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Oscar-Winning Italian Director Bernardo Bertolucci Dies At Age 77

Groundbreaking and controversial Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci has died of cancer at the age of 77, according to Italian filmmaker’s publicists. Bertolucci made his name as part of the new wave of cinema beginning in the early 1960s, and made movie history in 1972 with the sexually explicit and sensational Last Tango in Paris. He then successfully crossed over into mainstream Hollywood filmmaking with 1987’s epic The Last Emperor, which won all nine Oscars it was nominated for, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. ...Read more

Blake Bortles Benched By Jaguars; Cody Kessler Will Start Vs. Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced in a news conference Monday that QB Blake Bortles has been benched, and backup quarterback Cody Kessler will start against the Indianapolis Colts this week. Marrone told reporters; “I had a chance to talk to both Blake and Cody earlier today and I told both those guys the same thing: I’m making this change to give us an opportunity to win a football game.” ...Read more

Josh Donaldson Signs $23 Million Deal With Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves announced they have signed 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million contract. Donaldson, who turns 33 on Dec. 8, was a three-time All-Star in four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and won the 2015 AL MVP Award, when he posted a .939 OPS and drove in a league-leading 123 runs.  From 2013 to 2016, Donaldson finished fourth, eighth, first and fourth in AL MVP voting. ...Read more

Snowstorms Strand U.S. Holiday Travelers As Hundreds Of Flights Are Cancelled

Weather officials said that many holiday travelers were stuck at airports on the final day of Thanksgiving weekend, this after more than 600 flights were canceled due to an incoming blizzard in parts of the Midwest. According the National Weather Service., blizzard warnings were issued in areas stretching across northeast Kansas to Chicago, with snow already falling in some regions including Kansas, central Missouri, southeast Nebraska and southern Iowa. ...Read more

Migrants Enveloped In Tear Gas After Heading Towards U.S. Border

Migrants approaching the U.S. border from Mexico were enveloped with tear gas Sunday. this after some of the migrants breached the fence separating the two countries. Earlier Sunday, several hundred Central American migrants pushed past a blockade of Mexican police who were standing guard near the international border crossing to pressure the U.S to hear their asylum claims. A second line of Mexican police carrying plastic riot shields stood guard outside a Mexican customs and immigration plaza. Migrants were asked by police to turn back toward Mexico. ...Read more