For Halloween, Lakers are a team that plays defense in win over Pistons

The Lakers weren’t giving anything up for free against the Detroit Pistons. Quite literally, actually. It took the Pistons almost three and a half quarters to shoot their first free throw. It was true in the figurative sense, too. The Lakers actually play defense now. They fought and scrapped and ran back in transition, delighting their head coach who has been looking for this for more than a year. And on Tuesday night they kept it going for an entire game. The Lakers beat the Pistons 113-93 at Staples Center, leading comfortably most of the night against a Detroit team
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Police enter elementary classroom where parent was holding teacher hostage, ending hours long standoff

Police officers on Tuesday evening swarmed a Riverside elementary school classroom where a parent had taken a teacher hostage, ending an hours-long standoff between the man and crisis negotiators. The teacher, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for a precautionary evaluation, Riverside Unified spokesman Justin Grayson said. The incident began shortly before 11:15 a.m. when the male parent forced his way past staff in the main office at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, Grayson said. It’s unclear if the man was armed, but witnesses did not report seeing any weapons. Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times
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Netflix suspends ‘House of Cards’ Season 6 production amid Spacey allegations

Production on Season 6 of “House of Cards’ has been suspended, Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the production company that makes the series, announced Tuesday. “MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” according to the joint announcement. The move comes in the midst of an allegation of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, who stars in the political drama and serves as an executive producer. The show recently began filming its sixth
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U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl was efficient, conflicted: witness

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was an efficient soldier who at times seemed conflicted about his unit’s mission in Afghanistan before walking off his post in June 2009 in an act of desertion, his former squad leader testified on Tuesday. U.S. Army Sergeant Beaudry Robert “Bowe” Bergdahl (L) is escorted to the courthouse for the fifth day of sentencing proceedings in his court martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S., October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake Bergdahl, 31, could be sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty on Oct. 16 to desertion and misbehavior before
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Tech titans support more political ad transparency — but aren’t embracing a new Senate bill

Here’s what the tech industry says it wants if the U.S. Congress tries to write a new law about online political ads: Rules that are clear, apply to everyone, emphasize disclosure but not too much, and certainly don’t inhibit free speech. And here’s what that really means: The biggest brands in Silicon Valley aren’t exactly ready to embrace a new, bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that would subject them to a whole host of tough regulations. In just a few hours, three tech giants — Facebook, Google and Twitter — are set to appear before the first of three
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Nine dismembered body parts found in Japan apartment

TOKYO — Tokyo police have arrested a man after finding “multiple” dismembered bodies in coolers in his apartment in a city southwest of the capital. The 27-year-old suspect, Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting up the bodies and hiding them in cold-storage cases, covered with cat litter, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Investigators found the bodies while searching for a 23-year-old woman who had disappeared, the spokesman said. He did not give his name, in line with police policy. National broadcaster NHK and other media said police believed the bodies of eight women and one man were hidden in the apartment.
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Man arrested after cops find ‘multiple’ dismembered bodies in apartment

TOKYO — Tokyo police have arrested a man after finding “multiple” dismembered bodies in coolers in his apartment in a city southwest of the capital. The 27-year-old suspect, Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting up the bodies and hiding them in cold-storage cases, covered with cat litter, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Investigators found the bodies while searching for a 23-year-old woman who had disappeared, the spokesman said. He did not give his name, in line with police policy. The national broadcaster NHK and other media said police believed the bodies of eight women and one man were hidden in the
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Patriots reportedly trade Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers for second-round pick

The San Francisco 49ers may have found their quarterback of the future. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick.  Major QB shakeup: 49ers trading 2018 2nd-round draft pick to New England for Patriots’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources tell ESPN. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017 Garoppolo, the Patriots’ 2014 second-round pick, had a successful stint filling in for a suspended Tom Brady last season (68.3 completion percentage, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, 8.0 yards per attempt, 113.3 passer rating on 63 pass
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Google challenged the world to agree on its burger emoji’s cheese placement. The world failed.

It was the last weekend of October, in the 2017th year of the modern era, and a self-described media analyst was rooting around emojipedia.org for pictures of cheeseburgers to rile the Internet. I think we need to have a discussion about how Google’s burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top pic.twitter.com/PgXmCkY3Yc — Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) October 28, 2017 Do we really need to have a discussion about this, author, professional writer and magazine publisher Thomas Baekdal? Do we, collectively as a species, need to talk about where the cheese in a burger in an emoji is supposed to go? Could
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Danish Inventor Admits To Dismembering Journalist Kim Wall : The Two-Way : NPR

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering journalist Kim Wall but denies killing her, according to police. Bax Lindhardt /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bax Lindhardt /AFP/Getty Images Danish inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering journalist Kim Wall but denies killing her, according to police. Bax Lindhardt /AFP/Getty Images Danish police say that inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was researching a story in August on board a submarine he built. He denies killing her and maintains that her death was an accident, authorities say. Madsen was alone when he was
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