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WHY ARE DOGS SO AFRAID OF FIREWORKS? July 1, 2021

WHY ARE DOGS SO AFRAID OF FIREWORKS? July 1, 2021

Troy Warren for CNT   With the Fourth of July drawing near, many dog owners are dreading the annual event because their dogs are so afraid of fireworks. Even if you don’t plan to go to a formal celebration with your dog, there are always people who live nearby who start setting off fireworks several days before and after the formal holiday. Dogs’ reactions include trembling, pacing, panting and even running away to try to escape the noise and the perceived danger. Some dogs resort to destructive behavior or even relieve themselves in the house. Whining, barking and even howling…
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Why you can look forward to fewer robocalls

Why you can look forward to fewer robocalls

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT FCC now requires phone companies to confirm caller ID is legitimate “June 30 is an important day in consumer protection history,” said Teresa Murray, consumer watchdog with the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. Why? Wednesday is the deadline the Federal Communications Commission set for most phone providers to install Caller ID verification that will confirm calls on their network are actually coming from the number on display. That means you can expect to receive fewer annoying — and illegal — robocalls. With the new caller ID technology, called STIR/SHAKEN, con artists should…
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Box Office: “Patience Was a Virtue” for Studios That Held Films

Box Office: “Patience Was a Virtue” for Studios That Held Films

BY PAMELA MCCLINTOCK | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT As 'F9' and 'A Quiet Place Part II' enjoy strong theatrical runs, the release-calendar shuffle may be winding down: "It is a very positive sign." Timing is everything. Take F9, which roared to a $70 million domestic debut over the June 25-27 weekend, the biggest opening of the pandemic era. The performance of the Fast and Furious installment recharged the box office battery and helped provide a collective sense of confidence for Hollywood’s bruised film studios as they prepare to once again release a steady supply of tentpoles. Early in the pandemic, Universal pushed back F9 by a full…
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Mike Pence: Idea of overturning election results is ‘un-American’

Mike Pence: Idea of overturning election results is ‘un-American’

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Former Vice President Mike Pence has defended his role in certifying the results of the 2020 election, saying he’s “proud” of what he did on Jan. 6 and declaring there’s “almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president.” Pence, a potential 2024 presidential contender, delivered his strongest rebuttal to date of former President Donald Trump's continued insistence that he could unilaterally overturn the results of the last election, even though the Constitution granted him no such power. A…
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Allison Mack Speaks Out Days Before Sentencing: “This Was the Biggest Mistake and Regret of My Life”

Allison Mack Speaks Out Days Before Sentencing: “This Was the Biggest Mistake and Regret of My Life”

BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The former 'Smallville' actress addressed "those who have been harmed by my actions" in her letter on Saturday. Former Smallville actress Allison Mack is speaking out in the days leading up to her sentencing for involvement in the NXIVM sex cult. In a letter addressing “those who have been harmed by my actions,” which accompanied sentencing guideline recommendations from her attorneys and was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Mack wrote: “It is now of paramount importance for me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry.” “I threw myself into the teachings of Keith…
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Derek Chauvin to be sentenced Friday: What to look for, what to expect

Derek Chauvin to be sentenced Friday: What to look for, what to expect

By Tim Darnell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer who was convicted in April of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd, will be sentenced Friday. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 ½ minutes in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. ET…
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Conan O’Brien and Seth Rogen Share a Joint On Stage

Conan O’Brien and Seth Rogen Share a Joint On Stage

BY ABBEY WHITE | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT In a true Irish goodbye, the final week of O'Brien's TBS talk show has featured a handful of favorite guests, relived classic moments, and delivered new ones — including the talk show host smoking weed on air. TV’s longest-running late night host Conan O’Brien smoked weed on stage with one of Hollywood’s biggest cannabis lovers, Seth Rogen, during his final week of shows at TBS. While the previous episode of Conan walked fans down memory lane with an appearance by Paul Rudd and one final replay of his Mac and Me gag, Wednesday night featured O’Brien loosening up…
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Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation

Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT NEW YORK — Warren Buffett is resigning as a trustee from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The announcement comes weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage but would continue to jointly run the foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. Gates was formerly the world’s richest person and his fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. “For years I have been a trustee – an inactive trustee at that – of only one recipient of my funds, the Bill…
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Shielding Scott Rudin: How the Super-Producer Avoided Answering for Abusive Behavior for Decades

Shielding Scott Rudin: How the Super-Producer Avoided Answering for Abusive Behavior for Decades

BY TATIANA SIEGEL | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Rudin relied on intimidation, NDAs and industry relationships to continue his bullying: "I find it impossible to imagine that people who worked with him more than one day would miss any of that. People just ignored it." In September 2019, Eric Emauni was rolling calls when his boss, Scott Rudin, ordered him to get media mogul Barry Diller on the line. Immediately. So the assistant did just that. The only problem was Rudin wasn’t quite ready for the call. It was a cruel game the producer played with his staff, leaving them to…
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NBC Approaches “Moral Hazard” Amid Tokyo Olympics Push During Pandemic

NBC Approaches “Moral Hazard” Amid Tokyo Olympics Push During Pandemic

BY PATRICK BRZESKI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT As health experts question the wisdom of proceeding with the games in Japan — where just 6 percent of the population is fully vaccinated — the broadcaster, with billions at stake, is taking a big risk. During the TV industry’s upfronts in May, Disney enlisted Jimmy Kimmel to liven up the proceedings with a stand-up routine. The ABC late-night star roasted the broadcast community but reserved his arguably sharpest words for NBCUniversal, saying, “NBC is planning to move forward with the Olympics this summer, even if they have to kill every last person in Japan to…
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