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Pence Faces Kavanaugh Protesters, Tells Security Detail 'Lets Do It' As He Walks Down Senate Steps

(Fox News) — Vice President Mike Pence refused to exit the Capitol building through a side entrance as he faced a hoard of protesters shouting "Shame! Shame! Shame!" following the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday.

Pence was exiting toward the Senate steps with his security detail when he appeared to pause when a large crowd of demonstrators across the plaza increased their chanting as the doors opened to reveal the Vice President.

Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Morehand reportedly told the Vice President that he could exit through the Carriage Entrance if he preferred to.

Pence turned and his security detail radioed the new exit but he quickly stopped and pivoted.

"Let's do it," he said. The doors to the protestors opened and a defiant Pence walked towards his motorcade, waving along the way.
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Bill De Blasio Caught On Camera Dismissing Homeless Woman Who Interrupted His Workout

(The DC) — New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio was captured on camera telling a homeless woman that he could not speak to her about the city's affordable housing crisis because he was in the middle of his workout.

"I'm in the middle of doing my workout," de Blasio told 72-year-old Nathylin Flowers Adesegun after she approached him while he was stretching at the Park Slope YMCA.

"I can't do this now," he continued, according to Patch.com. "We're not doing this here," he said as he walked away from Adesegun.

Adesegun was with dozens of activists with VOCAL-NY who appeared at the YMCA to call on de Blasio to increase affordable housing for the homeless in New York.

"He made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him," Adesegun said, according to Patch.com. "Am I just supposed to stay homeless?"
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GE Shares Soar After Company Suddenly Dumps
John Flannery As CEO

(CNBC) — Struggling industrial conglomerate General Electric abruptly removed John Flannery as chairman and CEO on Monday after only a year on the job, and installed former Danaher CEO Lawrence Culp as his successor.

GE shares, which had fallen to a nine-year low last week, surged in reaction.

GE also announced a $23 billion noncash charge for its ailing power business and said it will "fall short of previously indicated guidance for free cash flow and EPS for 2018," as many on Wall Street had warned.

Flannery's removal was driven by the board's frustration with the slow pace of change under his leadership, and not driven by the power business woes, sources familiar with the issue told CNBC.
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Canada's Quebec Province Swings To The Right
In Blow To Trudeau


(France24) — The centre-right Coalition Avenir Quebec is on track to win power for the first time in Canada's Quebec province, turning the page on nearly 15 years of liberal rule and allowing the party to make good on its promises to curb immigration.

The business-friendly CAQ is expected to win a majority of seats in Canada's second most populous province, according to early results from Elections Quebec and network projections.

"My team and I are very eager to get to work for you," Legault said Monday night on Twitter. The CAQ win would follow a shift to the right in Ontario, where Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government swept to power in June, ending 15 years of Liberal rule in Canada's most populous province.
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Spanish Cities Grapple With
Invasion Of Electric Scooters

(AFP) — Cities across Spain are grappling with electric scooters that have popped up on sidewalks across the country, helping riders zip around but exasperating drivers and pedestrians.

In Madrid public opinion is divided over the hundreds of electric scooters which California-based start-up Lime – partly owned by ride-hailing Uber and Google parent company Alphabet – has made available since mid-August.

Unlike schemes involving shared bicycles that typically must be left in docking stations, the scooters are dockless, leaving riders responsible for parking them out of the way. The next rider can find the nearest scooter with a smartphone app, unlock it and use it for a fee.

Similar electric scooter sharing programmes have been introduced in other European cities including Paris, Vienna and Zurich. In Madrid, Lime's scooters – which have already been used over 100,000 times – are tolerated by the left-wing city hall, intent on reducing pollution.
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Downtown Los Angeles Hit With Outbreak Of
Flea-Borne Typhus

LOS ANGELES (CBS News) — An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday. Health officials say they are investigating several cases of the disease that infected fleas can spread to humans, CBS Los Angeles reports.

While the fleas can come from cats, rats and opossums, pets and animals do not get sick from typhus.

In people, however, typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache and rash. It is not transmitted from person to person and can be treated with antibiotics.

"Although typhus normally occurs throughout L.A. County, we are observing several cases in the downtown Los Angeles area," Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis said in a statement. "We encourage pet owners to practice safe flea control and encourage all cities in the county to ensure maintenance of their trash clean-up and rodent control activities."
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 Study: Dogs Might Get Depressed When
Owners Overuse Smartphones


(ABC13) — A new study shows dogs may become more anxious and possibly suffer from depression when their owners overuse their smartphones.

The United Kingdom-based study focused on how welcoming a pet, specifically a dog, could help people suffering from mental health issues. Researchers also learned that dogs may suffer from depression when their human handlers ignored them.

Philadelphia veterinarian Dr. Alexander Collada said he has seen the effects of smart phone usage on pets. Dogs are very good at reading our subtle cues.

"Dogs do read body language, they read our eye contact," Collada said. "They read our facial expressions, so if we are on our phone and acting disinterested, and they're looking for attention, it basically is ignoring your dog."
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Suge Knight Pleads To Manslaughter Over Fatal Confrontation – Sentenced To 28 Years

(AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman nearly four years ago and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison. The plea came days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the long-delayed case.

Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pickup truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.
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'The Mule' Trailer: Clint Eastwood Becomes A Drug Courier In First Lead Acting Role Since 2008

(Indie Wire) — Warner Bros. made a surprise announcement last month when it revealed Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, "The Mule," was finished and ready to be released in December. The movie is Eastwood's second directing project of the year, following "The 15:17 to Paris," but it's notable for bringing the 88-year-old back in front of the camera as an actor for the first time since 2012's "Trouble With the Curve."

"The Mule" stars Eastwood as Earl Stone, an 80-year-old who becomes a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. The story is based on the real life of World War II veteran Leo Sharp. Eastwood hasn't been the lead actor in a film since 2008's "Gran Torino," and "The Mule" might just be his final acting role. The supporting cast includes Eastwood's "American Sniper" star Bradley Cooper, plus Dianne Wiest and Michael Peña.

Warner Bros. will release "The Mule" nationwide December 14.
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Rock Used As Doorstop
Revealed To Be Meteorite Worth $100K


(UPI) — The doorstop that a Michigan man had been using since 1988 has turned out to be a meteorite worth $100,000.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, knew the 22-pound rock came from outer space ever since he bought the house in 1988. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.

Neither man figured the meteorite was worth much money, so it sat there, sometimes holding a door open once in a while. But earlier this year, the man heard about people selling small pieces of meteorites for substantial sums of money.

"I said, 'Wait a minute. I wonder how much mine is worth," he said.

The man then decided to take his rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University.
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