Day: June 18, 2017

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Dog runs ultramarathon


Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from “Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart”. The author is an ultramarathon runner who crossed paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China in 2016.

As soon as I sat down in the tent, the dog curled up next to me — I started thinking about germs and diseases. It’s crucial during a weeklong race to keep as clean as possible because without any access to showers or wash basins, it’s easy to get sick from anything you touch.

The dog was looking right into my eyes, just as it had earlier that morning. I had a few hours before my six-thirty meal, so I pulled out one of the packs of nuts and biltong.

The dog’s stare was unbreakable.

With a piece of meat midway to my mouth, it struck me that I hadn’t seen the dog eat a thing all day. It had run the best part of a marathon, and still it wasn’t trying to beg or steal any of the food I had in front of me.

“Here you go,” I said, tossing half the meat down onto the tarpaulin in front of it, instinct telling me that feeding by hand wasn’t a risk I wanted to take.

The dog chewed, swallowed, spun around a few times, and lay down. Within seconds it was snoring, then twitching, then whimpering as it drifted deeper and deeper into sleep.

I woke up to the sound of grown men cooing like school kids.

“Ah, how cute is that?”

“Isn’t that the dog from last night? Did you hear she followed him all day?”

She. The dog had run with me all day, and I’d never thought to check what sex it was.

I opened my eyes. The dog was staring right at me, looking deeper into my eyes than I would have thought possible. I checked. They were right. It wasn’t an it. It was a she.

“Yeah,” I said to Richard and the rest of the guys. “She stuck with me all day. She’s got a good little motor on her.”

Some of the guys fed her, and again she took whatever she was given, but gently. It was almost as though she knew she was getting a good deal here and she needed to be on her best behavior.

I told the guys I’d been wondering where she came from and that I’d guessed she’d belonged to whoever owned the yurts we’d stayed in the previous night.

“I don’t think so,” said Richard. “I heard some of the other runners say she joined them out on the dune yesterday.”

That meant she had put in almost fifty miles in two days. I was staggered.

It also meant she didn’t belong to the people back at the previous camp or to one of the race organizers.

“You know what you’ve got to do now, don’t you?” said Richard.

“What?”

“You’ve got to give her a name.”

Excerpted from “Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart” written by Dion Leonard Copyright 2017 (Thomas Nelson). 

Dion Leonard is an Australian/British runner who currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dion started running in 2013 and has already achieved numerous top 10 finishes in ultra races around the world in the most extreme condition.



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TONIGHT: NBCNEWS under fire for Alex Jones interview…


NBC’s storied news division is coming under heavy fire for what its critics say is a botched handling of its new hire Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – and for its overall rollout of Megyn Kelly as a broadcast network news star.

NBC is determined to air the Jones interview Sunday evening despite enormous pressure to cancel it from parents of children who died in the Sandy Hook massacre, which Jones has previously alleged was faked.

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, 70, has said the story on “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” will be edited with the sensitivity of its critics in mind.

Jones is the far-right radio host whose allegations about Sandy Hook being a hoax have sparked widespread outrage. A deranged gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Newtown, Connecticut school in December 2012.

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones in the massacre urged Lack and other NBC officials not to air the interview. The report is likely to have devastating human consequences, the families wrote to NBC.

Lack, who made a big splash by hiring Kelly, is under pressure now over the messy handling of the Jones interview which has become a public relations nightmare for NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast. Also under pressure is Lack’s handpicked deputy, Noah Oppenheim, who traveled to Moscow for Kelly’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was criticized as weak by reviewers.

The controversy over Kelly’s Jones interview exploded after NBC aired promos for the interview in which Kelly did not appear to be challenging Jones’ Sandy Hook conspiracy theories sufficiently harshly.

Jones then released a photo of him and Kelly sitting together in a vehicle, smiling at the camera.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo told journalists at a promotional event for his morning program last week that the NBC-produced promo put Kelly in a bad spot.

“You bring people on who are controversial—that’s not a new concept,” Cuomo said. “It’s always been about how do you do it, how you position them, how much of a platform you give them…The tease got them into trouble…I think that’s objectively stated.”

At least one advertiser, JP Morgan Chase, has pulled ads from NBC News programming until after the Jones interview airs. And NBC Connecticut affiliate WVIT, whose viewing area includes Newtown, has said it will not carry “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” on Sunday.

The situation got far worse when, in embarrassing audio recordings that Jones released Thursday night, Kelly can be heard saying the following about the host’s conspiracy theory regarding Sandy Hook: “I’ll ask you about some of the controversy and I’ll ask you and you can respond.”

Kelly was also heard saying to Jones that “It’s not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I promise you that.”

Kelly goes on to say in one of the pre-interview recordings that she is a “combination of Mike Wallace, Oprah Winfrey and Larry the Cable Guy.

“That’s what you’ll get in the interview – a little bit of all three of those and hopefully everybody will walk away feeling like they had a good dinner – nutritious, some red meat with some dessert at the end,” she is heard saying.

“Of course I’m going to do a fair interview I’m still me – I’m not going to go out there and be Barbara Walters,” she added derisively about the famous interviewer.

Broadcasting experts said NBC’s experienced producers should never have let Kelly, a newbie when it comes to news magazine style programming, make those kinds of “booking calls” to a wily subject like Jones who was likely to be recording everything.

According to the New York Post, an embattled NBC has been completely overhauling the interview to be tougher on Jones following all the backlash this week.  

The New York Post also reported that as the controversy raged, Kelly personally called the Sandy Hook families to invite them on the show to counter Jones’ rhetoric. However, a number of families reportedly declined to appear on the show.

Jones now doesn’t want the piece to air because “from the promos NBC has run, Megyn is distorting me,” Jones told The Hollywood Reporter. “It has all the markings of a PR stunt.”

He added, “They just want me to be the devil because I’m the alternative media … Fake news lives at NBC. They basically made me look like a Halloween character.”

He also said he would release an unedited version of the Kelly interview that he recorded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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Sneaky signs you're pregnant


If you’re trying to get pregnant, it can seem like eternity until you get a positive pregnancy test. To make it even more of a challenge, many of  the early signs of pregnancy can be mistaken for your menstrual period, a stomach bug or even stress.

Here’s how to tell whether your symptoms are early signs of pregnancy or something else.

1. Increased vaginal discharge
If you notice an increase in vaginal discharge, you might think you have a vaginal yeast infection or, if your cycles are irregular, you might think you’re ovulating.

But leucorrhea, a clear, odorless vaginal discharge that doesn’t cause itching, is an early sign of pregnancy. Leucorrhea is a result of the increased blood supply to the vaginal and genital regions which increases vaginal fluid, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a board-certified OB-GYN in Mt. Kisco, New York, and author of “The Complete A to Z for Your V,” told Fox News.

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2. Spotting and cramping
It’s easy to mistake spotting and cramping for the start of your period, but it can also mean you’re pregnant. “Often times when the embryo implants in the uterus, [women] can have some spotting or light bleeding that oftentimes [they] will mistake as a period,” Dr. Kelly Kasper, a board-certified OB/GYN at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, told Fox News.

Although this implantation bleed is nothing to worry about, it’s always a good idea to put a call into your doctor if you have any of these symptoms to rule out miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the embryo implants itself in the fallopian tube or in the abdomen. This condition affects between 1 and 2 percent of pregnancies, according to a 2014 article in the journal American Family Physician.

3. Fatigue
It’s easy to blame feeling run down on clocking long hours in the office, a hard workout, lack of sleep or stress. Yet for some women fatigue, especially if it’s overwhelming, is the first sign that they’re pregnant.

4. Strong — or brittle — nails
Many women notice that their nails are stronger than ever, and although this is due in part to pregnancy hormones, taking prenatal vitamins before conceiving has a lot to do with it too. 

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5. Increased sense of smell
If you live for your cup of joe in the morning but all of a sudden the aroma makes you sick, you might want to take a pregnancy test. “Sense of smell can become extraordinarily keen, and in fact, certain smells that people might have enjoyed in the past, they may find to be totally nauseating,” Dweck said.  

6. Bloating and constipation
It’s easy to blame bloating, gas or any change in bowel habits on a change in diet, a vacation or PMS. In the early weeks of pregnancy when progesterone starts to rise, however, everything can slow down. If you’re craving carb-heavy fare and can’t stomach vegetables, it can also affect your GI tract.

7. Frequent urination
An increase in both blood volume and the filtration rate of the kidneys will make it so that you need to urinate more frequently.

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8. Mood swings
Chalk it up to not sleeping well, PMS or stress, but irritability can mean you’re in the early weeks of pregnancy.  

9. Breast soreness
If your breasts feel tender or your nipples are sore, it’s easy to think it’s your period but often the difference is the severity. “Even your shirt touching your nipples could be noticeable,” Dweck said.  

Julie Revelant is a health journalist and a consultant who provides content marketing and copywriting services for the healthcare industry. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com.

 



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Miley: Why I quit weed


Miley Cyrus decided to come clean about why she got clean.

The “Malibu” singer recently revealed her decision to quit smoking marijuana telling Billboard in May she wanted to be “super clear and sharp.”

Now, Cyrus is telling Jimmy Fallon she quit pot because she feared it might kill her.

“I kept having this nightmare, it was seriously horrible…. I had this dream that I would die during my monologue on ‘SNL’ for some reason. That I would just get so stoned that I just died,” Cyrus told Fallon on his late night show Wednesday. “Which I googled, and that’s never happened.”

However, Cyrus said she was worried despite discovering “no one’s ever died from weed” because “no one has ever smoked as much as I did, so they don’t really know [if it’s possible.]”

She also said she quit drugs and alcohol because she wanted to be able to promote her new music.

“To sit here, and talk about what I’m doing, I want to be really clear, because I’m actually the most passionate about what I’m doing with this record than I’ve been,” she said. “This is the most important album that I’ve ever made.”



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Facebook's terrorist fight


Under intense political pressure to better block terrorist propaganda on the internet, Facebook is leaning more on artificial intelligence.

The social-media firm said Thursday that it has expanded its use of A.I. in recent months to identify potential terrorist postings and accounts on its platform—and at times to delete or block them without review by a human. In the past, Facebook and other tech giants relied mostly on users and human moderators to identify offensive content. Even when algorithms flagged content for removal, these firms generally turned to humans to make a final call.

Companies have sharply boosted the volume of content they have removed in the last two years, but these efforts haven’t proven effective enough to tamp down a groundswell of criticism from governments and advertisers. They have accused Facebook, Google parent Alphabet Inc. and others of complacency over the proliferation of inappropriate content—in particular, posts or videos deemed as extremist propaganda or communication—on their social networks.

In response, Facebook disclosed new software that it says it is using to better police its content. One tool, in use for several months now, combs the site for known terrorist imagery, like beheading videos, in order to stop them from being reposted, executives said Thursday. Another set of algorithms attempts to identify—and sometimes autonomously block—propagandists from opening new accounts after they have already been kicked off the platform. Another experimental tool uses A.I. that has been trained to identify language used by terrorist propagandists.

This story originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal.



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'Cars 3' motors to No. 1 box office spot


“Wonder Woman” fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office.

While many worn out franchises and franchise hopefuls continue to struggle to find a significant North American audience, smaller films such as the Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” and the shark thriller “47 Meters Down” were able to break through the clutter and make a splash this weekend.

As expected, the third installment in Disney and Pixar’s $1 billion “Cars” franchise easily took the top spot, but its estimated $53.5 million in earnings told a more complicated tale.

“Cars 3” had the worst opening in the series’ history — “Cars” opened to $60.1 million and “Cars 2” to $66.1 million — and it was one of the lowest debut totals for the Pixar brand.

It was also a disappointment compared with the top films over this weekend in 2015 and 2016, noted comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

A year ago, Pixar’s “Finding Dory” debuted with $135.1 million. In 2015, Jurassic World” raked in $106.6 million in its second weekend.

“That kind of tells you the state of the industry,” Dergarabedian said.

The G-rated “Cars 3” got an “A” CinemaScore and generally positive reviews, but it will have to contend with “Despicable Me 3” which opens in two weeks.

“Wonder Woman” was knocked down to second place with $40.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $274.6 million, while holdover “The Mummy” slid to fourth place in weekend two with $13.9 million.

“It’s been a challenging summer. I always say it comes down to product. Are the movies grabbing people?” Dergarabedian said. “Before `Wonder Woman’ we were about 9 percent behind last summer. We’re now at about even, but the industry would like to see better than even.”

Amid the doldrums, lower-profile films were able to make a mark. The longtime-coming Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” earned $27.1 million to take third place on the charts.

Despite largely negative reviews, audiences gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore. Lionsgate’s Codeblack division marketed the pic, which cost Morgan Creek Productions around $40 million to produce. It opened to coincide with what would have been the late rapper’s 46th birthday on June 16.

“It’s always nice to exceed expectations,” said David Spitz, the president of theatrical distribution for Lionsgate.

The Mandy Moore shark thriller “47 Meters Down” also exceeded low expectations, earning $11.5 million for a fifth place start. A “C” CinemaScore, however, could mean the pic is dead in the water going forward.

The raunchy R-rated comedy “Rough Night” is also facing some rough waters ahead with its ghastly “C+” CinemaScore. The film, about a bachelorette party weekend gone wrong, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell, took in a paltry $8.1 million against a $20 million production budget.

“Rough Night” opened in seventh place, behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which brought in $8.5 million. The fifth “Pirates” film has earned $150.1 million domestically and $500 million internationally.

Next week, another fifth installment — “Transformers: The Last Knight” — opens. Dergarabedian expects it follow suit with most of the summer’s franchises and earn the bulk of its money abroad.

“Sometimes the bigger and better box office stories are not at No. 1,” Dergarabedian said. “‘All Eyez on Me’ and `47 Meters Down’ are the kind of movies people are looking for. It bodes well for `Baby Driver’ and `Atomic Blonde.”‘

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Cars 3,” $53.5 million.

2.”Wonder Woman,” $40.8 million.

3.”All Eyez on Me,” $27.1 million.

4.”The Mummy,” $13.9 million.

5.”47 Meters Down,” $11.5 million.

6.”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” $8.5 million.

7.”Rough Night,” $8.1 million.

8.”Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” $7.4 million.

9.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” $5 million.

10.”It Comes At Night,” $2.6 million.



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Nurse wounded in shooting at Florida hospital; 1 arrested


Authorities say a nurse at a Florida hospital was shot by a man who grabbed a gun from a state trooper who brought him in for treatment.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan said troopers had three interactions with a pedestrian Saturday along Interstate 75 before taking him to West Marion Community Hospital in Ocala.

Authorities didn’t say why he needed treatment. At the hospital, troopers attempted to arrest him on a charge of failure to obey a lawful order.

Riordan said the man grabbed a trooper’s gun and fired. According to Riordan, a nurse was shot in the leg and hospitalized in stable condition. Three troopers suffered minor injuries while struggling with the suspect.

Authorities arrested the suspect, whose name wasn’t released. A hospital spokeswoman didn’t immediately return messages.



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Pamela Anderson pens love letter to Julian Assange


Pamela Anderson has penned an online love letter to Julian Assange calling on world leaders to intervene to set the WikiLeaks founder free.

The former Baywatch star said there was no longer any need to keep him “trapped in a small room” now that Sweden has dropped its case against him.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost five years after seeking asylum as he feared he would be extradited to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual assault which he denied.

He was also concerned that if he was taken to the Scandinavian country then he could be sent to the U.S. to face trial over WikiLeaks’ release of classified American government documents.

In the letter, Anderson said Theresa May was the “worst prime minister in living memory” but praised Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The 49-year-old actress continued: “But Theresa May — who kept him imprisoned in the embassy for five years — refuses to allow him to leave.

“Theresa May, who is on her last legs. Theresa May of the pyhrric victory (sic).

“Theresa May, who won’t shake the hand of the victims of the Grenfell fire. Who doesn’t care about poor people. Who doesn’t care about justice or peace. Who doesn’t care about Julian.

“The worst prime minister in living memory.”

Anderson also invited French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to the opening of her new restaurant in France in July, and asked him to grant Assange asylum.

She wrote that she and Corbyn have a mutual compassion for animals, while saying Assange, 45, should be given compensation.

‘I love you, Pamela’

– letter to Julian Assange from Pam Anderson

To Corbyn, she said: “I have watched the recent UK election with great interest. I have cheered the turn in your party’s fortunes! You are clearly a decent and fair man.”

Anderson describes the U.S. government as the “ultimate bully, a superpower, with 1,200 military bases all around the world.”

In the letter posted on pamelaandersonfoundation.org, the ex-Playboy model gushed over how his “bravery and courage” make Assange sexy.

She signed it: “I love you, Pamela.”

This story originally appeared on Sky News.



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Georgia sheriff says he's confident $130G reward to be paid for inmates' capture


Putnam County Sheriff now says he’s confident the $130,000 reward offered for the capture of two escaped inmates will be paid out.

In a statement released Sunday, Sheriff Howard Sills explained why he initially said the reward would not be dispensed and why his decision had changed. 

Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe were arrested Thursday evening in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a three-day manhunt. The men are accused of killing Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue and escaping from a prison bus on state Highway 16 in Putnam County.

During a news conference Thursday, Sills said he announced the reward money would not be paid out after receiving incorrect information from Tennessee authorities, claiming the suspects surrendered to law enforcement—who are prohibited from receiving rewards.

However, Sills said he later learned that Rowe and Dubuse had not surrendered to deputies in Tennessee.

We are “investigating and assessing the situation and if there were people who were in fact responsible for providing information which resulted in the arrests of the fugitives, there would be payments made accordingly,” said Sills.

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Patrick Hale is the man authorities are crediting with holding the two escapees until authorities arrived.

But authorities have not announced how and to whom the reward money will be dispersed.

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Nugent on violent political rhetoric: 'We must all unite'


Rocker Ted Nugent said he plans to tone down commentary during his shows that some observers may see as violent.

He said his widely-referenced riff telling his political opponents to “suck on my machine gun” was a metaphor for those opposed to Second Amendment rights.

“I have never projected hate,” he said. “That was a metaphor… but the left is so dishonest that they misrepresented that.”

“The Motor City Madman” apologized for any “Detroit street slang” that may have come across as threatening in the past, saying America must unite against violence.

“I’m saying we must all unite to bring no violence, no harm to any of our fellow Americans.”


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He said he will even join ideological opponent Bill Maher in a show of solidarity on his HBO program.

For his upcoming shows, Nugent said his intensity will “not back down one spit.”

But, he said he would be more careful as to what imagery he uses in his comments.

As FoxNews.com reported, Nugent is considering making a run in against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in 2018.

“[Put] America first, make America great again, job security, secure the border. You know, it’s so simple even guitar players can figure it out,” he said.

Watch the clip above from Fox & Friends and watch Nugent’s comments on 2018 and other topics below.


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