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The secret is out: Galaxy's Jalen Neal ready to contribute to U.S. national team

Jalen Neal, a 19-year-old defender for the Galaxy, could earn his first cap with the U.S. national team Wednesday against Serbia at BMO Stadium.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's 'all for WNBA players getting equal rights' amid charter debate
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is weighing in on the WNBA charter issue as the topic resurfaced following reports that Brittney Griner needs to fly private.      
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Russian State TV Releases Video Trashing U.S. Abrams Tanks
Russian T-90 tanks are "significantly lighter and cheaper" than the U.S vehicles, a clip on the Russia 1 channel said.
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Almost 20% of singles run a background check on their dates: poll
The survey of 1,000 singles, conducted in December by the Thriving Center of Psychology, comes as 127 million adults report being unattached.
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NYC complaints range from barking dogs to sirens
Gothamites filed 739,527 noise complaints to the 311 hotline in 2022 for everything ranging from barking dogs to helicopters to idling engines and jackhammering.
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9-year-old San Diego Zoo Pacific pocket mouse vying for Guinness World Record
This would be a very mice "Pat" on the back for a Pacific pocket mouse named after Patrick Stewart.
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Penny Hardaway offers apology to Tyre Nichols: 'You were failed that night'
Memphis basketball coach and city native Penny Hardaway took to Instagram late Friday to offer an apology to Tyre Nichols.      
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Driver fumes over $115 ticket for parking next to a non-existent hydrant
Upper West Side resident Amy Goossens was fuming when she was slapped with a $115 ticket earlier this month for illegally parking a foot away from a fire hydrant.
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What we learned from the Tyre Nichols video
Demonstrators protest the death of Tyre Nichols on January 27, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Body camera footage shows Memphis police viciously beating Nichols, who died three days later. Video of five Memphis police officers punching and kicking Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black man who died after police escalated a traffic stop on January 7 into a brutal beating, was released on Friday by the city of Memphis. Multiple video clips show police kicking Nichols in the head, beating him with a baton, and punching him while restraining him — ultimately resulting in his death at St. Francis Hospital on January 10. The city released the video — more than an hour of total footage between four clips — at 7 pm Eastern time on Friday. Three of the clips are taken from body cameras and include sound, while one silent clip comes from a light pole camera. Though one of the videos shows the moments preceding the beatings, the videos do not show Nichols driving erratically, the reason police gave for pulling him over in the first place. Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis later told NBC that her department couldn’t substantiate that claim. The five police officers, all of whom are Black and all of whom have been fired, were charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression on Thursday; if found guilty, they each face up to 60 years in prison for the murder charge alone. Officers say that they did not film the initial encounter with Nichols, and the footage begins after an officer has already pulled Nichols out of his car and backup is arriving at the scene. The officers appear to Taser Nichols, at which point he frees himself and runs from the officers. After a brief chase, officers pepper spray Nichols before beating him. All five officers belonged to the Memphis Police Department’s Scorpion unit, which was created in 2021 and designed to saturate high-crime areas with police officers; the unit’s name is short for Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods. The program has been suspended in the wake of Nichols’ death, the Washington Post reports. The disturbing video footage at times shows officers restraining Nichols as an officer kicks him in the upper body and head; beating him with a police baton; and punching him. At points, Nichols staggers or attempts to stand and screams for his mother. In one video, an officer says he’s going to “baton the fuck out” of Nichols; video footage also shows officers speculating that Nichols was high during the encounter. No drugs were found in Nichols’s car, according to an officer on the scene, and police claims that Nichols reached for one of the officers’ guns as he attempted to run away are also not supported by the video evidence. An initial police statement from January 8 describes the beating only as a “confrontation” and does not mention the violence Nichols suffered at the hands of police, but does include the details that the officers involved were relieved of duty and that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was handling the case. One video also shows Nichols waiting more than 20 minutes to be transported to a nearby hospital, slumped over and propped up beside a police car. According to an autopsy report, Nichols “suffered excessive bleeding caused by a severe beating.” Protests — mostly peaceful, as Nichols’ mother RowVaughn Wells and stepfather Rodney Wells requested — sprang up in cities across the country after the videos were released. “I don’t want us burning up cities, tearing up our streets, because that’s not what my son stood for,” Nichols’ mother said Thursday in anticipation of the footage being made public, according to NPR. In Memphis, protesters shut down the I-55 bridge, which connects Memphis and West Memphis and crosses the Mississippi River. In addition to his mother and stepfather, Nichols leaves behind a 4-year-old son, as well as a community of skateboarders and friends in his native Sacramento. Nichols was an avid photographer, the Associated Press reports; on the evening he was stopped and beaten by police, Nichols was driving home from photographing the sky at a local park. Nichols came to Memphis on the eve of the Covid-19 pandemic and ended up staying with his mother and stepfather; he was less than 100 yards from home when he was fatally beaten by police. Nichols can be heard in the video attempting to de-escalate the situation and return to his family’s house, telling officers, “I’m just trying to go home.”
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Best of US figure skating championships
Photos from the 2023 U.S. figure skating championships.       
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Kim Kardashian slams paparazzi who asks about Kanye’s alleged battery incident
The "Kardashians" star shut down a paparazzi who inquired about the "Donda" rapper's alleged battery incident while she was leaving her kids' basketball game.
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Facebook secretly killed users batteries, worker claims in lawsuit
The practice, known as "negative testing," allows tech companies to "surreptitiously" run down someone's mobile juice in the name of testing features or issues such as how fast their app runs or how an image might load, according to data scientist George Hayward.
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At Coyote Ugly, women leave bras, then make ‘call of shame’ the next day
Revelers at Coyote Ugly Saloon voluntarily, albeit drunkenly, cast off their bras to adorn the legendary East Village watering hole.
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What It Was Like to Be a Target of Political Violence in New Mexico
“We cannot keep going the way we are.”
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John Durham Under Pressure to Disclose Details of Trump Criminal Probe
Durham received a tip from Italian officials in 2019 about suspicious financial dealings involving the former president.
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Real estate agents say they can't imagine working without ChatGPT now
If you came across a four bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home listed for sale recently on a quiet cul-de-sac in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, you might not think twice about the online listing. It included typical real estate descriptions like "ideal for entertaining" and "ample space for relaxation."
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NYC nabes hiring off-duty cops and private security amid crime surge
Howard Beach is poised to join a growing number of battered Big Apple neighborhoods to hire their own security.
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Climate change protesters in The Hague block highway, get detained and hauled away by bus
Hundreds of climate activists on Saturday blocked one of the main roads into the international criminal court, The Hague, in a show of protest over fossil fuel linked tax breaks.
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Amid Spasm of Violence, Israel’s Far-Right Government Raises Risk of Escalation
Israel and the West Bank were gripped by violence this week. Its roots predate Israel’s new far-right government, but the government’s ministers and goals are fueling tensions.
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Trump’s Evolution on Truth Social: More QAnon, More Extremes
The former president, now free to post again on Facebook and Twitter, has increasingly amplified far-right accounts on Truth Social. Experts on extremism worry that he will bring this approach to a far wider audience.
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How LACMA's stripped-down exhibition of Afro-Atlantic art falls short
"Afro-Atlantic Histories," has been radically downsized at LACMA. Plus: In praise of Paul Mescal's acting and why "Tár" is bad for classical music.
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L.A. on the Record: A new leader for LAHSA
Public officials are excited about the incoming chief executive of the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority. But the agency's challenges remain.
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The Rollout of the Memphis Police Videos Was Highly Choreographed
As multiple video recordings of the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis were released to the public on Friday night, the nation prepared for the reaction. Peaceful protests can easily turn into violent ones, especially in a country that is rightly outraged about the ongoing police brutality against Black men. It has become a familiar call and response: Police misconduct leads to more harm in or for the communities that were targeted by the misconduct in the first place.But as Friday night unfolded, the protests remained peaceful; news reports showed Americans in various cities righteously and nonviolently demanding justice. We have witnessed many peaceful protests in response to police violence before, but there was one noticeable difference this time around: Rollout of the video footage seemed highly choreographed.By the time protesters were chanting in the streets, the five officers who had beaten Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, had already been charged with second-degree murder. By the time the video footage of the attack was released, the anger and dismay had already been predicted; law-enforcement and political leaders had issued statements preparing the public for some of the worst police violence this nation has seen. The Memphis police chief likened Nichols’s beating to that of Rodney King in 1991. These officials were right: The footage was brutal, at times unbearable, with Nichols appearing not to resist the officers as they repeatedly struck him. All of this reveals the sad fact that, because of the sheer number of times Americans have now confronted videos of police officers killing Black citizens, public officials have gotten better at managing the shock.[David A. Graham: Inhumanity in Memphis]This observation is not meant to minimize the police violence on display in the Memphis videos and so many before, but to acknowledge how important it is to mitigate the harm that such violence can cause even beyond the misconduct itself. As we have seen too many times, when videos reveal police violence or verdicts fail to bring officers to justice, the result is often more violence, including clashes between civilians and police. The Rodney King verdict in 1992, in which four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted for a beating that aired on television, led to the L.A. riots. During those days of unrest, 63 people died from violence related to what had started out as peaceful protests. The deaths of Michael Brown, George Floyd, and others also sparked violence in the streets—each side with its own narrative of who had initiated it—in addition to large peaceful demonstrations. Our nation has been through this so many times before.The release of the Nichols footage suggests that a combination of factors can help prevent police-civilian clashes, though it might be too soon to say. First, there was the quick firing of the five police officers involved, even before criminal charges were filed, and before the videos were made public. This rarely happens, but it is the correct response when the facts are impossible to defend. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland also made a commitment to examine Memphis’s SCORPION squad, its supposedly elite street-crime unit to which the police officers involved in Nichols’s beating were assigned. On Friday, just before the release of the footage, Strickland went further and said the unit would be “inactive” for the foreseeable future.Then there were the very direct and ominous warnings of what the public could expect to see in the videos, which were only available in the first place because of the increased use of body and street-pole cameras in response to previous incidents of police brutality. Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis cautioned that the footage showed something “heinous” and “inhumane.” We were told to prepare for scenes at least as terrible as King’s beating. Americans have already been trained to expect horror on such videos, but officials made explicit that the footage would provoke outrage. Though the footage itself was still far worse than any description, people were braced for the worst. [David A. Graham: The murders in Memphis aren’t stopping]As for the timing of the release—on a Friday night—it was, at first, surprising. Were officials hoping people wouldn’t be watching the news and would miss the footage, or was it a careless choice, given that a weekend night is a time when people are less likely to be distracted by the obligations of daily life, and therefore is more ripe for a strong backlash? It turned out that, because Memphis officials waited until Friday night, every police department in America had sufficient warning to prepare for protest; they were effectively put on notice to focus their tactics on deescalation in anticipation of reaction to the video. By waiting a week between when the police officers were fired and when the footage was released, officials also created time for religious and other leaders to support and counsel their communities. So far, we have not seen a major show of force in U.S. cities, from either civilians or police.Anticipating unrest after police misconduct, and trying to minimize its likelihood, is no solution for the misconduct itself. Nor should the lack of violence in the streets be conflated with a lack of urgency for reform. But we have seen, possibly, how public officials and community leaders can at least prepare for the righteous anger and frustration that is sure to follow, and then anticipate how to support communities as they express that reaction in nonviolent ways. Like mass shootings, police brutality is tragically common enough in the United States that we are getting better at addressing the consequences of it. The challenge is to not become numb to it.
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How Israel is using digital diplomacy to win in Iran
Four hundred and fifty million. That’s the number of times social media users across the globe engaged with Farsi-languge digital content generated by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs last year. And guess what, 93% of these viewers were in Iran – a country committed to wiping Israel off the map.  For more than a decade,...
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Legal analyst: Second-degree murder an 'aggressive charge'
CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig goes over the second-degree murder charges against the five former Memphis police officers who were fired for their actions during the arrest of Tyre Nichols
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15-year-old Isabeau Levito wins US figure skating title
Teenager Isabeau Levito underlined her status as a future Olympian by winning her first US figure skating title.
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Migrants sell $2 candy bars in subway to scrape by
South American migrants are selling candy bars in the subway to get by.
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93% of NYC subway stations have fewer riders than before the pandemic
Among the most impacted stations was the Canarsie-Rockaway station in Brooklyn on the L line where ridership last month was a mere 14.6% of what it was in 2019.
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Paul Pelosi Attacker Regrets Not Getting 'More of Them' in Ominous Call
"It's my own fault. No one else is to blame," David DePape said on Friday. "I should have come better prepared."
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3 killed and at least 4 wounded in overnight shooting in Los Angeles
Three people were killed and at least four injured in a shooting in Los Angeles, the city's fire department said Saturday, the fourth mass shooting in California this month.
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Adrienne Adams ‘buying’ support to remain Council speaker
New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams has donated $1,000 to a vast majority of Council members’ election campaigns – an unprecedented move coming as she’s soliciting support from these same pols to keep her leadership post next year.
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Massive 85-vehicle Wisconsin pileup injures 27, blocks major interstate for hours in both directions
Dozens were hurt in a traffic pileup in Wisconsin on Friday afternoon amid snow, ice and whiteout conditions. Another crash occurred just an hour before the incident.
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Retired Czech general Petr Pavel wins presidential election
Former army chief Petr Pavel won the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday after a campaign featuring strong backing for NATO and the European Union and support for aid to Ukraine.
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Councilman Chi Ossé rips NYPD for deploying cops overseas to combat terrorism
Far-left Brooklyn Councilman Chi Ossé left the Twittersphere scratching its head after asking why the NYPD has cops deployed in other countries.
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D.C. could offer free meals to all students. Every city should.
As the federal government cuts pandemic-era benefits, advocates warn that millions face a looming “hunger cliff.”
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Google exec fired after female boss groped him at drunken bash, suit says
A Google executive claims he was booted by the tech giant for rejecting a high-ranking female boss' grabby advances at a posh company dinner.
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A cat named Bruno was returned to a shelter for being 'too affectionate.' Now, he has a new home.
Bruno the cat was returned to a New Jersey animal shelter because he was too friendly. His story went viral – and now he has a new home.       
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Hunter Biden converted Delaware home with classified documents into home office
Hunter Biden moved to convert his father's Delaware home into a de facto office in 2018.
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Nicole Kidman & Maya Erskine To Star In ‘Perfect Nanny’ HBO Limited Series
This will mark Kidman's third project with HBO in recent years.
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Here’s why it’s important to have friends that aren’t like you
As the book moves through the decades, there is plenty of laughter — but also plenty of grief.
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Former UFC champion Jose Aldo set for pro boxing debut in February
Soon-to-be UFC Hall of Famer Jose Aldo is set for his professional boxing debut on Feb. 10 in Brazil.      Related StoriesBKFC 35: Best photos from Myrtle BeachAlexander Volkanovski now 'twice as strong' with bulk up to 155: 'I’m like an absolute brick wall'Alexander Volkanovski now 'twice as strong' with bulk up to 155: 'I’m like an absolute brick wall' - Enclosure 
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Smerconish: Paul Pelosi's presence of mind
The release of the 9-1-1 call and body cam video of the attack on 82-year-old Paul Pelosi both shuts down all the conspiracy theories, says CNN's Michael Smerconish, and brings admiration for Pelosi's presence of mind.
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Did lawyer Alex Murdaugh kill his wife and son?
Prosecutors claim Alex Murdaugh killed his wife and son to distract from his extensive financial crimes about to be exposed, says Wall Street Reporter Valerie Bauerlein. And his remaining son is sitting on his father's side of the courtroom, apparently to show support.
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News organizations grapple with showing horrific Nichols, Pelosi videos
Television networks chose to air footage of police officers beating Tyre Nichols and a hammer attack on Paul Pelosi, but with copious warnings.
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How rescue dogs went from being lowly mutts to luxe status symbols
Although the term “rescue dog” had been around for decades, it came into vogue during the '90s, with “no-kill” shelters popping up across the country.
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Clare Drakeford, Wife of Welsh First Minister Dies Suddenly
The wife of the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has died suddenly, the locally devolved government in Wales announced on Saturday.
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Joe Biden, Adam Schiff Parade in Populist Drag to Hide Cheap-Labor Migration Policies
Pro-migration Democrats are parading in pro-American populist drag as they try to hide their huge transfer of foreign workers into Americans' jobs before the 2024 election.
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‘American Psycho’ author Bret Easton Ellis’ new book is even more disturbing
“The Shards” is Ellis’ latest novel, what he calls a “fictional memoir” of his last year in high school.
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Nichols' death reignites debate on police use of force
The Memphis police procedure in subduing Tyre Nichols was "excessive," says former LAPD Detective Timothy Williams, Jr. "You have five plus officer out there, and these were burly men. If these guys couldn't turn him over, get him handcuffed, they're in the wrong profession."
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