The streaming service revealed that the follow-up to the hit teen romance film “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: P. S. I Still Love You,” based on the book of the same name by Jenny Han, will arrive just on February 12, 2020 ― just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Stars and professional Instagram flirters Lana Condor and Noah Centineo revealed the news in a fittingly adorable video where they did their best “Love Actually” cosplay with some cue cards.
The duo also announced that the third film “To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean” is currently in production.
The first film in the series, which debuted on Netflix in August 2018, made stars out of its two leads and was one of Netflix’s “most viewed original films ever with strong repeat viewing,” according to the streaming service.
The sequel will reportedly explore the ongoing romantic adventures of Laura Jean (Condor). Past love John Ambrose McClaren, played by Broadway star Jordan Knight, enters the picture, possibly threatening her relationship with Peter Kavinsky (Centineo).
“There’s so many things in the second book that I would love to see in a sequel,” author Jenny Han told Indiewire after the first film’s release. “The whole reason why I wrote a second book was for the character of John Ambrose McClaren, who is a fan favorite, and he’s a favorite of mine too. I would love to see that explored, and also there’s a character called Stormy that I love to write. I would love to see that.”
John Corbett, Janel Parrish and Anna Cathcart are all set to return in “P. S. I Still Love You,” alongside newcomers Holland Taylor and “13 Reasons Why” star Ross Butler.
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Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Clifton Busted.
“We think he made it in through the bottom door,” sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant told HuffPost in an email. According to Gant, multiple students, along with a sheriff’s deputy who was already on the school campus, spotted the raccoon inside the machine and the deputy contacted animal control.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Clifton The raccoon was freed from the machine unharmed, though it’s unclear if he actually scored any good eats.
A video posted by the department Wednesday afternoon shows the raccoon being sprung from the machine ― which had been wheeled outside ― and scampering to freedom.
Spokeswoman Laura Williams, who described the raccoon as a “wacky guy,” added that in order to free him, they had to wait until someone from the vending machine company came to unlock the machine. That meant the raccoon was stuck for about four hours. Neither Gant nor Williams was sure whether he actually ate any snacks during that time.
Either way, they wish him the best.
“We hope he’s well-fed and recovering from the experience,” said Gant.
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Israel’s decision on Thursday to bar two American Democratic congresswomen, Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, from visiting the country rests on a law passed just two years ago. Aimed at Israel’s critics, the law has been used to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a global movement to boycott the country, which has significant support in Europe as well as the United States.
The announcement came hours after President Trump had encouraged Israel to deny the congresswomen entry, an extraordinary attempt to influence an ally and punish his domestic political opponents. In a statement, Ms. Omar called Israel’s decision an “insult to democratic values.”
Here’s some background on the Israeli law and how it has been implemented.
The anti-boycott law
Passed in 2017, the law was aimed at outspoken supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement who encourage individuals and institutions to work to pressure Israel to end the occupation of much of the West Bank, grant full equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel and allow Palestinians and their descendants in the diaspora to return to the homes from which they were displaced after the establishment of Israel in 1948.
The vote, which came at a time when the Israeli right was feeling emboldened by the election of Mr. Trump, received little initial notice in Israel. But it quickly drew criticism in the United States from the nation’s supporters and critics alike, who argued that it was anti-democratic and would further isolate Israel.
Bezalel Smotrich, the far-right minister of transportation and a co-sponsor of the bill, defended it at the time. “Preventing B.D.S. supporters who come here to hurt us from the inside is the very least we should be doing against haters of Israel,” he said.
Bezalel Smotrich, the far-right minister of transportation and a co-sponsor of the anti-boycott bill in Israel that was passed into law in 2017, in Tel Aviv earlier this year.CreditDan Balilty for The New York Times
The two congresswomen subject to Thursday’s announcement are the first Muslim women elected to Congress and are both outspoken in their support of Palestinians and the boycott movement, which the Democrat-majority United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to condemn last month.
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According to Ben Moore, a spokesman for the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry, which is charged with countering the boycott movement, 14 people have been denied entry under the law.
Thursday’s decision was the first time the law was used against American lawmakers, though seven French politicians and European Union parliamentarians were denied entry in late 2017, according to The Jerusalem Post. Israel also used the law last summer to keep out Ariel Gold, who is American, Jewish and the national co-director of the antiwar group Code Pink, which supports the boycott movement, according to The Associated Press.
Last October, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that an American could remain in the country to attend law school after the Interior Ministry had accused her of past support of the movement, while Omar Shakir, an American citizen and advocate for Human Rights Watch, is appealing a deportation order based on the law’s provisions.
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter were hospitalized after a small plane crash in Tennessee on Thursday, his sister said.
“I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding,” Kelley Earnhardt wrote in a tweet. Amy is Dale’s wife, and Isla is their 1-year-old daughter.
Fox News has also learned the plane involved in the crash is registered to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team, JR Motorsports, and crashed near Elizabethton Municipal Airport, which is in Carter County, Tennessee. Elizabethton is about 20 minutes from Johnson City, Tenn.
Earnhardt Jr., who retired from racing full-time in 2017, also has been an analyst for NASCAR on NBC.
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One victim of the mass shooting was struck by two bullets fired by police after she was dying from a gunshot fired by the shooter, officials said. USA TODAY
CINCINNATI – One victim of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was struck by two bullets fired by police after she was dying from a shot fired by the gunman, Connnor Betts, Montgomery County’s coroner said Thursday.
Kent Harshbarger said the first round that struck her was the lethal round, and it was from Betts’ gun.
At a news conference, Harshbarger said he determined that “by positioning, by pathway, by evaluating the scene, (and) the video evidence.”
He said the bleeding process had started, and she was on the ground when she was struck by the two bullets fired by police.
Officials did not specify which victim it was, other than to say it was a woman.
A second victim sustained a “superficial” gunshot wound from police, Harshbarger said. That person was shot multiple times by Betts, he said.
The coronoer also said toxicology results showed Betts had cocaine, alcohol and the prescription drug Xanax in his system. The concentrations had not been determined.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl talked about the victims’ families, saying: “I express my deepest condolences for their loss and profound regret for any actions taken by members of the Dayton Police Department resulting in any harm to their loved ones.”
Of the 17 injured, Biehl said it is believed none was shot by police. One small projectile fragment has not yet been matched to a firearm, he said.
Betts suffered at least 24 gunshot wounds, Harshbarger said. After being shot, Biehl said, Betts tried at least twice to get up. Officers, Biehl said, are trained to use force until a threat has ended.
“He is still armed, he still has significant firepower,” Biehl said. “Until he is separated from his firepower, lethal force is warranted.”
Earlier this week, Biehl would not confirm if all the victims of the shooting were killed or shot by Betts. He said the coroner would examine that issue.
Ten people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting in the Oregon District. Officials on Tuesday updated the casualty list to 17 wounded by gunfire.
Betts, 24, of Bellbrook was shot and killed by police 32 seconds after the shooting began. He was armed with .223-caliber “assault-style” weapon and had body armor and extra magazines, according to officials.
Beto O’Rourke introduced himself to the country as a changed candidate on Thursday, with his presidential campaign recast as a moral crusade against President Trump in the aftermath of a mass shooting in El Paso, his hometown.
Mr. O’Rourke, who represented the city in Congress until the start of this year, said he would abandon the relatively traditional approach he has so far taken — with limited success — and largely detach his travel from a primary calendar that tethers most candidates to a handful of early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
Instead, Mr. O’Rourke said he would now plan his political activities around confronting Mr. Trump in direct and personal terms, and highlighting what Mr. O’Rourke views as the injustices of Mr. Trump’s administration. He intends to seek out immigrant-rich towns to campaign in, and to make gun control a central issue.
He outlined his new thinking about the race in a telephone interview on Wednesday evening and a speech in El Paso on Thursday morning. He planned to follow the speech with a trip on Friday to Mississippi, where federal authorities recently detained hundreds of undocumented immigrants in raids targeting workers in the poultry industry.
“I just have to be as clear and as strong as possible in calling this out and taking the fight to Donald Trump,” Mr. O’Rourke said in an interview on Wednesday evening. “In the immediate term, he is the greatest threat to this country, bar none.”
Mr. O’Rourke said he had begun to think of the campaign differently after being asked last week whether he would break away from his grieving city to attend the Iowa State Fair, a traditional stop on the presidential trail. He chose to skip the fair, and on Wednesday said he felt that kind of campaigning did not match the political moment.
“I don’t know that I’ve been doing a good enough job to match that threat with the urgency and the honesty and the clarity that it deserves,” Mr. O’Rourke said. “Being with those who have been denigrated and demeaned is more important than it has ever been.”
In his speech, Mr. O’Rourke said he saw that the country’s shared institutions, including Congress and the press, had been “impotent in the face of the greatest threat that we have ever known,” raising the burden on individual people to take on social challenges like gun violence and xenophobia.
“When we fail to do that, we provide fertile ground for the kind of demagogues that we have in office right now,” Mr. O’Rourke said.
Beyond his imminent trip to Mississippi, Mr. O’Rourke said he envisioned campaign trips to visit Muslim communities that Mr. Trump had demonized, as well as people who were in jail and certain parts of the country that voted heavily for Mr. Trump.
It is difficult to foresee the political implications of Mr. O’Rourke’s decision on the crowded Democratic race. The field of candidates has not lacked for strong antagonists of Mr. Trump, nor for champions of liberal policies on immigration and gun control. By shifting his focus away from the early primary states, Mr. O’Rourke runs the risk of being overshadowed on multiple levels — on the national stage by better-known rivals, like Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren, and in Iowa and New Hampshire by more attentive underdogs, like Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker.
Yet the approach Mr. O’Rourke envisions appears to be a direct extension of the agonized outcry to which he helped give voice after a white supremacist gunman murdered 22 people and injured dozens more in an El Paso Walmart. The killer told police he deliberately targeted Latinos, and in a manifesto echoed rhetoric about a migrant “invasion” that Mr. Trump and his political allies have regularly deployed.
Mr. O’Rourke responded to the attack in part by branding Mr. Trump a racist and white supremacist, and blaming him for having “created the conditions that made an attack like this possible and even likely.” On Thursday morning, he branded Mr. Trump again as a president “who so openly speaks in racist terms, so openly favors one race, one religion, one kind of people in this country.”
In some respects, Mr. O’Rourke’s new approach is an abrupt departure from his campaign style so far — one that has involved criticism of Mr. Trump but not a consuming focus on the president, with his campaign schedule defined by Mr. O’Rourke’s dogged personal courtship of voters in the early-voting states. His support in national polls has been hovering recently around 2 percent.
Mr. O’Rourke has also acknowledged, in both public and private settings, that the early stages of his presidential campaign gave the impression of excessive self-regard, starting with a romantic portrait on the cover of Vanity Fair that heralded his entry into the race.
In other ways, Mr. O’Rourke’s determination to proceed as a man unburdened by a traditional schedule of early-state rituals recalls the comparatively freewheeling and self-directed mode of campaigning he employed in his challenge to Senator Ted Cruz last year.
Over the last two weeks, Mr. O’Rourke has been a more resonant figure in the primary contest, speaking out from his wounded city in raw and emotional terms. And he has flashed glimpses of the traits that made him a hero to liberals in the midterm elections — his willingness to confront a right-wing adversary in plain language, for one, and his authentic passion on issues of immigration and national identity.
It remains to be seen whether Democrats are likely to find Mr. O’Rourke a similarly affecting spokesman on matters far outside El Paso and the immediate circumstances of the tragedy there. He has been facing a chorus of pleas, from Democrats in Texas and Washington, to leave the presidential race and run again for the Senate, challenging Senator John Cornyn, a senior Republican. The filing deadline for the race is not until December.
But Mr. O’Rourke has consistently rebuffed those entreaties, and in his speech he said a Senate campaign would not be “good enough” for this political moment. His campaign aides have grown frustrated with the pressure being applied to Mr. O’Rourke by fellow Democrats and the persistent, Senate-themed questions he receives from the news media.
Mr. O’Rourke may still struggle to stand out in the presidential primary: He is far from the only Democratic candidate to blame Mr. Trump for creating a toxic and dangerous social atmosphere that has left Latinos and other minority groups vulnerable to violence. Nor is he the only candidate to design his campaign schedule around acts by Mr. Trump and other Republicans that Democrats find appalling.
Julián Castro, the former housing secretary and a fellow Texan, has been running ads on Fox News decrying the El Paso massacre that targeted people who “look like me.” In July, Mr. Booker, the New Jersey senator, crossed over the border with Mexico and returned with several migrants seeking asylum. And last week he delivered a searing speech on race at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., the site of another mass shooting by a white supremacist. In May, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York campaigned in Atlanta after Georgia’s Republican-dominated government enacted strict new limits on abortion.
And around the Democrats’ first debate in Miami, a number of leading candidates — including Ms. Warren and her Senate colleagues, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders — visited a South Florida detention facility that was holding migrant children.
Asked if he saw himself as a distinctive voice in that crowd of candidates, Mr. O’Rourke said he did not think of his decision that way. But he felt he had a perspective to share, he said, grounded in his experiences in El Paso.
“I don’t always keep tabs on what all the other campaigns are doing,” he said. “I just know very clearly what it is that I have to do, and the urgency with which I feel it.”
Mr. O’Rourke added, “It has to change you, when this happens to your community.”
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WASHINGTON — The United States is participating in secret talks between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to confront threats posed by Iran, a shared adversary among the three countries.
The talks aim to broaden cooperation for military and intelligence sharing between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, two cautiously allied Middle Eastern nations, a foreign official with knowledge of the diplomacy said on Thursday.
But including the United States in a new phase of security talks could signal the United Arab Emirates’s intent to demonstrate its commitment to the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran — even as Emirati officials have stepped back from some of their own hard-line policies targeting Tehran.
The foreign official confirmed the talks were being coordinated by Brian H. Hook, the senior State Department envoy on Iran issues. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to confirm the secret discussions.
Neither the State Department nor the Israeli Embassy in Washington responded to requests for comment, and Emirati officials refused to discuss the issue.
Last month, the United Arab Emirates pulled most of its forces from Yemen after years of supporting Saudi Arabia’s efforts there against Houthi rebels supported by Iran. Emirati officials also recently held maritime security talks with Tehran.
Emirati officials are trying to “strike a very careful balancing act,” said Ilan Goldenberg, the director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.
“They want to signal to the Trump administration and members of Congress — especially Republicans — that they aren’t walking away from the administration’s policies and the maximum pressure campaign against Iran,” he said.
The Trump administration’s campaign against Iran has been met with mixed success since the United States withdrew in May 2018 from a nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.
United States sanctions have stopped Iran from exporting oil and other goods to foreign buyers, starving its economy. But the economic constraints have also irritated American allies and other nations that had sought to open markets in Iran.
On Thursday, in a sign of the diplomatic strain, the authorities in Gibraltar released an Iranian oil tanker that the United States had sought to seize. Gibraltar is a semiautonomous British territory.
The United Arab Emirates and other Arab states are generally careful to avoid appearing too close to Israel, given longstanding disputes over the rights of Palestinians and access to the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in Islam.
Mr. Goldenberg said it was surprising that Emirati officials would agree to allow the United States into its longstanding and secretive talks with Israel.
“It is a sign they are willing to lean further forward, that they are not as worried about secrecy as they were,” said Mr. Goldenberg, who worked on regional security issues at the State Department and Pentagon during the Obama administration.
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Singer Peter Murphy was rushed to a New York hospital Tuesday evening after suffering shortness of breath that was later revealed to be a heart attack, according to his rep.
The longtime Bauhaus singer was forced to postpone Tuesday’s scheduled concert at the Greenwich Village venue Le Poisson Rouge, where he has been performing a residency comprised of his solo albums and one evening of David Bowie songs.
The concerts scheduled for Aug. 13, 15, 16, 18 and 19, have been postponed, with dates to be determined. Ticket buyers will have their tickets transferred to the corresponding rescheduled date, or can request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. ET on August 30, 2019.
Cardiologist Jason Song, MD of Lenox Hill Hospital, treated the singer and issued the following statement:
“Mr. Murphy was admitted for treatment of a myocardial infarction. He had two stents placed in his right coronary artery and was started on medications to manage his heart condition. Due to HIPAA regulations we cannot reveal further details of his condition. He is still in the hospital for continued monitoring of his condition.”
In a statement, Murphy’s family said: “We would like to thank the fans for their undying support and hope that Peter will be back on stage with a refreshed heart, stronger than before!”
The staff of Le Poisson Rouge said in a statement, “All of us at LPR are devastated by this news. Peter’s performance and presence over the past twelve days has been amazing – both onstage and off. We wish Peter a swift and full recovery and look forward to his successful return to LPR.”
Follow Peter Murphy and Le Poisson Rouge online for further updates on the rescheduled shows.
They met at a libertarian conference in Las Vegas in July 2015, where they discussed Milton Friedman, Anton Chekhov and John Locke.
He was the philosophizing founder and chief executive of Overstock.com, a publicly traded e-commerce retailer that sells discount furniture and bedding. She was an ambitious graduate student from Russia.
It was the start of a three-year relationship between the e-commerce executive, Patrick Byrne, and the young woman, Maria Butina, that became romantic at times. She is now serving 18 months in prison after being accused by federal prosecutors of trying to infiltrate powerful political circles in the United States at the direction of the Russian government. She ultimately pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Mr. Byrne’s relationship became widely known on Monday, when his company took the unusual step of issuing a news release that called attention to it. In the release, which was put out in response to a report that Mr. Byrne had been involved in the federal inquiry into the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Byrne said that he had been helping law enforcement agents, whom he referred to as “Men in Black,” with their “Clinton Investigation” and “Russia Investigation.”
In an interview late Wednesday, Mr. Byrne said he wanted to shed light on what he saw as problems in the way top law enforcement officials had handled the government’s case against Ms. Butina.
The release, titled “Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State,” sent the company’s shares plummeting more than 30 percent over the next two days, while opening an intriguing new chapter in the tale of Ms. Butina and her connections to influential Americans. Her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, confirmed that Ms. Butina and Mr. Byrne had been “romantically involved” and that, according to Mr. Byrne, government officials had instructed him on how to interact with her.
In the interview, Mr. Byrne said he was still “quite fond” of Ms. Butina. “Maria should go home and be president of Russia one day,’’ he said. “That is the best thing that could happen to Russia and the U.S.”
Ms. Butina, 30, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent. She achieved notoriety by networking with groups like the National Rifle Association, and by posing for pictures with Republicans like Donald Trump Jr. and Scott Walker, the former Wisconsin governor.
For a time, she dated a Republican political operative who had worked on several campaigns. Her lawyer said that she was dating the Republican operative while periodically seeing Mr. Byrne.
Mr. Byrne, whose father had been the chief executive of the insurance company Geico, has a reputation for speaking his mind with financial analysts and in interviews. The news release on Monday was particularly colorful and, at times, cryptic.
It did not mention Ms. Butina specifically, but instead cited two articles published recently on the website of Sara Carter, a journalist and Fox News contributor. One of the articles detailed his relationship with Ms. Butina. In the news release, Mr. Byrne said that he “confirmed” Ms. Carter’s account.
The relationship, Mr. Byrne said in the interview, began in Las Vegas, where he was giving a talk at the FreedomFest convention, an annual gathering of libertarians.
Ms. Butina, according to Mr. Byrne, introduced herself and said she wanted to discuss her gun rights group, but he was not interested. She then told a different story: that she was working for a top official at Russia’s central bank and wanted Mr. Byrne to go to Moscow to speak about blockchain technology. Mr. Byrne arranged to meet her for lunch in his hotel suite the next day.
They hit it off, he said, discussing Russian history, literature and philosophy. “She said, ‘You are a very famous man in Russia,’” he recalled.
Still, Mr. Byrne described being somewhat suspicious of Ms. Butina’s intentions. Eventually, he said, he began to communicate with the F.B.I. about their interactions. Mr. Driscoll, Ms. Butina’s lawyer, said that Mr. Byrne had contacted him after she was sentenced to prison in April and had told him that he had spoken periodically to the F.B.I. about Ms. Butina. An F.B.I. spokeswoman declined to comment.
After the convention, Mr. Byrne and Ms. Butina kept in touch through text messages. She told him that she wanted him to meet her in Paris, Rome or Montenegro. They finally decided to meet at the Bowery Hotel in New York in September 2015. Mr. Byrne, who calls himself a “56-year-old bachelor,” said that the rendezvous in New York quickly became romantic. They met several more times in different cities around the United States, and she visited him at his home in Utah.
“I think she admired him, but I don’t think she was looking to settle down,” Mr. Driscoll said.
During the visits, Mr. Byrne said, Ms. Butina spoke increasingly about meeting or seeking to meet people involved in the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, which made Mr. Byrne wary. Her lawyer said that she was merely an ambitious person hoping to advance her career by improving relations between the United States and Russia.
Mr. Byrne has recently been focused on developing a blockchain business called tZero, which he describes as the place where “blockchain meets capital markets.” Overstock is based in Midvale, Utah, and until this week its stock had been soaring. On Thursday, the company’s share price rallied to rise more than 16 percent, erasing many of the recent losses.
In the news release on Monday, Mr. Byrne said he had previously worked with law enforcement authorities in a case involving a friend who was murdered and also as part of a “shake up” of Wall Street a decade ago.
Mr. Byrne said he was motivated to come forward in recent weeks because he believed that top law enforcement officials had not handled the investigation into Ms. Butina properly. In the company’s news release, he said that the investigation was “less about law enforcement and more about political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”
Citing Mr. Byrne’s concerns, Mr. Driscoll wrote a letter to the Justice Department’s inspector general and office of professional responsibility on July 25, saying the Overstock executive had told him that during his relationship with Ms. Butina, he had “acted at the direction of the government and federal agents by, at their instruction, kindling a romantic relationship with her.”
Mr. Driscoll urged Justice Department officials to examine Mr. Byrne’s concerns further.
“As an adjunct professor and C.E.O. of a public company, Mr. Byrne is a credible source of information, who from my view has little to gain, but much to lose by disclosing a sporadic relationship with Maria,” he wrote. “His claims are worthy of investigation.”