Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton lock horns over Puerto Rico’s finances

Presidential candidates offer opposing solutions to commonwealth’s $72bn debt, with Democrat backing bankruptcy status

Against the backdrop of a crushing debt crisis, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio took their duelling presidential campaigns to Puerto Rico, and offered pointedly different views for how to best resolve the US territory’s financial woes.

The two candidates took time away from their routine stops in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire to court Puerto Rican voters on Friday, who cannot vote in the general election but can play a critical role in the primary process by providing delegates toward the eventual nominee.

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Suspension Lifted For Football Program At S.I. High School After Hazing Scandal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Department of Education agreed Friday to lift a suspension of the football program at Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island, following a hazing scandal.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, there has been no practice this week, and the game that had been planned for Saturday against Port Richmond High School has been postponed indefinitely. But the Falcons of Susan E. Wagner were celebrating a victory Friday afternoon, as the season has been saved.

Outside the St. George Courthouse, attorney Rich Luthmann announced a deal had been reached on the suspension of football activities.

“The suspension of practices, meetings and games for both the junior varsity and varsity programs at Wagner High School has been lifted effective immediately,” Luthmann announced.

The suspension was put in place at the school, at 1200 Manor Rd. on Staten Island, this past Tuesday. It followed allegations of hazing at a football summer camp in upstate Columbia County.

Players were allegedly hit with a broom and shot at with BB guns, and had phallic symbols drawn on them with magic marker.

Parents of players who were not implicated immediately protested that their sons were being treated unfairly.

“Football shouldn’t be taken away from anybody,” said parent Christopher Frange Sr. “You know what I’m saying? A sport – it keeps the kids together; it teaches them so much.”

“It’s really an injustice for us to have to fight to play what we’ve been working for so hard this season,” added his son, football player Christopher Frange Jr.

Parents had hired an attorney, who appealed to Mayor Bill de Blasio and prepared to file a lawsuit.

But late Friday, the city agreed to lift the suspension while continuing to investigate the hazing allegations

“There were calls made from the highest levels of city government, and I’m very, very happy and I feel faith in our city government and our education system,” Luthmann said.

Player Ahmad Othman said it would not be difficult to move on from the controversy.

“No, it will be a push. It will help us,” he said. “It will help us throughout the season.”

The first game of the season for the Falcons will come a week from Saturday against Tottenville.

Meanwhile, two volunteer coaches and four or five students have been suspended, and school administrators said they will add additional supervisors to all practices, meetings and games for the rest of the season.

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ICYMI: This Video Of MMA Fighter Monique Bastos Turning The Tables On Her Mugger Is Your Weekend Fit-Spiration!

This is incredible!!

Brazilian MMA fighter Monique Bastos was walking home the other night in her home country when she was stopped by two men demanding her cell phone.

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Outnumbered, Bastos unfortunately lost her phone to one of the robbers who ran away, but it’s what happened with the second robber — or rather, what happened to the second robber — that has people talking!

Bastos used her MMA skills to tie up the second guy in a headlock, locking her legs around his neck in a triangle choke and waiting there for 15 minutes until police arrived!

Ch-ch-check out the insane video of the attacker begging and pleading with Bastos (below)!!!

Sadly, thieves may well keep robbing Bastos — she said this has happened to her before — because it’s just part of life in that part of the world.

She told reporters:

“I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back. [The first time] there were two guys, and they were using knives, but I was able to use my jiu-jitsu and get my phone back.”

Let it be known, Monique Bastos is a real bad-ass!!

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Motion sickness could be avoided via a zap to the scalp

A test subject receives the electrode treatment

While many of us may have experienced a bit of queasiness on unusually rough flights or boat trips, some people suffer from extreme motion sickness even under relatively calm conditions. Although medication can help, it also causes side effects such as drowsiness. In a few years, however, there may be a preferable alternative … which users would stick to their head.

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Jeep Renegade recalled to prevent hacking

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Jeep is recalling 7,800 Renegades over concerns that hackers could exploit a flaw in cars equipped with the 6.5-inch infotainment screen.

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Portugal vs. France: Score and Reaction from 2015 International Friendly

A late goal by Mathieu Valbuena was enough to earn France a deserved 1-0 away win against Portugal in an international friendly at Sporting Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade on Friday.

In a match of few clear-cut chances, fans had to wait until five minutes before full time for the winning goal—in a game that saw the debut of Manchester United wonderkid Anthony Martial. 

Portugal entered the game in good form after beating Italy in their last game, with the French coming off losses against Belgium and Albania. However, the Portuguese had previously lost on five consecutive occasions against France, including a 2-1 defeat to Les Bleus in October. 

Portugal began in a familiar 4-3-3, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani expected to add the goals and flair. France fielded a strong unit, commanded by Paul Pogba in midfield and Karim Benzema in attack—who both scored against the Seleccao in their last contest.

Pogba was afforded an attacking role by Didier Deschamp, as French football journalist Julien Laurens noted:

Benzema had the best chance in the opening minutes, but he was denied a scoring opportunity by Pepe’s clever defensive coverage.

The night ended prematurely for French debutant Nabil Fekir in just the 15th minute—with blogger Daniel Feliciano calling the action:

Laurens added further information on the damage to Fekir:

Substitute Antoine Griezmann’s presence immediately gave France a different dimension in attack, with the Portuguese defence sitting deeper to counter the threat of the Atletico Madrid striker.

A second injury midway through the half to Ricardo Carvalho forced him to depart—as Fekir had done moments before. A clash with Patrice Evra was deemed serious enough to replace the defender, with Jose Fonte rushing on in his place.

Football consultant Anthony DiCicco shared an image of Carvalho’s injury on Twitter:

The Daily Mail’s Adam Crafton commented on the incident and questioned Evra’s actions:

Blaise Matuidi should have given France the lead after 31 minutes, but the midfielder was foiled by goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who saved the shot with an outstretched leg. 

Despite having no attacking threat in the first half, Portugal went close moments before half-time as Ronaldo’s free-kick was saved by Hugo Lloris. 

Manchester United’s new midfield signing Morgan Schneiderlin entered the field of play at the start of the second half, with Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye making way. And the personnel change almost paid dividends immediately as the impressive Griezmann linked with Pogba. But Patricio was once again equal to the task.

CR7 had one of his quieter nights at the office as Portugal stuttered going forward. But Crafton mentioned the player’s skill and highlighted a moment of magic from the past—which saw Ronaldo transfer to Manchester United:

Ronaldo exited the action shortly after the hour mark but combined well with Nani just before his departure. The Real Madrid wizard lead a quick counter, providing his former United team-mate with a chance on goal, only for Nani to make a mess of the proceedings, per Crafton:

With France in control of possession but with a lack of credible goal action, Martial was brought on for his debut—his first match since becoming the most expensive teenager in world football after transferring to Manchester United from Monaco.

As the game limped toward an inevitable goalless draw, it was left to the diminutive Valbuena to take the deserved win for France with a well-taken strike.

The Lyon playmaker whipped his free-kick over the wall and made sure Patricio’s luck was out, giving the goalkeeper no chance of stopping his effort. The magic moment was caught by 11FootballClub:

The match ended in France’s favour, and the result was the right one, considering the balance of play. Portugal couldn’t utilise Ronaldo or Nani going forward, and the French were more robust than their opponents.

Martial didn’t have enough time to impress, but he has all the attributes a striker needs to become a predatory force.

Unfortunately for the hosts, they are currently a one-man team, and when Ronaldo isn’t in top form, they always struggle to hit the target.

Fed seen deferring rate hike despite unemployment fall

Critics say the ultra-low rate set by the Federal Reserve, pictured here on August 1, 2015, is no longer helping growth but is feeding excessive speculation and overly high prices in asset markets, threatening to spark inflationThe Federal Reserve is expected to put off a long-planned interest rate increase this month despite another fall in the US jobless rate, placing concerns about China ahead of US data. Analysts said Friday that the mixed August jobs report — job creation slowed to 173,000 but unemployment fell to 5.1 percent — backed the Fed launching on a long-awaited series of rate hikes to "normalize" monetary policy after years in crisis mode. "Their main concern has not been the current state of the domestic economy, which we know has been strong, but fears about possible spill-overs from China and the stock market volatility on future activity," said Harm Bandholz of UniCredit.


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