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Why I’m Refusing to Settle With NFL Star Deshaun Watson
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyOn Aug. 18, the NFL and the Cleveland Browns agreed to suspend quarterback Deshaun Watson for 11 games and fine him $5 million after 24 women accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions (he signed a $230 million contract with the Browns this offsesason). All of his accusers agreed to financial settlements with Watson. Except one.My name is Lauren Baxley. I am a former massage therapist, having quit the only career I have known in May of this year.I was forced into quitting for the sake of my health and life; I have not felt safe providing therapy since before June of 2020.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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A Teenager’s Nightmare Stay in Greg Abbott’s Prison for Kids
Photo Illustration by Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast/GettyIf you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. You can also call or text 988.Before D was incarcerated in the state juvenile detention system, her mother recalled that the 12-year-old loved to hang out with her huge extended family in Waco, Texas. When she was feeling good, that might mean playing basketball. At school, even though she hated to read, she excelled at math.“I guess she likes to count,” her mother, Tiffanie Ware, told The Daily Beast with a chuckle. “Especially if it got anything to do with money. She gon’ count that money.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Harry and Meghan ‘Risking Wrath of Queen’ With Quasi-Royal U.K. Tour
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyRoyalist is The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday.Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced earlier this week that they are going to visit the U.K. next month to carry out a series of charitable engagements, observers of the great soap opera of the British monarchy have been trying to make sense of what exactly the surprise move means.While disinterested observers might see absolutely nothing to possibly object to at the couple dropping in on Blighty to support causes which they have said are “close to their hearts” on their way to and from the Invictus Games, insiders are grumbling that Harry and Meghan are apparently positioning themselves as quasi-royals by undertaking charitable engagements in the style of the institution.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Rudy Giuliani’s Legal Defense Fund Is Back With a New Twist
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyAs former President Donald Trump takes millions of dollars out of his donors’ pockets and puts it toward his legal defense, Trump’s former top personal attorney is, once again, hat in hand for his own lawyers—and borrowing an old trick from Roger Stone.A campaign finance receipt filed recently has quietly revealed that Rudy Giuliani’s legal defense fund, all but left for dead a year ago, has life in it yet.And Giuliani, who is defending himself with multiple lawyers on numerous fronts—from a foreign lobbying probe, civil election suits, and a grand jury investigation into whether Trump interfered in Georgia’s elections—might be able to use the help.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Dr. Oz and John Fetterman: Two Rich Phonies Playing Populism
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAt a time when it feels like democracy is on the line, one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races is shaping up to be an identity politics battle to see which rich guy can out-populist the other.I’m talking about Pennsylvania, where Dr. Mehmet Oz’s attempt to pander by talking about how expensive groceries have gotten (he blames President Joe Biden) badly backfired. First, he called the grocery store “Wegner’s,” which seems to be some mangled combination of Wegmans and Redner’s. Second, he referred to crudités, which, as Fetterman pointed out, is typically called a veggie tray in PA.To make matters worse, The Daily Beast reported this week that Oz owns 10 properties, including a mansion in New Jersey and two houses in Turkey.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Demi Lovato’s ‘HOLY FVCK’ Is a Surprisingly Vulnerable Invite to the Mosh Pit
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Getty/Brandon BowenEvery time I listen to “Skin of My Teeth,” the lead single from Demi Lovato’s eighth studio album HOLY FVCK, I can’t help but be reminded of a tweet I saw on the day of its release in June. “Don’t buy ‘Celebrity Skin’ from SHEIN,” someone said in the now-deleted tweet, referring to the fast fashion retailer known for cheap knockoffs of designer brands and synthetic clothing that can only be worn once before falling apart.That person was comparing Lovato’s head-banging new single to the band Hole’s most famous song, a major touchstone of 1990s post-grunge alt-rock, positing that Lovato’s is a poor imitation of what Courtney Love did 24 years ago. And the thing is, the two songs do have more in common than just one word of their titles. Both open with an almost identical guitar chord before pausing to let their singer’s vocal in; both are ruminations on the nature of celebrity (and Love and Lovato’s places in it); and both clock in almost the exact same time (Lovato’s song is a mere one second longer).Given their similarities, “Skin of My Teeth” should be looked at as both an intentional homage to Love and as an amuse-bouche for the rest of Lovato’s album, which arrived on Friday. The striking resemblance between the two songs is ultimately what makes Lovato’s take on this sound a compelling introduction to their current musical sensibilities. There’s a familiarity to this style, making HOLY FVCK an artistic left turn, but one that’s still super-accessible.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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When Bill Maher Made a Bonkers Sexy Cannibal Movie
FilmRiseFour years before he convinced a generation of comics they were sharp-witted political pundits on Politically Incorrect, and over a decade prior to his current gig railing against “woke” college kids and Islam via Real Time, Bill Maher was a rising stand-up comic who popped up in bit parts on TV shows like Murder, She Wrote and B-movies. One of those films was Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death.Released in 1989, it marked the feature directorial debut of J.F. Lawton (under the pseudonym J.D. Athens), who would go on to write Pretty Woman and Under Siege. When the Piranha tribe of cannibal women—who cook and eat men—begin disrupting the avocado supply, the U.S. government tasks feminist-studies professor Margo Hunt (Shannon Tweed) to venture into the Avocado Jungle to try and stop them. She’s joined in her quest by Jim (Maher), a dim-witted chauvinist modeled after Michael Douglas’ Jack in Romancing the Stone, and Bunny (Karen Mistal), a spaced-out undergrad. A demented parody of Apocalypse Now and send-up of second-wave feminism, the movie, which was filmed in two weeks in Riverside, California, has since attracted a cult following.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Liz Cheney Running for President Is Absurd
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyAs the polls closed in Wyoming, the focus over Rep. Liz Cheney became not whether she would win the Republican primary for Wyoming’s sole congressional seat, but by how much she would lose. And that loss was colossal. On this episode of The New Abnormal, hosts Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy discuss whether the left loves Cheney and why she has no chance at becoming president.“I mean, look, she lost her job. She did it to take down Trump. I feel a little bit like her father created this world in which Trump could win a general [election],” Jong-Fast says. “Now she says it’s gone too far. I wish more Republicans had done it, but I'll never vote for her.”Levy agrees, adding that the left is not in love with Cheney and “anyone who says that is being absurd.” Also absurd, he says, is the notion that she will run for president.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Democrats Have Huge Advantages. Focusing on Trump Isn’t One of Them.
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyIt’s a nightmare scenario. You’re a competitive runner, running a huge race, one of the biggest. Against all odds, you pass your chief rival, and never look back. There’s nothing standing between you and the finish line.But as the crowd roars and victory appears in sight, you trip on the very last hurdle and fall, forced to watch your rival coast to a victory you handed them.Sure, it could all be a bad dream. But it can also be real, just as something very similar happened to a U.S. runner a few years ago.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Inside DeSantis 'Anti-Woke' Law Partially Blocked by Judge
Judge Mark Walker said the so-called "Stop WOKE Act" was "upside down" when it came to the First Amendment.
Owners Buy Kitten for Their Rescue Cat As She Lost Hers in Touching Video
Lulu appeared to take in kitten Peggy as one of her own, in a video that has been seen by over 34 million people.
Track star Dina Asher-Smith calls for more research into how periods affect performance
"It's something more people need to research from a sports science perspective, because it's absolutely huge.
Watch Boy's Adorable Reaction to Being Caught Sleeping by His Crush
"This is so freakin' cute," said one commenter about the video which has been viewed millions of times on TikTok.
Multiple fatalities are reported after 2 small planes in California
The planes crashed at Watsonville Municipal Airport, which does not have a control tower to direct aircraft landing and taking off.
Britain Needs a Better Booster Strategy for Covid
The UK’s successful vaccine rollout is giving way to a scattershot approach.
Bear Shot Nine Times After Breaking Into Colorado Home and Charging Owner
Ken Mauldin grabbed his handgun after being woken up by his wife screaming that there was a bear in the house.
Wisconsin public school district affirms ban on teachers displaying Pride materials or identifying their pronouns in emails
A ban on teachers displaying Pride materials in classrooms or writing their pronouns in email signatures will remain in place in a Wisconsin public school district following a contentious board meeting during which parents and students criticized the policy.
Fact Check: Did Liz Cheney Tell 'Evil Quagmire' Matt Gaetz 'Bring it On'?
Ousted Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney appeared to compare Matt Gaetz to a Family Guy character. Or did she?
These Copenhagen designers are dressing A-list influencers, but you've probably never heard of them
At Copenhagen Fashion Week, some of the hottest emerging designers have already made it into the wardrobes of highly influential celebrities.
Aid Pledges to Ukraine 'Dry Up' as Tracker Shows U.S. Leading Support
The U.S. has committed $25.2 billion in military aid to Ukraine and the U.K. has pledged $4.1 billion, but Germany has only promised $1.2 billion and France $0.2 billion.
California man convicted of 1980s rape-murders of two women
Investigators used genealogy websites to help them solve the cases. Prosecutors called Horace Van Vaultz Jr. a sexually motivated serial killer.
4 tips to upping your dating profile | Under the Covers with Danica Daniel
Here’s how to take your dating app profile to the next level. According to experts at Bumble, it’s all about that first impression. Profiles with three to six photos are 93% more likely to get attention. Also, make sure your first photo is a solo shot — with clothes on — and not a “Where’s...
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Off-duty Chicago police officer charged after video shows him kneeling on teen's back
A Chicago police sergeant was charged Thursday with felony official misconduct and aggravated battery six weeks after video surfaced showing him holding a 14-year-old boy in the prone position with his knee while he was off-duty in Park Ridge, Illinois, according to Park Ridge police.
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Ice cream with dried fish and scotch bonnet chiles? Don't knock it 'til you try it, says Cape Town creamery
At Tapi Tapi, molecular biologist Tapiwa Guzha is creating ice cream flavors like no one else.
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Astronaut, satellites capture beauty of aurora borealis from space
The Northern Lights on Earth were shining brightly from space thanks to a geomagnetic storm.
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How and Why Chinese Firms Are Listing in Europe Now
With the US making it harder for Chinese companies to access its capital markets, some of the firms seeking overseas financing are heading instead to Europe, where they don’t face the same regulatory hurdles. A recently expanded program between China and several European bourses has simplified the process, although issues such as lower liquidity remain. These listings involve something called GDRs, or global depository receipts, similar to the way shares of foreign companies are traded in New Yo
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Yankees rotation not as strong since these two deadline moves
It's been just a couple of weeks, but as of now, the Yankees' starting rotation is weaker since the Aug. 2 major league trade deadline passed.
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Strikes over pay bring London's transport network to a halt
London's transport network ground to a halt on Friday as train and bus workers held strikes over pay and conditions, the latest in a summer of labor market disputes as double-digit inflation eats into wages.
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Sharper Israeli-Palestinian Strife Is Sign of Worse to Come
The latest fighting in the Gaza Strip signals that a dismal status quo promises more radicalization and mayhem.
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Chinese city swabs freshly caught seafood for Covid-19
The Chinese coastal city of Xiamen is testing freshly caught fish, crabs and even shrimp for Covid-19 as it goes all out to contain a spiraling outbreak -- a policy drawing ridicule online and criticism from experts who say it's a "waste of resources."
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Caught on camera: Bull goes on rampage inside shop
A bull on the way to slaughter somehow escaped his transport and went wild in a shop, causing one person to be injured. CNN's John Vause reports.
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‘House of the Dragon’ Is a Dull ‘Game of Thrones’ Do-Over
HBOSuperfluousness, thy name is House of the Dragon, a hybrid of HBO's two most recent mega-hits—Game of Thrones and Succession—that serves as a prequel to the former that no one really asked for, and even fewer will feel is necessary.Based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire & Blood, the cable giant’s highly anticipated follow-up, set two centuries before the events of its prior fantasy epic, turns out to be a remix of everything that defined that beloved triumph, from various houses and court players scheming to solidify their power and position, to humdrum bouts of ultraviolence and gratuitous nudity, to routine and joyless royal incest. Supplying a familiar brand of conniving, carnage and tangled drama, Martin and Ryan J. Condal’s show is a big-budget affair that’s been designed to please the franchise faithful. What's missing, unfortunately, is anything remotely novel, causing it to flirt perilously with pointlessness. As with its predecessor, House of the Dragon (August 21) should come with a glossary, so chockablock is it with names of people, places, beasts, and conflicts. For all its complications, however, it’s a decidedly conventional affair whose first five episodes function as prologue for its forthcoming saga. The early focus is on platinum blonde paterfamilias King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine), who assumes the throne instead of his cousin Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best) and, in the ninth year of his reign—a good 172 years before the Mad King will perish and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen will be born—is desperate for a male heir. He’s convinced that his pregnant wife’s latest child will be the boy he seeks, which is just fine by his daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), whose time is mainly spent in the company of her best friend Lady Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), the trusted Hand of the King. When things don’t go as planned for Viserys, King’s Landing is thrown into disarray, and a brewing war for the Iron Throne—waged not on battlefields but in council chambers, bedrooms, and shadowy corridors—comes into clear view.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Watch Bolsonaro go after heckler's cell phone
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro got physical with a YouTuber who heckled him in the nation's capital Brasilia, as seen in video from Brazilian news station Globo. CNN's Kim Brunhuber reports.
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Few signs of progress in high-level Ukraine talks
Few signs of progress were reported as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres met with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy in a high-powered bid to ratchet down the war with Russia. (Aug. 19)      
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‘House of the Dragon’ review: Brutal, creepy ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel could set viewers on fire
While the spinoff is hardly a masterpiece, it is an addictively watchable series full of juicy drama, palace intrigue and crowd-pleasing "GoT" nostalgia.
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Georgia man suspected of raping women while posing as a priest: police
Georgia police say that Marco Aries Johnson is suspected of rape and allegedly pretends to be a youth pastor before sexual assaulting women in Dunwoody.
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HBO's first 'Game of Thrones' spinoff recaptures the power, grandeur of the original
"House of the Dragon" will delight fans with a new, engrossing chapter in the saga — one that matches and at times improves on its predecessor.
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House of the Dragon Is, Against All Odds, Pretty Decent
Although there’s plenty of sex, blood, and dragon riding to overwhelm the senses, the prequel is, at its core, a family drama
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‘House of the Dragon’ Review: The ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-off is Better Than the Original
You might feel burned by Game of Thrones, but House of the Dragon is worth a return to Westeros.
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Surprise! Netflix Just Added a ‘Sandman’ Two-Part Bonus Episodes
Wake up and turn on Netflix! There’s a brand new two-part bonus episode of The Sandman now streaming! According to Netflix, this is “a surprise drop for fans who have been long-awaiting additional stories from The Sandman universe.” The two-part bonus episode adapts two issues that were printed in The Sandman: Dream Country. There’s an...
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Review: Sorry, but HBO's 'House of the Dragon' can't touch 'Game of Thrones' greatness
As much as fans and HBO want "House of the Dragon" to be the next "Game of Thrones," it is a pale imitator of its parent show.       
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What Happened to Leni on Netflix's 'Echoes'?
Netflix's new drama "Echoes" has fans wondering what happened to the character of Leni. Leni is played by Michelle Monaghan, as is her twin sister Gina.
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'Making the Cut' Store: Where and How to Buy the Winning Looks
Once again 'Making the Cut' fans have the opportunity to buy the winning looks from the Heidi Klum– and Tim Gunn–hosted series.
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Dear Abby: How do I kick my entitled sister-in-law out of my house
Dear Abby dishes out advice on how to gracefully end a friendship and what to do if your vacation guests are wearing out their welcome.
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'Spanish Stonehenge' emerges from drought-hit dam
Officially known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal but dubbed the Spanish Stonehenge, the circle of dozens of megalithic stones is believed to date back to 5000 BC.
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Indiana widow and her lover charged with murder in death of firefighter husband
The widow of an Evansville firefighter has been charged with the murder of her husband, along with her lover.
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‘The Godfather’ Insight on What’s Driving Markets
It’s hard to read the events of the last few months any other way — it was the oil price all along.
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Miranda Maverick says Shanna Young hospitalized, UFC 278 fight canceled
Just hours before UFC 278 weigh-ins, Saturday's card has lost a fight.      Related StoriesVideo: Kamaru Usman, Leon Edwards bicker about style, cars and 'envy' before UFC 278 rematch - EnclosureGilbert Burns: Jorge Masvidal has verbally agreed to fight, UFC determining dateGilbert Burns: Jorge Masvidal has verbally agreed to fight, UFC determining date - Enclosure 
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