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    Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first lady recalled that she wrote the outline of her speech addressing Trump's comments on the infamous 2005 'Access Hollywood' tape while sitting in a waiting room as her mother was having back surgery. She gave the speech at an event in support of Democrat Hillary Clinton. 'When I'm telling the truth, I'm not afraid,' Mrs. Obama said. 'I was anxious about giving it. I know how I feel, and what I wanted to do at that time was take women to that place where we know how we feel when we are demeaned. We have all experienced that at some point in time. Women don't have the platform to say it out loud.' But Mrs. Obama also said that she had gotten to the point where she was less concerned about what people thought about her words. 'It was also (Barack Obama's) second term. I was like 'I'm done with caring what people think.' It's time to put some truth out there.' Mrs. Obama spoke Thursday at an event with 'black-ish' actor Tracee Ellis Ross at The Forum near Los Angeles. She's promoting her best-selling book 'Becoming,' which was released this week. She never mentioned Trump's name, but said she 'hated bullies.' 'I don't know if men really understand what we bare as women,' she said. 'The sad thing is that women aren't safe in this world. We are at risk to be cut all the time. I wanted to bring voice to women who know what that feels like. You're just putting up with some man's voice saying some stuff that is inappropriate and out of line, and they think it's a joke. It has a lasting impact. ... You have the power to vote against it.' She entered the stage to Alicia Key's 'Girl on Fire' in her second stop of her 12-stop arena book tour. She kicked her tour off in a talk with Oprah Winfrey in Chicago. Ten percent of ticket costs are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups. Much of the 90-minute conversation between Mrs. Obama and Ross was filled with laughter. They talked about Mrs. Obama having a panic attack, getting marriage counseling and joked about her husband's walk being 'sexy' but annoyingly slow sometimes. In the book, Mrs. Obama mentions a time when she had a fist fight with a girl while growing up on Chicago's South Side. 'You did? A physical fight?' Ross asked. 'Yeah, I talk about it in the book. What other kind of fight — you see, this is Tracee. 'A physical fight. With your hands,' Mrs. Obama replied. She added: 'Those are the only fights you had on the South Side. What? You thought people were debating? No, girl. We were throwing down — like, kickin'.' The former first lady's husband, daughters, mother and brother gave their impressions of her maturation in a video montage. Her mom talked about how her daughter initially disliked politics and Barack Obama said he showed up to their first date late. Earlier Thursday, Mrs. Obama made a surprise visit to an early education center located in Skid Row in the downtown Los Angeles. She spent time reading with a group of 4-year-old children from an underserved area of the city. ___ This story has been corrected to show the name of the show is 'Access Hollywood,' not 'Hollywood Access.
  • The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager.  >> Read more trending news  Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn. Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges.  Police said the victim’s mother came forward after finding explicit pictures on her daughter’s phone. The report said the victim met Valeu through Facebook and he came to her house, where they had consensual sex. Police said they found sexually explicit photographs that the suspect and victim sent to each other. Valeu was the lead singer in Near Empty. Following his arrest, the band posted on Facebook that the group was parting ways. The post said in part, “The time has come for us to say goodbye [sic]. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of your support over the past couple years.” In June, 42-year-old Adam Ingram, the band’s bass player, was arrested after police said he produced child porn. A member of Near Empty said Ingram was kicked out of the band immediately after his arrest.
  • A painting by David Hockney fetched $90.3 million Thursday night, a record price for a living artist’s work, The New York Times reported.  >> Read more trending news  Hockney’s 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” sold in nine minutes at Christie’s, The Guardian reported. The British artist’s work topped the previous record of $58.4 million, set in 2013 for one of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” sculptures, the Times reported. The high bid for the 81-year-old artist’s work was $80 million but soared to $90,312,500 after the buyer’s premium, the Guardian reported. Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported. “We rarely can say, ‘This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.’ This is it,” Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan. The buyer was not identified.
  • This was a call for Dave Grohl, and the Foo Fighters’ lead singer responded in a big way for firefighters battling the blazes in Southern California. >> Read more trending news  Grohl used the resources from his company, Backbeat BBQ, to feed firefighters battling the Woolsey Fires in Southern California on Monday night, KSWB reported. “To all the @losangelesfiredepartment and @lacountyfd heroes we met last night. … thank you,” the drummer wrote on Instagram. “It was an honor to cook for you.” One of the firefighter’s wives also posted on Instagram. “How cool is this?” she wrote. “Dave Grohl and his family brought home cooked BBQ to babe’s station last night.” Firestation 68 also thanked Grohl with an Instagram post, writing that it was “awesome” to get a visit from the rocker.
  • A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie's on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Among his famous 'pool paintings,' ''Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)' is considered one of his premier works. The previous record by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons' 'Balloon Dog,' which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. The 1972 painting by Hockney, now 81, is 'the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives,' Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's, said in September. He noted that it reflects both the European and the American perspectives of an artist who came to live in sunny California in the '60s, and saw himself as living on both continents. 'It has all the elements that you would want in a Hockney painting,' Rotter said in an interview. He noted that writers have referred to the swimming pool as being sort of a self-portrait of Hockney, though he never confirmed that, just saying he was fascinated to paint moving water. The painting, whose buyer was not immediately revealed, had been long held by a private collector. A depiction of two men — one swimming the breaststroke underwater, the other standing by the pool looking down — the painting was originally inspired, according to background provided by Christie's, by two photographs Hockney found juxtaposed on his studio floor, one of a swimmer in Hollywood in 1966, and another of a boy staring at something on the ground. The rocky landscape is in southern France, and the standing figure is said to represent Peter Schlesinger, whom the artist met in 1966, when the younger man was a student in one of Hockney's art classes at UCLA. For the next five years, according to Christie's, he was both 'the great love of Hockney's life' and one of his favorite models. The relationship ended in 1971. Hockney had already begun the painting and he abandoned it, starting again the following year.
  • Rebel Wilson said she was glad she'd stood up to 'a bully' despite losing her bid Friday to keep most of the record payout awarded to her in her defamation case against an Australian magazine. The actress had sued Woman's Day magazine last year over a series of articles in 2015 that she said had painted her as someone who'd lied about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood. The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million ($4.7 million AUD) after a jury concluded she'd missed out on film roles because of the articles. Wilson had sought $5 million ($7 million AUD) in damages. But this June the amount was reduced by 90 percent after the magazine's publishers, Bauer Media, appealed. Victoria's Court of Appeal said Wilson could not prove economic loss, or that she'd missed out on film contracts as a result of the articles. The court ordered the actress to pay back almost $3 million ($4.1 million AUD), and 80 percent of Bauer's legal costs. Wilson's lawyers on Friday sought leave to appeal against the reduction in the High Court — Australia's highest judicial body — but the application was refused. 'In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed,' Justice Virginia Bell said at the court in the national capital, Canberra. The magazine publisher welcomed the decision. 'Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever,' Bauer chief executive Paul Dykzeul said in a statement. 'Our audience trust our content and our writers and they love our iconic brands like Woman's Day and Australian Women's Weekly.' Wilson, who sat in the front row of the public gallery during the brief hearing, said outside the court she was glad the process had been brought to an end. 'This has been a long fight and a long journey in the courts, but the great thing about today is that it brings it to a definitive end,' she told reporters. 'The whole reason for bringing this case is that I wanted to stand up to a bully, which is Bauer Media.' Wilson said she was proud of herself for 'seeing it out right to the bitter end,' and that she was glad the initial jury had 'restored my reputation.' 'Today was just about a small point of special damages and for me it was never about the money, it was about standing up to a bully and I've done that.' Wilson is a native Australian best known for her Hollywood roles in the 'Pitch Perfect' films and 'Bridesmaids.
  • A northern Arkansas man who allegedly made threatening phone calls to CNN anchor Don Lemon has pleaded not guilty. The Baxter Bulletin reports Benjamin Craig Matthews, 38, appeared in Baxter County Court Thursday . Matthews, who is from Mountain Home, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of Little Rock, is free on $15,000 bail. In an affidavit, police said Matthews called CNN at least 40 times between October 31 and November 2 and made violent threats, some of which were racial or sexual, against Lemon. Matthews also allegedly called New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and California Rep. Maxine Waters, as well as MSNBC, attorney Michael Avenatti, the Washington Speakers Bureau and Planned Parenthood. Matthews faces 18 counts of terroristic threats and harassing communications. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.
  • Apple has signed a multiyear film production deal with A24, the acclaimed New York-based studio behind 'Moonlight' and 'Lady Bird.' People close to the deal who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to comment confirmed the agreement Thursday. Apple is investing in scripted content with the intention of competing with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. The deal connects Apple with one of the most respected makers of prestige and arthouse titles in film. Neither Apple nor A24 commented Thursday. Unclear is how many films the deal includes, or if the movies will be released theatrically. A24 was previously rumored to potentially be an acquisition target for Apple. This deal leaves the distributor of films like 'The Witch,' ''Mid90s,' ''Hereditary' and 'Eighth Grade' with its independence.
  • Former model Kim Porter has died, according to TMZ. The tabloid site reported that the actress who dated  music mogul Diddy for 13 years was found dead in her Los Angeles home. >> Read more trending news  A representative for Diddy confirmed the news to TMZ, saying, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.” The cause of death is unclear. Porter dated Diddy off-and-on from 1994 to 2007, when they called things off for good, remaining on friendly terms. In that time, Porter gave birth to their son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James. Porter was also mother to Quincy, 27, from her relationship with singer Al B. Sure. Celebrities have reacted to the news on Twitter:
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help the victims of California's deadly wildfires. The organization best known for creating and organizing the Golden Globe Awards on Thursday announced the donation to four organizations that also include money for victims and families of last week's mass shooting in Southern California. The funds will go to the victims of the fires in Northern and Southern California. The fires started last week and together have killed at least 59 people, destroyed thousands of homes and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands. The association formed in 1943 and started the Golden Globes a year later. It frequently hands out grants, usually to organizations related to the entertainment industry.

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  • A judge is set to rule Friday in the lawsuit filed earlier this week by CNN against President Donald Trump and his top aides. >> Read more trending news Attorneys for the news network are arguing that Trump and his aides violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week. Update 8:45 a.m. EST Nov. 16: U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly is set to rule Friday on CNN’s request to have Acosta’s press credentials reinstated. Update 1:05 p.m. EST Nov. 15: A judge on Thursday delayed a scheduled ruling on the case, CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said, citing court records. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly is scheduled to hand down his decision at 10 a.m. Friday on whether to grant a temporary restraining order in the case.  Update 5:40 p.m. EST Nov. 14: The judge in the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and other administration officials over banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House said he’ll issue a ruling Thursday at 3 p.m., according to news outlets. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly heard arguments from both sides in a two hour hearing Wednesday afternoon. It’s the first hearing in CNN and Acosta’s federal lawsuit against Trump and other administration officials over the suspension of Acosta’s White House press pass. The network and Acosta contend the suspension violated the First and Fifth Amendments. The White House said in a Justice Department filing Wednesday that it has “broad discretion” to decide which journalists get permanent press passes. Journalism advocates said that the White House position is a break with historical tradition, with past administrations granting press access to large and small news outlets, and that the Acosta suspension is an unprecedented step that could have a negative impact on journalism. Update 12:05 p.m. EST Nov. 14: In a court filing Wednesday, the Justice Department argued, 'No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,' after CNN sued the Trump administration for revoking Acosta’s press credentials, The Hill reported. 'The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences,' attorneys said in the filing, according to The Hill. Attorneys for CNN filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge scheduled a hearing in the case for 3 p.m. Wednesday. Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 14: More than a dozen news organizations on Wednesday announced their intent to support CNN in the network’s suit against the Trump administration. 'Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions,' officials from organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times, said Wednesday in a joint statement.  'It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons.' Update 11:15 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Fox News plans to file an amicus brief in support of CNN in the news network's lawsuit against the Trump administration, Fox News president Jay Wallace said Wednesday in a statement. 'Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,' Wallace said. 'While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.' CNN filed suit against Trump and several officials Tuesday, days after reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked following a contentious exchange with the president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta in a statement released after the incident of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” Update 10:25 p.m. EST Nov. 13: A federal judge has given the Trump administration until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to respond to CNN’s lawsuit demanding a temporary restraining order in the battle over the White House’s revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, according to The Washington Post. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington. CNN’s attorney said the network is considering whether to request financial damages in its claim against President Donald Trump. Original report: In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected. >> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.” Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.” >> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost “(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit. Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
  • While allies of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed hard this week to put her on the way to become the next Speaker of the House, a small group of Democratic holdouts is threatening to block her from getting to 218 votes on the floor in January, leaving Democrats uncertain about their leadership. “I’m concerned about the situation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), as he left a closed door meeting of House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon. “I can’t say that I’m optimistic,” Connolly told reporters, noting that those opposed to Pelosi as the next Speaker did not seem to be backing down. “I’m always true to my word,” said Rep.-Elect Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who made clear repeatedly during his campaign for Congress that he would not vote for Pelosi as Speaker. “Sometimes it’s good to have a fresh new face, and to have change and go forward with some new ideas, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” Van Drew told reporters. . @edokeefe: 'If the election were held today on the House floor do you have the votes to be elected Speaker?' @NancyPelosi: 'Yes.' pic.twitter.com/PUqW5bpgUr — CSPAN (@cspan) November 15, 2018 Meanwhile, Pelosi’s office continued on Thursday to churn out public endorsements from both established Democrats and those who have just been elected. “I truly believe that Rep. Pelosi has demonstrated the proven, tested leadership we need to confront the issues before our nation,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). “We cannot afford to come up short.” As for recently elected lawmakers, two new Democrats from California said they would stick with their home state colleague, arguing Pelosi would deliver ‘leadership that is bold, pragmatic, and capable of swift results.’ “This is why we support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker,” wrote Katie Hill and Mike Levin, who won seats in southern California. But the math to 218 votes seemed somewhat fraught for Pelosi, as if Democrats end up with around 235-240 votes in the House, a relatively small slice of the party could block Pelosi’s ascension, much as the Freedom Caucus threatened to do for several years in the House with the GOP. Senior House Democratic lawmaker on if Pelosi can’t get the votes to become Speaker: “It’s who blinks first. Is it Nancy or is it the caucus?” Another sr Hse Dem on the leadership fight: “It’s going to get ugly” — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 15, 2018 “We had the biggest victory since 1974,” Pelosi said. “All of us are committed to a better future for America’s working families.” Whether that story line includes Pelosi as Speaker again – that won’t be determined until the week after Thanksgiving.
  • Pasco County deputies and members of the community are working together to bring awareness to people who fail to stop for a stopped school bus. On Wednesday, Monica Douglas recorded a video of a caravan of drivers blowing past a stopped school bus unloaded children on U.S. 19 in Pasco County.  According to WFLA-TV, deputies ticketed 13 people during their multi-day operation at that location. The U.S. has recently seen numerous incidents involving children being hit by cars while waiting for the bus.  In Tampa, a car hit five children and two adults waiting for a bus.  Two of those children suffered serious injuries. Here’s Douglas’ video of the Pasco County operation in action: (Video)
  • Investigators with the FBI are probing the death of an American woman on a Princess Cruises ship bound for Aruba, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The 52-year-old woman, whose name was not released, died early Tuesday while aboard the Royal Princess, The Associated Press reported. Princess Cruises officials told WPLG in a statement that Aruban authorities boarded the ship, which can carry 3,600 passengers, when it arrived in the country. “We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI,” the statement said. “An official cause of death has not been announced.” Citing local media reports, CBS News reported that Aruban authorities are investigating the case as a possible homicide. The Royal Princess left Florida’s Port Everglades on Nov. 9 for a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise. It will return on Saturday to Fort Lauderdale. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • In what has almost been a daily event since Election Day last week, Democrats won another GOP seat in the House on Thursday, as a new form of runoff election in Maine knocked off a Republican incumbent, increasing the gains of Democrats to 35 seats, with seven GOP seats still undecided. In Maine, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) had asked a federal judge to block the final tabulation of results in his district under the format known as “ranked choice voting” – but the judge refused, saying that was a political question, as Maine voters had approved the new runoff format twice in statewide elections. Poliquin is the 26th House GOP incumbent to be defeated in last week’s elections; Democrats lead in three of the seven remaining undecided House races, while Repulbicans are ahead in the other four – as Democrats could win three or four more seats. “Now we’re getting up to forty,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “That’s really a very big – almost a tsunami,” arguing that Democrats had to overcome Republican gerrymanders to notch their victories. At her press conference, Nancy Pelosi notes this year's freshman Dem class is the biggest since 1974 'Watergate babies.' “I don’t know if this Congress will name itself, but we’re almost close to 60 new Democrats,” she says. — Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) November 15, 2018 Regardless of what term you use to describe the gains by Democrats in the House, it will be the party’s biggest pickup since 1974, a class that was dubbed, “the Watergate babies,” when Democrats gained 49 seats. Overall, there will most likely be over 90 new members of the House, getting close to the total change in the Tea Party midterm election of 2010, when 94 new members arrived on Capitol Hill. While Pelosi expressed excitement about the growing number of new Democrats in the Congress, she flashed a bit of impatience with reporters on Thursday, as they pestered her again with questions about whether she would have the votes to once again be Speaker of the House. “I intend to win the Speakership,” said Pelosi, who served as Speaker for four years between 2007 and 2011. “I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be Speaker of the House,” Pelosi added, even as other Democrats were trying to come up with another candidate to oppose her. PELOSI latest: 1. Rep Jayapal isnt saying where she is – told us she, Rep. Pocan are meeting w Pelosi later. 2. Rep. Richmond (CBC chair) said he is not anti-Pelosi but if Fudge runs he will likely support. Also said he spoke w Fudge today and she did not bring up Speaker run. — Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) November 15, 2018 Pressed by reporters at a news conference, Pelosi said she would welcome a challenge by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), or anyone else. “I say it to everybody, come on in, the water’s warm,” Pelosi said. While Republicans held their leadership elections this week – House Democrats won’t vote until after Thanksgiving.