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MISSISSIPPI MAY REMOVE CONFEDERATE IMAGERY FROM FLAG In the wake of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) calling for the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina state capitol, a top Mississippi lawmaker is calling for a redesign of his state's banner, which features the Confederate flag. And Walmart and Sears will stop selling Confederate flag merchandise. [AP]
OPM HACK COULD AFFECT AS MANY AS 18 MILLION "The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management -- more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation." [CNN]
PRISONERS' UNDERWEAR DISCOVERED IN CABIN 20 MILES FROM JAIL The first major break in the case of two escaped inmates from an upstate New York jail centers on a discarded pair of underwear that matches the killers' DNA. The two have been on the run since escaping June 6, and law enforcement had found few leads until yesterday. [Kim Bellware, HuffPost]
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTS 1,140 FOR SEXUALLY PREYING ON CHILDREN The national sweep focused on sexual crimes that involved the Internet as a tool to coerce or lure children into sex trafficking. [Reuters]
MARYLAND GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN ANNOUNCES HE HAS ADVANCED CANCER "Doctors diagnosed him upon his return to the U.S. with an 'aggressive' cancer that had 'spread very rapidly' to his abdomen and spine." [Igor Bobic, HuffPost]
WATCH OUT FOR BOTTLED WATER All products produced by Niagara bottling company from June 10 to June 18 are being recalled for E. Coli contamination. [Alena Hall, HuffPost]
U.S. WOMEN'S SOCCER ADVANCES TO WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS The team defeated Colombia 2-0, but will be down two superstars after starters Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday received their second yellow cards of the tournament. Team USA will face off against China on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST [HuffPost]
HOMER AND MARGE WANT TO ADDRESS SOME RUMORS The Simpsons would like you all to stop worrying about their marriage. [Vulture]
YES, YOU NEED TO READ A SUPREME COURT RULING THAT'S FRAMED AROUND SPIDERMAN Why you've got to love Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. [Vanity Fair]
UCLA CAMPUS POLICE LOCKED UP DIDDY FOR ASSAULT Diddy went after the UCLA's strength and conditioning football coach with a kettlebell after taking issue with how he was coaching his son. [HuffPost]
THE HACKERS WHO RAISED THE SECURITY ALARM 17 YEARS AGO "The testimony from L0pht, as the hacker group called itself, was among the most audacious of a rising chorus of warnings delivered in the 1990s as the Internet was exploding in popularity, well on its way to becoming a potent global force for communication, commerce and criminality." [WaPo]
FACIAL RECOGNITION IS LINKING YOU TO YOUR IDENTITY EVERYWHERE Big brother/China knows everything. [HuffPost]
COLUMBIA DIVESTING FROM PRIVATE PRISON COMPANIES "Columbia University trustees voted Monday to divest from for-profit prison companies because of concerns about mass incarceration, becoming the first major university to do so." [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
ABOUT THAT STEP COUNT "So while 10,000 steps is fun and easy to remember and a catchy marketing tool in (at least) two languages, maybe it's time, given just how unhealthy so many people are and how much they'd benefit from moving around just a little more, to embrace an incremental-improvement approach to exercise." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Your skinny jeans can send you to the hospital.
~ Sorry, "Hannibal" fans, NBC just axed the show.
~ Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke came to Alexander Hamilton's defense after Treasury annonced it was kicking him off the $10 bill.
~ Martha Stewart's empire acquired for $353 million.
~ For all those overthinkers out there, you're not the only one who just went home and overanalyzed your conversation at Starbucks with that guy you just met.
~ James Horner, one of the most renowned Hollywood composers of the last quarter century, died in a plane crash. He was 61.
~ How a 16-year-old tricked a New York Times reporter.
~ Are American actors a dying breed?
~ Don't worry, folks: that KFC "fried rat" was in fact just fried chicken.
~ You can buy Johnny Depp's private French village. And by "you" we mean our billionaire readers.
~ The unglamorous side of male modeling.
~ Because you're sitting there pondering life's existential questions, here's why a dog wags his tail.
~ Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol have called it quits.
~ Lester Holt's ideas for jazzing up NBC's "Nightly News."
~ This cat managed to hang on for the duration of an open-air plane ride.
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