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War ignites between Gov. Kathy Hochul, NY judges over bail reform

A city judge called Gov. Kathy Hochul “disingenuous” for her proposal to have the state pay for judges to get schooled on bail reform.
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Video Shows Russian Depot in Crimea on Fire After Large Explosions
A fire at an ammunition storage site in the village of Mayskoye injured two people, local officials said.
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Jaguars Seen Back in U.S. Decades After Being Hunted Out
Researchers say it is crucial to keep an open corridor between Mexico and the U.S. in order for these big cats to return.
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Anne Heche regretted losing role in this Oscar-nominated Tom Cruise movie
Describing herself as a very "logical" person, Heche argued, "If [something] doesn't make sense, I have the power to ask the question and learn."
What Is R. Kelly on Trial For and Where Is He Right Now
R. Kelly is on federal trial for a second time, with charges continuing to rack up against the disgraced R&B star.
In a Rare Move, China Sanctions Seven Taiwanese Officials
It was only the second time the Chinese government announced largely symbolic sanctions against Taiwan's democratically elected representatives.
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Here's the latest for Tuesday August 16th: Justice Dept. does not want to release Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit; Cheney in political hot seat on Wyoming primary day; Biden to sign climate and health care bill; West Virginia floods.
Trump’s Big Mouth Sets Up Top-Secret Case Against Him
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyFormer President Donald Trump’s long history of imprudent tweets may have come back to haunt him—by strengthening any Justice Department case that the documents he improperly kept after leaving the White House were still indeed top secret.“It is poetic how much of this litigation—were he to be charged—will be determined by his own actions,” said Kel B. McClanahan, a national security lawyer who teaches at George Washington University.That’s because of the way Trump while president tweeted many promises to declassify documents, then retreated and used the Department of Justice to vigorously defend the sanctity of the way the government classifies documents. He has essentially trapped himself, as he now faces an FBI investigation into whether he put the American people’s security at risk by mishandling government secrets and potentially violating the Espionage Act.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Hulu’s ‘Hotties’ Is a (Literal) Hot Mess of a Dating Show
HuluOver the past few years, the dating show genre has expanded with a plethora of hilarious, sexy, and frankly bizarre offerings from streaming platforms all seemingly trying to emulate the success of the Bachelor franchise. Few have been more utterly stupid, though, than a new show on Hulu that tests couples’ compatibility while they choke and vomit from eating spicy pickles.Hotties (a Bright Spot Content program airing on Hulu, not to be confused with a Hulu original) is maybe one of the most fun, mindless viewings I’ve had in a while—and I say this as someone whose television diet throughout the pandemic has mostly consisted of frivolous reality shows.Still, consuming a dating show can often be a taxing activity. Programs like Love Island, Are You The One?, and Love Is Blind can force you to confront and psychoanalyze the worst parts of humanity and maybe yourself, filling you with a sense of dread about the state of modern dating. Likewise, for every dating competition reminding you how shallow, toxic, and dishonest human beings (mostly straight men) can be, you need a show like Hotties to make you laugh the entire time and wonder if you’ve ingested some sort of hallucinatory drug.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin on "Rust" set was accident: medical examiner
I's too early to say how much weight the finding will carry with prosecutors, but Baldwin's lawyers suggested it was another reason he shouldn't face criminal charges.
Ezra Miller Breaks Silence Amid Controversies, Seeks Treatment
"I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," Miller told a media outlet after several incidents.
Wendy's Worker Kills Customer Who Complained About His Food: Police
The employee was initially charged with aggravated assault but this was later upgraded to second-degree murder.
'The space was not built for me': Plus-size flyers say airlines have room to improve
A mix of airline policies govern what plus-size travelers are entitled to in the air. Advocates say more uniformity (and cabin innovation) is needed.
What is DACA? Who are the Dreamers? Qualifications, path to citizenship, explained.
The Obama-era DACA program started accepting applications 10 years ago this week. Understand the basics of the policy and the path to citizenship.
'A post-retirement sweetener for military brass'? Pentagon defends mentor program amid fresh scrutiny
The Pentagon's "senior mentor" program, left for dead more than a decade ago, is once again flourishing. Critics blast it as an ol' boys network.
Homemade In-N-Out, Cinnabon and Cane's? How to make viral 'copycat' recipes at home
Although these recipes aren't technically the real deal, they're strikingly similar (and maybe even better).
Nurses of color look for 'action' after official apology from American Nurses Association
"ANA intends to take full accountability for its actions," the association wrote, promising "historic action."
The U.K. approved omicron-specific booster shots. They're coming to the U.S. soon
In the U.S., officials have asked vaccine makers to target BA.5, rather than the original omicron strain. That has delayed the boosters' development — but officials hope they will be more effective.
Liz Cheney is facing a likely primary defeat in Wyoming. Here's why
Cheney, who has spoken out clearly against former President Donald Trump, is down by 20 points in primary polls — and her approval ratings are in the tank among Wyoming Republicans.
Focusing on diversity and inclusion, gravel bike racing welcomes all to this sport
Not just for the super fit, gravel bike racing has exploded into one of the most popular forms of biking in the U.S. Organizers have worked so that everyone feels included and welcome.
Here are the key primary election results from Wyoming
Voting concludes Tuesday in the Wyoming primary elections, including notable races for governor and a House congressional district.
Sarah Palin faces Alaska voters again in a special election for Congress
Over a decade after she ran for vice president and then resigned as Alaska governor, Palin is in both a special election for U.S. House on Tuesday and a primary for the full term starting next year.
Colleges ease COVID-19 restrictions as fall semester begins for millions of students
Requirements to test and mask and be vaccinated are becoming less common as colleges shift away from treating COVID-19 as an emergency.
Buy a rural hospital for $100? Investors pick up struggling institutions for pennies
Some rural hospitals are in such bad shape, they're selling for next to nothing. One company is snapping several distressed or closed hospitals in rural Tennessee, hoping to turn a profit.
Here are the key primary election results from Alaska
Voting concludes Tuesday in the Alaska primary elections, including notable races for governor, Senate and a special election for the House seat to fill the remainder of late Rep. Don Young's term.
Can pets get monkeypox? Yes, experts say. Everything to know about the virus and your furry friend.
Although it's possible, health experts say monkeypox in domestic pets is rare. Here's how to know if your dog or cat has been infected with the virus.
The “Sex” Scandal That Made Mae West
The sultry actress survived a 1927 Broadway scandal to become a Hollywood legend.
What the DOJ Should Do About Trump
It’s still too early to assume Trump could even be charged. As of now he can still run for office.
Russia’s Panicked Confession: This Is What Scares Us Most
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyIn a recent interview with Russian state media outlet TASS, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s North American Department, Aleksandr Darichev, said that in the event the U.S. designates Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, it would represent “a point of no return” in relations between the two countries. Speaking on behalf of the country that ruthlessly invaded its smaller neighbor and is continually being accused of human rights violations and serious war crimes, Darichev shamelessly claimed on Saturday that the West, led by the United States, “has trampled upon international law and absolute taboos in diplomatic practice.”Appearing on the state TV show Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovyov a day later, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova raged against the possibility of such a designation, claiming that these plans were caused by failure on the part of the U.S. to isolate Russia from the rest of the world. Zakharova derided the level of competency of the U.S. officials, questioning whether they even know how to read, since Moscow has repeatedly warned Washington of the “consequences” should the U.S. label Russia a sponsor of terror.The bipartisan resolution to declare Russia a sponsor of terrorism passed in the Senate at the end of July, after being introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). In the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly warned Secretary of State Antony Blinken that unless he moves ahead with the designation, Congress will pass appropriate legislation of its own accord.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Meghan and Harry Are 'Venturing Into the Lion's Den' With U.K. Visit
The couple may face difficulties from a "ferocious press" and "unsupportive public" in their upcoming trip to Britain, a royal commentator told Newsweek.
Who Went Home on 'The Bachelorette' 2022 in Week 6? Four Men Exit
Gabby Windey, Rachel Recchia and the rest of the cast of "The Bachelorette" 2022 traveled to Amsterdam for Week 6 of the ABC dating show.
Walmart Bans Man From All Stores for 99 Years
Jacob C. Lockard, 27, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for alleged identity theft, police said.
Chinese research ship Yuan Wang 5 docks at Sri Lanka's Hambantota port
A Chinese research ship docked at a southern Sri Lankan port Beijing leases from the government on Tuesday, officials said, despite security concerns raised by India about the vessel's presence in nearby waters.
Trump Won’t Turn Down the Heat—He Needs to Play the Victim
Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty“Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” asked King Henry II of England in 1170, delivering one of antiquity’s most infamous lines. Four knights didn’t take it as a rhetorical question; rather, they interpreted it as a call to action. The result was the murder of Thomas Becket, the troublesome archbishop of Canterbury.It’s a cautionary tale about the dangers of powerful people using violent rhetoric. It’s also an indicator that we haven’t absorbed the lesson in the ensuing 852 years.Take, for example, rhetoric surrounding the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called it “an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” Rep. Jeff Duncan called the FBI “corrupt to the core,” Rep. Troy Nehls (a former sheriff) railed against a “corrupt DOJ and the FBI,” and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted: “DEFUND THE FBI!” In the wake of the rhetoric, the FBI is investigating an “unprecedented” number of threats.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The Strange, Nervous Rise of the Therapist Chatbot
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen Nicholas Jacobson and his team test their mental health chatbot, nine out of 10 of its responses are contextualized and clinically appropriate. One in 10 are “weird and lack human-ness,” he told The Daily Beast.This means TheraBot is moving in the right direction. It’s better than when it said, “I want my life to be over” when Jacobson and his team were training the chatbot to use language from self-help internet forums; or when it picked up the bad habits of therapists when they trained it with psychotherapy transcripts—like quickly attributing problems to the user’s relationship with their parent.But now, its creators say, Therabot’s responses are based on evidence-based treatments. It can assess what’s the matter, then offer an intervention.Read more at The Daily Beast.
The World Needs to Wake Up to Putin’s Nuclear Terrorism
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyTo Russia’s long list of crimes against humanity associated with its invasion of Ukraine, we must add nuclear terrorism. While many worried that Russia might use nuclear weapons if the war grew more desperate for them—and senior U.S. government officials do not rule that possibility out—Moscow has already done something that could have similarly catastrophic consequences.In early March, Russian forces seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. Since then, they have taken a number of steps, each of which has raised the risk of a nuclear disaster. They have turned the facility into a military base. They have mined parts of the facility. They have interfered with the staff, placed them under duress, arrested them and played havoc with the plant’s chain of command. They have used the facility as a base from which to launch attacks on Ukraine. They have also attacked parts of the facility themselves and sought to blame the attacks on Ukraine’s military.Reclaiming the facility would be extremely dangerous. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, after a ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, said, “Any attack to a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing.” Read more at The Daily Beast.
Dinesh D’Souza Movie Star Booted From Party for Bringing Gun
Jeff Swensen/GettyEarlier this year, election-fraud conspiracy theorist Gregg Phillips shot to fame on the right as one of the stars of 2,000 Mules, conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza’s quasi-documentary attempt to prove the 2020 election was stolen. Since the movie’s release in May, however, Phillips has claimed he has proof of election fraud that was “10 times” bigger than 2,000 Mules.On Saturday, Phillips vowed to finally release his information in front of a crowd of more than 100 conservative conspiracy theorists and influencers at an exclusive gathering he dubbed “The Pit.” But what was meant to be Phillips’s moment of triumph ended in disaster, as police ushered Phillips from his own afterparty for bringing a gun and warned him not to return.Phillips’ ouster from his event marks the latest blunder for election-fraud conspiracy theorists. For Phillips and his organization, True the Vote, it’s yet another time they’ve tried and failed to prove election fraud.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Armenian fireworks warehouse blast death toll rises to 16
Death toll rises to 16 after fireworks warehouse blast in Armenia.
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‘Viper’ Merrick Garland’s Trump FBI Raid Is Only the ‘First Inning’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyDemocratic strategist James Carville has a message for people who are doubting Merrick Garland: Just wait.“People are like, well, but let’s wait and see a little bit. And this is like the top of the first inning. I mean, remember Merrick Garland is like a pit viper. He prosecuted the Oklahoma City bomber case, the Unabomber case, the Olympic bomber case. And I think these guys are really methodical,” Carville says on this episode of The New Abnormal politics podcast.Even if he didn’t have faith in Garland, Trump and the MAGA Republicans are not doing themselves any favors, Carville says.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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NASCAR champ Bobby Labonte opens up about startling health battle
NASCAR star Bobby discusses the challenges he faced health-wise since 2019.
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Miami shooting: officer critical, suspect killed
A Miami-Dade police officer was critically wounded and an armed robbery suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire during a car chase Monday night, authorities said. (Aug. 16)      
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Bob Odenkirk Thanks 'Better Call Saul' Fans for Not Hating Show Amid Finale
Following the dramatic "Better Call Saul" finale, actor Bob Odenkirk shared a video message with fans thanking them for their support over the years.
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John Fetterman Fundraises Off Dr.Oz's Ad—'Let Them Eat Crudité'
Fetterman has mocked Oz again for a recent campaign ad where he appeared to mix up the names of Radner's and Wegmans grocery chains.
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2 monkeypox variants will no longer be named after regions, for ethical reasons
Subsequent variants of monkeypox will be named using Roman numerals for the clade, and lowercase letters for the subclade.
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Donald Trump Highlights 'Voting Surge' Among Red Wave After FBI Raid
More than 80 percent of Republicans said they were more likely to vote after the Mar-a-Lago raid, according to one poll.
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Monkey at California zoo calls 911: 'monkey see, monkey do'
A Capuchin monkey named Route found a cell phone in a golf cart at the Zoo to You offices in Paso Robles, California, and somehow managed to use it to call 911 on Saturday.
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Darwin Núñez sent off after headbutt as Liverpool frustrated by Crystal Palace
Liverpool's new summer signing Darwin Núñez was sent off for a headbutt on his home debut as Crystal Palace frustrated the host to a 1-1 draw in the English Premier League on Monday.
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Laura Ingraham Suggests Republicans May Pivot to Trump Alternative
The Fox News anchor told the podcast The Truth with Lisa Boothe about her hopes for the conservative movement.
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How to keep yourself — and your pets — safe from monkeypox
Animal carriers of the virus include various rodents, dogs, primates, hedgehogs and shrews, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
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