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Shanahan out at the Pentagon after reports of domestic incidents
Shanahan faced scrutiny over several domestic incidents involving members of his family several years ago
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Missing marathon swimmer’s body recovered from Hudson River
The body of the marathon swimmer who disappeared during a 120-mile race in the Hudson River last week was found Tuesday, police said. Dr. Charles Van Der Horst’s body – still wearing a swimming cap and swimming trunks – was discovered at around 9:50 a.m. along the Hudson River shoreline near Dyckman Street, cops said. Authorities were...
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‘Bachelor’ alum Lauren Bushnell is engaged to country singer Chris Lane
"Lauren Lane has a nice ring to it," she said on Instagram.
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‘F–k Pop:’ Who was cursing out Spurs coach during Raptors parade?
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet captured the Raptors’ 2019 celebration parade by going live on Instagram. He may have captured something he did not intend. Just before the camera was turned to Kawhi Leonard, someone insults Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. “It wasn’t like this in SA, huh? F–k Pop. ” Laughs ensue before Leonard joins...
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Deep Clean Your Couch With Baking Soda
At the heart of every living room, there’s a couch that has seen it all. Between the butts, pets, food spills and bare feet, your sofa can get really gross, really quickly. But it’s not like you can just pop the whole thing in the washing machine. Sure, you can wash the slipcovers if your couch has them, but that’s…Read more...
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U.S., China rekindle trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G20 meeting
China and the United States are rekindling trade talks ahead of a meeting next week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, cheering financial markets with hope that an escalating trade war between the two countries would abate.
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Atlantic Ocean due for a health check
Scottish scientists are leading an international research project on the state of health of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Kendall Jenner dresses to match her drink
She also coordinated with her sofa.
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Elaine Welteroth: The spirit of a journalist is the spirit of a truth-teller
Elaine Welteroth sat down with CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers to discuss her new book "More Than Enough."
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Dwyane Wade’s jersey swap ritual helped him bond with team, rivals and son
He brought down the house at Cannes Lions on Tuesday when he shared details of his tradition of trading jerseys with fellow ballers.
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EA thinks gaming subscriptions will lead to weirder, more creative games
Nearly every video game publisher wanted to talk about subscription services last week at E3, but some top executives know some will inevitably fail. In an attempt to stand out, however, more game publishers may rely on developers to make innovative, experimental games designed for these services. Mike Blank, EA’s senior vice president of player networks and the man who oversees the game publisher’s subscription service, is one of those executives thinking about the industry’s pivot. EA’s premium subscription service, Origin Access Premier, is one of the more established platforms in the space. Akin to Netflix or Hulu, Origin Access Premier collects a bunch of games from EA and third-party developers the publisher works with, and offers them to players for $14.99 per month. At $15 a month, Origin Access Premier is more than a Netflix or Hulu subscription, but it’s on par with other subscription services entering the gaming sphere. Ubisoft’s new subscription games service, set to launch in September, will also cost $14.99 a month, as does Microsoft’s new Game Pass Ultimate. Then there are individual subscriptions for specific games, like World of Warcraft from Blizzard, that complicate the space further. It’s overwhelming — and while Blank thinks having a space that’s “ripe for innovation and experimentation” is a good thing, some of the offerings will inevitably fail. Most companies are only beginning to announce and launch their offerings. That buys publishers some time to try to figure out the space, but as the entire industry seems to pivot toward subscription offerings, it will eventually become oversaturated. “There aren’t 50 gaming subscriptions in the market right now,” Blank told The Verge. “If we do reach that point, I do think people will have to choose. That means some of us will succeed, and some of us will not.” “That means some of us will succeed, and some of us will not.” Blank isn’t the only one who feels that way; Xbox executive Phil Spencer told The Vergelast weekthat he doesn’t “think we’re going to end up with 100 successful subscriptions out there.” Publishers and platforms are fighting for a piece of consumers’ monthly entertainment budget. It’s a facet of the industry’s imminent future that both Spencer and Blank are astutely aware of, but consider themselves in good places. “When I first started at EA and tried to convince the company to take on subscription, there was trepidation, there was some anxiety,” Blank said, adding that there was an internal push within the company about five years ago to try to adopt a streaming strategy. “Our view of the world is that the migration happening toward subscription based services and this is happening everywhere. This has preceded us in every industry.” The gaming industry is still figuring out what makes the most sense for players. What Blank and his team at EA recognized about five years ago was the shift in relationship between people playing games and the companies supplying titles. It’s something that he refers to as a “mutual relationship.” People want to get the most value out of their dollar, and subscription services offer players with the option to play top-tier new releases, but also sort through an assortment of back catalogue titles they can try out for the first time or return to. EA’s big advantage in a quickly crowding space is being far ahead of the competition in collecting data about what players want and don’t want out of a subscription service. The company says it has learned that subscribers need access to new games that people are talking about, but that players will also try or revisit older games simply because they’re available. This allows EA and the company’s various development studios to take a chance on titles that otherwise may have been considered too experimental for a retail release. (EA already runs its own indie publishing label, EA Originals, which announced a trio of new titles last week.) “Those [services] that they do not engage with, they just won’t continue.” It’s the Netflix strategy — and that’s an aspect of gaming’s move into subscriptions that Blank is most excited about. People are “playing more games than ever before because those games are there to try and they’re there for free,” he says. Instead of having to create games that need to sell in large quantities — blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption 2 need to sell millions just to break even — having a constant, built-in revenue from subscription fees allows developers and publishers to take more creative risks. It’s why for every season of Stranger Things, Netflix has a couple of offbeat TV shows and movies. The same thing could eventually be true for games. “The value of a subscription is ultimately, from a business standpoint, how much do players engage with the subscription,” Blank said. “If you can provide them with new and different experiences they might stay for longer. I think we will build new and different games that will fit within the subscription itself.” Keeping players happy and engaged with the subscription itself will be what decides whether a platform succeeds or fails, according to Blank. Ubisoft, EA, Microsoft, and any other publishers looking to get into the space will have to figure that component out as they fight for customers’ limited time and budget. “Those [services] that they do not engage with, they just won’t continue,” Blank said. “Money doesn’t grow on trees. Consumers will have to be discerning about where they decided to spend their money. They’re going to have multiple subscriptions from multiple industries, and they’ll choose the ones that are most meaningful to their lives.” Blank is confident that Origin Access Premier is one of those services. But so is Spencer about Game Pass. As is Brenda Panagrossi, vice president of platform and product management at Ubisoft. Much like the streaming wars happening between traditional entertainment companies entering the fold, we’ll have to wait to see which subscription services come out on top.
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How Nvidia and Volvo plan to drive the autonomous truck industry
Nvidia and Volvo Group announced a plan to collaborate on self-driving trucks in multiple commercial truck industries. 
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The Guardian view on Morsi’s death in Egypt: shocking because foreseen | Editorial
The former president played his part in destroying the hopes of the revolution. But his treatment speaks volumes about the regime which ousted himReal-life events can bear a remarkable symbolic power. The advent of Egypt’s first and only democratically elected president in 2012 was one of them. His collapse, in a courtroom “cage” on Monday, after years of inadequate medical care, is another. Egyptians who would otherwise shed no tears for Mohamed Morsi can still regret the nature of his passing and what it says about their stolen revolution. He helped to destroy their hopes. The man who ousted him has done worse.The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate swept to power, after protests ended Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule in the Arab spring. But secular and liberal voters who lent the Islamist movement their votes to beat a Mubarak-regime rival were angered and frightened by Morsi’s own authoritarian bent. Many were sympathetic when his defence minister, General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, led a coup, amid mass protests against the president. John Kerry, then US secretary of state, even claimed that the army “were restoring democracy”. Continue reading...
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Patrick Shanahan Withdraws Nomination as Defense Secretary and Steps Down
Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will assume the post
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Patrick Shanahan withdraws as Defense secretary nominee
​Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn his nomination from confirmation to lead the Pentagon, President Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family​,” the president said...
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EVgo's 'roaming' deals give you access to 450 more fast chargers
It can be challenging enough to find electric car charging stations of any kind, let alone to look for one belonging to your charging network of choice. The hunt is about to get considerably easier, though. EVgo has forged agreements with ChargePoi...
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Teen who lost leg in shark attack begged God to let her live
The North Carolina teen who lost her leg and two fingers in a brutal shark attack recalled every moment of the horrifying incident — and her desperate prayers for her life to be spared — in a new interview. Paige Winter, 17, was swimming with her sister and brother at Fort Macon State Park on...
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‘Mean Girls’ star Jonathan Bennett’s Pride tank tops are totally fetch
Get in loser, we're going to Pride!
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Ryan Lochte and wife Kayla Rae Reid welcome second child
Lochte and Reid are also proud parents to son Caiden.
New York Post
Visit Anthony Bourdain's Favorite New Jersey Restaurants
This week—a year after his death—Chef Anthony Bourdain is being honored by New Jersey officials with a “food trail,” which celebrates the restaurants of his home state.Read more...
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Avoid Negativity by Embracing This Hidden Part of Your Personality
Jack Canfield says that meeting your goals can be as easy as appealing to the person inside you.
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What Destiny 2 content will be free in the fall with New Light?
Where can you go and what can you earn? Continue reading…
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Harvard rescinded admission for racist comments. It wasn't the first time
Harvard's apparent decision to rescind admission from Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv over racist things he wrote almost two years ago is not out of character for the Ivy league university.
Politica
Trump says he will replace acting defense chief Patrick Shanahan
President Trump said he would not nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his defense secretary.       
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PS5 rumored to be more powerful than Xbox’s Project Scarlett
A rumor claiming that the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful than Xbox's Project Scarlett surfaced before the official reveal at the Xbox E3 2019 briefing. Now that we have more information, let's compare the two systems.
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Microsoft joins Hyperledger blockchain technology community
Microsoft is joining the Hyperledger open source community for blockchain projects today, the latest move by a tech giant toward blockchain applications.
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Zendaya’s new red hair pays homage to ‘Spider-Man’
Talk about getting into character.
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Breakingviews TV: Minting Libra
Facebook’s privacy issues make it an unlikely issuer of a cryptocurrency. But as Tom Buerkle explains, Mark Zuckerberg wants to grow the social network’s tiny payments business, and his array of blue-chip partners might encourage consumers to embrace the new digital coin.
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Eoin Morgan launches England to easy World Cup win over Afghanistan
• England 397-6; Afghanistan 247-8• Morgan hits record 17 sixes as England win by 150 runsEoin Morgan unleashed a furious, record-breaking assault as England overpowered Afghanistan by 150 runs at Old Trafford, hitting 17 sixes as his side took over top spot in the World Cup standings.The England captain had been an injury doubt having been laid low by a painful back spasm but proved himself more than fit for purpose as he hammered his way into the history books with a merciless 148 in only 71 balls. Continue reading...
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Child support payments vary wildly from state to state
Moving from Massachusetts to Vermont could lessen your monthly child support payment from $1,187 to $519
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Police stop and search is working in London, says anti-violence chief
Lib Peck insists tactics are succeeding despite Londoners ‘feeling powerless’ over crimeThe head of London’s newly formed violence reduction unit has said Londoners feel powerless about levels of street crime but insisted that increased use of stop and search powers had been successful.Lib Peck, the former leader of Lambeth council who was appointed to the role in January, made the comments while on a two-day fact-finding trip to Glasgow, visiting some of the Scottish unit’s key projects and meeting senior officials. Continue reading...
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Shanahan Drops Out Of Running For Defense Secretary
The acting defense secretary "has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process," according to a tweet by President Trump.
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Giant wolf’s head found in permafrost may have been cut off by ancient hunters
Scientists are investigating whether a giant, 40,000-year-old wolf’s head found perfectly preserved beneath Siberian permafrost could have been chopped off by hunters. The severed head was found above the Arctic Circle by local man Pavel Efimov a year ago but was only announced by researchers studying the Ice Age mammal last week. They are now...
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Bella Hadid apologizes after being accused of racism
The hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist was trending on Twitter Monday.
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Fed meets as renewed pressure on Powell comes from Trump
Lawyers at the White House earlier this year explored the legality of stripping Jerome Powell of his Federal Reserve chairmanship, demoting him to be just one of as many as seven governors of the U.S. central bank, according to a report from Bloomberg News published on Tuesday.
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Goals Soccer Centres hires advisers to explore potential sale
Mike Ashley-backed pitch hire operator is continuing to assess its options over unpaid VAT billGoals Soccer Centres, the struggling five-a-side football pitch operator backed by the retail billionaire Mike Ashley, has appointed advisers to look for a possible buyer, as discussions continue with tax authorities over an unpaid VAT bill.In a statement on Tuesday, Goals said it was engaging Deloitte to work alongside its current advisers and lenders in assessing its future corporate options. Continue reading...
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Trump trades scrappy 2016 effort for a 2020 behemoth
The president prepares to launch his re-election campaign Tuesday night.
Politica
Stewart survives as Raab eliminated from Tory leadership race
Boris Johnson enters TV debate as leading contender with 126 votes from second MPs’ ballotFollow the latest developments - liveDominic Raab has been eliminated from the contest to be Britain’s next prime minister after the second round of voting by Conservative MPs, but the outsider Rory Stewart will go forward.As expected, Boris Johnson topped the poll, the 126 votes he garnered cementing his lead over rivals and underlining the sense that his progress to Downing Street is now all but unstoppable. Continue reading...
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To combat vaping, Nebraska school district will randomly test students for nicotine
"It's a huge problem, and right now, I think it's new enough that we're being very naive to think that more kids aren't doing it," the superintendent of Fairbury public schools said.
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Wall St. pushes higher on trade hopes, dovish Fed bets
Wall Street's main indexes rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 inching close to record levels, as President Donald Trump's comments on restarting trade talks with China added to optimism of a more accommodative Federal Reserve.
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Florida property-tax auction winner didn't realize he was bidding on a 12"-wide strip between two houses
A combination of hubris (failing to heed the stern warnings that bidders should only participate if they know what they're doing), cryptic annotations and confusing illustrations resulted in a bidder buying a 12" wide, 100' long strip between two properties in Broward County, Florida -- an odd parcel that had been formerly owned by the developer, who folded and stopped paying tax on it, sending it to the auction. The buyer thought he was buying the "villa" next to the property, which is valued at $200,000; apparently so did the other bidders in the auction, who bid up the strip of grass to $9100. All sales in the auction are final, but the buyer is trying to get out of his purchase. On the other hand, it is strange that this piece of turf was ever defined as a separate “parcel” at all. It seems more likely there was a mistake in defining the adjacent parcels, and this strip was just left over. According to the report, it still belonged to the subdivision’s developer until that company dissolved and stopped paying the taxes. The unhappy buyer apparently has some internal memos in which county officials ponder the oddity of selling a 1′ x 100′ strip of land that runs under someone else’s building, but they decided the relevant statutes required them to put it up for auction. So far as I can tell, nothing in the statutes precluded them from adding a little note about the weird circumstances here, but they chose not to do that. Read the rest
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Mindy Kaling Turned Down Her “Dream” Job at ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Stay at ‘The Office’
"It was really a life-changing thing. I think the course of my career would have gone really differently."
New York Post
More electric car charging networks link up with roaming agreements
More companies sign bilateral agreements, but there's an even better solution out there.
Ars Technica
Oil climbs 3% on hopes U.S.-China trade talks resume, Mideast tension
Oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would hold an extensive meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit later this month.
REUTERS
Trump tweets Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration as defense secretary
President Donald Trump has tweeted that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan as withdrawn himself from the confirmation process.
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Acting defense secretary bows out of running to be confirmed as Pentagon chief
Patrick Shanahan served for six months as acting defense secretary.
Politica
Domino’s Pizza will test driverless delivery cars
In the near future, a driverless, autonomous vehicle might be responsible for your next pizza delivery. On Monday, Domino’s Pizza announced that it’s teamed up with robotics company Nuro to experiment with autonomous pizza delivery in Houston using a custom vehicle called the R2 that Nuro has built for exactly this purpose. Later this year,...
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