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Xi, Kim summit topics: Friendship, food aid and maybe nukes

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are sure to discuss their bilateral friendship, likely to talk about food aid to the North and possibly might address the stalled nuclear talks with Washington
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Wild boar that stole nudist’s laptop could meet its demise
Pigs and people don’t mix — at least not wild boars hanging out in Berlin’s bucolic Grunewald forest. A spunky sow who made off with a nudist’s laptop could face an early demise because the locals are getting scared by the skyrocketing number of swine skirmishes. The mom boar, accompanied by her two little ones...
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Saturday Sessions: Kathleen Edwards performs “Hard On Everyone”
Kathleen Edwards was one of the most acclaimed young songwriters on the indie music scene in the early 2000s. By 2012, her fourth album, “Voyageur,” became her highest-charting album yet. Now, after spending years away from music and running coffee shop Quitters in Canada, Edwards is writing songs again and has even come out with a new album, “Total Freedom,” amid the coronavirus pandemic. She joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to perform “Hard On Everyone.”
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California Temperatures Could Reach Levels of Deadly 2006 Heat Wave When Hundreds Died
Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect for several parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
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Burglary at Ellen DeGeneres’ home was an ‘inside job’: cops
It's believed that expensive jewelry and watches were stolen from the home.
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Saturday Sessions: Kathleen Edwards performs “Options Open”
Kathleen Edwards was one of the most acclaimed young songwriters on the indie music scene in the early 2000s. By 2012, her fourth album, “Voyageur,” became her highest-charting album yet. Now, after spending years away from music and running coffee shop Quitters in Canada, Edwards is writing songs again and has even come out with a new album, “Total Freedom,” amid the coronavirus pandemic. She joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to perform “Options Open.”
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This NASA-inspired gadget will eliminate odors in your home once and for all
While countless products on the market promise to eliminate nasty smells, many of them simply disguise those scents with sickly-sweet citrus and fragrant lavender. But, what if we told you there was a way to rid your home of unsavory aromas once and for all? Inspired by NASA’s use of photocatalyst technology in the International...
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Subscription overload? Get ready for Apple's
The Services division is Apple's no. 2 profit engine, generating $13 billion in sales for the most recent quarter.      
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Save up to 66% on these pots, pans and cookware sets that will upgrade your kitchen
In the era of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our lives have changed rather dramatically. With many traditional restaurants closed for business and brunch trips with friends canceled indefinitely, you have likely found yourself whipping up home-cooked meals much more often than usual. However, if six months into quarantine you are still using that single, beat-up frying...
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U.S. breaks single-day coronavirus case record for August
The dangers of reopening classrooms to in-person learning are being felt at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Just days after classes resumed, at least 10 students tested positive for the coronavirus, in clusters originating at two campus dormitories. It comes as the country saw more than 64,000 new cases Friday, the most in a single day in August so far. There are now more than 5.3 million infections in the U.S. Michael George reports on what the pandemic looks like in the U.S.
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Iconic observatory goes dark after unexplained destruction
"The cable didn't really break it, you know, in the sense of a cable kind of snapping, but it just sort of, you know, slipped from its socket," Observatory Director Francisco Cordova said.
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Hot Property: Geena Davis to play the part of seller in Pacific Palisades
Actress Geena Davis has put her Pacific Palisades home on the market. Also: Krysten Ritter has sold her Hollywood Hills home, and the one-time marital home of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt has changed hands for $32.5 million.
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In HBO’s Lovecraft Country, cosmic horrors pale next to the reality of racism
Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance, and Jurnee Smollett in HBO’s Lovecraft Country. | HBO The new horror series takes a bevy of fun pop culture tropes on a ride through Jim Crow America. In the second episode of Lovecraft Country, HBO’s engrossing new pulp horror series, one character, George (Courtney B. Vance), keeps thinking about a book. The book in question is the 1903 horror fantasy The House on the Borderland, and its plot is eerily similar to George’s present situation: He’s a Black man trapped in a strange mansion along with his friends, presented with various temptations and hallucinogenic visions — including dancing with a woman he knows to be a figment of his imagination. “Do the lovers stay together at the end?” his ghostly date asks of the story. “Yes,” he responds — but only because the giant house they're in collapses. There’s an obvious metaphor in the scene about the work Lovecraft Country is trying to do. The show’s story closely follows Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name, about a Black community in Chicago that becomes entangled with an ominous occult society, all while fighting Jim Crow racism on a scale both everyday and cosmic. Ruff’s novel was an attempt to grapple with the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing, which is both towering in its influence and teeming with racism. As crafted by showrunner Misha Green, the story, therefore, is both a homage and a repudiation. It’s a homage in that it gleefully plays with many of the horror tropes its namesake popularized: terrifying otherworldly monsters, esoteric cults, scary American mansions housing obscure spellbooks and dark secrets. And it’s a repudiation in that it also attempts to wrestle with those tropes and perhaps free them from Lovecraft’s territorial grasp as a loud, vehement, unabashed white supremacist. It’s helpful to think of Lovecraft Country, then, as akin to a game of Jenga: Its aim isn’t to collapse the house that genre built, but rather to slide a new layer of storytelling on top of century-old bones to find out if the entire structure can still hold. For the most part, it holds very well. Lovecraft Country’s characters are mythological tricksters. They have to be. HBO Tic waits for a ride he know won’t be coming for him. Our story opens as a troubled Korean war veteran named Atticus, a.k.a. Tic (Jonathan Majors), searches for his father Montrose (Michael K. Williams). Though there’s no love lost between Tic and his dad, after Montrose goes missing in the New England wilds that his family calls “Lovecraft country,” Atticus, his uncle George (Vance) and his pal Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) set out on a road trip to search for him. But their plans quickly spiral, and soon they’re confronting monsters in America’s backwoods and small towns. Only some of those monsters are inhuman. On another TV show, this basic plot might last for a full season, culminating in the group locating Montrose and a dramatic confrontation in a giant creepy mansion. But Lovecraft Country gives you the feeling it’s got no time to waste on such dramatics, so instead the story unfolds very rapidly, largely dealing with the aftermath of that road trip. The group’s brush with a white supremacist cult has left them entangled in the vague plots of a young witch, Christina (Abbey Lee, whose vibe is very Rory Gilmore meets The Craft), and her creepy pal William (Jordan Patrick Smith, whose vibe is very Draco Malfoy meets Skarsgård). Soon, George’s wifeHippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis), her daughter Diana (Jada Harris), and Lettie’s sister Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku) are all also becoming ensnared in the labyrinthine plots of the cult and its enemies — all while having to deal with much bigger immediate threats like racist neighbors, job discrimination, and violent cops. Lovecraft Country upfronts the realities of Jim Crow racism for its families. George actually edits a fictional version of a Green Book guide for Black travelers which Hippolyta hopes to join him in writing for one day, and they argue about how to tour the country safely while avoiding sundown towns and racist police. The series reminds us again and again that Black Americans have always had to rely on each other for information, help, and protection in a world that was built to ostracize them. These are depictions usually reserved for the segregated South in ’50s- and ’60s-era storytelling; though Lovecraft Country is set within that period, most of it takes place in Chicago and Massachusetts, where racist division was very much alive and well but much harder to navigate because it was so often unseen. It’s rare to see the North’s racism get such a harsh excavation, but it’s an effective use of literal racism as horror. Without the South’s more overt legalized racism, the story’s Black characters have to constantly feel their way through every situation: Any town could be a sundown town, any cop could be a white supremacist, and situations that feel stable could become unstable at any moment. It all adds to Lovecraft Country’s permeating layer of dread. Because Lovecraft Country is airing at a moment when its themes of police brutality and systemic injustice are unfortunately more relevant than they’ve been in years, the hype that has built up around it is the type usually reserved for prestige TV. But while its aims are similar to those of Watchmen, Lovecraft Country is deliberately pulpy. Through the five episodes that HBO has made available for review, the show gambols between various pulp genres like supernatural fantasy à la Lovecraft and Weird Tales, comic books with superpowered heroes and villains, and high tomb-raiding antics out of Edwardian adventure series (think Allan Quatermain or Prisoner of Zenda). Lovecraft Country isn’t just coming for Lovecraft; rather, it’s reclaiming a century of pop literature for Black geeks who never got to be the heroes of those narratives. The show is also repudiatingthe pompous dramatics of its silly cult full of white people trying to something something pure bloodlines, something something existential cosmic terror. Lovecraft, however, remains the central topic of deconstruction. If Lovecraft is obsessed with the omnipresent specters of other races, foreign tongues, and madness, then Lovecraft Country shifts those fears into the point of view of mid-century Black America. Lovecraft’s constant dread of The Other becomes the pervasive threat of whiteness. His terrifying, impenetrable languages become the changing rules and constant hurdles of systemic racism. The strain of avoiding madness becomes the stress of trusting one’s own judgment and experience when reality bends to fit the preferred narrative of white society. Perhaps most crucially, the characters themselves shift, too. Lovecraft’s heroes were always men, usually erudite and educated, who nevertheless stood in terror of confronting the vast cosmic indifference of the universe and realizing they weren’t at the center of it. The plots of his stories always revolved around their unfolding of the mysteries they found themselves in, and often being driven mad because of it. None of these concerns apply to our heroes. As Black men and women, they’re under no illusion that the universe was built for them. They’re much more concerned with basic survival. But their self-awareness also gives them an edge that few of Lovecraft’s characters traditionally possess: They know what kind of story they’re in. Lovecraft Country’s protagonists instantly adapt to the bizarre nature of the supernatural elements around them. Atticus and George are huge fans of weird fiction and horror; they know exactly who and what Lovecraft is and what his stories are about. George’s daughter Diana likewise is a budding superhero artist and writer of comic book sci-fi. They and their families, however reluctantly, know that to survive tropes, you have to subvert them. That allows them to one-up and outwit the dangers that lie in wait for them, whether those dangers come in the form of racist cults, Indiana Jones-style booby traps, or lying cops. They’re tricksters in the truest mythological sense: Their ability to turn the villains’ traps against those villains reveals the traps’ shaky construction. Lovecraft Country isn’t perfect, but it’s perfectly enjoyable The show finds its strongest moments when it layers realism atop metaphorical racism to induce a mounting, increasingly surreal two-fold horror. It’s weaker in terms of connecting those moments back to its overarching plot. But that weakness also feels intentional and refreshing — as if the show is also repudiatingthe pompous dramatics of its silly cult full of white people trying to something something pure bloodlines, something something sorcery, something something existential cosmic terror. Instead, Lovecraft Country allows itself to be more interested in small stuff, like filming an entire scene mostly underwater because it’s really cool, or devoting an entire episode to routing the racists next door because that’s vital to the main characters’ everyday realities. It’s not quite a pastiche or an anthology show, but it has a similar irreverence for the sanctity of an epic drama. And that irreverence is especially valuable in the way it helps the show present in-your-face, omnipresent racism as part of the real landscape of America. Lovecraft Country boasts clever, engaging storytelling, but it has less to do with the genres it’s playing with than one might hope. There are literal references galore to the weird fiction writers Lovecraft drew inspiration from and influenced in turn — but although I recognize there’s still plenty of room for supernatural expansion in future episodes, I found myself wishing the vision of the story was a bit broader. One of the biggest absurdities of Lovecraft is that for all he stood in dread of cosmic terror, the most frightening thing he could imagine emanating from that cosmos was basically a really big squid. By the same token, it’s more than a little disappointing that Lovecraft Country — at least so far — hasn’t done more to expand its imagination about what lurks in the beyond. In its early going, the story remains very faithful to Ruff’s novel, and the encroaching horrors scale up nicely from episode to episode. But the show seems wary of getting too lost in its fantasies, at the risk of downplaying the fact that everyday life for its characters is rarely a daydream. Particularly odd is Lovecraft Country’s squick about sex and sexuality, which is almost always shown as brutal and unpleasant, if not outright rape, a form of rough power play and violence. On a show where families and community are generally shown as the only safe and intimate harbor, however troubled, it’s a discordant note. For the most part, however, Lovecraft Country stays honest and engrossing, the kind of show you trust to iron out its own kinks. And it’s more important, ultimately, that the show never lets its indulgence in fantasy overbalance its keen look at racism in America. The show shrewdly leans into a blunt emphasis on the latter that might have felt over-the-top and hamfisted a decade ago. No matter what, Lovecraft Country’s opening episodes provide an overdue, much-needed perspective shift — a constant reminder that America was always Lovecraft’s country, and many of its citizens are just trying to survive it. Lovecraft Country debuts Sunday, August 16, at 9 pm on HBO. Will you become our 20,000th supporter? When the economy took a downturn in the spring and we started asking readers for financial contributions, we weren’t sure how it would go. Today, we’re humbled to say that nearly 20,000 people have chipped in. The reason is both lovely and surprising: Readers told us that they contribute both because they value explanation and because they value that other people can access it, too. We have always believed that explanatory journalism is vital for a functioning democracy. That’s never been more important than today, during a public health crisis, racial justice protests, a recession, and a presidential election. But our distinctive explanatory journalism is expensive, and advertising alone won’t let us keep creating it at the quality and volume this moment requires. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will help keep Vox free for all. Contribute today from as little as $3.
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President Trump touts NYPD police union endorsement
President Trump took a victory lap Saturday after he received the effusive endorsement of the New York City Police Benevolent Association. In a tweet, Trump also offered a shout out to union boss Pat Lynch. “Thank you to the great Pat Lynch & the @NYCPBA I will never let you down!” he said. “I have...
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NY Post columnist: Kamala Harris is political 'chameleon' with eye on 'Biden's job'
Mainstream media coverage of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as a "moderate" is a "joke, obviously," NY Post columnist Miranda Devine said Saturday
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Man killed in early morning West Village street fight: cops
A man was killed in an early morning street fight in the West Village, police said. A 911 caller reported an assault in front of 82 Christopher Street around 4:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found a 36-year-old man unconscious on the ground. EMS crews took him to Lenox Health Complex, where he was pronounced...
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Postal Service warns states of critical mail-in voting delays
The U.S. Postal Service sent letters to more than 40 states, warning that it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted. Some suggest the Postal Service is being deliberately sabotaged by President Trump, who is promoting the unfounded claim that widespread mail-in voting would lead to fraudulent results. Michael Waldman, the president of the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the USPS' warning.
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How make sure your 2020 mail-in vote is counted
A lot of people have concerns about mail-in voting (is the Postal Service being sabotaged? Will their vote be counted?), and also about the state of American democracy in general.
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Kamala Harris' rise sends message of hope to young girls of color
Kamala Harris' place as a Black and South Asian American woman on the Democratic ticket sends a message to young girls of color that she often projected when she was running her own presidential campaign: "I see you, I hear you."
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Large convention bounces are unlikely In 2020
The major party political conventions have historically been the turning point in many campaigns. In 1988, Democrat Michael Dukakis entered the conventions as the frontrunner, only to leave trailing Republican George H.W. Bush. Four years later, Bush was barely ahead of Democrat Bill Clinton, but Clinton left the conventions with an advantage he never gave up.
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The future of the September issue was already uncertain. Then 2020 happened
In February, just weeks after starting as editor in chief of Marie Claire, Aya Kanai jet-setted to Europe for fashion week in Milan and in Paris. It was there that she started planning the magazine's September issue, considering what trends to highlight in what is heralded as fashion magazines' marquee product.
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Cabinet roles, Senate seats: What could be next for the women Biden didn't choose
Ten of the women Joe Biden interviewed to be his running mate were not selected this week. But the former vice president is keeping their resumes on file.
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New coronavirus surges in Europe throw travelers into chaos
There are now more than 21 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world, and more than 765,000 deaths. As COVID-19 cases climb in some of Europe's key holiday destinations, many travelers are now finding themselves caught in changing travel restrictions. Imtiaz Tyab reports.
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Eye Opener: Democrats ready for all-virtual convention
The Democratic National Convention is set to start next week with an all-virtual slate of speakers. Also, millions of Americans are likely to vote by mail this November, and officials are warning of possible delays. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Prince Harry and wife Meghan move into new California home
Montecito real estate agenct Pippa Davis discusses the royal couple's choice of home. (Aug. 15)       
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How does USPS funding affect the 2020 election?
New York Magazine national correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the politics of the week, including the presumptive democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and President Trump's criticisms of mail-in voting.
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Cop charged in George Floyd case says he "never used" maneuver Derek Chauvin performed on Floyd
Officer Tou Thao, who is being charged with aiding and abetting murder in the George Floyd case, spoke out about his involvement. Thao claims he was merely trying to control the crowd gathered at the scene. Errol Barnett reports.
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Facing Eviction, Residents Of Denmark's 'Ghettos' Are Suing The Government
A sweeping plan to rid the country of immigrant-heavy areas officially designated as "ghettos" is being challenged by residents, as Denmark also begins to grapple with broader questions about racism.
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5 books not to miss: Sara Seager's 'The Smallest Lights in the Universe,' David Joy's 'When These Mountains Burn'
Astrophysicist Sara Seager pens a moving memoir "The Smallest Lights in the Universe," and Rebecca Fleet thrills and chills with "The Second Wife."        
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This day in sports: Mo'ne Davis pitches in 2014 Little League World Series
Taking a look back at memorable sports moments that occurred on Aug. 15, including Mo'ne Davis pitching in the Little League World Series in 2014.
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Opinion: Postal Service slowdown? Pfft. Californians don't need the USPS to cast their ballot safely
Because of years of state election reforms, Californians don't need to worry about being able to cast their ballots this year due to presidential manipulation of the United States Postal Service. Receiving their ballot, though, is another story.
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Defining Fights: UFC 252 headliner Daniel Cormier
Ahead of his main event clash with Miocic at UFC 252, we take a look at six fights that have helped define Cormier’s UFC career.       Related Stories5 burning questions heading into UFC 252UFC 252 breakdown: Will Daniel Cormier's wrestling be the difference in Stipe Miocic trilogy?Video: Relive the top 5 UFC trilogies 
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Column: I wasn't a fan of Kamala Harris. It took President Trump to change my mind
Many Black progressives weren't fans of Kamala Harris. But President Trump's racist attacks have proved exactly why supporting her is necessary.
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A beloved L.A. bakery's fight to survive the coronavirus reminds us to help out places we'd miss
Diamond Bakery on L.A.'s Fairfax Ave. has survived a lot over 74 years. Loyal customers and a GoFundMe campaign hope to carry it through the pandemic.
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Hong Kong journalists harassed, arrested and losing press freedoms under new China law
The raid this week of Apple Daily's newsroom and leadership changes at broadcaster iCable highlight the shrinking space for independent journalism as Beijing exerts more control over a once freewheeling Hong Kong.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space’ on Netflix, an Animated Adventure Aboard the International Space Station
If you don't know what a tardigrade is, you're about to learn the hard way.
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Home of the Week: A playful Venice compound with street-art cred
A warehouse-like compound in Venice features vibrant colors, staircases that evoke fire escapes and artwork by street artist Invader. Asking price: $8.25 million.
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Low-wage workers face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work
Some of the state's largest coronavirus outbreaks have occurred in workplaces, but fear of retaliation is preventing employees from voicing safety concerns, workers and labor organizers say.
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The States With the Most Small Businesses
According to the U.S. Small Business Association, 99.9% of all the businesses in America are small businesses. Find out how your state ranks.
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One of the Real Logan Roys
Edmund Lee joins to talk about Fortnite, statistics, and Sumner Redstone.
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Help! My Date’s Job Is to Make Spam Calls All Day.
She says it’s just a job. I think it’s predatory.
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Heat wave takes over parts of West, Southwest
Roughly one-third of the U.S. is in the grip of a dangerous heat system. Warnings and watches are in effect from the West to the Southern Plains. Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" with more on the nation's weather.
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Coronavirus updates: Thousands gather at motorcycle rally again; more good news for blood plasma treatment; travel restrictions in Europe
South Dakota officials in South Dakota had hoped to conduct mass testing to head off outbreaks associated with large gatherings, but state officials have limit them to people showing symptoms or who were exposed to the virus.       
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Trump amplifies racist birther theory against Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris is taking aim at President Trump's criticisms of mail-in ballots, after Mr. Trump promoted a false and racist conspiracy theory over Harris' eligibility to be on the Democratic ticket as vice presidential nominee in November. Ed O'Keefe dispels the birther claim.
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Postal Service inspector general to probe changes to USPS made by Trump's postmaster general
The Postal Service's inspector general has launched a probe into recent changes at post offices around the country as USPS warns states that mail-in ballots might not arrive on time to be counted. President Trump has rejected emergency funding efforts, insisting without evidence that mail-in voting would lead to election fraud. The move drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers, and even former President Obama, as Mr. Trump addressed a group of police officers at his New Jersey golf resort Friday evening. Weijia Jiang reports.
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Live events workers hold protest in Los Angeles
Members of the live events industry in Southern California held a socially-distanced protest in Los Angeles to raise awareness about their plight, as the coronavirus pandemic affected their sector. (Aug 15)       
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UFC 252 play-by-play and live results (7 p.m. ET)
Check out live play-by-play and official results from UFC 252 in Las Vegas.       Related StoriesDefining Fights: UFC 252 headliner Daniel CormierUFC 252 discussion threadTwitter Mailbag: Does Marlon Vera have a chance against Sean O'Malley? 
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UFC 252 discussion thread
UFC 252 takes place Saturday in Las Vegas, and you can discuss the event here.        Related StoriesTwitter Mailbag: Does Marlon Vera have a chance against Sean O'Malley?Video: A history of faceoffs between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier ahead of UFC 252UFC 252 faceoff highlights: Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier meet one last time before fight 
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Homeless Florida man caught camping out in stadium's luxury suite
A homeless man in Tampa Bay, Florida camped out in a luxury suite at the Tampa Bay Rowdies' Al Lang stadium for nearly two weeks before getting caught Sunday night. 
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