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Bjork talks pandemic, climate change ahead of LA shows

The phone rings, revealing not just a call from a new number — but one from a new country as well (at least for me). So, I answer my first-ever call from Iceland and hear a wonderfully familiar voice greet me on the other end: “Good morning. My name is Bjork.” Thus begins a very cool ride of a conversation with one of the greatest pop artists of the last 30-plus years, one who got her start with the legendary avant-rockers the Sugarcubes in the mid-‘80s and went on to an even more accomplished solo career beginning with 1993’s appropriately named “Debut.” Since then, Bjork has released eight other full-length albums, compiling a daring, far-reaching and ultimately fulfilling body of work that rivals David Bowie and Roxy Music. To put it very bluntly, it’s absolutely absurd that this ground

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Is Ben Rathbun Being Catfished on 90 Day Fiance? Mahogany Roca Might Be Real

On this season's newest episode of 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days, viewers finally got to "meet" Ben Rathbun. He's a divorced dad. He's a fitness model. He insists that he's not in a midlife crisis. He's a cult survivor. Ben's girlfriend is a 24-year-old girl named Mahogany who lives in Panama, never video chats, and edits her photos beyond recognition. Cyber-sleuth superfans think that they tracked down the "real" Mahogany, but things just get weirder from there. When Ben Rathbun introduced himself, it was only on the sixth episode of the season. Viewers got their first glimpse of him as he showed off his incredibly fit body. It was his fitness modeling that led him to "meet" Mahogany, but he had a long journey before that. Ben grew up in a toxic, repre...

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Supreme Court allows Jan. 6 committee to get Trump documents

By Mark Sherman | Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a rebuff to former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court is allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. The justices on Wednesday rejected a bid by Trump to withhold the documents from the committee until the issue is finally resolved by the courts. Trump’s lawyers had hoped to prolong the court fight and keep the documents on hold. Following the high court’s action, there is no legal impediment to turning over the documents, which are held by the National Archives and Records Administration. They include presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes dealing with Jan. 6 from the files of former chief of staff Mark Meadows. Alone a...

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Amber Portwood to Farrah Abraham: You’re a Liar and a Fool, and Likely Committed Assault!

Amber Portwood knows a thing or two about being famous. And also about Farrah Abraham. And also about losing one's temper and possibly committing felony assault and/or battery. For all these reasons, it was only natural for E! News to reach out to the mother of two in order to gauge her opinion on the latest Farrah Abraham scandal. Abraham, who just appeared again on screen this month with Portwood on Teen Mom: Family Reunion (at Amber's behest, according to a recent report)  was placed under citizen's arrest this past Saturday night. TMZ reported over the weekend that Farrah and a friend were out at a club in Hollywood called Grandmaster Records when someone started to taunt Abraham... and she totallly lost it in response. Specifically, Farrah was arrested for slapping ...

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Politics

A fraud case against Trump? Not a slam dunk, experts say

For years, Donald Trump punctuated his reality TV spiels and presidential speeches with claims that his business and his many gold-plated properties were “huge,” “amazing,” the biggest and the best. Now the New York attorney general’s office says it has uncovered evidence that his comments were not just puffery for the public. The office's civil investigation into Trump found that he and his company regularly fudged the value of assets on financial statements given to banks, insurers and tax authorities. But that doesn’t mean the Trump Organization will be shut down, Trump Tower padlocked and the former president hauled off to prison. Lawyers who examined the details of the allegations told The Associated Press that while Attorney General Letitia James could potentially bring a lawsuit all

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World

City Council committee moves — again — to dry up market for stolen cell phones

Fines could go up for businesses caught selling stolen cellular phones. | GettyThe ordinance boosts fines and penalties for secondhand dealers, pawnbrokers and bogus phone repair shops that buy and sell stolen cell phones. The maximum penalty would rise to $10,000 for each illegal sale, up from $2,000. The City Council has tried repeatedly over the years to dry up the market for stolen cell phones unloaded by street gangs to bankroll their operations. Still, the strong-arm robberies continue unabated — on the street, on the CTA and during the avalanche of carjackings. On Wednesday, the License Committee tried again. At the behest of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), the committee unanimously approved an ordinance that dramatically increases fines and penaltie

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Bewildered Biden Wonders ‘What Happened’ to Congress as Agenda Dies

Chip SomodevillaOne year ago this week, President Joe Biden promised in his inaugural address to “heal,” “repair” and “restore” a nation at war with itself—to reset a nation that had been torn apart by a cascading series of unprecedented crises. But confronted by his administration’s stymied legislative agenda, frustrated COVID-19 response, uneven economic performance and faltering relationships with its own Democratic allies, Biden faces a different kind of reset on the eve of his second year in office: a reset of his presidency. Calling on reporters in his first solo press conference since March 2021, Biden faced nearly two hours of questions from the White House press corps about whether he had overpromised and underdelivered on his campaign pledge to restore competent leadership in Am...

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Working With André Leon Talley Wasn’t Easy but It Was Great

ESBP/Star Max“When, in Paris you meet a type,” Honoré de Balzac wrote, “it is no mere man, it is a spectacle!” André Leon Talley, with his graduate degree in French from Brown University, would have understood. I first saw André in person in the late '90s as I sat in a television production truck parked outside the tents at Bryant Park where New York Fashion Week used to be held. I was the executive producer of live, nightly coverage of the runway shows. One of the features of our show was to play tape of the day’s shows with live expert commentary. (It was like color commentary during a ballgame but with much better clothes and far more attractive participants.) When André walked into our makeshift studio dressed down in some improbably chic sweatpants and immense dark glasses, he revers...

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Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast

Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities. Laetitia Hédouin said she first saw the corals during a recreational dive with a local diving club months earlier. “When I went there for the first time, I thought, ‘Wow — we need to study that reef. There’s something special about that reef,” said Hédouin, a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Moorea, French Polynesia. What struck Hédouin was that the corals looked healthy and weren't affected by a bleaching event in 2019. Corals are tiny animals that grow and form reefs in oceans around the world. Glob...

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World

Marcus Liberty has seen a ’phew and believes DePaul’s Javon Freeman-Liberty can make it

Javon Freeman-Liberty is scoring over 21 points per game. | Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images“You don’t have to be what I was [to get to the NBA],” said Liberty, once the No. 1 recruit in the land. Once upon a time, Marcus Liberty could have been the successor to Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings. Or even to Teddy Grubbs, who’d preceded him at King. “I would’ve loved to go to DePaul,” Liberty, 53, said Wednesday. But then-King coach Landon “Sonny” Cox, a Public League kingpin, didn’t like the idea. There were “bad vibes” with the Blue Demons having at least something to do, according to Liberty, with Grubbs, who’d gone to Lincoln Park as one of the top recruits in the country. Liberty — the No. 1 high schooler in the land in 1987 — went to Illinois instead. DePaul’s slow slide from its

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‘Bring him in!’ Manchester United stars ‘need’ Solskjaer replacement, says Agbonlahor

Solskjaer should be replaced, thinks Agbonlahor (Picture: Getty Images)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be replaced by outgoing Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after Manchester United’s Europa League final failure. That’s the view of former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor who feels the Manchester United players ‘need’ someone in the mould of the Frenchman. Agbonlahor questioned Solskjaer’s ability to make big decisions in the biggest moments and fears the club has lost its appetite to win trophies every season. And he senses the time has come to end the Solskjaer experiment, advising United chiefs to look to bring Zidane to the Premier League. ‘I think for me, you see Zidane has left Real Madrid, [Inter Milan boss Antonio] Conte has left,’ he told TalkSport. ‘I’d go for...

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William and Harry speak out over BBC interview saying Diana ‘was failed’

Both brothers spoke of the devastating impact of the interview (Picture: Getty)Prince William and Prince Harry have issued scathing statements describing the effect of a Panorama interview on their mother’s life. The Duke of Cambridge criticised the BBC for its failings which he says exacerbated her ‘fear, paranoia and isolation’. William said he was left with ‘indescribable sadness’ to know the corporation’s shortcomings had ‘contributed significantly’ to Diana, Princess of Wales’ state of mind in the final years of her life. ‘She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions,’ the duke said. The Duke of Sussex in a separate statement said about his mother: ‘The ripple effect of a culture of...

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Captain arrested after fishing vessel crashes into Monterey Coast Guard pier

MONTEREY — The captain of a commercial fishing vessel was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his 30-foot boat into the rock jetty at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Monterey Saturday evening. The unidentified captain was detained by Coast Guard personnel who witnessed the crash and then turned him over to Monterey police who made the arrest and processed the suspect, both police and the Coast Guard said. A request for a report was not made available by Monterey police on Tuesday. Lt. Shane Gunderson with Coast Guard Station Monterey said personnel witnessed the crash at 8 p.m. Saturday and military law enforcement detained the suspect before turning him over to police. Gunderson described the vessel as a 30-foot squid boat with only one person aboard that cra...

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Brexit forces cancer patients in Northern Ireland to wait for life-saving drug

The lung cancer drug osimertinib was approved by the UK last week for early-stage lung cancer (Pictures: Getty Images)Brexit has delayed Northern Ireland’s right to use a life-saving cancer drug in the same way as the UK. Tension has been mounting in the province after Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union reopened old wounds between unionists and nationalists. Now, The Times has revealed that early-stage lung cancer patients in Northern Ireland will not be able to get osimertinib as soon as those in the rest of the country. The drug has been used all over the UK, including Northern Ireland, for mid-to-later-stage lung cancer since 2016. But last week, osimertinib was approved for treating early-stage and no-or-small cell lung cancer in the UK and 12 other countrie

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Police seek trio after car dealerships are burglarized in Northwest Side

Two car dealerships were burglarized May 14, 2021. | Adobe Stock PhotoTwo car dealerships were broken into Friday in West Town and Logan Square. Two dealerships were burglarized early Friday in Northwest Side neighborhoods. About 2:20 a.m., three suspects forced entry into a dealership in the 2500 block of North Elston Avenue in Logan Square, Chicago police said. The trio attempted to drive off with one of the vehicles but were unsuccessful and left the scene, police said. Minutes later, they broke into another dealership in the 1300 block of North Elston Avenue in West Town, police said. The group was armed with a hangun but when they stopped an employee they left the scene, according to police. The suspects are between 16 to 25 years old, police said. Anyone with information is as...

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