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New York City Police Union Endorses President Trump's Reelection Campaign
New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said Friday that New York officers were "the most compassionate people on the face of the earth."
Officials warn of California power outages due to strain on grid during heat wave
The body that runs the electric grid for most of California has declared a statewide Stage 2 emergency due to excessive heat driving up electricity use and straining the grid, warning of rotating power outages if the situation doesn't improve.
The US-China fight began with trade. Now it's the one thing still working for them
"The most stable part of the US-China relationship is the spat that kicked the latest bout of tensions off a couple of years ago: trade."
Analysis: The US-China fight began with trade. Now it's the one thing still working for them
Tensions between the United States and China have soared as the two superpowers fight over everything from the coronavirus pandemic, human rights and Hong Kong, to who controls the technologies of the future.
Climate study finds global COVID-19 shutdowns had 'negligible' impact on temperatures
A new study claims the coronavirus-related shutdowns that halted economies around the world yielded emissions reductions but had a "negligible" overall impact on global temperatures -- a finding likely to provoke further debate about the utility of sweeping environmental regulations with potentially massive economic tradeoffs.
How Harris' sorority helped shape her leadership
CNN's Kyung Lah takes a look at how Kamala Harris' sorority helped her become the first black woman to be the vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket.
Sorry: A progressive fascist’s threat isn’t going to silence me
I have security at my home. I am in contact with the NYPD. But my main response to this threat will be telling everyone about it and living fearlessly.
Ex-Kings 'Ice Crew' member accuses mascot of sexual harassment, sues for $1M in damages: Report
A former L.A. Kings’ “Ice Crew” member is suing the franchise and the man behind the “Bailey” mascot suit after she alleged he sexually harassed her and that the team was aware of those accusations, reports say.
Marc Colombo instilling gritty attitude on Giants’ offensive line
Watch me. This is the way I did it. This is how I want you to do it. This has not been the Giants’ way on their offensive line, but it is now. This is what Marc Colombo brings to the meeting room and the practice field. He stands 6-foot-8 and can take one of...
Florida Governor Suspends Sheriff After Arrest for Evidence Tampering
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order Friday stating that "it is in the best interests of the residents of Clay County, and the citizens of the State of Florida, that [Sheriff] Darryl Daniels be immediately suspended from public office."
Chef José Andrés helps feed people in Beirut after deadly explosion
Anderson Cooper talks with Chef José Andrés, who is in Beirut with World Central Kitchen helping feed people after the deadly explosion. Anderson Cooper Full Circle airs Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 6p E.T.
WSJ's Bill McGurn suggests FBI lawyer's plea deal in Durham probe will prompt others to come forward
Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith's plea agreement could motivate other figures in the Russia investigation to come forward, Wall Street Journal editorial board member William McGurn said Friday.
Family of 5-year-old boy shot and killed by a neighbor: 'We shouldn't even be here'
The boy’s father had dinner with the alleged killer the night before.
Trump says he'll only consider additional funding for Postal Service if Democrats make concessions
The U.S. Postal Service is warning several states that it may not be able to deliver mail-in ballots on time, as President Trump increases his attacks on voting by mail. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes and CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge join Elaine Quijano to discuss.
NYC police union endorses Trump, who claims Biden would 'gut every single police department in America'
A New York City law enforcement union, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), endorsed President Trump in the race for the White House as the president used an appearance before the group to rip into Democrats over policing.
Kings suspend mascot actor accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit
A former member of the Los Angeles Kings "Ice Crew" has accused the man who plays the team mascot of sexual harassment in a lawsuit.
How to adapt special education to the remote-learning reality
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Over 700 Elvis Presley fans expected to attend pared-down vigil marking anniversary of singer's death
Elvis Presley fans are keeping his memory alive.
5-year-old Cannon Hinnant laid to rest after allegedly being gunned down by neighbor
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Brad Pitt fires back at ex Angelina Jolie after she filed request to remove judge amid divorce battle
Brad Pitt's attorneys slammed his ex-wife Angelina Jolie's attempt to dismiss a private judge amid the couple's ongoing divorce battle.
R. Kelly's ex-manager called in threat to stop docuseries premiere: Feds
The threat forced the theater to evacuate and cancel the showing.
Indians option Mike Clevinger, Zach Plesac to alternate site after team meeting
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Kamala Harris a centrist? That’s the biggest myth of 2020
By the time the 2020 campaign ends, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris will have been transformed into the greatest exemplar of judicious centrism and political level-headedness in American history. “Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party,” claims George Stephanopoulos. Though The New York Times was the first to call Joe Biden’s running...
Bernie Madoff’s brother released from home confinement
The younger brother of Ponzi king Bernard Madoff has been released from home confinement and from federal custody, the Bureau of Prisons said Friday. Peter Madoff, who had served about nine years of his sentence, was released from home confinement on Thursday, said Justin Long, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. He had...
Canadiens’ Claude Julien leaves NHL bubble, heads back to Montreal after hospitalization
Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Claude Julien is leaving the bubble and heading back home after he was admitted to the hospital following Wednesday night’s Game 1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The University of Oregon is covering racist murals in its library, one of which references the need to conserve 'our racial heritage'
The University of Oregon is covering the controversial murals that have decorated the halls of its largest library after years of protest over the murals' racist language and portrayal of Indigenous people.
This is a revolution and other commentary
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WWE 'SmackDown' Results: Who Will Face Bayley for the Title at SummerSlam?
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Protest held outside New York bakery over MAGA cake, bakery says it is still making the design
A protest was held outside of a New York bakery Thursday over a MAGA hat cake.
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No, Kamala Harris’ citizenship is not in doubt
Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, Calif. That makes her an American citizen and eligible for the vice presidency (and even presidency) of the United States. It’s pure nonsense to suggest otherwise — as President Trump has done. “I heard it today that [Harris] doesn’t meet the requirements,” he said Thursday. Well, you heard wrong,...
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Prosecutors allege R. Kelly's former manager called in gun threats to 'Surviving R. Kelly' screening
R. Kelly's former manager is facing another set of criminal charges, after federal prosecutors accused him on Friday of calling in a threat to a New York City theater to stop a screening of a docuseries that included allegations the singer sexually abused minor girls and adult women.
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USPS removes mail collection boxes and reduces hours as Trump administration accused of voter suppression
• Obama: Trump is trying to 'kneecap' the postal service
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Don’t believe the left: This anti-Trump FBI lawyer’s abuse was outrageous
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Taiwan risks being caught in the power struggle between the US and China
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Non-European citizens can visit their unmarried partners in 10 EU countries, but some require proof
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New York Yankees place Aaron Judge on IL due to 'very mild' calf strain
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Thousands of miles from home, coronavirus took their lives — and the economic lifelines of their families
They died in the United States of COVID-19. Finally, their ashes are returning to Mexico.
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Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons' ankle remains too sore for him to play
Andrelton Simmons is working out at the Angels' alternate facility, but his sprained ankle is still too sore for him to play against the Dodgers this weekend.
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FEC sued over inaction on claim against Clinton ally David Brock's organizations
A conservative group is accusing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) of not acting on a complaint alleging illegal conduct by four organizations founded by Democratic operative and longtime Clinton ally David Brock. 
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Peter Fonda's widow suing hospital and doctors over his lung cancer death: report
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A grand Gordon Kaufmann-designed mansion hits the market in Hancock Park
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Elliott: Stanley Cup playoff games shouldn't be decided by 3-on-3 play or shootouts
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Stray dog ‘hired’ by car dealership in Brazil becomes Instagram star
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Trump donates $100K of salary to help repair monuments damaged by protests
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UN Security Council rejects US proposal to extend Iran arms embargo
The UN Security Council rejected a US proposal to extend the conventional weapons embargo on Iran Friday.
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Conspiracist for Congress
A system that lets a conspiracy theorist win a primary on six percent of the electorate is broken.
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Nancy Grace calls shocking NYC murder 'an example of lawlessness taking over our country'
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Coronavirus complications casuses 5th ICE detainee death
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