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Conventions highlight aggressive fact-check efforts

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Maddow ended her fact-check mission with a lightning round after President Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech — 12 corrections in about a minute. Or, rather, 11 corrections and a prediction.

“Joe Biden will not bulldoze the suburbs,” she said.

Throughout the GOP convention this week, MSNBC frequently countered speakers by breaking in to point out untruths, a notably aggressive approach at dealing with the vexing problem of lies or misleading statements made in real time.

Daniel Dale has the truth-telling assignment for CNN, and his breathless debunking of 21 statements made by the president became an online curio on Friday.

“Oh, that’s it?” a bemused Anderson Cooper said when Dale came up for air after about three minutes.

“Want more?” Dale replied.

MSNBC’s effort, usually directed by Maddow on-air, was a featured part of the coverage. The network did get some criticism from Republicans since

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  • August 28, 2020
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The latest “Bill & Ted” adventure is more bogus than excellent, despite some chuckles

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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music”

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” Orion Picutres

Whoa! Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are back! Sure, it seems like the two dudes from San Dimas have been lost in the Circuits of Time for three decades — they have! — and now the teens are middle aged fathers. Bogus! Or excellent?!

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” opens with a brief recap of what the guys have been up to since “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” back in 1991. Their band, Wyld Stallyns, did have a hit single but they also broke up. They married the Princesses, Elizabeth (Erinn Hayes) and Joanna (Jayma Mays), and each had a daughter — Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). Oh, and they still need to write the song that unites the

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  • August 28, 2020
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How This Luxury Sneaker Consignment Business Is Opening New Stores to Pandemic Proof Its Business

Opening one new store in an economic tail spin is no mean feat. But Presentedby is opening three — and counting.

The premium sneaker consignment store launched its first new location in Paris’ luxury Le Bon Marché department store today. The second, in Mexico City, will follow next month and the third at Level Shoes in the Dubai Mall is set for October.

This morning, FN got exclusive early access to the new Art Deco-style Paris space before it opened to admit the queue of sneakerheads quickly forming outside.

The biggest ticket items here are Dior’s sellout Jordan collaboration, according to Riz Ahmed, co-founder of parent company Crep Protect. Following their release in late June, a limited run of 13,000 pairs at around $2,000 a pop, the resale price is approximately $10,000. (According to Ahmed, prices climb to $25,000 for smaller and larger sizes.)

Elsewhere, the Sean Wotherspoon Nike Air

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  • August 28, 2020
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7 on Kansas State football team test positive

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

Seven members of the Kansas State football team have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first outbreak since the Wildcats convened for summer workouts in June.

The Wildcats will continue to practice for the season-opener Sept. 12 against Arkansas State.

Wildcats coach Chris Klieman said this week he was wary about the first rounds of large-scale testing since students arrived on campus.

”I think every institution is worried about that over the new few weeks to a month with all of the students coming back,” Klieman said. ”It’s going to be difficult, there’s no question. They’re still 18-to-22-year-old college students.”

The Atlantic Coast Conference has enhanced its medical protocols for athletes during the season, including testing players for COVID-19 three times a week.

The league announced its updated practices from its Medical Advisory Group

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  • August 28, 2020
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Tennessee cancels practice because of virus

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has canceled practice for the Volunteers after what he called ”a few more positive tests.”

The Volunteers were scheduled to practice Friday. Pruitt had adjusted the schedule for Saturday to allow his players to take part in an on-campus march against racism. Pruitt says he decided to cancel Friday’s practice with everyone tested again to see where the team is at and that their top priority is protecting everyone with the program.

Pruitt noted Tennessee had been at either zero or 1 with the exception of the July Fourth holiday when he gave players eight days off. The Vols might not practice Saturday either if they don’t track down the source of the latest positive test results.

The Tennessee coach says they want to make sure COVID-19 is not spreading inside

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  • August 28, 2020
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Biden, Harris prepare to travel more as campaign heats up

WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending a pandemic spring and summer tethered almost entirely to his Delaware home, Joe Biden plans to take his presidential campaign to battleground states after Labor Day in his bid to unseat President Donald Trump. No itinerary is set, according to the Democratic nominee’s campaign, but the former vice president and his allies say his plan is to highlight contrasts with Trump, from policy arguments tailored to specific audiences to the strict public health guidelines the Biden campaign says its events will follow amid COVID-19. That’s a notable difference from a president who on Thursday delivered his nomination acceptance on the White House lawn to more than 1,000 people seated side-by-side, most of them without masks, even as the U.S. death toll surpassed 180,000. “He will go wherever he needs to go,” said Biden’s campaign co-chairman Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana congressman. “And we will do it

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  • August 28, 2020
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Empty Hotels Might Just Be Next Big Short for Hedge Funds

(Bloomberg) — Hedge funds and other short sellers are beginning to set their sights on a U.S. credit-derivatives index with outsized exposure to hotel debt as the pandemic sinks the hospitality industry into distress.

The firms are starting to build up wagers against the synthetic index, known as CMBX 9, shifting attention from a high-profile bet against America’s challenged malls. The shift, which market participants say is beginning to show up in some trading flows, comes as delinquencies on hospitality property loans surge and even begin to exceed those in retail.

“In the last month there has been more selling pressure on the CMBX 9 than any of the other CMBS indices,” said Dan McNamara, a principal at MP Securitized Credit Partners, a hedge fund focused on shorting commercial mortgage bonds. “That’s because some hedge funds are actively looking to play the short side on the Series 9 index due

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  • August 28, 2020
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Here’s what happens in the Bill and Ted Face the Music post-credits scene

Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music post-credits scene, and it’s now out in the wild (or should that be Wyld?). ” data-reactid=”17″Air guitars at the ready! Yes, there is a Bill and Ted 3: Face the Music post-credits scene, and it’s now out in the wild (or should that be Wyld?). 

watch Bill and Ted Face the Music online) and in UK cinemas on September 23.” data-reactid=”18″For those of you who are curious or just want to relive the rockin’ adventure’s epilogue, we’ve broken down exactly what happens after the credits in Bill and Ted 3. Otherwise, click away now! The bodacious threequel is out now in cinemas and on-demand in the U.S. (check out our guide on how to watch Bill and Ted Face the Music online) and in UK cinemas on September 23.

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  • August 28, 2020
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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Cancer Care, In 4 Charts

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Before the pandemic, about 1,000 new patients came to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for treatment consultations each week. When COVID-19 hit Massachusetts this spring, the number of new consultations fell by half and the hospital moved as many appointments as possible online.

Now, with daily case counts relatively low in the area, the hospital is back to scheduling about 800 consultations per week, using a mixture of telemedicine and in-person appointments, says associate chief medical officer Dr. Andrew Wagner—but that still means about 200 cancer patients per week are not getting the treatment consultations they would in more normal times. Continued travel restrictions and fear of infection likely play a part, but many would-be patients aren’t setting up appointments because they don’t know they need to. The number of cancer screenings happening nationwide plummeted this spring when lockdowns went into effect, meaning many of the people who would

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  • August 28, 2020
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Sen. Rand Paul Harassed by ‘Angry Mob of Over 100’ Outside the White House after RNC

A crowd of protestors harassed Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) on Thursday night as he left the White House, where President Donald Trump had just delivered his nomination acceptance speech on the last night of the Republican National Convention.

Videos circulating online appear to show a large group of protestors crowding the Kentucky Republican and his wife while shouting “Breonna Taylor,” “Say her name” and “No justice, no peace” as they walk down the street. 

Police formed a wall between the protestors and the couple as they walked back to their hotel. Video appears to show a protestor shoving a police officer, nearly knocking him down. Paul reaches out to steady the officer.

“They were shouting threats to us, to kill us, to hurt us, but also threats saying shout, shouting ‘say her name,’ Breonna Taylor, and it’s like you couldn’t reason with this mob, but I’m actually the author

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  • August 28, 2020