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McDonald’s partners with BTS on new celebrity meal — with spicy Korean dipping sauce

McDonald’s is reaching into the pop music stratosphere for its latest celebrity collaboration, teaming up with the BTS superstars on a meal of the South Korean band’s favorites. That would be 10 Chicken McNuggets — with a new, spicy South Korean-inspired dipping sauce — along with French fries and a Coke. The BTS Meal will be rolled out in 50 countries around the world, starting May 26 in the United States and May 27 in South Korea. The combination will be available through June 20 in this country. McDonald’s says the new Sweet Chili dipping sauce was inspired by recipes from its South Korea restaurants. There’s also a new Cajun dipping sauce that comes with the BTS Meal. “The band has great memories with McDonald’s. We’re excited about this collaboration and can’t wait to share the BTS M...

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Poaching suspect trampled to death by elephants

By Amy Cassidy | CNN A suspected poacher was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Saturday, according to a statement by South African National Parks published Sunday. Three suspected poachers were attempting to flee Kruger National Park rangers when they ran into a breeding herd of elephants, the statement said. Once the suspects realized they were being pursued, they “dropped an axe and a bag with their provisions” and ran away from the rangers, the statement explained. The rangers called for backup from the South African Police Service Air Wing and K9 unit. One suspect was subsequently arrested and “informed the rangers that the group had run into a herd of elephants and was not sure if his accomplice had managed to escape,” the statement add

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Ando banking review: Fight climate change and pay zero monthly fees

Table of Contents: Masthead StickySummary List PlacementThis post was reviewed and updated on April 19, 2021. Should you bank with Ando? You might like Ando if you ...  You might not like Ando if you ... Are comfortable banking digitally Want your deposits to go toward efforts to fight climate change Would like to receive paychecks up to two days early Prefer to bank in person Want to open a joint account or order a secondary debit card Want to find the highest online savings rate The bottom line: Ando is a solid online banking platform. Its strongest feature is that is uses your deposits to invest in companies that help the environment. Ando Spending Account review Ando Spending AccountAndo Spending Account is a solid checking account, with no minimum opening deposit or m...

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2 agencies probing Tesla crash with no driver that killed 2

By Tom Krisher | The Associated Press Two federal agencies are sending teams to investigate the fatal crash of a Tesla near Houston in which local authorities say no one was behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday they will send investigators to Spring, Texas, to look into the fiery Saturday night crash. Two men were killed. Investigators are “100% sure” that no one was driving the Tesla that missed a curve on a residential road, hit a tree and burst into flames, killing two men inside, Harris County Precinct Four Constable Mark Herman said. But they’re still trying to determine whether the electric car was operating on Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist system, or if the company’s “Full Self-Driving Capabil

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Tribune still backs sale to Alden Global Capital

Tribune Publishing, owner of the Chicago Tribune, has reaffirmed its backing for a buyout proposal from Alden Global Capital, but there’s still time for another offer. | AP PhotosHotel executive Stewart Bainum Jr., despite the loss of a well-heeled partner, said he’s still trying to find investors to make a superior offer. Tribune Publishing confirmed Monday that it no longer has a “superior proposal” involving Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss and that its board continues to endorse a sale to Alden Global Capital. A statement from the company, however, offered a slight hope to anyone trying to top Alden’s $17.25-a-share offer for the newspaper company, owner of the Chicago Tribune. Hotel magnate Stewart Bainum Jr. had enlisted Wyss in a joint effort to raise $680 million to cover an $18.50...

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Michaela Coel’s ‘Misfits’: When & Where To Buy The Book

Fresh from receiving three RTS awards for the widely celebrated BBC series I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel has announced she is publishing a new book. Misfits is tipped as a powerful manifesto on how “speaking your truth” and “owning your differences” can transform your life. This Coel’s first book and is due to be published by Ebury Press on September 7, 2021. The “necessary” book is said to advocate for misfits everywhere and, per the synopsis, is a “rousing and bold case against fitting in.” Misfits draws from a lecture Coel gave at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 2018, where she shared deeply personal anecdotes from her life. During the lecture, the actor and writer spoke about the racial discrimination she had faced from people within the media industry and also opened up about...

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GOP targets ballot drop boxes in Georgia, Florida, elsewhere

In this Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, an election worker stamps a vote-by-mail ballot dropped off by a voter before placing it in an official ballot drop box before at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections in Doral, Fla. Ballot drop boxes were enormously popular during the 2020 election, with few problems reported. Yet they have drawn the attention of Republican lawmakers in key states who say security concerns warrant new restrictions. | APGeorgia is one of several states controlled politically by Republicans that are seeking additional restrictions on voting, citing security concerns. ATLANTA — Atlanta-area voters looking to return their ballots using a drop box in next year’s gubernatorial election will have to do some searching. Just eight boxes will be spread across Fulton

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Trump and Lindsey Graham are charging $25K to play in their golf tournament to raise funds for Republicans

Summary List PlacementFormer President Donald Trump and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham are teaming up to raise money for their political group and other Republican interests with a Florida golf tournament.  The Trump Graham Golf Classic, which will be held at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on May 2, will cost participants $25,000 each. The fundraiser will benefit a few GOP political action committees and the Senate Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to a Monday email announcement. Graham has had a rocky relationship with the former president, who he once called a "kook" and "unfit for office," and he criticized Trump's attempts to overturn the presidential election. But the senator, who was largely a staunch Trump al...

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Kate Middleton’s Jewelry At Prince Philip’s Funeral Honored The Queen & Princess Diana

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, on April 17, 2021. – Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, died on April 9 aged 99 just weeks after a month-long stay in hospital for treatment to a heart condition and an infection. (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON / various sources / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/AFP via Getty Images) On Saturday, the Royal Family came together at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who died on April 9. For the service, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wore a Roland Mouret coat dress with bow detailing on the front and an asymmetric hem and a Philip Tre

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A simple email could give businesses another chance to get EIDL grants

Summary List PlacementIn addition to funding $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to keep small businesses afloat, the federal government's Consolidated Appropriations Act allocated $20 billion to the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This 60-year-old loan program is meant to relieve businesses during economic disasters, and Covid-19 is the first pandemic to be included as a qualifying disaster. This month, the Small Business Administration (SBA) tripled the cap on EIDL amounts. The new terms provide a maximum loan amount of $500,000 for covered expenses up to 24 months, an increase from $150,000 for six months of costs.  Applications for the EIDL program and PPP loans are open. The SBA is no longer accepting new applications for EIDL advance grant...

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Toyota has unveiled the first of 15 new electric vehicles it plans to sell by 2025

Summary List PlacementToyota debuted its new all-electric SUV concept car on Monday at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. The Toyota bZ4X is the first electric car under the company's new Beyond Zero (bZ) lineup of cars with zero carbon emissions. It is the first of 15 fully electric cars the company plans to make by 2025 and one of seven under the bZ badge, according to a statement from CTO Masahiko Maeda. The car is a compact SUV that looks similar to Toyota's RAV4, but rides lower to the ground and features a longer wheelbase.  Youtube Embed: //www.youtube.com/embed/244C83xBkY8 Width: 560px Height: 315px    It's the first car to be built on Toyota's new electric e-TNGA BEV platform that the company created jointly with Subaru. Subaru is expected to unveil its own electric car on the platf...

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3 awesome new Bay Area day trips offer hikes, beer and a giant Ferris wheel

We’re positively giddy with anticipation — and OK, a little trepidation — as the world begins reopening. It will be a while still until we can jet off to exotic locations, but meanwhile we can get our kicks via day trips and weekend jaunts. With that in mind, here are three awesome little Bay Area day trip ideas that will send you soaring above Golden Gate Park, orchard hopping in Brentwood and zin picnicking in Cupertino. San Francisco’s glorious park Soar aboard the SkyStar: Golden Gate Park’s big 150th birthday festivities were interrupted (and then interrupted again) last year just like everything else, but one of the celebration’s showpieces, the big SkyStar Observation Wheel, reopened this spring. Illuminated by one million LED lights, the 150-foot-tall structure is perched on the pa

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Mel Kiper mocks 2 picks to Bears

Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins participates in his pro day April 1. | Sue Ogrocki, AP PhotosThe Bears won’t get a quarterback in the first two rounds of the draft — at least according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. The Bears won’t get a quarterback in the first two rounds of the draft — at least according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. In a mock draft released last week, Kiper left the Bears to draft offensive players in each of the first two rounds: Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins at No. 20 and Auburn receiver Anthony Schwartz at No. 52. Kiper called Jenkins the last of the four standout tackles in the fourth round. He’d likely play right tackle this season and could switch to left whenever the Bears part with Charles Leno. Schwartz has “elite speed,” Kiper said, and could help t...

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Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?

Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, the health commissioner for Columbus Public Health, poses for a portrait in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Public health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are happy to have the additional money prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they worry it will soon dry up as the pandemic recedes, continuing a boom-bust funding cycle that has plagued the U.S. public health system for decades. If budgets are slashed again, they warn, that could leave the nation where it was before covid: unprepared for a health crisis. “We need funds that we can depend on year after year,” says Roberts. | APPublic health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are happy to have the additional money. Yet they worry it will soon dry up as the

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