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American artist Doug Aitken's latest work, "New Horizon," is a 100-ft tall hot air balloon. Commissioned by a conservation group, the nomadic piece will travel over protected natural landscapes in New England.
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Bolivia's Senate votes to appoint new chamber head, deputies
Bolivian lawmakers in the country's Senate voted on Thursday night in favor of a new chamber President and two vice president, after a spate of resignations amid major political upheaval in the South American nation.
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David Fizdale on Knicks' Isolation Offense: No One's 'B---hing' About Rockets
The 2-9 New York Knicks are last in the Eastern Conference in part because of their league-worst offensive rating ...
Alibaba praises Hong Kong at start of retail campaign for $13 billion listing
Alibaba Group Chairman Daniel Zhang said Hong Kong's "future is bright" as the ecommerce giant kicked off the retail campaign for its secondary listing in the city gripped by increasingly violent protests and recession.
City employees will be trained to report street homeless to 311: de Blasio
The city will teach 18,000 public employees to call in reports of homeless people on the street to 311, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. Members of the Fire, Sanitation, Health, Parks and Buildings Department will receive training on how to submit requests for outreach assistance from the city’s Department of Homeless Services. As of...
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Best television one-time-event 1978: The Star Wars Holiday Special
Often remembered but rarely seen: The Star Wars Holiday Specialis a variety show most remarkable for how unenthusiastic, or inebriated, the cast was. It is currently viewable on YouTube. Recently referenced in The Mandalorian, Life Day is Wookie Christmas; apparently uncelebrated for 41 years. I have a friend who is still grousing that the Hulk was held up for this genre mash-up nonpareil. Pretty sure shitty Life Day presents is how we got Kylo Ren. Read the rest
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A Texas family was told to remove their Christmas decorations because it's too early
When's the best time to put up Christmas decorations? A homeowners association in San Antonio thinks it knows the answer, and it's not now.
New law lets adoptees obtain their birth certificates in NY
People who were adopted will soon be able to obtain their birth certificates, under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation allows any adoptee upon turning 18 to apply to their local or state health department to get an original copy of their certified birth certificate. Such a request had previously...
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NFL’s Montae Nicholson cooperating with cops after woman’s death
A woman died of a suspected overdose after being taken to a Virginia hospital by Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson and another man early Thursday, a report said. Nicholson, who has not been arrested, is cooperating with investigators and will likely be questioned as part of their probe into the 21-year-old woman’s death, sources told...
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James Holzhauer one win away from ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions title
Holzhauer made good on his payback promise Thursday night, playing against foe Emma Boettcher and Teachers Tournament winner Francois Barcomb in the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions finals.
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Africa's top shots: 8-14 November 2019
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.
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‘Cuomo for president’: Freed drug suspect praises bail reform
Andy’s got this guy’s vote. An alleged drug pusher facing nearly 100 years behind bars gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a glowing endorsement Thursday when he walked free as courts tried to get a jump on a state bail-reform law set to take effect on Jan. 1. “Cuomo for president,” crowed Jose “Catano” Jorge, 47, in...
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AWS confirms reports it will challenge JEDI contract award to Microsoft
Surely just about everyone was surprised when the Department of Defense named Microsoft as the winner of the decade long, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract last month, none more so than Amazon, the company everyone assumed all along would be the winner. Today the company confirmed earlier reports that it was challenging the contract award […]
New Jersey says Uber owes it over $640 million in taxes and fines for misclassifying drivers as independent workers (UBER)
Richard Drew/AP New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million in taxes and penalties from ride-hailing company Uber, saying that it misclassied its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.   Uber has pushed back against the state's findings, saying that its drivers were properly classified as independent contractors. Companies like Uber and Lyft have been pushing against laws that would require them to classify drivers as employees, which would require them to pay out benefits like unemployment or disability insurance. Uber's shares closed Thursday down 2.7%. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. The decision is the latest setback for Uber and other companies in the so-called "gig economy" that rely heavily on contract labor to deliver the services at the heart of their popular apps.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The new Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch probably got rid of your favorite PokémonThis tiny $55 device sold in Apple Stores lets you easily connect your AirPods to in-flight movies on an airplaneFacebook just signed a lease for a massive new office in New York City's $25 billion neighborhood, Hudson Yards
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The mediators hired to work on Jeffrey Epstein's estate also handled the 9/11 victims fund and Catholic Church abuse scandal
The executors managing the estate of Jeffrey Epstein have hired prominent mediators to figure out how to compensate his alleged victims of sexual abuse through a claims resolution program.
Kenya's ugali scare: How safe is your maize flour?
Well-known brands of maize flour have been banned after a warning they could be poisonous to humans.
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YouTube’s next big change could penalize anyone who creates for kids
YouTube just changed a major rule for anyone who uploads videos, ostensibly to protect kids — but now content creators are confused as to how to follow it. Starting next year, all YouTube content creators will have to tick a box when they upload a video, indicating whether or not said video is “kid-directed.” Creators will also have to categorize each of their previously uploaded videos and even their entire channels the same way. Content for kids in this case means children are the primary audience or the content that is “directed to children but children are a secondary audience,” to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube
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Preview: CBSN Originals presents "Speaking Frankly: Porn"
With smart phones and wireless internet, gaining access to pornography has never been easier for young people. But experts say early exposure to porn can "rewire" young people’s brains, distort their views of sexual behavior, and even contribute to dating violence. CBSN Originals explores the issue in the documentary "Speaking Frankly: Porn." Watch the full story at
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Amazon Appeals Pentagon's Choice Of Microsoft For $10 Billion Cloud Contract
Amazon cited "unmistakable bias" as it prepares to challenge its loss in federal court. This starts a new chapter in the contentious battle over the biggest U.S. cloud-computing contract, called JEDI.
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Italy: Venice council flooded after 'NO' vote on climate change measures
Oops. Awkward. An Italian council was flooded immediately after rejecting new measures to address the climate crisis that threatens to sink the city, and wreak havoc throughout the world. The regional council of Veneto is situated on Venice's Grand Canal. On Tuesday night, the office flooded for the first time in its history, right after rejecting measures to fight climate change. Here is a post on Facebook with images. Venice has been hit this week by the worst flooding in over 50 years. Reporting by Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN: And the council chamber in Ferro Fini Palace started to take in water around 10 p.m. local time, as councilors were debating the 2020 regional budget, Democratic Party councilor Andrea Zanoni said in a long Facebook post. "Ironically, the chamber was flooded two minutes after the majority League, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia parties rejected our amendments to tackle climate change," Zanoni, who is deputy chairman of the environment committee, said in the post, which also has photographs of the room under water. Among the rejected amendments were measures to fund renewable sources, to replace diesel buses with "more efficient and less polluting ones," to scrap polluting stoves and reduce the impact of plastics, he said. Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change [] Previously: Venice is flooded right now and it looks miserable Read the rest
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California School Shooting Is Another Nightmare Made Real
Two students were left dead when a young man opened fire at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.
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Ranking Every MLB MVP Season of the 2010s
The 2019 American League and National League MVP awards were handed out Thursday night, capping off a week full of debates...
Taylor Swift says Scooter Braun is banning her from performing her old material
Sources tell us Swift owes Braun and Borchetta $7 million.
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'Halo: Reach' comes to PC and Xbox One on Dec. 3 as part of 'The Master Chief Collection'
Enhanced editions of Microsoft's Halo video game series are finally headed to PCs. The first game, 'Halo: Reach,' will be released Dec. 3.      
Mother-in-law posing as teen catches son-in-law trying to solicit photos from boys online
An investigation revealed that Ryan Budde of Iowa had chat sessions with young boys, where he pretended to be a 15-year-old virgin, authorities said.
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White House budget official will testify in impeachment probe if subpoenaed: lawyer
White House budget official Mark Sandy will give testimony in a closed session of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump if he is subpoenaed, his lawyer said on Thursday.
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New Epstein accuser says he asked for nude photos just a month before his arrest
Jeffrey Epstein harangued one of his victims for nude photos a mere month before his arrest on sex-trafficking charges, according to a new lawsuit filed against his estate Thursday. Juliette Bryant says in her Manhattan federal court lawsuit that she was an aspiring 20-year-old model in South Africa when she was introduced to the financier....
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Pelosi says Trump's actions with Ukraine amount to bribery
Lawmakers are responding to the first day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and New York Times congressional correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg join CBSN's "Red and Blue" to discuss the latest.
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Democratic leaders eye a Mexico-Canada trade vote before the year ends
House Democrats look increasingly likely to approve President Donald Trump's revised North American Free Trade Agreement before the end of the year, even as Capitol Hill is consumed with contentious impeachment proceedings. - RSS Channel
NYPD revamps vacation policy in push to improve cops’ mental health
Top NYPD brass are making it easier for cops to take off for vacation — the department’s latest push to address officers’ mental health, The Post has learned. “In order to address the mental health and morale, The Police Commissioner’s Office and the Deputy Commissioner of Labor Relations have decided it is best for MOS...
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Why this 2019 Nobel physics winner says we should stop calling it a ‘Big Bang’
The Big Bang Theory remains the most convincing and popular estimation on the origin of universe, but that doesn’t mean it’s true. James Peebles, a one-half winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics (he split the award with a duo comprised of Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz), is a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to early-universe theories. According to him, the events surrounding the “Big Bang” are still unknown, and he really wishes his colleagues would stop referring to it as a “big bang.” According to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP), Peebles told an audience at… This story continues at The Next Web
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‘This touched everyone’: Walmart store reopens months after mass shooting
The border city in eastern Texas continues to recover from the racially-driven attack that targeted Mexicans and killed 22 peopleThree months after one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where 22 were killed in an August rampage reopened on Thursday amid tears and smiles from customers and staff as the border city continues to reel from the racially-driven tragedy.The 9am opening began with the raising of the American flag – which had been flown at half-staff since the attack – and the unfurling of an “El Paso Strong” banner, a slogan which is now found on bumper stickers, shirts, and buildings throughout the city. Continue reading...
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MLB MVP 2019: AL and NL Award Winners, Voting Results and Reaction
Southern California reigned supreme in Major League Baseball awards voting with the announcement that Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels were named the MVP of their respective leagues...
Boosted rolls out squishier wheels for smoother, faster rides
Images: Boosted Electric skateboard and scooter company Boosted has launched a new set of urethane wheels for its longboards that will offer smoother, faster rides. The new wheels are called Boosted 105s, and they cost $169 for a set of four. The wheels are 30 percent bigger than the ones that Boosted ships on its longboards, measuring 105mm in diameter (hence the name), 65mm wide, and 72 durometer — a measure of hardness. They should add about 2 miles per hour to the top speed, meaning the Boosted Plus would be able to reach 24 miles per hour, and the Boosted Stealth can hit 26 miles per hour. The wheels are also compatible with Boosted’s second generation longboard, but the company says there’s only “limited compatibility” with the Boosted Mini short board. (The company recommends users who want to try to adjust the tightness of the Mini’s trucks to avoid wheel bite.) Boosted also announced Thursday a headlight / taillight combo pack called Beams, which costs $199. The headlights reach 600 lumens of brightness, and the taillights illuminate any time the user brakes the skateboard. Both are powered by the board’s battery, and the headlight even has a pass-through USB port for charging devices, which is neat. The lights appear to be compatible with both the newer longboards and the Boosted Mini. Boosted has sold accessories in the past, but the two new products are the most full-throated attempt by the California company to take a bite out of the ancillary market that exists around its products. While there’s a wealth of Reddit threads and YouTube how-tos dedicated to swapping wheels or adding lights to Boosted’s boards, the pitch here is obvious: spend some more money, and you won’t have to put in as much of the work. Considering the high price tags of Boosted’s boards, that’s probably not the worst bet.
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What Not To Do the First Day in Prison
Spoiler: The idea is you want to get to day two, alive. “How you going to beat up a man gifting you handmade seasonal accessories?” Excellent advice on all the things you should definitely not do on your first day in prison. This character is priceless, as is his advice, may you never need it. From We The Internet TV, starring Grizz Chapman. More: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram [VIDEO LINK] Read the rest
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University of Florida's student president facing impeachment for Trump Jr. visit
A separate impeachment process related the Trump family is happening outside of Congress. Megan Reeves, an education reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, joins "Red and Blue" to discuss the effort to oust the University of Florida's student body president.
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Notorious ‘Potomac Park Rapist’ busted for string of DC attacks in the ‘90s
Giles Warrick was busted in South Carolina after investigators used DNA evidence to link him to the 1998 murder of a National Academy of Sciences intern who was walking near the Potomac River in Georgetown and several other attacks in the area, officials said.
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Disaster declared as Venice deals with historic flooding
One of the world's most popular tourist destinations was declared a disaster on Thursday. Venice, Italy, has been swamped by the worst flooding in a half-century. As Holly Williams reports, the damage has left the city in deep trouble.
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NFL teams commit to attend workout with Colin Kaepernick
New details are emerging about Colin Kaepernick's possible return to the football field. The quarterback, sidelined since protesting the national anthem, has now been invited to try out for NFL teams. James Brown spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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At least 2 dead in shooting at California high school
Gunshots rang out at the start of classes at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. At least two students are dead and three others wounded. As Jonathan Vigliotti reports, the suspect is a 16-year-old student.
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Esper says military academy athletes can delay service to go pro, reversing Mattis decision
Athletes attending U.S. military academies can now delay entry into the armed forces upon graduation to play professional sports if they make the cut.
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, Angels' Mike Trout win Most Valuable Player honors
Bellinger is first Dodgers player to win NL MVP since KershawAnaheim’s Mike Trout wins AL award for third time in careerAstros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win second Cy Young AwardsLos Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes. Continue reading...
"CBS Evening News" headlines for Thursday, November 14, 2019
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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Russia establishes new foothold in Syria amid recent violence
Russia confirmed it's setting up a new base in the Syrian city of Qamishli. Yet, for all the security forces now jostling for control, they've been unable to ensure security for the local population. Charlie D'Agata reports from northeast Syria.
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Bank teller charged in home invasion of a customer who'd made a large withdrawal
A bank teller has been charged in connection with a home invasion at the residence of a customer who'd made a large withdrawal of money, authorities in Maryland said. - RSS Channel
New Jersey hits Uber with $640 million tax bill for misclassifying workers
The state says the ride hail giant wrongly labeled employees as independent contractors.
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On 16th birthday, California student opens fire at his high school, killing two
A Southern California high school student pulled a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun from his backpack and fired on fellow classmates on Thursday morning, killing two and wounding three others.
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Teenager Who Killed His Father and a 6-Year-Old Is Sentenced to Life Without Parole
Jesse Dewitt Osborne was 14 when he killed his father in 2016 before driving to an elementary school in Townville, S.C., and shot three people, killing one.
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