Month: November 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‏trolls Fox News in Spanish and it is glorious

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‏trolls Fox News in Spanish and it is glorious

Conservative media is obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and she’s getting increasingly more creative in shutting them down. In her, they have found a Democrat whose wardrobe they love to obsess over the likes of which they haven’t had since Barack Obama…

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How to Spot a Scammy Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding campaigns are effective ways for people to help others in need. But news that a couple conspired with a homeless man to create a heartwarming Good Samaritan story to scam people out of money highlights the importance of vetting viral feel-good st…

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News Analysis: Did a Real Estate Project Influence Trump’s View of Russia Sanctions?

In 2016, when his company was negotiating a potential deal in Moscow, Donald J. Trump suggested that there was no need for the United States to penalize Russia over Crimea.

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This baby gender reveal sparked a week-long US wildfire

Dennis Dickey was fined $8m in damages after the news burned 45,000 acres of southern Arizona.

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The best VR gifts

Virtual reality offers all manner of immersive experiences, including short films, but gaming is where VR really shines right now. So, if you have a gamer in your life who seems to already have everything, consider giving them some of the VR gear from our hol…

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6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage – AOL News

6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage – AOL News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The tsunami warning was lifted without incident a short time later. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000. People ran from their offices or took cover under desks.
A large section of road near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete.
The shaking broke store windows, opened cracks in a two-story building downtown, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic. It also threw a full-grown man out of his bathtub.
All flights were halted at the airport after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower, and the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.
Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage.
Officials opened an Anchorage convention center as an emergency shelter. Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration.
Cereal boxes and packages of batteries littered the floor of a grocery store, and picture frames and mirrors were knocked from living room walls.
People went back inside after the first earthquake struck, but the 5.7 aftershock about five minutes later sent them running back into the streets. A series of smaller aftershocks followed.
A tsunami warning was issued for the southern Alaska coastal areas of Cook’s Inlet and part of the Kenai peninsula. Kodiak police on Kodiak Island warned people in the city of 6,100 to “evacuate to higher ground immediately” because of “wave estimated 10 minutes.”
Michael Burgy, a senior technician with the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said the tsunami warning was automatically generated based on the quake’s size and proximity to shore. Scientists monitored gauges to see if the quake generated big waves. Because there were none, they canceled the warning.
In Kenai, southwest of Anchorage, Brandon Slaton was alone at home and soaking in the bathtub when the earthquake struck. Slaton, who weighs 209 pounds, said it created a powerful back-and-forth sloshing in the bath, and before he knew it, he was thrown out of the tub by the waves.
His 120-pound mastiff panicked and tried to run down the stairs, but the house was swaying so much that the dog was thrown off its feet and into a wall and tumbled to the base of the stairs, Slaton said.
Slaton ran into his son’s room after the shaking stopped and found his fish tank shattered and the fish on the floor, gasping for breath. He grabbed it and put it in another bowl.
“It was anarchy,” he said. “There’s no pictures left on the walls, there’s no power, there’s no fish tank left. Everything that’s not tied down is broke.”
Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because of tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region.
Alaska has been hit by a number of powerful quakes over 7.0 magnitude in recent decades, including a 7.9 that hit last January southeast of Kodiak Island. But it is rare for a quake this big to strike so close such a heavily populated area.
David Harper was getting some coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded “like the building was just going to fall apart.” Harper ran to the exit with other patrons.
“The main thought that was going through my head as I was trying to get out the door was, ‘I want this to stop,'” he said. Harper said the quake was “significant enough that the people who were outside were actively hugging each other. You could tell that it was a bad one.”
On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a 9.2 earthquake, the strongest recorded in U.S. history, centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage. The quake, which lasted about 4½ minutes, and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.

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Kendals in Manchester city centre SAVED from closure – Manchester Evening News

Kendals in Manchester city centre SAVED from closure Nearly 600 jobs saved after landlord strikes new deal with House of Fraser Share Kendals has been saved from closure after new terms on its lease were agreed Get Manchester City FC updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
Kendals in Manchester city centre has been saved from closure after the landlord agreed new rates with owner Mike Ashley.
House of Fraser confirmed on Friday afternoon that the flagship store would continue trading – also securing the jobs of the 568 people who work there.
It is understood Manchester council has been mediating between Mike Ashley and the landlords to reduce the sky-high rent of £4.36million a year.
A council spokesman said: “Manchester City Council was instrumental in positively working alongside House of Fraser and the landlord to help secure the future of this store.
” Approximately 568 jobs have been saved and one of the region’s most iconic department stores lives on.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the city and I am proud that the council has been able to play a constructive role in saving a real Manchester icon and hundreds of jobs.
“I’d like to thank all involved for their positive engagement in this process.”
Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley, who bought House of Fraser for £90m in August, added: “This demonstrates that when landlords, local authorities and retailers work together the outcomes can be outstanding. Breaking news in Greater Manchester
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“When working together we can make a real difference to the high street.”
Ram Rasiah, who represented House of Fraser during negotiations, described the result as a ‘significant deal’ for Manchester.
The development marks a dramatic turnaround after staff were told on October 19 that the store would be closing in January.
Customers arrived that morning to find the doors shut. Mike Ashley (Image: PA)
The M.E.N was then the first to report the news that the famous department store was due to shut its doors after 180 years of trading.
It sparked a huge reaction from customers and leaders in the region who vowed to do all they could to keep Kendals, as it has always been known, open.
Among them were Manchester councillors Pat Karney and William Jeavons.
Tonight Mr Karney tweeted: “Wow. Just heard. Kendals Saved.560 jobs saved. Happy Christmas Kendals Staff.
“We have talked to so many distraught staff over the last few weeks.
“We are so pleased for all the staff who can now have a great Christmas. Bring back the Kendals name.” (Image: MEN MEDIA)
Just last week, the Santa’s Grotto had opened at Kendals for what was expected to be the last time.
Store manager Anne Latham said then: “For years generations have been visiting the famous Kendal’s Grotto and this year is no exception.
“For one last time before we close come along and have an experience to remember.
“See Santa in his grotto, meet his playful elves, have your picture taken, or why not join us on a Saturday and Sunday for breakfast with Santa.” Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now
According to Land Registry records Kendals is owned by Deansgate Jersey No.1 Ltd, a limited company based in Jersey.
The landmark Grade II listed building was put for for sale in 2016 by its owner, described at the time as a ‘private investor’, for £84.5m.
It was reported House of Fraser then had 33 years left on its lease, at an annual rent of £4.36m.
Speaking at the time Oliver Foster, investment director at estate agents Savills, which were handling the sale, described as a ‘rare opportunity to acquire a prime landmark department store’ adding he expected ‘long unexpired lease term to House of Fraser and attractive yield to generate high levels of interest among investors based in both the UK and overseas’.
In August, the BBC reported some House of Fraser landlords had been asked to sign rent deals equivalent to 5 per cent of a store’s turnover.
The corporation reported the deal would mean most landlords will end up taking a financial hit, but that that was better than closing stores.
In September, Mike Ashley said Altrincham’s House of Fraser store had been saved from closure.
Ashley struck a last-minute deal with the property’s landlord to ensure the store can keep trading.
The Stamford Quarter store – known as Rackhams – was earmarked for closure in June when the chain’s then owners announced a ‘restructuring proposal’.
At the time it was reported the move would result in about 45 job losses.
Rackhams was one of 31 House of Fraser stores set to shut, including the flagship Oxford Street branch in London.
But rescue deals were struck to save 20 of the 31 closure-threatened stores, saving about 3,500 jobs. Like us on Facebook

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Wildfires: Trump officials accused of using tragedy to ease logging | US news

The Trump administration has been accused of using the deadly wildfires in California to push for weakened environmental rules in forests, opening them up for more logging.
Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, said that he hoped new legislation would allow for the “thinning” of forests to help prevent wildfires. He said he was confident Congress would soon pass a new farm bill that would remove environmental reviews for the removal of trees and brush, as well as the building of roads through federal forests.
“We have to manage our forests,” said Zinke on a visit to the charred remains of Paradise , a town in northern California that has been razed by the so-called Camp fire. The death toll from the fire stands at 88, making it the deadliest in California’s history.
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“It shouldn’t be as hard; sometimes it is,” Zinke said of forest management . “I think our practices over the period have ended up to where we are today. Maybe this is the time to take a horrendous experience like this, and move things along to where we don’t have to do this year after year. It’s unacceptable.”
Zinke was joined on the Paradise tour by Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, who also backs greater intervention in forests. “People say they want pristine forests – well, this doesn’t look pristine to me,” Perdue said, referencing the ashy remains of Paradise. “Pristine is well-managed, groomed forests.”
But environmentalists claimed that the administration, led by Trump, who has blamed “gross mismanagement of the forests”, was using the fire to pave the way for more logging on federal land, with potentially disastrous results.
“Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke are being dangerously dishonest,” said Chad Hanson, a forest ecologist who was involved in a major 2016 study that found that logged areas with lower environmental protections have the most intense, fast-moving fires.
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“They are trying to use this tragedy to help logging interests, which is one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen in my career. They are trying to eliminate half a century of environmental protections and turn over forests to the logging industry.”
Since 2011, an area east of Paradise has been set aside for logging, with the Camp fire racing through it rather than slowing down. Instead of selectively eliminating flammable fuel from the forest, “thinning” usually involves removing trees and leaving behind debris and invasive weeds that are actually far more effective at spreading fires, Hanson said.
“Zinke and Perdue are pushing extreme logging provisions that experts say won’t protect Californians from these blazes,” said Randi Spivak, public lands director at the Center for Biological Diversity.
“Their so-called solutions could actually worsen wildfire risk. It’s misleading and dangerous to give people a false sense of security that they can log their way out of this, especially in the face of climate change.”
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Fire experts have backed a variety of measures, such as allowing remote fires to burn, making buildings more fire resistant and widening roads, as a way to reduce wildfires. Zinke has also backed many of these reforms, as well as improving evacuation routes, and claimed his concept of forest management has been mischaracterized.
“It’s not clear-cutting, it’s coming in and thinning those forests,” Zinke said on Monday. “Logging has become a pejorative term of just massive hillsides of clear-cutting, and that’s not what we’re talking about. That’s not what producing fuel load is all about.”
The Trump administration is less enthusiastic about addressing the link between climate change and wildfires, an influence made clear in a major federal government climate report released last week that warned the area burned annually in the western US could increase by up to six times by the middle of the century due to rising temperatures.
Asked by the Guardian about whether the wildfires would make the administration rethink its reversal of climate regulations, Zinke demurred.
“We’ll go through it with a fine-tooth comb,” he said of the climate report. “I think we’ll look at all things considered. We’re gonna to look at the report, seriously. I’ve asked the US Geological Survey, for example, the last hundred years, tell me what the sea level has risen? In 20 years. Do you know?
“Regardless of whether you believe or don’t believe in climate change, it doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility of mitigating destruction of these fires.”
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VIDEO: Butte County sheriff’s deputy’s dramatic body camera footage from Camp Fire – The Mercury News

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PARADISE — Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Parmley was on Pentz Road attempting to rescue four nurses when his patrol car broke down.
With embers swirling around him, he set out on foot surrounded by flames. Parmley switched on his body camera “in hopes of capturing what he thought were going to be the last moments of his life,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea released the dramatic three-minute video on Thursday in response to a public records request. Most deputies did not turn on their cameras, the sheriff said, and Parmley’s footage might be the only of its kind from the sheriff’s office.
It begins as Parmley was on Pentz Road near Feather River Hospital to rescue nurses. He soon encountered neighbors walking in a daze. It was morning but the sky was as dark as night.
“Oh, it’s not good,” Parmley said as a woman screamed in the distance. Three individuals appeared, walking ahead of him with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. “Hey guys walk toward the left,” the deputy is heard saying.
A nurse asks him: “Are they coming for us?”
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Seconds later, the headlights of a tractor peek through the dense smoke, as Parmley pulls out his flashlight and signals for the driver to stop. “Can we get in?” someone asks. “Yeah, come on,” the driver said, honking his horn to announce his presence.

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Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn – BBC News

Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn 28 November 2018 Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright Getty Images The UK will be poorer economically under any form of Brexit, compared with staying in the EU, new government analysis suggests. Official figures say the UK economy could be up to 3.9% smaller after 15 years under Theresa May’s Brexit plan, compared with staying in the EU. But a no-deal Brexit could deliver a 9.3% hit, the new estimates say. The prime minister said her deal was the best one available for jobs and the economy. “Our deal is the best deal available for jobs and our economy, that allows us to honour the referendum and realise the opportunities of Brexit,” Mrs May said at Prime Minister’s Questions. The government’s Brexit deal faces a potentially difficult vote in the House of Commons on 11 December. Before that Mrs May is touring the country to promote the deal and was due to be in Scotland on Wednesday afternoon. Confusingly the 83-page document does not forecast the impact of the prime minister’ current deal. Instead it looks at the potential impact of the proposals agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers in July, which is the basis of the current proposal. Under those circumstances the economy would be 3.9% smaller than if the UK had remained part of the European Union. The estimates do not put a cash figure on the potential impact on the economy, but independent experts have said that 3.9% of GDP would equate to about £100bn a year by the 2030s. The government report also examines three other possible scenarios including a no-deal Brexit, which would be the most damaging. The economy will continue to grow under all the scenarios, but there is a wide variation in how much. What is the political reaction? Former Brexit Secretary David Davis questioned the research, saying previous Treasury forecasts had been proved wrong and were based on “flawed assumptions”. Chancellor Philip Hammond said the planned Brexit deal combined most of the economic benefits of remaining in the EU with the political benefits of leaving the EU. Asked if the UK would be poorer under Mrs May’s deal, he said: “The economy will be slightly smaller in the prime minister’s preferred version of the future partnership.” But Mr Hammond argued that staying in the EU was not politically “viable”. What about trade deals? Veteran Conservative Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash said Mr Hammond was effectively arguing for the UK to stay in the European Union in his “extraordinary” statement. He said the chancellor had ignored potential economic benefits of leaving the EU, asking: “What about the trade deals which could give us the most enormous opportunities throughout the world, if we are able to strike them?” Under Mrs May’s deal, the UK would be able to negotiate trade deals during the transition period after 29 March’s Brexit day, but would not be able to implement them until the end of the planned 21-month transition period, which could itself be extended. More on this story

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Black man's death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting – Yahoo News

Black man’s death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting – Yahoo News

Yahoo News Black man’s death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting Yahoo News HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding …

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Woman who suffered brain damage after receiving plastic surgery in Mexico dies, family says – Yahoo News

Yahoo News Woman who suffered brain damage after receiving plastic surgery in Mexico dies, family says Yahoo News Woman who suffered brain damage after receiving plastic surgery in Mexico dies, family says originally appeared on abcnews.go.com. A Dallas woman…

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After ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ references, Melania Trump defends her red Christmas trees – ABC News

ABC News After ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ references, Melania Trump defends her red Christmas trees ABC News First lady Melania Trump defended her choice of red Christmas tree decorations after they generated criticism on social media. “We are in 21st century and …

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The Latest: Manafort Denies Meeting With WikiLeaks’ Assange – U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report The Latest: Manafort Denies Meeting With WikiLeaks’ Assange U.S. News & World Report Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is denying an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founde…

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Millennial news site Mic sacks most of its staff in New York

Firm sells remaining assets to rival Bustle and partially blames Facebook for collapse The millennial news website Mic has sacked most of it staff and is preparing for a fire sale to a rival at a discount price, in a move that raises doubts about the viabilit…

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Niagara police officer shot, seriously injured in Pelham, Ont. News

Niagara police officer shot, seriously injured in Pelham, Ont. News

A Niagara Regional Police officer is in stable condition in a Hamilton hospital after being shot by a fellow police officer in Pelham, Ont., the service says.
Around noon Thursday, several officers were investigating a collision that had happened days before in the area of Effingham Street and Roland Road in the rural area southwest of St. Catharines, Ont., when two of the officers became involved in an altercation, according to Monica Hudon, spokesperson for Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit.
One of the officers, 52 years old, was seriously injured, said Hudon.
Niagara police say the officer who was shot has served for 28 years and is assigned to uniform patrol in Welland and Pelham.
He was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but the service issued a statement Thursday evening saying he was in stable condition. The officer’s name has not been released.
SIU working to understand officers’ relationship Hudon could not say how many gunshots hit the officer, where he was struck or if both officers fired their weapons.
The spokesperson also had no information about what led to the shooting or their relationship.
“Understanding what transpired and the relationship between the officers is part of the SIU’s investigation,” said Hudon.
“I can only tell you that there was an altercation, a firearm was discharged and one officer was struck.”
The SIU is investigating the shooting in Pelham, a rural area southwest of St. Catharines, Ont. (Dave Ritchie/CBC) Niagara Police chief Bryan MacCulloch said he has asked the Ontario Provincial Police to determine if there is any criminal culpability outside of the SIU’s scope, but added no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting
“The days and weeks ahead will be trying ones for the NRPS family and the community we serve,” he said. “I ask for your support for our members and all those involved.”
The Niagara police said in an earlier statement Thursday afternoon that there was “an incident in Pelham involving members of the NRPS.”
“An officer has been transported by paramedics from the scene with injuries.”
The statement did not describe the nature of the incident.
“As the SIU is involved we are prohibited from providing further information at this time,” the statement reads.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is looking into a shooting involving two officers on the Niagara’s regional police force. (CBC) Ornge Air Ambulance said a person was transported by helicopter from a St. Catharines hospital to a Hamilton trauma centre in critical condition.
Eight SIU investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case, said Hudon, and officers are canvassing for video evidence.
“We are interviewing witnesses and we’re asking other witnesses to come forward if they have information.”
The SIU can confirm it is investigating an interaction between two Niagara Regional Police Service officers, and the gunshot wound sustained by one of the officers. SIU spokesperson en route to scene. Scrum early evening.
— @SIUOntario Police car was ‘head-first in the ditch’ She said the SIU has not designated any subject or witness officers as of Thursday evening.
The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.
Hudon said the watchdog has investigated cases where a police officer was shot by another officer, but noted it’s too early to determine if Thursday’s shooting shares any similarities with past incidents.
‘The SIU is mandated to investigate any incident involving police where someone has been seriously injured or has died,’ a spokesperson said. (Samantha Craggs/CBC) She also made clear why this case falls within the SIU mandate.
“The SIU is mandated to investigate any incident involving police where someone has been seriously injured or has died. Whether the person who was injured was a civilian or a police officer, the SIU mandate is invoked anytime that happens.”
People living in the area said the shooting led to a rush of squad cars racing to the scene in the early afternoon. Robin Zavitz said she was driving home at about 1:30 p.m. when she came across a police blockade. She said she could see a police SUV in a ditch and numerous squad cars nearby.
“The police car is head-first in the ditch and there doesn’t appear to be any damage to it,” Zavitz said. “It’s scary when a police officer has been shot in the middle of the day.”
Zavitz said a police car had been blocking the road at the same intersection all morning, but added the flurry of police activity didn’t occur until the early afternoon. Niagara regional police had tweeted earlier Thursday that the road would be partially closed for an investigation.
Mike Shepherd was driving home when he came across the same intersection at about 11:30 a.m. An officer was in his squad car, blocking the road eastbound, Shepherd said.
“He said they were doing an accident investigation down the road.” A little more than an hour later, he said an ambulance rushed by.
Niagara’s police services board says it’s “deeply concerned” about the shooting, but didn’t say much else.
“The law requires that there be no public comment on or discussion of the specifics of the occurrence under investigation until the SIU investigation and the chief’s external review are completed,” it said in a statement.
But “on behalf of the board,” it said, “chair Bob Gale extends our thoughts and prayers to the officers and their families.”
Corrections This article was amended to correct the age of the officer who was shot. It had been incorrectly supplied by the SIU. Nov 29, 2018 9:18 PM ET

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Trump ex-lawyer ‘to plead guilty’ – BBC News

In a press scrum outside court, Cohen said nothing to reporters.
But his lawyer said: “Mr Cohen has co-operated. Mr Cohen will continue to co-operate.” President’s political nightmare worsens
Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington
Up until now, Michael Cohen had been a tangential figure in Donald Trump’s Russia-related headaches. After his plea agreement with the special counsel’s office, however, he’s now smack dab in the middle of Robert Mueller’s probe.
In particular, Cohen is sharing information with the special counsel about Mr Trump’s Russian business interests – including efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow – which, according to the president’s former personal lawyer, continued well into Mr Trump’s presidential campaign.
That runs counter to the president’s continued insistence that he had no financial ties to Russia – an assertion he frequently made when questioned about his past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and efforts to improve US-Russian relations.
If Cohen can provide evidence supporting his claims, it would be a political nightmare for the president and, if Mr Trump made false claims in his recent written testimony to Mr Mueller, a legal one, as well.
The president has been tweeting furiously about the special counsel team in recent days, and given the steady drumbeat of news on Mr Mueller’s investigation, it feels as though a crescendo is approaching. What did President Trump say?
As he left the White House for a G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Mr Trump told reporters of Cohen: “He’s a weak person and not a very smart person.
“He’s got himself a big prison sentence. And he’s trying to get a much lesser prison sentence by making up this story.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Donald Trump dismissed Michael Cohen as a “weak person” and a liar
Mr Trump told reporters of the Moscow real estate project, which never came to fruition: “When I’m running for president, that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to do business.”
He added: “He’s lying about a project that everybody knew about. I mean, we were very open with it.”
Soon after those remarks, Mr Trump abruptly cancelled a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina, citing the current Ukraine crisis. Trump cancels Putin talks over Ukraine What else has Cohen admitted?
Cohen once famously vowed he would take a bullet for Mr Trump, but in April this year the pugnacious attorney’s home and office were raided by the FBI.
In August Cohen, who had been Mr Trump’s personal lawyer for more than a decade, pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.
He said he had paid hush money to two women who alleged they had affairs with Mr Trump, at the direction of “the candidate”, implicating Mr Trump.
Undisclosed payments to bury embarrassing stories about a political candidate can be treated as a violation of US campaign finance laws.
In September, Cohen’s lawyer said his client had been providing “critical information” to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. More on Trump and Russia

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Measles resurgence ‘due to vaccine hesitancy’, WHO warns – BBC News

Measles resurgence ‘due to vaccine hesitancy’, WHO warns By Smitha Mundasad Global health correspondent, BBC News 29 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images There has been a worldwide resurgence of measles, with many countries experiencing “severe and protracted” outbreaks last year, a report warns.
The World Health Organization data shows a rise in cases in almost every region of the world, with 30% more cases in 2017 than 2016.
Experts say complacency, collapsing health systems and a rise in fake news about the vaccine are behind the rise.
They say the measles vaccines can save millions of lives. ‘Devastating disease’
Measles is a highly contagious disease that in severe cases can lead to complications such as blindness, pneumonia and infection and swelling of the brain.
The report , put together by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at measles cases over the past 17 years.
Experts say this is the first year there has been a sustained increase in cases, with 110,000 measles-related deaths.
And they are concerned that trends for 2018 are similar. Russia trolls ‘spreading vaccine discord’
The Americas, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region saw the greatest upsurge in cases. The Western Pacific region was the only area to see a decline.
A large number of infections were seen in Venezuela, as health systems collapsed after political and economic crises. The country had previously eliminated the disease. ‘Combating complacency’
And there are now concerns that as more people move between countries in the region, the disease could continue to spread.
Meanwhile the Ukraine, Italy, France, Germany and Greece all saw an increase in cases in the past few years.

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Welsh firefighters in the running for Christmas number one | Wales – ITV News

The idea to release a Christmas single originated in a Welshpool pub Credit: The Fire Fighters Charity Firefighters from Welshpool have come together to sing in the hope of getting a Christmas number one.
The Mid Wales crew joined other firefighters across the UK and became known as The Fire Tones singing the Christmas classic, “Do they know its Christmas?”
The idea to release a Christmas single originated in a Welshpool pub. The re-make of the Band Aid classic is set to be officially launched on Saturday. However, the people of Welshpool can hear it a day early.
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The Russo Bros. Confirm Loki’s Fate in Infinity War – IGN News

During a screening of Avengers: Infinity War on Wednesday night, the directors of the film – the Russo brothers – confirmed that Loki did in fact die in Infinity War.
Peter Sciretta from Slash Film tweeted updates from a live Q&A after the screening.
“The Russo’s were asked about a fan theory that Bruce Banner is really Loki in disguise. They answered. That ‘Loki is dead,'” Sciretta tweeted . Exit Theatre Mode
Despite many fans thinking (or hoping) that the Prince of Asgard was using magic once again, Loki is in fact dead. He will, however, return in Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ that was announced earlier this month.
Sciretta also tweeted about Anthony and Joe Russo detailing the secrecy of the script for Avengers: Infinity War, saying that no one had the script in its entirety.
“No one actually had the entire script. People who were in the film more than others had access to their scenes and knew more than others. There was also fake scenes and redacted scenes to protect secrecy.” Exit Theatre Mode
“An example of a fake scene The Russo Brothers wrote to keep Infinity War secrecy, Gamora threw Thanos off the cliff in the Soul Stone sequence. I’m not even sure if they are kidding,” Sciretta said.
The Russo brothers also said that Guardians 3 being put on hold had no impact on the approach for Avengers 4, as they had already finished shooting at that point. They also talked about stopping by the set of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian , and Sciretta noted they said the show is, “being shot in a way unlike any other tv show.” The MCU Villains We Want to See After Avengers: Infinity War 10+ IMAGES

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Indiana Pacers 1st Half Highlights | 11.29.2018, NBA Season

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Southwest Airlines apologises for mocking girl's name – BBC News

Southwest Airlines apologises for mocking girl’s name – BBC News

Southwest Airlines apologises for mocking girl’s name 29 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption The airline issued a “sincere apology” to the girl and her family Southwest Airlines has apologised after a member of its staff mocked a five-year-old girl’s name.
Traci Redford and her daughter, Abcde (pronounced ab-si-dee), were en route home to El Paso, Texas, from California’s John Wayne Airport when the incident occurred.
A gate agent allegedly began laughing and took a photo of the child’s boarding pass and posted it online.
Airline spokesperson Chris Mainz offered the family a “sincere apology”.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News , Mr Mainz said the employee’s social media post “is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility” the airline expects.
“We take great pride in extending our Southwest hospitality to all of our customers,” the statement reads.
Ms Redford told broadcaster ABC7 that the airline “hadn’t done anything” for two weeks after she had filed a formal complaint. Name shaming? This Texas woman claims a @SouthwestAir agent made fun of her 5-year-old daughter’s name as they were preparing to board their flight at @JohnWayneAir in Orange County.Her daughter’s name is Abcde (pronounced Ab-city). @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/iHpBPoakYI Report End of Twitter post by @ABC7Veronica
Ms Redford said the gate agent “started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees”, and her daughter had asked her why they were mocking her.
“She said: ‘Mom, why is she laughing at my name?’ And I said not everyone is nice and not everyone is going to be nice and it’s unfortunate,” Ms Redford said.
Vocativ, a news and data website, published a piece in 2014 saying there were at that time 328 children in the US named “Abcde” , according to the Social Security Administration. You may also be interested in:

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Woman’s ovarian cyst ‘weight of seven newborn babies’ – BBC News

Woman’s ovarian cyst ‘weight of seven newborn babies’ 29 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Keely Favell / Hook News A woman lost a third of her bodyweight after surgery to remove a 26kg ovarian cyst – the weight of seven newborn babies.
Despite multiple negative pregnancy tests, doctors insisted Keely Favell must be pregnant as her stomach grew in size.
When asked questions about baby due dates, she spared people’s embarrassment by playing along.
But the 28-year-old believed herself to be “just fat”.
Ms Favell, from Swansea, started gaining weight in 2014.
“I’ve always been chunky, but over the course of a couple of years, I gradually got this tummy,” she said. Image copyright Keely Favell / Hook News
“It crept up so slowly that I didn’t know anything was wrong – I just thought I was putting on timber.
“I’ve been with my partner Jamie Gibbins for 10 years and we did wonder a few times if I was pregnant – but we did home tests and they always ruled it out.”
She said it was “so embarrassing” explaining she was not pregnant: “I’d go along with it to spare everyone the blushes.”
After blacking out in her office admin job, Ms Favell plucked up the courage to see a GP in 2016, who said she must be pregnant despite blood negative tests.
“Looking at me, anyone would have thought I was nine months gone.
“It wasn’t the first time I’d been mistaken for an expectant mum… People had seen me waddling around, carrying this lump, and I’d been asked a few times when I was due.”
Still believing Ms Favell to be pregnant, her GP referred her for an ultrasound scan in January last year.
“I was lying there with Jamie beside me as the radiologist moved the probe over my tummy. I saw her eyes widen in horror, but the screen was just blank.
“The look on her face said it all – something was wrong, and when she said she had to get a consultant I started to panic. Jamie did his best to reassure me but I felt paralysed with fear.”
She was sent for an emergency CT scan which revealed a cyst surrounded by fluid.
“[The consultant] told me I wasn’t fat all – I was actually quite thin.”
Ms Favell was referred to a high-risk obstetrics consultant and examined in February last year. Image copyright Keely Favell / Hook News Image caption Keely Favell and her partner of 10 years Jamie Gibbins
“By this time, even walking was a struggle and I had difficulty breathing.
“I’ll never forget the look of shock on his face when the consultant examined me. He said I had a large ovarian mass and the only option was surgery. He couldn’t say what it was, exactly, or how big.”
The cyst was finally removed in March last year, and was revealed to be the weight of a seven or eight-year-old child.
“They explained how big this cyst was and showed me the pictures – I couldn’t believe I’d been walking around for so long carrying this medical alien.
“It looked like a massive pile of ice cream so I called it Mr Whippy.”
Ms Favell has been left with a large scar and stretch marks, but will still be able to have children.
“I lost sight of how difficult even simple things like driving a car or walking up the stairs had become. Losing my lump gave me my life back – I can’t thank my surgeon enough.” Related Topics

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Deutsche Bank headquarters raided over money laundering – BBC News

Deutsche Bank headquarters raided over money laundering 29 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Reuters The Frankfurt headquarters of Deutsche Bank have been raided by prosecutors in a money laundering investigation.
Germany’s public prosecutor alleged that two staff members have helped clients launder money from criminal activities.
Police cars were seen outside the tower blocks that house the headquarters of Germany’s biggest bank.
Five other Deutsche offices in the city were searched in an operation involving about 170 police and officials.
Prosecutors are looking into whether Deutsche Bank staff helped clients set up offshore accounts to “transfer money from criminal activities”.
The investigation, which began in August, focuses on activities between 2013 and the start of 2018.
In 2016 alone, more than 900 customers were served by a Deutsche Bank subsidiary registered in the British Virgin Islands, generating a volume of €311m, the prosecutors allege.
The investigation was sparked by revelations in the 2016 “Panama Papers” – an enormous amount of information leaked from a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca. What are the Panama Papers?
Other banks have been fined as a result of information contained in the Panama Papers.
Deutsche shares fell 3% after news of the raid emerged. The bank confirmed that police had raided several locations in Germany and that it was co-operating fully with the probe.
Paperwork and electronic documents were seized by officials during the raids on the bank’s properties. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt occupy two towers
Deutsche has been connected with another huge money laundering scandal at Denmark’s Danske Bank.
Earlier this month, Deutsche confirmed that it was involved in processing payments for the Danish bank in Estonia.
An internal investigation by Danske found that about €200bn (£177bn) of payments were funnelled through its Estonian branch.
The Danish bank said many of those payments were suspicious.
Deutsche said it had terminated its relationship with Danske in 2015 after “identifying suspicious activity”. Fines and sanctions
Deutsche Bank has been sanctioned in the past for failing to tackle money laundering.
In September, Germany’s financial regulator ordered the bank to take further action to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing.
It also appointed an independent auditor to monitor Deutsche Bank’s efforts over three years.
In 2017, Deutsche Bank was fined $630m (£504m) by US and UK regulators in connection with a Russian money laundering plan.
Under the scheme, clients illegally moved $10bn out of Russia via shares bought and sold through the bank’s Moscow, London and New York offices. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chief executive Christian Sewing took over at Deutsche Bank in April
The trouble with authorities comes at a time when Deutsche continued to face problems with its business.
Pre-tax profits for the three months to September fell 45% to €506m compared with the same period last year.
Chief executive Christian Sewing, who took over in April, has been shedding jobs and making other cost cuts in an attempt to revive the bank’s performance.
However, investors have yet to be been won over by his efforts and Deutsche shares have halved this year. Related Topics

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Netflix hikes subscription prices in Canada | CBC News

Netflix hikes subscription prices in Canada Netflix hikes subscription prices in Canada Netflix, the company behind Narcos and Orange Is the New Black, is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members in Canada. Basic plan rises a dollar to $9.99 a month The Canadian Press 10:08 AM ET 29 Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.(Matt Rourke/Associated Press)
Another price hike is on the way for Netflix subscribers in Canada as competition heats up among the biggest streaming video services.
The company behind Narcos and Orange Is the New Black is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members.
The basic Netflix Canada plan — which does not offer ultra high-definition 4K video and allows streaming on one device at a time — rises a dollar to $9.99 a month.
Netflix’s standard plan will now cost $3 more — or $13.99 a month — to watch content on two devices at the same time.
Premium plan subscribers pay $3 more — or $16.99 a month — to watch TV shows and movies on four devices at the same time and in HD and ultra HD video.
Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.
The company increased prices for most plans by a dollar about a year and a half ago. Helps fund new series, films
Netflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.
But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.
Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month. Bell beefs up CraveTV to include new HBO shows without cable TV subscription
Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to Star Wars: Rogue One and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from Thor and The Avengers.
Other platforms could make headway, too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include Tell Me A Story and Strange Angel.
Analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak of New York-based Pivotal Research Group says the last Netflix price increase in the United States didn’t lead to an appreciable loss of subscribers, but “I would not be surprised to see some churn out of the gate in Canada, given the per cent increase on the standard service.”
“However, given the still very low cost of the service and the lack of real alternatives, I would expect NFLX to eventually see most of those that churn return,” Wlodarczak said in an email.

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Reggae music to be protected by the UN – BBC News

Reggae music to be protected by the UN 29 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Mike Prior Image caption Bob Marley’s popularity continues today, 37 years after his death Reggae has been added to a list of international cultural treasures which the United Nations has deemed worthy of protecting and promoting.
The music, which grew out of Jamaica in the 1960s thanks to artists like Toots and the Maytals, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, was added to the collection due to its “intangible cultural heritage”.
Reggae is “cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” said Unesco.
It has “penetrated all corners of the world,” added a Jamaican spokesperson.
Reggae followed on from the ska and rocksteady genres – other early pioneers included Lee Scratch Perry and Prince Buster. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption How skinheads helped Jamaican reggae into the UK charts
Millie Small’s 1964 ska cover of My Boy Lollipop also helped introduce reggae’s laidback groove to the world.
Reggae became popular in the United States but particularly flourished in the UK, which had become home to many Jamaican immigrants since the end of World War Two.
The British reggae label Trojan, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, introduced the world to artists like Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and Bob and Marcia.
“I am delighted, it’s wonderful news,” BBC 1Xtra veteran presenter Dave Rodigan told World Service radio. “I’ve loved this music since I first heard it as a teenager.”
Speaking to 5 live he added: “I’ve always said it speaks out for the underprivileged, it speaks out against social injustice. Reggae music is the original rebels’ music immortalised by Bob Marley at the Wailers.”

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LA Clippers vs Sacramento Kings Full Game Highlights | 11.29.2018, NBA Season

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The Romanian forest that's disappearing – BBC News

The Romanian forest that’s disappearing – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Video The Romanian forest that’s disappearing
Cerna Valley National Park in Romania is home to one of Europe’s last great beech forests.
But over half is unprotected by Unesco, and is currently facing extreme deforestation.
Environmentalist group Agent Green have been investigating the logging practices in the forest.
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Netflix hikes subscription prices in Canada News

Another price hike is on the way for Netflix subscribers in Canada as competition heats up among the biggest streaming video services.
The company behind Narcos and Orange Is the New Black is introducing its biggest price increase yet for both new subscribers and current members.
The basic Netflix Canada plan — which does not offer ultra high-definition 4K video and allows streaming on one device at a time — rises a dollar to $9.99 a month.
Netflix’s standard plan will now cost $3 more — or $13.99 a month — to watch content on two devices at the same time.
Premium plan subscribers pay $3 more — or $16.99 a month — to watch TV shows and movies on four devices at the same time and in HD and ultra HD video.
Quebec gets its first Netflix original film amid tax, cultural content concerns Telecom mediator sees 57% spike in complaints in 2017-18, mainly about wireless Netflix says the higher prices are effective immediately for new subscribers, while existing users will be notified by email before their bills rise in the coming weeks.
The company increased prices for most plans by a dollar about a year and a half ago.
Helps fund new series, films Netflix says the move will help fund upcoming TV series and films as well as overall improvements to the Netflix platform.
But the company also faces intense competition next year as the number of streaming platforms in the Canadian marketplace with attractive offerings grows.
Earlier this month, Bell Media introduced a higher tier of its Crave streaming service that includes a selection of recent Hollywood movies and new HBO programs. The package, dubbed Crave+, costs about $20 per month.
Bell beefs up CraveTV to include new HBO shows without cable TV subscription Next year, Disney jumps into the market with its own streaming platform. Disney+ is expected to be stocked with movies and original series like a prequel to Star Wars: Rogue One and a Marvel superhero show based on the character Loki from Thor and The Avengers.
Other platforms could make headway, too, including a new service operated by Criterion that specializes in classic films, and CBS All Access, which is beefing up its library of original shows that include Tell Me A Story and Strange Angel.
Analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak of New York-based Pivotal Research Group says the last Netflix price increase in the United States didn’t lead to an appreciable loss of subscribers, but “I would not be surprised to see some churn out of the gate in Canada, given the per cent increase on the standard service.”
“However, given the still very low cost of the service and the lack of real alternatives, I would expect NFLX to eventually see most of those that churn return,” Wlodarczak said in an email.

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Georgia election: Salome Zurabichvili in the lead – polls – BBC News

Georgia elects Salome Zurabishvili as first woman president 29 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright EPA Image caption Salome Zurabishvili is the daughter of refugees who fled to France from Georgia in 1921 Salome Zurabishvili has won Georgia’s presidential election, becoming the first woman to hold the office.
With nearly all votes counted , the French-born ex-diplomat had 59% of the vote with rival Grigol Vashadze on 40%.
Ms Zurabishvili was backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, while Mr Vashadze was a united opposition candidate.
A new constitution is due to come into force, making the role of president largely ceremonial.
Ms Zurabishvili, 66, was born in Paris after her parents fled Georgia in 1921 following its annexation by Soviet forces.
She took up a career in the French foreign service and was posted to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, as ambassador in 2003. She later gave up her post and the then-president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, appointed her foreign minister.
The BBC’s Rayhan Demytrie in Tbilisi says the strength of the vote for Ms Zurabishvili raises questions. In just a few weeks she managed to get 20% more votes than in the first round.
Yet, our correspondent reports, she failed to connect with voters, and many Georgians could not forgive her for saying it was Georgia that started the war with Russia in 2008. Georgian-Russian relations remain clouded by mutual suspicion.
Ms Zurabishvili told BBC Russian that “considering Russia’s current behaviour towards Ukraine, I don’t think it means we can move right now to co-operation [with Russia]”.
The vote is good news for the most powerful man in Georgia, billionaire Georgian Dream party chief Bidzina Ivanishvili.

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BioWare Teases Dragon Age December Announcement – IGN News

29 Nov 2018 12:11 PM PST BioWare Teases Dragon Age Announcement Share. By Steven Petite
BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson teased a Dragon Age announcement in a recent post on BioWare’s official blog .
“If you’ve been following these blogs, or myself and Mark Darrah on Twitter, you know we’re also working on some secret Dragon Age stuff,” said Hudson. “Dragon Age is an incredibly important franchise in our studio, and we’re excited to continue its legacy. Look for more on this in the coming month (though I won’t tell you where to look…).” Exit Theatre Mode
While “Dragon Age stuff” doesn’t necessarily mean BioWare is gearing up to announce the next entry in the role-playing franchise, the timing of this news is interesting. It’s possible this announcement could come during The Game Awards , which airs on December 6.
We’ve known for a while now that a new Dragon Age game was in development. Earlier this year, Hudson said the next Dragon Age will be “story [and] character focused,” but it will also follow EA’s “live” model. According to Hudson, the “live” distinction merely means the game will continuously grow, presumably through content updates. In the post, Hudson also reaffirmed BioWare’s commitment to creating more games in the Mass Effect universe. Exit Theatre Mode
Dragon Age: Inquisition , the third entry in the series, launched back in 2014. Though it arrived on PS4 and Xbox One, there has yet to be a Dragon Age game solely built for current generation consoles, as Inquisition was also released on PS3 and Xbox 360.
BioWare’s next game, Anthem, will reportedly be a “complete package” on day one when it releases on February 22, 2019.
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Samuel Little: US serial killer ‘admits 90 murders’ – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Image caption Little was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2014 for three murders in the 1980s (file photograph) An imprisoned murderer is being investigated after confessing to 90 killings across four decades in the US.
The FBI believe Samuel Little, who is 78, may be among the most prolific serial killers in US criminal history.
State and federal agencies are now working to match his confessions with the deaths of dozens of women across the country from 1970 to 2005.
Investigators say they have already linked him to 34 murders and are working to corroborate many others.
Little is currently serving life in prison after being sentenced in 2014 for the murders of three women.
He has been in custody since September 2012 when he was arrested at a Kentucky homeless shelter and transferred to California where he was wanted on a drugs charge.
DNA samples taken from Little were then linked to the unsolved deaths of three women in Los Angeles county in 1987 and 1989.
All three of those victims had been beaten and strangled before their bodies were dumped separately.
He pleaded not guilty at trial, but was eventually sentenced to three consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole.
Before that he already had an extensive criminal record, with offences including rape and armed robbery. Golden State Killer: The end of a 40-year hunt?
The murder convictions led to Little being referred to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) – a scheme that works to analyse serial offenders of violent and sexual crimes, and share information with local law enforcement agencies to cross-reference unsolved crimes. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pearl Nelson (left) holds a photo of her mother Audrey Nelson, who Little was found guilty of murdering
Officials from the programme say they then uncovered an “alarming pattern” and “compelling links” to many more murders across the US.
One unsolved cold-case murder in Odessa, Texas of a woman named Denise Christie Brothers was then pursued by local authorities.
A local ranger, James Holland, then travelled to California with ViCAP team members earlier this year to interview Little.
They say Little agreed to talk to them because he was hoping to move prisons.
The FBI say that Little has confessed to 90 killings in total – stretching states across the breadth of the US, from California to Maryland.
The ViCap team said in a news release earlier this week they had so far established his ties to 34 deaths, with many others apparently pending confirmation.
“Over the course of that interview in May, he went through city and state and gave Ranger Holland the number of people he killed in each place. Jackson, Mississippi – one; Cincinnati, Ohio – one; Phoenix, Arizona – three; Las Vegas, Nevada – one,” ViCAP Crime Analyst Christina Palazzolo said in the report.
They believe Little particularly targeted marginalised and vulnerable women who were involved in prostitution or addicted to drugs.
Investigators say their bodies were often left unidentified and their deaths un-investigated by authorities.
“Little’s method of killing also didn’t always leave obvious signs that the death was a homicide. The one-time competitive boxer usually stunned or knocked out his victims with powerful punches and then strangled them,” the FBI report said.
“With no stab marks or bullet wounds, many of these deaths were not classified as homicides but attributed to drug overdoses, accidents, or natural causes,” it continued.
A large number are believed to have taken place in the 1970s and early 1980s before DNA technology was available to police. Image copyright Wise County Jail Image caption A recent mugshot of Little, who reportedly also went by the name Samuel McDowell
Beth Silverman, the Los Angeles County prosecutor who helped convict Little in 2014, told the New York Times that “a lot of agencies around the country…dropped the ball on this case”.
“He got off over and over and over again,” she told the newspaper.
The FBI says the 78-year-old is “in poor health” and is likely to now remain in prison in Texas until his death, where he was transferred from California after admitting the Odessa killing.
The bureau says it is continuing to work alongside Ranger Holland, who is said to be interviewing Little “nearly daily”, to help build an accurate and full picture of his crimes.
“The biggest lesson in this case is the power of information sharing,” Kevin Fitzsimmons, ViCAP’s supervisory crime analyst said in the FBI report.
“A Jane Doe [unidentified victim] who turned up dead in an alley in New Orleans may look like an isolated event but when entered into the ViCAP database and examined with other mysterious deaths or missing persons, patterns emerge. That is the value of ViCAP.” Related Topics

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