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Merge Games turns 10, launches $4 million indie fund

Game publisher Merge Games is starting a $4 warchest to help the funding and advertising of indie titles.
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GOP operatives want Kanye West on the presidential ballot. Will it really matter?
GOP operatives have put Kanye West on the presidential ballot in several states, likely in hopes of drawing votes from Joe Biden.
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8/10/20: Red and Blue
Pres. Trump facing bipartisan backlash; Previewing the Democratic National Convention
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Who will be Tyrod Taylor's blindside blocker? Chargers camp battles are brewing
While the Chargers are set with Tyrod Taylor as their quarterback, the battle at left tackle between Sam Tevi and Trey Pipkins offers the most intrigue.
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NHL Draft lottery blooper sparks Rangers conspiracy theory
There might not be a frozen envelope involved, but conspiracy theories abounded after the Rangers won the NHL draft lottery Monday night and with it the right to select consensus top pick, heralded Canadian left winger Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers and the seven other teams eliminated from the NHL playoff qualifying round this past week...
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Trump erroneously says 1918 Spanish Flu 'probably ended' WWII, which happened two decades later
"In 1917, they say, right, the great pandemic certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War," Trump said. "All the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation."        
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RuPaul ‘disengaging’ from social media during ‘overwhelming’ times
"He gets backlash for appearing to not … support the community and [he receives] a lot of negativity, so he disengages."
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How 'The Tax Collector' topped the box office, when there's no official box office
Shia LaBeouf action thriller "The Tax Collector" grossed $309,694 in its opening weekend and cleared $1 million in VOD and digital sales. The success of the midrange film in a distressed marketplace demonstrates the theatrical bar in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Mets fans should be terrified of what Brodie Van Wagenen might do next
The Mets took another hit Monday when Marcus Stroman announced he was opting out. Stroman cited a number of things that worried him — the obvious one being the game of chicken every ballplayer is playing on trying to avoid the virus, the immediate being the Mets’ upcoming trip to Miami, the geographic symbol of...
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Anderson Cooper talks about books he is reading and writing
Anderson Cooper answers viewers questions about important interviews he has done in his career and discusses both books he is reading and currently writing. Watch Full Circle every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 6pm E.T.
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Nevada fights Trump campaign arguments in mail-in voting court case
The Nevada secretary of state has asked a federal court to dismiss a recent challenge from the Trump campaign to the state's plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters.
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UN envoy Kelly Craft vows US pushing issue of human rights in China 'at every opportunity we have'
The United States is broaching the topic of human rights issues with China at the United Nations whenever it can, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft told "The Story" Monday night.
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Top Hollywood psychic Tammy Adams refutes accusations of million-dollar scam
Adams is accused of bilking a 73-year-old kindergarten teacher out of her home and savings.
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Trump argues Susan Rice has this ‘potential liability’ if Biden chooses her for VP
President Trump on Monday argued the U.S. government surveillance of people connected to his 2016 campaign during the Obama era could be a “potential liability” for former national security adviser Susan Rice if selected as Joe Biden’s running mate.
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Top California health official steps down
California's top public health official, Dr. Sonia Angell, has resigned days after the state announced a fix for a glitch that caused a lag in reporting coronavirus test results. The glitch caused thousands of records to be backlogged. (Aug. 10)       
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Trump press briefing interrupted after shots fired near White House
President Trump was abruptly removed from the briefing room during a press conference with reporters because of a shooting near the White House.        
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This grandfather came out to his daughter at 90 years old
While writing his memoir, 90-year-old Kenneth Felts, came out as gay to his daughter. Felts shares his story of long lost love with Anderson Cooper. Anderson Cooper Full Circle airs Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 6 pm E.T.
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Teen son of NYPD counterterrorism head John Miller robbed near Central Park
The 13-year-old son of NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller was robbed of his cell phone and wallet outside of Central Park on Monday afternoon, sources said. The theft occurred at about 2:15 p.m. on Central Park West near 91st Street on the Upper West Side, according to law enforcement sources. The teen victim had just got...
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El Camino Real students make it through first day of online classes
El Camino Real baseball player Josh Klein says first-day expectations for online classes were exceeded
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Sorry, Albany: ‘Shampoo assistants’ don’t need pricey ‘cosmetology’ schooling
New Yorkers are hurting for jobs. But New York state lawmakers are poised to make it even tougher to earn a paycheck, by concocting licensing requirements for something as simple as giving a shampoo. The Albany pols have something to gain: campaign contributions from those pushing the new requirement. But if you’re eyeing a job...
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New York City is headed for a serious decline
New York City’s relentless crime spike and chaos on the streets make it painfully clear: Gotham — significant parts of it, anyway — is headed for a steep decline. The big question now is whether it can be stopped. As The Post reported Monday, shootings in the city are running at nearly twice the rate...
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After years of protest, a top hospital ended intersex surgeries. For activists, it took a deep toll.
Intersex youth surgeries have deep ties to racism in the U.S. In July, Lurie Children's Hospital became the first in the nation to end the operations.        
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Lebanon proves President Trump right on the Middle East
The Lebanese people are outraged. If the official explanation is true, then their divided and do-nothing government bears a lot of the responsibility for the horrifying explosion of an abandoned shipment of ammonium nitrate that destroyed part of their capital, Beirut, last week. Their anger also vindicates President Trump’s fundamental instinct that any further intervention...
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Jimmy Lai Is Arrested in Hong Kong. Freedom Loses Again.
The arrest of the media tycoon marks the most aggressive action yet under new anti-sedition legislation.
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Gov. Cuomo is snubbing the victims of his fatal nursing-home orders
Gov. Cuomo keeps nixing demands for an independent probe into his fatal nursing-home orders, claiming they’re political. But at a hearing Monday, survivors just wanted answers. “The COVID crisis in New York’s nursing homes was a preventable crisis,” fumed Jerry Maldonado, whose 81-year-old mom came down with symptoms at a Rockland County home and later...
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Powerful derecho with 100mph winds causes chaos across Midwest
The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado.
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Susan Rice Was a Diplomatic Disaster
Joe Biden doesn’t need a running mate who has shown such poor judgment.
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After 75 days, Louisville has had enough of its too-often violent protests
Protests over the past few months in cities like Portland, Seattle and even New York have led to violence all too often. Louisville, Ky., has had enough. On Sunday, its police department banned street marches and caravans that block city streets, restricting protesters to sidewalks. It’s more than reasonable; it’s wise. Clashes with police have...
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In a second term, Trump could build on his foreign-policy successes
Democrats and their media allies like to paint Donald Trump as a foreign-policy catastrophe. Even some conservatives have joined the angry chorus. Neocon stalwart Eliot Cohen, for example, has attacked Trump’s policies as “deeply misguided” and a strategic disaster. The critics couldn’t be more wrong. The truth is, Trump has scored a series of foreign-policy...
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ACLU calls for dismantling of DHS after 'years of chaos and impunity'
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for an end to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), describing the post-9/11 agency on Monday as a "loaded weapon that sits on the proverbial coffee table in the Oval Office."
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The 'law and order' Democrat that Biden should pick for VP
Dr. Sharon Wright Austin writes that when candidate Joe Biden selects a running mate, there's another qualified Black woman he would be remiss to overlook: Florida Representative Val Demings. With a background in law enforcement, Demmings brings a tough on crime record, and comes from a battleground state crucial for the Democratic party.
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Kelly Clarkson to fill in for Simon Cowell on "America's Got Talent"
Simon Cowell will be sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes of "America's Got Talent" due to an injury, but thankfully, the talent competition knew just who to call for a moment like this.
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Seattle City Council approves plan to defund police department, slashes jobs and salaries
The Seattle City Council voted Monday to move forward with a controversial proposal that would begin the process of defunding the police department. 
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Sen. Ron Johnson defends Trump COVID aid executive orders, claims Dems 'were just gonna play politics'
President Trump’s coronavirus-related executive actions are likely constitutional, despite expressions of discontent by members of both parties, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told "Your World" Monday. 
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Family of NY nursing home residents lost to COVID testify to woe
Relatives of New York nursing home residents Monday blasted the conditions that drove the facilities’ coronavirus hell — including Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s directive barring the refusal of COVID-positive patients. “The COVID crisis in New York’s nursing homes was a preventable crisis,” Jerry Maldonado testified before a joint hearing of state lawmakers via video-conference. “It was...
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Exclusive — President Donald Trump: ‘Obstructionist’ Nancy Pelosi ’Wasn’t Interested’ in Helping People in Need
President Donald Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Monday afternoon in the Oval Office that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are “obstructionists” who were not “interested” in helping people in need.
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger in quarantine after violating COVID-19 protocols
Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger has been placed in quarantine for breaking COVID-19 protocols during the team's road trip in Chicago.       
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Ramon Laureano says nasty remark about mom sparked Astros-A’s brawl
Apparently you don’t talk ill of Ramon Laureano’s mother. The Oakland Athletics outfielder told ESPN that a nasty comment from Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron about his mom set him off toward the Houston dugout, sparking a bench-clearing brawl between the teams during their game Sunday. Laureano said Cintron “said in Spanish something you don’t...
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UFC 252 'Embedded,' No. 1: Sean O'Malley just feels 'super dangerous right now'
Ahead of UFC 252, go behind the scenes with Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier and Sean O'Malley in Episode 1 of "Embedded."        Related StoriesThe War Room: Dan Hardy breaks down Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3 at UFC 252Marlon Vera confident win over 'brat' Sean O'Malley puts him close to top five at bantamweightNasrat Haqparast credits newfound maturity for win over Munoz 
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White House: states can access aid in week or two
Governors were scrambling Monday to determine if they could implement President Donald Trump's executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy. (Aug. 10)       
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Has Belarus reached a tipping point? Thousands of protesters don't buy election result
Long-standing President Alexander Lukashenko has claimed a sixth term and 80 percent of the vote. But thousands of protestors have come out have made clear they don't buy it.
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In CA: Roads made out of plastic bottles? Rogue cows? Just another day in the Golden State
Plus: The state's top public health advisor resigns, a heart-warming sibling reunion, a talented tumbler, and a swarm of temblors       
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Black teens who were victims of a knife attack had guns drawn on them by deputies, lawyer says
In a video of the incident, a woman can be heard telling deputies she called 911 to report that the teens were being chased by a man with a knife.
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'Disaster': Rep. Anthony Gonzalez says Big Ten would hurt athletes if it doesn't play football this fall
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, former Ohio State and NFL wide receiver, criticized Big Ten Conference's pending decision to not play football games this fall.      
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When the mail is politicized, everything is politicized
Democrats are openly accusing the Trump administration and US Postmaster General Brian DeJoy of "deliberate sabotage" of the postal service before an election that will rely on the mail system like no other in history.
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In Netflix's 'Away,' Hilary Swank stars as an astronaut in trailer
Hilary Swank is reaching new heights in her latest role.
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Trump escorted out of briefing room after shooting
US President Donald Trump was abruptly taken out of the White House briefing room on Monday because of a nearby shooting. He returned to the briefing room after a short time.(Aug. 10)       
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What's on TV Tuesday: The season finale of 'DC's Stargirl'
What's on TV Tuesday, Aug. 11: The season finale of "DC's Stargirl" on The CW; the series finale of "Greenleaf" on OWN
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Lori Loughlin buys $9.5 million home — after selling $18 million mansion
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have purchased a new, $9.5 million home ahead of their sentencing in the college admissions scandal later this month, according to a report.
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