The Huawei case will finally force the US to prove some claims it’s made about Chinese companies

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For the foreseeable future, Offset will be looking mighty funny in the light after allegedly stepping out on his lady for women who are in Cardi B’s line of work but nowhere near her level of fame. Summer Bunni, the alleged mistress of Offset, apparently put together a track in honor of her relationship with the Migos rapper and insisting that she didn’t intend to be a homewrecker. 

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Summer Bunni tells The Blast, she penned “Don’t Matter” over the summer when she was experiencing “mixed feelings” about Offset. “I just wanted to write about how I felt at the time,” Bunni says, adding that she felt her emotions were being neglected during her brief fling with the hip-hop star.

As we’ve reported, Cardi B shocked the entertainment world this week when she announced a split with Offset after claiming the two had been trying to make the relationship work for a “long time.” Shortly after news broke, text messages went viral appearing to show Offset was trying to organize a ménage à trois with Bunni and another woman, Cuban Doll.

Bunni is mortified that she has been labeled as a homewrecker and says she never intended to be a catalyst for rapper’s split. “I really thought he and I were for real,” Bunni admits, saying she sincerely hopes the “Bodak Yellow” star can accept her apology one day.

If you want to hear the track, you’ll have to wait to next Tuesday (Dec. 11) or check out The Blast‘s exclusive teaser on their site.

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It’s OK To Eat Some Romaine Now, But Look At Labels

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label.

The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California’s Central Coast region. It said romaine from elsewhere should soon be labeled with harvest dates and regions, so people know it’s OK to eat.

People shouldn’t eat romaine that doesn’t have the label information, the FDA said. For romaine that doesn’t come in packaging, grocers and retailers are being asked to post the information by the register.

Romaine harvesting recently began shifting from California’s Central Coast to winter growing areas, primarily Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California’s Imperial Valley. Those winter regions weren’t yet shipping when the illnesses began. The FDA also noted hydroponically grown romaine and romaine grown in greenhouses aren’t implicated in the outbreak.

The labeling arrangement was worked out as the produce industry called on the FDA to quickly narrow the scope of its warning so it wouldn’t have to waste freshly harvested romaine. An industry group said people can expect to start seeing labels as early as this week. It noted the labels are voluntary, and that it will monitor whether to expand the measure to other leafy greens and produce.

The FDA said the industry committed to making the labeling standard for romaine and to consider longer-term labeling options for other leafy greens.

Robert Whitaker, chief science officer of the Produce Marketing Association, said labeling for romaine could help limit the scope of future alerts and rebuild public trust after other outbreaks.

“Romaine as a category has had a year that’s been unfortunate,” Whitaker said.

The FDA still hasn’t identified a source of contamination in the latest outbreak. There have been no reported deaths, but health officials say 43 people in 12 states have been sickened. Twenty-two people in Canada were also sickened.

Even though romaine from the Yuma, Arizona, region is not implicated in the current outbreak, it was blamed for an E. coli outbreak this spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five. Contaminated irrigation water near a cattle lot was later identified as the likely source.

Leafy greens were also blamed for an E. coli outbreak last year. U.S. investigators never specified which salad green might be to blame for those illnesses, which happened around the same time of year as the current outbreak. But officials in Canada identified romaine as a common source of illnesses there.

The produce industry is aware the problem is recurring, said Jennifer McEntire of the United Fresh Produce Association.

“To have something repeat in this way, there simply must be some environmental source that persisted,” she said. “The question now is, can we find it?”

Growers and handlers in the region tightened food safety measures after the outbreak this spring, the industry says. Steps include expanding buffer zones between cattle lots and produce fields. But McEntire said it’s not known for sure how the romaine became contaminated in the Yuma outbreak. Another possibility, she said, is that winds blew dust from the cattle lot onto produce.

McEntire said the industry is considering multiple theories, including whether there is something about romaine that makes it more susceptible to contamination. Compared with iceberg lettuce, she noted its leaves are more open, thus exposing more surface area.

Since romaine has a shelf life of about 21 days, health officials said last week they believed contaminated romaine could still be on the market or in people’s homes.

Food poisoning outbreaks from leafy greens are not unusual. But after a 2006 outbreak linked to spinach, the produce industry took steps it believed would limit large scale outbreaks, said Timothy Lytton, a Georgia State University law professor. The outbreak linked to romaine earlier this year cast doubt on how effective the measures have been, he said.

But Lytton also noted the inherent risk of produce, which is grown in open fields and eaten raw.

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These Are Some of the Insane Moments of Mayhem Possible in ‘Just Cause 4’

Just Cause 4 has a darker tone than its predecessors, but it’s absolutely still an enabler for any shenanigans you’ve got in mind — a far cry from the other dour, self-serious open-world games that have come out of late.

Storywise, protagonist Rico Rodriguez is on a personal mission to see the truth behind his father’s death — a more personal note for the series. Still, the key to this year’s game is on the shed-load of new destructive tools on offer — and a weather forecast predicting gaming’s best tornado and a 100 percent chance of hilarity…


Remove the "wind guns" the enemy uses to hold back a tornado and watch the fun unfold
Remove the “wind guns” the enemy uses to hold back a tornado and watch the fun unfold

Grapple Improvements

One of the key measurements in a Just Cause game is how much trouble you can make in the shortest amount of time possible. Avalanche is giving players outlets for mischief thanks to a bunch of new enhancements to Rico’s signature suite of bat-gadgets. As always, you can get about by alternating between grapple hook, parachute, and wingsuit — three mechanics that work remarkably well in tandem with one another. The biggest change, however, is how your grapple launcher has been taken to insane new levels of customization. You’re basically your own Q Branch now.

At any time you can pause the game, bring up a menu, and apply a ridiculously large amount of behaviours to the grapple pods shot from your wrist. You might want to deploy a balloon that lifts up a tank but stops at a certain altitude before exploding. Hell, you could strap a tank with non-lethal balloons, slap some rocket boosters on its butt, and hover that thing into an enemy outpost like the world’s weirdest gunship.

Alternatively, if you’re a sadist you might opt to create a gadget that rapidly reels two objects toward one another before detonating on impact (such as, say, two hapless civilian NPCs). There are millions of gadget combinations to try, too — you can effectively make any in-game object lift, pull, or push as hard as you want. You’re limited only by your creativity and nefariousness.


"What's your vector, Victor?" "I'm pretty much over, Roger"
“What’s your vector, Victor?” “I’m pretty much over, Roger”

The Weather Literally Shakes Things Up

JC4 offers one other source of emergent fun for you, too. For the first time in the series, this physics-heavy open-world is being plagued by extreme weather, like blizzards, sandstorms, tornados, and electrical storms. Fitting in with a narrative that is more or less “bad guys are controlling the weather,” this extreme weather is a wild card that respects nobody and can be spotted from miles and miles away. It shreds about on its own AI routines and, rather amusingly, the NPCs in the world show it nowhere near the respect it deserves.

During our playtime, we spent a good hour alternating between watching pedestrians drive right into a tornado, only to be whipped around and then pinged a postcode away. We also deliberately tried to punch through the beast in an attempt to find an eye of the storm we’re not even sure exists. Honestly, we’ve played every single Just Cause entry in the series and this self-imposed challenge proved to be the most fun we’ve had in years. We want the whole game — every racing challenge, every stunt event, and every firefight — to be set in and around this thing.

We commandeered an enemy gunship in our first experiment and tried dropping directly down through the clouds. End result: The rotor blades shredded like tinfoil and the bird exploded, sending our ragdolling (and flaming) body around and around the vortex. It took a minute to let go of us. Upside: a new “skydiving record” was set. Bonus!

Unperturbed, we next attempted to brute force through using a stealth microfighter that was going 360 km/h with its afterburners cranked. End result: the tornado turned us aside and more or less used our own momentum to judo flip our 30 million dollar ride into a nearby mountain.


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“WITNESS MEEEEE!” *Kaboom*

There were so many attempts, dear reader. A civilian bus full of people driven flat chat into it? That got sent cartwheeling into a forest, then death by explosion. 747-sized airliner doing 400kmh/hr, flown upside down for extra style points? Wings caught on fire, then the fuselage got sucked up into the chute and spat out onto some buildings. Damn it.

Beaten but not unamused, we rounded off our playtime by pranking The Agency plane that delivers Rico all his air-dropped vehicles and gadgets. We ventured as close to the vortex as possible and then ordered a shipping container full of stuff, taking care to make delivery vector intersect with mother nature’s angriest storm.

Sure enough an A380-sized dropship barreled in overhead and was shredded into gobs of fire and a hail of twisted Mechano parts. We stood below it all, awestruck by the carnage.

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These Are Some of the Most Beloved Heroes and Villains You’d Never Know Without Stan Lee

In the wake of reports that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, fans are mourning the loss of the legendary Marvel Comics creator.

Lee, who made cameos in a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is credited with creating some of the most popular comic book superheroes and villains of all time, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

“I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. … I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”

The true origin stories of some superheroes aren’t always clear. But without Stan Lee, the world of heroes and villains would be a lot smaller.

Here are some of the most beloved heroes and villains you’d never know if it wasn’t for Stan Lee.

Heroes created by Stan Lee

• Ant-Man
• Ancient One
• Avengers
• Beast
• Black Panther
• Black Widow
• Captain Marvel
• Cyclops
• Daredevil
• Doctor Strange
• Fantastic Four
• Groot
• Hawkeye
• Hulk
• Human Torch
• Iceman
• Invisible Woman
• Iron Man
• Jean Grey
• Mister Fantastic
• Nick Fury
• Professor X
• Quicksilver
• Scarlet Witch
• Spider-Man
• Thing
• Thor
• Wasp
• X-Men

Villains created by Stan Lee

• Doctor Doom
• Doctor Octopus
• Green Goblin
• Kaecilius
• Kingpin
• Loki
• Magneto
• Sandman
• Vulture
• Whiplash


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As part of an ongoing effort to showcase artistic programs, Spring Place will be staging “Infoxication” Monday night.
The 50-minute multidisciplinary performance will feature art, music, dance and technology. The theme is technology’s presence in our lives. Infoxication is the latest arts-related collaboration at Spring, with the American Ballet Theatre and the Water Miller Center being others. Monday’s will be the first full production, and the largest one to date, with more than 20 collaborators, according to Spring Place’s art director, Roya Sachs. The full immersive experience includes product support from Google — Pixelbooks and Pixel phones. “It’s definitely in the vein of trying to create these more impactful and interactive programming and performances,” Sachs said.
The four-part experience is meant to take audience members on a visual, physical and mental journey. Ticket holders will learn the story of “waking, working, wanting and withdrawing.”
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Incase you hadn’t noticed, we’re getting pretty excited about Christmas in the Marie Claire office. While some people are reluctant to start the countdown until December, we’re ready thanks to the huge amount of festive treats already on offer.

We’re preparing to stock up on Aldi gin Christmas crackers, we’ve picked out our favourite New Look Friends Christmas t-shirt, and we’re keen to start using this personalised wrapping paper which has your own face on it. Genius.

And now we’re making picking the perfect Christmas treats even easier by bringing you the latest sweet news – Tesco is now selling huge boxes of Maltesers Truffles.

The supermarket is truly bringing festive joy to the masses with this one. Maltesers are a Christmas staple – why else do we all buy Celebrations? – so imagine our delight at finding out that these beauties are on the shelves.

One Instagram user alerted the world to this happy news by sharing a photograph of the giant box at their local store.

We’re in love.

They’ve already got a huge fan following, with many marvelling at this wonderful creation.

‘I know what I’m treating my self too… Maltesers are life,’ one Instagram user commented on the post.

‘Not big enough they’re amazing make it giant,’ another wrote.

Okay, we’re with that person.

The Maltesers Truffles also a very reasonable £7, and we now know what we’ll be stuffing into our trolly on the next food shop.

You know, because Christmas

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Craving some culture: 5 yummy museums that are a must-visit

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Everyone knows that one of the biggest aspects of traveling has to do with food. In fact, many people who decide to embark on a journey, whether they are big foodies or not, plan their entire trip based on when and where they will be eating at local restaurants or other recommended places. If these travelers had an itinerary, it would look like a menu, basically, and in between they would push in some sightseeings, just to say that they didn’t only travel for the food. If you ask us, we don’t see anything wrong about traveling to a place just for the good or interesting food that it’s known for.

However, if you still feel somewhat guilty for all your guilty pleasures that also happen to be tasty, and you don’t want to go back home thinking all you did on your trip was eat, then we have the perfect solution for you – food museums. Just think about it, a food museum, has the right amount of culture mixed with the one thing you love most – food, all under the same yummy roof. We can’t promise any food tastings or that these places will be found in the more familiar travel-guides, but what we can promise, is a whole new and tasty experience that will open up your senses and challenge your taste as well as your cultural buds.

Museum of Ice cream – Los Angeles, California

It’s safe to say that 98.9% of the people in the world love ice cream. From little kids to adults, it’s the one of the few foods that everyone loves. What’s not to like? It’s sweet, you can top it with endless topping choices and on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect refresher. So if you ever wondered what it would be like to swim in a pool of sprinkles or relax on huge ice lollies, then the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles is the place for you. It’s also suitable for families traveling with children, and it’s the perfect Instagram backdrop for colorful and playful pictures.


The Frietmuseum – Bruges, Belgium

From ice cream to fries – can this day get any better?? Located in the picturesque city of Bruges, the Friet Museum, which was founded by Eddy van Belle, the chairman of the Puratos Group and just a frites lover, takes you on a culinary tour throughout the history of potatoes and how they have become what we know as fries. The museum was actually founded after van Belle googled the words ‘fry museum’ and found zero results. The museum was opened for visitors in 2008 and apart from a bit of potato history, you can also get cones of the Belgian frites, fried, or the way they like to call it – double-cooked.

The Pulmuone Kimchi – Seoul, South Korea

If you are even somewhat familiar with the Korean culture and its food culture specifically, then you must know that kimchi is pretty much Korea’s national food. You can’t enter a restaurant  and not receive a bowl of those traditional and fermented cabbages and radishes. It only makes sense, then, that there would be an entire museum dedicated for that cuisine. You will find a variety of 80 different kimchi, as well as a bit of history through historic cook books and ancient recipes. You can also learn about the process of making different kinds of kimchi. The only catch is, you have to love kimchi.

Cup Noodles Museum – Yokohama, Japan

From one East Asian country to another, Japan offers some of the coolest, most innovative sights in the world, so it only makes sense that Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama focuses on the idea of ‘creative thinking’. If you ever wondered how the first instant Ramen soup was created and wanted to hear the history of instant noodles, then you must visit this museum which was opened for visitors in 1994. Some of the attractions that can be found at that ramen theme park: a display of over 3000 kinds of instant noodles, and an opportunity to create your own cup noodle.

Pizza Brain Museum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You would think that the world’s first Pizza museum would be located in Italy, but in fact the first Pizza museum is found in Philadelphia. It contains the biggest collection of pizza-related mementos. What started as a Kickstarted project, soon turned into one of the yummiest attractions in Philly. Since it opened in 2012, there were many artistic partnerships that have been made with local artists who have decorated the place in their own special way. Needless to  mention, that you can probably get the best pizza in the area at the Pizza Brain Museum.

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The Weekend Reset: Big ideas, a dying art, and some tunes for your weekend.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

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It is one of my favorite things about business travel: ending up in a hotel with overnight shoe shine service. Yes, it’s a bit of luxury but it always seems worth the cost. Shoe shine stands were a part of one’s everyday environment. You would see them in airports and kiosks at train stations. They were in many department stores and nicer hotels. And then, not so much. It really is an art. Thanks to Dappered reader John S for sending this our way. It is really cool. Also, I would be a doofus if I didn’t remind you all of this Dappered post.

 

WATCH: It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Let’s just admit that kids have always been dicks. And then let’s feel really terrible for Linus because you totally identify with him and…uh…forget that. Pop some corn and remember that when in need of a last minute Halloween costume, a sheet with black holes sharpie onto it with two holes for eyes and a paper bag with rocks is as easy as it gets. Also, identifiable.

 

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I’m not going to share with you the seriously effed up stories I’ve seen this week about hacking because that would be adding insult to injury. There are already so many reasons for you to head over here and find out who may have unintentionally shared your personal information. It does get old doesn’t it?

 

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We’re already in the fourth quarter of 2018. Can you believe? It just seems like just yesterday that your eyes were twinkling with enthusiasm as you listed all your goals for the year. You swore you’d finally find the time to learn new skills so you can leave your dead-end job, but fast forward to today, your resignation letter is still gathering dust on your desktop.

Here’s the thing though: it’s never too late to catch up on your goals. An online class (or two or three) is a great way to stay sharp, no matter what time of year it is. Read more…

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