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France's contingency plan looks after 'interests of our citizens', says PM Philippe.


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President Donald Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he’s postponing a trip she planned to take to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan because of the partial government shutdown, telling her in a letter she should stay in Washington to negotiate.

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” Trump wrote Pelosi, a day after she suggested he postpone his State of the Union speech scheduled for Jan. 29.
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Renault confirmed on Thursday that it was considering new leadership to replace embattled Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, after French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called publicly for a board meeting to address his succession.


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The upcoming total lunar eclipse connects in an important way with another, which the author experienced as a child in 1964.
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Rep. Kathleen Rice loses out on a Judiciary seat after opposing Pelosi’s return to the speakership.
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Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was royally rejected in record-breaking fashion: 432 votes to 202. CNN's Bianca Nobilo explains what's next for May and Brexit.
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Antarctica’s ice is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, according to a new study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In the study, glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Netherlands' Utrecht University used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to determine how fast the ice on southernmost continent and the site of the South Pole has been melting since 1979 in 176 of Antarctica's geologic structural basins, where ice drains into the Southern Ocean.
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Prime Minister Theresa May makes a last ditch effort on Monday to convince rebel lawmakers to back her Brexit divorce deal, warning them that Britain's exit from the EU is now in peril from politicians seeking to thwart it.
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We already know that Sony Interactive Entertainment is working on another console installment, which will presumably be called the PS5. However, details around what it's cooking up, are currently scarce and mostly of the rumor mold.

However, a slew of new job listings has seemingly shed some some additional light on what the company is doing for the next-generation of consoles.

As you may know, throughout the PS4's lifetime -- and even more so with the PS3 -- Sony has been swamped with criticism over PSN. It goes down often. It randomly slows down and even stops working. And it's missing some highly-requested features.

But it looks like Sony is gearing up to attempt to remedy most, if not all, of this with the PS5. A few months ago, a rumor made the rounds that PS5 would make substantial upgrades in the PSN department. And a new job listing only further reinforces this claim.

Last week, Sony posted a job listing for a Senior Network Operations Engineer at PlayStation's Alis
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on Viejo offices located in sunny California. The listing featured the following snippet:

"As a primary member of the Network Engineering team you will be responsible for the development, support and mid to long term considerations of an advanced global IP network that adheres to the highest standards to provide robust, low latency game streaming services to PlayStation Now customers around the globe. You will help contribute to an automation first operations team (DevOps) to increase our efficiencies and ability to scale rapidly as we build the next generation PlayStation backbone."
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Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down most of them, according to state media reports.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport," SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15pm (21:15 GMT), it said.

The state news agency also quoted a transport ministry source as saying that the airport was running normally.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defences firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.
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IMG has just released the preliminary schedule for February's New York Fashion Week, which the organization dubs NYFW: The Shows, and there are some notable new names on the list. 11 Honoré, the trailblazing size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site, will put on a runway show for the first time. Another new, but familiar, name is Harlem's Fashion Row: The organization hosts an event every year separately from the NYFW calendar that champions and provides a platform for Black designers. In February, for the first time, it will host a special opening night event and an installation that will celebrate "an icon in American film, brought to life through a collaborative effort that will support emerging designers and fashion talent of color," per a press release. The shows take place Feb. 6-13, with both of the aforementioned events taking place the evening of the 6th.
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Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will write the script for the sixth installment in New Line Cinema’s “Final Destination” franchise, the studio announced Friday.

The films have grossed almost $700 million worldwide since the first film’s debut in 2000. The “Final Destination” franchise is one of the longest running at New Line, where horror is a specialty.

Melton and Dunstan won “Project Greenlight” Season 3 and are best known for writing four of the “Saw” movies (movies four to seven). Their upcoming projects include “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” “The Reckoning” and an Untitled Christmas Horror Project.
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According to the latest reports, the most used instant messaging application, of course, WhatsApp to get these ultimate new features.
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From ever-shrinking bezels to dual rear cameras trickling down to budget devices, smartphones have changed dramatically in 2018. And things are set to change even more as we enter 2019.

Expect a lot of foldable phones like the FlexPai from Royole (pictured here), with Samsung finally gearing up to unveil the foldable phone it's been prototyping for years. Flattening smartphone sales are also catching up with Apple, which could come out with new iPhones in the fall that are more of a departure from the relatively iterative iPhone XS and XR. Meanhwile, device makers and wireless carriers are racing to bring the first 5G phones to the market just as networks based on the new connectivity standard start coming online this year.
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Iran called on France to avoid repeating "irresponsible and incorrect" claims about Tehran's ballistic missile work, Iranian state TV reported.

France earlier on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons, after Tehran said it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks.
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Visa Inc on Friday said Mary Kay Bowman will join as head of the business that is tasked to attract more customers to use the world's largest payments network.

Bowman joins from Square Inc , where she was head of product. Her departure is the second high-profile exit from the payments processor following the departure of its Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar in December last year.

At Visa, Bowman will head the designing, development and delivery of new services, the company said.

Bowman's resume includes stints at Amazon.com Inc , where she was a director of global payments.
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A bus driver in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been honoured for saving a toddler wandering alone in freezing conditions.

Irena Ivic, who works for the Milwaukee County Transit System, spotted the child running along an overpass in December.
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Footage captures the moment a child was dropped from a burning building in Georgia.
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The starting date for flights has been pushed back several times. Branson originally predicted that Virgin Galactic would be flying customers into space by 2007. Development issues, a 2007 fatal explosion during a ground test and a tragic test-flight crash in October 2014 are some of the things that have delayed work.

On Dec. 13, 2018, the company achieved a major accomplishment when their VSS Unity test vehicle reached space — at least, according to one definition. The vehicle reached an altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers), which is slightly higher than what the U.S. Air Force considers the border between Earth's atmosphere and space when giving astronaut wings to its pilots. However, the more famous Kármán line defining where space begins is at 62 miles (100 km) up.

Virgin plans to operate its future private space flights out of the Spaceport America complex in New Mexico, but it has also signed an agreement to develop a spaceport in Abu Dhabi.

The company has hundreds
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of customers who have made deposits for spaceflights. The biggest known name on the list (announced in 2012) is actor Ashton Kutcher, although rumor has it that actors Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and singer Katy Perry have signed on as well. A few people reportedly backed out after the October 2014 crash.
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OneLogin is not a young startup by any means. The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping Identity, Duo Security and Okta had tidy exits. But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it. Today, the company announced a $100 million investment.

The latest round was led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, the late-stage investing arm of Silver Lake. Existing investors CRV and Scale Venture Partners also contributed to the round. Today’s investment brings the total raised since inception to over $170 million, according to the company.

It is referring to this as a “growth round,” but indicated that actually means Series D plus “flexible capital.” Whatever you call it, it would appear to give OneLogin some runway to grow large enough to find a way to exit.

CEO Brad Brooks says his company is well-positioned to compete with
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the likes of Okta and Microsoft in this market by offering a multi-faceted authentication solution that works both on-prem and in the cloud. He swept aside question of revenue, valuation or IPO plans, only indicating that the company was growing and they had big expansion plans.
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Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the US delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister has said.

“If the [pullout] is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told NTV television.

Turkey and the US are at loggerheads over the future of Syrian Kurdish forces after the US president, Donald Trump, made a surprise announcement last month to withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria.

Ahead of Trump’s move, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to launch another operation in Syria targeting the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, which Turkey regards as a terrorist group.

Turkish officials had a tense meeting this week with Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, in Ankara aimed at coordinating the pullout process.

Erdoğan – who has welcomed the pullout plan – accused Bolton of a “grave
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mistake” by demanding that Ankara provide assurances on the safety of the Kurdish fighters before Washington withdraws its troops.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who is on a regional tour, also said on Wednesday that Turkey had committed to protecting Washington’s Kurdish allies fighting Islamic State in Syria.
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Russia has slapped down Japanese assertions that a deal is in the offing to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute, accusing Tokyo of distorting agreements struck with Moscow to break the deadlock.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a push for a treaty with Russia over islands captured by Soviet troops in the last days of World War Two. He is due to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this month, but Moscow has shown no willingness to cede control over the islands.

A Russian lawmaker on Thursday put forward a bill that would make it illegal for parliament to authorize any part of the territory being handed over by Russia.
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after he held a meeting with Democratic leaders. “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” the president tweeted.
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Getting enough of the omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA into the brain to study their effects on conditions such as Alzheimer's and depression—which they have been shown to help—is no easy task. While supplements containing these fatty acids exist, there is scant evidence showing that these supplements actually increase DHA or EPA in the brain. To measurably increase levels of EPA in the brain, a person would have to consume a small glass of it each day, quite possibly with the side effect of smelling like fish.
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The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the University of Warwick, and our skies are filled with them.

Observations have revealed that dead remnants of stars like our Sun, called white dwarfs, have a core of solid oxygen and carbon due to a phase transition during their lifecycle similar to water turning into ice but at much higher temperatures. This could make them potentially billions of years older than previously thought.

The discovery, led by Dr. Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, has been published in Nature and is largely based on observations taken with the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite.
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Ambassadors lining up to pay their respects at President George H.W. Bush's funeral knew the routine: They would be called in order of seniority, a well-established system in which everyone knew where they belonged.

Until they didn't.

The European Union's ambassador to the US, David O'Sullivan, normally among the first 30 foreign envoys to be seated, watched as almost every other ambassador to the US took a seat, leaving him among the last to be called.
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National security adviser John Bolton left here in frustration Tuesday, with the U.S. and Turkey locked in a political standoff that threatens President Donald Trump’s plans for a troop withdrawal from Syria.

Bolton left Turkey without seeing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who then publicly called earlier comments the top Trump aide had made about Turkey’s role in neighboring Syria a “serious mistake.”
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Facebook has violated Vietnam's new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country.
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When Marvel promised that one of the Guardians of the Galaxy was going to die in their massive Infinity Wars event, fans knew that no death would be easy to take. But now the universe will know that it was saved, ironically, by the death of Drax the Destroyer.

With actor Dave Bautista making his version of Drax one of the most beloved members of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the sympathy for Drax's heroic sacrifice will be just as high as he deserves. And if we're getting technical, Drax actually managed to save TWO universes with his death, with some help from his "other self." And as heartbreaking and perfect as his final moments turned out to be, fans will be just as eager to know about his fate in the afterlife... and whether there's any chance that Drax will rejoin the Guardians someday, and return to life in the Marvel Universe (in the comics at least).
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Aquaman's incredible financial success and solid acclaim is great news for the DCEU, which is also great news for fans worried about the film universe's future post-Justice League. The hero's success gives hope that Justice League 2 may happen, despite some things thus far that make it feel like an impossibility. With that said, I'm here to say Justice League 2 could and should happen, and all Warner Bros. has to do is make Aquaman the team's leader.

Let's face facts, the situation with Ben Affleck staying on as Batman has been sketchy for a while, and now Henry Cavill may be out as well. Even if the two hang on for another film, the odds both stick around for another Justice League feel slim to nil. To continue on with the DCEU's current path, Warner Bros. would seemingly either have to recast both men and pretend nothing happened in a future ensemble, or just not do one.

The first option isn't ideal, of course, and the latter is a slap in the face to all the great things both A
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quaman and Wonder Woman have accomplished. Why can't there be a third option where Supes and Batman are absent while Aquaman is running the show? Could the ruler of Atlantis also run one of the world's most powerful superhero groups?
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Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after police said a drone had been seen.

A Heathrow spokeswoman had said it was a "precautionary measure" to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport which saw thousands of people stranded when drones were sighted.

The spokeswoman said: "We continue to work closely with the Met Police to respond to reports of drones at Heathrow.

"Based on standard operating procedures, working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, we have resumed departures out of Heathrow following a short suspension. We continue to monitor this situation and apologise to any passengers that were affected by this disruption."
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The South Korean electronics giants Samsung and LG have both shocked analysts with dire predictions for their operating profits during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Samsung went first, saying Tuesday that its operating profit for the quarter would be around $9.7 billion. That’s 28.7% lower than the year before — and almost 18.2% under analyst expectations.

The cause was twofold, Samsung explained. One issue is the conglomerate’s memory chip business, which is seeing weak demand. The other is heavy competition in the smartphone market, where Samsung still holds the number one spot, but has seen its share slip in the last two quarters — indeed, the whole smartphone market is currently in recession.

Chinese smartphone makers are currently on the ascendant, in particular, Xiaomi, which recently displaced Apple in the number two position. Apple’s stock plunged last week after it lowered its revenue forecasts for Q4 2018 — note that Apple is not only a competitor of Samsung’s in the s
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martphone wars but a major customer for its components.
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The numbers are in. As millions of families begin planning and booking their holidays for the year ahead, a study by On the Beach, the UK’s leading beach holiday specialist, has calculated and ranked Europe’s top 50 family beach holidays destinations - according to the criteria that matter most to parents.

The Family Beach Index, which lists Europe’s most family friendly beach destinations, places the Greek island of Crete in the top spot.

The online travel agent compared Europe’s top beach destinations across ten countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey), looking at five criteria – each listed by parents as important considerations when choosing their family holiday destination.
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NASA’s Kepler Mission K2 team announced the discovery of another new world today, two months after the Kepler spacecraft ran out of fuel on Oct. 30th, and ended its mission after nine years, during which it discovered 2,600 confirmed planets around other stars – the bulk of those now known – along with thousands of additional candidates astronomers are working to confirm.

While NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is the newest space-based planet hunter, this new finding shows that more discoveries await scientists in Kepler data. Citizen scientists using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where liquid water may exist on the planet’s surface.

The new world, known as K2-288Bb, could be rocky or could be a gas-rich planet similar to Neptune. Its size is rare among exoplanets – planets beyond our solar system.
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Continuing the 8K trend that's in full effect at CES 2019, Sony has announced a new Master Series range of televisions that includes an epic 85-inch 8K LED television as its headliner.

Sony's Z9G 8K LED TV, which is set to arrive in the second half of 2019, is capable of producing startlingly sharp images that are four times the resolution of 4K, and can be viewed up close with "virtually no pixel differentiation," according to a statement from the Japanese company.

Utilizing a proprietary algorithm, along with the company's latest X1 Ultimate processor and 8K X-Reality PRO technology, the Z9G is also able to upscale content to near "8K picture quality", says Sony.
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Verizon's first 5G smartphone didn't start out as 5G device. But it will once the wireless carrier formally launches its next-generation mobile service.

The first smartphone will be Motorola's Moto Z3, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg confirmed in an interview in the backstage of the CES 2019 keynote presentation area on Monday. But the catch? This originally launched in August as a 4G phone with the option of a Moto Mod attachment that would eventually give it a 5G capability.
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President Tayyip Erdogan rebuked Washington's national security adviser on Tuesday for demanding that Turkey does not harm Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw U.S. troops.
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May should not expect more concessions from the EU on her Brexit deal, France’s Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said.

The British prime minister has already received reassurances that the so-called backstop would only be used as a last resort and even the EU doesn’t want to trigger it, Loiseau told reporters in Brussels on her way into a meeting with European counterparts.
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U.S. stock futures point to a mixed start for Wall Street on Monday; General Electric jumps on a report of a possible bid for its airplane leasing business; CES 2019 gets underway this week; Sears reportedly is preparing for a possible liquidation; Tesla breaks ground on a Shanghai factory.
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Is there life beyond Earth? Join NASA's director of planetary science James Green for a survey of the places in our solar system that are most likely to harbor alien life.
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Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a delayed parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, January 15, the BBC reported on Monday, citing government sources.

May was forced to pull the vote on her deal in December after she said it would be defeated by a large majority. The government had previously said the vote would be held in the week of January 14.
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The US military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after its presidential election.

US President Donald Trump told US Congress on Friday that the first of about 80 troops had arrived in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities should violence break out in DRC's capital Kinshasa.

Voters in the DRC went to the polls on December 30, two years after the election was first scheduled to be held, to elect the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 18 years.
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Thousands of “yellow-vest” protesters took to France’s streets Saturday, some clashing with riot police, in a renewed show of force against the government after demonstrations flagged during the holiday season.

A peaceful march along the Seine river turned violent when riot police blocked hundreds of protesters outside the Musée d’Orsay. Groups of demonstrators launched projectiles at police, who used tear gas to disperse them. Video posted to social media showed two policemen being dragged to the ground and repeatedly kicked when a group of protesters tried to force their way through a police cordon, blocking access to a bridge across the Seine. A barge on the river was set on fire.

As darkness fell, people burned scooters and bins along the Boulevard Saint-Germain, an upscale area south of the Seine that had been spared the brunt of previous yellow-vest protests.
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As one of the biggest franchises in history, there's no shortage of behind-the-scenes trivia about Star Wars. The epic saga has had plenty of featurettes and documentaries about the making the of the movies, but there are still fun, unknown details that leak to the surface from time to time. Case in point, Mark Hamill just shared that most of the pilots during the Death Star attack weren't wearing the bottom halves of their costumes.

Fans of Star Wars are more than familiar with the iconic attack on the Death Star during the original 1977 film. The Rebel Alliance sends Red Squadron to blow up the Empire's secret weapon, taking advantage of a small thermal exhaust port. The team consisted of Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter, and, of course, everyone's favorite, Porkins.
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DC is reportedly working on a Batman: The Long Halloween animated film according to Revenge of the Fans, and the project is packing a pretty talented cast. While we don't have any images or footage from the project, it is said that the movie will not tie into the connected animated universe that DC is building, and will be like The Killing Joke or The Dark Knight Returns.

As for the cast, the project so far includes Troy Baker, Jensen Ackles, Naya Rivera, Titus Welliver, David Dastmalchian, Jim Pirri, Amy Landecker, Matthew Gray Gubler, Katee Sackhoff, and Fred Tatasciore. No word on who they are playing in the film, but hopefully an official confirmation will come soon.

Baker has played the Joker, Two-Face, and Batman in several roles over his career, so we're not sure who he will tackle in the Long Halloween. The same goes for Ackles, who previously played Jason Todd in Batman: Under The Red Hood, though we're pretty sure he will be playing someone different here.
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Aquaman, the much-mocked underdog superhero, long dissed as the one who merely “talks to fish,” leads the highest-grossing D.C. Extended Universe movie at the global box office.

Aquaman has just passed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in worldwide ticket sales.

As of Saturday, the Warner Bros. release has grossed $887 million since its release last month, edging out Batman v Superman‘s cumulative $873 million.
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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending U.S. military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in December that U.S. troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country.

The announcement, which took officials in Washington and allies abroad by surprise, contributed to Jim Mattis’ decision to resign as U.S. defense secretary and prompted concern that Islamic State could stage a comeback.
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Unbeknownst to the bros who skip leg day, squats are an incredible exercise for many reasons. They help build your major leg muscles plus all the tiny stabilizing muscles that you need to do basic daily tasks like getting up from a chair. You may not yet be of an age where standing up is challenging, but when you are you will be better off if you built up those muscles earlier in your life. Plus, squats sculpt your butt—and who doesn’t want a nice-looking butt?

All of this is true if you’re doing a real squat. You may have heard gym-goers talk about getting “below parallel”—that means that when you squat, your butt drops below your knees. They’re not just being pedantic. Getting down to that full depth squat is part of what makes it such an effective, useful exercise. “With a squat, you’re basically trying to extend your hips and your knees,” explains Greg Nuckols, who holds both degrees in exercise science and three all-time world records in powerlifting (his site, Stronger by Scie
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nce, is a nerdy weightlifter’s goldmine). To accomplish that you need to engage your quads, your glutes, and your adductor magnus. (Don’t worry, we’ll explain exactly what those actually are.)
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China’s rover Yutu 2 has begun exploring the far side of the moon after making a soft landing with the lander.

The rover will used ground-penetrating radar to map the moon’s inner structures, analyze soil and rock samples for minerals and chemicals with potential economic value, and activate a radio telescope to search for possible signals from distant universes.
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Amazon gas stations would give the company a way to generate revenue and improve its delivery network — all while collecting more consumer data.
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump, who for years has disparaged the war in Afghanistan, managed to rewrite the last 40 years of Afghan history in a matter of seconds.

In the middle of a 90-minute cabinet meeting, the third U.S. president to oversee the Afghan war went on a startling rant that put his apparent lack of interest in and disregard for the United States’ longest-ever foreign incursion on full display.

Speaking of his decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, Trump turned to talk of the former Soviet Union’s decade-long occupation of Afghanistan.
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Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib declared Thursday night that the newly installed Democratic majority in the House will "go in there and impeach the motherf---er," breaking with party leaders and stirring controversy just hours after officially taking office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats have been largely hesitant to promise President Donald Trump's impeachment, preferring instead to wait for the results of the ongoing Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. But Tlaib (D-Mich.) and others in the newly installed House have expressed an eagerness to begin impeachment proceedings even before Mueller issues a final report.
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A blaze erupted at a Poland-based "Escape Room” location and claimed the lives of multiple teenagers, officials said Friday.

The deadly inferno started at roughly 5 p.m., according to Monika Kosiec, a police spokeswoman in Koszalin.

All of the deceased individuals were 15-year-old girls, according to Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski. Their remains were recovered from the scene after responders extinguished the fire, Kosiec said.

The fire also injured a 25-year-old man, who suffered burns and was transported to the hospital, the police official said.
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The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will just text a code to your phone number when you sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal: “a world without passwords.”

This feature is available now in Insider build 18309. It will be stable and available to everyone in the next version of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and available sometime around April 2019. Passwordless logins debuted for Windows 10 Home back in Insider build 18305, but are now available on all editions of Windows.
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Tesla has opened its Model 3 configurator for the Chinese market, allowing potential buyers of the electric sedan to design their vehicles. As could be seen in Tesla’s Chinese website, the company is only offering two variants of the Model 3 in China for now — the Long Range AWD and the Performance version. The Mid Range Model 3 RWD, the vehicle’s most affordable variant available today, is currently unavailable in the country.

The Model 3 configurator in China reflects the vehicle’s updated prices, which were rolled out after the Chinese State Council Customs Tariff Commission announced last month that it was suspending the extra 25% tariffs it placed on cars and parts being imported from the United States. With these adjustments in place, the Model 3 Performance, which was initially announced with a price of 689,000 RMB (roughly $100,000), was adjusted to 560,000 RMB (around $81,000). The Long Range AWD variant, initially listed with a price of 580,000 RMB (around $84,000), was re
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duced to 499,000 RMB (roughly $72,600).
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday met with cabinet ministers to lay out his 2019 agenda for reform. Proposals include overhauls of France’s employment benefits and pension system as well as steep cuts in the public sector.

Macron has vowed to push ahead with the reforms – which he insists are necessary to get the ailing French economy back on track – despite a gruelling year that saw his approval ratings plummet and which were capped by the nationwide “Yellow Vest” protests.
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Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and tourist resorts as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand’s east coast.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 42mph (70kph), made shore at Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Friday afternoon and headed westward at 12mph, said Phuwieng Prakhammintara, the director general of the national meteorological department.

“We can expect heavy rain and downpours, flooding and flash floods in the area throughout the night,” he said.

Earlier in the day, authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat, about 480 miles (800km) south of Bangkok, drove trucks through flooded streets with downed power lines, urging people to leave.
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Apple was the biggest story on Wall Street Thursday as shares plunged 10% to levels not seen since mid-2017 and equity analysts slashed their price targets left and right.

But the vast majority of analysts aren't retreating into bear country, with some suggesting the company's installed base is intact, and that the problems surrounding Apple — largely slowing iPhone sales — are confined to the Chinese market.

After US markets closed on Wednesday, Apple told investors it would report fiscal first-quarter revenue below prior estimates, warning mainly on weak iPhone demand in China. The iPhone accounts for a hefty 63% of Apple's total revenue, according to UBS (followed by services, at 14% of the company's total revenue), and the announcement spooked shareholders. Apple shares have now plummeted almost 40% from their October 2018 high.
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Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said.
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Samsung’s soft sales of the Galaxy S9 through 2018 and Apple’s dramatically reduced forecast of iPhone revenues for the end of that year, it’s that most people who want a great smartphone already have one. In his letter to investors yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook spelled out the reasons why his company sold (many) fewer iPhones than it had anticipated in the final quarter of 2018, and a large chunk of them can be summed up as “too many good phones already out there.” This statement from the boss of the iPhone company is merely the crowning punctuation to a market stagnation that’s been apparent to phone makers for well over a year.

Smartphones, the iPhone especially, have been on a constant growth trajectory for so long that we’ve come to expect them to keep perpetually expanding as a category. But, just as desktop PCs eventually reached a saturation point where almost every home that could afford a computer had a decent one, smartphone shipmen
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ts had to eventually hit a level at which demand for them tapered off. That point was reached sometime over the past couple of years, driven by three major long-term factors: the shrinking benefit when upgrading from a recent phone to the latest model, the increasing average price of new devices, and the concordant reluctance to treat smartphones as things to be disposed of every year or two.
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Quantum computing and quantum information processing technology have attracted attention in recently emerging fields. Among many important and fundamental issues in science, solving the Schroedinger equation (SE) of atoms and molecules is one of the ultimate goals in chemistry, physics and their related fields. SE is the first principle of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, whose solutions, termed wave functions, can afford any information of electrons within atoms and molecules, predicting their physicochemical properties and chemical reactions.

Dr. K. Sugisaki, Profs. K. Sato and T. Takui and coworkers, all researchers from Osaka City University (OCU) in Japan, have found a novel quantum algorithm enabling us to perform full configuration interaction (Full-CI) calculations suitable for "chemical reactions" without exponential/combinatorial explosion. Full-CI gives the exact numerical solutions of SE, which are intractable problems even for supercomputers. Such a quantum algorithm
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contributes to the acceleration of implementing practical quantum computers. Since 1929, chemistry and physics have sought to predict complex chemical reactions by invoking Full-CI approaches, but they have never been successful until now. Full-CI calculations are potentially capable of predicting chemical reactions. The researchers of the current study report a new Full-CI approach implemented on quantum computers for the first time.
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Humans have landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon for the first time in history.

China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft achieved the milestone at 10:26 a.m. on Jan. 3 in Beijing (6:26 p.m. PT on Jan. 2), with the country's space agency landing its lunar probe in Von Kármán crater on the moon's mysterious far side. Official word was provided at 12 p.m. local time (8 p.m. PT) by Chinese State Media service CCTV.

It sent back the first photo of the lunar surface a few hours later, via the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), according to the state-run China Global Television Network.
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A 2,300-year-old fortress that protected an ancient port called "Berenike" has been discovered in Egypt on the coast of the Red Sea by a Polish-American archaeological team.

Constructed at a time when Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemies, a dynasty of pharaohs descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, the fortifications are sizable.

"A double line of walls protected the western part of the fortress, while a single line sufficed farther to the east and north. Square towers were built at the corners and in strategic places where sections of the walls connected," wrote archaeologists Marek Woźniakand Joanna Rądkowska in an article recently published online in the journal Antiquity.
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New Year, new books to read.

Whenever Jan. 1 rolls around, many people out there are looking for some new ways to better themselves and enrich their lives. One way to do this is to gather up some good reads in order to expand your horizons in 2019.

But if you don’t know where to start, you’re in luck, because former President Barack Obama has some excellent recommendations.

It has become a yearly tradition for Obama to recommend his favorite books, movies, and music at the year’s end, and 2018 was no different.
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Welcome back to the Tuesday Shootaround roundtable! After a week off due to Christmas, we're back to discuss New Year's resolutions in college hoops, which non-favorites could steal a conference title and the non-conference matchup we'd have added to the schedule.
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A year ago, Paul George's visits to Staples Center were borderline recruiting trips, featuring plenty of cheers, signs and chants. But after George spurned the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency last summer, fans greeted him with hearty boos on Wednesday, including every time he touched the ball.

"It was fun, it was fun," George said of the boos. "I look forward to the second time, later this season, where I'll be booed, and that's in the Midwest. It was fun. I enjoyed it regardless. The booing wasn't going to throw me off my game. I've been playing basketball for a really long time and a little booing and a little noise is not going to make me forget how to play basketball."
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President Trump, as he often does, had a few things to say.

After admitting that he had been lonely over the holidays, Trump took advantage of his first public appearance of the new year Wednesday to air lingering grievances, make multiple false claims and reinforce recent decisions that have rattled financial markets and his party’s leaders.

As he held forth for more than 90 minutes before a small pool of reporters and photographers, members of his Cabinet, ostensibly called to the White House for a meeting, sat quietly around a long conference table.

Trump defended his decision last month to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and sharply cut the deployment to Afghanistan, moves that disturbed Republican allies in Congress and prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James N. Mattis. In doing so, he contradicted his own recent claim that the U.S. had achieved its objectives of total victory over Islamic State militants in Syria.
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The number of people killed in an apartment building in central Russia that partly collapsed after an explosion rose to 28 on Wednesday, as hope dwindled that about a dozen others still missing would be found alive.

Rescue work at the site was interrupted for long periods because of fears that more walls would crumble, more than 48 hours after the explosion at 6 a.m. on Monday in the city of Magnitogorsk caught many residents asleep in their beds.
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Windstream is up 25.8%, a top gainer after returning to trading action following Monday afternoon's news of the sale of its EarthLink consumer business for $330M in cash.

That's a move that firms up the balance sheet even as the company continues awaiting a decision in its debt-default trial with Aurelius Capital over the Uniti Group (UNIT +1.5%) spin-off. “We will be a more delevered company over time after selling a declining business,” a spokesman says.
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Over the weekend I found myself at a Japanese grocery store food court, standing in line at a noodle stall that makes fresh udon before your eyes. Even though it’s the dead of winter here in Chicago, I opted for a bowl of cold udon noodles, nestled in a cool soy base with a runny poached egg atop. Right as I paid, I saw a tub of tempura crunchies sitting by the cashier. I scooped a spoon, then two, then three, essentially burying my noodles with those lacy fried bits. What a delicious decision that was. When you’re eating something where everything’s slick, cool, and chewy, having that crunchy contrast was delightful.
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Breakfast: There’s a reason many tout this meal as the most important of the day. From stabilizing blood sugar levels to providing a much-needed boost of energy first thing in the morning, eating breakfast has many benefits for your overall health that shouldn’t be ignored.
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Ask a MD or registered dietitian for tips on everything from boosting your metabolism and healthy weight loss to keeping your digestive system running smoothly and lowering inflammation, and chances are they’ll immediately say the F word: fiber. Basically, fiber is everything. You probably already know that leafy greens and plant-based proteins like lentils are good sources of the nutrient, but there’s another, totally underrated way to get your fiber fill: plantains.
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Independence of Taiwan is "a dead end," China President Xi Jinping said Wednesday during a speech marking the 40th anniversary of when Beijing sent a message to Taiwan calling for unification.
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Μαγικές εικόνες από την Ακρόπολη όπου πλήθος κόσμου συγκεντρώθηκε για να υποδεχτεί τον νέο χρόνο.


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Four people have been injured after a man intentionally drove into a crowd of people in Germany in what appeared to be a racist far-right attack, police said. Those hit by the car included Syrian and Afghan citizens and the driver made anti-foreigner comments during his arrest, according to officials. The man, who fled the scene, made racist comments when he was later stopped

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It's New Year's Eve and if by some chance you aren't going out to party your way into 2019 or even tuning in to see the ball drop on Time's Square tonight, you might have considered celebrating the end of 2018 by watching one of its biggest movies, Avengers: Infinity War. Now, we know how to make that experience even better by ringing in the New Year with Thor's arrival in Wakanda.


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Earlier this year, Tom Hiddleston's Loki died a heartbreaking hero's death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. It was quite the end for a character who was once such a massive villain that he invaded Earth. But just as his actions towards the end of his life caused us to rethink the God of Mischief, so too does an update to his official bio, which now reveals that Loki was under the influence of the Mind Stone in The Avengers.

A Reddit user noticed that Loki's official bio on Marvel.com was quietly updated at some point and now confirms a theory that has been floating around for some time. According to Loki's updated bio, Thanos offered Loki dominion over Earth, which would allow him to get back at Thor, in exchange for Loki getting Thanos the Tesseract, which we now know to be the Space Stone.
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James Wan's Aquaman more than conquered the Christmas box office swim meet.

The superhero tentpole finished Sunday with a shimmery global total of $751.8 million, guaranteeing that Aquaman will fly past $900 million by the end of its run and become the biggest Warner Bros./DC title since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises earned $1.09 billion in 2012, not adjusted for inflation.

In the intervening years, DC and Warners have struggled to compete with Marvel's booming cinematic universe, both creatively and at the box office.

The sole exception was Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, which earned the adoration of fans and critics alike on its way to $821.8 million worldwide in 2016. Otherwise, the post-Nolan era at DC has lagged in terms of both meeting expectations and keeping up with Marvel.
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Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is expected to announce in the next few days that it has poached media finance veteran Spencer Neumann from Activision Blizzard
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Microsoft’s app store for Windows has become a fairly impressive library of software for users, and we want our readers to go into the new year with apps that will make their PCs just that much better. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite apps from the Microsoft Store.

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Carolyn Pioro used to be a trapeze performer for a Toronto-based circus. But, in 2005, she was tragically and terribly injured during training when she fell 40 feet and a landed badly on the safety net, severing her spinal cord. With her trapeze career cut short, she enrolled at Centennial College in a contemporary journalism program. She wanted to shoot a photo essay on the performance she loved, but was unable to find an accessible camera option that fit her needs. So, Taras Slawnych stepped in to create one for her.


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Revellers welcomed 2019 with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and the Americas at the conclusion of a tumultuous year. Monday's celebrations kicked off with Sydney hosting its biggest-ever pyrotechnics display and lighting up its harbour-front skyline for a full 12 minutes. More than 1.5 million spectators gathered to enjoy the spectacle that also featured a ceremony to celebrate Australia's indigenous culture.


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The street, sealed off to traffic, was packed with people heading to a shrine for New Year's prayers.
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Russia says it arrested a U.S. citizen spying in their country. But former CIA officers say that, far from a counterintelligence coup, the American’s detention is most likely payback for the U.S. arrest of confessed Russian agent Maria Butina.
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Six Iranian migrants are found on the Kent coast as the home secretary cuts short a holiday to deal with the issue.


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As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month.


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Russia has added to its list of imports from Ukraine that are banned, claiming it is a retaliatory move against restrictions on certain Russian goods.


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At least 15 people were killed in election-related clashes in Bangladesh on Sunday, local police officials told CNN.

Bangladeshis were voting on whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term in an election marred by allegations of human rights abuses by her government.
The military was deployed across the country to try to prevent the violence seen during recent polls, which were tarnished by a low turnout and boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
But nine people were killed in Chittagong division alone on Sunday, police official said.


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If you’ve spent any time covering President Donald Trump’s White House, or following those who do, you’ve probably encountered a catch-all metaphor that illustrates what it is like to contend with the daily deluge of breaking chaos that flows, hour after hour, into the news cycle: It’s like the writers’ room for a prestige television show has gone rogue and thrown every plot device they can imagine at the wall, until the wall buckles and the ceiling collapses.

Thursday, December 20 was one of those days that epitomizes this phenomenon. The day began with the news that Trump was set to sign a sweeping criminal justice reform bill — one he’d championed and which had received resounding bipartisan support. It was going to be a win for the president. If he’d been running an ordinary White House, his staff would have been directed to carefully stage-manage the day so that no other news could break and step on the big moment.
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Dell returned to public markets on Friday, nearly six years after the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell took it private.


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With uncertainties swirling around General Electric (NYSE: GE) stock, investors will probably not want to bid shares higher. But, while GE made a few moves that hurt the shareholder in the short-term, they should pay off in the long-term. It cut its dividend, will launch a tender process for appointing an auditor and is set to IPO its health business. The cash preservation from the dividend cut and the asset float will stabilize the company’s balance sheet. From there, the new CEO could start the process of rebuilding the business. GE shareholders undoubtedly wonder if the pain is over yet. The short answer is that it is too early to tell.

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Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology proposed new quasi-1-D materials for potential spintronic applications, an upcoming technology that exploits the spin of electrons. They performed simulations to demonstrate the spin properties of these materials and explained the mechanisms behind their behavior. Conventional electronics is based on the movement of electrons and mainly concerns their electric charge. However, modern electronics are close to reaching the physical limits for continuing improvements. But electrons bear another intrinsic quantum-physical property called "spin," which can be interpreted as a type of angular momentum and can be either "up" or "down." While conventional electronic devices do not relate to electron spin, spintronics is a field in which the spin of the conducting electrons is crucial. Serious improvements in performance and new applications can be attained through spin currents.


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Almost 9,000 children and teenagers died from opioid poisoning from 1999 to 2016, and annual deaths increased threefold over the 18 years, a team of researchers at Yale University reported Friday.

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Apple today shared a new iPhone XR ad entitled 'Color Flood' on its YouTube channel. With Cosmo Sheldrake's "Come Along" as the soundtrack, the ad features a cast of hundreds dressed in colorful jumpsuits running through an otherwise empty town.

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If you opened up Instagram today and found that your timeline orientation was totally switched, you weren't alone. It appears that quite a few users had a timeline that moved left to right, where posts could be tapped through as they can be in stories. When the new timeline appeared, Instagram surfaced a notice that said, "Introducing a New Way to Move Through Posts," and told users to tap through to see their posts. However, it seems that this may have been another short test rather than a permanent change to Instagram's feed.
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Warning: SPOILERS up to Avengers: Infinity War

It's a good day to be a Loki fan, now that Marvel has officially confirmed Thor's brother was under the influence of the Mind Stone in The Avengers. Which raises the question... was Loki ever really a villain at all?

That will be a controversial debate in itself, since Tom Hiddleston's Loki has been the MCU's best villain to date. So good, in fact, that he racked up more starring roles than some heroes. And to prove how far he had come from his days of evil villainy, Loki was given a hero's death in Avengers: Infinity War. A death made even more tragic now that Marvel has confirmed a fan theory explaining why the Avengers villain wasn't the REAL Loki at all.
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One of the most fun things about all superhero movies is all of the easter eggs and references that tend to get littered throughout them. With the growing connected universe that both Marvel and DC are building, many references are to other characters that we know, while others are to comic book lore that only fans of the original books will even notice. Aquaman, the newest DC film, is no exception to this rule. It includes a great reference to another popular DC hero, Wonder Woman, though, hilariously, the reference claims the two characters could be an item.

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The personal information of nearly 1,000 North Koreans who defected to South Korea has been leaked after unknown hackers got access to a resettlement agency's database, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday.


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Higher collective consumption of sweetened fruit drinks, soda, and water was associated with a higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a community-based study of African-American adults in Mississippi. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), contribute to the growing body of evidence pointing to the negative health consequences of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.
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House Democrats — increasingly convinced they’re winning the shutdown fight with President Donald Trump — are plotting ways to reopen the government while denying the president even a penny more for his border wall when they take power Jan. 3.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her top lieutenants are considering several options that would refuse Trump the $5 billion he’s demanded for the wall and send hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees back to work, according to senior Democratic sources.

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