December 12, 2018

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Curry: I was 'obviously' joking about moon landing

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Stephen Curry apparently doesn't want any smoke from Buzz Aldrin. The Golden State Warriors guard told ESPN's Nick Friedell that his comments questioning the moon landing were "one thousand percent" a joke:"One thousand percent. One thousand percent. Obviously I was joking when I was talking on the podcast. I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, 'Oh my God, he's a fake moon landing truther,' whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada. So I was silently protesting that part about it, how the story took a life of its own."But in terms of the reaction that I've gotten, I am definitely going to take [NASA] up on their offer. I am going to educate myself firsthand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years. And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power. For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, which is important, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe. But I'm going to go to NASA and I'm going to enjoy the experience whole-heartedly."...
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Rookie will start over Super Bowl-winning QB

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced rookie Lamar Jackson as his starting quarterback for Sunday's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Harbaugh added that veteran Joe Flacco will serve as the backup.Jackson has started each of the past four games, and Baltimore has posted a 3-1 record during that stretch.Jackson was thrust into the starting role in Week 11 when Flacco sat out because of a hip injury. Flacco has been on the shelf since then, but since he is healthy enough to serve as the backup Sunday, Harbaugh's announcement seems like a vote of confidence in Jackson's favor.Per Zrebiec, Flacco offered a diplomatic response after losing the starting job: "I can't say I was surprised. Anything can happen in this league and we're right in the middle of a playoff run."...
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McCutchen, Phillies finalize $50M, 3-year deal

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a back-loaded $50 million, three-year contract on Wednesday, a deal that includes a team option for 2022.McCutchen gets $10 million next season, $17 million in 2020 and $20 million in 2021. The Phillies have a $15 million option for 2022 with a $3 million buyout.The 32-year-old was an All-Star each season from 2011-15, topping .300 in batting average from 2012-14. He was the NL MVP in 2013.McCutchen spent nine years with Pittsburgh before he was traded to San Francisco last winter. He was dealt to the New York Yankees on Aug. 31 and hit .255 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs in 155 games overall this year....
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WATCH: Three trapped in WV mine found alive

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Rescuers had giant fans blowing air into one entrance to the massive mine, which was shut down two years ago.
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Christine Blasey Ford makes first public statement since testimony

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(CNN)Christine Blasey Ford made her first public statement since testifying against Brett Kavanaugh in September to present Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award to Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. "Rachael Denhollander, I am in awe of you and I will always be inspired by you," Ford said in the video. "In stepping forward you took a huge risk and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them." "The lasting lesson," Ford continued, "is that we all have the power to create real change and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others." ...
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Lawmaker: Beginning of the end for Trump

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Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) comments on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, to three years in prison for crimes that included campaign finance violations in paying to silence women who claimed affairs with Trump.
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'A parent never expects to bury their child,' says mom of 3 kids killed at bus stop

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A mother who lost three of her children after they were struck and killed by a pickup truck at their Indiana bus stop on Oct. 30 said a "big part" of her died that day as well.Identical twin 6-year-old brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl, were hit as they tried to board a bus on a rural road in Rochester, Indiana, police said. An 11-year-old boy was also struck and suffered multiple broken bones, according to authorities.The mother of the deceased children, Brittany Stahl, and her husband, Shane Ingle, said in a statement to ABC News, "A parent never expects to bury their child.""The heart ache consumes you and not just one child but three children at the same time," the statement read. "Our loss is more then what we can even express in words."...
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Pilot Survives After Crashing Plane Into the Ocean Near Hawaii, the Military Says

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(HONOLULU) — A pilot is in stable condition after an aircraft crashed in the ocean off Hawaii on Wednesday, authorities said.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says a Hawker Hunter jet went down in the ocean around 2:25 p.m. after taking off from Honolulu’s airport.He said in an email the plane went down about 3.5 miles south of one of the airport’s runways.Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam spokesman Charles Anthony says it was a military-affiliated plane, but it may be civilian.U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Sara Muir says the pilot is in stable condition after being rescued about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Oahu near Honolulu’s Sand Island.He says he hasn’t confirmed whether the plane was participating in Air Force exercises called Sentry Aloha....
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Californians 'traumatized' by wildfires claim $9 billion in losses so far

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While residents of the leveled California town of Paradise still wait to return home, the state announced Wednesday that insurance claims from the state's wildfires last month so far total $9 billion. Although the preliminary total does not exceed last year’s record $11.8 billion payments after blazes ripped through California’s wine country, the insurance commissioner said it will likely rise. “The devastating wildfires of 2018 were the deadliest and most destructive wildfire catastrophes in California’s history,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “The tragic deaths of (89) people and over $9 billion in insured losses to date are shocking numbers — behind the insured loss numbers are thousands of people who’ve been traumatized by unfathomable loss.”...
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‘The Loss Is Horrific.’ Senate Hears Testimony on Disappeared Native American Women

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The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one’s disappearance, telling U.S. senators that numerous Native American families are troubled by inadequate investigations into their missing persons cases.The prepared testimony from Kimberly Loring was part of a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington to examine what authorities call a “silent crisis” — the deaths and disappearance of hundreds of Native American women.Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, said factors compounding the crisis include poor coordination among the multiple law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating crimes on Indian reservations. He and other senators also shared concerns over a lack of government data to measure the scope of a problem that has gained attention following both the #MeToo movement and years of legislative efforts to address the high rates of violence against Native American women....
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Internet lights up over Pelosi's sunglasses

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gets the rock star treatment as the internet lights up over her shades. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
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Nancy Pelosi Cuts Deal With Democratic Rebels To Ensure Return To Speakership

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has very likely sewn up the support she needs to become speaker of the House next year when the new Congress is sworn in.In a deal struck with a group of House Democrats who had vowed to vote against the longtime Democratic leader in next month's House speaker election, the California lawmaker agreed to term limits that would see her hold the post through 2022 at the latest.The agreement ensures Pelosi will easily have the 218 votes she needs to win the speakership on the House's first ballot. "Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders," Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday evening announcing the agreement, "a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus."...
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Jennifer Lopez keeps that iconic Versace dress she wore to the Grammys on a mannequin at home

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Jennifer Lopez is thrilled that her immortal Versace dress, the one that shook the world with a neckline that plunged well below her navel, is having a second act.Lopez wore the showstopping, semi-sheer number to the Grammy Awards in 2000, causing such pop-culture pandemonium that it catapulted her to superstardom.Earlier this month, model Amber Valletta, who originally wore the gown on the catwalk in 1999, walked the runway in a new version at Donatella Versace's New York fashion show. "I love it," Lopez tells USA TODAY of the dress' return, during an interview for her upcoming movie "Second Act" (in theaters Dec. 21).  Lopez, 49, wore a lookalike outfit onstage for an encore at her 2014 homecoming concert in the Bronx. But she won't be tempted to bring it back herself....
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Chinese Hackers May Be Behind Massive Marriott Data Breach, Official Says

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(WASHINGTON) — Investigators believe hackers working on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency are responsible for a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information from as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel chain, a U.S. official said Tuesday.Investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press.The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity, said investigators were particularly concerned about the data breach in part because Marriott is frequently used by the military and government agencies....
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Remains found in Long Island basement are homeowner's father, police confirm

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(CNN)Human remains discovered by a man digging below his basement in October have been identified as his missing father, who disappeared in 1961, according to the Suffolk County Police Department."Now that we know he didn't abandon us it makes us feel better," the son, Michael Carroll, 57, said on Wednesday, adding "it was what I expected." He said his family is taking it very hard. "When fiction becomes nonfiction, it changes the way you see the world."Police released a statement Wednesday confirming that the remains belong to George Carroll, who disappeared when Michael was an infant. Police said the death is being investigated as a homicide.Carroll said he expects police will have a difficult time making progress in their investigation because "everybody's gone in this story." He said his family plans to cremate his father's remains and hold a memorial for him in the spring. "I'm gonna try to make it something good," he said....
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California texting tax: What we know about the proposal

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The proposal by a California commission to impose a "texting tax" raised more questions Wednesday than answers. Here's what we know so far: The proposal was filed by California's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), a group that regulates public utilities operating in the state. In addition to communications services, such as cell phone carriers, the group is also responsible for regulating energy, water and transportation over rail systems, and passenger cars. The proposal hopes to use the tax to help fund access to telecommunications services for lower-income California residents, making up for lost revenue the state used to receive from a tax on voice calls. As mobile phone users shifted from making phone calls to using messaging services to communicate, voice call revenue for these state programs has dropped by roughly a third, from $16.5 billion in 2011 to $11.3 billion in 2017, according to filings from the commission. ...

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