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  • Nancy Pelosi tells TV host Bill Maher that President Trump is 'impeached can never be erased'

    Nancy Pelosi told Bill Maher of President Trump': "He had to be impeachment."

  • Allegations against Mike Trout, Jose Altuve force MLB into scramble mode to defend stars

    Baseball was quick to counter claims against two of its best players.

  • Kathy Bates on MeToo: 'In my day, if you went to a guy’s hotel room, you knew why you were going'

    The 'Richard Jewell' star and Oscar-winner said 'times were different' before the #MeToo movement took hold in Hollywood.

  • Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

    LONDON - Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as - almost - ordinary civilians.Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are quitting as working royals and will no longer use the titles "royal highness" or receive public funds for their work under a deal announced Saturday by Buckingham Palace.Releasing details of the dramatic split, triggered by the couple's unhappiness with life under media scrutiny in the royal fishbowl, t he palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of the royal family when the new arrangements take effect within months, in the “spring of 2020.”The couple will no longer use the titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness, but they are not being stripped of them.They will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Harry will remain a prince and sixth in line to the British throne.The agreement also calls for Meghan and Harry to repay 2.4 million pounds (US$3.1 million) in taxpayers' money that was spent renovating their home near Windsor Castle, Frogmore Cottage.The couple's departure is a wrench for the royal family, but Queen Elizabeth II had warm words for them in a statement Saturday.The queen said she was pleased that “together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.”"I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life," Elizabeth said."It is my whole family's hope that today's agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life," she added.The announcement came after days of talks among royal courtiers sparked by Meghan and Harry's announcement last week that they wanted to step down as senior royals and live part-time in CanadaThe details of the deal solidify the couple's dramatic break from life as working royals. Army veteran Harry will have to give up the military appointments he has as a senior royal.While he and Meghan will no longer represent the queen, the palace said they would "continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty" while carrying out their private charitable work.Buckingham Palace did not disclose who will pay for the couple's security going forward. It currently is taxpayer-funded."There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security," it said.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

  • ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Now Has the Franchise’s Lowest Rotten Tomatoes Score

    In a very unusual twist of fate, the Rotten Tomatoes score for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has managed to drop enough since it was released in theaters to earn the worst percentage for the entire film franchise with 52% positive reviews, just barely edging out, for now, the 1999 prequel “The Phantom Menace.”On the day it was released, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” had garnered 58%  positive reviews from critics who are included in the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, which was the second worst percentage that any live-action “Star Wars” film had earned. The film was only ahead of the 53% earned by “The Phantom Menace.” That in itself was a remarkable feat, as it’s pretty difficult to make a “Star Wars” movie that gets that many negative reviews. “The Rise of Skywalker” has been trounced by the other two prequels, with “Attack of the Clones” coming in at 65% and “Revenge of the Sith” earning an 80%.The Disney “Star Wars” flicks had all earned stellar reviews to this point, with “The Force Awakens” at 93%, “Rogue One” at 83%, “The Last Jedi” at 91%, and even “Solo,” the first “Star Wars” movie to be an outright failure at the box office,” coming in at 70%.Also Read: No, the 'Star Wars' Disney+ Series About Obi-Wan Kenobi Has Not Been CanceledBut over the past four weeks, that percentage has slowly crept downward as reviews continued to trickle in. It’s a surprising turn of events, but not unfathomable. Since its opening weekend, “The Rise of Skywalker” has received more than 100 new reviews that were included in its count on Rotten Tomatoes. That isn’t unusual, as the same thing happened with “Frozen 2” a month earlier. What’s surprising is that its overall percentage would change that much with those new reviews, as the new “Star Wars” flick has 158 more reviews counted in its tally than its Disney cousin - 469 to 311 - and so each new review has less of an impact on the overall percentage than it would for most movies.This is not the film’s final score, of course, as reviews will continue to be added over time. At the same point in its theatrical run in late May, “Avengers: Endgame” had counted 455 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes for a 95% score, but today it has 504 reviews and a score of 94%. So it’s possible that “The Rise of Skywalker” will relinquish the title of worst-reviewed “Star Wars” movie back to “The Phantom Menace” in the coming months, or at least move back up to a tie.And, yes, we know about the “Clone Wars” movie that has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Since that was a television pilot released theatrically, we’re not counting it as part of the film franchise.Also Read: The 23 Worst Parts of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'For those not familiar with the whole Rotten Tomatoes thing, the percentages we’re talking about here are the proportion of critics who thought a movie was good. So a 50% rating would mean half of all critics counted said it was bad, or “rotten,” and half said it was good, or “fresh.” It is not an average of the review scores given by those critics.“The Rise of Skywalker,” directed by JJ Abrams, caps off the new Disney trilogy and leads us into a three-year hiatus for the film series. It stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Harrison Ford, Ian McDiarmid, Joonas Suotamo and the biggest fleet the galaxy has ever seen.Read original story ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Now Has the Franchise’s Lowest Rotten Tomatoes Score At TheWrap

  • 'They were just a match': Couple killed in Iran crash remembered as kind, generous

    This is part of a series on the B.C. victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which crashed near Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board.The family and friends of Daniel and Faye Saket, whose lives were cut short earlier this month when their flight was shot down over Tehran, describe them as a committed and loving couple with a zest for life and adventure.The couple, who were in their 30s, lived in North Vancouver where Daniel worked for a developer and Faye was an assistant to a cardiologist at St. Paul's Hospital.What seemed to be a charmed life for the pair - drawn to Canada by its beauty and promise - ended in tragedy. The Sakets were two of the 176 people killed when Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 was shot from the sky shortly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran's capital, on Jan. 8.The couple were making their way home from holidays in Iran, where they were visiting family when they were killed.Abo Tehari, Daniel Saket's uncle, spoke about the couple at a memorial held in North Vancouver on Jan. 11."They were just a match, sometimes two people become one and Daniel and Faye, they were those people ... two bodies in one spirit," he said.Tehari said Daniel, who had a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in engineering, moved to Montreal from Iran in 2017. A three-day visit to Vancouver convinced him this was the region of Canada where he most wanted to live. He joined his uncle working at Denna Homes and settled into North Vancouver."Nothing less than a son to me and my family," said Tehari, adding that Daniel was a kind and often smiling man, willing to help family, friends and neighbours. "He was just one of a kind."Tehari had one piece of advice for his nephew upon arriving on the West Coast: Marry Faye. "She was so kind … a very good person," he said about her.So after moving to North Vancouver, Daniel returned to Iran, where Faye, née Kazerani, was still living. A few weeks later, Tehari said an invitation arrived for the couple's wedding, which he attended.The couple then returned to North Vancouver and settled into life in Canada by exploring the outdoors, particularly around Vancouver and the North Shore. They lived in a building Daniel Saket helped construct.Creative spirit Sydnie Nicoll became friends with Faye Saket through her husband's Persian family. They also ended up living in the same building."She was extremely smart, she was a professional," she said.Nicoll said Faye left her country when she was 17 to pursue school and work. It was originally reported that Faye Saket worked as a dental hygienist, but Nicoll said that wasn't true.She had hoped to get more schooling in Canada and further her career in the medical field. She had no family in Canada, while Daniel had just his uncle, aunt and cousins.Nicoll said Faye had a creative spirit, posting inspiring poetry on her social media accounts and doing amazing things with makeup for herself and others."She was an artist with it," she said. "She played a lot and was a very curious person."Nicoll also said Faye helped her understand Persian culture and integrate with her in-laws in addition to being kind, a good listener and joyful about life."She really lived it … she embodied it and so I think what she leaves behind is living life to the fullest and leaving room for play and enjoyment."Denna Homes is dedicating a bench to the couple at the Denna Club development on Hunter Street in North Vancouver.