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  Successfully staging high-profile concerts featuring the biggest names in the entertainment industry and high-profile events such as the Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant and the Metro Manila Film Festival brings a natural high that only few other jobs can.   And for a while there, Vicente Raphael del Rosario IV lived chasing that high. The problem was, it wore off almost as soon as the stage was cleared and the sound of music faded away.   The 34-year-old Del Rosario, youngest of the four children of film, music and concert producer Vic del Rosario Jr., founder of the Viva Group of Companies, understandably wanted more.   The search for tha...

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Breonna Taylor: Kentucky AG will release grand jury recording in case
The Kentucky attorney general will release a recording of the grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case, a spokesman said hours after one of the jurors filed a court motion seeking the action so “the truth may prevail,” according to reports. The unidentified grand juror — who assailed Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s statements last...
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Second Stimulus Check: What the Updated HEROES Act Says About More Payments
Democrats have detailed an updated version of their earlier relief package proposal, months after the original version passed the House of Representatives.
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Amnesty International halts work in India, blaming government 'witch hunt'
The human rights group says its bank accounts were frozen in an ongoing crackdown against critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Kobe Bryant crash scene photo scandal leads to new law
Law makes it a crime for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime.
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Why the search for the perfect vegan leather starts on the forest floor
Mycelium, the fibrous roots of fungi, could be the eco-friendly way to make leather without cows.
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France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks
France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban in the coming years.
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Trump Says China Wants Him to Lose the U.S. Presidential Election. The Truth Is More Complex
Despite Trump's broadsides against China, Beijing is wary of being seen to favor one candidate or the other
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Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars had great playoff runs; what awaits this offseason?
Most of the top players on the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars are signed long-term, but there are key decisions to make.       
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Steve Doocy: The Doocy family's delicious debate night dessert
Tuesday night as you’re "Biden" your time waiting for the presidential debate to start, why not quickly whip up this positively patriotic cobbler from our new cookbook.
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A Free-College Experiment
And what else you need to know today.
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A big Chinese tech company is quitting Wall Street after 20 years
Chinese online media firm Sina Corp. is quitting Wall Street as Chinese tech companies come under heightened scrutiny in the United States.
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'The Orville' Season 3: Seth MacFarlane Hints At Hulu Release Date
"The Orville" has now been off the air for nearly a year and a half—but creator Seth MacFarlane has hinted that it could be coming soon to Hulu.
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Woman Finds Rare Two-headed Snake Inside North Carolina Home
Jeannie Wilson, of Taylorsville in Alexander County, shared a video of the slithering reptile to Facebook this week, asking her frends and family if it should be set back into the wild.
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On This Day: 29 September 2003
Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent classic "Kill Bill: Volume 1" premiered in Hollywood. (Sept. 29)        
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Woman Found Dead In McDonald's Bathroom, Investigation Underway
Police responded to the McDonald's restaurant after a woman, reportedly aged around 50, was found dead in a bathroom in Burlington, North Carolina.
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Coffee and sports: From Olympic bans to stars crafting the pefect bubble brew
Some NBA stars have joined the masses in seeking a well-crafted cup of coffee, and one All-Star has taken to brewing it and selling it himself.        
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Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen on voting third party and why America should be more like Switzerland
Jo Jorgensen would like America to be "one giant Switzerland," the Libertarian Party's nominee for president told the "Fox News Rundown" podcast Tuesday.
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Steve Harvey moves on from NBC
TV presenter Steve Harvey talks about parting ways with NBC after the cancellation of his daytime show, and discusses his latest show on Facebook Watch, "Steve on Watch." (Sept. 29)       
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Gloria Steinem's life explored in biopic, 'The Glorias'
Director Julie Taymor talks about bringing the life of feminist icon Gloria Steniem to the big screen in her new movie starring Julianne Moore, "The Glorias." (Sept. 29)       
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Amnesty International halts India operations after 'freezing' of its bank account
Amnesty International has halted its operations in India after the "complete freezing" of its bank accounts by the Indian government, the not-for-profit human rights organization said in a statement Tuesday.
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Trump Could Face Jail Over Alleged Tax Affairs, Watergate Prosecutor Claims
The renowned lawyer Nick Akerman said the president could face up to five years in prison for a "whole series of activities that could qualify as tax fraud, not tax avoidance."
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GOP state lawmakers introduce bill to strengthen parole board oversight
ALBANY — Outraged over the Cuomo administration’s recent stream of parole approvals for convicted cop-killers Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom and murderer-rapist Samuel Ayala, Republican state lawmakers are introducing a new bill giving the Legislature more oversight of the state parole board. State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R-Gowanda) are...
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Letters to the Editor: Homes burn because of embers, not trees. Fire policy ignores that
State and federal policies that emphasize brush clearance in areas prone to wildfires fail to protect homes because they do not focus on embers.
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Private employers show new interest in expanded Medicare and regulated drug prices
Eager to control high costs, employers are more open to government regulation of drug prices and to expanding Medicare to younger Americans.
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Op-Ed: LACMA's redesign doesn't deserve this much carping
The Wilshire Boulevard redo has its risks, but the track record of its architect and museum director gives it every chance of succeeding.
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Sen. Ron Johnson: Biden family's corrupt ties to foreign oligarchs, officials met with mainstream media yawns
After we released our report on the sordid involvement of Joe Biden’s family with corrupt foreign oligarchs and officials some media outlets reacted with exaggerated yawns.
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Letters to the Editor: Kids need to be back in school. Our only option is to end the pandemic
Sending kids to school would expose them to COVID-19, and distance learning brings its own challenges. The solution: Follow the coronavirus guidelines and end the pandemic.
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China announced new climate goals. But it can’t quit coal just yet.
Stringent domestic targets will be key to transforming a massive, carbon-intensive economy.
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Letters to the Editor: Conservatives won the Supreme Court, but lost their excuse for voting for Trump
Many on the right who voted for Trump did so despite their deep dislike of him. Now, with the court firmly in conservative hands, they have an out.
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Guest Post: Improving police accountability will create police reform
Beyond vague demands for 'defunding the police,' the author suggests numerous concrete steps that cities and states can take to reduce police violence.
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Let’s embrace the craziness of this 16-team MLB postseason — but then never do it again
The MLB playoffs might not determine who the best team is, but they should be a lot of fun.
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Letters to the Editor: A billionaire pays $750 in taxes? 'They're Trumps, and we're chumps'
According to Trump's tax documents, he badly needed the money he earned from "The Apprentice." So, let's fire this president on Nov. 3.
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Amy Coney Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing, analyzed
Amy Coney Barrett's 2017 clash with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been circulating anew, but it's hardly the only one from Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing that could be at issue in the weeks to come.
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Endorsement: George Gascón for L.A. County district attorney
George Gascón is the right candidate at the right time to lead the largest local criminal justice jurisdiction in the United States.
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President Trump's Taxes
An investigation by The New York Times has unraveled some of the financial myths that President Trump has created around himself.
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A look at the shovels you need in your arsenal and how to clean them
ASK THE BUILDER | Some sand and motor oil could keep them looking like new.
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How the world's first foldable PC came to be
Years before we even heard whispers of a Galaxy Fold or a Z Flip, Jerry Paradise of Lenovo and Josh Newman from Intel had an idea. And one day, they put their minds together, along with their respective teams, to flush it out. What started out as an idea built out of pieces of cardboard morphed into, what they hope, is a revolutionary device: the world's first foldable PC.
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Amy Coney Barrett and the New Feminism of Interdependence | Opinion
It's time for a new feminism to emerge—and for GOP lawmakers to demonstrate their commitment to family values. That will require defining a new feminism of interdependence and a pro-family economic policy agenda.
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First Presidential Debate—Where to Watch, Live Stream Trump vs. Biden
The first presidential debate will see Trump and Biden discuss six topics, including the integrity of the election.
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MLB Playoffs Schedule: Dates, TV Channel, Live Stream for Wild Card Series
The expanded MLB postseason begins on Tuesday with Game 1 of the four American League Wild Card Series.
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I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Murder in My Small Town.
What a prolific hitman can teach us about our obsession with true crime.
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Help! My Friend Says Faking Orgasms Is “Basically Abuse.”
I fake it on a regular basis. Have I been deluding myself that this is OK?
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Actual Senate Confirmation Hearings Take Time
As Donald Trump and Senate Republicans try to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a justice of the Supreme Court in the 38 days between her nomination and Election Day—with many votes already being cast—much of the criticism has focused on the hypocrisy of moving this nomination forward when Republicans blocked Merrick Garland’s nomination for 237 days before the 2016 election.That point is important, but the problem with pushing this nomination through at breakneck speed goes well beyond the distastefulness of hardball politics and a feeling of fundamental unfairness. The problem is also a practical one: There is simply not enough time for a meaningful Senate process, and a confirmation without such a process erodes yet one more key piece of our system of checks and balances, which is at its core what makes the American government function.[Deborah Pearlstein: How the government lost its mind]The Constitution gives the Senate the power and responsibility of “advice and consent” over the president’s nominations to the Supreme Court. Justices serve for life, and once they’re in place, Congress has no realistic way to serve as a check on them. Congress has also in recent years stood by as its avenues to check the president’s power have been eroded. Confirmation of a justice is one of the few remaining meaningful checks Congress has on the other branches of government, and it is well on its way to throwing that check away.As a counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2005 to 2013, I worked on the Senate’s consideration of five Supreme Court nominations. What I saw was a rigorous process for vetting nominees that developed over decades and that both parties rightly insisted on. It is a process that has often been criticized and that has not always worked as intended, but at base it has guaranteed that senators do not vote on lifetime appointments to one of the most important positions in American life without a thorough basis on which to judge whether a nominee’s background, views, and character make them an appropriate choice for the Supreme Court.If the idea were simply for the president to get his pick without any check, the Framers would not have included the constitutional provision giving the power of advice and consent to the Senate. It is a real responsibility, and it should be done right. If there is not time to do it right, it should not be done at all.The process has not been and cannot be a quick one. It has included a careful examination of just about everything a potential justice has written and said. The Senate has been provided with judicial opinions, writings, and press appearances by a nominee, as well as complete sets, with limited redactions, of the nominee’s papers from any previous executive-branch service. Senators and staff on both sides of the aisle have pored through every page of that often-massive record, which could contain memos about key executive-power issues, judicial decisions on constitutional rights, or provocative opinion pieces.The process has included a thorough FBI background investigation with a chance for senators and staff to review it and follow up on any issues raised. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation showed that the FBI review itself can sometimes be rushed or overly restricted, which reduces its usefulness and shows the need to go more slowly and methodically, not to speed up the process further. The FBI investigation has been an important part of ensuring that a nominee is suitable for a lifetime appointment to a court that each year decides cases affecting the rights and responsibilities of millions of Americans. Almost all senators have in the past reviewed the FBI file, and in my experience it was not taken lightly.The vetting process has included the opportunity for senators to have private conversations with the nominee, which often feature prominently in senators’ decision-making process. It has included the chance to ask the nominee questions publicly at a hearing, followed up by extensive written questions.[Bob Bauer: Six ways to fix the Supreme Court confirmation process]The process didn’t end there. Senators and staff would review a nominee’s finances and past work experience; they would think through potential conflicts of interest. During investigations and hearings, they would dive into unique issues that arose from a nominee’s background. They would hear from witnesses with personal knowledge of the nominee or with deep expertise or a personal stake in important issues the nominee might consider as a justice. They would discuss and debate extensively.This process led nominees such as Harriet Miers and Abe Fortas to withdraw; it led to the defeat of Robert Bork’s nomination; it led to painful but important discussions about the nominations of Clarence Thomas and Kavanaugh. It led to overwhelming support for past nominees.This has previously been a serious process, and it should be one now. It is important, and it rightly takes time.Only if the Senate performs a genuine, thorough review of the president’s nominee for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, though, is this key piece of our system of checks and balances meaningful. There are no do-overs, and Amy Coney Barrett could be on the Court for many decades. In that time, she could overturn a century’s worth of jurisprudence and set a century’s worth of precedent. The Senate has a chance to make an independent judgment and put its imprimatur on a decision that could affect the rights of millions of Americans and the balance of power in the American government for years to come.Some senators have already signaled their intention to dispense with any serious vetting process. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham said last week that all committee Republicans will vote for the president’s nominee—without even waiting to find out who that nominee was, let alone meaningfully reviewing that person.There is quite clearly not time to implement the Senate’s review process correctly before the election. The length of time between now and Election Day is shorter than the time it took any nominee to be confirmed in almost four decades. The average time in recent decades has been almost twice what remains now. Those nominees confirmed more quickly decades ago were noncontroversial and were put forth at times when they had the Senate’s full attention.[Read: The true victors of Trump’s Supreme Court nomination]There is simply no way to do all that the Senate must do to make this a legitimate process before November 3—not to mention that senators will also be campaigning for reelection during this time and will be unable to give their full attention to the process. After the election, we will know whom the voters want as president and as senators; those chosen will then have ample time to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities and confirm a qualified justice.Pushing this nomination through without the Senate taking the time and making the effort to serve as a meaningful check on the other branches of government will be the forfeiture of one more crucial check on tyranny, and it will be one more step toward a system of government that no longer looks like a democracy at all.
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White House Pressured C.D.C. Over School Risks
Administration officials wanted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to play down the risks of sending children back to school. Here’s the latest.
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Ted Lasso Makes America Good Again
The clueless, self-assured American no longer seems like a benign figure, but no such clouds darken Ted Lasso’s sunny skies.
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Dear Care and Feeding: Will I Regret Having Only One Child?
Parenting advice on only children, friendship breakups, and parenting differences.
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Amnesty International Halts India Operations Citing Government Reprisals
Amnesty International India alleged that Indian authorities froze its bank accounts on suspicions of violating rules on foreign funding
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'Multiple' people dead following 'hostage situation' in Salem, Oregon State Police investigating
Multiple people are dead following an officer-involved shooting at an east Salem residence Monday, officials say.        
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