Man claims he don't take no orders from no women

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He admits he's from Mars. An unpleasant gentleman whose flatbed truck dumped a bunch of wood all over a residential street tells Detroit 7 Action News he don't take no orders from no women. Good to know.

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Just a giant bear and his human friend, getting snuggly

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Folks, don't try this with the gigantic bear you have at home.

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The best of CES 2016, in 10 photos

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show is under way in Las Vegas, and we're enjoying the sights and sounds at a distance. Vegas during CES is a lot to handle. Here are 10 images from Reuters photographers that capture some of the more interesting displays over the first few days of the tech showcase.

The Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric concept car is unveiled. REUTERS

An Allie Go, a 360-degree action cam, by IC Real Tech is shown on a helmet. The $599.00 camera uses two sensors with over 180 degree-coverage each and combines the video in the unit using Qualcomm processors. REUTERS

A 3D printer for consumers capable of creating multicolor objects. REUTERS

A Canhe-Fit pendant for pets is displayed on a toy dog. The fitness tracker monitors your pet's activity level, then an App gives nutritional advice depending on the breed, age and weight of the pet. REUTERS

Representatives from the French company Parrot demonstrate a prototype of their new Disco drone at the opening event at CES 2016. The Disco is the first wing-shaped drone which a user can pilot with no learning process, according to the company. REUTERS

A smartphone receives real-time information on air quality from an Airmega air purifier from Coway. The WiFi-enabled, smart air purifiers from South Korea range in price from $749.00-$849.00 depending on the size. REUTERS

Eric Yu of Royole models the company's foldable Smart Mobile Theater system. The $700.00 system has noise-canceling headphones and a viewing system that is vision correctable so you don't need to wear your glasses, Yu said. Read the rest

NYC to assign civilian to monitor NYPD counterterrorism

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An independent civilian appointed by New York's mayor will monitor counterterrorism activities of the New York Police Department, the New York Times reports that lawyers said in court documents Thursday. The news comes as those lawyers attempt to settle two lawsuits about the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims after 9/11.

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Time Warner Cable says data from 320K customers stolen

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Internet and cable TV provider Time Warner Cable Inc. today revealed that up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' overtakes 'Avatar' as highest-grossing film in US history

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” just pushed James Cameron's “Avatar” aside as the top-grossing film in North America. In just 20 days of release, the seventh installment in the space opera saga has earned more than “Avatar’s” $760.5 million lifetime gross.

From Variety:

One important caveat is that this massive haul does not account for inflation. When pricing increases are factored in, “Gone With the Wind” remains the highest-grossing film in history with $1.7 billion and the first “Star Wars” is runner-up with $1.5 billion. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is in 21st place behind classics such as “The Sound of Music,” “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” and “Titanic.”

Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ranks as the fourth highest-grossing pic in history, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide. It opens this weekend in China, the world’s second-biggest market for film. Depending on how enthusiastically it is received in the People’s Republic, “The Force Awakens” could shoot past “Avatar’s” record $2.8 billion global haul.

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How intense are the El Niño rains in LA? Oh, El Pollo Loco roof collapsing intense

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Is Los Angeles prepared for the El Niño storms we're getting? An #ElPolloLoco in Lincoln Heights wasn't. Jacqueline Garcia shot this video of the roof about to collapse from the rain at about 1pm today, LA time.

“They evacuated people but when rain stopped they reopened,” she says.

[ABC 7]

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Review: Crio Bru brewable drinkable roasted cocoa beans

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I love coffee. I love chocolate. I shop a lot on Amazon for coffee accessories and for good quality cacao (I dig making chocolate). When I saw Crio Bru show up in my recommendations, I lost my impulse control, and ordered a large $24 bag of these roasted and ground cocoa beans. It's marketed as an alternative to coffee beans.

Verdict: Hell yeah. I love it and will be ordering more. Additionally, I will be evangelizing this newly discovered warm chocolatey beverage to my friends, whether they want to hear about it or not, and I will be unable to shut up about it for at least a few weeks. Yes, this shit is just that real.

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DC TV news crew's car broken into while they covered anti-robbery press conference

An officer speaks with ABC7  crew after robbery Jan. 6, 2015. (Stephen Tschida/ABC7 News)

Glad to see that our nation's capital hasn't been completely gentrified, and retains some of the utlraviolent grit I remember from the streets in the 1980s.

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Netflix launches in 130 new countries, but not in China, Syria, or North Korea

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Big streaming content news out of CES this morning: Netflix is now live in 130 additional countries, which makes its service available to billions of new users. The most notable exception: China.

CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement at the annual Consumer Electronics Forum in Las Vegas today.

"You are witnessing the birth of a global TV network," he said.

Netflix "won't be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria due to U.S. government restrictions on American companies," the company said.

Countries where Netflix will now be available include Azerbaijan, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey and Indonesia can now use Netflix--but presumably with certain restrictions, in certain nations.

"Netflix Is Now Available Around the World" [netflix press release]

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A fan's animated homage to HBO's 'The Wire'

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“I designed and animated this piece as an homage to my favorite show of all time, HBO’s The Wire,” says animator Elliot Lim.

What an absolutely stunning piece this is. One of my new year's resolutions is to watch the entire series, start to finish, in one big binge.

[Laughing Squid, animation stills via elliot-lim.com]

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The beautiful geometric GIFs of Erik Söderberg

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Erik Söderberg, a multimedia artist based in Sweden, created this series of geometric GIFs: "Fractal Experience Part 2."

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Wonderful wacky portrait of a very excited Donald Trump fan

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The visibly excited Donald Trump supporter in this photo is Ms. Robin Roy. We should all be so lucky to experience such exhilaration in this lifetime.

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Ms. Roy was among the many fans of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who showed up at a campaign rally in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 4, 2016.

If you feel you need to analyze what's going on in this picture, this Washington Post item is for you.

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Tearful Obama calls for 'sense of urgency' to fight gun violence in America

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President Obama wept today as he spoke today about the ever-increasing waves of gun violence throughout America. He announced new executive actions to reduce the frequency of mass shootings, suicides and other gun killings, which have become a common part of life in our country.

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Review: A heated dog bed, for a senior pup whose old bones love warmth

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My dog is a 10-year-old whose history includes time in animal shelters, and in various homes. He has arthritis, a progressive condition that will cause him more pain as he grows older. Direct heat through my electric blanket or heating pad is clearly very comforting for him--if there's a heated throw of some kind around, he'll find it and snuggle up. But the best solution I've found for both of us is this gently heated dog bed, which warms up to your dog's body temperature when they sit down on it.

You don't have to worry about it heating up too hot, or about remembering to switch it on or off. When your pup needs it, they get warmth. When they step away, the device shifts to "off." I bought mine a few months ago, and it is the center of his world. The color is attractive, and works with the neutral tones in my modest, minimalist living space. Strongly recommended if you have a smaller, older dog, or a cat who likes extra body warmth.

From the manufacturer's specs:

• Heater uses only 6 watts and is MET Listed • Removable cushion and removable heater make washing a breeze • Thermostatically controlled to warm to your pet's normal body temperature when in use • 5-inch thick bedding keeps pet comfortable • Removable, machine washable cover for easy maintenance • Safe plush heated pillow insert for winter warmth • Available in 2 sizes and 2 colors; 1-year warranty

amazon: K&H Manufacturing Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper

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'Just gonna leave this massive Star Wars spoiler here'

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Cute little green grape has a red raspberry beard

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It's even a little Santa-y, with Christmasy colors of red and green.

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