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Ex-NASA engineer makes holiday comeback with updated trap to catch out doorstep delivery thieves

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The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star, who earned viral acclaim last year with his glitter bomb booby trap for doorstep delivery thieves, has made a festive comeback — just in time for season’s gift-giving spike. Source link: Click here for more
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Hallmark says it’s ‘truly sorry’ after pulling ads of same-sex couples, hopes to reinstate Zola ads

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Hallmark had pulled commercials depicting same-sex couples after One Million Moms, a division of the conservative American Family Association that defines its mission as to “fight against indecency,” complained about the ads. Source link: Click here for more
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Asia stocks set for subdued open despite renewed optimism with phase one US-China deal ‘totally done’

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday that the phase one U.S.-China trade deal reached on Friday is “totally done.” Source link: Click here for more
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With Xi’s backing, China looks to become a world leader in blockchain as US policy is absent

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President Xi says China needs to “seize the opportunities” presented by blockchain, in what appears to be one of the first instances of a major world leader backing the tech. Source link: Click here for more
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Behind Walmart’s push to eliminate 1 gigaton of greenhouse gases by 2030

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Walmart has been focused on sustainability initiatives since 2005. “Project Gigaton” — aimed at reducing 1 gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions from their supply chain by 2030 — is its latest and most ambitious plan yet. Source link: Click here for more
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Netflix hit ‘The Irishman’ marks a turning point for how Oscar-caliber movies are distributed, and could speed the demise of movie theaters

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The popularity of “The Irishman” on Netflix may act as a turning point for media companies to make Oscar-caliber films available in November and December on streaming services. Source link: Click here for more
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MLB teams drop big money on star players in chase for playoffs, revenue

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As teams shell out big money on single players in hopes of a postseason run, baseball organizations have increasingly turned toward a school of financial analysts to determine the monetary value of a player, and the financial benefits of a successful postseason. Source link: Click here for more
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Lighthizer acknowledges USMCA concessions: ‘Democrats won the House’

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President Trump last week called the bill “best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the deal was “infinitely better” than what the administration originally proposed. Source link: Click here for more
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US trade representative says phase-one trade deal is ‘totally done’ and will double exports to China in two years

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U.S. and Chinese officials announced on Friday that the U.S. and China had finally agreed an agreement after a contentious 18-month trade war. Source link: Click here for more
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The original movies of 2019 that won at Disney blockbuster-dominated box office

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Disney broke global box-office records in 2019, but other filmmakers proved original movies can survive at the U.S. box office in the era of blockbuster franchise dominance. Source link: Click here for more

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