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Cameo Celebrity App: Will Birthday Wishes From Snoop Dogg Mean A Big Investor Payday?

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:42

Cameo has become one of the fastest-growing tech startups by letting anyone pay for birthday wishes and other greetings recorded by celebrities and influencers. But will its Silicon Valley hype last?

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U.S. Sanctions Chinese Officials, Including Politburo Member, For Xinjiang Abuses

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:40

The Trump administration's penalties are meant to punish China for its treatment of Uighurs and Muslim minorities in the region, and target a Politburo member for the first time.

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Seoul's Mayor Found Dead After Massive Search

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:16

Mayor Park Won-soon's daughter told police he left a verbal message similar to a will, and later turned off his mobile phone. His body was found in a wooded park early Friday, police say.

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You Won't See Trump's Taxes Before Election Day, But He Could Face Bigger Problems

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:55

The Supreme Court's decision Thursday means Trump's financial records will likely need to be turned over to a New York grand jury and could imperil his brand and fortune.

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'Black Lives Matter' Gets Indians Talking About Skin Lightening And Colorism

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:32

The American call for racial justice has led to a heated debate over attitudes about skin tones — and caused some lightening creams, like "Fair & Lovely" from Unilever, to change their name.

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5 People Arrested In Killing Of Rapper Pop Smoke, LA Police Say

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:00

Three men and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the rapper's death in February, the Los Angeles Police Department announced.

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'The Beauty In Breaking' Chronicles Chaos And Healing In The Emergency Room

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:51

In a new memoir, Dr. Michele Harper writes about treating gunshot wounds, discovering evidence of child abuse — and drawing courage from her patients as she's struggled to overcome her own trauma.

Some People Agree To Disagree Over What's Safe During The Pandemic

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:36

The coronavirus pandemic requires people to weigh risks and make choices about their activities. But there can be problems when a choice conflicts with what the people around us decide to do.

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Lack Of Unity Is A Bigger Threat Than Coronavirus, WHO Chief Says In Emotional Speech

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:25

"How is it difficult for humans to unite and fight a common enemy that is killing people indiscriminately?" WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asks.

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Biden Counters Trump's 'America First' With 'Build Back Better' Economic Plan

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:39

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's proposal would inject $700 billion into the economy through American products and research.

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The Long, Perilous Route Thousands Of Indians Have Risked For A Shot At Life In U.S.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 12:05

The journey from India can zigzag to Russia, the Mideast, the Caribbean and Central America. U.S. Border Patrol figures show more than 7,600 Indians were detained on the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

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NYC Begins Painting Black Lives Matter Mural In Front Of Trump Tower

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:50

President Trump derided the mural plan last week, saying it would be "denigrating this luxury Avenue" and antagonize the city's police as "a symbol of hate."

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Supreme Court Says Trump Not 'Immune' From Records Release, But Hedges On House Case

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:38

The vote on the New York grand jury case was 7 to 2 with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion for the majority. The second case was about congressional subpoenas.

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'STOP GETTING Tested!' Ohio Politician Tells Constituents

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:26

"This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested," Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale wrote on social media.

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Planning For End-Of-Life Care Is More Crucial Than Ever. Here's How

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 07:00

With many Americans dying of COVID-19, it's important to document your wishes for your care should you get seriously ill. Doing so can ease the way for family in difficult moments.

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'Devastated': As Layoffs Keep Coming, Hopes Fade That Jobs Will Return Quickly

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:00

"What we're seeing now is that lots more people who are unemployed are going to be unemployed for a longer period of time," economist Nick Bunker says.

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'We Were Treated Worse Than Animals': Disaster Recovery Workers Confront COVID-19

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:00

Disaster recovery workers cleaning up after major flooding in Michigan tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak shined a light on working conditions in the fast-growing industry.

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Republican Groups Backing Biden Get Attention. Their Impact On Voters Is Less Clear

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:00

Pollsters and political scientists question how much of an impact — if any — these GOP critics might have on President Trump's fate in November.

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The Economy May Be Losing Its Impact On Presidential Elections

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:00

Conventional wisdom (and some logic) says that a bad economy will hurt President Trump in November. But growing polarization may be severing the tie between economic health and voters' choices.

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When It Comes To Reopening Schools, 'The Devil's In The Details,' Educators Say

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 05:00

Teachers, parents and district leaders say the back-to-school season has fogged over with confusion. Will schools reopen? And if so, how?

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