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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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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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CeeLo Green apologizes to Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj for rant
"I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them..."
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...
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Belarus leader calls Putin to reaffirm mutual cooperation, later rejects foreign mediation offers
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday rejected foreign mediation offers to help stabilize the volatile situation in his country. But reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin, where both men expressed confidence that the situation in Belarus would "be resolved soon," according to a read out of the call published by the Kremlin.
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...
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.
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...
'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.
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.
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.
Bruins' Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL season, hours before Game 3 after calling playoffs 'dull'
Boston Bruins veteran goalie Tuukka Rask announced just hours before Saturday’s Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes that he would be opting out of the NHL’s return to Play to be with his family.
Trail Blazers Vs. Grizzlies Live Stream: How To Watch The NBA Play-In Game Live Online
Can the Blazers continue their winning ways?
You can change careers and fix your finances -- even during a pandemic. Here's how
Millions of Americans have lost their job due to COVID-19. Whether you're looking into a new career or making your new financial reality work for you, we've got tips.
NASCAR's Austin Dillon tests positive for coronavirus
NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss this weekend's race, his racing team announced Saturday.
NYC man wanted for torching NYPD car busted after taunting feds
A Queens man wanted for allegedly torching a cop car had spray-painted “TOO LATE!” on his wall to taunt the feds — but he didn’t flee fast enough and FBI agents nabbed him anyway, Brooklyn prosecutors said.
The Postal Service says tens of millions of mail-in ballots are at risk of not being counted
A USPS worker wearing a mask puts envelopes in a mailbox in New Jersey in August 2020. USPS delays have led to worries about mail-in ballots this fall. | Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images In 46 states, voters could be disenfranchised by mail delivery issues. The US Postal Service warned 46 states and Washington D.C. in Julythat tens of millions of voters could effectively be disenfranchised because their mail-in ballots might not be processed speedily enough for November’s elections — even if voters follow all their state’s election rules. The Postal Service’s notice, first reported on by the Washington Post on Friday, is the latest warning thatsweeping cost-cutting measures and organizational overhauls at the agency, combined with increased demand for absentee voting during the pandemic, are undermining the United States’s capacity to conduct a fair election. Some states could be receiving 10 times their normal amount of absentee ballots in November’s elections. The letter was sent before a round of cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery nationwide and could make delays in sending and receiving ballots even worse. “What Trump is doing to the USPS — right in front of our eyes — is as serious a threat to our democracy as anything any president has ever done,” tweeted Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, about the news. “I’m not overreacting; this is a five-alarm fire.” Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of the Postal Service, issued the notices at the end of the July, according to records obtained by the Post. The agency told six states and DC that a narrow set of their voters could experience delayed ballots. But for the remaining 40 states, the warning is far more serious: they were told that “long-standing deadlines for requesting, returning or counting ballots were ‘incongruous’ with mail service and that voters who send ballots in close to those deadlines may become disenfranchised,” the Post reports. That heightened warning applies to 186 million potential voterswho are spread across blue states, red states and battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. After the notices were issued, a few states moved deadlines to require voters to request or cast ballots earlier to provide ample time for counting. But it’s too late for many states to adjust deadlines, according to the Post. The Postal Service letters counsels 31 states to inform voters that their mail-in ballots should be sent out at least a week before Election Day to guarantee that they’re counted. Experts on voting behavior have said that before the pandemic an estimated 25 percent of voters would’ve been expected to cast their ballots by mail, but they now estimate that 60 percent or more will attempt to vote by mail because the pandemic is discouraging in-person voting. New York City saw a 17-fold surge in mail-in ballots during its primaries in June, a spike that overwhelmed the mail system and left the results for a congressional race unclear for over a month. The Postal Service is under siege Trump opposes $25 billion emergency funds allocated for the Postal Service in the coronavirus relief bill passed by House Democrats in May; he has also rejected the Dems’ proposal to provide $3.6 billion for grants to states for contingency planning for the elections, which would fund additional equipment, supplies, and staffing needed to assist with voting safety during the pandemic. The Postal Services warnings to states were planned before Trump appointed Louis DeJoy to head the agency in May. But DeJoy reportedly has a has overseen a range of cost-cutting measures that experts say will amplify its problems with delivery times. The Postal Service is, for example, decommissioning 671 mail-sorting machines (10 percent of inventory), a move which the American Postal Workers Union has said could slow down the processing of election mail. Those machines can sort over 20 million pieces of paper mail per hour. DeJoy has also reassigned 23 postal executives, consolidating power within the agency. Recent reports that DeJoy still has a multimillion-dollar stake in his former company, XPO Logistics, a Postal Service contractor, has created even more controversy around the Postal Service’s cost-cutting, and shocked ethics experts. “The idea that you can be a postmaster general and hold tens of millions in stocks in a postal service contractor is pretty shocking,” Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, told CNN about the revelation this week. “It could be that he’s planning on selling it, but I don’t understand the delay. He has managed to divest a lot of other things. And if he wasn’t prepared to sell that off, he shouldn’t have taken the job.” CNN reported on Saturday that the internal watchdog at the Postal Service is reviewing his compliance with federal ethics rules and some of DeJoy’s new policies , such as his devision to reduce overtime for postal workers and slowing some mail delivery. And a bipartisan group of secretaries of state — officials who are responsible for administering elections at the state level — said DeJoy failed to reply to a request to meet this week to seek clarity on the implications of postal service cutbacks. The Postal Service has had financial challenges for years, and as Recode’s Adam Clark Estes has explained, the pandemic has dealt a huge additional blow to the agency’s finances: Starting in March, the volume of first-class mail began to plummet (though a surge in package delivery has helped make up for that lost revenue). Meanwhile, tens of thousands of postal workers got sick or began quarantining, leading to a labor shortage and the need for more overtime hours. The Postal Service also spent hundreds of millions of dollars on personal protective equipment (PPE) and on retrofitting post offices with more plexiglass and more space for social distancing. Top Democrats and legal experts have sounded alarms about the postal service’s warnings to states about their inability to handle mail-in ballots, and the refusal by the Trump administration and Republicans to inject additional funds into the Postal Service as Election Day approaches. Joyce Alene, a professor at the University of Alabama, referred to the postal service’s quandary as a “manufactured crisis,” describing it as “unabashed voter suppression” by the Trump administration. “Postal service sabotage = voting suppression. No need to connect the dots,” tweeted Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). This bare knuckled scheme openly mocks our democracy & all Americans. Experts have also pointed out that election crises can emerge even if mail-in ballots aren’t being undercounted but are just severely delayed. Lawrence Douglas, a law professor at Amherst College , has argued that Trump has signaled that he could exploit delays in mail-in ballots by deeming them fraudulent and claiming without evidence that their likely Democratic skew is proof of foul play.
Iran fumes, warns of 'dangerous future' for UAE over historic US-brokered deal with Israel
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned of a “dangerous future” for the United Arab Emirates over a U.S.-brokered agreement that sees the UAE open up diplomatic relations with Israel.
Travelers scramble as new measures imposed over virus upticks in Europe
The U.K. government imposed a mandatory two-week coronavirus quarantine on anyone coming from France in a last-minute decision.
'This is a political calculation': Romney criticizes Trump's mail-in voting attacks
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, defended mail-in voting in the wake of President Donald Trump's attacks on the system.
California blackouts pull plug on 2 million as heat wave bakes state
California's power systems-- overwhelmed during a heatwave--  experienced "an energy shortfall" Friday forcing officials to take measures that plunged at least 2 million people into darkness, authorities said.
New sanctions spotlight North Korea’s harrowing Soviet-style gulags
Jung Gwang-il was a 36-year-old married father of two when a truck delivered him late one night to hell on earth. “When we got there, I saw people who didn’t even look human, they looked like beasts,” he recalled. “It was extraordinarily frightening.” It was April 2000. Jung had been a privileged seafood trader at...
Louisiana police accuse 3 women of assaulting restaurant hostess enforcing coronavirus social distancing measures
A teenage Louisiana restaurant hostess was assaulted after police said she told a large group of women demanding to be seated together that she could only seat six of them at a table due to coronavirus social distancing measures.
FBI heads to Beirut to help investigation of massive chemical blast
FBI investigators are set to arrive in Lebanon this weekend to help investigate the massive chemical blast in Beirut that killed nearly 200 and injured thousands. Word of when the US team will be on the ground came from a top State Department official who visited the explosion site Saturday. After a tour with Lebanese...
Pandemic power play: It's China vs. the US in Latin America
At first glance, the picture China's ambassador to Barbados tweeted on July 23 shows nothing more than an online meeting — a typical, screen-based representation of what life has become during the pandemic.
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Pam Bondi touts pro-Trump boat parade as supporters attempt to break world record
National Co-chair of Women for Trump Pam Bondi spoke to "Fox & Friends Weekend" at a beach in Florida where supporters hope to break a Guinness record for holding the world's largest boat parade Saturday.
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Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, 'Big Jim,' dies at 84
Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, known as “Big Jim” during a long career that eventually made him the state’s longest-serving chief executive, has died. He was 84.
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NBA scraps ‘Delete 8’ bubble that Knicks never supported
While a one-site bubble arrangement with scrimmages for the “Delete 8″ has been scrapped, talks have picked up between the NBA and Players Association officials to stage a less-complicated, voluntary organized team activity format for the eight clubs not part of the Orlando restart, according to league sources. The Knicks were never in favor of...
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Calls to defund the police are dangerous
Somewhere along the way to righteous demands for police reform, we have elected to toss the baby out with the bathwater. Proactive policing strategies, which were adopted more than three decades ago, have come under knee-jerk assault, writes James Gagliano.
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NASCAR driver Austin Dillon tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Cup Series race at Daytona
NASCAR driver Austin Dillon will miss Sunday's Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course after testing positive for COVID-19.       
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Mitt Romney says he sees no evidence mail-in voting would increase voter fraud
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Friday cast doubt on President Donald Trump's baseless claim that universal vote by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.
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A parasite feasts on a fish's tongue until it's gone. Don't worry, humans can't get it.
When it latches itself onto the fish's tongue, it feeds on the tongue's blood vessels until it replaces the tongue. But it's nothing to worry about.        
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Michigan pub blasts customers for bullying staff during coronavirus pandemic: 'Enough is Enough'
Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan, said Thursday that it would no longer tolerate customers who bully its staff.
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Rudy Giuliani Accuses Kamala Harris of Smoking Weed While Prosecuting Marijuana Smokers
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani described Kamala Harris as a "horrible prosecutor" and "bully" Friday, as he officially endorsed President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.
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Bruins’ Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs after bizarre comments
The Boston Bruins will be without their No. 1 goalie for the remainder of the 2020 NHL playoffs. Tuukka Rask announced Saturday that he was opting out of the playoffs with Boston tied 1-1 in its first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes. “I want to be with my teammates competing,” Rask said in a statement,...
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It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs
Gregg Popovich didn't put much thought into San Antonio's playoff streak when it was rolling along.
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‘Be Mindful of Our Delivery Standards.’ Postal Service Informs All 50 U.S. States It Can’t Guarantee Timely Return of Mail Ballots
(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and lawmakers in several states are…
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Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir expecting, share racy pregnancy reveal
Congratulations are in order for rapper Gucci Mane and wife, Keyshia Ka'oir, as the couple is expecting their first child together.
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Burakovsky scores late, Avalanche beat Coyotes 3-2
The Colorado Avalanche expected a big push from Arizona after the Coyotes spent most of Game 1 on their heels.
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Why New York assemblywoman agrees Trump could win state in November
According to a map created by the New York Times showing polling results, candidate Hillary Clinton won with 59.0 percent of the votes, while Trump received 36.5 percent of the votes statewide.
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Yale can’t discriminate against Jews and Asians and expect taxpayer money
A friend notes that at his Long Island high school, where most of the top students were Jews, several of them applied to Harvard as teens. The ones with Jewish-sounding surnames did not get in. My friend, who is Jewish but whose last name is Smith (no relation to me), got in. So did several...
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Texas soldier dies in Fort Hood training accident, cause unknown: reports
A Texas National Guard soldier died while conducting training exercises at Fort Hood, according to local reports.
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Brewers vs. Cubs prediction: Under the play in this one
The Milwaukee Brewers-Chicago Cubs rivalry has heated up in recent years with one thing being constant recently — lockdown pitching. Of the past 30 times the teams have met at Wrigley Field going into Friday, 21 have gone under with eight Overs and a push. Overall, the Under is 34-20-1 in these teams’ last 55...
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