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Volunteers spend months rehabbing house for homeless vet
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New initiatives help reduce crime in West Memphis
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Grandmother is 5x world arm wrestling champ
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Artists paint tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant
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Customers step up after mistake at pottery shop
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Doug Collins announces candidacy for U.S. Senate
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UConn Women's team honors Kobe Bryant
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Homeowners protest move to restrict HOA's powers
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Parents concerned over lead, asbestos in schools
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Woman escapes alleged Davidson County kidnapper
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Italian man denied Swiss citizenship for not knowing bears and wolves shared enclosure at zoo: reports
An Italian man was denied Swiss citizenship because he failed to correctly answer a question about zoo animals -- a decision a federal court in Switzerland has ruled unfair, according to reports.
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Edmunds auto research site to lay off 122 employees at Santa Monica office
Edmunds is laying off about a quarter of its workforce as part of an effort to create more financial stability, a spokeswoman said.
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Jordan Fisher is always playing teens, and he doesn’t mind
Jordan Fisher seems to be in a state of extended adolescence. For the past 15 years, he’s played key roles in such quintessentially high-school projects as Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and Fox’s “Grease Live!” “I’m grown,” the 25-year-old assures The Post. “I just look 17 when I shave...
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Indonesia province hires female floggers to whip women who violate Sharia law
A female flogging unit has been introduced in Indonesia’s Aceh province to dole out public whippings against women found violating the region’s Sharia law. One of eight new female Sharia officers delivered her first punishment to an unmarried woman who was found in a hotel room with a man who was not family, AFP reported...
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Jared Kushner: A pivotal moment in the Middle East
President Donald Trump's senior adviser describes the administration's peace plan and says it will offer key benefits to both Israelis and Palestinians.
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House Foreign Affairs chairman reveals he spoke with Bolton about Yovanovitch ouster
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel revealed publicly for the first time on Wednesday that he spoke with former national security adviser John Bolton in September about the ouster of former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
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Trump Lawyer Alan Dershowitz Compares Lincoln Demanding Civil War Troops be Released to Vote For Him to Ukraine Quid Pro Quo
"You know, you have to go back in history," Dershowitz said on The View. "Impeachment doesn't change since the time of the Constitution."
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Man’s awful headaches caused by 10-year-old tapeworm in his brain
He’s got worms on his mind. Doctors were stunned to discover that a Texas man’s persistent, vomit-inducing headaches were caused by tapeworms that had lived in his brain for 10 years. The patient had picked up his parasitic passenger from undercooked pork in Mexico. For months, the Austin man, identified only as Gerardo, had suffered...
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Thieves attempt to rob armored vehicle by setting up barrier of burning cars
In a bid to rob an armored vehicle, a gang of thieves set up barriers of burning vehicles and spilled nails on a highway near Milan but were foiled when the driver evaded their traps.
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Harvey Weinstein allegedly masturbated in front of waitress at Cipriani Upstairs
"I noticed that his shirt started moving ... and I realized he was masturbating under his shirt," Tarale Wulff said in court.
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Super Bowl commercials 2020: Watch the leaked ads
Some advertisers, such as Facebook and Hyundai, are releasing ads and teasers early to spark interest.
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Companies are betting big on these Super Bowl ads
As the Super Bowl teams get ready to face off on Sunday, brands are going head-to-head to have the most memorable ad – at a cost of up to $5.6 million per half-minute.
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Everything you need to know if you're traveling through Miami International Airport
Here's what you need to know about flying through Miami International Airport, including where to eat, shower and let your dog do its business.        
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Florida day care worker fired after writing message on child's stomach
A Florida day care worker has been fired after a mother discovered a message asking for more diapers written in marker on her son's chest and stomach.
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Woman Accused of Slapping 3 Jewish Women in New York City Charged With Federal Hate Crimes. Her Case Raises Questions for New York’s Bail Reform Laws
Jewish groups allege they are being used as 'political pawns' in NY's bail reform fight
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Check out these Super Bowl LIV commercials
Check out some of the Super Bowl LIV commercials and teasers.
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The Retrograde Shame of The Biggest Loser
When The Biggest Loser debuted on NBC in 2004, George W. Bush was about to be elected to a second term, The Apprentice was a brand-new hit, and Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were fronting one of TV’s most popular reality shows. Amid all this nebulous cultural toxicity of moguls and heiresses, a series in which contestants were isolated from their families, weighed shirtless on national television, forced to exercise for as many as eight hours each day, and taunted with challenges involving cinnamon buns and cupcakes might not have seemed so obviously offensive. Or, maybe the cruelty was just part of the spectacle. At the end of the show’s first season, Ryan Benson was crowned “the Biggest Loser” and awarded the $250,000 cash prize. Over the course of the show, he’d managed to lose 122 pounds, or 37 percent of his body weight. By the finale, Benson told The New York Timesin 2009, he’d fasted and dehydrated his body to the point where he was urinating blood, a probable sign of kidney damage.For 16 more seasons of television, The Biggest Loser spawned a colossally profitable weight-loss brand—with cookbooks and fitness DVDs, tupperware and protein drinks—by insisting that it was helping people. Its most infamous trainers, Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, would cycle between modes of sadism and empathy at whiplash-inducing speed. One minute, they’d hurl F-bombs at stunned contestants in the gym and visibly relish their discomfort (“It’s fun watching other people suffer like that,” Michaels once said on air), the next, they’d coax vulnerable competitors into confessing their darkest secrets. The series, like so many elements of America’s $72 billion-a-year weight-loss industry, positioned itself as a force for change, an empowering cultural product in a country where obesity rates are rising. The point of the show wasn’t winning a game, the trainers would emphasize. It was about contestants fixing what was broken deep down inside—the emotional trauma and personal failings, in other words, that had led the contestants to find comfort in food.The longer The Biggest Loser went on, though, the harder it was to maintain this position. Though participants were reportedly forbidden from talking to reporters without the show’s permission (and were warned about potential fines of up to $1 million if they broke the rules), news began to eke out about what happened behind the scenes. In 2007, the Season-3 contestant Kai Hibbard spoke out about the tactics she used to shed weight before the finale, which included eating only sugar-free Jell-O and asparagus (a diuretic) for days at a time, and sitting in a sauna for prolonged periods to sweat out more water. In 2014, after the Season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson weighed in at an emaciated 105 pounds, a visibly shocked Michaels quit for the third time, with People reporting that she was “deeply concerned” attention wasn’t being paid to the contestants’ health. In 2016, Biggest Loser alums told The New York Post that they were given diet pills on the show, sparking an internal NBC investigation. (Producers, doctors, and trainers on the series denied all allegations.) Most damning of all was a wide-ranging National Institutes of Health study published the same year, which revealed that not only had the majority of former contestants regained the weight they’d lost, but their extreme dieting had also permanently damaged their metabolisms.[Read: Can television destroy diet culture?]Even after so much scrutiny, The Biggest Loser wasn’t officially cancelled by NBC in 2016. It just never came back. And, in the four years it was off the air, a lot changed. Weight Watchers pivoted to wellness, supposedly rebranding itself away from the hard focus of numbers on a scale and toward more general encouragement of health and wellbeing. Consumers became more skeptical of diet culture, and more cognizant of the societal factors that lead to obesity. TV also adjusted to the times. Dietland and Shrill premiered, deftly dissecting fatphobia and the self-hatred that products like The Biggest Loser subliminally encourage. As if to illustrate how anachronistic the NBC show seems now, Michaels—whose unfiltered, unflinching style was historically a big part of her appeal—was broadly denounced for fat shaming this month after making comments about Lizzo’s weight on a BuzzFeed show.And yet, despite everything, The Biggest Loser has shuffled, zombie-like, back to primetime, with a new season debuting this week. USA Network, the sister network to NBC where the show has found a new home, announced last year that in its new incarnation the series was going to offer a “holistic, 360-degree look at wellness.” In a panel at the Television Critics’ Association conference in January, Harper (now serving as the show’s host) and two new trainers insisted that this time around, things would be different—that the focus would be on health rather than weight. Which is both a funny comment about a series whose final 20 minutes still revolve around mass weigh-ins optimized for peak drama in a TV studio, and, it turns out, completely untrue.A striking thing about The Biggest Loser—then and now—is how many of its ugliest, most misguided moments have actually made it to air. Over the years, the show has featured Frederickson’s gaunt, victorious grin as a hologram of her heavier self looked on disapprovingly; an entire temptation-themed season that bribed contestants with cash and fast food; and the revelation that trainers gave their teams caffeine pills for extra energy. At the beginning of Season 8, competitors were immediately given a challenge: to run a mile. During the ensuing footrace, two collapsed and were hospitalized. “If we had to do over, we wouldn’t do it,” the show’s medical consultant, Dr. Rob Huizenga, told The New York Times a few months later. But in the first episode of the new USA season, the show’s 12 contestants are similarly asked to run a mile, and are told by their trainers that it’s a way to “establish your personal baseline of fitness.” The winning team gets a six-pound advantage at the final weigh-in, enough to decide which side has to send someone home.Some things have changed in the newer iteration of the show, most of them aesthetic. After the weigh-in, contestants are no longer taken to a room containing fridges bearing their names, filled with their favorite junk foods. At least from the first three episodes made available for review, they no longer have to vote to eliminate team members by writing their names on slips of paper that they hide inside silver platters. There are no more challenges compelling competitors to “earn” certain team advantages (letters from home, pounds deducted at weigh-in) by eating junk food. Very little attention is paid to food at all; this is odd, given how much of the fanfare surrounding the new season was about its attention to all aspects of getting healthy, not least nutrition. (Countless studies have shown that when it comes to weight loss, diet is a far more crucial factor than exercise.)The show fetishizes workout culture as much as it ever has. The two new trainers, Steve Cook and Erica Lugo, are slightly gentler than Harper and Michaels in their prime, but both seem entirely committed to the Biggest Loser premise that obesity is just a form of mental weakness and treadmills are the cure. Contestants go straight into interval training, which leaves them crying, hyperventilating, and vomiting repeatedly into color-coded buckets. When Kat, a 23-year-old cardiac nurse, tells Erica that she feels lightheaded, Erica tells her to keep pushing. When Steve notices all the people throwing up on the other side of the gym, he tells his team, “[Erica’s] got people puking, you guys aren’t working hard enough.” The show, more than ever, sees its competitors as walking health crises who need to be thoroughly broken before they can be saved.[Read: ‘Dietland’ envisions a world of female revenge]The message this kind of attitude conveys is one of shame. Not only is stigma detrimental to weight loss, it also affects the way viewers at home see the world. (A 2012 study found that watching weight-loss reality shows left subjects with “significantly higher levels of dislike of overweight individuals.”) The Biggest Loser claims to want to change these kinds of attitudes, but its empowerment talk communicates much less than the deliberately punishing workout interludes. And its “therapy” sessions are led by trainers, an absurd conflation of physical and mental health.Despite all this, the show can be useful, if only because it’s illustrative of how fundamentally broken American attitudes toward health can be. Weight loss culture in the U.S. is defined by excess rather than moderation: working out so hard that you physically purge yourself of food and water, treating pain as an affirmation instead of a warning, following diets that eliminate entire food groups instead of encouraging balance. In one scene in the third episode, Steve and Erica briefly gather the contestants to give them diet advice, which includes bringing your own mustard to gatherings so that you don’t slip and accidentally ingest a tablespoon of ketchup. These aren’t wellness tips for a well-rounded life. They’re expressions of such obsession that humble condiments can threaten to derail a whole week of workouts.Shortly before the new series debuted, the former contestant Kai Hibbard wrote a blog post for the National Eating Disorders Association about her dismay that The Biggest Loser was returning. When she first signed up for the show, she wrote, “I had no idea what to expect ... I just bought into the idea that to be healthy or happy I needed to be smaller. Instead, I became unhealthier, developed disordered eating, and hated my body more than I ever had. Not only did I very publicly display my disordered eating and exercise habits, I was quite literally celebrated for them.” For all the rebooted show’s proclamations that it’s about health, not thinness, it’s still a television series that rewards people who lose unhealthy amounts of weight, and scolds them if they “only” shed four or five pounds. The Biggest Loser hasn’t changed. Shame is its overtaxed heart, self-hatred its rigid core. TV viewers, at this point, should know better than to buy into anything such a series has to say.
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UNICEF sends six tonnes of masks, suits to China to help fight coronavirus
“This coronavirus is spreading at a breakneck speed and it is important to put all the necessary resources into halting it,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
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UFC stars Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman nearly come to blows at Super Bowl LIV radio row
UFC stars Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman appeared to get into a heated confrontation in Miami at Super Bowl radio row Wednesday and the two had to be separated.
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Rumored 'The Thing' Remake Based On 'Frozen Hell': A Lost Manuscript May Change Horror History
A version of the landmark science fiction novella 'Who Goes There?' buried in a Harvard archive for almost sixty years could result in a very different movie from previous adaptations, such as John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic, 'The Thing.'
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Global stocks gain on solid results, but virus keeps safe-havens alive
Global equity markets edged higher on Wednesday on strong results from Apple and others but concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China kept a safe-haven bid in gold and the dollar alive.
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Jim Jordan: Trump has been the focus of politically-motivated investigations since 2016
As the Senate impeachment trial heats up, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News Wednesday that the FBI's use of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) showed that President Trump was the focus of politically motivated investigations since before the 2016 election.
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Sylvester Stallone, 73, is a silver fox after ditching hair dye
Stallone is embracing his natural self.
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More than 300 firefighters respond to 'suspicious' blaze at 25-story Los Angeles apartment building
More than 300 firefighters responded to a blaze in a 25-story Los Angeles residential building Wednesday morning, as dramatic video showed residents, some in bathrobes, on the roof and even one person scaling the side of building amid flames and clouds of smoke.
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As coronavirus spreads, so does online misinformation
False claims about how the coronavirus began, the number of people infected and promises of magical cures are spreading on the internet.
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Coronavirus outbreak: Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter scramble to contain misinformation
Hoaxes about the coronavirus are spreading as fast, if not faster, than the actual virus on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and the social media platforms are scrambling to contain the global outbreak.      
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Barbra Streisand’s face is this season’s hottest fashion statement
From Jennifer Lopez to Selma Blair, everyone wants to honor the "Funny Girl."
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Rihanna reportedly dating A$AP Rocky after breakup from Hassan Jameel
She dated Jameel for three years.
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Vulnerable House Democrats fend for themselves in air war
Two of the most endangered freshmen are spending valuable resources to run early TV ads after a sustained GOP offensive over impeachment.
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World indoor track and field championships postponed to 2021 because of coronavirus outbreak
World Athletics, the international governing body for track and field, has postponed its 2020 indoor championships in China because of coronavirus.        
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Top Democrat: Bolton urged me to look into Trump’s ouster of Yovanovitch
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) on January 28, 2020. | Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel said Bolton “strongly implied” something improper had occurred. A top Democratic Congress member just added another wrinkle to the ongoing Senate debate over whether to allow witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. And one witness in particular: former National Security Adviser John Bolton. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY) made a stunning disclosure on Wednesday: “President Trump is wrong that John Bolton didn’t say anything about the Trump-Ukraine Scandal at the time the President fired him. He said something to me.” According to Engel, during a private phone conversation in late September, shortly after Bolton was fired, Bolton told him — “unprompted” — that the House Foreign Affairs Committee should look into the ouster of US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. “He strongly implied that something improper had occurred around her removal as our top diplomat in Kyiv,” Engel said in his statement. At that point, the House had already begun its inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which encompassed the right-wing smear campaign against Yovanovitch. Engel was responding Wednesday to a Trump tweet in which the president questioned Bolton’s assertions in his forthcoming book that Trump told him directly that he had held up aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations into the Bidens. “Why didn’t John Bolton complain about this ‘nonsense’ a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated. He said, not that it matters, NOTHING!” Trump tweeted. Engel said he’d declined to make public his conversation with Bolton at the time, but he did share details with his House counterparts leading the investigation into the Ukraine scandal. “It was one of the reasons we wished to hear from Ambassador Bolton, under oath, in a formal setting,” Engel said. Bolton does seem to know a lot about this Ukraine affair By now it’s clear that John Bolton has a lot to say relating to the Ukraine scandal, which is why the Senate is torn over whether to summon him as a witness in the impeachment trial. The New York Times on Sunday reported on parts of an unpublished draft of Bolton’s forthcoming book about his time in the White House, based on descriptions from multiple people familiar with the contents of the manuscript. According to the Times, Bolton writes in his book that Trump told him directly that he was holding up millions in aid to Ukraine until officials agreed to investigate the Bidens. This revelation renewed the push to call the former national security adviser to testify in the impeachment trial, something senators will vote on this week. The Yovanovitch saga is a bit of a sidebar to the larger impeachment case that Trump abused his power by withholding security assistance and a White House meeting in exchange for Ukraine’s promise to investigate his Democratic political rivals. Those events occurred after Yovanovitch left Ukraine, as she was recalled by the Trump administration in April 2019. A career foreign service official, Yovanovitch had been the ambassador to Ukraine since August 2016 and was seen as a strong anti-corruption advocate. But she came under pressure from Trump’s allies, specifically former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who allegedly saw her as an obstacle in getting Ukrainian officials to open investigations into the Bidens, as she objected to their attempts to work outside the proper channels. The ambassador ultimately fell victim to a nasty smear campaign, which falsely accused her of, among other things, blocking Trump’s Ukraine policy and furnishing a “do not prosecute” list to Ukrainian prosecutors. These fabrications were disseminated widely in right-wing circles, and they culminated in her abrupt departure from Kyiv in April. Trump also referenced Yovanovitch on the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, calling her “bad news.” And just last week, a recording from 2018 leaked on which Lev Parnas, Giuliani’s now-indicted former fixer, can purportedly be heard encouraging Trump to fire Yovanovitch. “Get rid of her! ... Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it,” Trump responds on the recording. (Parnas also provided documents to House investigators that include disturbing messages alluding to the possibility that Yovanovitch was under surveillance.) House managers have tried to frame Yovanovitch as collateral in Trump’s scheme to advance his personal interests in Ukraine. But Engel’s revelation — and Bolton’s apparent concern that something sketchy had gone down — might strengthen the case to wary senators that they have no choice but to agree to hear from witnesses, Bolton chief among them. Or maybe not.
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Alan Dershowitz argues presidential quid pro quos aimed at reelection are not impeachable
A member of President Donald Trump's legal team argued on the Senate floor Wednesday that a politician trying to win reelection is acting in the national interest, and therefore a quid pro quo aimed at boosting reelection chances cannot be impeachable.
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Tarantula Nebula stuns in new view from the Spitzer Space Telescope
NASA has released an incredible high-resolution image of the distant Tarantula Nebula captured by the soon-to-be-retired Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Migrants In Mexico Face Crackdown, But Officials Say They're Being 'Rescued'
Much of Mexico's official language regarding migration remains euphemistic, critics say, even as migration policies have grown harsher. More than 2,000 Central Americans have been deported this month.
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WHO to reconsider declaring global emergency as China virus evacuations begin
Foreign governments flew their citizens out of the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, as the number of deaths jumped to 133 and the World Health Organization voiced "grave concern" about person-to-person spread in three other countries.
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Trump's Mideast plan: What's in it?
U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed a "two-state" solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but with strict conditions that Palestinians have rejected out of hand.
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See all the Super Bowl commercials that have been released so far
For some, the Super Bowl is not about the game: it's about the commercials. See all the ads that have been released already for the NFL's big game.       
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Beyonce’s Adidas collab compared to Popeyes’ uniforms, fast food chain responds with own fashion line
Popbeys?
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