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August 15, 2020

Transmission of the virus among children may have been low due to stay-at-home orders and school closures. But now schools are reopening.
Health experts say children make up more than 7% of all coronavirus cases in the US -- while comprising about 22% of the country's population -- and the number and rate of child cases have been "steadily increasing" from March to July. ... click to read more

Health officials in Illinois have identified Covid-19 cases linked to a 'mini-prom'
Health officials in southern Illinois are looking for people who attended a "mini-prom" earlier this month and may been exposed to multiple confirmed cases of coronavirus. ... click to read more

Family evacuated from Wuhan compares US virus response
A Tennessee family evacuated from Wuhan, China, as the coronavirus pandemic exploded around the world say the difference between the way the US and China handled the virus is "night and day." CNN's Brianna Keilar reports. ... click to read more

Expert says human challenge trials are unethical and treat people 'like laboratory animals'
Track the spread | Reopening Q&A | Covid-19 symptoms ... click to read more

School districts experience challenges with remote learning
Students, parents and teachers are struggling as some school districts are experiencing challenges with remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN's Brian Todd reports. ... click to read more

How many of these sad pandemic achievements have you unlocked?
At this point, we've all been living in a coronavirus world for more than five months. That's almost half a year lost to a terrifying and depressing pandemic limbo. ... click to read more

USPS will stop removing letter collection boxes in Western states until after the election, spokesman says
The United States Postal Service has started reducing post office operating hours across several states and removing their iconic blue letter collection boxes as it faces intense pressure to deal with millions of mail-in ballots this fall, according to union officials. ... click to read more

Obama takes on Trump administration in direct terms over USPS
Former President Barack Obama took on President Donald Trump's attempts to stall funding for the United States Postal Service in a podcast published Friday, slamming his predecessor's opposition to the much-needed funds as a craven attempt to boost his chances of winning in November. ... click to read more

Analysis: This year could see the most joyless election campaign in generations
These are serious times. ... click to read more

Postal service inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes and potential ethics conflicts
The internal watchdog at the United States Postal Service is reviewing controversial policy changes recently imposed under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and is also examining DeJoy's compliance with federal ethics rules, according to a spokeswoman for the USPS inspector general and an aide to Sen... click to read more

Jared Kushner responds to Barack Obama's criticism
CNN's Christiane Amanpour asks Jared Kushner about President Obama's recent criticism of President Trump's handling of the US Postal Service and mail-in voting plans. ... click to read more

Opinion: Beware the Never Trumpers
After a long and hard fought primary season, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have emerged as the Democratic Party's nominees for president and vice president. As delegates prepare for their convention, CNN Opinion asked 10 contributors from across the Democratic spectrum to weigh in on their visions fo... click to read more

Don Lemon: Guess how many of Kamala Harris' GOP colleagues stood up for her?
After President Trump floated a baseless birther theory about Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), CNN's Don Lemon said his producers reached out to all 53 of Harris' GOP colleagues in the Senate for comment. ... click to read more

Opinion: Republican calls for condemning the 'birther' attack on Kamala Harris
Here we go again. ... click to read more

Federal court strikes down California's ban on high-capacity magazines
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down California's ban on large-capacity magazines (LCMs), labeling it a violation of the Second Amendment in a consequential 2-1 split decision ruling. ... click to read more

Father of 5-year-old boy killed says suspect was their neighbor for eight years
The grieving father of a 5-year-old North Carolina boy allegedly killed by a neighbor is sharing details on the final moments leading up to the shooting. ... click to read more

Man wanted in connection with Ranch2 Fire in California is believed to be 'violent,' police say
Authorities in Azusa, California, are searching for a man who they say intentionally started the 2,500 acre Ranch2 Fire in Los Angeles County. ... click to read more

Trump orders TikTok's Chinese-owned parent company to divest interest in US operations
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday evening directing ByteDance, the Chinese-owned parent company of TikTok, to divest interest in the app's US operations within the next 90 days. ... click to read more

'Do you regret all of the lying?': Reporter's blunt question to Trump causes a stir
The Huffington Post's Senior White House Correspondent, S.V. Date, tells CNN's Brianna Keilar why he bluntly asked President Donald Trump if he regretted "all of the lying" he had done over the past three years. ... click to read more

1 in 4 young people are reporting suicidal thoughts. Here's how to help
In the early days of the pandemic, many people came together to help each other, connecting over socially distant dinners and reaching out for video calls with friends they hadn't talked to in months. ... click to read more

President Trump's brother hospitalized
Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, is hospitalized in New York, the White House confirmed Friday. ... click to read more

Amanpour asks Kushner to apologize for Trump's birther attack. Hear his response
CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks to Jared Kushner about Trump and the recent birtherism attack on presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. ... click to read more

Marge Simpson responds to Trump adviser's Kamala Harris comparison
Doh! Politics have really gotten serious when a beloved but fictional animated character feels compelled to defend herself against a real-world slight. ... click to read more

The driver of a truck that collided with a school bus helped get the kids out before he died
... click to read more

A 12-year-old girl was caught on camera gambling at an Australian casino
A 12-year-old girl was among three minors caught gambling at a casino in Sydney, Australia, regulators said Saturday. ... click to read more

'Price is Right' host shows off his pandemic look
"The Price Is Right" host Drew Carey posted a picture on his Instagram page showing off his new beard. ... click to read more

Starting this weekend, Walmart is converting its parking lots into free drive-in theaters
Tired of movie nights at home? Walmart has the perfect solution for bored quarantiners. ... click to read more

Lauryn Hill answers daughter's complaints about discipline
Singer Lauryn Hill's daughter Selah Marley recently shared her take on what she says was a traumatic childhood and now her mother has explained her perspective. ... click to read more

Could this be T-Rex's relative?
Paleontologists in Britain say four bones found in 2019 on the Isle of Wight are likely to be from a new species of dinosaur related to ?the Tyrannosaurus rex. ... click to read more

The National Zoo announces its 22-year-old giant panda may be pregnant
When Mei Xiang went in for an ultrasound on Friday, her results were shared around the world. ... click to read more

Former 'Jackass' star tapes himself to billboard in publicity stunt
TV personality and former "Jackass" star Steve-O attached himself to a billboard in Los Angeles as a publicity stunt for a new comedy special. ... click to read more

A university is covering racist murals. One references the need to conserve 'our racial heritage'
The University of Oregon is covering the controversial murals that have decorated the halls of its largest library after years of protest over the murals' racist language and portrayal of Indigenous people. ... click to read more

How come White people can't use the n-word but some Black people say it all the time?
... click to read more

Virginia Tech renames dorms once named after men with racist views
Two dormitories at Virginia Tech will now be named after prominent Black people associated with the school, according to a university news release. ... click to read more

Thousands are asking for a 'White Pride' billboard to come down near the KKK's Arkansas headquarters
There's a renewed push for the removal of a controversial billboard in an Arkansas town near the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan. ... click to read more

NASA mission prepares for touchdown on an asteroid
This week, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft conducted a final rehearsed of all of the maneuvers it will need to touchdown on the asteroid Bennu and collect a sample from it in the fall. ... click to read more

Hubble spies the culprit behind Betelgeuse star's dimming. And it may be happening again
The Hubble Space Telescope may have solved the mystery of the curiously dimming star Betelgeuse, according to new research. ... click to read more

The reason we're shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon
For the first time ever, scientists received a signal after sending laser beams from Earth to a reflector on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter around the moon. ... click to read more

Here's why stores are starting to open later
Walmart will stay open later at most of its stores in the United States, joining other large chains that have started to stay open longer than they did during the early days of the pandemic. ... click to read more

Disney confirms its first bisexual lead character, who is also multi-cultural
Diversity is making its way onto the Disney Channel. Disney has confirmed it has a bixsexual lead character on "The Owl House" series. ... click to read more

James Corden's parents review racy new Cardi B music video
The parents of late-night host James Corden joined "The Late Late Show" to offer their review of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's new music video for their hit song "WAP." ... click to read more

Madewell's having a Secret Stock Sale, featuring up to 70% off clothes, shoes and accessories
Madewell's casual, stylish clothes are perfect for the chilled-out days of peak summer, and right now, the much-loved label is having a secret sale — think up to 70% off a ton of pieces from the brand's collection of menswear and womenswear. (Safe to say we've never seen a sale from Madewell quite ... click to read more

109 year-old IBM is planning to take on Amazon. Here's how
When former IBM cloud leader Arvind Krishna took over the company's top job earlier this year, the move sent a clear signal about where the company sees its future. ... click to read more

The Red Bull heir, a crashed car and the scandal that angered Thailand
Before dawn on September 3, 2012, a roaring black Ferrari struck a police motorcycle in downtown Bangkok, knocking the officer to the ground and dragging his body down the darkened street before speeding away. ... click to read more

Zillow exec: Why we changed our minds on remote work
Last month, Zillow joined a growing list of companies that have decided to allow most employees to work from home permanently, even after the pandemic. ... click to read more

Harris throws Trump off balance
Everyone knew that Sen. Kamala Harris was a frontrunner to get the nod as Joe Biden's running mate; everyone, it seems, except President Donald Trump and his brain trust of loyalists and paid staffers. ... click to read more

It'll cost you 55 cents to protect your vote
President Donald Trump is doing his darndest to make sure that Americans' mail-in ballots won't get to the finish line in time to be counted, including most recently opposing much-needed funding for the US Postal Service. But there's a way to make sure he doesn't override the right to vote. ... click to read more

Biden's biggest impact: serving a single term?
On Tuesday, Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris was his long-awaited and historic choice for vice president. Now that Biden has made one of the most consequential decisions of his campaign, we implore him to commit to serving only a single term as president, if elected in November. We believe th... click to read more

Biden shouldn't rule out a second term if he wins
It has become almost conventional wisdom that if Joseph Biden is elected President this November he will only serve one term and not seek reelection in 2024. ... click to read more

With QAnon, Trump and other Republicans head into the sewer
This week in Georgia, the followers of QAnon, a baseless "deep state" conspiracy, likely found their way into Washington's halls of power. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a wealthy first-time candidate, won the Republican nomination for the state's heavily GOP leaning 14th congressional district, nearly en... click to read more

Chickenality: Oh, yes, it's real
We did not get the chickens because the pandemic was coming. We did not get them to survive what has often felt like the end of the world and has certainly been the end of the world as we knew it. ... click to read more

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UN Security Council rejects US proposal to extend Iran arms embargo
The UN Security Council rejected a US proposal to extend the conventional weapons embargo on Iran Friday. ... click to read more

Analysis: The US-China fight began with trade. Now it's the one thing still working for them
Tensions between the United States and China have soared as the two superpowers fight over everything from the coronavirus pandemic, human rights and Hong Kong, to who controls the technologies of the future. ... click to read more

Women stuck at sea for 15 hours rescued by fishermen
Two young women survived 15 hours at sea after going missing while paddle boarding in Galway, Ireland. They were found the next day clinging to a lobster pot buoy by a local father and son fishermen duo. CNN affiliate Virgin Media News has the story. ... click to read more

Power lifter fractures both knees while attempting to squat nearly 900 pounds
A Russian power lifter broke both his knees while trying to lift nearly 900 pounds. ... click to read more

Analysis: Israel-UAE agreement a meek version of the historic Mideast deal Trump pledged
This is not THE Middle East peace deal that has beguiled a generation of American presidents, the one President Donald Trump commissioned his son-in-law and special advisor Jared Kushner to conclude. ... click to read more

New bodycam video from George Floyd's death shows panicked witnesses begging officers to check his pulse
Newly released police bodycam footage from the fatal arrest of George Floyd shows a crowd of bystanders becoming increasingly upset as police hold down the 46-year-old Black man, pleading with officers to get off of him and check his pulse. ... click to read more

Chicago's new strategy to combat looting includes social media monitoring and 'robust legal action'
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a five-point strategy to combat looting in the city's business district that includes social media monitoring, speeding up police response and "robust" prosecution. ... click to read more

Prosecutors ask judge to deny Ghislaine Maxwell's request for accusers' identities
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to deny Ghislaine Maxwell's request to be told the identities of the women who allege the former British socialite and girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein recruited, groomed and ultimately sexually abused them as young girls. ... click to read more

Beirut's once-thriving cultural community was already at breaking point. Then the blast hit
At the moment that one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history blasted outwards from Beirut's port and swept across the city, Zeina Arida, the director of Sursock Museum, was standing outside her office with two colleagues. The force of the explosion, less than a mile away, threw them into... click to read more

Why it's important to remember that Andy Warhol was working class
From Marilyn Monroe to Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol's portraits of the rich and famous are some of the most recognizable works of 20th-century American art. ... click to read more

The 'fox eye' beauty trend continues to spread online. But critics insist it's racist
"Ching chong eyes!" That's what elementary school kids used to call Sophie Wang. It was an insidious racist slur casually thrown around as they mocked her Asian ethnicity while pulling on the corner of their eyes. Upward for Japanese. To the side for Chinese. Downward for Korean. ... click to read more

The secret of Birkenstock's enduring success
Pandemic restrictions have meant one thing for most wardrobes: comfort. As many of us continue to work from home -- and staying safe with a trip to the park remains the height of summer's social calendar -- sensible flat sandals are now more pervasive than ever. ... click to read more

This is how Dolly Parton subverted the dumb blonde cliché
At the Los Angeles premiere of "Steel Magnolias" on November 9, 1989, country diva Dolly Parton was a walking embodiment of that decade of excess: skyscraper hair, elongated nails, pneumatic boobs, and a dress smothered in rhinestones. "I kinda patterned my look after Cinderella and Mother Goose --... click to read more

If you've been watching a lot of 'comfort TV,' you're not alone
At some point last month, during my sixth episode of "Going RV" of the day, I knew I'd fallen too deep. ... click to read more

Kelly Clarkson takes on troll: 'aim higher'
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