BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 11 March, 2016

Friday

11 March, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1625 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Our First Jewish President Lyndon Johnson? - an update!! (5 Towns Jewish Times)
The line of Jewish mothers can be traced back three generations in Lyndon Johnson's family tree. There is little doubt that he was Jewish.


Saving to 100: 9 Questions for Remar Sutton (Blue Zones)
What is the biggest financial mistake most people make?
They impulse buy (and "they" includes the person reading this.) If you're the proverbial "average" person who has 30 years left till retirement, you're going to burn a half million dollars in impulse buys, throw it away without thinking. The money you burned, invested even modestly, would have added more than a million to your retirement.


How Not to Die: 9 Questions for Michael Greger, MD (Blue Zones)
If you were to nominate three super foods, what would they be and why?
Sweet potatoes (extra credit if they're purple inside); a dark green leafy cruciferous vegetable, such as kale or collard greens; and a legume, probably lentils if I had to choose just one. These questions are making me hungry!


Ben Child: "Star Wars' Daisy Ridley: 'I will not apologise for how I look'" (The Guardian)
An Instagram user posted a meme of Ridley's character Rey in JJ Abrams's film, complete with additional speech bubble stating: "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don't they know real women haves curves?" Londoner Ridley, 23, initially responded directly to the user, writing: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families. I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world."


Jacob Brogan: The Time Traveler's Wife (Slate)
Daniel Clowes' remarkable new comic sends a husband back in time to avert his beloved's death.


Darian Alexander: Even George Martin's Post-Beatles Career Was Something to Behold (Slate)
Sir George Martin's serendipitous partnership with the Beatles altered the course of popular music and will forever be his greatest call to fame. We shouldn't forget, however, that Martin was a successful producer well before he hooked up with the lads from Liverpool, and he remained in demand long after they'd broken up.


Laura Freeman: But Have They Starved? (Standpoint)
George Gissing, who had painted the hack trade in rough colours in New Grub Street (1891), used to ask of young writers talked up as the next big thing: "But has he starved?"



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Trivia Question of the Day


What is the only strung instrument played solely by the wind, as well as the only stringed instrument that plays solely harmonic frequencies?

                                  



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


What is the name of this robot?


       Rosie                                                      Source


Rosie the maid is a humanoid robot fictional character in The Jetsons animated television series of the 1960s. She is the title family's maid and housekeeper. Jean Vander Pyl provided the voice for Rosie. Rosie is depicted as wearing a frilly apron, and was often seen using a separate vacuum cleaner. Her torso is mounted atop a single leg and she rolls about on a set of caster wheels. She frequently calls George Jetson "Mr. J".

Rosie was an old demonstrator model hired by the Jetson family from U-Rent a Maid. The series' first episode, "Rosie the Robot", gives her model number as XB-500. In the episode "Rosie's Boyfriend," we learn she has a boyfriend, the robot Mac, a helper for Henry Orbit.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   She is the Jetson's robot-maid, ROSIE





mj wrote:
   The autonomous domestic help
  Is Rosie. She was the loyal, if somewhat antiquated, maid to the Jetson's.




Alan J said:
   Rosie.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Rosie, the Maid from the Jetsons



Adam answered:
   Rosie- The Jetsons' maid.



Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   That would be Rosie, the robot maid of the Jetsons.
  I had a Jetsons coloring book when I was little.




Marian said:
   Rosie



Gene replied:
   Rosie the Robot.
  My wife wants a Rosie-the 21st Century has let her down with a Rosie.
  It's let me down by not having George Jetson's 'grueling' 3 hour work week and a car that can fly to the moon.




Deborah responded:
   Oh, that's Rosie, the Jetson's robot housekeeper. I was a kid when I watched that show; don't judge.
  Waiting for the atmospheric river to deliver. So far, just a few drops have landed - nothing like "The Big One" the local meteorologists have been predicting. It's still too wet to ride a bike, dammit.




beatonjim answered:
   Banana Splits



Lois Of Oregon said:
   The great Tom Lehrer once sang, "when correctly viewed, everything is lewd". I'd never noticed before that George Jetson had something sick and wrong going on with Rosie the Robot. A dangerous game to play with the cold, killing machine that prepares your food.





Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
   Rosie the maid. Here come the robots. We're all fucked!





Daniel in The City answered:
   Rosie from the Jetsons



DJ Useo responded:
   I say that picture is of Rosie The Robot from the classic cartoon "The Jetsons".
  She sure seems to have captured the public's imagination, judging by the many manifestations of her available.





MAM   wrote:
   Rosie ~ The maid is a humanoid robot fictional character in "The Jetsons" animated television series of the 1960s.





Joe S     took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  March 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 11 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Fla. Nuke Plant Leaking Radioactive Contamination into Biscayne Bay



Rattlesnake roundup draws big crowds, and critics, to small Texas town | US news | The Guardian



Oregon militia members could face decades in prison over new charges | US news | The Guardian



US zoos secretly fly 18 elephants out of Swaziland ahead of court challenge | World news | The Guardian



10 Cloverfield Lane review - monster 'sequel' is more Hitchcock than Xbox | Film | The Guardian



The door-to-door union killers: rightwing foundation takes labor fight to the streets | US news | The Guardian



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on US state visit - BBC News



BBC - Culture - Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?



BBC - Earth - Why this caterpillar wears a hat made of discarded heads



Dancing with horses - BBC News



Fire Station's Genius Sign Nails Where A Woman's Place Truly Is



GOP chair-elect in Texas pledges to speculate wildly about hypocritical closeted gay Republicans



A Plastic-Eating Bacterium Might Help Deal With Waste One Day : The Salt : NPR



Movie Review: HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS : NPR



Movie Review: EYE IN THE SKY : NPR



A Retirement Community Where Hollywood Takes Care Of Its Own : NPR



The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations : Shots - Health News : NPR




Thanks, Michelle!


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Team Coco

CONAN

Adolf Hitler Hates Being Compared To Donald Trump

Even history's greatest monster balks at being lumped together with The Donald.




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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"FUCK YOU" DAVID!

FROM THE ASSHOLES WHO BROUGHT US THE GULF OIL SPILL!

'Hate-Motivated Terrorism Is a Serious Problem in This Country' - FAIR

THE EVIL ONE!

BURN BABY, BURN!

FOLLOWING THE NAZI PLAYBOOK!

"TED CRUZ IS THE ZODIAC KILLER"






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Supposed to rain.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'The Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jeff Daniels, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Audra McDonald.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 1/12/16) are Betty White, Amar'e Stoudemire, Jack Hanna, and Rachel Platten.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/22/16) are Jeff Daniels, Lilly Singh, and St. Lucia.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/10/16) are Ryan Reynolds, Katie Lowes, Wynonna & the Big Noise, and Jaleel Bunton.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/16/16) are Jalen Rose, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Those Who Can't.



ABC opens thenight with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/3/16) are Jason Bateman, Aja Naomi King, and Cee-Lo Green.



The CW fills the night with a RERUN 'Just For Laughs With Howie Mandel'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Sleepy Hollow', followed by a FRESH 'Second Chance'.



MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.



A&E has 'The First 48', followed by the FRESH '60 Days In: Time Out', 'The First 48'.



AMC offers the movie 'Twister', followed by the movie 'Dawn Of The Dead'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 1
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 2
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Trobiano's
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Bella Luna
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-I, Borg
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-The Next Phase
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Unnatural Selection
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-A Matter of Honor
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Measure of a Man
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
 [8:00PM]    CASINO ROYALE (2006)
 [11:00PM]    CASINO ROYALE (2006)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Unnatural Selection
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-A Matter of Honor
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Measure of a Man
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', still another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo First Looks', then a FRESH 'The People's Couch'.



Comedy Central has the movie 'Billy Madison', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.



FX has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Jack Reacher'.



History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'American Restoration', then a FRESH 'Million Dollar Genius'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-4th of July
 [6:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fashion
 [7:00AM]    AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE BOOK OF LOVE
 [9:00AM]    AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: BETA HOUSE
 [11:00AM]    AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: THE NAKED MILE
 [1:30PM]    AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: BAND CAMP
 [3:30PM]    AMERICAN WEDDING
 [5:30PM]    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
 [8:00PM]    48 HRS.
 [10:15PM]    BEVERLY HILLS COP
 [12:45AM]    48 HRS.
 [3:00AM]    BEVERLY HILLS COP
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-The Story of Toni and Candace    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-Episode 2
 [7:01AM]    Rescue Dawn
 [10:00AM]    Cliffhanger
 [12:00PM]    A Few Good Men
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Damaged
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Tabloid
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Monster
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Cherished
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-DWB
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Bait
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Flight
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Agony
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Scrambled
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Venom
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Punk
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-Episode 2
 [3:01AM]    Cliffhanger
 [5:00AM]    American History X    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'The Rundown', followed by the movie 'You're Next'.



TCM spends the night with Merle Oberon
 [6:00 AM]      Now, Voyager (1942)
 [8:00 AM]      The Philadelphia Story (1940)
 [10:00 AM]      Designing Woman (1957)
 [12:00 PM]      Jane Eyre (1944)
 [1:45 PM]      Doctor Zhivago (1965)
 [5:15 PM]      Sabrina (1954)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lodger (1944)
 [9:30 PM]      Wuthering Heights (1939)
 [11:30 PM]      The Cowboy And The Lady (1938)
 [1:15 AM]      The Divorce Of Lady X (1938)
 [3:00 AM]      The Lion Has Wings (1939)
 [4:30 AM]      The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)
    (ALL TIMES EST)



Saturday   -  03/12/16

TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      Behave Yourself! (1951)
 [7:45 AM]      My Pal, Wolf (1944)
 [9:15 AM]      Rusty's Birthday (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Hold That Baby! (1949)
 [12:00 PM]      On the Waterfront (1954)
 [2:00 PM]      The Longest Day (1962)
 [5:15 PM]      The Guns of Navarone (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Sting (1973)
 [10:30 PM]      Toys In The Attic (1963)
 [12:15 AM]      A Little Romance (1979)
 [3:15 AM]      The Decline of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years (1988)
 [4:00AM]      Narcotics Pit of Despair (Part 1) (1967)
 [4:00 AM]      Keep Off The Grass (1969)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 11/09/82) - David Sayh, Rickey Schroder, and Tony Trabert.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Actor Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan pose for a photograph as they arrive for a State Dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the White House in Washington.
Photo by Andrew Harnik

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Gets New Leader

Newport Jazz Festival

Jazz impresario George Wein took another step to secure the future of his 62-year-old Newport Jazz Festival on Thursday, as the nonprofit foundation that runs it named Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride as artistic director.

Wein, who is 90, also told The Associated Press that he planned to donate the bulk of his estate, around $10 million, to the foundation upon his death so that the jazz festival and its sister Newport Folk Festival can continue for years to come. Wein produced this year's festival completely, but recognizes he's old and his hearing and health have started to diminish even as he remains mentally sharp.

"Not many people can engineer their own demise," Wein said. "I've been working on this a few months with Christian. Nobody knew about it. I wanted to make sure Christian was the right person."

McBride will work side-by-side with Wein and take the reins for the 2017 festival. From then on, McBride will choose who plays at the festival and have final say on festival programming, Wein said.

McBride is a bassist, composer and educator. The Philadelphia native attended Juilliard and has performed on recordings with musicians including Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, The Roots and Paul McCartney. He has won five Grammys. He also hosts and produces radio shows on SiriusXM and NPR. He has played regularly at Newport since 1991.

Newport Jazz Festival

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Actress Sandra Oh and Lev Rukhin arrive for the state dinner in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, March 10, 2016.
Photo by Mary F. Calvert

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Execs Fired

Wounded Warrior Project

The two top executives of Wounded Warrior Project were fired Thursday by the board of directors.

Americans donate hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the charity, expecting their money will help some of the 52,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But CBS News found Wounded Warrior Project spends 40 to 50 percent on overhead, including extravagant parties. Other veterans charities have overhead costs of 10 to 15 percent.

Wounded Warrior Project's Chief Executive Officer, Steven Nardizzi, and Chief Operating Officer, Al Giordano, were fired after a meeting Thursday afternoon in New York.

By appealing to America's generosity, Wounded Warrior Project raised more than a billion dollars in donations since 2003 -- $300 million in 2014 alone.

Wounded Warrior Project

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Families Win $4.24M Verdict

Pennsylvania

Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turned their sleepy village into a battleground over the nation's shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom.

The verdict in Scranton came at the end of a bitter lawsuit pitting homeowners in Dimock against Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. The company, a prolific driller in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation, said it will appeal, accusing the jury of ignoring "overwhelming scientific and factual evidence that Cabot acted as a prudent operator in conducting its operations."

Dimock was the scene of the most highly publicized case of methane contamination to emerge from the early days of Pennsylvania's natural-gas drilling boom. State regulators blamed faulty gas wells drilled by Cabot for leaking combustible methane into Dimock's groundwater. Cabot claimed the methane was naturally occurring and said the problems in the water wells predated Cabot's arrival.

Dozens of plaintiffs settled with Cabot in 2012, but two families opted to take their claims to trial.

Pennsylvania

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Actor Bill Murray, left, talks with Kara Cassidy, wife of his son Luke Murray, while watching an NCAA college basketball game between Xavier and Marquette during the Big East men's tournament, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in New York. Luke Murray is an assistant coach for Xavier.
Photo by Julie Jacobson

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Estate Sues Las Vegas Casino

Elvis Presley

The Elvis Presley estate has filed a lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino-hotel that is holding artifacts and memorabilia involving the King as part of a leasing dispute.

Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. filed the lawsuit Monday in Clark County District Court seeking to retrieve stage outfits, jewelry, letters and a high school yearbook, among other artifacts from the career, home and wedding of Elvis.

The estate and business group is trying to get back hundreds of items it loaned to the much-hyped "Graceland Presents Elvis" attraction at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

The off-Strip property took control of the items last month when it shut down the attraction that includes a museum exhibit, wedding chapel and theater. The move came after the third-party operator, Exhibit A Circle, said it was quitting.

The lawsuit accused the casino of holding the valuables hostage for leverage in its leasing dispute with Exhibit A Circle, noting the estate has been cut off from a security camera that allowed it to monitor the items. It's asking the court to order the items be returned and seeks punitive damages.

Elvis Presley

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Wake-up Call


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Bison Sent To Slaughter

Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park started shipping many of its famous wild bison to slaughter Wednesday to drive down the size of the park's herds and respond to concerns by the livestock industry over a disease carried by the animals.

Thirty animals have been shipped to slaughterhouses, and officials plan to send an additional 63 in the next few days. The bison were weighed and tested for disease for research purposes, and the remaining animals were crowded into holding pens to await shipment.

The park's actions are driven by an agreement in 2000 with Montana officials that requires it to control its bison herds. The meat will be distributed to American Indian tribes that traditionally subsisted on bison.

About 150 of the animals have been captured this winter trying to migrate out of the park in search of food at lower elevations in Montana. Ranchers worry about bison infected with brucellosis, a disease that can cause cattle to abort their young.

There have been no recorded bison-to-cattle transmissions of brucellosis, and critics say the slaughters are unnecessary. Captured bison that test negative for it are not spared.

Yellowstone

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Helen Mirren, left, and Aaron Paul attend the premiere of "Eye In The Sky" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes

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China Urges Boycott

Dalai Lama

China has written to diplomats and U.N. officials urging them not to attend a Geneva event on Friday where the Dalai Lama will speak, reasserting that it opposes his appearance at all venues due to his "separatist activities".

Reuters reported in October that China is waging a campaign of intimidation, obstruction and harassment that Western diplomats and activists say is aimed at silencing criticism of its human rights record at the United Nations.

The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Price in 1989, fled to India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist rule. China views him as a separatist, but Tibet's spiritual leader says he only wants genuine autonomy for his homeland.

In a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday, China's diplomatic mission in Geneva raised objections about the presence of Tibet's spiritual leader on the panel of Nobel laureates, being held at the Geneva Graduate Institute.

"Inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to the aforementioned event violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, in contravention of the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter. China resolutely opposes the 14th Dalai Lama's separatist activities in whatever capacity and in whatever name in any country, organization or event," it said.

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Kaley Cuoco performs "Dance 10 Looks 3" from the musical "A Chorus Line" at the 24th annual Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's" at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Rich Fury

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Imposes Financial Oversight

Pope Frankie

Pope Francis imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican's multimillion-dollar saint-making machine Thursday after uncovering gross abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.

The rules require external vigilance over individual Vatican bank accounts created for beatification and canonization causes, as well as regular budgeting and accounting to make sure the donations from the faithful are being used as intended.

The reforms were imposed after Francis tasked a fact-finding commission to investigate Vatican finances, including at the Vatican's saints office. Two books by Italian journalists, based on the commission's confidential findings, revealed that the Vatican's secretive saint-making process brought in hundreds of thousands of euros in donations for each saintly candidate but had virtually no financial oversight as to how the money was spent.

The books estimated the average cost for each beatification at around 500,000 euros ($550,000), with much of the proceeds going to a few lucky people with contracts to do the often time-consuming investigations into the candidates' lives. The family of one well-known investigator, for example, also had the Vatican monopoly on printing the documentation for each saintly cause, studies that often amount to dozens of volumes.

While candidates who inspire wealthy donors would sprint ahead, those with less wealthy fans would languish. American saints often cost the most precisely because the most money was donated, and the postulator could spend it on the best researchers to get the cause through, according to the book "Avarice" by journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi.

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Jason Alexander performs "You'll Be Back" from the musical "Hamilton" at the 24th annual Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's" at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Rich Fury

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Record Leap In 2015

Carbon Dioxide

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at a record pace last year, US government scientists reported, raising new concern about one of the top greenhouse gases and the effects of global warming.

The measurement came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

"The annual growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide... jumped by 3.05 parts per million during 2015, the largest year-to-year increase in 56 years of research," said a NOAA statement.

Last year also marked the fourth consecutive year that CO2 grew more than two parts per million.

Carbon Dioxide

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Actress Rosario Dawson attends the premiere of Netflix's Original Series Marvel's "Daredevil" Season 2 at AMC Lincoln Square on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini

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New Privacy Rules Expected

Internet Providers

The federal government is proposing new privacy rules that would make Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies ask your permission in some instances before using and sharing your data.

Using customer information could help so-called ISPs make more money from targeted digital advertising, when advertisers are able to show you ads that they think will appeal to your specific interests.

The Federal Communications Commission's rules are likely to face criticism and possible lawsuits from Internet service providers.

The rules affect only companies that connect you to the Internet like Comcast, Verizon and Sprint. They do not apply to Internet companies that have huge advertising businesses based on customer data, like Facebook or Google. Those companies are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.

FCC officials say their rules wouldn't "prohibit" targeted advertising from ISPs. But the aim is that in many, if not most, cases, your Internet provider would have to get your permission before sharing your personal data with advertisers.

Internet Providers

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Actor Mike Myers and his wife Kelly arrive for a State Dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the White House in Washington.
Photo by Andrew Harnik

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Humans Blamed For Deaths

Bald Eagles

The deaths of 13 bald eagles in Maryland's largest die-off of the U.S. national bird in three decades were caused by humans, officials said on Thursday.

Lab results showed that the eagles did not die of natural causes, including diseases such as avian influenza, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Catherine Hibbard. The agency declined to say whether the birds were poisoned.

"Our investigation is now focused on human causes and bringing to justice the person(s) responsible for the death of these eagles," Hibbard said in a statement.

Maryland Natural Resources police received a call on Feb. 20 reporting four dead eagles near Federalsburg in the eastern part of the state. Officers arrived and discovered nine more dead birds nearby.

The maximum fine for harming a bald eagle is $100,000 and up to one year in prison, Hibbard said.

Bald Eagles

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