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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Recently, actor Bill Murray visited Prine backstage and while flipping through Prine's Beyond Words songbook, released last April, recalled that during a depressive state his friend Hunter S. Thompson told him he would "have to rely on John Prine's humor" to get him through it.

In the video above, Murray reveals that the song that finally lifted him out of his funk was "Linda Goes to Mars," from Prine's 1986 LP German Afternoons.

John Prine, whose 2017 highlights included headlining the Newport Folk Festival, releasing his first-ever book, John Prine Beyond Words, and winning Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony in September, already has a memorable 2018 shaping up, including a spring tour and the release of new music. read more

If anyone was going to be the Forrest Gump of the Russia investigation, we're lucky it was Guardian reporter Luke Harding. ... Now Harding has incorporated those stories, along with other relevant experiences -- such as the time the FSB broke into his home in Moscow, presumably to bug it, and left a book on sex and relationships on his bedside table -- into a book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russian Helped Donald Trump Win. Among its most interesting chapters is one relating to Tuesday's news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Trump's records with Deutsche Bank. In Collusion, Harding details Trump's attempts in 2008 to default on some $330 million he owed Deutsche Bank for its help financing the construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. The bank sued to force Trump to pay a portion of the debt: $40 million plus legal fees and interest. read more

Time magazine has named "The Silence Breakers" as its 2017 Person of the Year -- the women (and some men) who came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault, forcing a nationwide reckoning.

The magazine calls them "the voices that launched a movement." Among them: Actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, whose stunning accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein helped lead to his downfall; activist Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo movement; and Alyssa Milano, the actress who amplified it.

"The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover ... along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s," Time's editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in a statement to "Today."

These "silence breakers" have forced a national reckoning on sexual harassment. read more

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Starbucks is opening one store in China every 15 hours, the company's China CEO, Belinda Wong, told Squawk Box. China has become Starbucks' second largest and fastest growing market, and one the company expects to eclipse the U.S. market one day. Starbucks already operates more than 3,000 stores in the country and 2,000 more by 2021. The company on Tuesday company opened a 30,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery in Shanghai, its flashiest commitment to its growing Chinese business. It's the second Starbucks' Roastery to open and is twice the size of its flagship location in Seattle. Starbucks is now building more net new company-operated stores in China than in the U.S., said CEO Kevin Johnson, who replaced CEO Howard Schultz in April when the longtime leader transitioned into the role of executive chairman. read more

Monday, December 04, 2017

Billy Bush: He said it. "Grab 'em by the ---." Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America's highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass stand-up act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better. Recently I sat down and read an article dating from October of 2016; it was published days after my departure from NBC, a time when I wasn't processing anything productively. In it, the author reviewed the various firsthand accounts about Trump that, at that point, had come from 20 women. read more


Nearly 30 horses found burned to death by Creek fire in Sylmar



During Hurricane Andrew, more than 1000 horses died. Many of them ripped up by flying tin.


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