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What is N.J.’ s favorite Thanksgiving pie? Social media takes a stab at the answer.

Americans will sit down to tables of pumpkin, apple and pecan pie this Thanksgiving, but that’s not all.

It seems that each state, or at least each region, has their local favorites that go beyond the usual fall harvest.

Instagram recently tried to take a cross-section — a slice, if you will — of the nation’s current pie preferences by tracking mentions and “likes” of various pie flavors over Instagram feeds and stories for the past month.

While by no means an accurate predictor of Thanksgiving pie choices — it’s not clear if the “pie flavors” being tracked were merely mentions of these fruits/foods alone — Instagram’s map, like all such dubious holiday food maps, whets the appetite for the home feasts to come.

The overall victor? It might be something of a surprise, but it’s one with a New Jersey connection:

Cranberry pie.

This type of pie drew the

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Nurses, doctors use social media to plead for public to take COVID-19 seriously as cases surge

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and hospitals become full, nurses and doctors are taking to social media to beg the public to take COVID-19 seriously and follow safety guidelines.

“We are physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted,” Dr. Kate Grossman, a pulmonary and critical care physician in Columbia, Missouri, wrote in a message shared on Twitter.

“I have seen so many emergent intubations. I’ve seen people more sick than I’ve ever seen in my life,” Lacie Gooch, an intensive care unit nurse at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, said in a video that Nebraska Medicine shared on Twitter this week.

Gooch, 25, is a cardiovascular ICU nurse who has been working shifts in her hospital’s COVID-19 ICU since April.

She described a sense of frustration and exasperation at the disconnect between what she and her colleagues are doing to save lives inside the hospital, and

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Several media players are chasing Trump supporters

  • A host of contenders are vying to grab the Fox News audience, and a new, secret venture has entered the race led by conservative personality John Cardillo, Business Insider has learned. 
  • Cable channel WGN is also going after that audience, expanding its news offering, and there’s industry chatter of a potential sale. 
  • Meanwhile, The Blaze sees growth in video and Newsmax and OANN are making the most of viewers’ disatisfaction with Fox News.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

There’s growing interest in President Trump’s audience — and it’s not just at Newsmax and OANN.

A host of conservative leaning executives from TV, streaming and radio are looking to shore up cash and talent to take advantage of disgruntled Trump voters thirsty for their own flavor of news, and a new under-the-radar initiative comes from a group of right-wing entrepreneurs.

They include the controversial conservative media personality, John Cardillo,

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Ortega media enrich his family, entrench his hold on Nicaragua | Nation

In 2018, an Ortega plan to increase social security contributions and lower pension payouts sparked demonstrations.

At first, Murillo told state and allied outlets not to cover the unrest. “The order was to ignore everything,” said Carlos Mikel Espinosa, then an editor at El 19 Digital, a state-controlled online news portal. Espinosa quit when the upheaval intensified and the government response grew violent.

Foreign governments, the United Nations, and human rights groups denounced Ortega and Sandinista allies for reported killings, beatings, detentions and torture of many protesters. Police raided newsrooms of opposition media, seizing equipment and supplies needed for publishing.

They arrested Miguel Mora, founder of 100% Noticias, a Managua television station, and shut its broadcasts. The government, Mora told Reuters, claimed the channel owed unpaid taxes, an assertion he denied. “It was a brutal attack to make us change our editorial line or to make us bankrupt,” said Mora,

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Netanyahu Visited Saudi Arabia on Secret Mission, Media Say

(Bloomberg) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Israeli media reported, drawing a Saudi denial.



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Benjamin Netanyahu

A Gulfstream IV-SP took off from Tel Aviv to Neom Bay Airport, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 22 around 7:30 p.m., and landed about an hour later. It then took off for Tel Aviv about three hours later, according to FlightRadar24, which tracks flights.

The meeting centered on issues including normalization of ties and Iran, but no agreements were reached, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a senior Saudi government adviser. An Israeli government spokeswoman declined to comment on what would be a first report of an Israeli leader flying to Saudi Arabia. The two countries have never had diplomatic ties.

The prime minister was accompanied on the trip by

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Israeli PM Held Secret Talks In Saudi With Pompeo, Crown Prince: Media

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, several media said, in the first reported trip by an Israeli premier to the kingdom.

The meeting, reported Monday by Israeli public broadcaster Kan and other outlets, comes weeks after the Jewish state reached historic deals to normalise ties with two Saudi allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Those deals, known as the Abraham Accords, were brokered by the administration of US President Donald Trump, who leaves office in less than two months.

There has been widespread speculation, within Israel and the United States, that Washington may push for other Arab states to join the Abraham Accords before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Israel last week, was also at the reported talks, according to Kan’s diplomatic correspondent.

Pompeo has confirmed he

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Special Report: Ortega media enrich his family, entrench his hold on Nicaragua

MANAGUA (Reuters) – In early 2010, Nicaragua’s Canal 8, an independent television network, had a new owner.

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a sign showing Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and former President Anastasio Somoza during a protest against police violence and the government of President Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua April 23, 2018. To match Special Report NICARAGUA-POLITICS/ORTEGA REUTERS/Stringer

Details of the deal – the identity of the buyer, the purchase price, an exact date for the transaction – remained secret. The seller died of cancer soon after.

But a familiar face soon took charge at Canal 8: the son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. The leftist leader, who rose to prominence in the late Cold War with his Sandinista revolutionaries, had reclaimed the presidency three years before.

Canal 8 was long known for scrutinizing administrations both left and right. But new chief executive Juan Carlos

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Ortega media enrich first family, squeeze rivals across Nicaragua

Source: Reuters reporting.

The International Monetary Fund, in a 2017 report, estimated that Nicaragua received as much as $3.2 billion from Venezuela before the South American country’s economy imploded in recent years. Nicaragua’s own central bank has said the figure reached as much as $5 billion. But neither government has ever given a full accounting of the financing or how Ortega spent the money, which is equivalent to as much as a third of Nicaragua’s annual economic output.

Spokespeople at Venezuela’s information ministry and PDVSA didn’t respond to Reuters requests for comment. 

By 2008, Ortega’s family and close associates had begun building what today is a business empire with assets in energy, security and other sectors. Juan Carlos that year launched Difuso Comunicaciones SA, an advertising agency.

The agency quickly attracted clients eager to do business with those in power. People familiar with the ad agency’s operations say it serves

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Netanyahu met Saudi crown prince, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia on Sunday – Israeli media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio said on Monday.

If confirmed, it would be the first publicly acknowledged trip by an Israeli leader to ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, which has traditionally championed the Palestinian cause and shunned all official contacts with Israel.

As U.S. President Donald Trump’s term winds down, Pompeo has been trying to coax the Gulf powerhouse to follow its neighbours, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in establishing formal relations with Israel.

Netanyahu’s office and the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem had no immediate comment on the reports.

Saudi state media made no mention of any visit by Netanyahu, and the Saudi government’s media office did not immediately respond to Reuters queries.

The rapprochement

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Top Diplomats Say Media Freedom ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong

(Bloomberg) — A group of Western envoys to Hong Kong has condemned the erosion of media freedoms in the Asian financial hub, a situation they say has been worsened by Beijing’s imposition of a “vaguely defined” national security law.



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Employees handle insert sections of the Apple Daily newspaper.

In a jointly-written opinion piece in the South China Morning Post, the consuls general for the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia warned of the rising risks for journalists operating in Hong Kong. The city’s journalists have been working through an extended bout of political turmoil since large, sometimes-violent protests broke out in 2019, followed by China’s decision to bypass the local legislature and impose the controversial new security measures over the summer.

“Hong Kong is a vibrant international city but media freedom here is under attack,” they wrote. “The many cases of violence against media during the civil unrest

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