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Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence – New York Times

Saturday, October 28, 2017

As of Friday night it was unclear whether separatist leaders — who hours earlier exulted at the independence declaration — would resist. The mood in the city of Barcelona was a mix of intense joy and subdued trepidation. “We believe it is urgent to listen to Catalan citizens, to all of them, so that they can decide their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf,” Mr….

Conservative website first paid Fusion GPS for Trump research – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A conservative publication said Friday it paid a Washington research firm to start probing Donald Trump’s background — a move that set in motion a chain of events leading to an explosive dossier alleging ties between Trump associates and Russia. In a statement, the Washington Free Beacon said it retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential election. Two people familiar with billionaire GOP…

The Finance 202: K Street is coming to Congress: The tax battle is just starting – Washington Post

Saturday, October 28, 2017

THE TICKER What is Washington doing on tax reform? Everything you need to know here. And now, for a tax overhaul: The Price Tag Cometh.  House Republicans approved a budget Thursday that frees the party to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over a decade, provided leaders in both chambers can keep their members marching in lockstep. But the razor-thin margin (roll call vote here) — the tally was 216 to 212,…

Here are some of the most bizarre documents from the newly released JFK files – Business Insider

Saturday, October 28, 2017

John F. Kennedy’s motorcade approximately one minute before he is fatally shot along Elm St. on Dealey PlazaUncredited/AP Thousands of previously classified files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination have been released. They detail things like Lee Harvey Oswald’s activities leading up to the shooting, bizarre tip-offs before Kennedy’s and Oswald’s deaths, and the CIA’s efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro. President Donald Trump on Thursday approved the release of more…

Spain suspends Catalonia’s government, takes over regional police, calls for snap elections – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

People celebrate after the Catalan regional parliament passed a declaration of independence from Spain in Barcelona on Friday. (Yves Herman/Reuters) BARCELONA — Spain’s prime minister announced Friday he would dismantle the Catalan government, suspend its ministers, dissolve its parliament, take over regional police and call home any Catalan diplomats abroad — just hours after the breakaway region declared independence. The Spanish Senate gave the central government in Madrid unprecedented powers…

Amazon Echo review (2017): Good price, bad sound – Engadget

Friday, October 27, 2017

Alexa can now learn “Routines,” which let you set a group of actions for the assistant to carry out when you say a specific phrase — just like the Google Assistant already does. For example, tell Alexa “Start my day,” and she will rattle off the weather forecast, traffic report and a news briefing. I tried to create a routine called “Goodbye” that would turn off my lights and stop…

Taylor Swift Goes Full Cyborg in "…Ready for It?" Music Video – E! Online

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Three is adding ‘free’ Apple Music data to Go Binge plans – Engadget

Friday, October 27, 2017

The offering trumps EE, which currently offers a six-month trial of Apple Music with “free” streaming data. Three’s roster of zero-rated services, however, pales in comparison to Vodafone. In early November, the network operator will launch five paid data “Passes.” The most alluring is the Video Pass, which costs £7 per month and gives you “free” data for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Vevo, My5 and TV Player. The Music…

Latin Music Revenue Up 44%, Payouts Still ‘Despacito’ – Variety

Friday, October 27, 2017

For all the streaming glory benefiting Latin music with global hits such as “Despacito,” it’s the lackluster payouts from on-demand services such as YouTube that should serve as a call to action, according to Cary Sherman, RIAA’s chairman and CEO. Sherman’s appeal comes in the latest RIAA mid-year report, which shows that U.S. Latin Music revenues in the first half of 2017 grew by 44% ($115 million), from the previous…

Report: Amazon’s Prime Music Is The Third Biggest On-Demand Streaming Music Platform – Forbes

Friday, October 27, 2017

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg There is no question that when it comes to on-demand streaming music, Spotify and Apple Music rule the industry. The two sites have long been running the show in the still-growing field, with many others lagging behind. That said, it appears that one choice that has never gotten the same level of attention is doing much better than many would have imagined. After those two aforementioned…

Spain to impose direct rule over Catalonia after region declares independence – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

BARCELONA — The Spanish Senate gave the central government in Madrid unprecedented powers over Catalonia on Friday, just minutes after the breakaway region declared independence, sharply escalating a constitutional crisis in the center of western Europe. The two votes — one for independence, one to restore constitutional rule — came in dueling sessions of parliaments in Barcelona and Madrid. The central government easily won permission to take over control of…

A helpful explainer for Taylor Swift’s bonkers ‘… Ready For it?’ music video – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

Don’t worry. You’re not alone if you watched Taylor Swift’s new music video and your reaction was “What — what was that?” On the surface, the video is a bit confusing. The rap-infused song, “… Ready For It?” (the second track released from Swift’s upcoming sixth studio album, “Reputation”), seems like it’s about a relationship. But the video is an elaborate, slickly-produced sci-fi film that stars Swift as two versions…

Latin Music Revenue Up 44%, Payouts Still ‘Despacito’ – Variety

Friday, October 27, 2017

For all the streaming glory benefiting Latin music with global hits such as “Despacito,” it’s the lackluster payouts from on-demand services such as YouTube that should serve as a call to action, according to Cary Sherman, RIAA’s chairman and CEO. Sherman’s appeal comes in the latest RIAA mid-year report, which shows that U.S. Latin Music revenues in the first half of 2017 grew by 44% ($115 million), from the previous…

Three is adding ‘free’ Apple Music data to Go Binge plans – Engadget

Friday, October 27, 2017

The offering trumps EE, which currently offers a six-month trial of Apple Music with “free” streaming data. Three’s roster of zero-rated services, however, pales in comparison to Vodafone. In early November, the network operator will launch five paid data “Passes.” The most alluring is the Video Pass, which costs £7 per month and gives you “free” data for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Vevo, My5 and TV Player. The Music…

A storm in 1873 ‘built’ Music Hall. CSO, May Festival team to recreate fateful concert – Cincinnati.com

Friday, October 27, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE A $143 million renovation is the latest step in a journey that began in 1878. Jeff Suess/The Enquirer Buy Photo A statue of Reuben R. Springer, the driving force behind the construction of Music Hall, stood near the center of the lobby before a recent restoration. With the revamp, the lobby has a new color scheme, the chandeliers are gone and Springer’s statute has been…

Latin Music Revenue Up 44%, Payouts Still ‘Despacito’ – Variety

Friday, October 27, 2017

For all the streaming glory benefiting Latin music with global hits such as “Despacito,” it’s the lackluster payouts from on-demand services such as YouTube that should serve as a call to action, according to Cary Sherman, RIAA’s chairman and CEO. Sherman’s appeal comes in the latest RIAA mid-year report, which shows that U.S. Latin Music revenues in the first half of 2017 grew by 44% ($115 million), from the previous…

Taylor Swift Battles Herself In ‘…Ready For It?’ Music Video – Variety

Friday, October 27, 2017

Swiftie are sure to rejoice with the debut of the “…Ready For It?” music video, which may be Taylor Swift’s most CGI-heavy music video to date — in close competition with “Bad Blood” and “Look What You Made Me Do,” also directed by Joseph Kahn. The video, which dropped Thursday night, depicts Swift in an “Ex Machina” meets “Westworld” meets “Blade Runner” scenario, in which a cloaked Swift navigates through…

Trump delays release of some JFK assassination documents, bowing to national security concerns – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

President Trump delayed on Thursday evening the release of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the John F. Kennedy assassination, bowing to pressure from the CIA, FBI and other federal agencies still seeking to keep some final secrets about the nearly 54-year-old investigation. The president allowed the immediate release of 2,800 records by the National Archives, following a last-minute scramble to meet a 25-year legal deadline. After lobbying…

CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna: sources – Reuters

Friday, October 27, 2017

(Reuters) – U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. A deal would merge one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits managers and pharmacy operators with one of its oldest health insurers, whose far-reaching business ranges from employer healthcare to government…

Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency; critics say plan falls short – Washington Post

Friday, October 27, 2017

President Trump on Thursday called the nation’s opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis in American history,” saying his administration is declaring it a public health emergency and putting its full resolve into overcoming the widespread scourge. The announcement, however, fell well short of what many health advocates had urged and was roundly criticized by Democratic lawmakers, particularly for what they said is insufficient funding to truly address a crisis claiming…