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Justin Bieber: If I Was President, I’d Fix the Gun Laws

Peter Yang(PARIS) — Justin Bieber is friendly with Kanye West, but unlike Kanye, he can’t run for president, because he’s Canadian. But if he could, he says he’d do something about America’s gun laws, which he feels are flawed.

In an interview with the French site Clique, Justin is asked to name the first thing he’d do if he were running for president. And no, he didn’t say he’d egg Russian president Vladimir Putin’s house, or drag race up and down North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s street. Surprisingly, his response was quite serious.

“I’d probably just fix some of the gun laws,” he told the site. “Because in Canada, we don’t really have any guns, and there’s no gun violence so that really solves it. I mean, they think that it’s for protection and stuff, but it always ends up in some bozo’s hand.”

In the same interview, Justin also talks about his image, and says he understands why people were so shocked by his bratty behavior.

“When you tell people you’re going to represent ‘believe’ and ‘hope,’ and you go off not doing that, they get mixed messages,” he tells the website. “If I would’ve came out smoking weed, that would have been my image, but it wasn’t. So people got confused. Now my image is… just want people to see me as a normal dude…I just want to have a good time. I’m normal.”

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Back-to-School Apps to Help Parents Help Their Kids

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Schools are back in session, and parents are in frenzy of planning and adjustment after the long summer.

Luckily, there are apps for that.

THE APPS


Class Dojo:
Classroom management software and apps are a growing trend. The most popular is one called Class Dojo. It’s used in more than half of the schools in America and it tracks good behavior and areas that need work. Those “positive points” are tallied daily for kids and teachers to see. Parents are invited by the teacher to download the Class Dojo app and monitor their child’s performance. Through this secure app, photos and information can be shared with parents (accounts set up and verified by the teacher are inaccessible to those not on the service). Some privacy concerns have been raised about tracking of child behavior, but classrooms are set up only with the child’s first name and no other identifiable information. Profiles only exist for 365 days then are erased so they don’t travel with a child from grade to grade.

Virtual Companion:
This app, Companion, lets you virtually walk your child home from school, even when you’re at work. Companion also allows anyone in your contact group to virtually walk you to your destination. A user fires up the app and selects their destination. Then they choose a companion: friend, parent, or caregiver. The companion accepts the request and then can watch an on-screen map as the user progresses from point A to Point B. If the user starts running, or drops their phone, an alert pops up asking if they are OK. If they don’t respond within a set time, the app alerts the virtual companion. The companion can call the person to see if they are alright. If they can’t reach them the companion app provides location data that can be shared with police if needed.

There are other tracking options, too. Most of the major cell phone carriers have a family tracking option that lets you locate a child and check their whereabouts. Many of these have schedule options intended for after-school routines. Get more information at the following links:

ATT


Verizon


Sprint

T-Mobile

There are also stand-alone apps that track kids and send alerts between parents and the child.

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“The Voice” Preview: Adam Levine Promises You’ll See ‘The Best Talent that We’ve Ever Had’

NBC(LOS ANGELES) — It’s time for another round of button pushing and big red chairs: season nine of the hit NBC reality showThe Voice starts tonight. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are all back, but Adam and Blake are the only coaches who’ve been with The Voice since it started. Why do they continue to return? Adam says, “At the heart of it, I love the show.”

“I wouldn’t be back here for nine seasons if I didn’t really love it…And I love the space that the show occupies in the world,” Adam continues. “And I feel really good about it and I love my work — or this new work that I didn’t even know was gonna be a part of my life.”

Part of that work, for Adam, is the ability to help aspiring musicians fulfill their potential. “It’s really awesome to just know that you’ve got this great position on the show, where you can do your part to help people that haven’t had that break yet,” he says. “It almost feels like this awesome opportunity to help people because you were able to be so fortunate in your own life. And…it’s fun.”

This season, Adam says he’s excited to have both Gwen and Pharrell back. “As a foursome, our energy is so much better and…we’re friends now, so I think that really shows this season, that the camaraderie…is there.” Adam says he particularly admires Gwen for being able to counsel contestants on their look throughout the season. “Gwen knows things that we don’t know about how to present yourself,” says Adam. “Obviously, because we’re shlubs and she’s beautiful!”

And just like seemingly everyone else who’s involved with a reality show, Adam promises that this season, you’ll see “the best talent that we’ve ever had.”

Pharrell, who “won” last season with Sawyer Fredericks, isn’t taking any credit or boasting about his achievements, unlike Blake or Adam. The humble star says, “I was just happy to be a part of [Sawyer’s] guidance. And in terms of my approach for season nine, it’s the same. I just want to push my button for things that move me, and I wanna connect with those people and see what’s actually there, and see how I can guide them.”

Gwen, who took a season off and is now back, says, “I’m so excited this season because now I have an idea what I’m really getting myself into and it’s really a lot of great stuff.” She says being part of the show has been “such a dream,” and says she still gets a kick out of the novel concept of the coaches having to beg the contestants to join their teams.

“It’s an amazing feeling to pitch yourself in a way where you’re trying to sell yourself, it’s just such a weird thing….I’ve never really done that before,” she says. “But it’s kind of so exciting when they choose you, you’re like, ‘Oh …read more […]

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Pope Francis Looks Beyond Havana in Cuba Trip

Carl Court/Getty Images(HAVANA) — After holding Mass in Havana and meeting with Fidel Castro Sunday, Pope Francis will have another busy day Monday in Cuba as part of his 10-day visit to that country and the United States.

The pontiff will leave Havana Monday morning and travel to the town of Holguin, where he will conduct Mass. Then later in the day, Francis will travel by plane to Santiago to meet with the bishops at the Seminary San Basilo Magno. He will then attend the Shrine of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.

Pope Francis, who arrived in Cuba Saturday, held Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square Sunday to an estimated crowd of 300,000 people, according to the Cuban government.

“God’s holy and faithful people in Cuba is a people with a taste for parties, for friendship, for beautiful things,” Francis said. “It is a people which marches with songs of praise. It is a people which has its wounds, like every other people, yet knows how to stand up with open arms, to keep walking in hope, because it has a vocation of grandeur.”

After Mass, the pope met with Cuban president Raul Castro and his brother, Fidel Castro. Raul Castro gave the pontiff a large crucifix made by a Cuban artist. The pope gave the president a painting of the patron saint of Cuba, La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.

In his meeting with Fidel Castro, Francis gave the former Cuban leader several books, as well as a book and two CDs of homilies and a copy of his two encyclicals. In return, Castro gave Francis an interview book titled Fidel and Religion, written in 1985 by Freitas Betto. Fidel wrote a dedication in it: “For Pope Francis, on occasion of his visit to Cuba, with the admiration and respect of the Cuban people.”

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The pope later spoke at a vespers celebration at Havana Cathedral in which he warned against letting riches rule your life and called poverty “the wall and the mother of consecrated life.”

Meanwhile, before his upcoming U.S. visit, Francis said he looked forward to attending the World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia in a video released by the organization. “I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia when I come for the World Meeting of Families,” he said. “I will be there because you will be there! See you in Philadelphia!”

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World’s First Sandcastle Hotel Now Open

Zand Hotel/Global Powwow(NEW YORK) — It’s a kid’s summertime dream come true.

The Zand Hotel — or Sand Hotel — is the first sandcastle hotel in the world. And there’s two of them.

Housed in the Netherlands in the Frisian town of Sneek and the Brabant Oss, the temporary hotels are part of a sand sculpture festival. For $170, guests can stay overnight in the Sand Hotel. It even has Wi-Fi included.

Also included with an overnight stay: Reception with coffee or tea, personal tour of the festival, breakfast in your room and a bottle of Prosecco and fresh fruit in the room.

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“The Maze Runner” Sequel Tops the Box Office

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP(LOS ANGELES) — The Maze Runner sequel won the box office race over the weekend.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the follow-up to the 2014 original, earned an estimated 30.3 million dollars from Friday through Sunday to open in first place.

Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as gangster Whitey Bulger, debuted in the runner-up spot, collecting 23.4 million dollars.

The thriller Captive, featuring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, pulled in 1.4 million dollars in approximately 800 theaters, finishing outside the top 10.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, $30.3 million
2. Black Mass, $23.4 million
3. The Visit, $11.3 million
4. The Perfect Guy, $9.7 million
5. Everest, $7.6 million
6. War Room, $6.3 million
7. A Walk in the Woods, $2.8 million
8. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, $2.3 million
9. Straight Outta Compton, $2 million
10. Grandma, $1.6 million

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Hackers Attack Apple’s Mobile App Store

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — Apple confirmed late Sunday that hackers have managed to infect a number of iPhone and iPad apps in the first major attack on the company’s App Store.

The company said it has removed some malicious programs after hackers apparently convinced developers to use counterfeit Apple software for creating apps. Security researchers say an older version of WeChat was one of the apps infected.

“Apple takes security very seriously and iOS is designed to be reliable and secure from the moment you turn on your device,” Apple said in a statement. “We offer developers the industry’s most advanced tools to create great apps. A fake version of one of these tools was posted by untrusted sources which may compromise user security from apps that are created with this counterfeit tool.”

There’s no evidence that data was stolen.

Apple says it’s removed all the apps from the App Store known to have been created with this counterfeit software. The company is working with developers to ensure the proper version of Xcode is being used to rebuild their apps.

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Denny Hamlin Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(JOLIET, Ill.) — Denny Hamlin is moving on in the Chase.

He won the first race in NASCAR’s playoffs on Sunday, the MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The victory earns him a spot in the second round of the Chase, which will feature 12 drivers.

Four drivers will be eliminated from the Chase in two weeks.

Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the MyAFibRisk.com 400, held at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois:

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Carl Edwards
3. Kurt Busch
4. Ryan Newman
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Joey Logano
7. Kyle Larson
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Kyle Busch
10. Aric Almirola

Here’s an updated look at the Chase standings:

1. Matt Kenseth — 2,052 points.
2. Denny Hamlin — 2,050 points.
3. Carl Edwards — 2,049 points.
4. Kyle Busch — 2,049 points.
5. Kurt Busch — 2,048 points.
6. Joey Logano — 2,048 points.
7. Jimmie Johnson — 2,045 points.
8. Ryan Newman — 2,040 points.
9. Brad Keselowski — 2,039 points.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. — 2,038 points.
11. Martin Truex Jr. — 2,035 points.
12. Jeff Gordon — 2,031 points.
13. Jamie McMurray — 2,028 points.
14. Paul Menard — 2,027 points.
15. Clint Bowyer — 2,025 points.
16. Kevin Harvick — 2,009 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/20/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 11, N-Y Mets 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 4, Toronto 3
Kansas City 10, Detroit 3
Tampa Bay 7, Baltimore 6
Cleveland 6, Chi White Sox 3
Minnesota 8, L.A. Angels 1
Houston 5, Oakland 1
Seattle 9, Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 13, Miami 3
Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 8, Cincinnati 4
St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3
San Francisco 5, Arizona 1
Pittsburgh 4, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 10, Colorado 4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Arizona 48, Chicago 23
Atlanta 24, N-Y Giants 20
Minnesota 26, Detroit 16
Carolina 24, Houston 17
New England 40, Buffalo 32
Cincinnati 24, San Diego 19
Pittsburgh 43, San Francisco 18
Washington 24, St. Louis 10
Tampa Bay 26, New Orleans 19
Cleveland 28, Tennessee 14
Oakland 37, Baltimore 33
Jacksonville 23, Miami 20
Dallas 20, Philadelphia 10
Green Bay 27, Dallas 17

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Andy Samberg & Presenters Bring the Laughs at Sunday Night’s Emmys

Mark Seliger/FOXFormer Saturday Night Live and current Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg made his debut as Emmys host on Sunday night, and he managed to get some big laughs with a mixture of sight gags and well-written jokes. But Samberg shared the love with his fellow presenters, many of whom landed solid laughs with their bits as well. Here’s a rundown:

Samberg started the evening with a taped musical bit in which he locked himself away in a bunker for an entire year with no shower or toilet to binge-watch every single show. When he finally emerged, Nathan Fillion asked him if he’d seen Castle — and he had to go back in for an additional 151 hours. Then, Bob Odenkirk, playing a producer, told him to go out there and tell some “culturally relevant but not too edgy jokes.”

Among Samberg’s best monologue lines: “Paula Deen is on this season of Dancing with the Stars. But I gotta say, if I wanted to see an intolerant woman dance, I would have gone to one of Kim Davis’ four weddings.” And, “This is the most diverse group of nominees in Emmys history, so congratulations Hollywood, you did it! Racism is over. Don’t fact-check that.”

Samberg did a taped piece parodying the final scene of Mad Men, in which he sang “I’d Like to Give the World an Emmy.” When he tossed an Emmy statuette to a random guy, the sharp edge embedded itself in the guy’s chest, and blood spurted everywhere. “EMMYS CAN KILL” then flashed onscreen.

Quoting an HBO executive who said that people sharing their HBO Go passwords isn’t a big deal, Samberg announced what his alleged password is, and flashed it on the screen, inviting everyone to use it. And for a while, “Khaleesifan3@EmmyHost.com/password1” actually worked.

At one point, Samberg climbed up a giant Emmy statuette, and stopped at the statuette’s butt. He then said, “Here’s my impression of the last season of Girls,” and pretended to perform a sex act on that portion of the statue.

While Jimmy Kimmel was presenting the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, he joked that he could basically announce anyone’s name, and nobody would know, because he was the one with the envelope. He mused about which of the nominees he should give the award to, then tore the winner’s name out of the card, popped it in his mouth and chewed it up so nobody would see it. Next, he announced Jeffrey Tambor as the winner. Later on, Will Forte joked that he’d made out with Jimmy backstage, and produced the chewed-up wad of paper…which he then confirmed did read “Jeffrey Tambor.”

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