Judge Denies Petition By Prince Heirs To Limit Bank’s Power Over Late Singer’s Estate

A Minnesota judge has denied a request by Prince’s heirs to limit Comerica Bank & Trust powers over the administration of the late singer’s estate.

As we previously reported, three years after the death of music icon at age 57, his massive estate, believed to be worth hundreds of millions, remains in limbo as it is “still unsettled, still not officially valued and still not disbursed to the heirs, his six siblings,” USA Today writes.

Prince’s heirs — Tyka Nelson, his full sister, and his half-siblings, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, John Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker — claim administrators have spent $ 45 million on probate-related administrative expenses, including $ 10 million in legal fees. They also claim the estate still owes $ 31 million in unpaid taxes that continues to collect interest.

The siblings are trying to take more control over the estate so they filed a petition earlier this month to limit the power of Comerica Bank & Trust. But Judge Kevin Eide ruled that the heirs presented “little or no specificity” and until they come up with some “viable alternative” the Comerica arrangement will stay in place, Billboard reports.

“While the Court certainly appreciates the Heirs’ concerns with respect to preserving estate assets, minimizing estate exposes and planning for distributions, those concerns are more effectively addressed through discourse and mediation,” Eide ruled.

The judge said while he understands that the heirs want to reduce expenses, their motions have the rick of “significantly increasing Estate expenses.”

He said reducing Comerica’s power would “create a vacuum of uncertainty” and “may result in the loss of entertainment deal opportunities, which are necessary to raise needed funds to pay estate taxes and lead to the distribution of funds to the Heirs.”

He also noted that Comerica agreed to reduce its monthly compensation from $ 125,000 to $ 110,00 (not including expenses).

The judge also ordered the bank to keep the heirs informed of the exact amount of the outstanding tax liability.

A statement from Sharon Nelson reads: “We are continued to be dismayed and disappointed in the Judge Eide partially to Comerica and their advisors who have done a poor job managing this estate.”

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Screen Time and You: How Do You Limit Your Screen Time?

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I’ve seen a lot of chatter about screen time limits lately — especially since screen time is now so easy to track on your iPhone! — and I thought it might make an interesting discussion here. Over at CorporetteMoms today we’re discussing screen time rules that work for policing kids — but do you use any strategies to limit your own screen time, such as screen time apps and tools (like those on the iPhone or available through some WiFi routers), detox days, or other habits (like the “phone stack” game)?

For my $ .02, I should definitely take more of a screen time detox than I do. I’ve been spending far too much time on Twitter and Facebook following political events, so I’ve been trying to track and limit my use of social media. I was a bit dismayed to find that simply setting a screen time limit for Social Media on my iPhone wasn’t super helpful — Messages are included in that category, and a lot of my texting is for kid-related things that I can’t really disconnect from, plus things that I think are actually healthy, like connecting with my husband and friends. So now I tend to limit things by app rather than by category. (See the image below if you’re curious for how to do it; it took me some time to figure out.)

Other healthy habits to limit my own screen time include 1) trying to put my phone away during family dinner (when I grab it, it’s usually to track my food for the day) and 2) attempting to enforce a screen time “bedtime,” where only my Kindle is allowed after 11:30 p.m. 

Obviously, my work is online, and a big part of my work is social media stuff like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so I can’t limit them entirely, but it is always helpful when I can. I’ve tried the app Forest, which rewards you for putting down your phone for specified periods, but I can’t say I use it consistently — a lot of times, I’m legitimately picking up my phone for work or mom stuff! (After writing this post, I decided I’m going to try to use the app when I’m trying to take a phone detox, like during dinner or on Sundays.)

If you haven’t checked your own screen time (and have an iPhone), you can go to Settings -> Screen Time (for me it’s at the bottom of the second grouping). For the last 7 days on iPhone and iPad I’ve spent… oooh, not good:

  • Safari: 6 hrs. 25 min.
  • Facebook: 5 hrs. 41 min.
  • Messages: 4 hrs. 51 min.
  • Stupid game I play after the kids go to bed: 4 hrs. 51 min. (facepalm)
  • Twitter: 3 hrs. 18 min. 

I prefer to see things broken down by individual app rather than categories — you can then add individual limits to the apps. (See image below of where you add the limit on the individual app.) Note that these generally aren’t HARD limits — you’ll just get a little notice that basically says, “Hey, your screen time is up; enter the screen time passcode if you want more time.” Then you can give yourself another 15 minutes, an hour, or ignore the limit entirely. I also have general Screen Time Downtime (another iPhone option within the Screen Time page) from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., when almost every app on my phone requires the passcode before I can use it. (You can also “always allow” apps like phone, messages, FaceTime, Dropbox, Sleep Cycle, etc.) 

Psst: we’ve talked in the past about how to limit your time on specific websites on Chrome, as well as our top 5 ways to improve your focus.

How about you guys — what is your relationship with screen time? Do you try to limit your own screen time, and if so how do you do it?  

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In a letter, the US threatens to limit intelligence sharing with countries that use the Chinese tech giant to build 5G networks

The US has underscored to Germany its threat to limit intelligence sharing with countries that use Chinese tech giant Huawei to build their 5G communications networks.

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Mitsubishi accuses Bombardier of trying to limit competition for regional jets

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp on Monday
accused Bombardier Inc of using “anticompetitive
conduct” to limit competition for planes with under 100 seats,
as the Japanese company works to bring its long-delayed regional
jet to market.

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No Time Limit on Equality: Tell Congress to Ratify the ERA!

The Equal Rights Amendment makes a simple promise: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The 2018 election victories declared that feminists were a force to be reckoned with, and that we will not go back. But the fight goes on, and this is a critical moment for us to move forward and advance equality. That’s why Ms. and the Feminist Majority Foundation will be taking to the streets at Women’s Marches across the country this weekend to grow support for the Equal Rights Amendment—and demand that Congress remove the time limit for its ratification.

You don’t have to find our team in the crowd to take action: You can send your Representative and Senators an email today urging them to put women in the U.S. Constitution and help pass the ERA.

More than ever, it’s time for us to demand that the nation fulfill its promise of equality for all—and guarantee women the same.

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. , co-host of TRIGGER HAPPY on Binge Networks and co-founder of Argot Magazine. Her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox: Limit Government In Health Care

John Cox stood on a presidential debate stage and told the audience that he was glad abortion wasn’t legal in 1955.

If it had been, he said, he wouldn’t have been born.

“I wouldn’t be standing here before you today. This is personal to me,” Cox said in the 2007 GOP presidential primary debate, explaining that his biological father walked out on his mother.

“My mother took responsibility for me,” he said. “She’s glad she did, and I’m glad she did.”

Cox, California’s Republican candidate for governor, frequently invoked his anti-abortion views during his unsuccessful political bids for Congress and president. He unapologetically framed himself as the anti-abortion candidate – a Christian who believes in the right to life, and whose “absolute opposition to abortion on demand” was born from his mother’s circumstances.

Cox has been less vocal about his abortion views in blue-state California, where Republicans, Democrats and independents overwhelmingly favor a woman’s right to choose. But his argument that it is an issue of personal responsibility provides a window into Cox’s thinking when it comes to health care overall: He contends that free markets, combined with people taking responsibility for their actions, ought to guide health care policy — and that government should mostly stay out of it.

His views on health care contrast starkly with those of the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who calls for health care coverage for all Californians, and supports the creation of a single-payer, government-run health care system financed by taxpayers. In the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll released in late September, Cox trailed Newsom by 12 percentage points among California’s likely voters, with 7 percent undecided.

As a candidate for governor, Cox has not released detailed health care positions. Nor would he agree to an interview with California Healthline to explain his views or allow those closest to him to comment.

On Monday, with less than a month before the election, Cox issued a statement following a live gubernatorial debate saying that he supports affordable health care for everyone, including those with preexisting conditions. He again failed to provide any specifics.

A review of his statements, old and current campaign websites, and interviews with previous campaign aides portrays a successful businessman who believes in limiting government in health care and in general — a political philosophy inspired by Jack Kemp’s focus on free enterprise, fiscal conservatism and family values during the 1988 presidential campaign.

Cox, who grew up in a Chicago suburb he describes as lower-middle class, became a successful tax attorney, investor and developer before getting involved in Illinois Republican politics. He didn’t do as well in that arena: He ran unsuccessfully for Congress — the House in 2000 and the Senate in 2002 — and for Cook County Recorder of Deeds in 2004 and president in 2008.

“John is a principled guy. He didn’t come from much and he did very well,” said Nicholas Tyszka, who was Cox’s campaign manager in his U.S. Senate bid. “He’s certainly more of a limited-government guy who believes if you give people an opportunity to do good things, they will.”

Cox, 63, settled in California permanently in 2011, and now lives in the affluent San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe.

He has spent much of his campaign lamenting California’s high cost of living, along with the recent gas tax increase that he is encouraging voters to repeal in November.

Cox’s mindset of limited government, combined with his conviction of personal responsibility, feeds his argument that competition is the answer to rising health care costs, high prescription drug prices and nurse shortages.

“I’ve heard him say many times health care should be run more by the free markets and the federal government should have less involvement,” said Phil Collins, a Republican county treasurer candidate in Nevada who worked on two of Cox’s campaigns in Illinois.

In Monday’s statement, Cox complained that “our current system was designed by political insiders and health care corporate lobbyists to protect their monopoly profits, not to provide decent health care at a reasonable price.”

Cox said previously that, if elected governor, he isn’t interested in defending the Affordable Care Act, and that if Congress and the Trump administration were to repeal the law, the millions of Californians who now have coverage could go into high-risk insurance pools. That could increase the ranks of the uninsured.

In the hour-long debate Monday hosted by KQED, a San Francisco National Public Radio affiliate, Newsom challenged Cox’s desire to repeal the ACA and criticized his abortion views when asked how the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court could affect California.

“It could have a profound impact on Californians, on their reproductive rights, which you believe a woman does not have a right to choose, regardless whether or not they are raped or a tragic incident of incest,” Newsom said.

Cox, who has dodged questions about his views on abortion during the gubernatorial campaign, did so again during the debate, saying only that he would appoint justices in California who will respect the U.S. and state constitutions.

“The things I’ve seen him say are very much aligned with what we hear coming out of the Trump administration and the Republican leadership of Congress,” said Dr. Andy Bindman, a primary care doctor at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California-San Francisco who helped draft the Affordable Care Act.

When the state legislature this year considered bills that would have opened Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, to unauthorized immigrants between ages 19 and 25, as well as those 65 and older, Cox went on national television to call the Democratic plans a “freebie” and told Fox News that “our government has been grabbed by a bunch of people who believe that government is the most important thing.” The bills died in the legislature.

Cox has also criticized Newsom for advocating both a single-payer system, which he says would destroy California’s economy, and health coverage for unauthorized immigrants.

“Gavin Newsom wants to make problems even worse, by increasing the costs of health care of Californians and then rewarding those who cut in line,” Cox said in an August news release. “If we want to see how Newsom’s government health care would work, just look at the DMV.”

If elected governor, Cox said in his post-debate statement, he “will break up the health care corporate monopolies, make insurance companies compete and turn patients into consumers with power over their health care dollars.”

He declined to provide any details in response to questions submitted to his campaign.

Bindman said Cox is taking a page out of the national Republican playbook — bash the Affordable Care Act without offering solutions.

“John Cox is not talking a lot about health care other than saying what he’s against because he doesn’t have any viable alternatives that ensure people retain coverage,” Bindman said.

But over the years, Cox has made suggestions that display his confidence in free markets to solve problems. What exists now, he argued in his 2006 book, “Politic$ , Inc.,” is an “illogical system” where insurance companies and government have taken over individual patient care.

The solution, Cox argued both in his book and on his website as a presidential candidate, would be to end the federal tax deduction for employee health insurance, opening the door to more competition and lower prices. Like auto insurance, consumers ought to be able to choose their own health insurance plans in a free market, he said.

The poor could benefit from a limited government voucher program, he proposed, one with incentives to save money and get preventive care, as well as health savings accounts that encourage consumers to find care at the most reasonable cost.

“Wealthier people may well have better choices, but that should be one of the awards for upward mobility,” he wrote.

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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