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Ezra Miller apologizes, says seeking treatment for mental health issues

Actor Ezra Miller has spoken out after facing allegations of abuse and other legal troubles, saying they are now seeking treatment for "complex mental health issues" after a "time of intense crisis." “Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering from complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," Miller, 29, said in a statement provided to NBC News by their spokesperson. "I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior," said the actor, who identifies as gender nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. "I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”The statement comes as Miller's starring role in the upcoming DC Comics-adapted sup...
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Nuclear famine would kill more than 5 billion people

Fungus formed by the Hiroshima bomb. / CRA large-scale nuclear weapons confrontation between the US and Russia would affect crops and pastures, while the ozone layer would be destroyed and more ultraviolet radiation would increase.More than 5 billion people would starve after a full-scale nuclear war between the US and Russia, according to a global study estimating post-conflict crop production. Building on previous research, Lili Xia and Alan Robock, professors of environmental sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey, worked to calculate the amount of sunblock soot that would cover the atmosphere from thunderstorms. fires that would be ignited by the detonation of nuclear weapons. The results are published in Nature Food. The researchers calculated soot dispersion from six war ...
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Liz Cheney is the last stop on Trump’s impeachment revenge tour. But he is the key to her future.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Rep. Liz Cheney's supporters have mixed feelings about the brutal defeat likely heading her way in Tuesday's Republican primary: resignation about her fate, pride in her for standing up to former President Donald Trump at a personal price and hope that she will rebound to a more prominent place in national politics.There are few visible signs that Cheney is even trying to win re-nomination against the backdrop of polling showing she trails her main challenger, Harriet Hageman, by 57% to 28%.Locals say she has appeared in public a few times in recent weeks — to meet with members of the Jewish community, for example — but her campaign had no public events scheduled over the weekend or on Monday. On Saturday, in a rally more appropriate to a town council race than one of ...
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Allen Weisselberg expected to plead guilty in Trump Organization case

Michael R SisakNEW YORK — Donald Trump's longtime finance chief is expected to plead guilty as soon as Thursday in a tax evasion case that is the only criminal prosecution to arise from a long-running investigation into the former president's company, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg was scheduled to be tried in October on allegations he took more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the companyincluding rent, car payments and school tuition.Prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney's office and Weisselberg's lawyers met Monday with the judge overseeing the case, Juan Manuel Merchan, according to court records. The judge then scheduled a hearing in the matter for 9 am Thursday but did not speci...
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Google AI learns to identify ‘consensus’ on controversial topics.

Google AI engineers have created a machine learning model that identifies consensus on controversial topics, the company has announced. The system is being used by Google to prevent misinformation from appearing in the "featured snippets" that appear at the top of its search results. Google parses relevant sources using its "unified multitasking model" (MUM), a "multimodal" natural language processing technology it developed last year, to reduce the risk of misinformation appearing in featured snippets. "Our systems can now understand the notion of consensus, which is when several high-quality sources on the web agree on the same fact," Pandu Nayak, Google's vice president of search, wrote in a statement. blog entry about the MUM. Featured snippet content can now be compared to “high...
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Virgil van Dijk says teammates back Darwin Núñez but he must learn | Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk has said Darwin Núñez needs to control himself after being sent off for violent conduct on his full Premier League debut for Liverpool. The Uruguay international was “really stupid” to leave Liverpool with 10 men against Crystal Palace according to Joachim Anderson, the defender on the receiving end of Núñez's head-butt at Anfield on Monday.Liverpool, who are already without forwards Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota because of injury, will lose their main summer signing for Premier League games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle. He will not be available until the Merseyside derby at Everton on 3 September.Van Dijk said the 23-year-old, the first Liverpool player to be dismissed for violent conduct during Jürgen Klopp's tenure, has the backing of his te...
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Morrison liked to think he was unchained from orthodoxy – but was he actually unhinged from reality? | sarah martin

Scott Morrison, in the book that first revealed his penchant for portfolio hoarding, likens himself to the depression-era treasurer Joseph Lyons.According to the former prime minister, Lyon's legacy was a guiding light for him during the pandemic, teaching him to unshackle himself from the political conformism of the day.Morrison saw himself as “a leader unchained from orthodoxy, ideologically uninhibited and politically licensed to employ dramatic intervention as leader of a conservative party”, journalists Simon Benson – a friend of Morrison's – and Geoff Chambers write in Plagued. (An extract of the book was published in the Australian on the weekend where it was revealed Morrison had taken on the health and finance portfolios early in the pandemic.)The news on Tuesday that Morrison...
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Mastodon skeleton unearthed in Michigan looks like Ice Age juvenile

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — It's been a hot, steamy summer so far in Michigan, but road crews in Kent County are digging up Remnants from the Ice Age and, with any luck, they hope to find even more pieces of the puzzle.The bones of a "really unique" mastodon skeleton found at a road construction site in Kent County on Thursday are on their way to Grand Rapids Public Museum's archive research center to be preserved and studied. Dr. Cory Redman, the museum's science curator, was contacted about the bones after Kent County Drain Commissioner Ken Yonker emailed Grand Valley State and the University of Michigan. He and other experts initially thought that it was just a couple of bones, but were shocked to discover otherwise. “It's not that often that you find a skeleton this complete, it's probab...
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The unstoppable advance of drug traffickers in Ecuador

Talking about the Choneros, the Wolves and the Tiguerones, the Lizards or the Latin Kings has become a custom in Ecuador. It is not about musical ensembles or football teams but about the major drug gangs that are disputed to bullets the territories and markets of a country where the violence scales ominously in step with the increase in Social inequality. The port city of guayaquil, With some three million inhabitants, this weekend has been once again the scene of the activity of these groups. A bomb spread its wake of death in the neighborhood of Cristo del Consuelo. The attack caused five dead and at least 20 woundedsome of them seriously, in addition to dam...
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Company downsizing? How to reduce the chance of being laid off

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest HR professional society and author of "Reset: A Leader's Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor's answers below have been edited for length and clarity.Have a question? Do you have an HR or work-related question you'd like me to answer? Submit it here.Question: A third of our senior leadership at our tech company has changed over in the past seven months. The company has become hyper-focused on cost-cutting initiatives. I am starting to get a sense that my group may be laid off in the coming months. Is there anything I can do to ...