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Workers repainting NYC school with 1,000-plus lead paint violations
Workers on Thursday were repainting a Queens elementary school that racked up more than 1,000 positive tests for lead paint — as neighbors expressed outrage over the alarming situation revealed by The Post. A custodian at PS 90 Horace Mann in Richmond Hill took delivery of four, 5-gallon buckets of Sherwin Williams ProMar 400 Extra...
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Trump is "a uniter of Democrats," political expert says
The defection rate, or those who don't vote along party lines, will be "much lower" than in 2016, political science professor Larry Sabato predicts.
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Pending COVID-19 test results, MLB plans to have Cardinals resume play with doubleheader Saturday vs. White Sox
The Cardinals haven't played a game since July 29 due to the team's COVID-19 outbreak.       
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Stimulus Talks in Congress Remain Hopelessly Deadlocked
Partisan barbs offered by top lawmakers Thursday amplified just how divided Washington's leaders are on how—or even whether—to further assist the American people in recovering from the pandemic's toll on the U.S. economy.
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WH economic adviser expects US unemployment rate to return to single digits
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday said he expects the US unemployment rate to return to single-digit levels as early as this month and growth in the third quarter at 20 percent or more as the economy recovers from the recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. “The key point that I would make...
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COVID-19 'f-bomb' trademark application defended by Boston University
The message is meant to encourage "safe and smart actions and behaviors for college and university students in a COVID-19 environment."
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Mickey Guyton returns to country music with focus on her Black identity amid ongoing movement
Mickey Guyton is reintroducing herself to the country music community, but this time she's making every effort to tell her story as a Black woman after years of internal doubt and feeling unable to be herself in the otherwise white-male-dominated genre. 
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Flight attendant's hotel check-in tips video goes viral
Avid travelers know it’s normal to feel the heebie-jeebies in hotels.
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'America's Got Talent' judge Howie Mandel shares update on Simon Cowell's back injury
Simon Cowell is on the mend after breaking his back in a recent bicycle incident, says his “America’s Got Talent” fellow judge Howie Mandel.
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Restaurant industry is in serious trouble due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The restaurant industry is taking a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some big chains are filing for bankruptcy or facing challenges paying debts.       
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How big tech is fighting back against Chinese network of fake accounts targeting President Trump
Following President Trump's increasingly hard-line stance on China, a network of fake Chinese accounts have taken shots at the president over a number of issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, according to newly published research.
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L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke details COVID-19 experience: 'Beat me senseless'
Bill Plaschke, a longtime sports columnist for the L.A. Times, said he felt like his "head was on fire" while suffering through COVID-19.       
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The Supreme Court just rejected a Republican effort to make it harder to vote
Chief Justice John Roberts awaits the arrival to hear President Donald Trump deliver the State of the Union address in the House chamber on February 4, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Leah Millis/Getty Images For better and for worse, the Court tends to defer to state officials in pandemic-related cases. The Supreme Court just handed a defeat to the Republican Party, rejecting the GOP’s effort to make it harder for voters to cast absentee ballots in Rhode Island. Only three justices publicly dissented in Republican National Committee v. Common Cause Rhode Island — Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch. Republican National Committee is the GOP’s most recent effort to make it harder for voters to cast absentee ballots amid a pandemic that’s likely to discourage many voters from gathering at the polls. Ordinarily, Rhode Island law requires absentee ballots to be signed by two witnesses or a notary. In a normal election, this is a fairly minor restriction on voters: Most individuals will have a fairly easy time finding two friends, neighbors, or coworkers who can act as witnesses — and fewer voters typically request absentee ballots in the first place when it is safe to go to the polls. During a time of social distancing, however, many voters could struggle to find the required witnesses. Significantly, Rhode Island’s top election officials all agreed with the plaintiffs in this case that the witness requirement should be suspended during the state’s upcoming elections. After two voting rights groups and three voters sued Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and the seven members of Rhode Island’s board of elections, seeking to waive the witness requirement in these elections, Gorbea and her fellow defendants consented to a federal court order — known as a “consent judgment” — giving the plaintiffs the relief they seek. The only reason this case was in front of the justices is that the Republican Party, which isn’t even a party to the lawsuit, asked the Court to block this consent judgment. (Federal rules of judicial procedure sometimes allow a non-party to “intervene” in a lawsuit, and even to appeal a judgment that the parties do not wish to appeal.) But a majority of the Supreme Court rejected the GOP’s arguments. “The state election officials support the challenged decree, and no state official has expressed opposition.” the Court’s brief order in Republican National Committee explains. Under those circumstances, the GOP lacks “a cognizable interest” in forcing the state to enforce a requirement that its own top elections officials wish to suspend. In brief orders such as the one handed down in Republican National Committee, the Court does not always disclose how each justice voted. We know that at least five justices voted against the GOP, because at least five votes are necessary to form a majority. And we know that Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch voted with the GOP because they chose to publicly dissent. We don’t know, with certainty, how the other six justices voted. Nevertheless, it is very likely that Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the majority. Though Roberts did not disclose his vote, the Court’s decision in Republican National Committee is consistent with Roberts’s prior decisions in Covid-related cases. And the parties defending the consent judgment all relied heavily on Roberts’s previous opinions in their briefs. Though Roberts is a conservative Republican, he votes with his liberal colleagues more often than any other member of the Court’s conservative bloc. Roberts’s Covid-related opinions emphasize that courts should defer to “the politically accountable officials of the States” when those officials announce public health policies related to the pandemic. The Court’s decision in Republican National Committee, which turns on the fact that Rhode Island’s election officials agree with the plaintiffs, is consistent with Roberts’s prior calls for deference to state officials. Roberts’s deference to state officials often cuts against voting rights. Just last month, in Merrill v. People First of Alabama, the Supreme Court blocked a lower court order halting an Alabama witness requirement that is quite similar to the one in Rhode Island. That decision was 5-4, with all five Republicans voting in the majority, including Roberts. The primary difference between Merrill and Republican National Committee, however, is that state officials supported the plaintiffs in the later case, while Alabama state officials chose to defend their absentee ballot rules in court. “Unlike Merrill v. People First of Alabama, and other similar cases where a State defends its own law,” the Court’s order in Republican National Committee explains, “here the state election officials support the challenged decree, and no state official has expressed opposition.” As mentioned above, Roberts’s pandemic-related opinions often focus on his belief that courts should defer to “the politically accountable officials of the States.” Indeed, less than two weeks ago, in Little v. Reclaim Idaho, Roberts faulted a lower court for failing to “accord sufficient weight to the State’s discretionary judgments about how to prioritize limited state resources across the election system as a whole” in the midst of the pandemic. That means that Republican National Committee is likely to be a very narrow victory for voting rights. Roberts’s deference to state officials suggests he is likely to vote in favor of voting rights only in cases involving states led by people who already support voting rights. When state officials resist voting rights, Roberts is likely to defer to those officials. Moreover, when state officials are divided on whether to alter their ordinary elections practices in order to prevent voters from being infected with Covid-19, Roberts has shown little sympathy for voting rights. Consider, for example, Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee, an April case where the Supreme Court’s Republican majority effectively ordered Wisconsin to toss out many absentee ballots. Though many Wisconsin officials supported a lower court order that would have ensured that many of those ballots were counted, the state’s Republican-controlled legislature did not. Roberts sided with the GOP legislature in that case. The Rhode Island decision, in other words, suggests that the Supreme Court will not act entirely as a rubber stamp for the Republican Party when the GOP asks the Court to limit voting rights. But that decision should provide little comfort to most voting rights plaintiffs. 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. 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‘The Other Two’ and ‘South Side’ Move from Comedy Central to HBO Max
HBO Max will also become the exclusive streaming home of Comedy Central's Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. 
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Outdoor Retailer REI to sell sprawling new and unused headquarters to shift to remote work
It's the beginning of the end for office culture.
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Breonna Taylor’s mother hopeful for justice after meeting with Kentucky AG
Breonna Taylor’s mother said Thursday that she is patiently hoping for justice after Kentucky’s Attorney General assured her he was still investigating her EMT daughter’s death during a police raid. Tamika Palmer met with the state’s top prosecutor, Daniel Cameron, for the first time Wednesday. Cameron is investigating the Louisville Metro cops who shot dead Taylor,...
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Israel and the UAE establish 'full normalization of relations,' Trump says
Israel says it will ​"suspend​" plans to annex the West Bank, as part of a new peace deal with the United Arab Emirates.
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Milwaukee protest leaders arrested in Indiana during march to Washington, D.C.
An Indiana state trooper told protest leaders Frank "Nitty" Sensabaugh and Tory Lowe that the marchers were blocking traffic.        
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Hollywood scion sells Malibu home once owned by Otis Chandler
The oceanfront Malibu home sold for a little over $7.44 million. The seller was Tony Broccoli, whose father produced numerous James Bond films.
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Most people with cats said they became closer during quarantine
Three-quarters of Americans with cats couldn’t have gotten through the quarantine without their pet, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 cat owners (57 percent of whom also have a dog) looked at the various benefits provided by our furry friends during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways in which they helped us through....
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'Bottom line is, I'm not happy with how this is going,' Fauci says
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Remote Learning Transformed Our Quality of Life. Should We Stick With It?
Our daily life now possesses a level of calm that is clearly healthier for my child.
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Pacman Jones burns Joe Haden Steelers jerseys sent to him in mail
Joe Haden got torched by Adam “Pacman” Jones. After receiving a delivery of signed Haden jerseys in the mail from an unknown source, the 36-year-old former Bengals cornerback decided to douse the gear of the Steelers cornerback with lighter fluid and set it ablaze in his driveway. Jones, who ended his drama-filled and controversial run...
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Women In Belarus Take To The Streets To Protest Post-Election Crackdown
Security forces have clashed with demonstrators since Sunday's election, which is widely viewed as fraudulent. Nearly 7,000 have been arrested. And the opposition candidate fled the country.
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Chris Wallace: Kamala Harris is a 'shape-shifter,' making it harder for Trump to attack
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is a “shape shifter,” which makes it difficult for the Trump campaign and President Trump to figure out how to go after her, “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace told “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Thursday.
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Economists Call Out Trump and Congress for Stalled Stimulus Package as Unemployment Remains at Historic Levels
Although new weekly jobless claims have declined, millions of Americans continue to rely on unemployment benefits.
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A Court Case In Spain Raises Hope For Justice For Priests Killed In El Salvador
A court in Madrid is due to rule next month on murder and terrorism charges against an ex-Salvadoran military officer alleged to have played a key role in the 1989 executions of five Spanish priests.
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Convention speeches are an art. How Biden and Trump can get it right, virtually
Political theater without the roar of the crowd? The stakes are high as Democratic and Republican conventions come to a screen near you.
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Equal Pay Day for Black women is today, August 13th. There's a reason for that
August 13th is Equal Pay Day for Black women this year. It's a measure of just how underpaid they are relative to White men.
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FDA warns consumers of another possible toxin in hand sanitizers
Federal regulators have flagged nearly 150 products to avoid because they may contain 1-propanol or methanol.
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Baron Davis' challenge: Choose greatest L.A. high school basketball players
John Williams, Marques Johnson, Russell Westbrook top sportswriter's list of best Los Angeles high school basketball players he has seen.
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Targeted lung cancer treatments help reduce death rates: study
Patients with the most common type of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, are surviving longer, according to a new study.
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Fact check: Pence makes wildly dishonest claim comparing pandemic job growth to number of jobs added under Obama
Vice President Mike Pence made a Wednesday claim about job creation that was both wildly dishonest in its general premise and inaccurate in its specific numbers.
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Minneapolis, Milwaukee see major surge in homicides, new data shows
Milwaukee and Minneapolis have seen the biggest surge in murders so far this year compared with other large cities nationwide.
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California on the cusp of reining in COVID-19 surge, data show
Statewide in California, the transmission rate of COVID-19 has stabilized or is falling, and hospitalization rates are also dropping.
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Mets’ Jeff McNeil carted off after crashing into wall making catch
The Mets were just dealt a potentially huge injury blow. Jeff McNeil was carted off with an apparent left leg injury Thursday afternoon at Citi Field after crashing into the left-field wall making an impressive catch to end the top of the first inning. McNeil, 28, ran toward the fence and made an out-stretched grab...
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Elderly Los Angeles patient dies from West Nile virus
A Los Angeles patient has died from the West Nile virus — marking what’s believed to be the first death this year from the mosquito-borne disease. The elderly patient from the South Los Angeles area was hospitalized and died from a neuroinvasive disease associated with the virus, news station KTLA reported. No further details were...
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Decades-old photo of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and a Confederate flag lives on and on
McConnell said he thinks the photograph was taken during his first term in the Senate at a Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in Louisville.        
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Some NBA teams start 'The Voters Win' text competition, want fans to make Good Trouble
The competition will have four quarters, and the team with the most texts after each will receive a trophy in honor of civil rights icon John Lewis.       
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Is the literary trend toward passive women progress? Maybe we've been misreading
Novelist Lynn Steger Strong on the revolutionary passivity of Rachel Cusk, Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney — how we've misread them and what comes next.
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See first trailer for ‘The Devil All the Time’ with Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson
Netflix has released the first trailer for “The Devil All the Time,” a film starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson.
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16 picks for weekend culture: Benjamin Millepied film, #Ham4Change returns
Also: Matthew Broderick and John Leguizamo lead "The Pack," Pacific Symphony plays Mozart, Petersen Automotive Museum's "Car Week" rolls on.
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Biden, Harris to deliver Democratic convention speeches from Delaware
Joe Biden's campaign confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that he’ll deliver his Democratic National Convention presidential nomination acceptance speech from the Chase Center in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.
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Feds charge 10 ex-cons in Brooklyn with gun crimes
Ten gun-packing ex-cons were hit with federal firearm charges in Brooklyn in just the past week — including several who were arrested for the gun crimes after being stopped for breaking traffic laws, authorities said Thursday. Of the 10 alleged criminals, nine were charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm on Aug....
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Zillow exec: Why we changed our minds on remote work
Last month, Zillow joined a growing list of companies that have decided to allow most employees to work from home permanently, even after the pandemic.
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Generation X at 50: Kings of culture, innovation and more
Gen Xers are hard workers who have become successful in economic status, the arts, entrepreneurship and more, but they still tend to get overlooked.       
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CDC warns masks with valves or vents don’t prevent spread of COVID-19
Some breathable face masks don’t do much to protect against spreading the coronavirus, health officials have warned. Face coverings with valves or vents — largely worn in pre-pandemic times by construction workers — do little to protect a person infected with COVID-19 from passing it to others, the CDC said in a new guide to...
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‘We Opened Up Too Soon.’ Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Wants Georgia to Roll Back Reopening
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was sued by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp over the city's mask mandate last month, says the state opened up too soon, is not ready for schools to reopen with in-person classes and that it should roll back its lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
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