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Two more New Yorkers die of vaping-related illnesses
One of the women was New York City woman in her 20s, while the other hailed from upstate's Ontario County and was in her 50s.
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VIDEO. Gloria Trevi se hace 'Grande' junto a Mónica Naranjo antes de contar su verdad
Lanza nuevo video, sigue de gira como una 'diosa' y prepara su bioserie con Televisa bajo la producción de Carla Estrada
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What's on TV Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday Talk Shows: 'Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story'
What's on TV Saturday, Jan. 18: 'What's on TV Saturday and Sunday Talk Shows, Jan. 18 and 19: 'Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story'
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Disabled Mississippi Army veteran who said prosthetic legs were repossessed to get new pair from VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs will make a new pair of prosthetic legs for a Army veteran who had his prosthetic legs repossessed two days before Christmas.
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Antonio Banderas ha ganado muchos premios por "Pain and Glory". Es hora del Oscar
Antonio Banderas dio la mejor actuación con 'Pain and Glory'. Históricamente, el actor principal Oscar ha ido al actor que hace "más".
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Collins sentenced to 26 months for insider trading scheme
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'Avenue 5' takes viewers on a satirical flight aboard a space-faring cruise ship
Being trapped on a cruise ship sounds bad enough, but imagine that the vessel in question is in outer space. That's the futuristic gag at the center of "Avenue 5," a goofy HBO comedy from "Veep" creator Armando Iannucci, which has its moments but never consistently feels out of this world.
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Beyoncé's Ivy Park x Adidas' line drops online and sends the internet into a frenzy
A limited supply of clothes and shoes from Beyoncé's new Ivy Park x Adidas retail line dropped at noon on Friday and creative a social media frenzy.
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Cody Simpson shares nude photo of girlfriend Miley Cyrus bathing
The singer managed to cover certain areas with soap suds.
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Trump warns Iranian supreme leader who called him a 'clown' to be 'very careful with his words'
President Donald Trump warned Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to be "very careful with his words" after Khamenei called him a "clown"        
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NFL owners, players union make progress in CBA talks but remain divided on multiple issues
The NFLPA and the league's owners have reached tentative agreements on aspects of a proposed collective bargaining agreement but major issues remain.       
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Do new Parnas revelations strengthen Democrats' case or distract from the Senate trial?
The Lead panel discusses.
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Democrats release new debate qualification thresholds
Instead of just meeting a polling and donor threshold as required for previous debates, candidates now have an alternate way to participate
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Nature Shows Are Hot Again
Wildlife’s global, family appeal, when the environment is “the issue of the age,” gives Netflix and its rivals a rich supply of new content.
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SpaceX stages dramatic in-flight abort test
Dramatic SpaceX in-flight abort test is intended to clear the way to send astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Avalanche wipes out resort near Lake Tahoe, at least 1 skier dead
A wild avalanche struck a ski resort near Lake Tahoe in California Friday, killing at least one skier and injuring another person, according to a report. Rescue teams were dispatched after the dramatic snow slide hit the Alpine Meadows ski area at around 10 a.m., according to a tweet from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office....
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One skier dead, another injured in avalanche at California resort
Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, California, was killed during the avalanche at the Alpine Meadows ski resort, authorities said.       
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USC's Graham Harrell interviews for Eagles' offensive coordinator job
USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the same position. Harrell recently signed a multi-year contract with the Trojans.
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Preet Bharara: Trump has 'gone up to edge of insane' with defense team -- but not jumped into it by picking Giuliani
CNN analyst Preet Bharara discusses impeachment with CNN's Jake Tapper.
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Coping with war and crisis through memes
A comic art image of Iran populated by social media influencers. | 6bigdaniel6 / Twitter Do what you need to cope with World War III: Memes are the new therapy. After the news broke the first week of January that President Trump had ordered the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, one of the most rapid reactions to emerge amid the surprise and confusion was the memes. Jokes about the possible fallout of Soleimani’s death were instantly everywhere. They especially proliferated on TikTok and Twitter, where hashtags like #WW3 drove major trends for several days. A member of the subreddit r/ww3memes, created over two years ago, announced on January 3, “It’s time for this sub to rise.” It’s currently got over 43,000 subscribers. You might think this type of reaction is juvenile or dismissive, but it’s really just human. Memes frequently operate as exemplars of larger trends, as well as stand-ins for cultural anxieties and ways to express and alleviate fears or other emotions through humor. The collectivism of memes, too, is a crucial part of their popularity, because their rapid and visible spread helps us all figure out how we’re feeling about some news trend or other issue. So what were the memes telling us, if anything, about how teenage meme makers are perceiving the Iranian conflict and the larger, more abstract idea of a third World War? Surprisingly, many of them seem to demonstrate far less fear than you might expect. In fact, the overall tone of the memes boiled down to a kind of cheerful ambivalence about the prospect of war. There are definite gaps in the tone and subject of the memes from platform to platform. And they may already be part of a larger tonal shift away from the wholesome meme toward something a bit more suited to an era of apocalypse: a determination to party through the hard times to come. The vast majority of memes expressed anxiety over the draft After the news broke of Soleimani’s assassination on January 2, memes about the turn of events exploded across Twitter, TikTok, and other social media platforms. The memes proliferated ideas about the prospect of World War III; about Iran and its culture; and about the hilarity and absurdity of sending a modern generation of teens and young adults off to war. Despite having some universal themes across platforms, most memes about the war looked and felt much, much different from platform to platform. But the vast majority of them joked about people getting drafted to fight the war. me when i get a draft for WWIII pic.twitter.com/KZuaXnRjAb— YLO GANG ___ BROWARD (@ylo_gang_) January 3, 2020 the US: we are considering adding women to the draft me: call me old fashioned but yes, i was raised to serve my husband. cook for him. do the laundry. wake up at the crack of dawn to make him breakfast, prepare his clothes and clean the house.— queen quen (@quenblackwell) January 3, 2020 me disguising myself as a dog to avoid the draft for world war 3 pic.twitter.com/ydVfdhTPHc— jade loves george (@successfuliana) January 3, 2020 The American government eliminated the draft in 1973, but that didn’t matter to the meme makers — which makes sense, because fears about the draft being reinstated have always circulated among teens and young adults. In 2016, a false claim that Trump wanted to bring back the draft circulated around the internet as a part of the larger cultural anxiety over his campaign. College students when they realize that signing up for fafsa also signed them up for the draft pic.twitter.com/17t9oSqyEw— Mike AM (@kofiiofk) January 3, 2020 As it often does, Black Twitter was the first community to drive this meme. That also makes sense, given that a recurrent fear of the draft has been especially prevalent in black culture since the Vietnam War, when black men were disproportionately affected by the draft. me and my boys in prison after we all refused the draft for WWIII pic.twitter.com/urAAs1W6SN— . (@elijah_ayers) January 3, 2020 Me laughing at #WorldWarThree memes even though I'm eligible for the draft pic.twitter.com/TYpbtzCE56— Kallix (@Kallix_) January 3, 2020 In other words, despite fears of a possible draft temporarily crashing the Selective Service website, the meme makers probably weren’t proliferating the idea that the draft still exists out of ignorance, but out of a sense of anxiety about the country fighting another war. That ironic sense of merriment was a crucial component in all the memes. One thing that immediately struck me about the World War III memes on both Twitter and TikTok was how lighthearted their tone was despite the seriousness of the subject matter. What was that about? Meanwhile, the other predominant emotion was ... glee? Again and again, the predominant theme associated with the World War III memes was the idea of Gen Z’s general unpreparedness to fight in a war of any kind. This humorous anxiety took the form of jokes framing normal millennials and Gen Z-ers showing up to the war just to party, or approaching it like a typical game of Fortnite or Call of Duty: How our snapchat maps gonna be looking like during #WWIII pic.twitter.com/phUDrsZhhC— cool ®️ (@6bigdaniel6) January 5, 2020 Fortnite players when they get their first kill in World War 3 #worldwar3 #WWIII #WorldWarThree pic.twitter.com/rDsPzPojqB— thedylanceltics (@dgceltics9) January 3, 2020 Do you have zero skills that can prepare you for battle? Are you learning Persian via Google? The memes tell you you’re not alone in being hilariously underprepared for a real global emergency. Me dodging Iran’s bullets, after Trump drafts me to fight for World War 3 #WWIII pic.twitter.com/Apix8nImJJ— Demarkus ‍♂️ (@yfn_demarkus) January 3, 2020 There’s another recurring theme that accompanies all this comedic haplessness in the face of an impending global crisis. On TikTok especially, there’s a subset of memes that seem to relish the excitement and pure adrenaline of going to war. It’s rare to see any TikToks of the meme that say something serious about the war — they do exist, but they’re far outnumbered by attempts to represent WWIII as a party. As CNN’s Fernando Alfonso III pointed out, World War III memes have been a thing on the internet for a while, particularly as conflict escalated between Trump and North Korea in 2017. And as the Atlantic’s Ian Bogost pointed out, the idea of World War III itself has been a looming specter since the Cold War, along with its threat of impending nuclear disaster. The apocryphal nature of the next “world war” might help explain why so many of the memes are ambivalent about whether the war itself would be a good or bad thing for the country. But there’s probably a simpler reason behind the ambivalence: When we make these jokes, we’re not thinking too deeply about what they all mean. The memes are helping to shape a narrative about the war — and it’s not always a great look Reddit Typically, the WW3 memes on Reddit are much darker, more political, and edgier than other platforms. “They’re not very exciting to look at, to tell you frankly,” Dr. Saleem Alhabash told me in a phone interview when I asked him if he’d seen the World War III memes. Alhabash, a professor at Michigan State University’s media psychology department, studies social media and the way people use memes as intercultural communication. Part of the meme response is about “glorifying the war for sure,” he told me, “but also not realizing what war really is and what it means. So dealing with it in a laissez-faire kind of way.” Alhabash’s research shows that whenever social media users participate online, often people aren’t thinking too deeply about what to post or share. “None of us would see something online and look at it for five, 10, or 20 or 30 minutes and discuss what the ramifications are of posting this or not,” he explained. We’re also driven to make content based on what we think other people want to see on social media — which might explain why memes themselves get reified so easily: They show us what we think people want to see, so we make more of them. Alhabash’s point, however, is that this can be a very knee-jerk experience, which doesn’t really lend itself to reflective war memes. “There’s also an issue of jumping on the wagon — the feeling that I have to be part of the conversation, I have to remain relevant on social media and be part of the general discussion — at times without really understanding the issue in depth,” he said. To Alhabash, the non-linear nature of memes in spaces like TikTok have a huge role to play in shaping public discourse. Think of TikTok as a place where memes aren’t so much purely copied — like a straightforward retweet — as they are shared with additional commentary. Only the share usually involves the next user adding new personal imprints to the original footage, usually either new music to existing footage, or new footage to existing music. “There’s a certain level of originality [on TikTok] and putting yourself within the narrative of that particular team,” Alhabash said. “You become part of the narrative and it becomes part of you.” So a meme that might start out calling attention to one idea in one way might wind up calling attention to a completely different idea in another way. By the time a meme has been shared numerous times, it might have a completely different meaning in a completely different context. Take this changing perspective on the dancer in the memes below. In both memes, the main joke is about assimilation into the war. But in the first meme, the meme’s point of view is from the dancer; in the second, it’s from the “kidnapped” men around her. These are significantly different ways of framing our relationship to Iran and its people, but they’re both equally important examples of how people are thinking about the war. Because as the memes and their narratives travel and spread, they help shape the larger cultural narrative about Iran itself — just as all memes, from toxic to wholesome, help create cultural narratives. “Things just unfold and keep on unfolding. And then [the topic] becomes so dynamic that there’s no way to pinpoint what is the cause of someone thinking in a particular way about the world in 2020,” Alhabash said. “Because, after all, they’re part of making that narrative and influencing how it evolves over time.” The memes are really about coping with increasing disaster Despite Alhabash’s reservations about how effective the WWIII memes were at making salient political points, he pointed out that the anxiety the memes expressed is real. “These memes, the way that people are communicating, could be a reflection of the general feeling that people are having — this uncertainty about what is going to happen, and how severe this trend is. So while they might appear humorous or [dismissive] of the seriousness, they can reflect [public] sentiment.” The memes seem to follow a recent trend of viral internet humor as a coping mechanism — memes that are more overtly psychological than the usual wholesome meme, and more upfront about the touch of nihilism that drives them. There are two obvious recent references for this self-aware state of mind. The first is the “are you in the right headspace?” meme, which spawned last month as a deeply sarcastic response to a Twitter thread inviting people to ask their friends if they’re “in the right headspace to receive information that can possibly hurt you.” The resulting meme has been frequently used to ironically frame its subjects as overblown drama. World War III? No exception: me: it's my birthday, oh boy! gonna get so many presents :3The U.S., getting ready to draft my friend group: are you in the right headspace to receive information that could possibly hurt you?— storm (@st0rmcl0uds) January 4, 2020 The second example is the “do what you need to cope” meme, which emerged near the end of 2019 and has been hugely popular into the beginning of 2020. The format usually involves a fictional character and starts with the banal “canceling plans is okay” — only to then rapidly escalate through overdramatic plot points before coming to rest at “do what you need to cope.” Canceling plans is ok. Being forced to participate in a fight to the death is ok. Having a fake relationship to trick the wealthy into loving you is ok. Becoming the face of the rebellion is ok. Do what you need to cope.— The Hunger Games (@TheHungerGames) January 7, 2020 There are WWIII variants of this meme as well, though they’re a bit bleaker than the norm. Cancelling plans is ok. Realising the world is ending is ok. Longer zoomies with apocalypse looming on the horizon is ok. Acting like you’re an expert on Iran all of a sudden, semantic arguments about world wars being imperialistic constructs is ok. Do what you need to do to cope— Short Left Winger (@CivilSerpentt) January 3, 2020 The basic idea here, as Alhabash points out, is that the World War III meme itself isn’t just about war. It’s about the larger cultural mood and the ways in which we receive, express, and amplify that mood. Alhabash expressed doubts about how self-aware this process was. But for a subset of the meme makers and their audience, the war jokes are helping quell anxiety and keep things lighthearted. In other words, the making of memes is a form of doing what you need to cope. https://zombiqueen1967.tumblr.com/post/190038318284/people-complaining-about-how-americans-are-making It’s worth noting, however, that some situations do seem to be utterly too dark to meme — there are virtually no memes about the Australian bushfires, for example— and that ironically might be cause for hope. If the potential global conflict is something we can joke about, then it might mean that our prevailing emotion is still hope that it won’t happen. Still, Alhabash cautioned that the memes are a kind of canary in the coal mine for a larger social media response to future emergent political situations. “In any kind of political tension, whether it is local, regional, national or global, social media is part of the warfare,” he said. “And this is something to look for in any future crisis.” In other words, keep your eye on the memes — and not just because they might help you figure out how you feel about an increasingly complicated world.
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Trade deals, Trump impeachment trial showcase 'Washington whiplash' at its finest
Only in Washington could you have such a juxtaposition.
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Heartbreaking Australia wildfire photos shared by NASA astronaut
A NASA astronaut posted heartbreaking photographs of the smoke that has blanketed Australia as wildfires continue to ravage the continent.
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Trump administration to roll back school lunch rules and allow more pizza
Proposal to ease Michelle Obama guidelines would let schools cut the amount of vegetables required The Trump administration took further steps on Friday towards rolling back healthier standards for school lunches in America championed by Michelle Obama, proposing rules to allow more pizza, meat and potatoes over fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.The new proposals would allow schools more flexibility, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement, adding: “Because they know their children best.” Continue reading...
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J&J Risperdal damages slashed from $8 billion to $6.8 million
Original settlement stemmed from the case of a man who said taking the drug as a boy caused him to grow breasts.
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Rapper Pop Smoke arrested for allegedly transporting a stolen Rolls Royce, authorities say
Rapper Pop Smoke had just returned from Europe Friday when he was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on a charge of interstate transport of a stolen vehicle.
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Lawmakers condemn conditions faced by asylum-seekers in Mexico
"With the Trump administration, the cruelty is the point," Congressman Brendan Boyle said after visiting one of the tent camps housing some of the 57,000 asylum-seekers in the "Remain in Mexico" program.
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Trump's legal team prepares for impeachment trial
President Trump's legal team for his impeachment trial is taking shape. It will be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and the president's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, along with Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr and Pam Biondi. CBS News' Natalie Brand, McClatchy congressional reporter Emma Dumain, and AP White House reporter Jill Colvin joined CBSN with the latest developments.
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Robin Thicke's fiancee April Love Geary heats up Instagram with sultry pic
Robin Thicke's fiancee April Love Geary is continuing to take Instagram by storm.
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Ex-Rep. Chris Collins Gets 26-Month Prison Sentence in Insider Trading Case
The former Republican congressman had pleaded guilty to giving his son nonpublic information about a drug company.
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Hank Azaria Says He’s Done Being the Voice of The Simpsons’ Apu
The show has been on the defensive, but they seem to have listened to their critics.
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Capitol Hill press corps shows support for Manu Raju after GOP senator's smear
The Capitol Hill press corps on Friday rallied behind Manu Raju, CNN's senior congressional correspondent, after Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona insulted him on Thursday.
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Mike Pence Praises Senator Who Was Likely Bribed to Save President Johnson in Impeachment Trial
Similar to the Ukraine affair that spawned the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the Tenure of Office Act has been denigrated as its own basis for impeachment.
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Rob Lowe tries again with Fox spinoff ‘9-1-1 Lone Star’
Television executives rarely say no to a spinoff. The latest, “FBI: Most Wanted,” seemed like the right choice for CBS. The ratings are good. If any new series posts decent numbers these days, it seems like a miracle. It will be interesting to see if viewers will embrace “9-1-1: Lone Star,” the first spawn of...
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TripAdvisor reveals its top all-inclusive resorts for your 2020 vacation
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Meghan Markle's estranged sister Samantha calls Megxit a 'gross breach of duty'
Meghan Markle's estranged half-sister Samantha Markle appeared in a new interview on British TV and didn't hold back her opinion regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' decision to step back from royal duties.
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Learn how to ID all the trees in your 'hood
Garden-related events include workshops in soil building and
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Bail-reform bank ‘robber’ surrenders inside NYC courthouse
An accused bank robber suspected of continuing a hold-up spree after being freed under the state’s new bail-reform law surprised authorities by surrendering on Friday, The Post has learned. Gerod Woodberry, 42, turned himself in at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse around 4 p.m., sources said. “I’m Woodberry,” he said, according to sources. “I’m the one...
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'We can get along because that's America'
The BBC's Jane O'Brien met a "big hairy Trump guy" and a "queer individual" at a rally for Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg in New Hampshire.
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'Little Fires Everywhere' trailer is ablaze with star power
Hulu's adaptation of "Little Fires Everywhere" is already sparking interest.
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Former Gitmo commander found guilty of obstructing justice in civilian's 2015 death
A federal jury on Friday convicted former Naval Station Guantanamo Bay commander John Nettleton of obstructing justice and other offenses during the Navy's investigation of a civilian death in 2015.
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Anthropologie offers extra 40% off clearance items for extended winter sale
Anthropologie is continuing to pack on the savings after its huge clearance sale just in time for the weekend. You can still get an extra 40% off clearance items and an extra 25% off sale furniture. But Anthro is also offering 20% off regular-priced clothing, shoes and accessories. If you need a pretty side table or...
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Subscribers, apply to contribute to live coverage of a Democratic debate
The Los Angeles Times invites subscribers to apply to participate in live coverage of a Democratic primary debate.
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Bharara: Trump is looking to increase ratings for trial
CNN legal analyst Preet Bharara shares his thoughts on those chosen to defend President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial in the senate.
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Claudia Gadelha reacts to Alexa Grasso's UFC 246 weight miss: 'I still wanted the fight'
The Nevada Athletic Commission called off her fight with Alexa Grasso, but Claudia Gadelha wants it known she was ready to go.       Related StoriesUFC 246 predictions: Is anyone picking Donald Cerrone against Conor McGregor in his return?Alexa Grasso misses weight by 5.5 pounds; UFC 246 fight vs. Claudia Gadelha canceledJorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman still talk trash, but interest in potential fight differs 
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‘National Treasure 3’ reportedly in the works, along with ‘Bad Boys 4’
Someone hide the Declaration of Independence.
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Grassroots gun-rights rally organizer raises safety concerns ahead of VA event
A grassroots gun-rights movement organizer in Virginia told Fox News he has serious safety concerns ahead of a pro-gun rally in Richmond, even after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's declaration of a state of emergency banning all weapons, including firearms, from capital grounds.
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Shaquille O'Neal opens up on Diesel, why his children dig his dubstep: 'I would be considered one of the top DJs'
The four-time NBA champion is earning the love of fans at festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago and Tomorrowland in Belgium.        
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Mike Bloomberg throws shade at Joe Biden as a looming “lame duck”
Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden, during simpler times. | Al Drago/Getty Images Bloomberg behind closed doors. Mike Bloomberg seemingly suggested behind closed doors at an event with Silicon Valley elite on Thursday that former Vice President Joe Biden could be a “lame duck” president if elected, implying that the former New York mayor is the better moderate 77-year-old to support. Toward the end of his 10-minute pitch to about 200 tech executives, investors, and socialites, Bloomberg, looking at notes, offered the contrast without naming Biden explicitly, according to video posted to social media and seen by Recode. “My message to you is if you want somebody who’s experienced, and strong enough to serve two terms and not give the gift of being a lame-duck president to the Republicans,” Bloomberg said, before listing off a series of policy commitments, “then welcome to Bloomberg 2020 and I’d love to have your support.” Biden is the only candidate who has been the subject of credible reporting that he could pledge to serve a single term, an accusation the Biden campaign has forcefully denied. Nevertheless, the speculation could prove fruitful fodder for Bloomberg, who is competing with Biden for some of the same elite support and moderate voters. A campaign spokesperson noted that Bloomberg has pledged to support the Democratic nominee no matter what. It is a sensitive point of attack for Biden. Politico first reported in December that Biden’s campaign had considered publicly stating — or at least privately signaling — that he would only serve one term if elected, seen as a strategy to stave off nagging concerns about his age and whether he is as sharp as he used to be. Biden’s team has strongly disputed that a one-term pledge was ever under consideration But it has nevertheless continued to dog him, including being asked about it in an interview published Friday with the New York Times editorial board. “I never hinted that. That is simply not true,” he told the paper. “I don’t know where it came from, but it did not — it came from somebody who in fact, I guess, thinks that they know me and thinks that maybe, I don’t know.” Biden’s campaign declined to comment. Bloomberg and Biden are the same age: 77. Another candidate who has drawn concern about his health, age, and ability to do the job, Bernie Sanders, recently suffered a heart attack. Elizabeth Warren is 70, but there has not been serious reporting or speculation about Sanders or Warren making a similar one-term commitment. Bloomberg’s line was interpreted as a comment about Biden, according to a person in the room. While Biden has not shown strength with Silicon Valley leaders, he does represent a clear threat to Bloomberg’s path to victory. Bloomberg only entered the race at a time when Biden seemed to have a declining grip on moderate voters and Democratic elites. But Biden has proved durable. Bloomberg’s team has indicated to Democrats that he might reorient his campaign to a more general anti-Trump organization if Biden proves to be on the path to victory following Super Tuesday, when California votes, according to the New York Times. And so it makes sense for Bloomberg to look for the opportunities to draw a contrast with Biden. The former New York City mayor made the comment at the conclusion of a “private briefing” for many leaders from the tech industry. Attendees included people like San Francisco powerbroker Ron Conway, so-called “Queen of the Internet” Mary Meeker, and a host of other Bloomberg-curious Silicon Valley titans. Bloomberg allies think his data-driven, subdued brand of politics will resonate among leaders in the tech community. “I think we need less talk and less partisanship. In fact, I think we need less tweeting,” he told the crowd at one point. “I make you this commitment right now: When I’m in the Oval Office, there will not be any tweeting.” What Bloomberg is not seeking is campaign contributions from them — something that Biden, who has made multiple trips to Silicon Valley, very much is. Bloomberg is self-financing his race and asked the donors there to consider giving to the Democratic National Committee and outside groups — while still pledging to support him in the primary. “I can imagine I’m the only politician in history who’s been in a room with all of you and not asked for donations,” he told the crowd.
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