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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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Charlize Theron talks about dating as a single mom

Charlize Theron arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2016. Danny Moloshok/Reuters Dating can be tough for a single mom, even when you’re an Oscar-winning actress. Just ask Charlize Theron. The “Atomic Blonde” star opened up on the subject during an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday.  “Once you have children, that’s who you are. There’s no way around that. That’s who I am,” Theron said. “You turn into such a mom. Your body almost switches off. I had no desire to date…

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Contaminated, drugged liquor may be responsible for woman’s mysterious death at Mexican resort, dad says

A young woman, whose mysterious death at a luxurious Mexican resort in January is being probed by her parents, may have consumed bootlegged liquor that was contaminated — or drugged — before she drowned in a shallow pool, the family’s attorney said. Abbey Conner, 20, was found next to her brother, Austin, face-down in a pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen. The Wisconsin woman was vacationing at the resort with her mother and stepfather. Related Image Expand / Collapse Abbey Conner died at a…

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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Explaining Presidential Clemency Powers

How would pardons affect the Trump-Russia investigations? Anyone pardoned by Mr. Trump would receive immunity from being charged with a federal crime over his or her past conduct covered by the pardon. That could contract the scope of the special counsel investigation being led by Robert S. Mueller III into possible ties between associates of Mr. Trump and Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Still, if Mr. Trump did not also pardon any Russian officials for violating American law in carrying out an election-influence operation, then the investigation might continue…

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Texas Bathroom Bill Has Emotions, and Stakes, Running High

“She’s very concerned,” Ms. Miller said. “It’s potentially not a safe situation for her.” Social conservatives, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have denied that the bill discriminates against anyone and have accused critics of exaggerating the potential economic damage. One moderate Republican leader, State Representative Joe Straus, the speaker of the Texas House, has expressed concern that the law could prove damaging and dangerous for transgender people, but supporters of the bill say the issue is public safety and women’s privacy. “Straus doesn’t seem to be concerned about the…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Bridges Marvels at Halle Berry’s Comic-Con Chug, Reveals Channing Tatum Dances in ‘Kingsman 2’

The cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle don’t mess around when it comes to having a good time. On Thursday, Halle Berry surprised fans at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the Kingsman sequel when the actress downed a full glass of straight bourbon on stage, and didn’t miss a beat. WATCH: New ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer! More Action and More Julianne Moore ET caught up with Berry’s co-star, Jeff Bridges, after the event and the legendary actor couldn’t help but marvel at her impressive alcohol tolerance. “Look, she’s…

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Modern Love: The 12-Hour Goodbye That Started Everything

I was flattered. In my previous relationship, I felt more like a hamster, a classroom pet purchased in a rush and forgotten over spring break. Now I had moved on to men like this one, who saw me as a wild cat, and whom I pictured as a cross between a sea horse and a deer, track-star tall with a dancer’s grace. Not long after, he set off on a cycling tour overseas. My expectations of commitment were low. I was surprised to receive messages every day from remote villages…

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Jada Pinkett Smith Dispels Rumors She And Will Are Swingers

Jada Pinkett Smith Sorry, Will & I Don’t Bang Other Couples … For Now Jada Pinket Smith is putting a giant Hollywood rumor to bed about her own bed … she and husband Will Smith don’t screw around with other couples. Jada was promoting her new flick, “Girls Trip,” on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ when a caller asked what the craziest rumor is that Jada’s ever heard about herself. It took a second before Jada laughed off that it was one about her and Will being Hollywood’s notorious swingers. Funny thing…

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Fans mourn Melissa McCarthy’s “SNL” Sean Spicer character

Sean Spicer is out, and Melissa McCarthy’s fans are worried this signals the end of her “Saturday Night Live” take on the former White House press secretary.  McCarthy’s Spicer impression became a “Saturday Night Live” highlight after she debuted it in February. Her portrayal of a very belligerent “Spicey” was such a hit that she reprised the role several times on “SNL.”  To impersonate the former press secretary, McCarthy donned a wig and suit and almost always stood behind a White House podium — even when her character zoomed through…

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