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Phony gold bar promotion triggers break-in at local flooring company

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WYOMING, Mich. — A local flooring company is scratching their heads after a would-be thief broke into their business on the hunt for treasure.

The people at Old to Gold Hardwood Floors, located on Roger B Chaffee Drive, recently came up with a clever idea to promote their business- they decided to produce a pile of phony bars of gold with their logo emblazoned on the top.

Somebody who saw the promotional tools from afar seemingly believed they were looking at a real-life fortune sitting inside the flooring business.

When Old to Gold owner Rowdy Lapham came to work Monday morning he found the building broken into and several of their safes destroyed. The phony gold bars were strewn across the floor amongst broken glass and paperwork. Apparently the would-be thief realized their error only after they had already smashed their way inside.

After looking at surveillance video, Lapham gathered that someone had gone to a whole lot of effort to break into their office. “They didn’t even bring their own tools. They improvised by using a rock to get through the window, and then they even went through our work vans to find a hammer.”

Lapham tells FOX 17, “We’re a wood flooring company. We’ve got really nothing of value here – basic tools and paperwork… and some really cool-looking swag, the stress-free, fake gold bars with our logo on it.”

Wyoming Police say there have not yet been any arrests made in the case.
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The average millennial will spend over $200,000 on rent before buying a house

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but Gen Z will spend even more

>It's no surprise that rent is more expensive for millennials than it was for baby boomers.

>But soaring rent costs will hit Generation Z the hardest, those born between 1998 and 2016, according to new analysis from HotPads, a Zillow Group site.

>Even when adjusted for inflation, today's youngest adults will spend more on rent in their lifetime than their predecessors, according to the report. Members of Gen Z will spend an average of $226,000 on rent before ever owning a home.

>That tops older generations, surpassing the $202,000 millennials will end up spending on rent, and the average $148,900 baby boomers spent on rent before becoming homeowners after adjusting for inflation.

>But while Gen Z will spend more money on rent in their lifetime — paying a median of $1,710 a month — HotPads estimates the younger generation will be quicker to buy homes than millennials. Baby boomers spent an average of 10 years renting before buying, Gen Z will spend 11 years, and millennials will spend 12 years renting.

>"While there are a lot of unknowns about how the American economy will evolve over the coming decades as Generation Z grows into adulthood, if historical trends hold, the long-term forecast right now suggests that Generation Z is likely to benefit from a stronger job market than millennials," said HotPads economist Joshua Clark.

>Clark also said that "while rising rents and home values mean that it won't be as easy for Generation Z to become homeowners as it was for baby boomers, they should get there sooner than millennials did."
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Yulia Skripal: 'Assassination attempt turned my life upside down'

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>Yulia Skripal, daughter of one of Russia's most famous spies, has spoken publicly for the first time since she and her father were poisoned in a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom.

>In a statement on Wednesday, Skripal said she and her father Sergei are "so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination". Their recovery had been "slow and extremely painful".

>Yulia, 33, and Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old former colonel in Russian military intelligence, were found unconscious on a public bench in the British city of Salisbury on March 4.

>They were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, and Yulia was in a coma for 20 days.

>She was discharged from a local hospital last month, as was her father last week. Both have been taken to an undisclosed location for their protection.

>"I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned," Skripal said in her first media appearance since the attack.

>"The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking," Skripal told Reuters news agency. "My life has been turned upside down."

>The UK blames Russia for the poisoning, a charge Moscow vehemently denies.

>The incident sparked a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from both sides.

>Russia's ambassador to Britain has accused the UK government of effectively kidnapping the Skripals and breaking international law by not granting Russia consular access to them.

>But Yulia Skripal said while she was grateful for the offers of assistance from the Russian embassy, she did not wish to use their services.

>"Also, I want to reiterate what I said in my earlier statement that no one speaks for me or for my father but ourselves," she said.

>Skripal arrived in Britain from Russia at London's Heathrow Airport on March 3 on one of her regular visits to see her father.
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Man saves falling girl

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A dry goods seller has recently become a savior for a girl who fell from a canopy about five meters above ground at a wholesale market in Southwest China's Chongqing, the Chongqing Evening Post reported.

Zhang Yun, 42, was answering a phone call when he heard a noise and saw a girl on the canopy about 40 meters away around noon on May 15, and in 10 seconds, he rushed to the canopy, trying to stop her from stepping forward.

His behavior was recorded by the market's monitoring system. From the cashier table in his store, Zhang could just see the Panlong Rongxing Kindergarten.

"I ran to the canopy, and the girl was crying for her mom and walking to the edge. Trying to keep my voice calm, I asked her not to walk again, but she did not stop," said Zhang, who has sold dry goods at the market for nine years.

"My first thought was that she should not move at all," he said. Zhang had to step forward a little to adjust his position, and protect the girl who might fall soon.

"I estimated the position where she might fall. I remember that firefighters would set up an air cushion to protect people falling," Zhang said, thinking his body could serve as a pillow to save her.

Fortunately, Zhang succeeded in catching the girl when she fell, with tears in his eyes. "I would cry for my incompetence if I failed, but I succeeded. They were joyful tears." Zhang tore his leg muscle in the process.
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NFL Owners Vote to Fine Teams for Disrespect to the Flag, Anthem

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NFL Owners Vote to Fine Teams for Disrespect to the Flag, Anthem

Guess the boycotts worked.
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Rudy Giuliani says he last spoke with Trump a 'couple of weeks ago'

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>The way Rudy Giuliani has been running his mouth the last month, you'd think he was in constant communication with President Trump, but surprise! They haven't spoken in weeks.

>Giuliani, one of Trump's newest lawyers, told BuzzFeed News that the last time they talked was "a couple of weeks ago," and "people from our office" are the ones communicating with Trump. When asked how often, he said, "Talking, correspondence? A couple of times a week." Giuliani has appeared on countless TV news programs over the last month, and given dozens of interviews with media outlets, where he intimated that he knew exactly what Trump was thinking and chatted with him often.

>The Washington Post also interviewed Giuliani on Wednesday morning, with the article running under the headline, "In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team." Giuliani told BuzzFeed News, "no, I didn't say that," then admitted he did say that, but "that doesn't mean we've reversed though. That's always been true." On Tuesday, however, Giuliani told The Wall Street Journal that if investigators told Trump he "had to" sit for an interview, "the answer would have to be no."
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Ukraine paid Trump lawyer Cohen to arrange White House talks: BBC

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>(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to arrange talks between Trump and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last year, the British Broadcasting Corp reported on Wednesday.

>The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Poroshenko who wanted to open a back channel to the Republican U.S. president, the BBC said, citing unnamed sources in Kiev.

>Cohen, who was not registered as a representative of Ukraine, was brought in because Ukraine’s registered lobbyists and its embassy in Washington could get Poroshenko little more than a photo op with Trump while the Ukrainian leader “needed something that could be portrayed as ‘talks,’” the broadcaster reported.

>“This story is completely false,” Cohen said in a text message to Reuters. The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

>In an emailed statement to Reuters, Poroshenko’s office also said the story was false. “Blatant lie, slander and fake,” it said.

>The two Ukrainians said to have opened the back channel denied the story, the BBC reported.

>Trump met with Poroshenko at the White House on June 20, 2017, in what was officially called a “drop-by” visit after the Ukrainian leader’s separate talks with Vice President Mike Pence.

>Poroshenko, speaking to reporters after his session with Trump, said he came away pleased with what he called a “full, detailed meeting.”

>There is no suggestion that Trump was aware of the payment to Cohen, the BBC said.

>Poroshenko was desperate to meet with Trump because of what had happened during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the BBC said.
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viagra, hard on cancer

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The results showed that, on average:

Without surgery, the cancer spread and gave rise to 37 metastases.
Surgery with no drugs or vaccine resulted in 129 metastases.
Giving one erectile dysfunction drug after surgery limited the spread to 24 metastases.
Giving one erectile dysfunction drug and the flu vaccine after surgery limited spread to just 11 metastases.
Tests of animals and human patients have shown that tumor surgery can weaken the ability of NK cells to attack and kill cancer cells for up to 1 month after the procedure.

Prof. Auer and colleagues found that surgery does this in a roundabout way: it stimulates another group of immune cells called myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), which, in turn, will then inhibit the NK cells.

The new study shows that the erectile dysfunction drugs remove the brakes on the NK cells by targeting the "surgery-induced" MDSCs, while the flu vaccine gives the NK cells an additional boost.

The researchers tested various combinations of the drugs and vaccine in mouse models of post-operative metastasis. They evaluated the effectiveness of treatment by counting the number of metastases that arose in the lungs of the animals.
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Monaco Grand Prix set to defy F1 bosses by bringing back grid girls this weekend

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>Monaco Grand Prix organisers are set to defy Formula One's American owners by employing grid girls before Sunday's race.

>Liberty Media removed F1's long-standing tradition of using female models at the beginning of the year after denouncing the practice as "at odds with modern-day societal norms".

>Liberty has since rolled out its grid kids scheme, with 20 children already involved in the junior ranks of motorsport lining up in front of the drivers prior to the start of the race.

>The grid kids will still be used in Monte Carlo on Sunday, but the glamorous race is also primed to see the return of grid models.

>The move by Liberty to scrub grid girls from the F1 calendar back in January received a mixed response.

>Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion, admitted he was saddened by the decision, while Lewis Hamilton published a message to Instagram in which he wrote: "Thank you Jesus" on news of a possible grid girls U-turn, before deleting and then distancing himself from the post.

>Jean Todt, president for F1's governing body the FIA, earlier this year blasted the furore around the decision as "bulls***".

Thank fuck someone's got some common sense. Replacing grid girls with kids is blatantly a way of shaming critics into looking like child hating assholes to argue why women were removed from the original role.
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The average American works more hours than a medieval peasant

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Think you’re working less than peasants did way back in the medieval ages? Although jobs have changed significantly since then, chances are, you’re probably wrong.

Research from Juliet Schor, currently a Professor of Sociology at Boston College, from her text The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, shows this isn’t the case. The average American worker in 1987 was working about 1,949 hours annually, while an adult male peasant in 13th-century U.K. racked up approximately 1620 yearly. Schor provides details in the text about how working hours have changed over centuries, and why.

You might be thinking, “that’s nice and all, but it isn’t the ’80s anymore — how are we doing in the 21st century?”

Well, the average American employee now reportedly works slightly less at 1,811 hours annually, based on information from a Pew analysis of 2015 Labor Department data — the most recent data available.

How workers hours stand up against the past

So, how do the hours stack up across various generations and time periods in history — both in the U.S. and the U.K.? While each group had its own estimated methodology, here’s the amount of working hours various groups listed in the research had, from least to most:

Casual laborer, U.K. (14th century): 1,440 hours
Adult male peasant, U.K. (13th century): 1,620 hours
Average worker, U.S. (2015): 1,811 hours
Manufacturing workers, U.K. (1988): 1856 hours
Average worker, U.S. (1987): 1,949 hours
Farmer-miner, adult male, U.K. (1400-1600): 1,980 hours
English worker (Middle Ages): 2,309 hours
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