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Meet Aminé, a Joyful Rapper With an Eye on Politics

From a distance, Aminé (born Adam Amine Daniel) exudes glee and mischief. On the back of his laptop is a Supreme sticker cut up and reshuffled to read “penis.” On the cover of his album, he is seated on a blue toilet, naked from the calves up. A few weeks ago, he was selected as part of XXL magazine’s annual Freshmen list; on the magazine’s cover, he wore a T-shirt with several mispronunciations of his name. He was determined to release his album during the summer — “When who I…

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Austin mulls pulling Ford Explorer police cruisers off the road

The state capital of Texas is considering pulling its police department’s entire fleet of Ford Explorer SUVs off the road.  More than 120 are already out of service. Sgt. Zachary LaHood is one of 18 Austin police officers who have been treated for carbon monoxide exposure after driving the department’s Ford Explorers. “I don’t remember if we hit a curb or if my head just hit the window and it woke me up but I remember swerving to miss a head-on collision,” LaHood said. He is now suing Ford. Play…

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June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, dead at 99

Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” has died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago, niece Robin Thaler said Thursday. Foray was the best-known woman among the voice performers who contributed so much to the classic cartoons of Warner Bros., Disney, Hanna-Barbera…

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Clashes erupt at sacred site in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Violence returned Thursday to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clashed with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack there.  Earlier in the day, Palestinians had celebrated as Israel rolled back security measures and thousands of worshippers heeded a call by Muslim authorities to assemble for prayers at the mosque for the first time in 11 days. But as crowds pushed at one of the gates to the compound in the Old City, police fired tear gas and…

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Newsbook: 3 Books That Delve Into What Work Means to Us

Work, and our relationship to it, is evolving. On Thursday, Google.org, the tech giant’s philanthropic arm, announced a $50 million initiative to support organizations preparing people for the changing job market. Employee priorities are shifting, and companies, particularly in the tech world, are responding by offering enhanced benefits, more flex time (like summer hours) and other in-office perks. In the three novels below, the characters’ time at the office interacts with their personal lives in various ways — in one case the former threatens to completely engulf the latter. Photo…

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Senate passes sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea

The Senate has passed a sweeping sanctions package targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 97-2. The U.S. House passed the sanctions package Tuesday in a 419-3 vote, sending the legislation to the Senate. The White House has not definitively said that President Trump will sign the bill, but the the measure won a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. The measure — a reprimand for Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle, among other things — requires congressional approval before the president can…

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Scaramucci rips Priebus, Bannon in interview

Newly installed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza Wednesday night to demand information about leaks emanating from the executive branch, and in the process criticized many of his colleagues while using copious profanity.    Scaramucci, apparently believing that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had leaked information about a dinner President Trump had Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Fox executive Bill Shine, first threatened to fire the entire communications staff if Lizza did not divulge the source of…

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OKC Thunder Shame Andre Roberson About Bad Tipping At L.A. Hot Spot

OKC Thunder Tip Shame Andre Roberson … After L.A. Team Dinner EXCLUSIVE Here’s proof your friends don’t ever let you live anything down … the OKC Thunder taking shots at Andre Roberson and his (non?) tipping habits after a dinner out in L.A. Remember, Roberson found himself in a public tipping scandal a couple weeks back, when a server claims the $30 million man bricked his gratuity … leaving a $14 tip on a nearly $500 check. The guys were out at Catch last night, and by the guys we…

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Katy Perry to host MTV VMAs

Katy Perry performs on stage on June 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester NEW YORK — Katy Perry is working hard, and not just to promote her new album “Witness.” The pop star is hosting the MTV Video Music Awards next month, and she wrote on Instagram that she’s been preparing to be a “Moonwoman” by training in “zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson.”  MTV announced Thursday that Perry will host…

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