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‘Friends’ stars pay tribute to James Michael Tyler
Stars from the cast of "Friends" took to social media to honor James Michael Tyler, who died over the weekend after a battle with prostate cancer.
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Shocking video shows gunmen take turns shooting man in Bronx barber shop
Two gunmen took turns firing at a man inside a Bronx barber shop in a bold shooting that is believed to be gang-related, shocking new video shows.
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New study suggests breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted a study that found women over the age of 50 who had breastfed their babies performed better on cognitive tests compared to women who had never breastfed.
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'Rust' crew walked off set to protest working conditions hours before cinematographer death, reports say
Crew members reportedly walked off the set of the film "Rust" to protest working conditions hours before the fatal Alec Baldwin prop gun incident.       
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Atmospheric river unleashes record-setting rain, flooding in California
Both San Francisco and Sacramento had their wettest October days on record
Protest Over 'Unsettling' Antisemitic 'Vax the Jews' Banner Hung on Texas Bridge
The banner was unveiled on the Far West overpass in Austin.
What to know about COP26 ahead of global climate summit
Experts say the world still has a narrow window of opportunity to act – and crucial global summit is coming up.
Biden says meeting with Manchin on social spending bill "went well"
Democrats are working to reach consensus on a framework for Mr. Biden's domestic policy agenda.
Alberta has revived the fight for an elected Senate in Canada
Jason Kenney’s bluff-calling emerges from a democratic paradox.
What We Know About the 'Delta Plus' AY.4.2 COVID Mutations Y145H and A222V
The variant is increasingly spreading around the U.K. and U.S., but little is known about what exact biological advantages it might have.
Civil trial over deadly 'Unite the Right' extremist rally to begin in Charlottesville
Jury selection begins Monday in a federal civil trial over a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia that ended with one dead and dozens injured.
Biden continues to push Democratic lawmakers to come together on his legislative agenda
President Biden’s domestic legislative agenda faces major hurdles as Democrats continue to negotiate key issues. On Sunday, Mr. Biden hosted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin at his home in Delaware to try to reach a consensus on the infrastructure and social spending bills. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s “confident” her party will reach a deal soon. CBS News senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins “CBSN AM” to discuss.
The 12 best dark lipsticks for all skin tones, according to makeup artists
Ahead of every holiday season, it's smart to get reacquainted with one of the easiest, no-fail makeup ideas for the holiday season: the dark lip. But how do you find the best dark lipstick for your skin tone? We consulted the experts.
Woman, 74, Found Hanging Onto Tree After Falling Down 30ft Embankment While Hiking
The hiker was rescued after getting into difficulties on the Bear Canyon Trail in Colorado.
The Incisive Religious Horror of Netflix’s Midnight Mass
This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series Midnight Mass.The Exorcist is a film I’ve long loved because it raised the bar not just for horror, but also for movies that explore questions of faith and doubt, good and evil, life and death. I know all of its beats by heart, but when I recently rewatched the 1973 classic, the ending hit differently. The movie concludes with an exorcism, naturally. Chris MacNeil has brought her daughter, Regan, to a host of medical professionals in a desperate attempt to save her from what turns out to be a demonic possession. But the only person who can save the girl, it seems, is a priest. The camera lingers on the mother’s exhausted face as two priests close the door to her daughter’s bedroom and go to work.This is a trope in supernatural horror. Catholics, and priests in particular, signal to both characters and audiences that true evil is afoot—then they defeat it. This dynamic has troubled me more and more over the years, as a born-and-raised and still-practicing Catholic, and as a religious-studies scholar. In light of new details about real-life horrors such as clerical sex abuse and the colonial violence of residential schools, the dissonance of seeing priests portrayed primarily as genre heroes is striking. What about a horror movie where the Catholic Church supplies not the good guys but monsters? This sort of story would speak a necessary truth and deliver a morally urgent message about the dark side of faith.Then I came across the Netflix limited series Midnight Mass, released late last month. Set in a fishing community on a small island, the show centers on the miraculous and ominous events that take place after a young priest arrives to tend to the town’s only church. The attention to religious detail is astounding, and is neither accidental nor incidental to the story itself. The creator, writer, and director, Mike Flanagan, has reflected on how “deeply personal” the show’s horror is to him. Much like the protagonist Riley Flynn (played by Zach Gilford), Flanagan was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy. Midnight Mass is religious horror that treats its subject with reverence while, at the same time, offering one of the most thoughtful and thorough critiques of religion you’re likely to encounter in popular culture.[Read: 25 of the best horror films you can watch, ranked by scariness]The series touches on many themes, but its terror is grounded in the violence and cruelty of its religious characters. The charismatic Father Paul Hill (Hamish Linklater) is unwittingly a conduit for evil. We learn in Episode 3 that he is actually Crockett Island’s elderly Monsignor Pruitt, who was believed to have fallen ill after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Father Paul tells the congregation that he’s the monsignor’s replacement, knowing they wouldn’t believe the truth: that he encountered a winged monster on his travels that drank his blood, then fed him its own blood to restore his health and youth. Courtesy of a harrowing performance by Samantha Sloyan, Bev brings to life the callousness of people who view everyone around them with judgment and condemnation. (Eike Schroter / Netflix) Where viewers might see a vampire, the priest sees “an angel” and a way to work miracles in his hometown, so he brings it back with him. He laces the church’s Communion wine—which, for Catholics, is the actual blood of Christ—with monster blood, and we watch as the old grow young, as sight is restored to the bifocaled, and as a teen girl gets up from her wheelchair and walks. There’s a catch, though. If you happen to die, you come back to life with an insatiable bloodlust and a fatal relationship to light. This comes to a climax during the midnight service on Easter morning when first the church and then the entire town consumes itself. Literally.Midnight Mass also lays bare the mundane maliciousness of religious exclusion, embodied most keenly in Bev Keane, the self-appointed lay administrator of St. Patrick’s Church. Courtesy of a harrowing performance by Samantha Sloyan, Bev brings to life the callousness of people who view everyone around them with judgment and condemnation. She plays no small part in propelling her pastor and a number of parishioners to commit atrocities, and call them right and just.The creators insist that the show isn’t intended to be anti-Catholic or anti-religious. Flanagan has written that he’s long contemplated questions about “how fundamentalist thinking could permeate and corrupt any belief system … How easily faith could be weaponized against the faithful.” This is a common reading of the series—that it isn’t a critique of religion so much as a critique of religion gone wrong. This interpretation is reinforced in the last two episodes. Horrors ensue as some parishioners drink from poisoned plastic cups and are reborn as vampires. Others, refusing to do so, become food. This seems to draw a hard line between “good” and “bad” religion, as does Monsignor Pruitt’s redemption in the end.But this limited reading doesn’t do the series justice. Carefully cordoning off its criticism to only “cults” or fanatics is a mistake and allows well-meaning religious people to avoid self-reflection and perhaps feel more comfortable with the series than they should. (And I’d include myself among them, though I’d certainly be on Bev Keane’s chopping block.) This is precisely what the word cult does in the first place: Religious-studies scholars have argued that the label works to shield so-called mainstream religions from justified criticism. Instead, the show illustrates the insidious dangers that can arise from seemingly “good” religious communities.I agree with the creators. The series is neither anti-Catholic nor anti-religious in the narrow, bad-faith sense that those terms imply. Nevertheless, Midnight Mass offers an essential critique of Catholics, the Catholic Church, and religion more broadly. It succeeds at this not despite, but because of its careful and caring portrayal of the religious lives of Crockett Island’s Catholics. The show is at its most incisive when it illuminates how frighteningly close otherwise ordinary priests and parishioners are to indescribable horrors.The series is daring enough to dwell on how miracles and monsters go hand in hand. Whether or not it was intentional, scattered throughout its seven episodes are glimpses of the logic, choices, and actions that drive real-life Catholic horror—even if sexual abuse, racist violence, and cultural genocide aren’t directly addressed at any point. Catholics don’t hold a monopoly on any of these evils. But that doesn’t mean that they are anomalous or irrelevant for understanding what it has meant to be Catholic, institutionally and individually.As experts have argued, there are distinctly religious dimensions to violations committed by Catholics, and Midnight Mass hints at its edges. The most chilling instance of this is the line Bev Keane delivers as she encourages others to aid and abet the priest’s monstrosity. “The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord, your God,” she says, quoting Deuteronomy, “that man shall die.” Her words are a reminder of how deference to the male authority of the priest has been historically used to justify both abuses and cover-ups. Sarah Gunning, Sheriff Hassan, and Erin Greene, the few heroes left fighting at the end of Midnight Mass.(Eike Schroter / Netflix) The series uses the ritual of Communion to convey how religious communities can build walls between the chosen and those considered outsiders. Not all Crockett residents are Catholic. As the “good” Catholics are transformed and reborn, those who refused Communion are left to fend for themselves. The few heroes still fighting at the end include Erin Greene (Kate Siegel), a domestic-abuse survivor who loses her unborn child midway through the show; the Muslim Sheriff Hassan (Rahul Kohli); and Sarah Gunning (Annabeth Gish), a lesbian doctor who has left the Church. Once again, Bev says the quiet part out loud. “Those who’ve been coming to church and taking Communion, they have nothing to fear tonight,” she announces as she lets loose the vampires. “As for the rest of them … let God sort them out.” The final two episodes could even be read, albeit with some stretching, as an allegory for Christianity’s bloody expansion. The church destroys itself before wreaking havoc on the rest of the world.To say all this is not to be anti-Catholic. It’s to tell the truth. When faced with the reality of religious violence, the instinct of many Americans is to unquestioningly defend the notion of “good” religion. The Ku Klux Klan isn’t really Christian, we might tell ourselves. We might take comfort in the idea that the white Catholics and evangelicals who joined others in storming the U.S. Capitol weren’t good Christians. But in doing so, we risk ignoring the crimes committed every day in the name of faith. Religious people would do well to reckon with the complicity of their traditions and institutions in the sins of the world. After all, as scholars have shown, the KKK and Christian nationalists, too, think of themselves and their works as good and religious.[Read: A Christian insurrection]Writing on clerical sex abuse, the historian Robert Orsi insists that scholars must recognize “how religion is actually lived in everyday life, with its intimate cruelties, its petty as well as profound humiliations, its sadism and its masochism, its abuses of power, and its impulses to destroy and dominate.” They should be attentive, in other words, to the Bev Keanes and the Monsignor Pruitts and the angel-monsters. Midnight Mass gets this. It’s the first Catholic horror I’ve seen that does.
Kristen Stewart: ‘I’ve only made 5 really good films in my career’
"The worst is when you’re in the middle of something and know that not only is it probably going to be a bad movie, but we’re all bracing until the end,” she said of her questionable projects.
Report: Hunter Biden Secretly Holds Second Art Show in SoHo
Hunter Biden and gallerist Georges Berges held a second art show over the weekend in SoHo, New York City, to sell paintings to anonymous investors for up to $500,000. Hunter's previous exhibition in Los Angeles reportedly saw five paintings sold for $75,000 each.
Twitter suspends Rep. Banks’ account for misgendering trans health official
Rep. Jim Banks' official Twitter account was suspended after he referred to Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine -- the first openly transgender four-star officer -- a "man."
Whistleblower Says Facebook Is 'Unquestionably Making Hate Worse'
"I came forward now, because now is the most critical time to act," former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen told U.K. lawmakers.
How to order a Chucky-inspired Frappuccino at Starbucks this Halloween
Holly Walker, from the blog Totally the Bomb, came up with this drink, inspired by the murderous doll from the 1988 film “Child’s Play.”
Remains found in Texas apartment believed to be abandon children’s brother
The skeletal remains found in the Texas apartment where three children were living are believed to be their 9-year-old brother -- and he may have died a year ago, authorities said Monday.
Female workers at Rikers Island open up about sexual assaults from inmates
One female correction officer at Rikers Island walks around the troubled jail complex with her back to the wall after a male inmate grabbed her rear end.
Bernie Ecclestone offered ski role, agrees with Verstappen on Netflix
Ex-Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, 91 on Thursday, is adamant about one thing after being offered an advisory role by the new head of skiing's governing body -- he will not be taking to the slopes.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Texas
Red Bull's Max Verstappen holds off Lewis Hamilton for Formula One U.S. Grand Prix win.
Homeowner Finds 'Suspicious' Red Stains Under Carpet of 110-Year-Old House
The new homeowner called the cops after finding "suspicious" red stains when they lifted the carpet in their 110-year-old house.
China to Start Vaccinating Children Over 3 Years Old as COVID-19 Cases Spread
The news comes as the government pushes to have a largely vaccinated public ahead of the Beijing Olympics in February
Human Traffickers and Drug Dealers Exploit Social Media to Expand Markets
The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases last year took place on Facebook, according to the Human Trafficking Institute, with perpetrators using strategies like fake identities or phony job listings to identify and recruit vulnerable users.
If Beijing Olympics athletes aren't vaccinated, they'll be in quarantine for 21 days
The policy announced Monday threatens a "hard quarantine" that is longer than the Games themselves for anyone who arrives unvaccinated.
Tesla stock pops as Hertz orders 100,000 cars in electric rental revamp
Shares of Tesla popped more than 4 percent Monday morning after car-rental company Hertz announced a deal to buy 100,000 of Elon Musk's electric cars in an overhaul of its rental fleet.
NY Freedom Rally organizer slams ‘unjust’ vaccine mandates after rally supporting Kyrie Irving
New York Freedom Rally event organizer John Matland spoke out on his support of NBA superstar Kyrie Irving and opposition towards vaccine mandates on Monday, following a Sunday protest in NYC where a crowd swarmed and attempted to enter the Barclays Center.
My Relationship With My Son Was Failing. A Horror Movie Turned It Around.
Horror movies give his fears shape, but don’t hit too close to home.
America’s National Mood Disorder
Negativity about politics may be justified, but there are reasons for optimism in other aspects of U.S. society, such as technology and business.
Brian Mast Says Joe Biden's Vaccine Mandate Is Like Dystopian Fiction
The Republican congressman says vaccine mandates remind him of the treatment of "independent thinkers" in the "Divergent" film and book series.
Border agents in Facebook groups with bigoted posts saw little discipline
Most agents received significantly reduced discipline, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The White Feminists Who Helped the Government “Civilize” Native Americans 
Some 19th-century women, frustrated in their careers, saw their chance and took it.
Antonio Carlos Junior rallies from UFC release to $1 million PFL final
Antonio Carlos Junior’s year started with losing. It could end with a monumental win.
Welcome to the Horror Issue
Doug Chayka for Vox How a century of horror movies reflects our existential fears, the surreal real estate market for ghostly homes, and visiting a haunted house in 2021. When the pandemic began in March 2020, a nation shut itself indoors, flipped on the television, and began streaming scary movies. Bird Box and I Am Legend let us live out our survivalist nightmares; Contagion felt like a prophecy. Unexpected global catastrophe had long been the stuff of horror movies; suddenly, horror was real. It was knocking on our doors. The question of what we have to fear after a pandemic has upended our way of life, after many have dulled to the reality of hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans dead, haunted us as we conceived this month’s issue of the Highlight. Should we fear a few onscreen sociopaths anymore? Or the telltale fires and floods of climate change? Or only our feral, unpredictable selves? In our cover story, Aja Romano looks to the movies to root out American fear. Films have long served as a mirror for our collective anxieties about the unfamiliar, powerlessness, and environmental breakdown. From Godzilla and other monsters of our own making to Psycho’s Norman Bates to Get Out’s unsuspecting boyfriend Chris, the villains and protagonists of our favorite horror movies serve as a proxy for us, lumbering through a century of war, social unrest, and tectonic change. Housing reporter Jerusalem Demsas asks what it means that things that go bump in the night have the power to affect housing prices (even if they’re only in our heads), creating a cottage industry of businesses that “cleanse” homes of untoward spirits and warn homebuyers of a house’s unseemly past. And Luke Winkie went to another sort of haunted house: New York’s Blood Manor, a seasonal scare-fest where he sought to learn what it feels like to venture out in search of thrills when one’s year has already been defined by fear. Finally, Terry Nguyen traces the culture’s voyeuristic obsession with “botched” plastic surgery that punishes women for bad work even as it demands artificiality, and Chris Chafin relives the mainstreaming of scary thrills for kids in the ’80s and ’90s. This month’s issue is fun, funny, and tinged with the idea that fear is an American obsession. We hope you enjoy it. Carlos Basabe for Vox The horror century The scariest movies have always been a dark mirror on Americans’ deepest fears and anxieties. By Aja Romano Zac Freeland/Vox House isn’t selling? Blame the ghosts. (coming Tuesday) Realtor? Check. Appraiser? Check. Ghostbuster? Check. By Jerusalem Demsas Michael Delrosso/Courtesy of Blood Manor Can a haunted house even scare us in 2021? (coming Wednesday) When a pandemic rages just outside our doors, maybe escapism is all we can hope for. By Luke Winkie Beth Hoeckel for Vox The morbid appeal of “botched” plastic surgery (coming Thursday) Cosmetic procedures are on the rise. So is our voyeuristic fascination with how they go wrong. By Terry Nguyen Getty Images/iStockphoto The age of monsters (coming Friday) In the ’80s and ’90s, kids’ media was full of murder and mayhem. What changed? By Chris Chafin
A history of the Trump-McCain feud (2019)
President Donald Trump and the late Sen. John McCain's family continue a public feud even after the senator's death.
Oklahoma State, Penn State, Clemson among teams falling in NCAA Re-Rank 1-130
Oklahoma State, Penn State and Clemson were among the teams dropping significant places in this week's college football NCAA Re-Rank 1-130.
Video catches shocking moment paragliders collide, tumble into ocean
The mishap was captured on video in a nail-biting, 27-second clip, which a spectator recorded on their cellphone.
J Balvín apologizes, deletes music video out of 'respect' after backlash over 'racist' depictions
J Balvín apologized for his controversial music video, which is facing backlash for its "racist" and "misogynistic" depiction of Black women.
Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine was well-tolerated and generated robust immune response in children ages 6 to 11
Interim results of a Phase 2/3 trial showed Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine was well-tolerated and generated a robust immune response in children ages 6 to 11, the company said Monday.
What led to the military takeover in Sudan
Trump ally's voter fraud tip payout goes to man who reported GOP voter
A poll worker named Eric Frank was paid $25,000 by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, from the governor's own campaign account, after Frank reported a Republican voter in Pennsylvania for trying to vote twice in the 2020 election. Neither Gov. Patrick's office nor campaign responded to multiple requests for comment.
Can Private Equity Improve Dog Food Sales?
Two buyout firms join forces to share control of an up-and-coming German pet supplies company.
Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung welcome twins
Bryan Greenberg and his wife Jamie Chung have welcomed twins.
Jolie glitters at Rome Film Fest
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie walks the red carpet at the Rome Film Fest for director Chloé Zhao's Marvel adventure, "Eternals." (Oct. 25)
3 children found abandoned in Texas apartment with another child's remains, sheriff says
Sheriff's deputies in Houston made a horrifying discovery in an apartment Sunday: three children who they say were abandoned with the decaying body of another child inside.