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Ballard collects high draft picks as Colts start rebuilding

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Chris Ballard started collecting draft chips last month. He's hoping the Indianapolis Colts add a few more this week.

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No need for Democrats to fear their progressive wing: join it, instead

Last Tuesday's primary elections were a near-perfect day for progressives. They won races in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho, and Oregon. Should this outcome worry rank-and-file Democrats? The answer is a categorical no—and here is why. The progressive wing
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No need for Democrats to fear their progressive wing: join it, instead

Last Tuesday's primary elections were a near-perfect day for progressives. They won races in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho, and Oregon. Should this outcome worry rank-and-file Democrats? The answer is a categorical no—and here is why. The progressive wing is living up to the spirit of the Democratic Party platform. Tempering candidates’ progressive views is not only hypocritical, it also reveals that there is no intent to live up to the party’s stated tenets. When one reads the following in the Washington Post, it’s not difficult to understand why many get upset at those who believe they are ordained to determine the choice of candidates for Democrats. And how did the Post characterize Tuesday's good news? They titled their piece, «The far left is winning the Democratic civil war.» Worse, they subtitled it «Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates.» And then the preamble to the article: The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists in Washington, who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the House majority. But it also reflects a broader leftward lurch among Democrats across the country since President Trump took office. Let's be clear: progressives are definitely not far left. Bill Clinton's Democratic Leadership Council, the DLC, moved the Democratic Party to the right. The fallacy has always been that said rightward move gave us the Bill Clinton presidency. The reality is that President Bill Clinton, the rightward Democrat, never got 50 percent of the vote in either one of his elections. Many will attribute that reality to a fairly strong third-party candidate, and that is hogwash. Americans know that either a Republican or Democrat will win, and make statements with their vote. For example: President Barack Obama, the leftward black candidate in a still-racist society, got more than 50 percent of the vote in both of his elections. During the Obama campaign, smack in the middle of white, working-class America, a canvasser asked a white family who they were voting for in the election. The wife asked her husband (strange, I know) and he shouted, “We’re voting for the n*gger!” This is telling. These people were at the point where they were voting based strictly on their personal economies. It superseded their racism, just like fear breeds camaraderie in a foxhole.

Rosenstein responds to Trump: We need to know if 'anyone' infiltrated a presidential campaign

Earlier today Donald Trump sent a furious tweet in which he «hereby demand[ed], and will do so officially tomorrow,» that the Department of Justice examine whether the government «infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Pu
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Rosenstein responds to Trump: We need to know if 'anyone' infiltrated a presidential campaign

Earlier today Donald Trump sent a furious tweet in which he «hereby demand[ed], and will do so officially tomorrow,» that the Department of Justice examine whether the government «infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.» Rather than waiting for Trump to hereby-officially his way into making it another Constitutional crisis tomorrow, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein quickly took the liberty of dumping that Twitter request into the Inspector General's office, where investibations into similar alleged misdeeds peddled by Trump-allied House Republicans have been already churning away. In response to the President's tweet calling for an investigation into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign, Department of Justice Spokesperson Sarah Isgur has release this statement: The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct. You may choose to read something into the Justice Department statement specifically calling out that what Trump has been so vociferously objecting to is a counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with Russian agents. The Justice Department statement appears to be emphasizing this even though it did not have to, but in fact the “surveillance” Trump is speaking of, and made furious by, was apparently instigated due to suspicious and possibly ongoing ties between several of Trump’s campaign aides and agents of a hostile foreign power. The Deputy Attorney General issued the following statement: «If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.» You may choose to read something into Rosenstein using the word anyone there, in that «we need to know» whether anyone infiltrated or surveilled «participants in a presidential campaign.» Rosenstein did not limit his statement to Trump’s specific complaint of alleged surveillance by the Department of Justice, but crafted a terse statement against anyone who might «surveil» a campaign, and he did not specifically mention the Trump campaign but instead issued a statement equally applicable to each campaign.

The Republican solution to mass murders: America as police state

In the aftermath of yet another mass murder in an American school, the National Rifle Association and their apologists are out in full force with explanations of why such gun violence continues to happen in the United States—and only in the United States.
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The Republican solution to mass murders: America as police state

In the aftermath of yet another mass murder in an American school, the National Rifle Association and their apologists are out in full force with explanations of why such gun violence continues to happen in the United States—and only in the United States. According to international arms smuggler Oliver North, the soon-to-be NRA president, the problem is television ... and Ritalin. And they've come through a culture where violence is commonplace. All we need to do is turn on the TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now I am certainly not a doctor, I'm a [traitor], but I can see those kinds of things happening and endangering those two gals and their siblings. According to NRA shouting parrot Dana Loesch, the problem is the media. «[The media] has got to stop creating more of these monsters by oversaturation,» Loesch said on NRATV. According to Fox News talking head Howard Safir, the problem is «Common Core». Something that I don’t think anybody has mentioned and it’s probably not going to be popular, but we have to look at this Common Core curriculum, which takes emotionally disturbed kids and learning disabled kids and mainstream them in to the general population of students where they really don't get the kind of attention they need. According to Fox News talking head and ex-House Republican Jason Chaffetz, the problem is politically correct culture.

No, Rudy Giuliani doesn't have a clue when investigators will end Trump probe

This is bunk. The special counsel plans to finish by Sept. 1 its investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improp
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No, Rudy Giuliani doesn't have a clue when investigators will end Trump probe

This is bunk. The special counsel plans to finish by Sept. 1 its investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in the midterm elections in November. It's bunk. New Trump «lawyer» Rudy Giuliani can say that all he likes, but the special counsel is not obligated to wrap up his investigation into Russian espionage efforts against the United States, or possible assistance given to those espionage efforts by U.S. persons, or whether Trump himself sought to obstruct that investigation, in order to not make Donald Trump and his allies feel bad during the upcoming midterms. Every similarly-calibered investigation, and a great many far more stupid ones, has taken longer. Each of Trump's lawyers has attempted to keep their ranting client in check by promising him the investigation will be wrapped up Any Day Now. It has been used to try to prevent Trump from further interfering with the investigation or from doing something that, even with Republican control, would get the cretin impeached. It will be used again. The New York Times does not delve too deeply into any of the flaws of Giuliani's pronouncements; they merely repeat that he said them. But Rudy Giuliani is a liar; that Rudy Giuliani is claiming the special counsel's team has told him this or that is only news in that it provides a window into what Rudy Giuliani thinks is, on any given day, the most pressing issue for his new client. And right now his client wants the investigation into his campaign to go away, right now, this moment, before any other potentially criminal acts are exposed. Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump. That revelation is what launched Trump's Twitter tirade this morning. His team, and his son, now have to defend themselves from charges that they sought to accept the assistance of not just one, but at least three foreign powers during the 2016 campaign. He is therefore melting into a toxic puddle, and Rudy Giuliani's most pressing Sunday task is to keep his charge from doing something blatantly illegal or pigheadedly dictatorial as retaliation. And he is, it should be noted, failing.

Right wing tries again to divide black and Jewish Democrats by hyping Farrakhan and anti-Semitism

If there’s one charge Republicans are desperate to make stick, it’s that Democrats—and black Democrats in particular—have an anti-Semitism problem. Doing so is central to their efforts to peel off Jewish support for the Democratic Party (which typical
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Right wing tries again to divide black and Jewish Democrats by hyping Farrakhan and anti-Semitism

If there’s one charge Republicans are desperate to make stick, it’s that Democrats—and black Democrats in particular—have an anti-Semitism problem. Doing so is central to their efforts to peel off Jewish support for the Democratic Party (which typically comes in at about 75 percent in elections for federal office, including that of president). It’s also crucial to muddying the waters more broadly on the matter of the Republican Party—in particular under Donald Trump—being the party of racism and/or white nationalism. Charging Democrats with being at least too comfortable with anti-Semitism aids GOP efforts to claim that both parties supposedly have a problem with bigotry. One other thing the Trump-led Republican Party is doing is cozying up to the right-wing government of Israel. This past Monday, the U.S. officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem, fulfilling a long-held desire of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It’s no coincidence that just a couple of days beforehand, the conservative “news” website Daily Wire ran an article about Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, Louis Farrakhan, and anti-Semitism, despite the fact that there had been no new news on this issue over the previous few weeks. This push was all about combining the two stories in order to multiply their impact on public opinion, to spread their message more effectively: Democrats are against Jews, Republicans are for Jews. Therefore, Jews should be Republican. The Daily Wire article was in large part a reaction to remarks Ellison made about Louis Farrakhan and anti-Semitism at a Harvard Law Forum on April 2, during which he stated: “It is frustrating to be pulled out and … it’s like it’s your daily moment to denounce anti-Semitism. We denounce it. We absolutely denounce it. We think it is reprehensible, murderous, and genocidal. And it offends me that anyone would insist that I do it one more time.” Articles about Ellison’s remarks ran that week in various outlets. Nothing either mentioned or linked to in the May 11 Daily Wire article (which got over 25,000 views) is from later than the first week in April. This was a rehash job through and through. Despite that, the article tries to pretend that something new had happened: Now [Ellison]’s acting offended by charges over his ties with Farrakhan, complaining that the accusations of anti-Semitism are a “smear.” Now? Now? I guess if by “now” the author, Hank Berrien, meant “39 days ago,” then, well, sure. In an age when the head of the Republican Party says, to paraphrase Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics, “something that wasn’t true” 6.5 times a day, then what the hell, right?

Swamp things

It seemed odd when Trump decided to intervene on behalf of a questionable Chinese tech giant, particularly given the company's flouting of Iran sanctions, and even more particularly given that his new National Security Advisor John Bolton was suggesting that
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Swamp things

It seemed odd when Trump decided to intervene on behalf of a questionable Chinese tech giant, particularly given the company's flouting of Iran sanctions, and even more particularly given that his new National Security Advisor John Bolton was suggesting that Europe might be sanctioned if they didn't join Trump in violating the Iran deal. But nothing is odd with Trump. The normal would be odd. The rational would be odd. The ethical would be odd. Defending the national and public interests would be odd. Proving a hypocrite on Iran is not odd. Pissing off important traditional allies is not odd. This is Trump. But still people wondered why Trump would step up to protect a Chinese conglomerate. And it didn't take long for an obvious answer to appear. And with Trump it was the most obvious of obvious answers. Because Trump cares not only first and foremost but exclusively about Trump. If there's a quo, there must be a quid. A very big quid: A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker. “President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!” Trump did not mention in that tweet or its follow-ups that on Thursday, the developer of a theme park resort outside of Jakarta had signed a deal to receive as much as $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks, according to Agence France-Presse. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, has a deal to license the Trump name to the resort, which includes a golf course and hotels. In any other administration that would have been a political bombshell. In any other administration, that would have dominated the news not only for days, but for the rest of what likely would have been its political death spiral. Had a president Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama so obviously violated not only the emoluments clause of the Constitution but such basic standards of ethics, the Republican Congress would have immediately begun impeachment hearings. But with Trump, it's just another shrug. Because the Republican Congress has no basic standards of ethics. The Republican Congress doesn't care a whit about the Constitution.

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All the live TV streaming services compared: Which has the best channel lineup? - CNET

Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu and PlayStation Vue are all vying for your cord-cutting dollar. Here's how the top 100 channels stack up.
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All the live TV streaming services compared: Which has the best channel lineup? - CNET

Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu and PlayStation Vue are all vying for your cord-cutting dollar. Here's how the top 100 channels stack up.

Bhushan Steel resolution effect: PNB sees Rs 7.35 bn boost in profits

After the buyout, PNB and other lenders will continue to own 12 per cent in the acquired entity, giving them the opportunity to cash out later when valuation of the company goes up
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Bhushan Steel resolution effect: PNB sees Rs 7.35 bn boost in profits

After the buyout, PNB and other lenders will continue to own 12 per cent in the acquired entity, giving them the opportunity to cash out later when valuation of the company goes up

US & China put trade war ‘on hold,’ agree more talks

The US-China trade war is “on hold” after the world’s two largest economies agreed to stop threatening new tariffs ahead of further negotiations on a wider trade deal. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US & China put trade war ‘on hold,’ agree more talks

The US-China trade war is “on hold” after the world’s two largest economies agreed to stop threatening new tariffs ahead of further negotiations on a wider trade deal. Read Full Article at RT.com

Wilful defaults by PNB#39;s big borrowers rise further to Rs 15,200 cr by April-end

Big wilful defaulters are categorised by PNB as those borrowers with loan outstanding of Rs 25 lakh and over.
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Wilful defaults by PNB#39;s big borrowers rise further to Rs 15,200 cr by April-end

Big wilful defaulters are categorised by PNB as those borrowers with loan outstanding of Rs 25 lakh and over.

Finmin expects banks to get back over Rs 1 lakh cr with resolution of 12 major NPAs

The Kolkata Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has already approved Vedanta Resources#39;s resolution plan for acquisition of Electrosteel Steels last month.
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Finmin expects banks to get back over Rs 1 lakh cr with resolution of 12 major NPAs

The Kolkata Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has already approved Vedanta Resources#39;s resolution plan for acquisition of Electrosteel Steels last month.

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Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?

Adriana Stan Contributor Share on Twitter Adriana Stan is the public relations director of W magazine and a writer on media, culture and technology. She is also the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More post
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Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?

Adriana Stan Contributor Share on Twitter Adriana Stan is the public relations director of W magazine and a writer on media, culture and technology. She is also the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More posts by this contributor Social media, politics, and the bubble of distraction Patterns, Predictability, […]

Orbital ATK is launching a cargo rocket for the ISS early tomorrow morning

Wake up in the wee hours of the morning on the East Coast, and you might get a chance to watch a rocket launch more than three tons of cargo for the International Space Station. Set for a 4:39 ET liftoff from NASA’s facility on Wallops Island, Virginia
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Orbital ATK is launching a cargo rocket for the ISS early tomorrow morning

Wake up in the wee hours of the morning on the East Coast, and you might get a chance to watch a rocket launch more than three tons of cargo for the International Space Station. Set for a 4:39 ET liftoff from NASA’s facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, if the weather holds, this will be […]

Nvidia’s researchers teach a robot to perform simple tasks by observing a human

Industrial robots are typically all about repeating a well-defined task over and over again. Usually, that means performing those tasks a safe distance away from the fragile humans that programmed them. More and more, however, researchers are now thinking ab
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Nvidia’s researchers teach a robot to perform simple tasks by observing a human

Industrial robots are typically all about repeating a well-defined task over and over again. Usually, that means performing those tasks a safe distance away from the fragile humans that programmed them. More and more, however, researchers are now thinking about how robots and humans can work in close proximity to humans and even learn from them. […]

Bail reform has a complex relationship with tech

On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of
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Bail reform has a complex relationship with tech

On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands […]

With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals

Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which r
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With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals

Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin […]

AT&T launches its LTE-powered Amazon Dash-style button

When we first told you about AT&T’s LTE-M Button, the information was socked away in a deluge of AWS Re:Invent announcements. The telecom giant was a bit more upfront when announcing its availability earlier this week — but just a bit. After all, it
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AT&T launches its LTE-powered Amazon Dash-style button

When we first told you about AT&T’s LTE-M Button, the information was socked away in a deluge of AWS Re:Invent announcements. The telecom giant was a bit more upfront when announcing its availability earlier this week — but just a bit. After all, it’s not a direct-to-consumer device. Unlike the product-branded hunk of plastic you […]

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Weekend train back for Cape-bound travelers sick of traffic

BOSTON (AP) - The CapeFlyer is returning for another summer. Keolis, the MBTA's commuter rail operator, says the train will operate round-trip service between South Station and Hyannis on weekends through Labor Day. The CapeFlyer makes stops in Braintree, Bro
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Weekend train back for Cape-bound travelers sick of traffic

BOSTON (AP) - The CapeFlyer is returning for another summer. Keolis, the MBTA's commuter rail operator, says the train will operate round-trip service between South Station and Hyannis on weekends through Labor Day. The CapeFlyer makes stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro, Wareham and Buzzards Bay. The first trip of the ...

Yellowstone counts fewer visits so far compared to last year

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Fewer people have visited Yellowstone National Park so far this year compared to the same time frame last year. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that for the year, the park has counted 123,949 visits. That's slightly behind 2017, whic
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Yellowstone counts fewer visits so far compared to last year

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Fewer people have visited Yellowstone National Park so far this year compared to the same time frame last year. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that for the year, the park has counted 123,949 visits. That's slightly behind 2017, which had recorded a little more than 130,000 ...

Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Ed Arends grabbed what he could in the night and fled his 5-acre property, lava oozing from a crack in his neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island. That was more than two weeks ago. He hasn't been able to stay at his house since. "It's discon
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Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Ed Arends grabbed what he could in the night and fled his 5-acre property, lava oozing from a crack in his neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island. That was more than two weeks ago. He hasn't been able to stay at his house since. "It's disconcerting not ...

‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon

You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into […] The post ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week
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‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon

You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into […] The post ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon appeared first on Geek.com.

Whitewater river in Colorado a bright spot amid grim drought

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) - Despite a severe drought across the Southwestern United States this spring, there should be plenty of water for rafters and anglers in one of the nation's most popular mountain rivers. Water from melting snow is rushing into the Arkansas
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Whitewater river in Colorado a bright spot amid grim drought

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) - Despite a severe drought across the Southwestern United States this spring, there should be plenty of water for rafters and anglers in one of the nation's most popular mountain rivers. Water from melting snow is rushing into the Arkansas River in central Colorado, thanks to a ...

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the «Jurassic Park» movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with re
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'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the «Jurassic Park» movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb. Horner, who consulted ...

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Rays fall short of completing sweep as Shohei Ohtani, Angels take series finale

The Tampa Bay Rays gave it their best in attempting the sweep Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angles Angels though come up just a bit short in the series finale.
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Rays fall short of completing sweep as Shohei Ohtani, Angels take series finale

The Tampa Bay Rays gave it their best in attempting the sweep Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angles Angels though come up just a bit short in the series finale.

Ohtani sparkles for Angels; Romo starts again for Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while throwing 7 2/3 innings of excellent six-hit ball in his seventh career start, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
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Ohtani sparkles for Angels; Romo starts again for Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while throwing 7 2/3 innings of excellent six-hit ball in his seventh career start, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

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