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Japan appeals court order to recognize 'black…

Japan’s government and the city of Hiroshima have appealed a court ruling ordering them to certify dozens of people who were exposed to radioactive “black rain” in the aftermath of the 1945 U.S. atomic bomb attack

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Fresh Prince Is Getting a Reboot—a Darker One

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting rebooted, but it'll be a bit darker than the original version. It all started when filmmaker Morgan Cooper reimagined the 1990s sitcom as a drama, posting a trailer for the pretend show last year that quickly went viral. It even got the attention...

Companies test antibody drugs to treat COVID-19

With a coronavirus vaccine still many months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: antibody drugs that fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to do the job. (Aug. 12)

You Can't Go Home Again? WH Mulls Barring US…

The Trump administration is considering ways to restrict people from entering the United States at the US-Mexico border. Citing coronavirus concerns, a White House draft memo says such restricted persons could include US citizens and lawful permanent residents. According to CNN, it's the latest attempt by the administration to seal off US borders. In March, the administration invoked a public health law to swiftly remove migrants, including children, who are apprehended at the border. A source says options being weighed by the administration would also likely rely on authorities from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UK scientists openly question government's…

The British government insists that science is guiding its decisions as the country navigates its way through the coronavirus pandemic

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Zac Efron to Star in 'Three Men and a Baby' Remake

Zac Efron to Star in 'Three Men and a Baby' Remake . The actor has been confirmed for the upcoming remake of the classic 1987 comedy. which will stream on Disney+. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon Gray is producing the flick, . with Will Reichel adapting the script using the material from the 1987 original. As of yet, there is no director attached to the project, but a search is believed to be underway. For Zac, the return to Disney comes as he found fame with the media giants in the early 2000s, . when he landed the lead role of Troy Bolton in the 'High School Musical' franchise

Amazon Wants To Convert JCPenney And Sears Into…

Amazon is in talks to convert JCPenney and Sears mall stores stores into distribution centers. The Wall Street Journal reports this move could position Amazon to build out its order capacity amid the pandemic. Amazon is discussing working with US mall operator Simon Property Group to convert mall stores into hubs to help complete Amazon's online orders. Business Insider predicts Amazon would have several deals in the works by the end of 2020 to pick up stores from struggling retailers.

Sarah Palin Has a Few Tips for Kamala Harris

Sarah Palin, the second woman ever to be chosen to share a major party presidential ticket (Geraldine Ferraro was the first, in 1984), has some advice for Kamala Harris, the third woman to be in those particular shoes. The very first item on Palin's six-item list of tips for Joe...

Police radar captures winds of 90 mph during…

An Iowa state trooper captured wind speeds topping 90 mph during the worst part of the derecho that hit Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Aug. 10.

Bill Gates Says Coronavirus Will End For…

Bill Gates Says Coronavirus Will End For Developed Nations by 2021. The Microsoft co-founder made his comment in a new interview with 'Wired.'. ...for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022, Bill Gates, via 'Wired'. Gates explains that some vaccines in production will only assist more prosperous nations due to manufacturing and worldwide demand. It's because of innovation that you don't have to contemplate an even sadder statement, which is this thing will be raging for five years until natural immunity is our only hope, Bill Gates, via 'Wired'. Gates, who funds medical research and vaccine programs, has criticized the United States' handling of the virus. In an interview from late June, he said America was not doing enough to contain COVID-19. Gates blamed a lack of contact tracing and testing, as well as people merely ignoring the pandemic. The billionaire himself has also been a target of misinformation surrounding coronavirus. Gates believes a vaccine is on the way and praises antiviral medication remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment. We've had about a factor-of-two improvement in hospital outcomes already, and that's with just remdesivir and dexamethasone, Bill Gates, via 'Wired'

UK economy in recession after 20.4% second…

The U.K. economy has officially fallen into recession after official figures showed it contracting by a record 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of lockdown measures put in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic

Will virus derail Latinos’ political rise?

Latinos have rapidly grown to become the nation’s largest minority population. But because so many are too young to vote or here illegally, they are vastly underrepresented in government. (Aug. 12)

Couple Assaults Teen Sesame Place Worker Over…

A 17-year-old employee at Sesame Place was forced to undergo surgery after a mask dispute at the Pennsylvania theme park Sunday ended in an altercation. The worker had asked a couple to put on their masks earlier in the day; then, around 5pm, he encountered the man and woman again...

Shares mostly lower in Asia after retreat on Wall…

Shares are mostly lower in Asia after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally, breaking a seven-day winning streak for the S&P 500

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Trump Slams Biden's 'Radical' VP Pick

Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman to appear on a major-party presidential ticket. The former California attorney general was seen by the Democratic establishment as "one of the safest choices" for Biden's running mate and was long considered the...

Today in History for August 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Last U.S. combat troops leave Vietnam; Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. killed in World War II; N.J. Gov. McGreevey to resign after declaring he's gay; Russian sub Kursk explodes; Director Cecil B. DeMille born. (Aug. 12)

Once Stuck Between Biden And Sanders, Kamala…

For the first time in American history, a Black and South Asian woman has been chosen for national office by a major political party. CNN reports presumptive Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday as his running mate. Harris follows Democrat Geraldine Ferraro and Republican Sarah Palin as only the third woman to be chosen as the running mate on a presidential ticket. When Harris herself entered the presidential race in January 2019, she was greeted by an adoring crowd of 20,000 outdoors in Oakland, California. But on the campaign trail, she often found herself philosophically stuck between Senators Warren and Sanders' progressivism and the more centrist Biden.

UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in…

The U.N. Security Council remains at odds over the way the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon operates on the ground

Voter Registration Increased During Black Lives…

Voter Registration Increased During Black Lives Matter Protests, Study Says. According to TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, , voter registration surged in June amid protests over the killing of George Floyd. Despite a full or partial lockdown in large swaths of the country for much of the month, voter registration began to rebound as people took to the streets to protest, TargetSmart analysis. Though not all states have reported registration data for the entire month of June, 1.1 million voters registered in the first half of the month. As a comparison, 1.5 million voters registered in all of June 2016. . Minnesota experienced an increase in voter registration that seems to have continued into July. Voter registration for Democrats nearly doubled in June from 17,000 in 2016 to 32,000 in 2020. Meanwhile, Republican registration essentially flat-lined at 17,000, TargetSmart analysis. Increased voter registration was also likely affected by President Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier. There's this level of intensity, people are feeling like this situation is being very much mishandled, and if they have the opportunity to go and cast a ballot and put different people in charge. I think we're seeing that in the voter registrations, TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier, via NBC News

Kelly Clarkson To Step In For Simon Cowell On…

Simon Cowell will not be able to appear on Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes of "America's Got Talent". Cowell suffered a serious back injury on Sunday when he fell off an electric bike. The reality TV star judge broke his back in several places. Daytime Emmy winner Kelly Clarkson will be sitting in for him. According to NBC, Clarkson will join fellow judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara.

Alyssa Milano: COVID Is Making My Hair Fall Out

Alyssa Milano says she is losing large amounts of hair as a result of COVID-19. The actress, who recently tested positive for coronavirus antibodies , months after other tests apparently missed the infection, says she is still dealing with symptoms four months after falling seriously ill, CNN reports. In a video...

A look back on J-named storms during hurricane…

This year's J-storm will be given the name Josephine. It wasn't the first time a storm was given this name, here's a little history of J-named storms.

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Lebanon’s Government Announces Resignation Amid…

Lebanon’s Government Announces Resignation Amid Widespread Outrage Over Blast. In a televised address on Monday, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that he and his cabinet had decided to “take a step back.”. We take a step back, to stand with the people, in order to wage the battle of change with them. We want to open the door to national rescue, a rescue that the Lebanese will participate in achieving, Hassan Diab, via National News Agency. He further explained the government’s decision to resign, saying it was to encourage a “shift” away from “corruption” and “waste” in the country. The government’s resignation comes just under a week after a deadly explosion rocked the country’s capital of Beirut, killing at least 160 people and injuring thousands. . The explosion was caused by the mismanagement of 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate by officials since 2013. . President Michel Aoun has asked Diab and his ministers to continue performing their duties until a new government is put into place. According to Maha Yahya, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, an independent prime minister will likely be named to undertake economic reforms and prepare for next year’s elections.

The Latest: Pope decries pandemic's culture of…

Pope Francis has denounced a culture of individuality revealed by the pandemic, which has sacrificed the care of the weakest members of society

Analysis: Harris pick makes history, sets new tone

The director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University says Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate "changes the face of the future of the Democratic Party" and sets a new tone for U.S. politics. (Aug. 11)