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Convicted ex-high school athlete wants off sex offender list

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A judge is deciding whether a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl should be removed from Ohio's sex offender listings.

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Lawyers seek 'The Apprentice' tapes to prove Donald Trump's racial bias in civil rights case

For years there have been accusations from former employees of The Apprentice that Donald Trump routinely used derogatory and racist language while filming the Mark Burnett produced show. After the Access Hollywood recording of Trump telling host Billy Bush
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Lawyers seek 'The Apprentice' tapes to prove Donald Trump's racial bias in civil rights case

For years there have been accusations from former employees of The Apprentice that Donald Trump routinely used derogatory and racist language while filming the Mark Burnett produced show. After the Access Hollywood recording of Trump telling host Billy Bush that he “grabbed women by the pussy”, a former producer of The Apprentice took to Twitter to say there were recordings of Trump saying worse . . . much worse. xAs a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng— Bill Pruitt (@billpruitt) October 8, 2016 Word began to quickly spread that these tapes would show Donald Trump using the “N word” and other vile, racist terms. Former Apprentice contestant and ousted White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman later confirmed that she’d heard both about Trump’s usage of the “N word” and she’d personally overheard him using other racist language. Mega-producer Mark Burnett said he can’t release the tapes because MGM now owns them. MGM Worldwide’s Chairman, also Mark Burnett, says they can’t release the tapes because of “contractual obligations.” Crazy how that works, right? Now, Lawyers for Civil Rights, a legal organization working on behalf of immigrants is seeking the tapes to prove Donald Trump’s immigration policies are based in racial biases. From NBC News: The case filed in Boston's federal court centers on the Trump administration's decision to end temporary protected status for thousands of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras. Temporary protected status provides safe havens for people from countries experiencing armed conflicts, natural disasters and other challenges. Lawyers for Civil Rights says in the lawsuit that Trump's move to rescind the program was rooted in animus against immigrants of color, citing comments he made on the campaign trial and in office.

Following historic Latinx voter numbers, experts say Texas could be 'fully competitive' in 2020

Latinx voter turnout surged nearly 175 percent in the 2018 midterm election compared to 2014, top Democrats said, voting “for Democrats by a margin of nearly three to one.” Those Latinx voters fueled historic victories in battleground districts and
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Following historic Latinx voter numbers, experts say Texas could be 'fully competitive' in 2020

Latinx voter turnout surged nearly 175 percent in the 2018 midterm election compared to 2014, top Democrats said, voting “for Democrats by a margin of nearly three to one.” Those Latinx voters fueled historic victories in battleground districts and the victories of Latinx candidates themselves, trusted polling firm Latino Decisions continued. “An NBC News exit poll found one in four Latino voters said they cast a midterm ballot for the first time this year.” In Texas, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia made history as the first Latinas to, finally, represent the state in the U.S. Congress. While Latino Decisions noted that final numbers are still pending, the group said that “overall turnout surged in Texas from 2014 to 2018 in heavily Latino counties, especially those along the border,” including a nearly 170 percent increase in Beto O’Rourke’s home area of El Paso County. While O’Rourke ultimately lost to Ted Cruz (booooo!), voters cut his win from a 12 point victory in 2012 to less than three points in 2018. “Julian Castro is right,” tweeted Latino Victory Fund. “We're going to flip Texas.” It’s not far-fetched, Indiana University’s Bernard Fraga told The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think it’s guaranteed, but a continued, all-hands-on-deck effort to reach young, Latino voters could make Texas fully competitive.” As Latino Victory Fund head Cristobal Alex also noted shortly before the election, Democrats have to keep making critical investments. “A recent Latino Decisions poll found more than 84% of Latinos say they are certain to or probably will vote in the 2018 midterm elections,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the same poll also found that fewer than half of Latinos surveyed reported being contacted by a candidate.” But when Latinx voters are engaged by candidates and the party, the results can be earth-shattering, as groups and activists working hard on the ground to reach Latinx voters, in particular young voters, showed this time around. “In Dallas County, where about 40 percent of the population is Hispanic, 300,000 more people voted in this election than in 2014. The heavier turnout helped lift several Latinos to political victories.” Hidalgo County saw a 105 percent increase. Cameron County saw a 115 percent surge. Those who couldn’t vote, like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, canvassed tirelessly during weekends. "A lot of you have the opportunity to go out and make change happen,” Hector Angeles said, “so it is up to you, and everyone who is listening, to go out and be the voice for people who don't have one.” When 2 million Latinx Texans will turn 18 over the next decade, Texas can be flipped. “There has to be real investments in non-presidential years,” said Cristina Tzintzun of Jolt Initiative, which led a historic survey of young Latinx voters in the state. “Democrats can’t just depend on [Latinos] being disgusted by rhetoric or a single candidate. There needs to be a solid investment in outreach efforts—especially for young people.”

Defense Sec. Mattis visits the troops Trump sent to the southern border while Trump sulks

Pundits have been wondering whether Donald Trump would be visiting the troops he sent to the southern border as an election-eve publicity stunt. The answer appears to be no—he's going to keep pouting in his room. So he sent Defense Secretary James Mattis i
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Defense Sec. Mattis visits the troops Trump sent to the southern border while Trump sulks

Pundits have been wondering whether Donald Trump would be visiting the troops he sent to the southern border as an election-eve publicity stunt. The answer appears to be no—he's going to keep pouting in his room. So he sent Defense Secretary James Mattis instead. It's going swimmingly. You can tell everybody involved is feeling super invested in this mission. xEn route to US-Mexico border, Defense Sec. Mattis says the «Operation Faithful Patriot» moniker was dropped because he did not want to put the mission “in some arcane military terms if what we are doing is laying wire.”— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 14, 2018 xMattis, at Base Camp Donna, is asked by a soldier whether they'll have to remove the concertina wire at the border that they're emplacing. He doesn't answer directly, says «we'll let you know.»— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) November 14, 2018 Rumor has it that Trump didn't want to visit the border with Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen because he now hates her and wants her fired, but hasn't had the guts to do it yet. So, like everything else surrounding this Veterans Day, he blew it off. As for the supreme money-wasting idiocy of ordering the U.S. military to the Mexico border to lay spools of razor wire lest that refugee kid wearing the Disney t-shirt or the one cradling her pet iguana overwhelm our national defenses, don't worry about that either. Outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake called the whole thing a «stunt» so we can presume that, as his outgoing act, he will do a vague something about that.

Polls: Midterms were a repudiation of GOP rule and a mandate to check Trump

Donald Trump has good reason to be epically pouty these days, and America’s voters agree. A CNN poll finds that 53 percent of American say the midterms were a rejection of Republican policies. Additionally, those who view the election as a mandate for Dem
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Polls: Midterms were a repudiation of GOP rule and a mandate to check Trump

Donald Trump has good reason to be epically pouty these days, and America’s voters agree. A CNN poll finds that 53 percent of American say the midterms were a rejection of Republican policies. Additionally, those who view the election as a mandate for Democrats outpace that of elections past. While only 16 percent of voters saw the GOP's 2014 Senate takeover as a mandate and just 17 percent said the same of the Republicans' 2010 takeover of the House, about twice as many voters this cycle—32 percent—view the Democratic takeover of the House is a mandate. And guess what they want Democrats to do with that mandate? Curb Trump. Monmouth writes of its latest poll: A majority (52%) of the public say that keeping Trump in check should be a major priority for the new Congress and another 20% say it should be a minor priority. Only 25% say that Congress should not prioritize being a check on the president in the coming term. In other words, nearly three-quarters of voters say putting a check on Trump should be at least some sort of priority. And of those in the «minor priority» camp, 54 percent are Republican, 68 percent are independents, and 92 percent are Democrats. That's about as close to a bipartisan lovefest as anything gets these days.

Tucker Carlson just agreed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the first time ever: “Hate to admit it”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a very good point,” the Fox News host conceded Tuesday on his primetime show
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Tucker Carlson just agreed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the first time ever: “Hate to admit it”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a very good point,” the Fox News host conceded Tuesday on his primetime show

Federal judge rules Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act in pitching absentee ballots

Gwinnett County must count rejected absentee ballots in tight race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp
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Federal judge rules Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act in pitching absentee ballots

Gwinnett County must count rejected absentee ballots in tight race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp

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Central banks should consider issuing digital currencies: IMF chief

Economies around the world are becoming increasingly cashless as credit and debit cards or even mobile phone apps are used as modes of payment
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Central banks should consider issuing digital currencies: IMF chief

Economies around the world are becoming increasingly cashless as credit and debit cards or even mobile phone apps are used as modes of payment

Black Friday 2018 phone sales: Free OnePlus 6T, LG V30+ for $430, Moto G6 for $200 and more - CNET

We scoured T-Mobile, Best Buy, Amazon, Target and Walmart for the best offers.
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Black Friday 2018 phone sales: Free OnePlus 6T, LG V30+ for $430, Moto G6 for $200 and more - CNET

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Pirate Studios raises $20M from Talis Capital for its ‘self-service’ tech-enabled music studios

Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million. The investment was led by Talis Capital, the London-based VC family office. Talis was already an existing backer of Pir
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Pirate Studios raises $20M from Talis Capital for its ‘self-service’ tech-enabled music studios

Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million. The investment was led by Talis Capital, the London-based VC family office. Talis was already an existing backer of Pirate Studios, with Talis’ Matus Maar also named as a co-founder of the startup. Other investors […]

Parents shouldn't worry if their infant doesn't sleep through the night by a year old

The authors of a study found that a large percentage of healthy babies don't start sleeping through the night even at a year old. The research team also examined whether infants who didn't sleep for six or eight consecutive hours were more likely to have prob
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Parents shouldn't worry if their infant doesn't sleep through the night by a year old

The authors of a study found that a large percentage of healthy babies don't start sleeping through the night even at a year old. The research team also examined whether infants who didn't sleep for six or eight consecutive hours were more likely to have problems with psychomotor and mental development, and found no association. The researchers also found no correlation between infants waking up at night and their mothers' postnatal mood.

Late Miocene ape maxilla (upper jaw) discovered in western India

An ape maxilla (upper jaw) from the Late Miocene found in the Kutch basin, in western India, significantly extends the southern range of ancient apes in the Indian Peninsula, according to a new study.
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Late Miocene ape maxilla (upper jaw) discovered in western India

An ape maxilla (upper jaw) from the Late Miocene found in the Kutch basin, in western India, significantly extends the southern range of ancient apes in the Indian Peninsula, according to a new study.

Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland

An international team has discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth's continental ice sheets.
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Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland

An international team has discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth's continental ice sheets.

Natural solutions can reduce global warming

A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollutio
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Natural solutions can reduce global warming

A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollution from every single US car and truck on the road.

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Authorities say 44 hurt, 2 dead when tour bus overturns in northern Mississippi, crash called weathe

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say 44 hurt, 2 dead when tour bus overturns in northern Mississippi, crash called weather-related.
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Authorities say 44 hurt, 2 dead when tour bus overturns in northern Mississippi, crash called weathe

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say 44 hurt, 2 dead when tour bus overturns in northern Mississippi, crash called weather-related.

Best Gifts for a Smarter Home

‘Tis the season for awesome gift giving, which means you might want to treat yourself or someone else to some smart home gadgets. “Smart home” can be a vague category, but it typically […] The post Best Gifts for a Smarter Home appeare
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Best Gifts for a Smarter Home

‘Tis the season for awesome gift giving, which means you might want to treat yourself or someone else to some smart home gadgets. “Smart home” can be a vague category, but it typically […] The post Best Gifts for a Smarter Home appeared first on Geek.com.

Mississippi coroner says 2 are dead, several hurt after tour bus overturns on icy highway ramp near

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mississippi coroner says 2 are dead, several hurt after tour bus overturns on icy highway ramp near Memphis.
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Mississippi coroner says 2 are dead, several hurt after tour bus overturns on icy highway ramp near

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mississippi coroner says 2 are dead, several hurt after tour bus overturns on icy highway ramp near Memphis.

Bobcat Shows Off Dead Iguana Prey to Tourists at Florida Wildlife Refuge

Tourists had a close-up look at the circle of life at a Florida wildlife refuge when a bobcat strolled past them with its mouth full of reptilian prey. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee […] The post Bobcat Shows Off Dead Iguana Prey to Tourists at Flor
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Bobcat Shows Off Dead Iguana Prey to Tourists at Florida Wildlife Refuge

Tourists had a close-up look at the circle of life at a Florida wildlife refuge when a bobcat strolled past them with its mouth full of reptilian prey. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee […] The post Bobcat Shows Off Dead Iguana Prey to Tourists at Florida Wildlife Refuge appeared first on Geek.com.

Winston Pink Legacy Diamond Sets $50.4 Million Record at Christie’s in Geneva

A pink diamond has sold for a record $50.4 million at Christie’s in Geneva. The stone, graded as a Fancy Vivid Park — the most intense color — was the largest of its type ever offered by Christie’s. Its price is the highest across all houses in Switze
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Winston Pink Legacy Diamond Sets $50.4 Million Record at Christie’s in Geneva

A pink diamond has sold for a record $50.4 million at Christie’s in Geneva. The stone, graded as a Fancy Vivid Park — the most intense color — was the largest of its type ever offered by Christie’s. Its price is the highest across all houses in Switzerland this November, and a world auction record per carat for a pink diamond.Its formal price was CHF50,375,000 or $50,375,000. The stone had been estimated at $30 million to $50 million at hammer prices. It was mined about a century ago and cut in 1920 to almost 19 carats. The price equates to $2.637 million per carat.The Pink Legacy previously belonged to the Oppenheimers, the family operators of the De Beers Company of miners and dealers. The gem was the subject of five minutes of bidding. It is now renamed the Winston Pink Legacy and enters the Harry Winston collection, which began with the acquisition of the 101 carat, D Flawless, Winston Legacy diamond at Christie’s in 2013.In April 2017, the 59.6-carat Pink Star became the most expensive jewel sold at auction after fetching $71.2 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. In November that year, the 15-carat Pink Promise sold for $32.5 million at Christie’s Hong Kong, or a record $2.176 million per carat.The Christie’s luxury auctions at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues made $126.3 million in total with bidders from 51 countries, across six continents and an 86% sale rate by lot. The auctions also included watches, led by a Serpico y Laino Patek Philippe which more than doubled its lower estimate to sell for $3.23 million, and wine, with an Imperial Petrus 1989 selling for $53,711. http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder Louise Blouin https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

A New Book Reveals a Colorful Side to Vivian Maier’s Renowned Street Photography

Nanny and self-taught photographer Vivian Maier (1926–2009) (previously here and here) kept nearly 150,000 photographic images, including street photography and self-portraits, hidden from the world until an estate sale in 2007 revealed a large bulk of he
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A New Book Reveals a Colorful Side to Vivian Maier’s Renowned Street Photography

Nanny and self-taught photographer Vivian Maier (1926–2009) (previously here and here) kept nearly 150,000 photographic images, including street photography and self-portraits, hidden from the world until an estate sale in 2007 revealed a large bulk of her secretive hobby. Since 2010 her photographs have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, and were the subject of the 2013 documentary Finding Vivian Maier, which was nominated for an Academy Award. More

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Blake Snell, Jacob deGrom win Cy Young Awards

Rays left-hander Blake Snell and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom have won the Cy Young Awards in their respective leagues, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Wednesday night. Snell received 17 of the 30 first-place votes, with the othe
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Blake Snell, Jacob deGrom win Cy Young Awards

Rays left-hander Blake Snell and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom have won the Cy Young Awards in their respective leagues, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Wednesday night. Snell received 17 of the 30 first-place votes, with the other 13 first-place nods going to Astros ace Justin Verlander. In the end, Snell narrowly edged out Verlander on the weighted ballot system, with 169 total points to Verlander’s 154. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber finished a distant third, followed by Chris Sale, Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Blake Treinen, Edwin Diaz and Luis Severino, in that order (full voting breakdown here). As for deGrom, his closest competition was Washington right-hander Max Scherzer, though in the end, voting didn’t prove to be close. DeGrom toppled Scherzer in a landslide, taking home 29 of the 30 first-place votes (with Scherzer securing the other). Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola and Colorado’s Kyle Freeland finished third and fourth, while Patrick Corbin, Miles Mikolas, Josh Hader, Mike Foltynew

With Saints, Marshall plans to rediscover «greatness.»

Veteran receiver Brandon Marshall has emerged from his first practice with the New Orleans Saints expressing hope that he can achieve «greatness» again
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With Saints, Marshall plans to rediscover «greatness.»

Veteran receiver Brandon Marshall has emerged from his first practice with the New Orleans Saints expressing hope that he can achieve «greatness» again

Cowboys' Elliott faces Falcons, 1st foe for last year's ban

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott set to visit Atlanta year after six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations started at Falcons
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Cowboys' Elliott faces Falcons, 1st foe for last year's ban

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott set to visit Atlanta year after six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations started at Falcons

Titans get more comfortable in new offense, start to produce

Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans finally are starting to show signs that some of their growing pains of learning a new offense may be easing
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Titans get more comfortable in new offense, start to produce

Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans finally are starting to show signs that some of their growing pains of learning a new offense may be easing

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