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'Trump Tree' honors 45th president in mountain top

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WRIGHT TOWNSHIP (WNEP) -- The tree is hard to miss, decked out with signs, lights and two american flags, standing forty-five feet tall. The tree in mountain top is a tribute to President Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

"I knew he was going to make it, and I know we needed him. He's got a big job and I know he can do it," said Barbara Krashnak of Wright Township.

Krashnak and her father planted the Evergreen 45 years ago. Over the summer, she used a pole to hang the Trump signs to the tree. Krashnak also managed to put two American flags at the top. She believes President Trump is the right man for the job.

"I know we needed a change, and this is a big change. This is a big change, very historical. Like I said, I had tears in my eyes." added Barbara.

People in the area hope that President Trump will bring not only jobs but also unity.

"I'm hoping we see our economy grow back to what it once was," said Ray Okrasinski, "put the American people back to work. People want to, there's just no facilities for them."

As for the signs on the tree, Barbara plans to take them down to repaint them because it's never too soon to start preparing for 2020.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:57 pm

Mom accused of leaving kids outside in bad weather while she slept inside with her boyfriend

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ASHLAND (WNEP) — A woman faces child endangerment charges after state police say her young children were left outside while she and her boyfriend were asleep inside the home.

Troopers said they were called to a home on Walnut Street in Ashland around 4 p.m. Monday because three children were left outside in inclement weather. When they went into the home, they found the children's mother and her boyfriend asleep.

According to state police, the mother, Carol Talanca, 35, of Ashland, and her boyfriend appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and didn't know what time or what day it was.

Police charged Talanca with reckless endangerment and child endangerment.

Her three girls, ages 10, 7, and 7, were placed into the custody of Schuylkill County Children and Youth.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:52 pm

Carjackers tell 10-year-old boy to have a good day at school before releasing him

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CHICAGO (WGN) -- Police say a 10-year-old boy is back home safe after the car he was sitting in was stolen.

It happened before 6 a.m. Tuesday at Armitage and Kildare in the Hermosa neighborhood.

The boy told WGN he got in his parents' car, put the keys in the ignition and was waiting for them, when a boy and girl got in and took off.

He said they didn't realize he was inside until one of them turned around.

He said they pulled over, told him to get out of the car and left him in an alley four blocks from home.

"They said have a good day at school, because they saw my backpack, and they just left me in the alley," the boy told WGN.

A person spotted him and called his parents. Police say he returned home safe and unharmed.

The vehicle is described as a Buick SUV and is still missing.

No one is in custody.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:43 pm

Valentine's Day 2017: 5 gifts that give back

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Make Valentine's Day even more meaningful this year by choosing a gift that gives back.

Whether it's a trendy sweater that supports breast cancer survivors, headbands aimed at combating childhood cancer, or necklaces that serves to empower young girls, there are so many ways you can help out the local community.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:29 pm

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggests potential voter fraud investigation

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The White House doubled down on Tuesday, defending President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people committed voter fraud in the November election, even though this claim has largely been debunked.

During Tuesday afternoon's daily press briefing, ABC News' Cecilia Vega asked the president's press secretary Sean Spicer if Trump believes that millions voted illegally and what evidence does the White House have of widespread voter fraud.

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"The president does believe that," Spicer told reporters. "He has stated that before. I think he's stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign and he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence people have presented to him."

Trump first made claims of widespread voter fraud almost immediately after the election was over, tweeting that there was "serious voter fraud" and he would have won the "popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

According to Politico, the president repeated those beliefs to congressional leaders during a private meeting on Monday night.

Following several questions at Tuesday's briefing, NPR's Mara Liasson insisted that if Trump's claims of voter fraud were true, this would be the "biggest scandal in American electoral history," and asked why he's not actively investigating.

SEPresident Obama rebukes claims of voter fraud as 'fake news'

"Maybe we will," said Spicer. "We'll see where we go from here, but right now the focus the president has is on putting Americans back to work. It was a comment he made on a longstanding belief."

Spicer later confirmed that "there is no investigation," but that "anything is possible.

During the press conference, Spicer also claimed that Trump won the 2016 election with the most electoral votes of any Republican president since Reagan. However, as NPR's Jessica Taylor pointed out, Trump's 306 electoral votes falls short of George H. W. Bush's win in 1988 with 426 electoral votes.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:25 pm

Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour accused of terrorist ties

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Linda Sarsour, a Muslim-American woman and one of the organizers of Saturday's Women's March in Washington, D.C. is being accused of alleged ties to terrorists.

According to The Daily Caller, Sarsour was recently spotted posing with an accused financier for the terrorist group Hamas at a large Muslim convention in Chicago.

It is unclear if the two are related even though they have the same last name.

Linda Sarsour has acknowledged in past interviews that she has cousins serving time in Israel due to their work for Hamas.

People who noticed her alleged ties responded on social media.

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One Twitter user called her "unacceptable for a women's or peace movement."

There are also plenty of supporters of Sarsour, and many used the hashtag "#IMarchWithLinda," to rally around the Arab American Association head.

Sen. Sanders, the 2016 election candidate whom Sarsour supported, also tweeted his support for the march organizer on Tuesday from personal campaign account.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:20 pm

Meryl Streep's former NYC townhouse lists for $28.5M

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Just steps off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan sits a red brick townhouse fit for the queen of American cinema. Meryl Streep owned this Late Greek Revival beauty until 2005, when she sold it for $9.1 million. It's changed hands a couple of times since then, and is now on the market for $28.5 million.

The five-story Greenwich Village home still holds the charm of its origins, which trace to 1845, and is rich in modern conveniences, including a sleek chef's kitchen with two Miele ovens, two dishwashers, a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, and warming drawers.

The adjoining dining area boasts a wall of windows that open onto the backyard garden. The "parlor floor" on the second level features a large living room and a formal dining room, both with 12-foot ceilings and fireplaces. A bar area connects them, and a terrace on that floor includes a staircase to the garden.

​​​The townhouse spans 6,585 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 8 baths, including a fifth-floor master suite with a skylight that extends the entire 25-foot width of the home, and a dressing room with its own skylight. The suite's Italian marble bath is a vast expanse of luxury: It measures 450 square feet and offers a spa-like experience with a fireplace, a cast iron soaking tub and a freestanding shower.

Take the stairs one more story to the rooftop deck, featuring lush plantings and views of the city.

The listing agents are Pamela Johananoff, Leighton Candler and Bradley Comisar with Corcoran Group Real Estate.

Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group Real Estate.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:08 pm

Amy Grant's daughter prepares to give the gift of life to a dear friend

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She was the baby that inspired the 1991 hit "Baby Baby" and the little girl that made her big time debut at the 1992 Grammy Awards and the woman who has always found a way to make her mom Amy Grant and step father Vince Gill proud.

But perhaps, she has never made them prouder than today.

On the morning of Jan. 24, Gloria Mills Chapman headed into the hospital to donate a kidney to one of her best friends. Best known as Millie by family and friends, the 27 year old was paid tribute to via a Facebook post by her father and Amy's first husband Gary Chapman.

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"This is my oldest daughter, Gloria Mills Chapman," he wrote above a picture of Millie in a January 23 Facebook post. "Tomorrow morning she is donating a kidney to her best friend, Kathryn. They've known each other their entire lives and when Kathryn was in need, turns out Millie was a perfect match. I'm so proud of her, words fail me. Please say a prayer for them both and trust, with me, that they are in His hands."

Millie's stepsister and Vince's daughter Jenny Gill also posted a picture with balloons that spelled out 'kidney.' This is my step sister Millie (right) and her best friend Kathryn (left)," she wrote. "Millie is donating one of her kidneys to Kathryn tomorrow morning. A true act of love and I'm in awe of her. I'm asking for all your love, good thoughts and prayers for them both along with all the staff at the hospital who will be taking care of them. It's hard to put into words how amazed I am by her kindness."

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We send our prayers to both of these amazing women.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:05 pm

Bed-blocker patient evicted from hospital after two years, 'did not want to stay'

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Adriano Guedes, 63, was evicted from the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, after spending more than two years in a bed he did not want to stay in and "tried to get out of."

First admitted to the hospital in 2014 after suffering a stroke, Guedes was evicted two weeks following the hospital's requested court order in 2016, explaining that he had been occupying the bed "unnecessarily," he told BBC.

"I didn't want to stay, and they forced me to stay," Guedes said.

And despite records, Guedes says he was admitted to the hospital due to mental health concerns initially - prior to his stroke.

"It's very bad to occupy a place which should be used by someone in need, but I didn't cause the situation. On the contrary - I tried to get out of there."

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However, hospital officials say that Guedes had refused to leave, hence their move to obtain a court order to remove him.

"I wanted to leave but they always offered what they knew I would refuse," he claimed.

However, the hospital insisted that Guedes had been only been offered the appropriate accommodation for patients.

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In fact, the hospital's director of governance, Anna Hills, said Guedes "repeatedly refused all offers of appropriate accommodation organized by our local authority and social care partners, despite being fit for discharge."

Since leaving the hospital, Guedes says he has been on hunger strike, adding that his last meal was on Jan. 10.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 3:05 pm

Meryl Streep reacts to her 20th Oscar nomination with the best GIF ever

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Meryl Streep is dancing to 20!

In response to her astounding 20th Oscar nomination -- Best Actress for Florence Foster Jenkins -- the 67-year-old Hollywood icon was at a loss for words, but not moves, sharing a GIF of her It's Complicated character busting a move.

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As always, even when she says nothing at all, Streep has the perfect thing to say!

Meanwhile, the milestone only further solidifies the three-time Academy Award winner's hold on most Oscar nominations. The celebrated actress far and away leads the pack, ahead of her closest rival, the late Katharine Hepburn, who has 12.

Thankfully, all that recognition hasn't hurt Streep's abilities as a communicator.

RELATED: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations

Watch the video above to see how celebs responded to the actress' politically charged, emotional Golden Globes speech.


 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:58 pm

Spy-cam ring boxes and blinking tiaras showcased at Japan jewelry expo

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TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Blinking zirconium tiaras, engagement ring boxes equipped with spy-cams and diamond-dusted hourglasses were some of the most eye-catching items showcased among more than a thousand jewelry booths at Japan's biggest jewelry exposition on Tuesday.

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Most booths displayed conventional items such as rings and necklaces, but some took a step further to help make special occasions shine brighter.

Japan's industrial equipment development company Tohkoo, for example, showcased a battery-operated tiara embellished with 610 LED-lit zirconium made to blink in 14 different ways.

The tiara, which costs 1.3 million yen ($11,500), was designed to draw more attention to the bride on her wedding day.

"People wear tiaras at weddings but they don't usually glow," Masaomi Sugiura, the chief executive officer of the tiara company said.

"We decided to create a blinking tiara because we wanted women to always be radiant."

But some thought it was too much of statement.

"It really draws attention, and looks very glitzy so maybe it is too big and flamboyant for a Japanese person," Mineko Goto, an expo visitor and jeweler, said.

Box-design company, Sankyo, created an engagement ring box equipped with a spy-cam to capture the expression of the person being proposed to when the big question was popped.

It is not tradition to kneel when proposing in Japan, which meant the camera lens had to be placed at the bottom half of the box facing the proposee, instead of on the lid, upward, Naoki Morimatsu, the head of the company explained.

He also said fewer people were buying engagement rings, so he wanted to add an element of surprise to the supposedly fading trend.

The box is able to record 20 minutes worth of footage, and can connect to a video-playing book titled "Proposal Story," also designed by the company.

Misato Imamura, 29, who received a proposal last year, said the camera was too noticeable.

"I would be shocked because I would notice the camera," Imamura said.

Other jewelers made sure people who did not wear jewelry had something to enjoy.

Rainbow Diamond LLC exhibited shimmering hourglasses filled with cut diamonds.

The hourglasses come in all 12 types of birth stones and cost as much as 8 million yen ($70,000).

They measure about 10 minutes, depending on the room's temperature, Imamura said.

"I don't usually wear accessories," visitor Yoko Hirata said after admiring the hourglass.

"But this item made me feel calm and elegant."

The expo will run until Thursday. ($1 = 113.8400 yen) (Reporting by Reuters TV in Japan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:56 pm

Tinder-style adoption app sparks serious outrage

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What appears to be an earnest attempt to simplify the complicated process of adoption has a lot of people up in arms.

Adoptly launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to create a mobile app to connect prospective parents with adoptable children.

The four-person operation has received a lot of criticism because of the app's similarity to Tinder, a dating app.

The concept video shows adults swiping right or left to accept or reject kids looking for a family -- and you can filter your preferences by ethnicity, age, gender and distance.

This merges the superficial stereotypes of dating with the serious work of finding homes for orphaned kids. Some wonder if the campaign is a parody.

Adoptly co-founder Alex Nawrocki said the company is authentic.

"We're not trying to gamify or make fun of this experience," he told The Verge.

The tech website pointed out that there are no social media sites for either the product or the business partners involved, and there's no evidence that the company has partnered with any sort of adoption or foster care organizations.

The campaign has since been pulled from both Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and Nawrocki told the Observer they're in the process of closing a deal for venture capital.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:50 pm

Bodin achieves first double backflip in a snowmobile

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Swedish freestyle rider Daniel Bodin became the first person to successfully perform a double backflip on a snowmobile on Monday, January 23rd.

Bodin has been in a race with American rivals Colten Moore and Heath Frisby to achieve the feat and, in a forest near his home in Malung, he pulled off two full backflip rotations.

The 31-year-old was keen to complete the feat this month as Moore and Frisby are due to attempt the same challenge at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, United States at the end of January.

There have been previous high-profile attempts at the elusive trick, notably by Levi LaVallee who attempted the feat in 2009. The American completed two rotations but then fell off the snowmobile on landing.

Bodin said he had been trying his whole life for this moment.

"I still haven't realized that I made it. I am the first in the world to do a double backflip with a snowmobile that weighs almost 500 pounds," said Bodin after the jump.

Bodin's custom-built snowmobile actually weighs 450 pounds (204kg).

This isn't the first record Bodin has set. In 2008, he came to the world's attention when he set the world record for the longest backflip of a snowmobile, launching the machine 44.8 metres.

Bodin has won three X Games gold medals and he will be hoping to add to those numbers at the upcoming games at the end of this month.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:49 pm

Social Scene: Week of Jan. 23

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Between the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Women's March on Washington, there was no shortage of notable celebrity activity on social media this week (Is there ever?).

Katy Perry, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Grace Moretz and Derek Blasberg were just a handful of the celebrities that stepped out to participate in the Women's March on Washington, while Chelsea Handler organized the March on Main at Sundance in Park City, Utah and Nicole Richie marched on Los Angeles.

SEE ALSO: Sundance Film Festival 2017: Celebrity sightings

Elsewhere, Britney Spears shared an adorable photo of one of her sons all grown-up, as well as a couple of hilarious Snapchat videos she posted on Instagram, while Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid jetted off to Paris for Paris Fashion Week.

Also on our list of favorite Instagrams this week were Joe Jonas, Ashley Graham, Jennifer Lopez and more.

Check out the best celebrity Instagrams of the week:

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:27 pm

Photos of Malia Obama's secret trip to South America emerge

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Malia Obama apparently took a secret three-month trip to South America, but most of the world only found out this week.

The New York Times reports that the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama slipped away from the spotlight in Washington D.C. last fall to embark on the "gap year" trip.

Malia was accepted to Harvard, but opted to defer her acceptance for a year. During that time she joined the "Where There Be Dragons" organization.

SEE ALSO: Where is Sasha Obama? First daughter missing from father's final speech

The group, based out of Colorado, specialized in gap year and summer abroad educational trips for young students. Her trip, focused on Bolivia and Peru, offered her the chance to explore "current political trends, social movements and environmental conservation efforts."

According to Bolivian media outlets, the first daughter lived with a family in Tiquipaya and received no special treatment.

The trip included a visit to Cordillera Real mountain range, where local guides were warned that they would be hosting an important American dignitary. According to the Times report, however, they mistook another member of the party for the special figure.

"There was a blond girl and we assumed she was the important one," Gregorio Mamani, one of the guides, told the paper.

"She was very humble, chatty, spoke Spanish very well," he said of Malia Obama. "She was mesmerized by the Bolivian landscape."

While she spent the fall focused on politics and conservation, the former first daughter is now set to explore the entertainment business. She has reportedly secured an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. She was also spotted at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:26 pm

A history of withdrawn Cabinet nominees, and which of Trump's picks could face rejection

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With Tuesday's Senate committee approval of Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, President Trump's Cabinet picks are slowly transitioning out of "nominee" status.

While the confirmation hearing process today is considered less grueling than in recent years, some still question who of Trump's picks might face enough "no" votes to be rejected from their respective appointments.

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Earlier this month, Trump's pick for senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council Monica Crowley came under fire when it was revealed she had plagiarized over 50 parts of her New York Times bestselling book. The former FOX News contributor then withdrew her name from the appointment nomination, joining a historic list of Cabinet nominees who have removed themselves from the approval process.

Cabinet appointment withdrawals months into a commander in chief's presidency are not uncommon, as Bush 43, Clinton and Obama each had multiple Cabinet appointees withdraw themselves from the process. However, the current GOP-led Congress holds 52 seats in the senate which gives them the manpower to vote through any nomination -- as long as the number of "no" votes from within the Republican party is limited to less than three.

SEE ALSO: Trump claims his incoming administration has the 'highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled

Even with Sen. John Tower, the only Cabinet nominee to be formally rejected since 1980 over allegations of alcohol abuse and womanizing, his confirmation came within three votes.

While Scott Pruitt and Betsy DeVos -- Trump's respective picks to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Education -- are widely viewed as those most likely to be blocked by congressional committees -- Trump's Cabinet nominees are generally presumed to be voted in and assume their positions in the new administration.

See below for a list of the notable Cabinet picks in recent years who withdrew after contentious nomination hearings:

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:21 pm

'Yolocaust' website shames people who take selfies at a Holocaust memorial

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People who take selfies at Berlin's Holocaust Memorial are in danger of being publicly shamed.

An Israeli artist's website gathers images of people inappropriately posed at the memorial and merges them with horrific pictures from Nazi concentration camps, according to FOX News.

The "Yolocaust" project is the work of satirist and author Shahak Shapira.

"The selfies were found on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr. Comments, hashtags and 'Likes' that were posted with the selfies are also included," he explains on the website.

The images and captions in his project are disturbing, so proceed with caution.

The 4.7-acre Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe consists of 2,711 concrete blocks, which reflect the scale of the Holocaust.

It was inaugurated in 2005 and is located in the center of Berlin.

"About 10,000 people visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe every day," Shapira explained on the website. "Many of them take goofy pictures, jump, skate or bike."

"No historical event compares to the Holocaust. It's up to you how to behave at a memorial site that marks the death of 6 million people," he continued.

A number of images have been removed from the site since it went live on Wednesday, and as of now, only three remain.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:18 pm

Malia Obama turns up at Sundance Film Festival

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Of all the boldfaced names at the Sundance Film Festival, none got people talking like Malia Obama.

The 18-year-old — who until Friday was the first daughter of the United States — turned up at Park City's Yarrow Theater, where she was spotted Tuesday after a screening of the film "Beach Rats." She was overheard telling a Sundance staffer, "It was interesting," though it was unclear if she was talking about the film.

Malia, who is taking a gap year before attending Harvard University, has reportedly lined up an internship with Harvey Weinstein, though he wasn't in sight at the Yarrow on Tuesday.

The mogul-in-the-making (maybe? she has years to make up her mind) was decked out in a brown goose jacket and green snow hat. Once festival goers realized who was in their midst, she was the subject of immediate, excited chatter.

After eight years in the White House, Malia and her sister, Sasha, are now free to live their lives with less scrutiny than their family encountered when Barack Obama was president. But if her brief appearance Tuesday was any indication, Malia Obama won't be able to escape fame.

The screening of "Beach Rats" — a film sure to get a boost from Malia's attendance — was to be followed by a screening of the documentary "Strong Island."

Read original story Malia Obama Turns Up at Sundance Film Festival (Exclusive) At TheWrap


 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:17 pm

How to use humor to elevate your status in the office

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New research has found that humor can make an employee be perceived as confident and competent, but using it in the workplace can still be a double-edge sword.

In the video above, WSJ's Sue Shellenbarger and Tanya Rivero discuss a recent joint Wharton and Harvard Business School study that found a well-timed, tasteful joke at work can actually elevate your status in the workplace.

Humor can often seen as a sign of intelligence and the joke teller perceived as confident and competent, even if your jokes fall flat! But it can also be a risky path, as just one off-color or inappropriate joke can derail you.

A bit of comedy isn't just a powerful tool for boosting your career -- previous studies have found that it can even help increase productivity among stressed-out co-workers and groups.

Before you turn full class clown, find out just how to use humor to your benefit in the video above ... It all boils down to timing and knowing your audience.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:09 pm

Newsweek retracts story praising assault on white nationalist Richard Spencer

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Newsweek apologized Tuesday for publishing a story that praised an assault on white nationalist Richard Spencer, who was punched on video on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration.

Newsweek published a since-deleted story titled, "The Infinite Joy of Watching a Nazi Get Punched to Music," by culture editor Joe Veix.

"On a day when many Americans were despairing over what they see as the transition of power to a fascist demagogue, it was a small moment of reprieve. It was possibly the first entertaining day on the internet since the election," Veix wrote.

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Spencer, one of the loudest voices in the so-called "alt-right" movement and the head of the white nationalist think-tank the National Policy Institute, was punched in the face during a live interview, and proceeded to use the incident to argue that his critics are violent cowards.

The punch was quickly remixed into a series of memes, many of them set to music.

Spencer said in a video he posted on Twitter that as he gave the interview, several people began circling him, including an African-American man who did a "Sieg Heil" salute to mock him. Others asked if he was a Neo-Nazi, which he denied. When a woman asked him if he liked black people, Spencer replied, "Yeah, sure."

Then a man whose face was disguised suddenly popped into the shot to slug Spencer. "He came out of nowhere and and punched me and he didn't really land one... it's not a big deal... it didn't really land and it didn't hurt that much," Spencer said. "This is who these people are. These are these total cowards that we're dealing with."

One reason people may have thought Richard Spencer is a Neo-Nazi is that at an alt-right gathering soon after Trump's election, Spencer led a crowd in calling out, "Hail Trump! Hail our people!" He added, "Hail victory!," the English translation of "Sieg Heil!"

Read original story Newsweek Retracts Story Praising Assault on White Nationalist Richard Spencer At TheWrap


 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:09 pm

Trump signs order to move Keystone, Dakota pipelines forward

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Tuesday to move forward with construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, rolling back key Obama administration environmental actions in favor of expanding energy infrastructure.

While oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners, a revival of the projects would mark a bitter defeat for Native American tribes and climate activists, who vowed to fight the decisions through legal action.

Trump campaigned on promises to increase domestic energy production and before taking office indicated he supported completion of the Dakota pipeline and re-starting the C$8 billion ($6.1 billion) Keystone XL project, which was rejected in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama.

Protesters had rallied for months against plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying it threatened water resources and sacred Native American sites.

It is not yet clear how exactly the orders will move the projects forward.

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In a statement, the Standing Rock Sioux said they would fight the decision.

"Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream," said Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock tribe.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council, the trade group for the state's oil producers who are relying on Dakota Access to expand their crude transport options, cheered Trump's order.

"We think this is a great step forward for energy security in America," said Ron Ness, the council's president.

The more than 800,000 bpd Keystone XL pipeline linking Canada's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast was conceived nearly a decade ago. Since then, however, the U.S. shale revolution has redefined oil flows, with domestic refiners suddenly finding themselves awash with plentiful supply and needing fewer foreign imports.

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Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in Calgary that TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL has all the regulatory approvals it needs in Canada, and that the project would be "very positive for Canada."

Environmental activists broadly opposed the Keystone XL pipeline and campaigned against it for more than seven years, eventually winning a victory when Obama rejected the project in 2015.

"President Trump appears to be ignoring the law, public sentiment and ethical considerations with this executive order aimed at resurrecting the long-rejected Keystone XL pipeline and circumventing the ongoing environmental review process for the highly controversial Dakota Access pipeline," Trip Van Noppen, president of nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice said in a statement.

TransCanada shares last traded up 2.6 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January said it would begin an environmental assessment that could delay the Dakota project further. It is not clear if Trump's order supersedes that move, and the Standing Rock statement suggested the order circumvents the environmental review.

In Cannon Ball, North Dakota, protesters, many of whom have stayed at the camp for months, expressed concern about the order but said they would continue fighting to protect the environment.

"I'm staying here. I'm standing with the natives. This is our future," said Benjamin Buffalo, 45, a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana. "I disagree with what Trump did because he's ruining the future for our children."

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe won a key victory when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in early December turned down Energy Transfer Partners' request for an easement to tunnel under the nearby Missouri River.

Most of the 1,172-mile (1,885 km) Dakota pipeline was completed by the summer of 2016, except for a small section under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that forms part of the river.

Trump on Monday met with leaders of labor unions, including the Building and Construction trades group and the Laborers International Union of North America, who have been vocal supporters of both pipeline projects.

Both groups had endorsed Trump rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. election, but disagreed with her opposition to the Keystone pipeline.

In a statement on Tuesday, the U.S. Teamsters Union noted that the pipelines would "put thousands of Americans" to work.

Trump, speaking on Tuesday in Washington, said Keystone XL would create 28,000 jobs, but that figure is at odds with a 2014 U.S. State Department environmental study, which said the project would create 3,900 U.S. construction jobs and 35 permanent jobs.

Shares of ETP, the company building the 450,000 barrel-a-day Dakota pipeline, were up 3.7 percent in U.S. trading.

Trump owned ETP stock through at least mid-2016, according to financial disclosure forms, and ETP's chief executive, Kelcy Warren, donated $100,000 to his campaign.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:09 pm

Olivia Munn thanks fans for supporting boyfriend Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers after their loss

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Olivia Munn had a spirit of gratefulness after her boyfriend, Aaron Rodgers, and the Green Bay Packers faced an upsetting loss on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons beat the Packers, 44-21, taking Rodgers' team out of the running to play in this year's Super Bowl. After their big loss, Munn posted a message to Instagram, thanking Packers fans.

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"So proud of this team. They faced a lot of adversity on and off the field, but battled to get this far," Munn wrote. "THANK YOU to those of you who encouraged and supported them by choosing to put out only positive energy."

The 36-year-old actress added, "It helped get them this far."

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Rodgers has faced some "adversity" over the past few months after his brother Jordan's stint on The Bachelorette brought to light that the 33-year-old quarterback was estranged from his family. Rodgers' father, Ed, recently spoke with The New York Times about the rift.

"Airing public laundry is not what I would have chosen," he said, adding that it's not "appropriate to talk about family stuff publicly," but "fame can change things."

The athlete has reportedly not spoken with his family since 2014, around the time he started dating Munn.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 2:08 pm

Kylie Jenner shares sexy new batch of photos on Instagram

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Kylie Jenner took to Instagram over the weekend to share a slew of new photos from a couple of different photo shoots, including a brand new Puma spread.

Jenner, who reportedly signed a seven-figure deal with the sportswear company in 2016, showed off her curves in both of the shoots, though one of them was much racier than the other.

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In the first, Jenner flaunted major skin while wearing a two-piece army green ensemble. The long-sleeved crop top cut barely below her breasts, and the high-waisted underwear bottoms showed off her now-famous derrière.

The second batch of photos show off Jenner's apparent athletic prowess. Decked out in chic Puma merch, the Kylie Lip Kit entrepreneur is shown in a variety of poses, including one particularly impressive shot in which she shows off her flexibility in a black workout ensemble.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 1:55 pm

Oscar nominations: 12 biggest snubs and surprises

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The biggest curveball from Tuesday morning's Oscars announcement arguably wasn't the nominees — it was how the Academy decided to unveil them. Rather than a live press conference at the crack of dawn in Los Angeles, ABC aired a protracted infomercial, starring second-tier Oscar winners like Marcia Gay Harden and Dustin Lance Black.

"La La Land" beat out all other films, with a record-tying 14 nominations (on par with "Titanic" and "All About Eve"). "Arrival" and "Moonlight" followed up with eight each. And in other good news: After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, 35 percent of this year's acting nominees are people of color, including previous winners Denzel Washington ("Fences") and Octavia Spencer ("Hidden Figures").

Here are the 12 most glaring snubs and surprises.

SNUB: "Deadpool"
In the end, Oscar voters got cold feet when it came to recognizing the 20th Century Fox mega-hit starring Ryan Reynolds as a disfigured mercenary with the power to heal himself. If it had made the cut, "Deadpool" would have been the first comic book movie to crash the best picture race. But sadly, "Deadpool" got shut out of the Oscars race completely, ending up with fewer nominations than "Suicide Squad" (best makeup) and "Doctor Strange" (visual effects).

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SNUB: Amy Adams, "Arrival"
The five-time Oscar nominee was left out of the best actress category, even though "Arrival" scored eight nominations overall, including best picture, director (Denis Villeneuve) and adapted screenplay. It's possible that Adams, who also had a lead role in "Nocturnal Animals," divided her own vote, allowing for Isabelle Huppert ("Elle") and Ruth Negga ("Loving") to zoom past her.

SNUB: Annette Bening, "20th Century Women"
It wasn't a great year for the Beatty-Bening household. Warren's "Rules Don't Apply" wilted at the box office, and Bening, who was thought to be a lock in the best actress race early in the season, got pushed out of this year's unusually competitive category for her portrait of an eccentric single mom.

SNUB: Tom Hanks, "Sully"
It's one of the strange mysteries of the Oscars that Hanks, who has two wins but hasn't been nominated in 16 years (since "Cast Away"), wasn't included among the acting nominees for playing "Miracle on the Hudson" hero Sully Sullenberger. The movie was a box-office hit, and director Clint Eastwood is usually an Academy Awards darling.

SNUB: Hugh Grant, "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Many predicted that Grant would earn his first Oscar nomination ever for playing the husband of a terrible opera warbler. But the Paramount comedy was less of an Oscar movie than a showcase for Meryl Streep.

SNUB: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, "Nocturnal Animals"
Winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actor for playing a rogue bad guy gave Taylor-Johnson a boost just as ballots were being filled out. Yet Oscar voters preferred his co-star Michael Shannon, who portrays a no-nonsense sheriff in the Tom Ford thriller.

SNUB: Martin Scorsese, "Silence"
Scorsese has been nominated for best director eight times, but Oscar voters were indifferent to "Silence." The drama about Jesuit priests in Japan received only a lone nod for best cinematography.

SNUB: "Finding Dory"
In 2004, "Finding Nemo" became the first Pixar movie to win an Oscar for best animated feature. Its sequel, "Finding Dory," was overlooked in favor of other Disney favorites ("Zootopia" and "Moana").

SNUB: "Weiner"
The Sundance documentary about Anthony Weiner's failed New York mayoral race was a favorite all year long. Then came the election. Weiner's role in possibly spoiling the presidency for Hillary Clinton may have alienated voters from celebrating a movie about his downfall.

SURPRISE: Ruth Negga, "Loving"
At last year's Cannes Film Festival, Negga was crowned an instant Oscar contender, for her nuanced performance as half of an interracial couple behind an influential 1967 Supreme Court Case. But the competitiveness of the best actress category — with the likes of Annette Bening and Amy Adams — made her more of a longshot on pundits' list as the season progressed.

SURPRISE: Michael Shannon, "Nocturnal Animals"
After a strong reception at Toronto, "Nocturnal Animals" faded from the awards conversation. But when the movie re-emerged at the Golden Globes, it was in the form of a win for Aaron Taylor-Johnson. So that Shannon ended up squeaking into the best-supporting actor race is a surprise. This marks his second Oscar nomination, after 2008's "Revolutionary Road."

SURPRISE: Mel Gibson, "Hacksaw Ridge"
Gibson's comeback story is now official, given that the "Braveheart" winner is back in the best director race for his World War II drama.


 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 1:46 pm

What foods to eat during each week of your cycle for less annoying periods

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In a single month, your body undergoes some pretty major changes. Your hormones fluctuate, you lose blood, and along with all that fun stuff, your dietary needs differ vastly from week to week. That's the basis for the new book from functional nutritionist and holistic health counselor Alisa Vitti, WomanCode, and the period-tracking app MyFlo, which guide women on optimal ways to eat at various times of the month.

Here, Vitti shares which foods help us out most during different phases of our cycles. The first of these phases is the week after your period, so you should start it the day after you stop bleeding. Each phase lasts about a week.

Scroll through to see what foods to eat:

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 1:46 pm

Ben Roethlisberger hinted he may be done with the NFL

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After 13 years in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't sure if there will be a 14th season.

Following the Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, Roethlisberger hinted he may consider retirement over the offseason.

"I'm gonna take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season — if there's gonna be a next season," Roethlisberger said during his weekly interview with 93.7 The Fan's Ron Cook and Andrew Fillipponi.

Roethlisberger added, "I think at [this] point in my career, at my age, that's the prudent and smart thing to do every year."

When asked directly if he would return for the 2017 season, Roethlisberger said, "Like I said, I'm gonna take some time to evaluate with my family and really do a lot of praying about it and make sure it's the right thing for me and my family."

In 2016, Roethlisberger threw for 3,819 yards, his fewest since 2012, while completing 64.4% of his passes, his lowest since 2013. However, his touchdowns increased while his interceptions decreased from 2015.

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Roethlisberger has struggled with injuries throughout his career and said he was "thankful" his offensive line kept him healthy through the season. He added head injuries are always a big factor when weighing his future.

According to Spotrac, Roethlisberger has $36 million remaining in base salary on his contract. He could also be obligated to returning $18 million from his signing bonus, meaning he could be walking away from $54 million.

Of course, it's early in the offseason and the Steelers just suffered a tough loss to the Patriots two days ago. With more time to rest and think things over, it's possible Roethlisberger will decide to return to the team. However, should he decide to hang up his cleats, the Steelers may find themselves scrambling for a replacement.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 1:46 pm

Firefighters to use jetpacks to battle flames

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Dubai has experienced an "uptick in fires" over the past years, so it has responded by coming up with a novel way to fight some of the blazes.

It recently adopted jetpacks, which allow firefighters and the hoses they carry to be lifted into the air via jets of water, notes RT.

The system, which is powered by jet skis, is called Dolphin and was demonstrated on Saturday.

That presentation showed a firefighter being lifted above the water and to the side of a bridge for the purpose of battling a car blaze.

In addition to putting out fires on waterway overpasses, the means can be used to extinguish flames battering boats and properties along the shoreline.

As the jet skis don't run the risk of getting stuck in city traffic, it is anticipated that the response time typically required to reach a number of areas will be greatly diminished.

 

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 1:33 pm

Academy Awards: The richest nominees to never win an Oscar

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The 89th Academy Awards kick off Feb. 26, 2017, and celebrate nearly 90 years of safe bets, monumental upsets and unlikely underdogs. For some celebrities, it marks another awards season without an Oscar to show for strong performances in the box office.

But missing out on the famed Oscar statuette doesn't just mean these celebrities are going home empty-handed. It could mean they're missing out on potential pay increases for future films. Here's a look at 20 of the richest Academy Awards nominees who have never won an Oscar, but are still making it rain.

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Posted on 24 January 2017 | 1:30 pm

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