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    U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S September 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTSPQ45

    Hillary Saved the Bombshells for Round 2

    Hillary Saved the Bombshells for Round 2

    Come along with me, people, because it’s already time to look ahead to the second debate. Consider this thought: Hillary Clinton took Donald Trump to the house Monday night without even playing some of the heaviest cards against him.What did come ...

    She hardly had to scratch the surface to win the first contest—and there’s plenty more dirt where that stuff came from.

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    Skittish GOP Doesn’t Want to Talk Trump

    Skittish GOP Doesn’t Want to Talk Trump

    Skeptical Republicans were coming around. Donald Trump was gaining momentum and the polls were tightening.Then he had a train wreck of a debate.He got put on his heels by Hillary Clinton early, gave a confusing answer on his years-long “birther” c...

    Donald Trump bombed his first general election debate, leaving prominent Republicans who were just warming to him ducking for cover.

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    Al Gore Coming to Clinton’s Rescue?

    Al Gore Coming to Clinton’s Rescue?

    Climate change got only fleeting attention on the debate stage Monday night, but when Donald Trump lied by insisting he’d never said global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, his 2012 tweet saying just that was re-tweeted tens of thousa...

    A Democrat who knows a thing or two about third-party challenges, environmental dangers, and the once and perhaps future first family waiting in the wings.

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    U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S September 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTSPQ45

    Hillary Saved the Bombshells for Round 2

    Hillary Saved the Bombshells for Round 2

    Come along with me, people, because it’s already time to look ahead to the second debate. Consider this thought: Hillary Clinton took Donald Trump to the house Monday night without even playing some of the heaviest cards against him.What did come ...

    She hardly had to scratch the surface to win the first contest—and there’s plenty more dirt where that stuff came from.

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    A journalist records a video from screen as Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016.

    Everyone Knows Trump’s Racist—but Trump

    Everyone Knows Trump’s Racist—but Trump

    Donald Trump may be one of the last people in America who doesn’t know that he is a bigot. After weeks of alleged “outreach” to black and Muslim communities, the GOP nominee Monday night littered the debate stage with racial stereotypes, doubling ...

    A candidate incapable of acknowledging his own shortcomings keeps doubling down on them.

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    An ambulance drives past Bellevue Hospital, where Dr. Craig Spencer is receiving treatments for the Ebola virus, in New York, Oct. 23, 2014. New York?s carefully planned response to the virus was a world apart from the scene that unfolded in a Dallas hospital last month, proving that health workers and officials are learning from previous missteps. (Joshua Bright/The New York Times)

    How Many Lives Will They Save Tonight?

    How Many Lives Will They Save Tonight?

    The cable-news countdown clock on the TV at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps was saying the big debate was 88 minutes away when a report of a man shot came over the scanner.“Let’s go!” Chief Colin Raeburn said.Just 20 miles and a w...

    ‘America is better than this,’ said the man who took out a reverse mortgage to foot the bill for the truly vital service he provides his fellow Americans.

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    Netflix series 'The Crown'

    Netflix Unveils $130m ‘Crown’ Trailer

    Netflix Unveils $130m ‘Crown’ Trailer

    It is being billed as the most expensive TV series ever produced—with a budget of $130 million—and the first official trailer for the forthcoming Netflix series The Crown is setting high expectations among fans of costume dramas.The Netflix drama ...

    It’s being billed as the biggest-budget TV series of all time—and to judge from the trailer, released today, the Queen Elizabeth drama lives up to the hype.

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    epa03026536 US writer and producer Norman Lear arrives for the premiere of 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' in Los Angeles, California, USA 06 December 2011.  EPA/PAUL BUCK

    Norman Lear on Trump vs. Archie Bunker

    Norman Lear on Trump vs. Archie Bunker

    TV legend Norman Lear has a metaphor he likes to use when talking about Donald Trump.“I think Donald Trump is the middle finger of the American right hand,” Lear tells me. For a segment of the population tired of leadership failing them, Trump is ...

    The 94-year-old TV legend puts an end to those Donald Trump and Archie Bunker comparisons, discusses his legacy, and previews his new docuseries, ‘America Divided.’

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    Colbert Hits Trump’s Lewinsky Threats

    Colbert Hits Trump’s Lewinsky Threats

    The opening credits of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert featured a very special guest Tuesday night. Each time the announcer mentioned one of the night’s guests, Donald Trump popped up in the corner to give the same rejoinder he hurled at Hillar...

    The ‘Late Show’ host broke down Donald Trump’s various excuses following a loss in the first presidential debate.

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    'The Daily Show' host Trevor Noah mocks Trump.

    ‘Daily Show’: Trump ‘Spinning’ His Loss

    ‘Daily Show’: Trump ‘Spinning’ His Loss

    On Monday, Donald Trump became the first presidential candidate to enter the so-called spin room and talk directly to reporters after a general-election debate. And it wasn’t because he won.“Normally the candidates leave it up to their surrogates ...

    Host Trevor Noah took on all the post-debate reactions Tuesday night, including Donald Trump’s foray into the spin room.

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    epa03026536 US writer and producer Norman Lear arrives for the premiere of 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' in Los Angeles, California, USA 06 December 2011.  EPA/PAUL BUCK

    Norman Lear on Trump vs. Archie Bunker

    Norman Lear on Trump vs. Archie Bunker

    TV legend Norman Lear has a metaphor he likes to use when talking about Donald Trump.“I think Donald Trump is the middle finger of the American right hand,” Lear tells me. For a segment of the population tired of leadership failing them, Trump is ...

    The 94-year-old TV legend puts an end to those Donald Trump and Archie Bunker comparisons, discusses his legacy, and previews his new docuseries, ‘America Divided.’

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    Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on 'The View.'

    Clinton Camp’s Victory Lap on ‘The View’

    Clinton Camp’s Victory Lap on ‘The View’

    Robby Mook was feeling a lot better this morning, just a couple of weeks after he may or may not have caught pneumonia from his boss.The Hillary Clinton campaign manager had booked his appearance on The View well before last night’s first presiden...

    Robby Mook could not have been more pleased with Hillary Clinton’s debate performance.

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    Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation for fashion house Bottega Veneta during the 2017 Women's Spring / Summer collections shows at Milan Fashion Week on September 24, 2016 in Milan.

    Gigi Hadid Speaks Out After Attack

    Gigi Hadid Speaks Out After Attack

    On bad weeks, the internet can read like a laundry list of shit that women have to put up with. On Monday night, women across the world got to watch a former secretary of State deploy the face we use when an obnoxious dude won’t stop talking to us...

    After being attacked by a serial celebrity harasser last week, Vogue cover model Gigi Hadid has strong words in favor of self-defense and ‘model behavior.’

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    Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian at Onyx Nightclub on March 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Rob Tweets Out Kylie Jenner’s Digits

    Rob Tweets Out Kylie Jenner’s Digits

    As noted Kardashian tax dependent Tyga once said, “Everybody deserves to be happy.” At the time, the “Rack City” rapper and G.O.O.D. Music charity case was referring to the unholy union between his ex, Blac Chyna, and Rob Kardashian. The ensuing w...

    In a brazen plea for attention, the Kardashian bro tweeted out his little half sister’s digits, supposedly in revenge for forgetting to invite his baby mama to her own baby shower.

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    Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on 'The View.'

    Clinton Camp’s Victory Lap on ‘The View’

    Clinton Camp’s Victory Lap on ‘The View’

    Robby Mook was feeling a lot better this morning, just a couple of weeks after he may or may not have caught pneumonia from his boss.The Hillary Clinton campaign manager had booked his appearance on The View well before last night’s first presiden...

    Robby Mook could not have been more pleased with Hillary Clinton’s debate performance.

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    World News

    How Shimon Peres Got Nukes for Israel

    How Shimon Peres Got Nukes for Israel

    PARIS —Shimon Peres is recognized as a great statesman and will be remembered after his death early Wednesday morning at age 93 as a passionate advocate of peace between Israel’s Jews and the Arabs of the Middle East.With a longer view, historians...

    Renowned for his decades-long quest for peace in the Middle East, Shimon Peres’s greatest triumph was his cunning and successful plan to bring nuclear weapons to Israel.

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    Members of the Civil Defence rescue children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo June 2, 2014.

    U.S. Warned of Attack on Syria Aid Group

    U.S. Warned of Attack on Syria Aid Group

    Two days prior to devastating aerial attacks, Michael Ratney, the U.S. special envoy to Syria, was told the Assad regime was planning to hit the Aleppo facilities of the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue group.Raed al-Saleh, the head of the...

    The Obama administration, desperate to save a shattered Syrian ceasefire, seems to have ignored concrete intelligence of an atrocity to come.

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    43 Students Still Missing After Massacre

    Mexico Can’t Stop Lying About a Massacre

    Mexico Can’t Stop Lying About a Massacre

    MEXICO — The lives of dozens of Mexican families were forever altered when bullets rained down on their sons, rural college students who dreamed of one day becoming teachers.Two years ago this Monday, a convoy of corrupt police ambushed students t...

    The government claims the missing students were murdered by the cartels and incinerated en masse. But experts say they doubt that’s the truth.

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    If You Knew Putin Like We Know Putin…

    If You Knew Putin Like We Know Putin…

    Russia has come to occupy an outsize role in U.S. foreign policy and the forthcoming U.S. presidential election, and who knows more about the Bear than the Baltic States—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania? They were devoured by the Soviet Union on the...

    Estonia’s president and Lithuania’s foreign minister talk to The Daily Beast about the menace Moscow poses to them, Europe, and the United States.

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    Members of the Civil Defence rescue children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo June 2, 2014.

    U.S. Warned of Attack on Syria Aid Group

    U.S. Warned of Attack on Syria Aid Group

    Two days prior to devastating aerial attacks, Michael Ratney, the U.S. special envoy to Syria, was told the Assad regime was planning to hit the Aleppo facilities of the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue group.Raed al-Saleh, the head of the...

    The Obama administration, desperate to save a shattered Syrian ceasefire, seems to have ignored concrete intelligence of an atrocity to come.

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    The Greatest myths about Jesus

    The Biggest Myths About Jesus Christ

    The Biggest Myths About Jesus Christ

    1. Jesus wasn’t tall and white. We’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Jesus was not the light-haired blue-eyed icon of European art. The problem isn’t limited to European painters: Willem Dafoe, Robert Powell, and Diogo Morgado have all bro...

    Was he really a pacifist? And what did he think about marriage? Oh, and there’s that whole thing about the color of his skin…

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    Pope Francis style of leadership

    How Francis Has Changed the Church

    How Francis Has Changed the Church

    President John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”  The popular enthusiasm surrounding the papacy of Pope Francis is, in part, a testament to his highly co...

    Despite being in office only a few years, Pope Francis has already created significant change in the ministry of the Catholic Church.

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    Socialite as Spy story, which is really about how underestimated women were in her day, WWII, with the twist that that's what saved her life

    Socialite Beat the Nazis By Playing Dumb

    Socialite Beat the Nazis By Playing Dumb

    PARIS—If you’re going to have an obit in The New York Times, it would be hard have a more intriguing headline than this one from March 2000: “Gertrude Sanford Legendre, 97, Socialite Turned Hunter and Prisoner of War,” unless they’d added, as they...

    Big game hunter, legendary French Riviera partier, and a quintessential WASP—Gertrude Sanford was also a vital U.S. spy who managed to outmaneuver the Nazis after being captured.

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    The Greatest myths about Jesus

    The Biggest Myths About Jesus Christ

    The Biggest Myths About Jesus Christ

    1. Jesus wasn’t tall and white. We’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Jesus was not the light-haired blue-eyed icon of European art. The problem isn’t limited to European painters: Willem Dafoe, Robert Powell, and Diogo Morgado have all bro...

    Was he really a pacifist? And what did he think about marriage? Oh, and there’s that whole thing about the color of his skin…

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    U.S.

    In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. The San Francisco Fed said Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, that Stumpf is resigning his position on the Federal Reserve's advisory council amid a scandal over millions of accounts allegedly opened by the bank without customers' permission.

    Wells Fargo Stinks From The Head

    Wells Fargo Stinks From The Head

    Wells Fargo Bank committed a scam that stole from its customers, inflated its stock price, and lined the pockets of its top-level executives. Those same executives pinned the whole thing on their low-level employees – people making as little as $1...

    To end these predatory practices, financial services sector employees should be given a seat at the table and allowed to collectively bargain.

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    Drug Lab Blast Kills Firefighter Royalty

    Drug Lab Blast Kills Firefighter Royalty

    A gas explosion tore through an alleged Bronx drug lab Tuesday morning, killing a second-generation firefighter and rattling neighbors.Firefighters were on the scene an hour before the 7:30 a.m. explosion, responding to reports of a gas leak at a ...

    A Tuesday morning explosion killed second-generation FDNY Chief Michael Fahey, whom the FDNY called a ‘brave man’—just like his dad.

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    An artistic depiction of Terence Crutcher is displayed at his funeral in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kurt Steiss  - RTSPASR

    Stuck in Jail as Cops Killed Her Husband

    Stuck in Jail as Cops Killed Her Husband

    The day Terence Crutcher died, his widow was stuck in jail.Frenchel Johnson, Crutcher’s common-law wife of 16 years and the mother of his three children, was incarcerated on an assault charge Sept. 16. That evening, Officer Betty Shelby fatally sh...

    First she was locked up for tangling with a neighbor. Then she found out her husband had been shot dead. Now she’s in a legal battle with his family.

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    In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. The San Francisco Fed said Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, that Stumpf is resigning his position on the Federal Reserve's advisory council amid a scandal over millions of accounts allegedly opened by the bank without customers' permission.

    Wells Fargo Stinks From The Head

    Wells Fargo Stinks From The Head

    Wells Fargo Bank committed a scam that stole from its customers, inflated its stock price, and lined the pockets of its top-level executives. Those same executives pinned the whole thing on their low-level employees – people making as little as $1...

    To end these predatory practices, financial services sector employees should be given a seat at the table and allowed to collectively bargain.

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    Refugees: Right-Wing Sheriff Targeted Us SEO: Refugees Say Right-Wing California Sheriff Intimidated Them at Gunpoint

    Refugees: Right-Wing Sheriff Targeted Us

    Refugees: Right-Wing Sheriff Targeted Us

    The plainclothes officer was on Dollarsai Yurgh’s property with an assault rifle to “audit the vote,” he said. But the scene looked more like a stickup.“Show me your hands!” the officer allegedly yelled, pointing his gun at Yurgh. When he finally ...

    The Hmong community of Northern California is suing a lawman obsessed with ‘voter fraud’ for allegedly scaring them from the polls with assault rifles.

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    Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Lepage said Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, he intends to seek "spiritual guidance" in hopes of quieting a controversy he created when he left an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail and then said he wished he could challenge him to a duel and point a gun at him. LePage said he doesn't intend to talk to the media anymore, a claim he has made before.

    Paul LePage’s Racist Drug Lie Exposed

    Paul LePage’s Racist Drug Lie Exposed

    Governor Paul LePage, Maine’s miniature Donald Trump, has said over 90 percent of the state’s drug trafficking comes from black and Hispanic dealers. But his own binder full of alleged drug dealers proves him wrong.“I made the comment that black p...

    Maine’s governor claimed ‘90-plus percent’ of heroin sellers are black, but he just proved himself wrong.

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    Tech + Health

    The Dark Web Bails on Trump After Debat

    Trump’s Online Trolls Turn on ‘Daddy’

    Trump’s Online Trolls Turn on ‘Daddy’

    One of Donald Trump’s most ardent fringe message boards appeared to turn on its candidate of choice during Monday night’s debate, saying he “got played” and that “this was not supposed to happen.”4chan, the alt-right forum that Trump and his campa...

    The alt-right diehards of 4chan, who’ve helped power the GOP nominee’s campaign with racist memes, were none too thrilled about his ‘400-pound’ hacker comment at the first debate. Th...

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    robot nurse

    ‘Nursebots’ Will Make Shortages Obsolete

    ‘Nursebots’ Will Make Shortages Obsolete

    For years, the U.S. has experienced a shortage of registered nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that while the number of nurses will increase by 19 percent by 2022, demand will grow faster than the supply, and that there will be over ...

    By 2022, one million nurse jobs will be unfilled—leaving patients with lower quality care and longer waits. But what if robots could do the job?

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     VR community lashes out at Trumpkin

    Trump Techbro Sparks Pro-Hillary Revolt

    Trump Techbro Sparks Pro-Hillary Revolt

    Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Oculus Rift developers are donating to Hillary Clinton in direct response to news that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing a political action group pushing “shitposts” on behalf of Donald Trump.Some developers ...

    The Daily Beast revealed Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey as a Trump “shitposting” sugar daddy. Now the Virtual Reality community is coming out hard for Hillary Clinton.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18:  Actor Jim Carrey arrives at LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala at LACMA on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

    Jim Carrey Lawsuit Just Got Uglier

    Jim Carrey Lawsuit Just Got Uglier

    The wrongful death lawsuit against Jim Carrey just went from strange to stranger.In an amended complaint filed Thursday, Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Jim Carrey’s late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White, is claiming that the Liar, Liar star ga...

    A lawsuit that alleges the actor had involvement in the death of Cathriona White was amended Thursday. It claims Carrey gave White multiple sexual transmitted diseases, including her...

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    robot nurse

    ‘Nursebots’ Will Make Shortages Obsolete

    ‘Nursebots’ Will Make Shortages Obsolete

    For years, the U.S. has experienced a shortage of registered nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that while the number of nurses will increase by 19 percent by 2022, demand will grow faster than the supply, and that there will be over ...

    By 2022, one million nurse jobs will be unfilled—leaving patients with lower quality care and longer waits. But what if robots could do the job?

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    Facebook is waaay too involved in this election

    Facebook, Stop Messing With the Election

    Facebook, Stop Messing With the Election

    “You’re on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls!”In 2004, that’s how ex-Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart famously rebutted Crossfire host Tucker Carlson’s allegation that he had gone too soft on John Kerry. Seven years...

    Still denying it’s a media company, Facebook says it’s just a technology company. But given its influence on the election, how much longer can it keep up the charade?

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    Facebook Fat Cat Funding Trump Memes

    Facebook Fat Cat Funding Trump Memes

    A Silicon Valley titan is putting money behind an unofficial Donald Trump group dedicated to “shitposting” and circulating internet memes maligning Hillary Clinton.Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed a pro-Trump political organization ...

    Palmer Luckey—founder of Oculus—is funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton.

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    Please Do Not Hack Your Own EpiPen

    Please Do Not Hack Your Own EpiPen

    Please Do Not Hack Your Own EpiPen

    EpiPens are so expensive that some people are trying to make their own. But the makeshift cure might be just as dangerous as a severe allergic reaction.After pharmaceutical company Mylan acquired the EpiPen patent in 2007, the emergency allergy me...

    In response to EpiPen’s 600 percent price hike, some users are hacking cheap, DIY versions at home. But experts warn of infection and overdose.

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    Facebook is waaay too involved in this election

    Facebook, Stop Messing With the Election

    Facebook, Stop Messing With the Election

    “You’re on CNN. The show that leads into me is puppets making crank phone calls!”In 2004, that’s how ex-Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart famously rebutted Crossfire host Tucker Carlson’s allegation that he had gone too soft on John Kerry. Seven years...

    Still denying it’s a media company, Facebook says it’s just a technology company. But given its influence on the election, how much longer can it keep up the charade?

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    Arts + Culture

    (L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, react while watching children play during a visit to the Immigrant Services Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSPEAS

    Will and Kate’s So-What Tour of Canada

    Will and Kate’s So-What Tour of Canada

    It’s hard now to believe that just over three years ago, several hundred journalists, cameramen, and news crews spent several weeks in one of London’s hottest summers standing, sitting, and even sleeping on a pavement outside a London hospital wai...

    William, Kate, George, and Charlotte are visiting Canada on what was intended to be a high-profile family tour. But so far it has registered a big fat zero on the global news feed.

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    How Nat Turner Spent His Last Night

    How Nat Turner Spent His Last Night

    How Nat Turner Spent His Last Night

    When the actor Phillip James Brannon wears the shackles that prevent his character, Nat Turner—the slave who led a rebellion of other slaves in Virginia in 1831—from moving, the weight of history is very literally on his shoulders.The shackles the...

    In the New York Theatre Workshop play ‘Nat Turner in Jerusalem,’ the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion faces a long, dark night of the soul before his execution.

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    Britain's Prince William (L), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George (2nd L) and Princess Charlotte arrive at the Victoria International Airport for the start of their eight day royal tour to Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 24, 2016.

    Royal Canadian Touchdown

    Royal Canadian Touchdown

    Prince George demonstrated he has the right stuff to be King today, showing a promising mastery for one so young at the art of the royal wave as he arrived with his mother Kate Middleton, father Prince William and sister Princess Charlotte at the ...

    The royals have kicked off their big Canadian tour with a crowd-pleasing appearance at Victoria airport in British Columbia

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    Sneak Peek at Jimmy Breslin's New Novel

    Trumpet Lessons, Life Lessons

    Trumpet Lessons, Life Lessons

    My Aunt Harriet took me up on the bus to the Wurlitzer store on Sutphin Boulevard and bought a used trumpet, which she paid for with bills and change from the grandmother’s purse. Afterwards, each Saturday morning, my mother gave me three dollars ...

    In an excerpt from his autobiographical novel—his first published work in a decade—Jimmy Breslin describes his first trumpet lessons, and stumbles upon a scene of heartbreaking beauty.

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    How Nat Turner Spent His Last Night

    How Nat Turner Spent His Last Night

    How Nat Turner Spent His Last Night

    When the actor Phillip James Brannon wears the shackles that prevent his character, Nat Turner—the slave who led a rebellion of other slaves in Virginia in 1831—from moving, the weight of history is very literally on his shoulders.The shackles the...

    In the New York Theatre Workshop play ‘Nat Turner in Jerusalem,’ the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion faces a long, dark night of the soul before his execution.

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    How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

    How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

    How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

    I am a writer. It seems unlikely yet inevitable that I should have become one. I didn’t go to college, have no degree, but I do have what they call, “a past.” I was named after my father, Willie, a con artist, card sharp, and sometimes garden-vari...

    Her father was a thief, her mother a drunk, but Billie Livingston was determined to be a writer. She succeeded, then it got hard, and then the magic happened.

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    The Great British Bake Off

    The ‘Great British Bake Off’ Break Down

    The ‘Great British Bake Off’ Break Down

    If Nigel Farage and Brexit are the hard, political manifestation of the never-ending existential crisis of what it means to be British, then the BBC TV show the Great British Bake Off is their gentler, custard-soaked cultural counterpart.Bake Off,...

    There is nothing more British than a TV baking show. But Bake Off has accepted an appetizing $99m deal to abandon the BBC and there’s a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.

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    Lord Ivar Mountbatten attends the drinks reception hosted by Dockers, the San Francisco based apparel brand, at Kensington Palace on the eve of 'Dockers Flannels For Heroes' cricket match on June 19, 2014 in London, England.

    The Curse of Being a Royal Nobody

    The Curse of Being a Royal Nobody

    When Lord Ivar Mountbatten made the recent decision to come out as gay in the British media, he was identified as “the Queen’s cousin,” which is a somewhat economically truthful version of the real situation—he is actually the queen’s third cousin...

    The recent coming-out of a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth highlights the perils inherent in the business of being a minor royal—you do have the name, but not much else.

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    How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

    How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

    How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace

    I am a writer. It seems unlikely yet inevitable that I should have become one. I didn’t go to college, have no degree, but I do have what they call, “a past.” I was named after my father, Willie, a con artist, card sharp, and sometimes garden-vari...

    Her father was a thief, her mother a drunk, but Billie Livingston was determined to be a writer. She succeeded, then it got hard, and then the magic happened.

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