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Power back on at Atlanta airport, many flights still canceled

ATLANTA – The lights were back on, but it was not business as usual at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after Sunday’s nearly 11-hour power loss caused more than a thousand flight cancellations. And a thick layer of fog rolling into Atlanta on Monday morning threatened to make the holiday travel nightmare worse. More than 400 flights had been canceled Monday at the world’s busiest airport and 42 flights had been delayed, according to FlightAware.com, following the massive outage that left travelers stuck inside airport terminals and in some cases…

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Democrats are fired up heading into 2018. Republicans aren’t.

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — The latest NBC/WSJ poll not only shows Democrats holding their biggest lead in congressional preference since 2008, it also finds them enjoying a double-digit advantage when it comes to voter intensity ahead of next year’s midterms. According to the poll, 59 percent of Democratic voters say they have a high level of interest in next year’s elections (registering either a 9 or 10…

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Light, darkness and lots of cash: ‘Last Jedi’ opens with $220 million

NEW YORK — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson’s second installment in the third “Star Wars” trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gives “The Last Jedi” the second-best opening ever, slotting in behind only its predecessor, “The Force Awakens.” The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically. Aside from “The Force Awakens” ($248.8 million), the others are “The Avengers” ($207.4 million) and “Jurassic World”…

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Power outage brings world’s busiest airport to standstill

ATLANTA — A power outage brought the world’s busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, ruining holiday travel for thousands and threatening another day of headaches, with hundreds of flights on Monday already canceled. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta lost power shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, leaving passengers trapped inside airport terminals and some in planes on the tarmac for hours. By late Sunday, the airport had canceled 1,173 flights and delayed 207, according to FlightAware.com. Delta Air Lines, which is headquartered in Atlanta, said it was canceling another…

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Saudi Prince celebrates ‘corruption purge’ spending £200m on ‘world’s most expensive home’

Heir to the Saudi throne Crown, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is reported to have bought the £200 million Chateau Louis XIV, a 50,000 square foot palace near Versailles that Kim Kardashian once considered as a potential wedding location. The claim is likely to embarrass the 32-year-old prince who is preaching austerity at home while leading a crackdown on corruption and self-enrichment by the oil-rich kingdom’s elite. Former CIA analyst and authour Bruce Riedel said: “He has tried to build an image of himself, with a fair amount of success, that…

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Technology 

Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program – CNET

Funding for the program came largely at the request of Harry Reid, a former Democratic senator from Nevada, who has had a long-held interest in space phenomena, according to the New York Times. Bill Clark/Roll Call The US government apparently suspected the truth was out there after all. The federal government spent about $22 million funding a covert Pentagon project that investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, The New York Times reported Saturday. Even though the Department of Defense decided to defund the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in 2012,…

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Sport 

Manchester City to offer Pep Guardiola £100m new contract in bid to rival Man Utd dynasty

Guardiola, who is 47 next month, is only half-way through his three-year contract but City’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy are planning talks at the end of the season over rewarding the Spaniard with long-term extension. He is on around £15m a year and a new five-year deal could be worth £100m. Owner Sheikh Mansour’s board of directors are delighted not only with City’s stunning winning sequence but also the quality of their football. And they want Guardiola to emulate what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved across town at Manchester United by winning…

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Science 

Life after death: Scientist reveals how humans TRANSFORM into new beings after death

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone Health School of Medicine in New York City, said those who suffer from a cardiac arrest biologically go through the same process as death. The doctor said the process sparks a sense of new-found life in those who have suffered a cardiac arrest. Dr Parnia told the express.co.uk: “When we die we review elements of our life and come back transformed. This ranges from being more engaged in society, increased activity in serving public duty or treating…

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Pentagon admits it had a UFO program, claims it ended in 2012

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. But as to whether the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program has continued to investigate UFO sightings since its funding ended five years ago could rank as an unexplained phenomenon. This is a road sign indicating where Alien Parking is, This is the original UFO crash site in Roswell, There are small UFOs on the sign with a large arrow pointing to the right….

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How companies handle accusations in the #MeToo era

In the fast-paced era of the #MeToo movement, the number of high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct keeps growing — and some of the accused have lost their jobs seemingly instantaneously. While many have admitted, or partially admitted, wrongdoing, others — including talk show host Tavis Smiley, radio host Garrison Keillor, New Yorker political reporter Ryan Lizza, and former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. — have denied the claims against them. Yet they’ve still been fired by their companies. That kind of corporate response may seem harsh, but employment law attorneys…

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