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USA envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China USA envoy nominee Branstad member of Masons, banned in China
- December 09, 2016

December 8 (ANI): U.S. President- elect Donald Trump has selected Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as his incoming government's ambassador to China. WEBVTTSince 2011 Iowans have seen Kim Reynolds. Fellow Republican U.S. Sen. In 1985, the first-term Republican governor welcomed Xi to Iowa, then a regional governmental official on an economic trip. (more...)
Grammy Nominations 2017: Who Got Snubbed?
- December 09, 2016

Her chart-topping single " Formation " is up for the distinctive categories of song and record of the year . Beyonce might have earned a whopping nine Grammy nominations, including best rock performance , but her twangy song Daddy Lessons has been rejected by the Recording Academy's country music committee. (more...)
Grammy noms: 9 for Beyonce, 8 each for Drake, Rihanna, Kanye
- December 07, 2016

Rihanna is also nominated for album of the year as a featured artist on Drake's Views , although her own Anti missed the top category. "Oh my god. It would have been a snub had Chance the Rapper not scored any nominations, so it's a good thing a long-awaited change in the rules allowed him to get the recognition that he deserved. (more...)
Prince Harry Changes Flight Home to Visit Meghan Markle in Toronto
- December 07, 2016

While on his way back to England from his recent Caribbean tour, Harry reportedly decided to make a quick pit stop in Toronto to spend a little time with Meghan Markle. Markle has been filming season six of her USA Network series "Suits" in Toronto while Prince Harry has been fulfilling his royal duties representing Queen Elizabeth II. (more...)
There's a new 'Transformers' movie out next summer - here's the first trailer
- December 07, 2016

Also new to the series is the legendary Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins, whose unmistakable voice narrates this mysterious promo. As you near the conclusion of the trailer , you are in for a surprise. In true Hopkins style, his voiceover poses the question, "One hundred, billion, trillion planets in the cosmos". The film will touch on the deep mythology of the Transformers and Cybertron, how they became a sentient race and how they relate to the human race. (more...)
Rival views of UK constitution battle it out in Brexit case Rival views of UK constitution battle it out in Brexit case
- December 07, 2016

The government appealed to the country's highest judicial body after the High Court ruled last month that ministers could not trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of Brexit talks without lawmakers' assent. He suggested if it wanted to debate the whole question of Article 50 notice being served under prerogative powers "that is something they can do". He said the " royal prerogative " powers the government wants to use to trigger Article 50 were not an "ancient relic" ... (more...)
Trump announces SoftBank investing $50 billion in the United States Trump announces SoftBank investing $50 billion in the United States
- December 07, 2016

Trump made the announcement in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan where he met with the head of SoftBank, a diverse company that holds stakes in U.S. Arora had been criticized by investors for start-up investments as debt from the 2013 Sprint acquisition and slowing profit growth hampered SoftBank . (more...)
Lady Gaga's face confuses fans after her X Factor performance Lady Gaga's face confuses fans after her X Factor performance
- December 06, 2016

Fans say Lady Gaga looks far too different for it not to be the result of plastic surgery. Lady Gaga , 30, looked super gorgeous as she sang her heart out, but not everyone agreed. "Ow! You f**king b**ch!" she then added as the first nose hairs were extracted. "I was proud to be there just to cheer them on". However, instead of praising her performance, viewers debated over her "unrecognizable" looks. (more...)
SNL and Trump spar once again
- December 06, 2016

Trump disagreed that he could be so tricky. The " SNL " skit featured Trump at a security briefing getting distracted retweeting tweets of supporters - including a high school student named Seth. Says McKinnon's dumbfounded Conway: "No, that's just a plate of mashed potatoes". Be sure to catch the ending for the wonderful and terrifying entrance of white nationalist garbage human Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist. (more...)
United States vote recount: Stein takes Pennsylvania recount to federal court United States vote recount: Stein takes Pennsylvania recount to federal court
- December 05, 2016

Trump supporters this week also took to the courts to prevent the start of similar recounts in MI and Pennsylvania , the two other states targeted for recounts by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. On Thursday, lawyers for Trump moved to block an effort to recount the vote in Pennsylvania and Michigan , Politico reported. This comes as Trump tweeted last week that there were "serious voter fraud" issues in three U.S. (more...)
'Moana' easily wins at the box office for a second straight weekend
- December 05, 2016

In a repeat of last weekend, Disney's Moana finished atop the weekend box office for a second week in a row followed by the third weekend of WB's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them . China posted an estimated $5.5 million for the weekend, meaning a drop-off of just 55 percent, for a total in China of $21.3 million. " Incarnate " centers on a scientist ( Aaron Eckhart ) who enters the mind of an 11-year-old boy to rid him of an evil spirit. (more...)
Far-right Norbert Hofer has lost the Austrian presidential election
- December 05, 2016

The Nationalist Party, which contested that prior runoff, saw Van der Bellen's margin of victory rise this time around-challenging Hofer's own suggestion, following the USA presidential election, that Donald Trump's win might help propel him to victory. (more...)
'Luke Cage' Renewed for Season 2 After 'The Defenders' 'Luke Cage' Renewed for Season 2 After 'The Defenders'
- December 05, 2016

With this announcement, the series becomes the third program from Marvel to be given a second season on the streaming platform. So, we don't know when we'll be getting it - but at least we know we'll be getting it . Given the massive amount of projects Marvel is working on, it's unclear how long we will have to wait for season two of Luke Cage . However, the character was so well-received that they chose to create a spinoff. (more...)
Neo-Nazi 'alt-right' crowd cheers the president-elect with 'Hail Trump'
- December 04, 2016

Spencer, leader of the alt-right and final speaker at the 11-hour conference, used Nazi phrases, calling white people " children of the sun " and prompting the crowd to chant " Lügenpresse ", meaning " lying press ". Thanks to Trump's victory, white people, who had previously marginalized, according to Spencer, are now "awakening to their own identity". "Hail victory!" Spencer says as some raise their hand in a Nazi salute. (more...)
'Moana' cruises with $81.1M Thanksgiving weekend
- December 04, 2016

The well-reviewed " Moana ", set in ancient Polynesia, earned $55.5 million from Friday to Sunday. Last weekend's victor " Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them " fell to second place this weekend and brought in $45.1 million, a decline of about 39% week-over-week. (more...)
Ed Balls Eliminated From 'Strictly Come Dancing' After Unlikely Run
- December 04, 2016

The former shadow chancellor and Morley and Outwood MP said the judges were right to vote him off but he was going out on a high after getting further than he ever thought he could. He said of broadcaster John Sergeant's decision to walk away from a previous Strictly series after viewers kept him in: "I think that was John's decision". (more...)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 'living apart' following his breakdown Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 'living apart' following his breakdown
- December 04, 2016

Donda West died in November 2007 of complications from routine plastic surgery operations including liposuction, a tummy tuck and a breast reduction. "I've not spoken to Kanye , but I think that things are going better now", Seacrest, who is also a close family friend of the Kardashians, told People on Friday , Dec. (more...)
Ace Hardware denies ban on sales to pipeline protesters
- December 03, 2016

The state's latest decision to avoid making spot checks on cars entering the protest site indicates local officials will not actively enforce Monday's emergency order to evacuate the camp issued by Governor Jack Dalrymple, who had cited a coming blizzard. (more...)
Guns N' Roses Fans Smash Donald Trump Effigy Onstage in Mexico Guns N' Roses Fans Smash Donald Trump Effigy Onstage in Mexico
- December 03, 2016

Hard rock band Guns N' Roses recently made it clear in a teaser video that "the Machine is back at it" - and the band could finally be coming to St. If you missed out on Guns N' Roses' "Not in This Lifetime" reunion tour, you may soon get another shot at seeing Axl, Slash and the gang. Do you know where you are, Donald Trump? Rose encouraged moments later as a few fans thwacked the arms and legs off the Trump effigy. (more...)
Newly-wed couple Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech perform `bhangra` at Goa airport Newly-wed couple Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech perform `bhangra` at Goa airport
- December 03, 2016

It is reported that this wedding will be attended by more cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. In the morning Haldi ceremony of Yuvraj was celebrated. Gambhir also volunteered to offer marriage tips to his good friend Yuvraj. It was the cricketer's mother Shabnam Singh who selected the venue for the wedding ceremony. (more...)
Canada expands controversial oil pipeline to Pacific
- December 03, 2016

Trudeau rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway project, which would cross the temperate Great Bear Rainforest. Clark's five conditions are subjective and practically meaningless, but they have allowed her to commit to - and dismiss - nothing. (more...)
"The Salesman" receives nomination at Critics' Choice Awards
- December 03, 2016

Casey Affleck was named Best Actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea, while his co-star Michelle Williams earned a Best Supporting Actress honour for her performance in both the Kenneth Lonergan drama and Certain Women, and filmmaker Lonergan claimed the Best Screenplay accolade. (more...)
Last-minute Exelon subsidy plan goes to Illinois House floor
- December 01, 2016

In exchange for subsidies - which Exelon says are justified because, like subsidized wind and solar energy , nuclear power produces no climate-damaging carbon pollution - the bill guarantees that the Clinton and Quad Cities plants would remain open for another 10 years. (more...)
Trump to meet with Petraeus, Corker, Romney this week: transition team Trump to meet with Petraeus, Corker, Romney this week: transition team
- November 30, 2016

These competing views came to light in ABC News interviews and conversations with multiple officials in the Trump transition, who have spoken on condition of anonymity. He provided no evidence for that assertion, popular among conspiracy theorists. Analysts say that picking Romney would reassure the Republican establishment and U.S. (more...)
Kanye West put under 'constant watch' for his safety
- November 30, 2016

Following Kim's robbery in October, the show took a break to let Kim recover. Her funeral was on November 20, the same day Yeezy canceled his show at the LA Forum. Per sources, police responded to a call for a welfare check up for Kanye . West had just pulled the plug on his Saint Pablo Tour after days of erratic and angry behavior that made an even hotter topic than usual on social media. (more...)
What the 'Gilmore Guys' thought of the 'Gilmore Girls' revival
- November 29, 2016

The woman who plays Lorelai turns 50 next spring. It will be a cliffhanger until the shows followers find out who the child's father is. But before we get there, here's what you need to plan, save and stock up for, because if you don't have these essentials, then you're not doing this Gilmore Girls revival the right way. (more...)
'Rogue One' tickets go on sale
- November 29, 2016

If you haven't purchased tickets to see the movie here in Northeast Ohio, a quick search on Fandango shows only two shows, the 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. December 15 at the AMC Ridge Park Square in Brooklyn, already sold out. It also stars Forest Whitaker , Alan Tudyk, and James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader. Give the new video a whirl here... Well, sort of. Peter Cushing played the Death Star commander back in the day, but passed away in 1994. (more...)
Nintendo Is Building A Real-Life Mario World At Universal's Theme Parks
- November 29, 2016

The new themed areas come as a result of a global partnership between Universal and Nintendo , two icons of the entertainment world. Each Universal Theme Park will have its own unique Nintendo section that will be immersive and interactive with attractions, shops and restaurants that will bring Nintendo's characters to life. (more...)
Kanye West to 'spend Thanksgiving in hospital' following 'breakdown'
- November 28, 2016

West's protégé and a hit-making artist in his own right, Chance the Rapper sent up a prayer for his "big brother" Kanye West during his BBC Live Lounge performance on Tuesday. The 39-year-old rapper had ended a show early Saturday in Sacramento , Calif., after ranting about Beyonce and Jay Z. Rapper Kanye West may be set for a multi-million dollar pay out from his insurer after he was forced to cancel his tour due to illness. (more...)
'Moana' rules box office with 2nd-best Thanksgiving weekend ever
- November 28, 2016

Bad Santa 2 debuted in eighth place with just over $6 million, roughly half what its predecessor banked when it opened on Thanksgiving 2003. There's nothing opening up next week and I can't help but think Paramount left $10 million on the table by trying to compete over Thanksgiving. (more...)
Kanye spent Thanksgiving in the hospital with Kim at his side
- November 26, 2016

She died of heart disease and complications from surgery in Los Angeles in 2007 following a liposuction and breast reduction operation. To add to his heavy work schedule and stress, Kanye has been grieving because November 10 was the anniversary of his mother's death. (more...)
Trump names Deputy National Security Adviser, presidential assistant Trump names Deputy National Security Adviser, presidential assistant
- November 26, 2016

In a message released by his camp, Trump said McGahn "has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law". Ms McFarland worked as an aide to then-National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. Gathered with family at his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach estate for the holiday weekend, Mr. (more...)
WWE fans shocked: Goldberg beats Lesnar in less than 2 mins
- November 25, 2016

After shocking the WWE Universe last night in Toronto Bill Goldberg was expected to ride off into the sunset and retire with a big win over Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series . Goldberg responded with an emphatic, "You bet your ass I got one more title run left in me". Vince McMahon very much wants to do another Goldberg vs. (more...)
McQueen goes airborne in Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Teaser Trailer McQueen goes airborne in Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Teaser Trailer
- November 25, 2016

After getting involved in a crash during a race , Lightning McQueen's life is about to change. The only consolation (if you can call it that) we receive about McQueen's well-being is a few words on the screen: " From this moment everything will change ". (more...)
Khloé Kardashian is 'overly thankful' for her family Khloé Kardashian is 'overly thankful' for her family
- November 25, 2016

But on a deeper level It was a handsome Thanksgiving . Business might not set a record for me this year, but I have a healthy and happy family, and that is the most important thing to me. It does not have to be a material gift. For the promise of eternal life with you in heaven, I thank you, Lord. No stores ever opened on Thanksgiving Day . (more...)
Prince Harry plays some cricket, volleyball on Antigua visit
- November 24, 2016

Also on Monday, Harry attended a charity event but the organisers had told the young people involved that they were not to ask the prince about his new relationship. Sir Viv said later: "It was fantastic that the prince has come to Antigua". "It came up at an organising committee meeting when we were thinking about what we could talk to him about and one of the core members of the committee said we shouldn't talk about his girlfriend because it is personal". (more...)
Michelle Yeoh rumored to be cast in Star Trek: Discovery Michelle Yeoh rumored to be cast in Star Trek: Discovery
- November 24, 2016

Michelle Yeoh will get beamed into the upcoming Star Trek series, set to air on CBS' All Access , which is the network's premium streaming service. After a four-month delay, Star Trek: Discovery will premiere this coming May. Yeoh is probably best known for her role as Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the franchise's recent sequel Sword of Destiny . Discovery is executive produced by Bryan Fuller with Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts acting as showrunners and ... (more...)
Elton John Will Not Play Donald Trump's Inauguration, Despite Key Adviser's Claim Elton John Will Not Play Donald Trump's Inauguration, Despite Key Adviser's Claim
- November 24, 2016

Scaramucci , who founded the investment firm SkyBridge Capital and has referred to himself as a gay rights activist, used his appearance on the BBC show to discuss his own stance on same-sex marriage. "Or one of those f**king country stars?" John backed Hillary Clinton during the campaign, and said 'We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian, ' the Post noted in a report on the possible performance. (more...)
Mariah Carey Dodges Breakup Talk on Holiday-Heavy 'Ellen' Mariah Carey Dodges Breakup Talk on Holiday-Heavy 'Ellen'
- November 24, 2016

You see him", Ellen said . Noting that Carey was in a "highly publicized relationship" with Packer, "How are you , mentally?" On Wednesday, the iconic singer visited "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" dressed in a red silk robe and offered some insight into her single situation. (more...)
Suspect Arrested In Ambush Killing Of San Antonio Police Officer Suspect Arrested In Ambush Killing Of San Antonio Police Officer
- November 24, 2016

Family and friends say a slain San Antonio police detective was a genuine and generous man who took seriously his job of protecting the community both on duty and off. The suspect in the Missouri shooting, George P Bush III, was later killed in a shoot-out with police. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said residents could "breathe a little easier" now that a suspect in Marconi's death has been apprehended. (more...)