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Critics slam 'radical' plans by Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson to stop jailing so many female criminals 

Radical plans by Jo Swinson's Liberal Democrats to stop jailing many women criminals and to ditch mandatory sentences for possession of knives were branded 'lunacy' last night.
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Ryan Reynolds asks young people in Canada to please not kill his mother by spreading the coronavirus
Ryan Reynolds has one simple request for young Canadians in British Columbia: Please don't kill his mom.
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Kanye West conjures up past Taylor Swift feud with ‘snake’ tweet
"Not gonna use a snake emoji cause you know why..."
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MLB postpones this weekend's Reds-Pirates games after positive Covid-19 test
A pair of weekend games between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates have been postponed after a Reds player tested positive for the coronavirus, Major League Baseball said Saturday.
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Douglas Emhoff could become 'America's first second gentleman'
After Sen. Kamala Harris made her campaign debut as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick on Wednesday, she posed for pictures with her husband, Douglas Emhoff, who would also make history if the ticket is elected in November.
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Bulletproof vest sales soar amid surge in NYC shootings
With bullets flying over Broadway, New Yorkers are buying up bulletproof vests. Midtown dealer Brad Pedell — who runs 221B Tactical — claims sales of body armor are up 80 percent this year compared with 2019 due to the “unrest” in the city and nationwide. “You wouldn’t believe the people who call up and say,...
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40-year-old man shot at Grand Central subway station
A 40-year-old man was shot in the arm on the southbound 4 train platform at Grand Central Terminal Saturday morning, police sources told The Post. The shooting comes during yet another bloody night in the five boroughs, during which four people, including a city Correction officer, were killed.
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Why boredom can be good for you
Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images Today, Explained to Kids ventures off-island to sail the Emotion Ocean. It’s been a long summer on the Island of Explained, and we haven’t been able to do a lot of our usual go-to summer activities. The pools are closed, Camp Chrysalis shut down, and we’re getting very, very tired of talking to our friends over screens. So while we’ve been doing our best to fight off the blahs, we’ve got to admit that we’re pretty darn bored. That’s why, in the third of four summer episodes of Today, Explained to Kids, Vox’s explainer podcast series for kids, we decided tofight boredom by actually learning about it. In this episode, we chart a course for the Emotion Ocean, where we find waves of boredom can actually conjure some pretty scary stuff. Lucky for us, we meet Dr. Erin Westgate, a psychologist who actually studies boredom. She explains why being bored isn’t such a bad thing and helps us understand what we can do to entertain ourselves again. Listen to the episode with the young people in your life — or just because — and then come back here to download our episode discussion guide and some laugh-out-loud activities that build on what we learned in the episode. Thanks to early childhood education specialists Rachel Giannini and Saleem Hue Penny for developing our learning materials! Listen to more Today, Explained to Kidsepisodes: Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. The reason is both lovely and surprising: Readers told us that they contribute both because they value explanation and because they value that other people can access it, too. We have always believed that explanatory journalism is vital for a functioning democracy. That’s never been more important than today, during a public health crisis, racial justice protests, a recession, and a presidential election. But our distinctive explanatory journalism is expensive, and advertising alone won’t let us keep creating it at the quality and volume this moment requires. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will help keep Vox free for all. Contribute today from as little as $3.
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NASCAR driver Austin Dillon out of race after testing positive for virus
Dillon is the third Cup Series driver to test positive for the coronavirus.
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New York City's Museums To Reopen As State's COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Tick Down
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the city's cultural institutions will be able to re-open later this month. Less than 1% of COVID-19 tests in the state have been coming back positive.
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Biden accuser Tara Reade slams Dems for Bill Clinton convention speech
Why him? That’s what Tara Reade is demanding to know after learning Bill Clinton snagged a prime speaker’s slot at this week’s Democratic National Convention, calling the move “unconscionable.” Reade, who made headlines this year when she accused Joe Biden of shoving her against a wall and forcibly penetrating her with his fingers at a...
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Lake and Ranch 2 fires burn thousands of acres as region is gripped in epic heat wave
The Lake fire near Lake Hughes and the Ranch 2 fire above Azusa have forced widespread evacuations and worsened air quality during an epic heat wave.
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Pelicans fire coach Alvin Gentry after five seasons; Ty Lue, Jason Kidd among possible replacements
Alvin Gentry, who had one season remaining on his contract, was 175-225 in five seasons. New Orleans made the playoffs once during his tenure.       
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CDC's chief of staff, deputy chief of staff depart from agency
Two senior Trump political appointees departed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a senior official at the agency confirmed to CNN.
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Former Marine captain endured vicious hazing by FDNY: suit
A former US Marine captain with PTSD claims he was viciously harassed and hazed by firefighters as a rookie FDNY smoke-eater. “No one cares about your military service,” veteran firefighters allegedly told Charles Hughes, according to a Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit he filed against the Fire Department and the city. Hughes, 32, retired from the...
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Defining Fights: UFC 252 headliner Stipe Miocic
Ahead of his main event clash with Daniel Cormier at UFC 252, we take a look at six fights that helped define Stipe Miocic’s UFC career.       Related Stories5 burning questions heading into UFC 252UFC 252 breakdown: Will Daniel Cormier's wrestling be the difference in Stipe Miocic trilogy?Defining Fights: UFC 252 headliner Daniel Cormier 
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Suspect in custody after man attacked with sledgehammer, children punched
Suspect in custody after a man was attacked with a sledgehammer and children were punched
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Gunfire shatters Ohio teen's backyard birthday party, killing girl, 8
Individuals with guns showed up at a teenager’s backyard birthday party in Ohio and opened fire, killing an 8-year-old girl.
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Japan marks 75th anniversary of World War II surrender
A crowd of several hundred — every face covered with a mask — came together Saturday in Tokyo to mark the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. This year’s ceremony was markedly different than in years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of 6,000, the number of guests totaled only 600...
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Barack Obama reportedly skeptical of Joe Biden’s 2020 White House run
“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up,” the former president told an unnamed Democrat, who told Politico about the conversation— reportedly reflective of a strained history between the two.
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Zoom users flock to cosmetic surgeons amid COVID-19 pandemic
As the option of elective surgeries has been restored amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans stuck at home and on Zoom video meetings are increasingly heading to cosmetic surgeons. 
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Pelicans fire Alvin Gentry after NBA bubble struggles
Someone else will get the chance to coach Zion Williamson. The Pelicans fired Alvin Gentry on Saturday, ESPN reported, after five seasons at the helm. Gentry led the Pelicans to the postseason in just one of those years and finished this season 30-42, including a disappointing 2-6 showing in the NBA’s bubble that saw them...
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lifts lockdown on border city
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has lifted the lockdown of a city near the border with South Korea, which closed down three weeks ago because of a possible case of coronavirus, according to news reports. State media said Friday that Kaesong had re-opened. It was shut down last month when a North Korean man...
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Ashton Kutcher slams Pence, Trump for lack of relief following deadly derecho in Iowa: 'Wake up'
Ashton Kutcher put the federal government on blast for failing to provide relief after a derecho ripped through his home state of Iowa and other parts of the Midwest this week.
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"One Tree Hill" star on giving back to the small town she now calls home
"When I'd accomplished everything I said I was gonna accomplish at a young age and still didn't really like myself, there was a problem," the actress said.
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Green Bay Packers lock-up services of nose tackle Kenny Clark with record extension
Kenny Clark's deal pays him the highest signing bonus ($25 million) of any non-quarterback in Packers history.        
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NYC Correction officer John Jeff, 28, shot dead in Queens: police sources
An off-duty New York City correction officer was shot dead in Queens early Saturday in a barrage of gunfire, law enforcement sources said. John Jeff, 28, was found on dead on the sidewalk at Ridgedale and Defoe streets around 3 a.m. in Jamaica, riddled with 11 gunshot wounds, the sources said. Witnesses who attended a...
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Linda Manz, ‘Days of Heaven’ and ‘Out of the Blue’ Actor, Dies at 58
After battling with lung cancer and pneumonia, Manz has passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will live on.
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Georgia’s Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial closes before militia rally
Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial — which features a nine-story high bas relief of Confederate “heroes” and slave owners Gen. Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and “Stonewall” Jackson — is closing to the public Saturday ahead of an anticipated militia rally. The Three Percenters militia applied last month to run a rally of more than 2,000...
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MLB trade deadline fears could prevent a lot of action: Sherman
Place competitive people in a competitive environment and they historically act competitively. Which is why one AL assistant GM, when asked if he thought there would be a lot of action before the Aug. 31, 4 p.m. deadline, said, “I think there will be. Teams have holes, and there is still an expectation that you...
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Hunger strikers for Breonna Taylor end protest after 25 days
After going nearly a month without food, hunger strikers seeking action against LMPD officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death ended their protest.        
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Stranded Ship Off Mauritius Coast Breaks in Two, Spilling Tons More Oil Near Protected Ocean Waters
The MV Wakashio struck a reef on July 25 and its hull began to crack after days of pounding waves and has now split in two
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Beyoncé’s Search for Home Continues on Black Is King
In recent years, Beyoncé has prefaced her musical homecomings with a glimpse of the final destination. She released the song “Formation” well ahead of her 2016 visual album, Lemonade, which contained lessons in ballads and rock anthems alike about how to go through despair and return to oneself again. Though it debuted early, “Formation” serves as the record’s final track and credits music, announcing a new beginning for Beyoncé and an end to heartbreak in its many forms.Similarly, the song “Black Parade” debuted this year on Juneteenth but plays at the end of Black Is King, Beyoncé’s visual project released on Disney+ last month. With a playful burst of trumpets and bass, the song is a departure from the Afrobeat and South African house music that give the album its collaborative, diasporic feel. Between Black Is King and Lemonade was the 2019 concert film Homecoming, which celebrated the marching-band traditions of historically Black colleges and universities in the American South. Together, these works comprise a trilogy of Beyoncé’s sonic and visual teachings about ideas of home and exile, and the particular meaning they hold for Black Americans.[Read: ‘Homecoming’ is one of Beyoncé’s masterpieces]The final installment in this unofficial trilogy, Black Is King is the most joyful and epic journey of the three. A follow-up to the 2019 soundtrack that Beyoncé curated for The Lion King, the film has been acclaimed for its vivid portrait of Black diasporic beauty—and is best understood by first diving deep into the specifics of the visual story it tells. The film opens with a bird’s-eye view of a basket floating down a river. Beyoncé first appears alone at the water’s edge dressed in flowing white, but in the next scene, she’s cradling a baby. She joins other Black mothers in a ritual blessing of newborns; with this, the women symbolically hand the infants a legacy that will guide them into the world. By the end of the sequence, the baby has grown into a young boy, a human stand-in for the lion cub Simba. As his guide, Beyoncé readies him for a journey into his own history that will prepare him to become king.Parkwood EntertainmentViewers are reminded repeatedly in song, prose, and images that Blackness is inherently regal, even divine. As the film’s narrator and central figure, Beyoncé is opulently adorned, and so is everyone else on-screen. In a monologue about beauty, Beyoncé declares, “Black is king.” In another scene, a woman proclaims, “I can’t say I believe in God and call myself a child of God, and then not see myself as a god.” The production of Black Is King primarily employed African musicians, dancers, choreographers, and designers, and it is their work that helps shape Beyoncé’s vision of a universal Black home. In a sequence set to the Afrobeat pop song “Water,” co-written by the HBCU graduate Nana Afriyie, footage of everyday African people is intercut with shots of the cast. The message is that, across the continent’s plains, cities, and streams, the majesty of Blackness is constant.The film contains two crisscrossing stories that underscore the sacredness of Black beauty—one narrative is linear, the other curved like a boomerang. The linear story is marked by dialogue from The Lion King, and mostly follows the same order as the songs from the movie’s 2019 soundtrack, The Gift. Across the segments that serve as mini music videos for this arc, the young Simba meets his destiny. He learns the lessons of his father, Mufasa (to the song “Find Your Way Back”); encounters his dangerous uncle (“Don’t Jealous Me” and “Scar”); lives an indulgent life in exile (“Mood 4 Eva”); returns to fight for his throne (“My Power”); and finally reclaims his crown (“Keys to the Kingdom”).In the second narrative, which is more fantastical and meditative, Beyoncé is a guide on a metaphorical journey toward Black pride. The story’s lessons are made plain by the lyrics of the accompanying songs, which argue, for example, that Black people should heed ancestral wisdom (“Ja Ara é”), remember that they are royalty (“Already”), and honor their mothers (“Brown Skin Girl”). During this arc, viewers learn the origin of the basket on the river. With an apparent climate disaster bringing the world to an end, Beyoncé is revealed as the mother of the lost baby as she sets him afloat on the water. Later, “Simba” is reunited with his mother and father when he floats up to the ancestral plane. The circle of life is nearly complete, and it is this return that drives Simba to reclaim his power.Simba’s journey in Black Is King echoes Black Americans’ search for an ancestral home. The legacy of enslavement and the Great Migration of 6 million African Americans out of the South yielded two kinds of homelands for Black folks in the U.S. There is the land of their mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers, welcoming them from porches across the South. Then, there is the real and imagined homeland of Africa along the continent’s western coast, places such as Nigeria or the Senegambia, where their great-great-great-great-grandmothers were taken from centuries ago. In an attempt to connect with an original motherland, many Black Americans have turned to controversial ancestry tests or taken trips to the countries from where Africans are believed to have been stolen in the greatest numbers.Parkwood EntertainmentThis desire to reclaim home is not unlike the longing that, in part, brought waves of Black people back to the American South after the Great Migration, in a reverse exodus that has continued since the 1960s. As a daughter of not only Texas, but also Louisiana and Alabama, Beyoncé joins a line of southern Black women artists such as Aretha Franklin, Alice Walker, and Kara Walker—women whose work anchors Black people in a regional home that is at once the site of brutality and resilient beauty. Black Is King focuses on the latter inheritance: In this fictional world where Blackness is the default, there are no white people or white oppression, no legacy of colonialism or enslavement to contend with. [Read: The blind spot of Beyoncé’s ‘Lion King’ soundtrack]Since its release, Black Is King has been praised for bringing together so many different aspects of the African diaspora, and for its deft presentation of Blackness. But the project has also been criticized for romanticizing, decontextualizing, and homogenizing diverse African cultures for Western consumption. The film samples the continent for its aesthetics—such as Yoruba masquerades, Fulani braids, Xhosa rap verses, and Zulu chants—syncretizing and combining cultures in the way that the descendants of Africans in the West have always done. When the Black Is King trailer was released, new criticism from fans living in Africa reflected earlier observations about The Gift, which didn’t include any artists from the region that inspired the Disney film.Parkwood EntertainmentThere is danger in Black Is King’s kind of obfuscating unity. The film harkens back to an imagined, royal, pre-colonial past and erases the realities of different countries on the African continent today. In the context of global capitalism, Black Is King’s digestible amalgamation of African cultures markets the sense of nostalgia and wholeness desired by many Black people living in America, including those whose ancestors were not enslaved. Pan-African politics and pan-African aesthetics often have very different goals—the former seeks the unification of African countries to resist oppression, while the latter collapses African cultures into palatable categories for sale. Black Is King doesn’t attempt to distinguish between politics and aesthetics. Instead, the project seeks to offer a universal lesson: that one’s true home is a proud self grounded by strong roots, even if the story behind those roots is fictional or speculative.By the time we arrive at the credits of Black Is King, Beyoncé has announced that a new parade, a new movement homeward, has begun. After two choruses anchored by trumpet flourishes and stately tuba and bass, she announces: “I’m goin’ back to the South / I’m goin’ back back back back / where my roots ain’t watered down / growing growing like a baobab tree.” Though perhaps oversimplified, the film’s conclusion that Black beauty and history are necessary sources of Black self-determination in the modern world is a hopeful one. In watching Black Is King, those who feel adrift can take another kind of imperfect trip home.
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Men's Patagonia jackets and fleeces are super affordable for Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale features amazing discounts on men's Patagonia jackets and fleeces, including the Better Sweater—find out more.       
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Fans ask Adele, 'where's the album'? She's sharing more on social media but no word on new songs
Adele is posting more on social media lately and fans are asking, when's a new album coming out? The 32-year-old artist provides an update.       
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Giant panda could give birth to cub in days
Giant panda could give birth to cub in days       
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CeeLo Green apologizes to Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj for rant
"I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them..."
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Suspended teachers serve time in DOE ‘rubber rooms’ — at home
Home is the new rubber room. Since the COVID-19 shutdown, scores of city educators removed from classrooms pending administrative trials have spent four months on the city payroll in the comfort of their own homes — often with no work assigned. “It seems like a good deal,” said Betsy Combier, a paralegal who defends teachers...
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La Niña chances increase this fall
With peak hurricane season just one month away, NOAA has increased the chances of La Niña this fall. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar explains how this could impact hurricane season.
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Indian Americans Don’t Want Kamala Harris Pigeon-Holed. But They Don’t Want to See Her Biracial Heritage Erased Either
Rini Sampath didn’t always find it easy to embrace her South Asian roots. “When I was a kid, Indians were still the punchline on cartoon reruns,” says Sampath, 25, speaking from her home in San Diego, Calif. But when she was in middle school, her father introduced her to Kamala Harris, then San Francisco’s District…
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Pelosi says stimulus talks are complicated by 'complete disarray on the Republican side'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday continued her blame of Republicans for the stalemate in negotiations over another round of coronavirus relief funding for Americans.
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Charity Foundation Says It Will Mount NYC 9/11 Tribute Lights After Scrapped Plans Due to Pandemic
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation said it would do "everything in its power" to ensure that the annual light show continues this year.
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Florida kicks off high school football despite doctors' coronavirus warnings
As a part of the Florida High School Athletic Association's approval for their season, coaches will have to make a "COVID waiver form" available to schools as well as take a COVID-19 training course through the National Federation of High Schools. 
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Coronavirus controversy creates dueling 9/11 anniversary ceremonies
The anniversary of 9/11 next month will be honored with something new: Dueling ceremonies. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum, chaired by Michael Bloomberg, plans to hold a COVID-conscious observance on Sept. 11 featuring pre-recorded audio of family members reading the names of loved ones, instead of the live readings of the past. But the virus...
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Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson dead at 84
Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson died Friday night at the age of 84, CNN affiliate WLS reported.
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Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano is charging on Facebook, teases podcast
Sammy the Bull is living large — and loud. Gangland’s most notorious rat, Salvatore Gravano has taken to social media to show off his new life of luxury in Arizona. That’s him posing at the mike for a podcast he’s been touting, him enjoying the company of his grandchildren and gathering with family for a...
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'Heroic' Surfer Punches Shark Attacking His Wife, Saves Her Life
The couple were surfing off Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie, in New South Wales on a stretch of Australian coast that has seen three shark attacks this year.
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Protesters stage early morning noise demonstration at Postmaster General's home: 'No Joy for DeJoy'
Activists in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning surrounded the condo building of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy with noisemakers, pots and pans, and air horns designed to ensure the new head of the U.S. Postal Service couldn't sleep.
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Taco Bell employees save man’s life after he passes out in Tennessee drive-thru
Sonja Nixon Frazier, 37, administered CPR to a man who had passed out in the Taco Bell drive-thru line on Wednesday.
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