irish Protestant bigot for decades, Trump embraces a cartoon version of the right—one that repulses centrists, including the center right, and pushes the left to even greater extremes. If you were already inclined to believe that American history is a story of oppression and racial hatred, then the ascent of the birtherist-in-chief, a man who advocates cruelty toward immigrant children, is only going to reinforce your views. If you were already inclined to believe that street violence is required to affect public opinion, then the political dominance of a man who nods and winks at far-right militias is going to solidify your beliefs. As the writer Cathy Young has argued, “when the President of the United States is practically a woke caricature of the evil white male—an entitled bully, who endorses police brutality, bashes minorities and flaunts his lack of human empathy—it pushes large numbers of people farther and farther to the left, lending credibility to the woke idea that America is a racist patriarchy.”Trump has squeezed moderates out of his party. If he wins reelection, the result will be to squeeze moderates out of American politics altogether. I hope that educated conservatives think hard about what will happen if Biden’s moderate-left campaign fails: It is extremely unlikely that its adherents and spokespeople will shrug their shoulders and decide that, yes, Trump is right after all. They are much more likely to move further to the extremes. Americans will witness the radicalization of the Democratic Party, as well as the radicalization of the powerful and influential intellectual, academic, and cultural left, in a manner that we have never before seen. A parallel process will take place on the other side of the political spectrum—one that has started already—as right-wing militias, white supremacists, and QAnon cultists are reenergized by the reelection of someone whom they have long considered to be their defender.[Read: The prophecies of Q]Unfortunately, history offers very few happy endings to that kind of story. In the past, cumulative extremism has usually subsided in one of two ways. It can culminate in a full-scale civil war that one side or the other wins—which is what happened in the U.S. in the 1860s. Alternatively, it can end thanks to the emergence of moderate forces on both sides, often with the aid of outsiders, who take the political momentum away from the extremists. That’s a part of what happened in Northern Ireland, and in the British towns Eatwell described.Americans don’t have outsiders who will help us get out of this death spiral. All we have is the power to vote.
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Can President Trump overcome a pandemic spike in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin was a pivotal Rust Belt win in Donald Trump's 2016 election. John King breaks down the areas Trump will need to defend to repeat his victory.
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What Is Samhainophobia? The Extreme Fear of Halloween That Makes Some People Physically Sick
The intense anxiety around Halloween's festivities can stop some sufferers from going about their normal lives.
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Nancy Grace battles Scott Peterson's ex-lawyer over death penalty, says prosecutors 'out to seek justice'
A former defense attorney for Scott Peterson accused prosecutors of targeting her ex-client in their push to retry him for the death penalty.
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Animated Biden Ad Urging Voters to Silence Trump Watched Over 2 Million Times
Recent Biden campaign ads have focused on climate change as a key issue in securing votes ahead.
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As cases soar, an El Paso judge ordered a shutdown. But the Texas AG says the judge has ‘no authority.’
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego ordered a two-week shutdown of non essential businesses on Thursday.
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The all-in-the-family approach to political attacks has a long history
The gambit deployed by Trump allies against Hunter Biden and other family members of opponents is more than a partial rerun of itself from 2016, says historian Nicole Hemmer -- its all-in-the-family feel dates back to tactics used against Hillary Clinton, Billy Carter, Ladybird Johnson and more.
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Trump said not to worry about COVID-19. These people beg to differ.
Donald Trump told Americans not to let the virus dominate their lives, as cases spiked. What it's like to live with COVID in the echo of Trump's denial.       
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As sports world rallies around voting, what led these athletes to cast their first ballots
Some athletes have been motivated to vote for the first time by this summer's social justice movement, or a specific issue they want to support.        
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Editorial: Mask up or lock down
Coronavirus cases are surging in the U.S. There's no vaccine yet. We can either mask up or lock down.
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DHS is planning the largest-ever operation to secure U.S. election against hacking
A 24/7 war room will operate from Election Day until local officials are confident in the results. It shows just how far DHS’s cybersecurity agency has come since 2016.
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West Virginia’s surprising boom, and bust, tells the story of Trump’s promise to help the ‘forgotten man’
Under Trump, the once-forgotten Ohio Valley boomed — until this year.
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Joe Biden: I want your vote to become your next president — here’s what I will do for you and our nation
If elected, I promise to fight as hard for those who don’t support me as for those who do. That’s the job of a president: not to divide us into red states and blue states, but to bring us together in common purpose — as the United States of America.
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Editorial: Halloween in COVID times is a big boohoo
Like so many other moments of 2020, we'll celebrate a new version of Halloween this year.
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Harry Litman: The ominous return of Bush vs. Gore
Justice Brett Kavanaugh's shout-out to the discredited decision that muscled George W. Bush into the White House should be considered an early warning.
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Letters to the Editor: Does Trump really think Amy Coney Barrett will help him with women voters?
Female voters care more about having a Supreme Court justice who supports the right of women to choose.
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Virginia Heffernan: Trump's forces have gamed out nightmare election scenarios. Votes can stop them
In 2020, voters are taking fears of militiamen and election sabotage with us to the ballot box.
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Letters to the Editor: Kids mock names. When adult politicians do it, it's disgraceful
The mocking by some Republicans of Kamala Harris' first name brings back some of our readers' less fond memories.
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Letters to the Editor: Trying to remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva is an undemocratic power play
Like it or not, Alex Villanueva was elected sheriff. The Board of Supervisors should respect the will of the voters.
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