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Asian shares mostly lower, extending Wall Street losses

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Monday after Wall Street logged its worst week since the pandemic began in 2020. Benchmarks declined in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney but rose in Shanghai. U.S. futures were higher. Investors have been growing increasingly worried about how aggressively the Federal Reserve, which holds a policy meeting this week, might act to cool rising inflation. Historically low rates, dubbed quantitative easing, or QE, have helped support the broader market as the economy absorbed a sharp hit from the pandemic in 2020 and then recovered over the last two years. “The FOMC (Fed) meeting dominates the macro calendar this week and is likely to keep risk sentiment on the hesitant side with an end to QE and imminent rates hikes likely to be announced," economists N

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Meet your 2022 Jacksonville Image Awards finalists

The votes are in for the 3rd annual Jacksonville Image Awards. The annual awards recognize difference makers in the African American community, whether they’re lifelong educators who have found unique ways to reach students or young people leveraging social media into real social progress. Graham Media Group, CW 17 and News4JAX started collecting your nominations in November and narrowed down the list of nominees to three finalists for seven categories. The public were then allowed to vote for their favorite in each category from Jan. 3 through Jan. 23. The winners will be announced at a live in-person gala sometime in the third quarter of 2022. The original awards ceremony was scheduled to take place on Feb. 5 but has been postponed due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in North...

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PG&E’s criminal probation to end amid ongoing safety worries

Pacific Gas & Electric is poised to emerge from five years of criminal probation, despite worries that nation’s largest utility remains too dangerous to trust after years of devastation from wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment and neglectful management. The probation, set to expire at midnight Tuesday, was supposed to rehabilitate PG&E; after its 2016 conviction for six felony crimes from a 2010 explosion triggered by its natural gas lines that blew up a San Bruno neighborhood and killed eight people. Instead, PG&E; became an even more destructive force. Since 2017 the utility has been blamed for more than 30 wildfires that wiped out more than 23,000 homes and businesses and killed more than 100 people. “In these five years, PG&E; has gone on a crime spree and will

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Mugler, French fashion icon known for sculpted designs, dies

French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died. He was 73. He died Sunday, his official Instagram account said. “May his soul Rest In Peace,” it said in a post that was all black with no image. It did not give a cause of death. Mugler, who launched his brand in 1973, became known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The use of plastic-like futuristic fabric in his sculpted clothing became a trademark. He defined haute couture over several decades, dressing up Diana Ross and Beyonce at galas, on red carpets and runways. His designs weren’t shy about being outlandish, at times resembling robotic suits with protruding cone shapes. Mugler also had a popular per...

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Chiefs rally past Bills in overtime, advance to AFC title game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a never-say-die showdown between two of the NFL’s top teams, and two of its bright young quarterbacks, the Bills and Chiefs played a classic Sunday night decided by one of them calling tails and the other making him pay for it. Josh Allen’s decision on the overtime coin toss was his only mistake for Buffalo all night. Patrick Mahomes promptly followed it by marching Kansas City downfield against the NFL’s top-ranked but exhausted defense, then finding Travis Kelce in the corner of the end zone from 8 yards, giving the Chiefs a memorable 42-36 victory — and never giving his burgeoning rival an opportunity with the ball. “It worked out well for us this time,” said Mahomes, who has his team playing in its fourth consecutive AFC title game. “When you have two teams going

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What you need to know before filing taxes this year

Tax season is here and it’s early this year. You can start filing electronically on Monday, but will the returns be bigger or smaller this year? Everyone wants money back when they file their taxes, and this year you can file electronically on Jan. 24. Some may be weary after delays from previous years due to COVID-19. Mark Steber, a chief tax information officer, said the IRS may have some staffing issues, but they have adjusted to tax processing during a pandemic. “The IRA is still challenged by the pandemic as many companies are. So, as they have been messaging file early and electronically because as we may experience this year last year. There were upward of 30 million returns,” said Steber. Some people are hesitant to file electronically, but Steber said it’s an easy process that co

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Sports

Rudy Gobert and Bojan Bogdanovic both come away from loss to Warriors with injuries

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) loses the ball after being fouled by Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. | Jeff Chiu, Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — The Utah Jazz could end up really shorthanded in their Monday night matchup with the Phoenix Suns. Already without Donovan Mitchell, who did not travel with the team as he recovers from a concussion, the Jazz suffered two more injuries in their 94-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Bojan Bogdanovic came away from a fourth-quarter collision favoring his right leg and was diagnosed with a knee contusion and Rudy Gobert was hobbled in the final minutes of the game with a left calf strain, and watched from sidelines for the l...

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Lakers can’t finish comeback in Miami after ugly start

Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson, center, goes for a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, left, and forward LeBron James, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Miami. Miami won 113-107. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook reacts after being called for a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Miami. Miami won 113-107. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, fourth from left, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Miami. Miami won 113-107. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes ...

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Anthony Davis sits out vs. Heat, but Lakers up his workload as he nears return

Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson, center, goes for a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, left, and forward LeBron James, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Miami. Miami won 113-107. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook reacts after being called for a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Miami. Miami won 113-107. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, fourth from left, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Miami. Miami won 113-107. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes ...

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Entertainment

‘Phoenix Rising’ Review: Evan Rachel Wood’s Powerful Documentary on Surviving Abuse

“Thirteen” ©Fox Searchlight/Courtesy Everett Collection Wood also ties Manson’s predatory behavior into her Hollywood career. After her role in the controversial film “Thirteen,” Wood says she became branded as “the little Lolita.” Manson would then use the Lolita imagery with the actor in his “Heart-Shaped Glasses” music video. In “Phoenix Rising,” Wood admits that some of the sequences within “Thirteen” made her uncomfortable and she lacked an advocate at the time. Such openness and clarity is critical to protecting younger actors today, but Wood has appeared in docs about child stardom before, such as [Editor’s Note: “The Phoenix Act” was reviewed for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, where it screened only one of its two parts. The second part was not provided for critics ahead of rele

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Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on China’s Xi’an

Authorities have lifted a monthlong pandemic lockdown on the northern Chinese city of Xi’an and its 13 million residents. The announcement Monday followed the restart of commercial flights from the city the day before. Xi’an has been a cornerstone of the ruling Communist Party’s “zero tolerance” strategy toward COVID-19 that mandates lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing whenever a case is discovered. Xi’an is about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Beijing, where the Winter Olympics open Feb. 4. Access to the city was suspended Dec. 22 following an outbreak attributed to the delta variant of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the 2 million residents of one Beijing district have been ordered to undergo testing following a series of infections. The government told people in...

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UAE says it intercepts 2 ballistic missilles over Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles targeting Abu Dhabi early Monday, its state-run news agency reported, the latest attack to target the Emirati capital. The attack on Abu Dhabi, after another last week killed three people and wounded six, further escalates tensions across the Persian Gulf as Yemen's yearslong civil war grinds on. That war, pitting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against a Saudi-led coalition, has become a regional conflict as negotiations continue over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers. The collapse of the accord has sparked years of attacks across the region. The state-run WAM news agency said that missile fragments fell harmlessly over the capital, Abu Dhabi. The Emirates “is ready and ready to deal with any threats and that it tak...

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How Thierry Mugler Brought the Best Drama to the Runway

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic“I made clothes because I was looking for something that didn’t exist. I had to create my own world.” What a world it was that fashion designer Thierry Mugler created. The acclaimed French fashion designer, who was famous for his fragrances and Demi Moore’s not-so-little black dress from Indecent Proposal, died today at the age of 73. The cause of death is not immediately known. His death was announced via his team by sharing a black square to his personal Instagram profile page with the caption: "We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace.” Mugler entered the fashion scene in the 1970s. In the 1980s when he hit the Paris catwalks for the first time, his PVC ensembles adorned ...

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‘Alice’ Review: Keke Palmer Anchors an Uneasy Mix of ‘Antebellum’ and Blaxploitation Homage

Alice knows there’s something else out there. There has to be. Born and raised on an antebellum plantation somewhere smack-dab in the middle of nowhere Georgia, Alice (Keke Palmer) may have never gone more than a mile or two beyond the boundaries of the Bennet place, but something is calling for her. Blame her evil boss Paul Bennet (a truly chilling and unrecognizable Jonny Lee Miller) who taught his favorite “domestic” how to read early, but only so she could read to him, and who somehow never realized she might use her intellectual curiosity for other ends. As Krystin Ver Linden’s ambitious and uneasy “Alice” opens, our heroine has already made her mind up, but where her desire to break free will lead her will shock everyone. The film will inevitably — and correctly — draw comparisons to

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‘Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’ Review: Netflix’s 4.5-Hour Doc Aspires to Be the ‘Hoop Dreams’ of Hip-Hop

When standup comic Clarence “Coodie” Simmons crossed paths with a rising music producer named Kanye West at Jermaine Dupri’s birthday party in 1998, he was so profoundly inspired by the 21-year-old’s talent and sheer force of will that he decided to quit his beloved Chicago public access show “Channel Zero” and follow this fire-breathing local visionary east to New York. Simmons’ plan was to make a documentary about West’s journey from Chicago’s South Side to the North Pole of the rap world — the “Hoop Dreams” of hip-hop — and his subject couldn’t have been happier to oblige. Even then, years before anyone would take him seriously as an MC, West was convinced that he was destined for greatness; that it would serve history to have a camera on him at all times. “I got ass-per-ations,” is how

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