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FiveThirtyEight: The NBA’s small guys are getting bigger, and that’s bad news for Isaiah Thomas
Don Juan Moore/Getty Images BY: Chris Herring and Dimitrije Ćurčić (NEW YORK) -- Of all the shocking NBA free-agency moves this summer, Isaiah Thomas’s deal with Denver — for just one year, at the minimum salary for a veteran player — might have been the most telling, in terms of where the league is heading.This time last year, Thomas — one of the NBA’s most underpaid players even then, at just over $6 million — was saying openly that the Celtics “know they’ve got to bring the Brink’s truck out,” a reference to the nine-figure max contract he felt he...
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Learn the best tips to negotiate more vacation days at work
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It's August, and if you feel like you’re stuck at the office while everyone else is on vacation, you’re actually not alone.American employees forfeited 212 million paid vacation days in 2017, the equivalent of more than $62 billion dollars lost in benefits, according to Project: Time Off, a coalition of organizations working to change Americans’ thinking and behavior around vacation time."Americans are unique in that they don't use all their vacation days [they earn]," said Katie Denis, the coalition’s chief of research and strategy. "They fear that they'll look replaceable or that they might not look...
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Harvey Weinstein loses bid to have sex trafficking charges dropped
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein has failed in his attempt to get a judge to drop a sex trafficking suit filed against him by an aspiring actress. Karina Noble alleges Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a Cannes hotel in 2014 after promising her film roles that never materialized. In court documents obtained by ABC, on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet dismissed the lawsuit, writing, “Plaintiff has plausibly alleged that Harvey Weinstein, knowingly and in interstate commerce, enticed and or recruited her knowing that means of force, fraud, or a combination of the two, would be...
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Deaths up to 39 in Italian bridge collapse amid fear more of span could fall on any survivors
Awakening/Getty Images (GENOA, Italy) -- The Italian port city of Genoa began two official days of mourning Wednesday amid an urgent search for survivors of a catastrophic bridge collapse that has claimed at least 39 lives, including three children, authorities said.“It continues to be a rescue operation until they have searched all the rubble,” Italian fire official Emmanuelle Gissi told ABC News. “They finished one side of the river bank and moved to the other side.”About 400 rescue workers remain at the scene, working in a dangerous environment in an attempt to find more survivors, Gissi said. Buildings under the...
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New storm system in middle of country to bring rain to East by end of week
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The Northeast is finally getting a break from rain Wednesday and Thursday, but a new storm is on the way for Friday with more heavy rain.A deluge Tuesday morning left more than 7 inches of rain in just four hours in Pulaski, New York, while Seneca County, New York, got almost 9 inches of rain Tuesday.A new storm is already developing in the Plains and bringing flooding rain to parts of the area.Tuesday was the rainiest August day in Oklahoma City history, as more than 5 inches of rain fell -- most of it falling...
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Progressive candidates bounce back in key Midwest races
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A slate of primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin on Tuesday delivered key answers in some of this midterm cycle’s most pivotal races.There were historic wins for a diverse crop of candidates that includes a transgender woman and a Muslim nominee, and a slew of progressives prevailed only a week after they fell short in a number of high-profile races in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri.Here are some of the top takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries:A resurgence for progressives It was a big night for progressives, as candidates backed by the Working Families Party swept their primaries...
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4 ways to relax at your office on National Relaxation Day
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Wednesday is National Relaxation Day.If you are stuck at work and missing out on a spa day or reading at the beach, relax, literally.We've got you covered."Good Morning America" turned to two experts for tips on how to relax while you're at work.The good news is that relaxation doesn't mean you have to lay down on a couch or take a nap, two things that would turn heads in the office."Simply plopping on the couch doesn’t address the long-held tension in your body," said Jillian Pransky, author of "Deep Listening" and a mindfulness teacher and certified...
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