LBN – Special Report – Thursday


When police raided the Brussels apartment of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, they reportedly found documents regarding a German nuclear-research center. The center, known as Juelich, stores atomic waste near the Belgian border. In a statement, the center has said it is in contact with security officials. Abdeslam had reportedly printed articles and photos of the center and of the center’s chairman, Wolfgang Marquardt. Abdeslam was arrested last month for his connection to the terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November of last year. Officials have expressed a growing concern since the Brussels airport and metro attacks that ISIS members and other militants may be focused on acquiring nuclear weapons.

*U.S. Firms ‘Hid $1.4T in Tax Havens’

The top 50 U.S. companies—like Microsoft, Apple, and Walmart—have allegedly stashed $1.4 trillion in tax havens, notwithstanding the fact that they received trillions of dollars in backing from taxpayers, a report by global poverty charity Oxfam claims. Between 2008 and 2014, those corporations paid $1 trillion in taxes. During the same eight-year period, the companies received the benefit of $11.2 trillion in federal bailouts, loan guarantees, and loans. General Electric, which has received at least $28 billion in support from taxpayers, stashed $119 billion in more than 100 subsidiaries, according to the report. Apple topped the list, though, holding an alleged $181 billion offshore in at least three tax-haven subsidiaries.

*Drug-Resistance Worse Threat Than Cancer

Antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics may kill as many as 10 million people a year by 2050—more than cancer—officials say. British Chancellor George Osborne is slated to speak before a panel at an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington on the issue, The Guardian reports. Besides the cost in terms of lives, Osborne will reportedly say that the economic toll of ignoring the problem could cut gross domestic product globally by 3.5 percent (or $100 billion). “Unless we take global action, antimicrobial resistance will become an even greater threat to mankind than cancer currently is,” he’s scheduled to say. A study review published in 2014 by economist Jim O’Neill predicted that drug-resistance could become the largest cause of death around the globe by 2050 if a new generation of antibiotics isn’t created.

*WHO READS LBN? Actor Adrien Brody

*BIG NIGHT – Kobe Scores 60 in Final Game; Warriors Break Wins Record

The NBA ended its regular season Wednesday night with two historic moments: The league said goodbye to the iconic Kobe Bryant while the Golden State Warriors won their 73rd game—a new single-season record. Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game, rounding out the Los Angeles Lakers season with a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz. “I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by… I love you guys… Mamba out!” Bryant said, thanking his teammates, fans, and family after the game. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors topped off a historic season with a 102-81 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena, breaking the single-season record held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Stephen Curry also became the first player in NBA history to sink 400 three-pointers in a season.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***Pressure on Exxon Mobil and the energy industry increased on Wednesday with the release of a new cache of decades-old industry documents about climate change, even as Exxon pushed back against efforts to investigate the company over its climate claims through the years. The new documents were released by an activist research organization, the Center for International Environmental Law, which published the project on its website. The documents, according to the environmental law center’s director, Carroll Muffett, suggest that the industry had the underlying knowledge of climate change even 60 years ago.

*LBN-SEE IT: Gigi Lazzarato, 23, is a transgender Internet celebrity known as Gigi Gorgeous. She is a LBN reader and a spokesmodel for mainstream brands like Too Faced Cosmetics, Pantene and Crest.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***CNN has hired the longtime Variety TV critic and columnist Brian Lowry to cover media as a senior writer in the Los Angeles bureau. He joins Dylan Byers on the media beat from LA. Lowry, also formerly with the LA Times, will cover streaming, TV and film for CNN.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his neck on the sandy floor, permanently losing the feeling in his hands and legs. On Wednesday, doctors reported that Mr. Burkhart, 24, had regained control over his right hand and fingers, using technology that transmits his thoughts directly to his hand muscles and bypasses his spinal injury. The doctors’ study, published by the journal Nature, is the first account of limb reanimation, as it is known, in a person with quadriplegia. Doctors implanted a chip in Mr. Burkhart’s brain two years ago. Seated in a lab with the implant connected through a computer to a sleeve on his arm, he was able to learn by repetition and arduous practice to focus his thoughts to make his hand pour from a bottle, and to pick up a straw and stir. He was even able to play a guitar video game.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffechatting with media expert and author Michael Levine in the lobby of Shutters Hotel on the beach in Santa Monica, yesterday.

*UNIQUELY, LBN: LBN reader, recording artist Max S.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer: As to which is worse, cigarettes or pot — the harm associated with cigarette smoking has been well known for quite some time.  The fact that cigarettes are very addictive makes it that much worse.  However,  there is growing research which reflects that frequent use may disrupt brain development and our brains continue developing until we are about 25 years of age.  Marijuana use disorder is a form of addiction and impacts approximately 30 percent of marijuana users.  The likelihood of developing such an addiction is significantly higher for those who begin using it before the age of 18.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***A handful of former contestants fromDonald Trump‘s reality show “The Apprentice” say the Republican front-runner should not be president. Half a dozen past hopefuls of the hit show, including Season 4 winnerRandal Pinkett and Season 1 runner-up Kwame Jackson, are planning a press conference Friday in New York to denounce the GOP front-runner’s bid ahead of the state’s April 19 primary. In statements, the contestants slammed Trump’s rhetoric as divisive and accused him of running a “campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.”   ***Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, 63, seems to have a new young girlfriend, now that his old girlfriend is a mother of three. Russian sources say he is dating Alisa Kharcheva, 23, who posed as “Miss April” in an erotic calendar dedicated to Putin’s birthday in 2010 shortly after she graduated from high school. Two years later, she sent Putin another birthday greeting in a blog titled “Pussy for Putin,” in which the brunette beauty posed suggestively with a cat and a portrait of her beloved leader.

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