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Melinda Dillon, Actress in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'A Christmas Story,' Dies at 83

Melinda Dillon, who received supporting Oscar nominations for her turns in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Absence of Malice and portrayed the doting mom in the holiday perennial A Christmas Story, died Jan. 9, her family announced. She was 83. Right out of the gate, Dillon earned a Tony nomination and Theatre World award in 1963 for her debut performance on Broadway as the childlike wife Honey in the original production of Edward Albee‘s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Later, the Arka ...

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Video captures Tesla driver apparently asleep at the wheel on I-15

A motorist captured video Thursday afternoon of what appeared to be a Tesla driver asleep behind the wheel while in traffic on a Southern California freeway. The incident was caught on video around 4 p.m. on the 15 Freeway near Temecula. After following the Tesla for 15 minutes, honking and trying to get the driver’s attention, she said she called 911 to report the incident. ...

BumRushDaShow

Biden administration makes it easier for borrowers misled by for-profit colleges

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is making it a little easier for borrowers who were misled by their for-profit college to apply for student loan forgiveness. This comes as the president’s broader, separate plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt is held up in the courts. The Department of Education launched a new webpage this week, providing clearer instructions for people seeking debt forgiveness under a program called borrower defense to repayment. Borrowers who have been mis ...

BumRushDaShow

6th officer fired after beating death of Tyre Nichols

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, officials said. Preston Hemphill had been suspended as he was investigated for his role in the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died in a hospital three days later. Five Memphis officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Ni ...

LetMyPeopleVote

Trump 2020 Campaign Suit Against Washington Post Dismissed

A defamation lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign against the Washington Post was dismissed by a federal judge. US District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington ruled Friday that the campaign failed to meet the legal standards for defamation claims over the two articles at issue in the March 2020 suit. One was about the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the other was about Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy. Contreras ...

In It to Win It

Republicans Have No Debt Ceiling Demands Because This Is About the Performance of Conflict

(Esquire) For the umpteenth time, raising the debt ceiling does not authorize new spending. It authorizes the United States government to meet its debt obligations on spending that already happened. Unnecessary as the mechanism may be, refusing to raise the ceiling would risk kicking off a global financial crisis, and the Madhouse of Representatives is demanding spending cuts in exchange for their cooperation in avoiding this very avoidable scenario. The catch here is that House Republicans haven't actually made any demands, at least in terms of specific spending cuts.

Johnny2X2X

U.S Economy Adds 517,0000 Jobs in January, Much Higher Than Expected

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 517,000 in January, and the unemployment rate changed little at 3.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care.

BlueWaveNeverEnd

Post-ABC poll: Confidence in police drops after Tyre Nichols beating

(Washington Post) Overall, 39 percent of Americans say they are “very” or “somewhat” confident police are adequately trained to avoid using excessive force, and 60 percent believe police are not, according to the Post-ABC poll. That level of confidence in police is even lower than it was shortly after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020.

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Big Majority Wants to Help Ukraine

(Political Wire) Just over half of American voters think Ukraine is winning the war against Russia and nearly two-thirds want to keep helping them in their fight, according to a new Fox News survey.

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Trump 2020 Campaign Suit Against Washington Post Dismissed

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6th officer fired after beating death of Tyre Nichols

5 hrs ago - MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, of ... (AP)

Video captures Tesla driver apparently asleep at the wheel on I-15

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Melinda Dillon, Actress in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'A Christmas Story,' Dies at 83

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Activision Blizzard settles SEC charges for $35 million

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Biden administration makes it easier for borrowers misled by for-profit colleges

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Judge demands answers after Jan. 6 defendant recants guilt

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2 arrested in Central Valley massacre that killed 6, sheriff says

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Treasury makes more electric SUVs eligible for tax credits

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Ukraine steps up efforts to exclude Russia from Olympics

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FBI now 'involved' in murder investigation of NJ Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

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Payrolls increased by 517,000 in January, crushing estimates, as unemployment rate hit 53-year low

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US seeks to expel Russian mercenaries from Sudan, Libya

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