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New to Amazon Prime:
Akilla’s Escape
Cowboys & Aliens
Wanderlust

New to HBO Max:
In the Line of Fire
Point Break

New to Hulu:
A Murder to Remember
Cheer Camp Killer
Sleepwalker

New to Netflix:
The Forgotten Battle
The Four of Us
The Trip

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Hit List

The American Red Cross needs blood.

According to a statement from the organization, there is a blood and platelet shortage as donor turnout has reached its lowest levels of the year.

Surging hospital admissions and blood drive cancellations blamed on the pandemic have decreased blood supply to alarming levels, the statement continued.

Patients who have had COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against the virus can donate.

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An FDA advisory panel endorsed emergency authorization for Moderna’s half-dose COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. 

The plan would be to administer the shot at least six month after the two-dose series for people ages 65 and older and those at an increased risk from the virus. 

The recommendation will now go before the FDA, who will issue an official decision. 

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Jobless claims fell to 293,000 last week, a drop from the prior week’s reported 329,000.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expected new claims to only fall slightly to an estimated 318,000.

The drop in claims comes days after a separate report showing American workers are quitting at record rates. (Workers who quit are not eligible for unemployment benefits).

Approximately 2.6 million Americans remain on some form of traditional state unemployment benefits.

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Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty yesterday to numerous charges stemming from a viral video he posted attacking the US’ botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

Scheller entered his plea in a special court-martial at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune. 

A military judge overseeing his case has to approve his plea before sentencing can occur. 

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McDonald’s is testing out its meatless McPlant burger at a handful of locations across the US next month. 

The meat-free patty is made from ingredients including peas, rice and potatoes and will be served on the same sesame seed bun with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and American cheese, just like its regular burgers. 

It will be the first time the burger giant sells a plant-based patty in the US. 

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The US has a pumpkin shortage. 

Several issues affected this year’s crop, including weather, shipping issues and an abundance of fungus in some areas. 

Pumpkin prices are higher this year compared to last year, too. 

FUN FACT: Illinois harvests the most pumpkins in the US. 

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The Banksy artwork that self-shredded itself just after it sold at auction three years ago, was sold again for $25.4 million — a record for the artist.

“Love is in the Bin” was sold by Sotheby’s in London, with a presale estimate of $5.5 million.

The piece consists of a half-shredded canvas in an ornate frame bearing a spray-painted image of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon.

When the piece was originally sold in 2018, it was known as “Girl With Balloon.” Just as the piece was purchased by an anonymous buyer, a hidden shredder embedded in the frame by Banksy whirred to life, leaving half the canvas hanging from the frame in strips.

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Southwest is offering an apology and a “gesture of goodwill” to passengers who were stranded after thousands of cancelled and delayed flights this week. 

The gesture comes in the form of a Southwest LUV Voucher, which can be applied to future Southwest travel. 

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Stocks finished sharply higher on Thursday as the Dow rose 534 points, the Nasdaq climbed 251 points, and the S&P gained 74 points.

Key financial sector companies posted earnings that exceeded forecasts. Bank of America jumped 4.5 percent and Morgan Stanley surged 2.5 percent during Thursday’s session. Goldman Sachs, J.B. Hunt and PNC Financial will report results Friday.

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The world’s tallest woman lives in Turkey.

Standing at 7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, 24-year-old Rumeysa Gelgi has been crowned the world’s tallest woman by Guinness World Records.

Her height is due to a condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes accelerated growth and other abnormalities, Guinness said in a statement.

BY THE WAY: The world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, is also from Turkey and stands 8 feet, 2.8 inches tall.

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Deaths

David H. DePatie has died. 

The animation producer, famous for creating the Pink Panther, passed away September 23 of natural causes. 

He was 91. 

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Sick Bay

Bill Clinton was hospitalized on Tuesday with a suspected blood infection.

The former president was taken to University of California Irvine Medical Center for “close monitoring” and received IV antibiotics and fluids.

A Clinton spokesperson made it clear that the issue was not COVID related.

As of yesterday Bill’s health was improving, but he will remain in the hospital for monitoring.

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Relationships

Madison LeCroy is engaged. 

The “Southern Charm” star said “Yes” to boyfriend Brett. 

The pair have been dating for seven months. 

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Weddings

Roger Waters is married. 

The 78-year-old musician said “I do” to Kamilah Chavis, his fifth wife, who he referred to as “a keeper.” 

The Pink Floyd singer was previously married to Judith Trim, Carolyne Christie and Priscillia Phillips. Most recently, he was married to Laurie Durning. 

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The Swamp

The White House has said it is rolling back non-essential travel restrictions across the land border with Mexico and Canada — but that starting in January, anyone passing through will have to show proof of vaccination.

YOU GUESSED IT: There are no plans to apply this standard to illegal immigrants.

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The Democrat Party’s fast leftward lurch has left a bitter taste in the mouths of most Americans.

A Gallup Poll shows that 52% of Americans say the government is doing too many things that should otherwise be handled and managed by individuals and corporations.

A year ago, that number was 41%, marking a significant increase year over year.

On the surface these numbers bode poorly for Democrats, but it gets worse: The number of independents who think the government is too big and intrusive has increased by 20 points year over year.

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Lottery

No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $84 million jackpot or a $58.4 million cash payout.

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No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Saturday’s drawing will be for a $60 million jackpot or a $41.8 million cash payout.

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Tube Talk

Here’s who’s on the late-night chat shows:

  • Jimmy Kimmel: Rerun
  • Jimmy Fallon: Oscar Issac, Jo Firestone, Alec Benjamin
  • Stephen Colbert: Rerun
  • Seth Meyers: Rerun
  • James Corden: Rerun

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Here’s what’s new on TV tonight:

  • S.W.A.T. / CBS / 7:00 pm
  • Shark Tank / ABC / 7:00 pm
  • Home Sweet Home / NBC / 7:00 pm
  • Friday Night SmackDown / FOX / 7:00 pm
  • Magnum P.I. / CBS / 8:00 pm
  • 20/20 / ABC / 8:00 pm
  • Dateline NBC / NBC / 8:00 pm
  • Blue Bloods / CBS / 9:00 pm

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Showbiz News

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” has been renewed for a fourth season by Amazon. 

The announcement was made as production wrapped on Season 3. 

The series, starring John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, along with Wendell Pierce and Micheal Kelly, is an American political action thriller based on characters from Tom Clancy’s books. 

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film now has a title and release date.

“Knock at the Cabin” will be released on February 2, 2023.

The director teased fans in August about his latest project by posting a photo to Twitter of an unlabeled binder that allegedly held the script. No other details were revealed.

Shyamalan made a similar announcement about a previous film that eventually became “Glass.”

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Cher is suing Mary Bono, the widow of her ex-husband Sonny Bono, over allegations that she is illegally withholding royalties from the songs Sonny and Cher recorded in the 1960s. 

The pair, who divorced in 1975, agreed to split the revenue from the songs they recorded as a duo.

The suit alleges that Sonny’s fourth wife, Mary, “has undone” Cher’s ownership of rights and royalties. 

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Coldplay wants to save the planet. 

In an effort to save Earth from environmental ruin, the band has pledged to cut down their carbon emissions by 50% and to plant a tree for every ticket sold for their upcoming 2022 world tour. 

They will also feature a dance floor that creates electricity from the crowd’s kinetic energy.

“Music of the Spheres” kicks off in Costa Rica in March. It will be the band’s first tour in nearly five years.  

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Mark Pontius is leaving the band Foster The People after more than a decade of performing. 

The 36-year-old, who founded the group with Mark Foster, Cimino and Isom Innis, is stepping away to focus on being a dad to his 2-year-old daughter. 

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Leah Remini is stepping in to guest host “The Wendy Williams Show.” 

The actress will temporarily fill in for Williams who is taking a hiatus from the daytime talk show amid ongoing health complications. 

Remini will start her run as host next week. 

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Netflix has handed an early fourth season renewal to its hit drama series “You.” 

The series stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a man who will do just about anything for love. 

Season 3 premieres on the streamer today.

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These albums are being released today:

Bedouine, “Waysides”
Ben Barnes, “Songs For You”
Coldplay, “Music of the Spheres”
Finneas, “Optimist”
Hayden Thorpe, “Moondust For My Diamond”
Johnny Marr, “Fever Dreams Pt. 1”
Julia Shapiro, “Zorked!”
Lilly Hiatt, “Lately”
Remi Wolf, “Juno”
Santana, “Blessings And Miracles”
The Darkness, “Motorheart”
Xenia Rubinos, “Una Rosa”
Young Thug, “Punk”

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Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his longtime friend Susan Berman yesterday. 

The 78-year-old New York real estate heir was found guilty last month of first-degree murder for shooting Berman point-blank in the back of the head in her LA home just before Christmas in 2000. 

Prosecutors argued that Berman was murdered as a way to silence her from telling police about a fake alibi she provided for Durst after his wife, Kathie Durst, disappeared in 1982. 

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Tommy Lee Jones is set to star alongside Jamie Foxx in Amazon’s “The Burial.” 

Jones is taking over for Harrison Ford, who had to drop out of the project. 

The film is based on a true story about a bankrupt funeral home owner who decides to sue a rival businessman over a handshake deal gone wrong. 

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The Daily Kardashopus

North West is not a fan of her family’s minimalist, all-white home.

Kim Kardashian recently told Ellen DeGeneres that the 8-year-old often bashes the home during disagreements with her, saying “It’s all white! Who lives like this?!”

Kim said that North knows exactly what buttons to push when she is upset, noting that it is something all moms can relate to.

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We'll Never Be Royals

Prince William is not a fan of sending millionaires into space. 

The Duke of Cambridge was speaking to the BBC about his plans to “repair our planet” and encouraged billionaires to “get their heads out of the clouds.” 

William reinforced how “crucial” it is to be focusing on our planet, “rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.”

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List of the Week

Check out these cozy fall films (courtesy of Parade):

    • Knives Out
    • When Harry Met Sally
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • October Sky
    • Hocus Pocus
    • Good Will Hunting
    • Edward Scissorhands
    • The Big Chill
    • Silver Linings Playbook
    • The Ice Storm
    • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    • You’ve Got Mail
    • Rocky
    • A Ghost Story
    • Pieces of April
    • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    • Trick r’ Treat
    • Coco
    • Soul Food
    • Krisha

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Day of the Year

National Shawarma Day
National Aesthetician Day
National Cheese Curd Day
National I Love Lucy Day
National Grouch Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
National White Cane Safety Day
National Mammography Day
Boss’s Day (or National Boss’s Day)

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On This Date

1863 – The first combat submarine sinks.

The Hunley was developed by Horace Lawson Hunley for the Confederates. It was 40 feet long and crewed by 8 — one sailor steered and the other 7 turned a giant crank that churned the propeller. 

After successful tests off the coast of Alabama, it was shipped by rail to South Carolina. On its first launch, a mechanical function caused a leak in the hatch, and it sank. 

The second time out, Hunley himself was on board for a public demonstration to restore confidence.

He and the crew submerged, and never came back up.

By February, it was raised again, and put back into commission.

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1878 – Inventor Thomas Edison sets up the Edison Electric Light Company in New York.

He had financing from the likes of the Morgans and Vanderbilts, the tycoon families of the time.

By 1880, Edison would patent an electricity distribution system and set up the first private power plant in 1882. 

The Edison Electric Light Company would become part of General Electric in 1892.

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1965 – The first US Draft Card is publicly burned.

A law had recently outlawed their destruction, in response to increasingly outlandish war protests.

David Miller was a Catholic pacifist, who drew a tremendous crowd of protesters when he burned his card in New York City.

He was arrested and found guilty, and spent 2 years in prison.

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1946 – Nazi brass Herman Goering takes his own life with a cyanide tablet.

He held a variety of titles, as is typical in despotic regimes:

    • President of the Reichstag
    • Commander in Chief of the Luftwaffe
    • Head of the Gestapo
    • Prime Minister of Prussia
    • Chief Forester of the Reich
    • Chief Liquidator of Sequestered Estates
    • Supreme Head of the National Weather Bureau

He was also designated to be Hitler’s successor.

Goering was largely responsible for instituting the despicable ethnic cleansing policies instituted throughout the Nazi empire.

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1989 – Wayne Gretzky breaks the NHL record for career goals scored, with 1,850.

The previous record was held by Gordie Howe.

When Gretzky retired 10 years later, he would hold records for most career goals, 894; career assists, 1,962; and career points, 2,856.

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2007 – Comedian and actor Drew Carey replaces Bob Barker on “The Price is Right.”

Barker was 83 and had hosted the show for 35 years.

The Price is Right remains the longest-running daytime game show ever.

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2017 – Actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet about being a sexual harassment or sexual assault survivor sparks a movement. 

The #MeToo movement takes social media by storm. 

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2018 – Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

A series of store closures and deals in desperate attempts to stay afloat failed to save the struggling retailer. 

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Birthdays

Malu Trevejo – pop singer – 19

Bailee Madison – actress, “Bridge to Terabithia” & “Just Go With It” – 22

Vincent Martella – actor, “Everybody Hates Chris” & “Phineas and Ferb” – 29

Anthony Joshua – boxer – 32

Keyshia Cole – R&B singer – 40

Paul Logan – actor, “Mega Piranha” & “The Horde” – 48

Ginuwine – R&B singer – 51

Dominic West – actor, “Tomb Raider” & “300” – 52

Vanessa Marcil – actress, “Beverly Hills, 90210” & “The Rock” – 53

Tito Jackson – guitarist – 68

BORN ON THIS DATE

Tanya Roberts – actress, “Sheena” & “Charlie’s Angels” – 1955 (d. 2021)

Penny Marshall – actress, “A League of Their Own” & “Big” – 1943 (d. 2018)

Jean Peters – actress, “Apache” – 1926 (d. 2000)

Lee Iacocca – automotive executive, Chrysler Corp – 1924 (d. 2019)

Mario Puzo – novelist, “The Godfather” – 1920 (d. 1999)

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Happy Hour

CARAMEL SNICKERDOODLE MARTINI
(Courtesy of Delish.com)

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 c. caramel, warmed
2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
1 c. heavy cream
2 oz. Caramel vodka
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Ice
Whipped cream, for garnish
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Place caramel on a plate and cinnamon sugar on another.
Dip rims of martini glasses in caramel, then in cinnamon sugar.
In a cocktail shaker, add heavy cream, Caramel vodka, and cinnamon.
Add ice and shake until cold.
Pour into glasses and top each one with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

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