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Anthony Senerchia Jr., who inspired ice bucket challenge, has died

7:01 am Dec. 1, 2017

Anthony Senerchia Jr., credited with inspiring the “ice bucket challenge” that saw celebrities, sports figures, members of fire and police departments and others get doused in the name of charity, has died.

A high school football captain in his youth, Senerchia was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2003, shortly after he got married. He lived 10 years beyond what doctors initially feared, determined to share as much of

Garrison Keillor’s post-firing statement is very different from Matt Lauer’s

8:28 am Nov. 30, 2017

Author and longtime radio host Garrison Keillor was fired on Wednesday amid allegations of improper conduct. Minnesota Public Radio did not specify details; Keillor told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that his crime was patting a woman on the back in a show of consolation.

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Keillor’s dismissal was announced, coincidentally, not long after NBC announced it had

Matt Lauer’s statement a day after his firing

7:10 am Nov. 30, 2017

Longtime NBC host Matt Lauer issued a statement of contrite apology a day after he was fired.

His “Today” cohosts learned and then reported the news just as Wednesday’s broadcast began. Today’s show began with his former colleague Savannah Guthrie reading Lauer’s statement:

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am

Garrison Keillor is fired amid allegations of misconduct

12:46 pm Nov. 29, 2017

Author and longtime radio broadcaster Garrison Keillor has been fired from Minnesota Public Radio amid allegations of improper behavior. The announcement came hours after NBC’s announcement it had fired longtime “Today” co-host Matt Lauer amid allegations of misconduct.

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Keillor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he patted a woman on the back in an act of

Marvel mashup! “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars in “Avengers” trailer

12:27 pm Nov. 29, 2017

The new trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is out and it stars .. everyone.

Hey, Captain America. Hey, Iron Man. Hey Hulk, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Falcon, Black Widow, Spidey .. (that’s Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Holland of course). And on and on.

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Here’s Chris Hemsworth on the set

President Trump gloats after Matt Lauer fired

7:54 am Nov. 29, 2017

It was a somber day on “The Today Show” for Matt Lauer’s shocked co-hosts after he was abruptly terminated after more than 20 years, over allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct – but President Donald Trump took to Twitter with glee.

Variety, citing unnamed sources, reports that multiple women have accused Lauer of conduct such as exposing himself, making lewd comments, even giving a colleague an explicit sex toy.

Official reports have

Neiman Marcus is selling refrigerators for $50,000

7:22 am Nov. 28, 2017

It was about this time last year that Neiman Marcus made headlines with its $80 collards for shoppers’ holiday tables. Now the luxury retailer offers the perfect place to store such high-ticket menu items: a $50,000 refrigerator.

Act fast: only nine are available.

The fancy fridge is among the goods advertised in the 2017 Christmas Book, famous for trotting out a few over-the-top items along with more reasonably priced merch.

So: about