The Breakfast Club (Raise the Candles High)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of followers die in mass murder-suicide in South America; Massachusetts high court rules gay couples can marry; Disney’s ‘Steamboat Willie’ premieres in New York.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

Maya Angelou

Breakfast News

French Return to Cafes in a Show of Defiance

At 6 p.m. sharp on Tuesday, Mickel Dagdalar and Maxence Lezeau squeezed behind a tiny bistro table at Le Baromètre, a casual neighborhood hangout on the Boulevard Voltaire. They each lit a cigarette and began sipping at glasses of beer, as the crowd around them swelled.

It was the most typical of Parisian scenes — the sharing of drinks among friends. But after the worst terrorist assault on France in recent history, it was also meant to be an act of defiance, a modern-day symbol of “la résistance.”

What better way to declare the endurance of France than to live it up at a cafe?

New York seeks injunction to shut down DraftKings and FanDuel immediately

New York state’s top prosecutor has filed for a temporary injunction that would shut down the fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel in the state – the latest blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been criticised as a form of unregulated gambling.

The web company Yahoo was drawn into the legal battle on Tuesday night, with the New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, reportedly issuing a subpoena over its own daily fantasy sports site.

Daily fantasy sports gaming “is nothing more than a rebranding of sports betting”, said Schneiderman in legal documents filed in a Manhattan trial court. “It is plainly illegal.”

El Niño rains for dry California but scientists fear for coral reefs

The giant El Niño climatic event is set to bring rain to drought-stricken California by January, but is likely to exacerbate a widespread die-off of corals in the ocean, new data suggests.

The relentless warming trend highlighted by the new data also shows the world has just experienced its warmest October on record.

Climate scientists believe the current El Niño event, a periodic climatic condition concentrated in the Pacific Ocean but affecting the whole globe, will be among the three strongest on record and may even eclipse the peak El Niño of 1997-98. Weekly temperature readings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of an area of the Pacific off the coast of Peru show temperatures were 5.4F above the long-term average for the week of 11 November, higher than the comparable period in 1997.The giant El Niño climatic event is set to bring rain to drought-stricken California by January, but is likely to exacerbate a widespread die-off of corals in the ocean, new data suggests.

Conservation groups allege US has failed to protect endangered red wolf

The US government has failed to properly protect the red wolf, one of the world’s rarest wolves, by allowing a member of the species’ small wild population to be killed, conservationists have claimed.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has been taken to court by a coalition of environmental groups that argues it has not properly protected the endangered red wolf, with estimates of just 50 to 75 of the animals left in the wild in North Carolina.

A lawsuit filed with the US district court for the eastern district of North Carolina states that the FWS permitted a landowner to kill an adult female red wolf in June that was known to have mothered a total of 16 pups through four litters.

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