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President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after Justice Department releases redacted Mueller report

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:22 | USA TODAY

President Donald Trump tweets 'Game Over' after Justice Department releases redacted Mueller reportPresident Trump tweets ahead of Robert Mueller report, saying in Game of Thrones tweet, "Game Over."

Notre Dame fire: Why should France rebuild cathedral? Embers of Christianity still burn.

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:00 | USA TODAY Opinion

Notre Dame fire: Why should France rebuild cathedral? Embers of Christianity still burn.God is not dead in Europe, but many are no longer following Him. Notre Dame Cathedral 's shell remains, in the hope that the structure may be rebuilt.

Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' bill

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:35 | AFP

Appeals court upholds California 'sanctuary state' billA US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California "sanctuary state" bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities. "SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government's immigration enforcement efforts," said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.

This 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Restomod Is A Showstopper

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:16 | motorious

This 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Restomod Is A ShowstopperCase and point, this 1957 Cadillac Eldorado SeVille restomod currently listed by Streetside Classics. Finished in Bright Ruby Red and detailed with polished chrome work elevates this iconic design to new levels. Its creators were careful not to detract away from the timeless styling of the Eldorado, and have instead exaggerated its highly fashionable character.

28 killed on Portuguese island of Madeira as tourist bus plunges off embankment and hits a house

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:19 | USA TODAY

28 killed on Portuguese island of Madeira as tourist bus plunges off embankment and hits a houseA bus carrying German tourists plunged off an embankment on the Portuguese island of Madeira, leaving 28 dead.

McDonald's pulls Signature Crafted burgers, doubles down on Quarter Pounders

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:36 | Reuters

McDonald's pulls Signature Crafted burgers, doubles down on Quarter PoundersMcDonald's Corp said it would remove costlier, premium burgers from its menus in favor of its more popular Quarter Pounders, shifting its focus to simpler and quickly-served burgers. The company said its new deluxe and bacon Quarter Pounders received good feedback and it would continue to focus on such items. "It (the removal) probably has more to do about the process of cooking the burger in McDonald's than it does what the consumer is saying about the food," said Howard Penney, a managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management.

Israeli envoy: no action on West Bank until after peace plan

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:45 | Associated Press

Israeli envoy: no action on West Bank until after peace planUNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday he believes his government will take no action on annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank until after the Trump administration releases its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

View Photos of the Volkswagen I.D. Buggy

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:01 | Car and Driver

View Photos of the Volkswagen I.D. Buggy

Opioid crisis: US doctors accused of trading prescriptions for sex and cash in major scandal

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:25 | The Independent

Opioid crisis: US doctors accused of trading prescriptions for sex and cash in major scandalScores of medical professionals across seven states were charged by federal prosecutors on Wednesday with schemes to illegally distribute millions of pain pills — in some cases exchanging opioid prescriptions for sex, in others for cash with an added “concierge fee”, and in one case routinely prescribing opioids to friends on Facebook.Officials called the case the “single largest prescription opioid law enforcement operation in history”.The indictments, unsealed in federal court in Cincinnati on Wednesday, accuse 60 people, including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists and eight nurses of involvement in the schemes, which included opioid prescriptions issued for gratuitous medical procedures like unnecessary tooth-pulling.In some cases doctors simply handed out signed blank prescription forms.“These cases involve approximately 350,000 opioid prescriptions and more than 32 million pills — the equivalent of a dose of opioids for every man, woman and child across the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia combined,” Brian Benczkowski, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said at a news conference.Most of the charges were filed against people in those five states; one person was charged in Pennsylvania and one in Louisiana.Nationally, more than 70,000 deaths in 2017 were attributed to drug overdoses, with about one-quarter of them caused by prescription opioids.States wholly or partly in Appalachia recorded some of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths that year: West Virginia was first in the nation, Ohio second and Kentucky fifth.“The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.Prosecutors accused the medical professionals who were charged on Wednesday of conducting a wide range of schemes.Some involved small leagues of doctors and their office staffs, while in other cases, people acted alone, according to the indictments.Some doctors performed unneeded medical procedures to justify the pills they prescribed, prosecutors said, while others simply passed out prescriptions without going to the trouble of disguising their purpose.One of the doctors facing charges in Ohio had at one time prescribed more controlled substances than anyone else in the state, prosecutors said.A pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio, was accused of dispensing more than 1.75 million pills.And a doctor in Tennessee who called himself the “Rock Doc” was accused of prescribing hundreds of thousands of pills in exchange for sex.A doctor in Alabama, federal prosecutors said, “allegedly recruited prostitutes and other young women with whom he had sexual relationships” to become his patients, and allowed them to use illicit drugs at his home.In some cases, the quantity of drugs prescribed to the same patients at short intervals indicated that they could have been taking as many as 15 pills a day, prosecutors said.The charges announced Wednesday include unlawful distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud.Prosecutors said that the charges could result in sentences of up to 50 years in prison.The indictments stem from four months of investigative work by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Task Force, a group of prosecutors, federal agents and data analysts that was created in December 2018 to find patterns suggesting that doctors were prescribing inordinately high numbers of pain pills, and then follow up with traditional law enforcement techniques, including the use of informants and undercover investigators.Cases like this have been prosecuted before, including a Justice Department operation in June that resulted in charges against 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, for fraudulently prescribing and distributing opioids.Those cases were handled within the larger health fraud unit at the Justice Department.The Appalachian task force is different, Benczkowski said, because it is exclusively concerned with corrupt medical professionals, and is “doing it in a region of the country that is probably the hardest hit.”The New York Times

The biggest revelations in the Mueller report

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:16 | Yahoo News

The biggest revelations in the Mueller reportKey takeaways from the 448-page, moderately redacted special counsel report.

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 01:24 | AFP Relax News

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-DameFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral. Some 600 firefighters worked throughout the night Monday to put out the fire at the Paris landmark and prevent an even worse disaster, in a blaze that felled the spire and destroyed two-thirds of its roof. A prayer vigil was held at another of Paris's landmark churches, the Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart), on Thursday which was due to remain open all night.

Former Sears company sues ex-CEO Lampert, Treasury's Steven Mnuchin over 'asset stripping'

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:05 | USA TODAY

Former Sears company sues ex-CEO Lampert, Treasury's Steven Mnuchin over 'asset stripping'The company that owned Sears and Kmart has sued its ex-CEO Eddie Lampert and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over accusations of "asset stripping."

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 03:15 | AFP

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: reportAmazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and, a report said on Thursday. The US e-commerce pioneer will maintain other operations in China such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kindle e-books and cross-border teams that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad, Bloomberg News said, citing unidentified people familiar with the plans. An Amazon spokesperson did not explicitly confirm plans to throw in the towel on domestic e-commerce, but said the company was looking to focus more on cross-border sales.

Air France-KLM offering free flights to those helping rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:22 | USA TODAY

Air France-KLM offering free flights to those helping rebuild Notre Dame CathedralAir France-KLM is donating travel to assist with the reconstruction of Notre Dame.

Today's Horoscope

Taurus Horoscope for Friday, April 19, 2019

Someone is trying to get your attention, but they might be going about it in the entirely wrong way. You don`t like to be embarrassed or singled out in public, and the person who does either of these is bound to irritate, not impress, you. The worst thing you can do is let them know they`re getting to you. All you have to do is look the other way, move to another seat or leave the area entirely, and they will get the picture. Entering into discussions or arguments with people who clearly are out to rile you up will serve much more harm than good. If there was ever a time to turn the other cheek and remain silent, this is it.
An encounter with someone you`ve never met or something you`ve never been exposed to opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Don`t let the unusual or strange frighten you -- this is a time to open your mind and to give new experiences the chance to change you. Listen closely when someone new tells you about their life experience, especially if what they have learned can be applied to one or more areas of your own life. Intellectual conversations hold your attention much longer than trivial ones do, and by the time you`re finished discussing the topic at hand, you might just walk away with an entirely new outlook on life.

You have to find a way to be a little more flexible, Cancer. Yes, you have a lot on your mind, but refusing to go along with someone else`s plan simply on principal isn`t very helpful or reasonable. If you can manage to take one minute out of your busy schedule to really listen to what the other person is trying to tell you, you might just save yourself some time in the long run. No one is trying to complicate your day, and the more you insist on reacting in an emotional manner, the less productive you`re going to be. Take a deep breath and look at the situation a little more logically.
Where there`s a problem, you have the ability to come up with a viable solution. Once you use your amazing skills of deduction to come to the final conclusion of an issue, everyone else will have to admit that they were wrong, and there`s nothing you love more than feeling superior in a group of intellectuals! Of course, the right answer might not always be on the tip of your tongue, and that`s okay. Be patient while you wait for your brain to wrap itself around the situation. By day`s end, all of the problems you worried about yesterday will have been solved and you will be free to focus your energy on more exciting, less stressful events.

Is everything where it should be? Probably not. If you look around your room, house or office space and see a big mess, you need to spend some time cleaning, organizing and throwing away things that are no longer of use. Although it might be difficult to take a new approach to routine tasks such as these, you could definitely benefit from putting a couple of new systems into place. Look carefully at the things that aren`t currently working in your favor, and then find a way to make improvements. Someone in your family or at your office might have an ingenious solution to your most perplexing organizational problem, so be sure to listen to advice when it is given.
Let your creative spirit come out to play. You can have a good time doing just about anything and your imaginative outlook makes even the most boring events and tasks seem more exciting than ever! Get a group of friends together and go to an art museum or see a play or a movie in order to spark your inner creativity. If you`re really feeling artistic, maybe you could try to create an original piece of artwork of your own. You don`t have to use expensive materials in order to produce something wonderful, Libra. A piece of paper, a chunk of clay or a paintbrush all turn into something magical in your hands.

You have a very definite way of doing things, and you don`t like it when anyone tries to stand in your way. Of course, if you live with other people (like family members or roommates) this could definitely create a problem, but you`re too busy thinking about your own likes and dislikes to worry about how they feel. Stop what you`re doing right now and consider everyone else`s feelings. Is redecorating the room in your favorite color or rearranging the furniture to your liking really more important than maintaining good relationships with the people you care about? If you make even the slightest effort, you should be able to come up with a satisfactory compromise.
Every conversation you have is an excellent opportunity for you to learn something new, or to teach someone else something. You have an extremely easy time coming up with original things to say right now, and it isn`t difficult for you to talk to total strangers either. It isn`t every day that you get the chance to make new connections, exchange ideas and discuss the issues that are most important to you, so be sure to take advantage of each situation that allows you to do so. It`s important to keep in mind, however, that although you have an especially open mind when it comes to controversial topics, everyone else might not.

The Goat needs a change of pace. If you`ve been feeling a little claustrophobic or stagnant lately, this is a good time to get the ball rolling on some new projects. If you`re tempted to change your style of dress or the way you wear your hair, no one is stopping you, but you might not want to make any drastic or irreversible changes in case you change your mind about it later. Other people are liable to give you their input, but unless you have reason to believe that they truly have your best interest at heart, you should take their words with a grain of salt. Tricksters and pranksters easily find their way to your door, but you aren`t obliged to let them in.
You know that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. Instigating change is foremost on your mind, and you have the advanced ideas necessary to implement even the most difficult processes and procedures. Call on the smartest person in your group of intellectual friends to be your partner in crime today. Although you don`t need the help to get the job done, it will be fun to stand back and admire the things you have created with someone who can truly appreciate the complexity of the task you took on. Someday the whole world may hear of your abilities, but right now it`s enough that only you know what you`re capable of.

Your selfless nature takes the focus away from you and your own problems and places it onto someone who really needs your help. You might not be able to drop everything at a moment`s notice in order to come to the rescue of a friend, relative or neighbor, but they can count on the fact that you`ll get around to helping them eventually. You`re especially good at coming up with solutions to other people`s personal problems, which means that you could spend the majority of your free time doling out free advice. Do what you can to be supportive and helpful, but draw the line well before you`re taken advantage of.
The more you plan ahead, the easier it will be to complete the necessary tasks of the day. If you`re going shopping, call the store ahead of time to make sure they have what you need, and if you`re planning on visiting someone who lives a good distance from you, it`s important to find out if they`ll be there before you actually hit the road. Thinking things through will save you a lot of time in the long run, which is a good thing because you really don`t have much of it to spare. If you can`t perform an important activity by yourself, don`t be afraid to ask for help. Your friends are more than willing to help you out of a bind.