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President Trump says he pardoned Michael Flynn

By Kaitlan Collins | CNN President Donald Trump has tweeted that he has “granted a Full Pardon” to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” Trump tweeted. ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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Trump pardons Flynn, taking direct aim at Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” Flynn is the second Trump associate convicted in the Russia probe to be granted clemency by the president. Trump commuted the sentence of longtime confidant Roger Stone just days before he was to report to prison. It is part of a broader effort to undo the results of an investigation that f

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Trump pardons former national security advisor Michael Flynn

Summary List PlacementPresident Donald Trump pardoned former national security advisor Michael Flynn on Wednesday. "It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!" Trump tweeted. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to one count of lying to investigators as part of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Specifically, he admitted to misleading FBI investigators in a January 2017 interview about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to the US, during the 2016 transition period. Flynn initially cooperated with the FBI after pleading guilty, and prosecutors pra...

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky practices, Nick Foles does not

Bears quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles talk before the Rams game. | Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty ImagesThat gives Trubisky an edge to start Sunday’s rivalry game against the Packers — even if head coach Matt Nagy didn’t say so Wednesday. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky practiced in full Wednesday, while Nick Foles wasn’t present at all. That gives Trubisky an edge to start Sunday’s rivalry game against the Packers — even if head coach Matt Nagy didn’t say so Wednesday. He called Foles “day-to-day” with a hip injury, and said he would monitor each player’s availability as the week wears on. He said Trubisky would be ready, if needed. “If he is going, I have all the confidence in the world in him,” Nagy said. Trubisky has played exactly one snap since he was benched during the Be...

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Theranos founder Holmes’ lawyers claim profane chants in company meetings are ‘normal’

Federal prosecutors plan to have witnesses tell jurors in the upcoming fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes that in company meetings she uttered profane chants about a competing business and a Wall Street Journal reporter, her lawyers noted in a court filing. That kind of behavior is “normal,” her legal team argued. Holmes, who was CEO of the defunct Palo Alto blood-testing startup, and former company president Sunny Balwani, are charged with a dozen felony fraud counts. “Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani allegedly led employees in a chant of ‘F— you, Sonora Quest,'” according to the filing in U.S. District Court in San Jose, which added that Sonora Quest competed against Theranos in the blood-testing industry. Prosecutors, according to the filing, allege that the vilification of a c...

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The pandemic Thanksgiving: Gratitude, hope endure amid a thankless year in Southern California

Infection rates. Drive-thru testing centers. Hospitalizations, ventilators and intensive-care units. It’s a very different sort of holiday season for Southern California. Welcome to the pandemic Thanksgiving. This is the year our leaders asked us not to travel, dine away from home or gather in big groups — essentially, Thanksgiving’s tentpoles. So for many, that seat at the table for a beloved mom, a treasured uncle, a lifelong friend, a revered grandma … is empty this year. The months-long coronavirus outbreak is surging anew, taking dozens more lives every day from San Bernardino to Pacoima to Pasadena, from Riverside to Orange County to the South Bay. And still… “We don’t have a lot of extra stuff, but I can’t think of anything we really need. I have so much to be grateful for.” That’s

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Oakland: Black women-owned businesses go virtual for annual holiday marketplace

OAKLAND — What normally would be an in-person holiday market has become a virtual-only event this year, highlighting Black-owned women businesses in the Bay Area. The fifth annual For the Culture Market features more than 50 Black women creators and makers in a two-day online shopping event that also includes interactive workshops, virtual shop tours and entertainment. The marketplace that would have been held at Evolve Oakland on Broadway in Oakland was modified due to the pandemic, but will still bring shoppers together —  just in a different format. Black-owned businesses have especially been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly half have been wiped out, according to a report by the New York Fed. The market offers a way to buy local products, as well as support local Black...

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Disney’s Carthay Circle restaurant starts taking reservations — but they’re going fast

Carthay Circle has started taking reservations after trying a virtual wait list with the reopening of Buena Vista Street and foodies are quickly snapping up all the available tables at the Disney California Adventure fine dining restaurant. DCA’s Carthay Circle restaurant is now accepting advance dining reservations through Jan. 3 with many available dates already sold out and just a few seating times left on many other days. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about shopping and dining at Disney California Adventure Disney California Adventure reopened as an extension of Downtown Disney on Nov. 19 for shopping and dining along Buena Vista Street f

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Afternoon Edition: Nov. 25, 2020

FBI Special Agent Jim Rudisill, a retired Army captain, takes down the flag at his Virginia home just before sunset. | Julia Rendleman / Sun-TimesToday’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories. Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about a 5-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories. This afternoon will be rainy, with a high near 50 degrees. Tonight’s low will be around 43 degrees. Thanksgiving Day will start off cloudy but gradually become sunny, with a high near 48 degrees. Top story He’s fought for his country in the Army and FBI. Now, he’s fighting for himself, other vets. James “Jim” Rudisill has jumped into dangerous situations his entire career. During two stints in the Army that included two to

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New hotel partner brings name change to Vista Tower

The 101-story tower that’s now called the St. Regis Chicago. | Magellan Development GroupThe 101-story building becomes the St. Regis Chicago as the developer works to ensure the building’s high-end appeal. The high-stakes name game for Chicago skyscrapers continues. In the city of the Sears — er, Willis — Tower and the former John Hancock Center, now known just as 875 North Michigan Avenue until a different sponsor comes along, there is a new name for Vista Tower, the city’s third-tallest building. The 101-story luxury building due to get its first residents next month is now called the St. Regis Chicago. The owner, Magellan Development Group, announced the change Wednesday because it has a deal with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, a premium brand of the Marriott chain, to operate the pr...

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As Trump’s stage set is struck, his disastrous plot plays out

Seventy percent of Republicans claim to believe the presidential election was stolen. “You couldn’t possibly be that gullible in real life,” writes Gene Lyons. “Not and be allowed to leave home without a minder.” | GettyTrumpists don’t seriously believe the nonsense their hero is peddling. It’s essentially a TV show to them. As I write, it’s impossible to guess how this sitcom ends. Boss Trump’s comic opera coup attempt has clearly failed, as even Emily Murphy, the hapless head of the General Services Administration, was forced to concede. Once Pennsylvania and Michigan certified that Trump had lost both states, she really had no choice. The formal transition to Joe Biden’s presidency has begun. President Vladimir Putin will be disappointed. Discrediting democracy is Job 1 for the Russian

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How 2020 broke the housing market: So many homes are selling that we could run out of new houses in months

Summary List PlacementHave you thought about moving amid the coronavirus pandemic? Is your Instagram feed littered with captions reading "Surprise! We bought a house!" underneath photos of couples posing with sets of keys and whimsically colored front doors? Have you seen unbearably long lines for open houses in your own neighborhood? If it seems like the hottest pandemic purchase is a home, well, it's not just your hunch telling you that. A shocking volume of homes are selling rapidly, according to recent data. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a report in late September finding that existing home sales had hit a 14-year high in August. Separately, Bloomberg reported that if homes continued to sell at that rate, the US would run out of new homes inventory in just over...

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L.A. Charities That Could Use Your Time and Money this This Thanksgiving

It’s been a year of hardship and loss for so many people in Los Angeles. If you’re in a position to share your blessings, these local charities could use your time and money this Thanksgiving. Union Rescue Mission Each year on Thanksgiving, hundreds of volunteers flock to feed the people of Skid Row. The Union Rescue Mission (URM), which serves an average of 2,300 meals each day to the homeless, is currently looking for volunteers to serve this year’s holiday meal. URM also operates a thrift store in Covina that needs volunteers to sort clothing and organize items. Volunteers are required to follow safety and social distancing guidelines at all events. 545 S. San Pedro St., downtown, 213-347-6300, urm.org. Foothill Unity Center Pasadena’s Foothill Unity Center hosts an annual food distrib

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Taylor Swift’s massive fanbase sets Disney Plus up for an easy win with its new ‘folklore’ concert album

Summary List PlacementTaylor Swift debuted "folklore: the long pond studio sessions" concert on the Disney Plus streaming platform Wednesday. The concert film features the album's producers and Swift herself detailing "the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs." A Disney Plus exclusive, the move is a smart one by Disney that taps into a large fanbase that is known to follow Swift's every move. This is the second Taylor Swift project for the platform in 2020, as her Paris "City of Lover" concert was available for a month on both Disney Plus and Hulu. With 87.5 million followers on Twitter and 140 million on Instagram, her legions of fans made Swift the highest paid celebrity in 2019, with $185 million in pre-tax income. Much of her money comes from tour dates, and Swift holds the title...

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