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Trump’s last minute pardons include a guy who shared Google’s trade secrets with Uber, a snake smuggler, and a man charged with cyberstalking a doctor

Summary List PlacementPresident Donald Trump's final list of pardons was released on Tuesday with more than a hundred people on it, none of whom happened to be Joe Exotic.  Exotic and his lawyer Eric Love were hoping for a pardon — Love was reportedly waiting outside Exotic's prison with a limo on standby (after several hours, he drove away). Exotic was sentenced to 22 years on more than a dozen charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder. But, surprisingly, the exotic animal world was represented on the president's last-ditch list. Robert Bowker pleaded guilty to trafficking in wildlife 30 years ago, after he was caught transporting 22 snakes to the Miami Serpentarium, an act for which he was offered 22 American alligators. Bowker was sentenced to probation and has spent...

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Adam Lambert calls for Donald Trump to be starved of attention after ‘disastrous’ presidency

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Adam Lambert has called for the public and media to starve Donald Trump of the attention he craves once he leaves the White House today.  Biden will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at his inauguration day later, ousting Trump who bitterly lost the presidential election in November.  Former American Idol winner Adam is among those welcoming Biden’s presidency and hopes to see less Trump coverage as he moves into somewhat of a retirement.  Adam said on Good Morning Britain: ‘Obviously we can’t completely ignore him given what we’ve seen at the Capitol.  ‘I just hope that the public and the media don’t give...

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Celtics Coach Brad Stevens Nearly Began Working at Applebee’s Before Butler Basketball Intervened

Time flies, which means that we are rapidly closing on Brad Stevens coaching the Boston Celtics for nearly a decade. You read that correctly. The summer of 2021 marks eight years since Stevens, the baby-faced head coach from Butler, took over the same position on a Celtics team that was about to trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Stevens owes Butler University for this whole journey. If not for them, Stevens could be the manager of an Applebee’s right now — and that isn’t an exaggeration or insult. Brad Stevens is the Boston Celtics’ longtime coach "I don't believe that's who this team is."Brad Stevens talks about the #Celtics getting blown out by the #Knicks pic.twitter.com/TKryOXytV9— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) January 17, 2021 RELATED: Why Does Everybod

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Frank Lampard responds to Chelsea sack rumours after Leicester City defeat

Frank Lampard insists Chelsea are ‘not ready to compete’ for the Premier League title (AFP via Getty)Frank Lampard admits he is keen to distance himself from speculation surrounding his future at Chelsea following the defeat to Leicester City but has told the club’s hierarchy that the current squad is ‘not ready’ to compete for the Premier League title. The 2-0 defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side on Tuesday evening has left Chelsea eighth in the Premier League and nine points off top spot. The result has piled even more pressure on Lampard, whose side have been beaten five times in their last eight Premier League games. Chelsea had lost just once in 19 games from the start of the season to mid-December but Lampard claims he could foresee his side’s slump ahead of the winter period.

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7 shot, 1 fatally, Tuesday in Chicago

Seven people were shot, one fatally, Jan. 19, 2021 in Chicago. | Adobe Stock PhotoA 28-year-old man was fatally shot in the 1300 block of South Springfield Avenue. Seven people were shot, one fatally, Tuesday in Chicago, In the day’s lone fatal attack, a 28-year-old man was killed while working on his car in Lawndale on the West Side. Two men stepped out of a vehicle about 7:50 a.m. and confronted the man in the 1300 block of South Springfield Avenue, Chicago police said. They shot him multiple times and left in the waiting vehicle. The 28-year-old was unresponsive when officers arrived, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In non-fatal shootings, a woman was grazed in Lawndale on the West Side. The 44-year-old was on the sidewalk about 8:30 p.m. in the...

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Crews make headway against fires burning in Santa Cruz Mountains

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – Crews on Tuesday night made significant progress in containing a number of wind-stirred blazes near long-dormant hot spots of the CZU Lighting Complex wildfires. The combination of strong winds and smoldering embers resulted in more than half a dozen fires. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it would staff the blazes overnight, but with minimum personnel. Resources were stretched thin, the agency explained in a tweet, but more engines were due to arrive from out of Santa Cruz County. “Conditions for our firefighters are dangerous, especially at night,” Cal Fire said. “Trees can fall, but they can’t see what’s above them in the darkness. They are getting some much-needed rest overnight, and will resume fighting numerous fires at first light.”...

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Tiger King star Joe Exotic denied pardon from Donald Trump

Joe Exotic had hoped for a pardon from president Donald Trump (Picture:AP/Getty)Tiger King star Joe Exotic has learned his fate after he sought a pardon from outgoing president Donald Trump. The former zookeeper, who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for animal abuse and a murder for hire plot against his rival Carole Baskin, missed out on clemency from the leader during his final hours in office. Although Trump pardoned Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, Exotic was not among the 73 individuals freed, nor was he named with the 70 individuals who had their sentences commuted. Private investigator Eric Love, who is head of Exotic’s team, remains confident that the president will make an announcement at the eleventh hour before Joe Biden is sworn in later today. ‘We anticipa

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Man charged with sexually assaulting 2 women in 2017: police

A 61-year-old man was charged Jan. 19, 2021, in connection with two criminal sexual assaults in 2017. | Adobe Stock PhotoDavid Pasulka is accused of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old woman Feb. 1, 2017, and a 48-year-old woman May 9, 2017, police said. A 61-year-old man has been charged with a pair of sexual assaults from 2017, police announced Wednesday. David Pasulka is facing a felony count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a felony count of criminal sexual abuse and seven counts of criminal sexual assault by force, Chicago police said. Chicago police David PasulkaPasulka is accused of sexually assaulting a 31-year-old woman Feb. 1, 2017, and a 48-year-old woman May 9, 2017, police said. Pasulka was arrested about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday in the first block of West Madison S...

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Inflation doubles in a month to 0.6% as transport prices creep up

A pedestrian hands a pot of food to a homeless person sleeping in the entrance of a closing down shop (Picture: AFP)Inflation doubled to 0.6% in a month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. The organisation said the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rose in December from 0.3% in November. Jonathan Athow, the ONS’ deputy national statistician, explained: ‘Clothing prices put upward pressure on inflation in December, despite some evidence of continued discounting. ‘Transport costs, including air, sea and coach fares, as well as petrol prices, rose as some travel restrictions eased during parts of the month. These were partially offset by falling food prices, most notably for vegetables and meat.’ The organisation added that raw materials’ prices rose 0.2

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Nine Met Police officers fined for breaking Covid rules while on duty

Police pictured dining inside The Chef House Kitchen Café, Greenwich, on January 9 (Picture: SWNS)Nine Metropolitan Police officers have been fined for breaching coronavirus rules while on duty. Pictures were posted online earlier this month which appeared to show a group of uniformed officers from the South East basic command unit dining in a local café. The photos, taken at The Chef House Kitchen Café in Greenwich on January 9, showed police cars outside and people sat indoors wearing uniform. After an investigation, it was decided the officers involved should be issued with fixed penalty notices to the value of £200 each. Chief superintendent Rob Atkin, South East BCU Commander, said: ‘Police officers are tasked with enforcing the legislation that has been introduced to st...

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Inauguration Day schedule: When will Joe Biden be sworn in as president?

President-Elect Joe Biden will on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, take the oath to become the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the 49th Vice President. Here’s what to expect: Inauguration Day Schedule All times listed below are Mountain Time. 6:45 a.m. President-Elect Biden will attend a church service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, accompanied by Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Mr. Douglas Emhoff. 8:30 a.m. President-Elect Biden scheduled to arrive at the U.S. Capitol 9:15 a.m. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin. 10 a.m. Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States. Kamala Harris will be sworn in as Vice President of the United States. Biden will deliver an inaugural address. 11:40 a.m. P...

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AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

Summary List PlacementMany companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development. But what exactly is artificial intelligence? What does it involve? And how will it help the development of future generations? Find out the answers to these questions and more in AI 101, a brand new FREE report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, that describes how AI works and looks at its present and potential future applications. To get your copy of the FREE slide deck, simply click here. Join the conversation about this story » ...read more Source:: Business Insider...

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Donald Trump just issued a surprise pardon for the man at the center of an epic fight between Google and Uber

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThe full pardon of Anthony Levandowski came out of nowhere. In one of his final acts as President, Donald Trump early on Wednesday morning suddenly pardoned the engineer at the center of an iconic, litigious, and years-long conflict between Uber, Google, and federal prosecutors over the technology for self-driving cars. Encouraged by some of his highest-profile backers in Silicon Valley, such as venture capitalist Peter Thiel, Trump issued the surprise full pardon to Anthony Levandowski, a former Google executive who had decamped to work for Uber. Levandowski was last year sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets from Google that he then used to help Uber in the self-driving race. The announcement came as a shock...

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Wisconsin Pharmacist accused of removing vaccine doses from clinic fridge charged with a misdemeanor

Summary List PlacementSteven Bradenburg, the Wisconsin pharmacist accused of tampering with vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, has been charged with a misdemeanor, according to new court filings. Brandenburg was arrested on December 31 by the Grafton Police Department after an internal investigation by his employer Advocate Aurora Health concluded that he had "intentionally" removed 550 doses of the Moderna vaccine from a clinic refrigerator where he worked.  Advocate Aurora Health initially claimed the pharmacist's actions were "human error" but later moved to fire the employee and alert authorities after deeming the actions intentional. In custody, Brandenburg, an avowed conspiracy theorist, told authorities that he believed conspiracy theories about the vaccine and believed that th

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