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Yanks clinch wild card with 3-2, 11-inning win over Orioles

Aaron Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning, and the New York Yankees clinched an AL wild card with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles

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The ACA ruling shows exactly why Mitch McConnell loves Trump—and how to fight back

Why does Mitch McConnell never, ever speak up no matter what madness comes from Donald Trump? This is why: With Trump in the White House and Republicans holding the Senate the combination is a judge-minting machine. McConnell can’t help but smile while his
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The ACA ruling shows exactly why Mitch McConnell loves Trump—and how to fight back

Why does Mitch McConnell never, ever speak up no matter what madness comes from Donald Trump? This is why: With Trump in the White House and Republicans holding the Senate the combination is a judge-minting machine. McConnell can’t help but smile while his years of stonewalling President Obama are rewarded with the chance to fill the Justice system with men willing to give a reliably conservative ruling no matter how much logic-twisting it requires. On Friday evening, Texas district court judge Reed O’Connor issued a ruling that because of issues around the personal mandate the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. That’s not just individual insurance, it’s payments to small business, it’s Medicaid expansion, it’s keeping college-age kids on their parent’s insurance, and of course, no matter what every GOP Senator said a month ago, it’s pre-existing conditions. Under this ruling, the price of prescription drugs would skyrocket. The limits on lifetime cost of insurance would be erased. The ban on charging more for women and people over 50 would go away. It’s a bizarre, over-the-top ruling that has millions of Americans suddenly worried about what it means for themselves and their families. It’s a gut-punch on an issue the voters thought was settled. There’s absolutely no doubt that Judge Reed O’Connor held off on this ruling until after the election so that people like Missouri Senator-elect Josh Hawley—who shopped this case to this particular judge for just this kind of insanity—could go into November with their hands over their hearts, swearing that they would never, ever, let something happen to people’s healthcare. While laughing as soon as the cameras stopped rolling. And there’s absolutely no doubt that as long as Republicans control the Senate, almost nothing can be done in Congress to address these attacks, much less put in place the expanded Medicare-for-all plan that the nation desperately needs. That’s why the best way to fight back against the attacks on Obamacare, is the same as the best way to fight against everything else on the Republican agenda — by taking back the Senate. While Republicans had a very favorable playing field when it came to Senate races in 2018, that’s not true in the next round. And with people across the nation getting another taste of just what it means to have Republicans in power, this is a great time to send a signal that their time in the Senate is going to be very, very limited.  Make them pay for this: Donate $1 right now to funds targeting vulnerable Senate Republicans running in 2020 who have undermined health care and played politics with American lives.

Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the January Harper's Index

From the January edition of Harper’s Index: Number of Western European countries in which a majority say they would accept Muslims as family members: 14 Of Central or Eastern European countries: 1 Percentage of Democrats who prefer that the congressio
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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the January Harper's Index

From the January edition of Harper’s Index: Number of Western European countries in which a majority say they would accept Muslims as family members: 14 Of Central or Eastern European countries: 1 Percentage of Democrats who prefer that the congressional majority and the president be from the same party: 30 Of Republicans: 59 Percentage of US cancer patients diagnosed between 2000 and 2012 who depleted all their assets within two years: 42 Average number of Americans who died from the flu each year between 2010 and 2017: 36,714 Who died from the flu last year: 79,400 Number of US states in which either “slavery” or “involuntary servitude” is a legal form of punishment: 23 Portion of US cell phones that weren’t reached by the national Wireless Emergency Alerts system in its inaugural test: ¼ Average percentage state and local tax rate paid by the poorest 20 percent of Oklahomans: 13.2 By the richest 1 percent: 6.2 Percentage of the global population that is white of European descent: 16 Percentage of participants in genetics research studies who are: 79 TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “No one begins a war believing it'll follow them home.” ~~Angela Panayotopulos, The Wake Up (2018)   TWEET OF THE DAY xI don't think this kind of nonsense is going to kill the Affordable Care Act. But the continued assault on Obamacare is very much why Democrats are going to pass some version of Medicare-for-All next time they hold power.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 15, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2016—Energy Department rejects Trump request for names of employees whose work touched on climate change: There may come a day when Donald J. Trump's whims are the supreme law of the land, but today is not that day. Responding to Trump's transition team requests for a list of department employees who have worked on climate change-related projects or attended climate change-related meetings, the Energy Department is telling their new boss to get bent. Energy officials resolutely rejected the request, while reassuring workers. [...] “We will be forthcoming with all publically-available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team.” Burnham-Snyder’s email had the last sentence in boldface for emphasis. While Trump doesn't have the power to fire individual federal employees whose work touched on climate change, he will have the power to make their jobs intolerable in myriad other ways. The department's email to employees notes the «significant feedback from our workforce» disapproving of the (insane, autocratic) notion: «We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department.» On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Today's Trump rumors: "speed freak”; Jared for chief of staff. Not a rumor: Investigators probe inaugural funds. Several Trump self-dealing stories to ponder. Don't pity Cohen, he was dirty before Trump. ИЯA nest of spies. WI & MI Gop power grabs unconstitutional? x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Obamacare has been ruled unconstitutional by a terrible judge and people are NOT happy

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional by way of the Tenth Amendment Friday night, and Americans everywhere exploded at the news, and rightfully so.  Yes, an alarming amount of people exploded in the totally wron
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Obamacare has been ruled unconstitutional by a terrible judge and people are NOT happy

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional by way of the Tenth Amendment Friday night, and Americans everywhere exploded at the news, and rightfully so.  Yes, an alarming amount of people exploded in the totally wrong way, against their own best interests, but we won’t spend our time with the folks who celebrate this decision. Let’s hear from the people who value and rely on their health care. First, there was confusion. A lot of confusion. xwho doesnt have pre existing conditions? life is a pre existing condition. #deathpanels.— Dusty Rhodes (@MediaWest) December 15, 2018 Then came rage, mostly aimed against the Republican machine. xEveryone in authority who is working to undermine Obamacare rather than improve it needs to lose their healthcare and never be able to get it again. They should be bankrupted and they can just suffer what they are foisting on the regular people.— Ann Hedonic (@annhedonic) December 15, 2018 Seriously, GOP, what’s wrong with you?

Time's running out! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for Obamacare in most states

If you’re really waiting until the last minute, the last minute is almost here. If you want a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act, you have to sign up by midnight Saturday. However, you can finagle a bit of an extension if absolutely necessa
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Time's running out! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for Obamacare in most states

If you’re really waiting until the last minute, the last minute is almost here. If you want a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act, you have to sign up by midnight Saturday. However, you can finagle a bit of an extension if absolutely necessary. Here’s how: xBREAKING- Good news for anyone who wants to enroll in ACA coverage but hasn’t yet.You can call 1-800-318-2596 any time before December 15 & your place will be held in line. You will get a call back after 12/15 and can still enroll!And lots of coverage is zero or low premium.— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) December 14, 2018 So by the deadline tomorrow, you can call and get your place in line. This is for people living in most states. There’s still time to get signed up.  Help spread the word about open enrollment and about the free help that's available, just a quick call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now. Here are the states with extended deadlines for enrollment: California—January 15, 2019 Colorado—January 15, 2019 D.C.—January 31, 2019 Massachusetts—January 23, 2019 Minnesota—January 13, 2019 New York—January 31, 2019 Rhode Island—January 31, 2019

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Global debt hits all-time high of $184,000,000,000,000

The world’s debt currently exceeds $86,000 per person on average, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The US, China, and Japan are the top three global borrowers, accounting for more than half of the global debt. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Global debt hits all-time high of $184,000,000,000,000

The world’s debt currently exceeds $86,000 per person on average, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The US, China, and Japan are the top three global borrowers, accounting for more than half of the global debt. Read Full Article at RT.com

CNET UK Podcast 549: The 2018 year in tech, movies and Taylor Swift - CNET

We take a look back at 2018's most exciting tech stories from Apple's biggest launches to Zuckerberg's troubles with Parliament.
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CNET UK Podcast 549: The 2018 year in tech, movies and Taylor Swift - CNET

We take a look back at 2018's most exciting tech stories from Apple's biggest launches to Zuckerberg's troubles with Parliament.

Brokers send 7-point budget wishlist to Sebi; removal of LTCG among demands

Brokers have demanded an increase of limit of investment, exemption of interest from levy of GST and abolition of stamp duty on stock exchange transactions
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Brokers send 7-point budget wishlist to Sebi; removal of LTCG among demands

Brokers have demanded an increase of limit of investment, exemption of interest from levy of GST and abolition of stamp duty on stock exchange transactions

Retrenchment a necessary evil: Sack staff by all means, but discharge them honourably

Layoffs are a period of crisis for companies, HR can make the process more sensitive to employee needs
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Retrenchment a necessary evil: Sack staff by all means, but discharge them honourably

Layoffs are a period of crisis for companies, HR can make the process more sensitive to employee needs

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Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut S
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Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media that will see the Canadian broadcaster producing new shows, specials and short films about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. That includes exclusive short-form content for Apple starring astronaut Snoopy, aimed at getting kids excited about STEM. Peanuts was created by Charles Schulz, […]

Discord announces 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles on upcoming games store

After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the compan
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Discord announces 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles on upcoming games store

After gaming chat app startup Discord announced in August that they were building out a games store, today, they’ve detailed that they’ll be pursuing a very competitive 90/10 revenue split for self-published titles in 2019. In addition, the company revealed that they now have 200 million active users on their chat app, up from 130 […]

Propel raises $12.8M for its free app to manage government benefits

Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding. Fresh EBT (the EBT stands for the Electronics Transfer Benefit card, which is how food stamp participants rec
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Propel raises $12.8M for its free app to manage government benefits

Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding. Fresh EBT (the EBT stands for the Electronics Transfer Benefit card, which is how food stamp participants receive their benefits) allows users to check their food stamp/SNAP balance and […]

Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups

Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of
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Facebook restructures Building 8, separating projects into Reality Labs and Portal groups

Facebook is restructuring its experimental hardware efforts and giving its moonshot projects a home within its AR/VR research division. The restructuring, reported by Business Insider (paywalled), didn’t result in any layoffs but did see some shifts of teams as the old Building 8 group rebranded to Portal and some projects moved to the former Oculus […]

Leo DiCaprio's Rumored Plan to Buy a Dinosaur Duo Has Paleontologists Upset

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in the market for a $2.5 million dinosaur duo: a meat-eating Allosaurus mother and babe, according to Page Six in the New York Post.
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Leo DiCaprio's Rumored Plan to Buy a Dinosaur Duo Has Paleontologists Upset

Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in the market for a $2.5 million dinosaur duo: a meat-eating Allosaurus mother and babe, according to Page Six in the New York Post.

‘Donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list

Almost 10 percent of people on the interwebs used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on SplashData’s annual list, which was released this week. And nearly three percent of you are still using “123456,” the worst password of the entire ra
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‘Donald’ debuts at No. 23 on worst passwords of 2018 list

Almost 10 percent of people on the interwebs used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on SplashData’s annual list, which was released this week. And nearly three percent of you are still using “123456,” the worst password of the entire ranking. The eighth annual list of worst passwords of the year is based […]

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The Best Skiing Holidays This Season

As a child and young adult, I’ve experienced skiing in most of the French ones (and you’ll find a couple of my favorites here). But I’ve been daydreaming about the world’s other amazing slopes, especially when my friends at my favorite ski shop (La Ha
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The Best Skiing Holidays This Season

As a child and young adult, I’ve experienced skiing in most of the French ones (and you’ll find a couple of my favorites here). But I’ve been daydreaming about the world’s other amazing slopes, especially when my friends at my favorite ski shop (La Haute Route in Paris) told me tantalizing tales about them, as I was researching the best options for this guide. Here you’ll find 10 of the most appealing landscapes and ski villages in the world.FLAINE, FRANCE Nestled at the summit of the “Grand Massif,” one of the largest linked ski areas in France, Flaine village is a magnificent open-air modernist museum. Buildings listed as historical monuments, designed by Marcel Breuer — the Whitney Museum architect and Bauhaus Master — stand alongside works of art by Picasso, Vasarely and Dubuffet. Cars are not allowed in the center, and no electric cables are visible outside. With its spa and its restaurant, Le Terminal Neige Hotel offers a memorable experience of the genius loci.MEGEVE, FRANCE Founded in 1916 by Baroness Noemie de Rothschild, located in the Haute Savoie region in France, Megeve is built around a traffic-free medieval center. The village combines glamour, with its multitude of luxury shops, and extreme skiing, with the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass to access higher slopes at nearby Chamonix. The annual Swarovski Christmas tree is twinkling every year in the center of the resort. Ice skating, tennis, climbing, swimming and bowling provide lots of fun and the sports center — Le Palais — offers separate indoor pools for adults and children, saunas, a steam room, indoor hot tubs, an Olympic standard indoor ice rink. The resort is full of great hotels, ideal for a short break.COURCHEVEL, FRANCE With two hotels that the French describe as “palaces” and 18 five-star hotels, Courchevel is an expensive resort, where the French pop star Patrick Bruel and the LVMH boss, Bernard Arnaud, go to ski every year. The village hosts a Women’s Alpine World Cup giant slalom in December. Visitors from more than 50 countries, especially billionaires from Russia, are advised by more than 1,000 bilingual monitors posted alongside the runs. The sculptures of the French star artists Xavier Veilhan and Bruno Peinado, and the Jeff Koons’ Dom Perignon bottle at the LVMH-owned resort Le Cheval Blanc, offer an impressive Contemporary culture experience at the bottom of “Les Trois Vallees,” the world’s largest ski domain, suitable to all skill levels.ZINAL/ GRIMENTZ, SWITZERLANDZinal is a wonderful Swiss resort to visit in winter with its 225 kilometers of pistes, often devoid of other skiers, near Verbier, Zermatt and Crans-Montana. Snow gardens for family skiing or virgin off-piste routes with a few scattered trees and drift by powder snow offer spectacular views, for instance on the top of the 3,796-meter mountain of Pigne d’Arolla with a pristine 1,800-vertical-meter descent. Ideal for those who like untouched nature and silence, this village hosts a beautiful catered chalet, where to relax after skiing, le Chalet Edelweiss, to be booked early this winter for an authentic alpine experience.LECH, AUSTRIA Princess Diana, the Jordanian royal family, the Dutch royal family and Monaco’s Princess Caroline are among Lech’s famous patrons during the past decades in Austria. An authentic Voralberg village at a modest altitude of 1,450 meters, its Christmas markets throughout December are sweet to discover, and the resort is famous for its paragliding activities. Best suited to intermediates, it also offers red run and itinerary routes at the nearby 2,377-meter Zuger Hochlicht. Visitors must be aware that some ungroomed runs are neither patrolled nor avalanche controlled. Hotel Austria is popular for its indoor swimming pool and homey atmosphere.SELVA VAL GARDENA, SOUTH TYROL, ITALYIn a spectacular setting in Val Gardena — 500 km of interconnected slopes around the Sella massif — Selva village is located in the heart of Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy. From gentle boulevards to extreme skiing (naturally during World Cup Ski races), the resort offers a unique landscape and skiing experience at the largest skiing carousel of the world: Dolomiti Superski. The Gardena Museum displays traditional woodcarving, archaeological finds and pieces of local culture. There is more: The San Giacomo church or the chapel on Monte Pana, two medieval castle ruins. Built as a traditional Tirolean-style architecture chalet, most businesses accommodations are family-run and warm.VESTERALEN, LOFOTEN, NORWAYWith a location deep in the Arctic Circle, the quaint fishing village Vesteralen is at the foot of the mountains in Lofoten. Skiing journeys are operated by professional guides to the best available runs, adapted to the local weather conditions. With the incredible beauty of the Northern Lights in winter, wave surfing at the Unstad Surf Camp to spot eagle and whale safaris are worth a visit for a heady adventure. Among little colored wood houses, the modern style hotel Andrikken offers a beautiful view of the sea and a warm welcome from the local tenants.ASPEN, COLORADO, U.S.Originally a Rocky Mountain mining town, Aspen, aka Ajax among locals, offers expert skiing slopes, especially up the Silver Queen Gondola, with a vertical rise of 996 meters. Ideal for snowboarders, the longest run is 4.8 kilometers with no beginner pistes. Aspen is these days even more renowned for being home to some of the most expensive shopping, dining and hotels in the United States. Local historical culture is exceptional with its early foundation as a Utopian social experiment, created by Walter Paepcke in the 1940s. Skeletons of big animals, such as a mammoth discovered in the valley, are displayed at the Ice Age discovery center. The only 5-star Aspen hotel, the Little Nell is the best for a winter break — if you can afford it.REVELSTOKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA Great skiing terrain best suited to strong intermediates and experts set around a well-preserved small Victorian town, Revelstoke is located on Mount MacKenzie in Canada, which has the longest lift-served continuous vertical drop in North America. A very famous heli-ski operation in the area is called Selkirk Tangiers. As regards the scale, the average visitor manages only 1.5 gondola rides a day. The four-story Bighorn resort has cinema and game rooms with a spa area providing a swimming pool, gym, sauna, treatment rooms — and an outdoor hot tub.NISEKO, HOKKAIDO, JAPANNiseko means “a cliff jutting over a riverbank deep in the mountains.” Nearby the 1,898-meter Mount Yotei, its copious supply of finequality powder snow coming from Siberia, attracts a large number of Australian and Japanese tourists. Of its more than 48 kilometers of pistes, the longest is a 5.6-kilometer run. Horse rides in the snow is also something usual in this magnificent setting. Hilton Niseko Village hotel was the winner of “Japan's Best Ski Hotel” at the World Ski Awards for four consecutive years until 2016. Don’t miss the traditional Japanese hot spring bath!https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Parrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order Treats

Looks like humans are not the only ones who appreciate the convenience of Amazon Alexa. A parrot in the UK has “fallen in love” with his owner’s Echo and has used Alexa to […] The post Parrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Ale
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Parrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order Treats

Looks like humans are not the only ones who appreciate the convenience of Amazon Alexa. A parrot in the UK has “fallen in love” with his owner’s Echo and has used Alexa to […] The post Parrot ‘Falls in Love’ With Amazon Alexa, Uses It to Order Treats appeared first on Geek.com.

KFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken. And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in […] The post KFC’s Firelog That Smell
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KFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours

There’s nothing like the holiday scent of… fried chicken. And it looks like thousands agreed. KFC released a limited-edition firelog that smells like its famous fried chicken — and it sold out in […] The post KFC’s Firelog That Smells Like Its Fried Chicken Sold Out in Hours appeared first on Geek.com.

Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show

Daredevil darling Deborah Ann Woll will star in a new Dungeons & Dragons show next year. On Thursday, Geek & Sundry, a multimedia production company, announced that Woll will be the Dungeon Master and […] The post Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead Ne
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Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show

Daredevil darling Deborah Ann Woll will star in a new Dungeons & Dragons show next year. On Thursday, Geek & Sundry, a multimedia production company, announced that Woll will be the Dungeon Master and […] The post Deborah Ann Woll Will Lead New ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Show appeared first on Geek.com.

Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains is turning its latest album into a film: The grunge rock band released a creepy teaser trailer for its new Black Antenna movie. On Thursday, the band unveiled the Black […] The post Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-
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Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains is turning its latest album into a film: The grunge rock band released a creepy teaser trailer for its new Black Antenna movie. On Thursday, the band unveiled the Black […] The post Watch the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’ appeared first on Geek.com.

California mandates 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California moved Friday to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board v
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California mandates 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California moved Friday to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted to require that all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. ...

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Second Ad Diriyah practice also cancelled after rain

After Saturday’s first 45-minute practice session was cancelled due to heavy rain hitting Riyadh shortly after sunrise, a one-hour-long combined session was due to get underway at 8.35 local time. But just as the start time for FP2 approached it was announc
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Second Ad Diriyah practice also cancelled after rain

After Saturday’s first 45-minute practice session was cancelled due to heavy rain hitting Riyadh shortly after sunrise, a one-hour-long combined session was due to get underway at 8.35 local time. But just as the start time for FP2 approached it was announced that the session had been delayed. Attempts were made to clear the 1.5-mile track, with course cars scrubbing the surface to clear ... Keep reading

Clippers-Thunder: Two slumping teams try to get untracked

Oklahoma City was flying high just a few days ago, as the Thunder entered Wednesday's game at New Orleans with the best record in the Western Conference.
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Clippers-Thunder: Two slumping teams try to get untracked

Oklahoma City was flying high just a few days ago, as the Thunder entered Wednesday's game at New Orleans with the best record in the Western Conference.

Dabo Swinney blasts idea of expanded College Football Playoff

It’s safe to say Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doesn’t want to see the College Football Playoff get any bigger. Swinney said Friday that he hates the idea of an expanded playoff. In fact, he’d rather go back down to two than expand to eight. “I’d be mo
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Dabo Swinney blasts idea of expanded College Football Playoff

It’s safe to say Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doesn’t want to see the College Football Playoff get any bigger. Swinney said Friday that he hates the idea of an expanded playoff. In fact, he’d rather go back down to two than expand to eight. “I’d be more back to two, to be honest with you. I’m not a ‘More is better’ guy,” Swinney said, via Matt Connolly of The State. “I know there’s a huge crowd out there for that, but I think college football is unique, and now all of a sudden it just becomes like everything else when you do that.” One of the big reasons Swinney is opposed is that he feels the playoff has cheapened other bowl games to the point that players are comfortable skipping them to avoid hindering their NFL Draft prospects. “I hate the fact that all of a sudden now it’s not cool to go to the Gator Bowl. Are you kidding me? I don’t like that mindset,” Swinney said. “I think the more you expand the more that becomes (the norm). I know that falls on a lot of deaf ears. It doesn’t mean I’m right. That’s ju

Nick Saban issues statement on DJ Durkin helping Alabama

Nick Saban’s “school for college football coaches needing their image rehabbed” took in its most controversial figure yet, which led to the Alabama head coach issuing a statement. On Thursday, word emerged that former Maryland head coach DJ Durkin had b
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Nick Saban issues statement on DJ Durkin helping Alabama

Nick Saban’s “school for college football coaches needing their image rehabbed” took in its most controversial figure yet, which led to the Alabama head coach issuing a statement. On Thursday, word emerged that former Maryland head coach DJ Durkin had been serving as a consultant for Alabama. Durkin was placed on administrative leave in August over an investigation into the death of one of his football players during an offseason workout. Durkin was initially cleared to return to work following an investigation, but he was later fired by the school due to public outcry. Saban working with Durkin led to plenty of public backlash. Prominent SEC figure Paul Finebaum of ESPN said the move was an “absolutely terrible, embarrassing look” for Saban. USA Today’s Dan Wolken said Saban was sending the wrong message with the move. The backlash led Saban to issue a statement on Friday about Durkin’s role with the team. Saban and Alabama are trying to straddle the fence here by saying “we’re taking Durkin’s help, but hey

Bulls' Jim Boylen says Gregg Popovich has privately offered support

Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen, under siege from his players, has leaned on mentor Gregg Popovich for support. Boylen served as an assistant under Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs from 2013 to 2015 and has clearly used him as a coaching influence. The two
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Bulls' Jim Boylen says Gregg Popovich has privately offered support

Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen, under siege from his players, has leaned on mentor Gregg Popovich for support. Boylen served as an assistant under Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs from 2013 to 2015 and has clearly used him as a coaching influence. The two apparently still speak, as Boylen said Popovich has privately offered him support as he clashes with his players. Boylen has actually used some of the tactics Popovich has used on his Bulls players. That has clearly backfired, and Boylen was told he has a long way to go before he can consider himself in the same league as the Spurs’ coach. Regardless, Popovich is apparently supporting him, for whatever it’s worth.

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