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Jeffrey Epstein’s creepy NYC mansion could be worth $100M
The "creep" factor is apparently not diminishing the value of the mansion at 9 E. 71st St. where Epstein allegedly kept women for sex.
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2020 Daily Trail Markers: Deval Patrick expected to announce candidacy
The Democratic former Massachusetts governor will be a guest on "CBS This Morning" Thursday
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Who Wants to Abolish a Billionaire?
Bernie says he'd ban billionaires. Warren says she wouldn't. But what do their plans say?
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Islamic State: What happens to those expelled by Turkey?
Turkey has begun sending IS members to their home countries - even if they don't want them back.
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Long Island couple cares for peacock that mysteriously appeared at their house
A Long Island couple have been feeding and caring for a peacock that mysteriously appeared at their house in East Islip this spring. The couple told the Post they had no idea where the peacock came from, but they’ve gladly cared for it for months. “I read online what to feed her. I made up...
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Knicks alum: Don’t boo Kristaps Porzingis for wanting out
TNT’s Channing Frye thinks Knicks fans should only boo Kristaps Porzingis because he’s the opponent in a Dallas uniform — not because he wanted out of the Knicks’ maelstrom. Frye, a TNT/NBA TV analyst promoting the broadcast of Porzingis’ first visit to the Garden as a Maverick, is also a former Knicks lottery pick as...
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Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts
Facebook estimates that about 5% of its 2.45 billion user accounts are fake
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U.S. appeals court again backs House request for Trump tax documents
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump's accounting firm for his financial records.
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‘Charlie’s Angels’ review: Reboot isn’t fun enough
Nearly 17 years after the last “Charlie’s Angels” movie, which featured Cameron Diaz jumping around in her skivvies, comes a feminist, uber-conscious update of the spy story. That’s a tall order considering the title is a dude being possessive of women, but this reboot tries like the Dickinson. The movie’s opening credit sequence, for example,...
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Drag queen Pissi Myles shocked she was ‘most interesting’ part of impeachment hearings
A New Jersey drag queen who interrupted the first public impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill says she is stunned she stole the spotlight at the snooze-fest show. “I did not think I would be the most interesting thing there today!” Pissi Myles told The Post through laughter on Wednesday night after her Washington cameo went...
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Female Thunderbird pilot wants to inspire others
Major Michelle Curran is the only female fighter pilot on the Thunderbirds, the Air Force demonstration team. She also flew 160 combat hours in Afghanistan before joining the team. "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell shares her story.
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Epstein’s estate considers special program to settle with accusers
Jeffrey Epstein’s estate has fielded so many lawsuits from the dead pedophile’s victims that it is considering establishing a “claims resolution program” so they can be settled out of court, according to court papers. The potential move was revealed in Manhattan federal court papers filed by a lawyer for one of the financier’s accusers, which...
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Former insurance executive sentenced to 6 months in college admissions scandal
A former insurance executive received the longest prison sentence so far in the college admissions scandal. Toby MacFarlane pleaded guilty Friday to paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter into college as fake athletic recruits.
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The GOP Impeachment Defense Depends on Ignoring the Evidence Trump Released Himself
On the merits, Trump's proxy lawyers in the House are in a tough spot here.
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A top Facebook VR exec is taking a step away from the company to become a ‘Victorian Gentleman Scientist’ working on AI (FB)
Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Oculus exec John Carmack is leaving his post as CTO to work on artificial intelligence. The legendary game programmer is stepping away from his position at the top of Facebook's virtual reality unit, though he says he will remain a "consulting CTO." Carmack will now focus his time on working on artificial general intelligence, a branch of AI focusing on building flexible, human-like intelligence with machines. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Top Facebook executive and legendary game programmer John Carmack is stepping away from his role as chief technology officer at Facebook-owned virtual reality unit Oculus to focus on artificial intelligence research. In a post on Facebook on Wednesday, Carmack announced that he is transitioning to a "consulting CTO" role and is going to work on artificial general intelligence, a branch of AI research that focuses on building flexible, human-like intelligence.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:An anonymous memo alleging ongoing racism at Facebook is circulating inside the companyEfficiency-obsessed tech firms are sticking newsletters on toilet stall walls to keep employees productive while they poopTwitter CEO Jack Dorsey praised Facebook's experimental moves to hide Instagram 'likes'
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Disney+ Changes 'Star Wars' Canon Once Again
Watching A New Hope on Disney+? That shootout between Han Solo and Greedo might look different than it did in 1977. And 2004. And 2011.
Why Astros could face harsher penalty amid cheating scandal
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — What did the Astros know, and when did they steal it? That question could guide Major League Baseball’s investigation into the reigning American League champions regarding allegations that they electronically (and illegally) stole signs from opposing teams during their 2017 championship season. And early evidence would seem to put Houston in trouble....
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Mom of twins who died in hot car tells Dr. Phil she takes their shoes with her everywhere
Grieving mom Marissa Rodriguez — whose 1-year-old twins died after their dad left them in a hot car in July — says she carries the tragic tots’ shoes with her everywhere she goes. Rodriguez clutched the two tiny sneakers — one each belonging to late daughter Mariza and son Phoenix — during her first full...
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SUVs will ensure oil demand grows over decades, warns IEA
Climate-damaging emissions to climb until at least 2040, says reportThe world’s thirst for oil will continue to grow over the next two decades, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040, the global energy watchdog has warned — pointing the finger at the growing appetite for gas-guzzling cars.Growing demand for SUVs in the US, China, Europe and elsewhere could negate all the environmental benefits of the increased use of electric cars, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. Because of their size, SUVs are harder to electrify than smaller vehicles. Continue reading...
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Trump dismisses House impeachment probe as ‘a joke’
President Trump lashed out at the House impeachment inquiry Wednesday, again dismissing it as a “witch hunt” and “joke” and insisting he didn’t watch any of the nearly six-hour proceedings. “You’re talking about the witch hunt, is that what you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? I hear it’s a joke,” Trump answered a...
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SpaceX test fires crew capsule's abort engines
The test will help clear the way for an in-flight abort test as early as next month
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CDC report warns of 2 new potentially deadly superbugs
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said superbugs that resist antibiotics have killed nearly twice as many people as once thought. But there is some good news. Dr. Jon LaPook explains.
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Reuters poll: Trade truce unlikely in 2020 but U.S. recession fears recede - economists
The U.S.-China trade war is unlikely to see a permanent truce over the coming year, and while concerns have eased over a U.S. recession, an economic rebound is also not expected any time soon, according to a Reuters poll of economists.
Microsoft wants to bring 64-bit apps to ARM laptops too
Microsoft has been pushing ARM compatibility in Windows hard the last few years. Case in point: The Surface Pro X – the company’s fanciest new product of the year – runs on a custom ARM chip. But the architecture so common in our mobile devices has always been beleaguered by one issue on Windows: it can’t run traditional 64-bit  apps. A new report by Neowin suggests Microsoft plans to change this. Citing “several sources,” the report claims Microsoft is working hard to bring x64 app emulation to Windows on ARM. It would be some time until that becomes a reality… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft
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SoftBank's Z Holdings confirms merger talks with Line
The Softbank-owned operator of search engine Yahoo Japan is in talks to merge with messaging app firm Line, a union that would create a group extending from retail to mobile payments in one of the biggest Japanese tech deals of the year.
Andrew Yang preached his tech-friendly gospel at Sam Altman's San Francisco house: You can't treat tech like oil companies and breaking up Amazon won't bring malls back
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang had a fundraiser attended by tech workers in San Francisco at supporter and tech investor Sam Altman's house. Altman and Yang talked about their shared interest in "universal basic income" and the argument against breaking up big tech. Yang called the proposal espoused by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders "a knee-jerk 20th-century approach to much more nuanced problems." The former tech executive running in the 2020 election has supporters in Silicon Valley, where employees from Google, Apple, and Facebook have donated large sums to his campaign. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang may have been born in New York, but the mood at a money-raising event in Silicon Valley this week was that of a homecoming. The Yang Gang's biggest spenders in San Francisco gathered for a fundraiser on Wednesday afternoon, where the top ticket cost $5,600. Tech investor Sam Altman hosted the luncheon at his home not far from the tech hub's downtown. The living room filled with Yang's supporters, wearing jeans and suit jackets and hats that said "math," a cheeky campaign slogan that the candidate wore on his lapel in place of an American flag pin.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Relive the historic moment Obama won the 2008 electionSee Also:Inside Notion's 'secret' San Francisco office, where the startup hides from VCs that were literally knocking at the door and employees take their shoes off before enteringTravelers flying out of San Francisco airport may be comforted by LiLou, the world's first therapy pigWe visited ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's secret 'ghost kitchen' startup in San Francisco that was backed by $400 million from Saudi Arabia — take a lookSEE ALSO: Andrew Yang is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition. SEE ALSO: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both out-raised Joe Biden by around $10 million in 2019's third fundraising quarter. Here's where all the candidates stand.
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Uber launches new safety features in UK as it fights for new license
Uber launched a set of new safety features in Britain on Thursday as it battles to retain its taxi operating license in the face of concerns about passenger safety.
Climate crisis will profoundly affect health of every child alive today, report says
The climate crisis is already hurting our health and it could burden generations to come with lifelong health problems, a new report finds. It could challenge already overwhelmed health systems and undermine much of the medical progress that has been made in the last century. - RSS Channel
Firefighter killed saving 2 others
A Worcester, Massachusetts, firefighter was killed in the line of duty while helping to save others. Lieutenant Jason Menard was killed just hours before he was supposed to go on a trip to Disney World with his family. Meg Oliver reports.
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Anger over Pokémon Sword & Shield spurs a White House petition
Sword & Shield, the latest installment(s) in the venerable Pokémon series, has been the subject of no small amount of controversy. And now one fan’s passion and upset about the changes to the series have led one fan to make a petition to stop its sales to the White House — yes, that White House. Originally, the problem was that Sword & Shield would not have a National Dex, a feature whereby players could import their complete collection of Pokémon. Due to hardware limitations, this would apparently be impossible — one of the games’ producers, Junichi Masuda, told Famitsu that, since there will now… This story continues at The Next Web
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Jacob deGrom Wins Second Straight Cy Young Award
The Mets’ ace became the 11th pitcher to win the award in consecutive seasons.
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John Carmack stepping down as CTO of Oculus to work on AI
John Carmack (Credit: Quakecon_Flickr) The chief technology officer of Oculus, Facebook’s VR subsidiary, is stepping down this week, he posted on Facebook today. John Carmack, who was the lead programmer on Doom and who put the Oculus Rift on the map in 2012, says he plans to focus his time instead on artificial intelligence. Carmack will remain in a “consulting CTO” position at Oculus, where he will “still have a voice” in the development work at the company, he wrote. Carmack joined Oculus as CTO in 2013, leaving id Software, the maker of Doom, which he’d co-founded. In March 2014, Facebook announced it would acquire Oculus. In May 2014, ZeniMax Media, id’s parent company, sued Oculus, alleging that misappropriated trade secrets were used to build development tools for the Oculus Rift. The two companies settled last December. Recent comments from Carmack suggest he may have soured on VR. Carmack was a champion of phone-based VR for years at Oculus, but in October, he delivered a “eulogy” for Oculus’ phone-based Gear VR. And in a video for receiving a lifetime achievement award this week at the VR Awards, he said that “I really haven’t been satisfied with the pace of progress that we’ve been making” in VR.
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John Lewis Christmas ad features excitable dragon Edgar
Retailer hopes first festive collaboration with Waitrose will breathe life into salesJohn Lewis is counting on an excitable baby dragon called Edgar to put some heat under sales this Christmas in its first joint festive ad with its sister chain Waitrose.The department store chain’s festive campaign – which costs about £7m a year – has become one of the media events of the year, generating millions of views on social media. Continue reading...
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Obesity almost doubles in 20 years to affect 13 million people
Almost 30% of population in England now obese, adding to pressure on NHS through related diseasesThe number of people in England who are obese has almost doubled over the past 20 years to 13 million, which is just under 30% of the population.Health experts said the dramatic rise in the number of dangerously overweight people was a damning indictment of the government’s failure to tackle the obesity crisis. Continue reading...
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MoMA boss tops art power list after gallery's relaunch
Glenn Lowry named most influential art figure ahead of photographer Nan GoldinA $450m revamp and relaunch of the Museum of Modern Art in New York has propelled the gallery’s head to top spot in an annual contemporary art power list.Glenn Lowry has been named the world’s most influential art figure in the 18th edition of the Power 100, produced annually by the magazine ArtReview. In second place is the photographer Nan Goldin, who has led protests against galleries taking money from the Mortimer and Raymond branches of the Sackler family. Banksy, meanwhile, appears on the list for the first time since 2008. Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Rachael Blackmore returns to ‘special place’ Cheltenham | Chris Cook
Blackmore won on a 50-1 shot last season at Cheltenham and is ‘really looking forward’ to the Ballymore Hurdle thereThe last day Rachael Blackmore was riding at Cheltenham, she won a Grade One race on a 50-1 shot. Now the Irish jockey, who made such a stunning breakthrough into the big time last season, is on her way back to take part in the three-day race meeting at the Gloucestershire track this weekend, an occasion that, for many jump-racing fans, marks the true start of each season. Related: Talking Horses: did BHA take Brock's whip case seriously enough? Continue reading...
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Shareholder payouts have risen 6.4 times faster than wages – TUC
Returns to shareholders at UK’s top 100 firms surged by 56% in 2014-18 as wages rose by 9%Shareholder payouts at Britain’s biggest companies have risen more than six times faster than workers’ wages since 2014, according to a study that shows how investors have won the largest slice of company profits in recent years.Returns to shareholders at FTSE 100 companies increased by 56% between 2014 and 2018, while wages edged up by just 8.8%, the report says. Firms maintained shareholder dividends and share buybacks “regardless of company performance” through good times and bad. Continue reading...
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Absorb best-selling books in minutes with this reading app
Knowledge is power. It's a cliché, but sometimes things turn into a cliché because they're true. If you're making your way through the world of business and entrepreneurship, it only makes sense to read about the insights of people who have climbed that ladder before you. Trouble is, the modern workday doesn't leave a lot of time for reading - especially for those go-getters who might benefit the most. That's where services like can be a real life-saver, giving you the meat of self-help or business books in minutes rather than days or weeks. The book summary service gives laser-focused breakdowns of some essential titles in the nonfiction world - bestsellers like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, To Sell is Human, 10% Happier and many more. The current library has over 300 titles and is growing at around 100 additions every year. Summaries are accessible as animated videos that distill the big ideas and water-cooler facts into bite-sized chunks that you can absorb over a quick lunch, coffee break, or lazy commute. That's a ton of time freed up to actually act on all that great information. There's a number of plans available, but you can get access to them all on sale now. Pick up a 1-year subscription for $19.99, 5 years for $49.99, or a lifetime for just $99.99 today. Read the rest
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic bids farewell to LA Galaxy after saying he came and 'conquered' MLS
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his departure from LA Galaxy with a tweet on Wednesday. His departure marks the end of Ibrahimovic's two-year stint with the Galaxy, which saw him dominate as one of the most electrifying stars in MLS. It's unclear what the future holds for Zlatan, but chances are whatever it is, he'll let the world know as only he can. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his departure from LA Galaxy on Wednesday, ending his two-year stint with the team as one of the most electrifying players in MLS. "I came, I saw, I conquered," Zlatan wrote in his farewell tweet.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:35 statistics show that the 21-year-old American Christian Pulisic is currently the best player in the English Premier LeagueA Mexican footballer accidentally kicked someone in the head and the match had to stop for 11 minutes before the player left for hospital in a neck braceCristiano Ronaldo was Juventus' worst player, had a goal stolen by a teammate, and left the pitch subbed off and frustrated in another underwhelming Champions League performance
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Rep. Paul Gosar spells out ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ in tweets
A Republican Arizona congressman appears to have shared the message “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” in a series of posts to his 70,000 Twitter followers using an acrostic — a form of communication in which the first letter of each line spells out a message. The missive began Wednesday morning, when Rep. Paul Gosar fired off...
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Deval Patrick to announce run for president
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is expected to announce he's running for president. Patrick, one of the nation's first black governors, has been a political contributor for CBS News.
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Trump denies talking to Sondland about investigations in Ukraine
Ambassador Bill Taylor testified about a phone call between President Trump and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland. According to Taylor, the takeaway from that call is that the president cared more about investigating his political rival than he did about Ukraine. But as Weijia Jiang reports, the president denied ever talking to Sondland about investigations in Ukraine.
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Why is the U.S. relationship with Ukraine important?
During the first public testimony in the impeachment inquiry, both diplomats pointed out the importance of the U.S. relationship with Ukraine. "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan and Major Garrett join the "CBS Evening News" to explain why it's so vital.
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John Carmack takes a step back at Oculus to work on human-like AI
Six years ago John Carmack left the company he founded, iD Software, to join Oculus VR as its Chief Technology Officer and push forward the future of virtual reality tech. Today the engineer behind many developments in 3D gaming has announced that a...
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Kyrie Irving has ominous injury as Nets’ disaster grows
DENVER — Kyrie Irving has been shouldering an overwhelming burden carrying the Nets. Now he has a right shoulder impingement, an injury that has Brooklyn’s star player listed as questionable for Thursday’s game with the Nuggets and could decimate the starting backcourt. According to WebMD, the condition occurs when there is impingement of tendons or...
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Hollywood screenwriter feared hot diarrhea assault was an ‘acid attack’
A Hollywood screenwriter who got hot diarrhea poured on her by a homeless man says the dumping was so horrific that she believed it was an acid attack. Heidi Van Tassell, 48, said Wednesday that she’s still traumatized from the unprovoked assault near Hollywood Boulevard in which the man dumped a Folger’s coffee can of...
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Female Thunderbird pilot inspiring others to chase their dreams
Michelle Curran flew 160 combat hours in Afghanistan before joining the team
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CDC report identifies new potentially deadly superbugs
One antibiotic resistant superbug wasn't even on the CDC's radar five years ago, but has since spread around the globe
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