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Joe Biden says his campaign has raised nearly $20M

Former Vice President Joe Biden said at a Manhattan fundraiser on Monday that his campaign has raised nearly $20 million — mostly from small donors. Biden made the statement during a fundraiser at the Upper East Side home of Jim Chanos, an investment manager who is the president of Kynikos Associates. At the end of...
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Diddy’s son King injured in Tesla vs. Ferrari collision in Beverly HiIls
Rapper Sean “Diddy” Comb’s son was injured early Wednesday after a Tesla collided with his red Ferrari a little after midnight in Beverly Hills, according to media reports. The Tesla, barreling down Sunset Blvd., lost control and smashed into the left side of King Comb’s rear bumper, ripping off part of it, and causing the...
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New York coronavirus policy is harming disabled youth, parents say
Christopher Heisel of Long Island, N.Y., was once able to take 30 steps with help from his gait trainer. The child, who suffers from cerebral palsy, could sit up on his own and feed himself. Due to the closure of in-person therapies amid the coronavirus pandemic, however, Christopher, 10, can no longer bear any weight...
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Jared Goff on quarantine weight gain: Cheeseburgers or muscle
Jared Goff is opening up about his quarantine transformation. During a conference call this week, the 25-year-old quarterback — entering his fifth season with the Los Angeles Rams — quipped about his lifestyle during the pandemic, noting his weight gain could be attributed to two different factors. “I may have put on a couple of...
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A Lifelong Republican Teacher Turns on Trump
“When the virus hit and people were actually dying and Trump was doing nothing, I thought, ‘I cannot stay in this party anymore.’ ”
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Oprah sends 500 CEOs and leaders copies of 'Caste,' which compares America's racial hierarchy to India and Nazi Germany
The title, which compares racism in America to India and Nazi Germany, is the latest Oprah's Book Club pick.
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Minneapolis mayor wants mentors for new officers
In an interview with The Associated Press as part of its AP Newsmakers series, Frey says the city wants to make sure that the training new officers get isn't undermined once they go into the field. (Aug. 5)       
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Police dog finds missing mom and baby on first day
Max's human handler said the dog was "invaluable" in finding the mom and 1-year-old, who were missing for two days.
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Mortality, mass psychosis, and how we live today
Kate Lyn Sheil in She Dies Tomorrow. | Courtesy of Neon Two new films — She Dies Tomorrow and Strasbourg 1518 — cut through our fantasies about life and loneliness. The question has the ring of one posed by a street-corner preacher: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, how would you spend today? Answers, presumably, will vary. You might visit your family, or break off a relationship, or go careening down the highway at top speed on your motorcycle. You might get incredibly drunk, or go to church, or hug your child. It’s just a thought experiment, but it’s a revealing one. Wait, back up — is it a thought experiment? None of us know for sure that we’ll die tomorrow, but we also don’t know that we won’t. Calamity waits around every corner. Freak accidents and aneurysms occur. The scariest obituaries are those memorializing people who didn’t know death was imminent, but it came for them anyhow. Many of us live our lives sustained by a wholly unsupportable illusion we rarely confront: Death is out in the distance somewhere, not nearby. But that fantasy is upended if you receive a terminal diagnosis, or if you live with severe chronic illness. It dissipates as you get older. It pauses, curiously, when someone close to you dies — at least for a time — but tends to return if and when you manage to bat away the looming specter of your own end. And, of course, it changes dramatically when an invisible virus threatens the normal balance of life and the world turns upside down. Courtesy of Neon Kate Lyn Sheil in She Dies Tomorrow. We shine lights of distraction to keep the shadows of our own mortality at bay, but some events cast a broader pall. Amy Seimetz’s new movie She Dies Tomorrow imagines the premonition of death as not only something we occasionally experience but also a virus of its own, spreading from person to person, similar to an infection or a mania. But it’s the kind of mania that appears, under some lights, like sanity. Kate Lyn Sheil plays Amy, a recovering alcoholic who becomes convinced her death will happen the next day. She’s not suicidal; she just knows her death is coming. Devastated and alone in the house she just bought, she cracks open a bottle of wine, browses cremation urns online, and listens to Mozart’s Requiem on repeat. We don’t really know, at first, why she’s slipped into this state — and even when we eventually find out, the explanation just adds more mystery. When Amy tells her friend Jane (played by Jane Adams) about her impending demise, Jane initially worries for her. But all of a sudden, she becomes certain that she, too, will die tomorrow. And then Jane attends her sister-in-law’s birthday party, with her new foreboding hanging around her almost visibly, and it’s highly contagious. She Dies Tomorrow is designed to infect you, too, at least a little — colored lights, unidentifiable soundscapes, a heavy pace, and the never-ending strains of the Requiem (traditionally a mass for the dead) cast a spell of existential dread. It’s catching. Humanity is “the only creature that pretends to be what it’s not,” Jane reminds the birthday party guests. And She Dies Tomorrow challenges both what we pretend to be and what we really are by forcing us to remember that we’re real, living in bodies that won’t last forever. I happened to see She Dies Tomorrow on the same day I watched Strasbourg 1518, a 10-minute film directed by Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin) that was shot entirely in isolation during this spring’s coronavirus quarantine and then distributed online. Dancers across Europe gyrate and spin alone in empty rooms to an intoxicating new composition by musician Mica Levi. A voice intones throughout: “How are you, from 10 to one? Ten to two?” and “Every morning, when I wake up, for 10 seconds I am free.” It’s a bit of performance art that captures the frustrations of being a physical body trapped by a pandemic, but in the way only artists of the 21st century could pull off. Courtesy of A24 An image from Strasbourg 1518. Strasbourg 1518 was so haunting that I felt compelled to rewatch it immediately, and then I had to look up the title. The results made it more disturbing and magnetic. In 1518, a mysterious “dancing plague” — that is, an epidemic of dancing — broke out in Germany. The details vary from account to account, but essentially, one woman began dancing alone in a Strasbourg street in July. Within a week, more had joined her. For the participants, the urge to dance was uncontrollable and contagious. Local doctors said the culprit was “hot blood,” and prescribed more dancing as the cure. By August, according to some reports, more than 400 people were dancing frantically and uncontrollably in the streets of Strasbourg, some of them collapsing and even dying. The dancing didn’t end until September, when, depending on who you read, either priests or doctors intervened. The Strasbourg incident wasn’t the only European “dancing mania” of the Middle Ages, though it was apparently the biggest. Technically nobody knows why the manias happened, with some experts speculating that the urge to dance could have been caused by ingesting molds or being bitten by a scorpion. But the most common suggestion — and probably the most unnerving one, by today’s standards — is that there was no reason at all, that dancing fevers are simply one type of mass psychogenic illness (MPI). Sometimes called “mass hysteria,” MPIs occur when symptoms of some kind of illness spread among a cohesive group of people as though they’re contagions, but with no underlying virus or bacteria causing it. Researchers have found that the symptoms tend to spread through visual contact, seem to be exacerbated by media coverage, and appear very real to the people who experience them. There are a whole bunch of tricky ethical and historical concerns inherent in how we think about MPIs, not least of which is the long history of women and other marginalized groups being kept in their place by those who, for one reason or another, deem them psychotic. But the kernel of the idea, even interpreted outside the medical framework, has proven to be an intoxicating one for filmmakers. Take, for instance, Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, in which teen girls in a dance troupe start to fall to the ground in shivers and convulsions. There’s no explanation, and our main character Toni (Royalty Hightower), desperate to fit in with the group, starts to experience symptoms as well. For Toni, the fits become her hungry, isolated soul’s unconscious way to feel as if she’s part of something. She Dies Tomorrow, though it was not made for a world in the state ours is in, evokes isolation in its exploration of mortality. And the movie doesn’t provide any definitive answer on whether its characters, in coming to believe they only have one day left, are contracting a psychosis or, perhaps, finally coming to their senses. It clings mostly to the effects of feeling alone while facing existence: Living with loneliness is dark, and difficult, and more life-sapping than thinking you’re going to die. Each character spins out of control not just because they’re convinced they’re going to die tomorrow, but because they feel as if they’re facing that knowledge by themselves. Each realizes anew how much they’ve messed up their own relationships. They’ve severed or strained ties between themselves and others, and now they are definitely not okay. Neon Tunde Adebimpe in She Dies Tomorrow. Strasbourg 1518, in contrast, is a direct product of our moment of isolation and depicts it elliptically. Dancers both caught in and stranded by a plague, alone in their homes, all dance, hearing the same beat and the same voice asking the same questions. How are you, from ten to one? Ten to two? These questions we ask one another in little boxes on our screens or on the phone, and answer with more or less honesty. Every morning, when I wake up, for 10 seconds I am free. The art grasps, harnesses, and redirects the controlled explosion of feeling trapped, the emotional swings that seem irrational but are probably the most rational response of all to a totally enraging situation. The dancers throw themselves against their walls, whip their hair around, things I have wanted to do most every day when I remember I am not, in fact, free. I confess that living through this moment has sometimes felt as if I’m trying to decide which mass psychosis to engage in, or, alternately, trying to figure out if I’m just coming to my senses. People tweeted early on about wondering if they were feeling the symptoms of infection or just anxiety — if that cough or chest tightness was “real” or just an effect of allergies, or the news. All these months later, I’m less worried about tangible symptoms and more about intangible tricks my mind plays on me. Is it foolish to think I am somehow completely protected when I go outside, taking proper precautions, wiping things down, because I “feel safe”? What if I lose patience and choose to live as if nothing is wrong? What if I decide that to protect myself and others would make me weak — isn’t that a delusion? Will seeing other people living one way or another cause me to think I ought to, as well? I lived through April 2020 in New York and listened to all-night, all-day sirens; I know what’s real; I believe in facts; I cover my face and wash my hands and stay out of restaurants. But if anything, those sirens made me — and my neighbors, and people I tweet with all day long — more aware of our mortality. I’m more aware now than I was eight months ago that I, or anyone I love, could die tomorrow. A24 A scene from Strasbourg 1518. That awareness is good. I belong to a religious tradition that, like many others, has yearly rituals designed to remind us that we are made of dust, the same stuff as the rest of the universe. But those reminders have a dark side; I have to balance the doom with living, to look away from the feverish panic and maybe go sit under a tree that’s been there since long before I was born and will probably outlast me by a century. Properly respecting the virus that would like to kill me — no, not even like, a virus has no motivation, replication is just its ontological purpose — without tipping into fantasy is hard. I want to believe I can cheat death with soap and cloth. Or that if I can only feel the same level of sleep-sapping panic as people on my Twitter feed, I might by force of will be able to propel myself out of this timeline. Only one of those actions has any effect on the situation. But nothing you or I do can erase reality. So in the face of our own mortality, we keep dancing in our rooms alone. We try to beat loneliness however we can. We remind each other what matters, who matters. We make things to share our exhaustion and frustration and exhilaration with one another. In the midst of what can feel like solitary madness, we might, if we’re lucky, find the wisdom we usually ignore. She Dies Tomorrow opened on July 31 in select drive-in theaters and will premiere on digital platforms such as Apple TV and Google Play beginning August 7. In the US, Strasbourg 1518 is streaming on its website. The Fits is streaming on the Criterion Channel. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Covid-19 patients may develop skin rashes and discoloration, studies find
Skin rashes on the body and inside the mouth may be clinical signs of Covid-19, according to several case studies released in recent months. Some skin lesions may be signs of blood clotting, another emerging symptom of Covid-19.
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Inequality makes school reopenings less fair
Make no mistake, if there is community transmission in your local area, once schools resume there will be infected children and staff within those school walls.
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Coronavirus vaccine likely won’t be as effective in obese people, experts say
A coronavirus vaccine, once found, likely won’t be as effective in protecting people who are obese, researchers have warned. Other immunizations, such as those for the flu and hepatitis B, have shown to be less successful among obese people — a pattern that experts believe will hold for COVID-19, CNN reported on Wednesday. “Will we...
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Video game TV network VENN launches 24/7 coverage of esports, pop culture and technology
Video games, esports, pop culture and tech will be covered on VENN, the new Video Game Entertainment & News Network.       
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Pennsylvania woman killed after Isaias floodwaters swept her car away
A woman was killed when her car was swept away by floodwaters in Pennsylvania as Tropical Storm Isaias raged, according to a new report. The 44-year-old victim was driving when she passed through high waters on North Main Street in Upper Saucon Township, a suburb of Allentown, Tuesday, the Lehigh County coroner’s office told WFMZ-TV....
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Tourist snaps off toes of 19th century sculpture at Italy museum
A footloose and fancy free tourist in Italy snapped three toes off a 200-year-old sculpture while taking a photo according to reports. The toe woes began on July 31 when the 50-year-old Austrian man jumped up onto the base of the plaster cast model of Paolina Bonaparte to get the perfect shot at the Gipsoteca...
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Craving a Cheetos meal? Mac 'n Cheetos to be available in three flavors starting August 8
Cheetos is launching a new product line of mac and cheese starting August 8.       
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Biden skips Dem's Milwaukee nominating convention
Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual. (Aug. 5)       
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Liz Peek: Primary battles paint a surprising picture of GOP vs. Democrats
Incumbent Democrats everywhere will watch with horror the rise of progressives...
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UConn Huskies Football Season Cancelled Over Coronavirus Risks
The UConn Huskies are the first team in their division to cancel the 2020-21 season over COVID-19 concerns. A school official said the "safety challenges" presented an "unacceptable level of risk."
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White Sox vs. Brewers prediction: Play the Under
Milwaukee was handed a curveball over the weekend when their four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals was postponed, but they will look to get things brewing Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park. The White Sox have overcome some adversity themselves, winning five straight entering Tuesday after a 1-4 start, thanks in...
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This odd flying metal cylinder is a prototype for Elon Musk's Mars rocket
SpaceX launched an experimental rocket prototype on a "hop test" this week during which the giant tank-like vehicle — reminiscent of an old metal grain silo — soared nearly 500 feet above ground before touching down safely on a nearby ground pad.
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Mike Trout displays his dad strength in first at-bat following birth of son
Angels star Mike Trout launched a home run in his first at-bat back from paternity leave and talked about experiencing the birth of son Beckham Aaron.
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'Alien' producer David Giler brings longtime Hollywood Hills home to market
Screenwriter-producer David Giler of 'The Money Pit' and 'Alien' franchise fame has listed his longtime home in the Hollywood Hills for $2.195 million.
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Florida man tells mask-wearing child ‘you now have coronavirus’ after spit lands on face: police
A Florida man is accused of assaulting a child who was wearing a mask at a restaurant Sunday night and saying “you now have coronavirus” after getting close to the child’s face, authorities said.
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'Throw this whole year out of the window': Businesses react to loss of fans for Indy 500
The decision by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to host the Indy 500 without fans is no surprise to business owners and government officials.       
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What Time Will ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Premiere on CBS All Access?
Here's everything you need to know about Star Trek's new animated series.
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‘Driving Miss Daisy’ star Jessica Tandy’s former Manhattan home on the market
A landmarked Murray Hill triplex -- in a townhouse once home to the late, legendary actress Jessica Tandy and her actor husband, Hume Cronyn --  is on the market as a $14,500-a-month rental.
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Ridley Scott’s ‘Raised by Wolves’ Trailer Teases HBO Max’s Sci-Fi Epic
The highly-anticipated series premieres September 3.
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Seth Rogen’s New Movie Recalls a Century of Pickle-Related Catastrophes
In many ways, the story of pickles is the story of America itself.
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Working from home? You might owe income tax to two states
For the many people working remotely during the pandemic, next year's tax season could get complicated if they're sheltering in place in a different state.
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Third-period letdown costs Islanders sweep against Panthers
The Islanders left their brooms in New York. With a 3-2 loss in Game 3, the Islanders failed to complete the best-of-five series sweep over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. A costly third-period penalty on Isles goaltender Semyon Varlamov opened the floodgates for the Panthers, who registered two third-period...
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Biden's VP selections should hinge on this one question
David Gergen writes that the most important question to consider in picking a vice president is this: if history calls, will this individual have the capacity and talent to become a first-class president?
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NCAA finally sets coronavirus guidelines for fall sports
After months of inaction, punting decisions down the calendar, the NCAA finally began to take action on Wednesday, and hours after doing so, Division III fall championships were canceled across the board. College sports’ governing body gave an end date for the status of the fall athletic season: Aug. 21. By that day, it said,...
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Samsung Galaxy Watch3 kicks off fall smartwatch season with health and wellness features
Samsung isn't just making incremental improvements to its core strengths in hardware design, it's also encroaching into others' territories.       
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Sen. Hawley takes Yates to task over FISA process, Steele contacts
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., grilled former deputy attorney general Sally Yates over her role in the use of Christopher Steele's dossier and FISA warrant applications to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, criticizing the Justice Department for a lack of accountability.
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California cop brings summer 'Christmas' to family left homeless by fire
A 27-year-old mother lost her home in a house fire police said was set by her brother.
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Reporter reflects on Beirut explosion, burying a dog who made 'dystopia more bearable'
Journalist Nadia al-Faour was at the vet when the Beirut explosion struck: "I will miss Loulou as I walk the streets of a broken city."        
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Hilary Duff shows off her abs in a bikini
"The DUFF is BUFF," one fan commented on her snap.
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For Sale: "Gargantuan" NYC mansion, home to Epstein horrors
The asking price for the property on Manhattan's Upper East Side is as massive as the home itself: $88 million.
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Nicole Richie’s kids dig up her NSFW bachelorette party post
Nicole Richie's kids recently stumbled upon a NSFW Snapchat post the reality TV star shared on social media back in 2016.
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Gowdy says Kamala Harris put VP 'aspirations' ahead of country on police reform
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is putting “her vice presidential aspirations ahead of what is best for this country,” Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy told “Outnumbered” on Wednesday, referencing how she handled discussions on a Republican-authored Senate bill on police reform.
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No, this isn't a flying grain silo. It's SpaceX's Starship prototype
Watch SpaceX's Starship SN5 perform a hop test in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says it will one day transport humans to Mars.
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Don’t Blame the Public for Public Health Failures
People who catch COVID doing risky things deserve empathy.
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Only three people shot in NYC during Tropical Storm Isaias
Just three people were shot Tuesday -- as Tropical Storm Isaias raged through New York -- far fewer than he two days prior, which saw double-digit shootings amid an ongoing spike in gunplay citywide, cops said Wednesday.
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Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer — in New Jersey
Eli Manning is officially a Hall of Famer. Well, in New Jersey, anyway. The two-time Super Bowl MVP will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday. He joins Grammy Award-winner Cissy Houston, actor John Amos and actress Anne Hathaway among others in the distinction. “These Garden State heroes perfectly...
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Brian Austin Green's heart belongs to his boys
Co-parenting during a pandemic with a former partner has got to be challenging. Brian Austin Green seemed to demonstrate that when posted an apparent response to his estranged wife, Megan Fox on Wednesday.
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The evolution of Kristin Cavallari
"The Hills" alum has been in the limelight for over 15 years.
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Montreal cop's 'good deed' leads to his suspension
A veteran Montreal police constable who wanted to perform a good deed has ended up getting suspended without pay. 
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St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner wins primary after charging gun-toting couple
The prosecutor who charged a now-infamous St. Louis couple for pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their mansion last month has won her primary election for a second term. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner — who President Trump accused of “extreme abuse of power” — triumphed over her challenger in the Democratic...
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