Biphoo https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:42:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Grandpa receives 80th birthday surprise from Whataburger staff https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/lifestyle/family/grandpa-receives-80th-birthday-surprise-from-whataburger-staff.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/lifestyle/family/grandpa-receives-80th-birthday-surprise-from-whataburger-staff.html#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:42:12 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37105 Grandpa receives 80th birthday surprise from Whataburger staff Grandpa receives 80th birthday surprise from Whataburger staff:- Ed Johnson of El Paso, Texas, absolutely loves Whataburger. He goes every morning for breakfast to order the same thing: a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit with a coffee. But when he showed up on his 80th birthday with […]

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Grandpa receives 80th birthday surprise from Whataburger staff:- Ed Johnson of El Paso, Texas, absolutely loves Whataburger. He goes every morning for breakfast to order the same thing: a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit with a coffee.

But when he showed up on his 80th birthday with his granddaughter on the way home from her swim practice, he got a special surprise.

The employees had gotten him balloons and a large vanilla cake celebrating their “#1 customer.”

“He was crying. He was so happy,” Johnson’s granddaughter, Emma Carr, told ABC News. “They all sang to him and told him, ‘Happy birthday.’ It was a really sweet moment.”

Carr said her grandpa has been lonely since his wife died in April of 2016, so he has befriended the staff.

“After she passed away, he moved into an apartment literally around the corner from this Whataburger,” Carr, 18, explained. “He was really lonely and did his best to get out of the house to make friends, so he’d come to Whataburger. He’s a natural extrovert and instantly made friends. There’s a group of regulars that come here all the time and they always meet. He made friends with all the workers as well. He considers every single member of the staff a part of his family. He loves them and they love him.”

Johnson said his late wife, Lola, wasn’t a big fan of fast food because “she liked to do her own cooking.”

But after her death, he said his regular breakfast order helped him connect with other people.

“I drive up at the Whataburger and my food is ready before I even get up to the register to pay for it,” he said. “The lady that does most of the cooking, if I don’t show up by a certain time, she starts asking the other staff where I am.”

Carr’s photos of the touching surprise for her grandpa quickly went viral on social media, and the burger chain even weighed in on Twitter.

“Oh, Lord. It’s been amazing,” Johnson said of his newfound fame. “I’m still in shock, and more so every day.”

Carr said there wasn’t a dry eye in the restaurant on her grandpa’s birthday.

“I cried, he cried, everyone cried,” she said. “It was a really special moment because he’s super humble and puts everyone above himself. It made me really happy and made my heart warm that he had people looking out for him and taking care of him the way he’s taken care of his family for the past 80 years.”

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Ryan assures Republican senators House will not pass “skinny” Obamacare repeal https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/ryan-assures-republican-senators-house-will-not-pass-skinny-obamacare-repeal.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/ryan-assures-republican-senators-house-will-not-pass-skinny-obamacare-repeal.html#respond Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:39:22 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37107 Ryan assures Republican senators House will not pass “skinny” Obamacare repeal As the U.S. Senate edged towards a late-night vote on a pared-down bill to repeal Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured Senate Republicans that if they approve a bill that many do not want to become law, the House will help them craft different […]

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Ryan assures Republican senators House will not pass “skinny” Obamacare repeal

As the U.S. Senate edged towards a late-night vote on a pared-down bill to repeal Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured Senate Republicans that if they approve a bill that many do not want to become law, the House will help them craft different legislation.

Ryan’s reassurances, offered in a call to five Republican senators, came as Republican leaders urged their party to approve the pared-down bill so they can proceed to a House-Senate negotiation and keep Republicans’ seven-year Obamacare repeal effort alive.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who had vowed to oppose what is being called the “skinny” repeal bill unless Ryan committed to a joint negotiation, said after the call that he would now support it.

“They will go to conference and under no circumstances does he believe the skinny bill is good policy or good politics,” Graham told reporters after the call. “Paul sees the skinny bill as a vehicle to find a better solution.”

The eight-page skinny bill was released by the Senate Budget Committee at about 10 p.m. on Thursday evening and a vote is expected to begin around 12 a.m. on Friday.

The skinny bill would retroactively repeal the Obamacare penalty on individuals who do not purchase health insurance, repeal for eight years a penalty on certain employers who do not provide employees with health insurance and repeal a medical device tax through the end of 2020.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which assesses the impact of legislation related to the federal budget, estimated late on Thursday that if the skinny bill became law, 15 million fewer Americans would be insured in 2018 than under current law, and 16 million fewer by 2026.

As the contents of the skinny bill were released, the Senate also passed a measure that would permanently repeal the Obamacare tax on high-cost, employer-provided insurance along party lines.

Any bill passed by the Senate will need to be approved by the House of Representatives to become law.

Despite controlling the Senate, the House and the White House, Republicans have struggled for months with repealing Obamacare, a complex law approved by Democrats in 2010 under former President Barack Obama that provided health insurance to millions of previously uninsured Americans.

Republicans attacked the law for seven years but have yet to agree on a replacement plan of their own. No legislation and little guidance have been offered on the matter by President Donald Trump, although he has berated the Senate for its inaction.

After two major defeats in the Senate for Republican legislation earlier this week, the skinny repeal represented a last-ditch effort by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to keep the effort alive to repeal Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act.

As the Senate dug in for what promised to be a rare all-night session to debate amendments, a consensus was emerging among Republicans that the skinny bill would be used as a mechanism to keep working on an Obamacare replacement and not an end in itself.

“The so-called skinny bill represents an opportunity,” Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said in a Capitol hallway. “It doesn’t solve the problems with the Affordable Care Act. It does solve the problem of how we get to a place where we can solve those problems, which is a conference with the House.”

McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes to pass a healthcare bill in the 100-seat Senate, where Republicans hold 52 seats. Vice President Mike Pence could then act as a tie-breaker.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1AC1G0

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Jordan says Israel’s backtracking on Jerusalem “calms” situation https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/jordan-says-israels-backtracking-on-jerusalem-calms-situation.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/jordan-says-israels-backtracking-on-jerusalem-calms-situation.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:25:42 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37100 Jordan says Israel’s backtracking on Jerusalem “calms” situation Jordan said on Thursday Israel’s removal of security measures installed on a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem would pave the way to calm the situation in Palestinian territories and defuse tensions. Government spokesman Mohammad al Momani also said that dismantling the metal detectors, search corridors and the […]

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Jordan says Israel’s backtracking on Jerusalem “calms” situation

Jordan said on Thursday Israel’s removal of security measures installed on a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem would pave the way to calm the situation in Palestinian territories and defuse tensions.

Government spokesman Mohammad al Momani also said that dismantling the metal detectors, search corridors and the surveillance cameras were “needed steps to preserve the legal and historic situation” in the holy city.

“Israel as an occupying force cannot impose measures that can change this situation,” Momani told state news agency Petra.

Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, that provoked days of unrest, with violent clashes on the streets of East Jerusalem.

Source- http://in.reuters.com/article/israel-palestinians-jordan-idINKBN1AC1EG

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Muslim leaders urge worshippers to return to Al-Aqsa after Israel backs down https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/muslim-leaders-urge-worshippers-return-al-aqsa-israel-backs.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/muslim-leaders-urge-worshippers-return-al-aqsa-israel-backs.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:15:10 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37096 Muslim leaders urge worshippers to return to Al-Aqsa after Israel backs down Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site. Israel put up metal […]

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Muslim leaders urge worshippers to return to Al-Aqsa after Israel backs down

Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site.

Israel put up metal detectors, cameras and steel barriers at Muslim entrances to the compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, after the July 14 killing of two Israeli policemen by Arab gunmen who had concealed weapons there.

The extra security provoked days of unrest, with violent clashes on the streets of East Jerusalem. Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians in the fighting, and a Palestinian man stabbed and killed three Israelis in their home.

Most Muslims have refused to enter the compound for the past two weeks, instead praying in the streets around the Old City.

But Muslim elders declared themselves satisfied with Israeli authorities reverting security to how it was before July 14.

“The technical report showed that all obstacles the occupation (Israel) put outside Al-Aqsa mosque were removed,” said Abdel-Azeem Salhab, the head of the Waqf, the Jordanian-funded trust that oversees Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites.

“We praise this stand in the past two weeks outside Al-Aqsa and we want this stand to continue outside Al-Aqsa and now inside Al-Aqsa,” he said, urging worshippers to return to pray.

Palestinian political factions issued statements supporting the Waqf announcement, which may help quell the unrest. Before the announcement, factions had been calling for a “day of rage” on Friday, which would probably have fuelled the violence.

Israel’s decision to remove the security measures comes after days of diplomatic efforts by the United Nations, a visit by President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy and pressure from countries in the region, including Jordan and Turkey.

It represents a climbdown by Israel, something Palestinian political factions were quick to highlight for leverage. A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment on the decision.

Netanyahu had insisted that the extra security was necessary to ensure safety at the holy site, which is also revered by Jews as the site of two ancient temples and is known as Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism.

But by taking the steps to bolster security, Israel was materially changing the sensitive status quo in the area, which has governed movement and religious practice for decades.

Source- http://in.reuters.com/article/israel-palestinians-idINKBN1AC0UW

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Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/hezbollah-and-rebels-agree-ceasefire-at-lebanese-syrian-border.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/hezbollah-and-rebels-agree-ceasefire-at-lebanese-syrian-border.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:07:33 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37093 Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border A ceasefire took effect on Thursday in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border where Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it is on the verge of defeating jihadist militants in their last foothold at the frontier. The ceasefire began at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), halting fighting on all fronts […]

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Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border

A ceasefire took effect on Thursday in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border where Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it is on the verge of defeating jihadist militants in their last foothold at the frontier.

The ceasefire began at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), halting fighting on all fronts in areas near the Lebanese border town of Arsal where Hezbollah launched its assault on Nusra Front militants on Friday, a military news service run by Hezbollah reported.

A source familiar with negotiations, brokered by a Lebanese internal security agency, said the remaining Nusra Front fighters were willing to accept safe passage to rebel-held parts of Syria. Talks were continuing, the source said.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday his group was close to defeating Nusra Front militants, saying they had “effectively lost” most of the land they held in the barren, mountainous border region known as Jroud Arsal.

He said negotiations had begun on Tuesday between Lebanese officials and the Nusra Front over the withdrawal of remaining militants to insurgent-held territory in Syria.

Security sources say some two dozen Hezbollah fighters have been killed overall, and nearly 150 militants.

Islamic State militants in an adjacent area of the border zone are expected to be targeted in the next phase of the operation unless they agree to withdraw.

The Nusra Front was al Qaeda’s official wing in the Syrian war until last year when it formally severed ties to the global jihadist network and rebranded itself. It now fights as part of the Tahrir al-Sham Islamist alliance, which it dominates.

Hezbollah has played a major role in fighting militants in the border region during the six-year Syrian war, part of a much bigger role it has played in the Syrian conflict in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Arsal region was the scene of one of the most serious spillovers of the Syrian civil war into Lebanon, when Nusra Front and Islamic State militants briefly overran the town of Arsal, abducting dozens of Lebanese soldiers and policemen.

Islamic State is still holding nine Lebanese soldiers captured at that time. Their fate is unknown.

Source- http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-lebanon-idINKBN1AC0G9

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Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/exclusive-russia-used-facebook-to-try-to-spy-on-macron-campaign-sources-2.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/exclusive-russia-used-facebook-to-try-to-spy-on-macron-campaign-sources-2.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:56:29 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37089 Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct […]

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Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources said. Macron won in a landslide in May.

Facebook said in April it had taken action against fake accounts that were spreading misinformation about the French election. But the effort to infiltrate the social networks of Macron officials has not previously been reported.

Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the French election by hacking and leaking emails and documents. U.S. intelligence agencies told Reuters in May that hackers with connections to the Russian government were involved, but they did not have conclusive evidence that the Kremlin ordered the hacking.

Facebook confirmed to Reuters that it had detected spying accounts in France and deactivated them. It credited a combination of improved automated detection and stepped-up human efforts to find sophisticated attacks.

Company officials briefed congressional committee members and staff, among others, about their findings. People involved in the conversations also said the number of Facebook accounts suspended in France for promoting propaganda or spam – much of it related to the election – had climbed to 70,000, a big jump from the 30,000 account closures the company disclosed in April.

Facebook did not dispute the figure.

Seeking Friends of Friends

The spying campaign included Russian agents posing as friends of friends of Macron associates and trying to glean personal information from them, according to the U.S. congressman and two others briefed on the matter.

Facebook employees noticed the efforts during the first round of the presidential election and traced them to tools used in the past by Russia’s GRU military intelligence unit, said the people, who spoke on condition they not be named because they were discussing sensitive government and private intelligence.

Facebook told American officials that it did not believe the spies burrowed deep enough to get the targets to download malicious software or give away their login information, which they believe may have been the goal of the operation.

The same GRU unit, dubbed Fancy Bear or APT 28 in the cybersecurity industry, has been blamed for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and many other political targets. The GRU did not respond to a request for comment.

Email accounts belonging to Macron campaign officials were hacked and their contents dumped online in the final days of the runoff between Macron and Le Pen.

French law enforcement and intelligence officials have not publicly accused anyone of the campaign attacks.

Mounir Mahjoubi, who was digital director of Macron’s political movement, En Marche, and is now a junior minister for digital issues in his government, told Reuters in May that some security experts blamed the GRU specifically, though they had no proof.

Mahjoubi and En Marche declined to comment.

There are few publicly known examples of sophisticated social media spying efforts. In 2015, Britain’s domestic security service, MI5, warned that hostile powers were using LinkedIn to connect with and try to recruit government workers.

The social media and networking companies themselves rarely comment on such operations when discovered.

Facebook, facing mounting pressure from governments around the world to control “fake news’ and propaganda on the service, took a step toward openness with a report in April on what it termed “information operations.”

The bulk of that document discussed so-called influence operations, which included “amplifier” accounts that spread links to slanted or false news stories in order to influence public opinion.

Source- http://in.reuters.com/article/cyber-france-facebook-spies-idINKBN1AC0EJ

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Trump to ban transgender U.S. military personnel, reversing Obama https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/trump-to-ban-transgender-u-s-military-personnel-reversing-obama.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/trump-to-ban-transgender-u-s-military-personnel-reversing-obama.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:44:07 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37086 Trump to ban transgender U.S. military personnel, reversing Obama President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a move appealing to some in his conservative political base but creating uncertainty about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. The surprise announcement by Trump, who as a presidential […]

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Trump to ban transgender U.S. military personnel, reversing Obama

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a move appealing to some in his conservative political base but creating uncertainty about the fate of thousands of transgender service members.

The surprise announcement by Trump, who as a presidential candidate last year vowed to fight for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, came in a series of morning Twitter posts. It drew condemnation from rights groups and some lawmakers in both parties as politically motivated discrimination but was praised by conservative activists and some Republicans.

The administration has not determined whether transgender individuals already serving in the military would be immediately thrown out, a point the White House and Pentagon have yet to decide, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

A transgender ban would reverse Democratic former President Barack Obama’s policy and halts years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted, without naming any of the generals or experts.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he said.

Sanders said Trump had “extensive discussions with his national security team,” and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was informed after the president made the decision on Tuesday.

“This was about military readiness,” Sanders told a briefing. “This was about unit cohesion. This was about resources within the military, and nothing more.”

The Pentagon earlier referred questions about Trump’s decision to the White House.

Critics said the health costs of caring for transgender service members were a tiny portion of the military’s healthcare budget and Trump’s policy change was based on prejudice.

His action unleashed a torrent of legal threats from civil liberties advocates seeking plaintiffs willing to challenge the ban in court and sparked a protest by hundreds who rallied outside an armed forces recruiting station in Manhattan’s Times Square.

“We are in a crisis. This is a dark day for everyone,” Brad Hoylman, New York’s sole openly gay state senator, said as he addressed the crowd, which carried “Resist” signs amid chants of: “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go.”

Source- http://in.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-military-idINKBN1AB1TU

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/u-s-lawmakers-reach-deal-for-senate-russia-sanctions-vote.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/u-s-lawmakers-reach-deal-for-senate-russia-sanctions-vote.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:34:54 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37083 U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress’ approval. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia […]

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress’ approval.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia warned it was edging closer to retaliation against Washington after the House of Representatives backed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, while the European Union said the move might affect its energy security and it stood ready to act too.

“I am glad to announce that we have reached an agreement that will allow us to send sanctions legislation to the president’s desk,” Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

He said the Senate would move to approve sanctions on Russia and Iran that it originally passed in mid-June, as well as sanctions on North Korea developed by the House of Representatives and included in a bill the House passed overwhelmingly on Wednesday.

Before the latest agreement, some senators had objected to the North Korea measures and it had looked like the sanctions bill, already delayed since mid-June, could languish into September.

If the bill passes the Senate as expected, it would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto. It is, however, expected to garner enough support to override a Trump veto.

The House voted 419-3 on Tuesday to impose new sanctions on Moscow and force Trump to obtain lawmakers’ approval before easing any punitive measures on Russia.

“This is rather sad news from the point of view of Russia-U.S. ties,” said Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman. “We are talking about an extremely unfriendly act.”

He said President Vladimir Putin would decide if and how Moscow would retaliate once the sanctions became law. Russia’s deputy foreign minister warned the move was taking bilateral relations into uncharted waters, killing off hopes of improving them in the near future.

Source- http://in.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-russia-idINKBN1AB27S

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Kim Zolciak Vs Kenya Moore: Why The ‘RHOA’ Stars ‘Loa the’ Each Other With A Passion https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/kim-zolciak-vs-kenya-moore-therhoa-stars-loa.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/kim-zolciak-vs-kenya-moore-therhoa-stars-loa.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:21:50 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37077 Season 10 of ‘RHOA’ is going to be red hot! Kim Zolciak is back, and HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned what really happened behind the scenes of her recent, blowout fight with Kenya Moore! From low-blows to physicality — Here’s the scoop! Kim Zolciak, 39, and Kenya Moore, 46, are about to take The Real Housewives of […]

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Season 10 of ‘RHOA’ is going to be red hot! Kim Zolciak is back, and HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned what really happened behind the scenes of her recent, blowout fight with Kenya Moore! From low-blows to physicality — Here’s the scoop!

Kim Zolciak, 39, and Kenya Moore, 46, are about to take The Real Housewives of Atlanta to the next level during season 10! After exiting the show since 2012 [having been a cast-regular since 2008], Kim is returning for a part-time gig in the show’s next season! And, although the RHOA won’t return to the small screen until this fall, Kim and Kenya are already teasing us with some epic drama! After their most recent blowout, with Kim’s daughter, Brielle Biermann, 20, jumping in to slam Kenya, we’re going to explain where it all stemmed from.

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Let’s go back to season 9 at Sheree Whitfield‘s housewarming party, shall we? We’re pretty sure the roof was about to blow off in Sheree’s home during Kim and Kenya’s scathing fight. Their feud kicked off at the housewarming party when Kim called Kenya out for being rude after she was discovered nosing around Sheree’s basement on her own. “And, that’s when Kim and Kenya’s hate for one another really started,” an  RHOA insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Kenya was taking none of it though, and she immediately launched into a tirade against Kim’s husband Kroy, accusing him of being a deadbeat, and calling Kim ‘Octomom’ because she has so many kids.” RHOA fans, that’s hard to forget, right?

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“After their season 9 fight, Kim vowed she would never speak to Kenya again,” the source says. And, just when things seemed calmer in the ATL, Kim and Kenya went for round two recently. “Kenya kept on pushing her buttons during a recent fight while filming season 10,” our insider says. “Kenya claimed Kim pimped out her daughter Brielle, and that she was hard up for money. All of that just made Kim see red, and during filming last weekend, things got physical after Kim lunged at Kenya.” Things were apparently so bad that “the two had to be pulled apart by the cast and crew, and Kim ended up storming off the set, absolutely furious.” Yikes.

As you know, that wasn’t the end of it — Brielle added more fuel to the fire when she tweeted, “Kenya is a dumb ugly evil bitch,” on July 22. Brielle was present during Kim and Kenya’s most recent fight, our source says, which clearly set her off.

So, what’s the current status of their feud? — Ultimately, “Kim and Kenya totally rub each other up the wrong way and they absolutely loathe each other,” our source reveals. “At this stage, it would take a miracle for them to settle their feud.” However, “‘Housewives’ producers are hoping they can at least act civilly towards each other, as there’s still a ton of filming to be done for the next season. And, right now it’s looking like it’s going to be one long nightmare.” Season 10 is sure to be one wild ride!

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/07/26/kim-zolciak-kenya-moore-feud-why-they-are-fighting-rhoa/

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Kris Jenner In ‘Panic’ Over O.J.’s Release: She’s Reportedly Scared He’ll Want To See Khloe https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/kris-jenner-in-panic-over-o-j-s-release.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/kris-jenner-in-panic-over-o-j-s-release.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:11:42 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37071 Now that O.J. Simpson has been granted parole, speculation is once again rampant that he may be Khloe Kardashian’s real father — and it has Kris Jenner VERY worried about his impending prison release date, according to a new report. For years, it’s been rumored that former Kardashian family friend, O.J. Simpson, may be Khloe […]

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Now that O.J. Simpson has been granted parole, speculation is once again rampant that he may be Khloe Kardashian’s real father — and it has Kris Jenner VERY worried about his impending prison release date, according to a new report.

For years, it’s been rumored that former Kardashian family friend, O.J. Simpson, may be Khloe Kardashian’s biological father, and the shocking claims have been blowing up the Internet again ever since it was revealed on July 20 that O.J. will be released from prison early. O.J., who was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008, was granted parole and will be eligible for release beginning on Oct. 1, 2017, which reportedly has Khloe’s mom, Kris Jenner, 61, freaking out. “Kris is scared to death,” an insider tells InTouch. “Now that O.J. is getting out, Khloe has the opportunity to find out the truth and [Kris] thinks O.J. might even approach her or try to profit off of her. She’s in a state of panic.”

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Khloe has adamantly brushed off reports that O.J. is her dad, and even refused to take a paternity test during 2012 Keeping Up With The Kardashians because she was so confident that the late Robert Kardashian is her father. Meanwhile, on the day O.J. was granted parole, the 33-year-old’s social media page was inundated with messages about her ‘dad.’ She got so frustrated by the hurtful tweets and comments, that she even fired back, “They are all f**ing a**holes. Hehe Oh well….I’m happy and they hatin’.” Clearly, she’s not letting this get to her too much!

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Of course, Khloe has so many good things happening for her right now — like her relationship with Tristan Thompson, 26 — that O.J. is probably the furthest thing from her mind. She and Tristan have basically been inseparable since his basketball season ended in June, and he’s even hunting for houses to rent in California so they can be close ALL the time (she already has a place in Cleveland). So sweet!

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/07/26/kris-jenner-oj-simpson-parole-khloe-kardashian-paternity/

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Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth: Why They’re Reportedly Getting In ‘Bitter’Fights https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/miley-cyrus-liam-hemsworth-theyre-reportedly-getting-bitterfights.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/miley-cyrus-liam-hemsworth-theyre-reportedly-getting-bitterfights.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:54:22 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37066 Now that Miley Cyrus has given up her partying lifestyle, there’s reportedly tension in her relationship with Liam Hemsworth — because HE doesn’t want to tone it down like she has, according to a new report! Uh-oh, is there trouble in paradise between Miley Cyrus, 24, and Liam Hemsworth, 27!? It’s no secret that Miley […]

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Now that Miley Cyrus has given up her partying lifestyle, there’s reportedly tension in her relationship with Liam Hemsworth — because HE doesn’t want to tone it down like she has, according to a new report!

Uh-oh, is there trouble in paradise between Miley Cyrus, 24, and Liam Hemsworth, 27!? It’s no secret that Miley has drastically changed her lifestyle this year — she even gave up smoking weed — but Liam reportedly isn’t willing to put partying in the past, and a new report claims that it’s affected the pair’s relationship. “Miley is begging Liam to reel it in, but Liam really doesn’t want to,” an insider tells InTouch. “Now, Miley is the one who wants to get married and start a family. The situation has led to many bitter fights between the two.” In case you forgot, Miley and Liam split in 2013 after her partying and behavior got a bit out of control, but they reconciled at the end of 2015.

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We’re going to take this report with a grain of salt, though. On the same day InTouch hit newsstands, Liam posted a throwback photo of Miley standing amidst a forest of trees to Instagram with the caption, “Little girl. Big world. #takemeback.” He’s currently in New York City filming a movie while she’s back home in L.A., and he’s making it pretty clear that he’s missing their time together with this post! On July 10, he also shared a sweet selfie in bed with the 24-year-old and referred to her as “my angel” in the caption. Things seem A-OK between these two to us!

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Still, don’t expect to see wedding bells anytime in the near future. Even though Miley has been wearing her engagement ring since she and Liam got back together, her mom, Tish Cyrus, confirmed in June that there are no plans for nuptials in the near future. “[Miley’s] always like, ‘I don’t know why everyone wants us to get married. It’s so perfect [the way it is]’,” Tish explained. “She’s 24. She’s got time.” Very true!

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/07/26/liam-hemsworth-miley-cyrus-fighting-partying-relationship/

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Bernice Burgos Confesses To Multiple Plastic Surgeries: I’ve Done A Little Bit Of Everything https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/bernice-burgos-confesses-multiple-plastic-surgeries-ive-done-little-bit-everything.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/bernice-burgos-confesses-multiple-plastic-surgeries-ive-done-little-bit-everything.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:16:25 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37061 Spilling the beans! Bernice Burgos just revealed that she’s had some work done and she even explained the details on which procedures she opted to undergo! Instagram model and all-around stunner Bernice Burgos, 37, stopped by The Breakfast Club on July 26 to discuss, among other things, that she’s undergone a few plastic surgery procedures! […]

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Spilling the beans! Bernice Burgos just revealed that she’s had some work done and she even explained the details on which procedures she opted to undergo!

Instagram model and all-around stunner Bernice Burgos, 37, stopped by The Breakfast Club on July 26 to discuss, among other things, that she’s undergone a few plastic surgery procedures! The gorgeous looker, who was rumored to be the mistress of T.I., 36, even got into the nitty gritty on which body parts she had enhanced! “I’ve done a little bit of everything… I did my butt first,” she said on the radio show. “That was the first thing I did after I had my second daughter. I had these two dents [on my butt] and I just wanted to fill them up.”

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Of course, that’s not all Bernice discussed during her visit. She also opened up about those nasty public exchanges between herself and Tameka “Tiny” Harris, 42, on social media over her supposed relationship with T.I.! “I was shocked. I’m really disappointed at what I did,” she admitted. “I’m not saying I regret it. But, I’ve learned from being on social media, it puts you in a place that you have to fight with people you don’t know. [I replied] because I was listening to so many lies [about breaking up their marriage] on social media… ‘You this, you that.’”

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The curvaceous model also revealed that, in the past, she was actually seeing everyone’s fave rapper: Drake, 30! So…what exactly happened there?! “Drake, I’m going to tell you something about Drake. He’s the sweetest person ever,” she gushed. “He’s always been good to me and I’ve always been good to him. I will go to his wedding right now if he gets married. He’s surely going to invite me. Why not? I’m cool.” So sweet! So why did it end? “Why have we stopped kicking it? Friends are friends. We’ll be like, ‘Hey, I’m having a party. Are you coming out?’” Welp, sounds like these two are on the same page!

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/07/26/bernice-burgos-plastic-surgery-multiple-confession/

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Kirk Frost Finally Takes DNA Test To Reveal If He’s Jasmine’s Baby Daddy https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/kirk-frost-finally-takes-dna-test-reveal-hes-jasmines-baby-daddy.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/kirk-frost-finally-takes-dna-test-reveal-hes-jasmines-baby-daddy.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:08:50 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37056 About goddamn time. Kirk Frost has finally taken a paternity test, according to a new report, which will prove whether or not he’s Jasmine Washington’s baby daddy. When will the results be revealed? The year is 2071 and Kirk Frost, 48, has finally taken the infamous DNA test, according to Fameolous Entertainment. The publication claims […]

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About goddamn time. Kirk Frost has finally taken a paternity test, according to a new report, which will prove whether or not he’s Jasmine Washington’s baby daddy. When will the results be revealed?

The year is 2071 and Kirk Frost, 48, has finally taken the infamous DNA test, according to Fameolous Entertainment. The publication claims they reached to Jasmine Washington‘s camp who revealed that the results should come in within the next 5-6 business days. That gives Wifey Rasheeda-Buckner Frost less than a week to mentally prepare for what could be the world’s biggest bombshell. Once the results are in, Jasmine and Kirk will reportedly face each other in court on August 16 to hash out any remaining details. The Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star might have to pay child support and discuss visitation rights if he chooses to have a relationship with 9-month old Kannon.

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Ever since rumors of Kirk’s lovechild began surfacing, Rasheeda’s been on the fence about whether or not she wants to stay married. The brunette beauty is already working on her revenge body to get back at him for being unfaithful, which is a pretty clear cut sign that she’s over it. Come on, look what happened to Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick when she started dedicating every waking hour to the gym. FINITO! And now she’s dating someone younger and hotter, so HA!

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But all kidding aside, Rasheeda knows she’ll always be attached to Kirk even if they separate. The couple share sons Karter and Ky who will constantly come first no matter what. Despite the heartache that Kirk’s actions have caused, the mother-of-two is confident in their co-parenting skills. “They’re co-parenting beautifully and she thanks her lucky stars for that,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “This is a painful thing for them to go through, but one blessing is that Kirk is still involved in their lives on a daily basis.”

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/07/26/kirk-frost-takes-dna-test-jasmine-washington-lovechild-lhh/

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Javi Marroquin Disses Kailyn Lowry While Gushing Over New GF — ‘I’ve NeverBeen Happier’ https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/javi-marroquin-disses-kailyn-lowry-gushing-new-gf-ive-neverbeen-happier.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/celebrities/javi-marroquin-disses-kailyn-lowry-gushing-new-gf-ive-neverbeen-happier.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:58:48 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37050 Moving on! Javi Marroquin took a jab at his ‘Teen Mom’ ex Kailyn Lowry while telling HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about the new lady in his life! Here’s what he said! Javi Marroquin, 24, has a new girlfriend and he can’t stop gushing about her! The ex of Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry, 25, spoke with […]

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Moving on! Javi Marroquin took a jab at his ‘Teen Mom’ ex Kailyn Lowry while telling HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY about the new lady in his life! Here’s what he said!

Javi Marroquin, 24, has a new girlfriend and he can’t stop gushing about her! The ex of Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry, 25, spoke with us about his newfound romance while managing to take a subtle shot at his famous ex! “I have a girlfriend now and haven’t been happier with anyone else,” Javi tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I think I’m the lucky man. We have a mutual friend and she connected us. Then we met at her wedding. It’s been great since.” Catch that sly little dig?!

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We’re betting you’re wondering who Javi’s new special lady is! Her name is Lauren Comeau. She’s a South Carolina resident who, as Javi shared, met the reality TV star at a friend’s wedding where they apparently hit it off! Due to his filming schedule, they are currently getting to know each from a distance but both sounds committed to making it work! “Distance isn’t ever easy, but we have a lot planned and busy schedules in between so I think we’ll handle it well,” Lauren told Radar Online. “We connected through a mutual friend in Delaware and finally got to meet at a recent wedding. We clicked instantly, and just really enjoyed each other’s company. I’m excited to see what happens.”

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Meanwhile, Kailyn is said to be desperate to win Javi back as she copes with her third pregnancy as a single mom. “Kailyn is so lonely right now. She’s scared about the future and really freaked out about raising a third child on her own,” a source close to the Teen Mom 2 star previously told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She has started seriously missing Javi, and desperately wants to get back together with him. Javi’s moved on though and has no intention of returning to Kailyn and all her drama. He’s really happy now and as far as Javi’s concerned, he and Kailyn gave it a shot before and it failed miserably, so it’s not going to work again now, no matter how hard they try.” Here’s hoping she finds lots of support when the baby arrives!

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/07/26/javi-marroquin-disses-kailyn-lowry-new-girlfriend/

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Charlie Gard: London judge sets deadline for moving terminally ill baby to hospice https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/charlie-gard-london-judge-sets-deadline-moving-terminally-ill-baby-hospice.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/charlie-gard-london-judge-sets-deadline-moving-terminally-ill-baby-hospice.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:38:35 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37046 Charlie Gard: London judge sets deadline for moving terminally ill baby to hospice A judge said Wednesday that terminally ill Charlie Gard would be moved to a hospice to die unless his parents and the hospital treating him agree on his end-of-life plan by 12 p.m. tomorrow. Judge Nicholas Francis said “it is in Charlie’s […]

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Charlie Gard: London judge sets deadline for moving terminally ill baby to hospice

A judge said Wednesday that terminally ill Charlie Gard would be moved to a hospice to die unless his parents and the hospital treating him agree on his end-of-life plan by 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Judge Nicholas Francis said “it is in Charlie’s best interests to be moved to a hospice and for him at that point to be moved to a palliative care regime only,” the Associated Press reports.

The parents of Charlie Gard appear to have dropped their request for the 11-month old infant to die at home in favor of their son being cared for in hospice. Connie Yates returned to London’s High Court Wednesday to request a medical team that could keep her son alive for a week under hospice care rather than a few hours, according to the AP.

Great Ormond Street Hospital said it was not practical to provide life-support treatment for days at the couple’s home.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates on Monday ended a months-long legal battle to take him to the United States for experimental treatment.
Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease. He is brain damaged, cannot breathe unassisted and is deaf and blind.

His parents accepted Monday that his condition has deteriorated to the point where the experimental nucleoside therapy developed by Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, would not work.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the British capital, where Charlie has been cared for since he was admitted in October, say he should remain at the hospital or be taken to a hospice due to the difficulties of providing him with the appropriate care at home.

The hospital has not given an indication when it will turn off his life-support machines.

“We are about to do the hardest thing that we will ever have to do, which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go,” the infant’s father, Chris Gard, said outside the court in London on Monday.

He said he did not expect his son to live beyond his first birthday on Aug. 4.

In a statement Tuesday, Dr. Hirano said: “I became involved in Charlie’s case when I was contacted by his parents, and I subsequently agreed to speak with his doctors to discuss whether an experimental therapy being developed in my lab could provide meaningful clinical improvement in Charlie’s condition.

“Unfortunately, a MRI scan of Charlie’s muscle tissue conducted in the past week has revealed that it is very unlikely that he would benefit from this treatment.”

He said he had no financial interest in the treatment being developed for Charlie’s condition.

The case has received widespread attention worldwide with Pope Francis and President Trump weighing in to offer assistance to Charlie and his parents.

In Britain, the courts make right-to-life decisions, not the patients or families, as is the case in the United States.

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TSA Rolls Out New Electronics Rules for All U.S. Passengers https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/tsa-rolls-out-new-electronics-rules-for-all-u-s-passengers.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/tsa-rolls-out-new-electronics-rules-for-all-u-s-passengers.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:12:58 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37041 TSA Rolls Out New Electronics Rules for All U.S. Passengers TSA Rolls Out New Electronics Rules for All U.S. Passengers:-The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday that it will now require passengers to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and put them into separate bins when passing through security […]

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TSA Rolls Out New Electronics Rules for All U.S. Passengers

TSA Rolls Out New Electronics Rules for All U.S. Passengers:-The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday that it will now require passengers to remove all electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and put them into separate bins when passing through security screenings at airports.

The policy has long applied to laptops but will now include iPads, tablets, and any other device that is larger than a mobile phone.

The new regulations were tested in several airports earlier this year and will now apply to passengers traveling to, from, and within the U.S., according to a press release. TSA pre-check members will not need to comply with this new rule.

“It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe. By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats,” said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia.

TSA said it was responding to an increase in security threats on the nation’s airports.

Source:-http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/carry-on-electronics-tsa-screening

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See some of the Southwest’s iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/see-some-of-the-southwests-iconic-landscapes-on-new-las-vegas-day-trip.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/see-some-of-the-southwests-iconic-landscapes-on-new-las-vegas-day-trip.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:50:12 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37035 See some of the Southwest’s iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip See some of the Southwest’s iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip:-There is life outside the neon lights of Las Vegas. Visitors who want to play in Sin City by night and see some of the Southwest’s most iconic natural landscapes […]

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See some of the Southwest’s iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip

See some of the Southwest’s iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip:-There is life outside the neon lights of Las Vegas. Visitors who want to play in Sin City by night and see some of the Southwest’s most iconic natural landscapes by day may want to check out a new air-and-land tour.

Next Tuesday, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines will start taking visitors to lesser-seen sights in northern Arizona. The Antelope Canyon Expedition Tour lasts 11 hours and takes guests from their Vegas hotels to the Boulder City, Nev., airport.

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From there, sightseers take off for Page, Ariz., the jumping-off point for visits to the spiral-interior Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, where the Colorado River makes a spectacular U-turn that can be viewed from atop a towering cliff.

Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo Nation land, is a slot canyon carved from sandstone millions of years ago. While not commonly visited given its remote location, the canyon is popular with photographers who capture narrow beams of sunlight pouring into the crevices.

For now, the tour is only offered to groups willing to charter an entire plane. Visitors can rent a nine-passenger Cessna Caravan for $3,500, which works out to $389 per person. It includes guided tours from the air and on the ground plus a picnic lunch.

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A 16-passenger Vistaliner is priced at $6,000, or $375 per person. The planes are de Havilland Twin Otters with large windows added to provide unobstructed views of the scenery below.

Starting April 1, 2018, the tour operator plans to offer the trip to individual guests for $499 per person. Tours will be offered year-round too.

The air tour operator also offers flights over and into the Grand Canyon. The company says it’s the first company to offer sightseeing trips to the Page/Lake Powell region.

Source:-http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-las-vegas-antelope-canyon-helicopter-tour-20170725-story.html

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After a near-record 270 days, Mammoth Mountain’s snow season is coming to a close https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/after-a-near-record-270-days-mammoth-mountains-snow-season-is-coming-to-a-close.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/after-a-near-record-270-days-mammoth-mountains-snow-season-is-coming-to-a-close.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:33:54 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37032 After a near-record 270 days, Mammoth Mountain’s snow season is coming to a close After a near-record 270 days, Mammoth Mountain’s snow season is coming to a close:-During one of the longest ski seasons in California’s history, Mammoth Mountain is getting ready to say goodbye to skiers and snowboarders who’ve been relishing their time on […]

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After a near-record 270 days, Mammoth Mountain’s snow season is coming to a close

After a near-record 270 days, Mammoth Mountain’s snow season is coming to a close:-During one of the longest ski seasons in California’s history, Mammoth Mountain is getting ready to say goodbye to skiers and snowboarders who’ve been relishing their time on the slopes deep into summer.

The ski resort in Mammoth Lakes will be open daily for snow sports through Aug. 6. It chalked up a remarkable 270-day season after big winter snowfalls were helped by a late June snowstorm.

Squaw Valley Resort overlooking Lake Tahoe in Olympic Valley, Calif., also had a long winter-into-summer run. It closed for the winter season July 15, marking its latest closing date in the resort’s history.

By the numbers, Mammoth received 618 inches of snow at its Main Lodge (which sits at about 9,000 feet) and an estimated 800-plus inches at the resort’s 11,053-foot summit, according to a news release.

The numbers add up to the second-longest season for Mammoth, surpassed only by the big snow of 1994-95 when the resort was open from Oct. 8, 1994, through Aug. 13, 1995.

And here’s the good news for powder lovers: Mammoth plans to reopen in just 100 days, on Nov. 9.

For those ready to get on with summer, the resort’s Bike Park is open. You can ride on trail by taking the gondola to the top. Visitors to Squaw Valley also can go on mountain biking trails or take a scenic tram to 8,200 feet in elevation.

Source:-http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-california-mammoth-mountain-closes-for-season-20170725-story.html

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/u-s-lawmakers-reach-deal-senate-russia-sanctions-vote.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/u-s-lawmakers-reach-deal-senate-russia-sanctions-vote.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:25:37 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37029 U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress’ approval. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia […]

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U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress’ approval.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia warned it was edging closer to retaliation against Washington after the House of Representatives backed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, while the European Union said the move might affect its energy security and it stood ready to act too.

“I am glad to announce that we have reached an agreement that will allow us to send sanctions legislation to the president’s desk,” Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

He said the Senate would move to approve sanctions on Russia and Iran that it originally passed in mid-June, as well as sanctions on North Korea developed by the House of Representatives and included in a bill the House passed overwhelmingly on Wednesday.

Before the latest agreement, some senators had objected to the North Korea measures and it had looked like the sanctions bill, already delayed since mid-June, could languish into September.

If the bill passes the Senate as expected, it would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto. It is, however, expected to garner enough support to override a Trump veto.

The House voted 419-3 on Tuesday to impose new sanctions on Moscow and force Trump to obtain lawmakers’ approval before easing any punitive measures on Russia.

“This is rather sad news from the point of view of Russia-U.S. ties,” said Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman. “We are talking about an extremely unfriendly act.”

He said President Vladimir Putin would decide if and how Moscow would retaliate once the sanctions became law. Russia’s deputy foreign minister warned the move was taking bilateral relations into uncharted waters, killing off hopes of improving them in the near future.

Trump, whose presidency has been embroiled in a distracting dispute over his associates’ alleged ties to Moscow, is on the defensive over accusations Russia helped elect him last year. He has said he wants to mend relations with Russia that are languishing at a post-Cold War low.

Trump had denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Most White House watchers believe Trump will reluctantly sign off on the new sanctions, given deep support for them among U.S. lawmakers and his desire to avoid being accused of being soft on Moscow.

Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump would have little choice. The Senate passed a version of the legislation, without the North Korea sanctions, on June 15 by 98-2.

“I think the president will sign it,” Royce said on NBC’s Meet the Press Daily on Wednesday.

The issue has rattled Russia, which fears that its economy, weakened by 2014 Western sanctions imposed over its role in the Ukraine crisis, will now find it harder to recover and grow. Foreign investors could be scared off.

The European Union frets that new U.S. restrictions could pose obstacles to its companies doing business with Russia and threaten the bloc’s energy supply lines.

The Kremlin’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is one reason lawmakers have pushed for the new sanctions.

Hopes Fade for Detente

Peskov said Moscow would wait until the sanctions became law before fully analyzing them and deciding how to respond.

Moscow had hoped that Trump, who made upbeat statements about Putin before winning the White House, would work to repair the U.S.-Russia relationship. But it has watched with frustration as the vote-meddling allegations killed off hopes of any detente.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said this month that too many American spies were operating in Russia under diplomatic cover and it might expel some to retaliate for the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats last year by then-President Barack Obama’s administration.

Many Russian politicians increasingly believe Trump’s political foes and Congress have left the U.S. president with little room for maneuver on Russia and they have nothing to lose by retaliating.

In Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU was ready to act “within a matter of days” if it felt the new U.S. sanctions undermined the bloc’s energy security.

Brussels fears the new sanctions will damage European firms and oil and gas projects on which the EU is dependent.

The Russia section of the bill includes sanctions on a range of industries.

Several provisions target Russian energy, with new limits on U.S. investment in Russian companies. U.S. firms also would be barred from participating in energy exploration projects where Russian firms have a stake of 33 percent or higher.

The bill includes sanctions on foreign firms investing in or helping Russian energy exploration, although the president could waive those sanctions.

The bill would give the Trump administration the option of imposing sanctions on firms helping develop Russian export pipelines, such as the Nord Stream 2 pipeline carrying natural gas to Europe, in which German companies are involved.

In a concession to allies, those sanctions are optional, not mandatory.

The European Commission said a number of EU concerns had been taken into account in the most recent version of the bill, but said it could lead to sanctions on any company, including European, that worked on Russian energy export pipelines.

source:-http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-kremlin-idUSKBN1AB1Q3

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5 Tips for Saving Money in San Francisco:-San Francisco is known for a lot of things – but being an affordable city isn’t one of them. Don’t be discouraged. Devising an affordable trip is easier than you might think, if you strategize beforehand. To help find the best tricks for traveling within a budget, U.S. News asked a few local experts to weigh in. Here’s what they said.

Sightsee by foot.

Sightsee by foot


“You don’t need a lot of money to walk around and see the most scenic vistas,” says Nancy K. DuBois, chief concierge at Cavallo Point. “Instead of taking a tour, just walk. Walk along the Presidio. It’s just chockablock full of history. Walk the bunkers in the Marin Headlands and see the lighthouse out there. You can pretty much see every famous site in San Francisco by walking.”

Ranked the second most walkable city in the country by Walk Score, San Francisco is easy to get around by foot – if you know where to go and don’t mind the hills. Head to Nob Hill and stroll Hyde Street until you get to Lombard Street, where you can see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Bay. Continue through North Beach, the city’s historic Italian neighborhood, and up to Coit Tower for more views. For more moderate walking, stroll the Embarcadero waterfront district or the trendy Mission District.

Take public transportation.

“Invest in a multiday pass for transportation,” says Andreas Rippel, chief concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. “The SFMTA Visitor Passport system lets you ride cable cars, streetcars and buses.”

The cost of hopping around San Francisco can add up quickly, especially if you’re visiting for a short time and have a lot of places on your bucket list. The city’s Visitor Passport, which grants you unlimited rides on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s “Muni” system, is a great way to curb transportation costs and get around easily. You can purchase passes for one day ($21), three days ($32) or seven days ($42).

Visitors who are staying for a long weekend and planning on hitting a lot of the city’s main points of interest may want the CityPASS, which includes a three-day Visitor Passport and one admission ticket to attractions like the California Academy of Sciences and The Exploratorium, valid for a nine-day period. Prices are $94 for adults, $69 for children 5 to 11 and free for kids 4 and younger. Passports can be purchased in advance on your smartphone using MuniMobile.

Feast on casual eats.

“You actually don’t have to spend a lot of money at restaurants to eat well,” says Jose Lopez, chief concierge at the Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel. He recommends La Taqueria, which has “the best burritos in the city,” he says.

Mission Chinese Food is a celebrated Chinese restaurant with an imaginative flare, and nearly every dish is less than $18. Go with friends, or make new ones, and share. The Chairman began as a food truck before opening a brick-and-mortar establishment in the Tenderloin neighborhood, serving baos like pork belly with turmeric-pickled daikon in a steamed bun. Or hit the city’s happy hours: Anchor & Hope has $1 oysters and $6 wines.

Take advantage of public art.

Take advantage of public art


You don’t have to pay a pricey entrance ticket to see good art in San Francisco. A lot of the city’s best art can be found outside. In the Mission District, check out the colorful murals in Clarion Alley between 17th and 18th streets, and in Balmy Alley between 24th and 25th streets. After sunset, head to the Embarcadero to see The Bay Lights, a magical LED light installation on the Bay Bridge by artist Leo Villareal in honor of the bridge’s 75th anniversary.

But there are also ways to see what many museums have to offer, without paying full price. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has 45,000 square feet of art-filled space that you can see for free. “And the tower at the de Young is free and offers one of the best views of San Francisco,” says Rachel Ward, editor at Where San Francisco magazine. Those museums and others offer admission-free days on occasion, so be sure to check their websites before visiting.

Book ahead, or be flexible – if you can.

Book ahead, or be flexible – if you can


“If you’re planning on seeing a show or live entertainment, book in advance – and book directly at the venue, if you can,” says Tom Wolfe, chief concierge and director of heritage at the Fairmont San Francisco. “Ticket brokers will charge double the face value.”

But if you have more flexibility, that can work in your favor. The San Francisco Ballet offers 200 standing room tickets on the day of performances at a discounted rate. Likewise, the San Francisco Symphony offers a 25 percent discount for groups of 10 or more at most performances, or try to snag a rush ticket for $20 on the day of select performances.

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Senate aims for a ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal as other options fail https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/senate-aims-skinny-obamacare-repeal-options-fail.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/senate-aims-skinny-obamacare-repeal-options-fail.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:10:55 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37010 Senate aims for a ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal as other options fail Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down “skinny” repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives. The last-ditch effort came after senators voted […]

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Senate aims for a ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal as other options fail

Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down “skinny” repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives.

The last-ditch effort came after senators voted 55-45 against a straight repeal of Obamacare, which would have provided for a two-year delay in implementation to give Congress time to work out a replacement. Seven Republicans opposed the measure.

It was the Senate’s second failure in 24 hours to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, which expanded health insurance to about 20 million people, many of them low-income. On Tuesday, senators rejected the repeal-and-replace plan Republicans had worked on since May.

The failures underscored the party’s deep divisions on the role of government in helping provide access to healthcare as the Senate conducted its second day of a freewheeling debate that could stretch through the week.

Republicans said they were still working out what would be in a skinny repeal, which could simply eliminate mandates requiring individuals and employers to obtain or provide health insurance, and abolish a tax on medical device manufacturers.

Senator John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, said the party was trying to “figure out what the traffic will bear, in terms of getting 50 of our members to vote for things that will repeal as much of Obamacare as possible.”Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate.

Any Senate legislation would be enough to kick the issue to a special negotiating committee with the House, which passed its own version in May. If that panel can agree on a new bill, the full House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, would again have to approve the legislation – a process that could last months.

“I think people would look at it not necessarily based on its content, but as a forcing mechanism to cause the two sides of the building to try to solve it together,” Republican Senator Bob Corker said. “That’s going to be the last chance.”

Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters there was growing support for a slimmed-down approach that would kick the can to negotiators.

“I think there is plenty of agreement,” he said.

Seeking ‘More Organized Process’

President Donald Trump has come down hard on his fellow Republicans for failing to act on Obamacare, something he promised repeatedly to repeal and replace in his election campaign last year. Some Senate Republicans were growing uncomfortable with the chaotic debate.

“We’ve got to have a more organized process,” Republican Senator Ron Johnson said, noting the skinny repeal would simply delay acting on the core issue. “We just don’t have the courage and really the intestinal fortitude to suck it up and … do this right.”

Late on Wednesday, only 10 senators voted for a largely symbolic amendment stating lawmakers’ commitment to preserve a part of Obamacare that helped states expand the government’s Medicaid insurance program for the poor to cover a wider net of people.

source:-http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-mccain-idUSKBN1AA0BQ

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Cardinals’ offense potent in 10-5 win over Colorado https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/mlb/cardinals-offense-potent-10-5-win-colorado.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/mlb/cardinals-offense-potent-10-5-win-colorado.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:10:26 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37020 Cardinals’ offense potent in 10-5 win over Colorado Like a true power hitter, Carlos Martinez took a hefty cut and came up empty on the 92 mph fastball. The St. Louis pitcher missed wildly on a 1-1 offering in the fourth inning of the Cardinals’ 10-5 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night. Martinez slammed his […]

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Cardinals’ offense potent in 10-5 win over Colorado

Like a true power hitter, Carlos Martinez took a hefty cut and came up empty on the 92 mph fastball.

The St. Louis pitcher missed wildly on a 1-1 offering in the fourth inning of the Cardinals’ 10-5 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.

Martinez slammed his bat to the ground in anger, drawing chuckles from his teammates in the dugout.

Undaunted, Martinez dug back in and three pitches later, slammed a run-scoring single to right to tie the game 4-all.

The hit kick-started a five-run inning that turned a two-run deficit into a 7-4 lead.

“I was mad, I thought it was a pitch I should hit,” Martinez said.

The always-intense Martinez helped lead a balanced 15-hit attack.

Rookie Paul DeJong continued his hot hitting with a two-run homer in the first inning. It was his eighth of the month and set a franchise record for a rookie in July. His 14th homer of the season, in just 49 games, ties him for the team lead with Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko.

Randal Grichuk went 4 for 5 with successive singles in his final four at-bats. Rookie Harrison Bader, in his second major league start, added three hits.

“It’s exciting to watch when the guys get into a good rhythm,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “We just had everything we’re looking for. Putting up double-digit (runs) makes everything look good.”

DeJong has driven in at least one run in his last six games, the longest string by a St. Louis rookie since Albert Pujols had an eight-game streak in 2001.

“Today we showed a lot of fight,” DeJong said. “The offense scored a lot of runs and everyone contributed. I was just happy to get it going in the first inning.”

Martinez (7-8) struck out eight and gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings for his first win since June 16.

His high-level display of intensity at the plate did not surprise Matheny.

“He just comes out some days really fired up,” Matheny said. “We don’t want to take the passion out of him. That’s part of what makes him so good.”

Nolan Arenado hit his 23rd homer for the Rockies who are 18-34 in St. Louis since the start of the 2010 season.

“We didn’t pitch well,” Colorado manager Bud Black said, “When your starter only goes four innings and gives up a lot of runs, it makes it tough.”

Jeff Hoffman (6-3) allowed seven hits and six earned runs in a four-inning stint.

Gerado Parra gave the Rockies a 4-2 lead with a two-run double in the third.

St. Louis took the lead for good at 6-4 on a two-run double by Carpenter in the fourth.

Yadier Molina added a two-run double in the sixth to push the lead to 9-5.

The Rockies announced after the game that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Pat Neshek from Philadelphia for minor league pitchers J.D. Hammer, Alejandro Requena and infielder Jose Gomez.

“He’s having a good year,” Arenado said. “He’s a veteran. He’ll be a great addition to our bullpen.”

Neskek is looking forward to his environs.

“It’s exciting, jump right into a playoff race,” Neshek said. “It’s a great team with a great offense.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. He had been bothered by a right calf strain. RHP Greg Holland was placed on paternity leave.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver will be called up tomorrow from Triple-A Memphis to start on Thursday against Arizona. Weaver will take the spot of RHP Adam Wainwright, who was placed on the 10-disabled list on Tuesday with back stiffness. Weaver is 9-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 13 starts at Memphis. … St. Louis recalled RHP Mike Mayers from Memphis before Wednesday’s game. Mayers was 5-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 19 games at Memphis. … Cardinals OF Stephen Piscotty, who is bothered by a groin strain, will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at Single-A Peoria.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (8-4, 4.20 ERA) will start on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Washington. His eight wins are tied for third among NL rookies behind teammates Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela.

Cardinals: Weaver will open a four-game series at home against Arizona on Thursday. Weaver will be opposed by RHP Zack Godley (3-4, 3.32).

Source- https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/07/27/cardinals-offense-potent-in-10-5-win-over-colorado/104036078/

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Does running really harden your arteries? https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/medical/does-running-really-harden-your-arteries.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/medical/does-running-really-harden-your-arteries.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:04:44 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37009 Does running really harden your arteries? Does running really harden your arteries?:- On Tuesday, the journal Circulation published three articles—two new studies plus an editorial—that answer some longstanding questions and raise new ones about the link between high levels of running and the health of your coronary arteries. The news is mostly reassuring for runners, […]

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Does running really harden your arteries?

Does running really harden your arteries?:- On Tuesday, the journal Circulation published three articles—two new studies plus an editorial—that answer some longstanding questions and raise new ones about the link between high levels of running and the health of your coronary arteries. The news is mostly reassuring for runners, but it’s worth taking some time to understand what the new data tell us.

For many decades, the relationship between exercise and heart health was presumed to be simple: the more you do, the less likely you are to suffer heart problems. But in the last decade, that orthodoxy has been questioned, in part because we now have, for the first time, a generation of adults reaching retirement age who have been running (and doing other forms of endurance exercise) for nearly their entire adult lives. Being “active” is one thing; but if you’re running multiple marathons a year for four decades, does that eventually take a toll on your ticker?

For a general overview of this issue, check out my in-depth feature in Runner’s World from last fall. What the new studies in Circulation deal with is one particular aspect of the debate, related to the likelihood of developing blockages in the arteries leading to your heart.

In 2008, contrary to conventional wisdom, a study in Germany found that a group of marathon runners had higher “coronary artery calcium” (CAC) scores than a matched group of controls. CAC scores, which use CT scans to assess how much calcium has accumulated in your coronary arteries, quantify the degree to which artery-hardening plaques have built up in your blood vessels.

There were some questions about the German study, though. For example, the subjects had all completed at least five marathoners in the previous three years, but their earlier exercise history wasn’t considered, so it wasn’t clear whether the marathoners had been long-term athletes or more recent converts who “got religion” after a dissolute youth. More than half of the marathoners were former smokers, which tended to hint at the latter possibility. Still, it flagged the issue and sparked the launch of several other studies.

In the years since, as more data has emerged, the idea that I’ve heard from numerous sports cardiologists is that high levels of vigorous endurance exercise over many years may indeed increase coronary artery calcification, but that the pattern of plaques that form in athletes tends to be a healthier and more stable form of plaque, less likely to causes serious problems like a heart attack.

And that is, indeed, what the two new studies in Circulation suggest.

One study, from a group in Britain, compared 152 masters athletes (average age 54, 70 percent male) to 92 non-athlete controls. The athletes and non-athletes were equally likely to have elevated CAC scores, with roughly 40 percent in each group.

The bad news for athletes is that those who did have elevated CAC scores tended to have higher (i.e., worse) scores, and the higher scores were associated with the number of years of training.

The good news is that about 70 percent of the plaques in male athletes were hard, calcium-rich plaques, whereas about only 30 percent of the plaques in the controls were calcific. These hard plaques do narrow your arteries, but they’re much less likely to break off and cause a complete blockage that triggers a heart attack. (For more on this, see my description of this data from when it was first presented as a conference abstract a few years ago.)

The second study, from a group in the Netherlands, looked at 284 middle-aged men who competed in recreational sports. About half the participants were runners or cyclists, but the cohort included lots of different sports, including soccer and tennis.

The subjects completed detailed questionnaires reporting their lifelong exercise histories, and were divided into three groups based on their typical weekly exercise dose averaged over their adult lives. About half the athletes had non-zero CAC scores, but the prevalence was higher in the highest training group (68 percent) than the lowest training group (43 percent). And once again, the highest training group was more likely to have stable calcific plaques than the lowest training group.

In the comparison above, the lowest training group averaged less than 1,000 MET-minutes per week of exercise through their lives after the age of 12, which is equivalent to the higher end of public health guidelines for how much exercise everyone should get. (“MET” stands for metabolic equivalent of task, and is a way to measure the energy cost of differing activities.) The highest training group was getting above 2,000 MET-minutes per week, which is roughly equivalent to running 20 miles a week at a pace of 10:00 per mile.

This study also broke down the data by intensity of exercise, and found that intensities above 9 METs seemed to be associated with higher CAC score. For comparison, running at 10:00-mile pace burns about 10 METs in the average person, though habitual runners probably don’t have to work as hard (relatively speaking) to maintain a given pace.

For now, we don’t really have enough data to draw any conclusion about specific intensities or patterns of exercise and their link to arterial health. Still, taken together, these studies strengthen the picture that long-term endurance training is associated with more plaques but of a less dangerous type. So what message, in practical terms, should we take from this?

The accompanying editorial is by Aaron Baggish, of Massachusetts General Hospital, and Ben Levine, of the University of Texas Southwestern—both leading researchers in this area as well as sports cardiologists who are in the trenches dealing with masters athletes. They make three key points in their discussion.

The first is the old correlation-versus-causation caveat. Does endurance exercise really cause plaque build-up? There are some plausible hypotheses—that the turbulent, high-pressure blood flow through arteries during exercise contributes to plaque formation, or that hormones associated with intense exercise play a role.

But these studies don’t prove that link—and more than half the athletes in the two studies had no evidence of any calcification at all, despite their decades of hard training. So clearly training on its own isn’t enough to directly cause plaques.

So the second point Baggish and Levine raise is the potential role of unmeasured confounding variables. Do hardcore lifelong endurance athletes—or at least some of them—tend to eat poorly, without realizing the hidden consequences because their training keeps them thin? Do they overuse anti-inflammatory medications? Are they chronically stressed out? We don’t know.

The third point is the most important: the absence of data on clinical outcomes. In the average sedentary person, we know that high CAC scores are associated with an elevated risk of future cardiovascular events. And we know that prolonged endurance exercise seems to be associated with higher CAC scores in some people. But we don’t have any data linking high CAC scores in athletes with elevated risk of cardiovascular events. Both the British and Dutch studies offer convincing evidence that plaques in athletes are “different” from those in other people—so we still need to figure out what they mean in practice.

For Baggish and Levine, who deal with lots of endurance athletes in their clinics, CAC scores simply aren’t a high priority compared to more conventional and well-understood risk factors like cholesterol levels and blood pressure (which can be managed with lifestyle changes and drugs), and exercise capacity testing (which can be managed with, well, exercise). When they see patients with high CAC scores, they don’t currently recommend reducing training—instead, they discuss the current state of knowledge about risk factors, and offer guidance on some of the other ways of lowering risk.

That seems to me like a pretty good place to leave things. Obviously we all want better information and more certainty, and hopefully further research will get us there. But until then, it’s not clear what CAC scores really mean in endurance athletes.

In fact, it reminds me of a spoof article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal a few years ago: “Cigarette smoking: an underused tool in high-performance endurance training.” Numerous studies show that smokers have higher lung volume and higher hemoglobin levels—factors associated with endurance performance, but also with respiratory problems. So should runners smoke in order to get faster? Of course not: the meaning of a measurement depends on who it’s measured in.

source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/07/26/does-running-really-harden-your-arteries.html

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Travel blogger launches ‘Catch Me If You Can’ challenge, offering upgraded seat to strangers who spot him at the airport

Travel blogger Gilbert Ott has launched a unique challenge he’s dubbed “Catch Me If You Can” where he will swap his first or business class seats with anyone who spots him at an airport and asks him to switch.

“The idea is that if you find me in an airport, in the check-in lane, the security lane, walking around, grabbing some food, and you happen to be on my flight, I will gladly switch seats with you if you can identify me,” Ott said on “Good Morning America.”

Ott said he started the challenge to “drum up a little bit of interest” in his new website, God Save The Points, but now that his clever promotional tactic has gotten so much attention, he admits it could be difficult to pull off.

“I think it’s going to be very hard to hide at the airport for the rest of year,” he said of his newfound fame surrounding the challenge, which runs until December. He took the name from the 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio movie, in which a wily teenager successfully impersonates airline pilots, doctors and prosecutors before eventually getting caught.

Even if he’s already boarded and sitting comfortably in his upgraded seat, Ott said he would still swap with anyone who recognizes him — although he wouldn’t be too thrilled about that situation.

“Ideally, it would be before I get on the plane,” Ott said with a laugh. “It’d be pretty disheartening to sit in one of those pretty nice seats and have to turn around, but if someone is that motivated, I suppose I would switch with them.”

Ott said he was inspired to start the challenge because he’s a “big Richard Branson fan,” referring to the business mogul and Virgin Group founder.

“I had heard that on some of his airlines, he actually switches seats with people in economy and I thought that was kind of a fun idea,” Ott explained. “I thought if one of these kind of eccentric billionaires could do it, then some nobody 30-year-old blogger could definitely do that.”

Over the weekend British Airways got on board to help kick off Ott’s contest on his round-trip flight from New York’s JFK airport to London’s Heathrow airport on July 22 and July 23. The airline upped the ante and decided to upgrade up to 10 passengers who spotted him to seats in business class, British Airways vice president of Communications Caroline Niven told ABC News.

“In New York [Ott] upgraded a couple who were on their honeymoon and it was their first time going to London. I think it was something they will remember forever as well as two little girls,” Niven said. “It was the experience of a lifetime. We were thrilled to be part of that with him.”

“Through London I was actually being chased in the airport. I was out of breath,” Ott said. “It was really entertaining.”

The airline reserved 10 seats in anticipation of the promotion. Ott did not have to give up his seat for the flight, Niven said.

The airline does not have another promotion planned with Ott, and told ABC News that accommodating further seat upgrades through Ott’s contest would be at the discretion of the airport team in place for the specific flight. That will ensure protocols are followed and that all passengers accommodated.

Ott said he has approximately 30 flights planned through the rest of the year on a few different airlines.

He plans to be in New York, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco, so travelers should be on the lookout.

“If anyone finds me from now on, I really will be resigned to the back of the plane I think. I really will have to live up to the contest,” he said.

The travel guru’s number one tip for fellow flyers trying to get a better seat without breaking the bank? Look beyond the economy section.

“Occasionally, especially in the U.S., business-class or first-class is sold either at the same price or fractionally above on certain flights,” Ott said. “And when you factor in things like paying for checked bags and seat assignments and these other things, it can actually work out cheaper and it’s a pretty nice experience. Don’t be afraid to glance in that column. Sometimes it works out in your favor.”

Source:- http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/travel-blogger-launches-catch-challenge-offering-upgraded-seat/story?id=48855822

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White Sox OF Avisail Garcia sidelined by right thumb injury https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/mlb/white-sox-avisail-garcia-sidelined-right-thumb-injury.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/mlb/white-sox-avisail-garcia-sidelined-right-thumb-injury.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:04:18 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=37011 White Sox OF Avisail Garcia sidelined by right thumb injury White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia tried ignoring the discomfort in his right thumb. When it started to affect his swing, he decided it was time to see a doctor. Garcia had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a strained ligament, likely sidelining the All-Star for […]

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White Sox OF Avisail Garcia sidelined by right thumb injury

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia tried ignoring the discomfort in his right thumb. When it started to affect his swing, he decided it was time to see a doctor.

Garcia had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a strained ligament, likely sidelining the All-Star for a couple of weeks.

“It’s been like this one week and getting worse, worse, worse,” he said. “So that’s why I decided to stop because my swing is not the same and I don’t want to keep playing like this. Try to get this thing better and try to get back on the field soon.”

Garcia complained about the thumb injury after he went 0 for 5 in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to the Cubs. He also has been hampered by pain in his right middle finger.

“I’ve been swinging too much with my shoulders. Trying to force it,” he said. “I don’t have to force it. If something’s wrong I have to stop because I want to help my team. I don’t want this to happen. But it happened. That’s baseball. Anything can happen so I’ve just got to take care of this and be back and ready.”

The 26-year-old Garcia has been one of Chicago’s only bright spots during a difficult season. He is batting .303 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs in 88 games for the last-place White Sox.

Alen Hanson started in right field Wednesday night and hit a sacrifice fly and a solo homer in an 8-3 loss to the Cubs. There was no immediate word on the corresponding move for Garcia’s upcoming stint on the 10-day disabled list, and manager Rick Renteria said he isn’t sure exactly how he will fill the position while the slugger is out.

“Once we decide how we continue to move forward, we’ll see where we’re at,” Renteria said before the loss.

The White Sox (39-59) also traded reliever Anthony Swarzak to Milwaukee on Wednesday for minor league outfielder Ryan Cordell. Right-hander Jake Petricka was activated from the 10-day disabled list after being sidelined by a right elbow strain, adding another arm to Chicago’s depleted bullpen.

Swarzak is the fourth pitcher traded by the rebuilding White Sox since July 13. Starter Jose Quintana was dealt to the Cubs, and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle were shipped to the New York Yankees.

“It’s a little sad,” reliever Dan Jennings said. “You see friends and teammates go, but you don’t want to sit here and say it’s the end of the road because we still have a lot of games to play and we’re still going to do our best to win every game.”

Petricka is 1-0 with a 9.28 ERA in nine appearances with Chicago. He also spent time on the disabled list this season with a right lat strain.

“It’s been a mental grind especially with the hip injury last year, so if anything I’ve just learned a lot more about myself off the field than on the field,” he said. “And now it’s time to re-establish myself on the field.”

Source- https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/07/26/white-sox-of-avisail-garcia-sidelined-by-right-thumb-injury/104029188/

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Los Angeles Travel Guide: Eat, Drink, and Have Fun in Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Top 15 L.A. Picks https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/los-angeles-travel-guide-eat-drink-and-have-fun-in-chef-michael-voltaggios-top-15-l-a-picks.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/travel/los-angeles-travel-guide-eat-drink-and-have-fun-in-chef-michael-voltaggios-top-15-l-a-picks.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:47 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=36980 Los Angeles Travel Guide: Eat, Drink, and Have Fun in Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Top 15 L.A. Picks Los Angeles Travel Guide: Eat, Drink, and Have Fun in Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Top 15 L.A. Picks:-To many East Coast residents, Los Angeles is a distant place fit only for matcha-loving vegans, raw food advocates, fitness enthusiasts, and […]

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Los Angeles Travel Guide: Eat, Drink, and Have Fun in Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Top 15 L.A. Picks

Los Angeles Travel Guide: Eat, Drink, and Have Fun in Chef Michael Voltaggio’s Top 15 L.A. Picks:-To many East Coast residents, Los Angeles is a distant place fit only for matcha-loving vegans, raw food advocates, fitness enthusiasts, and the Kardashians (or Kardashian wannabes). But they couldn’t be more wrong. The city is home to a thriving food and cultural scene—plus vibrant nightlife. And as if that weren’t enough, nature and good weather abound.

Here, Chef Michael Voltaggio (of Ink, Sack Sandwiches, and Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse fame) and shares 15 of his favorite spots.

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THE SPARE ROOM AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

“Bowling, craft cocktails, board games, and a timeless sophistication that satisfies any occasion. This two-lane alley tucked away upstairs in The Roosevelt is a must,” Voltaggio says. “That’s where you’ll find me with a Dewar’s 12 in one hand and a bowling ball in the other. Not to mention the fact that this hotel houses many other nightlife and lifestyle experiences including its newest addition—a private tattoo studio by Dr. Woo.”

The spare room at the roosevelt hotel


COFFEE AT THE CANYON COUNTRY STORE IN LAUREL CANYON

“Lilly has been serving coffee from a little stall out front of the store for years. She remembers your order after a few visits and even says ‘Will you be having the usual?’ And that always makes you feel like you are always the most important guest of the day!”

THE COMEDY STORE, THE IMPROV, LAUGH FACTORY

“I can’t choose just one so you have to pick. You’re in L.A., and unless you are opposed to laughter, why not? The biggest stars in comedy have (and still do) hit the stages at these iconic venues nightly. Live comedy is a must to experience if you are from here, a transplant, or just passing through.”

PROPER BARBER SHOP

“Vinnie has only been around 3rd Street for a few years. That said, it’s like a modern version of the barbershops back in the day. Proper is full of gossiping patrons and barbers having a social session. Swap out grumpy old men, politicians, and pinstripe suits for tattoos, punk rock, and comedic relief. Walk in thinking you have to be a cool kid to be there, walk out thinking that it was one of the most professional, endearing experiences by a group of gentlemen that are eager to please every customer that walks through the door.”

Proper barber shop


THE FARMERS’ MARKETS

“Santa Monica, Hollywood, and most surrounding towns all have them. The markets are huge: full of people, produce, and artisan ingredients that dictate what season we are living in. The colors, smells, sounds make you forget that you’re in a major city and remind us of the importance of supporting our local farmers that grow food for our tables.”

THE SUNSET STRIP

“Despite the rapid development, there are still plenty of iconic venues surviving and it’s important that we keep them alive. From people watching and drinks at the Chateau Marmont, music at one of the many venues, or a hot dog at Carney’s you are guaranteed an L.A night on the Sunset Strip.”

MATSUHISA

“We all know Nobu. But what about the OG Nobu? Yes, the restaurant that introduced sushi to not just the privileged but to the curious, the adventurous, and perhaps the first ‘foodies’ of our generation. It’s a house of Hollywood deals, star sightings, and deliciously crafted Japanese cuisine that pushes the boundaries of tradition. You may even see the master himself, Nobu Matsuhisa, behind the counter. It’s what you find if you take the ancestry.com approach all the way back to the beginning of the global Nobu empire. If you are craving the Nobu Restaurant referenced by all your favorite rappers, head to the Malibu location. This is where you can sit and appreciate the beautiful view as well as chef’s incredible food.”

Matsuhisa


MAXFIELD L.A.

“A West Hollywood boutique that has everything from vintage furniture, books, home decor, and of course, clothing. While I know a lot of people may think it’s another designer store on Melrose, they also have that signature L.A. street style available. They carry labels like Fear of God and Enfants Riches Déprimés (translation: depressed rich kids). This shop has that L.A. street vibe—mixed with high fashion and vintage shopping.”

LINE HOTEL

“Located in K-Town, this Hotel really is different from your typical L.A. hotel. The location is centered between Hollywood and Downtown L.A., and this hotel really used the unique location to complement the feel of the neighborhood. You can eat the amazing Korean dishes created by Roy Choi. Or you can grab drinks at Break Room 86 and enjoy a Houston Brothers nightlife experience.”

CAPE SEAFOOD & PROVISIONS

“This is the top place to purchase seafood in L.A. Michael Cimarusti created this place to bring the best seafood directly to the public. He has always been a big advocate for small-scale fisherman being able to sell directly to larger restaurants. This shop is his way of providing high-quality seafood for public purchase while continuing to stand behind a really great cause.”

THE PIKEY

“This was once the home of the famous Ye Coach & Horses bar,” Voltaggio says. “They’ve managed to revamp an old neighborhood bar for locals into a new neighborhood bar for locals. Food is great and served late and has one of my absolute favorite whiskies (Aberfeldy 12) behind the bar. They even have a nod to the previous establishment called, ‘The Coach and Horses,’ which is a shot of whisky and a tall can of cold PBR!”

The pikey


YOSHIRO CUTLERY

“All chefs should have a collection of knives,” Voltaggio says. “I think it’s important to understand what quality cutlery is—and what a knife means to a chef. Yoshiro uses the importance of tradition and technique to create some of the best Japanese knives. They can also sharpen or repair any type of knife. They make any visit feel very personal and they’re happy to answer any questions you have with one-on-one help.”

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET

“This is what the child of a food truck and a farmers’ market would look like. It has a ton of produce available and everything ranging from a jewelry store to a liquor store,” Voltaggio says. “But the best part of Grand Central Market is that you can find a little taste of everything that’s happening with the food scene across L.A. in one spot. They have falafels, burgers, tacos, Thai food, El Salvadorian food—so many different options! I think that’s why it’s such a great spot, it sums up the diversity in culture we have in Los Angeles.”

Source:-https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlaalindahao/2017/07/26/michael-voltaggio-los-angeles-travel-guide-2017/#54f3dd8d50b7

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Hamilton aims to seize momentum in Hungary before F1 break https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/hamilton-aims-to-seize-momentum-in-hungary-before-f1-break.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/sports/hamilton-aims-to-seize-momentum-in-hungary-before-f1-break.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:58:49 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=36991 Hamilton aims to seize momentum in Hungary before F1 break At the Hungaroring circuit where he secured the first of his many wins for Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton will aim to seize the momentum this weekend heading into the Formula One championship’s midseason break. After a reversal of fortunes, the British driver is only one point […]

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Hamilton aims to seize momentum in Hungary before F1 break

At the Hungaroring circuit where he secured the first of his many wins for Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton will aim to seize the momentum this weekend heading into the Formula One championship’s midseason break.

After a reversal of fortunes, the British driver is only one point behind F1 leader Sebastian Vettel ahead of Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. It was at the tight-turning track outside of Budapest, one of the toughest for overtaking maneuvers, that Hamilton secured the first of his 36 race wins for Mercedes in 2013. That year, Vettel totally dominated as he sealed his fourth straight F1 title when driving for Red Bull.

Hamilton’s win here, though, was the precursor to a period of Mercedes dominance. The following two years, Hamilton won the title and his former Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, won it last year before suddenly retiring.

Now Vettel is the one trying to deliver the title back to Ferrari for the first time since Kimi Raikkonen — his current teammate — won it in 2007.

Against expectations, Vettel took the early ascendancy in this year’s championship and, with Hamilton struggling with some technical issues on the car, moved 20 points clear after the Austrian GP.

But, two weeks ago, Vettel had problems at the British GP in Silverstone with his tire shredding late on. Hamilton won in style, Vettel squeezed home in seventh, and the 20-point buffer evaporated to just one.

It was Hamilton’s fourth and best win of the 2017 season, restoring his confidence after two difficult races — including a heated clash with Vettel in Azerbaijan.

Now Vettel, who has three wins, is the one needing a boost.

It would be a blow to the German driver’s morale, and to Ferrari, if he went into the month-long summer break trailing Hamilton.

Vettel’s motivation level is likely to be higher than usual, and that makes Mercedes wary of a Budapest backlash from Ferrari.

“Our rivals will be determined to fight back strongly and we have to anticipate that,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “There is no complacency at all at Mercedes, just a resolute determination to get the job done.”

While Hamilton is chasing a fourth F1 title to match Vettel’s career mark, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas is proving to be much more than a reliable backup — which is initially how he was perceived after leaving Williams to replace Rosberg.

Although Bottas remains an outsider for the title, he has trimmed Vettel’s lead to 23 points after four highly consistent races. He won in Austria and finished second in Canada, Azerbaijan and at Silverstone.

The Finnish driver seems to be driving with a point to prove to Mercedes, which has yet to say whether he will get a new contract next year. With the drivers’ market likely to be wide open next year, Mercedes is leaving it late.

Still, the odds are improving in Bottas’ favor.

“Valtteri has a fierce work ethic, steely approach and a great natural talent,” Wolff said. “He threw himself into the challenge of switching teams and we are now starting to see his full potential. I have the feeling he is getting better with each weekend and I’m excited to imagine how he will continue to develop for the rest of the season.”

The top four in the championship have all had their moments of excellence this season.

Daniel Ricciardo, who is fourth, secured five straight podium finishes heading into the British GP. Perhaps even more impressively, he steered his Red Bull from 19th place on the grid to fifth place there. It was a fine drive and showcased the Australian driver’s speed and flair.

His teammate, Max Verstappen, had a determined fourth-place finish at Silverstone.

The 19-year-old Dutchman, arguably the most impressive driver last year in an incredible breakthrough season, will hope that his car’s troublesome issues are finally over.

For having Verstappen in top form, and with a reliable car, will add even more spice to one of the most tantalizing seasons for many years.

Source- https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/motor/formula1/2017/07/27/hamilton-aims-to-seize-momentum-in-hungary-before-f1-break/104036080/

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Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/bundy-follower-gets-68-years-for-role-in-armed-nevada-standoff.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/bundy-follower-gets-68-years-for-role-in-armed-nevada-standoff.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:58:08 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=36990 Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff One of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation. Gregory […]

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Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff

One of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation.

Gregory Burleson, 53, of Phoenix, was found guilty in April of eight felony counts, including charges of threatening and assaulting federal officers, obstruction of justice, interstate travel in aid of extortion and firearms offenses related to a crime of violence.

The uprising at Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, grew out of a dispute in which federal agents seized Bundy’s cattle over his refusal to pay fees required for grazing his livestock on government land.

The standoff became a flashpoint in long-simmering tensions over federal ownership of vast tracts of public lands in the West, and a rallying point for right-wing militants who challenge the U.S. government’s authority in the region.

Burleson was the first of 17 defendants from the Bundy revolt to be tried, convicted and sent to prison. A co-defendant found guilty by the same jury faces sentencing in September.

Four others granted a mistrial in April are being retried in Nevada. Two more groups of defendants, including Bundy and his sons, are scheduled to stand trial later this year and next.

Two others charged in the case pleaded guilty separately. One received a seven-year prison term, the other will be sentenced in January, said Trisha Young, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas.

Two of Bundy’s sons and four followers were acquitted of conspiracy charges in a separate trial in October stemming from their armed takeover of a federal wildlife center in Oregon in early 2016.

Wednesday’s sentencing came days before various militia groups plan a weekend rally near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Burleson and the five others with whom he was tried were described by prosecutors as Bundy’s “gunmen and followers,” who showed up at his ranch from neighboring Western states armed with assault rifles and other weapons.

Prosecutors said all six were among hundreds who descended on Bunkerville in April 2014 for a showdown with federal officers providing security during a court-ordered roundup of Bundy’s cattle.

Outgunned by Bundy’s supporters, authorities released the cattle and left the area. Although no shots were fired, prosecutors said Burleson and his five co-defendants aimed rifles at law enforcement.

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Community rallies around girl battling cancer after thieves steal car https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/medical/community-rallies-around-girl-battling-cancer-thieves-steal-car.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/medical/community-rallies-around-girl-battling-cancer-thieves-steal-car.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:56:50 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=36993 Community rallies around girl battling cancer after thieves steal car Community rallies around girl battling cancer after thieves steal car:- A community has rallied around a family whose car was stolen while their 11-year-old daughter was at Children’s Hospital Colorado battling cancer for a third time. KoriRae, who was first diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007, […]

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Community rallies around girl battling cancer after thieves steal car

Community rallies around girl battling cancer after thieves steal car:- A community has rallied around a family whose car was stolen while their 11-year-old daughter was at Children’s Hospital Colorado battling cancer for a third time. KoriRae, who was first diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007, was in from Fort Collins with her mother, Jennifer Tyler, at the time of the July 13 theft.

“It was gone, I was shocked,” Tyler told CBS 4. “I couldn’t believe it.”

They had been staying at a hotel near the hospital as they are scheduled to move across the country so that KoriRae could begin new treatments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Surveillance footage captured two suspects breaking into the car and driving off. In addition to their vehicle, the thieves also made off with a stroller that KoriRae uses.

“I want to be a normal kid and it’s kind of hard when they’re stealing our car and stuff,” KoriRae had told Fox 31 Denver.

Tyler had referred to the car as the family’s lifeline, as they used it to shuttle KoriRae back and forth to crucial appointments. A GoFundMe page was started to help the family with transportation until they found a more permanent solution.

Police in Aurora located the 2000 blue Subaru Legacy a few weeks later, but the vehicle was damaged and missing all four tires, as well as KoriRae’s stroller, CBS 4 reported. That’s when police reached out to vendors in the community and asked for help.

“Obviously this is a very difficult time for this family with what they’re going through so we’re trying to do what we can to make this time just a bit easier,” Police Chief Nick Metz told CBS 4.

A local auto shop, M&M Auto Reconditioning Inc., fixed the car, while someone else donated a new stroller.

“I couldn’t believe everybody just wanted to pull together and do all this for us,” Tyler told CBS 4. “It’s something I definitely was not expecting.”

source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/07/26/community-rallies-around-girl-battling-cancer-after-thieves-steal-car.html

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Teddy bear lost at Dallas airport reunited with little boy after family’s plea https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/lifestyle/family/teddy-bear-lost-at-dallas-airport-reunited-with-little-boy-after-familys-plea.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/lifestyle/family/teddy-bear-lost-at-dallas-airport-reunited-with-little-boy-after-familys-plea.html#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:51:14 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=36954 Teddy bear lost at Dallas airport reunited with little boy after family’s plea Luke Swofford and his teddy bear, appropriately named Teddy Bear, are the best of friends. Since he was a year old, little Luke has been toting Teddy Bear around with him everywhere: To the grocery store, in the car, on flights, around […]

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Teddy bear lost at Dallas airport reunited with little boy after family’s plea

Luke Swofford and his teddy bear, appropriately named Teddy Bear, are the best of friends.

Since he was a year old, little Luke has been toting Teddy Bear around with him everywhere: To the grocery store, in the car, on flights, around the house and, of course, every night to his bed.

Luke, now 4, lost his beloved bear on July 20 at Dallas Love Field airport as he was on his way home from a vacation to Colorado with his grandparents.

“They had a flight delay and Teddy Bear had been kept in a suitcase to keep him safe. But when they got to baggage claim and it was way past bedtime they pulled Teddy Bear out for hugs and snuggles,” Luke’s mom, Nikki Swofford, of Rockwall, Texas, told ABC News.

When Luke’s grandfather pulled the car around to load up the luggage, the family thinks Teddy Bear fell off the back of the bench where they were seated and was “forgotten in the chaos.”

As soon as they discovered that Teddy Bear was missing, the family drove back the very same night “after 13 hours of travel already,” Swafford said. They tried to locate the lost best friend, to no avail. The boy, and his mom, were devastated.

“I was just heartbroken. I’m sobbing like a fool and so sad for Luke,” said the mom. “I love Teddy Bear too. Anybody who’s had their kids’ favorite toy around all the time, you know they’re a part of your family. We were all heartbroken. And you hurt when your kids hurt.”

They filed a complaint with lost and found and checked with the airline to spread the word. But posting a plea on Twitter and Facebook about Teddy Bear’s disappearance is what “really got the fire lit,” said Swafford.

“The airport was able to figure out one of their employees had scooped him up and been keeping him safe the whole time,” she said.

While Teddy Bear waited for his owner Luke to pick him up, he had some wild adventures in the airport, joining pilots in the cock pit, helping with construction on the tarmac and sitting on top of a security car.

And finally on July 26, a grueling six days later, an overjoyed Luke was reunited with his fuzzy buddy.

“He jumped up and down like a crazy man,” Swafford said of her son. “He let Nana hug him and me hug him and little sister hug him, but other than that, Teddy Bear has been in his arms.”

Luke said he is “super excited” to have Teddy Bear home, safe and sound.

“We’re going to stitch our phone numbers on the back so we can’t lose him again,” his mom said with a laugh.

Source:- http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/teddy-bear-lost-dallas-airport-reunited-boy-familys/story?id=48859635

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