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U.S. officials ‘repeatedly lied about Afghanistan war for 18 years’
In a lengthy article published on Monday, the Post claims that top officials knew the military's chances were slim but that they routinely hid the grave reality.
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Walmart apologizes for Christmas sweater with apparent drug reference
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Why five teams were overhyped; why five were undervalued
With just over a month of the season behind us, it's time to examine the reasons behind the pundits' worst predictions.
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Maine man accused of turning Methodist church’s playroom into meth lab
A Maine man has been accused of turning a children’s playroom at a Methodist church into a meth lab, investigators said.
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At least 5 people dead, 10 missing after volcanic eruption
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Mother shares shock warning after her little girl was burnt by iPhone charger 
An Australian mother has shared a warning with other parents to stay vigilant around chargers after her little girl was electrocuted by a phone cable.
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Celebrity Cat Lil Bub Dead at 8
The world is a little less bubbly ... because the famous cat with a sparkling personality and super cute looks has sadly taken her last breath. Internet sensation Lil Bub -- a kitten-size cat with 2.3 million Instagram followers, an album, a book,…
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Trump campaign says it will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters
President Trump's 2020 campaign announced Monday that it will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters for its events after the outlet said it would not conduct investigations into the Democratic presidential candidates, but would continue to probe the Trump administration.
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Kendall Jenner Is Getting A New Show With Her “Twin Brother”!
Kendall Jenner's "fraternal twin brother" is stepping into the spotlight! Alongside mom Kris Jenner, the fashion model and reality TV star will executive produce a new series...
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Woman’s jaw reconstructed using part of shoulder following cancer diagnosis
They reconstructed her jaw in part by using a piece of her shoulder.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Myths, Debunked
Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year when we gather with friends and family, test the limits of butter consumption, eat an inordinate amount of potatoes and regurgitate trivia that may or may not be true. While we can’t help you with the obscene amount of butter you’re about to go through, we can lend a hand with some of those trivial Thanksgiving tidbits that have been clawing at you over the years. Let’s get started with the debunking: Here are some popular myths about cooking techniques, nutrition and tradition. Cooking Myth #1: Cook Your Turkey At 350 Just because you eat turkey at Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you do it correctly. The target temperature for safety is 165 F, and that’s universal. But the journey to completion is the important step. The USDA recommends cooking the turkey at no lower than 325, and you will often see recommended temperatures ranging below 400, such as here, here and here. Experts advise turning up the heat to yield a far juicier bird. Head butcher and chef Rob Levitt of Chicago’s butcher shop and cafe Publican Quality Meats sets his oven to 500 for the first half-hour before turning it down to 325. Ian Rynecki, executive chef of the Tasting Room at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in North Garden, Virginia, is here to save your day: “The longer [it takes to] cook, the drier the bird gets ― typically, you’re not braising here ― so I suggest a slightly higher temp, 425.” Cooking Myth #2: Stuffing The Bird Is A Sin We all know the rules. Don’t talk politics. Don’t double-dip and don’t ever, under any circumstances, stuff your turkey. (Undercooking stuffing ― which contains raw eggs ― inside a raw bird can result in some nasty food poisoning.) Kyle Bailey, executive chef of Washington, D.C.’s The Salt Line, has a simple fix for those who want the benefit of juicy stuffing. “Because the stuffing needs to reach a safe temperature, the breasts of the turkey become dry in the process,” he told HuffPost. “You can still use stuffing in your turkey. I would recommend warming it up in advance so that it’s not as cold when you stuff the bird.” And the stuffing itself doesn’t have to be the dish everyone passes around the table without trying. “Stuffing tends to get a bad rap due to the ‘easy bake’ stuffing mixes,” Rynecki said. “You’re not buying instant or premade mashed potatoes are you? Treat your stuffing in the same way. Use quality leftover bread, season it with homemade protein stock (chicken, turkey, beef, mushroom) and add a lot of fresh herbs.” Cooking Myth #3: Cook The Entire Turkey Tradition is nice and all, but nobody is eating the entire turkey as if it were a giant drumstick anyway. That bird is going to get sliced and diced, so you might as well use that to your advantage. “I think the only way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey is to spatchcock it — I do it every year,” said chef and partner Tony Mantuano of Chicago’s Spiaggia and Maddon’s Post. “This basically means you take out the backbone, butterfly the turkey open, and crack the breastbone so it lays flat and cooks evenly. I just think the process of spatchcocking makes it cook really, really evenly.” Sébastien Giannini, the executive chef of Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., echoes that sentiment. “Break it down,” he implores. “A full cooked turkey is a nice visual, but cooking it all the way through can lead to dryness. It’s better to break it down and allow everything to cook more consistently.” Cooking Myth #4: Turkey Is Just A Bland Bird Eating a ridiculously huge bird can sometimes seem less of a tradition and more like an exercise in going through the motions, especially when we take dry turkey for granted. “Turkey should never be bland or dry,” said executive chef Eric Lees at Spiaggia. “The problem is that people take it out of the oven way too soon. Make sure your oven thermometer is calibrated and you’re cooking the bird long enough. Don’t cut into it right away, either — let the turkey rest for at least 25 minutes after cooking, no matter how large the turkey is. Another hack is to use those nice pan juices and baste over the sliced meat (versus basting before cooking) to avoid soggy turkey skin.” Levitt has a carefully crafted turkey schedule, and it includes taking the bird out for plenty of carry-over cooking. He recommends that you “roast until the thermometer registers 155 degrees F.” And then the most important step is to walk away. “I like to cook my turkey very early in the day and let it rest until it is room temperature.” Nutrition Myth #1: Tryptophan Is Knocking You Out There are two givens at any holiday dinner. Someone will inevitably push away from the table in defeat and remark at how they are not only full but feel like enjoying a nice food coma. That is when another person, tipsy on wine and food trivia, will chime in, “You know that’s the tryptophan that’s making you sleepy.” This is your cue to be the “well, actually” person at the table. Turns out, tryptophan making you sleepy is a bit fat lie. “While tryptophan deserves some of the credit for post-meal slumber, as the body converts it to melatonin, there are other factors that play a more significant role in this Thanksgiving tradition,” explains nutritionist and Candida Diet expert Lisa Richards. “First, eating a large meal requires a significant amount of time to digest,” Richards told HuffPost. “The body sends a great deal of oxygen-carrying blood to the digestive tract to help speed along the process.” This means there’s less blood to go around for places like that brain of yours that’s now shutting down. And don’t forget that when you overindulge you see a noticeable spike in blood sugar, which precedes an epic crash. “This crash in blood sugar, as a result of increased insulin production, makes us very tired post-meal,” Richards said. Nutrition Myth #2: This Massive Holiday Meal Will Annihilate Your Diet What you just did at the dinner table, while highly commendable on a competitive eater level, isn’t the end of the world from a diet standpoint. “One big meal will not make you fat, and one good workout will not make you fit,” explains celebrity chef and author of “Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive,” Mareya Ibrahim. “It doesn’t work that way. Like I talk about in the book, the 90/10 rule encourages you to eat a couple hundred extra calories a few times a week to ‘exercise your metabolism’ and stoke the fire as a 10% to the 90% of the time you’re eating whole, nutritionally balanced foods.” Ibrahim placates that holiday guilt: “That Thanksgiving binge is not going to break the bank, because it’s such an infrequent occurrence.” Ibrahim actually recommends flipping the script on how many calories you take in on a regular basis: “You need to mix it up to get results.” Richards has a similar thought on this indulgent holiday. “Having one meal a year, or multiple, where you allow yourself to indulge your cravings and satisfy your sentimental food desires will not lead to weight gain,” she says. “In fact, allowing yourself to indulge occasionally, and by this I mean very rarely, will likely make your healthy eating pattern more sustainable, leading to better overall health and maintaining weight loss throughout the year.” Nutrition Myth #3: The Desserts Are The Worst Part Of The Meal For You It’s cute and all that you think the pies are the worst part of the meal, because the entirety of your Thanksgiving menu is a gantlet of culinary landmines just waiting to demolish all the commendable steps you walked that week. When asked what to watch out for, Richards states, “In a word: casseroles.” The reason is simple. “Most casseroles are loaded with refined carbohydrates and very little in the way of nutrient-rich ingredients,” she said. “They are typically all on the same color scheme, light brown and are loaded with fat from creams and butter.” “The desserts are usually where the calorie glut happens, because it’s heavy carbohydrates combined with sugar,” Ibrahim notes. “But there are also suspects lurking in the veggies. Bacon drippings in the gravy. Deep-fried Brussels sprouts. Lots of melted cheese in the au gratin potatoes.” And when it comes to white versus dark meat, a poorly cooked bird can do you in. “There are more fat and saturated fat in the dark meat, but usually, people add more fat like gravy and butter to the white meat to make it moist since it tends to be more dry,” she said. So help your guests’ diets and cook a delicious turkey. Historical Myth #1: The Very First Thanksgiving Was In 1621 From the moment we made those silly paper turkeys to take home to our parents in grade school, we were told that the first Thanksgiving was a festive gathering between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians at the Plymouth Colony in 1621. Harvest festivals in one form or another predate that fine occasion. It was common for Europeans to gather and give thanks to a bountiful harvest prior to any Pilgrim landing. When it comes to the date we have all been told, food historian and proprietor of the A Taste of History website, Joyce M. White, explains that the famed meeting was, “certainly not the first on North American soil.” One event that precedes the Pilgrims’ meal is that of the settlers at Berkeley Hundred in Virginia, which took place two years prior. “Much like the Pilgrims at Plymouth, they had a very rough journey to get to the Chesapeake Bay area. And they landed there in 1619,” White said. As for what they may have had for that epic feast, White explains, “whatever was left over from the journey, which probably wasn’t much.” But it would have included local fresh oysters among other locally sourced proteins. Hey, just like your favorite farm-to-table restaurant. Historical Myth #2: Turkey Was The Main Attraction For The Pilgrims If you’re going to consider the Pilgrims and 1621 as the quintessential Thanksgiving beginning, then you should know that the menu was all over the place. It’s difficult to track down exactly what was had, but thanks to sources like Plymouth Gov. William Bradford’s writings along with musings by settlers like Edward Winslow in Mourt’s Relation (1621), there is some inkling as to what was enjoyed. And it wasn’t solely turkey, although that would have been present with the caveat that the birds today are larger. “It would have been very common to have three or four, maybe even more, proteins on your table,” White said. Beaver, otter and myriad fowl would have played a role. But if you want to replicate the awe and grandeur of that historic meal then get out and hunt some deer. Venison and the act of hunting the meat would have been the apex of celebration. “Deer meat at that time for British people was a luxury item. In England that was something that royals were only really allowed to have,” White said. “You would pay for your life if you poached a deer.” In the New World, things were different; deer were abundant and there were no royals in sight. Historical Myth #3: You Can Thank The Pilgrims For Your Pumpkin Pie We are waist-deep into decorative gourd season. For the span of a couple of months we go pumpkin insane, attempting to cram every last vestige of the rotund gourd into our coffee, pasta and, yes, pies. But it’s all because those early harvest celebrations were centered around agrarian bounty and the specialty of the pumpkin that was ubiquitous at the time. Well, not so much. Pumpkins took a long, winding road to end up on our tables and doorsteps and in our pies. But when it comes to the pumpkin, there is a reason we associate this squash with the season. “Americans have relied on the pumpkin for a really long time to maintain their connections to rural farm life, which they always kind of held in the back of their minds as this idyllic way of making a living,” explains Cindy Ott, an associate professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author of “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon.” Ott started her work with a simple quandary: What’s the deal with pumpkins? As it turns out, it has less to do with Pilgrims and more to do with our national inclination to romanticize agrarian life. Colonial settlers had to eat whatever was available to them, and often that meant squash, pumpkins or melons — a term that was interchangeable for either. But it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that pumpkins finally had their day. “People move into cities and they get stressed about losing their connections to farm life,” Ott said. “Pumpkin has no economic value in the marketplace but then it starts to appear in Harper’s Weekly and then Winslow Homer paintings, and then it becomes the center of this new national holiday that’s created.” Around that same time, families were used to eating squash, but pumpkins were relatively useless: “Now the round, orange pumpkin, that was bigger, more awkward, wasn’t quite as sweet, so it never became the same as a market crop in the city.” Rather, pumpkins were used as cheap and bountiful livestock feed, the crop that was left on the farm. And this is where it slowly but surely saw its status rise from also-ran gourd to the symbol of autumnal bounty.
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Turkey chases Wisconsin postal worker from house to house in viral video
A mischievous wild turkey in Wisconsin has been seen chasing a postal worker's truck for weeks just in time for Thanksgiving. “OK, seriously, this turkey has been stalking the mail truck throughout the entire neighborhood,” Sherry Michaels of Waukesha County posted on Facebook Monday. “Oh my gosh, this is so funny.” Her video shows the curious bird follow the USPS truck as the driver stops at each mailbox on the street. THANKSGIVING FAILS: AMERICANS SAY THESE ARE THE MOST COMMON DISASTERS ON TURKEY DAY In the video, the turkey runs to keep up with the truck, then stops and waits while the postal worker delivers the mail. “Our poor mail carrier has been dealing with this for a month!” Michaels wrote in the post. The postal worker, Jeff Byrne, told WISN-TV he’s been aware of the bird since the summer. Byrne has worked for the post office for 20 years but said it's the first time he's had a turkey follow his truck. THANKSGIVING MAP SHOWS EACH STATE'S MOST-SEARCHED RECIPE "He didn't pay me any attention at all in the first couple of months. He's acquainted himself quite well with the truck, and now he's started to follow me," Byrne said. He told the station the bird has gotten under his skin a bit but said he’s inclined to overlook it in light of the holidays. "He did startle me one time last week when I was coming back to the truck. He kind of jumped up and flapped his wings, feathers. Got real close to my face," he said. "It's Thanksgiving. I can't say he's annoying, too close to his holiday.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The United States Postal Service said it’s not the first time a turkey has become enamored of one of their trucks, according to WISN.
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Macy’s just tested out their new Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. Here’s what they are
(CNN)It's officially November, which means if you're not talking Thanksgiving Day Parade, we're not interested. Macy's understands the excitement, and gave parade fans a delightful sneak peak of the new characters we'll see flying above us in the annual holiday tradition in New York City. The new balloons were flight tested in New Jersey Saturday "under the direction of Macy's highly skilled flight management team," according to a press release. "Along with a few hundred handlers, the team will take the balloons out from an outdoor trial run to get firsthand experience flying the new stars ahead of their Thanksgiving Day debuts," the release said. Who are the new characters? The balloons include the beagle Snoopy, which Macy's says got an "out-of-this-world makeover" as an astronaut this year. "Decked out in astronaut gear, the newest Snoopy balloon design marks the eighth version of Charles M. Schulz's treasured comic character and honors the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and future space missions," Macy's said. Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide is seen on the test flight on November 2 The balloon is 49 feet tall, the store said. Other new characters include Guy and Sam from Netflix's "Green Eggs and Ham" (who will be flying in a hammobile) and --- of course -- Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and our favorite sea snail in the world, Gary. A SpongeBob SquarePants and Gary balloon flies in front of Metlife Stadium Smokey Bear will also be in the sky this year, celebrating the advertising icon's 75th birthday. Smokey Bear ✔@smokey_bear I am so excited to be back in the @Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, alongside some of my old friends. Who remembers the last time I got to parade down Manhattan's streets? What better way to celebrate my birthday than in the biggest parade of all? #MacysParade 439 9:05 AM - Nov 2, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 93 people are talking about this "And as part of the Macy's Parade's Blue Sky Gallery series which invites contemporary artists to recreate their artwork as balloons, Yayoi Kusama's 'Love Flies Up to the Sky' will debut," the release said. Love Flies up to the Sky by Yayoi Kusama is seen as Macy's unveils new balloons for the 93rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 2 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Macy's 93rd Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on November 28.
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10 Thanksgiving traditions from around the world
Although Thanksgiving is typically thought of as an American holiday, the celebration is marked in different ways in various parts of the world. In the United States, it’s a day to come together for a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and other fixings between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the big football game. In countries like Canada, Thanksgiving is observed roughly a month earlier in October. The occasion is a celebration of the fruitful fall harvest and other blessings of the year that’s passed. While Thanksgiving is largely seen as an American holiday, it's observed in various ways around the world Several other countries around the world have opted to go this same route, while others have adopted the Americanized Thanksgiving celebration with minor tweaks. Here’s how Thanksgiving is celebrated around the world. Canada Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated much like American Thanksgiving, but for different reasons. The American celebration became a federal holiday in 1863. Its intention was to mark the first Thanksgiving, during which the Pilgrims are said to have sat down for a three-day feast with Native Americans. The meal in question is thought to have taken place after the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the land they stole. Now Americans commemorate the event on the fourth Thursday in November with a large meal of their own, shared with family and friends. In Canada, Thanksgiving is simply a day to celebrate a fruitful harvest. It’s celebrated on the second Monday in October each year. Similar foods, like turkey, corn, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, are served at Canadian Thanksgiving tables. Not all Canadian provinces observe Thanksgiving. Malaysia In Malaysia, Thanksgiving is referred to as the Kadazan Harvest Celebration and is a religious holiday observed in May. It is held after a season in the rice patties to honor the rice god Semangat, and thank him for the good harvest. Carnivals and parades are an important and traditional part of the celebration. Homemade sake (rice wine) is distributed among locals dressed in traditional costumes. Liberia Liberia, founded by freed American slaves, has adopted many American customs, including the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is celebrated in the West African nation on the first Thursday in November. The occasion exists as a day to give thanks for freedom, according to The Daily Meal. In Liberia, revelers gather for festive meals, concerts and dancing. Their feast is slightly different from that of Americans in that it typically includes a roasted chicken and mashed cassava. Australia The custom of enjoying a Thanksgiving meal was brought to Australia by an American trader in the 1800s. It began on the Norfolk Island, where it remains a tradition to this day. It's celebrated with a festive meal with family and a special church service on a Wednesday. Germany In Germany, rather than celebrate Thanksgiving, they celebrate Erntedankfest — a holiday marking a fruitful fall harvest. According to Thought Co, it usually involves a church service. In some parts of Germany, after the service a harvest crown is presented to one lucky reveller. There is also music, dancing and food present. Per the outlet, Erntedankfest is not as big an occasion as American Thanksgiving. It's a religious occasion before anything else The Netherlands Thanksgiving was introduced to The Netherlands by pilgrims who popped into Leiden before making their way to North America. The holiday continues to be popular among Dutch people. In fact, the holiday is so widely observed that the city of Amsterdam has put together a guide to Thanksgiving for homesick Americans living there. The guide includes tips on where to find all the fixings to create a traditional holiday feast. One major difference between Thanksgiving in the United States and Thanksgiving in The Netherlands? It's celebrated on the third Thursday of November there. China Although traditional American Thanksgiving hasn’t quite taken off in China yet, Chinese Thanksgiving has been observed in mid-Autumn for more than 2,500 years. It’s a day to give thanks and gratitude for a good harvest. According to China Highlights, Thanksgiving is viewed as a reason to gather family and friends for a Western meal and give thanks for the harvest and all that they have. A few Chinese churches have taken to celebrating Thanksgiving as a special day to give thanks to God. Traditional foods eaten on Thanksgiving in China include moon cakes filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds and duck eggs. Charm School Int'[email protected] As Thanksgiving approaches, we will share some Thanksgiving traditions from around the world! Homowo is an African festival dedicated to the hopefulness that the crops will be plentiful for the coming year and no one will experience famine. 1 6:05 PM - Nov 12, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy See Charm School Int'l's other Tweets South Korea In South Korea, Thanksgiving is one of the more festive holidays of the year, according to the Asia Society. It’s called Chuseok and it lasts three days. Traditionally, Korean people use this day as a reason to return to their hometowns to celebrate with their families. Chuseok can be traced back decades in Korean history. Special foods are prepared in observation of Chuseok. Special rice cakes filled with sesame seeds, chestnuts, red beans and other similar ingredients are an important part of the celebration. During Chuseok, families gather to give thanks and focus on one another. Sometimes gifts are exchanged. Vietnam In 2014, Munchies reported that Thanksgiving was beginning to catch on in Vietnam — specifically Hanoi. An increasing number of restaurants started catering to ex-pats, serving traditional American Thanksgiving foods. Those who sought a home cooked meal began inviting friends and family over to enjoy Thanksgiving in their homes. Due to its increasing popularity and a growing number of ex-pats living in Vietnam, it’s become more widely celebrated. Local feasts now blend Vietnamese cuisine with traditional American fare to satisfy the palettes of all who celebrate. Foods may include banh mi, roast duck, pork, glass noodles, and other Vietnamese delicacies. [email protected] Diwali is a holiday celebrated around the world that got its start in India. It’s a harvest festival, but also is an important religious celebration. Even people who don’t belong to those three religions celebrate Diwali - it’s like Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve combined. 1 10:25 AM - Nov 7, 2018 Twitter Ads info and privacy See ASDEwelcome's other Tweets Japan In Japan, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on November 23. It’s called Labor Thanksgiving Day there. The holiday marks the establishment of labor and production and also serves as an opportunity to give thanks. One popular way to observe Labor Thanksgiving Day is to visit the Nagano Labor Festival. Children often create drawings around the holiday and give them as gifts. Many businesses remain open on Labor Thanksgiving Day, but government offices are closed.
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Man who ate a wild rabbit is diagnosed with China’s third case of plague
The man, who lives in Inner Mongolia, comes from the same region as two other patients who were diagnosed and are now being treated in Beijing, but the cases are not officially linked.
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Prince Andrew Accused of Using N-Word By Former Government Adviser
Prince Andrew's very bad publicity run is getting worse -- he's now being accused of casually dropping the n-word while speaking to a former British government employee. Rohan Silva -- a UK native of Sri Lankan heritage and former aide to Prime…
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The House is now investigating whether President Trump lied in written answers he provided to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe
The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia investigation, the House's general counsel said in federal court Monday.
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Beyoncé’s Daughter Blue Ivy, 7, Is Now An Award Winning Songwriter
Blue Ivy Carter already has more BET Awards than you. Beyoncé and Jay-Z's oldest child just snagged a major accolade at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards for her work on "Brown...
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Bernie Sanders Flashes Buttery Jump Shot, Hits 5 In A Row!
Move over, Barack Obama ... there's a new politician with an absolutely wet jumper -- BERNIE SANDERS!!!! Okay, it ain't exactly Kareem and the skyhook ... but here's the 78-year-old showing off his hoops skills over the weekend -- and the dude can…
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D-Day veteran is still pounding the pavement selling poppies
John Dennett, 95, who served in Normandy during the D-Day landings, runs a poppy stall in Liverpool and says he gets a 'kick out of it' and will continue running the stall for 'as long as I live'.
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READ: Testimony from former US Ambassador to Ukraine
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Kaitlynn Carter Recalls Falling in Love With Miley Cyrus in Candid Essay
Kaitlynn Carter is opening up about her relationship with Miley Cyrus. The Hills: New Beginnings star looked back at her romance with the singer in an essay for Elle published...
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Juanita Broaddrick grateful Ronan Farrow brought up Bill Clinton rape claim: ‘I didn’t expect it’
Juanita Broaddrick understands that former President Bill Clinton isn’t going to jail for rape claims she has long levied against him – but that doesn’t mean justice can’t be served.
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Felicity Huffman Logs Some Community Service Hours at The Teen Project
Felicity Huffman is still doing time -- a few hours at a time -- as part of her community service sentence for her role in the college bribery scandal. The actress appeared to be in good spirits as she left The Teen Project near Los Angeles Sunday,…
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Twitter to ban political ads from next month
Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted and misleading messages.
Who’s leading ISIS now that al-Baghdadi is dead?
The U.S. military operation that left elusive ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi without a head also succeeded in decapitating the organizational structure of the international terror group, which now faces a leadership vacuum in what is only the latest of several major setbacks. In the aftermath of the weekend raid that cost ISIS its leader, the terror group was hit with another loss almost immediately. HOW ISIS LEADER AL-BAGHDADI'S HEADLESS BODY WAS ID'D MINUTES AFTER DEATH Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a possible successor to al-Baghdadi who was known as the self-styled "Caliph's" right-hand man and ISIS spokesman, was killed in northern Syria during a joint operation with U.S. and Kurdish forces just hours after U.S. Special Operations forces killed al-Baghdadi, Kurdish officials said. Al-Baghdadi was killed in the blast from his suicide vest during a U.S. Special Operations forces raid Saturday night. (AP/Al-Furgan media) While it remains unclear who exactly will take over the terror organization, President Trump said in March the caliphate was “obliterated” and the U.S. will “continue to pursue the remaining ISIS terrorists to their brutal end.” “We know the successors,” Trump said Sunday during a news conference following the al-Baghdadi raid.  “And we’ve already got them in our sights.” Read on for a list of those who could likely succeed al-Baghdadi as the head of ISIS. Abu Othman al-Tunsi Al-Tunsi, a Tunisian national, is head of the terror group’s Shura Council, a legislative body, Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi expert on ISIS, told Agence France-Presse. SYRIAN KURDISH FORCES KEEPING CLOSER WATCH IN ISIS PRISONERS IN WAKE OF AL-BAGHDADI'S DEATH Little else is known about al-Tunsi. Abu Saleh al-Juzrawi – also known as Hajj Abdullah Al-Juzrawi, a Saudi, is in charge of the organization’s governing body, called the Delegated Council, Aymenn Jawad Tamimi, an academic and ISIS expert told AFP "He turns up in leaked IS documents as a deputy of al-Baghdadi and to my knowledge, he is not dead," Tamimi said, adding that not much is known about the possible successor. However, since both al-Tunsi and al-Juzrawi are neither Syrian nor Iraqi, nationalities that make up a majority of the terror group’s guerrilla forces, choosing them may prove controversial and result in defections, according to the experts. Abu Abdullah Qardash – known as 'the Professor' and 'the Destroyer' Al-Baghdadi was believed to be preparing Qardash to lead ISIS, handing over more and more power to the former officer of Saddam Hussein, the Times of London reported in August. Qardash and al-Baghdadi were both held at the Camp Bucca detention center in Basra after U.S. forces took them prisoner over their ties to Al Qaeda in 2003, according to the paper. Qardash is reportedly known as “the Professor” and “the Destroyer.” (Handout) He was already running the day-to-day operations before al-Baghdadi’s death, a regional intelligence official told Newsweek Sunday. "Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in operations or day-to-day," the official said. "All Baghdadi did was say yes or no—no planning." Rumors that al-Baghdadi had named Qardash as his successor stemmed from a months-old statement released by ISIS’ official Amaq news outlet, according to the AFP. Both Hashimi and Tamimi called the statement fake. Furthermore, Qardash is believed to have been dead since 2017, Hashimi told the outlet, citing Iraqi intelligence sources. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP The terror group has yet to officially name a successor. The void in leadership is the latest significant setback for the terror group after having already lost vast stretches of its physical caliphate that stretched across parts of Syria and Iraq. But counterterrorism experts have cautioned that they expect the group's ideology to endure beyond al-Baghdadi. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Archbishop of Canterbury defends Meghan and Prince Harry as ‘not superhuman’ 
The Archbishop of Canterbury claims Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, as 'not superhuman' - and added the couple are 'entitled' to time off together.
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Conor McGregor Says Putin Tested His Whiskey for Poison, ‘Don’t Mess with Vlad’
Conor McGregor says he gifted the very first bottle of his Proper No. 12 Whiskey to Vladimir Putin -- but the Russian president wouldn't sip until it was tested for poison. The UFC superstar says he brought Bottle #1 with him to meet Putin at the…
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Welcome back? We're rating every NBA reunion for 2019-20
Chris Paul helped lead Houston to regular-season success, but falling short in the playoffs may temper the reception he receives when he's introduced with the Thunder's starters on Monday.  Oct 24, 2019 After an offseason of furious player movement -- including eight 2019 All-Stars changing teams -- one intriguing storyline of this NBA season will be how players are received by fans when they return to the city they left. Some will be easier to predict than others. Kyrie Irving in Boston? Won't be subtle. Same with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Kawhi Leonard, on the other hand, should receive a hero's welcome when he returns to Toronto despite breaking the hearts of Raptors' fans when he left for the Clippers. Some won't be as easy to predict. What about when Chris Paul returns to Houston on Monday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder? Paul's return is the first stop on the NBA's Reunion Tour, and we'll gauge each of the reunions with a "Fan Hospitality Meter." Here is the Reunion Tour's schedule: Tonight's reunion Thunder guard Chris Paul returns to Houston Before he left: CP3's hamstring strain that sidelined him for the final two games of the 2018 Western Conference finals will always be one of the great what-ifs in Houston sports history. He was playing at a superstar level at the time, but he slipped significantly last season, when the Rockets' iso-heavy offense suddenly didn't suit him so well. There was some well-documented creative tension with James Harden, but that isn't why the Rockets traded him. They pounced on the opportunity to get a talent upgrade when Russell Westbrook surprisingly became available. Anticipated fan reaction: Rockets fans will probably welcome Paul in a warm, respectful fashion. But it's not like his return to Houston will be an emotional event for those few who actually are in their Toyota Center seats before tip-off. -- Tim MacMahon ESPN Illustration Still to come Nov. 7: Celtics guard Kemba Walker returns to Charlotte Before he left: Walker is a cherished member of the Charlotte community after eight seasons with the Hornets. He is the Hornets' all-time leading scorer and led the Hornets to the playoffs twice. Walker was heading into free agency, and the Hornets weren't going to offer the supermax, which may or may not have kept him in Charlotte. Once it was determined Walker was headed to Boston, a sign-and-trade was arranged to bring Terry Rozier to Charlotte. Anticipated fan reaction: The bonds were strong between Walker the Charlotte community. "The hardest part for me is having to leave the city and organization that I've been a part of for eight years," Walker told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt after the trade. "The organization that gave me my first opportunity to go from a boy to a man in this league. Charlotte, the place that I love very much. It was a really tough decision." It should be an emotional moment for both sides. -- Eric Woodyard Nov. 14: Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis returns to New York Knicks fans booed Kristaps Porzingis when he was drafted, and after he asked to be traded out of New York, he may not be very warmly greeted when he returns with the Mavericks. Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesBefore he left: It all started in late January of 2019, and it escalated quickly. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne reported that Porzingis met with the Knicks' management and expressed discontent with losing and the franchise's overall direction. At the time, Porzingis was not playing due to an ACL tear. Porzingis gave the Knicks the impression he wanted to be traded. Two hours later, the Mavericks and Knicks were nearing a trade to deal Porzingis to Dallas in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr. and taking on the contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. The Knicks also sent Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Mavs. Anticipated fan reaction: Porzingis' tenure with the Knicks wasn't completely smooth sailing. When he was drafted fourth in 2015, New York fans booed the selection. Knicks fans can hold a grudge, and coming full circle back to those boos wouldn't be shocking. -- Malika Andrews Nov. 15: Jazz guard Mike Conley returns to Memphis Before he left: Conley was the last man left standing from Memphis' beloved "Core Four," having seen the Grizzlies bid farewell to fellow Grit 'n Grind mainstays Zach Randolph and Tony Allen a couple of summers ago and trade Marc Gasol to Toronto before last season's deadline. It became clear to Conley that the time had come for him to move on from Memphis, where he hoped to spend his entire career, especially after he watched Gasol win a ring with the Raptors. The Grizzlies' lottery luck that allowed them to land Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick ensured that Conley would be traded, and the Jazz jumped on the opportunity to seal a deal they tried to make before the deadline, sending rebuilding Memphis a package headlined by a pair of first-round picks. Anticipated fan reaction: There will be tears shed as Grizzlies fans shower Conley with love. He will always be considered a legend in Memphis and will certainly be treated as such when he returns to FedExForum, where his No. 11 will one day hang from the rafters. -- Tim MacMahon Nov. 18: Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari return to L.A. to play the Clippers Before they left: Parting with a treasure trove of five first-round picks and the right to swap two more first-round picks for Paul George wasn't easy for the Clippers. But having to part with the promising point guard Gilgeous-Alexander made the haul the Clippers gave up feel even more enormous. The Clippers were extremely high on SGA, and they loved the popular Gallinari, who also was part of the deal and beloved in the locker room. But SGA's return to Staples Center should only remind the Clippers of how promising his future is and what they had to give up. Anticipated fan reaction: Clippers fans should give SGA and Gallo a warm reception. The two were a big part of last season's overachieving bunch, and fans should show their appreciation for that and how the two helped pave the way for the Clippers to usher in a new era. -- Ohm Youngmisuk Nov. 23: Heat guard Jimmy Butler returns to Philadelphia play 0:34 Jimmy Butler thinks some people have the wrong idea about him and clarifies that he doesn't care who the Heat build around. Before he left: When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for Butler last November, they thought he was the final piece they needed to become a championship team. They were nearly right. If Kawhi Leonard's iconic 3-point shot from the corner inside Scotiabank Arena doesn't somehow fall through the basket, perhaps the Sixers win that game and go on to win their first championship in more than 30 years. But it did, of course, and Philadelphia saw its season end in utter heartbreak instead. Butler then wound up leaving Philadelphia this summer, going to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade for guard Josh Richardson, part of the latest dramatic makeover of Philadelphia's roster over the past few years. Anticipated fan reaction: It's likely Butler will be well-received in Philadelphia -- though given the city's reputation, it's never exactly certain how things will go. -- Tim Bontemps Nov. 23: Pelicans forward Derrick Favors returns to Utah Before he left: For much of Favors' 8 1/2 seasons in a Utah Jazz jersey, the big man remained cool, calm and collected as his name was repeatedly linked to trade rumors. Finally, the Jazz dealt him this offseason by sending him to New Orleans. Favors continues to express his love for Utah. He ranks fourth in franchise history in total rebounds, seventh in blocks and 10th in games played. Favors can now play his natural center position in New Orleans, but he played a pivotal role in Utah's resurgence from a 25-win team in 2013-14 to making three consecutive playoff appearances the past three seasons. Anticipated fan reaction: It wouldn't be surprising to see the Jazz put together a short tribute for Favors when he returns. -- Eric Woodyard Nov. 27: Nets guard Kyrie Irving returns to Boston play 1:42 Kyrie Irving shares that he struggled with the death of his grandfather and that demeanor carried over into his game and impacted his teammates. Before he left: Last October, Irving declared during a season-ticket holder event that he would remain n Boston as a free agent "if you'll have me." Things basically went downhill from there. The Celtics spent the season failing to live up to their lofty preseason expectations, culminating in Boston's lackluster loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. By the time the series ended, everyone knew what Irving once said no longer applied. And, come June 30, it was official: Irving left as a free agent, teaming up with Kevin Durant on the Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker replaced him in Boston. Anticipated fan reaction: Of all the players making their respective returns to various cities across the league this season, none is more certain to get a specific reaction than the vitriol Irving will receive from the Boston faithful after the way the past year played out. -- Tim Bontemps Nov. 27: Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic returns to Indiana Before he left: On paper, the offseason additions of Bogdanovic and Mike Conley Jr. put the Utah Jazz in the spotlight with one of the deeper rosters in the league. After averaging a career-best 18.0 points off 49.7 percent shooting in 81 games for Indiana last season, Bogdanovic inked a four-year, $73 million deal in Utah this summer. He also proved his ability to stretch the floor after shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc while shouldering the load and still leading the squad to the playoffs, following the injury of All-Star guard Victor Oladipo. Anticipated fan reaction: Indianapolis is a diehard basketball community that isn't always kind to players outside of its fan base, but Bogdanovic was well-respected for the work he put in for the Pacers, plus that toughness that's beloved in the Midwest. It certainly won't be a Paul George situation where fans react to him negatively. -- Eric Woodyard Nov. 27: Lakers center Anthony Davis returns to New Orleans For many Hornets fans, one lasting memory of Anthony Davis' departure was the t-shirt he wore during introductions for his final game in New Orleans. It read "That's All Folks." That likely will play a role in how fans treat AD's return. AP Photo/Scott ThrelkeldBefore he left: Davis was the best player in Pelicans franchise history, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds over six seasons while no other player in the NBA has a streak longer than three. But after just one playoff series win in his first six seasons, Davis decided he wanted out. Davis started the exit process when he let the franchise know before the trade deadline that he would not re-sign as a free agent. His seven-year tenure in New Orleans came to an end this summer when he was dealt to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and a slew of picks. Anticipated fan reaction: While Davis' return to New Orleans won't have the same pizzazz with Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson on the shelf, New Orleans fans will certainly remember how Davis left the Smoothie King Center last season. In his final game as a Pelican, Davis sported a "That's All Folks" shirt as he walked into the arena and sat on the bench as he missed the game with back spasms. Davis likely will not be received warmly. -- Andrew Lopez Dec. 11: Clippers guard Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto Kawhi Leonard's last interaction with Toronto fans was a memorable one, and there's no reason to believe his return trip won't be a celebration of his one -- championship -- season with the Raptors. Frank Gunn/The Canadian PressBefore he left: Leonard was a Raptor for just one season, but he helped deliver Toronto's first NBA championship, and what a ride it was. Masai Ujiri took a risk by sending one of the franchise's most popular players ever in DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Leonard, and it paid off. One of the most memorable moments was when Leonard's buzzer-beater bounced off the rim four times before falling in to eliminate the 76ers and send the Raptors to the Eastern Conference finals. Anticipated fan reaction: When Leonard was booed on opening night at a Clippers home game by Lakers fans who filled Staples Center, several Raptors fans and Canadians in general took to Twitter to say how Leonard would never be treated that way up north. Leonard should receive nothing but love when he makes his return to Toronto. He received an enthusiastic welcome in Vancouver when the Clippers played there in the preseason, but it will be nothing compared to this December night when Leonard is expected to be welcomed like a hero. -- Ohm Youngmisuk Dec. 12: 76ers center Al Horford returns to Boston Before he left: For all of the attention that was paid to Kyrie Irving's pending departure from the Celtics, Horford was almost always seen as a lock to come back, either by picking up his option for the final year of his contract or declining it and agreeing to a new deal with Boston. Reality, however, turned out to be a bit different. Horford decided to opt out of the final year of his deal in June, and it quickly became apparent he and the Celtics wouldn't be agreeing on a return. Then, when free agency began, Horford stunned much of the basketball world by choosing to head down Interstate 95 and join Boston's arch rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers, pairing with Joel Embiid to give the Sixers one of the league's best one-two punches in the paint. And while the Celtics were able to recover from losing Irving by signing Kemba Walker, they had no way of replacing Horford's ability to serve as a Swiss Army knife at both ends of the court. Anticipated fan reaction: Even though Horford chose to go to a division rival, it's hard to see him getting a negative reaction when he returns to Boston after never making a wrong step during his three seasons with the Celtics. -- Tim Bontemps Dec. 22: Hornets guard Terry Rozier returns to Boston Before he left: No one may have exemplified Boston's awkward 2018-19 season more than Rozier. He was far from the biggest name on the roster. But after becoming a bit of a local celebrity during Boston's run to the Eastern Conference finals the season before while Kyrie Irving was hurt -- Rozier struck up a surprising friendship with former New England Patriots star Drew Bledsoe and acquired his own nickname, "Scary Terry" -- Rozier became an afterthought as Irving's backup. That, in turn, led to some frustration, as well as the likelihood that, once free agency hit, Rozier would go elsewhere to become a starter ... unless Boston needed him to replace Irving. It turned out, though, that things worked out well for both sides. When Irving left, the Celtics quickly moved to sign Kemba Walker -- and used Rozier's restricted free agent rights to help turn the deal into a sign-and-trade that allowed Charlotte to pay Rozier $58 million over three years and give him both the starting job and financial security he craved. Anticipated fan reaction: Rozier already played in Boston once during the preseason, and it was smiles all around. When he comes back during the regular season, it won't be any different. -- Tim Bontemps Dec. 22: Clippers forward Paul George returns to Oklahoma City Will Oklahoma City fans still want Paul George's autograph when he returns with the Clippers? Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty ImagesBefore he left: He didn't ask to be traded to OKC, but the Thunder made a deal for him anyway with the seemingly impossible hope to persuade him to stay. And against all expectations and outside forces, he did, declaring alongside Russell Westbrook with cigars in their hands: "If you didn't quite get it ... I'm here to stay." George elevated every part of his game in OKC, playing, by his account, the best basketball of his career, becoming an MVP candidate. But the lasting image of George's tenure in OKC will be stamped with his flailing arm reaching for Damian Lillard right before Lillard's 3-pointer eliminated the Thunder in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Lillard then waved goodbye to the Thunder as we know them. Anticipated fan reaction: George's trade request set the wheels in motion for the dismantling of the Thunder, and by extension, got Westbrook traded as well. Some fans will hold bitterness for George signing with OKC, seemingly setting them up for multiple runs at contending, and then bailing out a year later. But in reality, George's re-signing was a gift in every way. He could've left in free agency, leaving the Thunder with nothing in return. Instead, while departing under unseemly circumstances, he leaves the Thunder with a treasure trove of draft capital. -- Royce Young Dec. 22: Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon returns to Milwaukee Before he left: Brogdon started for the Bucks for the majority of the 2018-19 season, but he was diagnosed with a plantar fascia injury that sidelined him for the first two rounds of the playoffs. He rejoined the team in the Eastern Conference Finals. Over the past three seasons, Brogdon played himself into the $80 million contract range. Heading into free agency, many believed the Bucks would struggle to justify matching such a significant offer sheet, considering the fact they were also aiming to re-sign Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez. Brogdon wound up signing a four-year, $85 million deal with the Indiana Pacers. Anticipated fan reaction: Brogdon was beloved in Milwaukee. Anything short of an ovation for Brogdon's return would be surprising, and the Fiserv Forum crowd will more than likely give him a warm welcome. -- Malika Andrews Dec. 28: 76ers guard Josh Richardson returns to Miami Before he left: Over the past few seasons, Richardson became the latest success story from Miami's vaunted player development program. A second-round pick in 2015 after a four-year career at the University of Tennessee, Richardson turned himself into one of the better defensive guards in the league with the Heat -- not to mention slowly becoming a more well-rounded offensive player along the way. He was rewarded for his efforts with a four-year, $42 million extension early in September 2017 -- a deal that quickly made him into one of the league's more intriguing trade assets if the Heat were ever going to get their hands on another star player. That wound up finally happening this summer, when Richardson became the carrot with which Miami was able to execute a sign-and-trade with the 76ers to bring Jimmy Butler to South Beach. Philadelphia, on the other hand, was thrilled to get their hands on Richardson, whose low salary, length and defensive instincts -- not to mention being a career 37 percent 3-point shooter -- made him a perfect fit alongside Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford in Philadelphia's newly renovated lineup. Anticipated fan reaction: There should be nothing but love for Richardson, a hard-working player on the court who never asked to leave and helped the Heat finally get some star power again by being part of the Butler trade. -- Tim Bontemps Jan. 3: Pelicans Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart return to Los Angeles to play the Lakers Before they left: When Ball was a star freshman at UCLA, his father, LaVar Ball, famously spoke it into existence that his son would complete his destiny and be drafted by the Lakers. Ball was supposed to be the centerpiece of a Showtime reboot with Magic Johnson calling the shots and Ball, Ingram and Hart coming along for the ride. When LeBron James arrived in the summer of 2018, the timeline for expected success was accelerated, and by the time James told ESPN in December it would be "amazing" if L.A. traded for Anthony Davis, everyone knew the young core's days were numbered. All three ended the season on the injured list, with Hart missing the last 11 games, Ingram missing the final 19 and Ball sitting the final 35 games before being sent to New Orleans in June. Anticipated fan reaction: If the Lakers are rolling in the New Year, there should be nothing but cheers for this young group that made this season's team possible in the Davis trade. But if the Lakers are struggling and the Pelicans are surprising, it could be a strange scene at Staples Center with fans not quite sure what to do, like when James passed Michael Jordan in scoring last season and the moment fell flat because of the disappointing season. -- Dave McMenamin Jan. 5: Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside returns to Miami Before he left: Whiteside was a classic example of a talented prospect who flamed out before being resuscitated in Miami. He literally wound up playing around the world -- including Lebanon and China -- before hooking back on with an NBA team when the Heat signed him in November 2014. By the end of the season, Whiteside had become a fixture in Miami's rotation, gobbling up rebounds, blocking lots of shots and finally realizing the talent inside his massive 7-foot frame. He was eventually rewarded with a four-year max contract in the summer of 2016, and while he remained productive the past three seasons, he saw his minutes drop each season as he squabbled with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on a regular basis. Eventually, Miami shipped Whiteside out this summer in a salary dump, trading him to Portland for Maurice Harkless -- whom the Heat later moved to the Los Angeles Clippers -- and Meyers Leonard. Anticipated fan reaction: Despite the way Whiteside's time in Miami began, expect him to get a negative reception when he arrives on the shores of Biscayne Bay for the first time since the trade. Whiteside's ups-and-downs came to symbolize Miami's mediocrity in recent seasons, and that's what his tenure will be remembered for. -- Tim Bontemps Jan. 9: Rockets guard Russell Westbrook returns to Oklahoma City Russell Westbrook should get the reception in Oklahoma City befitting someone who helped put the city on the NBA map. Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty ImagesBefore he left: "The most important player in franchise history," is how Westbrook has been described by Thunder general manager Sam Presti. Westbrook was the talisman for the first era of Thunder basketball, overseeing the evolution of a franchise as he simultaneously grew up right alongside it. He made history, he won awards, he won games. He planted his flag in the wake of Kevin Durant's departure, he gave a city confidence and hope, he represented something bigger than basketball. The Thunder have a firm footing in Oklahoma City and a globally recognized brand, and it's been in large part because of Westbrook. Anticipated fan reaction: The Thunder have never done a tribute video for a player, claiming it's a policy of sorts that they don't. That will almost assuredly change for Westbrook's return. It will be an emotionally visceral night for everyone in the building. And then the game will start, Westbrook will beef with someone on the Thunder, snarl and cuss after a tough and-1, and everyone will say to themselves, "Oh, I get it now. ... This is why everyone else didn't like him." -- Royce Young Feb. 5: Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell returns to Brooklyn Before he left: Russell became an All-Star in Brooklyn and got his career back on track after being traded by the Lakers. He only spent two seasons with the Nets, but he did help lead the organization back to the playoffs and helped create the culture that allowed the team to land Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Anticipated fan reaction: He should be welcomed back warmly by a city that watched him mature on and off the floor. -- Nick Friedell Feb. 24: Suns guard Ricky Rubio returns to Utah Before he left: Rubio developed close friendships with teammates while embracing the Salt Lake City community on personal level only to see the organization move in the opposite direction with Mike Conley. Instead of pouting, Rubio moved on by getting to work earlier than usual this summer in Spain, signing a three-year, $51 million contract in Phoenix in July and then leading Spain to a FIBA World Cup title while capturing MVP honors. Anticipated fan reaction: Rubio didn't leave any bad blood in Utah, and in fact, he still wears Donovan Mitchell's signature Adidas sneakers, so it's likely that he'll receive a loud ovation when Phoenix rolls in town. -- Eric Woodyard March 1: 76ers forward Tobias Harris returns to L.A. to play the Clippers Before he left: Harris played only 87 games as a Clipper, but he was the team's leading scorer and rebounder and helped the Clippers start down the path of an unexpected playoff run before being traded. He helped make a lot of games more competitive than many expected for what was a rebuilding team. Anticipated fan reaction: Harris could ultimately help the Clippers win a title if all goes right. Harris was the main piece acquired in the trade that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit in 2018, helping the Clippers continue a big rebuild. And then Harris was traded in 2019 to Philadelphia in a deal that brought back Landry Shamet and two first-round picks, including Miami's 2021 pick that went in the five first-round pick package sent to Oklahoma City for Paul George. Besides that, Harris' likeable demeanor and steady consistency was always appreciated and should be received well in his return to L.A. -- Ohm Youngmisuk March 24: Lakers guard Danny Green returns to Toronto Before he left: When Kawhi Leonard was sent to Toronto last summer, Green's inclusion was almost seen as an afterthought. But after he played through a groin injury -- and, as a result, played below his usual standard -- in his final season with the San Antonio Spurs, Green was back to his old self with the Raptors. He provided a potent combination of 3-point shooting, wing defense and championship experience to the Raptors during their run to the 2019 NBA title, and he was one of the personalities that had the biggest impact in the team's locker room. And while he could've been back if Leonard had re-signed with the Raptors this summer, Green followed Leonard to Los Angeles -- only joining the Lakers, rather than the Clippers -- after Leonard did not. Anticipated fan reaction: Green will undoubtedly get a standing ovation. He became a beloved figure in Toronto, immersing himself in the community and endearing himself to fans with his own podcast. He, like Leonard in December, will be celebrated for his part in Toronto's first-ever championship in his first visit back there. -- Tim Bontemps April 10: Hawks forward Vince Carter plays his last game in Toronto Vince Carter celebrated the Raptors' success last season with the fans who still consider him one of their own. Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty ImagesBefore he left: It's been a long 16 years for Carter and Raptors fans, as he's gone from despised former star to an adored one. They say time heals all wounds, and that's certainly the case here, as the animosity that surrounded Carter forcing himself out of town has slowly ebbed away -- to the point that Carter was received with a thunderous standing ovation when he appeared at Scotiabank Arena during the NBA Finals. Anticipated fan reaction: Carter will be given a resoundingly warm welcome in what is expected to be his final game in Toronto, and deservedly so. The ending may not have been great, but Carter arguably helped keep the Raptors in Toronto, and he has helped play a part in basketball's explosion in Canada over the past 20 years. -- Tim Bontemps
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Senator: Trump disrespected Pelosi by not informing her of raid
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for leaving top Democratic leaders in the dark about the US military raid that resulted in the death of the leader of ISIS.
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Monica Lewinsky teaming up with 'Catfish' co-host for public shaming documentary
Monica Lewinsky and former “Catfish” co-host, Max Joseph, are teaming up for a new documentary about the effects of public shaming Lewinsky is set to produce the documentary for HBO Max alongside Joseph, who previously hosted the MTV documentary series for seven seasons. The documentary, titled “15 Minutes of Shame” takes an in-depth look at the culture of shaming and how it's affected high-profile people around the world. MONICA LEWINSKY DETAILS BILL CLINTON AFFAIR, TERRIFYING MEETING WITH INVESTIGATORS IN NEW DOC According to Deadline, the film will use documentary storytelling as well as social experiments and the examination of social behavior to explore subjects from around the world who have been the subject of widespread public ridicule. Former 'Catfish' co-host Max Joseph will produce a new documentary about public shaming. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) “Monica Lewinsky is an anti-bullying activist with unparalleled authority, making her the perfect partner for this project," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max (via The Hollywood Reporter). "And Max's strong advocacy for social justice and distinctive storytelling make him particularly well-suited to explore this complex modern phenomenon." MONICA LEWINSKY RECALLS ‘THE AVALANCHE OF PAIN’ AFTER CLINTON AFFAIR IN JOHN OLIVER’S ‘LAST WEEK TONIGHT’ Since becoming a major political figure in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment over their sexual relationship while he was in the White House, Lewinsky has become an anti-bullying advocate. She has worked with campaigns such as In Real Life and Defy the Name. In March, she appeared on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” for a segment about public shaming and the effect it had on her life. A photograph showing former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function submitted as evidence in documents by the Starr investigation and released by the House Judicary committee September 21, 1998. (Smithsonian Channel) This isn’t the first major project that Lewinsky will produce in the coming months. She’s already attached as a producer on Ryan Murphy’s upcoming third season of “American Crime Story.” The anthology series, which previously dramatized the infamous O.J. Simpson case and the murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace, will center on the scandals that led to Clinton’s impeachment hearings in the 90s. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Lewinsky infamously had an affair with Clinton while she was a White House intern. She will be played by actress Beanie Feldstein, the younger sister of Jonah Hill known for her parts in "Lady Bird" and "Booksmart." Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Accuser Sues for Assault and Battery
Exclusive TMZ.com Cuba Gooding Jr. can claim he never grabbed a server's butt at TAO Nightclub, but she says there's video to prove she was assaulted by the Oscar winner. Natasha Ashworth says she was working at TAO in NYC in the early morning hours of Oct. 24, 2018 and she was serving Gooding's table at the club. In a lawsuit filed Monday in NYC, Natasha says he asked her, "Do you want to see my impression of a penis?" She responded, "No," but according to her ... Gooding drank from his glass, and began spitting liquid out of his mouth. Natasha says she just walked away from him. But, according to the suit ... they ran into each other again near the end of her shift, around 4:20 AM -- and Gooding allegedly used his right hand to pinch Natasha's right buttock. She says she told him, "Don't touch my butt." She claims he replied, "Aw, that's no fun ... and I didn't, I touched your back." Natasha says she grabbed Gooding's arm and told him to leave. In the suit, she says a club promoter who was with Cuba urged him to stop, but the actor pushed the promoter out of the way. She claims Gooding went to a manager, attempting to explain away his contact with Natasha as innocent. She claims Gooding stormed out in a huff and said, "You don't have to worry, because I am never coming back here again." In docs, Natasha says there are surveillance videos -- from 2 angles -- that capture the alleged butt grab. Natasha is suing Gooding for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Play video content TMZ.com Her allegations first came to light last week when Gooding was marched into court where NYC prosecutors slapped him with 2 new charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree. Cuba's attorney, Mark Heller, tells TMZ ... the lawsuit "is a welcomed confirmation of the money grab that clearly was the motivation for the accuser’s accusations." As for Natasha's claim of video evidence, Heller says, "A review of the video which recorded the entire encounter does NOT support the accuser’s accusations and we hope that the DA will release the video to TMZ, so that the world can see how inappropriate these accusations are and how shocking it is that the DA’s office is pressing another false claim against Cuba.”
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Tiger's latest slow rebuild comes with a big dilemma this time
11:26 AM ET CHIBA, Japan -- A journey to the other side of the world for Tiger Woods is yet another reminder of how he leads a different life than the rest of us and that trips such as this one involve far more than playing golf. Woods arrived in Japan on Friday, ostensibly to get acclimated to a 13-hour time change as well as get in some work at a golf course he had never seen in advance of Monday's The Challenge: Japan Skins event and this week's Zozo Championship -- his first competitive golf in nine weeks. But due to the recent typhoon that hit Japan, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club was closed over the weekend because of wet conditions. All he could do was hit balls Saturday on the driving range with caddie Joe LaCava, who was not even permitted to walk the course to chart yardages and walk off greens. 2 Related The only golf Woods got in Sunday was part of a clinic he gave at a Nike-sponsored event in Tokyo -- likely part of the reason he decided to sign up for the first PGA Tour event ever in Japan. Mixing business in and around his golf schedule has been part of Woods' existence since he signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Nike in 1996 before hitting a shot as a pro. Of course, all of this makes the task of preparing to play tournament golf that much more challenging for Woods, whose well-chronicled back woes hover like humidity, with the added issue of overcoming a fifth knee procedure two months ago. So expectations should be tempered this week at the Zozo Championship. Woods admitted as much in a brief interview Monday after the event with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama. Woods looked rusty on his way to earning five skins in the competition won by Day. "It's always been that way whenever I've had one of these layoffs,'' Woods said. "It was nice to get out there and compete. To get back in the flow of things. My range of motion, my strength, is there again. I just have to work my way back and hope I find a feel for the round quickly.'' There was a time when long breaks hardly impacted Woods. He'd take weeks off, and come back and win again. He'd show up at Torrey Pines following a lengthy break and perform like he'd been playing and practicing all along. Physical woes in recent years have made that extremely difficult. The demands that come with being Tiger Woods -- father, golf course designer, endorser, foundation head, golfer -- add more diversions. And Woods, at 43, is simply at a point where he can't give his peers such a head start and be competitive. Tiger Woods is starting to ease himself back into playing shape. But will he push it so he can play the Presidents Cup? Matt Roberts-USA TODAY SportsAnd so it was that Woods returned to the competitive arena Monday and looked, well, kind of awful ... at least for a few holes. At the par-3 third, Woods hit a short iron shot that spun off the front of the green, back onto a cart path and down a hill, leaving himself a touch shot back to the green that he hit long. Had he been playing for real, Woods would have made a double bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course. But there was no anger, no frustration. Woods spent the day smiling and needling McIlroy, Matsuyama and Day. He did on-course interviews, stood for photographs and generally looked and seemed healthy. And at this point, that is the most positive aspect to Woods' return. He acknowledged Monday that the knee surgery he had in August was something he meant to do a year ago, but put it off after winning the Tour Championship. After capturing the Masters, his knee slowly got worse, to the point that it was difficult for him to squat and read putts. He said the knee pain and uneasy walking led to other issues with his back. He also withdrew from a tournament with an oblique injury. Perhaps this is the explanation for Woods looking out of sorts for most of the summer. Why the back stiffness and unsteady gait led to some unseemly scores, especially for the Masters champion. And maybe it is why he seemed so at ease Monday, knowing that things are on the right path. Gradually the golf improved. Woods hit a lot of nice shots. He made a few birdies and captured those five skins. There was some decent length off the tee. Woods should be in no hurry to perform after a nine-week break that included the knee surgery and a return to serious preparation only a few weeks ago. But there is some sense of urgency as it relates to the Presidents Cup and being a playing captain. Woods knows he needs to show some positive form this week to make picking himself a legitimate move -- one that he gave more credence to Monday than he had during the latter parts of the 2019 season. "I'm one of the guys who need a pick,'' Woods said, smiling. He will make that decision in two weeks, and then has another month to prepare for the Hero World Challenge, followed by the Presidents Cup. "I'll be in Australia whether I'm playing or not,'' he said. The key once again for Woods is patience. He's done a good job with that in his comeback from spinal fusion surgery, and recognized he had pushed too hard in 2018. This year he cut back, somewhat out of necessity. Woods would love to have a good week at the Zozo Championship, but chances are more likely that it will be a middle-of-the-pack-type finish at the 78-player event with a $9.75 million purse. It's already been a busy few days for Woods in Japan, without a lot of golf to show for it. Tuesday might have been considered a good day to really grind on his game, but a poor weather forecast has Woods all but certain to stay away from the course. That leaves Wednesday's early-morning pro-am as his last chance to get ready for his first tournament of the new season. Is that enough? Probably not. But four rounds without the troubling signs of the summer should be enough.
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Turkey-backed militia vow to behead any ‘infidel Kurd’ they find in northern Syria
The Turkey-backed militia recorded a video in the border town of Ras al-Ayn in which they threatened to kill all Kurds they found in Northern Syria.
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How True Love Helped Jennifer Lawrence Believe in Marriage Again
It's not as if Jennifer Lawrence gave up on love. But for a spell in late 2015 she wasn't feeling super confident that it was in the cards for her. She had ended her five-year romance with fellow actor Nicholas Hoult more than a year earlier and a year-long on-and-off romance with rocker Chris Martin had fizzled as well, leaving the then-25-year-old secure in telling ABC News' Diane Sawyer that she had stopped envisioning herself as a bride. While she was absolutely sure that she would have kids ("I definitely want to be a mother,") she was less certain on the husband front.  "I don't know if I ever will get married and I'm OK with that," the already well-decorated actress asserted in a Nightline interview that November. The solid friendships she'd held onto before she skyrocketed to Hollywood's top tier and the pals she collected since (she had kicked off her enviable BFF bond with Amy Schumer just six months earlier) provided enough companionship. "I don't feel that I need anything to complete me," she explained. "I love meeting people—men, women, whatever; I love people coming into your life and bringing something."  Then Cooke Maroney arrived and brought with him some hope. Some eight months after the lauded star (since exploding onto the scene with 2010's Winter's Bone, she's collected three Golden Globes and won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, her second of four nominations) began quietly dating the 34-year-old art gallery director, she accepted his proposal in February, her rep confirmed to E! News.  "I definitely wasn't at a place where I was like 'I'm ready to get married.' I just met Cooke, and I wanted to marry him," she explained her change of heart on the NAKED With Catt Sadler podcast in June. "We wanted to marry each other. We wanted to commit fully."  Tonight they will, with a source telling E! News they've invited 150 guests to watch them wed at the Belcourt mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Roughly a year-and-a-half into their romance, the once-marriage shy star has no doubts about her choice. "You know, he's my best friend," the 29-year-old told Catt Sadler. "I feel very honored to become a Maroney." Felipe Ramales / SplashNews.com It's a future she couldn't envision just a few year back. To be fair, she was admittedly lost after calling cut on the relationship with Hoult that had consumed her early adult years. She and the British actor, 29, had met in 2010 while filming X-Men: First Class, just as the Kentucky native was on the precipice of becoming an award show darling. They split briefly in 2013, but were brought back together for X-Men: Days of Future Past before calling it quits again in August 2014.  Suddenly Lawrence was looking at a world that didn't include her most formative relationship to date. Nor was she set to get covered in the blue body paint required to play X-Men's Mystique or don Katniss' braids, with filming on The Hunger Games franchise wrapped as well.  "These movies had been my life for so long and they had to come first in everything," she said. "I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and that was my life. So my life was this person and these movies and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies. Being 24 was this whole year of, 'Who am I without these movies? Who am I without this man?'" By his own assertion, Lawrence's relationship with Hoult hadn't been jarred by her quick ascension to the A-list or Hunger Games fans' rabid desire to know every piece of her world. "The privacy thing obviously changes but the rest pretty much stays the same," he told V Magazine months ahead of their final breakup. "It's like that thing whereby you don't believe your own hype. Enjoy the good times, but don't get swept away with it. I think that's something she's capable of doing, and that's what makes her special, but yeah, it is very odd, and I am just kind of a bystander in many ways. It is well deserved for her. I haven't really seen any change in her." The problem, a source told Us Weekly, was he simply wasn't seeing enough of her. No longer committed to the same film set (he went on to film Dark Places, Mad Max: Fury Road and Kill Your Friends), "They just weren't together a lot," said the source, "her life is a whirlwind. They have gotten back together before, it just got to be too hard for now." Nor did a subsequent romance with Coldplay frontman Martin, 41, pan out, with a source once again citing scheduling issues. Lawrence began seeing her second British beau five months after his divorce from Gwyneth Paltrow. And though the Goop queen seemed to approve, telling Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show that her ex-husband "wouldn't be with someone who isn't great," Martin struggled to balance Lawrence, kids Apple Martin, 14, and Moses Martin, 12, and his much-desired me time.  "Chris doesn't really want the relationship to end, but he needs to be flexible so he can see his family as much as possible with his own work schedule," a Martin source explained to E! News in August 2015, after the pair had ended things for the second time. "He's crazy about Jen but wants to keep his own schedule and be able to do what he wants when he wants to do it."  But Lawrence had no interest in being someone's fourth priority. As a friend put it to E! News, "She was tired of him being so noncommittal."  Isaac Brekken/Mark Davis/Getty Images for Clear Channel After all, she was just a simple midwestern girl looking for your average nice guy. She could see how potential mates could be threatened by her whole J. Law persona, what with two major movie franchises under her belt and a partnership with writer-director-producer David O. Russell that had netted her some of her best roles, but there was no need to be a jerk.  "No one ever asks me out," she revealed to Vogue's December 2015 issue, her relationship with Martin now firmly in the rearview. "I am lonely every Saturday night. Guys are so mean to me. I know where it's coming from—I know they're trying to establish dominance—but it hurts my feelings. I'm just a girl who wants you to be nice to me. I am straight as an arrow. I feel like I need to meet a guy, with all due respect, who has been living in Baghdad for five years who has no idea who I am." And if she were to find that in-the-dark gem, she really felt they could have something special. But for now she was navigating the type of romances typical to most twentysomethings. Describing one ex as "sexy," she told the venerable fashion mag, "but I didn't like how he made me feel. When someone makes you insecure, it's strangely exhilarating because you keep trying to fight for that validation." She knew it wasn't healthy, per se, but ultimately she was able to find that silver lining: "It's what you want to have before you get married, so that you don't seek it out once you are." Her wisdom was coming mainly from friends who had just committed to tying the knot, assistant Justine Ciarrocchi was already wed and best friend Laura Simpson (the pair met at an industry event and "hit it off over a mutual respect for Chandler Bing," Simpson shared in a blog, "and we've been eating pizza together ever since,") was next.  Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic And she was confident she had what it took to handle matrimony head on. "I can't wait to be married," she said. "I feel like if I find that one person who I want to spend the rest of my life with, who I want to be the father of my children, that I would absolutely not f--k it up." As for who that perfect man would be, well, she had a list of imminently reasonable criteria.  She'd like a guy who shares her penchant for reality TV and wouldn't mind an evening spent vacillating from Dance Moms to Doomsday Preppers to the entire Real Housewives oeuvre. "I love Intervention, New York Housewives—and Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Atlanta Housewives," she told Vanity Fair in 2014. "I mean, I love them all, but Miami—oh, my God! Miami is really special." And though she works in an industry whose bread and butter is turning life partnerships into near-unattainable stories of romance, she was simply looking for a mate who, "you know, isn't afraid to fart in front of me [rather] than to have big, passionate love. I'd rather have just a peaceful time. [Those relationships] are deeper because you can be your true self with somebody, and somebody can be their true self with you." She'd also like to skip the unnecessary tiffs. "I don't like fighting, and I find argumentative people the most annoying people on the planet," she added. "Like, why do you still want to be fighting? It's just unattractive." Plus, that's time that could be better spent cozying into the couch. "We should both just move on and watch TV. Basically, what I'm saying is all I need in a relationship is somebody to watch TV with me." That wasn't quite what she found in famed director Darren Aronofsky. She and the Oscar-nominated director linked up after finishing work on their widely-panned film mother! in 2016. Had Lawrence had her way, it would have been far sooner, having immediately labeled the 49-year-old as "hot" after their initial pitch meeting. "I remember I was holding my dog and I shut the door and when the door shut I went, 'Pippy that's called sexual tension," she shared with Marc Maron on his WTF with Marc Maron podcast last February. "He played hard to get for like nine months, maybe longer, which just killed me." Greg Allen/Invision/AP Together for the whole of the press tour, Lawrence later admitted that critiques of their masterpiece, meant to be an indictment on the disrespectful way we've come to treat Mother Earth, took a toll.  "Normally, I promote a movie, you put the work in to promoting it, ask people to go see it, and then it's just kind of out of your hands. I normally just kind of let it go," she told Adam Sandler during a November 2017 installment of Variety's "Actors on Actors" series. "Dating the director is different."  When they'd get back to the hotel after a long day of shilling for the film, "the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie," she said. "He comes back from the tour, and that's all he wants to talk about and I get it. It's his baby. He wrote it. He conceived it. He directed it. I was doing double duty trying to be a supportive partner while also being like, 'Can I please, for the love of God, not think about mother! for one second?'" Listening to him read the reviews aloud was even more grueling. "I finally was just like, 'It's not healthy. Neither of us are doing it because if I read it, I start getting defensive.' Especially because it's my man."  So it made sense that when pal Simpson mentioned she had someone in mind who was industry-adjacent (Maroney's gallery, Gladstone 64 represents bold-named artists such as Lena Dunham's father Carroll Dunham) but decidedly not part of Hollywood, Lawrence was interested. It's not as if she was holding any animosity to the previous men she had dated, all as well-known as herself. "I'm friends with all my exes, actually. For the most part, yeah," she told Maron. "I have a theory. I think it's because I'm blunt. I don't think that you can have any sort of bad relationship with anybody if you're just blunt. Everybody always knows how you feel at all times and there's no lying, it's just honesty. Everybody's a good guy to each other. All my boyfriends have been wonderful. Nick [Hoult] was a great boyfriend." Elder Ordonez / SplashNews.com None had left her crushed, really, though each split was admittedly a blow to her confidence. "Every time I go through a breakup, it's not like my heart isn't broken. They just never did anything to like, devastate me. They were just good people. Maybe that's also the secret. I'm attracted to good people." But she was ready to find one that could really last. "I have not had sex in a very long time," she confessed to Stern on his radio show. "I would like to have a relationship, you know—it's hard out there!" So with longtime crush Larry David once again not responding to her overtures at pal Schumer's February 2018 vows, she agreed to a set-up.  Weeks into her romance with Vermont-bred Maroney, a fixture at high-end art openings in New York City, they went from being careful not to be seen together, to openly in love, going about their relationship much like any Manhattan couple. On any given day, they could be spotted at The Smile, a favorite of Lawrence pal Justin Theroux, Italian restaurant and wine bar Felice 64, taking in a New York Rangers game or simply picking up groceries, with trips to two of the world's most romantic cities—Paris and Rome—thrown in for good measure.   By January, according to Us Weekly, the duo were bringing their bags back to a shared apartment. "Things between them are very serious," an insider told the outlet. "They definitely appear to be in it for the long haul."  A source tells People the pair gelled over a mutual love of arts and culture "and living a life that includes both of their passions, yet sits outside of it," but for Lawrence determining that Maroney was right for her came down to a few simple questions. "I don't know, I started with the basics. How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind?" she shared with Sadler. "It's just—this is the one, I know that sounds really stupid but he's just, he's—you know. He's the greatest person I've ever met."
Tekashi 6ix9ine Won’t Get Play on HOT 97, Unless …
New York City's biggest hip-hop radio station says Tekashi 6ix9ine will get no spins once he releases new music ... unless the snitching rapper's music forces their hand. An executive from HOT 97 FM tells TMZ ... when Tekashi is released from…
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Christopher Columbus statues vandalized in California and Rhode Island
Vandals threw red paint on statues of Christopher Columbus in San Francisco and Providence, Rhode Island, as people around the US prepared to celebrate the Italian explorer.
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Pharrell Williams Realized There Is “a Chauvinist Culture” After “Blurred Lines”
One of Pharrell Williams' most famous songs was also one of his most eye-opening. The star produced, co-wrote and performed on the now-infamous 2013 track, "Blurred Lines."...
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Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz kicked out of impeachment inquiry hearing
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., an ardent supporter of President Trump, got the boot on Monday when he tried to sit in on the testimony of a former top National Security Council expert on Russia who was appearing on Capitol Hill as part of the House impeachment inquiry into the president.
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President Trump suggests Kurdish fighters are releasing ISIS militants
Donald Trump has suggested Kurdish fighters are deliberately letting ISIS jihadists out of prison to lure the US back into Syria, despite generals saying the camps are being targeted by Turkey.
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Insulin pill that could replace daily injections: Scientists create a capsule for diabetes patients
A team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a 30mm pill coated in a protective layer of polymer that is capable of surviving stomach acid.
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GE freezes pensions for 20,000 US workers
General Electric announced Monday it will freeze its US pension plan for about 20,000 workers to help clean up the company's beleaguered balance sheet.
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Discovering OBJ: Browns learn he’s not guy ‘everybody thinks he is’
From gifting sneakers to lunching with all teammates to giving rides to rookies, Odell Beckham Jr. has shown his new teammates that the reputation doesn't match the reality.
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See the Cast of ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live! in Character
Before you see Ariel and Disney's The Little Mermaid tale come to life on the big screen, viewers will get a chance to experience the fan-favorite flick on the small screen with a live-action...
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Trump defends asking foreign governments to investigate Bidens: Live updates
President Trump Friday morning claimed that his calls to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden deal with corruption, not politics.
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Vladimir Putin JOKES about meddling in the 2020 US elections
Vladimir Putin also defended the conduct of US president Donald Trump who faces an impeachment inquiry that was triggered by his phone call with Ukraine's leader.
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Millie Bobby Brown Rocking Out in a Winnie the Pooh Onesie Will Make Your Day
Millie Bobby Brown is living her best life. The Stranger Things star took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video of herself rocking out to a few classic hits. The 15-year-old...
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Fantasy basketball: Ranking the rookies
Here's a look at the NBA rookies to have on your fantasy radar this season.
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The CEO behind Fortnite makes it to the Forbes 400 list
Gamers aren't the only ones making money off Fortnite — so is its owner, Tim Sweeney.
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Joy Reid suggests 'wealthy white Christian' men will enact apartheid to 'maintain power'
MSNBC host Joy Reid has suggested that wealthy, white Republicans are willing to enact a South Africa-style apartheid system in the United States in order to maintain a hold on power. “No country is an eternal democracy,” Reid said in a video that was widely-shared Tuesday. “And when you have a very determined minority, in this case wealthy white men and wealthy white Christian men and Christian Americans who are of the fundamental[ist] variety, who are very clear that no matter what happens if they have to pull the South Africa model to maintain power forever they will do it, and they’re not afraid of it and they’re increasingly open about it and Donald Trump is merely the avatar for this.” TRUMP SLAMS 'NO TALENT' MSNBC ANCHOR JOY REID: 'HAD A BAD REPUTATION' It''s unclear when Reid made the comments. More from Media Reid also claimed that a Republican political strategist had touted a Census citizenship question as a way to block minorities from gaining a majority in congressional districts. That wasn't the first time Reid used the word "apartheid" to attack Republicans. In July, she tweeted that the Trump administration was practicing a form of apartheid by detaining suspected illegal migrants. Reid was in the spotlight over the weekend after the president tweeted about her. "Who the hell is Joy-Ann Reid?" Trump tweeted on Saturday. "Never met her, she knows ZERO about me, has NO talent, and truly doesn’t have the 'it' factor needed for success in showbiz." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP NBC did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
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Adele Officially Files for Divorce From Simon Konecki
Richard Young/Rex/REX USA Adeleis moving on.  The 31-year-old British singer filed for divorce from Simon Konecki on Thursday, E! News can confirm. In April 2019, a rep for Adele announced she and her partner of at least eight years had gone their separate ways. Referencing Adele and Simon's 6-year-old son Angelo, the statement read in part, "They are committed to raising their son together lovingly." A source previously told E! News the exes experienced a shift in lifestyles, explaining, "She became a bigger and bigger star, and he was okay [with] being in the background, but as she got bigger and had massive tours and intense schedules, they just grew apart." The notoriously private star has yet to comment publicly on the breakup, but did reflect on the power of self-love while celebrating her birthday in May. "This is 31...thank f--king god," Adele wrote on Instagram. "30 tried me so hard but I'm owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all."  She continued, "No matter how long we're here for life is constant and complicated at times. I've changed drastically in the last couple years and I'm still changing and that's okay. 31 is going to be a big ol' year and I'm going to spend it all on myself." It's possible the 15-time Grammy winner is channeling her life experiences into new music. Earlier this year, photographers spotted her heading into a recording studio. E! News has reached out to Adele's rep for comment. 
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Charles Payne calls out 'irony' of 2020 Dems' racism claims: 'They're living examples of why their rhetoric is so wrong'
Fox Business host Charles Payne said Friday there is "irony" in the way 2020 Democratic presidential candidates talk about systemic racism in America, as many of them also call President Trump a racist. Reacting on "Fox & Friends," Payne said many of them "brag" about their families coming from humble beginnings or immigrating to America and claim the same opportunities no longer exist for minorities. "They are themselves living examples of why their rhetoric is so is wrong. They have achieved the kind of success that they are telling the audience is unachievable because of the man in the White House," said Payne, arguing that day-to-day issues of race, especially in inner cities, go far beyond Trump's tweets and statements. KAMALA HARRIS COMPARES TRUMP TO 'WIZARD OF OZ' ON TRADE: 'A REALLY SMALL DUDE At Thursday's debate, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said no one should get a "red badge of courage" for calling the president a racist. "Racism exists, the question isn't who isn't a racist, it's who is and isn't doing something about racism," Booker said. "We have a white supremacist in the White House," said former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, calling Trump a "mortal threat to people of color." And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said nothing has gotten done in Washington, D.C. in the last two-and-a-half years because Trump has been "full-time trying to sow hate and division among us." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Payne, however, insisted racism is a deeper issue. He pointed out that in New York City last year, under Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, 89 percent of people arrested for marijuana crimes were black and Hispanic. "In my own neighborhood, the progressives that have moved in call the cops on black kids playing basketball in the street," Payne said. "That's what I'm worried about! That's the day-to-day racism that I care about. The rhetoric they're talking is just designed to keep people afraid and it's not helpful for this country," he said. He continued: "The way they portray this country every time they speak is like it's a hopeless place, where there's no opportunity for black people and Hispanics ... They themselves on that stage put that to rest. There is hope. In fact, your parents can come here from one of these countries and you could be running for president."
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B-2 stealth bomber flies just 60 feet above impressed plane spotters' heads
Plane spotters were left in awe at the world's most expensive and secretive plane - while it soared just 60 feet over their heads. Three United States Air Force B-2 stealth bombers are in the U.K. after crossing the Atlantic to take part in a European training mission. The aircraft were photographed by Steve King, 37, at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, when they returned from a training exercise in Iceland. US F-15S NEARLY COLLIDED WITH SKYDIVERS AT 350MPH OVER BRITISH AIRSPACE: REPORT The Northrop Grumman B-2 Stealth Bomber comes in to land at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire on September 11th.  (SWNS) He perched on a hill at the start of the runway, to catch them from underneath when they came into land on Wednesday. The most expensive and secretive planes to ever be made, the B-2 bombers are worth $2.1 billion each. Steve, a bank office worker, from Swindon said: "They come down pretty low and are pretty loud. I thought I would opt for a different approach by getting the other spotters in the photo." US AIR FORCE BUILDS FIRST B-21 RAIDER 'TEST' STEALTH BOMBER The B-2 pilots and support staff are from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The aircraft were photographed by Steve King, 37, at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, when they returned from a training exercise in Iceland. (SWNS) They are in the U.K. for a short deployment to show American strength and to support NATO and its partners in Europe, it has been reported. RAF Fairford has long been an important strategic base for American forces. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP During the last B-2 deployment the planes were involved in bombing raids in the Middle East.
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2,100-year-old 'iPhone case' discovered in ‘Russian Atlantis’
A 2,100-year-old "iPhone" accompanied a woman into the afterlife, in a necropolis in what is now Siberia.(Image: © IHMC RAS/Pavel Leus) From the depths of Russia's "Atlantis" — a famed archaeological site in southern Siberia that lies underwater for most of the year — archaeologists emerged with what looks like a jewel-studded case for an iPhone. But the black rectangle, which measures about 7 inches (18 centimeters) long and around 4 inches (9 cm) wide, is no electronics accessory; it's an ancient belt buckle made of jet — a gemstone made from pressurized wood — inlaid with small beads of mother-of-pearl, carnelian and turquoise, The Siberian Times reported. Scientists with the Institute for the History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) found the object in a woman's grave, where it lay upon the skeleton's pelvis. The researchers nicknamed the woman "Natasha" and dubbed the artifact "Natasha's iPhone," according to The Siberian Times. Related: 24 Amazing Archaeological Discoveries Although the buckle was discovered years ago, it recently drew renewed attention because Pavel Leus, one of the dig's archaeologists and a RAS researcher, shared the image on Instagram, Leus told Live Science in an email. The grave that held the so-called iPhone lies in the Siberian territory of Tuva, near the border of Mongolia. There, archaeologists identified two burial sites — Terezin and Ala-Tey — dating to the Xiongnu period around 2,000 years ago, according to a study co-authored by Leus and published in 2018 in the journal Asian Archaeology. However, there are only a few weeks each year when archaeologists can access these historically important locations, according to the Russian Geographical Society (RGS). The burial sites lie in a flood zone; they are covered by the Sayan Sea — an artificial reservoir — except when the flood waters recede, from the end of May through the first half of June, the RGS reported. "Burials at both sites include many decorations for belts and clothing, beads, pendants, earrings, Chinese wu zhu coins, and Western Han mirrors and their fragments," the scientists wrote in the study. In recent years, they found large and small jet buckles in three graves. The "massive" iPhone-like buckle had holes on the short sides, "with the two round holes on one side for fixing the buckle to the belt and one oval hole on the other side, probably for clasping," the researchers reported. Radiocarbon dating suggested that the grave's contents dated to between 92 B.C. and A.D. 71. Jet objects from this period are rare, but some have surfaced in Russia's upper Volga region; in Transbaikalia, a mountainous zone to the east of Russia's Lake Baikal; in Mongolia; and in Central Asia, Leus said. It's possible that this type of ornament was common in Xiongnu culture and was brought west as these nomadic people migrated across the Eurasian steppes, he explained. Rectangular bronze buckles, many of them carved with animal designs, also have been found in graves and settlements in Siberia, Mongolia and Central Asia, according to a report published in 2011 by the University of Bonn in Germany. Though bronze and jet belt buckles are sometimes found in female burials in some parts of this Central Asian region, "they are generally found in well-furnished graves of warriors," the scientists wrote. Questions still linger about Tuva's graves and their contents, but more discoveries are expected to be announced in the coming months, Leus said in the email. Originally published on Live Science.
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Astronomer spots possible new interstellar visitor in our solar system
On August 30, Gennady Borisov spotted a new comet while at the MARGO observatory in Crimea. After this initial observation, the Scout system at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory also flagged the object as possibly originating from outside of our solar system. Scout assesses recently found objects from the Minor Planet Center for hazards and potential trajectories. Follow-up observations of the comet ensued, including Davide Farnocchia at NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies and the European Space Agency's Near-Earth Object Coordination Center. The object, now known as C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) hasn't officially been confirmed to have an origin point outside of our solar system. But we'll get a chance to know the comet better soon. It's heading for the inner part of our solar system and will enter it on October 26. To look at it right now through telescopes from our vantage point on Earth, it appears close to the sun. It will be visible through professional telescopes for months. The comet is making its way toward our sun. The closest it will come to Earth is a distance of 190 million miles. Currently, it's 260 million miles away from our sun and will make its closest approach on December 8. "The comet's current velocity is high, about 93,000 mph, which is well above the typical velocities of objects orbiting the Sun at that distance," said Farnocchia. "The high velocity indicates not only that the object likely originated from outside our solar system, but also that it will leave and head back to interstellar space." The object was designated as a comet because it appears fuzzy. Comets tend to look fuzzy because they're icy and release dust and particles as they heat up on approach to the sun. 'Oumuamua only had a quick visit with us in 2017. This comet's stay should be a bit longer. "The object will peak in brightness in mid-December and continue to be observable with moderate-size telescopes until April 2020," said Farnocchia. "After that, it will only be observable with larger professional telescopes through October 2020." Researchers who detected and confirmed 'Oumuamua have also observed the comet, including Karen Meech and her colleagues at the University of Hawaii. For now, they believe the comet is anywhere between 1.2 and 10 miles in diameter. Future observations will shed more light on its size, rotation and path.
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12-year-old from Bahamas reunites with mom after days in US shelter
The girl's case drew widespread attention after it was reported by the Miami Herald, which published a story Tuesday based on mother Katty Paul's account of what had occurred. Paul, who CNN has been unable to reach for comment, told the Herald her daughter Kaytora had left the Bahamas with her godmother on Sunday. US immigration authorities separated them after they arrived in Florida, Paul said, and sent the girl to a Health and Human Services shelter. "I thought losing my house was devastating. Or having to relocate to a different island or country was devastating," Paul told the newspaper. "But when I found out that they got her, my baby, I mean, there are no words. It was at that moment that I really lost everything." Immigrant rights advocates had slammed the US government's handling of the Bahamian girl's case and called for her release from custody. CBP said it had confirmed with HHS officials that the girl was released from custody and reunited with her mom Thursday afternoon. Diane J. Sabatino, director of field operations for US Customs and Border Protection's Miami and Tampa field offices, told CNN on Thursday that officials had followed required procedures designed to keep children safe. "For children traveling to the US, what we must do is make sure they're in the custody of either their parents or an authorized legal guardian when they arrive. ... We cannot afford to put a child into a situation -- though in this circumstance probably very well-intended, and we understand that -- but we cannot take the chance that a child can potentially end up in the custody of someone who isn't so well-intended," Sabatino said. After the girl's arrival early Monday morning, CBP tried to reach her family members in the United States, Sabatino said, but officials weren't able to do so. "So at 2 in the morning, we have to make decisions. We can't be rash ... We don't have the luxury of making decisions without having the full scope of the information. And sometimes it will take a little time to make those determinations," Sabatino said. "Again, the priority is to make sure that child isn't exploited. She's coming from an area where there's a very vulnerable population right now." It can take weeks for children to be placed with sponsors once they're in HHS custody, according to government statistics. HHS told CNN in a statement that the agency does not comment on specific cases but that, by law, HHS is required to provide care for unaccompanied children. "Once in our care," the statement said, "we work to put them in immediate contact with parents or family members so they may be united with a suitable sponsor as soon as possible." CNN's Rosa Flores reported from Miami. CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet reported from Washington.
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Lisa Kudrow Credits This Friends Co-Star With Helping Her Overcome Struggle Playing Phoebe
Steve Granitz/WireImage While Lisa Kudrow nailed her role as Phoebe Buffay on Friends, playing the character wasn't easy for her. So her co-star Matt LeBlanc stepped up to help. The 56-year-old star made her comments while hiking with Kevin Nealon for an episode of his YouTube web series Hiking With Kevin, which was posted on Thursday.  Kudrow, a graduate of the prestigious Vassar College, where she majored in Biology, rose to fame as an actress with her popular, eccentric and somewhat ditzy role on Friends, which aired for 10 seasons until 2004. "I had played dumb girls, sure. But it wasn't really me," Kudrow told Nealon. "I feel like s--t, I tricked them. At the audition, I was the only one who could cope with the audition process and that's how I got it, I think. So I had to work hard at being Phoebe, you know." After a few years, LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, noticed something was wrong and gave Kudrow a needed pep talk. "And then like third season in, I was struggling so much," she said. "And Leblanc was like, 'What's going on with you?' And I said, 'I can't, I don't think I have it, I mean, I don't know what I'm doing.' And he went, 'You're her, relax, you got it. You've been doing this f--king character for three years. You're working too hard. That's your problem. You don't need to work this hard. Relax.' He was right." Kudrow also confessed that she has never actually watched an episode of Friends. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images "I should," she said. "I hear it's good."
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It's 'astonishing' that Boris Johnson thinks he can break the law says John Bercow
Outgoing Speaker John Bercow threatens Boris Johnson with 'procedural creativity' to stop him ignoring anti-No Deal Brexit law on 31 October in all-out attack comparing PM to a BANK ROBBER Speaker John Bercow was at the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture in London today Said the only possible Brexit outcome was one approved by Parliament  Bercow said Johnson could be disobeying the law by not asking for Brexit delay  By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline Published: 14:49 EDT, 12 September 2019 | Updated: 16:59 EDT, 12 September 2019 Out-going Commons Speaker John Bercow has threatened Prime Minister Boris Johnson with 'procedural creativity' to stop him ignoring an anti-No Deal Brexit law. Mr Bercow launched his all-out attack on Mr Johnson today at a lecture in London, where he compared the leader of the country to a 'bank robber'. He warned Mr Johnson against disobeying the law by not asking for a Brexit delay from the EU. Speaking at the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture, Mr Bercow said the only possible Brexit outcome was one approved by Parliament, warning that the so-called Benn Act spells this out. Addressing the attendees he said: 'It would be the most terrible example to set to the rest of society.' Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, speaking at the Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture at Middle Temple in London Mr Bercow has warned that Boris Johnson (above) could be breaking the law by not asking for an extension 'One should no more refuse to request an extension of Article 50 because of what one might regard as the noble end of departing from the EU as soon as possible than one could possibly excuse robbing a bank on the basis that the cash stolen would be donated to a charitable cause immediately afterwards.' He added that 'we should not be in this linguistic territory' and that if we come 'close to being there' he believes Parliament would want 'to cut off such a possibility and do so forcefully. Created with Sketch. 'If that demands additional procedural creativity in order to come to pass, it is a racing certainty that this will happen and that neither the limitations of the existing rulebook nor the ticking of the clock will stop it doing so.' Addressing the possibilities of what comes next following the issues surrounding Brexit, he said it was clear that there needed to be a new withdrawal agreement and political declaration, but that it would require 'heavy lifting'. He stated that the Benn bill is 'orderly' and added: 'Let me make myself crystal clear: Ladies and gentlemen, the only form of Brexit which we will have, whenever that might be, will be a Brexit that the House of Commons has explicitly endorsed.' The Benn Act was pushed through Parliament by opposition MPs and Tory rebels in a series of devastating defeats during Mr Johnson's early days as leader. It says that the PM must ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline to the end of January if he cannot get a new deal, or no-deal backed by MPs, by October 19. John Bercow is pictured above in Parliament on September 9 when results were announced of an early parliamentary general election But there have been fears Mr Johnson may try to wriggle out of the request, after he said he would rather be 'dead in a ditch' than ask for a delay to the Halloween deadline. What happens next in the Brexit crisis? Here is how the coming weeks could pan out: September 14-17: Lib Dem conference takes place in Bournemouth September 17: Supreme Court hears case on whether prorogation of Parliament was illegal.  September 21-25: Labour conference in Brighton September 29-October 2: Tory conference takes place in Manchester, with Mr Johnson giving his first keynote speech as leader on the final day. This will be a crucial waypointer on how Brexit talks are going. October 14: Unless it has already been recalled following the court battle, Parliament is due to return with the Queen's Speech - the day before Mr Johnson had hoped to hold a snap election. October 17-18: A crunch EU summit in Brussels, where Mr Johnson has vowed he will try to get a Brexit deal despite Remainers 'wrecking' his negotiating position. October 19: If there is no Brexit deal by this date Remainer legislation obliges the PM to beg the EU for an extension to avoid No Deal. October 21: Decisive votes on the Queen's Speech, which could pave the way for a confidence vote. October 31: The current deadline for the UK to leave the EU. November/December: An election looks inevitable, but Labour is hinting it might push the date back towards Christmas to humiliate the PM. Addressing the option of the possibility of codifying the constitution, Mr Bercow highlighted that the UK is one of only three nations not to have one, but added that the UK had been 'travelling in the direction' of such a plan. He announced on Monday that he will stand aside as Speaker on October 31 and would step down as MP for Buckingham. He cited family commitments and said resigning on the current Brexit deadline was the least disruptive and most democratic date to quit. Mr Bercow added that he had been skeptical about such a procedure but said it could be worth putting together a Royal commission or a Speaker's conference to explore the matter further. He said an Act could be passed in the interim in order to ensure parliament's authority. His comments come after Mr Johnson today claimed that he didn't lie to the Queen about his reasons for suspending Parliament amid furious row over Scottish judges ruling he acted unlawfully. The rejection came amid a furious row after Scottish judges ruled he acted unlawfully and had 'improper' motives. The court in Edinburgh controversially decided yesterday that Mr Johnson really wanted to avoid scrutiny by MPs, rather than teeing up a new legislative programme as he claimed. The issue is now set for a titanic showdown in the Supreme Court next week. Asked whether he lied to the monarch, Mr Johnson said: 'Absolutely not. 'The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide. 'We need a Queen's Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.' Gordon Brown claims Operation Yellowhammer documents set out a 'worst case scenario' for a no-deal Brexit Gordon Brown has said the Government is trying to 'minimise the damage' by claiming Operation Yellowhammer documents set out a 'worst case scenario' for a no-deal Brexit. The former prime minister has called for further information to be released and argued that the report concealed the full truth about shortages to vital medicines and drugs. Mr Brown said: 'What the Government are trying to do is to minimise the damage that they know is going to be done by saying it's very, very unlikely. Gordon Brown (pictured earlier this week) has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson accusing him of 'dishonest claims' 'What is exposed is the threat to medical supplies, to food supplies and to components for industry and therefore a threat to jobs. 'But what it hasn't given us is the detail that I know Government departments have. 'A million medical consignments come in from Europe every day into Britain and we don't have guarantees about EpiPens, we don't have guarantees about insulin, we don't have guarantees about isotopes, we don't even have guarantees about the flu virus injections and vaccines that are coming in. 'I don't think any responsible Government should allow people to get into this position where they cannot guarantee the medical supplies that people need.' Mr Brown has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson accusing him of 'dishonest claims' that underestimate the risks posed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The former Labour leader, who was speaking at a No to No Deal event in Edinburgh, went into detail about the various risks to medical supplies, as well as claiming that sharp food and fuel price rises will 'wreak havoc' with family budgets and hit the poorest hardest. He added: 'Parliament will have time both before and after that crucial summit on October 17th and 18th to talk about the Brexit deal. 'I'm very hopeful that we will get a deal, as I say, at that crucial summit. 'We're working very hard - I've been around the European capitals talking to our friends 'I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you can do it - it will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there.' Distancing himself from suggesting that the Scottish court was 'biased', Mr Johnson said he would not 'quarrel or criticise' the judges. He said: 'The British judiciary, the United Kingdom judiciary, is one of the great glories of our constitution - they are independent. 'Believe me, around the world people look at our judges with awe and admiration, so I'm not going to quarrel or criticise the judges. Mr Johnson made the comments as he visited NLV Pharos, a lighthouse tender, which is moored alongside HMS Belfast on the Thames for London International Shipping Week. Scotland's highest civil court said yesterday that the PM had ordered Parliament to be shut down for five weeks in order to 'stymie scrutiny'. The court said the prorogation was unlawful and suggested Mr Johnson had misled the Queen over his reasons for the suspension. The ruling could see Mr Johnson forced to recall Parliament if it is upheld by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Today Mr Johnson however also received a boost after Northern Ireland rejected a legal challenge to his Brexit plans. The High Court in Belfast ruled that the government's approach does not breach the Good Friday Agreement. The decision - which will likely be subject to an appeal - came amid a furious row after Scottish judges ruled the PM acted unlawfully and had 'improper' motives. The legal wrangling is all expected to end up in a titanic showdown in the Supreme Court in London, starting next week. Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey gave his decision in Belfast on three joined cases, including arguing that No Deal on October 31 would undermine agreements involving the UK and Irish governments that were struck during the peace process. One of the applicants was high-profile victims' campaigner Raymond McCord, whose son was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1997. But the judge dismissed calls for the courts to step in, saying the issues at stake were 'inherently and unmistakeably political'. Raymond McCord (centre) and solicitors Ciaran O'Hare (left) and Paul Farrell outside the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast, following the dismissal of their case that argued the Government's Brexit strategy will damage the Northern Ireland peace process
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EPA repeals Obama-era water regulation
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said repealing the rule was "at the top of the list" of items the administration wanted to roll back, because it was an "egregious power grab." Wheeler made the announcement at the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group in Washington, DC, that has lobbied against the Obama rule and whose legal arm previously sued to block it. Jay Timmons, the CEO of NAM, introduced Wheeler and said the rollback is a "big accomplishment for manufacturers." The 2015 regulation, commonly known as WOTUS, defined what bodies of water are protected under the federal Clean Water Act but was a favorite punching bag of Republicans, who ridicule it as government overreach. Democrats defended it as necessary to ensure waterways remained pollution-free. The next step for the Trump administration is finalizing its proposal for a replacement regulation. Environmental groups are panning the move and promising further legal challenges. "The Trump administration's wild-eyed attempts to reward polluters," the Natural Resources Defense Council's Jon Devine said, "knows no bounds, so it is repealing these important protections without regard for the law or sound science."
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Why Panthers DE Gerald McCoy isn't seeking revenge vs. the Bucs
2:09 AM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Eric Reid wasn’t sure what the fuss was about as fellow Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston recalled a 2014 game against former teammate Steve Smith. “Man, [Smith] went off on us,” Boston told Reid. It was billed the “Blood and Guts” revenge game, playing off the promise the oft-volatile Smith publicly made after the Panthers released him, their all-time leading receiver, following the 2013 season. Smith channeled his anger into a seven-catch, 139-yard, two-touchdown performance for the Baltimore Ravens in a 38-10 spanking. It was personal, and the Panthers felt it. The topic came up because Thursday night, Carolina defensive lineman Gerald McCoy is facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he spent his first nine NFL seasons, for the first time since they released him in May. McCoy insists it's just another game -- although he initially was frustrated the Bucs gave his No. 93 to free agent Ndamukong Suh shortly after his departure. McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, says too much is being made about him facing the team that essentially told him he was past his prime at 31. Boston didn’t sound convinced. “I’m excited to see what this guy, who so-called by the Bucs lost a step, does,” he said. “You can take that as a little bit of disrespect. I can’t wait to see the step.” For what it’s worth, McCoy spent 30 minutes Tuesday talking to reporters about “just another game.” He talked about how his father and other family members will be at Bank of America Stadium pulling for him to beat the team they’d previously cheered for, although he expects his youngest two kids to be in bed because it’s a school night. McCoy’s family remains in Florida because he has only a one-year, $8 million deal with the Panthers and wasn’t willing to uproot them from school and friends. But revenge? Hatred? McCoy wouldn’t make this game about that. “My family, my friends, you guys, fans ... everybody is making this game a big deal,” McCoy said. “I’m not. The only thing that is big about this game is I know exactly what they’re good at and what they’re not good at.” So there were no promise of “blood and guts,” not even of bruises and nose bleeds. Despite vowing to retire a member of the Bucs, McCoy understands the business side of the NFL. “In 2012, when I saw the Indianapolis Colts release Peyton Manning, my whole perspective of the NFL changed,” McCoy said. “Peyton Manning getting released opened my eyes to anybody getting released, no matter who you are.” Gerald McCoy had only one tackle in his Panthers debut. He'll be out to show the Bucs they made a mistake in releasing him this offseason, but insists he won't be overly excited. John Byrum/Icon Sportswire Providing Bucs intel McCoy’s biggest contribution might have come earlier in the week when he spent hours with the staff breaking down quarterback Jameis Winston and everything the Bucs like to do. “Jameis, I know all of your escape moves,” McCoy said as though he were talking directly to the Bucs QB. “I’m telling everything. I already know what they’re going to try to do to me, because I know how everybody blocks. I know what everybody else here does well, so I kind of help put together matchup problems.” McCoy always was a concern for Carolina, collecting 3.5 of his career 54.5 sacks against quarterback Cam Newton. So not having to prepare for him is a relief for the defensive staff. “Every time we played these guys it was always, ‘How are we going to block Gerald? How are we going to block Gerald?’" Carolina Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly said. “He’s just a problem.” What McCoy doesn’t want to be is overexcited, something he has witnessed when a player faces a former team. “The night before, they’re losing their minds,” McCoy said. “The day of the game, they’re losing their minds. Relax. Just go play the game. You see some that won’t play well because they’re so overhyped.” McCoy’s father, who’s missed only six games in his son’s career, offered this advice. “Go play football, son,” McCoy recounted. “Don’t worry about what everybody else is saying. Expectations are like, ‘Oh, he’s gotta go out and destroy the Bucs. It’s his former team and they cut him.’ So what? It’s one game. “They brought me in to play well every week, so don’t make such a big deal out of this.” Bucs linebacker Lavonte David and Panthers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy remain close and speak regularly. "It's gonna be difficult seeing him on the other side," David said. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire Facing friends Bucs inside linebacker Lavonte David wasn’t happy when McCoy, one of his best friends, was released. The two talk almost every day, and this week hasn’t been different. “It will be an emotional meetup with me and Gerald,” David said. “It's gonna be difficult seeing him on the other side.” McCoy also has spoken to Winston and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans this week. His message to Winston was to keep his head up after throwing three interceptions in a Week 1 loss to San Francisco and get better -- after this week. “I told Mike, ‘Screw you for messing with my fantasy [team],’ because I had him starting in one of my fantasy leagues,” McCoy said of the 6-foot-5 Evans, who had two catches for 25 yards on Sunday. Once the game starts, the Bucs are the enemy. “I’m treating it like I’ve been with the Panthers for 10 years,” McCoy said. Snow cones and shoulder pads One chore of being a rookie in the NFL is having to carry the shoulder pads and helmets of veterans after practice. So when McCoy grabbed helmets from veterans and carried them to the locker room after Carolina’s first practice of training camp, it turned heads. So did the shaved-ice truck he had waiting for teammates after his first practice in June and again in camp. That helped McCoy earn instant credibility as a leader, something guard Trai Turner already knew after spending time with him at the Pro Bowl and going head-to-head against him in games. “Good-ass player,” Turner said. “Still like that. When you go up against good competition, you raise up your game.” McCoy hopes to raise his game after getting just one tackle and no sacks or quarterback pressures in the opener, a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He admittedly had trouble getting into a rhythm, playing only 51.4% of the snaps after playing 69.9% of the snaps last season at Tampa Bay. Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants to keep McCoy fresh. “It’s a difficult thing for guys who are used to playing 65-70 snaps a game,” Rivera said. “It’s understanding the rhythm. It’s really about being ready to play when it gets to crunch time.” Gerald McCoy is third on the Bucs' all-time sacks list with 54.5. Jonathan Dyer/USA TODAY Sports Vegan-fueled McCoy believes the decision to become a vegan this year will help him in crunch time, just as Newton swears the plant-based diet has made him more fit than ever. “He’s a much better vegan than me,” McCoy said of Newton. “Look at him. He’s got abs. I’m 310 pounds. He’s like 6% body fat.” A trip to a vegan restaurant in Charlotte with many of his new teammates helped convince McCoy to sign with the Panthers during his recruiting visit. And it was a return trip to Fern, where a couple picked up his tab, that made McCoy feel welcomed. “I thought I was a part of Charlotte as soon as my food was paid for,” he said with a smile. And while McCoy hopes to feast on Winston and his former teammates Thursday night, “blood and guts” won’t be a part of his diet. “I’m not sitting at home going, ‘What if I don’t play well in this game?’" he said. “What about the other 14? It’s a long season, and I play them again. It’s just one game. Everybody just chill.” ESPN NFL Nation Bucs reporter Jenna Laine contributed to this report.
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