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Coachella unveils star-studded lineup for 2020 festival: See the full list of performers! – AOL

January 2nd, 2020

The lineup for Coachella 2020 is here!

Goldenvoice, creators of the iconic festival, unveiled the star-studded lineup for this year’s event on Thursday night, confirming rumored headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean as the weekend’s marquee performers.

Of course, there are plenty of other high-profile musical acts slated to take one of the various stages on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., including Calvin Harris, Megan Thee Stallion, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flume, Big Sean, Lil Nas X, 21 Savage and FKA Twigs, among many others.

Coachella will once again take place over the course of two action-packed weekends: Weekend one, which is already sold out, will take place from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, and weekend two will be from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19.

Presale for weekend two of Coachella 2020 starts on Monday, January 6, at 12 p.m. PST. For the first time in the festival’s history, the festival is offering presale registration to allow anyone to sign up for first access to purchase their weekend two passes on Coachella’s website.

See the full Coachella 2020 lineup below:

Last year’s headliners were Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande. Kanye West held a one-off edition of his Sunday Service during the festival’s second weekend.

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Paris Hilton, wearing a Dolls Kill dress, attended the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Gigi Hadid, rocking a MANGO Braided Seashell Belt, at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Rachel Zoe attends The Zoe Report’s 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Janelle Monáe attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Liam Payne showed off his buff bod at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Alisha Boe (L) and Kiernan Shipka attend The Zoe Report’s 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)

2 Chainz performed at the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

INDIO, CA – APRIL 13: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn are seen at Coachella on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)

Tinashe, wearing the ASH Addict Sneaker, attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Madison Beer during day 2 of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/GC Images)

Shanina Shaik, DJ Ruckus, Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson, DJ CASSIDY and Kelsey Evenson attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Beau Clark (L) and Stassi Schroeder attend the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Lisa Rinna swung by the Amazon Lockers at Coachella to grab all of her festival faves for the weekend. (Credit: Amazon)

Diplo stopped by to watch The Roots perform at Heineken House during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 in Indio, CA. (Credit: Jesse Lirola for Heineken)

LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Olivia Culpo is seen wearing black cropped top, denim shorts, belt bag, mules at the Revolve Festival during Coachella Festival on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Christian Vierig/GC Images)

Quavo attended the Cash App Dome on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.

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Steph Shep stopped by the American Express Card Member Lounge activation during Coachella.

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Larsa Pippen and Shanina Shaik attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

Paris Hilton spotted at the 1Oak Annual Closing Party Presented by Gravity during Coachella.

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“Riverdale” star Charles Melton grabbed a Heineken at the Heineken House during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 2 on April 19, 2019 in Indio, CA. (Credit: Chris Polk for Heineken)

Billie Eilish stopped by Calvin Klein’s #MYCALVINS House at Coachella on Saturday for an exclusive meet-and-greet with fans. (Credit: BFA)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Evan Ross (L) and Ashlee Simpson attend the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Khalid got his photo taken by Brooklyn Beckham at BMWi’s #RoadtoCoachella Pitstop Party produced by Mirrored Media on Saturday during Coachella. (Credit: Enes Kucevic / BMW)

Gigi Hadid attended Framework Presents: Rhonda Queen of the Desert, which was sponsored by Select CBD.

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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: (L-R) Christian Coppola, Kiernan Shipka and Charlie Oldman attend The Zoe Report’s 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)

INDIO, CA – APRIL 13: Bella Thorne is seen at Coachella on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)

Lil’ Jon attended LiveMe’s 3rd Birthday Celebration presented by STK at the Pond Estate on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Kaia Gerber stopped by YSL Beauty’s first ever Coachella Music Pop-Up Shop over the weekend. (Credit: YSL Beauty)

Shay Mitchell wears a black fringe dress with her BÉIS Festival Belt Bag at the Revolve Festival during Coachella.

Ashley Greene and Ashlee Simpson celebrated the launch of CÎROC Limited-Edition Summer Watermelon at the CÎROC Summer House at Korakia Pensione powered by LA Weekly. (Credit: Jennifer Johnson)

2 Chainz, Sean Combs and Meek Mill attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

Karreuche Tran and Victor Cruz cooled down with Minute Maid Blue Raspberry Slushies at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)

Rowan Blanchard and Tommy Dorfman enjoyed a VIP experience provided by Palms Casino Resort’s new Dayclub and Nightclub, KAOS at Moschino’s Palm Springs Desert Party with The Sims.

“Riverdale” star Charles Melton stopped by the Amazon Lockers at Coachella to load up on festival must-haves through the Coachella Storefront. (Credit: Amazon)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Alessandra Ambrosio (L) and Jamie Mazur attend the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky attend NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party sponsored by ShoeDazzle 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for NYLON)

The Roots performed at Heineken House during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 in Indio, CA. (Credit: Jesse Lirola for Heineken)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Gregg Sulkin (R) and guest attend the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson attends NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for NYLON)

PALM SPRINGS, CA – APRIL 13: Daya attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Rachel Zoe attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Kendall Jenner at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)

Gunna performed at the YouTube Music Stage at the Poppy x Google event during Coachella on Friday night.

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Erika Jayne DJ’s NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical )

Diplo attended Framework Presents: Rhonda Queen of the Desert, which was sponsored by Select CBD.

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Olivia Culpo traveled in style to Coachella with Lyft during the music festival over the weekend.

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Ashley Tisdale grabbed a can of Cupcake Rosé at the Frozie Factory at Coachella Music & Arts Festival on Saturday. (Credit: Michael Simon, StarTraks)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Lisa Rinna (L) and guests attend NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party sponsored by ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)

“Vanderpump Rules” stars James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss traveled to Coachella via a boohoo.com helicopter.

LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 14: Olivia Culpo is seen wearing yellow jacket and shorts with print and brown belt, beige boots at the Revolve Festival during Coachella Festival on April 14, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Christian Vierig/GC Images)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Anwar Hadid (L) attends NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)

Vanessa Hudgens swung by the Amazon Lockers at Coachella to grab all of her festival faves for the weekend. (Credit: Amazon)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Jeremy Meeks attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Gigi Hadid enjoyed a McDonald’s cheeseburger and World Famous Fries at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)

Taryn Manning attended LiveMe’s 3rd Birthday Celebration presented by STK at the Pond Estate on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Darren Criss gets his water fix with Penta Water before a long night out attending Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California.

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Singer Jojo performs onstage at NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party Sponsored by ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Heather MacDonald attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

Ashley Greene stopped by Walker Drawas pre-festival and loaded up on her liquid essentials: Harmless Harvest coconut water and a bottle of Day Owl Rose. (Credit: Katie Jones)

PALM SPRINGS, CA – APRIL 13: Romeo Miller and Tom Sandoval attend Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Brad Goreski attends NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party sponsored by ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)

INDIO, CA – APRIL 14: Bella Thorne is seen on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Romee Strijid and Jasmine Tookes were spotted at the 1Oak Annual Closing Party Presented by Gravity during Coachella.

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BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Kendra Wilkinson and Lisa Rinna attend the Erika Jayne x ShoeDazzle x Nylon Coachella Midnight Party at a private residence on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for ShoeDazzle )

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Victoria Justice attends The Zoe Report’s 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Emily Ratajkowski attends the Bondi Sands Aero Launch Party on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Bondi Sands)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: H.E.R. attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: attends the Erika Jayne x ShoeDazzle x Nylon Coachella Midnight Party at a private residence on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for ShoeDazzle )

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: Ashlee Simpson attends NYLON’s Midnight Garden Party 2019 at Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical )

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Darren Criss attends Poolside with H&M at Sparrow’s Lodge on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Stassi Schroeder attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

THERMAL, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Quavo attends the Levi’s Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: Olivia Culpo attends Poolside with H&M at Sparrow’s Lodge on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)

Sara Sampaio wearing a floral black cropped ensemble, complete with her MISSOMA at the Revolve Festival during Coachella.

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Billie Eilish and Yungblud attend The 5th Annual Interscope Coachella party sponsored by Privé Revaux.

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U.S. airstrike in Baghdad kills leader of Iran’s elite Quds force, Iraqi militia commander – National Post

January 2nd, 2020

BAGHDAD — Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, was killed early on Friday in a U.S. air strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport, the Pentagon said.

“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani,” a Pentagon statement said.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” it said, adding that the United States would continue to take necessary action to protect Americans and interests around the world.

The Pentagon statement said that Soleimani had “orchestrated” attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past few months and approved the “attacks” on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in the attack, a militia spokesman said.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed in a statement that Soleimani was killed.

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Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the umbrella grouping of Iran-backed militias, blamed the United States and Israel.

“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” he said.

Strikes had been carried out against two targets linked to Iran in Baghdad on Thursday, U.S. officials earlier told Reuters.

Iraqi paramilitary groups said on Friday that three rockets hit Baghdad International Airport, killing five members of Iraqi paramilitary groups and two “guests.”

The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles, killing and injuring several people.

This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans

Local militia commander Abu Muntathar al-Hussaini told Reuters:

“Haj Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were riding in one vehicle when it was struck by two successive guided missiles launched from an American helicopter while they were on their way from the arrivals hall on the road that leads out of Baghdad Airport.”

He said the second vehicle was carrying bodyguards from the PMF and was hit by one rocket.

“The American criminals had detailed information on the convoy’s movements.”

Oil prices were up $2 on the news.

The high-profile assassinations are seen as a massive blow to Iran, which has been locked in a long conflict with the United States that escalated sharply last week with the storming of the US embassy perimeter in Iraq by pro-Iranian militiamen following an American air raid on an Iraqi Shi’ite militia.

Soleimani, who has led the foreign arm of the Revolutionary Guards and has had a key role in fighting in Syria and Iraq, acquired celebrity status at home and abroad. He was instrumental in the spread of Iranian influence in the Middle East, which the United States and Tehran’s regional foes Saudi Arabia and Israel have struggled to keep in check.

He survived several assassination attempts against him by Western, Israeli and Arab agencies over the past two decades.

Soleimani’s Quds Force, tasked with carrying out operations beyond Iran’s borders, shored up support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when he looked close to defeat in the civil war raging since 2011 and also helped militiamen defeat Islamic State in Iraq.

Soleimani became head of the Quds Force in 1998, a position in which he kept a low profile for years while he strengthened Iran’s ties with Hezbollah in Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and Shi’ite militia groups in Iraq.


Protesters burn property in front of the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2019.

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Earlier Thursday, U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon that the American military was moving from responding to Iranian-backed attacks to anticipating them.

“There are some indications out there that they may be planning additional attacks. That’s nothing new,” Esper said. “If that happens, then we will act and, by the way, if we get word of an attack of some kind of indication, we would take pre-emptive action as well to protect American forces, American lives. The game has changed.”

The latest violence in Iraq occurred in the wake of widespread anti-government protests that led to the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

Some 500 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters since Oct. 1, according to Iraq’s independent High Commission for Human Rights. Iraqis, mostly from the Shiite majority population, are protesting against corruption, poor services, and Iran’s sweeping influence in the country.

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Testicular cancer: ‘Kinder’ chemotherapy is ‘just as effective’ – BBC News

January 2nd, 2020
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Testicular cancer can be treated successfully with fewer rounds of toxic chemotherapy drugs, doctors say.

A study on 246 patients, reported in the journal European Urology, showed a single cycle of chemo was just as effective as the standard two cycles.

But the “shorter, kinder and cheaper” approach reduced the side-effects for cancer patients, scientists said.

Experts believe having less chemotherapy would make a “huge difference” to quality of life.

Testicular cancer is quite rare, affecting around 2,400 people in the UK each year.

However, it is unusual in that it strikes relatively young men – it is the most common type of cancer in those aged between 15 and 49.

The overwhelming majority of people diagnosed (98%) survive for at least 10 years after the cancer is first detected.

But as it affects people relatively young, the side-effects of treatment could last a lifetime.

The study, by the Institute of Cancer Research, London and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, was trying to reduce side-effects.

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Patients in the trial – who were thought to be at high risk of the cancer coming back – were given just one course of chemotherapy.

Two years later, the cancer had recurred in only 1.3% of men – which is roughly the same number as those having the standard two courses.

Prof Robert Huddart, from the Institute of Cancer Research, said: “Reducing the overall dose of chemotherapy could spare young men who have their whole lives ahead of them from long-term side-effects, and also means they will need fewer hospital visits for their treatment.

“This new trial is already changing clinical practice on a global scale.”

Chemotherapy can damage the immune system, increasing the risk of infections, damage organs – including the kidneys – and affect fertility.

Prof Emma Hall, another scientist at the institute, said: “Our study has found strong evidence to suggest that testicular cancer chemotherapy can be safely reduced from two cycles to just one – making their treatment shorter, kinder and cheaper.”

Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head information nurse, said: “Providing men with a kinder treatment option linked to fewer side-effects could make a huge difference to their quality of life.

“As more and more people survive cancer, it’s essential to carry out studies like this, which look at how to improve things for people living with – and after – the disease.”

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Trump ordered airstrike that killed senior Iranian military official: Pentagon – Global News

January 2nd, 2020

The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of U.S. President Donald Trump.

An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran’s regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that’s expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests.

The Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

1:49Baghdad says U.S. military strikes in Iraq will have ‘dangerous consequences’

Baghdad says U.S. military strikes in Iraq will have ‘dangerous consequences’

A statement released late Thursday by the Pentagon said the strike on Soleimani “was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”

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The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, Iraqi officials said. The PMF media arm said the two were killed in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

Citing a Revolutionary Guard statement, Iranian state television said Soleimani was “martyred” in an attack by U.S. helicopters near the airport, without elaborating.

Trump, who was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, sent out a tweet of an American flag.

Their deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East and if the U.S. carried them out, it represents a drastic change for American policy toward Iran after months of tensions.

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Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone and seized oil tankers. Meanwhile, the U.S. blames Iran for a series of attacks targeting tankers, as well as a September assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry that temporarily halved its production.

The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.

READ MORE: Trump to face stark choices following U.S. embassy attack in Iraq

A senior Iraqi politician and a high-level security official confirmed to The Associated Press that Soleimani and al-Muhandis were among those killed in the attack shortly after midnight. Two militia leaders loyal to Iran also confirmed the deaths, including an official with the Kataeb Hezbollah faction, which was involved in the New Year’s Eve attack by Iran-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said al-Muhandis had arrived to the airport in a convoy along with others to receive Soleimani, whose plane had arrived from either Lebanon or Syria. The airstrike took place near the cargo area after he left the plane to be greeted by al-Muhandis and others.

Two officials from the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces said Suleimani’s body was torn to pieces in the attack while they did not find the body of al-Muhandis. Asenior politician said Soleimani’s body was identified by the ring he wore.

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1:32Iraq protesters burn American flags in rally against U.S. military strikes on militia

Iraq protesters burn American flags in rally against U.S. military strikes on militia

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject and because they were not authorized to give official statements.

As the head of the Quds, or Jersualem, Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani led all of its expeditionary forces. Quds Force members have deployed into Syria’s long war to support President Bashar Assad, as well as into Iraq in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, a longtime foe of Tehran.

Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of the embattled Assad.

U.S. officials say the Guard under Soleimani taught Iraqi militants how to manufacture and use especially deadly roadside bombs against U.S. troops after the invasion of Iraq. Iran has denied that. Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a selfless hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad.

READ MORE: U.S. says there are ‘indications’ Iran may be planning attacks on U.S. interests

Soleimani had been rumored dead several times, including in a 2006 airplane crash that killed other military officials in northwestern Iran and following a 2012 bombing in Damascus that killed top aides of Assad. Rumors circulated in November 2015 that Soleimani was killed or seriously wounded leading forces loyal to Assad as they fought around Syria’s Aleppo.

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Earlier Friday, an official with the Popular Mobilization Forces said seven people were killed by a missile fired at Baghdad International Airport, blaming the United States.

The official with the group known as the Popular Mobilization Forces said the dead included its airport protocol officer, identifying him as Mohammed Reda.

A security official confirmed that seven people were killed in the attack on the airport, describing it as an airstrike. Earlier, Iraq’s Security Media Cell, which releases information regarding Iraqi security, said Katyusha rockets landed near the airport’s cargo hall, killing several people and setting two cars on fire.

1:05U.S. increasing troop presence in the Middle East

U.S. increasing troop presence in the Middle East

It was not immediately clear who fired the missile or rockets or who was targeted. There was no immediate comment from the U.S.

The attack came amid tensions with the United States after a New Year’s Eve attack by Iran-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The two-day embassy attack which ended Wednesday prompted President Donald Trump to order about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East.

It also prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to postpone his trip to Ukraine and four other countries “to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Wednesday.

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The breach at the embassy followed U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. military said the strikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that the U.S. blamed on the militia.

READ MORE: U.S. conducts military strikes in Iraq, Syria at sites linked to Iran-backed militia

U.S. officials have suggested they were prepared to engage in further retaliatory attacks in Iraq.

“The game has changed,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, telling reporters that violent acts by Iran-backed Shiite militias in Iraq — including the rocket attack on Dec. 27 that killed one American — will be met with U.S. military force.

He said the Iraqi government has fallen short of its obligation to defend its American partner in the attack on the U.S. embassy.

The developments also represent a major downturn in Iraq-U.S. relations that could further undermine U.S. influence in the region and American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.

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Wash your hands! Flu, seasonal viruses hitting NE Kansas hard – WIBW

January 2nd, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Centers for Disease Control now has 25 states — including Kansas — showing high flu activity.

Nebraska is experiencing a high activity level in flu-like illness so far this season.

And with so many people traveling over the Christmas holiday, it’s bound to get worse before it gets better.

Topeka’s Stormont Vail reports a big jump in cases of influenza-like illness at their hospitals and clinics. Testing has doubled since the week before Thanksgiving – from 171, to 387. The number of positive cases over that time has jumped more than 800 percent. There were just 12 the week before Thanksgiving, but there were 114 Christmas week.

“It’s not just influenza, it’s other seasonal respiratory viruses, too,” said Dr. Clifton Jones, an infectious disease specialist at Stormont. “We probably haven’t hit the top of the bubble.”

Dr. Jones says Influenza B cases, which usually show up later and hit younger people more, are actually most prevalent right now.

“The flu season lasts at least through March or April we’ll still see cases. Influenza A is likely to appear – in some parts of the country it’s the predominant viral strain – and so we will probably see increased activity of that,” he said.

Which means it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Also, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you’re sick, and wash hands and wipe down surfaces.

“The virus will not live indefinitely on doorknobs or cell phones or environmental surfaces, but it can live a few hours, so washing your hands before you rub your eyes or blow your nose, or cough into your hands can decrease your risk,” Dr. Jones said.

Most of these illnesses are viruses, so you have to let them run their course, with rest, fluids and medications like acetaminophen to ease symptoms.

However, Dr. Jones said people with chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, COPD, or lung disease, should see a doctor if they become ill, and everyone should watch for complications.

“In the absence of fever, it’s most likely a common cold and you don’t need to be seen for that,” Dr. Jones said. “If you develop a significant illness with shortness of breath, productive cough, pleurisy, or chest pain when you cough or take a deep breath, you really need to be seen urgently for possibility of pneumonia.”

If you do opt to seek medical attention, Dr. Jones said it is best to first call a doctor’s office, since they may not want you to come in and risk infecting others. If you do go to be seen without an appointment, he said it is best to go to an urgent care clinic, rather than the emergency room.

Where to get a flu shot:

*All 5 Topeka area Cotton O’Neil Express Care clinics: 601 SW Corporate View Rd.; 4505 NW Fielding; 909 SW Mulvane; 6725 SW 29th St.; 2909 SE Walnut Dr.

*St. Francis Ready Care clinic: 1101 SW 29th St.

*Contact your primary care provider

*Shawnee Co. Health Dept., 2115 SW 10th Ave.
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Dietitians explain why you don’t have to ‘quit sugar’ to be healthy – KSL.com

January 2nd, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Many New Year’s resolutions include becoming healthier in one way or another.

A popular diet challenge has emerged the last few years which has people “quitting sugar” altogether. But do you really need to eliminate all sugar from your diet to lead a healthy lifestyle? Registered dietitians shared their thoughts on quitting sugar this new year.

To start, Amy Good, registered dietitian from the Toledo Center for Eating Disorders, says “Sugar is an umbrella term that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. When someone says to me ‘I’m cutting out sugar,’ I have no idea what that means to them.”

To some, sugar might be only added sugars, which include foods like candy, soda, cake, ice cream, cookies, chocolate, pastries, pies and so on. To others it might go so far as to include entire food groups like fruit and dairy.

Good goes on to say, “In general, sugars are carbohydrates and are necessary for survival. They are our bodies’ preferred fuel source and provide us with short-term energy. Carbohydrates are also our only source of fiber, which is vital for a healthy gut.”

Sarah Pflugradt, registered dietitian nutritionist of Salubrious RD says we live in an all-or-nothing diet society, and that needs to change.

“Those who cut out all sugar leave behind so many good foods like fruit and dairy. We need to educate on eating so much added sugar and how it contributes to inflammation,” Pflugradt says. “Keeping your added sugar below the American Heart Association recommendation is a great way to enjoy all the yummy foods but still stay within a healthy boundary.”

Registered dietitian Sarah Schlichter of Bucket List Tummy says villainizing sugar contributes to a good-and-bad food mentality, which can lead to feelings of guilt or shame when someone eats something considered “bad.”

“This tarnishes a person’s relationship with food and teaches them to make decisions based on external rules and factors rather than intuition,” she says. “When you’re making a decision based on something you want and enjoy, you realize that if you ate high amounts of sugar all the time, you probably wouldn’t feel your best. Whereas, if you include it moderately you’ll find that you also crave and choose other nutrient-dense foods, as well. I tell my clients to focus less on the individual ingredients and more on the overall pattern of intake and health behaviors, since health is far from ‘all-or-nothing.'”

Registered dietitian nutritionist Kelsey Lorencz, of Simply Nourished Home encourages people to stop fixating on how horrible certain ingredients are and look at the diet as a whole instead.

“If all you eat is sugary foods, you will likely feel those health consequences. Eating sugar — yes, even refined added sugars — is not dangerous or unhealthy when consumed as part of a diet that includes several other nutrient-dense foods.”

“When we consider health, it’s so important to consider every aspect of ourselves. By not demonizing sugar or trying to completely cut it out, we can allow it to be an enjoyable part of a varied diet, not an emotionally consuming ingredient,” she adds.

Registered dietitian nutritionist Lauren Harris-Pincus, of NutritionStarringYOU.com and author of “The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club,” suggests following the American Heart Association guidelines of 24 grams of added sugar per day for women, or 36 grams for men.

“Choose wisely and really enjoy what you choose,” she says. “Make sure the bulk of your diet includes produce, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains and lean proteins so the sugar you do eat is merely an addition to a nutritious diet.”

Registered dietitian nutritionist KeyVion Miller, of themillerskitchen.com, believes a true healthy lifestyle leaves room for a little sugar.

“It can actually be the difference between someone drinking milk (dairy or non-dairy) or eating yogurt,” Miller says. “Quite honestly, plain yogurt is pretty boring! Adding a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup could be that difference maker in adding probiotics and calcium to someone’s diet. I think this is so important when we know many people fall short of calcium and live, active cultures to support our gut health.”

Registered dietitian Sarah Chapel says a healthy lifestyle is all about balance.

“A diet that is completely sugar-free would be void of all fruit, whole grains and dairy — foods we know offer many nutritional benefits,” Chapel says.

She suggests, instead, taking an honest look at how many foods in your normal diet have added sugar.

“The fancy sugary coffee drink, the ‘nibbles’ here and there, your overall portions of sweet stuff. Eliminating all sugar isn’t realistic or encouraged. Instead, figure out your norm and decrease. Used to having ice cream after dinner? Reduce to a 1/2 cup portion or try fruit or yogurt.”

My No. 1 tip to keep added sugar intake in a reasonable range while still enjoying your food is to cook from scratch at home when possible. This way you are in charge of what goes in your food — including how much added sugar. Sometimes it may be the full amount when baking a birthday cake, while other times you might choose to swap out sugary cereal for some homemade oatmeal.

The main thing to remember is that what you eat is your choice and that it’s not only OK, but it’s definitely possible to include some sugar in your diet and be healthy at the same time.


Brittany Poulson

About the Author: Brittany Poulson

Brittany Poulson is a Utah registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She shares her passion for health, food and nutrition on her blog, www.yourchoicenutrition.com, where she encourages you to live a healthy life in your unique way.

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‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament’s Ken Jennings Claims, “Age Matters” – Deadline

January 2nd, 2020

It’s the week before the first game of Jeopardy’s eagerly awaited “Greatest of All Time” tournament, as the three biggest money-winners in the quiz show’s history face off for the first time. The show is a rare primetime version of Jeopardy! and will be hosted by Alex Trebek, airing January 7 at 8-9 PM ET/PT.

James Holzhauer, Brad Rutter and Jennings will battle over multiple nights. The first one to win three times gets a million dollars. All of the contestants get $250,000 for playing.

Jennings spoke with a Seattle publication about his chances in the tournament. He brings his record 74-game winning streak and total winnings of $3.370,700 to the table, but admits that he’s at a slight disadvantage at age 48, some 15 years removed from his glory years on the show.

Jennings is the most seasoned of the three players, in more ways than one.

“I can tell you firsthand that age matters on Jeopardy! he said. “I wish it didn’t because I am 15 years older than when I first played, but I can tell the difference. I’m a little bit slower on coming up with names, and my rhythm isn’t that great on the buzzer.”

Jennings has been watching a lot of Jeopardy! to prep for the tournament. “I have a pretend buzzer that I play along with, and I watch Alex every night. You can’t press the button as soon as you know it,” he said. “You have to wait for Alex to finish reading the clue – and there is the briefest of beats, a guy flips a switch and [then] you can buzz in. If you buzz early, you actually get locked out for a fraction of a second. So you are just trying to get in a rhythm with Alex’s voice to find that exact second to buzz in. It’s like a zen thing – it’s like hitting a curve ball.”

He faces formidable opposition. Rutter has won $4,688,436 and Holzhauer $2,712,216 on the show.

“James and I actually met at Bumbershoot once when I was doing a trivia contest,” said Jennings. “He came up on stage for the final round, but he was still a young apprentice, he was buzzing too fast and he actually finished third. But he’s very funny on Twitter which I really admire. Winning two million on “Jeopardy!” is hard but being funny on Twitter may be harder, so I have a lot of respect for him.”

Rutter offers a different challenge.

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Samsung sold 6.7 million 5G smartphones in 2019 – CNN

January 2nd, 2020

Pneumonia Outbreak in China Spurs Fever Checks From Singapore to Taiwan – Yahoo News

January 2nd, 2020
Pneumonia Outbreak in China Spurs Fever Checks From Singapore to TaiwanPneumonia Outbreak in China Spurs Fever Checks From Singapore to Taiwan

(Bloomberg) — A mysterious pneumonia outbreak that’s sickened dozens of people in China has prompted airports in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan to introduce fever screening, as scientists search for the infectious source.

From Friday evening, temperature screening will be implemented at Changi Airport for all travelers arriving from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Singapore’s Ministry of Health said. In Hong Kong, thermal imaging systems will be deployed as part of increased fever surveillance at boundary check points, authorities said. Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control said Tuesday it had implemented similar measures.

Several clinics and hospitals in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, received patients suffering from pneumonia, officials announced on New Year’s Eve. Twenty-seven people were reported by Chinese media to have been infected, with seven of them seriously ill.

Cases were linked to a fresh produce market that has since been closed, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy in Minneapolis said Thursday, citing local media reports.

The market sold birds, pheasants, and snakes, along with organs of rabbits and other wildlife, triggering worries about the potential jump of an unknown virus to humans reminiscent of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, which killed almost 800 people about 17 years ago.

The World Health Organization has activated an incident management team over the Wuhan cases to “ensure disease detection systems are sensitive, communication channels are open, and reporting is rapid across the region,” the South China Morning Post reported.

Investigations are still underway and authorities haven’t yet confirmed the pathogen that’s causing the illness, Paige Snider, a WHO spokeswoman, told the paper.

Fake News

Chinese officials have arrested several people for circulating fake news online about the viral spread of pneumonia, CNA Media reported Thursday. Rumors on social media alleged that there had been an outbreak of SARS, the Singapore-based broadcaster said. Authorities said it is untrue and no person-to-person transmission has been found so far.

Three travelers from Wuhan were admitted to hospitals in Hong Kong, though two were subsequently released, the South China Morning Post reported late Thursday. The city has hasn’t received any Wuhan-related severe pneumonia cases, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan told reporters Thursday.

Singapore asked doctors to look out for suspected cases with pneumonia who have recently returned from Wuhan.

“Suspect cases with fever and acute respiratory illness or pneumonia and with travel history to Wuhan within 14 days before onset of symptoms will be isolated as a precautionary measure to prevent transmission,” the city-state’s Ministry of Health said in a Facebook post.

–With assistance from Samson Ellis.

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A bizarre mansion owned by Dr. Phil could be yours for US$5.75 million – CTV News

January 2nd, 2020

TORONTO — Do you enjoy admiring your gun collection while entertaining guests? Are you OK with a staircase that looks like it’s covered in snakes? Do we have the house for you.

A Beverly Hills home owned by TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw could be yours, if you happen to have US$5,750,000 (CAD$7,466,806) lying around.

The home, listed in the celebrity-dense neighbourhood of Beverly Crest, isn’t actually Dr. Phil’s personal residence, according to the Los Angeles Times’ luxury real estate reporter, but is currently used by a family member who for some reason has decided to move on.

Since it hit the market a few days ago, the home’s garish design has captured the internet’s fascination. Cartoonish statuettes of bears and rabbits are littered across the property, and a grand staircase adorned in twisting snakes – or are they vines? – has sparked several debates on Twitter.

In the dining room, an entire wall is dedicated to at least a dozen guns. In the curiously baroque-inspired living room, a pink neon sign reads “HELLO THERE.” The floors of the billiards room appear to be splattered in white paint.

The listing describes the home as a “private villa oasis” with an “extremely rare long gated driveway” that leads to “stunningly manicured grounds including an outdoor kitchen.”

As for the bizarre interior design, the listing says the “eclectic finishes” can be kept or “transformed into your own vision.”

According to the L.A. Times, McGraw bought the 6,170-square-foot mansion back in 2007.

McGraw got his television break back in 1998 on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” His own TV show debuted four years later, and he has become a mainstay of daytime television.

According to Forbes, McGraw was the 9th-highest-paid entertainer of 2019, with reported earnings of US$95 million (CAD$123,433,975)

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