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Hit List

A new study reports that the Antarctic ice sheet will melt, resulting in global sea levels rising to the point where New York would be non-existent, IF the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement are not met.

The research, published in Nature, states that “if temperatures rise 2 degrees Celsius, ocean levels will rise 2.5 meters (8 feet), the temperature limit set by the Paris agreement. Should temperatures rise 4 or 6 degrees Celsius, sea levels would eventually rise 6.5 meters (21 feet) and nearly 12 meters (39 feet), respectively.”

Study co-author Ricarda Winkelmann said, “Because of its sheer magnitude, Antarctica’s potential for sea-level contribution is enormous.”

The Paris Climate Agreement has a long-term goal limiting the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Nearly 200 nations signed the landmark agreement, including China.

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The man believed to have shot two Louisville police officers during protests Wednesday night has been arrested. Larynzo Johnson, 26, has been charged with wanton endangerment and assault of a police officer. He will be arraigned today.

Along with Johnson’s arrest, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced nearly 100 arrests were made overnight amid protests following the grand jury’s decision to charge only one officer in connection to the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

As previously reported, former officer Brett Hankison, was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for firing rounds into Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment, endangering the lives of three residents who were home at the time. He faces no charges in her death.

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Uncle Ben’s rice has a new look & name.

Mars Food announced that it’s removing the image from the packaging of its Uncle Ben’s rice brand and changing its name to Ben’s Original, NBC News reports.

The company announced it would “tweak” the product’s branding in June following the nationwide protests against racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd.

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From August through September 22, these 37 universities had 48,299 positive “cases”, 2 hospitalizations and ZERO deaths among students.

*It should be noted that many universities, such as UW schools, are testing students who live on campus bi-weekly.

Weekly COVID Rundown: 

US Percentage of Positive Cases (based on total population): 2.12%
US Death Percentage (based on total population): .062%

World Percentage of Positive Cases (based on total population): .41%
World Death Percentage (based on total population): .013%

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Saying good-bye to the disaster that has been 2020 and hello to a brighter 2021, will be all virtual—as is only fitting, right?

In a statement to Fox News, Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said the annual New Year’s Eve event will “go virtual and will not host the usual raucous crowd of revelers.”

There will, however, be “scaled-back and socially distanced live elements still to be determined, and an extremely limited group of in-person honorees, socially distanced, who will reflect the themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020.”

Also, organizers noted that the event usually reflects on the past year and some of its biggest moments, but Tompkins said “No one needs to be reminded of what the dominant news of 2020 has been so far: COVID-19 and a host of racial, economic and climate crises.”

Instead, the virtual event will celebrate essential workers, first responders, doctors, scientists and “both emerging and established entertainers, musicians and artists.”

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Gun sales are continuing to sky rocket.

According to FBI data, the bureau processed 93% more background checks nationwide from March through July of this year compared to the same period last year.

The Cook Political Report shows that “swing states” Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have seen a 77.9% increase in gun purchases between January and August compared to the same time-period in 2019.

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One person is dead and three others have been injured after a home exploded in Oklahoma City early Thursday.

An Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesperson told News9 that a mother, father and their two children lived inside the property. Their daughter is reported to have been killed in the blast, while the father suffered serious injuries and the mother and other child suffered burns.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

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Rain will continue to fall through the weekend as remnants of Beta continue to hover over parts of the South and the mid-Atlantic.

While it is technically the busiest time of the hurricane season, the National Weather Service reports a break in the Atlantic with nothing impacting the US for the next few days.

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Stock averages had a bumpy day Thursday, but eventually posted small gains for the session by the time markets closed.

Encouraging home sales data sent indexes higher as August saw a 4.8 percent increase in houses sold over the same month last year. Analysts had expected a decline of 1.2 percent.

Mixed job market data was released for last week. First time claimants totaled 874 thousand, a number flat to the previous reporting period, but slightly higher than forecasts which had predicted 850 thousand. Even as new claims ticked a bit upward,  continuing claims fell indicating those unemployed are finding work.

Airlines are bracing for cuts in the near future as federal payroll support runs out on September 30th unless congress provides additional stimulus before that date. The uncertainty will likely cause volatility in airline stocks over the coming days.

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Smoke from the California wildfires can “taint the flavor” of wine grapes, posing a potential problem for some winemakers.

Gladys Horiuchi, a Wine Institute spokesperson told Fox News that “the majority of California’s wine grape crop has not been impacted by smoke exposure from the wildfires.” Adding that “the smoke has to be fairly new and right next to” the grapes.

Horiuchi explained that wine connoisseurs do not need to fret as “wineries will not release wines that are not of the same consistent quality that they’ve had with previous vintages.”

Vineyards in northern counties of California Wine Country, such as Sonoma and Napa, are the most likely to be affected by the wildfires.

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Breakups

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have called off their engagement.

Sources close to Lovato have confirmed the singer, 28, and the actor, 29, have in fact “called it quits.”

No word on what let to the split.

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Baby News

Gigi Hadid is a mom!

The model welcomed her first child, a daughter, with boyfriend Zayn Malik.

No name has been shared.

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Mandy Moore is pregnant!

The “This Is Us” star, 36, and husband Taylor Goldsmith, 35, are expecting their first child together, a son, the couple announced Thursday.

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Weddings

Emma Stone and Dave McCary are married!

After postponing their March wedding due to COVID, a source revealed this week that the pair have tied the knot.

The couple was first linked in October 2017 and got engaged in 2019.

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The Swamp

Socialist Bernie Sanders, who owns three homes, fears a forthcoming regime of authoritarianism shepherded by President Trump.

The socialist, who owns three homes, said during a speech Wednesday at George Washington University that Trump’s coy comments about the election results are taking him “further down the path of authoritarianism.”

WORTH NOTING: President Trump has noted that the best way to ensure election integrity is personally, at the ballot box.

WORTH ASKING: Is it more or less authoritarian to order all citizens to pay for a specific, government-owned health insurance program?

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A Senate investigation into corrupt business practices revealed this week that Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from Elena Baturina, identified as “the richest woman in Russia” who made her billions earning no-bid contracts for her plastics company while her husband was the mayor of Moscow.

Over the course of six months in 2015, Baturina sent Biden 11 wire transfers through a shell company he owned in partnership with the stepson of then-Secretary of State John Kerry, which were described as a “Loan Agreement.”

Democrats in Congress and Rachel Maddow were, of course, silent.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem wants Rachel Maddow to shove it.

Maddow ominously reported on her show Wednesday that “South Dakota has just set new records in the number of people hospitalized …” and that it “now has the highest per-capita rate of hospitalizations in the US.”

Noem responded on Twitter that “Only 8% of South Dakota’s hospital beds are occupied by COVID patients. We have and will continue to manage our resources to care for the people who need help.”

WORTH REMEMBERING: Mask-wearing and social distancing will not eradicate the virus, but rather prolong it in the interest of not overwhelming hospitals and healthcare workers.

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Crazy Nancy Pelosi isn’t bullish on another impeachment inquiry before Election Day.

“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” she said Thursday — exactly one year after the first formal impeachment inquiry announcement.

WORTH NOTING: She’s probably just holding onto some imaginary whistleblower complaint so they can start proceedings after President Trump’s landslide re-election win is announced on November 4.

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Lottery

No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $24 million jackpot or a $19.0 million cash payout.

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No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Saturday’s drawing will be for a $25 million jackpot or a $20.0 million cash payout.

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Tube Talk

Here’s who’s on the last night chat shows:

• Jimmy Kimmel: Rerun
• Jimmy Fallon: Sting, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gashi featuring Sting
• Stephen Colbert: Rerun
• Seth Meyers: Rerun
• James Corden: Jason Schwartzman, Alicia Keys

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Here’s what’s new on TV tonight:

• Friday Night SmackDown / FOX / 7:00 pm
• Love Island / CBS / 8:00 pm
• 20/20 / ABC / 8:00 pm
• Dateline NBC / NBC / 9:00 pm

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Showbiz News

John Cena is set to star in a “Suicide Squad” spinoff.

HBO Max announced Wednesday that it has ordered the eight-episode series, titled “Peacemaker.”

It will be written by James Gunn, and Cena will not only star, but also serve as co-executive producer, according to Deadline.

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Kevin Zegers and Sam Palladio have joined the cast of “Rebel,” the movie based on famed legal activist Erin Brockovich.

They join actress Katey Sagal, who will star as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a “blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree.”

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NBC has bumped up the season premiere of “This Is Us” by two weeks.

The fifth season of the show will launch with a two-hour episode on October 27, the Tuesday before the Presidential Election.

Filming for the upcoming season started yesterday.

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Alan Arkin will not be returning as Norman Newlander in Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.”

According to Deadline, the decision was made a long time ago and the show already planned how to address his departure in Season 3.

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Rose McGowan called her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano the “Leader of the Karens” in a recent tweet.

McGowan made the statement in response to a headline about the actress calling 911. While Milano—who is a huge “defund the police” activist—has denied calling the cops, she did admit that her husband phoned them—after their neighbor made the initial call—to find out exactly when they would be arriving.

As previously reported, there was no threat to Milano or her family as the “armed gunman” turned out to be a teenager hunting squirrels with an air rifle.

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Chadwick Boseman was honored with a tribute in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District this week.

Concept artist Nikkolas Smith, a former Disney Imagineer, painted a mural of the late “Black Panther” star, titled “King Chad.”

The image pays tribute to Boseman as a man, an actor and a supporter of childhood cancer patients.

Smith wrote that he was inspired to create the “tribute to honor [Boseman’s] life and legacy.”

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Six country artists are leading with three nominations each for this year’s CMT Music Awards. They are: Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, Ashley McBrideDAN + SHAY and Thomas Rhett.

The nominations also show 14 videos are vying for the top prize of video of the year.

Justin Bieber even got a nod for his duet with Dan + Shay on their hit song, “10,000 Hours.”

The awards show will air on CMT on October 21.

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Disney has bumped Marvel flick “Black Widow” from a November theatrical release to next May. The move kicks fellow Marvel movie “Eternals” from February 2021 to November 2021. Taking over the spot left open in February will be “The King’s Man.”

Also, Pixar’s “Soul” is sticking to it’s November 20 release and will not be heading straight to Disney+.

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NBC has suspended production for “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” beginning today, for two weeks due to the spread of coronavirus.

Both shows had planned to start broadcasting next week without a live, in-studio audience.

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Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Guilty.”

In a $30 million deal, the steaming giant snatched up the Antoine Fuqua directed film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

According to Deadline, the flick takes place over the course of a “single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.”

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The Daily Kardashopus

Kris Jenner will not be joining the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

During an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ day time talk show, Jenner dished about the rumor saying she “doesn’t have enough time” to juggle another TV series.

The mom-of-6 also touched on her famous family’s decision to quit their E! show after 20 seasons, saying it was “kind of sudden,” but she is so thankful to “have the best home movies in the world.”

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We'll Never Be Royals

President Trump slammed Meghan Markle after her and Prince Harry’s video message hinting that they support Joe Biden.

From his podium at the White House, Trump said “I’m not a fan of hers. I would say this – and she has probably heard that – I wish a lot of luck to Harry because he’s going to need it.”

Earlier this week, while sitting in their multi-million-dollar mansion, the royals recorded a message telling viewers to “reject hate speech” and this is “the most important election of our lifetime.”

As previously reported, speaking out in such a partisan way is a royal no-no.

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Sports

Robert Kraft is off the hook in his sex spa case.

TMZ Sports reports that prosecutors dismissed Kraft’s two misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute because they “didn’t have enough evidence to get a conviction.”

The decision comes as no surprise as Kraft’s lawyers successfully argued that a video showing the Patriots owner allegedly receiving sex acts at the spa should not be admitted in the case.

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The Miami Dolphins (1-2) beat the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) in Jacksonville 31-13 on Thursday night.

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List of the Week

Here is a list of the States ranked by “happiness” (according to WalletHub):

1. Hawaii
2. Utah
3. Minnesota
4. New Jersey
5. Maryland
6. California
7. North Dakota
8. Iowa
9. Idaho
10. Connecticut
11. Nebraska
12. South Dakota
13. Massachusetts
14. Virginia
15. Washington
16. Vermont
17. New York
18. Wisconsin
19. Nevada
20. Arizona
21. New Hampshire
22. Georgia
23. Colorado
24. Delaware
25. Texas
26. Rhode Island
27. Florida
28. Pennsylvania
29. Illinois
30. Maine
31. Wyoming
32. North Carolina
33. Kansas
34. South Carolina
35. Ohio
36. Indiana
37. Michigan
38. Montana
39.New Mexico
40. Missouri
41. Oregon
42. Alaska
43. Alabama
44. Mississippi
45. Tennessee
46. Kentucky
47. Louisiana
48. Oklahoma
49. Arkansas
50. West Virginia

*To determine “happiness” the survey examined 32 key metrics, ranging from the depression rate and the positive COVID-19 testing rate to income growth and the unemployment rate.

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Day of the Year

Binge Day
German Butterbrot Day
Hug a Vegetarian Day
International Ataxia Awareness Day
National Bakery Day
Love Note Day
Math Storytelling Day
National BRAVE Day
National Cooking Day
National Comic Book Day
National Crab Meat Newburg Day
National Doodle Day
National Food Service Employees Day
National Lobster Day
National One-Hit Wonder Day
National Psychotherapy Day
National Tune-Up Day
National Quesadilla Day
National Research Administrator Day
Native American Day
Sport Purple for Platelets Day
Save the Koala Day
World Dream Day
World Pharmacist Day

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On This Date

1789 – Congress passes 12 amendments to the country’s new constitution, which are sent to the state legislatures for ratification. 10 of the surviving 12 amendments are known today as the Bill of Rights.

The first failed amendment dealt with adjusting the number of citizens each US Congressman represented, and provided for a minimum of 200 representatives in the House.

The other amendment was eventually passed — in 1992. It said that Congressmen could not vote themselves a pay raise until a new Congress was elected.

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1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition comes upon some hostile Teton Sioux Indians. This is soon after departing from St. Louis.

Chief Black Buffalo demanded some form of gift or tribute before the crew could pass. His warriors tried to sneak off with some of the Americans’ boats.

A tense shouting match and standoff ensued — but eventually the Chief stood his men down. The Americans enjoyed a couple days of the Indians’ hospitality before departing.

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1878 – British physician Charles Drysdale suggests smoking tobacco could have harmful health effects in an article printed in the Times of London.

By his estimation, 15 million British Pounds were spent on tobacco annually and called the habit a “retrograde influence.”

Years earlier, Drysdale wrote that smoking caused extreme heart palpitations.

The next year, he published a book called “Tobacco and the Diseases It Produces.”

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1894 – President Cleveland pardons Mormons who had ever engaged in polygamous relationships.

This came 4 years after the leader of the Church of Latter-Day Saints adjusted the organization’s stance on permitting marriage between more than 2 people. Afterward, the government poured resources into monitoring Mormons, to catch those still engaging in unlawful marriages.

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1970 – “The Partridge Family” premieres on ABC.

The show was born from the success of “The Monkees,” a TV program whose fictional band became a very real and very successful one.

The production company hired 5 child actors without marked singing talent.

The fictional Partridge family’s first song “I Think I Love You” became a huge hit on the show. It did in the real world too — but the actors on the show weren’t the real singers.

David Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge, achieved status as a teen pop idol in his own right.

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2002 – An unidentified object causes a strange explosion in a remote region of Siberia.

American missile defense satellites picked up on the detonation, which scientists concluded was a stray comet nucleus crashing to Earth.

By American measurements, the blast was between .2 and .5 kilotons — but some Russians measured it near 5 kilotons; to put that in perspective, the bomb dropped over Nagasaki in World War II measured about 13 kilotons.

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2015 – Bruce Jenner becomes Caitlyn Jenner.

The gold medal decathlon winner now identifies as female.

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Birthdays

Rosalía – pop singer – 27

Donald Glover – TV actor, “The Lion King”, “Community” – 37

TI – rapper – 40

Bridgette Wilson – American actress, “Billy Madison”, “Mortal Combat” – 47

Catherine Zeta-Jones – movie actress, “The Mask of Zorro”, “Ocean’s Twelve” – 51

Will Smith – movie actor, “Bad Boys”, “The Pursuit of Happyness” – 52

Scottie Pippen – former basketball player – 55

Michael Madsen – American actor, “Reservoir Dogs”, “The Hateful Eight” – 63

Jamie Hyneman – American special effects expert, MythBusters – 64

Mark Hamill – movie actor, “Star Wars franchise”, “Child’s Play” – 69

Michael Douglas – movie actor, “Basic Instinct”, “Ant-Man” – 76

Barbara Walters – American journalist – 91

Born On This Date
Christopher Reeve – American actor, “Superman franchise” – 1952 (d. 2004)

Erik Darling – American folk musician – 1933 (d. 2008)

Aldo Ray – American actor, “Green Beret” – 1926 (d. 1991)

William Faulkner – American author, Sound & Fury – 1897 (d. 1962)

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Happy Hour

FROZEN MARGARITA

INGREDIENTS:
Lime rounds, for garnish
Kosher salt
8 oz. silver tequila
1 c. fresh lime juice
4 oz. triple sec
2 oz. simple syrup
6 c. ice

DIRECTIONS:
Rim 4 glasses with lime and dip in salt.
Combine tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, and ice in a blender.
Blend until slushy consistency.
Pour into glasses.
Garnish with lime rounds.

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