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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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New York Today: New York Today: Mysterious Mailboxes

Photo What are these? Credit Justin Gilliland/The New York Times Good morning on this sunny Friday. Have you ever walked, letter in hand, to what you thought was a post office mailbox, only to find it sealed shut? (We have.) Did you notice the mailbox was green not blue? There are about 10,000 dark green boxes across the five boroughs that are marked U.S. MAIL, but they’re not for mailing letters. We reached out to the United States Postal Service to learn why these green boxes exist and why they’re…

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Ryan Seacrest returning as host for “American Idol”

Ryan Seacrest attends KIIS FM’s 2017 Wango Tango on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images NEW YORK — Seacrest in! Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting “American Idol” when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May. “I am happy to confirm … that Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of ‘American Idol,’” said Ripa as the studio audience whooped. Seacrest said he…

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Harry Potter Nerds Rejoice: 2 New ‘History of Magic’ Books Coming This Fall

Reuters reported that Bloomsbury made an announcement about the library exhibition and the two books on Tuesday. An official at Scholastic, which publishes “Harry Potter” books in the United States, did not immediately reply to an email seeking additional comment about the latest texts. According to the British Library’s website, “Harry Potter — A History of Magic” is the “official book” of the library’s exhibition, and what officials called a “collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library.” It pledges to mix the muggle world…

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Mayoral candidate tells audience members at forum in Florida to ‘go back to Africa’

A forum about opportunities for youth in St. Petersburg, Fla. turned racial when long-shot mayoral candidate Paul Congemi lashed out at an opponent’s supporters. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement has backed Jesse Nevel as he has expressed support for its effort to create reparations for slavery. “Mr. Nevel, you and your people, you talk about reparations. The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations,” Congemi said, pointing a finger at the audience. “Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama.” “My…

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R. Kelly’s Upcoming Shows Unfazed by ‘Cult’ Allegations

R. Kelly Concert Biz Boomin’ Despite ‘Cult’ Allegations EXCLUSIVE R. Kelly‘s gotta believe there’s no such thing as bad publicity now — he has 14 upcoming shows planned and there’s still huge demand for tickets … amid allegations he’s running a “cult.” Kelly’s gigs were already scheduled before the scandal broke, but all of them are still scheduled … starting July 28 in Virginia Beach and running through October 8 in Ontario, Cali. We reached out to all of the venues — 11 confirmed nothing’s changed. In fact, some ……

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Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton announce final performance

Singers/Songwriters Dolly Parton and Honoree Kenny Rogers Backstage at the Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years show at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard Center, Connecticut. Rick Diamond/Getty Images Kenny Rogers is getting ready to retire, and he’s going out with a bang.  The country superstar told Rolling Stone that he’s preparing for his final Nashville show in October, which will include names like Little Big Town, Elle King and Idina Menzel, but the highlight of the show will certainly be his last-ever performance with…

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Buying lottery tickets will never make you rich

Regularly play the lottery? You’re in good company. The average American spends $207 annually on tickets. And the figure is twice as high in several East Coast states, where giant jackpots for games like Mega Millions and Power Ball appear to be particularly alluring. According to a study by LendEDU, the average Massachusetts resident spends a whopping $735 annually on lottery tickets. Rhode Islanders plop down $514 annually. And if you live in Delaware or New York, you’re likely spending about $400 a year, or $33 per month (see map…

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It’s official: Trump to tap Jon Huntsman as U.S. ambassador to Russia

Jon Huntsman in January 2012 Chris Keane WASHINGTON — President Trump announced his intention Tuesday to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. ambassador to Russia. If confirmed, the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate would take over a high-profile post amid ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. CBS News correspondent Major Garrett first reported the president would go that route in March. Huntsman has twice served as an ambassador. He was the nation’s top diplomat…

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