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Teacher won’t face charges for filming porn in school, posting it online
A substitute teacher in Texas was axed after recording pornographic videos of herself inside a classroom – and then uploading the footage to a commercial website, police and school officials said. But the teacher, who worked at El Campo High School in southeast Texas for just three months, won’t face criminal charges for the footage...
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DeMarcus Cousins landing spots: 5 NBA teams who could possibly sign him in 2019 free agency
Which team will sign DeMarcus Cousins during NBA fee agency?
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Three unexpected Yankees have real shots to be All-Stars
There are rarely a shortage of pinstripes in the All-Star Game. There were four Yankees last year and five the season before that. They have had fewer than three representatives just once since 1994. That won’t change this year, and that’s no surprise. It’s the players who may be in Cleveland representing the AL East...
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'Super Mario Maker 2' is another love letter to Nintendo’s 2D platformers 
It's impossible to play Super Mario Maker 2 without having a huge smile on your face. It's a total deconstruction of what makes Nintendo's 2D platforming franchise so special. You're just a plumber, standing on a stage, hoping to make it to the goal...
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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani brings in dollars as he bangs out hits
The group sprung to its feet as one. Shohei Ohtani had just hit a home run, and nearly 100 fans — most wearing Ohtani sweatshirts — rose in celebration. There were hugs and high-fives. There was the obligatory documentation of the moment via cellphone photos. The group had traveled from Japan to...
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Super Mario Maker 2 is a great sequel that makes me miss the Wii U
When the original Super Mario Maker came out on the Wii U in 2015, I called it the console’s “defining game.” The entire experience of crafting your own 2D, side-scrolling Super Mario levels felt perfectly suited to the Wii U’s bizarre setup: you could tweak levels using the touchscreen tablet in your hands, and then play through them on your TV. It was a near-perfect marriage of software and hardware. Flash-forward four years, and Super Mario Maker 2 on the Switch has everything you could want from a sequel. There are all kinds of new building options, including slopes, on / off switches, and the terrifying Angry Sun from SMB3 as well as other very welcome features like custom win conditions. Nintendo has also created a surprisingly robust story mode that’s great for teaching you about the game, but it also stands on its own as a solid Super Mario experience. The sequel improves just about every area of the experience. But it also makes me miss the Wii U and its wonky controller, which just so happened to be perfect for Mario Maker. At its core, Super Mario Maker 2 is the same as the previous iterations in the series, which includes the sadly hobbled Nintendo 3DS version. It’s really more of a tool than a game, one where you can build something very specific: classic 2D Super Mario levels. You can choose from a range of terrain, power-ups, enemies, and gadgets to do whatever you like, and you can utilize the visual style from games like Super Mario World and Super Mario 3D World, each with their own unique elements. These levels can then be uploaded to the internet and shared with other users (provided the level is actually beatable). The result, at least with the original game, was a huge community of creators designing a seemingly endless supply of strange, challenging, and inventive levels that Shigeru Miyamoto would’ve never thought of. The Switch version simply adds more — a lot more. One of the biggest changes is the new custom clear conditions, which dramatically alters the kinds of levels you can design. Typically, you beat every Super Mario level in the same way: making it to the end without dying. But what if you needed to do other things as well? You can make a level where you can only complete it if you don’t jump or another where you need to carry an object across the finish line. Naturally, there’s also a large array of new building blocks as well. You can add a Koopa Troopa Car to make something like a side-scrolling shooter or the Cat Mario power-up for wall-climbing fun. Building is a very intuitive process: you can simply drag and drop items into your level and instantly playtest anything you add in. If you’re not a practiced level designer, the sheer amount of options may be intimidating. But one of the best things about Super Mario Maker 2 is how it eases you into the world of game design. There’s an incredibly helpful series of tutorials, for one thing, which not only teach you the basics of how things like vines or “?” blocks function, but it also contains lessons on more cerebral topics like finding inspiration, creating atmosphere, using pen and paper for tracking ideas, and finding a balance between challenge and fairness. (One of the lessons is called “Seriously, treat the player fairly.”) By far, the best way to learn about everything is through the new story mode. It’s essentially a full-fledged Super Mario campaign tacked onto the creation tool. It’s not stitched together in the same way as a traditional Super Mario game, so you won’t be making your way through various themed worlds. Instead, you’ll play through a series of distinct levels under the guise of earning enough coins to rebuild the Mushroom Kingdom. As you build the castle, new levels and paths will open up. What’s great about these levels is that they show you, in a very tactile way, some of the things you can do with the various tools at your disposal. The campaign is a wonderful source of inspiration. For instance, my favorite level takes place in a dark cavern where you can only see what’s immediately around Mario. When you take a turn down an unknown path, a screeching horror movie-style music prompt plays, making it the first Super Mario level I’ve ever played with jump scares. So far, so great. Super Mario Maker 2 takes an already solid premise and builds on it with new tools and a fantastic story mode and tutorial. The problem, though, is in the hardware. Everything works well enough in portable mode, where the design process is as simple as using the touchscreen to drag objects around your level. Some people might prefer a stylus, but I found that my finger worked just fine. But the process changes quite a bit when the Switch is docked in TV mode. Using a controller to create a level is a fiddly process; you’re essentially using the left stick as a mouse cursor, dragging it around the screen, and making it tough to create intricate or complex designs. A big source of frustration for me was the menus erratically popping up around the side of the screen. The obvious solution is to design levels on the tablet and then play them on your television, and it’s not a terrible situation. If I hadn’t played previous games in the series, it probably wouldn’t be such an issue for me. The problem is that a more elegant solution already exists with the Wii U. (This might be the only time someone uses the words “elegant” and “Wii U” in the same sentence.) I’m really enjoying my time with Super Mario Maker 2, but I still feel like something is missing when one half of the experience is far superior in portable mode. This isn’t to say that I don’t recommend the game. Super Mario Maker 2 is an excellent sequel, and I’m incredibly excited to see what the community does with it when it officially launches. I also really enjoy playing through levels on the go, something that wasn’t possible with the Wii U. But while there have been plenty of Wii U games that migrated to the Switch — including Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze — this is the first time I’ve ever pined for the clunky Gamepad. It’ll probably be the only time, too. Super Mario Maker 2 will launch on the Nintendo Switch on June 28th.
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Morning Briefing: Do you have an extra $9,000 sitting around?
Want to watch the U.S.-France women’s World Cup game Friday in person? The cost of the flight will be the least of your concerns. You can buy tickets on StubHub, but the cheapest ticket as of this writing is $305.99 (or 348 euros if you prefer). Buy two tickets at that price and add the service...
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Kevin Kietzman yanked from Kansas City radio after Andy Reid comments
Kansas City radio host Kevin Kietzman has been yanked from the airwaves indefinitely after comments made Monday about Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his family. On Tuesday, Sports Radio 810 WHB announced Kietzman would be kept off the air until the station reviews the matter, as noted in a statement by Union Broadcasting. “We take...
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First world war peace treaties go on display at UK National Archives
Private display for historians attending peace conference marks centenary of treaty of VersaillesFrom the elaborate red velvet, silk and gilded treaty of London, signed by the 19th-century prime minister Lord Palmerston, to the Locarno postwar territorial settlements, Europe is largely defined through the peace treaties of the first world war.On the centenary of the signing of the treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal end of the war, the beautifully bound originals of all those treaties have now been brought together for the first time. Continue reading...
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The crisis at the US-Mexico border
A photo of a Salvadoran father and his daughter lying face down in the water of the Rio Grande shows the human toll of a crisis at the border. Follow the latest news here.
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Hitting the road? Here's what nutritionists snack on when they travel
Take these RD-approved healthy snacks and munchies on your next trip.
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New Jersey couple reported missing in Barbados after renting jet ski Monday
New Jersey residents Oscar Suarez, 32, and Magdalena Devil, 25, haven't been seen since renting a jet ski in Barbados on Monday.       
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US border: photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants' peril – video report
Searing photographs showing a man and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down in shallow water along the Mexico bank of the Rio Grande near the US border highlight the perils of the latest migration crisis involving mostly Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty.Shocking photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants' border peril Continue reading...
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Manchester United agree deal to sign Wan-Bissaka for initial £45m fee
• United able to keep 20% sell-on clause for Wilfried Zaha • Ole Gunnar Solskjær keen to make further signingsManchester United are set to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £45m from Crystal Palace, with the manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, adding a second signing who fits his desired profile of a young player with potential.The 21-year-old right-back is expected to join imminently in a deal that with add-ons may push the final price to around £50m. Solskjær has already added Daniel James, also 21, to his squad, the winger being bought from Swansea City for £15m earlier this month. Continue reading...
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Blow to Johanna Konta’s Wimbledon preparations after early Eastbourne exit
• British No 1 beaten in straight sets by Ons Jabeur• Konta out in last-16 at both Eastbourne and BirminghamJohanna Konta has failed to get through to the quarter-finals at Eastbourne International after being knocked in straight sets by the world No 62, Ons Jabeur.The British No 1 was beaten 6-3, 6-2 and will now head to Wimbledon with only four grass court matches under her belt after also losing in the last-16 at Birmingham. Continue reading...
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Tottenham set to sign Leeds winger Jack Clarke in deal rising to £11.5m
• 18-year-old undergoing medical on Wednesday• Move does not affect interest in Ryan SessegnonJack Clarke is on the brink of becoming Tottenham’s first signing of the summer in a deal from Leeds that could be worth £11.5m if all of the add-ons are met. Spurs are ready to pay an initial fee of around £10m and the 18-year-old winger will undergo his medical on Wednesday.Clarke has just completed his breakthrough season, quickening the pulse on his first Championship start against Derby in January before his form tailed off after he collapsed in the dugout while watching the second half at Middlesbrough in February. Continue reading...
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American doctor killed alongside tour guide during Belize vacation
A Virginia doctor and his tour guide were murdered during a fly-fishing expedition in Belize, authorities said. Gary Paul Swank, 53, a cardiologist at Carilion Clinic, who was recently promoted to associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, was on vacation with his wife and school-aged children when he was killed on...
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Search on for U.S. couple who vanished on jet ski in Barbados
Royal Barbados Police Force appeals for any information on whereabouts of couple reportedly from New Jersey
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Steam's Summer Sale for 2019 gives you the chance to win free stuff
It's that time of the year again when you can't help but empty your wallet to stockpile on Steam games you'll probably never touch. Steam has launched its Summer Sale event for 2019, and it'll last for the next two weeks until July 7th 10AM PDT/1PM E...
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New Istanbul Mayor: No one can ignore the people
"No individual or power can stand in the way of the will of the people," Ekrem Imamoglu tells Amanpour in an exclusive interview, after defeating President Erdogan's party.
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Can you guess the world city from the cycle lane icon?
Some cities use images of bikes and riders, with or without helmets. Some use riderless bikes – and others just get the geometry all wrong. Can you tell what city it is from its cycle lane icon?Which city is this?LondonParisNew YorkWhich city is this?San FranciscoManchesterVancouverWhich city is this?AmsterdamSydneyEdinburghWhich city is this?StockholmMilanWashington DCWhich city is this?TokyoJakartaSingaporeWhich city is this?BahrainNew OrleansCopenhagenWhich city is this?LilleSeattleLondonWhich city is this?PerthPraguePittsburgh8 and above.Excellent7 and above.Very good6 and above.Pretty good5 and above.Not bad4 and above.Not bad3 and above.Hmm2 and above.Oops0 and above.Oops1 and above.OopsFollow Guardian Cities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the discussion, catch up on our best stories or sign up for our weekly newsletter Continue reading...
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He’s lost his edge in Malibu; here’s how U2 guitarist can win new fans
He’s rich. He’s famous. He wanted to build a colony of castles on a Malibu hillside, despite the years-long screams of conservationists. But David Evans, who strums a guitar for U2, has become an exception to the rule that with money and power, you can buy anything your heart desires. It’s been...
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The Sports Report: Should college athletes be paid for the use of their name or image?
Howdy, my name is Houston Mitchell and I’m ready for Thursday’s U.S.-France match. ‘Fair Pay to Play’ A lot of people think college athletes should be paid. Some don’t. A lot of people think it’s wrong that the NCAA and universities make money off the marketing of individual players, with those...
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Los Angeles will host FIBA three-on-three basketball championships
Los Angeles will serve as host for a major three-on-three basketball competition from 2020 through 2023, international officials announced Wednesday. The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final will be organized in partnership with the Los Angeles Times Media Group as part of its fledgling L.A. Street Festival....
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Image of drowned migrants underscores the border crisis
A horrific photo from the US border with Mexico shows a Salvadoran father and his daughter face down in the water, having drowned while trying to get to the US. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
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17 million Americans play darts: so where are the world-class stars?
Despite an estimated 17m people playing darts in the United States, there are no Americans currently among the top 183 players in PDC’s World Rankings. Where are all the stars?When Peter Wright plays darts, he is escorted to and from the stage by security. The image of a snake, to match his Snakebite Wright nickname, or similar patterns are painted on the side of his head by his wife, who also dyes his hair bright colors for each competition. The crowd cheers, and if the competition happens to be the Professional Darts Corporation World Championships, the 49-year-old Scot could be playing live in front of nearly 70,000 fans in the span of a fortnight. He’s been recognized in such far-reaching places as Japan.Such over-the-top showmanship and culture of celebrity is common in the UK and Europe, where unique personalities have boosted what was once an accessory to a few pints into a spectacle that today nets seven-figure viewerships for World Championship Finals broadcasts and elicits comparisons to professional wrestling. Continue reading...
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Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Zuckerberg and why he's open to regulation
Thirty-six-year-old Adam Mosseri took the top job at Instagram in October, after 10 years as an executive at Facebook, which owns Instagram. In his first, U.S. TV interview since taking over, Mosseri shares what it’s been like leading Instagram during a time of heightened public scrutiny over perceived tech overreach and privacy concerns.
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New Jersey couple missing in Barbados after jet ski ride
Oscar Suarez and Magdalena Devil were both wearing life jackets when they went for a ride on a rented jet ski. They did not return.
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Talking Horses: Graham Bradley back in the game as an owner in Ireland
The controversial former jockey, who was banned for five years at one stage, now owns a horse that could run on FridayGraham Bradley is back in the game, the authorities in Ireland having decided to allow him to register as a racehorse owner. Indeed, he has already made a quiet re-entry, Marchons Ensemble having run in his name when second in a Limerick maiden recently. The colt is entered in a race at The Curragh’s Derby meeting on Friday.This is news because few figures in the history of racing, in Britain or Ireland, have attracted so much sustained controversy as Bradley. Without wishing to go over it all again, let us simply remember that he was warned off for five years after it was found he had passed information for reward. Continue reading...
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Cricket World Cup: Safaraz Ahmed catch removes Ross Taylor
Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed takes a "wonderful" diving catch to remove New Zealand's Ross Taylor in their World Cup match at Edgbaston.
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