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London knife attack—and narwhal tusk defense—highlight the horror of U.S. mass shootings

The knife attack that killed two on London Bridge Friday was ended by bystanders subduing the attacker with weapons that included a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher. As tragic as the murder of two people is, it’s nonetheless staggering that a group o

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Christmas gift they promised? N. Korea carries out ‘crucial test’ to bolster ‘NUCLEAR deterrent’ as deadline for US talks looms

Pyongyang’s military carried out a test at a satellite launch site in order to boost “the reliable nuclear deterrent,” just days ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea to revive denuclearization talks with the US. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Christmas gift they promised? N. Korea carries out ‘crucial test’ to bolster ‘NUCLEAR deterrent’ as deadline for US talks looms

Pyongyang’s military carried out a test at a satellite launch site in order to boost “the reliable nuclear deterrent,” just days ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea to revive denuclearization talks with the US. Read Full Article at RT.com

Class act: Argentinian law students take final exams with PRESIDENT overseeing

Argentina’s new president, Alberto Fernandez, returned to his duties as law professor, monitoring students as they took their final exams. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Class act: Argentinian law students take final exams with PRESIDENT overseeing

Argentina’s new president, Alberto Fernandez, returned to his duties as law professor, monitoring students as they took their final exams. Read Full Article at RT.com

Which Korea?! Seoul shows ‘preemptive strike’ with F-35s & boasts of ‘glorious victory’ over Pyongyang in holiday propaganda VIDEO

The South Korean air force has put out an incendiary video simulating a preemptive attack on its northern neighbor using a high tech arsenal of US-supplied weapons. Pyongyang is unlikely to receive the clip in holiday spirits. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Which Korea?! Seoul shows ‘preemptive strike’ with F-35s & boasts of ‘glorious victory’ over Pyongyang in holiday propaganda VIDEO

The South Korean air force has put out an incendiary video simulating a preemptive attack on its northern neighbor using a high tech arsenal of US-supplied weapons. Pyongyang is unlikely to receive the clip in holiday spirits. Read Full Article at RT.com

Open thread for night owls: Court dumps worker suit over Alabama's ban on local minimum wage laws

Izzy Kapnick at Courthouse News writes—Full 11th Circuit Tosses Fight Over Alabama Wage Limits: The en banc 11th Circuit on Friday struck down two workers’ challenge to an Alabama law that forbids cities and counties from raising the minimum wage. A 7-
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Open thread for night owls: Court dumps worker suit over Alabama's ban on local minimum wage laws

Izzy Kapnick at Courthouse News writes—Full 11th Circuit Tosses Fight Over Alabama Wage Limits: The en banc 11th Circuit on Friday struck down two workers’ challenge to an Alabama law that forbids cities and counties from raising the minimum wage. A 7-5 majority ruled that the plaintiff workers did not have standing to sue the Alabama Attorney General’s Office over the 2016 law, which prohibits local governments from raising the minimum wage beyond what’s required under state or federal law. According to the majority opinion, the workers were barking up the wrong tree by naming the attorney general as a defendant, in part because the law at issue does not give him express enforcement authority. The workers did not show that their damages from lower wages were directly tied to the Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom wrote for the majority. The Alabama legal saga has played out amid mounting tension nationwide between progressive wage policy advocates and state legislatures that have sought to prevent local control of employment law. According to a July report from National Employment Law Project, an employee rights advocate, at least 12 cities and counties stretching from Florida to Wisconsin passed local minimum wage laws only to have them invalidated by state laws. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES  QUOTATION “It was hard for me to do the show (All-American Girl) because a lot of people didn't even understand the concept of Asian-American. I was on a morning show and the host said, «Awright, Margaret, we're changing over to an ABC affiliate! So why don't you tell our viewers in your native language that we're making that transition?» So I looked at the camera and said, «Um, they're changing over to an ABC affiliate.» ~~Margaret Cho, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight. Penguin (2006) TWEET OF THE DAY xFor high school kids who aren’t going to college right away, a #solar energy trade class offers a path to success. https://t.co/AunoYWkVam— High Country News (@highcountrynews) December 13, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Our Broken Health System: It’s Not Just About Insurance: As part of a comprehensive reform plan, we're going to have to figure out a way to get and keep more doctors in primary care. Insuring the un- and under-insured is absolutely critical, but providing insurance doesn't do you a helluva lot of good for people who don't have any doctor to accept it.   Among the issues that must be addressed are 1) the huge costs of medical education; 2) the significant pay differential between primary and specialty care; and 3) reduction in overhead costs for family practitioners, meaning a reduction in bureaucracy and paperwork. Consider this, from the Statesman story about Roser: At the University of Washington medical school, which has a special program to take in some Idaho students, 87 percent of graduates are in debt. The median debt was $105,202 in 2006, according to a study published by the university. Being a specialist helps pay off that debt the fastest. A new primary care doctor initially earns about $130,000 to $150,000 a year, compared with $250,000 to $500,000 a year for newly minted specialists, Patmas said. Getting the insurance companies to the negotiating table is going to be challenging enough. Getting the AMA and the nation's medical schools to agree to take a hard look at both compensation and at pushing a course of study in primary care is going to another big ol' ball of wax, but one that has to be dealt with to fix this system. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: A little GunFAIL for old times' sake. Oh, and impeachment! Surprise! Ukraine still hasn't gotten all its aid. OMB’s excuses don’t actually work. Was Leahy actually worse for the judiciary than conservative Dems? The day a Nazi came to Barefootgardener’s town. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Republican senator tries to pretend she just got a phone call when confronted by veterans

Arizona’s interim Republican Senator Martha McSally’s seat is up for grabs this coming year. She is not well-liked in general—the late Sen. John McCain, whose vacated seat she was given, has family that seem to be less than thrilled by her—and while
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Republican senator tries to pretend she just got a phone call when confronted by veterans

Arizona’s interim Republican Senator Martha McSally’s seat is up for grabs this coming year. She is not well-liked in general—the late Sen. John McCain, whose vacated seat she was given, has family that seem to be less than thrilled by her—and while the race is close, she trails Democratic candidate and retired astronaut Mark Kelly. A couple of months ago McSally feinted that she might be open to the impeachment of Donald Trump, but as Sen. Mitch McConnell and the Republican ranks have settled into the idea of becoming an undemocratic oligarchy, Sen. McSally and her made-up ethics have also dissipated.  Defend American Democracy posted a video, purporting to show a few military veterans trying, rather politely, to have a discussion with Sen. McSally, surrounding the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Sen. McSally, like a true American hero, picks up her phone and begins to pretend she is on it, while trying to briskly outpace the veterans asking her for her thoughts on Trump’s impeachable offenses. It’s a truly cowardly display and hits McSally in what normally would be her strength—veteran affairs. This comes on the heels of reports that while making headlines for calling out military “slumlords,” Sen. McSally has received quite a bit of campaign money from those very same “slumlords.” xWATCH: @SenMcSallyAZ walks away from veterans—taking a “phone call” to avoid questions about Trump's abuse of power. pic.twitter.com/Ohsq99xJ3n— Defend American Democracy (@NoOneIsAboveLaw) December 12, 2019 McSally has been pretty loud when barking about veteran affairs, but that dog don’t hunt.

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Pati Patni aur Woh a solid hit, Mardaani 2 opens well, The Body has a disastrous start and Panipat a disaster

Pati Patni aur Woh has in fact done quite well on its second Friday as well with collections to the tune of Rs 3.05 crore. As a result, it is now a given that the film’s lifetime earnings would be in excess of Rs 80 crore. As for Mardaani 2, it has take
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Pati Patni aur Woh a solid hit, Mardaani 2 opens well, The Body has a disastrous start and Panipat a disaster

Pati Patni aur Woh has in fact done quite well on its second Friday as well with collections to the tune of Rs 3.05 crore. As a result, it is now a given that the film’s lifetime earnings would be in excess of Rs 80 crore. As for Mardaani 2, it has taken a decent start as well of Rs 3.80 crore.

Karvy case | SEBI rejects lenders#39; plea for relief

ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Bajaj Finance had granted loans to Karvy on the pledged client securities. Their total exposure stands at more than Rs 1,800 crore.
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Karvy case | SEBI rejects lenders#39; plea for relief

ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Bajaj Finance had granted loans to Karvy on the pledged client securities. Their total exposure stands at more than Rs 1,800 crore.

Huawei comes closer to dethroning Samsung as world number 1 in smartphones

Chinese tech giant Huawei has managed to narrow the market share gap with its South Korean rival, Samsung, inching closer to becoming the world’s largest smartphone-maker, despite its hurdles with the US. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Huawei comes closer to dethroning Samsung as world number 1 in smartphones

Chinese tech giant Huawei has managed to narrow the market share gap with its South Korean rival, Samsung, inching closer to becoming the world’s largest smartphone-maker, despite its hurdles with the US. Read Full Article at RT.com

Sun Pharma#39;s Halol facility gets 8 observations post USFDA inspection

The company is preparing the response to the observations, which will be submitted to the USFDA within 15 business days
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Sun Pharma#39;s Halol facility gets 8 observations post USFDA inspection

The company is preparing the response to the observations, which will be submitted to the USFDA within 15 business days

US-China trade deal cuts tariffs for Beijing promise of big farm purchases

Beijing has agreed to import at least $200 billion in additional US goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017
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US-China trade deal cuts tariffs for Beijing promise of big farm purchases

Beijing has agreed to import at least $200 billion in additional US goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017

NFL streaming: Best ways to watch football live without cable during the 2019-2020 season - CNET

The 2019 NFL football season is upon us, and cord cutters have more ways than ever to catch the action. Here are our favorites.
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NFL streaming: Best ways to watch football live without cable during the 2019-2020 season - CNET

The 2019 NFL football season is upon us, and cord cutters have more ways than ever to catch the action. Here are our favorites.

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NASA to Provide Coverage of Boeing Orbital Flight Test for Commercial Crew

The launch of Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test (OFT) to the International Space Station, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, is targeted for 6:36 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 20. The uncrewed flight test will be the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s maiden missio
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NASA to Provide Coverage of Boeing Orbital Flight Test for Commercial Crew

The launch of Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test (OFT) to the International Space Station, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, is targeted for 6:36 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 20. The uncrewed flight test will be the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s maiden mission to the space station.

Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019

As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed
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Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019

As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in mind, the last IPOs of the year that we care […]

Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the US

Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According
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Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the US

Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of more than 800,000 podcasts. It also […]

This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 bil
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This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in […]

Nurses sleep less before a scheduled shift, hindering patient care and safety

Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, which hurts patient care and safety, finds a new study.
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Nurses sleep less before a scheduled shift, hindering patient care and safety

Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, which hurts patient care and safety, finds a new study.

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Hernando museum is haunted. There may be a cemetery there.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A dozen gravestones bunched closely together rise from the backyard of the Hernando Heritage Museum. One of markers memorializes Garland Perry, who died in 1953. Another bears the names of Hannah and Greenlief Johnson, who died 19 yea
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Hernando museum is haunted. There may be a cemetery there.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A dozen gravestones bunched closely together rise from the backyard of the Hernando Heritage Museum. One of markers memorializes Garland Perry, who died in 1953. Another bears the names of Hannah and Greenlief Johnson, who died 19 years apart in the late 1800s. All the bodies, ...

Manitowoc celebrates history of aluminum Christmas trees

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - Barb Bundy-Jost spent 33 years as an art teacher at Manitowoc Lincoln High School. But on this day she was schooling Baby Boomers from the Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus on the finer points of aluminum
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Manitowoc celebrates history of aluminum Christmas trees

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - Barb Bundy-Jost spent 33 years as an art teacher at Manitowoc Lincoln High School. But on this day she was schooling Baby Boomers from the Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus on the finer points of aluminum Christmas trees. In a second-floor meeting ...

Santa Monica hotel built without permits can remain open

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Santa Monica beachfront hotel built without proper permits and fined nearly $15.6 million will be allowed to remain open. After hours of debate the California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 Thursday to approve after-the-fact permits for th
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Santa Monica hotel built without permits can remain open

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Santa Monica beachfront hotel built without proper permits and fined nearly $15.6 million will be allowed to remain open. After hours of debate the California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 Thursday to approve after-the-fact permits for the Shore Hotel, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. ...

Saban, wife funding new Tuscaloosa center with $1.25M gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will help fund a new children's center in Tuscaloosa with gifts totaling $1.25 million, officials announced Friday. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Saban and his wife Terry at making a
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Saban, wife funding new Tuscaloosa center with $1.25M gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will help fund a new children's center in Tuscaloosa with gifts totaling $1.25 million, officials announced Friday. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Saban and his wife Terry at making a $1 million donation for what will become the Saban ...

New Mexico has goal to boost rural art, culture partnerships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of the top priorities for officials who oversee New Mexico's system of museums and cultural offerings will be forming more partnerships with rural communities and Native American tribes over the next year. State Cultural Affairs S
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New Mexico has goal to boost rural art, culture partnerships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of the top priorities for officials who oversee New Mexico's system of museums and cultural offerings will be forming more partnerships with rural communities and Native American tribes over the next year. State Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego testified Thursday before a legislative ...

Top Movie and TV Trailers of the Week: ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘The Witcher,’ and More

'The Witcher' (Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes / Netflix) TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you may have missed during the week. Diana Prince returns for another missio
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Top Movie and TV Trailers of the Week: ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘The Witcher,’ and More

'The Witcher' (Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes / Netflix) TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you may have missed during the week. Diana Prince returns for another mission in Wonder Woman […] The post Top Movie and TV Trailers of the Week: ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘The Witcher,’ and More appeared first on Geek.com.

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Nakajima: «Extreme» success handicap not working as intended

Following its first on-the-road defeat since Austin 2017 in Shanghai, Toyota has had to contend with the slowest LMP1 car in Bahrain as well, its two TS050 Hybrids qualifying third and fourth for Saturday’s eight-hour race.The #8 car of Nakajima, Brendon Ha
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Nakajima: «Extreme» success handicap not working as intended

Following its first on-the-road defeat since Austin 2017 in Shanghai, Toyota has had to contend with the slowest LMP1 car in Bahrain as well, its two TS050 Hybrids qualifying third and fourth for Saturday’s eight-hour race.The #8 car of Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi has been pegged back by a class-highest 2.72s per lap in Bahrain, while the #1 Rebellion R-13 that took pole is ...Keep reading

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