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    Sweden warns UK not to emulate Norway border

    Sweden’s Europe minister has poured cold water on the idea of the UK enjoying “frictionless trade” after Brexit.

    Ann Linde, who has sat on the Nordic country’s frontbench since May 2016, told Sky News: “It’s not possible to have frictionless trade if you are not part of the customs union and the single market.”

    In recent weeks and months she has met with Brexit Secretary David Davis and his Labour opposite number, Keir Starmer.

    Both were interested in how the 1,000 mile long frontier between Sweden and neighbouring non-EU nation Norway works.

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    Image: The border between Norway and Sweden is 1,000 miles long

    Mr Davis has suggested its border with Sweden – and therefore the EU – could be one Britain might imitate after Brexit.

    Ms Linde admitted that it does represent the best option for a non-EU country.

    But she told Sky News it would come as a shock to British people and businesses accustomed to experiencing no bureaucracy over travel and trade with continental Europe.

    Ms Linde said: “We did research with 2,000 Swedish companies to say which country is the most difficult to have export relations to and number one was Norway and after that came China.”

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    Image: David Davis has suggested Britain could emulate the Norway arrangement

    She also criticised British ministers’ approach to the whole question.

    “You cannot be half in the customs union,” Ms Linde said. “Either you are or you’re not.

    “They say they want a bespoke arrangement. Well it’s not possible. I think they hope for a solution that no other country has been able to negotiate at all.”

    Despite the UK’s hopes to use technology to create an invisible, if not frictionless, border to solve the Northern Ireland question, the Republic claims that is not an option.

    Irish Europe minister Helen McEntee told Sky News: “When we’re talking about no return to the border for us, and we have been very clear from the beginning that the way that we could achieve that is by the UK and northern Ireland remaining part of the customs union and the single market.”

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    Some stars are really earning their stuffing.

    Ahead of the most gluttonous day of the year, celebrities are making sure to hit the gym before chowing down on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more delicious treats.

    “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones, who has really upped her workout regimen this year with help from a personal trainer, snuck in some cardio before Thanksgiving, while Gisele Bündchen hit up TB12 Sports — and called out her athlete husband, Tom Brady.

    “Meanwhile, the day before Thanksgiving at @tb12sports… Where are you @tombrady?” she wrote.

    Kevin Hart, who just welcomed his first child with wife Eniko Parrish — third total — also squeezed in some time at the gym.

    “You make time for what you want to. The hustle never stops,” Hart said in an Instagram video. “[I] took a little break, left my wife and my baby. Came to get some miles in, and then I’m gonna go back. The hustle don’t stop. It never stops.”

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    NJ governors may not be able to shut down beaches anymore

    Chris Christie’s about to get beach slapped!

    Future Jersey governors will be unable to shut down state beaches only to use them as private playgrounds — a la Christie’s infamous July Fourth weekend stunt — thanks to a new bill working its way through the legislature.

    The bill — already passed by the Assembly and soon to be taken up in the state Senate — will keep state parks and other recreation areas open to the public for seven days in the event of a government shutdown like the one that saw Christie score exclusive access to the shoreline next to the governor’s mansion.

    “Families were grossly inconvenienced by the unexpected government shutdown and that should never happen again,” said Democratic Assemblyman John McKeon, who sponsored the bill in the Assembly.

    Garden Staters were livid when Christie was caught brazenly sunning it up on Island Beach State Park with a dozen family members and friends earlier this year — after he’d shut the state-run coasts to regular citizens amid a budget standoff.

    To make matters worse, a day before photos of the beach bum pol surfaced, Christie had lied to reporters that he didn’t get “any sun” that weekend.

    Photos of the portly pol catching rays quickly went viral, and caused the unpopular governor’s approval rating to sink even further.

    The images of the baseball cap-clad Christie lounging in a beach chair in a T-shirt, shorts and sandals quickly inspired memes and Halloween costumes.

    But the bill isn’t a sure thing — the labor union representing many state workers, the Communication Workers of America, thinks it will make it easier for lawmakers to shut the government down because the threat of losing public parks won’t be a factor.

    “We do think the parks are absolutely critical,” said CWA spokesman Seth Hahn. “But it’s not less critical than people doing unemployment benefits who have been laid off from their jobs.”

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    Spectrum offering $50K reward for info on vandalized cables

    Spectrum is offering a $50,000 reward for information about cables that were vandalized in Brooklyn and Queens overnight resulting in the loss of TV, internet and phone services to thousands of customers.

    “We have crews on site at the locations, and appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore services as quickly as possible,” Spectrum spokesman John Bonomo said.

    The cable provider has reported the severed cables to the NYPD and is pushing for the “arrest and conviction of those responsible for criminally vandalizing Spectrum’s cable network,” Bonomo said.

    He identified service interruptions in central Queens and south and central Brooklyn.

    The cable outage — on a day when TV viewership is generally high due to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and National Dog Show airing back to back on NBC as well as NFL games on Fox, CBS and NBC throughout the day and night — rankled some local customers.

    “@Ask_Spectrum how am I supposed to get through a holiday with no football??” Theresa Palermo‏ asked the company via Twitter.

    Bonomo blamed the vandalism on disgruntled union employees from Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who have been on strike since March when contract negotiations collapsed.

    A Spectrum employee was arrested last summer for allegedly cutting cables in June that knocked out power to around 60,000 people, but the charges against him were later dropped.

    “In the three years before Local 3 began its illegal strike on March 28, there were a total of four incidents of vandalism of our network in New York City,” Bonomo said.

    He counted over 130 acts of vandalism resulting since the strike started resulting in the loss of service to “tens of thousands of New York residents and businesses, as well as schools, hospitals and critical government and public safety agencies.”

    Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications, is suing Local 3 over the vandalism.

    Union reps did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

    The latest disruptions come just ahead of one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.

    Another angry customer named Charles tweeted, “I can’t believe this is happening today when it is the only day of the year that I am going online to do some holiday shopping.”

    Bonomo encouraged people with information about the suspected acts of sabotage to call the company’s confidential tip line at 800-308-9426.

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    Verne Lundquist a ‘little envious,’ a lot happy as Iron Bowl goes on without him

    It was the fourth quarter of Alabama’s 59-0 thrashing of Vanderbilt on Sept. 24 and Verne Lundquist had to let Gary Danielson know he was turning him off.

    “I texted Gary in the fourth quarter and said, ‘I love you, but there is a better game on ABC.’” Lundquist recalls with a laugh.

    Lundquist said that is the only “SEC on CBS” action he has missed this season, though for the first time in 17 seasons it is no longer from the booth. The 77 year old stepped away from most of his responsibilities at CBS after last season, handing the prestigious SEC football job to Brad Nessler.

    Lundquist now spends his Saturdays watching end-to-end action alongside his wife Nancy.

    “I know more about college football now than I ever did in all those years of doing the SEC,” Lundquist, who is recovering from back surgery three weeks ago, told The Post. “Nancy, my wife, loves college football as I do. So, we’ve given ourselves over to it on Saturday. We start at 10 o’clock our time (they live in Colorado) and she finally gives up when the ABC game is over at night, but I just keep going.

    “It’s been fascinating for me to watch the different broadcasts and how each unit approaches the games. I am very loyal to our guys and I don’t think I’ve missed a minute, except for that one game … It has been fun because when you’re involved and getting ready for a game, you are worried about that game. I do believe I have a much broader perspective of what’s going on in college football.”

    Still, Lundquist admits he will be a little jealous on Saturday at 3:30 PM when Auburn plays hosts to Alabama at Jordan Hare Stadium. It’s the site of Lundquist’s most memorable college football call when the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide returning a missed field goal on the game’s final play in 2013. Kick Six, as it is called, ended Alabama’s title hopes and vaulted Auburn to the national championship game, where they would lose to Florida State.

    “I get asked about it a lot because I’ve been at this for a long time, what is my favorite game to do. I don’t hesitate when it comes to college football,” Lundquist said. “The 2013 Auburn-Alabama game, I don’t know if for me anything will surpass that. … “I will watch from the very beginning this week and they’ll know I’ll be a little envious that I am not there because we almost had the same setup we had in 2013. We have No. 1 vs. No. 6, a SEC Championship on the line. I know our guys are excited because I think we’ll have a massive audience for the game. I’ll be really disappointed if we don’t get a highly-contested game.”

    It’s still “we” and “our” when Lundquist talks of his former college football colleagues.

    Brad Nessler took over for Lundquist.AP

    “The whole evolution of bringing Brad in and me stepping aside could not have been more seamless,” Lundquist, whose broadcasting career began in 1970, said. “But, of course, we were a family and you don’t disassociate yourself from something like that without some emotion. I’ve been concentrating so much on this back issue, I don’t miss the travel that’s for damn sure. But I do miss the game prep and the camaraderie.”

    Lundquist expects a tight battle. Alabama is undefeated, as usual, but he senses some cracks that have not been there in recent seasons.

    “From a distance, Alabama’s defense doesn’t look quite as solid or as strong as it had been in past four or five years,” Lundquist said. “Auburn has been a little bit of a surprise this year. If Auburn can put together a few lengthy drives they can be very competitive.”

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    Serena Williams’ wedding ring is huge

    Serena Williams has a new, massive accessory on her left hand.

    The tennis pro shared an adorable picture of baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian on her daughter’s Instagram page, but her enormous wedding ring might have stolen the show.

    “Daddy knows how much I love leopard print,” baby Alexis “wrote” alongside her picture.

    Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 34, tied the knot last Thursday in New Orleans in front of many celebrity friends.

    Williams, 36, walked down the aisle in a stunning strapless gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, which she paired with a glittering cape and a traditional veil. Her bridesmaids wore dresses by Galia Lahav with capes to match Serena’s.

    Guests watching the couple exchange vows included Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Ciara, La La Anthony, Selita Ebanks and Kelly Rowland. Serena’s mom, Oracene Price, carried the couple’s 11-month-old daughter.

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    Inside Meghan McCain and Ben Domenech’s wedding

    The McCain family went all out for Meghan McCain‘s nuptials to Ben Domenech Tuesday.

    Meghan looked gorgeous in a white beaded and lace wedding gown teamed with a white fur stole, while Ben donned a navy blue suit for his big day with a boutonniere fastened out various florals inside of a shotgun shell.

    The pre-Thanksgiving wedding, which took place at the McCain family ranch in Sedona, Arizona, featured a massive tent filled with antler-style chandeliers, hardwood floors and leaf-covered branches decorated with twinkle lights. “American Idol” winner-turned-politician Clay Aiken serenaded the couple as they danced in front of 100 of their closest family and friends.

    The bride and groom later cut into a 6-tier wedding cake — each tier a different color.

    A band clad in cowboy hats performed throughout the evening, as guests, which included Meghan’s former Fox News colleague Katherine Timpf, conservative commentator and columnist S.E. Cupp, “Kennedy” host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery and “The Art of the Donald” author Christopher Bedford, watched and danced.

    Prior to her wedding, Meghan shared a picture of her white Minnie Rose slippers that read “I Do!”

    Earlier this month, Page Six exclusively revealed that McCain was engaged to Domenech, whose identity had been a secret.

    She later said they got engaged at the Mayo Clinic, where her father, Sen. John McCain, was having a scan, “because we decided to sort of celebrate life and celebrate being alive and all these things.”

    John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July.

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    Rangers will let Filip Chytil go, but not for long

    The Rangers haven’t yet officially responded to Team Czech Republic’s request to make Filip Chytil available for the upcoming World Junior Tournament in Buffalo, but sources have indicated that management will allow the 18-year-old center to leave the AHL Wolf Pack for the event.

    The 21st-overall selection in last June’s Entry Draft, who played in the first two games of the season for the Rangers after unexpectedly earning a lineup spot with a head-turning training camp, has recorded 11 points (5-6) in nine games since his Oct. 10 assignment to the AHL.

    It is believed that the plan would be for Chytil to return to Hartford immediately following the tournament that will be contested between Dec. 26 and Jan. 5 — rather than join HC Zlin in the Czech League — so that the Blueshirts would retain the option to recall the teen if warranted.


    Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get his 11th straight start in Friday’s match at the Garden against the Red Wings. The King, who is in the midst of his best extended run since his brilliance carried the Blueshirts to a 14-2-2 getaway in 2015-16, has a .932 save pct. and 2.17 GAA over his last nine starts.

    This will tie the 10th-longest consecutive starts streak of Lundqvist’s career. The 35-year-old Swede, who has not started more than 11 straight since he got the call for the final 14 games of the lockout-truncated 2012-13, set his personal high in starting the final 26 games of 2010-11. The netminder started 36 of the final 37 games in 2006-07.

    Lundqvist’s start will mark his 20th in 23 games. Ondrej Pavelec has not started since a 5-4 defeat in Montreal on Oct. 28, though he did get 13:15 of relief work in Chicago on Nov. 15. Including this one against Detroit, the Rangers have five games before their next back-to-back on Dec. 8-9, when a visit to Washington is followed by a Garden match against the Devils.


    Prior to Wednesday’s 6-1 victory in Carolina, achieved despite the absence of Ryan McDonagh (abdominal strain), the Brady Skjei-Kevin Shattenkirk pair had been on for 88 draws in the offensive zone and 41 in the defensive zone for a 68.2 pct. o-zone start pct.

    But without the captain—who has a 53.5 d-zone start pct.—the Skjei-Shattenkirk had five d-zone starts opposed to four in the o-zone.

    Stats courtesy of naturalstattrick.com.


    David Desharnais is expected to remain a healthy scratch for the third straight game in light of the strong work of the recently constructed Jimmy Vesey-Boo Nieves-Paul Carey fourth line.

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    Sessions orders review of FBI background check database

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a wide-ranging review of the FBI background check database after the Air Force neglected to file the criminal history of the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church, according to a report.

    The shooter who had been convicted of domestic violence in the military was able to buy his weapons because his name was not in the database.

    Sessions ordered the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to check if other government agencies are failing to report information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

    The database “is critically important to protecting the American public from firearms-related violence,” Sessions wrote in the directive. “It is, however, only as reliable and robust as the information that federal, state, local and tribal government entities make available to it.”

    The Pentagon has also launched an investigation into why Devin Kelly’s conviction was not reported to the database.

    He was able to buy an AR-15-style assault rifle that he used to mow down congregants at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 6.

    Another report said tens of thousands of names were removed from the database this year after the FBI in February changed the legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to one that includes wanted people who have crossed state lines.

    Since its creation in 1998, the database has been used to prevent 180,000 people from buying weapons because they came under the “fugitives from justice” designation, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing government statistics.

    The designation has long been debated in law enforcement circles but Trump’s Department of Justice narrowed it and in February ordered the FBI to remove all entries of “fugitives from justice” from the database.

    The number of people identified under the designation fell from 150,000 to 788, the newspaper reported.

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    NYPD selects new chief of department

    The NYPD has named its new chief of department: Terence Monahan, police sources told The Post Thursday.

    Monahan, who is chief of patrol, was selected to fill the position being vacated by Carlos Gomez, who is retiring.

    “It’s the perfect choice,” a police source said. “Gomez is gone and Terry has already been groomed to step into his shoes. He’s for the cops but he’s also for making sure the people in the city are dutifully served.”

    Gomez was the highest-ranked Latino within the NYPD and the first Hispanic to ever hold the chief of department position. Some had hoped Commissioner James O’Neill would replace him with another Hispanic candidate to reflect the department’s diversity.

    As part of the reshuffling, O’Neill was also considering making crime stats guru Chief Dermot Shea the NYPD’s chief of detectives. Robert Boyce, who currently holds the position, is nearing retirement.

    Monahan joined the NYPD in January 1982 and began his career as a patrolman in the 41st Precinct in the Bronx.

    He was the executive officer of the 34th Precinct and commanding officer of the 34th, 46th and 48th precincts and Narcotics Borough Manhattan North.

    Monahan also served as executive officer for Patrol Borough Bronx. He got his bachelor’s in liberal arts from Fordham University.

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