River fire, onion rings, Florida cannibals, potty-trained newborns, rodents, ticks, virgin olive oil, caterpillar-based vaccines...
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Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 22 2017

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Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. This is the 154th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,308 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Between the years 1868 and 1969,
the Cuyahoga River caught fire 12 times.

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Among other things, today is also National Onion Ring(s) Day.

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Florida man jailed after claiming cannibals wanted to eat his intestines.

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Quote of the day:

"But probably that's the way of the world- when we have finally learned something we're too old to apply it- and so it goes, wave after wave, generation after generation. No one learns anything at all from anyone else."
-Erich Maria Remarque (June 22, 1898 - September 25, 1970)
(More Erich Maria Remarque quotes)

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Big stories:
Senate Republicans set to release health-care bill, but divisions remain;
One of Iraq's most famous landmarks, a mosque in Mosul, was destroyed. Iraq said ISIS did it, but the militants blamed a U.S. air strike;
Uber shakeups continue as investor Bill Gurley said to be leaving board
Republicans are thrilled by their victory in Georgia, but the celebration may be brief.

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First-of-its-kind clean coal plant may not burn coal at all. After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to work up a deal that would have the plant fueled only by gas.

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Older dads have geeky sons with higher IQs. I was only 21 when my son was born, but he seemed sufficiently geeky to me. Maybe it was the environment...

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Physician couple toilet-trains newborn, skips diapers. All you have to do is "tune into a baby’s cues and natural rhythms and bring the child to a toilet when it seems like the right time." Of course.

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Spillover beasts: which animals pose the biggest viral risk? Hint: don't snuggle with rodents.

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Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer's, preserves memory, new study shows.

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Really? Vaccines can be blamed for any illness, even with lack of evidence, says EU court. EU's highest court ruled that if a person receiving the vaccine was well before or did not have a personal or family history of the disease and if significant number of similar cases of the disease is reported among people receiving a certain vaccine, the vaccine may be considered as a culprit. And on the subject of vaccines, Caterpillar-grown flu vaccine protects better than egg-incubated vaccine. The only thing that sprung to my mind was Mothra.

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Oh, lovely: the tick that gives people meat allergies is spreading.

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Czech scientists see growing risk of asteroid hitting Earth. The astronomers... drew their conclusion after analysing 144 bolides- large meteors that explode in the atmosphere- from the Taurids and detecting a new branch with at least two asteroids measuring 200-300 metres (220-330 yards) in diameter. Also see here.

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Two Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says.

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Hillary Clinton is under investigation AGAIN for her handling of government emails and the former Secretary of State and her aides could have their security clearances revoked.

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Oops. the US Geological Survey sent out an alert that a magnitude-6.8 earthquake had struck 10 miles west of Santa Barbara, California on Wednesday. "They clicked the wrong button," said Justin Pressfield, a spokesman for the agency. "It was human error and software."

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How an entire nation became Russia's test lab for cyberwar. Sounds sort of like the film Live Free or Die Hard, which was based on this 1997 Wired essay.

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The architect of the radical right. How the Nobel Prize–winning economist James M. Buchanan shaped today’s anti-government politics.

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The eerie alignment of ancient giant galaxies. New research using Hubble shows these massive, bright objects aligned with their surroundings as far back as 10 billion years ago.

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"This bill is half as good as The Mummy"

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

President Trump might be forced to testify under oath about Trump University after all, because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that even sitting presidents are not immune from civil law suits.

Trump turns an Iowa rally into a venting session.

Congressional Black Caucus rejects invitation to meet with Trump because concerns discussed during a preliminary meeting with Mr. Trump on March 22 "fell on deaf ears."

New U.S. Cuba policy is unpopular, just like President Trump.

President Trump may reveal this week whether secret tapes exist.

Queen Elizabeth neglects to mention president Trump's planned visit- does that mean it's off?

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That's it for this week. See you Monday.

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Solstice, Humanists, Sartre, puppies, lyme disease, Vitamin D, sunscreen, heat waves
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Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 21 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. This is the 153rd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,309 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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The Solstice occurs today at 4:24 UT.

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On this day in 1964, Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

On this day in 2005, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in their deaths, 41 years to the day earlier. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He appealed the verdict, but the sentence was upheld on January 12, 2007, by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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Among other things, today is also World Humanist Day.

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Florida woman buries father in yard, collects his Social Security benefits, officials say.

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Quote of the day:

"Hell is other people."
-Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 - April 15, 1980)
(More Jean-Paul Sartre quotes)

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Big stories:
Michael Flynn was present for weeks of daily C.I.A. briefings, despite widespread agency concerns that he was vulnerable to blackmail; Karen Handel wins Georgia special election, fending off upstart Democrat; Senate GOP leaders will present health bill this week, even as divisions flare; Suspect fatally shot in Brussels Central Station terror attack.

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Marital strain? Try puppy pictures for a better relationship. According to a study from a university in... Florida. Of course.

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Unproven treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' lead to severe infections. Patients took prolonged courses of antibiotics for months or even years.

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More people are taking Vitamin D than ever. Here's why that might be risky. More than 18% of the population gets excess vitamin D—and more than 3% takes doses so high they could be dangerous.

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Google's new job search pulls in listings from all the top sites. he company says it’s using machine learning to help organize listings from different sources.

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Hawking urges multi-national Moon landing by 2020 to 'elevate humanity'. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025.

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Alex Jones' former wife says 'He looked like a moron' during Megyn Kelly interview. Related: Fox says Megyn Kelly NOT welcome back. It's like being told you can never eat rutabagas again.

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Think you're out of the loop? GOP health bill kept secret from Senators assigned to write it.

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How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill. The racket of "convenience drugs."

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How sunscreen SPF is measured. Science? Nope. They cook fair-skinned people in the sun. And speaking of sunscreen: Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline.

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Who really needs to be gluten-free? Probably not you.

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Italian farm acts as a lab to find out if animals can predict earthquakes. It looks like they can.

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Ether threatens Bitcoin. With recent price increases, the outstanding units of the Ether currency were worth around $34 billion as of Monday- or 82 percent as much as all the Bitcoin in existence. At the beginning of the year, Ether was only about five percent as valuable as Bitcoin.

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Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network.

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There'll be a quiz later. Why Phoenix's airplanes can't take off in extreme heat. Also, the science behind Arizona's record-setting heat wave.

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Scientists say the possible benefits in most uses of triclosan and triclocarban- used in some soaps, toothpastes, detergents, paints, carpets- are not worth the risk. The statement, published today in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, urges “the international community to limit the production and use of triclosan and triclocarban and to question the use of other antimicrobials.

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Dogs... so nice we domesticated them twice.

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Trove of new horror species discovered in Australian abyss. A month-long expedition off Australia's coast has returned with a whole new collection of abyssal beasts.

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European scientists are ready to test a vaccine that lowers bad cholesterol. "the AT04A vaccine, when injected under the skin in mice that have been fed fatty, Western-style food in order to induce high cholesterol and the development of atherosclerosis, reduced the total amount of cholesterol by 53%, shrank atherosclerotic damage to blood vessels by 64%, and reduced biological markers of blood vessel inflammation by 21-28%, compared to unvaccinated mice."

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The symptoms of dying... the hours before death are similar across the vast majority of human afflictions.

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A huge collection of Nazi artifacts was discovered hidden behind a bookcase in Argentina.

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Your car thermometer isn't accurate. It also isn't a thermometer.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Radio host quits after he's told to be nicer to Trump.

Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.

Judge won't make Trump University settlement objector post large bond. A woman objecting to the $25 million settlement of fraud claims over the Trump University real estate program will not be required to post a nearly $150,000 bond in order to pursue an appeal that could allow her to bail out of the deal.

Trump's FBI director nominee Christopher Wray removed a reference to a case involving Russia from his bio.

The obscure clause challenging Donald Trump.

Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, lawyers up.

Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing.

Sean Spicer doing fewer TV briefings because he 'got fatter' says Steve Bannon.

Meet Andrew Weissmann, the prosecutor Trumpworld fears and loathes.

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Jaws, Vanilla Milkshake Day, Megyn flops, 10 new planets, power causes brain damage
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Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 12:51 AM EDT
Jun 20 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 194 days remaining. This is the 152nd day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,310 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1975, the motion picture Jaws was released nationally on 450 screens. Jaws became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars (1977). It won several awards for its soundtrack and editing. Along with Star Wars, Jaws was pivotal in establishing the modern Hollywood business model, which revolves around high box-office returns from action and adventure pictures with simple "high-concept" premises that are released during the summer in thousands of theaters and supported by heavy advertising.

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Among other things, today is also National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

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Florida woman accused of stealing city money to get a butt lift.

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Quote of the day:

"Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America."
-Lillian Hellman (June 20, 1905 - June 30, 1984)
(More Lillian Hellman quotes)

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Big stories:
Otto Warmbier dies after return from North Korea; Senate Democrats try to gum up works over Affordable Care Act repeal; Russia warns U.S. after downing of Syrian warplane.

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Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview had lower ratings than a game-show rerun. Kelly's show was not only beaten out by an ABC rerun of "America's Funniest Home Videos" that attracted 3.7 million viewers, but also by a CBS rerun of "60 Minutes" watched by 5.3 million viewers, and Fox's U.S. Golf Open Championship coverage that received 6.1 million viewers.

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NTSB releases details of fatal Tesla Model S crash. Driver apparently ignored warnings to put his hands on the wheel.

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Elon Musk to reveal updated plans for colonizing Mars. The bad news: it won't be ready by the 2018 mid-term elections.

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19-year-olds are as inactive as 60-year-olds, study finds. Even worse, they don't get senior discounts.

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Study reveals "staggering" toll of guns on U.S. kids... nearly 1,300 children in the U.S. die in shootings each year and another 5,790 survive gunshot wounds- from handguns, rifles and shotguns- according to the study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

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If you had problems with your cell phone service on Monday, you weren't alone.

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How cats used humans to conquer the world. Originally native to the middle east, now the little buggers are everywhere.

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The iPhone is 10 years old. Here's the story of its birth. It wasn't pretty.

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Star Trek: Discovery begins September 24. I'm a bit apprehensive. The show runner, Alex Kurtzman, produced and co-wrote the first two J.J. Abrams Trek reboot movies (including the worst Trek film ever made, the execrable Star Trek: Into Darkness and directed the disaster which is Tom Cruise's The Mummy. And I'm not signing up for CBS All-Access.

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Despite a lawsuit threat, John Oliver does a number on Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp. A big number.

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GOP-hired data company leaked information on 198 million citizens. Discovered by an analyst with the cyber security company UpGuard, the data was stored on a publicly accessible Amazon server. More than a terabyte of that data was not password protected. The data included citizens' contact information, addresses, birthdays, and analyses used to predict how they felt about controversial political topics like gun control and abortion.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says carbon emissions not main driver for climate change. Remember, this is the guy who finished 12th on Dancing with the Stars.

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Smartphones made his kids 'moody' and 'withdrawn.' Now he wants to ban them for preteens. Hmph. In my day, we were moody and withdrawn without high-tech assistance.

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Three-quarters of the planet could face deadly heatwaves by 2100.

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The most amazing lie in history.

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Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples, surprising even researchers.

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Kepler telescope finds 10 more possible life-friendly planets. Astronomers on Monday added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond the solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting the chances for life.

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A busy day for the Supreme Court: Supreme Court agrees to hear potentially monumental political gerrymandering case. The case could dramatically impact the way states draw electoral districts. Government can't refuse disparaging trademarks. The ruling is a victory for an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, and could impact a separate dispute involving Washington's football team. The Court also struck down a North Carolina law that barred convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.

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Why Brubeck's 'Take Five' owes its existence to the US State Department.

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Nine Star Trek movies are coming to Amazon Prime in July. All the pre-Abrams movies, except Nemesis.

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Chicken sandwich hitches a balloon ride to the stratosphere. KFC sends fast food where no Zinger has gone before.

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After 29 years, Chuck Shepherd retires from News of the Weird.

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Power causes brain damage. Over time, leaders lose mental capacities- most notably for reading other people- that were essential to their rise.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

At height of Russia tensions, Trump campaign chairman Manafort met with business associate from Ukraine.

What you need to know about Trump's meeting with tech CEOs.

Swell. Silicon Valley could be next target for Trump-style nationalism.

Scientists praise energy innovation office trump wants to shut down.

U.S. economy at risk from Trump's poll numbers.

Trump steaks, but for hotels. The new American Idea chain has nothing to sell but the President.

'Trump death' in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres. You know, like how many theaters are there that have Shakespeare plays?

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Garfield, Juneteenth, 13 pound baby, quantum entanglements, you think in 11 dimensions...
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Published Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 12:17 AM EDT
Jun 19 2017

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Today is Monday, June 19, the 170th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 195 days remaining. This is the 151st day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,311 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1978, Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, made its debut.

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Among other things, today is also Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

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Florida woman breaks county record with 13 pound, five ounce baby.

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Quote of the day:

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes a day. Wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit."
-Elbert Hubbard (June 19, 1856 - May 7, 1915)
(More Elbert Hubbard quotes)

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Big stories:
Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Ends in a Mistrial.
Finsbury Park London: Vehicle strikes and injures multiple pedestrians near mosque, police say.
The Navy has released the names of the seven sailors killed when a cargo ship collided with a destroyer. All were found in flooded berths..
Portugal forest fires: Three days of mourning for 61 victims.

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Facing Alex Jones, NBC's Megyn Kelly managed to avoid a worst-case outcome. Rather than let Jones run away with it, "Sunday Night" let him show himself to be an impertinent, ill-informed, foulmouthed, possibly deranged egomaniac with a forehead constantly beaded in sweat. It showed viewers how Infowars grew and sustains itself by peddling right-wing merchandise and Jones-endorsed dietary supplements. It looked briefly back at Jones's early days as just another cable-access kook in Austin, and revealed the flimsy, almost nonexistent definition of "research" (articles he and his staff find online) that sets the Infowars agenda. The interview is here. Frankly: meh.

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Health alert! Coconut Oil is as bad for you as beef fat and butter.

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China to launch four more probes before 2021.

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The 'Deep State' theory, explained. The best definition I heard, in relation to the Trump administration, was "the rule of law."

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How much are people making from the 'gig economy'? Not much, it turns out.

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An artificial intelligence designed by Facebook has developed its own non-human language.

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Why Amazon bought Whole Foods. Amazon needs food and urban real estate, and Whole Foods needs help.

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Southern Baptists embrace gender-inclusive language in the Bible. America's largest Protestant denomination has produced a revised translation that incorporates many features it had long condemned.

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Everything is cheap and nobody has jobs. Welcome to the future.

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Cheaper alternative to EpiPen allergy shot approved by FDA. No specifics on price. Mylan's device costs $20 to make, sells for $300.

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Amazon's move signals end of line for many cashiers. Our mental image of job-killing automation is robots in factories or warehouses. But the next jobs to disappear are probably ones that are a much bigger part of most people's daily lives: retail workers and cashiers in stores and restaurants. And then there's Just in time, Amazon patents method to prevent in-store comparison shopping. It may block access to the competitor's site, preventing customers from viewing comparable products from rivals. It might redirect the customer to Amazon's own site or to other, Amazon-approved sites. It might notify an Amazon salesperson to approach the customer. Or it might send the customer's smartphone a text message, coupon or other information designed to lure the person back into Amazon's orbit.

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Beware the collapsing social contract..

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Special Prosecutor Mueller is a political hack.

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How to browse the web and leave no trace. Unsubscribing from spam only makes it worse.

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A compiled list of collective nouns. A group of ants is called a colony. A group of aunts is called a book club.

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America has always been angry and violent. Last Wednesday's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others has prompted much hand wringing about the state of the nation. But political violence and anger are embedded in America's DNA.

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How St. Augustine invented sex. He rescued Adam and Eve from obscurity, devised the doctrine of original sin- and the rest is sexual history.

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America's cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values.

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Quantum entanglement, science's 'spookiest' phenomenon, achieved in space. Scientists beamed particles from a satellite to two locations on Earth 750 miles apart- and the particles were still mysteriously connected.

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The 11 longest-lived animals.

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Signs of the apocalypse: Ted Nugent said he'll be appearing on Bill Maher's show to discuss toning down political rhetoric.

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Bullfighter gored to death after tripping on own cape.

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Scientists say humans can think in 11 dimensions. And I can't find my car keys in any of them.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows.

Who in the White House will turn against Donald Trump? Veteran Washington reporters... have never observed this kind of anxiety, regret, and sense of imminent personal doom among White House staffers- not to this degree, anyway. These troubled aides seem to think that they can help their own standing by turning on those around them- and that by retailing information anonymously they will be able to live with themselves after serving a President who has proved so disconnected from the truth and reality.

Why Republicans won't work for the Trump administration.

Six people have resigned from Trump's HIV/AIDS advisory council because he "doesn't care".

Trump lawyer insists there is no obstruction investigation- but then hedges.

Russia renewed unused Trump trademarks in 2016.

Trump's planned EPA cuts will hit America's most vulnerable.

CEOs to Trump: You're failing.

A pro-Trump group is using Obama's voice out of context in radio ad for Georgia's special election.

Best Trump-Russia scandal jokes (so far).

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Pinatubo, National Lobster Day, mad dragons down the pants, pigeon seduction, giant flying turkeys, no soup for you.
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Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 2:37 AM EDT
Jun 15 2017

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Today is Thursday, June 15, the 166th day of 2017 in the Gregorian calendar, with 199 days remaining. This is the 147th day of Donald Trump's presidency. There are 1,315 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign or is otherwise removed from office.

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The New York Times' On This Day for today.

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On this day in 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. Over 800 people died.

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Among other things, today is also National Lobster Day.

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Florida man arrested after putting Mad Dragons down his pants.

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Quote of the day:

"One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it."
-Herbert Simon (June 15, 1916-February 9, 2001)
(More Herbert Simon quotes)

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The big stories: The Arlington,Virginia shooting; Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say; The London fire: what we know.

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Fox News drops 'Fair and Balanced' motto.
"Fox News is dropping it for the more accurate tag line, 'Paranoia and ads for Cialis.'-Conan O'Brien
"...for the same reason United dropped 'Fly the friendly skies.'-Seth Meyers

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Karen Pence brings 20,000 bees to the vice president's home. The Vice President isn't allowed near the hive if the queen is in residence.

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$1M in meth-laced lollipops seized in Houston. Investigators said they believe the sale of the lollipops, some bearing images of Batman and Star Wars characters, was aimed at children. Although I don't know any kids who would pay $20 to $40 for a lollipop.

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Rachel Maddow reacts to news that Alexandria shooter was a fan of hers. And here's Rolling Stone's Rachel Maddow interview.

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In the 1983 TV movie Special Bulletin, a terrorist group brings a homemade atomic bomb aboard a tugboat in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina in order to blackmail the U.S. Government into disabling its nuclear weapons, and the incident is caught live on television. Which brings us to: Port of Charleston terminal evacuated over 'potential threat'.

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In dramatic turnabout, Southern Baptists condemn white supremacy.

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No soup for you. Soupman of 'Seinfeld' Soup Nazi fame files for bankruptcy protection.

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Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer. Relax. Google already knows everything there is to know about you.

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Joel Schumacher apologizes for 'Batman & Robin'. Ok, but how about 'Phantom of the Opera'?

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The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular- yet their language is eerily religious. Why?

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James Baldwin's FBI file runs 1,884 pages. It's full of marginalia, including this, in 1964, from J. Edgar Hoover: "Isn't Baldwin a Well-Known Pervert?"

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When prayer alone does not suffice. Even as Americans keep the latest victims of a mass shooting in their thoughts, they have an obligation to figure out how to prevent any recurrence.

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How a Philly Ob-Gyn ended up delivering a baby gorilla.

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Did the sun have a twin? Scientists say yes, and it may have wiped out the dinosaurs. A new study released by researchers at UC Berkley and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have concluded that our sun, as well as similar stars, had twins.

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I dare you not to click on "Inside the Quirky World of Competitive Pigeon Seduction". Also, "Giant flying turkeys once roamed Australia because of course they did".

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As families of the Sandy Hook victims continue to pressure NBC to ax Megyn Kelly's Sunday interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the network has been holding crisis meetings about how to handle the backlash.

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Trump Dump:
(As of midnight...)

Here's a handy tool with an easy-to-remember URL: www.trumptwitterarchive.com. Conveniently broken down by categories like latest tweets, fake news, losers, etc.

Even Trump's aides blame him for obstruction probe: 'President did this to himself'.

Trump huddled with donors on day of Comey testimony.

Trump predictably abandons the AHCA- and Democrats' 2018 gift comes early..

Donald Trump is now facing three emoluments lawsuits.

Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions.

Trump sells Qatar $12 billion of U.S. weapons days after accusing it of funding terrorism.

Trump tweaks travel ban timing. He modified the timing of his travel ban executive order Wednesday in an apparent bid to bolster his chances of persuading the Supreme Court to revive the embattled measure.

Trump critics are boycotting Dolce & Gabbana. The brand trolled them with $245 T-shirts.

Trump's Twitter habits have changed- in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Trump isn't being a CEO. He's just AWOL.

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Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.

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