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Amazon Tackles Hollywood’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Obsession

It was published only after the critic Edmund Wilson completed a version based on notes left behind. The best-known adaptation, directed by Elia Kazan and starring Robert De Niro, was a disaster in 1976. “So enervated that it’s like a vampire movie after the vampires have left,” the critic Pauline Kael wrote at the time in The New Yorker. But the creative ensemble behind the new “Last Tycoon” saw the unfinished aspect of the book as an opening. “Keep the icons from the novel — the Shiva head, the two-dimes-and-a-matchbox…

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Crime in England and Wales Is Rising at Fastest Rate in a Decade

When it comes to crimes committed with guns, up by 23 percent, and knife crime, which spiked by 20 percent to its highest level in seven years, experts say the increases go well beyond recording practices. Photo A suspect was arrested in London, accused of possession of a weapon. Credit Carl Court/Getty Images “We are concerned about the trend of young people carrying knives to settle their differences,” said Steve O’Connell, the chairman of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee. “More young people are carrying out serious violence and…

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What the 2018 Pirelli Calendar Says About Race

For Mr. Combs, who made headlines in 2001 when he posed with Ms. Campbell for a cover of British Vogue, the calendar comes at a time when there needs to be what he called “an unapologetic expression of black pride.” Continue reading the main story “I moved mountains to be a part of this,” said Mr. Combs, as he sat in his dressing room after the shoot. “It is a chance to push social consciousness and break down barriers. For so many years, something like this would not have happened…

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Sessions reinstates asset forfeiture policy at Justice Department

Former FBI Director James Comey made it clear in his Congressional testimony that he didn’t trust Attorney General Jeff Sessions CBS News Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 11:55 AM EDT The Justice Department announced their plans to reinstate the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects — making it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions — such as cars and money — without indictments or…

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Sessions signals more police property seizures coming from Justice Department

Former FBI Director James Comey made it clear in his Congressional testimony that he didn’t trust Attorney General Jeff Sessions CBS News The Justice Department will soon make it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. Sessions said a shift will be announced this week that will increase the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions — such as cars…

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Hit by Lightning: Tales From Survivors

Unlike other states, Florida has all-season thunderstorms, which peak during summer. And it has an outsize number of year-round boaters, beachgoers, fishing enthusiasts and golfers — human lightning rods in wide, flat, open spaces. Lightning likes to strike the tallest thing around. Sometimes it’s a tree. Sometimes it’s a human. While the odds of being hit are extremely low, lightning is unpredictable. It can lurk far from where you think danger lives. Floridians are trained to listen for thunder. The savvier among us know to count the seconds between seeing…

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Sessions signals more police property seizures coming

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that the Justice Department will make it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions — such as cars and money — without indictments or evidence a crime has been committed. Sessions said a shift will be announced this week that will increase the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects. “With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to…

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California Extends Climate Bill, Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a Victory

Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in both the Assembly and the Senate. But in pushing the bill through, Mr. Brown had to navigate moderate Democrats, who were nervous voting for a measure that could raise the cost of gasoline, as well as objections from Republicans, who have often opposed such measures as costly for consumers and businesses. In addition, one Democratic member of the Assembly was absent this week, putting pressure on Democrats to recruit some Republican support. While the business community was supportive of the bill, environmentalists — a…

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Hundreds Of Coastal Communities Could Face Monthly Floods In The Coming Decades

Nearly 670 coastal areas in America could face monthly bouts of flooding by the end of this century, including more than 60 percent of communities along the East and Gulf coasts, according to a study released Wednesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The analysis, published in the peer-reviewed journal Elementa, is the first to examine the threat of chronic flooding to the entire coastline of the lower 48 states. The term is used for areas where 10 percent of a community’s land is flooded at least 26 times per…

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