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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
New drug may prevent migraines
When other medications have failed, new injection treatment may help some patients with disabling headaches.
New York lawyer taking flak for racist rant
Aaron Schlossberg was caught on camera berating restaurant employees for speaking Spanish and threatening to call immigration authorities.
Manafort's former son-in-law, eyed by Mueller, to plead guilty
Special counsel Robert Mueller has been focusing on Jeffrey Yohai, Paul Manafort’s partner in four failed California property deals.
Police make arrest in killing of transgender woman in Dallas
Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said that Carla Patricia Flores Pavón was killed during a robbery and that her death was not a hate crime.
Kilauea threatens Hawaii but is less deadly than other types of volcanoes
It's a so-called shield volcano, which is typically broader in shape and has lava that is relatively fluid.

BBC World News
Nawaz Sharif: Pakistan court orders ex-PM's release
Pakistan's ex-prime minister, his daughter and son-in-law have all had their jail terms suspended.
Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane
Cathay Pacific misspelled its name as "Cathay Paciic" on the side of one of its planes.
South Africa gangs 'threaten' rare sea snail existence
A survey finds drug gangs are involved in the illegal fishing of abalone, putting it at risk.
Colombian bus fare dodgers made to mop floors in Bogotá
Transport police in Bogotá makes a group of fare dodgers mop the floors as punishment.
Giant spider-web cloaks land in Aitoliko, Greece
A large area of land by a lagoon in western Greece is covered by a giant spider-web.

Sports News

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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Health and Wellness News
New drug may prevent migraines
When other medications have failed, new injection treatment may help some patients with disabling headaches.
The best exercise to tone each one of your trouble spots
Target your abs, glutes and arms — or combine all five movements for a total-body tone up.
FDA shames firms fighting generic competitors
List is meant to aid "transparency", FDA says
Latest Ebola outbreak just spread to a large city
Vaccines have arrived for a first round of immunization but a case in a city is a "game changer"
Opioid crisis makes more organs available
Organs from overdose victims are safe, studies show

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
Your Wednesday News Briefing: Brett Kavanaugh, North Korea, Baseball Playoffs
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.
New York Today: New York Today: Where Are We on Weed?
Wednesday: Discussions on the potential legalization of marijuana, and Photoville in Brooklyn.


Christine Blasey Ford Wants F.B.I. to Investigate Kavanaugh Before She Testifies
Her position puts the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Monday in doubt.
Political Memo: On Kavanaugh, a Changed America Debates an Explosive Charge
The accusations against the Supreme Court nominee are being assessed under different social and cultural conventions than when the episode allegedly occurred.

Quote of the Day
Theodore Roosevelt
"I am a part of everything that I have read."
Jack Kerouac
"If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime."
Paul Tournier
"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can."
John Irving
"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."

How to of the Day
How to Enjoy High School
The four years of high school can produce some of the most memorable moments of your life. To get the most out of your high school experience, it's important to focus on your academics while also spending time exploring your passions and friendships. Be yourself as you navigate high school, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
How to Respond to Ghosting
Whether your romantic interest or friend is ignoring you, being ghosted always hurts. Don’t beat yourself up if your calls and texts start going unanswered. Try to stay calm, and avoid pleading for an explanation or sending angry messages. If an online dating match or casual acquaintance blew you off, don't sweat the small stuff. If someone closer intentionally ignores you, it can really hurt. Give yourself time to grieve.
How to Wash Hair with Rice Water
Washing your hair with rice water is a cheap, easy, and effective way to improve the look and health of your hair. Rice water contains a particular carbohydrate that reportedly minimizes follicle damage and increases the shine, strength, and length of your hair. You can use rice water as a weekly hair treatment, or rinse with it every time you shampoo. Whether you purchase rice water from the store or make it yourself at home, it is simple to incorporate it into your hair-washing routine!
How to Buy Cheap Books
Do you love to read, but lack the budget to buy a lot of new ones? Walking into a large bookstore, it can seem like all the new and exciting books you want to read are just too expensive for you to own. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to acquire inexpensive books, whether online, through e-readers, or just in your local neighborhood.
How to Iron Pants
Many of today’s fabrics come in wrinkle-free varieties, but tried-and-true pant material such as wool, denim, and cotton still require ironing to get rid of creases and folds. To do this, use the correct heat setting on your iron. Start by ironing the pockets and waistband, then smooth over the legs of your pants. If you need to create or fix a crease, fold your pant leg and iron on either side. When you are finished, hang or fold your jeans to put them away.

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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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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