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Orange Is The New Black star Yael Stone is the latest person to accuse actor Geoffrey Rush of sexual misconduct.

The allegations came to light in the New York Times, where Stone said Rush sent her "occasionally vulgar" messages and that there were "strange intimacies in the dressing room" when they appeared together in the 2010 production of The Diary of a Madman.

There was also an incident in which Rush held a mirror above the shared dressing room's shower, while Stone was inside.

"I remember I looked up to see there was a small shaving mirror over the top of the partition between the showers and he was using it to look down at my naked body," she told the newspaper. Read more...

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Author: Johnny Lieu
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A KiwiBot, an automated food delivery robot which is present on UC Berkeley's campus, caught fire on Friday afternoon.

In a post, the company explained the incident was due to a faulty battery which had been mistakenly installed instead of a functioning one. 

The errant battery started smoldering while the robot was idling, leading to smoke, then fire outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

"A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher. Within moments of the incident occurring, it had already been contained," the post read. Read more...

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Author: Johnny Lieu
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Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about tough election losses.

That's apparently what compelled the former 2016 candidate for president to write a letter to 8-year-old Martha Kennedy Morales. The school-aged girl recently faced off against a boy from her class in an election for class president, and she lost by one vote.

The story of what happened to Morales, who attends school in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., made its way to Clinton via a grapevine of D.C. insiders, The Washington Post reports. Frequent Facebook posts from Albert Morales, Martha's father, about the class election caught the eye of an unnamed Clinton associate, who mentioned it to the former candidate. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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The Boring Company pushed back the opening of its Hawthorne underground tunnel in Los Angeles, but recent signs point to the Tuesday event happening.

On Saturday, the tunnel-digging company CEO Elon Musk pumped up fans with a tweet featuring a movie poster-like look at the tunnel and the light at the end of the tunnel. 

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2018

Earlier in December, Musk teased "more than a tunnel opening" for the high-speed transit project when the event was pushed back from Dec. 10 to Dec. 18. He alluded to autonomous transport cars and car elevators on display at the opening. Read more...

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Author: Sasha Lekach
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White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller appeared on CBS news show Face the Nation Sunday afternoon sporting a... new hairdo. 

It's certainly new hair, anyway.

Well, paint. It looks like paint. And Twitter is having an absolute field day with his new look. 

First they were all like "wait, what?"

Does it look like Stephen Miller is painting the top of his head? pic.twitter.com/g5Y2TJQmAB

— Big Tina (@8igTina) December 16, 2018

Some people couldn't believe their eyes, but HD doesn't lie. 

Does Stephen Miller know we watch news in HD? The spray on hair is out of control#cantlookaway

— Arthur Mullen (@3rdarm) December 16, 2018 Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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Here's your chance to go deep in the bowels of a man's soul — his bathroom.

A Twitter thread posted Friday asked women what's the weirdest thing they've seen in a dude's bathroom. It starts off with a plunger-hairbrush hybrid contraption that must be used for plunging and then scrubbing the bowl. Whatever it is, it's weird.

ladies what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in a boy’s bathroom? allow me to start pic.twitter.com/WbvwM86H4b

— jodie (@jodieegrace) December 14, 2018

What follows is a lengthy collection of truly LOL-inducing photos showing some creative engineering, especially when it comes to toilet paper holders. Read more...

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Author: Sasha Lekach
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Square Enix's hotly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III isn't supposed to be on the market until Jan. 25, 2019, but some copies have already made it to market, leading fans to brace themselves for a deluge of early spoilers. 

On Sunday, the director of Kingdom Hearts III, Tetsuya Nomura, issued a statement via Twitter confirming the leaks as legitimate but also assured fans that the game's most surprising twists were spoiler safe — the game's epilogue and "secret movie" are not included in the disc release and will be patched into the game at a later date.  Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better. 


From Twitter to Reddit to Instagram, tons of internet folks are raving about a glorified tarp. 

Weighted blankets, also known as gravity or anxiety blankets, gained the attention of the self-care community late last year and have been picking up widespread (and emphatic) support ever since.

Purported to assist with stress and sleep, weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like — blankets with added weight, typically around 10% of the user's body weight. As you slide under the heavy, comforter-like fabric, you will likely experience a therapeutic sensation, one that I would compare to that extra sip of wine taking you from conversationally relaxed to full-blown tipsy.  Read more...

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Author: Alison Foreman
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In a stunning if ultimately unsurprising display of ashiness, Cardi B's recently estranged husband Offset showed up onstage at the Rolling Loud festival to beg Cardi to take him back after he cheated on her.

Offset's "apology" included flowers and a series of cakes that spelled out "TAKE ME BACK;" he was escorted off the stage after Cardi B expressed discomfort that he interrupted her show. 

As and after the drama unfolded onstage, people on Twitter took Offset to task for his stunt, rightfully claiming that his grand gesture was more "manipulative performance of headassery" than "super effective way to apologize for sleeping around on your wife."  Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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Colin Kroll, the 35-year-old CEO and co-founder of mobile game sensation HQ Trivia, was found dead after an apparent drug overdose on Saturday night.

An NYPD official confirmed to The Daily Beast that authorities found Kroll in his bed, unconscious and unresponsive, shortly before midnight on Saturday. Police were there to perform a welfare check, though it's not clear who alerted them or when.

The unnamed official who confirmed the news — which was first reported by TMZ — also noted that narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found in Kroll's apartment, and that the death is being investigated as a narcotics overdose. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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In this Saturday Night Live sketch, a normal dinner party at a neighbor's house turns into an all-out duel when Leslie Jones and Matt Damon realize they have dissenting opinions about Weezer. In one corner, Damon has respect for the band's later work and considers himself a "ride or die." In the other, Jones stands as a Weezer purist who thinks everything after Pinkerton is trash. 

If you've ever wanted to see these two throw down like the world is going to end over the fate of Rivers Cuomo, this is probably the sketch to watch. 

Cuomo himself responded to the sketch in a Sunday tweet.

THEY HAD A WHOLE ASS SKIT ABOUT WEEZER AND ME ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND IM ACTUALLY CRYING AAAGGGGHHHHHHH

— Rivers Cuomo (@RiversCuomo) December 16, 2018 Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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There's a lot of pressure around the holiday season. It's full of things for which it's easy to have overblown expectations — New Year's Eve, for example, and the unintentional friendship quality metric known as "giving gifts." Not helping: the state of the world, which is bad.

It's understandable, then, if you're not feeling particularly festive. This year, I've struggled to get into the holiday spirit (whatever that is) and my lack of excitement is matched only by my guilt for its absence. It's Christmas! What, within my extremely limited budget (zero dollars), can I do to feel more ... holiday-ish? Read more...

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Author: Chloe Bryan
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There are two things the internet agrees on: dogs are great and so are Daddies. 

Saturday Night Live mashed up both concepts with the Westminster Daddy Show, a skit that put some common Daddy breeds (Golf Daddy, Business Daddy, and so on) up against each other for the prize of best in show. 

But who takes away the Daddiest prize of all? Well, maybe watch the sketch and find out. Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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Now that Kevin Hart is out of the running for Oscar host, the deft impressionists at Saturday Night Live are putting some names in the hat as to who should replace him. 

Strap in for Kate McKinnon as Ellen Degeneres, Aidy Bryant as Hannah Gadsby, Pete Davidson as Rami Malek and so many more great celebrity impressions.  Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono's powerful Christmas ballad "(Happy Xmas) War Is Over" is a holiday standard, but Miley Cyrus, Sean Ono Lennon, and Mark Ronson's Saturday Night Live rendition brought new life to an old classic. 

The original was written to protest the Vietnam War, and it feels particularly poignant that Lennon and Ono's son was there to back Cyrus up for this mashup of holiday cheer and counterculture. 

The song was introduced by Pete Davidson, who did not appear in any live sketches on SNL this week. Read more...

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Author: Alexis Nedd
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What if Donald Trump had run for president in 2016... and lost?

It's a dream that at least 51.7 percent of the country thinks about frequently, based on Trump's most recent approval numbers. Not living in the darkest possible timeline sure would be nice.

The black & white cold open brings Trump (Alec Baldwin) and his angel friend Clarence (Kenan Thompson) to a holiday party in which various members of the SNL-ified Trump orbit appear to crack a few jokes and then fade into the scenery. It's a blissful few minutes where we all get to imagine what life might look like without President Trump. Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better.


We've all been there: You're typing away at your keyboard, busily getting stuff done, and suddenly you hunger for a snack. You're like, hmmm, I sure would love to grab a bag of chips and devour each and every delicious, salty crisp!

As you reach your fingers into the bag, you realize you just unleashed hell: potato chip fingers. It's too late to stop. And the more savory the chips, the more seasoned your fingers are gonna be.

Only savages don't wipe their oiled, salted, or Cheetos-dusted fingers before moving back to the keyboard. Read more...

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Author: Raymond Wong
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Apple's AirPods have earned a spot on many a holiday gift guide this year, which isn't a surprise considering their covetable minimalist design and crisp, clear audio quality. But at $159 a pop, buying a pair for everyone on your list is virtually guaranteed to land you a spot on your accountant's naughty list.

For an AirPods alternative that won't bust your budget, look to the AirTaps, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that make wireless listening both accessible and affordable. Featuring sleek, flexible construction sans cords and Bluetooth 5.0 technology for easy pairing, they last up to four hours on a single charge — enough juice for a week's worth of commutes to work. Plus, each pair comes with a portable charging case that allows for an additional 10 hours of playtime so you can listen to your favorite playlists and podcasts without interruptions. Read more...

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Author: Kevin Billings
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Fun fact: It took 24 frames to create a single second of filmed animation for the 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Great bouncing icebergs, indeed. 

A far cry from the stop-motion projects of yesteryear, modern animated works are created using (much more efficient) tools such as Adobe After-Effects, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. The development of those tools and other technologies — such as augmented and virtual reality — have made animation one of the fastest-growing divisions of the global media and entertainment markets, according to one research firm.

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Author: Kevin Billings
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I don't want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need — and it's that gigantic 552-carat diamond recently uncovered by Canadian miners.

Because this isn't just your run-of-the-mill huge ass yellow diamond. The gemstone is actually the largest to ever be found in North American history, according to a press release by Dominion Diamond Mines

Coming in at 33.74mm by 54.56mm, this stocking stuffer blew the previous record out of the water, which was a 187.7 carat diamond found in the same mine back in 2015.  Read more...

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Author: Jess Joho
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There's now a set of standards for all Paris Agreement-aligned countries to stick to as they work to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

The deal between the agreement's nearly 200 participating countries came after an all-night negotiating session at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland. It establishes a "rulebook" aimed at guiding countries toward planning and implementing climate-focused policies and measuring the effects of emissions.

"In Katowice, countries made important progress toward realizing the promise of the Paris Agreement — in particular by adopting strong rules requiring countries to transparently report their greenhouse gas emissions and progress toward meeting their national commitments," read a statement from Nathaniel Keohane, vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund.  Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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In the 2018 holiday season, luxury fashion brands appear to be competing with one another for worst case of tone deaf racism.

On the heels of Dolce & Gabbana's disastrous Chinese ad campaign, Prada found itself embroiled in its own controversy over monkey toys and keychains accused of evoking racist imagery. The company later apologized on Twitter, promising to recall the offensive figurines from its new "Pradamalia" line of collectibles.

"The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface,” the company statement read. “Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest, we will withdraw all of the characters in question from display and circulation.” Read more...

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Author: Jess Joho
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Because 2018 continues to be a mad libs soup of WTF, HBO recently released a trailer for its upcoming Brexit movie with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the controversial Leave campaign leader, Dominic Cummings.

It's two minutes of "lol wut?" and people are taking the premium cable channel to task for it on Twitter.

Understandably, most of the ire is coming from the folks who are actually still caught up in the clusterfuck of an as-yet-unfinished Brexit. The trailer dropped at a particularly bad time, with debates over negotiation deals between UK and EU reaching a fever pitch over the past week as British prime minister Theresa May faced a no-confidence vote and the possibility of a second referendum started to seem more plausible. Read more...

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Author: Jess Joho
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Move over, Lil' Sebastian. There's a new viral horse in town: Tango.

Twitter user @mckellogs recently started sharing photos of her horse Tango. As someone who identifies as "not a horse girl," I was skeptical until this particular Tango thread pulled me in.

That's the Tango magic.

@mckellogs told Mashable that her family adopted Tango and his mother, Lulu, after their owners could no longer afford them. Tango has since grown up largely independently, rarely socializing with other horses. As result he's become something of an ... individual.

Here's how @mckellogs describes him: Read more...

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Author: Heather Dockray
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Here I am, sitting at my work desk on a Saturday and sobbing uncontrollably.

The social media savvy among you might be noticing a lot of posts mentioning a story about former NBA star Charles Barkley and his friend, Lin Wang. I'm here to tell you that you should listen to all this unasked-for advice and read that story.

It's from WBUR, a Boston public radio station. Wang's daughter, Shirley, sat down and described her dad's unusual relationship with Barkley in an appearance on the station's weekly Only A Game sport show, which aired Friday. (It's available in both audio and text form.) Read more...

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Author: Adam Rosenberg
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Lenovo Yoga C930
$1,399.99 (starting)
The Good
Stylus lives in an always-accessible slot • Latest Intel processors • Sleek design • Robust sound
The Bad
A little on the heavy side • Limited ports • No dedicated graphics card
The Bottom Line
The Lenovo Yoga C930 is a 2-in-1 laptop with better-than-expected sound and the power to perform basic tasks, streaming, and web browsing.
Mashable Score3.5
Cool Factor3.0
Learning Curve4.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

Back in 2012, Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 turned laptops upside-down. It introduced what the company called a "multi-mode" design that used a 360-degree hinge to connect the two pieces of a clamshell design. Read more...

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Author: Jake Krol
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Words still occasionally have consequences — even on Fox News.

After Tucker Carlson accused immigrants of making America "dirtier" on his show Thursday night, outrage quickly followed. On Friday, one of Carlson's most prominent advertisers, Pacific Life, announced that it would be pausing advertising on the show while the company "re-evaluated" its relationship with the program.

Here is Tucker's original comment in full:

"Nice people, no one doubts that, but as an economic matter, this is insane," Tucker said of low-skilled immigrants. "It's indefensible, so nobody even tries to defend it. Instead, our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided. Immigration is a form of atonement. Previous leaders of our country committed sins; we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans." Read more...

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Author: Heather Dockray
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This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week


As a perfect person, it's hard to imagine Michelle Obama having any doubts about herself. Hasn't she always assumed that she was brilliant, graceful, and exceptionally good at gardening? Didn't she always think that she would one day become one of the most powerful people in the world and achieve it by being ... nice?

According to Obama's new memoir, Becoming, she wasn't always so confident.

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Author: Heather Dockray
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The end of 2018 is upon us and if you didn't download any new apps, then you're missing out. I know — it's sometimes surprising that 10 years into the App Store, there are still enough fresh ideas to make it worth downloading an unfamiliar name. 

But, from apps that gave us new ways to edit photos and video to games we just couldn't put down, developers still managed to find new ways to surprise and delight us in 2018.

Here's a look back at some of our favorites. We've listed the download links and prices, but as always take "free" with a grain of salt since most apps these days rely on subscriptions and in-app purchases to make money. Read more...

More about Tech, Iphone, Android, Apps And Software, and End Of Year 2018
Author: Karissa Bell
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Eight years ago, in the town of Van Buren, Missouri, newly retired resident John Pope walked six blocks and picked up 1,085 cigarette butts.

The unsightly, unpleasant litter problem — as we're all acutely aware — isn't confined to Pope's quiet community in southern Missouri. 

Cigarette butts have the proud distinction of being the most common form of litter on America's beaches. Some 6 trillion cigarettes are manufactured on Earth each year, and between 750 million to 1,500 million pounds of cigarette butt waste — largely made of a plastic-like material called cellulose acetate — are ultimately flung to the ground annually, according to the World Health Organization. Read more...

More about Science, Psychology, Cigarettes, Litter, and Anthropocene
Author: Mark Kaufman