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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

‘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…

Riot declared as crisis fires burn in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Oregon, to declare a riot and force protesters away from the offices as violent demonstrations continue in the city that had hoped for calm after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.A group of demonstrators broke into the Portland…

Belarus strongman president faces strong election challenge

Belarus strongman president faces strong election challenge

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusians are voting on whether to grant their authoritarian president a sixth term in office, following a campaign marked by unusually strong demonstrations by opposition supporters frustrated with the country’s stumbling economy, political repression and weak response to the coronavirus pandemic.Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, in office for 26 years, has made it…

Traditional council frees Taliban establishing peace talks

Traditional council frees Taliban establishing peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional Afghan council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan’s warring sides.The declaration read out in both of Afghanistan’s official languages of Pashto and Farsi calls for an immediate start to negotiations and cease…

US reaction to the virus is met with incredulity abroad

US reaction to the virus is met with incredulity abroad

ROME (AP) — The United States’ failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to a global record of 5 million confirmed infections.Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in…

Senator launches investigation into USPS as Democrats demand Trump donor in charge reverse reductions

Senator launches investigation into USPS as Democrats demand Trump donor in charge reverse reductions

The top Democrat on a Senate committee overseeing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has launched a probe into service cuts after Trump donor Louis DeJoy took over the agency as postmaster general. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, opened an investigation to “get to the bottom…

N.Y. attorney general is performing conservatives a favor by going after NRA: They’re its victims

N.Y. attorney general is performing conservatives a favor by going after NRA: They’re its victims

On Thursday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association, on the grounds that it’s functioning as a massive grift and not, as it bills itself, a “civil rights” organization for gun owners. There’s no way to know how this will play out — the NRA still…

“On the Trail” spotlights CNN’s girls colleagues and prompts examination of effort policy bias

“On the Trail” spotlights CNN’s girls colleagues and prompts examination of effort policy bias

Nothing good has come from Donald Trump’s relentless demonizing of the mainstream media, save for the swelling market for series and documentaries dedicated to reminding the public that mainstream journalists are human beings. The humans of CNN, you see, are not evildoers on a mission to mislead the public, but people whose job it is…

PM Modi launches financing facility worth Rs 1 lakh crore under Agri-Infra Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a financing facility of Rs 1 lakh crore under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for agri-entrepreneurs, start-ups, agri-tech players and farmer groups for post-harvest management and nurturing farm assets.He also released the sixth instalment of ₹17,100 crore to more than 8.55 crore farmer beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan…

Nation hits 5 million coronavirus cases with few signs of slowing

Nation hits 5 million coronavirus cases with few signs of slowing

As the U.S. surpassed 5 million coronavirus cases this weekend, the milestone was met with little fanfare as some school districts planned to reopen and thousands descended on Sturgis, South Dakota, for the world’s largest annual gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.There were more than 160,000 deaths in the country as of Saturday, according to NBC News…

“Unconstitutional slop”: Republicans and Dems react to Trump’s coronavirus aid action

Some Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing President Trump Saturday night for taking executive action on coronavirus aid, with Democratic leaders demanding the GOP return to negotiations after stimulus package talks broke down a day earlier.Why it matters: Trump could face legal challenges on his ability to act without congressional approval, where the constitutional power lies…

Postmaster general reorganizes USPS ahead of November election

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced a reorganization of the U.S. Postal Service’s leadership on Friday, shifting top personnel and pushing structural changes, according to the Washington Post.Why it matters: The restructure, which reassigns or displaces postal executives, including two officials who oversee day-to-day operations, comes amid increased scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers, who fear that DeJoy’s…

Trump to sign 4 executive orders on coronavirus aid

Trump to sign 4 executive orders on coronavirus aid

President Trump on Saturday signed four executive actions to provide relief from economic damage sustained during the coronavirus pandemic after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon.Why it matters: Because the Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate federal spending, Trump has limited authority to act unilaterally — and risks a…

What’s next for Lebanon after the Beirut explosion

What’s next for Lebanon after the Beirut explosion

Beirut residents are still clearing rubble from streets that appear war-torn, days after a blast that shocked the country and horrified the world.Why it matters: The explosion is likely to accelerate a painful cycle Lebanon was already living through — discontent, economic distress, and emigration.The big picture: Lebanon was already undergoing a massive financial crisis,…

The world is drowning in used face masks. We should turn them into fuel

The world is drowning in used face masks. We should turn them into fuel

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, medical first responders and health care workers have relied on plastic-based, single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns to shield themselves from the coronavirus. The result has been a quickly growing mountain of plastic waste. How to deal with the glut of used medical-grade PPE? There aren’t…

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