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On Sunday, U.S. President Trump urged GOP lawmakers to endorse the budget blueprint that was approved by the Senate last week. Speaking on condition of anonymity, several Republican officials said that Trump told lawmakers on a conference call that the approval of the budget will pave the way for the implementation of his proposed tax reform. "We are on the verge of doing something very, very historic," Trump reportedly said. During the call, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he wants to pass the budget blueprint approved by the Senate this week so that the tax bill can be approved by Thanksgiving. Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said lawmakers were working "very quickly to accept the Senate amendments." – AP

Film director James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women. Toback, 72, is known for writing the script for "Bugsy," starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, which earned ten Oscar nominations in 1991. The Los Angeles Times, which published a story on the allegations on Sunday, reported that 31 of the women agreed to speak on the record about Toback’s misconduct. According to his accusers, Toback behaved inappropriately during interviews, auditions, or meetings. Some of the alleged abuses took place after Toback approached women on the streets of Manhattan and offered to help them succeed in the movie industry. Toback’s most recent film "The Private Life of a Modern Woman" stars Sienna Miller. – BUZZFEED

Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl’s halftime show in February, the NFL said on Sunday. Timberlake, 36, has appeared at the gig twice before: in 2001, when he was a member of ‘N Sync. and, in 2004, in a controversial performance in which Janet Jackson briefly showed one of her breasts following a "wardrobe malfunction." "That won’t happen this time. … No, Mike, that’s not going to happen," Timberlake told Mike Tirico on NBC’s "Sunday Night Football." Jackson’s career suffered following the incident, while Timberlake has become a household name over the past decade. "It’s an understatement to say that it was sort of unfair. If you consider it 50/50, I probably got 10 percent of the blame. And I think that says something about society. I think that America’s harsher on women and I think that America’s unfairly harsh on ethnic people," he said in 2006. – WAPO

Dozens of civilians have been killed by ISIS in the Syrian city of Qaryatayn, according to the country's government and activists. With the help of armed militias, the Syrian army retook control of the city on Saturday from ISIS. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that nearly 130 people have been killed there in recent days. Local activists, meanwhile, released a list with the names of 67 civilians who were allegedly killed by ISIS, including 35 people whose bodies were found in a mass grave. ISIS took control of the city in late September. – AP

A new advisory report, citing the risk of on-board fires, could mean a ban on air passengers checking bags that contain laptop computers. The report by the International Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) says that an overheating laptop battery inside a baggage could start a fire in the cargo compartment that could "lead to the loss of the aircraft." According to the document, such fire could go unnoticed until it is too late. If the CAO endorses the report by its Dangerous Goods Panel, it would be up to air safety regulators around the world to decide whether to ban people from checking in luggage with laptops inside. The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority is part of the panel that has written the proposal. – CNN

A typhoon hit Japan on Sunday, killing four people and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. The Category 4 storm slammed southern Japan before moving northwards at 50 km/h. By the time it hit western Tokyo it had weakened to a Category 2 storm and later moved out to sea. According to local media reports, about 130 people suffered injuries, and at least one man was missing on Monday morning. Some media said that as many as seven people died as a result of the typhoon. The government issued an evacuation order for 80,000 people in the city of Koriyama, north of Tokyo, due to an overflowing river, but water levels had receded by Monday afternoon. More than 350 flights were cancelled and train services were interrupted. – REUTERS

A 22-year-old archivist has rediscovered a bust by Auguste Rodin in Madison, New Jersey. Although the discovery was made public last week, the sculpture was found in 2014 in Madison's town hall, when Mallory Mortillaro was hired to do an inventory by the Hartley Dodge Foundation, which maintains the building's artworks. She found the bust of Napoleon Bonaparte against the wall of a room and later discovered the artist’s signature chiseled in the back. The sculpture had been inside a plywood box for two years while the building was being renovated. "I was intrigued. I was a ...

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