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NBA guard Ben McLemore passes the keys in Tarzana
Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore has sold his Tarzana home for $2.625 million.
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‘Foodgod’ Jonathan Cheban robbed at gunpoint in New Jersey
The unmasked gunmen fled on foot when neighbors came out to see what was going on.
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Lifetime Developing First Christmas Movie With Lead Gay Romance
The Christmas Set-Up comes after Lifetime included a gay kiss in last year's Twinkle All the Way. 
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Toddler may be youngest climber to reach top of 10,000-foot mountain
A toddler might have just become the youngest person to reach the summit of a 10,000-foot mountain. His reward? Haribo candy.
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A new version of 'The Secret Garden' wants to remind you of the healing power of nature
The latest adaptation of "The Secret Garden" overcame multiple challenges, including a studio's demise and the COVID pandemic, to finally reach a VOD release this week.
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Read former Spanish King Juan Carlos' letter to his son
Spain's former King Juan Carlos I is leaving the country, according to a letter addressed to his son King Felipe VI, which has been shared by the Royal Household.
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Joey Sasso is helping ’Love Is Blind’s’ Diamond Jack find love in new show
Joey Sasso, the New York native who won the first season of “The Circle” on Netflix, is now helping another Netflix reality star find love. On the hit show “Love Is Blind,” Diamond Jack famously got engaged after meeting fiancé Carlton Morton through a wall and then had a tumultuous breakup. She is now determined...
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Drew Barrymore chows down in "Santa Clarita Diet" trailer
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A parasite is turning cicadas into mind-controlled ‘sex zombies’
Whether or not you find their shrill buzzing to be annoying or a pleasant reminder that summer is officially here, cicadas are seasonal visitors that many people are familiar with. What you might not know, however, is that a bizarre mind-controlling fungus is turning some of the insects into what can only be described as...
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Schoolgirls in India discover asteroid after trawling through space images
Two schoolgirls in India have won praise from scientists after discovering a distant asteroid that will eventually fly past Earth.
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Gruesome testimony in hearing for ‘Doomsday’ dad Chad Daybell
The grandparents of “Doomsday” dad Chad Daybell‘s adopted son wept in court Monday as a detective described finding the 7-year-old’s remains bound like a mummy in duct tape and plastic in a pet cemetery. Ray Hermosillo, a cop from Rexburg, Idaho, said he and other investigators began digging on Daybell’s local rural property on the...
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Face shield vs. mask: Which prevents spread of COVID better?
Because the coronavirus spreads mostly through small respiratory droplets, masks appear to be more effective than face shields, experts say.
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NY prosecutors say Trump investigation extends beyond hush money payments
Manhattan prosecutors on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss President Donald Trump's lawsuit challenging a subpoena for his financial records, arguing that the claims have already been rejected by other courts, while emphasizing that their investigation extends beyond hush-money payments.
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Trump continues to lose ground in 2020 election as nation grapples with coronavirus
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'Ghosting The News' Author Says Local Journalism 'Freefall' Is Accelerating
More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines democracy.
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BLM protester takes flamethrower to march on KKK compound
A Black Lives Matter protester carrying a flamethrower led a march on the Arkansas compound of the Ku Klux Klan’s Grand Wizard — where demonstrators were met by heavily armed “militia,” the group said. The protest, organized by Ozarks Hate Group, gathered in Harrison Sunday — before finally arriving in Zinc near the compound housing...
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Frank Ocean's teen brother, Ryan Breaux, reportedly killed in Thousand Oaks car crash
Social media identified the 18-year-old as one of two people killed in a crash early Sunday. CSUN said the other victim was student Ezekial Bishop.
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Brian Austin Green talks Megan Fox split, reacts to her Machine Gun Kelly relationship
Brian Austin Green is opening up about his highly publicized split with Megan Fox, who has recently been seen with rapper Machine Gun Kelly.        
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After revealing in a sermon that she is trans, a Baptist pastor is fired by the church
Junia Joplin came out as trans in a June sermon to her Baptist church in Mississauga, Ontario. She had hoped to keep her job. | Jah Grey for Vox As Christian congregations grapple with LGBTQ acceptance, Junia Joplin hoped that candidly telling her story would help her keep her job. Junia Joplin, the Mississauga, Toronto, pastor who came out as a trans woman in a livestreamed sermon on June 14 (and who was profiled shortly thereafter by Vox), has lost her job after a congregational vote. Joplin’s sermon proved hugely popular within the world of queer Christianity, in large part due to her skill as a preacher and how she weaved together themes of God-given acceptance and the struggle to embrace one’s truest self. “I want to proclaim to my transgender siblings that I believe in a God who knows your name, even if that name hasn’t been chosen yet,” she said during the livestream. “I believe in a God who calls you a beloved daughter even if your parents insist you’ll always be their son.” Shortly after delivering her coming-out sermon, Joplin, a pastor at Lorne Park Baptist Church, said she received an outpouring of support from parishioners, including some she hadn’t expected to be in her corner. But the church’s leadership council sent her a terse email shortly afterward, saying “no decisions have been made yet.” A July 20 vote on whether to remove Joplin from her position was carried out by drive-through balloting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a narrow 58-53 result, the congregation decided against Joplin’s continued employment by the church. Lorne Park issued the following statement to Vox: The Corporation of Lorne Park Baptist Church confirms that the congregation has voted to terminate the employment of Rev. Junia (June) Joplin as Lead Pastor of the church. The Church has journeyed for the past month through a process of attempting to discern God’s will resulting from June’s announcement of June 14, 2020 that she is a transgender woman. The vote concludes the first stage of that process. After a month of prayerful discernment and discussions between June and the congregation, it was determined, for theological reasons, that it is not in God’s will that June remain as our pastor. We wish June God’s grace and peace as she departs from us. Joplin said those who voted to remove her were also asked whether their decision was based on theological reasoning. Eight of those people said they saw no theological basis for her firing, but voted to remove her for other reasons. On the theological grounds laid out in the church’s statement, Joplin said she came out ahead, 61-50. She still lost her job. In the wake of Joplin’s firing, Lorne Park has undergone considerable upheaval. Six of its eight executive council members stepped down, as did two members of the church’s pastoral team, Joplin said. The “Who We Are” page on the church’s website is notably sparse. Joplin’s firing was also a disappointment to trans Christians, who hoped she would avoid the fate of other pastors and church leaders who have come out as trans and subsequently lost their jobs. Yet there might be some room for optimism in the closeness of the vote. “What you’re seeing played out [in recent years] are the ways in which the gradual increased understanding of queerness in the general population is changing the policies of the churches,” said Michael Pettinger, co-editor of the book Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms. “It’s intriguing and really encouraging that [Joplin] could get almost a 50/50 split. That would have been unimaginable 50 years ago.” How Baptist church policies are ultimately decided gave some trans Christians hope that the congregation would vote to keep Joplin behind the pulpit at Lorne Park. Unlike with, say, the Catholic church, which has a central governing body dictating how churches are allowed to carry out their business, each Baptist congregation is allowed to establish its own rules.Though Joplin said many churchgoers were very supportive, some who hadn’t gone through the process of becoming official members of Lorne Park were not allowed to vote, even if they attended regularly. “I’ve had church members reach out to me and say, ‘You’ve got to remember the membership is not the same as the congregation,’” Joplin told Vox. “In other words, if it had been a vote that actually reflected the people in the pews, then it would have gone differently.” She also said that she’s somewhat frustrated that people who voted for her removal didn’t bother to talk to her after she came out. But arguments against her were ongoing within the larger Lorne Park community. Adam McKerlie, who has been going to the church since he was very young and now attends with his wife, Lauren, said via email that he had been involved in a Facebook argument that reflected the groundswell against Joplin. “A previous pastor of Lorne Park spoke out against June, going as far as using her incorrect pronouns and name. When I called the pastor out on Facebook, it generated some discussion and seemed to split our old youth group into people who were with June and those who were against, which was sad,” McKerlie said. “I unfortunately didn’t have a lot of hope for how the vote would go. I was surprised with how close it was, but saddened by the decision.” McKerlie and his wife said they will no longer be attending Lorne Park. Joplin told Vox that she has heard, at least secondhand, that some of the arguments supporting her firing went beyond suggesting a trans woman shouldn’t be a pastor. “You had two congregations. The congregation that was, like, ‘Who cares if our pastor is trans? That’s fine. It changes nothing. She’s just as good as before, if not better,’ and then the other congregation is, like, ‘Well, not even cis women can be pastors,’” Joplin said. “Our denomination has been [ordaining women] for 60 or 70 years! Folks just had no clue that’s what our values are, because people don’t bother to learn.” This exact debate — between embracing queer Christians and rigidly adhering to traditions that might be out of date — is at the center of arguments across Christian denominations right now, said Pettinger. “What we’re seeing now is a kind of struggle in the conscience of people who have always believed that there was something wrong with gender- and sexuality-variant people suddenly realizing that, in fact, no, the question is not the worthiness or the worth of these people or the lives they live. The question is actually the sinfulness of homophobia,” Pettinger said, pointing to how often anti-LGBTQ Christians note that they’re “not homophobic” but still don’t think queer people should have a place in the church. “It’s almost more about their need to maintain an identity as a good, loving person in the face of increasing evidence that, in fact, this is not a good and loving position,” Pettinger added. “It’s really intriguing to me that we’re seeing that shift at exactly the time we’re once again dealing with the legacy of racism and white supremacy in this country.” None of that will get Joplin her job back, however. She told Vox she is exploring her legal options — in Canada, it is illegal to fire someone for being trans, but there are exceptions based on religious grounds. She also said that any severance payment from the church would likely come with strings attached that would make it harder for her to tell her story and build support for the next pastor to come out as trans to their congregation. Joplin, who is American, has started looking for the next thing, which is somewhat constrained by her need to stay in Canada and not return to the US, both for medical reasons and because her children will remain in Canada. Church hiring is a long and complicated process. The soonest she might begin a new job would be in early 2021, she said, and it’s far more likely she would start later than that. So until she finds something else, Joplin is guest preaching (though it doesn’t pay nearly as well as a regular job), and has a GoFundMe she hopes will buy her some financial breathing room to figure out what’s next. And yet she, too, has hope. “Christianity has had to change in some enormous ways over the last 150 years, and it’s going to change more. ... Either stories like mine are going to invite the church to change, or it will die, at least in the way we know it. That’s sad in some ways, but the church constantly needs to die and be resurrected. That’s our story,” Joplin said. “If the 10 percent of every church that’s LGBTQ+ identified and if the one person out of every 100 that was trans came out in their congregation and spoke up, I think together, we could bring about a lot of change.” 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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Indian Americans have a stake in the Biden VP pick
Neil Makhija writes that there's only one pick for Asian Americans when it comes to Vice President Joe Biden's running mate: Kamala Harris. Born to a Black father and an Indian mother, Harris is uniquely positioned to bring together a racially diverse Democratic coalition.
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‘Got milk?’ ads return as sales rise amid pandemic
The dairy industry has a familiar question for you: “Got milk?” Six years after the popular tagline was retired, “Got milk?” ads are back. A dairy industry-funded group is reviving the campaign, hoping to prolong the boost milk has gotten during the pandemic. US milk sales have been in freefall for decades as choices grew...
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'Most haunted home' in Ireland goes up for sale
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Hotels marketing rooms as office spaces to survive coronavirus pandemic
Hotels throughout the country are offering private workspaces as they tackle low occupancy rates.
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Browns' Odell Beckham Jr.: NFL shouldn't hold season amid coronavirus pandemic
Odell Beckham Jr. ridiculed team owners and said he "wouldn't mind" not having a season, though the Browns WR has not opted out.        
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TikTok will be ‘out of business’ if it doesn’t sell by next month, Trump says
President Trump on Monday said that popular social media platform TikTok will be “out of business” in the US if it doesn’t reach a deal to sell its American operations by mid-September. The president comments to the media confirmed a previous blog post from Microsoft — which is currently in discussions with Beijing-based TikTok parent...
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Horse farm creates retreat for combat veterans
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COVID survivors push for plasma donations
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Landlord sues Old Navy for $231K in unpaid rent
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Grandmother wants school to remove BLM sign
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Pregnant woman killed, baby fighting for life
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Cops: Man kills Burger King worker over order
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New hot air balloon gives lift to ride business
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Businesses feel targeted by reopening rollback
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Zoo apologizes for treatment of African man
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Ferrari’s orders accelerate despite profit drop
Ferrari trimmed its full-year earnings forecast on Monday after second-quarter income fell 60 percent due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but said orders were “very strong,” sending the luxury carmaker’s shares up nearly 4 percent. Chief Executive Louis Camilleri told analysts that last quarter’s order book was up double digits (percentage) in absolute...
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Inspired by Jorge Masvidal's success, Valerie Loureda hopes to represent Miami and Cuban community
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High school football participation continues decline in California
Football participation drops to 89,756, the fifth consecutive year of decline at California's high school level.
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NBA live updates: Scores, standings as Monday's games tip off
We're through the first weekend of seeding games inside the bubble campus in Orlando, Florida, and the NBA is well and truly back.        
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Trump Says Microsoft Can Bid for TikTok
The president said he did not object to a potential acquisition of the Chinese-owned app, retreating from comments about banning the service.
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Tom Brady jokes about upgrade after iPhone 6 revelation
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Biden staffs up and launches new ads in Texas
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Texas city commissioner killed in gun battle with cops during domestic call
A city commissioner in Texas whose girlfriend and her 4-year-old son were wounded was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with police after a five-hour standoff, according to reports. Sullivan City Commissioner Gabriel Salinas, 39, barricaded himself inside his Mission home on Thursday night after a neighbor reported that the official’s girlfriend, also 39,...
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Braves vs. Mets: Jacob deGrom will end Amazin’s skid
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Barack Obama omits AOC’s name while endorsing New York Democrats
Obama released the list of candidates he supports on Twitter. It's possible he will add additional New Yorkers closer to the election.
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Dad of 7 dies a hero after saving his kids’ lives from a riptide
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