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Chicago Pokemon Go festival goes awry when players can’t log in

A gathering of Pokemon Go aficionados in Chicago’s Grant Park went wrong Saturday when a technical glitch prevented many players from logging into the game. As many as 20,000 players had been expected at the event to mark the one-year anniversary of the augmented reality game’s debut. Players use GPS to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that John Hanke, the CEO of game developer Niantic, was booed when he tried to explain the issue to the crowd. Hanke promised that “the whole Niantic team”…

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Controversial Russian diplomat leaves U.S.

Controversial Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak has officially departed the United States as his assignment has come to an end, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan reports. Kislyak became a central player in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 election. The long-time Washington fixture was involved in a variety of private meetings and discussions with Trump associates, including undisclosed interactions with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Sessions recused himself from the Russia…

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Steven Spielberg debuts “Ready Player One” trailer

SAN DIEGO — Steven Spielberg has debuted footage of his latest film “Ready Player One.” The director released a teaser trailer of his action-packed film Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con. The 6,500-person crowd gave the director a standing ovation and cheered heartily when the first images from the dystopian future world came up on screen, and even more so when The Iron Giant popped up. Author Ernest Cline said he learned how to be a storyteller because of Spielberg. And Spielberg said he liked the idea of doing a flash forward…

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‘A Spirit of Bipartisanship That Is Sorely Lacking Today’

3. Simply brilliant. Unapologetic, irreverent, unafraid and in your face. This is the reason why he became president and he reason why he’ll get re-elected. [Make America Great Again]! — RS in Philadelphia. Australian Woman Shot By Minneapolis Police Photo Credit Stephen Maturen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 4. Americans want to know: Take my chances with the assailant? Or take my chances getting killed by police? Tough call. — Mark Penney on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about Justine Damond, an Australian woman who was killed by…

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Ralph Regula, Long-Serving Ohio Congressman, Dies at 92

Photo Representative Ralph Regula in 2001. He helped create a national park, and led the effort to keep the name of the nation’s tallest mountain. Credit Kamenko Pajic/Associated Press Ralph Regula, an 18-term Republican congressman from Ohio who was a key player in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and waged a long battle to keep the name of North America’s tallest peak from being changed from Mount McKinley, died on Wednesday in Bethlehem Township, Ohio. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son Richard. Mr. Regula represented…

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Lindsey Vonn Says Her ‘Hero’ Roger Federer Is Tennis’ GOAT

Lindsey Vonn Roger Federer Is Tennis’ GOAT ‘He’s a Hero for Me’ EXCLUSIVE GOAT respect GOAT.  Lindsey Vonn isn’t just a huge fan of Roger Federer, she says he’s one of her personal heroes … and praised him as the greatest tennis player of all time!  The ski legend/smokeshow was leaving S.I.’s Fashionable 50 event in L.A. when she told us why Club Fed’s the best to ever do it … over guys like Sampras, Agassi, Nadal and Djokovic.  Might have something to do with the fact RF’s just racked…

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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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Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con

From left: Women play the parts of Wasp, Pixie, Red Sonja and Samus during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, July 20, 2017.  Creative costumes took the spotlight at North America’s largest convention for fans of fantasy and sci-fi films and TV, comics, horror, anime, manga and video games. Credit: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes wait in line to enter the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con International on July 20, 2017 in San Diego.  Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes cross the street to…

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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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As O.J. Simpson Wins Parole, a Quick, and Divided, Reaction

Charles Edgar, 68, a maintenance worker in South Los Angeles, watched the entire hearing on television. He said that Mr. Simpson had once been a hero to him. “So now I see my hero who’s a fallen comrade now,” Mr. Edgar said. “O.J. didn’t think he was a black person until he got arrested,” he added. “He thought he was above certain laws, but the law doesn’t really change for us.” A few miles away, in the Fairfax neighborhood, a white bartender, Tammy Reinemann, was less sympathetic. When one of…

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