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LeBron lands 2-year, $97.1M deal with Lakers

ESPN · 7h ago · Lakers star LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension that includes a player option for the 2024-25 season, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN.

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Liz Cheney fights for her House seat in Wyoming congressional primary

· Liz Cheney's sharp criticism of former President Donald Trump could cost her the congressional seat she has held. On Tuesday voters go to the polls in the Republican primary to decide between Cheney and Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman.

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The Guardian · Aug 15, 2022 ·

Rudy Giuliani informed he is target of criminal investigation in Georgia

· The former New York mayor has been identified as a key figure in Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the result of the 2020 electionDonald Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation in Georgia that has been exa

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Japan Arrests Tokyo Olympic Organizer on Bribery Allegations

Bloomberg · 18h ago · Japanese prosecutors alleged on Wednesday that the Tokyo Olympics sponsorship process was tainted by bribery, arresting a former senior member of the organizing committee and three men linked to the clothing company that dressed the Japanese Olympic team.

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NPR | Podcast | Up First · 19h ago · Liz Cheney will continue fighting for democracy after losing her primary over condemnation of former President Trump. The Colorado River is in crisis and states can't agree on necessary water restrictions.


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Giuliani Facing Grand Jury in Georgia 2020 Election Probe

· Atlanta (AP) -- Rudy Giuliani faced a special grand jury Wednesday under a judge's order to appear before the panel investigating attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia.

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Anne Heche’s Cause Of Death Revealed By Coroner – Report

· Anne Heche died due to smoke inhalation and thermal injuries according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, People reported today. Her death was officially ruled an accident.

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CDC chief lays out agency overhaul after pandemic missteps

CBS News · 6h ago · CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook spoke to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky about the agency's major shakeup over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how it's responding to the monkeypox outbreak.

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Fire at resort that inspired 'Dirty Dancing'

USA Today · 7h ago · A fire consumed a building at the site of the long-closed Grossinger's resort in New York's Catskills. The resort once drew celebrities like Eddie Fisher and Rocky Marciano, and has been cited as an inspiration for the film "Dirty Dancing." (Aug.

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Suspended prosecutor sues Florida governor

USA Today · 8h ago · An elected Florida prosecutor who was removed from office by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis because of his positions on abortion and transgender rights is suing to get his job back. (Aug. 17)

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Russian spacewalk cut short by bad battery

USA Today · 10h ago · A Russian spacewalk has been cut short because of a bad battery in a cosmonaut's suit. Mission Control ordered Oleg Artemyev back into the International Space Station when his battery voltage dropped suddenly. (Aug. 17)

Spacewalk cut short by issue with Russian cosmonaut's spacesuit

· CNN · 10h ago · A few hours into what was intended to be a nearly seven-hour spacewalk, a Russian cosmonaut was repeatedly ordered to drop what he was working on and return to the International Space Station's airlock because of an issue with his spacesuit.

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Target takes a hit after heavy discounts to clear inventory

· Target has reported solid sales for the fiscal second quarter but its profits plunged nearly 90% because it slashed prices to clear unwanted inventories of clothing, home goods and other discretionary items

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USA Today · Aug 16, 2022 ·

Liz Cheney loses Wyoming seat to pro-Trump rival

· Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Donald Trump's fiercest Republican adversary in Congress, lost a GOP primary Tuesday, falling to Harriet Hageman, a rival backed by the former president in a contest that reinforced his grip on the party's base. (Aug. 17)

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Bloomberg · Aug 16, 2022 ·

Liz Cheney, Republican Who Defied Trump, Loses Wyoming Race

· Representative Liz Cheney, once a rising Republican star until she stood up to Donald Trump, was dealt a crushing defeat in her bid for re-election by a primary challenger backed by the former president.

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CBS News · Aug 16, 2022 ·

Liz Cheney tries to hold on in GOP primary shaped by Trump

· Republican Rep. Liz Cheney's political career could be nearing an end after becoming one of former President Donald Trump's fiercest critics. She tells Robert Costa what's at stake in her primary.

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West Nile Virus Found in Record Number of NYC Mosquitos This Summer

Gizmodo · 13h ago · The West Nile virus is having a great summer in New York City. Health officials this week reported that at least two people have recently contracted the viral illness, while a record number of mosquitoes are estimated to be carrying it currently.

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Airbnb Says They're Here to End the Party, Once and for All

Gizmodo · 16h ago · The short-term rental app Airbnb announced back in June they were making a partial prohibition on parties permanent. Now, they’re updating their software in the hopes it will nip any thoughts of backyard blowouts in the bud.Read more...

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Wind energy and golden eagles collide in US West

· USA Today · 23h ago · The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West's most spectacular predators, the golden eagle. Scientists say the species is teetering on the edge of decline. (Aug. 17)


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Bloomberg · Aug 15, 2022 ·

Trump Executive Weisselberg in Plea Talks to Resolve Tax Case

· Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, is in plea talks with state prosecutors to resolve tax fraud charges and avoid an October trial, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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Former Trump Organization CFO to plead guilty to criminal charges

· Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges this week tied to his indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Terms of the plea have not immediately been disclosed.

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NFL UK Coverage Moves From BBC To ITV

Deadline Hollywood · 19h ago · ITV has taken over UK coverage of the NFL for three years from the BBC, another sports rights coup for the commercial broadcaster following last Friday’s La Liga football deal.

NFL Moves to ITV From BBC

· Variety · 19h ago · After years of being on the BBC, the National Football League (NFL) has a new free-to-air television home in the U.K. and Ireland following a a three-year partnership with broadcaster ITV.


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Liberty score final 13 points, beat Sky in playoff opener

· ABC News · 2h ago · Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Natasha Howard also scored 22 points and the seventh-seeded New York Liberty beat the defending champion Chicago Sky 98-91 in the opening game of the WNBA playoffs

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Utah boy injured in dorm fall at Little League World Series

· A 12-year-old Little League World Series player from Utah is in critical condition with what his family said was a head injury suffered when he fell off a bunk bed at the dormitory complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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LLWS player suffers head injury from bunk fall

· Easton Oliverson, a 12-year-old player from Utah whose team is set to play in the Little League World Series, had to undergo emergency surgery for a severe head injury.

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Serena struggles in straight-sets loss in Cincinnati

· ESPN · Aug 16, 2022 · In what proved to be her final tune-up match before the U.S. Open, Serena Williams lost in straight sets on Tuesday night to Emma Raducanu in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Ohio.

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Sources: Tiger to meet players, rally tour support

· A player who was invited to attend Tuesday's meeting told ESPN that it will include many of the top 20 players in the world and a handful of other influential PGA Tour members who haven't defected to LIV Golf.

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El Salvador extends state of exception; 50,000 arrested

· Washington Post · 15h ago · Some 50,000 people have been locked up in El Salvador since late March for alleged gang ties and the country’s congress has now approved another month-long extension of the state of exception that suspends some rights in the name of combatting gangs

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El Salvador extends state of exception; 50,000 arrested

· Some 50,000 people have been locked up in El Salvador since late March for alleged gang ties and the country's congress has now approved another month-long extension of the state of exception that suspends some rights in the name of combatting gangs

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WHO chief: Lack of help for Tigray crisis due to skin color

ABC News · 9h ago · The head of the World Health Organization has described the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “the worst disaster on Earth” and asked if the reason global leaders haven't responded is due to “the color of the skin" of the people who live there

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WHO chief: Lack of help for Tigray crisis due to skin color

· The head of the World Health Organization has described the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as “the worst disaster on Earth” and asked if the reason global leaders haven’t responded is due to “the color of the skin” of the people who live there

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Germany Condemns Palestinian Leader Over Holocaust Remarks

Wall Street Journal · 10h ago · German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is under fire for failing to immediately push back against remarks on Tuesday by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asserting Israel has committed Holocausts against Palestinians.

Outrage over Palestinian leader's '50 Holocausts' remark

· CNN · 13h ago · Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas struck a deep nerve on Tuesday when he said Israel has caused "50 Holocausts" against Palestinians, triggering outrage from world leaders and a social media storm.

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German leader condemns Abbas' '50 Holocausts' remark

· Germany’s chancellor says that he was “disgusted by the outrageous remarks” made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, accusing Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians over the years

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German leader condemns Abbas' '50 Holocausts' remark

· Germany’s chancellor says that he was “disgusted by the outrageous remarks” made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, accusing Israel of committing “50 Holocausts” against Palestinians over the years

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Nepal's holy river choked with sewage, trash

· USA Today · 22h ago · High on a mountain in the Himalayas, the pristine headwater of the Bagmati river falls from the mouth of a tiger statue. For the Hindu majority nation, the river is long revered as having the power to purify souls.

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Missing India soldier's body found on glacier after 38 years

· The remains of an Indian army soldier have been found more than 38 years after he went missing on a glacier at the highest point along the heavily militarized contested border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir

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Snow research fills gap in understanding Arctic climate

Science Daily · 5h ago · Comprehensive data from several seasons of field research in the Alaskan Arctic will address uncertainties in Earth-system and climate-change models about snow cover across the region and its impacts on water and the environment.

This mouse can't keep a secret about the 'secretome'

Science Daily · 5h ago · Scientists introduce a new way to label and study the secretome in a living organism. The research team started by genetically editing mouse embryonic stem cells to encode an engineered enzyme.

Why heat makes us sleepy

Science Daily · 5h ago · Neurobiologists have found that fruit flies are pre-programmed to take a nap in the middle of the day. The new article explores a 'thermometer' circuit for hot temperatures.

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Maacha Le Blanc Raised $5 Million For Her Freeze Dried Milk Milli Mylk

Forbes · 8h ago · Maacha Le Blanc raised $5 million for Milli Mylk, a freeze-dried, plant-based milk that is developed by food scientists and Michelin chefs, uses 100% sustainably sourced and organic ingredients that have been harvested, ‘mylked’, and then freeze-dried at their freshest point.

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The Rising Appeal Of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

Forbes · 8h ago · In the US, there's plenty of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc in the $11-$22 range, but increased quality perception and a premiumization of Chilean wines in general are trending prices up.

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American Airlines bets on supersonic travel with Boom jet deal

International Business Times · Aug 16, 2022 · American Airlines Group Inc on Tuesday agreed to buy up to 20 jets from aircraft maker Boom Supersonic, becoming the second major U.S. airline to bet on ultra-fast passenger travel in the last two years.

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The Never-Ending Opioid Raid

Wall Street Journal · 6h ago · Judge Polster orders a $650 million payday for trial lawyers and politicians.

Chicago's Obama Center Is Under Water

Wall Street Journal · 6h ago · It doesn’t have the money it promised the city it would raise under a May 2019 master agreement for the Jackson Park property.

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Cheney, Trump and the GOP

Wall Street Journal · 11h ago · The Congresswoman lost in Wyoming, and the party divisions will haunt in 2024.

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Longform Podcast #499: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

Longform · 15h ago · Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a contributing writer for National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. His new podcast is Chameleon: Scam Likely.“I want a crumpled piece of paper where there are enough ridges and valleys and lines for me to be able to navigate, and they have to be authentic.

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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Longreads · Aug 12, 2022 · This week, our editors recommend stories by Caitlin Dickerson, Samira Shackle, Mitchell S. Jackson, Roberto José Andrade Franco, and Ian Dille.

Longform Podcast #498: Hannah Goldfield

Longform · Aug 10, 2022 · Hannah Goldfield is the food critic at The New Yorker.“There are just only so many ways to say ‘crunchy.’ There's ‘crunchy,’ there's ‘crisp,’ there's ‘crispy,’ you can say something ‘crackles,’ and that's kind of it.

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Galloping Into the Abyss

Longreads · Aug 9, 2022 · Andres Beckett dreamed of flying over the crest, down into the long dark track of the Suicide Race.

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Longreads · Aug 5, 2022 · This week, our editors recommend longreads by Janelle Nanos, Paloma Pacheo, Radley Balko, Claire McNear, and Tad Friend.

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