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As Washington wrestled this week with the disappearance and possible murder of the Saudi Arabian journalist-in-exile Jamal Khashoggi, South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsay Graham said enough is enough. "The one thing I've learned from John McCain above all else is that, in moments like this, you have to embrace your values," Graham, told reporters Thursday, referencing the deceased Arizona Republican who cultivated an image as an independent minded legislator. "No more transactional interactions."


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It has been nearly five years since Disney and Netflix teamed up to launch a suite of Marvel TV series based on characters in The Defenders, and after two seasons Iron Fist is ending its run. There's no word on whether or not the character will come to Disney's (name still TBA) streaming service when that launches, but Deadline reports what the companies said in a joint statement: "We're thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we've shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on."


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Sony’s “Venom” and Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” stay atop the box office charts for another weekend, with “Venom” holding on to the top box office spot with a $34-35 million second weekend. That result for the Tom Hardy film would be a 57 percent drop from its opening weekend, consistent with the drop for most Marvel Studios films. It’s also worth noting that the drop is somewhat inflated considering “Venom” scored the biggest October opening of all-time with $80 million. A total of $30 million or higher is what Sony is looking for, as it shows that the word of mouth from hardcore Venom fans is creating interest in general audiences.


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Facebook is looking to strengthen its relationships with advertisers as well as marketing partners at a crucial time, when revenue growth is decelerating, the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to be felt and some partners are still feeling the negative effects of Facebook's changes to its API and app reviews as well as to some third-party partnerships. Creative development on Facebook has been a headache for advertisers on the platform, especially for mobile video and creative developed for the Stories format, a Facebook executive told Ad Exchanger. Facebook clearly recognizes that this is a problem for advertisers and is working to address the issue with the expanded FMP badges, support program and Creative Compass. Streamlining the creative process could help attract advertisers to the platform at a time when Facebook’s revenue , with company still dealing with the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


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Center for Theoretical Physics professors Daniel Harlow, Aram Harrow, Hong Liu and Jesse Thaler have been named recipients of research awards in the U.S. Department of Energy’s new program in Quantum Information Science (QIS). The awards were made in conjunction with the White House Summit on Advancing American Leadership in QIS, highlighting the high priority that the current administration places on advancing this multidisciplinary area of research, which is expected to lay the foundation for the next generation of computing and information processing as well as an array of other innovative technologies. The awards honor scientists at 28 institutions of higher learning across the nation and nine Department of Energy national laboratories. They cover a range of topics from developing hardware and software for a new generation of quantum computers, to the synthesis and characterization of new materials with special quantum properties, to probing the ways in which quantum compu

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ting and information processing provide insights into such cosmic phenomena as dark matter and black holes. Harlow, Harrow, Liu, and Thaler, who are all researchers in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and professors in the Department of Physics, are principles on two separate projects.


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Samsung really wants us to be prepared for a foldable phone. Whether we'll see one in November or three years from now is anyone's guess, but the frequency of it being hyped by the company's mobile leader is only increasing these days. This week, during the unveiling of their 18-camera phone, the Galaxy A9,000-mid-ranger, Samsung’s DJ Koh talked about foldable things again. He said that it won’t be a “gimmick product,” that it will be around longer than six months, it’ll ship globally, and is definitely not another taco phone.


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European airport trade association ACI Europe released its traffic report for August 2018, during which average passenger traffic in geographical Europe expanded by +5.1% compared with the same month last year. While this slightly higher than in July (+4.8%), August confirmed a growth deceleration at Europe’s airports when compared to H1 (+6.7%). Passenger traffic at non-EU airports increased by +6.7% - almost the same rate as in July (+6.8%). These airports accounted for the bulk of the growth deceleration at Europe’s airports when compared to H1 (+6.7%). Passenger traffic at non-EU airports increased by +6.7% - almost the same rate as in July (+6.8%). These airports accounted for the bulk of the growth deceleration (down from +10.5% in H1). Turkish airports in particular saw passenger traffic growth further weakening at +5% (+7.2% in July) – a reflection of the country’s economic woes. Meanwhile, airports in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, FYROM, Geor

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gia, Iceland, Montenegro, and Ukraine all achieved double-digit growth.


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Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighurs detained last year after they broke out of prison in Thailand and crossed the border, despite a request from Beijing for the men to be returned to China.
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Google hardly had any surprises left for its Pixel 3 event earlier this week, especially when it comes to the stars of the show, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both phones were thoroughly reviewed before Google took the stage on Tuesday, so we already knew what to expect from Google’s 2018 phones well in advance. But, as it turns out, Google left out a key element while introducing its latest toys, one that seems to support the idea that Android’s death is imminent. Android is the most popular mobile operating system out there, but Google didn’t utter the word “Android” on stage even once. That’s something you’d expect from Samsung’s keynotes, not Google’s. The company didn’t talk about Android Pie while presenting the Pixel, and it didn’t use the word while telling the world that its newest Chrome OS tablet will support millions of apps. Some may say that, after so many years of Android, it doesn’t really matter i

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f Google mentions it. But I’d disagree. This isn’t a mistake, it’s an intentional move from a company with a huge marketing department. Google did make plenty of references to its software during the event but used keywords like “AI,” “software,” and “Chrome OS” when describing new Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate features. “Android” didn’t come up. Even Rick Osterloh’s blog post about Google’s new products doesn’t contain any Android reference, but you’ll find Chrome OS in there.


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Loss of a protein that regulates mitochondrial function can greatly increase the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), Vanderbilt scientists reported Oct. 3 in the journal eLife.

The study illustrates how "integrative genomics," a combination of basic research, a human biobank linked to electronic health records and novel computational genetic approaches can identify genetically determined changes in gene expression that contribute to complex diseases.

"It's that end-to-end type of study, looking at findings in the lab and translating them into something that has important clinical implications," said Eric Gamazon, PhD, the study's co-corresponding author with Sandra Zinkel, MD, PhD.

Gamazon is a computational geneticist and research instructor in Medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Zinkel is associate professor of Medicine and of Cell and Developmental Biology.
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Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory did the same thing. NASA said Friday that Chandra's automatically went into so-called safe mode Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope problem. Hubble went into hibernation last Friday due to a gyroscope failure. Both orbiting observatories are old and in well-extended missions: Hubble is 28, while Chandra is 19. Flight controllers are working to resume operations with both. Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-10-nasa-space-telescope-orbit.html


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In a press conference with the Belgium national team on Thursday, Eden Hazard promised he would not be leaving Chelsea in January. But he also joked that to one day win the Ballon d'Or, he would need to be playing in Spain. There is a cheekiness and honesty about Hazard that allows him to get away with such comments. Few players have ever spoken so publicly and on so many occasions about their dream of playing at another elite club. With Hazard, though, there is no ego behind such ambition, and if he does fulfil his goal of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, even Chelsea fans are unlikely to hold a grudge.


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Eden Hazard’s comments regarding a possible move to Real Madrid have been well received by those already at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Goal of the understanding that the Chelsea forward’s transfer hints have excited star turns in the Spanish capital. The Blancos find themselves in a position where inspiration is being sought from somewhere, with a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign seeing them currently wedged in a four-match winless run which has seen them fail to find the target.


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The death toll from Hurricane Michael's devastating march up the East Coast rose to 13 on Friday as the storm lashed Virginia and killed at least five people in the state.

Michael was making its way toward the Atlantic Ocean on Friday as a post-tropical cyclone, with winds gusting at 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center said that the storm was headed offshore but that it still posed a risk, with damaging winds extending more than 200 miles from its center. North Carolina, where one man was killed, could see more storm surge. Meanwhile, parts of the Northeast could get up to 5 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.
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On the evening of July 1, police in Bavaria surrounded the rented van of an Iranian diplomat after he pulled over at a gas station on the autobahn. Fearing he might be transporting explosives, the authorities summoned the bomb squad.

The diplomat, based at Iran’s embassy in Vienna, had been under surveillance for some time and was suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb a rally of Iranian dissidents in Paris. Despite his diplomatic status, he was arrested and extradited to Belgium, where two others, suspected of planning to carry out the attack in France, were detained.

The foiled plot has sparked growing anxiety in France, Germany and several other countries, including the United States and Israel, that Iran is planning audacious terrorist attacks and has stepped up its intelligence operations around the world.
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Andrew Scarborough doesn't think Graham Foster will cope well after Joe Tate's death, while he admitted he will miss actor Ned Porteous on set. The Emmerdale star has opened up about where his alter ego's story could go after the departure of his co-star Ned Porteous, whose character appeared to be killed off by Graham on Thursday night. After Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) punched Joe for his treatment of daughter Debbie (Charley Webb), he hit his head on a rock but his finger was twitching as a devastated Graham was going to hide the body.


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Weeks before news broke that Selena Gomez had been hospitalized and was doing time in an east coast treatment facility, she may have hinted that there was some trouble in her life. Sel revealed on Sept. 23 that she would be taking a social media break for a bit, but one day before that, she interacted with her fans more than ever in an Instagram Live, during which she took questions and let everyone know what she’s been up to. “Everything is good,” she said. “I had obviously a weird couple months, but it’s fine. I feel good. I just had to make conscious decisions every day in order to get there, but it’s fine.”

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We thought we'd seen the final paper from the late, great Stephen Hawking, but there's now another – published in partnership with colleagues from Cambridge and Harvard, the paper tackles black holes, one of the topics Hawking was so passionately interested in. In particular, it examines the long-standing mystery of what happens to the information held by objects once they disappear into a black hole. It hasn't been clear exactly how any of an object's properties could survive as it gets devoured, but this latest paper offers an idea.


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Apple customers looking to buy the iPhone XR will have a protection option that won't hide the brightly-colored shell, as there will be a clear case among the selection of official accessories offered by Apple from the time of launch. While there have been new cases released for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that offer a touch of color to the devices, the leather, silicone, and folio-style accessories not only cover up the majority of the iPhone, but also do so with opaque materials. So far, the case situation is relatively unknown for Apple's other smartphone release, the iPhone XR, but it seems Apple may offer something different for that model. Spotted by Twitter user "Ivan," Apple's press release for the iPhone XR in Canada includes a brief sentence on accessories for the smartphone. Similar press releases for the iPhone XR in the United States and the United Kingdom do not include the section, but versions for France and Germany do.


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Turkey on Friday ordered a North Carolina pastor, who was held on espionage charges for more than two years, to be released from house arrest, according to the Associated Press.

At a hearing in Ankara, the court released Rev. Andrew Brunson from house arrest but convicted him of a "terror" charge, AP reported.

"Working very hard on Pastor Brunson!" President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Turkey imprisoned Brunson and his wife, Norine, in October 2016, along with 20 other Americans, as part of a political crackdown following a failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Norine Brunson was released after 13 days. Andrew Brunson was held in prison until July, when Turkish officials moved him to house arrest.
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When Hillary Clinton belted back whiskey a decade ago in a northwest Indiana bar, it was celebrated as a sign of authenticity that helped her win a bitter primary over Barack Obama in the Rust Belt state.

Now Sen. Joe Donnelly is hoping another Democrat with blue-collar appeal and presidential ambitions — Obama’s former vice president, Joe Biden — can deliver a similarly authentic message Friday during a campaign swing through the industrial, middle-class region.

For Donnelly, victory in a neck-and-neck race with Republican businessman Mike Braun requires a big turnout in the Democratic stronghold of northwest Indiana, which draws more from the machine politics of nearby Chicago than the rural conservatism prevalent elsewhere in the state.
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Rising bond yields appear to have given stock-market investors a fright this week. There may be good reason, says one economist, in our call of the day.

Oliver Jones of Capital Economics argues that investors are right to be worried and that the market action shows they are starting to factor in the prospect of a U.S. economic slowdown in response to tighter monetary policy by the Federal Reserve. That slowdown, which he expects to take hold in 2019, would also promise to drag down stocks and bond yields.

There was no clear catalyst for the Wednesday selloff that sent the S&P 500 SPX, +1.39% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.26% to their biggest one-day drops since February and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, +2.03% to its biggest plunge since June 2016. And that selloff was followed by another rout Thursday that left the Dow with a 2-day loss of nearly 1,400 points.

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Battle Royale has been available on Android for some time now, but it was not freely available for download to everyone. That's now changed, as Epic has released the game on Android without the need for an invite. The beta had previously been invite-only, but as of today you can download it to any Android device for free, without waiting. Unlike most Android games, Epic isn't offering Fortnite through the Google Play store, but instead on its official site.


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Instagram is testing a major overhaul to how users navigate the application. As reported by TechCrunch today, Instagram is testing a “new way to move through posts” in its mobile app. This would allow users to tap to see the next post, as opposed to scrolling vertically. What this change means is that instead of using your finger to scroll up and down through the Instagram feed, you’d tap on either side of the interface to advance forwards and backwards between posts. Instagram is currently testing this new navigation system in the Explore tab of the app. Essentially, Instagram is trying to capitalize every further on the incredibly popular Stories interface that was first made popular by Snapchat. Given the popularity of Snapchat and Instagram Stories, users clearly find some sort of appeal in tapping to see additional content instead of scrolling


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Hundreds of Bulgarians queued silently at a church in Ruse on Friday to pay their last respects to Viktoria Marinova, the television journalist whose brutal rape and murder shocked the country and triggered debates over freedom of the press.

The body of the 30-year-old Marinova, a host of a regional current affairs show at a local TV station, was found in a park near the Danube port of Ruse, her hometown, on Saturday. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled.

A Bulgarian man, Severin Krasimirov, 20, was arrested in Germany over the killing, and German authorities said he would be extradited to stand trial in Bulgaria soon.

Bulgarian prosecutors said no evidence indicated Marinova's death was related to her work. A random attack and sexual assault were the most likely motive, they said, although they were still investigating all possibilities.

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fears about retribution against journalists exposing corruption. She is the third journalist to be killed in the European Union within a year.

Marinova, who left a seven-year-old daughter, is to be buried later on Friday in Ruse Cemetery. More than 500 grieving Ruse citizens, carrying red and white carnations and funeral wreaths, flocked to the funeral service at the Sveta Troitsa (Holy Trinity) Cathedral.

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The Lakers got their first glimpse of LeBron James and Lonzo Ball on the floor together and liked what they saw in limited minutes in Wednesday night's 123-113 preseason win over the Warriors.


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Prominent Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi disappeared last week in Istanbul and may have been murdered — and it’s looking increasingly likely that the highest levels of the Saudi government, who were the primary targets of his criticism, are behind it.
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A booster malfunctioned but US astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely.
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Two years of Google selling "Pixel" branded versions of HTC and LG handsets have done nothing to arrest the slide that both Android licensees are seeing in their mobile sales. Will more exclusive machine learning and artificial intelligence features on Pixel 3 models do anything to change that?


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Things are moving fast in the Android world this month. Just a few days ago, Google unveiled the Pixel 3 phones, practically confirming every rumor that we heard in the past few months. There were very few surprises in store for the Pixel 3, which is now Google’s most expensive phone ever, starting at $799. For the same price, you could buy the Razer Phone 2 instead, Razer’s brand new gaming phone.


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NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin have been forced to return to Earth in "ballistic descent mode" after their Soyuz rocket's booster malfunctioned shortly after launch, NASA announced Thursday.

The two crewmembers were launching on a trip to the International Space Station when the failure occured. Both are safe and back on the ground.

"The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal," the agency tweeted.
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Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site. The trio, known as the “Fracking Three”, are believed to be the first environmental activists to be imprisoned for public nuisance since 1932. Critics have claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”. Now the Daily Mirror can reveal the Altham family business supplies the Irish Sea oil and gas industry. J.C. Altham and Sons is believed to be part of the supply chain for energy giant Centrica, which has invested tens of millions of pounds in fracking.


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A 19-year-old woman wearing a #NotHim, or #EleNão, T-shirt has been attacked by a group of men claiming to support far-right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Baronesa do Gravataí, Cidade Baixa neighborhood in Porto Alegre Monday. The victim, who has refused to comment publicly on the attack fearing further attackes, told the Civil Police she was disembarking a bus and about to walk home when she was approached by the group of attackers. After physically assaulting her, one of the attackers, she said, took out a pocket knife and carved a sign, similar to a swastika, into her stomach. The swastika is well known around the world to be associated with the Nazi regime of the 1930s and 1940s and is associated with ideas of racism and anti-semitism.


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It should have been an ideal year for digital currencies, with government-backed currencies dragged down by ongoing Brexit concerns and trade tension between the U.S., China and European Union.
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In heart failure, the heart is unable to pump blood effectively throughout the body. One key factor in the development of this condition is calcium dysregulation. A newly discovered molecule that may be able to address this issue could become the next therapeutic target for this heart condition. The heart can contract, relax, and pump blood through the veins effectively, partly due to a process called "calcium cycling." This process allows calcium to circulate in and out of cells. This cycle is sometimes impaired by a person's age, which can also affect the rate or potency with which the heart muscle pumps out blood. Calcium dysregulation may therefore lead to the development of heart failure.


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Amazon Web Services today announced the launch of hands-free room booking capabilities with Alexa for Business. Working with Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus speakers, users can simply ask “Alexa, is this room free?” They can also ask Alexa if a room is booked, if a room is free, or reserve a conference room with their voice. A Room Booking API will soon be made available for developers, according to an AWS blog post. A beta version is already being used by meeting scheduling software providers Joan and Robin.


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Movie extras filming scenes in the Brooklyn subway station for the Joker movie were reportedly locked on a subway car for over 3 hours, according to TMZ. The extras were denied their break after two hours of work and started banging on the subway doors asking to be let out as many needed to use the restroom. The lack of being allowed to leave the subway car led to some resorting to urinating on the train tracks through small spaces between the cars.


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Warner Bros. is about to give Aquaman his first solo movie, but this isn’t the first outing for star Jason Momoa. Aquaman already joined the Justice League, and those other DC heroes left a mark on the Atlantean hero. During a press visit to the Aquaman set, Momoa discussed which Justice League heroes left the biggest impression on Aquaman. “I think everyone has really a lot of examples,” Momoa said. “I mean, me and Cyborg are definitely very much watching out for each other in the sense that I don’t trust him and he doesn’t trust me. I think we learn a lot from each other, you know what I mean? Wonder Woman, she’s easy on the eyes, so I’m going to listen to her a little more [laughs]. Bruce, I like to just, you know, ‘I don’t really wanna hear it. I’ll do it, not because you said, but I’ll do it.’


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Police in Bahrain say four people have been killed and some 20 others were injured when a building collapsed in the island kingdom.

The Interior Ministry said that an "old building" collapsed Tuesday in Salmaniya, a neighborhood of Bahrain's capital, Manama.

The two-story residential building reportedly housed foreign labourers.
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Greece's government, now free of its bailout programme, is to renew its call for Germany to pay €279 billion in war reparations in compensation for the Nazi occupation during World War II, which could strain the already-fraught relations between the two countries. Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will raise this issue with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, this week during a meeting in Athens, Triandafyllos Mitafidis, president of the Greek parliamentary committee on war reparations, confirmed to Euronews.


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When Kevin Love picked up his phone on July 1 after the announcement, he ended his message to LeBron James with: "I love you." He said it again last month when the two former teammates got together in New York and Love got the chance to say it to James' family as well. Love and James are in a good place, which hasn't always been the case with teammates when James has left teams in the past. It absolutely wasn't the case when he left Cleveland the first time around, when several friendships eroded quickly and publicly. So last week I wasn't sure what Love was going to say when I asked him this: "Let's say next summer a star free agent calls you and asks what it's like to play with LeBron James. What would you say?" This is relevant for several reasons. One, the Los Angeles Lakers have constructed their game plan around landing another star in free agency next summer. Two, between Kyrie Irving asking out of Cleveland, Paul George not even ta

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king a meeting with the Lakers and Jimmy Butler reportedly not having L.A. on his preferred trade list, there is some question as to the drawing power James has among stars at the moment. Three, perhaps no teammate ran the gauntlet of positive and negative consequences of being with James more than Love did over the last four years.


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After two years of trying to scrape wins together with a rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers team, head coach Luke Walton will be faced with a different, but equally complex task of trying to develop players on a “win-now” team. Realistically, the Lakers won’t be competing for a title this season, but with LeBron James now on the roster, Walton will face pressure to at least compete for a championship. However, he’ll also have to continue to develop the young core of Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma but with less room for error. It’s a challenging task for any coach, but it’s one Walton seems up to the challenge for. After practice on Tuesday, Walton talked about how he handles managing a veteran heavy roster while putting a priority on developing his young players.


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With at least two flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina in the past several weeks, state officials are urging the public to get vaccinated before the flu season becomes serious. They’re hoping to avoid a repeat of last flu season, when 391 people in North Carolina died, the most flu deaths since the state started tracking them in 2009. Nationally, flu deaths also broke records, claiming more than 80,000 lives. The majority of those who died were over age 65, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Wake County has already had one flu-related death, that of Wake County school board member Kathy Hartenstine, 68, who unexpectedly died last month. Hartenstine’s family said her death was caused by flu-related complications. Another flu-related death, that of an older Buncombe County resident, was reported this month by that county’s medical director.


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Rep. Maxine Waters took issue with President Donald Trump characterizing the Democratic Party as an "angry left-wing mob."

Trump made the comment during a rally in Iowa on Tuesday, condemning Democrats for their opposition to new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the protests that have continued after Kavanaugh's appointment.

"You will have your chance to render your verdict on the Democrats' outrageous conduct on November 6th," Trump said, urging Republican voters to turn out for the midterm elections.

On MSNBC's "All In" on Tuesday, Waters (D-Calif.) - who has been criticized for encouraging people to harass Republicans in public - said Trump is the “poster boy for what a mob protester looks like.”
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Throughout the year, we have seen Democrats across the country uniting around a new legislative proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives.

Dishonestly called “Medicare for All,” the Democratic proposal would establish a government-run, single-payer health care system that eliminates all private and employer-based health care plans and would cost an astonishing $32.6 trillion during its first 10 years.
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Microsoft has figured out why the Windows 10 October 2018 Update deleted data from some systems and produced a fixed version. The severity of the bug caused the company to cease distribution of the update last week; the fixed version is now being distributed to Windows Insiders for testing, ahead of a resumption of the wider rollout.

Microsoft is advising anyone affected by the bug to contact support. The bug caused files to be deleted, meaning that the only guaranteed way of restoring them is to retrieve them from a backup (if you have one). However, undeleted software can often recover recently deleted files, and Microsoft's support can apparently assist with this process at no cost for those bitten by the problem. In the meantime, the advice is to use affected PCs as little as possible; minimizing disk activity helps maximize the chance of a successful undeletion.

The software giant claims that only a small number of users were affected and lost data and has published an expla
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nation of the problem.
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Google+'s small, tight-knit community of loyal users are devastated that their favorite site will disappear next year. When John Lewis heard that Google+ was shutting down after the discovery of a security bug that left private profile data exposed, it felt like a crushing blow — even though he could see it coming. Lewis, a freelance writer who's spent nearly eight years living an isolated life in the Costa Rican rainforest, starts almost every morning sipping coffee while chatting with friends on Google+ and reading his feeds on the social network. "Plus has long been Google's orphan child," Lewis told CNBC by phone on Monday after Google announced that it's shuttering the seven-year-old service in the coming months. "I had hoped that it would stay that way forever."


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An official says 50 people have died after the bus they were traveling in left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed in the western Kenyan town of Kericho.

Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said survivors from the bus that was headed from Nairobi to western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at local hospitals. The accident happened around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
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Sears, which was once the largest retailer in the world, is now reportedly facing bankruptcy.

The company, which hasn’t turned a profit since 2010 and is $134 million in debt, recently approached several banks to prepare for bankruptcy filing, CNBC reported Wednesday.

Shares plunged almost 20 percent on the news, and are set to open at a record low.
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New Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri is only 10 days into the job and already introducing high-tech tools to limit bullying on the social network. “Online bullying is complex,” Mosseri wrote in a blog post, recognizing that the current system of reporting and removing content that violates company guidelines isn’t enough.

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