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Whistleblower in New Orleans hotel collapse is deported to Honduras, lawyers say

A Honduran construction worker who attempted to warn about unsafe conditions prior to last month’s deadly partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans was deported by U.S. immigration authorities on Friday, his lawyers confirmed.

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma was arrested by immigration officials two days after the 18-story hotel fell onto a busy downtown intersection on Oct. 12, killing three people and injuring dozens.

He managed to survive the collapse after falling from the ninth to the sixth floor by swinging from a rope, according to The Guardian.

TOM HOMAN: COLORADO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DECISION TO RELEASE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ‘POLITICAL’ NOT ‘LEGAL’

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Workers begin the process of preparing the two unstable cranes for implosion at the collapse site of the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse while under construction last Sat., Oct., 12, in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city’s fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

He was hospitalized with serious injuries, including head trauma, an acute eye injury and internal inflammation, according to his wife and lawyers.

Following the incident, Ramirez Pena was interviewed by a Spanish-language media outlet. Two days later, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested him while he was fishing with his family at a wildlife refuge, according to reports.

They moved him to an immigration holding facility at the Alexandria International Airport in central Louisiana last week, as ICE agents prepared to deport him.

His attorneys argued that because Ramirez Palma was outspoken about the unsafe conditions, deporting him could have impacted the investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into what caused the collapse.

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The Hard Rock Hotel partially collapsed onto Canal Street in downtown New Orleans on Oct. 12. (Photo by EMILY KASK/30238387A /AFP via Getty Images)

They said undocumented immigrants are usually hesitant to talk with federal investigators about what happened due to fear of deportation.

THE IMPACT OF DESIGNATING MEXICAN CARTELS A ‘FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION’

“I am sure the Hispanic workers there [at Hard Rock] don’t want to cooperate for the same reason. They are scared the same thing that happened to Joel can happen to them,” his wife, Tania Bueso, told Nola.com.

Some of the safety concerns he attempted to shed light on included asymmetrical building measurements and uncured concrete that couldn’t support enough weight, his lawyers and wife say.

“He talks about how this disaster could have been avoided if they had paid more attention when they could see — clearly — that the building, in some areas, wasn’t right,” Bueso told the outlet. “When he used the laser [measurement tool], he also said he had to check two or three times to make sure the measurement was right because the building was so imbalanced.”

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This aerial photo shows the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, after a fatal partial collapse in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Ramirez Palma was ordered to be deported in 2016 and he lacks legal authorization to work in the U.S. He filed a stay of deportation earlier this year.

A letter addressed to William Joyce, the New Orleans field office director of ICE, on Nov. 27 urged the agency to release Ramirez Palma.

“In the aftermath of a disaster of this scale, the public needs all available information to understand what happened at the worksite, including information from Mr. Ramirez Palma and workers like him who witnessed safety violations before the collapse,” wrote Ava Dejoie, the secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), per The Guardian. “If he is deported, the public may never know what key information is being deported with him. The investigations will undoubtedly suffer.”

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He was expected to be deported on Monday, but that was delayed for unknown reasons, according to the outlet. He lived with his wife and three children in New Orleans for 18 years.

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Dan Gainor: Impeachment, Afghanistan and Bloomberg News conflict on Thanksgiving media menu

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The biggest turkeys this week weren’t the ones involved in the annual presidential pardon. These had everything to do with media bias that doesn’t stop even for a national holiday where we all give thanks.

Start with impeachment because, let’s be honest, the press never ends with it. Over at CNN, it was a veritable cornucopia of impeachment insanity.

One CNN Opinion tweet even claimed that “Americans sit glued” to the hearings. That tweet was dated Thanksgiving Day, when families gathered to celebrate and many watched one or more of the three separate holiday NFL games.

CNN ANALYST: IMPEACHMENT POLLING IS A ‘WARNING SIGN’ FOR DEMOCRATS

But that was the spirit the press took into the holidays, with an endless surplus of blogs, podcasts, newsletters and a video series all devoted to impeaching President Trump – or at least profiting from the attempt.

CNN actually wanted you to dine with impeachment on your mind. The network produced a how-to guide for dinner table impeachment battles for those who can’t pass the potatoes without whining about Trump. “Get smart on impeachment before Thanksgiving dinner,” readers were told.

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That wasn’t enough. The massive list ends with a Never Trump argument for impeachment: “The President has invited foreign powers to interfere in the US presidential election,” it stated.  It added: “It is a crossroads for the American system of government as the President tries to change what’s acceptable for US politicians.”

More neutral journalism.

The CNN week began with the anti-Trump program “All the President’s Lies.” This from a network that has pushed the phony Russia collusion narrative so much that you’d think it was the missing Malaysian jetliner.

Everything went downhill from there. Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter was angry that Trump told supporters the press had put forth bogus claims that the president had “a massive, unbelievable heart attack.” Stelter responded, saying: “The ‘media’ did not report that the president had a heart attack. This is an especially strange thing to lie about.”

Only CNN did talk about Trump’s heart. A lot. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta hammered home that Trump is “73 years old, has heart disease and is clinically obese,” showing the bedside manner of Dr. Jekyll’s counterpart, Mr. Hyde. The analysis Gupta wrote for CNN.com used the word “heart” seven times, including four mentions of “heart disease” and one noting Trump has a “high risk of heart attack.”

CNN didn’t stop there and went for a whole banquet of bias. CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza flipped the script a bit. He blamed the holidays for why people weren’t sitting glued to the impeachment hearings. “The average person is gearing up for Thanksgiving, looking ahead to Christmas,” he explained as the reason why support for impeachment hadn’t increased.

Anchor Chris Cuomo was almost giddy about the prospect of Trump’s impeachment. Cuomo said that “if he gets impeached, that is a permanent stain. It will be the first thing people will know about his presidency forever.” He was excited by the prospect that Trump’s “name will be glued to being impeached for eternity.”

Of course, CNN isn’t the only network that’s gone all in on impeachment. MSNBC did its part. It ran a pro-impeachment commercial, complete with a tinny version of “American the Beautiful” playing in the background.

The voiceover came from former Newsweek Editor-in-Chief John Meacham. He defended the impeachment hearings as “why we fought the Revolution.” As he spoke, images of the Founding Fathers and the White House were interspersed with pictures of impeached presidents, Washington crossing the Delaware and the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima.

“The framers designed the government for a moment like this,” Meacham said, leaving out how this impeachment was planned from Day One of the Trump presidency.

Predicting tomorrow’s news today can be hazardous

You can expect the unexpected in the news.

Newsweek political reporter Jessica Kwong wrote a story saying Thanksgiving would be no special day for President Trump. “As with any other day of the year, Trump will probably be tweeting, or expressing his opinions in another way,” she wrote in advance of the holiday.

Kwong turned out to be wildly wrong when news broke that Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

HOW TRUMP’S THANKSGIVING AFGHANISTAN TRIP WAS KEPT UNDER WRAPS AMID EXTREME SECURITY

Kwong was caught in the firestorm that followed. First Son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted “Fake News Vs. Reality” with an image of the headline of her story paired with photos of the president with the troops. “Fake news gonna fake!” he wrote.

President Trump retweeted the story, saying “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”

Kwong called her error an “honest mistake” because she wrote “before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan.”

The Washington Examiner reported Saturday that Kwong has been fired.

The Examiner story carried this comment from Newsweek:

“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” a Newsweek representative told the Washington Examiner. “The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

The Examiner reported: “Kwong told the Washington Examiner that she was assigned to write a story about what the president was doing on Thanksgiving a week in advance and filed it to her editors on Wednesday. Then, she explained that she sent a message to the editor on duty with the president’s latest actions and the editor published the piece. That editor decided to have a reporter write a new story on Trump’s surprise trip to Afghanistan, and neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.”

More Thanksgiving journalism

Both ABC and NBC used the president going to war-torn Afghanistan as a time to serve up a fresh helping of bias. ABC’s Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas went negative – on Thanksgiving. “The president’s show of support comes as the recently fired Navy secretary had scathing words for the commander-in-chief,” Llamas told viewers.

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The funniest moment of the holiday came when the ladies of “The View,” – one of the most shrill, hateful shows on TV – complained that “civility seems to have gone away.”

The show, which has been filled with hate for many years, decided to blame Trump. “I think that [civility] will come back when people believe in their government, when people believe that their president is acting for their own – for Americans,” said co-host Sunny Hostin.

Fellow co-host Joy Behar added, “Instead of himself!” to underscore the complaint.

Bloomberg News? Or Bloomberg presidential campaign?

We found the answer to how Bloomberg News would cover the news of its owner Michael Bloomberg running for president.

BOZELL AND GRAHAM: BLOOMBERG, 2020 AND THE CANDIDATE’S MASSIVE, CREDIBILITY-CRIPPLING CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Politico reported that Bloomberg News “will not investigate the candidate or his Democratic rivals.” Naturally, Bloomberg News will continue to investigate Trump.

Also, “several journalists in the opinion section would take leaves of absences to join Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign,” reported The New York Times.

So the news organization will now serve as both the marketing department and investigative arm of the moneybags candidate. The answer was so bad that many traditional journalists were angry about it.

Former New York Times public editor turned Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan skewered the plan. “Mike Bloomberg just stabbed the journalistic heart of his news organization,” she wrote. “Built into good journalism is independence. It’s a requirement, the very foundation.”

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Former Bloomberg News editors complained that made his newsroom effectively impotent. The campaign is violating one of the tenets of good journalism. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics states: “Journalists should: Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.”

In other words, don’t be like Mike.

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Homemade booby trap in Maine kills man who rigged it to protect residence

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A Maine man who rigged his home with booby traps to thwart intruders has been killed after tripping one of his own devices.

Van Buren police said they were called to Ronald Cyr’s home on Thanksgiving Day in the early evening after he called 911 to report he had been shot.

“Regretfully, Mr. Cyr succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the gunshot,” police said in a news release.

ILLINOIS MAN, 48, IS CONVICTED IN BOOBY-TRAP SHOTGUN KILLING

Police said officers on the scene then found the front door had been booby-trapped with a device designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter through the door.

Other unknown devices were also discovered, causing alarmed investigators to contact the Maine State Police Bomb Squad, police said.

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After an extensive investigation, it was determined Cyr has been shot as the result of the unintentional discharge of one of his homemade devices, they said.

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Chrissy Teigen Takes John Legend Trolling To New Heights With ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ PJs

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Chrissy Teigen continues to make sure her husband, John Legend, doesn’t forget that he was dubbed People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” earlier this month.

The cookbook author and model posted a photo to Instagram on Friday showing her with friends Paul Barbosa and Bronwyn Reed ― all wearing a custom pajama set decorated with photos of Legend’s People cover.

“Great pic guys we all look great!!!!” Teigen wrote in the post’s caption.

Teigen has had fun publicly teasing Legend over the title ever since it was bestowed on him.

Earlier this month, she tweeted out a photo of the magazine cover, writing, “My secret is out. I have fulfilled my dream of having boned @people’s sexiest man alive!! an honor!!!!!”

She also changed her Twitter bio to read: “currently sleeping with people’s sexiest man alive.”

Last week, Teigen tweeted a video of Legend dancing for the camera in an elf outfit ahead of his appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” where he performed a bit as the “sexiest elf alive.”

“Sexiest man title has been a curse upon my family,” she joked. 

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Harris aide, in resignation letter, says ‘I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly’

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A top aide to Kamala Harris gave a damning assessment of the California senator’s struggling campaign in her resignation letter, declaring that she has never seen an organization “treat its staff so poorly” and accused the campaign of encouraging people to move across states — only to lay them off without notice.

“This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” Kelly Mehlenbacher, then the state operations director for Harris’ campaign, said in the letter obtained by The New York Times. “While I still believe that Senator Harris is the strongest candidate to win in the General Election in 2020, I no longer have confidence in our campaign or its leadership.”

HARRIS AIDES BELIEVE GABBARD ATTACKS ACCELERATED 2020 WOES: REPORT

She went on to criticize the campaign in blistering terms for pushing staffers to move to Baltimore, only to let them go without notice.

“It is not acceptable to me that we encouraged people to move from Washington, DC to Baltimore only to lay them off with no notice, with no plan for the campaign, and without thoughtful consideration of the personal consequences to them or the consequences that their absence would have on the remaining staff,” the letter says.

Mehlenbacher has since joined former New York City Michael Bloomberg’s campaign, joining as deputy chief operating officer. She had previously worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

The letter forms part of an in-depth report, featuring interviews with dozens of current and former aides, by the Times. The article marks how Harris, once surging at the top of the polls, has since plummeted amid a reportedly dysfunctional and often headless campaign.

BLOOMBERG PILFERS TOP HARRIS CAMPAIGN AIDE

The article points to a campaign that has not been able to afford TV advertising and has struggled to handle attacks from other Democrats, such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.

The Harris campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News, but campaign manager Juan Rodriguez issued a statement to the Times.

“Our team, from the candidate to organizers across the country, are working day in and out to make sure Kamala is the nominee to take on Donald Trump and end the national nightmare that is his presidency,” he said. “Just like every campaign, we have made tough decisions to have the resources we need to place in Iowa and springboard into the rest of the primary calendar.”

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According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the nomination, Harris was in second place in early July, commanding an average of 15 percent of primary voters. But since then, she has declined quickly.

Now, RCP polls have her with an average of just under 4 percent — far behind candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden (27 percent), Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (18.3 percent), Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (15.8 percent), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (11 percent).

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Man says spiral light bulb filled with ladybugs almost burned down house

A Kentucky man’s warning about a spiral light bulb nearly causing his home to catch fire is as gross as it is shocking.

Jason Whitaker took to Facebook to share the results after he discovered a four- to five-year-old bulb that could’ve burned down his house.

“I kept smelling something like electrical fire. I tore my house apart trying to find it and finally did,” Whitaker wrote. “These light bulbs will burn your house down.”

Images of the spiral light bulb revealed that it was filled with what appeared to be dozens of ladybugs. The bulb also had burn marks.

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“You can see how close it came to igniting,” Whitaker said. “I changed all the light bulbs. Please check yours.”

Whitaker’s warning went viral with 109,000 shares. Other commenters also warned of the potential danger of the spiral light bulbs.

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“Wow. I’ll have to check ours. Our house has tons of lady bugs,” a Facebook user commented.

“That’s incredibly scary!!!!” another person commented.

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“Had one melt down at my house [too] kept smelling it thankfully I found it before it was too late,” another Facebook user said.

Another person wrote, “So glad u figured that out!”

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Dutch police arrest homeless man as suspect in Hague stabbings

Dutch police have arrested a homeless man and brought him in for questioning, suspecting that he was behind the stabbing of three teens in The Hague, Netherlands, during Black Friday shopping.

Dutch police haven’t released the 35-year-old man’s identity, and the motive for the stabbing remains unknown.

“We are keeping all scenarios open,” a statement from police said.

The stabbing occurred around 7:45 p.m. in an area teeming with shoppers and close to the city’s most popular nightlife centers.

The three victims — two 15-year-old girls and a 13-year-old boy — have spoken to detectives and were released from the hospital late Friday. Police said in a statement that the teens didn’t know one another.

The attack in the Netherlands came hours after a man wearing a fake explosive vest stabbed several people in London, killing two before he was fatally shot by officers. Police are treating the London Bridge attack as a terrorist act.

THREE INJURED IN NETHERLANDS STABBING, POLICE SAY

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Forensic experts looked for clues on the scene of a stabbing incident in the center of The Hague, Netherlands, on Friday. Dutch police say multiple people have been injured in a stabbing incident in The Hague’s main shopping street. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

The Netherlands was shocked by a similar stabbing in Amsterdam a year ago, when two Americans were wounded in a knife attack that prosecutors say had a “terrorist motive.”

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Dutch police secure a shopping street after a stabbing incident in the center of The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Dutch police say multiple people have been injured in a stabbing incident in The Hague’s main shopping street. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

Meanwhile, in London on Friday, witnesses said they saw a man with a knife being wrestled to the ground by members of the public on the bridge before officers shot him dead.

NARWHAL TUSK-WIELDING CHEF HELPED SUBDUE LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKER

Video images showed people spraying the fleeing suspect with a fire extinguisher, while another passer-by held what appeared to be a long white stick. Witness Amy Coop, who was at the Fishmongers’ Hall, said it was a narwhal tusk the man had grabbed from a wall before going to confront the attacker.

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The suspect, 28-year-old Usman Khan, was imprisoned six years for terrorism offenses before his release last year.

Khan was attending a program that works to educate prisoners when he launched the attack, killing a man and a woman and injuring three others just yards from the site of a deadly 2017 van and knife rampage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Shop smart, shop safe

We all have that friend who always seems to get the best deals while shopping.

Oh, you know the one. You spend $100 on pair of designer shoes, but they find the exact same pair for $75. You’re proud of your 4K TV purchase, only to find out your friend’s television is bigger, thinner, and smarter – yet you paid the same amount.

What do they know that you don’t? Perhaps they’re shopping online, where you can find aggressive prices and free shipping among the highly competitive landscape. Or maybe they know of a few extra ways of scoring a great deal or earning cash back on purchases?

Either way, we can share these tips and tricks right here.

Cyber Monday:Shop smarter with these smartphone apps and websites

Streaming video players:What device is best for you and can you get a deal?

With the arrival of Cyber Monday, December 2, the following are a few ways to emerge as a Super Shopper over the post-Thanksgiving weekend.

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Start early for Cyber Monday deals

You remember what your parents told you: the early bird gets the worm. This is certainly true on Cyber Monday, especially among online stores with limited “door crasher” sales.

That is, quantities will likely be limited on the popular and heavily discounted items, so log on the day or night before Cyber Monday, as some retailers may honor the sale price to avoid you leaving and going elsewhere (and so they should). Or pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and log online at 12:01 a.m.

Research rules when hunting deals

Because you’ve got many thousands of stores at your fingertips, be sure to compare prices on the web – and it helps when you know exactly what you’re looking for.

Plus, there are handy “price comparison” sites that can do the work for you, such as PriceGrabber.com and Bizrate.com.

Speaking of research, read reviews from both critics and customers, to avoid buying a dud, on popular sites such as Amazon.com.

Another must-use site or app is Slickdeals.net, as it houses very active community forums solely devoted to getting deals at retail or online. You can also take advantage of Deal Alerts, which notify you whenever a deal matching what you’re looking for is posted.

Be sure to factor in shipping costs and try to keep the purchases within the U.S. or else you may face a longer delivery time.

Get cash back

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It’s one thing to save money while shopping smartly, but what about earning money? A few websites and apps give you back money on your purchases.

Rakuten (formerly eBates), for example, pays members cash back every time you shop online through participating retailers – and it includes places you’re likely shopping at anyway, such as Amazon, Walmart, Macy’s, eBay, and Kohl’s. 

Here’s how it works: sign up for a free account and always start shopping at the Rakuten app or site, or else you won’t get the cash back. Once you buy the item, you’ll start earning cash that can be sent to you via check or deposited into a PayPal account.

The percentage of cash back varies by retailer, but hey, it’s found money. 

On a related note, when shopping online be sure to use a credit card that rewards you with cash back or other benefits. Yes, it’s ok to double-dip in this instance.

Mind the marketplaces, too

It’s not always the retail chains that have the best deals. Consider online marketplaces that connect buyers with sellers directly. With eBay, for instance, most of the products available are brand new (contrary to popular belief), and you don’t have to bid on an auction item if you click the “Buy It Now” button.

Also try local classifieds sites – such as Craigslist, letgo, and Facebook Marketplace – as they also have tens of thousands of items. Some are brand new and others are “previously enjoyed.” If you’re meeting up with someone to buy an item, be sure to do it in a public place (and perhaps bring a friend along) and inspect the item before you hand over the cash.

Be warranty wise

Whether you buy online or at retail, it generally doesn’t pay to buy an extended warranty for your consumer electronics, as they aren’t likely to break down during the extended service contract period.

Consumer Reports also warns of extended warranties that have fine-print terms that limit or void your claims.

That said, if the extended warranty is very affordable (compared to the overall cost) and can extend the warranty period significantly, perhaps it’s worth the peace of mind. But usually, it’s not.

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Online shopping safety tips 

Online shopping is safe, but there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk:

  • Stick with reputable websites that take secure payment options such as credit cards and PayPal, both of which offer buyer protection.
  • Only give out your card info when the URL (web address) shows https: (not http:) or a little padlock in the browser, to confirm it’s a secure connection.
  • Always check the store’s return policy. When shopping at an unfamiliar merchant site, look for some sort of security seal of approval, such as Better Business Bureau, VeriSign and DigiCert.
  • When on marketplaces like eBay, be sure to check the seller’s reputation and read comments before buying a product, to see what the experience was like for previous customers.
  • Use good passwords – at least seven characters long, a mix of capital and small letters, numbers and symbols. And don’t use the same password for all your online activity.
  • Whether you shop on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop, always keep the operating system up to date, to avoid cybercriminals exploiting a weakness. Also use good cybersecurity software that can detect and delete any threats. 
  • And don’t forget about the number one tip about shopping: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  

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Pope Francis Sends A Relic Of Jesus’ Manger To The Holy Land

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Clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Sat., Nov. 30, 2019. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Sat., Nov. 30, 2019.

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A small relic of wood that’s believed to be a fragment of the manger where Jesus was laid after his birth arrived in Bethlehem on Saturday, a gift from Pope Francis to help mark the start of the Christmas season.

The relic was welcomed in the city some 1,400 years after it is said to have left the Holy Land. It was donated to Pope Theodore in the 7th century by St. Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem, according to the Custos of the Holy Land for the Catholic Church, the group receiving the relic.

Palestinian Authority President President Mahmoud Abbas had asked Pope Francis to borrow the entire manger, but the pope decided to send a tiny portion of it to stay permanently in Bethlehem, the custodian of the Franciscan order in the Holy Land, Brother Francesco Patton, told the Associated Press.

The rest of what is believed to be left of the manger is kept at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

The thumb-sized relic was unveiled at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem before it arrived in Bethlehem, where it was greeted with marching bands and cheerful crowds, Reuters and the Associated Press reported. It is now being kept at the Franciscan Church of St. Catherine, next to the famous Church of the Nativity, traditionally known as the site where Jesus was born.

“We are proud that part of the manger is back in Bethlehem because we feel that the soul of God is with us more than before,” said Chris Giacaman, 53, a Bethlehem homemaker, told Reuters as she stood outside the church.

Others were less ecstatic. “It’s a small piece, we thought it would be a bigger piece,” said Sandy Shahin Hijazeen, 32, told Reuters.

The relic’s arrival coincides with Advent, the four-week period ahead of Christmas, also high season for tourism in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

It was not the first time that the pope has sent out relics this year. In July, he gave relics of what is believed to be fragments of St. Peter’s bones to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, generating controversy among Catholics, the Catholic News Agency reported. The pope later wrote a letter explaining that he wanted to bring the two churches closer together through the gift.

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Two Storm Systems Set To Snarl Holiday Travel

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Parts of California are blanketed in snow after a powerful Thanksgiving storm, with more snow expected in parts of the state over the weekend.

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The weekend after Thanksgiving is already a nightmare for travel, no matter the weather. But storm systems are likely to snarl travel even further across wide swathes of the United States at the end of the holiday weekend.

Heading into Sunday — one of the busiest travel days of the year — there are two major storm systems that forecasters are concerned about, says National Weather Service meteorologist Lara Pagano.

A major storm system pummeling the Great Plains region at the moment is forecast to move east and impact travel into the northeast by Sunday, she says.

“We’re seeing travel impacts for the upper Midwest into the Great Lakes, and then that’s going to transition into portions of the northeast for wintry precipitation as we get through the remainder of Sunday, Sunday night and then getting into Monday as well,” says Pagano. The Great Lakes region is going to see “significant snow and blizzard conditions that will continue into early tomorrow.”

Pagano says that early in the day on Sunday, snow and high winds are likely to make travel difficult across much of the region. Parts of the Northern Plains into Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin could see snowfall of 6 to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service, with some areas seeing as much as a foot and a half of snow.

And as the storm moves east, travel into and out of East Coast destinations such as New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts on Sunday evening may be impacted. This is the same storm that caused problems on the West Coast earlier in the week, which is why forecasters are calling it a coast-to-coast storm.

The second system that’s likely to complicate travel is bearing down on the West Coast.

“It’s just this plume of moisture that’s moving into, around San Francisco Bay region and the coastal region, and it’s really helping to squeeze out a lot of that precipitation,” Pagano says.

Portions of northern California and Nevada are under Winter Storm Watches or Warnings, with the NWS Sacramento saying that “travel is highly discouraged” between Saturday morning and Monday evening. The Sierra Nevada mountains could see up to two feet of snow at elevations above 6000 feet, with even higher snowfall at the highest elevations.

Huge amounts of travel have been predicted this holiday weekend. Nearly 32 million airline passengers were projected to take flights between Nov. 22 and Dec. 3, according to the trade organization Airlines for America. That represents a 3.7% increase over last year and an all-time record, according to the group’s calculations.

According to FlightAware, more than 225 U.S. flights had been cancelled and more than 2,000 delayed on Saturday alone as of early afternoon.

About 49 million people are also expected to travel by car for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to an estimate by AAA.

Conditions are finally improving in other parts of the country – for example, the town of Tusayan, Ariz., which is right by the south rim of the Grand Canyon. After a storm of heavy, wet snow on Thanksgiving night knocked out power, the town declared a state emergency and set up a shelter.

“Without electricity, not only was there no heat in most homes and hotels but food service was limited,” the town’s mayor, Craig Sanderson, told NPR. It was hard for emergency workers to locate the source of the problem because of the heavy snow and low visibility, though the power eventually was restored early Saturday.

Sanderson added that “we expect everything to be mostly back to normal here in Tusayan by the end of the day.” And tourists who were stuck inside during the holiday weekend will be treated to a spectacular sight. While airplane tours of the Grand Canyon are not operating, Sanderson says helicopter tours are taking off – and it “will be an amazing view from the air or ground with the snow down in the Canyon.”

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