Congressional Black Caucus chair tamps down talk of Democratic leadership fight

(CNN)Rep. Cedric Richmond, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in an interview Friday that he’s open to re-electing the current senior House Democratic leaders, tamping down talk of a battle for the top two positions if Democrats retake the House majority in next week’s midterms. But Richmond told…

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A rare Mandarin duck is hanging out in NYC’s Central Park and nobody knows how it got there

(CNN)New York’s latest celebrity is an odd duck. “The zoos say it’s not theirs,” said Dan Tainow, an urban park ranger with the New York City Parks Department. “It’s most likely a pet.” Tainow said the bird could be from as far afield as New Jersey or Long Island. “It…

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The tactics behind The Athletics breakout success in sports subscriptions

Local newspapers may be shuttering and people may be consuming most news on social media, but don’t tell Alex Mather that a subscription news publication can’t grow like a unicorn startup. His 2-year-old sports publisher The Athletic has gained over 100,000 paid subscribers (60 percent under age 34) and has a…

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