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Samsung is giving you more cash toward the Galaxy Note 10 when you trade-in certain phones – PhoneArena

November 6th, 2019

Google open sources Cardboard VR after killing its Daydream project – The Next Web

November 6th, 2019

Trump’s former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enter Alabama Senate race: sources – Global News

November 6th, 2019

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday.

Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down as President Donald Trump‘s first attorney general when their relationship soured over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

The two Republicans confirmed to The Associated Press that Sessions is expected to announce his candidacy Thursday. They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. They said Sessions has not spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about it, nor has he informed Trump of his decision.

READ MORE: At Donald Trump’s request, Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general

The longtime senator’s candidacy upends the 2020 Republican primary, which has a crowded field competing to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones for the once reliably red seat.

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Some GOP primary rivals wasted no time going on the offensive.

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville said Sessions has been “out of the swamp for less than two years, and now he’s itching to go back.”

“He’s another career politician that the voters of Alabama will reject. As Attorney General, he failed the President at his point of greatest need,” Tuberville said in a statement.

2:20Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions among new expected subpoenas

Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions among new expected subpoenas

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, the first Republican to announce a run for the Senate seat, played up his loyalty to Trump when asked about Sessions’ plans to enter the race.

“Alabama deserves a Senator who will stand with the President and won’t run away and hide from the fight,” Byrne said in a Wednesday statement.

Sessions was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump’s 2016 campaign, and the two supported similar policies on immigration and law enforcement. But Sessions’ recusal from the Russia inquiry prompted blistering public criticism from Trump, who eventually asked him to resign.

Despite enduring repeated public mocking, Sessions has remained a Trump loyalist who continues to back the president’s policies.

0:58Former U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions greeted by applause as he leaves Justice Department

Former U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions greeted by applause as he leaves Justice Department

In a speech last month at a Republican Party fundraiser in Huntsville, Sessions reiterated his support for the president even as he joked about life after being “fired” from a job. Sessions praised Trump’s effort on trade, immigration and foreign policy.

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“That’s why I supported him and why I still do support him,” Sessions told the crowd of about 500. “He is relentlessly and actually honouring the promises he made to the American people.”

Sessions, for years a popular figure among state Republicans, represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2017. He will enter the race as a presumed front-runner, but the effect of Trump’s online and verbal lashings has yet to be seen in Alabama, where the president remains popular.

READ MORE: Jeff Sessions was one of Trump’s first backers. He’s now becoming his punching bag

In June, Trump called his selection of Sessions as attorney general his “biggest mistake.”

“I would say if I had one do-over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general,” Trump said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

One of the Republicans who spoke anonymously to the AP sees no indication that Trump has changed his feelings about Sessions and thinks he’ll eventually fall back because of the president’s attacks.

But David Hughes, a political scientist at Auburn University at Montgomery, said there is no reason to think Sessions wouldn’t immediately be a front-runner.

1:24‘At your request, I am submitting my resignation’: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

‘At your request, I am submitting my resignation’: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

“He has a baked-in constituency. He has a huge donor network. … He’s got name recognition and the people of Alabama still largely like him,” Hughes said.

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In Alabama, midterm voters gave mixed assessments of their former senator. About as many said they had a favourable opinion of Sessions as unfavourable, 45 per cent to 42 per cent, according to AP VoteCast, a midterm survey of more than 750 voters in Alabama.

Democratic voters were overwhelming negative, with 75 per cent saying they view Sessions unfavourably. Even among Republican voters, about a quarter said they had a negative impressions; about two-thirds rated Sessions favourably.

The Republican primary also includes Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill; former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost to Jones in a special election two years ago; state Rep. Arnold Mooney; and businessman Stanley Adair.

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November 6th, 2019

Conservative caucus opts to let party members decide Andrew Scheer’s fate – National Post

November 6th, 2019

OTTAWA — Conservatives MPs decided Wednesday to leave Andrew Scheer’s fate to party members and not invoke their right to remove him as leader.

But the Conservative leader is promising an independent review from former cabinet minister John Baird to assess how the election campaign, which left the party on the opposition benches, was fought.

After a marathon caucus meeting behind closed doors, Scheer spoke to reporters with many MPs lined up behind him.

He said he wants answers from Baird as soon as possible, so the party can be prepared to wage the next election.

“Nobody is more disappointed in the results than me and nobody is more eager to get it right in the next election than me.”

It was theoretically possible for Conservative MPs to turf their leader at Wednesday’s caucus meeting, but a long procession of MPs publicly voiced their support for Scheer after last month’s election, which gave the Liberals a minority government.

Scheer said Baird’s review will focus on the structure and how decisions were made, but he said his leadership is a question for the party’s members.

“The review as to the leadership position of the Conservative Party of Canada is — and always will be — in the hands of our members.”

Scheer will face a leadership review at the party’s convention in Toronto in April and is expected to go on a cross-country listening tour ahead of the vote to shore up support. He has been the leader since May 2017.

When asked about his views on social issues, Scheer said his party will respect the rights of all Canadians. He also remained steadfast in his opposition to a carbon tax.

“I have never known a problem that is solved by a new tax,” he said. “As long as I am leader of this party, our party will oppose a carbon tax.”

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer addresses supporters after he lost to Justin Trudeau in the federal election, in Regina on Oct. 21, 2019.

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Although the Conservatives gained seats and beat Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party in the popular vote, it was a discouraging outcome for some members who felt that the scandal-plagued Trudeau had handed them a golden opportunity.

During the campaign, Scheer was criticized for not marching in Pride parades, and he fielded multiple days of questions about his views on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay told a Washington, D.C., panel on the Canadian election that the “stinking albatross” of social conservatism was what torpedoed the party’s election hopes. Although he later expressed support for Scheer, MacKay’s comments were interpreted by some supporters and critics as an opening salvo in a bid to topple the Conservative leader and spark a leadership contest.

On their way into the meeting, publicly at least, the MPs showed unanimous support for Scheer, although many expressed a desire for an “honest assessment” of the election.

We don’t have the luxury of time, but we do have the luxury of getting it right

Former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt, who lost her seat in Milton, Ont., to a Liberal challenger, told reporters she wanted to hear what happened in “every riding” before she started worrying about who to blame.

Manitoba MP Candice Bergen cautioned against “making changes just for the sake of making changes” and said she trusted the grassroots members of the party to make the right decision on the leader.

Some MPs were willing to name areas for improvement in the party’s electoral strategy. British Columbia MP Mark Strahl said he was curious why the party stumbled in urban areas in most of the country but not in his home province.

Alberta MP Michelle Rempel said the Conservatives failed to connect on social issues during the campaign and said the party could be more vocally in support of the LGBT community.

Rempel said the Trudeau Liberals say all the right things but don’t back it up with action, which could leave an opening for the Conservatives.

“A lot of Justin Trudeau’s actions have been largely symbolic,” said Rempel. “We have to take action that is more than symbolism.”

Peter MacKay with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at a campaign rally in Little Harbour, N.S., Oct. 17, 2019.

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Rempel said that would take the focus off whether politicians march in Pride parades and on to more substantive issues.

Conservatives will be taking note of a recent Angus Reid poll that showed the party divided on the issue of Scheer’s leadership. According to the pollster, 42 per cent of people who identified as Conservatives said Scheer should step down as leader, while 41 per cent said he should stay on and 17 per cent weren’t sure.

Those numbers, if they are truly a reflection of how the party members feel about the leader, will be ominous for Scheer. After losing to Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals in 1980, Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark stepped down when only 66 per cent of the membership supported his leadership. Clark said he believed he needed three-quarters to continue as leader.

In 2016, NDP leader Tom Mulcair resigned after receiving support from only 48 per cent of delegates at the party’s convention, clearing the way for Jagmeet Singh to lead the party into the October election.

Conservatives are optimistic on at least one front, though. According to Angus Reid, three-quarters of the party’s members expect that the Liberal government will last fewer than two years.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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James Dean movie: James Dean to star in movie six decades after death thanks to CGI – CBS News

November 6th, 2019

James Dean died over 64 years ago, but he’s just been cast in a brand new movie — thanks to the magic of CGI. The original “Rebel without a Cause” will star in a Vietnam-era action-drama projected to be released next year.

The movie, titled “Finding Jack,” is an adaptation of the 2015 novel of the same name by Gareth Crocker, which details “the actual existence and abandonment of over 10,000 canine units at the end of the Vietnam War,” according to a press release sent to CBS News. A CGI recreation of Dean will portray the secondary lead character “Rogan.” 

While some may question why living actors were snubbed for the role, co-director Anton Ernst said the team “searched high and low” for someone to play the part, which has “some extreme complex character arcs.” 

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“After months of research, we decided on James Dean,” he said in the release. “We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact.”

The movie’s production company, Magic City Films, obtained the rights from Dean’s family to cast him posthumously in the role, according to the release.

Ernst added that Dean’s family considers the picture to be the star’s fourth film, “a movie he never got to make.” The icon died at just 24 years old in a head-on collision on Sept. 30, 1955. The actor only made three films in his short lifetime: “East of Eden,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant.”

Ernst and Tati Golykh will direct the movie, and co-produce it with Donald A. Barton of Artistry Media Group. Visual Effects companies Imagine Engine and MOI Worldwide will recreate a “realistic” iteration of the star. Barton said the film will decide on remaining actors soon.

Pre-production will begin on November 17, 2019, with the goal of a worldwide release on Veterans Day next year. 

But many people, including celebrities, weren’t happy about the casting, and expressed their frustration on Twitter. “I have talked to friends about this for YEARS and no one ever believed me that the industry would stoop this low once tech got better,”said Robin Williams daughter, Zelda Williams. “Publicity stunt or not, this is puppeteering the dead for their ‘clout’ alone and it sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance.”

“This is awful,” Chris Evans wrote. “Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes. The complete lack of understanding here is shameful.”

“NOPE. this shouldn’t be a thing,” said “Lord of the Rings” actor Elijah Wood.

Despite the backlash, Dean may not be the only star reproduced using CGI in the future. “With the rapidly evolving technology, we see this as a whole new frontier for many of our iconic clients,” said Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, the business agent for Dean’s family. CMG Worldwide recently acquired the “extended reality” company Worldwide XR, the press release said.

“This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us,” Roesler said in the release. 


Robyn Crawford shares secret romance with Whitney Houston: ‘It wasn’t anything planned’ – USA TODAY

November 6th, 2019

Whitney Houston‘s longtime friend Robyn Crawford is opening up about her relationship with the singer. 

As she also writes in a new memoir, “A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston” out Nov. 12, Crawford is talking on TV about how she and Houston were far more than platonic.

“Our friendship was a deep friendship,” she tells Craig Melvin on “Dateline,” in an episode that airs Saturday. “It was physical.”

Crawford, 58, decided to share details about her secret love affair seven years after Houston’s death. In the book, which is excerpted in People, Crawford writes, “I’d come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent.”

A throwback photo of Michael Houston, Robyn Crawford, Whitney Houston, Gary Houston and Ellen "Aunt Bae" White, released with the 2018 film "Whitney." Seven years after Whitney Houston's death, Crawford is speaking out about their close relationship.

Crawford was 19 when she met the 17-year-old Houston. 

“That first summer that we met was the first time our lips touched … and it felt wonderful,” Crawford says on “Dateline.” “Not long after that, we spent the night together.”

The two remained friends for the decades that followed, throughout Houston’s rise to stardom, but, as Crawford writes in her book, they let go of the physical part of their relationship out of fear.

The romance “wasn’t anything planned,” Crawford says on “Dateline.”


Woman pulls parasitic worms out of eye after trail run in California – WFLA

November 6th, 2019

CARMEL VALLEY (KRON) – It sounds like a nightmare – pulling a nearly inch-long worm out of your eye, then finding even more?

That’s exactly what happened to a woman who contracted a rare parasitic infection while out on a run near the California coast.

The case of the unidentified 68-year-old woman was published in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases last month.

According to the case study, the woman believes she had contracted an infection while on a trail run in Carmel Valley in March 2018.

The woman said she felt an irritation in her right eye, and when she flushed her eye out with water, a 1.3-centimeter-long roundworm came out of her eyes.

Upon closer inspection, she found another worm in her eye, which she was also able to remove by hand after rinsing her eye with tap water.

But the story doesn’t end there.

LiveScience reports that the next day the woman went to visit a doctor, who pulled out a third worm.

At this time the woman was given a topical medication to take with her back home to Nebraska.

The publication reports the woman found a fourth worm in her eye after going home.

The woman’s case was referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where researchers determined the woman was suffering from an infection called Thelazia gulosa, which usually affects cattle and is carried by different flies that ingest eye secretions.

The woman reported she had run into a swarm of flies during her run in Carmel Valley, LiveScience reported.

According to health officials, T. gulosa is extremely rare in humans. Parasites from the infection can cause serious eye damage and even blindness.

The study’s authors report this is only the second known human diagnosis of T. gulosa, which has been around in American cattle since the 1940s.

The last case was reported in Oregon in 2016, however authors surmise that T. gulosa may be on the rise in livestock, representing an emerging “zoonotic disease” in the U.S., which classifies diseases spread from animals to humans.


Lady Gaga opens up about her mental health: ‘I was a cutter for a long time’ – Fox News

November 6th, 2019

Lady Gaga opened up about her mental health struggles in a new interview.

In the interview with Oprah Winfrey, featured in Elle Magazine’s December issue, the singer — who has been open about her struggles in the past — said: “I’ve actually not opened up very much about this, but I think it’s an important thing for people to know and hear: I was a cutter for a long time.”

“The only way that I was able to stop cutting and self-harming myself was to realize that what I was doing was trying to show people that I was in pain instead of telling them and asking for help,” she said.


Gaga, 33, and her mother have both gone on to become outspoken advocates of mental health.

“I was raped when I was 19 years old, repeatedly,” Gaga told Oprah. “I have been traumatized in a variety of ways by my career over the years from many different things, but I survived, and I’ve kept going.”

During the interview, Gaga, whose name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.

“Neuropathic pain trauma response is a weekly part of my life,” she said. “I’m on medication; I have several doctors. This is how I survive.”

“But you know what, Oprah? I kept going, and that kid out there or even that adult out there who’s been through so much, I want them to know that they can keep going, and they can survive, and they can win their Oscar,” she added.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Gaga won an Academy Award for best original song this year for the song “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born.” She starred in the movie with actor Bradley Cooper.

Gaga told Oprah that telling someone she was having the urge to hurt herself defused the situation.

“I then had someone next to me saying, ‘You don’t have to show me. Just tell me: What are you feeling right now?’ And then I could just tell my story,” Gaga said. “I say that with a lot of humility and strength; I’m very grateful that I don’t do it anymore, and I wish to not glamorize it.”

She also said: “One thing that I would suggest to people who struggle with trauma response or self-harm issues or suicidal ideation is actually ice. If you put your hands in a bowl of ice-cold water, it shocks the nervous system, and it brings you back to reality.”

Gaga said she once thought there was no way out of her trauma.

“I was in physical, mental and emotional pain. And medicine works, but you need medicine with the therapy for it to really work, because there’s a part that you have to do yourself,” she said.


Gaga also talked about suffering from fibromyalgia, which is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“For me, my fibromyalgia and my trauma response kind of go hand in hand,” she told Oprah. “The fibro for me is a lighter pain; the trauma response is much heavier and actually feels the way I felt after I was dropped on a street corner after I’d been raped repeatedly for months. It’s a recurring feeling.”

The musician said that at one point, she had a “psychotic break.”

“It was one of the worst things that’s ever happened to me,” Gaga told Oprah.

Lady Gaga in her third outfit at the 2019 Met Gala.

Lady Gaga in her third outfit at the 2019 Met Gala. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

She said she was then brought to urgent care and was seen by a psychiatrist.

“So I’m just screaming, and I said, ‘Could somebody bring me a real doctor?’ And I didn’t understand what was going on, because my whole body went numb; I fully dissociated,” Gaga said.

She said the doctor eventually calmed her down and gave her medication.

The triple-threat entertainer said that the doctor and all her friends saved her life, adding that she takes a muscle relaxant and a medication used to treat certain mental and mood conditions.


The “Born This Way” singer also opened up about her mental health struggles in her documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two” on Netflix.

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.


Killed American family may have been ‘bait’ in Mexican cartel fight -relatives – National Post

November 6th, 2019

BAVISPE — The nine American women and children killed in northern Mexico were victims of a territorial dispute between an arm of the Sinaloa Cartel and a rival gang, officials said on Wednesday, and may have been used to lure one side into a firefight.

Members of breakaway Mormon communities that settled in Mexico decades ago, the three families were ambushed as they drove along a dirt track in Sonora state, leading to U.S. President Donald Trump urging Mexico and the United States to “wage war’ together on the drug cartels.

Accounts emerging of Monday morning’s slayings detailed the heroism of a surviving boy who walked for miles to get help for his siblings, and heavy gun battles in the remote hill area that lasted for hours into the night after the attack.

“We were deliberately targeted, used as bait to lure one cartel against another,” said Lafe Langford, a cousin of some of the victims, who grew up in the same Mormon village.

Hitmen opened fire on the three mothers and 14 children traveling from a village in Sonora to meet with relatives in neighboring Chihuahua state and Phoenix, Arizona.

When the killers struck, the families were spread out along a 12-mile (20 km) stretch of road near the border of the two states, according to Mexican authorities and the families.

As bullets began to pummel the first car, a white Chevrolet Suburban, Christina Marie Langford Johnson stepped out waving her arms to show that they were not gang members, according to a family statement based on reports from the surviving children.

Christina was shot dead. Her baby, Faith, survived the attack in a child seat that her mother appeared to have placed on the floor before she got out.

Gunfire also ripped into a second white Suburban, carrying Dawna Langford and nine children, some two kilometers back, authorities said. Dawna and two sons were killed.

Reuters video of the vehicle showed more than a dozen bullet holes in the roof and sides of the vehicle. Inside, blood was smeared across seats and children’s toys.

A third car, 18 km behind, was shot up and burst into flames, killing Rhonita Miller and her four children.


Some hours earlier, the La Linea arm of the Chihuahua-based Juarez Cartel sent gunmen to defend the state border area, after attacks in a nearby town by the Los Salazar faction of the rival Sinaloa Cartel, a top Mexican general told reporters.

The Juarez Cartel wanted the Sinaloa Cartel off its turf, General Homero Mendoza said. While no official explanation has been given for the killings, Mendoza and other officials say the gang may have mistaken the families’ SUVs for those of its rival.

The Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels have for years been at odds over lucrative routes in the border region used to move cocaine, heroin and other narcotics into the United States. Mexico has long requested that Washington do more to control demand for drugs. Mexico has unleashed its military against cartels since 2006 but despite the arrests or killings of leading traffickers, the campaign has failed to reduce violence. In fact, it has led to more killings as criminal groups fight among themselves.

Mendoza said the Miller car appeared to have exploded because of the gunfire. More than 200 spent shell casings were left behind.

Relatives of the victims rejected the mistaken identity theory, arguing that shell casings and personal belongings found near the torched car suggest the attackers came close and made sure everybody was dead before igniting the vehicle.

“They shot us up, burned our vehicles to send a smoke signal into the sky,” Langford said, arguing that the gang’s goal was to draw the Sinaloa gunmen into battle.

The families’ account of the attacks and subsequent efforts to recover the surviving children include reports of shooting from the hillsides that continued well after dusk.

A man was arrested in a nearby town in a truck carrying a .50 caliber Barrett rifle and other military-grade weaponry, but the government later said he was not linked to the murders.

The Mexican government countered Trump’s call by urging Washington to help stop the flow of American weapons south of the border, and Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said Remington shell casings of U.S. origin were found at the crime scene.

“That’s one of the most relevant details we can give you,” he told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.


When the gunmen shot dead his mother and two brothers, the uninjured 13-year-old Devin Langford hid six surviving siblings nearby and walked for 14 miles (23 km) to find a rescue party.

“After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Dawna (Langford)’s son Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” the families said in their statement.

For 11 hours, relatives had no idea about what had happened to their loved ones.

The youngest of Devin’s siblings, 9-month old Oliver, was shot in the chest; 8-year-old Cody had bullet wounds to the jaw and the leg, while Xander, 4, had been hit in the back. Brothers Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, lay dead.

When Devin failed to return, his 9-year-old sister Mckenzie, who was grazed in the arm, went after him and walked 10 miles before getting lost in the dark. Search parties later found her, the families said. Another sister, Kylie, was shot in the foot, while sibling Ryder was uninjured.

Nearby were the bodies of the Miller family, including 8-month-old twins Titus and Tiana.

“All shot and burned in their vehicle,” the statement said. “Only ashes and a few bones remain.” (Reporting by Andrew Hay in Canon, New Mexico and Lizbeth Diaz in Bavispe, Mexico; Additional reporting by Frank Jack Daniel, Sharay Angulo, Noe Torres and Dave Graham in Mexico City; Editing by Grant McCool)

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