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China Has US Targets in Crosshairs: Pentagon

August 18, 2018 |

China is flexing its military muscles, according to a Pentagon report that gets right to the troubling point: “Over the last three years, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and…
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Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder: Botched Surgery Killed Career

August 18, 2018 |

A co-founder of Jefferson Airplane is accusing a New York City hospital of destroying his musical career with a botched tracheotomy after heart surgery in 2016. A lawsuit filed by Marty Balin against the operators of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital alleges the singer and guitarist lost part of his…
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Miss America Has Harsh Words for Gretchen Carlson

August 18, 2018 |

Gretchen Carlson was installed as chair of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors earlier this year in the wake of a scandal that forced out the organization’s CEO and other executives after “unacceptable” emails were revealed about past winners. Now, drama of her own for Carlson and Miss America…
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MoviePass Again Changes Rules for Customers

August 18, 2018 |

Movie subscription service MoviePass has announced that users will only get to choose from a limited number of films on any given day, CNN reports. The restrictions follow the unveiling of a new plan that will limit the number of movies a subscriber can see to three a month. Previously,…
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ESPN Won’t Broadcast Anthem at NFL Games

August 18, 2018 |

Those looking to see for themselves how NFL players are responding to the national anthem will be out of luck on ESPN broadcasts of Monday Night Football this year. The network tells Axios that it does not plan to broadcast the anthem in the upcoming season. “We generally have not…
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Dow Ends Week With Another Triple-Digit Gain

August 18, 2018 |

The stock market shook off a wobbly start and ended broadly higher on hopes that China and the US were making progress on resolving their trade dispute. Industrial and health care companies also posted some of the biggest gains Friday. Despite some weakness in chip companies, the technology sector managed…
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Trump to Move ‘Very Quickly’ on Another Security Clearance

August 18, 2018 |

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr—who President Trump says aided his political enemies during the campaign—may be the next person to have his security clearance revoked. “I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace, with his wife, Nellie,” Trump told reporters Friday, saying that he plans to yank Ohr’s…
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Lawsuit: Surgeon Removed Woman’s Kidney by Mistake

August 17, 2018 |

Dena Knapp went to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., to have an adrenal gland and associated mass removed. Instead, according to a lawsuit, Dr. Scott Baker removed her healthy right kidney, USA Today reports. The suit claims that Baker was told by the hospital pathology department after…
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Goat-Headed Idol Appears at Arkansas Capitol

August 17, 2018 |

The Satanic Temple temporarily placed a bronze statue of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet at the Arkansas State Capitol during a rally to call for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds. About 150 Satanists, atheists, and Christians attended the peaceful First Amendment rally Thursday, the…
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Manafort Jury Recesses as Trump Laments ‘Sad’ Case

August 17, 2018 |

Paul Manafort won’t learn his fate this week. The jury weighing charges against him has gone home for the day and won’t return until Monday. US District Judge TS Ellis III allowed the panel to leave at 5pm because one of the jurors had a scheduled “event” to attend, reports…
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