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American breast cancer survivor Sarah Thomas has become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop

An incredible achievement.

The 37-year-old open water marathon swimmer from Colorado completed the record-breaking feat at around 6.30am Tuesday morning, more than 54 hours after she set off from the British port of Dover.

It took her more than two days to swim the 130 miles across the busy English Channel four times.


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Top 10 new vehicles owners keep the longest » List is dominated by Toyotas, SUV’s and sports cars. That sounds about right.

— Toyota Land Cruiser: 11.4 average years of ownership
— Chevrolet Corvette: 10.5
— Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: 10.3
— Audi TT: 10.2
— Ford Expedition: 10.1
— Ford Mustang: 10
— Toyota 4Runner: 10
— Porsche 911: 9.9
— Toyota Sequoia: 9.9
— Toyota Avalon: 9.7

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‘She Said’ recounts how two NY Times reporters broke the Harvey Weinstein story

» “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement,”
by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

“She Said” isn’t retailing extra helpings of warmed-over salacity. The authors’ new information is less about the man and more about his surround-sound “complicity machine” of board members and lawyers, human resource officers and P.R. flaks, tabloid publishers and entertainment reporters who kept him rampaging with impunity years after his behavior had become an open secret. Kantor and Twohey instinctively understand the dangers of the Harvey-as-Monster story line — and the importance of refocusing our attention on structures of power. When they at last confront Weinstein, in a Times conference room and later on speakerphone, he’s the mouse that roared, the Great and Powerful Oz turned puny humbug, swerving from incoherent rants to self-pitying whimpers (“I’m already dead”) to sycophantic claims of just being one of them. (“If I wasn’t making movies, I would’ve been a journalist.”) He’s loathsome and self-serving, but his psychology is not the story they want to tell. The drama they chronicle instead is more complex and subtle, a narrative in which they are ultimately not mere observers but, essential to its moral message, protagonists themselves.

» Read more about this new book at the NY Times

On September 1, a directive was sent to staff at NOAA warning them not to contradict Trump

» We can’t even trust the weather forecast anymore because of him. Everything he touches turns to shite.

“This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast,” the meteorologist said. “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around. One of the things we train on is to dispel inaccurate rumors and ultimately that is what was occurring — ultimately what the Alabama office did is provide a forecast with their tweet, that is what they get paid to do.”

More behind the paywall at the Washington Post

CDC advise pet owners to avoid all pig ear dog treats due to salmonella positive tests

As of September 5, the CDC said that public health officials at the state level, as well as ones working with the FDA, have tested pig ear dog treats sourced from a variety of suppliers and have found them to be contaminated with ‘many different’ Salmonella strains. The agency hasn’t named any particular stores or brands implicated by the tests, however.

Officials are warning that due to the high number of positive tests, the public should avoid all pig ear dog treats — that includes ones that have already been purchased. These treats shouldn’t be handled by young kids or anyone with compromised immune systems; as well, anyone who touches one of these treats should avoid touching their face and any surfaces.

» Read more by Brittany A. Roston at SlashGear…

Jubilant scenes at a Kyiv airport after Ukrainians are freed from Russian jails

» Relatives welcome home the prisoners as part of the landmark exchange between Ukraine and Russia as they land in Kiev. The Ukrainian prisoners released include filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

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Canada’s jobs market adds 81,100 new jobs in August » Four times what was expected

The economy added 81,100 jobs last month, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, versus expectations for a gain of about 20,000. It’s the seventh largest monthly gain in records going back to 1976. Canada has now added 471,300 jobs over the past 12 months, the most in a year since 2003.

Friday’s jobs report will only reaffirm expectations at the Bank of Canada that the nation’s economy has developed a certain amount of resilience to global trade headwinds, giving the central bank ammunition to buck the global easing trend. For one, the gain in August should ease worries about the extent of any slowdown in the second half of this year.

“If the Bank of Canada was on the fence about cutting rates in October, today’s jobs numbers might be one further push towards standing pat,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets, said in a note to investors.

Read more at Bloomberg…

More at the WSJ

» That adds up to more than a million new jobs since 2015.

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