Here’s why you’ve been feeling hay fever symptoms early this year

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Hay fever sufferers have been warned to stay inside over the Easter bank holiday because pollen count will be at an all time high, with hay fever starting THREE weeks earlier than usual this year.

Yes, if you’ve been feeling the symptoms, this will explain it.

The UK was hit with the warmest winter on record – remember those unusually hot February days? Well, that has caused havoc for those allergic to pollen.

The rise in temperatures coupled with the dry and windy Spring days has created a breeding ground for pollen, and the mini heatwave earlier this year has triggered the early release of birch tree pollen, which affects one in four hay fever sufferers.

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Expert Doctor Jean Emberlin told Metro: ‘It was a very warm February and it certainly gave the trees a big boost in terms of catkin development.’

Thankfully March’s frosty mornings, which saw mercury plummet on the thermometer, may have saved us and halted a really REALLY early hay fever season, although it didn’t stop the dreaded months of sniffling and itchy eyes completely.

The hay fever season usually hits in the second week of April, but this year the dreaded sneezing and itchy symptoms started at the end of March, now going on for the next few months.

Now, time to stock up on tissues and hide from pollen!

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You’ve just been harassed in an Uber or Lyft. Here’s what you can do.

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A woman’s recent Lyft horror story involving an inappropriate driver has become yet another reminder that safety issues can be hard to navigate when using ride-hailing apps. But as a passenger, you do, in fact, have several different options you can take during and after a bad ride.

Let’s say you’re coming home late at night, alone and with your home address plugged into the app. Using this guide, you can better know what to do if the driver starts harassing you — whether you’re in a Lyft or Uber.

First, if anything life-threatening goes down in a car, call the police on your phone immediately. Uber has its safety center always clickable within the app and a dedicated 911 button. Other safety features introduced last year on the Uber app include a contact list you can set up to notify friends and family about a situation. Read more…

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Chris Darden’s Daughter Has Been Harassed Over Her Father Defending Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer

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Since it has been announced that Chris Darden is defending Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer, Eric Holder, his daughter Jenee Harden said she has been getting harassed via social media.

She addressed the hostility coming her way via Instagram and said she found out her father is defending Holder on social media with the rest of the world.

“I was not prepared for this backlash that has triggered bad memories from the O.J Simpson Trial,” she wrote. ” My father is a grown man and has been a defense attorney for some time. I have no say in the cases he takes on.”

Harden went on to say that she understands the outrage and pain surrounding Nipsey Hussle’s murder but it doesn’t justify the “vile comments”  that have been thrown her way.

“Instead of attacking me and others who have nothing to do with this case, channel that energy toward continuing Nipsey’s legacy in strengthening our communities and lifting up each other.”

Holder was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Holder is accused of shooting Hussle six times outside of his The Marathon clothing store on March 31st. Holder, 29, was arrested on April 2nd.

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Pretty Much Everyone Who’s Ever Been on Game of Thrones Reunited to Get People Choked Up

Cast members from every season of Game of Thrones gathered at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Wednesday night to celebrate the official premiere of the beloved show’s eighth and final season.

While the show won’t be available to fans until it debuts on HBO on April 14, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa and Arya Stark all walked the red carpet as their human counterparts alongside many characters who were deceased, such as Sean Bean’s Eddard Stark and Jason Momoa’s Khal Drogo.

Ahead of the screening of the first episode which included a special cautionary warning from Sansa and Arya Stark about the consequences of not following the rules of the event, series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss introduced the full cast of Game of Thrones, welcoming not only the stars of season 8, but many of the deceased characters who had departed the show.

Watching the final premiere of a show that’s been such an integral part of pop culture was undeniably emotional, something that Emilia Clarke, who plays the inimitable Daenerys, summed up nicely to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This is bonkers. I feel great, and weird, and strange.”


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The decades-old mystery of Garfield phones on French beaches has finally been solved

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It’s been over three decades since beachgoers in France began finding bright orange Garfield-themed phones on their shores. The phones, often disintegrating and obviously no longer functional, just wouldn’t stop washing up, and while beach cleaners believed they originated in a lost shipping container they had no way of knowing where that box might be.

Now, a man who spotted the container decades ago has helped environmentalists locate the source, and a whole bunch of old orange phones that came along with it. However, getting to the lost container was quite a challenge, and a few questions about its origins remain.

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New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ leak spoils the superhero transformation we’ve been waiting for

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There’s no doubt that Avengers: Endgame has a ton of important questions to answer when it premieres next month on April 26th. How will the remaining heroes rescue Tony Stark, who was left drifting through space with Nebula in a badly damaged Benatar at the end of Infinity War? How will Scott Lang return from the Quantum Realm since everyone waiting for him back on Earth was turned to dust by the snap in the credits scene from Ant-Man and the Wasp? And of course, the biggest question is how will the Avengers who are left ultimately defeat Thanos and bring back all of the people who were killed when he snapped his fingers? Thanks to a huge leak we covered yesterday, we know that the Avengers will somehow get their hands on an Infinity Gauntlet and it’ll play a big role in saving their fallen comrades as well as everyone else who was turned to dust. We also know that the Quantum Realm will be important since many of the remaining Avengers are headed there — why else would they be wearing the Quantum suits like Hank Pym’s that we saw confirmed in the second Avengers: Endgame trailer?

There’s one more big question we can’t wait to see answered in Avengers 4, and it pertains to one of the original Avengers. Now, thanks to a new leak, it looks like we won’t have to wait for the movie to hit theaters to at least partially answer it. Avengers: Endgame spoilers follow below, so don’t scroll any further if you’re hoping to be surprised next month when you finally see the movie.

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The Last Legal Barrier Against Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Has Been Removed

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For transgender service members, the April 12 deadline just became even more urgent.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals officially dissolved the sole remaining preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s transgender troop ban.

The ban can now go into effect next month, barring any further legal developments.

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We’ve all been pronouncing Khaleesi’s name wrong this whole time

Wait, WHAT?

Game of Thrones season eight is on its way – and we officially can’t wait.

Our past few months have been dominated by Game of Thrones news and updates, from the emergence of the teaser trailer to theories about what’s to come in Westeros.

But it wasn’t Sophie Turner confessing to being banned from washing her hair during filming and Kit Harrington taking one of his props as a momento or Maisie William talking about her final scene that had the world talking today.

Instead, it was Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen herself, who made news as it turned out we’ve all been pronouncing her title, Khaleesi, wrong all along.

Yes, really. But don’t worry – we’re not alone – the characters in the series have been saying it wrong too.

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According to David Peterson, the linguist behind Game of Thrones languages, the mispronunciation of Daenerys’ title had come to be ‘a real thorn in his side’, blaming himself for why it was pronounced incorrectly.

According to Digital Spy, the linguist opened up on how he built languages from George RR Martin’s works during his appearance on the podcast, The Allusionist, and he couldn’t help but voice his regrets.

‘I wanted to make sure if something was spelled differently, it was pronounced differently,’ the linguist explained. ‘That worked pretty well for everything except the word “Khaleesi”, which is just a real thorn in my side.’

He continued: ‘There’s no way it should be pronounced “ka-LEE-see” based on the spelling. So I had to decide, am I going to re-spell this thing because I know how people are going to pronounce this, or am I going to honour that spelling and pronounce it differently? I made the latter decision and I think it was the wrong decision.

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‘Changing the spelling to “Khalisi” would have fixed all my problems,’ he went on to admit. ’“EE” and “I” can’t be pronounced the same because they’re spelled differently. If I want to honour George RR Martin’s spellings, that would give us the pronunciation CHA-LAY-eh-see.’

Well, our minds are officially blown, but hopefully we’ll have got over it by the first episode of Game of Thrones season 8!

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Jussie Smollett Charges DROPPED and the Record Has Been Sealed, Chicago Police Said to be ‘Furious’

Prosecutors have dropped ALL charges against Jussie Smollett and his record is being wiped clean.

Jussie has also agreed to forfeit his $ 10,000 bond.

“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office stated in an email.

Sources tell CBS 2 that CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson is “furious” and that he received no notification about the charges being dropped.

He’s reportedly planning to speak after the police graduation taking place.

Jussie’s attorney released a statement via email.

“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him. Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement,” spokeswoman Anne Kavanaugh stated in an email.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.

“Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”

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UPDATE: The First Iron Throne Has Been Found, New Throne Hidden in the North

UPDATE (03/21/19): The first of six life-sized Iron Thrones from HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones has been found. As an ongoing event to lead up to GoT‘s eighth and final season, HBO will be hiding the Thrones in all corners of the world until some lucky fans finds it.

Posting a 360-degree video to its official YouTube page, the first Iron Throne could be seen hidden in some sort of forest. The mystery setting turned out to be an ancient wooded site in Gloucestershire, England, which was found by two young men.

Now the journey continues as the next throne has been hidden in the “North.” Take a look at the new video posted above to see if you have any idea where it could be located. And according to the #ForTheThrone countdown, there are 13 days left to find this second throne.

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As fans around the world patiently wait for the return of HBO‘s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones to return for its eighth and final season next month, the network has decided to hide six life-sized Iron Thrones all across the world for them to find.

In a video posted to HBO’s official YouTube channel, the first Iron Throne can be seen hidden in what looks to be a forest with the caption “#ThroneoftheForest.” The 360-degree video is also accompanied by a countdown timer, allowing fans to see how much time they have left to claim it. The network has also shared a marketing video starring the show’s biggest actors to its Facebook page along with, “6 Thrones. 6 Locations. Who will be the first to find them?”

Once the first Iron Throne has been successfully found, HBO will hide another one, totalling up to six. Interested participants can head over to forthethrone.com for more details. Grab your chance to claim the Iron Throne now.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Empire” co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels says the weeks since cast member Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with fabricating a racist and homophobic attack have been “a freakin’ rollercoaster.”

In an Instagram video that doesn’t refer to Smollett by name, Daniels says since “the incident” he and his cast have “experienced pain and anger and sadness and frustration and really don’t know how to deal with it.”

 

 

Daniels had been among the first to voice his support for Smollett after he made the report in January.

Daniels says the situation nearly made him forget to tell audiences that the Fox drama returns to the air Wednesday. Daniels and other producers removed Smollett’s character from the season’s final episodes after his arrest in Chicago.

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Rita Ora poses in nude bra after discovering she’s been wearing the wrong size for years

RITA Ora has posed for photos wearing a nude bra, explaining that she had been wearing the wrong size for  years.

The 28-year-old shared her revelation after a recent fitting and urged fans to go and get themselves measured.

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Rita wore nude underwear for the mirror selfie as she showed off her toned figure, tattoos, and full on glam hair and makeup.

“Cozy bra crew. Just got my bra size refitted and realised I was wearing the wrong size this whole time!” she confessed alongside the snap.

She added: “Ladies go measure yourselves you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Unless it’s intentional of course! Wasssss guuuuud? Gota catch my flight! Taipei I’m coming soz!”

Fans of the Let You Love Me singer soon began commenting on the half naked snap, with many complementing her figure.

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Followers wrote: “Damn that body” and “Looking good girl!”

Others jokingly questioned whether her actual bra size was “bigger or smaller” than she first thought.

The singer’s latest snap comes less than a month after she split from boyfriend Andrew Garfield after a whirlwind four month romance.

The Sun revealed that the couple had split earlier this month after the actor, 35, decided to call time on their romance for a more private life.

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He had grown concerned about Rita’s life in the spotlight and recently ended their relationship.

A source close to the singer said at the time: “Rita is cut up about the whole situation.

“Andrew split up with her recently and it’s been hard going as they had spent a lot of time together.

“They spent Christmas together and she thought things were going well between them.

“Her career is going from strength to strength and lives her life in the spotlight but he told her he wanted to lead a more private life.”


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MMA Fighter Conor McGregor Has Been Arrested in Florida for Stealing a Cellphone

(MIAMI) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said.

According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for McGregor called the altercation “minor” and said the popular fighter would cooperate with authorities.

McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5 a.m. Monday when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a picture of McGregor, the police report said. Police said McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand and then stomped on it several times. McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area, the report said. Police later found McGregor at his local address.

McGregor was being held on $ 12,500 bail.

“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cellphone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” Samuel J. Rabin Jr., a Miami-based attorney representing McGregor, said in a statement. “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”

McGregor, who’s from Ireland, is the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion and one of the biggest draws in MMA. He returned to UFC last fall after a hiatus during which he made his boxing debut, a loss to Floyd Mayweather. He was suspended from UFC for six months and fined $ 50,000 for a brawl after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.

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R. Kelly Has Been Released From Jail…Again

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For the second time in two weeks, R. Kelly has been released from prison.

After being released on bail after being charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual assault on February 25th, the cuffs were slapped back on his wrists shortly after due to the outstanding amount of child support he owes to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. He was released today from Chicago’s Cook County Jail after an unknown person paid the $ 161,000 lump sum in full.

While leaving the court room, the 52-year-old vowed to address this child support issue.

“I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” according to CNN.“ That’s all I can say right now. I promise you.”

In 2009, it was ruled that he was to pay his ex-wife $ 20,833 a month in child support.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told reporters that the Pied Piper is due back in court Wednesday to continue to work this matter out. He also said that a judge put a “gag order” in place which prevents Kelly was discussing this matter with the media.

As far as for his indictment in his criminal case, he is due back in court on March 22nd.

“It’s open season on R. Kelly,” Greenberg said to reporters after Kelly’s release.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges, which pertains to the alleged sexual abuse of four women.

He continues to deny the latest allegations, and most recently did so in an explosive interview with CBS’ Gayle King. During the sit down, which has went viral, he cried, he screamed out of frustration and claimed he was “fighting for his life” since allegations of sexual abuse began to surface again.

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Plot Twist: Police Arrest Husband and Stepdaughter for the Murder of a Woman Initially Believed to Have Been Stabbed By a Panhandler

Police have charged a Baltimore woman’s husband and stepdaughter with her murder instead of the panhandler the two initially claimed stabbed her through a rolled-down car window.

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Keith Smith, 52, and daughter Valeria Smith, 28 were picked up in Texas on Saturday just as they were about to cross into Mexico, police told the Baltimore Sun.

Jacquelyn Smith’s family had never quite believed the husband’s account, the Baltimore Sun reported.

“I already know it’s Keith,” her brother, Marcel Trisvan, told the Sun. “All the questioning has been specific to Keith. That kind of sums it right there. It never made sense. I told [detectives] from the very beginning there are no suspects out there.”

He also said that two weeks earlier, Keith Smith had handed him the keys to the couple’s home, which Jacquelyn owned, saying he was moving to Florida. He took out all the appliances, her brother said.

People in the neighborhood where the killing took place also did not believe the account, according to reports. A neighbor who did not want their name released said the block is usually empty at the hour the crime allegedly took place, and that no one had seen a couple matching the husband’s description.

“Everybody in the neighborhood said something’s wrong with it,” the neighbor told the Sun of the so-called panhandling woman and her baby. “I don’t know what happened. Nobody around here knew her.”

The case had gripped the Baltimore area for its tragedy, and even caught the attention of media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Jacquelyn Smith, 54, was driving home from a family birthday celebration with her husband, Keith Smith, 52, when she rolled down her window to give a woman money, the tearful husband and stepdaughter had told police. Keith Smith told police the woman was carrying a sign asking for help feeding her baby.

After Smith gave them money, a black man approached as if to thank her, but instead grabbed her wallet and necklace, and stabbed her, the husband told police at the time. Jacquelyn Smith was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital about two hours later.

Police warned motorists and others to be careful when responding to such requests.

The incident gave the most generous benefactors pause. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey tweeted that the story “struck my heart,” and that, having given money “a 1k times,” she was going to “think twice before ever doing again.”

Keith Smith had provided a detailed description of the two to ABC News back in December, when the alleged attack happened. He said the woman was in her 20s, about 5 feet tall with “medium brown” skin. Her companion, he told the network, was black, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a goatee and clad in a black hoodie.

“Like everyone in our city, state and across this nation, we mourned the senseless killing of Jacquelyn Smith. To now learn that family members staged this brutal killing is beyond belief and represents a double tragedy,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a statement Sunday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“They were responsible for taking Jacquelyn’s life with unconscionable cruelty and contrived to do so in our city under the guise of random violence, exploiting the legitimate fears of our residents.”

We definitely didn’t see that coming.

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Say What Now? Man Who Went Viral for Dropping $500 on Girl Scout Cookies Has Been ARRESTED in Long-Term Federal Drug Investigation

The man in a viral photo who spent more than $ 500 cash to buy 121 boxes of Girl Scout cookies so two Girl Scouts wouldn’t have to stand in the rain, has been arrested in a long-term federal drug investigation.

via NBC:

The photo went viral quickly, garnering nearly 10 thousand Facebook shares in 5 days with people praising the thoughtful gesture.

WSPA set out to cover the act of kindness Tuesday, interviewing both of the scouts and the woman who took the photo. However, late in the afternoon, WSPA learned that the mystery man, identified as Detric McGowan, was arrested Tuesday morning by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

He is accused of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. McGowan allegedly tried to import drugs from Mexico.

According to the local DEA, McGowan was taken into custody at his home in a rural part of Laurens County, where cash and other assets were seized by U.S. Marshals.

Resident Agent Mike Rzepczynski of the DEA told 7-News Reporter Kirsten Glavin over the phone that McGowan’s arrest was part of a long-term federal drug investigation that began in September 2018 and spanned out of state.

McGowan faced a judge Tuesday afternoon, along with several others who were arrested in this operation. 

We’re told he will have a bond hearing on Friday.

McGowan remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

According to the indictment, Detric McGowan has been charged with the following:

  • Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances,
  • Conspiracy to import controlled substances
  • Conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling ($ 1,004,665.00),
  • Interstate travel and transportation in aid of drug trafficking business,
  • Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin,
  • Maintaining a drug-involved premise,
  • Conspiracy to structure transactions to evade reporting requirement
  • Three counts of unlawful use of a communication facility.

Yikes. Now we know why he was so comfortable dropping $ 500 on some cookies.

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R. Kelly Has Been Released from Jail After Posting $100,000 Bail in a Sex Abuse Case

(CHICAGO) — R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail Monday after posting $ 100,000 bail that allows him to go free while awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.

Hours earlier, the R&B star pleaded not guilty to the allegations after spending the weekend behind bars. He said little during the brief arraignment, telling the judge only his name. His lawyers spoke on his behalf.

The singer-songwriter was arrested Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. A judge set bond at $ 1 million, meaning Kelly had to post 10 percent of that amount to be released. Court records show a 47-year-old woman from the Chicago suburb of Romeoville, Illinois, posted the $ 100,000 bail and identified herself on the bond slip as “a friend” of Kelly, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kelly will be forbidden from having any contact with females younger than 18.

The black van that took the entertainer away from the jail stopped in the parking lot of a large downtown McDonald’s. He did not immediately emerge, but some members of his entourage stood outside the vehicle and a dark-colored Mercedes-Benz parked next to it.

The McDonald’s, a popular tourist attraction, was known as Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s before being remodeled and losing its music theme.

The recording artist has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct, and he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who said he represents two Kelly accusers, said his legal team gave prosecutors a second video Monday that shows Kelly sexually abusing a minor. Avenatti previously gave prosecutors video evidence that he said showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

Avenatti said the second video involves a 14-year-old girl. He said the footage from 1999 or 2000 is about 55 minutes long, but he did not say if it was the same 14-year-old girl seen in the first video he turned over to the authorities.

“The conduct in the tape can be described as nothing short of outrageous, illegal. It leaves no question as to Mr. Kelly’s guilt,” Avenatti said.

Avenatti said he is aware of a third tape, but he did not provide details.

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg reiterated at a news conference that Kelly has done nothing wrong and said no one has shown him any evidence to the contrary.

“Everybody is entitled to a defense. Everybody is entitled to the presumption of innocence. We should all be taking a step back. Let’s see what happens, what the evidence is and how this plays out,” Greenberg said.

Details of the allegations against Kelly emerged Saturday when the prosecution released four detailed documentsone for each accuser — outlining the basis for the charges. The allegations date back as far as 1998 and span more than a decade.

A girl who attended Kelly’s child pornography trial in 2008 got his autograph after a court session. He later invited her to his home in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, where they had sex multiple times starting the following May, when she was 16, according to the documents, which said he also slapped, choked and spit on the girl.

In 1998, another girl reported meeting Kelly at a restaurant where she was having a 16th birthday party. Kelly’s manager gave her the singer’s business card and suggested she call Kelly. The girl’s mother heard the exchange, took the card and told the manager her daughter was 16.

But her daughter later retrieved the card from her purse. She contacted Kelly, who told her to take a cab to his studio, where they had sex periodically for a year, the documents said. After the first encounter, she was given an envelope of cash.

In early 2003, a Chicago hairdresser told prosecutors that she thought she was going to braid Kelly’s hair, but he pulled down his pants and instead tried to force her to give him oral sex. The woman, who was 24, was able to pull away, but Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face, the documents said.

Kelly’s DNA was found in semen on one of the accuser’s shirts, and semen found on a shirt worn by another was submitted for DNA testing, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said. It was not clear when the accusers turned the shirts over to authorities.

Rising from poverty on Chicago’s South Side, Kelly broke into the R&B scene in 1993 with his first solo album, “12 Play,” which produced such popular sex-themed songs as “Your Body’s Callin’” and “Bump N’ Grind.” He has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.

The jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges that centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. He and the female allegedly seen with him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was good and witnesses testified it was them, and she did not take the stand.

Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison, making it possible for Kelly to receive up to 70 years. Probation is also an option.

The walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multipart Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired last month. Together they detailed allegations that he held women against their will and ran a “sex cult.”


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These actors have been controversially cast as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

And the internet isn’t happy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are one of the most talked-about couples in the world, making news this past few months for their upcoming royal arrival, due in April.

But it wasn’t Meghan’s New York baby shower or the rumoured baby names that got the world talking about the royal couple this week.

Instead, it was the upcoming Lifetime TV show about their relationship, Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, or rather its casting, that became a talking point.

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The sequel to last year’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance is set to tell the story of the couple’s first year of marriage, ‘pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the Royal Family.

‘Beyond blending their families and cultures, Harry and Meghan’s core values are put to the test as they try to find the balance between honouring Royal tradition and staying true to their beliefs.’

But who is set to play the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Well, the actors have just been announced and the internet has a lot to say about it.

Meghan Markle is set to be played by Tiffany Marie Smith, known for her roles in Supernatural and Jane the Virgin and Prince Harry is set to be played by Charlie Field, seen before in Genius and Poldark.

‘Let us introduce you to the royal couple,’ Lifetime TV tweeted, before it was met by some controversial comments, mostly complaining that Charlie Field looked nothing like Prince Harry.

‘That doesn’t even look like Prince Harry though,’ one fan tweeted, while another wrote: ‘OMG! It’s worse than when they make a Madame Tussauds wax figure and it looks nothing like the actual person.’

Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal will debut later this spring on Lifetime and we officially cannot wait.

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These states have been hit the hardest by America’s opioid epidemic

While there’s early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data. A new study reveals which part of the country has been affected the most by the ongoing epidemic.


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Jussie Smollett Believes the Two Persons of Interest on Surveillance Footage Are His Attackers, Police Say They’ve Been Identified But Are Not Suspects [Video]

Jussie Smollett is convinced the two men in the surveillance photo released by police earlier this month are the two men who attacked him.

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Jussie appeared on ‘GMA’ Thursday, and was clearly frustrated some people don’t believe his story.

The 2 men in the surveillance photo are considered “persons of interest” but not suspects by the Chicago PD. Cops tell us the video shows the 2 men on the other side of the street from Jussie, but there is a 60-second gap in the video.

Jussie went on to explain why he refused to give his phone to cops so they could validate his story that he was talking to his manager at the time of the attack and the manager heard it go down. Jussie explained he had various private photos, videos and phone numbers and did not want that data compromised.

He tells Robin Roberts about his injuries and why he kept the rope around his neck until police arrived. 

In a statement released Thursday, police said they identified the two people in the surveillance photos and tracked their movements using cameras, public transportation records and corroborating info provided by Smollett.

Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for Chicago Police Department, said the two persons of interest are not suspect and have not been charged. Police said there is no evidence that they were involved in the attack.

Check out the video below.

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A Body Has Been Recovered From the Wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s Plane

Authorities have recovered a body from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the English Channel with Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board.

The Guardian reports that the body was successfully extracted but authorities have yet to confirm whether it is the footballer or the pilot.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found the body using remotely operated vehicles in “challenging conditions” in poor weather. The recovery took place three days after the aircraft was found on the seabed, more than two weeks after its disappearance on Jan. 21.

“The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress,” the AAIB said in a statement, according to the Guardian. An attempt to recover the aircraft, which is largely intact, was suspended due to harsh weather conditions.

The AAIB said the operation has been brought to a close and the body is being transferred to the care of the Dorset coroner.

Ibbotson was flying the 28-year-old Cardiff City striker on a Piper Malibu plane from Nantes, France to Cardiff, Wales when the plane fell out of contact. The aircraft was found nearly 200 feet underwater. Difficult tidal conditions have hampered rescue efforts at the site of the wreckage, 21 miles north of the Channel island of Guernsey.

On Wednesday, Sala’s previous club, Nantes, demanded that the city of Cardiff pay the first installment of the $ 19 million transfer fee of Sala, the BBC reports. Sala was Cardiff’s record signing but had yet to play for the club at the time of his disappearance.

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Lori Harvey: 5 Things To Know About Steve Harvey’s Stepdaughter Who Has Been Linked To Trey Songz

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Roger Mathews Claims J-Woww Is Lying About Abuse – Claims She Has Always Been The Violent One

According to a report from Us Weekly, Roger Mathews recently took to his personal website to release a long article about what he considers to be the truth of the matter regarding his bitter – and very public – fight with his estranged wife, Jenni “JWoww” Farley.

In a post encompassing 6,000 words, Roger accused the reality star of lying about physical violence in their relationship, placing the blame on her for what he describes as abuse. The reality star, Roger, said in his blog post that he wonders why nobody ever asked him about the supposed abuse he inflicted on her.

The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star accused his estranged spouse of bragging about stabbing both of her ex-boyfriends, as well as being the “true aggressor” in their altercations. Roger accused JWoww of even punching him in the face one night.

Moreover, Mathews claimed that the 32-year-old reality star threw a candle as well as a vacuum cleaner at not only him but their two-year-old son, Greyson. However, Roger did admit to shoving her on several occasions but claims his actions were in retaliation against her aggression.

According to Roger, there were moments in their marriage that were truly a “nightmare.” The reality star supposedly has incriminating footage of JWoww but has chosen not to release it because he feels it’s “ethically wrong.”

Roger went on to say that he is not the monster she has portrayed him to be. The reality star’s post went on in the same vein for literally thousands of words, accusing Farley of being the abusive one in the relationship, and in general, offering his side to the story.

As it was reported previously, Farley and Roger’s situation has been quite nasty for the last few months, following Farley’s filing for divorce last year in September after just a three-year marriage. On the 30th of January, Jenni accused Roger of being abusive on her own website.

Furthermore, she released footage online in which it appeared as though Roger shoved her. Mathews accused JWoww of “playing the victim” in the situation.

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Alphabet's Verily has pitched potential retail partners on the health-tracking shoes, which are still early in development.
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Fake Bands Have Been Reportedly Showing Up on Spotify Playlists

A collection of seemingly fake bands have found their way into Spotify users’ playlists.

Bands with names like Bergenulo Five and Bratte Night, among others, recently landed in some users’ Spotify playlists without the users actually adding them. And although the bands have little to no presence outside of Spotify, they’ve racked up tens of thousands of listens and potentially scored some cash off those playbacks.

The BBC initially reported on the issue and found the seemingly fake bands on Spotify


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. The bands all had similar characteristics: generic cover art, songs that listed only a couple of minutes with little to no lyrics, and simple song titles that might or might not have had anything to do with the actual music. The artists also have no social media presence or websites and only appear to be living on Spotify.

In its investigation, the BBC found that Bergenulo Five had tallied nearly 60,000 track streams. Others had fewer, but were still able to get people to listen to their music.

“We take the artificial manipulation of streaming activity on our service extremely seriously,” a Spotify spokesperson told Fortune in a statement. “Spotify has multiple detection measures in place monitoring consumption on the service to detect, investigate and deal with such activity. We are continuing to invest heavily in refining those processes and improving methods of detection and removal, and reducing the impact of this unacceptable activity on legitimate creators, rights holders and our users.”

The spokesperson added that the bands cited in the BBC report “were removed because we detected abnormal streaming activity in relation to their content.”

Still, the question remains over how the bands were able to find their way to playlists. Spotify wasn’t hacked by the bands and didn’t suffer a data breach.

Earlier this month, however, security expert Troy Hunt published a blog post on “account takeovers” in Spotify. The post detailed the ways in which hackers could access online accounts, including those from Spotify, by trying weak passwords. It’s possible, though unconfirmed, that the hackers logged in to affected user accounts with simple and weak passwords, like “password” or “1234,” and added the bands’ content to playlists without user input.

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Genetically altered monkeys have been cloned in China, and ethics just can’t keep up

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It was almost exactly one year ago today that Chinese scientists revealed that they had successfully cloned a monkey, resulting in the live births of two genetically identical babies. It was a monumental achievement that brought with it a whole minefield of ethical questions and very few answers, and now things are getting even more complicated.

In a new announcement, also out of China, researchers reveal that they’ve cloned a handful of new monkeys as well, but this time around the donor monkey was genetically modified to exhibit specific disorders associated with hormone imbalance and mental health.

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Smerconish: Everyone’s BS alarm should’ve been blinking red

CNN’s Michael Smerconish questions coverage of BuzzFeed’s report after Robert Mueller says the characterization of documents and testimony regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are “not accurate.”


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Jason Reitman Has Been Chosen to Direct the Next Ghostbusters Movie

(LOS ANGELES) — Ivan Reitman is passing the Ghostbusters torch to his son.

Four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman is set to direct a new installment in the Ghostbusters series for Sony Pictures set to come out in the summer of 2020. Reitman tweeted Tuesday night that he’s “finally got the keys to the car.”

Ivan Reitman directed and produced the original Ghostbusters, which came out in 1984, and its sequel in 1989.

The studio says that this new Ghostbusters will be going back to its roots and will be the next chapter in the original story. Sony attempted to reboot Ghostbusters in 2016 with gender-flipped leads, but the costly film disappointed at the box office.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news. Production begins this summer, but no word yet on the cast.


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Coupled Up: Senator Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson Have Been Dating Since Last Month

We’ve heard the rumors, but it looks like solid sources are confirming that Senator Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson are officially dating.

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We’ve reported in the past couple weeks that the pair have been spotted out on the town — first catching a movie at the Regal Union Square, and then at a performance of Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen.”

But now a tipster tells us the couple were also holding hands at a performance of another play, “Apologia,” as far back as last month.

We can only imagine what their dinner conversations are like…

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Kristen Stewart Has Been ‘Brutal’ To Stella Maxwell As She Moves On With Sarah Dinkin

Kristen Stewart is loving her new romance with Sarah Dinkin and her ex Stella Maxwell can’t stand it. An insider revealed that Stewart and Maxwell agreed to keep their dating lives private following their split, but the Twilight alum ignored the pact and went public with Dinkin right away.

Maxwell and Stewart have had their share of problems, but the model is reportedly shocked by how Stewart has acted.

“[Maxwell has] been knocked sideways at how brutal Kristen’s been,” a source shared.

A source told Radar Online that Stewart and Maxwell have many mutual friends, who are now choosing sides because they refuse to talk anymore.One friend even believes that Maxwell might make a move on Robert Pattinson just to get back at Stewart.

From Stewart’s perspective, she reportedly believes that Maxwell was using her to get famous. This is why she had no problem going public with Dinkin as soon as their romance heated up.

Her friends tried to warn her about Maxwell’s intentions, but she did not believe them until things turned south.

Stewart and Maxwell have not been seen together since October. The actress is believed to have gone public with Dinkin a week after she officially ended things with Maxwell.

So far, Stewart’s romance with Dinkin is going strong. Sources claim the two spend every day together and that Stewart is genuinely having fun with the stylist.

With things going so well, Stewart is already joking about moving in together.

This week, Stewart and Dinkin were spotted walking their dogs in Los Angeles. The pair rocked similar outfits for the outing, which consisted of white sweatshirts and sweatpants.The two completed their look with sunglasses while Stewart added a hat for good measure.

Prior to Dinkin and Maxwell, Stewart dated Alicia Cargile, Soko and St. Vincent.

She also dated Pattinson for four years before their relationship ended amid her affair with Rupert Sanders.

Kristen Stewart has not commented on her new romance.

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Movies That Should Have Been Based on Video Games

The extent to which bad movies based on video games outweighs the good is almost laughable. Over the years, many studios have tried to translate the thrills and bombast of our favourite interactive medium to film, but it continually proves all-too-easy to slip up spectacularly. We say this fully aware that director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil series has grossed box office takings of $ 1.2 billion worldwide. But as any fan of Capcom’s celebrated horror franchise will tell you, even Anderson’s franchise quickly abandoned the original concept, mutating into its own beast until it was near-unrecognisable.

The movies that do the most justice to video games tend to be those that skirt around gaming – such as Wreck-It Ralph, Ready Player One, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – rather than the ones that directly lift an existing plot or concept, condensing down hours and hours of gameplay into roughly 90 minutes. It’s an impossible task most of the time, it seems, when a studio sets out to transfer a game to the big screen. However, there are a bunch of Hollywood flicks that accidentally encapsulated our favourite game franchises – and in the process, made decent versions that could only have been improved had someone stepped in at the end of shooting and shouted: “Surprise! You’ve just made a Call of Duty film! Now add in these bits…”

Perhaps more movies need to be retroactively or stealthily made into game adaptations. Here’s our pick of movies that could, and perhaps should, have been based on video game properties.

Overlord/Wolfenstein

Originally rumoured to be another undercover addition to the cult Cloverfield anthology series, the J.J. Abrams’ produced Overlord turned out to be a gore-fuelled genre mash-up of war film and horror flick – one with an affinity for relentlessly dispatching zombified Nazi soldiers. It’s a pretty tongue-in-cheek take on what lengths the German army might have gone to in order to secure their thousand-year army. These traits are emblematic of the Wolfenstein video games: a series that also isn’t afraid to take some creative liberty when it comes to depicting what the Nazis were capable of.

Set in an alternate history where Hitler’s Third Reich has steamrolled its way onto American soil, recent Wolfenstein entries have placed you in the shoes of gung-ho resistance fighter B.J. Blazkowicz. And while there are no zombies for you to fight per se, the in-game Nazi forces have been conducting some equally grotesque human experiments. Just add in some mechs with the patriotic spirit dialled up to 11, and Overlord is a Wolfenstein movie in the making.

Exodus: Gods and Kings/Assassin’s Creed


We can image Christian Bale donning AC’s iconic hood.

While portraying a sneaky assassin and climbing tall buildings bring much of the joy gamers get from playing Assassin’s Creed games, it’s the historic locations and stories that are of chief appeal. The official Michael Fassbender-led Assassin’s Creed movie botched this a few years back by emphasising the series’ futuristic aspect, when what we should have got was a fully-fledged swords-and-sandals epic likes Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.

The 2014 movie that cast Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rameses II wasn’t great, as it happens. But it could have been had it been deliberately infused with a touch more Assassin’s Creed DNA. Only last year, the Ubisoft series ventured into the Ptolemaic period of Egypt, casting players as Bayek the Last Medjay, tasked with protecting the innocent. Exodus: Gods and Kings was, in the end, a plodding retelling of a story told countless times before and would have benefitted by borrowing from the Assassin’s Creed brand of fictionalised history.

Gangster Squad/LA Noire


Slick but soulless, Gangster Squad should have been based on LA Noire.

Set in post-WWII Los Angeles and intended as an homage to noir films of the era, Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad had a cracking cast in Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, and more. However, it’s instantly forgettable thanks to an uninspired story. It follows a rogue team of LAPD officers challenged to go beyond police boundaries to take down a local crime baron. The movie, however, shares plenty of similarities with the critically acclaimed detective game, LA Noire, released just two years prior.

LA Noire forgoes the usual action spectacle for a slower-paced crime story that is gradually pieced together as you work your way up the police departments. The cases you, as protagonist Cole Phelps, are solving are based on real Los Angeles crimes committed in 1947, and there’s a strong emphasis on the morality of the decisions you make in order to get your confession. Gangster Squad could have been vastly improved with this nuance, which would have done justice to the style of film it honours. Instead, the film just consistently descends into a 21st century-brand of action.

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REC matched the first Resident Evil’s vibe of close-quarters horror.

While a diluted version of Resident Evil may have already found success among cinema audiences, the Milla Jovovich-led franchise leaned more on action than the intimate horror of Capcom’s best entries of the classic game series. The formula for a perfect Resident Evil movie should go something like this: zombies + limited resources + a confined space. In other words, the elements masterfully executed within 2007 Spanish found-footage horror REC, and by extension its US remake, Quarantine.

Both versions of the film centre on an innocent reporter accompanying a team of firefighters on their first job of the night, only to find that the apartment building they’re called to is Ground Zero to a viral outbreak. This is akin to the close-quarters horror Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine find themselves experiencing in the first Resident Evil’s Spencer Mansion, or, more recently, Resident Evil 7’s Baker House. The movies’ found-footage aspect aligns them specifically to the latter game, restoring the stripped-back scares that Anderson’s films always lacked. REC is already intense, but just imagine if it was approached as a Resident Evil film.

Edge of Tomorrow/Call of Duty

Edge of Tomorrow is already quite video game-y. In it, we follow an underprepared Tom Cruise, who is forced into battle during an alien war against Earth, only to find that he is able to die again and again before being sent back to the beginning of the skirmish. That’s right, it’s Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. And while Edge of Tomorrow could make a case for being based on any first-person shooter franchise, it aligns well with the fast-paced action of Call of Duty’s multiplayer offering.

The movie is actually based on a manga comic called All You Need Is Kill, but the time-loop aspect reinforces the tediousness of war until ultimately it’s trivialised – similar to how Call of Duty players have become acclimatised to “live, die, repeat”, up to the point where they win for their team online. There is an official Activision-licenced Call of Duty movie currently in development, but Edge of Tomorrow’s futuristic element means it doesn’t sit too far away from sub-series entries Black Ops and Infinite Warfare. Another movie that could have been improved by an overt association with a gaming franchise? What could have been.

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I’m Second-Guessing the Way We’ve Been Saving for Stepdaughter’s College

Dear Frank,

We laugh about saving for college when kids are very small. They’re little bundles of joy who simply need to be fed and clothed. Why fret about what’s going to happen 18 years from now? And then, all of a sudden, they’re not small anymore. They grow like very opinionated weeds and have their own senses of humor and points of view. And body hair.

I can imagine you’re not the only parent quietly panicking at this as you glance over your stepdaughter’s shoulder trying to decipher how they’re teaching math these days. This very far-off life event is not actually that far off.

The good news is that you’re saving. The bad news is that your money probably isn’t working hard enough for you while it waits for your stepdaughter to make some big decisions about her future.

A 529 savings plan is a solid option because it’s a tax-free investment account. But the penalty is steep for those non-educational withdrawals: a 10% penalty on top of income tax. However, it’s important to note that those funds can be used for almost any educational endeavor, and you can change the beneficiary on the account in the event she doesn’t need all the money.

Another option is a custodial account. As long as the account earns less than around $ 2,100 per year, the earnings are taxed at the child’s rate instead of the parents’.

This type of account can negatively affect how much need-based financial aid she’s eligible for when she applies to school. But the benefit of a custodial account as a college savings plan is that she gets control of the money when she’s 18. That can sound scary right now with a new teenager in the house, but it means that if she chooses not to go to college, she can still use that money toward her future financial security.

Every method of saving for college — from 529s to savings bonds to stuffing cash under the mattress — will have drawbacks. At this point, what’s essential is that the money you’ve already saved gets into an investment account of some sort. When the time rolls around — oh, and it’s about to roll around — you want that money to stretch as far as it possibly can.

Have a tricky money question? Write to Dear Penny at https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/dear-penny

Lisa Rowan is a personal finance expert and senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, and the voice behind Dear Penny. For more practical money tips, visit www.thepennyhoarder.com.

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Three days after the tragic death of the mother of his four children, Diddy posted an emotional tribute to Kim Porter on Instagram.

“For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much,” he wrote on Sunday morning.

“Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship. We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates.”

“WE WERE SOME OTHER SHIT!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love,” he concluded about his relationship with the 47-year-old model.

In addition to his heartbreaking note, he shared a beautiful video of the two while she was pregnant.

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As we previously reported, Kim was found dead on Thursday Nov. 15 in her Los Angeles home suffering from an apparent cardiac arrest and battling was pneumonia.

Sources reported that she had been treated with saline and vitamins days before her death. Kim reportedly went to bed early the night after telling a loved one she wasn’t feeling well.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office has called for an “additional investigation” in the 47-year-old’s death, E! Online news noted.

Diddy, 49, and Kim dated on and off between the years of 1994 to 2007. The pair had three biological children together: Christian, 20, and twin daughters Jessie James and D’Lila, 11. Porter also had 27-year-old son, Quincy, from her previous relationship with Al B. Sure!

So sad.

We are sending our love and light to Diddy and Kim’s family and friends.

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Kanye West No Longer Supports Donald Trump? – ‘I’ve Been Used’

It looks like Kanye West is finally realizing he made a mistake by supporting Donald Trump and he is now admitting he was ‘used.’ This is not a revelation for the rest of the world but at least he figured it out in the end, right? Better late than never!

The rapper seems to be throwing away his MAGA hat and choosing to stay away from politics altogether.

Ye took to social media earlier today to make his political views very clear, just a few weeks after a very embarrassing White House meeting with Donald Trump.

Has Kim Kardashian’s husband turned his back on the president?

Now, Ye admits he may have been used, in particular by Trump supporter Candace Owens.

On his Twitter, Kanye started by writing: ‘I support creating jobs and many opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, common-sense gun laws which will make our world safer. I support those who risk their very lives to serve and to protect us, and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable for it.’

‘I believe in love and in compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.’

His views on those ‘seeking asylum’ are definitely in conflict with the Donald’s stance on the matter.

Slamming the people fleeing crime and drug wars as well as poverty and heading to the U.S. from Central America, Trump tweeted: ‘Many gang members and some very bad people are mixed into the caravan heading to our Southern Border.’

As for Kanye, he also decided to distance himself from his ‘Blexit’ line which was meant to encourage African-Americans to exit the Democratic party.

‘I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they did not want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it,’ Kanye said in response to a statement that ‘Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West.’

Ye went on to thank ‘my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world. My eyes are wide open now and I realize I have been used to spread messages I do not believe in. I’m distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!’

That’s all his loyal fans have been wanting for the longest time!

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As reported by TechCrunch, Iribe, who had been the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, and the Facebook executive team had “fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus that grew deeper over time.” It was also mentioned the Brendan wasn’t “interested in a race to the bottom in terms of performance.”

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The T Rex’s tiny baby arms might have been way more useful than they seem

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Running into a Tyrannosaurus rex in the wild would have been a truly frightening thing for just about any animal that roamed the earth between 65 million and 80 million years ago, and for an obvious reason. The mighty meat-eater was huge in size and had a mouth built to turn bones into powder. If it snagged you with its jaws you were probably going to have a bad time, but nobody was afraid of its puny little arms… or were they?

As Live Science reports, a new study presented at a recent meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology took a close look at how T. rex’s arms would have functioned, and it makes some bold predictions.

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Popular travel destinations that have been ruined by tourists

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The world has become a more connected place than it used to be. Thanks to advances in technology, travel is cheaper, and we can all just Google a flight to see where our next holiday destination should be. While it is great that so many places that were once thought impossible to get to are now up for vacation consideration plans, there is a problem. The increased footfall in these places is having a negative impact on the place, people, or the actual tourists. Have you been on vacation only to have thought it was ruined by other people also visiting? Check out these popular travel destinations ruined by tourists.

Santorini, Greece

The small island of Santorini in Greece is as beautiful a place as you are likely to find anywhere on the planet. The small island is picturesque and has become an Instagram-worthy vacation destination for many. It is a popular stop for European cruises, so the number of tourists visiting the island per day has had to be capped at 8,000. With so many people crammed onto such a tiny piece of rock, the island is losing its charm and instead just feels overcrowded during peak travel times.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

You’ve seen those pictures of people standing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, pretending to be holding it up thanks to a trick of the camera. Well, good luck finding a clear space to take that picture as pretty much everybody who goes is trying their best to get one of these ‘hilarious’ shots that are totally original and have never been done before. The tower is incredible to see, but the sheer number of people who are swarmed around it can really ruin the atmosphere when you are there.

Taj Mahal, India

Unquestionably, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, so it makes sense that so many people want to visit. The huge crowds of people, really become a problem as you’ll basically have to battle with them to get a semi-decent photo of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. If you really want to go then your best bet is to arrive first thing in the morning (gates open at 6am) and then run to the spot you want to take your picture from, otherwise forget about getting a good picture without anyone else in the background.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands are possibly the best known natural habitat found anywhere on the planet. The islands in Ecuador are naturally a place many people want to visit to get a glimpse of the diverse wildlife found there, but visitors can imbalance the environment. There are strict rules places on visitors, and they are only allowed to go on marked trails with the assistance of a guide. Much of the natural world has been destroyed thanks to human activity, and the Galápagos Islands are one of the few places left on the planet where humans have had relatively little impact on the biodiverse wildlife that lives there. The ecosystem is very fragile there, and further tourism can lead to the whole thing breaking down, ruining it forever.

Mount Everest, Nepal

One of the world’s most dangerous places is being made even more dangerous thanks to the overcrowding on the Nepal side of this mountain. Local guides have complained about the impact too many tourists are having on the site, especially those not capable of climbing the notoriously difficult peak. It is already difficult to climb without having to battle against the hordes of others around you on the mountain.

These places are all incredible and are rightly places that many people desire to go and visit. Unfortunately, they are not capable of housing all of those people which is negatively impacting the experience tourists have when they go. Next time you consider one of these places, think about your impact – and be prepared to wake up early if you want to get a good photo!

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Ever Been Bumped Off a Flight? The Airline Could Owe You $700

Traveling is full of adventure and fun — and often, headaches. If you’ve flown at some point in the past few years, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of delays and cancellations.

Though all are inconvenient, the most frustrating experience is being “bumped” off an overbooked flight, which happens most often around the holidays and other peak travel times.

You may have thought that getting bumped was just the price of admission for flying. In reality, though, it’s illegal for the airlines to overbook flights — and you’re entitled to compensation if it happens to you.

AirHelp, a startup based in New York City, is here to help you with the process of getting paid when you’re delayed.

Who Can Use AirHelp

If you’ve been denied boarding, or your flight has been delayed or canceled within Europe or the United States in the past three years, you may qualify for reimbursement of up to $ 700.

As outlined by AirHelp, the laws vary greatly between Europe and the U.S.:

For flights to and from the European Union:

Unless caused by extraordinary circumstances beyond the airline’s control, you must be financially compensated if your flight is canceled, overbooked or arrives late by three hours or more.

For flights in the United States:

If you’re denied boarding, you’re eligible for 200% of your one-way fare if you get to your final destination between one and two hours late, with a cap of $ 675.

If you arrive at your final destination more than two hours late, you’re eligible for 400% of your one-way fare, with a cap of $ 1,350. (You’re not eligible for compensation for delayed or canceled flights.)

How AirHelp Works

If you think you might qualify for a reimbursement, fill out a simple online form on AirHelp’s website or in its app.

You’ll answer a few basic questions about your flight: airline, date and time, why it was delayed or canceled or why you were denied boarding.

Once you submit your information, AirHelp immediately notifies you whether your flight is eligible for compensation. If your flight qualifies, AirHelp starts to petition the airlines on your behalf.

The company has a “no win, no fee” policy, which means you only pay if it wins compensation from the airline. If and when AirHelp successfully receives compensation, it will transfer the money directly into your bank account, minus a 25% fee for regular customers and a 35% fee for online travel agency customers.

What It’s Like to Use AirHelp

It sounds like a great idea, but does AirHelp actually work? I decided to test it out.

Since I didn’t think any of my recent flights would be eligible, I entered the information for a friend’s Spirit Airlines flight that was more than 12 hours late. Since domestic flights are eligible for compensation only if you’ve been denied boarding, AirHelp said it didn’t qualify.

Trying to assuage my disappointment, AirHelp asked if it could search my email for old itineraries that might qualify. I synced it with my Gmail, and 15 minutes later, I received an alert that it had finished searching. Unfortunately, I once again came up empty-handed.

Lauren Lowther, of Kansas City, Missouri, had better luck. This past holiday season, she’d paid a whopping $ 2,200 for a round-trip ticket to Paris to see her husband’s family.

When it came time to return home, she ended up sitting on the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport for five hours waiting for a spare part; eventually, the captain announced they weren’t leaving until the next day.

When they disembarked, the flight attendant told them they qualified for reimbursement and even gave them information about how to get it. But when Lowther submitted her claim through the online portal, it was denied.

“I thought that was odd since they told us at CDG [the airport] we had the right to be reimbursed,” says Lowther. “So I submitted again and was rejected again. I know I tried at least two times — I believe I also tried a third. It just said, ‘Unfortunately, we are unable to honor your request.’ I was shocked, because it was completely their fault.”

Understandably frustrated, Lowther enlisted AirHelp. Two months after submitting her claim online, the company wired €450 (about $ 487 at the time) into her bank account — her compensation after AirHelp’s 25% commission.

Kate May, a Hajoca Corporation recruiter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also received €450 thanks to AirHelp — as did her husband. The best part? Neither of them had to lift a finger.

On their way home from a vacation in Denmark, May and her husband were delayed by eight hours due to an engine issue. They hadn’t pursued any reimbursement when, six months later, AirHelp contacted her husband.

“Honestly, we thought it was a scam,” she says, “but after researching it and providing a little personal information, we got a pretty big refund.”

It took a little more than two months for her husband (who filed first) to receive his reimbursement of €450, and then six weeks for her to collect.

Close to $ 1,000 for filling out a brief form? It sounds like a good deal, and May agrees. “While they do charge a service fee,” she says, “they did all the legwork, and that was worth it.”

As for Lowther, would she use AirHelp again?

“Oh, completely,” she says. “I would’ve had zero compensation if it wasn’t for them.”

In a world of rising airfare, baggage fees, and endless delays, it’s nice to see a company giving a little bit of power back to the consumer. The next time you’re bumped off a flight, you know who to call.

Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer and travel blogger who is always seeking adventure on a budget.

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