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Blue Apron loses its CEO

Blue Apron loses its CEO Blue Apron founder Matt Salzberg is stepping aside as the company’s CEO, the company announced Thursday. CFO Brad Dickerson has been promoted to take his place. It’s been a volatile past few months for the cooking kit company, which went public in June. Shares closed Thursday at just $2.99. Blue Apron had gone public at $10 per share, after originally hoping to go public between $15 and $17. But Amazon purchased Whole Foods just days before its debut and investors were concerned that this would eventually…

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Entertainment 

Bad Sex in Fiction: US writer Christopher Bollen wins

Bad Sex in Fiction: US writer Christopher Bollen wins US author Christopher Bollen has won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his novel The Destroyers. The judges voted him the winner after reading a scene depicting the book’s protagonist, Ian, with his ex-girlfriend on the island of Patmos. He wrote: “She covers her breasts with her swimsuit… The skin along her arms and shoulders are different shades of tan like water stains in a bathtub.” Bollen – editor-at-large of Interview magazine – did not attend the ceremony. The Destroyers…

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Croatia want to avoid Serbia in World Cup draw, says Dalic

Croatia want to avoid Serbia in World Cup draw, says Dalic ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia will be prepared for any top-seeded nation that comes their way in Friday’s 2018 World Cup draw but are keen to avoid being in the same group with neighbours and bitter Balkan rivals Serbia, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Greece vs Croatia – Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece – November 12, 2017. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic before the match REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis The…

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Rapper DMX pleads guilty to U.S. tax evasion charge

Rapper DMX pleads guilty to U.S. tax evasion charge NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rap artist and actor DMX pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to avoiding paying $1.7 million in taxes from 2000 to 2005 by shifting money among accounts belonging to managers and associates. FILE PHOTO: Earl Simmons, also known as the rapper DMX, exits the U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan following his presentment on income tax evasion charges in New York City, U.S., July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermi/File Photo DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded…

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will now take place in 2018

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will now take place in 2018 SpaceX had been planning to launch its huge Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time this year, with a timeframe set most recently for sometime in November. Here on the last day of November, we know that’s not happening – but now we also know we won’t see a Falcon Heavy launch before early 2018 at least. We shouldn’t have to wait that long into next year, however; SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said that the company still plans to…

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Here’s what rumored Trump CIA pick Tom Cotton thinks about surveillance, Russia and other issues

Here’s what rumored Trump CIA pick Tom Cotton thinks about surveillance, Russia and other issues As rumors build that the Trump administration plans to boot Rex Tillerson from his post atop the State Department in order to replace him with Mike Pompeo, it’s worth examining who would lead the CIA in Pompeo’s absence. Trump is reportedly considering Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton to replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA — a pick that isn’t uncontroversial given Cotton’s deep Trump loyalty and relative intelligence inexperience. The insanity of treating these…

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Actor Jim Nabors, TV's 'Gomer Pyle' of 1960s, dies at 87

Actor Jim Nabors, TV's 'Gomer Pyle' of 1960s, dies at 87 (Reuters) – Actor Jim Nabors, whose portrayal of the grinning country bumpkin Gomer Pyle on the 1960s television hit “The Andy Griffith Show” belied a classic baritone singing voice, died on Thursday at the age of 87, his website said. FILE PHOTO: Andy Griffith, Jim Nabors and Don Knotts, cast members in “The Andy Griffith Show,” pose backstage after accepting the Legend Award for their series during a taping of the second annual TV Land Awards in Hollywood, California,…

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Wearable numbers get a bump, as consumers shift focus to smarter devices

Wearable numbers get a bump, as consumers shift focus to smarter devices The wearable space seems to still be figuring itself out — though in spite of some reports about the death of the category, overall growth remains one of the few constants. According to the latest numbers from IDC, the global bump was pretty modest for Q3 of this year, at about 7.3-percent, year over year. More interestingly, the numbers point to a larger overall trend of consumers moving from  dumber, low-end devices to smarter ones. The study defines…

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Conte charged with misconduct following dismissal

Conte charged with misconduct following dismissal LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been charged with misconduct following his dismissal during the Premier League game against Swansea City, the FA said on Thursday. Soccer Football – Premier League – Chelsea vs Swansea City – Stamford Bridge, London, Britain – November 29, 2017 Referee Neil Swarbrick send Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to the stands Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra The Italian was sent to the stands from the touchline by referee Neil Swarbrick in the 43rd minute of Chelsea’s 1-0…

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Business 

Oil exporters agree to extend output curbs

Oil exporters agree to extend output curbs The world’s leading oil exporting nations have agreed to extend production curbs, aimed at boosting the oil price, by nine months. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-members, led by Russia, agreed the output limits would continue until the end of 2018. The limits were first agreed a year ago, and helped to push up the price of crude oil by about 30%. The oil price fell slightly after the latest deal, which had been expected. Brent Crude was down 0.3%…

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