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Trump administration readies new sanctions against Iran: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: ‘To America. Thanks, guys’ Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: ‘You always have my back, and I’ll have yours’ Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE’s administration is readying new sanctions against Iran as the clock runs out before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMary Trump celebrates Biden-Harris victory: ‘To America. Thanks, guys’ Biden gives shoutout to Black Americans in victory speech: ‘You always have my back, and I’ll have yours’ Biden vows to heal divided nation MORE is inaugurated, Axios reported Sunday. 

Trump officials are working with Israel to institute a series of sanctions on Iran, 10 weeks ahead of Inauguration Day, two Israeli sources briefed on the effort told Axios. 

Elliott Abrams, the administration’s envoy for Iran, went to Israel on Sunday and discussed the planned sanctions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE

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  • November 8, 2020
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Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez unfazed

Jasson Dominguez had big news and he couldn’t wait to share it.
It had been a few months since the 17-year-old had signed with the Yankees for $5.1 million, and apart from buying his parents a home in the Dominican Republic, he had not made any big purchases for himself.

Jasson Dominguez had big news and he couldn’t wait to share it.

It had been a few months since the 17-year-old had signed with the Yankees for $5.1 million, and apart from buying his parents a home in the Dominican Republic, he had not made any big purchases for himself. It had never been a priority.

But this day was different, and he wanted his agent, Gio Rodriguez, to see what a young millionaire could do with his money. Dominguez was now well-off — rags-to-riches rich overnight — and sometimes, being young and wealthy means buying an expensive high-performance sports

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  • November 8, 2020
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Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth make for a jolly pair

In the small drawer at Channel 4 HQ labelled “something for the oldies” lies Great Canal Journeys, a programme that delighted over 10 series with the actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales at the tiller. It was ostensibly a travel show but really it was the touching study of a marriage, and their mutual devotion in the face of Scales’s advancing dementia.

Now the couple have bowed out, but Channel 4 don’t want to lose a hit. So the broadcaster has kept the format but swapped in Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock. It is not an entirely random choice – the pair are long-time friends of Tim and Pru. But they are absolute novices when it comes to the waterways so the focus in this first of two episodes was mainly comic, as they crashed into the banks, struggled with locks and broke the loo.

“You know nothing and

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  • November 8, 2020
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Trump’s final days ripe for settling scores, pardoning allies

President Donald Trump may have lost his bid for re-election, but his presidency and capacity for disruption are far from over.

Trump’s final two months in office could see a whirlwind of recrimination, executive action and efforts to make governing more difficult for President-elect Joe Biden.

And while nearly every president has sought to maximize his influence during his final hours in the Oval Office, few have had the disregard and disdain Trump has shown for the institutions of the presidency and federal government, opening new fronts for possible bedlam.

Before he leaves office at noon on Jan. 20, perceived enemies could be fired or targeted and allies pardoned, all as novel new rule-making efforts strain the traditional

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  • November 8, 2020
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Alex Trebek, host of TV’s ‘Jeopardy’ for three decades, dies at 80

Alex Trebek, the genial television host who spent three decades testing the general knowledge of contestants and viewers of the hit U.S. game show “Jeopardy,” has died. He was 80.

He died at home on Sunday morning, according to a tweet by the show.

Trebek announced he had advanced pancreatic cancer in March 2019, but said he intended to keep working. He said he planned to beat the disease’s low survival rate with the love and support of family and friends and with prayers from viewers.

The American Cancer Society estimates 3% of patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer are alive 5 years after being diagnosed.

In May 2019, Trebek said some of his tumors had shrunk by more than 50% and he was near remission, according to People magazine. He returned to the show in September for its 36th season, but soon revealed that his health had taken a

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  • November 8, 2020
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Thanksgiving in the time of COVID-19: To grandmother’s house or no?

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It’s time to gather the family together for the talk. Not that talk — the talk about what to do for Thanksgiving this year as the pandemic rolls on.

It has been months since many of us have seen extended family — we’re longing to check in on aging parents, to see old friends from back home, etc. But even though Thanksgiving often conjures up pictures of big happy reunions, how safe is it to make them a reality?

“Right now, in many areas of the country, COVID-19 rates are starting to surge again,” says Dr. Tina Tan, pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Tan fears that the lure of holiday parties as well as more indoor activity

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  • November 8, 2020
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Here’s what to do with all your travel wanderlust



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As England begins the second lockdown of 2020, thousands of us back in the States are still having to either postpone or cancel upcoming trips — and who knows for how long? Traveling for leisure — both domestically and internationally — is still up in the air for many.

Though some prefer not to travel at the moment, there are some other ways to quench that wanderlust. From cooking something exotic to dancing the salsa, here are our top tips to help.

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With smartphones constantly in tow and the rise of social media apps, it’s easy to take

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  • November 8, 2020
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1 ‘Fortnite’ feature could revolutionize the franchise

How can Rockstar possibly top GTA 5? Grand Theft Auto VI is rumored to be the most sprawling installment of Rockstar Games’ crime adventure series yet. For over a year, chatter and alleged leaks have suggested the title will take place in Vice City and and handful of other South America and Caribbean-inspired locations.

Rockstar has yet to say a word about GTA 6, but the long-awaited follow up to GTA 5 is reportedly in early development. It’s impossible to verify any of the circulating details, but if this globe-trotting future for the series turns out to be true, Rockstar need to steal one ground-breaking feature from Fortnite: live, in-game concerts.

With Rockstar’s music industry connections, ‘GTA 6’ could be the perfect game to host a yearly roster of virtual concerts.Rockstar Games

Epic Games partnered with musician Travis Scott in April to host the Astronomical

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  • November 8, 2020
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What Rights Do Furloughed Employees Have?

What rights do furloughed employees have?
The bottom line

A furlough generally means workers’ hours have been cut or eliminated temporarily, or requires that they take a certain amount of unpaid time off. Furloughed workers are still considered active employees and eligible for some benefits. While furlough doesn’t have a technical legal meaning, employers—especially since the onset of the pandemic—are using the term to signal that it’s a status where employees can expect to maintain their health care benefits and eventually be called back to work. Still, a furlough can lead to termination.

The details

A furlough does not offer job security, though employers choosing to put employees on such leave typically intend to bring them back.

“Employers are operating in a lot of uncertainty right now, where they truly believed what would be two to three months then became eight months, and they’re now having to forecast business needs

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  • November 8, 2020
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Why Trump Voters Used The Economy As An Excuse To Vote For Him

Donald Trump will leave office with the economy considerably worse off compared to where it was when he was elected four years ago.

The unemployment rate hit 6.9% in October, down from record double-digits in April, the Labor Department announced Friday. This is an improvement, but when Trump was inaugurated in 2017, it was 4.8%. The jobless rate is now basically what it was right before Barack Obama took office in the middle of a financial crisis.

Economic output is lower than it was last year. One in 10 Americans said they aren’t getting enough to eat, up substantially from last year. An eviction crisis is on the horizon. With coronavirus infection rates continuing to rise, there are signs that the improvements we’ve seen in economy could slow or even reverse. Last week, 1.1 million Americans filed for unemployment. The Black unemployment rate is still in the

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  • November 8, 2020