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U.S. Judge Says Mississippi Abortion Law ‘Smacks of Defiance’

(JACKSON, Miss.) — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The new law puts a cutoff point for abortion at about six weeks, when many women may not yet know they’re pregnant. U.S. District Judge Carlton…
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Doctors in South Korea strike against plan to expand admissions to medical schools
SEOUL, South Korea — Thousands of young doctors in South Korea staged a one-day strike Friday against government medical policy, causing concerns about treatment of patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The striking doctors are interns and resident doctors who oppose the government’s plan to expand admissions to medical schools to resolve the shortage of physicians...
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Jason Derulo reacts to Trump’s proposal to ban TikTok
The "Savage Love" singer boasts over 30 million followers on the social media app.
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Woman with Covid-19 evicted from her home
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GA student suspended for exposing crowded hallways
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Dog alerted owner of tornado, reacts to sirens
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Power outage across Upper Manhattan early Friday
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SpaceX launches Starlink rocket overnight
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Jim Harbaugh goes after Ryan Day in heated Big Ten phone call
The college football season hasn’t even started yet, and University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is already getting under Ohio State head coach Ryan Day’s skin. During the weekly Big Ten coaches conference call, Harbaugh interrupted Day mid-answer, and accused him of violating rules by having on-field instructions and drills take place already while...
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Woman moves homes to fit her huge Harry Potter collection
Is this the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world? Take a tour of Tracy Nichol-Lewis’ massive — and magical — collection in Bargoed, Wales, inspired by the beloved J.K. Rowling books. The 46-year-old mom of one relocated her family from a three-bedroom house to a 16-room pub so that she could store the quirky...
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NY Post’s Instagram 2020 Challenge proves this year has been an eternity
Reese Witherspoon challenged the world to visualize the fact that this year has embodied the five stages of grief — and The Post took her up on it.
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30 test positive for Covid-19 following funeral
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Commissioner under fire for using N-word
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Teacher interrupts governor's press conference
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Woman confesses to killing former state senator
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5-yr-old boy makes COVID care packages
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Death was from gun man thought was unloaded
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Paris Hilton has 'simple life vibes' in red minidress
Paris Hilton looked stunning in a red minidress in her latest post on Instagram.
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Tony-award winning actor Brent Carver dead at 68
Brent Carver, the Broadway actor known for winning a Tony award in 1993 for his role in "The Kiss of the Spider Woman," died on Tuesday.
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Louis Vuitton heralds the return of the physical fashion show -- in China
On Thursday, Louis Vuitton revealed its new menswear collection in spectacular fashion on the banks of the Huangpu River.
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Coronavirus helps subscription numbers at struggling Dish Network
The coronavirus pandemic has helped stanch the bloodletting at Charlie Ergen’s struggling satellite TV company Dish Network. The Englewood, Colo.-based company on Friday reported fewer-than-expected subscriber losses for the three months ended June 30, thanks to stay-at-home orders that kept customers at home watching TV. Dish, which has been hurt by the growth of streaming...
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History professor who has accurately predicted every election since 1984 says Trump will lose
History professor Allan Lichtman is used to being right.
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Judge rules E. Jean Carroll can continue to seek Trump's DNA in defamation suit
A New York state Supreme Court judge on Thursday denied President Donald Trump's effort to delay the proceedings in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by longtime magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll, a move that allows her to pursue his DNA sample in an effort to prove claims he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.
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Air Force general Charles 'CQ' Brown makes history as first African American service chief
Gen. Charles "C.Q." Brown is also the first African American to sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff since Colin Powell was chairman.        
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In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets
As a grieving Beirut rebuilds its homes, businesses and lives, some Good Samaritans are making sure that one group of vulnerable residents are not forgotten.
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Couple born on same day, at same hospital, now married 23 years later
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Dog left in thunderstorm becomes emotional support dog
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National Geographic streaming series 'Rogue Trip' hosted by journalist Bob Woodruff
Bob Woodruff was seriously injured while reporting on the war in Iraq in 2006; in a new series, he explores some of the world's misunderstood places.        
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At least 3 dead after Air India Express flight crashed on landing in Calicut
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Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election
As President Donald Trump reflects on his sinking approval ratings and grows more desperate by the day, he’s been floating a dictator’s dream: postponing the November election. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Trump loyalists, including the Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi, swiftly rejected this authoritarian fantasy. So Trump has retreated to a fallback position: casting doubt on the legitimacy of any election he doesn’t win. That starts by inventing fables about how voting by mail invites massive fraud and interminable delay—except, Trump now tells us, in Florida, where Trump’s elderly supporters will surely rely on it.Trump’s attack on voting by mail has several fronts, but one is by far the most serious: his attempt to slow down mail service, perhaps in a targeted way, while also insisting that only ballots counted on November 3 are valid. In addition to casting doubt on the entire election, another purpose of this scheme is to engineer a scenario in which Trump can pressure Republican-controlled legislatures to ignore the popular vote in their Democratic-leaning swing state (think Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) and instead select an Electoral College slate that supports him. Trump’s attempt to cut short the counting of valid votes is flatly contrary to constitutional law and federal statutes. Even so, states can and should do more to protect American’s mailed-in votes. States should immediately enact new legislation or take other legal steps clarifying that they intend for Congress to honor electors they choose, and that they may need a bit of time to finalize choosing them—ideally doing so by December 23 and no later than January 6, 2021, when Congress meets in special session to certify the election results. Through state-level action, Trump’s efforts can be neutralized.We can see glimmers of Trump’s approach in what he said about Florida’s tight 2018 gubernatorial and Senate races, and he’ll say it again to delegitimize the counting of mail-in ballots that might cost him reelection. We’ve received a frightening preview in the Census Bureau’s recent announcement that it plans to cut off population-counting efforts one month early, well before needed to meet the December 31 deadline for delivering census results to Congress.. This decision was made after the Trump administration itself had asked for more time, not less. It’s the same play: When Trump doesn’t like the numbers coming in, he stops counting.[Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: Trump is terrified of losing]Halting vote-counting after Election Day requires Trump to stage a three-pronged attack: slowing mail delivery, then urging Republican state legislatures to deem Election Day “failed” because of the many uncounted votes, and finally denouncing as illegitimate all vote-counting that continues after Election Day—even as slowly delivered mail-in ballots keep arriving. Leading the first step is Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who’s reportedly shutting down post offices and slowing mail delivery under the guise of cost-cutting. Employees say that piles upon piles of letters and packages remain undelivered, stranded for weeks on end. These efforts undermine public confidence in the Postal Service and threaten to slow the distribution of blank ballots to voters and the return of completed ballots to state officials—with a likely disproportionate effect on Democratic-leaning urban voters, for whom the coronavirus’s circulation in cities makes mail-in voting particularly appealing. The likely surge in mail-in ballots that the pandemic will encourage suggests that tallying the election results won’t be completed on November 3 but will take days, possibly weeks, to complete accurately.Trump will almost certainly use this delay as an opportunity to cast doubt on the whole election. He may even try to urge Republican-controlled legislatures in states that tend to vote blue but supported him in 2016 to deem Election Day “failed” given the uncounted votes, as well as pressure those legislatures to then exploit a federal law that allows them to come up with a new way to appoint presidential electors—such as handpicking a slate committed to Trump.Trump may additionally think his hand is strengthened by another federal law that tells Congress to respect each state’s final resolution of ballot disputes if made by December 8. This date may well be too soon for all mail-in ballots to be counted when the pandemic is sure to increase the number of such ballots cast. But that provision is a mere “safe harbor”: It doesn’t require that states resolve ballot disputes by December 8. The only statutory deadline for a state to send its tally is December 23, and the only deadline for receiving a state’s tally—the true constitutional deadline—is January 6, when Congress meets in special session to certify the election results. So there’s no excuse for a state to call its election a failure or for Congress to disregard the results so long as they’re resolved ideally by December 23 but ultimately no later than January 6—not December 8.Here’s why: Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for the states to “give their votes.” Congress chose the “first Monday after the second Wednesday in December,” which this year is December 14. However, Congress also provided a backup date, the “fourth Wednesday in December,” which this year is December 23. This is the day when the president of the Senate requests any state from which no certified vote has been received to send one “by the most expeditious method possible.” The law requires any such state to transmit its vote count by registered mail to the Senate president (or if the president is not present, the archivist). Insisting on December 8, rather than December 23, cuts short by nearly one-third the time available to make sure that every legitimate vote is counted—and it plays into the absurd claim Trump seems prepared to make: Because there might not be time to count all mail-in ballots this year, none should be counted.[Nathaniel Persily and Charles Stewart III: The looming threat to voting in person]In its infamous Bush v. Gore decision, the Supreme Court’s five-justice majority treated the early-December “safe harbor” date as a firm deadline for Florida to stop its recount—but only because of the majority’s view of Florida law. The Court pointed to language from Florida’s Supreme Court suggesting that the Florida legislature, by trying to meet the safe-harbor date, intended to sink all ballots that failed to be recounted by then. And the Florida legislature, to be fair, hadn’t made it as clear as it might that it had no such perverse intention.States can and should act now to avoid Bush v. Gore treatment. Before November 3, they should pass new laws or enact new policies through their executive branch that make a commitment to democracy, regardless of political party (or seek definitive rulings from their highest court before that date). Such efforts wipe off the table Trump’s potential election-tampering tactics.First, states should pass statutes making clear that vote-counting must be done not by December 8, but by January 6—and ideally by December 23, which still provides crucial additional time. This will ensure that a state legislature can’t claim voters “failed to make a choice” simply because vote-counting necessarily continued past Election Day, and that Congress can’t disregard results from states simply because they arrive after December 8, or after December 14, the statutory (but not constitutional) date set for the Electoral College to meet and to send vote counts to the Senate and archivist.Second, states should adopt a postmark rule, whereby every ballot postmarked on or before November 3 is included in the tally. If the question isn’t whether ballots are received by November 3 but instead whether they’re sent by that date, a deliberately tardy Postal Service no longer poses the same threat. Of course, not all states may be able to accomplish this through legislation, but state courts may provide another promising path. One example is the set of voters in Minnesota who sued their secretary of state to challenge the state law that said absentee ballots would be counted only if received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. A Minnesota court approved a settlement with the voters that requires all absentee ballots to be postmarked on or before November 3 and arrive no more than seven days after Election Day to be counted. This decision indicates that any rule to count only ballots received by Election Day during this pandemic is an unlawful burden on voting rights, in violation of the equal-protection provisions of state constitutions and the U.S. Constitution.[Norm Ornstein: The November election is going to be a mess]Third, states should start the mail-in and early-voting processes well before November 3, and as soon as the candidates up and down the ballot are known. This will help states count the unprecedented wave of mail-in ballots they’re about to receive.Fourth, states should invest in vote-by-mail infrastructure, such as what Colorado has in place, including dedicated drop boxes for ballots that bypass the postal system entirely. What’s more, states should urge loudly that federal money to help with this task be included in the next coronavirus-relief package.And fifth, states should, in every way possible—including by litigation—erase any doubt that they mean to count every legitimate ballot, even if counting needs to continue not just until December 8 but until December 23 and, if necessary, until January 6. The difference could be between losing American democracy and saving it.Trump thinks he has a trio of tricks up his sleeve for November: Slow the mail, rely on Republican state legislatures to deem Election Day a failure with so many votes still uncounted, and decry as illegitimate all vote-counting that persists past Election Day, and certainly past December 8. State legislatures and courts should act now to show just how futile this strategy would be for Trump. In so doing, they would be shoring up the electorate’s confidence in our voting system’s integrity, and would be reinforcing the foundations of a great democracy by reaffirming a simple principle: If we believe in one person, one vote, then every American’s lawfully cast vote should be counted.
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Robin Williams’ ‘rambling’ Joe Biden bit resurfaces 11 years later
The resurfaced bit began circulating this week.
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Parasitic infection outbreak in Texas sickens 82 people
An outbreak in Austin, Texas, of the parasitic infection cyclosporiasis has sickened 82 people, according to the city's health department.
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The best money-saving offers from CNN Coupons to shop in August
Extra savings on some of your favorite brands are never a bad thing, so we've partnered with CNN Coupons to help you find discounts all month long.
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Recently freed convicted sex offender arrested in Boston on rape charges
Shawn McClinton, 39, was arrested on charges of aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault and related counts.
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Trump administration sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for carrying out Beijing's 'policies of suppression'
The Trump administration on Friday announced that it is sanctioning Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as part of a wave of sanctions on Hong Kong officials over the Chinese government’s 'policies of suppression" in the former British territory.
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‘High anxiety’ for 3 longtime GOP senators facing reelection: poll
New public opinion polling in three states where long serving Republican Senate incumbents are running for re-election indicates that all three are facing competitive challenges from their Democratic opponents.
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Deadly plane crash in India
A pilot and two passengers are dead after an Air India Express flight skidded off the runway at Calicut International Airport. Follow here for the latest.
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Why some people may not need 8 hours of sleep, according to a new report
Unbothered after a few hours of sleep? Studies suggest that not everyone may need seven or eight hours as generally recommended. 
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Kim and Kanye reportedly in Dominican Republic working on their marriage
"She just wants to do what's best for the kids. And she thinks finding a way to save her marriage is what's best for them."
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Senate Democrats warn of ‘foreign interference’ in 2020 election
Senate Democrats on Friday asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to offer “a regular series of update briefings” on an alleged foreign influence campaign targeting the November election. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) wrote to Wray they want to ensure “all Senators are aware of the specific threats posed by...
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Victims of police violence and their families could receive restitution in California under a new bill
If Assembly Bill 767 is passed, the state's victim compensation board would explicitly list excessive use of force by police among crimes eligible for compensation, said bill co-author Assemblymember Tim Grayson.
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NOAA forecasting active peak hurricane season with up to 6 major storms
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest hurricane outlook is forecasting a very active peak season. 
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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion twin in sexy looks for ‘WAP’ music video
See all their daring coordinated costumes here.
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The loudest voices against women's suffrage were women too
As America marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the history of anti-suffragism matters too, says Nicole Hemmer. Failing to grapple with the stories of these paradoxical women perpetuates blinders about gender, race, class and political identity that endure today.
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OPINION: We Are Africans. Here's Our View Of Beyoncé's 'Black Is King'
Esther Ngumbi, a professor from Kenya, and Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor in Nigeria, react to the megastar's movie-length music video — and to criticisms from other Africans.
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Who is the Narrator of ‘Tiny Creatures’ on Netflix?
Mike Colter always stands up for — and speaks for — the little guy.
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Judge Pirro rips 'ridiculous' anti-NRA lawsuit: 'Trump-hating' New York AG following through on promise
Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro called New York Attorney General Letitia James "a President Trump and NRA-hating individual," who had already made such sentiments apparent on her election campaign.
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U.S. Sanctions Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam and Other Officials
The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials accusing them of roles in squashing freedom
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Portland demonstrations continue at police precinct despite mayor's plea
More than 65 nights of demonstrations carried on in areas of Portland, Ore., on Thursday night, just hours after the city's mayor decried the unrest that has roiled Portland since George Floyd's death.
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