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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.

US News
FBI offers $1M reward for info on American who vanished in Syria
"We're happy for anything that might move the needle and bring our son safely home," the missing journalist's mom said.
'Flamboyant' extremist linked to 9/11 attackers captured in Syria
The 9/11 Commission Report branded the German an "outspoken, flamboyant Islamist" who "relished any opportunity to extol the virtues of violent jihad."
Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout
The vote follows weeks of protests and marks a step toward what would be the first-ever statewide strike.
Man released after nearly 25 years on death row
Vincente Benavides was released from a California prison after his conviction for raping and killing a toddler was overturned due to false medical testimony given at trial.
Female bodybuilder finds strength beyond muscle
Laticia "Action" Jackson is a domestic violence survivor who also happens to be a female bodybuilder.

BBC World News
Comey memos detailing conversations of Trump meetings published
Detailed notes by the former FBI director document sensitive conversations with the US president.
Walter Moody: Alabama executes 83-year-old
Walter Moody was the oldest prisoner to be executed since the US reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
Tammy Duckworth's newborn makes history at US Senate vote
Tammy Duckworth's daughter was allowed into the US Congress' upper chamber after a rule change.
Berlin begins mass evacuation as police defuse WW2 bomb
Berlin's main railway station is closed and 10,000 people are moved from the area near the bomb.
South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests
Cyril Ramaphosa leaves the Commonwealth summit in London to deal with violent clashes at home.

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Politics News
Comey memos portray president consumed by Russia investigation
The Justice Department on Thursday reluctantly provided lawmakers with Comey's memos about his meetings with Trump under the threat of subpoena.
Rudy Giuliani joins Trump legal team
The former mayor says he hopes to negotiate an end to the investigation, "for the good of the country."
Conserving 'conservatives' in the Trump era
Jonah Goldberg talks to Chuck Todd about the effect that the Trump Presidency will have on what it means to be a Conservative Republican.
Inspector general urges criminal investigation of McCabe
Sources say the Justice Department has been urged to investigate whether McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, lied to federal officials.
Senator's baby makes history by showing up for a vote
A rare change in the rules paved the way for the Illinois Senator to bring her newborn daughter onto the Senate floor.

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Health and Wellness News
FDA advisers recommend cannabis derivative medicine
FDA advisers voted to recommend the first prescription product derived from cannabis to treat rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy.
'White coat hypertension' may mean a real risk
Measuring blood pressure regularly at home is a much better way to predict risk of heart death.
Too-quick deployments raise military suicide risk
The new way of war might be over-stressing soldiers
Which one is healthier: Grilled cheese or pizza?
One of these foods is healthier than the other — and the answers may surprise you.
States trying to fight high drug prices get stymied
Even when states try to fight high drug prices, they get stymied.

Entertainment News
Paula Patton tries out a platinum blond pixie cut — see her edgy new look!
The actress debuted a stunning new cut and color on TODAY.
'This is 40': See Joanna Gaines' joyful birthday post ... and baby bump!
The home design star shared a hilarious photo of herself to celebrate her 40th birthday on Thursday.
John Stamos opens up about son's birth: Wife's delivery took 'about 20 minutes'
The "Fuller House" star gushed about being a dad just days after welcoming his first child with new wife Caitlin McHugh.
Jillian Harris is expecting baby No. 2 — and opening up about pregnancy depression
The reality TV star says she's doing great now, but revealed she struggled with depression during her first trimester.
Carrie Underwood shares details of fall that caused her to get 40-plus stitches
The country superstar opened up about the November accident that fractured her wrist and caused her to receive more than 40 stitches in her face.

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
James Comey, Prince, ‘Westworld’: Your Friday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
New York Today: New York Today: The Future of Playbill
Friday: A look inside a changing New York institution, weekend events, and Earth Day.

Giuliani to Join Trump’s Legal Team
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and longtime Trump loyalist, will be part of a legal stable as the president faces the Russia investigation.
McCabe Report Is Sent to Prosecutors to Weigh Possible Criminal Inquiry
The Justice Department inspector general concluded in a scathing report that Andrew McCabe, the fired F.B.I. official, lacked candor when answering investigators’ questions.

Quote of the Day
Isaac Asimov
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere."
Oscar Wilde
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
Benjamin Franklin
"A penny saved is a penny earned."
P. J. O'Rourke
"The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop."

How to of the Day
How to Personalize Pens
Brighten up dull pens by personalizing them with a few colorful art supplies. You can make a neon pen by drawing a design on a colorful piece of printer paper. Pom-poms add flair to pens colored with yarn and tape. If you’re ambitious, try constructing a flower pen with its own flower pot. If you don’t want to make your own pens, you can always order some from a design company. Personalized pens are fun to keep, but they also make for great gifts.
How to Dye over a Dark Hair Dye
If you try to apply color over hair that’s already been dyed, it’s only going to get darker. To dye over a dark hair dye, you’ll first need to lighten your current hair color. You can do this by lifting the color using special shampoos or color removers — this method will work for lightening your hair color just a few shades. For a more drastic color change, you can use bleach, making sure to use extra caution so that your hair doesn’t become super damaged.
How to Make Baked Oatmeal
There are a lot of ways to make oatmeal. Most common is cooking it in the microwave or on the stove, but did you know that you can bake oatmeal in the oven too? Unlike cooked or microwaved oatmeal, baked oatmeal has a firmer texture, making it easy to cut and serve on a plate. It is perfect if you have to make a lot of food for a lot of people.
How to Be a Preppy Girl
Preppy style is extremely popular for young people across the world. It combines fun prints with bold colors to create a modest and classy look for young adults, and it’s extremely easy to make the style your own! You can become a preppy girl easily by dressing in the preppy style, focusing on your personal hygiene, and having a positive attitude.
How to Report Black Mold
Black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is a greenish-black mold that can grow on certain materials like fiberboard, paper, dust, and lint when there is excessive and constant moisture in the area. All molds are potentially hazardous to people’s health and should be treated the same regarding removal. If you have detected mold in a building you do not own, you should contact your landlord, supervisor, or government agencies.

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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


"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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Blown-In Insulation Pumps out Protection
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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