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New York officer fired for Eric Garner chokehold death

The police officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has been fired. Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," sparked a national conversation about race and use of force. Errol Barnett reports.
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Edison passing tournament could take place in November if coronavirus conditions improve
Annual Edison summer passing tournament was postponed because of COVID-19.
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Business Updates: Gold Rallies as Markets Rise
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Ryan Reynolds ‘Unreservedly Sorry’ for Getting Married at South Carolina Plantation
Ryan Reynolds has expressed regret for holding his wedding to Blake Lively at a former plantation in South Carolina. “It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” the actor told Fast Company in a new interview. “It’s impossible to reconcile.” Reynolds and Lively married in 2012 at Boone Hall, a former plantation in…
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How a grandmother from Nigeria ended up in Beyoncé's new visual album
Mojisola Odegbami did not anticipate that a trip to the United States would land her a part in a visual album by one of the most popular music artists in the world -- Beyoncé.
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Biden to interview potential running mates as first presidential candidate to consider only women
Former Vice President Joe Biden is interviewing potential running mates this week and is expected to announce his choice the following week. Biden's pick will be the third woman in U.S. history to run for vice president on a major party ticket. Ed O'Keefe reports.
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A Problem With the IRS Website Is Threatening Families’ Livelihoods
The only way to fix this is to file a paper form—but the IRS has a massive backlog after suspending processing of mailed-in paperwork.
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Rep. Karen Bass praised Communist Party USA member in Congressional Record
Rep. Karen Bass, who is reportedly among Joe Biden’s shortlist of potential running mates, honored a known member of the Communist Party USA by praising him in remarks she then entered into the Congressional Record. Bass (D-Calif.) delivered the remarks in January 2017 in the wake of Oneil Marion Cannon’s passing, commending him for his...
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Trump says White House under consideration for location of GOP convention acceptance speech
Fox News reported on Tuesday that a speech by Trump accepting the GOP nomination at the White House was one of several options under consideration and that nothing has been finalized. 
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Disney+ vs Hulu vs Netflix: How Many Subscribers Do They Have?
Even with 60 million global subscribers, Disney+ has nothing on Netflix.
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Little girl, 6, chokes on face mask baked into her Chicken McNuggets
Maddie's Happy Meal turned out to be anything but.
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Preventing a mental health crisis in children and adolescents
CBS News contributor and psychologist Lisa Damour warns how the extended isolation from social distancing could cause a mental health crisis in children and adolescents. As many of them prepare for the new normal of school, Damour joins "CBS This Morning" for a conversation about how to help the children in our lives.
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These 7 videos show the massive Lebanon explosion from street level, across Beirut
Initially, smoke could be seen billowing from Beirut's port. Many people in Lebanon's capital city filmed it on their cellphones — so when the larger white explosion occurred, that horrific moment was caught on video from numerous angles.        
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The debate over masks today is a lot like the decades-long fight to mandate seat belts
Buckling up is second nature for most Americans. It took us over 60 years to get to that point, though. The US doesn't have 60-plus years to get Americans on board with masks.
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Trump still not grasping the severity of the pandemic, source tells CNN
President Donald Trump was still struggling to fully grasp the severity of the coronavirus pandemic during a task force meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday, a source familiar with the meeting told CNN.
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The US needs real-time data to fight the pandemic. We’re still not even close.
Mend Urgent Care workers perform drive-up Covid-19 testing in Los Angeles, California, on July 31, 2020. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images The crucial data we don’t have to fight Covid-19. Six months into America’s battle with Covid-19, we still can’t really see the enemy. There isn’t good real-time data on where the virus is and who it is infecting. Our diagnostic testing is at an all-time high, but it’s still missing the vast majority of infections. We don’t have systematic surveillance programs like we do for the flu to fill in the gaps, and we don’t have good metrics that tell us how well the virus is being contained. We’re particularly in the dark about what’s happening in many minority communities, which have lower testing rates than white communities. We don’t have good foresight into the future either: As the response to the pandemic grows more fractured, and the policies less consistent and more politicized, it’s getting harder to model. “It’s like we’re flying blind,” says Sarah Cobey, an infectious disease modeler at the University of Chicago. To extend the metaphor: When airplane pilots can’t see out their windows, they can rely on their instruments to guide them through a storm. But with the pandemic “we don’t even have that,” Cobey says. “We don’t even have good numbers to be staring at to guide our flying.” This blindness is particularly excruciating because institutions — like schools and universities — have to make hugely consequential decisions about reopening without clear data on what’s happening on the ground. The best data we have on community spread of Covid-19 is weeks out of date when it arrives. And schools won’t necessarily be able to monitor the consequences of their decisions in real-time. With a virus capable of exponential growth, these lags in data can result in catastrophe. What we do know is that we’re entering a newly dangerous period. As temperatures fall and people are forced back indoors in the coming months, it’s possible that transmission rates of Covid-19 will increase even more. If we’re going to fly this country out of the pandemic, we’re going to need more visibility on what’s going on. Here’s what’s missing, and what we so desperately need. 1) We don’t have good real-time data. And data are particularly insufficient for minority communities. Time is everything in the pandemic. The quicker a Covid-19 case is identified, the quicker it can be isolated, the quicker contacts can be quarantined, fewer people get infected, and so on. On a big picture level: The faster a state or local government can identify a growing outbreak, the faster it can act to stem the outbreak. What we need is a real-time view of Covid-19 transmission. And it simply doesn’t exist. Ideally, we could get real-time transmission data from rapid Covid-19 diagnostic testing. But testing is currently backlogged in many places, with people waiting a week or more for results. So it can’t provide real-time data. Testing also does not provide a complete picture of who is getting infected. “Four out of five infections are not ... counted as cases,” Cobey says. They’re not being tested (these include milder or asymptomatic cases). “Right now, cases are so underreported, and they’re not just under reported in a consistent way. They’re underreported in a biased way.” Minority communities, for instance, are not being tested at the same rate as white communities (despite bearing a disproportionate brunt of the pandemic’s toll.) According to an investigation by FiveThirtyEight, Black and Hispanic communities face longer wait times for tests, and there are “fewer testing sites in areas primarily inhabited by racial minorities.” So testing data gives us a skewed picture of what’s going on. Since we can’t use testing data for a view of overall community transmission, we have to extrapolate from hospitalizations and deaths. Researchers know, roughly, the ratio of hospitalizations and deaths to the amount of community spread. So they can work backward. Yet, hospitalizations and deaths are lagging indicators. They’re indicative of transmission that occurred three weeks ago or more. “Under exponential growth, three weeks can really mean a huge increase in cases or in infections,” Jaline Gerardin, a Northwestern University computational epidemiologist says. If it takes a week for cases to double, she explains, then a three-week lag of data means cases can increase eightfold. Hospitalization data may also now be less reliable than before, thanks to the Trump administration. A recent change in policy to reroute Covid-19 hospitalization data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Department of Health and Human Services has created “temporary information blackouts,” ProPublica reports. The Covid Tracking Project — a watchdog journalism group collecting Covid-19 data — writes, “these problems mean that our hospitalization data—a crucial metric of the COVID-19 pandemic—is, for now, unreliable, and likely an undercount.” Go Nakamura/Getty Images Medical staff treat a patient wearing a helmet-based ventilator in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on July 28, 2020. But even pristine hospital data wouldn’t tell the whole story of the pandemic. Older people are more likely to be hospitalized, which makes it harder to deduce outbreaks among younger people from this data source. Gerardin says in Illinois “the Hispanic/Latino population tends to skew younger than white or Black populations.” So relying on hospitalization data makes it harder to observe trends in this community. In the absence of current, comprehensive data, scientists are developing new tools to make the best use of the data available to help guide difficult reopening decisions. In advising Texas schools on reopenings, Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the University of Texas COVID-19 modeling consortium, and her colleagues have created a calculator to estimate how many students and faculty may come to campus infected based on levels of community transmission. If Covid-19 prevalence in the community is 1 in 100, for example, then a school with 1,000 students and teachers could expect 10 people to arrive infected during a reopening, Meyers and her colleagues report. (Just one infected person is enough to start a large outbreak.) But the key thing about this risk calculation is that it’s dependent on knowing the prevalence of Covid-19 in a community. Using hospitalization data “we are able to kind of estimate how fast the virus was spreading about 10 days prior,” Meyers says. Ten days, while helpful, isn’t ideal: An outbreak can start to spark up in that time. That’s the best they can do. But they can’t even do it for everywhere in the country: “Unfortunately, hospitalization data are not kind of widely available for all communities in the country,” she says. So not only are some areas blind to their current conditions, they don’t even have a clear view of the recent past. What we need: Surveillance testing One of the most commonly reported metrics during the pandemic is the percentage of tests that come back positive. In May, the World Health Organization advised governments that before reopening, the rate of Covid-19 positive tests should remain at 5 percent or lower for at least 14 days. If the proportion of positive tests rises above 5 percent consistently, it’s a sign there’s an outbreak growing in the area (and not just a sign that more mild cases are being discovered due to increased testing.) The problem is that this metric — while helpful — is still crude. And at times, it can deliver ambiguous conclusions. “You could imagine a situation where the the epidemic is growing, but the test positivity rate is actually decreasing,” Gerardin says. For example, if a university decides to test all of its incoming students, or if a company decides to test all of its employees before coming back to work, it can inflate the denominator of the equation. “Changes in the denominator of who’s being tested is really important,” Cobey says. “And we don’t [currently] understand them.” Instead of relying on this flawed metric, we need systematic surveillance. A good surveillance system doesn’t need to include everyone tested, but just a predefined segment of the population, tracked carefully, and with good data. Recently, Cobey and Gerardin consulted with the state of Illinois about setting up a surveillance system. Their idea is really simple: systematically record all of the patients who arrive at outpatient clinics with symptoms. “You can estimate the effective reproductive number from that,” Cobey says. “You can get more up-to-date estimates and more precise estimates of what transmission rates are at different times.” Ideally, “this would have been up and running before we started coming out of lockdown,” Geradin says. But currently, they say there’s only one outpatient site in Illinois participating as a pilot, and it’s not enough to provide useful data. They’re not sure when the full program will be up and running. “I don’t know of any US state that is doing good surveillance,” Cobey says, though admitting it’s hard to know what’s going on everywhere across the country. And that’s part of the problem, too: There’s no national standard for what Covid-19 surveillance ought to look like, or one place to go look up programs that exist. “It really confuses me why we’re not investing in this,” Cobey says, about surveillance programs overall. If testing programs across states were more careful and systematic in their current data collection and reporting — labeling why people recieved the tests, and if they have symptoms, noting when they started — it would help produce better real-time estimates of transmission. “Even where there’s more testing, we’re almost never seeing the numbers broken down in a reasonable way,” Cobey says. “For instance, we don’t know which tests are from asymptomatics or symptomatics, or if tests come from outpatient sites or people showing up quite ill in the hospital.” Just ensuring every recorded case included a “date of symptom onset” would be helpful for better surveillance she says. “And that’s not collected the vast majority of the time.” Other scientists are trying to find ways to fill in the gaps. Mauricio Santillana, a computational epidemiologist at Harvard has been building a machine-learning program to use as a form of disease surveillance. “What we seek to identify is, ‘Can we help these traditional data sources, identify outbreaks with more confidence?’,” Santillana says. Santillana and his colleagues combine data from UpToDate (a search engine for clinicians to look up disease symptoms), Google searches for fevers or Covid-19 symptoms, data from digital thermometers that pair with smartphones, and other information streams to predict outbreaks weeks before they show up in case-count data. “We’re hoping to provide with these kinds of tools, confirmatory information to say, yes, cases are under control, or no,” Santillana says. This approach can’t replace traditional surveillance outright (and it has some drawbacks: If people’s behavior starts changing in terms of Google searches or UpToDate searches, it could potentially alter the predictive ability of the program.) And while they have piloted the program with some success in China, he says, they’re also facing a frustrating roadblock in the US. “Agencies such as the CDC see our work to some extent as novel and experimental, even though we have worked with the CDC for more than five years, using this data for influenza,“ Santillana says. “So that means that they’re not paying as much attention, they’re not funding our work.” The state of surveillance testing is frustrating for scientists. Disease surveillance is no novel concept: It is regularly in use for the flu. “I had thought good surveillance would be the most obvious thing for politicians to want to invest in and improve, so they can adjust policy faster and with more data-driven authority, but it turns out it’s not,” Cobey says. 2) We don’t have good metrics on containment There’s another view we don’t have: how well we have this virus contained. “If you equate infectious disease transmission to fires, I could tell you where the major [Covid-19] fires are in the US — Florida, Texas, Arizona — I know where the fires are, especially if they are big,” says Cyrus Shahpar, the former lead of the Global Rapid Response Team at the CDC. With wildfires, authorities will report what percentage of the fire is contained, which is often a reflection of how well fire-fighting authorities are responding. With Covid-19, we have few comparable metrics. “I have no idea what percent contained these [Covid-19] fires are,” Shahpar says. “You could have a small fire that isn’t contained and that’s the problem. Or you could have a medium fire that is contained and that’s better contained. That matters, and that’s where we have the biggest information gap.” What would you want to know to assess Covid containment? Shahpar, along with Tom Frieden, the former CDC director under President Obama, and their group Resolve to Save Lives, have 15 essential indicators for all states to report to better understand how good (or bad) of a job they are doing in responding to the pandemic. They include metrics like: What proportion of cases are isolated within 48 hours (to get a sense if new sparks in the fire are being quickly contained)? What percentage of cases are linked to previously known cases? (The less we know about chains of transmission, the less we probably know about the scope of the entire outbreak). How long, on average, does it take to isolate a case? “I have no idea how these things are going in Florida and Texas in other any state, really because they don’t report it,” Shahpar says. States are all reporting their own hodgepodge of metrics, which makes it hard to get a clear picture of pandemic containment at a national level. Federal guidance from the CDC and White House to states has been slow, and so states had to come up with their own plans. But that makes the scope of our pandemic hard to track. “Even if the metrics aren’t great right now, and I think that some places they aren’t, you need to know what they are. So that when we improve, we know that we’ve improved,” he says. Resolve to Save Lives is keeping track of which states report this type of containment data, and so far, the vast majority don’t. The states that do track it aren’t doing so in a standardized way, so it’s hard to make cross-state comparisons. Shahpar blames a lack of federal guidance. “If you look at the 50 reopening plans of each of the states, they’re all different,” he says. “They all look different, what they look at is different. And so we’ve kind of already proceeded into a place where everything’s different. So it’s much harder to get it all aligned.” Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Travelers at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, walk past a poster board advertising the state’s new travel order that went into effect on August 1. The order mandates that travelers fill out a form and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a coronavirus state that has a lower risk. 3) The future of the pandemic is difficult to model right now Everyone wants to know what’s going to happen next. But here’s the truth: It’s really hard to know, exactly, what shape the pandemic will take this coming fall. There’s an element of chaos in all of this. And it’s getting harder to model outcomes. “We have understood from the very beginning, that this the way this virus spreads fundamentally depends on behavior and politics,” Meyers says. “And, and our behavior changed in unprecedented dramatic ways.” (Who could have predicted people protesting mask-wearing, for instance?) “We really cannot predict what people are going to be doing, you know, next week,” she says. For that reason — and others — her team’s models never try to project more than three weeks into the future, she says. Cobey agrees: “I expect that, you know, our predictive abilities are going to improve with time,” she says. “But at the moment, I think this is a particularly dark spot.” There are still so many uncertainties that will determine our course: How much of a role kids play in transmission is still a mystery that’s being sorted out (though it’s increasingly clear kids can get infected and transmit the virus with frequency), and how people will continue to adhere to mask-wearing guidance. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images A Covid-19 antibody testing site in San Dimas, California, on July 26, 2020. While we might not be able to intuit the future, and while we might not have great vision on what’s currently happening, it doesn’t mean we’re powerless. We know the conditions under which the pandemic grows worse. We can continue to social distance, continue to wear masks, continue to try to test, trace, and isolate. “What we see over and over again in our modeling,” Jeffrey Shaman, an infectious disease modeler at Columbia University explains, is that the ability to open up places like schools safely, depends on “how much virus there is out there right now, how many cases you’re seeing in the last four days, and how much it’s growing at that time.” Right now, we have to be really cautious, and act knowing that this data arrives already out of date. Without clear vision in this storm “we’re going to be living with coronavirus much longer, with much more preventable death and disability than any other part of the world,” Shahpar says. In the coming months, the storm might grow worse. And as temperatures begin to drop, we should prepare for Covid-19 transmission to increase. “It’s what we see in every other acute respiratory viral infection,” Cobey says. 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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Orioles’ Adley Rutschman flirts with ‘Bachelor’ star Madison Prewett on Instagram
Adley Rutschman is really hoping to score a first impression rose from "Bachelor" alum Madison Prewett.
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Kourtney Kardashian is ‘not ok’ after shaving son Reign Disick’s hair
The 5-year-old got a dramatic haircut.
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Virginia mayor urged to resign after saying Biden tapped ‘Aunt Jemima’ as VP
A Virginia mayor is facing calls to resign for a Facebook post saying Joe Biden “just announced Aunt Jemima” as his running mate in his bid for the White House. Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves posted the comment late Sunday on his Facebook page. It was later removed, but not before the offensive remark was condemned...
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UConn becomes first major college football team to cancel season
The University of Connecticut is the first FBS school to cancel its football season due to the coronavirus pandemic. “After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement Wednesday morning....
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Congress stimulus negotiations: Things are finally starting to move
The negotiators are, at long last, actually negotiating.
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How the coronavirus pandemic left millions of Americans without health insurance
In this installment of Eye on Money, "CBS This Morning" takes a look at how the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is not just costing jobs, but leaving millions of Americans without health coverage. More than 50 million people have applied for unemployment since the pandemic began, and nearly half of U.S. workers get their health insurance through work. One study found that an estimated 5.4 million American workers lost their health insurance in just three months. Michelle Miller reports, and CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins the show to discuss coverage alternatives and what Americans who lost their coverage can do.
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Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre alleges Prince Andrew used puppet of himself on victims
Prince Andrew once used a puppet of himself to allegedly grope Virginia Roberts Giuffre and another accuser in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse — before an erotic massage in the “dungeon,” Giuffre claims in her manuscript. The alleged abuse — with the doll of the royal’s likeness from satirical British TV show “Spitting Image” — occurred...
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Opinion: Rupp Arena's name will change when Black athletes stop going to Kentucky
When Black athletes are no longer willing to play for Kentucky as long as its gym is named after Adolph Rupp, the name will change.       
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Moderna already got $400 million for a Covid vaccine that isn't available
Moderna, one of the companies working on a treatment for Covid-19, said Wednesday that it's on track to finish enrollment for a phase 3 study of its vaccine by the end of September.
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Over 98,000 New Yorkers still without power after Isaias ripped through NYC
More than 98,000 people were still without power in New York City Wednesday morning — a day after Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through the region, and knocked out juice to the second-highest number of Con Ed customers in the company’s history. Con Edison tallied 5,240 outages affecting 98,215 customers in the five boroughs as of...
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President Donald Trump calls NBA players kneeling during anthem 'disgraceful'
In a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Trump was asked about his take on the state of the league. Most players and coaches have kneeled.        
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Covid-19 rates are significantly higher among minority children and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, study finds
Covid-19 rates are significantly higher among minority children and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, according to a new study.
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27 million in U.S. at risk of losing health coverage amid pandemic
"We're seeing an unprecedented loss in jobs, and what's going to come along with that, is unfortunately the loss of health insurance as well," Kaiser Foundation Executive Vice President Larry Levitt said.
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New York Comedy Festival postponed until 2021
The New York Comedy Festival was set to take place Nov. 9-15.
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Colorado State football in chaos over alleged coronavirus ‘cover-up’
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State president Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms. The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan on Tuesday. According to the newspaper report, Colorado State football...
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America's jobs crisis could be about to get even worse
America's fragile jobs market recovery, after just two months of improvement, appears to be losing steam as Covid-19 infections rise and federal funds for businesses begin to dry up.
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Kourtney Kardashian reveals her son, 5, shaved his waist-length hair: ‘I am not ok’
Kourtney Kardashian’s son Reign Disick no longer has long hair.
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‘A Knight’s Tale’ Is Now on Netflix, the Best Anachronistic Period Film of All Time
A Knight's Tale will rock you.
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Undeterred by potential Trump ban, outside digital organizers rally enthusiasm for Joe Biden on TikTok
Outside digital organizers are capitalizing on TikTok to drum up enthusiasm for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, amid President Donald Trump's potential ban of the short form video app.
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CDC warns of upcoming outbreak of life-threatening disease that targets children
The CDC is warning that it expects an outbreak of a rare, life-threatening disease that targets children, starting this month. The potentially deadly neurological and respiratory disease, acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, has resurfaced in waves every two years in the US since 2014 — and typically strikes between August and November, the federal Centers...
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Passenger on Alaska cruise tests positive for COVID-19, prompting quarantine, canceled sailings
Passengers are quarantining on the ship until Alaska "deems it safe for them to return home," after one passenger tested positive for COVID-19.       
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Man proposes to girlfriend with candles, burns down their apartment
A man in England made his fiery love for his girlfriend official by popping the question with dozens of candles, in a heartfelt display that accidentally burned down their apartment.
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Trump calls for first presidential debate to be moved up due to early, mail-in voting
President Trump in a "Fox & Friends" interview Wednesday morning called for the first presidential debate to be moved up, citing increased mail-in and early voting that will see many ballots cast in the presidential election before the first debate is held. 
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Fiona Hill, ex-Trump adviser who testified in impeachment, plans book on future of polarized America
Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America.        
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Judge Rules Meghan Markle’s Friends Can Remain Anonymous in Privacy Invasion Case Against British Newspaper
Meghan is seeking damages for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection breaches
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Beirut explosion: Pompeo says US is ready to help, Australia donates $1.4M as international community responds
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of a number of high-ranking international officials to offer help to Lebanon in the wake of a devastating explosion that tore through Beirut on Tuesday, leaving at least 100 people dead and injuring thousands more.
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New York Times' digital revenue exceeds print for first time ever
The nation's newspaper of record is looking more and more like a digital shop, and it has the subscription numbers to show it.
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A nun on the radical possibilities of Christianity
A chapel on Santorini Volcano Island in the Aegean Sea in Greece on July 6, 2020. | Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images A conversation about love and suffering in Christianity. “One who lives in God lives in others because it is in the other that God is found.” That’s how Ilia Delio, a Franciscan nun and Catholic theologian, sums up her vision of Christianity. For Delio, much of what passes for Christianity today has become unmoored from the example of Christ. The result, she says, is an “abstract Christianity” that can’t really speak to the pain and loss we’re experiencing in this moment. I recently spoke with Delio as part of Future Perfect’s new limited-series podcast, The Way Through, which is all about exploring the world’s great philosophical and spiritual traditions for guidance during these difficult times. At the core of our conversation is the question of suffering and how we should respond to it. There’s a version of Christianity that is mostly about dogma and institutional power — that’s the Christianity I felt alienated from as a child. But there’s another version, a “Christianity of deed” in Delio’s words, that’s all about sacrifice and love — and that’s a Christianity I wanted to explore. We dig into what this kind of living faith might look like in the world, and what it would take to get us there. Subscribe to Future Perfect: The Way Through on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts. 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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Deadly Beirut blast wiped out 85% of grain silos
The blast occurred at Beirut's port, which manages 60% of all imports for Lebanon.
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Trump: ‘Teachers in a certain age group’ should stay home in fall due to COVID-19
"If a teacher's in a certain age group, I think they shouldn't be going in and probably they'll have to wait until the thing goes by," Trump said during a "Fox & Friends" interview.
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The most alarming claims from USA TODAY's investigation into Texas Tech
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports obtained Texas Tech's exit interviews with players from the past two seasons via public records requests. In addition to reviewing those documents and others, USA TODAY Sports interviewed 10 players, two former assistant coaches and two parents about the program.        
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New York health department investigating Long Island nursing home after CBS News report
As coronavirus nursing home deaths continue to rise across the country, CBS News took a look at policies in New York and Florida that allow COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities, and spoke to a former employee of a nursing home in New York who alleges COVID-19 patients were not separated from other residents, which may have led to deaths. David Begnaud reports from Miami.
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Big Ten announces schedule of 10 conference games to start Sept. 5
The Big Ten plans to kick off its Big Ten college football schedule of conference games on Sept. 5 but leave flexibility due to coronavirus concerns.       
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