STAR PREVIEW England v USA

first_imgTonight may well be all about Wayne Rooney’s last game for England – or how many Cabinet ministers quit before you read this (the figure is three at the time of writing) – but the England and USA teams that take to the pitch tonight are likely to be focused on the future.Gareth Southgate already has a young team, and with a crunch clash against Croatia coming, it’s likely more changes will be made to an already young side. This is a big chance for new faces and we could see Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson make debuts whilst it’s fairly likely that we shall see Jadon Sancho for an extended amount of time after a brilliant season for Dortmund so far.Along with Sancho, we could see Ben Chilwell, who has impressed in the early stages of his England career, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, and club team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold.The USA are also looking to the future. New coach Dave Sarachan has focused hard on bringing in younger players.17 players in the USA squad are 23 or younger and 19 have 10 or fewer caps, although they are not without promise given that they’ve avoided defeat in seven of their ten friendlies since the World Cup. Three of those results are 1-1 draws with France and Portugal, whilst a 1-0 victory at home to Mexico reads well.England v USAInternational Friendly, 20:00Live on Sky Sports Main Event HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)JUN 2010 WORLD CUP England 1-1 USAMAY 2008 FRIENDLY England 2-0 USAMAY 2005 FRIENDLY USA 1-2 EnglandSEP 1994 FRIENDLY England 2-0 USAJUN 1993 FRIENDLY USA 2-0 EnglandJUN 1985 FRIENDLY USA 0-5 EnglandMAY 1964 FRIENDLY USA 0-10 EnglandMAY 1959 FRIENDLY USA 1-8 EnglandJUN 1953 FRIENDLY USA 3-6 EnglandThe brilliant Christian Pulisic, who is just as impressive as Sancho is for Dortmund, will obviously be a key star but this game could struggle to get going with many changes expected and this might not be the time to smash into England. The USA are 8/11 with a two-goal start and that should give us a good run for our money.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK USA +2 5 points at 8/11 with starsports.bet PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 179.59 points(not including Premier League ante-post, or cricket)last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Cardiff v Man U

first_imgFootball, bloody hell. It is a sport of so many coincidences sometimes you couldn’t write better drama and today gives us a situation that only the Premier League could create. In 2014 Cardiff City sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being relegated from the Premier League and then making a poor start to life in the Championship.Four years and three months later, Cardiff are back in the Premier League – albeit fighting for their lives – and the visitors today are only Manchester United, led by one… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former United legend has been appointed as caretaker manager to the end of the season after a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool proved to be the end for Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer, the scorer of that last gasp winner in the Champions League final, has been loaned from Molde FK where he’d led the club to a pair of runner-up spots in the Norwegian league titles, but has a great deal to prove in the English game.However, the best thing about him might be that he’s not the Special One. The atmosphere around him had been toxic for months and the reactions to his sacking show that many players will be relieved to see the back of the Portuguese. It remains to be seen how they adapt to the change and how Solskjaer adapts to them, but it should be remembered that he has a very capable set of players to work with.It would be no surprise to see a more attacking selection from the Red Devils and with Romelu Lukaku currently on compassionate leave we could then see the return of Antony Martial to the starting XI along with Marcus Rashford giving United more pace and width than previously seen.Cardiff might be struggling at the bottom but they are not an easy trip on the road. All but one of their 14 points has come at home and they have won their last three at the Cardiff City Stadium whilst they went down fighting to Watford 3-2 just last week. For all their flaws they are scoring goals – only Everton have kept a clean sheet against them – and there’s enough uncertainty around United not to take 4/7 on them.Cardiff City v Man UtdPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)JAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 CardiffNOV 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Cardiff 2-2 Manchester United*Matches from 21st Century onlyThe 4/5 on over 2.5 goals is far more attractive. United might have a new man but the structural issues that have bedevilled them whilst their defence will not be fixed overnight whilst they have the firepower to outscore Cardiff an this could be an open game.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 10 points at 4/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 172.28 pointslast_img read more

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Curious kids are in for a delightful shock

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/1004_SHOCKS-4-WEB-29fozx7.jpg“Shocks and Jolts,” an exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston, includes an installation by Rice University engineering students that teaches the principles of electromagnetism. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/1004_SHOCKS-3-WEB-1zjvo5v.jpgRice University engineering student Sammi Lu wires a component during the construction and testing phase of their Electromagnetic Launcher, part of the Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Shocks and Volts” exhibit. The launcher was built at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to a video and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduCurious kids are in for a delightful shock Rice University students jolt imaginations with Children’s Museum of Houston exhibit HOUSTON – (Oct. 3, 2016) – In lieu of a dry lecture on the wonders of electromagnetism, a team of Rice University students built a contraption that combines elements of an automotive solenoid and a pinball machine for the Children’s Museum of Houston.“The idea is to get the kids curious and make them wonder, How does that projectile move up the tube? What makes the light go on? It’s not magic. It’s electromagnetism,” said Rachel Nguyen, a sophomore in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Rice and a member of the design team that built a device for the museum’s “Shocks and Jolts” exhibit.Assembled in Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, the exhibit was installed in the museum in May. The museum calls the Rice creation the Electromagnetic Launcher. The interactive device is simple in design: Two transparent plastic tubes are angled at 45 degrees on a laser-cut wooden frame. In each tube are three coils of copper wire connected to a power source, with small lightbulbs in place at the top of the tubes.By pushing the first of three buttons, each corresponding to one of the coils, a museum visitor electrifies the first coil and releases the magnetized projectile up the tube. As the projectile reaches the second coil, the object is to press the second button and electrify the coil, which in effect becomes a solenoid and sends the object further up the tube. The same follows with the third button and coil. If the museum visitor times the button-pressing successfully, the projectile will reach the top and turn on the light, and the visitor wins the game.“The coils become temporary magnets. The direction of the coils determines the poles of the magnet,” said Nguyen, who grew up in Houston and visited the Children’s Museum as a child.“The biggest thing we wanted to get across was the relationship between electricity and magnetism, but doing it in a fun way,” said Saad Yousaf, a sophomore in mechanical engineering. All team members are sophomores who met their freshman year in the Introduction to Engineering Design class taught by Rice lecturer Matthew Wettergreen. The other team members are Sammi Lu and Karen Vasquez, both in bioengineering.Keith Ostfeld, the museum’s director of digital learning, explained how the Electromagnetic Launcher complements the rest of the “Shocks and Jolts” exhibit.“We discovered kids typically aren’t introduced to electricity in school until the fourth or fifth grade, and then they don’t study it again until high school,” Ostfeld said. “It’s a real shame because kids live in a world of electricity and electronics and are fascinated by it. So we created a space where families and kids of any age can immerse themselves in electrical explorations.”The museum attracts 800,000 visitors each year. The team sponsors are Rice alumna Carolyn Huff and Harrell Huff, and the students’ faculty adviser is Gene Frantz, professor in the practice of signal processing in ECE.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/1004_SHOCKS-2-WEB-259mj46.jpgVisitors to the Children’s Museum of Houston test the Electromagnetic Launcher, an interactive exhibit that demonstrates the principles of electromagnetism. The exhibit was designed and built by Rice University engineering students. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://youtu.be/dtGyvmwIG8gRelated materials:George R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/1004_SHOCKS-1-WEB-1putf1y.jpgRice University students, from left, Sammi Lu, Rachel Nguyen, Saad Yousaf and Karen Vasquez with the exhibit they designed and built for the Children’s Museum of Houston to demonstrate the principles of electromagnetism. 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How Did Las Vegas Shooter Achieve Such Rapid Fire Without Illegal Automatic

first_img Share Share this article How Did Las Vegas Shooter Achieve Such Rapid Fire Without Illegal Automatic Weapons? By Petr Svab October 4, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Gruesome videos from the Las Vegas shooting revealed the attacker was able to fire at a rate comparable to an automatic weapon, which are illegal to sell in the United States.The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, had many of his rifles outfitted with a bump fire stock, a modified part that allows for rapid fire while dodging the laws banning automatic weapons.That way, Paddock was able to fire hundreds of rounds in some 10 minutes from his 32nd floor hotel room, killing 59 and injuring over 500 at a crowded country music concert down below.Semi-automatic rifles, which can be legally purchased in America, allow only one shot to be fired with each pressing of the trigger.Bump fire stock is a modified stock (the part of the gun set against the shoulder) that allows the shooter to press the trigger repeatedly at a high rate. It includes a grip that keeps the trigger finger at a static position. The shooter fires the gun by pushing the barrel forward, thus pressing the trigger against the static finger. As the round is fired, the recoil from the shot sends the body of the gun back, where it slides about an inch inside the modified stock. As the shooter keeps pushing the barrel forward, the gun slides out of the stock about one inch and the trigger is pressed against the finger again.Multiple video demonstrations online show the bump fire stock can make a semi-automatic rifle achieve a rate of fire similar to an automatic one. One manufacturer of bump fire stocks, Slide Fire, states on its website it submitted the part to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and had it approved.The argument for the legality of bump fire stocks is that the rifle itself remains semi-automatic. The stock only helps the shooter press the trigger much faster.Some users have complained online they have had trouble making the bump fire stock work properly.Shortly after the news of the Las Vegas shooting spread, many people with gun experience have noticed the unusual firing rate, which seemed to be sometimes slower and sometimes faster. This firing rate inconsistency is different from an automatic rifle, but could be explained by the use of a bump fire stock.The shooter also used 60 and 100-round magazines—some of the largest available.Police said he had 22 rifles and a handgun in his hotel room. Another 19 guns were found in his Mesquite, Nevada, home.Police said Paddock shot himself in the room. His motive remains unclear. Police hope to get some answers from his girlfriend Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines, her home country, during the shooting and returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Florida Gov Signs Gun Control Bill Based on Trumps Recommendations

first_img  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov US News Share this article Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a gun control bill on Friday based on provisions recommended by President Donald Trump in the wake of the mass shooting last month at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Trump recommended raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, banning the sale of bump stocks, seizing guns from the mentally unfit, and arming teachers. The Florida bill, titled Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, included the same provisions Trump suggested.The new law allows certain teachers to be armed with the permission of the local school district and sheriff’s office. The provision was named after Aaron Feis, a coach who shielded students from gunfire during the shooting on Feb. 14. Trump suggested that properly trained teachers should be paid a bonus for carrying a weapon in school. The Florida legislature did not adopt that recommendation. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about the shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at the White House in Washington on Feb. 15, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)The alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, reportedly used an AR-15 rifle to gun down 17 students and teachers at the high school on Valentine’s Day.The Broward County Sheriff’s Department had visited Cruz’s home 45 times. One of the calls to the department said that Cruz “could be a school shooter in the making,” reported The Miami Herald. Another call came from a relative who urged officers to seize Cruz’s weapon. Another call prompted a deputy to investigate a report that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school.”The FBI admitted to several mistakes in handling multiple tips about Cruz.Officers from nearby Coral Springs were outraged when they arrived at the scene amid the crisis and found that the armed school resource officer, along with three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies present, hadn’t entered the school, sources told CNN.Scot Peterson, 54, was suspended without pay before resigning and retiring. He was the school’s resource officer.Two other deputies have been placed on restricted duty while Internal Affairs investigates how they handled the two warnings specifically regarding Cruz potentially launching a school shooting.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel slammed Peterson but refused to take responsibility for the failures of Peterson and other officers involved.“I’m completely disgusted,” Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine, a former mayor of Parkland, whose daughter attends Stoneman Douglas, told the Miami Herald. “There is nobody in authority talking to each other and every organization that had a chance to stop this completely failed our children from top to bottom.”Additionally, two Florida SWAT team members were suspended for rushing to the scene to help during the shooting.From NTD.tv Florida Gov. Signs Gun Control Bill Based on Trump’s Recommendations By Ivan Pentchoukov March 9, 2018 Updated: March 21, 2018 Show Discussioncenter_img Florida Governor Rick Scott in the State Dining Room at the White House February 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Recommended Video: Trump Calls on Nation to ‘Answer Hate with Love’ after Florida School Shooting Tragedy  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

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Police Seek Protesters Who Toppled Confederate Statue in North Carolina

first_img CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—University of North Carolina police on Aug. 20 were reviewing video to find the protesters who toppled a statue of Confederate soldier on campus, part of a recent movement to dismantle U.S. Civil War symbols that critics say glorify the South’s legacy of slavery.About 300 demonstrators gathered on Monday evening for a protest and march at the base of Silent Sam, a memorial erected in 1913 to soldiers of the pro-slavery Confederacy killed during the Civil War. Protesters pulled the statue down with rope, cheering as it lay face down in the mud, its head and back covered in dirt.The university system’s board chair, Harry Smith, and president, Margaret Spellings, denounced the toppling of the statue in a joint statement.“The actions last evening were unacceptable, dangerous, and incomprehensible,” they said. “We are a nation of laws and mob rule and the intentional destruction of public property will not be tolerated.”Last year UNC students threatened to sue the school, alleging that the university violated federal anti-discrimination laws by allowing the statue to remain on campus.North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a statement he shared protesters “frustration” over statues but condemned the violent destruction of public property. Campus police arrested at least one person at the protest for wearing a mask and resisting arrest, according to Audrey Smith, a university spokeswoman.The efforts by civil rights groups and others to do away with Confederate monuments such as Silent Sam gained momentum three years ago after avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine black people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The shooting rampage ultimately led to the removal of a Confederate flag from the statehouse in Columbia.Since then, more than 110 symbols of the Confederacy have been removed across the nation with more than 1,700 still standing, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group. Many of the monuments were erected in the early 20th century, decades after the Civil War’s end in 1865.A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was vandalized and later removed by school officials last year at neighboring Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.Many Americans see such statues as symbols of racism and glorification of the southern states’ defense of slavery. Others view them as important symbols of American history.The head of the United Daughters of the Confederacy said on Aug. 20 the group denounced hate groups and asked people to leave Confederate monuments alone.“We are grieved that certain hate groups have taken the Confederate flag and other symbols as their own,” the group’s president, Patricia Bryson, said in a statement. Police Seek Protesters Who Toppled Confederate Statue in North Carolina By Reuters August 21, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018 Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Students and protesters surround plinth where the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier nicknamed Silent Sam once stood, on the University of North Carolina campus after a demonstration for its removal in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S. August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake By Jonathan Drake Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Baby Fawn Stuck in Fence Rescued by Oregon Police Officer

first_img Baby Fawn Stuck in Fence Rescued by Oregon Police Officer By Zachary Stieber September 2, 2018 Updated: September 3, 2018 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this articlecenter_img Show Discussion QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A police officer in Oregon rescued a baby fawn wedged in a fence on Aug. 30.The rescue took place in Eugene after a passerby walking with her children reported seeing the small deer stuck in a picket fence in the backyard of a house.“You’re okay. We’re going to get you out of here,” said Shawni McLaughlin, an officer with the Animal Welfare unit of the Eugene Police Department, told the fawn.The fawn had tried jumping over the fence and landed between the boards, reported the Oregonian.McLaughlin was able to free the fawn using gloves and a towel. Video footage captured by the officer’s body camera captured the encounter.The animal appeared confused after initially becoming free, lying on the ground for a few seconds. After a few moments, the fawn was able to get up and go on its way. A fawn stuck in a fence is rescued by police. A fawn became stuck in a picket fence in Eugene, Oregon, on Aug. 30, 2018. An animal welfare officer was able to free the fawn. (Eugene Police Department)ReactionsA number of social media users reacted to the video.“Yeah! Good job officer!” said one Facebook user.“Hey, I know her. Good work!!” added another.“Thank you!” added yet another.Deer in OregonDeer populations are present in most of the United States, and Oregon is no exception.There are four types of deer in the state, according to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife: white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer, mule deer, and Columbian white-tailed deer.The black-tailed deer is small, darker, and “frequents dense, early seral forest communities,” the department stated. “The most distinguishing feature of the black-tailed deer is the tail. Although not as long or wide as that of the white-tail, it is much larger than that of the mule deer.”The mule deer, like the black deer a subspecies of the Odocoileus hemionus, is the larger member and has long ears and a short tail. “Mule deer occur throughout Oregon east of the Cascade Range, and in summer, they range into the Cascades. The deer rest by lying on their chests and bellies with legs tucked under. Mule deer are able to detect danger at long range, and when danger is detected they may hide, move away stealthily, or flee,” the department stated.White-tailed deer is the smallest cervid in Oregon and has the distinguishing feature of a long,wide tail. The tail is typically visible, especially when the deer are startled as the animal raises its tail when surprised.The department added: “White-tailed deer, when flushed, travel by graceful strides interspersed with leaps. During flight, the tail is held erect and wagged gracefully from side to side. In general, white-tailed deer tend to be active crepuscularly, but activity is affected by humidity, barometric pressure, human disturbance and other environmental variables. White-tail deer tend to be gregarious, with groupings usually being matriarchal or fraternal.”From NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

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Be Patient Be Alert Trump Urges Ahead of Visit

first_img ‘Be Patient, Be Alert,’ Trump Urges Ahead of Visit to Flood-Stricken North Carolina By Reuters September 19, 2018 Updated: September 19, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit North Carolina on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to witness first-hand the destruction left behind by Hurricane Florence, and to review the ongoing relief effort.Trump is expected to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina at about 10:30 a.m. local time and return to Washington D.C. at 6:15 p.m., according to the White House.Trump tweeted a video on Tuesday, thanking relief workers and volunteers for their hard work.“I just want to thank all the incredible men and women who have done such a great job in helping with Florence. This is a tough hurricane,” Trump said.“Florence has been a nasty one,” Trump continued. “The waters are still rising, listen to your state and your local authorities, be patient, be alert, and God bless you.”Relief crews help a person off a truck U.S. Air Force Security Forces airmen and Florence County Sheriff’s Department assist local citizens off a tactical truck during evacuation efforts in Florence, South Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard/Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Handout via Reuters) North Carolina continues to bear the brunt of Florence’s deadly deluge, as rivers continue to rise and thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina, six days after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.Rivers Continue to Rise“We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday. “Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding.”The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads, and allow evacuated residents to go home.Aerial view of flooding in North Carolina Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. (Reuters/Rodrigo Gutierrez)“There is a strong potential that those who live within the 1-mile evacuation area of the Cape Fear River will be impacted by flooding,” the city said in a statement.The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people are “in harm’s way.”Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in South Carolina where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff’s van the women were in crashed.Storm Spawns Multiple TornadoesOne person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned about 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage after Florence dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since last Thursday.At least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said.More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95. In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters.The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber River, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and “driving not advised.” center_img QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article US News last_img read more

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first_img Share US Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Stopping AT&T Purchase of Time-Warner By Reuters December 6, 2018 Updated: December 6, 2018 WASHINGTON—A three-judge appeals court panel on Dec. 6 questioned the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to a lower court approval’s of AT&T Inc.’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.“Where is the clear error?” U.S. Judge Judith Rogers asked Justice Department attorney Mike Murray, who called the lower court’s approval of the deal “myopic.”“You have to show that there’s a harm to competition,” Judge David Sentelle said at another point. “Remember where the burdens are,” he added later.Much of the argument at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delved into whether a lower court judge, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, properly treated economic models of the merger’s impact on future prices for pay-TV customers.The core of the Justice Department’s concern has been that AT&T, which owns DirecTV, would use ownership of Time Warner’s content, such as CNN and HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” to make pay-TV rivals pay more, thus forcing them to charge consumers more.The deal was significant for two other reasons. First, President Donald Trump, who has famously tangled with Time Warner’s CNN, has vociferously opposed the deal. Second, it is a rare instance of the government seeking to stop a merger of a distributor and a supplier. Much of the argument focused on how AT&T, which owns DirecTV, would use the threat of withholding Time Warner’s Turner content, including CNN, in licensing disputes with rival pay TV companies. The government had argued that the threat of a blackout, withholding the content, would force the smaller companies to pay more, thus raising prices for consumers.AT&T lawyer Peter Keisler cast doubt on this economic model but faced questions over an arbitration offer that AT&T made to smaller pay-TV companies, pledging that it would not black out Time Warner’s Turner content for seven years. “Of course, we will honor it,” he said.The Justice Department’s Murray said the offer was “too little, too late.” He said the smaller pay-TV companies worried that it was inadequate to protect them.The government is asking for the lower court case to be reversed and remanded.The merger, which was announced in October 2016, closed on June 14 shortly after Leon ruled the deal was legal under antitrust law.AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers, agreed in June to manage Time Warner’s Turner networks separately from DirecTV, including setting prices and managing personnel, until February 2019 or the conclusion of the government’s appeal.The deal was seen as a turning point for a media industry that has been upended by companies like Netflix Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google which produce content and sell it online directly to consumers, without requiring a pricey cable subscription. Show Discussion Coaxial TV Cables are seen in front of AT&T and Time Warner logos in this picture illustration taken on June 13, 2018. (Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News By Diane Bartz & David Shepardson Share this articlelast_img read more

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TV Actresses Lori Loughlin L and Felicity Huffma

first_imgTV Actresses Lori Loughlin (L) and Felicity Huffman. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images); (Presley Ann/Getty Images for EMILY’S List)) Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky in “Full House” while Huffman is known for her role on “Desperate Housewives.”Court documents unsealed on March 12 allege the individuals participated in a nationwide conspiracy to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities, including Yale and Stanford.“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced about the indictments. Actor William H. Macy arrives at the LA Premiere of “Room” held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 13, 2015. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)Loughlin allegedly gave $500,000 to say that her child was part of the rowing team when it was not true, People magazine reported.Meanwhile, Huffman is accused of giving $15,000 to “participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter.”Forty-eight other individuals are also named in the bribery case.U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said via a live news conference “there can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.”“We’re not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we’re talking about deception or fraud,” Lelling said.William “Rick” Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged between $100,000 and $2.5 million per child for the services and masked as contributions to a scam charity Singer runs, according to Reuters. Share this article Report: TV Actress Felicity Huffman Arrested by 7 FBI Agents With Guns Drawn By Jack Phillips March 12, 2019 Updated: March 12, 2019 TV actress Felicity Huffman was reportedly arrested by seven federal agents who had their guns drawn on March 12 after she was named a target of federal investigation into bribery in the college admissions process. Actress Lori Loughlin and four dozen other people were also named in the case.Agents showed up at her home in Hollywood Hills, California, at 6 a.m. and drew their weapons, ordering her to come out and surrender to authorities, TMZ reported.Her husband, acclaimed actor William H. Macy, and their two daughters were reportedly asleep when FBI agents arrived at her home. “The way the world works these days is unbelievable…” Rich and famous busted for cheating their way into colleges: https://t.co/mOShFI6jsJ— Letitia Stein (@LetitiaStein) March 12, 2019 US News center_img Unnamed sources cited in its report said Huffman, who appeared on “Desperate Housewives,” knew she was going to be arrested.An FBI source told the celebrity news outlet that guns were drawn as a precaution.After they apprehended her, she was transferred to a federal building where she was processed. “I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot,” Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. “That occurred very frequently.”John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach who worked with Singer, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.Some 300 law enforcement agents swept across the country to make arrests in what agents code-named “Operation Varsity Blues.” Huffman and Loughlin were due to appear in federal court in Los Angeles later on Tuesday, prosecutors said.Other parents charged include Manuel Henriquez, the chief executive of specialty finance lender Hercules Capital; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Bill McGlashan Jr., who heads the buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital; and Douglas Hodge, former CEO of investment management firm Pimco.Reuters contributed to this report. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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