McDonald’s to demolish museum commemorating first restaurant

OAK BROOK, Ill. — McDonald’s Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that’s a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant.

Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald’s Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant’s sign out front.

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Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

Source: Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People

Conyers admits settlement after report on sexual conduct with ex-staffers – but denies allegations

Hours after outright denying an explosive report on alleged sexual harassment, powerful Democratic lawmaker John Conyers admitted Tuesday that he settled a complaint with an ex-staffer — who reportedly said she was fired for rebuffing his advances.

Source: Conyers admits settlement after report on sexual conduct with ex-staffers – but denies allegations

Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and other ‘SNL’ women stick up for Al Franken

Signatories included original “SNL” cast members Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin, along with 34 women who worked on the show behind the scenes between 1975 and the present. Franken was a writer and performer on the NBC sketch comedy show primarily from 1975 to 1995.

Jane Curtin told the New York Times on Friday that she was surprised by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden’s allegations against Franken.

Source: Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and other ‘SNL’ women stick up for Al Franken

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On this day in history: Abraham Lincoln makes the ‘Gettysburg Address’ on the former battlefield | SOFREP

The Gettysburg Address–it’s been etched into American culture and reminds us of the bloodiest battle in American history.

During this war, there were an average of 420 combat deaths a day. This means that the Civil War cost more American military lives than World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and GWOT all combined.

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CDC Press Releases

Take a look at the latest and archived public health news releases published by the CDC.

Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. Yet in 2015, just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables, ranging from 6 percent in West Virginia to 12 percent in Alaska. Only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit, ranging from 7 percent in West Virginia to 16 percent in Washington, D.C. Results showed that consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty.

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How this $100M da Vinci masterpiece flew under the radar for centuries | New York Post

.It was hanging in Buckingham Palace back when it was still called Buckingham House in 1703.It survived the Nazis’ 1940 London bombings.

The long, strange journey of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterwork “Salvator Mundi” takes its next turn Wednesday at Christie’s, when it goes under the hammer for a hoped-for $100 million.

Source: How this $100M da Vinci masterpiece flew under the radar for centuries | New York Post

Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

Rescuers and residents spent the night digging through rubble in a frantic search for survivors after a quake near the countries’ shared border.

The quake, recorded at 9:18 p.m. on Sunday, was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The epicenter was near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists in the country said it was the biggest quake to hit the western part of Iran.

Source: Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450

Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Led by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the White House team hopes to develop an American blueprint for resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”

Source: Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to ‘get a real computer’

Commentary: In India, Satya Nadella spots two journalists with iPads. He isn’t entirely impressed.

Microsoft, for example, has insisted that Windows 10 computers can do more than Macs. The company has laughed at Apple’s claim that the iPad Pro is a computer. One of its executives has also suggested that the iPad Pro is merely an example of Apple copying Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to ‘get a real computer’

Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The study linked the severity of abnormalities in glucose metabolism with the severity of Alzheimer’s pathology. For example, the study found that severe reductions in brain glycolysis and important enzymes were related to a more severe expression of Alzheimer’s.

Source: Diabetes of the brain is connected to Alzheimer’s, new study shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Election 2017: A recap of PG endorsements in Tuesday’s election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three well-qualified candidates are running for two seats. We endorse Judge David Spurgeon, 46, of McKeesport, who distinguished himself while working in the county district attorney’s office, and Mary McGinley, 40, of Squirrel Hill.

We see Judge Dwayne Woodruff as the right candidate. for PA Supreme Court.

We endorse Judge Ellen Ceisler, from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, from the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas for Commonwealth Court.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullenare running unopposed.

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Pennsylvania ballot question focuses on property taxes

Referendum on election day would set up mechanism to lower or eliminate property taxes, but much more would have to happen.

Voters across Pennsylvania will get a chance on Tuesday to vote on an enduring and typically unpopular issue: property taxes.

Voters will decide whether to expand a statewide mechanism to allow for the eventual reduction or elimination of property taxes on primary homes.

A ballot question on Tuesday asks voters if they want to amend the state constitution to authorize local taxing authorities, such as school districts, to use the state’s homestead exclusion program to exempt homeowners from all property taxes on their primary residences. Commercial property taxes would not be affected.

Unfortunately, if the Referendum passes on Tuesday,  replacing the lost revenue will be a problem for the PA General Assembly.

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200 feared dead after tunnel collapses at North Korean nuclear test site, Japanese TV claims | Fox News

About 200 people are feared dead in North Korea after underground tunnels at a nuclear test site that was feared to be unstable reportedly collapsed, crushing 100 people in the initial cave-in and 100 others when the tunnels again gave way on top of rescuers.

Source: 200 feared dead after tunnel collapses at North Korean nuclear test site, Japanese TV claims | Fox News

Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them

One of the strangest things about the human mind is that it can reason about unreasonable things. It is possible, for example, to calculate the speed at which the sleigh would have to travel for Santa Claus to deliver all those gifts on Christmas Eve. It is possible to assess the ratio of a dragon’s wings to its body to determine if it could fly. And it is possible to decide that a yeti is more likely to exist than a leprechaun, even if you think that the likelihood of either of them existing is precisely zero.

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Transparent Solar Cells Make Any Window Generate Energy

Michigan State University believes transparent solar could harvest as much energy as rooftop solar, but without the bulk.

How can you add solar power generation to a building without it being visible? You use transparent panels of solar cells positioned over each window. According to Richard Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at MSU, it could replace rooftop solar.

Source: Transparent Solar Cells Make Any Window Generate Energy

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

As the Russian atomic energy agency gradually took charge of a company that controls one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States, a stream of cash made its way to the former president’s charitable organization.

The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup.

Source: Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal