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London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge

London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster BridgeFive people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism. British police are treating the incident as terrorism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.


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Canal jumper released on bail
AN 18-year-old man who jumped into a canal at Surfers Paradise to avoid being arrested by police on Wednesday night has been granted bail.

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London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge

London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster BridgeFive people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism. British police are treating the incident as terrorism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.


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London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge

London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster BridgeFive people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism. British police are treating the incident as terrorism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.


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London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster Bridge

London attack: 5 dead, 40 injured in ‘terrorist’ incident on Westminster BridgeFive people were killed and 40 others injured after an attacker plowed a car into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday afternoon in what U.K. officials are investigating as an act of terrorism. British police are treating the incident as terrorism. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a video statement condemning the attack.


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Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed The FBI
Guy Gentile flipped, and flipped again.

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House vote looms; Trump struggles to win Obamacare repeal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a final push on Thursday to win over skeptical members of his own Republican Party to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives or risk failure on one of his top legislative priorities.

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Republicans Scramble At Last Minute To Save Health Care Bill


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State Department to Recommend Greenlighting Keystone XL pipeline
The move should clear the way for the White House to formally approve the project

(WASHINGTON) — Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it.

Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a Trump administration review is set to expire next Monday.

The pipeline requires a presidential permit. The officials say the White House would announce the permit’s issuance after the State Department recommendation. The officials weren’t authorized to comment publicly ahead of the announcement and requested anonymity.

Shannon is making the recommendation because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recused himself from the matter. Tillerson is the former CEO of Exxon Mobil.

The Obama administration had rejected the pipeline.

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Small Business Growth Has Stalled and That’s Bad for All of Us
Four reasons why it's happened, including risks that don't exist and student debt

Small businesses drive our economy — and yet, they’ve gone missing. Historically, we’ve come to expect the creation of around 600,000 new businesses a year. While the Great Recession took those numbers down, economists anticipated we’d grow back to those previous figures. Instead, we’ve hovered around the 400,000s. Only a fraction of those new businesses end up surviving beyond a year or two.

This is a problem. Though the number has fluctuated, the percentage of new jobs created by small businesses has hovered around 40 to 60 percent for a couple decades. Startups and small businesses also tend to be more agile, enabling them to innovate more. And the turnover rate is actually a good thing — it keeps fresh ideas and fresh talent in circulation. Also, well, every new big business has to first start as a small business.

Small businesses aren’t facing a major crisis — at least not yet — but there’s definitely something stopping us from creating and nurturing more small businesses. Here are some of the major contributing factors:

1. Exaggerated fears. Have you heard that 60 percent of restaurants close within their first year of opening? It’s easy to believe, especially with anecdotal evidence: You see a lot of restaurants opening and closing in your area, confirmation bias takes hold, and you end up believing that restaurants are an exceptionally risky business venture.

The real number, however, is closer to 20 percent. Yes, 60 percent actually close within three years of business. But one of the biggest problems is banks refuse to lend money to restaurants because they perceive more risk than there is, which leads to an ongoing cycle of limited capital, which leads to business failure.

This same principle applies to a number of different industries, and even to entrepreneurial experience. New entrepreneurs are inexperienced, and are less likely to get funding. But because they never get funding, they never have the chance to gain entrepreneurial experience.

2. Walmartization. Americans are increasingly favoring chains and big businesses over small and local businesses, in a process known colloquially as Walmartization. Large chains have had the time to develop highly efficient processes and have the resources necessary to build infrastructure that maximizes profits while minimizing consumer costs. Consumers, in turn, rely on those businesses for the cheapest possible goods and the most familiar brand image. Go to any Walmart in America, and they’ll likely have the product you’re looking for, going for a reasonable price. Heading to a small business becomes a gamble.

As chains become more popular, they get more money to spread even further. The cycle spreads. Entrepreneurs struggle to get the opportunity to start their own endeavors.

3. Lumped funding. Venture capital has been on the rise for more than a decade, peaking in 2015 with $63.3 billion dollars in investments — and 2016 was impressive, too, with $47.1 billion in investments. Looking at the total dollar values alone, it’s easy to think that this is actually a “golden age” for startups and entrepreneurs.

The vast majority of this funding, though, pools in a small number of potential businesses. Venture capitalists and angel investors tend to gravitate toward the ideas and businesses with the greatest possible chance of success — and understandably so. Yet startups with more tenuous models, or those covering less familiar territory, hardly ever get a slice of the pie. This means fewer total businesses get the funding they need to grow, with a minority of exceptional businesses getting a ton of capital they probably didn’t badly need in the first place.

4. Millennial barriers. With the overabundance of articles about millennials’ professional habits, preferences and even personality traits, it’s easy for contradictory information to circulate. Some claim that millennials are starting more businesses than previous generations, while some claim they’re starting fewer. The reality is, millennials are starting lots of businesses worldwide — but in America, they’re started by a small percentage of the generation. Most millennials are interested in becoming entrepreneurs, but aren’t able, for one reason or another.

As one of the most significant reasons, millennials are burdened with crushing amounts of student debt and are forced to take whatever jobs they can to cover those debts as they try to build a life. The last thing they want to do is take a massive financial risk that might result in even more debt. A lack of encouragement for millennials to take the plunge compounds this effect.

Can we recover?

We’re not approaching crisis-level figures yet. But there is a shortage of the entrepreneurial motivation and conditions that small businesses need to develop.

There’s no “quick fix” that can address all these factors at once. But we can shop at more small and local businesses, to encourage their economic development. We can improve our education system to not only encourage more entrepreneurship and risk-taking, but avoid long-standing college debt that prohibits new business development. We can also avoid reserving our investment capital only for the surest bets, taking risks ourselves to support the worthy risks of others.

In all likelihood, this is a temporary “down” period in an ongoing cycle of fluctuations. Yet the sooner we’re able to climb out of it, the stronger our economy is going to grow.

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Woody Harrelson Just Dropped His Star Wars Character’s Name
Woody Harrelson was there to talk about Wilson, but Jimmy Fallon had a few questions first

Woody Harrelson is giving up a few tidbits about his upcoming Star Wars role.

While the cast photo makes it clear that Harrelson has a role in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off about the life of the young Han Solo, few details are known about the film let alone Harrelson’s role in it. When he stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon was determined to get some answers out of him, and while Harrelson skillfully avoided spilling the beans, he did drop some promising details. “I’m playing a guy named Beckett, who is kind of a criminal, and I am a mentor to Han,” he said, adding: “That’s all I can say.”

When Fallon sneakily put the cast photo in front of him, Harrelson wouldn’t confirm or deny that the cast, which includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian, were sitting on Solo’s ship the Millennium Falcon. However, was willing to admit that the wookiee in the corner was indeed Chewbacca.

Harrelson’s vagueness wasn’t limited to Star Wars and the presumed airtight NDA he signed, though. When Fallon asked him about the origin story of his recent live-streamed film, Lost in London, Harrelson admitted he had a run in with the police, but was otherwise mum on the details. “Sometimes people misunderstand each other, tempers fly, and the next thing you know, you’re running from a sea of blue,” Harrelson said. Clearly the man knows how to keep a secret.

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House Conservatives Say No Deal Yet on Health Care Bill
"Nothing’s changed, nothing’s changed"

With just hours before Republicans planned to vote on repealing Obamacare, President Trump failed to reach a deal with a key group of House conservatives to support the GOP health care bill.

At the White House, President Trump met with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, most of whom have voiced their opposition to the bill and could sink it. Between 20 and 30 Freedom Caucus members have said they oppose or are leaning against the bill in its current form.

The signs coming out of the meeting did not look good.

“Nothing’s changed, nothing’s changed,” Rep. Jim Jordan of the House Freedom Caucus told TIME after returning from the White House. “It was a good discussion, now we’ll see.”

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan met one-on-one with moderate Republicans, trying to convince them to sign on to the bill. At least a dozen moderates have said they oppose the bill.

If Trump and Ryan are unsuccessful in changing the Republican skeptics’ minds, they will have squandered what may be their only chance to repeal Obamacare for the foreseeable future.

While Ryan has said for days that the vote would take place on Thursday, it is increasingly unclear whether a vote could be held before Friday morning.

And with all the changes being made on the bill, members have not seen a new score from the Congressional Budget Office that would estimate the number of people the new law would insure, how much insurance premiums would rise or fall, and the effect of the changed bill on the debt.

The original CBO score, released last week before changes were made over the weekend, forecast that 24 million people would lose health insurance under the Republican proposal, and that premiums would rise before falling slightly from current levels.

The sticking point for members of the House Freedom Caucus, who alone could sink the bill, is that the current proposal does not sufficiently reduce health insurance premiums.

Conservatives are bargaining for a repeal of the so-called “essential health benefits” in Obamacare, which require that insurers cover certain services like maternity care, mental health care and prescription drugs.

Trump spent midday on Thursday negotiating with the Freedom Caucus to try to persuade them to vote for the law with the changes.

“If the bill remains the same, I remain opposed to it and cannot vote for it,” Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the Freedom Caucus, said on Wednesday night. “But if we get to a point where the bill will actually lower premium costs for Americans, I believe we will have accomplished our goal.”

Still, individual Freedom Caucus members remain opposed to it even if changes are made, raising the prospect of undermining the caucus’ influence.

At the same time, House Moderates are increasingly defecting from supporting the bill. On Wednesday night, the chair of the moderate House Tuesday Group, Rep. Charlie Dent, said that he opposed the bill.

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Texas A&M Elected Its First Gay Student Body President. Rick Perry Said the Election Was ‘Stolen’
The Energy Secretary said he Texas A&M election was, "stolen outright"

Energy Secretary Rick Perry penned a column for the Houston Chronicle deeming the recent student government election at Texas A&M University a “mockery” after a gay man won following a contentious race.

The former Texas governor said he was at first proud to hear that his alma mater had elected its first openly gay student body president, Bobby Brooks. But soon after, he found out that another candidate, Robert McIntosh, originally won the election, and Perry questioned whether McIntosh was disqualified in pursuit of “diversity.”

“Brooks did not win the election. He finished second by more than 750 votes…However, McIntosh was disqualified by the SGA Election Commission and Judicial Court through a process that—at best—made a mockery of due process and transparency,” Perry wrote Wednesday, mentioning the two student organizations that weighed in on the election. “At worst, the SGA allowed an election to be stolen outright.”

McIntosh was first disqualified for various reports of voter intimidation, and then disqualified for not disclosing the cost of glow sticks he used in a campaign video in finance reports. The student-run Judicial Court found him not guilty of voter intimidation and revised voter results that led him to be disqualified, The New York Times reports.

Perry questioned whether McIntosh would have been disqualified if he were not a white male. “Now, Brooks’ presidency is being treated as a victory for ‘diversity.’ It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for ‘diversity’ is the real reason the election outcome was overturned,” the U.S. Energy Secretary wrote.

Perry identified himself as someone “who was twice elected Yell Leader of Texas A&M University.” He became invested in this student election as well, writing: “The Aggie administration and SGA owe us answers.”

A Texas A&M spokesperson told the Dallas News, “Perry’s always been a great proponent for Texas A&M. I’m surprised that he’s weighing in. I’m surprised he would have the time to do that.”

[NYT]

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John Mayer Explains Why His New Song Is About Missing Ex Katy Perry
"Who else would I be thinking about?"

John Mayer, emotional troubadour extraordinaire, has a new album coming out next month and as expected, he has a lot of feelings about it — particularly a breakup song that alludes to his ex, pop princess Katy Perry.

In a sprawling interview with the New York Times, Mayer shared that the album’s first single, a wistful but catchy ballad by the name of “Still Feel Like Your Man” is about missing Perry after their very public breakup in 2014.

“Who else would I be thinking about?” he said. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”

In addition to apparently not dating much, Mayer also revealed in the interview that he recently quit drinking and is “very thoughtfully entering cannabis lifestyle.” He also shared with his characteristic candor that he’s ready to shed his reputation as a “bad version of a bad boy” for something a little more domestic.

“I want the baby with the protective earphones,” he said. “I’m right on time for my career, and I’m running late for my life.”

Perry, for her part, recently split from actor Orlando Bloom — so hold out hope, John. There might be hope for that baby bouncing by the side of the stage yet.

Listen to Mayer’s new song below.

 

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Here’s What Bob Dylan Has to Say About His Favorite Popular Musicians Right Now
Dylan spoke about his current favorite music for a new interview on his website

Bob Dylan has revealed that he is a fan of music by Amy Winehouse and The Stereophonics and even likes Adele’s cover of his song, in a rare detailed interview about the making of his new album, Triplicate.

Speaking to the American author Bill Flanagan in a piece for Dylan’s website, the rock legend said he was currently enjoying Amy Winehouse’s last record, even though it was released years ago. When asked whether he was a fan of the late singer songwriter, Dylan remarked that she was “the last real individualist around.”

Dylan, who won the Nobel prize for literature last year, also cited Iggy Pop’s Après, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis’ album Here We Go Again and music by Imelda May, Valerie June and The Stereophonics as tracks he was listening to. The Stereophonics were so thrilled to be included in the music legend’s list that lead singer Kelly Jones tweeted:

Flanagan asked what the ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ singer thought about his 1997 track, ‘Make You Feel My Love,’ being covered by numerous singers including Adele, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel. “Yeah, one after the other, they all [knocked me out],” Dylan replied.

Triplicate, which is released at the end of this month, includes 30 songs that are divided thematically over three CDs.

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James Corden Says the Criticism of Jimmy Fallon’s Trump Interview Was ‘Really Unfair’
"I don’t think anyone asked him the right questions"

James Corden doesn’t agree with those who criticized Jimmy Fallon for tousling President Donald Trump’s hair during his September interview on The Tonight Show.

While speaking at PaleyFest Wednesday, the Late, Late Show host came to the defense of his fellow late night pundit, asserting that he felt many were too quick to judge Fallon.

“There was the thing that happened with Jimmy Fallon and he got quite a lot of criticism,” he said, according to Vanity Fair. “I felt that was really unfair because I don’t think anyone asked him the right questions.”

Corden went on to reveal that he would have played a game with Trump if the then-candidate had appeared on his show during the election cycle.

“The game I wanted to play if he came on the show was called ‘Stand By It or Take It Back,'” he explained. “I would read Donald Trump things that he had said on the campaign trail. I would say, [he’d] have two paddles, you can stand by it or take it back. If you take it back, you take it back forever. If you stand by it, you’ve got to tell me why, and I felt like that was such a good game.”

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What to Know About the Suspected London Attacker
Masood had multiple prior convictions

London’s Metropolitan Police Force formally identified the man they believe was behind the Westminster Parliament attacks as Khalid Masood.

Here’s what you need to know.

What happened?

Police say they believe Masood drove a rental car into pedestrians walking on Westminster Bridge, near the British Parliament. He then fatally stabbed a police officer outside the Parliament before being shot and killed, officials said. Including Masood, four people were killed and around 40 are thought to be injured.

Who Was The Attacker?

Masood, 52, was a British man born in Kent, a county in South East England, police said. He was known to police and had multiple previous convictions including for inflicting grievous bodily harm and for possessing offensive weapons, according to a police statement.

Masood, who also went by other aliases, was last convicted in 2003 for possessing a knife, the police statement said. He had no terrorism convictions and police said there was “no prior intelligence” about his intentions to commit an attack, the Associated Press reports.

British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier told lawmakers that Masood was “not part of the current intelligence picture.”

Did he act alone?

May told lawmakers on Wednesday that it was believed Masood “acted alone.” ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Associated Press. Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley had said earlier that the attack was “inspired by international terrorism.”

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American Tourist Killed in London Attack Was Celebrating His Wedding Anniversary: ‘This Pain Is So Heartwrenching’
"This pain is so heartwrenching"

A Utah man celebrating his 25th anniversary with his wife was one of the four victims killed in the London terror attack, his family said Thursday.

Kurt Cochran, 54, succumbed to injuries he sustained when a knife-wielding assailant mowed down dozens on the Westminster Bridge Wednesday with an SUV — and his wife, Melissa Payne Cochran, is still in the hospital battling multiple injuries including a broken leg and rib, according to the BBC.

“Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our son-in-law, Kurt W Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London,” the Facebook post said, according to the Guardian. “Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our daughter and sister, Melissa.”

The Cochran’s were visiting London to celebrate their 25th anniversary and visiting Melissa’s family, the BBC reported.

“This pain is so heartwrenching and raw it has rocked our family and all that knew him to its core. We will miss Kurt beyond words. We love you Kurt. RIP,” Cochran’s sister-in-law Shantell Payne wrote on Facebook.

President Donald Trump also paid tribute to Cochran, calling him a “great American.”

The assailant, who was fatally shot after stabbing a police officer outside Parliament, was identified Thursday by British authorities as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. At least eight other people have been arrested in connection to the rampage, which left four dead and at least 40 people injured.

[BBC]

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