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Oscar de la Renta glides into newly relaxed era

Following death of brands founder, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are inspiring a move away from classic designs Oscar de la Renta, long the source of gowns for Manhattans benefit-circuit socialite, is in a new era. Following its founder in 2014, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia who worked with de la Renta for 12 years are now at the helm. On Tuesday at New York fashion week, they showed off their spring/summer 2019 collection. While the weather was foggy, a flower-covered rooftop and acapella soundtrack formed the perfect backdrop to…

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Calvin Klein is all bite in New York with Jaws homage

Raf Simons features red beanie hats, wetsuits and wet hair in spring/summer tribute to Hollywood masterpiece The Jaws theme is one of the most famous in cinema but its fair to say it hasnt had a fashion moment. Until now. On Tuesday evening in New York, it signalled the start along with a floor-to-ceiling projection of the water in the 1975 Spielberg film of the Calvin Klein spring/summer show. The collection, designed by creative director Raf Simons, had references that all fans of the film would pick up. It felt,…

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New York to investigate child sexual abuse claims in Catholic dioceses

All eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state have been subpoenaed as part of the attorney generals investigation into the churchs handling of sex abuse allegations The New York attorney generals office is set to investigate claims of child sex abuse within the states dioceses of the Catholic church. Attorney general Barbara Underwood announced Thursday that her office has created a hotline for victims to use. All eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state have been subpoenaed as part of her offices investigation into the churchs handling of sex abuse…

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How Roger Federer and Serena Williams came to see themselves in each other

Ahead of what will be their 18th US Open main draw appearance, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are far more than a warrior and a maestro A few weeks before this years US Open, Roger Federer turned 37. A few weeks after the tournament, Serena Williams will do the same. There is not much more that can be said about these two; the improbability of their now two-decade long reign over tennis has been exhaustively documented, as has the mixture of grace and grit with which theyve served as the…

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The little musical that could: how Be More Chill became a teen sensation

After its humble run at a regional theater in New Jersey, Joe Iconis sci-fi musical comedy grew legs on the internet, resulting in its improbable run in New York When high school-set musical Be More Chill finished its month-long run at New Jerseys Two River Theatre three summers ago, composer Joe Iconis was already familiar with the sinking disappointment of putting a show to bed. Many times before, he says, a musical of his had enjoyed a solid run off-off-Broadway, or at a regional theatre, and failed to gain traction…

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Formerly Jailed Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gives Support to Ex-NYC Jail Union Boss at Retrial

Former New Jersey Nets player and ex-convict Jayson Williams gave moral support to former jail guard union boss Norman Seabrook on Thursday at his retrial for an alleged kickback he received for putting union cash into a hedge fund without authorization. Hes like family to me, Williams told the New York Daily News. Seabrook is accused of accepting a $60,000 payment for making a $20 million union investment into a shady hedge fund. Williams and Seabrook have reportedly known each other for over a decade, with Seabrook helping out with…

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Paul Manafort Paid for Lavish Clothes, Real Estate With Foreign Funds: Prosecutors

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort paid for real estate, house renovations, expensive clothing, and cars using international wire transfers or foreign shell companies, witnesses told jurors in the second day of Manaforts trial in Alexandria, Virginia. CNN reports that Manaforts friend Wayne Holland testified that he helped Manafort make a real estate deal and was told Manafort paid through a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited, which prosecutors claim is a shell company based in Cyprus. Manafort also told a boutique store manager that he would be paying for his…

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Turkey Crisis Deepens as Sanctions Threat Sends Lira to New Low

Turkey’s lira sank to a record low and bonds tumbled as heightened concern over a respond in kind to U.S. sanctions over a detained American pastor. The iShares MSCI Turkey exchange-traded fund plunged 7.5 percent — the lowest level since 2009. As the currency tumbled, Turkish policymakers changed Turkey Changes Reserve Rules to Boost Banks’ Dollar Liquidity “The real issue is the economic situation and there are no signs of central bank independence or tighter fiscal policies — which are needed to stabilize asset prices,” said Shamaila Khan, AllianceBernstein’s director…

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Donald Trumps former driver sues over unpaid wages

Noel Cintron, Trumps driver for more than 25 years, says hes owed 3,300 hours of uncompensated overtime Donald Trumps former personal driver has sued the presidents family business for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime, according to a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday. Noel Cintron, who worked as Trumps driver for more than 25 years, said he was owed 3,300 hours of uncompensated overtime from his last six years on the job. Cintron is suing the Trump Organization for lost wages and damages, stating: In an utterly callous…

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Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

After stunning primary upset in New York, Illinois senator cautions party that democratic socialism will not work nationally As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won an upset primary victory this week. While Ocasio-Cortezs candidacy might have been a fit for New Yorks 14th congressional district, said Duckworth, the junior senator from Illinois, her brand of Democratic socialism would not work in the…

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The Goldman Lunch That Set the Scene for 1MDB’s Money Probe

In a private dining room at Singapore’s Taste Paradise restaurant, over a meal of abalone and suckling pig, two 1Malaysia Development Bhd., known as 1MDB, which had hired the New York bank to underwrite the bond sale. Now, people familiar with the matter say, investigators from Singapore to the U.S. are looking more closely at the roles of Ng and Leissner, who’ve both left Goldman. And they’re asking what happened in that private dining room named after the first emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang. In particular, they’re…

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First Marijuana-Based Medicine Is Approved for Sale in U.S.

The first-ever medical treatment derived from a marijuana plant will hit the U.S. market in a few months after regulators on Monday gave the epilepsy treatment the green light. The Food and Drug Administration approved Photographer: Kathy Young/AP Epilepsy patients and doctors have long had interest in marijuana’s therapeutic potential. The approval marks the first time patients will have access in the U.S. to a cannabis-derived drug that has undergone a safety and efficacy review by the FDA. “The same principles around any prescription medication can now be applied to…

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Charles Krauthammer, Prominent Conservative Voice, Has Died

New York (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, died Thursday. He was 68. His death was announced by two organizations that were longtime employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post. Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks…

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Starbucks Pumps the Brakes in Its Home Market

Americans' long-running joke about a Starbucks on every corner may be nearing its end. The coffee behemoth is retrenching in its home market as it contends with sales growth that Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson acknowledges isn’t fast enough. The cafe chain Source: Company data, Bloomberg Note: Data is for fiscal quarters Although business abroad has been booming and the chain has been opening more and more cafes, U.S. sales growth has stalled for the company that brought espresso to the masses. With about 14,000 stores domestically, Starbucks is now pumping…

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TrumpsHomeland Security Secretary Defends His Family Separation Policy

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called on Congress to change laws she said force the government to separate immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. border unlawfully and called Democrats who say the Trump administration is using the controversy for political leverage “very cowardly.” Nielsen both defended President Donald Trump’s family separation policy at a White House briefing on Monday and maintained that it wasn’t his creation, but rather a consequence of the government’s prosecution of immigrants apprehended illegally crossing the border. “Parents who entered illegally are, by definition,…

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