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7 September, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - May 7th 2014

An Album Of Mashups That Tell Stories -
The Legend Of Mashups

By DJ Useo

Howdy, y'all. I've been working up the annual SUMMER BOOTY Summer mashup collection. It's about halfway done with well over a month till deadline. Wow, is it going great. The tracks blow my mind, and a good batch of them arrived even before I sent out invites. Meanwhile, as Super Administrator for the new AUDIOBOOTS mashup forum, I'm part of a small team working to release 80s MASHED 3, which is the third in a series we began at the now closed SoundUnsound Mashup forum. That album was started more recently than the Summer Booty one, but they're close to being tied as far as being finished. On both compilations, we're looking for two discs total.

Meanwhile, to fill in the perceived gap between mashup albums, I arranged a private project called "DJ Useo Presents THE LEGEND OF MASHUPS". It came together very quickly, and very much fulfilled my plan to feature producers who are less known nowadays, but deserve to be heard by virtue of their tunes. The names appear to be more unknown than I expected, as I've already heard from some asking if all the tracks are actually by me. Lol. Honestly, all nineteen contributors are separate distinct people.

The album is awesome, I think. Allow me to briefly describe each track.


01 - LFO Lets Go ( prolock )

     ( LFO vs 'unknown' )

This opening slammer beeps and pulses HARD. A floor fill, as we DJ's say.

02 - 7 Nation Rocker ( Idc )

     ( Alter Ego vs White Stripes )

This features the bassline that never stops, but it's highlighted by immense searing synth stomping.

03 - Everybodys Wants Du Hast ( DJ Useo )

     ( Tears For Fears vs Rammstein vs Nacim Ladj )

I put the two instrumental tracks together, and then searched for "the right vocal". I think this is it. It's techno metal new wave pop!

04 - Baby, You're A Pure Man ( BRAT Mix )

     ( The Beatles vs All Saints )

This mix contains truly beautiful music expressed through chill club and Fab Four!

05 - Class A Drugs ( Churchill )

     ( Babamania vs Prodigy )

Now for the best in clubbers bass with a generous sprinkling of lively hip hop vocals. Zarjaz!

06 - Brick in the Wall pt2 / Come Together (DJ DUBZ )

     ( Pink Floyd vs Primal Scream )

Brick in the wall becomes comfortably numb when Primal Scream meets Pink Floyd.

07 - Dub Me Baby One More Time ( ultra396 Disco Dub Platter )

     ( Britney vs Big Youth )

Outer space synth skanking moves an insistent beat as Britney croons irresistibly.

08 - Faint Britney ( Nowmash )

     ( Linkin Park vs Britney Spears )

Now to show how Britney can rock out she joins with the rapping, and hard rocking of Linkin Park.

09 - Mr Roboto vs DJ Dan ( arcade2600 )

     ( Styx vs DJ Dan )

Totally techno club beats propel Styx classic rock pop into unassailable appealing ness.

10 - Shake Too Hard ( Agent Lovelette )

     ( Peaches vs Mark One )

Sample heavy house music pairs with naughty Peaches vocals to superb effect. NSFW!

11 - No More Pressure ( MessyJames )

     ( David Bowie vs Annie Lennox vs No Doubt )

Pure pop joy as the "gods of music" share a gorgeous bootleg stage. This is actually Messy James first mashup! Not that you can tell !!

12 - Intergalactic Puppets ( Eddache )

     ( Beastie Boys vs Metallica )

Hold your lighters up for full on metal hip hop ! This type of tune is why speakers were invented. ;)

13 - Song 2 Divided By Zero ( Filthy McNasty )

     ( Pet Shop Boys vs Blur )

Mind possessing guitar hooks mingle with melodic emotive vocals. You won't forget this one soon.

14 - Sweet Touch, Bad Dreams ( Manriki )

     ( Bloodhound Gang vs Eurythmics )

The most wonderful genre clash track ever. How does it work so well ? Only Manriki knows.

15 - Voodoo Problems ( TiM G )

     ( Jay-Z vs Jimi Hendrix )

Guitar God meets vocal genius and magic occurs. This one's a head turner.

16 - Truly Too Close For Tears ( DJ David X )

     ( Tears For Fears vs Spandau Ballet )

The refined chill of Spandau Ballet heightens the appeal of TFF's Shout, plus more.

17 - Turn on the News ( DJ Nite )

     ( Kathy Brown vs Praxis )

BBC them gone all cool with haunting vocals. Notice the recurring them between the two.

18 - Can't Get It On ( Xerox Soundsystem )

     ( Moguai vs Soul Searcher )

This gem quickly insinuates into your cerebral cortex instilling a command that must be obeyed. That command is DANCE !!

19 - The Morning Glory I Love ( FaultSide )

     ( R.E.M. vs Oasis )

Holy SNECK is this closing track ever the best! Oasis' rocking rips you a new one, while R.E.M. delights you with pure melody.

Together, they display the finest in mashup recordings.

A lessor point still worth mentioning is I personally mastered, and engineered the album so they'd all play in the same sonic landscape. Try them LOUD for best effect! I deliberately avoided those face-ripping trebles that some artists torture you with. All praise to the featured mixers. Also, thanks to the magnificent source artists who inspired the bootleggers to bootleg these bootlegs. ( leg )

Full zip file mirror links for "DJ Useo Presents THE LEGEND OF MASHUPS" here
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Preview of track 03 "Tears for Fears vs Rammstein vs Nacim Ladj" here
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Recommended Reading

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Sam Adams: In a Summer of Overstuffed Flops, Three Movies Became Hits Through What They Didn't Show (Slate)
The summer of 2016 has been stingy with the joys that great mainstream movies provide. There's been plenty to watch at the arthouse or stream at home, but the massive entertainments that light up your pleasure centers-the ones we just call "summer movies"-have fallen wide of the mark. Remember Jason Bourne and The Legend of Tarzan ? Remember (shudder) Suicide Squad?

Josh Marshall: About As Clear Cut as They Get (TPM)
the case with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is more serious than that. We usually use the phrase 'pay-to-play' when talking about money for access, money for government contracts or friendly interventions in the legislative process. The Trump-Bondi case looks like money in exchange for killing an investigation and possible lawsuit against Trump. It would be like Hillary Clinton making a cash payment to Loretta Lynch or James Comey during the email probe.

Josh Marshall: You Failed, Chumps (TPM)
At some level, this is all true: Trump isn't a real or a serious candidate by numerous measures. Except one measure that is the only meaningful one: he is the Republican nominee for President and even though polls suggest it's unlikely he'll be elected President there's a very real chance he'll become the US head of state and commander-in-chief of the US armed forces next January. So by the single test that really matters, Trump is as real as a candidate can be.

Michelle Goldberg: A Lot of Hillary Clinton's New York Supporters Kept Quiet About Their Allegiances(Slate; April 2016)
On election eve [2004], Bruce Springsteen performed "No Surrender" for tens of thousands of elated Kerry supporters in Cleveland. I sobbed, unprofessionally, in the press stands. I was sure our national nightmare was over. The next day was one of the worst of my life. People took many different lessons from Kerry's defeat, but one that I learned was not to mistake a massive, passionate crowd for a majority.

Andrew Tobias: Thugs
And speaking of bullies? [Trump] has named Chris Christie to head his transition team (see: "The Thug Politics of Chris Christie"). The two are close. Trump's casinos failed to pay taxes owed to the state of New Jersey. Once Christie was elected, the $30 million bill was settled for just $5 million - a $25 million gift from Chris to Donald. It's quite a story.

RUSS BUETTNER: Trump Casinos' Tax Debt Was $30 Million. Then Christie Took Office. (NY Times)
But the year after Governor Christie, a Republican, took office, the tone of the litigation shifted. The state entertained settlement offers. And in December 2011, after six years in court, the state agreed to accept just $5 million, roughly 17 cents on the dollar of what auditors said the casinos owed.

Michele Hanson: Why do some women still aspire to be half-starved bundles of twigs? (The Guardian)
The Women's Equality party is campaigning against underweight models - but London fashion week will still feature waifs looking glum and skinny as ever.

Killian Fox: "Me and the muse: Dolly Parton on her inspirations" (The Guardian)
The country megastar on her first song, her vast vault of unheard material and the lifetime's experience of love in her new album.

Lilly O'Donnell: I brought debt into my marriage. It feels like I've given my husband an STD(The Guardian)
My past financial recklessness will chip away at his accomplishments for the next two decades. I feel such guilt for dumping this burden on him.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Debuting on September 8th, 1966, this TV series was originally pitched to Desilu as "a Wagon Train to the stars". What is the title of this adventure drama?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Debuting on September 12, 1966, this sitcom followed the adventures of four young men who lived in a two-story beach house at 1334 North Beechwood Blvd. in Malibu, California. What is the name of this TV series?

       The Monkees                                                      Source

The Monkees is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 12, 1966 to March 25, 1968. The series follows the adventures of four young men (the Monkees) trying to make a name for themselves as rock 'n roll singers. The show introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to series television and won two Emmy Awards in 1967.

The Monkees debuted September 12, 1966, on the NBC television network. The series was sponsored on alternate weeks by Kellogg's Cereals and Yardley of London.

The series was filmed by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from The Three Stooges short films made by the studio were used on The Monkees: A pair of pajamas with a bunny design on the front that had been worn by Curly Howard in shorts such as Cactus Makes Perfect and In the Sweet Pie and Pie were the same ones worn by Peter Tork in various episodes such as "A Coffin Too Frequent" and "Monkee See, Monkee Die".

The Monkees resided in a two-story beach house at 1334 North Beechwood Blvd. in Malibu, California. The front of the first floor was a combination of the living room, dining room and kitchen. In the back, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was an alcove where the Monkees kept their instruments and rehearsed songs. Also "residing" with the Monkees was Mr. Schneider, a mannequin who dispensed philosophical advice with the pull of his cord. Mr. Schneider was named after the show's co-producer Bert Schneider and was mostly voiced by main director James Frawley.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   I don' t know if you already got this, Marty, because I'm using that STUPID Microsoft Outlook email and it is such a piece of shit
  Does anyone else have trouble with Outlook being slow and stupid?
  Boy I sure do...

Alan J wrote:
   The Monkees.

mj said:
   They were too busy singing
  To put anybody down. Their true talents were mostly hidden, except for their exquisite comic timing. They were the Monkees.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   the monkees

Adam answered:
   Um, um...The Monkees, yes?

Deborah replied:
   Hey, hey, it's the Monkees.
  That's my WAG.
  Back to the grind after a glorious weekend. The 4-day workweek holds much appeal these days.

Marian said:
   The Monkees

Daniel in The City answered:
   Hey, hey it's the Monkees…

DJ Useo responded:
   I am quite amused with today's trivia question as just last night I was watching a Monkees episode from dvd. Nice timing.
  In the one I watched two silly nazis stole the Monkeemobile. The nazi part was atrocious, but the rest was good laugh fuel.
  I also am enjoying the new album they released. It's as good as the best of the 60s Monkees.
  Here's my favorite track currently. -
  The Monkees - "You Bring The Summer" [Official Audio Video]

MAM     wrote:
   The Monkees

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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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The skunk is back. The raccoons are displeased and the kitties are not happy.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'American Gothic', then another FRESH 'American Gothic'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Whoopi Goldberg, Regina Hall, and Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Susan Sarandon, Adam Brody, and clipping.

NBC opens the night with the FRESH 'NBC News Special: Commander-In-Chief', followed by a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', then a FRESH 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Michael Strahan, James Cameron, and Vince Staples.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jeffrey Tambor, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nate Morton.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Dan Patrick, Broncho, and Tika Sumpter.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'The Middle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are "Dr." Phil McGraw, Pamela Adlon, Bastille.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'MasterChef'.

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

A&E has all old 'Duck Dynasty' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Alien: Resurrection', followed by the movie 'The Mummy'.

BBC  -   
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before
 [10:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 6    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Ava DuVernay.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are James Davis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Adam Goldberg.

FX has the movie 'Captain America: Winter Soldier', followed by a FRESH 'Tyrant'.

History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A Town, a Gangster, a Festival
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Relapse
 [9:45AM]    HALLOWEEN
 [12:15PM]    RED DRAGON
 [5:45PM]    MAX PAYNE
 [11:00PM]    THE PATRIOT
 [5:15AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Judd Apatow Wears a Polo and Blue Suede Shoes    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    Apollo 13
 [10:30AM]    Erin Brockovich
 [1:30PM]    Dante's Peak
 [4:00PM]    U.S. Marshals
 [7:00PM]    Die Hard
 [10:00PM]    Gomorrah-The Roar of the Lioness
 [12:15AM]    Die Hard
 [3:15AM]    Gomorrah-The Roar of the Lioness
 [5:30AM]    Right at Your Door    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Darkness Falls', followed by a FRESH 'Ghost Hunters', then a FRESH 'Paranormal Witness'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 5/25/16) are Colin Farrell, Caitriona Balfe, and Declan McKenna.

 [6:00 AM]      A Yank At Eton (1942)
 [7:45 AM]      Son of Lassie (1945)
 [9:45 AM]      My Brother Talks To Horses (1946)
 [11:45 AM]      Little Women (1949)
 [2:00 PM]      On An Island With You (1948)
 [4:00 PM]      Good News (1947)
 [6:00 PM]      It Happened In Brooklyn (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      The Birth of the Tramp (2014)
 [9:15 PM]      A Dog's Life (1918)     SILENT 
 [10:00 PM]      The Circus (1928)     SILENT 
 [11:30 PM]      One Week (1920)     SILENT 
 [12:00 AM]      Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)     SILENT 
 [1:15 AM]      Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy (1962)
 [3:00 AM]      Number, Please? (1920)     SILENT 
 [3:30 AM]      Speedy (1928)     SILENT 
 [5:15 AM]      Charley My Boy! (1926)     SILENT     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  09/08/16

 [6:00 AM]      Whistling In The Dark (1941)
 [7:30 AM]      The Cuckoos (1930)
 [9:15 AM]      Behind the Headlines (1937)
 [10:30 AM]      Petticoat Larceny (1943)
 [11:45 AM]      Alibi Ike (1935)
 [1:15 PM]      Ladies Day (1943)
 [2:30 PM]      I Like Your Nerve (1931)
 [3:45 PM]      Three Men On A Horse (1936)
 [5:15 PM]      Hot Money (1936)
 [6:30 PM]      Alias a Gentleman (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Tugboat Mickey (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Boat Builders (1938)
 [8:30 PM]      Treasure Island (1950)
 [10:15 PM]      Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
 [11:45 PM]      Disneyland Around the Seasons (1966)
 [1:00 AM]      Those Calloways (1964)
 [3:30 AM]      Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: A Country Coyote Goes Hollywood (1965)
 [4:15 AM]      Midnight Madness (1980)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits', followed by a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.

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Attorney Jan Hasselman, representing Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, speaks to members of the media outside U.S. District Court in Washington, DC., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, as members of the tribe asked a federal judge to temporarily stop work on parts of the Dakota Access Pipeline to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites near Lake Oahe.
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The Asteroid

Freddie Mercury

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury made a bold bid for astronomical immortality in the 1970s with the line, "I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky, like a tiger defying the laws of gravity." (He then dashed any credibility to his claim by mixing his metaphors, "I'm travelling at the speed of light, I wanna make a supersonic man out of you", but we'll gloss over that.)

Professional space nut and sometimes Queen guitarist Brian May has overlooked his bandmate's astrophysical faux pas by paying tribute to him in a YouTube post, in which he announces 'Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury' has been named in Mercury's honour.

The asteroid's new designation, which marks what would have been Mercury's 70th birthday, measures 3.5 km wide and can be found in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. But you'll be hard pressed to spot it with your Argos telescope.

Here's May to explain why: "It has an albedo of about 0.3 - which means it only reflects about 30 percent of the light that falls on it; like many asteroids, it's a dark object - rather like a cinder in space. Viewed from the Earth, it is more than 10,000 times fainter than you can see by eye, so you need a fair-sized telescope to see it… and that's why it wasn't discovered until 1991."

The new name has officially been adopted by the International Astronomical Union - the only official way to name a cosmic body - and published by the Minor Planet Center.

Freddie Mercury


A worker cleans the windows of a luxury hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sept. 6, 2016.
Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte


Netflix Bringing Back


Netflix has approved a brand new series, and this time around we're looking at an unscripted original reality TV show that might be similar to Discovery's extremely popularMythbusters series. It's not a Mythbusters successor, but rather a spin off. The 'build team' from the original show and the company that produced the original Mythbustersseries are working on the series. That's very exciting, as the implications are pretty clear.

According to Deadline, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara are working with Beyond Productions on the show. Called the White Rabbit Project, the show is set to premiere globally on December 9th.

The show will be based on science, as the three stars will reportedly use their mythbusting skills to chase the white rabbit. "In the Netflix series, the three head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science, and history," Deadlinenotes. "Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode, the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds, and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well Googled themes."

Mythbusters, meanwhile, aired its final episode on March 5th. Fans of the series will soon be able to watch Byron, Belleci, and Imahara put their skills to the test in new exciting scenarios. Filming started back in mid-May, according to Byron and Imahara's Twitter feeds.



Newhead News


$20 Million

Gretchen Carlson

Fox Rupert 'News' will pay $20 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose allegations led to the resignation of network chief Roger Ailes in July, a source familiar with the agreement said on Tuesday.

The company also settled with two other women who were part of a Fox-initiated investigation by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Wharton & Garrison, according to the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

The settlements come less than two months after Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, hired Paul, Weiss to investigate claims against Ailes. During that investigation, more than two dozen women described harassment by Ailes, according to New York Magazine.

In a move that legal experts said was unusual, 21st Century Fox offered a public apology to Carlson, who filed suit against Ailes in July, saying he took her off a popular show and cut her pay because she refused to have a sexual relationship with him.

Ailes, a former political consultant who founded the conservative news operation in 1996, left Fox less than three weeks after Carlson filed suit, taking a $40 million severance package. Tantaros and other women who had worked for him then came forward with more harassment allegations.

Gretchen Carlson


Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, into the Arabian Sea on the second day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India on Sept. 6, 2016.
Photo by Danish Siddiqui


Ditches Rupert 'News'

Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren has abruptly quit after 14 years as a prime-time anchor at Fox News Channel, saying that Fox "has not felt like home to me for a few years."

Starting Tuesday, she's being temporarily replaced in her 7 p.m. ET time slot by Fox veteran Brit Hume, at least through the election.

Word of the surprise shake-up in what has been cable TV news' most stable and successful lineup was announced only minutes after the settlement of former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson's harassment lawsuit against deposed Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

Van Susteren, in a Facebook post, did not say what she meant by Fox News not feeling like home anymore. She had spoken on Ailes' behalf in an interview with The Daily Beast in the immediate aftermath of Carlson's lawsuit, saying she had known nothing of the alleged behavior, but later clarified those remarks, saying she didn't mean to defend or condemn her former boss. The Washington-based lawyer said Tuesday that she took advantage of a contractual clause allowing her to leave and since it had a time limitation, she could not wait.

Fox did not explain Van Susteren's exit, although a person close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity described it as a financial disagreement.

Greta Van Susteren


Digby's Hullabaloo


Seeks Distance From Florida AG


Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks clarified details of the conversation one day after the Republican presidential candidate said he never spoke to Bondi about the issue, without providing specifics. Bondi, also a Republican, has endorsed Trump's White House bid.

Bondi's spokesman told The Associated Press in June that she personally solicited the $25,000 donation from Trump during a 2013 phone call. The Donald J. Trump Foundation check arrived just days after Bondi's office told a newspaper it was deliberating whether to join a proposed multi-state lawsuit against Trump University and its affiliates, a business that offered real-estate seminars scores of former students allege were a scam.

Florida didn't join the lawsuit, which was filed by New York's attorney general.

Trump has said in the past that he expects and receives favors from politicians to whom he gives money.



Playing Both Sides Of The Fence

Climate Change

U.S. companies that have expressed the most fervent public support for President Barack Obama's environmental agenda are also funding its biggest enemies - the scores of U.S. lawmakers who are climate change skeptics and oppose regulation to combat it, according to a Reuters review of public records.

Ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential and congressional elections, the donations from companies including PepsiCo, Dupont, and Google reveal a disconnect between how these companies present themselves to the public on environmental issues, and how they manage their political contributions to support business-friendly policy.

The Reuters review covered donations made during the 2016 election cycle by the political action committees (PACs) of 30 of the biggest publicly traded U.S. companies that signed Obama's "American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge" in 2015, a public promise to enact climate-friendly corporate policies and support strong climate change oversight like the global climate accord signed in Paris.

The review found that 25 of the 30 companies are funding the campaigns of lawmakers featured on a "climate deniers" list that was put together by Organizing For Action, a non-profit created by former Obama campaign aides to advocate his agenda.

The list includes more than 130 members of Congress, nearly all Republicans, and is a who's who of the biggest opponents of Obama's plan to combat climate change. Some of those on the list dispute the label "denier" and describe themselves as climate change "skeptics".

Climate Change


A woman carries mud bricks in Abu Shock IDPs camp in Al Fashir, capital of North Darfur, Sudan on Sept. 6, 2016.
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The for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is shutting down all 130 of its U.S. campuses, saying Tuesday it can't survive recent sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education.

In a letter to more than 35,000 students, the Indiana-based parent company ITT Educational Services announced that campuses won't open for the fall term that was scheduled to begin Sept. 12 - leaving students scrambling for last-minute options since many U.S. colleges already have started fall classes. ITT also cut more than 8,000 jobs immediately.

The chain was banned Aug. 25 from enrolling new students who used federal financial aid, because, Education Department officials said, the company had become a risk to students and taxpayers. The department also ordered ITT to pay $152 million within 30 days to help cover student refunds and other liabilities if the chain closed.

Days before those sanctions were announced, ITT's accreditor reported the chain had failed to meet several basic standards and was unlikely to comply in the future. It had also been investigated by state and federal authorities who accused ITT of pushing students into risky loans and of misleading students about the quality of programs.

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Two Judges Step Down

Nobel Scandal

Two members of the assembly that awards the Nobel prize for medicine are to quit for failing to heed warnings about a major ethics scandal, the panel said Tuesday.

The secretary of the Nobel Assembly, Thomas Perlmann, said Harriet Wallberg and Anders Hamsten were being asked to step down.

The pair are former rectors of the Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden's top medical university, where the scandal coincided with their spells in office.

The affair centres on Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who in 2011 soared to fame for inserting the first synthetic trachea, or windpipe.

His work was initially hailed as a game-changer for transplant medicine. But two patients died and a third was left severely ill.

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Volunteers collect wastes on the Mer de Glace glacier in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, French Alpes during the annual clean-up operation following the summer season.


World War One Shells Found

Sea of Galilee

Receding waters in the drought-hit Sea of Galilee have uncovered five World War One artillery shells likely dumped by retreating Turkish troops a century ago, Israeli police said on Tuesday.

A swimmer at a resort on the southern edge of the biblical freshwater lake discovered the ordnance, and police demolition experts safely detonated the shells on Monday.

"It emerged that these were artillery shells from the World War One period which were apparently abandoned by the Turks when they lightened their load as they fled from the British army," police spokesman Luba Samri said.

Turkish forces, which controlled Palestine as part of the Ottoman Empire, were defeated in battles in the Galilee in 1918. After World War One, Britain ruled Palestine under a mandate that expired in 1948, the year Israel declared independence.

Sea of Galilee


Move Over Nessie


The fossil of a toothy, dolphin-like predator which prowled the oceans in the Jurassic era, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, has been uncovered in a Scottish museum where it lay buried for 50 years, scientists said Monday.

First discovered in 1966, the specimen has at last been freed from its prehistoric sarcophagus to reveal a chunky, four-metre-long (13 feet) deep-sea killer -- its pointed mouth bristling with hundreds of cone-shaped teeth.

Dubbed the Storr Lochs Monster, the reptile belonged to the ichthyosaur family -- scary-looking, finned hunters sometimes called sea dragons -- that died out shortly before the dinosaurs, to be replaced by dolphins and whales.

Encased in rock, this set of remains was found by an amateur on a beach on the Isle of Skye 50 years ago, and presented to the National Museum of Scotland.

The find of such a complete ichthyosaur fossil should help shed more light on the animals' reign and sudden demise.




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