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A shooting in Denver leaves 4 officers hurt, 1 dead, and 2 civilians injured; Countries around the world usher in 2018; Crowds brave the cold in New York’s Times Square; and police are called on to stop a cookie-stealing squirrel.

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2018 in Moscow: Fireworks display over Red Square & St Basil’s Cathedral

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These Are The $800 Knives That Celebrity Chefs Like Massimo Bottura Swear By

Chelsea Miller started making custom knives in 2011 and has grown her client list to include some of the top chefs in the world. Business Insider visited her Brooklyn studio to learn how she does it. Following is a transcript of video.

Chelsea Miller: I’m Chelsea Miller and I make knives.

Some of the world’s best chefs use her knives.

Chelsea Miller: The chefs at Eleven Madison, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura. Chefs who make some really, really delicious food. Let’s say that.

And they don’t come cheap.

Chelsea Miller: My smaller knives start at $200, the largest knife, the chef knife are $800.

I moved to New York when I was 18 and I was singing, dancing, acting, and as much as I love that kind of storytelling, I grew up in Vermont on a farm, homeschooled, my father was a blacksmith, and I was really missing that quality of working with your hands and that creative process.

So I went home for a while at the end of 2011 and started playing around in my father’s shop. These knives came out of that exploration.

My friends encouraged me to take out a booth at the Brooklyn Flea and the Brooklyn Flea is an incredible place to be as a creator because there’s an incredible amount of foot traffic and a lot of high profile writers, photographers, chefs. And that’s how I got my first publications in Saveur Magazine and The New York Times and it really blew up from there.

Most of all my knives have a grater on the side, which is very unique because I’ve never seen a knife with a grater, but also that is the original function of the original material that I make it from. They’re made from horseshoe rasps which have that rasp on the side that was originally used for filing horse’s hooves. So in my mind, I thought, “Why take that away?” We can incorporate that into this new tool.

Since I’ve started my own business, I’ve noticed a real progressive movement towards more and more and more handmade things and a lot more consciousness about where you items are coming from. Trying to buy things that are going to last you your lifetime instead of something that’s meant to be thrown away the second you open it.

I leave a window of about three to six months. If I were making one knife at a time, that would take me a couple of days, but because I have so many I tend to make them in batches, so as many as I can, I start from the beginning process, maybe 10 knives at the same time. So for a few weeks I’ll be working on those first initial processes on those knives altogether. Then I’ll move on to the next stage.

I use the forge for all of my smaller knives and essentially what we’re doing is we’re heating the metal and then using the hammer to hammer out the metal, lengthen the metal, to give us a longer, smoother material. And I don’t do that with the chef’s knives because I want to leave that grater on the side of the knife.

So with the larger chef’s knives, I’ve already cut out the pieces in Vermont with an oxy acetylene torch and then once I get them here, I start the stock removal process. So I start with my bench grinder, grinding away the excess metal on one side to leave the grater on the other.

And then I’ll move to my belt sander, and using a series of belts that go from very coarse to very fine, I’ll bring that blade down to a fine edge and make it all shiny and smooth and sharp.

Each piece, depending on the way that it looks, it calls for a different piece of wood. So I’ll shuffle through a lot of wood to find the right wood for the right knife.

And we’ll cut out the wood, we will sand the handle a little bit, then we’ll drill the holes, glue it together, clamp it, and then wait for it to cure. I usually let it cure for about 24 hours.

Then we’ll take that off, sand the handle down, all the excess glue off the edges. And then we’ll put a final sharpen on the blade, oil up the handle, and it’s ready to go off and cut some vegetables.

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Turkey tightens security ahead of New Year attack anniversary

Istanbul will deploy over 40,000 members of the security forces for the night of New Year’s Eve, one year after a deadly attack on a nightclub claimed 39 lives. The authorities have banned any New Year celebrations in Taksim Square in the heart of the European side of the city while a similar measure has been imposed for the lively district of Besiktas. IMAGES

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The Great American Pilgrimage: Just face it

Stephen and Max make their way to South Dakota to bask in the glory of Mount Rushmore and then talk to local business owners in the nearby town of Keystone— A wood carver who makes sculptures with his chainsaw and an immigrant who sells patriotic T-shirts. Max gets a lesson in the art of chainsaw carving and “Abraham Lincoln” makes a special appearance in town as well.

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Feel the holiday spirit! Drone captures Moscow New Year’s decorations

Moscow looks ready to welcome in New Year 2018, as shown by drone footage
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Gruesome find: Over 100 killed by ISIS recovered from 2 mass graves in Syria

Two mass graves uncovered near the former terrorist stronghold of Raqqa became the final resting place for dozens of Syrians executed by ISIS. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8vyh

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Spanish Drink Makers Innovate With ‘Blue Wine’

The Spanish national law for wine defines the three kinds of wines – red, white and rose. Therefore, Gik Live is not considered wine. But Gik Live maintains that ruling is unfair because its drink is made from 100 percent grapes. (Dec. 30)

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What It Was Like In The Situation Room During The Osama Bin Laden Raid

Former chief official White House photographer Pete Souza, author of “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,”  tells the story behind the iconic photo of President Obama in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden. Following is a transcript of the video.

Pete Souza: My name is Pete Souza, I was the chief official photographer for President Obama, and my new book “Obama: An intimate portrait” just came out.

On the day of the bin Laden raid, the president and his national security team piled into this very tiny conference room within the situation room complex to monitor the raid as it happened. I chose one corner of the room to be in. And because there were so many people I couldn’t really move around during those 40 minutes. And so I was able to photograph as they all watched this raid unfold. There was very little conversation taking place. There was just observation as they watched the special forces on the ground.

When the president walked into this little conference room, there was a brigadier general sitting at the head of the table, and he stood up to give the president that chair. And the president said no, no no you stay there, because he was on his laptop, in communication with Admiral McRraven. And the president just pulled up a folding black chair and sat next to him.

The picture itself was taken towards the back-end of the raid. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when that was, but I suspect it was when the special forces were inside the house and there was no video of what was occurring inside the house. So I think they were waiting to see what would happen.     

Throughout the 40 minutes in that room, it was very tense and anxious. You could see that on their faces, and when the word came over that Geronimo KIA, meaning Geronimo was Bin Laden’s codename for this mission, that he was killed in action, I think there was a sense of happiness and resolve, but there was no like high-fives or cheering or anything like that. The President stood up at the end and shook hands with a few people. But it was almost anti-climatic and actually somewhat solemn when this ended.

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, December 30th: Iranian protests against the weak economy continue; A prank led to a 28-year-old’s death; Fire Department releases footage of apartment building where 12 died in flames.

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In Finland Exploring Mountain Biking A New Way

Forget snow mobiles or skis, the latest way to explore frozen arctic landscapes is by bicycle – a fat one. A trend for so-called “Fat Biking” has spread to the frozen forests of Finnish Lapland, becoming a hit with thrill-seeking winter tourists.(Dec. 30)

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