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Justin Thomas leads the U.S. Open by one shot after carding a 5-under 65 in the first round on Thursday.
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How Safe Is Flying in the Age of Coronavirus?
How safe is it to fly? This remains a troubling question. The hopes of airlines for a rebound in travel after an initial collapse ran up against a resurgence of the coronavirus around the world in late 2020. Would-be passengers continue to worry about being stuck in a cabin for an extended time with possibly infectious strangers. The evidence shows the risks aren’t negligible.
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What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, October 30
Nearly 90,000 new coronavirus infections were reported in the United States on Thursday, the highest single-day total in the country since the pandemic began. That's equivalent to about one new case every second.
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Australia’s Bushfires Burned an Area Twice the Size of Florida. Climate Change Means That’s Just the Beginning, a New Report Warns
Climate activists say they are hopeful the report will help break the country's deadlock on climate reform
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Qatar may charge officials behind forced vaginal exams at airport
Refers them to prosecutors amid outrage expressed by Australian government and union workers threatening not to service Qatari planes in Sydney
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Germany reports record new Covid case numbers for a third straight day
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Chad Dukes is fired from 106.7 The Fan for ‘racist and inappropriate comments’
Longtime D.C. radio host Chad Dukes was fired by 106.7 The Fan after the station’s parent company announced learned of “racist and other inappropriate comments” he made in episodes of his personal podcast.
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Italian company sees US citizenship applicants quadruple since 2016
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a turbulent few years in American politics, many US citizens are now seeking Italian citizenship in a bid for free healthcare, affordable university education, and a less frenetic lifestyle. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
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Meet the political pundits of TikTok
TikTok has viral dance trends, comedy bits and... political debates. These political influencers are shaping how the next generation participates in democracy.
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'Elections must end sometime': Here are the lawsuits in every state that could decide who wins and who loses in 2020
COVID-19 and a continuing escalation of political rancor have contributed to a record-setting year of election lawsuits that could sway the election.        
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Whether it's President Trump or Biden, the fight for racial justice is crucial
No matter who wins the 2020 election, President Trump or President Biden will face a complex challenge over the fight for racial justice -- a fight of paramount importance for the country that goes beyond electoral politics, says Peniel Joseph. In his estimation, neither candidate seems ready to face that reality yet.
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Why Democrats are favored to take back the Senate
Whoever wins the presidential race can use the full power of the presidency only if he has a Senate backing him up. Currently, Republicans hold 53 of 100 seats. Democrats need a net gain of three seats to take back Congress' upper body, assuming former Vice President Joe Biden wins and Kamala Harris, as vice president, would cast a tie-breaking vote.
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What to consider when evaluating the safest way to travel amid COVID-19
Fly, drive or take the train? Here are the pros and cons of each mode of travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.       
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America’s luxury hotels on the brink
With few guests and fewer staff, a grim future takes shape for America's luxury hotels
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The State Department wouldn’t reveal its payments to Mar-a-Lago. Here’s how we found them.
We now know about the $3 for water, and other charges taxpayers picked up at President Trump's properties, but it took going around the State Department to report that.
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Op-Ed: The immorality of sentencing a 15-year-old to prison forever
The Supreme Court needs to state again that a child cannot be sentenced to life without parole unless a trial court determines that child is beyond rehabilitation.
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With Many Campuses Closed, Will College Students Turn Out To Vote?
People ages 18 to 29 are turning out in record-breaking numbers for early voting. But will pandemic-related disruptions to campus life affect student voter turnout on Election Day?
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Sen. Josh Hawley: Justice Barrett is pro-life and pro-faith — good news for religious conservatives
Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a devout Catholic and charismatic who has lived her faith in every walk of her life — choosing to teach at a Catholic university, publicly defending her church, mentoring Christian law students, and speaking to Christian legal groups.
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Welcome to ‘Thanksgiving-ish,’ with fondue nights, soup buffets and takeout turkey
Thanksgiving dinners in the coronavirus era will look different, as families get creative.
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Help! No One’s Coming to My Daughter’s Party Because They’re Scared of Cultural Appropriation.
The moms are uncomfortable because we were going to do henna. We’re Indian.
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How do you put on a comedy show when laughter is a risk?
Valerio Rosati/EyeEm via Getty Images Florida theaters have been allowed to reopen, but the guidelines are a bit confusing. Here’s how SAK Comedy Lab handled it. It became clear, at the beginning of the pandemic, that the live-events industry was in a dangerous predicament. American legislators deemed grocery stores and pharmacies essential businesses, meaning they’ve remained open throughout even the most chaotic moments of 2020. Restaurants offered takeout and delivery to stymie the losses from the lack of dine-in service, and the retail sector perfected curbside pickup and mask mandates for indoor customers. But theaters, where hundreds of patrons squeeze together in darkness for a few hours, seemed elementally incongruent to all the preventative measures doled out by the CDC and NIH over the past seven months. Chris Dinger, a 34-year-old improv player and the managing director of SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida, says he’s still trying to figure out a path forward. Florida has been aggressive in its reopening strategy during the Covid-19 outbreak, which means SAK got the green light to open its doors in early June. Dinger returned to the stage with three other performers for an audience capped at 30 percent capacity, eager to riff his way through the most turbulent time of his life. The staff taped the halls with social distancing landmarks, rationed out hand sanitizer, and installed gauzy acrylic barriers in front of the box office, all so comedy could thrive again. Dinger’s cast was eager for the work — it’s hard to find these days — but unsurprisingly, a significant number of the SAK players opted out of the homecoming. No matter how many rules you enforce, it’s hard to feel completely safe indoors with a $20 ticket, laughing among strangers. Dinger started a donation drive for SAK at the beginning of the shutdown, and arranged a few Zoom-based shows for a handful of generous clients to keep some money flowing in. But the theater was still losing $40,000 a month during the stay-at-home order, which was and is a reality for countless venues around the country. The only reason SAK has survived thus far, says Dinger, is the nest egg he accumulated before the coronavirus struck. But the US needs to achieve some sense of normalcy if he wants to keep the lights on. We talked about what that means, as well as about the mixed messages Dinger received from Florida leadership and what it’s like to perform for a masked audience. This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity. When did the coronavirus become a reality for you and your business? It was in the middle of March. We went from, the week prior, having record-breaking revenues to our Thursday show being 30 percent down. That was when we were like, “Oh, wow, I guess this really is having an impact.” And then our Friday show was half down, and our Saturday show was abysmal. This was when we were trying to figure everything out. There were a lot of questions about if we were going to continue to have shows, and then the stay-at-home orders showed up and answered that question for us. View this post on Instagram A post shared by SAK Comedy Lab (@sakcomedylab) on Jun 26, 2020 at 10:38am PDT Do you remember what the mood in the theater was like during those shows? My memory is telling me that it felt fairly normal except for the size of the crowds. The people that came were less risk-averse. For them, they were like, “Alright, let’s do this.” It was just the volume decrease that was the oddity. It’s a similar feeling to when a hurricane is coming, and the Saturday show is right on the border of people’s comfort zone. What did you have to do with your cast? Did you need to furlough them? How did you navigate that time? Our theater is unique in a way because we pay our players. That sounds funny, but a lot of clubs don’t pay their professionals. So a lot of ours are on 1099 contracts — they also work at Disney and Universal. They didn’t get furloughed; we just didn’t have any shows. Did you see a path forward in the spring to get your business back on track? Around that time, it seemed impossible that live-performance venues would be opened back up anytime soon. We were limited by what the state would allow us to do. Our approach was, “We’re going to operate more conservatively than the reopening protocols.” Theater is a lot more discretionary than food and other industries, so we stayed closed longer than we needed to. When we reopened, we allowed in a lot less people than the state or county prescribed. We’re still at a third when they told us we could have 50 percent capacity. We erred on the side of safety and caution and saw how our audience responded to that. We didn’t want to be seen as an extreme case. We were prepared to shut down if it became clear that hospitals were being overrun. Fortunately, so far, the measures we’ve taken seem to be sufficient. When the theater was shut down, did you explore any other ways to generate some revenue for the company? We were pretty much in the red the entire time. We added a donate button to our homepage, as well as a gift certificate. I knew it wouldn’t be much, but it was something. We collected $8,000 total that way. But our losses are about $40,000 a month, so $8,000 over the course of three months was nothing. It was humbling. We’ll take it, but there wasn’t much we could do. We did sell one or two private events [over Zoom] during the shutdown. So we came up with an online format and did that. But it was clear that if we were going to survive as a business, things needed to return back to some sort of normalcy. Courtesy of SAK Comedy Lab A post-coronavirus show at the SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida. Are you guys out of the woods yet on your financial situation? We were lucky. In the years leading up to Covid, I was concerned about our lease downtown. If we got kicked out, we’d be caught flat-footed unless we had a good sum of money to move venues and build out a new theater. So I was collecting a fund for that purpose in case we couldn’t come to an agreement with our landlord. But what happened is we extended our lease five years and have a great relationship with our landlord now. With that threat off the table, we’re sitting with a nice pile of reserves. We entered the pandemic on financially solid ground. It gave us a longer runway to wait this thing out. But we need to grow our revenues to slow the bleeding. At some point, we need to be breaking even again. There’s not much more we can cut. We’ve slimmed down as much as we can. Do you feel like you’ve been given clear instructions from the state on how to operate during this pandemic? It wasn’t perfectly clear. Part of that is understandable. It’s hard to make a set of guidelines that work for everyone. There wasn’t a lot of guidance on theaters specifically. There were plenty of rules for bars and restaurants, but we’re a different animal. So we looked to the big movie theaters for directions, and tried to read all the executive orders as best to our ability. We had an employee come in and ask if, when they’re working alone, they’re allowed to take their mask off while they’re at their desk. We didn’t know, so we called the Department of Health and we got a really cloudy response. “I guess it’s okay, unless someone else comes in.” There’s been a lot of that. So we just have to read everything and take our best swing at it. What were some of the cleaning protocols you instituted upon reopening? It was a lot of the obvious stuff. We put up acrylic barriers at our box office. We created one-way pathways in our halls. We have hand sanitizer everywhere, and social distancing markers. Before our auditorium opens, there’s a line outside the theater. So we decided to open our doors earlier to cut down on that. It’s been about mitigating the traffic flow. At the very beginning of reopening we didn’t have a mask mandate, but within a week that changed and we instituted that for all of our guests. We also went from six players on stage to four. Has the tone of your improv shows changed at all during the coronavirus era? It’s on a curve. It was a lot more early on where it was on the top of everyone’s mind. We referenced it a bit more back then. But now we might reference it at the top of the show, like when we’re asking for a topic, we might say, “What’s something that’s really disturbing and frightening, other than Covid?” It just becomes part of the new normal. As someone who’s on the stage and pioneering the reemergence of our shows, it was interesting that first night back in late June. We had a small audience, 30 people in an auditorium that seats 250. They were all spaced out and wearing masks. At first it was odd, but when the lights turned on, there was a palatable feeling of excitement and relief in the crowd. Just a taste of normalcy again, that people were happy to be back out after several months of being indoors. It felt surprisingly like our shows prior to the shutdown, just with a crowd full of muffled laughter. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. 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What to watch with your kids: ‘Once Upon a Snowman,’ ‘Come Play’ and more
Here’s what parents need to know.
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Should Biden and Trump focus more on persuading swing voters — or mobilizing the base?
Our data suggest that in 2016, Trump won by winning over repeat voters, not inspiring new ones to cast ballots.
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A lofty, light-filled perch in Crystal City, Va.
Renovated two-level Crystal Gateway penthouse has lots of glass and lots of space.
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Ten-Foot Burmese Python Discovered Hiding Under Hood of Car in Florida: 'It Was a Big Snake'
The python was found curled up by the engine of the Ford Mustang at an auto repair shop.
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Five Days Before the Election, a Federal Court Moves Minnesota’s Mail-In Ballot Deadline Up a Full Week
Nearly 400,000 of the absentee ballots have yet to be returned.
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50-foot pirate ship with pyrotechnics wows Halloween fans
This pirate ship is “sailing” into Halloween history. Behold the 50-foot “Pirates of the Caribbean”-inspired decoration created by Tony DeMatteo. The massive project took one year to complete and emits fog, fire and colorful lights in his front yard in Chili, New York, a suburb of Rochester.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Former Wallabies star becomes only the second rugby player to come out as gay
Former Australian international Dan Palmer, who has become only the second male rugby union professional after Gareth Thomas to come out as gay, says he "routinely numbed" himself with a "heavy cocktail of opioids" as he struggled with his sexuality during his playing career.
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Czech teenagers deployed to overwhelmed hospitals as Covid cases explode
Barbara Sásová, 18, attends a healthcare-focused high school in Czech Republic. But with schools shut down, she's been catapulted into the adult world, inside a hospital where she is badly needed.
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NHL team cuts ties with top draft pick who bullied Black classmate
The team said they learned more about Mitchell Miller bullying of a Black classmate with developmental disabilities.
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Trump Supporters Sprayed by Fire Truck at Maga Rally, Dozen Hospitalized amid Scorching Heat
Donald Trump spoke for nearly an hour 87-degree heat at rally in Tampa, Florida, which saw a dozen people hospitalized and crowds sprayed by fire trucks.
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New NASA posters share galactic horrors for Halloween
Vintage horror film adverts highlight cosmic frights in the latest artwork from NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Released for Halloween, these posters shed light on the universe's dangers and mysteries.
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New NASA posters share galactic horrors for Halloween
Although our universe is full of wonders, it's equally riddled with horrors.
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Business Updates: Eurozone Growth Rebounds but Downturn Could Be Ahead
G.D.P. in the countries that use the euro rose 12.7 percent in the third quarter, but economic output remained lower than last year. Here’s the latest.
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Who is Clemson's Backup Quarterback? D.J. Uiagalelei is Trevor Lawrence's Replacement After COVID Diagnosis
Lawrence's positive coronavirus test result means he will miss Clemson's game against Boston College on Saturday and could sit out the game against Notre Dame on November 7.
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The Shifting Map
And what else you need to know today.
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5 things to know for October 30: Covid-19, election, police violence protests, France, Senegal
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Covid-19 tests given to cats, dogs, dolphins and more animal species by US scientists
Thousands of animals in the US have been tested for coronavirus, as researchers work to understand its transmission and which other species might be at risk. So far, dozens have tested positive, mostly cats and dogs exposed to sick owners.
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Power Up: Biden headed to Iowa as Democrats look to expand the map
Sen. Joni Ernst is also in a tough reelection battle with four days to go.
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'Their work will continue': NBA players prioritizing social justice initiatives over symbolic protests next season
NBA players brought attention to key social justice issues with their symbolic protests in the bubble. They seek more real-world action going forward.        
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Susan Collins Almost Tied With Democratic Challenger After SCOTUS 'No' Vote: Poll
The Maine senator is only 1 point behind Democratic candidate Sara Gideon after her vote against Amy Coney Barrett's nomination.
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Robert Kardashian Hologram For Kim's 40th Birthday Sparks Wave of Memes, Jokes
The reality television star shared a video of the hologram of her late father speaking which has since been viewed more than five million times.
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California Fire Map, Update as Evacuation Orders Lifted For Silverado and Blue Ridge Blazes
Firefighters continue to battle 22 wildfires across the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
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How to talk to kids about the election and fraught politics
There have been few moments in recent history in which children's lives have been so directly affected by politics. Today's kids have big questions and big feelings about this election year, and it's up to parents to help them process.
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Court-Packing Is Unconstitutional | Opinion
The last time Democrats tried to pack the Court for political reasons, it was widely rejected as at odds with the Constitution.
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Trevor Noah Says Black Men Backing Trump Are Like Pro-Iceberg Titanic Survivors
Trump has made repeated appeals for support from Black Americans, citing unemployment numbers and criminal justice.
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CNN, MSNBC prime-time shows skip historic 33.1% GDP growth amid economic recovery
CNN and MSNBC may still call themselves 24-hour news networks, but their most-watched shows in prime time continue to avoid some of the biggest headlines. 
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Donald Trump's Chances of Winning Election by a Landslide
George H. W. Bush was the last candidate to secure more than 400 of the Electoral College votes on offer.
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Surviving two weeks of isolation to play video games
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