BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 16 December, 2016


16 December, 2016

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Greg Sargent: When will we see Donald Trump's big 'pro-worker' agenda? (Washington Post)
But Trump's own infrastructure plan already looks more like a tax break and privatization scheme than a plan for big public spending, and now we're learning that Obamacare repeal and tax reform (i.e., tax cuts) are going to come first in any case.

Paul Krugman: Notes on the Macroeconomic Situation (NY Times Blog)
So the Fed has raised rates. It was, I'd argue, a mistake, although not as severe a mistake as it would have been a year ago. Anyway, it seems like a good time to review where I think the economy stands, and what it means for monetary and fiscal policy.

Will Oremus: "Is This Something That's Going to Haunt Me the Rest of My Life?" (Slate)
What it's like to be the IT guy who accidentally helped Russia (maybe) hack the election.

Suzanne Moore: Gadgets are meant to streamline life - so why do we pine for a typewriter's ping? (The Guardian)
I can barely contemplate being old, unconnected and unmodern. But when devices are so user-unfriendly, it's hard to get excited about my fridge talking to my TV

Jonathan Jones: Is Shakespeare Britain's greatest contribution to world culture? (The Guardian)
The British Museum's Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition [in 2012] shows the incredible scope of the playwright's imagination.

Jonathan Jones: "Fake or fortune: is this lost Leonardo da Vinci drawing the real deal?" (The Guardian)
A drawing owned by a French doctor is thought to be a lost work by Leonardo da Vinci - it bears all the hallmarks of one of history's greatest creative minds.

Jonathan Jones: DIY Vermeer documentary utterly misses the point about old masters (The Guardian)
Tim Jenison tried for a whole year to recreate a Vermeer painting - and all he got was a pedantic imitation.

Ruby Tandou: Yes, the recipes are rubbish - but I love it when celebrities write cookbooks (The Guardian)
There are posher books from proper cooks and you can find a good recipe for anything online. But they don't have heartwarming, homely stories about the Kardashians.

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What TV series would bestow this award?

       Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In                                                      Source

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (often simply referred to as Laugh-In) is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured, at various times, Chelsea Brown, Johnny Brown, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Moosie Drier, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Larry Hovis, Sarah Kennedy, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Gary Owens, Pamela Rodgers, Barbara Sharma, Jud Strunk, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin, and Jo Anne Worley.

Laugh-In originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967, and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8 pm (ET). The title of the show was a play on the "love-ins" or "be-ins" of the 1960s hippie culture, terms that were, in turn, derived from "sit-ins", common in protests associated with civil rights and antiwar demonstrations of the time.

In 2002, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was ranked number 42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

"The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award" saluted actual dubious achievements by the government or famous people, such as the announcement of a new Veterans Administration hospital to be erected in Southern California shortly after another such facility was destroyed in the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. The trophy is a gilded, outstretched finger atop a square base. "The flying fickle finger of fate" was already a familiar catchphrase on the show (Dan Rowan used the phrase when ushering "new talent" such as Tiny Tim on stage).        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Dan Rowan and Dick Martin would award the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate on their show, appropriately called "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In."

zorch said:
   Laugh In.

Alan J answered:
   Rowan and Martin's Laugh In.

Sara W replied:
   The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award given on Laugh-in!!!!!!

Randall wrote:
   Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award was from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

gene said:
   The TV show is Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and the award is the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate

Harry M replied:
   Laugh In

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   That's "The Fickle Finger Of Fate" from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Ah, those were the days, when the satire was on prime time TV and the news was taken seriously, not the other way around.

Adam answered:
   Rowan & Martin's Laugh In?

Deborah responded:
   Oh, that's the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate from Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In." I loved that show; it never failed to deliver the laughs. Clever and ahead of its time. I wonder what the 2016 version of that show would be like?
  Big storm predicted (right down to suggesting sand bags for all) and yet it's merely overcast outside…StormWatch 2016 fails again.

Stephen F said:
   Laugh In
  Flying Fickle Finger of Fate

John I from Hawai`i says,
   John I from Hawai`i says, "Laugh in."

George M. responded:
   Marty, I believe I recognize this trophy, and the television show it's from - this is the Fickle Finger of Fate Award, from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".

Billy in Cypress replied:
   Flying Fickle Finger of Fate #1 9/18/68 - awarded to the US Congress for one of its many failures to pass any gun control legislation on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

mj answered:
   The Flying, Fickle, Finger of Fate
  Was awarded somewhat regularly on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In.

DJ Useo said:
   They gave those away on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Usually for a very funny reason. after this recent election, I find that the award taunts me.
  Thanks for that Boris & Natasha cartoon yesterday. It was right on!

BttbBob   wrote:
   Rowan and Martin's 'Laugh In'... it was groovy.


  Why do I get this feeling that come January 20th we all are gonna be getting one of those awards? Except with a middle finger...


  Meanwhile... to get your mind off of that, consider this...

  Surfer Dan O'Claus (Surfer Dan) was out last night on Lake Superior... Yeah, people actually do that The Other North Shore Presented by Body Glove | SURFER Magazine


  Interlude's over... back to reality... what a 'Sucks Deluxe', eh?


  December 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 16 | Famous Birthdays

DanD replied:
   Well, after having blown all his family's fortune getting a medical degree in proctology while yet failing to attract any customers, the man owning the original hand ultimately became a multi-millionaire shilling for Rowan-and-Martin's Laugh-in as a Fickle-Finger of Fate-Monger.

Joe S     answered:
   That is "The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate," a very prestigious award presented by Laugh In.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Sally has retired.




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Justin Trudeau: 'Globalisation isn't working for ordinary people' | World news | The Guardian

How Breitbart and the conservative right opened a new front in the war over fake news | US news | The Guardian

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All hell breaks loose: North Carolina GOP's coup d'état starts tomorrow

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to release "shocking" findings today concerning Obama's birth certificate

Trump Grill gets a bad review and Donald just can't keep his Twitter finger still

MUST SEE Celeb Message to "Republican Electors". Starring West Wing President Martin Sheen.

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Republican FCC member can't wait to end net neutrality, sell the internet to highest bidders

Self-Driving Uber Blows Through Red Light On First Day In San Francisco | The Huffington Post

Trump and 'The Manchurian Candidate' Are Too Similar for Comfort | The Huffington Post

Indiana Town Upset After ACLU Helps Remove Cross From Public Property | The Huffington Post

Prudential is being sued for covering up fraudulent insurance policies through ... Wells Fargo

'An epic mistake': environmental groups fume over Rex Tillerson nomination | US news | The Guardian

New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature | Environment | The Guardian

Ageing process may be reversible, scientists claim | Science | The Guardian

Breaking: The Greatest Living American Writer: "I'm willing to sell my pro-Trump services to any publication that wants them."

Netflix's "Barry": Barack Obama as a young modern invisible man -

What did Donald Trump know about Vladimir Putin's attempt to hack the election - and when did he know it? - Salon.

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Trump's National Security Adviser Wants You To Forget He Spread Fake News | The Huffington Post

What a Top FBI Profiler Taught Me About Extreme Narcissists Like Donald Trump | Alternet

10 Crucial Decisions That Reshaped America - POLITICO Magazine

What did Donald Trump know about Vladimir Putin's attempt to hack the election - and when did he know it? -

Earnest: Trump may have known Russia behind hacking before Election Day - POLITICO

Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda - Google Docs



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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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Last Night

Got a bit of rain.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Liam Neeson, Shepard Smith, and Jon Batiste.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/28/15) are Anjelica Huston, Wilmer Valderrama, and Shawn Mendes.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Reese Witherspoon, Andrew Rannells, and Warpaint.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/5/16) are Kate McKinnon, Benjamin Bratt, the Hold Steady, and Abe Cunningham.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/8/16) are Damien Chazelle, Black Lips, and Sean Teale.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 12/7/16) are Ryan Gosling, T.J. Miller, and Pentatonix.

The CW offers the FRESH, but pre-taped, time-delayed and edited 'The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'The Exorcist'.

MY has an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD', then another FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Miss Congeniality', followed by the movie 'Deck The Halls'.

BBC  -   
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Too Short a Season
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-When The Bough Breaks
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Enterprise Incident
 [5:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Paradise Syndrome
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-And the Children Shall Lead
 [7:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Is There in Truth No Beauty?
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Spectre of the Gun
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Enterprise Incident
 [12:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES -SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Paradise Syndrome
 [1:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-And the Children Shall Lead
 [2:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Is There in Truth No Beauty?
 [3:40AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Spectre of the Gun

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Married To Medicine', then a FRESH 'Married To Medicine: Houston', and another 'Married To Medicine'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part III', followed by the movie 'A Million Ways To Die In The West', then the movie 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas'.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:30AM]    KICK-ASS
 [11:00AM]    FIRST BLOOD
 [3:15PM]    RAMBO III
 [8:00PM]    JONAH HEX
 [11:45PM]    ZOMBIELAND
 [1:45AM]    ORPHAN
 [4:30AM]    HOSTEL    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bookie Barber
 [6:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy on Trial
 [7:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Cousin Virgil
 [7:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Deputy Otis
 [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mr. McBeevee
 [9:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy's Rich Girlfriend
 [9:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the New Mayor
 [10:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Opie -- Bachelors
 [10:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Cow Thief
 [11:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Mends a Broken Heart
 [12:00PM]    Rectify-Episode 7
 [1:20PM]    Rectify-Episode 8
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Subterranean Homeboy Blues
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Reaper's Helper
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-By Hooker, by Crook
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Poison Ivy
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Life Choice
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-A Death in the Family
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Violence of Summer
 [10:59PM]    Law & Order-White Lie
 [11:58PM]    Law & Order-Whiplash
 [12:57AM]    Law & Order-All My Children
 [1:56AM]    Rectify-Episode 8
 [3:36AM]    Smokey and the Bandit II    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', and 'Incorporated'.

 [7:00 AM]      Test Pilot (1938)
 [9:00 AM]      Man-Proof (1938)
 [10:30 AM]      Parnell (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
 [2:00 PM]      Petticoat Fever (1936)
 [3:30 PM]      Whipsaw (1935)
 [5:00 PM]      Stamboul Quest (1934)
 [6:30 PM]      Men In White (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [10:00 PM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [1:00 AM]      Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
 [2:45 AM]      Lucky Night (1939)
 [4:15 AM]      Too Hot to Handle (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  12/17/16

 [6:15 AM]      Hollywood Party (1937)
 [6:45 AM]      Love Letters (1945)
 [8:30 AM]      Jane Eyre (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Fighting Trouble (1956)
 [12:00 PM]      A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
 [2:00 PM]      Monkey Business (1952)
 [4:00 PM]      Born Yesterday (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      Send Me No Flowers (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The Song Of Bernadette (1943)
 [10:45 PM]      Going My Way (1944)
 [1:00 AM]      I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)
 [2:45 AM]      Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
 [4:15 AM]      Alice, Sweet Alice (1977)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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The moon is seen behind the "Genie de la Liberte" gilded figure (Spirit of Freedom) on top of the Place de la Bastille's July Column in Paris, France, Dec. 15, 2016.
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Gets Star On Hollywood Walk O'Fame

Ryan Reynolds

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Thursday, saying the honor was beyond anything he could have ever imagined.

The 40-year-old, accompanied by his wife, American actress Blake Lively, and their two young daughters, recalled visiting Hollywood with one of his brothers 15 years ago and being in awe of all the legends immortalized along the iconic avenue.

Joining him at the ceremony were Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the screenplay for "Deadpool" and heaped praise on the actor, describing him as "the greatest, goodest guy we know."

He has starred in a number of films based on comic books, including "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Green Lantern" and most recently "Deadpool."

Named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine in 2010, the actor was previously married to Scarlett Johansson.

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Steam rises up on the surface of Lake Michigan at sunrise, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Chicago. Dangerously cold temperatures gripped the Upper Midwest in advance of a storm that's expected to bring several inches of snow in coming days, while schools and officials in the Northeast braced for their own blast of wintry weather.
Photo by Kiichiro Sato


Spotlight On Environment

Rainforest Fund Benefit

Singer-songwriter Sting and his wife Trudie Styler hosted the biennial Rainforest Fund Benefit concert in New York on Wednesday, where Bruce Springsteen and Idina Menzel performed for environmental causes.

The event celebrated a recent victory for Native Americans and environmentalists in which the federal government ruled against a pipeline project near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

Native American groups, activists, celebrities and U.S. armed forces had protested against the $3.8 billion oil project, saying said construction would damage sacred lands and any leaks could pollute the water supply.

"We haven't won many arguments, those of us who have been in the environmental movement and human rights movement for many years," Tyler said. "I think Standing Rock really was the first gain ...and we have to make sure that we can now build on it."

Rainforest Fund Benefit


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First Legal Customer


Possibly the unlikeliest customer of all became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Alaska's largest city.

Anna Ercoli, 81, pulled into Arctic Herbery's small parking lot at 8:30 a.m., 3 ½ hours before the store was to open and become the first legal retail marijuana store in Anchorage.

She was waiting at the store when owner Bryant Thorp pulled in Thursday morning. He gave her a red ticket stamped with No. 1601, indicating she would be the first in line. He told her she didn't have to wait around for hours in the 15-degree weather and could come back closer to the noon opening.

"I need this medication for me because it works better than taking anti-pain or sleeping pills, and not really solving anything," said Ercoli, a native of Italy who has lived in Anchorage for 45 years.

A clerk helped her pick out a 2.5 gram vial of Afghan Kush flour to mix with an ointment to provide pain relief. She paid the $52.50 bill ($50 vial, $2.50 tax) in cash after being told she could only buy one vial on this trip. She then scurried out the store, trying to avoid a crush of reporters.



View of the 14th ice world on the topic of 'Moby Dick', photographed during a press call at Karls Erlebnis-Dorf (lit. 'Karl's Adventure Village') in Roevershagen, Germany on Dec. 15, 2016. 22 artists designed the artworks of which 90 percent are made of snow and ten percent of ice. The exhibition is open from 17 Dec.17, 2016 until Oct. 29, 2017.
Photo by Bernd Wuestneck


86-Year-Old Jewel Thief Strikes Again

Doris Payne

An 86-year-old jewel thief who has kept jewelry sellers on their toes since the 1970s has struck again, police say - this time by slipping a $2,000 diamond necklace into her pocket.

Doris Payne, who has been the subject of a documentary and casually said during an Associated Press interview earlier this year that "I was a thief," was arrested Tuesday at a Von Maur department store outside Atlanta.

Payne was arrested after she put the necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave the store, Dunwoody police spokesman Mark Stevens said in an email. She faces a shoplifting charge.

Authorities have said Payne has lifted pricey baubles from countless jewelry stores around the world in an illicit career that has spanned six decades. The legend of Payne's alleged thefts have long fascinated the public and media, with countless news stories and a 2013 documentary film, "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," detailing her feats.

Authorities have said she has used at least 22 aliases over the years and probably got away more often than she was caught, though she has done several stints in prison. The Jewelers' Security Alliance, an industry trade group, sent out bulletins as early as the 1970s warning about her.

Doris Payne


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Governor's LGBT Rights Order Thrown Out


An executive order issued by Louisiana's governor that was aimed at protecting the rights of LGBT people in state government was thrown out Wednesday by a judge who said the governor exceeded his authority.

State District Judge Todd Hernandez ruled that Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' anti-discrimination order is unconstitutional because it seeks to create or expand state law. The order prohibited discrimination in government and state contracts based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The decision delivered a significant victory to Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, who filed the lawsuit challenging the LGBT-rights order. Landry praised the ruling and said his challenge was aimed at "upholding the checks and balances on executive authority as established in our state constitution."

Edwards said he plans to appeal. He said his order, which contains an exception for contractors that are religious organizations, is a statement that Louisiana doesn't discriminate.

Landry said the order tried to establish a new protected class of people that doesn't exist in law and that lawmakers refused to add. He accused the governor of executive overreach.



A man captures rime at a park beside a river in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China on Dec.15, 2016.
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Art Collection Can Go To Bern

Cornelius Gurlitt

A German court ruled Thursday that a priceless trove of art kept hidden from the world for decades by reclusive German collector Cornelius Gurlitt can go to a Swiss museum, as requested in his will.

The Munich state court rejected a case brought by his cousin, Uta Werner, who claimed the 81-year-old wasn't mentally fit when he wrote his will shortly before his death in May 2014.

The decision was welcomed "with a sigh of relief" by the Kunstmuseum Bern, which pledged to press ahead with planned exhibitions of the works and research into their origins. Some of the art was taken away from Jewish owners by the Nazis in the 1930s and '40s.

Gurlitt died just months after German authorities announced they had seized almost 1,300 artworks at his Munich apartment and another 200 at a home in Salzburg, Austria.

Thursday's ruling confirmed a lower court's decision rejecting Werner's challenge, which she had appealed. Thomas Pfaff, a representative for Werner, said the family hadn't decided yet whether to take further legal action.

Cornelius Gurlitt


Deceptive Ads


DeVry University and its parent company are paying $100 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging the school misled students through deceptive ads.

One of the nation's largest for-profit college chains, DeVry was sued in January by the Federal Trade Commission over advertising claims it was making about the success of its graduates.

In a statement issued Thursday as the settlement was announced, officials for Devry, which is based in Downers Grove, Illinois, denied all wrongdoing but said they are "pleased this matter is reaching resolution."

Since at least 2008, the chain had advertised that 90 percent of its graduates who actively sought employment landed jobs in their field within six months of graduation.

But federal investigators found that DeVry was counting students who found jobs outside the fields they studied, and who already had jobs before they enrolled.



The night sky over the Galenki RT-70 radio telescope at a Kvant-D command and measurement complex which is part of the Titov Main Space Test Center, during the Geminids meteor shower in Primorye Territory, Russia on Dec. 15, 2016.
Photo by Smityuk Yuri


Settles FTC Case

Ashley Madison

The owner of hacked infidelity website Ashley Madison will pay a sharply discounted $1.66 million penalty to settle an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and several U.S. states into lax data security and deceptive practices, the company and authorities said on Wednesday.

The remainder of a $17.5 million settlement was suspended based on privately-held Ruby Corp.'s inability to pay.

"I recognize that it was a far lower number frankly than I would have liked," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said on a call with reporters. "We want them to feel the pain. We don't want them to profit from unlawful conduct. At the same time, we are not going to seek to put a company out of business."

The size of the payment means that Ashley Madison's customers will not receive any financial redress for the breach, which exposed the personal details of more than 36 million people who signed up for the site with the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair".

The joint investigation, which also included authorities in Australia and Canada, found the Toronto-based company's lax security practices allowed intruders access to its computer networks several times between November 2014 and June 2015 without being discovered.

Ashley Madison


Museum Employee Sold Stolen Fossils


A French employee at the Orleans Museum of Natural History was found guilty and handed a three-month suspended sentence for stealing hundreds of stones and fossils dating back to the Neolithic era and selling them on eBay.

The man was sacked on November 14, after being detained for the theft of 666 archaeological treasures from the museum in the city of Orleans, which is located to the south of Paris.

The 56-year-old museum employee had been a civil servant working for the city of Orleans for 28 years.

The stolen stones and fossils were all part of a collection donated to the museum in 1983. Most of the items came from Mauritania.

Investigators found 364 items at the employee's home. Another 100 were returned by their buyers -- after they purchased them on eBay for 10 to 20 euros each.




Colo, a Western Gorilla, rests in her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Colo, the very first born and oldest surviving gorilla in captivity will celebrate her 60th birthday on Dec. 22.
Photo by John Minchillo



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