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Panthers' Christian McCaffrey Joins 99 Overall Club in Madden NFL 2020
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has become the newest member of the 99 Club in Madden NFL 20 ...
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Senate Sends Short-Term Funding Measure To President Hours Before Government Shutdown
The Senate passed a temporary funding measures hours before a government shutdown sets in at midnight tonight. Bipartisan negotiators have been unable to reach a broader deal on spending bills.
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Here are the best pre-Black Friday deals on gaming laptops
TL;DR: Get a powerful Lenovo Legion Y540 gaming laptop for $849 at Walmart right now after a $351 discount. It's just one example of the best pre-Black Friday deals you'll find on top-line gaming laptops by Lenovo, Dell, and HP.  In case you didn't notice, Black Friday is already here. Black Friday is no longer confined to your restrictive definitions of "dates" and "calendars." But consider that good news since you don't have to sit up in the middle of the night refreshing Walmart and Amazon pages. That means you can enjoy amazing deals now and through the actual day itself — if you know where to look. Read more...More about Lenovo, Dell, Gaming Laptops, Mashable Shopping, and Mashable Deals
Farmers are committing suicide as drought in southern Africa reaches crisis levels
VOSBURG, South Africa — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but there are none in sight. The months-long drought is affecting...
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OpenAI releases Safety Gym for reinforcement learning
OpenAI's new reinforcement learning AI training environment -- Safety Gym -- aims to spur development of "safe" machine learning models.
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Animal rights activist accused of stabbing woman wearing fur coat
A rabid Ohio animal rights activist previously busted for trying to hire a hitman to kill a stranger wearing fur is now accused of stabbing a woman inside a church — because she too was wearing a pelt coat, officials said. Meredith Lowell, 35, was charged with attempted murder and assault in connection to the...
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Mike Trout: I'm Waiting by My Phone for Angels to Make Big Offseason Addition
Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout said Thursday he's eagerly awaiting word on potential offseason additions to the team's roster after four straight seasons of missing the playoffs...
Former music exec slams Grammys, plans next industry exposé
Dorothy Carvello claims she was blackballed by the Grammys in its audio book category.
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California Supreme Court says law requiring presidential candidates to turn over tax returns is invalid
The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled the state's new law that requires presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns for the previous five years to get on the ballot is invalid.
NASA exploring possibility of genetically modified super astronauts
Much like Sam Worthington in the 2018 Sci-Fi flick "The Titan," astronauts would be engineered to deal with the harsh toll of space travel.
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Westjet passenger asks for diabetic meal, gets potatoes two ways
Those carbs can cause "coma, amputation, blindness and even death."
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Shareholders back Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin at AGM
Despite corporate governance warnings, outspoken Brexiter gets overwhelming supportShareholders have thrown their weight behind the founder chairman of JD Wetherspoon despite a furious row over corporate governance.Ahead of Thursday’s annual shareholder meeting the influential proxy voting agencies that advise big shareholders how to vote had raised a number of red flags. Tim Martin has been the executive chairman since 1983, in contravention of guidelines that recommend having a non-executive chairman operating above a chief executive. The advisory groups also criticised executive pay and Martin’s use of company money to buy pro-Brexit beermats. Continue reading...
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MTA completely floods subway station entrance to test new water blocking gate
The MTA made a splash in lower Manhattan when it filled the entrance of a subway station with several feet of water Wednesday to test out a new flood-proofing plan. The Broadway station looked more like a kiddie pool than a transit hub for a few hours — due to a water blocking device, dubbed...
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High prices and debt mean millennials don't plan to stop renting, and that's before their parents retire and become dependent on them
The percentage of millennials planning to "always rent" is up about 25% from last year, to 12.3%, based on Apartment List's annual survey; the factors behind this are primarily high house prices and high levels of indebtedness, driven primarily by student debt. Home ownership is one of the traditional signifiers of American middle-class respectability, and so the growing proportion of Americans who have abandoned it can be read as the sunsetting of a major part of "the American dream." But if millennials think they're struggling now, wait until their parents -- who lost their defined benefits pension and were moved into market-based 401(k)s that are grossly inadequate to supporting them after they stop working -- retire. With shrinking welfare and public services, no pensions, and contractions in the scope of both Medicaid and private insurance, as well as rising medical expenses, ruinous medical surprise billing, and skyrocketing pharma costs, retirees will be living longer and will also be less able to care for themselves through their retirement. That means that these debt-burdened, renting millennials, struggling with wage stagnation and gig-economy precarity, will soon be expected to care for their parents, either by moving them into their own rented homes, or by taking time away from work and their own families to care for their increasingly frail parents. That means that a whole generation's prime child-rearing and working years will be compromised by crushing eldercare and debt burdens, leaving them largely childless (with fewer young workers coming up behind them to pay into the Social Security system when they retire) and with stunted working lives. Read the rest
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Farage hoping to enlist help of Trump in Brexit party tree-planting plan
Focus on environment in upcoming manifesto seen as attempt to broaden appealLatest election news – live updatesNigel Farage is hoping to enlist the climate science denier Donald Trump to help lead a global campaign to plant billions of trees to capture CO2.The Brexit party leader, a friend of the US president, is due to make the announcement in Westminster on Friday as his party launches its version of an election manifesto. Continue reading...
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Black Friday 2019 gift guide: For the person who has everything
A 2019 gift guide for the person who has everything. Give them VR, coffee, or a way to track them when they go off the grid.
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See Ellen surprise couple after viral tweet
Ellen DeGeneres surprised a lesbian couple with an appearance on her show and a $25,000 wedding gift after they said some family members wouldn't attend their wedding because they're gay. - RSS Channel
Bibi’s Indicted, and Israel’s Just Going to Keep On Holding Elections Forever
The country made history this week. Not the good kind.
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‘Antebellum’ trailer: Janelle Monáe is haunted by ancestors
Janelle Monáe gets seriously ghosted in the new trailer for “Antebellum.” Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz — who produced Jordan Peele’s horror stories “Get Out” and “Us” — the hush-hush chiller features 33-year-old Monáe as author Veronica Henley, who is “trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s...
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Murderer who refuses to reveal where victim's body is due to be freed
Mother of murdered 22-year-old calls for law change as Parole Board decides to release Ian Simms The mother of a murdered woman has said she was horrified by the decision to release her daughter’s killer despite his refusal to reveal where his victim’s body was.Marie McCourt has campaigned relentlessly to block the release of Ian Simms, the man convicted of killing her daughter, Helen. Continue reading...
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NASA underwater rover could aid in search for life
NASA recently showed off its new underwater rover that it hopes one day could help in exploring alien ocean worlds in the search for life.
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Myles Garrett: Mason Rudolph’s racial slur ignited helmet attack
Myles Garrett’s appeal of his indefinite suspension included a claim that Mason Rudolph used a racial slur before their brawl, reported. Garrett is trying to have his ban reduced after he swung his helmet wildly at the Steelers quarterback in the final seconds of the Browns’ 21-7 win over Pittsburgh last Thursday. Rudolph strongly...
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Stadia users report overheating issues with bundled Chromecast Ultra
It appears Stadia rocks a little too hard for some of the hardware its purported to work on, in this case some Chromecast Ultras. That’s not likely to be a problem if Stadia becomes as ubiquitous as Google’s planning, but it’s unfortunate considering the Ultra is part of Google’s inaugural Stadia package. Some users on the Stadia Reddit have reported their Chromecast Ultras overheating and shutting off while they’re playing games with Stadia. The devices run extremely hot when this happens. We don’t have enough data on their reports to figure out if it’s Stadia that’s the problem or a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Chromecast
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HILL ON SONDLAND 'He was involved in a domestic political errand'
She is going right for the jugular. On Capitol Hill today, America's former top diplomat in Ukraine is testifying, and the bus is running over heads, backing up, and running right over them again and again. "He was involved in a domestic political errand," Dr. Fiona Hill testified Thursday, speaking of Gordon Sondland, and of Rudy Giuliani and the other errand-boys of Putin and Trump in Ukraine. Fiona Hill on Sondland: "He was being involved in a domestic political errand. And we were involved in national security policy." — Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) November 21, 2019 "He was involved in a domestic political errand," testifies Hill about @USAmbEU in response to @GOP questioning, says she warned him it would "blow up" and now "here we are." #ImpeachmentInquiry — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) November 21, 2019 Hill: He was absolutely right. He was being involved in a domestic political errand. We were being involved in national security. Those had converged. I did say to him, Gordon, this is all going to blow up. Here we are. — emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 21, 2019 Read the rest
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‘Planet Earth’, ‘Blue Planet’, and More BBC Nature Docs are Leaving Netflix in December
But fear not: they'll be available to stream on Discovery's new streaming service when it launches in 2020.
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Pope calls for action to protect women, children in Thailand
BANGKOK — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national sports stadium, Francis denounced the scourges afflicting the poorest of...
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Riot police surround Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University as some protesters hold out
An unknown number of protesters remain holed up inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University as riot police encircle the campus, which has been the site of violent clashes.
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The 'fictional narratives' driving Trump's Ukraine pressure campaign
U.S. President Donald Trump's former Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, warned lawmakers in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry on Thursday against promoting a "fictional narrative" that minimizes Russia's attempts to interfere in U.S. elections.
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Kamala Harris says Pete Buttigieg sounded "naïve" at Democratic debate
"Those of us who've been involved in Civil Rights for a long time we know that it is important that we not compare our struggles," the California senator said Thursday
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Ukrainian Oligarchs And The Influence Of Foreign Money On American Politics
The Trump administration's pressure on Ukraine is the center of the impeachment inquiry, but foreign influence expert Ben Freeman says the influence also worked in the opposite direction.
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'Absolutely heartbreaking': how Macclesfield Town fell into crisis
Late wages, a players’ strike and high-court dates are part of a cycle of bad news at the League Two clubTis almost the season to be jolly, just not at Macclesfield Town. Thirty-five miles south of the shell of Bury FC and a splutter away from the riches of Manchester City and United, another swell of supporters feel they have been reduced to pawns, collateral damage as another rudderless club beset by off-field turbulence fumbles around in the dark, seemingly squeaking by week on week, trapped in a cycle of bad news. Be it unpaid wages, dates with the high court or the sobering stories of staff being unable to afford to fuel up cars to get to work and the Silkmen Supporters’ Trust (SST) setting up a hardship fund to help pay affected personnel, it is not a good look.Players and non-playing staff have not been paid on time for the past 10 months, and a winding-up petition against the League Two club was adjourned for the seventh time in seven months on Wednesday. Cheshire police are reviewing a report in “relation to a financial matter”, which is understood to be alleged financial irregularities relating to pension contributions. Such is the mess, the owner, Amar Alkadhi, an Iraqi with business interests in the Middle East, notably oil, who acquired the club in 2003 alongside his brother Bashar, who resigned as a director six years ago, admits Macclesfield deserve to be punished by the EFL, who last week charged the club with misconduct for failing to pay their players on time, prompting an independent disciplinary panel; a points deduction is likely. Continue reading...
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Michigan State's Joey Hauser Has Waiver Appeal Denied After Transfer
The NCAA has denied Joey Hauser's waiver appeal, making him ineligible to play for Michigan State this season. Per The Athletic's Brendan Quinn , Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said Thursday that Hauser's appeal was officially denied...
Wall Street muted on doubts over progress in U.S.-China trade deal
The S&P 500 and Dow indexes treaded water on Thursday as mixed headlines on U.S-China trade relations and a diplomatic row over the Hong Kong protests added to uncertainty over the timing of a "phase one" deal.
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Chance the Rapper chugs milk and fails to make it through 'Hot Ones'
Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper took the Hot Ones challenge this week, munching on an array of increasingly spicy hot wings while fielding questions from host Sean Evans.  The two talked Chance's Netflix competition series Rhythm + Flow, baseball, and being a fan of your own work. The rapper had a hard time coping with the spice, visibly struggling only about halfway through when he almost drained his glass of milk and then took Evans' without a second thought. "I'm a real fuckin' man, but that shit is insane," he said to Evans. "Gimme your milk."  After draining the milk, Chance moved on the ice cream he had brought in himself, which appeared to do little to stop the sweating. And that was before the show's most notorious sauce, Da Bomb. Read more...More about Chance The Rapper, Hot Ones, Da Bomb, Culture, and Celebrities
Fiona Hill: the Durham miner's daughter creating waves in DC
Russia expert tells Trump impeachment hearing of class and accent barriers in UKFollow the day’s news from the hearingAs a former Russia expert on the US national security council and one of the officials with knowledge of a scheme to withhold vital aid to Ukraine, Fiona Hill has transfixed Capitol Hill while giving evidence to Donald Trump’s impeachment hearing.But Hill – who grew up in County Durham, north-east England, and is the daughter of a coal miner and a nurse – has had an unconventional route to the heart of power in Washington DC. Continue reading...
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Report: Myles Garrett Says Mason Rudolph Used Racial Slur; QB Denies Allegation
At his suspension appeal hearing Wednesday, Myles Garrett alleged Mason Rudolph used a racial slur before the fight toward the end of the Cleveland Browns' 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov...
School-lunch employee planted secret camera in boys' bathroom, police say
A janitor discovered the hidden camera while replacing toilet-paper dispensers at the school in El Campo, Texas, authorities said.
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Two U.S. airmen killed at Oklahoma Air Force base in training mission
The incident occurred during a routine training mission Thursday morning at Vance Air Force Base.
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Hill says John Bolton warned officials that Rudy Giuliani was a "hand grenade"
National Security Council expert Fiona Hill testified on Thursday that former National Security Advisor John Bolton warned top officials, including herself, that President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani would cause trouble for the administration. Hill said Bolton described Giuliani as a "hand grenade that was going to blow everyone up." At the time of this conversation, Hill said, Giuliani was regularly appearing on TV. "(Giuliani) was clearly pushing forward issues and ideas that would probably come back to haunt us," Hill said. "In fact I think that's where we are today."
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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg files paperwork to run for U.S. president
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork on Thursday with the Federal Election Commission to run for U.S. president as a Democrat, the latest sign that the former New York City Mayor is joining the crowded nominating contest.
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, was today indicted on charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. Haaretz reports that it ends a "dramatic political year" that has seen two indecisive general elections, after which both Netanyahu and his opposition failed to form governments. Laying out the charges in a press conference, [Attorney General Avichai] Mendelblit said he made the decision to indict the prime minister "with a heavy heart, but wholeheartedly," stressing it was not an issue of left-wing or right-wing politics and that enforcing the law is not a matter of choice. The attorney general lamented that "while conducting a professional hearing process, we've witnessed repeated attempts to delegitimize the people who were involved [in the investigations]. Those people acted out of proper motives.” The delegitimization "was meant to create the impression that any decision taken would be wrong. The investigations are based on broad-based evidence and testimony, which were professionally reviewed. No stone was left unturned," the attorney general said. Read the rest
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Trump tax requirement for primary run knocked down in California
Bad news for transparency and for foes of Trump. Attempts by California lawmakers to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns before he can qualify to run for re-election in 2010 ended today. The California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously that the Democrat-sponsored legislation violates a state constitutional requirement to include all “recognized” presidential candidates on the primary ballot. Bob Egelko with the San Francisco Chronicle: The state law, the first of its kind in the nation, “is in conflict with the Constitution’s specification of an inclusive open presidential primary ballot,” said Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The ruling came just 15 days after the court heard arguments in the case. Trump is the first president in more than four decades to refuse to disclose his income tax returns. A federal judge in Sacramento blocked enforcement of the California law last month, in suits by Trump and other Republicans, saying the law probably violated thee rights of voters as well as candidates and conflicted with a less-demanding federal financial-disclosure law. No appeal is likely. California Supreme Court knocks down Trump tax requirement for primary run Read the rest
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Holmes: Ukraine felt pressured to reopen Biden investigation
State Department official David Holmes confirmed during his testimony on Thursday that Ukraine felt pressure from the Trump administration to reopen an investigation into Hunter Biden. Holmes said he believes Ukraine still wanted to appease Trump even after frozen military aid was released. "I think that continues to this day," Holmes said. "I think they're being very careful. They still need us now, going forward."
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Use 'Summits' As a Field Guide to Mountain Climbing
Summits is a mountain-by-mountain guide to climbing. Each mountain in the Summits database has its own page with detailed climbing directions both quantitative and qualitative, making it a great way to prepare to visit a particular mountain, or even choose which mountain to climb.Read more...
How Peloton's Marketing Strategy Made It a Leader in Its Space
Marketing expert Eric Siu breaks down how the company performs with paid media, content marketing, SEO, conversion-rate optimization and other categories.
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Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards, has died
The man credited with popularizing snowboarding died from complications related to cancer, Burton Snowboards said.
Bloomberg files papers for presidential run — but he's not in yet
Bloomberg's team filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday that says he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination
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Farage under fire for conspiracy claims linked to antisemitism
Brexit party leader tells evangelical Christian TV channel of threat from ‘globalists’ and mass migration Nigel Farage has faced renewed criticism for discussing tropes and conspiracy theories associated with the far right and antisemitism after it emerged he said migration would “imperil the future of our civilisation” and called Goldman Sachs “the enemy”.In an interview earlier this year with a tiny UK evangelical Christian TV channel, Revelation TV, the Brexit party leader alleged that banks and multinational corporations were trying to created a dictatorial world government. Continue reading...
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