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Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal…

The Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases in a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma that remains an American Indian reservation

The upside-down pool inside an ocean

While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments as part of a Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition, Dr. Mandy Joye and her interdisciplinary research team were witness to amazing geological, chemical and biological discoveries. Among them was an upside-down pool.

South Korean Police Searching For Missing Seoul…

Park Won-soon's daughter reported her father missing after she said she received a voice message from him that sounded like a will.

Cop Suspended for 'Unfathomable' Post on Dead…

A cousin of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee who's been a cop for 40 years has been suspended over inflammatory online posts following the death of a protester in Seattle. Summer Taylor, 24, was hit by a car on a closed freeway Saturday and later died ; Mike Brown, a King County...

Surrogacy thriller is Martin Compston's cup of tea

"Line of Duty" star Martin Compston has swapped AC-12 for a thriller much closer to home. Set and filmed in Scotland, he used his own accent on "The Nest" and his mom visited the set. (9 July)

Javicia Leslie Is Breaking Barriers As 'Batwoman'

Javicia Leslie has been tapped to become the CW's new Batwoman. According to CNN, the actress will debut in the iconic role in January 2021. "I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television". Leslie went on to say that "as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show". "Batwoman" will air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET when the show returns.

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EU says 'significant divergences' remain in…

EU and U.K. negotiators have yet to find a way to overcome “significant divergences” in their attempt to seal a post-Brexit compromise

5 Ways to Manage Conflicts Caused by Social…

5 Ways to Manage Conflicts Caused by Social Distancing As the United States continues to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of opinions have formed over what is and isn’t safe. Different stances have caused issues between families, friends and even communities. Here are five ways to help manage conflicts that may arise over how to handle social distancing and safety precautions. 1. If you’re not seeing eye-to-eye with someone over their choices, take a moment and empathize with them. Even if your perspectives don’t align, it’s important to take their feelings into consideration and remain level-headed. 2. Communicate clearly. If you make your expectations for an outing known from the beginning, it will help you avoid conflict later on. 3. Although it may be easy to justify going to a group gathering because you’re already making trips for essentials, remember to stick to your values. 4. With tensions running high, it’s easy to take canceled plans and snide comments more personally than you usually would. Take a deep breathe and remember that different people are comfortable with different things; it’s not about you. 5. If you find yourself being pressured to participate in social activities, try to think outside the box and find a safer alternative.

Experts Say 'Patchwork Of Policies' Are Creating…

Experts who run the US COVID Atlas say many current COVID-19 hotspots across the country are in areas along state borders. They say that's because different governments have taken different approaches to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. This includes regions in Arkansas and Tennessee, as well as Louisiana and Mississippi, which are effectively separated by the Mississippi River. According to UPI, the researchers say parts of southern Arizona and California have also been similarly impacted. With a patchwork of policies across the country, it's not surprising to see hot spots along state borders. Marynia Kolak The US COVID Atlas

Jobless Claims Continue a Historic 16-Week Streak

New unemployment claims are out, and they're a smidge better than expected, reports CNBC . As in, 1.31 million people applied for jobless benefits last week, compared with the expected figure of 1.39 million. The AP has some coronavirus context: This marks the 16th straight week the figure has...

Paramedics busy with heat exhaustion calls

Paramedics in Fort Worth, Texas, and across the country are responding to more heat exhaustion calls as temperatures climb into the triple digits.

Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines…

Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines 'Expensive' and 'Very Tough' President Donald Trump tweeted his sentiments about the guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Donald Trump, via CNN The CDC guidelines include staggered schedules, the use of masks, social distancing, barriers, hand-washing and staying home when necessary. On Tuesday, Trump threatened that he "may cut off funding" to schools that don't reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. surpassed three million cases of the virus on Wednesday. Hours after Trump's tweet, Vice President Mike Pence stated that the CDC would be reissuing school guidelines next week. Education administrators have called on the federal government to provide funding to assist in making new safety guidelines a possibility.

Virus causes uncertainty for state lotteries

The coronavirus has rattled state lotteries across the country

ShowBiz Minute: Rivera, Depp, Lady A

Sheriff: Actress Naya Rivera missing in SoCal lake; Johnny Depp under pressure in cross-examination at Sun libel case; Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name. (July 9)

For Half a Century, This Photo Was Impossible

Sequoia National Park is celebrating "an important milestone": the return of California condors for the first time in almost 50 years. The largest land bird in North America long ago occupied the Sierra Nevada mountains, where giant sequoia trees provided ideal cavities for nests. But there were only 22 birds...

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MSNBC appoints Joy Reid as Chris Matthews…

MSNBC has named weekend anchor Joy Reid to the 7 p.m. Eastern time slot vacated in March when former ‘Hardball’ host Chris Matthews retired on the air

Wombat Elsie was found in dead mother's pouch

A baby wombat named Elsie has made incredible strides since she was discovered in her dead mother’s pouch about three months ago.

Esper And Milley To Testify Thursday Before House…

The two military leaders will be questioned about the role the Pentagon played in responding to protests triggered by the death of George Floyd.

Secret US Safe Injection Site Saved Dozens of…

For years, addicts have been injecting themselves with drugs at a secret location in an undisclosed US city. Researchers say the clandestine safe injection site has saved dozens of lives and has probably prevented many HIV and hepatitis C infections. The site, based on legal ones in Europe and Canada,...

On This Day: 9 July 2004

Will Ferrell released his cult comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." (July 9)

Trump's Plague Rally 'More Than Likely' Boosted…

That Donald Trump rally inside Tulsa’s BOK Center on June 20th has resulted in what many feared. The president and his re-election campaign ignored the risks of COVID-19 to hold their rally. The team was repeatedly warned about a potential coronavirus spike for the city, says Gimodo. Tulsa City-County Health Department says the county has seen almost 500 new cases of the virus. That is only in the past two days... 261 on Monday and 206 on Tuesday... This falls a little over two weeks after Trump’s Juneteenth weekend rally in the city.

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs GOP-authored…

The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Republican-authored lame-duck laws that curtailed the powers of the incoming Democratic attorney general

Kanye West Says He No Longer Supports Trump

Kanye West Says He No Longer Supports Trump The rapper opened up in a wide-ranging interview with 'Forbes.' Kanye West, via 'Forbes' West, who recently declared he is running for president in 2020, adds that his candidacy is not a stunt. He explained that his White House organizational model is based on the fictitious country of Wakanda from the movie 'Black Panther.' West also revealed that he had the coronavirus in February. Kanye West, via 'Forbes' West also said he is not interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine when one is made available. Kanye West, via 'Forbes' Kanye West, via 'Forbes'

How Telling People To Cheer Up Can Be A Form Of…

Some people are committed to looking on the bright side of every situation, no matter how grim. But according to HuffPost, that same healthy mindset can sometimes go too far, devolving into something called 'toxic positivity.' It’s the belief that if we ignore difficult emotions and the parts of our life that aren’t working as well, we’ll be much happier.” Heather Monroe, LCSW Director of Program Development, Newport Institute. Unblinking optimism and shutting the door on negative feelings doesn’t make them go away; if anything, it exacerbates them. Toxic positivity can encourage a person to remain silent about their struggles. However, isolation actually fuels these emotional issues. What's the solution? Accept that it's okay to recognize that multiple complex emotions can exist in you all at once. You can be devastated at the loss of life from COVID-19, or the brutal reality of systemic racism, and still enjoy spending more time at home. Once you've identified your feelings, take action to take care of yourself in a healthy, loving way.

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Musk's 'Full Support' for Kanye Just Took a Step…

In a Forbes interview this week, sorta-kinda presidential candidate Kanye West noted that one of his trusted campaign advisers, in addition to wife Kim Kardashian West, was Elon Musk, who'd been in on his political ambitions "for years." And indeed, in response to West's big July 4 announcement that he...

Ambulances working hard during the heat wave

Numerous cases of heat exhaustion were called in to 911 at Fort Worth, Texas, on July 8, as the city endured a powerful heat wave.

9% of Meatpacking Workers Have Been Diagnosed…

9% of Meatpacking Workers Have Been Diagnosed With COVID-19, CDC Reports The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says workers from facilities in 14 states have been affected. The health agency adds that as of May 31, COVID-19 has been linked to 86 employee deaths. 28 state health departments provided information for the CDC's analysis. Meatpacking plants have faced pressure to stay open and provide food amid the pandemic. Workers must be in close contact for long periods of time. The process makes social distancing guidelines almost impossible to follow. Throughout nearly two dozen states, over 16,200 workers have contracted the coronavirus. The CDC also reveals that safety precautions are being followed in most work areas, but are not being implemented in others. A survey says 86 out of 111 plants are enforcing face mask rules for employees. Only 41 are giving out COVID-19 tests, and 69 have installed barriers.