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Oil rises amid optimism over OPEC supply cuts, hopes on U.S.-China trade
Oil prices gained on Friday after OPEC's forecast for oil demand next year fueled hopes that the producer group and allies will maintain supply cuts when they meet to discuss policy on output next month.
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Daimler takes ‘reality check’ on robotaxi spending due to safety hurdles
Daimler has taken a “reality check” on self-driving taxis, acknowledging that making them safe is proving harder than first thought.
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Cristiano Ronaldo 'Hunger' Makes Him the World's Best, Says Portugal's Mario Rui
Portugal left-back Mario Rui believes Cristiano Ronaldo 's "hunger" for goals is what makes him the best player in the world...
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Feral hogs find and destroy cocaine stash in woods
A coke stash hidden in the woods by suspected drug dealers was destroyed by boars, report police in Tuscany. The drug stash was hidden in a forest area in the Valdichiana valley. The law enforcement probe, which spanned between September 2018 and March 2019, discovered one of the gang members was allegedly distributing drugs via a nightclub in Arezzo. The suspects traded approximately two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine every month, which netted the gang the equivalent of between $90 and $120 per gram, Il Tirreno reported. An unknown number of boars allegedly dug up and destroyed the gang's packages, dispersing their contents in the woods. It was not immediately known what happened to the curious animals. Screenshot: Barry Young Read the rest
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The Nubia Z20 is the best take yet on the dual-display phone
Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge Of all the methods phone manufacturers have employed to get rid of bezels and avoid display notches, the second screen has to go down as the most elaborate. Who needs a selfie camera when you have a display on the back of the phone that you can use as a viewfinder? The most prominent example so far has been Vivo’s Nex Dual Display Edition from 2018, though the company’s return to pop-up selfie cameras with the Nex 3 suggests it may not consider its experiment to have been a success. ZTE spin-off Nubia, however, is pushing forward with the idea. After last year’s Nubia X saw a low-key release in China, the company is now iterating on the dual-display concept with the Z20, the latest iteration in its flagship Z-series. And, unlike many technically ostentatious Chinese phones, this one is actually available in the West — including the US. On pure price-to-performance ratio, the Z20 would be pretty competitive even without the second display. The phone costs $549/€550/£499 and includes a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a triple-camera setup with Sony’s ubiquitous 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor alongside telephoto and ultrawide lenses, a 4,000mAh battery, and a curved 6.4-inch 1080p OLED screen. So far, so 2019 Chinese flagship phone, except that it runs more or less barebones stock Android 9. Then you turn it over. Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge The Nubia Z20’s rear panel has a glossy metallic finish that picks up fingerprints if you so much as point at it. But in a strange way, it’s to Nubia’s credit that this is the most obvious criticism, because the panel also conceals a full-on 5.1-inch 720p OLED display. In all but the most challenging of lighting conditions and viewing angles, the screen appears to be near-seamlessly integrated into the frame of the phone. Frankly, it’s really cool Frankly, it’s really cool. I’ve never been one for always-on phone screens, but it’s a different matter altogether when it looks like betta fish are swimming on the surface of the device itself. In use, too, the second screen is actually pretty nice. You can use it for anything you’d be able to do on the main display, not just as a camera viewfinder. If ever you’ve wanted a small Android phone for one-handed use without compromising the times when you’d want a bigger screen, this could well be the phone for you. Unlike the Nex Dual Display’s 5.5-inch 16:9 rear panel, the Z20’s second screen has a narrower aspect ratio and feels more like a shrunken-down version of a modern phone. The Nex Dual Display had a confusing system where you’d have to switch between screens with opposing sleep/wake buttons. I never got used to it, but the Z20 does a better job. While there are still sleep/wake buttons on both sides of the phone, it uses motion gestures to detect which screen you want to look at, and I found it to work well. Each button also has an integrated fingerprint sensor, which means you’re able to unlock the phone the same way no matter which way you’re holding it. Compared to the Vivo Nex Dual Display, I prefer almost everything about the Z20’s design. It’s aesthetically sleeker, there’s more reason to use the second screen beyond the camera, and it’s easier to switch between the two. This is easily the best iteration of the basic concept to date. Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge That said, I’m still not convinced that the concept is a great idea for anyone but full-resolution selfie enthusiasts. Pop-up selfie cameras have been around for almost two years now, and there doesn’t seem to have been too many reports of phones with dead motors. Notches, meanwhile, continue to be a non-issue for the dozens of millions of people that buy new iPhones every year, not to mention the hole-punch designs that Samsung has adopted for its 2019 lineup. I’m still not convinced by the concept There are catches with the Z20, too. The rear screen has unusually warm white balance and never matches the main display, which is strange because the warmer “night light” mode on the larger screen is very weak at its max setting. Between this and my experience with the LG G8X, I’m starting to wonder about inherent challenges to controlling color temperature on Android devices across multiple screens. The Z20 also attains the typical quadrilogy of missing features on upper-mid-range Chinese phones: no wireless charging, terrible haptics, no rated waterproofing, and a single mono speaker. Unlike many devices in its class, however, there’s no headphone jack. The Nubia Z20 is a cool-looking phone with good specs and a pretty competitive price, but I think you’d really need to buy into the dual-screen concept for it to be your best option. Most people in Europe would get better value out of something like the £399/€399 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, and even in the US I’d recommend spending the extra $50 on a $599 OnePlus 7T with its better (albeit sole) screen and software experience. If you want a phone that stands out, though, or would sometimes appreciate the smaller screen, the Z20 might not be a bad buy. I can’t fault the specs sheet, nor can I deny the sheer appeal of its shimmery OLED back panel.
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Can impeachment hearings flop if they’re too boring?
And now, the all-important pizzazz debate.
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Pentagon's Esper says it is crucial South Korea pays more for U.S. troops
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian ally, Japan, that Seoul is about to let lapse.
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NFL must make an example out of Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett should not be allowed to play another snap this season. Garrett embarrassed his team, his sport, his league and most of all himself when he inexcusably ripped the helmet off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him viciously over the head and face with it. The NFL has to put its money where...
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'He could have killed him' - Browns' Garrett hits Steelers' Rudolph with helmet
Cleveland Browns' defensive end Myles Garrett faces a lengthy ban after hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet.
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AirAsia to sell tickets on other airlines as part of online push
Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Group Bhd said on Friday it would sell flights on more than 100 other global airlines as part of a push to boost revenues.
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India may have another crack at soft landing on the moon in 2020
In Septemeber, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) tried to be a part of history by attempting a soft landing on the moon with Chandrayaan-2. Sadly, before the Vikram lander reached the lunar surface, the team lost communication with it. Later, the lander was located, but scientists were not able to establish any contact with it. However, India will have another crack at achieving a soft landing soon. According to a report by PTI, the space agency is already working on Chandryaan-3 and aims to launch it by November 2020. ISRO has commissioned a report from a committee led by S Somanath,… This story continues at The Next Web
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New mom Laura Rutledge set for return to ESPN morning show
If Laura Rutledge had any doubts she had found her place at ESPN, they were erased on Dec. 4. That’s the morning the word leaked out that Urban Meyer was abruptly leaving Ohio State, and 20 minutes before “Get Up!” was set to air, the entire show had to be torn up and re-imagined in...
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Browns Player Faces Suspension for Hitting Steelers Quarterback With Helmet
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled off the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and swung it at his head.
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Rudy Giuliani is reportedly under federal investigation for possible campaign violations
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is reportedly being probed by federal investigators over possible campaign finance violations, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.  Three US officials told Bloomberg that in addition to the violations, investigators are looking into whether Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent.  Giuliani was named dozens of times in the August whistleblower complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry, and testimony from witnesses in the impeachment inquiry also also mentions the role of the former New York mayor in the US dealings with Ukraine. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is being probed by federal investigators over possible campaign finance violations, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Three US officials told Bloomberg that investigators are looking at possible campaign finance violations and whether Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent. One official told the outlet that the investigation into his financial dealings could also include possible charges related to bribery of foreign officials and conspiracy. The New York Times previously reported that investigators were looking into whether Giuliani broke any foreign lobbying laws.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan led the Republican attack against Democrats and impeachment witnesses on the first day of public hearingsA whistleblower, a cover-up, and a quid pro quo: Here's everything we've learned from the impeachment inquiryBill Taylor and George Kent gave devastating testimony in the first Trump impeachment hearing. Here are the biggest takeaways.SEE ALSO: A businessman involved in Giuliani's quest for Biden dirt claims he was sent on mission to broker a 'quid pro quo,' and his testimony could be highly damaging for Trump
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Kristaps Porzingis learns how the Garden treats its ‘traitors’
Venom Victory. It is the best kind. It’s rough, but this is the Garden. Fans unleashed their hate on Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks finally came together on their home court Thursday night in a pulsating 106-103 victory over the Mavericks. Give the Garden a villain to boo after so many years of frustration under...
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CHEAP: Dance to the rhythm of your own Beats with $170 off the Solo3
Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! I’m not a fan of wearing headphones in public, because I’m a notorious grinch. I don’t take pleasure in the little things in life, music being one of them. A melody can never defreeze my wretched soul. But this 60-percent discount on the Beats Solo3 wireless headphones warms up my heart. Yeah, you heard that right. There’s currently a sweet deal on the Solo3. You can grab a pair for just $129.99 — $170 off the original list price of $300. You’ll also get… This story continues at The Next Web
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Shocking brawl mars Cleveland Browns' win over Pittsburgh Steelers
Garrett loses cool, hits Steelers QB with helmet in brawlBeckham Jr, Landry mock Tomlin with yawns in end zoneThe Browns were seconds away from a season-changing win when Myles Garrett lost his composure in a moment of rage rarely seen on an NFL field.Garrett tore off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet, wildly swung it and hit the QB in the head, a shocking act that will likely result in a lengthy suspension for Cleveland’s star defensive end and perhaps cost the Browns any chance of making the playoffs. Continue reading...
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Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall review – a step back from the edge
Hall is an exceptional writer who can expose the animal in us all, yet some of her new stories are surprisingly soothingSarah Hall is one of our most influential short story writers. Echoes of her dark magic realism, eco-apocalyptic landscapes, coolly sexual heroines and coiled, restrained, blackly ironic narrative voices are everywhere in the work of emerging writers such as Nicole Flattery and Julia Armfield. Her 2017 collection Madame Zero was electrifying: a taut, defiant body of stories that evoked in glorious prose the animal in us all, and took us, in tale after tale, to the edge of what makes us human.So this new collection is much anticipated, and when it opens, as Madame Zero did, with the story of a transforming woman, we brace ourselves for another terrifying ride. At first, it seems to deliver. Here are the careful, sensual descriptions, like those that changed a young wife into a vixen in the award-winning “Mrs Fox”. A lawyer becomes a harpy: there is “a crack behind her, huge and dull and viscose as the wings extend, unfurl and are filled, begin her flight”. Here is the crisp use of the present tense; the single-word, rhythmic sentences; and the violence. “Accident. A broken neck. And no post-mortem to reveal the delicately evacuated heart.” This time, though, the story is told from the point of view of the transforming person, and she is allowed feelings, pity for her lover, plans and even a little exposition. Soon, she is functioning within a recognisable moral scheme: transformed by her own womanly pain and motivated by other women’s pain. Mrs Fox, on the other hand, became a fox because, thrillingly, she just did, and alarmingly, mightn’t we all? Continue reading...
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Yovanovitch to face GOP grilling on second day of public impeachment hearings
Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled in May, became teary-eyed as she recounted her sudden firing during a closed-door deposition last month, sources told Fox News.
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Turkey doesnt want to hold onto foreign ISIS fighters but neither does the rest of the world. So where will they go?
Screen grab President Donald Trump made the abrupt decision to pull the remaining US troops out of Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria last month, setting in motion a regional domino effect. One consequence is that Turkey took over swathes of formerly Kurdish territory — and in the process inherited many ISIS prisoners being held there. It now has to deal with what is says are around 1,200 foreign fighters. It warned Turkey would not become "a hotel" for militants.  However, countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Germany — from which many ISIS fighters came — have stalled or outright refused to take their nationals back.  Here's what's going on with foreign ISIS fighters in Syria and what may happen next.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Last month, US President Donald Trump made the abrupt decision to pull the remaining US troops out of Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria. The move sent the fragmented country into a spiral, disrupting one of its few areas of stability. By withdrawing support from Kurdish forces in the area — which had helped the US combat ISIS — Trump opened them up to an oncoming offensive by Turkey.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We can thank the US military for the smelliest weapon in the worldSee Also:A federal judge ruled that New Jersey-born, ISIS-bride Hoda Muthana is not a US citizenVeterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American alliesTrump keeps contradicting the Pentagon about whatever it is the US is doing with Syria's oilSEE ALSO: What's happening in Syria, explained in 30 seconds
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North Korea calls Biden a ‘rabid dog’ who should be ‘beaten to death with a stick’
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea called former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden a “rabid dog” that “must be beaten to death with a stick” in its latest swipe against foreign and political leaders it sees as hostile to the North’s leadership. The commentary by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said the U.S. presidential...
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South Africa's SAA workers start strike that could cripple airline
Workers at South African Airways (SAA) downed tools on Friday in a strike over wages and job cuts that has forced the troubled state-owned carrier to cancel all flights and left its future hanging in the balance.
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Tesla's Model 3 and S are (once again) recommended by 'Consumer Reports'
Two Tesla sedans are back in Consumer Reports' good graces. Model 3 and the Model S have regained the organization's recommendation after their reliability scores got a boost from CR's latest annual reliability survey of current owners. Tesla and Con...
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Florida woman bit boyfriend’s penis ‘out of frustration:’ cops
A Florida woman allegedly bit her boyfriend’s penis and threatened him with a knife after she accused him of wanting to have sex with another woman, a report said. The alleged assault happened during an hours-long drinking session in Miami Beach that ended on Wednesday at about 3 a.m., a local NBC affiliate reported. Esperanza...
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Panama vs. Mexico: Live Stream, TV Schedule for 2019 CONCACAF Nations League
Mexico can book their semi-final spot in the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League on Friday with a good result against Panama in Group B. El Tri lead the group with two wins from two matches and sit three points ahead of Panama and Bermuda...
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MotoGP Grand Prix of Valencia 2019: Race Schedule, Live Stream and Top Riders
The curtain will come down on the 2019 MotoGP season on Sunday, with Valencia the final stop of the campaign...
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Germany vs. Belarus: Euro 2020 Qualifying Odds, Live Stream, TV Info
Germany continue their UEFA 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign against Belarus on Saturday. Joachim Low's side sit in second place in Group C, with the Netherlands ...
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Russia vs. Belgium: Euro 2020 Qualifying Odds, Live Stream, TV Info
Belgium and Russia will play their penultimate UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier in Group I on Saturday, with the Red Devils on course to complete a perfect run in qualifying...
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Chekhov and Georgia O'Keeffe loved autumn leaves, and so do I | Hannah Jane Parkinson
Their colour provides solace as we struggle to adjust from summer to darker nights and rainThe colours of autumn are abundant: the cool blue of the sky, the silver frost on the grass, the fuchsia of an early sunset. But the true riches are the leaves. The deep reds; the fierce oranges. The ochre of those curled at the edges. The shrivelled ones; the pale yellow of fading bruises. The combination of these colours against those crisp skies is majestic.While the adjustment from summer to autumn can be tough – the reacquaintance with relentless rain and walking home from work in darkness – the colours are a solace. Walking around parks in October conjures Vincent Van Gogh’s Autumn Landscape With Four Trees (1885); the sienna, veiny delights of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Autumn Leaves (1924); Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest I (1902). But best of all, David Hockney’s huge studies of Woldgate Woods (2006). Continue reading...
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Indonesia's food chain turns toxic as plastic waste exports flood in
Study of chicken egg samples reveals presence of dangerous chemical compounds around areas where waste is dumpedPlastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia.A new study that sampled chicken eggs around sites in the country where plastic waste accumulates identified alarming levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls long recognised as extremely injurious to human health. Continue reading...
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Marriage Story review – everything you always wanted to know about divorce | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are terrific as a couple facing the awful aftermath of their relationship in Noah Baumbach’s heartfelt dramaAll marriages are a mystery to outsiders, they say, and even more so to the married people themselves. In 2013, writer-director Noah Baumbach got divorced from screen star Jennifer Jason Leigh, and, until Leigh presents us with her own fictionalised movie version of their breakup (and who knows if she hasn’t considered it, or is considering it), we won’t have anything approaching the complete creative picture. Until then, here is Baumbach’s superb Marriage Story, a glorious laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud portrait of a relationship in its death throes.This wonderfully sweet, sad and funny film simply delivers more moment-by-moment pleasure than anything else around. It would be reductive to call it autobiographical, but it is notable how scrupulously generous his movie is to the soon-to-be-ex-wife figure, played impeccably by Scarlett Johansson. It is adroitly balanced and emotionally calibrated, although there are incidental details about who is the first to lawyer up, and a 55/45% split in the child custody arrangement. I wonder what Leigh makes of these points. Continue reading...
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The best winter dresses for all ages – in pictures
If effortless winter dressing is at the top of your sartorial wishlist, invest in a long-sleeved dress, whether wrapped, shirt style or a simple tunic. Layer over a polo neck or style with knee-high boots Continue reading...
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Family homes for first-time buyers – in pictures
Get your foot on the property ladder with these starter homes, from Devon to Aberdeenshire Continue reading...
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Coca-Cola country in southern Mexico – photo essay
In Los Altos, Chiapas, Coke has become a key part of indigenous ceremonies as well as a staple source of hydration. The photographer Diana Bagnoli visited the region to see the effect of this trend on public healthTo enter the highlands of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, is to enter a world of vibrant indigenous culture, breathtaking natural beauty, entrenched racism and grinding poverty. It is also to enter the territory of Coca-Cola.More Coke is consumed per capita in Mexico than in any other country, and some studies suggest the indigenous communities of the highlands, or Los Altos, may be the soft drink’s most loyal customers on the planet. Continue reading...
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‘A little out of touch’: the quest to find Joe Biden's millennial supporters
Young people are getting Bernie Sanders tattoos and Andrew Yang even has his own ‘Yang Gang’ – but at Biden rallies, the youth vote is conspicuously absentYoung people like Bernie Sanders. They flock to his rallies and tattoo his spectacles on to body parts. Young people like Elizabeth Warren – just take a look at the memes. Pete Buttigieg, despite his unradical, centrist policies and general air of clean-shirtedness, draws out the youth. Andrew Yang’s “Yang Gang” are an often youthful phenomenon of their own.Joe Biden? Not so much. Continue reading...
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USA vs. Canada: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule for 2019 CONCACAF Nations League
The United States Men's National Team will have the chance to gain quick revenge over Canada, as the two sides meet in the CONCACAF Nations League on Friday...
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Methane emissions from coalmines could stoke climate crisis – study
Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as policymakers overlook threat, researchers findThe methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industries combined.Coalmines are belching millions of tonnes of methane into the atmosphere unchecked, because policymakers have overlooked the rising climate threat, according to new research. Continue reading...
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This man wants to convince America beef is healthier than meatless burgers
Richard Berman is running a campaign to educate the public on plant-based meat burgers such as Impossible and Beyond BeefThe food industry has a “weapon of mass destruction”. His name is Richard Berman. And he has his sights set on destroying the growing appetite for meatless burgers and plant-based meat substitutes.Berman has form in this line of work. A longtime Washington DC lobbyist and PR strategist, he has advised – and tried to shield – some of America’s most powerful industries from criticism. Continue reading...
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Yovanovitch to tell inquiry of a US state department afraid to cross Trump
Recalled Ukraine ambassador to testify on revenge campaignYovanovitch says state department failed to support herFear of crossing Donald Trump prompted senior state department officials to withhold support from embattled diplomats overseas, undermining the conduct of US foreign policy abroad, a witness was expected to tell impeachment investigators on Friday. Related: Nancy Pelosi says Trump's actions toward Ukraine amount to 'bribery' Continue reading...
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U.S. plane crash fatalities increased in 2018, NTSB says
The number of people killed in plane crashes in the U.S. increased by about 13% in 2018, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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‘I Never Felt Alone.’ Brett Kavanaugh Opens Up About His Confirmation Process
America's newest Supreme Court Justice let his guard down in his first major speech since he was confirmed just over a year ago.
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NFL Must Suspend Myles Garrett for Rest of Season After Brutal on-Field Fight
Myles Garrett lost his damn mind as the Cleveland Browns' secured a 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football , and the only logical repercussion is a season-ending suspension being handed down by NFL officials...
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A federal judge ruled that New Jersey-born, ISIS-bride Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen
ABC News A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Hoda Muthana, a 25-year-old woman born in New Jersey who joined ISIS in 2014, is not a US citizen.  Hoda Muthana is currently staying in a refugee camp in Syria with her young son. Her family sued the US government in order to have Muthana and her son recognized as US citizens so they could return home.  On Thursday, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that there was sufficient evidence to indicate that Muthana was born while her father held diplomatic status in the US.  The Department of Justice has said that because Muthana's father, a former Yemeni diplomat, was under diplomatic protection at the time of her birth, she did not obtain US citizenship by birth.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Hoda Muthana, a 25-year-old woman born in New Jersey who joined ISIS in 2014, is not a US citizen.  Judge Reggie B. Walton of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought forward by Muthana's family in the hopes of retrieving her and her 2-year-old son from a refugee camp in Syria. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:Veterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American alliesTrump keeps contradicting the Pentagon about whatever it is the US is doing with Syria's oilTrump plan to save Syria's oil is shaping up to be a public-relations dumpster fireSEE ALSO: American ISIS bride's father files lawsuit to have the US recognize her as a citizen and return her to the country immediately
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Flu sidelines red-hot Kaapo Kakko
TAMPA, Fla. — Turns out that all the swagger that Kaapo Kakko was accumulating also got him the flu. The Rangers 18-year-old rookie was a late scratch for the team’s awful 9-3 loss to the Lightning on Thursday night. “He’s just battling the flu,” coach David Quinn said, after Kakko took warm-ups and then was...
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Brian Kenny talks Gerrit Cole’s mega-worth, working with Joe Girardi
MLB Network host Brian Kenny talks with The Post’s Justin Terranova about free agency, working next to Joe Girardi and the life of a general manger as the hot stove warms up. Q: How much are we looking at for Gerrit Cole? A: Maybe getting to $35 million-$40 million per year, depending on the length,...
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Stephen Colbert roasts Republicans' claim the impeachment hearings are 'boring'
After the first televised impeachment hearings into Donald Trump and Ukraine on Wednesday, some people came away from watching highly respected U.S. officials add more damning evidence to an already-teetering pile wondering why they didn't get a bit more of the ol' razzle dazzle. Republicans' new line, after weeks of demanding public hearings, switched to a puerile cry of "Boringgggg!" with Kellyanne Conway saying it was "just a bunch of gossip girls." As Stephen Colbert noted in his monologue Wednesday night, Gossip Girl was a very successful show, even if the ending left something to be desired. (Also, 13 million people watched the hearings; only 11 million watched the CMAs that same night.) Read more...More about Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Impeachment, Kellyanne Conway, Gossip Girl, and Entertainment
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Second-half swoon extends Nets’ misery
DENVER — The Nets wasted a red-hot first half with an ice-cold second. And when it was over, they had a 101-93 defeat Thursday before a crowd of 18,394 at Pepsi Center, their third straight loss. After an embarrassing blowout in Phoenix, now the Nets (4-7) have played just well enough to lose gut-wrenching games...
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Man detained for eating sandwich at BART station intends to sue
San Francisco Bay Area transit system has 45 days to respond to initial claim; man's lawyer says case "smacks of racial profiling and selective law enforcement'
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