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Kurtenbach: For the 49ers, there should be no price to high for Deshaun Watson

The Texans should take whatever they want from the 49ers. So long as they send their 25-year-old. three-time Pro Bowl quarterback back to the Bay. There’s only one thing that’s certain about Deshaun Watson’s situation in Houston — he wants to leave. By release or trade, it doesn’t matter. He’s fed up with the organization and is trying to use any bit of leverage he has to facilitate his exit. And while I don’t believe he’ll be traded — the entire NFL system is built so that he won’t be traded — the 49ers can’t operate under that pretense. If the Texans indeed make Watson available, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch can’t overthink it. They can’t talk themselves out of Watson for a second time. This is an unprecedented situation that requires an unprecedented response. They need to go all-in. Re

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Watch Spider-Man star Tom Holland film pre-show and demo gameplay for Avengers Campus ride

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland films a green screen pre-show introduction and demonstrates the gameplay for the Web Slingers interactive dark ride coming to Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure in a new video released by Disney. The Web Slinger: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction debuts in 2021 on a “future top secret date” in the Marvel themed land at DCA, according to the Disney Parks Blog. 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: When will Disney open Avengers Campus? Disney California Adventure closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remains shuttered except for shopping on Buena Vista Street. Disney has not announced whether Avengers Campus themed land and the

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Man charged with looting downtown in August, robbing River North business at gunpoint

Bridges over the Chicago River on Aug. 9, 2020. | Sun-Times fileDorian Skipper was arrested Monday in Calumet Park, police said. A Blue Island man was charged with participating in widespread downtown looting in August and then robbing a River North business at gunpoint last week. Dorian Skipper, 38, was arrested Monday in suburban Calumet Park after he was identified as the suspect, Chicago police said. He allegedly robbed a business Jan. 14 in the 300 block of North La Salle Drive in River North, police said. Skipper’s also accused of looting a business Aug. 10 in the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue in the Near North neighborhood. Chicago police Dorian SkipperLast year, widespread looting broke out in much of Chicago’s downtown area the night of Aug. 9 into the next morning. ...

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A former Salesforce AI exec explains how chatbot startup Drift poached him to become its first chief product officer

Summary List PlacementConversational marketing and sales firm Drift has poached former Salesforce AI product executive Leo Tenenblat to be its first ever chief product officer, as the pandemic has boosted the need for tools that make it easier for salespeople to do their jobs digitally.  Drift makes a chatbot app that companies can embed onto their websites to interact with potential customers, thus helping convert web traffic into sales meetings. It uses artificial intelligence technology to make conversations with its bot feel more natural and to analyze successful chats to better reel in future customers, though once someone expresses interest, they will be connected to an actual human through the platform. Drift ultimately aims to make its AI capable of analyzing vast databases of c...

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“Peanuts” pen pals in Denver find comfort in correspondence

By Jessie Wardarski, The Associated Press Even before she sees the name on the return address, Nancy Sloane knows who sent the letter — the Snoopy sticker that seals the envelope is a dead giveaway. It’s from Wesley Morgan, a 32-year-old fan of the comic strip “Peanuts” who’s been sending Snoopy-themed cards and letters across the country to ease the solitude of older adults in isolation due to the coronavirus. “He’s kept me from being lonely,” said Sloane, 67, a retired teacher now quarantined at the Brookdale Senior Living Community in Denver. “I look forward to his letters.” After Morgan was furloughed from his job at the Denver International Airport in March, he soon ran out of shows to stream and items to craft. “The house was always clean, and I did ‘Tiger King,’ like the rest of the

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Texas Instagram Influencer Found Along Road Was Strangled to Death: Medical Examiner

InstagramAlexis Sharkey, the Instagram influencer found naked in the bushes near a Houston road in November, was strangled to death, the medical examiner’s office announced Tuesday. Sharkey, a 26-year-old Texas influencer with over 71,500 Instagram followers, went missing on Nov. 27 after spending Thanksgiving with friends. She was discovered the next morning by a City of Houston public works employee, who had reportedly noticed feet coming out of some bushes just off a road. While the Houston Police Department has not provided details on their investigation into Sharkey’s death, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has ruled her death a homicide. Police said previously that Sharkey was found with no visible wounds, but the autopsy report concludes she died from strangulation....

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Biden arriving in Washington with big plans, big problems

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in New Castle, Del. | AP“These are dark times,” Joe Biden told dozens of supporters in an emotional sendoff in Delaware before departing for Washington. “But there’s always light.” WILMINGTON, Del. — It’s hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The president-elect is arriving in the nation’s capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office. Biden, an avid fan of Amtrak, had planned to take a train into Washington ahead of Inauguration Day, but scratched that plan in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrect

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Trump expected to issue cavalcade of pardons today

By Jill Colvin and Jonathan LeMire | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was expected to spend his last full day in office issuing a flurry of pardons and bidding farewell to the American public from a near-deserted White House and surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside. In one of his final acts as president, Trump was expected to grant clemency to as many as 100 people, according to two people briefed on the plans. The list of pardons and commutations is expected to include names unfamiliar to the American public — regular people who have spent years languishing in prison — as well as politically-connected friends and allies like those he’s pardoned in the past. Trump also has been using his final days in office to issue steady a stream of executive orde

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BlackBerry jumps 20% after settling patent dispute with Facebook (BB, FB)

Summary List PlacementBlackBerry shares spiked as much as 20% Tuesday after the company announced it settled a patent infringement suit with Facebook. The terms of the settlement weren't disclosed. BlackBerry first targeted Facebook with a lawsuit back in 2018, filing a 117-page complaint accusing the social network of infringing on Blackberry's innovative messaging technology. Facebook responded by challenging BlackBerry's assertions in court, finding some success early on. U.S. District Judge George Wu of the Central District of California ruled four patents (1) (2) (3) (4) that targeted advertising and locating "action spots" were ineligible for patent protection in 2019. The social media giant then landed another blow against BlackBerry when it launched its own retaliatory suit acc...

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Mass Texts ‘Calling All Patriots’ on Jan. 6 Tied to Bannon and Cronies

Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastA penny stock promotions outfit with ties to erstwhile White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appears to have been behind a flood of text messages “Calling All Patriots” to descend on Washington, D.C, on Jan. 6, when a MAGA mob stormed the Capitol. The app RoboKiller, which identifies and blocks dubious cell phone communications (and which is owned by IAC, this publication’s parent company), shared estimates with The Daily Beast that as many as 400,000 people may have received the messages. The texts urged people to protest the counting of electoral votes, which was set to be certified in Congress that day, though they did not call for the violence that erupted that afternoon. Still, in the days before the mob raided the seat of American democracy, ...

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Save 30% on a Pair of Amazon Echo Bud Earphones

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonIf there’s one thing that’s an absolute necessity while working from home, it’s earbuds. Not only are they great for taking Zoom calls, they’re great for listening to music, podcasts, and workouts, too. Right now, Amazon is discounting their Echo Buds by 30%, so if you’re looking for a new pair, now’s the time. The Echo Buds don’t just sound great, they come packed with an array of great features, too. They have Bose’s Active Noise Reduction Technology so you can actually hear what you’re listening to, work with Alexa so you can do everything hands free, and boast a 20 hour battery life. The fit is customizable so they’re sure to be comfy, and they are sweat proof, too. Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was a...

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The Biden rescue plan could boost 2021 GDP growth to 11.4%, JPMorgan global chief strategist says

Summary List Placement President-elect Joe Biden's  $1.9 trillion rescue plan could boost nominal GDP growth to 11.4% year-over-year by the end of 2021, says JPMorgan's David Kelly.  The chief global strategist said on Tuesday that the plan could also cut the unemployment rate to below 5% by the end of this year.  JPMorgan estimates that nominal GDP was on track to rise by 6.4% year-over-year by the end of 2021 before the Biden plan. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. President-elect Joe Biden's rescue plan could have "significant impacts" on the economy in 2021 and dramatically boost GDP, according to JPMorgan's chief global strategist, David Kelly.  The rescue plan Biden laid out last Thursday would cost roughly $1.9 trillion and would incl...

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AMC soars 37% after issuing $100 million in debt to stave off bankruptcy

Summary List Placement AMC soared as much as 37% on Tuesday after revealing it raised $100 million in a new debt offering. The theater chain issued new debt due in 2026 at a hefty interest rate of 15%, according to an SEC filing. The move bolsters AMC's cash reserves as the firm looks to avoid bankruptcy amid widespread theater closures. Watch AMC trade live here. AMC Entertainment rallied as much as 37% on Tuesday after announcing it raised $100 million to extend its cash runway amid widespread theater closures. The world's largest theater chain issued new debt due in 2026 to raise the extra capital, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing published Tuesday. The bonds boast a hefty interest rate of 15%, though AMC's first payment isn't due until July. The theater c...

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CU Buffs losing TE coach Taylor Embree to NFL, sources say

When Colorado head football coach Karl Dorrell hired Taylor Embree last spring, he knew he was adding a rising, young coach to the staff. Getting Embree to Boulder was easier than keeping him in Boulder, however. Multiple BuffZone.com sources have confirmed a report that Embree, the Buffaloes’ tight ends coach, is leaving the program to return to the National Football League, as running backs coach with the New York Jets. On Tuesday, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports was first to report Embree’s move to the Jets. Last week, the Jets hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach. Several news outlets have reported that Mike LaFleur, the 49ers’ passing game coordinator, will be Saleh’s offensive coordinator. Prior to coming to CU a year ago, Embree was an offen

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