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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:51 AM
— Popular streaming service Netflix announced Thursday it plans to raise the price of its most popular plan.
The price of the plan will increase by 10 percent -- or $1 -- from $9.99 to $10.99. This is the first time the company has increased prices in two years, USA Today reported.
Netflix’s most popular plan allows subscribers to view content simultaneously on two interconnected devices. A different premium plan, which allows users to view content simultaneously on four different screens, will increase 17 percent in price -- or $2 -- from $11.99 to $13.99.
According to The Associated Press, the price hikes will affect nearly 53 million Netflix subscribers.
The change in prices comes as Netflix seeks higher profits and aims to secure funding for critically acclaimed shows, like “Orange Is The New Black” and “House of Cards,” and as it competes against rivals Amazon and Hulu, among others, to secure rights to shows and movies, the AP reported.
A Netflix representative said the company will email subscribers and send out app notifications on or after Oct. 19, 30 days before their billing cycles. Users will have 30 days to accept the new rate, change their plans or cancel the service.
There will be no change in price to Netflix’s basic plan, which allows users to view content on one screen for $7.99 monthly.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:01 PM
— UPDATE: The winning numbers for Friday, July 20 were: 01-14-30-44-62
Mega Ball: 01
The Mega Millions jackpot reached $433 million ahead of Friday night’s drawing.
It is the sixth-largest prize in the game’s history, lottery officials said in a news release.
It is also the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million.
While the top prize is still up for grabs, there were some big winners in Tuesday night’s drawing.
Three $1 million tickets were sold in Florida, New Jersey and Oklahoma, according to lotto officials.
2018 seems to be a lucky year for lotto players. Since the last jackpot was won in May, there have been more than 12.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, according to lotto officials.
A 20-year-old in Florida won a $451 million prize in January, and a food production manager from New Jersey won $533 million in April.
The record for the highest Mega Millions jackpot was set in 2012 when three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split a $656 million prize.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
— Update 7:00 p.m. EDT July 20: An attorney for
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime former attorney, has confirmed that Cohen secretly recorded conversations with Trump and that he does have a recording made in 2016 before the presidential election about a former Playboy Playmate who claims that she had a year-long affair with Trump in 2006.
Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis denied that the tape would help Trump, as a Trump attorney claimed.
“Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that. But suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt Michael Cohen. Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape,” Davis posted on Twitter.
Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that. But suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt @MichaelCohen212. Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape.— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) July 20, 2018
Recordings that attorney Michael Cohen secretly made of his longtime client, President Donald Trump, were seized earlier this year when FBI agents raided Cohen’s office, The New York Times reported Friday.
Breaking News: President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded Trump before the 2016 election discussing payments to a former Playboy model https://t.co/m9SrsHwO61— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 20, 2018
According to the newspaper, Cohen recorded a conversation he had with Trump two months before the 2016 presidential election, in which they talked about possibly paying Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate who claims that she had a year-long affair with Trump in 2006.
Trump and Cohen discussed buying the rights to McDougal's story about one month after the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., paid her $150,000, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The recording obtained by authorities was less than two minutes long, according to the Journal. It cut off while the conversation was ongoing, the newspaper reported.
Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the existence of the recording to the Times, but he said it lasted less than two minutes and that no payment was ultimately made to McDougal.
“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Giuliani told the newspaper.
He confirmed to CNN that Cohen also made other recordings, which he described as “mundane discussions.”
The recordings were among the things seized in April by federal agents who raided Cohen’s hotel and office, according to the Times. Other items seized included Cohen’s computer, his phone and several records, The Washington Post reported.
Trump allies worried after the FBI raid on Cohen was made public earlier this year that recordings might have been among the items seized, as Cohen was known to sometimes tape conversations he had with associates. He kept the recordings as digital files that he would replay for colleagues, the Post reported, citing unidentified sources.
Authorities sought details on Cohen’s efforts to stave off negative publicity of Trump, CBS News and the Times reported. Among other things, authorities sought information on the release of an infamous tape in which the president could be heard on a hot mic making derogatory comments about women and payments Cohen made to a pair of women who claim they had sexual relationships with Trump, including McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels, according to the Times.
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Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, called for the release of what he called the “Trump tapes” on Friday.
"If Michael Cohen is a patriot, then ALL of the tapes should be released to the American people," Avenatti wrote on Twitter. "Now. Too much is at stake."
And there is a reason why I used the term that I did and demanded the release of the #TrumpTapes as opposed to the #TrumpTape. If Michael Cohen is a patriot, then ALL of the tapes should be released to the American people. Now. Too much is at stake. #Basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 20, 2018
During the April raid, officials also sought details on the role AMI played in keeping McDougal’s and Daniels’ stories from going public, according to the Times.
Just before voters went to polls in the 2016 presidential election, the Journal reported that the company agreed to pay McDougal $150,000 for her story about her affair with Trump. The tabloid never published a story on the alleged affair, which McDougal claims took place in 2006, while Trump was married to his current wife, Melania.
The publisher has denied accusations that McDougal’s story was bought in order to “catch and kill” it in an effort to shield Trump from bad publicity in the run-up to the 2016 election. In a statement, company officials told the Journal that the payment to McDougal was for “two years’ worth of her fitness columns and magazine covers as well as exclusive life rights to any relationship she has had with a then-married man.”
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
ATLANTA — A former Georgia Tech fraternity president pleaded guilty to rape Friday, more than two years after police say he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend on her 21st birthday, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a release detailing the sex crime.
Christian Kahf’s ex-girlfriend told police he raped her at least seven times over the course of their relationship, Fulton district attorney spokesman Chris Hopper said in the release. Kahf was sentenced to 20 years in prison with seven years to serve and the remaining 13 years on probation in the Jan. 30, 2016 sexual assault case. He must also complete community service.
Charges against Kahf, 23, were filed late last year after he told his fraternity brothers he was a “monster ... a rapist ... and a pedophile,” Hopper said. He then “became emotional and abruptly left,” according to the release. Two of his fraternity brothers also told police Kahf admitted “acting inappropriately” with a 7-year-old girl. It was not immediately clear if those allegations were investigated.
She told police Kahf first raped her in May 2014 when she was studying abroad in France. Kahf went to visit the woman, who said she was deeply religious and saving her virginity for the man she married.
“The victim said one night while she was sleeping she awoke to a pain in her lower pelvic area and abdomen,” Hopper said. “She realized Kahf was having sex with her, and when she told him to stop, he refused and told her to stay quiet.”
The woman confronted Kahf the next morning and said he admitted having sex with her that night. She told police she remained in a relationship due to her religious beliefs and her “devotion to marrying the man she lost her virginity to.” No charges were filed in the incident.
Roughly two years later, Kahf raped the victim after she celebrated her 21st birthday, Hopper said. The woman was out with her friends going to Atlanta clubs and drinking with Kahf as their designated driver.
The group later went to Kahf’s fraternity house on Georgia Tech’s campus, where the victim found a place to sleep, Hopper said. The name of the fraternity was not provided.
The woman told police she didn’t recall that night but woke up the next morning and “felt like she had sex,” according to authorities. She confronted Kahf, who she said again admitted to raping her.
Authorities arrested Kahf in November after he admitted to the victim, who was wearing a digital recording device, that “what happened was not consensual that night. I raped you more than once, and I wish I never had.”
The woman told police she never reported the rapes out of fear they wouldn’t believe her.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:28 PM
— A healthy diet and lifestyle can help boost male fertility and drinking alcohol could also be effective, according to a new report.
Researchers from health institutions in Italy recently conducted a study, published in the Andrology journal, to determine the association between alcohol intake and male reproductive function.
To do so, they assessed 323 men eligible for assisted reproductive techniques, treatments used to assist people with achieving pregnancy. Nearly 10 percent of the patients were abstainers, 30 percent drank one to three units of alcoholic beverages weekly, 30 percent drank four to seven, and 30 percent drank more than eight.
In this assessment, consuming four to seven units per week was considered moderate, and one unit is about 125 mL of wine or 330 mL of beer.
The analysts examined the subjects’ semen samples over the course of two years. They also interviewed the men, asking them questions about their physical activity and whether or not they smoked and drank caffeine.
After analyzing the results, they found those who drank four to seven units of alcohol a week had higher sperm counts and semen volume, compared to the other groups.
“The question of whether alcohol intake affects male reproductive function is controversial,” the team wrote in the analysis. But in this trial, “(m)oderate alcohol intake appears positively associated to semen quality in male partners.”
They said the different categorization of alcohol consumption and the different drinking habits of the populations studied may have contributed to the inconsistency between their findings and previous experiments.
While the scientists are unclear why there could be a relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and male fertility, they believe some drinks have ingredients that promote fertility.
The authors noted that beer and wine contain polyphenols, chemical compounds that have been linked to “strong therapeutic and cell protective potential.”
Despite the findings, the researchers said there were limitations in their study. The data they collected was self-reported, and they did not analyze the role of heavy or binge drinking. Therefore, they believe more research is needed.