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Chinese soldiers help clean up debris after Hong Kong protests
China’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers made a surprise appearance in some Hong Kong streets on Saturday, helping to clean up debris and barricades left by anti-government protesters. Small groups of demonstrators who remained nearby harassed the soldiers, who, wearing shorts and T-shirts, labored alongside city workers and residents to pick up bricks and other debris,...
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Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout: Last-minute change causes chaos
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Just 15 minutes before Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to work out Saturday for 25 NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, the quarterback’s representatives announced the session was being moved 60 miles away to a high school in Riverdale. The representatives said the switch was made because they...
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Czechs Use 30th Anniversary of Velvet Revolution to Pressure Prime Minister to Sell Business
Police estimated some 250,000 people attended the demonstration
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Here's everything we know about Mina Chang, who rapidly rose from a self-described singer to a State Department official with a dubious résumé
Department of State Mina Chang, a 35-year-old State Department official, prompted a flurry of interest over her credentials this week after she was alleged to have embellished her work history and educational experience. In a statement from her previous nonprofit group, executive director Ian Dailey characterized the news reports as a "classic 'hit-job'" and said he was "disgusted with the unwarranted attack" against Chang. Here's what we know about Chang, who joined the Trump administration in April. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mina Chang, a 35-year-old State Department official, prompted a flurry of interest over her credentials this week after she was alleged to have embellished her work history and educational experience. At first glance, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations appears to have received extensive training and education from prestigious institutions, but a closer look reveals she may have misrepresented her background. In a statement from her previous nonprofit group, executive director Ian Dailey characterized the news reports as a "classic 'hit-job'" and said he was "disgusted with the unwarranted attack" against Chang. "Shame on you every outlet [sic] that picked up this story without doing your own research and merely surmised the onerous positions of the original," Dailey wrote, in reference to NBC News's original report. "You wonder why the media isn't trusted? … it's this, right here." Here's what we know about Chang:Chang worked as the CEO of a nonprofit group. Chance Yeh/WireImage Chang was the CEO of nonprofit group Linking the World for nine years. "We create broad awareness of America's unique role in the world," the group says on its website. "By first helping others recognize why a stable and strong America is vital for global security, we will be able to make the case for a proactive national security, defense policy, and foreign policy rather than the more traditional reactive approaches of the past." Linking the World advocated for the use of drones in international humanitarian responses, including disaster relief. "Applying insights gleaned from a broad range of civilian and military data sets, data analytics, social science and geo-spatial intelligence capabilities to identify and assist vulnerable communities, the organization worked to isolate root causes of instability, and direct development initiatives to remove exploitation points used by violent extremist groups," the website adds. According to the nonprofit group, $10,000 was spent for overseas work in 2015. The group claims that the low spending is indicative of a highly efficient model of "minimal US staff and no local offices or employees."  In 2019, the group was notified by the IRS of a "potential issue" relating to its previous tax filings. The group stopped taking donations while it works to resolve the problem, according to Ian Dailey, the executive director. Chang was an aspiring musical artist. Screenshot via YouTube In 2014, Chang told The Dallas Observer that she previously had a career in music and recorded albums in Korean and English. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti is what she cites as the reason for her career shift. "I took a huge chance stepping away from something I thought was safe and such a huge opportunity, but I knew this is where my heart is," she said to The Dallas Observer at the time. Her works, including a rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," can be found on YouTube. "My work has given me such a perspective and it's taught me to walk through a period of my life," Chang reportedly added. "When you're in the field you're stripped of who you are. You're just existing together in that moment. It's not about your clothes, or your image, it's about what you're giving. This year is just one season on my journey." Chang traveled the world for the nonprofit work. YouTube Chang claims to have traveled the world for her nonprofit work. Her destinations included Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, and the Philippines, where she frequently uploaded photos and videos of her travels. At least one member of the media scrutinized her work during her trips. "I spent two days in Mogadishu at the same hotel as her in 2016," Kevin Sieff, a Washington Post bureau chief, said on Twitter. "A truly bizarre experience." "There were photo shoots in front of the city's ruins and vlogs back at the hotel," Sieff added. "She talked a lot about 'stability operations,' but mostly seemed confused. I remember thinking it was one of the more misguided humanitarian missions I'd seen." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Trump official with dubious résumé appears to have even skipped a 6-day leadership seminarHow a former British paratrooper prepared actors in '1917' to fight WWI's devastating battlesMeet the Night Stalkers, the pilots who fly SEALs and Delta Force to their most dangerous and secretive operationsSEE ALSO: Trump official with dubious résumé appears to have even skipped a 6-day leadership seminar
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California high school shooter dies of injuries
The shooter killed two of his classmates Thursday in Santa Clarita, California.
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Opinion: Forget about the predicted backlash against Dems
The first week of impeachment public hearings was devastating for President Donald Trump. The House Intelligence Committee heard testimony from foreign service officials deeply troubled by the administration's shadow policymaking cabal, headed by Rudy Giuliani, that withheld vital foreign aid in exchange for campaign support.
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UK's Corbyn: Labour to exclude NHS, medicines from trade deals with U.S.
UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Labour Party will exclude Britain's National Health Service and medicines from trade deals with the United States, as he accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of covering up "secret talks" on the NHS.
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Warriors SG Alec Burks Fantasy Outlook After D'Angelo Russell's Injury
Fantasy players who need to find a temporary replacement for Golden State Warriors star D'Angelo Russell would do well to take a close look at his teammate Alec Burks ...
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Astros’ sign-stealing scandal: MLB facing major questions
Imagine if the Patriots dominated the past 18 years of the NFL, tallying equal parts glory and controversy, only they didn’t feature a GOAT quarterback married to a model, a head coach who makes Emperor Palpatine of “Star Wars” fame seem like a softie or a trouble-finding owner who revels in a good public fight....
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Lawmaker: We need to expose the cockroaches in the WH
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) discusses President Trump's behavior and the impeachment probe hearings with CNN's Ana Cabrera.
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For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows
High-risk patients with stable heart disease may fare just as well on medications alone, versus having invasive heart operations such as stents and bypass surgeries, according to a major trial. The results were presented Saturday at the American Heart Association's yearly conference.
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Family seeks social media photographer who can double as 'mother's helper'
A job posting online by a family in New York City looking to hire a multi-hyphenated social media photographer, coordinator and “mother’s helper” is giving new meaning to the hybrid role.
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Nixon’s son-in-law Ed Cox says Trump will ‘fight right through’ impeachment
“What I recognized in [Trump] from the start was that the same fire that burns in him burned in my father-in-law — political fires,” said Cox.
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Dozens planned new centrist party after Brexit, says ex-Tory minister
Nick Boles says ‘final resolve’ of supporters was lackingAdvanced plans for another centrist political party to be launched after Brexit were developed by MPs earlier this year, it has emerged.Dozens of figures from inside and outside Westminster were involved in the project, designed to go public once a second Brexit referendum was no longer possible. Continue reading...
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Kanye West’s Sunday Service teams with Joel Osteen’s megachurch
Osteen will interview the rapper-turned-evangelist Sunday at his 17,000-seat megachurch in Houston, a church representative told the Houston Chronicle.
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Hong Kong protesters unleash stash of petrol bombs; Chinese soldiers clear roads
Fires blazed on the doorstep of a Hong Kong university into the early hours of Sunday as protesters hurled petrol bombs and police fired volleys of tear gas in some of the most dramatic scenes in more than five months of escalating violence.
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Trump is getting a physical at Walter Reed
President Donald Trump is beginning "portions" of his annual physical exam, as he's "anticipating a very busy 2020," according to the White House.
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​Almanac: The Mason jar
On Nov. 30, 1858, a New Jersey inventor aided food preservation with his patent for a screw-top, air-tight jar
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Trump reports to Walter Reed for part of annual exam
President Donald Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to begin part of his annual physical exam. CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports.
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Politica
Kim Richards defends ‘RHOBH’ co-star Camille Grammer against ex Kelsey Grammer
"I don't really like that guy."
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Florida High-Speed Train Strikes SUV, Kills Woman
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, but her name has not been released
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Trump weighs in on tight Louisiana gubernatorial race as polls open
President Trump urged Louisiana voters to oust Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday, as polls opened in a tight race that Republicans hope will deliver them a vital seat less than a year before Election Day, and show Trump’s own political strength.
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Politica
‘Hillsborough Heiress’ found not guilty of killing children’s father
Tiffany Li, 34, the daughter of a rich, real estate family in China, had been accused of having her then-boyfriend shoot her ex, Keith Green, out of fear that she would lose custody of the children.
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Heart surgeries like bypasses may not be necessary for blocked arteries, according to groundbreaking new research
REUTERS/Petr Josek New research from the federal government found that common heart surgeries to remove blockages in arteries — like bypasses — are unnecessary because they can be treated with drug therapy. Patients could save $775 million a year by not having the surgeries done, one doctor told The New York Times. The study "certainly will challenge our clinical thinking," said Dr. Alice Jacobs, director of Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiology at Boston University. For more stories, visit Business Insider's homepage.. Dangerous heart surgeries like bypasses may not be needed, according to new research from the federal government. Patients that received drug therapy alone, with no surgery, for blocked arteries did not have any more heart attacks than those that did have surgery, the research found, challenging decades of common medical knowledge.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:U.S. charges another ex-JPMorgan executive with alleged market manipulationThe best yoga socksUber's co-founders are starting to cash out of the ride-hailing giant. Here's the pitch deck they created back in 2008, way before it was a $45 billion ride-hailing giant.SEE ALSO: 
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Buy a One-Way Holiday Flight on Frontier For as Low as $19 Today
If you’re still on the hunt for a holiday plane ticket, then you might want to work on making that purchase this weekend. Prices are only expected to increase for both Thanksgiving and Christmas travel from this point forward. That said, you can still snag a deal on some flights. Read more...
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Lifehacker
Disney+ will fix 'The Simpsons' aspect ratio fail in 2020
Disney+ launched to great fanfare and plenty of success on Nov. 12, but the hottest streaming service in town wasn't without its warts. Luckily, it looks like its most unforgivable sin will be fixed in the near-ish future. In a statement given to The AV Club, Disney confirmed it would let viewers watch old episodes of The Simpsons in their original 4:3 aspect ratio in "early 2020." This followed several days of criticism from fans for Disney's choice to only offer classic episodes of the beloved animated sitcom in a cropped and stretched out 16:9 format. According to Disney's statement, the decision to stream The Simpsons exclusively in 16:9 was made to "guarantee visual quality and consistency" across the show's 30 seasons. However, the "quality" part of that is questionable; as Tristan Cooper heroically pointed out on Twitter, cropping and stretching the old episodes completely killed some visual gags and made other moments look straight-up wrong. Read more...More about Disney, Streaming, The Simpsons, Streaming Services, and Disney
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AG says avalanche of subpoenas is designed to 'incapacitate the executive branch'
Attorney General William Barr trashed the so-called resistance movement and mocked Senate Democrats -- as well as the Oscar-nominated movie "Vice" -- in a marathon speech Friday evening that affirmed his credentials as a staunch defender of presidential power.
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San Diego Shooting Leaves 5 Dead, Including 3 Children
Three young boys, all under the age of 10, were dead and an 11-year-old boy was in surgery, a police lieutenant said.
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Céline Dion weighs in on whether Jack could have fit on that 'Titanic' door
It's been 22 years since the world watched Rose survive the Titanic by holing up on a floating door. But our hearts have gone on for Jack, who surely could have lived, too, if Rose had just scooted over. "Jack could have fit on that door" truthers on the internet still regularly bang the drum that a near-death Rose could have saved her steerage-class lover if she'd just made a little room on her makeshift floatation device, a door. Now, Céline Dion, the woman who gave voice to the Titanic theme song "My Heart Will Go On," is joining the fray. Looking fab in a poofy one-shouldered gold lamé situation, Dion delivers a feminist close reading of a still from the movie that depicts Rose on the door and Jack floating in freezing water.  Read more...More about Titanic, Celine Dion, Entertainment, Movies Tv Shows, and Celebrities
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Mashable
Five people charged in shooting at NJ high school football game
Police arrested five people, including the alleged gunman, in connection with a shooting at a crowded New Jersey high school football game.
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New York Post
Alabama Dominates MSU Despite Injuries to Tua Tagovailoa, Henry Ruggs
Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa recorded two touchdowns before leaving with a hip injury in the second quarter Saturday as the No...
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Video: Penn State Fans Go Wild After Condom Balloon Lands in End Zone
A unique celebration sent the crowd into a frenzy during No. 9 Penn State's clash with Indiana at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania...
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Crude oil spilled during transfer of 5 million gallons of oil in Washington state
The Washington Department of Ecology tweeted that the agency -- along with the US Coast Guard -- is responding to a crude oil spill in Fidalgo Bay at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery.
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Colin Kaepernick Moves Workout Location, Time After NFL Denied Media Access
Colin Kaepernick made a late change in the venue for his workout in front of NFL teams Saturday. Per an official release from Kaepernick's representatives, Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley (via ESPN's Adam Schefter), the workout will begin at 4 p...
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8 Killed In Bolivia As Protesters Call For Return of Ousted President Evo Morales
With tensions running high following Morales' resignation last Sunday, demonstrators have taken to the streets to decry the nation's interim president, Jeanine Añez.
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Is AI in a golden age or on the verge of a new winter?
Are we headed for a golden age of AI, or will the technology hit a wall over the next several years and lead to a new winter?
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Five Below raising prices for first time in 17 years
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Kanye West is performing at Joel Osteen's church on Sunday. People are scalping tickets for $250
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#StillWithKap trends on Twitter ahead of Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout
#StillWithKap was trending for hours ahead of Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday. Many included the hashtag while showing support for Kaepernick, who many believe has been ostracized by the NFL for his protests of police brutality.
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Max Verstappen takes pole for Brazilian GP with Lewis Hamilton in third
• Dutch driver secures his second pole position of the season• Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualifies in second spotMax Verstappen took pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, claiming the top spot for Red Bull with a superb lap to deny Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who was second. Lewis Hamilton was in third.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was in fourth but will receive a 10-place grid penalty for taking a new engine. Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes in front of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Damaged caused by Hurricane Dorian totals $3.4B in the Bahamas
That’s equivalent to the United States losing the combined economies of Florida, California and Texas, the Miami Herald reported.
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New York Post
Video: Watch Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor Break Herschel Walker's Rushing Record
Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor broke the record for most rushing yards through a player's junior season, previously held by Georgia Bulldogs legend Herschel Walker, in Saturday's game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers...
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Why party pacts don’t always reap the results that leaders hope for
Twists and turns of tactical voting could prove a headache for all the partiesThe Conservatives received a boost last week when Brexit party leader, Nigel Farage, announced he would not be standing candidates in Tory seats. But the advantage is not what it seems.Brexit party candidates are still standing in most Labour-held seats, including those the Conservatives are targeting. This damages the prospects of Conservative challengers, who draw their support heavily from Leave voters, and are therefore more vulnerable to Brexit party competition than Labour incumbents, whose support comes predominantly from Remainers even in seats that voted heavily for Leave. Farage’s “country before party” initiative therefore looks more like an “incumbents before challengers” initiative – the party founded to shake up the establishment is helping both Conservative and Labour MPs keep their jobs. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Funeral held for slain student Alexis Crawford
The family and friends of Alexis Crawford gathered in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday to honor the memory of the 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student who police say was killed by her roommate and her roommate's boyfriend.
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Cortana app will stop working on phones in some countries
Microsoft's changing Cortana strategy is about to have consequences for some phone users. The company has revealed that the Cortana app will stop working after January 31st, 2020 for people in Australia, Canada and the UK. Lists, reminders and othe...
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Voters have choice of Tory no-deal Brexit or second referendum, says David Gauke
Ex-Conservative justice secretary says refusal to extend transition leaves ‘no way out’ under Boris JohnsonVoters are facing a stark choice between a Tory no-deal Brexit at the end of next year if the Conservatives win a majority at the general election and a second referendum with the option to Remain if they fail to do so, the former Tory cabinet minister David Gauke has said.Gauke, who resigned from the Conservative party last week and will fight the South West Hertfordshire seat he has represented since 2005 as an independent, told the Observer it would be “impossible” for a Tory government to conclude a complex agreement with the EU within such a short time, meaning no-deal would be inevitable, as Boris Johnson would refuse to extend the transition period. Continue reading...
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US news | The Guardian
Stingray-inspired craft could glide through the atmosphere of Venus
Scientists are working on a craft designed to explore Venus' dark side, using a morphing design with flapping wings inspired by a stingray’s pectoral fins.
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2020 5-Star PF Isaiah Jackson Commits to Kentucky over Syracuse, Alabama
Isaiah Jackson, a 5-star power forward from Waterford Mott High School in Waterford, Michigan, committed to Kentucky on Saturday, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports...
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