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'I Have Created a Squad of Digital Supermodels'
Unhueman started with Bella and grew to include Mia and Jada. My goal is to produce models that reflect the diversity of the real world.
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A Debate Mess
And what else you need to know today.
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Marine jet pilot ejects after mid-air collision with plane in California
A F-35B jet collided in mid-air with Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker during a refueling operation in Southern California.
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Power Up: Trump's debate performance was described this way by undecided voters: 'Crackhead,' ‘arrogant,’ ‘un-American,’ ‘forceful'
The voters used these words to describe Joe Biden: 'Professional,’ ‘showed restraint and compassion,’ ‘predictable,’ ‘politician,’ and ‘presidential.'
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Alyssa Milano, Jim Gaffigan and Other Celebrities Condemn Donald Trump's White Supremacy Remarks
Outspoken anti-Trump celebrities had a strong reaction to the remarks with Alyssa Milano labeling the incumbent a "f****** racist" while Jim Gaffigan called him a "racist pig."
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Biden clashes with Trump over Antifa: 'It's an idea, not an organization'
President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden had a heated exchange over extremist violence with each facing questions over their stances towards them.
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Trump Administration Reportedly Plans Pre-Election ICE Raids of Sanctuary Cities as Political Ploy
Trump attempts to lift, hurl the kitchen sink of political chauvinism ahead of Election Day.
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Joe Biden Faces Calls to Skip Debates after Trump Inspires Far-Right, Undermines Election
Calls are growing for Democratic nominee Joe Biden to skip the next two presidential debates following Tuesday's contentious exchanges.
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AP Top Stories September 30
Here's the latest for Wednesday September 30th: Trump-Biden debate filled with angry exchanges; Report says coronavirus rates rising among children; Fighter jet crash in California; California wine country fire forces thousands of evacuations.        
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Mick Schumacher to participate in a F1 race weekend for the first time
Mick Schumacher will make his debut at a Formula One race weekend having been chosen by Ferrari to drive in Friday practice at next week's Eifel Grand Prix in Germany.
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Mick Schumacher to participate in a Formula One race weekend for the first time
Mick Schumacher will make his debut at a Formula One race weekend having been chosen by Ferrari to drive in Friday practice at next week's Eifel Grand Prix in Germany.
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Mick Schumacher to participate in a Formula One race weekend for the first time
Mick Schumacher will make his debut at a Formula One race weekend having been chosen by Ferrari to drive in Friday practice at next week's Eifel Grand Prix in Germany.
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Flesh-eating Bacteria Causes Woman's Leg to Rot After Getting Impaled on Tree in Hawaii
It is thought to be the first case of an NSTI—a condition which makes the skin die as if it has been devoured—in someone with a healthy immune system.
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Chaotic debate sends US stock futures sinking: September 30, 2020
Here's what's moving markets today.
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SNL is back this weekend with Jim Carrey as Joe Biden, Chris Rock as host and a whole lot of restrictions. Here’s what to expect.
"Saturday Night Live" will return for its 46th season with more Alec Baldwin as Trump, Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris and three new cast members.
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Bellator 247: Paul Daley taken ill, main event bout with Derek Anderson canceled
Paul Daley was taken ill after failing to make weight for his main event and is reportedly out of Bellator 247, according to reports on the ground in Milan, Italy.       Related StoriesChris Duncan: Forward pressure will overwhelm Iamik Furtado at Bellator 247After alternating wins and losses, Brian Moore knows consistency key to make Bellator title runUnbeaten Norbert Novenyi Jr. before Bellator 247: 'People still don't understand the level I'm on' 
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'When you've gotta go, you've gotta go!' Eric Dier sprints off for emergency toilet break in Spurs' cup clash
Nature called and Eric Dier answered.
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'When you've gotta go, you've gotta go!' Dier sprints off for emergency toilet break
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'When you've gotta go, you've gotta go!' Eric Dier sprints off for emergency toilet break in Spurs' cup clash
Nature called and Eric Dier answered.
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In Virginia swing district, bitter rematch for Republican Scott Taylor and Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria
A tight race, a plethora of attack ads. In Virginia’s 2nd district, it feels a lot like deja vu.
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Girl uses her voice to encourage voting in ‘Loretta Little Looks Back’
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney’s latest collaboration is historical but timely.
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Only About 3.5% of Americans Care About Democracy
Imagine a candidate you like. This politician has everything: the right positions on taxes, abortion, foreign policy, immigration; sound judgment; enough personal probity to be trusted with your wallet, house keys, or email password. Now imagine that that candidate does or says something antidemocratic. For no particular reason, she shuts down polling stations. Or at a rally, she tells supporters that a particular journalist—standing over there, in the Men’s Wearhouse sport coat—is asking too many questions and might deserve to get rabbit-punched on the way to his car. Care to change your vote?This purely theoretical scenario, which of course bears no relationship to anything that has happened or is happening in American politics, is the subject of an article in the American Political Science Review by Matthew H. Graham and Milan W. Svolik of Yale University. How much do voters really care about democracy? Nearly all Americans say democracy matters. But how many will actually punish their preferred candidate and withhold a vote when that candidate does something undemocratic?Graham and Svolik’s answer: About 3.5 percent of voters will defect from a candidate whom they otherwise support, but who does something destructive of democratic norms. Those 3.5 percent come from the right and the left in equal proportions, but they tend to be moderates. (Self-described “independents”—those mysterious, yeti-like creatures who profess to have no political preference at all—vote slightly more like extremists.) If you value democracy, hug a moderate.[Yoni Appelbaum: Americans aren’t practicing democracy anymore]“If you just ask people whether they like democracy, there’s a social norm that says they have to answer yes,” Svolik told me. They have been conditioned since grade school to say “democracy is good, 10 out of 10—and we should also stop global warming and save the whales and whatever.” He and Graham surveyed 1,691 people and posed instead a version of the hypothetical question I asked above: You say you like democracy, but will you sacrifice other things you like on its behalf, by withholding your vote for a democracy-bashing candidate? “Some will, but the punishment is small,” Svolik said: those willing to vote for the opposing candidate often do so only if he is similar to the candidate they intended to support in the first place. That means partisanship encourages more antidemocratic action: Stronger partisans will let the thuggishness slide, if they would have to sacrifice more than a small portion of their positions. The greater the number of strong partisan voters and politicians, the smaller the punishment for violating democratic norms, and the more likely the norm-breaker is to get elected.Then Graham and Svolik checked their survey data against an actual case: the Montana congressional election that pitted the Republican tech mogul Greg Gianforte against Rob Quist, a Democrat best known for playing the banjo and other stringed instruments. On the day before the election, Gianforte became irritated with a line of questioning by Ben Jacobs, a Guardian journalist, and threw Jacobs to the ground. Gianforte, who won the election, later pleaded guilty to assault. He is currently in Congress, and is likely to be elected the next governor of Montana.On Election Day, voters at the polls knew about Gianforte’s violence—but those who mailed in their ballots early had not. And in this real-world scenario, given to us by the gods of political science, Graham and Svolik’s prediction came true: About 3.6 percent of Gianforte’s votes on Election Day vanished relative to the votes counted before voters knew he body-slammed Jacobs. Body-slamming a journalist makes a difference, but not much of one, and especially not to extreme partisans.Three and a half percent does not sound like a very healthy number. It means that nearly everyone you know who says democracy is sacrosanct is basically lying—which probably includes you and me. In the privacy of the voting booth, we reveal our hypocrisy. The terms of the hypocrisy help explain how authoritarian rule begins, Svolik told me. Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey—these figures came to power in elections. “Why do people elect them in the first place,” when they are showing signs of authoritarianism? Svolik asked. “The key to understanding that is to understand when people are actually willing to vote in favor of democracy—and against something they like.”[David A. Graham: An experiment in Wisconsin changed voters’ minds about Trump]But there is good news. First, Svolik said, the hypocrisy is evenly distributed. Democrats seem to be just as willing to break democracy as Republicans. On one measure, Svolik said, Republicans do slightly better: They are more willing to respect the First Amendment rights of their opponents. “Republicans actually punish those Republicans who would want to bar far-left protests,” Svolik said. Democrats also punish Democrats for barring far-right protests, but not as much.Second, Svolik said, we have to bear in mind that democracy is not the only thing voters should care about. It is a strange thing to undervalue, because it is the foundation of our political system, but it would also be strange if a mild offense against the system canceled out all other political issues. We should consider what the optimum percentage should be—the number sufficient to keep politicians from body-slamming journalists. “If they anticipate that pushback, they will not even try,” Svolik said. Evidently 3.5 percent is not enough deterrence, because Gianforte went berserk on Ben Jacobs. But maybe 10 percent would have been enough. Think of these democracy-loving voters as antibodies: You don’t need a bloodstream brimming with antibodies to keep a disease at bay; you need a certain number, and anything more is superfluous. Ninety percent would be excessive. But at 3.5 percent, you get violence against journalists, and voter-ID laws that discriminate against minorities.Finally, according to Graham and Svolik’s surveys, people are remarkably good at identifying undemocratic behavior as undemocratic. No matter the state of democratic decay, ordinary people seem to understand what it means to destroy democracy. Turks know that stopping your opponents from campaigning is an attack on democracy. Venezuelans know that shutting down a newspaper is an attack on democracy. And Americans know too. This at least suggests that some vestigial understanding of the principles of just government remains, even if just government is getting bargained down to fire-sale prices. The concept of democracy is not lost—and any concept that is still widely understood can be revived.
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The BREATHE Act is the policy change America needs
The grand jury's decision to not charge the officers who killed Breonna Taylor was heartbreaking in its familiarity. From Eric Garner to Michael Brown to Sandra Bland and now Breonna Taylor, the murder of Black people by law enforcement in this country often seems not to be considered a crime. The grand jury in Kentucky played into this painful feedback loop, charging one officer out of three for wanton endangerment, but not for taking Breonna's life.
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Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman set to be sentenced today in Nxivm sex-cult case
Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman — who allegedly used her family fortune to help bankroll the notorious Nxivm cult — is set to become the first person sentenced in the sordid saga Wednesday. The disgraced daughter of late Canadian billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. pleaded guilty last year to charges related to her role as a...
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On This Day: 30 September 1924
Legendary writer Truman Capote was born in New Orleans. (Sept. 30)       
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North Carolina Democrat opposing GOP's Thom Tillis sparks BBQ-vs.-grilling controversy with tweet
A U.S. Senate candidate in North Carolina sparked a controversy of sorts this week with a tweet in which he appeared to conflate barbecuing with grilling, an apparent no-no in the Tar Heel state.
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Anaheim City Council approves $150-million cash stadium sale to Angels owner
The council votes 5-2 to sell the stadium and surrounding land to Angels owner Arte Moreno in a deal designed to keep the team in town through 2050.
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'The Lion King 2': All We Know About Barry Jenkins' New Movie
"The Lion King 2" has been announced as an upcoming project for "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, with a script that is said to explore the origin story of Mufasa.
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Meghan Markle Says Comments Are 'Not Controversial' After Donald Trump Spat
The Duchess of Sussex claimed "what ends up being inflammatory is people's interpretation" after following calls to be stripped of her titles over her election remarks.
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James Comey to testify before Congress about Russia probe: What to know
Former FBI Director James Comey will make his long-awaited appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to answer questions regarding the FBI’s actions in the early stages of the Russia investigation.
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Pandemic Hits Black and Latino Families Harder Financially, Poll Finds
More than 60 percent of U.S. households with children reported serious money problems, but the pain was far worse for Black and Latino parents. Here’s the latest.
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5 things to know for September 30: Debate, coronavirus, shutdown, economy, Amnesty
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Watch the key moments from the first presidential debate
President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden faced off for the first time in the 2020 election and the results were chaotic.
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James Comey testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday
Former FBI Director James Comey faces off with Senate Republicans on Wednesday over the FBI's 2016 Russia investigation in a hearing that's being held fewer than six weeks before the 2020 presidential election.
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Trump vs. Biden: The First Presidential Debate
The matchup was defined not by the usual differences in policy, personality or style but by a level of personal attacks unheard-of in modern American politics.
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Free diver discovers meaning to life exploring ocean depths
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Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 25 to end bail and the poverty penalty
Prop. 25 would end the bail industry in California and the use of wealth or poverty to determine whether a person accused of a crime stays in jail or goes home before trial.
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Letters to the Editor: A Holocaust survivor's story shows just how ridiculous mask refusers are
The story of Holocaust survivor Dr. William Good stands in stark contrast to Americans who don't want to make any sacrifices to beat COVID-19.
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Why pocket listings promote a discriminatory real estate market
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | When we claim to have a marketplace for homes, we should make sure that it is a fair marketplace for all and that all home buyers and home sellers have an equal chance to buy and sell homes in the market.
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A family raised $20,000 in tips for their 89-year-old pizza deliveryman
Delivery man Derlin Newey, 89, who had never seen TikTok, became one of its stars when a customer posted a video of him delivering a pizza.
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A closer look at Congo’s Islamist rebels
Claims about links to the Islamic State may hamper civilian protection.
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Op-Ed: Trump profoundly damaged our civil rights. Here's how Biden can begin restoring them
The Trump administration has deeply damaged our civil rights laws. Here are urgent actions a Biden-Harris administration should take to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.
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Letters to the Editor: How will California power all those electric vehicles? With the sun
A reader who drives electric vehicles says her home solar system provides more than enough energy to power her cars and her home.
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Andrew McCarthy: Russian intel alleges Hillary Clinton orchestrated collusion hoax to distract from emails
Hillary Clinton personally signed off on the Russiagate farce to distract attention from her email scandal, according to a Russian intelligence analysis that was obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies in July 2016.
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Letters to the Editor: Of course voters are angry and afraid. Their president is undermining the election
President Trump has threatened to stay in power even if he loses the vote. Why shouldn't voters fear the worst after the election?
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Letters to the Editor: Amy Coney Barrett is a particular kind of Catholic. Others are much more liberal
Amy Coney Barrett is a Catholic who prioritizes abortion and social conservatism; other Catholics follow Jesus' example of helping poor and outcasts.
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Maryland suburb steps up response to covid-19 in Latino communities
Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar includes funding for testing, case management, contact tracing and a Spanish phone information line.
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