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Blood bank offering free coronavirus antibody test for blood donors
In an effort to encourage volunteers to donate blood, Vitalant — a non-profit organization that helps distributes blood to hospitals — said that it will start informing blood donors if they have coronavirus antibodies. The antibody test Vitalant is using has already been approved by the FDA and will help individuals determine if they were...
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Black Man in New Rented House Handcuffed After Neighbor Called Police Thinking He Was Trespassing
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Brittney Payton, Walter Payton’s daughter, details harrowing racial incident at pharmacy
Brittney Payton, the daughter of legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, says she was the victim of racial slurs, while sitting at the drive-thru of a Walgreens pharmacy. Payton, a local Fox anchor in Chicago, says that a white man exited the vehicle behind her, then made monkey sounds, while holding up a watermelon. “It’s...
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Yankees, Mets adding May games to awkward refund policy
Three days into June, the Yankees and Mets finally acknowledged that their May home games will not be made up in any way, shape or form. You’re still going to have to break a sweat for that refund, though. On Wednesday, both New York baseball teams released statements on their team websites announcing the addition...
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American portrait innovator Elsa Dorfman dies aged 83
American photographer Elsa Dorfman, known for her intimate large-scale portraits of well-known figures including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg and Faye Dunaway, died Saturday at age 83.
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Cristobal makes landfall in Mexico and could loop back toward the US Gulf Coast this weekend
Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall Wednesday morning in Mexico, and if the storm holds together, it could loop back across the Gulf of Mexico and toward the United States by the weekend.
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With virus crisis abating, Europe looks to get back to open borders
Italy, keen to see tourists return, drops quarantine order for travelers from most of Europe as Germany prepares to ease advice against travel.
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Tackle home projects with $10 off Dewalt tool orders of $50 or more at Amazon
If you've been on a home improvement kick of late, chances are you could benefit from this promotion that Amazon is running on select Dewalt products. When you purchase at least $50 worth of qualifying Dewalt items, you'll get $10 off.
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Jessica Simpson on how she's turning to faith in wake of George Floyd's death
Jessica Simpson is opening up about how she's turning to her faith in the wake of George Floyd's death.
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Danielle Bregoli in rehab for childhood trauma, prescription pill abuse
She is reportedly seeking treatment for childhood trauma and prescription pill abuse.
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Ella Jones Is Elected Ferguson’s First Black Mayor 6 Years After Michael Brown’s Death
The 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown helped solidify the Black Lives Matter movement
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Rams' Sean McVay says he would support player demonstrations: 'I would absolutely be open'
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay held an emotional meeting with players Tuesday in wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd and the intense protests that followed.
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Nearly Half of Republicans Now Think U.S. Is on the Wrong Track: Poll
Monmouth University says survey shows the highest number of people unhappy with the U.S's direction in its seven years of polling.
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Listen to Justin Gaethje's corner audio from his UFC 249 win over Tony Ferguson
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Activists want the LAPD budget slashed. Protests, unrest have intensified the debate
Progressive activists want the City Council to slash spending at the LAPD.
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Will he go?
President Trump walks with Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley, and others from the White House to visit St. John’s Church on June 1. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images A law professor fears a meltdown this November. Imagine that it’s November 3, 2020, and Joe Biden has just been declared the winner of the presidential election by all the major networks except for Fox News. It was a close, bitter race, but Biden appears to have won with just over 280 electoral votes. Because Election Day took place in the middle of a second wave of coronavirus infections, turnout was historically low and a huge number of votes were cast via absentee ballot. While Biden is the presumptive winner, the electoral process was bumpy, with thousands of mail-in votes in closely fought states still waiting to be counted. Trump, naturally, refuses to concede and spends election night tweeting about how “fraudulent” the vote was. We knew this would be coming; he’s been previewing this kind of response for a while now. There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020 One day goes by, then a few more, and a month later Trump is still contesting the outcome, calling it “rigged” or a “Deep State plot” or whatever. Republicans, for the most part, are falling in line behind Trump. From that point forward, we’re officially in a constitutional crisis. This is the starting point of a new book by Amherst College law professor Lawrence Douglas called Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020. According to Douglas, a scenario like the one above is entirely possible, maybe even probable. And if nothing else, we’ve learned in the Trump era that we have to take the tail risks seriously. Douglas’s book is an attempt to think through how we might deal with the constitutional chaos of an undecided — and perhaps undecidable — presidential election. I spoke to Douglas by phone about why he thinks our constitutional system isn’t prepared for what might happen in November and why he’s not worried about a stolen election so much as an election without an accepted result. “If things go a certain way,” he told me, “there’s a Chernobyl-like defect built into our system of presidential elections that really could lead to a meltdown.” A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows. Sean Illing What worries you most about the November election? Lawrence Douglas To say that we’re facing a perfect storm is clichéd, but it does strike me that there are a lot of things coming together that could spell for a chaotic election. Foremost among them is the fact that we have a president of the United States who has pretty consistently and aggressively telegraphed his intention not to concede in the face of an electoral defeat, especially if that electoral defeat is of a very narrow margin. And it looks like it probably will be a narrow margin. In all likelihood, the 2020 election is going to turn on the results in probably the three swing states that determined the results in 2016: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The other concern is that if we do fall into an electoral crisis and we start seeing the kinds of challenges to the results that we saw back in year 2000, during Bush v. Gore, then we could really see a meltdown because our contemporary political climate is so polarized. That’s what led me to start asking,what types of federal laws do we have in place? What kind of constitutional procedures do we have in place to right the ship? And what I found is that they just don’t exist. Sean Illing What does that mean, exactly? Are we racing toward a constitutional crisis? Lawrence Douglas In a word, yes. What makes our situation particularly dangerous is it’s not simply the statements that come out of Trump. We’re pretty used to Trump making statements that leave us all gobsmacked at this point. What worries me is that if there are going to be any guardrails protecting us from his attacks on the electoral process, it would have to come from the Republican Party. And we’ve seen that Republican lawmakers simply are not prepared to hold this guy to account. We saw that in the impeachment proceeding, where it was really astonishing that you have Mitt Romney as the only Republican voting in the Senate to remove the president. And it was only, what, eight years ago that Mitt Romney was the standard-bearer of the party in the national election. It’s a pretty disturbing erosion of democratic norms. Sean Illing If you’re right that the Republican Party isn’t going to stand up for the rule of law, where does that leave us legally and politically? Lawrence Douglas If you have a president who is really pushing the argument that fraud cost him the election, he really does have the opportunity to push things to Congress. And what I mean by that is that Congress is the body that ultimately tallies Electoral College votes. It’s not inconceivable that you have states that submit competing electoral certificates. And I won’t go into the nitty-gritty about how that happens, but it can happen. And if that happens and you have a split Congress between the Senate Republicans and the House Democrats, there is basically no way to resolve the dispute. Sean Illing Let’s say that happens and we enter January 2021 without a political consensus on who won the election. What then? Lawrence Douglas I’m not trying to be an alarmist here, but it’s possible to imagine, come January 20, that we don’t have a president. By the terms of the 20th Amendment, Trump ceases to be president at noon on January 20 and [Mike] Pence likewise ceases to be vice president. At this point, by the terms of the presidential succession act of 1947, the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, could become acting president, but only if she resigns her House seat. But what if Trump continues to insist that he has been reelected and is the rightful president? Imagine if, come January 20, Trump stages his own inauguration ceremony with Clarence Thomas issuing the oath of office. Then we might have Nancy Pelosi and Trump both claiming to be the commander in chief. This is a world of hurt. Sean Illing What about the Supreme Court? Lawrence Douglas I think a lot of people assume the Supreme Court would step in and end things before they got too chaotic. This is more or less what happened in 2000. But it’s very misleading to think that it was the Supreme Court that settled the 2000 election. It really wasn’t the Supreme Court in the decision Bush v. Gore that ended things — it was Al Gore. Al Gore, for the good of the country, decided to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling. I’d say it’s impossible to imagine Trump doing anything like that. Besides, if it did intervene, I’m not sure that Congress would abide by a court ruling. Because so many experts [here and here] say the Court really doesn’t have jurisdiction to resolve an electoral dispute once it hits Congress. Sean Illing Let’s imagine that the election happens and Biden wins convincingly enough that the vast majority of the country, even most Republicans, accept the outcome. In that case, Trump — and a small wing of hardliners — may refuse to concede, but both parties basically accept the results. What happens then? Would federal marshals have to go in and drag Trump out of the White House? Lawrence Douglas Here’s the thing: That’s not the scenario I’m worried about. If Trump loses decisively, I think his opportunities for creating mayhem will be dramatically curtailed. What worries me is that I don’t see him losing in that fashion. I could certainly imagine him losing decisively in the popular vote, as he did in 2016, but I can’t imagine him losing that decisively in the Electoral College.And everything will turn on what happens in these swing states. This is going to be an election that is conducted under very unusual circumstances. There are going to be potentially chaotic scenes at polling stations, and god forbid there’s a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 in the fall. Then you’re also going to have millions of people voting by mail-in. Sean Illing Why is that a problem? Lawrence Douglas Well, these mail-in ballots are not going to get counted by November 3. That gives someone like Trump space to create incredible chaos. Imagine a swing state like Michigan. Imagine the November 3 popular vote appears to go to Trump by a small margin. So he declares that he’s won Michigan. And Michigan defines the margin of victory in the Electoral College, so he declares that he’s been reelected. Well, as these write-in ballots and these mail-in ballots are counted in the next days, there’s this phenomenon that we’ve seen in the last several elections called the “blue shift.” It tends to be the case that mail-in ballots break Democratic. It’s typically the case that mail-in ballots come from urban areas, which are predominantly Democratic in their voting patterns. And so in this case, it’s entirely possible that Trump is trailing once all the votes are counted. But then he says, “Those votes are bogus. They shouldn’t be counted.” And if you look at the political profile of Michigan, again, you find this kind of perfect storm brewing, because the Republicans control the statehouse in Lansing. So let’s say they all support Trump, and they all say, “Yeah, we’re going to go with the Election Day results. We’re going to give our electoral votes all to Trump.” Then we’ve got total chaos. Sean Illing But the governor of Michigan is a Democrat, and my understanding is that it’s the governor, along with the secretary of state and the board of electors, who sends the electoral certificate to Congress. Is that right? Lawrence Douglas That’s correct. It’s the governor who is responsible under federal law to send the electoral certificate of the state to Congress. But that is not to say that the state legislature is barred from sending its own certificate to Congress. You might say, “Well, then, isn’t the governor’s certificate the proper certificate?” and the answer is that it’s up to Congress to make that determination. And if one House accepts the governor’s certificate and the other accepts the legislature’s certificate, then we’re in a stalemate. “I’m not trying to be an alarmist here, but it’s possible to imagine, come January 20, that we don’t have a president” Sean Illing So your main worry is not that the election will be stolen so much as we’ll be left without a result? Lawrence Douglas Exactly. Sean Illing The situation you’re describing is almost unthinkable: We have an election and there’s simply no binding result. Lawrence Douglas Again, I’m not trying to be an alarmist. Sean Illing This is pretty damn alarming, Lawrence. Lawrence Douglas Look, one of the main points of my book was to say, “Hello, people. If things go a certain way, there’s a Chernobyl-like defect built into our system of presidential elections that really could lead to a meltdown.” Sean Illing Are there any precedents for this? Lawrence Douglas We came very close to having something like this happen back in 1876. There was this Hayes-Tilden election, in which three separate states submitted competing electoral certificates to Congress. Congress was likewise divided between House Democrats and Senate Republicans, and they couldn’t figure anything out. It was a total stalemate. They eventually jerry-rigged a solution, but that solution only worked because Samuel Tilden, the Democratic candidate, agreed to concede. Again, I don’t see Trump doing that. Sean Illing This is an astonishing hole in our Constitution. It’s another example of our reliance on norms, not laws or institutions, to keep things humming along. Lawrence Douglas It’s such a great point. When I was researching the book, I was asking myself, well, what does the Constitution and the federal law do in order to secure the peaceful transition of power?And one of the things that I realized is they don’t secure the peaceful succession of power. They presuppose it. They assume that it’s going to happen. So if it doesn’t happen, well, no one knows ... Sean Illing Now, on to another worry: Could the election be postponed? Lawrence Douglas No, I don’t think so. The president can’t do that, because Election Day is set by federal law. You could have Congress change the election, but that would require bicameral support and bipartisan support, and that seems highly unlikely. Sean Illing It feels almost pointless to ask this question, but I’ll do it anyway: Are you confident that our constitutional system can handle what’s potentially coming in November? Lawrence Douglas No. I have incredible respect and admiration for our constitutional system, but I’ll go back to one of the points you made, which is that the system really assumes that political actors have absorbed the norms that make the system work. But if you have a president who ignores those norms; if you have a party that ignores those norms, that continues to facilitate the rejection of those norms; and if you have a fractured media universe that rewards the president for rejecting those norms, then we’re in a very dangerous situation. The only real way to avoid this is to make sure we don’t enter into this scenario, and the best way to do that is to ensure that he loses decisively in November. That’s the best guarantee. That’s the best way that we can secure the future of a healthy constitutional democracy. 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De Blasio suggests blocking off every other seat on subways, buses
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday suggested blocking off every other seat on subways and buses to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Hizzoner floated the idea while speaking about keeping the public safe on public transportation when New York City reopens Monday. “It is crucial that every other seat be blocked off,” de Blasio...
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FDA extends review process for Novartis drug by three months
The review process for a drug to treat patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis was extended by three months.
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Architect of Sweden's 'herd immunity' strategy defends decision but admits one big failure
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Ricky Gervais hasn't canceled gigs. But he knows stand-up may never be the same
Ricky Gervais, creator and star of Netflix's dark comedy 'After Life,' discusses stand-up after coronavirus, how he's faring in isolation and more.
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and other cop shows slammed as ‘propaganda’ amid protests
As protests about police brutality and the murder of George Floyd spread across the country, fictional cops on TV have come under fire, too. Critics are calling out shows including the popular NBC cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and others centered on the lives of police as “propaganda” making light of issues brought to light by...
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Sweden's Coronavirus Response Chief Acknowledges 'Potential For Improvement'
The public face of Sweden's uniquely relaxed response, Anders Tegnell, said Wednesday that he'd urge stricter rules if they could do it all again. But broadly, he stood by the controversial approach.
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HSBC's Asia chief backs China security law for Hong Kong
HSBC's top executive in Asia has signed a petition backing China’s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong, the bank confirmed on Wednesday, breaking years of political neutrality for the UK-based, Asia-focused lender.
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Senate opens controversial probe of Trump-Russia investigation
A top Senate Republican ally of President Donald Trump accused the FBI on Wednesday of conducting a corrupt investigation into Trump's 2016 campaign, during a congressional probe that Democrats view as part of a partisan election-year attack on candidate Joe Biden.
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Jay-Z's Roc Nation takes out ads dedicated to George Floyd
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Trump administration to ban Chinese passenger airlines from US
The Trump administration said Wednesday it will ban Chinese passenger carriers from flying in and out of the US starting June 16, ramping up pressure on Beijing to allow American carriers to resume flights to the country. The US Department of Transportation announced the move, which penalizes China after the country’s Communist rulers failed to...
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John Boyega Leads Chant at London Black Lives Matter Protest in Honor of George Floyd
The "Star Wars" actor joined a protest against police brutality and in support of the wider Black Lives Matter movement, delivering an emotional speech to the assembled crowd.
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Dermot Shea says ‘organized looters’ are stashing bricks to counter NYPD
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Wednesday that protesters are leaving "caches of bricks and rocks" around the city to counter cops.
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Trump says he only went to "inspect" underground bunker
The president also claimed he visited the bunker in the afternoon, not in the evening, when the scene outside became more chaotic.
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California woman seen posing with power drill in front of boarded-up store goes viral, prompts extreme backlash
The woman is seen in the short clip as holding a power drill and posing in front of a boarded-up store.
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Major League Soccer and players union ratify CBA, finalize plan to resume 2020 season
Major League Soccer is ready to return after the league and MLS Players Association ratify new collective bargaining agreement.       
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Trump administration to bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying to U.S.
President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to let U.S. air carriers resume flights amid simmering tensions between the world's two largest economies.
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I Was Charlottesville’s Mayor During the ‘Unite the Right’ Rally. Trump’s Callous Response to a Grieving Nation Is No Surprise
During the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, far-right, white-nationalist militias chanting “Jews will not replace us” clashed with counterprotesters over the planned remove of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. After the rally was disbanded, a young neo-Nazi weaponized his car, ramming into a large group of counterprotesters, killing…
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Powerful cyclone in India lashes business capital of Mumbai; 100,000 evacuated
A powerful cyclone roared ashore near India's financial capital of Mumbai on Wednesday, becoming the strongest storm to hit the city in decades. 
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Aerial image shows police apprehending suspects after SUV plowed into cops in Buffalo
An aerial image shows police apprehending suspects in Buffalo, N.Y., after an SUV plowed into cops responding to a George Floyd protest, injuring a police officer and two state troopers.
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Georgia sheriff’s Facebook post calling to hang ‘traitors’ sparks outrage
A longtime Georgia sheriff is taking heat for sharing a Facebook post suggesting that America returns to the “tradition of hanging traitors” — but insists his commentary shouldn’t be taken literally. Grady County Sheriff Harry Young posted a meme on his personal Facebook page on May 8 depicting a painting of prisoners as they were...
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Tear gas vs. pepper spray. Debate over methods used to clear Lafayette Square turns political
A debate over use of force in Lafayette Square includes whether police deployed tear gas to remove peaceful protesters for Trump's walk to a church.        
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U.S. shouldn't invoke Insurrection Act, defense secretary says
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest, a move President Donald Trump threatened to take to stem protests that have roiled the nation.
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Tropical Storm Cristobal makes a first Mexican landfall
Despite making landfall near Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico, Cristobal remains a threat to the U.S. CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray outlines potential threats along with an updated timeline.
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George W. Bush finally steps onto the right side of history
May 25, 2020, will mark the day that systemic police reform became possible. And Tuesday afternoon marked the moment when we knew 2020 would be the year. That is the moment when a past president, who infamously was at the helm during a disaster that devastated black communities, stepped onto the right side of history. That is when I knew this time felt different.
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I helped create the worst photo op ever. Thanks to Trump, now it's only second worst.
The St. John's photo op wasn't just odd and uncomfortable. It was built on violations of the Constitution, the law, simple decency and common sense.        
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Decision has been made on additional charges in Floyd case
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How to watch ‘Just Mercy’ for free
While the protests over George Floyd’s death rage across the nation, Warner Bros. has reacted by making its 2019 film “Just Mercy” available to stream for free for the month of June. The courtroom drama tells the true story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), who appealed the 1988 murder conviction of...
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OPEC+ keen to keep U.S. shale in check as oil prices rally
When OPEC, Russia and their allies agreed in April to slash oil production, little did they expect that their initiative to prop up collapsing prices would be helped by a swift drop in U.S. output.
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Does auto insurance cover cars damaged during protests or riots?
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John Legend Fans Wonder Why His Vocals Are in Arizona State University's Cop-Heavy Football Ad
Legend's cover of "Redemption Song," originally performed by Bob Marley, serves as the soundtrack to an ASU football ad supporting unity among the public and police officers.
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Global shares, euro climb on robust risk appetite as lockdowns ease
A gauge of global equity markets rose and the euro gained against the dollar on Wednesday, both for a seventh session, in signs of strong risk appetite as easing lockdowns and hopes for more monetary stimulus boosted investor confidence.
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