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‘Star Trek’ actress Celeste Yarnall dead at 74

Celeste Yarnall, who wooed Elvis Presley on screen, captivated audiences on “Star Trek” and made pulses race as “the original flower child” in the 1968 cult classic “Eve,” has passed away at age 74, Fox News has learned Wednesday. Her husband, British artist Nazim Nazim, confirmed Yarnall died Sunday afternoon after “a long struggle” with...
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Honey Smacks back on shelves after salmonella recall
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is returning to shelves following a voluntarily recall after salmonella infected 100 people in 33 states. The company announced on Monday the cereal will return next month in limited quantities with “a simpler, updated recipe.” The company says production was moved to a “trusted and tested Kellogg-owned facility...
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Supreme Court blocks deposition of Wilbur Ross
CNN's John Avlon reality checks the Supreme Court's decision to block a deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a case challenging the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census. - RSS Channel
United flight turns around because aircraft is "too large"
Passengers on board a United Airlines flight had to be be turned around because their plane was too big.        
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Wow, Julen Lopetegui is having an extremely bad time at Real Madrid
Tactically Naive discusses Madrid, Jose Mourinho’s struggles, and Arsenal’s resurgence. Football? Football! Soccer? Soccer! Welcome back to Tactically Naive, in which you can call this wonderful game whatever you want, as long as you are prepared to admit that it is Good. Even when it’s Bad. Onwards. Irreal Madrid Julen Lopetegui wakes up. It is a beautiful summer day. He leaps out of bed, a song in his heart,and throws open the curtains. Oh no! He is immediately hit in the face with a large custard pie. This is football. Things go wrong. Success is the punctuation that separates failure from failure, and joy the pinch of salt that really brings out the flavour of the persistent misery. But! Have things ever gone so wrong, so quickly, as they have for Julen Lopetegui? Outraged, Lopetegui storms outside. Unfortunately, somebody has left a large bucket of whitewash outside his door. He steps in it. It’s stuck on his foot! He starts to clatter around, getting whitewash everywhere. Just a few months ago Lopetegui was at the World Cup in Russia. He was in charge of Spain, who were going into the tournament as one of the favourites. His squad had come through qualifying unbeaten, scoring 36 goals on the way. Things were looking good … and then Real Madrid gave him a call. He said yes. Spain said “what the hell, Julen?” Fast forward to now, through Spain’s early exit from the tournament, and Real Madrid side have lost five games on the bounce. They didn’t score a goal for eight solid hours of football. They are seventh in La Liga. They are Bad. Finally, he gets the bucket off, and goes in pursuit of the pie-slinging miscreat. He sees some workmen with ladders working on the outside of the house. However, as he approaches them, a man with a ladder over his shoulder turns around. Poor Julen is caught flush in the head! He tumbles to the ground in a heap. There is of course a sense in which none of this is Lopetegui’s fault. The unwritten rules of football serve to impose tragic flaws on its managers. You do not say no to Real Madrid. You just don’t. Even when you’re their fourth, fifth, sixth choice. Even when saying yes is an extremely silly idea, just a few days before a World Cup. Even when Cristiano Ronaldo’s gone. Julen scrambles to his feet and begins to remonstrate with the man, who is extremely unapologetic. Other workmen clamber down and join the argument. Eventually they take their ladders and storm away. Angry, Julen thumps the side of his house, then sits down to have a good cry. There is a moment’s pause … Because to say no to Real Madrid would be to betray the fundamental drive of the football manager. That whole tangled collection of ambitions — to work with the best, to win the shiniest, to make the most money, to make the most of your time — that, when taken all together, add up to reaching the top. Even when the top turns out to be a barren spot, cold, with a miserable view. And only the prelude to an embarrassing fall. Managers have said no to Real Madrid, of course; either secure in their own projects or chary of the churn. Perhaps in some alternate universe, Lopetegui is striking matches on the World Cup trophy, puffing cigars as Spain take the Nations League by storm, and as some other sucker tries to navigate Madrid’s post-Ronaldo contractions. But not this one. In this one, there’s nothing left for him except the final phone call, and the only question is: when? … and then the front wall of his house collapses on top of him. He sits covered in dust, inside the open window frame, looking at the rubble all around him. Then he looks, blank-faced, at the camera. Fade to black. The continued decline of Jose Mourinho Plot twist: Manchester United are fun! Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea was the second game in a row in which United have stepped up to the demands of the Competition Formerly Known as The Barclays, and delivered the untethered chaos and giddy silliness that the sponsors crave. This doesn’t mean Manchester United are a good football team. Not yet. A good football team wouldn’t have been two down at home to Newcastle in the first place; a good football team would have squeezed out the win at Chelsea. But there’s definitely something starting to take shape in that jumble of a squad. Paul Pogba may still be losing his man at corners, but he’s also creating equalisers with spinning shoulder-drops and nutmegs. A balance in midfield, at last. A hammering from Juventus might kill this renascence stone dead, of course, and a hammering from Juventus is eminently possible. But for the moment, things are at least engaging. United look like they’re going somewhere, even if that somewhere might end up being nowhere again … … and just as well, since the game at Stamford Bridge also served as final notice that Jose Mourinho is not the man he once was, and may never truly return to his glorious, inglorious majesty. We’re talking, of course, about the not-fight at the end. It was almost perfect: the hold-me-back-hold-me-back Scrappy Doo stylings. The walloping hypocrisy of Mourinho — coat-flapper, eye-gouger, sprinkler-provoker — complaining about somebody else’s touchline conduct. The sheer glorious mess of it: ego and flailing machismo. Being Jose Mourinho requires performing the part of Jose Mourinho, and it’s been a while since that performance had been anything other than just a bit sad. Here at least — at last! — it was funny. Until an apology was offered and quickly accepted. What the hell? That’s not going to rumble on through the season. That’s not going to let bad feeling fester into bad blood. That’s not going to convince United’s players that everybody hates them and the only thing to do is show them, show them all, show them by by wasting time, by making tactical fouls, by winning. The man can’t even beef anymore. It’s terribly sad. Arsenal might be a thing again On Monday night, Arsenal went 1-0 down at home to Leicester City, then roared back to win 3-1. Mesut Ozil was divine, in his ethereal way, and they scored another gorgeous, length of the pitch passing goal. Becoming a bit of a habit, that. Maybe passing the ball out from the back is … good? Anyway, that’s ten wins in a row for the north Londoners, which isn’t bad going. Early days for Unai Emery, of course, but Tactically Naive is hear to warn you all that we may need to do some repunctuating in the near future. A change of emphasis may be coming. Because if this football club is actually going to be consistently good, then we’re going to need to swap out “Oh, Arsenal …” for “Oh, Arsenal!” Maybe even “OH! ARSENAL!” It’s going to be a big shift. They’ve been a comedy event for so long that it’s going to be hard to take them seriously. So be aware. The world may be changing, and you’ll need to change with it. There’s nothing so embarrassing as being caught out in public wearing last season’s punchlines. And the season before that. And the season before that. And the— no, no, we’ll stop now.
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Britney Spears' hit '...Baby One More Time' turns 20 so you're old as hell
Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears' iconic "...Baby One More Time," and while this may prompt you to cry for hours about the passage of time and what to do with your life, we recommend turning up the volume on this evergreen banger and just enjoying the sheer genius that has endured. SEE ALSO: Christina Aguilera says she'd do a song with supposed longtime rival Britney Spears "..Baby One More Time" was written by Max Martin and debuted on cassette (!) Oct. 23, 1998. Spears herself was a teen at the time, a former Mickey Mouse club prodigy about to get insanely famous at a young age.  Read more...More about Entertainment, Music, Celebrities, Single, and Pop
NYC's first Amazon Go store will be in the financial district
We knew an Amazon Go store was coming to NYC, now we know where it will be stationed. Recode claims the cashierless convenience store will be located inside Manhattan's Brookfield Place -- a shopping and office complex across the street from the Worl...
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Friends, the Champions League schedule is very good
We couldn’t reasonably ask for a better slate. Things are getting spicy in the third round of Champions League, with some big teams having suffered setbacks during the first two matchdays. Tottenham are in an absolute must-win scenario, while Manchester City, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Manchester United would put themselves into deep trouble with a loss. United and a very frustrated Jose Mourinho have a tough matchup with Group H favorites Juventus, in what looks like the week’s marquee matchup. It’ll probably be a bit of a defensive slog, though, so you might want to pick something else if you’re mainly interested in seeing high-tempo action. All games can be found on Turner’s live streaming service, B/R Live. You can buy games individually on a PPV basis, pay $10 for a one-month subscription, or just sign up for the whole year for $80. For listings from outside the United States, check out Live Soccer TV. Champions League: Tuesday, Oct. 23 Real Madrid should coast to a win, but they’re still worth watching since manager Julen Lopetegui is on the hottest of hot seats heading into this weekend’s Clásico. The best game of the day might actually be Hoffenheim-Lyon. Champions League: Wednesday, Oct. 24 Mauro Icardi and Inter Milan keep pulling off last-minute miracles. Icardi sunk Tottenham with a stunner in the first round of the Champions League, and he scored a 93rd minute winner against AC Milan this weekend. Barcelona is a big step up in competition, but a result would see the Nerazzuri solidify their position ahead of Spurs. For the soccer hipsters in the house, Dortmund-Atléti is an absolute dream matchup. Europa League: Thursday, Oct. 25 early games The first really great slate of the Europa League season is here! All four of the top games from this slate are extremely watchable. Honestly, it might be worthwhile to get a couple monitors. Yes, for Europa League. Europa League: Thursday, Oct. 25 late games Well, at least we had the early slate. Sad they couldn’t split up the really good games.
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OnePlus announces it’ll launch a 5G phone next year
A week ahead of the OnePlus 6T’s launch, the company’s CEO Carl Pei has announced that OnePlus will launch a 5G-enabled phone next year. On the stage of the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong, Pei said that the company will release the phone in the first half of 2019, making it one of the first companies to launch a 5G-enabled phone. And given that OnePlus’ handsets are widely available across the world, it could potentially be the first 5G phone for many countries – especially those that don’t sell devices with carrier contracts. Moments before this announcement, Qualcomm’s president Cristiano Amon… This story continues at The Next Web
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McDonald's global strength offsets U.S. weakness, shares rise
McDonald's Corp beat estimates for quarterly global same-store sales as strong demand in international markets made up for slowing growth in the fiercely-competitive U.S. fast-food industry, sending its shares up nearly 3 percent.
Apple will fix iPhone XS selfie-smoothing Beautygate ‘bug’ in iOS 12.1
Apple says that iOS 12.1 will fix the Beautygate "bug" that smoothed out details in some selfies, leaving some users' skin looking unnaturally blurry.
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This iceberg captured in NASA image looks like a perfect rectangle
NASA's Operation IceBridge captured an image of a tabular iceberg, which looks like a perfect rectangle, during a flight over the Antarctic.        
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Khashoggi’s body parts reportedly found in Saudi consul general’s garden
Body parts belonging to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to a new report. The 59-year-old Washington Post columnist had been “cut up” and his face was “disfigured,” sources told Sky News. One source told the news outlet that Khashoggi’s remains were found in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s home....
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Tottenham's academy is succeeding thanks to locally sourced players
In the first of a new monthly series looking at youth football, Gavin Willacy investigates Spurs’ supply line of midfieldersBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsTottenham fans may have been concerned by the sight of Harry Winks playing for England in Spain last week after starting just three Premier League games his return from a long-term ankle injury. But they should be excited as there is more to come from that particular talent pool: gifted local central midfielders.Tottenham created history by being the first team in the Premier League era to not sign anyone during the summer transfer window, but there was a new face in their opening-day win at Newcastle. Luke Amos was promoted to the squad and given his first five minutes of action in the top flight. The 21-year-old tore his ACL in a reserve game against Blackburn the following week and is now out for the season. That has enabled an even younger midfielder to push himself forward. Continue reading...
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Marianne Faithfull: the muse who made it on her own terms
As the singer prepares to release her 21st album, we look back at a singular career marked by creative restlessness, personal troubles and triumphant reinventionsIf you’re looking for a study in contrasts, you could do worse than compare the two albums released this autumn with Marianne Faithfull’s name on the cover. The first is Come and Stay With Me, a collection of her 1960s singles that opens and closes with two Rolling Stones-related tracks: the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards composition As Tears Go By, and Sister Morphine, co-written by Faithfull and Jagger while their relationship was in its death throes. The second is Negative Capability, a meditation on loss, grief and loneliness recorded in Paris last winter with the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis. It also contains a version of As Tears Go By, but there the similarities end. Thematically and sonically, it could be the work of a completely different artist to Come and Stay With Me. Given how often Faithfull’s personal life has overshadowed her music, it is worth noting the artistic distance she has travelled in her career – further than a lot of her more regularly lauded peers.There was a time when the notion of either of these albums existing would have seemed like a joke. Faithfull’s musical career was not expected to last more than 50 years, nor was it supposed to have the kind of weight that might still interest people decades on. It wasn’t supposed to have any weight to it all. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones’ manager who spotted her at a party and launched her career as a vocalist, dismissively described her as “an angel with big tits”. As she later recalled, she was “treated as somebody who not only can’t even sing, but doesn’t really write or anything, just something you can make into something … I was just cheesecake really, terribly depressing”. Continue reading...
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The best ways to pee during a football game, ranked
Let’s get wizzy wit it. Monday Night Football was kind of a snoozer. The Falcons are banged up, and it showed against a terrible 1-6 Giants team. The most interesting part of the game was when Odell Beckham Jr. made his way down the tunnel... for a pee break, per ESPN. "Eli's washed. I'm out"— Mostly Football (@MostlyFBShow) October 23, 2018 That also led to this, from former NFL player and Monday Night Football’s Analyst On A Scooterized Platform, Booger McFarland, in which he argues Beckham is a diva because he didn’t just pee his pants: BOOGER A COMFIRMED PISS DAWG— Quigs (@BigSeanQ) October 23, 2018 Now stay with me here — I don’t think that refusing to pee your pants makes you a diva. It makes you a lot of other things, but not a diva. However, I would also argue that Booger ain’t far off when he floats your pants as a fine place to relieve yourself during a game. Yep, I said it. That got the ol’ juices flowing (pun absolutely intended) and here we are, ranking the best places to fight a fire during a game. Let’s begin. 1. Go to the locker room That’s what Beckham did. It might not be the quickest way, but it’s the cleanest, and most private way to go about business. If you can get this done without missing a play, by all means, make the bladder gladder. Now let’s move along and get to the fun stuff. 2. Assemble members of the training staff to form a Gatorade towel curtain This is a true showing of teamwork. The individual looking to test their hydraulics can assign anywhere from one to any number of individuals to create a makeshift stall to expel their pee. Nick Novak did this in a 2011 game, before missing a 53-yarder to give the Chargers a lead against the Broncos. He had a single Gatorade towel curtain, and used the rest of the cooler to shield himself: If you’re a little tad more insecure and would like extra privacy, you can assemble a larger crew, as Dexter McDougle did last season in a game against the Chiefs. A couple of more folks in on the act, and they had enough for a pickup basketball game: You can’t be certain, but it looks like Alex Smith (better days right now, amirite Chiefs fans?) saw the leak occurring, and thought to be sure he wouldn’t run into McDougle. It would have been a more unfortunate spill than say, Gatorade. 3. In a Gatorade cup on the sideline, no cover The privacy level severely drops here, which is going to be a Big No for most. During a 2016 game between Washington and the Lions, Washington special teams coach Ben Kotwica was caught with his funny business out and in a cup. The fan and her children who witnessed The Pissening didn’t appreciate it, as one might imagine: special teams coach Ben Kotwica got caught peeing into a cup during the game yesterday— Luke 4-12 (@McLukeMD) October 24, 2016 A little cover never hurt nobody. 4. Just pee your pants Just as Booger suggested. It’s also a pretty widely-accepted practice in football circles, it seems. Booger wasn’t being a smartass, former NFLer Mark Schlereth has also made it clear in the past that letting loose in your own synthetics was his preference as well. From ESPN’s David Fleming, and his feature on all kinds of athletes finding an escape: Former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder’s solution was fairly simple: He says he wet his pants ... in every one of his 82 games as a pro. If the player is more self conscious, I suggest doing it in a fumble pile where there are more people to blame. Last season, it looked like the Packers’ Mike Daniels peed himself: Packers' Mike Daniels appears to have peed himself today— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 19, 2017 Goes without saying, this option isn’t doesn’t work particularly well if your pants are going to snitch on you. After the game, he claimed that the wetness around his crotch was not pee. “I sweat a lot down there,” he said. “Everybody was like, ‘Did you pee your pants?’ No, I did not pee my pants.” Buddy, that’s pee.
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If You Were to Start Your Business Over From Scratch Tomorrow, What Would You Change?
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UPDATE 2-Verizon beats Wall Street estimates for profit, phone subscribers
Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday beat Wall Street estimates for profit and net new phone subscribers, helped by the popularity of its promotional offers subsidizing Apple Inc's latest iPhones.
CIA Director Gina Haspel headed to Turkey amid looming questions about death of Jamal Khashoggi
CIA Director Gina Haspel is headed to Turkey amid ongoing questions about Saudi Arabia's role in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident.        
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The Falcons are experiencing the ultimate grind year
Injuries have dropped them from “Super Bowl?” to “just stay in the playoff race for now and see what happens.” Update: It happened again, the Falcons bent but didn’t break in a close contest against the New York Giants, winning 23-20. This is the Falcons’ formula for the season. Just how far will it take them? Read on for more on that question! Jameis Winston charged forward from the 20, catching everyone off-guard. A defender finally got in his way around the 10, and he blindly winged the ball to his left, where Adam Humphries briefly picked it up, advanced to the 5, and lost control of the ball. Mike Evans picked it up, jumped 180 degrees, and fired it to DeSean Jackson, who was somehow open at the 5 along the sideline. The pitch was bad, though, and the ball flew out of bounds, ending the game. Tampa Bay had almost pulled off a crazy, miraculous win, but Atlanta had survived, 34-29. We often want to assign meaning — catalyst, beginning of the end, anything that Changed Everything — to crazy finishes like that one. For Atlanta in 2018, though, it was just another game. There is no meaning to the Falcons’ 2018 season this time around, no pieces to fall together. There is only the grind, only the next tricky hurdle in an endless series of them. Atlanta hosts the New York Giants on Monday night with a chance to move to 3-4 for the season. That would put them still 2.5 games behind the Saints in the NFC South race, sure, but it would keep them just a game behind in the race for the final wild card bid. In a vacuum, this is disappointing. The Falcons went 11-5 in 2016 and reached the Super Bowl, then went 10-6 despite the loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to the 49ers, coming within a late red zone stop of beating the eventual Super Bowl champions in the playoffs. With what they had returning, it appeared another potential Super Bowl run was in the cards. But then everyone started getting hurt. Linebacker Deion Jones and safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, not only three starting defenders, but three of their best starting defenders, are all on injured reserve. So is starting guard Andy Levitre. Running back Devonta Freeman officially joined them last Tuesday, having managed only 14 carries this season to date. Hell, even ageless kicker Matt Bryant is currently hobbled by a hamstring issue. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Foye Oluokun has seen far more action than expected as a rookie In college football — at Jones’ LSU, Freeman’s Florida State, or Neal’s Florida, for instance — you might have the depth and raw talent necessary to withstand some bad breaks. In a league so dedicated to parity, however, a run of injuries can be all she wrote. The result of the injuries has been pretty obvious: Atlanta can’t run the ball very well and, with a leaky sieve in the back of the defense, can neither stop the pass nor create passing downs. They’re still good enough, however, to make virtually every game close. They lost at Philadelphia by six in a stout defensive battle, then lost shootouts to the Saints (in overtime) and Bengals (by one). They’ve also narrowly beaten 3-2 Carolina and, again, kept hope alive with the odd last-second thriller over Tampa Bay. They’ve played zero truly good games and only one truly bad one (a 41-17 loss to the Steelers). Atlanta has lost games because of bad drive finishing and won them because of good drive finishing. They’ve lost games with good field position and won games with bad field position. They’ve won games in which they were out-done from an efficiency standpoint and lost them with clear efficiency advantages. Every week the Falcons are a different team with different challenges. Again, this isn’t going to change. And if the injuries continue, the grind is only get grittier. But as long as the Falcons win some of these grinds, they will remain in the playoff chase. So let’s take stock and figure out what the Falcons can and can’t still do well approaching the midpoint of the season. 1. They still take advantage of their opportunities Comparatively speaking, the offense has been far less affected by the run of injuries. They have, after all, managed to 36 or more points and lose twice this season. And despite losing Freeman and Levitre, they are still 11th in Offensive DVOA (sixth in passing) and ninth in the league in scoring. As crazy as it sounds, considering both how last year ended and how this year began, one of the Falcons’ clear strengths has been finishing drives. Since recording a horrid 13 percent red zone success rate and blowing a series of chances against Philadelphia, Atlanta’s been brilliant near the opposing end zone — they have a 58 percent red zone success rate post-Philly, as good a rate as you’ll ever see. Freeman’s injury has opened up opportunity for rookie Ito Smith, and the former Southern Miss Golden Eagle has recorded a 46 percent rushing success rate in the red zone. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Ito Smith has been a sturdy red zone option. More importantly, though, Matt Ryan is finding passing windows. Julio Jones remains a decoy — it doesn’t appear he’s even been targeted by a red zone pass since the Philly failure — but since that game, Calvin Ridley has caught five of five red zone passes for 56 yards and four touchdowns, and tight end Austin Hooper has caught three of four for 28 yards and two scores. Running back Tevin Coleman has carried five times for just 10 yards, but he’s also caught three passes for 20 yards and two scores. After calling all the wrong red zone plays from all the wrong formations in Philadelphia, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has spread things out and found immense success. 2. They’re still making big plays Atlanta’s big-play rate during the 2016 run to the Super Bowl was mind-blowing. In open-play situations (snaps between your 10 and your opponent’s 30), the Falcons ripped off 20-yards or more on 10.9 percent of their snaps, and 74.9 percent of their first downs came on either first or second down. Both figures were best in the league. That level of explosiveness is unsustainable, but despite regression, Atlanta’s still making some connections downfield. Jones has nine receptions of 20-plus yards, Ridley has six, Mohamed Sanu has four, and Hooper has two. While picking Ridley in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft didn’t address any specific needs, it did give the Falcons one more weapon than opponents can account for in the passing game, and Ryan and Sarkisian have taken advantage. Ridley’s on pace for nearly 1,000 receiving yards, Sanu’s on pace for 800, and despite no red zone presence whatsoever, Jones is on pace for nearly 2,000. Ryan is completing a career-high 70 percent of his passes (75 percent since Philly) and is on pace for his first 5,000-yard season. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Julio Jones: still amazing Granted, the volume comes in part because of deficits and the shaky run game. Still, Atlanta has demanded more of its passing game, and the passing game has responded beautifully. 3. The defense ... isn’t getting burned deep, at least? Look, it’s really hard to find nice things to say about the Atlanta defense. Obviously. That’s what happens when you start out thin and lose maybe your three best players. According to data provided by Sports Info Solutions, Atlanta allowed just a 24 percent success rate and 1.9 yards per play in the 37 snaps it got out of Neal this season. In 68 snaps with Jones, it was a 29 percent success rate and 3.3 yards per play. Without them, and eventually without Allen (204 snaps, 41 percent success rate, 5.6 yards per play), too, it’s been an obvious struggle. Second-year safety Damontae Kazee has gotten far more action than expected and has struggled (316 snaps, 48 percent success rate, 6.4 yards per play), as has rookie linebacker Foye Oluokun (130 snaps, 49 percent success rate, 6.9 yards per play), who, as a Yale standout, was playing against teams like Holy Cross and Columbia this time last year. There aren’t many good tactical options when you are this limited with your personnel, and that goes double when your defensive line has been disappointingly ineffective in terms of both run defense and pass rush. So with their hands tied behind their backs, head coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel have elected to simply go full-on bend-don’t-break. Hey, it works in college sometimes. And it’s ... sort of working in Atlanta? A little bit? Granted, bend-don’t-break can just delay the inevitable if you bend too much, but in their two wins, they have at least managed to hold opponents to 4.1 points per scoring opportunity — not great, but acceptable considering how dominant the offense has been. They forced two turnovers against the Bucs, too. This is how the season has been defined at this point. Of the Five Factors — efficiency, explosiveness, field position, finishing drives, and turnovers — the Falcons simply have to try to break even in three and win two (usually finishing drives and either explosiveness or turnovers). It’s possible that can continue. Over the next month, they face visits from the Giants (not good) and Cowboys (not good away from Dallas); win those games and go 1-1 in trips to Washington and Cleveland, and you’re 5-5. The home stretch is dreadful, with road games against New Orleans, Green Bay, Carolina, and Tampa Bay, but hey, in grind seasons, you don’t look more than a week ahead. With Ryan approaching 34 years old, you hate to waste a remaining year of his prime on a grind season, but this is the hand Atlanta’s been dealt. The path to victories is slim but relatively clear; we’ll see how long the Falcons can follow it.
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Caterpillar's forecast disappoints, shares tumble
Caterpillar Inc's opted not to increase its 2018 earnings forecast this quarter, disappointing investors on Tuesday after two straight quarters of raised expectations, but the heavy-duty equipment maker did report quarterly profit that beat market estimates.
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It Seemed Smart podcast
The Sportsperson’s Guide to Cheating Poorly. It Seemed Smart is a six-part storytelling experience brought to you by SB Nation and Vox Media Podcast Network that enters the amusing, diabolical, and entertaining world of sports trickery and mayhem. SB Nation’s Editor-at-Large Spencer Hall shares the absurd stories of stolen bats, pirated play calls, renegade cross-country road racers, and fantasy football’s own insider trading scandal.
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Prince Harry and Meghan receive royal welcome in Fiji
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, arrived on the island of Fiji Tuesday for the eighth day of their royal tour. Despite the wet weather, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex received a warm welcome with a traditional ceremony. Jonathan Vigliotti reports from Suva.
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Apple Planning to Fix 'BeautyGate' Skin-Smoothing Camera Effect in iOS 12.1 Update
This morning reviews for Apple's iPhone XR were released, and among them were The Verge's impressions on the new smartphone. In a section of the review that focuses on the iPhone XR 's camera, the site notes that Apple is planning to address the issue of "BeautyGate" in the upcoming iOS 12.1 update, which is currently being tested by developers and public beta testers. BeautyGate began when iPhone XS and XS Max users started noting that selfies captured on the new smartphones were applying a skin-smoothing effect or "beauty filter," resulting in photos that looked quite different from those taken on the iPhone X or earlier iPhones. All three of Apple's new 2018 iPhones have a 12-megapixel rear-facing wide-angle camera lens (while the iPhone XS and XS Max have an additional 12-megapixel telephoto lens), as well as the exact same front-facing TrueDepth camera system. With all of the same tech inside of it, iPhone XR is now facing reports of skin-smoothing camera effects in its first reviews, which caused The Verge to ask Apple about the issue. In essence, Apple's new iPhones are taking multiple pictures at varying exposure levels, requiring noise reduction that creates a smoothing effect over the entire image, not just specifically on skin tones. While this "Smart HDR" feature brings out more details in highlights and shadows, when faces show up in an image they sometimes appear tuned and artificial. This is what Apple is aiming to fix: Apple told me that the forthcoming iOS 12 .1 update, currently in public beta, will address the issue of the front camera appearing to smooth out skin by picking a sharper base frame for Smart HDR, but I wasn’t able to test it yet. As the BeautyGate scandal grew, earlier in the month YouTuber Jonathan Morrison challenged user's perception of skin-smoothing effects in a video. Before the video, he shared two selfies on Instagram that he claimed were taken on Google Pixel 2's Portrait Mode, and then asked for his viewers' opinions. Many responded by touting the Pixel 2's quality, pointing out that it didn't need a beauty filter like iPhone XS . A few days later, Morrison revealed that both selfies were captured on an iPhone XS Max, not a Google Pixel 2. In the reveal video, he stated, "I just wanted it to be a little bit of a lesson out there: don't let a preconceived notion or headline skew your judgement." The iPhone XR is getting solid reviews from numerous media outlets today, which tout the smartphone's lengthy battery life, performance and speed, quality Liquid Retina LCD display, and colorful paint jobs. As The Verge points out in its review, the real difference between the iPhone XR and XS are the 6.1-inch LCD screen vs the 5.8-inch OLED screen: "The real question for iPhone buyers is whether the high-res OLED display on the XS is worth $250 more than the XR. Because otherwise, the XR offers almost everything you’d want in a 2018 phone."Related Roundups: iPhone XS, iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XS (Buy Now), iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Jeff Flake calls out Donald Trump, but he likes the president's policies
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., says he is a conservative who likes conservative policy but still feels like he has to call out President Donald Trump.        
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Biting bears sink world shares to 1-year low
World shares slid towards their lowest level in a year on Tuesday, as negative drivers from fatigued earnings and Saudi Arabia's diplomatic isolation to a brewing spat over Italy's finances piled on the pressure.
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Roman Reigns gives up WWE title belt after return of leukaemia
The wrestler has stepped away from the ring to focus on fighting the disease, which had been in remissionThe wrestler Roman Reigns has announced that he is stepping away from the ring due to leukaemia.Speaking during an episode of Monday Night Raw, the 33-year-old revealed that he was first diagnosed with the disease in 2008, but had been in remission. However, he said the leukaemia has since returned, meaning that he has had to give up his universal champion title belt. Continue reading...
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Eight logical trade destinations for Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson
Patrick Peterson wants to move on from the struggling Cardinals, and there could be plenty of contenders lining up for the Pro Bowl CB's services.        
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iPhone XR review roundup: cheaper and brighter with longer battery life
Early consensus from tech press is £750 iPhone XR is in many ways better than the £999 iPhone XSThe first wave of verdicts from select reviewers given early access to Apple’s latest iPhone XR are here, and if their thoughts are any indication of what to expect, cheaper means better.The £999 iPhone XS and £1,099 XS Max were and brilliant in many ways, but were a little on the expensive side. But the iPhone XR costs £749, has the same processor, same Face ID and same look as the £250 more expensive models, with a 6.1in LCD screen instead of a 5.8in or 6.5in OLED screen. Continue reading...
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McDonald's U.S. same-store sales misses estimates
McDonald's Corp quarterly sales at comparable U.S. restaurants fell short of expectations on Tuesday as fierce competition in its home fast food market undermined rise in global revenue.
Saudi summit kicks off despite Khashoggi scandal
:Saudi's investment summit kicked off on Tuesday (October 23) despite boycotts over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Harley-Davidson U.S. motorcycle sales continue to plunge, but profit jumps
Given a lift from improved international sales, Harley-Davidson reported higher earnings. But Harley's U.S. motorcycle sales continued to plunge.        
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There Is No Easy Way for Trump to Stop the Latest Caravan
President Donald Trump is fuming over a U.S.-bound migrant caravan. Over the course of the past week, he’s posted 15 tweets about the caravan, estimated to consist of as many as 7,000 people, that left from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, earlier this month and has been growing along the way. Trump has placed blame on Democrats, threatened to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, and urged an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws despite Congress being out of session.He called the caravan an “assault on our country” at a rally Monday night in Houston and said the “Democrats had something to do with” it. Earlier in the day, Trump had pledged to cut off or “substantially” reduce foreign aid to the Northern Triangle countries.“They’re paid a lot of money every year. We give them foreign aid. They did nothing for us, nothing. They did nothing for us,” he told reporters, adding, “We have been giving so much money to so many different countries for so long and it’s not fair and it’s not good. Then when we asked them to keep their people in their country, they’re unable to do it.”[Read: Trump’s Closing Argument]Trump’s calls to action on immigration aren’t new. He campaigned on the issue in 2016 and has continued to push for his border wall since taking office. But it’s moments such as these, when images of thousands of migrants are broadcast across networks, that spark the president’s outrage and produce reactions that are highly problematic. Witness what happened in April, the last time a caravan from Latin America was headed north and the Trump administration implemented a policy called “zero tolerance” in hopes of deterring people from journeying to the southern border. Events since then have shown that this approach lacked nuance, triggered national and international outrage, and fell far short of addressing the deep-rooted problems that are causing people to migrate.“I think the idea from the Trump administration that you can somehow just stop people from coming by either threatening to cut off the aid—which basically goes to the government, not to the people that are fleeing—or by believing you can close off borders is not going to really address why people are very willing to get up from one day to the next, it seems, and travel north with the hope for a better life,” said Maureen Meyer, the director for Mexico and migrant rights at the Washington Office on Latin America, an advocacy organization.A key aspect of the “zero tolerance” policy that greeted the April caravan’s arrival called for the prosecution of adults crossing the border illegally. After pleading guilty to illegal entry—which is a misdemeanor—migrants were sentenced to time served and, later, processed for deportation. But this was the problem: “Criminalizing” border crossing necessitated family separation—because children by law couldn’t be kept in federal jail.[Read: Trumpism, Realized]Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the situation at the time as “a crisis … that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border.” Trump, under intense political pressure, eventually ended the policy, which had led to roughly 2,000 separated families, through an executive order in June. But even “zero tolerance” and family separation haven’t stemmed the flow of migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.After prosecuting those illegally crossing the border, Sessions sought in June to make it much harder for migrants to be granted asylum: He reversed an immigration-appeals-court ruling and said that domestic abuse and gang violence no longer qualified as grounds for asylum. The ruling immediately undercut the claims of many migrants from Latin America, where gang violence is endemic. The administration has also recently been floating a number of possible new policies aimed at deterring migrants, one of which would include forcing parents who cross the border illegally with their children to give them up to foster care or be detained together, according to media reports.The goal is clear: to discourage migrants from coming to the United States. Former President Barack Obama also tried to stem the flow of immigrants journeying to the U.S.-Mexico border with threats of detention. He, too, discovered that deterrence policies usually fail in the face of economic distress and violence.To that end, in 2016, then–Secretary of State John Kerry announced a plan that, with the help of the United Nations, would identify people eligible for refugee status in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Those who were fleeing imminent danger would be placed in Costa Rica for processing. The administration also expanded the Central American minors program to include siblings, parents, and caregivers accompanying minors.“It was limited in scope but it’s certainly tried to create legal ways for a small but growing population of people that were in dire need of protection,” Meyer said, noting that it wasn’t a long-term solution.The Trump administration ended the program in August 2017.The problem facing the administration is that many of the migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala and seeking asylum, which calls at a minimum for a “credible fear” interview. If officials determine that a migrant’s credible-fear claims are valid, they can have him or her stay in ICE custody until their hearings, where a judge will ultimately make the final decision on their claim, or be released until their hearing date, which can take months, if not years, given backlogs in the immigration courts. (The United States is obligated, under the Refugee Act of 1980, to offer protection to those who qualify as refugees, including asylum seekers.)“This population is not trying to evade capture at the border,” said John Sandweg, who served as a counselor to then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and as the acting director of ICE from 2013 to 2014. “These people are surrendering when they cross the border.” This is a stark difference from pre-2014, when largely Mexican nationals were trying to evade U.S. officials when crossing the border, Sandweg noted.Now that the Trump administration is no longer separating migrant children from their parents, it has run headlong into another legal impediment: a 1997 consent decree known as the Flores agreement, which says that children cannot be kept in immigration detention for longer than 20 days. Administration officials have taken steps to withdraw from the agreement without effect.So for now, they have no choice but to release families seeking asylum before the 20 days have run out, leaving migrants waiting for their hearing dates stuck in Arizona and other locales along the border with a process Trump loathes and has denigrated as “catch and release.”What is the Trump administration to do? One solution requires quickly and vastly expanding the immigration courts, so asylum hearings can be held in days or weeks, doing away with the need to release families waiting for their hearing dates. Sessions has been hiring immigration judges and plans to add at least 75 more this fall, which could speed up the process. But far more judges would have to be brought on to effectively end “catch and release.”[Read: Sessions Is Transforming the Immigration Courts]The administration is also reportedly considering ways to deport people more quickly and extend the use of ankle monitors, which have been used to track immigrants awaiting their hearings. Sandweg agrees that deportation might work as a deterrent, but that, too, requires time and resources.Immigrant advocates have meanwhile argued for the continued aid to the Northern Triangle countries and fair hearings for immigrants seeking asylum that would allow them to cite fears of gang and domestic violence. The conservative Heritage Foundation, for one, has warned about the consequences of cutting aid to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.The latest caravan is not expected to arrive to the U.S. until after the November election, and it’s likely to dwindle in size as it makes its way through Mexico. The president, who has used fear of undocumented immigration as a potent means of energizing his conservative base, will need to confront how to address those migrants. “There is,” Sandweg said, “no immediate solution.”
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Tara Reid’s new movie will be dedicated to her late mother
Reid's mother Donna passed away on Saturday.
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Penn Badgley talks Baha’i faith and religious discrimination
The religion now has an estimated 7 million adherents around the world.
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Lonely Planet picks the top travel destinations for 2019
Lonely Planet names the top 10 cities, countries, regions and best value destinations to visit in the year ahead.        
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Why Privacy Regulations Don’t Always Do What They’re Meant To
Maartje Van Caspel/EyeEm/Getty Images First, California passed major privacy legislation in June. Then in late September, the Trump administration published official principles for a single national privacy standard. Not to be left out, House Democrats previewed their own Internet “Bill of Rights” earlier this month. Sweeping privacy regulations, in short, are likely coming to the United States. That should be welcome news, given the sad, arguably nonexistent state of our modern right to privacy. But there are serious dangers in any new move to regulate data. Such regulations could backfire — for example, by entrenching already dominant technology companies or by failing to help consumers actually control the data we generate (presumably the major goal of any new legislation). That’s where Brent Ozar comes in. Ozar runs a small technology consulting company in California that provides training and troubleshooting for a database management system called Microsoft SQL Server. With a team of four people, Ozar’s company is by all means modest in scope, but it has a small international client base. Or at least it did, until European regulators in May began to enforce a privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), can carry fines of up to 4% of global revenue. A few months before the GDPR began to be enforced, Ozar announced that it had forced his company to, in his words, “stop selling stuff to Europe.” As a consumer, Ozar wrote, he loved the regulations; but as a business, he simply couldn’t afford the costs of compliance or the risks of getting it wrong. And Ozar wasn’t alone. Even larger international organizations like the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune — along with over 1,000 other news outlets — simply blocked any user accessing their sites with a European IP address rather than confront the costs of the GDPR. So why should this story play a central role in the push to enact new privacy regulations here in the United States? Because Ozar illustrates how privacy regulations come with huge costs. Privacy laws are, from one perspective, a transaction cost imposed on all our interactions with digital technologies. Sometimes those costs are minimal. But sometimes those costs can be prohibitive. Privacy regulations, in short, can be dangerous. So how can we minimize these dangers? First, as regulators become more serious about enacting new privacy laws in the United States, they will be tempted to implement generic, broad-based regulations rather than to enshrine specific prescriptions in law. Even though in the fast-moving world of technology, it’s always easier to write general rules than more explicit recommendations, they should avoid this temptation wherever possible. Overly broad regulations that treat all organizations equallycan end up encouraging “data monopolies” — where only a few companies can make use of all our data. Some organizations will have the resources to comply with complex, highly ambiguous laws; others (like Ozar’s) will not. This means that the regulatory burden on data should be tiered so that the costs of compliance are not equal across unequal organizations. California’s Consumer Privacy Act confronts this problem directly by opting out specific business segments such as many smaller organizations. The costs of compliance for any new regulation must not give additional advantages to the already-dominant tech companies of the world. Second, and relatedly, a few organizations are increasingly in charge of much of our data, which presents a huge danger both to our privacy and to technological innovation. Any new privacy regulation must actively incentivize organizations that are smaller to share or pool data so that they can compete with larger data-driven organizations. One possible solution to this problem is by encouraging the use of what are called privacy enhancing technologies, or PETs, such as differential privacy, homomorphic encryption, federated learning, and more. PETs, long championed by privacy advocates, help balance the tradeoff between the utility of data on the one hand and its privacy and security on the other. Last, user consent — the idea of users actively consenting to the collection of their data at a given point in time — can no longer play a central role in protecting our privacy. This has long been a dominant aspect of major privacy frameworks (think of all the “I Accept” buttons you’ve clicked to enter a website). But in the age of big data and machine learning, we simply cannot know the value of the information we give up at the point of collection. The entire value of machine learning lies in its ability to detect patterns at scale. At any given time, the cost to our privacy of giving up small amounts of data is minimal; over time, however, that cost can become enormous. The famous case of Target knowing a teenager was pregnant before her family did, based simply on her shopping habits, is one among many such examples. As a result, we cannot assume that we are ever fully informed about the privacy we’re giving up at anysingle point in time. Consumers must be able to exercise rights over their data long after it’s been collected, and those rights should include restricting how it’s being used. Unless ours laws can adapt to new digital technologies correctly — unless they can calibrate the balance between the cost of the compliance burden and the value of privacy rights they seek to uphold — we run some very real risks. We can all too easily implement new laws that fail to preserve our privacy while also hindering the use of new technology, and both at the same time.
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People are pooping plastic and pollution might be to blame, pilot study suggests
Microplastics were found in stool samples of every participant in a study presented this week at a global gastroenterology conference.        
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Xiaomi's new gaming smartphone comes with a Joy-Con
We've already seen the likes of Razer and ASUS making a push in the gaming smartphone market, but what you probably don't know is that Xiaomi has also been somewhat involved in this space -- just not with its own identity. Dubbed Black Shark, this st...
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Erdogan: 'Savage' Khashoggi killing was planned
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday there were strong signs Jamal Khashoggi's "savage" killing was planned and attempts to blame it on intelligence operatives - Riyadh has suggested it was a rogue operation -- "will not satisfy us". Emily Wither reports from Istanbul.
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Taiwan train crash driver disabled speed controls
Eighteen people died when a passenger train derailed - Taiwan's worst rail accident in decades.
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Starbucks opens its first US sign language store
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States legalizing weed see increase in car crashes
A new study suggests that states with legalized marijuana have seen a rise in reports of car accidents and collision insurance claims. A report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington saw a rise in these incidents. There is no commonly accepted way for police to test...
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North Focals hands-on preview
North, formerly known as Thalmic Labs, has unveiled a new product alongside the brand-name change. Focals is a pair of smartglasses, like Google Glass, that attempts to help keep you heads-up. The post North Focals hands-on preview appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Atmosic Technologies launches low-power wireless internet of things chips
 Atmosic Technologies is launching its M2 and M3 series wireless Internet of Things (IoT) chips which can get by on self-sustaining battery power.
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Thousands of children with Send excluded from schools
Pupils with special educational needs are denied opportunities because of ‘broken’ system, experts sayThousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are waiting for a school place or are being educated at home, while many more are excluded, prompting fears that schools in England are becoming less inclusive.According to Guardian analysis of Department for Education statistics, just under 4,500 pupils with statutory rights to special needs support were either awaiting suitable provision or were being home-schooled at the start of the year. Continue reading...
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Thalmic Labs rebrands as North, launches $999 Alexa-powered holographic glasses
Thalmic Labs is rebranding as North, as the wearables company finally unveiled its second product: holographic smart glasses called Focals.
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Dell refreshes its Latitude rugged laptop line with three new models
Sometimes, design takes a backseat to practicality—but these aren't cheap.
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