Lebanon Health Minister Says Death Toll From Beirut Explosion Has Risen To Nearly 80 With Thousands Injured

A massive explosion near the centre of Beirut killed close to 80 people, injuring thousands across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday.

The most powerful explosion to hit Beirut in years occurred in the city’s port area. Lebanon’s interior minister said initial information indicated highly explosive material, which had been seized years ago and stored there, had blown up.

Lebanon’s health minister Hamad Hasan told Reuters late Tuesday that at least 78 people had been killed and nearly 4,000 injured. Hasan said, “There are many people missing… People are asking the emergency department about their loved ones and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. We are facing a real catastrophe and need time to assess the extent of damages.”

Officials expected the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through rubble to rescue people and remove the dead. 

Massive warehouse explosion rocks Beirut, causing thousands of injuries and widespread damage

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Toronto Maple Leafs Defeat Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 To Even Series At One

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots to earn his third career playoff shutout as the Maple Leafs tied the best-of-five playoff qualifying series at one game each.

The Maple Leafs dominated play for much of the game, with John Tavares adding a third-period goal and Morgan Rielly scoring into an empty net at 19:17 of the third.

Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 1:52 to play in the game after taking an awkward fall in the Maple Leafs’ zone. His head appeared to hit the knee of Columbus’s Oliver Bjorkstrand as he fell.

Game 3 is at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Maple Leafs shut out Blue Jackets 3-0 to even playoff series

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MLB Will Implement 28-Man Rosters For Remainder Of Season

In light of positive COVID-19 tests affecting Major League Baseball, MLB will implement a strict roster size for the remainder of the 2020 MLB season and postseason. The league will implement 28-man rosters beginning on Thursday and keep them in place for the rest of the year.

Originally set to reduce to 26 players, rosters will be held at 28 in an attempt to lessen the pain of a team-wide outbreak. This comes following the outbreaks in the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Miami Marlins franchises.

The season opened with rosters set at 30 players with a plan to reduce the size to 28 on Thursday and 26 on Aug. 20. 

MLB reportedly plans to keep 28-man rosters through postseason

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Lifetime Announces Its First LGBTQ+ Holiday Movie ‘The Christmas Set Up’

Lifetime unveiled plans for 30 new movies that will comprise its “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” lineup, scheduled to kick off in mid-October. The lineup includes “The Christmas Setup,” the network’s first film to feature a same-sex couple as its central romance.  The cast and creative team for “The Christmas Setup” has yet to be announced, however a synopsis of the film reads as follows:  

“Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer and his best friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley.

As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s well-intentioned Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.”

Lifetime’s announcement comes weeks after the Hallmark Channel pledged to include “LGBTQ storylines, characters and actors” in its holiday movie lineup. 

Lifetime will air its 1st holiday movie with gay romance as lead story

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Sean Penn Confirms Marriage To Leila George In ‘COVID Wedding’

Sean Penn shared details about his wedding Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers following reports he married actress Leila George.

The 59-year-old actor, director and producer confirmed reports by showing off his wedding ring. He said he married George, 28, at home Thursday due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We did a COVID wedding. By that, I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom and we were at the house [with] my two children and her brother, and we did it that way,” Penn said.

Penn was previously married to singer Madonna from 1985 to 1989 and to actress Robin Wright from 1996 to 2010. He has two children, daughter Dylan, 29, and son Hopper, 26, with Wright.

Penn and George, the daughter of actor Vincent D’Onofrio, have been a couple since 2016.

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Apple Fire In California Spreads To Over 26,000 Acres As Cause of Blaze Is Determined

A massive fire in California that was sparked Friday afternoon by a malfunctioning vehicle has now spread over more than 26,000 acres in the Inland Empire, officials said Monday.

The Apple fire was ignited by “a diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system,” according to a statement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department. The fire has burned 26,450 acres and was 5% contained as of Monday morning, Cal Fire said.

Officials added that the blaze is “burning in an area with no recent fire history.” Roughly 2,300 fire personnel are working to douse the flames. Multiple evacuation orders and warnings were put in place in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Roughly 7,800 residents in more than 2,500 households have been ordered to evacuate, officials said. 

The Apple fire is continuing to produce a massive amount of smoke, prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue a health advisory for nearby communities.

Cause of California’s Apple Fire determined

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Hurricane Isaias Strengthens As It Approaches East Coast

Hurricane Isaias approached the Carolinas as a Category 1 with winds reaching 85 mph. The storm has caused flooding and damaged homes as it hit towns in both North and South Carolina. The storm is then forecast to bring torrential rain, flash flooding and storm surge up the East Coast, as well as dangerous winds to the Northeast.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of the Carolinas and tropical storm alerts stretch from Florida to New England as the storm approaches northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency, with some coastal communities under evacuation orders.

Isaias will reach the Mid-Atlantic by early morning Tuesday and the Northeast by Tuesday night. Over six inches of rain are forecast for the Mid-Atlantic. The heaviest rainfall is expected to hit along the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to New York City. Damaging winds are also forecast for New Jersey, New York City and Long Island.

Isaias regains hurricane strength as it approaches Carolinas

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Vegas Golden Knights Defeat Dallas Stars 5-3 In Playoff Win

The Vegas Golden Knights beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 in Western Conference round-robin play on Monday. Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left in the game, and Robin Lehner had 24 saves. Vegas scored three times in 5:02 to turn the game around

Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone, Nate Schmidt and William Karlsson also scored for the Knights, who pick up two points in this week’s tournament to determine seeding in the next round of the playoffs.

Before the game at Edmonton’s Rogers Place, two players from each team knelt in support of Black Lives Matter and other social causes. Dallas forwards Tyler Seguin and Jason Dickinson knelt alongside Vegas forward Ryan Reaves and goaltender Robin Lehner during the American and Canadian national anthems.

Golden Knights rally to beat Dallas Stars in round-robin opener

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L.A. Angels Pitcher Shohei Ohtani Out With Injury; Uncertain To Return This Season

After just two starts, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani’s season could now be over. After his return from Tommy John surgery. the 26-year-old lasted only 1.2 innings and departed with five walks allowed and pain in his throwing arm during Sunday’s game

Ohtani underwent an MRI and it was diagnosed that he suffered a grade 1-2 strain of his flexor pronator mass, also known as a flexor strain, putting a return to the mound this year in jeopardy.

Aside from his role as pitcher, across 737 career at-bats, Ohtani has 42 home runs with a .281/.345/.528 slash line and 23 stolen bases.

Ohtani shut down as pitcher; day-to-day as DH

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Taylor Swift Is The First Artist To Debut At No. 1 On Both Billboard 2-00 And Hot 100 Charts In Same Week

Taylor Swift has becoming the first artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 in the same week. Swift’s surprise eighth studio album,  Folklore, took top honors in its first week after moving 846,000 units, marking the biggest sales week this year. Her lead single, “Cardigan,” also debuted at No. 1 after amassing 34 million U.S. streams and 71,000 downloads sold. 

“Cardigan” is joined by “The 1” at No. 4, making her the first woman to have two songs simultaneously debut in the top five of the Hot 100. Meanwhile, the Swift/Bon Iver collab “Exile” took the No. 6 spot. She’s the sixth artist to have three tracks in the Hot 100’s top 10 in its first week.

Taylor Swift’s folklore Broke So Many Billboard Records

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