Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83

Sports News Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83

Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has died at the age of 83, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.

In a news release, the league said he “passed away [Thursday] morning at his home in California, surrounded by family and friends.”

Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. He made history as the first player to win MVP in both the National and American League, and later as the first African-American manager in the MLB in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians.

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” MLB commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement. “He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career.”

Robinson also won the Triple Crown in 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles and helped the team win two World Series titles.

In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, “the nation’s highest civilian award, for ‘setting a lasting example of character in athletics,’” Manfred said.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Frank’s wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle, their entire family and the countless fans who admired this great figure of our National Pastime,” the commissioner said in his statement.

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Posted On 08 Feb 2019

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with ‘You Complete Me, Ho’ – Ken Jeong’s Netflix special

Entertainment News  Celebrate Valentine's Day with 'You Complete Me, Ho' - Ken Jeong's Netflix special


Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix has debuted the trailer for actor and comedian Ken Jeong’s first comedy special for the streaming service, titled You Complete Me, Ho.

The stand-up special was filmed at Pasadena, California’s Ice House Comedy Club, where Jeong got his start in comedy, and will trace his road from doctor to TV and film star, and his wife’s courageous battle with breast cancer.

You Complete Me, Ho debuts February 14 on Netflix.

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Beer before wine is fine? No, you’ll still be hungover

Wavebreakmedia/iStock(LONDON) — The old saying goes, beer before wine and you’ll be fine — the next morning. But wine before beer?

Many folks have long said the order in which different types of drinks are consumed will affect one’s hangover — in England, for example, there’s the saying, “Grape or grain, but never the twain.”

But a group of scientists now have said that’s not true: The order in which drinks are consumed doesn’t affect a hangover.

If you drink too much, the study showed, you’ll still likely be in store for a rough morning after.

A joint study by researchers from the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany and the University of Cambridge in the UK put the old sayings to the test, using 90 volunteers split into three groups. One drank beer and then wine, another wine and then beer and a third drank only beer or wine.

A week later, the volunteer groups switched what they were drinking. The volunteers were asked to rate their hangovers based on common symptoms — fatigue, headache, nausea — and asked to rate their levels of drunkenness throughout a day’s revelry.

The researchers, led by Dr. Kai Hensel, a senior clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge, found there was no significant difference between the three groups in terms of hangovers.

“We used lager beer and white wine. And we didn’t notice any difference,” Hansel told the BBC.

“Using white wine and lager beer, we didn’t find any truth in the idea that drinking beer before wine gives you a milder hangover than the other way around,” said Jöran Köchling from Witten/Herdecke University, an author of the study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “The truth is that drinking too much of any alcoholic drink is likely to result in a hangover.”

Unfortunately, however, scientists have yet to find the ever-elusive “hangover cure” for which drinkers from time immemorial have been waiting.

If that finding comes as a disappointment for those of us who enjoy a drink or two, there is one ray of hope in the findings.

“Unpleasant as hangovers are, we should remember that they do have one important benefit,” Hensel said. “They can help us learn from our mistakes.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/7/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 2/7/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

Indiana 116, L.A. Clippers 92
Orlando 122, Minnesota 112
Toronto 119, Atlanta 101
Oklahoma City 117, Memphis 95
L.A. Lakers 129, Boston 128
Portland 127, San Antonio 118

SO L.A. Kings 3, Philadelphia 2
OT Florida 3, Pittsburgh 2
SO N.Y. Islanders 2, New Jersey 1
OT Washington 4, Colorado 3
OT Carolina 6, Buffalo 5
Ottawa 4, Anaheim 0
Montreal 5, Winnipeg 2
OT St. Louis 1, Tampa Bay 0
Vegas 4, Detroit 3
Edmonton 4, Minnesota 1
OT Nashville 3, Dallas 2
OT Chicago 4, Vancouver 3
Columbus 4, Arizona 2
San Jose 5, Calgary 2

(4) Gonzaga 92, San Francisco 62
(12) Houston 77, UCF 68
(20) Iowa 77, Indiana 72
(25) Cincinnati 69, Memphis 64

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Losing grip on power, Venezuela’s Maduro leans on Cuban security forces: US officials

WORLD NEWS Losing grip on power, Venezuela's Maduro leans on Cuban security forces: US officials

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro is increasingly leaning on the protection and support of his Cuban backers, amid mounting global pressure to leave office, according to several senior U.S. officials.

Adm. Craig Faller, head of U.S. Southern Command, told U.S. senators on Thursday that Havana “owns the security around Maduro and is deeply entrenched in the intelligence service.”

The U.S. and dozens of other nations have recognized Juan Guaido, president of the country’s National Assembly, as Venezuela’s interim president, saying Maduro is no longer fit to govern. But despite international calls to step down and protests against his regime over the weekend, Maduro has clung to power, retaining allegiance from Venezuela’s military.

But while the military remains on his side, the Pentagon said it’s not the embattled president’s own forces ensuring his safety — it’s members of Cuba’s security service.

“I think it’s a good sense for where the loyalty of the Venezuelan people are that his immediate security force is made up of Cubans,” Faller told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Cuba is “inextricably intertwined in all areas of Venezuela,” he said.

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the United Nations Security Council, “No regime has done more to sustain the nightmarish condition of the Venezuelan people than the regime in Havana.”

Elliott Abrams, the State Department’s newly appointed envoy for the country, was more blunt, telling ABC News last week, “The only people willing to die for Maduro may be Cubans, who are his security guards.”

Maduro’s faith in his own military may continue to wane. The top Venezuelan air force general and the military attache in Washington already have defected from Maduro’s government, and Guaido has been quick to call for others to abandon the man who has governed Venezuela since 2013, promising amnesty in exchange.

But — at least for now — Maduro has the support of his armed forces, which has really kept him in power.

“I think Maduro relies on more than just the Cuban people around him to stay in power,” Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told ABC News. “The Venezuela military is fragmenting a little bit, but still unified at least at the senior level behind Maduro.”

If that changes, Maduro could be forced to leave the country entirely, and Abrams suggested he could find safe haven with “friends” like Cuba or Russia.

Cuba has long involved itself in Venezuela, but the relationship became particularly close after Venezuela’s former president, Hugo Chavez, came to power two decades ago.

“The Cuba-Venezuela relationship is very close and has been this way since Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro embraced each other,” Piccone said, describing it as a son-father relationship.

Havana benefited from subsidized oil from Venezuela that floated Cuba’s economy for a long time, he added. In return, Cuba provided social welfare services, including hundreds of doctors, to Venezuela.

But the nation also sent its security and intelligence advisers, who have trained and influenced Venezuela’s military.

“Russia and Cuba are both complicit in Venezuela’s descent into dictatorship, but Cuba is particularly influential in supporting Maduro,” Faller wrote in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Following the Cuban government’s advice and assisted by its intelligence machinery, Maduro is adhering to the autocratic blueprint Cuban leaders have ruthlessly executed for over six decades.”

Piccone warned that even if Maduro transitions out of power, the Venezuelan military won’t “suddenly become pro-American overnight.”

“It’s going to take some time for that to happen,” he said.

The next anti-Maduro protest in Venezuela is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Ivanka Trump launches Global Women’s Initiative targeting developing nations

WORLD NEWS Ivanka Trump launches Global Women's Initiative targeting developing nations

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Thursday launching a new “Women’s Global Development and Prosperity” Initiative aimed at empowering women in the developing world.

The force behind the initiative: the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.

“It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work but also really the beginning because the program’s now stood up and we have to execute on a very ambitious goal,” Ivanka Trump said in an exclusive interview with ABC Abby Huntsman, co-host of The View, following the launch of the initiative.

The $50 million fund, also known as W-GDP, will be distributed by USAID with the ambitious goal of empowering 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

Trump said the initiative will aim to make resources available to women through education and vocational training, help women gain access to capital to execute on entrepreneurial ideas and aim to promote women’s interests in countries where there are legal and cultural barriers hampering women’s engagement.

Trump said the initiative was not only envisioned as an opportunity to provide economic assistance to women in the developing world, but also has ties into national security.

“We know there’s a correlation between gender inequality and conflict, there’s tremendous amounts of research. There’s a reason today, the president signed WGDP as a national security presidential memorandum,” she said. “It is in our domestic security interests to empower women”

President Trump applauded his daughter for doing an “incredible job” during an Oval Office ceremony to formally launch the initiative and predicted it will outperform its goal of helping 50 million women.

“Our goal is to empower women to help their home countries become self-reliant and to allow a lot families — millions of families throughout the world — to become self-reliant, and also in the United States, very importantly,” he said Thursday.

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Trump to receive second physical as president after last year’s controversy

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is scheduled Friday to receive his second physical since taking office, after last year’s checkup raised questions about the true state of his health.

Trump, 72, was the oldest president elected in U.S. history at 70. Last year, he was said to be in “excellent health” after undergoing his first presidential physical, according to then-White House doctor Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who sparked controversy after a glowing assessment created skepticism among reporters.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told ABC News this year’s physical will once again take place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland. A different doctor will conduct the exam.

Ahead of the president’s 2018 physical, questions were raised about Trump’s cognitive abilities after reports he sometimes repeated himself during meetings. Jackson pushed back on any criticism in a nearly hour-long briefing with White House reporters.

“There’s no indication that he has any kind of cognitive issues,” Jackson said. “On a day-to-day basis, it has been my experience the president is very sharp — very articulate when he speaks to me.”

Jackson praised the president for having good genes and said Trump scored a perfect 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment aimed at detecting mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Some people have just great genes,” Jackson said. “I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. I don’t know.”

Trump subsequently nominated Jackson to become Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but the doctor was forced to withdraw after allegations of misconduct that still are being investigated.

Last year, the outcome of the president’s exam noted his 75-inch height, 239-pound weight, total cholesterol of 223 and resting heart rate of 68 beats per minute.

Jackson suggested a reasonable goal for the president would be to lose 10 to 15 pounds, adding that a nutritionist would work with the president on his eating habits, especially curbing his appetite for fast food.

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Supreme Court puts Louisiana abortion law on hold

dkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court has temporarily put on hold a controversial Louisiana abortion law set to take effect Friday which requires abortion providers in that state to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor to grant an emergency stay while the case proceeds.

Critics of the law argue it would severely limit access to abortion services in Louisiana by disqualifying the small handful of clinics that perform the procedures. Supporters say the state has the right to regulate the clinics to ensure safety.

The request for a stay in the case, which the high court has not yet decided on whether to hear, is seen as the first major test on abortion for the court’s new conservative majority and President Donald Trump’s two appointees to the bench.

Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito all dissented from the decision and would have allowed the law to take effect as appeals proceed.

Kavanaugh, writing for the first time from the high bench on the issue of abortion, argued that Louisiana’s four abortion doctors have plenty of time to obtain the admitting privileges they need before the restrictions take effect after a 45-day transition period.

“The case largely turns on the intensely factual question whether the three doctors [in Louisiana]…can obtain admitting privileges. If we denied the stay, that question could be readily and quickly answered without disturbing the status quo or causing harm to the parties or the affected women, and without this Court’s further involvement at this time,” Kavanaugh wrote.

“These three doctors could lawfully continue to perform abortions at the clinics during the 45-day transition period. Furthermore, during the 45-day transition period, both the doctors and the relevant hospitals could act expeditiously and in good faith to reach a definitive conclusion about whether those three doctors can obtain admitting privileges,” he said.

The Supreme Court rejected a similar abortion law in Texas in a 5-3 decision in 2016, saying it created an “undue burden” on women seeking access to abortion.

In the Louisiana case, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the state law is substantively different from the Texas measure and should be upheld because it does not “impose a substantial burden on a large fraction of women” in the state.

“Today’s decision maintains a critical lifeline for women in Louisiana, who already face some of the bleakest outlooks for reproductive freedom,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights group. “The Supreme Court rightfully refused to uphold a brazen and unconstitutional attempt to ignore identical cases that are intended to shutter abortion clinics in the state, making Roe v. Wade obsolete.”

The Supreme Court will now consider whether to grant a writ of certiorari and issue a final opinion in the case.

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Bazinga! ‘The Big Bang Theory’ gets a studio named in its honor

Entertainment News  Bazinga! 'The Big Bang Theory' gets a studio named in its honor


Image courtesy Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — The Big Bang Theory ends its historic 12-season run in May, making the CBS series the longest running sitcom ever shot in front of a studio audience.  And to commemorate the series, Warner Brothers’ Stage 25 — where the show is shot — has been renamed “The Big Bang Theory Stage.”

Only four other shows have had stages named in their honor: Friends, E.R., Two and Half Men, and Ellen.  Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory, says it was an emotional moment.

“You know I’ve been on this lot for so many years and I’ve seen the Friends across the street, the Friends plaque, and I’ve always been very like amazed by that and I was like wow, you have to be like big time to have that,” she tells ABC Radio. “And they must have made quite a mark on television history and so for us to have it here is very wild.”

Despite being TV’s top-rated sitcom for most of its run, Cuoco says The Big Bang Theory‘s cast has never taken its success for granted.

“We never thought it was a shoo-in. We’d renegotiate and get years picked up and we were just in shock about it, and we still are, she says. “And I think that’s what kept us going for so long. There was never an ounce of arrogance or settling.”

With the clock ticking on the show, Cuoco says, “I am definitely savoring my time with this cast and being in the set, and I’m going to miss it a lot.” 

The Big Bang Theory, which airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, will shoot its final episode on April 30; it’ll air in May.

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‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ and ‘What Men Want’ top this week’s new releases

Entertainment News  'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part' and 'What Men Want' top this week's new releases


Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Friday:

* The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part — The fourth film in the LEGO franchise and the direct sequel to 2014’s The LEGO Movie picks up five years after the original, with the citizens under siege from a LEGO Duplo invaders who wreck things faster than they can be rebuilt. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Will Ferrell reprise their voice roles from the first movie, along with new additions Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz and Maya Rudolph. Rated PG.

* What Men Want — This loose remake of 2000’s What Women Want follows a woman played by Taraji P. Henson who, after drinking a potion given to her by a shaman, develops the ability to hear men’s thoughts. Straight Outta Compton‘s Aldis Hodge and Tracy Morgan also star. Rated R.

* Cold Pursuit — Liam Neeson plays a snow plow driver who seeks revenge against a drug dealer he thinks killed his son in this thriller based on the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Also starring Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe and Tom Bateman. Rated R.

* The Prodigy — This horror thriller stars Orange Is the New Black‘s Taylor Schilling as a mother who believes her son’s strange behavior is the possibly caused by an evil, supernatural force that has possessed him. Rated R.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Everybody Knows — Penélope Cruz co-stars with her husband, Javier Bardem, in this Spanish language psychological thriller about a woman living in Buenos Aires whose trip to her hometown outside of Madrid with her children is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. Rated R.

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