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  Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio.They include:-- King Louis XVIII of France in 1755-- German astronomer and mathematician August Mobius in 1790-- Social reformer Grace Abbott in 1878-- Actor Rock Hudson in 1925-- Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot in 1938 (age 79)-- Film director Martin Scorsese in 1942 (age 75)-- Model/actor Lauren Hutton in 1943 (age 74)-- Actor/director Danny DeVito in 1944 (age 73)-- Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels in 1944 (age 73)-- Baseball Hall of Fame member Tom Seaver in 1944 (age 73)-- Basketball Hall of Fame member Jim Boeheim in 1944 (age 73)-- Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in 1949 (age 68)-- Civil rights leader/actor Yolanda King in 1955-- Actor Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in 1958 (age 59)-- Model/actor RuPaul in 1960 (age 57)-- Former U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice in 1964 (age 53)-- Actor Daisy Fuentes in 1966 (age 51)-- Singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley in 1966-- Singer Ronnie DeVoe in 1967 (age 50)-- Actor David Ramsey in 1971 (age 46)-- Actor Rachel McAdams in 1978 (age 39)-- Writer Christopher Paolini in 1983 (age 34)-- Actor Raquel Castro in 1994 (age 23)
  Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018 with 45 to follow.The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include King Louis XVIII of France in 1755; German astronomer/mathematician August Mobius in 1790; social reformer Grace Abbott in 1878; actor Rock Hudson in 1925; balladeer Gordon Lightfoot in 1938 (age 80); film director Martin Scorsese in 1942 (age 76); model/actor Lauren Hutton in 1943 (age 75); actor/director Danny DeVito in 1944 (age 74); Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels in 1944 (age 74); baseball Hall of Fame member Tom Seaver in 1944 (age 74); basketball Hall of Fame member Jim Boeheim in 1944 (age 74); former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in 1949 (age 69); civil rights leader/actor Yolanda King in 1955; actor Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in 1958 (age 60); model/actor RuPaul in 1960 (age 58); former U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice in 1964 (age 54); actor Daisy Fuentes in 1966 (age 52); singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley in 1966; singer Ronnie DeVoe in 1967 (age 51); actor David Ramsey in 1971 (age 47); actor Rachel McAdams in 1978 (age 40); writer Christopher Paolini in 1983 (age 35); actor Raquel Castro in 1994 (age 24).On this date in history:In 1558, the Elizabethan Age begins when Britain's Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne upon her half-sister, Queen Mary's death.In 1800, the U.S. Congress convened at the Capitol in Washington for the first time.In 1869, the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened, linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.In 1871, the National Rifle Association was founded by a journalist and a lawyer with a mission to improve its member's marksmanship skills through the organization of rifle clubs across the country.In 1903, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party splits into two factions: The Bolsheviks (Russian for "majority"), led by Vladimir Lenin, and the Mensheviks (Russian for "minority"), led by Julius Martov. The Bolsheviks would eventually morph into the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.In 1968, NBC angered football fans across the United States when it pre-empted the final minute of an Oakland Raiders-New York Jets game to air children's movie Heidi. Viewers jammed the phone lines at telephone companies, the network and local police to vent their frustrations.In 1973, President Richard Nixon uttered the infamous words, "I am not a crook," in response to reporters' questions about the Watergate scandal.In 1989, Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution began following the put down of a student demonstration by riot police. A larger uprising against the country's communist government succeeds on Dec. 29, ending 41 years of Communist rule.In 1993, by a vote of 234-200, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved marketing of silicone gel-filled breast implants, ending a 14-year moratorium on them.In 2013, Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died in London at the age of 94.In 2015, actor Charlie Sheen confirmed he was HIV positive after he said extortionists demanded money in exchange for keeping his secret.A thought for the day: "There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth." -- Doris Lessing
  On this date in history:In 1558, the Elizabethan Age begins when Britain's Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne upon her half-sister, Queen Mary's death.In 1800, the U.S. Congress convened at the Capitol in Washington for the first time.In 1869, the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened, linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.In 1871, the National Rifle Association was founded by a journalist and a lawyer with a mission to improve its member's marksmanship skills through the organization of rifle clubs across the country.In 1903, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party splits into two factions: The Bolsheviks (Russian for "majority"), led by Vladimir Lenin, and the Mensheviks (Russian for "minority"), led by Julius Martov. The Bolsheviks would eventually morph into the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.In 1968, NBC angered football fans across the United States when it pre-empted the final minute of an Oakland Raiders-New York Jets game to air children's movie Heidi. Viewers jammed the phone lines at telephone companies, the network and local police to vent their frustrations.In 1973, President Richard Nixon uttered the infamous words, "I am not a crook," in response to reporters' questions about the Watergate scandal.In 1989, Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution began following the put down of a student demonstration by riot police. A larger uprising against the country's communist government succeeds on Dec. 29, ending 41 years of Communist rule.In 1993, by a vote of 234-200, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved marketing of silicone gel-filled breast implants, ending a 14-year moratorium on them.In 2013, Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died in London at the age of 94.In 2015, actor Charlie Sheen confirmed he was HIV positive after he said extortionists demanded money in exchange for keeping his secret.
  Pfizer announced Friday it is raising the prices of dozens of drugs in 2019 after bowing to pressure earlier this year from President Donald Trump and rolling back increases.The pharmaceutical company plans to increase the list prices of 41 prescription drugs by between 3 percent and 9 percent. Most of the drugs affected will be increased by 5 percent.Pfizer has not revealed which drugs, which represent 10 percent of its portfolio, will face increases. The company said it expects the hikes to be offset by rebates and health insurance."We believe the best means to address affordability of medicines is to reduce the growing out-of-pocket costs that consumers are facing due to high deductibles and co-insurance, and ensure that patients receive the benefit of rebates at the pharmacy counter," Pfizer Chairman and CEO Ian Read said.In July, the company canceled plans to raise prices on certain drugs by more than 10 percent after Trump lashed out against pharmaceutical companies hiking prices."Pfizer & others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason," the president tweeted. "They are merely taking advantage of the poor & others unable to defend themselves, while at the same time giving bargain basement prices to other countries in Europe & elsewhere. We will respond!"Pfizer confirmed at the time that it would reverse the price hikes, but said the decision would be temporary pending the outcome of Trump's "blueprint to strengthen the healthcare system and provide more access for patients.""Drug companies raising their prices and offsetting them with higher rebates benefits everyone but the consumer, who routinely pays out of pocket based on list price," Caitlin Oakley, a department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman, wrote in a statement to USA Today on Friday.Pfizer's price increases were expected to go into effect Jan. 15.
  Democrat Stacey Abrams announced Friday she was ending her run against Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia's gubernatorial race but declined to give a formal concession.In a speech before supporters, she said former Secretary of State Kemp will win the race because state law "allows no further viable remedy" in her bid.Abrams accused Kemp and state Republicans of suppressing the vote in Georgia."I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," she said. "This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action that's right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that."The most recent vote counts show Kemp ahead by about 55,000 votes. A vote tally within 17,000 would have forced a runoff in December.Democrats accused Kemp, who is in charge of the state's elections, of suppressing votes through the cancelation of thousands of voter registrations and long lines on Election Day. The state's so-called "exact match" law put some 50,000 early votes on hold, prompting multiple lawsuits."The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future," Kemp said Friday.
  Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos on Friday asked a federal judge to delay his prison sentence for lying to the FBI in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.He asked for the delay until a Washington, D.C., appeals court issues its opinion on the constitutionality of the Mueller probe. Papadopoulos was slated to begin his 14-day prison sentence Nov. 26.Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about meetings with individuals closely associated with the Russian government during the campaign. Court documents say Papadopoulos worked to create a relationship between the campaign and the Kremlin after then-candidate Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination.His lawyers said he was "young" and lied out of "misguided loyalty to his master."Trump named Papadopoulos as one of his campaign's foreign policy advisers on March 21, 2016, boasting to reporters: "He's an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy," a filing said. A few days later, Papadopoulos met in London with professor Joseph Mifsud, who introduced him to a woman named Olga, whom he believed to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's niece, about arranging a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.On March 31, 2016, Papadopoulos joined Trump, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions and other campaign officials for a national security meeting, the filing continued. Papadopoulos announced he could help set up a foreign policy meeting with Trump and Putin, as "Trump nodded with approval," and Sessions added that "the campaign should look into it."Papadopoulos was the first Trump campaign adviser sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in 2016 election.
  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace scene-stealer John Cryer is to play Lex Luthor on Supergirl.Executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller announced Cryer's casting opposite Melissa Benoist's titular heroine in The CW series Friday."We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor. Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in Superman IV brings an added layer of legacy to his casting," they said in a joint statement. "We're beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the Supergirl family."Cryer played villain Lex's nephew Lenny in 1987's Quest for Peace, the final film featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman. Gene Hackman played Lex."I am way too excited about this," Cryer tweeted after his new job was reported.The Emmy-winning actor is famous for his iconic teen romantic-comedy, Pretty in Pink, and long-running stint on the sitcom, Two and a Half Men.
  Scientist's have traced a trail of tiny dinosaur footprints to a diminutive raptor. Researchers found the tracks of the sparrow-sized dinosaur inside a dried lakebed in South Korea."They are the world's smallest dinosaur tracks," Anthony Romilio, researcher at the University of Queensland, said in a news release.The 110-million-year-old tracks date to the Cretaceous period, a time when dinosaurs shared the planet with mammals and birds.Researchers described their discovery this week in the journal Scientific Reports."The diminutive sizes of these new tracks are extraordinary; the tracks were made by tiny dinosaurs about the size of sparrows," Romilio said. "Raptors placed only two of their toes on the ground, while the third toe was retracted like a cat's claw."Scientists can't be sure whether the tracks were left by a previously unknown species or by a juvenile from another larger species."If the tracks were made by dinosaur chicks, we are unclear as to the specific dinosaur that made them, since dinosaurs such as Velociraptor and Utahraptor had larger feet then the ones discovered in these new tracks."If the raptor is indeed a new species, it wouldn't be alone on the small end of the dinosaur scale. Other species like the Chinese microraptor also enjoyed a vantage just a few inches above the ground. The Chinese microraptor's feet were too big to account for the newly discovered tracks."We have named these small tracks Dromaeosauriformipes rarus, which means rare footprints made by a member of the raptor family known as dromaeosaurs," Kim said.The Jinju Formation where the tracks were discovered are home to dozens of Cretaceous period footprints."In addition to tiny dinosaur tracks, we have footprints made by birds, pterosaurs, lizards, turtles, mammals, and even frogs," said Soo Kim, researcher at South Korea's Chinju National University of Education.
  A person suffering from an appendicitis should receive surgery and not try to treat the condition with antibiotics, a study said.The Stanford University School of Medicine study, published Wednesday in the Jama Network, said that treating an inflamed appendix with antibiotics is more costly than just having surgery, contradicting previous recent reports that suggest its better to treat appendicitis with antibiotics."People treated with antibiotics alone have a higher chance of coming back needing further treatment for appendicitis-related problems, such as abdominal abscesses," Lindsay Sceats, a surgical resident and lead author of the study, said in a press release. "They also have a higher risk of having a reoccurrence, and the cost is no lower."Researchers analyzed private insurance claims from patients treated for appendicitis between 2008 and 2014. More than 95 percent of the the patients opted for surgery to treat the condition while the remaining patients used drug therapy.Although both treatments cured most of the patients, the costs for the patients who received antibiotics was nearly 6 percent higher than the ones who underwent surgery."People treated with antibiotics are more likely to come back and be hospitalized for any sort of belly pain," Sceats said. "Doctors may also be more cautious when the appendix isn't removed. This extra caution can be expensive."The study showed that treating appendicitis with antibiotics carries a higher rate of abdominal abscess and a nearly 4 percent chance of reoccurrence.Research from the new study contradicts findings from researchers published in September that said most cases of appendicitis could be treated with antibiotics.Still, researchers on the Stanford team think surgery is the more viable option for patients."These results tell us that, in most cases, surgery is still the best strategy," Sceats said."For your average, healthy 30-year-old, the alternative treatment is no cheaper, and it's easier to have the surgery. You also no longer have an appendix, so you're no longer at risk of having appendicitis again."
  Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here were nominated for the Best Feature Independent Spirit Award Friday.The nominees in other top categories include:Best First FeatureHereditarySorry to Bother YouThe TaleWe the AnimalsWildlifeBest DirectorPaul Schrader First ReformedBarry Jenkins If Beale Street Could TalkDebra Granik Leave No TraceTamara Jenkins Private LifeLynne Ramsay You Were Never Really HereBest ScreenplayNicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty Can You Ever Forgive Me?Richard Glatzer (writer, story by), Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Wash Westmoreland ColettePaul Schrader First ReformedTamara Jenkins Private LifeBoots Riley Sorry to Bother YouBest First ScreenplayQuinn Shephard (writer, story by), Laurie Shephard (story by) BlameBo Burnham Eighth GradeChristina Choe NancyJennifer Fox The TaleCory Finley ThoroughbredsBest Male LeadDaveed Diggs BlindspottingEthan Hawke First ReformedJohn Cho SearchingChristian Malheiros ScratesJoaquin Phoenix You Were Never Really HereBest Female LeadElsie Fisher Eighth GradeToni Collette HereditaryHelena Howard Madeline's MadelineRegina Hall Support the GirlsGlenn Close The WifeCarey Mulligan WildlifeBest Supporting MaleAdam Driver BLACKkKLANSMANRichard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me?Josh Hamilton Eighth GradeJohn David Washington Monsters and MenRal Castillo We the AnimalsBest Supporting FemaleTyne Daly A Bread FactoryRegina King If Beale Street Could TalkThomasin Harcourt McKenzie Leave No TraceJ. Smith-Cameron NancyKayli Carter Private LifeWinners will be announced Feb. 23 at a ceremony in Santa Monica to be broadcast live on IFC.

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