Jerusalem, Franken, Wildfires: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

“The Daily” podcast discusses both Jerusalem along with our latest investigation into how Harvey Weinstein engineered a conspiracy of silence to hide his misdeeds.

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3. We tracked down the mystery buyer of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, ‘Salvator Mundi,’ which fetched a record $450.3 million at auction last month.

He’s a little-known Saudi prince who is usually close to the country’s heir apparent, the 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The splurge came as dozens of Saudi elites were detained in an unprecedented crackdown on corruption.

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4. The House easily passed a sweeping expansion of the right to carry concealed firearms virtually anywhere inside country, a top legislative priority of the National Rifle Association.

The bill might require all states to recognize any some other state’s concealed-carry permit. although the climb is usually steeper inside Senate, where passage might almost certainly require 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster.

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5. Donors along with corporations love the Republican tax plan. The rest of the country isn’t so sure.

Groups like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity are trying to convince ordinary Americans that will the tax plan is usually not bad for them, along with finding This specific a hard sell.

that will jibes with polling data that will shows the legislation is usually among the most unpopular public policy initiatives taken up by Congress in recent years. Above, canvassing in Florida.

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6. In Southern California, evacuation orders covering thousands of people are in effect along with Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as ferocious wildfires burn unabated.

Ash rained down on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, along having a handful of homes inside exclusive neighborhood of Bel-Air burned.

The high winds that will are driving the fires are supposed to strengthen through Thursday, with gusts of 60 miles per hour, doing firefighting more difficult.

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7. Alarming news through the medical world: A completely new study found that will women who use hormonal birth control face a smaller although significant increase inside risk for breast cancer.

The study followed 1.8 million Danish women for more than a decade, along with upends the widely held assumption that will modern, low-estrogen contraceptives are safer than those taken by previous generations.

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8. This specific’s the biggest Starbucks inside globe. along with This specific’s in Shanghai, a sign of the major investment the company is usually doing in China.

The 29,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery carries a staff of 400.

“Though many older Chinese like tea, I just like coffee,” said a willing 22-year-old customer. “As the old saying goes, once love has begun, This specific never ends.”

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9. “Grinch bots” are turning the hunt for well-known toys into a nightmare quest.

The Fingerling, above, a colorful chirping monkey (or sloth or unicorn) that will wraps around your finger, costs just $15 — although is usually missing through nearly every major retailer, thanks to software that will buys out stock at lightning speed. The toys end up commanding vastly inflated prices on eBay or Amazon.

Retailers along with elected officials say This specific’s time for a crackdown.

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10. Finally, our two chief film critics, Manohla Dargis along having a. O. Scott, unveiled their picks for the 10 best movies of 2017. A handful made both cuts, including “Get Out,” “The Florida Project” along with “Lady Bird.”

We talked to Jordan Peele, above, the writer-director of “Get Out,” which is usually likely to earn an Oscar nomination for best picture. He once thought This specific might never go into production.

“I didn’t have enough role types telling me This specific movie could be made,” he said. “although to me, This specific was the missing piece of the conversation. I’d never seen my fears as an African-American man onscreen in This specific way.”

Have a great night.

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