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Trump’s Team of Rivals? President taps past critics, as loyalists get tough treatment

Nine months ago, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race over the bombshell “Access Hollywood” video. Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician.” On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications team. Related Image Expand / Collapse In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, announces he is ending his campaign for…

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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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Turkey’s Erdogan Refuses to Back Down in Feud With Germany

On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the rearrest of four of those ten, who had been released awaiting trial. Critics say the Turkish judiciary is no longer independent from Mr. Erdogan’s government, after a vast crackdown on opponents that purged around 150,000 public employees, including more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors. Earlier this week, the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, called Mr. Steudtner’s arrest “absurd” and said it showed “that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary arrests” in Turkey. In remarks published in Bild on Friday, the foreign…

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Everything you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci

Why are we talking about this Anthony Scaramucci guy? The 52-year-old “Mooch,” as he is sometimes known, is the White House’s new communications director. Before taking the job Friday morning, he was working as the chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Ex-Im Bank. His appointment was a major reason outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. And before that? Scaramucci is a native Long Islander who’s made a fortune in New York finance. He has also been a major donor to Republican candidates and causes, and…

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After Colorful Run, the Spicer Show Gets Canceled

Mr. Negrin, who has a six-foot-long canvas poster of Mr. Spicer hanging in his New York apartment (“it looks like he’s looking right into my eyes”), heard of Mr. Spicer’s exit on Friday morning and tweeted, simply, “omg.” Then he posted a video obituary for Mr. Spicer’s tenure titled, “Sean Spicer’s Daily On-Camera Press Briefings, 2017-2017.” It had been prepared ahead of time. Other longtime journalists found their lives and careers enhanced during Mr. Spicer’s brief time behind the lectern. Graphic Mr. Spicer typically calls on media organizations outside the…

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Oxygen therapy revives brain of toddler who almost drowned

In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment. The treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It exposes a patient to pure oxygen within the confines of a carefully controlled pressurized chamber. During the therapy, the body gets three times the normal amount of oxygen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The saga began with every parent’s nightmare. Just one day shy of her 2nd birthday,…

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Fetuses may be able to distinguish between languages

Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses’ heart rhythms. In the study, a single bilingual speaker made two recordings — one in English and one in Japanese — that were then played to the fetuses of two dozen pregnant women. English and Japanese are thought to be rhythmically distinct, providing a helpful case study in language contrast. The fetuses were on average about one month away from full…

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Notebook: The Annie Leibovitz of the Alt-Right

Duke believes in the primacy of visual culture, and most right-wing figures, he says, don’t take enough care to make themselves look good. Newt Gingrich, he tells me, is “disheveled”; Steve Bannon is a “schlub”; Trump’s hair is “problematic.” At the same time, he thinks left-leaning media outlets — which is to say, just about anything other than Breitbart News and The Drudge Report — go out of their way to present the right in a negative way. Recently, he drew my attention to New York magazine’s March cover story…

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California Today: California Today: Angelenos and Others on O.J. Simpson’s Parole

Photo O.J. Simpson, right, with his attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, at his parole hearing in Nevada on Thursday. Credit Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal, via Associated Press Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Today’s introduction was reported by Jennifer Medina and Louis Keene in Los Angeles. News that O.J. Simpson was granted parole rippled across Los Angeles on Thursday. In homes, offices, barber shops and bars, everyone seemed to have an opinion in the city that for decades has been transfixed by the former football hero’s…

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Former Miss USA contestant busted for smuggling drugs into Ohio prison

A former Miss USA contestant from Kentucky is facing arraignment next week after being accused of sneaking drugs to an inmate inside an Ohio prison. Kia Hampton, 28, of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested May 26 in Allen County, Ohio, after she was caught smuggling marijuana into the Allen Correctional Institution for inmate Jeremy Kelly, according to an affidavit detailing the arrest, the Courier-Journal reported. A grand jury indicted Hampton earlier this month on a third-degree felony charge of bringing drugs onto government facility grounds, which carries a maximum three-year prison…

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