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  • 2/81   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/81   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/81   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/81   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/81   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/81   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/81   Do star athletes make too much money?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 9/81   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 10/81   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 11/81   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 12/81   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 13/81   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 14/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 15/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 16/81   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 17/81   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 18/81   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 19/81   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 20/81   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 21/81   Google Patents Sticky Car Hood to Trap Pedestrians in a Collision

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle.  The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle. The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.


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  • 22/81   Relax, Your Instagram Feed Likely Won't Change Tomorrow

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...


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  • 23/81   'Hack the Pentagon' and get paid legally in new program

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.


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  • 24/81   Elon Musk's Hyperloop Vision Could Be Ready for Passengers by 2018

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California.  One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track.  'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California. One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track. 'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.


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  • 25/81   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 26/81   Man Proposes by Text Message While Stranded at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned.  “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned. “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.


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  • 27/81   Twitter Warns Some Users Over Possible Government Hacking

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter.  In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter. In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.


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  • 28/81   Facebook Notifications Get Even More Personal

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.  The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.  The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day. The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.


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  • 29/81   How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone Battery

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled.  It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain.  Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled. It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain. Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.


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  • 30/81   Armed Robbery Suspect Tries Using Uber as Getaway Car, Police Say

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said.  The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said.  Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said. The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said. Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.


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  • 31/81   Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation.  The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation. The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.


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  • 32/81   Carly Fiorina: Why She Wants Everyone to Throw Out Their Flip Phones

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina.  “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina.  It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina. “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina. It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.


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  • 33/81   How a 'Programming Error' Led to an Oregon Couple's $2 Million Cell Phone Bill

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams.  Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November.  'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams. Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November. 'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.


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  • 34/81   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 35/81   Don't Buy Link Administration Holdings Limited (ASX:LNK) For Its Next Dividend Without Doing These Checks
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...


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  • 36/81   Death of 'Black Panther' star spotlights early-onset colon cancer
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    Actor Chadwick Boseman's death from colon cancer at the age of 43 has highlighted the growing rate of this disease among younger adults, who are often diagnosed at later stages.

    Actor Chadwick Boseman's death from colon cancer at the age of 43 has highlighted the growing rate of this disease among younger adults, who are often diagnosed at later stages.


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  • 37/81   India's Reliance to pay $3.4 bn for Future Group's retail empire
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Indian conglomerate Reliance is acquiring the retail, wholesale and logistics businesses of the Future Group for $3.38 billion, the oil-to-telecoms giant announced late Saturday, strengthening its presence in the country's hugely competitive e-commerce sector.

    Indian conglomerate Reliance is acquiring the retail, wholesale and logistics businesses of the Future Group for $3.38 billion, the oil-to-telecoms giant announced late Saturday, strengthening its presence in the country's hugely competitive e-commerce sector.


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  • 38/81   Is It Smart To Buy Globe International Limited (ASX:GLB) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Readers hoping to buy Globe International Limited (ASX:GLB) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as...

    Readers hoping to buy Globe International Limited (ASX:GLB) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as...


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  • 39/81   Don't Race Out To Buy DWS Limited (ASX:DWS) Just Because It's Going Ex-Dividend
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    DWS Limited (ASX:DWS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. You can purchase shares before the 3rd of...

    DWS Limited (ASX:DWS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. You can purchase shares before the 3rd of...


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  • 40/81   Trump Tours Damage Caused by Hurricane Laura
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    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday surveyed damage in Louisiana and Texas from Hurricane Laura, which slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category Four storm two days earlier.Trump met with first responders, members of the National Guard, city officials and members of Congress in Lake Charles, Louisiana, during about two hours there.With his entourage he walked -- maskless -- through a neighborhood littered with damaged houses, downed trees and toppled power lines. He later traveled on to nearby Orange, Texas, via helicopter, to inspect conditions from air and ground.“I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana,” Trump said in remarks at the Lake Charles Fire Department. “This was a tremendously powerful storm.”The president said that Louisiana had “been through a lot” between the massive hurricane and its Covid-19 outbreak. “You’ve done a great job,” he told John Bel Edwards, the state’s Democratic governor.Edwards said Laura was the most powerful hurricane to strike the state. Hurricane Katrina hit 15 years ago as a Category Three storm, devastating New Orleans and killing over 1,800 people.Trump noted that many residents were without power and therefore also without air conditioning, with temperatures and humidity climbing.“When people get used to air conditioning and all of a sudden they don’t have it, that’s a very traumatic situation,” he said.Among those traveling with Trump from Washington were Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Pete Gaynor, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The president said Gaynor had done “a hell of a job.” FEMA so far has delivered some 2.6 million liters of water and 1.4 million meals to residents displaced by the storm, Trump said.Louisiana lawmakers accompanying Trump included Senator John Kennedy and Representatives Clay Higgins, Steve Scalise and Garret Graves, all Republicans.Trump was greeted in Texas by Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, as well as by Senator Ted Cruz and Representatives Brian Babin and Randy Weber. In Orange he visited the county’s emergency operations center for an update on the government response.Laura made landfall on Thursday morning packing winds of 150 miles per hour, some of the strongest to hit the region in more than a century, and creating a storm surge as high as 15 feet. The death toll in Louisiana and Texas is at least 16, the Associated Press reported. Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without water and power.The storm’s track shifted east at the last moment to strike the region visited by Trump, along the border between the two states, while sparing nearby oil refineries. A chemical fire that broke out in Lake Charles at a KIK Custom Products-owned BioLab facility is now under control.Trump made the trip after the four-day Republican National Convention that ended Thursday, and after holding a rally in New Hampshire on Friday night. He’s criticized his opponent Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, for not appearing more frequently in public.In a statement on Hurricane Laura on Saturday, Biden said “we will come back and we will be there to help you build back better.”(Updates with Trump in Texas from third paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday surveyed damage in Louisiana and Texas from Hurricane Laura, which slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category Four storm two days earlier.Trump met with first responders, members of the National Guard, city officials and members of Congress in Lake Charles, Louisiana, during about two hours there.With his entourage he walked -- maskless -- through a neighborhood littered with damaged houses, downed trees and toppled power lines. He later traveled on to nearby Orange, Texas, via helicopter, to inspect conditions from air and ground.“I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana,” Trump said in remarks at the Lake Charles Fire Department. “This was a tremendously powerful storm.”The president said that Louisiana had “been through a lot” between the massive hurricane and its Covid-19 outbreak. “You’ve done a great job,” he told John Bel Edwards, the state’s Democratic governor.Edwards said Laura was the most powerful hurricane to strike the state. Hurricane Katrina hit 15 years ago as a Category Three storm, devastating New Orleans and killing over 1,800 people.Trump noted that many residents were without power and therefore also without air conditioning, with temperatures and humidity climbing.“When people get used to air conditioning and all of a sudden they don’t have it, that’s a very traumatic situation,” he said.Among those traveling with Trump from Washington were Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Pete Gaynor, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The president said Gaynor had done “a hell of a job.” FEMA so far has delivered some 2.6 million liters of water and 1.4 million meals to residents displaced by the storm, Trump said.Louisiana lawmakers accompanying Trump included Senator John Kennedy and Representatives Clay Higgins, Steve Scalise and Garret Graves, all Republicans.Trump was greeted in Texas by Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, as well as by Senator Ted Cruz and Representatives Brian Babin and Randy Weber. In Orange he visited the county’s emergency operations center for an update on the government response.Laura made landfall on Thursday morning packing winds of 150 miles per hour, some of the strongest to hit the region in more than a century, and creating a storm surge as high as 15 feet. The death toll in Louisiana and Texas is at least 16, the Associated Press reported. Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without water and power.The storm’s track shifted east at the last moment to strike the region visited by Trump, along the border between the two states, while sparing nearby oil refineries. A chemical fire that broke out in Lake Charles at a KIK Custom Products-owned BioLab facility is now under control.Trump made the trip after the four-day Republican National Convention that ended Thursday, and after holding a rally in New Hampshire on Friday night. He’s criticized his opponent Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, for not appearing more frequently in public.In a statement on Hurricane Laura on Saturday, Biden said “we will come back and we will be there to help you build back better.”(Updates with Trump in Texas from third paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 41/81   New Jersey mayor rescinds $2,500 police overtime bill sent to student who organized BLM protest
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    After holding the protest in July, Emily Gil received a letter from Mayor Mario Kranjac saying she owed $2,499.26 for police overtime.

    After holding the protest in July, Emily Gil received a letter from Mayor Mario Kranjac saying she owed $2,499.26 for police overtime.


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  • 42/81   2 officers fired tasers at Jacob Blake before he was shot
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    Two other officers at the scene were identified as Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek.

    Two other officers at the scene were identified as Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek.


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  • 43/81   Michael Moore warns that Donald Trump is on course to repeat 2016 win
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    Film-maker says enthusiasm for president in swing states is ‘off the charts’ and urges everyone to commit to getting 100 people to voteThe documentary film-maker Michael Moore has warned that Donald Trump appears to have such momentum in some battleground states that liberals risk a repeat of 2016 when so many wrote off Trump only to see him grab the White House.“Sorry to have to provide the reality check again,” he said.Moore, who was one of few political observers to predict Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, said that “enthusiasm for Trump is off the charts” in key areas compared with the Democratic party nominee, Joe Biden.“Are you ready for a Trump victory? Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again? Do you find comfort in your certainty that there is no way Trump can win? Are you content with the trust you’ve placed in the DNC [Democratic National Committee] to pull this off?” Moore posted on Facebook late on Friday.Moore identified opinion polling in battleground states such as Minnesota and Michigan to make a case that the sitting president is running alongside or ahead of his rival.“The Biden campaign just announced he’ll be visiting a number of states – but not Michigan. Sound familiar?” Moore wrote, presumably indicating Hillary Clinton’s 2016 race when she made the error of avoiding some states that then swung to Trump.“I’m warning you almost 10 weeks in advance. The enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump’s base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much,” he later added.He continued to voters: “Don’t leave it to the Democrats to get rid of Trump. YOU have to get rid of Trump. WE have to wake up every day for the next 67 days and make sure each of us are going to get a hundred people out to vote. ACT NOW!”Moore cited CNN polling of registered voters this month to assert that “Biden and Trump were in a virtual tie”, including a poll that showed the pair tied at 47% in Minnesota. Moore said that Trump “has closed the gap to 4 points” in Michigan.A national CNN poll this month showed that Biden’s lead over Trump has narrowed nationally, 50% to 46%, while a survey from the Republican-leaning Trafalgar Group found Biden and Trump statistically tied at 47% in Minnesota, and Trump narrowly leading Biden in Michigan. The margin of error for the poll, which surveyed 1,048 people, is 2.98%.Moore, a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders’s leftwing candidacy, warned in October 2016 that “Trump’s election is going to be the biggest ‘f*** you’ ever recorded in human history – and it will feel good,” even as Clinton appeared to be sailing to victory.“Whether Trump means it or not is kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting, and that’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle class loves Trump,” Moore warned at that time.Moore’s latest warnings come as Trump said at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday night that he supported seeing the first female president of the United States, but recommended his daughter over the Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris.“They’re all saying ‘we want Ivanka,’” Trump told his supporters. “I don’t blame them.”

    Film-maker says enthusiasm for president in swing states is ‘off the charts’ and urges everyone to commit to getting 100 people to voteThe documentary film-maker Michael Moore has warned that Donald Trump appears to have such momentum in some battleground states that liberals risk a repeat of 2016 when so many wrote off Trump only to see him grab the White House.“Sorry to have to provide the reality check again,” he said.Moore, who was one of few political observers to predict Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, said that “enthusiasm for Trump is off the charts” in key areas compared with the Democratic party nominee, Joe Biden.“Are you ready for a Trump victory? Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again? Do you find comfort in your certainty that there is no way Trump can win? Are you content with the trust you’ve placed in the DNC [Democratic National Committee] to pull this off?” Moore posted on Facebook late on Friday.Moore identified opinion polling in battleground states such as Minnesota and Michigan to make a case that the sitting president is running alongside or ahead of his rival.“The Biden campaign just announced he’ll be visiting a number of states – but not Michigan. Sound familiar?” Moore wrote, presumably indicating Hillary Clinton’s 2016 race when she made the error of avoiding some states that then swung to Trump.“I’m warning you almost 10 weeks in advance. The enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump’s base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much,” he later added.He continued to voters: “Don’t leave it to the Democrats to get rid of Trump. YOU have to get rid of Trump. WE have to wake up every day for the next 67 days and make sure each of us are going to get a hundred people out to vote. ACT NOW!”Moore cited CNN polling of registered voters this month to assert that “Biden and Trump were in a virtual tie”, including a poll that showed the pair tied at 47% in Minnesota. Moore said that Trump “has closed the gap to 4 points” in Michigan.A national CNN poll this month showed that Biden’s lead over Trump has narrowed nationally, 50% to 46%, while a survey from the Republican-leaning Trafalgar Group found Biden and Trump statistically tied at 47% in Minnesota, and Trump narrowly leading Biden in Michigan. The margin of error for the poll, which surveyed 1,048 people, is 2.98%.Moore, a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders’s leftwing candidacy, warned in October 2016 that “Trump’s election is going to be the biggest ‘f*** you’ ever recorded in human history – and it will feel good,” even as Clinton appeared to be sailing to victory.“Whether Trump means it or not is kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting, and that’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle class loves Trump,” Moore warned at that time.Moore’s latest warnings come as Trump said at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday night that he supported seeing the first female president of the United States, but recommended his daughter over the Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris.“They’re all saying ‘we want Ivanka,’” Trump told his supporters. “I don’t blame them.”


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  • 44/81   Derek Chauvin, former officer accused in George Floyd's death, wants murder charges dismissed
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    Attorneys for Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis officer accused of killing George Floyd, have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him.

    Attorneys for Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis officer accused of killing George Floyd, have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him.


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  • 45/81   Protests erupt at Portland police building, mayor's condo
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    Fires set outside a police union building that's a frequent site for protests in Portland, Oregon, prompted police to declare a riot early Saturday and detain several demonstrators.  An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and other debris that was laid against the door of the Portland Police Association building, police said in a statement.  As officers approached to move demonstrators away from the building and extinguish the fire, objects including rocks were thrown at them, police said.

    Fires set outside a police union building that's a frequent site for protests in Portland, Oregon, prompted police to declare a riot early Saturday and detain several demonstrators. An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and other debris that was laid against the door of the Portland Police Association building, police said in a statement. As officers approached to move demonstrators away from the building and extinguish the fire, objects including rocks were thrown at them, police said.


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  • 46/81   Sarah Palin can sue New York Times for defamation: court ruling
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    A federal judge on Friday rejected the New York Times' bid to dismiss Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit over a 2017 editorial she said falsely linked her to a mass shooting.  U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said that while much of Palin's case was circumstantial, it was strong enough for a jury to find the Times and former editorial page editor James Bennet acted with 'actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.'  Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, sued over a June 14, 2017 editorial published after an Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that wounded four people, including then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

    A federal judge on Friday rejected the New York Times' bid to dismiss Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit over a 2017 editorial she said falsely linked her to a mass shooting. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said that while much of Palin's case was circumstantial, it was strong enough for a jury to find the Times and former editorial page editor James Bennet acted with 'actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.' Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, sued over a June 14, 2017 editorial published after an Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that wounded four people, including then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.


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  • 47/81   Arrest made after firefighter’s wallet stolen as he battled wildfires, CA officials say
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    The thief drained the bank account of the firefighter after the wallet was lifted from his vehicle. officials said.

    The thief drained the bank account of the firefighter after the wallet was lifted from his vehicle. officials said.


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  • 48/81   Stolen Fortnite accounts are being sold on the black market for hundreds of dollars
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    Hackers are using tools that allow them to see if login credentials from past data breaches allow them access to Fortnite accounts.

    Hackers are using tools that allow them to see if login credentials from past data breaches allow them access to Fortnite accounts.


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  • 49/81   6 health benefits of turmeric and how to add it to your diet
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    Most of turmeric's health benefits come from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can potentially ward off heart disease.

    Most of turmeric's health benefits come from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can potentially ward off heart disease.


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  • 50/81   China arrests 12 fleeing Hong Kong by speedboat: city police
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    A dozen people fleeing Hong Kong on a speedboat, including an activist arrested under the draconian new national security law, have been captured by China, police in the city said Friday.

    A dozen people fleeing Hong Kong on a speedboat, including an activist arrested under the draconian new national security law, have been captured by China, police in the city said Friday.


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  • 51/81   What we know about the career of the officer who shot Jacob Blake
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    Rusten Sheskey said in an August 2019 interview that what he likes most about police work "is that you're dealing with people on perhaps the worst day of their lives and you can try and help them."

    Rusten Sheskey said in an August 2019 interview that what he likes most about police work "is that you're dealing with people on perhaps the worst day of their lives and you can try and help them."


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  • 52/81   A Hilton resort in Fort Lauderdale uses bright lights. It may have killed sea turtles
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    Two conservation groups said they plan to sue a Hilton resort in Fort Lauderdale Beach for using outdoor lighting that harms and disorients protected sea turtles, which violates the Endangered Species Act.

    Two conservation groups said they plan to sue a Hilton resort in Fort Lauderdale Beach for using outdoor lighting that harms and disorients protected sea turtles, which violates the Endangered Species Act.


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  • 53/81   Dramatic last-second launch abort grounds spy satellite
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    The "hot-fire abort" derailed plans for three launches in just two days from Florida's Space Coast.

    The "hot-fire abort" derailed plans for three launches in just two days from Florida's Space Coast.


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  • 54/81   Amazon fires: Are they worse this year than before?
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    Blazes are continuing to rage in the Amazon rainforest, despite the Brazilian president's fire ban.

    Blazes are continuing to rage in the Amazon rainforest, despite the Brazilian president's fire ban.


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  • 55/81   The Climate Legacy of Racist Housing Policies
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    RICHMOND, Va. -- On a hot summer's day, the neighborhood of Gilpin quickly becomes one of the most sweltering parts of Richmond.There are few trees along the sidewalks to shield people from the sun's relentless glare. More than 2,000 residents, mostly Black, live in low-income public housing that lacks central air conditioning. Many front yards are paved with concrete, which absorbs and traps heat. The ZIP code has among the highest rates of heat-related ambulance calls in the city.There are places like Gilpin all across the United States. In cities like Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Portland and New York, neighborhoods that are poorer and have more residents of color can be 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in summer than wealthier, whiter parts of the same city.And there's growing evidence that this is no coincidence. In the 20th century, local and federal officials, usually white, enacted policies that reinforced racial segregation in cities and diverted investment away from minority neighborhoods in ways that created large disparities in the urban heat environment.The consequences are being felt today.To escape the heat, Sparkle Veronica Taylor, a 40-year-old Gilpin resident, often walks with her two young boys more than a half-hour across Richmond to a tree-lined park in a wealthier neighborhood. Her local playground lacks shade, leaving the gyms and slides to bake in the sun. The trek is grueling in summer temperatures that regularly soar past 95 degrees, but it's worth it to find a cooler play area, she said."The heat gets really intense, I'm just zapped of energy by the end of the day," said Taylor, who doesn't own a car. "But once we get to that park, I'm struck by how green the space is. I feel calmer, better able to breathe. Walking through different neighborhoods, there's a stark difference between places that have lots of greenery and places that don't."To understand why many cities have such large heat disparities, researchers are looking closer at historical practices like redlining.In the 1930s, the federal government created maps of hundreds of cities, rating the riskiness of different neighborhoods for real estate investment by grading them "best," "still desirable," "declining" or "hazardous." Race played a defining role: Black and immigrant neighborhoods were typically rated "hazardous" and outlined in red, denoting a perilous place to lend money. For decades, people in redlined areas were denied access to federally backed mortgages and other credit, fueling a cycle of disinvestment.In 2016, these old redlining maps were digitized by historians at the University of Richmond. Researchers comparing them to today's cities have spotted striking patterns.Across more than 100 cities, a recent study found, formerly redlined neighborhoods are today 5 degrees hotter in summer, on average, than areas once favored for housing loans, with some cities seeing differences as large as 12 degrees. Redlined neighborhoods, which remain lower-income and more likely to have Black or Hispanic residents, consistently have far fewer trees and parks that help cool the air. They also have more paved surfaces, such as asphalt lots or nearby highways, that absorb and radiate heat."It's uncanny how often we see this pattern," said Vivek Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and a co-author of the study. "It tells us we really need to better understand what was going on in the past to create these land-use patterns."Heat is the nation's deadliest weather disaster, killing as many as 12,000 people a year. Now, as global warming brings ever more intense heat waves, cities like Richmond are drawing up plans to adapt -- and confronting a historical legacy that has left communities of color far more vulnerable to heat.A Redlined Past, a Hotter FutureThe appraisers in Richmond were transparent in their racism as they mapped the city in the 1930s as part of a Depression-era federal program to rescue the nation's collapsing housing markets.Every Black neighborhood, no matter its income level, was outlined in red and deemed a "hazardous" area for housing loans. The appraisers' notes made clear that race was a key factor in giving these neighborhoods the lowest grade.One part of town was outlined in yellow and rated as "declining" because, the appraisers wrote, Black families sometimes walked through.By contrast, white neighborhoods, described as containing "respectable people," were often outlined in blue and green and were subsequently favored for investment.Richmond, like many cities, was already segregated before the 1930s by racial zoning laws and restrictive covenants that barred Black families from moving into white neighborhoods. But the redlining maps, economists have found, deepened patterns of racial inequality in cities nationwide in ways that reverberated for decades. White families could more easily get loans and federal assistance to buy homes, building wealth to pass on to their children. Black families, all too often, could not.That inequity likely influenced urban heat patterns, too. Neighborhoods with white homeowners had more clout to lobby city governments for tree-lined sidewalks and parks. In Black neighborhoods, homeownership declined, and landlords rarely invested in green space. City planners also targeted redlined areas as cheap land for new industries, highways, warehouses and public housing, built with lots of heat-absorbing asphalt and little cooling vegetation.Disparities in access to housing finance "created a snowball effect that compounded over generations," said Nathan Connolly, a historian at Johns Hopkins who helped digitize the maps. Redlining wasn't the only factor driving racial inequality, but the maps offer a visible symbol of how federal policies codified housing discrimination.Congress outlawed redlining by the 1970s. But the practice has left lasting marks on cities.Neighborhoods to Richmond's west that were deemed desirable for investment, outlined in green on the old maps, remain wealthier and predominantly white, with trees and parks covering 42% of the land. Neighborhoods in Richmond's east and south that were once redlined are still poorer and majority Black, with much lower rates of homeownership and green space covering just 12% of the surface.These patterns largely persisted through cycles of white flight to the suburbs and, more recently, gentrification.Today, Richmond's formerly redlined neighborhoods are, on average, 5 degrees hotter on a summer day than greenlined neighborhoods, satellite analyses reveal. Some of the hottest areas, like the Gilpin neighborhood, can see temperatures 15 degrees higher than wealthier, whiter parts of town.Even small differences in heat can be dangerous, scientists have found. During a heat wave, every 1 degree increase in temperature can increase the risk of dying by 2.5%. Higher temperatures can strain the heart and make breathing more difficult, increasing hospitalization rates for cardiac arrest and respiratory diseases like asthma. Richmond's four hottest ZIP codes all have the city's highest rates of heat-related emergency-room visits.Few neighborhoods in Richmond have been as radically reshaped as Gilpin. In the early 20th century, Gilpin was part of Jackson Ward, a thriving area known as "Black Wall Street" and the cultural heart of the city's African American middle class, a place where people came to see Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald perform.But with redlining in the 1930s, Jackson Ward fell into decline. Black residents had a tougher time obtaining mortgages, and property values deteriorated. In the 1940s, the city embarked on "slum clearance" projects, razing acres of properties and replacing them with Richmond's first segregated public housing project, Gilpin Court, a set of austere, barracks-style buildings that were not designed with heat in mind.A decade later, over the objections of residents, Virginia's state government decided to build a new federal highway right through the neighborhood, destroying thousands of homes and isolating Gilpin.Today, Gilpin's community pool sits empty, unfixed by the city for years. Cinder block walls bake in the sun, unshaded by trees. While city officials and local utilities have provided many people with window air conditioners, residents said they often aren't enough, and old electric wiring means blown fuses are common."The air conditioning unit in my bedroom runs 24/7," said Taylor, the 40-year-old mother of two. "Air circulation is poor up here on the upper level of where I live."Gilpin is grappling with a mix of heat and poverty that illustrates how global warming can compound inequality.Sherrell Thompson, a community health worker in Gilpin, said residents have high rates of asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, all conditions that can be worsened by heat. They are also exposed to air pollution from the six-lane highway next door.There are no doctor's offices nearby or grocery stores selling fresh produce, which means that people without cars face further health challenges in the heat."It becomes a whole circle of issues," Thompson said. "If you want to find any kind of healthy food, you need to walk at least a mile or catch two buses. If you have asthma but it's 103 degrees out and you're not feeling well enough to catch three buses to see your primary care physician, what do you do?"In Gilpin, the average life expectancy is 63 years. Just a short drive over the James River sits Westover Hills, a largely white, middle-income neighborhood that greets visitors with rows of massive oak trees spreading their leaves over quiet boulevards. Life expectancy there is 83 years.A broad array of socioeconomic factors drives this gap, but it is made worse by heat. Researchers have found that excess heat and a lack of green space can affect mental well-being and increase anxiety. Without parks or shady outdoor areas to gather, people are more likely to be isolated indoors during the summer, a dynamic worsened by the coronavirus pandemic."Especially when there's no green space nearby, the heat traps people in their homes," said Tevin Moore, 22, who grew up in Richmond's formerly redlined East End. "The heat definitely messes with you psychologically; people get frustrated over every little thing."Confronting Racial InequalityNationwide, the pattern is consistent: Neighborhoods that were once redlined see more extreme heat in the summer than those that weren't. But every city has its own story.In Denver, formerly redlined neighborhoods tend to have more Hispanic than Black residents today, but they remain hotter: Parks were intentionally placed in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods that then blocked construction of affordable housing nearby even after racial segregation was banned. In Baltimore, polluting industries were more likely to be located near communities of color. In Portland, zoning rules allowed multifamily apartment buildings to cover the entire lot and be built without any green space, a practice the city only recently changed.The problem worsens as global warming increases the number of hot days nationwide.Today, the Richmond area can expect about 43 days per year with temperatures of at least 90 degrees. By 2089, climate models suggest, the number of very hot days could double. "All of a sudden you're sitting on top of really unlivable temperatures," said Jeremy Hoffman, chief scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and a co-author of the redlining study.For years, cities across the United States rarely thought about racial equity when designing their climate plans, which meant that climate protection measures, like green roofs on buildings, often disproportionately benefited whiter, wealthier residents. That's slowly starting to change.In Houston, officials recently passed an ordinance to prioritize disadvantaged neighborhoods for flood protection. Minneapolis and Portland are reworking zoning to allow denser, more affordable housing to be built in desirable neighborhoods. Denver has passed a new sales tax to fund parks and tree-planting, and city officials say they would like to add more green space in historically redlined areas.And in Richmond, a city in the midst of a major reckoning with its racist past, where crowds this summer tore down Confederate monuments and protested police brutality, officials are paying much closer attention to racial inequality as they draw up plans to adapt to global warming. The city has launched a new mapping tool that shows in detail how heat and flooding can disproportionately harm communities of color."We can see that racial equity and climate equity are inherently entwined, and we need to take that into account when we're building our capacity to prepare," said Alicia Zatcoff, the city's sustainability manager. "It's a new frontier in climate action planning, and there aren't a lot of cities that have really done it yet."Officials in Richmond's sustainability office are currently engaged in an intensive listening process with neighborhoods on the front lines of global warming to hear their concerns, as they work to put racial equity at the core of their climate action and resilience plan. Doing so "can mean confronting some very uncomfortable history," Zatcoff said. But "the more proponents there are of doing the work this way, the better off we'll all be for it."To start, the city has announced a goal of ensuring that everyone in Richmond is within a 10-minute walk of a park, working with the Science Museum of Virginia and community partners to identify city-owned properties in vulnerable neighborhoods that can be converted into green space. It's the city's first large-scale greening project since the 1970s.Green space can be transformative. Trees can cool down neighborhoods by several degrees during a heat wave, studies show, helping to lower electric bills as well as the risk of death. When planted near roads, trees can help filter air pollution. The presence of green space can even reduce stress levels for people living nearby.And trees have another climate benefit: Unlike paved surfaces, they can soak up water in their roots, reducing flooding during downpours.A few years ago, in Richmond's formerly redlined Southside, local nonprofits and residents sought to address the lack of green space and grocery stores by building a new community garden, a triangular park with a shaded veranda and fruit trees. "Almost instantly, the garden became a community space," said Duron Chavis of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which backed the effort. "We have people holding cookouts; people doing yoga and meditation here; they can get to know their neighbors. It reduces social isolation."Richmond's long-term master plan, a draft of which was released in June, calls for increasing tree canopy in the hottest neighborhoods, redesigning buildings to increase air flow, reducing the number of paved lots and using more light-colored pavement to reflect the sun's energy. The plan explicitly mentions redlining as one of the historical forces that has shaped the city."Even people who don't believe institutionalized racism are struck when we show them these maps," said Cate Mingoya, director of capacity building at Groundwork USA, which has been highlighting links between redlining and heat in cities like Richmond. "We didn't get here by accident, and we're not going to get it fixed by accident."Still, the challenges are immense. Cities often face tight budgets, particularly as revenues have declined amid the coronavirus pandemic.And tree-planting can be politically charged. Some researchers have warned that building new parks and planting trees in lower-income neighborhoods of color can often accelerate gentrification, displacing longtime residents. In Richmond, city officials say they are looking to address this by building additional affordable housing alongside new green space.Richmond's draft master plan envisions building a park over Routes I-95 and I-64 to reconnect Gilpin with historical Jackson Ward, as well as redeveloping the public housing complex into a more walkable mixed-income neighborhood. That plan is not imminent, but local activists fear residents could eventually be priced out of this newer, greener area."My worry is that they won't build that park until the people who currently live here are removed," said Arthur Burton, director of the Kinfolk Community Empowerment Center, who has been working to build community gardens in historically redlined areas like Gilpin.While many are optimistic about Richmond's efforts to focus on racial equity, they warn there's still much work to be done to undo disparities built up over many decades. Inequality in housing, incomes, health and education "all make a difference when we're talking about vulnerability to climate change," said Rob Jones, executive director of Groundwork USA's Richmond chapter. "Greening the built environment is absolutely important," he said, "but it's only a start."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    RICHMOND, Va. -- On a hot summer's day, the neighborhood of Gilpin quickly becomes one of the most sweltering parts of Richmond.There are few trees along the sidewalks to shield people from the sun's relentless glare. More than 2,000 residents, mostly Black, live in low-income public housing that lacks central air conditioning. Many front yards are paved with concrete, which absorbs and traps heat. The ZIP code has among the highest rates of heat-related ambulance calls in the city.There are places like Gilpin all across the United States. In cities like Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Portland and New York, neighborhoods that are poorer and have more residents of color can be 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in summer than wealthier, whiter parts of the same city.And there's growing evidence that this is no coincidence. In the 20th century, local and federal officials, usually white, enacted policies that reinforced racial segregation in cities and diverted investment away from minority neighborhoods in ways that created large disparities in the urban heat environment.The consequences are being felt today.To escape the heat, Sparkle Veronica Taylor, a 40-year-old Gilpin resident, often walks with her two young boys more than a half-hour across Richmond to a tree-lined park in a wealthier neighborhood. Her local playground lacks shade, leaving the gyms and slides to bake in the sun. The trek is grueling in summer temperatures that regularly soar past 95 degrees, but it's worth it to find a cooler play area, she said."The heat gets really intense, I'm just zapped of energy by the end of the day," said Taylor, who doesn't own a car. "But once we get to that park, I'm struck by how green the space is. I feel calmer, better able to breathe. Walking through different neighborhoods, there's a stark difference between places that have lots of greenery and places that don't."To understand why many cities have such large heat disparities, researchers are looking closer at historical practices like redlining.In the 1930s, the federal government created maps of hundreds of cities, rating the riskiness of different neighborhoods for real estate investment by grading them "best," "still desirable," "declining" or "hazardous." Race played a defining role: Black and immigrant neighborhoods were typically rated "hazardous" and outlined in red, denoting a perilous place to lend money. For decades, people in redlined areas were denied access to federally backed mortgages and other credit, fueling a cycle of disinvestment.In 2016, these old redlining maps were digitized by historians at the University of Richmond. Researchers comparing them to today's cities have spotted striking patterns.Across more than 100 cities, a recent study found, formerly redlined neighborhoods are today 5 degrees hotter in summer, on average, than areas once favored for housing loans, with some cities seeing differences as large as 12 degrees. Redlined neighborhoods, which remain lower-income and more likely to have Black or Hispanic residents, consistently have far fewer trees and parks that help cool the air. They also have more paved surfaces, such as asphalt lots or nearby highways, that absorb and radiate heat."It's uncanny how often we see this pattern," said Vivek Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and a co-author of the study. "It tells us we really need to better understand what was going on in the past to create these land-use patterns."Heat is the nation's deadliest weather disaster, killing as many as 12,000 people a year. Now, as global warming brings ever more intense heat waves, cities like Richmond are drawing up plans to adapt -- and confronting a historical legacy that has left communities of color far more vulnerable to heat.A Redlined Past, a Hotter FutureThe appraisers in Richmond were transparent in their racism as they mapped the city in the 1930s as part of a Depression-era federal program to rescue the nation's collapsing housing markets.Every Black neighborhood, no matter its income level, was outlined in red and deemed a "hazardous" area for housing loans. The appraisers' notes made clear that race was a key factor in giving these neighborhoods the lowest grade.One part of town was outlined in yellow and rated as "declining" because, the appraisers wrote, Black families sometimes walked through.By contrast, white neighborhoods, described as containing "respectable people," were often outlined in blue and green and were subsequently favored for investment.Richmond, like many cities, was already segregated before the 1930s by racial zoning laws and restrictive covenants that barred Black families from moving into white neighborhoods. But the redlining maps, economists have found, deepened patterns of racial inequality in cities nationwide in ways that reverberated for decades. White families could more easily get loans and federal assistance to buy homes, building wealth to pass on to their children. Black families, all too often, could not.That inequity likely influenced urban heat patterns, too. Neighborhoods with white homeowners had more clout to lobby city governments for tree-lined sidewalks and parks. In Black neighborhoods, homeownership declined, and landlords rarely invested in green space. City planners also targeted redlined areas as cheap land for new industries, highways, warehouses and public housing, built with lots of heat-absorbing asphalt and little cooling vegetation.Disparities in access to housing finance "created a snowball effect that compounded over generations," said Nathan Connolly, a historian at Johns Hopkins who helped digitize the maps. Redlining wasn't the only factor driving racial inequality, but the maps offer a visible symbol of how federal policies codified housing discrimination.Congress outlawed redlining by the 1970s. But the practice has left lasting marks on cities.Neighborhoods to Richmond's west that were deemed desirable for investment, outlined in green on the old maps, remain wealthier and predominantly white, with trees and parks covering 42% of the land. Neighborhoods in Richmond's east and south that were once redlined are still poorer and majority Black, with much lower rates of homeownership and green space covering just 12% of the surface.These patterns largely persisted through cycles of white flight to the suburbs and, more recently, gentrification.Today, Richmond's formerly redlined neighborhoods are, on average, 5 degrees hotter on a summer day than greenlined neighborhoods, satellite analyses reveal. Some of the hottest areas, like the Gilpin neighborhood, can see temperatures 15 degrees higher than wealthier, whiter parts of town.Even small differences in heat can be dangerous, scientists have found. During a heat wave, every 1 degree increase in temperature can increase the risk of dying by 2.5%. Higher temperatures can strain the heart and make breathing more difficult, increasing hospitalization rates for cardiac arrest and respiratory diseases like asthma. Richmond's four hottest ZIP codes all have the city's highest rates of heat-related emergency-room visits.Few neighborhoods in Richmond have been as radically reshaped as Gilpin. In the early 20th century, Gilpin was part of Jackson Ward, a thriving area known as "Black Wall Street" and the cultural heart of the city's African American middle class, a place where people came to see Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald perform.But with redlining in the 1930s, Jackson Ward fell into decline. Black residents had a tougher time obtaining mortgages, and property values deteriorated. In the 1940s, the city embarked on "slum clearance" projects, razing acres of properties and replacing them with Richmond's first segregated public housing project, Gilpin Court, a set of austere, barracks-style buildings that were not designed with heat in mind.A decade later, over the objections of residents, Virginia's state government decided to build a new federal highway right through the neighborhood, destroying thousands of homes and isolating Gilpin.Today, Gilpin's community pool sits empty, unfixed by the city for years. Cinder block walls bake in the sun, unshaded by trees. While city officials and local utilities have provided many people with window air conditioners, residents said they often aren't enough, and old electric wiring means blown fuses are common."The air conditioning unit in my bedroom runs 24/7," said Taylor, the 40-year-old mother of two. "Air circulation is poor up here on the upper level of where I live."Gilpin is grappling with a mix of heat and poverty that illustrates how global warming can compound inequality.Sherrell Thompson, a community health worker in Gilpin, said residents have high rates of asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, all conditions that can be worsened by heat. They are also exposed to air pollution from the six-lane highway next door.There are no doctor's offices nearby or grocery stores selling fresh produce, which means that people without cars face further health challenges in the heat."It becomes a whole circle of issues," Thompson said. "If you want to find any kind of healthy food, you need to walk at least a mile or catch two buses. If you have asthma but it's 103 degrees out and you're not feeling well enough to catch three buses to see your primary care physician, what do you do?"In Gilpin, the average life expectancy is 63 years. Just a short drive over the James River sits Westover Hills, a largely white, middle-income neighborhood that greets visitors with rows of massive oak trees spreading their leaves over quiet boulevards. Life expectancy there is 83 years.A broad array of socioeconomic factors drives this gap, but it is made worse by heat. Researchers have found that excess heat and a lack of green space can affect mental well-being and increase anxiety. Without parks or shady outdoor areas to gather, people are more likely to be isolated indoors during the summer, a dynamic worsened by the coronavirus pandemic."Especially when there's no green space nearby, the heat traps people in their homes," said Tevin Moore, 22, who grew up in Richmond's formerly redlined East End. "The heat definitely messes with you psychologically; people get frustrated over every little thing."Confronting Racial InequalityNationwide, the pattern is consistent: Neighborhoods that were once redlined see more extreme heat in the summer than those that weren't. But every city has its own story.In Denver, formerly redlined neighborhoods tend to have more Hispanic than Black residents today, but they remain hotter: Parks were intentionally placed in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods that then blocked construction of affordable housing nearby even after racial segregation was banned. In Baltimore, polluting industries were more likely to be located near communities of color. In Portland, zoning rules allowed multifamily apartment buildings to cover the entire lot and be built without any green space, a practice the city only recently changed.The problem worsens as global warming increases the number of hot days nationwide.Today, the Richmond area can expect about 43 days per year with temperatures of at least 90 degrees. By 2089, climate models suggest, the number of very hot days could double. "All of a sudden you're sitting on top of really unlivable temperatures," said Jeremy Hoffman, chief scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and a co-author of the redlining study.For years, cities across the United States rarely thought about racial equity when designing their climate plans, which meant that climate protection measures, like green roofs on buildings, often disproportionately benefited whiter, wealthier residents. That's slowly starting to change.In Houston, officials recently passed an ordinance to prioritize disadvantaged neighborhoods for flood protection. Minneapolis and Portland are reworking zoning to allow denser, more affordable housing to be built in desirable neighborhoods. Denver has passed a new sales tax to fund parks and tree-planting, and city officials say they would like to add more green space in historically redlined areas.And in Richmond, a city in the midst of a major reckoning with its racist past, where crowds this summer tore down Confederate monuments and protested police brutality, officials are paying much closer attention to racial inequality as they draw up plans to adapt to global warming. The city has launched a new mapping tool that shows in detail how heat and flooding can disproportionately harm communities of color."We can see that racial equity and climate equity are inherently entwined, and we need to take that into account when we're building our capacity to prepare," said Alicia Zatcoff, the city's sustainability manager. "It's a new frontier in climate action planning, and there aren't a lot of cities that have really done it yet."Officials in Richmond's sustainability office are currently engaged in an intensive listening process with neighborhoods on the front lines of global warming to hear their concerns, as they work to put racial equity at the core of their climate action and resilience plan. Doing so "can mean confronting some very uncomfortable history," Zatcoff said. But "the more proponents there are of doing the work this way, the better off we'll all be for it."To start, the city has announced a goal of ensuring that everyone in Richmond is within a 10-minute walk of a park, working with the Science Museum of Virginia and community partners to identify city-owned properties in vulnerable neighborhoods that can be converted into green space. It's the city's first large-scale greening project since the 1970s.Green space can be transformative. Trees can cool down neighborhoods by several degrees during a heat wave, studies show, helping to lower electric bills as well as the risk of death. When planted near roads, trees can help filter air pollution. The presence of green space can even reduce stress levels for people living nearby.And trees have another climate benefit: Unlike paved surfaces, they can soak up water in their roots, reducing flooding during downpours.A few years ago, in Richmond's formerly redlined Southside, local nonprofits and residents sought to address the lack of green space and grocery stores by building a new community garden, a triangular park with a shaded veranda and fruit trees. "Almost instantly, the garden became a community space," said Duron Chavis of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which backed the effort. "We have people holding cookouts; people doing yoga and meditation here; they can get to know their neighbors. It reduces social isolation."Richmond's long-term master plan, a draft of which was released in June, calls for increasing tree canopy in the hottest neighborhoods, redesigning buildings to increase air flow, reducing the number of paved lots and using more light-colored pavement to reflect the sun's energy. The plan explicitly mentions redlining as one of the historical forces that has shaped the city."Even people who don't believe institutionalized racism are struck when we show them these maps," said Cate Mingoya, director of capacity building at Groundwork USA, which has been highlighting links between redlining and heat in cities like Richmond. "We didn't get here by accident, and we're not going to get it fixed by accident."Still, the challenges are immense. Cities often face tight budgets, particularly as revenues have declined amid the coronavirus pandemic.And tree-planting can be politically charged. Some researchers have warned that building new parks and planting trees in lower-income neighborhoods of color can often accelerate gentrification, displacing longtime residents. In Richmond, city officials say they are looking to address this by building additional affordable housing alongside new green space.Richmond's draft master plan envisions building a park over Routes I-95 and I-64 to reconnect Gilpin with historical Jackson Ward, as well as redeveloping the public housing complex into a more walkable mixed-income neighborhood. That plan is not imminent, but local activists fear residents could eventually be priced out of this newer, greener area."My worry is that they won't build that park until the people who currently live here are removed," said Arthur Burton, director of the Kinfolk Community Empowerment Center, who has been working to build community gardens in historically redlined areas like Gilpin.While many are optimistic about Richmond's efforts to focus on racial equity, they warn there's still much work to be done to undo disparities built up over many decades. Inequality in housing, incomes, health and education "all make a difference when we're talking about vulnerability to climate change," said Rob Jones, executive director of Groundwork USA's Richmond chapter. "Greening the built environment is absolutely important," he said, "but it's only a start."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 56/81   California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new plan for reopening businesses in the state after COVID-19 cases surged following an initial reopen attempt months earlier
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    "We're going to be more stubborn this time. This is a stringent, but we believe more steady, approach," Newsom said.

    "We're going to be more stubborn this time. This is a stringent, but we believe more steady, approach," Newsom said.


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  • 57/81   Researchers have identified a possible case of COVID-19 reinfection in Nevada, study suggests
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    The first possible case of coronavirus reinfection in the US was reported this week in Nevada after a man tested positive for COVID a second time.

    The first possible case of coronavirus reinfection in the US was reported this week in Nevada after a man tested positive for COVID a second time.


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  • 58/81   With Elon Musk’s help, ‘Three Little Pigs’ demonstrate Neuralink’s brain implant
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    With grudging assistance from a trio of pigs, Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk showed off the startup's state-of-the-art neuron-reading brain implant and announced that the system has received the Food and Drug Administration's preliminary blessing as an experimental medical device. During today's demonstration at Neuralink's headquarters in Fremont, Calif., it took a few minutes for wranglers to get the swine into their proper positions for what Musk called his "Three Little Pigs demonstration." One of the pigs was in her natural state, and roamed unremarkably around her straw-covered pen. Musk said the second pig had been given a brain implant that… Read More

    With grudging assistance from a trio of pigs, Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk showed off the startup's state-of-the-art neuron-reading brain implant and announced that the system has received the Food and Drug Administration's preliminary blessing as an experimental medical device. During today's demonstration at Neuralink's headquarters in Fremont, Calif., it took a few minutes for wranglers to get the swine into their proper positions for what Musk called his "Three Little Pigs demonstration." One of the pigs was in her natural state, and roamed unremarkably around her straw-covered pen. Musk said the second pig had been given a brain implant that… Read More


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  • 59/81   How to make your own hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes
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    As drugstores run low on hand sanitizers and cleansing wipes in response to the novel-coronavirus outbreak, learn how to make your own.

    As drugstores run low on hand sanitizers and cleansing wipes in response to the novel-coronavirus outbreak, learn how to make your own.


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  • 60/81   Why California's wildfire year could be the worst in decades
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    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn.  Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires.  With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.

    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn. Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires. With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.


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  • 61/81   Why California's wildfire year could be the worst in decades
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    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn.  Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires.  With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.

    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn. Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires. With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.


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  • 62/81   California moves to consider reparations for slavery
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    California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police.  The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday.  “Let's be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California,” said Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles.

    California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. “Let's be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California,” said Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles.


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  • 63/81   Algeria's lessons from The Plague in the age of coronavirus
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    Finding parallels between the famous novel and how Algeria is coping with coronavirus amid political upheaval.

    Finding parallels between the famous novel and how Algeria is coping with coronavirus amid political upheaval.


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  • 64/81   Thousands gather in Israel for anti-Netanyahu weekly rallies
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    Thousands of Israelis demonstrated Saturday in Jerusalem in a continuation of summer-long weekend rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces a corruption trial and accusations of mishandling the coronavirus crisis.  Smaller protests also took part in other parts in Israel, including overpasses and outside Netanyahu’s private house in the upscale town of Caesaria.  At the main rally in Jerusalem, protesters gathered at the entrance of the city and marched to Netanyahu’s official residence, holding Israeli flags and black flags symbolizing one of the protest movements.

    Thousands of Israelis demonstrated Saturday in Jerusalem in a continuation of summer-long weekend rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces a corruption trial and accusations of mishandling the coronavirus crisis. Smaller protests also took part in other parts in Israel, including overpasses and outside Netanyahu’s private house in the upscale town of Caesaria. At the main rally in Jerusalem, protesters gathered at the entrance of the city and marched to Netanyahu’s official residence, holding Israeli flags and black flags symbolizing one of the protest movements.


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  • 65/81   Trump's intel chief ends election security briefings to Hill
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    The nation’s top intelligence official has informed Congress that his office will no longer give in-person election security briefings on Capitol Hill, a move that raised concern among lawmakers Saturday about the public’s right to know about foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election.  President Donald Trump said National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe made the decision because the administration 'got tired” of intelligence about election security leaking from Congress.

    The nation’s top intelligence official has informed Congress that his office will no longer give in-person election security briefings on Capitol Hill, a move that raised concern among lawmakers Saturday about the public’s right to know about foreign interference in the upcoming presidential election. President Donald Trump said National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe made the decision because the administration 'got tired” of intelligence about election security leaking from Congress.


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  • 66/81   Biden, aiming at Trump, says he won't use military as 'prop'
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    Joe Biden said on Saturday that as president, he would never use the military “as a prop or private militia” and accused President Donald Trump of employing U.S. forces to settle “personal vendettas' and violate citizens' rights.  The Democratic presidential nominee, in a virtual address to the National Guard Association of the United States' general conference, said Trump recommended 'that you should be deployed to quote, ‘dominate,’ your fellow citizens for exercising their right to peacefully protest.”  “We’re so much better than this,' Biden said.

    Joe Biden said on Saturday that as president, he would never use the military “as a prop or private militia” and accused President Donald Trump of employing U.S. forces to settle “personal vendettas' and violate citizens' rights. The Democratic presidential nominee, in a virtual address to the National Guard Association of the United States' general conference, said Trump recommended 'that you should be deployed to quote, ‘dominate,’ your fellow citizens for exercising their right to peacefully protest.” “We’re so much better than this,' Biden said.


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  • 67/81   Liz Truss to set out ambition for a 'gold standard' trade deal with Australia
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    Liz Truss will this week set out her ambition for a “gold standard” trade deal with Australia which would wipe tariffs on spirits, clothing and cars, as the Government prepares to step up talks next month. The International Trade Secretary will tell MPs that UK officials are intensifying talks as they push for a wide-ranging agreement which includes financial services, telecoms, technology, food and drink. The Government also hopes to make it easier for professionals to travel and work in Australia, with politicians in Canberra calling for the two sides to agree to freedom of movement in any post-Brexit deal. A Whitehall source On Saturday night said both sides were optimistic a deal can be struck before the end of the year, with the UK also hoping to conclude a deal with Japan in the same time frame. With the second round of negotiations due to commence in the fourth week of September, Ms Truss will hail a trade deal with Australia as a “critical step” to fulfilling the UK’s ambition of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The trade bloc, comprising 11 nations including Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, accounts for 13 per cent of global commerce, with 95 per cent of goods traded between members tariff-free. The UK is said to be particularly drawn to the bloc due to huge growth potential as well its high standards in areas such as digital and data. On Saturday night Ms Truss said: “We want a gold standard deal with Australia that pushes new frontiers in trade and delivers for the whole country. “We are intensifying talks over the next few weeks, and fighting hard for British interests in areas like financial services, telecoms, tech, and food and drink. “Together with our great friend Australia, we will stand up for rules-based free trade and help advance it globally. Strategically, a deal is an important step towards British membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - which will open up new opportunities for our businesses and hitch Britain to one of the world’s biggest free trade areas.” The UK intends to secure zero-tariffs on UK exports including whisky, gin, sausages and cars, currently set at five per cent, as well as simplifying customs processes, and making it easier for professional and financial services companies to operate in Australia. The Government believes the deal would boost the UK economy by £500m, increase UK wages by £400m, and drive up exports by £900m in the long-term.

    Liz Truss will this week set out her ambition for a “gold standard” trade deal with Australia which would wipe tariffs on spirits, clothing and cars, as the Government prepares to step up talks next month. The International Trade Secretary will tell MPs that UK officials are intensifying talks as they push for a wide-ranging agreement which includes financial services, telecoms, technology, food and drink. The Government also hopes to make it easier for professionals to travel and work in Australia, with politicians in Canberra calling for the two sides to agree to freedom of movement in any post-Brexit deal. A Whitehall source On Saturday night said both sides were optimistic a deal can be struck before the end of the year, with the UK also hoping to conclude a deal with Japan in the same time frame. With the second round of negotiations due to commence in the fourth week of September, Ms Truss will hail a trade deal with Australia as a “critical step” to fulfilling the UK’s ambition of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The trade bloc, comprising 11 nations including Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, accounts for 13 per cent of global commerce, with 95 per cent of goods traded between members tariff-free. The UK is said to be particularly drawn to the bloc due to huge growth potential as well its high standards in areas such as digital and data. On Saturday night Ms Truss said: “We want a gold standard deal with Australia that pushes new frontiers in trade and delivers for the whole country. “We are intensifying talks over the next few weeks, and fighting hard for British interests in areas like financial services, telecoms, tech, and food and drink. “Together with our great friend Australia, we will stand up for rules-based free trade and help advance it globally. Strategically, a deal is an important step towards British membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - which will open up new opportunities for our businesses and hitch Britain to one of the world’s biggest free trade areas.” The UK intends to secure zero-tariffs on UK exports including whisky, gin, sausages and cars, currently set at five per cent, as well as simplifying customs processes, and making it easier for professional and financial services companies to operate in Australia. The Government believes the deal would boost the UK economy by £500m, increase UK wages by £400m, and drive up exports by £900m in the long-term.


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  • 68/81   Syria talks 'respectful' but no agenda, date for next meet
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    The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Saturday that the latest round of talks between the country's opposing parties took place in a “respectful” tone and they are keen to meet again, but no agenda or date has been set for the next session.  'People were listening to each other,” Geir Pedersen told reporters in Geneva.  “Obviously there are still very strong disagreements,' Pedersen acknowledged, but the two co-chairs of the meeting had both said there were areas of common ground that could be built on.

    The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Saturday that the latest round of talks between the country's opposing parties took place in a “respectful” tone and they are keen to meet again, but no agenda or date has been set for the next session. 'People were listening to each other,” Geir Pedersen told reporters in Geneva. “Obviously there are still very strong disagreements,' Pedersen acknowledged, but the two co-chairs of the meeting had both said there were areas of common ground that could be built on.


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  • 69/81   'How dare we not vote?' Black voters organize after DC march
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    Tears streamed down Brooke Moreland’s face as she watched tens of thousands gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to decry systemic racism and demand racial justice in the wake of several police killings of Black Americans.  As the campaign enters its latter stages, there's an intensifying effort among African Americans to transform frustration over police brutality, systemic racism and the disproportionate toll of the coronavirus into political power.

    Tears streamed down Brooke Moreland’s face as she watched tens of thousands gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to decry systemic racism and demand racial justice in the wake of several police killings of Black Americans. As the campaign enters its latter stages, there's an intensifying effort among African Americans to transform frustration over police brutality, systemic racism and the disproportionate toll of the coronavirus into political power.


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  • 70/81   Shiite Muslims mark holy day of mourning in virus' shadow
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    Shiite Muslims are observing the solemn holy day of Ashoura that they typically mark with large, mournful gatherings, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.  Ashoura commemorates the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq with the army of then Caliph Yazid, to whom Hussein had refused to pledge allegiance.  “At its heart, It’s the story of the sacrifice of an extraordinary religious figure,” said Noor Zaidi, who teaches history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and researches Shiite Islam.

    Shiite Muslims are observing the solemn holy day of Ashoura that they typically mark with large, mournful gatherings, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Ashoura commemorates the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq with the army of then Caliph Yazid, to whom Hussein had refused to pledge allegiance. “At its heart, It’s the story of the sacrifice of an extraordinary religious figure,” said Noor Zaidi, who teaches history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and researches Shiite Islam.


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  • 71/81   Mauritius oil spill: Thousands march in Port Louis
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    Massive amounts of oil spilled into a wildlife sanctuary, and 39 dead dolphins have been discovered.

    Massive amounts of oil spilled into a wildlife sanctuary, and 39 dead dolphins have been discovered.


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  • 72/81   Two conventions — one masked, the other mostly not — offer contrasting views on coronavirus
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    The two conventions offered very divergent views for a nation still struggling with a pandemic.

    The two conventions offered very divergent views for a nation still struggling with a pandemic.


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  • 73/81   First confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection is ‘not surprising,’ doctors say
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    Researchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.

    Researchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.


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  • 74/81   Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.
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    Florida's surgeon general lost all influence after an April 13 briefing, leading to "craziness" within the health department, an official said.

    Florida's surgeon general lost all influence after an April 13 briefing, leading to "craziness" within the health department, an official said.


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  • 75/81   'You don't want people to vote,' Democrat Marcia Fudge tells Republicans
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    Comments by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge summed up many Democrats’ concerns about Republican resistance to mail-in voting.

    Comments by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge summed up many Democrats’ concerns about Republican resistance to mail-in voting.


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  • 76/81   Did the RNC boost Trump’s reelection odds?
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    President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention with a speech filled with fierce attacks against Joe Biden. Did the controversial event help him gain ground with voters?

    President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention with a speech filled with fierce attacks against Joe Biden. Did the controversial event help him gain ground with voters?


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  • 77/81   A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.
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    Out of 1,022 people who attended or worked at several summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.

    Out of 1,022 people who attended or worked at several summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.


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  • 78/81   Trump administration defends 'inexplicable' changes to coronavirus testing guidelines
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    A top Trump administration official defended new guidelines that say that people without symptoms do not need a coronavirus test, a development that has been widely criticized as unproductive since it was issued on Tuesday. 

    A top Trump administration official defended new guidelines that say that people without symptoms do not need a coronavirus test, a development that has been widely criticized as unproductive since it was issued on Tuesday. 


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  • 79/81   Should colleges discount tuition when they go remote?
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    Students at colleges across the country are demanding tuition be reduced because classes are being held online. Schools say any discount would cripple them financially.

    Students at colleges across the country are demanding tuition be reduced because classes are being held online. Schools say any discount would cripple them financially.


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  • 80/81   Coronavirus an afterthought as RNC opens
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    “Donald Trump truly moved mountains to save lives,” said one RNC speaker, an assertion at odds with what many have called President Trump’s inattentive and even self-sabotaging response to the pandemic, which has killed nearly 180,000 people in the U.S.

    “Donald Trump truly moved mountains to save lives,” said one RNC speaker, an assertion at odds with what many have called President Trump’s inattentive and even self-sabotaging response to the pandemic, which has killed nearly 180,000 people in the U.S.


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  • 81/81   5 takeaways from day 1 of the RNC
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    The theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention was “America, Land of Promise,” a hopeful message belied by speeches that warned of impending national collapse if Donald Trump isn’t reelected in November.

    The theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention was “America, Land of Promise,” a hopeful message belied by speeches that warned of impending national collapse if Donald Trump isn’t reelected in November.


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