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Chinese Space Station Expected To Crash To Earth On Sunday

China’s first prototype space station is to crash to Earth over Easter scientists expect, amid rumours that the Chinese space agency has lost control of the craft. Known as Tiangong-1 (meaning “heavenly palace” in Chinese) the craft is expected to drop out of orbit over the next week and plummet through Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of seven kilometres per second. Some scientists fear that debris could survive the atmosphere and land anywhere 43 degrees either side of the equator, though most predict the bus-sized spacecraft is most likely to burn up upon re-entry. Reseachers have warned that a number of the spacecraft’s parts – including its dense rocket engines – would be unlikely to burn up, leaving chunks of the craft to crash towards the planet’s surface. ...Read more

Facebook Stock Plunges As FTC Investigate Privacy Policies

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including allegations a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users. Facebook’s stock, which already took a big hit last week, plunged as a result. Acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Tom Pahl, said the probe would include whether the company engaged in “unfair acts” that cause “substantial injury” to consumers.  Facebook’s privacy practices have come under fire after revelations that Cambridge Analytica got data on Facebook users. Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains “strongly committed” to protecting people’s information and that it welcomes the opportunity to answer the FTC’s questions. News outlets reported on the FTC investigation last week, but the FTC hadn’t confirmed it until Monday.  ...Read more

President Trump Will Not Add Lawyers To Legal Team, Despite Announcement

Despite announcing otherwise last week, President Donald Trump will not be adding attorneys Joseph diGenova or Victoria Toensing to his legal team. Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement issued Sunday that “The President is disappointed that conflicts prevent Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing from joining the President’s Special Counsel legal team. However, those conflicts do not prevent them from assisting the President in other legal matters. The President looks forward to working with them.” Toensing and diGenova’s hiring would have replaced John Dowd, who served as Trump’s lead counsel in the Russia probe until he resigned last Thursday. Sekulow did not state specifically what conflicts the two lawyers faced; the duo head the Washington law firm diGenova & Toensing and are married. ...Read more

Facebook Ads Apologize for Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook’s CEO apologized for the Cambridge Analytica scandal with ads in multiple U.S. and British newspapers Sunday, saying the social media platform doesn’t deserve to hold personal information if it can’t protect it. The ad, signed by Mark Zuckerberg, said a quiz app built by a Cambridge University researcher leaked Facebook data of millions of people four years ago. “This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” the ads said. Facebook’s privacy practices have come under fire after Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm affiliated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, got data inappropriately. The firm is alleged to have created psychological profiles to influence how people vote or even think about politics and society. Facebook’s stock value has dropped more than $70 billion since the revelations were first published. ...Read more

Giants’ Southpaw Madison Bumgarner Has Surgery On Left Hand

The San Francisco Giants announced on Saturday that pitcher Madison Bumgarner had surgery Saturday to have three pins inserted into his fifth metacarpal (pinkie) The Giants have not yet given an estimate for Bumgarner’s return, but sources say he is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Bumgarner suffered the injury on his pitching hand after being hit by a line drive in Friday’s spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. Bumgarner was the 2014 World Series MVP, but missed nearly three months last season after a dirt bike accident April 20 in Colorado. After 6 seasons in a row with double-digit wins, more than 200 innings and 30-plus starts, Bumgarner went 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season and threw just 111 innings. ...Read more

NFL Star Michael Bennett Indicted On Charge Of Injury To Elderly At Super Bowl

NFL defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted Friday in Houston on a charge of injury to the elderly in connection with an incident that occurred when he was a spectator at the 2017 Super Bowl. The Harris County district attorney’s office said Bennett rushed the field when the game ended to congratulate his brother Martellus Bennett, who played for the winning New England Patriots.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference that Bennett was told to use a different field entrance, but he pushed through the security detail, which included a 66-year-old paraplegic woman in a wheelchair. The woman suffered a sprained shoulder in the February 5, 2017, incident, Acevedo said.  Bennett’s legal team does not have a comment at this time.  Harris County said the felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. ...Read more

Tiffany Haddish Joins ‘The Lego Movie Sequel’ Cast

Tiffany Haddish will be joining Chris Pratt’s Emmet Brickowski and Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle in 2019’s The LEGO Movie Sequel. Haddish will be voicing an important new character in the Mike Mitchell directed sequel. The writer/director duo behind the original, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, has written the first draft of a sequel script that was recently re-written by BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. They will remain on board as producers. Haddish will be hosting the 2018 MTV Awards next, before starring in “Night School” alongside Kevin Hart. The LEGO Movie Sequel will be released on February 8th, 2019. ...Read more

‘Chicago Fire’ Star DuShon Monique Brown Dies At 49

Chicago Fire actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show “Chicago Fire,”  has died at the age of 49. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed Brown’s Friday death at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields, however the cause was not disclosed.  Brown was a veteran of Chicago theater. She worked as a crisis counselor at a Chicago high school and led its drama program before winning the role of Connie on “Chicago Fire”. Brown also had a recurring role as nurse Kattie Welch in “Prison Break” and one-time guest spots on “Empire” and “Shameless.”  “Chicago Fire” executive producer Dick Wolf said the show’s family is “devastated to lose one of its own.” ...Read more