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The Most Memorable Yogi Berra Quotes

NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As much as he was known for his baseball career accomplishments both as a player and manager, Yogi Berra — who died Tuesday at age 90 — was known even to non-baseball fans for his “Yogi-isms”: sayings and statements that often sounded nonsensical or contradictory, but that made their own weird kind of sense. Many of Berra’s Yogi-isms have become permanent parts of American English. Courtesy of The New York Post, here are a few of Berra’s better-known sayings:

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

“It’s deja vu all over again.”

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

“You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

“I never said most of the things I said.”

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Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Coming This Weekend

Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A supermoon lunar eclipse will take center stage in the sky this weekend marking the first time the spectacle has been seen since 1982.

The cosmic event will take place on the night of Sept. 27 when two periodic events — supermoons and lunar eclipses — will happen at the same time, making for a rare coincidence.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon happens when it is at the closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, making the full moon appear up to 14 percent larger and brighter than usual. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow, often turning a blood red color.

The partial lunar eclipse is set to begin at 9:07 p.m. ET and will be visible to most people in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, according to EarthSky.org. The total lunar eclipse begins at 11:11 p.m. ET.

For those who prefer to watch on their computer screens, NASA’s live stream will begin at 8 pm EDT from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and will also feature a live look from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

No matter how you choose to watch, you won’t want to miss this event. The next supermoon lunar eclipse won’t come around until 2033.

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Pope Francis Arrives at the White House to More Than 11,000 Fans

Credit: The White House(WASHINGTON) — The papal visit officially started Wednesday morning when Pope Francis arrived at the White House.

People have been lining the streets of Washington D.C., hoping to catch a glimpse, since the very early hours of the morning.

President Obama was sure to welcome Pope Francis to “the people’s house” even before the pontiff arrived, sending out a tweet to his official account.

Same goes for the South Lawn of the White House, where there are 11,000 ticketed guests not including White House staff, military, volunteers or press, according to a White House spokesman. Prior to Wednesday, the White House had said they expected between 14,000 and 15,000 people.

Pope Francis stopped and greeted fans outside of the residence where he is staying before he got in the Fiat he is using during his Washington trip and headed over to the White House.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle greeted the pope when he arrived, a few minutes later than expected. The two men then proceeded to the podium on the South Lawn, standing side by side while the Holy See’s national anthem was played, followed by the American national anthem.

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Donald Trump to Stephen Colbert: It Would Be a ‘Great Honor’ to Be President

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — Less than two weeks after sitting down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Donald Trump made an appearance Tuesday night on another late-night program.

The GOP presidential front-runner was a guest of Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, discussing his campaign and sharing a few laughs with the host.

Trump said it would be his “great honor” to be elected president in 2016. “I would like to do it not because I want it,” he argued, “but because I think I can do a great job…we can bring the country back.”

Colbert mentioned Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” cap, and asked, “You’re not saying America is not a great country or it’s not full of great people. You’re not blaming America, are you, sir?”

“No, I’m not blaming America,” Trump answered. “I’m blaming people that have run the country — for many years, in all fairness.”

“Both sides?” Colbert replied.

“On both sides…it certainly hasn’t been good over the last six years,” Trump said.

Trump addressed with Colbert his plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border. “We have to have a wall. We have to have a border,” he declared.

He then made Colbert chuckle with his description of the proposed wall: “And in that wall, we’re going to have a beautiful, big, fat door where people can come into the country…but they have to come in legally.”

As he’s done in other recent interviews, including with ABC’s This Week, Trump refused to say whether he believes President Obama was born in the U.S. “I don’t talk about it anymore,” he said. “I talk about jobs. I talk about our veterans being horribly treated.”

Colbert wrapped up the conversation by playing a game with the former Apprentice star called “Trump or Colbert.” Colbert would read a quote and Trump had to guess which of the two said it. A sample quote: “I apologize for being perfect.” Trump correctly guessed that Colbert had said the line.

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Pit Crew Switch on Kyle Busch’s Team

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A change has been made with Kyle Busch’s pit crew.

Nick Odell will no longer serve as the front tire changer for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 team, according to PitTalks.com. John Leslie will fill the role this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch finished ninth last weekend in the first race of the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase at Chicagoland Speedway.

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“The Voice” Recap: Blind Contestant Joins Blake Shelton’s Team

Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The ninth season of The Voice continued Tuesday night with more blind auditions. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams added more artists to their respective teams during the two-hour episode, with a blind contestant joining Blake.

Here are the highlights:

Blind Joe, a 32-year-old blind musician from North Dakota, convinced all four coaches to turn around with his rendition of SteelDrivers’ “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.” Adam and Gwen all but conceded Blind Joe to Blake since, in the words of Gwen, Blake is the leader of the “country mafia.” Blake pleaded to Blind Joe, “Come home. Come to my team.” Blind Joe did just that.

Ivonne Acero, who works on a cantaloupe farm and auditioned during season eight, returned to singTaylor Swift’s “Style,” drawing interest from Pharrell and Gwen. Ivonne chose Pharrell as her coach.

The soulful Regina Love, who was once signed to boxing champion Evander Holyfield’s record label, belted out Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.” Holyfield was even there to support her during her blind audition. She landed a spot on Adam’s team.

Zach Seabaugh had his choice of all four coaches after singing Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time.” Adam felt Zach improved as the performance went on. Gwen described Zach’s style as a mix of rock, alternative and pop. Pharrell asked Zach to sing a verse and chorus of Zach’s favorite Stevie Wonder song, “Overjoyed.” When he complied, he brought Gwen to tears. Zach picked Pharrell.

BFFs Adam and Blake bickered over Emily Ann Roberts, a 16-year-old from Tennessee who performedLee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Blake won the battle and added the teen to his crew.

James Dupré, who once landed a record deal after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, ended the episode by singing Darius Rucker’s “Let Her Cry.” All four coaches pressed their button. Pharrell called him a natural. Gwen said James’ voice is attractive. Blake gently nudged James to pursue a country career with him. Adam said they could go the distance together, despite their musical differences. In an upset, James picked Adam, telling his new coach that he wouldn’t mind being pulled out of the “country box.”

NBC will air more blind auditions next Monday and Tuesday night.

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Judge Rules Against NYC Ban on Foam Food Containers

James Hardy/Photick/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A judge struck down the New York Sanitation Department’s ban on foam food containers on Tuesday, calling the ban “arbitrary and capricious.”

The ban was first proposed two years ago by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and put into effect earlier this year by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Judge Margaret Chan of the New York State Supreme Court called on the Sanitation Department to reconsider in light of a new proposal by one foam container manufacturer to pay for machines that would clean and sort the foam material, keeping it out of landfills.

The ban was put in place because the containers can break into small pieces and linger in landfills.

The New York Times reports that the city hopes to reinstate the ban, with a spokesperson for Mayor de Blasio saying that they “disagree with the ruling.”

“These products cause real environmental harm, and we need to be able to prevent nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from entering our landfills, streets and waterways. We are reviewing our options to keep the ban in effect,” the spokesperson added.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Jockey Victor Espinoza Out of the Running

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — After delivering routines that were deemed highly entertaining but full of flaws, Victor Espinoza on Tuesday night became the second contestant to be voted off season 21 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

The Triple Crown-winning jockey’s routines since the season’s September 14 premiere earned him low judges’ scores that put him near or at the bottom of the pack, although judges Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli always commended his enthusiasm and charm.

He earned 20 out of a possible 30 points Tuesday night for his rumba, and 16 out of a possible 30 points for his jive Monday night. Singer Chaka Khan, who had 15 points – the lowest score of the night – was the first contestant of the season to be voted off the show.

Elimination is determined through judges’ scores and votes from the viewing audience. The couple with the lowest combined score is the one sent home.

Based on their performances from Monday night, Espinoza and Gary Busey both were in jeopardy of elimination.

Espinoza smiled when he learned he would be going home. He said he had “an amazing time tonight” and adding that it was special for him because he wanted to support his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff.

All twelve competitors had to perform routines Tuesday night that celebrated an element of their pro partners’ hometowns. At the end of the show, Tamar Braxton led with 25 points, while Gary Busey finished in last place with 15.

Eleven couples return Monday to continue the competition.

Tonight’s Top Scorer: Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy earned 25 points – the highest score of the night — for their funky Charleston. “You killed it…you nailed it,” Inaba said. Hough said the couple’s connection was “seamless,” while Tonioli called the routine “uplifting” and said it inspired everyone else to want to join in.

Standout Moment: Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas’ elegant rumba – which honored Ballas’ ballroom dance champion mother, Shirley Ballas, earned the dancing pair cheers and applause. Mark Ballas said the dance was special to him because it featured his mother’s signature move. Watching from the audience, Shirley Ballas smiled and applauded the routine.

Below are the judges’ scores.

Tonight’s Scores:

  • Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: 25
  • Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 24
  • Hayes Grier and Emma Slater: 23
  • Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: 23
  • Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 23
  • Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: 22
  • Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 22
  • Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: 21
  • Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: 20 (They were eliminated.)
  • Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: 18
  • Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Tony Dovolani: 18
  • Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: 15

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Why Pope Francis’ Canonization of Junipero Serra Is So Controversial

The statue of Junípero Serra stands in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Pope Francis will stop at the statue following his address to the joint session of Congress on Thursday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)(NEW YORK) — Pope Francis, the first Hispanic head of the Catholic Church, will canonize the first Hispanic, Junipero Serra, during a special mass held at the National Basilica on Wednesday.

But the ceremony will not be without controversy.

Serra, a Franciscan monk who worked to evangelize the California coast during the 18th century, has been criticized for using coercive force and corporal punishment on Native Americans.

Steven Hackel, a history professor at the University of California, Riverside, says Serra’s use of corporal punishment was even controversial at the time. It was believed that physical punishment should not be dispensed by Franciscans or missionaries but rather by the state when someone committed a crime. Native American groups have protested Serra’s canonization, saying that Serra enslaved and abused their ancestors.

“There’s a sense of loss and despair over what those missions meant” to Native Americans, said Hackel.

But the Vatican is hoping that the focus of Serra’s legacy will be on his saintly acts and his immigration efforts.

Pope Francis, himself the son of immigrants, said that he sees Serra as “one of the founding fathers of the United States.”

The canonization is part of an effort by the Catholic Church to help shed light on an often forgotten era of American history that often begins with Puritans arriving not far from the East Coast cities Pope Francis will be addressing.

Serra became a missionary late in life and arrived in California in 1749 at the age of 54, the same year King George II granted the Ohio Land Company a charter to settle along the Ohio River.

Sent by the Spanish crown in the 17th century, Serra helped lay the foundation for modern California by building a network of churches and settlements along the Pacific Ocean and converting Native American people to Christianity.

His legacy is considered so important to American history that he is one of two Californians with a statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall along with Ronald Reagan. Earlier this year, the California legislature proposed legislation to replace Serra with Dr. Sally Ride, the first woman and youngest person in space.

Pope Francis plans on acknowledging the Serra statue during his visit to Congress on Wednesday.

Hackel said that the church sees the canonization of Serra as an opportunity to remind Americans of their Hispanic past, but also to provide historical context to immigration issues.

“The Vatican sees Serra almost as a patron saint of immigration,” said Hackel. Serra’s canonization is a way of communicating that, “there’s a history behind immigration policy that is rooted in a Spanish Catholic past and not just a Protestant, 18th Century political rebellion.”

Immigration is believed to be one of the key topics discussed by the pope during his time in the United States.

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Pope Francis Creates Strange Bedfellows Among Presidential Candidates

Thousands of people begin to line the parade route that Pope Francis will follow along the National Mall September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) — Congressional leaders have warned their flock about slowing down Pope Francis when he addresses them in Washington this week — no fist bumps or selfies, please — but that hasn’t prevented campaigners of all stripes from attempting to use the historic visit for their own political gain.

Presidential contenders on both sides of the aisle have for days been criticizing and lauding the pope on his views on climate change, foreign affairs and economic justice, among others. Francis’ views have created strange bedfellows: His image as a progressive pontiff — he speaks out often against capitalism and in support of immigrants — mixes incongruously, at least in U.S. terms, with his staunch conservatism on social issues like abortion and contraception.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida who is a Catholic, disagrees with the pope on pushing the U.S. and Cuba together. But on ABC News’ This Week Sunday, he drew a distinction between doctrinal and theological matters, on which he said he agreed with Francis “100 percent,” and the Pope’s political opinions, which he said “we are free to disagree with.”

Several Republican candidates have taken issue with an encyclical the pope released in June calling global warming largely manmade, a view that bucks a popular belief in the party that minimizes humans’ role in climate change. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said then Francis should leave “science to the scientists.”

Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Tuesday he hoped the pope isn’t “overly critical of our country or the systems that made us the richest country in the world and also the most humanitarian.”

Pope Francis does not fit onto the left-right spectrum of U.S. politics, analysts said. Instead, they said, he tries to rise above the fray with a message that brings the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings to those it has not traditionally reached.

“The Pope is not coming to play booster to one side or another in political debates,” Stephen White, a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington think tank, told ABC News. “He’s coming as a pastor … meeting his large American flock.”

But in a presidential race with a large field of candidates striving to differentiate themselves from one another, some vied to make their mark ahead of the pope’s six-day, three-city visit to the United States, which began Tuesday.

After a report last week that the Vatican was concerned about transgender activists, a gay bishop and an activist nun invited to a White House ceremony with the pope Wednesday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, accused President Obama of creating a potentially “embarrassing” situation and trying to lecture the pope.

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