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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

'All the Money,' apparently, went to Mark Wahlberg

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More money, more problems

Many of the stars who dressed in black in solidarity at the Golden Globes are collectively hissing at the news that one of their own, Michelle Williams, was paid less than 1% of what her male co-star made. We explain: Ridley Scott's kidnapping drama, All the Money in the World, was hastily reshot the week of Thanksgiving after a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations became public against Kevin Spacey, who previously starred in the drama as billionaire J. Paul Getty. The cast did all the extra work "for nothing," Scott said. Er, not quite. Three people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes. No one told Michelle Williams, who was paid $80 per diem, totaling less than $1,000. In August, Wahlberg was named the highest paid actor in 2017. Makes sense.

#Mustread: Trump sold $35 million worth of real estate in 2017, most of it to secretive buyers

President Trump's companies sold more than $35 million in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive shell companies that help hide buyers' identities, continuing a dramatic shift in his customers' behavior that began during the election, a USA TODAY analysis found. The trend toward Trump's real estate buyers obscuring their identities began around the time he won the Republican nomination, midway through 2016, according to the analysis. Read our story. More from Washington:

Trump refused to commit to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, suggested Republicans 'finally take control' of the Russia probe and renewed his call for a federal libel law
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., won't run for re-election
A federal judge temporarily blocks Trump's decision to end DACA
Children's health insurance program in limbo as Congress struggles to extend it

This teacher ends up handcuffs after speaking out — about a pay raise

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave disagreed with a Louisiana school board decision to give the superintendent a pay raise. She was forcibly handcuffed and jailed after asking questions during a public comment period in Monday night's board meeting. It remains unclear why she was cuffed . Hargrave's point? She said teachers and other employees have not received raises in several years. The school board said Tuesday it was receiving death threats from around the world. The teacher's union and ACLU are investigating.

Wanted: Fit Army recruits

Obesity is on the rise in the U.S., and even America's toughest warriors may not be immune from the national hefty headache. A study published Wednesday found that Army recruits from the South — where the military traditionally draws a high percentage of soldiers — are generally in poorer physical condition  than those from other parts of the country. The problem isn't new, but it is worsening. During World War II only about 50% of young people were qualified to join the Army. Today, the percentage has dropped to 23%. (Those numbers include those not qualified because of other factors, such as a criminal record or lack of a high school diploma.) Either way, researchers were clear: "This has a real impact on national security."

Crisis: 37% of Gen X can't to afford to retire

Remember pensions? Gen Xers don't. They're the first generation who've had to embrace the 401(k) and other self-funded retirement options, as pensions and company-paid retirements disappear. Nearly 40% of those Generation Xers say they would like to stop working for good and "fully retire" someday, "but will not be able to afford to," a new survey from TD Ameritrade says. Nearly half are worried about running out of money once they stop working, though two in 10 say they haven't yet saved a penny. It's not too late to start, Generation Grunge: Control what you can. Take advantage of your 401(k). Find out how tax-code changes will impact you. And don't expect to build your nest egg to $1 million overnight. 

This is a compilation of stories from across USA TODAY. Contributing: Associated Press.

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