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Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes history, Breonna Taylor, Heat-Celtics: 5 things to know Friday

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to get historic honor at US Capitol

The late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Thirty-four men have been so honored at the Capitol since 1852. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who was not a public official, was lain in “honor” at the Capitol Rotunda in 2005, but Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state. The 87-year-old Ginsburg, who died last week, lay in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday. She will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

Breonna Taylor’s family to hold a news conference in Louisville

The family of Breonna Taylor will hold a news conference Friday with attorney Ben Crump in Louisville, Kentucky, where  t...

How projected pick Alexis Lafreniere is handling his Rangers wait

There’s an endearing modesty about Alexis Lafreniere, the projected No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft.

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the NHL’s schedule, forcing the league to complete the 2019-20 season in a bubble setting and postpone the draft until October, Lafreniere has had to wait even longer for the night he’s dreamt of all his life.

Additionally, as a result of the pandemic, this draft night will look a lot different than the 18-year-old ever imagined. But even though the Rangers — who won the first-overall pick following an early exit in the qualifying round of the playoffs — are expected to call his name on Oct. 6, Lafreniere says he’s waiting to see what happens just like the rest of us.

“It’s been a pretty long wait, couple months I’ve been ...

: Double-dip? That’s one bank’s forecast as eurozone PMIs disappoint

Two young women, one of whom is wearing a face mask, walk in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as the European Central Bank headquarters can be seen in the background, amid the COVID-19 pandemic on April 24, 2020.

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It isn’t easy to make sense of purchasing managers indexes, with many harboring suspicion that these executives aren’t answering questions properly.

What the managers are supposed to do is report whether activity is better, or worse, than the previous month, but there are economists who say that, in practice, managers are reporting whether conditions are better or worse than usual.

“Many respondents to the survey may be reporting the state of output and the inflow of orders relative to more normal times rather than reall...

Opinion: Expanding College Football Playoff fair thing to do in this unprecedented season

Dan Wolken
 
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For a sport that has forever said “we can’t” or “it’s too complicated” whenever big ideas are brought to the table, college football has sure figured out ways to be nimble over the last six months. If you can figure out how to play in the middle of a pandemic while throwing out pretty much every norm and literally scheduling games the week of, maybe that’s a sign that college football can think a bit bigger than its leaders are normally willing to allow. 

So it was puzzling, and a little disheartening, when Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Thursday there was “no serious momentum or discussion” about expanding the College Football Playoff during this, the most unusual of seasons.

Keep in mind, the Pac-12 announced on Aug...

Dolphins’ win over Jaguars comes with odd Ryan Fitzpatrick milestone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL.

It doesn’t matter which uniform the journeyman quarterback is wearing, either.

Fitzpatrick accounted for three touchdowns and led Miami to a 31-13 victory Thursday night, becoming the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the same opponent with six teams.

“Fitz is out of his mind,” tight end Mike Gesicki said. “He’s (37) and playing like he’s 23. You see the fun he has. After I scored, we came off the field chest bumping and screaming. It’s so much fun to play with him.”

The lopsided outcome also gave Miami (1-2) its first double-digit victory in 39 games, ending the longest drought in the league...

In One Chart: These charts show one possible silver lining of the pandemic

Maybe this winter won’t be so bad after all.

While the U.S. and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere brace for a possible twindemic of COVID-19 and influenza toward the end of the year, south-of-the-Equator countries such as Australia, Argentina and South Africa offer a ray of hope: They just had one of their mildest flu seasons.

These charts from the Economist show that the Southern Hemisphere, where the winter flu season runs from May to October, has seen a steep decline in the number of influenza infections and deaths so far this year compared with the previous five years. The World Health Organization processed 200,000 influenza tests in the first two weeks of August; just 46 were positive this year, compared with almost 3,500 during a typical year.

And while about 86,000 ...

Lakers on verge of NBA Finals as they push Nuggets into third straight 3-1 series deficit

Jeff Zillgitt
 
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Anthony Davis didn’t miss in the first quarter. Dwight Howard didn’t miss in the first quarter. 

That strong start by the Los Angeles Lakers’ big men combined with a determined finish held off the Denver Nuggets, and the Lakers won Game 4 114-108 on Thursday.

Anthony Davis scored 19 of his game-high 34 points in the first half, and he and LeBron James combined for 19 of the Lakers’ 27 fourth-quarter points, with 13 points coming on foul shots.

The Lakers have a 3-1 series lead in the We...

Yankees’ Gleyber Torres addresses his defensive struggles

Gleyber Torres made his eighth error at shortstop on Wednesday, a number he knows is too high.

He called his defense this season “regular, I guess.”

“I had a little struggle in the beginning [of the season], but I feel confident,’’ Torres said. “Errors are part of the game… I really don’t like to make errors, like I don’t like to strike out.”

Torres was announced Thursday as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador, joining the Cubs’ Willson Contreras. According to a statement, the two Venezuelan-born players “will work to build bridges of inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities spanning the Americas, specifically partnering with Special Olympics New York and Special Olympics Florida.’’


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The Wall Street Journal: FTSE Russell will add Chinese government debt to its key indexes

In this photo taken on September 4, 2020, a man walks with the Chinese national flag in a park next to the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China’s central Hubei province.

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FTSE Russell is set to add Chinese government debt to its key indexes, a move that could attract more than $100 billion of foreign capital.

The inclusion will push China’s markets further into the mainstream for international investors—even as investing in Chinese assets becomes increasingly politically controversial in the U.S. amid broader tensions between the two nations over issues from trade and technology to the coronavirus.

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Feds announce inquiry involving 9 mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania as Trump rails about fraud

Kevin Johnson
 
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Far from the “out-of-control” fraud that President Donald Trump has described, federal authorities Thursday announced an inquiry into nine discarded mail-in ballots reportedly recovered from a county elections office in northeast Pennsylvania.

U.S. Attorney David Freed said federal authorities were alerted Monday to the discovery by the Luzerne County district attorney, prompting the inquiry by the FBI and state police.

“At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarde...