A Richmond-based federal appeals court once again blocked the enforcement of President Donald Trump's travel ban, saying the executive order "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."
This is just the latest of multiple legal challenges Trump has lost to his travel ban, which seeks to halt immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as block the admittance of refugees from across the globe.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which has helped fight against the travel ban, immediately declared victory on Twitter.
"President Trump's Muslim ban violates the Constitution, as this decision strongly reaffirms," Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement. Read More
Road to the Show in MLB the Show 17 has a storyline this year, but don't let that distract you from constructing a sound plan for building a beastly character.
MLB the Show 17 Road to the Show tips: Who do you want to be?Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy HamiltonSource: John Minchillo/APAsking yourself who you want to be is very important question at the outset of your RTTS journey. Do you want to be a speedster like the Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton, or a masher like the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge?
Once you know, choose your starter attributes accordingly. Go big on power if that's your objective, or do the same for speed if that's where you plan to make your mark.
MLB the Show 17 Road to the Show tips: Set a paydayYou could upgrade your player after every game, but it's pointless — you'll see very minimal improvement. Read More
The negative hype over the latest "awkward" handshake between President Donald Trump and French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron may be overblown, according to at least one renowned body language expert.
Trump and Macron met in Brussels on Thursday on their way to a NATO summit, engaging in a what seemed like a lengthy stare down and a stern handshake in front of reporters.
Some reporters at the meeting suggested the greeting was contentious.
But body language expert Linda Glass, who has criticized Trump's overbearing communications style previously, said during a Thursday phone interview that she doesn't detect any nonverbal war of wills going on between the two dignitaries here.
"The reason it lasted so long is kind of a good sign," Glass said. "I think it was for the photo op. Read More
In the wake of one of the most shocking eliminations in RuPaul's Drag Race herstory, fans are scrambling for some explanation — any explanation, really — as to what happened.
(Editor's note: Spoilers ahead for the ninth episode of RuPaul's Drag Race season nine.)
Upon her first trip to the bottom two, and thus having to lip sync for her life, Los Angeles-based queen Valentina refused a direct order from host RuPaul. She didn't want to take off the mask she was wearing for the club kid runway challenge, and asked if she could keep it on. Read More
These days, 4-year-olds are all about stealing away with their parents' tablets and playing mobile games trite enough to melt their growing brains. But not my kids.
In addition to this 4-year-old's penchant for Toca Boca and Super Mario Run, I managed to convince her to download and play the Pokémon Company's brand-new game, Magikarp Jump. We sat down and I asked her a handful of questions while we played together.
It looks like we'll be adding Pokémon Go to her mobile game collection so we can go on walks and catch some Pokémon together. Now, if Nintendo would only hurry up and announce Pokémon Stars, we'd be a very happy family indeed. — Amanda Farough
Getting Pikachu as a support Pokémon was a cherished momentSource: Amanda Farough/MicMagikarp Jump Review: Feeding the fish is the bestWhat's your favorite part of the game?
I like feeding the fishy. Read More
In the future, circumventing consent will just require access to the right technology. We have already caught a more tangible glimpse of that in the growing market for sex robots that are getting more humanlike and "smarter." But with virtual reality, users aren't confined to the mechanics (and uncanny valley) that comes with a heap of silicone and metal — they have the ability to create a lifelike avatar of anyone they please.
A new study from researchers at Newcastle University — titled "They're Just Tixel Pits, Man": Disputing the 'Reality' of Virtual Reality Pornography through the Story Completion Method — explores the ideal storyline for a man's first pornographic experience in virtual reality. Read More
Ben Carson may be a neurosurgeon, but there are some things about the brain he just doesn't seem to understand.
During an interview with SiriusXM Radio released Wednesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson blamed a "certain mindset" among some people living in poverty as contributing to their economic situation, the Washington Post reported.
"I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind," Carson told SiriusXM. "You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they'll be right back up there."
"There's also a poverty of spirit. You develop a certain mindset," Carson said, adding that a person with the right mindset could work their way out of poverty, despite their conditions.
Secretary Ben CarsonSource: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesCarson's ideas regarding poverty are not uncommon among politicians. Read More
Injustice 2 has an impressive roster of DC Comics superheroes, both iconic and obscure — but thanks to an Instagram post from the game's character designer, we know one electrifying hero who didn't make the cut.
Injustice 2 Static Shock: Fighter designed and then cutThis comes from the Instagram account of Marco Nelor, who designed the characters for Injustice 2.
So sad about this one. He was all cleaned up and ready to go, but unfortunately Static didn't make the cut for #injustice2 ... damn. I had him all worked out too. Oh well. Enjoy !
A photo posted by post shared by Marco Nelor (@marconelor) on May 24, 2017 at 10:56am PDT
Virgil Hawkins, the electric superhero otherwise known as Static, was designed in Injustice 2's art style before being scrapped for unknown reasons. Read More
Season three of Bloodline is set to be its last, and the show's storylines are at a fever pitch going into Friday's premiere. In season two's finale, all of the Rayburns' secrets seemed at risk of exposure, and John was ready to skip town. While Meg was about to spill everything to family matriarch Sally, Kevin went as far as murdering Detective Marco Diaz to keep things under wraps. Granted, it wasn't confirmed that Diaz is dead, but he seemed pretty dead.
With Diaz dead, the Rayburns will be at even higher risk of exposure — so now might be a good time for John to return. Read More
President Donald Trump appeared to push a leader of a NATO country out of the way on Thursday.
The incident came as the world leaders of NATO countries met in Brussels at NATO's headquarters. The leaders were getting ready to pose for a group shot, when Trump shoved his way past another leader of one of the 28 member countries.
Trump's shoving of one of the NATO leaders came after he publicly criticized 23 of the 28 nations, alleging that they are not paying their fair share into the alliance. Read More
Many Clash of Clans players are focused on making their new builder base as defensible as possible right now. However, maybe you want to wipe the slate clean and start over. Unfortunately, Supercell doesn't make that particularly easy or convenient.
Clash of Clans Reset: How to restart your villageThere's definitely value in starting fresh after accumulating some knowledge of how best to go about things. Sadly, it's not super easy to do this in Clash of Clans.
As per Supercell's support website, Clash of Clans wasn't designed with quitting and restarting in mind. On iOS, your village is tied to your Game Center account, so you'll have to log in with a different Game Center account or download the game on a new device. You could also factory reset your device, but that might be overkill.
On Android, you can reinstall the application but, again, your village is tied to your Google Play account. Read More
The end of season 4 for Overwatch competitive is just around the corner. In the off season, you can reflect on your great victories, your worst losses and your plan for next season.
While you're collecting the new skins for the Anniversary event, you can also reflect on the rewards you got for participating in the competitive season. If you're unsure about what you should be getting, here's what to expect.
Overwatch end of season 4 rewardsThere are a couple things you get from participating in competitive. Read More
They're creepy, they're crawly and they're involved in an evolutionary battle of the sexes.
Male and female seed beetles are currently engaged in what researchers called a "sexual arms race," in which female beetles have begun evolving thick internal shields to guard themselves against the males' spiked penises, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Western Australia.
Seed beetles engage in what's called "traumatic mating," according to the study, meaning their mating actively causes physical harm. Read More
Pokémon Go events have been hotbeds of speculation all throughout 2017 — there was speculation about a St. Patrick's Day event, then an April Fool's event and even theories about an Easter event as well. The last one did end up coming true in the form of the Eggstravaganza, so it's open season on speculation.
Although the Adventure Week event isn't even cold yet — it finishes Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern — and Niantic has only just teased that something "legendary" is happening this summer, there are rumors that Niantic might be planning another event for Memorial Day weekend. Read More
Facebook's News Feed commands the attention of more than a billion people. It controls what news we read, whose updates we get and what events we learn about. Its scope, power and influence extend beyond what we could imagine. Read More
Fox News host Sean Hannity has lost several advertisers on his primetime program after promoting a debunked conspiracy theory. As of Thursday, at least seven advertisers have moved their advertisements from the show, including financial services company USAA, classifieds site Cars.com, and mattress companies Casper and Leesa Sleep.
An online campaign calling for advertisers to drop Hannity's show or face a consumer boycott sprung into motion after Hannity promoted a conspiracy theory about the death of a former Democratic National Committee staffer. Hannity continued to push the story, briefly, even after Fox News retracted a now-discredited article advancing the theory and after the staffer's family begged for Hannity to stop. The conservative show host has since backed off the story — "for now," he announced Tuesday.
Many of Hannity's fans have threatened to counter-boycott companies who pull advertising from the program. Read More
President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a Justice Department inquiry to find the people leaking sensitive and classified information to the press.
Trump's announcement of the inquiry comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Manchester police won't share information with the United States on the attack in Manchester, after information on the investigation leaked to the American media.
"The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security," Trump said in a statement. Read More
Somewhere in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, a giant asteroid measuring 130 miles in diameter orbits the sun. The asteroid, called 16 Psyche, is unique: While most have icy or rocky bodies, this one is made of primarily iron and nickel, much like Earth's core.
All the iron on 16 Psyche could be worth around $10,000 quadrillion — or $10,000,000,000,000,000,000, or $10 quintillion. To put that in perspective, the combined gross domestic product of every country in the world totaled around $74 trillion in 2015.
Now, NASA is gearing up to send a spacecraft to 16 Psyche. Its goal is to better understand how Earth and other terrestrial planets came into existence and developed layers like cores, mantles and crusts.
Currently, scientists theorize the asteroid's body is the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet. Read More
We all have our own ways of celebrating Overwatch's one-year Anniversary. Some are content to simply play the new Anniversary event — but one particularly sick, twisted Overwatch fan decided to make the entire Overwatch cast participate in a sing-along of Smash Mouth's "All Star."
The thought alone is enough to send a shiver down your spine, right? And we haven't even gotten to the part where photoshopped hybrids of the Overwatch cast and Shrek start coming in.
Source: mattbacera/YouTubeIt's one of those videos in which small bits of dialogue are spliced together to create the illusion that all 24 Overwatch characters are singing in a studio together, taking a brief intermission from walloping each other in battles to the death to record a smash hit single.
Reddit user Isdaman uploaded the video to /r/Overwatch, where it currently has over 300 upvotes and counting. Read More
Security research firm Check Point revealed a new exploit on Tuesday that affects several media players. The vulnerability allows a hacker to infect your device and gain full control through through subtitles. The exploit, which puts 200 million users at risk, impacts video players and streamers like Popcorn Time, Kodi, Stremio and VLC.
Here's how it works: malformed subtitle files allow hackers to embed code into the subtitle files in popular pirated movies and TV shows. Subtitles are a non-suspecting source for hacks. When a user utilizes them, the malware is dumped on their desktop and the attacker is notified. Read More
By now, hopefully there's enough excitement around Destiny 2's Crucible changes, new supers and the upcoming beta that you've forgotten — or at least somewhat blocked out — the news that all your precious Destiny gear was going bye-bye when the new game comes out.
The original Destiny was undeniably loot-based, with souped-up raiding gear becoming a main draw for the game's last update, Age of Triumph. But there's a lot we don't know about Destiny 2, and one question that fans have about the game is whether or not we'll see gear and loot trading. It's a good question, but not one that has a concrete answer yet. Here's what we know so far.
Destiny 2 Trading: What it would mean for the gameThe closest thing the original Destiny had to loot trading was the ability to store items in your vault and transfer them to your other characters. Read More
If you or a friend are on the fence about getting into Overwatch then you're in luck: Overwatch is going to be free on all platforms from May 26 to May 29.
Like every Blizzard update, there is a specific start time depending on what region you're in, so let's break it down.
Overwatch free weekend: When the event will start and endOn May 26, the free weekend will start at 2 p.m. Eastern and will end on May 29 at 2 a.m. Eastern on Monday May 30. So the actual end date is May 29 in a few places.
Here are some of the start dates by regionSource: Blizzard EntertainmentFor a list of specific times by each time zone, click here to visit the official site. You'll also find details about how to download the game for each console, as well as on your PC.
More Overwatch news and updatesFor more on Overwatch, check out the rest of what Mic has to offer. Read More
The newest Clash of Clans update brings several new units and structures for the brand new Builder Base. One of these structures is the Crusher, a giant stone that repeatedly slams into the ground.
Clash of Clans Crusher: Use it to destroy ground unitsThe Crusher is simple, but devastatingly effective. Unlocked at Builder Hall level 3, it's a giant stone that wallops the ground beneath it, doing ridiculous amounts of damage to any ground units nearby. It does 500 damage at level 1 and goes all the way up to 976 damage at level 8.
Take a look at what it can do to a powerful ground unit.
Source: Ransouvi - Clash Of Clans/YouTubeOf course, it's absolutely useless against air or ranged units. You'll have to be smart about where you place it to make sure it can't be immediately negated by a smart opponent. Read More
If you're ready to get back into Clash of Clans and check out the latest update but you're having trouble retrieving your old account, don't worry. We're here to help you recover your village so you'll be mining gems in no time.
If your phone is bricked, or if you — like us — didn't want to connect your Clash of Clans account to Game Center or Google+, your village may have disappeared. Thankfully, there's a way to recover your village in the event it goes poof, and we've got the insight on how to do it.
How to get your old Clash of Clans account back: Multiple optionsAccording to the Clash of Clans Wikia, if your village wasn't linked to Game Center or Google+, there's a simple way you can request it to be restored. Whether you're on Android or iPhone, all you'll have to do is follow these steps.
iPhone1. Open the Clash of Clans application.
2. Open the Settings page.
3. Select Help and Support.
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Memorial Day weekend is a time for reconnecting with friends and family, relaxing and, most importantly, catching up on TV.
Netflix has several original series ready and waiting to be streamed over the holiday. From new seasons of favorites like the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None, which were released in May, to all-new series like The Keepers, there is a lot to be watched.
Here are the eight shows to get caught up on this Memorial Day weekend:
1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Source: Netflix/YouTubeKimmy Schmidt continues the journey of her new life alongside Titus, Lillian, Jacqueline and the rest of the gang. This season includes a parody of Beyoncé's Lemonade from Titus, which is enough to warrant a full day of binge-watching. Read More
It had already become clear the American Health Care Act was "dead on arrival" in the Senate, a phrase Republican senators have become fond of. But Wednesday's scoring of the AHCA from the Congressional Budget Office likely sealed the bill's Senate fate.
23 million people would lose or drop off insurance if the AHCA passed. That's 1 million fewer people, across a decade, than the first iteration of the bill. Like the first proposal, the AHCA could be financially beneficial to young and healthy Americans. But it would leave 51 million people uninsured in the United States by 2026, compared to 28 million under the Affordable Care Act.
Premiums for older Americans could rise as much as 700%. Broadly, premiums would rise 20% next year and 5% in 2019 compared with current law. Read More
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The Super Smash Bros. 4 release date for the Nintendo Switch remains a mystery. Nintendo won't say anything beyond light hints and there's no sign of Smash coming to E3 2017. But with Smash being such a no-brainer inclusion on the Switch, it's likely that Nintendo has something big planned.
While we could get a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe-style re-release of Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch, we may see some extra content included. And what better inclusion than references to the Nintendo Switch's marquee game, Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Super Smash Bros. Switch: Breath of the Wild Link could be his own characterAs we all know Super Smash Bros. 4 already offers the option to play as Zelda's main character Link. There's regular Link, in the style of Skyward Sword, and Toon Link, inspired by Wind Waker. Read More
The film adaptation of the 1990s series Baywatch, one of several must-see movies this summer, opens in theaters Thursday. And although school is almost out and air-conditioned movie theaters are a popular escape for young movie goers during the hotter months, the makers of the film chose not to cater to them with a PG-13 rating. Earlier this year the film's star and producer Dwayne Johnson explained via Instagram why the film is going the risqué route.
"Our goal with #Baywatch is to bring y'all a big, fun, raunchy rated-R action comedy," Johnson wrote. "But, we also go hard core with our action rescues (this kid fell off a pier in extremely rough waves) and pay respect to ocean lifeguards worldwide who are truly the first responders of the beach," he continued.
In May, Johnson told Cinema Blend that although Paramount first pitched the film as PG-13, he felt the "cooler version" of Baywatch would be Rated-R. Read More
On the eve of Montana's special election, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs at a campaign event in Bozeman. An audio recording of the incident, along with witness accounts from several Fox News journalists who were present at the event, paint a damning picture for Gianforte. Read More
We're not impressed with the prices of Nintendo Switch's controllers. Extra Joy-Cons cost $79.99, Nintendo's Pro Controller costs $69.99 and none of your old controllers work with the Switch. Even stellar games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe weirdly limit which Switch controllers you can use.
Luckily, a cheaper version of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is coming to the rescue.
Nintendo Switch low-price Pro Controller: The good newsAccording to the company's Twitter, Hori will bring us their take on the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and it comes with some big pluses. For one, the controller costs much less, at 3,218 yen, or around $28.80. Here's how it looks:
Two D-pads for the price of oneSource: Hori/TwitterFor your 30 bucks you get all the buttons you'd find on Nintendo's Pro Controller. As a bonus, the Hori version comes with a swappable D-Pad. Read More
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation Act, the first major piece of legislation addressing March's Marines United nude photo sharing scandal.
According to Jezebel, Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) introduced the bill in April with the aim of making it more explicit that nonconsensual nude photo sharing is a crime, a stipulation that had never been spelled out before in the law.
The bill, also known as the PRIVATE Act, also seeks to close a loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice that Jezebel reported "technically allowed service members to share intimate photos with others if the photos had been taken consensually."
"The Neanderthals who committed these acts are not emblematic of the vast majority of decent and honorable service members who serve our nation," McSally said Wednesday. Read More
Ubisoft just revealed a piece of key art for Far Cry 5, and it looks like players will be taking on a group that feels a little close-to-home in the hate crime-ridden age of Trump: extremist, religious, white Americans.
We'll have to wait for the Far Cry 5 full reveal scheduled for May 26, but the key art is jammed with tons of detail that hint at what themes the game is likely to engage with.
Far Cry 5 key art reveals a creepy, extremist, religious American cult'Far Cry 5' key art seemingly reveals its creepy villains.Source: UbisoftIt's worth noting this art closely mimics The Last Supper (embedded below), an iconic painting of Jesus and his disciples painted in the late 15th century by Leonardo da Vinci. Read More
One hot-button issue. Two opposing views. Three rounds of fiery debate updated in real time. This is Actually.
In the wake of a spate of bombshell revelations concerning the FBI's ongoing investigation into possible collusion between members of President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian officials, all that breathless Twitter chatter about impeachment no longer seems as far-fetched as it once did.
But if Trump is removed from office — or gets the chance to resign before things get that far — then Vice President Mike Pence will step in and become our next president. To some on the left, the thought of his presidency comes as a comfort: Pence, a mainstream conservative cut from the same cloth as so many others in his party, is the devil they know. Read More
(Editor's note: Spoilers for season five of Arrow ahead.)
Arrow wrapped up its fifth season Wednesday in explosive fashion. The season finale, titled "Lian Yu," brought Oliver Queen back to the eponymous island that he's gotten to know so well, where he teamed him up with fan favorite Deathstroke. But even with Deathstroke's help, Oliver learned that stopping Prometheus may not have ever been in the cards.
In the final battle with Prometheus, who has easily turned out to be Arrow's most chilling and sadistic villain yet, Oliver is forced to choose between his son, William, and the rest of his friends and family on Lian Yu. Read More
Sarah Hyland shut down body-shamers with two simple tweets.
On Wednesday, the Dirty Dancing and Modern Family star addressed the comments regarding her weight after a recent Instagram post.
Hyland, 26, wrote in a note on Twitter that she's been suffering from an undisclosed illness over the past year that has impacted her health severely. As a result of the medication she is taking, prednisone, her face has become swollen and it has affected her weight.
Source: therealsarahhyland/InstagramIn her posts, Hyland simply asked for privacy and respect from her fans and followers. "I haven't had the greatest year. Maybe one day I'll talk about it but for now, I'd like my privacy. I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that physical changes. Read More
A heavily watched special election in Montana's at-large United States House of Representatives district was upended on the eve of the contest, after the Republican nominee, Greg Gianforte, allegedly body slammed a reporter who asked a question about the Republican health care bill.
Gianforte has been charged with assault over the incident, which has many wondering: How will it impact the outcome of the race?
Source: The Guardian/The GuardianDespite Gianforte's assault charge, experts say he's still the favorite to win over Democratic nominee Rob Quist for three key reasons:
1. Montana is a deep red state.President Donald Trump won Montana by more than 20 points in 2016.
Since Montana only has one House seat that covers the entire state, that gives Gianforte a hefty advantage as the GOP nominee.
The last time a Democrat held this seat was in 1997.
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Former Playmate Dani Mathers is not heading to jail over that photo of a naked stranger she circulated on Snapchat. Instead, she'll serve 30 days of graffiti removal and three years probation, according to the Huffington Post.
Mathers pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of invasion of privacy on Wednesday, after she secretly snapped a picture of a 70-year-old woman showering at an L.A. Fitness last July. Mathers shared the image, alongside a selfie in which she can be seen covering her mouth in feigned shock, with the caption, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either," to her thousands of followers.
Dani Mathers was formerly 2015's Playmate of the Year. Source: Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesBacklash was swift and unforgiving, prompting Mathers to apologize on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. L.A. Fitness banned her from all its locations. She lost her job at a Los Angeles radio station. Read More
Inability to keep sensitive information under wraps has prompted U.K. police to stop sharing evidence from its investigation into the Manchester bombing with the United States, according to the Guardian.
The decision follows the New York Times' publication of forensic photos on Wednesday, reportedly enraging British authorities. The images showed shrapnel, shreds of a backpack and a mangled battery.
A national counterterrorism spokesperson told the Guardian that the U.K. Read More
The Survivor: Game Changers finale kept CBS viewers on their toes Wednesday night. Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, Sarah Lacina, Brad Culpepper, Tai Trang, Aubry Bracco and Cirie Fields made it to the final six, but one by one had their torches snuffed until only one person remained. It was anyone's game — but Culpepper certainly had the advantage.
Culpepper won not one, not two, not three, not four, but five immunity challenges. Read More
(Editor's note: Spoilers ahead for the season three finale of Arrow.)
The season five finale of Arrow felt like a culmination of everything that had come before it. The action took place entirely on Lian Yu, the island where it all began. And when episode 23 finally came to a close, we were left with an image very reminiscent of one from the series premiere: a father and son on a boat. If it wasn't for the massive cliffhanger (we will get to that in a bit), it would almost feel like the season five finale was set up as a fitting end to the series.
This, of course, was not the series finale, and Arrow will be returning in the fall. But when the sixth season begins, it will not be entirely clear which characters will be coming along for the ride. Episode 23, "Lian Yu," begins where the penultimate episode left off, with Oliver Queen approaching one of his greatest adversaries and asking for his help. Read More
On Wednesday, the Gallatin County Sheriff's office charged the Republican candidate in the 2017 Montana special election, Greg Gianforte, with misdemeanor assault for allegedly strangling and punching Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
Jacobs claimed an unprovoked Gianforte "body slammed" him at a campaign event in the city of Bozeman. In a statement, local law enforcement said "the nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault," but said Gianforte was issued a misdemeanor citation.
According to audio of the exchange posted by the Guardian, Jacobs was asking about a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before Gianforte flipped out, slamming him to the ground and breaking Jacobs' glasses.
"I'm sick and tired of you guys," Gianforte yelled. "The last guy who came here did the same thing. Read More
Hannah Shapiro was a runner-up on Survivor season 33: Millennials vs. Gen X. You can follow Hannah on [email protected]
We have a winner for Survivor: Game Changers: Sarah Lacina, the cop who played like a criminal.
There's nothing more satisfying than a smart, strategic player winning a season of Survivor. The game has evolved over the seasons, producing new ways of thinking and playing. Some seasons, the strategic powerhouse falls short and can't get to the end. Other seasons — think Kaoh Rong — the strategic winner faces a jury of angry, bitter or just straight-up blind folks. This season, one of the top strategists got to the end and took the money when she got there.
Sarah Lacina entered Game Changers with many fans scratching their heads, trying to figure out why she was chosen. Read More
A watchdog group of former Obama White House lawyers is suing for details on how President Donald Trump reportedly asked top intelligence officials to push back against an FBI probe of his campaign's possible collusion with Russia.
The nonprofit group, Protect Democracy, filed suit against the National Security Agency in U.S. District Court on Wednesday night.
"The investigation at issue goes to the heart of the integrity of our democracy. Read More
The Survivor: Game Changers season 34 finale is here, and it promises to be a frenzy of idols and legacy advantages, with plenty of backstabbing, betrayal and disappointment. I'm filling in for our usual Survivor recapper, Millennials vs. Gen X alum Hannah Shapiro. So say it with me, in the hearty timbre of a delighted, rain-soaked Jeff Probst: Come on in, guys!
Here's where we stand going into the finale. Brad Culpepper, who used to command the dominant alliance, is now left with Troyzan Robertson and Tai Trang. Tai is also tied to Aubry Bracco, although earlier, she talked about voting him out. Then there's four-time player Cirie Fields, who was connected to Sarah Lacina — until she stole her advantage in the last tribal council.
Miraculously, there are four idols in play right now. Tai has two idols, Troyzan has one and Sarah has a legacy advantage that's … also an idol. Read More
On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest score of the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as H.R. 1628. Their estimate concluded the revised version of the Republicans' health care bill will see 23 million more uninsured people by the year 2026, and millions more will pay higher premiums for stingier benefits.
For context, the CBO score calculates the cost to the government and determines how many people will lose coverage if the bill is passed. However, as Mic reported, the scoring system is not without its flaws. For example, the office predicted the Affordable Care Act would cover more people than it did. But while the system isn't perfect, it does offer a nonpartisan appraisal and educated guess of what the bill will cost and what effect it will likely have. Read More
Police reformers in the U.S. have faced a persistent obstacle: Comprehensive, public information about what's going on with America's criminal justice system is difficult, if not impossible to come by. How many shootings are there nationwide? How many police are on the job with untreated post-traumatic stress? The answers to many of these questions simply don't exist. Read More
Hundreds of protesters called for a living wage and union rights outside McDonald's headquarters in suburban Chicago on Wednesday during the corporation's annual shareholders meeting, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In spite of an estimated 300 Fight for $15 protesters demonstrating outside the Oak Brook, Illinois, company headquarters, the meeting itself produced "few surprises," according to the Tribune.
Corporate Accountability International, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on corporate abuse, said in a statement provided to Mic that McDonald's executives continued to "operate in an alternate reality when it comes to its shareholders' meeting," which they say it has made more restrictive over the years.
"It was more of the same," Akili, project coordinator with Corporate Accountability International, said in a phone interview. "It's almost as if the protesters are in one world and they're in another. Read More
Xbox Game Pass makes its debut today, at least for some Xbox One owners. If you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can access a free 14-day trial of Game Pass right now. Those who don't subscribe to Gold will have to wait until June 1, but after that date can take part in a 14-day trial as well.
Xbox Game Pass Price: What will it cost?Source: Xbox/YouTubeThe Xbox One Game Pass itself will cost $9.99 a month. This flat rate will grant you access to all the games that are available on the service. However, there is a bit of a hidden cost. Just like any other Xbox One or Xbox 360 games, you'll need to pick up Xbox Live Gold if you want to play online, which retails for $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year.
If you happen to be a T-Mobile customer, you get a little extra free time with the Xbox Game Pass. Read More
Fox News host Sean Hannity has lost at least four advertisers amid calls for a boycott against companies that advertise on his show. The calls have come after Hannity continued to promote a discredited conspiracy theory on his program even after Fox News itself retracted the story fueling the theory.
A spokesperson for the mattress company Casper said in an email interview on Wednesday that it had reassigned its ads so they will not run during Hannity's program.
Cars.com has also pulled its advertising from Hannity's show, along with the cycling studio Peloton and the mattress company Leesa Sleep, BuzzFeed News first reported on Wednesday.
Spokespeople for Cars.com and Leesa Sleep confirmed the decisions to Mic. Peloton announced its decision on Twitter on Wednesday.
"The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn't mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. Read More
Weeks after House Republicans quickly pushed through a vote on the American Health Care Act, we finally got an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office Wednesday about what the bill will actually do. The numbers are pretty bleak.
In the short-term? Premiums are projected to rise sharply in 2018 — by an average of 20% — for anyone buying their own insurance, compared with how much people would pay under current law. Read More
Your coffee table just got a whole lot more sickening.
Today, photographer Jeremy Kost, known for his racy Instagram presence, is debuting his new book, Like One of Your French Girls, a fine art, mixed media photographic series featuring some of the world's most famous drag queens.
From RuPaul's Drag Race winners Alaska Thunderuck, Violet Chachki and Sharon Needles to celebrated New York nightlife legend Amanda Lepore, the series takes Kost's nightlife muses and brings them into the light.
Alaska ThunderfuckSource: Jeremy KostSharon NeedlesSource: Jeremy KostViolet ChachkiSource: Jeremy KostMayhem MillerSource: Jeremy Kost"Retiring from shooting in night clubs around 2010 and taking them into the daylight, I've always strived to change the conversation of drag queens into a more conceptual place," Kost said in an interview. "Making it about performance, identity and presentation beyond the expected. Read More
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said that poverty is a "state of mind" in an interview that will air Wednesday on SiriusXM Radio.
"I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind," Carson said in an interview with Armstrong Williams, Carson's longtime friend, according to the Washington Post. "You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee in a little while they'll be right back up there."
Carson continued that impoverished people "with the wrong mindset" will fail.
"You take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they'll work their way right back down to the bottom," Carson said.
As HUD secretary, Carson is tasked with helping create affordable housing for low-income and impoverished Americans.
Carson himself came from an impoverished background to become a renowned neurosurgeon. Read More
This is the last week of Cannes, and what a week of fashion it's been.
More than the Oscars or even the Golden Globes, Cannes this year has seen countless women take some glorious risks on the red carpet, from Elisabeth Moss rocking a leather jacket to Rihanna and those half-shades.
The film festival ends Saturday, which means the red carpet is going with it, and we're super bummed about that. So before it all comes to an end, we wrapped up a few of the best red carpet looks for this second half of Cannes. Read More
Former FBI Director James Comey's decision to break protocol during the 2016 elections and publicly chastise Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server was informed in part by a suspicious Russian intelligence document of dubious accuracy, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.
According to the Post, the FBI obtained a copy of a supposed Russian intelligence document claiming to contain information about communications between Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Read More
Gay New York City police officers have invited their Toronto counterparts to join their 2017 pride march contingency, a decision anti-racism activists find disappointing.
According to CTV, New York's Gay Officers Action League invited police officers from Toronto to join them after Pride Toronto banned the officers from officially participating in the city's pride festivities. NYC Pride confirmed GOAL's invitation in a phone interview.
Pride Toronto voted in January to ban police after Black Lives Matter Toronto protested police presence during the July 2016 Pride Parade. A list of demands circulating from BLM Toronto activists included the "removal of police floats" from Pride marches.
At the time of the vote, Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack said the decision "offended" members of the association, according to Vice. Read More
Hannah Shapiro was a runner-up on Survivor season 33: Millennials vs. Gen X. You can follow Hannah on [email protected]
Thirty-nine days living, starving and surviving on an island will change you. After Survivor 33: Millennials vs. Gen X, I came off the island 22 pounds lighter, hair a-tangle and not trusting a soul.
A whole new batch of Survivor contestants return to civilization every season. They have to quickly adjust to society or be voted out of their hometown. That can happen — don't look it up.
So Survivor fans at home can get a better idea of what it's like returning home, I've collected a list of the nine most common things that happen to contestants when they leave the island. My research has been intense — it's been months of collecting data and making endless pie charts. Don't worry, you can trust my information.
Here's what happens to ex-island folk:
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More than half of American voters believe President Donald Trump is abusing his powers, according to a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.
The poll showed that 54% of respondents believe the president is abusing his role as commender in chief. The trouble, according to Quinnipiac, all began after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
According to the results, 55% of voters believe Trump fired Comey to disrupt the investigation into possible ties between the Russian government and his administration. Additionally, 54% of the 1,404 people polled said they do not believe Trump's claim that Comey told him on "three separate occasions" that he was not under investigation. Read More
For her senior thesis, artist Caroline Fahey wanted to make a statement. For years, she had loved self-portraiture and found it educational for herself as she continued to learn about her own relationship with her body, health and well-being.
So all that came together for her photo series, Silver Lining, which shows Fahey, 22, in a variety of poses and states, elated with her body — and sometimes not.
'Silver Lining'Source: Caroline Fahey'Silver Lining'Source: Caroline Fahey'Silver Lining'Source: Caroline Fahey"Silver Lining was inspired after I had a blood clot in my brain during my sophomore year of college," Fahey said in an interview. "While I was recovering in the hospital, my mother kept insisting that the clot was a silver lining. I refused to believe her. It was impossible to be so optimistic when I was in extreme physical and emotional pain. Almost dying is really scary, but way more eye opening. Read More
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has only been in Early Access for about two months, but during that time it's garnered 2 million sales in its first four weeks and doubled its initial player base. It's clear people really want to get in on the Battlegrounds, especially with its latest update, coming out on May 25, which happens to be tomorrow.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds update patch notes: What to expect The update is scheduled to hit Thursday, May 25 at 1 a.m. Pacific, with a huge chunk of content coming with it. Check out the complete list of alterations in the patch notes here, but to make things easier to keep track of, we've got some of the more significant tweaks here.
For instance, there's a brand new VSS sniper rifle with a 4x scope that uses 9mm ammo, a new motorcycle sans a sidecar, which you can actually control while in the air. This means, according to Playerunknown himself, you'll be able to take on some sweet stunts. Read More
(Editor's Note: This article contains spoilers from the ABC reboot of Dirty Dancing.)
The remake of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing is set to air Wednesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC, but there's already been a lot of buzz around the remake's changes to the cult classic.
One significant change has to do with how the narrative is framed. At the top of the new version, it's 1975, and Baby, played by Abigail Breslin, is in New York City about to see Dirty Dancing, the musical version. Confused, but also somewhat curious? Don't worry — it heads back to familiar territory for most of the three-hour film. However, there are some new additions that deepen the story in several ways.
Here are 33 of the biggest differences between 1987's Dirty Dancing and this year's made-for-TV version.
1. They were shot in different placesBoth the original and the remake were shot in North Carolina, but not at the same lake. Read More
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Zillow, a real estate site that many prospective homebuyers use to gauge their home values, is offering a $1 million prize for anyone who can improve the tool the company uses to estimate home prices. Why?
The site currently publishes a "Zestimate" of home prices — using 7.5 million "statistical and machine learning models that examine hundreds of data points on each individual home." But unfortunately it has yielded a 5% "error rate" in pricing homes, the company said in a press release.
In fact, the errors have caused trouble with several real estate professionals, who are now suing the company in a class action lawsuit. Read More
The 2017 Cannes red carpet has been filled with countless memorable looks from the likes of style icons such as Isabelle Huppert and Nicole Kidman.
But there was one woman who managed to steal the spotlight from her peers: Elle Fanning. With several films at Cannes, including How to Talk to Girls at Parties and The Beguiled, Fanning was the darling of the festival. Along with the solid reviews her movies received, Fanning turned out several major looks that elevated her style status.
At just 19 years old, Fanning has gracefully begun her celebrity adulthood, and her movie choices reflect that. It is clear she is heading into the next phase of her career and is ready for total movie-star status. Read More
In the wake of the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman concert Monday night, the remaining tour dates have been canceled until further notice. An official statement released by Live Nation Wednesday afternoon stated that ticket holders for the scheduled shows will receive a refund:
"Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost," Carrie Davis, chief communications officer, wrote.
Refunds for the following shows will be issued, according to the statement:
Thursday, May 25 — London, U.K. at The O2
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There's no official word on how the iPhone 8 will look — but there's no shortage of speculation and mockups. Benjamin Geskin recently shared leaks of what the premium iPhone model may look like, and now he's got a video to go with it.
Geskin took to Twitter to show a video of the dummy unit.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to be a 5.8-inch device with an edge-to-edge bezel-less OLED display like the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8. The dummy unit in the video shows an edge-to-edge handset. The unit in the video also has a rear-end dual lens that is vertically aligned, which is also rumored to be coming to the iPhone 8.
While initial rumors suggested the iPhone 8 would have a Touch ID sensor built into the display, more recent rumors hinted at a Touch ID being placed on the back of the device. The video from Geskin did not feature a sensor on the back of the device. Read More
When I logged onto the LinkedIn app on Wednesday, I was prompted to "boost your professional image in seconds with our new photo filters" — and what followed was an introductory video showing off how the professional social network can whitewash the hell out of you.
The before photoSource: Melanie Ehrenkranz/LinkedInThe after photoSource: Melanie Ehrenkranz/LinkedInThe before photoSource: Melanie Ehrenkranz/LinkedInThe after photoSource: Melanie Ehrenkranz/LinkedInIt's not the first time a social media company has tried to lighten the skin of its users as a standard of beauty — Snapchat has, on numerous occasions, and so did Tonr and FaceApp. I asked my colleague Xavier Harding to test out the feature to find out how intense the whitewashing was in execution.
But we were both pleasantly surprised. Read More
The Nintendo Switch caught a lot of flack for its paltry internal memory size. The 32GB chip tucked away inside the Switch is blatantly less than other home consoles' storage capacities — the PS4 and Xbox One both start at 500GB. The amount of space Nintendo's Switch gives you for storing games and save files isn't impressive, but what is are how big Nintendo's games are.
Nintendo Switch games file sizes: First-party games are damn tinyThe file size of the first marquee game for Switch, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, gave many gamers pause. At 13.4GB when downloaded, the newest Zelda takes up a large chunk of the Switch's available space. Luckily Nintendo's games since have gotten smaller.
Nintendo Switch storageSource: Xavier Harding/MicSince Breath of the Wild we've seen one more major release from the folks at the big N. Read More
SpeedRunners is an upcoming multiplayer racing game that's about to touch down on Xbox One this June. Announced via publisher tinyBuild Games and developer DoubleDutch Games, the Xbox One release will be free for anyone with Xbox Live Gold members as part of the Games With Gold initiative the entire month of June.
SpeedRunners Xbox One Release: Everything to know about the new versionSpeedRunners isn't a new game per se, but it's new to Xbox One. It first released back in April 2016 on PC, Mac and Linux and has garnered a "Very Positive" Steam review since it debuted.
Source: TinyBuildGames/YouTubeIt's a four-player competitive title that pits players against each other as they race to the end of each area, rife with rockets, power-ups, spikes and other weapons to keep things interesting. Simply put, it's a bunch of superheroes running around a city trying to outdo each other. Read More
If congress agrees with Trump’s latest budget proposal, NASA will have about $561 million less to work with in 2018 than it did in 2017.
The difference is fairly small — $561 million accounts for roughly a 3% cut from 2017's budget. With that said, significant programs will meet the chopping block because of it: NASA’s education program will completely shut down, along with at least four other missions related to studying asteroids or understanding Earth’s changing climate.
NASA's acting administrator, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., didn’t sound all that concerned.
“We’ve got $19.1 billion as an agency, and it really reflects the president’s and the administration’s confidence in us,” Lightfoot reportedly said at a presentation to employees in Washington.
But others are not so pleased by the dropping investment. Stephen J. Read More
Have you ever been asked by an employer to sign a noncompete agreement? If you have, you are not alone: Around 30 million U.S. workers have signed noncompetes, according to a 2016 report by the United States Treasury Department. That's 18% of the whole workforce.
Noncompete contracts — which are designed to bar you from accepting certain work opportunities after you leave your job — used to be reserved for employees in high-power positions, like corporate executives with access to key trade secrets. Read More
Fans of EA Sports' annual series should be excited for the month of June. On June 10-12, the publisher/developer will host EA Play 2017 from Los Angeles. It's an event designed to show off upcoming titles.
Sports gamers will be especially interested in the first real extended looks at NBA Live 18 and Madden 18. Both games are due out later this year.
Madden 18 officially releases on Aug. 25 and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady is on the cover. We also know the game will feature some sort of story mode.
See the trailer below:
EA Sports on YouTubeEven less is known about NBA Live 18. The maligned and inconsistent series is set to make another run during the fall, but the official release date hasn't been announced.
There's a very good chance that information will be conveyed at EA Play 2017. Read More
A Baltimore attorney was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly attempting to discourage a rape victim from testifying against his client by insinuating she could be deported if she did, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Attorney Christos Vasiliades reportedly offered the victim and her husband $3,000 in cash if they didn't appear in court and caused the case against Vasiliades' client to be thrown out, court documents indicate. During a private meeting on May 18, which was recorded by the victim's husband, Vasiliades and Edgar Ivan Rodriguez, who identified himself as Vasiliades' interpreter, pointed to the rise in deportations under President Donald Trump to explain why the victim should not take the stand.
"You know how things are with Trump's laws now; someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away," Rodriguez said during the meeting, according to court documents.
He and Vasiliades warned the victim and her husband that U.S. Read More
The number one thing Overwatch fans — including us — lose their minds over are the new skins that come out with every event. That's especially true for Overwatch Anniversary, which kicked off on Tuesday and delivered one of the strongest batches of skins for its characters thus far.
But not everyone is on the exact same page about which ones are worth raving about, so we broke it down in a roundtable discussion. Please join me, writer Ryan Khosravi and editor Amanda Farough as we pick apart every single new Overwatch Anniversary skin, Top Model-style, and assign them each a rating out of 10.
Overwatch Anniversary skins: Tracer's "Graffiti" skinTracer's 'Overwatch' Anniversary skinSource: Blizzard EntertainmentAmanda Farough: Tracer is beyond cute, as per usual.
Ryan Khosravi: Yeah, I'm very into this. Read More
NBC is airing three special shows Thursday night to help raise awareness about Red Nose Day, an annual cause devoted to aiding children in poverty internationally.
The network kicks off its special Red Nose Day lineup at 8 p.m. Eastern, with a celebrity version of American Ninja Warrior. Nine celebrities will compete on the obstacle course for charity.
Source: NBC/YouTubeAt 9 p.m. Eastern, Running Wild With Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day will air. Julia Roberts will join Bear Grylls in distributing vaccinations to a village in Kenya. At 10 p.m. Eastern, during the Red Nose Day special and fundraiser, the cast of Love Actually reunites for the short film sequel Red Nose Day, Actually.
Comic Relief, founded by comedians in the U.K., hosted the first Red Nose Day in 1988 with a televised special that raised 15 million pounds, approximately 19.4 million dollars. Last year, initiatives in the U.S. Read More
If parking your vehicle has been the bane of your existence, then relief is coming your way. French startup Stanley Robotics has created giant robots that can take care of parking at airports by picking up your car at the entrance of a lot and placing it in a designated spot.
The electric robots, called Stan, can potentially revolutionize airport parking by making it far more efficient than it is today.
Meet Stan: a robot that can park your car at airports.Source: Stanley RoboticsIt takes care of logistical elements like double parking in front of a car whose owner is away on a longer trip and keeping a vehicle owned by someone on a quick trip more accessible. The robot, which took two years to design and develop, also scans every vehicle to better comprehend their size and shape so that there is no damage and it can securely stow it away.
You wouldn't even have to give up your keys for this automated parking valet service. Read More
Johnny Depp is back with another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, and this time Javier Bardem joins in on the fun.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, who now encounters Captain Salazar (Bardem) and his ship of dead sailors. They're on a mission to kill Sparrow, so Depp's character must escape and make his way to the Trident of Poseidon if he wants to be free from their wrath.
The latest sequel in the franchise comes a few years after 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While it's been a while since the last movie, it appears critics weren't really missing the franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently sitting at 33% on Rotten Tomatoes as of Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Disney Movie Trailers/YouTubeCritics are calling the latest sequel in the franchise tired and unnecessary. Read More
The log line for the upcoming and final season of Netflix's hit series Bloodline is as intriguing as it is definitive: "The lies that bind come to an end May 26."
If that's the case, season three certainly has its work cut out for it. Over the past two seasons, the Rayburns have been burying themselves in lies that could be detrimental to them if they're uncovered. A log line like the one above suggests audiences are in for a series of thrilling episodes this season.
According to a Netflix press representative, the explosiveness will begin at exactly 12 a.m. Pacific and 3 a.m. Eastern on Friday, May 26. For those who can't wait to find out if John Rayburn has left the Florida Keys for good, however, here's a little preview from the first episode of season three.
Source: Netflix/YouTubeLooks like John's got another screw-up brother whose tracks he needs to cover. Read More
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If you're like us, the new Overwatch Anniversary event can be overwhelming with how many amazing skins and dance emotes there are to grab in such a limited time.
To help organize and plan, Reddit user IzzePizze has come through with another checklist of all of the new releases for this event. They've done other printable checklists for Overwatch events in the past.
If you're not using a checklist, you might miss this incredible Symmetra skin.Source: Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch Anniversary Checklist: Here's how to get itIf you're interested in getting one of these checklists for the Overwatch Anniversary event, we've got you covered. Read More
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It's the one year anniversary of Overwatch and Blizzard is doing a ton to celebrate. Perhaps most importantly, you can get a slightly enhanced version of the game with a nice discount right now.
Overwatch Game of the Year Edition out now, at least 30% off on all platformsIf you head to the digital storefronts on PS4, Xbox One and Battle.net, you can get Overwatch Game of the Year Edition right now with the priced slashed by almost a whole third. PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members also get an additional 5% off. The PlayStation Store page says that price is available until May 30.
This new version of the game includes a handful of bonuses, according to VG247. Read More
Thursday is Red Nose Day, an international movement to spread awareness and raise money for children in poverty. Comic Relief, formed by a group of comedians in the U.K., hosted the first Red Nose Day on BBC in 1988 and raised approximately $19.4 million. This year, NBC will contribute to the cause with the return of their Red Nose Day special.
At 8 p.m. Eastern, there will be a special episode of Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day. Some of the celebs competing include Arrow's Stephen Amell, Ten Days in the Valley's Erika Christensen, and MTV comedian and host Jeff Dye.
At 9 p.m. Eastern, NBC will air Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day. During the show, Julia Roberts will join Grylls in a journey to deliver vaccinations to a remote village in Kenya.
The third annual fundraiser, hosted by Chris Hardwick, will officially kick off at 10 p.m. Eastern. Read More
One of the most buzzed-about films to premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival is Netflix's Okja.
Okja is one of Netflix's two films competing at the festival. The Meyerowitz Stories is the other film in competition for the Palme d'Or which is the festival's top prize. Adam Sandler is currently earning rave reviews for his performance in the film and both have a chance at winning the award.
The film had a rough start at Cannes when it screened at the festival. First, the audience booed at the Netflix logo at the beginning of the film. This was a result of the tension between the studio's appearance at the festival and the debate over streaming vs. theatrical releases. Then, for the first 10 minutes of the movie, it was playing in the improper aspect ratio, which caused the audience to boo again.
The film ended up playing without any hiccups and the festival apologized for the issue. Read More
The most indelible image from this week's spate of graduation ceremonies was a black commencement robe draped over an empty chair.
The robe belonged to Richard Wilbur Collins III. On Saturday, the 23-year-old black Bowie State University student was stabbed and killed by Sean Urbanski, a white 22-year-old student at neighboring University of Maryland, while he was waiting for an Uber ride in College Park, Maryland.
Collins' robe was displayed Tuesday to memorialize a student who was, by all accounts, a model human being as well. He was a commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was a lauded Reserve Officer Training Corps member who "would go out of his way ... to go and help others," Collins' father, Richard Collins Jr., told NBC News.
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If you hate-watched the Dirty Dancing remake, then you may have wondered who sang those watered-down covers on the soundtrack. While the ABC remake could have stopped at blandly rehashing the plot and characters of the 1987 movie, it also chose to blandly rehash the original's Oscar-winning music. Read More
It is hard to imagine Dirty Dancing without Patrick Swayze, but that was almost the case.
In an interview with Barbara Walters in 1988, the actor revealed that he wasn't initially inclined to join the movie. "I was advised not to do it," he revealed to Walters. "In the reading of it, if you didn't really look between the lines it was a cutesy little movie."
While the film is a classic dancing movie that revolves around an adorable romance, there is much more to Dirty Dancing. In the movie, Swayze's character, Johnny Castle, is the dance instructor at the resort Baby Houseman is staying at. He begins teaching Baby dance lessons and a romance blossoms between them.
The movie takes a look at class divides — Baby comes from a very affluent family and Johnny does not. It causes a riff between them when he's misunderstood and ridiculed by her family for being lesser than. Read More
Maddi Runkles, a senior at the religious Heritage Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland, has always been a model student, active in her school's extracurriculars and student council. She's also pregnant, which means that Heritage — which happens to be staunchly anti-abortion — will not let her walk at graduation on June 2.
As the New York Times originally reported, Runkles found out she was expecting in January. In a phone interview on Wednesday, she explained that a missed period and persistent nausea prompted her to take a pregnancy test. It was positive. After taking five more, all with the same result, she told the father — a college student — who was scared but eminently supportive, she said.
"Immediately, he was like, 'We're gonna get through this, everything's gonna be fine,'" Runkles recalled. Read More
Survivor 34: Game Changers has been a season filled with game changing personalities, game changing moves and game changing eye rolls. But it's the treatment of the jury this season that really has my focus — because it's game changing, of course. For the first time ever in Survivor history, this season has jury confessionals. So, what does that even mean?
There have always been what are called "Ponderosa videos," or peeks into the jury living day to day. Ponderosa videos give a fascinating look into the life of an unsequestered jury preparing to give someone one million dollars and infinite glory.
But this season has something else: confessionals from jury members that give insight into where the jury's head is at. It's literally private interviews with each jury member as they explain what they see happening in the game while they watch from the sidelines.
On Wednesday, one Game Changers player will be named sole survivor. Read More
The American Health Care Act would cause 23 million people to lose health insurance over the next decade, and would disproportionally impact older, poorer Americans, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The 23 million people losing insurance thanks to the AHCA is not a substantial difference from an earlier version of the GOP health care plan, which Republicans say makes good on their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.
An initial CBO score of the original AHCA predicted 24 million people would lose their health insurance coverage by 2026. Read More
According to the annual Global Drug Survey, psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug — with marijuana a close second.
Out of 120,000 people surveyed in 50 countries, more than 12,000 reported that they had taken "magic" mushrooms in 2016 — and just 0.2% of that group needed medical attention as a result. By comparison, 0.6% of marijuana users had a medical problem as a result of the drug, the second-least dangerous according to the study.
On the other side of the spectrum, the three most dangerous substances were alcohol (1.3% medical emergency rate), synthetic cannabis (3.2%) and methamphetamine (4.8%).
Results from the 2017 Global Drug SurveySource: Global Drug Survey"People don’t tend to abuse psychedelics" like mushrooms, marijuana or LSD, Adam Winstock, the addiction psychiatrist who founded of the Global Drug Survey, told the Guardian. Read More
There's a big gap between how much college grads think they'll make right out of school and how much they actually do. While the average salary for 2016 graduates was $52,569, more than 65% of new grads said they expect to earn more than $60,000 for an entry-level job, per a new survey of about 1,700 college students conducted by talent acquisition software firm Yello.
Of course, some majors rake in higher salaries than others, with 2017 computer science majors projected to earn $65,540 this spring, according to an employer survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, versus the $48,733 projected salary for humanities majors.
With your newly minted degree in hand, you may be wondering which fields pay the most. Read More
On a slower episode of FX's Fargo, perhaps the breakout moment would be the mysterious business mogul V.M. Varga positing that the lunar landing was an elaborate government conspiracy. With flat-Earth truthers, conspiracy nuts and Donald Trump supporters a very real thing, this feels like some dangerous propaganda, Noah Hawley!
But the sixth episode of Fargo's third season, "The Lord of No Mercy," kept the same, overwhelming degree of tension from last week's brutal closing moments, in which Nikki Swango was nearly beaten to death by Varga's lackeys. Befitting the episode title, we do have a major death this week — but probably not whom you were expecting. Oh yeah, you should look away now if you don't want to know who met their demise.
We're down to one Ewan McGregor. Read More
Let's get something out of the way early on: There was absolutely no good reason to remake Dirty Dancing. The 1987 coming-of-age tale remains imperfectly perfect to this day, garnering scores of fans through repeated viewings on basic cable.
But, since the steamy love story has been rebooted in the form of a three-hour musical extravaganza — which aired on Wednesday night on ABC — me being a Dirty Dancing super-fan, I felt compelled to watch. Read More
In a lengthy open letter, buried in lots of corporate technobabble, Mark Zuckerberg hinted at a major change that could be coming to Facebook.
The Facebook CEO has been on a cross-country tour meeting with average Americans as part of his quest to visit all 50 states. On Sunday night, he shared a few ways the trip has changed the way he thinks about Facebook — implicitly suggesting some ways he might reshape user behavior.
The post talks a lot about how our social connections influence our lives and actions. Read More
Injustice 2 may do a great job balancing the femme superhero aesthetic with realistic facial animation, but it still falls short in one crucial area. Few of the female fighters can measure up to their male counterparts in battle, and that's a problem.
Tier lists are important for competitive play in any fighting game. Players need to know where to expend energy in learning characters and abilities. After all, not every fighter is going to be right for competitions.
The lowest-ranked characters in Injustice 2 are almost all womenFighting game tier lists are ever-changing and evolving, since they're based on win rates in competitive play. Read More
The bright idea of using lightbulbs as drinking vessels is sweeping the nation. The trend originally hails from Asia — the first appearance of the lightbulb cup on YouTube is from April 2016 at South Korea's Hyundai Department store, before it expanded to Taiwan and beyond. Don't worry, this isn't an eco-conscious way to recycle a real lightbulb. These glass and plastic drinking vessels are made specifically for this purpose, and can be purchased on Amazon ($30 for 10 plastic 12 ounce drinking lightbulbs) or restaurant suppliers.
Skeptical of this quirky and seemingly pointless trend, I paid $2 to upgrade my iced matcha latte at Teapsy in my New York City neighborhood to see what the reusable plastic lightbulb cup was all about. Did it make the drink better? Not really, but it did give it that same appeal that the iconic green straw and mermaid-emblazoned cup gives a Starbucks coffee. Read More
Look, let's just say what everyone is thinking: The Nintendo Switch eShop is looking pretty boring right now.
A quick glance reveals that the console's current lineup mostly consists of re-released older games, such as retro classics like Street Fighter 2 or upgraded versions of first-party titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, there's one big, hairy omission in Nintendo's growing list of remastered games: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze'Source: Ceave Gaming/YouTubeThe most recent entry in the Donkey Kong Country franchise origin, Tropical Freeze launched in 2014 as a Wii U exclusive. Unfortunately, because nobody actually bought the Wii U, very few people were able to experience the game. Read More