Smoky bacon meets hearty black-eyed peas in this easy, potluck-ready salad

Here’s an idea for the next time you’re invited to a neighborhood potluck, picnic or cookout: Bypass the grocery store deli’s goopy, sad, ready-made potato-pasta salad, and try your hand at making your own chilled salad, from scratch. After all, that’s what your neighbor really meant when she asked you to bring a side dish. One of my favorite dishes makes use of hearty, flavorful black-eyed peas. Yes, these peas are often overlooked in the hierarchy of legumes; pinto and kidney beans, revered as the the stars of many chili con…

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Oklahoma to release 462 inmates in historic commutation

The inmates granted release as part of largest single-day commutation were imprisoned for low-level, non-violent crimes. Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates who served time for low-level, non-violent crimes will walk out of prison on Monday in the largest single-day commutation of criminal sentences in United States‘s history, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will release 462 inmates after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously on Friday to recommend commutation of their sentences for crimes that would no longer be considered felonies if charged today. “This…

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Writer sues Trump for calling her sex assault claim a lie

President Trump denied ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who says Trump raped her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s has sued him, saying he defamed her by calling her a liar whom he had never even met. E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, said Trump “smeared her integrity, honesty and dignity – all in the national press” when he responded to…

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McFired: McDonald’s CEO removed over relationship with employee

Fast food giant says Steve Easterbrook’s consensual relationship with employee ‘demonstrated poor judgement’. McDonald‘s Corp has dismissed Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook over a recent consensual relationship with an employee, which the board determined violated company policy, the fast-food giant said. The board determined that Easterbrook had “demonstrated poor judgement” with regards to the relationship, McDonald’s said in a news release on Sunday. Easterbrook relinquished his seat on the company’s board as well. “This was a mistake,” Easterbrook, 52, said of the relationship in an email to employees on Sunday that…

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Trump whistle-blower offers to take written questions

Lawyer says offer is in response to Republican efforts, led by President Trump, to unmask the whistle-blower. The United States official, whose whistle-blower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, has offered to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, his lawyers said. The surprise offer on Sunday, made to Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, would allow Republicans to ask questions of the whistle-blower without having to go through the committee’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff. Lawyer Mark Zaid said the…

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Google to buy smartwatch maker Fitbit for $2.1bn in cash

The tech giant is under investigation for anti-competitive practices, so the deal may attract more regulatory scrutiny. Alphabet Inc.’s Google agreed to buy smartwatch maker Fitbit Inc. for $2.1 billion in cash, a move that could shore up the internet giant’s hardware business while also potentially increasing antitrust scrutiny. Fitbit shares jumped 16%. Google will pay $7.35 a share for San Francisco-based Fitbit, according to a statement Friday. That represents a 71% premium to Fitbit’s stock price before Reuters reported Google had made a bid on the company on Oct.…

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