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Gordon Hayward FaceTimes into delivery room for birth of first son
Celtics forward Gordon Hayward originally planned to leave the NBA bubble when it was time for his wife, Robyn, to give birth. However, that all changed after an ankle sprain suffered in the Celtics’ first playoff game forced Hayward to leave the bubble. While at home, it was decided that the 6-foot-7 sharpshooter would return...
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Man accused of driving into protesters used vineyard as "training camp"
Benjamin Hung "drove his Dodge Ram truck adorned with flags associated with right-wing extremist groups into a crowd of individuals peacefully protesting," affidavit says,
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Kentucky AG warns against listening to 'celebrities, influencers' reacting to Breonna Taylor indictment
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron warned people in the state not to listen to celebrities and influencers upset by a grand jury’s decision to bring no murder charges against Louisville police for the death of Breonna Taylor.
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‘Fortnite,’ Spotify join nonprofit to change Apple’s App Store rules
A trio of big names has joined a nonprofit group aimed at changing Apple’s App Store practices. Spotify, Tinder parent Match Group and “Fortnite” developer Epic Games — who over the summer fired the first shot at Apple when it implemented a new payments system in its ultra-popular game which would allow it to avoid...
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Could 'murder hornets' spread across the U.S.? The West Coast could be at risk
Scientists have determined how and where the Asian giant hornet could spread and find an ideal habitat, both in the United States and worldwide.        
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Media attacks on Kentucky AG are ‘disgusting’: Laura Ingraham
The mainstream media’s attacks on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron are “disgusting” and are “making a tragic situation even worse,” Fox News’ Laura Ingraham said on Wednesday during her “Ingraham Angle” monologue.
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Economists are growing more worried about the recovery. Blame Congress
The US economic recovery will slow more than feared during the final three months of the year because Congress is almost certainly will not provide more federal aid, Goldman Sachs said Thursday.
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'Attack on Titan' Season 4 Release Date Confirmed for December
Funimation and Crunchyroll will stream episodes the same day as Japan.
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Amy Mcgrath's Longshot Campaign Against McConnell Costs Democrats in Tighter Senate Races
The Senate race in Kentucky has seen some of the highest fundraising totals of any in the nation, though there are other Democrats who polling indicates are more likely to oust Republican incumbents elsewhere.
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The code: How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak
Workers at an Agri Star meatpacking plant in Iowa were left clueless as the coronavirus spread in their ranks. Genetic data held the answers.
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Everything Donald Trump Has Said About Meghan Markle
The president has a four year history with Meghan Markle but last night's comments were his strongest yet about a women he once said was "nasty" to him.
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Do you want pumpkin spice-flavored macaroni and cheese? Kraft Heinz thinks someone does
Starbucks seemingly kicked off the trend but brands are going bigger and bolder with pumpkin spice offerings and releasing them earlier in the year.       
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Car recalls for September 17-24
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued recalls for September 17 through 24, including...       
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Mariah to Oprah: I won’t be ‘treated like an ATM machine with a wig on’
"The loneliness and sadness behind the facade — I now understand it," Oprah Winfrey said.
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Youth leaders working to build a more perfect union one project at a time
For the "CBS This Morning" series A More Perfect Union, Adriana Diaz speaks to a group of teenagers, many who can't even vote yet, working to strengthen communities and American democracy itself, one project at a time.
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Elijah Wood's Victorian gem lists for $1.85 million in Texas
In Texas, actor Elijah Wood is asking $1.85 million for his 1890s Victorian full of character and period details.
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‘Fargo’ Season 4 Is Peak ‘Fargo’
There's a lot to unpack and no clear winner. And that's kind of the point.
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Netflix Needs Its Own ‘90 Day Fiance’
Discovery is quietly nailing guilty-pleasure reality-TV programming on its TLC and HGTV channels. Netflix and HBO should take notice.
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US sanctions Iran’s court system over execution of wrestler, other alleged abuses
For the first time, the United States will sanction foreign judges and a court for gross violations of human rights, as it targets Iran’s Revolutionary Court system for the execution of a 27-year-old wrestler and other abuses, according to a U.S. official. 
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Bellator: Sergio Pettis ready for 'big opportunity' against champion Juan Archuleta
Only two fights into his Bellator career, Sergio Pettis finds himself on the cusp of title contention.        Related StoriesUFC boss Dana White on Colby Covington backlash: 'We don't muzzle anybody here'UFC 253 faceoff video: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa, Dominick Reyes vs. Jan BlachowiczIsrael Adesanya calls media out for hypocrisy when addressing Colby Covington's comments 
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Postal workers say they are ready for the mail-in voting surge
Tara Jacoby for Vox Unless Postmaster General Louis DeJoy gets in the way. Over the last few months, Lori Cash has watched US Postal Service management remove mail sorting machines, curb after-hours pickups and deliveries, and limit overtime work in the Upstate New York region where she has worked for more than 20 years. These kinds of operational changes in the USPS, which rolled out across the country, have caused significant mail delays — and legitimate concern that they could interfere with an expected surge in mail-in voting for this November’s general election. Many have speculated that the postal service slowdowns were intended to interfere with the election because some of these controversial cost-cutting measures were initiated after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a top Trump donor, took over in June. And President Trump stoked these concerns when he admitted in August that he was blocking new funding for the postal service in part to sabotage universal mail-in voting. So how worried should we be — if you vote by mail this election, will your vote get counted? Cash told Recode that despite the hurdles and delays these changes have caused, she haslittle doubt that she and her colleagues around the country are ready for the expected mail-in voting rush ahead of the historic presidential election. “Where we stand right now, I feel confident that we can handle the amount of ballots,” Cash, a postal worker and local union leader with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), told Recode in early September. “We can definitely handle the volume even with the machines that have been removed.” Yet Cash’s confidence comes with one big caveat: She fears that DeJoy, who paused the controversial initiatives last month in the wake of congressional pressure and a media firestorm, may still institute more disruptive changes between now and November 3. If that happens, she believes all bets are off. About a half-dozen other rank-and-file postal employees in New York, Florida, Montana, and New England echoed Cash’s perspective in conversations that took place after DeJoy committed to pause the disruptive measures in August: They are adamant that they and their colleagues are prepared to handle the barrage of ballots — so long as DeJoy stays out of the way. “My biggest concerns are people not mailing ballots in early enough. If there are delays in some areas, and if DeJoy makes any more significant changes out in the field, that would definitely disrupt the [mail-in voting] operation,” Cash said. “My advice to people is to make sure you know what your due date is and get that ballot in the mail two weeks early. I want people to still be proactive and mail their ballots in early — because just because [DeJoy] is quiet right now, doesn’t mean that at the last minute he won’t make any drastic changes.” But the biggest challenge mail-in voting faces is one of trust, perhaps more than anything else. Even if DeJoy keeps his word on pausing the cost-saving changes until after the election and the USPS handles tens of millions of ballots without a major disruption, will the general public trust the results? Sowing that doubt appears to be a goal for Trump, who has for months been pushing baseless, misleading claims about how susceptible mail-in ballots are to fraud. And it seems to have worked: Conspiracy theories about the process abound. As a result, for government officials in states where voters will rely heavily on voting by mail, educating the public about how and when to vote by mail is more crucial than ever. With the Covid-19 pandemic making in-person voting a potentially risky activity, as many as 80 million people could end up voting via mail-in or drop-off ballots ahead of the election, according to a New York Times analysis. Such a surge in mail-in voting would mark more than a 100 percent increase from mail ballot totals in 2016. That kind of spike would apply massive pressure to the USPS and its 500,000 employees even in normal times. And these times are anything but normal at the United States Postal Service. DeJoy, a top Republican donor and former logistics company CEO, took over as the USPS chief in June and has since overseen a series of cost-cutting measures that worried postal employees, union leaders and some politicians, who feared that the accompanying deterioration in mail and package delivery times would cause a mail-in voting fiasco. The delays have also disrupted the lives of Americans who rely on timely postal service deliveries for prescription drugs, social security checks, and other important goods. Still, America’s postal workers are committed to getting the job done. “I think and hope [DeJoy] is hiding and going to let us do our thing and get all election mail delivered like before,” a veteran postmaster in New England, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, told Recode. “We get daily emails [from management] to make sure all election mail, incoming or outgoing, is clear everyday.” Joanne Borell, a 25-year veteran of the USPS who is a postal clerk in Billings, Montana, says she has no reason to believe the postal service won’t handle mail-in voting on time, even with increased demand. More than half of all voters in Montana voted by mail in 2016, and Borell said she has never witnessed or heard of significant issues with handling ballots. “We deal with passports, live animals, and other things people really care about,” Borell said in an interview. “We are always watching for things that we have to take special care of.” What does concern Borell is how some mail delays and misleading claims about vote-by-mail fraud has caused many Americans to lose confidence in the postal service. Recently, a family member of Borell told her they were worried postal employees with a political bias would discard or tamper with ballots to try to give their chosen candidate and party a boost. Such conspiracies are not surprising at a time in which Trump has routinely publicly attacked mail-in voting. But Borell was offended by the suggestion. “Never in my entire career have I seen anybody do something like that,” she said of tossing ballots in the trash. Another postal clerk, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters, said a deluge of Amazon packages is what is currently overwhelming the post offices where the employee works. But the USPS has actually seen a decline of customers sending first-class mail like bills and letters during the pandemic, which presumably would allow the postal service to more easily process a surge of mail-in ballots, which are also typically treated as first-class. “From what I can see, we are perfectly capable of handling [a surge of mail-in ballots],” the worker said. “But we’re getting destroyed with packages. It’s like Christmas never ended.” Nate Castro, a mail processor in Tampa, Florida, and a local APWU leader, said election ballots, which get labeled with a red tag to denote their importance, will get processed quickly and accurately — barring unforeseen changes by DeJoy or other top management to existing USPS processes. “You want to vote in-person? So be it; that’s your voting right,” Castro told Recode. “But it should also be the right for every person to vote by mail.” Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists. Will you help keep Vox free for all? The United States is in the middle of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes. It’s essential that all Americans are able to access clear, concise information on what the outcome of the election could mean for their lives, and the lives of their families and communities. That is our mission at Vox. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. 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Demonstrators Surround Mitch McConnell's Home in Early Morning to Loudly Protest Replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The same group of demonstrators who protested outside Senator Lindsey Graham's house earlier this week surrounded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home in Washington D.C. early Thursday morning.
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Gigi Hadid is ‘so in love’ with her and Zayn Malik’s baby girl
She gave birth over the weekend.
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Google updates Maps to show how bad Covid is in your area
Google Maps will soon show how prevalent coronavirus is in geographic areas with a new color-coded update.
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Wilson: 'We're like the canaries in the coal mine'
Rita Wilson explains why she and husband Tom Hanks are taking part in COVID-19 health study, after contracting the virus earlier this year. (Sept. 24)       
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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Rise to 870,000
Initial claims for unemployment benefits climbed last week.
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Germany's COVID Expert Says Coronavirus Pandemic Will 'Only Really Start Now'
A virologist in Berlin said he does not think Germany is prepared for the next few months with the novel virus.
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Retired Lt. General H. R. McMaster on his new book, America's biggest threats and cyber warfare
Retired Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster served in the Army for 34 years and spent 13 months as President Trump's national security adviser. He joins "CBS This Morning" to talk about his new book, "Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World."
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Florida couple wins $1 million lottery prize, plans to build 'dream home'
The Florida Lottery gave a Tallahassee woman and her husband a million good reasons to start their "dream" house.       
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Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives
Newly obtained records appear in conflict with months of Postal Service assertions that blamed lower-level managers for strategies tied to delivery delays.
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Hulu Apologizes for Promoting Breonna Taylor Docuseries Following Grand Jury Verdict
Former LMPD officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting his gun into an apartment next to Taylor's.
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Suspect in shooting of 2 Louisville police officers identified as Larynzo Johnson
The suspect who was arrested in the shooting of two Lousiville police officers has been identified as Larynzo Johnson, according to a report. Johnson was charged with wanton endangerment and assault of a police officer, WLKY reported. The cops were shot at about 8:30 p.m. when they were notified of a large crowd gathering near...
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USA TODAY sports college football staff picks for Week 4
Several key SEC matchups and a couple tricky games in the Big 12 highlight the schedule for Week 4. Our experts make their picks for the Top 25 games.        
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Even Brian Cashman concedes Gary Sanchez’s playoff reality
Brian Cashman has been Gary Sanchez’s biggest backer whether it was in 2018 when the catcher struggled with passed balls and wild pitches, or this year when Sanchez hasn’t come close to being the hitter the Yankees expect him to be. The Yankees general manager believes, however, that staff ace Gerrit Cole and backup catcher...
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Another 870,000 Americans filed first-time jobless claims
Another 870,000 workers filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits on a seasonally adjusted basis. That was up very slightly from the previous week. CNN's Christine Romans reports.
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American Airlines flight lands safely after emergency call for cracked windshield
An American Airlines flight landed safely in Vermont after the plane’s windshield cracked about 60 miles away from its intended destination.
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Breonna Taylor protests: Suspect accused of shooting cops ID’d as Louisville sees nearly 100 arrests after grand jury decision
The Louisville Metro Police Department announced Thursday nearly 100 arrests were made overnight amid demonstrations after a grand jury decided not to indict officers in the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor.
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What to Know About Newsom’s Big Climate Plan
Thursday: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to ban the sale of gas-powered new cars by 2035.
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Stevie Wonder tearfully responds to Breonna Taylor indictment in monologue about social unrest: 'Why so long?'
Stevie Wonder gave a spoken word monologue in response to the latest developments in the Breonna Taylor shooting case.
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Rep. McCarthy threatens vote to oust Pelosi as speaker if she tries impeachment
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened to call for a vote to oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she makes an effort to impeach President Trump to block him from nominating a Supreme Court justice. “I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move...
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Rand Paul speaks out on Breonna Taylor grand jury decision
Sen. Rand Paul spoke out in the wake of protests after a grand jury decided against indicting the cops responsible for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
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Trump's threats show he's willing to undermine the election
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Beta remnants to soak South as wildfires still rage in West
The flood threat moves into the southern Appalachian mountains and the western Carolinas on Friday.
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Julian Assange secretly fathered two children while evading arrest. His children’s mother speaks out
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange secretly fathered two young children during his seven years claiming asylum in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy. Elizabeth Palmer sat down with Stella Moris, Assange's fiancee, who started out as one of his lawyers.
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Riverside's Harada House named one of nation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Harada House in Riverside was named one of the nation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the second bit of good news this month, after the restoration effort earned a $500,000 grant from the president's Save America's Treasures Act.
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Review: 'The Comey Rule' should be staggering. But its drama pales next to the 2020 election
Showtime's "The Comey Rule," about former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump, can't keep pace with the state of crisis we've become used to.
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United Airlines to offer Covid-19 testing for some passengers
United will offer Covid-19 testing for Hawaii-bound passengers beginning October 15 out of San Francisco, in a pilot testing program that the airline hopes to extend to other destinations.
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Opinion: Mt. Wilson Observatory didn't burn this time. It will one day
The San Gabriel Mountains are littered with ruins of past attempts to build permanent structures in a stubbornly inhospitable landscape.
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