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Cristiano Ronaldo Left Off Portugal Squad For Next Few Matches Amid Rape Allegation

Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off Portugal’s national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming as Ronaldo deals with rape allegations against him. Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation. Ronaldo was left off the squad for Portugal’s second game in the UEFA Nations League at Poland on Oct. 11, as well as a match in Glasgow against Scotland three days later. Ronaldo also missed Portugal’s first two post-World Cup matches last month, with coach Fernando Santos saying Ronaldo had only just moved to the Italian club and was still settling down there. ...Read more

NY Yankees Beat The Oakland Athletics 7-2 In Wild-Card Win; Advance To ALDS Against Boston

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland A’s, 7-2, in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Right fielder Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with a walk, and his two-run home run in the first inning began the Yankees scoring streak. First baseman Luke Voit added with a two-RBI triple during a four-run sixth inning , and Giancarlo Stanton added a towering solo HR in the eighth inning. The Yankees advanced to play the Red Sox in the division series beginning Friday at Fenway Park. It will be the first time the rivals will meet in the playoffs since the  A.L. Championship Series in 2004. ...Read more

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Intervene In Census Suit

The Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a lower court order for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be questioned by lawyers for a group of states challenging a decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to ask people taking part in the 2020 census whether they are citizens. The Justice Department told the Supreme Court the states should not be allowed to probe Ross’s “mental state” in deciding to add the citizenship question to the census, saying that compelling testimony from high-ranking officials is rarely justified. The U.S. Constitution mandates a census every 10 years. It is used to determine the allocation of seats in Congress and at the state level, the drawing of political boundaries and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds to communities. ...Read more

New York Tax Officials Probing Trump Family Tax Practices

New York state officials are probing the tax practices of President Donald Trump and his family; this following a New York Times report on their use of tax avoidance schemes that they called “deceptive and potentially fraudulent.” The Department of Taxation and Finance has opened an investigation; it can collect fines and penalties and also refer criminal actions to the attorney general’s office. The alleged actions took place three decades ago, likely putting any criminal liability past the statute of limitations. “The Tax Department is reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation,” said department spokesman James Gazzale in a statement. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office declined to comment. ...Read more

Johnny Depp Talks Backlash From Ex-Wife Amber Heard’s Abuse Allegations

Johnny Depp is opening up about the difficult year he’s had after his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, accused him of physically abusing her. According to previous reports, Depp and Heard ended their marriage in early 2017 after she accused him of attacking her and throwing an iPhone in her face, which he denies. At the time, she phoned the police, who arrived and found no evidence of a crime. Depp  agreed to pay her $7 million to finally end the marriage, but still maintains her allegations are completely false. Speaking in an interview with GQ magazine for its November edition, Depp opened up about the backlash he’s received and being labeled an abuser of women. Depp said: “I could feel people look at me differently, because of the accusations towards you. And then people start putting things in magazines: ‘He’s insane. He needs to take a sanity test…’ You know, ludicrous stuff. But the only thing that I could do was know what I still know. Ultimately, the truth will come out in all of this and I will be standing on the right side of the roaring rapids. I hope other people will be too.” Depp confirmed that police found no evidence of wrongdoing on his part when they were called on the day in question, and alleged that Heard refused to let an EMT check her. “We probably shouldn’t be talking about this,” Depp said during his interview, “I am worried. I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It’s just not right. I will never stop fighting. I’ll never stop. They’d have to f—ing shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over.” ...Read more

Sylvester Stallone Offers First Look At The Fifth Installment Of ‘Rambo’

Sylvester Stallone shared a first look at the upcoming Rambo 5 on Instagram, with the caption, “Tonight we start filming.”  In this latest installment, when the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped, Stallone’s Rambo, who has been working on a ranch, crosses the U.S.-Mexico border and quickly finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels. The “Rambo” franchise launched in 1982 with First Blood, followed by Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008). There is no official word on a release date for Rambo 5, but you can view the photos of Stallone as Rambo in the link below. ...Read more

No. 1 Ranked Simona Halep Suffers Back Injury, May Miss Finals

Top-ranked Simona Halep of Romania may have to withdraw from this month’s WTA Finals after a scan on Tuesday revealed she had suffered a herniated disc in her back. The French Open champion was injured while training at last week’s Wuhan Open, where she lost in the second round to Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova. Halep then aggravated the problem during her China Open first-round match on Sunday against Ons Jabeur and was forced to withdraw after losing the first set. “I had an MRI on my back and found out I have a disc hernia,” Halep said on Twitter. “I will discuss with doctors in the next few days but hope to be back soon and will keep you updated.” ...Read more

Colorado Rockies Beat Chicago Cubs In Extra Innings To Advance To NLDS

The Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Tuesday in a wild game that kicked off the Major League Baseball postseason. Colorado’s Tony Wolters’ two-out single off Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks in the 13th inning sent the Rockies to the National League Divisional Series. The Cubs won 95 games this year and were the World Series champs just 2 years ago, but ended their season last night. The Rockies will face the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS series, with Game 1 set for Thursday night. The Oakland A’s face the New York Yankees tonight in the American League Wild Card Game. ...Read more

Dow Closes At Record, But Facebook Drops On S&P And Nasdaq

On Tuesday, the Dow hit a record closing high but another drop in Facebook shares weighed on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, driving both to finish in the red. The Dow was boosted by names such as Boeing and Caterpillar as investors remained upbeat on trade-sensitive companies following the deal negotiated between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, Facebook fell 1.91 percent. The social media company disclosed its worst security breach eve on Friday, and faces continuing calls for legislation to force technology firms to take responsibilities for online security seriously. ...Read more

First National Emergency Alert Test Being Sent Out To Mobile Phones Across The Country

About 225 million mobile devices across the U.S. will receive a test emergency alert on Wednesday. It’s the first nationwide test for a wireless phone emergency alert. It will be sent at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that it will sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning. The subject will read: “Presidential Alert.” The text will say: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” A test of broadcast systems will happen at 2:20 p.m. EDT. FEMA officials say the test will last about a half-hour; meaning people may get it at different times. They expect about 75% of all wireless users to get the alert. The alert would be used in the event of a major nationwide emergency. ...Read more