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California's costly, confusing recall sparks an effort to rethink the rules

California lawmakers agreed to spend at least $276 million in the most recent state budget to cover the costs of the recall, but some elections officials have estimated the final tab will be closer to $300 million.

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Kristen Stewart: ‘I’ve only made 5 really good films in my career’
"The worst is when you’re in the middle of something and know that not only is it probably going to be a bad movie, but we’re all bracing until the end,” she said of her questionable projects.
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Twitter suspends Rep. Banks’ account for misgendering trans health official
Rep. Jim Banks' official Twitter account was suspended after he referred to Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine -- the first openly transgender four-star officer -- a "man."
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Whistleblower Says Facebook Is 'Unquestionably Making Hate Worse'
"I came forward now, because now is the most critical time to act," former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen told U.K. lawmakers.
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Remains found in Texas apartment believed to be abandon children’s brother
The skeletal remains found in the Texas apartment where three children were living are believed to be their 9-year-old brother -- and he may have died a year ago, authorities said Monday.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Texas
Red Bull's Max Verstappen holds off Lewis Hamilton for Formula One U.S. Grand Prix win.
Homeowner Finds 'Suspicious' Red Stains Under Carpet of 110-Year-Old House
The new homeowner called the cops after finding "suspicious" red stains when they lifted the carpet in their 110-year-old house.
China to Start Vaccinating Children Over 3 Years Old as COVID-19 Cases Spread
The news comes as the government pushes to have a largely vaccinated public ahead of the Beijing Olympics in February
Human Traffickers and Drug Dealers Exploit Social Media to Expand Markets
The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases last year took place on Facebook, according to the Human Trafficking Institute, with perpetrators using strategies like fake identities or phony job listings to identify and recruit vulnerable users.
If Beijing Olympics athletes aren't vaccinated, they'll be in quarantine for 21 days
The policy announced Monday threatens a "hard quarantine" that is longer than the Games themselves for anyone who arrives unvaccinated.
Tesla stock pops as Hertz orders 100,000 cars in electric rental revamp
Shares of Tesla popped more than 4 percent Monday morning after car-rental company Hertz announced a deal to buy 100,000 of Elon Musk's electric cars in an overhaul of its rental fleet.
NY Freedom Rally organizer slams ‘unjust’ vaccine mandates after rally supporting Kyrie Irving
New York Freedom Rally event organizer John Matland spoke out on his support of NBA superstar Kyrie Irving and opposition towards vaccine mandates on Monday, following a Sunday protest in NYC where a crowd swarmed and attempted to enter the Barclays Center.
My Relationship With My Son Was Failing. A Horror Movie Turned It Around.
Horror movies give his fears shape, but don’t hit too close to home.
America’s National Mood Disorder
Negativity about politics may be justified, but there are reasons for optimism in other aspects of U.S. society, such as technology and business.
Brian Mast Says Joe Biden's Vaccine Mandate Is Like Dystopian Fiction
The Republican congressman says vaccine mandates remind him of the treatment of "independent thinkers" in the "Divergent" film and book series.
Border agents in Facebook groups with bigoted posts saw little discipline
Most agents received significantly reduced discipline, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The White Feminists Who Helped the Government “Civilize” Native Americans 
Some 19th-century women, frustrated in their careers, saw their chance and took it.
Antonio Carlos Junior rallies from UFC release to $1 million PFL final
Antonio Carlos Junior’s year started with losing. It could end with a monumental win.
A history of the Trump-McCain feud (2019)
President Donald Trump and the late Sen. John McCain's family continue a public feud even after the senator's death.
Oklahoma State, Penn State, Clemson among teams falling in NCAA Re-Rank 1-130
Oklahoma State, Penn State and Clemson were among the teams dropping significant places in this week's college football NCAA Re-Rank 1-130.
Video catches shocking moment paragliders collide, tumble into ocean
The mishap was captured on video in a nail-biting, 27-second clip, which a spectator recorded on their cellphone.
J Balvín apologizes, deletes music video out of 'respect' after backlash over 'racist' depictions
J Balvín apologized for his controversial music video, which is facing backlash for its "racist" and "misogynistic" depiction of Black women.
Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine was well-tolerated and generated robust immune response in children ages 6 to 11
Interim results of a Phase 2/3 trial showed Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine was well-tolerated and generated a robust immune response in children ages 6 to 11, the company said Monday.
What led to the military takeover in Sudan
Trump ally's voter fraud tip payout goes to man who reported GOP voter
A poll worker named Eric Frank was paid $25,000 by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, from the governor's own campaign account, after Frank reported a Republican voter in Pennsylvania for trying to vote twice in the 2020 election. Neither Gov. Patrick's office nor campaign responded to multiple requests for comment.
Can Private Equity Improve Dog Food Sales?
Two buyout firms join forces to share control of an up-and-coming German pet supplies company.
Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung welcome twins
Bryan Greenberg and his wife Jamie Chung have welcomed twins.
Jolie glitters at Rome Film Fest
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie walks the red carpet at the Rome Film Fest for director Chloé Zhao's Marvel adventure, "Eternals." (Oct. 25)
3 children found abandoned in an apartment with another child's remains in Texas, sheriff says
Sheriff's deputies in Houston made a horrifying discovery in an apartment Sunday: three children who they say were abandoned with the decaying body of another child inside.
‘Squid Game’ apps are infecting devices with malware viruses: report
With the "Squid Game" craze sweeping the globe, cyber criminals are scrambling to cash in on unsuspecting fans of Netflix's hyper-violent Korean hit series.
Robert Saleh had his ‘welcome to the Jets’ moment in blowout Patriots loss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Jets got destroyed on Sunday, 54-13, by the Patriots and now must pick up the pieces at 1-5 without injured quarterback Zach Wilson. Here are some thoughts and observations from the game: 1. NFL coaches are very proud, confident people. They would not have reached the top of their profession without...
Powerful storm moves into Southern California after record rainfall to the north
Rain was already falling on San Luis Obispo County early Monday, and evacuations were ordered near the Alisal fire zone in Santa Barbara County.
The Halloween candy that debuted the decade you were born
Here’s a list of Halloween candy that was released in the decade you were born.
Snoop Dogg mourns his mother Beverly Tate
Snoop Dogg announced that his mother, Beverly Tate, has died.
Snoop Dogg mourns his mother Beverly Tate
Snoop Dogg announced that his mother, Beverly Tate, has died.
German Islamic State Convert Jailed for Death of Girl She Bought As Slave
The case of Jennifer Wenisch is one of the first trials related to crimes against Yazidis.
CNN's Brian Stelter hosts segment calling for reporters to cover Republicans differently than Democrats
CNN’s Brian Stelter invited Los Angeles Times columnist Jackie Calmes on his weekly media program on Sunday to declare that journalists need to stop covering the country's two political parties equally because the modern Republicans don't “really care if government works well.”
Woman Discovers Dog Is Sneakily Drinking Her Coffee Every Time She Leaves the Room
One dog owner suspected her Dachshund was drinking her coffee, so she set up a hidden camera to catch the pet in the act.
Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrate Fedor Emelianenko's KO of Tim Johnson at Bellator 269
Fedor Emelianenko's walk-off knockout of Tim Johnson had everyone on their feet – including Khabib Nurmagomedov.       Related StoriesWatch Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrate Fedor Emelianenko's KO of Tim Johnson at Bellator 269 - EnclosureFedor Emelianenko's fairy tale end is clear, but is it achievable? | OpinionFedor Emelianenko's fairy tale end is clear, but is it achievable? | Opinion - Enclosure
COVID-19 live updates: Former CDC head 'very encouraged' by US data
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 4.9 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 735,000 Americans.
ER nurses who met during pandemic get engaged in epic proposal
Two Georgia ER nurses who met and fell in love during the Covid-19 pandemic got engaged in an epic surprise atop their hospital's helipad.
Jeremy Piven loses $20K worth of clothes after home was burglarized
Perpetrators reportedly smashed one of Piven's windows and took off with $20,000 worth of clothes while the "Entourage" star was out of town earlier this week.
Western US facing rain, mountain snow this week
The biggest weather story this week will be the incredible rain and mountain snow that’s setting up across the West.
Shackets are trending: Here's what to know about the comfy fall fashion staple
Fall-to-winter weather warrants something heavier than a sweater but lighter than a coat, there's one effortless, super stylish piece of clothing you can always turn to: shackets. We consulted fashion experts on which options they would recommend.
Young girls portrayed as iconic trailblazing women in new book "Toddlewood TrailblazHER"
Photographer Tricia Messeroux is focusing on women and putting together a new book that features young girls who embody female trailblazers. It includes everyone from Maya Angelou to Beyoncé to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Jericka Duncan found out how the powerful images are inspiring the next generation of leaders.
"Little Amal's" giant mission to soften European hearts to refugees
Can an 11-foot-tall Syrian refugee girl's 5,000-mile journey make people see refugees as fellow human beings? "It's our duty to try."
Tom Brady’s historic day took a backseat to his encounter with a 9-year-old cancer survivor
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Hail or Fail: Washington had zero punts for the first time in 21 years — and still lost by 14
Tress Way’s left leg got a rest against the Packers, but Washington’s 10 points were the fewest by a team that didn’t punt since 2010.
Hail or Fail: Washington had zero punts for the first time in 21 years — and still lost by 14
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