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Republican Candidates Trail Democrats Across the Board in North Carolina: Poll
President Donald Trump trails Joe Biden by a margin of just 1 percentage point in the battleground state.
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'Project Power': Why Joseph Gordon-Levitt Quit Movies For Two Years
"Project Power" is one of two movies Joseph Gordon-Levitt has out this year, but the actor has been off of screens for a while prior to this Netflix movie.
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5 things to know for August 14: Election, coronavirus, stimulus, Mideast, sports
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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On This Day: 14 August 2001
Timn Burton's remake of "Planet of the Apes" premiered in London with stars Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter. (Aug. 14)       
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China's national security law triggering radical transformation of Hong Kong's human rights
Despite pledges from top Hong Kong officials that the draconian national security law, which contains 66 articles and criminalizes succession and subversion, to terrorism and collusion, would only impact a small fraction of the seven million population, almost every facet of the once independent enclave – from education to civil society to technology – has been radically transformed in just over a month.
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Spanish official says outbreaks are the 'new normal' as cases rise in Europe
Spain, France and Greece are all seeing sharp rises in coronavirus cases as experts warn more deaths will come if measures to slow the spread aren't taken soon. CNN's Scott McLean reports.
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It's time for Democrats to go big
As delegates prepare for their convention, CNN Opinion asked 10 contributors from across the Democratic spectrum to weigh in on their visions for the future of the party.
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'I'm not the new Michael Schumacher,' says F1 star Max Verstappen
Fresh off the back of a stunning victory at the 70th Anniversary Formula One Grand Prix, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has said that while he appreciates comparison with Michael Schumacher he is his own man.
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Supreme Court social-distances from coronavirus decisions
The US Supreme Court continues to send a clear message when it comes to emergency requests to block or change state actions and regulations tied to Covid-19: not interested.
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Coronavirus live updates: Hawaii may delay tourists' return; California orders closure of defiant private school; US deaths near 170K
California approaches 600,000 confirmed cases. Hawaii considers another stay-at-home order. Movie theaters reopen in Mexico City. Latest COVID news.        
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Anti-Vax Posts Against Future COVID-19 Vaccine Steadily Increasing on Social Media, Researchers Warn
"Once misinformation has taken hold, it is notoriously hard to correct," said Jeanine Guidry, who led a piece of research into how vaccine lies were previously spreading on Pinterest.
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Democratic strategist says Kamala Harris is "reassuring" to moderates
On "The Takeout" this week, longtime Democratic political consultant Paul Begala said that Kamala Harris is a "reassuring" choice for "Biden Republicans."
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Letters to the Editor: Why California's bullet train is destined to fail without a complete overhaul
There is no way the California High Speed Rail Autority can build a system with only 150 employees and no full-time engineer.
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Letters to the Editor: Democrats must pack the Supreme Court. Democracy depends on it
The current Supreme Court has chipped away at voter protections in service to the Republicans. Only an expanded court can fix this.
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Letters to the Editor: Respecting the rights of mentally ill people on the streets can kill them
Yes, we need bold change in how we serve homeless people, but what happens in the meantime? Getting people treated should be the priority.
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Latinos most worried, most affected by economic issues amid COVID-19, survey finds
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Latino and Black communities have disproportionately been affected by the virus and economically.       
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Op-Ed: We rely on science. Why is it letting us down when we need it most?
Too many landmark studies can't be replicated in independent labs, and the consequences for medicine, public policy and how we see the world can't be overstated.
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Richard Fowler: Trump sabotages his reelection campaign with his incompetent leadership — Biden benefits
If Trump wants to know who is really sabotaging his reelection hopes, all he has to do is look in the mirror.
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Editorial: Six ways to ensure Americans can vote safely amid the pandemic
Make it easier for Americans to vote during a health emergency.
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Letters to the Editor: An airline ticket refund with one call? Yes, it can be done
One airline's byzantine system for collecting refunds stands in stark contrast to a reader's satisfying experience with another airline.
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Heffernan: Less sex, more insecurity -- a pandemic baby bust is coming
Nothing says romance like surgical masks, no eye contact and the federal government's ruinous response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Editorial: An insurance fix for fire-prone areas that only an insurance company could love
California's insurance commissioner and consumer advocates say a bill cooked up by the insurance industry would make things worse for homeowners in fire-risk areas.
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Jerry Brown ran on returning to what worked; he says Joe Biden can do the same
The playbook for a "change-back" campaign seemed uniquely suited for Jerry Brown when California was in crisis. Now, Joe Biden is reopening it.
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Letters to the Editor: Defunding police isn't about money; it's about dismantling a racist system
Police have been able to lie and exert force with impunity for years. Efforts to 'defund' them are meant to hold them accountable.
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Born in the U.S.A.: Kamala Harris Is Eligible to Become Vice President | Opinion
The plain meaning of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause establishes that Kamala Harris is a "natural born citizen."
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NFL Strength of Schedule: Which Teams Face the Toughest Matchups in 2020?
The New England Patriots have the hardest schedule in the league, while the Baltimore Ravens face the easiest regular season of any of the 32 franchises.
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We Flattened the Curve. Our Kids Belong in School.
Because the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly in much of the country, not every school district can bring children and teachers back safely and equitably this fall. But among those that can is Somerville, Massachusetts—the city of about 80,000 just northwest of Boston where my family and I live. After a biotech conference in late February spread the coronavirus in the Boston area, public officials in Somerville reacted quickly. The city shut down bars and required masks before most other communities did. Residents stayed home. Playgrounds closed. “Avoid playdates,” urged Mayor Joe Curtatone, a progressive who prides himself on making data-driven decisions about the problems that test the city and its residents. We knew our children felt lonely and confused, and still we buckled down.As the parent of two young children, and as a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist, I saw every day what isolation does to kids. As the surge in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths hit the Boston area this spring, families such as mine, in Somerville and around the state, did our part to save lives by slowing the spread of COVID-19. But after bringing coronavirus transmission down to relatively manageable levels, many communities, including mine, are not yet reopening schools, no matter how essential in-person education is to children’s well-being and no matter what the numbers show. A popular yard sign in Somerville reads, in part, Science is real! That principle should apply not just when shutting everything down, but also when deciding that—at least for the most vulnerable children—life can go on.By July, data from the state public-health department showed that Massachusetts had achieved the vaunted goal of flattening the curve. As of this week, the test-positivity rate in Massachusetts hovered around 2 percent—a sign that testing has been adequate to detect new infections (by comparison, Texas is at about 24 percent). Cases have fallen enough that leaders in the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the infectious-disease department at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Harvard Global Health Institute have argued that, subject to reasonable precautions, schools in my state can reopen, starting with the classrooms serving the most vulnerable learners.[Read: What happens when kids don’t see their peers for months]Even so, our school system—after originally proposing a hybrid of distance learning and in-person classes—declared that classes would start fully remote, including for kids with disabilities, English learners, and the very youngest children. Other Massachusetts districts swiftly followed suit. These moves raise urgent questions: Why do communities trust health experts when they urge the public to wear masks and stay home, but not when they call for sending children back to school? Why did everyone do so much work in April and May if our youngest citizens, whose vulnerability to threats other than the coronavirus is so great, can’t reap the benefits in the fall?When the surge in hospitalizations arrived in the Boston area in April, the health-care system mobilized. To clear beds, the hospital where I work shunted children to other pediatric hospitals. Our pediatric ICU became an adult ICU; our pediatric floors were repurposed for adults stricken with COVID-19. Pediatric nurses and residents bravely performed their duties in the face of uncertainty and exhaustion.I was relieved to be able to see patients remotely, though I felt guilty for being able to do so. For weeks, my family, like most in Somerville, remained at home. My children began to fray. Afraid to be alone, afraid to fall asleep, they were fragile and demanding. We were not alone. By early May, I was physically back in the hospital, where I saw socially isolated children in true crisis. Children with disabilities who depend on specialized schools for services came to the emergency room with aggressive behaviors too dangerous to be managed at home. Other children showed escalating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Suddenly, pediatricians and child psychiatrists were noting many more eating disorders. I saw very young children who were having suicidal thoughts and adolescents who had acted on such impulses and nearly succeeded. In explaining what was happening, parents and kids alike invoked feelings of loneliness and separation. “Being at home went okay for a while,” the parent of a previously healthy middle-school student told me, “but she really started to lose it in May.”[Nicole Russell: I can’t keep doing this. Please open the schools.]Children, of course, are not the only ones who have suffered under stay-at-home orders. In their own ways, grandparents and other elders, small-business owners and their employees, and caregivers are all under strain. Many essential workers and their families, disproportionately people of color, live in areas hit viciously by the virus. Even people without visible signs of emotional distress have undergone latent suffering that may not surface for years.But we persevered, understanding that this suffering was necessary and would help us in the future. Somerville was in even better shape than our state as a whole. The city had been a leader in COVID-19 crisis management, prioritizing free testing and contact tracing, and delaying reopening parameters weeks longer than everyone else. The payoff was a healthier, safer environment for school reopening. When the state issued school guidance in July, our mayor declared early that he would bring children back only with more stringent precautions, including six-foot distancing instead of three. These were solid, evidence-driven decisions that, at least for me, inspired confidence. I was surprised two weeks later when, in virtual school-committee meetings and town halls, online letters and Facebook groups, almost all Somerville teachers and many parents disagreed. Nothing was worth the risk. Children could not safely return to school.America’s continuing national catastrophe surely colors the decisions local authorities are making. The discussions between teachers’ unions and school committees in New England have been occurring as schools and camps inappropriately reopened in regions of the country with uncontrolled spread, where science was ignored and the curve was never flattened. Leaders there had no business bringing children back. They did it anyway. Egregiously bad plans—at residential camps in Missouri and Georgia, at schools in Indiana—had predictably bad outcomes. Meanwhile, in states such as mine, with controlled spread and a broad acceptance of public-health measures, many parents, teachers, and other members of the public surveyed the headlines and decided that, for children, staying home was still safer.[Read: How the pandemic defeated America]“One death is too many,” one distressed teacher said at a school-committee meeting. I won’t argue with that. But physicians are trained to weigh the risks and benefits not just of treatment but also of nontreatment. To focus only on the downside of reopening is to ignore the significant risks of staying closed: mental illness, hunger, physical inactivity, undetected child abuse, the trauma that results from witnessing violence. Is one death from suicide too many? From head trauma caused by an abusive caregiver? From an accident that befalls an under-supervised preschooler?In general, the risks of serious COVID-19–related illness for children appear to be very small—lower, in fact, than more familiar risks. I know my own children face a far greater chance of harm when I strap them into their car seats or bring them near a pool. We still drive. We still swim. The other concern is that young children without symptoms may spread the coronavirus to adults. But in places where testing capacity is strong and the overall rate of transmission is low—as it is in Somerville, according to the state health department—the risk of an infectious child being present in any given school is quite small, and communities can move forward.When schools stay closed, the wrong things reopen. Most of Massachusetts, excluding Somerville, entered the third phase of its reopening in mid-July. While the debate raged on about how likely schoolchildren are to transmit the coronavirus, customers returned to casinos, gyms, and indoor restaurant tables. The trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations reversed its downward direction and began ticking upward about two weeks after. The resurgence of new cases, now partly subsided, was sad and predictable.It was also deeply unfair. Adults should grow up and postpone their pleasures so that children can have things they need—structure, community, friends, food security, social and emotional enrichment, health and safety monitoring, and, yes, education. A steadfast refusal to reopen schools doesn’t mean that society will take no risks at all; it just means that the desires of adults, such as gym and casino patrons, will take precedence over the well-being of children.
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A Tuna Tale: Starkist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and the Sinking of Seafood Empires
A few years ago, the Department of Justice started looking into business practices in the canned tuna industry. What unfolded shocked an industry.
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Dear Care and Feeding: Should My Teen Follow Her Older Cousin’s Very Grown-Up Instagram?
Parenting advice on family followers, unexpected twins, and grandma gifts.
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The secret of Birkenstock's enduring success
As many of us continue to work from home, sensible sandals are more pervasive than ever. The shoe that started it all? The Birkenstock. Here's a look at the history of this reliable footwear, and how it became a fashion staple.
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Coronavirus updates: CDC predicts death toll could reach 200,000 by Labor Day
The United States has at least 167,242 deaths.
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Only 15 Percent of Floridians Want Schools to Reopen as COVID-19 Deaths Rise
Nearly 66 percent of Florida residents would be in support of the issuing a new stay-at-home order, according to a new survey.
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We landed dream jobs as caretakers of an Irish island -- then Covid struck
Dublin couple Annie Birney and Eoin Boyle were chosen out of 50,000 applicants to become summer caretakers of Ireland's Great Blasket Island -- but then the pandemic happened
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Strict curbs at pandemic's apparent first high school football game
Fans wore masks and players drank from their own water bottles instead of sharing, and fans were restricted, as Herriman High in Utah took on Davis High.
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Tips from health experts on how to safely select your child's day care, nanny
For many families, day care is the only option, but that opens up many other questions about child care and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.        
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Return to the wild: The chef bringing foraged food to the table
Wild food chef Roushanna Gray is growing her fanbase across South Africa as foodies look to nature for recipe inspiration.
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How an 11-year-old made skateboarding history
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For Trump's New Iran Envoy, Oil Tanker Seizure Is First Big Test
Four tankers carrying Iranian oil to Venezuela in contravention of American sanctions have had their cargo re-directed to the U.S.
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This Year Will Be a Nightmare for Marginalized Students. Here’s How I’m Planning to Help Mine.
They need much more than academic and food resources.
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Belarus protesters claim they were tortured for decrying election
Almost 7,000 were arrested in "Europe's last dictatorship" for challenging the president's purported landslide victory, and an unclear number remain missing.
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Connecticut inmate hangs himself with coronavirus mask: report
A prisoner in Connecticut died Wednesday after hanging himself with a coronavirus mask given to inmates to limit the spread of the virus, according to a report.
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How 11-year-old Gui Khury made skateboarding history with first 1080 on a vertical ramp
Even before he was born, Gui Khury owned a skateboard, and even before he could walk, Khury was learning to skate.
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The 11-year-old record-breaker with Tokyo 2020 on his mind
He's a skateboarding prodigy ... and Gui Khury made history in May. The 11-year-old became the first person to land a 1080-degree turn on a vertical ramp earlier this year.
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California Wildfire Map, Updates on Azusa Fire, Lake Fire, Apple Fire
Details on the active wildfires in the state right now, where to avoid, GPS locations, and evacuation information.
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Boys State Shows How Trump Is Shaping the Next Generation of Politicians
A lot has changed since I attended the mock government program for teens just six years ago.
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Iran, Turkey slam UAE, claim Israel deal a ‘dagger’ in backs of Palestinians, Muslims
Iran and Turkey harshly criticized the United Arab Emirates for its deal this week with Israel, framing it as an act of betrayal against Palestinians and Muslims.
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Shanghai Pride shuts down amid shrinking space for LGBTQ community
Shanghai Pride, China's longest-running and only major annual celebration of sexual minorities, abruptly announced its effective shutdown on Thursday, in the latest sign of the authorities' increasing clampdown on civil society and LGBTQ rights in the country.
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9/11 Tribute Lights Won’t Be Projected Into Sky This Year
The decision to cancel the tribute was made because "the health risks during the pandemic were far too great" for the crew of about 40 stagehands and electricians. 
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