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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'

Ohio’s 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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Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration
A coalition of 16 US states sues the Trump administration over his decision to declare an emergency.
Australia's drought leading to 'suffering' of children, UN warns
Many spend long days witnessing the "trauma" of their parents and animals, the UN warns.
Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?
Hundreds of Indians attending a public meeting were shot dead by British troops on 13 April 1919.
Meet the women helping fill Russia's rural healthcare gap
After the closure of thousands of clinics in rural Russia, one region has taken matters into its own hands.
The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war
Meet some of the Syrians returning home and trading, at the re-opened crossing between Jordan and Syria.

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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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Entertainment News
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 — 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).

New York Times Homepage
A Model Detective. A Small-Time Thief. How 2 Lives Collided in a Deadly Robbery in Queens.
Detective Brian Simonsen was killed in “friendly fire” during a robbery. This is his story, and that of a petty criminal who once wanted to be a police officer but is now charged with murder.
Kamala Harris Faces Questions About ‘Democratic Socialist’ Label and Jussie Smollett in N.H. Debut
The California senator, visiting New Hampshire for the first time in her life, distanced herself from Bernie Sanders, the last candidate to win this state’s Democratic presidential primary.
16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall
A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, is challenging President’s Trump use of emergency powers to spend billions on a border wall.
The Vatican’s Secret Rules for Priests Who Have Children
The Vatican confirmed, apparently for the first time, that it has general guidelines for what to do when clerics break celibacy vows and father children.
In North Carolina, Investigators Find Ballot ‘Scheme’ in House Race
A House seat was hanging in the balance as state election officials heard the results of an investigation into absentee ballot fraud.

Quote of the Day
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
Mahatma Gandhi
"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes."
Norman Vincent Peale
"It's always too early to quit."
Lord Byron
"Friendship is Love without his wings!"

How to of the Day
How to Build a Koi Fish Pond
Koi are beautiful, ornamental fish that can live for a long time in the right conditions. Building your own koi fish pond in your garden can sound like a difficult task, however, with a bit of planning and patience, it won’t take too long at all! Plan out the size and depth of the pond first, and then dig the hole and line it with a pond liner. Install all of the necessary equipment such as a filtration system and an aerator to keep the koi happy and healthy.
How to Make Puffed Rice
If you like the light, crispy texture of puffed rice, learn how to make it at home. For the lightest, fluffiest rice, cook your favorite type of rice until the grains are tender. Then dry out the rice and fry it in hot oil until it puffs up. If you prefer to make smaller, denser puffed rice, skip cooking the rice and just fry the grains of uncooked rice until they pop.
How to Stop an Argument
While an argument can be a healthy part of a relationship, it's easy to take things too far and potentially say something you'll regret. In such an instance, you'll find yourself in the middle of an argument that must be stopped immediately in order to prevent emotional damage. If you sense that an argument is getting out of hand, find a way to stop it from getting any worse. You can put an immediate stop to an argument by leaving the room or finding a different task to occupy your mind and take it off of the argument.
How to Make Turkish Tea
Turkish tea is a great drink to enjoy as a mid-afternoon snack, to serve for guests, or to sip as a post-meal treat. To make it, you'll need black tea leaves and a Turkish kettle. If you don't own a Turkish kettle, you can use two stackable saucepans instead, one small and one large. With just a few ingredients, you'll be able to make and enjoy your Turkish tea in just a few minutes!
How to Build Window Seats
A window seat can make a quaint and cozy addition to any room in your home. You can easily build your own unique window seat using ready-made floating cabinet units as a base. Just choose a window with a pleasant view, build a frame for your base, then assemble the cabinets and add cushions, pillows, and other comfortable accessories. As a bonus, your window seat will double as an attractive storage solution!

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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
Driveway sealing is an easy and cost effective way to protect and prolong the life of your driveway. Asphalt surfaces are particularly susceptible to wear and tear, both from...Read more about Driveway Sealing
Blown-In Insulation Pumps out Protection
All walls need some kind of insulation otherwise you're risking a loss of heat in your home through cool drafts, thermal leakage, or actual condensation and damage along the...Read more about Blown Insulation
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