• Amazon has thrown down the gauntlet to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, inviting the congresswoman to visit one of its facilities after she claimed the tech giant had created “dehumanising conditions” for its workers. The 29-year-old congresswoman was among those who celebrated after Amazon announced this week it was pulling out of plans to open what it termed a second headquarters in New York City. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the city’s 14th district, which is close to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens where the facility was to be based, had opposed the $3bn in tax incentives the state and city had offered the e-commerce giant, headed by Jeff Bezos.

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  • Moms are cheering on the model, who welcomed daughter Genevieve in November.

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  • Abel and Ola Osundairo just got their freedom back after Chicago officials released them from custody in the Jussie Smollett investigation with no charges. The Chief Communications Officer from the Chicago PD tells The Blast, "Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have […]The post Nigerian Brothers Released from Custody with No Charges in Jussie Smollett Case, No Longer Suspects appeared first on The Blast.

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  • Last week, news broke of a then-unidentified man who was forced to defend himself against a mountain lion when it attacked him on a recreational trail in Colorado. He's spent the time since the attack recovering from his injuries, and he's now come forward and identified himself as Travis Kauffman.Kauffman's tale of how he dispatched the feline predator with his bare hands is rather dramatic, and in a new video published by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife group he explains exactly how the dangerous scenario played out.It's a pretty incredible story, and as Kauffman tells it he did everything he could to avoid having to actually kill the big cat, which was later identified to be a juvenile. Despite lacking the power of a full-grown adult mountain lion, the animal still proved to be incredibly dangerous, leaving Kauffman with wounds that required a total of 28 stitches and significant time in the hospital.http://youtube.com/watch?v=9BBrRRcrZCAKauffman says he yelled and waved to scare the creature off on the isolated trail but it refused to back down. The cat then attacked, clawing and biting at its would-be prey. He says he wrestled with the animal for some time before managing to pin it down and then strangle it by jamming his foot into its throat. The mountain lion had Kauffman's wrist in its jaws for the majority of the fight, only releasing its grip once it had suffocated.It's a remarkable story and we can all only hope that we'd have the presence of mind and physical dexterity to beat such a predator at its own game. Kauffman likely benefited from the fact that the animal was not a full-grown adult, and weighed roughly 80 pounds according to authorities.Full-grown male mountain lions can easily top 200 pounds, which would likely have made things a whole lot harder for Kauffman. He's obviously still healing from the attack, with visible wounds on his face and body, but he made it out with his life, which is about as much as anyone can ask.

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  • Trump's decision to declare a "national emergency" to help build his border wall comes over the objections of many congressional Republicans.

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  • Remember when host Seth MacFarlane sang about boobs? From Marie Claire

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  • Michigan’s governor gave her first State of the State address this week - but some headlines weren’t about her policies at all. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited the State Capitol in Lansing, MI on Tuesday to deliver her address, where she outlined a vision of stronger infrastructure, safe drinking water, and increased education funding for the state. A person’s ability to effectively lead and govern has nothing to do with their physical appearance, and sartorial choices or body shaming are not valid critiques of an elected official.

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