IT40 News for Week 2 of 2019



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#3 Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals How She’s a ‘Mortifying’ and ‘Embarrassing’ Mom to Daughter Apple, 14

Not many people would label Gwyneth Paltrow as having an embarrassing disposition, but her teenage daughter would beg to differ.

During her Thursday appearance on The Rachael Ray Show, the actress, Goop founder and author of cookbook The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal revealed she is no exception to being a “mortifying” presence for Apple Blythe Alison, 14, and her little brother Moses Bruce Anthony, 12.

“I am the most embarrassing person all of a sudden — no, it’s been a couple good years that I’ve been the most embarrassing person,” she told the host of motherhood.

“Like, ‘Oh my God, there she goes again,’ ” Rachael Ray chimed in.

“If I do anything silly at all in public, the color drains from [Apple’s] face,” she continued. “Any silly jokes, or if I dance, like in a store, God forbid. She’s like, ‘Mom.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, sorry, got it.’ “

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#4 President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA money for California fires

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday again threatened to cut off federal funds to fight California wildfires, saying the money is being wasted.

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen," Trump tweeted. "Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,  responded that Trump's threat "insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires last year & thousands more who lost their homes."

Pelosi said House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, another Californian, "must join me to condemn & call on POTUS to reassure millions in CA that our govt will be there for them in their time of need."

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#5 Documentary Accusing Michael Jackson of Sexually Abusing Boys to Premiere at Sundance

Leaving Neverland, a documentary that accuses Michael Jackson of sexually abusing a pair of young boys, is set to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

“At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families,” the film’s synopsis states. “Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson, and how they came to terms with it years later.”

The two-part, 233-minute Leaving Neverland, named after Jackson’s famed California ranch, will receive its world premiere as part of the festival’s Special Events category.

Dan Reed, who previously helmed the documentaries The Pedophile Hunters and Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks, directed and produced Leaving Neverland.

It’s unclear which of Jackson’s accusers are the focus of Leaving Neverland. As the Wrap notes, the two brothers who accused Jackson of molestation in the singer’s 2005 criminal trial are now only in their 20s. Choreographer Wade Robson, now 36, filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Jackson in 2013, claiming Jackson molested him when he was seven years old. That lawsuit was dismissed in December 2017.

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#6 Trump walks out of border security meeting after Pelosi rejects wall pitch

President Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday afternoon over the partial government shutdown after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi again rejected supporting new funding for a border wall, according to those in the meeting.

Speaking to reporters after the brief session, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the “president just got up and walked out."

“He asked Speaker Pelosi, ‘will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. And he just got up, and said, 'Well we’ve got nothing to discuss,'" Schumer said.

The president, in a tweet, called the meeting “a total waste of time” and appeared to confirm that he left after Pelosi's answer.

“I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Trump tweeted.

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#7 Predicting studs and duds for the Divisional Round

With NFL Wild Card Weekend on the books, the focus shifts to the Divisional Round taking place this Saturday and Sunday.

In the AFC, the Chiefs will host a red-hot Andrew Luck, whose offense is playing lights-out. Meanwhile, veteran quarterback greats Tom Brady and Philip Rivers square off in Foxborough.

Over in the NFC the Eagles are taking on Drew Brees in the Dome while the Cowboys hit the road and will attempt to put the Rams to rest for the year.

With some NFL players destined to shine and others slated to disappoint, we present our stud and dud predictions for the Divisional Round.

Stud: Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

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#8 Why Federal Workers Still Have to Show Up Even If They’re Not Being Paid

Eric Young is the president of the union that represents the approximately 30,000 employees of the Federal Bureau of Prisons who are working during the government shutdown.

Young’s members, scattered at 122 facilities located in largely rural areas across the country, aren’t being paid and don’t know when their next paycheck will come. Like the leaders of virtually every federal-employee union during the past three weeks, he has condemned the shutdown and its toll on innocent workers as “unconscionable.”

“My personal opinion,” Young told me over the phone from his office in Arkansas, “is that it constitutes involuntary servitude.”

Neither Young nor any of his partners in union leadership will urge their members to do the one thing that would seem most natural for employees facing the same treatment in the private sector: If they don’t pay you, stay home.

“We can’t call or advocate for a strike,” Young said.

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#9 Trump’s lawyers told Mueller he will not respond to any more questions: Giuliani

Jan 9 (Reuters) - Donald Trump's legal team told special counsel Robert Mueller that the U.S. president will not answer any more questions in the probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Wednesday.

Trump submitted written answers to questions from Mueller in late November. In an interview with Reuters, Giuliani said Mueller raised the possibility of follow-up questions but that the president's outside legal team told the special counsel before Christmas that Trump would not respond.

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#10 Time’s Up: Skydance’s John Lasseter Hire ‘Perpetuates a Broken System’

Hollywood anti-harassment organization Time's Up condemned Skydance's hiring of Pixar founder John Lasseter in a statement released Wednesday.

Lasseter left Walt Disney Animation and Pixar following accusations of sexual misconduct made in a story published by The Hollywood Reporter, with "former Pixar insiders" saying he frequently made a habit of "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes" of women at the company.

"Skydance Media's decision to hire John Lasseter as head of animation endorses and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence. At a moment when we should be uplifting the many talented voices who are consistently underrepresented, Skydance Media is providing another position of power, prominence and privilege to a man who has repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace," said Time's Up.

"People often ask when a man who has abused his power "gets" to "come back." There is no simple answer. But here are a few first steps: 1) Demonstrate true remorse. 2) Work deeply to reform your behavior. 3) Deliver restitution to those you harmed. That's the bare minimum."

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#11 Wendy Williams’ fans are worried after she pushed back show return

Many of Wendy Williams' fans are concerned about her after she pushed back the much-anticipated return to her eponymous talk show.

The move comes after just over a year in which the talk show host fainted on live TV, spoke about taking pain medication and fought off rumors of marital strife.

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Wendy Williams attends the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018 Presented By Macy's in New York City on Feb. 11, 2018.

Initially, Wendy was set to return to TV on January 7, even triumphantly tweeting out after the new year, "3 DAYS until I'm back! New year means new shows." That tweet has since been removed.

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#12 Al Roker Defends Local Meteorologist Fired for Using Racial Slur: He ‘Made an Unfortunate Flub’

Jeremy Kappell, a weatherman fired for apparently using a racial slur on air, says it was an honest mistake — and Al Roker is in his corner.

The chief meteorologist at NBC affiliate WHEC in Rochester, New York, was fired after he uttered the word c—, which has been used as a racial slur against black people, while referring to a park named after the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

In an interview with the Today show Tuesday, Kappell said he tripped over his words, accidentally combining “king” and “junior.”

“Two words mashed together incorrectly. What I said wasn’t even a word, it was a sound — people, I believe, read into that,” he said.

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#13 Cardi B, Drake Dominate 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

iHeartMedia and FOX have announced the nominees for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and Cardi B and Drake lead the way with 13 and eight nominations, respectively.

Now in its sixth year and partnered with FOX, the iHeartRadio Music Awards celebrate the most popular songs and artists from 2018 played on the iHeartRadio stations and app.

Cardi B received the most nominations thanks to her breakout year, debut album “Invasion of Privacy” and multiple collaborations. 2018’s most streamed song, “God’s Plan” by Drake, picked up five nominations and competes in the Hip-Hop Song of the Year race with Drake’s other singles “In My Feelings” and “Nice For What.”

Other artists who received multiple nominations include Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Maroon 5.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

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#14 Kevin Hart Rules Out Hosting Oscars: ‘I’m Over It’

Kevin Hart officially ended discussion about him hosting the 2019 Academy Awards on Wednesday, telling "Good Morning America" that he was "over" the negative attention surrounding his old homophobic tweets and wanted to move on.

"There is no ending to it. If you keep feeding this energy, then it's going to grow. You're not getting no more of my energy from it. I'm not giving no more, because it's endless," Hart told host Michael Strahan. "I want everybody to know I'm done with it. It's a choice that I've personally made to say I'm not addressing it anymore."

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"I'm over it," he said repeatedly.

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#15 The ‘doomsday’ scenario: Here’s what happens if the shutdown drags on

The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown lasts "months or even years," as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News.

The doomsday scenario might be unlikely — the longest the federal government has ever shut down is 21 days, a record that will fall if the current closure lasts until Saturday — but it is chilling.

"We'll be in no man's land," Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told NBC News.

If the worst were to happen, experts say the devastating impact would be widespread:

The end isn't near — yet. But if the standoff persists — talks blew up at the White House on Wednesday — and Congress and President Donald Trump can't reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling in a few months, "it's game over — you'll have a pretty severe recession," Zandi said, adding that given the trade war with China, and Brexit looming, "you could start seeing some pretty dark scenarios" worldwide.

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#16 U.S. weekly jobless claims fall more than expected

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a strengthening labor market that could further ease concerns about the economy's health.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week ended Jan. 5, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised up to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims declining to 225,000 in the latest week. The Labor Department said only claims for Puerto Rico were estimated last week.

Claims were boosted in the week ending Dec. 29 as workers furloughed because of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government applied for benefits. The federal government partially closed on Dec. 22 as President Donald Trump demanded that the U.S. Congress give him $5.7 billion this year to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

The shutdown, which has affected a quarter of the government, including the Commerce Department, has left 800,000 employees furloughed or working without pay. Private contractors working for many government agencies are also without pay.

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#17 Bezos’ divorce clouds his stake in Amazon Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, during which Mr. Bezos amassed a personal fortune while building the world’s most valuable company.

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The divorce could hold implications for the ownership structure of Amazon, where Mr. Bezos is the largest shareholder with a 16.3% stake, according to the company’s latest proxy filed in April 2018.

Much will depend on whether a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement outlining the terms of a possible split exists, according to lawyers who handle divorces for wealthy individuals.

Mr. Bezos is the world’s wealthiest man, with a net worth of about $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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#18 Spanish police arrest tennis players in match-fixing ring

MADRID -- Spanish police say 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year's U.S. Open, have been linked to an international organized group accused of fixing matches.

Authorities said on Thursday the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that was dismantled in October. Fifteen people were arrested at the time, including some of the tennis players.

Eleven houses were raided and police seized luxury vehicles, a shotgun, credit cards, and 167,000 euros ($191,000) in cash.

It wasn't clear if the player who took part in the U.S. Open was among those detained.

Police accused Spaniard player Marc Fornell-Mestres, whose highest career singles ranking was 236th in 2007, of acting as the link between players and the Armenian ring that bribed them for betting purposes.

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#19 The black hole in Pompeo’s Middle East speech: Saudi Arabia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used a speech at the American University in Cairo on Wednesday to repudiate the previous U.S. administration’s policy in the Middle East. In a swipe at President Barack Obama, who had delivered his own speech in the Egyptian capital almost 10 years ago, Pompeo praised what he described as the Trump administration’s efforts to contain Iranian influence and beat back extremist forces such as the Islamic State.

But a variety of issues and subjects were omitted from Pompeo’s vision for the region. One was glaring: Saudi Arabia.

Although the Saudi kingdom is a longtime U.S. ally and a key partner in Trump administration policies, it was barely mentioned by the top U.S. diplomat. Pompeo referred to Saudi Arabia only in passing when talking about the campaigns against the Islamic State and Iran and when discussing where he would travel next in his Middle East tour.

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Pompeo did mention the diminished U.S. presence in the kingdom, but he framed it as indicative of how the United States doesn’t intend to permanently occupy countries. “We once had tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Now that number is a tiny fraction.” He also briefly praised new diplomatic links the kingdom was developing with Iraq.

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#20 Former U.S. Marine held for spying had Russian contacts with military backgrounds

MOSCOW, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held in Moscow on spying charges, had online contact with more than 20 Russians with military backgrounds, an analysis of social media shows.

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Russian men with military education or a history of military service make up nearly half of Whelan's more than 50 friends on VK, a popular Russian social network that resembles Facebook, the analysis by Reuters shows.

At least 12 of his friends received military education in Russia, according to open source information, and at least another 11 appear to have completed national service.

In addition, about a fifth of those on Whelan's list have backgrounds in IT, engineering or civil aviation, a quarter are not connected to the military or technical sectors, and there is no information about the rest.

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#21 Impact of Trump’s wall already felt on Mexican side

Ten-year-old Victor shimmies up the hulking steel fence at the edge of his backyard, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and gazes out at the forbidden land on the other side: the United States.

If President Donald Trump gets his way, the towering brown barrier, which stands 5.5 meters (18 feet) tall, will be just the beginning of a wall that runs the length of the more than 3,000-kilometer (2,000-mile) border.

As Trump heads to the boundary on Thursday to continue pushing for the wall during a bitter political battle that has partially shut the US government, residents of Ciudad Juarez say they can already feel the project's impact on their lives, even though it has barely begun.

For some, it means waking up two hours earlier to get to work or school across the border, where increased security under Trump has led to traffic jams and long lines at rush hour.

For others, it means preparing for the reality that Mexico's border cities will have to host swelling numbers of backlogged migrants unable to reach the United States to request asylum.

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#22 Venezuela’s Maduro celebrates 2nd term as crisis deepens

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was being sworn in to a second term Thursday amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis, but with some long-time friends in attendance both from abroad and at home.

A dozen Latin American governments and Canada in a coalition have rejected the legitimacy of Maduro's next term, and Washington has sanctioned top officials in his government.

But Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Bolivian President Evo Morales were among the foreign leaders who attended the ceremony at the country's Supreme Court.

And while Maduro's popularity has plunged amid scarcities, hyperinflation and rising authoritarianism that have sparked a mass emigration, supporters who receive government subsidies in shantytowns continue to back the man who took over for the late Hugo Chavez.

"It's not the president's fault," said Frances Velazquez, a 43-year-old mother of two who survives on government-subsidized boxes of rice, flour and cooking oil. Velazquez blamed opportunists who drive up the prices on scarce items making life difficult for families like hers.

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#23 American Boy, 16, Caught Fighting for ISIS in Syria, Militia Says

NEW YORK — A 16-year-old American boy fighting on behalf of the Islamic State was captured on the battlefield in Syria, an American-backed force fighting the militants said Wednesday.

If the teenager is proved to be a United States citizen, he would be the first American minor to be caught fighting on behalf of the terrorist group overseas.

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His arrest follows the capture of Warren Christopher Clark, 34, a former substitute teacher from Texas whose seizure in the same area was announced on Sunday. They are among the handful of American citizens — just five so far — who have been taken alive on the front line in the battle against the Islamic State, according to a database maintained by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

The militia that announced the boy’s capture, the Syrian Democratic Forces, said he was among eight foreign fighters who were apprehended this week in the last sliver of Islamic State-held territory in northeastern Syria. The others included citizens of Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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#24 Venezuela Is in Crisis. So How Did Maduro Secure a Second Term?

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela is set to be inaugurated on Thursday for the second time, extending his term in office to 2025, after winning an election last year that had been rejected by nations across the region as illegitimate.

He and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, presided over the free-fall of what was once Latin America’s wealthiest nation. The country’s economy continues to unravel at an alarming rate.

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Violence and hunger have become emblematic of the years since he first took office, inflation has skyrocketed, and the migration of Venezuelans out of the country has reached unprecedented levels.

But even as his country is grappling with a humanitarian crisis driven by this collapse, Mr. Maduro has clung to power.

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#25 Philippine president renews attack on Catholic church

MANILA (Reuters) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as "sons of b----es", renewing his attacks on the church that has criticized him over his bloody war on drugs.

Duterte, who launched his campaign against drugs when he took office in mid-2016, remains hugely popular but doubts about the campaign, in which thousands of people have been killed, have been growing.

"Only I can say bishops are sons of b----es, d--n you. That is true," Duterte said in a speech during a groundbreaking ceremony for a school north of the capital, Manila.

Duterte did not mention any particular reason for his criticism of the church on Thursday, which included a suggestion that most bishops are homosexual.

"Most of them are gay," he said. "They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends."

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#26 Words won’t stop Putin’s aggression, experts warn

When Russian ships attacked and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels in November, the incident unleashed a flurry of international condemnation, but spurred little real-world support for the would-be NATO and E.U. member.

More than a month later, 24 Ukrainian sailors are still in Russian custody, and tensions between the neighbors remain high.

Former U.S. diplomats and experts say Washington should be doing more to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also annexed of Crimea in 2014 and is backing rebels in a conflict in eastern Ukraine that's claimed 10,000 lives.

President Donald Trump canceled a meeting with Putin at the G-20 summit in Argentina and the State Department announced $10 million in military financing for Ukraine to bolster its navy. An American warship is also being sent to the Black Sea as part of what the Navy described as "routine operations."

Those measures fell short of what Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was hoping for — American and other NATO members' ships sailing through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov.

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#27 Yemen soldiers killed in drone attack

A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed at least six soldiers and injured several senior officials.

A video appeared to show one drone exploding above al-Anad base, in Lahj province, during a military parade.

Sky News Arabia said army chief of staff Gen Abdullah al-Nakhi and Lahj governor Ahmed Abdullah were hurt.

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A Houthi-run TV channel said the rebels had targeted personnel from the Saudi-led coalition backing the government.

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#28 S.Korea, China urge concessions on both sides to end U.S.-North Korea standoff

SEOUL/SHANGHAI, Jan 10 (Reuters) - China and South Korea called for concessions from the United States as well as North Korea, ahead of a possible second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, suggesting a U.S. pressure campaign aimed at the North's denuclearisation may be slipping.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that he would cooperate with the international community to at least partially ease sanctions to allow for some inter-Korean business and tourism ventures, while later noting that Pyongyang needed to take "bold steps" towards denuclearisation to win concessions from Washington.

"I think North Korea knows that they clearly have to denuclearise for the easing of international sanctions, and the U.S. also understands that there needs to be corresponding action to expedite the North's denuclearisation," Moon told reporters at the presidential Blue House.

Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Kim in Beijing this week and said he hoped the United States and North Korea would "meet each other halfway," Chinese state media reported.

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#29 Jeff Bezos Spotted at Golden Globes Party with Girlfriend Lauren Sanchez and Her Estranged Husband

Days before announcing his divorce from his wife, Jeff Bezos “was in a great mood” at the 2019 Golden Globes on Sunday, a source tells PEOPLE.

“He is a different man,” says the Hollywood insider. “He’s completely changed. He was in a great mood on Sunday night, more playful and much more loose than he usually is.”

The 54-year-old billionaire attended Amazon’s Golden Globes party after the awards show, where he was spotted chatting with his new girlfriend, news anchor Lauren Sanchez, and her soon-to-be ex-husband Patrick Whitesell, a fellow partygoer tells PEOPLE.

“Jeff was in great spirits and having lots of fun,” says the source. “He had a crowd of people around him. Lauren was there but wasn’t with Jeff all the time. Her husband was there, too.”

The Amazon CEO announced he was separating from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, on Wednesday. The two share four children together.

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#30 Turning Up the Heat! Ben Simmons, Kendall Jenner Continue to Flirt Online

Heating up! Kendall Jenner and her ex Ben Simmons are continuing their social media flirtation.

The NBA player responded to several videos the model, 23, posted of herself being photographed in lingerie while crouching down on the ground on Instagram on Wednesday, January 9. “I do my own stunts,” she captioned the clips.

“Come here ..” the athlete, 22, wrote in the comments section of the post on Wednesday.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star answered right back, adding a race car emoji with steam coming out of the back.

In December, the Philadelphia 76ers point guard left two drooling emojis on a stunning black-and-white picture the Vogue cover girl posted of herself on Instagram.

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#32 Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson spark romance rumors, plus more celeb love life news for mid-January 2019 is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in mid-January 2019, starting with this surprising love connection: Multiple media outlets spotted Kate Beckinsale, 45, and Pete Davidson, 25, flirting at Netflix's Golden Globes afterparty on Jan. 6. According to E! News, the pair looked "very cozy" as they sat together for about an hour with one of her friends and the comedian's pal Machine Gun Kelly. "She was very flirty with him and there were definitely some vibes going on," said a source. "Pete was smiling and laughing with her and she was all about him." Meanwhile, People magazine reported that Kate and Pete "talked intently for most of the night" and "kept their focus on each other" even while mingling with fellow A-listers Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen. Another source told People that the duo "cuddled" during the bash. Now keep reading for more of the week's biggest celeb love life updates...

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have called it quits (again), multiple media outlets reported on Jan. 3. According to an E! News source, the duo "have been spending [time] apart since early November." The source described the time spent apart as "best for the sake of their relationship right now" because they've "both been really focused on themselves and their separate careers." Continued the source, "They are in different points in their lives right now and decided they needed the time to breath apart from each other. They are still in touch and both hope that things will work out, but their relationship is always up and down." Meanwhile, an Us Weekly source said that the pair "could get back together, but it's over for now." According to a second insider, Gigi "tried hard to make it work," but Zayn has "a lot of his own issues that she couldn't help him get through." Said the second insider, "She cut herself off from all her friends every time they were together. … She focused all her time and energy on him, but it just got to be too much."

Nikki Bella has been dating her former "Dancing With the Stars" partner, Artem Chigvintsev, "for a while," Us Weekly reported on Jan. 3. The duo even spent time together over the holidays: They were seen visiting a farmers market in Los Angeles on Dec. 23. According to the tabloid, the upcoming fourth season of "Total Bellas" will chronicle their relationship. A trailer for the E! reality show that hit the Internet on Jan. 3 showed Nikki spending time with Artem and Bachelor Nation's Peter Kraus, who competed for Rachel Lindsay's heart on Season 13 of "The Bachelorette" and was linked to Bibiana Julian (who competed for Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s heart on Season 22 of "The Bachelor") in late 2018. The preview also shows that the wrestler might not be fully over her ex-fiancé, John Cena, just yet: "It's confusing 'cause I'm still in love with him," she says. In another clip, she tells Peter, "I haven't kissed another guy in nine years." He then leans in for a kiss.

Jim Carrey, 56, and "Kidding" co-star Ginger Gonzaga, 34, revealed that they're more than co-workers by holding hands during Showtime's Golden Globes nominees celebration in West Hollywood on Jan. 5. The following day, they posed together on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. "She's incredible, unbelievable, wicked talent[ed] and [an] amazing person," the funnyman gushed to "Extra" of his new girlfriend.

Is Rosario Dawson in love with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker? The duo got tongues wagging after a Jan. 5 meet and greet with the cast of Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen," which they attended with her daughter and his niece. According to Page Six, the actress sang, "I love you, te amo," to the politician, whom she's reportedly known for years. "They were so cute together and seemed so flirtatious," said a source, who noted that there was no PDA between the pair (pictured with "Dean Evan Hasen" actor Taylor Trensch) even though it seemed obvious that they're a couple. The duo were also seen catching a movie together on Jan. 3.

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#33 ‘Green Book’ Screenwriter’s Resurfaced Anti-Muslim Tweet Sparks Backlash

A “Green Book” screenwriter has deleted his Twitter account after facing backlash for a resurfaced 2015 tweet that echoed an anti-Muslim conspiracy theory touted by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Nick Vallelonga, who along with writers Peter Farrelly and Brian Currie won a Golden Globe on Sunday for best original screenplay, tweeted in November 2015 that Trump was “100% correct” when he said that “Muslims in Jersey City” had been seen on television cheering the 9/11 attacks. Vallelonga was referring to an assertion made by Trump that “people over in New Jersey … a heavy Arab population” had celebrated the fall of the twin towers. There is no evidence that this ever happened.

On Wednesday, “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz lambasted Vallelonga’s tweet as “disgusting” and pointed out that actor Mahershala Ali, who stars in “Green Book,” is Muslim.

Nick Vallelonga wrote Green Book. My industry just gave him a Golden Globe for writing. This remains on his timeline.

Mahershala Ali is a Muslim, and a beautiful, generous and kind man.

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#34 Mary Kay Stearns Dies: Pioneering Star Of 1940s Sitcom Was 93

Mary Kay Stearns, one of TV’s earliest, if now largely forgotten, sitcom stars who beat Lucille Ball to on-air pregnancy by at least four years, died Nov. 17 in Newport Beach, California. She was 93.

Her death was reported by her son Jonathan to The New York Times for an obituary this week; it had not been previously reported. A cause of death was not listed.

Stearns, along with her husband Johnny Stearns (who died at 85 in 2001), starred in a late-1940s domestic comedy called Mary Kay and Johnny. The sitcom debuted in 1947 as a live, 15-minute program on the DuMont Network, then moved to NBC, CBS and back to NBC, where it ended in 1950 as a 30-minute program. The production was based in New York City.

Though the series is remembered now mostly, if at all, by TV trivia buffs (there are no YouTube clips, for starters), Mary Kay and Johnny can lay claim to at least one achievement often credited to the vastly better known I Love Lucy: Mary Kay Stearns’ real-life pregnancy in 1948 was written into the show, and the episode about the birth aired the night the couple’s real son, Christopher, was born, pre-dating the 1953 births of Desi Arnaz Jr. and Little Ricky Ricardo.

In a 1999 interview with The Television Academy, the Stearnses recalled scriptwriter Johnny’s decision to incorporate real life into fiction. “I decided, well, Mary Kay and Johnny is about us, and Mary Kay is pregnant, so I just wrote it into the script.” (Watch the interview below.)

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#35 Black Panther, The Favourite score Costume Designers Guild Award nominations: See the full list

The Costume Designers Guild has sewn a gilded thread in the awards race for several Oscar hopefuls.

Leading the industry organization’s list of annual honorees are costume veterans like Sandy Powell (a double nominee for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns) and previously announced Career Achievement recipient Ruth E. Carter (who also landed a nomination for her work on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther).

“The research is applied to the design and in a way that infuses tribal customs, the artistry of Africa, materials, techniques, textures, color palettes — all kinds of things that create the symbolism you see in the costume design,” Carter told EW of working on the monumental film in October. “What [Marvel] has is a superhero model; what you infuse is the African culture that needs to tell the story of the time and place.”

Other prospective Oscar contenders also appeared across the guild’s three film categories, including A Star is Born‘s Erin Benach, Crazy Rich Asians‘ Mary E. Vogt, BlacKkKlansman‘s Marci Rodgers, Mary Queen of Scots‘ Alexandra Byrne, and Bohemian Rhapsody designer Julian Day.

Since the start of awards season, Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman have made significant strides in the Oscar race for Best Picture, receiving major nominations from nearly all of the industry precursor groups that share membership with the Academy, including the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Directors Guild of America.

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#36 The Twins Who Played Rachel’s Baby on Friends Are 16 and Returning to the Big Screen

The twins who played Rachel and Ross’ baby on Friends are 16 years old. Feel old yet?

Noelle and Cali Sheldon, known to many as baby Emma, hit one of life’s major milestones — together on June 17.

Cali posted a photograph on Instagram of herself and her sister when they were younger captioned, “My partner in crime since ’02… happy birthday noelle!”

Noelle also shared a tribute on Instagram of her and her sister at the Museum of Ice Cream. “Happy birthday @cali.sheldon,” Noelle wrote.

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Cali and Noelle Sheldon | Noelle Sheldon/Instagram

It has been 15 years since the end of Friends, which starred Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer as Emma’s parents, the twins haven’t stepped away from acting.

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#37 Whoopi Goldberg is willing to host Oscars after Kevin Hart drama: Report

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Whoopi Goldberg attends the premiere of

The 2019 Academy Awards, set for Feb. 24, are just six weeks away and don't have a host for the first time in nearly three decades.

The "who will host?" drama has been making headlines ever since comedian Kevin Hart dropped out in early December after initially refusing to apologize for old homophobic comments that critics dug up on Twitter. Then, after mounting buzz that he was reconsidering, Kevin confirmed during a "Good Morning America" interview on Jan. 9 that he will not be hosting.

Now, as reports swirl claiming that at this late hour, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has no choice but to go without a single, dedicated host and instead rely on booking A-list stars to introduce the show's various segments and guide viewers through the telecast, a new report claims that veteran Oscars host Whoopi Goldberg has let it be known that she would be willing to step in to emcee if the Academy needs her.

A source tells Page Six that even though "Everyone is hoping they'll do a series of presenters and have no formal host, Whoopi really is game to do it."

Whoopi, a long-time panelist on "The View," hosted the Oscars in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002.

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#38 Los Angeles Chargers DL Brandon Mebane’s 7-week-old daughter dies, but he still plans to play in playoff game

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018 file photo Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane warms up before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Carson, Calif. 
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Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane plans to play in Sunday’s playoff game against the New England Patriots -- even though it means taking the field just days after the death of his 7-week-old daughter.

Mebane’s daughter, Makenna, was born with a rare chromosome disorder and died Jan. 3 after spending time in a neonatal intensive care unit in Nebraska, according to the Los Angeles Times.


“You know, it’s been a tough year, period, but she would want me to be here doing my job,” he told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. “No matter where I am, I still think about her. I’m just happy I’m still able to play this game.”

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#40 Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800,000 won’t get paid

Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, were to miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington was close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in the nation's history. Those markers — along with growing effects to national parks, food inspections and the economy overall — left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump's demands.

Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt badly "for people that have family members that have been killed" by criminals who came over the border.

Trump visited McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande on Thursday to highlight what he calls a crisis of drugs and crime. He said that "if for any reason we don't get this going" — an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall — "I will declare a national emergency."

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Hello Again and Thanks for reading it is I David "IT40" Ellenberger with an update on the status of my lawsuit against Alphabet inc case # 4:20-CV-04877-SBA  and the website and life in general. By now if you regularly visit you may have read this section "author info" or Bio. So I am adding to it with more bio and more info. I originally liked the idea of voting on the internet 20-25 years ago when I first got online with WebTV (does anyone remember that?).

The technology at that time was not advanced enough to easily be able to vote online or watch videos or much else for that matter but I was hooked and look at what we can do now with videos, IOT, and everything else, but I digress. I started about 5 years ago and the user base has been going up steadily ever since. I wanted to be another Facebook, with music and voting and that is all coming together slowly but surely. BTW if you want to help or have any interest please feel free to email me anytime.

Now in my previous Author Info or bio page I made it clear or at least I thought I made it clear, I am personally suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud. I have evidence to prove they are not counting all the pageviews, among other things and defrauding myself and probably millions of other website owners and content creators out of Billions of dollars. So if I wasn't clear or you didn't know it's true I am suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud the case was recently moved from my state of Kentucky to N. California to make it easier for Alphabet inc. to steam roll me or so they think. Needless to say if you are interested and I hope you are you can look the case up online under my name "David Russell Ellenberger" or the case # which is 4:20-CV-04877-SBA.

Now, I want to make it clear to you and everyone that I am not suing Alphabet inc. aka Google for fraud just because I want a million dollars for nothing. I am suing Google for fraud because I think they are committing  a serious crime with worldwide and societal ramifications, it is a  very serious problem.  I am suing Google for fraud because to put it simply the analytics numbers don't add up at least not in my favor or yours, there is something very fishy going on with the Google analytics numbers. Of course Google has an excuse for every one of them but I have reasons and the actual numbers and they don't add up, more about the numbers later.

Companies like Google are making Billions of dollars a year in profits telling us data is the most valuable thing and misleading us and misdirecting the media and the world every chance they can.  Now data is valuable and they are making billions in profits seemingly like magic but there is no magic to it just corruption and lies. One thing Alphabet inc. aka Google is really making their money from and that is advertising dollars and they are putting all of this advertising on the websites other people have created.

Websites that I have created and  websites you have created and websites millions of others around the world have created websites or content. For example Just writing a text is creating content and that's where Google puts the billions in advertising they receive and keeping most of it for themselves. Yes content others have created and yet somehow they are keeping almost all of these billions for themselves and not distributing it equitably to the real workers the true content creators who actually deserve the advertising monies. Google has made it's billions on the backs of you and me. Think about that for a minute, how can they continue to justify this? They Can't, it has to change.

For example if I were to prevail in the current lawsuit just half of the monies or $20 billion put into a basic account and compounded at 5% annually we could realistically employ over 80,000 people at $24,000 a year, indefinitely.  Sounds unbelievable but its true and if we only employed 40,000 people we could pay them approx. $48,000 a year indefinitely. Its all true. Its simply a matter of having the money and the will to do it. Now is 40,000 people a lot well yes it would be a lot of employees but with more money simply put into a trust account we could employ more people

I David Russell Ellenberger through my website am suing Google to try to help right a wrong. A wrong committed by Google that has simply gotten out of hand. Most people may think they can't do anything about it. Nothing can stop Google, the politicians don't care they use all of Googles data to further their own campaigns and line their own pockets while the rest of us keep on creating the content for Google, nothing can be done, this however is not the case, we can do something.

The politicians and Alphabet inc. aka Google have done nothing to help society at large other than organize it so they can keep more money in secret and pay off all their buddies with their fraudulently obtained money. It's gotten so bad that the politicians and others in control won't even talk about it, they ignore it and hope it goes away, they won't even try to stop google because it is helping them too much and maybe they are scared of Google or who knows what they may be thinking. But it looks like fraud and it's coming to an end.

I'm telling you we can do something and I David Russell Ellenberger an average citizen Content Creator am saying to you, I'm not scared of Google because I have nothing left to loose.  I David Russell Ellenberger am telling you there is something you too can do, if nothing else, tell all your friends to come to aka IT40, believe these words and Create your Content.

Further I promise to you and all who read this if we do prevail in the lawsuit against Alphabet Inc. We will use half of any monies we may receive to pay "content creators" a living wage. I pledge to anyone who is reading this, we will use half of any monies we may receive to help those who really do want to work on the internet and create content and tell us what they think. We will use half of any money so you can Get Paid, we want you to get paid for the content you create and get paid everyday and Get Paid to Vote create data and to be able to do this work online and from your home or anywhere in the world you care to be. Because in the words of an ancient scholar Y-O-U are the business Y-O-U are creating all the data, Y-O-U are the content creators and Y-O-U are all that matters.

Now the main thing I want you to take away form this and to know, Alphabet inc. is and has been committing fraud against you, me and everyone who uses the internet. I don't think Google started out to defraud the world it has just degenerated into this endless morass of corruption and fraud and no one seems to care, Well I care and I know you care too.  Sadly Google has been doing this with impunity for years and it is only getting worse. Please don't let them fool you with their lies and obfuscation. Do some research create some content build a website and research the analytics numbers you will find I am right. Google owes you, me and everyone online thousands if not 10's of thousands of dollars for all the data and advertising dollars they have co-opted from you and the rest of the world. So join with me don't use any Google products or file your own lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet inc. I will be glad to help you any way I can and show you how to do it if need be. It will take a sincere effort on your part but it will definitely help your self esteem, society and the world.

Now that's about all I have to say on this subject for now.  I will tell you this if you want more information or you have questions or comments for me, my email is [email protected] Thank you for reading looking and listening and believing in Please tell all your friends about us and don't forget to vote Thumbs up or down and refresh your page when your done. One last Thing, I need all the help I can get I am only 1 person but together and with todays technology we can move mountains and reframe society and our world the way we want it to be. One final note let me tell you about a new website coming to the world called Thank you ttyl



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