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House Democrats vote to keep Nancy Pelosi as leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi faced a challenge by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan 2016-11-30 16:12 4KB www.cbsnews.com

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OPEC agrees to cut output to push up oil price

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC has agreed to cut its oil production for the first time in eight years, ending a strategy of high supply that had aimed to cripple the U. S. energy industry but also led to decade-low prices and ... 2016-11-30 15:34 802Bytes article.wn.com

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How to download shows, movies from Netflix to watch later

At no extra cost, Netflix members can download their favorite shows or movies. 2016-11-30 15:44 1KB www.ocregister.com

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Netflix (finally) introduces offline viewing

‘At least Prime Video’ offers offline viewing is an argument that is now moot in the Amazon versus Netflix debate. 2016-11-30 14:11 1KB www.thedrum.com

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Trump’s pick for Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, vows tax cuts, regulatory rollback

Mnuchin said he would follow through on various Trump promises, including reforming the tax code and rolling back the Dodd-Frank bill. 2016-11-30 12:38 3KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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Trump says he'll leave business to avoid conflicts of interests

The president-elect tweeted early Wednesday morning that he feels "it is visually important" to not have conflicts of interest 2016-11-30 13:45 3KB www.cbsnews.com

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Victoria's Secret ready to rock Paris with $3M jeweled bra

PARIS (AP) — The laciest, if not raciest, catwalk event of the year — aka, the Victoria's Secret fashion show — was taking place in Paris on Wednesday night.... 2016-11-30 15:58 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Trump Commerce pick found profits, controversy in Rust Belt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's choice for Commerce secretary, has a history of salvaging failing ventures — including, at one point, Trump's o... 2016-11-30 15:35 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Abducted California mother Sherri Papini had 'message' branded on skin

Missing mother of two 'suffered tremendously', her husband tells US media 2016-11-30 19:43 2KB www.bbc.co.uk

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NBC boss, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' producer Tinker dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Tinker, who brought new polish to the TV world and beloved shows including "Hill Street Blues" to the audience as both a 2016-11-30 15:03 7KB chicago.suntimes.com

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UN security council strengthens North Korea sanctions

The United Nations Security Council votes unanimously to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its most recent nuclear test, placing a cap on Pyongyang's coal exports to China. Video provided by AFP 2016-11-30 14:57 813Bytes rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Cruel and unusual: Canadian police use Nickelback music as a torture device

Although Canadian rock back Nickelback continues to sell tons of records, many music fans have reevaluated the artistic value of the band's music... 2016-11-30 12:54 2KB www.dallasnews.com

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The Trump Effect? After Carrier pledge to keep jobs in US, more companies may follow

Carrier's announcement Tuesday that it will keep jobs in the United States hands Trump an enormous victory on a key campaign pledge before he has even taken office, raising the possibility that a Trump effect could prevent other companies from moving thousands of American jobs abroad. 2016-11-30 15:25 5KB www.foxnews.com

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Why Saudi Arabia surprised the skeptics with an OPEC deal

The kingdom wrangled OPEC ministers into a tougher-than-expected oil production deal — a maneuver critical for its own long-term plans. 2016-11-30 15:14 7KB www.cnbc.com

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Obama's biggest parting gift to Trump may be the economy

CNBC took a look at the economic records of the presidents since Jimmy Carter to assess President Obama's performance. 2016-11-30 15:08 12KB www.cnbc.com

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Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State

"We need to know more about what Romney's viewpoint is. " 2016-11-30 16:06 1KB thehill.com

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I take it back about Jill Stein (Opinion)

With her push for a recount in some states, Jill Stein has not only attempted to rehabilitate her image, but has rehabilitated a sense of hope, says Sally Kohn. 2016-11-30 13:05 4KB rss.cnn.com

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The U. S. economy in GIFs from Steve Mnuchin's movies

President-elect Donald Trump announced Steve Mnuchin as his pick for Treasury secretary Tuesday. Mnuchin is not only a former hedge fund manager and banker -- he's also credited as the producer on more than 30 movies. 2016-11-30 14:40 2KB rss.cnn.com

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Carrier Workers Praise Deal to Keep Jobs in Indiana

"The man did what he promised he would do" 2016-11-30 12:33 4KB fortune.com

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Binge Watching On Netflix No Longer Requires Internet Access

Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don't have an internet connection. The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix's 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service's decade... 2016-11-30 15:28 3KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Matthew McConaughey and Jeff Bridges: Variety’s Actors on Actors

Matthew McConaughey and Jeff Bridges sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors.” For more, tune in with the fifth season premieres on Jan. 3 on PBS SoCal. Matthew McCon… 2016-11-30 13:00 5KB variety.com

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Justin Bieber rants about Instagram while on stage in London

The 22-year-old Sorry singer quit the photo-sharing app in August and has insisted he has no desire to return to the social media site because it is like being in 'hell.' 2016-11-30 15:51 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Pluto’s heavy 'heart' may have led to depression. Seriously

Ever since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first high-resolution images of Pluto’s great white heart, scientists have been puzzling over its origin. 2016-11-30 14:10 7KB www.latimes.com

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FA chief executive says Southgate appointment as England boss was no formality

Gareth Southgate was given 2016-11-30 13:17 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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As world leaders honor Fidel Castro, a member of Congress shares her view

As world dignitaries gathered in Cuba Tuesday to pay tribute to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Miami Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen took to the House floor to delivers her own speech of how the fallen leader should be remembered. 2016-11-30 15:38 5KB www.miamiherald.com

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WATCH LIVE: Shasta Co. officials discuss Sherri Papini case

Watch ABC7 News live video from anywhere - your phone, your mobile device or your computer! 2016-11-30 15:57 756Bytes abc7news.com

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Syrian regime 'and their influencers' accused of preventing aid to Aleppo

Russia is in effect stopping humanitarian aid getting to civilians in besieged areas of Aleppo in Syria because it will not agree to a ceasefire to allow its... 2016-11-30 15:53 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Gigi and Bella Hadid’s stepsister throws shade at Leonardo DiCaprio — ‘Raise your hand if you’ve told Leo you’re on the pill’

A member of the Hadid clan has called out Leonardo DiCaprio for his less-than model behavior. 2016-11-30 15:03 2KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman Promises to Crack Down on Online Harassment

After its CEO got caught up in a kerfuffle 2016-11-30 15:08 2KB fortune.com

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3 Chicago Doctors Honored For Work In War-Torn Aleppo

Chicago Magazine has honored three doctors as "Chicagoans of the Year," after they traveled to Aleppo – one of the world’s most dangerous places – to highlight the civil war in Syria. 2016-11-30 14:27 2KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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City Council approves TIF for work on CTA Red, Purple lines

The Chicago City Council approved Wednesday the creation of a TIF district to support the CTA's plan to modernize the Red and Purple lines. 2016-11-30 14:14 1KB abc7chicago.com

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Iraqis chase IS jihadists in Mosul with local help

Lieutenant Ali Hussein listened intently as the elderly man explained where he thought the jihadist fighters were over the rattle of machinegun fire. 2016-11-30 15:51 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Google brings 4K video live streaming to YouTube

While 1080p may look While 1080p may look “good enough” to you, once you move to a higher resolution display, it is hard to go back. Prices for both 4K monitors and televisions continue to drop, meaning mor… 2016-11-30 13:53 3KB feeds.betanews.com

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Kyra Sedgwick and Matthew Broderick dated in high school

Actors Kyra Sedgwick and Matthew Broderick not only attended the same private school, but the pair also dated. 2016-11-30 13:53 1KB rss.cnn.com

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Martin Scorsese Presents Pope Francis With Japanese Paintings At Vatican Meeting

Pope Francis has met with director Martin Scorsese, whose new film, "Silence,'' about Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, was screened this week in Rome. 2016-11-30 13:11 2KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Ecstasy could soon be a legit drug for treating PTSD

The New York Times said that the FDA has given its blessing to scientists to test out MDMA in Phase 3 clinical trials, thanks to earlier promising results. 2016-11-30 12:28 3KB www.aol.com

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Must-see 32 moments from 32 years of the Singing Christmas Tree

The 32nd Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree opens Thursday, Dec. 1. 2016-11-30 16:01 899Bytes www.mlive.com

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A year after the President-elect’s ‘savage’ Chrissy Teigen retweet, 7 more classic Trump tweets turning one soon

President-elect Donald Trump retweeted a user calling Chrissy Teigen a “trashy gutter mouth woman” last year. 2016-11-30 15:19 3KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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How will a Trump presidency influence the New Orleans housing market?

It's a question of interest rates, oil and gas and consumer confidence. 2016-11-30 12:51 7KB www.nola.com

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Taylor Swift, One Direction top list of highest paid musicians -Forbes

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - U. S. pop star Taylor Swift, boy band One Direction and British singer Adele were the highest paid musicians in ... 2016-11-30 12:03 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Trump Interviewed Candidate for Cabinet Position Who Wants To End the Fed

"I would get rid of the Federal Reserve because the volatility in the economy is primarily caused by the Fed" 2016-11-30 15:27 2KB www.infowars.com

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Conway argues Trump saved GOP from becoming party of elites

Kellyanne Conway believes Donald Trump saved the Republican Party from “veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites.” 2016-11-30 13:53 3KB thehill.com

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Police set up perimeter, search for man who opened fire on officers

Detroit police, as of noon Wednesday, continued to search for a man fired gunshots at police earlier in the day. 2016-11-30 13:37 934Bytes www.mlive.com

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Wiretap: Romney eats crow, Trump does magic and the old world order comes to an end

Sleight of hands Donald Trump offers up a little economic magic. On one hand, he makes a big show of convincing Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana, with the help of some financial incentives eas... 2016-11-30 12:47 3KB www.coloradoindependent.com

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Michigan senate panel votes to close school pensions to new members

New hires would have to join 401(k)-style retirement systems, not the "hybrid" pension and 401(k) system used now. 2016-11-30 15:22 10KB rssfeeds.freep.com

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Apple goes Red for World AIDS day raised $120m for Bono's charity

The firm also today unveiled new RED branded products, and pledged to donate up to $1m to the organisation through Apple Pay. 2016-11-30 15:12 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Fannie, Freddie need to get out of government ownership -Mnuchin

Nov 30 (Reuters) - U. S. mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ought to be privatized as soon as possible but in a fashion that ensures they d... 2016-11-30 13:18 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Ninth case of polio-like illness confirmed in Washington state

Acute flaccid myelitis, which can cause polio-like symptoms, is mostly affecting children, say health officials 2016-11-30 16:24 2KB www.cbsnews.com

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Once adulated, Greek PM Tsipras among least popular chiefs

A new poll has found that Greece's left-wing prime minister is among the country's least popular party leaders, outdoing only his populist junior government ally and the head of a Nazi-inspired party. 2016-11-30 16:01 1KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Will Donald Trump’s own promises be the last chance to save Medicare?

The GOP wants to gut Medicare, but Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric says differently 2016-11-30 15:55 1KB www.salon.com

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After new regulations, Oklahoma’s shakes calm down a bit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically since late May, when the state limited wastewater injections into energy wells, an Associated Press statistical analysis shows. And a new scientific study… 2016-11-30 15:52 5KB wtop.com

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Prost! Cheers! Salud! ~ UNESCO adds Belgian beer to cultural heritage list

Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every city and village across the west European nation of 11 million people. 2016-11-30 15:46 2KB www.pressherald.com

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The Pakistani government released a readout of its call with Trump. It’s magical.

"Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. " 2016-11-30 15:44 1KB www.vox.com

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Southern photographer William Christenberry dies at 80

William Christenberry (CHRIS-en-bear-ee), an artist known for his photographs of crumbling buildings and rusty cars amid the verdant landscape of rural Alabama, has died. He was 80. 2016-11-30 15:21 1KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Lips in New York City to host 'Christmas Spectacular'

Lips in New York City is going to be celebrating a "Rockin' Holiday Season" with its highly-anticipated "Christmas Spectacular" this year. 2016-11-30 15:20 3KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Progressives Are Now Using Fake Election News To Self-Soothe

After complaining that 'fake news' led to Hillary Clinton's electoral demise, progressives are now openly using fake news to self-soothe. 2016-11-30 15:07 3KB thefederalist.com

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Samantha Cameron, wife of UK's ex-PM, launches fashion label

LONDON (AP) -- Samantha Cameron, the wife of former British Prime Minister David Cameron, is launching her first fashion label. Cameron, an ambassador for 2016-11-30 14:58 1KB mynorthwest.com

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Dolly Parton dishes out Christmas spirit in NBC movie

'Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors: Circle of Love' review NBC sequel to Dolly Parton Christmas movie 2016-11-30 14:51 2KB rss.cnn.com

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U. S. flag stays high in Havana while others at half-staff for Fidel Castro

Other foreign embassies in Havana lowered their flags this week in tribute to Fidel Castro. 2016-11-30 14:39 3KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Women in demolition derby-style fight tell their story

Two women spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday after being caught on video in a demolition derby-style fight in a South Los Angeles parking lot. 2016-11-30 14:29 2KB abc7chicago.com

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AWS launches Amazon Lex, a bot framework that powers Alexa

The time has come. Following years of mounting interest in a type of artificial intelligence (AI) called deep learning, the biggest public cloud infrastructure provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced its first Amazon AI services that make use of deep learning. 2016-11-30 19:44 4KB feedproxy.google.com

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Christmas In Rockefeller Center Live Stream: How to Watch the Tree Lighting Show Online 2016

Tonight is the 2016 show for "Christmas In Rockefeller Center". If you're hoping to watch the tree lighting and performances… 2016-11-30 13:32 5KB heavy.com

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3 students taken to hospital after school bus crash near Howard Middle

Three students were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital with minor injuries after their school bus was involved in an accident, according to the Orlando Fire Department. 2016-11-30 13:27 1KB www.orlandosentinel.com

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Lame duck bills would change Michigan's voter ID requirements

Most voters would have to present an ID for their votes to be counted. 2016-11-30 13:11 3KB www.mlive.com

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Leah Remini on Scientology: I’m ‘Considered an Enemy of the Church’

Leah Remini opened up exclusively to Us Weekly about her past as a Scientologist, saying she is ‘considered an enemy of the church’ — read more 2016-11-30 13:10 981Bytes www.usmagazine.com

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Jennifer Aniston Discusses Husband Justin Theroux And His Thanksgiving Surprise After Brad Pitt Rumors

Jennifer Aniston is opening up about her exciting Thanksgiving with husband Justin Theroux after being linked to Brad Pitt amid his divorce. 2016-11-30 12:51 2KB www.inquisitr.com

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Northern Michigan nativity scene taken down after years of complaints

A city's longtime traditional holiday nativity scene in Menominee has been taken down after years of complaints, AP reports. 2016-11-30 12:32 1KB www.mlive.com

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Cirque du Soleil employee dies in accident before show in SF

A technician working on Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia" show in San Francisco was struck by a lift and died from his injuries on Tuesday night, according to a statement from the performance company. The employee, who has not yet been identified, was taken... 2016-11-30 12:20 2KB fox13now.com

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Grant Tinker: Fans and Friends Salute ‘Towering Figure’ in TV History

No television executive of the modern era was more beloved or respected than Grant Tinker. The legendary NBC chairman-CEO and MTM Enterprises president, who died Monday at 90, was admired for his p… 2016-11-30 12:16 4KB variety.com

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Everything announced at AWS re:Invent 2016 so far

For the past five years, Amazon has held a big conference for customers of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud division in Las Vegas. Software industry people and existing customers have always paid attention. But this year AWS has become such a financial juggernaut for... 2016-11-30 22:06 5KB feedproxy.google.com

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Trump to meet with Linda McMahon, Gen. John Kelly, U. S. prosecutor

Nov 30 (Reuters) - U. S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump holds more meetings on Wednesday as he forms his administration before taking over from Democ... 2016-11-30 14:05 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Tornado Watch remains in effect

Today: Showers and thunderstorms. Some could be strong to severe. High: 69 Tonight: Clearing skies. Low: 43 2016-11-30 15:58 3KB rssfeeds.11alive.com

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Review: This week delivers on odd mix of horror and family-friendly fun (Includes first-hand account)

This week’s releases include some wonderful stories of magic fantasy; performances that will knock your socks off; the final chapter in a messy corporate adventure; and an eye-catching new package for a fan favourite. 2016-11-30 15:44 14KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Kate Moss wears fur as she does some early Christmas shopping

She recently realised a life-long dream, after shooting scenes for a new music video to accompany the re-release of Elvis Presley classic The Wonder Of You. 2016-11-30 14:44 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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TOWIE's Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks pack on PDA on festive special shoot

The couple were seen on the chilly banks of the River Mersey and warmed themselves by cosying up in between takes for the TOWIE Christmas special being filmed in Liverpool. 2016-11-30 12:50 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Three young people who died at California rave this summer overdosed on Ecstasy, autopsy report reveals

Derek Lee, 22; Alyssa Dominguez, 21; and Roxanne Ngo, 22; all died of 'acute MDMA toxicity' after attending the Hard Summer festival in San Bernardino, California in July. 2016-11-30 16:04 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Thousands of bees poisoned at Sequim farm

Farm co-owner Meg Depew says about 20 of their bee hives were affected. 2016-11-30 16:04 1KB mynorthwest.com

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Kidney cancer drug shows promise in early trial

An experimental drug may show promise in treating kidney cancer, researchers say. 2016-11-30 15:58 3KB www.upi.com

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Australia issues request for tender for 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels

The government of Australia has issued a request for tender for the production of its multibillion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project. 2016-11-30 15:53 2KB www.upi.com

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State Workers’ Union Slams Governor’s Plan For Employee Drug Testing

The Rauner administration has announced plans to begin testing state employees for drug or alcohol use if it appears they’re under the influence while on the job. 2016-11-30 15:53 2KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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'Magical teacher' Sara Brown leaves lasting lessons for kids, families

Brown, who taught at Jackson's Jack & Jill Preschool for 22 years, died Sunday, Nov. 27 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59 2016-11-30 15:51 3KB www.mlive.com

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People’s productivity and finding our place in an automated future

Letters: While you can always mothball an underperforming factory, at a national level you can’t just mothball a workforce. Even Henry Ford knew he needed paying customers to buy his cars 2016-11-30 15:50 7KB www.theguardian.com

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Video premiere: Electronic producer Lawrence Grey's recipe on 'Rust'? Tape, starch and sunshine

When working on his new album, “Rust,” Los Angeles electronic music producer Lawrence Grey tapped some unlikely materials: A used TEAC reel-to-reel recorder and old tape salvaged from an electronics repair store. 2016-11-30 15:50 7KB www.latimes.com

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What to listen to now: Tinashe, DNCE and more

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from young R&B singer Tinashe, as well as dance artist-to-watch Avalon Emerson and the most recent bid by a Jonas brother to enter adulthood. 2016-11-30 15:50 2KB www.latimes.com

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Use Your Alvin Ailey Ticket Stub to Take a Free Dance Class

The free classes are available to anyone with a ticket stub from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 2016-11-30 15:46 1KB www.dnainfo.com

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Time to teach teens — and all of us — to be savvy about news on the Internet

The recent presidential election made one thing quite clear. Americans from all across the political spectrum struggle to separate reliable... 2016-11-30 15:45 3KB www.dallasnews.com

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Freedom’s light

Netanyahu’s call for patience was too little, too late for Israel’s Reform and Conservative Jews, who are backed by the great majority of American Jews. 2016-11-30 15:43 4KB www.jpost.com

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Mnuchin outlines 'largest tax change since Reagan'

Americans should expect the "largest tax change since Reagan," with tax cuts for the middle class and U. S.businesses, President-elect Trump's nominee for Treasury secretary said Wednesday. But tax experts warned of higher federal deficits. 2016-11-30 15:42 3KB rssfeeds.freep.com

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Tenderloin crash impacting traffic

Residents were told to avoid the area of Golden Gate Avenue at Larkin and Hyde streets due to a vehicle crash Wednesday morning, emergency officials said. Further details were not … Residents were told to avoid the area of Golden Gate Avenue at Larkin and Hyde streets due... 2016-11-30 15:38 1KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Argentina industrial output suffers sharpest drop of year in October

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Argentina's industrial production contracted 8.0 percent in October from the same month a year earlier, national statistics ... 2016-11-30 15:37 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

A man wanted in connection with a past incident has been shot by a member of the U. S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force in Estero, sources say. 2016-11-30 15:37 717Bytes www.nbc-2.com

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'Don't mess with the guy that makes your coffee!' Café owners leave nasty surprise for rude passerby who smears their signs with her hands every day - by dipping the chalk in cat excrement

Sue and Jon Stagg of Atlas Espresso in Australia decorate a chalkboard outside their store with funny messages. Lately, a girl has been spitting on her fingers and rudely smearing their work. 2016-11-30 15:36 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Global Sovereign Bond Yields Rise Despite Divergent Central Bank Policies

It is noteworthy to observe how as U. S. high quality bond yields spike higher, sovereign bond yields are also pressing higher 2016-11-30 15:36 2KB www.valuewalk.com

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Painted rocks in Sumner spread smiles

Follow along as Kendra, Jesse and Lily Haeder hide painted rocks around Sumner in order to encourage people to go outside. 2016-11-30 22:06 2KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Belcher: Trump Is 'Existential Threat' To 'Communities Of Color'

Joining left-wing MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, Democrat pollster and political strategist Cornell Belcher described the election of President-elect Donald Trump as a backlash by whites against a black president. 2016-11-30 15:35 3KB www.dailywire.com

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2nd immigrant holding facility opening at Texas border

Federal immigration officials say they are opening a second temporary holding facility on the Texas border to deal with a surge in arrivals of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. 2016-11-30 15:29 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Lauren Goodger displays a plump pout in close-up snap

Lauren Goodger, 30, appears to have gone back to a plumper pout after sharing a close-up Snapchat image of her lips looking much fuller. 2016-11-30 15:29 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Peter Cook's widow Lin dies at 71

The of widow of comedian Peter Cook has died aged 71. Lin Cook recently worked with television producer, Victor Lewis-Smith, on the BBC Four documentary The Undiscovered Peter Cook. 2016-11-30 15:28 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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The Risk Reduction Characteristic Of Dividends

Dividends are universally considered income because they are paid in a check that can be spent without selling the underlying shares 2016-11-30 15:26 7KB www.valuewalk.com

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Philip Morris CEO sees a 'phase-out period for cigarettes' as tobacco giant emphasizes alternatives

Ordinary cigarettes might soon be a product of the past for Philip Morris International. The head of the world’s largest tobacco company on Wednesday said traditional cigarettes may be replaced before long with modern stand-ins believed to be safer for consumers. 2016-11-30 15:26 3KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Bears QB Jay Cutler Remains Sidelined From Practice

Cutler remains day-to-day with a shoulder injury. 2016-11-30 15:26 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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First Thursday artists will Light Up DWNTWN

Special festive First Thursday event will feature several Muncie artists and makers. 2016-11-30 15:25 7KB rssfeeds.thestarpress.com

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2.9
Ricky Martin buys gorgeous modern estate in Beverly Hills for whopping $13.5million

The 44-year-old singer reportedly spent a cool $13.5 million on the home in the Beverly Crest neighbourhood of the upscale city according to Yolanda's Little Black Book 2016-11-30 15:23 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.7
Annette Bening Honored by Casting Society of America

Annette Bening will be honored Jan. 19 with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the 32nd annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America at the Beverly Hilton Hote… 2016-11-30 15:23 2KB variety.com

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0.9
Where do you put the money? Robot stripper performs at Australian 'Sexpo'

The most eye-popping sight at the recent Sexpo event in Melbourne, Australia was a computer-controlled stripper robot constructed out of mannequin parts and boasting a CCTV camera for a head. 2016-11-30 15:15 3KB www.foxnews.com

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0.8
The U. K.'s first-ever 'plastic' 5 bill has really upset vegans

When the Bank of England released its first-ever plastic bill in September, it proudly highlighted its many security measures aimed at deterring counterfeiters. 2016-11-30 15:15 3KB www.foxnews.com

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0.0
This is why Alternatives are worth it

We’ve been waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for the markets. to. finally. move. With the election over, we’re now seeing it unravel. The U. S. Dollar Index is at levels not seen since 2003, Copper has roared up 20% in a … 2016-11-30 15:14 6KB www.valuewalk.com

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GREEN snow blankets Russia after accident at a chrome factory

The disturbing emerald scene (pictured) was caused by an 'accident' at a plant in Pervouralsk, in the industrial Chelyabinsk region, according to officials. 2016-11-30 15:14 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Ronnie O'Sullivan calls for 'quality over quantity' in snooker tournaments

Ronnie O'Sullivan claims the current format of 128-player tournaments is 2016-11-30 15:12 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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We are no longer garden boys of the DA - Sadtu

A meeting to discuss the "jobs for cash" report has been marred by racial undertones after the DA called the report by the South African Council of Educators "nonsensical". 2016-11-30 15:09 3KB www.news24.com

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Terry Collins is pumped to have Yoenis Cespedes back with Mets: ‘It’s a great holiday present’

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Terry Collins. 2016-11-30 15:08 1KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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Why is France again labeling Jews?

French authorities published the guidelines in the official government gazette, and they require that items state, “product originating in the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement). " 2016-11-30 15:07 6KB www.jpost.com

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Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about the “fiscal impact” of gay rights legislation

Price may have a new way to discriminate against the LGBTQ community 2016-11-30 15:07 1KB www.salon.com

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0.0
Stan Wawrinka gifted chocolate US Open trophy

Stan Wawrinka has three grand slam titles to his name but this could be the sweetest one yet. 2016-11-30 15:06 1KB rss.cnn.com

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2.5
'Megaprocessor' lets you watch a processor compute in real time

A unique processor has been put on public display. Created from a desire to learn how transistors work, the "megaprocessor" has been hand-built to help people visualise a computer's operation. It allows viewers to watch a machine compute in real time. 2016-11-30 15:06 4KB www.digitaljournal.com

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0.0
Hollywood Continues Coverup Of Gosnell Case

Gosnell, which broke records for raising funds by a crowd-funded movie, raising almost $2.4 million, has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, prompting a massive Twitter campaign denouncing the behavior of the press. 2016-11-30 15:04 3KB www.dailywire.com

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A chic leather dress perfect for any holiday party

What better time than your upcoming holiday party to show off your chic style? This dress will impress your friends and family! 2016-11-30 15:03 1KB www.aol.com

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BuzzFeed Destroying Chip Joanna Gaines Over Gay Marriage

BuzzFeed is trying to take down one of television's most famous couples because they are Christians who attend a church with an anti-gay marriage stance. [caption id="attachment_5352889" align="al 2016-11-30 15:02 2KB dailycaller.com

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Damaged bridge over troubled water: Who will pay for fix?

A battle is shaping up over who will pay more than $200,000 for repairing a bridge in the Jackson area that was rammed by a tractor-trailer. 2016-11-30 15:01 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Why leaders who don’t stand up for themselves will fail

Fashion designer and business owner Susana Monaco needs to regain her confidence, but once she does, the results are dramatic. 2016-11-30 15:01 4KB www.cnbc.com

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Lowell city leadership taking shape following successful mayor recall

The Nov. 8 election caused a shakeup to Lowell's city government. 2016-11-30 15:01 2KB www.mlive.com

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PICS: Siv and Janez explore Japan

The presenting pair of bros are in Asia for work and posting the best pics of their awesome adventures. 2016-11-30 15:00 919Bytes www.channel24.co.za

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Turbulent Times For Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation : Shots

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has explored payment changes that could cut health care costs and improve quality. But will the center survive in a new administration? 2016-11-30 14:58 6KB www.npr.org

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JPMorgan’s Soothsaying “Gandalf” Says Look To “independent media outlets” As Traditional Data Fails

A JPMorgan 2017 outlook points to heightened uncertainty with potential for quick volatility spikes but a higher stock market. 2016-11-30 14:57 6KB www.valuewalk.com

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D'oh! Enjoy a season's worth of outtakes from MLive's 2-Minute Drill

There were many light moments when our Michigan writers got together each week. 2016-11-30 14:55 988Bytes www.mlive.com

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Shakira flaunts her incredible curves as she films commercial in Spain

The Colombian beauty, 39, shuck her hips in a number of figure of eights in her daringly short figure-hugging black mini that flaunted her toned pins to perfection on Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain. 2016-11-30 14:54 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Firefighter Ginger

When you join the fire service, you become a part of several traditions. During the season of Thanksgiving, my fire company has a tradition... 2016-11-30 14:53 3KB www.delcotimes.com

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Festival of Trees rises to new heights

28th annual event will be Saturday and Sunday at Blue Water Convention Center 2016-11-30 14:53 3KB feeds.feedblitz.com

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Bears Readying CB Kyle Fuller For Return From IR

The Bears have 21 days to activate Fuller from IR. 2016-11-30 14:48 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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NHS psychiatrist links a disturbing surge in A&E cases to online world

A psychiatrist from the Tavistock NHS Trust has said it's no coincidence that the rise in admissions of complex cases of self-harming has occurred in the age of social media. 2016-11-30 14:48 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Chinese man insists on divorcing his wife because 'her feet are too smelly'

In an interview with a local television station, the frustrated husband, surnamed Su, said he had repeatedly asked his better half to wash her feet more often, but his efforts were of no avail. 2016-11-30 14:47 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Sebastian's parks-and-recreation master plan on hold after questions over price

A master plan would let the city project its recreation needs, but can Sebastian afford it? 2016-11-30 14:47 2KB rssfeeds.tcpalm.com

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‘Angry’ Elizabeth Warren Is ‘Shrill’ And ‘Almost Unhinged,’ Says ‘Morning Mika’ Brzezinski [Video]

Elizabeth Warren fan or ex-fan Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, scolded the Democratic lawmaker for an anti-Donald Trump speech on the floor 2016-11-30 14:46 4KB www.inquisitr.com

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Europe's power market reform a boon for struggling utilities

By Geert De Clercq PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - European utilities welcomed long-awaited power market reform proposals on Wednesday, hoping a framework to subsi... 2016-11-30 14:44 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Small Cap Blend Style 4Q16: Best And Worst

The Small Cap Blend style ranks tenth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 4Q16 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds 2016-11-30 14:44 4KB www.valuewalk.com

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Take a journey through 128 years of fascinating National Geographic illustrations

A new book, 'National Geographic Infographics ', edited by Cologne-based Julius Wiedemann, reveals some of its most iconic infographics published by the organisation over more than a century. 2016-11-30 14:41 9KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Samsung and Viceland Debut Virtual Reality Trailer for Their Documentary About Syria

Viceland and Samsung are bringing viewers to the center of the Syrian war with a virtual reality documentary that shows what it's like to rescue people from a bombing. 2016-11-30 14:41 2KB feeds.adweek.com

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'Evening Standard' Accused of Copying Solange's Album Cover

Fans are accusing London's 'Evening Standard' newspaper of copying and cultural appropriation after it published an image similar to Solange Knowles' 'A Seat at the Table' album cover — details 2016-11-30 14:40 2KB www.usmagazine.com

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Are Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Facing An Adoption Nightmare? [Rumor]

Find out how Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s adopted children could be impacted by their divorce. 2016-11-30 14:37 2KB www.inquisitr.com

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EMU tops Giving Tuesday fundraising total by $100,000 from 2015

EMU reported collecting $269,708 from 772 donors on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Last year, the university raised $169,828, from 410 donors. 2016-11-30 14:36 1KB www.mlive.com

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Sell-Side Analyst Accuracy: Credit Suisse And Nomura Top List

While banks as a whole struggled with picks in 2015, it’s also important to look at banks on a more micro level to see how they performed. 2016-11-30 14:34 3KB www.valuewalk.com

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10 requests from liberals to Obama before he leaves office

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to undo President Barack Obama's legacy once he takes office on January 20, 2017. However, with just over a month left before Obama leaves the White House, liberals are putting in some last-minute requests for the outgoing commander... 2016-11-30 14:30 3KB myfox8.com

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Luxury line Seabourn takes delivery of new ship

The 600-passenger Seabourn Encore is Seabourn's largest ever 2016-11-30 14:30 1KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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After Bashing Fake News, Obama Praises Notorious Fake News Outlet

Days after criticizing the proliferation of fake news online, President Barack Obama openly praised the "great work" of a notorious fake news outlet. 2016-11-30 14:26 1KB thefederalist.com

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Trump could 'inspire a 'disaster movie' says Spain's Almodovar

Donald Trump would be the perfect protagonist for a disaster film, said Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, as a retrospective of his movies got underway in Ne... 2016-11-30 14:25 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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#DumpKelloggs: Breakfast Brand Blacklists Breitbart, Declares Hate for 45,000,000 Readers

Kellogg Co. announced on Tuesday its decision to pull ads from conservative media giant Breitbart.com. 2016-11-30 14:24 3KB feedproxy.google.com

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Israel Navy debuts new Super Dvora patrol craft

Advanced patrol vessel will secure northern border 2016-11-30 14:22 3KB www.jpost.com

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Jon Bostic could be ahead of Ameer Abdullah with Lions' IR decision looming

Bostic was working on the side with a trainer during the 20 minutes of practice that were available to the media on Wednesday. 2016-11-30 14:21 2KB www.mlive.com

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0.0
Mesh Networking: An alternative internet?

Currently, in order to exchange information on a computer or smartphone, we transfer it over the internet. This may take many different forms -- a web browser, email client, app or cloud storage -- but at the end of the day... 2016-11-30 14:19 6KB feeds.betanews.com

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Andrew Garfield says 'Amazing Spider-Man' broke his heart

Andrew Garfield admitted in an interview with Amy Adams that he thought "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel "compromised" the integrity of the characters. 2016-11-30 14:15 2KB www.upi.com

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Stop making empty promises, Eastern Cape pupils tell Motshekga

Eastern Cape pupils believe the education department has failed them dismally and are worried that the lack of basic resources at their schools will affect their future. 2016-11-30 14:14 3KB www.news24.com

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The 'age of automation' can benefit the security landscape

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation are technology trends dominating discussions in many different industries at the moment and cyber security is no exception. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation are technology trends dominating discussions in many different industries at the... 2016-11-30 14:12 4KB feeds.betanews.com

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PHOTOS: Mandatory Mourning in Cuba as Fidel Castro Urn Caravan Takes the Streets

The nine-day mandatory mourning period continued in Cuba on Tuesday, the designated day for foreign leaders to speak of the legacy of dictator Fidel Castro. Castro’s brother, dictator Raúl, 2016-11-30 14:07 909Bytes article.wn.com

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1.0
Researchers find demanding an absurdly high amount is your best bet

Want a decent pay raise? Then joke about it. The University of Idaho found that making wisecracks about wanting an absurd salary increase is the best way to get closer to your desired amount. 2016-11-30 14:04 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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6.2
The Meaning Americans Find in Their Jobs

Conversations about their work and how it shapes who they are 2016-11-30 14:04 2KB www.theatlantic.com

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3.2
GoPro makes cutbacks after drone crashes

GoPro is cutting 200 jobs and shutting down its video licensing service after the recall of its Karma drones. 2016-11-30 22:07 3KB www.bbc.co.uk

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First child from a 'three parent' family in the UK could be born next Christmas after controversial treatment is given the green light

Britain's fertility regulator, the London-based Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has given the go-ahead in principle for mitochondrial replacement to enter the clinic. 2016-11-30 14:02 6KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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1.0
Beduin, German, and Jewish youth find commonalities, differences on exchange program

The German students, who had arrived in Israel two days before were still adapting to their surroundings and the presentation at Umm-al-Hiran appeared to unsettle them. 2016-11-30 14:01 3KB www.jpost.com

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4.0
“Business is growing” despite fraught political environment, Russian ambassador says — RT UK

Russian and British business leaders assembled in London on Wednesday for the first day of the Russian-British Business Forum. 2016-11-30 14:00 3KB www.rt.com

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0.0
Stop fat-shaming the five pound note

It may contain tallow, derived from animal waste products, but there are other reasons you should be angry about the Bank of England’s new money. 2016-11-30 22:04 3KB www.newstatesman.com

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1.3
Woman destroys light display before town's holiday celebration

One woman proved to her town that she's a real-life Grinch. 2016-11-30 13:59 2KB www.aol.com

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CDC offers tips for reducing Salmonella risk

At least 21 people in eight states have contracted Salmonella Heidelberg infections associated with exposure to dairy calves from Wisconsin, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2016-11-30 13:57 3KB www.bovinevetonline.com

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Texas highways set for funding boost as panel sets minimum for state's rainy day stash

AUSTIN -- A specially created legislative panel on Wednesday approved a minimum for state savings, effectively freeing what is likely to be... 2016-11-30 13:53 5KB www.dallasnews.com

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0.0
Fossils reveal origins of filter feeding in baleen whales

New research offers evidence of the evolutionary transition from biting to filtering among baleen whales. 2016-11-30 13:52 2KB www.upi.com

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Auditor-General lays bare slew of problems plaguing water projects

The Department of Water and Sanitation‚ the custodian of the country's water resources‚ is grappling with a slew of problems‚ including shortage of critical skills‚ ageing workforce‚ lack of proper planning and infrastructure maintenance. 2016-11-30 13:52 3KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Trump's Islamophobic rhetoric means a public health crisis for Muslims

According to research, Islamophobia is associated with poor psychological outcomes among Muslims and can adversely affect physical health 2016-11-30 13:51 6KB www.theguardian.com

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7.1
On-farm Culturing: A Culture of Success

On-farm cultures are used in every aspect on this dairy. 2016-11-30 13:51 4KB www.bovinevetonline.com

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McCrory proceeds with storm special session plans

Even though the results of Election Day three weeks ago remain unresolved in the gubernatorial contest, Gov. Pat McCrory is going ahead with his promise to call the legislature back for a special session on storm recovery. 2016-11-30 13:49 2KB www.newsobserver.com

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Gordhan lays into 'lack of accountability' from SARS top managers

In a shocking revelation of the parlous state of relations between Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS)‚ Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has had to qualify his response to a parliamentary question about the tax authority. 2016-11-30 13:48 3KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Why the Dow's 1,000 point gain isn't as impressive as it used to be

One market watcher says the increase is especially notable for retail investors. Still, 1,000 points on the Dow isn't what it used to be. 2016-11-30 13:47 2KB www.cnbc.com

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3.1
Everything you need to know about the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade

This year’s Belmont Shore Christmas Parade is a little sweeter than usual. With the theme, “A Candy Land Christmas,” spectators can expect to see plenty of red-and-white-stripped confectionary on parade this Saturday, Dec. 3 2016-11-30 13:46 4KB www.presstelegram.com

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Mayor Emanuel Stays Calm Through Ongoing Illinois Budget Showdown

Mayor Emanuel verbally shrugs when asked about the continuing budget stalemate in Springfield. 2016-11-30 13:42 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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0.0
Derek Hough Sees Himself 'Married With Kids' in Five Years

Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough reveals on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' that he sees himself ‘married with kids within the next five years’ — watch the video 2016-11-30 13:40 2KB www.usmagazine.com

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CIA’s newly-declassified maps give rare insight into historic events (PHOTOS) — RT Viral

The CIA has declassified a number of its maps dating from the 1940s to the current decade. Until now, the maps, created by the agency’s Cartography Center, were seen only by those within the intelligence community. 2016-11-30 13:39 2KB www.rt.com

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Post Election, Minorities are Waking Up to the Value of Gun Rights

To preserve gun rights and the gun community, we have to bring in more and more good people To preserve gun rights and the gun community, we have to bring in more and more good people. 2016-11-30 13:39 2KB www.infowars.com

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Pittsburgh unemployment stays at 6 percent in October

The labor market in the Pittsburgh region has tightened over the last year, with the unemployment rate holding steady from September at 6 percent but up a full percentage point from this time last year, according to a regional jobs report released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of... 2016-11-30 13:39 2KB www.post-gazette.com

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Andy Cohen Slammed By Michael Dodd For ‘Crap Show’

Andy Cohen is the ultimate reality television guru. He is the face of Bravo, hosting all of the reunion shows and having his own late-night talk show on the 2016-11-30 13:37 1KB www.inquisitr.com

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Ivanka Trump dons a short black cocktail dress and heels as she steps out

The 35-year-old businesswoman donned a $158 black sheath dress featuring velvet trim and black and plaid heels, both from her eponymous lifestyle collection. 2016-11-30 13:36 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Incredible friendship of rescue dog Lexi and boy with quadriplegic cerebral palsy

Johnny's mother decided to get him a rescue dog from Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue in Houston, but no one was prepared for the connection that he and Lexi would quickly form. 2016-11-30 13:35 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Incredible images show life in Xiapu, China's 'most charming fishing village'

Incredible images show the stunning village of Xiapu in China's Fujian province. The photos taken on November 28 show rural life in the township in southeast China. 2016-11-30 13:34 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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4.0
Taqueria Yarelis in Fresno gains fame with 3-foot 'Anaconda' burrito

The masterminds at Taqueria Yarelis have gained an even bigger following on Facebook thanks to this video of their "Anaconda" burrito. 2016-11-30 13:33 1KB abc7chicago.com

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Miley and Dolly are begging of you, please don't take their man

Update on 'Today in Entertainment: Hillary Clinton surprises Katy Perry, former NBC boss Grant Tinker dies' 2016-11-30 13:33 1KB www.latimes.com

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Why Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are opposing a bill that promises to cure cancer

Congress is set to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act — and critics are worried. 2016-11-30 13:30 6KB www.vox.com

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Geordie Shore's Chloe Ferry flashes her thong in Instagram snap

Taking to Instagram, the 21-year-old Geordie Shore star quipped she'd grown a 'food baby' as she showed off the transformation and admitted she felt three months pregnant. 2016-11-30 13:28 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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New Jane Byrne Interchange flyover ramp set to open this weekend

Thousands of commuters who use the Jane Byrne Interchange will get some traffic relief with the opening of a new flyover ramp this weekend. 2016-11-30 13:28 2KB abc7chicago.com

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan ‘selfishly excited’ to perform 2 shows in Salt Lake City in December

Jim Gaffigan will be performing twice at the Vivint Arena in December as a part of his Fully Dressed tour. The second performance was recently added due to popular demand. 2016-11-30 13:28 1KB www.deseretnews.com

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Rudd warns over threat of 'increasingly sophisticated' far right extremists

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned of the heightened terror threat posed by 2016-11-30 13:27 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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CP&B calls time on Turkish Airlines work ahead of global review

Creative agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky London has called time on its three-and-a-half-year relationship with Turkish Airlines ahead of a global review for the account. 2016-11-30 13:27 1KB www.thedrum.com

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Animal hackers: altered creatures star in London exhibition

Wellcome Collection shows transgenic goat and rat bred to prefer alcohol in exhibition exploring humans’ perceptions of animals 2016-11-30 13:25 4KB www.theguardian.com

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Ep. 230 - Grading Trump - How's He Doing So Far?

Beneath the fake news (CNN, The New York Times) and hysterical commentary (everywhere), Donald Trump is going about his Trumpian business. What do we know so far? Plus the world-famous Whoo-Hoo (Mailbag!) or vice versa. 2016-11-30 13:25 821Bytes www.dailywire.com

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Kids clothing boutique offers recycled products to Puyallup families

Weecycled LLC recycles used baby toys, clothes and other accessories and sells them to other families. Operating on 210 N. Meridian in downtown Puyallup, the boutique is a way for parents and other family members to go shopping for babies and toddlers at a lower price. 2016-11-30 13:23 4KB www.thenewstribune.com

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1.1
Chinese manufacturers are setting up shop in the U. S.

Chinese garment manufacturer Tianyuan Garments is opening up a factory in Little Rock, Arkansas, making it the first Chinese apparel producer to set up shop in America. 2016-11-30 13:21 5KB rss.cnn.com

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Top 100 baby names of 2016 are revealed with super moons, Star Wars and the Beckhams all providing inspiration to parents as Muhammed drops to second place

A new list of the top baby names in the UK saw monikers such as Harper, the Beckhams' daughter (pictured), and Kit, the Rooneys' youngest son, surge in popularity. 2016-11-30 13:20 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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5.1
The 7 business schools where graduates earn over $150,000

In a new report, SoFi highlights the MBA programs that lead to the highest average salaries. 2016-11-30 13:20 936Bytes www.cnbc.com

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1.0
Top skin-care experts blast 'dangerous' wasabo lip-plumping technique

Instagram star Farah Dhukai, from Ontario, Canada, posted a video where she applies wasabi to her lips that she claims can make it 'look like you've had fillers'. 2016-11-30 13:18 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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1.0
U. S. Navy commemorates 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with ceremony

The National Museum of the United States Navy will hold an exhibit preview and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. 2016-11-30 13:18 1KB rssfeeds.wusa9.com

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Alaskan bear hunts salmon as her three cubs look on then shares the fish

These are the amazing scenes where photographer Christophe Vasselin, 43, from Luxembourg captured a mother bear hunting salmon for her three cubs in Alaska. 2016-11-30 13:17 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Vermont fish hatchery recognized 'Blue' for lake protection

A Vermont fish hatchery located in the Lake Champlain islands is being recognized for its efforts to protect the lake by reducing the amount of polluted runoff reaching the lake, using phosphorous-free detergents and using fertilizers only when necessary. 2016-11-30 13:13 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Beyonce Allegedly Gets Shocking Ultimatum: Jay Z Wants Baby Number Two?

Beyonce and Jay Z’s battle to have a second child may be over. Jay Z reportedly gave his superstar wife a shocking ultimatum regarding the expansion of their music royalty family. 2016-11-30 13:08 3KB www.inquisitr.com

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Kony Launches New Kony Visualizer Integrated with Amazon Web Services to Simplify and Accelerate Mobile App Development

Kony, Inc., a leading enterprise mobility company, today announced Kony Visualizer to further simplify building mobile apps on the AWS cloud by providing pre-integrated support for the AWS Mobile SDK, along with built-in support... 2016-11-30 19:44 7KB feedproxy.google.com

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You've been getting rid of blackheads the wrong way

y now, we’ve all seen the video of girl who used a too-tight suction mask to get rid of her blackheads. (You know the one—with the screaming and cursing?) 2016-11-30 13:05 7KB www.aol.com

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Velvet is the new black this season

The 90's are back in full swing this year and nothing commemorates the decade better than good old fashioned velvet! 2016-11-30 13:05 2KB www.aol.com

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Apple hires Billy Sorrentino, Wired’s current head of creative

One of the top editors at Wired magazine has been hired by Apple. Billy Sorrentino has announced that he will leave the publication to take on a yet-to-be-announced role with the tech giant, according to a report on Apple Insider. 2016-11-30 13:03 1KB www.thedrum.com

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Daisy Lowe flaunts her model curves in a little black dress at lingerie launch

She's starred in many lingerie campaigns in her glittering model career. So Daisy proved to be the perfect choice to launch Triumph's new winter collection at Brown Thomas in Dublin. 2016-11-30 13:01 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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More police on Gauteng roads this festive season

Gauteng motorists and visitors who will be on the province’s roads this festive season beware. 2016-11-30 13:01 2KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Quiet estate agent a flagbearer for change in Gambia

Adama Barrow, an unheard-of estate agent just six months ago, is now the flagbearer for The Gambia's opposition as it mounts an unprecedented threat to Presi... 2016-11-30 13:00 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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The chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant opened a food truck in Los Angeles

Ground chicken with truffles, a dollop of black truffle mayonnaise, tart frisée salad, pickled onions — and shards of crispy chicken skin. This is the basic burger on the NoMad food truck. A previous version included foie gras. 2016-11-30 13:00 5KB www.latimes.com

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Marissa Hermer Pregnancy: How Her Baby Girl Is Doing These Days After Scary Delivery

Marissa Hermer has returned for another season of Ladies of London, which premiered last night on Bravo. While most of the ladies got together to talk about 2016-11-30 12:58 2KB www.inquisitr.com

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The counter-revolution of the Right

With eyes set on Russia and fighting a cultural battle of its own, an anti-liberal and anti-cosmopolitan project is consolidating itself both in Europe and the United States. Español Golden Dawn demonstration in 2012. Athens,Greece. Steve Jurvetson/Flickr. Some rights reserved... 2016-11-30 12:58 872Bytes article.wn.com

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IBM Watson Health, Merge launch new personalized imaging tools at RSNA

AI and deep learning can help automate analytics on voluminous image data, enabling comparison with EHR information, genomics and more, officials say. 2016-11-30 12:55 3KB www.healthcareitnews.com

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Dog obsessed with Santa Claus chew toy meets the man himself

A pair of Florida siblings captured their 1-year-old dog's joy at meeting the real-life version of her favorite chew toy: Santa Claus. 2016-11-30 12:55 1KB www.upi.com

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What's new in Louisiana music: The latest tunes for Dec. 30

Here are the latest local releases, thanks to help from the Louisiana Music Factory. 2016-11-30 12:55 733Bytes www.nola.com

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Historic congregations contribute $1.7 million in economic impact to their community each year

A new study explores the relationship between a religious community's activities and the economic health of its surrounding area. 2016-11-30 12:55 7KB www.deseretnews.com

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Flu Season Ramping Up, Doctors Warn

Christmas carols and jingling bells aren't the only sounds filling the air this time of year. Symphonies of sneezes and choirs of coughs mean the holiday season has brought cold and flu season along with it. 2016-11-30 12:54 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Size Doesn’t Matter In PE Fund Performance Over The Long Term

Despite the dueling claims that smaller PE fund managers lack sophistication or sufficient scale, or that larger fund managers 2016-11-30 12:52 2KB www.valuewalk.com

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Not ready for Christmas? 24 things to do to get you in the mood

John Gonzalez of MLive loves Christmas and the holiday season. But not everyone is ready for a visit from Santa Claus. Here are 24 things to do put you in the Christmas mood. 2016-11-30 12:51 1KB www.mlive.com

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Scarborough Shreds Media: “You’re Still Being Hypocritical. This Is Why You’re All Going Out Of Business.”

SCARBOROUGH: [laughing] --- I’m sorry, okay hold on – [laughing]…. Hold on, that’s funny! All right, so he's threatening our democracy if he does exactly what she's doing on [sic] September 28th, which he said… 2016-11-30 19:44 2KB www.patdollard.com

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Fed speakers have focused too much on rate increases -Powell

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers should put less emphasis publicly on the short-term outlook for interest rate increases and more... 2016-11-30 12:49 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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In India's "Dollar City", exploited garment workers are silent: filmmaker

By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A fish tank with expensive Arowana fish is prominently displayed in many factories... 2016-11-30 12:48 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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TV channels the holiday spirit with Frosty, Elf and Mariah

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The spirit of the holidays is an elastic concept when it comes to both commerce and TV programming. Endlessly varied gift possibilities ar... 2016-11-30 12:47 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Jinger Duggar And Jeremy Vuolo Write Family Blog Post After Wedding, Will ‘Jill And Jessa Counting On’ Star Open Instagram Account?

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo seem to be back from their honeymoon, but they have not made any public announcement about settling down in the US. It has been a 2016-11-30 12:47 4KB www.inquisitr.com

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Original blurbs revealed for Steven Mnuchin Hollywood blockbusters

Usually, you have to pick up the Wall Street Journal or The Economist to learn more about a candidate for Treasury Secretary. 2016-11-30 12:43 8KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's son Egypt performs his own song

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's 6-year-old son, Egypt Daoud, recently composed and performed his first song, "Super-boy," on piano. 2016-11-30 12:42 1KB www.upi.com

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UFO sightings across Turkey spark #UFOAttack frenzy (VIDEO, PHOTOS) — RT Viral

Residents across Turkey have posted photos and videos on social media of an alleged UFO, resulting in #ufoattacktoturkey to begin trending on Twitter. 2016-11-30 12:40 1KB www.rt.com

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How a STEM Background Can Help Women in Business

Companies should consider doing more to promote science-related careers. 2016-11-30 12:38 4KB fortune.com

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Sudbury bears are scratching themselves until their fur falls off. It could be a fatal, contagious condition

Sarcoptic mange spreads when microscopic insects burrow under the skin of animals, leaving a trail of eggs behind, causing an inflammatory response similar to an allergic reaction 2016-11-30 12:36 5KB news.nationalpost.com

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10 Liverpool academy graduates under Jurgen Klopp

Since arriving in October 2015 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not been afraid to dip into the reserves to bolster his first-team squad. 2016-11-30 12:36 4KB www.independent.ie

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The New Founder, Brought to You by the Koch Brothers

When you think of America's great Constitutional originators, names like Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton and Franklin come to mind. And, of course, Abbott. 2016-11-30 12:35 5KB www.commondreams.org

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Andy Puzder For Labor Secretary

As President-elect Donald Trump solidifies his cabinet, the nation’s job creators (and those looking for a job) eagerly await his decision on one executive branch: the Department of Labor. Trump sho 2016-11-30 12:34 5KB dailycaller.com

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Time to make sure that the majority of your investments are as “socially responsible”

By MarketCycle Wealth Management This month’s MarketCycle’s Musings post involves me thinkin’ out loud about the ramifications of the U. S. election. I am not taking sides. For an investment advisor it is important to consider both sides of every argument … 2016-11-30 12:34 7KB www.valuewalk.com

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Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina: Footage shows '18 stone moving like a lightweight'

Anthony Joshua has shared a video of him going through reactive work as his fight with Eric Molina nears. The 27-year-old takes on Molina at the Manchester Arena on December 10. 2016-11-30 12:33 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Bernstein: Brian Kelly & A Tenuous Status Quo

A dissatisfied bloc of trustees and boosters has become increasingly vocal as problems with the program have mounted. 2016-11-30 12:32 4KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis celebrate Sigd Day in Jerusalem

‘The State of Israel is working tirelessly to continue to use all means at its disposal to release Avraham Mengistu,’ says Rivlin of Hamas captive. 2016-11-30 12:32 5KB www.jpost.com

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Accused of gagging media, Finnish PM admits to angry emails

Finland's prime minister admitted Wednesday sending angry emails to a reporter as media claimed he tried to block coverage of an alleged conflict of interest. 2016-11-30 12:30 3KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Comparing yourself to Facebook friends is a recipe for depression

Researchers say the link between Facebook and mental health is like your relationship status: complicated. 2016-11-30 12:28 2KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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French president says Czech help vital in anti-terror fight

France President Francois Hollande says his country is thankful to the Czech Republic for its help in the fight against terrorism. 2016-11-30 12:26 1KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Newsworks appoints Vanessa Clifford as chief executive to replace Rufus Olins

Newsworks, the marketing body for national newspapers like the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Guardian has appointed Vanessa Clifford as chief executive. 2016-11-30 12:25 1KB www.thedrum.com

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Spoto's closes; Mulligan's moves in, expands downtown riverfront spot

Move shakes up Stuart restaurant scene 2016-11-30 12:19 4KB rssfeeds.tcpalm.com

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Activist Investors Shun Canada; Demands Are At Lowest Level In 5-Years

The number of Canada-based companies publicly subjected to demands from activist investors is at its lowest level in five years 2016-11-30 12:19 2KB www.valuewalk.com

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GoPro is cutting 15% of its workforce amid sales slump

Wearable action-camera maker GoPro said on Wednesday it would cut about 15 percent of its workforce and shutter its entertainment business, as the one-time Wall Street favorite cuts costs to help it return to profitability. 2016-11-30 19:44 2KB feedproxy.google.com

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Woman born on Pearl Harbor Day: Family jokes 'I caused the war'

Almost 75 years later, Juliette "Judie" Lane, is far from danger. 2016-11-30 12:17 5KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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President Obama Dashes Democrats' Hopes that Michelle Will Rescue the Party

President Obama made clear in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that the widely popular outgoing First Lady will not be the political savior Democrats so desperately need. 2016-11-30 12:16 3KB www.dailywire.com

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Music's country of origin influences people's taste in dishes

Researchers from Montclair State University in New Jersey found that a touch of Spanish flamenco can be enough to make people switch to paella. 2016-11-30 12:13 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.0
DirecTV Now Debuts, Reveals Full Channel Lineups

AT&T on Wednesday launched the DirecTV Now subscription internet-TV service, providing the full lineups of channels available in each of its four bundles. In all, DirecTV Now offers up to 130 c… 2016-11-30 12:13 3KB variety.com

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2.2
Newsweek Hillary Edition Rife With Cliches, Talking Points

The introduction to Newsweek's ill-fated "Madame President" edition is, well, really bad. The unattributed blurb, perhaps written by the magazine's editors, is rife with cliches and Democratic talk 2016-11-30 12:07 2KB dailycaller.com

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Incredible map reveals the 37 countries you didn't realise were directly across the sea from Britain's coastline

A fascinating interactive map reveals what 37 countries you’d 'spot' from almost 2,000 locations on the UK's coastline if your vision were limitless. Countries include the US, Cuba and Spain. 2016-11-30 12:02 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Wow! Kelly Khumalo slays in this white number

Kelly Khumalo looks nothing short of breathtaking in a sheer white chiffon dress in her upcoming music video for uThando. 2016-11-30 12:01 886Bytes www.timeslive.co.za

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Mapping the Creative Brain

European researchers find a connection between creativity and the structures of certain regions of the brain. 2016-11-30 12:01 3KB psmag.com

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House Democrats vote to keep Nancy Pelosi as leader
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Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 12:10 PM EST
House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as Democratic minority leader Wednesday for another term, rejecting the challenge by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.
With a vote of 134 to Ryan’s 63, Pelosi, a former speaker of the House, continues her 14-year leadership of the Democrats in the lower chamber.
In a tweet, Pelosi said she was “honored” by the re-election:
Honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as Democratic Leader. Let's get to work. pic.twitter.com/knAEqL8azt
In a show of unity, Ryan later moved to make the vote for Pelosi unanimous.
Ryan released a statement shortly after the vote Wednesday, congratulating Pelosi and thanking the members that supported him.
The Ohio congressman noted, however, that the outcome of the 2016 elections -- when the Republican party won the White House and kept control of both legislative chambers -- showed the party was “ignoring crucial voices that deserve to be heard.”
“Hopelessness is a product of economic and social adversity,” Ryan said. “That is why Democrats must always be the party of aspiration and inclusion.”
At least one member of the Democratic caucus had harsh words for her fellow members following the leadership election: Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema said in a statement that she was “deeply disappointed, as the House Democratic Caucus has decided to double down on its failed strategy of recent years.”
“This should be a time of critical reflection and clear-eyed change, not a time to rubber stamp the failed strategy of the past,” Sinema said. “We owe better ti the American people.”
Democrats listened to nomination speeches and cast their votes in a secret ballot early Wednesday morning. According to an aide in the room, several members spoke on behalf of Pelosi.
House Democrats are voting for Minority Leader on Capitol Hill this morning, choosing between Nancy Pelosi and challenger Tim Ryan. CBS News' Nan...
California Rep. Adam Schiff, who serves as ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said because “everything we care about are at risk,” only the “very best” should lead the caucus.
“No one is a better tactician than Nancy Pelosi,” Schiff said. He also blasted the GOP members. “Republicans can’t even keep their caucus together and they all look the same,” he said.
Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado nominated Ryan.
Ryan, 43, has served in Congress since 2003 and currently sits on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees. His northeast Ohio district includes Akron and Youngstown, both hit hard by the decades-long decline in manufacturing jobs.
Earlier this month, Ryan announced his challenge to Pelosi in a letter sent to colleagues, following the Democrats’ lackluster performance on Nov. 8. The party picked up just six seats in the recent election.
“Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929,” Ryan said. “This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections.”
Ryan delivered a similar message Wednesday, when he spoke before the House Democratic caucus ahead of the leadership vote.
Pelosi last faced a challenge in 2010, when Heath Shuler of North Carolina mounted his bid for the leadership position. Shuler received 43 votes in 2010. Close to 200 Democrats voted in Wednesday’s election.
The House minority leader told reporters earlier this month that “without even asking anybody for a vote, I have over 2/3 of the caucus supporting me.”
CBS News’ Catherine Reynolds contributed to this report.
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OPEC agrees to cut output to push up oil price
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VIENNA (AP) — OPEC has agreed to cut its oil production for the first time in eight years, ending a strategy of high supply that had aimed to cripple the U. S. energy industry but also led to decade-low prices and ...
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Russia confirms ready to cut oil output by 300,000 barrels per day
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OPEC Reaches Deal to Limit Production, Sending Prices Soaring
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OPEC boosts oil price with output cut
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OPEC agrees to cut barrel production by 1.2 million a day to push up oil price
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OPEC agrees to cut output in bid to push up oil price
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Russia ready to cut oil output by 300,000 bpd in H1, as agreed with OPEC
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How to download shows, movies from Netflix to watch later
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At no extra cost, Netflix members can download their favorite shows or movies.
That means you can binge watch the new season of “Stranger Things” on a train, plane or automobile. Great for road trips in the middle of nowhere, right? Or that Metro commute to work.
The new feature, which was announced on Netflix's company blog and Twitter Wednesday morning , is mobile-friendly, too --even for you Android users.
Many Netflix Original series are already available to download, a statement on the Netflix website says, including “Orange Is the New Black,” “Narcos,” “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Master of None” and “The Crown.” There are also a few non-Netflix shows you can watch offline, like “The Office,” “The Flash” and the animated movie “Minions,” according to Variety .
The Netflix app just has to be updated to start downloading, and that’s it.
People react to Netflix and download.
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Netflix (finally) introduces offline viewing
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‘At least Prime Video’ offers offline viewing is an argument that is now moot in the Amazon versus Netflix debate.
In a blog post earlier today, Eddy Wu, director of product innovation at Netflix, announced that member can now download videos for offline viewing. Offline viewing is for now only available on mobile and tablet devices, and customers will see a download button on the details page for available film and TV series.
Not all content is yet available, but some original shows that are include Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown.
Netflix gives green light to downloading of content for offline viewing
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Trump’s pick for Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, vows tax cuts, regulatory rollback
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Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's pick for Treasury secretary, indicated Wednesday that he would, if confirmed, follow through on various campaign promises made by the President-elect, including reforming the tax code and rolling back financial regulations like the Dodd-Frank bill.
"The number one problem with Dodd-Frank is that it's way too complicated and cuts back lending," Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner and Hollywood financier who helped produce movies like "Avatar" and the "X-Men" franchise films, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in his first public comments since being tapped by Trump.
"We want to strip back parts of Dodd-Frank and that will be the number one priority on the regulatory side," he added, referring to the 2010 Wall Street reform Act that was widely credited with helping to manage the Great Recession.
As Treasury secretary, Mnuchin, whose career track as an investment banker appears to conflict with Trump's campaign message championing working-class people, will serve as Trump's chief economic adviser and oversee myriad matters relating to tax, trade, finance and monetary policy.
Treasury secretary pick Steve Mnuchin produced "Mad Max"
He must be first be confirmed by the Senate.
Mnuchin, who served as the national finance chairman of Trump's campaign but who has no experience in government, said that his main priorities, however, will revolve around cutting taxes — both for corporations and people.
"Our first priority is going to be the tax plan and the tax plan has both the corporate aspects to it, lowering corporate taxes so we make U. S. companies the most competitive in the world, making sure we repatriate trillions of dollars back to the United States," he told reporters at Trump Tower during another interview.
Trump has proposed restructuring the income tax code into three brackets and reducing the corporate tax rate to 15% from 30%.
Trump fills his cabinet one millionaire and frog leg at a time
Research groups such as the Tax Policy Center have said the plan disproportionately benefits the top 0.1% of the nation's earners, while other groups have said the plan could cost as much as $6 trillion over 10 years.
Mnuchin, however, rejected those analyses.
"There will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class," he said on CNBC. "There will be a big tax cut for the middle class. "
"Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions so that there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class," Mnuchin claimed.
Markets, which have spiked since Trump won on Election Night, rose after Mnuchin's comments. In recent trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 88 points to 19,207.51 — near its all-time high.
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Trump says he'll leave business to avoid conflicts of interests
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Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 8:10 AM EST
In a series of early-morning tweets Wednesday morning, Donald Trump said he’ll leave his businesses to focus on running the country and avoid conflicts of interest. The president-elect also tweeted that the legal documents to separate him from his businesses are being drafted now. He also announced he’ll hold a news conference about his decision on Dec. 15.
I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my ...
great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to ....
do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses..
Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!
Mr. Trump’s Twitter announcement comes as more questions have been raised about potential conflicts of interest -- given the Constitution’s emoluments clause -- and also clear conflicts of interest.
A story published this week in Government Executive by Steve Schooner and Daniel Gordon revealed that a reading of the contract for Mr. Trump’s new Washington, D. C. hotel presents “intolerable conflicts of interest.”
The General Services Administration (GSA) contract with the hotel governing the longterm lease of the property states, “No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom...”
In other words, the moment Donald Trump is inaugurated as president on Jan. 20, 2017, he would be in violation of the lease. He is currently the chairman and majority stakeholder of the company which owns the hotel.
At least one watchdog group, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has already stated its skepticism about the president-elect’s Wednesday announcement.
“He will continue to know what his business interests are and to benefit from them whether or not he is involved in the day-to-day management, so the conflicts remain unchanged,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder in a statement. “Unless his solution is to sell the business outside the family and put the proceeds in a blind trust, he’s not really doing anything to solve the problem.”
Just last week, the president-elect dismissed the potential conflicts of interest his business empire could pose to his presidency.
“The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump told the New York Times in a meeting. “In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly. There’s never been a case like this.”
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Victoria's Secret ready to rock Paris with $3M jeweled bra
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PARIS (AP) — The laciest, if not raciest, catwalk event of the year — aka, the Victoria's Secret fashion show — was taking place in Paris on Wednesday night. Among the anticipated highlights: performances by Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, as well as a $3 million Fantasy bra modelled by Jasmine Tookes. Here's a behind-the-scenes look: ___ $3 MILLION FANTASY BRA The Victoria's Secret Fantasy bra the 25-year-old Tookes was selected to wear is considered the piece de resistance of the brand's runway display. The bra, glimmering with thousands of gemstones, was presented like crown jewels ahead of the show. An incredible work of art, it was designed by Eddie Borgo and hand-crafted over 700 hours with gems from jeweler AWMouzannar. "It is so beautiful. It's covered in white diamonds and emeralds and it has about 9,000 gemstones. It cost $3 million — so stunning," gushed Tookes backstage while she was having her hair done. Tookes said the garment was constructed on a mold of her upper body, literally made to measure. While the bra may be perfect for the runway presentation, Tookes joked she probably wouldn't want to go for a jog in it, given its weight. "It's very heavy; it weighs more than 450 karats. It weighs down on my shoulders a little bit, but it's so worth it," she said, cheekily adding: "I might jog out of this show with it though. " ___ EVEN VICTORIA'S SECRET MODELS GET NERVOUS Brazilian beauty Lais Ribeiro physically jumped when a loudspeaker bellowed there was just one hour until show time. "Butterflies just came stronger in my stomach. I'm getting very, very excited," Ribeiro, 26, told The Associated Press. Ribeiro knows more than most about the hidden dangers in a show such as this, where models in towering heels can injure themselves. She hurt her foot as a Victoria's Secret Angel three years ago. "What am I scared of? I twisted my ankle and kind of broke my foot in the rehearsal three years ago. So I'm always scared of the high heels (that might make) me miss this amazing show," she said. ___ CITY OF ANGELS The Angels, as Victoria's Secret top models are known, have taken Paris — and their Instagram accounts — by storm since flying into the City of Light on Sunday night. Led by Alessandra Ambrosio, the troupe posed for photos outside the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday morning as gob-smacked tourists stopped to take in the incredible views, which included the monument. Josephine Skriver, Adriana Lima, Lily Donaldson, Elsa Hosk, Lily Aldridge and Jasmine Tookes wore assorted Angels T-shirts and skinny, figure-hugging black jeans. But the fun continued online, with Lima posting a from-behind shot of her and Martha Hunt wearing thigh-high boots during the show's preparations. Mere mortals may use a face mask ahead of a glamorous night out — but these are Angels, and terrestrial rules don't apply. Trending online were photos of some of the models using 24-karat gold sheet masks to prepare for the 2016 show.
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Trump Commerce pick found profits, controversy in Rust Belt
(5.52/34)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump's choice for Commerce secretary, has a history of salvaging failing ventures — including, at one point, Trump's own. Now worth an estimated $2.9 billion, Ross grew up in an affluent New Jersey suburb before heading to Yale University, Harvard Business School and Wall Street. A specialist in bankruptcies, Ross headed the restructuring practice at investment banking firm Rothschild Inc. when Trump's bad bets in the Atlantic City casino industry had put him on the verge of losing everything. Ross convinced creditors to drop a plan to strip Trump's name and ownership from the Taj Casino, a victory that set the stage for Trump's eventual resurrection. "The Trump name added value," Ross told Businessweek in 1992. In 2000, Ross departed Rothschild to launch his own private equity firm. The work brought Ross to the heart of struggling industries including textiles, subprime mortgage servicing, steel and coal: the more troubled, the better. But his time in the coal industry included a disaster that cost 12 lives at the Sago Mine in West Virginia, and the mortgage servicing business drew complaints about business practices that ended in a national legal settlement. The essence of the work was to buy failing companies, repair them to make them presentable to investors and then exit the investment through a sale or public offering; Ross' venture into coal mining followed the same pattern and achieved similar financial success. Starting in 2001, Ross began buying up coal companies and merging them into the International Coal Group, or ICG. The company declared itself to have an excellent safety record before it raised $250 million in a 2005 public offering. Just weeks later, a methane explosion killed one miner at the company's Sago Mine in West Virginia and trapped a dozen others — 11 of whom later died of carbon monoxide poisoning before rescuers could reach them. In the aftermath of the disaster, attention turned to the mine's past safety violations — including ventilation failures, the excessive buildup of flammable gases and partial collapses of the mine's roof. Ross acknowledged that he was aware of the mine's history of safety violations but said he believed its operation was safe. "Oh, my God, it's the worst week of my entire life," Wilbur Ross said at the time. The publicly traded International Coal Group gave $2 million to the miners' families — and Ross personally matched donations to a fund, according to Don Nestor, an attorney who oversaw it. The fund raised $1.36 million, according to New York state tax filings, suggesting that Ross's contribution was less than $700,000. Ross did not respond to a request for an interview made to his firm, WL Ross & Co. The firm sold International Coal Group in 2011, for $3.4 billion. After the disaster, the AFL-CIO accused International Coal Group of hiding the safety risks of its mining operations ahead of the initial public stock offering. "We believe that the failure of ICG to disclose material information relating to mine safety prevented the normal processes of oversight and accountability by the capital markets from addressing mine safety at ICG's Sago Mine, substantially contributing to the deaths of 12 miners," the secretary of the AFL-CIO wrote in a letter cited by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Family members of the miners who died sued Ross, ICG and the manufacturers of equipment that allegedly failed to perform as expected. Central to the lawsuit were details about more than 200 documented safety lapses that occurred at the mine in the year leading up to the disaster. Arch Coal, which inherited some of the lawsuits, settled the last of them in 2011. The Sago mine disaster prompted a re-evaluation of regulation and safety protocols for coal mining. But it doesn't appear to have altered Ross's approach to regulation. "There is no evidence that more regulation makes things better," Ross told Fortune Magazine in a 2010 conversation about the financial crisis. Ross also bought a mortgage services company that was faulted for misconduct following the housing market collapse. After acquiring subprime mortgage specialist Homeward Residential from a 2007 bankruptcy, Ross's investment firm pushed heavily into the business of servicing troubled mortgage loans. But the mortgage-servicer ran into trouble and was sold in 2012 amid investigations into its business practices. The company's new owner, Ocwen Financial Corp., settled a lawsuit with 49 attorneys general and the U. S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleging falsified affidavits and misconduct both by Ocwen and Homeward during the time it was under Ross's control.
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Abducted California mother Sherri Papini had 'message' branded on skin
(5.48/34)

Sherri Papini, the missing jogger who was found on Thanksgiving day after a three week abduction, had been branded with a "message" by her captors.
"It is not a symbol, but it was a message," Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said about the 34-year-old mother-of-two's injuries.
On Wednesday, her husband Keith spoke to ABC News about her recovery.
She "was covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings", her husband said.
"My Sherri suffered tremendously and all the visions swirling in your heads of her appearance, I assure you, are not as graphic and gruesome as the reality," Mr Papini wrote in a statement to the US network.
Sheriff Bosenko said: "I would think that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained. "
Mrs Papini's nose had been broken and "her now emaciated body of 87lb (39kg) was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings," said Mr Papini, whom police have cleared of suspicion after he submitted to a polygraph test.
Her "signature long blond hair had been chopped off", her husband added .
She was discovered with a bag over her head and wearing restraints on the side of the highway, about 140 miles (225km) from her home in northern California, after being abducted while jogging near her home in Redding, California.
Sheriff Bosenko speculated that her hair may have been cut by "a very sick person who may have wanted not only to cut it off to change her physical appearance, but also as to humiliate them, wear her down".
Investigators are searching for two Hispanic adult women, last seen driving a dark-coloured SUV.
Mrs Papini has spoken to investigators at least three times since her release on 24 November.
Police hope to soon release a sketch of the suspects, who are believed to be armed with a handgun.
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NBC boss, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' producer Tinker dies
(5.25/34)

NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Tinker, who brought new polish to the TV world and beloved shows including “Hill Street Blues” to the audience as both a producer and a network boss, has died. He was 90.
Tinker died Monday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, producer Mark Tinker.
Though he had three tours of duty with NBC, the last as its chairman, Tinker was perhaps best-known as the nurturing hand at MTM Enterprises, the production company he founded in 1970 and ran for a decade.
Nothing less than a creative salon, MTM scored with some TV’s most respected and best-loved programs, including “Lou Grant,” ”Rhoda,” ”The Bob Newhart Show” and, of course, the series that starred his business partner and then-wife, Mary Tyler Moore.
“I am deeply saddened to learn that my former husband and professional mentor Grant Tinker has passed away,” Moore said in a statement. “Grant was a brilliant, driven executive who uniquely understood that the secret to great TV content was freedom for its creators and performing artists. This was manifest in his ‘first be best and then be first’ approach.”
Tinker summed it up with typical self-effacement in a 1994 interview with The Associated Press: “I just had the good luck to be around people who did the kind of work that the audience appreciates. The success just rubbed off on me.”
In this Saturday, Nov. 1, 1997, file photo, Television executive Grant Tinker holds up his Hall of Fame award alongside his ex-wife Mary Tyler Moore at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 13th Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Tinker, who brought “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and other hits to the screen as a producer and a network boss, has died. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
In 1981, Tinker flourished with that low-key approach in a last-ditch effort to save NBC, which was scraping bottom with its earnings, ratings, programs and morale. Five years later, when Tinker left to return to independent production, the network was flush thanks to hits such as “The Cosby Show” and “Hill Street Blues.”
Tinker, who had come to NBC as a management trainee in 1949 with legendary founder David Sarnoff still in charge, left the company for the last time at the end of an era, as NBC, along with its parent RCA, was about to be swallowed by General Electric.
In 2005, he won a prestigious Peabody Award honoring his overall career. In receiving his medallion, he called himself “a guy of no distinct or specific skills (who) always needed a lot of help.” He also had received the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
“Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, sole owner of the network since 2013. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance.”
“His level of class set him apart from everyone else in our business,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, “and all of us at this company owe him a debt of gratitude. In fact, TV watchers everywhere do.”
He “set the bar high both as a television executive and as a father,” said Mark Tinker. “I’m proud to be his son, and especially proud of the legacy he leaves behind in business and as a gentleman.”
Born in 1926, the son of a lumber supplier, Tinker had grown up in Stamford, Connecticut, and graduated from Dartmouth College before his first short stint at NBC.
Then he moved into advertising. At a time when ad agencies were heavily responsible for crafting programs its clients would sponsor, Tinker was a vice president at the Benton & Bowles agency when he helped develop “The Dick Van Dyke Show” for Procter & Gamble. There he met, and fell for, the young actress the whole country was about to fall in love with: Mary Tyler Moore.
Soon after the new CBS sitcom had begun its five-season run in fall 1961, Tinker returned to NBC, this time as vice president of West Coast programming.
Meanwhile, he and Moore became TV’s golden couple and, in 1962, they wed. (His first marriage had ended in divorce.)
Tinker stayed at NBC until 1967, after which he had brief stays at Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.
Then, with an itch to run his own shop, Tinker founded MTM and began developing its first series: a comedy to revive the flagging career of his wife.
The pilot for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” rated poorly with test audiences. The heroine was dismissed for being over 30 and unmarried. Neighbor Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) was deemed too annoying, best friend Rhoda (Valerie Harper) “too New Yorky and brassy (read: Jewish),” as Tinker wrote in his 1994 memoir, “Tinker in Television.”
But the show, which premiered on CBS in fall 1970, was a critical and popular smash for seven seasons and became the flagship series of a studio whose mewing kitten (parodying the MGM lion) came to signify some of TV’s best.
Along the way, MTM became an incubator for some of TV’s best writers and producers, many of whom — like Steven Bochco, James L. Brooks and Tom Fontana — continue to excel in TV and films.
By 1981, Tinker’s stewardship of MTM had ended (as had his marriage to Moore) when he returned to NBC, where, he recalled in his book, “the company had lost its credibility with every important constituency — affiliates, advertisers, the press, the general public and its own employees.”
Under Tinker’s regime, NBC enjoyed a remarkable recovery. “The Cosby Show” was an overnight hit, but thanks to Tinker, slow starters such as “Hill Street Blues” (which was from MTM), “Family Ties” and “Cheers” were allowed to find their audience and became hits, too.
“Our practice was to make a judgment about a show,” Tinker recalled, “and, if we deemed it worthwhile, to really stay with it until it succeeded.”
Tinker left NBC in 1986, shortly after the announcement of its purchase by G. E.
He formed another independent studio, GTG Entertainment, in partnership with Gannett Newspaper Corporation, but its few series flopped and the company was dissolved.
Later, in somewhat of a reluctant retirement, Tinker spoke out against much of what he was seeing on television, particularly “reality” fare.
“These guys used to be corporate good citizens,” he told The AP in 2003, referring to TV programmers, “and I don’t see how they can close their eyes and turn their backs on things that air on their networks.”
Tinker is survived by his wife Brooke Knapp, sons Michael, Mark (an executive producer of NBC’s “Chicago P. D.”) and writer-producer John, and daughter Jodie DiLella.
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UN security council strengthens North Korea sanctions
(5.25/34)

The United Nations Security Council votes unanimously to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its most recent nuclear test, placing a cap on Pyongyang's coal exports to China.
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Cruel and unusual: Canadian police use Nickelback music as a torture device
(4.49/34)

Although Canadian rock band Nickelback continues to sell tons of records, many music fans have re-evaluated the artistic value of the band's music in recent years.
Earlier this year, protesters trolled President-elect Donald Trump with signs that read "Trump likes Nickelback," which presumably called Trump's judgment into question .
This unusual form of protest also plagued other politicians, such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
One Canadian police department apparently agrees that Nickelback music is awful. The Kensington Police Service recently threatened to punish drunken driving suspects by playing Nickelback in their squad cars.
The threat was made in a Facebook post which was published on Saturday.
After reminding drivers to take a cab home after drinking, the department warned that its officers "will be out for the remainder of year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive. And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail. "
It is unclear whether the threat of the Kensington Police Service to play Nickelback constitutes torture under Canadian law.
Music as torture in the U. S.
Rock music has been used as a torture device by the U. S. military in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, according to The Guardian. American officials apparently stick to metal bands that are slightly more hardcore than Nickelback, including Metallica and the death metal band Deicide.
The FBI also used loud music and Tibetan monk chants to irritate cult members during the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco .
It is unknown whether the Kensington Police Service has had to use their Nickelback torture tactic on a drunken driving suspect yet.
Perhaps they will, someday.
The town of Kensington is on Prince Edward Island, about 511 miles northeast of Portland, Maine.
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The Trump Effect? After Carrier pledge to keep jobs in US, more companies may follow
(4.33/34)

President-elect Donald Trump didn't wait to be sworn in to stop an air conditioner manufacturer from pulling out of America, and his top aides say he'll turn up the heat on other companies planning to send jobs outside the U. S.
Carrier's announcement Tuesday that, after negotiations with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, it is reversing plans to close an Indiana factory shows the "Trump effect" is real, according to his backers. They say Trump can stop America from bleeding manufacturing jobs to Mexico, China and other places where labor is cheaper, taxes are lower and regulations are lax.
We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon.
"So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this," Trump said. "We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States. "
The air conditioning company will keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis after telling workers earlier in the year that it would be closing its plant and moving production to Mexico at the cost of 1,400 jobs.
Video of company officials telling workers about the move to Mexico in February surfaced online and became a high-profile example for Trump of manufacturing jobs being shipped abroad to Mexico due to what he called bad trade deals that hurt American workers. In a presidential debate against Hillary Clinton in September, he blasted Carrier’s decision and pledged to do something about it if elected.
A Trump transition source told Fox News that Carrier executives went to Trump Tower on Tuesday to work out the deal, after Trump had tweeted on Thanksgiving Day that he was working on a deal with the company.
I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A. C. Company to stay in the U. S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!
Trump and Pence, Indiana's outgoing governor, will travel to the state Thursday to formally announce the agreement alongside company officials.
Big day on Thursday for Indiana and the great workers of that wonderful state. We will keep our companies and jobs in the U. S. Thanks Carrier
The Wall Street Journal reported that Pence had taken the lead in negotiating with parent company United Technologies officials, and had discussed priorities for the upcoming Republican Congress, including a tax reform package that could benefit manufacturers.
CNBC , which first broke the news, reported the company decided the savings that would result from moving to Mexico was not worth the fallout of incurring the wrath of the new administration, including the threat to the business it currently does with the government, such as orders for defense equipment.
Carrier workers reacted with delight at the news.
“I would like to tell [Trump] 'Thank you for going out of your way and taking your holiday away from your family and working on Carrier employees and sticking to your word and going to bat for all of us and keeping our jobs here,'” Robin Maynard, a Carrier employee for 24 years, told " Fox & Friends " Wednesday.
Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller said the move showed the power of an administration focused on jobs.
“This is the power of the presidency, this is the power of a team coming in that is so focused on our economy and helping to create and save American jobs, to protect American jobs that are here, this saves 1,000 jobs, this is huge,” Miller told Fox News Channel.
He also hinted that there could be a number of similar announcements in the pipeline.
“It’s not just here with Carrier, we’re going to see some future announcements as well, with some other companies that are already working behind the scenes,” he said. “This is fundamentally going to help our manufacturing industry and so many other industries.”
The Carrier announcement comes after Ford Chairman Bill Ford told Trump earlier this month that the automaker will not be moving production of Lincolns out of Kentucky to Mexico, in what is seen as a sign that the company aims to work with the new administration on keeping jobs in America.
Trump made keeping jobs from being shipped abroad a cornerstone of his campaign, and his focus on manufacturing jobs and trade is seen as being a key factor in his victory in states such as Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Trump, in an interview with The New York Times last week, said he has spoken to Apple CEO Tim Cook about building a new plant in the U. S. instead of in places such as Vietnam or China. He said in the same interview he had also received a call from Microsoft CEO Bill Gates but did not go into detail about what was discussed.
Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, also hinted at more deals coming down the line, telling CNBC's "Squawk Box" Wednesday that Trump and his administration are "going to have open communications with business leaders. "
The Associated Press and Fox News' John Roberts contributed to this report.
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Why Saudi Arabia surprised the skeptics with an OPEC deal
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Saudi Arabia wrangled OPEC ministers into a tougher-than-expected oil production deal — a maneuver critical for its own long-term plans.
Wednesday's deal comes as Saudi Arabia is trying to remake its oil-dependent economy into one that is more diversified, under a plan it calls Vision 2030. A higher oil price would help boost revenues at a time when it has been running deficits and borrowing.
"They need a decent oil price, and they need to maintain market share. Part of the great irony of Vision 2030 is that in order to diversify the Saudi economy away from oil, they need to sell oil," said IHS Markit Vice Chairman Daniel Yergin.
The kingdom steered OPEC Wednesday to cut back on the oil spigot in order to boost prices. All producers have been struggling with a bruising cycle that has strained budgets and hampered their ability to reinvest in energy infrastructure. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day, bringing output to 32.5 million barrels a day.
Additionally, OPEC said non-OPEC producers are also expected to contribute with a 600,000-barrels-per-day reduction, including a surprise 300,000 barrels a day cut by Russia. Saudi Arabia would trim just 486,000 barrels a day, about 300,000 less than expected.
"The Saudis really pulled off a victory for themselves ... I think that the most recent selloff in crude oil
scared them all into this. I think they saw what lay ahead if they didn't do this," said John Kilduff, founder of investment firm Again Capital.
Higher oil prices should also be a plus for the expected initial public offering next year of state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco, a pillar of the kingdom's plan to create a huge sovereign wealth fund. The world's largest oil exporter is hoping to diversify into areas such as technology, mining and tourism.
Saudi Arabia may have pushed for the current OPEC deal, but it was also the main force behind OPEC's November 2014 decision to abandon the cartel's long-running policy of using output as a lever to control prices. It instead let the market set prices, in an effort to stem the growth of high-cost production, especially U. S. shale.
That strategy resulted in OPEC and other producers pumping record amounts of oil, which ultimately drove prices into the $20s per barrel this year.
Saudi officials have been vocal about their concerns that low oil prices make it difficult to reinvest in exploration and production, and that they ultimately could create a supply shortage when demand starts to rise.
"I think the Saudi minister has been very explicit now for over a year, warning that the under-investment could lead to a fly up in prices before the end of the decade, and that is something they don't want to see. They recognize that low prices are a big problem, but so are high prices — if you're a long-term supplier — because it erodes demand and encourages alternatives," said Yergin.
Michael Cohen, head of energy commodities research at Barclays, said Saudi Arabia oil minister Khalid Al-Falih mentioned the industry's need to increase capital expenditures in his remarks in Vienna Wednesday.
"At the end of the day, what Saudi Arabia is worried about is they wanted to get the engine started on investment. They don't see it starting when oil is at $35 to $45," he said.
The agreement to cut production comes at the end of a year of failed efforts, and several days of high drama between producers , who quibbled over how much cutting each would contribute in order to reign in the global oil glut. West Texas Intermediate oil futures plunged Tuesday, and then rallied 9 percent Wednesday in response to the accord. Whether the proposed deal works remains to be seen , but even the semblance of an agreement is expected to be positive for prices.
"There was a lot of overnight diplomacy. That was the turning point. The skeptics in the room needed to see the numbers. It looks like the Saudis drove the hardest bargain on specificity. They knew what the market needed, and they pushed it through," said Helima Croft, head of global commodities research at RBC.
"I think even the requirement for non-OPEC (nations) is really about the Saudis looking for the most credible statement they could get. I think they understood there was so much skepticism in the market," she said.
Saudi Arabia's reform effort is being led by 31-year-old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman , the favorite son of King Salman.
Croft said the OPEC oil deal should help the country's reform program, as it could alleviate economic pressure and buy the young prince some time. The kingdom has cut back on entitlements, subsidies on things like fuel, and even on salaries.
"They risk popular backlash. This will be a popular decision in Saudi Arabia, and it gives Mohammed bin Salman some breathing room," she said.
But stability in the market could bring back the very competitors OPEC was trying to stop. The U. S. industry in the last decade shocked the world when it used new shale-based technologies and horizontal drilling to suddenly boost oil production. When OPEC unleashed its market-based strategy in 2014, the U. S. had added four million barrels a day of production in just six years. According to U. S. government data, the U. S. produced 8.7 million barrels a day last week, about a million barrels a day below its peak in spring of 2015.
"The problem is Saudi Arabia is really testing the elasticity of shale, and they've been testing the elasticity of shale for the last two years, the new source of supply. If their actions lead to an increase in the price to a band of $50 to $60, what kind of shale response would we get? Nobody knows the answer to that question. Their foreign exchange reserve continues to tick lower. They have Vision 2030. The war on Yemen is continuing, and they have the Aramco IPO, and higher prices are conceptually a better platform for all of those things — the Yemen war, Vision 2030 and the IPO," said Cohen.
Cohen said Saudi Arabia viewed U. S. shale growth of 1 to 1.5 million barrels a day as disruptive.
"They weren't comfortable with that level of growth, and who is to say they won't be comfortable with 200,000 to 300,000? That's what we expect — 200,000 barrels a day of growth from the lower 48" states in 2017, he said.
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Obama's biggest parting gift to Trump may be the economy
(4.28/34)

Donald Trump is heading to the White House with a pledge to revive the U. S. economy and put millions of Americans back to work.
Based on the latest economic data, much of that goal has already been accomplished by President Barack Obama .
The underpinnings of that popular economic anxiety, though, are well defined. Since peaking in 1979, American manufacturing employment has shrunk by a third — a loss of more than 7 million jobs. Millions more discouraged, able-bodied workers faced with shrinking job options have left the work force, apparently for good.
Yet millions more older workers approaching retirement have set aside savings only to cover less than a year's expenses. And the next generation is entering the workforce financially handicapped by unprecedented levels of student debt.
"Our most important priority is sustained economic growth, and I think we can absolutely get to sustained 3 to 4 percent GDP , and that is absolutely critical for the country," Steven Mnuchin, Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, told CNBC on Wednesday.
The Commerce Department on Tuesday boosted its estimate of third-quarter gross domestic product to a 3.2 percent annual rate, up from the previous estimate of 2.9 percent. That's just 8-tenths of a percent shy of Trump's GDP growth target.
Like most presidents, Trump's term in office will be measured by historians, at least in part, by his stewardship of the U. S. economy. American voters will also have a chance to weigh in when they go to the polls four years from now.
For his part, Obama has vigorously defended his economic record over the last eight years, starting with his administration's response to the worst economic crisis in nearly a century. That record includes signing the 2009 Recovery Act , reversing a wave of layoffs that peaked at more than 800,000 in a single month.
"Anybody who says we are not absolutely better off today than we were just seven years ago — they're not leveling with you," Obama said in February. "They're not telling the truth. By almost every economic measure, we are significantly better off. "
Trump would not be the first president (or governor, or mayor) to take credit for the accomplishments of his or her predecessor. Much of the groundwork for the 1980s national prosperity of the Reagan administration, for example, was laid by the politically painful policy of double-digit, inflation-killing interest rates engineered by fiercely independent Fed Chairman Paul Volcker.
With just a few weeks left before Obama leaves office, the overall economy continues to expand — slowly. As of the third quarter of this year, the U. S. economy is more than 16 percent bigger than when the president took office in 2009, adjusted for inflation.
That gain is slightly less than his predecessor, George W. Bush, and roughly half the GDP gain in percentage terms during the Reagan administration.
Carter, who served only one four-year term, produced an impressive 12 percent economic expansion in just four years. If Carter had been re-elected and kept up that growth pace, he would have had the third-best performance among the six presidents in our analysis. But Carter left office in the middle of a double-dip recession, a major reason for his defeat to Ronald Reagan in 1980.
George H. W. Bush, the other one-termer in our analysis, left office with only an 8 percent gain in GDP.
The biggest expansion of GDP came under President Bill Clinton, who presided over the 1990s technology boom, spurred by massive advances and investment in faster computers and the construction of the Internet Superhighway. When Clinton left office in 2001, the economy was nearly 35 percent bigger than when he moved into the White House in 1993.
Not surprisingly, any modern president's records on job growth closely track the overall growth of the economy on their watch. During the Clinton administration, for example, total payrolls grew by nearly 21 percent, slightly better than Reagan's 17 percent gain.
The Carter administration had the third-best record, boosting payrolls by 12 percent. If he had kept that up for a second term, he would have topped the list of job creators. Both Bushes produced the smallest gains, though Bush II spent his first term recovering from a brief recession in 2001.
The Obama administration, which walked into the White House the day after Inauguration in the midst of a tsunami of layoffs from the Great Recession, lost much more ground in its first term on employment. But eight years later, his administration presided over a stronger job market turnaround that his predecessor.
But the jobs gains of the Obama administration are only one measure of what economists call "the health of the labor market. " If you can't find a job, the "official" statistics really don't matter.
That's why, since the 1990s, many American workers have left the labor force for a variety of reasons. Some are boomers who have retired; others have become so discouraged looking for a job that they've given up.
The government data-keepers closely track this "labor force participation rate. " They call around every month to find out your job status. If you're still looking, you're still in the "labor force. " If you've given up, you're not "participating" — and the Bureau of Labor Statistics drops you in a data bucket that's no longer counted as part of the official workforce.
This erosion of participation began shortly after Clinton left office, after steady gains during the Carter, Reagan and first Bush administration. There are multiple forces at work, but the steepest losses came during the Obama years.
Trump and his advisers are hoping that by bringing these "lost workers" back into the labor force, the economy will benefit from increased consumer spending, more wage earners paying taxes and fewer families relying on social assistance programs.
Economists are still unclear on just why so many people have left the workforce. And Trump and his advisers have offered little detail on how they plan to reverse the trend.
Second to having a job, American workers are most concerned about wages, which have stagnated during much of the recovery from the Great Recession. In real terms (adjusted for inflation), hourly compensation saw the biggest gains during the Clinton-era '90s boom, followed by the 1980s expansion under Reagan.
The second Bush administration had the third-strongest showing, followed by the Obama administration, which has seen the fastest wage gains during his second term.
Once again, Obama leaves his successor with a solid foundation for boosting wages. Tightening labor markets — both in regions and job categories — have forced employers to boost wages to find good workers to fill new jobs and to keep the ones already on their payrolls.
The recent rise in wages, though, hasn't lifted incomes for all households.
The gap between rich and poor Americans has been rising steadily for half a century, for reasons that economists and politicians still haven't sorted out.
That gap, as measured by the Gini ratio , a widely used measure of income distribution, began rising during the Reagan administration. Despite the Obama administration's focus on closing the income gap, it has continued to expand under his watch.
For Americans, economic well-being has traditionally included homeownership, a dream that was shattered for many with the collapse of the housing market in 2008. The last major downturn in housing dated to the Bush I administration, following the collapse of the savings and loan industry that had provided mortgages to American families for generations.
Home sales peaked in 2005 during the middle of the Bush II administration and bottomed early in Obama's first term. Sales have since recovered but are still at levels not seen since the early 1990s when Bush I was leaving office.
The housing crash also sent homeownership rates plunging, erasing the gains during the Bush I and Clinton administrations. Despite a recovery in the housing market and historically low mortgage rates, the homeownership rate has continued to fall during the Obama administration to levels not seen since the Carter era.
Trump has said little during the campaign about the plunge in homeownership or the ongoing debate in Congress about the federal government's role in promoting policies to support what many voters still consider a cornerstone of the American Dream.
Presidents are also judged for their management of taxpayers' money, and federal spending has become a major issue in recent presidential campaigns. Measured as a share of the overall economy, spending remained relatively steady — ranging from 18 to 22 percent of GDP — during the Carter, Reagan and Bush I administrations.
Thanks to a booming economy in the 1990s, spending as a share of GDP fell during the Clinton administration but began rising again under Bush II. When the Great Recession sent the economy in reverse, spending as a share of GDP soared when Obama took office, but has come back in line with historical trends.
Trump has proposed massive tax cuts and ambitious new federal spending to rebuild infrastructure. It remains to be seen how those promises will impact the federal budget — and whether he will be able to win the support of congressional GOP fiscal conservatives.
Obama has also presided over some of the biggest budget deficits in the last four decades, in part because of massive stimulus spending aimed at heading off an even deeper downturn. Of the six presidents, only Clinton returned a budget surplus during his last years in office, helped in part by a windfall of tax receipts from the dot-com investment bubble.
Those GOP "budget hawks" have been vocal critics of the Obama administration, which has presided over some of the biggest budget deficits in the last four decades, in part because of massive stimulus spending aimed at heading off an even deeper downturn. Of the six presidents, only Clinton returned a budget surplus during his last years in office, helped in part by a windfall of tax receipts from the dot-com investment bubble.
The Obama administration persuaded Congress to boost spending to blunt the impact of the financial collapse of 2008. Those deficits also added substantially to the pile of public debt outstanding, which now stands at roughly 100 percent of GDP. But the pile has been growing for 40 years.
Trump's promise to cut taxes and spend big on infrastructure to spur GDP growth — all without increasing the national debt — is reminiscent the Reagan administration's proposal to "grow out" of the inevitable short-term deficits produced by spending more and collecting less.
In theory, over the longer run a bigger economy should generate more taxable revenues, which would make up for lower tax rates and pay for more spending.
But the theory has yet to be proven. Reagan's budget policies were attacked as "voodoo economics" by his own vice president and successor, George H. W. Bush.
The level of public debt as a share of GDP roughly doubled during the Reagan and Bush I administrations, then fell during the Clinton era and began rising again under Bush II.
The strength of the economy can also be measured by the health of the private sector, which presidential candidates typically rely on for campaign contributions.
Based on one measure — total after-tax corporate profits — Bush II stands out. During his administration, profits soared, only to come crashing back with the collapse of the financial system. Still, profits more than doubled during his term, compared with 47 percent gains during the Clinton administration and 62 percent under Obama's watch.
Profits rose roughly 25 percent under Reagan and Bush I; they were up 37 percent under Carter.
For stock market investors, Democrats have clearly outperformed Republicans in the White House over the last 40 years.
Since the market bottomed in March 2009, the S&P 500 index has more than doubled under Obama. The index nearly tripled during the Clinton administration
Those gains compare with net losses of 45 percent under Bush II, gains of about 30 percent under Bush I and a 50 percent gain under Reagan.
Stock prices lost about 13 percent of their value during the Carter administration.
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Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State
(3.36/34)

Sen. Rand Paul Rand Paul Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State Trump should propose amnesty — for unpaid ObamaCare penalties Overnight Defense: Trump meets with Petraeus | House to vote on bill honoring WWII-era special forces MORE (R-Ky.) is skeptical about having former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the next secretary of state. "We need to know more about what Romney's viewpoint is," Paul said, as reported by Politico. "I haven't heard a lot from him that parallels [Trump], so I want to hear from him that he understands the historical significance of the Iraq War, making us less safe, making the region less safe and emboldening Iran. "
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I take it back about Jill Stein (Opinion)
(3.30/34)

It's not because I think her push for a recount in three of the closest states will see the results there overturned. It's unclear whether the recount will reveal any legitimate evidence of hacking or widespread vote manipulation. It's also unclear whether the recount, combined with Trump's continued baseless whimpering about voter fraud , will lead to any long-term diminution of public faith in our political process.
But what Stein has done is not only attempt to rehabilitate her image, but rehabilitate a sense of hope at a particularly desperate and dark moment for more than half the country.
According to the popular vote tally, which shows that more than half of the country voted for Hillary Clinton and against hate mongering, misogyny and xenophobia, most of the nation has been in a state of depressive shock. Even for those of us who are all too aware that racism isn't dead, that sexism is still a thing and that in our culture, celebrity beats substance and anger beats hope, the election result was still a stunning blow.
If half of American voters are anything like me, then they have been feeling hopeless and bereft ever since Clinton conceded. And if they are anything like me, they were really friggin' furious at Stein on November 9. After all, it's one thing to run an insurgent third-party candidacy that has no chance of winning but still serves to highlight the deep flaws within the major parties and our political system in general. But it's entirely something else to continue such a campaign in a clearly close election in which one candidate's awfulness is unprecedented.
Of course, it's impossible to know how the election would have turned out had Stein and other third-party candidates not been in the race. Perhaps some of their voters would have just stayed home. But according to a CNN analysis , votes cast for third-party candidates in several of the closer states -- such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida -- may have been enough to influence the outcome of the election. Certainly, it seems safe to assume that many if not most of Stein's supporters were progressives who saw themselves as falling to the left of Clinton, but might have been persuaded to vote for Clinton to stop Trump -- had Stein encouraged them to do so.
Speculation aside, it's pretty safe to say that while a lot of us woke up feeling deeply sad on November 9, Stein probably woke up feeling guilty. So while I'm not in Stein's head -- or else, obviously, I would have told her to drop out of the election in the swing states -- I have to imagine that at least part of the reason for her push for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is atonement. It's a bit late, but it's something.
At the least, Stein can push for an accountable recount while raising the issue of whether our electronic voting systems are vulnerable to hacking. Meanwhile, Clinton may benefit without having to risk looking hypocritical, although chastising Trump for lying about the extent of nonexistent voter fraud is quite different from pursuing honest inquiries into untested and potentially vulnerable electronic systems.
Plus, paradoxically, Stein could argue her sustained candidacy is actually a good thing, as staying in the race meant she was in a stronger position to ensure that the counts were conducted in a fair way. That's not exactly enough to rewrite the unfortunate history of Stein's deleterious influence in this election, but it's one heck of an olive branch to the very depressed and hopeless progressive side of the political ledger.
Ultimately, in the coming weeks and months, brightness will gradually find its way in for progressives as the American public finds ways to mobilize in response to the looming travesty of a Trump administration. That response will help shed light on Trump's dark agenda. But in the meantime, as Democrats try to rally from the shock of the election, Stein has given us a glimmer of hope -- and that's something for which I am incredibly grateful.
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The U. S. economy in GIFs from Steve Mnuchin's movies
(3.27/34)

So what kind of economy would Mnuchin be inheriting as the head of the Treasury? What are his plans for the US economy? We thought it'd be most appropriate to explain it in GIFs from some of his films.
The back story
First of all, the Federal Reserve's interest rate could go up soon. That means credit card and mortgage rates would go with it. Like a punch to the gut and/or the face.
The unemployment rate, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics , is 4.9%. It's hovered between 4.7% and 5% the entire year.
The stock market has seen some record highs since Trump's victory at the beginning of November. Just last week, the Dow closed above 19,000 for the first time ever.
The US debt is estimated at more than $19 trillion. When Obama took office in January 2009, the debt was $10.6 trillion.
US gross domestic product (GDP) saw 3.2% growth in the 3rd quarter and consumer spending was up by 2.8%. Both are good signs for the economy.
Median household income in the US rose to about $56,000 in 2015. That's more than a 5% increase from 2014. We can all drink to that.
Coming attractions
So what is Mnuchin wanting to do at Treasury? Well, first he's going to have to face off with the Senate for his confirmation hearing.
Remember that time the housing market exploded? Mnuchin's probably going to get heat for his involvement with IndyMac, the sub-prime home loan lender that he bought in 2009.
If he makes it past the Senate, Mnuchin wants to implement a "bold economic agenda. "
Mnuchin told CNBC that he wants to do the largest tax overhaul since President Ronald Reagan's administration. President-elect Trump has previously said that he wants to slash the tax brackets from seven to three.
In the same interview, Mnuchin promised corporate tax rates will fall in an effort to encourage domestic job growth.
Want more info? Check out the Mnuchin coverage from our friends at CNN Money .
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Carrier Workers Praise Deal to Keep Jobs in Indiana
(3.24/34)

For months, employees at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant have closely followed the company’s plans to close the factory and Donald Trump’s promise to keep it from doing so. But none were prepared for the shock on Tuesday when they heard the President-elect had reached an agreement with the air conditioning company that would keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana.
“I just couldn’t believe that this guy, all this stuff he said the whole campaign—he’s not even president yet and he worked on this deal with the company,” Carrier employee T. J. Bray, 32, told Fortune. “I’m just in shock. A lot of the workers are in shock. We can’t believe something good finally happened to us. It felt like a victory for the little people.”
Bray has worked for Carrier for more than 14 years, and he said he was one of the biggest critics of the company’s decision in February to move manufacturing operations to Mexico.
In a tweet on Tuesday night, Carrier said it had reached a deal with Trump that would keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. The plant in question employs about 1,400 workers. “More details soon,” Carrier said in the post. Trump, who had campaigned on a promise to keep companies from moving jobs overseas , plans to travel to the plant on Thursday for a formal announcement of the deal.
It’s not clear what motivated Carrier to change its plans, and employees and union members are still waiting to learn details about the deal. Some jobs will most likely still move to Mexico, per the company’s original plan.
“I, for one, took it as a campaign ploy,” said Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 union, which represents Carrier workers. “We kept on hammering on Trump to uphold his campaign promises, and he got involved, and the man did what he promised he would do.”
Jones said his union experience with fighting factory closures—often unsuccessfully—had made him skeptical.
“I’m shocked. I’ve been through about eight or 10 plant closures, and this was complete shock,” said Jones, who didn’t support Trump during the presidential race and would still not call himself a Trump supporter. “He was able to save 1,000 jobs, so the man is deserving of some gratitude in order to get done what he got done.”
Robin Maynard, a Carrier employee of 24 years, was out with a friend on Tuesday when his wife called to make sure he had seen the news.
“I was shocked that it happened so quick, but I’m a firm believer in giving a man a chance to do what he says he was going to do,” said Maynard, who voted for Trump in part because of his promises to retain American jobs. At 53 years old, Maynard said he had been worried about the prospect of searching for work.
“I still have a daughter that’s in high school that will be looking to go on to medical school, and now I’ll know that I have an income that can support that and help her through it,” he said, adding that he doesn’t know yet if the Carrier agreement will mean pay cuts for him and other employees. “H opefully it wouldn’t be extreme,” he said.
While Bray said he wasn’t a Trump supporter during the presidential campaign, he plans to be at the factory on Thursday for his announcement.
“I had issues with him and didn’t know what to think of him and believe in the things that he said,” Bray said. “But I’ll be the first one, if he comes here tomorrow, to shake his hand and thank him for saving our jobs.”
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Binge Watching On Netflix No Longer Requires Internet Access
(3.17/34)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix subscribers can now binge on many of their favorite shows and movies even when they don’t have an internet connection.
The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix’s 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service’s decade-long history.
Netflix is matching a downloading feature that one of its biggest rivals, Amazon.com, has been offering to its video subscribers for the past year. It’s something that also has been available on YouTube’s popular video site, though a subscription is required in the U. S. and other countries where the site sells its “Red” premium service.
The new feature puts Netflix a step ahead of two other major rivals. Offline options aren’t available on HBO’s internet-only package, HBO Now, or Hulu, although that service has publicly said it hopes to introduce a downloading feature.
Netflix subscribers wishing to download a video on their smartphone or tablet need to update the app on their Apple or Android device.
Not all of the selections in Netflix’s video library can be downloaded, although several of the service’s most popular shows, including “Orange Is The New Black,” ”House of Cards,” and “Stranger Things,” are now available to watch offline.
Downloadable movies include “Spotlight,” this year’s Oscar winner for best film. Notably missing from the downloadable menu are movies and TV shows made by Walt Disney Co. Those still require an internet connection to watch on Netflix.
The Los Gatos, California, company is promising to continue to adding more titles to its offline roster.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had long resisted calls for an offline-viewing option, much to the frustration of customers who wanted flexibility to use their subscriptions to watch a show or movie when traveling on a train, plane or car where internet connections are spotty or completely unavailable.
Earlier this year, Hastings finally indicated he might relent and introduce downloading.
The change of heart coincided with Netflix’s expansion into more than 130 countries, including many areas with shoddy or expensive internet connections that make the ability to watch video offline even more appealing.
Netflix ended September with 39 million subscribers outside of the U. S.
The offline option may accelerate the decline of Netflix’s steadily shrinking DVD-by-mail service, which offers the ability to watch video without an internet connection. Netflix’s DVD side still has one distinct advantage — access to recent theatrical releases before they are available for streaming.
Netflix’s DVD service ended September with 4.3 million subscribers, a decrease of nearly 10 million customers during the past five years.
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Matthew McConaughey and Jeff Bridges: Variety’s Actors on Actors
(3.14/34)

Matthew McConaughey and Jeff Bridges sat down for a chat for Variety’s “ Actors on Actors.” For more, tune in with the fifth season premieres on Jan. 3 on PBS SoCal.
This story first appeared in the November 29, 2016 issue of Variety. Subscribe today. See more.
Matthew McConaughey : Jeff Bridges. How are you, man? I feel like I met you — or at least we’ve hung out many times. But then if I look at my calendar of 47 years, this is our first time.
Jeff Bridges : But don’t you find that with actors? I don’t know what is it — a club, a fraternity, a sorority, or whatever you want to call it. Not all actors, but most, you just link up because you have so much in common.
McConaughey : Maybe we were brothers from another mother somewhere, another life.
And I do feel that there is a fraternity with actors. But you, in particular and specifically, I felt like, “I know that guy, I met him.” I’ve also grown up watching your movies, all the way back to “Against All Odds” and “King Kong.” Probably part of the reason I felt a kindred spirit to you is I played a character early in my career — first film — a guy named David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused.”
Bridges : Yeah, “Dazed and Confused.”
McConaughey : The Dude goes with you. Some people come up to me and say the first part of my “Dazed” line, and I’ll say the second half back. And those are my favorite fans. And people will come up, obviously, to you, quote the Dude and stuff like that all the time. How does that feel?
Bridges : Oh, well, I love that, man! I’m such a fan of that movie. What a good movie. Whether I was in it or not, it would probably be one of my favorite movies. So any kind of recognition from that movie, I never get tired of it. Shit, I have a band, man, we’re called the Abiders!
McConaughey : So not only are you putting up with it, you’re going, “Let’s turn it up!”
Bridges : I had my Beatles moment, man. We went to a Lebowski Fest, and we showed up and played. That’s my Beatles moment, playing to a sea of Dudes and bowling pins, you know?
McConaughey : I was damn sure that was going to be your answer — that you were just going to go, “Oh, I love it!” But that wouldn’t be everybody’s answer, you know? There are some people that go, “I’m tired of them asking me to play my greatest hits.”
Bridges : It’s such a good movie. Those guys. This is the kind of thing I admire in acting or directing — where you don’t see the effort; it’s just like falling off a log. It’s bold. Your performance in “Gold” is quite bold, but it seems like it’s no big deal, you know?
McConaughey : Tell me about that, making it look easy. Because you make it look really easy. I’ve heard people tell me, “McConaughey, you make it look easy. You look like you rolled out of bed, didn’t prepare, and just walked on set.” And I know that I can’t do that. I know it takes a whole lot of work for me to make it look easy.
Bridges : One of my rules — the way I approach most stuff — is I like to be prepared, man. I like to know my lines. I’m doing this movie “Iron Man,” you know, with Downey? And Jon Favreau is directing. Marvel’s first superhero movie, and the script’s not right.
We worked on it for a couple of weeks, got it kind of polished up pretty good. We’re going to go to work the next day, and we get a call from the Marvel guys, who say, “No, this won’t fly, what you guys have written here.” So it turned out that many times we’d show up for the day’s work not knowing what we were going to shoot. All the guys are in the studio tapping their foot, looking at the watch, and we’re in my trailer trying to figure out our lines. And it’s driving me crazy, until I made this little adjustment in my head. And that adjustment was, “Jeff, just relax. You’re in a $200 student film. Have fun, just relax.” And I loved the movie! It was great. But it took me a while. I was pissed because … you talk about preparation? That effortlessness often takes a lot of effort, you know?
McConaughey : I had this idea that I need to go back like I did in my first film, where I just knew my man, and I would show up and just play the circumstances — improvise. So I said, “I’m not going to read the script. Just tell me the character, tell me the situation, and I’ll show up, and I’ll just react and do what I would do. So I show up on set, we’re about to do the scene, and I said, “You know what? Since I know my man, let me just have a peek at these sides real quick.” I pick it up: four-page monologue … in Spanish.
Bridges : Oh god.
McConaughey : And I said, “Can you give me 12 minutes?” For whatever reason I thought that’s enough time to learn four pages of dialogue in Spanish and not piss off the crew. It was not enough time to learn it in Spanish. I remember that day going, “Whoa, McConaughey, no — to relax, you don’t not prepare; to relax, you go learn it, so you can get there and throw it away.”
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Justin Bieber rants about Instagram while on stage in London
(3.12/34)

Justin Bieber thinks Instagram is 'the devil.' The 22-year-old Sorry singer quit the photo-sharing app in August and has insisted he has no desire to return to the social media site because it is like being in 'hell.' 'Instagram is for the devil. I think Hell is Instagram. I'm like 90 percent sure,' Justin said while on stage in London on Tuesday. 'We get sent to hell and we get locked in the Instagram server. I'm stuck in the DMs. I'm trying to climb my way out and I can't.' Justin initially made a brief return to Instagram two weeks after he quit the site in August following a row with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, but he later deactivated his account again. The As Long As You Love Me hit-maker opted to close down his profile when he feuded with the 24-year-old pop star over a comment he made about his fans being mean to the people he likes. He wrote at the time: 'I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like.' However, Selena wasn't impressed and posted to her former lover: 'If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol - it should be special between you two only. Don't be mad at your fans. They love you.' And Justin, soon fired back: 'It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love. I'm not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my Beliebers.' The former couple then went on to accuse each other of cheating, with Justin ending the argument by writing: 'I cheated... Oh and I forgot about you and Zayn.' However, later on, Selena admitted she regretted the online spat, telling her Snapchat followers that 'what she said was selfish and pointless.'
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Pluto’s heavy 'heart' may have led to depression. Seriously
(3.12/34)

Ever since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first high-resolution images of Pluto’s great white heart, scientists have been puzzling over its origin.
Some have suggested that the planet rolled over to ensure this particular feature wound up in this particular spot; others say its location could indicate a subsurface ocean. (You can read more about these hypotheses here .)
Now, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests that the bright western lobe of Pluto’s heart-shaped basin is akin to an ice cap that formed on the coldest part of the dwarf planet, much like the ice caps that have formed on Earth’s poles.
“We’re used to thinking that planets have two ice caps on each of the poles, but Pluto only has one ice cap as far as we know,” said Douglas Hamilton , an astronomy professor at the University of Maryland who led the work.
Unofficially known as Sputnik Planitia, the western lobe of Pluto’s “heart” is located in a depression about 600 miles wide and covered in nitrogen ice that is 2.5 miles thick. It’s distinctive for being smoother and brighter than the rest of the surface.
It is also, intriguingly, located at what’s known as the tidal axis. This means that if you drew a line from the center of Pluto’s moon Charon through the center of Pluto and out the other side, you would come very close to where Sputnik Planitia is today.
Most researchers agree it’s no coincidence that Sputnik Planitia is situated on this particular spot. Indeed, if this geological feature were randomly placed on Pluto’s surface, there is only a 10% chance that it would wind up either facing the center of Charon directly or facing directly away from it, as it does today.
Charon and Pluto are tidally locked, which means both bodies always show the same face to each other. Amy Barr Mlinar , a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, explains it this way: “Charon always orbits above the same spot on Pluto as though the two bodies were joined by a rigid stick.”
This spot is almost directly opposite Sputnik Planitia, which suggests the frosty white feature has more mass than other parts of Pluto.
“The question we want to answer is why is there so much ice in this feature, why is it in a hole, and why is the hole and the ice located at 30 degrees latitude and 180 degrees longitude?” Hamilton said.
The authors of two other papers, also published in Nature, propose that the Sputnik Planitia basin is probably an impact crater, created when another body struck the dwarf planet in the latter days of solar system’s creation.
In their scenarios, the depression either fills up with ices and ejecta material, or causes an underground ocean to rise closer to the surface. Both possibilities would lead to more mass in this area than in other parts of Pluto, which in turn would cause the feature to migrate toward the equator over many millions of years in a process called true polar wander.
Scientists looking deep into the “heart” of Pluto have discovered more evidence that the dwarf planet could be hiding a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface.
In two papers published this week in the journal Nature, researchers say Sputnik Planitia, the bright left lobe of a giant heart-shaped...
Scientists looking deep into the “heart” of Pluto have discovered more evidence that the dwarf planet could be hiding a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface.
In two papers published this week in the journal Nature, researchers say Sputnik Planitia, the bright left lobe of a giant heart-shaped...
But Hamilton proposes an entirely different origin for the feature and its location.
According to his computer models, the thick ice buildup in the western part of Pluto’s heart was heavy enough to create the basin on its own, with no impact necessary.
“On Pluto, nitrogen ice weighs more than the bedrock, which is water ice,” he said. “If you lay that much nitrogen on top of the water ice, the ices make the hole by themselves.”
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“Pluto’s big heart weighs heavily on the small planet, leading inevitably to depression,” he said.
To explain why so much nitrogen ice accumulated in this particular area of the dwarf planet, he shows that due to the high tilt of Pluto’s spin axis, the coldest part of the mini-planet on average is around 30 degrees latitude — the same latitude where Sputnik Planitia happens to be.
But why did so much of the ice land in the heart-shaped feature rather than encircling Pluto in a band?
One possibility is that Sputnik Planitia was once the coolest part of the coolest latitude on Pluto — perhaps if it was in shadow or if its bedrock was especially bright, Hamilton said. This would cause more ice to be deposited in the area initially. Because the new ice is so bright, it would keep the area cooler by reflecting sunlight, thereby encouraging even more ice to accumulate.
There is still one more piece to explain, however: How did Sputnik Planitia come to be on Pluto’s tidal axis?
To answer this question, Hamilton takes us back to the early days of the solar system when a giant body crashed into Pluto, creating its largest moon, Charon. The massive impact would have caused Pluto to spin rapidly. However, over time — perhaps a million years — the spin rate would slow down to match the orbital rate of Charon.
If Pluto were a perfect sphere, it wouldn’t really matter what face it wound up showing Charon. But it isn’t a perfect sphere. Pluto’s single ice cap — Sputnik Planitia — is its dominant gravitational feature. (Picture a tennis ball with a clump of ice on one side.)
Therefore, as Charon and Pluto become tidally locked, the laws of physics dictate that the long axis of Pluto will face Charon with the elongating clump of ice either facing the moon or turning directly away from it.
“It’s like a slot machine with only one dial and a 50-50 chance,” Hamilton said.
It’s a cool hypothesis, but is there anywhere to test it? Will we ever know if it’s true?
Well, it would help if researchers could get another orbiter out to the dwarf planet to map its gravity field, Hamilton said, but that probably won’t happen for a long time. It is also possible that a close examination of faults and cracks on Pluto’s surface could provide clues to what geological forces have acted on the dwarf planet over time.
In the meantime, scientists will mull and argue over all the possible scenarios that might describe the origin of Pluto’s bright and heavy heart.
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FA chief executive says Southgate appointment as England boss was no formality
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Gareth Southgate was given "a good working over" in his interview to become England manager, according to Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn. Southgate was the only candidate the organisation spoke to and an existing member of FA staff but Glenn insists the three-hour meeting, which took place at St George's Park last Monday, was no formality. Glenn joined FA chairman Greg Clarke, technical director Dan Ashworth, League Managers' Association chairman Howard Wilkinson and former England left-back Graeme Le Saux in grilling the former Middlesbrough boss. "We got a couple more people in, in Howard Wilkinson and Graeme Le Saux, to really sit down with a five-man panel to really give Gareth a good working over," he told FATV. "He did a review of the four games (of his interim reign) and he took a lot of quite difficult questions of how he set-up, how he anticipated things. He was interviewed quite strongly and coming out of that you get two things. "You get great confidence that he really knows what he's talking about and really understands how to motivate players in an international set-up. "Second you can also see that, like all of us, he's also got things to learn and we've got a better idea of ways we can put support around him so he can be successful. " Glenn had suggested earlier in the process that Southgate would not be a solitary candidate and although no other individuals were approached on this occasion, he says other claims were considered. Having gone through a wider-ranging recruitment when Sam Allardyce was installed in July, the FA had an idea of potential alternatives and used them as yardsticks to measure Southgate against. "Over the summer we contacted and interviewed a number of managers so we'd got a pretty recent database of who was out there," he said. "The job was really to assess Gareth against that group of people we'd looked at before. "
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As world leaders honor Fidel Castro, a member of Congress shares her view
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As world dignitaries gathered in Cuba Tuesday to pay tribute to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Miami Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen took to the House floor to deliver her own speech of how the fallen leader should be remembered.
The outspoken critic of the Castro regime criticized the many world leaders who, she says, are fawning over Fidel Castro. She took particular aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has faced a storm of criticism after praising the Cuban leader as “remarkable,” a “larger than life leader who served his people.”
Ros-Lehtinen made three speeches from the floor of the lower chamber, charging world leaders with romanticizing the legacy of a “thug” and a “despot.” She recalled how as an 8-year-old she was forced to flee her homeland with her family. She honored those who were not able to escape or survive the journey.
“This is a man who should be condemned, not eulogized,” Ros-Lehtinen said.
Here are her remarks from Wednesday:
Mr. Speaker, over the years I have come down here regularly to this very floor in this Chamber – one of the most iconic symbols of democracy – and urged the United States to do more to support the cause of freedom for my native homeland, Cuba.
In tow would be posters, like the ones I have here now, depicting images of the real Cuba – the Cuba in which opposition to the Castro regime is met with violence and harassment; extrajudicial punishment and confinement in one of the many Cuban gulags built by Fidel Castro.
These images would show what the regime under Fidel Castro would do to the Ladies in White.
These women, clad in white and carrying gladiolus flowers, march peacefully to Mass every Sunday, praying for their loved ones wrongfully imprisoned by the regime, only to be harassed and beaten by Castro’s thugs.
I came to this floor to voice my support for these brave women;
Like Laura Pollan, who was mysteriously killed, no doubt by the regime, and Berta Soler.
Mr. Speaker, I have come to this very floor denouncing the Castro regime’s treatment of opposition leaders, like Jorge Luis Garcia “Antunez” Perez, who was imprisoned for 17 years by Castro for speaking out against communism and refusing the regime’s communist re-education program.
I spoke out in support of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, who was sentenced to 25 years in Castro’s prisons for crimes against Cuba’s sovereignty – which in Cuba is code for calling for reforms – and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George Bush.
I stood here for Coco Farinas, who went on a 50-day hunger strike to bring attention to the plight of the Cuban people, and for Cuban rapper El Sexto, who was jailed last week when the regime announced the tyrant’s death;
I stood here in solidarity with Cubans like Antonio Rodiles, who was arrested hours before President Obama landed in Cuba earlier this year.
I have come down to this well time and again to call attention to the abuses being committed by Fidel Castro against the Cuban people – the people of my homeland that I was forced to flee as a little girl – and to the people who have had everything taken away from them and could not speak for themselves.
And I have repeatedly come down to this very podium to call my colleagues’ attention to the threat that Fidel Castro and his regime pose to the U. S. and our national security.
This thug, Fidel Castro, who attempted to infiltrate every level of our government through its intelligence services – like convicted Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes;
This despot, who allied himself with our greatest threats like Iran and Russia, and allowed Russia to put up a facility in Cuba in order to spy on our nation.
This autocrat who told the Iranian Ayatollah that both Iran and Cuba would bring the U. S. to its knees and who tried to bring the world to nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
And yet this is a man whose legacy the world wants to romanticize;
They whitewash his horrific crimes and claim he is some legendary folk hero.
The truth is, Mr. Speaker, that Fidel Castro was a sadistic murderer, a tyrant and a hypocrite.
He was a man who took control over all industry and decried capitalism, yet somehow was likely worth about a billion dollars when he died.
When 11 million Cubans are barely struggling to get by under his communist regime, this is a man who died with more wealth than the entire nation.
Mr. Speaker, Fidel Castro is dead and Cuba and the world are better for it.
Now we have an opportunity to move forward by reversing some of the administration’s concessions to the regime and pressing for reforms.
It’s time the Cuban people have the opportunity to achieve the freedom and democracy they have been yearning for.
We must pressure the regime and we must not relent until there are free and fair elections, until all political prisoners are released from the gulags, and until their basic and fundamental human rights are restored.
Let that be how we honor the countless Cubans that have lost their lives or who suffered under Fidel Castro.
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WATCH LIVE: Shasta Co. officials discuss Sherri Papini case
(2.15/34)

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office will be holding a press conference today at 1:30 p.m. on the Sherri Papini investigation. Click here for the full story and click here to watch the live stream when it begins. Watch ABC7 News live video from anywhere - your phone, your mobile device or your computer!
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Syrian regime 'and their influencers' accused of preventing aid to Aleppo
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Russia is in effect stopping humanitarian aid getting to civilians in besieged areas of Aleppo in Syria because it will not agree to a ceasefire to allow its safe passage, Downing Street has said. As the United Nations Security Council met in New York, Theresa May's official spokeswoman condemned the Syrian regime "and their influencers" for preventing aid getting into rebel-held areas of Aleppo. It came after Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said a proposed Security Council resolution calling for a 10-day pause in hostilities to allow in aid had been overtaken by events. He said Syrian and Russian forces, which have been bombarding east Aleppo, have now retaken a vital road so it can be "freely used for humanitarian supplies". But asked if the Government was considering air drops, Mrs May's spokeswoman told a Westminster briefing: " It would be possible to get aid in via road to Aleppo, we've seen humanitarian convoys do it in the past, it should be possible. "The only reason it is not is because the Syrian regime and their influencers are preventing it. " Asked what she meant by influencers, the spokeswoman said: "Be it Russia, or others. " She went on: "They are one of the people that are backing the regime. " Asked if she meant Russia was directly stopping aid getting in, the spokeswoman said: "Two points. "One, they, in a sense that the Syrian regime backed by Russia are not agreeing to a halt or a cessation of hostilities so that you can get aid in, so by that they are stopping it. "Two, if you look at the actions they have taken at the UN Security Council, they vetoed a resolution that called for aid to be brought into Aleppo and to end the bombardment of Aleppo. " Britain and France are also seeking a Security Council resolution aimed at ensuring that members of president Bashar Assad's Syrian regime who are involved in using chemical weapons are punished. Earlier at Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May said: "I think the Security Council debate is very important and there is an important message to send to Russia that they actually use their influence with the Assad regime to stop these appalling atrocities in Aleppo and let humanitarian aid through. "
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Gigi and Bella Hadid’s stepsister throws shade at Leonardo DiCaprio — ‘Raise your hand if you’ve told Leo you’re on the pill’
(2.12/34)

A member of the Hadid clan has called out Leonardo DiCaprio for his less-than model behavior.
Gigi and Bella’s comedian stepsister Erin Foster, who stars in VH1’s “Barely Famous,” took to Instagram to throw shade at the famous modelizer and the long-legged beauties he’s known to date.
“Raise your hand if you’ve told Leo you’re on the pill,” she captioned a 2014 shot of Victoria’s Secret models waving to the cameras just before they jet off to London for the annual fashion show.
The Oscar-winner, most recently linked to Victoria’s Secret Angel Nina Agdal, has reportedly romanced no shortage of famous models. His last confirmed relationship was with model turned actress Kelly Rohrbach, which ended last December after only six months. He’s also coupled off with Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli and others in the past.
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And while he may be famous for being bachelor, DiCaprio told Parade earlier this year he does hope to settle down someday.
“That time will come when that time comes,” he said. “The truth is, you can’t predict marriage. You can’t plan it. It’s just going to happen when it happens.”
The Victoria’s Secret Angels who aren’t too busy being wooed by the “Revenant” actor, on the other hand, have spent their time gearing up for the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, this year set in Paris for the first time ever. It’s scheduled to air Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 p.m.
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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman Promises to Crack Down on Online Harassment
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Social media website Reddit, known for its commitment to free speech on its platform, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, its CEO Steve Huffman said in an interview.
Huffman told Reuters that it will monitor user reports, add greater filtering capacity, and take a more proactive role in policing its platform rather than relying on community moderators.
Reddit said it had identified hundreds of the “most toxic users” and will warn, ban or suspend them. It also plans to continue to staff up its “Trust and Safety” team.
Reddit’s moves are the latest step by social media companies to adjust their policies in the wake of a polarizing U. S. election earlier this month in which their websites played a key role.
Facebook fb said it is reviewing its approach to so-called “fake news” and banning some sites from its advertising network. Twitter twtr is also rolling out new tools to combat abuse.
On Reddit, a channel supporting the Republican party’s U. S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, called r/The_Donald, featured racist and misogynistic comments, fake news, and conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, along with more mainstream expressions of support for Trump.
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Many of those supporting Trump were very active and engaged on the platform, voting up the r/The_Donald conversations so that they became prominent across Reddit, which according to Alexa is the 7th-most-visited site on the internet in the United States.
In a draft of a blog post to be published Wednesday, Huffman said he had been asked by many Reddit users “to ban r/The_Donald outright, but he had rejected that idea, because “if there is anything about this election that we have learned, it is that there are communities that feel alienated and just want to be heard, and Reddit has always been a place where those voices can be heard.”
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3 Chicago Doctors Honored For Work In War-Torn Aleppo
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Magazine has honored three doctors as “Chicagoans of the Year,” after they traveled to Aleppo – one of the world’s most dangerous places – to highlight the civil war in Syria.
John Kahler, Zaher Sahloul, and Samer Attar said they believe most of the world has chosen to ignore the besieged city in the midst of a civil war that has raged on for nearly six years, with more than 400,000 Syrians killed.
Rebel-held eastern Aleppo was home to 1.5 million people when the war began, but now just a couple hundred thousand remain.
“At least 40 percent of them are children. These will die,” said Kahler, a pediatrician with Access Community Health Network, who spent four days in Aleppo this summer.
Among the thousands of children killed during the war was 2-year-old Doaa, who clutched a surgeon’s finger as he succumbed to bombing-related injuries.
Seven-year-old Bana Alabed stood in front of her window weeks ago, trying to block out the sounds of dropping bombs by plugging her ears with her fingers. Now her house is no more. She took to Twitter on Wednesday to highlight what’s happening in her besieged city writing, “I saw deaths and I almost died.”
“This is humans bombing other humans into submission,” Kahler said.
He saw the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II first-hand. Kahler spent days working there earlier this summer as part of the Syrian American Medical Society, and still can’t believe the choices doctors are forced to make in Aleppo.
“Of five people, what two does it look like I could save?” Kahler said.
The underground hospital where Kahler worked in June has since been reduced to rubble, after the last hospital in the city was destroyed.
Still doctors in Aleppo are working to save lives one stich and one cut at a time.
Kahler, Sahloul, and Attar will be honored by Chicago Magazine at a luncheon next week at the Four Seasons.
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City Council approves TIF for work on CTA Red, Purple lines
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The Chicago City Council approved Wednesday the creation of a TIF district to support the CTA's plan to modernize the Red and Purple lines. The TIF or tax increment financing would generate $622 toward the first phase of the project. The first phase of the project will rebuild four stations and more than a mile of track from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr and create a Red-Purple bypass. "This project has been several years in the making, and I am thrilled to be moving forward with the plans to modernize the Red and Purple lines," said Mayor Emanuel. "This type of investment in transit is an investment in Chicago's residents and neighborhoods, connecting them to jobs, education and more. And I want to commend everyone who worked throughout this process to make this project a reality. "The city and CTA are pursuing $1.1 billion in federal grant funding for the project.
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Iraqis chase IS jihadists in Mosul with local help
(2.06/34)

Lieutenant Ali Hussein listened intently as the elderly man explained where he thought the jihadist fighters were over the rattle of machinegun fire. "My neighbour shouted to me and told me he saw them," the white-haired man said. The three jihadists were still thought to be in a nearby house. Iraqi special forces were battling Wednesday to clear the Al-Bakr neighbourhood of Mosul as they thrust deeper into territory controlled by the Islamic State group. Despite fighting their way into the district the day before, pockets of IS fighters were still putting up resistance. Shots echoed down the residential street where the Iraqi forces were based and the smouldering wreckage of an armoured yellow truck bomb still packed with undetonated explosives stood at the corner of the block. Hussein immediately turned to his troops and ordered them to follow the man's lead. "Take bazookas and flamethrowers with you," he said. "Be careful," he told them over the walkie-talkie as they disappeared down the street. "God bless you! " A few minutes later the call came back that the house was empty. - 'We've been waiting' - As the Iraqi forces have pushed into Mosul many residents have stayed behind -- either taking a conscious decision to remain or unable to run the gauntlet to leave. While the large numbers of civilians has hampered the use of air power against IS their presence has its upside for the Iraqi forces -- they provide valuable intelligence tip-offs on the ground. "It is very important. It happens every time we liberate a district," Hussein told AFP. "The most important thing about it is that there are sleeper cells of jihadists" whose whereabouts the locals can reveal. Hussein said that the special forces were also building up a network of informants to supply information on IS movements in areas that they are yet to capture. "When we enter a district we have informants. They contact their relatives in other districts so they become new informants for us when we enter those districts," he said. As explosions rang out nearby some soldiers from the Najaf regiment that Hussein commands took shelter in a nearby civilian house where the family cut down oranges from a tree in the garden and offered them around. Standing in the gateway of the house Amer Ali, 66, said residents were often all too happy to help the advancing Iraqi troops. "We've been waiting for them with all our heart," Ali said. "We were in a big prison for two years. " Ali said that in the area around there were not many jihadists and that most withdrew ahead of the Iraqi army's entrance into the district. But the elite Counter-Terrorism Service was taking no chances and commander Hussein told his men to go door-to-door through every house around.
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Google brings 4K video live streaming to YouTube
(2.06/34)

While 1080p may look "good enough" to you, once you move to a higher resolution display, it is hard to go back. Prices for both 4K monitors and televisions continue to drop, meaning more and more consumers are buying them. During this past Black Friday, there were many such TVs being offered with big discounts.
Now that there are a healthy amount of these displays in the wild, content creators will be more motivated to release content in that resolution -- movies, TV, and video games. While Google added 4K playback to YouTube years ago, it did not offer live video streaming in that resolution. Today this changes, as the video site finally gets 4K live streaming -- including 360-degree streams. Best of all? Watching the streams won't require Microsoft Edge!
"4K video isn’t just a little different from HD video; it’s a giant leap. It shows 8 MILLION pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video. What does this mean in real world terms? Live streams look better, show a more detailed, crisper picture, and aren’t as blurry when there’s fast action on screen. Basically, 4K makes everything better to look at. And because we support 4K at up to 60 frames per second, creators can make content that looks silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before", says Kurt Wilms, Senior Product Manager, YouTube.
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Wilms further explains, "for creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video. It’s the kind of thing that can help to push their hardware (and their talent) to create the most beautiful or just plain crazy-looking images and videos possible. And with 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit. Get ready for 360 concert and event streams that look sharper, cleaner, and brighter than ever before".
Keep in mind, 4K streaming means that both the host and the viewers will consume more bandwidth. In other words, while it will look great, it could be a costly affair for those on metered connections or with data caps. Luckily, YouTube will allow the viewer to select a lower resolution in that instance.
Truth be told, I am rather satisfied with 1080p 60fps on YouTube. I am glad to see that Google will allow 4K streaming in 60fps, but there are not many cameras that offer that. If you are a content creator, be mindful of this -- 1080p at 60fps can be a much more pleasurable experience than, say, 4K at 24fps.
Are you excited for 4K live video streams on YouTube? Tell me your opinion in the comments below.
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Kyra Sedgwick and Matthew Broderick dated in high school
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It turns out that actors Kyra Sedgwick and Matthew Broderick not only attended the same private school, but the pair also dated.
During an appearance Tuesday on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," they revealed to host Andy Cohen that they once were a couple.
"I didn't know if it was OK to say that," Broderick said after hedging the question.
"Me either, but we're married so long," Sedgwick said.
Though of course not to each other.
Sedgwick is the longtime spouse of Kevin Bacon, and Broderick has been married to Sarah Jessica Parker for nearly two decades.
During the show, Broderick also copped to knowing Sedgwick's mom, who was in the TV audience.
They dated off and on for a few years, they said.
"We're so boring; we need this," Sedgwick said. "This is good for our careers. "
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Martin Scorsese Presents Pope Francis With Japanese Paintings At Vatican Meeting
(2.06/34)

VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pope Francis has met with director Martin Scorsese, whose new film, “Silence,” about Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, was screened this week in Rome.
The Vatican says that during the pontiff’s “very cordial” meeting Wednesday with Scorsese, Francis mentioned he had read the novel on which the film is based. Francis is a Jesuit who joined the order while a young man in Argentina with the idea of becoming a missionary in Japan. But health problems scuttled that dream.
Francis thanked Scorsese for his gift of two paintings. The work of an 18th-century Japanese artist, the paintings served as a reference for some of the details in the film.
Martin Scorsese addresses 300 Jesuits in Rome at screening of his new film "Silence" last night in Rome. Photo @americamag @jzipple pic.twitter.com/tQHt8pXim0
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Some 300 Jesuits studying or working in Rome attended the screening Tuesday at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Scorsese answered the audience’s questions afterward.
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Ecstasy could soon be a legit drug for treating PTSD
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The notorious party drug MDMA — the pure unadulterated form of Ecstasy —is one step closer to being redeemed as a legitimate and effective treatment for people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to scientists to test out MDMA in Phase 3 clinical trials, thanks to earlier promising results. These large, randomized, and controlled studies in human patients are the final hurdle every drug needs to pass through before they can receive FDA approval. The trials, as with all the recent MDMA research conducted so far, will be funded by the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
MAPS has been trying to get MDMA and other stigmatized illegal drugs like marijuana and LSD back on the medical map since its inception in 1986. While MDMA was first used with the express purpose of helping smooth out psychotherapy sessions upon its creation by chemist Alexander Shulgin in the 1970s, it quickly developed a reputation as a recreational drug meant solely to give its users an euphoric high. Patient advocates and researchers have since faced an uphill climb trying to use MDMA to help suffering patients.
In the case of PTSD, it's been shown that the drug can ease patients into lowering their guard while being treated with conventional methods, such as exposure therapy. The MAPS approach used in the earlier Phase 2 trials, which the organization offers training in, involves dosing patients for three 8-hour sessions out of a total 12-week period of psychotherapy.
The studies so far, conducted in the U. S., Canada, and even Israel, have recruited treatment-resistant patients, which account for 30 to 50 percent of PTSD sufferers. And results have been extremely encouraging, with some trials having remission rates upwards of 80 percent. Patients have also had their improvements largely hold up a year later.
If there's anything that might get in the way of MDMA's rise to respectability, it's the high sticker price of clinical drug research. Pharmaceutical companies have unsurprisingly been unwilling to pay for studies of a drug that has long since lost its ability to make much of a profit. Various parts of the Phase 2 trials have individually cost anywhere from $200,000 to $1.5 million and above, and their funding efforts haven't successfully covered their bills entirely as of yet. Ultimately, they estimate that it will take around $22 million to shepherd MDMA through FDA approval by 2021.
But interest in MAPS' overall mission does seem to be picking up: Earlier this August, the organization announced having been awarded a $2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to conduct a pilot study using smoked medical pot to help treat PSTD. That trial will involve testing four different potencies on a group of 76 treatment-resistant veterans.
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Must-see 32 moments from 32 years of the Singing Christmas Tree
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Patrons enter the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts to see the Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree in Muskegon Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (MLive file photo)
Mona Shores senior, Charles Poole III, the Singing Christmas Tree 'Angel' at the tip-top of the 67-foot metal structure before rehearsals on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon, Mich. (Shannon Millard | MLive.com)
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A year after the President-elect’s ‘savage’ Chrissy Teigen retweet, 7 more classic Trump tweets turning one soon
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Chrissy Teigen rang in her 31st birthday Wednesday — just as President-elect Donald Trump’s retweet of a user calling her a “trashy gutter mouth woman” turned one.
“Oh my god, Donald did this on my birthday 1 year ago?? Lmao savage,” the model wrote, sharing a fan’s Timehop post marking the one-year anniversary of the twisted Trump supporter burn.
In that commemorative spirit, here are seven more classic Trump dispatches turning a year old in the near future. Mark your calendars, and bundle up for a trip down memory lane.
After the San Bernardino attack days earlier, President Obama urged Americans to “reject discrimination” of Muslims — reminding that they were also “our neighbors, our coworkers, our sports heroes.”
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Trump, oddly, chose to fact-check the “sports heroes” bit. “ What sport is he talking about , and who?” he tweeted. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! Shaquille O’Neal! Mike Tyson!) He would memorialize Muhammad Ali six months later as “a truly great champion.”
The President-elect tells it like it is, and so he told a Grand Rapids, Mich., crowd that Hillary Clinton “got schlonged” during her failed 2008 primary bid. He went on to argue in a series of tweets that “schlonged” — a verbing of a noun that means “penis” — was “not vulgar.”
The future president’s cameo in 1992’s “Home Alone 2” — as the helpful Plaza Hotel owner directing little Kevin McCallister to the lobby — will haunt holiday seasons for years to come. Trump meditated on that pivotal role last Christmas Eve, calling the flick “a great Christmas movie & perfect #TBT!”
In response to Samuel L. Jackson’s insinuation that he cheated at golf, Trump claimed he didn’t know the actor and “to best of my knowledge haven’t played golf w/him.” A wire photo of the two chatting outside the 2001 Academy Awards soon surfaced, and Jackson told Seth Meyers he’d once teed off with both Trump and Bill Clinton.
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Trump accused the Oscar nominee a day later of cheating at golf.
Trump’s fondness for manual retweets landed him in hot water yet again after he shared a zinger on Jeb Bush from since-suspended @WhiteGenocideTM — an account touting a location of “Jewmerica” and featuring Joseph Goebbels quotes, anti-Semitic imagery and a link to an Adolf Hitler documentary.
After refusing to attend Fox News’s Republican debate — but insisting it was over a “taunting” PR statement from Fox rather than Megyn Kelly’s “blood-coming-out-of-her-wherever” moderation techniques — Trump took his version of the high road. He tweeted that he wouldn’t call the “Kelly File” host a “bimbo” because it wasn’t P. C. “Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!” he said.
That vow lasted until a day later, when Trump manually retweeted a fan-made meme attacking a racy 2010 photoshoot Kelly had done for GQ. “And this is the bimbo that’s asking presidential questions?” the user sneered.
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How will a Trump presidency influence the New Orleans housing market?
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What the New Orleans housing market will see in 2017 when commercial real estate mogul Donald Trump takes over the White House is a matter of speculation for now.
The fate of New Orleans real estate next year depends on how mortgage interest rates, workers' wages, consumer confidence, the oil and gas industry in South Louisiana, and the federal government's role in affordable housing unfold under a Trump administration.
The New Orleans housing market has boomed for much of the metro area over the past five years - a boon for investors and homeowners, a challenge for many buyers and renters. Home prices in the city were up 46 percent in the decade after Hurricane Katrina, although the price growth has shown signs of slowing.
Rick Haase, president of Latter & Blum, said the housing market relies on jobs, and one of Trump's key platforms was restoring and boosting the energy sector. "Anything that supports bringing back jobs - or in particular the oil and gas industry - looks to be very good news for the state of Louisiana and, of course, Houston, Texas," Haase said. Latter & Blum's offices include a presence in Houston.
Louisiana has lost about 11,600 oil and gas jobs since a downturn in prices caused an industry slump starting in 2014.
Trump promised to "lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillions' worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal" and "allow vital energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline to move forward," according to his plan for his first 100 days in office. The plan doesn't offer specific strategies.
Another key factor will be what happens with mortgage interest rates, local housing market observers say. The first evidence of Trump's impact on the housing market came days after his election. Interest rates for 30-year fixed rate mortgages jumped, and by Thanksgiving week, the average rate pushed over 4 percent for the first time since 2015, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac's index.
Meanwhile, the Fed has indicated it will increase its benchmark interest rate for the first time this year at its December meeting.
Tony Ortego, senior loan officer for Premier Lending based in Metairie, said if interest rates grow to 5 or 6 percent next year, someone who qualified for a mortgage in October 2016 might not qualify in June 2017, with the added interest expense. "It's going to be a crazy 365 days, I believe, once he hops into office," Ortego said. "There's so many questions that are unanswered. ... My gut is telling me we'll have a strong 2017. That's going to depend on where our interest rates go. "
According to local housing market observers, another key factor will be to what extent Trump and Republican congressional leaders roll back or repeal banking regulations under the Dodd Frank financial act, which tightened lending standards and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The legislation passed in the wake of the mortgage crisis in 2008.
"I think Trump's track record is all about deregulation, and CFPB is to me the ultimate in regulation," said James Talbot, president of Premier Lending. "I believe that Trump's going to try to dismantle their power, but he certainly hasn't said that. "
Trump did issue a more general statement promising to "dismantle" Dodd-Frank and "replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and job creation. " The statement doesn't give specifics.
If the Republican Party does roll back the government's role in the mortgage market, consumers could see some savings by reducing certain loan costs, said Kate deKay, senior vice president of private lending for Eustis Mortgage. "We have a strong real estate market in New Orleans, and I don't anticipate that to change due to the changes in the presidency," deKay said.
Haase said he expects New Orleans metro home prices to be up an average of 3 percent to 4 percent by the end of the year compared to the previous year with a similar growth rate for 2017. The huge spikes in prices seen in recent years have begun to slow.
Trump is considering retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees funding for public and low-income housing, rental assistance, fair housing and the massive Community Development Block Grants doled out to cities across the country, including New Orleans. Carson's lack of a track record in housing is another unknown.
More than 20,000 low-income families are on a waiting list for federally funded rental housing vouchers in New Orleans. A HUD grant program is largely financing redevelopment of the former Iberville public housing complex into a mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood downtown, among other HUD-funded projects in the city.
HUD also oversees the Federal Housing Authority, which insures loans to allow homebuyers easier credit standards and lower down payments and closing costs.
Andreanecia M. Morris, the advocacy group HousingNOLA's executive director, said she hopes New Orleans can continue its recent progress on affordable housing and making people aware that it's an issue "that spans income, that spans race. "
"HUD is more than just the secretary," Morris said. "It's also the men and women who make up the organization at varying levels, the folks who implement the policy. "
Morris said the public would have a better idea of what a Trump presidency meant if housing was respected as an issue nationally, and it's not. "And that's our fault, the citizens," Morris said. "We've got to demand more. "
Jon Luther, Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans executive vice president, also noted that housing wasn't discussed prominently during the presidential campaign, and "it's got to enter into the discussion at some point. "
Luther said homebuilders are keeping an eye on Trump's stance on financial regulations and Dodd-Frank - anything that impacts construction and mortgage finance. He said he doesn't necessarily advocate for a complete repeal of the law, but an examination of its impact on housing would be "a welcome discussion we'd like to see happen publicly. "
Homebuilders also face costly regulations from the EPA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Housing and Urban Development that could change under a Trump administration, he said. "A really good look at housing finance and regulation would be really productive for the industry," Luther said.
Meanwhile, Trump's brash personality and Washington, D. C., outsider status throws another unknown into the mix, potentially impacting consumer confidence.
Haase said Trump was able to ride a wave of pent-up frustration over political incumbents on the idea that he isn't a career politician and isn't beholden to corporate America, which puts some uncertainty and even fear into financial markets, he said.
"If people are uncertain about the future, they don't buy houses," he said. "The same principal that got him elected also makes people nervous about how he'll handle the fiscal responsibilities associated with him being president of the United States. "
Staff reporter Jennifer Larino contributed to this report.
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Taylor Swift, One Direction top list of highest paid musicians -Forbes
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By Melissa Fares NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - U. S. pop star Taylor Swift, boy band One Direction and British singer Adele were the highest paid musicians in the world this year, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday. With earnings of $170 million from touring, recordings, endorsements and other income, Swift, 26, earned the title of 2016's highest paid musician. She pulled in a gross total of more than $200 million on the North American portion of her "1989" world tour. The "Bad Blood" singer was followed by One Direction, the English-Irish pop band, which brought in $110 million, grossing $200 million-plus for its recent On The Road Again Tour. Members of the band include Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and, previously, Zayn Malik. Ranking third was "Hello" singer Adele, 28, with $80.5 million, her highest earnings total yet. Adele, whose album "25" was the biggest seller of 2015, enjoyed continued success with album sales this year and grossed millions per night for her arena shows. Madonna, whose recent "Rebel Heart" tour grossed $170 million, was fourth with $76.5 million, which pushed her career total on the road to $1.4 billion pretax, according to Forbes. Rounding out the top 10 were Barbados-born Rihanna, who earned $75 million, country star Garth Brooks ($70 million), veteran rock band AC/DC ($67.5 million), the Rolling Stones ($66.5 million), DJ Calvin Harris ($63 million) and music mogul Diddy ($62 million). Collectively, the 30 listed musicians earned more than $1.8 billion this year. Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income for the 12 months from June 2015 to 2016 based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. For the full list, click here: http://bit.ly/2fDhdjH (Reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Bill Trott)
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Trump Interviewed Candidate for Cabinet Position Who Wants To End the Fed
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In filling his cabinet, Trump has thus far tapped a number of both conventional and unexpected picks. But on Monday, after meeting with Goldman COO Gary Cohn, the president-elect had a one-on-one with a wildly outlandish candidate for Treasury Secretary who has flown a bit under the radar.
Though it now appears that Trump will select Steve Mnuchin for the position, it’s worth pointing out that Trump interviewed John Allison, the former CEO of the bank BB&T. Allison was also the CEO of the Cato Institute, a self-identified libertarian think tank. Allison has openly and repeatedly called for the abolition of the Federal Reserve, along with a return to a gold standard.
In a 2014 paper he wrote for the Cato Institute, Allison explained his feelings about the controversial central banking system:
“I would get rid of the Federal Reserve because the volatility in the economy is primarily caused by the Fed,” Allison wrote .
He continued :
“When the Fed is radically changing the money supply, distorting interest rates, and over-regulating the financial sector, it makes rational economic calculation difficult. Markets do form bubbles, but the Fed makes them worse.”
It wasn’t his first eyebrow-raising policy position , nor was it his last. Allison also wants to get rid of the FDIC bank insurance of $250,000 and he wants capital reserves to raise to 20% of bank assets.
While Trump has announced his intent to appoint Mnuchin, who served as finance chairman for Trump’s presidential campaign, it’s noteworthy Trump would even consider a candidate who has expressed a desire to abolish the Fed. Could Trump be leaning more libertarian? With transhumanist libertarian Istvan Zoltan disclosing to Anti-Media that he’s vying for a position, it’s possible there could be an unprecedented heyday of libertarian thinkers affecting government policy.
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Conway argues Trump saved GOP from becoming party of elites
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President-elect Donald Trump Donald Trump Tom Price is right for HHS Scott Brown suggests voter fraud in NH without evidence Sanders, Warren team up to slam Trump Treasury pick MORE 's former campaign manager believes the real estate magnate's surprise victory has turned the political tables on the two parties, saving the Republican Party from “veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites.”
Speaking to a crowd at a Washington event sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, Conway said that the Trump campaign represented a departure from past GOP scripts, specifically referencing “We built it,” the GOP’s theme for its 2012 convention.
“What we tried to do in the Trump campaign is speak to the vast majority of American households that are neither job creators or job seekers but job holders. People are saying, ‘I have two or three jobs in the house, why is that no longer enough?’ ”
Conway also argued that Trump’s message to voters that they had nothing to lose from electing him, something he targeted toward minority voters, resonated around the country.
Trump was opposed by parts of the GOP, including the Bush family. Bob Dole was the only living GOP presidential candidate who attended the national convention at which Trump was nominated.
With his victory, other Republicans have also suggested that Trump’s election will change the party.
Stephen Moore, the Trump economic adviser who had been seen as a stalwart advocate of the free-trade policies eschewed by Trump, told top House Republicans during a recent meeting that they should no longer think of the GOP as the party of Ronald Reagan, but instead as the party of the populist working class.
During her Tuesday speech, Conway warned that the Democratic Party, reeling from Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton Scott Brown suggests voter fraud in NH without evidence Trump's America is the worst of Castro's Cuba with no silver lining Conway argues Trump saved GOP from becoming party of elites MORE 's loss, will face a similar reckoning.
She specifically noted the leadership bid by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents a more rural district, against longtime Democratic Leader and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as a flash point in the party's reconciliation.
“The idea that my Republican Party is more closely hewing to the party of the forgotten man and forgotten woman, which Donald Trump talks about all the time, or the working man, the working woman, or the person who aspires to work or aspires to be an entrepreneur, is very healthy. We were veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites," Conway said.
“And I would say that’s also something the Democratic Party is going to grapple with when you have leadership races between an aforementioned member of Congress who represents a working-class district versus those who represent San Francisco,” she said.
Democrats voted to retain Pelosi and sink Ryan's bid just hours after Conway's comments.
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Police set up perimeter, search for man who opened fire on officers
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They "were on patrol in the area," Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said. "They began to hear several gunshots being fired and witnesses came forward, calling 911 stating the suspects were firing at the officers.
"The officers were not injured, the vehicle was not hit. "
Moreno said a perimeter was established near John R. and Eight Mile where police are searching for the shooter.
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Wiretap: Romney eats crow, Trump does magic and the old world order comes to an end
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Donald Trump offers up a little economic magic. On one hand, he makes a big show of convincing Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana, with the help of some financial incentives eased along by former Indiana governor Mike Pence. And with the other hand — or maybe even the same one — Trump taps Steven Mnuchin , with his deep roots in Wall Street and at Goldman Sachs, to be his Treasury secretary. Via the New York Times.
There’s a very large asterisk that accompanies Trump’s big win with Carrier. Via the Washington Post.
Yes, Tom Price, Trump’s choice for HHS secretary, is well positioned to start gutting Obamacare. But what comes next? If you know Price’s radically conservative views on health care, you can expect him to go after Medicare and then Medicaid. Via Politico.
Remember Trump the “phony,” the “fake,” the “con man”? Well, Mitt Romney, who called Trump all these things and more, apparently doesn’t. In search of the Secretary of State’s job, Romney sat down with Trump for dinner at Trump Tower, munching on a menu of frog legs and crow. Via the Washington Post.
Here’s the video of Romney’s apres-dinner comments in praise of the man he hopes to make his boss. Via RedState.
Now that Fidel is gone, what does Trump plan to do about Obama’s outreach to Cuba? So far the only things we know are from Trump’s opening Tweet salvo. Via the New Yorker.
While Democrats worry about figuring out how Hillary Clinton could have lost to Trump and who is to blame, they’re missing the bigger picture — what to do next. Via the Huffington Post.
From the National Review , Democrats have a Nancy Pelosi problem. Isn’t it about time they did something about it?
Who says the media only goes for the negative? Michael Gerson explains why Donald Trump’s hypocrisy is actually good for the nation. Via the Washington Post.
OK, so maybe you think contract law can be boring. But what about when the contract seems to say that the new president must give up his lease on his new Washington D. C. hotel because he’s the president? Via the Atlantic .
Ian Buruma asks: In the era of Trump and Brexit, will the old Anglo-American order to the world finally be coming to an end? Via the New York Times magazine.
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Michigan senate panel votes to close school pensions to new members
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LANSING — The Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee voted 9-8 Wednesday to close the school retirement system to new members, despite expert testimony from the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder and others that the move will cost billions.
The legislation now moves to the full Senate, which is expected to take it up as early as this afternoon.
Debate raged over the Michigan School Employees Retirement System at the Capitol, as a new Senate Fiscal Agency report pegged the cost of the legislation at $1.6 billion to $3.8 billion over five years.
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The main reasons for the increased costs are that employer contributions to the 401(k)-style plan will be close to three percentage points higher than they are to the existing "hybrid" school retirement system, and that with no new money coming into MPSERS, more conservative investment strategies will be called for and expected returns will be significantly lower.
Administration officials from the Office of Retirement Services pegged the cost even higher than the fiscal agency did -- $2.5 billion to $4.7 billion over five years.
"It will cost more money and put additional pressure on classroom funding," testified Kerrie Vanden Bosch, director of the Office of Retirement Services.
Republican Senators Mike Nofs, Goeff Hansen and Marty Knollenberg broke with the majority to join Democratic Senators Vincent Gregory, Curtis Hertel, David Knezek, Hoon-Yung Hopgood, and Coleman Young in opposing the pension measure. Republican Senators Dave Hildenbrand, Peter MacGregor, John Proos, Tonya Schuitmaker, Darwin Booher, Mike Shirkey, Tony Stamas, and Jim Marleau voted yes.
The sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, did not dispute that the upfront cost could be $1.6 billion over five years, with about $214 million of that borne by school districts and the balance borne by the state.
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But he said the move is still needed because otherwise the current MPSERS will continue to accrue new unfunded liabilities, putting the system and retirees at risk, as well as taxpayers.
"It's our mortgage," Pavlov told the Free Press. "It costs what it costs," but "we're protecting current retirees, future retirees, and taxpayers with these measures. "
Under an amendment approved just before the legislation was reported out, lawmakers said the state School Aid Fund will also cover the extra cost that would have been borne directly by school districts, estimated by the Senate Fiscal Agency at $214 million over five years.
The committee, over the objections of school employees,took up the legislation during the lame duck session to force new hires into a 401(k) style pension plan, instead of the blended pension and 401(k) system they can use now, known as the hybrid system.
Democrats denounced the legislation, noting that while MPSERS has an unfunded actuarial liability pegged at about $26.7 billion, the hybrid system has no unfunded liability.
"I'm trying to figure out what problem we are trying to solve," said Hertel, D-East Lansing, who questioned what impact the change would have on recruiting and retaining good teachers.
"I feel the speed with which we"re moving this is wrong," said Young.
The move is backed by the Michigan Freedom Fund, which is bankrolled in part by the influential Republican DeVos family of western Michigan, and a DeVos spoke of the need to tackle public pension issues recently at the West Michigan Policy Forum. Americans For Prosperity, a conservative group funded in part by the Koch brothers, also pushed for the legislation.
Pavlov's legislation does not call for accelerated funding, which the Senate Fiscal Agency report said would be consistent with best practices, which would push the five-year costs of the legislation to $3.8 billion. The administration estimate of the five-year cost, if accelerated funding is used, was $4.7 billion, though Vanden Bosch said making those extra payments would save the state $4.9 billion over 30 years, just as increasing payments on a mortgage can result in big long-term savings.
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday he expects the bills to pass the full Senate later today.
Under 2012 legislation affecting MPSERS, which modified earlier changes made under former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, new school hires can't fully participate in the defined-benefit pension plan that longer-serving school employees participate in. Instead, they can join a smaller traditional pension, combined with a defined contribution plan.
Snyder said last week that hybrid system for school employees is working well, and union leaders and some analysts say the state would face significant upfront costs to bolster the existing pension system if all new hires are forced into 401(k) style plans.
Senate Bill 102 does just that. Meekhof suggested Tuesday the legislation will be modified to moderate any upfront costs. Pavlov also introduced related Senate Bills 1177 and 1178, addressing school employee retirement, which the committee also voted out.
According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, MPSERS had an unfunded actuarial liability of $26.7 billion as of 2015. The hybrid system has no unfunded liability, according to Senate Fiscal Agency analyst Kathryn Summers, but money is being paid today to avoid potential risk in future years.
The fiscal agency report also said closing MPSERS to new members could result in significant additional short-term costs, if best practices are followed, including $2.1 billion over five years in recommended accelerated funding, plus significant additional costs in increased funding related to shifting to a more conservative investment strategy, which would be recommended without new member money coming into the pension system, the report said.
Total costs, including expected impacts on other pension plans, could total $1.6 billion to $3.8 billion over five years, the report said.
The $1.6-billion cost includes $1.2 billion related to lower rates of return in MPSERS investments, $218 million in additional retirement contribution costs, borne by school districts, and $218 million related to lower investment returns that would be experienced by other state retirement systems, mainly the system for state employees, according to the report.
Vanden Bosch testified that because all state retirement funds are pooled for investment purposes, closing the MPSERS system to new members will also negatively impact the expected performance of the other systems, resulting in the need for higher employer contributions.
However, moving to a defined contribution system "would eliminate the potential for future unfunded accrued liabilities," the report said.
Not all the expert testimony opposed the move.
Anthony Randazzo, director of economic research for the Reason Foundation in New York, testified that removing the risk of accumulating future unfunded liabilities is important.
There is "significant risk" the hybrid system will develop unfunded liabilities in the future, based on historic performance of equity markets, he testified.
"Under a defined contribution plan (such as a 401(k)), there is no potential volatility," and "we see a lot of positive in this plan," Randazzo testified.
Hildenbrand, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, stressed that the legislation would have no effect on pensions already earned, existing employees or retiree health care.
For new employees, "we're giving them a modern, portable retirement system that will be fully funded, that they're in control of," Hildenbrand said.
Senate Minority Leader Jim Sen. Jim Ananich. D-Flint, said Republicans shouldn't expect support from Democrats, and that''s especially true if they go beyond the MPSERS system and try to reduce retirement benefits for workers at the local government level.
"We're hearing about some earned benefit cuts that Republicans want to take up," Ananich said Tuesday. "That’s the exact wrong direction that we want to go. People across Michigan sent a big message on election day – they want more economic security, not less.
"To take away from people who have been working hard – police officers and firemen and teachers – they say it’s only going to be the new folks, but they always say that. They won’t get any support from my caucus members and I think we’ll have unified support in the House as well. "
Starting in 1997, all new state employees were forced into 401(k) plans.
That move didn't cost the state billions, but Vanden Bosch testified the circumstances then were entirely different.
First, the plan was 100% funded at the time, compared to a little over 60% today, she told lawmakers.
Secondly, the employer contributions were reduced when state employees moved from the defined benefit plan to 401(k)'s, while employer contributions increase in the move from the school hybrid system to a 401(k).
Contact Paul Egan: 517-372-8660 or pegan@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @paulegan4.
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Apple goes Red for World AIDS day raised $120m for Bono's charity
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Apple has signed up over 20 game makers to create special addons for their games for World AIDS day. The firm also today unveiled new RED branded products, and pledged to donate up to $1m to the organisation through Apple Pay. 'Of the $360 million that (RED) has raised to date, Apple has raised nearly $120 million,' Chrysi Philalithes, (RED)'s chief digital officer told Dailymail.com 'Apple is now the largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund… It's actually more than some countries have given.' Scroll down for video Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said 'We've been part of (RED) from the beginning. 'We want to leave the world better than we found it.' One developer, Natural Motion, even worked with Bugatti to create a virtual version of the $2.6m Chiron for its CSR2 drag racing game, which recreates the car's handling - for $19.99. 'We were blown away when Bugatti send us the digital files,' Chris Bowles, the creative director atCSR2 developer NaturalMotion, told Dailymail.com. 'They even worked to get the colour exactly right - the level of detail is incredible.' Apple is the world's largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund, and this year marks its 10th anniversary supporting (RED) in the fight to end AIDS. The money raised by (RED) funds programmes that offer counseling, testing, prevention and, most crucially, the life-saving ARV medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies. 'The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give,' said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. 'Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach.' For the next week, a range of the most popular games across the App Store — spanning from racing and sports titles to strategy, puzzle and action games — are offering limited-edition, custom (RED) content, exclusively available on the App Store. All proceeds from the associated in-app purchases go to the Global Fund. In addition to the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup, which is available for customers to purchase year-round, Apple is also adding four new products including an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, iPhone SE Case, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and the Pill+ Portable Speaker. Additionally, over 400 Apple Stores on five continents will turn their logos red or feature (RED) window decals to raise visibility for World AIDS Day. Apple is also donating $1 to RED's mission for every purchase made with Apple Pay at an Apple Store, on Apple.com or through the Apple Store app, up to $1 million. Bank of America will also make a donation for every Apple Pay transaction using its cards, also up to $1 million. In the US, iTunes Movies is offering a free download of The Lazarus Effect, the documentary about the mission of (RED). The Killers' holiday album, Don't Waste Your Wishes, is also exclusively available on iTunes featuring all 10 of their holiday singles, as well as a new track, 'I'll Be Home for Christmas,' with 100 percent of the proceeds in the US going to the Global Fund.
Apple's Tim Cook Announces RED and AIDS Awareness Initiatives
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Fannie, Freddie need to get out of government ownership -Mnuchin
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Nov 30 (Reuters) - U. S. mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ought to be privatized as soon as possible but in a fashion that ensures they do not again threaten the financial system, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to run the Treasury Department said on Wednesday. Steven Mnuchin, in an interview on Fox Business Network, said restructuring Fannie and Freddie and wresting them from government control is a "top 10" priority for the next administration's economic team. "Absolutely. We've got to get Fannie and Freddie out of government ownership. It makes no sense that these are owned by the government and have been controlled by the government for as long as they have," Mnuchin said. His comments sent shares of the two government-sponsored enterprises rocketing higher to their highest levels since September 2014. Both companies have been in U. S. government conservatorship since the 2008 financial crisis, when plunging home prices crippled their finances and threatened to bring down the U. S. financial system. Mnuchin said Fannie and Freddie, which buy mortgages originated by banks and bundle them into debt securities, are "displacing private lending in the mortgage market. " "Let me just be clear, we'll make sure that when they're restructured they're absolutely safe and they don't get taken over again, but we've got to get them out of government control," said Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker who Trump tapped on Wednesday to be the next Treasury secretary. The risk premiums, or yield spreads on Fannie and Freddie's bonds over U. S. Treasuries, held steady from late on Tuesday. The government's control of Fannie and Freddie has been a focus of criticism from Republicans for years, as has the federal guarantee of Fannie and Freddie debt, which allows them to tap financial markets at interest rates comparable to U. S. Treasuries backed by the full faith and credit of the U. S. Treasury. Still, repeated efforts since the crisis to reform the two and cut their ties to the federal government have foundered in Congress. Market participants were skeptical that a full separation from the government is in the offing. "People don't expect the government to just step away from the GSEs," said Larry Milstein, head of government and agency trading at R. W. Pressprich & Co in New York, using the acronym for government-sponsored enterprises. Fannie shares were last up 32 percent at $4.08, while Freddie rose 31 percent to $3.99. In 2008, as home prices collapsed, the government stepped in to prevent an outright failure of Fannie and Freddie, ultimately laying out about $188 billion of taxpayer funds to keep them afloat. The two eventually returned to profitability as the housing market recovered and the taxpayer cost has been repaid in full. Now, the two deliver billions of dollars each year to the U. S. Treasury in the form of dividend payments. (Reporting by Dan Burns and Richard Leong; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Jonathan Oatis)
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Ninth case of polio-like illness confirmed in Washington state
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A boy in Spokane County, Washington, is the ninth person in the state with a confirmed case of a rare syndrome that can cause varying degrees of paralysis.
The boy, under age 10, has acute flaccid myelitis , also referred to as AFM.
The other children from Washington who were diagnosed with the syndrome this fall range in age from 3 to 14 and come from King, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom and Franklin counties.
AFM cases have not been limited to Washington. In October, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pediatrician Dr. Manisha Patel told CBS News, “We do have an uptick in cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 2016.”
A cluster of polio-like illness in children is under investigation in Washington state. So far, two of nine suspected cases have been confirmed a...
As of September 2016, 89 people in 33 states were confirmed to have AFM, according to the CDC. Even with the increased rates, AFM is still rare — striking about one in a million people.
Ninety percent of cases have been in children, said Patel, the acute flaccid myelitis team lead at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.
Health officials say AFM can occur as a result of a variety of germs including enteroviruses , West Nile virus and adenoviruses. The condition affects the nervous system, primarily the spinal cord.
Its symptoms — arm or leg weakness or varying degrees of paralysis — are likened to those caused by polio (which was eradicated in the U. S. thanks to the polio vaccine ). Still, the CDC reports that the cause of the recent cases is unclear and it’s not known how to prevent it.
The CDC is working with local health officials to investigate the cases in Washington state and elsewhere in the U. S.
Former nuclear site in Washington state 'causing terminal illnesses in workers'
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Once adulated, Greek PM Tsipras among least popular chiefs
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A new poll has found that Greece's left-wing prime minister is among the country's least popular party leaders, outdoing only his populist junior government ally and the head of a Nazi-inspired party.
The survey also found that 87 percent of respondents oppose creditor-demanded income cuts and economic reforms imposed under Greece's latest bailout deal, signed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last year.
Once adulated, Tsipras now ranks sixth in popularity among leaders of the eight parties represented in Parliament, with 24 percent positive views. That's well behind conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who ranks first with a 45 percent approval rating.
The Public Issue poll published Wednesday was a nationwide telephone survey of 1,005 people from Nov. 18-25, with a margin of error of 3.2 percent.
Once Adulated, Greek PM Tsipras Among Least Popular Chiefs
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Will Donald Trump’s own promises be the last chance to save Medicare?
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As Bloomberg on Wednesday, although Republican leaders are united in their determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare), they are divided over whether to apply that same approach to Medicare. In an interview with Fox News on Nov. 10, House Speaker Paul Ryan argued that “Medicare has got some serious problems because of Obamacare, so those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.” Similarly, Rep. Tom Price — the Georgia representative Trump nominated to be his secretary of health and human services on Monday — on Nov. 17 that he viewed a Medicare overhaul as a feasible goal “probably in the second phase of reconciliation, which would have to be in the FY [Fiscal Year] 18 budget resolution in the first 6-8 months.” The problem with the statements by Ryan and Price, of course, is that they contradict Trump’s own campaign rhetoric. “People have been paying in for years,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” during an in which he attempted to distinguish himself from the other Republican presidential candidates. “They’re gonna cut Social Security. They’re gonna cut Medicare. They’re gonna cut Medicaid. I’m the one saying that’s saying I’m not gonna do that! I’m gonna make us so rich you don’t have to do those things.”
This Trump Hire is Hazardous to Your Health (And Not Just Your Medicare)
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After new regulations, Oklahoma’s shakes calm down a bit
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically since late May, when the state limited wastewater injections into energy wells, an Associated Press statistical analysis shows. And a new scientific study says the state is on its way back to calmer times that prevailed before a huge jump in man-made quakes.
For quake-prone parts of Oklahoma, the state ordered what is essentially a 40 percent reduction in injection of the saltwater that scientists generally blame for the massive increase in earthquakes. This year, before the new rules went into effect on May 28, Oklahoma averaged 2.3 quakes a day. Since then the average dropped to 1.3 a day, based on AP’s analysis of U. S. Geological Survey data of earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or larger. But some of those fewer post-regulatory quakes have been large and damaging.
“Definitely the rate of quakes have gone down,” said USGS geophysicist Robert Williams. “At the same time we had more magnitude 5s this year than ever before historically in Oklahoma. It’s good news on one hand. It’s heading in the right direction, but troubling to see these large damaging quakes in Pawnee and Cushing.”
Over the last couple years, scientists have linked a dramatic increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas to the practice of injecting wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, back underground after drilling for oil and gas. Higher volumes of wastewater injected are connected to more quakes with the fluids adding more pressure to tiny faults. After Kansas regulated wastewater volume in March 2015, a January AP analysis showed that Kansas felt fewer quakes, while less-regulated Oklahoma got more. In response, Oklahoma announced new regulations.
This November, Oklahoma had an average of less than a quake per day, though a 5.0 magnitude quake shook the vulnerable Cushing area where massive oil reserves are stored.
“The trend is obvious,” said Stanford University professor William Ellsworth. He said the AP numbers were similar, but not identical to a trend he calculated using a different database and different size earthquakes. He said the new regulations were partly responsible for the falloff in earthquakes, but he noted there also has been less drilling because of a crash in oil prices.
Williams of USGS said it is important to put even the reduced one-a-day quakes in context. Before 2009, Oklahoma averaged one magnitude 3.0 earthquake a year; now it is good news that the rate is down to one a day, he said. In 2015, Oklahoma averaged 2.3 magnitude 3.0 or larger quakes a day. In 2014, it was 1.6 per day.
A study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances by a different Stanford seismologist, Mark Zoback, saw the reduction in Oklahoma quakes and used intricate computer simulations to show that the rate of earthquakes will continue to go down and eventually return to near pre-2009 levels. Williams and Ellsworth, who weren’t part of the study, said Zoback’s work made sense.
“We’re not out of the woods yet. There is still a possibility for potentially damaging earthquakes,” Zoback said. “It’s going to take a few years for the situation to return to normal.”
Oklahoma officials said they plan to continue the regulations and are expected to release a new directive in the next couple of weeks for the 15,000-square-mile area where strong quakes rattled Pawnee and Cushing.
“Obviously the goal is to bring seismicity down to what, for Oklahoma, would be considered a normal level. That’s the goal,” said Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency that oversees oil and gas operations. “Things will take time, but we’re going to move ahead with actions that will hopefully make that time sooner rather than later.”
Oklahoma has had three quakes magnitude 5.0 or larger since 2014, and two of them occurred after the May regulations took effect: The September 5.8 in Pawnee and the November quake in Cushing.
Pent-up pressure may be partly to blame, Zoback said. And Williams noted some injecting continues.
Mainly, though, “we don’t understand the plumbing down there,” Williams said.
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Prost! Cheers! Salud! ~ UNESCO adds Belgian beer to cultural heritage list
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BRUSSELS — Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: It’s a cultural experience.
UNESCO is adding Belgian beer to the list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”
Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every city and village across the west European nation of 11 million people. The history of Belgian suds stretches back centuries to medieval monks and has been celebrated in paintings by Pieter Brueghel and in countless songs since.
Brussels regional leader Rudi Vervoort said Monday that beer “has been a part of our society since time immemorial.”
It is not all history with Belgian beer though. Only this year, one brewer, Brugse Zot, moved very much with the times, building a beer pipeline out of the medieval center of Bruges to a bottling plant on the outskirts out of environmental and architectural concern.
And at a time when many pubs are closing or falling on hard times as overall beer consumption declines, such international recognition is more than welcome.
Sven Gatz, who went from being head of the Belgian Brewers Federation to becoming Culture Minister for the northern region of Flanders, compared the recognition to winning the World Cup.
“We love our beer and appreciate the endless diversity within it, something that can’t be equaled anywhere else in the world,” Gatz said. “In Belgium, beer doesn’t have to give way to wine or other drinks in terms of quality and diversity.”
In days when alcohol abuse becomes an ever bigger concern, UNESCO said it was about more than just drinking.
“Beer is also used by communities for cooking, producing products like beer-washed cheese, and paired with food,” UNESCO said in a statement.
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The Pakistani government released a readout of its call with Trump. It’s magical.
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On Wednesday afternoon, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Donald Trump to talk about working together in the future. The what’s called a “readout,” which is usually a summary of a call between world leaders. Only this one … well, it’s not boring. It reads more like a transcript of actual things Trump said to Sharif, and those things are amazing. Here’s the readout in full: Obviously, these could just be paraphrases, but the quotes just sound like Trump. It’s hard to imagine some Pakistani bureaucrat making up Trumpy lines like “Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people” — which, come to think of it, begs the question of who the intelligent people are. Also, it’s worth noting that these “most intelligent people” would be blocked from entering the United States under We’ve reached out to the Trump team and the Pakistani government to confirm whether these are actual quotes or just truly inspired paraphrasing.
Pakistani government reveals what Trump told 'terrific' prime minister during phone call
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Southern photographer William Christenberry dies at 80
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William Christenberry (CHRIS-en-bear-ee), an artist known for his photographs of crumbling buildings and rusty cars amid the verdant landscape of rural Alabama, has died. He was 80.
His daughter, Kate Christenberry, says Christenberry died Nov. 28 at a nursing home in Washington. She says the cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Christenberry was a longtime resident of the nation's capital and taught painting and drawing for decades at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and spent much of his childhood in rural Hale County. For years he made annual summer trips to the county and other parts of the state, where he documented his surroundings with a simple Kodak Brownie camera.
William Christenberry, Photographer Who Found His Muse In Rural Alabama, Dies At 80 : The Two-Way : NPR
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Lips in New York City to host 'Christmas Spectacular'
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New York - Lips in New York City is going to be celebrating a "Rockin' Holiday Season" with its highly-anticipated "Christmas Spectacular" this year. "The holidays are always our favorite time of year at Lips," said Yvonne Lame', the co- founder of New York City's only true LaCage Drag Show, in a press statement. She went on to describe the future of Lips as "exciting" and "unstoppable. " In addition, a new Lips restaurant is scheduled to open in Chicago in early spring of 2017. This festive event will kick off on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., and it will run every Tuesday in the month of December. It will feature entertainer Blackie O’Clause and her fabulous background singers, the Dragettes, where they will be singing unique arrangements of such holiday classics as "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. " Lips has grown from a small restaurant in New York's West Village to a beloved nationwide chain. Aside from New York, It consists of four additional locations in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Chicago. Lips is the ideal venue for such special occasions as birthday parties, bachelorette parties, divorces, graduations, job promotions and holidays, among others. To learn more about Lips, check out its Lips is New York's "Ultimate Drag Show Palace" and restaurant, and its "Christmas Spectacular" will star Drag Queen Blackie O’Clause and the Dragettes. This live drag show is going to take place every Tuesday night during the month of December of 2016. "The holidays are always our favorite time of year at Lips," said Yvonne Lame', the co- founder of New York City's only true LaCage Drag Show, in a press statement. She went on to describe the future of Lips as "exciting" and "unstoppable. " In addition, a new Lips restaurant is scheduled to open in Chicago in early spring of 2017. This festive event will kick off on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., and it will run every Tuesday in the month of December. It will feature entertainer Blackie O’Clause and her fabulous background singers, the Dragettes, where they will be singing unique arrangements of such holiday classics as "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. "Lips has grown from a small restaurant in New York's West Village to a beloved nationwide chain. Aside from New York, It consists of four additional locations in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Chicago. Lips is the ideal venue for such special occasions as birthday parties, bachelorette parties, divorces, graduations, job promotions and holidays, among others. To learn more about Lips, check out its official website and Facebook page
The Substandard Christmas Spectacular
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Progressives Are Now Using Fake Election News To Self-Soothe
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After spending weeks complaining that the proliferation of “fake news” led to Hillary Clinton’s electoral demise, progressives are now openly using fake news to self-soothe.
Newsweek , which gained notoriety in the 1990s as a news weekly you could find on dentist office waiting room tables below Highlights and Zoobooks magazines, took the extraordinary step this week of publishing President Hillary Clinton fan fiction.
In a piece entitled “Dispatches From The Alternate Universe Where Hillary Clinton Won,” Newsweek’s Zach Schonfeld compiles excerpts from pre-written news stories anticipating the former secretary of State’s victory.
It’s apparently common practice for publications to have a vault of stories that forecast election results, Schonfeld writes. Preparing content before a major event makes sense to a degree, as newspapers often prepare obituaries for public figures long before they die. What doesn’t make any sense, however, is to publish a month later pre-written content that forecasted the election night incorrectly.
What’s perhaps the most telling part is this odd trigger warning from Schonfeld: “If you’re one of the 64,658,130 people who voted for Clinton (a popular vote total that significantly exceeds the president-elect’s), this might be wrenching to read.”
It’s clear these “dispatches” aren’t part of an effort to be more transparent with the American electorate, whose trust the media stomped on to virtue-signal obnoxiously. Its purpose is to serve as a balm for those still licking their wounds after Clinton’s defeat — and that’s what makes this collection of stories all the more troubling. The media are literally using their stories that falsely predicted the election to soothe themselves after things didn’t turn out the way they’d hoped.
Check out this entry from Jonathan Chait:
It’s hilarious to read that Chait thought the media, the same people who asked Clinton effusive questions while an FBI investigation loomed over her head, were too hard on her. Most people do think Hillary Clinton is a dishonest, shady character who has skirted the law for decades. Holding Clinton accountable for her actions isn’t some crazy approach that’s completely out of left field like Chait intimates. If anything, the kid-glove treatment Clinton got embittered many against the media.
From Glamour’s Cady Drell:
Gross. Get a room!
While these pieces were at one point not satire, Schonfeld’s treatment of them — as cherished relics from a better time when there was hope for a Clinton presidency — reveals just how biased and hypocritical the media really is. No wonder Americans hate the media more than they do Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, because they’re openly mourning a candidate’s loss by re-reading their old baloney to suppress their shoulder-heaving sobs.
When Fake News Gets People Killed, It Must Be Stopped
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Samantha Cameron, wife of UK's ex-PM, launches fashion label
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LONDON (AP) — Samantha Cameron, the wife of former British Prime Minister David Cameron, is launching her first fashion label.
Cameron, an ambassador for the British Fashion Council, has long been involved in the fashion industry. She was previously creative director of the luxury leather goods brand Smythson, and is known for bringing a more youthful dress style to 10 Downing Street.
Her new venture — called “Cefinn” after the initials of her children — will be sold beginning early next year.
In an interview with British Vogue, Cameron said she designed the clothes with herself in mind, as well as spending “a lot of time trying stuff on my friends.”
Vogue reported Wednesday the clothes will be sold online and priced between 100 to 300 pounds ($125 to $375).
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Samantha Cameron, wife of UK’s ex-PM, launches fashion label
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Dolly Parton dishes out Christmas spirit in NBC movie
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Indeed, to those ensconced in red states prone to gripe that the major networks ignore religion, this Hallmark Channel-like offering proves that godless Hollywood likes the green in Christmas just fine. And it's all presented so earnestly that "Circle of Love" should connect with the same audience, meaning all concerned should probably begin making plans for next year right now.
Introduced by Parton as "another true story of a Christmas miracle that happened during my childhood" (how many of those do most people get?), the movie picks up in 1955, where the young Dolly (Alyvia Alyn Lind) and her family remain dirt poor but filled with love and faith. Yet God seems determined to keep testing them, prompting characters to ask how they can continue to believe, only to have their piety rewarded.
This latest effort comes with a sort-of "Gift of the Magi" theme, as Dolly's parents (Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder) puzzle over how to scrape together money to let each of the children receive a "store-bought" gift. When he brings up the subject of that wedding ring he never bought her, she pluckily replies, "After eight kids, I'm just about as married as I can get. "
Nevertheless, the family will be forced to contemplate just how they want to spend money -- for themselves, or others -- as well as face disasters both natural (a blizzard) and man-made (a coal mine cave-in). And yes, Dolly's budding desire to perform again figures into the story, this time by hungering for the role of Mary in the school's Christmas pageant.
Parton even drops in as a painted lady that interacts with her younger self, which mostly contributes to the comedy factor, as the little girl gushes about wanting to look just like her when she grows up.
To the extent it works, credit the cast (including Gerald McRaney as Dolly's minister grandpa) and some of the little touches in Pamela K. Long's script, like Dolly's first brush with indoor plumbing.
NBC will pair the movie with its annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special, creating one big, festive night of holiday cheer. And while cynics can snort at all the movie clichés that somehow found their way into Parton's childhood memories, the net effect no doubt creates the ideal environment to sell advertising for lots of "store-bought" items.
"Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors: Circle of Life" airs November 30 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
5 Reasons It's Your Duty To Watch Dolly Parton's Christmas Movie
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U. S. flag stays high in Havana while others at half-staff for Fidel Castro
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HAVANA — Flags throughout this capital city were lowered to half-staff this week to honor Cuba's late leader Fidel Castro, with one notable exception: the American flag.
The flag outside the U. S. Embassy along Havana's scenic waterfront has been raised high, even though other foreign embassies — from Canada to Mexico to Venezuela — have lowered theirs. Cuban officials accentuated the point by raising a Cuban flag directly across the street from the U. S. Embassy and keeping it at half-staff.
Roberto Castillo, who credits Castro for providing him the education to rise from a poor farm boy in eastern Cuba to a physics teacher in Havana, called the move "hypocritical. " He said the U. S. can't claim to be striving for a normal relationship with Cuba then disrespect its beloved former leader, who died Friday at age 90.
"Are you in or are you out? " he said.
The decision by U. S. officials not to lower the flag highlights the complicated diplomacy of renewed relations with the communist country. The U. S. must work with Cuban officials to normalize relations after more than 50 years of isolation, but also satisfy the nearly 2 million Cuban Americans in the United States who have influential positions in the Senate, the House of Representatives and throughout the state of Florida.
The White House tried to walk that perilous line when President Obama issued a statement following Castro's death, offering condolences to the Castro family and saying it was time to "put the past behind us. " Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called the statement "pathetic. " People in Miami's Cuban-American enclave were enraged there was no mention of their struggles or bloodshed at the hands of Castro.
Obama's statement also differed greatly from the one issued by President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to reverse Obama's decision to re-establish relations with Cuba. Trump described Castro as a "brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades" and blamed him for "firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. "
The Obama administration also agonized over who to send to Castro's funeral to be held Sunday, and even debated what to call the trip.
Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry decided not to go. Instead, attending will be deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who headed the secret negotiations that led to the historic opening with Cuba, and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the chief of mission at the U. S. Embassy in Havana who Obama nominated to become ambassador.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest made clear that the two men did not represent an official delegation. Asked about the distinction, Earnest said Tuesday that U. S.-Cuba relations remain "quite complicated. "
In a statement to USA TODAY about the flag, the U. S. Embassy said Obama had already expressed his condolences for Castro's death.
"The decision to fly the flag over U. S. Embassy Havana at full-mast was made in accordance with custom and protocol," the statement said.
Cuba allies join thousands to honour Castro in Havana
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Women in demolition derby-style fight tell their story
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Two women spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday after being caught on video in a demolition derby-style fight in a South Los Angeles parking lot. The video has been viewed by millions, and it shows two cars colliding several times as well as two women fighting one another Dashanie Colvin was driving a silver SUV, and a woman who identified herself as Yaya Shabazz was driving a white vehicle. "It's something you'd seen on movies. I never thought that I would be somewhere so close to being hit and killed like that. I am so shocked and just hurt," Colvin said. Shabazz said it all started when Colvin rear-ended her, following a left turn. She said she pulled over to the right and that's when Colvin jumped out, spitting on Shabazz's car. "It's really devastating. You know, I was really fearful for my life at the time," Shabazz said. But Colvin said she did not read-end Shabazz's white SUV. "Every lane I would get in, she would jump in front of me, cutting me off. Then we got into the turning lane, instead of her turning into her lane, she got into my lane," she said. She added that she pulled up next to Shabazz, who got aggressive and spat into Colvin's car. Cellphone video shows a fight between Shabazzz and a woman Colvin identified as her passenger. They both are seen taking swings at each other. Then a woman in red hits a car window with what appears to be a hammer. She later runs out of the way when it appears Shabazz steps on the gas. Both drivers said they talked to police. Colvin said she wants to take it as far as she can, including having charges filed against Shabazz. Shabazz said the whole ordeal was "uncalled for. "LAPD confirmed the incident is being investigated, but did not comment further on the matter.
Parking-lot dispute turns into demolition derby Contact WND
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AWS launches Amazon Lex, a bot framework that powers Alexa
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The time has come. Following years of mounting interest in a type of artificial intelligence (AI) called deep learning, the biggest public cloud infrastructure provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced its first Amazon AI services that make use of deep learning.
Deep learning generally involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data, such as photos, and then getting them to make inferences about new data. One of AWS’ top competitors, Google Cloud Platform, introduced the Cloud Machine Learning service that can do deep learning earlier this year. In China, the Alibaba public cloud has the DT PAI service available for AI workloads. Additionally startups such as Clarifai offer cloud-based deep learning services.
But AWS isn’t providing a basic general-purpose AI service — not today, anyway.
There is the new Rekognition image recognition service — presumably drawing on the talent and technology from deep learning startup Orbeus, whose team Amazon hired in the past year.
There is also the new Polly text-to-speech (TTS) service, which supports 47 voices and 27 languages. It’s free to process up to 5 million characters a month, and after that it costs $0.000004 per character, AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post .
But the most significant announcement today is the launch of Amazon Lex. It’s effectively the technology underlying Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant. Alexa is the basis of the Amazon Echo line of smart speakers, which have taken off — one recent report said Amazon has sold more than 5 million of them. Lex provides deep learning-powered automatic speech recognition and natural-language understanding.
“This will allow you to build all kinds of conversational applications,” AWS chief executive Andy Jassy said during today’s keynote at AWS’ re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas. “You’ll submit either a piece of text or a piece of audio. You’ll specify a response [to the input], and then it’ll return that response.”
This will be able to power chatbots on apps like Facebook Messenger, and eventually Slack. But it will also let developers tap data in existing data repositories — there are connectors to Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Marketo, Zendesk, Quickbooks, Twilio, and HubSpot, Jassy said. It can also support triggers built with the AWS Lambda event-driven computing service.
Chatbots are among the trendiest technologies of 2016. Facebook and Microsoft have also unveiled platforms for building chatbots this year, and now the biggest cloud provider is catching up.
The service is available in preview now through just one of AWS’ data center regions — US East (Northern Virginia). It’s free to make up to 10,000 text requests and 5,000 speech requests per month, and after that it costs $4 per each thousand speech requests and 75 cents for every thousand text requests, Barr wrote in a blog post.
To an extent AWS leaked its own news. During an onstage interview at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington D. C. in June, Jassy said that AWS would unveil a deep learning service “in the next few months.” Earlier this month The Information reported on AWS’ plan to launch a deep learning service, and Fortune last week reported that AWS would expose more powerful AI tools to developers.
AWS has been laying the groundwork for this. In May Amazon open-sourced the DSSTNE deep learning framework , and earlier this month AWS announced that its deep learning framework of choice would be MXNet , not DSSTNE.
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Christmas In Rockefeller Center Live Stream: How to Watch the Tree Lighting Show Online 2016
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Tonight is the 2016 Christmas In Rockefeller Center special on NBC at 7 p.m. ET and this year, performances will be given by a wide range of stars from Tony Bennett to Tori Kelly. For those who would like to watch the show line and cannot get to a television, below are instructions how to live-stream the show on the web or with an app on your mobile or streaming device. All of the below options are available for U. S. users only.
In the following select markets, NBC’s live broadcast is available through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides select channels for a monthly fee. Sling’s Blue package , which includes NBC, costs $25 a month but offers a free 7-day trial.
If you’re viewing in one of the markets above, you can use the instructions below to stream the show.
1. Go here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends you won’t be charged.
2. When you sign up, select the Blue package, which is listed immediately to the right of the Orange package on the Sling TV website. The Blue package costs $25 per month but offers a free 7-day trial.
3. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to NBC to watch the show.
If you sign up for the free Sling trial , you can watch the show on the Sling app , which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Go here for a full list of compatible devices.
Follow these steps:
1. Go here to sign up for Sling. You’ll need to enter your credit card information, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends you won’t be charged.
2. When you sign up, select the Blue package, which is listed immediately to the right of the Orange package on the Sling TV website. The Blue package costs $25 per month but offers a free 7-day trial.
3. Download the Sling app for your device, and navigate over to NBC to watch the show.
If you have access to a cable or satellite subscription that includes NBC, you can stream NBC television live on the network’s website or, in select markets, with the NBC app.
Click here for the NBC stream. If it’s your first time streaming at nbc.com/live, you’ll get a free 45-minute preview before you’re forced to “verify” using a cable login to continue watching. When you click “Verify Now,” you’ll be prompted to click on the tile of your pay-tv provider (Infinity, Fios, DirectTV, etc.) and be directed to a sign-in page, where you must enter a valid user ID and password. You must have access to a cable or satellite subscription that includes NBC programming.
If you have trouble logging in, NBC has an “FAQ” contact form here , where you can submit a “description of your issue.”
In several major markets, you can access NBC live TV via the NBC app , which is available to download in the App Store and Google Play . (NBC also has apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One.)
Again, you’ll need login info for pay-tv subscription that includes NBC programming. The live broadcast of your local NBC affiliate is available only in the following markets, where the station is owned by NBC : New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), San Diego (KNSD), San Francisco / Bay Area (KNTV), Connecticut (WVIT), Miami (WTVJ), Chicago (WMAQ-TV), Philadelphia (WCAU), Washington D. C. (WRC-TV) and Dallas (KXAS-TV).
After launching the app, open the menu and click on the “LIVE” tile in the top left portion of the screen. You’ll have to “enable location services” (find the NBC app under your phone’s Settings, click on it and then click on Location) so the app can see where you are and whether your local NBC station is eligible for streaming.
If it’s your first time using the app, you’ll get a free 45-minute preview before you’re forced to “verify” using a cable login to continue watching. When you click “Verify Now,” you’ll be prompted to click on the tile of your pay-tv provider (Infinity, Fios, DirectTV, etc.) and be directed to a sign-in page, where you must enter a valid user ID and password.
When is the 2016 lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center? Get the rundown on the Christmas show's time, what channel it's on TV tonight and more.
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3 students taken to hospital after school bus crash near Howard Middle
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Three students were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital with minor injuries after their school bus was involved in an accident, according to the Orlando Fire Department.
The students were on their way to Howard Middle School around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when the bus collided with a car on East Jefferson Street at Thornton Avenue, officials said.
There were 47 students on the bus. The uninjured students walked the rest of the way to school with teachers and parents, officials said.
Orlando police said the bus collided with a Toyota Prius, whose driver was treated for minor injuries and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The driver's name hasn't been released.
It's not clear how the accident happened.
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Lame duck bills would change Michigan's voter ID requirements
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LANSING, MI - Most Michigan voters would have to present an ID card for their votes to count under legislation that popped up suddenly during Michigan's lame-duck session.
Currently voters who are registered but do not have a voter ID can fill out an affidavit attesting to their identity and then vote. House Bills 6066 , 6067 and 6068 , introduced Tuesday, would change that.
Under the bills a voter without ID would fill out a provisional ballot. That ballot would only be counted if the voter returned to their clerk's office within 10 days to show either a photo ID or present evidence they are either indigent and can't afford an ID or have a religious objection to having their photo taken.
"I can't emphasize how simple this is. If you want your vote to count, you must prove your identity," said Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alto, who sponsored the bills.
The bills also allow indigent voters to receive free birth certificates and IDs.
Lyons said the legislation's goal was two-fold.
"I want to make sure that we are setting policy that protects the integrity of our elections but we are also not setting up barriers," Lyons said.
But others say the bills will disenfranchise voters.
"The practical effect of these bills, we believe, will be to disenfranchise the vast majority of voters who either don't have ID or show up to the polls without it," said Merissa Kovach, a policy strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
"Instead of modernizing our elections or bringing Michigan in line with other states that with critically needed reforms like no-reason absentee voting, same-day registration, or early voting, the Michigan GOP is rushing to push voter suppression laws," said Lonnie Scott, executive director of progressive advocacy group Progress Michigan in a statement.
Kovach said that while we require IDs for things like the purchase of alcohol, that is a business transaction while voting is a constitutional right. Lyons countered that the right to bear arms was constitutional and required photo identification.
Nationally, there has been a wave of states requiring voter ID in recent years. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the pace of laws requiring voters to present ID picked up starting in 2011. Lyons said Michigan's law was patterned after Indiana's, which had been vetted through the legal system.
"It should be easy to vote. It should not be easy to cheat," Lyons said.
The committee did not vote on the bills Wednesday but Lyons said she hoped to see the bills pass before the end of the year.
Voter ID bills surface in Michigan’s lame-duck session
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Leah Remini on Scientology: I’m ‘Considered an Enemy of the Church’
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Leah Remini opened up exclusively to Us Weekly about her past as a Scientologist and said that she is “considered an enemy of the church” three years after leaving the controversial organization.
Leah Remini breaks down her experiences with Scientology in a Reddit AMA
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Jennifer Aniston Discusses Husband Justin Theroux And His Thanksgiving Surprise After Brad Pitt Rumors
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Jennifer Aniston may have been targeted with allegations of being tied to her ex-husband Brad Pitt’s divorce months ago, but throughout the fabricated drama, the actress has reportedly been focused on her current husband, Justin Theroux.
Speaking to the show’s host, Ellen DeGeneres, who has been a close friend of Jennifer Aniston’s for years and attended her top secret wedding to Theroux, the 47-year-old actress revealed that while she expected her husband would be in Germany during the holidays, he ultimately surprised her with his presence.
“I was like, ‘Guys: I’m here! I understand Justin’s not here, but it’s going to be okay!'” Jennifer Aniston continued.
“I gave the toast at the head of the dinner table, which is usually me and Justin. And I gave, I guess, a very unimpressive toast where people were like, ‘Meh, great. Let’s eat.’ Then salads came out and everyone was just very somber and next thing you know, turkey walks in and there was another turkey holding that turkey… And that was my hubby! He came in with the turkey.”
While most celebrity weddings are exposed prior to their big day, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux managed to keep their nuptials private until a pastor and a cake were seen entering their Bel Air home. That said, photos from the event were few and far between, and even now, no photos of Jennifer Aniston’s wedding dress have been shared.
“Could Brad Pitt’s divorce leave his ex, Jennifer Aniston, single too?” the outlet asked, adding that “her new husband, Justin Theroux, is getting sick of Aniston’s ongoing fascination with her ex.”
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Why Brad Pitt Didn't See His Kids on Thanksgiving
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Northern Michigan nativity scene taken down after years of complaints
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MENOMINEE, MI - A longtime traditional holiday nativity scene in an Upper Peninsula town has been taken down after years of complaints, the Associated Press reports.
Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sent several complaints to the city of Menominee in past years. The group first reached out to the city in 2007 after a complaint from a resident of Menominee.
The display was taken down shortly after being put up this year, said Menominee City Manager Tony Graff. The city attorney determined the display was a violation of the city's own policy governing what can be displayed on public property.
Graff said he hopes a local church will display the nativity scene.
Nativity scene removed in Michigan's U.P. after complaints
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Cirque du Soleil employee dies in accident before show in SF
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A technician working on Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia” show in San Francisco was struck by a lift and died from his injuries on Tuesday night, according to a statement from the performance company.
The employee, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a local hospital where he died, according to San Francisco Police. Cirque du Soleil said it could not identify the employee as his family had not yet been reached.
“We are currently gathering more information about this tragic accident and will update you with more details as soon as we are in a position to do so,” it stated.
The incident happened around 6:43 p.m., just before the scheduled 8 p.m. show located near the city’s AT&T Park. The San Francisco Police Department and the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal-OSHA, are investigating the incident.
The Tuesday night performance was canceled. “Luzia” opened in San Francisco earlier this month and is scheduled to run until the end of January.
The death could bring more scrutiny about safety at the company.
It became an issue in 2013 after a Cirque du Soleil performer, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, plunged to the floor after the wire rope from which she was suspended broke. The aerialist fell nearly 100 feet to her death in front of an audience at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Earlier this week, a former Olympic gymnast fell face first about 16 feet during a Cirque du Soleil performance in Brisbane, according to 7 News, a CNN affiliate in Australia. She suffered a fracture to her neck and a broken arm, but was reported to be in good condition.
Cirque du Soleil employee killed in accident before SF show
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Grant Tinker: Fans and Friends Salute ‘Towering Figure’ in TV History
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No television executive of the modern era was more beloved or respected than Grant Tinker.
The legendary NBC chairman-CEO and MTM Enterprises president, who died Monday at 90, was admired for his philosophy of “first be best, then be first,” which he put into practice by empowering writers, directors and producers to execute their vision without micromanagement from above.
Grant Tinker, Revered Former NBC and MTM Chief, Dies at 90
As word of Tinker’s passing spread throughout the industry on Wednesday, friends, colleagues and TV fans alike responded with tributes. Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, penned a heartfelt memo that was distributed to the current Peacock team.
“It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Grant Tinker last night. He was not only an iconic television producer with the highest standards, but also a towering figure in the history of the NBC network,” Greenblatt wrote.
“Much will be written about him by more eloquent writers than I, but his level of class set him apart from everyone else in our business and all of us at this company owe him a debt of gratitude. In fact, TV watchers everywhere do.
“Grant was probably most famously married to Mary Tyler Moore, a partnership that yielded one of the most iconic independent production companies in history with MTM Enterprises — with a meowing cat logo that tipped its hat to the MGM lion — but also a string of some of the best comedies and dramas ever made.
” ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ in 1970 was the pinnacle of that partnership and will stand the test of time. A few days before production of the pilot, Grant reportedly gave simple but effective direction to creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns which helped put the show back on track after a rocky run-through. It now lives alongside other MTM productions, such as ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ ‘Rhoda,’ ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ and ‘St. Elsewhere’ (among others) as some of the best American television series ever.
“Grant left MTM in 1981 at the height of its success to become Chairman and CEO of NBC, then in the difficult position of last place among networks in both ratings and profitability. His approach to reversing the situation was clear. He said, “First be best, then be first.” And that’s what happened.
“In partnership with Brandon Tartikoff, who worked for him, the network soon regained its footing by producing wildly popular shows like ‘The Cosby Show,’ ‘Family Ties,’ ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘Cheers,’ ‘Night Court,’ and ‘Hill Street Blues.’ He left the network in 1986, shortly after parent company RCA was bought by General Electric, but seeds had been sown for NBC to remain the dominant network for many years to come.
“Grant Tinker restored success and dignity to NBC and helped define our brand that still endures to this day. Furthermore, his two sons John and Mark are award-winning television writers and directors, and Mark Tinker is a member of the NBC family at this very moment as executive producer of ‘Chicago P. D.’ Please join me in sending condolences to the entire Tinker family. The name will always be synonymous with the best of television and the best of NBC.”
Mary Tyler Moore on Grant Tinker: A ‘Brilliant, Driven Executive’
Tinker discussed his approach to managing the creative process in TV in 2004 when he accepted his personal Peabody Award, a rare presentation of an award to an individual for contributions to the medium. “I have enjoyed a great deal of success with the help of others,” he said.
#GrantTinker & Brandon Tartikoff took us from last to 1st at NBC in 80s. Grant Tinker Dies at 90 Intelligent, Classy https://t.co/FZeTR9Ia8w
— Rick Ludwin (@riclud) November 30, 2016
@MarkCTinker I think of your father often #GrantTinker #legend #friendshiptreasured #Nbc
— The Robert Evans (@The_RobertEvans) December 14, 2014
4…. "First be best then be first" is still the battlecry of the industry whether it was St. Elsewhere OR The A Team #Respect to him.
— Masked Scheduler (@maskedscheduler) November 30, 2016
3….in the same corner. I will always respect what he and Brandon Tartikoff accomplished in bringing quality TV to NBC. His mantra…….
— Masked Scheduler (@maskedscheduler) November 30, 2016
Grant Tinker, legendary MTM and NBC TV executive, dead at 91
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Everything announced at AWS re:Invent 2016 so far
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For the past five years, Amazon has held a big conference for customers of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud division in Las Vegas. Software industry people and existing customers have always paid attention. But this year AWS has become such a financial juggernaut for Amazon that it has become a bigger deal in the wider world of business. And that means this is a really big week for AWS, perhaps the biggest ever.
Of course, AWS came prepared — it’s been planning for this event for months. Executives announce one piece of news after another onstage, just like at Google I/O or Microsoft Build. It can leave one overwhelmed, particularly if one doesn’t know the portfolio of AWS services backward and forward.
Here’s a rundown of the announcements coming out of re:Invent this year.
AWS announced the launch of new virtual machine (VM) instances that will be available for developers to rent out by the hour to run their applications. This is the most predictable announcement of the 2016 re:Invent conference, as AWS tends to unveil new VM types at this event.
Rather than just releasing new VM instances backed with graphics processing units (GPUs), AWS chief executive Andy Jassy said that AWS will be exposing “elastic GPUs for EC2,” a way for people to attach GPU resources to their existing VM instances. Also there are new F1-branded VM instances that are accelerated with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The AWS service lets you write code, package it up as an image, and then run it as custom logic on the FPGAs.
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AWS announced Amazon Lightsail, a new way for developers to quickly and easily get access to low-cost virtual private servers (VPS).
They don’t need to worry about provisioning storage, security groups, or identity and access management (IAM) when they want to just get a box to run a simple application. They can just use Amazon Lightsail now.
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There is the new Rekognition image recognition service — presumably drawing on the talent and technology from deep learning startup Orbeus, whose team Amazon hired in the past year.
There is also the new Polly text-to-speech (TTS) service, which supports 47 voices and 27 languages. It’s free to process up to 5 million characters a month, and after that it costs $0.000004 per character, AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post.
But the most significant announcement today is the launch of Amazon Lex. It’s effectively the technology underlying Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant. Alexa is the basis of the Amazon Echo line of smart speakers, which have taken off — one recent report said Amazon has sold more than 5 million of them. Lex provides deep learning-powered automatic speech recognition and natural-language understanding.
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AWS announced the launch of Amazon Athena, a new tool for running queries on data that’s stored in AWS’ widely used S3 cloud storage service.
People can use the standard Structured Query Language (SQL) with the service and don’t need to worry about setting up the infrastructure for it.
AWS doesn’t believe Athema will overlap with the querying tools that are available through its Elastic Map Reduce (EMR) service and its Redshift data warehousing service, AWS chief executive Andy Jassy said during today’s keynote.
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At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that its Aurora managed cloud database engine now supports the popular PostgreSQL structured database.
Amazon already lets developers store and retrieve data using PostgreSQL through its Relational Database Service (RDS). RDS added support for PostgreSQL in 2013. Of course, developers could also just install the open-source PostgreSQL atop AWS computing and storage infrastructure on their own. Sure enough, it will be possible to migrate PostgreSQL databases from RDS to Aurora.
PostgreSQL support is the top request from customers of Aurora, AWS chief executive Andy Jassy said today.
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At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled the next generation of its Snowball boxes that customers can use to move lots of data to AWS.
The first version was announced at last year’s re:Invent — it had a capacity of 50TB. Then, in April of this year, AWS showed off a 80TB version. This time around, AWS decided to add on computing resources, which opens up new possibilities for companies that need a Snowball.
Multiple Snowball Edge boxes — each of which has a 100TB capacity and a color touchscreen — can divvy up databases with sharding, for one thing, AWS chief executive Andy Jassy said, and they can sync data to S3, too. But also, they can run new AWS software called AWS Greengrass, which effectively brings the serverless event-driven computing model of AWS Lambda outside of AWS and onto other kinds of devices, including embedded devices.
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Stay tuned for more news later on in the week.
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Trump to meet with Linda McMahon, Gen. John Kelly, U. S. prosecutor
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Nov 30 (Reuters) - U. S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump holds more meetings on Wednesday as he forms his administration before taking over from Democratic President Barack Obama on Jan. 20. Trump's transition team said he was scheduled to meet with the following people: LINDA MCMAHON * former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc CEO and former U. S. Senate candidate in Connecticut PREET BHARARA * U. S. prosecutor in Manhattan appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 SONNY PERDUE * former Georgia governor and member of the Bipartisan Policy Center DAN COATS * U. S. senator from Indiana GENERAL JOHN KELLY * retired Marine Corps general and former commander of U. S. Southern Command (Reporting and writing by Doina Chiacu and Eric Walsh; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and James Dalgleish)
Trump to meet with top Manhattan federal prosecutor Bharara
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Trump to meet with Linda McMahon, Gen. John Kelly, others
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Tornado Watch remains in effect
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A Tornado WATCH remains in effect until 6PM in: Banks, Barrow, Butts, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Crawford, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Macon, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Muscogee, Newton, Oconee, Pike, Rockdale, Schley, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Upson, Walton, Webster
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect in Butts, Henry, Jasper and Newton until 3:45 p.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect in Lamar and Spalding counties until 3:45 p.m.
Another Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect in Banks, Jackson and Madison until 4 p.m.
The National Weather Service said that tornadoes continue to be a possibility.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Habersham, Rabun and Stephens counties until 3:30 p.m. and in Pike and Upson counties until 3:15 p.m.
A tornado WARNING is in effect in Meriwether County until 3PM.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Banks, Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson until 3:15 p.m. A tornado remains possible.
A new tornado warning has been issued for Forsyth, Hall and Gwinnett Counties until 2:45PM.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties until 2:45 p.m. The threat of a tornado remains.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and Hall counties until 2:45PM.
A TORNADO WARNING is in effect in DeKalb and Fulton counties until 2:15 p.m. Cobb County has been dropped from the warning area.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado was located over the Vinings area at 1:50 p.m. and moving northeast at 40mph.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect until 2PM in Cobb, Douglas, Fulton and Paulding until 2PM. All Tornado WARNINGS have been dropped. A tornado WATCH remains in effect.
Metro Atlanta is under a tornado watch until 5:00 pm Tuesday.
Counties under the watch include:
Baker, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Calhoun, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Cherokee, Clay, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, DeKalb, Dougherty, Douglas, Early, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Miller, Monroe, Muscogee, Newton, Paulding, Pike, Quitman, Randolph, Rockdale, Schley, Seminole, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Terrell, Troup, Upson, Walton, and Webster.
The risk for strong thunderstorms is increasing for much of the metro area for Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center upgraded the risk area from "marginal" to "slight. " That means we could see a few isolated severe storms move through as the line of rain crosses the state.
Another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move through Georgia this afternoon ahead of a strong cold front. The severe weather threat is in the "marginal" range. There is a slight chance for a few isolated stronger storms with this second wave of rain. We could see another half inch to an inch of rain out of that second round. Higher rain totals with both systems will be in north Georgia.
Once that next wave moves out, we will dry out and cool off for the end of the week. Starting Sunday, rain chances enter the forecast once again and we will have a chance of rain in the forecast through next Tuesday.
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Metro Atlanta is under a tornado watch until 6PM
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Review: This week delivers on odd mix of horror and family-friendly fun (Includes first-hand account)
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This week’s releases include some wonderful stories of magic fantasy; performances that will knock your socks off; the final chapter in a messy corporate adventure; and an eye-catching new package for a fan favourite. The BFG (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy) Based on the 1982 children’s book about the Big Friendly Giant, director Special features include: “Bringing The BFG to Life”; “The Big Friendly Giant and Me”; “Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG”; “Giants 101”; and “Melissa Mathison: A Tribute.” (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) Bubba Ho-Tep: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray) The Special features include: commentary by author Joe R. Lansdale; commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell; commentary by "The King"; deleted scenes with optional commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell; “All Is Well,” an Interview with writer/director Don Coscarelli; “The King Lives!,” an interview with star Bruce Campbell; “Mummies And Make-up,” an interview with special effects artist Robert Kurtzman; making-of featurette; "To Make A Mummy"; "Fit For A King"; "Rock Like An Egyptian"; “Joe R. Lansdale reads from Bubba Ho-Tep”; archival Bruce Campbell interviews; music video; still gallery; TV spot; and theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory) Carnage Park (Blu-ray) When it comes to horror movies, some people say, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” And in some cases, such as this, that’s true. There is nothing original about this picture as Vivian finds herself stuck in a deadly outdoor maze while a crazy person with a rifle tracks her every move. She comes across some of his other victims ensnared in traps, including horror icon Larry Fessenden, but their meetings are typically brief. Thus, most of the film is spent watching Vivian run around from one location to the next while the inept sheriff (Alan Ruck) delivers empty threats to the serial killer. Supposedly based on a true story, this movie doesn’t do much that hasn’t been done before. There are no special features. (Scream Factory) Chicken People (DVD) Thousands of people watch the Westminster Dog Show every year to see which breed will be named best in show… but few are likely aware similar events are held to select the most perfect chicken annually. Although it doesn’t include a section to demonstrate the animal’s training and poise, there are many similarities when it comes to judging appearance. There are written guidelines defining must-have qualities and breeders spend ages perfecting their line of a specific breed — of which there are several. The frontrunners are preened and pampered leading up to their presentation where thousands of fowl compete for the coveted top spot. There is very little difference between this documentary about show chickens and another about show dogs, except that these tales are feathered. Unfortunately, the film is a relatively superficial look at the phenomenon and chooses fluff over an in-depth exploration of this strange pastime. There are no special features. (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) Death of a Salesman (Blu-ray) Most often, the key to successfully bringing a stage play to the screen is the acting. In this case, they casted a couple of powerhouses in Hoffman and Malkovich to play the two feuding Lowmans. The sets are still relatively simplistic and easy to imagine on a stage with a few minor adjustments. The appeal is watching these skilled actors perform Special features include: “Private Conversations,” behind-the-scenes featurette. (Shout Select) Don’t Breathe (Blu-ray & Digital copy) This is a reverse heist movie in which the robbers are pursued by their target. Trapped in the blind man’s house with his secrets makes escape far more difficult then they could’ve imagined. Though there is some introductory content at the start of the film, it doesn’t really find its stride until the burglary begins. From the moment they walk up the blind man’s driveway, the intensity begins to build and is more-or-less maintained throughout the rest of the picture. While writer/director Special features include: commentary by director Fede Alvarez, co-writer Rodo Sayagues and actor Stephen Lang; deleted scenes with director’s commentary; “No Escape”; “Creating the Creepy House”; “Meet the Cast”; “Man in the Dark”; and “The Sounds of Horror.” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) Dr. Strange (DVD) Though Dr. Strange is not one of the most popular comic book characters, his story has been attempted before the There are no special features. (Shout Factory) Hell or High Water (Blu-ray) Although the premise may sound familiar, this is a highly original Western. The Howards are not hardened criminals or career thieves. Tanner has somewhat of a violent past, but the bank robberies are a matter of necessity — his little brother needs his help and he can’t say “no.” Similarly, Toby is the farthest thing from a delinquent. He lives a quiet, unglamorous life on the dilapidated ranch, but desperation can force a man to do things he never dreamed possible. Their personalities couldn’t be more different; however, the brotherly love they share, which has survived years of hardship and separation, is obvious throughout the entire picture. The dialogue in this movie is exceptional. It achieves a balance between the picture’s grit and a dark, unexpected humour. In between all the drama, audiences will find themselves smiling and even laughing far more often than the premise suggests. It’s amazing what filmmakers accomplish in a single diner scene with an exchange between the Rangers and a crotchety old waitress. Special features include: “Enemies Forever: The Characters of Hell or High Water”; “Visualizing the Heart of America”; “Damaged Heroes: The Performances of Hell or High Water”; filmmaker Q&A; and red carpet premiere. (VVS Films) House of Lies: The Final Season (DVD) After the drama of the previous season, this one gets off to a pretty good start for everyone. They’re in relationships, making money and all appear quite happy… until it all implodes again. But this is definitely one of those times it may be all for the better. Audiences are treated to a rap/dance sequence featuring Jeanie, more witticisms à la Marty’s freeze frames and some great guest appearances, including Keegan-Michael Key, There are no special features. (Paramount Home Media Distribution) The Jungle Book 3D Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy) The casting for this film is impeccable. The entire picture rests on Sethi’s young shoulders, which is a lot to ask of an actor starring in his first feature; especially when most of his co-stars are digitally produced animals. Nonetheless he appears to fit right into his jungle habitat, running and jumping through trees like it’s second nature. Sethi is very likeable as Mowgli, combining charm, innocence and ingenuity as he tries to find his place in his adoptive home. Meanwhile, the voice cast perfectly represents their characters’ knowledge, cunning, charisma and cruelty respectively. With the original animated film as the only point of reference, the amount of action in this version is somewhat surprising. There are a number of chases, both friendly and otherwise, that immerse the audience in the environment and the story, keeping them on the edge of their seats — the 3D also contributes in this respect as depth and many layers of the jungle become more apparent in this format. Director Jon Favreau does an excellent job balancing the animals’ natural instincts and their human traits, including two seamless musical numbers. Special features include: commentary by director Jon Favreau; “’The Bare Necessities’: From the Jungle to the Bayou”; “The Return of a Legend”; “The Jungle Effect”; “Developing Kaa”; “The Jungle Book Around the World”; “The Jungle Book Reimagined”; “I am Mowgli”; and “King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer.” (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) Late Night Double Feature (Blu-ray) Anthologies are a popular structure in horror as it allows several filmmakers to work together in telling briefer stories while maintaining a full-length format. The first film in the double bill is relatively competent in its inexplicable depiction of a morbid gathering. The scenes in the kitchen are vague and frenetic, and probably the weakest visual in the story. Conversely, the ghoulish portrayal of the dinner guests is exceptionally well done and makes them cartoonish and unmistakably evil. The second “feature” is bloody and morally ambiguous as it focuses on facilitating a specific aspect of mental illness; though it does later condemn the provider’s actions via a horrific confrontation. The pace of this movie, however, doesn’t match the higher energy of its predecessors, which does disrupt the overall flow to some extent. Finally the framing story embraces the spirit of grindhouse, but possibly too heartily as Nurse Nasty is somewhat of a punching bag for the male personalities Special features include: commentary by directors; commentary by actors; commentary by producers; making-of featurette; storyboard comparison; video from the New York City and Toronto premiere; photo and art galleries; and trailers. (Parade Deck Films) Pete’s Dragon (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy) While the general premise and much of the dialogue remains the same, this movie has little in common with its predecessor. The cheery musical elements have been replaced with gloomy commentary about deforestation, and the hokey narrative is now a more serious, reality-based story about a lost boy. Elliott also has an entirely new look that is furrier and reminiscent of The Neverending Story’s Falcor. Even though it’s sometimes cute, the CGI is impeccable and the concept of a friendly, caring dragon that can become invisible is still attractive, the tale is no longer as much fun as it should be and was previously. All the actors are wonderful, including Special features include: commentary by director David Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks, and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence; “Notes to Self: A Director’s Diary”; “Making Magic” ; “Disappearing Moments”; music videos; and bloopers. (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) Rabid (Blu-ray) This was writer/director Special features include: commentary by writer/director David Cronenberg; commentary by William Beard, author of The Artist As Monster: The Cinema Of David Cronenberg; interview with author Jill C. Nelson (Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women Of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985) And Marilyn Chambers' personal appearances manager Ken Leicht; “Young And Rabid,” an interview with actress Susan Roman; interview with David Cronenberg; interview with executive producer Ivan Reitman; interview with co-producer Don Carmody; “From Stereo To Video,” a video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of They Came From Within: A History Of Canadian Horror Cinema; still gallery; radio and TV spots; and original theatrical trailer. (Scream Factory) Snowtime! (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy) For everyone who grew up in a cold climate or snow-belt, this story will ring true – because when you’re a kid, snow has very different connotations than it does for adults as it represents fun rather than work. Moreover, playful opposition can instantaneously take on more serious meaning when one is young and everything seems crucial as it’s happening. The ingenuity of one of the children leads to the (off-screen) creation of an epic, multi-level fort, complete with secret passages and turrets. The battles match the greatness of the structure as they all disarm themselves of snowballs via their homemade weapons. But as the saying goes, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” It’s never intentional, but sometimes the overzealousness of youth is accompanied by carelessness and these kids must deal with the consequences. In this sense, it deals with some pretty heavy issues and may have taken on too many of them to really dedicate an appropriate amount of time to each. Special features include: interviews with starts Sandra Oh and Ross Lynch, producer Marie Claude and musicians Celine Dion, Simple Plan and Walk off the Earth; and teaser and theatrical trailers. (Lionsgate) Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy) Scrupulous fans can finally take home the 3D version of Special features include: commentary by director J. Abrams; deleted scenes; “Foley: A Sonic Tale”; “Sounds of the Resistance”; “Dressing the Galaxy”; “Inside the Armoury”; “The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega”; “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey”; “The Story Awakens: The Table Read”; “Building BB-8”; “Crafting Creatures”; “Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight”; “John Williams: The Seventh Symphony”; “ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force”; and “Force For Change.” (Lucasfilm & Walt Disney Studios) The Wild Life (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital copy) This animated feature takes Daniel Defoe’s famous protagonist and puts him at the mercy of a group of wild animals in an uncultivated jungle on an unknown island. Narrated by a parrot who wants nothing more than to travel, the story takes on amusing plot twists such as snarly feral cats insisting on causing trouble and protective animals banning together to defend their home against the invader. However it’s a rather light-hearted tale as the native creatures choose to cooperate with the marooned human, while also benefitting from the goods he recovers from the shipwreck. The parrot chimes in quite often, which can be somewhat distracting but is also typical of movies geared towards younger audiences such as this cute and colourful picture. Special features include: making-of featurette; “Meet the Characters”; “Tips for Your Trip”; and “The Wild Life Musical Adventure.” (Lionsgate) The BFG, Pete's Dragon, the jungle book, House of Lies, Hell or High Water
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Kate Moss wears fur as she does some early Christmas shopping
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She recently realised a life-long dream, after shooting scenes for a new music video to accompany the re-release of Elvis Presley classic The Wonder Of You. And on Wednesday, Kate Moss, 42, looked as though she was still basking in the glory of her moment in the musical spotlight as she stepped out on the streets of London wearing a fluffy brown fur coat - and a beaming smile. With light-rinse skinny jeans accentuating her svelte legs, the supermodel was seen clutching a pair of wrapped gifts, after putting in some early Yuletide shopping. Scroll down for video On Monday, the Croydon-born beauty secretly filmed her starring role for clip to accompany the re-release of Elvis' 1970 classic at London's Abbey Road studios - and will get to see the finished product in December. ‘Kate is a huge Elvis fan and the opportunity was simply too good to turn down,’ a source revealed to The Sun – who also spilled details of the new video. ‘She was joined at Abbey Road by a choreographer, stylist and personal hairdresser so her look is going to be special,’ the source continued. And it seems appearing in the video will be the icing on the (Christmas) cake for the supermodel as it will mean a long ambition has been fulfilled before 2016 ends. ‘Representing Elvis in an official video is something only dreams are made of for Kate,’ the source beamed. is no stranger to the world of music as she has appeared in a number of videos for other huge music stars in the past. In 2012, the supermodel helped George Michael celebrate his music comeback by starring in the video for his hypnotic dance track White Light. Prior to this, in 2003, Kate cavorted around (and demonstrated her pole dancing skills) wearing nothing but a pair of heels, bra and knickers for the sultry music video of The White Stripes’ I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself. She has also appeared in Elton John’s Something About the Way You Look Tonight video, Primal Scream’s Some Velvet Morning, and Massive Attack’s recent video for Ritual Spirit. Kate also had a long running friendship with late musician David Bowie (who died in January aged 69) - wearing his iconic Ziggy Stardust playsuit to accept a BRIT award on his behalf during the 2014 ceremony in London. Elvis – who died in August 1977 aged 42 – first released his version of Baker Knight’s The Wonder of You in 1970 when it topped the UK Top 40 singles charts for six weeks.
Ali Larter does some early Christmas shopping in LA
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TOWIE's Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks pack on PDA on festive special shoot
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They have descended on Liverpool to film the Christmas special of TOWIE alongside their co-stars. And reunited couple Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks certainly left their sexting scandal back in Essex as they packed on the PDA during their shoot. The couple were seen on the chilly banks of the River Mersey and warmed themselves by cosying up. Scroll down for video Hardly breaking eye contact, the pair enjoyed a passionate smooch as Pete pulled his girlfriend in close for a cuddle. Meagan was all smiles as Pete cracked jokes as they took in the sights of the Liver Building and watched the famous ferries go down the Mersey. As Jimmy Osmond's famous song Long Hair Lover from Liverpool mentioned, they both had their lengthy locks on show, with man-bun enthusiast Pete unleashing his mane. Megan sported a retro faux fur coat and skinny jeans as she opted for a casual chic vibe while up North. Pete went for a laid-back style in a khaki jacket by Bobbi Parka and a Foray Clothing beanie hat to keep warm. The pair even immersed themselves in local culture - posing alongside the bronze statues of the city's Fab Four, the Beatles. They then picked up a coffee and chatted with the crew and co-stars, including Pete's BFF James Lock. Meanwhile Georgia Kousoulou was also on the shoot. The blonde bombshell continued to relish in OTT glamour, wearing a grey dress, ankle boots and a fur-trimmed quilted coat. The cast had hit the town the evening before and Megan and Pete certainly looked like they're were having fun. The reality star, 24, looked glamorous in a camel coat and pink pencil skirt as she was dragged laughing into the nightclub by her cheeky tattooed beau, 28. The fiery reality star looked chic in the plush long-line coat, which featured wide lapels and a dramatic floor-length hem. Underneath, Megan teamed her dusky pink skirt with a simple white vest - adding a dose of sparkle with some killer Valentino Rockstud heels. Sticking to a festive theme, she carried an embellished chain trim bag dripping in sequins. The pair decided to give their romance a second chance after Pete was accused of sexting his ex Jacqui Ryland while the pair were on holiday in Spain together.
Pete Wicks sportsbruised face after falling over while filming TOWIE festive special
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Three young people who died at California rave this summer overdosed on Ecstasy, autopsy report reveals

Three young people who died after attending a rave in southern California this summer overdosed on the party drug Ecstasy, autopsy results released Wednesday confirmed. The official cause of death for Derek Lee, 22; Alyssa Dominquez, 21; and Roxanne Ngo, 22; was 'acute MDMA toxicity' according to the San Bernardino County Coroner. 'Each was transported from the event to different hospitals for medical attention,' the coroner's statement read. 'These deaths are being investigated individually and, at this time, are not believed to be related.'

 

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Thousands of bees poisoned at Sequim farm

Hundreds of thousands of bees were poisoned at the Sequim Bee Farm and the keepers believe vandals are to blame.
Farm co-owner Meg Depew says about 20 of their hives were affected.
“When we went down to examine it, we found all the honey was still in there and there was no evidence of animal damage and we started looking at the other 20 hives, all of them had the tops ajar,” she told KIRO Radio. “This is some kind of vandalism.”
Depew says half of their hives were affected which will cost about $10,000 to replace.
But she says they aren’t asking for money, they are simply asking the vandals to stop killing the bees.

 

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Kidney cancer drug shows promise in early trial

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 -- An experimental drug may show promise in treating kidney cancer, researchers say.
The drug CB-839 is the first to target an enzyme that cancer cells require to stay alive, researchers said. This stage 1 clinical trial found that the drug was effective in most patients with advanced kidney cancer when used in combination with another cancer drug called everolimus (Afinitor, Zortress).
In the 15 patients in the study, the dual treatment controlled tumors in 93 percent of the patients, who had either clear cell or papillary renal cell cancer. Tumors shrank by more than 30 percent in one patient, were stable in 13 patients, and grew by more than 20 percent in one patient.
Clear cell is the most common form of kidney cancer, accounting for 75 percent of cases, the researchers said. All 12 patients with this type of kidney cancer had their disease controlled. Papillary renal cell cancer is the next most common form of kidney cancer and accounts for 10 percent of cases.
The study was to be presented Wednesday at a major cancer meeting in Munich, Germany. Findings presented at meeting are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
CB-839 targets glutaminase, an enzyme involved in the conversion of glutamine to glutamate, a nutrient that cancer cells need to survive, the researchers explained.
"Glutaminase is a very interesting target and previous work in the lab has shown that CB-839 is effective at inhibiting it in renal cell cancers and that it enhances the anti-tumor efficacy of everolimus," said study author Dr. Funda Meric-Bernstam. She's chair of the department of investigational cancer therapeutics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
"To date, tumors in 93 percent of patients with clear cell and papillary renal cell cancers have had tumor control from the regimen, with a median [average] time without their cancer growing of 8.5 months," she said in a news release from the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer.
"For more than half of these patients their time on this treatment has been longer than the time they remained on their prior treatment, which is considered to be a good sign," Meric-Bernstam said.
The study found the drug was well-tolerated. Meric-Bernstam said it has significant potential in combination therapy for kidney cancer patients.
The researchers said they plan to continue studying CB-839 in future trials with other types of cancers.
The study was funded by Calithera Biosciences, which makes CB-839.
The U. S. National Cancer Institute has more on kidney cancer.
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Australia issues request for tender for 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The government of Australia has issued a request for tender to three shortlisted designers for the production of its multibillion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project.
Prospective contracts will cover 12 of the vessels, which will be used to phase out the Australian military's existing Armidale-class patrol boats. Government officials say designers Damen, Fassmer and Luerssen must focus on local shipbuilding enterprises to support the project.
"We want to ensure the tenderers' responses maximise Australian industry opportunities through a local build using Australian made steel," Defense Minister Christopher Pyne said in a press release. "The Request for Tender will require each tenderer to develop an Australian Industry Capability Plan that maximizes the opportunities for Australian industry participation. "
Pyne went on to say the Australian Ministry of Defense plans to create roughly 400 direct jobs as part of the project, adding the project is part of the government's commitment to build warships in the country. Construction is expected to begin in Adelaide in 2018 before moving to Western Australia in 2020.
"The 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels will enhance our border protection and patrol missions by providing greater reach and endurance than the existing Armidale-class patrol boat fleet," Minister Marise Payne said.
The project is part of the Australian government's $89 billion investment in naval ships and submarines over the next 20 years.

 

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State Workers’ Union Slams Governor’s Plan For Employee Drug Testing

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Rauner administration has announced plans to begin testing state employees for drug or alcohol use if it appears they’re under the influence while on the job.
In a news release issued Wednesday, the Rauner administration said it had included the alcohol and drug testing policy in its last contract offer to state workers when talks with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees broke down last January.
Under the plan, the state would test workers who appear under the influence, who are acting erratically, or when someone reports to supervisors the employees have been drinking or taking drugs.
“They’re trying to distract from their refusal to negotiate. They’re trying to distract from their attempt to force working people to pay 100 percent more for health care. They’re trying to distract from their attempt to cut the pay of public service workers,” AFSCME Council 31 spokesman Anders Lindall said.
Lindall said AFSCME – which represents 38,000 state workers – would challenge in court any attempt to carry out the drug and alcohol testing policy.
“The Rauner administration broke off negotiations and walked away from the bargaining table back in January, and has wasted more than 10 months in refusing to even meet with our union bargaining committee. If they want to address this issue or any other issue, they should renew negotiations,” he said.

 

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'Magical teacher' Sara Brown leaves lasting lessons for kids, families

JACKSON, MI - They called her the "child whisperer" because she had an uncanny knack for connecting individually with every child she met.
Sara Brown worked this magic for 22 years on hundreds of young kids she taught and guided at Jackson's Jack & Jill Preschool.
But, a little bit of that magic disappeared on Sunday, Nov. 27, when Brown died after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59.
"It didn't matter who the child was, she had a unique, magical way of reaching them at their level and relating to them and meeting their needs and helping them grow," said Meghan Munro, whose son attended Jack & Jill Preschool.
"She was a beautiful person and an amazing woman. She radiated kindness and love. "
As the preschool's only teacher, Brown devoted countless hours to it and the children, said Steve Brown, her husband of 37 years.
"She would get cards and things from people she was a teacher for years ago and this thrilled her," he said. "She couldn't hardly go to the grocery store or out to a restaurant without knowing someone. "
Parents called Brown one of those special unsung heroes of the classroom that leave a long-lasting impression on the kids they teach.
"She participated in things like pajama day and Halloween, and young children like to see grownups do those things," said Leanne Melling, whose three children attended Jack & Jill Preschool.
"On their birthdays, she'd give the kids a crown and give them beads and jewels and feathers and real glue so they could personalize it. It was the little things like that made kids feel special. "
Parents also credit Brown for preparing their children well for kindergarten.
"When a child went into elementary school and they knew they had been at Jack & Jill Preschool, they knew they were getting a child who was ready for school," Munro said. "We feel very fortunate to have had her in our lives and that's what a lot of families say. "
Outside of school, Brown enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Red Wings hockey.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Courtney.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road, with the Rev. Brad Foster officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Watson Chapel.
Memorial contributions in Brown's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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People’s productivity and finding our place in an automated future

Katie Allen poses three crucial questions on how to improve Britain’s productivity ( The road to greater productivity is via pay and flexibility , 28 November). Namely how it links in with low pay, how it interacts with working hours, and what it tells us about the importance of staff taking ownership of their work.
I have put a proposal to the government that sets out to cover each of these points. I have proposed a network of public employment services, driven locally by Jobcentre Plus and sustained by City Deal funding, with the specific aim of helping low-paid workers to climb the earnings ladder and craft their jobs to match their skills and circumstances.
Its main benefit to workers would be the provision by a dedicated caseworker of information, advice and guidance, as part of a clear and agreed contract which is aimed at helping them earn more money and improve their working lives – be it through altering their hours, negotiating a pay increase, taking advantage of local childcare services or discounts on public transport, gaining specialist skills, or finding work elsewhere for which their circumstances are better suited.
The government’s own in-work service is currently being piloted among a limited group of universal credit claimants only. To help solve the productivity puzzle in which our country finds itself, a more comprehensive offer is required to help change the nature of low-paid work. Frank Field MP Labour, Birkenhead
• Philip Hammond says that in the real world a German worker takes four days to make what we make in five. This is a heavy burden to put on to a metric that is just one big number (GDP) divided by another (workers). It is like saying that people have on average 1.99 legs, ie technically true perhaps, but quite hard to find an example and not very helpful.
Given the same tools and the same task, I’m sure a British worker is just as productive as a German one. What brings our average productivity down is a higher proportion of people in low-paid work, and a long-term failure to invest in capital equipment. Proper sectoral analysis is required, not eye-catching headlines which just make us feel inadequate to the modern world.
Whether it is right to reward the worker for making more widgets by using a better machine is a different question – perhaps the return on capital should go to the business owner. But while you can always mothball an underperforming factory, at a national level you can’t just mothball a workforce. Even Henry Ford knew he needed paying customers to buy his cars. Tim Grollman London
• Productivity in the UK car industry matches or exceeds the best elsewhere in Europe. Productivity while selecting parcels in a warehouse would be much lower due to the large number of people employed on zero-hours contracts, which will still have to be taken into account when calculating productivity. Crudely average the two and you have a misleading view of the UK economy. Only by analysing the economy sector by sector will we identify where attention is needed, either by better training or legislation to outlaw poor employment practices. Richard Bull Woodbridge, Suffolk
• Gaby Hinsliff is wrong ( The golden generation should enjoy the luxury of being useful while it can , 25 November). Many retired people wonder how they ever had time for work. I recall that, over 30 years ago, predictions of a “leisured age” led to the view that society should prepare for a reduced working week. Recent articles (eg Just about managing? In these towns that’s a dream , Aditya Chakrabortty, 22 November) and diminishing opportunities for even skilled work suggest, in respect of work, the predictions were correct. Yet there is increased necessity for employment. Both partners in a family work to make ends meet, pension age is increasing, people resort to spurious “self-employment”, and graduates undertake unpaid internships. What went wrong?
The cause is concentration of the benefit from automation into the hands of the elite. Business heads’ rewards are disproportionate to their workforce.
Shared more equally, the need for full-time work should diminish. Equalisation in pay levels, coupled with redistributive taxes, could allow provision of a basic income sufficient to permit a shorter working week. The old-age pension could disappear. Anyone could continue working at occupations they enjoy, or which are their own rewards, but financial reward should not be the principal stimulus for any undertaking. Pay differentials and “capitalist” methods of earning could remain, but rewards would be appropriately taxed so that no one was forced into full-time employment. What creativity might be unleashed.
Utopian? Perhaps, but to avoid the conflict predicted by George Monbiot ( Trump’s climate denial is just one of the forces that point us towards war , 23 November) we must reverse the present “survival of the richest” and reduce the need to work in order to live. Ian King Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire
• In the 1970s there was considerable discussion about what society should do to cater for all the “leisure time” that would arise when repetitive processes were automated and made more efficient. However, in that age of the welfare state and fairer taxation it was assumed that the benefits of automation would be to a significant extent shared.
However, along came Thatcher and Reagan with authoritarian monetarist economics (which in an Orwellian misuse of language is now referred to as “liberal economics”), and in particular the tax race to the bottom so that, as technological advance means we have become much more efficient at producing the goods and food we need, the benefits have been retained by an ever decreasing minority, while the incomes of the majority have stagnated, or even regressed, for the last 40 years.
With an ever smaller workforce required to produce the products we need, unless we can reverse the trend back to redistributive taxation, and accept that not everyone can contribute directly to material wealth creation (but still want and need a good share of that wealth), I think George Monbiot’s prediction that we are heading towards major conflict is almost inevitable. Graham Dean Wellington, Somerset
• If there is going to be less employment in those areas where robots will replace manpower, can someone explain our governments’ arguments for more immigrants to do “the jobs we don’t want to do”. There is a contradiction here. If this doomsday theory is right, encouraging the arrival of immigrants from other parts of the world can only lead to a nightmare scenario of more people turning to extremist parties, social problems and social unrest when jobs and homes go. Peter Fieldman Paris, France
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Video premiere: Electronic producer Lawrence Grey's recipe on 'Rust'? Tape, starch and sunshine

When working on his new album, “Rust,” Los Angeles electronic music producer Lawrence Grey tapped some unlikely materials: A used TEAC reel-to-reel recorder and old tape salvaged from an electronics repair store.
Compared with the processed nature of most such music, “tape sounds different,” said Grey, sitting amid vintage and high-tech recording gear in his storefront Koreatown studio.
A music software teacher by day, Grey, whose last name is Berkowitz, then added: “But starch and sunshine really made this happen. There’s no tape emulator that can do what the actual sun beating down on a thing can.”
While scouring the Valley, Grey dipped into a box and pulled out a plastic bag filled with a length of tape. The ragged brown tangle contained one string of sound that he reworked for use on “Rust.”
That decay is a unifying theme to the project. The striking cover photo for the album was taken from a seemingly ruined slide, and for the video to “Starch Pariah,” Grey wrecked old 16-millimeter film. The result is a gritty mess.
Featuring 11 tracks that move with minimalist hum and otherworldly tones and textures, the album was a few years in the making and prompted by the producer’s growing impatience with what he describes as electronic dance music’s current “preset culture.”
Rather than experimenting with technology and building distinctive sounds, said Grey, many producers rely on company-produced sounds that can be manipulated with drag-and-drop ease.
“There’s so much beautiful, modern, fast technology that allows you to make something real quick and be playing it onstage that night,” he said. “For me, that misses the whole point.”
That’s especially relevant for Grey. He founded the Young Producers Group , which travels to Los Angeles-area schools and teaches children how to use Ableton Live, the industry-standard music production tool.
As an expert, he understands the program’s strengths, as well as the ways in which amateurs can use shortcuts to make pro-sounding tracks.
“Rust” was issued by Los Angeles experimental techno imprint Proximal, which has returned from an extended hiatus to issue a few new records in 2016. The label is best known for its 2010 collection of Los Angeles artists, “Proximal Records: Narrative of a City.”
Though that record didn’t get a lot of attention at the time, its track list is notable for the inclusion of early work by Grey and now-acclaimed artists including Tokimonsta, Dam-Funk , Shlohmo and Daedelus.
Grey’s track on “Narrative of a City” isn’t nearly as dirty sounding as the new stuff, but that’s because he was working minus outside interference.
Having grown up in the digital era, though, his curiosity about older means of making music led him to ponder analog tape.
What Grey didn’t understand until he started researching the medium is the process by which sound is captured: “At its most basic, tape is basically polyester – plastic – with iron oxide on it that is stuck to it with glue. And iron oxide is just a fancy word for rust. It’s literally ribbons of rust — which is what tape was called back in the day.”
Grey did some research with a central, albeit unprintable, question: “What can I do to … with these things?”
He learned that starch corrodes plastic, which in turn led him to wonder what weirdness might come from exposing sounds that he generated on his computer.
So Grey recorded onto tape a variety of component patterns such as synthesizer chords, keyboard melodies, bass-drum kicks or a high-hat rhythm. After banging rows of nails into a balcony guardrail at his former apartment, he snaked through strips of tape and, using store-bought starch, sprayed them down. He left them outside for a few weeks and then repeated the process.
“They sit outside and collect dirt,” said Grey. “Maybe it will rain. Maybe it will be really hot one day. You could see the physical decay.”
Once baked, the tape had to go back onto the reels, no small feat. Some strips stuck together with starch. They got damaged when Grey separated them, which rendered the sounds even more oblique. Others were caked with corroded globs that had to be cleaned off.
“The material exposes itself to you through process over time,” said Grey. “That, for me, is so valuable and so beautiful.”
Once Grey got the tape on reels, he bounced those tracks to Ableton and set about weaving the crusted sounds back into the web of the song.
At his studio, Grey launched Ableton on his computer and opened the track “JX Ghost Tape.” A checkerboard of colors lighted up his monitor, each of which represented a distinct tone, many drawn from the weathered tapes.
A freakish, wobbly batch of hissing synth tones, slowed to a crawl and whooshing with sonic specks, filled the room. When doing experiments like this, said Grey, “You encounter things that there’s no way you could have envisioned.”
Grey took the project further when he realized a visual component with film and slide photos was possible. These were media he hadn’t worked with in the past, but he attempted a similar process.
For the video of “Starch Pariah,” which The Times is premiering above, Grey bought 16-millimeter films at a San Francisco junk spot and spread strips of the footageon a friend’s roof over the summer.
After re-spooling the film,he and a friend digitized the footage by projecting it onto a sheet in his studio. Weathered and worn, the footage jumped and stuttered through the projector’s sprockets. Random images struggled to push through the dirt.
Grey then set to melding the images by wedding them to his song “Starch Pariah.”
The goal throughout was to hit that sweet spot between discarded past and lightning-speed present, said Grey.
“With the things we’ve already made, so much rich potential is still untapped. Combined with modern tools — that’s where I get really excited, and that’s where there’s so much to be done.”
Director Michael Dudok de Wit explains why "The Red Turtle" has no dialogue.
For her role as Jackie Kennedy, Natalie Portman says, "It's not a fashion story," but the clothes do tell a story.
Emma Stone discusses working with choreographer Mandy Moore on "La La Land. "
Ruth Negga discusses finding the right accent, attitude and speaking voice for the fact-based historical drama "Loving. "
Amy Adams discusses the geopolitical overtones of "Arrival" and the importance of communication in the wake of the presidential election.
Amy Adams discusses the geopolitical overtones of "Arrival" and the importance of communication in the wake of the presidential election.

 

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What to listen to now: Tinashe, DNCE and more

A weekly roundup of must-hear music from The Times staffers. This week’s picks include the latest from young R&B singer Tinashe, as well as dance artist-to-watch Avalon Emerson and the most recent bid by a Jonas brother to enter adulthood.
Los Angeles R&B singer Tinashe’s career has been on a graceful rise since “2 On,” her collaboration with rapper Schoolboy Q, hit in 2014. Her new mixtape, ‘Nightride,” was two years in the making and is a teaser for her upcoming studio album “Joyride.”
Avant-garde techno rarely yields crossover superstars, but Avalon Emerson may become one soon. The young Berlin-via-San Francisco producer (and computer-coding autodidact) just released a breakthrough EP, “Narcissus in Retrograde.” It takes simple tools – pulse-quickening sub-bass, melancholy synth chords – and wrings more emotion and “what-the-heck-was-that” moments than most producers find in a year of singles.
Since the breakup of their squeaky-clean brother act in 2013, Joe and Nick Jonas have been locked in a battle to see who can leave more of their boyhood behind.
Director Michael Dudok de Wit explains why "The Red Turtle" has no dialogue.
For her role as Jackie Kennedy, Natalie Portman says, "It's not a fashion story," but the clothes do tell a story.
Emma Stone discusses working with choreographer Mandy Moore on "La La Land. "
Ruth Negga discusses finding the right accent, attitude and speaking voice for the fact-based historical drama "Loving. "
Amy Adams discusses the geopolitical overtones of "Arrival" and the importance of communication in the wake of the presidential election.
Amy Adams discusses the geopolitical overtones of "Arrival" and the importance of communication in the wake of the presidential election.

 

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Use Your Alvin Ailey Ticket Stub to Take a Free Dance Class

Aspiring dancers who attend a performance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can take a free class at the studio affiliated with the renowned theater.
The Ailey Extension is offering a free drop-in class to anyone who brings a ticket stub to the registration desk at 405 W. 55th St., near Ninth Avenue, a spokeswoman for the theater said.
The theater’s season launched Wednesday and runs through Dec. 31. The offer is valid up to 60 days after the date of those performances, the spokeswoman noted.
Classes normally cost $20 per student, she added.
A full list of the Ailey Extension’s drop-in classes — which includes salsa, ballet, yoga and Afro-Caribbean dance — can be found on its website .

 

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Time to teach teens — and all of us — to be savvy about news on the Internet

The recent presidential election made one thing quite clear. Americans from all across the political spectrum struggle to separate reliable information and informed opinion from made-up facts and intentionally misleading perspectives.
Even so, it comes as a mild surprise to learn that even so-called digital natives -- young people entirely at ease in the Internet's ocean of information -- often have no idea that what they are reading or viewing is intentionally misleading, or produced by hyper-partisan proselytizers.
A new study by researchers at Stanford University has found that the confusion among middle school, high school and even college students is profound.
The study, which tested responses to various "news" items and photographs posted to the Internet, involved thousands of students and was conducted over several months during the run-up to last month's election.
Turns out, 80 percent of middle schoolers weren't able to recognize "sponsored content" as advertising, rather than journalism. Four in 10 high school students shown a photo of wilted flowers posted to imgur.com -- a photo-sharing site -- was strong evidence of the truth of the otherwise unsupported claim contained in the caption, namely that one lingering impact of a 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan is that flowers in the area are deformed.
And college students presented with tweets touting poll results critical of the NRA seemed unsure how to vet the poll's accuracy, or even where to start.
Teenagers and college students are among the heaviest Internet users, and overwhelmingly prefer to get their news through a social media feed, rather than rely on trusted editors to sort through the good and the bad.
That makes it essential that they are taught to evaluate the reliability of news content themselves. It's a skill set that many adults could stand some practice on, too.
Part of the solution can start at home, where parents' influence is strongest on younger children just starting out on the Internet. Just as we warn our children about privacy and safety on the Internet, perhaps a lesson or two on how to vet sources of news and opinion would be helpful.
Schools, too, can help. Some of these skills go hand-in-hand with basic library and research skills that can sometimes be harder to teach as traditional librarians and even libraries themselves are on the wane in many districts.
And there is room for publishers, too, to make certain that information that is opinion is clearly marked as such, that advertising is not confused with journalism, and that source material for stories that is available elsewhere on the net is both cited and made easy to find.
All of us, young or old, use social media to talk about our world, and if those conversations are ever to rise about the shouting matches they are, we are all going to have to get better at sorting truth from fiction, fact from opinion, and reliable sourcing from capricious assertions. Quote:
"Our 'digital natives' may be able to flit between Facebook and Twitter while
simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to
evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped. " -- Evaluating Information The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, Stanford History Education Group

 

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Freedom’s light

By the time most of our readers have seen today’s editorial, the Women of the Wall activists will have already performed their monthly celebration of the new Hebrew month (Kislev) at the Western Wall. We hope this month’s worship will have passed peacefully, unlike the scuffles that broke out at last month’s celebration of the advent of Heshvan, when stewards in the employ of the ultra-Orthodox custodian of the site tried to seize Torah scrolls being carried by women, even shoving several women to the ground.
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The monthly confrontation between ultra-Orthodox state officials appointed to supervise the Western Wall and pluralistic Jewish worshipers is the result of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to freeze implementation of January’s cabinet decision providing for egalitarian worship at the Wall. Netanyahu asked for “patience and tolerance,” declaring: “We have one people and one Wall – it’s our Wall. The less publicly we talk about it, the better chance we have to resolve it. The last thing we need is more friction, as that will make a solution more difficult.” Surely our prime minister grasps the bitter irony in his words. The Jews of the Diaspora – particularly those who live in true democracies – have long believed that precisely because we are “one people with one Wall,” all Jews should have equal access to pray there according to their own traditions. Netanyahu’s call for patience was too little, too late for Israel’s Reform and Conservative Jews, who are backed by the great majority of American Jews. Last month, pluralistic Israeli Jews carrying 14 Torahs were attacked by religious stewards while trying to join the Women of the Wall in the Rosh Hodesh service. It should be noted that some Israeli Orthodox leaders choose to endorse civil rights rather than worship the status quo at the Kotel, which delegitimizes the rights of Jews around the world. Examples of such prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis include Shlomo Riskin and Binyamin Lau, who also happen to have followings in the US. Some progress was made in this direction two years ago, when Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Sobel upheld a lower court’s decision and ruled that the custom of the Kotel is not necessarily Orthodox. He ruled that women are allowed to pray out loud, in an organized group, with tallitot, tefillin and to read from a Sefer Torah at the Wall. The Hebrew month of Kislev is a celebration of history’s first recorded battle for religious freedom. Appropriately, Women of the Wall kicked off its annual Hanukka campaign for public support under the theme of “Sparking the Light for Equality.” It is the activists’ role to be the vanguard in the struggle of all Jews to transform the dream of equality and pluralism into reality. Nobody said this would be easy. This year, once again, women are barred from participating in the lighting of the national menorah in the men’s section of the Western Wall. The state-run observance is thus men only, and only male politicians, heads of industry and finance, Supreme Court justices and high-ranking civil servants are invited. As in previous years, Women of the Wall will conduct an alternative ritual on its separate but unequal side of the Kotel. Women are asked to bring their individual hanukkiot to light, in hope that “these flames will help light up the night, sparking the light of equality and banishing the darkness of prejudice and discrimination.” This struggle is being waged beyond the Western Wall. The Shas party, under Interior Minister Arye Deri, this week introduced a bill to criminalize pluralistic prayer at the Wall. If this were to pass into law, it would ban non-Orthodox worship and subject violators to prison terms and heavy fines. Attorney Yizhar Hess, director of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, described the bill as “craziness,” saying, “The many prohibitions that appear in the law are what is desecrating the sanctity of the site, and creating divisions and argumentation. This law would be rejected anywhere else [in the world] due to antisemitism and maltreatment, but here in the state of Orthodox Jews this law can get support.”
Hanukka’s message for the prime minister is to implement the cabinet decision to create the pluralist prayer site now and not to wait for another Hanukka miracle.
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Mnuchin outlines 'largest tax change since Reagan'

Americans should expect the "largest tax change since Reagan," with federal tax cuts for average income earners as well as U. S.businesses, President-elect Trump's nominee for Treasury secretary said Wednesday.
"There will be a tax cut for the middle class," banker, movie producer and former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin told CNBC's Squawk Box in his first public comments on the incoming administration's economic priorities. "Any tax cuts that we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions to pay for it. "
Tax deductions for charitable contributions would still be allowed, he said. There would be a cap on mortgage interest payments, though "some deductibility" would continue, said Mnuchin.
Echoing elements of tax plans Trump outlined during his campaign, the proposed changes also call for cutting the nation's 35% top business tax rate to 15%, along with enabling large corporations to bring cash back to the U. S. from overseas subsidiaries.
"We think by cutting corporate taxes we'll create huge economic growth and we'll have huge personal income, so the revenues will be offset on the other side," Mnuchin said in the interview.
The changes should help increase sustained U. S. economic growth, he predicted.
"I think we can absolutely get to sustained 3% to 4% GDP. And that is absolutely critical to the country," Mnuchin said. "To get there, our No. 1 priority is tax reform. This will be the largest tax change since Reagan. "
Some tax experts voiced cautious optimism about the proposals, even as they cautioned about a potential repeat of the federal deficit increases that followed the Reagan tax overhaul in 1981.
Slashing the corporate tax rate and allowing businesses to expense capital investments in the year they're made could make 3% to 4% GDP growth "a reasonable goal," said Robert Goulder, senior tax policy counsel for Tax Analysts, a non-partisan publisher focused on tax policy and administration.
However, capping mortgage tax deductions and other cost-saving proposals, such as reducing or eliminating deductions for state and local taxes, could prove politically difficult, said Goulder. Others have tried such plans and failed, he said, citing the federal tax reforms proposed in 2014 by then-Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.
"Where are the spending cuts? Where are the federal entitlement reforms? " asked Goulder. "Can we run up a larger deficit without having negative effects that outweigh the positives of pro-growth tax plans? "
Cutting the corporate tax rate will generate more investments, factory growth and jobs, said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, a non-partisan public policy group focused on limited government and free markets. However, referring to personal income taxes, Edwards predicted it would be "difficult to ensure that everyone gets a break. "
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Tenderloin crash impacting traffic

Residents were told to avoid the area of Golden Gate Avenue at Larkin and Hyde streets due to a vehicle crash Wednesday morning, emergency officials said.
Further details were not immediately available.
Avoid the area of Golden Gate at Larkin and Hyde due to a vehicle accident
— San Francisco DEM (@SF_emergency) November 30, 2016

 

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Argentina industrial output suffers sharpest drop of year in October

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Argentina's industrial production contracted 8.0 percent in October from the same month a year earlier, national statistics agency Indec said on Wednesday, marking the sharpest monthly drop in activity so far this year. That was more than the median expectation of a 6.5 percent year-on-year decline in a Reuters poll and the ninth straight month of shrinking output, the latest in a string of indicators showing that the recession in Latin America's No. 3 economy is lasting longer than the government initially forecast. President Mauricio Macri has enacted a number of business-friendly reforms to attract investment and stimulate the inflation-plagued economy, but a promised rebound in the second half of 2016 has not yet materialized. Cumulatively, Argentina's industrial output for the first 10 months of 2016 has fallen 4.9 percent compared with the same period last year. The drop in October was primarily driven by a 26.7 percent decline in the textile industry and a 19.1 percent drop in the automotive industry. A prolonged recession in neighboring Brazil, Argentina's largest trading partner accounting for more than 15 percent of total exports, continues to weigh on the economy. Brazil said on Wednesday that its economy shrank 0.8 percent in the third quarter from the second quarter and 2.9 percent year-over-year. Economists have cut 2017 growth forecasts for Brazil to around 1 percent amid disappointing economic performance since President Michel Temer took office in May, and some analysts do not rule out a third year of recession in what would be the country's worst downturn ever. Brazil accounts for nearly three-quarters of all Argentine automobile exports, and sales in units have fallen 33 percent in the first ten months of this year compared with the same period last year, Indec said on Wednesday. Argentina's economy is expected to drop between 1.5 and 2 percent this year, before rebounding to grow between 3 and 5 percent in 2017. Last week, government data showed economic activity shrank 3.7 percent in September versus a year earlier. (Reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by James Dalgleish, Alistair Bell and Bill Rigby)

 

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NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

If you know anything about these fugitives, you can earn up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS. More >>
If you know anything about these fugitives, you can earn up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS. More >>

 

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'Don't mess with the guy that makes your coffee!' Café owners leave nasty surprise for rude passerby who smears their signs with her hands every day - by dipping the chalk in cat excrement

A pair of café owner in Australia put a lot of care — and wit — into their very clever signs each day, so when a passerby began rudely smearing their hard work, they didn't just get mad — they got even. Sue and Jon Stagg of Atlas Espresso in Tasmania have charmed customers with their clapboard sign, which entices locals cute drawings and quips. Lately, though, someone walking down the street has been spitting on her fingers and erasing bits of their signs, inspiring the owners to cook up some revenge. 'Every day a charming girl spits on her fingers and smears my chalk sign,' they wrote yesterday. 'No biggg. But I've gotta know, does she actually read the sign?' Betting on the fact that she doesn't and is just an inconsiderate vandal, the message went on: 'So today I dipped my chalk in cat excrement — I guess we're going to find out.' The sarcastic chalkboard message was signed with a smiley face, just begging to be messed with. A photo of the board was soon shared on Reddit , who later updated to tell people in the thread that the sign didn't seem to have been smeared that day. Hopefully, this will encourage the owners to continue writing witty things as they have before. One past sign read: 'I don't normally give career advice. I feel it's up to each person to search for the thing that can get them out of bed each day. HOWEVER, to the guy who tried to nick my bike: if you can't get away from a middle age man in an apron then professional bike thief is not your best career choice.' The café's soup of the day has been advertised, too, including one that the owners advertised as 'minestroney'. 'Yes I know how to spell minestrone, but it makes some people so happy when they get to correct a typo — I just want to spread some love.' Another sign announcing the day's soup as 'curried red lentil' explained: 'I know it sounds like something you'd find in a ... pot on the stone in a uni share-house the night before dole day, but it's actually quite yummy.'

 

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Global Sovereign Bond Yields Rise Despite Divergent Central Bank Policies

It is noteworthy to observe how as U. S. high quality bond yields spike higher, sovereign bond yields are also pressing higher throughout the Eurozone. While this may not initially appear to be too surprising, the big difference between the U. S. and Eurozone situations is that as longer duration European yields grind higher, the shorter duration European note yields are moving deeper into negative nominal interest rate territory. Case-in-point: German sovereign 2-year note yields recently hit a new all-time low of -0.78% while the yield on the 10-year Bund has simultaneously reached a multi-month high of 0.35%. For comparison, the U. S. 10-year Treasury note currently yields 2.39% and the 2-year yields 1.11%.
Diverging short-term/intermediate-term European sovereign note yields are not exclusive to Germany. The 10-year note in France currently yields 0.75% while the 2-year stands at -0.65%, the Italian 10-year yields 1.98% compared to the 2-year at 0.05%, and in Spain the 10-year has escalated to 1.54% while the 2-year remains deeply entrenched in negative yields at -0.13%.
SPIAS interprets these apparent divergences as evidence that investors are starting to sense that massive monetary accommodation by the European Central Bank (ECB) has recently been gaining traction within the underlying economies, but not to the extent that additional stimulus will not be required from the ECB for the foreseeable future. For instance, while Eurozone consumer confidence turned out to be much stronger than anticipated in November, consumer price inflation and wage inflation remain extremely suppressed within the Eurozone. A wide range of individual European nation Purchasing Managers indices (PMIs), in addition to the pan-Eurozone manufacturing and services PMIs, have recently been showing signs of improvement, which is encouraging.
The recent revision to U. S. GDP revealed that economic growth has been upgraded to a better-than-expected +3.2% in the third quarter. In addition to keeping close tabs on U. S. econometric data, we will also be looking for evidence that a rising tide in the form of improving U. S. GDP growth is starting to buoy sovereign economies across Europe.
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Painted rocks in Sumner spread smiles

Joe Barnes got down on one knee at the Sumner Cemetery to proposal to his girlfriend of six years, Kristi Giste. Giste's father passed away in 2011, and her mother passed away last year. Both were put to rest at the Sumner Cemetery. Barnes knew it would mean a lot of to Giste to be surrounded by those she loves, and invited 17 friends to surprise Giste at the proposal on Oct. 2.
Fourteen-year-old William “Kent” Arnold talks about performing CPR on his father in the parking lot of LA Fitness in South Hill. His actions kept Mike Arnold’s blood circulating during his heart attack, which helped to save his life.
Founding member Ann Yost and manager Kate Wright talk about the Edgewood Community FISH Food Bank.
Cassandra Anderson talks about her handkerchief collection on display at the Washington State Fair.
Stock contractor John Growney, of Growney Brothers Rodeo, talks about how he got involved in rodeos and the business of stock contracting.
Ten-year-old Marjorie "JoJo" McDaniel, who trains at the Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner, talks about judo and how she got involved in the sport.
Larry Mackey talks about the Elite Shot Trainer, a tool he created to help lacrosse players develop proper shooting technique.
Officer Mark Ketter of the Puyallup Police Department reads to children during the Puyallup Public Library's Superheroes at Storytime event.
Puyallup teenager Blake Nelson talks about his grandfather and the '62 Corvette he inherited.
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Belcher: Trump Is 'Existential Threat' To 'Communities Of Color'

Joining left-wing MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, Democrat pollster and political strategist Cornell Belcher described the election of President-elect Donald Trump as a backlash by whites against a black president.
Belcher was also promoting his recently published book, " A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America's Racial-Aversion Crisis ," in which he argues that "racial antagonism" among whites has risen since 2009 as a reaction to President Barack Obama's race.
While stating that Obama would have defeated Trump in a hypothetical election in the absence of presidential term limits, Belcher also noted that Obama failed to secure a majority of white voters in his 2008 and 2012 electoral victories:
In explaining Hillary Clinton’s political disadvantages, Belcher stated that the news media had been hostile to the former first lady for decades. "Thirty years of negative [coverage] does have an impact,” he said.
Millennials who opted for a “protest their vote” by voting for someone other than Trump or Clinton, said Belcher, chose not to “make the choice of the lesser of the two evils.”
On the danger of Trump's pending presidency, Belcher described the president-elect as an “existential threat” to “communities of color. "
Belcher also predicted political doom for the GOP owing to trends of demographic change:
Resources expended on winning over “blue collar white voters,” said Belcher, were often wasted:
Forecasting demographic changes in America relating to race, Belcher predicted that Republicans will not be able to win presidential elections in the future.
Watch the segment below.
Belcher’s recently published book argues that “racial antagonism” - related to “symbolic racism” and “racial resentment” - has risen among whites since 2009 as a function of President Barack Obama’s race.
Belcher’s polling firm, Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies (which , surveyed white voters with the following “question statements” to measure “racial antagonism:”
According to Belcher’s methodology, higher degrees of agreement with the above-listed statements from the poll’s respondents (who were all white voters) indicate higher degrees of “racial antagonism” among white voters.
Left-wing CNN neo-Marxist Van Jones expressed a view similar to Belcher’s on the night of the presidential election, describing Trump’s win as a “ whitelash .”
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2nd immigrant holding facility opening at Texas border

HOUSTON (AP) - Federal immigration officials say they are opening a second temporary holding facility on the Texas border to deal with a surge in arrivals of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.
U. S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release emailed Wednesday that temporary shelters at the international bridge in the Rio Grande Valley city of Donna will hold up to 500 people. Earlier this month, officials opened a similar tent facility in Tornillo, outside El Paso.
The government has struggled to manage the two-year-old surge in immigrants, detain them and try their cases.
A total of 46,195 people were apprehended on the southwest border in October, up from 39,501 in September. Family units apprehended in the year ending in September amounted to 77,674, up from 68,445 in the 2014 period.

 

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Lauren Goodger displays a plump pout in close-up snap

She rediscovered her natural look earlier this year after becoming fed up with five years of lip fillers. But Lauren Goodger, 30, appears to have gone back to a plumper pout after sharing a close-up Snapchat image of her lips looking much fuller. The apparent cosmetic change comes as the reality star admitted she wants to follow in Kim Kardashian's footsteps and go platinum blonde early next year. Scroll down for video Writing in her New! magazine column. she said: 'My end goal is to go platinum blonde like Kim Kardashian did, but I'm going to do it gradually. 'I'm hoping to do it by next spring because I don't want to ruin my hair and it also won't be as much of a shock to everyone - or me!' MailOnline has contacted a representative for Lauren and is awaiting comment. The TOWIE star discussed her image with MailOnline earlier this year and said how it was the right time to embrace her natural self. She explained: '2016 was the year to get my lip fillers removed after nearly 5 years of constant top-ups. I have lovely full natural lips so it's finally time to embrace them. 'This year I am really looking after my body and health so this was the natural and the right decision for me for where I am in my life and career.' It's not just Lauren's lips that have drawn attention from fans this year. There's also been speculation surrounding her breasts and bum, with some claiming she's had them cosmetically enhanced. Just last month she denied the claims, writing in New!: 'I have not had bum implants or another boob job. Yet my bum is bigger but it's because I've gained weight and been training my bum with weights so it looks bigger.' Former glamour girl Alicia Douvall, 37, even waded into the debate, telling Closer magazine: 'I saw before and after pics of Lauren and it looks like she’s had bum implants. If she has, she’s made a mistake! 'I think she’s gone too far and trust me, I know - my implants left me in so much pain.'

 

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Peter Cook's widow Lin dies at 71

The of widow of comedian Peter Cook has died aged 71. Lin, who was born as Lin Chong in Malaysia in January 1945 and was of Chinese descent, met her husband in 1982 in Hampstead, London after discovering they were neighbours. They later became friends. Recently, she worked with television producer, Victor Lewis-Smith, on the BBC Four documentary The Undiscovered Peter Cook, where she gave unprecedented access to Peter’s private recordings, diaries, letters, photographs, and much more. The documentary aired on November 16. Victor Lewis-Smith announced her death on Twitter earlier today, saying: 'Deeply sad to announce that my dear friend Lin Cook, Peter's widow, has died.' Peter Cook, who was voted the Comedian's Comedian in 2005 and known for his double act with Dudley Moore, divorced his second wife, Judy Huxtable, in 1989. Peter and Lin shortly got married afterwards. When However false rumours began to circulate that she was to sell the stake to one of its enemies, Mohammed Al Fayed, which led to her being likened to Yoko Ono. She later said, in an interview with T he Independent , that at the time they [Private Eye] 'didn't defend me and that was very hurtful'. She added: 'I didn't do a thing. I was just trying to cope with the fact Peter wasn't around.' In 2003, she released a book titled: Something Like Fire: Peter Cook Remembered. Twitter users revealed their shock over her death earlier today, with many praising her appearance in the documentary. Ken Shabby ‏said: 'That's awful. She seemed lovely in that doc. RIP Lin Cook.' Lee Thompson ‏wrote: 'So sad to hear Peter Cook's widow Lin has died. She was so wonderful in the recent BBC4 doc, still up on iPlayer.' James Kettle ‏tweeted: 'RIP Lin Cook. Her kindness is part of the reason I do what I do today.'

 

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The Risk Reduction Characteristic Of Dividends

Three decades ago Sir John Templeton provided 22 rules for investment success to William Proctor who then shared these rules in his book, The Templeton Touch. Templeton’s first rule was: “For all long-term investors, there is only one objective – maximum total real return after taxes.” Around this same time, another famous investor, Warren Buffett, was developing his own investing rules. Warren made it simple and clear. When asked what his rules were, he replied, “Rule No. 1: Never Lose Money. Rule No. 2: Never Forget Rule No. 1.” This month we are going to share with you how we believe common stock dividends help in meeting both rules, but first I want to share some thoughts on a few major events that have taken place recently.
After the recent election of a new President, many of our fellow citizens reacted with their pocketbook, bidding up the average price of common stocks. Other citizens gathered in the streets of major cities around the country to protest. I have read so many articles telling us that the new President will save the country and set us on a road to greatness. I have also read just as many articles as to why our new President will destroy everything that America stands for. We all know that change will take place, but that change will take time. I believe that whatever course our government takes, we as citizens of this country will create a better America.
I have shared my optimism of the future with you many times. It has very little to do with elections and everything to do with our children and young adults, a few of whom will become our future leaders. In the past few weeks, two other major events took place in the life of the Anderson family. Both of my grandchildren celebrated a birthday, Carter on October 29th and Epiphany on November 9th.
Justin and Robyn’s son Carter turned 2 and celebrated with a party including a horse, a goat, a pig, a sheep, some bunnies and a few other barnyard critters. Carter may or may not remember the occasion, but G-pa and G-ma, members of the G-Force, will for years to come.
Andrea and Paul’s daughter Epiphany spent her 11th birthday with some friends at home in Orlando. It is one of the few times the G-Force was not there to celebrate with her. But with the help of the telephone and UPS, we participated from afar.
Of course, as any proud grandparent I know that my children and grandchildren are special, and I assume that this is probably a universal belief for others in the same position. This is my challenge to all who think that the future will not be wonderful. Take a few moments out of your day and share that time with a child. You will see excitement, love, pain, joy, respect, fear, greed, anger, sharing, and a desire to improve their own lives and everyone else’s around them. Our country is one of the few in the world that gives each of us the freedom to be human and pursue happiness in our own way. As long as that freedom is intact, we have every reason to believe that children will build on the positives and correct the problems of their parents. Because of that, we should take the recent protests on college campuses and the streets as a positive, not as a negative as so many feel. These young adults are taking a stance on what they believe is important. One day they may find their way into politics or business, or pursue another purpose with passion as they reach adulthood. Most will be parents and begin the cycle of life over again, leaving their legacy for future generations. It’s going to be fun watching it all take place.
Now, onto the discussion of the two rules put forth by Sir John Templeton and Mr. Warren Buffett. Sir John’s rule is to “maximize total return after taxes.” Most of us will save money to meet some personal goals. A fiduciary advisor will recommend an investment approach designed in a way that will give you a chance to meet those future needs. The approach used will vary from advisor to advisor and is normally modified around a risk parameter that varies from conservative to aggressive. Depending on your age, your current savings, your income, your tax bracket, your future dollar needs and any unique circumstances you may have, advisors will recommend a portfolio designed under these broad classifications: preservation of principal, income, growth and income, or maximum growth. Seldom do you find an advisor that describes an objective as “maximum total real return after taxes,” yet all objectives are attempting to do just that – maximize the rate of return given your risk parameters and needs.
No matter why you invest, or what investment vehicle you choose to use, the equation for total return is the same:
original capital investment + cash flow from investment – investment cost and taxes
+ the gain or loss of capital upon sale or redemption – original capital investment
Here’s a simple example using a Certificate of Deposit, purchased by a taxable investor in a 15% tax bracket, paying 1% interest held until maturity one year later:
$100,000 (original capital)
+ $1000 interest (cash flow from investment)
– $150 (taxes)
+ $0.00 (gain or loss of original capital)
– $100,000 (original capital)
= $850.00 (total return)
To express that return as a percentage, just divide the total return by the original invested capital. In our example: $850.00 / $100,000 = 0.85%
The same formula can be used for a dividend paying common stock. Let’s see what the results are for the same investor for $100,000 in a common stock purchased at $100 per share with a dividend payment of $2.00 per share annually and sold at $101.00 one year in the future:
$100,000 (original capital)
+ $2,000 (cash flow from investment)
– $1000 (cost of brokerage and management fee)
– $450 (taxes on dividend and share gain)
+ $1000.00 (gain from the sale of the shares)
­- $100,000 (original capital)
= $1,550.00 (total return)
As a percentage: $1,550 / $100,000 = 1.55%
Granted, these examples are simple. Because of their simplicity I can almost hear the words of the many sophisticated and experienced investors saying “but what if …?” My purpose is just to make sure you recognize that total return requires an end point, which is the ultimate sale or redemption of every investment. You can calculate it one investment at a time, or on your total portfolio including all of your investments. Throughout Sir John Templeton’s life he used the simplicity of total return to amass great wealth for himself and thousands of others. He believed it was so important that he wrote it down as his “rule number one” for all investors.
Warren Buffett’s very simple rule of “never lose money” shows us that he understands Sir John’s first rule. Buffett has practiced a total return approach to investing for over six decades. It is not a coincidence, since both Sir John and Warren were taught investing by Benjamin Graham. They both understood that you must look at things the way they really are, and not how you hope or think they may be.
Today most investors look at dividends

 

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Philip Morris CEO sees a 'phase-out period for cigarettes' as tobacco giant emphasizes alternatives

Ordinary cigarettes might soon be a product of the past for Philip Morris International. The head of the world’s largest tobacco company on Wednesday said traditional cigarettes may be replaced before long with modern stand-ins believed to be safer for consumers.
Philip Morris CEO Andre Calantzopoulos was touting one of the tobacco giant’s latest project, the IQOS smokeless cigarette, when he told a BBC Radio interviewer on Wednesday that state-of-the-art alternatives may someday supplant the company’s hallmark product.
“I believe there will come a moment in time where I would say we have sufficient adoption of these alternative products … to start envisaging, together with governments, a phase-out period for cigarettes,” Mr. Calantzopoulos said in an interview on BBC Radio 4.
“I hope this time will come soon,” he added.
Philip Morris currently produces more than 870 billion cigarettes annually and manufacturers Marlboros sold everywhere except the United States. In recent years, the company has begun concentrating on its smokeless cigarette, however, and it has already distributed its IQOS to more than a dozen markets ranging from Japan to Italy with hopes of covering 30 more by the end of next year.
Supported by more than $3 billion of investments during the course of the last decade, Mr. Calantzopoulos’s vision for a smoke-free future might be realized more sooner than later.
“I think we’re transforming our company to achieve this,” he told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. “We’re moving very massively our resources and the focus of the organization from our existing traditional business to the new one so, as far as we are concerned, we will do everything we can to accelerate the reaching of consumers to this product.”
“We certainly see a future where Philip Morris no longer will be selling cigarettes in the market,” Martin Inkster, managing director of Philip Morris U. K. and Ireland, told Reuters. He acknowledged accomplishing as much wouldn’t be an easy feat, however, and said phasing out cigarettes entirely will have to be the result of a global effort backed by governments and regulators, Reuters reported.
Philip Morris introduced its smokeless cigarette to the U. K. market this week, but for now, locals can only purchase the product in central London. By heating plant matter to the point of producing a vapor rather than combustion, Philip Morris says users of its smokeless cigarettes get 90 percent fewer toxins than from traditional counterparts.

 

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Bears QB Jay Cutler Remains Sidelined From Practice

By Chris Emma–
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Bears coach John Fox continues to insist that quarterback Jay Cutler’s status is “day-to-day,” but Wednesday wasn’t that day.
Cutler remained sidelined from Bears practice as he mends a shoulder injury. Fox and the team remain hopeful that Cutler could still return before season’s end, opting to keep him from injury reserve.
Cutler suffered the shoulder injury during the Bears’ loss to the Giants on Nov. 20. The Bears haven’t officially commented on the extent of the injury, but multiple reports have suggested that it’s a partially torn labrum.
Matt Barkley, who began the season as the team’s fourth-string quarterback, is preparing to make his second straight start.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

 

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First Thursday artists will Light Up DWNTWN

MUNCIE, Ind. — Thursday, Dec. 1 is the brightest, most festive First Thursday of the year.
Light Up DWNTWN will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, throughout downtown Muncie as art galleries, venues and businesses take part in this special First Thursday event.
Get your holiday shopping done at these art shows, and make sure to walk through the free Holiday Muncie Makers Market in the stripped heated tent set up at Canan Commons. Nearly 50 local artisans will be selling nice, unique gifts of all kinds and for all ages.
While you see all Muncie's local artists have to offer, don't forget to wear your holiday gear and join Santa as he leads the Community Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Canan Commons, along with the Muncie Fire Department and festive Christmas singers. Families can enjoy concessions, fire pits, ice carving demonstrations, a Kiddie Express train and the simulated ice skating rink 5-8 p.m.
Several art galleries, venues and businesses are taking part in this special First Thursday event:
Book Arts Collaborative will be open at Mad Jax Muncie during First Thursday and will have a variety of affordable gift items available including holiday cards for $2 each, printed coasters (4/$2), letter pressed wrapping paper, broadsides, and hand sewn blank journals ranging from $12 to $40.
Students will be on hand to give tours of the Collaborative as well as our community partner's shop, Tribune Showprint. There will also be a Project Open House from 5-8 p.m. featuring "134°: Architecture for Extreme Environments," the exhibition of 12 shelters designed and built by Ball State University architecture students who recently returned from a research trip to Death Valley. What can we learn from today’s extreme environments that can help us adapt to a rapidly changing climate? You can experience the answer during this exhibit, led by BSU professor George Elvin. Elvin and the students explored the world’s hottest place and drew lessons from it that can help us live better in a changing climate.
Cornerstone will open a new art gallery titled “Stop all the Clocks,” with artwork created by the late David Palm.
The opening reception will be 5-7 p.m. in the Cornerstone art gallery located on the second floor of Cornerstone Center for the Arts. This show explores the desires many of us have had when deep feelings are experienced or special moments occur. The best ways to preserve these moments can be through drawings and paintings like the ones by Palm. The artwork displayed at this show features landscape, still life, and street life paintings and drawings with an impressionist style.
This work was created over the span of Palm’s lifetime and provides a unique perspective on culture and time. Much of the featured artwork captures natural, everyday life, while some of the pieces showcase the messiness of life’s circumstances. Palm, an Indiana-native, received his degrees in graphic design from the University of Michigan and Yale University. He later moved to New York City where he spent most of his life living and working. He visited Indiana as much as possible and later retired to Muncie, Ind. He used his painting and drawing to stop time and remember life’s moments of sorrow, pain and joy. His framed pieces will continue to be on display in the gallery from December 2016 through January 2017.
Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will open its "Annual Salon Show" 5-8 p.m. Included in the exhibit will be work by all 25 artists represented by the downtown Muncie gallery.
Artists will be on hand to chat and answer questions. The reception will also celebrate the first year of business under new owners Carl and Barbara Schafer. Carl and Barbara Schafer will introduce the exhibit and artists in attendance during a brief talk at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.
A feast for the eyes, the GFAF "Annual Salon artists Kim Anderson, Brian Gordy, Jim Faulkner, Sarojini Johnson, Jan McCune, Alan Patrick, Martin Price, Carol Strock Wasson, and more.
Ball State University's IDIA Lab will showcase an immersive, virtual reality art installation. To check out the latest Oculus Rift VR headset and other fun tech, come on down!
An opening Reception for “In the Limelight” will be 5-8 p.m. in which Muncie Artists Guild will be stepping into the "Limelight" again with their show at Made in Muncie Pottery. Many of their works in various media will be featured and for sale. The work will be on display for the entire month of December 2016 through January 2017.
Exhibiting artists will be present and guests are encouraged to ask questions throughout the evening. DJ JANNELL will provide music, and light refreshments will be served. CritChat is a free, monthly community meet-up developed and facilitated by emerging, Muncie-based artists of all kinds. Find out more about CritChat & join the conversation every 3rd Thursday of the month 7-9 p.m. at Muncie Makes Lab.47605. No RSVP necessary.
Muncie Makes Lab is a design/build, make, discuss, display, and workshop lab for students, faculty, and staff from Ball State University as well as the Muncie community.
Melissa Livermore and Sarah Lassiter will join together on the second floor of Muncie Makes Lab with the exhibition, "I Used Google Translate For This," to create work that explores their experiences with second and third languages. This exhibition looks at self-teaching, code-switching, and the role technology plays in the process of learning a new language.
Dream Cloud Skateboards will be showing a variety of skateboard art throughout the month of December for all guests 21 and older.
The Star Press reporters Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker will be signing copies of their new book, "Wicked Muncie. "
" Wicked Muncie " describes the criminal history of Muncie. The authors explored the notorious and unusual side of Muncie’s history of crime, including murder, corruption, and illegal gambling. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) will be coordinating a map exhibit , “My Indiana Home,” featuring Indiana history maps created by the GRMC in celebration of the state’s Bicentennial this December 11. The maps cover Indiana’s rich political history, women’s history, military history, music, sports, and movies that take place in the state. The newest map in the collection depicts the Vice Presidents from Indiana. The collection of Indiana history maps is available in digital format in the Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar repository or may be circulated from the GRMC. Teachers can use the maps for classroom exhibits or research, especially for fourth-grade Indiana history lessons.
Ball State University students in Hannah Barnes’ watercolor and painting class also created original maps of their interpretation of home. The students visited the GRMC to look at all the different kinds of cartography (above) for inspiration and then painted maps of their Indiana homes. These maps will be included as a special collection in the Libraries’ Digital Media Repository.
Twin Archer Brew Pub serves all ages as a restaurant and a bar that serves craft beer.

 

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Ricky Martin buys gorgeous modern estate in Beverly Hills for whopping $13.5million

He won't be waking up in New York City in a funky, cheap hotel anytime soon. Ricky Martin has reportedly splashed the cash for an absolutely stunning modern property in Beverly Hills. The 44-year-old singer reportedly spent a cool $13.5 million on the home in the Beverly Crest neighbourhood of the upscale city according to Yolanda's Little Black Book. It is quite the spread as the mansion is 11,300-square-feet including seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. No doubt one of the more alluring features is the master suite which has a three-sided fireplace and a huge bathroom for he and his partner including a steam shower. It is the perfect place for entertaining guest as there is a multi-level movie theatre with an attached bar/lounge and even a 800 bottle storage capacity walk-in wine cellar. There is also beautiful white oak flooring, custom lighting, a wet bar and huge windows which give beautiful views of the yard. The outside of the mansion seems to be as relaxing as the inside as it includes an infinity-edge pool and a 2,000-square-feet 'secluded wellness centre.' There is also plenty of room for his many automobiles as there is parking for nine cars on the property. The original home was built in 1953 and featured four bedrooms and two baths. However a local builder purchased the property in 2014 for $3.5million and rebuilt it from scratch. After the renovations, the stunning home returned to the market in May 2016 with an original list price of $16.9 million. No doubt it will be a happy home as earlier this month he announced his engagement to artist Jwan Yosef on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The engagement is a first for the Puerto Rican pop star - who came out in 2010 - and he was full of pride as he showed off his engagement band on the chat show. The Grammy winner gushed that he was in love with the Syrian-born, Swedish-raised 32-year-old, whom he met over a year ago through his conceptual paintings. 'I saw his art and I went crazy because I really love what he does. Really original. And I contacted him and then I collected him,' Ricky - born Enrique Morales - told Ellen. Martin nervously popped the question by declaring he 'got something' for Yosef rather than the more traditional 'will you marry me.' 'Bad! And then he was like, "Yes. " I said, "I want to spend my life with you" and he was like, "what is the question? " "Would you marry me? "' the Vente Pa'ca hitmaker recalled. 'Yeah it was very beautiful and then you know it was very beautiful. And then 30 minutes after I said, "Did you say yes? " Yes, he said "yes. "' The Central Saint Martins graduate is excited to be a stepfather to Ricky's eight-year-old twins sons Matteo and Valentino.

 

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Annette Bening Honored by Casting Society of America

Annette Bening will be honored Jan. 19 with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the 32nd annual Artios Awards , presented by the Casting Society of America at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The CSA recognizes career achievement by looking at an individual’s overall contribution to the industry.
“We’re privileged and honored to have Annette as our recipient this year, which we renamed the Lynn Stalmaster Award to honor his achievements in the casting profession, which include the first honorary Academy Award ever given to a casting director at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Richard Hicks, CSA president.
Annette Bening, Naomie Harris on Vulnerability in Acting: ‘Our Business Is Intimacy’
“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations. She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity. We are deeply grateful for her support to our community of casting directors throughout the years.”
Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty,” and “The Grifters,” a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty,” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”
Her other screen credits include “Bugsy,” “The American President,” and “Open Range.” Bening co-stars in Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” and also plays the lead role in director Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.”
Past recipients of the CSA Career Achievement Award include Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Norman Lear, David E. Kelley, Danny Boyle, and others.
The CSA will hold a simultaneous ceremony in New York, hosted by Michael Urie.

 

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Where do you put the money? Robot stripper performs at Australian 'Sexpo'

The X-rated "Sexpo" trade event which took place in Melbourne, Australia, last week featured everything from an imposing 66-foot "Love Rocket" ride and a "Gerbil Sex Train" to live appearances from a variety of adult industry names (who, upstanding citizens that we are, we've naturally never heard of).
One of the most bizarre sights, however, was surely a computer-controlled stripper robot constructed out of mannequin parts and boasting a CCTV camera for a head.
Created by British artist Giles Walker , it was yet another convergence point between the adult and tech worlds -- and one which cost $3,100 to hire for the event.
"I started as a scrap artist building sculptures from what could be found in the scrap yards, and therefore was familiar with the parts available from scrapped cars," Walker told Digital Trends. "In the case of these robots, I used windscreen wiper motors to move the body parts. These motors turn on and off with a simple programmable PCB. The figures consist of a metal armature, clad in plastic body parts cut from old mannequins and resprayed. "
Their creation, he said, was part of an attempt to build a robot capable of exuding some degree of sex appeal.
"Most [of] the 'sexualised' robots you see remind me of the living dead," Walker noted. "I was up for the challenge and wanted to see if I could turn a pile of old scrap into something that could represent anything close to 'sexy.'"
There's even a social message thrown in for good measure.
"I was looking at voyeurism and the power relationship that exists between someone like a stripper and their audience," he continued, referring to the CCTV cameras which blur the lines about who is being objectified: the faceless dancers or their patrons.
Walker also said that the robots reference his home country of Britain, which is one of the most surveilled places on Earth. "At the time I was building these sculptures the U. K. was being flooded with CCTV cameras," he said. "They were everywhere, like mechanical 'Peeping Toms' on every street corner. "
The artist stressed to Digital Trends that his creations are not robots in the truest sense, however. "They are not technically robots," he noted. "They have no AI. I am a kinetic artist and these are simply kinetic sculptures. "
He first built these particular pieces almost a decade ago, although they continue to be popular -- as evidenced by their most recent booking. In the meantime, he has continued to develop his themes -- and interest in similar robots.
"I have built many animatronic figures and installations since [then]," Walker said. "These sculptures have included drunks, prostitutes, and homeless. The largest project was an installation involving 13 full-size animatronic figures. It was an interpretation of The Last Supper. This is going to be shown at The London Science Museum for three months starting in March 2017. "
Hey, when it comes to modern art, you can't go wrong with robots!

 

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The U. K.'s first-ever 'plastic' 5 bill has really upset vegans

Bank of England governor Mark Carney poses with a new polymer five pound note at Whitecross Street Market in London, Britain September 13, 2016. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
The Brits launched their first-ever "plastic" bill in September , and at the time made much of its multifarious security measures aimed at deterring counterfeiters.
Everyone seemed delighted with the new 5 bill, which the Bank of England governor described as tough enough to survive "a splash of claret, a flick of cigar ash, the nip of a bulldog and even a spin in the washing machine. "
How it stands up to the anger of annoyed vegans, however, is another question entirely.
In response to a question asked on Twitter this week, the Bank confirmed that the bill contains traces of animal fat in the form of tallow, included apparently to help it slide more easily in and out of machines.
@SteffiRox there is a trace of tallow in the polymer pellets used in the base substrate of the polymer £5 notes
It wasn't long before vegans and vegetarians started hitting social media to voice their alarm at the revelation, upset that the Bank was using animal products in its newest bill.
The obligatory online petition quickly showed up, too, demanding that the Bank of England "cease to use animal products in the production of currency that we have to use. " It's already gathered more than 70,000 signatures.
Vegan Dan Hanks told the London Standard he was thinking about boycotting the bill for "the same reason I don't wear leather -- it would make me uncomfortable using something that has (at least partly) come from animal suffering," adding, "I've tried to stop contributing to animal suffering in all other areas of my life. "
The petition is still gathering signatures while disgruntled vegans continue their assault on the bill via Twitter:
Can't believe the #fivepoundnote contains the product of an animal when we have the technology and resources to produce it without cruelty.
The new five pound notes aren't vegan!! They contain tallow, which is derived from animal fat 😡 #vegan #govegan pic.twitter.com/QQbrsplweh
However, many tweets on the subject were along the lines of this one:
To all #vegans not liking the new £5 notes I'm offering an #exchange I will give u £1 for every new £5 u dont want @bankofengland #tallow
The Bank of England has so far declined to officially respond to the outcry.
The new fiver is the U. K.'s first-ever bill made from polymer, a thin and flexible plastic material. Its robust structure makes it more resistant to dirt and moisture, and so it should last around 2.5 times longer -- about five years in all -- than the paper bill it replaced.
Around 440 million new fivers are believed to already be in circulation, which certainly sounds like a whole lot of tallow. The Bank is also introducing its first polymer 10 bill next summer, followed by a 20 bill by 2020, though we'll have to wait and see if the current controversy prompts it to replace the animal fat with a more acceptable substance.

 

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This is why Alternatives are worth it

We’ve been waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for the markets. to. finally. move. With the election over, we’re now seeing it unravel. The U. S. Dollar Index is at levels not seen since 2003 , Copper has roared up 20% in a week, and Gold is getting crushed. And that short list doesn’t include the biggest “market” – the U. S. stock market’s push to new all-time-highs.
It’s time like these where logging into your investment account is a great idea if you’re a firm believer of the “buy, hold, and forget” club. What’s not to like? We all know about the market being up big since the 2009 lows, but now the market is up roughly 50% from its 2007 peak and looks as though it’s showing signs of breaking out of a 16-year range. It’s rainbows and lollipops all around…
…except in the world of Alternatives. Sure – there’s been an explosion of assets into alternatives since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Sure, they are developing ever new and innovative ways of finding alpha or offering cheap alternative beta in the markets. But for all the effort, nobody seems to be able to keep up with the mighty US stock market. It seems easier to just buy a low-cost index fund.
Which got us to thinking. How much do stocks need to outperform alternatives in order for the long term benefit of alternatives to be made insignificant? In short, when is the excess return worth the increased risk? For all of those who decry hedge funds for underperforming stocks over the past few years – the answer is not very much. They seem to think a year or two of stocks outperforming stocks + alternatives means there’s no need for the diversification. Raise your hand if you’ve read an article about the massive shift into passive investments recently, or such and such pension fund dropping hedge funds because they aren’t seeing the value.
So what’s going on? Are alternatives no longer needed, or are lots of people suffering from a massive dose of recency bias? We decided to put the numbers to the theory, comparing a Diversified portfolio (36% stocks, 24% bonds, 40% Managed Futures) against a simple 60/40 portfolio going back to 2011, 2006, and the start of the millennium – 2000.
Given the headlines, it should be no surprise that the past five years show the basic 60/40 portfolio out performing a portfolio with alternatives. It would be hard to argue against complex alternatives investments and the wisdom of just sticking with simple passive indexing without such a graph.
(Disclaimer: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results)
Source: Stocks = S&P 500, Bonds = Barclays Aggregate Bond Index
Managed Futures = SocGen CTA Index
The portfolio with alternatives underperformed a traditional portfolio just about the entire time, reminding us of an old line from the hoops classic Hoosiers: “Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass every day, but, mister you ain’t seen a ray of light since you got here.” Here are the stats for those into the nitty gritty.
So why has there been such growth and interest in Alternatives? Look no further than the comparison between a traditional portfolio and one containing alternatives over the past 10 years, going back through the financial crisis. Now, these two “lines” have ended up at essentially the same place over 10 long years, but just like you and that hippy cousin at Thanksgiving, the paths that were taken to get there were quite different.
(Disclaimer: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results)
While the “lines” might not do the difference between these two paths all that much justice, we can really see the benefits of an alternatives allocation in the statistics – with the max drawdown roughly cut in half, and the volatility about 2/3 that of the 60/40 portfolio. But this just begs the question: is a savings of 16% on the downside over the long term, worth an underperformance of 16% over the short term (past 5 yrs).
We might rush to say this is a wash, with the 16% savings offsetting the 16% loss, and the 10-year chart sort of bears this out with both strategies finishing around the same place. But it’s a bit more nuanced than that. Ask yourself whether you panicked during the 2008 crisis. Ask yourself how much more likely you’d be to throw in the towel when your portfolio is down -30% versus -15%. It’s easy to say you’re sticking with passive investing while we’re here at all time highs -it’s quite another when you’ve lost a third of your investment account and staring at world markets falling 50% or more during a crisis. What the stats don’t show is the diversified portfolio’s ability to keep you in the game… to keep you from getting out at the wrong time.
Which brings us to the very long term, looking back to the start of the SocGen CTA index in 2000.
(Disclaimer: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results)
And this – my friends – is why alternatives are worth it. Unless you’re getting started when you’re 85, investing isn’t a 5-year test. It’s hardly even a 10-year test. We’re talking 25, 50, and even 75 years of assets at work in the “markets” for some people, where the benefits of compounding and diversification show up more and more the longer you’re allowing them to work.
And what benefits they are, with the return higher, the volatility lower, and max drawdown still roughly half of what it is in a non-diversified portfolio. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, and that’s the whole point. Alternatives may look nothing like their return stream since 2000, but neither may stocks. The non-correlation and mixture of the two are what makes it work over the long term.
In the meantime, we’ll always have periods of underperformance and over performance and everything in between as assets cycle into and out of beneficial market environments, leading to broad proclamations that hedge funds are dead, stock markets are broken, and so forth and so on. But those with a longer view see something different. They see non-correlation in action – with different return drivers producing different looking return streams over short periods of time. They see better risk adjust performance over the long term even when employing a strategy that is underperforming in the short term.
As they say, don’t miss the forest for the trees.

 

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GREEN snow blankets Russia after accident at a chrome factory

Freakish green snow blanketed the Russian Ural Mountains today - caused by pollution at a chrome factory. The disturbing emerald scene was caused by an 'accident' at a plant in Pervouralsk, in the industrial Chelyabinsk region, said officials. They insisted there was no danger to the health of locals. 'The accident today happened on a pipe between a pump and a cleaning station,' said a spokesman at Russian Chrome company. 'Some of the water pumped from under the ground went on the surface.' Pictures of the bizarre sight appeared on social media. It turned out a leakage of water had made the white snow a distinct green colour. Spokesman Vsevolod Oreshkin said: 'The incident happened because of an old slurry tank built in 1960 with violations of health and safety rules. 'In Soviet times, some of the chromium-containing water stayed underground and went straight into Chusovaya River. 'Ten years ago we launched a system of drainage wells that capture contaminated water and neutralise it. 'One of the wells got clogged and part of the water went on the surface.'

 

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Ronnie O'Sullivan calls for 'quality over quantity' in snooker tournaments

Ronnie O'Sullivan claims the current format of 128-player tournaments is "anarchy" and preventing investment from China. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn rebuked the five-time world champion for recent comments in comparing the sport to a car boot sale and also suggesting it had lost respect in the public eye. On Wednesday, O'Sullivan saw off Matthew Stevens 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Betway UK Championship in York. Afterwards the 40-year-old used his post-match interview in the BBC Sport studio to offer further insight into ways he felt snooker could move forwards and embrace lucrative overseas sponsorship deals. "China is where it is at. The money is there, they are ready to pump it in to snooker, they just don't want 128 players," O'Sullivan told the BBC. "It is anarchy when you go over there (to compete in a 128-player tournament), you watch it and it is just too many players, too many people. They want the cream of the cream - and that is the top 32. " O'Sullivan feels a trimmed-down version of the tour focusing on the elite players is the way forward. "I always believe in more quality over quantity. That has always been my philosophy in everything I do," he said. "I think we have a lot of quantity, but very few quality events, so maybe skim them down a bit and just make them all real proper set-ups. "Maybe the tour is only strong enough at the moment to cater for 64 players to do that. "That is probably where I think snooker could be improved, with probably more prestigious events like the Masters, the one they have just had in Guangzhou (China Championship), a little bit like the tennis with the ATP (World Tour Finals), where you just have your top eight. "Because it is a slog, a lot of players come in at round one, and that is where it (snooker) could probably change its perception. "My argument is there should be more for the top players. "I am a top player, I am not going to be a top player forever, but I always believed the top players should be rewarded and have more classy events to play in and should be treated differently. "I believe the top 16, top 32, should be having better opportunities rather than keep coming into round one, playing a lot of events which don't carry great quality, but that is my personal opinion. I think you need to look after your top players. "It is nothing against the other tournaments. I know what people in China think, they just want the top players there, they don't really want 128 players. " O'Sullivan believes many of the players currently involved in the tour "are never going to get anywhere". He said: "If you are good enough, you will get to the top, but otherwise you have got the tail wagging the dog in a way. "You are supporting the bottom ones when really no-one knows them, they are never going to get anywhere, but you are just having to kind of (go on). " O'Sullivan added: "This (128-player set-up) is like an amateur and a pro (sport) all in one, and it is just not going to work. "There are a lot of players I watch out there, and they can't play. It is as simple as that, and that is no disrespect, they are never going to be good enough. " Following his win in York, O'Sullivan will next take on either Liam Highfield or Mark Williams in Friday's quarter-finals. In Wednesday's other fourth-round contest, Shaun Murphy beat China's Zhou Yuelong 6-2, scoring two centuries as he won the last four frames.

 

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We are no longer garden boys of the DA - Sadtu

Cape Town – A meeting to discuss the "jobs for cash" report on Wednesday was marred by racial undertones after the DA called the report by the South African Council of Educators (Sace) "nonsensical".
Unions, governing bodies and Sace were briefing Parliament’s basic education committee, where they reported some of the problems they had with the report and its findings.
These included the lack of speed with which the report was compiled, as well as the generalisations in the findings.
Sace chief executive Rej Brijraj took offence after its report into the "jobs for cash" scandal was slammed for being dominated by the South African Democratic Teachers Union and was referred to as "nonsensical".
They were accused of absolving all the educators implicated in the Ministerial Task Team report on "jobs for cash".
Sace had been requested to investigate the phenomenon of the sale of teacher positions.
'Racial attitude'
It was hurtful, Brijraj told the committee, for their work to be referred to as nonsensical, and they would be seeking relief on the matter.
But Sadtu was more upfront in their objection, saying that calling the report nonsensical bordered on undermining the work of Sace, and that it smacked of a "racial attitude".
"The times of garden boys have passed. We can’t be called here to be insulted, we are no longer garden boys of the DA," Sadtu deputy president Mabutho Cele said.
Committee chairperson Nomalungelo Gina apologised and said it was not the view of the committee.
This did not sit well with DA MP Gavin Davis, who said that if they believed the report was nonsensical, they would say so.
It was merely semantics, the DA said, as it was the same thing as saying a report did not make sense.
Davis said the attitude and the racial name calling by the Sadtu leader meant they must have touched a nerve.
Sace was not captured by Sadtu, they told the committee, nor were they dominated by them.
'Whitewash'
At the same time, Sadtu had not captured the education department, they said.
Sace told the committee that if educators were prevented from being office bearers of political parties at different levels, then parties would be bereft of the largest intellectual pool in the country for its leadership ranks and would have to look for non-teachers to fill posts.
Their report was called a whitewash and concerns were raised over the Sace chief’s executive’s association with Sadtu.
Brijraj told the committee that other unions had previously chaired the council and nearly all decisions had been made by consensus.
"Sace has never been, and will never be, party to masking the truth," he said.
Concerns were raised over the task team’s recommendation that the power of school governing bodies to make recommendations for appointments be revoked.
The Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) told the committee that a community should have the power to make recommendations with regard to teachers that fit the requirements for that community.

 

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Terry Collins is pumped to have Yoenis Cespedes back with Mets: ‘It’s a great holiday present’

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Terry Collins.
The jolly Mets manager couldn't be more pleased with the return of his big bat, Yoenis Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $110M deal to stay in Flushing.
"It's a great holiday present for the Mets to know he'll be in the middle of our lineup," said Collins Wednesday.
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Collins and Mets fans hope Cespedes is the gift that keeps on giving, at least.
Collins isn't the only Met who's spreading a little holiday cheer as Noah Syndergaard and Jose Reyes both took to social media to trumpet the return of La Potencia.
The Mets will get to unwrap their gift at a 5 p.m. press conference at Citi Field.

 

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Why is France again labeling Jews?

Last week, as Palestinian and Arab terrorists were busy setting fires all across Israel, France decided to join the fray by committing an act of diplomatic arson against the Jewish state. In a move as hateful as it is hypocritical, French President Francois Hollande’s government chose to become the first European Union state to begin to enforce guidelines which single out Jewish-owned businesses in the Golan, Judea and Samaria by requiring that their products bear special labels of origin.
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French authorities published the guidelines in the official government gazette, and they require that items state, “product originating in the Golan Heights (Israeli settlement),” or “product originating in the West Bank (Israeli settlement),” a move they claim is intended merely to provide the consumer with more information. That, of course, is complete hogwash. To begin with, the requirement applies only to factories owned by Jews, whereas Palestinian Muslim-owned enterprises would not have their merchandise similarly labeled. In other words, at its root, the criteria being applied by France is the religious and ethnic identity of the manufacturer, and these conditions apply only to followers of Moses and not those of Muhammad. If that’s not racist and discriminatory, what is? Furthermore, as Israel’s Foreign Ministry correctly noted, there are plenty of other “disputed territories” around the world, yet neither France nor the EU are considering applying a similar policy in those cases. Hence, there will be no special labels to single out Chinese products made in Tibet, Russian items manufactured in Crimea or Spanish goods from Catalonia. Nor will Turkish products made in occupied Cyprus, Moroccan goods from Western Sahara, or British merchandise from the contested Falkland Islands be affected. It is Jews, and only Jews, those living in areas such as Judea and Samaria, who will be subjected to “special treatment” by the French. This is not merely an act of treachery; it is antisemitic bigotry, pure and simple. Adding to the irony is the fact that it was just a year ago, in early November 2015, that Israel joined the rest of the civilized world and stood in solidarity with France, which had just endured a series of coordinated jihadist terrorist attacks in the streets of Paris that left 130 innocent people dead. Thousands of Israelis gathered for a rally in Tel Aviv to show support for the City of Light, holding aloft signs that read “Tel Aviv stands with Paris” and even singing the national anthem as city hall was bathed in the red, white and blue tricolors of the French flag. Now, it appears that France has decided to return the favor by showing solidarity with those who seek Israel’s demise. The French move will add fuel to the fire of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as well as create an opening for other EU countries to adopt similar policies. Similarly, it will encourage the Palestinians to continue in their obstinate refusal to negotiate with Israel. Of course, all this comes at a time when France and the rest of Europe are witnessing a surge in antisemitism. And that is what makes the move so morally repugnant and obscene. After all, have the French forgotten what happened the last time they decided to dish out “special treatment” to the Jews? In case they have, here’s a quick reminder. In October 1940, the French collaborationist Vichy regime, which was happily allied with Nazi Germany, passed legislation known as the Jewish statute, which not only barred Jews from various professions but also “aryanized” Jewish- owned businesses. The restrictions continued to be tightened, and culminated in one of the darkest moments in French history, when French police began rounding up Jews in July 1942, before handing them over to the Nazis to be shipped off to Auschwitz. Among those arrested by the Vichy French were Isaac Kottler, my grandmother’s first cousin, and his wife, Anna. A journalist and book lover, Isaac is said to have amassed a large collection of volumes. Though he had been born in St. Petersburg in 1902, he chose to leave behind the chaos of Russia and settled in France. When my grandmother visited him in Paris before the war, he showed her his most prized possession: a family tree that stretched back to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. It showed that our ancestors had lived in Toledo, and traced the journey of their wanderings across Europe down through the centuries. But that mattered little to the Germans and their French collaborationist allies, who saw the Jews as aliens not worthy of living on European soil. The lessons of the past should be clear: singling out Jews and labeling them is a recklessly dangerous move, one that can open up a Pandora’s box of hatred and fury. By adopting such a step, France has not only betrayed Israel, but it has turned its back on the values of ““liberté, égalité, fraternité” (“liberty, equality and brotherhood”) which it so loudly claims to uphold. The French plan to label Israeli products from the Golan, Judea and Samaria cannot be allowed to stand, and we must all raise our voices in protest against this repugnant scheme.
It is time to remind them of a very simple point: seven decades after the Holocaust, France and other European governments have no right to tell Jews where they can or cannot live. Especially in our ancestral homeland.
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Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about the “fiscal impact” of gay rights legislation

According to an from RightWingWatch in 2013, Rep. Price was engaged in a conference call with Tea Party Unity, a group created by conservative pastor Rick Scarborough, when he received a call from Rabbi Noson Leiter, who is best known for notoriously blaming Hurricane Sandy on New York’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. “Congressman, is it feasible to consider that any legislation on the various moral issues that’s being considered, whether it be pertaining to the homosexual agenda, abortion or pornography, taking into account the fiscal impact of that legislation,” Rabbi Leiter asked Price. “In other words, when they want to let’s say promote some homosexual agenda item, that they should take into account the tremendous medical health impact and economic impact that promoting such a lifestyle will result in.” Price replied by saying that Leiter was “absolutely right,” before going on to utter sentiments that should send shivers down the spine of everyone who supports LGBT equality.

 

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Stan Wawrinka gifted chocolate US Open trophy

The Swiss tennis star was presented with a delicious looking chocolate replica of the US Open trophy he won in September as he attended a promotional event for next year's Geneva Open Wednesday.
Switzerland is renowned for its chocolate making expertise and is home to renowned confectionery companies such as Lindt -- which sponsors Wawrinka's pal and fellow Swiss Roger Federer -- and Laderach.
Wawrinka won the 2016 Geneva Open back in May, his first title on home soil, when he defeated Marin Cilic in the final.
But the world No. 4 had to settle for a more conventional trinket and check for 88,900 Euro ($94,175) that day.
Wawrinka went on to claim his third grand slam crown when he upset Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in September.
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The 31-year-old will be hoping the 2017 season is as choc-full of success.

 

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'Megaprocessor' lets you watch a processor compute in real time

A unique processor has been put on public display. Created from a desire to learn how transistors work, the "megaprocessor" has been hand-built to help people visualise a computer's operation. It allows viewers to watch a machine compute in real time. Four years later, Newman has completed his machine. He has spent over £40,000 on his creation. Over 1,000,000 distinct solder points were joined by hand, linking 42,000 transistors together. 10,500 LEDs adorn the computer units. They light up as data flows through the system, providing a visualisation of how CPUs go about performing tasks. The room-sized processor contains A handful of transistors. Modern computer processors contain hundreds of thousands of these in the same area. Megaprocessor has attracted significant attention during its development. On the project's homepage, Newman said it's built to make computers more accessible. Most consumers don't understand how developers create the apps and programs they use on a daily basis. Many never study transistor operation in detail though. The science of computer architecture is fully appreciated by a tiny fraction of the world's population. "Computers are quite opaque, looking at them it's impossible to see how they work. What I would like to do is get inside and see what's going on," The Megaprocessor, a hand-soldered computer to help people visualise how processors operate The completed "chip" is The project began in 2012 when James Newman from Cambridge, UK, decided to build his own computer processor. Using hand-soldered components, Newman aimed to create a functioning system that demonstrates how data travels through a CPU core and ends up being processed. Four years later, Newman has completed his machine. He has spent over £40,000 on his creation. Over 1,000,000 distinct solder points were joined by hand, linking 42,000 transistors together. 10,500 LEDs adorn the computer units. They light up as data flows through the system, providing a visualisation of how CPUs go about performing tasks. The room-sized processor contains all the critical components of a general purpose CPU. It features core registers, an arithmetic and logic unit and control and I/O facilities. There's 256 bytes of memory available. According to Newman, the Megaprocessor runs at speeds of up to 8KHz. It's usually under-clocked to a mere 1KHz so visitors can watch data flow through the CPU. Megaprocessor has attracted significant attention during its development. On the project's homepage, Newman said it's built to make computers more accessible. Most consumers don't understand how developers create the apps and programs they use on a daily basis. Many never study transistor operation in detail though. The science of computer architecture is fully appreciated by a tiny fraction of the world's population. "Computers are quite opaque, looking at them it's impossible to see how they work. What I would like to do is get inside and see what's going on," said Newman. "Trouble is we can't shrink down small enough to walk inside a silicon chip. But we can go the other way; we can built the thing big enough that we can walk inside it. Not only that we can also put LEDs on everything so we can actually SEE the data moving and the logic happening. "The Megaprocessor does exactly that. The project has been heralded by computing experts as an innovative way to introduce people to CPU architectures. It is now on display at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge. The public can now learn about processors by walking in and alongside one. The completed "chip" is based on the structures of some of the earliest microprocessors, including the Zilog Z80 and Motorola 68000. Its basic instruction set means it can be programmed, allowing Newman to create a game of Tetris that runs on the room-sized computer. In the future, the public will be able to create their own programs using the chip, once its installation at the Centre for Computing History is complete.

 

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Hollywood Continues Coverup Of Gosnell Case

Gosnell, which broke records for raising funds by a crowd-funded movie, raising almost $2.4 million , has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, prompting a massive Twitter campaign denouncing the behavior of the press.
Phelim McAleer, one of the producers of the movie, stated, “ Gosnell has scored off the charts at test screenings. It has been overwhelmingly popular with audiences. It broke records in crowdfunding – almost 30,000 people paid for it to be made, but Hollywood is ignoring it.”
Producer Ann McElhinney pointed out that the double standard in Hollywood, in which pro-abortion movies are praised while Gosnell was ignored, runs rampant. She stated:
John Sullivan, who co-directed 2016: Obama’s America, echoed:
Gosnell is currently serving three life sentences in Huntington Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania; he was convicted of killing several babies born alive and a female patient. Over the course of 30 years he is estimated to have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of babies. He would perform illegal abortions inducing live births and then stab live babies in the back of the neck with scissors.
According to ABC News, Gosnell is “perhaps America's most prolific serial killer.”
McElhinney noted that the director, Nick Searcy, and the Gosnell team made the film without images that would have been too graphic for the squeamish: “We intentionally made Gosnell PG-13 friendly and there are no graphic images in the movie, as we didn't want distributors to use that as an excuse. Test audiences in their feedback have cried and praised the storytelling but also praised the movie Gosnell for its accessibility.”
McElhinney opined that Hollywood’s treatment of the film resembled the mainstream media’s attitude toward Donald Trump:
She said confidently, “Middle America now has a president that reflects their interests and concerns – we think they will respond positively to Gosnell. "
The producers are planning an independent release, as well as the release of a book based on the Gosnell case. It will be released on January 24th by Regnery Publishing and is now available for pre-order on Amazon , Barnes & Noble and Books a Million.
McAleer concluded, "This is one of the biggest crime sprees in American history. It's a fascinating story that needs to be known. The book and movie will ensure that the coverup is ended and the truth will be known.”

 

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A chic leather dress perfect for any holiday party

I have seriously been living in this leather dress! It has gone to Austin for a bachelorette party, celebrated the grand opening of the John Hardy + Lily Pulitzer stores in Houston, plus a few date nights.
Leather dresses are perfect for Houston so you can feel like you are in the fall / winter spirit even when the temperatures don't reach below 70 degrees, but it is also perfect for layering when the temperatures actually do drop. I certainly plan to layer this over tights with over-the-knee boots.
Photographed by Kate Robinson
outfit details: jacket: à bientôt Anorak ( similar ) | dress: c/o à bientôt Gracia ( similar ) | shirt: Madewell | shoes: VINCE | bag: Celine ( similar for less )
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BuzzFeed Destroying Chip Joanna Gaines Over Gay Marriage

BuzzFeed is trying to take down one of television’s most famous couples because they are Christians who attend a church with an anti-gay marriage stance.
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Chip and Joannes Gaines are the stars of “Fixer Upper” — the HGTV series that revolves around turning crappy, dilapidated houses into beautiful homes in order to revive outdated neighborhoods. They are also devout Christians who often talk about their faith and attend the Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas.
On Tuesday, BuzzFeed published a story with the headline “Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage.” The piece attacks the couple because the pastor of their church, Jimmy Seibert, “takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.”
Seibert, Joanna and Chip. (Photo: YouTube screen grab)
“So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage?” the BuzzFeed article reads. “And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ and ‘Property Brothers’?”…It’s worth looking at the severe, unmoving position Seibert and Antioch take on same-sex marriage.”
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The BuzzFeed reporter dug up quotes from the pastor’s previous sermons where he maintains his belief that marriage is “between one man and one wife,” but the piece never confirms whether Chip or Joanna are personally against gay marriage.
However, BuzzFeed’s own readers seem to be turning against them — accusing the site of going on a “witch hunt” against the couple for no reason.
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“This is the dumbest story I have ever heard,” one reader commented. “It’s like a witch hunt for their beliefs, to try an stir the oil from a pot into the flames of the stove. This kind of article is exactly what is wrong with the media.”
“Who cares if they think homosexuality is a sin,” another wrote. “Are they campaigning for hate of these people? No. Stop!”
“This is a tired, forced witch hunt. You are inciting a wave of negative attention on this couple for something that indirectly links to them,” a third reader said. “That’s not journalism, it’s petty bullshit.”

 

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Damaged bridge over troubled water: Who will pay for fix?

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A battle is shaping up over who will pay more than $200,000 for repairing a bridge in the Jackson area that was rammed by a tractor-trailer.
Last year, a truck owned by Jackson landscaping company Growin’ Green ran out of fuel and coasted off a highway. The driver steered the truck onto the one-lane bridge south of Jackson.
The truck was too big for the bridge and caused major damage.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (http://bit.ly/2gGGOb6) Teton County repaired Swinging Bridge. Now, the county has filed a complaint in court to get the company and its truck driver to pay for the repairs.
Company owner Benjamin Bartlett says he’s willing to pay restitution but having to pay the full amount could sink his business.
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Why leaders who don’t stand up for themselves will fail

When Susana Monaco launched her own fashion line for women in 1996, she thought if she worked hard and stayed focused on design, her company would succeed.
But despite being "born in the business," in Monaco's words, and having tremendous talent, her company, Susana Monaco, has been under-performing since 2009. Last year alone it suffered a net loss of $361,000, mainly because of low margins but also because of something more abstract: lackluster leadership.
On the latest episode of " The Profit ," host and business guru Marcus Lemonis explains that running a successful business such as Monaco's namesake fashion label takes more than just creative genius; it requires a strong leader.
Monaco begins feeling burdened by her family on one side and her employees on the other. She doesn't have the confidence to stand up to either group.
Early on, Monaco's father Mario took control and unilaterally decided that Monaco should split stock of the company with her brothers equally. "He wants his family to be secure in life. This is old school way of doing things," Monaco explains.
Despite the fact that Monaco started and runs her business, her brothers who work for it, and who never put any of their own money into it, get two-thirds of it.
Since that decision, Monaco has faced continued problems from her family. "They think that I owe them more than I owe them," she explains. "There's no respect here for me at all. "
In addition to family, Monaco must deal with an employee making a power play. Anna Pavel, Monaco's vice president of operations, makes most of the decisions for Monaco, earns nearly twice her salary, and complains that she doesn't have an equal ownership share in the business.
Monaco justifies Pavel's behavior. "She's making a lot of decisions here," she says. "She's the pit bull. I need a pit bull. "
Though she tries to convince herself that she needs a strong employee like Pavel, Monaco also complains that she is no longer as creative as she used to be because her many attempts to experiment with new fabrics and create new designs are shot down by her VP.
"It's not where it started," Monaco says. "I've lost my feel to do beautiful things. "
When Lemonis asks Monaco why it is so difficult for her to stand up for herself, Monaco says she is not used to being "front and center" and has become accustomed to "being beaten down. "
But with Lemonis's gentle prodding, Monaco regains confidence. She begins to put her foot down and regain control of her business.
"I have to be able to say my opinion and say what I feel," Monaco tells Pavel. Monaco wants to continue their work partnership but "not in terms of [Pavel] bossing me around and telling me what to do. "
Monaco also exudes more confidence, which helps her draw in and impress more customers.
At a sale for her fashion line, for example, instead of hiding in the back as she had done in the past, she interacts with her customers, demonstrating the appropriate pride and presence of a fashion designer with her own label.
By the end of the episode, Monaco puts on a fashion show for her spring/summer 2017 collection and allows herself to savor being in the limelight. She finally comes off as what she's long described a Susana Monaco woman to be: "a confident, chic, strong woman who feels confident about herself. "
With newfound footing and a new perspective on what it means to be the owner and manager of a business, Monaco's sales begin to grow.

 

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Lowell city leadership taking shape following successful mayor recall

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Nov. 8 election caused a shakeup to Lowell's city government.
With the support of almost 70 percent of voters, former Mayor Jeff Altoft was recalled from office. The vote came less than a year after he was named mayor, replacing him with Lowell Light & Power Board Chairman Greg Canfield.
The city's new mayor is former Mayor Pro Tem Mike DeVore, according to the city's charter. His term is set to expire in Nov. 2017.
Lowell normally chooses its mayor among its five city council members following a city election. In the case of a mayor leaving office early, the mayor pro tem takes over his or her responsibilities, and the most senior council member is named mayor pro tem.
With DeVore taking over mayoral duties, the next mayor pro tem will be council member Jim Hodges, who served as mayor for eight years before stepping down in Dec. 2015.
Lowell's mayor is its chief executive officer. They preside over council meetings, but their voice and vote are equal to the other members of the council, and they do not have veto power.
In times of emergency, the mayor "has power to suppress disorder, preserve the public peace and health and the safety of persons and property," according to the city's charter.
As it stands, the council is made up of DeVore, Hodges, Canfield, Jeff Phillips and Alan Teelander. Only Phillips and Teelander have terms lasting beyond Nov. 2017.
Altoft was replaced on the council by Canfield after the challenger received 1,176 of 1,695 votes cast in the Nov. 8 election. A political action committee known as Forward Lowell sought his removal following the firing of former city manager Mark Howe.
Howe has since been named the interim city manager in Allegan, while Mike Burns has taken over as Lowell city manager.
Mayoral recall over firing begins after election board approves PAC's petition
Oozing waste, near-explosion at Lowell biodigester brings DEQ scrutiny

 

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PICS: Siv and Janez explore Japan

Cape Town – Siv Ngesi and Janez Vermeiren are in Japan, travelling for work.
The local presenting pair are posting the coolest pics of their Asian adventures, from getting lost on a rainy evening to close-ups of livestock.
Janez has been enjoying the local food with his crew, while Siv can be seen posing in front of some very impressive graffiti on the streets.
Lalla Hirayama even gives Siv a shoutout in the comments of one of his most recent shots.
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Turbulent Times For Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation : Shots

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Will a change in administration curtail experiments in how the government pays for health care?
Joint replacements. Cardiac care. Chemotherapy.
What do those things have to do with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
Well, an often overlooked part of Obamacare is a test kitchen within the Department of Health and Human Services that experiments with new ways for the government to pay for some expensive and frequently used health care services, including those three.
But with the Affordable Care Act up for potential repeal, will Congress preserve the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation , whose goals include lowering costs and improving quality?
Rep. Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon who is President-elect Trump's choice to run HHS, has been a vociferous critic of Obamacare and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. In September, Price and other GOP lawmakers wrote to CMS officials asking that CMMI "stop experimenting with Americans' health, and cease all current and future planned mandatory initiatives. "
Republican lawmakers have complained — along with some in the health care industry — that the law under the Obama administration gave too much authority to the head of HHS to create and expand projects. Now, however, that very same authority may look appealing as Republicans head the department and may want to use the center to test their own ideas, including those that would revamp Medicare or Medicaid.
"You can dislike that authority, until you have the opportunity to use the authority," said Rodney Whitlock, a vice president at ML Strategies, a government consulting firm in Washington, D. C., and former Republican staff member of the Senate Finance Committee.
As lawmakers debate and discuss ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they will weigh the fate of innovation center, funded through the health law with $10 billion for 2011 to 2019, and another $10 billion for each subsequent decade. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the center would increase federal spending initially, but ultimately result in lower costs and save up to $34 billion over the next 10 years.
Congressional Republicans haven't yet hinted whether they will keep, modify or kill the program, but they generally support the cost-saving goal of the center and many observers think they will want to keep it.
"If health care providers can do a better job of delivering patient care ... at the same or lower costs, that's the kind of flexibility the system needs more of," said Dr. Mark McClellan , a professor of health policy at Duke University who headed Medicare for two years in the George W. Bush administration.
One group that generally supports the broad cost-saving goal of the innovation center, nonetheless warned that Congress should place limits on it. Otherwise, "there is nothing preventing [the center] from testing a model... that includes all Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries in the U. S," the Healthcare Leaders for Accountable Innovation said in a white paper. "In effect [the center] could test a model that completely restructures the Medicare or Medicaid program. "
Billions of dollars have already been spent by the center, testing a variety of ideas, from ways to improve care for at-home dialysis to ways to foster more collaboration between doctors and hospitals to efforts to reduce unnecessary hospital visits by chronically ill Medicare patients. Many of the projects look at ways to move from Medicare's traditional fee-for-service payment system — that economists and policymakers say drive up costs — and instead set up reimbursement that rewards coordinated care. Few of the projects have been in place long enough for the center to determine if they truly save money and improve care.
Even if the center were eliminated, many experts say these types of payment reforms will continue because of private sector interest.
"Pay-for-value is going to be a guiding principle going forward irrespective of who is in power," said Dan Mendelson, president and CEO of the consulting firm Avalere Health. "It would surprise me to see wholesale U-turn from that policy. "
To date, most of the programs funded by the innovation center are voluntary, but controversy has arisen over several recent initiatives that require participation by doctors or hospitals.
What may happen is that there will be fewer of these mandatory efforts. This year, one such project got underway, testing a method of "bundling" payments for joint replacements at 800 hospitals in 67 metro areas. For their Medicare patients, the project requires a single bundled payment to cover the cost of these procedures, including in-patient and post-operative care, instead of separate payments for each doctor, hospital or nursing home visit. A similar mandatory project for certain kinds of cardiac care has also been proposed.
In the end, the center's future will be determined by whether the Republican majority believes it is one of the best ways to slow rising medical costs, said Christopher Condeluci, principal at CC Law & Policy in Washington, D. C., and the former tax and benefits counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.
"If the answer is yes, they will keep it and it might go to new heights," Condeluci said.
But economist Joe Antos, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, doesn't think the new administration – or many members of Congress – will push to use the center's authority to create broad, mandatory nationwide experiments with Medicare.
"I can't imagine a Trump administration saying we want the bureaucrats to decide on the health care your grandmother is going to get," said Antos. "Anything that is that much of a marquee issue absolutely has to go through Congress. "
Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Julie Appleby is on Twitter: @Julie_appleby.

 

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JPMorgan’s Soothsaying “Gandalf” Says Look To “independent media outlets” As Traditional Data Fails

Stock market investment risks in 2017 will be greater than that in 2016, but overall stocks should edge higher, a JPMorgan report predicts. Greater uncertainty will reign but market volatility will pretty much trade in a range for the majority of the year, stated the report, titled “2017 Outlook — More Upside but Greater Uncertainty.”
The report expressed concern for geopolitical risks and increasing uncertainty regarding the incoming US Presidential administration. Categorizing the Trump administration “mostly pro-growth,” the administration is expected to add up to $20 to S&P 500 earnings per share over multiple years as inflation expectations are rising. On the basis of improving fundamentals JPMorgan expects 7-8% upside potential based on stronger EPS top line performance.
The report pegged a 2400 S&P 500 target with 2% year-over-year GDP growth and inflation, measured by core CPI, coming in at a healthy 2.3% level.
“While the US macroeconomic cycle may get a boost from the proposed (Trump) fiscal stimulus, corporate tax reform and de-regulation, both the passage and efficacy of these measures are far from certain at this moment,” the report said, pointing to main market risks being a stronger US dollar and higher rates.
Higher interest rates could be a significant issue. Goldman Sachs predicted four rate hikes in 2017 while Bank of America Merrill Lynch is looking for nearly that level. The JPMorgan, for its part, noted that, much like the January 2016 stock market sell off , the rate hike could lead to fundamental and systematic investors selling at the same time sending stocks lower.
The rate hikes, particularly if they are significant, could “destabilize equity P/E, Emerging Markets, the housing market, and US equity segments such as multinationals, domestic manufacturing, bond proxies.”
Higher rates correlate with a higher US dollar. Considering that the US appears as the only nation engaging in significant 2017 rate hikes, the dollar is expected to rise significantly relative to major currencies. This “undercut the ability of the new US administration to revive US manufacturing or use the fiscal deficit to re-ignite growth.”
Looking overseas, the report noted the obvious: the wave of populism could put pressure on the European Union and increase immigration tensions, although the later isn’t entirely a market concern more so than a political one.
The Middle East, an increasing powder keg since the Iraq invasion, is likely to see turmoil extend, particularly in Syria. While the report predicted higher oil prices, the relatively low prices, well off the $100 level seen in 2014, is expected continue to exert pressure on regional oil exporters.
In putting together its 2017 market forecast, the report played into the hands of one of its prominent authors, Marko Kolanovic, JPMorgan’s noted derivatives analyst.
With uncertainty as a key driver for 2017, volatility and its related market impact – a topic too which Kolanovic has an almost soothsayer ability to recognize – will be front and center and has been nicknamed Gandalf for that reason.
According to JPMorgan’s macroeconomic model, the CBOE VIX appears to be underpricing risk by nearly ~3 points too cheap (1 standard deviation). “However, we are not convinced that the average VIX level will capture these increased risks and think that the VIX in 2017 will likely trade in a similar range to 2016.”
Protracted periods of low volatility are likely to mask underlying fundamental risks, which will materialize in the form of micro market moves. Expect to see the hedger’s worst nightmare: “quick outbursts of volatility that may not last long enough to be captured by an average investor.” If volatility and stock prices so quickly move higher and lower it is unlikely to impact risk parity strategies to the same degree as if volatility and stock prices moved in a more accommodative fashion.
If volatility and stock prices so quickly move higher and lower it is unlikely to impact risk parity strategies to the same degree as if volatiilty and stock prices moved in a more accomidative fashion.
Another volatility concern is a US recession, which JPMorgan only considers a 28% probability. A downside risk to volatility is that “a quick and effective US fiscal stimulus alongside continued monetary accommodation that causes a rally in risky asset classes.” To benchmark market risks, keep an eye on increases in bond yields and strengthening of US dollar as volatility trigger points.
When looking to understand market risks, don’t limit information sources and analysis to those only in mainstream. “Given the failure of many traditional data sources to anticipate geopolitical developments this year,” investors should look to traditional and non-traditional sources, including “independent media outlets”, commonly mocked by some as “ fake news “.
In terms of stock sectors, JPMorgan looks to a trend continuation from their 2016 call to rotate out of Momentum factor exposure and into Value. This move highly correlated with high growth as well as low volatility and high quality stocks, but one of these factors might be avoided.
“Looking ahead, a reflationary backdrop in an expansionary phase of the business cycle should remain supportive of further rotation into Value, while continuing to pose risk for Low Vol and Quality stocks,” the report said, coalescing with other analysis and putting it in line with the expansionary phase of the business cycle.
2017 could see record net share repurchases of nearly $500 billion, representing nearly 2.5% of market capitalization.
While we expect stronger top-line growth to drive EBIT margin improvement (operating leverage), especially for Energy and Financials, the current macro backdrop will likely exert some counter pressure resulting in flat net income margin in 2017. We are modeling roughly flat S&P 500 net income margin of 10.3% for next year (vs. consensus at 10.7%).
JPMorgan’s long investment themes include: Corporate Tax Beneficiaries (JPAMCTAX Index); Repatriation Candidates (JPAMREPA Index); Infrastructure Linked Stocks (JPAMINFR Index); Deregulation Beneficiaries (JPAMDREG Index); Reflation Linked Stocks (JPAMREFL Index); Defensive Energy 2017 (JPAMEN17 Index).
On the short side consider Trade Protectionism (JPUSTRDP Index) and Wage Sensitive Stocks (JPAMWAGE Index), while stock sectors to overweight include Energy, Materials, Healthcare and Financial stocks.

 

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D'oh! Enjoy a season's worth of outtakes from MLive's 2-Minute Drill

Making a weekly video previewing Michigan football isn't easy.
Just ask our MLive reporters.
Over the past few months, there were more than a few fumbles -- you try to say "rivalry week," or remember the name of your co-host! -- so we hope you've enjoyed following along. And now for a good laugh, check out the video above on what hit the cutting room floor during the 2016 regular season.
Nick and Brendan will be back next week to discuss Michigan's bowl destination, in as many takes as necessary.

 

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Shakira flaunts her incredible curves as she films commercial in Spain

She famously sang that her 'Hips Don't Lie'. And Shakira was sure to prove her hips worth as she flaunted her enviable curves in a skimpy ensemble while filming a new commercial in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday. The Colombian beauty, 39, was sure to shake her hips in her racy short figure-hugging black mini that flaunted her toned pins to perfection. Scroll down for video The Latin American songstress's bandage inspired thigh-grazer featured a high waisted elastic cream band across her taut stomach that highlighted her hourglass figure and pert derriere as she pulled a number of smooth moves during filming. Channelling her inner saucy secretary, the mother-of-two slipped on a cream pinstripe inspired crop top that enhanced her ample cleavage as she worked her hypnotic strut through set. recently thanked her fans for their support and well wishes during her younger son's recent illness. The singer had announced on November 7 that she was cancelling appearances at the Latin Grammys and the American Music Awards for 'personal reasons.' It turned out that her 22-month-old son Sasha was sick and though he had been released from a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, on November 1, Marca.com reported, the doting mum didn't want to leave his side. A few days later, Shakira shared a photo of herself with Sasha on her Instagram account as she sent a message to fans. 'Thanks for all the messages you sent for Sasha while he was sick. Everything is under control now, and he's back to his cheerful self!' she wrote alongside the snap on her Instagram.

 

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Firefighter Ginger

When you join the fire service, you become a part of several traditions. During the season of Thanksgiving, my fire company has a tradition of having breakfast at the firehouse to celebrate the holiday before we spend the day with our families. It’s a chance to gather with our brothers and sisters. I’m thankful to have them in my life. Our Thanksgiving breakfast is about enjoying the little things. We enjoy the company of others. We have breakfast with the crew that we see often which adds to our friendship. We also catch up with people we haven’t seen in a while. I experienced that same friendliness with new people when I worked on Thanksgiving after I left the firehouse. I work every Thanksgiving because it’s a fun holiday to interview strangers about their day and then write a story about their role in serving or being served at a Thanksgiving community dinner event. It began as a tradition for people who have lost their family members or do not have family local. This gave them a place to go to share a meal with other community members. Every reporter loves telling someone’s story. Sometimes we learn that we have a similar story as someone else despite taking different paths. The Thanksgiving dinner event, open to the public, was held at the West Chester Senior Center. I interviewed Army veteran Brooks Montgomery who said the senior center gave him a place to go when he retired. Volunteer or career, the firehouse has become that place for firefighters to be with friends at our second home and serve the community. Montgomery sat with an Air Force veteran Ed Campbell. The two of them talked to me about my newspaper, and how I report on the Downingtown area, where Campbell lives. I told them how so many people I interact with in Chester County swear I’ll move there like so many Delaware County people they know have done. Campbell laughed because he moved from Delco. We held a steady conversation like friends catching up.
Daily Local News reporter Ginger Rae Dunbar and Air Force veteran Ed Campbell pose together at the Thanksgiving community dinner event at the West Chester Senior Center on Thanksgiving Day.
I thanked Campbell for his service. He thanked me for that and added that he appreciated talking to me. I hadn’t realized that my role as a journalist helped fulfill the mission of the Thanksgiving event.
“Make people feel at home,” event organizer Angel Connelly told the volunteers, “That’s what it’s all about – family, community and fellowship.” We do the same when someone new joins the fire company. That new kid at school feeling won’t last long because a firefighter starts a conversation with you, asks you to join their table to talk or have coffee. No one has to tell us to do that. I think part of it is a reflection of how we were welcomed into the fire company and we want to extend that invitation to welcome another member into the family. When people tell me I must be good at socializing because of the type of job I have, I tell them you can learn a lot about someone by asking questions. The key is listening to their answers.

 

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Festival of Trees rises to new heights

Tricia Course-Cislo was working Wednesday with her twin sister, Tanya Course-Hernandez, on a Christmas tree covered with superheroes.
"This year is Christmas is Super, so it is all about the superheroes," she said.
She has a special connection to Thor.
"I consider myself a Viking like Thor because I survived ovarian cancer," Course-Cislo said.
The sisters were among the teams of designers and volunteers decorating 50 Christmas trees for the 28th Festival of Trees,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Blue Water Convention Center. The event is a fundraiser to benefit McLaren Port Huron hospital.
Decorating a tree has become a family tradition for the sisters — this is their 16th year.
Funds raised during the event will go to the hospital's Rising to New Heights campaign, a four-year effort with a goal to raise $5 million to support the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a new four-story patient tower and hospital renovations.
Jamie Guyor, of the McLaren Port Huron Foundation, said the Festival of Trees is the hospital's "tradition to celebrate Christmas with the community ... "
Lucie DeLine, chairwoman of the 2016 festival, said she got involved "because I love volunteering and I got involved through Chase Bank probably about 15 years ago, and I've stayed with it ever since. "
The festival has a new home this year with its move to the Blue Water Convention Center from McMorran Arena. Guyor said the convention center has more room for more activities.
"Santa will be here this weekend, and we have an expanded children's area called Elfville," she said. The area will include games and crafts and a snowball fight with plush snowballs.
The event also will have a teddy bear hospital.
"Kids can bring their teddy bears in for a checkup," Guyor said, noting that children without a teddy bear can adopt one for $5.
"We'll bandage it and give it some honey. "
Events associated with the festival include a Gala Preview Party, 7-10:30 p.m. Friday; Breakfast with Santa, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday; and a Family Pajama Party 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Toodie May, Nigar Hussain and Kathryn Ledtke, from the Port Huron Medical Society, were decorating a tree straight out of Bedford Falls, New York, with quotes and ornaments reflecting scenes in "It's a Wonderful Life. "
"It's my favorite holiday movie," Ledtke said. "It's a feel-good holiday movie. "
Both Guyor and DeLine said they are amazed at the creativity of the tree designers.
"I'm blown away by it," DeLine said. "They start the day after thinking about what they are going to do for next year. "

 

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Bears Readying CB Kyle Fuller For Return From IR

By Chris Emma–
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller practiced with his team Wednesday for the first time since early in the season, the continuation of a process to activate the 2014 first-round pick from injury reserve.
Fuller suffered a knee injury during training camp. He underwent a procedure in August to repair the knee. The Bears shut down Fuller and placed him on IR prior to Week 4. With Fuller rejoining the Bears at practice, the team now has opened its 21-day window for his return to the active roster.
Teams are allowed to designate one player for a return from IR. The Bears have 15 players currently on IR, meaning Fuller’s return would end the possibility of returning for the other 14.
Fuller had yet to miss a game prior to this season. He has six interceptions in two seasons, four of which came during his rookie campaign.
Fuller’s four-year contract expires at the end of the 2017 season, meaning the chance to return and make impressions on the Bears will be important.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

 

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NHS psychiatrist links a disturbing surge in A&E cases to online world

The rise of social media has been linked to a disturbing surge in the number of teenage girls being admitted to A&E departments due to self-harming. One in three British teenage girls are showing symptoms of anxiety or depression, and many of them are cutting themselves as a disturbing coping mechanism. A psychiatrist who treats vulnerable young people at the Tavistock NHS Trust has said it's no coincidence that the rise in admissions of complex cases of self-harming has occurred in the age of social media. Dr Alex Sales explains in the Channel 4 documentary Kids On The Edge: 'Young people have the world at their finger tips. 'Social media gives them the impression they can achieve everything and anything and have all they want all the time. 'But we have been in the biggest financial crisis for a long time, the housing issue and university fees, all these things are less affordable for our children than they were for us. 'I think that offers a conflict with reality and what is being sold to them - that would mess me up.' The psychiatrist believes the impact of social media has been a contributory factor in the declining mental health of one of his patients, Demi, 17, a student from London, who shares her story on screen in the hard-hitting documentary. The student, who lives in a hostel as she is estranged from her father and lost her mother to cancer when she was just 11, admits she is 'obsessed with social media'. As she is often lonely, her mobile allows her to connect with both friends and strangers online. 'I love social media, it is like my second heart,' she said. 'You want to feel loved from the internet.' But there is often a dark side to Demi's internet surfing. As well as leading her to have text arguments with the people she chats to, she is drawn to self-harming communities filled with users who encourage one another to cut themselves and share explicit images of their wounds. Demi told the Channel 4 programme: 'They have rubbed off on me and I have used their techniques. 'Seeing them do it gives me urges to do it. 'One account has 15,000 followers, people like this stuff.' 'At first I just wanted to do something to punish myself. 'The more comfortable you get with it the worse it gets, you just do it to get through the day,' she said. Dr Sales agrees: 'Self harm is emotion regulation - if I feel the physical pain, the emotional pain goes away temporarily. 'The trouble is the emotional pain always ends up bouncing back and then they need to cut again.' He added: 'Sometimes this is a cycle teenagers can get stuck in. There is a risk one day the despair gets too much and they kill themselves.' Dr Sales said there is no 'definite answer' why more girls are currently developing mental health issues than boys, but he believes it could be due to the fact 'girls are better at expressing it and peer relationships tends to me more conflictive with girls'. The conflicts between girls - or 'bitchiness', as Demi describes what she has experienced - is now no longer something they might previously have encountered only at school or out socialising. Thanks to constant online contact, there is always potential for conflict or cyber bullying. Dr Sales said he is concerned Demi's frequent mobile usage means she can fall victim to this. Often her bouts of self-harming come after she has argued with a friend online. He said: 'Most teenagers get into conflict with peers and family. Demi takes it to another level. 'Social media has given her another whole environment. It never sleeps so the risk is enhanced because the likelihood of conflict escalating into something else is always higher.' Demi has been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder and a sense of abandonment, making her more vulnerable when interacting with others online. Dr Sales and other experts at Tavistock are doing everything they can to help and support her, along with other young people suffering in similar ways. But he said it isn't easy. 'Unless they fix their underlying problems with relationships, they cannot move on in life,' Dr Sales said. 'But they can't fix them until they experience a positive relationship, so in that sense they are in a Catch 22 situation.' He added: 'When you break your leg, you can get a bandage, when it is your mind that is affected it is more of a challenge to help it mend itself. They have to use an organ that isn't working very well to fix it.' 'Being a teenager is a time of turmoil, physical change, psychological change, increased pressures... it is not easy for teens and then you add mental health issues, that takes it to another level,' he said. 'The current so-called mental health epidemic is a reality because things are getting harder for teenagers. 'Every generation worries about the next but the stress in society and pressure on society at large has a trickle down effect on young people.' He warned: 'If it is difficult for teenagers now, what will it be like in five or ten years time? This is the time to intervene.' Kids on the Edge: Troubled Girls is on Channel 4 tonight at 10pm

 

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Chinese man insists on divorcing his wife because 'her feet are too smelly'

A Chinese man insisted on divorcing his wife because her feet are too smelly. In an interview with a local television station, the frustrated husband, surnamed Su, said he had repeatedly asked his better half to wash her feet more often, but his efforts were of no avail. Mr Su also said his wife's feet were so smelly that the stink could knock out a busload of people. The man, who is thought to be from central China's Henan Province, added that despite his repeated request, his wife refused to change her lifestyle. He also said his wife told him she would rather he 'choked to death' in the smell. The couple had been married for seven years. 'My wife is really untidy. She threw her clothes everywhere,' Mr Su told reporters from Henan TV as he showed them his home. He said her wife would leave piles of dirty clothes unwashed for a week to ten days. Mr Su pulled out some dirty socks belonging to her wife from under a pillow and showed them to the reporters. The man said he asked his wife to clean up every day in the past seven years. Yet there has not been change in her behaviour. However, the man said his wife's messiness was not the worst part of their marriage. 'Talking about her foot odor, every time when I come back home, the smell is very strong,' Mr Su complained. 'I told her I could not accept it and she should wash her feet. She said she would not do it and would rather I choked to death.' The man went further and said his wife's foot odor could knock out a busload of people. During summer time, the woman showered every three to five days and she would only wash her feet during a shower, as the man described. 'Are you sure you want a divorce?' The reporter asked Su. 'I must divorce her,' he insisted. Later, the couple can be seen meeting outside a shopping mall. Seeing the reporter, Mr Su's wife said: 'We are husband and wife. There's nothing serious going on.' The woman told the reporter they only had 'small conflicts'. She tried to drag her husband away from the reporter. The reporter asked the wife: 'He is not happy with your lifestyle habits, is it true?' 'Explain to me, what are small conflicts, what are big conflicts?' The man asked his wife. The video has been posted to QQ.com on November 30, attracting over 30 million views so far. It has triggered heated discussion. One person said: 'A home is owned by both husband and wife. It's not her sole duty to clean the house.' Another one supported the man's decision for a divorce: 'A wife doesn't have to be pretty, but who can stand a messy wife?' 'How did this man survive in the past seven years?' A third person asked.

 

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Sebastian's parks-and-recreation master plan on hold after questions over price

SEBASTIAN — A proposal to create a master plan for the city’s 22 parks and recreational facilities is now on hold.
In July, the city Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee chose Orlando-based consultant Tindale Oliver Design to develop an outline for the master plan. City officials anticipated a price tag of $80,000-$100,000, but the proposal came in at 104,000.
“Perhaps it might be smart of us to look at some alternatives,” City Manager Joe Griffin told the committee this week. We could go back to the No. 2 proposal or perhaps do the plan internally.”
To complicate matters, the master plan also has been sidetracked by the sudden departure of city Community Development Director Marissa Moore in late September, Griffin said. Margarita Hernandez is the city’s new parks administrator.
Hernandez said there has been no negotiation with Tindale Oliver. Her last contact with the company was two weeks ago, and there has been no counter proposal to reduce cost of the master plan.
"Right now, it’s on hold until further notice," she said.
Recreation Committee member Greg Paschall said he favors negotiating with Tindale Oliver since it was the committee's first choice to create the master plan.
“You haven’t finished out negotiating with No. 1,” said Paschall. “You should certainly finish out negotiating with No. 1 before you go on to No. 2. "
Four companies submitted proposals to develop the master plan, and the Parks and Recreation Commission chose Tindale Oliver.
Sebastian wants a master plan for its parks and other recreational facilities to help the city objectively assess its leisure and recreational needs. A master plan would examine facilities and make recommendations for an extended period of time, sometimes as long as 25 years. Cost of the plan would be paid by recreation-impact fees, that are assessd on new residential development.
Even if the city reaches an agreement with Tindale Oliver on cost of the master plan, the proposal still must be approved by the City Council. Griffin said he’s unsure if the council would approve the expenditure, but he agreed to continue negotiations with the firm and report back to the committee at its January meeting.

 

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‘Angry’ Elizabeth Warren Is ‘Shrill’ And ‘Almost Unhinged,’ Says ‘Morning Mika’ Brzezinski [Video]

Elizabeth Warren fan or ex-fan Mika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe , scolded the Democratic lawmaker for an anti-Donald Trump speech on the floor of the Senate Monday morning that, according to her, demonstrated an unwillingness to extend an olive branch to the new presidential administration.
Brzezinski also seemingly accused Warren of laying the groundwork for the same kind of obstructionism of the president-elect’s agenda that Republicans were accused of attempting when Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Both Mika and TV co-host Joe Scarborough have had an on again, off again feud with their frenemy Donald Trump, during which they have directed lots of harsh criticism in his direction. Mika was apparently spotted entering Trump Tower yesterday, whatever that implies about her current rapport with the incoming commander-in-chief.
Scarborough, 53, is a former Republican politician who represented Florida’s 1st congressional district in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. Career journalist Mika Brzezinski, 49, a liberal Democrat, is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter.
Reacting to a clip of Sen. Warren’s speech in which, in part, Warren vowed not to “grovel” to Trump or the Republican-controlled Congress, Mika unleashed this rant.
“Do you lead on anger, though? Because that doesn’t seem very constructive to me. I gotta tell you. I love her; I’m getting tired of this act. There’s a huge part of the country that doesn’t think [Trump will be a disaster], and she might want to be a little inclusive because she is sounding like the people she is accusing of as being exclusive. I mean she’s just got to stop. I’m sorry. It’s getting exhausting. And this was not helpful during the campaign. It wasn’t. There’s an anger there that was shrill and a step above what it needed to be, unmeasured, and almost unhinged. It’s not going to work…”
Just now on C-SPAN #elevatorcam –Mika Brzezinski @morningmika in Trump Tower Lobby pic.twitter.com/Ls9jCWrYtJ
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 29, 2016
Brzezinski continued her Warren criticism, given the results of the election that saw Trump emerge with an electoral college landslide .
“And why I’m so critical of that sound bite, and every other rant I’ve heard, is it’s not showing listening, it’s not showing learning, that there was something to be learned, and by the way, at the beginning of a new presidency, isn’t the first thing, isn’t the first thing that should happen out of the box is we look forward to working with Republicans, we support the new president-elect, and we hope to move forward together and find things we can agree on. Isn’t that the example that Democrats have accused Republicans of not holding up to, for eight years of being vitriolic against Republicans for being so difficult, for trying to bring Obama down from day one. Boy! This reminds me of eight years ago, except now it’s Democrats doing it, in a very heated, unmeasured way.”
What is Kellyanne Conway's real role in the Trump transition? https://t.co/p9gplTIFTC
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) November 29, 2016
In July, unconfirmed rumors surfaced that Joe Scarborough and the recently divorced Brzezinski, MSNBC co-workers on the show for nine years, are in a romantic relationship.
Do you think that Mika Brzezinski critique of “too-angry” Elizabeth Warren is fair? Watch the video below and draw your own conclusions.
[Featured Image by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Images]

 

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Europe's power market reform a boon for struggling utilities

By Geert De Clercq PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - European utilities welcomed long-awaited power market reform proposals on Wednesday, hoping a framework to subsidise fossil fuel plants and plans to wind down a key support for renewable energy could turn the page on years of crisis. The European Commission's 1,000-page draft reform "Winter Package" proposes binding targets to cut energy use by 30 percent by 2030 and wants to put Europe on track for renewables to power half of the continent by 2030. But it also plans to remove new wind and solar installations' priority access to electricity grids and backs "capacity mechanisms" under which utilities can receive payments for keeping unprofitable and polluting fossil fuel-fired power stations on stand-by. Under existing regulations, renewable energy gets priority access to electricity networks, which means wind and solar producers are guaranteed being able to sell their power at fixed, usually subsidised prices, even when power demand is low. This depresses wholesale electricity prices and has at times led to negative prices, when huge quantities of free wind power saturate EU grids, to the detriment of traditional utilities such as Engie, RWE, and EDF, whose gas, coal and nuclear plants struggle to compete. "The abolition of priority dispatch (access) is an important step towards a level playing field and full market integration of renewables," said Gunnar Groebler, head of wind at Swedish utility Vattenfall, a major player in nuclear and hydro. Germany's E. ON, a big player in fossil fuels, also welcomed the EU proposals, saying it agreed with making renewables bear more responsibility for a stable energy system. Environmentalists Greenpeace, however, criticised the plans, saying they threatened the roll-out of renewables, while prolonging subsidies for coal. "These draft laws are designed for polluting power companies, not for European citizens," Greenpeace EU energy policy adviser Tara Connolly said. EU wind industry lobby WindEurope said it would have preferred priority dispatch to remain but scrapping it was unlikely to have a big bearing on new investment. "Investment is more likely to be affected by the level of clarity that governments provide on support schemes," spokesman Oliver Joy said. Utilities also welcomed the EU's endorsement of capacity mechanisms for back-up power, a long-standing industry demand. Under the plan, new power plants wanting to benefit from capacity payments could emit at most 550 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour, while existing plants will not have to comply with the measure before 2026. Greenpeace said this meant governments would be able to dole out cash to at least 95 percent of all coal power stations in Europe for another decade. (Additional reporting by Christoph Steitz in Frankfurt; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Mark Potter)

 

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Small Cap Blend Style 4Q16: Best And Worst

The Small Cap Blend style ranks tenth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in our 4Q16 Style Ratings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. Last quarter , the Small Cap Blend style ranked tenth as well. It gets our Dangerous rating, which is based on an aggregation of ratings of 24 ETFs and 749 mutual funds in the Small Cap Blend style as of November 9, 2016. See a recap of our 3Q16 Style Ratings here.
Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst rated ETFs and mutual funds in the style. Not all Small Cap Blend style ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 21 to 2110). This variation creates drastically different investment implications and, therefore, ratings.
Investors seeking exposure to the Small Cap Blend style should buy one of the Attractive-or-better rated ETFs or mutual funds from Figures 1 and 2.
Figure 1: ETFs with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5
* Best ETFs exclude ETFs with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Validea Market Legends ETF (VALX) and Victory CEMP US Discovery Enhanced Volatility ETF (CSF) are excluded from Figure 1 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums.
Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5
* Best mutual funds exclude funds with TNAs less than $100 million for inadequate liquidity.
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Four mutual funds are excluded from Figure 2 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million and do not meet our liquidity minimums. See our mutual fund screener for more details.
WisdomTree SmallCap Earnings Fund (EES) is the top-rated Small Cap Blend ETF and Boston Trust Small Cap Fund (BOSOX) is the top-rated Small Cap Blend mutual fund. EES earns an Attractive rating and BOSOX earns a Very Attractive rating.
Oppenheimer Mid Cap Revenue ETF (RWK) is the worst rated Small Cap Blend ETF and B. Riley Diversified Equity Fund (BRDAX) is the worst rated Small Cap Blend mutual fund. RWK earns a Dangerous rating and BRDAX earns a Very Dangerous rating.
Sanderson Farms (SAFM: $92/share) is one of our favorite stocks held by EES and earns an Attractive rating. SAFM was also a featured Long Idea in August 2015. Over the past decade, Sanderson Farms has grown after tax profit ( NOPAT ) by 12% compounded annually. The company has improved its return on invested capital ( ROIC ) from 7% in 2012 to 13% over the trailing twelve months (TTM). Despite the improvement in the underlying economics of the business, SAFM remains undervalued. At its current price of $92/share, SAFM has a price-to-economic book value ( PEBV ) ratio of 0.9. This ratio means the market expects SAFM’s NOPAT to permanently decline by 10%. If SAFM can grow NOPAT by just 3% compounded annually over the next decade , the stock is worth $140 today – a 52% upside.
Mack-Cali Reality Corp (CLI: $25/share) is one of our least favorite stocks held by TFSSX and earns a Very Dangerous rating. Over the five years alone, CLI’s NOPAT has declined from $210 million in 2011 to -$15 million TTM. The company’s ROIC has fallen from 5% in 2011 to a bottom-quintile 0% TTM. Worse yet, CLI has not generated positive economic earnings in any year of our model, which dates back to 1998. Despite the deteriorating fundamentals, CLI remains overvalued. To justify its current price of $26/share, CLI must immediately achieve 10% NOPAT margins (compared to -3% TTM) and grow revenue by 15% compounded annually for the next 17 years.
Figures 3 and 4 show the rating landscape of all Small Cap Blend ETFs and mutual funds.
Figure 3: Separating the Best ETFs From the Worst Funds
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Figure 4: Separating the Best Mutual Funds From the Worst Funds
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
This article originally published here on November 8, 2016.
Disclosure: David Trainer, Kyle Guske and Kyle Martone receive no compensation to write about any specific stock, style, or theme.
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Take a journey through 128 years of fascinating National Geographic illustrations

Today, you can answer almost any question with a Google search. But over a century ago things were very different. People say a picture tells a thousand words, and National Geographic has been using pictures to explain the most exciting scientific discoveries and engineering advances since it started out in 1888. Now a new book explores some of the most fascinating examples of how information was shared over the past 128 years. ' National Geographic Infographics ', by Julius Wiedemann, is split into seven sections: history, the planet, being human, animal world, world of plants, science & technology, and space. One of the first graphics published by National Geographic shows the Great Storm of 1988, also referred to as the Great Blizzard of 1888. This was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the US, seeing 21 inches of snow fall and 400 fatalities in New York city. Another of the early examples includes paintings and drawings from 'Falcons and Hawks', December 1920. A painting portraying various species of hawks, and a diagram of a hawk describing the types of feathers and its anatomy shown both feature in the book. A few years later, National Geographic had visited an impressive selection of places. 'Expeditions of the National Geographic Society' in January 1963 showed where the society visited between 1888 and 1963. In May 1963 a National Geographic Society-sponsored expedition put American climbers on top of Mount Everest for the first time. At the end of the 1960s, aviation pioneers were celebrated in an infographic that shows the development of the airplane, from the Wright Flyer in 1903 through to the Concorde that first flew in 1969, in a 1960s infographic. American brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright were credited with inventing the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on 17 December, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. The brothers applied for their famous 'flying machine' patent based on their successful 1902 glider. Between 1904 and 1905, they developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft and were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. Their breakthrough was the advent of a three-axis control, which let a pilot steer the aircraft effectively to maintain an equilibrium. The method is still used on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. Just a few years later, the various types of power generation around at the time were described in 'Sources of Energy', published in November 1972. The diagram shows the natural energy source, be it fossil fuels, uranium, sea water, tides, reservoirs, wind, solar or geothermal. It also shows how we convert that energy into electricity, for example in fossil fuelled power plants, tide-powered turbines or solar farms. Nasa's first space-rated orbiter, Space Shuttle Columbia was explained in an infographic called 'Columbia Spacelab 1', in September 1983. The infographic explains some of the first experiments that were conducted on the spacecraft, including one that deprived a plant of gravity to see whether its spiral growth pattern that occurred on Earth would still happen. Over 22 years of service, Columbia completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission in 2003, which resulted in the deaths of all seven crew members. From space to dinosaurs, as a 1996 infographic called 'Dinosaurs' shows a history of the creatures, from the Jurassic period that started 208 million years ago, through to the dinosaur extinction 65 million years ago. Featuring examples of predators from each period, including the tyrannosaurus, the infographic also shows which part of the world the dinosaurs roamed. Over 90 per cent of mammal species were wiped out by the same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. A feature published in May 2010 entitled 'The Secret of Sleep' explained the stages of sleep and what happens when we wake up. 'Sleep is no longer thought of as merely the time we spend unconscious,' the infographic says. 'It is a dynamic state characterized by shifting levels of electrical activity and the ebb and flow of chemicals into various regions of the brain. 'Key to this give-and-take are two tiny structures in the hypothalmus in the brain. 'The neural dance they engage in determines when we fall asleep, and when we wake up again to face the day.' A year later, an infographic, from June 2011, describes Cleopatra's Alexandria, a Mediterranean city founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. 'This Mediterranean city became the world's most magnificent centre of trade, culture and learning under the Ptolemies,' the infographic says. 'Ruins of the ancient buildings now lie under the sea and beneath modern construction. 'This re-creation shows what the city may have looked like during Cleopatra's reign, when a multicultural mix of perhaps 325,000 people made it their home. In the same year, 'How They Hunt' describes how killer whales, or orcas, hunt for food. 'An orca matriarch leads her pod as it herds a group of herring into a tight ball and pushed it toward the surface,' the infographic says. 'This technique, called carousel feeding, is just one of many inventive methods used by killer whales in different parts of the world when hunting and capturing their prey.' US death rates for four of the five cancers with the highest mortality rate fell in 2011 as new treatments and screenings came to the scene, and National Geographic marked this with an infographic entitled 'Cancer', in October 2011. The diagram explains the number of people living with lung, pancreatic, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer as of 31 December 2007. Graphs of US cancer deaths and research funding from 1990 to 2007 demonstrate the effect this research had on limiting the number of fatalities. Two years later, in 2013, a British-led expedition used a cutting-edge laser scanner to measure the Gebihe cave system in Ziyun Getu He National Park, in the Chinese province of Guizhou. There they uncovered the Miao Room, the largest known cave chamber in the world. The huge Miao Room cavern, which measures 380.7 million cubic feet (10.78 million cubic metres) in volume, was declared the world's largest in 2014. Laser-mapping was used by an expedition to work out it’s size, exceeding the previous record holder of Sarawak Chamber in Malaysia by 10 per cent. The ‘supercave’ is located in the Ziyun Getu He Chuandong National Park near Guiyang, China. It was first documented by a Chinese-European geology team in 1989. But it was not until 2013 that a British team working with the Institute of Karst Geology in Guilan, China revealed its true size. The cave would comfortably fit a Boeing 747 - if you could get one in there - and is located about 325ft (100 metres) underground. In the same year, the history of skiing, from the Stone Age to the present day, in the 'Skiing Through History' infographic, in December 2013. 'After the last ice age, Stone Age hunters began strapping long pieces of wood to their feet to travel farther and faster over snow in pursuit of the game that flourished across Europe and Asia,' it says. 'Adaptations for terrain and snow conditions influenced the design of the skis in different regions.' These are shown in the infographic, from 6,000 BC in Russia, to the skis of today. One of the most recent infographics, from 2015, shows the Amazon rainforest, and how its plants and animals depend on each other. Entitled 'Amazonia: Vital and Fragile: the feature demonstrates what could happen if the harmony of the fragile ecosystem is disrupted. This year, in January 2016, the melting of the Arctic Ice sheet and its relation to the polar jet stream was explored in one of the most recent infographics. 'The polar jet stream is a high-altitude air current that separates low-pressure Arctic air - aka the polar vortex - from warmer, high-pressure air to the south,' the infographic said. 'When the jet dips far south, it can deliver blasts of cold and snow to temperate latitudes; a north-jutting ridge promotes heat and drought. 'Such extreme weather has been happening a lot lately. 'Scientists are debating whether that's primarily due to the shifting cycles of the Pacific - or whether the melting Arctic plays a key role.'

 

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Samsung and Viceland Debut Virtual Reality Trailer for Their Documentary About Syria

Viceland and Samsung are bringing viewers to the center of the Syrian war with a virtual reality documentary that shows what it's like to rescue people from a bombing.
It's no secret that virtual reality and 360 video have been hailed by many over the past year as mediums with an immense power to help viewers empathize with people and places outside of their comfort zone. One And now the two companies want to do the same by bringing viewers into the Syrian city of Aleppo.
The 360-degree trailer is for the upcoming documentary "The White Helmets," a VR film about a group of Syrians who voluntarily rush to locations where people and buildings have just been bombed in the hopes of saving anyone who might have been inside or nearby. The film—which is powered by Oculus and debuts on Samsung VR on Dec. 10—will be available on Viceland.com .
The partnership is part of an ongoing collaboration by Vice Media and Samsung to further integrate 360-degree video into journalism projects around the world. (Earlier this year, Samsung debuted its Gear 360 camera, a consumer-grade 360-degree video camera smaller than the size of a baseball.)
"As virtual reality becomes more prevalent in journalism, we looked into how the technology is changing the way we experience the news," Viceland creative director Trent Rohner said in a statement. "What is the new role of the reporter when the viewer can experience the event for themselves? Can journalism be more objective when there is no frame and they can see everything? "
Along with "The White Helmets," Samsung and Viceland are also debuting a second documentary called "Inside the Story," which shows how VR and 360 video is being used in newsrooms to bring users to the story. The Associated Press and The New York Times have both heavily invested in VR journalism during the past year.
"Inside the Story" is scheduled to air on Viceland.com on Dec. 2 and on Dec. 12.
"Samsung has always been a champion of VR and 360-degree technology to evolve storytelling," Marc Mathieu, Samsung Electronics America's CMO, said in a statement. "With 'The White Helmets,' which was shot with Samsung Gear 360, the viewer is an active participant in the experience as opposed to a passive observer, and this newest piece of content gives the viewer a new perspective on how technology can enhance journalism. "

 

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'Evening Standard' Accused of Copying Solange's Album Cover

Could it be? The Evening Standard published a photo that was strikingly similar to Solange Knowles ' A Seat at the Table album cover Monday, November 28 — and fans are not happy.
Alongside an article titled "Prepare to Party," the London newspaper included a photo of a white woman with a hairstyle and accessories that resemble those worn by the R&B singer on the cover of her critically acclaimed third album. Both portraits show the women standing in front of a wall with several colorful hair clips pinning their hair.
The Evening Standard 's picture, which was actually provided by the clothing store Oasis, caused backlash on social media as fans quickly accused the newspaper of ripping off Solange's image and of cultural appropriation.
"I gentrified it awayyyyy," one Twitter user wrote, amending the lyrics to Solange's "Cranes in the Sky," a song in which she sings about cultural appropriation and her experience as a black woman in America.
"They not even TRYING to hide the creative theft anymore lol," another fan tweeted. A third bluntly added: "Who's f--king idea was this @EveningStandard. "
In September, the Houston native, 30, who is Beyoncé 's younger sister, spoke about the theme of A Seat at the Table , which also includes a track titled "Don't Touch My Hair," during an interview with music news website Stereogum.
"Overall, I set out to make an album about self-discovery and empowerment and independence," Solange explained. "The idea of having to fully understand where you're from — when I say that, I mean it in a variety of ways, not just your history but some of the family heirlooms and traumas that might have been passed down to you, your overall experience — I set out to create a body of work that reflected that. I had a strong yearning for that. And obviously, a huge part of that is my identity as a black woman. "
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Are Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Facing An Adoption Nightmare? [Rumor]

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are allegedly facing an adoption nightmare after parting ways months ago.
According to a new report, the parents of the couple’s adopted sons, Maddox, 15, and Pax, 12, could potentially resurface in what could turn out to be a “horrific twist” in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s reportedly ongoing custody battle.
“I’m sure both [Brad Pitt] and Angie are freaking out over this. It’s been a fear from day one that the biological parents of their adopted kids would resurface,” an insider told the outlet.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have three adopted children, including their youngest adopted child, daughter Zahara, 11, who was adopted from Ethiopia.
“I’m sure this child was not a real orphan and was not abandoned,” said Dr. Kek Galabru of the human rights agency Licadho.
As for Pax, he was just 3-years-old when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie adopted him from an orphanage in Vietnam nearly a decade ago, but now, his mother, Pham Thu Dung, allegedly wants him back.
“All they know about Pax is that he came to the orphanage at 2 days old after his mother, Pham, ran away from the hospital. With Maddox, they had to rely on Galindo’s word.”
The insider went on to reveal that if Pax’s mother attempts to reclaim her child, Maddox’s parents are reportedly likely to do the same.
“If Pham makes a bid to win Pax back — and everyone expects she will — it could lead Maddox’s parents to come forward,” the source alleged. “Taking a child from a parent with no apparent say in the matter won’t look good for Jolie’s UN status… No doubt Angie’ll be praying this can all be fixed with a blank check, but the trauma of possibly losing any of their children is both Angie and [Brad Pitt’s worst nightmare come true.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a total of six children, three of whom are adopted and an additional three biological children, daughter Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.
Angelina Jolie filed documents to end her marriage to Brad Pitt on September 19 and has reportedly requested she be granted full physical custody of their children while Pitt is limited to visitation.
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EMU tops Giving Tuesday fundraising total by $100,000 from 2015

YPSILANTI, MI - Eastern Michigan University celebrated a successful Giving Tuesday, topping its total donations by $100,000 from the previous year.
EMU reported collecting $269,708 from 772 donors on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Last year, the university raised $169,828 from 410 donors.
Interim EMU Vice President for Advancement Jill Hunsberger was pleased with the outpouring of support from the university community.
"Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those who made Giving Tuesday a great success this year," she said in a statement. "This exceptional effort makes a significant impact for our students. "
This is the fourth year EMU has participated in Giving Tuesday fundraising activities. EMU's public radio station 89.1 WEMU helped the university celebrate the occasion with an open house and live jazz jam session pledge drive, with local jazz and blues musicians performing throughout the day.

 

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Sell-Side Analyst Accuracy: Credit Suisse And Nomura Top List

Let’s say that a bank such as Goldman Sachs publishes a recommendation to “Buy Stock X”.
It’s hard to ignore a bet by a powerful investment bank such as Goldman. We are mere mortals in the pecking order, and they are supposed to be the all-knowing smart money from Wall Street.
Do we buy the stock, or is it simply wiser to pass?
The folks at InterTrader have done considerable legwork to dive deep into the data on investment bank recommendations made in 2015. They looked at every bet made by the 16 top banks throughout the year to assess both potential returns and accuracy.
The results are pretty underwhelming.
If you bought every stock recommended and held until the end of the year, here’s what your performance would look like:
Overall, when holding the stock picks for the year, banks were only 43% accurate with their predictions.
That’s right – flipping a coin would have been potentially more effective than buying bank stock picks, which ended up down -4.79% on the year. The S&P 500 finished down only -0.69%, but simply just making any interest in a savings account would have been more effective as well.
While banks as a whole struggled with picks in 2015, it’s also important to look at banks on a more micro level to see how they performed.
Here’s a look at the recommendations by Deutsche Bank , and how they did:
Deutsche Bank nailed 41% of their predictions, and had a -8.93% return if picks were held throughout the year.
As you can see, some of their picks such as Microsoft and Wix.com gained double digits. On the other hand, recommendations such as Whiting Petroleum got absolutely crushed throughout the year, dropping -70.1%.
Overall, Deutsche Bank’s performance here definitely didn’t do much to help the struggling company get out of its rut.
Here are the banks, from best to worst, based on accuracy of their calls:
Nomura, Credit Suisse, BAML, and Barclays all batted above .500 if stocks were held throughout the year, while 10 banks all did worse than a coin flip.
Citigroup had an off year, only nailing 14% of its picks.
Here are the banks, from best to worst, based on the performance of these recommendations:
Just two banks, Credit Suisse and Nomura, had positive returns if stocks were held through the year. Meanwhile, Canaccord Genuity’s picks were knocked down -16% over the course of 2015.
Throughout the above article, we are showing the results if stock picks were held from when they were made until the end of the year.
However, it is worth noting that the investment banks actually did slightly better if picks were held for shorter durations of time:
In other words – if you sold all stock recommendations exactly 30 days after buying, you would have actually made a 0.8% return throughout the year. This is still a lower return than a savings account, but it is an improvement on losing -4.79%!
For a more in-depth dive into the data, we highly recommend checking out InterTrader’s interactive version of the results. or below
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10 requests from liberals to Obama before he leaves office

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy once he takes office on January 20, 2017. However, with just over a month left before Obama leaves the White House, liberals are putting in some last-minute requests for the outgoing commander-in-chief.
While many of Obama’s critics have highlighted the use of executive orders as an overreach, many of his supporters on the left are urging him to use his final days in office to take action.
Pardon Edward Snowden
Various famous faces have publicly called on the President to pardon NSA-leaker Edward Snowden, including actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Daniel Radcliffe, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and business magnate and political activist George Soros.
Pardon 750,000 undocumented young people
Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Zoe Lofgren urged Obama in a letter to pardon more than 750,000 undocumented young people known as “Dreamers,” and to not leave their fate in the hands of Trump.
Close Guantanamo Bay
While presidential candidate Obama pledged to close the US detention camp, the prison is still open. The Close Guantanamo campaign has set up the “Countdown to Close Guantanamo” initiative to mark how many days the President has left to close the facility.
Pardon Hillary Clinton
Civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called on Obama to pardon the former Democratic presidential nominee before he leaves office in order to prevent Trump allies from attempting to prosecute her. Trump has ruled out investigating and prosecuting Clinton as president.
Reduce or commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence
Manning, who disclosed secret diplomatic and military documents to Wikileaks, has asked the President to reduce her 35-year sentence.
Formally recognize Palestine
Former President Jimmy Carter wrote in a New York Times op-ed this week that before Obama leaves office, he should formally recognize Palestinian statehood.
End the violence at Standing Rock
Musician Neil Young called on the President in a Facebook post to make sure authorities treat those protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with respect.
Free asylum-seekers
Immigration advocates have asked the President to release thousands of detained Central American women and children who are seeking asylum in the United States.
Replace water pipes in Flint, Michigan
Liberal Filmmaker Michael Moore called on the President to “send the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint to replace the water pipes.
Create more national monuments
Environmentalist groups have urged the President to preserve more land as national monuments. Creating a national monument could prevent mining, drilling, or construction on designated lands.

 

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Luxury line Seabourn takes delivery of new ship

Make that four ships for luxury line Seabourn.
The Seattle-based cruise operator's fleet today grew from three to four with the addition of its biggest vessel ever, the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore .
Seabourn took delivery of the ship during a handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Maghera, Italy, where it has been under construction for more than a year.
As can be seen in the carousel above, Encore has similarities to Seabourn's three other vessels, all of which have debuted since 2009. Collectively, they are known as the Odyssey Class. Still Encore isn't a carbon copy of the ships.
While based on the Odyssey Class design, Encore has one more deck than the earlier vessels and expanded public areas.
As previously announced, Encore will offer elegant, contemporary spaces designed by noted hospitality designer Adam Tihany, including an airy main dining room and a version of the club-like social hub called Seabourn Square found on other Seabourn ships. Other upscale touches will include a restaurant designed by three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller as well as a sushi eatery.
A sister ship to Encore called Seabourn Ovation also is on order for delivery in 2018.
The line's three Odyssey Class ships -- Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest -- made their debuts in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. They each hold 450 passengers at double occupancy.
Encore will be christened in Singapore on Jan. 7 with famed soprano Sarah Brightman serving as godmother. It'll then depart on an inaugural voyage to Indonesia, followed by sailings in Australia and New Zealand.

 

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After Bashing Fake News, Obama Praises Notorious Fake News Outlet

Just days after criticizing the online proliferation of so-called fake news, President Barack Obama lauded the “great work” of a notorious fake news outlet which was just busted in federal court for peddling news that never actually happened.
In an interview with Rolling Stone , which was found liable by a federal jury earlier this month for malicious defamation for its role in pushing a rape hoax, Obama nonetheless praised the magazine’s “great work”:
Although Obama specifically complained about news outlets which publish “different visions of the world,” he did not criticize Rolling Stone for publishing a vision of the world that included a mass rape at the University of Virginia which never happened. Nor did he criticize Rolling Stone for publishing a vision of the world in which Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was just a misunderstood bad boy heartthrob who just randomly ended up hanging out with the wrong crowd. Obama did, however, take time to bash Fox News , which he claimed is “broadcast in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.” The president did not provide any evidence to support this assertion.
Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone ‘s publisher, interviewed Obama in the Oval Office on behalf of the magazine. His personal company, Wenner Media, was found liable for defamation with “actual malice” to the tune of $1 million in the University of Virginia rape hoax case.

 

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Trump could 'inspire a 'disaster movie' says Spain's Almodovar

Donald Trump would be the perfect protagonist for a disaster film, said Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, as a retrospective of his movies got underway in New York. "I think that Trump is going to provide a lot of creative inspiration, especially for comedians," said Almodovar at an event late Tuesday marking the launch of the film series at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. The MoMA exhibition, encompassing every movie made by Almodovar, coincides with the release of "Julieta," his 20th feature-length film, which was also previewed at MoMA Tuesday. The movie opens in US theaters on December 21. Almodovar, Spain's most celebrated living movie director, made it clear that he is no fan of the US president-elect, but said Trump's larger-than-life persona is the stuff of filmmaking lore. "He seriously would inspire a disaster movie," Almodovar said. "This kind of personality type have no parallel in real life. He's like a great fictional character," the director said. "The bad thing is that we are all going to suffer, above all Americans will," he said. "We have to put up with him, and in reality, he should be a seen as a huge disaster," Almodovar added. "Let's hope he goes away soon. " The two-time Academy Award winning director had far more charitable feelings towards Trump's vanquished Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state, who Trump defeated in an upset win earlier this month, has the makings of a real "Almodovar girl," said the director, whose acclaimed films almost always have strong female leads. A former enfant terrible of cinema, Almodovar got misty-eyed recalling a Met showing of his movie "What Did I Do to Deserve This? " in 1984, when he was just 35 years old and a fresh-faced upstart in film world. "It's not just a privilege, but very emotional for me to be in the same place more than 30 years later," he said.

 

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#DumpKelloggs: Breakfast Brand Blacklists Breitbart, Declares Hate for 45,000,000 Readers

The decision by Kellogg’s, which makes Pringles, Eggo waffles, as well as Special K and Frosted Flakes cereals, among others, will make virtually no revenue impact on Breitbart.com. It does, however, represent an escalation in the war by leftist companies like Target and Allstate against conservative customers whose values propelled Donald Trump into the White House.
“We regularly work with our media-buying partners to ensure our ads do not appear on sites that aren’t aligned with our values as a company,” said Kellogg’s flak Kris Charles. “We recently reviewed the list of sites where our ads can be placed and decided to discontinue advertising on Breitbart.com. We are working to remove ads from that site.”
Kellogg’s offered no examples of how Breitbart’s 45 million monthly readers fail to align with the breakfast maker’s values. Indeed, the move appears to be one more example of an out-of-touch corporation embracing false left-wing narratives used to cynically smear the hard working Americans that populate this nation’s heartland.
Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow encouraged the boycott of Kellogg’s products, describing their war against Breitbart News as bigoted and anti-American: “Breitbart News is the largest platform for pro-family content anywhere on the Internet. We are fearless advocates for traditional American values, perhaps most important among them is freedom of speech, or our motto ‘more voices, not less.’ For Kellogg’s, an American brand, to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice. They insult our incredibly diverse staff and spit in the face of our 45,000,000 highly engaged, highly perceptive, highly loyal readers, many of whom are Kellogg’s customers. Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice. If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”
In response, Breitbart launched its #DumpKelloggs petition to encourage its vast readership and the followers of its #1 in the world political Facebook and Twitter pages to ban bigotry from the breakfast table by boycotting Kellogg’s products.
“Kellogg’s has shown its contempt for Breitbart’s 45 million readers and for the main street American values that they hold dear,” said Breitbart President and CEO, Larry Solov. “Pulling its advertising from Breitbart News is a decidedly cynical and un-American act. The only sensible response is to join together and boycott Kellogg’s products in protest.”
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Israel Navy debuts new Super Dvora patrol craft

The Israel Navy has debuted its Super Dvora Mark III-class fast patrol craft, docked in the Haifa naval base, at a ceremony led by base commander Brig.-Gen. David Salame and the commander of the 914 unit, Ronen Mirkam. “The Dvora is an advanced operational ship with all the necessary operational capabilities. May you continue to guard the northern marine border of the State of Israel; we wish you success,” Salame told the crowd over the weekend.
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Capt. Dolev Ayalon, 23, from Pardesiya, was given command of the Dvora after serving in number of operational capacities in the navy and receiving a certificate of excellence from the Navy’s commander-in-chief last Independence Day. The first of three vessels – two set to be based in Haifa, and one in Ashdod – the new craft comes as part of the overall upgrading of the fleet. Purchased from Israel Aerospace Industries-Ramta division, the Dvora underwent intensive trials at the navy’s bases in Haifa and Ashdod. According to a statement by the IDF, the Dvora “will join the operational battle formation in Haifa and will constitute an important pillar in the ongoing operations of the 914 Maritime Squadron in the defense of the northern nautical border and in maintaining the current security status quo.” The new fourth-generation vessel, developed jointly by IAI and the navy, is “deep-sea capable but specifically designed, from the keel up, for the full array of littoral, antiterrorism, law enforcement and coastal security missions. The latest generation Super Dvora Mark I, II and III are mission agile, providing flexibility in command decisions,” according to a statement by IAI. With an aluminum hull designed with a robust and modular approach and whose specifications allow for stability at all speeds, the Super Dvora Mark III is also able to be modified as needed. The vessel is mounted with a Rafael Typhoon stabilized 25-mm. cannon attached to state-of-the-art electro-optics payloads. The merging of the two has enhanced the vessel’s operational capability, allowing operators to take out targets at a distance of 1,500 meters even in rough weather. The Dvora Mark III can also be armed with long-range missile launching systems and short-range missiles such as the Hellfire, extending the ship’s operational capability to 6-8 kilometers.
It is also used to protect Israel’s exclusive economic zone, and with the ability to operate in extremely shallow water, the vessel is able to beach itself for both military missions or humanitarian or search and rescue missions.
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Jon Bostic could be ahead of Ameer Abdullah with Lions' IR decision looming

ALLEN PARK -- Ameer Abdullah's season could be nearing an end.
The Detroit Lions can still bring back one player from injured reserve, but with only five games to play, there still have been no sign of Abdullah -- while Jon Bostic looks much closer to being ready.
Bostic was working on the side with a trainer during the 20 minutes of practice that were available to the media on Wednesday.
" Time's running out (on when we can make a decision)," coach Jim Caldwell said before practice. "So we'll see. "
There's no doubt Detroit would rather have Abdullah back, if possible. He was expected to be the club's No. 1 running back this year, and indeed ran for 101 yards on 18 carries before injuring his foot in Week 2.
Detroit hit 100 yards rushing in both those games, and rose to third in the league in yards per carry. It has not hit 100 yards since, and fallen to 25th in yards per carry.
Abdullah is currently in Detroit while going through the rehab process, but has not been seen during a practice. So the club may be forced for turn to Bostic, who would help provide depth at linebacker, though wouldn't have the same kind of potential impact as Abdullah.
Detroit acquired Bostic in an offseason trade with New England, but he suffered a foot injury during a joint practice with Pittsburgh in training camp and has not practiced since.
Fellow linebackers DeAndre Levy, Josh Bynes, Antwione Williams and Kyle Van Noy also suffered injuries of their own at one point or another, and Detroit suffered for it to open the season. But they've since gotten Bynes back, and he's helped to stabilize the position in recent weeks. Bostic would help fortify the position further.
"Time's ticking," Caldwell said.
Levy has practiced the last two weeks as well, and was back out there on Wednesday. He could be available as soon as Sunday's game in New Orleans, though he has not yet been cleared to play.
The Lions were at full strength at practice as they continue their pursuit of their first division title in 23 years, and first ever since joining the NFC North.

 

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Mesh Networking: An alternative internet?

Currently, in order to exchange information on a computer or smartphone, we transfer it over the internet. This may take many different forms -- a web browser, email client, app or cloud storage -- but at the end of the day, you’re sending packets of information to another computer via the now-ubiquitous internet. Since we interact with this system all of the time, we no longer think about "going online". For many people, it’s just a natural state.
If you step back a little bit, you’ll remember that the internet isn’t the only way to transfer computer information. Disks, CDs and other physical media once dominated this space, and the term "sneakernet" was even coined to refer to physically transferring media from place to place. There were phone-based communication systems known as bulletin boards (BBSes), and larger endeavors like America Online or CompuServe, which used phone modems. These were limited to a maximum of 56 kilobits per second (kbps) over telephone lines and had a limited number of simultaneous users.
As these experiments were going on, the internet was also starting to come into its own. Though the foundations for what we now think of as the internet were being laid since the late 1970s and even earlier, the first web browser that allowed hyperlinks and a graphical interface, Mosaic, was released in 1993. From there, and with ever-increasing data rates types of access points, we literally have the internet in the palm of our hands. This works well most of the time, but there are other options, some which offer connection on a much smaller scale and can serve as a sort of community-based alternative internet for emergencies or general access.
Specialized "Little Internets"
One exciting application now in use for these local networks is in smart electrical metering. There are several methods, but the most notable allows meters to talk to each other over a mesh network. In this scenario, a mesh forms using a wireless networking protocol known as "Zigbee" and transmits data from meter to meter until it reaches one equipped with a "cell relay". This device then relays the collected data from all connected meters to the power company, so they can bill you without having to send meter readers to your house.
Another mesh concept uses the smartphone you have in your pocket to relay messages from phone to phone to reach the intended recipient. Firechat, which bills itself as the "Internet of Us", is a messaging service that doesn’t need the internet or a phone connection. Per the more recent reviews , it may still be a bit buggy, but it’s an exciting concept.
The Serval Project works similarly to Firechat, but seems to have more ambitious goals for use in disaster areas, and the setup of hardware to extend the system’s range. Reviews seem to be generally positive, but like Firechat, the system may still need perfecting.
Computer-Based Mesh Networking
Taking the concept of community networks like BBSes into the 21st century, we now have wireless routers that allow us to send a massive amount of data over the airwaves. If you have two of these in range of each other, you could theoretically communicate between them. Add a few more within range of each other, and you can establish a network capable of expanding exponentially, covering anywhere the outermost router can reach.
If you were to scale this and add in repeating hardware capable of transmission over a long distance, two or more of these clusters can be connected, starting a sort of "community network". If one or several users have access to the internet, you could theoretically have each connected computer share it, allowing everyone on the mesh to access this connection. On the other hand, it might be slower than what you could get using your own traditional internet service provider. For example, according to Brian Hall, who helped organize NYC Mesh, something like this wouldn’t be ideal for an application like gaming, since each "hop" adds latency.
Community Networks in Use Right Now
If this sounds like a neat idea, you can log on to a community network right now with the right equipment. Though the idea is still in its infancy, there are a few networks with a very impressive reach:
In Guifi’s case, a large part of the motivation for building a network like this was that farmers and others that lived in rural areas were not always serviced by good internet connections. Taking matters into their own hands, this network is built using a combination of radio transmissions, cables laid underground and computing equipment housed on farms.
If you want to join this network, NYC Mesh will help you install the necessary equipment. There is no monthly fee; you just have to buy the appropriate indoor or outdoor router. The indoor setup allows you to access the mesh over the normal internet via VPN to keep it private, or share an ISP connection with others within range. The outdoor antenna can be used as a public access point if pointed at a public area such as a park, or you can connect to another node up to two miles away to expand the mesh.
If you’re wondering if all this is legal, Hall notes that he believes the idea of sharing an internet connection in this way is covered by the Carterphone decision of 1968. That decision opened the door to using "aftermarket" equipment with telephone lines, and it could be said that you’re doing the same thing with this type of networking. After all, you have a certain amount of bandwidth, and it’s more or less the same as giving your friend your WiFi password when he or she comes over.
Mesh networking is a fascinating idea, and perhaps one whose time has finally arrived. Maybe it’s time to consider joining your local network, or even setting up your own with like-minded individuals!
Jeremy Cook is an engineer who loves tech, gadgets, tinkering with robotics and creating really cool do-it-yourself projects. He finds different types of network connectivity fascinating and shares his knowledge and advice on the topic. To view some of the networking products and wireless routers that Jeremy talks about in this article, visit The Home Depot.

 

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Andrew Garfield says 'Amazing Spider-Man' broke his heart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Andrew Garfield says The Amazing Spider-Man left him heartbroken.
The 33-year-old actor admitted in a Variety "Actors on Actors" interview with Amy Adams that he thought the 2012 movie and its sequel "compromised" the integrity of the characters.
"Those are the two big, big-budget films I've done and it was its own thing. I'm loathe to judge that experience and kind of paint that as a whole. There were great things about it -- I got to work with incredible actors and a really great director -- and there were really [tricky things]," Garfield told Adams.
"I was 25, 26, and I felt young, in retrospect," he explained. "There's something about being that young, in that kind of machinery, that I think is very dangerous. I wasn't a teenager, but I was still young enough to struggle with the value system of corporate America. It's really a corporate enterprise. "
"There's something that happened with that experience for me where story and character were actually not top of the priority list, ultimately, and I found that really, really tricky. I signed up to serve the story and to serve this incredible character that I'd been dressing as since I was 3. And then it gets compromised and it breaks my heart. I got heartbroken a little bit," the star admitted.
The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) earned a combined $1.47 billion at the box office. Garfield had shared similar sentiments about the corporate nature of franchises in a 2015 interview with the Independent.
"Hollywood is the epicenter of worldly values where a piece of art is judged, not on how many lives it touches or what change it makes, but as long as that film makes money. Only then is it a success," he said.
English actor Tom Holland, 20, will take over as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in the forthcoming reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming , which opens July 7, 2017. Garfield, meanwhile, will next star in Silence with Adam Driver.

 

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Stop making empty promises, Eastern Cape pupils tell Motshekga

Pretoria - Eastern Cape pupils believe the education department has failed them dismally and are worried that the lack of basic resources at their schools will affect their future.
Siyamthanda Luve Ngqeme is one of them.
The Grade 9 pupil at Iqonce High School in King William’s Town says his school is in such a poor state that he lives in constant fear that one day he will wake up and be told it has collapsed.
Speaking during an Equal Education briefing outside the basic education department’s national head office in Pretoria on Wednesday, Nqgeme pleaded with Minister Angie Motshekga to stop failing the youth.
"You say that we are the leaders of tomorrow, we are the next scientists, we are the future of this country, but you don’t give us the resources to become those leaders of tomorrow," he said.
"So Angie, start giving us what we deserve and stop making empty promises. Give us quality and equal education. One learner, one textbook. "
The department failed to meet a three-year deadline to meet the infrastructure law – previously known as Regulations Relating to Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure. The deadline was Tuesday, November 29.
'Crisis conditions'
The law makes it illegal for any school in South Africa not to have access to water, electricity, or toilets, and for any school to be built out of wood, mud, asbestos or zinc.
All nine provincial departments have submitted their reports to Motshekga, detailing their progress. The Eastern Cape is one of the worst performing provinces.
NGO Equal Education visited 60 schools across the Eastern Cape to investigate the department’s compliance with the deadline.
"What we found in the Eastern Cape were crisis conditions. "
Schools had "appalling infrastructure". Some were substantially, or entirely, made of inappropriate materials or had no access to water or electricity.
“In total 17 of the 60 schools we visited constituted an outright violation of the three-year norms and standards deadline,” the organisation’s general secretary Tshepo Motsepe said.
One of those schools was Ngqeme’s. It has seven classrooms for more than 300 children. Two of the classrooms burnt down on July 19.
This meant some pupils had to have classes outside, sometimes in bad weather.
'Things are just getting worse'
He said department officials came to inspect the damage. The matter was reported on radio and in newspapers, yet nothing had been done.
He said the school did not have a library, a science or a computer laboratory - resources they desperately needed.
There were not enough desks, so some children were forced to learn while standing. The school had only two toilets, which were not working properly.
"So with the first deadline of norms and standards, the department of education has failed us. "
Nqgeme also had a message for Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula.
"I just want to say to the MEC, my school will be 20 years old next year and nothing has changed and things are just getting worse. "
Several high school pupils from various schools gathered outside the department's offices holding up placards saying, "Education authorities step down", "Poor infra = no inner peace" and "Keep calm and give us what we want". Others held up pictures depicting the conditions of their classrooms.

 

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The 'age of automation' can benefit the security landscape

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation are technology trends dominating discussions in many different industries at the moment and cyber security is no exception.
As cyber criminals become more advanced and the threat landscape continues to develop, businesses are looking to new technologies that can help secure their organization in a more proactive way.
According to Dave Palmer, director of technology at Darktrace , this move to the so-called "age of automation" is an inevitable and much needed one: "When you think about networks getting faster and big data, it’s been just as useful for the bad guys as it has for the good guys, but machine learning changes that. This whole era of automation and machine learning is going to be about handing complex problems off to the machines to do some of that solving for us and bringing humans out".
"Not that the attackers won’t benefit in some ways from that, but on balance, overwhelmingly this is an area of science that is much more of benefit to defenders than attackers and that is really the first time we’ve seen that", adds Palmer.
What’s clear is that the traditional model of endpoint protection through the likes of antivirus software is no longer enough, as Palmer explains: "People are falling out of love with the idea that year on year generation of improved perimeter defenses is making a difference. Certainly year on year improvement of antivirus and stuff like that is just hardly relevant when you’ve got a smartphone and half the people have a smartwatch, or the IoT and shadow IT that they have in their businesses".
The main problem with security at the moment, Palmer says, is complexity. Bigger networks, mobile devices and multiple cloud services are making things infinitely harder for IT teams and, as hackers are typically able to innovate at greater speeds, businesses are falling behind.
"What defenders have been fighting against is their own complexity. Most businesses would struggle to even know what apps are running on all their different iPhones, let alone what the hell’s going on in their power station from the 1970s and we see that time and again. When you hear people complaining saying I’ve got too many logs or I don’t know how many people work here or I don’t know what my factories are made up of, time and again it’s not because of the attackers, it’s because our business complexity is huge and changing and constantly shifting", explains Palmer.
"Most problems in cyber security have been complexity problems and that’s why these new sciences aren’t just going to be letting us have self driving cars, they’re going to really mainstream some progress in cyber security for all of us", Palmer adds.
Taking this approach can also help to solve the growing skills gap affecting the industry. Rather than simply hiring expensive security experts to sift through millions of logs, businesses can transfer the more monotonous monitoring tasks over to machines and free up time for employees to have more of a strategic impact.
At the moment, Palmer says, "we’re trying to throw more and more people at the problem because its complex but it’s not actually helping. I think handing stuff off to machines will really help. The more that people try to make it just an IT problem by hiring more IT people to do low level IT stuff, that’s not where it’s at. We’re going to have to move into this automated world, this machine-led world as a way of keeping up".
By shifting the focus of security from "the thing of last resort running around cleaning stuff up", to something that can have a positive influence, digital businesses might finally be able to start getting ahead of the bad guys.
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PHOTOS: Mandatory Mourning in Cuba as Fidel Castro Urn Caravan Takes the