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US to ban travel to North Korea, reports say

Following the detention and death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier — and amid dictator Kim Jong Un’s continued nuclear ambitions — the U.S. government is set to ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to reports on Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had determined to implement a “geographical travel restriction” for North Korea, which would make the use of a U.S. passport to enter the rogue regime illegal. The restriction is reportedly going into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal…

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Democrats Harris, Kennedy dismiss talk of challenging Trump in 2020

President Donald Trump has been in office for only six months, but that hasn’t prevented political junkies from speculating about which Democrats may try to oppose him in the 2020 presidential race. An upcoming scheduled appearance in New Hampshire by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California has already sparked talk that she might run, as Fox News reported Thursday. But other Democrats – aside from obvious names such as former Vice President Joe Biden – are also drawing attention. Fresh faces being mentioned include Sen. Kamala Harris of California and…

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Hugh Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach after caught calling escort service on work phone

University of Mississippi head football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday night after reports that he had used his school-issued phone to call an escort service. Freeze, who had coached Ole Miss for five years and led the program to a 2016 Sugar Bowl victory, was forced to leave after university officials discovered a “pattern of personal misconduct inconsistent to the standards we expect from the leader of our football team,” Chancellor Jeff Vitter said, according to the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told the newspaper that…

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Halle Berry chugs whiskey on stage at Comic-Con

Halle Berry speaks at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards in Burbank, Calif., on April 10, 2016. Getty Halle Berry takes drinking games very seriously, apparently. She proved that while promoting her upcoming film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” at San Diego Comic-Con. Berry was joined onstage in Hall H by her co-stars from the film, including Taron Egerton, Pablo Pascal, Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum — who brought along a bottle of whiskey to share with the panel. Tatum poured out shots for the actors, but gave Berry a…

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Official sounds alarm over possible lead in tap water

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans inspector general says the city hasn’t adequately warned residents that ongoing street repairs and water system improvements could result in temporarily high lead levels in some buildings’ tap water. Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s latest report says some old city water lines – and lines on private properties – are made of lead, which can affect the brain and nervous system when ingested. Chemicals added to the water form a protective coating in those pipes. But Quatrevaux cites experts who say disturbance of the aging…

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New York Today: New York Today: Your Guide to ‘Cloudgazing’

Photo Clouds over Central Park last month. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Olé, olé, on this sizzling Thursday. We’re feelin’ hot hot hot. And you will, too, today. It’ll feel as warm as 97 degrees, and a heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. So we turn to the clouds to distract us from the heat. “The clouds tell a story,” said John Homenuk, the founder of New York Metro Weather, a local weather website. Today, you will likely see cirrus clouds, which are wispy, silky-looking,…

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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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