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August 3, 2020

As officials repeatedly deliver information that directly contradict the President, the months ahead look like a steady crisis of Trump tweeting and golfing
Donald Trump's top government experts now say that the pandemic is entering a new phase as it invades the rural heartland -- and they can't say how long it will last. ... click to read more

Coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled and one doctor says it's time for stricter measures
The US has entered a "new phase" of the coronavirus pandemic, a top expert says, with cases rising in both urban and rural areas. ... click to read more

Why do some people get sick and even die from Covid-19, while similar people show no symptoms?
We're now more than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the lives of most of Earth's inhabitants. And while it is true that the scientific community has learned many things about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, there are also many gaps in our unders... click to read more

NFL head coach tests positive for Covid-19
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for Covid-19, the team announced in a statement Sunday. ... click to read more

Experts now question if face masks are enough. Find out why
Public health officials have been stressing the importance of wearing face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus for months, but many experts are now urging the use of face shields and eye goggles as well. CNN's Brian Todd reports. ... click to read more

Report: Kushner's Covid-19 testing plan 'went poof into thin air'
According to a Vanity Fair report, White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was working on a secret national testing plan in the spring to help bring the spread of Covid-19 under control. ... click to read more

South Korean religious group was arrested for violating an anti-virus law
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Fake Pelosi video goes viral on Facebook
Facebook's fact-checkers on Sunday labeled as "partly false" a video that it said was manipulated to make it appear as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was drunk or drugged. The video had been circulating on Facebook since Thursday and by Sunday night had been viewed more than 2 million times. ... click to read more

Trump directed controversial Pentagon pick into new role after nomination failed
A controversial Trump administration pick for a top Pentagon post, retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, has been placed into a senior role days after his nomination hearing was canceled amid bipartisan opposition to his nomination. ... click to read more

Pelosi and Mnuchin dig in on stimulus positions ahead of Monday talks
Swift, bipartisan agreement on a new coronavirus stimulus package seems unlikely as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dug in on their opposing positions Sunday. ... click to read more

Rep. James Clyburn: Donald Trump plans to install himself in office in emergency way
CNN's Dana Bash speaks with House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) about his fears that President Donald Trump will not allow a fair 2020 presidential election. ... click to read more

Opinion: The one mistake Biden mustn't make with his veep pick
Joe Biden has promised to announce his choice for vice president in the coming days. While political insiders and members of the media have obsessed over every possible contender, the announcement will likely be forgotten within days as focus will revert to the pandemic and the candidates at the to... click to read more

'Unthinkable': Wolf Blitzer blasts RNC decision
CNN's Wolf Blitzer discusses news that the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be closed to the press with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and global affairs analyst Susan Glasser. ... click to read more

Analysis: Trump is losing a must-win state
Absentee ballots start getting mailed to North Carolina voters in just 33 days, and a new CBS News/YouGov poll reveals ominous news for President Donald Trump in the Tar Heel state. ... click to read more

Lindsey Graham ad shows image of rival Jaime Harrison with altered skin tone
Senate rival Jaime Harrison reacts to a digitally altered image of himself with a darker skin tone posted by Sen. Lindsey Graham's campaign. ... click to read more

Analysis: Trump's coattails no boon for GOP Senate candidates
The last time an incumbent president fought for reelection, his party faced a second challenge: holding its narrow Senate majority. ... click to read more

7-Eleven owner is buying Speedway gas stations for $21 billion
The Japanese owner of 7-Eleven is buying the Speedway chain of gas stations from Marathon Petroleum for $21 billion. ... click to read more

Opinion: The US food system is killing Americans
This global pandemic has given a new meaning to the idea of American exceptionalism. The United States is faring far worse than other countries and shoulders a disproportionate share of global disease burden -- with 4% of the global population, yet, at the time of writing, nearly a quarter of globa... click to read more

This is how American police gear up to 'keep the peace'
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Australia imposes strict new virus measures
About 5 million people in Australia's second-most populous city Melbourne are contending with some of the harshest restrictions ever imposed on the city, after authorities declared a "state of disaster" on Sunday. ... click to read more

Hugs helped El Paso victims cope after the shooting. A sign of affection now could put their lives at risk
Mario De Alba Montes fought through multiple surgeries and endured feeding tubes for months after shielding his family in the Walmart store massacre in El Paso, Texas. ... click to read more

260 employees in 1 school district have tested positive for Covid-19 or been exposed
Georgia's largest school district has confirmed that around 260 employees have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed. ... click to read more

Dozens attend party without Covid-19 precautions at Los Angeles bar
Dozens of people attended a party at a bar in Los Angeles on Friday night -- without wearing masks or adhering to social distancing. ... click to read more

Protester has hands up when LAPD officer shoots him in the head with a projectile
A protester in Los Angeles had his hands raised when police shot him in the head with a projectile "intended to cause pain." ... click to read more

He's probably been in more movies than any actor in history
James Hong is everywhere. ... click to read more

Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo
A baby Asian elephant named Avi has died after struggling with health problems since the day he was born. ... click to read more

People are outraged over a rice cooking video
What was intended to be a comedic video sparked a firestorm of dismay and disbelief, speaking to a broader, long-standing debate about the intersection of food, ethnicity and culture. ... click to read more

A surfer was bitten by a shark in Florida
A surfer was bit by a shark while swimming in Florida on Friday. ... click to read more

These companies are working from home until 2021 -- or forever
As coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, companies are coming to terms with a future of work that doesn't look anything like it did before -- and many are revisiting their plans to go back to the office. ... click to read more

She had a double-lung transplant after Covid-19 battle. Her message to virus doubters
After being placed on a ventilator for six weeks due to Covid-19, Mayra Ramirez was so sick she needed a double-lung transplant. Ramirez and the surgeon who performed the operation, Dr. Ankit Bharat, share their experience. ... click to read more

More than 7,000 people evacuated due to the Apple Fire in Southern California
An out-of-control wildfire burning in Cherry Valley, California, east of Los Angeles, has grown to over 20,000 acres, forcing thousands of people to evacuate, according to the US Forest Service. ... click to read more

See the Nike ad everyone's talking about
Nike's latest ad sends a powerful message about Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. At a time when professional sports are struggling to start up amidst the pandemic, the ad has quickly become popular online. ... click to read more

A safe end to the historic NASA-SpaceX mission
SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft — carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley — is slowly maneuvering closer to Earth and preparing for a splashdown later today in the Gulf of Mexico. ... click to read more

Miles O'Brien explains the benefits of a SpaceX water landing
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off of Pensacola Beach, Florida, after returning from the International Space Station with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard in a joint operation between SpaceX and NASA. ... click to read more

See the 'space butterfly' astronomers captured from thousands of light years away
Thousands of light years away, there's a "space butterfly" colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It's an image we've never seen in this much detail before. ... click to read more

Warnings for Isaias stretch up to Delaware
After a weekend of storm preparation with utility crews being staged and shelters being opened in Florida, Tropical Storm Isaias is on track to impact the Carolinas, with storm warnings being extended as far north as Delaware early Monday morning. ... click to read more

The fascinating and controversial history behind hurricane names
As Hurricane Isaias continues the record-setting pace of the 2020 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season as the earliest ninth storm in the season since 2005, the proper pronunciation of the storm's name as provided by the National Hurricane Center (ees-ah-EE-ahs) has generated interest. ... click to read more

How to prepare for hurricanes during a pandemic
As the 2020 hurricane season continues to hit amid the already devastating Covid-19 pandemic, HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen shares some tips on how to stay safe. ... click to read more

Adele shows support for Beyoncé's 'Black is King' in new Instagram photo
Count Adele among the many loyal members of the Beyhive. ... click to read more

When the search for a perfect marriage goes wrong
Trinh met her murderer through a matchmaker. ... click to read more

Teen's unusual swing wows golf legends
Kendall Kemm got a lesson from golf legend Nick Faldo after showing off a one-armed swing. The 16-year-old lost the use of her left hand in 2014 after a stroke. ... click to read more

From hangover cure to emergency tonic: Why people love Pocari Sweat
In the 1989 US blockbuster "Back to the Future II," time traveler Marty McFly orders a Pepsi Perfect at Hill Valley's futuristic Cafe 80s. It was an iconic moment of product placement. ... click to read more

5 ways coronavirus changed how we eat fast food
From what we buy to what we drink, coronavirus has upended all aspects of our lives. It's also apparent in what we eat, notably at the country's top fast food chains. ... click to read more

How Trump's TikTok ban could affect Big Tech
On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushed back against claims that his company is too dominant by name dropping a list of his competitors. Almost all of the ones he cited were other Big Tech companies whose CEOs were appearing virtually beside him at that very moment in a high-profile antit... click to read more

Nike's viral 'You Can't Stop Us' ad is winning big on social media
Nike's latest viral ad is garnering praise online for its message of inclusiveness and perseverance at a time when organized sports have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. ... click to read more

You don't have a right to kill me
Cigarette smoking has been banned in various states and countless municipalities across the nation for the simple reason that smokers have no right to kill me or my family with their second-hand smoke. The same philosophy must also apply to wearing a mask to protect others from Covid-19: No one has... click to read more

What good is a vaccine if Americans won't roll up their sleeves?
A doctor in Texas once told me that a woman walked into a pediatrician's office in the fall of 2014 and said: "Give my daughter the Ebola vaccine." The biggest Ebola epidemic in history was spreading across West Africa and a man infected with the virus had recently traveled to Dallas. ... click to read more

The problem with Trump's hair-raising 2020 battle plan
Remember how President Donald Trump used to say, "No collusion," at every chance, to stave off -- among other things -- impeachment? He's now using a similar craft-a-narrative tactic, this time hoping it will help him stay in office: He blasts mail-in voting incessantly. ... click to read more

Best way to check Trump is to vote him out of office
On Thursday, President Trump floated the possibility of delaying the election when he tweeted, "With Universal Mail-in Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election unti... click to read more

America is on a brink like none since the Civil War
Americans are living through truly historic times: the Covid-19 pandemic, protests catalyzed by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the national embrace of Black Lives Matter 2.0, and the specter of black-clad federal law enforcement officers engaging in pitched battles against peacefu... click to read more

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5 stocks under $49 could be worth $2.2T
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Bollywood star discharged from hospital
Amitabh Bachchan, one of India's most famous film stars, says he has tested negative for Covid-19 and been discharged from hospital. ... click to read more

Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he felt weak and might have "mold in the lung" having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19. ... click to read more

See endangered tigers captured on camera in Thailand
These sightings of endangered tigers in western Thailand are rekindling hope that the animals are returning to the country's forests after being poached near extinction. ... click to read more

A Dunkin' Donuts employee was arrested after a police officer found spit in his coffee
A Dunkin' Donuts employee was arrested Friday after an Illinois State Trooper discovered mucus in his drink. ... click to read more

Florida removes 5,000 pythons from the Everglades
Talk about your unwanted guests. ... click to read more

Wilford Brimley dies at 85
Wilford Brimley, the mustachioed actor who appeared on the big screen, television shows and Quaker Oats commercials, has died. He was 85. ... click to read more

Buzz the polar bear dies at age 24 in Minnesota
A Minnesota zoo is mourning the loss of its beloved polar bear. ... click to read more

Coronavirus: Back-to-school jitters
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Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' is a feast of fashion and symbolism
There are many quotable lines and lyrics in "Black Is King," Beyoncé's new visual album, which dropped today on Disney+. But two in particular seem especially apt to describe the stylistic feast the artist has created. The first comes three minutes in: "Let Black be synonymous with joy." ... click to read more

Kendall Jenner opens the doors to her bohemian LA home
Kendall Jenner may hail from one of America's most lavish celebrity families, but her Los Angeles home is more toned-down than you might expect. ... click to read more

'Indian Matchmaking' presents painful truths about skin color and love
On Netflix's "Indian Matchmaking," marriage consultant Sima Taparia travels the world to meet with hopeful clients and help them find the perfect match for an arranged marriage. ... click to read more

Michelle Obama-approved designer Duro Olowu's pursuit of the 'culture of style'
Ever since Nigerian-born British fashion designer Duro Olowu launched his eponymous label in 2004, his aesthetic has remained remarkably consistent. Known for his use of color and pattern, Olowu also favors the sharply tailored silhouettes of his multicultural 1970s upbringing, including fitted jac... click to read more

Power, not fantasy: The young designers using lingerie as inspiration
From Vivienne Westwood's Victorian corsetry to Calvin Klein's bias-cut slips, lingerie has always had a place on the runway. ... click to read more

Kanye West's mental health battle is a wake-up call for empathy
I'm not asking you to feel sorry for Kanye West. ... click to read more

Beyoncé's intentional blackness evolves in 'Black Is King'
The fact that Beyoncé reigns is not up for debate. ... click to read more

'Indian Matchmaking' creator welcomes backlash
Smriti Mundhra is not at all bothered that people are talking about colorism, sexism and elitism when it comes to "Indian Matchmaking." ... click to read more






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