Tupac Murder Weapon Should Be in L.A. Detective Says Vegas Rejected It

Tupac Murder Weapon Should Be in L.A. Detective Says Vegas Rejected It

The handgun cops say was used to kill Tupac Shakur — which mysteriously disappeared 11 years ago — should be in the hands of the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept.
… according to the detective who was on the case.
TMZ broke the story — the .40 caliber Glock was found in a Compton backyard in 1998, and according to docs, LASD Detective Timothy Brennan was the guy who ordered the ballistic testing which revealed it was used in Tupac’s murder.
Brennan, who’s now retired, tells TMZ … there should be NO mystery about where the gun is now …
IF everyone followed protocol.
Once it came up a match, in a federal law enforcement database, he says ATF sent it to Las Vegas cops.
Now here’s the rub.
He says he was never told why they reached that conclusion, but they rejected the weapon.
says a federal prosecutor recommended the gun NOT be turned over to Vegas — but Brennan insists it was.
He thinks the handgun is still in the custody of L.A. authorities, but if it’s not … someone may be pulling something shady.

Thanks to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Quit This Awful Habit

Thanks to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Quit This Awful Habit

Love can make you do things you never even thought possible.
Though smoking is a notoriously difficult vice to shake, it’s his fiancée’s own health that has inspired and motivated him to give it up for good.
It’s not nice for Meghan as a non-smoker,” a source told The Daily Mail. “So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff.
Harry has quit for Meghan.”
Hopefully Harry can fully shake it before their wedding on May 19!
In addition to Meghan’s healthy lifestyle, what might also help Harry quit smoking is the fact that it’s banned from all royal residences.
Yep, in 2016 smoking was officially banned from Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, and more over concerns that smoke from the outside was drifting into the building.
Nothing like a little royal mandate to stop you from doing something!
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The Movie to Which ‘Last Jedi’ Owes a Debt of Gratitude

The Movie to Which ‘Last Jedi’ Owes a Debt of Gratitude

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Looper.
For some people, the 2014 announcement that Rian Johnson would write and direct the second chapter of a new Star Wars trilogy was about as exciting as the existence of the new trilogy.
But the flip side of joining a monolithic franchise could have downfalls: would Star Wars: The Last Jedi feel like a Rian Johnson film?
Or would it not have traces of his distinct personality?
During the first training session between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Luke razzes her for not grasping what the Force is: when she closes her eyes, he lightly touches her with a leaf, and when she thinks she’s felt the Force, he smacks her with the leaf.
In other franchises, with other studios, the plot might be doled out more deliberately, but here, you get the sense that Johnson had so much he wanted to do in the world of Star Wars that he couldn’t resist offering up surprise after surprise.
What’s more, watching The Last Jedi makes the already exciting proposition of Johnson creating a whole new trilogy in the Star Wars universe even more logical.
If Johnson isn’t going to get to close out this trilogy, he might as well kickstart a new one.
The Last Jedi suggests that his potential keeps growing, and his abilities keep expanding too.
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Behold this gorgeous photo shoot of the treasury secretary, his wife, and money

Behold this gorgeous photo shoot of the treasury secretary, his wife, and money

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton posing with a large sheet of dollar bills is America’s newest, ridiculously bizarre meme.
On Wednesday, Mnuchin and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to check out the first new batch of $1 bills that feature their signatures, The Associated Press reported.
But when it came time for the photo op things got pretty weird.
Mnuchin grabbed a sheet of bills, stood by his wife — who just so happened to be decked out in a black, leather ensemble — and the two proceeded to assume the roles of the most awkward villains in the world.
After getting one look at the snapshots, Twitter users had a field day brutally roasting the couple.
Why do Treasury Sec Mnuchin and his wife insist on posing for photos that make them look like Bond villains?
pic.twitter.com/2auZr3LGoP — Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2017 Find someone who looks at you the way Louise Linton looks at Steve Mnuchin holding a sheet of dollar bills with his name on them pic.twitter.com/3fGXmJti6c — Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 15, 2017 Now that it’s been shown off by Mnuchin, the currency is on its way to Federal Reserve regional banks around the country and will reportedly enter circulation next month.
That leaves everyone plenty of time to get psyched and perhaps buy some elbow-length leather gloves to re-create these stunning shots.

The young engineer with a plan to rebuild Gaza

The young engineer with a plan to rebuild Gaza

Could ‘Green Cake’ help rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip?
What if affordable construction blocks could be made out of the rubble of war itself?
This was the challenge that 23-year-old Majd Mashharawi set herself – and she may have found an answer in her ‘Green Cake’ invention.
Give stories, not stuff Getting hold of construction materials in Gaza, where Israel controls borders, airspace and waters, is expensive and time-consuming – if possible at all.
Green Cake looks like ordinary concrete but is more environmentally friendly as it re-uses coal ash.
“Gaza is a closed area with limited resources and many different, severe problems,” says Mashharawi.
It was hard and horrible, but what I went through made me believe in change.” Even getting to university was a huge challenge.
“Gaza has the highest unemployment ratio in the world: over 40 per cent of graduates are without jobs.
I particularly want to encourage female engineers to be independent, strong and capable.” Mashharawi said that the people living in Gaza are what make her feel positive about the future.
“A famous quote here reads: ‘You cannot build your future without helping others to build theirs.’ I believe in this.

The World Bank Makes Historic Announcement At One Planet Summit

The World Bank Makes Historic Announcement At One Planet Summit

The World Bank has just announced that it will end its financial support for oil and gas extraction.
The Bank used the One Planet Summit in Paris to announce that it “will no longer finance upstream oil and gas” after 2019.
The bank also announced that it was on track to meet its target of 28 percent of its lending going to climate action by 2020. “It is hard to overstate the significance of this historic announcement by the World Bank,” said Stephen Kretzmann, the executive director advocacy group Oil Change International. “The World Bank has raised the bar for climate leadership by recognizing the simple yet inconvenient truth that achieving the Paris agreement’s climate goals requires an end to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.
It is time for all of the institutions, countries, investors and individuals who are still in the Paris agreement to stop funding fossils – once and for all.”
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This 16-Year-Old From Louisiana Got Accepted To Harvard. The Video Reaction Is Going Viral

This 16-Year-Old From Louisiana Got Accepted To Harvard. The Video Reaction Is Going Viral

A video of a 16-year-old boy from Louisiana finding out he’s been accepted to Harvard is going viral.
In the video, Ayrton Little, a junior at TM Landry College Prep in Breaux Bridge, patiently logs into his account to see if he was admitted to the Ivy League school while his classmates watch behind him.
The moment he learns that he’s been admitted, he and his classmates erupt in cheers and celebration.
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How Disney Will Benefit From Becoming Hulu’s Majority Owner Via Its Fox Deal

How Disney Will Benefit From Becoming Hulu’s Majority Owner Via Its Fox Deal

Disney can “greatly accelerate” its push into the direct-to-consumer space and flow “more content” towards the streamer, while “managing Hulu becomes just a little bit more clear,” says Bob Iger.
The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Fox’s stake in Hulu, giving it majority ownership of the streaming service, as part of the $52.4 billion purchase of the Rupert Murdoch-owned media company’s assets. “Hulu obviously is a great opportunity to expand in the direct-to-consumer space,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said on a call about the transaction.
The Disney boss said the company will after the deal have a chance to offer several streaming services focused on different audiences, with Hulu likely to be positioned as a more adult oriented service, compared with a planned ESPN sports service and a planned Disney family service.
Time Warner joined the venture in 2016 when it acquired a 10 percent stake in Hulu for $583 million, valuing the business at $5.8 billion.
(Time Warner does not have a Hulu board seat.) “Disney’s 30 percent equity share of Hulu losses will rise $100 million in [fiscal year] 2018 as Hulu spends to push its skinny bundle,” B. Riley FBR analyst Barton Crockett wrote in a recent report. “But the fees Hulu pays to Disney for content, subs and ad share more than offset equity in losses.”
But again, we will be looking at more direct to consumer opportunities for our company and if that requires us to wean the businesses and relationships with other distributors, than that’s what we will do, just as we did with Netflix,” he said.
The Disney boss said the studio had to look long and hard at ending its Netflix licensing deal, but concluded it had to do so to push deeper into the direct to consumer market.

Ronda Rousey No Deal with WWE … Yet

Ronda Rousey No Deal with WWE … Yet

Ronda Rousey and the WWE have been circling each other for months … but sources close to both sides tell TMZ Sports Ronda has NOT put pen to paper — not yet, at least.
It’s no secret that there’s serious interest — Rousey’s teased the move and even appeared in a backstage WWE promo … and company honchos Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have both gone on record saying they’d love to have her.
But, multiple independent sources from all sides of the deal have told us contract talks have NOT gotten off the ground.
As one source bluntly put it, “[Ronda’s team] hasn’t begun any negotiations with the WWE.”
Doesn’t mean they won’t hit the negotiation table in the future … but as far as what’s cookin’ right now — no deal.
FYI, we’re told Rousey is still working out hard (unclear if she’s doing specific wrestling training).
She’s also shooting for her role in Mark Wahlberg’s movie, “Mile 22.”
Busy lady.

Fox-Disney Deal Gives Rupert Murdoch His King Lear Moment

Fox-Disney Deal Gives Rupert Murdoch His King Lear Moment

Then, he installed his sons, Lachlan and James, in leadership roles at 21st Century Fox.
The Walt Disney Company announced on Thursday it had reached a deal to acquire most of 21st Century Fox Inc., the Murdoch-owned company that includes the storied movie and television studio, national cable networks like FX and National Geographic, 22 regional cable channels dedicated to sports and a 39 percent stake in Britain’s pay TV service, Sky.
The $52.4 billion deal — which would not include Fox News, the Fox broadcast network or the FS1 sports cable channel, which will be spun off into a newly listed company — has come about as part of the consolidation sweeping over traditional media companies as they try to fight off threats from Amazon, Apple and Netflix.
After all, Mr. Murdoch didn’t grow a single newspaper in Adelaide, Australia, into a $100 billion media business by selling.
“He tried to buy, and when that didn’t work, he doesn’t sulk — he sells,” Ms. Martin said.
James Murdoch, who is said to be supportive of the Disney deal, left his post in London, moved to the United States and took over one of his father’s jobs: chief executive of 21st Century Fox.
In one possible outcome, James Murdoch would take on an executive position at Disney, and Lachlan Murdoch, who shares his father’s passion for news, would move to News Corporation or oversee the company that absorbs Fox News and the Fox broadcast channel.
The Disney deal would leave him without a seat at the Dolby Theater for the Academy Awards — a string of Fox Searchlight Pictures films including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman” have won best picture Oscars — but Mr. Murdoch would maintain his seat at the White House.
In August, the family patriarch had a private dinner with President Trump; Mr. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser; and the White House chief of staff John F. Kelly.
“Rupert is a guy who doesn’t have friends,” said Mr. Chenoweth, the Murdoch biographer.

Magnetic heating may replace surgery to cure some infections

Magnetic heating may replace surgery to cure some infections

But sometimes bacteria in the body find and hide out in these implants.
Only about one or two percent of patients with artificial joints develop one of these infections.
Magnetic heating In some instances, engineers will deliberately use changing magnetic fields to create heat.
It heated the metal and “melted” away the biofilm.
Muscle and bone don’t conduct electricity.
But they helped test the safety of heating a metal implant that would be in touch with living tissue.
However, Greenberg and Chopra tested the use of these germ-fighting drugs together with inductive heating.
He works with orthopedists, those doctors who specialize in problems affecting the bones and joints.
Finding a non-invasive way to treat biofilm infections has long been a goal for doctors who work with medical implants like artificial knees, he notes.
It would be especially useful if it limited — or eliminated — a patient’s need for antibiotics, he notes.

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old.
She confirmed the story in an email to The Associated Press.
Hoffman then put on a robe and asked Thomas to massage his feet, Thomas said, and repeatedly asked her if she wanted to see him naked again.
The Variety report included the account of another woman, Melissa Kester, who said the actor pushed his hand down her pants while they were in a recording studio.
The incident occurred while Hoffman was recording music for the film “Ishtar,” and happened behind a partition while others, including Kester’s boyfriend, were nearby.
It is the latest allegation of sexual harassment or abuse against the 80-year-old Oscar winner.
The report came a week after Hoffman was pointedly questioned about his treatment of women by late-night host John Oliver.
Hoffman appeared blindsided by Oliver’s questioning at a panel hosted by Oliver.
In a lengthy statement emailed to the AP, Thomas wrote of Hunter’s allegations, “I recognized Ms. Hunter’s story as the truth immediately because of the similarities to what happened to me.” “In response to why I’ve stayed quiet for so many years, I have not stayed quiet for so many years, friends and family have been aware of this story for many many years, I just didn’t go to newspapers with the story is all,” she wrote.

Tupac Murder Weapon Was Found!!! Current Location a Mystery

Tupac Murder Weapon Was Found!!! Current Location a Mystery

That bombshell information comes from a police document dug up by producers of the A&E docu-series, “Who Killed Tupac?”
In 2000, L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.
took over law enforcement of Compton, and 3,800 confiscated firearms — including that Glock — were transferred to the LASD.
Fast forward to 2006, when Deputy T. Brennan — who’d been working the Notorious B.I.G.
murder — was sifting through records.
According to the doc, he recognized the address where the gun was found as the home of the girlfriend of a prominent Crip member … known to have beef with Pac.
Instead, a federal prosecutor assigned to the case cited concerns the discovery might alert potential conspirators — and recommended the gun NOT be turned over to LVPD.
It’s not spelled out in the document, but it seems the concern might have been about renewed gang violence if it came out a Crip was tied to Tupac’s murder.
A&E says it contacted LVPD, and some officers said the gun definitely never got to them, while others said they were unsure.
The final episode of “Who Killed Tupac?”

BTS Rapper RM Drops a Verse in English on Fall Out Boy Collaboration — Listen!

BTS Rapper RM Drops a Verse in English on Fall Out Boy Collaboration — Listen!

RM just delivered an incredible performance — without even using his native tongue!
The BTS member teamed up with Fall Out Boy for a remix of “Champion,” laying down two dope verses in English, with a fiery intensity befitting the song’s battle cry-esque progression. “Yo, should I be a star?
Baby, I think I already are,” the 23-year-old Korean rapper posits on the track. “Ain’t gotta be somebody, be anybody, rather be anybody than live in a dead body.” “What’s wrong with the life of a passenger / If somebody gotta be then I’mma be the messenger,” he raps.
It was a monster year for RM and the boys of BTS, who released their newest album, Love Yourself: Her, and made their mark on America, setting several milestones along the way. “[Rap Monster] came from a song that I made from like, 2012, there was some phrase like Rap Monster, and I just, I thought it was so cool,” he explained.
So I just abbreviated it to RM, and it could symbolize many things.
It could have more spectrums to it.”

AI has found an 8-planet system like ours in Kepler data

AI has found an 8-planet system like ours in Kepler data

An artificial intelligence algorithm sifted through data from the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope and discovered a previously overlooked planet orbiting Kepler 90 — making it the first star besides the sun known to host eight planets.
This finding, announced in a NASA teleconference December 14, shows that the kinds of clever computer codes used to translate text and recognize voices can also help discover strange new worlds.
The seven previously known planets in this system range from small, rocky worlds like Kepler 90i to gas giants, which are all packed closer to their star than Earth is to the sun.
“There’s a lot of unexplored real estate in the Kepler 90 system.” Astronomers have identified over 2,300 new planets in Kepler data by searching for tiny dips in a star’s brightness when a planet passes in front of it.
Kepler has collected too much data for anyone to go through it all by hand, so humans or computer programs typically only verify the most promising signals of the bunch.
Here, Vanderburg and Shallue provided their code with more than 10,000 Kepler signals that had been labeled by human scientists as either exoplanet or non-exoplanet signals.
By studying these examples, the neural network learned on its own what the light signal of an exoplanet looked like, and could then pick out the signatures of exoplanets in previously unseen signals.
The fully trained neural network examined 670 star systems known to host multiple planets to see whether previous searches had missed anything.
This feat marks the first time a neural network program has successfully identified new exoplanets in Kepler data, Jessie Dotson, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center said at the teleconference.
Vanderburg and Shallue now plan to apply their neural network to Kepler’s full cache of data on more than 150,000 stars, to see what other unrecognized exoplanets it might turn up.

These weather events turned extreme thanks to human-driven climate change

These weather events turned extreme thanks to human-driven climate change

NEW ORLEANS — For the first time, scientists have definitively linked human-caused climate change to extreme weather events.
A handful of extreme events that occurred in 2016 — including a deadly heat wave that swept across Asia — simply could not have happened due to natural climate variability alone, three new studies find.
For the last six years, BAMS has published a December issue containing research on extreme weather events from the previous year that seeks to disentangle the role of anthropogenic climate change from natural variability.
Many of the other 24 studies in the new issue found a strong likelihood of human influence on extreme weather events, but stopped short of saying they were completely out of the realm of natural variability.
But not all of the studies linked 2016’s extreme events to human activity.
With hurricanes, wildfires and drought, 2017 is chock-full of extreme event candidates for next year’s crop of BAMS attribution studies.
Already, the likelihood of human influence on the extreme rainfall from Hurricane Harvey is the subject of three independent studies, two of which were also presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting.
The three studies, discussed in a separate news conference December 13, found that human influence probably increased the hurricane’s total rainfall, by anywhere from at least 15 percent to at least 19 percent.
“When we find no clear signal for climate change, there might not have been a human influence on the event, or [it might be that] the particular factors of the event that were investigated were not influenced by climate change,” he said.
But with studies now saying that climate change was a necessary condition for some extreme events, discussions about long odds no longer apply, he said.

Saturn’s rings are surprisingly young and may be from shredded moons

Saturn’s rings are surprisingly young and may be from shredded moons

Final data from the Cassini spacecraft, which flew between the planet and the rings this year before plunging into the gas giant’s atmosphere, show the rings are around a few hundred million years old and less massive than previously thought.
Those findings suggest the rings are probably the remnants of at least one moon, rather than ancient remains of the stuff that formed the planet.
But scientists thought the rings were too heavy to have formed relatively recently, when there was less material available than in the solar system’s youth for Saturn to pull into the rings.
Those daredevil moves let astronomers measure the difference in the gravitational tug the probe experienced from Saturn alone and from the rings and the planet together.
Those measurements reveal that the B ring, which makes up 80 percent of the total ring mass, is about 15 billion billion kilograms, or 0.4 times that of Saturn’s moon Mimas, planetary scientist Luciano Iess of Sapienza University of Rome said at the meeting on December 12.
“Our data implies that the ring can only have pollution age of a few hundred million years or so,” Kempf said.
“The rings are young.” Taken together, the two results “really argue for young rings,” Esposito says.
Esposito’s best guess is that a single moon about half the mass of Mimas was ripped up around 200 million years ago.
Instead, Saturn might go through cycles of moons and rings.
“It could have happened many times,” Estrada says.

‘We set up councils in prisons, giving inmates a voice to improve things’

‘We set up councils in prisons, giving inmates a voice to improve things’

User Voice has established councils in more than 25 prisons to try to create space for solution-focused dialogue between residents and staff Mark Johnson calls himself “hard as nails”, but the ex-offender and former drug abuser was nearly reduced to tears on stepping inside the women’s prison HMP Bronzefield in August.
The organisation Johnson founded in 2009, User Voice, gives residents and staff a way to work together to improve things: prison councils.
Prisoners are elected by inmates and prison staff to represent their community.
For people who have been discarded and marginalised, actually being listened to makes a huge difference to their sense of self-worth Carley O’Hara volunteered to help with the ballot on the day.
But it was a positive experience too because, she says, residents were so enthusiastic.
“It was just a massive buzz,” O’Hara says.
“Just seeing somebody who has walked in your shoes who’s now doing something else, gives hope,” says Johnson.
He says charities run by people who have no direct experience of the criminal justice system can be ill- equipped to bring about real change.
In 2016, 83 per cent of User Voice prison council members reported feeling like they had progressed in some way.
“Having a voice?

‘Secret Santa’ Settles $40,000 Worth Of Layaway Holiday Gift Bills

‘Secret Santa’ Settles $40,000 Worth Of Layaway Holiday Gift Bills

Christmas has come early for around 200 families in Pennsylvania.
An anonymous donor settled around $40,000 worth of layaway holiday gift bills at a Walmart store in Everett over the weekend, according to The Associated Press.
The big-hearted stranger, whom store staff have nicknamed “Santa B,” pulled a similarly generous stunt at the same outlet last year.
Kristen Martin, who’d put her children’s Christmas presents on layaway this year, told NBC-affiliate WJAC-TV how much the gesture meant to her: “I think it means more to me, but I think they’ll (her children) be happy.
I remember when I was growing up for Christmas.
I was just telling my mom the other day that I want my kids to have Christmas like that.” “I think they have lots of treasures in heaven,” Martin added, in praise of the mysterious benefactor.
Similar acts of generosity have also taken place in other parts of the country, as the countdown to the holiday season continues.
Staff at a diner in Scottsdale, Arizona, received a $2,000 tip on a $17 tab over the weekend, while the Shawnee Police Department in Kansas has been handing out $10,000 in cash on behalf of an anonymous donor.

U.S. religion is increasingly polarized

U.S. religion is increasingly polarized

Unlike other historically Christian Western nations, the United States is not losing its religion, say sociologists Landon Schnabel of Indiana University Bloomington and Sean Bock of Harvard University.
Intense forms of religion, such as Christian evangelicalism, have maintained their popularity for nearly 30 years, Schnabel and Bock find after analyzing almost 30 years of U.S. survey data.
Religious moderates’ exodus from their churches stems partly from a growing link between religion and conservative politics, exemplified by the rise of the religious right in the late 1980s, the researchers suspect.
Opposite trends among U.S. evangelicals helped their form of intense Christianity surge from 18 percent of the population in 1972 to a steady level of about 28 percent from 1989 to 2016.
“More moderate forms of organized religion could become increasingly irrelevant in the United States,” Schnabel says.
National surveys in 13 other Western, historically Christian nations show a general weakening of religious beliefs, even among intense believers, since 1991, the researchers find.
But the share of adults identifying themselves as religiously unaffiliated rose from around 9 percent to around 20 percent of the population, the researchers report.
People who prayed several times a day rose from around 24 percent to about 30 percent of the total.
A belief in the Bible as God’s literal word held steady at roughly one-third of Americans.
Millennials are part of a larger U.S. trend in which each successive generation over nearly the last century has reported slightly less intensity of religious belief than the one before, Voas and Chaves reported in a 2016 analysis of GSS data.

‘Star Wars’ history you need to know before seeing ‘The Last Jedi’

‘Star Wars’ history you need to know before seeing ‘The Last Jedi’

“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999) This movie came out before the turn of the millennium, but is the very first “Star Wars” movie, where we meet a young boy, who will eventually become one of the scariest villains in history.
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is given greater power over the Republic and a team of Jedi are sent to rescue Anakin, Obi-Wan and Amidala.
Master Yoda eventually joins the Jedi with the clones and they destroy the droids. “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005) The movie opens with Anakin and Obi-Wan saving Palpatine from General Grievous and Dooku.
The Millennium Falcon, Han’s ship, is captured the Death Star, and Luke looks to save Leia, while Obi-Wan battles his old apprentice Darth Vader. “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) The Rebels are still fighting the Empire and Obi-Wan instructs Luke to find Yoda to train him in the way of the Jedi arts.
6 – “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983) Luke and Leia attempt to rescue Han, but are captured, or so you think.
After freeing his friends, Luke returns to Yoda and before the Jedi master dies, he tells Luke there is “another.”
At the end, Luke sees Yoda, Obi-Wan and even Anakin, who are now all part of the Force.
Rey is eventually captured by Ren, but he doesn’t know much about her.

Mother Receives A Christmas Miracle After Being Told She Has 4 Years To Live

Mother Receives A Christmas Miracle After Being Told She Has 4 Years To Live

A mother who was given just four years to live has received a Christmas miracle after discovering she is now cancer-free.
Heidi Loughlin, 35, from Bristol, England had rare and aggressive inflammatory breast cancer.
Last September, doctors delivered the bad news that her disease was terminal.
Loughlin described her ordeal as being like “swimming in the wake of a ship wreck” and “fighting an impossible battle,” the Daily Mail reports.
But this week, Loughlin’s latest scan has shown her body to be currently free of the disease – believed to be because of the revolutionary cancer drug Kadcyla which was approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) earlier this year.
Loughlin said she is “so grateful” for the precious time she has been given back to spend with her two sons and her partner Keith. “I can dare to dream that I’ll be here for a really long time.
I’m only 35, I feel great.
The world’s my oyster now.”
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Why Riverdale’s Reveal of the Black Hood Is a Letdown

Why Riverdale’s Reveal of the Black Hood Is a Letdown

Riverdale loves to keep fans guessing, and the mystery surrounding the Black Hood this season was no different.
After fans came up with elaborate and convincing theories about who the killer could be, the actual reveal during the season two Winter finale was kind of a letdown.
As Betty and Archie hold the serial killer at gunpoint, he is shot by Sheriff Keller on the other side of the bridge.
As the killer lies lifeless, Kevin’s dad confirms that he is dead before Archie whips off the mask to reveal that the Black Hood has actually been Mr. Svenson this whole time.
Turns out Veronica and Archie’s suspicion about the high school janitor was true.
While it’s a shock for the characters, it’s not that big of a twist for the fans.
Not only am I not invested in the character like I was with, say, Jason Blossom’s dad, but the show also disproves the theory about Svenson in the previous episode!
Archie literally looks into his eyes and confirms he isn’t the man who shot his father.
Let’s just say I really hope Archie doesn’t plan on going into law enforcement.
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Suspended PBS host Tavis Smiley plans to ‘fight back’ against sexual misconduct allegations

Suspended PBS host Tavis Smiley plans to ‘fight back’ against sexual misconduct allegations

Talk show host Tavis Smiley pushed back against allegations of sexual misconduct after PBS suspended the distribution of his namesake show on Wednesday, citing “multiple, credible allegations of conduct” that it said were inconsistent with its values.
“I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth,” Smiley said in a statement released on Facebook after the suspension was announced.
“To be clear, I have never groped, coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering six networks over 30 years.
And I, for one, intend to fight back,” he added.
Smiley, named one of TIME’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World” in 2009, said he was “shocked” by the suspension and accused the network of “trampling” his reputation.
My response to PBS suspension full text here: https://t.co/SzcQLfQWeX pic.twitter.com/8KX2QIr59B — Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) December 14, 2017 “If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us,” he said.
“Their mind was made up.” Smiley said he first heard about PBS’s investigation from staffers who said they were contacted as a part of the public broadcaster’s probe, which he referred to as “biased and sloppy.” “PBS launched a so-called investigation of me without ever informing me,” he said.
“I learned of the investigation when former staffers started contacting me to share the uncomfortable experience of receiving a phone call from a stranger asking whether I had ever done anything to make them uncomfortable, and if they could provide other names of persons to call,” Smiley added.
He said he learned more about the investigation from reading a report in Variety, which first reported the suspension Wednesday afternoon Citing unnamed sources, Variety said investigators took reports from 10 witnesses as part of the probe.
“This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley.

In a tally of nerve cells in the outer wrinkles of the brain, a dog wins

In a tally of nerve cells in the outer wrinkles of the brain, a dog wins

“It shows us that there’s a lot more out there that we need to study to really be able to understand the evolution of brain size and how it relates to cognition,” she says.
For most animals, the team found the expected numbers of neurons, given a certain brain size.
Those expectations came in part from work on other mammals’ brains.
Story continues below interactive graphic Feeling brainy Comparing brain size and number of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex among several animal species revealed some surprises.
Golden retrievers, for example, have many more nerve cells than cats, and brown bears have an unexpectedly low number of nerve cells given the relatively large size of their brain.
It’s too early, however, to say how neuron number relates to animal intelligence.
Despite being about 10 times bigger than a cat’s cortex, the bear’s cortex contained roughly the same number of neurons, about 250 million.
Herculano-Houzel expected large predators such as lions to have lots of neurons.
“We went into this study with the expectation that being a predator would require smarts,” she says.
It’s too early to say how neuron number relates to animal intelligence.

Why The Queen will separate Meghan from Prince Harry this Christmas Eve

Why The Queen will separate Meghan from Prince Harry this Christmas Eve

Meghan Markle might be being welcomed to join the Royal Family for Christmas but she won’t spend all of her time under the mistletoe at Sandringham.
Instead thanks to an arcane tradition after dinner on Christmas Eve she will be separated from her husband to be.
In a tradition that is more in keeping with Downton Abbey than 2017, after dinner the female Royals retire with the Queen while the Duke of Edinburgh dishes out port and brandy, and probably cigars to the men.
Meghan is known for her very modern outlook on equal rights so the tradition may cause some tensions in the Royal household.
The tradition is one of a string of secrets about the Royal Family.
Dry martinis “stirred not shaken” are always served at cocktail hour although Harry and William are known to prefer local cider.
At 8pm on Christmas Eve a candle-lit dinner is served with the ladies in gowns and jewels and the men in black tie.
The Duke of Edinburgh pays close attention to the wine and throughout the year if he likes a bottle, he will write on the label ‘Good’ or ‘Very good’ so it can be ordered again.
Then later in the evening tradition comes up against modern convention as sometime after 10pm, on a signal from the Queen, the corgis are led out and the ladies adjourn, leaving the Duke of Edinburgh to serve port or brandy to the men.
It’s an old tradition but may seem very outdated but other on Christmas Day, the royals will awake to find stockings filled with small gifts and fruit at the foot of their beds.

Young challengers take a deep dive into engineering

Young challengers take a deep dive into engineering

That’s often when engineers build a machine to take on the task.
Finalists at this year’s Broadcom MASTERS competition were presented with just such a challenge.
Adding to the challenge, they had only a few short hours to do it.
He has worked with engineering students at the nearby U.S.
Still, Miller has a few ideas about how it will look when complete.
After Miller’s brief intro, the finalists got a look at the materials they could use to build their vehicles.
And each of these groups had already worked on challenges as a team at this year’s competition.)
The teams were working in an office building far from water.
From there, they eased their ROVs into the water.
These included: “Never let go of an idea, even if it doesn’t work right away.” “We found several ways to collect sediment that worked.” “Our design doesn’t look great, but it works!” Karen McDonald is an environmental scientist at SERC.

NFL’s Damontre Moore

NFL’s Damontre Moore

… Possible Gunshot Fired Just 4 days before Damontre Moore was cut by the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL defensive end was in a crazy street brawl in Texas … and it sounds like someone fired a gun.
TMZ Sports obtained footage from the Oct. 20 incident outside of Bottled Blonde beer garden — where 25-year-old Moore was getting into it with a group of guys.
One witness tells us the fight was over a woman — but the details are unclear.
What we do know … Moore tries to fight two guys — and ends up getting jumped pretty bad.
One guy puts Moore in a headlock while 2 other guys swing on him.
Cops were called to the scene at 2:10 AM for possible shots fired — but everyone left, so no arrests were made.
Moore was a member of the Cowboys at the time of the incident — but was cut 4 days later, reportedly for “football reasons” … to make room for another player on the roster.
We reached out to Moore and the Cowboys for comment — so far, no word back from either.

An abundance of toys can curb kids’ creativity and focus

An abundance of toys can curb kids’ creativity and focus

For some families with children, the crush of holiday gifts — while wonderful and thoughtful in many ways — can become nearly unmanageable, cluttering both rooms and minds.
Toddlers play longer and more creatively with toys when there are fewer toys around, researchers report November 27 in Infant Behavior and Development.
When in the playroom with 16 toys, children played with more toys and spent less time with each one over a 15-minute session, the researchers found.
When the same kids were in a room with four toys, they stuck with each toy longer, exploring other toys less over the 15 minutes.
What’s more, the quality of the children’s play seemed to be better when fewer toys were available.
The researchers noted more creative uses of the toys when only four were present versus 16.
The toys used in the study didn’t include electronic devices such as tablets.
Nor do the researchers know what would happen if the study had been done in kids’ houses and with their own toys.
In fact, the average number of toys the kids in the study had was 87.
That’s an idea that I’ve seen floating around, and I like it.

The 40 best movie characters in 40 years of ‘Star Wars,’ ranked

The 40 best movie characters in 40 years of ‘Star Wars,’ ranked

Bail Organa: Listen, politicians may not have the best reputation in the Milky Way, but in the galaxy far, far away, the senator from Alderaan not only took in Baby Leia and kept her hidden from the Empire but was also integral in the formation of the Rebel Alliance.
Captain Phasma: The First Order’s supreme female Stormtrooper proves she’s more than just a cool suit of armor in Last Jedi.
Yep, that guy.
C-3PO: The protocol droid is always good for getting in the way and giving you odds of death during stressful space missions when you least want or need them.
He helped save Han from Jabba, became a Rebel general and took down a Death Star, so probably a win in the long run.
Poe Dameron: The greatest pilot in the Resistance, if not the galaxy.
Rey: Daisy Ridley’s rookie Jedi is fierce, smart, way strong in the Force and an ideal hero for little Star Wars fans, no matter their gender, and she doesn’t suffer old Jedi masters who give her a hard time.
He acrobatically took on Palpatine in the prequels, but the Jedi master’s best work came showing Luke the ways of the Force and preparing him to face Vader.
Luke Skywalker: Everybody freaked out that no one knew what he was up to as an old man in The Force Awakens because he’s just that important to the original Star Wars trilogy and the overall saga.
This universe has no bigger or more important personality.

Fracking linked to low birth weight in Pennsylvania babies

Fracking linked to low birth weight in Pennsylvania babies

Babies of moms living within one kilometer of a hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, site in the state had a 25 percent greater chance of being born underweight than did babies whose moms lived at least three kilometers away, researchers report online December 13 in Science Advances.
For babies born to moms living within one to three kilometers away from a site, the chance of being underweight at birth was about 8 percent greater than for babies of the more distant moms, Currie says.
The study found no ill effect on infants born to moms residing farther away, an indication that fracking’s health impact may be highly local.
In the study, distance of residences from the fracking sites was used as a stand-in for potential pollution exposure.
“There is a definite need to study the health effects of fracking accounting for the short-term changes in air quality, the possible long-term changes in water quality and the associations with stress.” Fracking, which injects liquids underground at high pressure to extract oil and natural gas from hard to reach places, can contaminate water (SN: 10/12/15) and air, due to chemicals used in the process.
Researchers say that out of more than 6,500 infants born to moms living within one kilometer of a fracking site in the state over a little more than a decade, nearly 1,800 were possibly exposed to active fracking while in the womb.
Pennsylvania produces 20 percent of the United States’ natural gas —second only to Texas — largely from fracking.
Currie and colleagues compared babies born to moms residing at different distances from fracking sites, as well as infants whose dates of birth fell before and after sites became active.
Babies born to moms who lived closest to fracking sites, within a kilometer, had the highest probability of low birth weight.
The researchers found that 5 percent of babies born to moms living within a kilometer of not-yet active sites were underweight, whereas 7 percent of births that happened after sites became active were underweight.

How to Automatically Lock the Schlage Connect When You Leave the House

How to Automatically Lock the Schlage Connect When You Leave the House

If your forgetfulness applies to locking your front door, you can have the Schlage Connect smart lock automatically lock behind you.
Auto-lock works by automatically extending the deadbolt 30 seconds after its unlocked, which gives you plenty of time to open the door, leave, then close the door behind you before it locks.
From there, press the Schlage button at the top of the keypad and enter in your six-digit programming code.
You’ll get one beep and one blink of the green checkmark.
If you’re disabling it, you’ll get two of each instead.
From Your Phone To enable auto-lock from your phone (and not having to mess with your lock in the first place), you’ll first need to connect the smart lock to a smarthome hub, if it isn’t already (I’m using the Wink Hub 2 along with the Wink app).
Check out our setup guide on how to do this.
Select your lock in the app and then tap on the settings gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
When the pop-out menu appears, tap on “Front Door” under “Locks”.
Tap on the toggle switch to the right of “Auto Lock” to enable it.

Wedding photographer captures perfectly awkward photo

Wedding photographer captures perfectly awkward photo

Embarrassing photos happen to everyone and it’s best to embrace ’em, share ’em, and go viral on the internet.
New Yorker Mike Tague attended a friend’s wedding with his boyfriend, Andrew Mercier, and while sitting at their table, the photographer snapped a candid photo of the couple.
The photo is lovely until you notice one thing in the way — a glass that turned Tague’s face into something out of a fun house.
Sure, Tague looks like a hybrid between a shrunken head and James Van Der Beek, but that didn’t stop him from sharing the photo on the internet.
The image has since brought joy to the masses living in an otherwise cruel world.
pic.twitter.com/Fc041Bofkk — Mike T (@majtague) November 11, 2017 Tague told Mashable, “My first reaction was ‘This is so ugly that I hope nobody ever sees it.’
But then I thought that my friends and family would really enjoy seeing a messed up, ugly, crazy version of my face in such a nice setting.
And the contrast with Andrew really helped make it funny, at least to me.”
Thank you, Mr. Tague — we all needed this.
We vote yes for the profile picture.

Federal maps underestimate flood risk for tens of millions of people, scientists warn

Federal maps underestimate flood risk for tens of millions of people, scientists warn

NEW ORLEANS — National flood maps are underestimating the risk for tens of millions of people in the United States.
That’s the conclusion of researchers presenting a new study December 11 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that about 13 million people live in a “1-in-100-year” floodplain zone, a region that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year.
But the agency’s risk assessment largely focuses on larger streams and rivers, and lacks assessments of risk along smaller tributaries.
FEMA’s calculations “miss a lot of the risk,” says Oliver Wing, a geographer at the University of Bristol in England.
By combining these data, the researchers found that about 40 million people in the United States live in 1-in-100-year risk zones, three times as many people as FEMA’s estimate.
A paper based on this work is in review at Environmental Research Letters.
Based on estimated future land development in the country, the number of people in a 1-in-100-year floodplain zone will climb to 60 million by 2050, and to 75 million by 2100, the team reported.
But those figures account only for development in areas currently at risk, Wing says.
As the planet continues to warm, rainfall patterns around the globe will shift — and some parts of the United States will see their flood risks rise.

These are the most-read Science News stories of 2017

These are the most-read Science News stories of 2017

The Science News website attracted millions of visitors in 2017.
The lists below name the most-read online stories outside of our Top 10 stories of the year, plus the most popular stories for each of our blogs.
The blue wings of this dragonfly may be surprisingly alive Tiny tubes between veins in the shimmery blue wings of morpho dragonflies (shown above) may be respiratory networks that help create nanostructures responsible for the dazzling display (SN Online: 6/30/17).
Here are the paths of the next 15 solar eclipses Did you miss the Great American Eclipse?
Find another opportunity using this map of all 15 total solar eclipses from 2017 to 2040 (SN Online: 8/18/17).
Mystery void is discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza High-energy particles from space called cosmic rays helped scientists uncover a previously unknown cavity inside one of the world’s oldest and largest monuments (SN Online: 11/2/17).
Ancient DNA offers clues to the Canaanites’ fate An analysis of five Canaanites’ genetic instruction manuals not only revealed the ancient group’s roots, but also identified descendants — modern Lebanese people (SN Online: 7/27/17).
New blood pressure guidelines put half of U.S. adults in unhealthy range 130/80 is the new 140/90.
Under this new definition of hypertension, almost half of U.S. adults now have high blood pressure (SN Online: 11/13/17).
Context | Tom Siegfried Quantum mysteries dissolve if possibilities are realities Incorporating “potential” elements of reality in a complete picture of nature might resolve quantum mysteries (SN Online: 10/1/17).

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