Brother of Bianca Devins’ alleged murderer apologizes on behalf of family

The brother of the upstate man accused of killing his social media influencer girlfriend over the weekend apologized for his sibling’s alleged murderous rampage. “I’m deeply sorry something like this came from my family and my heart goes out for the family of the victim,” James Ward wrote in a Monday Instagram post. Ward’s brother,...
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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is on sale and you won't believe the price
TL;DR: A three-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is on sale for £1, saving you 97% on list price. You're likely to come across loads of deals in the coming weeks, and everyone will be telling you that it's the best deal out there, or that this discount is unprecedented and never to be seen again. Now we're not going to say that the current Xbox Game Pass Ultimate deal will never resurface, or that it has never been seen before, but we will say that it's the best available right now and it's simply incredible. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: The best gaming deals in the UK Read more...More about Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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Radar tech reveals unseen footprints of mammoths from the Ice Age
The mammoth lumbers through our imaginations when we think about the world during the most recent Ice Age. They’re just one of many giant creatures that our ancestors lived alongside and which became extinct when the climate changed. The giant ground sloth – a large herbivore that was endemic to the Americas – is another. We can study these extinct animals from their bones – but also from the preserved footprints they left in the mud. But these footprints are often hard to find – and while they can tell us about the presence of an animal, they don’t always… This story continues at The Next Web
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Ambassador to European Union to testify publicly Wednesday
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives on Capitol Hill in what's shaping up to be the most consequential hearing of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
NASA just detected water vapor on a moon of Jupiter — yet another clue that Europa's hidden ocean could hold alien life
NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA scientists have detected water vapor above the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa for the first time. It's yet another clue that Europa could host alien life in the ocean below its icy crust. Overall, the moon may hold twice as much water as Earth. An upcoming NASA spacecraft will travel to Europa to hunt for more clues about possible alien life. Here's everything we know about Europa, its ocean, and its potential for alien life. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. An icy moon of Jupiter is looking more and more like it could hold alien life deep in its subsurface sea.  On Monday, NASA announced that scientists had officially measured water vapor on the moon, called Europa, for the first time.   The discovery is yet another sign that Europa has all the right ingredients for aliens — given the right chemicals and a little deep-sea volcanic activity, it's possible that life could spring up (or already has) deep in the saltwater ocean below Europa's surface. Here's why scientists are increasingly looking to Europa in their hunt for alien life.On Monday, NASA announced that scientists had measured water vapor on Europa for the first time. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute NASA's Hubble Space Telescope first spotted such water vapor on Europa in 2013, possibly erupting from geysers. But nobody had directly measured it until now. The discovery is yet another clue that Europa could host alien life. NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI "Essential chemical elements (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur) and sources of energy, two of three requirements for life, are found all over the solar system. But the third — liquid water — is somewhat hard to find beyond Earth," Lucas Paganini, a NASA planetary scientist who led the research, said in a press release. "While scientists have not yet detected liquid water directly, we've found the next best thing: water in vapor form." Scientists have long suspected that Europa conceals an ocean below its icy surface — possibly with twice the volume of Earth's oceans. Jenny Cheng and Skye Gould/Business Insider See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:We just got a look at the latest financials for health startups like Bright and Oscar. They reveal the challenges facing the insurers as they keep growing their footprints.A handful of new telescopes are about to transform the hunt for alien life and our understanding of the universe itselfA Bay Area startup is working to make 'air meat' using protein-producing microbes discovered by NASASEE ALSO: A handful of new telescopes are about to transform the hunt for alien life and our understanding of the universe itself
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The Morning After: Audi's E-Tron Sportback has a 'carpet of light'
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The LA Auto Show is in full swing, so we've got electrified vehicles from Audi, Karma and Lincoln to discuss. A fourth Star Trek movie has found its writer/director, Sony is investing in AI for gastronomy and, l...
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A Texas mom is 'disgusted' because a daycare employee wrote that her 5-year-old son needed to be put on a diet
She left a special note inside his lunchbox: "Please tell my son that his mommy loves him so much and that I'm thinking about him." But the daycare sent one back: "NO! Put him on a diet and GO AWAY!"
Trump impeachment inquiry: Gordon Sondland due to testify
Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, is at the centre of allegations against President Trump.
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Israel strikes Iranian positions in Syria after rocket fire - IDF
Israel hit dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets in a series of raids in the early hours of Wednesday, the Israeli military said, in response to four rockets fired from Syrian territory into Israel in the early hours of Tuesday.
Factbox: 'To Tim': Trump's tweets to Apple CEO Cook on factories, iPhones
Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook will give U.S. President Donald Trump a personal tour of its Texas computer factory on Wednesday, the latest sign of a close relationship between two of America's most powerful men.
6 technology trends that are changing how we travel
As technology plays an increasingly important role in the travel sector, here are 6 trends, from AI and augmented reality to voice technology and IoT.
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This 10-year-old is the best Lakers’ shooter since Jerry West
@Lakers We have that and more in Wednesday’s NBA newsletter. The Lakers beat the Thunder to improve to a league-best 12-2, LeBron James became the first player in league history to have a triple-double against every other franchise, Ian Karmel danced with the Laker Girls, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a clutch three. But the biggest story at STAPLES Center on Tuesday was obviously 10-year-old fan Maxx, who participated in the Lakers’ timeout shooting contest called Half-Minute To Win It. The goal is to score 10 points in 30 seconds or less to win a free pass to Lakers summer camp. Layups are worth one point, free throws are worth three, and top of the key threes are worth 10. What followed was the greatest shooting display Los Angeles has ever seen. Our buddy Maxx out here trying to get himself a contract!— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 20, 2019 Maxx finished with 30 points. Thirty. He needed 10! He got 10 in two seconds. Seriously, he got the ball, needed 10 points to go to camp, took a single shot, and was done. He could have stopped after one shot. Instead, he ran up the score. Maxx ended up shooting 8-9 from the floor -- though officials may need to review if he got that wild turnaround jumper off before the buzzer. He had the whole Lakers bench looking at him, he got dapped up by the Lakers Girls and JaVale McGee, and the kid is going to camp. You love to see it. Just imagine how many titles the Lakers could have won this century if Shaq and Pau Gasol had Maxx instead of Kobe. Scores Warriors 114, Grizzlies 95Blazers 104, Pelicans 115Suns 116, Kings 120Thunder 107, Lakers 112 Schedule All times Eastern. Games are on League Pass unless otherwise noted. Knicks at Sixers, 7Spurs at Wizards, 7Bucks at Hawks, 7:30Hornets at Nets, 7:30Cavaliers at Heat, 7:30Magic at Raptors, 7:30Warriors at Mavericks, 7:30, ESPNPistons at Bulls, 8Jazz at Wolves, 8Rockets at Nuggets, 9Celtics at Clippers, 10, ESPN Links Just an incredible piece of work from Kevin Arnovitz on the former Kings executive nailed for stealing $13 million from the team and its sponsors. A riveting tale. An unlikely hero. A lingering mystery. Mike Prada makes the case that the Giannis vs. Harden MVP battle is even more interesting this season. Ricky O’Donnell on the offseason separation of Malcolm Brogdon and the Bucks, and how it impacts everything. Mirin Fader has a big LaMelo Ball profile. Must-read. Second piece in Henry Abbott’s series on injuries. Matt Ellentuck writes that Markelle Fultz is fine. What a relief! Why are the Nets a trainwreck even taking into account the injuries? Dan Devine on the Nets, too. Why are the Hornets not a trainwreck? An excerpt from Michael Powell’s book on Navajo basketball. The Kings have been better lately. How? They slowed way down, writes Paolo Uggetti. Carmelo Anthony changed his number to 00, and instead of just letting people assume whatever, he got fake deep about it on Instagram. Also, Melo started in his Blazers debut, scoring 10 points on 4-14 shooting. Damian Lillard sat, and Portland lost to one of the worst teams in the league. Dan Devine on whether Melo can rewrite his final chapter. That nightmare Mavericks jersey we showed you last week is real, and everyone hates it. Folks, what if I told you that’s not even the worst Mavericks jersey of all time? It looks like P.J. Tucker is going to sign with Nike. Be excellent to each other.
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Joshua Kimmich: Mauricio Pochettino Is a 'Top Coach'; Unsure on Bayern Interest
Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich believes Mauricio Pochettino is a "top coach," although he said he's unsure if there's much substance in the reports linking him with a move to the Allianz Arena...
Trump Cleared a Sailor Accused of War Crimes. The Navy Wants to Expel Him From the SEALs Anyway.
The move would amount to an extraordinary and explicit rebuke of the president’s clearing of charges against a sailor accused of murder.
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Stevenage's Mark Sampson charged by FA over offensive remark about player
Remark alleged to have been made in transfer target talksClub investigation found no case for Sampson to answerStevenage caretaker manager Mark Sampson has been charged by the Football Association with making an offensive remark.The former England Women head coach is alleged to have made the remark to a coach who used to work with the League Two club earlier this season. It was alleged that the remark was aimed at a player during a conversation about transfer targets. Continue reading...
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Gordon Sondland, Syracuse University, Grammys: Your Wednesday Briefing
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Why do men’s and women’s clothes button up on different sides?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsWhy do men’s and women’s clothes button up on different sides?Jan Billing, Łódź, Poland Continue reading...
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Bunch raises $3.85 million for social mobile party app for gamers
Bunch, the party app for mobile games, has raised $3.85 million from top games companies including Supercell, Tencent, Riot Games, Miniclip, and others.
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How to Keep Alzheimer’s From Bringing About the Zombie Apocalypse
I tried to kill my father for years. To be fair, I was following his wishes. He’d made it clear that when he no longer recognized me, when he could no longer talk, when the nurses started treating him like a toddler, he didn’t want to live any longer. My father was 58 years old…
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Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits review – family ties
The sequel to A Weekend in New York gets inside the Essinger clan’s heads for an enforced family gatheringThe second part of Benjamin Markovits’s trilogy about the Essinger family picks up their lives a few years after the end of 2018’s A Weekend in New York. Since the US Open tournament that was the culmination of the previous book, Paul Essinger has quit professional tennis and broken up with his girlfriend, Dana. The book follows Paul, Dana, their son, Cal, and the various members of the Essinger family as they gather in Texas at the home of his parents, Liesel and Bill, for their week-long Christmas. Despite their estrangement, Dana and Paul hope to give Paul time to bond with his son. This offers a lifeline to his mother, who is desperate to find a way to bring them back together and for the celebrations to go well.We see the suffocation of the family Christmas, where small arguments open old wounds Continue reading...
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How to make the perfect quesadilla | Felicity Cloake
They are simply fresh corn tortillas folded over melted cheese, and anything else you might fancy – but what’s the best way to go about making these Mexican morsels?The quesadilla, according to chef Enrique Olvera, is “the simplest of pleasures”, and is described by Rick Bayless as “the grilled cheese sandwich of Mexico” – though, perhaps surprisingly, despite their name, these toasted tortillas don’t always contain cheese. Whatever’s inside, however, they’re the perfect quick feast, as much like an empanada or pasty as a mere sandwich, and best enjoyed hot from the grill with a lick of salsa and a second already on its way. But if you don’t have a taco stall handy, churning out handmade tortillas faster than you can eat them, what’s the closest to heaven you can get at home? Continue reading...
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Three key impeachment witnesses testify
The impeachment hearing enters another week. Three impeachment inquiry witnesses — Gordon Sondland, Laura Cooper and David Hale — will testify publicly. Follow here for the latest.
Trump’s Actions in Ukraine Weren’t Just Wrong, They Were Dangerous
One of the problems with understanding the Ukraine impeachment proceedings is that while there is a one-sentence summary of what Trump did – he hijacked American foreign policy to attempt to extort an investigation of a political rival from a desperate and dependent American ally – there is no good and simple explanation of the…
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Trade Packages for NBA's Top Stars Who Could End Up on the Block
Trade season is almost upon the NBA . Seriously. Look at the calendar. Its unofficial start, Dec. 15, is closer than you think...
NFL Power Rankings 2019: Week 12 Conference Standings and Latest Super Bowl Odds
Some weekends of the NFL season are loaded with drama and intrigue. Others go mostly by the book. Week 11 of the 2019 campaign fell into the latter category, which means little movement in the power rankings or Super Bowl odds ahead of Week 12...
Vayyar raises $109 million to bring its 4D radar imaging tech to more markets
Vayyar, which provides radar imaging sensor technology to multiple industries, has raised $109 million in a round of funding led by Koch.
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The 20 Best Individual NBA Seasons of the Past Decade
With autumn giving way to winter and the close of the 2010s bearing down, forgive us for feeling a little nostalgic...
College Football Playoff: Potential Disaster Scenarios After Week 13 Ranking
LSU remains atop the latest College Football Playoff rankings, and the forecast is steady along with it. At this point, most projections include LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and one of Oklahoma, Oregon or Utah to reach the championship tournament...
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Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 5 Episode 6: 'Are You Saying You've Had $5 Million in 9 Months?'
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All the Week 12 picks from our NFL experts, right here
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images Week 12 is just the fourth time ever that there will be three primetime matchups between teams with winning records. There were a lot of mismatches in Week 11 and — at least, on paper — it looked like an easy week to predict. That came to fruition. Three of our experts got 13 of the 14 games right, and another two went 12 of 14. Week 12 probably won’t be that simple. It has all the makings of a rough weekend for our panel. The Sunday slate is full of matchups between teams with similar records. It’s also a week with three primetime duels between teams with winning records. That’s rare. This is the fourth week in the Super-Bowl era featuring three primetime games between winning teams - Texans at Colts on Thursday night, Packers at 49ers on Sunday night, Ravens at Rams on Monday night. And that doesn’t include Patriots at Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 19, 2019 Our experts are mostly siding with the Texans, 49ers, Ravens, and Patriots in those four games. All of those picks are pretty tough to make, though — especially the Sunday Night Football showdown between the 49ers and Packers. San Francisco is 9-1, but lost two weeks ago to the Seahawks and needed a last-minute comeback to beat the Cardinals. Green Bay is 8-2 and coming off a bye. The Packers didn’t fare well last time they played in California, however. That’s quite the minefield of games to navigate, and there’s a good chance Week 12 ends up being a grenade that blows up in our faces like Week 10 did. We really don’t want that to happen again. The gauntlet of primetime games this week includes one of the divisional clashes that really have our panel split. The AFC South is one topsy-turvy division Indianapolis and Houston currently sit tied atop the AFC South, but will break that tie when they meet on Thursday night. The Texans just got stomped by the Ravens, 41-7, and couldn’t do anything to stop Lamar Jackson. The Colts bounced back from a loss to the Dolphins (without Jacoby Brissett) and cruised through the Jaguars a week later (with Brissett). A small majority of our group thinks the Texans will shake off their loss and split the season series with the Colts. In Week 7, Indianapolis came out on top, with Brissett throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. The other AFC South game of the week is between the slumping Jaguars and the surging Titans. The return of Nick Foles didn’t go as planned for Jacksonville; the veteran struggled to do much of anything against the Colts after a first-quarter touchdown pass. The Titans are headed in the other direction, winning three of four games before their Week 11 bye. Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback and even led Tennessee to an upset win against the Chiefs. Unsurprisingly, most — but not all — of the panel is taking the Titans to stay in the division race by avenging their Week 3 loss to the Jaguars. Meet the Good Dog of Week 12: Princess Meet Princess. She’s 11 years old and is the most timid poodle mix you’ll probably ever encounter. Princess spends most of her day trying to make friends with the feral cats in her backyard, often with mixed results. When she’s inside the house, she’s usually trying to convince whoever is home to stop what they’re doing so they can nap with her. When she’s an extra good dog, she loves to eat a Flying Dutchman from In-N-Out as a reward. Princess’ human, Hector Diaz, showed her photos of team logos with the hopes that she would like one more than the other. And because Hector wanted her to make the right picks, he may have swayed her decision-making with a not-so-subtle inflection of his voice. Sometimes it worked. Other times, she picked the Panthers over the Saints. She does like hanging out with cats, after all. Week 12 picks The guest picker of Week 12 is Tim Lynch, the manager at our Broncos blog, Mile High Report. Here are all our picks for the week with the caveat that they can still change by Friday, in case injury news changes our mind:
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Amazon will do whatever it can to pull you into Alexa’s ecosystem
Image: Amazon I’ve been thinking about how Amazon takes a chaos-energy attitude towards developing ecosystems around its products. When it’s trying to get third parties to work with its products, Amazon throws open the doors and invites all comers. When it’s making new products itself, Amazon is much more likely than anybody else to just do whatever it wants, sometimes aggressively. Sometimes that leads to hilarious Alexa products like rings that listen to your whisper, IR blasters, and Alexa party games. Other times it leads to corporate synergy with a burgeoning police interest in surveillance. Before we get to the dark stuff, let’s just take a minute with the latest example of how willing Amazon is to just do whatever it takes to get stuff to work... Continue reading…
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Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems
The recent focus on ICS raises the possibility that Iran's APT33 is exploring physically disruptive cyberattacks.
Black Friday 2019: Our Tips for Finding the Best Deals
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A Calvinesque and Hobbesian Look at Impeachment
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH spunky little boy president Donald and his imaginary publicist John create an imaginary foxy world where Donald is a selfless hero!
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South African Airways running out of cash as unions seek to expand strike
South African Airways (SAA) is running out of cash and could be liquidated if the government doesn't give it additional guarantees soon, a board member said on Wednesday, as trade unions threatened to escalate a crippling strike.
INSIGHT-Open homes, free rides: the people helping Hong Kong's protesters
Mak's children ran to her when they awoke to find a young man sleeping on an inflatable mattress in the middle of their toy room surrounded by a miniature play kitchen, blocks, trains, cars and drums.
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UPDATE 1-Target raises full-year forecast ahead of holiday season; shares surge
Target Corp raised its full-year profit forecast after posting better-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday, signaling a strong holiday season for the big-box retailer as it benefits from same-day delivery services and revamped stores.
Rainn Wilson gets quizzed on 'The Office' superfan Billie Eilish and crushes it
Billie Eilish is a superfan of The Office. So much so that when she met Rainn Wilson, AKA Dwight Schrute, she absolutely wowed him with her next-level knowledge of the iconic show. But how does Wilson's knowledge of the "Bad Guy" singer compare?  In fact, she was even a little bit nervous about meeting Wilson. We would be too, to be fair.  Wilson said that at the time he interviewed Eilish, she'd watched the show from start to finish 12 times. "I asked them to get the hardest Office trivia possible known to man and she nailed it," said Wilson. Lilly Singh quizzed Wilson on his knowledge of Eilish and, you know what, he got every single question right. He correctly guessed that she was born on the same year as the iPod came out. He knew which of her songs shares a name with a TV show of his. He even knew about her former crush on Justin Bieber.  Read more...More about The Office, Rainn Wilson, Culture, and Talk Show
The aliens from They Live make an appropriate Christmas tree topper
Blain Hefner's new show at Gallery 1988 is "Pop Toppers," and features over a dozen Christmas tree toppers. Because nothing says Christmas quite like Max Shreck polluting the city or Mola Ram ripping out someone's heart: You can see all the Pop Toppers here. If you're thinking Die Hard would have been a perfect film to feature, you're right. Blain already made a John McClane: Read the rest
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Police investigating Caruana Galizia murder arrest businessman on yacht
Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by car bomb on Mediterranean island in 2017A prominent Maltese businessman has been arrested aboard his yacht as it was heading out to sea, in an operation linked to the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Armed forces personnel boarded a vessel at around 5.30am on Wednesday morning and detained Yorgen Fenech. Continue reading...
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Off the Top Rope: AEW Star Sammy Guevara on the Night That Changed His Life
Last week, Sammy Guevara walked out to the ring with the legendary Chris Jericho, joining the All Elite Wrestling heavyweight champion in an effort to take the tag team straps from the recently crowned SCU...
Idiotic tourists hit by waves on this Iceland beach
A “wave” of tourism hit this iconic beach in Iceland. Watch as a group of tourists visiting the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach is tossed around by the high waves. “Idiots,” said tour guide Thorolfur Sævar Sæmundsson while filming from a safe distance. He warns people not to go down to the shoreline because of...
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Google tries to explain its controversial health data collection program
Google is belatedly trying to explain its controversial health care data collection program after it was revealed by a WSJ investigation. The search giant previously said that it's legally collecting data from the hospital chain Ascension under a so-...
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Tear gas above ground, snakes below: Hong Kong protesters take to sewers to flee
With all other escape routes blocked, some of the remaining protesters holed up in a Hong Kong university tried the unthinkable: they crawled through the sewers to get out.
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Watch live: CBSN's Elaine Quijano interviews Maria Ressa
Ressa was among a group of journalists recognized by Time magazine as 2018's Person of the Year
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