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Raiders Rumors: Ex-Colts TE Erik Swoope Agrees to 1-Year Contract

The Oakland Raiders have signed former Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope to a one-year contract Tuesday evening, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter ...
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Russia plans to remove radioactive subs, reactors from its Arctic sea floor
Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom is planning to remove the most dangerous radioactive items from the country’s Arctic seafloor, according to a media report. State news agency TASS reports that the six most radioactive items will be removed from the seafloor over the next 8 years. The objects include the sunken parts of an...
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Joe Rogan says Biden appears 'mentally compromised,' making voters 'uncomfortable'
Podcast host Joe Rogan on Wednesday said he believes voters are concerned about the mental state of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
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Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Sues City Over Firing
In the lawsuit, former police officer Garrett Rolfe alleges that his firing turned him into a "public spectacle." He is charged with killing Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot.
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Selena Gomez teams up with L.A. chefs in new trailer for quarantine cooking show
HBO Max's "Selena + Chef" will see singer-actress Selena Gomez cook alongside several L.A. chefs, including Nancy Silverton, Nyesha Arrington and Roy Choi.
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Facebook launches Instagram Reels to lure TikTok users
New Instagram option will let users record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio and visual effects.
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A look at Biden's potential running mates: Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice and Val Demings
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to announce his pick for vice president next week. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joins CBSN to discuss three of the leading contenders: Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice and Val Demings.
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Crime Soars in NYC's Wealthy Upper East Side as Democrats Move to Defund Police
Crime is soaring in New York City's Upper East Side, home to many of America's billionaires, as Democrats, including Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), continue their efforts to defund the police.
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'Who's the Boss?' is the latest classic sitcom being revived with original stars
A "Who's the Boss?" sequel focusing on dad and daughter Tony and Samantha is in development at Sony Pictures Television. Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano will star.
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Susie Zhao murder: Convicted sex offender charged in death of poker pro
The 60-year-old Michigan man charged in the death of professional poker player Susie Zhao is a homeless sex offender who met her at a motel the night before her charred body was found, police said Wednesday. Jeffery Bernard Morris, of Pontiac, was charged Tuesday with first-degree premeditated murder from his hospital bed in the death...
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How the NFC South teams will or won't make the playoffs
SportsPulse: With the NFL season less than 50 days away we will be previewing each division this month and predict how each team will or won't make the playoffs. NFC South is first one up.        
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Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee to accept Democratic nomination
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Toxic chemicals from burning fossil fuels poison dolphins and whales on East Coast
Dolphins and whales along the southeastern US coast are being poisoned by toxic chemicals like mercury and arsenic, according to a new study published Wednesday.
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Toxic chemicals from burning fossil fuels poison dolphins and whales on East Coast
High levels of toxic chemicals have been found in stranded dolphins and whales along the southeastern coast of the United States, according to a new study published on Wednesday.
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Biden confidants reportedly see VP list narrowed down to 2
As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spends this week at his home in Delaware, holding one-on-one meetings with roughly half-dozen contenders who have made his shortlist for running mate, a new report speculates that the former vice president has narrowed his choices to two candidates. Those two according to Biden confidants who spoke with Axios are Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Susan Rice.
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Joe Judge’s Giants isolation plan does not include a ‘pseudo-bubble’
Joe Judge wasn’t trying to burst anyone’s bubble. The New Orleans Saints rented a hotel for training camp that is off limits to the general public to increase the isolation of players and coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, as first reported by NBC Sports. The Giants, in Judge’s first year as coach, booked multiple floors...
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‘Audrie & Daisy’ Subject Daisy Coleman Dies at Age 23
In recent years, the sexual assault survivor dedicated her life to advocacy.
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Nolte: Only 42% Say They Will Get the Coronavirus Vaccine
What is driving this lack of trust? Why would only 42 percent agree to a vaccine?
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Parents are finding it harder than ever to talk to their kids about the state of the world
Nearly seven in 10 American parents believe talking to their kids about politics is more difficult today than it was for their own parents, according to new research. Eighty percent of the 2,000 parents polled said they are concerned about the current political climate in the US, with 44 percent of those saying they are...
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Fauci: US will continue to smolder if there's no unified response
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Peter Meijer wins GOP primary in race to fill Amash's Michigan seat
Peter Meijer, an Iraq war veteran and grandson of the founder of the famous Midwestern supermarket chain by the same name, won the Republican primary in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District late Tuesday in a race to fill Rep. Justin Amash's seat.
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Hiroshima survivors worry that the world will forget
HIROSHIMA, Japan — The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima 75 years ago didn’t just kill and maim. The survivors have also lived for decades with lingering shame, anger and fear. Many in Japan believed radiation sickness is infectious or hereditary. Some hid their status as survivors. Some harbored thoughts of revenge in their hearts....
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Neil Young takes Trump's reelection campaign to court for copyright infringement
Rock & Roll legend Neil Young has sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign for copyright infringement over its use of two songs at the President's political rallies and events.
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Neil Young takes Trump's reelection campaign to court for copyright infringement
Rock & Roll legend Neil Young has sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign for copyright infringement over its use of two songs at the President's political rallies and events.
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De Blasio shades ex-health boss Dr. Oxiris Barbot, touts relationship with Dermot Shea
Both Shea and Barbot have clashed with the mayor over his decisions around policing and the coronavirus.
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The Groundbreaking Female Artist Who Shaped Manga History
Drawn & QuarterlyIn 1962, when she was still in middle school in a coastal town of Japan, the cartoonist Kuniko Tsurita sent a despairing letter to The City, a popular comics magazine. Manga was her life. The 14-year-old loved reading a variety of genres, including shōjo, which was aimed at adolescent girls, and the more male-targeted kashi-hon, which often featured grit, gore, and gunfights. Tsurita had dreamed for years of becoming a mangaka, or manga artist. But her repeated failure to win any of the contests that she submitted her comics to had dimmed her hopes. “From the moment I wake up, until late in the night, I spend all my time drawing manga,” her letter read. “I have been submitting work to you for some time now, but am embarrassed by the fact that I’ve never ranked above fourth place. This has really made me realize just how difficult comics are (much harder than school exams, for sure).”If Tsurita’s letter was subdued, the response she received from the all-male editorial staff was bleaker still. “It looks,” the reply read, “like you’ve been drawing action stories, but I would recommend you stick with subject matter that you’re familiar with and draw about girls instead.” The naked sexism of the recommendation was unsurprising. The world of manga in the 1960s echoed Japan’s stark gender divisions; significantly more men were published in the field than women. Beyond that, women cartoonists were primarily expected to draw shōjo, which, in those days, typically followed formulaic heterosexual-romance plots and was tacitly aimed at preparing its young readership for the societal norms of womanhood—namely finding and supporting a husband.Tsurita, however, had little interest in creating work that upheld gender norms. Although shōjo would become more complex and even transgressive in the ’70s, Tsurita viewed it in the ’60s as a category both limited and limiting. She liked comics aimed at men and craved the freedom to write and draw whatever she wished. She had nearly given up, though, when Garo appeared in 1964. An alt-manga magazine that explicitly offered amateur artists a space to try out aesthetic experiments, Garo became her comics’ home base until her death in 1985 from lupus. The magazine gave Tsurita room to publish the dark, dreamlike work that she desired.Her iconoclastic work is the subject of a new book, The Sky Is Blue With a Single Cloud, a career-spanning collection of Tsurita’s comics, released this summer. The first authorized anthology to showcase Tsurita’s work in English, it includes an exhaustively researched afterword by Ryan Holmberg (adapted and expanded from a shorter piece by Mitsuhiro Asakawa). The essay, which recounts the story of young Tsurita’s letter in great detail, seeks to explain her place in the heavily gendered world of Japanese manga, particularly alternative or alt-manga. While the comics assembled here are uneven in quality, and though the introductory essay may seem intimidatingly academic to readers unfamiliar with early manga, the book is overall a fantastic, continually surprising look at one of Japan’s most innovative—and least remembered—manga artists.Tsurita was the only woman consistently published in Garo in its early years, and what made her stand out even more was the literariness of her best work. “There weren’t … that many female cartoonists back then, so you have to understand how special she was for that reason alone,” Garo’s co-founder, publisher, and head editor, Katsuichi Nagai, reflected in 1982. Later, he added that what set Tsurita apart from other women mangaka of the era, such as Masako Watanabe or Hideko Mizuno, was that she was clearly “trying to make manga like works of literature.” Some of Tsurita’s cartoons were akin to gekiga, an intensely personal form pioneered by Yoshihiro Tatsumi that often read like snapshots of a life, but many of her comics broke genre barriers altogether.As Holmberg catalogs throughout his essay, Tsurita’s art shifted over the course of her career, betokening her many cross-cultural influences. In some early comics, such as “Nonsense” (1966), a circular tale about a man who kills evildoers because he thinks that is his God-given duty, Tsurita’s art appears simple, almost crude. By contrast, “Woman,” from later that year, with its stunning black-and-white backgrounds and near-complete lack of dialogue, hearkens to the modernist German wordless novels of Lynd Ward in the early 20th century. As Holmberg speculates, the manga’s lushly illustrated design was likely a response to Young Aphrodites (1963), a Greek art-house film that featured similar characters and settings.A panel from the comic “Max” in The Sky Is Blue With a Single Cloud. (Drawn & Quarterly)Other manga, such as “Money” (1974) and “Max” (1975), portray languid, cigarette-smoking, black-clad women who often look as though they could have been drawn by Marjane Satrapi—albeit with sharp lines and shading that seem to echo Tsurita’s interest in the German artist Käthe Kollwitz. The collection’s titular comic features a haunting Grecian landscape reminiscent of the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, and an androgynous figure who rides a motorcycle through a seemingly empty world toward a cloud: a mushroom-shaped mass, rendered across a large, stunningly shaded panel. Later pieces, such as “The Sea Snake and the Big Dipper,” resemble the fantastical, seductive illustrations of the fin de siècle artist Aubrey Beardsley, whose style Tsurita admired. The quality of Tsurita’s late work is remarkable, given how severely lupus ravaged her ability to draw; before her death, she was barely able to finish tracing the lines of her panels.She was also influenced by Japanese painters and manga artists, including Yoshiharu Tsuge and Seiichi Hayashi, the latter’s 1971 Garo cover of a kimonoed woman seems to appear, in an aesthetic echo, in a panel of Tsurita’s surreal comic, “My Wife Is an Acrobat.” Some of Tsurita’s figures recall the sensuous posters and paintings of the avant-garde artist Aquirax Uno, whose images freely blend the tropes of Art Nouveau with the iconography of Edo-period artworks.Notably, Tsurita’s manga influences tended to be men, a fact that reflects both the relative paucity of women in alt-manga then and Tsurita’s distaste for conforming to the stereotypes of shōjo: smiling girls with wide, sparkly eyes and fashionable haircuts who swooned over boys. Tsurita’s protagonists were sometimes men, as in “Nonsense,” “Anti,” or “Mr. Jin Roku,” but many of her comics featured women in complicated roles and functioned as subtle commentaries on the paralyzing weight of sexist expectations in a patriarchal society.For instance, as Holmberg’s essay explains, the title of the manga “Woman” was a bit “bolder” in Japanese than it might seem in English: The term used—onna—was often pejorative at the time, connoting “female bodies and subjects in a raw state, as pure sex, or as social aberrations,” and was reclaimed in the ’70s by Japanese radical feminists. Tsurita’s “Woman,” which seems set during humanity’s earliest days, poignantly captures a woman betrayed by a man who has callously replaced her with another woman; she is beaten by him and, in turn, by the patriarchal assumptions she is subject to when others see that she has been rejected. The only word that appears in the comic is his name; she says it once, but his cruelty silences her for the rest of the manga, like other women who have been victims of trauma and have not felt able to speak up.The other women that Tsurita drew ranged widely. Some are glowering and melancholy, like the eponymous protagonist of “Princess Rokunomiya.” Others are tomboys clad in gender-neutral attire, as in “Sounds” and, most notably, the 1969 lesbian story that Garo refused to publish, “Occupants,” which features a classically femme girl and her androgynous roommate, who appear to have sex in a dreamlike sequence. “Occupants,” unpublished in her lifetime, is one of the special joys of The Sky Is Blue With a Single Cloud, showing Tsurita at her most atmospherically oneiric and representationally unafraid.The queerness in “Occupants” can be read, to a degree, as presaging the burgeoning market for depictions of yuri, or “girl love,” in more subversive shōjo in the 1970s; had Garo accepted it, the magazine would have been one of the first alt-manga publications to feature an openly lesbian relationship. But the more plausible raison d’être for “Occupants” was simply Tsurita’s predilection for depicting gender nonconformity and queer desire, albeit in coded forms. She often included cameos of herself in her manga, in the form of short-haired, androgynous characters; these authorial avatars were not infrequently portrayed as ogling women, as in “The Struggle for Survival,” a 1967 comic featuring panels of a Tsuritaesque figure gazing at a passing woman in a minidress, thickmakeup, and an elaborate coiffure.These moments captured a larger truth about Tsurita, who frequently transgressed the traditional roles expected of Japanese women. She smoked in public, something common for men but virtually verboten for “decent” women. More disruptive still, she frequently went to pornography theaters by herself, an act that her husband, Naoyuki Takahashi, described in an interview with Holmberg as “rare for a woman to do … even now, and … unheard of back then.” She sought out sexploitation films aimed at older men, like 1968’s popular The Genealogy of Tokugawa Women, from the cult director Teruo Ishii. “She was interested in women’s bodies from a man’s perspective,” Takahashi said. When asked about her manga’s queerness, Takahashi responded that Tsurita was heterosexual and had no gay friends. The truth, of course, may be unknowable, and speculating about Tsurita’s identity from her work and these anecdotes is imprudent. What is clear is that she was unafraid to be a gender outlaw of sorts, both on and off the page.As Holmberg muses, the uncategorizable quality of Tsurita’s manga may partially account for how little has been written about her. Tsurita’s work straddles genres, and the philosophical questions she explores—the Cartesian question of existence in “Sounds,” the bleak Sartrean existentialism of her more morbid stories in which characters question the value in living—offer additional intellectual challenges. Moreover, as Holmberg posits, scholars studying manga tend to focus on specific genres, and because Tsurita’s work doesn’t neatly fit into any one area, critics have largely left her alone. Although she was the subject of special issues of Garo, hers has become a name few know, and the present volume, along with the larger anthology of her comics it was adapted from in Japan, seeks to remedy this neglect.The Sky Is Blue With a Single Cloud succeeds in establishing Tsurita as a truly singular cartoonist whose versatile oeuvre deserves more critical attention. Her work, including somber sphinxian riddles and the quiet, unforgettable terror of the titular comic, reflects a complicated artist who fought against the sexist strictures of her era, leaving behind a rich, multivalent collection of art wholly her own.
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Daisy Coleman, star of Netflix doc ‘Audrie & Daisy,’ dead at 23
Daisy Coleman, one of the subjects of the 2016 Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” died by suicide on Tuesday. Coleman was 23.
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Watch Oprah's inspiring tribute to Rep. John Lewis: 'He knew he had to stand up'
"The first time I met John Lewis, I thanked him for being a bridge that made my life of freedom possible," Oprah Winfrey said during a CBS tribute special.
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Before and after satellite images show devastation of Beirut explosion
Before and after satellite images show the level of devastation from the massive blast at a Beirut port that killed at least 135 and left as many as 300,000 homeless on Tuesday. The explosion literally changed the landscape of Lebanon’s capital city, leveling or severely damaging buildings, sinking several ships and toppling others, and wiping...
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On the heels of Isaias, forecasters are saying 10 more hurricanes are likely this season
Hurricanes Hanna and Isaias are just a preview of the main act to come, top forecasters said Wednesday, with 10 more hurricanes likely to follow.        
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Most people are more stressed than ever about bills since the pandemic began
One in four Americans has missed a payment on at least one of their bills since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 respondents examined how the pandemic has impacted Americans’ financial health and found many are struggling to pay their bills. Of the 24 percent who have missed a...
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Beirut will never be the same again
In a city that was long a hodgepodge of political, religious and economic differences, the damage spared no one, Tamara Qiblawi writes.
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As a massive explosion ripped through Beirut, its people seemed to have finally been rendered powerless
Beirut has long been synonymous with the word explosion. The city was the main flashpoint of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, one of the world's longest. And in the last 15 years alone, it has witnessed a string of assassinations, a days-long civil conflict, a month-long international war, and years of economic and political turmoil.
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5-year-old girl who wandered from home during Isaias found dead
The body of a missing 5-year-old girl who wandered away from her Pennsylvania home during Tropical Storm Isaias has been discovered near a creek, police said. Eliza Talal, who was autistic and non-verbal, was found dead Wednesday morning near Towamencin Creek in Fischer’s Park, around two miles from her home in Lansdale, local news stations...
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Why Trump's Republican Senate enablers must be ousted this fall: Former NH GOP chair
The Lincoln Project is dedicated to the electoral defeat of Trump and Trumpism. Susan Collins won't be the only Senate Republican in our ads.        
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SEC investigating hotels criticized for taking Paycheck loans
Hotel group run by Dallas entrepreneur Monty Bennett faces securities probe over "related-party transactions."
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Rangers split is the only easy part of Henrik Lundqvist’s next step
This has been a long goodbye. A melancholy one, too. But now is the time. In your heart, you know it’s right. Henrik Lundqvist might, also. He has been The King of New York since the autumn of 2005 but, as David Crosby once crooned, “To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn,...
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As Ashton Kutcher and Jay Leno support Ellen DeGeneres, a backlash brews
Ashton Kutcher and Jay Leno joined other A-list celebs in publicly supporting embattled TV host Ellen DeGeneres, but Rachel Bloom has a different take.
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2020 prediction from professor who called every election since 1984
Allan Lichtman accurately predicted in 2016 that Donald Trump would win, and then be impeached.
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‘Catfish’ hosts Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford share their craziest stories
“Catfish” hosts Nev Schulman and Kamie Crawford think the internet is filled with more good than bad, despite hosting a show about deception. “Getting catfished was sort of the best thing that ever happened to me,” Schulman told Page Six. The hosts sat down for an exclusive interview to reveal the challenges of shooting virtually...
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State Department’s Acting Watchdog Abruptly Resigns Months After Predecessor’s Ouster
Stephen Akard announced his resignation just 2 days after Democrats issued subpoenas for Mike Pompeo’s top aides
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Beirut port officials under house arrest as explosion death toll hits 135
It was not clear how many officials would be included or their seniority level, official sources told Reuters as they revealed the house arrest under the watch of Lebanon's army.
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Rashida Tlaib Claims Squad 'Here to Stay, and It's Only Getting Bigger' After Primary Win
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) secured victory in her primary election in Detroit, Michigan, and claimed her win signals the "Squad" is "here to stay" and "only getting bigger."
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ICM Partners close to signing deal with Writers Guild
ICM Partners would become the second of the big four Hollywood talent agencies, following UTA's deal with the WGA in July, to agree to end longstanding practices like collecting packaging fees for assembling talent for projects.
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Posting selfies from The Bean? Make sure you're not in violation of Chicago's travel quarantine
Visitors and residents violating the city's 14-day quarantine following travel to COVID-19 hotspots are subject to fines of $100 to $500 a day.       
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Russian businessman’s ‘floating bomb’ behind Beirut explosion: reports
The massive stockpile of fertilizer that exploded this week in Beirut and killed at least 135 people was a known risk for seven years — and was even described as a “floating bomb” by the crew of the Russian cargo ship that brought it to the port city in the first place, reports said. The...
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Walmart launching drive-in movie theaters at 160 stores amid COVID-19. Here's how to reserve a parking space.
Walmart parking lots will become drive-in movie theaters and will show movies including Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Ghostbusters, Spiderman and more.        
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McConnell mocks Malibu for seeking stimulus funding to help with electric car conversion
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed incredulity on Wednesday after receiving a letter from the tony beachside California city of Malibu asking that funding be included in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to help with the “conversion to an all-electric city fleet” of cars and other priorities. 
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Tropical Storm Isaias claims life of Pennsylvania girl, 5, who 'walked out' of home
Authorities in a Philadelphia suburb found the body of a five-year-old with autism on Tuesday after she went missing during Tropical Storm Isaias as the death toll from the storm climbs.
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