Surprise! DirecTV sends customer $184,000 bill

DirecTV dished out a $184,530.67 satellite television bill to an Ohio woman, and no, it wasn't for a new HBO/Showtime package. Angela Mixon-Smith, an Army veteran, recently agreed to bundle her DirecTV service with a new AT&T cell phone plan, and has been receiving strange service bills ever since. Mixon-Smith said she opened the bill Monday and began to feel ill. According to KTLA: “I mean, my chest got heavy,” the Ohio, woman told KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland on Wednesday. “I had to...
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Obama Attacks Trumpism In Return To Campaign Trail: 'Our Democracy Is At Stake'

RICHMOND, VA. — Former President Barack Obama took some veiled shots at President Donald Trump Thursday night, warning against the “politics of division and distraction” in his first day back on the campaign trail since Trump’s victory last November. “We have folks who are deliberately trying to get folks angry, to demonize people with different ideas, to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage,” Obama said at a rally for Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D),...
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'Our Democracy Is At Stake,' Obama Says Of Virginia Race For Governor

Former President Obama hit the campaign trail Thursday in support of Democrat Ralph Northam, and took some implicit shots at President Trump and GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie.(Image credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ultimate Ears introduces UE BLAST and MEGABLAST portable speakers with Alexa Voice Assistant

Ultimate Ears (UE) has announced two new portable speakers; the UE BLAST and MEGABLAST with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant support built-in. From the look of them, they look very identical to the previous Boom speakers from UE but differ with the internal hardware. The BLAST speaker duo has WiFi chip built-in which is how you … Continue reading "Ultimate Ears introduces UE BLAST and MEGABLAST portable speakers with Alexa Voice Assistant"
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Thank your lucky stars! The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Keep your eyes to the sky Friday and Saturday. You'll be able to see one of the year's best space shows.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump Rips 'Wacky' Congresswoman For Criticizing His Phone Call To Combat Widow

President Donald Trump resorted to name-calling in a tweet late Thursday, blasting a congresswoman as “wacky” for criticizing his condolence call to the widow of a Florida soldier slain in Niger.
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How Steve Bannon's Time In Hollywood Changed Him

Bannon, the man who helped steer and engineer President Trump's recent political success, underwent an evolution during his time in — of all places — Hollywood.(Image credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
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James and Korver heat up from 3, Cavs beat Bucks 116-97

LeBron James had 24 points and eight assists, and Kyle Korver hit three straight 3s in a decisive third-quarter run to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-97            [Author: AP]
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The Week In Sports: World Series Time, Sled Dog Doping

The Fall Classic is close. Scott Simon and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant discuss who's in and who's out of the World Series, Dusty Baker's ouster from the Washington Nationals and a doping scandal in the Iditarod.
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Tillerson’s Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran. While the United […]
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Broke A Major Taboo On Primetime TV

Rachel Bloom's hit show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is back for a third season and it is pushing the boundaries of primetime television.This week's episode, "To Josh, With Love," which aired last night, marked the first time a network show explained the use of the clitoris. Bloom, the writer and star of the show, was inspired to create this plotline after she read a CNN article about the gendered "orgasm gap." In an interview with Mic, she recalled that the article didn't mention the clitoris until hal...
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Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump’s sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they’ve muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The GOP on Thursday narrowly backed the budget plan, a prerequisite […]
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LEADING OFF: Verlander, Astros try to force Game 7 vs Yanks

A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ TRUST IN JUSTIN Justin Verlander and the Astros try to stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 7 in the AL Championship Series when they host the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park (8:08 p.m. EDT). Verlander has won all eight outings […]
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Someone Paid $16,000 For A Trump Doodle Of The Empire State Building

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump has sold at auction for $16,000.  (Julien’s Auctions via AP) Julien’s Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995. Julien’s says the piece signed by Trump went for less than $100 the first time it was sold. It was estimated t...
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Melania Trump's inaugural gown enters Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection

Melania Trump hands over her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian to join dozens of past FLOTUS frocks.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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End of Australia auto-making sector as Holden closes doors

The last car rolled off the production line of Australian automaker Holden on Friday, marking the demise of a national industry unable to stand up to global competition. The closure of the Elizabeth plant in South Australia is the end of an era for Holden, which first started in the state as a saddlery business in 1856 and made the nation's first mass-produced car in 1948. The brand has long been an Australian household name, with 1970s commercials singing that "football, meat pies, kangaroos ...
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Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage

The Air Force has been scrambling to address a huge shortfall in combat pilots. Friday's order greatly expands the Pentagon's ability to recall them.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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A's replenish young boy's memorabilia collection after losing it in a fire

The Oakland A's came to the rescue of a 9-year-old boy who lost his entire memorabilia collection when a California wild fire destroyed his family's home.           
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SeaWorld sends manatees to Ohio zoos for rehab stints

CINCINNATI (AP) — Orphaned manatees from SeaWorld Orlando have been sent to two Ohio Zoos to receive care before they’re eventually released into the wild. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden received three manatees this week and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium received one. Both zoos are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Manatee […]
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Some curious parenting advice from history

And somehow, those babies must have survived in order to produce subsequent generations.
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Insurance cost of 2017 hurricanes and earthquakes approaching $100 billion

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico are racking up loses for insurers.            [Author: The Associated Press]
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Alabama cop-killer raises middle fingers, curses state as he is put to death

Supreme Court refuses to halt the execution amid a lawsuit over the lethal injection protocol.            [Author: Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser]
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Trump celebrates IS defeat in Raqqa

STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump says the end of the Islamic State “is in sight” after the militant group was driven out of Raqqa, its self-declared capital in Syria. Trump says in a statement that the recapture of Raqqa by the Syrian Democratic Forces is “a critical breakthrough in our worldwide campaign to […]
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The U.S. Army Has a Deadly New Sniper Rifle

Heckler & Koch showed off its M110A1 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle this week. Despite a brief period of ambiguity wrought by budget-jousting among lawmakers in Congress, the Army’s new and improved sniper rifle is alive and well. Heckler & Koch showed off its M110A1 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle, selected for the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) program on the floor of the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference and exposition in Washington this week, a fi...
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Daimler profits hit by costs of diesel emissions recall

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler said Friday that its net profit fell 16 percent in the third quarter as a voluntary recall to improve diesel emissions hurt earnings at its Mercedes-Benz luxury car brand. Net profit fell to 2.3 billion euros ($2.7 billion) despite a 6 percent increase in sales revenue to 40.8 […]
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Therapists say more clients are reporting Trump revenge fantasies in sessions

Clients who still can't believe Trump is now the sitting Preisident are sharing revenge fantasies about Trump with their therapists. (more…)
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Kurz tasked with forming new Austrian government

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s president has formally tasked conservative leader Sebastian Kurz with forming a new government after his party finished first in last weekend’s election. Kurz said after meeting President Alexander Van der Bellen on Friday that he wants to put together a government “that has the courage and determination to bring about real […]
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Bold predictions for Week 8 in college football

Butch Jones' last game. A Sam Darnold masterpiece. Baylor gets its first win. Ole Miss tops LSU. Penn State rolls. And FSU or Louisville miss a bowl.            [Author: USA TODAY Sports]
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Quentin Tarantino reveals he knew about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour decades ago and is ashamed he kept quiet

Quentin Tarantino has said he knew about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour towards women for decades and feels ashamed that he did not do more to stop it. The director, who has worked with Weinstein on all of his films, said he wished he had "taken responsibility" after hearing several credible stories from prominent actresses about Weinstein's misconduct. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” he told the New York Times. “There was more to it than just the normal rumours, the normal gossip...
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Does your kid have a 'finsta' account? Why it's a big deal

The term combines fake and Instagram, and represents a more personal feed.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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