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Source: The Guradian

Hurricane disaster relief: all five living former US presidents to attend benefit

Saturday 20:57 GMT

All five living former US presidents – Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush and George W Bush – will on Saturday night attend a concert in College Station, Texas, an event staged to raise money for relief efforts from hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Irma subsequently hit Florida and Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, while both affected the US Virgin Islands.

Source: CBS News

On The Trail: Caribou hunting in Alaska

Sunday 15:27 GMT

"This fall, hunting season, there'll be people hunting caribou in the same place that's happened for 12,000 years," said Lois Dalle-Molle, a research coordinator for the Alaska National Parks. "Most of the parks in Alaska are established under a different law than the parks in the lower 48."

Respect for the land … respect for the animals … respect for a tradition and lifestyle that have existed for thousands of years.

Source: CBS News

Chris Rosati, who spread happiness while battling ALS, dies at 46

Thursday 00:01 GMT

For those who grew to love Chris Rosati, myself included, there was nothing he could do or say at the end to negate the gifts he gave.

You can click here to see the video, but be warned — it involves me wearing a lot of formal attire and Chris ends up shirtless.

Source: NBC News

In the heart of America, K-pop thrives

Thursday 00:01 GMT

Joey Abonzo was working as an optician in Dallas when he was first introduced to Korean pop music, also known as K-pop, in 2012.

The consulate wanted to know if Kpop Dallas was interested in helping organize and promote a preliminary round of the K-pop World Festival, a South Korean government-sponsored event that invites international K-pop fans to perform their favorite songs. Winners of regional rounds, held in 71 countries in 2016, have the opportunity to compete at the final event in Changwon, South Korea.

Source: New York Times

Michele Marsh, Longtime New York TV Anchor, Dies at 63

Thursday 00:01 GMT

Michele Marsh, an Emmy Award-winning newscaster who was an anchor on nightly programs on the CBS and NBC flagship stations in New York City for more than two decades, died on Tuesday at her home in South Kent, Conn.

Ms. Marsh was one of several women — Carol Jenkins, Pia Lindstrom, Carol Martin and Melba Tolliver were the others — who had by 1980 swept into anchor positions at all five of the New York stations that had late-night news programs.

Source: Washington Post

Cigarette taxes are the best way to cut smoking, scaring Big Tobacco

Saturday 20:57 GMT

As a health advocate for the American Cancer Society, she watched year after year as other states increased their cigarette taxes and lowered their smoking rates.

Internal documents disclosed in lawsuits show how seriously tobacco companies perceive the threat of cigarette taxes, with several tobacco companies calling tax hikes the most alarming, existential threat they face. A nationwide analysis of 31 years of cigarette taxes by University of North Carolina researchers found that Republican control of a state was a key predictor for its cigarette tax rates.

Source: Washington Post

First stand-alone Starbucks east of Anacostia brings excitement — and worries about displacement

Sunday 18:14 GMT

Last week, the city trumpeted that Starbucks plans to open a store on the thoroughfare, its first stand-alone location in the poorest wards east of the Anacostia River, where D.C. has long struggled to attract national retailers.

When Larry Jackson bought his first apartment in the Anacostia neighborhood in the late 1970s, he said Martin Luther King Avenue SE was a street “you didn’t want to walk on.” In recent years, Jackson, a 57-year-old mechanic, has seen new development push out the drugs and dealers he said once “loaded this street.”

Source: Washington Post

Here’s a pot of chili you won’t get tired of eating

Sunday 18:14 GMT

With this warming recipe comes the realization that, yes, a meatless chili that takes less than an hour to make can offer a satisfying chew and deep flavor.

Stir in the minced jalapeño and garlic, then add 2 tablespoons of the chili powder, half the cumin, the smoked paprika, the tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste and water, stirring to incorporate. Season with ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper; cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring often, until softened.

Source: Global News

NFL national anthem policy not changing, Donald Trump reiterates his ‘stand’ demand

Friday 03:21 GMT

In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand.

… Goodell said the initiatives to enhance the pace of games have worked, including 40-second clocks after touchdowns, use of the Microsoft Surface tablets for replay reviews, and the centralization in the New York headquarters of officiating calls that are reviewed.

Source: New York Times

Arthur Cinader, Who Started J. Crew, Avatar of Preppy Style, Dies at 90

Thursday 00:01 GMT

Arthur Cinader, the founder of J. Crew, the clothing retailer that rose to prominence marketing a classic preppy chic to upper-middle-income consumers, died on Oct. 11 in Santa Fe, N.M.

Mr. Cinader spent much of his retirement in Santa Fe but also traveled frequently to the Netherlands, his wife’s native country, and to New York and Washington, where he was involved with policy groups like the libertarian Cato Institute and the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Source: Washington Post

The curious story of the National Mall’s lone privately owned plot

Friday 21:53 GMT

The design by John Russell Pope, whose Washington oeuvre includes the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives and the National Gallery’s West Building, was deemed too costly, so Pope retooled it for APhA; self-plagiarism of this sort was de rigueur at the time.

APhA acquired the plot between 22nd and 23rd streets — the same one Kidwell had owned — in 1928, and a 1932 act of Congress shut a street cutting diagonally across the land in exchange for APhA’s contribution of other land so 23rd Street could be widened.

Source: BBC

Five reasons Trump's widow story stings

Thursday 14:32 GMT

Compounding matters was that it appears Mr Trump went into the conversation with Johnson's widow without a clear script.

It's only gotten worse, as the story has morphed into one of an allegedly callous presidential call to a grieving widow of a US soldier killed in Niger. It started bad, with the president questioning the way his predecessors dealt with the families of war dead.

Source: Fox News

Grassley wants 'gag order' lifted for FBI informant allegedly 'threatened' by Obama DOJ

Friday 17:18 GMT

A top Senate Republican is calling for the Justice Department to lift an apparent “gag order” on an FBI informant who reportedly helped the U.S. uncover a corruption and bribery scheme by Russian nuclear officials but allegedly was “threatened” by the Obama administration to stay quiet.

The U.S. was involved because the sale gave the Russians control of part of the uranium supply in the U.S. . Grassley wrote in letters last week to federal agencies that he’s not “convinced” by previous “assurances” that there were no unresolved national security concerns, and revealed Thursday that he wants to hear from the FBI informant in the Russia corruption probe.

Source: The Guradian

Catalonia: detention of secessionist leaders sparks large protests

Wednesday 13:40 GMT

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Catalonia to protest against a judge’s decision to detain two prominent pro-independence leaders, as tensions between the Madrid and Barcelona governments continue to rise.

Similar demonstrations were held in Tarragona, Lérida and Girona, with further protests due to take place on Tuesday evening. About 500 students abandoned their classrooms in one of Barcelona’s main universities to join the demonstrations.

Source: Common Domain

Bill O'Reilly reportedly paid $32-million harassment settlement before signing new Fox News contract

Sunday 02:25 GMT

Fired Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim just before he signed his last contract with Fox News.

“When the company renewed Bill O'Reilly's contract in February, it knew that a sexual harassment lawsuit had been threatened against him by Lis Wiehl, but was informed by Mr. O'Reilly that he had settled the matter personally, on financial terms that he and Ms. Wiehl had agreed were confidential and not disclosed to the company,” the representative told the Los Angeles Times.

Source: Global News

Russian journalist in coma after being stabbed in throat by unidentified attacker

Today 08:07 GMT
Source: ABC News

Fallen soldier's widow speaks out about 'anger' at Trump’s call

Today 05:11 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Four-time Iditarod champ pulls out of 2018 race after being implicated in dog doping case

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Catalan MPs to discuss response to Spanish move towards direct rule

Today 08:06 GMT
Source: Washington Post

New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh steps down after sexual harassment allegations

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: BBC

Weinstein Co faces civil rights inquiry

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: Fox News

Podesta news should rattle Dems on Russia

Today 09:02 GMT
Source: DW

Will artificial intelligence change the future of music?

Friday 13:37 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The health benefits of sweet potato

Wednesday 05:12 GMT
Source: Washington Post

‘Bone Music’: The revival of making albums made from X-rays

17-Oct-2017
Source: Reuters

China says foreign firms welcome benefits from internal Communist Party cells

Friday 09:58 GMT
Source: NBC News

Mychael Knight, 'Project Runway' fashion designer, dies at 39

Wednesday 23:58 GMT
Source: CBS News

Semifinalists for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award revealed

Thursday 02:28 GMT
Source: Common Domain

MongoDB shares rally 34% in first day of trading above elevated IPO price

Friday 21:53 GMT

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