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HEATH: 'We live in a part of London awash with drugs. But at weekends we have a cottage in the country awash with drugs.'
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Kamala Harris’ famous friends
The California senator is no stranger to Hollywood.
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Man busted for leaving revolver, bag full of drugs in Times Square
Police busted a 39-year-old man after he left a bag full of drugs and a revolver that looked like it was torn from the pages of a history book in the middle of Times Square, cops and sources said. Police tracked down Jameel Hopkins after reviewing surveillance footage from W. 43rd St and Broadway where...
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Analyst: Expect higher interest rates & inflation in 2021
As stocks near records, David Kelly, chief global analyst at JP Morgan Asset Management, explains the risks facing the rally and what that means for inflation and interest rates in the future.
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How Scary Is Lovecraft Country?
Our highly scientific Scaredy Scale helps you determine whether new movies and TV shows are too scary for you.
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Iranian musician rebuffing ban arrested for allegedly encouraging women to dance and sing
A prominent Iranian music advocate and creator was detained by police officials and charged with allegedly aiding women to sing and dance, he told Fox News.
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Hilary Swank discusses 3-year acting break to care for her sick father: 'It takes a lot of energy'
Hilary Swank opened up about taking a three-year break from her career in order to care for her ill father. 
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Annoyed llama spits in guy’s face
If you’re wondering whether llamas spit, the answer is yes. Watch a man’s attempt to lure, what appears to be a member of the llama family, over to him in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The furry animal walks up to the fence and instead of “playing nice,” spits right in his face.
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Watchdog report faults Trump's UK envoy Woody Johnson for 'insensitive comments'
A State Department watchdog report released Wednesday faults Trump's UK envoy Woody Johnson for "insensitive comments" and a "negative effect" on morale.
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A virtual running mate search: How a personal connection led Joe Biden to pick Kamala Harris
Joe Biden started with Kamala Harris, and in the end, came back to her.
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LAPD investigating possible 'swatting' incident near home of Black Lives Matter activist
The L.A. police are investigating a possible prank call that led to its SWAT team descending on the block of a leading Black Lives Matter activist.
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Thistle Farms Provides Pathway to Healing
Kelly Bowman reports on a Nashville company helping survivors of prostitution, addiction and trafficking come back into the community
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Sarah Cooper, the internet's favorite Donald Trump impersonator, is coming to Netflix
Sarah Cooper, who became a sensation by lip-syncing to Donald Trump on Twitter and TikTok, is getting her first comedy special thanks to Netflix.
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It’s Not the Military’s Job to Remove Trump from Office if He Won’t Leave
Don’t count on Mark Milley to rescue American democracy.
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Could this be T-Rex's relative?
Palaeontologists in Britain say four bones found in 2019 on the Isle of Wight are likely to be from a new species of dinosaur related to ​the Tyrannosaurus rex.
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Martha McSally warns that Biden, Dems would make DC, Puerto Rico states
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said Tuesday that if Joe Biden wins the presidential race and Democrats retake control of both houses of Congress, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., would gain statehood.
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‘Harriet The Spy’ Animated Series Starring Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch to Debut on Apple TV+
Mean Girls's Lacey Chabert has also signed on to the upcoming project.
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Amazon Music podcasts may not 'disparage' Amazon, now-deleted clause said: report
Amazon will soon let podcasters host their shows on Amazon Music and Audible, but the new opportunity initially came with a certain concession.
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Bills announce contract extension for head coach Sean McDermott
Sean McDermott, who has taken the Bills to the playoffs in two of his three seasons, has new contract. It will run through 2025, according to report.        
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Paging Dr. Hamblin: Everyone Wants to Check My Temperature
Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, James Hamblin takes questions from readers about health-related curiosities, concerns, and obsessions. Have one? Email him at paging.dr.hamblin@theatlantic.com.Dear Dr. Hamblin,I’m an attorney and I’ve been working from home. Yesterday I had to visit several courthouses to pick up files. At the security checks at the entrance, they had some kind of infrared camera to check people’s temperature. At one courthouse, I came in through the employee garage and someone stopped me and put a thermometer to my forehead. I live in Miami, my car’s AC is broken, and I had been stuck in traffic and was soaked in sweat. Yet my temperature apparently was 97 degrees, and I was waved inside.Are these temperature checks just “security theater”? How effective are they?MeganMiami, FloridaYes, what you’re describing is theater. As logical as mass temperature checks may seem, the practice hasn’t clearly been shown to help contain the coronavirus. The practice is sort of like spraying down the sides of buildings, showering football players in hand sanitizer, or deep cleaning an office carpet. These things might make us feel safer, but they may not keep us safe if they actually cause us to let our guard down.Fever screens seem part of America’s ongoing failure to learn an abiding lesson of modern medicine: Screening tests often backfire. They have value only in specific contexts. Doctors have repeatedly seen this play out with lifesaving tests like mammograms, CT scans, and colonoscopies, which can lead to unnecessary biopsies and surgeries when overused.Body temperature is a vital sign that is monitored continually in hospitals, where it can be an invaluable window into how a patient is faring. But screening entire populations is a different matter, and temperature screening for the coronavirus is now widely used. Employers around the United States are attempting to order daily temperature checks to determine who is allowed to enter an office and do their job. As you noticed, access to courts may be based on this test. Fever screens have even been implicated in many plans to open schools: New York City’s Department of Education announced last week that kids would be randomly screened before being allowed to enter school buildings, despite the fact that kids with the virus rarely develop fevers.Temperature checks were first deployed in January amid China’s “throw everything at the wall and show the world we’ve got this locked down” attempt to stop the virus. News reports showed people being ordered out of their car at tollbooths to have infrared thermometer guns placed against their forehead. For a period in February, the Chinese government required some 11 million people to report temperatures to the government daily. By late February, though, researchers had begun reporting that the tactic wasn’t an effective screening tool for this new disease. Unlike Ebola and some other infectious diseases, this coronavirus is contagious before symptoms appear. Many infected people never develop any symptoms at all. While a fever is one of the most common symptoms for people who do get sick, it’s still far from universal among those infected. In June, a study at an Australian hospital found that a minority of patients admitted with the virus had a fever. The researchers concluded that “using fever as a screening tool for COVID-19 may provide a false sense of security.”But what’s the harm? In this moment, that’s a question we need to take seriously—with regard to tests, hygiene practices, or anything else we might be doing to try to stay safe. Anything with the potential to benefit our health also has the potential to undermine it. If people are reassured by a fever check and compromise on the basics—wearing a mask, distancing, hand-washing—they put themselves and others at risk. This test has no ability to reassure people, but a real ability to mislead.A useful test is both sensitive and specific. If you haven’t encountered these terms yet, they can seem esoteric, but we should all know them. A test is considered sensitive if it catches most (and ideally all) cases. A test is specific if it doesn’t misidentify too many cases—that is, if it doesn’t catch too many more than all.Temperature checks for coronavirus infections don’t seem to be sensitive or specific. An elevated body temperature can be caused by many factors other than COVID-19—or illness at all. Some people will see an elevation after exercise or during anxiety. When you’re sweating, your body is working to expel heat through the skin. I’m surprised you registered at 97 degrees. But I still couldn’t comfortably say you aren’t spreading the virus.Your temperature also may not have been 97 degrees. Infrared scanners are imperfect compared with measuring temperature under the tongue or in the rectum. When they’re pointed at your forehead, they’re pretty reliable. But when scanning a crowd, as some public-transit agencies and school districts have started to do, the accuracy fades. Such technology is well suited to detect the presence of humans, as in disasters or military scenarios, but subtle variations and mild fevers are likely to be lost in the crowd. Discerning those is especially difficult because, as you note, people’s normal body temperatures vary on their own. What may constitute an early elevation in one person could be a normal temperature for another.The irony that all of this is happening in a courthouse is probably not lost on you. The state collecting medical information about people raises all sorts of legal issues, only heightened now that the outcome of an inaccurate test could deny access to basic services like courts or schools. Because scanning people for a fever is typically considered a medical test, the act also typically requires consent. And consent or no, employers aren’t normally allowed to demand medical tests of employees.When the pandemic hit the U.S, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission developed emergency precautions that specifically allow employers to monitor employees’ body temperature. But not everyone agrees that this is sound legal policy. As the American Civil Liberties Union argued in response to fever screening in May, privacy is always valued relative to the value of the intervention. Some privacy may need to be sacrificed during a crisis, but we must be deliberate about how and where those compromises are made: for tests that will deliver actionable information proven to help protect the population.Temperature checks may be useful in specific circumstances, as opposed to mass fishing expeditions. But people who are found to have a fever are likely being told what they already know. When fevers do come on, people typically already feel ill. They’re likely to also have a cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms. They should have had access to a proper test that would tell them if they had the virus. They should have been able to seek medical attention. They should have been able to isolate at home.The real spirit of mass temperature checks, as they’re currently being used, is punitive. If, amid the many false positives and false negatives, fever screening does successfully catch a few sick people who went out anyway, then this may be a symptom of a societal ill. Feverish people are not likely venturing out because they have a death wish or want to infect others; they’re likely doing it because they can’t afford to stay home, or they need to pick up their kids, or they don’t have sick leave. The solution to this isn’t to pour more resources into infrared cameras in an attempt to detect and detain these people. It’s to put those resources into taking care of them in the first place.“Paging Dr. Hamblin” is for informational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. By submitting a letter, you are agreeing to let The Atlantic use it—in part or in full—and we may edit it for length and/or clarity.
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David Blaine plans new live stunt, his first in nearly a decade
Blaine will attempt to float across NYC's Hudson River using balloons.
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Thanksgiving candy corn? Brach's launches new treat with turkey, green bean flavors
The flavors include green beans, roasted-turkey, ginger-glazed-carrot, sweet-potato-pie and cranberry sauce.       
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Grandmother with 88 great-grandchildren turns 100
"She's a healthy little ox," one of her great-granddaughters said.
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Pelosi: 'People will die' if coronavirus stimulus talks drag into late September
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday that she doesn't want stalled negotiations for another round of coronavirus relief to drag until the end of September, when government funds are set to expire.
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Dog who died of ‘acute illness’ confirmed positive for COVID-19
A North Carolina dog whose owners said died of an “acute illness” tested positive for COVID-19, health officials confirmed this week. The male Newfoundland, around 8 years old, showed signs of illness and struggled to breathe on Aug. 3, Mick Kulikowski, spokesman for NC State University, told The News & Observer. The dog’s owner first...
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Why It Took Us So Long to Understand the Coronavirus
And what we now have to prepare for.
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3 dead, 6 in hospital in Scotland train derailment
A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after stormy weather, killing three people and injuring six others Wednesday, authorities said. (Aug. 12)       
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Suspect arrested in Bay Area food-bank truck vandalism
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank spokesperson Keely Hopkins told Fox News that her organization was "really heartbroken about the situation," though its supply-chain team was able to quickly spring into action once they discovered the issue.
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'People cannot be illegal.' Ben & Jerry's slams UK over its handling of refugees
In a series of tweets, the politically outspoken ice cream maker derided UK Home Secretary Priti Patel's approach to refugees trying to cross the English Channel, suggesting it was inhumane and contravened international law.
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After COVID-19 delay, IHG's Hotel Indigo Tallahassee debuts in time for FSU football season
After coronavirus delayed its planned May debut, Hotel Indigo Tallahassee is ready to welcome guests just in time for Florida State's football season.       
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How Joe Biden’s Enduring Grief For His Son Helped Lead Him to Kamala Harris
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. As Joe Biden was mulling his choice of a running mate, there may have been one important question in the back of his mind. Sure, the polling and focus…
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Val Kilmer's daughter opens up about his 'challenging' throat cancer battle
Val Kilmer's daughter, Mercedes, is thankful for every moment she gets to share with her dad since he battled throat cancer.
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Lightning strike in South Carolina leaves tree with burning 'claw marks'
Talk about leaving a mark.
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Fisher-Price's new stay-at-home toys mirror what mom and dad do at home
Fisher-Price has new stay-at-home toy sets for kids that mirror everything mom and dad have to do at home now.       
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UFC releases Max Rohskopf after promotional debut ended with quitting on stool
Max Rohskopf is no longer a member of the UFC roster.        Related StoriesAlan Patrick vs. Rodrigo Vargas in the works for UFC event on Sept. 12Adrian Yanez flattered by Jorge Masvidal comparison but wants to pave his own wayDana White: 'No debate' that Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy winner is heavyweight GOAT 
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NBA will allow guests to visit players in bubble after first round of playoffs. Here is how it will work.
The NBA acknowledged in its health and safety protocols that teams would receive up to 17 guest rooms for players' families and friends after Round 1.        
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Viral video shows wild bear brazenly joining family picnic
Some in the video can be seen taking selfies with the furry interloper.
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Uber says new driver ruling would force it to shut down in California
Uber would be forced to shut down its ride-hailing operations in California if a court ruling that blocks it from classifying its drivers as independent contractors goes into effect, the company said in a court filing. A California judge on Monday granted the state’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber and rival Lyft from...
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NY health chief Zucker claims hospitals had enough PPE during COVID-19 crisis
New York’s top health chief bizarrely claimed Wednesday that the state’s hospitals had enough personal protective equipment for nurses and doctors during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – despite widespread reports of PPE shortages, including health workers forced to don trash bags. “Just because something is reported doesn’t mean those are the facts of...
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Big 12 doubling down on plans to play college football season
Don’t mistake the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancelling all fall sports for the end of college football in 2020. At least not yet. If you need more proof that the sport is geographical and controlled by conferences rather than the overarching NCAA, consider the Big 12’s renewed commitment Wednesday to moving forward with all fall...
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Brett Favre on NFL players kneeling during national anthem: 'I don't believe' anyone is right or wrong
Brett Favre speculated how NFL players will react if more players kneel during the national anthem this season to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S.
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Wisconsin girl convicted in Slender Man stabbing loses appeal
One of two Wisconsin girls who repeatedly stabbed a classmate because she believed a fictional horror character named Slender Man would attack her family if she didn't kill the girl lost an appeal Wednesday.
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Kamala Harris ignites fundraising surge after Joe Biden VP announcement
Democrats raked in $10.8 million in donations in the four hours after presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, according to a report.
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Puerto Rico's low census response could have disastrous effects on its economy and recovery funding
Puerto Rico struggles to get citizens to respond to the 2020 census questionnaire, putting government funding at risk for the island. President Trump's decision to shorten the census deadline has made the effort even more difficult. Alexis Santos, an assistant professor of demography at Pennsylvania State University, joined CBSN to discuss the potential impact.
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Kamala Harris scored as most liberal US senator in 2019
Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris scored as the “most liberal” U.S. senator in 2019, according to a GovTrack analysis, outranking Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
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Kamala Harris Once Called for Twitter to Ban Donald Trump
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), now Joe Biden's vice presidential nominee, once demanded that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ban President Donald Trump from the social media giants' platform.
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Judge refuses to shutter Ventura County church that has defied COVID-19 health order
Ventura County judge refuses to close Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park and find its pastor in contempt of court for holding indoor services.
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Sarah Cooper lands Netflix comedy special for fall
She found fame on social media by lip-synching President Donald Trump.
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Coronavirus can travel much farther than 6 feet in certain indoor spaces, study finds
Coronavirus-infected aerosols traveled way farther than six feet in a recent study.
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