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One fatally shot in NYC smoke shop ‘robbery gone bad’

The deadly episode unfolded inside the Plug Smoke Shop, a CBD and THC dispensary at 109-27 Jamaica Ave. shortly after noon on Saturday, cops said.
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Ron DeSantis opens fire on Trump’s character, chaotic leadership style
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally taken the gloves off and launched a blistering attack on his former mentor President Donald Trump.
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How WWE should handle its other main event to tell best WrestleMania 39 story
It’s pretty clear which match should main event Night 1 of WrestleMania 39, even if WWE may think otherwise.
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PGA Tour pro Matt Wallace gets into heated argument with caddie during tournament
Matt Wallace is a relative unknown on the PGA Tour but on Saturday he went viral over an intense interaction with his caddie at the Valspar Championship in Florida.
Rand Paul dings 'self-interested' Fauci, lab-leak critics, scoffs at Biden 'caveats' on COVID info
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined 'The Story' to sound off on the latest news involving the origins of the coronavirus, after Biden signed a bipartisan bill.
Legal uncertainty threatens abortion pill access in Nevada
Drug distributor AmerisourceBergen, the sole supplier of the pills to all pharmacies, is accused of taking an approach that could limit access.
Melissa Joan Hart says she and husband of nearly 20 years 'consistently' go to couples therapy
Melissa Joan Hart and husband Mark Wilkerson "consistently" go to couple's counseling. The "Clarissa Explains it All" alum said marriage "doesn’t get easier" after 20 years together.
Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky criticized for 'stupid not funny prank' on son for his birthday
"Thor" star Chris Hemsworth and his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, are being slammed on social media for a practical joke they played on their son for his birthday.
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova says she is cancer-free, details 'total panic' following diagnosis
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with throat and breast cancer last year. The 66-year-old revealed recently that she is now cancer-free.
The 10 best star light projectors and night lights sold on Amazon
These projectors and night lights are out of this world.
Fisk University makes history as first HBCU with a women's gymnastics team
The team won its first home match earlier this month while the university became the first HBCU to host an NCAA gymnastics competition.
World Baseball Classic USA-Japan Championship: How To Watch, Time & More
Team USA has the chance to repeat their WBC title tonight.
BetMGM Massachusetts bonus code NPBONUS: Grab $1,000 in bonus bets for USA vs. Japan or any matchup
Use the bonus code NPBONUS or NPBONUS110 to get $1,000 or $1,100 in bonus bets at BetMGM for team USA's matchup.
Photos of Trump Supporters at Protest Spark Conspiracy Theory
Donald Trump's calls for protests on Tuesday didn't really pan out.
The sanctions on Russia are starting to hurt — but not enough
Sanctions have squeezed the economy undergirding Putin's war in Ukraine. The West can tighten the screws more, especially on Moscow's energy revenue.
Mexico's President Sides With Trump, Saying Charges Are a 'Fabrication'
Mexico's leader voiced support for Trump as a possible indictment looms over the former president.
Trash interceptor weathers the storms, sparing Pacific from thousands of pounds of garbage
Heavy rains have put the trash collection system to the test, and for the most part it appears to have passed.
Uganda's legislature passes harsh new anti-LGBTQ bill
Ugandan lawmakers passes a bill prescribing jail terms of up to 10 years for offenses related to same-sex relations.
Russian TV Unsure Whether Xi Jinping is 'an Ally or a Trading Partner'
Questions remain as to what unwritten understandings the two leaders might or might not have reached regarding shipment of Chinese arms to Russia.
Mike Anderson will file arbitration lawsuit against St. John's after firing: report
Former St. John's men's basketball head coach Mike Anderson is filing an arbitration lawsuit against the university that he believes wrongfully fired him for cause.
Best graduation gifts of 2023: 50 ideas for college, high school, more
Congrats, graduates of all ages.
With Trump case looming, what is an indictment?
Legal experts say that criminal cases where a defendant is indicted long before an arrest are common in potential white-collar crimes.
Google’s AI chatbot Bard rules search giant has ‘monopoly’ in antitrust case
Google’s Bard ruled the company has a "monopoly on the digital advertising market" when it was asked to spit out a verdict on the DOJ's antitrust suit against the company.
Trump supporters rally amid legal woes
Some of Donald Trump's most ardent supporters gathered on the road leading to Mar-a-Lago Tuesday as the Manhattan district attorney considers criminal charges against Trump in the Stormy Daniels case. (March 21) (AP video: Daniel Kozin)
Scientists make 3D printed cheesecake
All ingredients in the study were bought from a New York City grocery store and stuffed into a 3D printer.
World Baseball Classic 2023 final: What to know about the US-Japan matchup
The United States and Japan will do battle in the World Baseball Classic final on Tuesday night. It is a matchup of titans in the sport.
Tennessee law prevents local bans on natural gas stoves
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law a measure that prevents local governments from banning natural gas stoves. The Biden administration was considering a ban due to health concerns.
Kevin McCarthy's Republicans have a clear stance on Trump's alleged crimes: They support them
Republicans in Congress launched an investigation of New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg as a grand jury mulled charges for Donald Trump's Stormy Daniels payoff.
Getting indicted is good now, actually
The thinking goes that Trump’s supporters will rally to his side if he comes under threat, upping his political outlook.
Fox News producer sues network, alleging sexism and coerced misleading testimony in lawsuit
Abby Grossberg alleges the network "coached" her into providing misleading testimony in the ongoing Dominion defamation lawsuit.
Not all kids are A+ students, Bragg vs. rule of law and other commentary
“Optimism bias” says “every student is capable of academic flourishing” and failure to flourish reveals “error or injustice,” fumes Freddie deBoer at Substack.
Georgia bill restricting vaping in public gets final passage
A Georgia bill was given final passage Tuesday, which will restrict vaping in public spaces. The bill would regulate vaping in the same way the state regulates smoking.
Missing porcupine that disappeared from German zoo finds its way back home
One of the two missing porcupines that disappeared from a German zoo has made its way home. Police said the porcupines could not have escaped on their own.
Republicans take aim at offshore wind as whale deaths surge: 'Moratorium on all projects'
A group of Republicans introduced a resolution calling for an immediate moratorium on all offshore wind projects until an investigation of their environmental impacts is conducted.
Videos Show 'Major' Earthquake Rattle Afghanistan, Pakistan
The 6.5-magnitude quake has reportedly left three dead so far.
Gun-toting Florida dad rushes to daughter’s apartment, turns tables on her abusive ex: police
The father shot the suspect once in the chest with a handgun, according to police.
Judge to determine whether Dominion defamation case against Fox goes to trial
Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for $1.6 billion for defamation, while Fox has asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
OnPolitics: Civil rights icon Myrlie Evers continues to fight for justice
As the 60th anniversary of Medgar Evers' assassination approaches, his widow reflects on the nation's unfinished business.
Sentencing begins for Aiden Fucci, 16, who stabbed 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey 114 times
Aiden Fucci, now 16, pleaded guilty last month in the death of 13-year-old classmate Tristyn Bailey, stabbed 114 times in Florida in 2021.
TikTok is tracking data on dozens of state government websites: report
Cybersecurity company Feroot Security found at least 27 US state government websites have web-tracking code placed by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., which runs TikTok, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Grizzlies defeat Luka Doncic-less Mavs as Ja Morant returns to bench
The Memphis Grizzles defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Ja Morant's return to the team after he completed his 8-game suspension for flashing a gun on Instagram Live.
Pentagon: M1 Abrams Tanks to arrive in Ukraine by Fall
Pentagon: M1 Abrams Tanks to arrive in Ukraine by Fall
Researchers say newly posted analysis supports natural origin for Covid-19 pandemic
Swabs collected from stalls and equipment at the Huanan Market in Wuhan, China, that tested positive for traces of the virus that causes Covid-19 also, in some cases, contained traces of DNA from animals known to be susceptible to infection, according to a new analysis by an international team of researchers.
ESPN fires executive VP Rob King after alleged harassment
ESPN has fired executive vice president Rob King after he was accused of harassment, The Post has learned.
Author Jodi Picoult reveals proper pronunciation of her name: ‘Ummm’
"And that's why I always defaulted to the JP initials when I said it out loud," one fan admitted. "Because I knew I was saying it wrong."
USA TODAY 10Best reveals top zoos, aquariums and gardens of 2023
10Best releases 2023 Readers' Choice Awards for Best Aquarium, Best Botanical Garden, Best Dude Ranch, Best Safari Park, Best Zoo and Best Zoo Exhibit.
Keanu Reeves pays emotional tribute to Lance Reddick: ‘f---ing sucks he’s not here’
"John Wick" actor Keanu Reeves, 58, remembered his late co-star Lance Reddick during the film franchise's red carpet premiere. Reddick died of natural causes on March 17.
The Rise of Gender-Neutral Names Isn’t What It Seems
Baby names just aren’t what they used to be. You can see it these days in all the little Blakes and Emersons and Phoenixes and Robins—and if you can’t immediately tell whether I’m talking about boy or girl names, then ah, yes, that’s exactly it. When it comes to baby naming, we’re at peak androgyny.The rise of gender-neutral names has been particularly notable in the past few years, but the shift has been a long time coming, according to Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2021, 6 percent of American babies were bestowed androgynous names, approximately five times the number in the 1880s. This is a small minority of babies born every year—obviously boy names such as Liam and obviously girl names such as Olivia still top the charts—but “anything that has changed by a factor of five in our culture is a big deal,” says Laura Wattenberg, the author of The Baby Name Wizard. The jump is big enough to make you wonder what’s going on: Could it be, as some headlines have proclaimed, that baby-name trends herald a postgender world?The baby-naming experts are not all so convinced. Of course, some parents are deliberately choosing gender-neutral monikers, but Wattenberg thinks the larger trend is driven by something else entirely. In the past several decades, she says, “there has been a complete revolution in American naming.” If you’ve been anywhere near a playground recently, you’ve probably noticed it too: Whereas parents were once happy to let their kid be one of three Marys or two Michaels in a class, we now live in the age of the unique baby name. (Consider: Apple Martin or X Æ A-12 Musk.) Even popular names are no longer as popular. In 1880, almost a third of babies were given a top-10 name; by 2020, that number had shrunk to just 7 percent.“Parents are actively seeking novelty,” Wattenberg says. “That means throwing away, to a large extent, traditional names that had dominated for centuries, and that means throwing away names with gender associations. When you invent a new name … you are naturally entering a more gender-neutral territory.” Cohen agrees. Many of the new names, he points out, are established surnames, such as the aforementioned Blake and Emerson, which are not strongly associated with one gender or another. Place names such as Dakota and Phoenix are now popular as androgynous names too. These are common sources of inspiration, Cohen says, because the “sweet spot” for new names are words that sound unusual as names but are also not obviously made up.Looking at 2018 data, Wattenberg has also found, perhaps counterintuitively, that gender-neutral names are most popular in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, not in liberal states where you might expect a concentration of parents looking to defy the gender binary. In fact, her past analysis has shown that traditional and gendered names actually tend to remain most popular in those blue states. Wattenberg thinks that’s probably an artifact of age: Progressive parents tend to be older by the time they have kids. “Picture the difference between an 18-year-old mom and a 35-year-old mom,” she says. That 18-year-old mom is simply much more likely to be on top of trends, whether in clothes or TikTok memes or baby names.Look more closely at historically androgynous names, and another stark, not-exactly-progressive gender pattern emerges: Traditionally boy names can shift to become popular for girls, but almost never the other way around. (The rare exceptions are uncommon names such as Ashton that become associated with a male celebrity.) Beginning in the mid-20th century, in fact, a whole suite of names that end in the long-e sound—Leslie, Ashley, Courtney, Hillary, Sandy, Lindsay—went from androgynous or masculine names to almost exclusively feminine names. This shift happened at the same time as new girl names ending in the long e—Tiffany, Brittany—rose in popularity, according to a paper by Charles Seguin, a sociologist at Penn State, and colleagues. In linguistics, Seguin points out, the long e is associated with the diminutive. Think about non-name words like tiny or blanky or kitty—this diminutive association has become feminized when it comes to names. It seems, Wattenberg says, that “Americans don’t like diminutive and cute names for boys anymore.”Traditional boy nicknames that end with the long e, such as Frankie and Charlie, have also been co-opted as girl names. Charlie is, in fact, the most popular gender-neutral name in Cohen’s analysis; it’s now given to more girls than boys. (Of course, many boy Charlies are formally named Charles—including Seguin himself. Seguin, who is around 40, told me he didn’t know any girl Charlies growing up.) “Progress towards gender equality is usually about girls and women doing more masculine stuff—so women becoming doctors and lawyers is how we make progress, more than men being nurses or teachers, which is a problem,” Cohen says. “There’s sort of a limit.” In other words, there are still more girls named Charlie than boys named Sue.On the other hand, our current crop of novel names does have less fixed gender associations. Perhaps some will continue to be popular for both boys and girls for a while; perhaps some will tip one way or the other. The only thing we can be sure of is that their popularity will likely change, as baby-name trends always do. That’s the irony of a name: It reflects what is popular at a moment in time, even as it is meant to last a lifetime.
What Google Bard Can Do (and What It Can’t)
Google has released a new chatbot to a limited number of people in the U.S. and Britain. How does it compare with what is already out there?