For The Win
"Alex Trebek shocked the world this week when he dropped to host Harvey Levin on FOX News Channel's OBJECTified that he was considering retirement from Jeopardy!, where he's taken answers in the forms of questions since 1984.
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"The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it difficult for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread...
At least 19 people were still reported missing in Shasta County, California, officials said at a community meeting Monday evening, after shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain helped the monstrous fire engulf more than 103,000 acres.
The fire has claimed six lives, including a firefighter and bulldozer operator working to extinguish the blaze." Read more.
BAJA, Mexico — There's a crisis going on in the Pacific Ocean as an innocent porpoise falls prey to money and greed. CBS San Francisco reports it's a marine mammal known as the senorita of the sea or the panda of the ocean, because of the big rings around its eyes. The Vaquita, which means little cow in Spanish, is only about 4 feet long, weighs less than 100 lbs and calls the waters off the coast of Baja, Mexico home. With fewer than 30 left, it's the most endangered marine mammal in the world.
"CBS Corp. offered Leslie Moonves a contract extension last year that could pay him several hundred million dollars if he remains chief executive officer until 2021. Now that might be in flux...
Shares of the broadcaster continued to slide Monday after the New Yorker reported that six women said they’d been sexually harassed by Moonves over the years. Similar accusations have derailed the careers of numerous executives and high-profile employees at U.S. companies recently.
A premature termination of Moonves’s contract, set to expire June 30, 2021, could cost him as much as $300 million in forfeited wages, bonuses and other awards, according to a Bloomberg analysis of regulatory filings. Whether that happens partly depends on the outcome of an investigation by CBS’s board.
If Moonves, 68, is terminated for cause -- a typical outcome for an employee found to have violated company policy -- or steps aside voluntarily without a valid reason for doing so, he could forgo equity awards and a long-term cash bonus valued at $135 million as of Friday.
Dana McClintock, a spokesman for New York-based CBS, declined to comment on the figures." Read more.
Ronan Farrow says 6 women who accuse CBS Corp.'s CEO Les Moonves of sexual misconduct had to overcome their fears of retaliation to speak out
New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow says six women who accuse CBS Corp.'s chief executive officer Les Moonves of sexual misconduct had to overcome their fears of retaliation in order to tell their stories. Farrow says he spent eight months investigating the story published in the New Yorker on Friday.
"Does it feel stuffier?
"Did you feel that? Does it suddenly feel a little bit stuffier in here to you? Does it feel like, I don't know … outer space just got 12 miles closer?
Nothing actually moved, of course (unless you count the constant and increasing expansion of the universe). But according to a new study published online this week, it might be high time Earthlings shifted our mental and mathematical ideas about where, exactly, Earth's atmosphere ends and outer space begins. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit]
If astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell's calculations are correct, the cosmic boundary where the laws of airspace suddenly give way to the laws of orbital space might be a lot closer than we think — a full 12 miles closer than previous estimates suggest." Read more.
The Daily Beast
"Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched Operation ‘Final Answer'...
On August 3, 2001, a McDonald’s film crew arrived in the bustling beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island. They carried their cameras and a giant cashier’s check to a row of townhouses, and knocked on the door of Michael Hoover. The 56-year-old bachelor had called a McDonald’s hotline to say he’d won their Monopoly competition. Since 1987, McDonald’s customers had feverishly collected Monopoly game pieces attached to drink cups, french fry packets and advertising inserts in magazines. By completing groups of properties like Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, players won cash or a Sega Game Gear, while “Instant Win” game pieces scored a free Filet-O-Fish or a Jamaican vacation. But Hoover, a casino pit boss who had recently filed for bankruptcy, claimed he’d won the grand prize–$1 million dollars." Read more.
Never, surely, has a flute of champagne tasted so sweet as the one Geraint Thomas enjoyed on the road into Paris. For it confirmed that winning the yellow jersey, which had appeared such a vacuous dream, was now a lucid reality. Before standing on the podium the 32-year-old Welshman promised a party that would go on for “two weeks or perhaps even a month”. The glint in his eye suggested he was not joking. From Wales to the Champs-Élysées: the selfless rise of Geraint Thomas
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The California wildfire rages on causing wide spread damage.
"REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The deadly Northern California wildfire that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes burned virtually unchecked Sunday as fire crews surveyed a small town that was reduced to an ashy moonscape of blackened trees and smoldering rubble.
The death toll climbed to six, and authorities worried that another forecast for high winds could fan the flames even further.
'Right now, it's going everywhere. We still have a lot of open line,' said Anthony Romero, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 'Any event could bring this back up again.'"
The devastation is tremendous. Read more.