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‘We lost our baby girl’: Singer Christina Perri says her ‘rainbow baby’ was ‘born silent’

Singer Christina Perri performs at the Staples Center in 2014 in Los Angeles. | Getty Images In January, the singer revealed she had suffered a miscarriage at 11 weeks. In July, Perri announced that she was expecting a “rainbow baby,” a term for a baby born after a miscarriage or loss of an infant. Singer Christina Perri has suffered a pregnancy loss in her third trimester. The ”Thousand Years” singer, 34, revealed on Instagram Tuesday her daughter with comedian husband Paul Costabile was “born silent,” days after the star was admitted to the hospital with pregnancy complications. “Last night we lost our baby girl,” Perri wrote. ”She was born silent after fighting so hard to make it to our world. She is at peace now and will live forever in our hearts.” The couple shared a solemn photo o

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Appeal to oust Santa Clara Co. DA from gun-permit corruption trial moves along

SAN JOSE — An appeals court has ordered the local Superior Court and state Attorney General’s Office to prove why Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office should be allowed to prosecute a watershed corruption trial over defense objections that Rosen’s past friendship and fundraising support from a defendant is a disqualifying conflict. The new order issued Wednesday by the Sixth District Court of Appeal means that trial proceedings remain on hold for four people indicted on corruption and bribery charges on allegations they brokered an exchange of political donations for concealed-gun permits from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. In its order, the appellate court set a Dec. 10 deadline for “show cause” arguments from the AG’s office, which argued against the conflic

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Rams’ Aaron Donald takes on foes of a different stripe

TV networks like to focus a camera on Aaron Donald as the Rams defensive tackle battles one, two, sometimes three blockers on his way to a quarterback. Maybe they should train a microphone on Donald as the NFL’s best pass rusher squabbles with his other nemeses, the officials. He gave a hint of the tenor of those little chats on Wednesday when was asked if he lobbies refs on the field. “All the damn time, I talk to them,” Donald said vehemently before the Rams (7-3) began practicing for their game against the San Francisco 49ers (4-6) on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. “I say, ‘You’ve got to see that holding call.’ They say they don’t see it. I’m like, ‘Man, a guy’s got me around my neck, grabbing and pulling my shirt. I just beat a guy with a clean rush.’” Donald returned to his usual even tone.

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LATIN AMERICA FINTECH LANDSCAPE: An inside look at 5 of the most innovative regions propelling the LATAM fintech market to surpass $150 billion

Summary List Placement This is a preview of The Latin America Fintech Landscape research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. Business Insider Intelligence offers even more fintech coverage with Fintech Pro. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing finance news and analysis to your inbox. Fintech has had a staggering influence globally, catapulting to new highs in major financial markets like the UK and the US, but Latin America (LATAM) has lagged behind — until now.  A massive fintech boom is taking hold in the region as innovative upstarts look to leverage widespread smartphone and internet penetration to serve the region's massive unbanked and underbanked populations and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Meanwhile, authorities in many of these

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Man fatally shot his girlfriend’s son following argument over loud music: prosecutors

Cook County Jail | Sun-Times file photoSteven Johnson allegedly felt disrespected on Oct. 15 when he shot 24-year-old Sherrod Taylor in the basement of the home they were sharing in the 11700 block of South Indiana Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said. A 38-year-old man is accused of killing his girlfriend’s son last month after the two got into an argument about the younger man playing loud music at their West Pullman home. Steven Johnson allegedly felt disrespected on Oct. 15 when he shot 24-year-old Sherrod Taylor in the basement of the home they were sharing in the 11700 block of South Indiana Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said. Johnson had asked his girlfriend to tell her son to turn his music down that evening, which Taylor initially did by turning the music off, prosecutors sa...

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Homeless woman calls Long Beach police officers her “heroes” for getting her off the streets

When Lori Elizabeth Allen was separated from her children about 30 years ago, she no longer wanted to live. Her three young children went to live with their father. Allen said she felt as if she also lost herself then, not knowing who she was anymore. So she turned to drugs and alcohol, eventually living on the streets in Long Beach. “I just felt that anything I could do to myself, without me taking my own life, was OK with God,” Allen, 54, said in a Wednesday interview. “But I was kidding myself.” But a few weeks ago, Allen, who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, decided to accept help after being homeless on and off for about 20 years. Officers with the Long Beach Police Department’s Quality of Life team – which focuses on connecting the homeless population to resources and

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Markus Paul, Cowboys strength coach and ex-Bears draft pick, dies

Markus Paul was drafted by the Bears, where he played for almost five seasons.The Bears selected Paul, a Syracuse safety, in the fourth round of the 1989 draft. Markus Paul, the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coach, died Wednesday at age 54, one day after being rushed from the team facility to the hospital. He was a former Bears draft pick who played parts of five seasons with the team. The Bears selected Paul, a Syracuse safety, in the fourth round of the 1989 draft. He played for them for four-and-a-half years, starting 15 times, before playing the last game of the 1993 season with the Buccaneers. He intercepted seven passes and forced one fumble with the Bears. Statements from Jerry Jones & Mike McCarthy on Markus Paul: pic.twitter.com/UqjAj8vJKl— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowb...

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‘My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway’: Georgia secretary of state says he worked hard to uphold the integrity of this year’s election despite Trump’s unfounded claims of fraud

Summary List PlacementGeorgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger said that while his family supported President Donald Trump in this year's election, he embraced nonpartisanship while he worked to ensure the integrity of the election in his state. "By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election," Raffensperger wrote in an op-ed published in USA Today. The Republican secretary of state praised the efficiency with which Georgia administered its election processes, and praised the state for cutting back on long wait times. A record 1.3 million voters sent their ballots by mail, and another 2.7 million voted in person. Raffensperger said for the one million voters who showed up in person to vote on Election Day, their wait time averaged just three minutes.  "This s...

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Cowboys assistant coach Markus Paul dies a day after being taken to the hospital

Dallas Cowboys strength coach and former Bears safety Markus Paul died Wednesday at age 54. | APThe veteran strength coach played safety for the Bears from 1989-93. FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul died Wednesday, a day after being taken to the hospital after experiencing a medical emergency at the team’s facility. He was 54. The team said the cause of death was pending. Paul was in his third season with the Cowboys after previous being a strength and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets and 12 seasons with the New York Giants. Paul was part of five Super Bowl championships, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants. Former Bears safety Markus Paul, a longtime NFL strength and conditioning coach, passed away...

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Angela Jackson, state’s new poet laureate, hopes to empower children: ‘I want to awaken the poets’

Poet Angela Jackson reads “Home” by Gwendolyn Brooks at the Kenwood United Church of Christ, June 7, 2018. | Erin Brown/For the Sun-TimesShe follows four previous Illinois poet laureates: Howard B. Austin, Carl Sandburg, Kevin Stein and Jackson’s role model Gwendolyn Brooks. “I’m just thrilled to be following in her footsteps,” Jackson said. As a young poet, Angela Jackson traveled Illinois teaching the power of poetry to students. Poetry, she says, “psychically empowers people” and puts “them in touch with their selves so that they know their own worth and power, and gain some measure of their lives, and know who they can be and what they can do in the world.” Now in her late 60s, the acclaimed Chicago poet plans to travel the state again, but with a new title: Poet Laureate of Illinois.

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Oakland man charged with murder in connection with March shooting

OAKLAND — A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting in March, and police say they matched shells at that scene to another shooting three hours later, in which a 9-year-old boy was injured. The allegations were made in charging records against Melvin Hines III, who is facing charges of murdering Eric Chavis-Reshard Jr., 32, and wounding another man during the same shooting. Hines is not facing any charges related to the shooting that injured the boy in another part of Oakland, hours later. Police say Chavis-Reshard was shot and killed around 5 p.m. on March 3, on the 1800 block of 88th Avenue. Surveillance footage showed a green Pontiac leaving the scene, investigators wrote in court records. Hours later, Hines was detained after gettin...

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Raiders’ Derek Carr keeping defenses and viewers guessing with ‘Purple Walrus’ and other audibles

Derek Carr may be even more creative before the snap than he is after it. Carr has earned raves from Raiders coach Jon Gruden for his ability to turn nothing into something when plays break down. His choice of audibles, however occasionally leaves Gruden scratching his head. “You think I came up with Purple Walrus?,” Gruden said Wednesday in a teleconference. “I don’t know here he comes up with some of this.” Quarterbacks use audibles to change plays at the line of scrimmage based on the way the defense is aligned. Teammates hear the magic word or words and change their assignment on the fly. With small crowds or no fans at all in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic, television microphones have been able to pick up Carr’s colorful cadence. In the Raiders’ 35-31 loss to the Kansas Ci

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‘Black Beauty’ update an uplifting animal story with a beautiful message

City girl Jo (Mackenzie Foy), transplanted to her uncle’s ranch, feels an immediate connection to a wild horse he’s training in “Black Beauty.” | Disney+Kate Winslet voices the horse’s thoughts to heart-melting effect in the family-friendly Disney+ movie. For more than a century, every generation has had its cinematic adaptation of “Black Beauty,” and while the new Disney+ version switches the genders of the magnificent horse as well as the young protagonist and moves the locale from the English countryside of the late 19th century to the American West of today, it’s thematically and spiritually faithful to Anna Sewell’s timeless classic, from the horse serving as narrator to the episodic nature of the storyline to the powerful and still-relevant message about humane treatment of animals —

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$6,000 a week: Demand for nurses amid COVID surge has hospitals bracing for staffing shortages

In the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it was unceasing demand for masks, face shields and other protective gear for health care workers that strained the system. Now, as the deadly virus spreads out of control across the entire country, the dominant concern is over a shortage of medical workers themselves. Already, traveling nurse companies are seeing a record number of job openings — and skyrocketing pay rates — as hospitals scramble to staff up to meet the need brought on by soaring COVID-hospitalization rates. Medical systems, such as UCSF, that once dispatched their nurses and doctors to hotspots like New York City are now refusing to part with their staff, mindful that they, too, may need all hands on deck. And the pleas from public health officials to stay home over the Thank

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