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The Voice (U.S. season 15)

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The Voice (U.S. season 15)

The fifteenth season of the American reality television show, The Voice premiered on September 24, 2018, on NBC.[1] Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton returned as coaches from the previous season. Jennifer Hudson, who last coached in season 13, returned, replacing Alicia Keys. For the first time in its history, the show featured a fifth coach, Kelsea Ballerini, who selected contestants to participate in The Comeback Stage.[2] Coaches and hosts On May 11, 2018, Kelly Clarkson confirmed she would return alongside Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Carson Daly will return for his fifteenth season as host. It was announced on September 10 that Kelsea Ballerini would become a fifth coach, mentoring unsuccessful auditioners on an online version in a new round called The Comeback Stage.[3] The Block, added in season 14, would return for a second season. A new round this season, entitled "The Comeback Stage", will see six artists who did not turn a chair in the Blind Auditions get a second ...more...

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Nick Jonas

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Nick Jonas

Nicholas Jerry Jonas (born September 16, 1992)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Jonas began acting in theater at the age of seven, and released his debut single in 2002. He released his eponymous debut album in 2004 to little success, though it did catch the attention of Columbia Records. Jonas opted to form a band with his older brothers, Joe and Kevin, known as the Jonas Brothers. The group released their debut studio album It's About Time through the Columbia label in 2006, which failed to achieve commercial success. After signing with Hollywood Records, the group released their self-titled second studio album in 2007, which became their breakthrough record. The band became prominent figures on the Disney Channel during this time, gaining a large following through the network: they appeared in the widely successful musical television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) as well as two of their own series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream (2 ...more...

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Motions of no confidence in the United Kingdom

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Motions of no confidence in the United Kingdom

Motions of no confidence, also called votes of confidence,[1] votes of no-confidence[2] or censure motions,[1] are a feature of the Westminster system of government used in the United Kingdom that requires an executive to retain the confidence of the House of Commons. It is a fundamental principle of the British constitution that the Government must retain the confidence of the legislature as it is not possible for a Government to operate effectively without the support of the majority of the legislature.[3] It is possible for a vote of no confidence to succeed where there is a minority government, a small majority or where there are internal party splits. Where there is a minority government, the government may seek agreements or pacts with minor parties in order to remain in office. Despite their importance to the British constitution, for a long time the rules surrounding motions of no confidence were dictated by convention. However, since the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, a vote of no confidence mean ...more...

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UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of the strongest UEFA national associations. The UEFA Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012–13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, drawing 360 million television viewers.[1] Introduced in 1992, the competition replaced the European Champion Clubs' Cup, or simply European Cup, which had run since 1955, adding a group stage to the competition and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries.[2] The pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each nation. During the 1990s, the forma ...more...

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Welcome to Marwen

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Welcome to Marwen

Welcome to Marwen is an upcoming American drama film[4] co-written by Robert Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson and directed by Zemeckis. It is inspired by Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol. The film stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, and Neil Jackson. The film will be released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2018. Premise Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell), is a victim of a violent assault, that came about when five men beat him and left him for dead, all because he told them that he liked being a cross dresser. Following the attack, he’s left with little to no memory of his previous adult life. In a desperate attempt to regain his memories, Hogancamp constructs a miniature World War II village, called Marwen, in his yard to help in his recovery. Cast Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp, a friend of Roberta, Caralala, and Julie. Anna is his caretaker and Suzette is his favorite actor. Leslie Mann as Nicol, ...more...

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Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the direct sequel to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, as well as a sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo with a screenplay by the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and features an ensemble cast with many actors from previous MCU films. The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015, and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to script the film. In July 2016, Marvel removed the film's title, referring to it simply as Untitled Avengers film. Filming began in August 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, shooting back-to-back with Avengers ...more...

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Kedarnath (film)

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Kedarnath (film)

Kedarnath (Hindi pronunciation: ) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama disaster film written, directed and co-produced by Abhishek Kapoor.[4] Featuring Sushant Singh Rajput and newcomer Sara Ali Khan in lead roles, it tells an inter-faith love story between a wealthy Hindu girl whose family owns a lodge and shops near the historic Kedarnath Temple in the Uttarakhand mountains and a humble Muslim boy who is a 'pithoo' (porter) working in the same vicinity. As their relationship grows closer, the pair face many obstacles, including familial disapproval and contrasting backgrounds; when the sudden rains of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods devastate the region, the couple are forced to survive against the elements and face the ultimate test of their love.[5] The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala of RSVP Movies and Abhishek Kapoor of Guy in the Sky Pictures, along with Pragya Kapoor and Abhishek Nayyar; it was co-written with Kapoor by Kanika Dhillon. The film's production began in June 2017,[6][7] and pr ...more...

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2018 European Women's Handball Championship

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2018 European Women's Handball Championship

The 2018 European Women's Handball Championship is being held in France in from 29 November to 16 December 2018. It is the first time France hosts the women's tournament. The matches are played in Brest, Montbéliard, Nancy, Nantes and Paris.[1] Venues Paris Nantes Montbéliard AccorHotels ArenaCapacity: 15,603 Hall XXLCapacity: 12,000 AxoneCapacity: 6,400 Nancy Brest Palais des Sports Jean WeilleCapacity: 6,000 Brest Arena Capacity: 4,500 Qualification Qualified teams All 16 qualified teams took part in the previous 2016 championship. Country Qualified as Date of qualification Previous appearances in tournament  France Host 20 September 2014 9 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)  Denmark Group 5 winner 24 March 2018 12 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)  Montenegro Group 2 winner 24 March 2018 4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)  Norway Group 1 winner 25 March 2018 12 (1994, 1996, 1 ...more...

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Chuck Schumer

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Chuck Schumer

Charles Ellis Schumer (; born November 23, 1950) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from New York, a seat he was first elected to in 1998. A member of the Democratic Party, he has also been the Senate Minority Leader since 2017. He first defeated three-term Republican incumbent Al D'Amato 55% to 44% before being reelected in 2004 with 71% of the vote, in 2010 with 66% of the vote, and in 2016 with 70% of the vote. He is the current dean of New York's congressional delegation. Before his election to the Senate, Schumer served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999, first representing New York's 16th congressional district before being redistricted to the 10th congressional district in 1983 and 9th congressional district in 1993. A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1980. Schumer was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005 to 20 ...more...

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Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.[21][22] For his work in the Western film Unforgiven (1992) and the sports drama Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. Eastwood's greatest commercial successes have been the adventure comedy Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and its sequel, the action comedy Any Which Way You Can (1980), after adjustment for inflation.[23] Other popular films include the Western Hang 'Em High (1968), the psychological thriller ...more...

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George H. W. Bush

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George H. W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American statesman and Republican Party politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993; he earlier served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He had also been a congressman, ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. During his career in public service, he was known simply as George Bush, but he was referred to as "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", or "George Bush Sr." after his son George W. Bush became the 43rd president in 2001. Bush postponed his university studies after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday, and became one of its youngest aviators. He served until September 1945, and then attended Yale University, graduating in 1948. He moved his family to West Texas where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964. After founding his own oil company, Bush was defeated in his fir ...more...

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Venom (2018 film)

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Venom (2018 film)

Venom is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel[5] and Tencent Pictures. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the first film in Sony's Marvel Universe, adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).[a] Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, and Kelly Marcel, it stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott. In Venom, journalist Brock gains superpowers after being bound to an alien symbiote whose species plans to invade Earth. Sony began developing a Venom film after the character made his cinematic debut in Spider-Man 3 (2007). After various iterations, work on a new version began in March 2016, with the intention of starting a new shared universe featuring those Marvel characters to which Sony possessed film rights; Sony also intended for the film to share the world of the MCU's Spider-Man: Home ...more...

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Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

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Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (born 1 January 1971) is an Indian politician. He is related to the Scindia family that once ruled in Gwalior and is a Member of Parliament, representing the Guna constituency in the state of Madhya Pradesh. He is a member of the Indian National Congress political party and was a 'Minister of State with independent charge' (i.e. a junior Minister in the Central Government of India who has independent charge of his ministry) of Power in the cabinet of prime minister Manmohan Singh from October 2012 until May 2014. He is also the titular king of Gwalior, meaning had the state of Gwalior not been abolished, today he would have been the ruler. [1][2] Early life Scindia was born on 1 January 1971 in Bombay to a Maratha[3] family. His parents were Madhavrao Scindia and Madhavi Raje Scindia. He studied at Campion School in the city and at The Doon School, Dehradun.[4] He studied Economics at Harvard University and graduated in 1993. In 2001, he received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Gr ...more...

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969) is an American singer, actress, dancer and producer. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination and became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film. She went on to star in Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), later establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood.[3] Lopez ventured into the music industry with her debut studio album On the 6 (1999), which helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. With the simultaneous release of her second studio album J.Lo and her romantic comedy The Wedding Planner in 2001, Lopez became the first woman to have a number one album and film in the same week. Her 2002 remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes, became the first in history to debut at number one on ...more...

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YouTube

YouTube, LLC is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries. YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most of the content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered ...more...

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Cox Communications

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Cox Communications

Cox Communications (also known as Cox Cable and formerly Cox Broadcasting Corporation, Dimension Cable Services and Times-Mirror Cable) is an American privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television, telecommunications and Home Automation services in the United States. It is the third-largest cable television provider in the United States,[1] serving more than 6.2 million customers, including 2.9 million digital cable subscribers, 3.5 million Internet subscribers,[2] and almost 3.2 million digital telephone subscribers, making it the seventh-largest telephone carrier in the country.[3] Cox is headquartered at 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd in Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S., in the Atlanta metropolitan area.[4] History Original version of current corporate logo, used from 1996 until 2007. Modified version of 1996 logo, used from 2007 until November 15, 2018; this variant (a re-treatment of the Bob Wages-designed emblem by Atlanta-based BrandFever [now Phase 3 Communications] ...more...

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Mortal Engines (film)

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Mortal Engines (film)

Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers and with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve, and starring Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. An American-New Zealand co-production, the film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities have been mounted on wheels and motorised, and prey on one another. Jackson purchased the rights to the book in 2009, but the film languished for several years before being officially announced in 2016. Jackson brought on several members of his production teams from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series', and filming took place from April to July 2017 in New Zealand. Mortal Engines had its world premiere on November 27, 2018 in London, was theatrically released in Australia and New Zealand on December 6, 2018 and will be in the United States on December 14, 2018.[8] ...more...

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Antilia (building)

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Antilia (building)

Antilla is a private home in South Mumbai, India. It is owned by Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and has a staff of 600 to maintain the residence 24 hours a day.[2][3][4][5] As of November 2014, it is deemed to be the world's most expensive residential property, after Buckingham Palace, which is designated as a British crown property. Antilia is thus the world's most expensive private residence,[6] valued over $1 billion. Its controversial design and ostentatious use by a single family has made it infamous in India and beyond, including severe criticism in the architectural press and mockery in popular media.[7] It is located on Altamount Road, Cumballa Hill in Mumbai. Naming The building is named after the mythic island Antilas (with two Ls).[8] Construction Antilla as seen from Altamount Road Antilla was built in consultation with US architecture firms Perkins and Will & Hirsch Bedner Associates (though neither firm lists it as a Notable Project), with the Australian-based cons ...more...

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Nita Ambani

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Nita Ambani

Nita Dalal Mukesh Ambani (born 1 November 1963) is the chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries.[2] With a family fortune estimated in excess of $40 billion, she is among the richest in India. She is married to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani.[3] She is also an art collector[4][5] and owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team.[6] Nita is the founder and chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai. She was listed in 2016 in 'the fifty high and mighty Indians' list by India Today.[7] and in 'the most influential women business leaders in Asia' list by Forbes[8]. She was also the first Indian woman to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).[9] Early life Nita Ambani (née Dalal)[10] was born on November 1, 1963 in a middle-class Gujarati family in Mumbai to Ravindrabhai Dalal and Purnima Dalal.[11] She completed her bachelor's degree in Commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Comm ...more...

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A Simple Favor (film)

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A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film[1] directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart, and follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend. A Simple Favor was released in the United States on September 14, 2018, by Lionsgate. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, with praise for the plot twists and performances of Kendrick and Lively, and has grossed over $92 million worldwide. Plot Stephanie Smothers is a widowed single mother who runs a vlog with crafts and recipes. Emily is a busy working mother, a PR director for a fashion company, whose son Nicky attends the same elementary school as Stephanie's son, Miles. Emily and Stephanie become fast friends, arranging play dates for the boys. They trade confessions, and Step ...more...

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Bumblebee (film)

Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film centered around the Transformers character of the same name. It is the sixth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a prequel to 2007's Transformers. Directed by Travis Knight in his first live action film and written by Christina Hodson, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon, with Dylan O'Brien, Peter Cullen, Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux in voice roles. It is the first live-action Transformers film not to be directed by Michael Bay, though he still acts as a producer. Principal photography on the film began on July 31, 2017, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. Bumblebee premiered in Berlin on December 3, 2018, and is scheduled for release in the United States on December 21, 2018, in 2D, Real D 3D, and Dolby Cinema. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the action and Steinfeld's performance, as well as the 1980s setting an ...more...

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Yellow vests movement

The yellow vests movement (French: Mouvement des gilets jaunes, pronounced ), also referred to as the yellow jacket movement, is a protest movement that started online in May 2018 and led to demonstrations that began in France on 17 November 2018 and rapidly spread to Wallonia, Belgium. Motivated by rising fuel prices, the high cost of living and claims that a disproportionate burden of the government's tax reforms were falling on the working and middle classes,[28][29][30] especially in rural and peri-urban areas,[7][31] protesters have called for reductions in fuel taxes, the reintroduction of the solidarity tax on wealth, the raising of the minimum wage, and the resignation of Emmanuel Macron as President of France. The movement's leaders chose the yellow vest a symbol because, since 2008, a law has required all French motorists to have high-visibility vests in their vehicles when driving. As a result, reflective vests were widely available, inexpensive, and symbolic.[12] By early-December 2018, the symbo ...more...

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Dan White

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Dan White

Daniel James White (September 2, 1946 – October 21, 1985) was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on Monday, November 27, 1978, at City Hall. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang "Twinkie defense", White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder in the deaths of Milk and Moscone. White served five years of a seven-year prison sentence. Less than two years after his release he returned to San Francisco and committed suicide. Early life White was born in Long Beach, California,[1] the second of nine children. He was raised by Irish-American, working class parents in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.[2] He attended Riordan High School until he was expelled for violence in his junior year. He went on to attend Woodrow Wilson High School,[3] where he was valedictorian of his class. White enlisted in the United States Army in June 1965. He was a sergeant in the 101st ...more...

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Brexit

Brexit ( or ), a portmanteau of "British exit", is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). It follows the referendum of 23 June 2016 when 52 percent of those who voted supported withdrawal. The UK joined the European Communities (EC) in 1973, with membership confirmed by a referendum in 1975. In the 1970s and 1980s, withdrawal from the EC was advocated mainly from the political left, while from the 1990s, the main advocates came from the right, in particular the new UK Independence Party. Prime Minister David Cameron held a referendum to fulfil a 2015 manifesto pledge. Cameron, who had campaigned to remain, resigned after the result and was succeeded by Theresa May. She called a snap general election less than a year later, in which she lost her overall majority. Her minority government is supported in key votes by the Democratic Unionist Party. On 29 March 2017, the UK government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The UK is due to leave the EU on ...more...

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Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas

Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas, billed as Tyson Is Back!, was a professional boxing match that occurred at the Tokyo Dome on February 11, 1990. The event is historically significant, as the then-undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson lost by knockout to the 42–1 underdog[1][2] Douglas. The fight is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history.[3][4][5][6] Background Going into the fight, Mike Tyson was the undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He held the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles. Despite the several controversies that marked Tyson's profile at the time, such as his abusive relationship with Robin Givens; the contractual battles between longtime manager Bill Cayton and promoter Don King; and Tyson's departure from longtime trainer Kevin Rooney;[2] Tyson was still dominant in the ring, scoring a 93-second knockout against Carl "The Truth" Williams in his previous fight. Most considered this fight to be a warm-up bout for Tyson before meeting up with then-unde ...more...

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez[a] (born October 13, 1989), sometimes referred to by her initials AOC,[2][3][4] is an American politician and educator.[5][6] She is the U.S. Representative-elect for New York's 14th congressional district, elected on November 6, 2018. On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district covering parts of the Bronx and Queens in New York City, defeating the incumbent Congressman, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, in what was described as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries.[12] Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.[13] When she takes office on January 3, 2019, at the age of 29, Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman to serve in Congress in the history of the United States,[14] a distinction that was previously held by New York Republican Elise Stefanik, who was elected at age 30 in 2014.[15] Early life and education Ocasio-Cortez was born in The Bronx, New York City, on O ...more...

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is an Academy Award-winning popular song written by Frank Loesser in 1944, which gained wide recognition in 1949 when it was performed in the film Neptune's Daughter. While the lyrics make no mention of any holiday, it is popularly regarded as a Christmas song owing to its winter theme. The song was released in no fewer than 8 recordings in 1949 and has been covered numerous times since. History During the 1940s, when Hollywood celebrities attended parties, they were expected to perform. In 1944, Loesser wrote "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to sing with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their housewarming party in New York City at the Navarro Hotel. They sang the song to indicate to guests that it was time to leave.[1] Garland has written that after the first performance, "We became instant parlor room stars. We got invited to all the best parties for years on the basis of 'Baby.' It was our ticket to caviar and truffles. Parties were built around our being the closing act."[1] In 1948, afte ...more...

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Michael Caines

Michael Andrew Caines MBE (born 3 January 1969)[1] is an English chef born in Exeter, Devon. He was head chef of Gidleigh Park in Devon until January 2016.[2] Biography Born in Exeter in 1969, he was adopted by Mary and Peter Caines[3] He became the Head Chef at Gidleigh Park in 1994 but he lost his full right arm in a car accident soon afterwards.[4] In 1999, Gidleigh Park was awarded a second Michelin Star, and in 2001 Caines won Chef of the Year at The Catey Awards. Caines departed Gidleigh Park in January 2016[5] and was replaced by Michelin-starred chef, Michael Wignall.[6] Michael Caines Restaurants Ltd was founded in 1999 and the Michael Caines Restaurant opened at the Bristol Marriott Royal in July 2003. However, a meeting with Andrew Brownsword in early 2000 resulted in a partnership and the purchase of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter in October 2000. In 2017 the hotel suffered a devastating fire and is currently being rebuilt by Andrew Brownsword.[7] Together they developed the ABode Hotels c ...more...

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (also known and stylized on screen simply as Mowgli ) is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys, and Freida Pinto, along with voice and motion capture performances from Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, and Serkis. Talks of a new Jungle Book film from Warner Bros. Pictures began in 2012 and various directors, including Steve Kloves, Ron Howard, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, were approached before Serkis was confirmed in March 2014. Much of the cast signed on that August and principal photography began in March 2015. Filming took place in South Africa and at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, England. Originally scheduled to be released in October 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was delayed numerous times to work on the visual effects and to create space between itself and ...more...

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Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson (born 13 January 1982)[1] is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout (2005), Jane Eyre (2006), as Alice Morgan in the BBC TV psychological crime drama Luther (2010–present)[2], and as Alison Lockhart in the Showtime drama The Affair (2014–18). Her film credits include Anna Karenina (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Suite Française (2015), Locke (2013), I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016), and Dark River (2017). Wilson is a three-time Olivier Award nominee and two-time winner, earning the Best Actress for the titular role in Anna Christie, and Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire.[3] She has won a Golden Globe for her role in The Affair and received nominations for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in Jane Eyre. Early life Wilson was born in Ashford, Kent, the daughter of M ...more...

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an American period comedy-drama web television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, that premiered on March 17, 2017, on Amazon Video. The series stars Rachel Brosnahan as the eponymous Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a housewife in 1958 New York City who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy. Following the premiere of the pilot episode to critical acclaim, the series was picked up by Amazon for a two-season order on April 10, 2017. The first season was released on November 29, 2017, to positive reviews. The series won two Golden Globe Awards (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Brosnahan) and five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Brosnahan. It was renewed for a third season on May 20, 2018, before the second season had aired. The second season was released on December 5, 2018. Plot Miriam "Midge" Maisel is an upper middle class Jewish housewife livi ...more...

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Government shutdowns in the United States

In United States politics, a government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass or the President fails to sign appropriations: legislation funding federal government operations and agencies. In this case, the current interpretation of the Antideficiency Act requires that the federal government begin a "shutdown" of the affected activities involving the furlough of non-essential personnel and curtailment of agency activities and services. Since 1976, when the current budget and appropriations process was enacted, there have been twenty gaps in budget funding, eight of which led to federal employees being furloughed. Prior to 1990, funding gaps did not always lead to government shutdowns, but since 1990 the practice has been to shut down the government for all funding gaps. Shutdowns have also occurred at the state, territorial and local levels of government. During the Ronald Reagan administration, there were three funding gaps leading to shutdowns lasting one day or less. A funding gap in 1990 during the ...more...

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December 12

December 12 is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 19 days remaining until the end of the year. Events 627 – Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh. 884 – King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by his cousin, emperor Charles the Fat, who for the last time reunites the Frankish Empire. 1098 – First Crusade: Siege of Ma'arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism. 1388 – Mary of Enghien sells the lordship of Argos and Nauplia to the Republic of Venice. 1408 – The Order of the Dragon, a monarchical chivalric order, is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then king of Hungary. 1781 – American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant: A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet. 1787 – P ...more...

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Pentatonix

Pentatonix (abbreviated PTX) is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee. Avi Kaplan was formerly a member of the group; he was replaced by Sallee in 2017. Characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, percussion and beatboxing, they are widely known for their covers, mostly of modern pop works or Christmas songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with original material. Pentatonix formed in 2011 and subsequently won the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off, receiving $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony Music.[1][2] When Sony's Epic Records dropped the group after The Sing-Off, the group formed its YouTube channel, distributing its music through Madison Gate Records, a label owned by Sony Pictures.[3][4][5] With over 16 million subscribers and 3.6 billion views, Pentatonix's YouTube channel is currently the 50th most-subscribed-to YouTube channel ...more...

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, film producer, and businessperson. Aniston is known for portraying Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), for which she earned a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG). The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television. Aniston has played the female lead in a number of comedies and romantic comedies. Her box office hits include Bruce Almighty (2003), The Break-Up (2006), Marley & Me (2008), Just Go with It (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011), and We're the Millers (2013), each of which have grossed over US$200 million in worldwide receipts. Her most critically acclaimed roles were in Office Space (1999), The Good Girl (2002), for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Friends with Money (2006), and the drama Cake (2014), for which she ...more...

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Voyager 2

Voyager 2 is a space probe launched by NASA on August 20, 1977, to study the outer planets. Part of the Voyager program, it was launched 16 days before its twin, Voyager 1, on a trajectory that took longer to reach Jupiter and Saturn but enabled further encounters with Uranus and Neptune.[4] It is the only spacecraft to have visited both of the ice giant planets. Its primary mission ended with the exploration of the Neptunian system on October 2, 1989, after having visited the Uranian system in 1986, the Saturnian system in 1981, and the Jovian system in 1979. Voyager 2 is now in its extended mission to study the outer reaches of the Solar System and has been operating for 41 years, 3 months and 23 days as of 13 December 2018. It remains in contact through the NASA Deep Space Network.[5] At a distance of 119 AU (1.78×1010 km) (about 16.5 light-hours)[6] from the Sun as of late 2018,[7] moving at a velocity of 15.341 km/s (55,230 km/h)[8] relative to the Sun, Voyager 2 is the fourth of five spacecraft to ach ...more...

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Elon Musk

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Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk FRS (; born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer.[9][10][11] He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX;[12] co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.;[13] co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.[14] As of October 2018, he has a net worth of $22.8 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 54th-richest person in the world.[15] Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk moved to Canada when he was 17 to attend Queen's University. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania two years later, where he received an economics degree from the Wharton School and a degree in physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. He began a Ph.D. in applied physics and material sciences at Stanford University in 1995 but dropped out after two days to pursue an entrepreneurial career. He su ...more...

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Queen (band)

Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music. Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury, then known by his birth name, Farrokh Bulsara, was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. Mercury joined in 1970, suggested the name "Queen", and adopted his familiar stage name. Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later that year an ...more...

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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK[14] or Britain,[note 10] is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands.[15] Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The U ...more...

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2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage

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2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage

The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 18 September and is scheduled to end on 12 December 2018.[1] A total of 32 teams compete in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League.[2] Draw The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2018, 18:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[3] The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (Regulations Article 13.06):[2] Pot 1 contains the Champions League title holders, the Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2017 UEFA country coefficients.[4] If either the Champions League or Europa League title holders are one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the association ranked seventh (and possibly eighth) are also seeded into Pot 1. Pot ...more...

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Kotii Reddy

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Kotii Reddy

Kotii Reddy Saripalli is an Indian businessman. He is the founder of Kotii group of ventures, Hyderabad.[1][2] Early life Reddy was born and brought up in Gudivada, Krishna District. He hails from a middle-class family. He completed his SSC in 1998 and studied PGDCA course in Gudivada. At age 14, he came to Hyderabad to excel in computers and worked as computer faculty of C Language. He was hired by Microsoft despite not having completed a college degree.  He became one of the youngest Java Certified Professional (JCP) in India. He was later selected as Project head by the Application Architect at Microsoft. After he joined Microsoft, he completed his graduation and a Doctorate from the University of Washington.[3] Career After ten years at Microsoft, he left to create Kotii Group of Ventures,[4] a group of self-sufficient, profitable ventures aimed at reaching 784 core people around 238 countries[5] in sectors including Health Tech, Core Tech R&D, Edutech, Fintech, Philanthrophy, Mediatech, Life S ...more...

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Pablo Escobar

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (, Spanish: ; 1 December 1949 – 2 December 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist. His cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States at the height of his career, turning over US$21.9 billion a year in personal income.[2][3] He was often called "The King of Cocaine" and was the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated known net worth of between US$25 and US$30 billion by the early 1990s (equivalent to between about $48.5 and $56 billion as of 2017),[4][5] making him one of the richest men in the world in his prime.[6][7] Escobar was born in Rionegro, Colombia, and grew up in nearby Medellín, studying briefly at Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellin but left without a degree. He began to engage in criminal activity involving the sale of contraband cigarettes and fake lottery tickets, and also participated in motor vehicle theft. In the 1970s, he began to work for various contraband smugglers, often kidnapping and hol ...more...

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Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande-Butera (;[1] born June 26, 1993)[2] is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born of Italian heritage in Florida, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and in the spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–2014). She has also appeared in other theatre and television roles and has lent her voice to animated television and films. Grande's music career began in 2011 with the soundtrack Music from Victorious. Since then, Grande has earned three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), and Sweetener (2018). She has also attained a number-two album with Dangerous Woman (2016). Her upcoming fifth studio album Thank U, Next is expected to be released in 2018. Furthermore, Grande has earned six top-five singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Problem", "Break Free", "Bang Bang", "Side to Side", "No Tears Left to Cry", and the chart-toppi ...more...

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Psycho-Pirate

The Psycho-Pirate is the name of two DC Comics supervillains, dating back to the Golden Age of Comics. Publication history The Charles Halstead version of Psycho-Pirate first appears in All-Star Comics #23 and was created by Gardner Fox and Joe Gallagher. The Roger Hayden version of Psycho-Pirate first appears in Showcase #56 and was created by Fox and Murphy Anderson. Fictional character biography Charles Halstead Charles Halstead is a minor character who first appears in All-Star Comics #23, created by Gardner Fox and Joe Gallagher. He was originally a linotyper for the Daily Courier who became jealous of his boss's success; later, he becomes a criminal mastermind under the name Psycho-Pirate. He plans crimes based on emotions, hoping to ruin his boss. Nothing is known of the life of Charles Halstead before he became a linotyper at the Daily Courier. A long-time employee, Halstead was a friend and favorite of publisher Rex Morgan. Secretly, however, Halstead was frustrated with his lack of advancement ...more...

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Phishing

An example of a phishing email, disguised as an official email from a (fictional) bank. The sender is attempting to trick the recipient into revealing confidential information by "confirming" it at the phisher's website. Note the misspelling of the words received and discrepancy as recieved and discrepency respectively. Also note that although the URL of the bank's webpage appears to be legitimate, the hyperlink would actually be pointed at the phisher's webpage. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.[1][2] Typically carried out by email spoofing[3] or instant messaging,[4] it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to the legitimate site.[5] Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques being used to deceive users. Users are often lured by communications purporting to be from tru ...more...

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Anil Ambani

Anil Dhirubhai Ambani (born 4 June 1959) is an Indian business magnate. He is the chairman of Reliance Group (also referred to Reliance ADA Group) which came into existence in June 2005 following a demerger from Reliance Industries Limited. He leads a large number of stock listed corporations including Reliance Capital,[3] Reliance Infrastructure,[4] Reliance Power and Reliance Communications.[5] As of October 2018, Ambani's net worth was $2.1 billion according to the Forbes billionaire list.[6] His major business interests in entertainment includes 44 FM radio stations, nationwide DTH business, animation studios, and several multiplex cinemas throughout India.[7] He is married to former Bollywood actress, Tina Munim and has two sons Anmol[8] and Anshul.[9] After the death of his father in 2002, Anil Ambani took over the reins of Reliance Group with interests in Telecom, Entertainment, Financial Services, Power and Infrastructure.[10] In 2008, Ambani is also credited with India's largest IPO of Reliance Po ...more...

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Sara Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan (pronounced ; born 12 August 1995) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. Born to actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh in Geneva, Switzerland, she is a member of the Pataudi family, and is the granddaughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. After graduating from Columbia University, Khan made her acting debut in the romantic drama Kedarnath (2018), which co-starred Sushant Singh Rajput. Early life and background Sara Ali Khan was born on 12 August 1995 in Geneva, Switzerland, to Saif Ali Khan, son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, and Amrita Singh; both are actors of the Hindi film industry.[1][2] She is a part of the Pataudi family.[3] Her brother, Ibrahim Ali Khan, worked as a child actor in Tashan (2008).[4] Her half-brother, Taimur Ali Khan, is Saif's son from his second marriage to Kareena Kapoor.[5] She is of predominantly Bengali and Pathan descent on her father's side, and of Punjabi descent on her mother's side.[6][7] When Khan was a four year-o ...more...

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Stormy Daniels

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Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels[5] (born March 17, 1979 as Stephanie Gregory),[1] legally known as Stephanie Clifford,[6] and also known professionally as Stormy Waters, is an American pornographic actress, stripper, and director. She has won numerous industry awards, and is a member of the NightMoves, AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.[7][8][9] In 2009, a recruitment effort led her to consider challenging incumbent David Vitter for the 2010 Senate election in her native Louisiana.[10] In 2018, Daniels became involved in a legal dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. Trump and his surrogates paid $130,000 hush money to silence Daniels about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006. Trump's spokespeople have denied the affair and accused Daniels of lying. Early life Stephanie Gregory was born on March 17, 1979,[6][2] to Sheila and Bill Gregory, who divorced about 3 or 4 years later. She was subsequently raised by her mother.[11][1] She graduated from Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton ...more...

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Motion of no confidence

A motion of no-confidence, alternatively vote of no confidence, or (unsuccessful) confidence motion, is a statement or vote which states that a person in a position of responsibility (government, managerial, etc.) is no longer deemed fit to hold that position, perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel detrimental. As a parliamentary motion, it demonstrates to the head of state that the elected parliament no longer has confidence in (one or more members of) the appointed government. A censure motion is different from a no-confidence motion. Depending on the constitution of the body concerned, "no confidence" may lead to dismissal of the Council of Ministers or other position-holders, whereas "censure" is meant to show disapproval and does not result in the resignation of ministers. The censure motion can be against an individual minister or a group of ministers, but the no-confidence motion is directed against the ...more...

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Amber Heard

Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986)[1] is an American actress. She made her film debut in 2004 in the sports drama Friday Night Lights. After small roles in North Country and Alpha Dog, Heard played her first leading role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) and appeared in The CW television show Hidden Palms (2007). Heard's breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. She received the Breakthrough Award at Young Hollywood Awards. Her appearance in films such as The Informers, The Stepfather, Zombieland, and The Joneses brought her further attention. She next starred in John Carpenter's The Ward, alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry, and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary, for which she won a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. In 2014 she appeared in 3 Days to Kill, and in 2015 in Magic Mike XXL and The Danish Girl. She played Mera in the 2017 superhero film Justice League, which she reprised in Aquaman. Early life Heard was born in Austin, Texas, t ...more...

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