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Rapper Boosie says ‘f–k you’ to God over tumultuous 2020

"F--K 2020. F--k everything about it, f--k the world. God, f--k you too!"
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Democratic coalition demands answers from Barr on unidentified officers
Federal officers were spotted in downtown Washington, D.C., during protests this week but did not bear insignia or markings indicating the agency they worked for.
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Gambling Returns to Las Vegas After Historic Casino Closures During Coronavirus Pandemic
(LAS VEGAS) — The casino coronavirus closure has ended. Cards are being dealt, dice are rolling and slot machines flashed and jingled for the first customers who started gambling again early Thursday in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. “The past few months have presented our city with an unprecedented challenge,” said Derek Stevens, owner of…
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Kanye West donates $2 million, pays college tuition for George Floyd's daughter
Kanye West has made a $2 million donation to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbrery, and Breonna Taylor, along with black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago, a representative for West told CNN.
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3 former officers charged in George Floyd's death to make 1st court appearance
The three former officers who were arrested in connection with George Floyd's death will make their first court appearance today.
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Long Island teacher writes book to fight racism amid anger over George Floyd killing
A Long Island teacher is fighting racial injustice — one page at a time. Tara Drouin, 47, wrote a heartfelt book and accompanying song about diversity that she’s shared with elementary school students around New York — a lesson she told The Post is now more critical than ever as the country reels over the...
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Country music legends T. G. Sheppard and Larry Gatlin on meeting Elvis Presley
Sheppard and Gatlin looked to a previous generation of country music legends for guidance, and both of them found it in one of the greatest musicians of all time, Elvis Presley.
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NFL tells teams coaches can return to facilities Friday if local regulations allow
NFL coaching staffs will be added to the list of employees who can return to team facilities, and the number of permissible employees will rise from 75 to 100.
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YouTuber Jake Paul responds to ‘riot’ charges after Arizona incident
He urged his followers to focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Lines form for Las Vegas casinos reopening to eager guests: 'It has made me excited'
Time to place your bets.
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Hong Kong law makes mocking Chinese national anthem a crime
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed a law banning residents from dissing China’s national anthem — a bill that sparked confrontations between rival lawmakers that turned physical, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists opposed the law as part of the mainland’s Communist government to thwart dissent following violent protests in the territory over a feared...
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New York Times publisher responds to staff outrage over Tom Cotton op-ed
The publisher of The New York Times sent a memo to employees on Thursday morning after dozens of staffers publicly revolted over an opinion piece in which Republican Sen. Tom Cotton called for the US military to be deployed to cities across the country during the current protests.
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Circus performer practices wild tricks at home during quarantine
As if the coronavirus pandemic wasn't enough of a circus already.
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Best substitutes for recipe ingredients such as milk, eggs or oil
There have been times when we've had to get creative in the kitchen. Here's what to do if you run out of milk, oil or eggs.      
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'Do not tell anybody you're Muslim': 'Ramy' stars reflect on Hollywood's longtime neglect
Ramy Youssef and Mahershala Ali discuss Season 2 of Hulu series "Ramy" and Hollywood's long neglect of Muslim stories and characters.
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Birmingham mayor slapped with state lawsuit after tearing town Confederate monument
The mayor of Birmingham was slapped with a lawsuit from the state of Alabama Tuesday after starting the process of removing a Confederate monument already vandalized by crowds demanding justice for George Floyd over the weekend.  
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US Attorney outraged by New York’s 'Green Light Law' amendment
J.P. Kennedy, the U.S. Attorney for the Western district of New York, says not only is the Green Light Law a "bad law," but it's also dangerous for the country.
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Rachel Griffiths apologizes for posting manicure photo while ‘people are dying’
"America is burning people are dying … but still it just seems easier on the soul to watch all this happening with beautiful nails."
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NBA owners approve commissioner's return-to-play plan
The NBA's board of governors approved Commissioner Adam Silver's 22-team, return-to-play proposal during a conference call Thursday.
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Police union official says Biden’s gone ‘off the deep end,’ as tensions mount over reform call
The executive director of a national group that represents more than 200,000 police offices is taking aim at former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Dramatic Video Shows Landslide in Northern Norway Sweeping 8 Homes Into Sea
Several minor landslides followed, and nearby houses were temporarily evacuated
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Rescue organization returns dog to Amy Cooper
Social media users were concerned for the dog's safety after Cooper was seen holding him by his collar in the viral video.
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Review: Hong Sang-soo's beguiling, ruminative rom-com 'Yourself and Yours'
South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo explores relationships and identity in "Yourself and Yours," with charming performances by Lee You-young and Kim Joo-hyuk.
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Martellus Bennett calls ‘bulls–t’ on Aaron Rodgers call for solidarity
Aaron Rodgers drew praise for his Instagram post that most observers saw as an indirect shot at Drew Brees for his take on players kneeling during the National Anthem. Martellus Bennett, however, took issue with Rodgers, whom he played with for seven games in 2017 on the Green Bay Packers. Bennett, the retired tight end,...
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Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge: It was 'offensive' to clear out peaceful protesters for Trump 'photo op'
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday that park police dispersing protesters in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Square so President Trump could walk through to apparently take a photo holding a bible in front of a burned church was “offensive.”
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A leader of a New York City march got arrested. Here's how the protest unfolded.
Waze won't help. Lyft is toast. When the apps of modern life fail, what happens when a protest leader gets arrested?        
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Immerse yourself in the world of Nintendo Labo with these discounted kits
Looking to jump into the whimsical world of Nintendo Labo but hesitant to spend an arm and a leg? Amazon has most of the Labo line on sale right now, with decent discounts to make purchasing bundles of cardboard and components a little less pricey.
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Paige VanZant’s quarantine adventures invaded by turkey vulture
Paige VanZant and husband Austin Vanderford are getting even more creative with their quarantine content. On Wednesday, the UFC fighter documented the great outdoors on her Instagram story, as she and Vanderford hung out on the deck with their pet dog Dennis. In between sharing photos of flowers, VanZant spotted a turkey vulture flying overhead....
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Epidemic of wipes and masks plague sewers, storm drains
PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia’s coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from...
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Why Were Military Helicopters Flying Low Over Protesters in D.C.?
Army helicopters employed a tactic usually reserved for insurgents in combat zones.
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GM to make electric vans for businesses in bid to beat Tesla
General Motors is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment that includes customers such as Amazon and UPS, five people familiar with the plans told Reuters. That multibillion-dollar strategy could enable GM, Ford and at least two EV startups to build and...
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GOP senator sides with Mattis, says she's "struggling" with supporting Trump
The Alaska senator said Mattis' statement was "true, honest and necessary and overdue."
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American held in Iran since 2018 freed, on his way home, Trump says
A U.S. Navy veteran detained in Iran since 2018 was freed on Thursday and was on his way back home, his family and President Donald Trump said, in a rare instance of cooperation between the archenemies.
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Cuomo: Protesters have 'civic duty' to get tested
The thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd have a "civic duty" to be tested for coronavirus and help New York avoid a spike in new cases as it slowly restarts its economy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. (June 4)       
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Cuomo says George Floyd protesters should 'assume' they have been 'infected' with coronavirus
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said that those who have been participating in protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody last week should “assume” that they are “infected” with coronavirus, suggesting they get tested.
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‘Wolverine’ man who chased down protesters in Queens arrested
The man caught on camera chasing down black lives matter demonstrators with a Wolverine-type claw in Queens has been arrested and charged, the NYPD said Thursday.  Frank Cavalluzzi, 54, was slapped with six counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, seven counts of menacing with a weapon in the second degree and seven counts...
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Lea Michele's apology backfires as more 'Glee' cast and crew wade into the fray
After Lea Michele apologized for her on-set behavior, her former "Glee" costars aren't letting it slide. Even a producer for the TV show has chimed in.
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'Grand Theft Auto' and 'Red Dead' online games shut down for two hours in honor of George Floyd
Rockstar Games, parent company of the "Grand Theft Auto" and "Red Dead" game series, gave a two-hour notice on Twitter to players.        
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Weightlifting investigation uncovers long history of doping and corruption
A report documents that the sport's international federation hid positive doping tests and cannot account for millions in missing cash.
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Bill de Blasio: NYC restaurants can have outdoor seating in Phase 2
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said that city restaurants will be able to create an influx of seating on the sidewalks and in open streets during Phase 2 of the Big Apple’s reopening from its coronavirus-induced shutdown when outdoor dining only will be allowed. “We will provide a massive expansion of curbside seating, a...
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NBA owners approve proposal to resume season; some steps remain before plan is finalized
NBA owners approve plan to resume season with 22 teams, full playoff schedule. Players Association, health officials still must approve proposal.        
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‘13 Reasons Why’ and the most radical TV show reinventions
Here are other series that radically reformed in their final stretches in last-ditch efforts to stay relevant.
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NBA approves 22-team format to restart season: reports
The NBA’s board of governors approved a 22-team format to restart the season in the summer in which games would be played at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., according to multiple reports.
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What to expect from 'Athlete A', the Netflix documentary about abusive doctor Larry Nassar
Netflix's new documentary "Athlete A" delves into IndyStar journalists' investigation into sexual abuses by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.        
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NYC mayor condemns attack on police officers
Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned an attack on police officers on anti-looting patrol in Brooklyn Wednesday as "unacceptable." Two other officers suffered gunshot wounds to the hands and all three are expected to recover. (June 4)       
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Additional fencing built around the White House
The People's House continued to be fortified from the public Thursday, as workers erected a perimeter of tall metal fencing around the White House complex.
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Why Trump Is So Obsessed With Antifa
This nation has been roiled with anguish and anger this past week over the police and extrajudicial killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and yet the White House is engaging in the same old rhetorical tactics of divisive scapegoating. Only now that rhetoric comes in the service of ominous ends: President Donald Trump relies on the shadowy specter of “antifa”—a label for a diffuse militant movement unified by a drive to counter fascism through direct action—to evoke fear in the American people. Since his inaugural speech and its dark focus on “American carnage,” Trump has used the Nixonian vocabulary of “law and order” to paint himself as a bulwark against a descent into anarchy. Now he is manufacturing bogeymen.As usual, the tweets came first. After railing against the “THUGS” of Minneapolis, Trump on Sunday praised the National Guard’s response in the city the previous night: “The ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly.” Twenty minutes later, he declared on Twitter, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization”—despite the fact that, as many observers have pointed out, the president has no legal authority to designate domestic terrorist groups. And antifa, short for “antifascist,” isn’t even a distinct organization with central leadership, but rather a loose confederation of like-minded activists, often acting anonymously.[Read: The double standard of the American riot ]When Trump invokes antifa, he infuses the word with a vaguely foreign-sounding otherness, heightened by the fact that he never expands it to its full form, antifascist—a strategic omission. That would complicate the simplistic dichotomy that Trump and his allies have been constructing, between right-leaning patriots and the far-left extremists who must be to blame for any violent eruption. By latching on to a nebulous and under-defined term such as antifa, Trump can ascribe all manner of ills to a scapegoat that shifts to satisfy his needs at the moment.Trump doubled down in his remarks in the Rose Garden on Monday by enumerating a panoply of malefactors: “Our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others.” The organizers of “domestic terror,” he said, were now “on notice,” and “this includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.” Though some activists who identify with the antifa movement may very well have taken part in recent demonstrations, The Nation reports that the FBI’s Washington field office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the D.C.-area protests on May 31, according to internal documents. While inveighing against “Antifa,” Trump elided the violence that set off the protests in the first place: the police brutality that took the life of Floyd, just as it has imperiled the lives of other black Americans.This kind of attempt to shift the political discourse away from issues of systemic racism has long been a hallmark of Trumpian rhetoric. The president’s response to the Unite the Right rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which descended into violence nearly three years ago, notoriously included the false equivalence that there were “very fine people on both sides.” (It was a white nationalist who drove a car into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing the 32-year-old Heather Heyer.) Antifa first entered his personal lexicon at campaign rally in Phoenix on August 22, 2017, a week and a half after Charlottesville, where he said, “You know, they show up in the helmets and the black masks, and they’ve got clubs and they’ve got everything,” before blurting out “Antifa!” Since then Trump has returned to the term often in speeches, reciting “an-tee-fah,” as he pronounces it, with an air of alien menace.[Read: Don’t fall for the ‘chaos’ theory of the protests]Both “antifa” and “antifascist” are, in fact, designations with extremely complex and commonly misunderstood histories, as explored in Mark Bray’s 2017 book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Bray gives the pronunciation as an-tee-fa, reflecting the word’s origins in a number of European languages, including German, where it abbreviated the noun Antifaschismus or the adjective antifaschistisch. As Bray explains, antifa was first used in Germany in the 1930s for a militant movement opposing the Nazi regime, and “Antifa committees” emerged toward the end of World War II with a revolutionary socialist bent. The modern antifa movement grew out of the punk scene in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when young leftists clashed with neo-Nazi skinheads.On the American scene, the appellation antifa is fairly new, but antifascist has its own particular historical resonances, dating back to the 1930s when fascist organizations such as Friends of New Germany and the German American Bund were on the rise. In left-wing circles, those who had fought in the Spanish Civil War’s Lincoln Brigade, serving with the Loyalists against Francisco Franco, had antifascist bona fides. In 1943, however, reports emerged that Americans who had fought alongside the Spanish Loyalists were being persecuted by government officials for suspected communist leanings. One newspaper article at the time explained that the Army had discriminated against a Spanish Civil War veteran, using the bureaucratic explanation that he was “politically unreliable” and “prematurely anti-Fascist.” The peculiar label “premature anti-fascist” got even more attention that year when a congressional committee sought to root out subversives from the government and treated veterans of the Lincoln Brigade as suspect.The current scapegoating of antifa has historical echoes in other countries as well. I checked in with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a history professor NYU and the author of the forthcoming book Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present, who recently tweeted a quote from Mussolini referring to antifascists and other “degenerates” in 1927: “We remove these individuals from circulation just like a doctor does with an infected person.” “During Italian fascism,” Ben-Ghiat told me via email, “when they needed to wipe out the political opposition, antifascists were first treated as terrorists and a special tribunal was created, as well as a special political police, to deal with them. At times they were lumped together with other ‘degenerates’ like alcoholics, petty criminals, the mentally ill, and others who were viewed as deficient and unable to be redeemed and normalized by the state.”Other right-wing regimes, such as Augusto Pinochet’s in Chile, declared “wartime” as “a continuing state of exception,” in which “the left were treated as terrorists and counter-insurgency methods were used against them,” Ben-Ghiat said. This was accompanied by a “moral discourse of healing the nation,” in which “the terrorist” is treated as a moral and political sickness. Ben-Ghiat sees similar rhetoric extending from Mussolini to Franco to Pinochet up to present-day regimes such as that of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.Trump’s Rose Garden speech bore all of these authoritarian hallmarks. It used protests over grave injustices merely as a pretext for an aggressive militaristic stance against the country’s own citizens—any of whom might now be branded as “domestic terrorists” by the state. Being alert to how language can be weaponized in this way is a necessary step in deconstructing Trump’s would-be strongman act.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-ECB sends euro higher, stocks pause after week-long rally
The euro jumped to a 12-week high against the dollar on Thursday after another shot of European Central Bank stimulus to help economies slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, but world equity markets pulled in the reins after a strong seven-day run.
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Man smashes Wendy's drive-thru window after getting a burger with no mustard on it: report
Some people really want their burgers topped a specific way.
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