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Oil could hit $60 before year-end: Barron’s, citing Citi analyst


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(Reuters) - Accelerating world oil demand and reduced supply from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could push crude prices up to $60 a barrel before the end of the year, according to a report from Barron's.

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John McCain Fears GOP Health Care Bill Is ‘Going to Fail’


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Sen. John McCain said the Republican health care bill aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will likely fail as it faces oppositions from Democrats and some of his GOP colleagues.

“My view is it’s probably going to be dead,” McCain said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday morning.

“I fear that it’s going to fail,” McCain added.

The Senate vote on the bill was delayed after its week-long, July 4 recess after several Republicans said they would oppose it. The bill, a revised version of the Obamacare replacement plan approved by the House earlier this year, was released on June 22.

On Face the Nation, McCain recommended his party should work with Democrats, who have formed a unified front against the bill.

“And if you shut out the adversary or the opposite party, you’re going to end up the same way Obamacare did when they rammed it through with 60 votes,” McCain said. “Only guess what? We don’t have 60 votes.”

On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain’s Republican colleague, said he is unsure if Republicans will be able to come together.

“Whether or not we can come together, I don’t know,” Graham said. “Mitch is trying. I would support the proposal before us, but you’ve got different camps in the Republican Party.”

The current version of the bill includes big cuts to Medicaid and overhauls Obamacare’s tax credits, among other measures. A number of polls taken after the bill’s release show a dismal approval rate for the legislation. According to a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, just 17% of those surveyed approved of the proposed health care plan.

On Fox News on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said President Donald Trump expects Congress will pass a bill that will both repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Goldman Sachs is 2017’s worst-selling fund manager with $27 billion in outflows: FT


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(Reuters) - Investors have pulled an estimated $26.7 billion from Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s mutual funds so far in 2017, according to Morningstar data, the Financial Times reported Sunday, making Goldman the world's worst-selling fund manager globally.

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Shia LaBeouf tried to dodge arrest by running to hotel


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Michael Jackson’s first molestation accuser is being sought by lawyers


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Iraqi PM celebrates after troop gains in Mosul in ISIS fight


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Syria cease-fire goes into effect in southern part of country


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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ slings $117 million debut


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Sanctuary cities promise to make 1 million immigrants citizens in 2017


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TODD STARNES: What kind of a nation would kill a baby in his mother’s arms?


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Holiday sickness fakers face government crackdown


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Ministers are seeking to make it harder for UK holidaymakers to make bogus food poisoning claims.

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Trump Wants to Form a Cyber Security Unit With Russia. Some Members of His Party Don’t Agree


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President Trump suggested Sunday that, after pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin twice about the possibility of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election during their meeting at the G20, which Putin “vehemently” denied, it was time for the United States to move forward with Russia, possibly working together on a cyber security initiative to combat election hacking.

But members of Trump’s own party are not so enamored with that idea.

“Its not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but its pretty close,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said on NBC’s Meet the Press when asked by Chuck Todd about the cyber security unit. “They [Russia] did try to attack our election system, they were successful in many ways, and the more you do this the more people are suspicious about you and Russia.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio analogized on Twitter that asking Putin to work on a cyber security unit was akin to partnering with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on chemical weapons, which he has been accused of using, but has repeatedly denied.

And Arizona Senator John McCain jokingly suggested that Putin would be a perfect partner in this initiative, since he instrumented the hacking. “I am sure that Vladimir Putin could be of enormous assistance in that effort,” he said on Face the Nation.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos that the cyber security unit is a “significant accomplishment” for the President, declined to answer directly when asked if Trump accepted Putin’s denial of election interference. But Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, said on Fox News Sunday that the President “absolutely” did not believe Putin’s denial.

“Yes, he believes that Russia probably committed all of these acts that we’ve been told of, but he also believes that other countries also participated in this,” Priebus said.

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Lightning spews from crazy-looking storm


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A photographer captured a long-lived supercell in northwest Kansas that brought large hail and an amazing lightning display.

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Women’s World Cup 2017: England beat Australia to boost last-four chances


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England secure a first World Cup win over Australia in 24 years and lift their hopes of a semi-final spot with a three-run victory.

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Joy for boy, 6, after toy snatched by gull on Anglesey found


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Cuckoo the toy owl was stolen by a seagull in Beaumaris and found six days later after a social media campaign.

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Men shot in large scale disturbance at play park


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Police are treating the incident involving up to 15 men at a play park in Glasgow as attempted murder.

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome stays in yellow, Rigoberto Uran wins stage nine


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Britain's Chris Froome retains the leaders' yellow jersey as Colombian Rigoberto Uran wins a stage that sees Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas crash out.

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New ‘Spider-Man’ swings to big box office opening


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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" brought in a big box office opening for Sony and Marvel Studios.

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England v South Africa: Liam Dawson takes Morne Morke wicket to win first Test


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Watch the moment Liam Dawson dismisses Morne Morkel to bowl South Africa out for 119 and give England a 211-run victory in the first Test at Lord's.

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VW bosses told costs of emissions saga a month before disclosure: report


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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Volkswagen manager told the then chief executive and other managers that the carmaker's diesel emissions cheating could cost up to $18.5 billion, almost a month before investors were informed, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported.

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Boy Killed After Getting Pulled Into River Pipe


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(BRANFORD, Conn.) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy slipped while playing in a culvert with his two brothers and was swept into a pipe leading to a Connecticut river. His body was found hours later.

Captain Geoff Morgan of the Branford Police Department says the boys were playing near the culvert at about 1 p.m. Friday when the child lost his footing, fell from an embankment and was swept into the 4-foot-wide (1.2-meter-wide) pipe.

Morgan says police used divers, sonar and a drone to search from the point where the boy went missing down to Branford Harbor on Long Island Sound.

Morgan says the body was found three hours later about 500 feet (152 meters) from where he disappeared.

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Shire gets injunction against Roche over hemophilia drug


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ZURICH (Reuters) - Pharmaceutical group Shire said on Sunday it had obtained a preliminary injunction in a Hamburg court against rival Roche over its hemophilia drug emicizumab, alleging incomplete and misleading statements surrounding the treatment.

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True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39


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Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, has died at age 39.

He died due to complications from heart failure, Variety reported.

Recalled by many as talented and underrated, Ellis became a True Blood fan-favorite for his portrayal of the scene-stealing, gay short order cook at Merlotte’s Bar in the fictional Louisiana town. Though the character did not survive in the books, Ellis’s memorable portrayal of Lafayette kept him in the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Ellis won a Satellite Award in 2008 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his True Blood role. He and the rest of the cast won the Satellite Award for Best Ensemble in 2009. In the same year, Ellis won the “Brink of Fame” award for up-and-coming actors at the NewNowNext Awards.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly with the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

Ellis’s character was lauded for breaking stereotypes of gay men. In a 2010 interview with Vibe, Ellis described how the character was likable.

“Even I was watching myself and criticizing myself — I go, ‘I like that dude,’” he said. “The most intriguing thing about him is his strength and his stillness. If you watch Lafayette, he doesn’t do very much. He’s not quick on his toes unless he gets heated. He’s just in that Southern way — sort of sauntering along, being who he is, which is something I never intended. It just happened.”

Ellis had recently joined the cast of CBS’s Elementary, in which he played a former drug dealer and former patient of Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson. Ellis also had roles in films like Get on Up, The Help and Little Boxes. He played Margin Luther King, Jr., in Lee Daniels’s 2013 film The Butler.

Ellis was born in Harvey, Ill. in 1977 before he and his siblings moved to Alabama. He eventually moved back to Chicago at age 15, and joined the Marines briefly at the age of 17. He studied at Illinois State University before getting his BFA at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. While at Juilliard, he won the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award for his semi-autobiographical play Ugly.

“The studies were so intense and the institution is so white, and I’m a black man from the South with a very specific vernacular and palate,” he told Backstage in 2009 of his experience there, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I felt like an alien, and I struggled the first couple of years. But it transformed who I am as an actor and a person.”

Ellis’s co-stars and others reacted to his death over the weekend with photos and memories.

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A Man Killed His Stepfather and Then Posted Photos of His Body Online


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(BOWIE, Md.) — Police say they have arrested a man accused of killing his stepfather and posting photos of the body on social media.

Multiple news reports say police received a call Saturday morning about a possible homicide in Bowie, 27 miles (43 kilometers) southwest of Baltimore.

After finding the body of a man in his 60s suffering upper body trauma, police began looking for the suspect.

Prince George’s County police say they later spotted the stepson at a nearby mall. He then led police on a car chase back to Bowie. The chase ended there after a foot chase with the suspect’s arrest.

Police have not yet identified either the victim or the suspect.

A police spokesman said the stepson has a history of domestic disputes, including with his stepfather.

Police say the online photos have been taken down.

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Democrat: We might as well mail our ballots to Moscow


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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, criticizes President Trump's negotiating skills with Russia on election interference.

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Charlie Gard: US treatment is a ‘chance worth taking’


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The parents of Charlie Gard say taking their sick son to America for treatment is "a chance worth taking".

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Iraq’s PM claims Mosul victory


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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted Sunday that he has arrived in the "liberated city of Mosul" and "congratulates the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people in achieving this great victory."

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Exclusive: Brazil banking clans may pay $1.1 billion for Havaianas maker, sources say


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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's most prominent banking clans could pay between 3.3 billion reais and 3.5 billion reais ($1 billion and $1.1 billion) for a majority stake in Havaianas flip flop maker Alpargatas SA, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Lewis Hamilton battles back as Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP


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Valtteri Bottas dominates the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel as Lewis Hamilton recovers to fourth.

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Donald Trump: Time to work more constructively with Russia


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But the US ambassador to the UN says her country "can't" and "won't ever" trust Russia.

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Haley: We can’t ever trust Russia


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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says that despite common interests like cyber security, the US "can't trust Russia."

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Brexit may never happen – Sir Vince Cable


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Labour and Tory divisions are "enormous" and the economy is "deteriorating", says Sir Vince Cable.

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Planes warned after Alaskan volcano erupts


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An Alaskan volcano that has erupted several times since last year spewed an ash cloud up to 30,000 feet, leading to an aviation warning.

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Lupin sets off down Indian pharma’s long road to redemption


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GOA, India (Reuters) - In 28 years in India's pharmaceuticals sector, Rajiv Desai has never been busier.

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Merkel rebukes Trump on climate change


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel closed the G20 summit in Hamburg with a rebuke to US President Donald Trump's stance on climate change, but appeared to make a concession on his protectionist trade policies.

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Killing cancer in the heat of the moment


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(Kyoto University) Researchers from Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) have developed a new method that modifies the surface of nanorods, making them more efficient in transporting cancer-killing genes into cells.

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Gold Remembers: ‘Shape Memory’ Effect Demonstrated in Gold Particles


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Researchers have demonstrated shape memory and self-healing in gold microparticles. It could one day lead to self-repairing micro- and nano-robots; mechanically stable, damage-tolerant devices; and targeted drug delivery.

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Why does prenatal alcohol exposure increase the likelihood of addiction?


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One of the many negative consequences when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in the womb is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life. Neuroscientists are discovering why.

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Diatoms have sex after all, and ammonium puts them in the mood


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New research shows a species of diatom, a single-celled algae, thought to be asexual does reproduce sexually, and scientists learned it's a common compound -- ammonium -- that puts the ubiquitous organism in the mood.

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Litter bugs may protect chocolate supply


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Mother's microbiome seems to protect baby cacao plants, a result with important implications for protecting the world's chocolate supply.

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AHF Urges G20 to Increase Financial Commitment and Global HIV Response in Light of Summit in Hamburg


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HAMBURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AHF Urges G20 to Increase Financial Commitment and Global HIV Response in Light of Summit in Hamburg

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Implanet Announces the Admission of Its Shares to Trading on the Euronext Growth Market (Alternext Paris)


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BORDEAUX, France & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: IMPLANET (Paris:IMPL) (OTCQX:IMPZY) (Euronext Growth: ALIMP, FR0010458729, PEA-PME eligible), a medical technology company specializing in vertebral and knee-surgery implants, announces the transfer of the listing of its shares from the Euronext regulated market in Paris (compartment C) to the Euronext Growth multilateral continuous trading facility. This admission was carried out within the framework of an admissions procedure for th

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Implanet annonce l’admission effective de ses actions sur le marché Euronext Growth (Alternext Paris)


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BORDEAUX, France & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: IMPLANET (Paris:IMPL) (OTCQX:IMPZY) (Euronext Growth : ALIMP, FR0010458729, éligible PEA-PME), société de technologies médicales spécialisée dans les implants vertébraux et les implants de chirurgies du genou, annonce le transfert de cotation effectif de ses titres depuis le marché réglementé d’Euronext à Paris (compartiment C) vers le système multilatéral de négociation en continu d’Euronext Growth. Cette admission a été réalisée dan

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Cornell discovery holds potential for treating tuberculosis


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(Cornell University) A recent discovery by Cornell University researchers could lead to a new, effective treatment for persistent tuberculosis infections.

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Zero gravity: Graphene for space applications


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(Graphene Flagship) Researchers and students in the Graphene Flagship are preparing for two exciting experiments in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) to test the viability of graphene for space applications. The microgravity parabolic flight drop tower experiments will launch between November 6-17, 2017, testing graphene in zero-gravity conditions to determine its potential in space applications including light propulsion and thermal management.

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United Company RUSAL Plc: Continuing Connected Transactions Repair Services and Transportation Contract


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