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Interior Department prevents glacier expert from accompanying Mark Zuckerberg on tour

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on a panel discussion with President Obama during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24, 2016 in Stanford, Calif. Getty HELENA, Mont. — President Donald Trump’s Interior Department prevented Glacier National Park’s superintendent from accompanying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on a recent park tour to save money, not to mute criticism over climate change, a spokeswoman for the agency said Thursday. Park superintendent Jeff Mow and U.S. Geological Survey ecologist Daniel Fagre had planned to accompany Zuckerberg last weekend, but Interior…

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Microsoft Reaps Rewards of Its Cloud-Computing Business

In a call with analysts, Microsoft’s chief financial officer, Amy Hood, said the company closed the highest number of multimillion-dollar Azure deals to date during the quarter. Ms. Hood also said that for the first time, the revenue Microsoft received from the commercial version of Office 365 — a cloud version of its productivity applications that customers subscribe to — surpassed the revenue the company received from traditional sales of the software. Over all, for the quarter that ended June 30, net income was $6.51 billion, or 83 cents a…

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Kenneth Jay Lane, Jewelry Designer Who Made a Fortune Faking It, Dies at 85

It was a persona that began forming when he fell in love with fashion as a boy; he once took an after-school job just so he could buy a camel’s-hair coat, and when he had earned the equivalent of the price tag, he quit. Soon, still a teenager, he left Detroit altogether, bent on a design career, and found his way to New York. To his languid Midwestern voice he soon added a slightly British overtone, acquired at the same time that he discovered British tailors, to whom he was…

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Senate, O.J. Simpson, Linkin Park: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

The president made those comments in an exclusive interview with The Times. Read excerpts here. We have audio clips of the interview and commentary from our reporters in today’s episode of our podcast “The Daily.” Continue reading the main story In other White House news, banking regulators are reviewing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans made to Mr. Trump’s businesses through Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management unit. _____ Photo Credit Dominick Reuter/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 3. The largest online black market, known as AlphaBay, was shut down after…

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Forensic experts open Salvador Dalí’s coffin for DNA test, court says

FIGUERES, Spain — A court spokeswoman says that forensic experts have opened Salvador Dalí’s coffin to obtain DNA samples that could help settle a paternity lawsuit. The coffin was opened half an hour after it was lifted from the crypt where Dalí’s remains have been for the past 27 years, the official with the court administration in northeastern Spain’s Catalonia said in an emailed statement. She made the comments anonymously in line with internal rules.  Only five people are handling this part of the process, the official said, in order…

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Elon Musk says he has “verbal” approval for NYC-DC hyperloop

Elon Musk, CEO SpaceX and Tesla, presents his outlook on climate change at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris on Dec. 2, 2015. Getty In a Thursday Tweet, Elon Musk says he has “verbal government approval” to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington. Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2017 The billionaire entrepreneur didn’t say who gave him the approval. The “Boring Company” mentioned in his tweet…

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Encouraging milestone in the fight against HIV

Candles are lit on the eve of World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 30, 2015. Niranjan Shrestha, AP LONDON — For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based…

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