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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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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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Kim Kardashian has ‘fashion emergency’ in tiny bra top

Kim Kardashian’s teeny tiny bra top caused her to run late to the big opening of Balmain’s Los Angeles store on Thursday night. Olivier Rousteing, the creative director behind the high-end and highly popular French fashion house, is a friend of Kardashian’s. The reality star has often been referred to as Rousteing’s muse. But Kardashian was delayed for Rousteing’s big night because she got makeup on her white bra top, which she paired with a sparkling maxi skirt. The reality star chronicled her fashion emergency on Snapchat. “Olivier, we’re on…

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ISIS broken, but leader slipped away due to leak, says key general

ASPEN, Colo. –  ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been “dismantled,” with tens of thousands of its jihadist fighters dead, but a promising lead on its leader “went dead” after a media leak, according to a key U.S. military official. “We have absolutely dismantled his network,”  Gen. Tony Thomas, speaking of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, said at the Aspen Security Forum. “I mean everyone who worked for him initially is dead or gone. Everybody who stepped to the plate the next time [is] dead or gone. Down through a network…

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How Quiet Should You Be During ‘Game of Thrones’? Fans Disagree

Here is a selection of the responses, which have been lightly edited. Shush! A solid majority of the commenters said they require total silence. Some of them said the issue had lost them friends. Continue reading the main story Several said the solution was in watching the episode multiple times: Silence is expected on the first viewing, but commentary is allowed in subsequent viewings. Meeghan Holaway, 47, of Pasadena, Calif., wrote in an email: Personally, I watch alone (the first time). I’m not even close to subtle or tactful. When…

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Hyperloop could transform transportation in the Northeast

WASHINGTON — How would you like to have breakfast in New York and be at your desk in Washington, D.C., in time for your morning coffee break? If tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has his way, it will take only 29 minutes to commute between New York and Washington one day, traveling on ultra-fast trains underground. Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted yesterday that he’d just “received verbal government approval” to build a hyperloop tunnel connecting Manhattan, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring…

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Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends

Megan Stecyk, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan: “100 Days of Cree,” by Neal McLeod “McLeod describes Cree as ‘the sexiest’ of all languages, and his book explores the humor, modernity and adaptability of today’s Cree. It’s easy to drop in to any page and learn the Cree word for the Death Star from Star Wars or a Tim Horton’s double-double, as well as traditional and seasonal phrases.” “The Devourers,” by Indra Das “This is Das’s first full fiction piece outside of his work in science fiction anthologies. It’s a raw, intense…

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Breaking From Campaign Rhetoric, Trump Brings Terrorism Suspect to U.S. for Trial

Photo Ali Charaf Damache, accused of being an Al Qaeda recruiter, was scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Philadelphia. Credit Peter Morrison/Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has brought an Al Qaeda suspect to the United States to face trial in federal court, backing off its hard-line position that terrorist suspects should be sent to the naval prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, rather than to civilian courtrooms. The suspect, Ali Charaf Damache, was transferred from Spain and was scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Philadelphia,…

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North Korean boomerang defector said life in South Korea was ‘hell’

A North Korean woman who fled to South Korea, gained celebrity status there and then returned to Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship last month claimed her “life in the South was a hell.” Lim Ji-hyun, 26, resurfaced earlier this week in a taped interview uploaded on Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda website run by the North Korean government. She tearfully described how she was “lured” to South Korea with the “fantasy” that she would “eat well and make a lot of money there.”  “It was not the place I had imagined,” she said…

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