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Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg, Lady Gaga, Spike Lee and Glenn Close have a message for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get well soon. They and three dozen Hollywood A-listers, from Bradley Cooper to Quincy Jones, have signed a card that’s being overnighted to Ginsburg on Thursday. The 85-year-old Ginsburg has missed a…
Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm him, mostly along party lines. Barr, who previously served as attorney general from…
Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, most powerful companies. “We…
Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest

Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on US Southwest

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest — a profitable new business for drug gangs that has pushed the synthetic…
Derrick Ingram, Thomas Jones Roseboro Pledge of Allegiance photo sparks patriotism

Derrick Ingram, Thomas Jones Roseboro Pledge of Allegiance photo sparks patriotism

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A simple, spontaneous gesture -- a Norman Rockwell moment captured in a cellphone photo -- has uncorked an outpouring of praise and patriotism across social media: Two small boys place their hands over their hearts and recite the Pledge of Allegiance as the A…
Randal Thom’s dog named Donald Trump not killed over political rivalry, sheriff says

Randal Thom's dog named Donald Trump not killed over political rivalry, sheriff says

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A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents.
Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, 2020 Democrats, fail to inspire black leaders

Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, 2020 Democrats, fail to inspire black leaders

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Democrats have the highest-powered and most diverse potential presidential field in history, including two candidates who are black -- yet two black leaders say none of them stands out so far.
United We Dream activists denounce ‘racist’ spending deal

United We Dream activists denounce 'racist' spending deal

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A prominent group of "Dreamer" activists on Wednesday blasted the new spending deal on Capitol Hill, saying it gives too much money to the Trump administration for "racist" border security and deportation policies.
Sporting goods store to close after removing Nike products in protest of Colin Kaepernick

Sporting goods store to close after removing Nike products in protest of Colin Kaepernick

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A Colorado man is closing his sporting goods store months after he stopped selling all Nike-related products in protest of the company using Colin Kaepernick as a spokesperson.
The Unintended Consequences of Silicon Valley’s “Smart” Paternalism, Agatha Christie’s Politics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda Wasted Opportunity

The Unintended Consequences of Silicon Valley’s “Smart” Paternalism, Agatha Christie’s Politics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda Wasted Opportunity

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Agatha Christie on the 1922 British Empire Expedition Tour. Wikimedia Commons. What has Lin-Manuel Miranda done since Hamilton became a hit? Appear on a handful of talk shows and voice a duck for Disney. Agatha Christie’s politics: “Christie’s satirizing of socialism should not be mistaken as an attack on strong political commitments generally. She defended…