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Monday, April 30, 2018

Comedian Michelle Wolf: National treasure or national disgrace?

Long week? Short List. Catch up on news everyone's talking about: Michelle Wolf, Stormy Daniels lawsuit, Iran nuke deal, and Bill Cosby's trial.
Comedian Michelle Wolf: National treasure or national disgrace?
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28:  Michelle Wolf attends the

Michelle Wolf outrage: On point or pearl-clutching?

Two days after comedian Michelle Wolf's contentious monologue at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, people still can't stop talking about it. She warned the crowd before her routine that roasted many in the room: "You should've done more research before you (asked) me to do this." Let's break it down:

Critics called Wolf's act "vulgar," "mean-spirited" and "downright nasty."
Defenders noted Wolf used practically the same words said by President Trump before he was elected about  grabbing women.
Wolf's most controversial jokes involved White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was seated a few feet away at the head table.
The head of the White House Correspondents' Association said Wolf's routine was divisive when it should have been unifying.  
Trump didn't attend this year's dinner and instead held a rally in Michigan.  (He skipped last year, too.)   He took to Twitter on Monday to declare the dinner "DEAD." Some journalists agree, though it doesn't have anything to do with Wolf.

Mic drop? Israel's Netanyahu says 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "based on lies"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said tens of thousands of secret files and other evidence shows the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "based on lies and Iranian deception." The deal, struck between Iran and six world powers, eased sanctions on Tehran in return for the country agreeing to give up the  means to make nuclear weapons. President Trump has said he will announce within the next two weeks the fate of the deal, which he called a "horrible agreement." 

Trump tweets, defamation suit follows 

Stormy Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against President Trump. Daniels said Trump defamed her when he tweeted that a composite sketch of a man she claimed warned her to stay quiet about her alleged tryst with Trump, was "a con job." Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, detailed her account of her affair with Trump on 60 Minutes last month.

Want to live longer? Do these 5 things

We all know eating well and exercise are keys to a healthy life. A new study suggests following five healthy habits can add at least 10 more years to your life once you hit 50. The study found people who followed all these habits had a much lower risk of heart disease and cancer. For women over 50, the plan added about 14 years to their lives. So what are those five habits?

Eating healthy.
Exercising regularly.
No smoking.
Drink alcohol moderately.
Maintain a healthy weight.

Juror: Bill Cosby's own words led to his conviction 

Billy Cosby has no one to blame, but himself, according to a juror who helped find the comedian and TV icon guilty last week on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Juror Harrison Snyder said a 2005 deposition, convinced him that Cosby was guilty. "Cosby admitted to giving these quaaludes to women — young women, in order to have sex with them," Snyder said Monday on Good Morning America.  Cosby, 80, plans to appeal and awaits sentencing.

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A double suicide bombing in Kabul, killed 25 people, including nine journalists. Afghanistan is ranked 118 out of 180 in the recently released World Press Freedom Index.
In South Carolina, seven inmates were stabbed and slashed to death. This is what happens when states slash prison spending. 
The world's oldest-known spider died from a wasp sting. 


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1. Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas. Unveiled in March 2018, the 18-deck-high vessel measures 228,081 tons and can carry up to 6,680 passengers at full capacity.
  Fabulous photos: The world's 25 largest cruise ships  
  The cruise industry has been rolling out a new crop of mega-ships in recent years that dwarf anything that came before. What are they like? USA TODAY offers a peek inside the 25 biggest vessels now at sea.  
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  Delta One Suites review.   Trip report: Reviewing the Delta One Suite with sliding privacy doors
The airline's new “Delta One” product on its Airbus A350s features suite-like seats with sliding privacy doors. Here's what it's like to fly it.
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Get a sneak peek inside new restaurants in Atlanta, Austin, NYC and Portland, Ore., from Garden & Gun's first eatery to a Franklin Barbecue offshoot.
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USA TODAY Network restaurant critics and food reporters share pizza news, creative pies and eatery openings.
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There are dozens of changes to airline routes each month. Here's a look at some of the most interesting.
  Travellers traverse Chicago O'Hare's unique rainbow light tunnel, connecting terminals B and C, on April 24, 2016.   Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports to offer unlimited free Wi-Fi
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