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Why South Asian Baseball Fans Are Excited About Kumar Rocker's Future

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 15:06

Kumar Rocker is headed for the big leagues — literally. And his pick to pitch for the New York Mets is monumental for people who haven't seen themselves represented in baseball very often.

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Why Crash Weight Loss Programs Don't Work: Clues From Hunter-Gatherer Societies

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 14:28

Evolutionary anthropologist Herman Pontzer shares why some of the most physically active people in the world don't burn more calories than office workers. And what that means for your fitness goals.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui Is Killed In Afghanistan

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 14:24

The 38-year-old journalist, who worked for the Reuters news agency, died in southern Afghanistan during a clash between Taliban militiamen and Afghan troops with whom he was embedded.

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U.S. Sports Teams Are Back In Action. But Coronavirus Infections Are Still A Threat

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 13:40

Game schedules are back to normal and fans are in the stands. But a handful of high-profile positive COVID-19 cases are disrupting Olympic rosters and MLB games as cases tick up across the U.S.

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$73,499-Per-Guest World Cruise Sells Out In Less Than 3 Hours

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 12:04

The cruise will take passengers on a trip lasting 132 nights. Prices range up to $199,999. The strong interest may be a positive sign for the cruise industry as it tries to rebound from the pandemic.

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LGBTQ Characters Got More Movie Screen Time in 2020, GLAAD Study Finds

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 12:01

The advocacy group just released its annual film survey, which found the percentage of LGBTQ characters of color also increased. But there were still issues with lack of transgender representation.

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2 California Men Have Been Charged With Plotting To Bomb A Democratic Building

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 11:45

Ian Rogers and Jarrod Copeland are facing several federal charges over the alleged plot. Prosecutors say at one point Rogers told Copeland: "I want to blow up a democrat building bad."

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Flood Deaths Are Rising In Germany And Officials Blame Climate Change

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 10:39

The worst flooding in decades to affect Germany and parts of Belgium has killed more than 100 people as search and rescue efforts for hundreds of missing continue, officials said.

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A Deputy Has Been Indicted In The Shooting Of A Black Man Who Called 911 For Help

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 08:48

A Virginia sheriff's deputy was indicted on a felony charge related to the shooting of Isiah Brown at his home. Part of the 911 call indicates the deputy thought Brown had a gun.

California Turned Pandemic Rentals Into Permanent Housing For The Homeless

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 08:13

California leased hotel rooms for unhoused residents during the pandemic to move them out of crowded shelters. Then it bought some of those hotels to create long-term homes for unhoused residents.

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Illinois Is The First State To Tell Police They Can't Lie To Minors In Interrogations

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 05:12

Under a law that goes into effect January 2022, officials can't use common manipulative tactics, including offering leniency or suggesting that incriminating evidence exists, to people under 18.

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Trump Lawyers Who Spread False Election Claims Are Now Defending Themselves In Court

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 05:01

Some legal experts argue the profession needs to engage in deep soul-searching after serious abuses of ethics rules by attorneys in the Trump years.

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Canada Is Moving Toward Admitting Vaccinated Americans

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 22:30

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held out the prospect that Canada could admit fully vaccinated Americans in mid-August and fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September.

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An Amazon Delivery Driver Killed A Spider For A Grateful Customer. There's A Video

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 19:59

Terrified of the "huge" spider on her porch, a woman used Amazon's special instructions section to ask her delivery driver to kill it. He did, and now she's trying to find him to say "Thank you."

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Biden Says The U.S. Would Offer Aid To Cuba If He Had Assurances About The Regime

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 18:59

Cuba has seen recent demonstrations due to food shortages and high prices amid the pandemic.

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LA County Will Require People To Wear Masks Indoors, Even If They've Been Vaccinated

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 18:00

A rapid and sustained increase in COVID-19 cases requires a return to mandatory mask-wearing indoors, the county's public health officer says. He didn't detail what he said would be some exceptions.

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Parts Of The Amazon Rainforest Are Now Releasing More Carbon Than They Absorb

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 15:34

New research published in the journal Nature suggests that mass deforestation and fire have dramatically undercut the Amazon's ability to absorb heat-trapping carbon emissions.

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Jury Rejects Capital Gazette Gunman's Mental Illness Plea

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 15:27

Jarrod Ramos, who carried out the attack on Capital Gazette, admitted to five murders but said he was not responsible because of mental illness. On Thursday a jury said he was aware of his actions.

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New Restrictions In Minnesota Seek To Sharply Curtail Conversion Therapy For Minors

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 15:20

After the state legislature failed two years running to enact a complete ban, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order designed to "have the effect of barring access" to the discredited practice.

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U.S. Consumer Agency Sues Amazon To Force A Recall Of Potentially Hazardous Products

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 15:08

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the giant online retailer had to accept responsibility for the potentially unsafe products listed on its platform and recall them.

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