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Biden forgoes handshakes for fist bumps after arriving in Israel

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President Biden greeted Israeli leaders with a fist bump rather than the traditional handshake when he arrived in Tel Aviv Wednesday — in what the White House called a nod to rising COVID-19 cases in the region, but what critics said was an attempt to avoid a diplomatic incident when he meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later this week.

Biden offered the unusual greeting to Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Yair Lapid and other dignitaries before delivering brief remarks during an arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

Notably, none of the leaders appeared to take other precautions that have been hallmarks of the ongoing pandemic.

Biden, Herzog and Lapid stood shoulder-to-shoulder during the ceremony and chatted to each other without wearing masks.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed to reporters on Air Force One early Wednesday that Biden would continue to refrain from shaking hands when he travels to Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog, U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid participate in a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel,
President Joe Biden decided to not shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
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President Joe Biden touches Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s shoulders while walking with Israeli President Isaac Herzog (left).
President Joe Biden touches Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s shoulders while walking with Israeli President Isaac Herzog (left).
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Palestinians demand President Joe Biden to seek justice for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Gaza City on July 13, 2022.
Palestinians demand President Joe Biden seek justice for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Gaza City on July 13, 2022.
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President Joe Biden greets President Isaac Herzog, left, after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Tel Aviv, as Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, center, looks on
President Joe Biden, Israeli President Isaac Herzog (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid (center) did not wear masks.
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“What we’re saying is we are taking precautions,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

“Is one of those precautions not shaking hands?” one reporter asked.

“What I’m saying is we’re going to try to minimize … contact as much as possible where we can, and so that is what the focus is going to be on this trip,” the press secretary said.

Cars drive under an electronic billboard, part of a campaign organised by Israeli rights group B'Tselem, in the West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem on July 13, 2022.
Israeli rights group B’Tselem advertises a sign demanding President Joe Biden to call out the country’s “Apartheid” regime in Bethlehem, Israel on July 13, 2022.
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog and U.S. President Joe Biden participate in a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, July 13, 2022.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insists President Joe Biden wouldn’t shake hands with Israeli leadership.
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U.S. President Joe Biden descends from Air Force One at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, July 13, 2022.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claims President Joe Biden is taking “extra precautions,” to avoid testing positive for COVID-19.
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When the press corps pointed out that the president participated in “very lengthy handshaking and selfie sessions” at the White House over the past two days — including at the Congressional Picnic hours before his departure — Jean-Pierre continued to insist that the no-handshake rule while overseas was due to “extra precautions.”

“COVID is not gone, it’s still very much around,” she said, adding that the imposition of added measures to protect the president are “up to his doctor.”​

Biden is scheduled to meet with the crown prince, known widely as MBS, despite vowing during his successful presidential campaign to make Riyadh a “pariah” over the royal’s role in the murder of US-based Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

President Joe Biden attends a briefing on the Israel's Iron Dome and Iron Beam Air Defense Systems.
President Joe Biden attends a briefing on Israel’s Iron Dome and Iron Beam Air Defense Systems.
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President Joe Biden opted for a fist pump while greeting Israeli caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid.
President Joe Biden opted for a fist pump while greeting Israeli caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid.
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President Joe Biden addresses the Israeli delegation after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv on July 13, 2022.
President Joe Biden addresses the Israeli delegation after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv on July 13, 2022.
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President Joe Biden speaks during an arrival ceremony after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Tel Aviv.
President Joe Biden will soon meet with Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.
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President Joe Biden walk down from Air Force One upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.
President Joe Biden walk down from Air Force One upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.
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The US intelligence community has concluded that MBS approved the operation that led to a hit squad killing and dismembering Khashoggi after he was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

​Biden has been criticized for meeting with MBS and accused of going hat in hand to the oil-rich kingdom to plead for an increase in production to help bring down fuel prices in the US.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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