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Altuve slugs way into MLB history as Astros down Rangers 8-4
José Altuve started this game the same way he ended the one before.
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'Luca': Everything You Need to Know about the new Pixar Movie on Disney+
Jacob Tremblay lends his voice to Luca, a young sea monster who's curious about the world above the water
Mom Shares 'Creepy' Hack to Get Child to Sleep—But It Terrifies Her Husband
Fed up with her son sleeping in her bed every night, a mom on TikTok came up with a very creative solution that gave her husband the fright of his life.
Cole, Sánchez, Chapman come through as Yanks edge Blue Jays
Gerrit Cole pitched eight effective innings, pinch-hitter Gary Sánchez connected for a two-run homer and Aroldis Chapman dodged trouble in the ninth as the New York Yankees held off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Airlines, Banks And Other Companies Across The World Hit In Latest Web Outage
This is the second major web outage to hit large corporations around the globe this month.
South Asia, Battling Outbreaks, Scrambles for Vaccines
South Asian countries are looking to the rest of the world since India halted vaccine exports to deal with its crisis. Here’s the latest on the virus.
Bariatric Surgery Works, But Isn't Offered To Most Teens Who Have Severe Obesity
Experts now say the procedure is the most effective treatment for severe childhood obesity, which affects a growing number of kids. But stigma and insurers often stand in the way.
Right now in Iceland: Hot lava and a warm welcome
Tourism is finally rebounding some in Iceland. What awaits travelers in the summer of 2021: A hot lava show from a newly erupting volcano (Geldingadalur) and a warm welcome from citizens who are glad to have visitors again.
Right now in Iceland: Hot lava and a warm welcome
Just a 25-minute car ride from Iceland's Keflavik International Airport, a hiking trail winds over two miles to a view of what's quite possibly the greatest show on Earth right now.
Philadelphia 76ers blow 26-point lead as Atlanta Hawks take 3-2 playoff series lead
At halftime, the Atlanta Hawks trailed by 22 points. Three minutes into the third quarter, they trailed by 26 points.
Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5
Trae Young ran off the court clapping and yapping toward the few Hawks fans that braved the Philly crowd and stuck around and were rewarded with a comeback victory for the ages.
Californians asked to cut back power usage during extreme heat conditions
With millions of Californians set to experience a heat wave in the coming days, the operator of the state's power grid issued an alert that called for residents to conserve electricity on Thursday.
North Carolina girl's mother forced her to stand for 3 straight days, authorities say
A North Carolina mother allegedly forced her 4-year-old daughter to stand in a laundry room for three straight days as a punishment before her death last year, new search warrants reportedly reveal.
South Carolina Executions Blocked Until Firing Squad Is Formed
The state Supreme Court ruled that Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens have a statutory right to choose the manner of their execution.
Congress Is Poised To Take Back Some Of Its War Powers From The President
In the wake of 9/11, Congress approved two measures giving the president expansive war powers. An effort to repeal the 2002 authorization of force in Iraq has growing bipartisan support.
D.C.-area forecast: Sunny perfection today; humid heat returns for the weekend
The weekend is mostly dry with just a slight chance of showers and storms
After 50 Years Of The War On Drugs, 'What Good Is It Doing For Us?'
President Nixon called for an "all-out offensive" against drugs and addiction. The U.S. is now rethinking policies that led to mass incarceration and shattered families while drug deaths kept rising.
Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's Truth Teller
In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself.
Trevor Noah on Cancel Culture and Trump
Jane and the host of ‘The Daily Show’ sit down to discuss the death of nuance, cancel culture and talking to people you disagree with.
India May Fudge Its Covid Numbers, but the Ganges Does Not Lie
Floating corpses in the country's holiest river are Exhibit A for the Modi administration’s failures and deceptions.
Is This the Big Tech Breakup We’ve Been Waiting For?
Representative David Cicilline’s bipartisan package takes aim at tech companies and would be the biggest antitrust reform in decades. But is it too little, too fragmented and way too late?
Frank Bruni: A Final Column on What it Means to Be a Columnist
As I leave this job after 10 years, I wish I’d handled many columns better.
Maybe Joe Manchin Knows Exactly What He’s Doing
In his own way, the Democratic senator from West Virginia is a political magician. What does he have up his sleeve now?
Why Bisexuals Should Come Out and Embrace the Label
We need you. You could use us, too.
Father's Day and Pride Month merged for me when my dad came out and met a man he loved
At 22, I refused to walk with my father in the Pride Parade in Los Angeles. I wish I had kept the 'I love my gay dad' shirt he tried to give me.
In New Credit Card Wars, Consumers Emerge As Big Winners
Sign-up bonuses worth $1,000 or more. No-interest financing. More generous rewards and sweet new perks. As credit card companies fight to win your post-pandemic spending, they'll do almost anything to win you over.
Bitcoin miners exit China, beat a path to the U.S. as crypto climate shifts
Beijing appears uneasy not only about the industry’s carbon footprint, but also the intrinsically uncontrollable nature of cryptocurrency.
Ledecky wins her shortest, longest races at trials
The long and short of it was not an issue for Katie Ledecky.
Quackity Says Goodbye to Friend John Smith in Mysterious Series of Posts
The Twitch streamer left millions of fans devastated when he announced the news on social media.
Megan Rapinoe's Victoria's Secret Role Sparks Huge Backlash
Conservatives have criticized the lingerie company for hiring the soccer star and LGBTQ activist as a brand ambassador, alongside actress Priyanka Chopra and trans model Valentina Sampaio.
Capitol Riot Cop Michael Fanone Says 'Coward' GOP Rep. Clyde Refused to Shake His Hand
Representative Andrew Clyde of Georgia previously compared the January 6 riot at the Capitol to a "normal tourist visit."
Biden mocked after Putin meeting for calling on pre-approved reporters
'I Create Alternative Makeup Looks For Men'
A lot of the makeup online at the moment is all about perfection and I don't think that's what makeup is about, I think it's about expressing your creativity.
Hungary's ban on "promotion" of homosexuality to kids draws fire
U.S. says latest moves by Hungary's long-time autocratic leader Viktor Orban "have no place in democratic society."
California's Elite Thacher School Reveals Sex Abuse Allegations Stretching Back 40 Years
Allegations from alumni that dated back to the 1980s were investigated after an Instagram account shared stories from former students.
China Launch: Astronauts Dock With Space Station
Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Thursday to help build their country’s rival to the International Space Station.
Why Scott Cawthon Is Retiring From 'Five Nights at Freddy's'
In the wake of personal controversies surrounding Scott Cawthon, the "Five Nights at Freddy's Developer" has posted an official retirement message on his website.
A New Film Argues Notorious Gangster Whitey Bulger Was a Victim of the FBI
Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyJames Joseph “Whitey” Bulger is arguably the most notorious gangster to ever come out of Boston, and his life of crime became headline news when, in December 1994, he went on the run and landed himself on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. That tale, as well as his eventual capture in Santa Monica in June 2011 at the age of 81, inspired the Johnny Depp-headlined Black Mass as well as Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed. Brendan J. Byrne’s new Discovery+ documentary, however, is less about Whitey’s reign of terror than it is about his sibling William Bulger, who, in a twist worthy of Hollywood, was for decades the most prominent—and arguably most powerful—politician in the state of Massachusetts.My Name is Bulger (debuting June 17) is a story about brothers and the fragility and unreliability of reputations, and its focus is squarely on William, whose legacy has taken a significant hit thanks to Whitey. Featuring interviews with William, his wife Mary, his kids Jimmy, Dan, Bill, Kathleen and Mary, and his sister Jean, not to mention Whitey’s long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig and gangland buddy Kevin Weeks, it’s a forthright reclamation project aimed at restoring William’s status by highlighting his unimpeachable ethics, accomplishments, and character. Former governors Michael Dukakis and Bill Weld speak glowingly on his behalf, as do journalists and authors such as Jason Bowns and Matt Connolly, and the intended effect is immediately apparent: to clear the name of a public servant who rose from nothing in South Boston to defend the downtrodden, the powerless, and those men and women who were part of his beloved Irish Catholic community. Born to a one-armed father whose staunch work ethic inspired him at an early age, William was one of six children, and his outgoing personality and interest in politics soon led him to campaign for a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which he won in 1960. That began a 35-year run in the legislature, 18 of which were spent as the president of the Senate—a position that Dukakis claims he held with distinction and integrity, helping to root out corruption. There were plenty of bumps along the way, though, including the 1974 Southie fight against forced busing, which Shelley Murphy of The Boston Globe strives to depict as a reasonable endeavor, despite the fact that many of the citizens opposed to busing were abusive racists who didn’t hide their hateful motivations. Frustratingly, My Name is Bulger skims past this seemingly key incident in Southie history, proving content to present the metro enclave as a warm, close-knit working-class haven where everyone had each other’s backs.Read more at The Daily Beast.
If 'cave syndrome' is keeping you from going in public, here's how to combat it
The pandemic has kept people isolated from each other, but as the world has opens up, some are terrified to venture out.
Thieves ‘Shopping for Firearms’ in Unlocked Cars
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photo via GettyAs gun purchases reached record highs last year, gun thefts from motor vehicles were right behind them everywhere from Atlanta to Memphis to Charlotte.“There are people who can’t buy guns who are basically shopping for firearms,” Atlanta Police Officer Steve Avery says of these thieves.Each gun necessarily passes into the hands of a criminal—the one who steals it. Police say the thief then either keeps it or sells it to another criminal. The gun is then often used in a range of violent crime, including murder and robbery.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
McDonald's Apologizes to Customer Left 'Vomiting' After Eating Burger
The woman, who had never eaten meat before, ordered a vegetarian burger only to discover it actually contained chicken.
Will Democrats Let Joe Manchin Throw Women Under The Bus?
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyA year ago, I did not have the following items on my 2021 Bingo Card: Kate Winslet’s perfect Eastern Pennsylvania accent; Lakers out in the first round of the playoffs; President Joe Biden moves to undo Hyde Amendment.But at the end of last month, Biden released his budget plan, and, sure enough, there was a proposal in there to end the Hyde Amendment, a 44-year-old law that bars federal funds (like Medicaid) from paying for abortion care, with rare exceptions. We’re still a long way from having Hyde tossed onto—to misappropriate a Mike Pence-ism, which is itself a reappropriated Reaganism, which in turn was a misquoted description of medieval Rome—the ash heap of history, but color me surprised that we’ve even arrived here, with President Biden taking a progressive stance on an issue that had long seemed unwinnable to many pro-choice advocates.Of course, none of this is settled yet. Presidents’ budgets are little more than litanies of things a president wants voters to think he wants, with the understanding that it’s Congress, and not the president, that ultimately has the power of the purse. Biden was a staunch proponent of the Hyde Amendment until 2019, when he found himself the odd candidate out in a crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls and changed his tune. But, while I’m heartened by the fact that Biden stuck to a campaign promise to oppose Hyde if elected, I’m still feeling cynical that Hyde is on its way out: in negotiations like this, it always seems like the first people who get things negotiated away from them are marginalized women and children.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Michael Musto Gets His Groove Back, as New York City Clubland Returns
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos via GettyIt turns out that participating in nightlife is like riding a bike. You can put down your Schwinn and lay down for over a year, but when the floodgates reopen, the skill comes right back and you’re whirling on wheels again!As a result of lockdown, New Yorkers had become woefully out of practice at face-to-face socializing, cocktail procuring, and carrying on, but as the restrictions have evaporated in stages, the party has re-ignited like wildfire. The need for social interaction is understandably intense, as well as the desire to move forward from a horrible time of grief, fear, isolation, and unemployment, not to mention an attempted coup. And New Yorkers are generally adaptable and willing to keep going and raise another glass while shimmying to the beat and burying the subtext. In Manhattan—which has seen so much nightlife move over the bridge to Brooklyn because of real estate concerns and other issues—things might even get better than before, to the point where I’ve been predicting a “Roaring 20s” return of frantic good times. It helps that Biden/Harris are trying to repair the country and the blue-state mood has been elevating while masks are descending.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Liberals Need To Stop Whining About Merrick Garland Defending Trump
Win McNamee/GettySome liberals are furious with Attorney General Merrick Garland as the Department of Justice defends laws that they oppose and individuals they abhor, including Donald Trump.Some of the criticisms arise from a misunderstanding of the foundational obligations of the DOJ to defend the laws of the United States—including those at odds with the policies of the current administration.That does not mean, however, that the DOJ under Garland should defend every position taken by the Trump-era Department, which was marked by mendacity and a disregard for the rule of law.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Rose Byrne on Unleashing Her Meanest Streak Yet in ‘Physical’: ‘It’s Deeply Uncomfortable’
Apple TV+When the trailer for Apple TV+’s new series Physical premiered, it seemed as if it was a reward to pop-culture obsessives for weathering the trauma of the pandemic.Perhaps inspired by the 10th anniversary of Bridesmaids, there was an almost omnipresent online discourse at the time surrounding how underappreciated Rose Byrne’s signature performances have been, both the tightly wound and smug, though insecure, Helen in the Kristen Wiig comedy and the sarcastic glamour-puss villain Rayna in Spy. Now here was a new series that elevated Byrne to leading lady status. She was playing a frustrated ’80s housewife who discovers aerobics and uses it to build an empire that would be her ticket out of her humdrum life.There was Byrne with permed hair so big that it practically bursts beyond the lens, and sporting a leotard in a purple hue so dated it may actually have gone extinct once the ’90s hit. Her envy-inducing cheekbones frame her plastered smile to such effect that you believe they may actually shatter the glass ceiling that Byrne’s character, Sheila, is surging toward with her new business. She starts chirping fitness-instructor motivational speak about breaking a sweat, and you could almost hear her biggest fans break into applause in return.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Pro-Cop ‘Propaganda’ Billboards Are Tearing This City Apart
Courtesy Brendan LeavyLooming over a busy interstate in Richmond, Virginia, is a billboard with an ominous message: “The safety of our city is in jeopardy.”Public safety, the billboard blares out in giant red letters, is in “crisis.”The culprit: a group that claims to represent nearly half the sworn officers in the state capital and functions much like a police union—right down to the inflammatory language.Read more at The Daily Beast.