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President Trump Asks For Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resignation, Effective Immediately

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday, at the request of President Donald Trump. The announcement was made by the President on Twitter, just a day after the midterm elections. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote to Trump, adding that he was “honored to serve” the president. Sessions’ departure after the midterms was no surprise, given the many conflicts between the two. When Mr. Trump was asked about Sessions’ future at a lengthy press conference Wednesday afternoon, he declined to comment on whether Sessions would be leaving the administration. However, Sessions’ resignation letter had already been submitted earlier in the day. President Trump has now named Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, as acting attorney general. Whitaker is now set to oversee special counsel Mueller’s probe. ...Read more

Red Bulls’ Aaron Long Wins MLS Defender Of The Year

26-year-old Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls was named MLS Defender of the Year on Wednesday, after helping his team allow a league-low 33 goals. Long added three goals and two assists in 34 matches (31 starts), on top of his stellar defensive work. Long received 26.52 percent of the vote to edge out Chad Marshall (20.93) of the Seattle Sounders. Atlanta United teammates Michael Parkhurst (7.1) and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (5.78) were third and fourth, respectively, while Kemar Lawrence (5.6) of the Red Bulls was fifth. Long joined the Red Bulls in 2016 and didn’t see any play time until his breakthrough 2017, when he played in 31 games (30 starts.) He was also a member of the MLS All-Star team. Long and the Red Bulls will host the Columbus Crew on Sunday for the second match of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Crew won the opening match 1-0. ...Read more

New Orleans Saints Sign Ex-Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant To One-Year Deal

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to contract teams with the New Orleans Saints. The 30-year-old Bryant spent his first eight years in the NFL with Dallas and last season caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring play, for the Cowboys. The Cowboys released Bryant after last season with two years remaining on the receiver’s five-year, $70 million contract. Bryant joining the Saints means he could play against his former club in a few weeks, as the Saints will play at Dallas on Nov. 29. New Orleans also has two games remaining against division rival Carolina (6-2). ...Read more

Michael Douglas Is Joined By Loved Ones, Including His Father Kirk Douglas, At Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, surrounded by family and friends, including his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, his son Cameron Douglas, and his father, star Kirk Douglas. Jane Fonda, Eric McCormack, Andy Garcia and Douglas’ former agent Ron Meyer were also present at the event. During the ceremony, Michael gave a heartfelt speech about having his loved ones by his side for the big moment, saying, “Let’s face it, this is a great honor and I’m not getting any younger. I’m going to enjoy it with my wife and my son and my caretakers and my great-great-grandkids.” Mentioning wife Zeta-Jones, he added, “I’m grateful for your support and your love and your patience. By the way, in another week we are celebrating our 18th anniversary, so thank you for the best 18 years of my life, sweetheart!” When addressing his famous father, Douglas said, “My dad is here. In a month, Kirk will be 102 years old! It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”  ...Read more

Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Going To Trial In Child Custody Case

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are heading to court over thecustody of their children. According to court documents, the trial is set to begin on December 4. Jolie and Pitt separated in September 2016 after two years of marriage, and filed for divorce shortly after. The former-couple have six children together, ranging from ages 10 to 17. Since the time of their split, the duo’s mutually agreeable custody arrangement has been a point of contention for the two starts.  Jolie has sought sole custody, while Pitt is seeking joint custody. Jolie currently maintains primary physical custody of the children. ...Read more

Man Involved In NYC Subway Bombing Convicted Of Terrorism Charges

A Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb in New York City’s busiest subway station at rush hour last December, was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges. The conviction of Akayed Ullah was returned in Manhattan federal court after a trial in which the defense maintained that he intended to kill only himself last Dec. 11. Fortunately no one died in the incident.  Prosecutors said that Ullah wanted to maim or kill commuters as part of a “lone wolf” terrorist attack on behalf of the Islamic State group, disputing the defense’s claim and saying Ullah would not have worn a bomb had he wanted to kill only himself. They also cited social media postings by Ullah as well as comments he made after his arrest to investigators. In closing arguments Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Turner said Ullah told investigators after his arrest that he wanted to avenge U.S. aggression toward the Islamic State group and had chosen a busy weekday morning to attack so he could terrorize as many people as possible. ...Read more

HBO’s “Deadwood” Has Begun Production On Long-Awaited Movie

HBO announced this week that production has begun in Los Angeles on the highly anticipate Deadwood movie. A press release stated: “The indelible characters of the series are reunited after 10 years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.” Series start Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens and Gerald McRaney will all be returning for the movie.The followup was written by David Milch and will be directed by Daniel Minahan. Deadwood ran for three seasons 2004-06; the movie was first announced in July. ...Read more

Idris Elba Named People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ For 2018

People magazine has named Idris Elba as 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive. The British actor, who has starred in movies such as “The Wire” and “Luther,” was surprised after being crowned this year’s winner, according to the magazine. Elba’s selection was revealed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” with the actor appearing via satellite from London. Elba said of his selection, “My mom is going to be very, very proud.”  Past winners of People’s title have included Dwayne Johnson, David Beckham, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and country singer Blake Shelton. Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands Friday. ...Read more

Baltimore Ravens Taking Their Bye Week Off To Recharge

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh plans to send his players home from the Baltimore Ravens facility after meetings on Wednesday, saying he hoping time away helps his players recharge during the bye. The Ravens have a 4-5 record, and entered last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with 10 players on the injury report. The Ravens started the season 4-2 and in first place in the AFC North. Harbaugh is 45-46 since the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2012. Last week, the Steelers held Baltimore to 268 total yards, this after the Ravens changed quarterbacks from Joe Flacco to rookie Lamar Jackson. Harbaugh said he’s not making a switch at the position and said the team’s rushing production is far better with Jackson on the field. ...Read more