Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise to a fight, Internet laughs

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Photo Credit: Chiabella James © 2018 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — For reasons yet unclear, Justin Bieber chose to challenge one of the world’s most famous movie stars to a fight — but whatever comes of it, the Internet’s money seems to be on his opponent.

“I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon,” Bieber tweeted Sunday. “Tom if you don’t take this fight your[e] scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?”

Cruise, who famously does his own stunts, hasn’t responded, but the Internet did for him. In short, the consensus is that the 56-year-old Mission: Impossible star, would trounce the 25-year-old recording artist.

One reply showed a GIF from The Avengers of The Hulk beating up Loki.  Another was a GIF of Cruise laughing on a loop.

“I think Tom cruise may be able to mess Bieber up,” one follower replied.

“Tom’s 12 years older than your dad, Justin. WTF,” another asked.

One person who’s taking the challenge seriously — or at least cashing in on another excuse to get a headline — is controversial MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

He tweeted, “If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout. Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!

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Posted On 10 Jun 2019

Church of England backs medicinal cannabis investments

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tvirbickis/iStock(LONDON) — The body responsible for investing the funds of the Church of England has said it is willing to invest in the medicinal cannabis industry for the first time, saying it holds the drug to the same standard as other pharmaceuticals.

The Church Commissioners is the Church’s historic endowment fund and holds assets worth £8.2 billion (nearly $10.4 million). The Church Commissioners is a closed fund, meaning it does not take in new contributions. Profits from the investments are used to pay for bishops and ministry costs, supporting local dioceses and clergy pensions.

The announcement follows a change in the law in the United Kingdom with regards to medicinal cannabis. The U.K. legalized the use of medicinal cannabis in November 2018, following in the footsteps of Canada and many states in the U.S.

“There has been no change to our overall position on medicines,” a spokesperson for the Church Commissioners told ABC News. “We will hold medicinal cannabis to the same standards as we hold other pharmaceuticals, and invest only if properly licensed and regulated for medicinal use.”

Investments in the medicinal cannabis market will have to fall in line with the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Policy, which places restrictions on how the Church can invest in companies that generate profits from industries such as gambling, alcohol and tobacco.

The Church’s willingness to invest in medicinal cannabis reflects how fast the industry is growing worldwide. The global legal cannabis market will swell from $11 billion in 2018 to over $50 billion in 2029, according to financial services company Jefferies.

Hari Guliani, the chief operating officer of the British medicinal cannabis Grow Biotech, told ABC News the announcement is “indicative that perceptions of medical cannabis are changing across the board.”

“There is a lot of research being undertaken globally on medical cannabis that will help everyone’s understanding, but it does seem that the distinction between medical and recreational cannabis remains unclear for some people,” he said. “With groups like the Church of England considering investments in medical cannabis, we can expect perceptions to continue to change.”

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Number of measles cases over 1,000 in US for first time since its eradication

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The ongoing measles outbreak reached a new record, surpassing 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. so far this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there have been 1,022 cases in 28 states through June 6.

That marks an increase of 41 cases since the previous week. The last update noted that in the first five months of the year, from Jan. 1 through May 31, there were 981 cases confirmed.

The disease is now present in more than half of all states, with Idaho, New Mexico, Virginia and Maine confirming their first cases in the past several weeks.

The new total, while hitting the symbolic threshold of 1,000 cases, has already created records in that there have been more cases so far in 2019 than there had been in any other year since measles was eradicated in the United States in 2000.

In fact, there have been more cases so far this year than there have been in the past four years combined, according to CDC data.

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Are child-free, single women really happier? Author’s claim sparks debate

Cecilie_Arcurs/iStock(NEW YORK) — All the single (and child-free) ladies put their hands up, as Beyonce would say, when an author made headlines recently with his claim that women without kids or a partner are the happiest people of all. But is that true?

“I agree,” Jess Michaels, a 42-year-old author who is married but without children, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “I’m responsible for my own happiness and safety and welfare. That takes a lot of pressure off myself.”

The research behind the claim came in the book Happy Ever After written by Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics.

Dolan based his findings on data he interpreted from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), a national survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on how and with whom Americans spend their time.

“You’re probably better off being a man that marries than a woman who marries,” Dolan told GMA about his findings. “Men calm down and take fewer risks when they get married. Women, essentially, they’ve got another child in the house when they get married.”

Almost faster than you can say “I do,” Dolan’s interpretation of the ATUS data came under fire on social media after he spoke about the book during a festival in the U.K.

One economist, Gray Kimbrough, a professor at American University in Washington D.C., countered Dolan in a long Twitter thread, saying that “the evidence does support significant observed differences between married and unmarried men in terms of health, life satisfaction, and so on,” and also disputed Dolan’s assertion that married women die sooner.

Dolan acknowledged in his response to Kimbrough’s tweets that he had misinterpreted a variable in the ATUS data. He said his editor is making a change to the book, but maintained his position that marriage is, for the most part, better for men than women.

In an interview with GMA, Dolan said the larger idea he puts forward in the book is that women in particular can lead non-traditional lives and still be happy.

“If I’ve kind of emboldened people to make different life choices — and not just women who don’t marry or have kids — if I’ve enabled them to be more liberated, then that’s fantastic,” he said. “I’m not making any prescription about how anyone lives their life, just suggesting that people may want to live differently than what’s expected.”

Dolan said he got a large round of applause at the U.K. festival where he first spoke about his findings. He believes interest in the topic is so high because it challenges the societal norms that expect women to marry and have kids.

“The world is a complicated place and we like institutions and order and marriage gives us that order,” he said. “If single women may not be as miserable as we think them to be, that calls into question the orders and we don’t like that being challenged.”

Dolans’ book comes at a time when women are getting married later in life, if at all, and more women are choosing to be childless. The fertility rate in the U.S. has been steadily declining, with 60.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2017, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women without kids can also be seen thriving in American life — Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston — and in pop culture, such as Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker’s characters on Sex and the City.

#ChildFree and #ChildFreeByChoice are even their own hashtags on social media.

“I definitely think I’m happier than I would have been,” said Michaels. “I’ve taken more chances and gotten to do more in terms of travel and career. I don’t think I would have done those things if I’d had children to consider.”

Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, has studied the child-free movement for the past decade. She too is a married woman who has chosen not to have kids.

When she first set out to find data on women who are child-free, she discovered there was very little.

“I thought I would find a lot of research about women like me but I didn’t,” she said. “We need to pick this question up because we still don’t understand the lived experiences of women without children.”

Blackstone started a blog about being child-free and wrote a new book about her research, too, called Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence.

“There’s very little scientific evidence to show that women have a maternal drive to have children,” Blackstone said. “That was a big a-ha moment for me.”

“What we tell ourselves and rear girls in is that when they grow up, their biological clock will start ticking and maternal instinct will kick in and they’ll be happy,” she added. “Yes there is a thing that kicks in once women have given birth that drives them to nurture their children, but we’re really driven to have sex, not motherhood.”
 
Blackstone pointed out that an important distinction in her research is the difference between women who choose to be child-free and women who want to have children but are unable to due to a variety of circumstances.

For women who choose not to have children, the stereotypes that they are selfish and self-involved are just not true, both Blackstone and Dolan found.

“From the women I interviewed, many of them are deeply involved in their communities,” said Blackstone. “What I found is they opt to use their time being very involved in their communities and are more likely to organize an event rather than simply attend an event, for example.”

Dolan noted that for single women and women without kids, the strength of their community outside their immediate families — or their social networks — is the main reason they report high levels of happiness.

“Often, the narrative is that women who choose not to have children are selfish, but how selfish is it to have children if you’re creating an image of yourself and then you’re sharing it with everyone,” Dolan said. “I’m making the non-controversial claim in my book that the evidence can be interpreted with huge variations across individuals so we should perhaps just let people get on and live their own lives.”

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Durant practices ahead of NBA Finals Game 5

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Anthony Causi / ESPN Images(TORONTO) — The Toronto Raptors are one win away from their first NBA title but the Golden State Warriors are hopeful that one of their star players could return to the court Monday and turn the tide.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant hasn’t played since straining his right calf during the Western Conference semifinals. But on Sunday, he practiced for the first time in a month since suffering the injury.

Ahead of Monday night’s Game 5 in Toronto, Durant is listed as questionable.

Tip off is at 9 p.m. ET. The Raptors lead the NBA Finals 3-1.

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Posted On 10 Jun 2019

GOOPs! Gwyneth Paltrow apparently forgot she was in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Gwyneth Paltrow has played Pepper Potts in seven films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — which was apparently too many to keep track of, as she forgot she appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The hysterical gaffe unfolded on camera in the first episode of Netflix’s new program The Chef Show, on which she made a guest appearance with show creators chef Roy Choi and Jon Favreau. Jon directed her in two Iron Man films, and starred alongside her in several others — including, yes, Homecoming.

As the pair was preparing a tribute meal for the Oscar winning actress and Goop CEO — a Caribbean dish known as a Pepper Pot — they spoke about when Choi and Favreau started filming their cooking sessions: behind the scenes of the Spider-Man movie.

Spider-Man?!” Paltrow says, visibly confused. “We weren’t in Spider-Man!”

“Yes we were,” Favreau says.

Homecoming,” Choi offers, trying to jog her memory.

“You were in Spider-Man!” Favreau insists. “No,” Paltrow says. “I was in Avengers!”

“No, you were in Spider-Man, also,” Favreau says. “Remember: at the end, Tom Holland’s there and you’re going to walk out and to a press conference, and I give you the ring?”

“Oh yes. That was Spider-Man?!” Paltrow asks, laughing. “Oh my God!”

In Paltrow’s defense, there have been 23 Marvel Studios films, and Homecoming WAS a co-production with Sony Pictures, so it could be a little confusing.

Favreau appears next again as Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Far from Home. The movie opens July 2, and — at least according to IMDB — Gwyneth Paltrow does not make an appearance.

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Posted On 10 Jun 2019