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Susan Collins hails Ginsburg — but is silent on Trump nominee vote

Collins faces a difficult reelection fight in November.
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Here Are The Top 10 Most Ridiculous Trends That Went Viral On TikTok So Far This Year

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*Really* miss flying? Join over 100 other weirdos on this 7-hour ‘flight to nowhere’.

*Really* miss flying? Join over 100 other weirdos on this 7-hour 'flight to nowhere'.

New seats on Qantas’ previously sold out “Great Southern Land” scenic joy flight have now been made available, giving travel-starved Australians another chance to pay almost AU$800 to board a plane, fly in a big circle for seven and a half hours, and touch down in the exact same place they took off from.

Australian airline Qantas revealed their Great Southern Land flight on Thursday, offering Sydney passengers the chance to buzz over iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, and Bondi Beach. They won’t be able to disembark at any of these places though, considering state borders have been closed due to the coronavirus. Instead, passengers will merely glimpse these iconic locations out the windows of a low-flying B787 Dreamliner, weather permitting. Read more…

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Joe Buck, voice of NFL on Fox, learns he’ll join dad in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Buck, 51, will join his late father – legendary sportscaster Jack Buck – as an inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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15 “Jeopardy” Tweets That Made Me Say, “What Is Hilarious, Alex?”

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Seth Meyers blasts Trump for ‘deranged lies’ about coronavirus at ABC town hall

Seth Meyers blasts Trump for 'deranged lies' about coronavirus at ABC town hall

President Donald Trump participated in ABC’s televised town hall on Tuesday, purportedly to answer questions from undecided voters (a demographic that somehow hasn’t been made extinct in this accursed election year). Trump gotta Trump though, with Late Night host Seth Meyers blasting the president for “repeat[ing] the same deranged lies we’ve heard a million times.”

“Honestly, I’m not sure I see the value in hosting an event like this,” said Meyers in Wednesday night’s Closer Look segment, utterly unsurprised by how the event played out. “Really the best you can hope for with a town hall like this is a new lie for reporters to debunk: ‘You know, they say coronavirus can be cured by swallowing a golf ball covered in Emergin-C while shining a laser pointer up your butt.'” Read more…

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Steyn: Biden’s ‘Despacito’ play the latest in top examples of ‘pandering politicians’

Mark Steyn said Wednesday it is difficult to determine which historical instance of political pandering by a top-tier politician is most memorable or most egregious, after Democratic presidential nominee played Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” from his phone’s speaker before a Florida campaign event commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.
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People Shared Their “Whoops, I Accidentally Watched A Sex Scene With A Parent” Stories And, Honestly, LOL

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Video call lens turns gestures into comic-style text bubbles for when you’re on mute

Video call lens turns gestures into comic-style text bubbles for when you're on mute

With video calls now an unfortunate 2020 staple, unmuting your microphone to briefly agree with someone has become a common, awkward nuisance. Fortunately, a new video lens is providing a pretty stylish solution to this irritation.

Netflix engineer Cameron Hunter has made a video lens which detects gestures and displays word balloons in response, such as “Yes” for a thumbs up or “No” for closed fist. This means you can give your colleague’s proposal for an Even More Casual Friday either clear support or emphatic disapproval without having to fumble for your unmute button.

“I realized that we take in more information visually than we can audibly,” Hunter told Mashable. “My team members would wave or use thumbs up in video meetings as I’m sure many do. I’d also been learning ASL as part of a baby sign language course.” Read more…

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Virginia police hunting for gunman who shot patrol car 3 times

Virginia police are looking for a gunman who shot a marked police car multiple times Tuesday night, with the incident occurring just days after California deputies were injured during an apparent ambush.
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