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A Common Charger for All Phones? The European Union Is on the Case

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LONDON — The European Union wants to make it easier to charge your cellphone and other devices.

This week, members of the European Parliament held a hearing on a measure to require smartphone makers to produce a common charger for all mobile and portable devices sold in the region, including tablets, e-readers and digital cameras.

The goal: no more frustration at borrowing a friend’s charger only to find it has a Lightning connector when you need a USB-C.

The proposal has been promoted not only as a matter of convenience, but also as a way to reduce electronic waste. Chargers have been estimated to produce more than 51,000 metric tons of waste annually in the European Union.

“We are drowning in an ocean of electronic waste,” said Roza Thun, a member of the European Parliament from Poland. “Demand grows and with it waste and exploitation of natural resources.”

Officials also say that a common kind of charger would reduce consumers’ cost because devices could be sold without a dedicated charger.

This is not the first time the European Union has tackled this topic. This week’s effort was the third attempt to untangle charging devices in more than a decade.

In 2009, when there were more than 30 different chargers on the market, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, reached a voluntary agreement with industry giants like Apple, Samsung and Nokia, among others, to introduce a smartphone charger that fit all models.

But the agreement expired in 2014, and the device makers went their separate ways.

Lawmakers then introduced a similar effort to re-establish a voluntary standard for a single charging port for all smartphones. But that initiative was never adopted, in part because it failed to guarantee interoperability between devices such as speakers and keyboards with smartphones.

There are now three major types of charging plugs, according to the European Consumer Organization, which backs the effort to standardize chargers: USB 2.0 Micro B, USB-C and Apple’s Lightning.

Apple previously objected to the European Union’s proposal. A year ago, the company argued that a single standard would “freeze innovation rather than encourage it.” A new charger standard would make current chargers obsolete, it added, which is “bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for customers.”

At the hearing on Monday, members of the European Parliament lamented the failure to legislate a universal charger, raising environmental concerns and blaming industry for thwarting measures.

Others pointed to the potential cost benefits of a common charger standard.

“This would allow consumers to get a better deal and to cut waste at the same time,” said Dita Charanzova of the Czech Republic.

The European Commission is scheduled to publish a study in the coming weeks to deliberate the next legislative steps.

But device makers may eventually decide the issue before the legislators do. Each year, an increasing number of phones arrive on the market with another option: wireless charging.

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Jared Kushner’s New Time Magazine Cover Is Now A Brutal Meme

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TIME PHOTOGRAPHER: Okay, stand normally.

JARED KUSHNER: I am.

TIME PHOTOGRAPHER: No, sorry. You misunderstand. Stand *normally*.

JARED KUSHNER: I am standing normally.

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— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) January 16, 2020

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Nicole Kidman reflects on her career: ‘I went through a huge time when I didn’t have good choices’

Nicole Kidman is one of many Hollywood actresses who epitomizes longevity.

The 52-year-old performer is set to star in the limited series “The Undoing,” based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

The “Big Little Lies” star opened up to reporters on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif., about what she’s happy at this stage in her career, seeing as though she has seemingly done it all.

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Nicole Kidman of “The Undoing” speaks during the HBO segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 15, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“Just being able to have good choices. I went through a huge time when I didn’t have good choices,” Kidman explained following the series panel for “The Undoing.”

“So many actors don’t have choices, to even have a choice is an extraordinary opportunity,” she continued. “[…] I went to [executive producer and director] Susanne [Bier] with the series and said, ‘Do you want to do this?'”

“She was the only director we went to and she said yes. And that is just a wonderful thing,” Kidman said.

Along with acting, Kidman has also been growing her resume behind the camera as an executive producer and director on a number of projects.

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“To then take ‘The Expatriates’ to Hulu and go, ‘Do you want to do this?’ And [you get a] ‘Yes.’ […] It’s just a wonderful thing as an actor, and particularly a woman who’s the age that I am, being able to have a say — as I’ve always said — and not having somebody else choose for me,” she added.

For Kidman — who, according to her IMDb page, currently has 17 projects in development — the challenge of harmonizing her work and personal life is a balancing act that requires planning. When asked how she manages to do it all, Kidman said she took some much needed time off.

“Oh, I took five months off. […] I actually was off as soon as […] I finished this in June and I didn’t go back to [work] […] I only started filming again with Ryan [Murphy] right now on ‘The Prom.’ So I’ve actually had quite a long break. It doesn’t seem like it. But I did,” she said. “Thank you.”

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Last week, Deadline reported that Melissa McCarthy would be joining Kidman in Hulu’s limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” based on “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s latest novel. McCarthy is set to also executive produce the project alongside the usual suspects behind “BLS,” David E. Kelly, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Kidman’s own production arm, Blossom Films.

“The Undoing” is slated to premiere in the spring as a six-part limited series on HBO and also stars Hugh Grant and Norma Dumezweni.

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Today on Fox News: Jan. 17, 2020

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On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Jordan Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, gives a preview of what the president’s impeachment trial defense will look like. Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden on evidence from Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy pointing to murder, not suicide

On Fox Business:

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council under President Trump.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “Mutual Assured Destruction”: Chris Wallace on How a  Trump Impeachment Senate Trial May Play Out – The Senate impeachment trial of President Trumpis set to start in earnest next Tuesday. This will only be the third time in American history a U.S. president faces an impeachment trial and no one is quite sure what to expect. Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” anticipates what we might see in a Senate Trial and the impact it will have on the 2020 Race.

Also on the Rundown: The U.S. Virgin Islands filed a civil lawsuit against the estate of deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, claiming he raped and abused girls as young as 11 years old on his private islands. Fox News national correspondent Bryan Llenas explains the details of the lawsuit and their significance. Plus, Fox News’ Investigative Unit producer Perry Chiaramonte joins Bryan to discuss their exclusive interview with two new Epstein accusers.

Don’t miss the good news with Tonya J. Powers. Plus, commentary by David Webb, Fox News contributor and the host of “Reality Check” on Fox Nation.

Want the Fox News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device? Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher.

The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: John Schneider on his new book; Shannon Bream, host of “Fox News @ Night” and more.

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Meghan Markle’s UK citizenship application potentially in jeopardy if royal couple moves to Canada: reports

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Meghan Markle’s application for British citizenship could reportedly be in jeopardy if she and Prince Harry move to Canada as part of their plan to step down as senior royals.

The Duchess of Sussex started the process for citizenship shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, applying as the spouse of a British citizen.

Under Home Office rules, applicants are required not to have spent more than 270 days out of the country in the three years before applying, The Telegraph reported. During their engagement, Prince Harry’s spokesperson promised the duchess would be in compliance with U.K. immigration laws “at all times.”

“She may quickly run into trouble when calculating her permissible absences from the U.K.,” immigration website Free Movement reported.

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Immigration lawyer Philip Trott told The Times of London, “There is no harm in being out, as long as you spend most of your time here…The advice we normally give to clients is that most of your time means six months and one day every year.”

If Prince Harry managed to obtain an official role while in Canada, their time in the country might qualify for the Crown servant exception to residency, which would still count legally as living in the U.K., according to Free Movement.

In the unlikely event she couldn’t obtain citizenship, she might still be allowed to remain in the U.K. indefinitely “at the discretion of the Home Secretary,” Free Movement reported. “There are ultimately no legal constraints on granting any form of immigration status.”

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The duchess’ spokesperson said, “There is no change in the fact that she is pursuing the path to British citizenship,” according to The Times of London.

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Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan put on ‘administrative leave’ after allegation of misconduct

NEW YORK — The Recording Academy has placed Deborah Dugan, its president and CEO of just six months, on administrative leave following an allegation of unspecified misconduct by a senior leader.

The move announced late Thursday comes 10 days before the 2020 Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles.

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FILE 2019: Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan participates in the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations news conference at Studio 43 at CBS Broadcast Center in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

“In light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team, the board has placed Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, effective immediately,” the academy said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday. “The board has also retained two independent third-party investigators to conduct independent investigations of the allegations.”

Dugan, the former CEO of Bono’s (RED) organization, became the first woman appointed to lead the academy.

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Recording Academy Board Chair Harvey Mason Jr., the music producer who has worked with Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson and more, will serve as interim president and CEO of the academy.

“The board determined this action to be necessary in order to restore the confidence of the Recording Academy’s membership, repair Recording Academy employee morale, and allow the Recording Academy to focus on its mission of serving all music creators,” the statement continued. “The Recording Academy Board of Trustees is committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace, music industry, and society.”

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Dugan succeeded Neil Portnow, who led the Grammys since 2002. Before joining (RED), the AIDS organization that launched in 2006, Dugan was president of Disney Publishing Worldwide and executive vice president at EMI/Capitol Records. She started her career as an attorney on Wall Street.

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Before Dugan, music executive Christine Farnon held the top position at the academy for years, though she never had the title of president and CEO. She held multiple positions at the Grammys throughout her tenure, retiring in 1992 as executive vice president. Michael Greene became the first official president and CEO of the academy in 1988, leading the organization until 2002 when Portnow took over.

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Man caught on video destroying Bloomingdale’s cosmetics section: cops

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A man was arrested after going berserk inside a Connecticut Bloomingdale’s and knocking over racks of perfumes and cosmetics in an apparent fit of rage on Monday.

Surveillance footage obtained by ABC7 allegedly shows Jason Gilbertie methodically trashing the cosmetics section of the luxury department store chain at the SoNo Collection mall in Norwalk.

When a security guard tried to intervene, Gilbertie, 42, allegedly threw items at him and punched him. Another security guard tried to pepper spray Gilbertie, but that did little to stop his mall meltdown, cops said.

Witnesses reported that a man was “destroying all of the items in the store” and had punched another person, around 6:45 p.m. Monday, police said, according to The Hour.

Officers were eventually able to restrain Gilbertie after a brief struggle. It’s unclear what prompted the rampage.

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The store said the man caused about $100,000 worth of damage.

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Recording Academy CEO Suspended Amid Allegations Of Misconduct

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The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has placed its president and CEO, Deborah Dugan, on administrative leave in a major shakeup at the organization less than two weeks before this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

A statement released by the Recording Academy’s board of trustees referred to “a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team” and said it had placed Dugan “on administrative leave, effective immediately.”

The statement did not specify the nature of the allegation, nor who is accused of committing the misconduct.

Dugan became the Recording Academy’s first woman CEO less than six months ago. She followed Neil Portnow, who led the Grammys for 17 years, but sparked controversy with a comment after the 2018 show that women needed to “step up” to get ahead in the music industry.

“The board has also retained two independent third-party investigators to conduct independent investigations of the allegations,” the statement said.

“The board determined this action to be necessary in order to restore the confidence of the Recording Academy’s membership, repair Recording Academy employee morale, and allow the Recording Academy to focus on its mission of serving all music creators,” it continued. “The Recording Academy Board of Trustees is committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace, music industry, and society.”

The Recording Academy’s board chair, Harvey Mason Jr., a music producer who has worked with such recording artists as Chris Brown and Jennifer Hudson, will step in as interim president and CEO, the statement said.

Dugan headed Bono’s (RED), an organization focused on combating HIV/AIDS, before coming to the Academy and had previously been president of Disney Publishing Worldwide and executive vice president at EMI/Capitol Records.

She came in promising to “reinvent” the organization, telling NPR in an interview in December that she was leading “a major restructuring to allow for immediate diversity.”

Dugan said she and Mason were “personally and professionally committed to advance and champion diversity, inclusivity, transparency — making processes simple and understandable.”

This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, to be held Jan. 26, will feature performances by, among others, Lizzo, who tops the list with eight nominations; Aerosmith; Camila Cabello; Billie Eilish; H.E.R.; The Jonas Brothers; Demi Lovato; Bonnie Raitt; Rosalía; Run DMC; Blake Shelton; Gwen Stefani; Tyler, The Creator; and Charlie Wilson.

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Cuomo should focus on NY’s bail law, $6.1B budget gap than state flag, license plates: state lawmakers

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been taking heat this week from state politicians, many of whom say the governor’s priorities seem misplaced.

They argue that Cuomo has appeared more concerned about trying to get the motto “E Pluribus Unum” onto the state flag than about closing the state’s $6.1 billion budget gap or addressing a much-criticized bail-reform law.

The bail-reform law has come under fire following a series of highly publicized crimes, including the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman, a wave of anti-Semitic attacks and a $1 million burglary spree.

State Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican from Staten Island who’s running for a U.S. House seat, tweeted Thursday that Cuomo, “is more concerned about changing the state’s license plate and flag than the botched bail law that’s putting New Yorkers in imminent danger. This is ridiculous.”

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“There are $6.1 billion more important things to be focused on,” Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay agreed, according to The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester.

Stony Point Councilman Tom Basile, a former member of the George W. Bush administration, former executive director of the New York Republican Party and a Fox News contributor, called Cuomo “unhinged.”

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“Violent offenders are running free,” Basile wrote on Twitter. “City schools graduate less than 1/3 ready for college. High taxes are driving people out — BUT he wants to change the state flag.”

Even Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Democrat from Schenectady, was against the flag-change idea.

“People aren’t interested in changing the flag—they’re interested in PUBLIC SAFETY and keeping more of their HARD EARNED MONEY!” he wrote online.

Cuomo has placed the U.S. motto meaning “out of many, one” at airports, train stations, subway stops and in tunnels, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

The governor proposed adding the motto to the state’s coat of arms in the middle of the flag – which has changed little since the Revolution – during his State of the State speech last week, according to the newspaper.

“In this term of turmoil, let New York state remind the nation of who we are,” Cuomo said in his Jan. 8 speech, the newspaper reported. “Let’s add ‘E Pluribus Unum’ to the seal of our state and proclaim at this time the simple truth that without unity, we are nothing.”

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The current state flag hasn’t been altered since 1882, according to Rochester’s WROC-TV.

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Why the Iowa caucuses are being dissed and downgraded

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The Iowa caucuses, which have always provided rocket fuel to winning presidential candidates, may fail to achieve liftoff this time.

The media, whose usual fixation on Iowa has been eclipsed by their obsession with impeachment, are very likely to devalue the caucuses.

Much of the chatter has focused on how the impeachment trial will pull the Democratic senators—Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar—off the trail in the final two weeks of the contest. Instead of pressing the flesh in Des Moines and Dubuque, they’ll be trapped in the Senate chamber, six days a week, unable to speak in their role as jurors.

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But the more important impact may be on the coverage. The cable news networks will be going wall to wall on the trial of President Trump, and each day’s arguments (or testimony) will likely dominate the prime-time shows. If the 2020 candidates are giving speeches or doing interviews or taking jabs at each other, their airtime will be more of an afterthought.

The same will be true of newspapers, magazines, radio and websites, though these outlets may have more flexibility to walk the impeachment walk and chew the campaign gum at the same time.

Still, much of the drama will be drained in the runup to the caucuses, just as this week’s CNN debate in Iowa was largely forgotten by the next morning.

The biggest impact will come after the Feb. 3 voting. The winner—as was true with Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Barack Obama in 2008—usually gets an avalanche of publicity and a boost in the following week’s New Hampshire primary. But most of the media oxygen will be consumed by the Trump trial.

That’s why the press is likely to downgrade the results. If Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg wins the caucuses, the pundits will slap an asterisk on their victory. They had an unfair advantage, the political analysts will say, because the senators were barely able to campaign in a state that prizes personal contact with candidates. (Of course, if Sanders or Warren win, they’ll be portrayed as overcoming a huge obstacle.)

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So the Iowa caucuses, in short, ain’t what they used to be.

Now this may in some ways be healthy. While I’m always impressed by how seriously Iowans take their first-in-the-nation role, the fact remains that this predominantly white and rural state is unrepresentative of the country.

What’s more, Iowa will pick a grand total of 49 delegates out of the 4,750 who will be sent to the Milwaukee convention. So what should pale in importance compared to, say, Super Tuesday, is hyped by the press into a make-or-break contest. Ratcheting down the importance of Iowa might be a step toward sanity.

What’s more, Iowa is changing its reporting process to include who had the most votes at the beginning and end of the lengthy caucuses, which will enable the candidates to spin and fudge the results.

The bottom line is that the media will be grading the Iowa results on a curve, muffling its usual impact under the roar of impeachment.

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