American Pickle

In the zany “American Pickle,” Seth Rogen gives a strong dual performance to explore Jewish identity

Within the first few moments of “American Pickle,” the new Seth Rogen film streaming on HBO Max, it becomes clear that lead character Herschel Greenbaum has desires that are humorously bigger than his tiny, poor Eastern European town of Shlupsk.  “Before I die, I’d like to try seltzer water, to feel the bubbles tickle my…

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Former Oklahoma football coach John Blake remembered for compassion, humor: ‘He was a great human being’

Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman Published 5:24 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020 | Updated 5:45 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe booming voice on the other end of the line left no doubt who was calling.“What up, Freak?” the caller said as soon as Keith Jackson picked up his phone late in the…

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Beyoncé’s new backup dancers? Ayesha Curry’s daughters slay ‘Black is King’ dance routine

Rasha Ali, USA TODAY Published 5:20 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020 CLOSE Tina Knowles Lawson says she didn’t know what a “savage” was when first hearing Beyonce’s shoutout on the new “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion which features her daughter. She also reveals what her famous Knowles children learned from her. (May 7) AP…

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Beirut blast fuels clashes between protesters and police: One officer killed and dozens injured

Sarah El Deeb and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press Published 4:59 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020 | Updated 5:00 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2020CLOSE Lebanese authorities believe the deadly Beirut explosion could be tied to highly explosive ammonium nitrate, which was stored at the port for years. Associated PressBEIRUT – Public fury over this week’s massive…

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Trump signs executive orders providing temporary coronavirus relief after stimulus talks with Congress stall

CLOSE The orders Trump signed would provide an extra $400 in unemployment benefits, suspend some student loan payments and protect renters from eviction. WochitWASHINGTON – With stimulus talks with Congress at an impasse, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders on Saturday to provide temporary relief to Americans who are suffering from the economic…

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Fact check: Socialist policies alone did not destroy Venezuela’s economy in last decade

CLOSE A former Navy SEAL who spent two weeks in September providing medical training to volunteers who were attempting to oust President Nicolas Maduro described the plan as ‘foolhardy’ without the help of the U.S. government or military. (May 5) AP DomesticThe claim: Venezuela’s economy was destroyed by socialism A Facebook post shared tens of thousands…

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Brewing in America: The nation’s craft beer industry has a diversity problem but it’s trying to fix it

CLOSE Roger Apollon Jr. of Four City Brewing in Orange discusses the lack of diversity in New Jersey’s craft brewing industry. NorthJersey.comA movement is brewing across the U.S. to boost the number of Black-owned breweries and attract more persons of color to beer, an industry that had been booming before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.The…

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Masks in class? Many questions as Germans go back to school

BERLIN (AP) — Masks during class, masks only in the halls, no masks at all. Distance when possible, no distance within same-grade groups, no distance at all.As Germany’s 16 states start sending millions of children back to school in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic, the country’s famous sense of “Ordnung” has given way…

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DJ, large hitters atop tight leaderboard for 4th round of PGA

The bad news: The final-round “Battle of the Titans” golf fans have been clamoring for — Brooks “Big Game” Koepka vs. Bryson “The Brain” DeChambeau with a tournament on the line — won’t be coming to a PGA Championship near you. At least not on this Sunday. The good: If Saturday’s Round 3 at TPC…

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‘Don’t shut up’ Film spotlights Filipino journalist

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from assassination.”“In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, ‘Oh, doesn’t matter.’ I laughed,” said the country’s most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler news…