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KFC roasted for ad depicting boys gawking at woman’s breasts
Peloton isn’t the only company to ignite outrage over a “sexist” commercial recently. KFC Australia found itself in the social-justice skillet after critics read its latest ad as objectifying women. The 15-second commercial depicts a woman checking out her breasts and butt in the reflection of a car window as she adjusts her romper. But...
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British royal family is the focus of new animated satire series
HBO Max has ordered an animated comedy series centered on the British royal family. “The Prince” hails from writer and executive producer Gary Janetti. Based on Janetti’s Instagram account, the series takes a look at the royals through the eyes of Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Princess Kate. Janetti will voice...
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Deadly virus spreads from mainland China to Taiwan as death toll rises to 6
Doctors in China now say the coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person as the death toll from the illness rises to six victims. Taiwan has reported its first sign of the disease: a woman who had visited Wuhan, where officials designated nine hospitals as treatment centers in an effort to contain the deadly virus. Ramy Inocencio reports from Wuhan, where scientists are trying to figure out how to contain the outbreak.
Jerry O’Connell jokes that he and Rebecca Romijn role-play as Joe and Teresa Giudice
“We only got a couple minutes before ICE is in here! C'mon! Let's do this!"
Vet accidentally euthanized cat instead of giving it rabies vaccine, woman claims
A distraught cat owner is heartbroken after an apparent mistake at the vet’s office resulted in the pet’s death.
If you love books, do not cut them in half
Books are unified wholes, and should be read that way. Don't mutilate them.
NFL plans to have draft prospects arrive by boat to red carpet at Las Vegas' Bellagio fountains
NFL executives laid out ambitious plans Tuesday in preparation of the 2020 NFL draft, which will be April 23-25 in Las Vegas.
Opinion: Democrats looked ready to unify. And then Hillary Clinton had to go and raise her hand
Hillary Clinton is still reading aloud from her burn book. We're tired. We've read it already.
Texas man has smile for mugshot after allegedly firing gun, hiding in doghouse
Texas authorities released an interesting mugshot Tuesday for a man who was found hiding in a doghouse as he was being sought for firing a gun at a sports bar.
Here's why your scalp is flaky—and how you can treat it
Kick dandruff and dry scalp to the curb.
Pop That Acknowledges Mental Struggle, and Tames It
Whether the example is Ariana Grande’s anxiety bops or Post Malone’s anthems of addiction and paranoia, mental health has become one of the central topics of today’s popular music. But is that really so new? The strangeness of the brain has long been a songwriting muse, and sounds often articulate what’s going on in one’s head better than words can. Folk singers and emo rappers alike have documented the extremes of depression, while an aesthetic of “insanity” has inspired such wild sounds as Pink Floyd’s guitar solos and Nicki Minaj’s cackles.But the paradigm on the rise today is not simply about feeling mental strain; it’s about mastering it. A month into 2020, two major pop stars have released albums that document distress in carefully controlled fashion, with a sound that squirms in the margins but stomps militarily in the center. On Selena Gomez’s Rare, the former Disney star emerges from years of personal turmoil to coo in the terminology of therapy and self-care. On Halsey’s Manic, the newly ubiquitous radio titan journals through her bipolar disorder with kaleidoscopic, if highly stage-directed, musical diversity.Since the 2016 release of her album Revival, Gomez has faced very public struggles: treatment for Lupus, a hugely scrutinized breakup with her longtime boyfriend Justin Bieber, and a battle with anxiety and depression for which she checked into a psychiatric facility. In recent interviews, she’s talked about feeling better after having shut off social media, taken antidepressants, and discovered dialectical behavioral therapy. Now comes Rare, whose lyrics address mental health mostly in terms of overcoming: “All the trauma’s in remission,” “Me and this spiral are done,” “Put a gold star on my disorder.”The attention to struggle at all is striking from Gomez, whose knack is communicating serenity and lightness. Her silken and conversational voice may not be powerful, but savvy producers know how well it can entrance, rather than rev up, a listener. Past singles such as “Come and Get It,” “Bad Liar,” “Good For You,” and “Hands To Myself” were suspenseful seduction routines: You sensed something exciting being contained. For Rare, though, she’s shimmying in post-recovery freedom, and the feeling doesn’t quite rise to the level of joy. As she draws short, elliptical melodies, the songs’ instrumental elements tend to fidget. An ominous bass tone will enter midway through a track, deepening a bridge, and leave. Nothing gets too heady, scary, or ecstatic, though. The thermostat is set to 72; the listening is easy.A few bracing exceptions, though, prove the potential of the resurgent genre of the self-love anthem. Gomez’s recent No. 1 hit, “Lose You to Love Me,” is a stark and grand piano ballad in which sentiment builds vertically, skyscraper-high. She’s telling an ex he had to fall so that she could rise, and the melody gets at both dimensions of that story. Another strong cut, “Vulnerable,” has Gomez stringing together individual syllables in a fast, hypnotic chant. The beats skip and lope soothingly; the bridge thickens with tambourines and ululation. The song is excellent yoga-class corniness, like a lost track from Madonna’s Ray of Light, which is to say it goes to a proven well of culturally borrowed sounds affiliated with transcendence. For Halsey, luminous healing is never the point; the triumph she projects is that of a flinty antihero. The 25-year-old songwriter is three albums into a soft coup of a career, in which an arty, insurgent persona has been maintained even as Halsey’s voice has become the sound of radio pop. That voice, a breathy collection of tics workshopped early last decade by Lorde and Lana Del Rey, conveys drama fabulously but emotion haltingly. Luckily Halsey, as a songwriter, does drama well, and her approach suits her life story. On Manic, her bipolar disorder is central. But so are other, smaller details about hopes, fears, and romance, all of which she marshals for diorama-like songs.The album’s early statement piece is “Clementine,” a piano rumination that, like with much of the album, is scattered with off-tune, warbling sounds that create a mood but don’t derail any melody. Halsey describes chaotic ups and downs—“In my world, I’m constantly, constantly havin’ a breakthrough / Or a breakdown, or a blackout”—but the song is orderly, an explainer. Sonically it recalls the work of Fiona Apple, who is pop’s most brilliant chronicler of the vagaries of the mind and whose writing could point a way forward for Halsey. For now, the singer strings together vivid lines that don’t always hang together . “Wish I could see what it’s like to be the blood in my veins,” she sings, but then: “Do the insides of all of my fingers still look the same?” Same as what?It’s not just Apple who comes to mind. Manic evokes a range of women who’ve aired inner conflagrations while trying to grapple with society’s tendency to label honest women as crazy. One such figure, Alanis Morissette, even shows up with a feisty chorus on “Alanis’ Interlude,” a break-beat driven sketch about same-sex lust. Another standout, the gnarly guitar jam “3am,” seems to collage pages from histories of women in rock: Carrie Underwood, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Courtney Love. For the country-ish ballad “Finally // Beautiful Stranger,” a lovely melody recalls both Lady Gaga’s “Yoü and I” and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up.” All of these songs are about wanting someone else with such a desperation that it, counter-intuitively, seems to make the identity of the desired person incidental. As Halsey snarls on “3am,” “I really need a mirror that’ll come along and tell me I’m fine.”As a confession and self-analysis, Manic is impressively customized and distinct, though a number of the more lyrically dense tracks tend to describe feelings more than they embody them. It’s too bad, in any case, that Halsey’s knottier explorations of her own mind aren’t what seem to sate the music industry. “Without Me” and “Graveyard,” the two singles from Manic thus far to gain any traction on the charts, are firmly in the mode of the Chainsmokers song “Closer” that made her famous. Drowsily pining, musically drab, they sedate but don’t illuminate.
California considers declaring common pain killer carcinogen
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee. The drug is acetaminophen, known outside the U.S. as paracetamol and used to treat pain and fevers. It is the basis...
VIDEO: How The U.S. And Iran Ratcheted Up Their Long-Running Feud
If you want to trace the history of U.S.-Iran tensions, you'd have to go back decades. But the roots of the latest escalation can be found in a series of developments over the past two years.
Uber test lets drivers set their own fares in California in response to gig economy laws
Allowing drivers to set their own fares could help Uber argue its case that its workers are independent contractors rather than employees.
First U.S. Case of Coronavirus From China Identified in Seattle, Washington
The case was identified the day before the World Health Organization is scheduled to meet to determine if the outbreak constitutes an international emergency.
Oprah Winfrey wades into 'American Dirt' controversy with her book club pick
Oprah Winfrey chose "American Dirt" as her latest book club selection. Author Jeanine Cummins' novel has sparked a backlash for its portrayal of immigrants.
Two more Mississippi inmates killed in prison: 9 inmates dead in less than a month
The most recent deaths appear to be "an isolated incident," the Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a tweet.
How Citizens United Led Directly to Trump’s Impeachment
As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial gets underway, a former Trump ally, Lev Parnas, has been throwing a wrench into the proceedings.
Mysterious death of Brooklyn philanthropist Antonio Litman ruled a homicide
Antonio Litman’s lifeless body was discovered inside the lobby of his Fort Greene brownstone with puncture wounds to his neck and chest after firefighters put out a blaze there early Monday.
Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado upset over trade talks: 'There's a lot of disrespect around here'
Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado admitted to feeling disrespected after the team’s general manager acknowledged listening to trade offers for the third baseman Monday.
Amtrak was going to charge group $25,000 to travel with wheelchairs. A ticket normally costs $16
A Chicago-based disability activist group won't have to pay $25,000 to get its members to a conference on Wednesday in Bloomington, Illinois, a trip that normally costs $16 a person each way.
Impeachment Trial Live Stream: Highlights and Takeaways
Senator Mitch McConnell made some last-minute changes to his proposal for the rules for the proceedings. Here are the key highlights so far.
11-year-old girl’s final words to mom before fatal Brooklyn fire
An 11-year-old girl killed in a fire at her Brooklyn home called her mother to ask her to pick up some ice cream at the store just minutes before the fatal blaze, the distraught mom told The Post. “I really don’t know what happened,” grieving mother Limor Tevet-Steinmetz said Tuesday. “We went to the store...
In kids' TV, it's the end of the world. But don't expect 'gloom and doom'
Netflix animated series "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts" and "The Last Kids on Earth" follow "Adventure Time" in bringing the apocalypse to kids' TV.
Titanic Wreckage Now Protected Under U.S.-U.K. Deal That Was Nearly Sunk
On Tuesday, British Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani lauded a 2003 treaty that sat unratified for years but, after approval by the U.S., has recently been dredged from its would-be grave.
Hamburger chain Krystal files for bankruptcy
Shifting consumer tastes, growing costs, tight labor markets and the growth of online food ordering allegedly contributed to the company's financial problems.
Trump's impeachment trial starts with two sides clashing on rules, evidence
U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday, with his chief legal defender attacking the case as baseless and a top Democratic lawmaker describing overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing.
Fake German doctor who coaxed women, girls into electroshock experiment gets 11 years in jail
A German man will spend 11 years behind bars for tricking women and girls into electrocuting themselves while he watched via Skype, prosecutors said.
5 Things to Know About Jay Sekulow as Donald Trump Impeachment Trial Kicks Off
He advised President George W. Bush on judgeships and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on his presidential campaign.
House managers: Trump's defense that abuse of power is not impeachable offense is 'wrong and dangerous'
The House Democratic impeachment managers on Tuesday slammed the argument from President Trump’s legal defense team that the charges brought against the president are not impeachable offenses, calling it “wrong and dangerous” in their own separate filing.
As Super Bowls heads to Miami, feds on high alert for human traffickers
The time of year has arrived where American football celebrates its legacy with a final play off, attracting celebrities, super fans and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. But with the massive numbers of travelers pouring into Miami this year for the event, the Feds are stepping in, training airport employees on security measures to combat trafficking at one of Florida’s busiest airports. As a record 90,000 travelers pour in and out of the party city, over 600 airport employees are getting on board with the training at what they call the gateway to the Americas. They hope their efforts will help stop criminal activity on the frontlines of entry.
Michael Avenatti Is Now Being Held in Same Chilly Cell That Housed El Chapo: Lawyer
Avenatti is set to stand trial on charges that he tried to extort millions from Nike
California police find 106-year-old vet’s classic Cadillac, gifted by Rita Hayworth, after thieves steal it
A classic Cadillac willed to a 106-year-old World War II veteran and former stuntman by Hollywood Golden Age actress Rita Hayworth has been found after thieves stole it from a garage in California, authorities said.
Zion Williamson says he wanted to 'punch a wall or kick chairs' during recovery
The 2019 No. 1 draft pick finally will make his NBA debut Wednesday with the New Orleans Pelicans. His lengthy rehab from knee surgery tested him.
Concern from key GOP senators and uproar from Democrats led to rules changes
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed the resolution laying out the rules of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before it began on Tuesday amid concerns from some key Senate Republicans and an uproar from Democrats.
Meghan McCain blasts 'garbage' NYT over 2020 endorsements: 'Huge act of cowardice'
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain ripped into The New York Times on Tuesday over the paper's decision to endorse two candidates in the Democratic primaries.
Montana Native American teen's body found after vanishing on New Year's Eve
The body of a Native American teenager in Montana, who had been missing since disappearing from a highway rest stop on New Year’s Day, was found Monday, putting an end to a search that spanned across three states and involved the FBI.
Nickelback announces summer tour celebrating 15th anniversary of album
Look at this photograph.
St. John’s is a great bet despite poor Big East record
With St. John’s back on the floor Tuesday night at Marquette (9 p.m., FS1), this is an ideal time for VSiN to check in on Big East basketball. The Red Storm are in the unique position of being the “worst” team in a loaded conference (1-5 straight up in league play and lowest-rated in Ken...
John Kavanagh wants to see Conor McGregor fight Justin Gaethje ... at welterweight
"That would be my personal preference ... because he's another lightweight."       Related StoriesSpinning Back Clique: Buy or sell a new Conor McGregor moving forward after UFC 246?MAGA McGregor? Conor praises 'Phenomenal President' Donald Trump on Martin Luther King DayJorge Masvidal dictates the welterweight division's flow, manager says
Puerto Rico's ex-housing secretary claims governor knew about unused aid
Former Secretary Fernando Gil Enseñat was one of three officials fired by the governor after the aid was discovered.
Harvey Weinstein’s 11th-hour bid to move trial from NYC denied
Weinstein lawyer Arthur Aidala filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking for the change of venue.
Sending back climate refugees may violate right to life: UN agency
WELLINGTON – Governments need to take into account the climate crisis when considering the deportation of asylum seekers, the United Nations said in a landmark ruling that could pave the way for future climate refugees. The ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee was given in the case of Ioane Teitiota, from the Pacific nation...
Chief Justice John Roberts' fashion choice: No stripes
Chief Justice William Rehnquist added stripes to his robe in a whimsical emulation of Lord Chancellor in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera "Iolanthe."
Royal wedding cello prodigy hopes to inspire classical music’s next generation
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who performed at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will join the BSO for a trio of concerts.
It’s the Battle of Baby Jabba vs. Baby Yoda. Who Deserves to Be the Internet’s Favorite Child?
Can Baby Jabba hold his own against Baby Yoda?
Nassau, Suffolk counties team up for ‘common sense’ bail reforms
Officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties want to bring some “common sense” to Albany’s controversial bail reforms. The two Long Island counties announced a new joint task force Tuesday that will identify ways to tweak the state’s just-enacted bail reforms, which critics say create a revolving-door for suspects awaiting trial to cause more mayhem. “We’re...