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‘Friends’ cast has stayed close for 25 years by ‘leaning on each other’ in times of need

Good friends are hard to find.

In the 15 years since the popular sitcom “Friends” went off the air after a legendary 10-season run, many of its core stars continue to remain true to the series’ name.

Despite the busy lives the former costars lead, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry always make a point to reconnect. However, converging as real-life friends takes more planning than one might imagine, partly due to the fact that they reside in different places.

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Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, (Photo by Jon Ragel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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A recent soiree, which later became the scene for Aniston’s first-ever Instagram-breaking post, served as a cozy connection for the former on-screen pals, however People magazine reported on Monday the candid-looking moment actually took “a lot of planning.”

“It wasn’t spontaneous,” an insider told the outlet. “But they had the most fantastic dinner. There was a lot of laughing and hugs. You would think they see each other all the time.”

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The cast exuded an authentic dynamic that permeated through television sets when the show debuted in 1994 – and in navigating the level of fame each of the cast members now had to experience, a familial bond was formed within the cohort of actors.

“They were truly friends,” the insider maintained. “There was no behind-the-scenes drama. They all had the same goal.”

The sisterhood between Aniston, Cox and Kudrow has been easy to spot as the trio maintained their tight-knit relationship through supporting each other during high-profile divorces. Cox, 55, was married to David Arquette – who made his own “Friends” cameo as a stalker – from 1999-2013, while Aniston endured publicized splits from Brad Pitt – who also made a Thanksgiving cameo – in 2005 and Justin Theroux in 2017.

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Still, even with the years of separation, the source said the group always kept close tabs on one another.

“They have really leaned on each other,” the insider revealed of the cast, while a second source told the magazine, “They follow each other’s lives. The fact that they have been there for each other in happy and in sad times says a lot.”

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Last month, Aniston, 50, revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that the cast of the show has been “working on something” other than a reboot and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast is currently in talks to reunite for a special on HBO Max.

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House counsel suggests Trump could be impeached again

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House counsel suggests Trump could be impeached again

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Lisa Rinna posts fully nude pic amid feud with co-star Denise Richards: ‘I’m about to be exposed’

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Lisa Rinna wants the world to know she’s not stressed over her ongoing feud with her Bravo co-star Denise Richards.

Speculation of a bitter debate between “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” co-stars erupted last week after Rinna boldly called out Charlie Sheen‘s ex-wife for skipping a filming event at Dorit Kemsley’s house.

“Denise are you ok? You never showed up to Dorit’s Sat night we were all so worried about you. What happened?” Rinna, 56, wrote on Instagram on Dec. 17. “You said you were coming, you were meeting Garcelle [Beauvais], We never heard from you. What happened?”

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The online chatter grew into a more heated debate, according to Us Weekly. Sources told the magazine that Rinna and Richards, 48, are “headed toward a showdown on camera.” The insider added that the tension is a result of Rinna’s “constant meddling and passive aggressive behavior.”

On Friday, Rinna added fuel to the fire by posting a completely nude Instagram photo of herself lying on a bed. She captioned the photo, “I’m about to be exposed….,” which directly referred to Us Weekly’s reporting from a source claiming Rinna would be “exposed” and “held accountable” by Richards.

“RHOBH” star Camille Grammer called out Rinna for throwing Richards “under the bus.” Grammer also claimed that Richards has “not quit” the reality show despite speculation.

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“How about calling her to see how she’s Doing and stop tweeting about it,” Grammer advised Rinna.

Rinna’s questioning about Richards’ absence came around the same time Sheen’s ex opened up about a health scare she endured earlier this year.

“My hubby posted this & I need to actually thank him for taking such great care of me. This was a couple months ago & turned out to be a good lesson for me to always listen to my body. Being a mom, wife, & having a career sometimes it’s easier to just be strong and power through, I thought the pain & my other symptoms would just go away,” Richards wrote.

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“They did not and got a lot worse. I’m so grateful to @herniadoc & her fabulous team. I thought I had one femoral hernia, I actually had 2 femoral & 2 inguinal. And I waited way too long & didn’t even tell my husband how bad I was feeling (I know it was stupid)…gotta always listen to our bodies & Take care of ourselves.”

Richards confirmed to fans following the feud that she will be featured on season 10 of the hit Bravo series. She joined the cast in 2018 while Rinna has been filming since the Bravo show’s fifth season.

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New Yorker editor David Remnick says Trump’s impeachment is ‘about the future of the Earth’

New Yorker editor David Remnick was ridiculed for declaring on Sunday that removing President Trump through impeachment is “about the future of the earth” during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

“We’ve seen the Republicans stuck where they are. Their illusions about Trump remain… here’s what I hope that we understand. The stakes here are immense. It’s not just about the political future of one man, Donald Trump,” Remnick told CNN’s Brian Stelter when asked if Trump’s impeachment changed anything.

“It’s about the future of democracy and democratic process and this is a trend throughout the world,” Remnick continued. “It’s about the future of the Earth.”

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Remnick went on to discuss climate change and Stelter didn’t ask why he feels the Earth’s future depended on whether or not Trump is removed from office.

Remnick then explained that liberal members of the mainstream media are irritated that more Americans don’t support the removal of Trump.

“We don’t understand why the evidence of things, why facts don’t penetrate so many of our brothers and sisters in the United States of America. And this is a source of great frustration for the press,” Remnick said.

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Media Research Center analyst Nicholas Fondacaro wrote that Stelter’s weekly show “has become a home for nutty pontificators” and Remnick is the latest example.

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“If more evidence was needed that Remnick was a left-wing activist and not a journalist, he decried how the GOP continued to back their President throughout the partisan impeachment process,” Fondacaro wrote. “Yeah, CNN was totally all about news and not opinion peddling. Right, Brian? This is CNN, unreliable sources.”

“I wonder what caused such distrust in the news. This is a real head-scratcher,” author Scott Adams wrote.

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Other critics took to Twitter to mock Remnick’s comments:

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How Democrats, Republicans And Jared Kushner United To Protect Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump has used his veto power four times to shield Saudi Arabia from bipartisan congressional rebukes. A defense bill that landed on his desk this week might have forced him to use his veto pen again — or sign the bill and finally put pressure on the kingdom over the war in Yemen and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. But Congress sent Trump legislation free of tough measures against the Saudis. On Friday, he signed it into law. 

In presenting Trump with a defense bill free of anti-Saudi measures, Capitol Hill squandered its latest chance to enact a policy — an end to U.S. support for the Saudis’ military intervention in Yemen — that’s been approved by both chambers and won the support of a crucial number of Republicans and essentially the entire Democratic Party

The story of how that happened is one of broken promises, given that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) assured critics of the Yemen war that Democratic control of the House meant the issue would be a priority.

It’s also a story of political failure, given how rarely Congress comes so close to securing meaningful change on foreign policy and how clear it is that the time is ripe for a reset in U.S.-Saudi relations. And it’s a story of anger, pain and finger-pointing among a coalition of politicians and activists that’s worked for years to notch high-profile wins — as well as a test of whether that alliance can hold to address a situation in which the U.S. is implicated in the deaths of thousands of civilians and the risk of starvation for more than 14 million people. 

“Yemen should never have been on the table to negotiate,” said Kate Kizer, the policy director at the progressive group Win Without War. “It’s mind-blowingly bad and really unacceptable.”

“It’s just like a punch to the stomach,” said Jehan Hakim, the chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, a Yemeni-American advocacy organization. 

“I wasn’t fucking caving,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the lead Democratic negotiator in the wrangling between the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate and White House that produced the final bill. “I was fighting to the last conceivable minute.”

A clear picture of why things ended up this way matters for the movement to force accountability for the war — which the United Nations blames for the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — and to put an end to it by withdrawing U.S. support for the Saudis’ operations and making the kingdom more serious about peace talks with its opponents in Yemen. It’s also important for the question of whether Washington can ever adopt a more restrained foreign policy complete with constitutionally mandated oversight and a greater respect for human rights. 

Lawmakers and activists view the antiwar movement’s campaign on Yemen as a test case, and the results so far have been encouraging, challenging congressional inertia and spurring the Saudis and others to change tack in big ways. The defeat on the defense bill — a bigger loss than expected, according to interviews with more than a dozen people involved — is the biggest blow to their momentum in months. Now they’re processing what went wrong. 

Early Hope But Old Cynicism

The sparring factions of the Yemen coalition at least agree on how things looked at the start of conversations about the defense bill, around August.  

War skeptics had overcome GOP tricks and finally sent Trump their bill to require an end to America’s aid for the Saudis, which President Barack Obama initiated and Congress never approved. They had demonstrated bipartisan and bicameral support for their position. And they had enough enthusiasm that they could channel some into new ideas, like a pitch from activist-turned-congressman Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) to bar offensive weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and its chief partner, the United Arab Emirates, for a year. 

Taking advantage of Democratic control of the House and increasing public conversation about a more progressive foreign policy, peaceniks saw a chance to use the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fight for other priorities, too: a resolution seeking to block a Trump strike on Iran and another repealing the 2002 authorization for the use of military force, which presidents have cited to justify military actions beyond the original intent of approving the invasion of Iraq.

But Republican leadership hadn’t suddenly become more dovish or abandoned its policy of shielding the Saudis, and the prospect of the two parties having to strike a broad deal posed a familiar problem for liberals.

“It was an uneven playing field where Republicans were willing to tank that bill but Democrats weren’t,” said Hassan El-Tayyab of the Friends National Committee on Legislation, a Quaker lobby. 

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images The Republican Party is currently of many minds on foreign policy.

GOP negotiators would be happy to abandon the process of crafting major legislation altogether and simply give Democrats the choice of voting on a narrow proposal addressing only vital needs, known as a “skinny bill,” or rejecting that and appearing to ignore national security. 

Activists kept up conversations with Republican staffers, but they focused on ensuring Democrats would stand by their stated priorities — paying particular attention to Smith, in the House, and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Outside pressure had already worked on Smith years earlier, when he became an ardent backer of a change in Yemen while facing a primary challenge from the left; this time around, advocacy groups urged constituents to press Reed.

Inside the discussions, Democrats were being as tactically smart as they could, Smith said. He pointed to the way he exaggerated Democratic opposition to the Space Force idea to gain concessions from Republicans eager to give Trump a win on a favorite issue. In reality, some Democrats had been talking about the idea — and agreeing with their counterparts across the aisle on it — before it made it to presidential Twitter fame. “I leveraged that, which is an impressive legislative accomplishment,” Smith said. 

He had to take a broader view than just focusing on the foreign policy issues that were drawing outside attention, he added — considering concerns like how to, for instance, secure a provision that would continue the production of military flatware in the district of Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.). 

Helping people like Brindisi stay in office in that way means, Smith said, “you have another Democrat who will vote to help cut off U.S. support in Yemen. All of that stuff dies if we just walk away from the bill.” 

The Blame Game

Congressional negotiators were squabbling over the Saudi-focused amendments right down to the GOP’s final deadline, in early December. They had company: Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, was personally involved.

Kushner took a particular interest in the provisions targeting Saudi Arabia, Smith told HuffPost. A Hill source involved in the negotiations said Kushner’s role was expansive in a way that raised questions: “Why would we give him that kind of authority? … Kushner was literally drafting it.”

That high-level interest from the notoriously Saudi-friendly Trump White House seems to have been the nail in the coffin for the proposals, which were already facing opposition from hawks, lobbyists for Riyadh and the influential defense industry. For Raytheon, for instance, a single Saudi deal that could have been affected by the Malinowski proposal was worth about 5% of annual revenue, according to calculations by William Hartung of the Center for International Policy. 

The ultimate outcome on Yemen was a provision barring the U.S. from providing aerial refueling to the Saudis and their partners in the war — which doesn’t have any immediate effect since Trump chose to stop refueling last year anyway, but it does present a hurdle to presidents trying to begin it again. The compromise bill also demanded the names of Saudi officials involved in the murder of journalist Khashoggi but didn’t include measures like sanctions that lawmakers had been discussing.

“This was basically our worst-case scenario for how this legislation could play out in terms of making a difference in the lives of Yemeni people,” said Noah Gottschalk, humanitarian policy lead for Oxfam America.

House progressives rebelled against the bill, as did contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. ”Congress must vote against this disastrous Pentagon authorization — a bill of astonishing moral cowardice,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a frequent critic of the Yemen war, wrote on Twitter. “We do not need to shower Trump, his Saudi friends and the military-industrial complex with a $738-billion taxpayer giveaway.” 

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Alex Edelman via Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), center, and other Democratic leaders told progressives they would make Yemen a priority.

Multiple congressional and activist sources said the trouble was that Democratic leaders, particularly in the House, didn’t prioritize Yemen. Pelosi and her team pointed to other wins in the bill, notably paid parental leave for all federal workers. One aide pointed to Smith’s public remarks at the American Enterprise Institute days before he and other negotiators revealed the legislation, where the congressman said the amendment ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition wouldn’t immediately lead to the end of the fighting anyway. “It seemed once they realized they weren’t going to get it in… he had to discredit the amendment, that’s a way to justify it,” the staffer said. 

Smith, unsurprisingly, takes a different view. 

“I find to be bizarre a lobbying strategy to attack the person who agrees with you and advocated for your position and passed it out of the House and to give a total free pass to all of the Republicans,” he said. He feels he drew out the process and publicly alluded to the need to work on the opposite side. “Was the response, Please call [Senate Armed Services chairman Jim] Inhofe and Senate Republicans? The response is, Adam Smith is wavering.” 

In his telling, securing provisions to end the U.S. military role in Yemen would have entailed accepting GOP demands to specify that the Saudis could get American help if they were attacked first — raising the specter of what he calls a “backdoor” authorization for a war. “All of these outside groups that are now deploring me, we talked about that… they said that’s awful.”

Amid the negotiations, an attack on Saudi oil facilities on Sept. 14 that the U.S. blamed on Iran had increased sympathy for the kingdom on Capitol Hill, a Senate aide told HuffPost.  

Asked about the handful of Republicans who have repeatedly voted with Democrats on Saudi-related issues, Smith said Inhofe (R-Okla.) and House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) didn’t view those members as “real Republicans.”

That’s a common refrain about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who have broken with their party over civil liberties and national security issues. Both voted against the defense bill. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), a member of Senate Republican leadership who has condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s policies in Yemen for years, voted for the bill. He did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment.   

Activists say there’s more Democrats could have done, including not voting for the bill at all. “I’m not saying that the bill is all bad, but this was our best chance to reassert congressional war authority and put a credible check on the Pentagon and the Trump administration, and that didn’t happen,” Tayyab of the Quaker peace group said.

Even on the parts of the legislation that Democrats point to as wins, they believe it’s clear that the party wasn’t as assertive as it could have been: Getting paid family leave is now to some extent a Republican issue, too, after all, given Ivanka Trump’s concern for the issue. (Though Smith noted Senate Republicans are still wary of the idea.) 

“You shouldn’t be continuing the dangerous trend of trading bad national security policy for good domestic policy,” said Kizer of Win Without War. 

And they’re not feeling bad about focusing their fire on Democrats. “The White House doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t on this, and we know where the vast majority of Republicans stand,” said David Segal of the group Demand Progress. “I blame the negotiators, and I blame the leadership on the Democratic side…. It’s not as passive as getting ‘rolled,’ as someone put it — they just actively chose not to stand up for it.”

A spokesperson for Reed, the top Senate Democrat in the negotiations, said in an email that the Yemen provisions “should have been included.” 

“Both [Reed] and Chairman Smith fought hard and tried everything they could to include strong Yemen-related language in the final agreement. Ultimately, they weren’t able to overcome stiff opposition from Republican leadership and the White House,” the spokesperson added. “Passing an NDAA on an annual basis requires significant compromise…. Nobody got everything they wanted, but the vast bipartisan majority supported the conference report.”

Spokespeople for Pelosi did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment. 

The Next Fight ― And The Next Win 

The clearest lesson for the antiwar movement is that it hasn’t won quite as much support as it needs to, particularly in a Republican Party that’s currently of many minds on foreign policy ― dominated by a president who’s interested in reining in U.S. interventions but also desperate to project a vicious conception of strength, yet still heavily influenced by traditionalist lawmakers wary of what they see as weakness.

“The restraint community really has a lot of work to do when it comes to educating a broader swath of both conservatives and liberals or progressives, Democrats and Republicans about how our foreign policy over the last 30 years has not been making us safer or more prosperous and has actually collided with our values, and we need a new approach,” said William Ruger of the Charles Koch Institute, a group funded by the billionaire right-wing industrialist that supports a less belligerent foreign policy. “The people who want greater realism and restraint didn’t think that we were going to be able to see policy win after policy win right away… there’s a lot of energy around restraint, but it’s going to take time for that to bubble up in a way that leadership will understand where Americans are at.”

For Democrats, Yemen (and Saudi Arabia broadly) remains a top issue and a litmus test of sorts for the party’s base. A little-noticed detail about a bill accompanying the closely watched NDAA reflects that reality. Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-Md.) tried to attach an amendment barring a U.S. role in the war to defense appropriations legislation — an apparent act of penance for an action almost exactly one year ago, when he and four other Democrats helped pass a GOP-led farm bill and halted the progress of a provision on Yemen, spurring fierce criticism and talk of primary challenges.

“Our work is not done” on Yemen, Khashoggi or preventing a war with Iran, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), one of the first lawmakers to raise the alarm about the devastating war, said in an email. He’s crafted a process that could force a Senate vote on U.S.-Saudi security assistance next year.

Liberals should see now that they need greater discipline over issues like Yemen, argued Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who authored the amendment that failed to get in. “The problem is we don’t have a consistent frame as a Democratic Party: We’re not willing to make the argument that we need less focus on military interventionism…, so it’s a muddled mess and the other side has a clear frame that we need more national security and defense funding.”

The campaigns and grassroots organizers looking to those power-brokers for action aren’t likely to let them see this as the end of the road.

“There may be a sense of demoralization, but more so there’s a sense of anger among activists who elected what should be an opposition party but isn’t acting like it,” Kizer said. “It’s not only about hopefully legislating something — it’s also about setting up for a post-Donald Trump foreign policy.”

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Texas resident with measles could have exposed others to virus: officials

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A person infected with measles may have exposed others to the disease after traveling to multiple locations in Austin, Texas, while infectious with the highly contagious virus.

The Austin Public Health Department said that the infected Travis County resident, who was not identified, visited several locations — including a Chipotle Mexican Grill and a Target store — between Dec. 14 and Dec. 17.

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“Out of an abundance of caution, Health Departments in Central Texas are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames that they may have been exposed to an individual with measles,” officials with the Austin Public Health Department said in a news release.

The following times and locations include:

  • December 14 (evening): Chipotle Mexican Grill, 6301 W Parmer Lane
  • December 14 – 16: HEB, 6001 W Parmer Lane
  • December 15: Saam Thai, 6301 W Parmer Lane
  • December 15 – 16: Mandola’s Italian, 4700 W Guadalupe Street
  • December 16 (2 pm – 4 pm): Target, 10107 Research Boulevard; Marco’s Pizza, 11011 Research Boulevard
  • December 17 (Noon – 4 pm): Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 3600 Presidential Boulevard; United Airlines, gate area

The case in Travis County is the first since 1999, the Austin American-Statesman reported, noting the infected person likely contracted the virus while visiting Europe in late November or early December.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. Others can contract measles when they breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.

“Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The MMR vaccine can protect both individuals and other people from contracting the virus. Young children are typically most at risk of contracting measles. The CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccination, but the first dose is typically given to children when they are between 12 and 15 months old, with the second occurring between ages 4 and 6.

The news comes after a study released in August found that measles outbreaks could be more commonplace in Texas communities as an increasing number of children in the state show up to school unvaccinated.

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Florida boy, 3, killed in hit-and-run crash was sitting in passenger’s lap, authorities say

A 3-year-old boy killed Sunday in a hit-and-run crash on a Florida interstate was sitting unrestrained in a passenger’s lap instead of a child seat, authorities said.

The crash occurred on the eastbound I-4 in Polk County around 2 p.m. when a white sedan hit the 2011 Nissan carrying the victim, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said.

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The boy, identified as Josiah King, was one of five people in the vehicle when a white sedan merged from the left lane and struck the left rear side of the Nissan driving in the center lane, the Orlando Sentinel reported, citing the FHP.

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Investigators are looking for the white sedan that hit the 2011 Nissan and left the scene. (Florida Highway Patrol)

Josiah’s 21-year-old mother, Yahkirioth Swain, lost control of the vehicle and hit the guardrail at the center median, according to local reports.

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The 3-year-old, who was on the lap of a passenger in the backseat, died of his injuries at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, WFLA-TV reported. Swain and the other passengers, ages 7, 14, 17, and 27, were all wearing their seatbelts and suffered minor injuries.

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A 3-year-old sitting on the lap of a passenger in the backseat of a 2011 Nissan died following a hit-and-run crash Sunday, authorities said. (Florida Highway Patrol)

The driver of the sedan failed to stop following the crash.

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Investigators have asked anyone with information to call the FHP at 813-558-1800 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.

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The Nightjet: A Train Company’s Big Bet on Travelers Who Take It Slow

On a recent morning, as Venice awakened to crisp November sunshine, a group of travelers appeared on the steps of Santa Lucia Station. They stood in awe of the Grand Canal just opposite, rummaging for sunglasses in their bags.

There were couples, like Natalia Goia, 28, and Maximiliano Amestoy, 33, from Uruguay. On a tour of Europe, they had left rainy Vienna the night before, slept in a compartment with reclining seats, and were up and ready to explore Venice before most visitors had even finished their breakfasts.

“We had lots of sleep,” Ms. Goia said, sitting on the steps of the modernist railway terminal, visibly pleased with the 11-hour journey that led them through the Austrian Alps. They swapped a night in a pricey hotel in Venice for the cheapest fare on the train, she said.

The nighttime link to Venice is among a growing number of destinations offered by ÖBB, Austria’s state-owned federal railways, under the Nightjet brand. In recent years, as operators around Europe wrote off night trains as unprofitable and shuttered services, ÖBB expanded its network, provoking questions about just how the company had managed to do it.

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A night train conductor waits after arriving in Venice.Credit…Maxim Babenko for The New York Times

“Sometimes you get lucky,” said Andreas Matthä, the company’s chief executive. In 2016, when Deutsche Bahn of Germany, struggling to cut costs, decided to end night services, he said, Austria was faced with a similar dilemma: whether to invest in costly rolling stock and continue serving a niche market, or to focus on daytime connections. ÖBB decided to jump on the opportunity, taking over Deutsche Bahn’s most lucrative routes and buying secondhand sleeping cars that, although newer than their own, had suddenly become obsolete.

Passenger numbers have doubled since Nightjet began operating in 2016, and ÖBB said it carried 1.4 million people on the service last year.

Mr. Matthä, 57, is a seasoned railway man, having climbed the ranks of the federal railways in more than three decades. To him, comfortable and unhurried travel is the main selling point of Nightjets. During an interview, his eyes lit up at a mention of the sleeping car breakfast, with two Viennese bread rolls, jam and coffee.

“It’s a common misconception that a night train must travel fast,” Mr. Matthä said. “The most important is to depart and arrive at a convenient time,” he said, adding that if the train to Venice traveled faster it would arrive at 4 in the morning.

The demise of Germany’s night services wasn’t the only factor that helped Austria’s expansion. After the climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed the Atlantic in treacherous waters just to avoid flying to a United Nations summit in New York this summer, many travelers in Europe pledged never to fly again, or at least drop short-haul flights for trains and buses.

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Others have campaigned for a Europe-wide effort to revive the continent’s night trains as a more sustainable way to travel. Germany will raise its tax on flights to domestic and European Union destinations beginning in April, while the value-added tax on train tickets will be reduced in January. The Swedish government is exploring new nighttime connections to continental Europe, and has pledged to provide funding for the project.

Among those traveling to Venice on a recent evening, many said their concerns about climate change had motivated them to choose the train for a weekend away. Travelers’ tickets were printed with information about the journey’s reduced carbon footprint compared with cars.

Noemi Trevisan, 22, of Padua, in Italy’s industrial north, was on her way home from Vienna.

“It’s an issue, and you want to do your part,” Ms. Trevisan said of climate change, settling into a tight compartment with four bunk beds unfolded. “In our region there are a lot of cars, a lot of pollution.”

ÖBB said that it expected ridership on Nightjet to increase by 10 percent by the end of this year, to 1.5 million passengers, a rise fueled by people who want to avoid flying.

Nightjet trains have a variety of accommodations, including seated coaches, youth-hostel-style couchette carriages sleeping four to six passengers at a time, sleeping cars with hotel-style key cards and fluffy bedding and private cabins with their own miniature bathrooms. On some services, travelers can take their cars in trailers, and sleep instead of driving through the night.

Prices for a seat to Venice start at 29.90 euros ($33) one way, which is still competitive with airfares, but they quickly climb to more than €100 for a sleeper cabin shared with two others.

Lorenz Putz, 28, said he still remembered taking the train on a school trip to Rome as a teenager. The students had smuggled beer on board and didn’t sleep much. But this time he was traveling with his girlfriend, Jessica Morar, 22.

“I wouldn’t go to Bangkok by train, that would be too long,” Mr. Putz said jokingly, as they both reclined comfortably in their seats, his feet up on a nearby unoccupied seat. But for a quick trip they decided, he said, that the train was the perfect option.

Despite its modern branding, the travel experience on Nightjet harks back to an era when trains with evocative names like Orient Express and Wiener Walzer crisscrossed Europe at night. But today, with stark competition from cheap flights and buses, experts say night trains need more innovation, too.

Marco Bellmann, a professor of transportation and logistics at the Technische Universität in Dresden, Germany, who has surveyed passenger trends, said he thought Nightjet needed to be more innovative.

“The concept of ÖBB is not very different from the concept of DB, which was not successful,” he said. “I think there is a lot to do.”

Mr. Bellmann said his research showed that customers now expected more privacy and comfort. Compared with the traditional bunk-bed compartments, Mr. Bellmann said, sleeping pods, like those found in airports, were a better model, with more individual space and airplane-style entertainment options.

And while small private operators run single routes and bespoke luxury services, all of the national companies, including ÖBB, rely on subsidies to maintain complex networks.

Night trains, research has shown, actually cost more to operate because they are less efficient than daytime services. Dick Dunmore was the lead author of a 2017 study into night trains by Steer Group, a consulting firm, for the European Parliament. He said that the main obstacles for night trains were track access charges, low occupancy in sleeping carriages, running only once a day and the complexity of staffing at night.

Austria may be at the heart of Europe, but every time its trains cross the borders they run into hurdles. The continent’s railways still run on vastly different signaling and power supply, and, in some cases, incompatible tracks. ÖBB can’t run the same engine to Italy as it does to Germany, Mr. Matthä said, gesturing toward a scale model of an engine on his desk.

Still, ÖBB is investing heavily in the future of Nightjet. Production started this year on around €375 million worth of rolling stock from Siemens, including 13 night trains with new design featuring individual sleeping pods for solo travelers. That move will introduce the first new night trains in Europe since Caledonian Sleeper, connecting London with Scotland, rolled out new hotel-style carriages this year.

The company has high ambitions for becoming a crucial Pan-European railway provider. It already runs international passenger trains in 14 countries and cargo trains in more than 18. Beginning on Jan. 19, Nightjet will expand to twice-a-week services to Brussels and ÖBB has plans to follow that with Amsterdam the year after.

Even if overnight train journeys make up less than 5 percent of long-distance travel, the Nightjet brand has helped the company raise its profile across Europe, Mr. Matthä said.

And, in Mr. Matthä, ÖBB has a strong believer in night trains. In his office, he spoke of the joy of savoring Italian coffee straight off the train in Venice. “Turn left,” he told a reporter at the end of a recent interview, with a hand gesture and a smile. “Espresso ristretto.”

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Pelosi Doubles Down, Won’t Pick Impeachment Managers Until Receiving Assurances of Fair Trial

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I had a conversation with a few Trump supporters I know. Their take on this, is that the House impeachment proceedings were unfair, so why should the Senate’s be any different? They firmly believe this, and the propaganda machine that they consume reinforces that belief. As someone in another thread put it, they are essentially religious zealots.

Their high priest is Trump, their churches are the media outlets that spew lies, and their preachers are the talking heads. There is little that will convince them that they backed a charlatan, and if you do manage to get something across to them that makes them think, they lash out, usually with insults or changing the subject and trying to push some both sides game. An example of this, is when one of them got on a tear about Hillary, I asked why, if she is so obviously a criminal, why she hasn’t been arrested and charged, and that the Deep State isn’t an excuse. His response was to post some meme about how if every Jew in Germany had a gun, that the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened, and that I should think about this when supporting the Democrats.

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