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'Can you bless our quarantine room?' In a city scarred by the coronavirus, a priest revives a nervous parish
When the coronavirus shut down the Smithfield pork factory in Sioux Falls, it also decimated the city's only Spanish-speaking Catholic congregation.
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Prince Harry likens social media to lead poisoning, calling it harmful to children
Prince Harry is calling on advertisers to seek change from social media platforms and heal the 'crisis of hate' they've created.
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'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' pivots toward the next phase of the story
After a pair of Jeffrey Epstein docuseries aired in May, Lifetime seemingly weighs in late with "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein." But this two-part production -- which borrows its title from the network's R. Kelly documentaries -- takes on a new dimension with the July arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, the late financier's alleged accomplice in his sex-trafficking crimes.
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Tennis star’s model girlfriend destroys Fabio Fognini after ‘elephant’ diss
If you come at Camille Ringoir’s man, you best not miss. The girlfriend of tennis star Milos Raonic leapt to his defense by serving up a cold-hearted dig to a rival who fat shamed the Canadian on Instagram. Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a photo on social media earlier in the week of him on the...
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NYC’s Columbus Day Parade canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
The Columbus Day Parade has become another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers said the Oct. 12 parade celebrating Italian-American heritage will be canceled and replaced with virtual events. “Due to COVID-19, we have decided in the best interests of our members, participants and spectators not to have our parade as usual,” Angelo Vivolo chairman...
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Joey King says ex Jacob Elordi lied about not seeing ‘Kissing Booth 2’
“He’s capping.”
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Bubble Basketball Means Bol Bol Basketball
The younger Bol seems to be answering a most intriguing question: What if Manute Bol grew up playing basketball?
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Mysterious seeds from China being investigated by feds, universities to learn source of mailings
Packets of mystery seeds from China have been popping up in American mailboxes for the Last few weeks. Now the USDA has released new information, identifying what some of them might be.
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Guy Benson on Joe Biden's latest gaffe: This is why Team Biden keeps him in the basement
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s latest interview gaffe is why his campaign team keeps the former vice president away from doing interviews, Fox News Guy Benson said on Friday.
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U.S. Sanctions Hong Kong's Pro-China Chief Executive Carrie Lam
The U.S. imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and ten other top officials from Hong Kong and mainland China for "undermining Hong Kong's autonomy," the U.S. Treasury announced on Friday.
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Broadcaster Ian Eagle talks early success for NBA bubble
SportsPulse: Ian Eagle has seen almost everything in sports, except for an entire league operating within a bubble. The NBA broadcaster fills us in on what it's been like on the Disney campus and why it's been a success thus far.       
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Japan’s space agency captures huge ‘poisonous’ tsunami racing across Venus at 200 mph
A gigantic wave of toxic gas has been spotted surging across Venus in an event never seen before in the Solar System. The planet-wide cloud is traveling at 200 mph through the Venus’ upper atmosphere and had been hiding in plain sight for 35 years. Described as an “atmospheric disruption” by the international team who...
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HBO’s Lovecraft Country Is a Stunning Dissection of America’s Racist History—and an Absolutely Wild Ride
Executive-produced by Jordan Peele, the new series demonstrates how a society’s fears and prejudices get tangled up in the stories it tells
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Does President Trump care about winning the popular vote?
President Trump won the Electoral College in 2016 despite getting 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. In his latest column for The New York Times, CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie argues that Trump doesn't appear to care about winning a wider base of support. Bouie joined CBSN to discuss.
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Suspension reversed for student who shared photo of crowded hallway
North Paulding High School in Georgia is facing national criticism over the viral photo.
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Paws for reflection: British Foreign Office cat retiring
LONDON – Palmerston, the cat who has lived at the Foreign Office for four and a half years, will trade in his London residence for retirement in the countryside, where his mouse-catching duties for the diplomats will come to an end. Writing to the more than 100,000 followers on his Twitter feed, the black and...
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Yankees vs. Rays prediction: Masahiro Tanaka and Bombers the pick
Kanye West’s vice presidential running mate Michelle Tidball to get us started. “If you would get up every day and make your bed you would be better for it.” “Make Your Bed Great Again” hats available upon request. If this season isn’t completed, Yankees fans will feel cheated. And this time the Astros will have...
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Heart attack victims may be dying because of coronavirus fears, study finds
Doctors may have been right to be concerned that people with heart problems were avoiding the ER due to Covid-19, according to a new study published Friday.
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What is WeChat and why does President Trump want to ban it?
WeChat is owned by Tencent, whose parent owns a piece of U.S. companies including Tesla, Activision Blizzard and Riot Games and Fortnite maker Epic.      
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Patients at high risk for coronavirus should watch out for this common liver condition, doctor warns
Certain medical conditions raise the risk for more severe COVID-19 disease, and one doctor is raising awareness of a widespread liver condition that may be unfamiliar to some.
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Help! How can I take care of someone with coronavirus without getting sick myself?
How to protect yourself when caring for someone with COVID-19 at home? It can be done, by taking some basic and common sense precautions.
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Opinion: New jobs report shows that the U.S. economy is in for a long slog
The July jobs numbers clearly signal that lawmakers have to stop thinking in terms of a quick trip back to normal.
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Some Black Lives Matter activists in Salt Lake City face charges with potential life sentences over damage
Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they’re convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn’t fit the alleged crime.
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"March For Our Lives” co-founder David Hogg on NRA lawsuit and new ad targeting young voters
“March For Our Lives,” the anti-gun-violence group founded by survivors of the Parkland school shooting, is championing the lawsuit New York Attorney General Letitia James filed against the NRA. This comes as the organization releases its first television ad ahead of the November elections. David Hogg, co-founder and board member of “March For Our Lives,” joined CBSN to discuss.
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Scientists invent a new way to track space junk during the day
You might not see it when you gaze up at the night sky, but there’s a whole lot of junk orbiting Earth right now. Pieces of defunct satellites, discarded rocket stages, and other manmade debris circles our planet like a giant bubble of trash. Tracking the positions of these objects is necessary for the safety...
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Amid coronavirus, is it safe to send children back to school? Experts, parents weigh in
Experts and parents weigh in on the possibility of sending children back to school this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Clintons, Obamas to speak at the Democratic Convention; AOC might not make the cut
Barack and Michelle Obama and Hillary and Bill Clinton are reportedly set to speak at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), along with a number of other high-profile Democrats. 
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U. of Georgia Students and Staff Host 'Die In' to Protest School Reopening
Students and staff at the University of Georgia held a "die in" on Thursday to protest the school's decision to reopen for the fall semester.
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Remembering Pete Hamill, A Journalist With A Whitman-esque Embrace Of NYC
Book critic Maureen Corrigan remembers the veteran NYC newsman, who died Aug. 5, as "a tenement kid and high school drop out who never lost connection to where he came from."
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L.A. County nears 5,000 COVID deaths
Six months after California lost its first victim to COVID-19, the state surpassed 10,000 deaths — a grim milestone, composed largely of Los Angeles County's death toll.
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On GPS: Scowcroft & Powell on the fall of the Berlin Wall
In an interview with Fareed in 2014, two advisors in the cockpits of power in 1989 recount the views from Washington and London of the Iron Curtain's fall.
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When an elephant lost her leg, he invented a prosthesis for her
When Mosha, an elephant, was two years old, she lost her leg in a landmine injury along the Thai-Burmese border. Luckily, an orthopedic surgeon was able to fit her with the first prosthetic leg ever designed for an elephant. As she has grown, she has needed to be fitted for new ones. But she's never forgotten the doctor who changed her life.
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Ghislaine Maxwell reportedly boasted about oral sex with George Clooney
"With all the build up and excitement in her voice you'd think she was the next crown princess," Giuffre wrote of Maxwell in her book.
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Ava DuVernay to Produce, Narrate HBO Max Docuseries ‘One Perfect Shot’
One Perfect Shot is inspired by the popular filmmaking Twitter account of the same name.
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How Ohio has avoided becoming another Covid-19 hot spot (so far)
Covid Tracking Project Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive (and then negative) for Covid-19, but his state is doing “okay” suppressing the virus. This week, it seemed as if Ohio’s coronavirus outbreak had reached Gov. Mike DeWine. It was reported on Thursday morning that DeWine, who was supposed to meet with President Donald Trump later that day in Cleveland, had tested positive for Covid-19. He would stay home and get tested again, rather than accompany the president. But then came the follow-up story on Thursday evening: A second test on DeWine was negative. He may never have been sick at all. The whole thing was a little confusing and opaque — not a bad analogy, actually, to explain the state of Ohio’s outbreak. Early on in the pandemic, DeWine’s considerate public health approach was often contrasted with the Trump administration’s more bulldozing strategy. He was one of a handful of Republican governors — along with Maryland’s Larry Hogan and Massachusetts’s Charlie Baker — who faced outbreaks in the spring and appeared to take the threat seriously. Today, Ohio is faring better than the summer’s worst hot spots. But the situation still isn’t ideal. First, though, to clear things up on DeWine: The different results could be explained by the two different tests he took. The initial positive was from what’s called an antigen test: It can give results within minutes, by looking for certain proteins, but is generally less accurate than a diagnostic test that detects the virus’s genetic material. That kind of test, called a PCR test, was what DeWine took the second time, and it came back negative. So it seems plausible, if not certain, that DeWine’s first test was a false positive from the less accurate antigen test. DeWine and his wife were going to be tested again on Friday. But really, that bizarre turn of events is just an excuse to explore the Covid-19 outbreak in DeWine’s home state (and mine), a focal point in the spring that has been overshadowed by the Arizona-California-Florida-Texas cohort. Ohio is doing okay on Covid-19 compared to other states After talking with some Ohio-based public health experts and looking at the data, Ohio’s current situation would best be described as “okay” — which was the take from Sara Paton, an epidemiologist at Wright State University. The state experienced a second wave of infections starting in late June and continuing through July. On June 1, there were 439 new cases reported; on July 1, there were 1,307. The state appears to have peaked on July 13 with 1,715 new cases. Ohio’s surge coincided with those in other states, but its outbreak hasn’t swelled to the same degree as those of some other large states. Covid Tracking Project Cases are more concentrated in the state’s three biggest cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus — leading to some of the same racial disparities seen elsewhere in the country. Black people are 13 percent of Ohio’s population but they make up 25 percent of Covid-19 cases and 19 percent of Ohio’s 3,618 deaths. As in most other states, nursing homes have suffered greatly, with long-term care facilities accounting for more than half of the fatalities. But things are looking better. The number of daily new cases in Ohio has now dropped below 1,000 for more than a week. According to the Covid Exit Strategy dashboard, cases were down 17 percent over the past two weeks, and hospitalizations have dipped as well. One measure of an outbreak’s saturation in a state, new cases per million people, bodes well for Ohio: It ranks in the bottom third of states, with 96. That’s still above the targets experts have set for states that want to safely reopen businesses and schools, but it’s better than most. “I’m hopeful that those trends reflect people realizing that things aren’t normal and have gone back to taking precautions — like wearing masks,” William Miller, an epidemiologist at Ohio State University, told me. One question that always arises when examining a state’s Covid-19 data: How well are they actually surveilling for the disease? On that front, Ohio is again doing better than most other states, even if its performance isn’t really exemplary based on the standards set by public health experts. For example, its positive test rate is down slightly to 5.2 percent; that is better than 30-some other states but a little above the target set by experts (5 percent or, preferably, less) for confidence that a state is catching most cases. In Ohio, as in most places, getting timely test results has sometimes been a struggle. Local health officials in southwestern Ohio were recently reporting up to two-week delays. That is far too long from a public health perspective: Officials want results quickly so they can ask the infected person and anybody they have recently come into close contact with to isolate themselves so they don’t spread the virus to other people. “Even areas with a low number of cases are more likely to be problematic if testing rates and timely results are low,” Zelalem Haile, an Ohio University epidemiologist, told me. “In such areas, the spread can be as high, and many cases will remain undetected.” Still, across all of these metrics, Ohio looks better than the summer’s trouble spots. Texas and Arizona have triple its positive test rates. Florida has three times as many new cases per million people. And Ohio’s outbreak appears to be plateauing, with no evidence of the kind of acceleration we’ve seen in Alabama and Mississippi, two new hot spots identified by experts. DeWine has been an example of responsible Republican leadership There are a few explanations for Ohio’s relatively stable coronavirus status quo, experts say. Some of them are structural, like lower population density and a high number of hospital beds per capita. Though at this point the virus has reached all 88 of Ohio’s counties, it can still be harder for an airborne virus to spread where people are more spaced out. But experts also credited DeWine’s pandemic response and Ohioans’ willingness to adhere to social distancing guidance and wear masks. That has suppressed spread and allowed the state’s health system to handle the Covid-19 caseload. The Ohio Hospital Association told me it developed surge capacity plans for the three major cities in cooperation with the state government, but they haven’t been needed yet. DeWine also deployed the state’s protective equipment stockpile in June, and hospitals did not report supply shortages during the recent spike in cases, the association said. “He uses data and science for his decisions,” Paton said, “and is pretty transparent on what he is doing and why.” The differences between DeWine, who was wearing a mask back in the spring, and Trump, who didn’t wear one until July, have been frequently drawn. The New York Times reported in April on DeWine’s “split from Trump” in the pandemic and the public’s rising approval of the governor. That doesn’t mean Ohio’s response has been free from any problems or controversy. One Ohio prison had such a bad outbreak, there were more coronavirus cases than its supposed inmate occupancy, as ProPublica reported. DeWine got locked in a chaotic legal battle while trying to postpone the state’s primary elections in March. His top public health adviser, Amy Acton, stepped down in June after she was targeted by activists who opposed the state’s stay-at-home order. But even there, the discord was between DeWine’s more cautious approach and the desire of conservative activists, much like Trump’s, to reopen the economy as soon as possible in an election year. The governor has allowed businesses to reopen with some restrictions, but he also issued a statewide mask order on July 23, earlier than the Democratic governors in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “The reopening was inevitable. I believe the decision to reopen was based on evidence of adherence to the recommended guidelines by Ohioans,” Haile said. “Cases were far less than what was expected or projected from various models, which is another indication that guidelines were being followed allowing the curve to flatten.” But in Ohio, as elsewhere, complacency poses a threat. Paton pointed out that social contacts in the state, as measured by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, are not down as much as they have been in California, Florida, or Texas, which have been in more of a crisis mode than Ohio over the past month. All it takes is a superspreader event or two for new hot spots to flare up and then spread could rapidly accelerate. The state may struggle with containing new outbreaks; NPR reported last month that Ohio had not hired enough contact tracing workers based on its estimated need to track Covid-19. “Masks are only part of the solution. It would help Ohio more if people would social distance more. DeWine has made this point many times on his press conferences,” Paton said. “There have been a lot of Covid outbreaks in Ohio due to backyard barbecues, weddings, funerals, etc.” So Ohio still has work to do. The virus certainly isn’t suppressed yet. The situation, like DeWine’s test results, is fraught and unpredictable. But the governor’s leadership has put the state in a better position to succeed than most others. The public would seem to agree. Based on the polling, the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips wrote last week: “He’s now one of the most popular governors in America.” 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. 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Republicans Go All-In on Kanye West Campaign As a Way To Sink Joe Biden
The most offensive thing about Republicans with ties to President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts openly working to put rapper Kanye West on swing states’ ballots isn’t that they’re trying to pull votes away from Joe Biden. It’s that they’re doing so with very little effort to hide their true intention: to chip away at Biden’s…
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He owns 3 pro sports teams all currently playing in bubbles
Ted Leonsis, whose Momentum Sports owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitols, and WNBA's Washington Mystics, joins CNN's John King to discuss how the bubble is working for pro sports teams.
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Fans say Betty White should be in Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ video, not Kylie Jenner
Who needs Kim Kardashian's sister when you could have a golden girl?
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Angry Canadians are going after illegal US visitors amid COVID-19
Angry Canadians are intimidating and reporting Americans they suspect may have crossed the border illegally to escape the coronavirus crisis in the United States, according to a report. Residents of the country — known under normal circumstances for being exceedingly friendly — have taken to tracking and damaging the property of people with US license...
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Oprah's O Magazine puts up billboards all over Louisville demanding action in the Breonna Taylor case
Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine is putting up billboards around Louisville, Kentucky, calling for the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor to be arrested and charged.
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Georgia Student Briefly Suspended for Sharing Picture of Crowded High School Hallway
Concerned student Hannah Watters of North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, was suspended for five days by administrators after she shared a photo of a crowded school hallway this week. After an online backlash, the school district was forced to reverse the student's suspension.
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Is the bike path from the South Bay to Santa Monica open during coronavirus?
Let this be the inspiration you need to grab your bike and hit the road. Just don't forget your mask.
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Herman Cain's life honored during Atlanta funeral
Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, was celebrated at a private funeral in Atlanta on Friday. Cain died July 30 of complications from COVID-19. He was 74. (Aug. 7)       
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NC gov. says in-person schooling a top priority
In North Carolina, most parents won't have the option of sending their kids back to school at the start of fall. Gov. Roy Cooper allowed districts to opt for fully remote learning, but said he's eager to return to in-person schooling when safe. (Aug. 7)       
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Brett Favre says he empathizes with Donald Trump in handling coronavirus: 'Damned if you do and damned if you don't'
During a golf outing with Donald Trump, Brett Favre said he empathized with him in dealing with COVID-19: "Damned if you do and damned if you don't."       
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A cat composer's mewsic to meow ears
For the record, cat composer David Teie is not a cat. He is an adult human man. And although Teie is most certainly not a cat, he makes some excellent music for felines. Teie is a cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra and a composer who lives in Washington, D.C. Teie's interest in composing for animals started with an interest in how humans hear music. Teie has released two volumes of music for cats that uses "feline-centric sounds" like bird noises and purring to interest kitties.
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In a heated exchange, CNN's Poppy Harlow confronts Trump's top economic adviser
In a testy back and forth with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Larry Kudlow said Republicans want to scale back the $600 weekly supplemental unemployment insurance benefit in a bill or executive action that would renew the expired emergency provision.
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Delta CEO: 'Well over 100 people' have been banned from flying after refusing to wear masks
Dozens of people have been barred from flying on Delta airplanes for refusing to comply with the airline industry's mask policies, Delta CEO Ed Bastian told CNN's Julia Chatterley on Friday.
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