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Houston's FBI file reveals purported extortion try

Responding to numerous Freedom of Information Act requests, the agency has released the 128-page record it had on the late music legend.






Fannie, Freddie to form new company
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will build a new joint company for securitizing home loans as a stepping stone toward shrinking the government's role in the mortgage market, the regulator of the U.S. government-controlled firms said on Monday.



Forbes' billionaires list gets bigger, and richer too

This year Forbes has uncovered a record 1,426 billionaires. That is 200 more than we found in 2012, another record breaking year.






Oberlin cancels classes amid 'hate-related incidents'

Ohioís famed Oberlin College suspended classes on Monday after a person was spotted on campus wearing what appeared to be a white KKK robe, the latest in a string of racially charged incidents on campus.






Bipartisan group reaches deal on gun trafficking
A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on a bill that would make it a federal crime to buy a gun for someone who isn't legally allowed to own one. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy announced the agreement on the Senate floor Monday evening.



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Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary to leave administration
Former Navy Seal Ryan Zinke has been embroiled in a series of alleged ethics violations.
France 'yellow vest' protesters defy government to gather
Dozens are arrested across France, as fewer protesters than in recent weeks defy the government.
Egypt: 'One of a kind' tomb found in Saqqara
The tomb, filled with hieroglyphs and statues, has been untouched for 4,440 years.
US returns looted bells to Philippines after 117 years
The Balangiga church bells have been returned to the Philippines, 117 years after the US seized them.
Egypt tomb: Saqqara 'one of a kind' discovery revealed
Archaeologists in Egypt unveil the tomb of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years.

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Politics News
Fallows: Country better than its government
After four years, 31 cities and about 100,000 miles in a small private plane, Deborah and James Fallows are back home.
Gillibrand demands vote on sexual harassment bill
Making members financially responsible for settlements is sticking point on House-passed bill.
On its anniversary, Mueller's investigation isn't close to finished
A year into his investigation, the special counsel has alleged or confirmed serious criminal activity, and he's not close to done.
Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director
Haspel is the first woman to serve as director of the CIA, succeeding Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as secretary of state.
Trump: 'Animals' was about the violent MS-13 gang
The president had come under fire for the remarks from Democrats who charged he was referring to all undocumented immigrants.

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Here we go! 'Bachelorette' reveals the 28 men competing for Becca's heart
Two pro football players and a "colognoisseur" are among the 28 men vying after Becca Kufrin's heart.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin welcome another son ó see their cute announcement!
It's baby No. 4 for the happy couple!
How Meghan Markle keeps her hair silky smooth, according to her hairstylist
For everyone who wants to achieve her luscious locks at home
What's wrong with this cover? GQ pokes fun at Vanity Fair's epic Photoshop fail
Hands down, this is the funniest shade we've seen all year.
Janet Jackson: 'I am at peace' when I hold my son in my arms
In a new interview with Billboard, the pop star opens up about being a first-time mom and all the positive energy that comes with it.

Oddly Enough
Crocodile bridezilla, kitten-owl bffs, what's next?
Owl-kitten best friends become a Japanese internet sensation, and watch out for this crocodile bridezilla as she ties the knot with the city's mayor in this week's animal round up. Gavino Garay reports.

A new hot dog eating champion is crowned in Brooklyn
23-year old Matt Stonie upsets eight-time hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Fourth of July Key Lime pie eating contest
No hot dogs for these contestants, these competitors battle to consume large amounts of key lime pie. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Speed eaters weigh-in for Nathan's Hot Dog Contest
Competitive eaters weigh-in the day before they vie to be top dog at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest on Coney Island. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Kitten and owl become playmates in Japan
An unlikely friendship between a kitten and owl at a Japanese cafe takes the internet by storm. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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The Battle for Power in Wisconsin Seems Bound for Court. Itís Only Going to Get Uglier.
Liberal groups promise to sue over new laws stripping power from the next governor, a Democrat.
As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price
A phony business the Trumps created to siphon wealth from their empire drove up the rent for thousands living in their buildings.
Ruling Striking Down Obamacare Moves Health Debate to Center Stage
A Texas judgeís ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional may not stand, but it will elevate health care as a pressing topic in a divided Washington.
Where Are All the Female Architects?
Nearly half of architecture students are women. Why are so few sticking with the industry after graduation?
Investors Have Nowhere to Hide as Stocks, Bonds and Commodities All Tumble
For the first time in decades, every major investment has fared poorly. The question is whether trouble in the markets will undermine economic growth.

Quote of the Day
Oswald Chambers
"The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone."
Maya Angelou
"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
"Home is the nicest word there is."
George Bernard Shaw
"Syllables govern the world."

How to of the Day
How to Choose a Dress for New Year's Eve
Whether youíre planning on going out on the town, attending a ball, or throwing a party at your house, you want the dress you wear on New Yearís Eve to be the perfect choice. Itís the start of a new year, and that deserves a new dress, but picking a dress can be a stressful process. By looking at specifics such as dress style, color, and fabric, youíll be choosing your New Yearís Eve dress in no time at all.
How to Know if You Sprained Your Finger
Sprained fingers are relatively common injuries in sports like football and basketball. Fortunately, although a sprained finger can be uncomfortable and get in the way of day-to-day activities, itís not a serious injury. You can tell if your finger is sprained by seeing if it cramps or turns red and by examining whether or not itís swollen. If youíre struggling to figure out if your finger is sprained or broken, make an appointment to see your doctor.
How to Roast Chestnuts
Chestnuts are a traditional holiday food in many cultures, and they taste wonderful on a cold winter day! You can roast chestnuts in the oven, over an open fire, or in a frying pan. Use the option that works best for you and enjoy some roasted chestnuts for your next holiday gathering!
How to Wear a Lace Bodysuit
A lace bodysuit is a timeless piece of lingerie and, with the right styling, it can be transformed into a bold outfit. Pick a coverage that you feel comfortable with first, before starting to style your outfit. Then choose a top to layer the lace bodysuit with, before picking the right bottoms to finish off your look. Remember that the key to wearing a lace bodysuit out is confidence!
How to Make Eggnog
Nothing says "holiday spirit" like a glass of eggnog! It tastes like Christmas, and when you combine just a few simple ingredients, you have a treat the whole family can enjoy. Learn how to make easy eggnog for your family, a traditional batch large enough for a party, or a glass of iced eggnog to enjoy on your own.

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Healthy Recipes
Low-Cholesterol Recipes: Homemade Pickled Ginger (Gari)

4.76 / 5 Stars | 21 Reviews

by Phoena

"Pickled ginger is called gari or amazu shoga in Japanese. It's served with sushi or sashimi and eaten between different kinds of sushi. It helps to clean your taste buds and enhance the flavors. It's also great with Century Eggs - a Chinese delicacy. You can find prepared pickled ginger in pink or white at most Asian markets but I preferred to make my own and share with family and friends."

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Dairy-Free Recipes: Baked Tilapia in Garlic and Olive Oil

3.92 / 5 Stars | 157 Reviews

by Stephen Carroll

"Baked tilapia, marinated in garlic and olive oil. If you prefer to grill, get your grill hot and put the fish on aluminum foil; grill until desired doneness is reached. "

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Mediterranean Diet: Mediterranean Medley Salad

4.66 / 5 Stars | 33 Reviews

by USA WEEKEND

"According to recent studies, a Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets around. This marinated salad made with olive oil and garden fresh vegetables is a good introduction to this healthy eating style."

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Diabetic Recipes: Honeydew Blueberry Soup

4.04 / 5 Stars | 19 Reviews

by J. Carlson

"Honeydew melon is pureed, combined with whole blueberries and chilled before being served with an oatmeal cookie crumb topping."

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Raw Food Diet: Avocado Mango Salsa

4.8 / 5 Stars | 145 Reviews

by Six Pack To Go

"Yowzers! Sweet and hot salsa with tangy mangoes and habaneros. Great with pork, chicken or fish or just with chips. You can omit the habaneros and add red bell peppers for a non-spicy version, but then again, why would you want to? Remember, ALWAYS wear gloves when working with habaneros!"

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Home Improvement
Protect Your Driveway
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Clean the Gutters? No Thanks.
Nobody enjoys cleaning gutters. It's why we have kids, really, so we can send Junior up there a couple of times a year to hang off the roof ledge and scrape out the leaves and...Read more about Gutter Covers
Masonite Siding: A Stronger Alternative
If your wood siding is swelling, cracking, or constantly needs repainting, then you may want to look into Masonite siding. Masonite boards are synthetically constructed from a...Read on about Masonite Siding
Roof Insulation Captures Escaping Energy
When you turn on the furnace, your HVAC system is not the only thing keeping your house warm; proper insulation keeps this generated heat inside the home. Even though your walls...Read more about Roof Insulation