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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We took a close look at data from past Black Friday incidents and where they occurred from 2006 to 2016. To figure out where they might happen this year, we combined past incident data with general FBI crime statistics for each state, and Google search trends that indicate which states are already on the hunt for Black Friday deals.

The states with the highest crime rates plus the highest interest in Black Friday -- especially if they've had Black Friday incidents in the past -- could be ripe for fights this year.

We're not psychic, so we can't say for certain which locations will have one too many over-eager patrons. But we can make a few educated guesses -- as well as give you some tips to stay safe out there and still get the goods.


"Robby the Robot" – from the 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" – was sold for $5.375 million – a record price for a movie prop, the Bonhams New York auction house said Tuesday.

That topped the previous marks of $4.6 million for both Marilyn Monroe's white dress from "The Seven-Year Itch" and the original 1966 Batmobile, Bonhams said.

The buyer's name wasn't released.

"One of the most iconic sci-fi figures to appear on the silver screen," Bonhams said, "seven-foot tall Robby the Robot captured the imagination of audiences everywhere in 'Forbidden Planet' as the devoted servant to Professor Morbius, one of the few inhabitants of the distant planet Altair IV. Conceived and built by a team of MGM designers for the 1956 film, including Mentor Huebner and Robert Kinoshita, Robby's groundbreaking appearance broke away from earlier clunky "tin-can" designs for movie robots."

Robby cost $100,000 to build – at the time, an unheard-of price for a movie prop, Bonham's said.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas. The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the Charlie Rose show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes. read more


Kathy Griffin can't stop whining.

In a new YouTube video, the comedian complained about not being able to find work after she says she was blacklisted by Hollywood for posing with a severed, bloodied head of President Trump.

"I'm getting a lot of online hate from trolls who think I've lost my mind. And I am admitting I lost my mind because it's what made me a star in the first place," she said in the video titled "Kathy Griffin's State of the Union." read more


The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Pick up his flight suit. Leave enough food for his four cats -- just in case anything happens.

Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage. His project has cost him $20,000, which includes Rust-Oleum paint to fancy it up and a motor home he bought on Craig's List that he converted into a ramp.

His first test of the rocket will also be the launch date -- Saturday , when he straps into his homemade contraption and attempts to hurtle over the ghost town of Amboy, California. He will travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph.


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