James Bond-inspired French guitar company rocking the USA | AFP

Thanks to an innovative concept, a swivel pickup inspired by James Bond which allows musicians to swith styles and, therefore, use just one guitar instead of several, a small electric guitar company from the Allier region of France is taking the American market by storm. Rock bands Guns N’Roses and ZZ Top are already fans of Wild Customs guitars, which employs just five people.

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Last Word on LSU and Looking Ahead to 2020

The final AP College Football Podcast of the 2019 season, Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA Today join AP’s Ralph Russo to recap LSU’s national championship game victory against Clemson.

What is Joe Burrow’s place in college football history after a record-breaking season and remarkable rise to super stardom? How about these Tigers? Is coach Ed Orgeron’s team worthy of a spot among the great in recent college football history? Plus, what to make of Trevor Lawrence’s first taste of adversity at Clemson?

Then we spin it ahead to 2020. The top stories, the most interesting teams, players, rivalries and coaches, heading into next season.

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College football title game crowd cheers Trump

President Trump watched No. 1 Louisiana State University and No. 3 Clemson battle it out in the College Football Playoff championship in New Orleans Monday night. Fans from both teams cheered him loudly, chanting “USA” and “Four more years.” (Jan. 14)

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Championship Week Preview

Championship weekend is upon us, but that’s only a portion of all that is going on in college football this week. The coaching carousel has cranked up and the Heisman race will be settled as well. USA Today national college football writer Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo for an extra long edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss why coaching searches are set up to fail, the legacy of Chris Petersen and why his surprising resignation was not so surprising. And which job is worst: Arkansas, Missouri or Mississippi?

Plus, a rundown of each conference title game, the playoff ramifications and why LSU shouldn’t be a lock to make the CFP without winning the SEC title. Plus, who should be No. 2 behind Joe Burrow in the Heisman voting?

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AP Top25 Podcast: FSU or USC, which is a better job?

There is a lot going on in college football. Willie Taggart is out at Florida State and it seems like a forgone conclusion that Clay Helton will be out at USC soon. Which is a better job and who might fill them? Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the start of the coaching carousel.

Plus, It is a huge weekend of games with No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama playing. We’ll preview that and Penn State at Minnesota, another battle of unbeatens.

Also, the first College Football Playoff rankings are out. What should you be looking for in in the selection committee’s top 25?

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Today in History for October 26th

Highlights of this day in history: President George W. Bush signs USA Patriot Act; Henry Kissinger says ‘peace is at hand’ in Vietnam; Gunfight at the OK Corral takes place; Actor Bob Hoskins and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak born. (Oct. 26)

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Brain trauma in sport | AFP Animé

Videographic on brain trauma and concussion. England’s Piers Francis was cited for foul play on Friday after a tackle that left USA fullback Will Hooley concussed at the Rugby World Cup. On Thursday the first red card was shown when United States flanker John Quill was sent off for a shoulder to the head of England’s Owen Farrell.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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France eliminate USA from Basketball World Cup in major upset | AFP

France blew the Basketball World Cup wide open Wednesday by handing the United States their first loss in the competition in 13 years in their quarterfinal clash, powered by a double-double from big man Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.

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USA, Brazil react to US win and Olympic berth

USA players Khris Middleton and Joe Harris talk about the Americans clinching an Olympic berth and Brazil forward Anderson Varejao discusses his team’s loss to the USA in the World Cup. (Sept. 9)

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Gina Torres’ ‘Suits’ character gets fleshed out in new series

Gina Torres used to wonder about the back story of her “Suits” character, Jessica Pearson. She was the co-founder and boss at the law firm the show was centered on, but that was about it. Questions are answered in the new spinoff, “Pearson,” now airing on USA. (July 18)

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Here are the top stories for Tuesday, July 16th: GOP defends Trump on tweets; DOJ won’t charge officer in choke hold death; Epstein accuser speaks out; USA celebrates Apollo 11 mission anniversary.

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Fans in NYC celebrate USA’s Women’s World Cup win

The United States won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal. (July 7)

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England fans react after Lionesses lose to USA in WC semi-final | AFP

England fans who came hoping to cheer the ‘Lionesses’ into the Women’s World Cup final were left disappointed at the Boxpark venue in Croydon, south London, after a 2-1 defeat to the USA.

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England fans jump for joy as White hits equaliser in USA clash | AFP

England fans jump for joy at Boxpark in Croydon, London after Ellen White scores an equaliser to pull level 1-1 with the USA in the Women’s World Cup semi-final. American Christen Press created the perfect start for the three-time and defending champions USA when she headed the opener on 10 minutes, only for White to send England fans wild nine minutes later. IMAGES

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EIHA16, hemp, so what about the regulatory framework?

At the EIHA6 much was spoken about the difference between the regulatory framework in the EU compared with Canada, the USA and other countries. The EU is lacking behind!

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Womens World Cup: South Africa and USA say game has evolved

Both South Africa and the USA’s women’s football teams train ahead of their World Cup warm-up game against one another. With less than a month to go until the start of the competition, both South African defender Lebogang Ester Ramalepe and US forward Alex Morgan express their excitement about what this means for the future of women’s football.

Danny Byrd – Starting It Over (feat. Hannah Symons) [Turno Remix]

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Taken from Danny Byrd’s latest whirlwind funk adventure ‘Atomic Funk’ is ’Starting It Over’ (ft. Hannah Symons); a formidable blend of rugged jungle flavours running in unison with gorgeous silky soul and R&B style vocals. The original has been kicked into overdrive by none other than Turno, who Danny Byrd himself states “…is the man of the moment – he’s turned this old school jungle roller into something loud and tearing for 2019!”

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Dollykitten, the French 1950s pin-up taking on the USA

Marion Berrou-Drand adopted the 1950s look in 2011 initially to reflect her musical tastes. Berrou-Drand, alias ‘Dollykitten’, is set to become the first French contestant in the Pin-Up section of the Viva Las Vegas festival in the United States from April 18-21.

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Why Amtrak Is So Expensive | So Expensive

Amtrak has been operating since 1971. With high ticket costs, Amtrak has become a less viable mode of transportation. It has had a long history of financial instability since its formation. 

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Narrator: Amtrak is the only passenger railroad service that operates throughout the continental US. With about 500 destinations, the service has been operating since 1971. But with high ticket costs, Amtrak is becoming a less viable mode of transportation. In fact, it’s often more expensive to take an Amtrak train from New York City to Boston than to fly. Why does the US, a country that created billionaire railroad tycoons, have such an expensive and inefficient train system?

Amtrak has had a long history of financial instability since its formation. Passenger trains used to be owned by private companies that operated freight trains. At the start of the 20th century, nearly 42 million passengers traveled by rail as their primary mode of transportation. However, by the 1940s, railroads began to become less popular as buses, planes, and cars grew in popularity. And by the 1960s, many railways, such as Penn Central and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, all discontinued most of their trains.

Passenger trains were no longer profitable, especially when the US Post Office began shipping mail by truck and air. In an attempt to rescue the service, then-president Nixon signed a law in 1970 that ensured government funding. This act created the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, which eventually became Amtrak. Of the 26 railroads offering passenger service, six declined to join Amtrak.

Although the railroad service continued, its problems with ridership and financial instability remained. Amtrak competed with other railway companies for train stations and tracks. On its first day of service, passenger trains had to be rerouted from seven train terminals in Chicago into just one. Amtrak also had to pay and maintain multiple train stations in one city due to the lack of track connections.

Throughout the early 2000s, the US government attempted to make Amtrak financially self-sufficient by trying to increase ridership and implement the Acela Express, which runs at a maximum speed of 150 mph. But their plans failed, as Amtrak still had a large sum of debt from years of underfunding. To this day, trains still have a low profit margin and rely heavily on subsidies to operate.

According to the company’s 2017 fiscal year report, Amtrak had a total revenue of $3.3 billion. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to make Amtrak profitable. It still had a total operating loss of $194 million. Many of the lines don’t make any money or are operated at a loss. To accommodate the money-losing routes, Amtrak uses profits from its popular lines, such as the Northeast Corridor. Since this is one of the most popular routes, Amtrak can charge higher prices and send those profits to other, less profitable lines.

Additionally, the USA is a very big country. It’s the fourth-largest country, with about 3.8 million square miles of land. In comparison to Japan, which is smaller than the state of California, the US requires a lot more rail to cover its land. Amtrak trains run on 21,400 miles of track, and only owns about 630 miles of it.

For example, between New Rochelle and New Haven on the Boston-New York route, the tracks are owned and operated by Metro-North Railroad. This means Amtrak needs to pay Metro-North Railroad to run their trains over these tracks, which adds extra costs to passengers’ tickets.

According to Amtrak’s company profile, it operated approximately 300 trains a day in 2017. In comparison, SNCF, the French National Railway Company, operated 14,000 trains daily. That’s 47 times more trains, serving a nation that has one-quarter of the population of the United States. France is also even smaller than the size of Texas.

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