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With DGA Awards TV Nominations, ‘Succession’ Is the Name of the Game

After any awards body announces its nominations, the question at hand immediately becomes, “What’s the big takeaway here? What insight have we gleaned from this information, be it about a larger awards race or the vibe of the industry in general?” That’s the case, at least, if awards analysis is your job. Often, it’s difficult to differentiate wheat from chaff. But that’s not the case for this year’s Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award TV nominations. Not in the slightest. Upon the announcement of this year’s nominees, it was revealed that HBO’s “Succession” had swept the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series category, garnering mentions for five distinct episodes and directors, including Kevin Bray (“Retired Janitors of Idaho”), Mark Mylod (“All the Bells Say”), Andrij

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How Fed hikes could affect mortgages, car loans, card rates

Will mortgage rates go up? How about car loans? Credit cards? How about those nearly invisible rates on bank CDs — any chance of getting a few dollars more? With the Federal Reserve signaling Wednesday that it will begin raising its benchmark interest rate as soon as March — and probably a few additional times this year — consumers and businesses will eventually feel it. The Fed’s thinking is that with America’s job market essentially back to normal and inflation surging well beyond the central bank’s annual 2% target, now is the time to raise its benchmark rate from near zero. The Fed had slashed its key rate after the pandemic recession erupted two years ago. The idea was to support the economy by encouraging borrowing and spending. But now, by making loans gradually costlier, the Fed ho

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I-TEAM: Jury duty scam targeting people in Duval, St. Johns counties

Andrea Adams nearly fell for a scam that is currently circulating in six Florida counties, including Duval and St. Johns counties. The Duval County woman recently received a call from a number that appeared to be coming from Lawrence, Kansas, her hometown. She said she normally would not answer any call on her cellphone coming from a number she did not recognize but said she thought it might have something to do with her father, who lives in Lawrence. “I thought maybe something was wrong and it was him calling, so I picked up,” she explained. It was not her father, but a man who introduced himself as a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, in Kansas. “He proceeded to tell me that there were three warrants out for my arrest and, I, of course, went, ‘What?’” said Adams. He told he

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Headteacher accused of calling student ‘Mr Autistic’ during telling-off

The alleged incident happened at Meadowbrook College (Picture: Google Maps)A headteacher has been accused of calling a student ‘Mr Autistic’ when he got into trouble for using a vape. Nicola Partridge is said to have used the term towards a student in Year 11 who has Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. His mother claimed the incident took place at Meadowbrook College in Marston, Oxfordshire, on January 17. The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said: ‘I got a call from my son at school saying the headteacher had called him Mr Autistic. ‘He’d been vaping and handed it over but got a second vape out, and was told to hand that one over. ‘He was told to sit in the hall and called Mr Autistic. ‘He rang me and was fuming – she’s in a position of trust and she’s broken that trust

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Louis Saha identifies ‘perfect’ manager for Manchester United and makes Jadon Sancho prediction

Louis Saha has identified the ‘perfect’ next Manchester United manager (Picture: MUTV)Louis Saha has identified the ‘perfect’ manager for Manchester United and backed struggling Red Devils summer signing Jadon Sancho to go on to have a ‘brilliant career’. United are expected to appoint a new manager this summer after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November and putting Ralf Rangnick in interim charge of the side. Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Antonio Conte have all been linked with the Premier League giants but Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the ‘best candidate’ available. France legend Zidane led Real Madrid to three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles and has been out of work since leaving the Bernabeu for the second time in 2021. ‘I think it’s a difficult o

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Pleasant Hill mom turns children’s bedroom into Harry Potter magic

When the COVID pandemic lockdown sent others scurrying to bake sourdough bread or plant victory gardens, Heidi Morales turned all her pent-up energy into alchemy, transforming her children’s bedroom into Harry Potter gold. Morales, who lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband, son and daughter, had no real experience in carpentry, interior decorating or serious crafting, but when her then-5-year-old daughter asked for a Harry Potter bedroom, she pivoted from perfecting her cake decorating skills to something far grander. “All my daughter wanted for her birthday was a Harry Potter bedroom,” Morales says, “and my son was so excited about it, too. So I decided to try.” Morales’ daughter, Lily, who was named after her grandmother, not Harry’s mum, spent her first year in kindergarten attending

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Bodycam: Jaguars’ McCray showed ‘erratic behavior’ during arrest, authorities say

Bodycam footage obtained Wednesday by News4JAX shows what happened the night Jaguars defensive lineman Lerentee McCray pulled into a gas station following what investigators said was a high-speed chase with officers. McCray’s arrest happened Jan. 16., according to the Fruitland Park Police Department, after McCray’s truck, a white Ram pickup, was clocked on radar unit going 88 mph. He was cited for speeding, a report states, and charged with fleeing and eluding police with disregard of safety to persons or property — a second-degree felony. Two officer vehicles chased McCray, reaching speeds of 100 mph, according to the arrest report. It said the vehicle was operated “in an extremely reckless manner, swerving across all three lanes of southbound traffic” at a high rate of speed. ‘My bad’:

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Kate Middleton praises ‘inspiring’ boy who raised £8,000 for mental health line

Kate Middleton met with Leo Street, a 13-year-old Scout from Kent, who raised thousands for the mental health text service Shout (Picture: PA)The Duchess of Cambridge has said how impressed she was by a 13-year-old who raised more than £8,000 fora mental health text message support line. ‘Inspiring’ boy scout Leo Street camped out in his garden for a whole year – including in freezing temperatures as low as -5C° – for the crisis support charity Shout. Kate Middleton helped launch the round-the-clock mental health project along with her husband Prince William, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle in 2019. The service has now reached a major milestone of having one million text conversations. To celebrate, Kate met with a handful of the 2,500 volunteers at Shout, an anonymo

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Moderna begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults

Moderna has begun testing an omicron-specific COVID-19 booster in healthy adults. The company announced Wednesday that the first participant had received a dose. Earlier this week, competitor Pfizer began a similar study of its own reformulated shots. It’s not clear whether global health authorities will order a change to the vaccine recipe in the wake of the hugely contagious omicron variant. The original vaccines still offer good protection against death and severe illness. Studies in the U.S. and elsewhere show a booster dose strengthens that protection and improves the chances of avoiding even a milder infection. Moderna pointed to a small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday that showed antibodies able to target omicron persisted for six months after a...

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Federal appeals court blocks execution of Alabama inmate

A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the state from executing an inmate convicted of killing a driver who gave him a ride, upholding a lower court ruling that he can't be put to death unless the state uses an untested, new method. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift a lower court order blocking the execution of Matthew Reeves, was originally was set for Thursday and could still happen since the state attorney general's office said it would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Department of Corrections already has notified potential witnesses in the event it can move forward with the execution of Reeves, which was put on hold by a federal judge earlier this month. Evidence showed he went to a party and celebrated the killing afterward. The

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If you bought a house in one of these Utah cities, you might have paid too much

A “for sale” sign and “sale pending” sign are pictured in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret NewsWestern communities dominate list of overvalued housing markets If you bought a home in Ogden, Provo or Salt Lake City in the last month, there’s a good chance you overpaid. That’s according to researchers from Florida Atlantic University, who compiled open-source data from Zillow and other providers in a study that lists the 100 most overvalued markets in the U.S. The study shows that of the 10 most overvalued housing markets in the country, three are located along Utah’s Wasatch Front — coming in third place overall is Ogden, where buyers are paying over 57% more than what their home is valued at, based on past pricing trends. With a 51% premium, Provo is ra

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Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice can’t stop smiling as they get close on Strictly tour

We love Rose and Gio (Picture: Splash News)Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice are clearly living their best lives on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour as they cosied up following their latest show. The Strictly 2021 champions have continued their winning streak during the tour, and have shared lots of backstage moments on their social media.  Joined by their fellow celebs and pros, they’ve been travelling up and down the country to dance every evening on stage.  Since winning late last year, the pair have remained firm friends and have shown they’re still as close as ever as they caught up with devoted fans.  In recent snaps, they could be seen in good spirits as they stopped outside their hotel to take photos with show attendees.  Rose cuddled up to Gio, who put his a

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Colorado Fire: Evacuation orders lifted, Highway 1 reopened as blaze reaches 55% containment

Evacuation orders were lifted for hundreds of people and Highway 1 was fully reopened Wednesday after firefighters contained 55% of the Colorado Fire, which was sparked along the Big Sur coast Friday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The cause of the Monterey County fire, which was announced in a CalFire investigation on Tuesday, was attributed to hot embers from a pile burning operation. “High winds blew the embers onto nearby vegetation, which ignited the fire,” officials said in the news release. Evacuation orders for 500 people were lifted by noon, according to Cal Fire spokesperson Cecile Juliette. Highway 1, which was previously closed from Garrapata Creek to Point Sur, was also reopened; flames burned about 700 acres, damaged one yurt

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Jay Blades ’emotional’ over ‘lightbulb moment’ in reading documentary as he tackles three-letter words

Jay shares his reading journey with viewers of the documentary (Pictures: BBC)The Repair Shop star Jay Blades found himself overcome with emotion after a breakthrough moment during his documentary about learning to read, as he conquered three-letter words. In the one-off BBC programme Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51, the expert furniture restorer embarked on a six-month learning journey, taking one-on-one lessons over Zoom via the charity Read Easy. Having left school with no qualifications, and later been diagnosed with dyslexia, the presenter revealed his ultimate goal was to read a bedtime story to his teenage daughter Zola, ahead of her sixteenth birthday. Admitting it was the ‘hardest thing I’ve ever done’, part way through the film – having struggled with phonics and the

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EXPLAINER: ‘Excited delirium’ and George Floyd

The issue of whether George Floyd was suffering from the disputed condition of “excited delirium” the day he was killed resurfaced Wednesday at the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with depriving him of his civil rights. Police arrested Floyd outside a corner store on May 25, 2020, for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes. A panicky-sounding Floyd struggled and said he was claustrophobic as officers tried to shove the 46-year-old Black man into a police vehicle. After officers pinned Floyd to the ground, rookie Thomas Lane can be heard on body camera video saying he's concerned Floyd might be experiencing excited delirium. The defense for former Officer Derek Chauvin argued during his murder trial last year that the condition is real

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