Here’s The Gross Thing Every Parent Needs To Watch Out For This Halloween

Halloween is a scary time of year.

Everyone’s decorating with spooky decorations and getting ready to scare their neighbors with their costumes. It’s super exciting for children who get to dress up and have some of that sweet Halloween candy. While most parents are concerned about checking their kids’ candy for issues, there’s another health risk that comes around this time of year that every mom and dad should know about.

Doctors see a huge jump in head lice during this time of year. With people trying on wigs and costumes in the store, that makes sense.

After all, there’s no telling how many people have tried it on before you decide to take a costume home.

Putting costumes and wigs in an airtight plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it is the easiest way to kill lice.

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Here Are Your Weekly Horoscopes For The Week Of October 9th

Well, we survived a full moon last week and Mercury isn’t in retrograde or any shit like that this week, so unless you’re due for some sort of monster period or something, your week should be pretty smooth sailing no matter what sign you’re under. Something to note: Jupiter moves into Scorpio this week, which is great news for the water signs—Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Jupiter will stay there for, like, a year, so if you’ve been needing some good luck, this is your time to capitalize.


Jupiter mobilizing this week is actually excellent news for you because it’s entering one of your most important houses: your money house. Since Jupiter posts up here for the next 12 months, this is your best year to go for that big job, promotion, or to make that big purchase. Big purchase as in an apartment, not like, a Birkin. I mean, get the bag if you want, but don’t expect it to really benefit your life in a major way.


Jupiter slides out of your DMs this week. Wait, is it possible to slide out of someone’s DMs or only into them? IDK, but what I’m trying to say is Jupiter is directly opposite your sign starting this week. Jupiter not only controls what goes on with your money, but the planet is also tied to happiness or some shit. You would think it being opposite your sign would be a bad thing, but you’d be wrong in assuming that. The next year is one of prosperity and joy for you. You’re welcome.


While most betches are trading bikinis for sweatpants this time of year, you’re actually going to be more focused on your fitness and overall health starting now-ish. Like, thanks Jupiter. Your fitness kick with actually help improve other aspects of your life. You know, because endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. With more focus and energy, you’ll feel more fulfilled at work or with however you’ve chosen to spend your life. Overall, this is an excellent time for you to start working toward some results.


Jupiter in Scorpio is, like, the total best for you. Just buckle the fuck up for a great year ahead, really. You’ve been grinding away for what seems like forever, and now that you’ve set up a really strong and decent foundation for yourself, it’s definitely time to reap those blessings. The year ahead promises adventure, romance, and travel opportunities. Things have felt kinda heavy in your life, but the next year is all about lightening the hell up and enjoying the shit out of being a Cancer betch.


Your life always works better when you work your sign and the planets instead of against them. Normally, you’d scoff at the idea of settling down and letting your nesting instincts kick in, but like, this might actually be a really good year for you to start digging some roots in. It’s important you start laying some foundations for where you want to end up in life, or at least entertaining those kinds of thoughts. By no means do you need to get serious AF and get married and pop out a bunch of babies. Fuck that. No, just like, think about your dream future and work toward that.


Let’s be real, Virgo, you are prone to some negative self-talk. It’s probably because you’re a really analytical and intelligent sign, so you’re more apt to contemplate and think deeply about your life choices—that can often mean you’re really critical of others and yourself, though. The next year is all about a more positive outlook. Like, no, you don’t have to start wearing a color that isn’t black. You’ll just be a little easier on yourself and a little more joyful from within. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.


Not that you’ve ever had a hard time spending money on yourself, but with Jupiter entering your Earnings House, you’ll be more likely to invest in bigger ticket items. Say goodbye to Forever 21 polyester and hello to some J. Crew cotton blends! Over the next 12 months, you’ll be more likely to afford the finer things in life as money-making potential abounds. No more scrimping and saving every last penny so you can look like you have it made; this is the year where you’ll actually have it made. Nice.


Obvi, the sign that benefits the most from Jupiter entering Scorpio is, well, Scorpio. Duh. In case you didn’t already know, you’re a water sign, and this next year is one where your fluidity in all situations will benefit you greatly. You’ll fit in in just about every situation as your ability to adapt will be at an all-time high. Also, you’ll just be overall more likable because everyone else can tell how #blessed you are during the next year and they want some of your luck to rub off on them. Beware of fake friends who want to just bask in your glow and not be a true ride or die.


You’re the investigator of the zodiac, meaning if someone is lying or being shady, you’re most likely to find out. You’ve had some questions about something in your life and over the next 12 months, you’ll finally get your fucking answers. While you might be losing trust in one aspect of your life, you’ll be gaining some faith and understanding in another. Don’t go out and buy a bunch of crystals or some other bullshit; you’ll have all the clarity you need on your own.


Jupiter is making you increasingly popular in the next year. Sure, normally you’re pretty social and have a tight-knit group of friends, but basically everyone you meet is going to want to be bffs with you this year. Don’t shun anyone new who wants to hang out with you; you’re actually looking at a window where new friendships will be mutually beneficial. Like, they get to hang out with you and you get to use whatever connections they have to offer. Of course, you can’t just use people for their cool party invites. C’mon, be a good person. It’s like, the rules of feminism.


Jupiter travels right across the top of your chart like “YASSS BETCH”. Sort of like what happens when the Sun is at the top of your chart, when Jupiter is above you, you experience a big bump in the eyes of others. Anyone in a position of authority is more likely to see you through rose-colored glasses. Expect awards, compliments, promotions and maybe a few new romantic suitors in the year ahead. Life is not bad for the Aquarius betch this year.


Jupiter means knowledge, power, wealth and happiness. In the next year, you’re building toward big awards and accolades. You’ll be #blessed, like all the other water signs, with the power of Jupiter ruling over you over the next 12 months. This of the next year as a time to, unfortunately, keep working hard. But the good news is you’re setting yourself up for one of the most successful years of your life: 2019. Big things are in store for you, Pisces betch! 

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Hillary Clinton reportedly considering professor role at Columbia University

Hillary Clinton could be headed to Columbia University.

The former secretary of state and first lady is reportedly in talks with the Ivy League school to both take on a formal role with the university and to keep her archives there, according to the New York Daily News.

“It’s all fluid. It could be a number of things. No decisions have been made, but there are talks,” a source familiar with the 2016 presidential candidate told The News.

“She’s trying to figure out what she wants to do. It could end up with the papers at one place and she has some sort of faculty role at another. She hasn’t quite come to a decision,” the source continued.

Clinton could potentially be deemed a “University Professor” at the famed New York institution, a position that would permit her to lecture in multiple departments and schools but without a specific course restriction, a source told The News.

Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. And her old boss, former President Barack Obama, received his bachelor’s degree from the university in 1983.

A timeline on Clinton’s potential decision to teach at the school wasn’t immediately clear. She’s currently on a book tour promoting her tome about the 2016 presidential election, “What Happened.”

“I don’t think it will be two years from now. She gave birth to this book last month. She’s trying to get through that. But it will be a short time table,” a source told The News.

A request for comment from Columbia was not immediately returned.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Announces Cancer Diagnosis With Plea For Universal Health Care

On Thursday, Sept. 28,  star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has cancer with a statement posted to Twitter. The actress wrote in the statement, which she also signed, that “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.” The statement was posted just after 1 p.m. ET.

She added in her statement that there is “good news” about the diagnosis, saying,

The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.

Then, her statement took on a more political theme as Louis-Dreyfus explained the “bad news” about her breast cancer announcement. She wrote,

The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.

Louis-Dreyfus’ news comes as Congress continues to battle it out over a health care policy. Republicans have been attempting to make good on their goal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) since the spring. Thus far, their attempts have been major fails. The latest attempt was made in the Senate over the past two weeks with the Graham-Cassidy Amendment. That amendment is heading towards failure as Senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Rand Paul have said they would vote against it. With that, it does not have enough votes to pass.

The Senate has until Sept. 30 to vote on a health care plan with a simple majority. After Sept. 30, they’d need over 60 votes to pass a bill. Since Republicans can’t even drum up 51 votes this time around, it does not look like their attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare will be succeeding any time soon.

Meanwhile, many Democrats have recently been pushing for universal health care, which is what Louis-Dreyfus says she wants to be a reality. Most recently, a handful of Democratic senators, led by Bernie Sanders, have proposed and supported Medicare for All, a health care plan that would provide universal health care coverage (i.e. health care for everyone, automatically).

Many fans are applauding Louis-Dreyfus for making her cancer announcement be about more than just herself.

Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer announcement comes just after she made history at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.

On that Sunday night, the actress won her sixth award in a row for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her incredible portrayal of Selina Meyer on HBO’s . This win broke Candice Bergen’s record of Emmy wins for the same category (Bergen won five awards for her portrayal of the titular character in ).

This was Louis-Dreyfus’ eighth Emmy award in total, which ties Cloris Leachman’s eight wins. Backstage at the awards, she said that these historic distinctions made her feel “numb.” She said, according to ,

I’m just incredibly honored and amazed this has happened to me. It’s all very baffling and a sh*t-ton of good luck.

Just as her  character is, obviously, political, Louis-Dreyfus has not backed away from talking about politics.

She has repeatedly criticized President Donald Trump, and this plea for universal health care is a further knock against him — he supports the GOP’s attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare and definitely does not want universal health care as part of that plan.

During the Screen Actors Guild Awards this past January, for instance, she took her time accepting her award for best actress in a comedy series to also take a shot at Trump, who had just been inaugurated as president — and had just introduced a travel ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. She explained that she is the daughter of an immigrant as her father fled religious persecution in France from the Nazis; she called Trump’s travel ban “un-American.”

And just to kick it all off, Louis-Dreyfus went on to just totally make fun of Trump for the inauguration crowd size scandal. Check it out:

Still, back in April, Louis-Dreyfus said that “not in a million years” would she consider running for office. But, clearly, that doesn’t mean she’s not using her voice. It’s inspiring to see someone take such an emotional, personal moment and instead turn it to the people less privileged than her, pointing to a possible solution that could help millions of Americans. We wish her all the best with this breast cancer diagnosis.

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Motivs fitness ring is simple, but surprisingly capable

When Motiv told me what they were working on just ahead of CES, I perked up. It wasn’t the functionality — there are a million trackers out there that do what the device does and much more. It was the potential the product represents — the beginnings of liberation from the tyranny of the wrist.

It’s easy to understand why so many companies are so attached to that thin little joint connecting our hands and forearms — human being have been using that little bit of flashy real estate to house technology for a century and a half at least. Adding a little extra brains to wrist watch was a perfect solution. But there are plenty of other body parts that haven’t gotten their fair share, so it’s nice to see a hardware startup shaking things up a bit.

The ring isn’t quite as immediately obvious a form factor as the wrist band, mainly due to size constraints. You can’t do a display, and the space for a battery is virtually non-existent. It would be accurate to say that any enthusiasm I had for the thing was tempered with a healthy bit of skepticism.

Also, I’m not really a ring guy. I’ve never worn ‘em. I fell asleep trying to watch the first Hobbit movie on a plane and never tried again. I don’t like rings, is my point — and no wearable, no matter how great, is going to change that. So I can say pretty confidently off the bat that I’m not going to be a Motiv convert, but it’s really through no fault of the company’s.

The Motiv succeeds in its goal surprisingly well. It’s the first product from a brand new startup in a largely untested form factor. But it gets the job done. It’s discreet and capable, and it doesn’t try to overreach, boiling fitness tracking down to its basics — out of necessity, given the product’s small size.

If you’re like me, a non-wearer of rings, the company takes a sort of Warby Parker approach, sending along a home sizing set. It’s a box with seven dummy runs inside to get the right fit.

I’ve been wearing the Motiv for the better part of two weeks now. It’s traveled with me back and forth across the country, through all manner of tech events. I wish I could tell you’ve I’ve worn it every day since I got it, but I haven’t. That’s on me. Rings are small, it turns out. They’re easy to misplace or leave behind on your way out the door. And mine is black, making it extra easy to lose. I spent a good 15 minutes trying to find the thing in a hotel room one morning. (It was on the bathroom counter. It’s always on the bathroom counter).

But that unobtrusiveness is almost definitely a selling point for many. Not everyone wants an Apple or Samsung watch — for many, there’s a lot of appeal in a device that’s essentially out of the way.

It’s a nice looking thing. It’s wholly minimalist compared to the armies of sporty wrist bands out there. There’s an LED light on the outside of the ring, but it’s subtle and mostly stays off. It’s primarily there to let you know that’s it’s charging when you snap the ring into the small magnetic USB strip.

The device itself is made from titanium, an increasingly popular material for rings, due to its lightweight. Though, there’s some drawbacks. Here’s an NPR horror story about emergency rooms trying to cut the things off of swollen fingers with pictures you won’t want to look at before bed . Oh, and a bit of good news from your friends at Snopes: “Removing a titanium ring from a swollen finger can be difficult, but contrary to rumors it doesn’t require amputation of the digit.” So that’s a plus.

As for functionality, the Motiv succeeds in its task by stripping fitness tracking down to its essentials. If you’ve been seriously eying the Apple Watch or new Fitbit, this isn’t the watch for you. The ring has two sensors: an accelerometer and a heart rate monitor — and honestly, it’s pretty impressive that they were able to cram that second one into such a small product.

That means the device can track (or in some cases estimate/extrapolate) the following

  • Steps
  • Distance
  • Calories
  • Active/resting heart rate
  • Sleep time

Motiv’s app, meanwhile (only compatible with iOS for the time being) breaks things down in terms of active minutes. It’s an interesting change from leading with steps/distance. All of that information is here, but it’s presented in a way that focuses on how much time you spend moving, per day and average per week, rather than the distance you’ve traveled. That’s probably smart, since the ring didn’t capture all of the steps my Apple Watch picked up on during the same days.

In a sense, it’s a bit a glorified pedometer/heart rate monitor — and for that reason, the $200 price tag will probably be tough for many to swallow. Let’s be honest, a lot of what you’re paying for here is the novelty of having all that crammed into a ring. But there are some impressive feats of engineering here. The ring is waterproof, of course (gotta wash those hands), but more impressive is what the company was able to squeeze out of the on-board battery.

Motiv estimates life at three days, and I found that to be pretty accurate in my testing — surprisingly so. That was really my biggest hesitation about the product, concern that I wouldn’t even get through a full day. The company accomplishes this, in part, by not offering constant syncing. It’s a bit of an annoyance, but understandable, given what the company is trying to deliver.

The Motiv is an ambitious product, but even more importantly, it’s a welcome shift in a wearable world dominated by the wrist. The startup did a good job distilling the fitness band to its essence in order to cram it into this small size. There are some tradeoffs, of course, and the company is going to have to find a way to drop the price (scale could help on that front), but it’s an impressive first offering.

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US Mom Could Be Jailed For Refusing To Vaccinate Her Son Against Potentially Life-Threatening Diseases

A mom from Detroit could serve jail time over her refusal to vaccinate her son. Rebecca Bredow was ordered by Oakland County judges on September 27 to vaccinate her boy within a week. Her time has nearly run out.

Rebecca Bredow and her ex-husband are embroiled in a court battle over the issue. Her ex-husband, Jason Horne, believes that their son should be vaccinated against potentially life-threatening diseases, including measles, mumps, and rubella. Bredow feels differently.

“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” she told WXYZ. “Why automatically side with the father that wants the vaccines? What about my choice as a mother?” 

So how safe are vaccines? Vaccines are rigorously tested for safety and are used because they save lives. As for claims that vaccinations cause autism, anti-vaxxers themselves have funded a study that found no link whatsoever between vaccinations and autism. To be clear, there is no link.

What’s more, worldwide deaths have significantly dropped off since the introduction of the measles vaccine, for instance. Between 2000 and 2015, there was a 79 percent drop in measles deaths around the world, largely due to the vaccine.

Bredow was first asked to immunize her child in September 2016, ABC News report, but has not done so. She now has until 9am EDT (1pm GMT) on Wednesday to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.

Bredow and Horne had initially agreed to space out their son’s vaccines, rather than giving them to him all in one go.

Michigan schools require that students are vaccinated before they enter kindergarten and up until 7th grade. However, the state also allows parents to seek “waivers” for immunizations on the grounds of religious conviction, which Bredow has applied for.

She fears that her son may be hurt by the vaccine, though rigorous testing has proven vaccines are safe.

“God forbid if he were to be injured by a vaccine,” Bredow said. “I would have to take care of him.”

“I choose not to vaccinate, but that’s my choice. I’m not against vaccines, it’s everybody’s personal choice.”

Horne said through his lawyer that the case wasn’t really about vaccines, but about Bredow’s attempt to frustrate joint-custody rights. Nevertheless, her story is currently being shared by anti-vaxxers, who believe they should have the right to refuse vaccines and potentially spread harmful diseases to others.


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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio fires back at judge in his contempt case

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is firing back at U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton for questioning whether President Trump’s pardon of the controversial lawman will be enough to throw out his conviction.

In a filing last week, Bolton said she is not certain she can vacate Arpaio’s criminal contempt conviction because there has been no sentencing yet; therefore, she may only dismiss the case. A presidential pardon does not immediately undo or reverse a conviction.

“Does she believe in the president’s pardon? I think the pardon said everything. So if she wants to do it, OK. And then we’ll appeal all the way to the Supreme Court,” Arpaio said.

Arpaio has requested the case be dismissed and the conviction thrown out, but Bolton may only be considering tossing the case — leaving the guilty conviction on Arpaio’s record.

The case of the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County goes back to 2011, when Arpaio was ordered to cease traffic stops that singled out illegal immigrants in Phoenix. In October 2016, charges were filed against Arpaio for contempt of court in relation to the racial profiling case. He was found guilty on July 31 of this year and was set to be sentenced on October 6 before the president pardoned him on August 25. 

“Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is worthy candidate for a presidential pardon,” the White House said in a statement when announcing the pardon. 

On October 4, Bolton will be considering the request to vacate the conviction entirely.

“This had nothing to do with racial profiling; the true story is gonna come out and I’m gonna tell you why I’m gonna fight this and get it out because if they can do this to me they can do this to you. I guarantee it,” said Arpaio. 

‘ . . . if they can do this to me they can do this to you. I guarantee it.’

– Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Arpaio spoke to Fox News as he received the “Courage Under Fire” award from the Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas Saturday night.

Arpaio says he is grateful for the presidential pardon and specified he never requested it, but attributes it to his relationship with Trump. “He [Trump] knows I’m not guilty,” Arpaio said. 

Even though Bolton was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, Arpaio places a lot of the blame on the Obama Justice Department for the “witch hunt” that was his conviction. “This all happened under them when they started this prosecution.” 

Arpaio was never worried about possibly going to jail. He says and that if he does decide to run for office, he doesn’t know which position he’d put his hat in the ring for. He does want to help more Republicans get elected to fulfill the president’s agenda.

“I’m a little unpredictable like the president,” he said.

Andrew Craft is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Las Vegas, Nevada . Follow him on twitter: @AndrewCraft

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Something went ‘incredibly wrong’ with Las Vegas gunman, brother says

(CNN)The last time Eric Paddock heard from his brother, Stephen Paddock had texted to find out how their 90-year-old mother was doing.

About two weeks after the text, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock would be dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after police say he opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.

He was ‘just a guy’

    The news doesn’t square with Eric Paddock’s image of his older brother, he told reporters Monday — a poker-playing accountant and real estate investor with no apparent political or religious affiliation, “as far as I know,” he hastened to add.
    To his brother, Stephen was “just a guy,” an “army of one” with no known children despite a string of relationships. Someone you might see nursing a drink alone at a bar. Someone who went on cruises and played $100-a-hand video poker. Someone who sent boxes of cookies to his mother.
    “There’s absolutely no way I could conceive that my brother would shoot a bunch of people that he didn’t know,” Eric Paddock said outside his home, shaking his head as he fumbled for words.
    “Something just incredibly wrong happened to my brother.”

      Brother: Shooter had no political associations

    Deadliest mass shooting in modern US history

    Various agencies are investigating what led Stephen Paddock to shoot from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of some 22,000 concertgoers. Paddock killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500.
    Las Vegas police said they did not know Stephen Paddock’s name before the shooting and they believe he acted alone. He bought multiple firearms in the past, but investigators believe the firearms were purchased legally, a law enforcement official said. A Mesquite store, Guns & Guitars, said it sold a gun to Paddock and that “he never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time.”
    Police found at least 23 weapons inside his hotel room, including multiple rifles, some with scopes. At least one rifle may have been altered to function as an automatic weapon, a law enforcement official said.

    ‘We’re up all night because we gamble’

    Eric Paddock said he knew his brother had firearms. His children had gone skeet shooting with their uncle before, but Eric did not know Stephen to be a hunter.
    Eric helped his brother drive across the country in 2016 to a new home in Mesquite, Nevada, a retiree community about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Along the way, the brothers ate sushi and drank late into the evening, Eric Paddock recalled. But he did not recall his brother bringing a machine gun along with him.
    However, he acknowledged the limits of his knowledge, living thousands of miles from a brother he only spoke to occasionally.
    Stephen Paddock lived in Mesquite with his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley. She was out of the country during the shooting, but returned Tuesday and was questioned by law enforcement.
    He might have kept quiet about the guns, but he wasn’t shy about the gambling.
    When he bought a house in Mesquite, he wrote on his application that his income came from “gambling.” He also told a real estate agent that he gambled about $1 million a year, an agent speaking on condition of anonymity said.
    He sought privacy and kept a low profile. Some of his neighbors rarely saw him, but they knew he was a gambler.
    Paddock said he was a high roller and real estate speculator from Las Vegas. “We’re up all night because we gamble,” Don Judy, one of Paddock’s old neighbors in Florida, remembered him saying.

      Eyewitness: ‘people were just screaming’

    A search of Stephen Paddock’s home in Mesquite turned up at least 19 additional firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday night. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, were found in Paddock’s car.
    That came as a surprise to one of his former neighbors. “If there was any impression, I would say, guy had no idea what a gun was,” said Judy, who lived next door to Stephen Paddock from 2013-2015 in a retirement community in Melbourne, Florida.
    Paddock never stayed at the house for very long, Judy said. Sometimes he came with his girlfriend, sometimes without.

    Not a team player

    Stephen Paddock held various federal jobs in the 1970s and 80s. He was a US Postal Service letter carrier in the mid- to -late 70s; an agent with the Internal Revenue Service from 1978 to 1984; and worked for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in 1984 and 1985, the US Office of Personnel Management said.
    Eric Paddock said his brother also was a successful real estate investor who owned apartments and houses. Records link him over the years to more than nine houses, condos and apartment buildings in Nevada, Florida and California.
    Investigators were looking Monday at several properties in the Reno area associated with Stephen Paddock.
    Residents of the properties told CNN the FBI stopped by on Monday. One resident at a residence on Del Webb Parkway said he and his wife never saw Stephen Paddock, but saw his girlfriend as recently as this summer.

      Girlfriend’s sisters: Paddock sent her away

    Because he had no children, he was free to come and go as he pleased, his brother said. Paddock had married and divorced twice, court records show. His first marriage lasted two years, from 1977 to 1979. He remarried in 1985, and divorced again in 1990 after nearly five years of marriage.
    His second ex-wife lives in Los Angeles County, California, and has had no contact with him in years, authorities said.
    He flew planes for a while until he got tired of it and started taking cruises, his brother said. A federal official confirmed he had a pilot’s license, but said that he was not up to date on the medical certification he would need in order to fly legally.
    It was a passion that traced back to his childhood, his brother said. He excelled at sports, too, but never played or joined organized clubs. “He wasn’t a team kind of guy,” Eric Paddock said.

    Father was bank robber

    One point of intrigue has emerged from the shooter’s background, courtesy of his brother: Their father was a bank robber.
    According to the FBI, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was on its most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977. He escaped from prison in 1969 and lived on the run until 1978, when he was arrested in Oregon, the Eugene Register-Guard reported at the time. Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago and that “he was never with my mom.” Eric said he was born while his father was on the run.
    But Eric Paddock resisted the idea that his brother was somehow emulating their father’s criminal tendencies. When pressed to explain what happened, he has no explanation.
    “He was my brother, and it’s like an asteroid fell out of the sky,” he said. “We’re still just completely dumbstruck.”
    Correction: This story has been revised to give the correct full name of the Eugene Register-Guard. The story also has been revised to give the correct amount of time Stephen Paddock and his ex-wife were married. They were married for four years and nine months.

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    Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oreal Billionaire Heiress, Dies at 94

    Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics empire and the world’s wealthiest woman, has died. She was 94.

    Her death was announced in a statement from Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive officer at L’Oreal Group. She died Wednesday at her home in Neuilly, a suburb west of Paris, according to a company spokesman. No cause was given.

    Liliane Bettencourt

    Photographer: Francois Durand/Getty Images

    Bettencourt, the only child of L’Oreal SA founder Eugene Schueller, owned about one-third of the company’s shares. During her lifetime, the Paris-based company grew from a small hair-dye supplier into the largest maker of beauty products with more than 30 brands including Lancome and Garnier sold in about 140 countries. In 2016 the company reported revenue of 25.8 billion euros ($27 billion).

    Bettencourt’s net worth was $42.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

    Her death will fuel speculation about Nestle SA’s 23 percent stake in L’Oreal, the second-largest holding after the Bettencourt family. The Swiss food company and the Bettencourt family have a shareholder agreement that limits either side from raising their respective stakes until six months after the death of Liliane Bettencourt, according to the company’s 2016 registration document. This restriction will now lift in March 2018. 

    L’Oreal in 2014 bought back 8 percent of its stock from the Swiss food company, which is free to sell the cosmetics company’s shares. Nestle’s website notes it will continue to act in concert with the Bettencourt family for the remaining duration of the shareholders’ agreement.

    “Friendship, taste for life, knowledge, health. I would say that these are the things that are the most valuable,” Bettencourt said in a rare interview with French literary magazine L’Egoiste in 1988. “Everything that isn’t measured is what matters most.”

    Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers

    Photographer: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP via Getty Images

    After the death of Bettencourt’s husband, French conservative politician Andre Bettencourt, in 2007, the media-shy heiress spent her final years embroiled in a legal spat with their only child, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.

    Assigned Guardians

    Bettencourt Meyers claimed her mother was mentally unfit and had been manipulated by her entourage, especially one friend to whom she gave about 1 billion euros in gifts and cash. In 2011, a French judge assigned Bettencourt’s daughter and two grandsons as guardians over her interests.

    Liliane Bettencourt’s fortune now passes onto Bettencourt Meyers, 64, who heads the family’s investment company. An academic, she wrote books on Greek mythology and Jewish-Christian relations. As main guardian of the family’s assets, including its stake in L’Oreal, Bettencourt Meyers succeeds her mother as the world’s richest woman.

    Under French inheritance law — which dates from the Napoleonic era — Bettencourt Meyers, as the sole child, must receive at least 50 percent of her mother’s estate. She’s credited with the entire estate in Bloomberg’s analysis.

    In the 1988 magazine interview, Bettencourt discussed the role that wealth may have played in her personal relationships.

    Bettencourt with her husband Andre Bettencourt in Nov. 1973.

    Photographer: Alain Dejean/Sygma via Getty Images

    “Obviously, it’s surely more comfortable to be certain that you are loved for your soul,” she said. “But I didn’t have this concern.” She said when she sometimes wondered whether she was loved for her money, “I have smiled and said to myself, ‘If it’s more, so much the better.’”

    Secret recordings of Bettencourt, made by a former butler, spawned separate inquiries into allegations of campaign finance violations related to former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election. Bettencourt denied the reports. In 2013, French authorities dropped charges against Sarkozy.

    Bettencourt also lost money in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

    ‘Empty Pit’

    Liliane Henriette Betsy Schueller was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Paris. She was 5 years old when her mother, Louise, died, leaving Liliane with with what she called “an empty pit nothing could ever fill.” She was raised by Dominican nuns.

    Bettencourt described her childhood as dominated by a stern, workaholic father who woke up every day at 4 a.m. When she turned 15, she was sent to one of her father’s factories to glue labels on L’Oreal bottles.

    While providing his daughter with France’s biggest fortune, Eugene Schueller had embarrassed her by his politics. Before and during the World War II, he was a staunch supporter of La Cagoule, a fascist group with ties to the Nazi regime.

    During the 1930s Schueller hosted La Cagoule’s meetings at L’Oreal’s headquarters in Paris. Bettencourt’s daughter Francoise went on to marry the grandson of a rabbi who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

    L’Oreal owes its origins — and its name — to Aureole, a nontoxic hair colorant Schueller developed in 1907 and sold to Parisian beauty salons. Two years later, the young chemist registered his business under the name Safe Hair Dye Company of France.

    After her father’s death in 1957, Bettencourt entrusted L’Oreal to his best friend, Francois Dalle, who remained chief executive officer until 1984.

    Lindsay Owen-Jones, who became CEO in 1988, turned the company into the global cosmetics giant it is today.

    Bettencourt had two grandchildren. Her grandson, Jean-Victor Meyers, replaced her on L’Oreal’s board in 2012.

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      Senate won’t vote on Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

      The Senate will not be voting on its last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill would not be put up for a vote, essentially ending Republican efforts to kill former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

      The decision not to vote on the bill came just a day after Sen. Susan Collins (R-M.E.) declared that she would oppose Graham-Cassidy, all but ensuring Republicans would not have the 52 votes needed to pass the bill.

      For now, Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appear to be stalled indefinitely. Starting on September 30, any healthcare bill would no longer be able to pass through the Senate process known as budget reconciliation–requiring only a majority of votes–and will need 60 votes to pass and would almost assuredly face filibusters from Democrats.

      Graham-Cassidy would have repealed the Affordable Care Act’s employer and individual mandates and shifted money from the program into block grants for individual states. It would also decrease funding for Medicaid in the future.

      The bill also did not receive a full score from the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan group that “scores” bills. Previous Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would have been predicted to leave at least 22 million Americans without health insurance.  

      Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer commented on the news, calling for Congress to continue to make healthcare “better” in the future.

      “Today, Americans breathe a sigh of relief because the healthcare of millions has been protected and preserved” he said. “We Democrats believe this is not a day for celebration, but a day to roll up our sleeves and work to make the healthcare system better than it is today.”

      Meanwhile, President Donald Trump–who has been vocal about his desire to repeal and replace the healthcare law–said he was “disappointed” with the Senate’s decision to not post Graham-Cassidy for a vote.

      “At some point there will be a repeal and replace, but we’ll see whether or not that point is now or will it be shortly thereafter,” Trump said, according to the New York Times. “But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans.”

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