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Binghamton basketball player Calistus Anyichie dead after drowning
Binghamton basketball player Calistus Anyichie died at 19 after an accident that led to his drowning at Buttermilk Falls State Park on Sunday. “There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss,” Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey said in a statement. “We all love Calistus so much. He was a special young...
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Aussie model gets off easy for drunken attack on flight attendant
An Australian model got off with a slap on the wrist for drunkenly slugging a flight attendant on Monday when she delivered a sob story to a federal judge in Los Angeles. Adau Mornyang, 25, faced up to 21 years behind bars for assaulting the United Airlines attendant in January — but was instead given...
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Congresswomen Targeted by Trump’s Racist Tweets: ‘This Is the Agenda of White Nationalists’
“This is a president who has openly violated the very values our country aspires to uphold. This is the agenda of white nationalists,” Omar said. “He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender orientation or immigration status.”
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Darren Clarke gets hometown honor at 2019 British Open
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open champion who grew up about an hour from Portrush and now has a home in the seaside village, will strike the first tee shot in Thursday’s opening round of the Open Championship. Clarke is paired with Charley Hoffman and Irish amateur James Sugrue in the...
New York Post
Immigrant families worried about potential ICE raids
The promise of a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants is sparking fear in some communities. One father came to the U.S. from Mexico 20 years ago, and now fears being separated from his family. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
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Democratic congresswomen push back against Trump's racist attacks
Four Democratic congresswomen of color targeted by President Trump are pushing back against his remarks. The president continued his attacks at the White House, inviting them to leave the country. Weijia Jiang reports.
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Sergeant involved in fatal South Bend shooting resigns from police
Sergeant Ryan O'Neill was under investigation for the shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan
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Meet the man behind AOC’s brain and other commentary
From the right: Meet AOC’s Brain Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “cadre of far-left first-termers known as ‘the Squad’ ” have been at the center of “increasingly acrimonious infighting” among House Democrats, notes David Catron at The American Spectator. But the true “prime mover” behind the chaos is one Saikat Chakrabarti, the co-founder of Justice...
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Trump, Pelosi, and the Squad Are Fighting Over Who Belongs in Government
Masha Gessen writes about Donald Trump’s racist tweets about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, and who belongs in democracy.
The New Yorker
Heartbroken mom speaks out against protein shakes after daughter’s death
A heartbroken Australian mother is speaking out about the potential dangers of protein shakes and supplements after she says her 25-year-old daughter’s diet triggered an undiagnosed condition that ultimately contributed to her death two years ago. Michelle White said that while her daughter, Meegan Hefford, had picked up a passion for fitness after the birth...
New York Post
Trump administration erects another barrier to immigrants seeking U.S. asylum
The Trump administration on Monday unveiled a new rule to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border, requiring them to first pursue safe haven in a third country through which they had traveled on the way to the United States.
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The best Amazon Prime Day deals on dashboard cameras for your car
The dash cam market grows annually, so these devices are rarely on sale. Prime Day 2019 is a stellar opportunity to modernize your car, keep yourself safe behind the wheel, and possibly capture something hilarious on film.
Digital Trends | Technology News and Product Reviews
Immigrant families worried amid promise of ICE raids
One family is so worried, they've covered up the windows at their home and barricaded the front door
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Monday, July 15, 2019
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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'Tulip' tower project in City of London vetoed by Sadiq Khan
Design of proposed 1,000ft skyscraper by Norman Foster’s firm deemed not good enoughPlans to build a 1,000ft skyscraper dubbed “the Tulip” in the City of London near the Thames have been thrown out by the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.The building, designed by Norman Foster’s architectural practice, would have been the second tallest in western Europe, but its design was deemed not to be good enough for such a prime location. Continue reading...
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One dead and 15 injured in house explosion in California
One person is dead and 15 more are injured, after a house in Murrieta, California, exploded Monday afternoon.
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Trump’s vehicle emissions rollback is dicey, so he’s lowering the fine for guzzling gas
President Trump’s administration has fought to roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions standards since his inauguration, and a final version of the looser rules is expected to be revealed later this summer. But since the rollback faces a number of obstacles — likely including a long, drawn-out battle in the court system that could ultimately kneecap the effort — the administration has found another way to discourage automakers from increasing the fuel efficiency of their vehicles: lower the fines for missing the targets. News dropped late Friday night that Trump wants the fines to revert back so that automakers only pay $5.50 for every tenth of a mile per gallon of fuel above federal standards that new cars consume — a price set in 1997, and one that is just $0.50 above the original $5 rate set in the 1970s. Under President Obama, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote a new rule that increased the rate to $14 for every tenth of a mile per gallon above the standards, in order to adjust for inflation. Trump tried to delay that $14 rule from being implemented in 2017, but was sued by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, and a number of states, including California and New York. The administration eventually lost that lawsuit and was ordered to implement the increased fines. In the wake of that loss, though, the administration set out to rewrite the rule altogether. It issued the final rule on Friday evening, which was praised by auto industry lobbying groups. It’s an obvious hedge against the larger emissions rollback, which is still in process. At Trump’s direction, the Environmental Protection Agency and the NHTSA has spent the last two years trying to roll back fuel efficiency standards set during the Obama administration. The Obama-era standards, which automakers agreed to in 2009, would increase the fuel efficiency of new car fleets each year all the way out to 2025. The increase in efficiency would cut CO2 emissions by hundreds of millions of metric tons, and reduce oil consumption by more than 1 billion barrels. Trump wants to freeze the standards at the 2020 level, removing something like half of those benefits. A final version of the rule, co-written by the EPA and the NHTSA, will be released this summer. The gist of it, though, is that the administration believes higher standards will increase costs, therefore leading consumers to buy or keep older cars, which are less safe. Yes, the administration wants to make new cars dirtier because it believes they’ll be safer, at least as far as crashes go. Here’s why that logic is flawed. The rollback attempt has been fraught so far, especially when considering the involvement of former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Pruitt helped pioneer it, and used old data and industry talking points to justify the move when he announced the proposal. Pruitt also likely lied to Congress about the progress that was made made to reach a deal with California on the standards. And Pruitt has since resigned from leading the EPA following a raft of scandals. The administration has also been sued by a number of states, led by California, who want to keep the Obama-era standards in place. Even automakers no longer want a full rollback and are lobbying Trump for a compromise. On top of all this, the final rule is likely to face a years-long battle in the courts — a venue where the Trump administration’s various efforts have faced loss after loss. But even if the administration prevails in the rollback, California still has the ability to set its own stringent emissions standards, ones that many states — and even now Canada — follow. There are a number of ways the administration’s efforts could wind up wasted. Perhaps in anticipation of these obstacles, the president seems to have found a contingency plan. Automakers might still be held to a higher standard when it comes to how much CO2 their vehicles emit when all is said and done with the rollback. But even if they are, the cost of blowing past those targets is now a lot less.
The Verge
New Yorkers share their tales from the Big Apple blackout
During the blackout, strangers comforted neighbors they'd never met, restaurants gave customers meals on the house, and everyday heroes volunteered to direct traffic at busy intersections.
New York Post
Trump's tweets, racist? 'I'm not concerned'
Louisiana on snake watch and a provocative presidential tweet: Monday’s news       
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This $25 Nintendo Switch controller supports in-game Fortnite chat with a headphone jack
The Nintendo Switch is a bit lacking in the accessory market, and that means a lot of the deficiencies that came baked into the first-generation version of the product aren’t really getting addressed in a timely fashion. We’re talking features like Bluetooth headphone support and, in the case of controllers, something as simple as an 3.5mm audio jack. Thankfully, we’re starting to see the Switch’s third-party ecosystem become more robust, and a new product from peripheral maker PDP seeks to address that audio problem head on. The company, which makes a wide-ranging set of low-cost gaming accessories, has a new gamepad called the Faceoff Deluxe Plus for the Switch that comes with a 3.5mm jack built in. It’s a wired controller, so it’s channeling audio via USB directly to whatever headphones or headset you have plugged into the controller itself. According to PDP, the device can handle both game audio and in-game party chat, seemingly a first for the third-party Nintendo accessory market. Even 8bitdo’s recently announced SN30 Pro+ doesn’t have a headphone jack. Image: PDP PDP is also claiming its controller is the first “officially licensed by Nintendo product to feature integrated in-game chat and premium game audio,” so that’s a plus. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a catch. According to YouTuber Kevin Kenson, who demoed the device for a recent video on his channel, the Faceoff Deluxe Plus only supports in-game audio for titles using the Vivox integration. One of the only games then that actually works with in-game chat here is Fortnite, which to be fair is one of the only multiplayer Switch titles that you’d understandably want voice chat for. Otherwise, you’re relying on the Nintendo Switch Online companion app for comms, which requires you have headphones plugged into your phone and not the game. Because the Switch only outputs audio to a single source, one limitation worth noting is that you can’t have only in-game chat audio over a headset with standard in-game audio out of your TV. It’s got to be all or nothing. Some neat features of the Faceoff Deluxe Plus is that it has customizable faceplates, support for volume control and mute options on the controller itself, and programmable back buttons in the vein of a Scuf gamepad. It also comes with a 10-foot cable, which is great considering it can support being plugged into the Switch in docked mode from across the room. It’s not clear whether the controller will work when plugged directly into the Switch’s USB-C port via an adapter; the answer is probably not, but in that scenario you’re more likely to be able to plug headphones into the Switch’s built-in 3.5mm jack. All that said, the build quality is going to be noticeably less than that of the standard Nintendo Switch Pro controller, but PDP is selling the device for the low price of $24.99. The device goes on sale starting July 22nd, and you can preorder it in one of four colors — black, red, blue, and purple — starting today from PDP’s website or from Amazon.
The Verge
Trump's history of inflaming racial tensions
President Trump is facing backlash for a racist tweet about four members of Congress
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This Prime Day Lightning Deal on Neato’s D4 robot vacuum saves you 40%
Prime Day 2019 is shaping up to be a banner year for sales on smart home products, including robot vacuums. However, the deal we uncovered for Neato's D4 Robot Vacuum is time-limited and only while supplies last, so act fast.
Digital Trends | Technology News and Product Reviews
Joe Biden Draws Line Against Progressives on Health Care With New Proposal
A sudden transition to "Medicare for All," he said, "is kind of risky"
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Yes, Richard Spencer is now temporarily in charge of the Pentagon.
Yes, Richard Spencer is now temporarily in charge of the Pentagon. No, not that Richard Spencer, though you could be forgiven for being momentarily confused given how things are going.Read more...
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Tlaib: We know this is who Trump is
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) responds to President Trump's racist tweets directed her and her colleagues, calling it "a continuation of his racist and xenophobic playbook."
Sport
Disney heiress says employees unhappy with working conditions
A Disney heiress claims that she went undercover at Disneyland, and says she wasn’t happy with what she saw. In a recent interview for Yahoo’s “Through Her Eyes,” Abigail Disney described meeting with Disneyland employees to better understand their grievances about their work. What she saw, she claims, made her “livid.” Abigail claims that she...
New York Post
The best mouse deals for Prime Day 2019: Razer, Logitech, and more
This year's big shopping event, Amazon Prime Day, offers some fantastic discounts on mice. We've scoured this year's sales and made picks for what we think are the best mice you can buy on Prime Day.
Digital Trends | Technology News and Product Reviews
Why Ball Four Is the Most Important Sports Book of All Time
The legacy of Jim Bouton’s classic locker room tell-all.
Slate Articles
Rebuking Trump for his naked bigotry is the least Washington can do
The resolution House Democrats plan to pass condemning President Trump for his xenophobic, offensive tweets over the weekend is just a resolution, without consequences or punishment. It’s not a move toward impeachment, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has repeatedly said she opposes....
Politica
Pentagon Ordered to Tell Congress If It Weaponized Ticks And Released Them Into the Public
Some members of the United States House are concerned the Pentagon may have unleashed disease-infected ticks that caused the spread of Lyme disease.Read more...
Gizmodo - We come from the future.
Yeti Hopper Cooler Deal: $90 Off for Amazon Prime Day
Yeti's tough, durable coolers rarely go on sale. If you're in the market, you may want to snatch the Hopper Flip 18 up.
WIRED
The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation
The satellites were finally ready to beam images back to Earth in 1969. And some 600 million people watched the event live.
The New York Times
Trump’s Racist Tweets May Have Paused House Democrats’ Infighting. Only Nancy Pelosi Can Stop It.
The Speaker needs to set aside her ego and end this thing.
Slate Articles
As Los Angeles Officials Hailed Nipsey Hussle as a Hero, Others Were Investigating Him
After the rapper was gunned down in Los Angeles, city leaders embraced him as a peacemaker. But he was also under investigation.
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Divers spot massive human-sized jellyfish off English coast
It sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. A giant, human-sized jellyfish lurking in the waters off the English coast. The creature — which is all too frighteningly real — was captured on camera recently by ocean cinematographer Dan Abbott during a dive near the town of Falmouth, Cornwall. Abbott was swimming alongside wildlife...
New York Post
Gutfeld on Trump's tweets
Did you hear? President Trump tweeted.
Politica
Hawaii Protesters Block Access Road To Stop Construction Of Massive Telescope
Native Hawaiians chained themselves to a grate in a road to stop work on the controversial Mauna Kea project on what they say is sacred land. Development is scheduled to begin this week.
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SpaceX nears completion of Dragon investigation, has a “good path forward”
"Through this process, we will continue to learn things that will help us fly safer.”
Ars Technica
What immigrant advocates advise people to do if ICE comes to their door
Immigration authorities have begun a series of raids targeting about 2,000 undocumented immigrants in major cities around the country. These raids, promised by President Donald Trump for weeks now, have sparked panic and concern among immigrant communities and immigration advocates.
Politica
We’ve Never Seen a Campaign Email Subject As Thirsty As This One
But they've been getting really thirsty for a while now.
Slate Articles
Twitter Finally Redesigned Its Website, Said No One
Well, folks, they managed to pull it off. Twitter has somehow made itself worse than it already was.Read more...
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Sony Gives Literary Film Division, Axed by Disney, a Second Life
Elizabeth Gabler, the executive behind hit movies like “The Devil Wears Prada,” will run a venture financed by Sony Pictures and HarperCollins Publishers.
The New York Times
Preliminary report shows faulty relay protection system caused NYC power outage
Con Edison blamed their relay protection system Monday for the weekend power outage in New York City, saying the system didn't operate as designed, according to preliminary findings from the company.
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Trump Tends to His Core Voters
Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list.What We’re Following Today It’s Monday, July 15. ‣ The Trump administration issued a new rule that would significantly limit asylum protections for most Central American migrants. It’s almost certain to face a legal challenge.Here’s what else we’re watching:(Elizabeth Frantz / Reuters)‘She Would Throw Herself in Front of a Bus for Us’: Over the weekend, roughly 4,000 people descended on Philadelphia for Netroots Nation, an annual conference for progressive activists. They already know which candidate they want for president. And they’ve got a surprising second choice.All About That Base: President Donald Trump rejected during a press conference today the idea that his tweets over the weekend about several congresswomen were racist, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will move to formally reject Trump’s comments by passing a resolution. What if Trump took his own advice to “help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which [he] came?” asks Yoni Appelbaum. (Back to Queens, that is.)The Future of the ACA: The outcome of an ongoing Texas lawsuit may blow up the Affordable Care Act as we know it. The core argument here hinges on the removal of a tax penalty for not having health insurance. One law professor contends that these judges who may end up deciding the future of health coverage in America profess “judicial modesty,” but “are activists to the core.”Democracy vs. Authoritarianism: The 2020 Democrats have found their battle cry against Trump, writes Uri Friedman: “The defining struggle of our time is between the forces of democracy and authoritarianism, they say, and the leader of the land of the free has strayed into enemy territory.”A Big Sleeper Issue: One might think a problem that affects so many people across the country—the lack of affordable long-term personal care for older people—would become a major political issue. So far, though, it hasn’t.(Paul Spella / Katie Martin / The Atlantic)In The Atlantic’s August cover story, the contributing editor Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores new research about sexual predators and why police are often unable to locate crucial evidence.“This is the question that haunts every advocate, researcher, and enlightened detective or prosecutor I spoke with: How many rapes could have been prevented if the police had believed the first victim, launched a thorough investigation, and caught the rapist? How many women would have been spared a brutal assault?” → Read the rest—Elaine GodfreyIdeas From The AtlanticTrump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is (Adam Serwer)“If these women could all trace their family lines back to 1776, it would not make them more American than Trump, a descendant of German immigrants whose ancestors arrived relatively recently, because he is white and they are not.” → Read onTrump Is Baiting Democrats (David Frum)“Trump is determined to make it impossible for Democrats to act on Pelosi’s knowledge—to break the discipline Pelosi has imposed on her party and to empower the Democrats who want to win Twitter today, rather than win the White House in 2020.” → Read onJoe Biden Stops Playing It Safe (Peter Beinart)“For the first time, he looked like a candidate willing to make a direct and substantive case that his centrist instincts are preferable to the party’s recent leftward tilt.” → Read onWhat Else We’re Reading‣ Their family bought land one generation after slavery. The Reels brothers spent eight years in jail for refusing to leave it. (Lizzie Presser, ProPublica)‣ Huge turnout is expected in 2020. So which party would benefit? (Nate Cohn, The New York Times) (
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Apollo 11: The original moonwalk
President John F. Kennedy ignited the "space race" with the Soviet Union on May 25, 1961 with his goal of putting an American on the moon; The Apollo 11 mission captured the imagination of a generation when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the moon July 20, 1969
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'The stakes are too high to get this one wrong': Boeing 737 Max's grounding could hamper holiday travel
Airlines will have to scramble to find replacements for the troubled jet -- and it could make life harder for fliers.       
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Gory photo of Bianca Devins’ killing was on Instagram for hours: report
Instagram allowed the account that posted a gory image of a slain teenage social media infulencer to stay active for nearly a day — and at one point even put a “sensitive content filter” over the sick picture and continued letting people view it, according to reports and information from the company Monday. The image...
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Charles Oakley sees one ‘B’ and a lot of ‘C’s’ on the Knicks
Knicks legend Charles Oakley knows what he saw from his former team in the past few weeks: a failed plan to restore their greatness during free agency. “Do they have an ‘A’ player on this team? I don’t think so,” Oakley told reporters after his Big3-based Killer 3s fell at the Barclays Center on Sunday....
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