2020 Oklahoma State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 public health concerns

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled.

  • COVID-19 warning for expectant mothers — especially Black and Hispanic women
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    COVID-19 warning for expectant mothers — especially Black and Hispanic women

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the effect of the coronavirus on pregnancy has been a worrisome mystery; with little data available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website had previously said there was no evidence that pregnancy was a risk factor for COVID-19. A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released by the CDC on June 16 found that “among women of reproductive age with COVID-19, pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and at increased risk for ICU admission and receipt of mechanical ventilation compared with nonpregnant women.” The reassuring news in the report was that pregnancy did not appear to increase the risk of death from COVID-19.

  • Xu Zhangrun: Outspoken professor detained in China
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    Xu Zhangrun: Outspoken professor detained in China

    A professor who criticised China's handling of the coronavirus crisis has been detained by authorities. Xu Zhangrun, who has been under house arrest, was taken away from his Beijing home on Monday, friends said. The law professor has previously spoken out against the Mao-like cult of personality which has returned under China's current leader, Xi Jinping.

  • Supreme Court won't throw out ban on robocalls to cellphones
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    Supreme Court won't throw out ban on robocalls to cellphones

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to strike down a federal law banning automated calls to the nation's cellphone users. A group of fundraisers, political organizations, and pollsters filed a lawsuit, claiming that the revision made the law unconstitutional because it discriminated on the basis of the content of the call. A victory for them would have unleashed automated calls to cellphones just as the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up.

  • We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.
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    We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.

    The U.S. Navy is backing up its Philippine allies — two LCSs, USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth, are both about 30 miles south of the Emilio Jacinto and Artemio Ricarde. The USS Halsey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is behind them at an equal distance. Shots fired The ships of the Philippine navy have comparatively crude sensors — basically amounting to eyeballs and navigational radars — and are having a difficult time identifying all of the ship traffic in and around the shoal.

  • NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
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    NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center

    By contrast, other spiral galaxies — including the Milky Way — have more distinct arms where stars and gas are compressed. Hubble is NASA's strongest telescope — but not for long NASA launched Hubble into Earth's orbit in April 1990. Since then, the telescope has discovered new planets, revealed strange galaxies, and provided new insights into the nature of black holes.

  • Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
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    Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

    A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is 'really not good'
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is 'really not good'

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the United States' handle on the coronavirus outbreak is “really not good” and that action is needed to curb the spread. New cases in the U.S. have reached record highs, climbing to around 50,000 a day. Nearly 3 million Americans have contracted the virus, with more than 130,000 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.

  • Did Doxxing of an Oklahoma Councilwoman Lead to a Neighbor Being Raped?
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    Did Doxxing of an Oklahoma Councilwoman Lead to a Neighbor Being Raped?

    A city council member in Norman, Oklahoma, proposed a police budget cut. Alexandra Scott, a Norman council member who won the Democratic nomination for her state Senate seat last month, is an outspoken critic of her city's police force. When racial justice protests swept the nation in June, Scott proposed slashing the Norman Police budget by $4.5 million.

  • 'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan
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    'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan

    The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island. China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong's communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary. "The law makes me dislike China even more," 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang told AFP, walking through National Taiwan University in Taipei.

  • Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat
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    Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat

    On a stunning lava rock field site in Kona, this stunning home seems to hover over the landscape as a series of pavilions Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Mexican military finds plane in flames and truck carrying drugs
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    Mexican military finds plane in flames and truck carrying drugs

    Mexican military officials said on Sunday they discovered a small plane from South America in flames after it made an illegal landing on the Yucatan Peninsula possibly carrying hundreds of kilos of drugs. Nearby, military officials said they also found a truck carrying drugs that appeared to be cocaine, packaged into 13 parcels weighting 30 kg (66 pounds) each, and likely coming from the plane. With an estimated value of more than 109 million pesos ($4.9 million), the loss would have a "significant" impact on criminal organizations, said a statement from the Mexican military.

  • Trump's misreading the map, looking for Electoral College votes in some of the wrong places
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    Trump's misreading the map, looking for Electoral College votes in some of the wrong places

    If November's election were held this week, polling averages suggest, Joe Biden would sweep President Donald Trump in all six states Trump carried by less than 5 points in 2016: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden is also running highly competitively in the four states Trump carried by 5 to 10 points last time: Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Texas. That would amount to a Biden landslide of a magnitude of 334 to 413 electoral votes (270 are required to win).

  • As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous
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    As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous

    Princeton University has decided to remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of Public and International Affairs, citing his “racist thinking and policies.” Looking solely through the lens of race relations, the case against Wilson is clear. In his 1912 run for the White House, Wilson would warm up the crowds with racial jokes that today would be unprintable. Gazing back across the long century since Wilson was in office shows the progress we have made as a country.

  • What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote coursework
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    What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote coursework

    US universities began shifting to remote learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Here's what the top 25 US colleges and universities have discussed for fall 2020 reopening plans so far. To inform our list, Business Insider used education research firm Quacquarelli Symonds' first-ever US specific ranking of the best colleges and universities in 2020.

  • Some deaths caused by coronavirus would have happened later this year, says ONS
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    Some deaths caused by coronavirus would have happened later this year, says ONS

    More than 55,000 deaths involving coronavirus have been recorded in the UK during the pandemic, with the virus the main reason for deaths increasing above what would normally be expected for the period. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the virus was likely to have brought forward the deaths of some older and vulnerable people, which could prompt a period of below-average deaths. Tuesday's ONS figures show that 8,979 deaths from all causes in England and Wales were registered in the week ending June 26 – 314 fewer than the five-year average.

  • South Korea rejects US extradition request over child abuse website
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    South Korea rejects US extradition request over child abuse website

    A South Korean court has denied a US extradition request for the man behind one of the world's largest child sexual abuse websites. Son Jong-woo, who ran the site Welcome to Video, served 18 months in South Korea for producing and distributing indecent images of children. Following his initial release in April, Son was taken back into custody after a warrant was issued for US extradition.

  • Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings
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    Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings

    Portland police have responded to 17 shootings so far this month, a 240 percent increase when the city saw five in the same timeframe last year, the department announced Monday. In a statement, Portland police chief Chuck Lovell called the spike “alarming.” Portland has faced weeks of unrest following the death of George Floyd in May. Over the weekend, police declared a riot after a bronze sculpture honoring Oregon's pioneers was set ablaze outside the city's justice center.

  • Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China
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    Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China

    Australia warned its citizens Tuesday they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations. The foreign ministry issued the warning in updated travel advice, which also noted that Chinese authorities had detained foreigners for allegedly "endangering national security". Australia has already told its citizens to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the updated advice did not raise the overall level of the warning against travel to China.

  • 5 Reasons You Simply Can't Sleep on Israel in a Land War
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    5 Reasons You Simply Can't Sleep on Israel in a Land War

    Here's What You Need to Remember: The Israel Army has fought numerous wars in defense of Israel, and embarked on numerous punitive expeditions into the Sinai, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. Much like the Israeli Air Force, the Israeli Army came from humble—but more established—beginnings. Israel's ground forces had their origins in the Haganah, a Zionist paramilitary force created in the early 1920s to protect Jewish interests.

  • A white Florida man who was filmed yelling at a Black homeowner while waving a BB gun also faked being a Navy SEAL for years, report says
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    A white Florida man who was filmed yelling at a Black homeowner while waving a BB gun also faked being a Navy SEAL for years, report says

    Joseph Fucheck, 58, was arrested last month after being caught on video holding an airsoft gun while harassing a Black man in North Miami-Dade, Florida. The Miami Herald has since reported this claim to befalse. A white man who was caught on video holding an airsoft gun while harassing a Black man last month in Florida is not a Navy SEAL veteran, as he claimed in the tirade.

  • Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
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    Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

    Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump's fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia's premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump's mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow's friend, even Moscow's “agent” in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More.

  • Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus
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    Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus

    As summer camps debated whether and how to operate during the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Kanakuk Kamps, a prominent network of Christian sports camps in Missouri, announced that its five overnight camps would open to over 20,000 kids starting May 30. By Monday the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the number had jumped to 76.

  • Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility
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    Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility

    Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an “incident” that affected an “industrial shed. However, a released photo and video of the site broadcast by Iranian state television showed a two-story brick building with scorch marks and its roof apparently destroyed.

  • DHS on deadly violence in big cities: We are there to help, they just need to ask for it
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    DHS on deadly violence in big cities: We are there to help, they just need to ask for it

    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf tells 'Fox & Friends' that local officials are making a choice for their cities to be violent by not asking for help.

  • US military apologizes to South Korea after its troops fired fireworks and reportedly brawled in the streets
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    US military apologizes to South Korea after its troops fired fireworks and reportedly brawled in the streets

    Screenshot via SBS American troops in South Korea celebrated the Fourth of July by lighting fireworks on public sidewalks and beaches, prompting local authorities to shut down the groups. Over 70 police reports were filed and 200 police officers were deployed to Busan, according to South Korean news reports. At least one US Army soldier was briefly detained.