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Coronavirus has burst NBA bubble of most recognizable L.A. superfan
The NBA playoffs will take place this year in the Orlando, Fla., bubble without the presence of one of the league's most devoted fans, James Goldstein.
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Indians' Adam Plutko blasts teammates for breaking COVID protocols: 'They lied to us'
Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Adam Plutko expressed his blunt disdain for teammates Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger after the pair was caught leaving the bubble to go out in Chicago after a game against the White Sox. 
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Dems say Mnuchin offered to meet but refused to budge on COVID bill
Top Democrats say Mnuchin made an "overture" to meet but made it clear "the White House is not budging" in negotiations.
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Bear Grylls talks new competition show 'World's Toughest Race'
Bear Grylls is back with a brand new show stuffed with rigorous physical challenges in the great outdoors.
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addresses national anthem stance, says he will listen to players
Until Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had not made any public comments since the May 25 death of George Floyd.        
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California coronavirus deaths double, with rural areas and suburbs hit hard
The weekly death toll in California among COVID-19 patients is nearly twice its previous high in April as more cases shift to rural and suburban areas.
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Trump's new coronavirus adviser echoes his non-science views
Months into the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump has added Dr. Scott Atlas as a medical adviser. CNN's Brianna Keilar and Kaitlan Collins have the details.
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Trump's misleading spin on the economy won't end before Election Day
With three months to go until Election Day, the president is sticking to his playbook when it comes to the economy. He's still taking credit for the positive, ignoring the negative and making stuff up to cater to his base.
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Local Matters: Kamala Harris' political roots in California
Senator Kamala Harris has made history as the first woman of color on the presidential ticket for a major political party. She is also the first Californian since Ronald Reagan sought reelection in 1984. LA Times politics reporter Melanie Mason joins CBSN's Anne-Marie Green to talk about the senator's Golden State roots.
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Ohio State football player expresses confusion after season postponed, OK'd to return to campus
An Ohio State Buckeyes football player learned his football season was over and hours later he was cleared to return to campus for class.
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Dolly Parton set to release first holiday album in 30 Years: 'A Holly Dolly Christmas'
Dolly Parton is bringing some holiday joy early with her upcoming album “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
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N95 masks used against coronavirus can be decontaminated with rice cooker: study
N95 masks may be able to be decontaminated from certain viruses, including coronavirus, according to study.
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Air Force helicopter flying over Virginia shot by a bullet
A military helicopter flying over northern Virginia was shot by a bullet this week, injuring a crew member and forcing an emergency landing. The incident happened during a training mission just after noon on Monday, but the US Air Force did not disclose it until Wednesday. “Initial findings are that the helicopter was struck by...
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Sony Pictures to host drive-in movie screenings on studio lot
It's a sign of the times.
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Black women jubilant about Harris' selection as Biden's running mate
Harris, a daughter of immigrants, is the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman on a major party's presidential ticket.
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Kamala Harris’ Indian American Identity Is Finally in the Spotlight
As a desi speaking only for myself, I will admit to a befuddling crush of emotions.
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CSA President urges de Blasio, Carranza to delay school reopenings
The city’s principals union called for a delay in the reopening of New York’s public schools to allow more time to address coronavirus concerns, the group said in a letter released Wednesday. “I write on behalf of New York City’s 6,400 school leaders urging you to heed their dire warnings concerning the city’s September 10...
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Despite being just 21, Cory McKenna confident she has experience to compete in UFC
Cory McKenna is young, but she's more than ready to make her mark in the UFC strawweight division after winning at DWCS 28.        Related StoriesDWCS 28 contract winner Impa Kasanganay all good with Aug. 22 turnaround for UFC debutAdrian Yanez flattered by Jorge Masvidal comparison but wants to pave his own wayUFC 252 'Embedded,' No. 3: Daniel Cormier plays the trilogy on EA UFC 4 video game 
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Florida sheriff tells deputies not to wear coronavirus masks at work: report
A Florida county sheriff on Tuesday sent an email to his deputies ordering them not to wear masks while on duty or when they are in his office.
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Trump encourages North Carolina supporters to vote by mail, as he attacks voting by mail
President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his mail-in voting message, encouraging North Carolina supporters to vote absentee even as he continued to assail vote-by-mail.
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Biden, Harris appear together for first time since VP announcement
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are making their debut together as running mates Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Del., a day after Biden announced his choice of the California senator to join him on the 2020 Democratic ticket.
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Rebecca Minkoff shares her favorite clean skincare and makeup products
Including her very own just-released perfume.
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The 18 best back-to-school items you can get on Amazon
You can get all your back-to-school supplies on Amazon, including top-rated pens, Sony noise-canceling headphones, and the Fjallraven Kanken backpack.       
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Uber CEO says the service might shut down in California if it has to reclassify workers
Uber's CEO says it might shut down temporarily in California if the state's court doesn't change its ruling on drivers.       
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FC Dallas soccer game will be the first major league sports event played in front of a crowd since pandemic
Despite the state recently experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, will play host Wednesday to the first Major League Soccer game of the season with fans in attendance.
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What Kamala Harris Means for Immigrant Americans
As the daughter of two immigrants, she’s already a powerful symbol. She could be even more.
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Coronavirus is forcing many women and non-white workers to retire
Nearly 12% of older female workers of color have left the U.S. labor force since March, compared to 5% of white men.
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Man commits suicide in Brooklyn Sears parking lot
A man committed suicide in the parking lot of a Sears in Brooklyn, police said Wednesday. The man, whose name and age was not yet confirmed by cops, was found by a passerby in the parking lot of the Flatbush store near Bedford Avenue And Beverley Road just before 9 a.m., cops said. A gun...
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Netflix soured the live-action remake of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its showrunners say
Aang, the hero of Avatar: The Last Airbender | Nickelodeon The beloved fantasy franchise has enjoyed a banner year on Netflix — until now. In a rare public fallout for Netflix, the creators of the platform’s highly anticipated, live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the acclaimed Nickelodeon cartoon, have walked away from the project. Avatar: The Last Airbender’s full run became available on Netflix this past June, attracting a huge audience and reigniting the 2000s cartoon’s popularity. But in separate posts published to their respective blogs and Instagrams, Avatar franchise creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko said they were no longer involved with the previously announced Netflix remake, due to prolonged creative differences. (Vox has reached out to Netflix for comment.) “When Netflix brought me on board to run this series alongside Mike two years ago,” Konietzko wrote in his Instagram post, “they made a very public promise to support our vision. Unfortunately, there was no follow-through on that promise. ... [T]he general handling of the project created what I felt was a negative and unsupportive environment.” “I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded,” DiMartino added on his own website. “So, I chose to leave the project.” Both creators described the move as “a difficult decision” but stated they’d lost confidence that Netflix would honor their vision for the show. This comes almost two years after Netflix announced the live-action reboot of the series, eliciting a huge response. Despite its brief run, which ended more than a decade ago, Avatar fans remain loyal — and that Netflix had gotten the series’ creators involved seemed to give them confidence in the project. That may no longer be the case. It’s rare for Netflix to have such a public breakup with the creators of one of their high-profile productions, let alone creators whose names are synonymous with the beloved, well-established franchise the project is part of. More surprising is that Netflix has been enjoying tremendous success with the Avatar community this year. The recent release of Airbender on the platform — making it more accessible to viewers than it has been in years — saw the show trending in the Netflix Top 10 list for weeks. The Netflix debut has seemingly affirmed the show’s popularity while introducing it to wide swaths of new fans. Airbender’s follow-up, Legend of Korra, also arrives on the platform later this week. That timing makes the announcement of DiMartino and Konietzko’s departure from the live-action series all the more curious — despite Netflix offering a home for the franchise, Airbender’s future with the streaming platform is now under new scrutiny. It also leaves the fate of the live-action series upended in a way that’s distressingly familiar to Avatar fans. It’s certainly not the first time the franchise has found itself in a precarious position when live-action is involved. Netflix’s highly anticipated live-action Airbender reboot was supposed to wipe away the sour taste of a notorious flop Over its beloved three-season run, Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–08) became a true game-changer.Set in a fantasy world mainly based on Asian cultures, Airbender was acclaimed for its sensitive multicultural storytelling, which revolved around a team of “benders” — people who can manipulate the four elements — using their powers to stop an aggressive, militarized nation from its violent conquest of neighboring countries. In addition to carefully avoiding harmful Orientalist tropes, the show took pains to depict its various cultural allegories as distinct. And with a pre-planned, three-season story arc, it got to deeply invest in both its world-building and characters over time, allowing it to evolve organically to a deeply satisfying conclusion. People who love Airbender really, really love Airbender. But over the years, the Peabody award-winning show has had its setbacks. The most infamous of these is Paramount’s disastrous live-action film adaptation. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film had one of the most toxic, embattled, and notorious productions in recent memory. Fans staged protests lasting well over a year due to the film’s muddying of the careful cultural origins of the show’s original world-building and its casting of white actors in ethnic roles — a practice that became known as racebending. When it was released in June of 2010, Shyamalan’s finished product turned out to be a giant artistic embarrassment, a critically panned and high-profile flop that nearly ended the director’s career. It also left a stain on Airbender’s legacy, turning off newcomers and longtime fans alike. The fate of the film might have decisively ended any attempts to turn the animated Airbender into a live-action anything. But when Netflix announced the live-action series adaptation in 2018, many fans were curious and excited to see what a faithful adaptation of the show could accomplish — especially with the creators’ involvement, unlike the hands-off approach DiMartino and Konietzko took with Shyamalan’s film. A reimagined, live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series is coming to Netflix! (ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇᴘᴛ ᴀʀᴛ ʙʏ Jᴏʜɴ Sᴛᴀᴜʙ) pic.twitter.com/YsMoE4UguV— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) September 18, 2018 The news has dismayed fans — many of whom are now questioning whether they even want another attempt at a live-action interpretation of the show without the creators at the helm. After all, the movie already showed us that Konietzko and DiMartino’s original vision — an anime-influenced story with sophisticated themes and slow, satisfying character arcs — could be jettisoned completely if the project fell into the wrong hands. Capturing the spirit of Airbender appears to require a sensitive touch; from the sounds of the creators’ posts, it doesn’t sound like Netflix quite has that. Well, this is terrible news for all my fellow Avatar: The Last Airbender fans… https://t.co/Jsm8HxPn1G— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) August 12, 2020 I try not to have extreme fan-girl takes on things but I can tell you I am now ZERO percent interested in whatever live-action AVATAR nonsense it is Netflix is trying to make. https://t.co/uLFxAUC302— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) August 12, 2020 Fans have been eager for the show to overcome the ignominy of the terrible movie, and 2020 has indeed felt like a major revival for the franchise. The Legend of Korra is a much more divisive follow-up, but it, too, is poised for a cultural resurgence once it debuts on Netflix on August 14. With Airbender back in the spotlight, the timing was right for a reappraisal of Korra — but now Korra’s Netflix debut may be overshadowed by its creators’ own exit from the live-action series. Still, DiMartino and Konietzko stressed that this isn’t the end of the franchise or their involvement in it. And the Netflix live-action adaptation still seems to be happening. And as strange as it is for Netflix to be parting ways with such high-profile creators, it’s not like Netflix doesn’t have a proven track record when it comes to re-imagining popular franchises from other media — just look at its wildly popular live-action adaptation of The Witcher, or the recent reboot of The Babysitter’s Club. Plus, whenever a deeply beloved series is adapted, remade, or rebooted, it’s bound to put off at least some hardcore fans, regardless of quality. “And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying,” DiMartino wrote. “But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.” Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. The reason is both lovely and surprising: Readers told us that they contribute both because they value explanation and because they value that other people can access it, too. We have always believed that explanatory journalism is vital for a functioning democracy. That’s never been more important than today, during a public health crisis, racial justice protests, a recession, and a presidential election. But our distinctive explanatory journalism is expensive, and advertising alone won’t let us keep creating it at the quality and volume this moment requires. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will help keep Vox free for all. Contribute today from as little as $3.
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200,000 pounds of meat, poultry products recalled over undeclared allergens
Heads up, consumers: Some 200,000 pounds of meat and poultry products are facing recall because they contain undeclared — and for some, possibly life-threatening — allergens. 
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California man indicted for $1.7M PPP loan fraud: DOJ
A San Fernando Valley, California, man has been indicted for committing Payment Protection Program fraud amounting to $1.7 million, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
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Britain begins returning illegal immigrants who crossed channel to France, Germany
Britain has started returning illegal immigrants who tried to enter via small boats across the English Channel back to France and Germany -- after British official pressed on France in particular to do more to stop the surge in crossings.
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Ex-Vegas police Lt. Sutton calls not pressing charges against Portland rioters 'complete surrender' by DA
An Oregon district attorney's decision that hundreds of Portland protesters will not face any charges “is a complete surrender of the criminal justice system,” former Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton told “Outnumbered Overtime” on Wednesday.
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Harris got what she wanted, but can she deliver?
Time will tell what kind of running mate Harris will be.
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Former aide to Kamala Harris on what makes her an "incredible" VP pick
Ian Sams was Kamala Harris' press secretary during her 2020 presidential run. He joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with a closer look at why he believes Joe Biden couldn't have made a better choice for a running mate, and how she'll handle attacks from President Trump.
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'Such an unbelievable job': Travis Kelce details how Chiefs have conducted camp amidst the pandemic
SportsPulse: Kansas City's tight end Travis Kelce told Mackenzie Salmon he has zero doubts about being prepared for the regular season despite having zero preseason games. He also detailed how different training camp has been amidst the pandemic.        
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Black people are more likely to be arrested, charged and killed by police in Toronto, new report finds
Black Canadians represented 32% of all the charges analyzed between 2013 and 2017, which included failure to comply, cannabis possession, trespassing and some driving offenses -- offenses the research team chose to focus on because they're typically up to an officer's discretion.
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Chelsea homeless camp thrives despite de Blasio vowing action
An encampment of homeless people has taken hold of a Chelsea street corner, making life a drug-infested hell for area business owners and residents — despite Mayor Bill de Blasio learning of it nearly three weeks ago and vowing action “right away.” About 15 to 20 vagrants have dug in at West 24th Street and...
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Ohio State's Ryan Day suggests playing Big Ten schools who don't want to postpone football: 'That's a fluid situation'
During a conference call with reporters, Ohio State coach Ryan Day raised possibility of playing some Big Ten schools, calling it a "fluid situation."       
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Masters Tournament to be held without fans in November
Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Fred Ridley said the health risks were "simply too significant to overcome.”
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Mayor Lightfoot: Biden Key to Getting Gun Control for Chicago
During an August 12, 2020, appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) suggested Joe Biden is key to securing more gun control for Chicago and the rest of the country.
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Belarus police shoot live rounds at protesters as EU considers sanctions
Around 6,000 people have been detained and 200 have needed medical attention since protests broke out after Sunday's contested election.
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Why celebrities are declaring 'we have her back' about Kamala Harris
Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and advocacy groups such as Time's Up are demanding fair media coverage of VP pick Kamala Harris.
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Scientists say UK has ‘no long-term plan’ to beat coronavirus
Scientists argue the government is ignoring expert advice and forging ahead with initiatives to reopen the country's economy despite warnings that the virus is not under control. 
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Stepmom of cop who shot Rayshard Brooks accused of sexist, racist behavior
The stepmother of former Atlanta cop Garrett Rolfe is being sued by the company that fired her — accused of exploiting Rayshard Brooks’ death to cover for her sexist and racist behavior, according to a lawsuit. Former HR boss Melissa Rolfe was told the day before her cop stepson shot dead Brooks in June that...
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Instagram models will be kept outside the NBA bubble
The NBA bubble is getting an Instaban. Ahead of the arrival of league-sanctioned guests, the NBA will begin requiring players to prove “long-standing relationships” with non-family members, according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The league and players agreed to keep causal acquaintances — “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary”...
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Fox News threw everything but the kitchen sink at Harris
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Brazil's leader calls Amazon fires a "lie." Images show otherwise.
Fires in the Amazon rainforest are surging as Brazil's president claims they don't exist.
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