New York’s rules on which stores can open make no sense — and inflict needless pain

Is Gov. Andrew Cuomo trying to kill New York’s economy for good? That’s the only possible explanation for crazy state rules that ban shoppers from COVID-19-responsible stores — even by appointment and after dramatic drops in hospitalizations. As The Post’s Lisa Fickenscher reported Thursday, desperate furniture showrooms like Ethan Allen and Raymour & Flanigan are...
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Oregon governor meets with state troopers caught flouting mask mandate in coffee shop
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown met Friday with three Oregon State Police troopers who were seen on video earlier this week defying a mandated statewide mask order while visiting a Corvallis coffee shop.
80 American artists are writing messages in the skies above ICE detention centers
Over Independence Day weekend, the project "In Plain Sight" aims to bring attention to the complex network of facilities and landmarks related to US immigration around the country.
Why do Trump, allies repost racist messaging and will it help his reelection effort?
The growing pattern comes as Trump drops in national polls.
Our country is in chaos. But it's a great time to be an American
It's easy to be cynical this Fourth of July. Racial protests have rocked every major US city, and Americans can't even agree if they should wear face masks during a pandemic. But what some see as chaos, others see as an explosion of patriotism.
Bob Ross' time in the Air Force influenced him in 'The Joy of Painting,' pal says
Before Bob Ross introduced the world to “The Joy of Painting,” he served in the Air Force where he discovered happy trees and almighty mountains.
Fourth of July: Why do we celebrate with fireworks?
Do you know why it’s popular to celebrate July 4 with a bang?
Your Weekend Briefing: Halfway Through 2020
January feels like a decade ago. Here’s what you may have forgotten.
Toledo police officer fatally shot outside Home Depot store: reports
A police officer was fatally shot outside a Home Depot store just after midnight Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, according to reports.
As coronavirus cases skyrocket, US marks July Fourth with pleas for people to skip the parties
After a week of skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the United States, officials are issuing a stark warning this July Fourth: Skip the parties.
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MLB’s Cleveland Indians say they’re open to possible name change
Cleveland’s MLB team hasn’t always been called the Indians -- and the team indicated Friday it might soon be willing to change its name again.
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Military vets and fireworks: It's a complicated relationship
While the Fourth of July can be likened to one of America's biggest street parties — at least in pre-pandemic times — our celebration of the sacrifices made by our nation's warriors can cause intensely painful trauma reactions for some who fight our wars.
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Spouse cheating? 10 tech clues to find evidence
Years of marriage will hone a spouse’s instincts, and we often know when something seems funny. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart tech absorb adulterous evidence like a sponge. Once suspicions are aroused, a digital trail could contain many clues about a potential dalliance.
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Trump will host a scaled-back July 4th party at White House as coronavirus cases spike
Trump's guests will include members of the military and law enforcement, as well as doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.        
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Britain has one of the world's worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it's about to drink itself into chaos
After four months of coronavirus lockdown closure, England's pubs are opening their doors again amid fears that this thirst for normality may risk further infections.
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Britain has one of the world's worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it's about to drink itself into chaos
The thought of a pint of beer in a proper pub is a dream that has sustained many people in the UK through the tough months of coronavirus lockdown, but as the doors to drinking establishments finally reopen after four months on Saturday, a potential nightmare looms.
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Lawyer for Epstein victims thinks Ghislaine Maxwell will die in jail
Ghislaine Maxwell will likely kill herself or “be silenced” in jail, a victim lawyer has reportedly predicted — a year after he correctly forecast Jeffrey Epstein’s early death behind bars. “I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive,” Spencer Kuvin, an attorney for several Epstein victims, told The Daily Mail. “I...
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July Fourth: Frederick Douglass found hope in our Declaration of Independence. So can we.
These are trouble times and the American dream may still be a dream deferred. But the great promise of our founding documents is worth chasing after.      
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Gilbert Burns comments on 'devastating' removal from UFC 251 after positive COVID-19 test
Gilbert Burns said he's "not feeling well" in his first comment since news of his removal from the UFC 251 main event.        Related StoriesMarina Rodriguez vs. Carla Esparza removed from July 15 UFC event after positive COVID-19 testConor McGregor offers condolences following death of Abdulmanap NurmagomedovOvince Saint Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov rescheduled for UFC's Aug. 22 event 
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Mets’ Luis Rojas: Yoenis Cespedes has been sprinting
Yoenis Cespedes’ legs might be the most heavily scrutinized body part in spring training 2.0 for the Mets. If he can run, he can play. And from reports manager Luis Rojas has received, Cespedes was sprinting during the COVID-19 layoff. “I know he was still in a progression while we were away, running bases and...
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Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead
If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.
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Yankees’ Zack Britton: No-fan games will be a ‘challenge’
When you run through a list of reasons for a team winning a title in a shortened season, solid starting pitching, strong bullpen and deep lineup are the top three selections. Now, with MLB hoping to launch a 60-game regular season and a 10-team postseason in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and in front...
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3 Colorado police officers linked to photos at Elijah McClain memorial are fired: reports
Three Aurora, Colo., police officers linked to controversial photos snapped at the site of a memorial for slain black man Elijah McClain were fired Friday, according to reports.
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More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions
More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers have petitioned the state's governor asking that he impose further restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19.
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Nets’ Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has chance to make mark
Sometimes it takes an outside eye for perspective. And as Nets wing Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s friends and family back home in France watch the U.S. fail to slow the coronavirus — and many Americans refuse to act responsibly — they can’t help but be stunned. “Yeah, they’ve been really questioning myself on what’s going, why is...
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Gamblers can (legally) bet on the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest for the first time in the July Fourth event's history
Bettors with the stomach for it can now legally put up their money to see how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut will take down.
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Mets’ Edwin Diaz not ready to give up closer role without a fight
Edwin Diaz didn’t resemble much of a closer for the Mets last season, but in spring training this year indicated he still had faith the job was his. Returning to workouts 3½ months later, that mindset hasn’t changed. “My mentality has always been that I’m a closer, despite even what happened last year,” Diaz said...
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Trump announces creation of ‘National Garden’ with statues of ‘greatest Americans’
President Trump concluded his Friday night Mount Rushmore speech by announcing he has signed an executive order creating a “National Garden of American Heroes.” The president described the garden as a “vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived.” An interagency task force will look for potential sites,...
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Justin Trudeau might skip US-Canada-Mexico summit due to tariff and coronavirus
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be skipping the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) summit in Washington DC next week. Comments made by Trudeau on Friday indicated he intended to stay in Canada due to the recent uptick in the coronavirus cases in the United States. He also cited US threats to re-impose a 10 percent...
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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: Time, TV info for Fourth of July competition
Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are the favorites again for Saturday's fan-less Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.       
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Nigerian Instagram star flaunted lavish lifestyle but was actually conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, US prosecutors say
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Trump at Mount Rushmore: Controversy, fireworks and personal fascination
Trump's long-sought July Fourth visit has sparked racial and health controversy.
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Ex-Knick Marshall Plumlee takes skills from court to US Army
It’s as if the Plumlees made a point not to stand apart. Marshall, Mason and Miles are neighbors in baby-name books. The three brothers are separated by less than four years in age. Each stands at least 6-foot-10. Each played at Duke. Each reached the NBA. But when each calls home to Indiana, the Plumlees’...
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Leo Terrell slams DNC tweet tying Mount Rushmore to 'white supremacy' as 'the race card at its highest level'
Civil rights attorney Leo Tyrrell told "Hannity" Friday that a now-deleted tweet from the Democratic National Committee that tried to link Mount Rushmore with "white supremacy" made him "embarrassed to be a Democrat."
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Yankees’ Gerrit Cole can help lift baseball out of its funk
Count Gerrit Cole as one of the few people who, during this profound economic downturn, received a promotion. He arrived in The Bronx last December with the mission of saving (or at least elevating) his new team. He kicks off his second pinstriped spring training on Saturday, at Yankee Stadium once again, as a savior...
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Transgender advocacy group launches Spanish language hotline service
After experiencing a surge in calls, a transgender advocacy group launched a Spanish language version of their hotline on Wednesday.
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Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore
President Donald Trump has delivered a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore, charging that protesters have waged “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history” amid demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality
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Fighter's positive COVID test scuttles UFC 251 title bout
Gilbert Burns has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his UFC 251 headlining bout with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.       
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Victor Davis Hanson says Trump must evoke Abraham Lincoln's July 4 address in 1861 amid current unrest
Hoover Institution senior fellow and author Victor Davis Hanson told the "Ingraham Angle" Friday that President Trump must respond to America's current unrest with a firm statement along the lines of Abraham Lincoln's message to Congress on July 4, 1861.
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Kim Guilfoyle tests positive, Don Jr. negative, for coronavirus, Trump campaign confirms
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the campaign confirmed Friday night.
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Lancaster set to defy L.A. County's ban on Fourth of July fireworks
The Lancaster City Council has called an emergency meeting Saturday to vote on whether to defy a Los Angeles countywide ban on fireworks displays over the July Fourth weekend.
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Inside look at Mets’ coronavirus protocols at Citi Field
The line began forming outside the Hodges gate at Citi Field before 8 a.m. on Friday. Reporters and photographers with access to the ballpark — a number limited to 35 as part of MLB’s COVID-19 protocol — were greeted by a Mets employee who explained the entrance procedures. First, there would be a standard bag...
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At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war
President Trump accuses his opponents of wanting to "end America" and vows to protect statues and monuments.
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Tony Ferguson to Khabib after father's death: 'He will be front row' when we hopefully fight
Tony Ferguson put aside his differences with Khabib Nurmagomedov for a show of respect.        Related StoriesReport: Russian president Vladimir Putin calls Khabib Nurmagomedov for offer 'deepest condolences' on father's deathConor McGregor offers condolences following death of Abdulmanap NurmagomedovOvince Saint Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov rescheduled for UFC's Aug. 22 event 
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Trump announces plans to create national garden honoring "greatest Americans to ever live"
During his remarks at Mount Rushmore on Friday evening, President Trump said he plans to establish, via executive order, a "National Garden of American Heroes," which he described as "a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live."
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Trump: Destroyers of U.S. Monuments Will Get at Least 10 Years in Prison
On Friday evening, President Donald Trump said the destroyers of American statues and monuments will receive a minimum of ten years in federal prison if convicted.
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President Trump vows to protect Mount Rushmore from any changes
In the wake of statues and monuments being desecrated and taken down, President Trump vows to protect Mount Rushmore from any changes.        
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Tammy Bruce calls Ghislaine Maxwell case a 'very important' reminder women are as capable of evil as men
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce addressed the issue of "gender stereotypes" Friday while reacting to the story of a woman who claims Ghislaine Maxwell raped her between 20 and 30 times, beginning when the alleged victim was just 14 years old in 1991.
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Trump to Build National Park Honoring 'Greatest Americans Who Ever Lived'
President Donald Trump, on Friday evening, said he is signing an executive order to build a new national park named the "National Garden of American Heroes" honoring the "greatest Americans" in United States history.
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