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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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Terrifying video shows diver fighting off giant octopus
If you thought a giant octopus clutching you with its eight arms was the stuff of nightmares, think again.
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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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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.
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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...
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…
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.
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.
New York Post
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson advances on Britain's top job
Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson advanced on the prize of Britain's top political job on Tuesday, winning 126 votes in the second round of a contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Al Roker and Deborah Roberts’ son wins big at NY Special Olympics
Al Roker and Deborah Roberts' 17-year-old son, Nick Roker, won two gold medals during his first appearance in New York's Special Olympics over the weekend.
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Study: Obesity rate falling for preschoolers who receive food aid
Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported
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Commercial space companies have received $7.2 billion in government investment since 2000
Early investments from a government agency, like NASA or the Air Force, can be a crucial step in the evolution of commercial space companies from scrappy startups to successful businesses. That’s according to a new report from Space Angels, an investment firm focused on the space industry, which quantified how much money government agencies have invested in private aerospace firms over the last 18 years. The analysis reveals just how important a role the government still plays in the private space industry. It found that early public investment can sometimes be the difference between life and death for a company. “I think it’s really important for people to recognize that it isn’t just the private sector deciding to do something,” Chad Anderson, CEO of Space Angels, tells The Verge. “The government has played a key role in the development of entrepreneurial space companies.” “The government has played a key role in the development of entrepreneurial space companies.” Space Angels made the report at the request of NASA, as the agency wanted to know just how its investments over the last couple of decades have affected the private sector. Ultimately, Space Angels found that 67 space companies received a total of $7.2 billion in investments from the government between 2000 and 2018. And about 93 percent of that investment went into companies dedicated to launching rockets. “It’s no surprise,” says Anderson. “Government funding has been directed at reducing the barriers to entry, and the biggest barrier in the beginning is launch.” The report highlights SpaceX as a prime example of how early government investment contributed to the success of a company. During its first decade of operation, SpaceX operated off of $1 billion, and about half of that money came from government contracts from NASA, according to the Space Angels report. Musk notably thanked NASA for the agency’s support after SpaceX launched its very first Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station in 2012. “They didn’t do this alone,” says Anderson. “They couldn’t have done it without the help of NASA.” The total value of U.S. public funding received by entrepreneurial space companies from 2000 through 2018 was $7.2B across 67 companies. Check out our new report on government support on the space economy: @SpaceX @Vector @Astrobotic @MadeInSpace— Space Angels (@SpaceAngels) June 17, 2019 There are also many space companies that haven’t received public investment yet. Space Angels estimates there are 375 companies within the private space industry, which have received a combined $19 billion in private funding since 2009. And there are at least 123 companies that have registered for a DUNS number — a requirement for getting public funding — but have yet to get government investment. Anderson notes that there are downsides to working with the government, which is why some may not pursue such partnerships. Among other issues, DOD or NASA requirements might be too cumbersome for a small company, or the goals of government programs could take resources away from a startup’s focus. However, the report focuses on many of the government investment programs that have worked the best, such as NASA and the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) initiatives. Both SBIR and STTR have given money to small entrepreneurial companies in their earliest stages and as a result, these businesses have attracted additional private investment. “This is helping us steer us towards program and funding mechanisms that really work,” says Anderson. “So let’s use this data to help influence policy and help influence funding decisions at NASA.” “This is helping us steer us towards program and funding mechanisms that really work.” Anderson argues that since most NASA and DOD investments have gone to launch-focused companies up until now, it may be time for these agencies to branch out more into other areas of space business. He notes that we are seeing some of that with NASA’s CLPS program, which just awarded contracts to three private space companies building robotic spacecraft that can take instruments to the surface of the Moon. Anderson argues that this is a prime example of how the government can jump-start new models of business that don’t have a very clear way of making money yet. “The government plays a larger role in new markets where there’s not as much economic incentive,” says Anderson. “And then once that economic incentive starts to develop, that’s when the private sector can come in and take over.” But ultimately, Space Angels makes the case that if you’re going to work in space, you’re going to cross paths with the public sector at some point. So getting investment from the government may be in a company’s best interest. “You can’t do business in space without the government,” says Anderson. “They’re involved in some way or another.”
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg earns MTV Movie & TV Award
RBG had some tough competition in the category — including Serena Williams
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Google’s ninth attempt at a messaging service will be based on RCS
Google's RCS service will launch in the UK and France later this month.
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