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Will Daniel Radcliffe Be Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's New 'Fantastic Beasts'?

This story first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

Daniel Radcliffe -- whose career reinvention continues with Kill Your Darlings, opening Oct. 16 -- tells THR he isn't against making an appearance as Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's recently announced adaptation of her wizarding-world book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, even if he did first hear the news of the project from a reporter, not Warner Bros.

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Although Radcliffe says "I don't think I'm going to be coming back" and notes "we can't be doing these characters when we're 40, so there has to be a line drawn," he doesn't rule out appearing in the follow-up franchise "because I never know what Jo [Rowling] is going to write, but at the moment I'm in the same position that everyone else is in -- waiting to hear what information is coming out because I don't know anything about these new films."

Since Rowling's book is set before the birth of the three main Potter characters, Radcliffe theorizes he could only return if "time travel rears its head again. I'll be intrigued to see what she does."

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BART labor talks resume as planned strike looms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Union leaders and Bay Area Rapid Transit managers were holding talks aimed at heading off a strike that would leave hundreds of thousands of San Francisco area commuters scrambling for other ways to get to work.

The two sides held negotiations Saturday, with wide gaps remaining on key issues including wages, pensions, worker safety and health care costs.

BART's two largest unions Thursday issued a 72-hour notice that employees would walk off the job Monday if they didn't reach agreement on a new contract by midnight Sunday. The labor action would shut down one of the nation's largest transit systems for the second time in a month.

Antonette Bryant, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, said no progress was made during Friday's negotiations, which ended earlier than she had expected.

"Our team is giving it our best shot. We really do not want to disrupt service Monday," Bryant said Saturday. "We want a deal. We will do whatever it takes."

BART spokesman Rick Rice said agency managers are hopeful they can reach an agreement before Monday or continue negotiations without a service shutdown.

"We're making every effort possible to avoid any disruptions on Monday," Rice said Saturday.

Bay Area agencies are preparing ways to get commuters to work if there's a strike, but officials say there's no way to make up for the BART system.

"BART really is the backbone of the transit network. No other transit agency has the ability to absorb BART's capacity if there's a disruption," said John Goodwin, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. "We're still hoping for the best, but it's time to prepare for the worst."

If there's a BART strike, transit agencies are planning to add bus and ferry service, keep carpool lanes open all day and even give away coffee gift cards to encourage drivers to pick up riders. They're also encouraging workers to avoid peak traffic hours or telecommute if possible.

When BART workers shut down train service for four days in early July, roadways were packed and commuters waited in long lines for buses and ferries. The unions agreed to call off that strike and extend their contracts until Sunday while negotiations continued.

A strike next week could lead to more gridlock than last month's strike, which came around the Fourth of July holiday when many workers were on vacation.

Bay Area and state officials have been pressuring BART managers and union leaders to reach an agreement this weekend, saying a strike would create financial hardship for working families and hurt the region's economy.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/bart-labor-talks-resume-planned-strike-looms-194538652.html

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Obama celebrates birthday with golf, terror briefing

President Barack Obama turned 52 on Sunday, celebrating part of his birthday at Camp David after spending Saturday golfing with friends.

The White House didn't say exactly how the commander in chief celebrated his birthday, issuing a happy birthday tweet that included a vintage photo of a then-43-year-old Obama:

That left the White House pool report understandably thin upon his return.

"Marine One touched down at 1:58 and he was back in the White House by 2," the National Journal's George Condon wrote in his Sunday pool report. "[Obama] was wearing a casual jacket and an open-collared blue shirt. When someone shouted 'Happy Birthday,' he smiled and waved, one of several waves toward the cameras as he entered the White House. No birthday cakes or party hats were evident."

Obama's birthday celebration actually began last week, when a group of American Legion students sang "Happy Birthday" to the president during a visit to the East Room:

Meanwhile, Organizing for Action, the non-profit advocacy group, asked supporters to sign an e-card for Obama ? and, of course, to donate money to its progressive agenda.

It wasn't a total birthday respite for Obama, however. Earlier Sunday, Susan Rice, the president's National Security Advisor, met with top FBI and counterterrorism officials to review the threat that led to the closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates over the weekend.

The White House said the president has been receiving frequent briefings from Rice and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the potential threat. Obama was briefed Rice and Monaco after Sunday's meeting.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/president-obama-celebrates-birthday-with-golf--terror-briefing-195921429.html

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Scott Carter catches up with Coach Muschamp after the Gators' first practice...

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German regulator fires warning shot over insurance rules

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany could quit talks on new risk rules for Europe's insurance industry if regulators try to impose a 'one size fits all' deadline for insurers to adapt to them, a senior official at financial watchdog Bafin said.

"If someone forces us to stick with an inflexible timeframe for the phase-in because of some purist ideal ... we would in the worst case just say goodbye," Felix Hufeld, Bafin's head of insurance supervision told the Wall Street Journal Deutschland in an interview published on its web site on Saturday.

He echoed concerns voiced by German insurance trade body GDV, which has said a proposal to give insurers seven years to adapt to the new rules - called Solvency II - was insufficient.

Solvency II aims to protect consumers better by pushing insurers to improve risk management and match capital reserves more closely to risks.

"We shouldn't forget that all these regulatory changes are taking place in a low interest rate environment. Every now and then you have to ask how big of a burden a company can even shoulder," Hufeld said.

Big insurers such as Allianz , AXA , Generali , Aviva and Legal & General are considered to be well prepared for Solvency II's risk-management requirements.

Some smaller insurers, however, could struggle to shoulder the additional administrative burdens.

Hufeld said it should be decided on a company-by-company basis how much time insurers will get to adapt to the rules.

"Of course, no insurer can just say it needs 20 years to adapt if we can see in its numbers that it's really only 10 years. We will monitor that, of course. But we also want to avoid an insurer toppling just because it complies with new regulation," he said.

Solvency II was meant to be in force by now but was delayed after Britain, Germany and France called for a rethink over how products that offer guaranteed returns over the long term are treated to avoid overly burdensome capital requirements.

Talks between the European Commission, the European Parliament and national governments are due to resume in September.

Hufeld said it still appeared "absolutely realistic" that Solvency II will launch on January 1, 2016, as now planned. In January, Bafin head Elke Koenig had said she saw January 1, 2017 as a more realistic start date.

Germany's big insurers have already invested millions of euros to get ready for the start of Solvency II, Hufeld said. "They are practically working on this day and night."

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/german-regulator-fires-warning-shot-over-insurance-rules-165533010.html

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Maximize savings during the New Mexico Tax Free Holiday


August is here which means back-to-school season has officially begun.

Most families spend upwards of $500 per child on school necessities according to Huntington Bank?s Annual Backpack Index. ??

Starting today, families can save and extra 6-7% off of selected school items. These include school supplies like paper and pencils, clothing, software, and computers under $1000.

Certain department stores are even offering additional coupons to New Mexico residents for shopping at their businesses this weekend. Starting Friday, 3 p.m. to close and Saturday 9 am ? 1 pm, JC Penney offers $10 off purchases of $25 or more on select apparel, shoes and accessories, and $10 haircuts for kids inside JC Penney salons. Kohl?s is offering coupons for an additional $10 off of every $50 spent.

Most stores will hold longer hours in order to accommodate the large crowds of shoppers that are expected to be out, and they recommend shoppers get to the stores early. Sale items tend to sell out quickly due to the holiday.

However, for those who want savings but would rather avoid crowds, the tax free incentive is also extended to online shopping.

JC Penney has two locations in Albuquerque, one Coronado Center and one at the Cottonwood Mall.

Kohl?s has three locations in Albuquerque, one at the Coronado Center, one located at 6800 Holly Ave NE, and one location on the Westside at 3715 Ellison Rd NW.

Source: http://university-nobhill.kob.com/news/schools/245021-maximize-savings-during-new-mexico-tax-free-holiday

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Cal Football Recruiting Chat: More ManBearCal! How Luke Rubenzer Fits

Marc Tausend of Cal Rivals returns to talk 2014 recruiting targets. Who's left on the board?

(For those who missed Part I, click here!)

Who are some under-the-radar kids who don't have offers yet, but could soon?

Most true under-the-radar guys won't be in line to get an offer until the staff has gotten an opportunity to see how they perform this coming season. One such case is Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu. He's looked very good this Spring and Summer. But it's possible that an offer to Leniu is contingent upon the staff missing on a couple more highly coveted targets. This would be the case with most potential offerees at this point.

A couple other possible offers down the line are defensive tackles Sione Tamoeanga out of Rooselevelt (Portland, OR) and Sharif Williams of Central East in Fresno.

How does Rubenzer compare to the other QBs on the roster?

Luke's really a different quarterback than any guy on Cal's roster right now, and it's not just because he's a shade under 6 feet tall. He can really run, and uses his legs not only on designed runs, but also to turn potentially negative plays into positive ones....something that the last "mobile" Cal quarterback did the exact opposite of way too much. Both Goff and Hinder can run a bit, but not like this guy. Hus ability to run would bring a different dimension to the offense. But Luke himself would tell you that he's much more than a running quarterback, and that's absolutely true. He's an accurate passer with a good arm, but not a cannon. He knows how to survey the field and go through his progressions, he doesn't just tuck and run willy-nilly. But really, that ability to turn a potential sack into a long gain, be it with his arm or with his legs, is what I like about him so much. Very few negative plays when he's on the field. He just makes things happen.

Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised at how well Luke performed at the Elite 11 Finals last month. I didn't feel that a competition of that nature played to what I perceived as the strengths of his game (throwing on the run, eluding pressure, improvisation, etc). It was great to see. And Luke is a guy who can run Tony Franklin's offense. Coach Franklin believes this, and so does Luke. He'll have a level of familiarity with this system before he ever gets to Cal.

Defensive recruiting is moving a bit more slowly. Who are the players that really catch your eye on that side of the ball that the Bears could use and are receiving mutual interest from in this recruiting cycle?

The staff is going hard after defensive backs, and even with three committed they aren't slowing down much. There are still a few guys out there that Cal is in good shape with, including Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito), John Plattenburg (Lamar, TX...formerly Centennial Corona), Armand Perry (Bishop Gorman) and John Bonney (Lamar, TX). Rounding out the DB class with 2 of these 4 would be fine by me.

At linebacker, there may only be one spot to fill for 2014. I previously mentioned Chandler Leniu as a guy the staff will take a hard look at, but they do have offers out to uncommitted guys like Brandon Lee and Joey Alfieri. Either would be a nice pull. Lee has stated his intention to take an official visit to Cal, while we may need to make up some ground to get in good with Alfieri.

The defensive line isn't being neglected either, but it isn't a great year out west for DL. Cal recently offered defensive tackle Marcus Griffin of Bellevue (WA), a Wazzu commit. He's a disruptor inside and his recruitment could be worth watching. There is still apparently some mutual interest between DT Tashon Smallwood of Central East (an SC commit) and Cal. Two Oregon prospects, Henry Mondeaux and Connor Humphreys seem to like Cal and an official visit looks possible for both, though I wouldn't consider Cal the favorite to land either of them. Then there's DE Matt Dickerson of Junipero Serra in San Mateo. He's racked up a very impressive offer list already, and I'd really like to see the staff keep the 6'5/260 pounder at home. There is definitely mutual interest there.

He's pretty unheralded, so what do you expect out of Isadore Outing?

Honestly, not sure. Outing was a starter for half of his sophomore season on a DeKaney team that won a state championship in their division. He's a big dude (6'4/245) with some impressive athletic numbers on display (a 4.7 40 time and a 295-pound power clean max). If we stop there, that sounds pretty good in a defensive end. But his junior tape don't really show the kind of disruptive and explosive force I'd expect him to be. He looks to be a good run defender who is strong at the point of attack and can hold his ground. But there's a serious lack of "wow" moments that should be readily apparent when a guy has the kind of size, length, and athleticism that Outing is supposed to possess. He wasn't even the best defensive end on his own team last season. All that said, he played a good chunk of the season with an ankle injury that did cause him to miss 3 games. Would that explain the lack of explosiveness in his film? Probably.

I'll be very curious to see what he does this year when he's healthy and bulked up. Right now, Outing is the biggest unknown to me in this class.

Source: http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2013/8/2/4548986/chandler-leniu-sione-tamoeanga-adarius-pickett-john-plattenburg-brandon-lee-recruits

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