King of Pop Michael Jackson tops the Forbes list of the Top Earning Dead Celebrities for the second year in a row.

The late King Of Pop continues to rake in big bucks posthumously, bringing in $140 million in earnings according to the magazine.

His CD “Xscape” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and his holographic image appeared on the Billboard Music Awards in a move to continue his relativity in the industry.

Jackson’s song, “Love Never Felt So Good” a duet with Justin Timberlake, hit the Billboard Top 100 upon its release in May of 2014.

Rounding out the list of the top deceased earners are as follows: Elvis Presley, Charles Schultz, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Bette Page, Theodor Geisel, Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee and Jenni Rivera.

In total, the list tops earnings of over $363.5M dollars.

Forbes editors stated they compiled their list by speaking to estate managers, agents and music publishers to come up with estimates of what each estate brought in between October 2013 and October 2014 , stay with us for more information on!!!

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The popular Independent Publisher design is a WordPress theme that has long been beloved for its simplicity and legibility. So we are happy to announce that it has been improved, ever so slightly, with the design talents of Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad.

Introducing Independent Publisher 2:

Independent Publisher was first designed, developed, and released four years ago by Raam Dev in his introductory post to the Independent Publisher Project:

“I’ve been using WordPress for the past 8 years and in that time my site has always had a modified version of someone else’s theme. I always found it easier to start with a theme created by someone else and simply modifying it until I had it the way I wanted.” —Raam Dev, 2013

I recently caught up with Raam to learn about the origins of Independent Publisher.

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Barack Obama has finally responded to evidence that Russia interfered with the presidential election with the intent to get Donald Trump in the White House — and he’s not taking their punishment lightly.

On Thursday, the Obama administration expelled 35 Russian diplomats and imposed sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services — but that’s not all.

The administration also sanctioned four top officers of a military intelligence unit (known as the GRU) the White House believes to have ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee! Wow!

Obama described Russia’s continued efforts to meddle in the presidential race, despite multiple warnings from our government not to, as a threat to the democratic process. He said in a statement:

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.”

The President also suggested the nation-state may have aimed to affect previous elections through cyber-espionage, and suggested the U.S. would engage in covert retaliation activity.

Obama explained that his administration will soon “be providing a report to Congress in the coming days about Russia’s efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.”

According to U.S. intelligence agencies, Russia’s effort to infiltrate the U.S. government has been 10 years in the making — which would make their 5-year plan to groom Trump as the next Commander in Chief the ass-end of their overall scheme!

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement accusing Russia of a decade-long cyber campaign targeting American government, infrastructure and citizens in general.

Obama signed an executive order outlining economic penalties for parties involved in “tampering with, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions.”

Of the “nine entities and individuals” these sanctions affect, Obama said:

“The GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.”

While these sanctions did not include Vladimir Putin, Obama strongly suggested the Russian President knew about the hacking activity because “these data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.”

Russia is most likely to respond by kicking out U.S. officials from its country, but the real question lies in if Trump will lift the sanctions after he is inaugurated later this month.

When asked on Wednesday night at his Palm Beach estate about reports of the impending sanctions, the President-elect told The New York Times:

“I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind, the security we need.”

Ah, the response you’d expect from your local Verizon Fios cable installer. Trump also said he would start making America great again some time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. next Tuesday. Ha!

We’re not sure what he means by “get on with our lives,” as his life for the next four years will be entirely about responding to and dealing with foreign affairs and threats to our nation’s security.

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Ready for a rude awakening? A new survey says LA is one of America’s rudest cities. On a positive note, Los Angeles was not deemed “the” worst. But KCAL9’s Rachel Kim says LA does rank (operative word being rank) right up there. Many people are drawn to Los Angeles by our…

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NEWS ;7,436 Nigerians crossed European borders illegally in 2015, says EU

The European Union on Monday said 7,436 Nigerians crossed into Europe from Nigeria illegally in the second quarter of 2015.
Mr Richard Young, EU Deputy Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, made this known on the side line of a news briefing on migration in Abuja.

Young explained that the figure was the number of irregular migrants that were officially recorded by the EU Border Agency, Frontex.

He said that out of the 7,436 immigrants, 7,124 illegally crossed through the sea borders into Europe during the period.

He said the agency recorded a total of 170,155 migrants that illegally crossed the borders into Europe from various countries in the period.
“In this situation, they are referred to as irregular immigrants in the sense that they crossed the border illegally but may have a right of asylum.

“After all investigations are done and it is found that they do not have the right of asylum, then they are referred to as illegal immigrants,’’ he explained.

The envoy disclosed that EU had earmarked 1.8 billion pounds to set up an emergency trust fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.

According to him, the fund is set up to address the crises in the regions of the Sahel and Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa and North Africa.

In an earlier address with newsmen, a senior EU official said the fund made available by member states was aimed at fostering stability and contributing to better migration management in Africa.

The official, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said that the forthcoming 2015 Valletta Summit on Migration would bring EU and African countries together to enhance partnership and find common solutions to illegal migration.

He said that the meeting would build on existing frameworks of cooperation to address the root causes of migration, establish and organise legal migration channels.

He said that the meeting would also focus on ways to enhance the protection of migrants and asylum seekers as well as tackle exploitation and trafficking of migrants.

The official added that the meeting would also improve on policies on the return and re-admission of illegal migrants.
He also confirmed attendance of the 34 African countries invited to participate in the summit.

“We have invited African countries we have agreements with on migration; half of them would be represented at the levels of Heads of State and Government while the others would be represented at the ministerial levels.

“Out of 28 EU member states, 22 will be represented at the Heads of States and Governments,” he said.

He added that the African Union, ECOWAS and other regional economic communities across Africa would also be represented at the summit.

The official reiterated the commitment of EU to assisting African countries in building stronger migration policies and addressing root causes to migration


Africa : Ivory Coast ex-first lady given 20-year jail term “

Ivory Coast’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for instigating the deadly violence that rocked the West African country after presidential elections in 2010.

The 65-year-old wife of Ivory Coast’s former president, Laurent Gbagbo, was sentenced in court on Tuesday on charges of having a hand in the unrest which led to the deaths of some 3,000 people following the presidential poll in late 2010 and 2011.

“The jury members retained all the charges against her, including disturbing the peace, forming and organizing armed gangs and undermining state security,” Rodrigue Dadje, the ex-first lady’s lawyer said.

She was sentenced for twice as long as the prosecutors had initially asked for. Simone’s lawyer said they will appeal.

Simone also said she was humiliated, adding that the prosecution had failed to prove her guilty.

The former president’s wife was tried along with 82 other supporters of her husband. General Bruno Dogbo Ble, who headed the elite republican guard as well as former navy chief Admiral Vagba Faussignaux, were also sentenced to 20 years in prison.

This is while the former Ivorian president is also facing four charges, including crimes against humanity, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his alleged role in orchestrating the post-election violence.

Simone was arrested along with her husband in 2011 after troops stormed a bunker following a military assault on their residence in Abidjan.

Ivory Coast was engulfed in chaos after the former president refused to concede defeat in the November 2010 presidential election and remained in power until being driven out in April 2011 by the supporters of Alassane Ouattara, the country’s current president !!

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