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NO DREAMERS FOR U.S. MILITARY "Asking the Department of Defense to consider allowing young undocumented immigrants to enlist proved a bridge too far Thursday in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Members voted 221 to 202 to strip a measure from the National Defense Authorization Act that asks the secretary of defense to review policies on whether certain undocumented young people, often called Dreamers, can join the military if they have work authorization." [Elise Foley, HuffPost]
B.B. KING DEAD AT 89 The legendary blues musician passed away in Las Vegas, according to his lawyer. Tributes are pouring in for King, whose "legacy stands unparalled in the history of the blues." [Jade Walker, HuffPost]
BURIED IN BALTIMORE: THE MURDER OF A NUN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH A deep dive into a cold case in Baltimore where a nun was murdered, potentially to cover up sexual abuse at a Catholic high school. [Laura Bassett, HuffPost]
AMTRAK ENGINEER CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR CRASH He has "no recollection" and cannot account for the deadly derailment. The National Transportation and Safety Board revealed yesterday that the train accelerated in the final minute into the deadly curve. [WSJ]
CRASH REMAINS OF MISSING U.S. HELICOPTER FOUND IN NEPAL No survivors are expected for the flight, which held six marines and two Nepalese soldiers. [AP]
SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE OF CHICAGO'S BLACK SITE A look inside the infamous Homan Square. [The Guardian]
COUP IN BURUNDI APPEARS TO BE THWARTED With news of the arrests of the takeover's key leaders. [NYT]
WHEN YOU CAN'T SPEND TIME WITH YOUR BOSS "It's no secret that Congress is dominated by men, but as women work to make inroads in the congressional boys club, some female staffers face a huge impediment to moving up: They're not allowed to spend one-on-one time with their male bosses. In an anonymous survey of female staffers conducted by National Journal in order to gather information on the difficulties they face in a male-dominated industry, several female aides reported that they have been barred from staffing their male bosses at evening events, driving alone with their congressman or senator, or even sitting down one-on-one in his office for fear that others would get the wrong impression." [National Journal]
HOW TO HACK THE WASHINGTON POST According to the Syrian Electronic Army. [Motherboard]
THE NEW TRAILER FOR 'TRUE DETECTIVE' SEASON TWO IS BONKERS It just might measure up to the first go-round. [HuffPost]
MEET THE FIRST WARM-BLOODED FISH It even has wing-like fins. [HuffPost]
NATALIE PORTMAN WILL PLAY JACKIE O And the gold statues will keep coming. [HuffPost]
THE RISE OF CHILDREN IN EXTREME SPORTS When children step into the world of high-risk sports. [NYT]
GIVE FLORISTS UNLIMITED BUDGET AND SPACE And you get this masterpiece. [HuffPost]
GATES FOUNDATION TO FUND CHILD AUTOPSIES "Bill and Melinda Gates believe that performing 'minimal autopsies' on dead children could save countless lives. Last week, the Gates Foundation announced that it was investing $75 million in a series of 'disease surveillance sites' that will conduct post-mortem examinations on children in order to figure out 'how, where and why children are getting sick and dying.'â�� [HuffPost]
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MIKA BRZEZINSKI: GROWING MY VALUE "You cannot possibly have it all if your professional and inner values are not closely allied and aligned. If you do not know your inner value, how can you command it from others?" [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ How Chili's fixes its food up for social media.
~ When the bear is just as scared as you are.
~ The rising danger of laundry pod poisonings.
~ Make sure your Krispy Kreme is piping hot with these hacks.
~ The future is not looking so great for California.
~ Are you onboard with this split hair trend?
~ Ranking the best sitcom weddings.
~ Picking your best bet for sunscreen.
~ We have the first photo of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' baby, James.
~ Take us to the Legoland hotel, please.
~ Hilary Duff's "Sparks" video is absurdly wonderful, Tinder date footage and all.
~ We're rather freaked out by the trailer for EW's new show, "Containment" -- lesson learned, don't touch anyone.
~ How Whole Foods botched its play for millennials (hint: by using the phrase millennials).
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