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The U.S. Just Upped the Ante on Julian Assange’s Extradition With Espionage Charges

Julian Assange was indicted by the U.S. under the Espionage Act on Thursday, setting the stage for a dramatic confrontation between U.S. and Swedish prosecutors, who each want to extradite Assange before the other. Sweden had, a week earlier, re-opened a rape investigation into the Wikileaks founder and began steps to request his extradition. By…
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Vandals cut down 9/11 Memorial flagpole in New York village
Police in New York have launched an investigation after a flagpole at a memorial honoring five firefighters who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks was cut down by vandals. 
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Pompeo says US will fulfill financial pledges to WHO before withdrawal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged that the US will fulfill its financial obligation to the World Health Organization before it formally exits the United Nations agency next year, according to a report. “We will work with Congress with respect to the appropriated funds,” Pompeo said Wednesday, according to Fox News. “We’ll get it right.”...
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Navy updates coronavirus policy to allow church attendance, 'major victory' for religious liberty advocates
The Navy updated its coronavirus restrictions policy to allow service members to attend houses of worship after chaplains and a religious liberty law firm complained last week alleging the temporary orders were being unlawfully applied.
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Dan Le Batard took his ‘demotion’ fears right to ESPN bosses
Dan Le Batard pre-recorded a message before he went on vacation, fearing his ESPN listeners would revolt when the inevitable news broke. The news, which The Post’s Andrew Marchand broke on Monday, was that as a part of sweeping changes at ESPN Radio, Le Batard’s show was cut from three hours to two hours. Marchand...
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Tulane students warned of suspension or expulsion for partying in groups larger than 15
Tulane University in New Orleans may be among the most famous "party schools" in the country, but students gathering in groups of more than 15 during the pandemic now risk getting suspended or expelled.
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Mary Trump’s SAT allegation refuted by widow of President Trump’s pal
Ex-tennis star Pam Shriver pushed back against the explosive allegation in a tell-all memoir by President Trump’s niece that he had hired pal Joe Shapiro -- the former pro’s late husband -- to take the SATs for him.
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Former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on coronavirus and reopening schools
Former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who served under President George W. Bush, discusses how the coronavirus has impacted education and reopening schools.
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Unemployment claims are falling, but millions still need assistance
Weekly jobless claims have been falling for more than three months since their peak in March, but another 1.3 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment aid last week. CNN's Christine Romans reports.
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Rep. Jeff Van Drew on left-wing Breathe Act: This is why I left the Democratic Party
Reacting to the House Democrats “Breathe Act,” Rep. Jeff Van Drew said on Thursday that bill is an example of what drove him away from the Democratic Party.
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How Kanye West embodies the Payroll Protection Program's big problems
He may be a self-proclaimed "Christian Genius Billionaire," but Kanye West is catching flak after his Yeezy apparel brand applied for government assistance to weather the coronavirus crisis.
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Bob Marley's 'One Love' reimagined in support of UNICEF's Covid-19 efforts
Let's get together and feel all right. According to a UNICEF press release, members of Bob Marley's family will reimagine the late singer's iconic anthem "One Love" to support UNICEF's work during the pandemic.
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ to End After Part 4
Netflix's teen drama is officially casting its final spell.
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TSA implements changes amid pandemic following whistleblower complaint
The Transportation Security Administration has implemented a number of procedure changes to better protect employees and passengers against the coronavirus following a recent whistleblower complaint that raised concerns about how the agency was responding to the pandemic.
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'The Wonder Years' is getting a reboot with a Black family
"The Wonder Years" is returning with a twist.
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Indiana 'attempted lynching' incident being investigated by FBI as hate crime, attorney says
An alleged attack on an Indiana civil rights activist, which he described as “attempted lynching,” is now being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime, his attorney said.
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MSNBC promotes Joy Reid to take over weeknight slot left vacant by Chris Matthews
MSNBC host Joy Reid has been selected to take over the weeknight timeslot that has been vacant since Chris Matthews abruptly retired in March, the network announced Thursday.  
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Supreme Court to rule on release of President Trump’s tax returns
The US Supreme Court is expected to decide Thursday whether President Trump’s tax returns and financial records will be turned over to congressional investigators and the Manhattan district attorney. The court announced Wednesday that it would issue the remaining decisions from its 2019-2020 term and comes as Trump’s two court appointees – Brett Kavanaugh and...
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States with serious coronavirus problems need to consider shutting down again, Fauci says
A second shutdown might be the best move for states struggling with burgeoning coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, one of the nation's top infectious disease experts says.
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Auschwitz survivor to meet family of American GI whose kind gesture gave her hope
A survivor of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp, now living in London, will have a Zoom meeting next week with the children of an American GI who liberated her -- and gave her a small gift of hope.
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Why is the COVID Death Rate Down?
For the past few weeks, I have been obsessed with a mystery emerging in the national COVID-19 data.Cases have soared to terrifyingly levels since June. Yesterday, the U.S. had 62,000 confirmed cases, an all-time high—and about five-times more than the entire continent of Europe. Several U.S. states, including Arizona and Florida, currently have more confirmed cases per capita than any other country in the world.But average daily deaths are down 75 percent from their April peak. Despite higher death counts from the last few days, the weekly average has largely plateaued in the last two weeks.The gap between spiking cases and falling-then-flatlining deaths has become the latest partisan flashpoint. President Donald Trump has brushed off the coronavirus surge by emphasizing the lower death rate, saying that “99 percent of [COVID-19 cases] are totally harmless.” On Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned Americans against “[taking] comfort in the lower rate of death” just hours before Trump tweeted triumphantly: “Death Rate from Coronavirus is down tenfold!”[Read: All the president’s lies about the coronavirus]In the fog of pandemic, every statistic tells a story, but no one statistic tells the whole truth. Conservatives seeking refuge in today’s death counts may find, in a matter of days, that deaths are clearly resurging and their narrative is rapidly deteriorating. But liberals, too, should avoid the temptation to flatly reject any remotely positive finding, for fear that it will give succor to the president.What follows are five possible explanations for the case-death gap. Take them as complementary, rather than competing, theories.1. Deaths lag cases—and that might explain almost everything.You can’t have a serious discussion about case and death numbers without noting that people die of diseases after they get sick. It follows that there should be a lag between a surge in cases and a surge in deaths. More subtly, there can also be a lag between the date a person dies and the date the death certificate is issued, and another lag before that death reported to the state and the federal government. As this chart from the COVID Tracking Project shows, the official reporting of a COVID-19 death can lag COVID-19 exposure by up to a one month. This suggests that the surge in deaths is coming.In hot-spot states—including Arizona, Florida, and Texas—the death surge is already happening. Since June 7, the seven-day average of deaths in hot-spot states has increased 69 percent, according to the COVID Tracking Project.The death lag is probably the most important thing to understand in evaluating the case-death gap. But it doesn’t explain everything. Even in hot-spot states, deaths are still rising slower than corresponding cases.2. Expanded testing is finding more cases, milder cases, and earlier cases.There is a bad way to talk about testing, and a nuanced way to talk about it.The simplistic version, which we often hear from the president, is that cases are surging only because the number of tests is rising. That’s just wrong. Since the beginning of June, the share of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has increased from 4.5 percent to 8 percent. Hospitalizations are skyrocketing across the South and West. Those are clear signs of an underlying outbreak.Something subtler is happening. The huge increase in testing is an unalloyed good, but it might be tricking us with some confusing weeks of data.In March and April, tests were scarce, and medical providers had to ration tests for the sickest patients. Now that testing has expanded into communities across the U.S., the results might be picking up milder, or even asymptomatic, cases of COVID-19.[Read: A dire warning from COVID-19 test providers]The whole point of testing is to find cases, trace the patients’ close contacts, and isolate the sick. But our superior testing capacity makes it difficult to do apples-to-apples comparisons with the initial surge; it’s like trying to compare the height of two mountains when one of the peaks is obscured by clouds. The epidemiologist Ellie Murray has also cautioned that identifying new fatal cases of COVID-19 earlier in the victims’ disease process could mean a longer lag between detection and death. This phenomenon, known as “lead time bias,” might be telling us that a big death surge is coming.And maybe it is. Maybe this is all as simple as nationwide deaths are about to soar, again.But there are still three reasons to think that any forthcoming death surge could be materially different from the one that brutalized the Northeast in March and April: younger patients, better hospital outcomes, and summer effects.3. The typical COVID-19 patient is getting younger.The most important COVID-19 story right now may be the age shift.In Florida, the median age of new COVID-19 cases fell from 65 in March to 35 in June. Then it fell again, to just 21 in July. In Arizona, Texas, and California, young adults getting sick have been driving the surge.If the latest surge is concentrated among younger Americans, that would partly explain the declining death count. Young people are much likely to die from this disease, even if they face other health risks. International data from South Korea, Spain, China, and Italy suggest that the COVID-19 case-fatality rate for people older than 70 is more than 100 times greater than for those younger than 40.[Kerry Kennedy Meltzer: I'm treating too many young people for the coronavirus]The youth shift seems very real, but what’s behind it is harder to say. Maybe older Americans are being more cautious about avoiding crowded indoor spaces. Maybe news reports of young people packing themselves into bars explain the youth spike, since indoor bars are exquisitely designed to spread the virus. Or maybe state and local governments that rushed to reopen the economy pushed young people into work environments that got them sick. “The people in the service economy and the retail industry, they tend to be young, and they can’t work remotely,” says Natalie Dean, an assistant professor at the University of Florida. Texas Governor Greg Abbot blamed reckless young people for driving the spike, but the true locus of recklessness might be the governor’s mansion.No matter the cause, interpreting the “youth surge” as good news would be a mistake. Young people infected with COVID-19 still face extreme dangers—and present real danger to their close contacts and their community. “We see people in their 20s and 30s in our ICUs gasping for air because they have COVID-19,” James McDeavitt, the dean of clinical affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Wall Street Journal. Young people who feel fine can still contract long-term organ damage, particularly to their lungs. They can pass the disease to more vulnerable people, who end up in the hospital; a youth surge could easily translate into a broader uptick some weeks from now. And the sheer breadth of the youth surge could force businesses to shut down, throwing millions more people into limbo or outright unemployment.4. Hospitalized patients are dying less frequently, even without a home-run treatment.So far, we’ve focused on the gap between cases and deaths. But there’s another gap that deserves our attention. Hospitalizations and deaths moved up and down in tandem before June. After June, they’ve diverged. National hospitalizations are rising, but deaths aren’t.The hospitalization and death data that we have aren’t good enough or timely enough to say anything definitive. But the chart suggests some good news (finally): Patients at hospitals are dying less.Indeed, other countries have seen the same. One study from a hospital in Milan found that from March to May, the mortality rate of its COVID-19 patients declined from 24 percent to 2 percent—"without significant changes in patients’ age.” British hospitals found that their hospital mortality rate has declined every month since April.So what’s going on? Maybe doctors are just getting smarter about the disease.[Read: A devastating new stage of the pandemic]In early 2020, the novelty of the coronavirus meant that doctors had no idea what to expect. Health-care professionals were initially shocked that what they assumed to be a respiratory disease was causing blood clots, microvascular thrombosis, and organ damage. But millions of cases and hundreds of white papers later, we know more. That’s how, for example, doctors know to prescribe the steroid dexamethasone to rein in out-of-control immune responses that destroy patients’ organs.Finally, it’s notable that mortality declined in Italian and British hospitals when they weren't overrun with patients. This is another reason why flattening the curve isn't just a buzzy slogan, but a matter of life and death. As hospitals across Texas and Arizona start to fill up, we’ll see whether hospital mortality increases again.5. Summer might be helping—but probably only a little bit.Several remaining theories about the case-death gap are more speculative, mostly falling under the category of “summer is just different.”The transition to summer may have stamped out other illnesses that were weakening our immune systems. People in the northern hemisphere may absorb more Vitamin D in the summer, which might mitigate COVID-19 mortality. The virus might have mutated to become more contagious, but not more deadly, which might—in combination with other factors, like superior hospital treatment of the disease—exacerbate an outbreak in cases that doesn’t corresponding with an increase in deaths.[Read: Our pandemic summer]Finally, as more people wear masks and move their activities outside in the summer, they might come into contact with smaller infecting doses of COVID-19. Some epidemiologists have claimed that there is a relationship between viral load and severity. With more masks and more outdoor interactions, it’s possible that the recent surge is partly buoyed by an increase in these low-dosage cases.The case-death gap remains a bonfire of unknowns. And, as we’ve seen, uncertainty is a cavity where propaganda can breed. So let’s conclude with what we know for sure: The surge in cases represents a vast and tragic American failure—even if it doesn’t lead to a correspondingly dramatic spike in deaths.This virus is a cryptic devil. It can brutalize people’s bodies for weeks or months, even if it doesn’t kill them. It can savage the lungs of young people, even when it doesn’t produce other symptoms. Those who are infected can transmit it to more vulnerable people. Those who contract severe cases can be sent to the hospital for weeks and live for months—which may turn into years—with aftershocks from the illness. Outbreaks might make school openings implausible, sports improbable, and ordinary life impossible.When President Trump and others point exclusively to lagging death figures during a surge, they are trying to tell you that America is, secretly, winning the war on COVID-19. But we’re not. The summer surge is an exceptionally American failure, born of absent leadership and terrible public-health communication.After all the graphs, statistics, science, and interpretations, we’re left with a simple fact: Hundreds of Americans are dying every day of a disease that is infecting several hundred thousand of them every week. If that’s success, let’s pray we never see failure.
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29-year-old man fatally shot on Upper West Side
A 29-year-old man was fatally shot on the Upper West Side early Thursday, cops said. Nayquan Garden was blasted in the chest around 3:15 a.m. near the corner of West 105th Street and Columbus Avenue. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made, and it...
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Demand surges at Bay Area food banks due to coronavirus pandemic
"In February we were serving about 270,000 individuals. Now we're over 500,000."
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More people could die from COVID-19-related hunger than the disease itself, Oxfam warns
More people could die from COVID-19-related hunger than the disease itself, warns a report from campaigning group Oxfam International.
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NYC closes 5th Avenue ahead of Black Lives Matter painting in front of Trump Tower
New York City's iconic Fifth Avenue closed early Thursday in preparation for painters to begin a "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street in front of Trump Tower. 
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Jonathan Butcher: School reopenings — parents, students don't need national consensus, they need this strategy
We don't need a national consensus on whether schools should open in the fall.
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2.3 million Americans sought jobless aid last week
Some 1.3 million Americans filed for unemployment assistance last week, and another 1 million put in for self-employed aid.
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Jets mailbag: Sam Darnold hasn’t earned his next deal yet
You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Jets. How likely do you think it is that Sam Darnold signs another contract with the Jets? He’s...
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Video shows teen restrained for about 12 minutes before death two days later
Disturbing new surveillance video shows the moment a 16-year-old lost consciousness as he was forcibly restrained at a youth facility in Michigan. He died two days later. Jericka Duncan reports.
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How to pull off the perfect fantasy baseball draft in a short season
If you want to ace your upcoming draft, start here.
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As COVID-19 testing soars, Americans are forced to wait longer for results
People getting coronavirus tests at health centers, pharmacies and drive-thru or walk-up sites are often waiting a week or more for their results.
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Column: Stan Johnson hopes to put LMU basketball on map with a long stay in L.A.
Stan Johnson took over the Loyola Marymount men's basketball program during a pandemic. He faced much larger odds for success in his life.
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J.K. Simmons shifts into bad to the bone Billy Barber in 'Defending Jacob'
As the life sentence-serving grandfather of a young murder suspect, J.K. Simmons plays it deliciously cruel.
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Lucas Museum appoints a chief curator and five more women to key roles
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art names all women to six key posts. Five are people of color, notable in a museum world still struggling with inclusion.
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Crash Bandicoot goes mobile: Fans can now pre-register for the new videogame
The game is only available for pre-registration on Android. The company said it will soon be available for iOS.        
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Our mental health system is failing my son. So I asked experts how to fix it.
The pandemic has made it more difficult for us to access competent care, but my son’s problems affected him before covid-19, and I’m sure they’ll continue once it’s over.
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Former D.C. inmates use virtual meetings for support, encouragement as they adjust to life outside prison
Twice a month, men who were released from prison after 15 years or more gather through Zoom
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Gene Weingarten: Leggo my Lego
One figurine bears a striking resemblance to this humor columnist.
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American Airlines flight attendant died suddenly during flight
The late steward had worked for the carrier for 20 years.
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Little Sisters of the Poor on SCOTUS victory on birth control exemption: 'We always knew God would protect us'
Following a Wednesday Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Trump administration and Catholic Charity Little Sisters of the Poor, Little Sisters of the Poor Director of Communications Sister Constance Veit said Thursday that her organization always knew they were protected by God. 
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Chrissy Teigen slams Twitter users claiming she once flew on Jeffrey Epstein's private jet
Chrissy Teigen has shut down rumors she used to rub shoulders with late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
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CA teen speaks on surviving 30 hours in woods, fleeing after gunman shot and killed his father
A 15-year-old California boy is speaking out after his father was shot and killed in front of him on an Independence Day weekend trip. In an interview only on "CBS This Morning," he and his mother talk about Dr. Ari Gershman's tragic, unexpected death. Anna Werner reports.
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Johnny Depp called himself a ‘f–king savage’ after allegedly kicking Amber Heard
Johnny Depp is giving evidence for the third day in his libel case against The Sun over an article that said he was a “wife-beater."
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How Berkeley Could Remove the Police From Traffic Stops
Thursday: The city’s proposal appears to be the first of its kind in the country. Also: A coronavirus update.
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Pompeo Announces Visa Restrictions for Chinese Officials over Tibet Abuses
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday announced visa restrictions for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in response to the CCP's obstruction of U.S. diplomats and others traveling to Chinese-occupied Tibet, the Press Trust of India reported Wednesday.
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MMA Junkie Radio #3068: The Mike Perry incident, Mike Brown's COVID-19 test, more
Check out the latest edition of MMA Junkie Radio with "Gorgeous" George and "Goze."       Related StoriesLeon Edwards wants winner of Usman-Masvidal title clash at UFC 251: 'I got history with both men'Defining Fights: UFC 251's Petr YanDefining Fights: UFC 251's Jose Aldo 
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FDA warns against using two dozen hand sanitizers that could contain toxic wood alcohol
The Food and Drug Administration has added more hand sanitizers to its growing list of products that contain wood alcohol, which is toxic if absorbed through the skin.
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CDC director says agency won't revise school reopening guidelines despite WH push
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools despite calls from the White House to do so, agency Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Thursday.
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