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Who Is Amy Coney Barrett, Front-Runner For The Supreme Court Nomination?

Amy Coney Barrett is viewed as the leading candidate to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 48-year-old judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is a favorite among social conservatives. They, and others on the right, view her record as anti-abortion rights and hostile to the Affordable Care Act. If nominated and confirmed, Barrett would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court and could help reshape the law and society for generations to come.


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Louisville Update: Man Is Charged With Shooting Police Officers During Protests

Two police officers who were shot Wednesday night as protesters marched in Louisville, Ky., to demand justice for Breonna Taylor are expected to recover from their wounds, Mayor Greg Fischer says. A man has been arrested and faces multiple charges in connection with the shooting.

Tensions are running very high in Louisville, after a grand jury delivered a limited indictment against one officer who was present when police shot Taylor to death in her apartment.


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A Neuroscience Project Pushes To Include More African Americans In Brain Research

Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families.

His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals, or "went missing" and were discovered in an alleyway.

Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family."


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LA Chargers Team Doctor Reportedly Punctured Quarterback's Lung By Mistake

The NFL Players Association is investigating after a Los Angeles Chargers team doctor reportedly punctured quarterback Tyrod Taylor's lung by mistake on Sunday.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said the incident happened while the unnamed doctor was administering a painkiller for cracked ribs, according to ESPN.


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Map: Mail-In Voting Rules By State

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of states have modified their rules for absentee voting in November's elections.

Some of those changes are more substantial than others.


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vandalized With 'Black Lives Don't Matter' Sign

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking information to identify those responsible for an incident of racist vandalism at a park entrance in Tennessee over the weekend.

A black bear skin — including the head — was left draped over the entrance sign, next to a cardboard sign that said "Here To The Lake Black Lives Don't Matter."


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Dutch Celebrities Face Backlash After Rejecting Efforts To Prevent COVID-19

Several Dutch celebrities are being heavily criticized after announcing they would no longer take part in public efforts to combat COVID-19 and for their apparent support of a conspiracy theory suggesting that the government is using fear of the virus to control the population.

With the hashtag #ikdoenietmeermee ("I no longer participate"), the musicians and influencers, led by 21-year-old rapper and model Famke Louise, posted videos to social media saying they were opting out of campaigns to promote social distancing and the use of face masks.


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PHOTOS: Scenes From Breonna Taylor Protests Around The Country

Kentucky attorney general, Daniel Cameron, announced on Wednesday that none of the three police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would be charged directly over her death. One of the men was indicted for shooting into neighboring homes.

In response, protests emerged nationwide, demanding charges against the officers. Here's a selection of pictures from around the country, as demonstrators called for justice for Taylor and respect for Black life.


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'Honor Her Wish': Trump Met With Boos As He Pays Respects To Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Trump was met by shouts of "vote him out" and "honor her wish" as he paid his respects on Thursday to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her body is lying in repose for a second day at the Supreme Court.

Trump, wearing a black mask, was silent as he stood next to the flag-draped coffin at the top of the Supreme Court's steps.


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White House Walks Back Trump Hedging On Potential Transfer Of Power

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany sought to walk back President Trump's comments suggesting he might not accept the election results if the Democratic nominee Joe Biden were declared the winner.

"We're going to have to see what happens. You know that," Trump said on Wednesday evening in response to a question about whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power.


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