The Daily Populous

Thursday November 22nd, 2018 morning edition

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Video game loot boxes have been blamed for a "deeply concerning" rise in the number of children with a gambling problem.

The findings noted that close to a million young people had been exposed through loot boxes in video games.

Loot boxes are a stash of mystery in-game items, tempting players with the possibility that any of the crates they buy could contain something of huge value.

Publishers and developers have long been searching for ways to tempt players to spend extra money on their games.

Loot boxes have been banned in Belgium and the Netherlands as they are deemed to be gambling.

In August it was announced that video game boxes across Europe would soon sport an icon warning parents of the potential for extra purchases.

Last October, the UK government said it was "monitoring convergence between gambling and video games closely" after a petition calling for gambling laws to include games marketed at children hit 10,000 signatures. »

Leah Remini: Tom Cruise Personally Punished Fellow Scientologists

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“They’re two peas in a pod,” Tom De Vocht, a former member of Scientology’s Commodore Messenger’s Organization (CMO), or its internal police, told me of Cruise and Miscavige.

“Scientologists are told that Tom Cruise is saving the world single-handedly, so he is considered a deity within Scientology.

She also alleges a Scientology official informed her that Cruise personally administered punishment on a high-ranking member of the church—on Miscavige’s orders. »

Syndrome K: The Fake Disease That Fooled the Nazis and Saved Lives

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Two hundred years ago, many people believed that they could, especially if the victim was female, elderly, and a heavy drinker.

Dickens had read everything he could find on the subject and was convinced that its veracity had been proved.

Excerpted from The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris. »

Trump said he has 'no financial interests in Saudi Arabia.' But his businesses have made millions from the Saudi government, and the crown prince gave his New York City hotel a huge boost.

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Trump previously dismissed charge that his initial response to the disappearance Khashoggi was affected by any business ties with Saudi Arabia in a tweet in October.

"For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter)," Trump tweeted.

Trump has been paid tens of millions by Saudi investors and its government through a variety of business deals. »

Barack Obama Volunteers at Food Bank for Thanksgiving While Donald Trump Plays Golf in Florida

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Former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to a Chicago food bank on Tuesday, lending a helping hand to volunteers tasked with preparing Thanksgiving food for people in need.

At the same time, President Donald Trump was aboard Air Force with his wife, Melania, and youngest son, Barron, en route for West Palm Beach, Florida.

The last time Trump visited Mar-a-Lago was in April and his last round of golf was in mid-October. »