2018 James Beard Foundation Awards announced

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) honored chefs, restaurants and more stars in the food industry at its 28th annual awards gala on Monday.

Carla Hall hosted the event at Chicago’s Lyric Opera where the red carpet and awards were broadcasted live on Twitter. Advocacy for community, culture, diversity and equality echoed throughout the evening in response to the theme, RISE.

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JFK’s rocking chair is up for auction

A rocking chair used by President John F. Kennedy to relieve chronic back pain caused by injuries he suffered during World War II is up for auction.

“This stylish mid-century rocking chair is upholstered in orange-brown leather against a rattan backing and wood frame, with a leather cushion that snaps into place,” according to a description posted online by Nate D. Sanders Auctions.
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John Cena and Nikki Bella End Engagement Weeks Before Wedding

After six years together, pro wrestlers John Cena, 40, and Nikki Bella, 36, have called it quits.

The pair got engaged in April 2017 (in the ring, naturally) and were set to wed on May 5, 2018, mere weeks ahead of their split.

The Total Bellas star broke the news on Twitter Sunday evening, posting a note reading, “After much contemplation and 6 years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple. While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Celebrate Engagement at Star-Studded Party

Three months after announcing their engagement in Goop’s “Sex & Love” issue, Gwyneth Paltrow, 45, and Brad Falchuk, 47, celebrated their love at a secret, star-studded party in downtown L.A. Saturday.

The bride-to-be wore a one-shoulder maroon-colored dress at the bash, which was held the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The venue’s marquee read, “BF Loves GP.”

Celebs such as Jennifer Aniston—who sported a black strapless dress and matching wrist brace, Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden, Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, Lake Bell, James Corden, Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder,Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Chelsea Handler and a pregnant Kate Hudson—who showcased her baby bump in a yellow ruffled dress, and Paltrow’s mom actress’ mother Blythe Danner were among the guests.

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Trump FTC Pick Pledges to Monitor Tech Giants

“Big isn’t necessarily bad on its own,” Slaughter told a panel of lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the FTC. “But where you have extreme market concentration you have more opportunity for abuse of that market power,” said Slaughter, who is chief counsel to Senator Charles Schumer of New York.

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Americans could pay an extra $571 million a year for TV if AT&T buys Time Warner, government witness testifies

The Department of Justice’s antitrust case against AT&T Inc. reached a crescendo Wednesday as government lawyers asked an expert economist to explain how the telecom giant’s proposed $85-billion merger with Time Warner Inc. would lead to higher cable bills for consumers.

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Potential for big oil price spike grows after provocative missile strikes

  • The missile attacks by Iran-aligned Houthis aimed at Saudi Arabia’s civilian areas and oil facilities have proven unsuccessful, but they are a provocation at a time when the Middle East is already at risk of a widening conflict.
  • President Donald Trump has said the U.S. would soon respond to a Syrian chemical attack on civilians last Saturday.

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California governor, a frequent Trump critic, agrees to limited National Guard role at Mexico border

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the only border state governor who had not yet committed troops to President Trump’s National Guard deployment, said Wednesday that he will accept federal funding for 400 personnel — though they would be barred from working on wall construction.

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In Facebook Hearings, Lawmakers Ramp Up Talk of Regulation

WASHINGTON— Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two days on Capitol Hill seeking to placate angry lawmakers by saying he would be open to some sort of regulation to protect the privacy of users on his global social-media platform.

Washington will create regulations that address increasingly widespread concerns about digital privacy, and how any new constraints would squeeze the business models of companies like Facebook that rely on the free flow of data.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November — a move that ends a nearly two decade career in Congress and comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year.

“If I am here for one more term, my kids will only ever have known me as a weekend Dad — I just can’t let that happen,” he said.
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