Kamala Harris VP pick gets warm reaction in India

LONDON — Joe Biden’s decision to choose Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate created a stir on Wednesday in countries around the world, particularly in India where Harris has family roots.

Harris, 55, has already made history as the first woman of color to be chosen as a major party’s vice-presidential candidate. If elected, she would become the nation’s first female, first Black and first Asian American vice president.

“I was extremely happy … to see a woman of color rise up the political ladder of arguably the world’s most powerful country, through sheer merit and determination,” Mugdha Pande, 28, a lawyer from New Delhi told NBC News. “Now that Ms. Harris has got the VP ticket, her popularity will only grow in India.”

Although Pande feels a sense of pride over Harris’ achievements, she said it was important to remember that Harris was American and that many

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Race Is a Parenting Issue, Which Makes It Fair to Talk About in Online Parenting Groups

Across America, the issue of racism has come to the forefront of discourse in many different formats. If you are a parent and have social media, chances are you might be a member of an online parent group or forum. As a member of a few groups myself, it has become apparent to me that many administrators are grappling with how to address the Black Lives Matter movement and antiracist rhetoric.

Some admins in the groups I’m in have characterized the issue as political, calling it a topic too controversial to be discussed on their pages. This begs the question whether racism is a parenting issue or a political one. Discussion about the former is, of course, allowed in parenting groups. Discussion regarding the latter is usually banned – but I don’t think it should be.

By framing racism as a political issue and discouraging parents from discussing it, I

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WeChat is a lifeline for the Chinese diaspora. What happens now that Trump banned it?

Cindy Wang’s whole life is on WeChat.

Through the Chinese everything app, the 24-year-old shops for clothing and sends photos and audio messages to her grandma and uncle in Guangzhou. It’s how she schedules appointments with her hairstylist and where she found her bao supplier — a local woman who sells the steamed buns out of her car.

For millions of people around the globe, and in swaths of the United States with concentrated Chinese populations — including Southern California communities in the San Gabriel Valley and Irvine, where Wang lives — WeChat is a way of life.

“We always use WeChat because everyone else uses it,” Wang said. “It’s like Facebook messenger but ten times better, ten times more sophisticated.”

But with the Trump administration targeting the app, she worries that soon she and her parents will be cut off from their cultural community in the U.S. and lose

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Why Are People Still Catcalling During a Pandemic?

We’ve long known that it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what you’re doing — for many, street harassment is a dark cloud that always looms. Claiming your own space in public can feel difficult with this constant threat, whether it manifests as a person whistling, yelling from their window, asking for your number, following you home, or, in some cases, assaulting you. Many have become so used to anticipating harassment that a stranger’s voice, muffled by headphones, can evoke fear, even if they’re simply asking for directions. The potential for harm — and escalation — is nearly always top of mind.

As COVID-19 cases rise across the nation and people mask up and cover up to prevent the spread, you might think catcalling would dwindle. Plenty of people seemed to think so. After all, much of our appearances are hidden behind cloth, and don’t these harassers have more

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Scientists say new nasal spray can help fight COVID; college football season in shambles; Texas passes 500K cases

While scientists around the world rush to find a vaccine for COVID-19, researchers in San Francisco developed an antiviral nasal spray that could fight the coronavirus. 

Coronavirus infections have spiked in Texas as the state surpassed the 500,000 case marker Tuesday. While state hospitalizations have decreased, Gov. Greg Abbott said gatherings may have contributed to the surge in positive cases.

In college sports, the Pac-12 postponed its season Tuesday, hours after the Big Ten announced it would not play football this fall over concerns of the coronavirus. The historic decision may lead the rest of the Power Five conferences to delay their seasons.

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers:  Wisconsin has reported its 1,000th death. New weekly case records were set in Indiana and North Dakota, and also Guam and Puerto Rico. Weekly record numbers of deaths were reported in Georgia and Tennessee, and also Puerto Rico. The

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How to recession-proof your finances


The UK economy is officially in recession for the first time since the financial crisis ten years ago.

The economy plunged by 20 per cent between April and June as the pandemic shuttered businesses and kept people locked up at home.

More jobs are likely to be lost and personal finances will take a hit.

Lynn Beattie, Personal Finance Expert at and author of The Money Guide to Transform Your Life, which will be released on September 1, says: “We are starting to see the impact of covid-19 with many retailers closing branches, including giants like Boots and John Lewis. There will be many more casualties over the remainder of 2020 and well into 2021.”

Read on for our guide to recession-proofing your finances.

Audit your finances and live within your means

“Firstly, it is vital to be completely honest with yourself about your financial situation,” John

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock to front racism documentary

Leigh-Anne Pinnock
Leigh-Anne Pinnock

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock is to make a one-off documentary for BBC Three about her personal experiences of racism and colourism.

The programme, titled Leigh-Anne: Colourism & Race, will also examine the wider of issue of race in the UK.

The singer said she wanted to use her fame as a “platform to bring this conversation to a wider audience”.

Last year, her bandmate Jesy Nelson won praise for an “inspiring” documentary about online bullying.

Pinnock said she wanted to make her documentary “because I have always been passionate about rights for black people”, adding that she wanted to “stand up for my black and brown community”.

The documentary will also see Pinnock talk to her Little Mix bandmates
The documentary will also see Pinnock talk to her Little Mix bandmates

The singer explained: “Conversations surrounding racism and colourism are something I constantly have with my boyfriend and family.

“Systemic racism is complex; through making this documentary I want

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A man was forcibly carried out of an Arizona grocery store after he screamed profanities at an employee over face mask requirements

Joanne Millar store manger of Joules in Belfast places a sign in the shop window advising customers that face masks must be worn at all times as face coverings are now compulsory for shoppers.
Joanne Millar store manger of Joules in Belfast places a sign in the shop window advising customers that face masks must be worn at all times as face coverings are now compulsory for shoppers.

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  • An Arizona man was forcibly carried out of a grocery store after the man shouted profanities at an employee, the news website AZCentral reported. 

  • The dispute was over a face mask requirement. 

  • “These people won’t learn,” the man yells at a Sprout’s worker in the video. “You are a bunch of idiots wearing masks. You know it’s not real.” 

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An Arizona man was forcibly carried out of a Sprouts grocery store after the man shouted profanities at an employee following a dispute about face-mask wearing a mask, AZCentral reported.

The encounter occurred on Saturday and a video of the incident went viral on Twitter.

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How to Get a Personal Loan in a COVID-19 Economy

A personal loan may be harder to get now than before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. A shaky economy has forced some lenders to tighten their credit standards and examine applicants more closely.

But it’s still possible to qualify for a loan. The economic crisis has highlighted things borrowers have needed in the past — like strong income and a high credit score — as especially important.

Here are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting a personal loan right now.

Show your income is intact

Lenders may work harder now to be sure your income is what you say it is.

At Discover, which offers personal loans to borrowers with good credit, manually verifying an applicant’s income and employment became more common as underwriting models adjusted with the economy, says Matt Lattman, the company’s vice president for personal loans.

LendingClub has also updated how

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Six trailblazing women to share personal stories in special event

Visionaries. Iconoclasts. Founders.

On Aug. 18, the USA TODAY Network will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with a storytelling event featuring six powerful women, from national leaders to hometown sheroes.

The USA TODAY Network assembled expert panels representing the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the five permanently inhabited territories, to select more than 500 women who’ve made a major difference in American life since the amendment passed. From those, a national panel of experts selected 100 who best exemplify the progress, grit and courage that have advanced women’s lives for the past 100 years.

WATCH: Americans tell entertaining and illuminating personal stories

“I hope that this project exposes people to women they didn’t read about in their history books or see on television,” project director and one of USA TODAY’s managing editors Philana Patterson told Nicole Carroll, editor in chief of USA TODAY. “We’ve

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