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After a rough weekend down in Tampa, the Yankees rebounded nicely in the Bronx with a two-game sweep of the Braves. To talk about everything going on with the Yankees, we present to you a brand spankin’ new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson. We opened up the latest podcast...
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Machine Gun Kelly gets fired up in the Netflix film ‘Project Power’
Megan Fox's "beautiful boy" instantly bonded with his Oscar-winning co-star Jamie Foxx.
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Teen murdered in Bronx apartment suffered burns to 90 percent of body: sources
Winston Ortiz, 18, was stabbed twice in the back and once in the chest on the fifth floor of a building on Woodycrest Avenue near West 165th Street in Highbridge.
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Woman Arrested After Striking Gate Agent at Phoenix Airport Over Mask Rule
"If I don't get on that flight, you're going to be beat down to the death right here. I promise you that," she said.
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Yes, Kamala Harris Is Eligible to Be Vice President | Opinion
Harris easily fits within the Constitution's category of "natural-born citizens."
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How Lakers view potential playoff matchup with Blazers
USA Today Sports' Mark Medina breaks down how the Lakers view a potential playoff series against the Blazers.        
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Israel and the UAE just struck a historic peace deal. It’s a big win for Trump.
President Donald Trump announced the Israel-UAE peace deal, which he helped broker, on August 13 at the White House. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images A lot of details remain to be worked out, but this is still a really big agreement. Israel and the United Arab Emirates just agreed to a historic deal to normalize their long-strained relations — and it may not have happened without the input of President Donald Trump’s administration. In a surprise announcement Thursday, the US, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates put out a joint statement outlining how the two Middle Eastern nations will develop ties in numerous areas including investment, security, tourism, technology, and energy, and will establish formal embassies in each others’ countries. But at the heart of the agreement is a trade: As the statement lays out, Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over” parts of the West Bank that it had previously expressed intentions to annex. In exchange, the UAE will treat Israel as it would any other country it has friendly relations with — making it only the third Arab country to have such open relations with Jerusalem. “This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” the statement reads. Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/oVyjLxf0jd— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020 Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and UAE leader Mohammed Bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, finalized the terms of the agreement — to be known as the “Abraham Accords” in a nod to the patriarch of both the Jewish and Muslim faiths — during a Thursday phone call. Trump also hinted in the Oval Office that more “things are happening,” while Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew that Thursday is “A historic day.” יום היסטורי https://t.co/4mD6DzoTvE— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2020 This is a momentous agreement by almost any conceivable measure The announcement was sudden, so everyone will learn more about it and its implications down the line. But for now, two main reasons stick out for why this is such a big deal. First, it means Israel won’t — at least for now — annex parts of the West Bank, a move that would’ve all but shut the door on a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians. The Israeli-occupied West Bank is home to nearly 3 million Palestinians as well some 500,000 Jewish settlers, and would form a critical part of any future independent state of Palestine. As my colleague Jen Kirby explained: Under the two-state framework historically supported by the United States and the international community, the vast bulk of the West Bank would be returned to the Palestinians. As part of a final peace deal, Israelis and Palestinians would negotiate what to do about the settlements, with some heavily populated blocs near Israel’s recognized borders likely to be ceded to Israel. But peace talks have stalled for years, and there is no deal anywhere on the horizon. Instead, the Israeli right has been pushing for Netanyahu’s government to just go ahead and unilaterally annex significant portions of the West Bank that it wants to keep, making them officially part of Israel proper, regardless of what the Palestinians think about it. In January, the Trump administration unveiled its “peace plan,” developed by US and Israeli officials without the input of Palestinian leaders, who refused to participate. The plan helped create the conditions for Netanyahu to move forward with unilateral annexation, and for months, it looked as though Netanyahu was going to do it. In fact, it was supposed to officially happen as soon as July 1. But it didn’t. Now we know the likely reason for the stalled annexation: Trump and his team aimed to strike a deal to convince Netanyahu otherwise. However, some claim the Israeli leader needed a way to back out of such a controversial promise. “Bibi climbs down from a tree it never seemed like he really wanted to be in,” Yair Rosenberg, a writer at the Jewish news-focused Tablet Magazine, tweeted after the deal’s revelation. Even if that is right, getting the UAE to normalize ties with the country is a pretty good way to get out of a corner. Second, this makes life a bit easier for Israel. The last peace deal it struck with an Arab country was with Jordan in 1994 (it signed one with Egypt in 1979). Now Israel can claim it has more friends in the region, possibly reducing the pressure on it regarding its relations with Palestinians. Granted, both nations had quietly been working together in myriad areas, namely technology, for several years. But now, the countries can openly work together in key areas, mostly pressingly on a cure for the coronavirus. Indeed, Thursday’s joint statement said both countries would now accelerate their cooperation in search of a treatment and a vaccine. That’s a marked shift from just two months ago when Netanyahu announced a coronavirus partnership with the UAE, only to have the Arab country a few hours later say the only ties were between companies from both nations, not their governments. This agreement may help the UAE do business with Israel, which in turn should help the Arab nation’s economy. Put together, this deal is mostly a win-win for the UAE: It helps itself, and reduces the risk of a calamity happening in the region. But not everyone is happy about the agreement Many caveats still apply, though. Among other possibilities, Israel and the UAE could hit many snags as they work on how, exactly, to normalize relations. Netanyahu will likely face anger from the Israeli far-right, particularly the thousands of Israeli settlers in the West Bank who hoped Netanyahu would follow through on his annexation promise. “We were tricked,” Shai Alon, head of the pro-settler Beit El Regional Council, said in a statement Thursday. “We’ve been betrayed.” Palestinian leaders, too, have expressed outrage over the agreement. “Israel got rewarded for not declaring openly what it’s been doing to Palestine illegally & persistently since the beginning of the occupation,” tweeted Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the official national representative of the Palestinian people. “The UAE has come out in the open on its secret dealings/normalization with Israel. Please don’t do us a favor. We are nobody’s fig leaf!” Still, some experts are cautiously optimistic. “The UAE-Israel announcement is good news, and breaks an important barrier,” Dan Shapiro, who served as US ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, told me. Two long-time estranged nations have agreed to be openly friendly with each other, and the US helped — giving Trump one of his biggest foreign policy victories as the election draws near. Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. The reason is both lovely and surprising: Readers told us that they contribute both because they value explanation and because they value that other people can access it, too. We have always believed that explanatory journalism is vital for a functioning democracy. 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Cuba Gooding Jr.’s lawyers could ask accuser about breast size, threesomes
During a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court, the judge said that the defense might be allowed to pursue this line of questioning if they proved it was relevant to their case.
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U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Rising in These 7 States
Average daily death tolls have been rising in Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Nevada, Louisiana, Tennessee and Oregon over the past month.
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DSW takes 25 percent off select styles for summer sale
Your search for footwear staples will be over after you take a look at DSW’s latest sale. The popular retailer is taking 25% off select styles for its latest summer sale. So you can get your hands on the best sneakers, boots and sandals for unforgettable prices. Plus, you’ll enjoy free shipping on orders over...
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New Mexico State will not play football in fall due to COVID-19 concerns
New Mexico State athletic director Mario Moccia confirmed Thursday that the school was postponing playing college football in fall due to COVID-19.        
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Weekly unemployment claims drop below 1 million for first time since March
An additional 963,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims for the week ending August 8th. This is the first week since March that initial jobless claims dropped below 1 million. Frances Stacy, the director of portfolio strategy at Optimal Capital, joined CBSN to break down the numbers.
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Kamala Harris, despite law-and-order rep, repeatedly hit for leniency during prosecutor years
Sen. Kamala Harris, who this week was announced as Joe Biden's pick for vice president, has received high-profile criticism from the left for her record as a tough prosecutor -- but Harris also stirred controversy during that period for allegedly going easy on criminal defendants in a number of cases, including by refusing to seek the death penalty for a cop-killer. 
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Penn State students must sign COVID-19 liability waiver to return to school
Penn State University students returning to campus for the upcoming school year must sign a liability waiver absolving the university of responsibility in the event of “personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death” related to COVID-19. “I acknowledge that the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State University have issued...
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Michael Costello slams Kylie Jenner for not giving credit to fashion designers
"Thank you to the no name designers who work tirelessly around the clock on custom looks who she won’t tag," he wrote.
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Tropical Storm Josephine marks earliest ‘J’ storm in history
But don't worry -- Josephine is expected to be short-lived and unlikely to come anywhere near the East Coast.
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Is the “suburban housewife” as Trump imagines her? Join Jennifer Weiner to discuss.
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Pirates vs. Reds prediction: Runs will be at a premium in this one
The Pittsburgh Pirates enter Thursday’s game in Cincinnati with an MLB-worst 3-13 record. A lot of the team’s issues have come at the plate. The Pirates average four runs per game, tied for 23rd in the majors entering Wednesday’s action around the country. And Pittsburgh is hitting .209 as a collective, with only the Reds...
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Marsha Blackburn calls Biden-Harris 'by far the most radical' left Democrat ticket
“The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris ticket is by far the most radical leftist ticket that the Democratic Party has ever put forward,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn said on Thursday.
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AOC challenges Trump to release college transcript after he calls her 'poor student'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goaded President Trump to release his own college transcript after he called her a “poor student” on Fox Business Thursday morning. 
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Commentary: The fight for women's rights is a story for the ages. Why isn't it bigger on TV?
The major milestones of feminist history, including ratification of 19th Amendment, are rarely seen on TV. But women's lives, work and politics are vital to it.
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The ice cream truck song has a racist past. So Wu-Tang Clan's RZA wrote a new one
Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA partners with ice cream maker Good Humor to create a new ice cream truck jingle as an alternative to 'Turkey in the Straw.'
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U.S. Military Defends Moves Near Taiwan, China Sends Forces to 'Safeguard' Territory
"The United States is an Indo-Pacific nation and committed to remaining engaged in the region," Pacific Fleet spokesperson Navy Lieutenant James Adams told Newsweek.
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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ fraud trial has a new start date
The long-awaited criminal fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes finally has a start date. The disgraced former Silicon Valley wunderkind will appear before a jury in March of next year, US District Judge Edward Davila announced on Tuesday, to face charges that she and ex-Theranos president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani are accused of peddling bogus...
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Mortgage refinancing will be 0.5% more expensive, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise fees
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced a new fee of 0.5% to protect themselves from losses on their refinanced mortgages.      
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'Selling Sunset' Star Chrishell Stause Has a Message for Justin Harley's Other Ex-Wife
"Women who build each other up are my tribe," Stause wrote in an Instagram Stories post on Wednesday.
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59 Confederate symbols removed, relocated or renamed since Floyd's death
Still, nearly 1,800 Confederate symbols remain on public land, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Famous left-handed people, including Oprah, Prince William and more
Happy International Lefthanders Day! These famous faces are part of the left-handed club.        
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Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer who called looting 'reparations' dismisses peaceful protesting
The Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer who justified looting as “reparation” has doubled down — insisting this week that even calling someone a criminal is “based on racism.”
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Meghan Markle ‘carefully planned’ farewell tour looks to ‘go out with a bang’
Sometimes, fashions speak louder than words.
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AMC Theaters will sell 15-cent tickets when cinemas reopen next week
They’re reel cheap! AMC Theaters will sell movie tickets for a dirt-cheap 15 cents a pop next week — to lure folks back to the big screen amid the coronavirus crisis. The cinema chain said it will hawk the film passes for pennies — roughly the price of a ticket in the 1920s — on...
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Dennis Quaid adopting shelter cat named after him
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'Real Housewives' star Candiace Dillard apologizes for past homophobic tweets: ‘My words were hurtful’
Candiace Dillard apologized for past homophobic tweets that recently resurfaced.
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A New Wave of Horror Films About Women’s Deepest Anxieties Is Perfect Viewing for Our Summer of Discontent
A fresh crop of horror films made seen through women’s eyes suggest that the things that scare women the most are already inside them
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Lisa Rinna Addresses Harry Hamlin’s Son With Ursula Andress on ‘RHOBH’
Before Hamlin and Rinna married in 1997, he had a child with his Clash of The Titans costar, Ursula Andress.
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Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights.
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R. Kelly accuser wants judge to enter default judgement over lack of response
Faith Rodgers is also asking for a trial to take place to determine the damages that Kelly should have to pay her.
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Nick Cave speaks out on cancel culture's lack of 'mercy,' says it may affect artists
Singer Nick Cave spoke out against cancel culture after a fan asked for his opinion on the growing tide of political correctness. 
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World leaders weigh in on 'historic' Israeli-UAE deal that leads to 'full normalization' of diplomatic ties
World leaders are reacting to the historic deal reached Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that will lead to a "full normalization" of diplomatic ties between the two Middle Easters countries, with one calling it a "historic day."
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Kanye West nabs his first-ever nomination for 2020 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards
Zach Williams and For King & Country top the list of Gospel Music Association Dove Awards nominees, while Kanye West earned his first nomination.       
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Thousands in Belarus form ‘lines of solidarity’ in protest
MINSK, Belarus — Thousands of people swarmed the streets of Belarus’ capital and other cities Thursday to keep up their protests of election results that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and a subsequent police crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. In several areas of Minsk, hundreds of women formed long “lines of solidarity.”...
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Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers
All-Pro tight end George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position.
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How do you pronounce Kamala Harris? Here is the right way to say her name
The presumptive Democratic vice presidential candidate released a video in 2016 with kids showing the proper pronunciation of her first name.
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Why you shouldn't be worried about getting coronavirus from food
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Here's What Happened to Cannon Hinnant, the 5-Year-Old Who Was Fatally Shot in the Head
A 25-year-old man is facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting of the 5-year-old boy in Wilson, North Carolina.
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Biden and Harris set for briefing and speeches on coronavirus pandemic Thursday
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, are set to appear together in Delaware for a second consecutive day for a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tropical Storm Josephine forms in Atlantic, becomes earliest 'J' storm in record-setting hurricane season
The 10th named tropical storm formed Thursday out over the Atlantic Ocean, setting yet another record for a busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.
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Southwest Airlines boots family after autistic toddler refuses to wear mask
"He is three and has autism and sensory processing disorders, so he wouldn't keep the mask on," Alyssa Sadler, of Houston, told ABC affiliate KTRK.
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