‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris as troops join police to prevent trouble | Reuters

Demonstrators began marching in the capital on Saturday along a new route taking them from Denfert Rochereau in southern Paris with the aim of finishing by Barbes, near the Sacre Coeur church in northern Paris.

Named after the high-visibility vests French drivers have to keep in their cars and worn by protesters, the demonstrations began in November after public anger against fuel tax rises.

The movement has morphed into a broader backlash against Macron’s government, despite it scrapping the fuel taxes, and it has often been marred by violent clashes and looting.

Source: ‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris as troops join police to prevent trouble | Reuters

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College Admissions Scandal Shows How The System Favors Wealthy Students : NPR

 

There are lots of legal ways that wealthy students get into America’s top schools.

The University of Southern California has “placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” the school said in a statement on its website. And lawmakers in Congress have already introduced legislationaimed at leveling the playing field for college students.

But many of those students say they aren’t surprised by the the scheme that involved bribing university coaches and test proctors to get wealthy students into some of the nation’s top schools.

Source: College Admissions Scandal Shows How The System Favors Wealthy Students : NPR

Alan Dershowitz: Mueller just filed Russia report. Here’s what Barr should do with it | Fox News

All we know at this point is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. What we don’t know is how the attorney general will handle the report.

Barr has several options. The fairest would be to immediately turn the report over to President Trump’s legal team and give them a week to write a response. Barr could then issue both reports simultaneously so that the American public could judge the comparative merits of both sides of this adversarial process.

But there may well be pressures on the attorney general to send the report to Congress – thus making it public – as soon as he can vet it for possible national security omissions. If that’s what the attorney general does, then it is imperative that the American public withhold conclusions about the report until the Trump legal team has had the opportunity to respond in the court of public opinion.

Source: Alan Dershowitz: Mueller just filed Russia report. Here’s what Barr should do with it | Fox News

Trump signs executive order on campus free speech | TheHill

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at protecting free speech on college campuses, in an event attended by students who say their conservative views have been infringed upon.

The new order will require higher education institutions to certify that they are enforcing free speech standards in order to receive grants through the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense, among other agencies.

“Under the guise of speech codes, and safe spaces, and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans,” Trump said at a signing ceremony.

Source: Trump signs executive order on campus free speech | TheHill

Crashed Boeing jets lacked key safety features that were add-ons

Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.

  • Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.
  • The features could have helped the pilots detect erroneous readings, which some experts believe might be connected to the planes’ failures, The New York Times reports.
  • Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, the paper said.

Source: Crashed Boeing jets lacked key safety features that were add-ons

Men are dying after opioid overdoses at nearly three times the rate of women in the United States : NPR

Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.

Overdose deaths are increasing faster among black and Latino Americans than among whites. And there’s an especially steep rise in the number of young adults ages 25 to 34 whose death certificates include some version of the drug fentanyl.

Source: Steep Rise In Fentanyl-Linked Deaths Marks Opioid Epidemic’s Third Wave : Shots – Health News : NPR

US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered

Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.

Source: US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

Jenny McCarthy Hits Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters With Wild Accusations in ‘The View’ Expose | Entertainment Tonight

The TV host doesn’t hold back in an excerpt of the upcoming expose, ‘Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.’

Jenny McCarthy doesn’t hold back.

The 46-year-old TV personality opens up about her “miserable” year at the view from 2013 to 2014 in Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming expose, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View; in an excerpt just published by Vulture, McCarthy accuses Whoopi Goldberg of being controlling, and compares Barbara Walters to Mommie Dearest.

“You know the movie Mommie Dearest? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, ‘Holy cow!’ I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters,” McCarthy candidly says.

Before the former model joined The View as a co-host in season 17, she appeared on the program to discuss her book, which argued that vaccines weakened her son’s immune system and triggered his autism. Upon arriving at the studio, McCarthy recalls being asked by a producer to meet with Walters. “I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me,” she claims. “She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?’ My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking.”

Read More From Source: Jenny McCarthy Hits Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters With Wild Accusations in ‘The View’ Expose | Entertainment Tonight

VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING: ‘Virtual kidnapping’ scam targeting families | WPXI

A phone scam targeting families uses information obtained through social media to convince people that their loved one has been abducted, NBC News reported.

Known as “virtual kidnapping,” hoaxers use the social media information to try and trick the people they call. It has even gone so far as a recording that sounds like the loved one is on the line.

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The callers demand money immediately, working to keep people on the phone and have funds wired to them before finding out their loved one was never taken, according to NBC News.

Police urge anyone who receives a call like this to hang up immediately and call police. Never say your loved one’s name or give any information that could be used to trick you into thinking the hoax is real.


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Source: VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING: ‘Virtual kidnapping’ scam targeting families | WPXI

 KeepViacom.com website gives details about keeping channels on DirecTV

Website says to call 888-250-5557 to Tell AT&T-DIRECTV to Keep My Channels!

Viacom’s 23 networks carried by AT&T-DirecTV are at risk.

DIRECTV, U-verse TV, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV carry up to 23 Viacom networks. These networks are: MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, Paramount Network, Nick Jr., CMT, TV Land, Logo, MTV2, Nicktoons, TeenNick, MTV Classic, NickMusic, MTV Live, BET Her, CMT Music, BET Jams, Tr3s, BET Soul, BET Gospel and MTVU.

AT&T-DirecTV is choosing to drop these channels rather than work on their customers’ behalf to keep Viacom channels on the air.

Viacom continues to make every effort to reach a new deal with AT&T-DirecTV to carry its channels. However, AT&T-DirecTV is putting its own bottom line ahead of the interests of its subscribers, which may force a disruption in their service.

Viacom’s offers enable AT&T-DirecTV to lower their subscribers’ bills while keeping the same channels.

Viacom is offering AT&T-DirecTV the ability to pay less tomorrow for Viacom channels than they pay today, enabling them to pass these savings on to subscribers and lower their bills. Instead, AT&T-DirecTV’s plan is to drop Viacom’s networks from subscribers’ lineups and pocket the profits, not lower their bills.

Source: AT&T-DIRECTV is about to drop up to 23 channels | KeepViacom | KeepViacom.com