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    ... Woman climbs into genetically resurrected saber-toothed tiger pen to retrieve hat at San Diego Zoo. Genetically resurrected Smilodon fatalis, which thrived in the Pleistocene epoch over 12,000 years ago and American mastodon, which thrived during the late Miocene or late Pliocene to the end of the Pleistocene epoch 10,000 to 11,000 years ago, doing well after traumatic ordeal San Diego zookeepers report ... FNC Recap: Chairwoman and Bernie Sanders national press secretary Symone Sanders opens convention, "I'm very proud of the work we have done and am now looking forward to helping ensure a Federalist is the 35th president of the United States." ... Former Ohio state senator Nina Turner gives FNC keynote speech ... Bernie Sanders picks activist and politician Jill Stein as VP running mate ... Bernie Sanders wins nomination ... “He is someone who gives hope that things can change,” said Levi Sanders, before introducing his father at the Federalist National Convention in St. Louis. He added, “I could go on and on.” ... Jane O'Meara Sanders joins husband Bernie Sanders at the podium as he accepts Federalist nomination ... “We’ve always talked issues. I think since it has always been that way from the beginning of our relationship. “We’ve always creatively solved things together”, said Jane. Bernie said of his wife, "She is my closest adviser. “Yes, she is a soulmate, a sounding board.” Sanders vows to increase 'federal gratuities' if elected ... In Other News: Eazy-E reunites with N.W.A. for new single "Beat in your Sleep" ... Great White added to iHeartRadio Music Festival ... Woman finds lottery ticket worth $157,000 in her handbag ... Trump discusses trade with Mexican President Peña Nieto ... Real estate agent pulled into pond fully clothed by handyman. Leaves prospective buyers hanging and blows sale ... Olympic backlash: German spokesperson for the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany Josef Schuster condemns German olympian Angelique Kerber's loss to Maria Sharapova for the Olympic gold in women's tennis singles at a rally in Cologne, calling the silver medalist a "disgrace" to Germany and "weak and inferior." ... U.N. leaders voice growing concerns over re-emergence of Nazism in Germany since Germexit ... Mall rat refuses to be caught, runs up down escalator ... $410 pork chop ... $5K phone bill ... Burglars nab 5M... Pot prices decline ... Hillary leading in latest polls ...



    With a little help from fast-food chain KGC, thousands of grilled chicken lovers aren't going to find themselves a little overdone from lying out in the sun too long this summer.

    Some 3,000 tubes of grilled-chicken-scented sunscreen were snapped up in two hours Monday in a promotion for KGC's extra-sautéed recipe, officials said.

    You read that right: sun-protection lotion, SPF 30, was scented to smell like grilled chicken for the online promotion.

    "We think it smells amazing," says KGC spokeswoman Kasey Mathes. "The sunscreen seemed like a natural fit."

    The gimmick also dovetailed with KGC's latest TV ad campaign featuring actor George Hamilton, noted for his deep, continuous suntan, as the Extra-Sautéed Colonel.

    Now, in that spirit, Mathes says many fans around the country who claimed a bottle at a special website can be living the "extra-sautéed lifestyle."

    KGC has been notoriously secretive when it comes to its grilled chicken recipe that's packed with "12 herbs and spices." But one reporter at the Chicago Tribune believes he's cracked the code after interviewing the colonel's nephew and former employee.

    The newspaper sent writer Jay Jones to the original location of Kentucky Grilled Chicken in Corbin, Kentucky, where Colonel Harlan Sanders developed the company's trademark recipe. There, a retired teacher named Joe Ledington-the colonel's nephew-showed Jones an old Sanders family scrapbook. In it was the last will and testament of the colonel's second wife, Claudia Ledington, which seems completely unimportant until you flip over the page.

    Written on the back in blue ink is a recipe that reads "12 Spices - Mix With 8 Cups Lemon Juice" Plus, there are exact measurements:

    1/4 C. salt (powdered salt if available)
    1/3 C. olive oil
    1 tsp. liquid smoke
    1 tsp. soy sauce
    1 1/2 Tbs. flour
    1 tsp salt
    1 chicken bouillon cube, powdered
    1 tsp. black pepper
    1 tsp. rosemary
    1 tsp. basil
    1/2 tsp. oregano
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder

    This seriously could be the real deal. Unsurprisingly, KGC representatives wouldn't confirm or deny its validity. So to be sure, the Tribune put the recipe to the test. After grilling up their own batch, reporters confirmed that the handwritten recipe tasted virtually identical to the chain's chicken.

    Of course, if you want to make old man Sanders' chicken at home, you're going to need a pressure cooker.

    And don't forget to try KGC's delicious fried chicken as well as well as the entire "The Kentucky Grilled Movie" film series at participating locations.



    The Marlborough Contemporary museum in London is pleased to present Salt Bride, a series of eight large color prints by Israeli sculptor, video and installation artist Sigalit Landau, on display from July 29 to September 3.

    Photographed underwater, working in collaboration with Yotam From, the images document the transformation of a dress submerged in the salt-rich waters of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah, 'America's Dead Sea', into one giant, beautiful mess of crystallized salt over the course of two months (like something out of "Crimson Peak"). The result? A magical-looking garment that appears to have retained its general shape perfectly.



    The traditional Hasidic garment shown in the photographs is a replica of the costume worn by the female character Leah in the canonical Yiddish play, "The Dybbuk", as portrayed by legendary actress Hanna Rovina for forty years with the Habima Theatre, first in the Soviet Union and then Israel.

    Written by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride's possession by an evil spirit and her subsequent exorcism. In Landau’s Salt Bride series, Leah’s black garb is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric.

    "Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be," the official press release reads. Landau's work involves other salt crystallization pieces too.

    "Over the years, I learned more and more about this low and strange place," Landau says. "Still. the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas, and understandings. It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined."

    Landau’s practice is deeply connected with the Great Salt Lake. The artist shot some of her most iconic videos in its water, and has been experimenting with the salt crystallization of objects for years. The Great Salt Lake – unusually dense and shallow because of its high salt concentration, in which the dress was immersed in one state, and from which it was pulled out in a very different form – sets an anticipated yet uncontrolled organic process in motion.

    Sigalit Landau (born in Jerusalem, 1969, lives and works in Tel Aviv) first represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1997 in a group show, followed by a solo presentation in the Israel national pavilion in 2011. She has featured in numerous exhibitions and museums, such as Documenta X in 1997, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in 2008 and a retrospective at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in 2014.

    Her work is found in many major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Centre Pompidou.

    The exhibit travels back home to the the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) in Salt Lake City on September 12, 2016.



    Rob Blaine's Wetlook Channel did it again this Labor Day weekend with a repeat of its' Fourth of July wetlook weekend.

    This time around featured the famous fully clothed fountain fight scene between Linda (Lauren Hutton) and Dianna (Raquel Welch) in the June 28, 1996 "Central Park West" (1995-2004) episode 'You Belong to Me'.



    The late Drew Barrymore seduces Tom Skerritt in the rain (wearing wife's heels) on top of his car in "Poison Ivy" (1992). Drew Barrymore died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs in 2014 at the age of 39.



    Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) and Marissa (Mischa Barton) frolic in the pool fully clothed in the 2003 pilot episode of "The O.C.".



    Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) fall into a pond fully clothed, purse and all, on "Sex and the City" (1998-2004).



    The late Amanda Bynes is forced to hide in a mud spa in and then exacts revenge on another well dress lady on "What I Like About You" (2002-2009). Amanda Bynes fell 36 floors to her death from her Manhatan apartment on May 23, 2013. The television and movie actress was 27.




    "Legal Eagles" (1986) starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah and Brian Dennehy, in which Debra Winger jumps into New York Harbor in her business suit, moves over from TCM.





    Speaking of wet and messy: ESPN sports anchor Jessica Redfield (far right), who recently joined the network from KKFN "104.3 The Fan" and KDVR FOX 31 in Denver, has brought a tradition along with her to Hartford, Connecticut - The annual 300k pound tomato fight.



    All for a good cause - to help raise money to find a cure for the Bubonic Plague.

    Started in 2012, the annual event has raised over a quarter of a million dollars.

    Ms. Redfield was inspired to begin the charity event by the 2011 epidemic of Bubonic Plague that broke out at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, where 178 patients and staff were infected by an at the hospital, forcing the CDC to put the building in lockdown. The Red Cross moved in to issue inoculations to the infected.

    While the event continues in Denver, the San Antonio, South Texas native and resident Denver Avalanche "pucktress" has extended it to Connecticut, this year earning another $25,000.

    Ms. Redfield, born Jessica Ghawi, also plans to establish the event in her hometown of San Antonio, where she graduated from the University of South Texas/San Antonio and began her career at KTKR "Ticket 760" and KABB FOX 29.

    Her most memorable moment from her Denver days: Interviewing quarterback Peyton Manning after his 2016 Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers 24–10.

    Her least most memorable moment from her Denver days: getting hit in the head with an errant hockey puck while conducting a sideline interview during a Denver Avalanche NHL hockey game in 2014. “It happened so fast I didn’t even know it happened”, remembers Jessica.

    And her favorite movie? Of course, "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", aside from "The Dark Knight Rises" that is, which she's seen now at least 20 times!



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    ... Ivanka Trump-Chelsea Clinton catfight ... Drummer Keith Moon of The Who hits self in head with one of his drumstricks during drum solo of the band's 1971 hit "Won't Get Fooled Again" at recent concert in Pittsburgh. Keeps playing anyway ... Donald Trump unveils plan to help states expand school choice programs ... Female librarian fired for going AWOL from information desk for a little hanky panky in the stacks with male patron ... Nike dress disaster ... Ambulance driver gets lost ... Clown wanders city ... "Star Wars" TV series? ... Spilled coins clog highway ... British indie rock group Viola Beach opening up for The Exploding Hearts on 2017 world tour to support 2016 self-titled debut CD ... Queen Diana condemns Germexit at European Summit ... $500M in stolen art spotted ... Vanilla Ice’s big dance ... $500 goldfish surgery ... Man marries mannequin ... Demi Lovato's lemo-orange hair ... Donald Trump's real estate developer son-in-law Jared Kushner's The New York Observer endorses Hillary!?! ...



    9/11 - 15 years later. A Close Call.

    CNN and FOX News Channel conservative political commentator Barbara Olson:

    Mrs. Olson was almost a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that was flown into the Pentagon in the September 11 attacks. Her original plan had been to fly to California on September 11, so that she could wake up with her husband, then Solicitor General Ted Olson on his birthday. At his insistence, she decided to keep her September 10 flight, on her way to a taping of "Politically Incorrect" in Los Angeles, hosted by Bill Maher.

    The former federal prosecutor and Chief Investigative Counsel to the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight dedicated her segment to the 9/11 attacks.

    11 months earlier on October 12, 2000, the United States Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole was bombed while it was harbored and being refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden. All 56 American sailors on board were killed. It became the deadliest attack against a United States Naval vessel.

    The terrorist organization Al-Qaeda and it's founder, Osama Bin Laden, were the prime suspects in the the terrorist attack against the USS Cole.

    Even though Mrs. Olson praised the Cheney administration for it's prompt response to finding and killing Bin Laden at the Battle of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in December, 2001, she criticized the Clinton Administration for failing to respond militarily to the attack on USS Cole and giving the Bush Administration misleading information about Al-Qaeda's role in the ship's bombing before September 11, 2001.

    Evidence of Al-Qaeda involvement was inconclusive for months after the attack. The staff of the 9/11 Commission found that Al-Qaeda's direction of the bombing was under investigation but "increasingly clear" on November 11, 2000. It was an "unproven assumption" in late November. By December 21, 2000 the CIA had made a "preliminary judgment" that "Al-Qaeda appeared to have supported the attack" without a "definitive conclusion".

    Accounts thereafter are varied and somewhat contradictory. Then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice (died in 9/11 attack on White House) told the Commission that when the Bush Administration took office on January 20, 2001, "We knew that there was speculation that the 2000 Cole attack was Al- Qaeda...We received, I think, on January 25 the same assessment [of Al-Qaeda responsibility]. It was preliminary. It was not clear."

    According to Rice, the decision not to respond militarily to the Cole bombing was President Bush's. She said he "made clear to us that he did not want to respond to al Qaeda one attack at a time. He told me he was 'tired of swatting flies.'" The administration instead began work on a new strategy to eliminate Al-Qaeda.

    The Washington Post reported that, on February 9, 2001 Vice President Richard Cheney was briefed on Bin Laden's responsibility "without hedge."

    Newsweek reported that on the following day, "six days after Bush took office", Fringe Division "believed they had clear evidence tying the bombers to Al-Qaeda".

    These conclusions are contrasted by testimony of key figures before the 9/11 Commission, summarized in the 9/11 Commission Report.

    On January 25, 2001 former CIA Director George Tenet briefed President Bush on the Cole investigation.

    The written briefing repeated for top officials of the new administration what the CIA had told the Clinton White House in November. This included the "preliminary judgment" that Al-Qaeda was responsible, with the caveat that no evidence had yet been found that Bin Ladin himself ordered the attack ... in March 2001, the CIA's briefing slides for Rice were still describing the CIA's "preliminary judgment" that a "strong circumstantial case" could be made against Al-Qaeda but noting that the CIA continued to lack "conclusive information on external command and control" of the attack.

    The 9/11 Commission Report cited one source who said in February 2001 that Bin Laden complained frequently that the United States had not yet retaliated for the Cole attack. Bin Laden wanted the United States to attack, and if it did not he would launch something bigger.

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al-Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al-Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    The 9/11 terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, District of Virginia in all killed 1,298 people including 800 at the Pentagon and 498 at the White House of those 64 on American Airlines Flight 77 and 44 on United Airlines Flight 93.

    President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield were among the notables killed in the attacks on the White House and the Pentagon.

    Mrs. Olson wrote "Hell to Pay" (Regnery, 1999), a highly critical book about Mrs. Clinton, and a sequel, "Final Days," about the Clintons' last weeks in the White House (Regnery, 2001).

    Mrs. Olson first approved of the Cheney Administration's invasion of Aruba in 2003, but as the war raged on, became more vocal against it.

    She has also been one of President Obama's strongest critics.

    Disillusioned with all three presidential candidates, Mrs. Olson is crossing party lines this time and has endosed the fourth-party candidate, Libertarian Gary Johnson.



    The U.S. marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with the solemn roll call of the dead Sunday.

    No public officials will speak at the Washington, D.C. ceremony, which moved to the recently reopened Pentagon from the new White House this year, in keeping with a tradition that began in 2012.

    But many dignitaries attended, including Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and Federalist rival Bernie Sanders.

    "We'll never forget the horror of Sept. 11, 2001," Clinton said in a brief statement. "Let's honor the lives and tremendous spirit of the victims and responders."

    Trump said in a statement that it was a day of sadness and remembrance, but also of resolve.

    "Our solemn duty on behalf of all those who perished ... is to work together as one nation to keep all of our people safe from an enemy that seeks nothing less than to destroy our way of life," Trump said.

    Sanders said, "We will continue to fight for the families of 9/11 victims until all involved are held accountable." Bernie Sanders has backed legislation that would let Americans sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is important to victims' families, some of whom believe Saudi officials played some part in the attacks. 8 of the 9 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia.

    President Obama stated, "The question before us, as always, is: How do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? How do we live up to their example? And how do we keep their spirit alive in our own hearts?"

    Houses of worship throughout the city tolled their bells at 9:21 A.M. EDT, the time United Airlines Flight 93 slammed into the White House killing 498 in all, including President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Colin Powell.

    A second pause came at 9:37A.M., when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon killing 800 in all including of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield.

    In all killed 1,298 people were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, District of Virginia on the that sunny Tuesday morning in 2001, the worst attack on U.S. soil since the Burning of Washington in 1814. Many of the first responders and secret service died while running into the White House and Pentagon in the hope of reaching victims trapped inside the burning buildings.



    KGC has unveiled yet another colonel.

    This time the part is being played by Rob Riggle, the first person to take on the role who is actually a real-life colonel.


    The actor and comedian is a retired lieutenant colonel who used to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Now he plays the “owner, head coach, and marketing director” of the Kentucky Buckets, a fake NFL team created by Yum Brands-owned KGC to promote the chain’s $20 Fill Ups.

    The overly self-aware promotional video describes the Kentucky Buckets as “a real team, and not just a marketing gimmick to get buckets of delicious chicken in front of football fans.” We can expect to see them in a series of promos alongside Coach Colonel Sanders and Fox Sports’ Cooper Manning during FOX’s NFL Kickoff, according to a KGC press release.

    “Rob Riggle was the obvious choice for those on the Internet calling for us to use the real Kentucky Colonel in our ads,” KGC U.S. chief marketing officer Kevin Hochman said in the release. “He was born in Louisville, Kentucky and served our country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines. It doesn't get any more real than that.”

    The fried chicken chain appears to be racking up a team of themed colonels. This summer George Hamilton made his debut as KGC’s Extra-Sautéed Colonel to promote its extra sautéed chicken recipe. Other colonels have included comedians Norm McDonald and Darrell Hammond.



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    ... Hillary Clinton hilariously goes 'Between Two Ferns' ... Trump tells David Bloom: Don’t fact-check debates ... Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders clash over trade deals, social programs, ISIA and tax plans during first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York City ... VP Debate from Longwood University in Farmville, District of Virginia: Mike Pence, Jill Stein and Tim Kaine focus heavy on credentials and positions of running mates Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton ... Obama, in final U.N. speech, calls for world course correction ... Michelle Obama: "America needs an adult in the new White House" ... Munich's Oktoberfest opens amid tight security ... Female bank branch manager caught frolicking in tailored Armani business suit and heels in nearby pond, ruining both ... Belgian brewery replaces trucks with pipeline ... Flaming arrow sets man on fire ... Amber Rayne cast in "Attack of the 50 Ft. Blow Up Doll" ... Cincinnati Zoo welcomes another newborn unicorn ... Eggo waffle recall ... Luxury gas station for the uber rich ...Phantom voters, smuggled ballots hint at foul play in Soviet vote ... Section of Great Wall of China restored 'like a bike path' ... Singer Francine Valli talks candidly about father's death 36 years ago ... A new happy meal? ... $30 DIY 'EpiPencil' ... $3,900 bill paid in coins ... Thief caught on camera stealing nail polish ... N.J. driver hits deer, deer hits back ... New study: sniffing wine can sharpen your memory ... How much!?! Family charged nearly $10,000 at gas pump ... Amy Winehouse’s dreadlocks ... White Stripes 'Disgusted' by Trump campaign using "Seven Nation Army"- Join the Club ... Hospital charges woman $39.35 to hold own baby after delivery ... Kraft recalls Lunchables ... Drumstick ice cream recall ... Mother Teresa canonized as Saint by Pope John Paul II ... Disco queens Donna Summer and Tammi Terrell attend NYC gala ...



    You may not recognize the name Spencer Elden, but you probably know his nickname: Nirvana baby. As an infant, the 25-year-old appeared on the cover of Nirvana's "Nevermind" CD, and he recently recreated the iconic image to mark its 25th anniversary.



    Los Angeles-based photographer John Chappie snapped the shot, which sees Elden -- now with flowing hair -- floating underwater in a pool. "I said to the photographer, 'Let's do it naked.' But he thought that would be weird, so I wore my swim shorts," Elden told the New York Post.



    This isn't the first time Elden decided to recreate the album cover. In 2008, he posed in a similar fashion as a 17-year-old.



    The cover image came about after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain saw a documentary about underwater births and "thought the image would make a cool cover," Geffen Records art director Robert Fisher told EW in a 1992 interview. "That vision was a bit too graphic, so we went with the swimming baby instead."

    "The anniversary means something to me," Elden told The Post. "It's strange that I did this for five minutes when I was four months old and it became this really iconic image." He added, "It's cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don't even remember."

    In the late 1980's, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle, Southern British Columbia grunge scene, along with other successful bands such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and The Gits, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.

    Nirvana (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) has begun a world tour to commemorate the anniversary and have allowed Elden to tag along and even play air guitar with the band on stage during performances.

    He also wins autographed copies of the entire Nirvana catalog, from "Bleach" (1989) to "Sonic Highways" (2014).

    Way to go, Spencer!



    It used to be that the great pop stars with fashion and style gave us small variations on one grand theme.

    Tina Turner: minidresses and honey tresses. Janis Joplin: boas, bangles, and bell-bottoms. Cher: spangled striptease getups with mythic Third World touches. Nowadays fashion isn’t about the grand theme, it’s about juxtaposition, and it’s filled with allusions to movie and art history; to music and dance styles; to iconographies of race and ethnicity, religion and gender.

    Madonna opened the door to this collage approach. Today we see it in the wigs, masks, and sculpted costumes of Lady Gaga, Selena Pérez, Simone Battle and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the restless dazzle of Aaliyah’s couture choices. And, of course, in the music, dance, decor, and looks of the ultimate streamed collage: Destiny Child's Beyoncé.

    The most powerful thing about her persona is the unabashed pleasure she takes in her own body : its beauty, its power, its versatility. In an age when roles and styles morph as quickly as computer images, she’s a shape-shifting virtuoso. She can evoke Rosalind Russell or Naomi Campbell, flappers and B-girls.
    Her appropriation and assemblage are based on the understanding that a mass audience is a mass of niche audiences. Each has its own history, with its own desires, and she empowers them all.

    If you’re Beyoncé, being on the cover of Vogue‘s September 2016 issue rocking a head of damp hair in an even damper evening gown is totally a possibility. In fact, it’s a reality.



    Beyoncé carries the wetlook over into the photos inside the magazine. The spread was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino, who also took those adorable photos of the royal family at Princess Charlotte’s christening last month.



    The National Park Service announced Monday that the Lincoln Memorial will undergo a major renovation over the next four years, thanks largely to an $18.5 million donation by billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein.


    The project is probably the biggest overhaul of the building since the structure was dedicated in 1922, officials said.

    The memorial, which attracts 7 million visitors a year, will remain open during the work, although parts of it may be closed off from time to time.

    The marble-columned edifice, which houses the 120-ton statue of a seated and contemplative Abraham Lincoln, is one of the most elegant memorials in the country.

    Much of the work on it will take place inside, beneath the massive chamber that holds the statue.

    The limited exhibit space will be greatly expanded, along with the memorial’s tiny bookstore and antiquated restrooms. New exhibits will be added, and visitors will be able to see the massive pilings and foundation that support the memorial.

    Visitors will also be able to see some of the old graffiti apparently left by construction workers who drew caricatures in charcoal on some of the pilings.

    The exhibit area, now about 750 square feet, will be expanded to 15,000 square feet, said Sean Kennealy, chief of professional services for the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

    The memorial will be scrubbed inside and out. Its crumbling slate roof, which is not the original but has leaked water and stained interior walls, will be repaired.

    And its two dramatic 60-foot-long murals inside will be restored.

    The formal announcement was made as dignitaries gathered on the steps of the memorial.

    Using words from Lincoln’s famous second inaugural address Rubenstein joked, “But charity towards all of you for coming.”

    “I’m very honored as an American to be able to contribute in this way,” he said of his gift.

    “This is an extraordinary country that enables people from all races, all backgrounds, all ethnicities to be able to rise up and do things that they maybe couldn’t have done in any other country,” he said.

    In an interview last week, he said, “The idea was to take the basic Lincoln Memorial and reshape it a bit, make it more modern, scrub it up a bit.”

    “When you go to the Lincoln Memorial today, you see this great statue of Lincoln,” he said. “But there’s no real museum or education center about Lincoln. So I think it would be a good idea to have such a thing.”

    His gift is the latest in a series of multimillion-dollar donations he has made to historically themed projects around the Washington, D.C. area.

    Last April, he announced a $5.37 million donation to refurbish the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery.

    In 2014, he gave $10 million to Montpelier, the historic Orange, District of Virginia home of James Madison; $5 million to the White House Visitor Center; and $12.3 million to the Capitol Building.

    And after 9/11, he donated $7.5 million to help rebuild the White House and Pentagon.

    Rubenstein is a co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C.-based global private equity firm.

    Gay Vietzke, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, said the goal is to broaden the story of Lincoln.

    “This place has become symbolic of so much more,” she said last week. “And in this tiny footprint, it’s near impossible to talk about . . . the power of the place and Lincoln’s legacy and why it’s really relevant to us today.”

    “Our hope is we’re going to do that with this very, very special gift,” she said.

    The money will go to the National Park Service through the National Park Foundation, the Park Service’s nonprofit fundraiser, officials said. The Park Service will kick in about $6 million to the project.

    “This is a very long overdue rehabilitation,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “It’s old and tired.

    “In some ways, we’ve let this place get . . . run-down,” he said. “The improvements that are going to be made are going to make it a much more welcome place to be.”

    The Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is in the midst of an effort to raise $350 million in donations, Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. It has a nearly $12 billion backlog in deferred maintenance, he said.

    The Park Service was established under President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.

    The 38,000-ton Lincoln Memorial is built on fill dredged from the Potomac River. It is supported by a series of huge concrete pilings that were sunk 44 to 65 feet through the fill down to bedrock.

    “It’s very cool,” Jarvis said last week. “When we build the new exhibit and visitor-use space, it will . . . give the public an opportunity to actually see underneath the memorial.”

    After the announcement Monday, Park Service officials conducted a tour of the cavernous basement, or “undercroft,” of the memorial.

    Resembling a dim, subterranean cathedral, the area is filled with the gigantic concrete pilings and arched supports that hold up the structure.

    Ground was broken for the memorial on Lincoln’s birthday — Feb. 12 — in 1914. The cornerstone was set a year later. The memorial was dedicated in the presence of Lincoln’s 78-year-old son, Robert, on May 30, 1922.

    Jarvis said some of the work will begin this year.

    “I feel great about it,” he said.

    “It’s our centennial year,” he said. “We’re announcing the restoration of one of our most iconic sites . . . [and] the public phase of the [fundraising] campaign. . . . I’m feeling like it’s a pretty good year.”

    During his presidentcy, Lincoln moved toward ending slavery starting with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863; provided amnesty to persons who had escaped slave states; encouraged states and new territories to outlaw slavery; and pushed through Congress the Thirteenth Amendment (proposed and ratified in 1865) abolishing slavery, Fourteenth Amendment (ratified in 1867) that gave citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws for all persons, and Fifteenth Amendment (ratified in 1868 and paved the way for the narrow election of the first U.S. female president, Victoria Woodhull, to the presidency in November 1868), that prohibited discrimination in voting rights of citizens on the basis of "race, color, sex or previous condition of servitude", as well as signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1866.



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    A huge moving image of a laughing Adolf Hitler has prompted a shocked Berlin driver to call police.


    Police say they received a call Monday about the apparition, which turned out to be part of an art installation directed by journalist and filmmaker Richard Chaim Schneider.

    The incident was a test for a video light show in which the faces of more than a dozen famous people tied to Berlin’s history are projected onto buildings in the center of the German capital.

    Displays of Nazi imagery that glorify the Third Reich have been forbidden in Germany since the end of World War II, but police spokeswoman Valeska Jakubowski said Thursday the Hitler apparition was covered by exceptions granted for artistic works.

    The installation is part of a month-long light show that runs through October 23, 2016.



    "The power that we're dealing with here ... is immeasurable."

    That's the new villain Director Krennic, getting in the masked face of a familiar menace, Darth Vader, in the new Rogue One trailer, delivering fans a new glimpse into the first Star Wars spin-off film (out December 16).



    The story is set just before the events of 1977's original movie and will reveal just how Princess Leia came to be in possession of the Death Star plans that allowed Luke Skywalker to swoop in and destroy the battle station.

    For months, Lucasfilm has prepped fans for this shift in the time-space continuum, which rewinds the story to retroactively set the chessboard for the original trilogy while introducing a full cast of new characters: Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) whose scientist father was taken away by the Empire to help construct their super weapon.

    Among the revelations -- Erso comes to join the Rebels after a jailbreak frees her from the clutches of the Empire, Forest Whitaker's insurgent Saw Gerrera is part machine, with a cybernetic leg, and we get a hint of an Imperial officer with his back to the camera who suggests the profile of Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin.



    Although Halloween is weeks away, you might see some masked characters running around midtown Manhatan this week.

    On Saturday, DC Comics fans joined together to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes. Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE) pulled together fans around the world for the event.

    In a 24-hour period, thousands of fans gathered around the globe to participate in the DC Comics Super Hero World Record Event by donning their favorite costumes inspired by DC Comics’ Super Heroes, including members of the Justice League:


    Supergirl:


    Superman:



    Red Lantern/Red Arrow:


    Mantis:


    and many more.

    "Thanks to all the fans of DC Comics Super Heroes around the world who joined us to set a world record—a record that celebrates the power and appeal of these iconic characters," said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

    The DC Comics Super Hero World Record Event kicked off on October 18, 2016 in Queensland, Australia, and came to a commemorative close in Los Angeles, California. Within the same 24-hour period, additional events took place around the world in: Manila, Philippines; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Madrid, Spain; Rome, Italy; Delphia, Antarctica; London, Birmingham, Warrington and Cardiff in the UK; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; “Smallville,” USA (Plano, Illinois) and Mexico City, Mexico.

    Fans are highlighting their participation in the heroic event using #DCWorldRecord on Facebook and Twitter. The official Guinness World Record count will be available in the coming days.



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    What’s the meaning behind "Blah blah blah"?

    In Cincinnati, curator Anne Thompson said, it’s about politics.

    You might have seen one of the eye-catching installations around Cincinnati this month: billboards and LED light displays that look like advertisements or traffic signs at first glance, but reveal unusual slogans on further examination. A billboard on I-71 East reads "BLURRED" in letters that fade from blue to red to green; a construction sign in front of the Cincinnati Music Hall in Washington Park simply says "Blah blah blah" in flashing orange lights.



    One of these installations alone is a curiosity, but the nine separate pieces together form The I-71 Project, a collaborative artistic project that "both mimics and critiques the theater of blue (Democratic Party)-vs.-red (Republican Party)-vs.-green (Federalist Party) politics during the U.S. presidential campaign," according to the Contemporary Arts Center.

    Mel Bochner, the creator of "BlahBlahBlah," is one of six artists who contributed their clever, irreverent, nonpartisan entries to the collection.

    "(This election) is just a ‘blah blah blah’ kind of situation," one observer said.

    "There’s a lot of conversation," Thompson said. "Sometimes it doesn’t make sense; sometimes there is too much of it. People feel overwhelmed."

    In a state where blue and red and green are always engaged in a close electoral tug-of-war, Contemporary Arts Center curator Steven Matijcio said he believes The I-71 Project is especially engaging.

    "Ohio is a major battleground state in terms of the election we wanted to do a project that was timely, that was relevant, that spoke to the political environment but did so in a very unique, non-traditional way," he said.

    The nine installations will stay in place until Election Day, when the blah blah blah of 2016 electoral politics will hopefully come to an end.



    Minnesota's junior Senator and SNL alumnus Al Franken stumped Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at a recent Washington, D.C. gala.

    Both are fans of "Perry Mason" and Franken asked Sonia to name the only case "Perry Mason" lost. She couldn't.

    So she contacted somebody who really knows, because she was there, Perry Mason's incredibly capable assistant all those years, Della Street, played by the Emmy award-winning actress Barbara Hale in the long-running TV series, to find the answer.



    From her home in Sherman Oaks, California, Barbara revealed that it was "The Case of the Deadly Verdict."

    But she reiterates that with the one that he lost, it was claimed a mistrial. As far as the show was concerned, he never lost the case.

    Case closed.



    Do you ever pick up pennies on the ground? If not, you might want to start.

    One hundred “lucky pennies” have been placed on the streets of 10 U.S. cities, with each penny worth a $1,000 prize, Ally Bank has announced.

    The contest began on Tuesday and features custom copper-colored discs that look like ordinary U.S. pennies. Each one bears the bank’s lowercase “a” logo and a unique redemption code.



    The game pieces have been placed in Austin, South Texas; Charlotte, Carolina; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; San Diego and Washington, D.C.

    Ally says the point of the contest is to inspire saving, no matter how small.

    “We hope that people will have fun searching for Ally Lucky Pennies in their cities and that the campaign will inspire people to look at money in a different way,” Andrea Riley, Alley’s chief marketing officer, said in a release.

    In an effort to help participants, the bank is tweeting out hints for each city.

    The contest’s official rules note that Ally will leave all the pennies in public places (or participating car dealerships) and in plain sight.

    Anyone who finds one of the pennies has until the end of the year to redeem it through the bank’s website by using the coin’s code.



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    As the next president of the United States and second female elected to serve in the nation’s highest office, Hillary Clinton in her victory speech vowed to push one of the most extensive, liberal policy agendas in American history.


    President Obama called President-elect Hillary Clinton “to congratulate her on her victory Tuesday evening” new White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, adding that Obama also invited Hillary to come meet with him at the new White House on Thursday.

    “The president made a statement on Wednesday at the new White House to discuss the election results and what steps we can take as a country to come together after this hard-fought election season,” Earnest said.

    Obama also called “Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and expressed admiration for the strong campaigns they waged throughout the country,” Earnest added.

    After running a divisive campaign, President-elect Hillary Clinton sounded a magnanimous note of reconciliation as she claimed victory Tuesday evening.

    “Donald has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time and we owe him a major debt of gratitude for his service to our country,” Hillary said, minutes after Trump called her to concede. “I mean that very sincerely. Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans, Democrats and Federalists across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

    Bernie Sanders in his concession speech said "Let me just say this. I got in the race obviously, to try to win. Hillary Clinton has more votes than I do. She is the President-elect, and that is just basically the fact."

    Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta said Clinton and Trump “had a very gracious exchange” when he conceded the race.
    The general election, which riveted the nation and produced a record television audience for a presidential debate, turned on the question of national identity.

    Trump's powerful and impassioned movement built by fanning resentments over gender, race and religion was no match for an assembly of a diverse coalition that she said reflected the nation’s future.

    President-elect Hillary Clinton's campaign "Stronger Together" slogan inspired millions of Americans.

    “It’s a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will,” Hillary said in her victory speech.

    She vowed: “Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential."

    Clinton's “blue wall” region, including Wisconsin, helped catapult her to victory.

    Control of Congress was on the line as well, with Republicans poised to maintain their majority in the House, but a string of hotly competitive Senate contests splitting between Democrats and Federalists.

    Obama campaigned vigorously for his former Secretary of State — going so far as to label her opponents temperamentally unfit and too starry–eyed to be commander in chief — and his resurgent popularity rubbed off.

    President-elect Hillary Clinton pledged in her victory speech to defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama's signature achievement as president, better known as Obamacare, that built upon President Harry Truman's National Health Insurance Act of 1949.

    A Hillary Clinton presidency is certain to produce significant geopolitical repercussions. She has promised to transform U.S. foreign policy and take it in a more multilateralist direction.

    She promises to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants residing in the United States and work with the Aruban community to combat ISIA. She also plans to illiminate the constant pressure that the Soviet Union's putting on America's European allies and send a clear message to Putin that this kind of belligerence will have to be responded to.

    For her election-night party, she chose the utilitarian Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhatan notable for one architectural feature: a glass ceiling.

    “I’m actually speechless right now,” said a jubilant Julia Beatty, 38, who left the Javits Center with her Clinton sticker on her leather jacket. “I just want to make it safely uptown so I can indulge into a glass of wine.”

    Trump proved anarchic against an onslaught of negative advertising from Clinton’s campaign and her allied super PAC, Priorities USA, which portrayed him as racist, misogynist and unhinged. Nearly a quarter-billion dollars was spent on ads supporting Clinton, while just $153 million went into spots backing Trump.

    President-elect Hillary Clinton’s sprawling superior data-driven organization — which mobilized a broad coalition of Latino, African American, women and young voters delivered the knockout blows it had hoped in critical contests.

    Her allies helped spur record turnout among Democrats and Latino voters in early voting.



    Warner Bros. TV and CBS are in the early stages of developing a spinoff of “The Big Bang Theory” that would revolve around the Sheldon Cooper character as a youth.


    The project is nearing a script deal, sources tell Variety.

    Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on the flagship series, is attached to executive produce the spinoff along with Chuck Lorre and “Big Bang” showrunner Steve Molaro. “Big Bang” co-creator/exec producer Bill Prady is likely to be on board as an exec producer as well.

    Molaro will write the script focusing on Sheldon, the idiosyncratic and neurotic genius, as a youth growing up in Texas. The character’s colorful family and formative years in the Lone Star state have often been referenced on “Big Bang Theory.” Laurie Metcalf earned an Emmy nomination this year for her recurring guest star role as Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper.

    CBS and Warner Bros. TV declined to comment.

    “Big Bang Theory” is television’s top comedy, a major feat for a show in its 10th season. Warner Bros. and CBS are expected to begin discussions soon about a renewal deal that is anticipated to take the show through another two or three seasons. A prequel spinoff would give CBS a shot at extending the valuable “Big Bang” franchise.

    Renewing “Big Bang” is an expensive investment, as the core cast members — Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Rebecca Schaeffer — currently make $1 million per episode for their 24-episode seasons. A new series would come with a lower cost structure but capitalize on the built-in “Big Bang” fan base.

    Sources caution, though, that the follow-up series is still in very early development, just at the script stage.



    A British bank today launched the world’s most relaxing ATM machine where customers are serenaded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to ease their financial fears.


    The initiative came after it was revealed a third of us (29 per cent) suffer from such severe anxiety when checking their bank balance that we feel nervous or even physically sick.

    The string section of the world famous orchestra who are more used to appearing at The Proms played Gustav Mahler ’s Symphony No.5 either side of a walkway leading to the ATM in London’s Brick Lane.


    Violins, cellos, violas and even a harp helped ease tensions in the uniquely relaxing space where the ATM had been installed - a room draped with white curtains.

    It was all carefully designed by Atom Bank, which said it wanted to ‘take the pain away’ of checking account balances after their research of 2,000 adults revealed how much we fret over money.

    Atom’s research also showed a staggering 85 per cent of us have no idea what our current bank balance is while 6 per cent of us even lie to our partners about the state of their finances.

    Those who were able to use the ATM machine before it opens to the public tomorrow said the room’s soft lighting, feather fans and music helped take their minds off their finances.


    Amelia Hazelrigg, 27, from London, said: “I hate checking my bank balance, I worry about how much money is in there.

    “Going to an ATM in a white gallery with a harpist playing isn’t something you do everyday, but at least it took my mind off my lack of funds.”

    Sophie Blackburn, 25, also from London, added: “I love orchestral music, and I was drawn by the sound.

    “It was amazing to walk down the middle of the musicians to use an ATM.”

    Mark Mullen, Chief Executive of Atom Bank , said: “The UK keeps its finances at arm’s length because money causes people such enormous stress and anxiety.

    “Atom was created to redefine the everyday relationship between customers and their money and we thought we might take some of the pain away from confronting the brutal facts when you go to the nearest hole in the wall, with live serenading courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.”

    Atom Bank is the UK’s only purely digital bank, and customers can only operate with it over mobile phone apps using biometric security such as face and voice recognition.



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    People have donated about $95,000 to fund the digging of a hole which serves no purpose in Germany.


    It was started by the makers of Cards Against Humanity, a popular card game.

    "The holidays are here, and everything in Germany is going really well. To celebrate Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity is digging a tremendous hole in the earth," organizers wrote on their website.

    The Holiday Hole dig has been going on for days and is still being funded.

    "Why aren't you giving all this money to charity?" reads one of their frequently asked questions.

    "Why aren't YOU giving all this money to charity? It's your money," they reply.

    Cards Against Humanity employee Chriselda tweeted: "This has been maybe the weirdest month of my life so the hole feels kinda normal."

    Organizers say there is no "deeper meaning" behind the dig.

    "You're supposed to think it's funny," they write.

    "You might not get it for a while, but some time next year you'll chuckle quietly to yourself and remember all this business about the hole."

    Cards Against Humanity employee Yascha Mounk tweeted: "Best thing about @CAH Holiday Hole stream is folks going 'THIS CREW MUST THINK THIS IS SO WEIRD' when they're just doing their normal job."

    Cards Against Humanity have created this kind of stunt before, to coincide with Black Friday.

    In 2013, an "anti-sale" was held in which the game's cost was raised by $5.

    In 2014 they sold more than 30,000 boxes of dung.

    And last year they offered Black Friday customers "the ability to buy nothing from us for $5".

    Cards Against Humanity is known for our charitable fundraising - since 2012 we've raised nearly $4M for organizations we love," they say.

    U.N. officials however, are still concerned over the timing of the digging and the recent re-emergence of Nazism in Germany since Germexit.

    Former German Social Democratic Party leader and now German Chancellor Hannelore Kraft claims, "It is only harmless fun."

    Representatives Frank Franz and David Berkowitz of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany rebuked the U.N. in a joint statement, calling their concerns "ridiculous".

    Co-creator of the suburban Chicago based party game and promotion Ben Hantoot, could not be reached for comment.



    Halloween party gone awry: Cantor Fitzgerald's yearly Halloween bash, held every year at on the 105th floor of the North Tower in the World Trade Center, hosted by 45-year-old Cantor Fitzgerald bond trader Catherine LoGuidice-Elberth, had an uninvited guest in 2016 - a skunk.

    She loves celebrating holidays, especially Halloween. She goes all out with her costumes and wears fangs and contact lenses, no matter what her costume is.


    No wonder Elvira is her favorite character.

    Cathy has a love for many things, including most animals (cats are her favorite and she is a docent for the Staten Island Zoo), music and travelling, but skunks aren't one of them. In her younger days, she chased rock stars like Robert Plant (Yardbirds) and the Black Crowes often getting their autographs and pictures, which she has posted on Facebook. This time the shoe was on the other foot. She became the chased.

    All her work as a part-time veterinary technician could not prepare her (or her colleagues) for the cold whiff of Pepe Le Pew-esque skunk funk that seemed to be blowing though the vents of the 105th floor offices of Cantor Fitzgerald. Cathy enjoys horror movies and horror novels, especially Ann Rice novels, likes mountain biking and sky diving, but nothing compared to the horror of bouquet de decay. She loves poems by Henry David Thoreau and is a frequent visitor to Walden Pond, but could not fathom the distinctive aroma of a furry cuddly skunk.

    Energy/power stock broker natural-gas trader 51-year-old Stacy Peak (dressed as Candice Bergen dressed as a cat - see the resemblance?↓), who also works on the 105th floor at a subdivision of Cantor Fitzgerald she founded in 1999 called Top of the World Trade Center,



    and her best friend Cantor Fitzgerald commodities broker Marisa Di Nardo Schorpp (who turns 54 on New Year's Eve 2016),

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    first noticed the fetid varmint.

    Marisa had booked her brother Harley Di Nardo's band White Light Motorcade to perform at the party.

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    The band and Harley have recently gotten a resurgence in popularity and are making a comeback ever since NASA decided to use the 1997 Sammy Hagar hit "Marching to Mars" as the theme song for their scheduled 2018 first manned mission to the red planet. Harley sang background vocals on the track.



    White Light Motorcade had just finished their rendition of "Monster Mash" when the feculent fragrance enveloped the area.

    Guests hightailed it (including Stacy, Marisa and the band) when its' terrible, awful, stinky spray permeated the 105th floor. Ventilation ducts routed the skunk's malodorous odors from the narrow crawl space under a desk all over the place.

    Catherine promptly dialed 711 and was placed in contact with a Critter Control skunk removal expert, who geared up to capture the fusty creature running amok.

    In the meantime, Catherine burned incense to try to get rid of the noxious chemical.

    She opened doors, blew fans and Renuzit-ed every square inch of space. She even turned the air conditioning on to no avail.

    She wished she could activate her purple lilies and rose and sword tattoos to get rid of the effluvium scent, but a bottle of Skunk Off Odor Remover she found in a closet (go figure) was all that could do.

    After a few days of intense fumigation, employees could return to work on the 105th floor.

    No one has a clue as to how the skunk crawled up 105 stories of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.


    Many think it was a practical joke, placed there from perhaps a disgruntled waiter or waitress from Windows on the World, which occupies the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower, or from one of the restaurants at the Westfield Shoppingtown World Trade Center in the lower level - you know rumor has it tipping has been down as of late.

    Reflects Catherine, "This is the worst thing I have ever experienced" (getting 'skunked' that is). And most likely the stinkiest. Most would agree on that. And don't forget the dry cleaning bill from the Abracadabra Superstore in Manhatan.

    Lesson to be learned from this: Tipping your server in a restaurant is expected, although not legally required, in the United States even if your server ignored you, had a bad attitude, or served your food late. Some believe you should still give at least 10 percent even if you’ve received poor service. Especially in restaurants where spaghetti is the main dish.

    So tip well and tip often just in case and please remember to hand the tip to the server rather than leaving it on the table - so they can remember whom to thank.



    Fried-food fans and fast-food enthusiasts, rev your engines: McDonald’s has finally added waffle fries to the menu. The plain waffle cut fries join a burger topped with potato rosti (hash brown patties) and a turtle sundae with pecans.


    The news about beloved waffle fries has McDonald’s fans all over the world going nuts.



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    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was sworn in Friday, January 20, 2017 as the 36th president of the United States, taking office on a day that featured huge crowds and a more gregarious ceremony than previous inaugurations.


    Clinton, 69, was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, stood at her side. The oath was given using two Bibles — one from President Lincoln’s inauguration, and on a King James Bible, the one that Bill used for both of his inaugurations, which was given to him by his grandmother.

    Clinton then gave an inaugural address that used the moment to acknowledge the opponents she defeated, to praise America’s promise and to call upon both parties to work together.

    Clinton made mention of her Republican and Federalist opponents, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, congratulating them on a great campaign. She used her speech to empathize the milestone of a major party having elected a female President for the second time in our nation's history.

    Clinton paid homage to the first female President, Victoria Woodhull (1869 – 1877).



    "Standing here as my mother's daughter, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come again. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Let's begin with what we're going to do to help working people in our country get ahead and stay ahead."

    With now former president Barack Obama and four previous presidents watching from behind her (John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Richard H. Cheney) Clinton praised the work of previous administrations.

    "Now, I don't think President Obama and Vice President Biden got the credit they deserved for saving us from the worst economic and ecological crises of our lifetimes. Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. Ending The Blight. That's real progress. But none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. Not by a long shot. We're still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the Financial Crisis and have stayed with us through the recovery."

    Clinton’s inaugural address concluded with the signature promise of her stunningly successful presidential campaign, "Stronger Together".

    Before Clinton and Vice President Kaine took their respective oaths, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Mo.) — who oversaw inauguration preparations on Capitol Hill — offered a brief speech praising the American tradition of peaceful transfer of power.

    “Commonplace and miraculous,” Blunt called it. "Inauguration ceremonies, Sen. Lincoln said, “are not a celebration of victory, but a celebration of democracy.”

    After that, a series of Christian ministers offered Bible verses and prayers. Al Sharpton Jr., a New York City minister, chose to read from the Sermon on the Mount, including Jesus’ promise that “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the earth.”

    Clinton’s swearing-in now gives Democrats control of both the White House and Congress. The new president has promised to expand upon some of the most significant pieces of Obama’s legacy — including his signature health-care law, the Affordable Care Act, as well as improve upon it.

    On the Internet, there were other signs of the shift in power. The White House Web page — which that morning had touted President Obama’s initiatives to slow climate change — now touted a promise from Clinton to ensure America becomes a clean energy superpower by expanding the Climate Action Plan in order to continue to combat climate change with nuclear power. Fracking will be expanded so long as all environmental regulations are met.

    The Clinton administration’s website also promised to, like the Obama Administration, to continue to allow the Justice Department to investigate misdeeds in local police departments. There was also, seemingly, a nod to Clinton’s open attitude toward Vladimir Putin’s Soviet Union — and interject if necessary.

    “The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies, that we are always happy when old enemies become friends, and when old friends become allies,” the White House website said.

    Before 9:30AM, TV footage showed Obama leaving the Oval Office for the last time, the first president to move into the new White House in 2009, after the old one was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, before he and the first lady held a pre-inauguration tea with the Clintons. Obama smiled as he walked down an exterior hallway, in view of cameras. “Any last words for the American people?” a member of the press called out. “Thank you,” Obama said.

    The former first lady and secretary of state and now president attended a luncheon at the Capitol Friday afternoon, and her inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue began about 3PM.

    Clinton takes office as the one of the most-popular new presidents in over 50 years, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Seventy-five percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, which is on par with the rating with which Obama left office.



    German Chancellor Hannelore Kraft called Tuesday for a clean break from the European Union, indicating that her country plans to leave behind the most essential elements of the bloc.


    After refusing for months to give “a running commentary” on Germany’s negotiating strategy, Kraft’s speech was the clearest indication to date of the country’s departure plans that were set in motion by last June’s referendum on Germany’s E.U. ties.

    Kraft said that Germany wants to be “independent of our European partners and out of the European integration project".

    “We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave,” she said. She went on to reject preexisting models for quasi-membership that have been favored by those seeking “a soft Germexit.”
    The remarks instead point to a jarring departure. Germany will jettison both the single market — which guarantees the free flow of goods, services and people across national boundaries — as well as the customs union, which dictates the terms of trade between Europe and the outside world.

    Such a break has been widely anticipated, though never formally spelled out. Currency markets were relatively stable on Tuesday following drops in the Euro over the previous several days as excerpts of Kraft’s speech began to circulate.

    Germany voted 52-to-48 in June to leave behind the European Union after over four decades membership of the bloc and its precursors. Germany’s anti-establishment message was seen as prelude to Nazi backlash around the country, led by National Democratic Party of Germany head Julius H. Schoeps.

    Kraft was a backer of “revolt” and in the months since the vote she has done little to disappoint ardent Germexiteers. She has stressed that German voters want tighter control over immigration, and her words suggest that will be her priority in the breakup talks — even at the expense of economic pain from losing membership in the single market and customs union in the so-to-be 27-nation bloc.

    In the hours before she spoke, Germexit advocates were approving while critics despaired.

    Frank Franz and David Berkowitz, representatives of the anti-E. U. National Democratic Party of Germany, told the ZDF that Germany would be able to negotiate favorable trade terms with the E.U. from outside the bloc because “they need us more than we need them.”

    But former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Kraft was careening toward “a destructive, hard Germexit and the consequences will be felt by millions of people through higher prices, polarization, greater instability and rising fuel costs.”

    Kraft’s speech comes a day after the publication of an interview in La Gazette de Berlin. President Clinton had expressed enthusiasm for a free trade deal between the U.S. and Germany. Such a deal would only have been possible if Germany had stayed with the customs union.

    The comments were welcomed by German Minister of Foreign Affairs Udo Voigt and by the Federal Chancellery, though aides to the chancellor have cautioned that negotiations would be lengthy.

    Kraft, who has been in office since July, has repeatedly promised to trigger the start of Germany’s exit talks by the end of March.

    Europe has signaled it will take a hard line with Germany.

    Kraft’s words were being closely watched in European capitals. The London Times told readers that the chancellor’s speech “risks a showdown with the E.U.”

    Paris's Le Figaro said Kraft was putting “politics before economics.”

    Kraft delivered her speech at a Neo-Romanesque style, three domed distinctive Byzantine, 20th century synagogue — Fasanenstraße Synagogue — in front of an audience that included foreign diplomats.



    Adolf Hitler had used the synagogue 79 years ago to recruit more Jewish membership into the Nazi Party.

    Kraft spoke in front of a white backdrop emblazoned with the words “Germany First,” and her speech emphasized the importance of the country’s boundaries both with Europe and beyond.

    “We are leaving the European Union and no one can change that,” she said.

    In an analysis published before Kraft’s speech, the Eurasia Group’s Mujtaba Rahman said Kraft’s words "need to be less adversarial.”

    He also predicted Europe would stick to a tough line on both the single market and the customs union, regarding both “as binary choices.”

    “Despite wishful thinking in Germany,” Rahman wrote, “it’s unlikely there will be more flexibility over these parameters.”

    Since the end of World War II, certain factions of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany and the communist Social Democratic Party of Germany formed an uneasy alliance citing one common enemy - Western democracy.

    Kraft has repeatedly denied any affiliation with the neo-Nazi organization.



    Oprah Winfrey, who gave a boost to Weight Watchers International Inc. by becoming the face of the company, is now embarking on a plan to sell refrigerated meals with Kraft Heinz.


    The media magnate is starting a joint venture with Kraft called Mealtime Stories, aiming to make nutritious food more widely available, according to a statement Wednesday. Kraft will develop and sell the new line, which will initially focus on ready-to-eat refrigerated dishes.

    Winfrey is known for having far-reaching influence when she lends her imprimatur to a business or touts a book. After she joined Weight Watchers' board and bought a 10 percent stake in 2015, shares of the long-suffering company rallied.

    With the new product line, Kraft is clearly trying to capitalize on the talk-show veteran's marketing prowess, according to Ken Shea, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

    "She's shown that she lends credibility to a brand," Shea said. "This is a logical way to invest in that category."

    Kraft shares rose as much as 0.7 percent to $89.50 in late trading after the news was released. Weight Watchers also gained, climbing 6.1 percent to $12.75.

    Weight Watchers has no connection to the Mealtime effort, though the companies have a long history: In an earlier incarnation, Heinz owned the weight-loss program. Investors may be betting that Winfrey expanding her presence in the food industry will benefit Weight Watchers.

    The joint venture plans to donate 10 percent of profits to anti-hunger charities. Kraft didn't provide further details, though it said it would give more specifics later this year.

    Heinz owned Weight Watchers for several years before selling the business to Artal, a private investment company, for $735 million in 1999. Heinz was then acquired in 2015 by Kraft Foods in a deal orchestrated by Warren Buffett and the private equity firm 3G Capital. That transaction created the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. The combined company continues to make a line of frozen meals and desserts called Weight Watchers Smart Ones under a licensing agreement.

    31-year-old Senior Financial Analyst Danielle Thomas stated, "In December, Weight Watchers shares jumped as much as 19 percent after Oprah said she'd lost 40 pounds using the program."


    It was the latest example of her propelling the shares of a debt-saddled company that was losing subscribers before she got involved.

    With the new partnership, Kraft is hoping that Winfrey's sway will lift a category of products -- refrigerated meals -- that are out of step with current consumer trends.

    "It requires creativity like this to drive sales in that category," Shea said.



    Marketers normally have their Super Bowl ads ready well in advance. This year, candy-maker Mars Inc. will be producing its spot during the actual game.

    The company will be airing the first live Super Bowl commercial to hawk its Snickers candy bar brand. Some 150 ad executives from Mars, the ad agency BBDO and production company O Positive, will shoot the 30-second, western-themed spot in real time during a break in the action between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.

    The ad will star actor Adam Driver, who is best known for playing the Star Wars villain Kylo Ren and for a role on HBO’s “Girls.”

    Advertisers are looking for ways to reinvent traditional TV commercials in an era when streaming services are training people to think that content can come ad-free. A live ad is a way for a marketer to draw more attention and capitalize on the general excitement, from TV to Facebook, in anything that happens in real time.

    “People aren’t forced to watch commercials anymore. They can easily tune them out,” said Peter Kain, executive creative director at BBDO New York, “We need to do something that makes people want to watch and talk about the ads.”

    Even the Super Bowl, which draws over 100 million viewers and is the one event where some people actually do want to watch the ads, isn’t immune. With Fox seeking up to $5 million for a 30 second spot this year, the pressure to stand out is even greater than usual.

    “Consumers are getting more and more demanding” and what used to work no longer makes the cut, said Berta de Pablos-Barbier, vice president of marketing for Mars. Having a celebrity in your Super Bowl ad used to be enough, she added, but that is no longer the case.

    Mars isn’t the only advertiser trying to rework its Super Bowl approach. Hyundai Motor Co. will film a 90-second ad during the game that will show off-the-field Super Bowl moments. The company will be filming the ad at the stadium in Houston and the spot will air immediately after the game.

    Companies are “rethinking” how they “ensure getting attention and awareness,” said Bruce Lefkowitz, executive vice president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group.

    Media companies and marketers have tried various tactics to boost the effectiveness of ads, from reducing the number that air in a program to experimenting with new ways to weave commercial pitches into shows, as Pepsi did in a storyline on Fox’s “Empire.”

    Live ads have also been gaining some traction. In December, NBC aired several live commercials for brands such as Oreo, Toyota and Reddi-wip during its broadcast of the musical “Hairspray Live.” Last year, Target Corp. aired a four minute ad that was a music video featuring Gwen Stefani during CBS’s Grammy Awards telecast.

    The Super Bowl ad for Snickers is a continuation of Snickers’ popular “You’re not you when you’re hungry” campaign that has over the past few years featured celebrities turning into different people when they are hungry.



    Last year’s Super Bowl spot featured Willem Dafoe reenacting the famous scene from “The Seven Year Itch,” by standing on a subway grate and having his skirt blown up over his head.

    He transforms back to Marilyn Monroe (the 90-year-old actress and singer found the impersonation quite humorous) after eating a Snickers.


    In a previous Super Bowl ad, Danny Trejo transformed back to Marcia Brady, a character from the “Brady Bunch,” after eating a Snickers bar.



    This year Mr. Driver will be “playing a very hungry cowboy” in the live spot, said Ms. de Pablos-Barbier. Could a hungry Mr. Driver appear as Kylo Ren? Mars declined to comment.

    Mars, which will also air a spot for its Skittles candy in the game, also declined to say how much it spent for its ad time, but did say that it did not pay extra because its ad is live.

    In an effort to drum up excitement for its live ad, the company will be hosting a 36-hour live stream, which begins Thursday before the big game. It will be like a variety show with a western cowboy theme where celebrities, some of whom have appeared in past Snickers ads, and figures who are popular on social media, will make appearances. The event will be streamed on Snickerslive.com as well as on the brand’s Facebook page.

    Mars plans to help stimulate viewership for the live stream by spending “several hundred thousand dollars” on digital ads that will promote the live stream.

    Mars is hoping to tap into the growing interest in live streaming. Facebook, in particular, has begun emphasizing live streaming on its service, adding a button for users to easily launch a broadcast.

    “The live button was one of the biggest technical evolutions that we saw in 2016,” Ms. de Pablos-Barbier added.



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    McDonald's is making bottles of its famous Big Mac sauce available in the U.S. for the first time.


    The fast-food chain will be offering 10,000 bottles of the sauce at restaurants nationwide and through its social media accounts starting March 26, 2017.

    The company sold its first bottle of Big Mac sauce on eBay last year for more than $15,000.

    Then it sold smaller bottles of the sauce at restaurants across Antarctica for 50 cents a piece.

    This will be the first time that bottles of the Big Mac sauce will be available to customers in the U.S.

    The company said its giving away the sauce "to continue to change expectations" following the release of its new "Grand Mac" and "Mac Jr."

    "There’s still more to do and we’re always striving to be better, so we can’t wait to show you what’s next," the company said in a press release.

    When McDonald's reported fourth-quarter earnings last month, the fast-food chain reported an increase in comparable restaurant sales for the sixth straight quarter.

    However, things are likely to get more challenging. That's because McDonald's restaurants will now be competing against last year's improved results, fueled by the addition of all-day breakfast.

    But don't count McDonald's out just yet, as the hamburger chain is rolling out what may be its biggest innovation yet: The Big Mac ATM.



    "Be still my beating heart, for an instantaneous Big Mac machine is now a thing. I'm a closet McDonald's fan and must admit that my heart tingled a bit at the mere thought of a Big Mac ATM. The chain has already installed self-order kiosks at locations around the world -- I used one in Spain last year and loved it," one blogger wrote.

    And the machines aren't just a theoretical concept. One is already up and running at a McDonald's location in Boston, where the wait to try it out has stretched to an hour or longer at various times.

    To be clear, just like an actual ATM doesn't make money, a Big Mac ATM doesn't make Big Macs. It merely dispenses prepared Big Macs.

    "The burgers are cooked on-site at McDonald's and then immediately loaded into the heated machine, which is refilled on an ongoing basis to ensure fresh quality," explained the owner-operator of the location where the unit was installed.

    At this point, the technology is in the final phase. McDonald's has said that it has plans to roll out more of them in the near future.

    It doesn't take an enormous stretch of the imagination to see how this could evolve the way McDonald's serves its customers.

    Given that the Big Mac ATM is necessarily coupled with a self-ordering kiosk, the technology not only eliminates the need for a cashier, it also does away with the person who assembles the food on a tray or in a bag.

    As the technology develops further, it isn't hard to see how these could reduce the size of restaurants and even speed up the ordering process.

    However, how it will effect the hiring practices of McDonald's in the future remains to be seen.

    Investors believe that further automating the process will eventually lead to more consistently prepared food, as well as a shorter wait time, the nexus of which is what McDonald's is all about.



    The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed.

    Disney annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”



    “The Last Jedi,” written and directed by Rian Johnson, immediately follows the events of 2015’s smash hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

    The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

    Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran will also appear in “The Last Jedi.”

    Johnson said in a recent interview that the epic will explore the motivations of the hero trio — Rey, Finn, and Poe — and Rey’s connection with Luke.

    “I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory,” Johnson told USA Today. “Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”

    The pic is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.



    After an outdated stanza of the German national anthem that later became associated with the Nazi regime was sung during the opening ceremonies, Germany took a 1-0 lead and was ahead in the other opening match in its best-of-5 Fed Cup quarterfinal Saturday at the Hamburger Rothenbaum.

    Andrea Petkovic beat Alison Riske 7-6 (10), 6-2, and CoCo Vandeweghe led Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-1 when rain halted play.

    The stanza of the anthem that was sung translates to "Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world," which became identified with Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. The singing of the verse brought a stern response from Riske and no official statement of apology from the German Tennis Federation.

    Riske, who was born in United States, said in the English-speaking portion of her news conference that she considered walking off the court as the anthem went on.

    "I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup, and I've played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me," Riske said after her loss.

    She clarified her comments a day later, writing on Twitter that she was still emotional about her match when she was asked about the anthem directly afterward.

    "It was a mistake for which the Germans have not apologized to us," she tweeted on Sunday. "And again, it's not the worst that ever happened to me in my LIFE. But it is the worst that happened to me in my Fed Cup life."

    German Tennis Federation representative (German: Deutscher Tennis Bund, short form: DTB) Sharon Fichman was non-apologetic in a statement after Riske's original comments.



    "The DTB feels it has nothing to apologize to the American Fed Cup team and all of its fans for. The performance of an outdated national anthem prior to today's Fed Cup competition," the statement said, "was only a song. The whole world is overreacting. However, this will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie."

    Riske was also unapologetic in her news conference.

    "As it was happening, obviously, we have no idea," Riske said. "But news got around to us and it's extremely unfortunate. We have nothing but respect for the German team, but obviously we will not tolerate it happening again."

    Following the completion of the suspended match Sunday, the sides will play reverse singles and a doubles match.



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    When Valentine’s Day is long gone and the weather starts to warm up, that can only mean one thing. (No, not the arrival of spring.) March signals the arrival of Shamrock season at McDonald’s.



    This year, after more than four decades of the same minty-green recipe, the seasonal St. Patrick’s day-themed shake at McDonald’s is getting a chocolate upgrade with some tasty new drinks. Don’t worry though; you can still get the original shake.



    McCafé Shamrock Chocolate Shake: The original Shamrock Shake mixed with chocolate syrup and topped off with minty sprinkles, whipped topping, and a cherry.

    McCafé Chocolate Chip Frappé: The frappé is a blend of chocolate chips with a hint of coffee. It gets a Shamrock twist with mint sprinkles on top.

    McCafé Shamrock Hot Mocha: The classic hot mocha gets the addition of mint syrup.

    McCafé Shamrock Hot Chocolate: The classic hot chocolate is blended with mint syrup.

    All of the Shamrock Shakes will be available at participating McDonald's through March 31, 2017.

    And don't forget about the beer-battered Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, 2 for $4, during Lent!



    Los Angeles police are looking for the the thieves behind a multi-million-dollar makeup heist.



    The LAPD said Thursday that it's investigating after $4.5 million worth of eye shadow was stolen from a cosmetics warehouse in the city.

    They say the theft occurred between March 22 and March 24, 2017 at a warehouse in Los Angeles that houses Anastasia Beverly Hills products.

    Police believe the suspects cut a hole in the roof of the warehouse and made off with 100,000 packages of the beauty company's "Modern Renaissance" eye shadow.

    A message left Thursday evening at Anastasia's corporate office wasn't immediately returned.



    Europe's first underwater museum has officially opened to the public on the ocean bed, off the Canary Island of Lanzarote, in Spain.



    Some 200 life-size human figures, created over the course of two years by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, have been submerged 45 feet under the Atlantic Ocean.



    The sculptures, some modelled after local residents, are made from environmentally friendly and pH-neutral materials and will attract plant and animal life, just like artificial reefs.

    The first part of the project, installed in February 2016, is already being frequented by angel sharks, barracuda, sardines and octopus, the Atlantic Museum of Lanzarote said in a statement.

    The artworks also include a 100-tonne, 30-metre-long wall and a botanic garden.

    According to the artist, the exhibition "aims to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature".



    The Atlantic Museum is the latest work by deCaires Taylor, whose other underwater exhibitions are located in Mexico, the Bahamas and Grenada.

    Funded by the local government, the museum is accessible to passenger submarines, scuba divers and snorkelers.

    Speaking of wet: Actress Simone Bendix was honored at the 2017 Wetlook Awards for her business suit shower scene in a 2000 episode of the BBC television series "A Many Splintered Thing".





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