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Court hears horrific details of how Doomsday Mom Lori Vallows children were discovered  

Comments come at preliminary hearing to determine if Chad Daybell will be held for trial

Gov. Whitmer extends coronavirus state of emergency through Sept. 4   50%

The latest extension of the state of emergency comes amid continued pushback from GOP lawmakers and a petition drive to repeal Whitmer's powers.


Spains republicans struggling to capitalise on former kings exile   -15%

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Aitor Hernandez-Morales on politico.com on August 4, 2020.Spanish republicans are hoping that their moment has come – but the monarchy’s constitutional shield will be hard to crack.Former Spanish king Juan Carlos I shocked the world on Monday by announcing that he was leaving the country that he ruled for nearly 34 years due to the “public repercussions of certain past developments” of his private life…

How Jewish immigrants adopted Argentine soccer and found a new home   17%

Raanan Rein’s 2015 book 'Fútbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina' tells a special story about how Jews carved out a new life. It’s finally coming out in Hebrew

Ex-Lawmaker Raises Rare Criticism Of Iran's Silence About China's Abuse Of Uyghurs, Other Muslims  

A former Iranian lawmaker has come under fire for highlighting the clerical establishment’s silence about China’s treatment of its Muslim minority, igniting a debate in the process.

Trump nieces claim about presidents mental health backed by Yale psychiatrist   22%

'Any honest and competent mental health professional has come to the same conclusion'

Constant, unchecked, dangerous antisemitism: Why British Jews are boycotting Twitter   24%

When it comes to racists and antisemites, the social media giants seem to think there are good people on both sides. This is how we’re fighting back against their inaction

Coronavirus: NHS England scales back private sector deal  

A deal in which NHS England had access to 92% of private hospitals beds will come to an end.

Gambling giant Tabcorp shakes up key wagering team amid punting pains  

The departure of wagering executive Andy Wright comes days after the departure of its chief executive and chairman.

Crossbenchers condemn government's plans for a gas-led recovery  

Crossbenchers have come out against government plans for a gas-led recovery, citing undue industry influence and worsening greenhouse gas emissions

Afghanistan to release last 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks   15%

The move comes after months of delays and intense U.S. pressure on the Afghan government to begin direct talks as outlined in the U.S.-Taliban peace deal.

China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan 'endangering peace'   30%

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a US official in four decades – a move that China, which claims the island as its own, described as "endangering peace".

The real Sherlock Holmes of Tel Aviv  

Israel’s first conference devoted to Hebrew-language detective fiction proved a stark reminder that few fictional private eyes have left a mark on Israeli literature — although one has come close.

Egypt mulls law to protect women's identities as MeToo movement escalates   50%

Egyptian lawmakers are pushing for a new law to protect the identity of women coming forward to report sexual abuse and assault as the nation's MeToo movement picks up speed.

White House chief of staff defends Trump's description of Beirut 'attack'  

Esper's comments come after Trump on Tuesday said the explosion was an attack.

Restaurants in Italy are bringing back ancient wine windows used during the plague   -8%

Between the wrath of the Black Death in the 1300s and the Italian Plague in the 1600s, wine merchants in Tuscany built the windows to protect people from coming into close contact — a precaution ahead of its time.

US farm brand John Deere at forefront of surging cotton machinery sales to Xinjiang, as human rights sanctions loom   28%

At a Chinese government-owned John Deere showroom in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region – the heartland of China’s cotton industry – manager Mr Hu worries that coming US sanctions over human rights abuses will cut him off from the “impeccable, super-efficient” cotton-harvesting machines he sells to industrial-scale farms across the region.Halfway across the world, farm-equipment dealers in the American South describe a jet-setting Chinese buyer who criss-crosses that region with a translator…

Philip Roth's biography, a 880-page book by Blake Bailey to release in April   -5%

Biographies of living subjects come in different categories: authorised, in which the subject participates and often has final approval; unauthorised, written without the subject’s cooperation, and those like Bailey’s that land in between.

Maxine Waters says she's confident Biden will choose a Black woman as a running mate   16%

Rep. Maxine Waters said Sunday she's confident presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will choose a Black woman as his running mate ahead of his anticipated announcement in the coming days.

US PGA Championship 2020: Morikawa wins - as it happened   36%

Collin Morikawa broke clear from the pack with a stunning eagle at 16 to win his maiden major at Harding Park

Congratulations to the sensational Collin Morikawa, the 2020 PGA Champion. A most deserved victor after a final-day 64! That drive on 16 to set up eagle will be replayed for years to come. As may the trophy lift, but everyone loves a blooper, and Morikawa enjoyed it himself. He’s a special talent. Commiserations meanwhile to the 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson, who still somehow has only one major to his name, and Paul Casey, who must wonder if it’s simply never meant to be, as England’s 101-year wait for a second PGA champion goes on. Thanks for reading this blog over the last four days. You’ll come back for Winged Foot next month, yes?

-13: Morikawa
-11: Casey, D Johnson
-10: Wolff, Day, DeChambeau, Finau, Scheffler
-9: Rose
-8: Schauffele, Dahmen, Champ
-7: Reed, Rahm, Kim, Berger
-6: Todd, Li
-5: English, Kisner, Griffin
-4: An, Steele, Noren, Scott, Perez, Poulter, Matsuyama
-3: Redman, Varner III, Fleetwood, Koepka
-2: Hovland, Oosthuizen, McIlroy, Frittelli
-1: Woods, Henley, Cauley, Lashley, Thomas, Simpson

Morikawa speaks! “It’s amazing ... it’s been a life goal as a little kid ... this is what I’ve always wanted to do ... to finally close it off here in San Francisco, pretty much my second home, is pretty special ... [his drive at 16] just fit my eye, and now we’re here!” He has another go of lifting the trophy, making a success of it this time. Dropping the lid earlier was the only thing he did wrong all day.

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Hand sanitizer recall sparks concern but product still safe and effective when made properly   20%

Hand sanitizer at school

Hand sanitizers have come under scrutiny lately with more than 50 brands now recalled by Health Canada. But they're still safe and effective when made and used properly, Canadian experts say.

Its time for Senate Republicans to answer for their toadyism  

The bill is coming due for Trump's enablers.

Chitchatting in the age of Zoom   70%

I value, and miss, nondirected conversations. A lot of good ideas can come from them. But how do you replicate them in a videoconference?

Taylor Swift, No. 1 Again, Is Last to Benefit From an Obscure Chart Rule  

When a physical album is sold, it often comes with a digital copy. Which one counts in Billboard’s totals is changing.

Global Coronavirus Case Count Surpasses 20 Million   23%

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 20 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus. The milestone comes almost exactly five months after the WHO declared it a pandemic.

Winter is coming: How worried should we be about coronavirus?   -50%

Lockdown restrictions are easing in England, but with a second wave 'rolling' across Europe and winter on the horizon, Sophie Gallagher asks if the worst is yet to come

Norman Applebaum-designed home hits the market in Escondido  

Villa Tyto Alba, an Escondido home designed by famed San Diego architect Norman Applebaum for a former U.S. Ambassador, has come on the market for $2.2 million.

MPs launch inquiry into increase in Channel migrant crossings   -20%

It comes amid a sharp increase in the number of people attempting to cross the Channel illegally.

Africa: We Must Continue to Scale Up Malaria Programmes, Despite Covid-19  

[African Arguments] Deaths from malaria could double if the fight against coronavirus comes at the expense of anti-malaria efforts, warns Sierra Leone's Health Minister.

Self-Publishing Is a Gamble. Why Is Donald Trump Jr. Doing It?   -6%

His next book, “Liberal Privilege,” comes with an unusual distribution plan and no publishing house behind it, making it something of a curiosity in the industry.

Ethel Smyth, a Composer Long Unheard, Is Recorded Anew   10%

“The Prison” — her last major piece, premiered in 1931 — comes out on disc for the first time.

Study: Coronavirus cases in children rise sharply in the second half of July, with more than 97,000 infections   12%

The jump in pediatric cases comes as children are entering close quarters for the first time in months as some schools open their doors to students again.

Family of Chinese man cleared of murder exhausted by media glare and accusations  

When Zhang Yuhuan was exonerated, Song Xiaonu wanted just one thing from her ex-husband – a big hug.Then she wanted to return to her quiet life.Song said she always knew that Zhang was no murderer and should be freed. So his acquittal last Tuesday from the highest court in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi did not come as a surprise. Instead, it was more mission accomplished and time to move on after almost three very long decades.In October 1993, in a village in Jinxian county, the…

Steve Easterbrook: McDonalds sues ousted CEO over alleged relationships with employees   10%

Further alleged incidents of inappropriate conduct with subordinates have come to light since he was fired in November 2019

Texas, Florida spared National Guard funding cut  

Democrats vow to punish Pentagon for Tata — Pentagon nominee says 355-ship Navy plan coming

Opinion: Germany's economy can't count on bouncing back fast   21%

Germany has experienced a sharp economic slump, thanks to the coronavirus. Despite growing optimism in recent weeks about a recovery the bad times are yet to come, says DW's Henrik Böhme.

Detroit train station renovation still moving ahead in pandemic: Where it stands   22%

"Every time I meet somebody, the first thing they ask me is how the train station is coming. You can see in people's eyes how much it means to them."


Kenya: Budding Kenyan-America Golfer Targets Big Tours   11%

[Nation] For many amateur golfers aspiring to join the professional ranks, competing in the biggest Tours and tournaments in the world is a long-held dream and when opportunities to explore their ambitions come along the natural instinct is to grab the bull by the horns.

Trump claims he has done much more for minorities than Barack Obama  

Comments come after former president suggested current administration suppressing minority voters