July 17, 2019

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17-year-old who announced Colts draft picks dies

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Madi Moore, who helped announced the Indianapolis Colts' picks during the 2019 NFL draft, died Monday at the age of 17. Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis Star reported the news, noting Moore—who played volleyball at Linton-Stockton High in Indiana—was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in January 2018.Per Hunsinger Benbow, she was declared cancer-free in August after receiving a stem cell transplant but twice suffered from graft-versus-host disease after her body rejected the donor stem cells.Moore was one of three patients at the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health who helped the Colts announce their fourth- and fifth-round picks live on NFL Network alongside cornerbacks Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir....
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This app shows you what you'll look like as you age

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(CNN)Ever wanted to know how you'll age? There's an app for that.Launched in 2017, FaceApp isn't necessarily new. But it's making headlines again because the app has gotten good -- like, eerily good -- at showing users what they'll look like when they age.It's scary, so use at your own risk. Or, take a spin through Twitter or Instagram to see how others have turned out years into the future.Basketball star Dwyane Wade gave it a go -- or, in this case, retired basketball star?Tottenham Hotspurs, a soccer team in England, made a whole Twitter thread of their players with FaceApp. It's amazing.And rapper Drake got in on the aging action (though it isn't clear if he used FaceApp to do it). The app uses neural networks -- a type of artificial intelligence -- to edit the photos. ...
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Airline buys used planes since it can't fly 737 Max

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New York (CNN Business)United Airlines is getting creative in its plans to maintain capacity as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max enters its fifth month.The Chicago-based carrier said Tuesday it has signed an agreement to buy 19 used Boeing 737-700 aircraft. It expects the planes to be delivered starting in December. It didn't disclose the airline it's buying the planes from. United(UAL) has 14 Boeing 737 Max 9 jets in its fleet. Like other airlines, it is being forced to cancel flights until at least early November because of the grounding. It didn't disclose the cost of the Max grounding.The used planes aren't meant to replace the Max 9 jets because they are slightly smaller. The Boeing 737-700's currently in United's fleet has 126 seats, while the Max 9 can fit 179 passengers. ...
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Will Lakers lose $55 million star after just 1 year?

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Some may scoff at the notion of Anthony Davis playing anywhere other than Los Angeles in 2020-21, but he can and will turn down his $28.8 million player option, exercise his right to meet with other organizational leaders in free agency and weigh each pro and con next summer. "When that time comes around next year, you can ask me that question, we can revisit it," Davis said when asked about a long-term commitment at his introductory press conference with the Los Angeles Lakers. "Right now, I'm focused on this year and how I can help this team and help the organization become a championship team."His agent, Rich Paul, has already addressed the question. As he told Sports Illustrated's S.L. Price before the trade that moved Davis off the New Orleans Pelicans:...
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Alyssa Milano: Skyrocketing insulin prices kill

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Alyssa Milano is an actor, activist, producer and co-chair of Health Care Voter. She is also the founder of #NoRA and Patriot NOT Partisan, and a board member of the ERA Coalition. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)Two years ago, 26-year-old Alec Smith died as a result of rationing his insulin after aging off his mother's insurance. He is not the only one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million people in the United States -- nearly one in every 10 Americans -- have diabetes. Another estimated 84 million are prediabetic and could require insulin later in life. The rate is even higher among people of color, especially indigenous people, black people and Latinx people....
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Judge Orders Release of Documents Related to Trump Hush-Money Probe After Prosecutors End Investigation

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(NEW YORK) — Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York that they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance violations committed by President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III made the disclosure in a court filing Wednesday.The judge said that the conclusion of the case clears the way for the public release of sealed search warrant materials dealing with the investigation.Pauley wrote that now that the probe is complete, every American should have the opportunity to scrutinize the documents.The investigation involved payments that Cohen helped orchestrate to two women — porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal — after they claimed they had affairs with Trump....
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Agents have ended their probe into the company's role in hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with the President

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New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization's role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump and have been ordered by a judge to release additional information connected to their related probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, according to court documents filed Wednesday."The campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of national importance. Now that the Government's investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the Materials," US District Court Judge William Pauley wrote.CNN reported on Friday that the Manhattan US Attorney's office had approached the end of its investigation of the Trump Organization and wasn't poised to charge any executives involved in the company's effort to reimburse Cohen. (Trump has denied the affair allegations.)...
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Study linking vaping to heart attacks muddied amid spat between two tobacco researchers

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Two prominent vaping researchers are facing off over claims that electronic cigarettes double the risk of heart attacks in adults, muddying the science over how best to stop smoking.  Brad Rodu, a University of Louisville professor, asked the Journal of the American Heart Association to retract a study out last month by University of California, San Francisco professor Stanton Glantz.The study, co-authored by Dharma Bhatta, claimed adult vaping was "associated with" a doubled risk of heart attack, but Glantz went farther in a blog post, saying the study represented "more evidence that e-cigs cause heart attacks." However, when Rodu obtained the federal data, he found the majority of the 38 patients in the study who had heart attacks had them before they started vaping — by an average of 10 years earlier. In his letter to the editors, Rodu called Glantz's findings "false and invalid."...
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Notorious drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán sentenced to life in prison

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NEW YORK – Notorious drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera was formally sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, bringing to an apparent end a decades-long, brutal and lucrative life of crime.U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence amid bomb-sniffing dogs, automatic rifle-toting agents and other extra security measures at the Brooklyn federal courthouse. Guzman, 62, a leader of Mexico's brutal Sinaloa narcotics cartel, has a history of complex and spectacular escapes from Mexican jails."The overwhelming evil is so clear," Cogan said in handing down the mandatory sentence, adding there was "a mountain load of evidence.Guzmán, convicted in February on drug trafficking and weapons charges, was also sentenced to 30 additional years and ordered to forfeit $12,666,191,704 based on the quantity and value of the drugs in his crimes....
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Naturally Blue Ivy and Beyoncé Coordinated Their Outfits for the ‘Spirit’ Music Video

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Beyoncé dropped a vibrant music video for her song “Spirit” from The Lion Kinglive-action remake early on Wednesday morning. The video featured a bevy of color-coordinated dance routines and fierce looks, as one is wont to expect from Bey. However, the most noteworthy feature in the music video was a poignant cameo from none other than her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.In her brief but notable appearance, Blue Ivy joins her mother, with the pair sporting matching lavender dresses, red hair and smoldering smizes. The importance of a royal lineage, a major theme in both Simba and Blue Ivy’s lives, is clear with parallel shots of an adult lion and their cub intercut with footage of Bey and Blue....
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Amazon Prime Day was bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday — combined

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New York (CNN Business)Amazon said this year's Prime Day was "once again the largest shopping event" in its history.The company said sales from its two-day shopping event surpassed its sales for last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Amazon didn't reveal specific figures, like revenue. It also doesn't typically disclose numbers for specific shopping days, with the only glimpse of sales being in its quarterly earnings. A record number of Prime members in the United States shopped during the extravaganza, according to Amazon(AMZN). In total, Prime members globally bought more than 175 million items. Prime Day was also successful for Amazon's line of deeply discounted gadgets. It was the "biggest event ever" for the electronics, which encompass the Fire TV Stick, Echo smart speakers and Fire tablets, among others. ...
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Hossein Ensan wins $10 million in prize money for World Series of Poker victory

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Hossein Ensan beat out 8,568 other competitors to win the $10 million first-place prize in the 2019 World Series of Poker's main event on Wednesday morning.The 55-year-old German poker player held off Dario Sammartino (second place, taking home $6 million) in eight grueling hours of heads-up action — which spanned 100 hands — during the 10th and final day of competition. On the final hand, Ensan held a pair of kings and Sammartino pushed his chips all in with nothing more than a flush draw and a straight draw. Ensan’s kings ultimately prevailed.'FREE SHOT': Astros manager not happy Marisnick got hitEnsan is just the third person to win $10 million or more for a grand prize as the bracelet winner at the WSOP's main event. Jamie Gold banked $12 million in 2005 and Martin Jacobsen hauled in $10 million in 2014. The field size was the second biggest in the event's history....
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‘He’s Got His Own Style.’ Handsome Goat Is One of the Most Stylish Guys to Grace Your Eyeballs Lately

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One animal at this Malaysian farm has risen above the rest to become the notable handsome goat on the internet.Harini Ramos, the 11-month-old goat, has garnered all kinds of acclaim and attention for his looks since his owners shared photos of him on their Facebook page. With luscious white locks, Harini has impressed everyone at Muhammad Livestock Farm in Perak, Malaysia. That’s why t, one of the farmers, keeps taking pictures of him. Fadzir tells TIME that he bought Harini, who is of the Saanen breed, from a different farm in March. Saanen goats originated in the Saanen Valley in Switzerland, according to ROYSFARM, an organization that advocates for modern farming methods.People are going crazy for the aesthetically pleasing animal. According to Fadzir, it’s really the hair on top of his head that makes him special. “He has his own style,” Fadzir told TIME. Some on Twitter and Facebook are even comparing his looks to K-pop stars....
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Carrie Underwood, more A-listers shock with wrinkles in FaceApp transformations

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Carrie Underwood is joining in on the FaceApp transformation trend.The singer, 36, took to Instagram Tuesday to share a photo of what she would look like in her old age, thanks to the popular photo-altering app."Everybody’s doing it...," she captioned the photo of her face with wrinkles, adding the shrugging emoji. She also tagged her husband, Mike Fisher, who is in the photo with matching wrinkles.Followers have gotten a kick out of the photo.Singer Trevor McNevan wrote, "Lookin’ good team! Like a fine wine!!!"Another commenter joked, "I don’t get it. What looks different?"Underwood isn't the only celebrity to take part in the tech trend. The Jonas Brothers also posted transformed photo....
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Pamplona’s Bull Runs Have a Controversial Past. Do They Still Have a Future?

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It takes about three and a half minutes to complete what’s perhaps the world’s most controversial race.Each year in the second week of July, six bulls are released every day at 8 a.m. into the narrow streets of Pamplona, a city in Spain’s northern region of Navarre. Several hundred people set off after them, scrambling chaotically for half a mile as crowds watch from balconies and street corners – and millions more on television. The bravest — or the stupidest — try to get out in front for the thrill of grabbing a bull by its horns. The track ends at the city’s bullring, where bullfighters face off with the animals and later slaughter them.The festival has been condemned, by Spaniards and foreigners alike, for its cruelty to animals, its atmosphere of toxic masculinity, and seemingly pointless risk to the participants. Such criticisms were renewed after eight runners, including two Americans, were non-fatally gored by bulls during this year’s eight races ending July 14. One was wounded in the neck and “miraculously” avoided damage to major arteries....
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House where Manson followers murdered 2 is on the market

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One of the Los Angeles houses where followers of Charles Manson committed notorious murders in 1969 is for sale.The home in the hilly Los Feliz district is where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were slain the night after actress Sharon Tate and four others were murdered were murdered by Manson followers in Benedict Canyon.Redfin listing agent Robert Giambalvo tells the Los Angeles Times the two-bedroom home is priced at $1.98 million.The house falls outside a requirement to inform buyers if a death occurred in a property in the previous three years, but Giambalvo says he noted on the multiple listing service that it's the LaBianca house and agents should do research before showing it.The house has changed hands several times since 1969 and last sold in 1998....
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2nd candidate says its 'common sense' to not be alone with a woman

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(CNN)A second Republican candidate for Mississippi governor said he would not be alone with a woman who is not his wife in a professional or personal setting, after fellow candidate state Rep. Robert Foster's decision to deny a female reporter's request to accompany him on a campaign trip for the same reason.Bill Waller Jr., the former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, told Mississippi Today that he subscribes to what is known as the "Billy Graham rule," named after the prominent evangelist, in which a man avoids being alone with women other than his wife."I just think it's common sense. I just think in this day and time that appearances are important ... transparency's important. And I think that people need to have the comfort of what's going on in government between employees and people. And there's a lot of social issues out there about that," Waller told the news outlet on Monday....
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EU Investigates If Amazon Hurts Competition By Using Sellers' Data

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Does Amazon hurt competition by using data from other sellers in its marketplace? The European Union has opened a formal antitrust investigation into the giant online retailer to answer that question.This is the latest push in the expanded focus by European and U.S. authorities on how tech giants — Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon — use the data of people and businesses that rely on their platforms. The EU last year led the charge with a new sweeping privacy law.The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said it will specifically focus on how Amazon uses data collected from third-party sellers that use its marketplace. The commission will look at how that data might be used to Amazon's own advantage or in other anti-competitive ways. ...
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Extraterrestrial Enthusiast Trains to Free Aliens From Area 51 With the Essential Workout Routine

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In the wake of over 1.5 million people signing a Facebook petition pledging to invade Area 51, the U.S. Air Force has warned that any attempt to illegally access the site is “highly discouraged.” But that hasn’t stopped one extraterrestrial enthusiast from whipping up a training regimen designed to get his clients in shape for the Sept. 20 raid on the highly-classified military base.In a video that has since gone viral, personal trainer Don Saladino can be seen putting his client Guy Blelloch through the alien-freeing paces. The out-of-this-world workout routine includes carrying an alien over hurdles to get it to its spaceship, running on the treadmill with an alien on your back, and resisting the alien’s attempts at mind-control — something that Blelloch clearly struggled with....
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Midwest and East Coast Braces For ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Weekend Heat Wave

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Two-thirds of the United States is set to experience a “dangerous and widespread” heat wave this weekend, as temperatures are expected to rise above 100 degrees in many parts of the midwest and the East Coast, affecting millions of people.“A large dome of high pressure will allow high temperatures to surge into the 90s and 100s in many locations, while heat indices will top 100 and approach 110 degrees or higher. There also will be no relief at night, as low temperatures remain in the upper 70s and 80s,” the National Weather Service said.The weather service has issued heat advisories and excessive heat warnings — meaning the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be at least 100 or 105 degrees, respectively, for at least two days, with night temperatures remaining above 75 degrees — throughout much of Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas. There are also heat advisories for eastern parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and New Jersey, with an excessive heat warning in the Philadelphia area....
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New York businesswoman and Jamaican immigrant Scherie Murray launches campaign to unseat Ocasio-Cortez

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WASHINGTON – New York businesswoman Scherie Murray announced Wednesday that she is running for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's congressional seat in 2020. In a series of tweets announcing her candidacy, Murray, who immigrated to New York from Jamaica when she was 9, said Ocasio-Cortez was more "worried about being famous" than representing her constituents. "There’s a crisis in Queens and it’s called AOC," the Republican said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez by her initials. She said the freshman Democrat "seeks celebrity & publicity" and "thinks public service is not about serving the public, but herself." Murray said she had experience building bridges "between constituents in our community and the elected officials that represent them, between different nationalities and races, and between political parties." She said Ocasio-Cortez instead favored conflict and criticized her for her role in driving Amazon to abandon its plans to build a second headquarters in New York....
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'El Chapo' sentenced to life in prison

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Follow here for live updates.
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2nd federal judge blocks Trump admin on citizenship question

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(CNN)A second federal judge has issued an order permanently blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the Trump administration's insistence it has abandoned plans to add the question on the census. The latest order is from Judge George Hazel who is overseeing a case in federal court in Maryland. New York federal judge Jesse Furman issued a nearly identical order Tuesday.Both judges will also continue to monitor the controversial issue, saying they will both retain jurisdiction in the case until the 2020 census results are processed.Plaintiffs in the New York case have asked the judge for additional discovery and to consider sanctions against administration officials if the judge ultimately determines they were untruthful in recounting the motivation behind adding a citizenship question....
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6-year-old girl dies after being struck with golf ball hit by father in 'horrible accident'

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A 6-year-old girl has died following a tragic accident at a Utah golf course.Kellen Hill and his daughter Aria were golfing at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem, Utah Monday morning. The ball hit by Hill struck Aria in the back of her head while she was waiting in a golf cart 20 yards away, reported KUTV-TV.Aria was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition, said Lt. Trent Colledge of the Orem Police Department. She died from her injuries later that evening."The Orem Police Department is deeply saddened by the tragic death of this young girl," said Colledge to USA TODAY. "Our sincere condolences go out to the family and we cannot even begin to comprehend the grief the family is experiencing at this time."...
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See all the dramatic evidence in 'El Chapo's' trial

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Menacing recordings, flashy weapons, and secret tunnels are just some of the evidence in the case against El Chapo, a top alleged drug lord who was sentenced to life in prison.
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What’s the Most Realistic Movie About Space? Here’s What 8 Movies Got Right—and Wrong

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the historic mission during which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land and walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. There are few events in American history that epitomize the intrigue and allure of space exploration as much as Apollo 11, a pivotal moment at the height of the space race that showcased the unique place the cosmos hold in both our imaginations and culture.So perhaps it should come as no surprise that in the five decades since the mission took place, space travel has been an integral source of inspiration for tales on the silver screen. While many of the movies take creative liberties with reality, veering into fantasies of the many unknowns of space, others have sought to portray the reality of what we know of space so far....
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Civil Liberties Groups Asks Judge To Block Trump Asylum Rule

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(WASHINGTON) — Civil liberties groups on Wednesday asked for a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration’s effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.The American Civil Liberties Union and others filed the request seeking a Thursday hearing in San Francisco. The groups sued Tuesday and want the judge to block the policy while the case is heard. A second lawsuit is pending in Washington, D.C.Hundreds of immigrants have showed up at border crossings in hopes of getting into the U.S. But the new rules that went into effect earlier this week bar most migrants from seeking protection as refugees if they have passed through another country first. It targets tens of thousands of Central Americans who cross into the U.S. through Mexico, but also affects people from Africa, Asia, and South America who come to the southern border....
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Archaeologists unearth 9,000-year-old city

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The excavation of a huge Neolithic settlement outside Jerusalem has yielded thousands of tools and ornaments, leading experts to rethink the region's early history.
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Can you really raid Area 51? And are there aliens? 7 questions answered

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LAS VEGAS – After more than 1.2 million Facebook users RSVP'd to a desert raid of Area 51, the U.S. military released a statement that seemed to reveal a glimpse of what goes on inside the Nevada outback's impenetrable government compound."The Nevada Test and Training Range is an area where the Air Force tests and trains combat aircraft," Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said in a statement to USA TODAY about the Sept. 20 event aiming to "see them aliens" – and issued a subtle warning. "Any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous."But there's got to be more to Area 51 than aircraft tests and combat training – right?How can we ignore extraterrestrial lore engrained deep in pop culture programming through episodes of the "X-Files" and and big budget Hollywood popcorn flicks like "Independence Day"?...
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It’s Time to Remember Stephen Colbert’s Highly Amusing Interview With John Paul Stevens

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died Tuesday, at the age of 99.He was the third-longest serving justice in history and as the world looks back on the decisions that he wrote during his long tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court, we are also looking back at the time he was interviewed by Stephen Colbert—and quickly regretted it.Back in 2012, the two-years retired Supreme Court Justice swung by The Colbert Report, Colbert’s pre-Late Show Comedy Central series, to talk about his experience sitting on the highest court in the land for 35 years. Despite Stevens’ impressive credentials, Colbert bemoaned the fact that he wasn’t able to get a “real” Justice on his show and accused Stevens of setting a poor example for kids by “quitting” the Supreme Court....
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Dozens of beachgoers helped save a pod of beached whales

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(CNN)Dozens of beachgoers stepped in to help several pilot whales that beached on a coastal Georgia island on Tuesday, according to local authorities and videos shared on social media. Dixie McCoy, who witnessed the rescue and posted live footage of it on Facebook, told CNN at least 20 whales came near the shore of St. Simons Island's East Beach.About five or six whales from the pod beached themselves, and bystanders worked to push the animals back to sea, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spokesman Tyler Jones told CNN in an emailed statement. "As we arrived at the beach, we noticed a group of people in the water. At first we thought they had dolphins doing some sort of show," McCoy said. "As we got closer, we couldn't believe what we saw." ...
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Woman Gets 1993 Postcard From Hong Kong Because Snail Mail Takes Time

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A postcard mailed from Hong Kong to Springfield, Ill., in 1993, recently arrived at one woman’s home — and the search party for its intended recipients has begun.Addressed to Leena and Muhammad Ali Kizilbash, according to CNN, the letter writer said he was having a nice time in “this extremely crowded place.” The kicker? It was signed, “Your Dad.”Receiving the postcard, which apparently arrived exactly 26 years to the day after it was sent on July 8, was a surprise for Kim Draper, who has lived in the house for close to four years with her husband and son. “It kind of blew me over,” she told CNN. Naturally, Draper wants to give Leena and Muhammad Ali Kizilbash this sweet postcard from their father. ...
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Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Is Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years In U.S. Prison

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Updated at 12 p.m. ETA federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has sentenced drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 30 years for his role in leading Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. A life sentence was mandatory; U.S. prosecutors had asked that three decades be added onto Guzman's punishment. One of the only suspenseful questions that remained Wednesday was whether Guzmán, who did not speak during his long trial, would speak in court in what's expected to be his last public appearance before heading to the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo. "Guzmán told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced Wednesday that he was denied a fair trial," The Associated Press reports, adding, "He said Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct in the case."...
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The Latest: De Blasio says officer entitled to due process

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The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the officer involved in Eric Garner's death. (all times local):10:20 a.m.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the officer who placed a chokehold on Eric Garner exactly five years ago is entitled to due process under state law.De Blasio said Wednesday the decision whether to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) is up to Police Commissioner James O'Neill.Garner died July 17, 2014 after Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold. Pantaleo's lawyer says the officer arrested Garner using techniques approved by the Police Department.De Blasio spoke on radio station Hot 97 the day after federal prosecutors announced they would not bring civil rights charges in the case....
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Elon Musk is making implants to link the brain with a smartphone

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London (CNN Business)Elon Musk wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain, claiming the devices could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries. Speaking on Tuesday, the CEO of Tesla(TSLA) and SpaceX said his Neuralink devices will consist of a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair. The chip features a USB-C port, the same adapter used by Apple's(AAPL)Macbooks, and connects via Bluebooth to a small computer worn over the ear and to a smartphone, Musk said. "If you're going to stick something in a brain, you want it not to be large," Musk said, playing up the device's diminutive size. Neuralink, a startup founded by Musk, says the devices can be used by those seeking a memory boost or by stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects. ...
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Happy World Emoji Day! These are the top 10 icons used this year on Facemoji

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Apparently, love really is in the air. In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, it's a thing), the Chinese tech company Baidu released a report spotlighting the most popular little characters used globally on the Facemoji Keyboard app over the past year.After compiling data from 15 countries including the U.S., Mexico, Thailand and Brazil, and capturing how often the icons were used on apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder and WhatsApp, the tech company unveiled the top 10 on Wednesday.The results: Three of the top five emoji depict love in one way or another.The most popular emoji worldwide is the Face with Tears of Joy, followed by Face Blowing a Kiss and Red Heart. Other love-related emoji that were most used are the Smiling Face with Heart Eyes (5th), Flushed Face with blushing cheeks (7th) and the Kiss Mark or red lips (10th). ...
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Debt free at 23: How this woman paid off $20K in loans in just one year

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Paying with paper instead of plastic helped Kristy Epperson eliminate $20,000 in student loan and car loan debt in just one year.After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wright State University in 2017, Epperson owed about $16,000 in student loans from multiple borrowers with interest rates of between 3.6% and 6.8%. She also had roughly $4,000 left on her car loan, at an interest rate of 4.2%.Even as Epperson began slowly chipping away at that debt, she managed to achieve another financial goal: homeownership. She was able to buy a place in Dayton, Ohio, with only 5% as a down payment. Becoming a homeowner forced her to take a hard look at her expenses and reevaluate her spending habits — which made her more determined to wipe out her student loan and auto debts....
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The Latest: El Chapo speaks in court ahead of sentencing

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The Latest on the sentencing of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. (all times local):9:55 a.m.The Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo says he was denied a fair trial.Joaquin Guzman told a federal judge Wednesday that his case was "stained" by juror misconduct.He said the judge denied him a fair trial on drug trafficking charges "when the whole world was watching."He also complained about the conditions of his confinement in New York.Guzman faces a mandatory life sentence for murder conspiracy and drug charges.Guzman's attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to grant him a new trial following a report that jurors improperly viewed media coverage of the highly publicized trial. Cogan denied that request....
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SUV exits car wash, plunges into river

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A New Jersey woman stepped on the gas instead of the brakes at a car wash, sending her SUV plunging into a river. She swam to shore uninjured.
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Pledge who chugged liquor at frat 'Bible study' event was 'dead man walking', toxicologist says

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BATON ROUGE, La. — A toxicologist has testified that a fraternity pledge was a "dead man walking" after chugging liquor during a hazing event.The Advocate reports that Dr. Patricia Williams told the court Tuesday there was no way Max Gruver's 19-year-old body could have survived that level of intoxication. Gruver had a blood-alcohol level of more than six times the legal driving limit when he died in 2017 after a Phi Delta Theta event called "Bible study."Williams' testimony came during the negligent homicide trial of Matthew Naquin, who witnesses identified as one of the event leaders who ordered pledges to drink 190-proof alcohol.LSU frat: Ordered pledge to chug 190-proof liquor at 'Bible study' event. He died...
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The 4 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to condemn Trump's racist tweets toward 'The Squad'

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WASHINGTON – Four of the 197 Republicans in the House of Representative joined Democrats on Tuesday to vote for a resolution condemning the racist tweets that President Donald Trump posted telling a group of minority congresswomen to "go back" to the countries they "originally came from." The Republicans who broke ranks to vote for the resolution after their party leadership defended the president's remarks were Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan and Susan Brooks of Indiana. Justin Amash of Michigan, who recently left the Republican Party to become an independent, also voted in support of the resolution. The resolution, which said Trump's "racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color" passed by an overall vote of 240-187. ...
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Alyssa Milano defends attending fundraiser for presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson

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Actress and #MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano raised eyebrows by announcing her plans to attend a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson."I’m going to my first fundraiser of the election cycle and it’s for- @marwilliamson," she tweeted Tuesday, sharing that Williamson would also appear on an episode of Milano's "Sorry Not Sorry" podcast, telling one Twitter follower, "I think you’re going to love what she has to say."Milano preempted the negative reactions to her announcement, writing, "I know. I know. But she’s the only candidate talking about the collective, soulful ache of the nation & I think that’s an important discussion to have."She also clarified that she hadn't made up her mind about whom to support, and that she planned on exploring all the candidates. ...
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Elon Musk touts brain implant technology to treat health conditions, enable 'telepathy'

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Elon Musk has revealed that his stealth neurotechnology start-up is poised to begin human clinical trials soon on brain implants.Musk's Neuralink gave a presentation late Tuesday and released a white paper divulging details of its progress on implants that could eventually enable patients to overcome devastating injuries.The company, which has been pursuing the technology for years with Musk's financial backing and leadership, touted its initial results as promising for potentially treating conditions such as Alzheimer's, spinal injuries and blindness.Neuralink executives said they're aiming for their first human clinical study in 2020.While still many years away from reality – and no guarantee due to the incredible challenges associated with the brain – Neuralink implants hold promise for people with spinal injuries or serious neurological disorders. Other companies are pursuing similar technology....
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Want to Pretend You Know What 2040 Looks Like on Your Face? The FaceApp Challenge Is Getting Everyone to Age 50 Years Overnight

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Time may come for us all, but it came a lot quicker over the last few days if our feeds are any indication. In the spirit of the face app challenge, people are sharing photos of themselves looking much older than they are, and it’s the handiwork of the FaceApp that can present an image of what you might look like 20 or more years older. (The developer behind the app is based in St. Petersburg.)It’s not without its fair share of controversy, and has even raised concern about privacy given the photo access involved. For context, other photo apps in this vein like Ever have been used to train the company’s facial recognition technology in the past. And this particular face app is nothing new. It’s just newly popular and rising to the top of the mind now thanks to a few shiny updates since it made headlines in 2017. As for the face app cost, it’s free. ...
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These Teens Started Podcasting As A Hobby, Then It Turned Into Serious Journalism

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Twin brothers Erin and Evan Addison had never heard a podcast before joining the podcasting club at their school. And they managed to convince their best friend, Andrew Arevalo, to join as well. "We were just looking for a hobby and Erin was like 'hey, you know we could do podcasting — it will be fun,' " says Arevalo.That was two years ago, when the three boys were in seventh grade at Steel City Academy, a charter school in Gary, Ind. In March of 2018, however, their reporting took a serious turn. Students learned about a proposal to build a waste management facility next to their school — and they weren't happy about it.They started interviewing classmates and teachers. They learned how to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. They also attended informational meetings and peppered representatives from Maya Energy, the company behind the plant, with questions — their recorders rolling, of course. ...
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Beachgoers on Georgia island rescue 20 beached whales, push them out to sea

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ST. SIMONS, Ga. – Beachgoers descended on more than a dozen pilot whales that had beached themselves on St. Simon Island and pushed and shoved them back to sea in an impromptu operation captured live on social media.Two of the whales, which can weigh 800 to 1,000 pounds, died, but the rest made it safely back to sea Tuesday evening, according to Glenn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.A 15-minute video taken by local resident Dixie McCoy and posted on Facebook around 6 p.m. shows vacationers, families and kids pushing or dragging them into the water.She estimated there were 40 whales trapped in the shallow water by the shore."It is so sad," McCoy says at one point. "They are going to die if they don't get help."...
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E.U. Investigates Amazon Over Use of Retailer Info To Gain Competitive Edge

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(BRUSSELS) — The European Union is opening a new front in its quest to more closely regulate big tech companies, saying Wednesday it was investigating whether U.S. online giant Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an illegal edge when selling its own products.EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she is taking a “very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules.”In addition to selling its own products, Amazon also allows third-party retailers to sell their goods through its site. Last year, more than half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide were from third-party sellers....
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Eric Garner's mother speaks out on anniversary of his death

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Eric Garner's mother is urging the New York City police commissioner to fire the officer involved in her son's chokehold death.Gwen Carr spoke to CBS on Wednesday, the five-year anniversary of her loss.On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced they would not bring civil rights charges in the case.Carr said she would receive some closure if Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY'-oh) were fired.Pantaleo's lawyer, Stuart London, says the officer used techniques approved by the New York Police Department while arresting Garner, who died after uttering "I can't breathe."A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police commissioner is expected to decide Pantaleo's fate by Aug. 31, after receiving a report from an administrative judge....
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How Will Season 2 of Big Little Lies End? These Are the Most Convincing Theories

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With the season 2 finale of HBO’s Big Little Lies in sight, we’ll soon find out just how Reese Witherspoon‘s Madeline, Nicole Kidman‘s Celeste, Meryl Streep’s Mary Louise and the rest of the Monterey gang will finish off their storylines — at least for now. Will Laura Dern’s Renata figure out a way to appropriately punish her philandering husband Gordon for his misdeeds? Will Zoe Kravitz’s Bonnie find peace following traumas both new and old? Will Adam Scott’s Ed move past his anger at Madeline for her infidelity? Will Shailene Woodley’s Jane heal enough to pursue a true relationship with her coworker Corey? Will Abigail go to college?So many questions, and — given that an HBO executive has said a third season is “not realistic” — there’s only one more episode left on July 21 to tie up all the loose ends. Here are the most convincing theories that might predict the end of season 2 of Big Little Lies....
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House to vote on criminal contempt for Barr, Ross over census dispute

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Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt over a dispute related to the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.The latest escalation in tensions between House Democrats and the administration comes after the House Oversight Committee approved a resolution last month recommending that the House find Barr and Ross in contempt "for refusal to comply with subpoenas" issued as part of the panel's investigation into the push to include a question about citizenship in the upcoming census.The Justice and Commerce departments pushed back forcefully on the committee vote and have argued that they have been working in good faith to respond to requests from the committee and have already submitted thousands of pages of documents to the panel. ...
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Analysis: The House did something very rare

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(CNN)On Tuesday night, the Democratic-controlled House did something very rare: They voted to condemn President Donald Trump for his Sunday tweets in which he urged four Democratic congresswomen to return to the countries they came from. It's been more than 100 years since Congress offered a formal rebuke of a sitting President and so the vote, in and of itself, is newsworthy and noteworthy. But don't fool yourself: There's no next step, no further action that Congress can or will take against Trump. And even the House vote, while historic, has no real-world implications for the President.See, the resolution of rebuke is non-binding, which means that there will be no actual penalties paid by Trump for the House's determination that he used racist language in attacking Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) over the weekend. And the Senate remains in the hands of Republicans, who have shown zero willingness to cross Trump in any meaningful way -- much less bring up and vote on a measure that condemns him....
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Former Reds manager Bryan Price regrets epic F-bomb tirade in 2015

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Former Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price was a guest on Oakland A's Cast Live with Chris Townsend, and he offered his opinions about analytics, rules changes, the Athletics' recent acquisition of former Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey and more.Townsend asked Price about his legendary 2015 rant while Price was managing the Reds that featured 77 F-bombs (in some form or another) in 5 1/2 minutes - and whether Price ever listened to it or reflected on it.Price offered the following response (to Townsend, via the A's podcast):"Well, you know what, I've never heard it. I never listened to it. So I don't know what it sounded like. I do know that I did not say that this is off the record and I should have. Even though in the aftermath, I said, 'I want this to stay here.' Because it was really meant for the people that were in the room. It wasn't a national - it wasn't something I was trying to make a point of and say, 'Hey, this is a national epidemic.' My concerns were so much of what was happening and how much time people were in the clubhouse to kind of witness some of the things that I didn't want them to be privy to - you know - as far as which players were healthy, which ones were injured. We had a player that was going to miss a game because his father was having open-heart surgery. And he was going to go home but he was an active player - and that was Devin Mesoraco. And so my concern was that shouldn't be information that the opposing team has - to know that we're down a player. So things like that get shared. And I just felt like that was really unfair. That being said, the language I used was so out of line. That's the only regret I had. I thought the message was right on - I said what I wanted to say. I said it with a lot of bad language. And that's my only regret. And at some point in time I'll go back and listen to it. And I hope to get a chuckle instead of a wince....
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'Hustlers' first look offers Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Cardi B as strippers

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(CNN)Get ready to hand over your dollars -- at the box office.The first trailer for "Hustlers" has arrived and the ladies look ready to give you a good time.The heist film starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo is set in a strip club and the trailer opens with Lopez demonstrating for Wu some impressive pole dancing.That alone is worth the price of admission, wouldn't you say?Based on the true story first brought to the world in a 2015 New York Magazine article titled "The Hustlers at Scores," the film is about a group of strippers who decide to rip off Wall Street types.Lopez is an executive producer on the project as stripper Ramona, who enlists Wu's character Destiny to take the guys for all they can....
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Jurors deliberate in case of boy accused of attempted murder

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A jury is deliberating the case of a 13-year-old eastern Iowa student accused of trying to kill his social studies teacher.Lawyers delivered their final arguments Tuesday in Davenport and the case went to the jury. Jurors are expected to resume deliberations Wednesday morning.Prosecutors say the boy pointed a loaded .22-caliber handgun at Dawn Spring in a North Scott Junior High School classroom in Eldridge on Aug. 31. It didn't fire when he pulled the trigger because the safety was engaged. The teacher and a guidance counselor grabbed the gun from him.The boy, who was 12 at the time, is being tried as a youthful offender in adult court. He's charged with attempted murder and two weapons crimes....
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Comics slam Trump's racist tweets in Best of Late Night

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After his recent barrage of racist tweets and comments, President Donald Trump might want to adopt Chubby Checker's "How low can you go?" as his walk-up song. Trump set a new low for presidential discourse by tweeting that four Democratic congresswomen should go home to the countries of their birth. Trump apparently doesn't realize that three of the four women he attacked were born in this country.  Not coincidentally, all four are women of color."Go low, baby, go low," as Checker sang.The hate that Trump heaped on Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York didn't escape the notice of late night-comedians who responded with some especially biting invective. It seems that the more racist and over-the-top Trump gets, the harder the late-night comedians hit back. ...
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3 reasons to fear America's $70 trillion debt

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New York (CNN Business)America's debt load is about to hit a record. The combination of cheap money and soaring debt helped fuel the decade-long economic expansion and bull market, but America's gluttony of loans could work against it if its fragile economic balance shifts.In the first quarter of 2019, the United States' total public- and private-sector debt amounted to nearly $70 trillion, according to research by the Institute of International Finance. Federal government debt and liabilities of private corporations excluding banks both hit new highs.Debt in itself isn't bad. Borrowing can help governments and businesses grow by funding important projects and services that make the economy stronger. And right now, the United States can still deal with its debt burden. The economy, about $21 trillion in size, remains healthy, and the Federal Reserve is preparing to cut interest rates and make debt even cheaper. But America's near-record liabilities could be dangerous down the road. ...
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50 years after Apollo 11, don't let space become a landfill for equipment and satellites

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The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is cause for great celebration and appreciation for the ingenuity of humankind. But we must also use this opportunity to reflect upon mistakes that were made and the importance of implementing responsible space traffic management systems as we enter the latest phase of interplanetary exploration. Exploration has always involved risk, with little regard for environmental impact. Today, although significant risk has been retired, there is still little regard for the environment. When it comes to space, the moon and Mars are already occupied by human-made equipment left behind from previous missions. Some see these obsolete objects as monuments to humanity’s ingenuity, but in reality, they are simply debris....
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Kathy Griffin: 'Andy Cohen treated me like a dog,' Anderson Cooper won't reconcile

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Kathy Griffin is putting the punch in punchline. The comedian didn't hold back when asked about Bravo host/producer Andy Cohen during an interview with People magazine. Griffin was at the helm of the talk show, "Kathy," on the network from 2012-2013 and starred on the reality series "My Life on the D-List" from 2005-2010. When the "Watch What Happens Live" host was brought up, Griffin let loose. "Andy Cohen treated me like a dog," she said. "He was, like, one of the worst bosses I ever had."She added: "He has not been very kind."Cohen replaced Griffin on CNN's New Year's Eve special in 2017, after she posed with fake a severed head designed to resemble President Trump. Cohen hosted the special with pal Anderson Cooper, who decried Griffin's stunt....
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British Open: Justin Rose questions playing majors so close together: 'It’s too condensed'

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — With the final major championship soon to wrap up in late July, Justin Rose delivered a less-than-stirring endorsement for year one of the new normal.“It’s too condensed,” Rose said at Royal Portrush. “As a professional in terms of trying to peak for something, the process that’s involved in trying to do that can be detailed and it can be longer than a month.”With a hard-earned financial luxury to center his year around the majors, Rose may be a bit outside the norm alongside the Tiger Woods, Adam Scotts and others who put extreme emphasis on four weeks over the total season. Yet as a year-end study of field strength could reveal, the majors have led top players to play less between majors....
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Take a look inside a Charles Manson murder house on the market for $1.98M

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The Los Angeles-area home where Charles Manson and his followers brutally murdered a couple 50 years ago is back on the market for $1.98 million.Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in 3311 Waverly Drive in Los Feliz on Aug. 10, 1969, a night after pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others were beaten, stabbed and shot a little more than 10 miles away, according to the Los Angeles Times. The series of murders sent the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding area into panic and fear.Described as "truly, one of a kind," the classic 1920’s single-story home boasts two bedrooms, 1 ½ half baths, a pool and front views of downtown Los Angeles, according the Redfin listing.Take a virtual tour inside the house here. ...
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U.K. Labour Party Members Take Out Newspaper Advert Accusing Leader of ‘Allowing Antisemitism to Grow’

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More than 60 members of the UK Labour party have taken out a newspaper advert accusing their leader Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism.The full page advert, published in the Guardian newspaper on Wednesday, was signed by 67 members of the House of Lords. Addressing Corbyn directly, the advert states he has “failed the test of leadership” over his handling of anti-Semitism.The 67 signatories make up about a third of the members in the House of Lords, and most of them are long standing critics of Corbyn.“The Labour Party welcomes everyone* irrespective of race, creed, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (*except, it seems, Jews). This is your legacy Mr Corbyn,” it states....
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Hear what Pharrell had to say to the Duchess of Sussex

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At the "Lion King" premiere in London, Pharrell Williams briefly spoke with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and told them how significant he believes their marriage is.
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Chants of 'I can't breathe!' erupt as officer in Eric Garner case won't face federal charges

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(CNN)Five years ago today, Eric Garner's final words "I can't breathe" sparked a nationwide rallying cry to demand more police accountability in the deaths of unarmed black men.But on the eve of the anniversary, Garner's family was grieving again -- this time because the Justice Department announced Tuesday it was declining to bring federal charges against the New York police officer accused of using a chokehold on the 43-year-old father of six.Daughter Emerald Garner led supporters at a vigil in New York on Tuesday night, chanting "I can't breathe!" 11 times before releasing balloons in her father's memory. Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, said the Department of Justice had failed them."Five years ago, my son said 'I can't breathe' 11 times," Carr said. "And today we can't breathe, because they let us down." ...
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George Takei Recalls Time In An American Internment Camp In 'They Called Us Enemy'

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"Shame is a cruel thing," writes George Takei in They Called Us Enemy, his new graphic novel about his childhood years in an American concentration camp during World War II. "It should rest on the perpetrators, but they don't carry it the way the victims do."This irony becomes most evident at the conclusion of Takei's book, where he depicts the U.S. government's tardy attempts to establish a sense of collective shame about America's wartime internment of Japanese Americans. "Here we admit a wrong: Here we reaffirm our commitment as a nation to equal justice under law," President Reagan is shown saying in 1988. But no matter how polished his words — or how many zeros on the restitution check Takei receives in 1991 — such attempts at official remorse ring hollow. What the government did to Takei and some 120,000 other Japanese Americans can't be undone, no matter how many speeches public officials deliver or how many checks they send....
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Seeing Apollo Through The Eyes Of Astronauts

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Fifty years ago, two astronauts became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Like many explorers, they documented their accomplishment in photographs. The images they took are some of the most enduring of the 20th century, traveling from Life magazine to MTV to Twitter.For most of us, the photos brought back by Apollo 11 are iconic and a little difficult to comprehend. But for astronauts, they represent something more: hours of training, risks taken and the many people on the ground who worked to make the journey possible.NPR spoke to five former NASA astronauts who flew on space missions to learn how they see these photos. Their answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.Leroy Chiao — Columbia, Endeavour, Discovery, International Space Station Expedition 10: I'm not even sure I've seen this [top] image before, but it's great because there's so much training that goes into a mission before you go fly it....
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Cruise cancels Puerto Rico stop over protests

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(CNN)Royal Caribbean has canceled a cruise ship's stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, due to widespread protests against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.The company's corporate communications manager, Owen Torres, announced the decision Tuesday on the company blog."In light of current unrest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we have canceled today's call to San Juan. Empress of the Seas has been re-routed to Tortola, and our guests will receive refunds for prepaid shore excursions. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew," Torres said.The ship is scheduled to return to Miami on Sunday.Protests began over the weekend after the Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages from Rosselló's private group chat via Telegram. ...
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'The View' hosts slam Scarlett Johansson: 'She needs to be more understanding of her words'

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The hosts of "The View" criticized Scarlett Johansson on Monday after the actress made controversial comments about which roles she should be allowed to play. Almost exactly a year ago, the actress dropped out of the film "Rub and Tug," after a heavy backlash that argued a cisgender woman should not play a transgender man. In 2017, Johansson also was criticized for "whitewashing" Japanese manga with her role in "Ghost in the Shell." "Acting goes through trends," Johansson said in a recent interview with As If. "You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job. There are a lot of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art." ...
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An Angels pitcher says he accidentally hit Jake Marisnick. A.J. Hinch says it was 'a free shot'

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Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick took a 90-mph fastball to the upper part of his left shoulder Tuesday night — and manager A.J. Hinch was not happy about it.In a postgame news conference after Houston's 7-2 loss, Hinch accused Los Angeles Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez of intentionally hitting Marisnick with a high fastball, characterizing it as a retaliatory act. Marisnick was playing his first game against the Angels since he crashed into catcher Jonathan Lucroy at home plate nine days earlier, leaving Lucroy with a concussion and a broken nose.Ramirez told reporters that the pitch simply got away from him.Hinch said it was "a free shot.""Wasn't everybody expecting something to happen to Jake tonight?'' Hinch asked. "I mean, the entire industry was probably expecting it. Our guy got suspended for an unintentional act, and they got a free shot....
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Police create 'chat benches' for loneliness

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One English police department is tackling elderly isolation with “chat benches”. Buzz60’s Sean Dowling has more.
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To help save the planet, do this

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(CNN)Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40% and Europeans by 22%, for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050, according to a new report. That means each person could have about a burger and a half each week.This calculation comes from the World Resources Institute, a global research nonprofit that supports better use of natural resources to sustain a growing population. Its research looks at agriculture, the climate crisis, poverty and gender, among other topics.Its final "Creating a Sustainable Food Future" report released Wednesday takes a closer look at the gaps in food production and global demand and makes several concrete recommendations on how to prevent a catastrophe. ...
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Kalamazoo Growlers' 6-year-old 'Coach Drake' unleashes a fiery post-ejection tirade

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The Kalamazoo Growlers of the Northwoods League -- a summer league for college players -- have the most adorable coach in the game. But don't doubt his fire … it won't end well for the umpires.The 6-year-old assistant coach, known as "Coach Drake," became a social media star last week when his mound visit with starter David Toth went viral on Twitter.This week, though, Coach Drake was back in action, and he wasn't in the mood to deal with the umpiring crew at all.The Kalamazoo Growlers shared a video on Monday of Coach Drake throwing a wild tantrum after an ejection. Obviously, it was all in good fun (and between innings), but Coach Drake went into the all-time tirade archives by throwing bats and pouring a bucket of baseballs onto the field....
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U.S. Sanctions Senior Myanmar Generals Over Rohingya 'Ethnic Cleansing'

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The State Department said it has issued sanctions to four top military leaders in Myanmar over what it called "gross human rights violations" during the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya Muslim minority.Targets of the sanctions include the military's commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, his deputy Soe Win, Brig. Gen. Than Oo and Brig. Gen. Aung Aung. The sanctions, which were announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, mean the leaders and their immediate families are barred from entry into the United States."With this announcement, the United States is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership of the Burmese military," Pompeo said in a statement. "We designated these individuals based on credible information of these commanders' involvement in gross violations of human rights."...
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'The Lion King' Had The Perfect Villain Song. This Time, 'Be Prepared' For Less

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I have seen the new The Lion King. Pop Culture Happy Hour is devoting a whole show to it this week, so I won't get into a full review here, but just know that, when it comes to one specific aspect of the new film — the one aspect about which I cared most keenly, most deeply, most intensely — the news is not senSAAYtional. It's anything but, in fact.I refer here to "Be Prepared," the very best song on a soundtrack that does not suffer for good songs. It is the villain Scar's anthem — his pitch to the pack of hyenas to help him effect "the coup of the century."Here's the original version. Go ahead, click. Treat yourself. Make your day better. Then come back, I'll still be here. ... Hi again. So that was pretty great, right? The animation so expressive, so imaginative, so dynamic, so fluid? And the vocal performance, by noted non-singer Jeremy Irons, remains just as show-stopping as ever, for one very specific reason: It's such a pure expression of the character....
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Here’s How the New Lion King Is Different From the Original

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With the new, live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King out July 19, many nostalgic fans are wondering how director Jon Favreau has updated the beloved movie for 2019. There are some obvious distinctions between the animated 1994 original and the new version — the most striking, of course, being that one is a cartoon while the other takes a photo-realistic approach to its computer-generated visuals.The actors have changed, too, with Donald Glover and Beyoncé in the roles of adult Simba and Nala, while Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen take on the Timon and Pumbaa characters originally voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella. True, plenty has stayed the same: the inimitable James Earl Jones reprises his spot as Mufasa, and much of the new movie is a nearly shot-for-shot recreation of the earlier version, from the opening montage of animal life around a watering hole to scenes of Simba wandering alone after running away from Pride Rock. But there are a number of small changes that set it apart....
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Teachers union has become an arm of the abortion-rights left. Conservatives should quit.

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Remember when labor unions used to fight for higher wages and better working conditions? Today, they seem more interested in advancing a political agenda than their members’ interests. The latest in a series of leftward leaps by unions came last week with the National Education Association’s full-throated endorsement of abortion.Delegates to the union’s annual conference passed a business item stating that “the NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade." The union also adopted an official stance on “white fragility” and announced that the current vice president, described in her biography as a “social justice warrior,” will run for president of the union....
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'Legitimized fear and hatred': What the House resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets says

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WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives plans to vote later Tuesday on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's racist tweets telling four progressive freshmen lawmakers to "go back" to other countries. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., who was born in Poland before immigrating to the United States, introduced the resolution on July 15. In the debate over the resolution on the House floor. Trump has urged Republicans not to vote for the resolution, calling it a "Democrat con game.""The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game," Trump tweeted. "Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap."The resolution uses quotations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, as well as Benjamin Franklin, among other famous American historical figures, to condemn Trump's tweets. ...
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Poll: Most Americans call Trump's tweets targeting 4 congresswomen 'un-American'

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WASHINGTON – A clear majority of Americans say President Trump's tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were "un-American," according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll. But most Republicans say they agreed with his comments, an illustration of the nation's sharp partisan divide on issues of patriotism and race.  More than two-thirds of those aware of the controversy, 68%, called Trump's tweets offensive. Among Republicans alone, however, 57% said they agreed with tweets that told the congresswomen to go back to their "original" countries, and a third "strongly" agreed with them. All four lawmakers are American citizens; three were born in the United States.That finding may help explain the reluctance of GOP leaders and most GOP members of Congress to castigate the president for tweets and comments in recent days targeting the congresswomen, outspoken progressives who are among his sharpest critics on Capitol Hill. Only four Republicans joined House Democrats Tuesday in passing a resolution condemning Trump's comments as "racist."  ...
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Future Of Key Farming Research Uncertain As 2/3 Of USDA Staff Say They Won't Move

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Two vital research agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hemorrhaging staff as less than two-thirds of the researchers asked to relocate from Washington, D.C. to the Kansas City area have agreed to do so. When U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the planned new location of the research agencies last month, he said it "will be placing important USDA resources closer to many stakeholders" and "increasing the probability of attracting highly-qualified staff with training and interests in agriculture."But groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists call it a "blatant attack on science" that will "especially hurt farmers, ranchers and eaters at a particularly vulnerable time." ...
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Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

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Two vital research agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hemorrhaging staff as less than two-thirds of the researchers asked to relocate from Washington to the Kansas City area have agreed to do so. When U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the planned new location of the research agencies last month, he said it "will be placing important USDA resources closer to many stakeholders" and "increasing the probability of attracting highly-qualified staff with training and interests in agriculture."But groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists call it a "blatant attack on science" that will "especially hurt farmers, ranchers and eaters at a particularly vulnerable time." ...
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Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán faces sentencing Wednesday, expected to get life behind bars

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NEW YORK – Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is set to face the music Wednesday, learning the sentence for his February conviction as a notorious drug lord who was a leader of Mexico's Sinaloa narcotics cartel.And the tune for the 62-year-old convict who was extradited to the United States from Mexico for trial is expected to be downbeat – life behind bars.The outcome likely won't surprise a man who, in the testimony of a onetime lieutenant, had a favorite song called Un Puño de Tierra – A Fistful of Dirt. The corrido, or ballad, advises listeners to live one's life intensely because when death comes, all that's left is dust and clay.U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan is expected to impose the sentence amid bomb-sniffing dogs, automatic rifle-toting agents and other extra security measures at the Brooklyn federal courthouse for all of Guzmán's appearances....
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10 players to watch this week at the British Open at Royal Portrush

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The British Open begins Thursday and this largely untested course could emerge as the star early on, as many of world's best golfers play it in a competitive manner for the first time.The weather can also be a factor. According to Met Office forecasts, there’s a 70% chance of rain at 10 a.m. on Thursday and it could hang around all day. On Friday too, with a 40% chance of showers starting from 1 p.m. The wind looks like it should blow around 7-15 mph throughout Thursday. The breeze is predicted to be softer on Friday.The operative words are “predicted to be.” Capricious is far more accurate word. The weather can change in a heartbeat in the Open Championship.Here are 10 players to watch once play begins at Royal Portrush's Dunluce links course....
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10 Things to Know for Today

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Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. HOUSE VOTE CONDEMNS TRUMP'S TWEETS The Democratic-led U.S. House votes to denounce Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by the president's GOP congressional allies.2. HOW ELECTORATE VIEWS TRUMP'S TWEETS Democrats mainly found the president's willingness to lodge racial attacks appalling and unforgiveable. For many others, particularly Trump supporters, the tweets were a mere sideshow.3. FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS DIES The bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the high court's leading liberal was 99....
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I don't love Obamacare, but it's not unconstitutional: Ohio attorney general

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When someone has a tumor, you don’t kill the patient to get rid of it — you cut out the tumor.But in December, when a federal court found the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was unconstitutional, it killed the whole law instead of cutting out the one part that was malignant. The trial court’s overreach in Texas vs. United States, threatens health care for millions of Ohioans with pre-existing conditions — and millions more across America.That decision has been appealed, and the appeals court heard oral arguments last week. I filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Ohio, arguing that the trial court went further than the law and binding Supreme Court precedent require, or even allow. Although I’m a Republican and not fond of the ACA, I hate judicial activism — in its liberal and conservative flavors....
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian Imprisoned in Iran, Has Been Moved to a Psychiatric Ward

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The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who has been in jail in Iran for more than three years, says she has been moved to a hospital psychiatric ward, according to the BBC.The 40-year-old aid worker ended a 15-day hunger strike last month. Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, also went on a hunger strike in London.Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at the end of a family visit in April, 2016. She was reportedly convicted of spying and spreading propaganda, which she denies.Ratcliffe says he fears the Iranian Revolutionary Guard might be isolating his wife to pressure her to sign denouncements, the BBC reports.According to the BBC, her father visited the Tehran hospital Tuesday, but was not allowed to see her....
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The 19-year-old brother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim is running for public office

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(CNN)JT Lewis, the brother of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, is running for Connecticut state senate.He'll be challenging Republican state Sen. Tony Hwang, who is in his third term representing the state's 28th district -- which includes Newtown, where the massacre took place. In his campaign video, which was released on Monday, Lewis said he and his mom reached out to Hwang to "help prevent future tragedies" but never heard back. "On December 14, 2012, a shooter entered my brother's classroom, fired bullets until the gun jammed," Lewis says in the video. "Jesse yelled for his classmates to run, while he stood behind to defend his teacher. Nine of his friends ran, Jesse is credited with saving nine lives."...
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Indianapolis council backs Pacers arena $300M subsidy plan

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — City officials in Indianapolis are signing off on a deal for nearly $300 million in public subsidies toward renovation of the Indiana Pacers' downtown arena.The Indianapolis City-County Council's approval comes after state legislators endorsed the plan this spring as part of the Pacers' agreement to stay at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for 25 more years. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports council members voted unanimously Monday night for the proposal.The plan includes $270 million from the state and local income and sales taxes generated by several nearby hotels — diverting that money from the state, city and local schools. The city is committing $25 million to the project, with the Pacers spending $65 million....
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Pakistan Has Arrested the Suspected Mastermind of the Mumbai Attacks, Days Before Prime Minister Visits U.S.

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(MULTAN, Pakistan) — Pakistani authorities say they have arrested a radical cleric and U.S.-wanted terror suspect blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, just days ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s trip to Washington.Counterterrorism official Mohammad Shafiq says Hafiz Saeed was taken into custody in Punjab province on Wednesday while he was traveling from the eastern city of Lahore to the city of Gujranwala.He said Saeed appeared before a judge and was ordered held in jail until the next hearing.Saeed founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba group blamed for the Mumbai attacks. The U.S. has offered $10 million for him.Pakistan banned Saeed’s charities earlier this year and has previously detained him, along with several close aides. However, he has not been charged or put on trial so far....
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Bill Gates is no longer the world's second-richest person

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New Delhi (CNN Business)Bill Gates is no longer the world's second-richest person. That title now belongs to French billionaire Bernard Arnault. Arnault, the CEO of luxury goods maker LVMH(LVMHF), overtook Gates Tuesday on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. It's the first time since the index was created seven years ago that Gates has dropped out of the top two.Arnault has a net worth of around $108 billion, according to the index, having added $39 billion to his fortune in the past year. Microsoft(MSFT) founder Gates is worth $107 billion. The two men have also traded spots on another billionaires' list published by Forbes.Arnault has built LVMH into a global luxury powerhouse that controls brands such as Luis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy. It's also the home of Champagne brand Dom Pérignon and beauty retailer Sephora. ...
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This Economic Theory Could Be Used To Pay For The Green New Deal

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When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rolled out her "Green New Deal," calling for clean energy and guaranteed jobs, one of the first questions she got was: How do you plan to pay for it?The New York Democrat argued that ambitious programs can easily be financed through deficit spending."I think the first thing that we need to do is kind of break the mistaken idea that taxes pay for 100% of government expenditure," Ocasio-Cortez told NPR's Morning Edition in February.In doing so, she shined a spotlight on a once-obscure brand of economics known as "Modern Monetary Theory," or MMT."There was something of an Oprah effect when she did that," said economist Stephanie Kelton of Stony Brook University. "People immediately probably started Googling 'Modern Monetary Theory' to find out what she was referring to."...
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Researchers Search For Reasons Why Women's Alzheimer's Risk Is Higher Than Men's

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Scientists are beginning to understand why Alzheimer's disease affects more women than men, and why the disease seems to progress more quickly in women's brains.The explanation appears to involve social, biological, and genetic differences, researchers reported Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles.One study looked at sex differences involving a toxic protein called tau, which tends to spread like an infection through the brains of people with Alzheimer's."We think it goes from neuron to neuron and goes from one part of the brain to the next part," says Sepideh Shokouhi a research assistant professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center....
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Lawmakers, Advocates Push To Extend Medicare's Coverage Of Kidney Transplant Drugs

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On Wednesday, Alexis Conell will mark seven years since she received the kidney transplant that saved her life, but the 53-year-old Chicago woman isn't exactly celebrating.Although the federal government paid most of the costs for her 2012 transplant, a long-standing Medicare policy halted coverage three years later for the drugs that keep her body from rejecting the organ.So when Conell lost her job suddenly last September, she also lost her health insurance — and her ability to afford the 16 daily medications she needs to survive."I was terrified," she says. "All you're thinking is, 'I don't want to lose my kidney.'"For nearly a half-century, Medicare has covered patients, regardless of age, who have end-stage renal disease, including paying the costs of kidney transplants and related care, which run about $100,000 per patient....
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Why Progressives Think Joe Biden Is Not 'Electable'

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Justin Krebs, a campaign director with MoveOn, isn't interested in hearing pundits debate which 2020 Democratic candidate is the most "electable." "Because exactly four years ago right now there was a messy crowded primary, with too many candidates, people who were totally unelectable, and Donald Trump was one of them and ended up winning," he pointed out. And in the same vein, many Democrats thought former President Barack Obama was unelectable until he started winning primaries in 2008. Progressives say this word "electability" is being used as a fear tactic to intimidate voters into choosing a moderate, centrist nominee, specifically, former vice president Joe Biden. But many of the activists who gathered over the weekend at the Netroots Nation conference insisted that's a foolish strategy. Biden, who has consistently led in early polling, is potentially the worst option for the party, they say, warning that Democrats could repeat the mistakes of 2016....
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More U.S. Teenagers Are Trying to Lose Weight Than in Years Past. That May Be Reason for Concern

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Recent years have ushered in a wellness movement that emphasizes body positivity and holistic health over thinness and crash diets. But new federal data suggest that messaging hasn’t fully changed behavior yet. In fact, the report shows that more American teenagers are trying to lose weight than in years past.From 2013 to 2016, almost 38% of American adolescents ages 16 to 19 said they had tried to lose weight during the past year, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. That’s up from about a quarter of adolescents who said the same a decade ago, according to previous research.Rising childhood and adolescent obesity rates likely play a part in the increase, especially since the NCHS data showed that more than three-quarters of adolescents with obesity tried to lose weight. But weight-loss attempts outpaced increases in adolescent obesity, according to CDC data. Obesity rates among adolescents ages 12 to 19 climbed from 18.4% to almost 21% from 2009-2010 to 2015-2016....
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Steve Bullock Vows To Disentangle 'Dark Money' From Politics

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock entered the Democratic primary in May, months after many of his competitors. He has an excuse."I had a job to do," Bullock told NPR, explaining that the Montana Legislature, which only meets for up to 90 days every other year, was in session until the end of April. "If I had to choose between saving health care for 400,000 folks or chasing 100,000 donors? Easiest decision I'd ever make."But now he's in. The two-term governor and chair of the National Governors Association touts his credentials as the only candidate to win in 2016 in a state that President Trump also won. He has raised about $2 million and may qualify for the upcoming July debates after missing June's....
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5 Years After Eric Garner's Death, Activists Continue Fight For 'Another Day To Live'

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The news that federal prosecutors will not charge a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, who repeated the phrase "I can't breathe" almost a dozen times while being arrested for an alleged misdemeanor, closed another door for Garner's family and police reform activists seeking accountability.Now, five years after Garner died on a Staten Island sidewalk, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is accused of putting Garner in a fatal chokehold, remains on the force with a desk job. He was never charged criminally by local prosecutors, and only just faced a disciplinary trial in May — the outcome of which is still pending.It's a reality that adds more fuel to a movement against police brutality, one that started generations ago and continues with fervor....
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A Man Tried to Smuggle Cocaine Into Spain by Hiding It Under His Toupee

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Spanish police said Tuesday that a Colombian man was detained at Barcelona’s international airport for trying to smuggle cocaine into the country under a toupee.The unnamed man, who arrived on a flight from Bogota, attempted to hide cocaine worth $34,000 under a large hairpiece covered by a hat, reports Reuters. The drugs weighed about one pound.Reuters reports that the man aroused the suspicion of police due to his nervous appearance and unusually large hairpiece.“There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” the police said in a statement cited by Reuters.Police posted a photo of the man on their Twitter account, apparently still wearing the toupee with the contraband stowed underneath it....
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Sudan’s Ruling Military Has Signed a Power-Sharing Deal With Opposition Leaders

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(CAIRO) — Sudan’s ruling military and the pro-democracy movement on Wednesday signed a political document that’s part of a power-sharing deal meant to end the country’s deadlock after weeks of stalled talks.The two sides — representatives from the military council and the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change — signed a so-called political declaration, one of two documents that are part of the deal, at a ceremony in Khartoum.The other document, a constitutional declaration, is likely to be signed within days, perhaps as early as Friday.The signing is a key step in Sudan’s transition after months of street protests that prompted the military to oust autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir and take over the country in April. But the protesters, though initially cheering al-Bashir’s ouster, remained on the streets for several weeks, demanding the military hand over power to a civilian authority....

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