The Daily RoundUp

Mary’s Top Stories of the Day

1. Donald Trump responds to LaVar Ball by tweeting he should have left UCLA players in jail – ESPN


2. Border Patrol agent dies after being injured in Texas – NBC News


3. Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons Accused of Working Together to Carry Out Sexual Misconduct – Variety


4. WH’s Marc Short: If Trump Didn’t Believe Accusations Were Credible, He Would Be In Alabama Campaigning For Roy Moore – RCP


5. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe resigning after 37 years: Official – Breitbart


National


Donald Trump responds to LaVar Ball by tweeting he should have left UCLA players in jail

ESPN – President Donald Trump responded to LaVar Ball on Sunday via Twitter, after Ball downplayed Trump’s involvement in getting LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA Bruins basketball players back to the United States last week.

‘We dare defend our rights’: Alabama Republicans standing by Moore reflect state’s tradition of defiance

Washington Post – That rebellious spirit, which dates to long before the state’s segregationist Gov. George Wallace became a national figure in the 1960s by railing against the “central government” in Washington, has been apparent in recent days as top state GOP officials have closed ranks around Moore amid a stream of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican and calls by national party leaders for him to step aside.

WH’s Marc Short: If Trump Didn’t Believe Accusations Were Credible, He Would Be In Alabama Campaigning For Roy Moore

RCP – This morning on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke with White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Warrant issued for suspect in connection with fatal shooting of New Kensington police officer

WTAE-TV – Police have released a warrant for the arrest of the person wanted in connection with the Friday night fatal shooting of a New Kensington police officer.

Police are searching for Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, who officials said has been identified as the person who shot and killed Officer Brian Shaw.

Mulvaney: OK to Scrap Obamacare Mandate Repeal If It Imperils Tax Bill

The Daily Beast – “If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill, and have a tax bill that is still a good tax bill that can pass, that’s great,” Mulvaney said on CNN’s State of the Union. “If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we’re OK with taking it out.”

‘I Want This for George’

Politico – On December 23, 1990, President George H.W. Bush slept restlessly. The extended Bush family had gathered at Camp David for the holidays as they did every year of his presidency, boosting his spirits, but this year especially, he had a lot on his mind. A

LaToya Cantrell elected first female mayor of New Orleans

USA Today – LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, was elected the next mayor of New Orleans in a landslide victory.

The historic election made her the first woman mayor in the city’s 300-year history.

Border Patrol agent dies after being injured in Texas

NBC News – Authorities were searching Texas’ Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.

Agent Rogelio Martinez was transported to a hospital after he and his partner were injured while on patrol in the Van Horn station area near the state’s western border, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Al.com publisher fires back at Roy Moore’s legal threats

NOLA – After The Post published an investigative article documenting Roy Moore’s pursuit of a 14-year-old girl in 1979, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama pledged to sue the newspaper. “The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue – and for which they will be sued,” Moore said a week ago during a campaign stop in Huntsville, Alabama.

Teacher tells student to hurry up so they can have sex before husband gets home, cops say

Sacbee – An Oklahoma teacher is accused of having sex with a high school student after the boy’s parents reported nude photographs and text messages on their son’s phone to authorities.

FBI ‘special investigation’ into Hillary Clinton’s emails isn’t that special

The Hill – The conservative nonpartisan watchdog group Judicial Watch has been relentless in its pursuit of FBI documents related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized usage of a personal server. This was during her tenure as secretary of State and the conduct of senior level FBI officials connected to the case.

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier: Bill Clinton’s Accusers Should’ve Been Believed

The Daily Beast – Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said on Sunday that the women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault should have been believed. “I think that the victims who came forward were not treated as they should have been,” Speier said on CBS’ Face the Nation. “They should have been believed because, as I have pointed out, most people who come forward are telling the truth.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Trump: ‘We still need your help’ in Puerto Rico

The Hill – Lin-Manuel Miranda wants President Trump to make up for a “lost weekend” delaying disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The “Hamilton” playwright and actor headlined the Unity March for Puerto Rico in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Miranda told The Hill in an interview the rally’s core message to Trump is, “we still need your help.”

Collins: Senate tax bill ‘needs work’

Politico – The Senate’s legislation to cut taxes “needs work,” Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday, hinting that she may not support the bill without significant changes.

“I want to see changes in that bill. And I think there will be changes,” Collins (R-Maine) told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “There are some provisions of the House bill that I like better.”

In Democrat-led state capitals, GOP tax reform push could scramble fiscal plans

Politico – The Republican tax reform push in Washington is setting off budgetary alarm bells in high-tax states like New York, California and New Jersey, in the latest political skirmish to pit national Republicans against Democratic state and big-city leaders.

Palm Beach braces for Trump Thanksgiving visit

The Hill – Palm Beach, Fla., is bracing for heavy traffic and political rallies as President Trump makes his way to the town for Thanksgiving, the Palm Beach Daily News reported Sunday.

Hidden camera tells true story of how veteran died after calling for help, gasping for air

11 Alive – An 11Alive investigation uncovered hidden camera video catching nursing home staff laughing while an elderly patient dies in front of them. The incident happened at the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014, but the video was recently released as part of a lawsuit filed by the family.

Carly Fiorina: Men And Women Together Have To Decide To Stop Enabling And Excusing Sexual Assault

RCP – Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina makes the case that the problem of sexism and sexual abuse “cuts across every industry and every walk of life.”

“Most men are good and decent and respectful men, but enough men are not,” she said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday morning.

Top general says he would resist “illegal” nuke order from Trump

CBS News – Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday that he has given a lot of thought to what he would say if a president ordered a strike he considered unlawful.

Ohio legislator Wes Goodman led secret gay life, made unwelcome advances to younger men, people who knew him say

Cleveland – In private, he exchanged salacious texts and emails with gay men he met on Capitol Hill, and sent sexually suggestive messages to young men he met through conservative circles who were too intimidated to publicly complain, according to three people who knew him when he worked in Washington.

Family sues restaurant where 5-year-old boy died after his head was pinned between rotating wall and booth

NY Daily News – Charlie Holt, 5, died from a head injury at the Sun Dial restaurant on April 14. He was dining with his family when he became stuck between a wall and a rotating mechanism, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

SNL Delivers a Musical Tribute to President Obama: ‘Come Back Barack’

Mediaite – Saturday Night Live gave a love letter to President Barack Obama tonight in the form of a musical number called “Come Back Barack.”

LaToya Cantrell becomes 1st woman mayor of New Orleans

CBS News – LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year.

Why a Believer in Tax Cuts Could Derail the Senate Bill

NY Times – Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the first Republican to voice opposition to the Senate’s version of the tax bill, saying he needed to see more favorable treatment for small businesses.

His rejection of the plan laid bare the challenge that the G.O.P. faces as the measure navigates the rough waters of the Senate.

Three people injured when plane crashed into house in San Jose

The Mercury News – At least three people were home — two brothers and a sister in their teens and early 20s — when a a single-engine airplane crashed into their home Sunday afternoon in a busy subdivision, barely two blocks from Reed-Hillview airport, injuring all three on board, but hurting no one on the ground.

Eric Trump: My father is ‘not playing’ on national security

The Hill – Speaking to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Features” about the president’s recent 5-nation tour of Asia, the younger Trump said both his father and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are not “people who play games.”

Mnuchin denies tax plans favor big biz, says Bond villain comparison a ‘compliment’

Fox News – Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday defended Washington Republicans’ tax-reform plan against criticism it favors big business over everyday taxpayers — and stood behind a viral photo last week of him and his wife posing with a sheet of dollar bills.

Jack Ruby watched JFK get assassinated

NY Post – Jack Ruby — the man who shot John F. Kennedy’s killer Lee Harvey Oswald — was among the crowds who witnessed the president’s assassination — and invited an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” with him that infamous morning, according to an account in newly-released National Archives records.

‘Manspreader’ arrested in assault on New York subway rider

Fox News – A man accused of punching a woman in the face on the New York City subway after she complained about him “manspreading” was arrested Saturday, officials said.

Derek Smith, 56, of Brooklyn, was taken into custody late Saturday and charged with assault, officials told The New York Post.

‘Ghost ship’ washed up on US beach ‘remains of missing Russian cruise ship’

The Daily Star – The MV Lyubov Orlova went missing at sea nearly three years ago.

The 300ft Russian cruise ship, built 40 years ago in the Soviet Union, has nothing aboard but packs of disease-ridden rodents who are forced to prey on one another to survive.

Saturday Night Live’ riffs on Russia investigation, criticizes Al Franken

NBC News – “Saturday Night Live” took a page from old-school spy thrillers this week, kicking off the show with a parody of a cloak-and-dagger operation starring Julian Assange and the Trump sons.

EXCLUSIVE: Roy Moore: Mitch McConnell Afraid Because ‘I Will Not Be Controlled’

ABC News – Speaking in an exclusive radio interview, senatorial candidate Roy Moore charged the establishment wing of the Republican party—led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—is in cahoots with the Democratic Party to stop Moore’s campaign.

Sen. Tom Cotton says “every income group” will “see a tax cut” under Senate bill

CBS News – Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that every American will see a tax cut under the Senate Republican’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s tax code.

“Every income group under the Senate bill will see a tax cut,” urged Cotton, touting an aspect of the GOP’s tax bill that repeals the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

Trump: Jeff Flake Will Vote No on Tax Bill ‘Because His Political Career Anyway Is ‘Toast’’

The Daily Beast – President Trump tweeted Sunday that Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will vote “NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’” He tweeted: “Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President.”

Al Franken gets a free pass from the media while Roy Moore gets the third degree

Washington Examiner – Early on Thursday, a radio news anchor accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., of sexual assault, claiming that in 2006 he aggressively put his face against hers, forcing his tongue into her mouth as they were “rehearsing” a skit they planned as part of a USO Middle East tour.

Sen. Al Franken Spokesman: Senator Will Not Resign Despite Allegations

Breitbart – Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) spokesman announced that Franken would not resign despite allegations that he groped a woman’s breasts and kissed her without her consent.

“He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday, and he’s doing a lot of reflecting,” the spokesperson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Saturday.

Kushner under scrutiny in Russian probe

The Hill – Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, is under increasing scrutiny in the myriad investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Sen. Orrin Hatch: I’m “sick and tired” of Democrats saying this tax plan is for the rich

Vox – Before the Senate Finance Committee called the vote on the Republican tax plan, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wanted his colleagues to acknowledge one thing: This wasn’t a tax cut for the middle class.

“Spare us the bank shots; spare us the sarcasm and the satire,” he told Senate Finance Chair Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT):

International


Mugabe Agrees to Stand Down as Zimbabwean President

Bloomberg – Robert Mugabe has agreed to end his four-decade reign as the leader of Zimbabwe and is preparing a statement with the military authorities who took power last week, according to three people familiar with the situation.

Top general says he’d push back against ‘illegal’ nuclear strike order

CNN – The top US nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against an order from President Donald Trump for a nuclear strike if it were “illegal.”

Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada, Gen. John Hyten, who is the commander of US Strategic Command, shared what would happen if he were ordered to launch a nuclear strike.

German government talks collapse; Merkel seeks to reassure

Washington Post –  German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged early Monday to maintain stability after the Free Democratic Party pulled out of talks on forming a new government with her conservative bloc and the left-leaning Greens, raising the possibility of new elections.

Argentina unsure if signals came from lost submarine

CBS News – Argentina’s Navy could not confirm Sunday if seven brief satellite calls received a day prior were from a lost submarine with 44 crew members onboard.

Satellite signals give hope for missing Argentine submarine

Reuters – A storm on Sunday complicated the search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic, as authorities worked to verify that recent satellite calls, which raised hopes of finding the 44 crew members alive, came from the vessel.

The Look of Love! Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Share 70th Anniversary Photo

People – The gorgeous photo, shot by British photographer Matt Holyoak, was taken in the White Drawing Room at their home of Windsor Castle in early November.

And the Queen, who looks lovely in a cream day dress by Angela Kelly, made sure to wear an accessory close to her heart: a brooch given to her by Philip. The “Scarab” brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond, was a personal gift from Philip to the Queen in 1966.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is Teaching Children How to Kill Americans

Newsweek – North Korea is using video games to teach kids how to assassinate Americans at a propaganda camp where activities include swimming, making new friends, and laying flowers at the feet of former supreme leaders.

Greece floods death toll rises to 20 with discovery of body

ABC News – Authorities in Greece say that the body of an 83-year-old man has been found in the Athens suburb of Mandra that was struck by flash flooding, raising the overall death toll to 20.

The body was dug out from debris on Sunday several kilometers from where the man was last seen. He had gone hunting when the deadly flash flood struck Wednesday.

Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closed

Al Jazeera – Palestinian officials have warned that they will freeze all communication with the US, following steps by the Trump administration to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) office in Washington, DC.

15 dead, 5 hurt in a stampede for food aid in Morocco

ABC News – A stampede in a southern Moroccan village left at least 15 people dead and five others injured Sunday as food aid was being distributed, the Interior Ministry said.

UK’s Hammond seeks answer to voter unrest in new housebuilding push

Reuters – British finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure to help weakened Prime Minister Theresa May in this week’s budget, promised to speed up house building and said he had some room to help voters despite his squeeze on public finances.

Turkish capital Ankara bans all gay rights functions

BBC News – The Turkish capital Ankara has banned all gay festivals, screenings, forums and exhibitions on security grounds.

The governor’s office said on Sunday that it also wanted to protect public order and sensitivities.

Adams insists successor will not be anointed behind closed doors

Irish Times – Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted his successor will not be anointed behind closed doors and a democratic process will take place.

Israeli president rejects pardon for soldier Elor Azaria

BBC News – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has rejected an appeal for a pardon for a soldier jailed for 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.

Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter over the March 2016 shooting of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Libya migrant ‘slave market’ footage sparks outrage

BBC News – The African Union (AU) has expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya.

On the video, released by CNN this week, young men are seen being auctioned off as farm workers.

Nick Cave plays Israel to ‘take stand’ against boycotters

ABC News – Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a “principled stand” by performing in the country.

World leaders are bypassing the nation’s capital for blue states

Washington Post – Foreign officials are still adapting to the Trump White House. Some nations are finding that even if they are frustrated by President Trump’s Washington, they can still prosper from robust relations with California and a constellation of like-minded U.S. cities, some of which are bigger than European countries.

Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

Reuters -Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi‘ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, warning they would not stand by in the face of Iranian interference in Arab affairs.

Driver in Japan dies in crash with truck driven by US Marine

ABC News -Police on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred Sunday when a truck driven by a U.S. Marine collided with a small truck at an intersection, killing the Japanese driver of the other vehicle.

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant trophies

Business Insider – President Donald Trump said he’s delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.

Tensions mount as IDF fires second ‘warning shot’ at Syrian outpost

YNet News – An IDF tank fired another warning shot on a Syrian military position Sunday evening in the northern Golan Heights, a day after another tank opened fire near the Bedouin village of Hader in Syria as Israel discovered the Syrian army was conducting construction along their border.

Europe’s Merkel, Macron, May less popular than Trump

Washington Examiner – President Trump’s approval ratings, often mocked by Democrats and the media, top those of Europe’s biggest three leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron.

US Plans to Use Weapons of the Future to Take Down North Korean Missiles

Newsweek – North Korea is using video games to teach kids how to assassinate Americans at a propaganda camp where activities include swimming, making new friends, and laying flowers at the feet of former supreme leaders.

Business


The secret to how Tesla gets its cars to look so good

Business Insider – He had graduated from Art Center College of Design in the early 1990s, making him an alumnus of the world’s most prestigious transportation design program, counting among its graduates the likes of J. Mays, Chris Bangle, and Henrik Fisker.

Nebraska to Announce Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. News and World Report – The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska.

Black Friday: Your ultimate holiday shopping guide

CNN Money – America’s top retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

The first doorbusters kick off early Thursday morning. Wondering what’s open and where to snag a deal? Here’s our guide.

Trader Joe’s Recalls Packaged Salads Over Concern They May Contain Glass or Plastic Fragments

People – The three potentially contaminated salads are the White Meat Chicken salad, the Curried White Chicken Deli salad and the Turkey Cranberry Apple salad with expiration dates from Nov. 10-21, according to a statement made on Trader Joe’s website.

Honda Recalls 900000 Odyssey Minivans After Injuries

Fortune – Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans after receiving injury reports related to a problem that causes second-row seats to tip forward.

The recall, announced Saturday, includes vehicle models from 2011 to 2017. Of the affected minivans, 800,000 were sold in the U.S.

Confused driver rides car onto LIRR platform, leaving it dangling over train tracks in Mineola

NY Daily News – A confused driver drove his car onto a Long Island Rail Road platform Saturday evening, police said.

The car somehow found a way into the Mineola train station around 5 p.m., according to authorities.

Apple’s first diversity chief is leaving after less than a year

The Verge -Denise Young Smith, Apple’s first VP of inclusion and diversity, will leave Apple at the end of the year, according to TechCrunch. The announcement comes less than a year after Smith took the position, which happened back in May. Smith ran Apple’s human resources division before that and has been with the company for 20 years, making this a surprising departure.

Apple Is Served A Search Warrant To Unlock Texas Church Gunman’s Phone

Fast Company – Remember all that legal head-butting and posturing last year when the feds tried to force Apple to help it break into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone? It ended with a whimper when the FBI found another way into the phone.

Keurig, Papa John’s and other major brands are bumbling responses to culture war controversies

Mashable – Controversies like Fox News host Sean Hannity’s defense of accused sex predator and Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore and NFL player protests have once again thrust consumer companies into the middle of loud fights over charged topics like racism in America and society’s treatment of sexual assault.

Health


Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery

Telegraph –  A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries.

Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

Diverse Education – The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.

No, there has not been a successful human head transplant

Popular Science – In a 2015 TEDx talk, Sergio Canavero made a bold and tantalizing claim: by 2017, he swore, he would conduct the first human head transplant. And if you’ve been paying attention to trending headlines today, you might think he’s followed through on that promise. He has not.

How Madagascar Took Control Of Its Bubonic Plague Outbreak

NPR – The country often sees small outbreaks of the bubonic plague, which comes from an infection spread by a flea bite. The disease is now easily treatable with antibiotics.

But this time, the number of cases was growing quickly, and the bacterial infection was spreading in a different, more serious form.

Puppies Rescued From Puerto Rico May Have Infection That Can Be Transmitted to Humans

TIME – Of a group of 10 puppies that were rescued and transported to New Hampshire and Vermont on Nov. 9, five have since become sick, according to a news release issued by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. One dog has tested positive for leptospirosis, a potentially serious infection that affects both animals and humans.

New study shows owning a dog lowers risk of cardiovascular disease

Today – Everyone knows that a dog is a man’s best friend, but a recently released Swedish study is giving that hackneyed saying a whole new meaning for men — and women — everywhere.

The study, published in Scientific Reports on Friday, found that dog ownership may really help you live longer.

New guidelines classify more Americans as having high blood pressure

KXAN TV – More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure- and a lot of those people thought they were healthy just a few days ago.

Boosting Brain Activity May Buffer Against Anxiety

Psych Central – The researchers found that people at greater risk for anxiety were less likely to develop the disorder if they had higher activity in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a brain region responsible for complex mental operations.

Why cooking a stir fry could be bad for health, according to scientists

Telegraph –  It may seem like a healthy option, but cooking a stir-fry could be bad for health because it shoots microscopic particles of fat into the air, which may be hazardous if inhaled, scientists have warned.

Researchers at Texas Tech University and Utah State University heated up oil in a frying pan and then recorded what happened when droplets of water were added.

Can Brain-training Games Really Reduce Dementia Risk For Seniors?

Realwire – More than 2,800 people took part in the randomized clinical trial study. The exercises challenge a person’s ability to look at an object in the center of the screen, like a tree, and then click on an object that pops up in the periphery, like a flower.

Sports and Entertainment


Donald Trump’s response to LaVar Ball: ‘I should’ve left them in jail!’

NBC Sports – After LaVar Ball downplayed Donald Trump’s role in bringing home his son, LiAngelo, and the three other UCLA players that were arrested for shoplifting in China last week, Trump responded by taking to twitter and saying that he should have left American citizens in prison in a non-democratic, authoritarian country because they will not personally acknowledge his efforts enough.

Brian Stelter: Trump’s LaVar Ball Tweet Is Immature at Best, ‘Race-Baiting at Worst’

Mediaite – CNN’s Brian Stelter went off on President Trump this afternoon for his tweet hitting back at LaVar Ball.

Ball downplayed the President’s role in getting the three UCLA players (including his son) released after being arrested in China. In response, Trump slammed Ball for being ungrateful and actually said, “I should have left them in jail.”

Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons Accused of Working Together to Carry Out Sexual Misconduct

Variety  – The Times had previously reported that six women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, had come forward with allegations of misconduct against Ratner, and the new report alleges that Simmons, his mentor, has worked with the director and producer to carry out inappropriate behavior.

Tyrod Taylor replaces Nathan Peterman after rookie throws 5 INTs

ESPN – The five interceptions are the most thrown by any NFL quarterback in the first half of a game since at least 2001. His three interceptions in the first quarter were the most since then-New York Jets quarterback Geno Smithwas picked three times against the Bills in an October 2014 game.

NFL players continue protests during 11th week of games

The Hill – Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins all took a knee, as did New York Giants defensive lineman Olivier Vernon. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel until the anthem was over. Peters has previously protested on the sideline.

Pink and Kelly Clarkson Open the AMAs with an Epic Duet on REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’

People – Kelly Clarkson and Pink‘s opening performance at the AMAs made it hard to catch our breath.

The global superstars took the stage for their very first collaboration to open the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Jamie Foxx Opens 2017 AMAs With Powerful Tribute to First Responders & Tragedy Victims

Billboard – Before P!nk and Kelly Clarkson opened the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 19) with a moving performance of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” Jamie Foxx delivered a moving message of his own.

‘SNL’ Targets Alum Al Franken Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Time – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was accused last week of kissing and groping radio anchor Leeann Tweeden without her consent during a 2006 USO show for military members overseas. Franken was a founding member of SNL’s writing staff and rose to fame as a performer on it through the 1970s and 1980s.

Justice League underwhelms at box office with $96 million opening

Entertainment Weekly – DC Comics’ mightiest heroes are uniting on the big screen for the first time, saving the world from certain doom, and topping the box office in Justice League — but the highly anticipated film is nonetheless falling short of expectations. Warner Bros’. superhero team-up is on track to gross an estimated $96 million in the U.S. and Canada during its first weekend in theaters, dominating the competition but coming in well below analysts’ projections of about $110 million.

Harvey Weinstein’s 91-Name Hitlist, Revealed

Vanity Fair – Just months before dozens of women began accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in October, Weinstein and his team had drawn up a secret list of people to target, in order to keep the allegations against him from ever reaching the public.The Observer has obtained the list of 91 people—from actresses to producers to publicists—that Weinstein and his team of lawyers and spies either planned to contact or had contacted already by the time the story broke. Many of the individuals who have come forward with allegations against him are on the list.

UCLA fires head coach Jim Mora

ESPN – UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora after six seasons, the school announced Sunday.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

No Quick Fix for West Ham and David Moyes in Away Loss

Sports Illustrated – In what was a match of many chances and some great saves, the luck still eluded West Ham and new boss David Moyes with the home side Watford eventually walking out deserving 2-0 winners.

Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

The Tennessean – Country Music Hall of Famer, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., according to his publicist Don Murry Grubbs.

David Cassidy moved to ICU as condition worsens

NY Daily News – Cassidy was suffering from organ failure and was in need of a kidney transplant when he was admitted to a Florida hospital earlier this week. Now, the former teen heart-throb’s son, Beau and his ex-wife, have been called to the hospital as the situation becomes more dire, according to TMZ.

Lena Dunham sorry for timing of statement backing ‘Girls’ writer accused of sexual assault

USA Today – The creator and star of HBO’s Girls regrets having weighed in on a case involving her friend and series writer Murray Miller, who is accused of sexual assault.

After actress Aurora Perrineau on Friday went to police to accuse Miller of committing sexual assault in 2012, Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner issued a statement Friday in support of Miller.

Ann Wedgeworth, Actress in ‘Scarecrow’ and ‘Three’s Company,’ Dies at 83

Hollywood Reporter – She won a Tony for Neil Simon’s ‘Chapter Two,’ played Patsy Cline’s mom in ‘Sweet Dreams’ and was a regular on Burt Reynolds’ ‘Evening Shade.’

Ann Wedgeworth, the sexy actress with the whispery voice known for her underrated work in films including Scarecrow and Sweet Dreams and on a too-short stint with the sitcom Three’s Company, has died. She was 83.

See Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses’ Live Tributes to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young

Rolling Stone – Foo Fighters, who have routinely performed AC/DC ‘s “Let There Be Rock”during the encore of their Concrete and Gold Tour, opened their Saturday gig at Mexico’s Corona Capitol Festival with the 1977 song.

Morrissey Defends Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, Attacks Multiculturalism

Noisey – Morrissey and his bad opinions are back in the news. The former Smiths frontman and hero to the foppish is promoting a new solo album, so he’s doing a few interviews, each of which gives him a unique opportunity to say something objectionable.

Eminem surprised us all with a performance of ‘Stan’ on ‘SNL’

Mashable – The rapper took the stage at Saturday Night Live to perform “Walk on Water,” the first single off his upcoming album Revival, before launching into a medley of his 2000 single “Stan” and his 2010 track “Love The Way You Lie.”

Jeffrey Tambor Announces He’s Leaving Transparent Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

People – On Sunday, Jeffrey Tambor announced he would not be returning to Transparent following the sexual harassment allegations made against him by two members of the Amazon series’ team.

Russell Simmons Told Terry Crews to Give Agent Who Sexually Harassed Him a ‘Pass’

The Daily Beast – Actor Terry Crews posted a screenshot on Sunday of an email he received from hip hop mogul Russell Simmons telling him to give the agent who allegedly groped him a pass.