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Trove of ‘super-deep’ diamonds from Earth’s core discovered

Scientists have found a trove of “super-deep” diamonds from hundreds of miles below the Earth’s surface.

The diamonds were found in the Juina area of Brazil and likely came from a depth of 255 miles to 410 miles, according to an international team of researchers.  A volcanic eruption brought the rocks to the surface, The Independent reports.

‘JURASSIC WORLD’ DISCOVERED UNDER AUSTRALIA

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Diamonds from Brazil’s Juina area. (Graham Pearson)

The results of the scientists’ research are published in the journal Science.

“We analyzed, for the first time, helium isotopes contained in microscopic bubbles inside the super-deep diamonds,” said research leader Suzette Timmerman, of the Australian National University, in a statement.

STUNNING IMAGE OF RARE VOLCANIC LIGHTNING CAPTURED BY GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHER: ‘IT WAS A SCARY MOMENT

Researchers say that the isotopes support the idea of a “primordial” reservoir of molten rock that has been around since, or very soon after, the Earth was formed.

“Diamonds form perfect capsules so they retain the exact chemistry and the isotope composition of material from the part of the Earth where they formed,” said the study co-author, Lynton Jaques, of the Australian National University. “These diamonds in particular are some of our deepest direct samples of the Earth. They allow us to see some original material from the formation of the Earth, that doesn’t seem to have changed much over the past four billion years.”

VACATIONING SCHOOLTEACHER FINDS 2.12-CARAT BROWN DIAMOND AT ARKANSAS STATE PARK

Timmerman will present the research findings at the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry’s Goldschmidt conference in Barcelona on Aug. 23.

In the U.S., a vacationing schoolteacher recently garnered plenty of attention when he found a 2.12-carat brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

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The Crater of Diamonds State Park lets visitors search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source.

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Varney calls 2020 Dems ‘grossly hypocritical’ after Forbes releases net worth of candidates

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney called out the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on his Fox Nation show “My Take” Friday, after a Forbes report listed the candidates’ current net worth — all in the multi-millions.

“How many times have we heard presidential candidates rail against the rich, how wicked they are, how unfair the whole capitalist system is. If you’ve got money, they’re gonna take it off you. What gross hypocrisy. All of the Democratic front runners are multimillionaires,” Varney said.

According to Forbes, Elizabeth Warren has a listed net worth of $12 million, with Joe Biden at $9 million, followed by Kamala Harris with $6 million, and Bernie Sanders with $2.5 million.

“They’re rich by any standard,” said the Fox Business host. ” And none of these four made their money in business. They’re government people and they want to run the government and take more money from people like you.”

JOE BIDEN MAKING MILLIONS, LIVING IN LAVISH HOMES SINCE LEAVING OFFICE: REPORT

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND SOCIALIST: BERNIE SANDERS HAS 3 HOUSES, MAKES MILLIONS

Later in the segment, Varney went through each candidate, calling out their hypocrisy as he discussed their policies and compared them to the candidates’ personal financial statuses.

“It is Senator Warren who wants every big company to get a license from the government before they can do business. That’s okay with her.  Senator Warren made her money while working for a nonprofit — Harvard University,” Varney said.

“It is Senator Sanders who used to rant against the millionaires and billionaires but since he made his millions as a writer and real estate investor, he now only rants against billionaires.

“It is Joe Biden who calls himself “middle-class Joe” — a nine million dollar net worth puts him firmly in the upper class. And Senator Kamala Harris, she married a wealthy lawyer in 2014. As Forbes puts it, ‘she brought the clout and he brought the money’.”

The next time a Democratic candidate rants about “income inequality, taxing the rich, and reforming capitalism,” Varney said, he will have just the response.

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“Sell your houses Bernie, and give your profit to the poor. Write a check to the treasury, Joe, because you used a tax loophole to get rich. Pay the wealth tax, Senator Warren, it’s your proposal. And Senator Harris – you own houses in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Do you need three?

“They will do none of the above,” the host said as he wrapped up his comments. “Rich socialists rarely do – it’s your money that they really want.”

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Obama reportedly told Biden he didn’t have to run in 2020

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Former President Barack Obama, discussing Joe Biden’s run for the high office in 2020, reportedly told his vice president that he didn’t “have to do this.”

“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Obama told Biden early in 2019, according to The New York Times. The Times reported that Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

Biden, who leads President Trump in several polls on 2020 matchups, said he couldn’t forgive himself if he passed up the opportunity to beat Trump. He initially thought he could beat Trump in 2016, but Obama reportedly pushed back because, in part, he thought former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be more effective in continuing his legacy, according to the report.

Speculation has swirled over the decision by Obama to so far refrain from endorsing Biden formally. Still, despite Obama’s early hesitation, he has taken a much more involved role in Biden’s campaign than in that of other candidates’, The Times reported.

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Biden has also invoked Obama, America’s first black president, while defending himself against racism accusations on the campaign trail. But he has for years faced scrutiny over his views on race.

In January of 2007, he famously said that Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Obama laughed the remark off, according to The Times.

Despite Obama’s widespread popularity among Democrats, the former president appeared to become somewhat of a liability for his friend.

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During the second round of primary debates, Biden faced criticism over the number of deportations under the Obama administration. The Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislative achievement, also came under fire from candidates who said it had fallen short.

While Obama has stayed relatively quiet during the 2020 race, some of his former officials have cautioned against using the former administration to attack Biden during the primaries.

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Daughters of Philly mayor, NJ city councilwoman arrested after late-night street brawl: police

The daughters of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and a New Jersey city councilwoman were arrested earlier this week after brawling on a bar-lined street at the Jersey shore, police said.

Authorities say the altercation between 25-year-old Nora Kenney of Philadelphia and 27-year-old Tara Tolomeo took place early on Aug. 11 in North Wildwood.

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Nora Kenney, left, and Tara Tolomeo, were charged with disorderly conduct after an alleged fight in a southern New Jersey City (City of North Wildwood)

Capt. John Stevenson told NJ Advance Media the two women were arrested around 1:40 a.m. after police caught them fighting in the city’s nightclub district.

The reasons for their alleged fight were unclear. Tolomeo’s mother, Kellyann Tolomeo, has served on North Wildwood’s city council since 2007, PhillyVoice reported.

PHILADELPHIA MAYOR RAISES EYEBROWS WITH TRUMP COMMENT

Tolomeo and Kenney were charged with disorderly conduct, which is punishable by fines, not jail time, NJ Advance Media reported, citing officials.

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The case is being handled by the Lower Township Municipal Court because of a potential conflict of interest with Tolomeo, Stevenson said. The women are expected back in court Aug. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gabriel Nadales: Antifa violence feared in Portland Saturday – Group must be condemned and exposed

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The wounds haven’t yet healed from the last Antifa/Proud Boys sparring match – indeed, no one has been arrested for the savage June 29 attack on Quillette reporter Andy Ngo – and yet, Portland, Ore., is bracing for another demonstration Saturday.

Given the rising violence in communities across the U.S., I fear that our country may suffer another embarrassing and tragic display of attacks and thuggish behavior to silence the free speech rights of opposing views.

Free speech rights must be protected – even for those we disagree with and even for those we find morally reprehensible. The spike in violence we’ve seen rising from groups on the far right and the far left pose a serious threat to the First Amendment.

The violence and intimidation must stop for our republic to function as our founders intended, but this cannot happen if those with the most powerful and loudest voices in our society – like politicians, the mainstream media and educators – continue to ignore one of the core drivers of violence: Antifa.

CONSERVATIVE JOURNALIST ANDY NGO WARNS OF ‘POWDER KEG’ AT DUELING ANTIFA AND FAR-RIGHT-WING PROTEST IN PORTLAND

Politicians are not only supposed to be leaders, but also defenders of the U.S. Constitution and our inalienable rights. Yet we’re seeing far too many fail to stand up for the First Amendment rights of all Americans.

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Out of the almost two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, only two have condemned Antifa for its violent attack against Andy Ngo.

Taking to Twitter, Andrew Yang was the first. It wasn’t until a week later that former Vice President Joe Biden finally voiced his disapproval. Every other Democratic presidential candidate has ignored the incident.

This is disgraceful. If our elected leaders refuse to condemn left-wing extremist groups like Antifa, and the harassment and violence its members inflict on other Americans, we can only expect more attacks. But politicians are only a part of the problem.

Most of the mainstream media have refused to accurately report Antifa violence and have given a soapbox to those who glorify the group’s terrorist tactics.

Just look at the coverage of the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. In reporting on El Paso, the media have been quick and consistent in reporting the gunman’s ties to the far right, while leaving out the Dayton shooter’s ties to Antifa.

The media have a responsibility to accurately report the details of both mass murders. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, “sunshine is the best disinfectant.” The media have a powerful role in shining the light on Antifa. By ignoring the group, the media are complicit in allowing it to grow in the darkness.

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But even more dangerous and concerning is the way media make light of and even glorify Antifa’s activities. Members of the media should understand the power they have in influencing their millions of viewers, readers and listners. Positive exposure of the group encourages people to join Antifa and normalizes violence.

In an interview on MSNBC, Elie Mystal called for people to bring pitchforks and torches to the home of Stephen Ross, CEO of Equinox and SoulCycle, because Ross donated to President Trump’s reelection campaign.

Days later, Mystal doubled down, saying, “You do not negotiate with these people — you destroy them.” Oddly enough, Mystal defined his suggested actions as “peacefully” demonstrating.

Antifa has become far more violent and bold since I was involved nearly a decade ago. I’ve followed the growth in numbers, incidents and extremism and I strongly believe it is the recklessness of those who have the power and influence of a soapbox. Their words and their example have an impact. In this case, they’re providing the water and fertilizer for Antifa to grow and flourish.

As I have consistently said, what we’re seeing in how politicians and media frame (and ignore) Antifa’s roots on our college campuses. Examples of professors and lecturers defending and promoting Antifa abound.

At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Professor Stanislav Visotsky wrote in an op-ed that Antifa was a form of self-defense. Then there is Dartmouth College’s lecturer Mark Bray, who wrote “Anti-fa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” It’s troubling to see figures that young people look up to and trust misuse their influence.

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This is why, this fall, I am going on a speaking tour to college campuses across the country to talk with young people about the importance of dialogue over violence. Called “Behind the Black Mask Tour,” my goal is to expose and debunk the misinformation circulating about Antifa – and I’m taking the message to a core source of this societal problem. While I regret that I was ever involved, I am doing what I can now to make my voice heard and be part of the solution.

I truly hope that demonstrations in Portland this weekend remain peaceful. But even then, it would just be a bullet dodged. As a society, we need to take Antifa seriously. That means it’s time for our leaders and influencers to be honest and diligent about exposing a real danger to public safety and American principles.

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Push for ‘red flag’ laws, background checks gains steam in wake of mass shootings

The push for so-called “red flag” laws and stronger background checks is gaining steam amid apparent support from President Trump and Democrats in Congress in the wake of the two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, though it presents a delicate challenge for the president as he works to assure his supporters that he will “always uphold the Second Amendment.”

2020 DEMS EMBRACE FEDERAL GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM IN WAKE OF MASS SHOOTINGS

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday announced the committee is returning early from recess, on Sept. 4, to consider several gun control bills, including the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., also scheduled a Sept. 25 hearing on “military-style assault weapons.”

Trump has signaled his support for extreme risk laws, also known as Red Flag laws, as well as strengthening universal background checks.

“I support strong, meaningful background checks where people who are insane, mentally ill — where people like that should not have guns,” Trump said Thursday before a rally in New Hampshire. During the rally, Trump assured the crowd of supporters that he will protect their right to own a gun, saying, “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger. It’s the person that pulls the trigger.”

Red flag laws allow family members and law enforcement to intervene when they notice warning signs of an individual — they can petition a court order that would temporarily remove guns from dangerous situations. But opponents argue implementing red flag laws could lead to a slippery slope and infringe on Second Amendment rights.

“With red flag laws, that’s a gray area because I believe it could potentially be a very big misuse of power,” Stephen Powell, administrator and training director of C2 Tactical, told Fox News. “The problem is the people who are wishing to do evil on our citizens they will always find a way to commit that evil.”

Many Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail have called for going much farther than Trump, including proposing a federal gun buyback program to help reduce the estimated 400 million guns owned by civilians in America.

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Handguns for sale in a display case at a licensed dealer in Arizona. (Ben Brown/Fox News)

According to the latest Fox News Poll, an overwhelming and bipartisan majority of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, with two-thirds also supporting a ban on “assault weapons” — although that majority is largely driven by Democrats.

FOX NEWS POLL: MOST BACK GUN RESTRICTIONS AFTER SHOOTINGS, TRUMP RATINGS DOWN

The National Rifle Association has expressed concerns about red flag laws. Catherine Mortensen, an NRA spokeswoman, told Fox News in a statement that “to safeguard the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Extreme Risk Protection Orders at a minimum must include strong due process protections, require treatment, and include penalties against those who make frivolous claims.”

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One proponent, Meagan Cahill, a senior policy researcher at RAND Corp., says while “universal background checks and red flags definitely have the potential to help curb gun violence and even to reduce mass shootings,” there is a lack of data to show how effective these policies actually are.

“The problem of course is we don’t have a lot of evidence on exactly what the effects of many gun control policies that have been proposed are,” Cahill said, adding, however, that red flag laws and universal background checks are a good place to start.

While background checks have proven to be effective according to Cahill, “they are used in a limited fashion.” For example, they are not required for private person-to-person gun sales, which could be seen as a potential loophole to avoid the screening process.

A licensed gun dealer in Arizona told Fox News of several instances in which, after denying someone for a gun purchase, they would say they’re going to go to a gun show instead.

“We said, ‘Hey man, let’s just wait an extra five days just to see if we get a response.’ And, the gentleman was like, ‘you know what, F–k you guys, I’m not waiting I’m just going to buy one at the gun show,'” said the gun dealer, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of potential backlash to his business.

The gun dealer recalled another situation in which after, denying a person who had a medical marijuana card – because it is still considered illegal at the federal level – he was told, “You know what, there’s a gun show Saturday I’m just going to go buy one at the gun show.” He told Fox News “that’s happened several times.”

GUN CONTROL TAKES CENTER STAGE IN WAKE OF MASS SHOOTINGS

Alan Korwin, an expert on gun law and who has written 10 books on the subject, argues more legislation is not the answer.

“The presence of guns isn’t why we’re having murders,” he said. “The fabric of society is unraveling all over the place. And the idea that you can fix that with a statute is crazy.”

Korwin added, “We’ve always had lots of guns you used to buy guns mail order with no paperwork whatsoever. Why are people committing mass murder now? Nobody’s asking that question … the answer is not paperwork. The answer is dealing with the psychosis in society that makes people want to go out and frenzied kill people they don’t know.”

As the push for stricter gun control laws ramps up, the conversation also tends to argue the case from a mental health perspective– with the claim, these mass shooters often suffer from some type of mental illness, a notion Dr. Arthur Evans from the American Psychological Association says is inaccurate.

“Using a blanket statement like people have mental illness — we know from the research, the FBI has shown, that’s not the case. A study we’ve done at the APA … what we found is that there is no singular profile of a person who commits a mass shooting,” Evans said.

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Stephen Powell, administrator and training director of C2 Tactical, working with members from the Well Armed Woman.

While Evans argues against canvassing all people who commit mass shootings as mentally ill, he advocated for a change in how the country approaches mental health policy that targets “people who are not quite at that point of being in crisis but clearly need some kind of intervention.”

“If you listen to the typical interview after one of these kinds of shootings, you often hear people say, ‘Well I knew the person had some problems, things seemed to be off with this person, but I wasn’t quite sure what was going on …,’” he said. “Those people don’t meet the criteria for mental health diagnosis, but they clearly need some type of intervention and most mental health systems aren’t set up to handle those type of individuals.”

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The Dickey Amendment, which according to the National Institutes of Health passed in the mid-90s in response to gun violence being treated as a public health issue, has hindered Congress from using federal funds for gun violence research.

“It will be really helpful if the federal government can infuse more money into this area and really help fund research because it will help us better understand the policies that we have — both in terms of what are the effects on gun owners and what are the effects on violence, homicides, and suicides,” Cahill said.

That could be changing as an omnibus spending bill in 2018 clarified that the amendment doesn’t ban federally funded research on gun violence.

From a gun owner perspective, Powell acknowledges it’s a “tricky situation.”

“People that own firearms people who are in the firearm industry are all for the rule of law … but we also want to make sure we don’t have our rights infringed as well, so there is a balance of power there and it’s a tricky situation,” he said.

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Captain of Iranian supertanker that’s trying to leave Gibraltar ‘doesn’t want to stay in command,’ lawyer says

The captain of an Iranian supertanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff no longer wants to keep command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could impede its immediate departure from Gibraltar, the sailor’s lawyer said Friday.

The tanker — and its 2.1 million tons of Iranian light crude oil — seemed to perform mild maneuvers on Friday but largely remained still, shrouded in heavy fog in waters off the British overseas territory a day after authorities ended its detention for allegedly breaching European Union sanctions on Syria.

The release Thursday, as the United States reportedly maneuvered to re-seize the tanker, came as the head of the Gibraltar government said that Iran had promised him not to deliver the fuel to a sanctioned refinery in Syrian territory, although an Iranian official later disputed that those assurances had been delivered.

Any delay of the vessel’s departure could provide a window of opportunity for the U.S. to mount further legal action and try to again stop the tanker amid growing confrontation with Tehran.

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Tensions have escalated since President Donald Trump last year unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed by Iran and other world powers.

The decision re-imposed sanctions on Iran, stopping billions of dollars in business deals, largely halting the sale of Iran’s crude oil internationally and sharply depreciating Iran’s currency, the rial. More recently, the Persian Gulf has seen attacks on oil tankers and other high-stakes confrontations.

In early July, Tehran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in apparent retaliation for the detention of the Grace 1. Analysts had said the release of the Grace 1 by Gibraltar could see the Stena Impero go free.

But that prospect remained up in the air on Friday with a lawyer representing three Grace 1 crew members who were released from detention on Thursday casting doubts on the vessel’s immediate departure.

Richard Wilkinson told The Associated Press that the Indian national who commanded the oil tanker until it was detained in early July had asked his Iranian employers to replace him.

“He doesn’t want to stay in command of the ship, he wants to go home, because he wasn’t happy to go back and pick up the broken pieces,” said Wilkinson. “But he’s a professional skipper and needs to wait for a new crew to do a proper handover.”

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A stern view of the Grace 1 super tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar on Thursday.

The lawyer said the tanker had been due for repairs in Gibraltar even before it was seized, which impeded the replacement of certain parts, making the tanker unfit for an immediate long voyage.

Adding to the uncertainty, the next possible destination of the cargo became a point of contention as Iranian and Gibraltar authorities showed disagreement over the terms that led to the ship’s release.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Friday said the country had made no commitments to gain the release of its tanker, while the chief minister of Gibraltar insisted on the written assurances it had received.

The captors of the vessel “raised the issue of commitment in a bid to make up for their humiliation caused by this illegal act and piracy,” Abbas Mousavi said, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

“We announced that Syria was not its destination and we have upheld the same … and reiterated that it was nobody’s business even if it was Syria,” he added.

In response, the Gibraltar government issued a statement saying that “the evidence is clear and the facts speak louder than the self-serving political statements we are hearing today.”

Authorities in the territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea didn’t reveal if the vessel was expected to leave any time soon. Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said it was now strictly a matter of the ship’s agents and owners.

“She is able to leave as soon as she organizes the logistics necessary in order to sail a ship of that size wherever it is going next,” Fabian Picardo told the BBC. “It could be today. It could be tomorrow. This is a matter now exclusively for the ship agents and ship owners.”

Authorities in Gibraltar had said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice had requested to seize the ship and its cargo, but Picardo said that such a request should be made directly to the territory’s judiciary and not the government.

No U.S. claim had been lodged by the end of business day on Friday, a spokesman from the Gibraltar Supreme Court told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to be identified by name in media reports.

Wilkinson, the Grace 1 captain’s lawyer, said it would be challenging for the U.S. to secure the detention under the argument of applying U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports.

“They seem to want to enforce American sanctions in British territorial waters. Good luck with that,” Wilkinson said, adding that “the U.S. is pretty late in the day.”

“You need to get a formal application to the court, just writing a letter to the government is not enough,” he said.

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Earlier, authorities in the U.S. had announced plans to revoke visas for the country of any crew member on the Iranian oil tanker. Wilkinson said that the measure wouldn’t be problematic for most of the crew, who come from Southeast Asian countries, including India.

In a statement, the State Department accused the Grace 1 of assisting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in evading U.S. sanctions on oil exports from the country. The Corps is designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. and subject to separate penalties.

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Extremely rare 1894 dime once owned by Jerry Buss sells for $1.3M

An extremely rare 1894 dime, one of only 24 minted and once owned by former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has sold at auction for $1.32 million, including the buyer’s commission.

Only nine of the rare 1894-S dimes are known to exist, according to the auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The dime was auctioned Thursday at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago.

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The 1894-S dime is one of only 24 that were minted. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

The coin was once owned by the late Buss, who in addition to being the former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was also an avid collector of rare coins.

In 2016, an 1894-S dime sold for $2 million at a Florida auction.

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Front of the 1894-S dime. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

A rare 1876 20-cent piece was also auctioned at the Chicago event, selling for $456,000. First issued in 1875, 20-cent coins are described by Stack’s Bowers Galleries as “a one-year wonder.”

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Front of the 1894-S dime, (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

Some 10,000 20-cent pieces were minted by the Carson City Mint in 1876 but were ordered destroyed by the government. The coin auctioned in Chicago is one of only 20 from the 10,000 minted at Carson City that escaped the melting pot.

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Hollywood sex scenes are changing in the #MeToo era thanks to intimacy coordinators

Two years ago, intimacy coordinators on a film or TV set wouldn’t have been taken seriously. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, they are very much needed to make all participants feel safe and represented.

HBO led the pack when the network hired Alicia Rodis to be on set for the new season of “The Deuce,” a show about the sex industry set in the 1970s, after the show’s star, James Franco, was accused of pressuring young actors in his acting class to perform nude or semi-nude scenes that made them feel uncomfortable.

Franco said the claims are “not accurate” and his job on the drama series was up in the air for a period of time.

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HBO and the show’s producers ultimately moved forward with Franco still attached to filming the show because they “felt comfortable” after investigating the claims.

The show’s other star, Emily Meade, wasn’t sure how she felt about the scenario because allowing an actor or crew member back on set essentially “means that you’re technically supporting someone,” she told Vanity Fair.

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Emily Meade (L) and Ryan Farrell in “The Deuce” (Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

So, that’s when she pitched the idea of an intimacy coordinator to HBO. And her advocacy had a profound effect on the industry.

“HBO implemented a policy that would require an intimacy coordinator on all programming that features adult content,” according to the magazine. And streaming service, Netflix, was soon to follow suit.

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris told the magazine the organization is currently working on standardizing guidelines for intimacy coordinators and having them accepted into the guild, similar to a stunt coordinator.

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“Look at television now, versus 20 years ago,” Carteris said. “I mean, it’s so sexually explicit now…. Think about before I began [acting]; we had to sleep in separate beds, and you couldn’t show a woman being pregnant. Now it’s everything.”

“Even a kiss is different [now],” she added. “When I first began in the business, I remember being told, You can’t touch that person here when you are kissing. Now, it’s like: How hot can you make it? How sexy can it be?”

Ita O’Brien, who was an intimacy coordinator for Netflix’s “Sex Education,” said, “It’s so amazing to see how quickly the industry has shifted and changed” and hopes there’s someone helping with sexually explicit content on every single set in the near future.

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She described a recent event on a set.

“I had a situation the other day when we were checking out a kiss. And so the actor’s going, Oh, can I put my hand on your cheek? And then he says, ‘Can I put my hands on your ears?’ And she didn’t even know that it was a ‘no’ for her.”

She watched as the woman tensed up when the actor touched her ear and stepped in to say that was off-limits in the future.

“The main thing,” O’Brien said, “is open communication and transparency with this work.”

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Trump set to meet with officials on Afghanistan, amid concerns over withdrawal plans

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President Trump is set to meet Friday with top security officials on the way forward on Afghanistan, possibly moving toward a phased withdrawal – something critics warn could lead to the Taliban taking hold of the country once again.

Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is back in the U.S. from his negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, talks he has described as “productive.” The two sides have been discussing an agreement in which the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, in return for the Taliban promising to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists and Al Qaeda.

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The meeting, to be held in Bedminster, New Jersey, is scheduled for the afternoon and is expected to be attended by a number of Cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sources told Fox News.

The Washington Post reports that the proposed plan could cut the number of troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to 8-9,000 – which would be nearly the same as when Trump entered office in 2017.

However, a senior administration official told reporters that the meeting was “routine.”

Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in August 2017, as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country. Trump ran his 2016 campaign partly on a platform of bringing troops home from foreign conflicts.

“Well, I don’t want to say if they can be trusted or not,” Trump said earlier this month when asked if the Taliban can be trusted. “Look, history, I would say, is not so good, but they don’t like us much either.  But we’ve brought them down; we’ve brought the number of soldiers down very substantially. They’re coming down. We are talking to them.  We have a lot of advantages making a deal with us. “

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The U.S. has pressed for a cease-fire and a framework for inter-Afghan talks, but so far the insurgents have refused to recognize the Afghan government, dismissing it as a U.S. puppet.

But there are fears that such a deal would hand the country over to the Taliban. The group has staged attacks on a near-daily basis since the negotiations began, targeting mainly troops and government officials, but which have also killed civilians.

“To trust the Taliban to control Al Qaeda, ISIS-K, and other radical Islamist groups present in Afghanistan – as a replacement for a US counter-terrorism force – would be a bigger mistake than Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement.

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The U.S. invaded the country in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and plunged the country into an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. It has killed more than 2,000 American troops, injured more than 20,000 and cost nearly a trillion dollars since 2001.

The Taliban are at their strongest since the U.S.-led invasion toppled their five-year government in 2001 after the group had harbored Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Rich Edson, Jon Decker, Matt Leach and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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