Horoscopes: Dec. 17, 2017

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Milla Jovovich, 42; Bill Pullman, 64; Eugene Levy, 71; Ernie Hudson, 72. Happy Birthday: Make personal changes that will ease your stress and bring you the type of lifestyle that will encourage greater relaxation. Delve into your interests with passion and make a point to play more and work less. Refuse to let what others do interfere with your plans. Be true to yourself and follow the path that leads to inner happiness. Your numbers are 2, 15, 21, 27, 32, 39, 41. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Personal change looks inviting. Try your hand at something new. Indulge in personal plans that promise to bring… Read More

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TV tonight: ‘A Christmas Story Live!’; Raiders-Cowboys

TV picks for Sunday, Dec. 17 WATCH THIS: “Sunday Night Football” (5:20 p.m. PT, NBC): Two teams having disappointing seasons — the Cowboys (7-6) and Raiders (6-7) — meet in Oakland with slim playoff hopes on the line. The Raiders are coming off a demoralizing loss to the Chiefs. Coverage Begins with “Football Night in America” at 4 p.m. “A Christmas Story Live!” (7 p.m., Fox): Break out the leg lamp and guzzle some Ovaltine. Not to be confused with the 1983 film that annually airs in 24-hour marathons, this is a live version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the yuletide classic about Ralphie Parker and his dysfunctional clan.… Read More

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores a 25-yard free kick, wins the FIFA Club World Cup, and says he wants to retire at Real Madrid

2017 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to retire at Real Madrid. The Portuguese striker made the statement after scoring the only goal in Real’s FIFA Club World Cup final victory over Gremio. You can watch Ronaldo’s goal right here. Cristiano Ronaldo wants to retire at Real Madrid. The Portuguese striker made an official statement just days after reportedly informing lawyers to help lower the £879 million exit clause in his contract, which could attract interest from other clubs, as reported by The Sun. But after playing a starring role in Real’s 1-0 victory over Gremio in the FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday, Ronaldo expressed his… Read More

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Review: Jay Z embraces his uncomfortable moment in Oakland

Jay Z meant business. “I didn’t come to (expletive) around with y’all tonight,” the hip-hop star told the packed house of some 17,000 fans at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Saturday night. “Allow me to reintroduce myself.” In some ways, of course, a reintroduction was not necessary. He is, after all, one of the greatest rappers of all time as well as one of the most famous men on the planet. But, in other ways, a reintroduction made sense. That’s because this is not the same old Jay Z. There’s something different about him this time around. And it’s fascinating. The opening of #JayZOakland show … pic.twitter.com/hi7ZrgKrkF — Jim Harrington… Read More

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What’s in—and Out of—the Final Republican Tax Bill

The legislation congressional Republicans finalized on Friday and are likely to enact next week delivers on many of the party’s—and President Trump’s— promises for a landmark overhaul of the tax code. But the rush to pass the bill through a narrow Senate majority and without Democratic support forced the GOP to sacrifice some of their long-held aspirations for tax reform. The final bill permanently reduces the corporate tax rate all the way from 35 percent to 21 percent, nearly matching the 20 percent goal House Republicans set in their 2016 campaign plan (though not as low as the 15 percent Trump ran on). It cuts taxes sharply for business owners,… Read More

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Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice meditation? In a new book titled Beyond the Self, two friends—Matthieu Ricard, who left a career as a molecular biologist to become a Buddhist monk in Nepal, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—engage in an unusually well-matched conversation about meditation and the brain. Below is a condensed and edited excerpt. Matthieu Ricard: Although one finds in the Buddhist literature many treatises on “traditional sciences”—medicine, cosmology, botanic, logic, and so on—Tibetan Buddhism has not endeavored to… Read More

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6 people have died in a horror crash involving multiple cars in Birmingham

Six people are confirmed dead after a horrific crash involving multiple cars in Birmingham. A seventh remains in critical condition. West Midlands Police say the scene was “very difficult and upsetting.” Six people have died in a horror crash involving multiple cars in Birmingham at 01.00 local time on Sunday. A seventh remains in critical condition. West Midlands Police confirmed there had been “a number of fatalities,” that the scene was “very difficult and upsetting,” and first responders were “doing their best.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said a man and a woman in the first car were taken to Heartlands Hospital for treatment to “relatively minor injuries.” A… Read More

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Here’s what it’s like being a teenage sailor on the Royal Navy’s most powerful aircraft carrier

17-year-old Able Seaman Callum Hui is the youngest member on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth. He recently returned from a month-long sea trial. Callum had the honour of cutting the ceremonial cake for the ships commisioning into the Royal Navy fleet. Business Insider UK was allowed aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s most powerful warship. While on-board we spoke to the ships youngest sailor, 17-year-old Able Seaman Callum Hui, who recently returned from spending a month away during the ships sea trials. When asked about how it is being the youngest on the ship, he said: “It doesn’t feel much different to being, you know, one of the other ship’s… Read More

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After 3 years in jail, being home for the holidays is best gift of all for Salt Lake man

SALT LAKE CITY — After three years in jail as an immigration detainee, Christmas 2016 was particularly joyous for Martin Chairez-Castrejon. After spending three consecutive holidays behind bars as he fought deportation without being allowed a bond hearing — a protracted detention a federal judge said “crossed the line” — Chairez-Castrjonm was grateful to be reunited with his wife, Lorena, and their children Martin Jr. and Janet. This year, as the family was planning another get-together with friends and extended family for Christmas, there was a very real fear that they would be separated yet again after he was taken into custody following a recent bond hearing in immigration court.… Read More

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Iconic vocalist Keely Smith dies from apparent heart failure at 89

Keely Smith has died at age 89. Here is a press release regarding her death: “Keely Smith, the iconic singer/performer known for her many solo recordings as well as her musical partnership with first husband Louis Prima died in Palm Springs, CA on Saturday, December 16. She was 89 and under physicians’ care at the time of her passing from apparent heart failure. Born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk VA on March 9, 19 28 of Native American (Cherokee) and Irish parentage, Smith showed a natural aptitude for singing at a young age. At 14, she sang with a naval air station band and at 15, she got her first… Read More

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