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Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars'


Posted: Wed-Jul-2020



Former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer was eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night.

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U.S. tops 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19
Virus Outbreak Florida

Four months, three million confirmed infections and more than 130,000 deaths into the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Americans confronted with a resurgence of COVID-19 are facing long lines at testing sites in the summer heat or are getting turned away. 

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George Floyd told 'it takes … a lot of oxygen to talk' during arrest, transcript reveals
George Floyd Death Investigation

As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck dismissed his pleas, saying "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk," according to transcripts of body camera video recordings made public Wednesday.

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Harvard, MIT sue to block Trump administration rule on international students during pandemic
Virus Outbreak-Harvard Plans

Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would bar foreign students from remaining in the U.S. if their universities move all courses online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Writers, academics sign open letter criticizing 'ideological conformity,' cancel culture
Free speech letter

Dozens of artists, writers and academics have signed an open letter decrying the weakening of public debate and warning that the free exchange of information and ideas is in jeopardy amid a rise in what they call 'illiberalism.'

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Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies
Nigeria Rare Gorillas

Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe Mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.

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Mary Trump offers scathing portrait of president in new book
Books - Trump Book

U.S. President Donald Trump's niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book, blaming a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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U.S. men's clothier Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy protection
Brooks Brothers COVID mask

Storied Manhattan clothier Brooks Brothers is filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Australian snowboard world champion drowns in diving mishap
Alex Pullin

Two-time world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin drowned Wednesday while spearfishing off Australia's Gold Coast.

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Supreme Court decision broadens religious exemptions to contraception coverage for employers
Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday endorsed a plan by President Donald Trump's administration to give employers broad religious and moral exemptions from a federal mandate that health insurance they provide employees covers women's birth control.

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Russian watchdog seeks nearly $3B in damages over Arctic fuel spill in Siberia
Oil Spill at Ambarnaya River near Norlisk, Russia

Russia's environmental watchdog has asked a power subsidiary of Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel to pay almost 148 billion roubles, or $3 billion, in damages over an Arctic fuel spill in Siberia in May.

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China dismisses U.S. invite to join nuclear talks along with Russia
CHINA-USA/ARMS

A senior Chinese arms control official called U.S. pressure to join nuclear arms talks with Russia an American ploy to avoid signing a new deal, and said China would gladly participate if the U.S. would agree to parity among all three nations.

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Nearly 60 dead as Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods
Japan Floods

Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan's main island, swelling more rivers, triggering mudslides and destroying houses and roads.

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRAZIL

Jair Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dead at 58
LETOURNEAU

Mary Kay Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died.

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Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs
Hawaii Destructive Seaweed

Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.

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UN-backed experts point to new war crimes in Syria conflict
APTOPIX Syria

Investigators commissioned by the UN's top human rights body say Syrian government forces and their Russian allies bombarded civilian sites in Idlib province indiscriminately, while rebels tortured and executed civilians in recent months, acts amounting to war crimes on both sides.

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Netherlands police arrest 6 after makeshift 'torture chamber' uncovered
Netherlands Torture Chamber

Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed "torture chamber" complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high-ranking officer announced Tuesday.

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U.S. Supreme Court deals blow to Keystone XL pipeline project
Keystone XL

The Keystone XL pipeline — which the Alberta government has backed to the tune of billions as a crucial project to help get oilsands' crude to Gulf Coast refineries — has been handed another setback by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Australia's 2nd-largest city heads back into coronavirus lockdown
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/AUSTRALIA-TOWERS

Lockdown measures were reimposed in Australia's second biggest city on Tuesday, confining Melbourne residents to their homes unless undertaking essential business for six weeks, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

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Deutsche Bank fined $150M US for failing to monitor Jeffrey Epstein transactions
Jeffrey Epstein Associate

Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay $150 million US in penalties to settle charges by a New York state regulator that the bank had "significant" compliance failures in its relationship with late financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Melania Trump Statue Set On Fire In Slovenia
The wooden statue, unveiled last year, was commissioned by American Brad Downey and carved by Slovenian man Ales “Maxi” Zupevc. ... read more


Unemployed And Alone: US H4 Visa Restrictions Are A Blow To Women Stranded In India
Indian women who had applied for dependent H4 visas and whose husbands are in the US on H1B visas are struggling with uncertainty and the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read more


Visitors From The United States Will Still Have To Quarantine, Says Grant Shapps
Transport secretary confirms the US is on the "red list" of countries still seen as high risk from coronavirus. ... read more


Britain’s First Pint In 15 Weeks Ends 'Long National Hibernation'
The reopening of pubs, restaurants, and other establishments marks the U.K’s biggest step toward normality since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: New Jersey To Require Face Masks Outdoors
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Wedding Season Brings New Virus Outbreak In West Bank
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh told a Cabinet meeting that 82% of cases in the West Bank were linked to weddings and funerals. ... read more


Jair Bolsonaro's Positive Test Will Only Escalate His Coronavirus Culture War
The virus he has sloughed off has killed more than 65,000 Brazilians. And even after he tested positive, Bolsonaro treated it as no big deal. ... read more


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus
The far-right leader has spent months downplaying the severity of COVID-19 even as cases surge in Brazil. ... read more


Draconian Lockdowns Target Low-Income Immigrant Communities
Coronavirus outbreaks in Australia and Europe highlight how the shift from broad national restrictions to specific local lockdowns hits poor communities hardest. ... read more


TikTok To Leave Hong Kong As Security Law Raises Worries
Social media platforms and messaging apps are balking at the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities. ... read more


American Student Released After 486 Days In Egyptian Prison
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was arrested after standing alone in Cairo’s Tahrir Square with a sign that read: “Freedom for all the political prisoners.” ... read more


Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Tested Again For Coronavirus
The Brazilian president said he was tested for COVID-19 after local media reported he had symptoms of the virus. ... read more


Meghan Markle On George Floyd's Killing: People Have Said 'Enough'
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also discussed Britain owning up to its colonial past. ... read more


COVID-19 Live Updates: States Still Struggle To Administer Coronavirus Tests
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Britain’s First Pint In 15 Weeks Ends 'Long National Hibernation'
The reopening of pubs, restaurants, and other establishments marks the U.K’s biggest step toward normality since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. ... read more


Egypt Arrests Doctors, Silences Critics Over Virus Outbreak
At least 10 doctors and six journalists have been arrested since the virus first hit Egypt in February, according to rights groups. ... read more


Iran Confirms Damaged Nuclear Site Was Centrifuge Facility
Iranian officials had downplayed the fire, which could set back the country's development of advanced centrifuge models. ... read more


More Than 11 Million Coronavirus Cases Confirmed Worldwide
The latest grim milestone follows several record-setting days in the U.S. ... read more


Coronavirus Live Updates: Read The Latest Updates On The Pandemic
Stay up to date as we cover the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects across the world. ... read more


Prince Andrew 'Bewildered' Over Claims He Hasn't Cooperated With Epstein Investigation
A U.S. attorney said she would "welcome" talks with the queen's son, the Duke of York, following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell. ... read more


Coronavirus: Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew
Dozens are hurt as clashes erupt in Belgrade over restrictions imposed after a big rise in cases. ... read more


Poland election: The fight for LGBT rights
President Andrzej Duda, who is accused of running on an anti-LGBT platform, is seeking re-election on Sunday. ... read more


Fritz von Weizsäcker: Gregor S gets 12 years for murder
Dr Fritz von Weizsäcker - son of ex-German president Richard von Weizsäcker - was murdered in 2019. ... read more


Melania Trump sculpture in Slovenia set on fire on US Independence Day
Police investigate after the statue of the US first lady was targeted in her hometown on 4 July. ... read more


Forest fires kill at least six in Ukraine's Luhansk region
Firefighters and rescue workers rushed to tackle the blazes amid soaring winds and heat. ... read more


Parisian graffiti artist accused of rape and sexual assault
A group of 25 women file a complaint against the man, known for his tag "love runs the streets". ... read more


Six arrested after 'Dutch torture chambers' found
The suspects were located following the hack of a Europe-wide phone system. ... read more


Gérald Darmanin: Macron backs new interior minister accused of rape
Gérald Darmanin - appointed interior minister on Monday - is under investigation for alleged rape. ... read more


British soldier found dead in Estonia, Ministry of Defence confirms
Fusilier Sam Brownridge was serving as part of Nato's increased presence near the border with Russia. ... read more


Russian space official Safronov charged in treason probe
Former journalist Ivan Safronov is suspected of passing secrets to a Nato country but denies any guilt. ... read more


AC Milan 4-2 Juventus: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores as Milan beat Serie A leaders
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty sparks a remarkable AC Milan comeback victory against title-chasing Juventus at the San Siro. ... read more


Russia cracks down on marmot hunt in plague scare
Bubonic plague cases in China and Mongolia give Russia's marmots respite from hunters. ... read more


Deutsche Bank faces $150m fine for Jeffrey Epstein ties
New York regulators cited "significant compliance failures" at the German bank. ... read more


Siberian Arctic 'up to 10 degrees warmer' in June
The average temperature in the region reached a record high in some area, EU data shows. ... read more


Coronavirus: Spain's holiday islands shake off party image
After experiencing life without tourism, some want to change the way the Balearic islands work. ... read more


Russian ice cream in 'gay propaganda' row
The ice cream maker was accused of promoting homosexuality after using a rainbow on its packaging. ... read more


Coronavirus: How 'three musketeers' helped Georgia fight virus
Georgia has recorded fewer than 1,000 infections and only 15 deaths among its 3.7 million people. ... read more


Obituary: Ennio Morricone, the composer who changed the sound of cinema
The versatile Italian composer's film scores that were an integral part of the cinema experience. ... read more


Coronavirus: Where can I go on holiday? A guide to destinations
As people in England get the green light to go abroad again, here's a look at what's in store for travellers. ... read more


Coronavirus: Protesters and police clash outside Serbian parliament
Protesters gathered to voice anger against stricter lockdown measures that will come into force this weekend. ... read more


Trump's 2020 election strategy — a return to racism
Analysis: Without a strategic plan for reversing his sliding poll numbers, the president is turning to a shopworn tool: scaring conservative white voters. ... read more


Trump admin plans to block asylum seekers from U.S. by citing risk of COVID-19
Citing "potential international threats" from pandemics, the Trump admin announced plans to make public health risk a reason to deny asylum to migrants. ... read more


Food delivery apps might be convenient — but they just got harder to justify
Despite their financial struggles, new food-delivery apps are acting as middlemen and taking a cut from both ends. ... read more


If Trump strips international student visas, these states will lose hundreds of millions of dollars
Six states had half the international student enrollment. ... read more


CDC to release new safety guidelines for reopening schools
States may be provided incentives to reopen schools, according to Vice President Mike Pence. ... read more


Ivy League calls off all fall sports, including football, due to coronavirus
The academically elite conference was the first to halt basketball tournaments back in March as the pandemic first surged in the U.S. ... read more


As coronavirus surges, more Houston residents are dying suddenly at home
Houston is seeing a spike in residents dying at home, before paramedics can reach them. A growing number are testing positive for COVID-19. ... read more


What leaving WHO could cost the U.S. — and countries around the world
Trump's decision puts WHO's polio vaccination program at risk just when doctors believed they were close to eradicating the disease for good, experts say. ... read more


Key impeachment witness Vindman retires from the Army, citing Trump 'bullying, intimidation, and retaliation'
Vindman was set to be promoted to full colonel this year. ... read more


Vallejo police release bodycam video of man fatally shot in drug store parking lot
The release of the video comes more than a month after Sean Monterrosa's killing in Vallejo, California, where residents have demanded police reforms. ... read more


Amazon joins Target, Walmart in removing Washington NFL team merchandise
Washington's team announced last week that it was doing a "thorough review" of its name, which has long been condemned as a racial slur. ... read more


More than half of Latino workers in meat, poultry plants got COVID-19, CDC says
Of nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases, more than half, 56 percent, were Hispanic workers, the data shows. ... read more


New York AG says police reforms should be 'quickly' enacted amid protest investigation
In a 57-page report, New York Attorney General Letitia James provides a series of police reforms that should be enacted following the protests. ... read more


CAREN Act would outlaw false, racist 911 calls
The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act is a play on "Karens," white women who target people of color for engaging in everyday acts. ... read more


'Leave him': New court filings detail George Floyd's fatal arrest
An attorney for former Minneapolis officer Thomas Lane filed a motion to dismiss charges, citing "lack of probable cause" for Lane's role in Floyd's death. ... read more


How the Supreme Court can — and likely will — undermine its own liberal rulings
In the Little Sisters of the Poor case, the justices made clear how they will whittle down — if not outright dismantle — any judicial wins the left ekes out. ... read more


Facebook removes disinformation networks tied to Roger Stone and Jair Bolsonaro
The two operations were entirely distinct, but both used fake accounts to push hyper-partisan, conservative political news stories to domestic audiences. ... read more


2020 has seen nearly $18 billion in weather damages, but wildfire and hurricane season is just ramping up
This makes 2020 the sixth consecutive year with at least 10 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, a new record, NOAA officials said. ... read more


New climate report highlights 'enormous challenge ahead' for meeting Paris Agreement goals
The outlook demonstrate the need for drastic action — particularly if countries hope to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. ... read more


Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, sues blues singer who goes by same name
The band formerly known as Lady Antebellum changed their name “after much personal reflection” in the wake of George Floyd’s death. ... read more


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Trump's 2020 election strategy — a return to racism
Analysis: Without a strategic plan for reversing his sliding poll numbers, the president is turning to a shopworn tool: scaring conservative white voters. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_28/3321681/ss-200423-twip-19_70dc3749a46ee6d9eecc0d0bb0619eee.jpg
Trump admin plans to block asylum seekers from U.S. by citing risk of COVID-19
Citing "potential international threats" from pandemics, the Trump admin announced plans to make public health risk a reason to deny asylum to migrants. ... read more


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Food delivery apps might be convenient — but they just got harder to justify
Despite their financial struggles, new food-delivery apps are acting as middlemen and taking a cut from both ends. ... read more


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If Trump strips international student visas, these states will lose hundreds of millions of dollars
Six states had half the international student enrollment. ... read more


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CDC to release new safety guidelines for reopening schools
States may be provided incentives to reopen schools, according to Vice President Mike Pence. ... read more


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Ivy League calls off all fall sports, including football, due to coronavirus
The academically elite conference was the first to halt basketball tournaments back in March as the pandemic first surged in the U.S. ... read more


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As coronavirus surges, more Houston residents are dying suddenly at home
Houston is seeing a spike in residents dying at home, before paramedics can reach them. A growing number are testing positive for COVID-19. ... read more


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What leaving WHO could cost the U.S. — and countries around the world
Trump's decision puts WHO's polio vaccination program at risk just when doctors believed they were close to eradicating the disease for good, experts say. ... read more


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Key impeachment witness Vindman retires from the Army, citing Trump 'bullying, intimidation, and retaliation'
Vindman was set to be promoted to full colonel this year. ... read more


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Vallejo police release bodycam video of man fatally shot in drug store parking lot
The release of the video comes more than a month after Sean Monterrosa's killing in Vallejo, California, where residents have demanded police reforms. ... read more


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Amazon joins Target, Walmart in removing Washington NFL team merchandise
Washington's team announced last week that it was doing a "thorough review" of its name, which has long been condemned as a racial slur. ... read more


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More than half of Latino workers in meat, poultry plants got COVID-19, CDC says
Of nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases, more than half, 56 percent, were Hispanic workers, the data shows. ... read more


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New York AG says police reforms should be 'quickly' enacted amid protest investigation
In a 57-page report, New York Attorney General Letitia James provides a series of police reforms that should be enacted following the protests. ... read more


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CAREN Act would outlaw false, racist 911 calls
The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act is a play on "Karens," white women who target people of color for engaging in everyday acts. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_28/3393492/200629-thomas-lane-ew-515p_c807927112da98d80d79356b61411f83.jpg
'Leave him': New court filings detail George Floyd's fatal arrest
An attorney for former Minneapolis officer Thomas Lane filed a motion to dismiss charges, citing "lack of probable cause" for Lane's role in Floyd's death. ... read more


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How the Supreme Court can — and likely will — undermine its own liberal rulings
In the Little Sisters of the Poor case, the justices made clear how they will whittle down — if not outright dismantle — any judicial wins the left ekes out. ... read more


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Facebook removes disinformation networks tied to Roger Stone and Jair Bolsonaro
The two operations were entirely distinct, but both used fake accounts to push hyper-partisan, conservative political news stories to domestic audiences. ... read more


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2020 has seen nearly $18 billion in weather damages, but wildfire and hurricane season is just ramping up
This makes 2020 the sixth consecutive year with at least 10 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, a new record, NOAA officials said. ... read more


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New climate report highlights 'enormous challenge ahead' for meeting Paris Agreement goals
The outlook demonstrate the need for drastic action — particularly if countries hope to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. ... read more


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Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, sues blues singer who goes by same name
The band formerly known as Lady Antebellum changed their name “after much personal reflection” in the wake of George Floyd’s death. ... read more


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