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A wind-driven brush fire has erupted in Southern California, burning near structures in the Newbury Park area west of Los Angeles (Nov. 8)        
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Trump Administration Faces 2 Legal Challenges For Asylum Restrictions
As Trump cracks down on asylum-seekers, federal lawsuits argue that the administration is turning its back on legal precedent and international law.
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As Insurers Offer Discounts For Fitness Trackers, Wearers Should Step With Caution
Millions of Americans use wearable devices to monitor their diet and fitness. Some insurance companies offer incentives to use them, but privacy advocates caution customers not to share too much data.
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Big Latino Turnout In Midterms Raises Stakes For 2020
Latino turnout was up dramatically in the midterms, according to early voting and other preliminary data. Democrats say Latino votes helped flip house and senate races across the country.
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Stolen Picasso found in Romanian forest revealed as fake
The Spanish artist's painting was taken in the "theft of the century" by Romanian robbers in 2012.
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Greg Clark endorses idea of extending Brexit transition period
Business secretary says option raised by Michel Barnier could benefit British companiesThe government wants the option of extending the Brexit transition period up to the end of 2022, business secretary Greg Clark has said, a move likely to further enrage the Conservative party plotters who hope to remove Theresa May this week.Amid predictions from hardline Brexit-backing Tories that the crucial mark of 48 MPs seeking to depose May could be reached on Monday, Clark endorsed an idea raised by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, which could keep the UK tied to Brussels rules for up to two further years. Continue reading...
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Thousands urged to flee Guatemala's killer "Volcano of Fire"
Authorities warn 10 communities to evacuate as volcano that killed almost 200 people in June continues belching molten lava
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Nissan's Ghosn to be arrested in Japan for under-reporting salary: media
Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn is being questioned by Tokyo prosecutors and will be arrested on suspicion of under-reporting his salary, Japanese media reported on Monday.
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Nissan: Ghosn used company money for personal use
Japanese automaker Nissan said on Monday that Chairman Carlos Ghosn had used company money for personal use and that it had been investigating possible improper practices of Ghosn and Representative Director Greg Kelly for several months.
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Amazon Prime members can watch 'Aquaman' a week early
Aquaman has only appeared briefly in Batman v. Superman and as a member of the Justice League, and was one of the few good things in two pretty awful movies. As such, the character's first solo movie has more promise than other DC Extended Universe f...
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North London stabbing: police investigate possible link to triple shooting
Four men in Edmonton hospitalised with stab wounds, a day after shotgun was fired into a minicabA street brawl during which two vehicles collided and four men were stabbed in north London on Sunday was believed to be linked to a triple shooting that took place a mile away about a day earlier, according to police.Four men, all in their 20s, were found stabbed at the scene of the car crash on Fraser Road, Edmonton shortly before 6pm, by police responding to reports of a fight. Three remained in hospital on Monday morning, with conditions not disclosed by police. Continue reading...
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Close to 1,000 still missing after deadliest California wildfire
Emergency services on Sunday sifted through the charred wreckage of California's deadliest ever wildfire, searching for signs of nearly 1,000 people believed still missing as crews made progress in bringing the blaze under control.
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Chinese erotic novelist jailed for 10 years for gay sex scenes
The author's lengthy jail terms has sparked protest across Chinese social media.
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Tim Cook defends multibillion dollar Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus
Tim Cook has defended his company’s deal with Google despite his prior criticism of the search giant for its cavalier attitude towards user data. The comments, which were broadcast as part of an interview on Axios on HBO, came in response to Cook being asked why he was comfortable taking billions of dollars from Google to make it Apple’s default search engine, despite wanting to protect user privacy. In response to the question, Cook emphasized the security and privacy measures that Apple builds directly into its Safari browser while still allowing its users access to “the best” search engine. ‘It’s not a perfect thing’ ”I think their [Google’s] search engine is the best. Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing. I’d be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.” Apple reportedly makes anywhere from $3 to $9 billion from its deal with Google, which sees its search engine made the default on Apple’s Safari web browser, Siri web search, and elsewhere. Privacy-focused browsers — like DuckDuckGo — exist, but for Apple, the bump in services revenue from Google coupled with a modicum of Safari controls seems to trump privacy concerns. Last month, Cook warned of a “data-industrial complex” in calling for comprehensive US privacy laws. On Sunday, he told Axios that some level of government regulation over Silicon Valley was inevitable. “I’m a big believer in the free market, but we have to admit when the free market’s not working. And it hasn’t worked here. I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation.”
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Bitcoin sinks to new 13-month low
Bitcoin slumped to a new 13-month low on Monday, with the biggest cryptocurrency touching $5173.23 on the Bitstamp platform <BTC=BTSP>.
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From rugby to painting, China using global stage to diminish Taiwan
All Taiwan wanted to do was to host rugby teams from around the region for a series of matches.
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Boris Johnson's unused water cannon sold for scrap at £300,000 loss
London mayor Sadiq Khan fails to find a buyer of crowd-control vehicles after lengthy searchThree unusable water cannon bought by Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London have been sold for scrap, at a net loss of more than £300,000.Johnson bought the crowd-control vehicles from the German police in 2014, in anticipation of social unrest, without checking whether they could be used on London’s streets. In one of his most humiliating episodes as mayor the then home secretary Theresa May banned them from use anywhere in England and Wales. It left the capital’s taxpayers with three expensive white elephants. Continue reading...
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Scientists discovered why Wombat poop is cubed
A team of scientists claims to have unraveled one of the animal kingdom's more peculiar mysteries: why wombat poo is cube-shaped.
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No better Brexit deal available, EU ministers tell Britain
Germany and other European Union states told Britain on Monday their draft Brexit agreement could not be renegoitated.
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At APEC, China, others woo Pacific with a boulevard, a Bible and a barbecue
After world leaders jetted out of Papua New Guinea following the acrimonious end to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Pacific nation leaders gathered at Australia's High Commission for kangaroo sausages and cold beer.
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Israel's Netanyahu survives early poll threat
The government had been on the verge of collapse amid a crisis after the defence minister resigned.
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Fired WWE star tries to hijack live broadcast, gets slammed by security
Fired WWE superstar Enzo Amore got bodyslammed by a security guard and booted out of the Staples Center on Sunday night after he tried to hijack the live taping of the company’s popular PPV event “Survivor Series.” The hectic scene was caught on cellphone video and posted on social media. “Holy s–t!!! Enzo Invaded #WWE...
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One-third of US parents plan to skip flu shots for their kids this season
Thirty-four percent of US parents said their child was unlikely to get the flu vaccine this year, according to a report published Monday by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
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From Fellini to Ferrante: the cinematic vision of My Brilliant Friend
The television adaptation Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend is a reminder of Italy’s strong tradition in the coming-of-age genre, from Life Is Beautiful to Cinema ParadisoThe first episode of My Brilliant Friend is likely to cause both great excitement and deep anxiety. Excitement because Ferrante is a writer with an almost evangelical following. Her quartet of “Neapolitan novels” have sold close to a million copies in the UK, and 1.8m in Italy. When readers finish one book, they tend to devour all four, mesmerised by the taut depiction of a poor suburb and its characters over the course of many decades. But that invented world of a few families living cheek-by-jowl in postwar Italy is both exotically foreign and yet - with its universal themes of poverty, violence, alliances and aspiration – astonishingly familiar. The anxiety arises because the adaptation might erase not only how we’ve imagined the characters, but also their world.Elisabetta Salvini, a feminist historian at the University of Parma, says that Ferrante “knows how to use perfectly the history of our country, weaving it into the depth and complexity of her characters.” For Adalgisa Giorgio, herself Neapolitan and a senior lecturer in Italian studies at the University of Bath, the friendship depicted in the books “is full of conflict and confrontation, but it’s the basis of their resistance to a world which tries to erase them.” Continue reading...
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I run a feminist group, but today I am celebrating International Men’s Day | Carys Afoko
We rarely tell positive stories about men and it’s time we stopped being part of a culture that vilifies themToday is International Men’s Day – and I’m celebrating it for the first time. I have to admit I’ve taken myself by surprise on this one. If you’d told me I would be doing this a year ago I would have laughed in your face. Or assumed “celebrate” was code for “take the piss out of some arrogant dudes on Twitter”. Because feminists don’t celebrate International Men’s Day, right?What’s changed since 2017 is that I quit my job to run a feminist startup. In other words, I took a huge professional risk and a big pay cut. Then, in April, my personal life began to implode. Work was going well, but that was the only thing that was. I started reading about Brexit and Donald Trump for light relief. I was a strong, confident woman who couldn’t admit she needed help. Asking friends and family for support felt needy. So I pretended everything was fine and most people assumed it was. Continue reading...
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Blood: has Channel 5 made its first piece of prestige TV?
Airing every night this week, Sophie Petzal’s pitch black family saga continues the channel’s evolution away from the gaudy and glibChannel 5 is attempting a rebrand. With Big Brother finally out to pasture, in recent months there have been a string of solid history documentaries covering everything from Egyptians to the Kennedy family, while Michael Palin’s two-part film about North Korea was genuinely unmissable TV.Now comes the next part of the evolution: a dark, addictive and unmissable crime drama. Blood is written by Sophie Petzal, who has worked on everything from Netflix’s Anglo-Saxon epic The Last Kingdom to Sky’s Riviera, and is part of a new wave of British and Irish writers who have broken through in 2018. Continue reading...
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UK could ask for Brexit transition beyond 2020, business minister says
The United Kingdom could ask for a longer Brexit transition period if needed, Business Secretary Greg Clark said on Monday, not ruling out the possibility it could last until 2022.
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Vigil for Northern California fire victims
More than 50 people gathered on Sunday at a memorial for the victims of the Northern California wildfire at a church in Chico. 77 people are known dead and more than 1,000 are unaccounted for. (Nov. 19)        
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John Oliver Declares War on Authoritarianism on Last Week Tonight
"The world is dabbling with something very dangerous right now and America needs to be very careful," said Oliver.
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NYCHA used appeals to dodge lead findings, records show
New York City Housing Authority officials appealed the results of virtually every positive lead test at their buildings for nearly a decade, figures released late Sunday show. NYCHA challenged 95 percent of the lead orders it received from the city Department of Health between 2010 and 2018. And of the 211 cases it apppealed, DOH...
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TSB appoints Debbie Crosbie as new chief in wake of IT meltdown
CYBG executive will replace Paul Pester, who stepped down after crisis, next yearTSB has appointed CYBG’s Debbie Crosbie as its chief executive to succeed Paul Pester, who stepped down following an IT meltdown in April that locked up to 1.9 million customers out of their accounts.Crosbie will join from CYBG, where she has worked for more than 20 years and has been chief operating officer since January 2015. She will take up her new role in 2019. Until then, Richard Meddings will continue to run TSB as executive chairman. Continue reading...
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UK's May on collision course with party rebels over Brexit
Theresa May remains on a collision course with lawmakers seeking to unseat her.
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Lights, camera, factions: Stars at Chinese-language 'Oscars' split over Taiwan
The Chinese-speaking world's version of the Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards, has created a sharp political divide between film stars and directors as the annual event becomes a lightning rod for questions about Taiwanese independence.
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Draft Brexit deal is better than no deal: German minister
There will be no new negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union and the draft Brexit deal is better than a no-deal outcome, Germany's European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said on Monday.
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Trade war fears grow as US and China clash – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as Mike Pence and Xi Jinping spar over trade policy againPence tells Asia-Pacific leaders: China takes advantage of usXi hits back: Confrontation is not the answer 8.28am GMT Analysts at ING are also concerned that Mike Pence and Xi Jinpeng failed to mend any fences, saying:The risk to global economies and markets from the Sino-US trade war is elevated after an impasse between two countries at the APEC summit 8.27am GMT The discord between America and China over trade loomed over last weekend’s APEC gathering in Papua New Guinea, says Royal Bank of Canada’s Sue Trinh:She writes:The Sino-US discord was palpable at the APEC Summit in PNG, so much so that the confab ended with members unable to agree on a communiqué, for the first time ever.Aside from this being further evidence of a growing anti-China alliance in the APAC region (watch out for Taiwan’s referendum this Saturday to remove “China” from the Olympic team name), the rhetoric is sharpening between the key players. Continue reading...
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Rouhani says Iran to continue oil exports and resist U.S. economic war
U.S. sanctions on Iran are part of a psychological war launched by Washington against Tehran that will fail, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, adding that the Islamic republic will continue to export its crude.
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Fleeing Venezuela, migrants flood Colombia amid region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades
Venezuelan migrants have flooded across the Colombian border fleeing rampant hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages under the Maduro regime        
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UK PM May seeks business support for EU deal as she faces day of reckoning
British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to win support from business leaders for her contentious draft European Union divorce deal on Monday as dissenters in her own party scrambled to trigger a leadership challenge.
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Acosta&apos;s legacy: Kill the lights, shut off the cameras, reform White House press corps
Reporters can voluntarily ramp back their snarky, narrative-driven approach to news gathering and return to old-school best practices.        
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London Waterloo commuters told not to travel due to engineering delays
South Western Railway blames overrunning works for train cancellations between Surbiton and Waterloo stationPassengers on some of the busiest rail routes in England have been warned not to travel because of overrunning engineering works.No South Western Railway (SWR) trains were operating on Monday morning between Surbiton and London Waterloo – the UK’s busiest railway station. Continue reading...
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‘The Fire in Us Is Still Burning.’ Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Go on Trial Over the 2014 Occupy Protests
Six other protest participants are also facing jail terms
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Italian rider who was banned for pulling rival's break set for return to racing
Romano Fenati, who was banned after pulling a rival's brake lever while travelling at 135mph during a race, is set to return next season.
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Willem Dafoe: 'With success comes certain things that corrupt you'
The 63-year-old actor talks about playing Vincent Van Gogh in Oscar-tipped biopic At Eternity’s Gate and how he’s juggled art and commerce in his careerYou can’t confuse Willem Dafoe with another actor. That red hair, those fierce eyes, the gaunt cheekbones that make him look hungry for the next intense role – whether it’s Jesus, the Green Goblin, or a motel manager in The Florida Project, the part that just scored him his third Oscar nomination. Even in a fine art museum, his face is still unique.“I think maybe there’s some figures in a Bruegel painting or something that I thought, ‘Oh, that’s an ancestor of mine,’” Dafoe says. But in his new biopic, At Eternity’s Gate – the film that might get Dafoe his fourth Oscar nomination – artist turned director Julian Schnabel sticks a paintbrush in Dafoe’s hand and plasters a bandage over his ear and suddenly, he’s the spitting image of Vincent Van Gogh. Continue reading...
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Why is the skincare industry still ignoring people of colour?
The ‘whitewashing of wellness’ and myths about darker tones make beauty shopping harder for people with melanin-rich skin. Niche labels are filling the gaps, thoughWe have had snail gels, vampire facials and Oprah once even endorsed a skin cream made with human foreskin. The global skincare industry is set to be worth $180bn (£140bn) by 2024, but according to a report by Superdrug, 70% of black and Asian women in the UK do not feel that the high street caters for them. Systematic racism, the whitewashing of wellness and skin-bleaching scares all make it more difficult for people with melanin-rich skin to find and trust products that work.I am a caramel hue that browns easily in the sun and greys quickly in the winter, which has given me an uneven skin tone. Skincare shopping is a mirage of one-problem-fits-all labels, and I have blown a small fortune on an arsenal of products that only create new problems, such as drying my skin out, or causing the white bumps of milia to develop. It wasn’t until recently, when I burnt my skin using facial acids and experienced discoloration from a laser treatment, that I finally realised melanin-rich skin can be sensitive, and not “magically resilient”. Continue reading...
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Nigel Slater’s perfect Christmas recipes
Trout tartare, turkey, pumpkin, quince pies, dishes that balance old flavours and fresh ideas for the year’s most anticipated feastSome of the rituals of Christmas are, for me, unshakable. The tree with its skeins of ivy and hand-painted decorations, the Kilner jars of marsala-marinated figs and apricots in the cupboard, the ribbon-decked gifts for friends and loved ones and, of course, The Feast. There must be mistletoe hanging from the doorway and holly in the hall, but I do believe Christmas moves on and many of us seek a trimmer yuletide without the gluttony and glitter of the past. What I would like is a Christmas that retains its spirit of bonhomie, thanksgiving and plenty, yet feels more in keeping with modern living. (Had things not moved on, we would still be making our mince pies with mutton and offal and drinking porter.)I will always play Silent Night and While Shepherds Watched as I make the mince pies, despite being not remotely religious, just as I will always offer a slice of snow-scene Christmas cake to all-comers, but I am happy to tweak the food of tradition to suit a contemporary palate. A fresh, bright-tasting starter in place of a heavy soup, for instance; a smaller, more user-friendly way with the roast; a dessert that is more appropriate after a large dinner and a cake that is lighter and less sweet than the traditional. The age-old ingredients need to be present, otherwise we risk Christmas losing its soul, but they have moved on towards a less heavy feast. Continue reading...
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David Hockney’s $90.3m painting reminds us what great art looks like | Jonathan Jones
The record-breaking Portrait of an Artist, painted in 1972, speaks from the heart. Not enough newer work does the sameBittersweet – you don’t really know what that word means until you have contemplated David Hockney’s 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures). This painting is a calm distillation of love and sorrow, a sad song about a broken heart – and that heart was Hockney’s. Its sale at Christie’s for an awe-inspiring $90.3m (£70.2m), a new world record for a living artist, adds more layers of bittersweetness. For Hockney at 81, this is a recognition of his place as one of the most remarkable artists of the past 60 years. Yet it comes with barbs. Related: David Hockney painting earns record $90.3m for living artist Continue reading...
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Dismantling 2018's cultural snobbery
Whether it’s believing Janelle Monáe is the new Prince or that Studio Ghibli is the ultimate viewing experience, there are some ‘sacred cows’ that deserve questioningModern Toss on cultural snobbery What Glossy American sitcom du jour from the producer behind The Office (US) and Parks and Recreation.Why everyone loves it Ted Danson has never put in a bad performance in his life; every member of the cast is basically a model; the conceit – that four complicated characters have died and have to puzzle out the afterlife – is better than the usual “six quirky people sort of live together in New York!”The case against The Good Place is very wholesome and interesting and nice, and in this dark bleak world there’s a lot to be said for having a mild, watchable show where four characters you root for and also quietly want to have sex with go about their days. Sadly, there isn’t a single joke in it, and I feel as if I’m the only person talking about this. The Good Place doesn’t have any jokes! It’s never had a joke in it! It has sentences with the cadence of jokes, and spaces for laughs! But it isn’t funny! It’s just nice! It’s all a trick! Am I the only one going mad? Continue reading...
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Watch the highlights: Vikings' late rally isn't enough to knock off Bears
The Chicago Bears beat the Vikings despite a fourth quarter surge from Minnesota, keeping the Bears atop the NFC North.
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