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Walmart reportedly wont bid for Whole Foods after Amazons huge offer

Walmart isnt actively considering a bid for Whole Foods, which Amazon said it would purchase for $13.7 billion last week, according to a report by Reuters. If so, that would remove a major obstacle to Amazons bid to acquire the grocery chain. Whole Foods has hundreds of stores across the U.S., which could give Amazon a foothold in the grocery business and possibly food delivery. But its possible that other companies could swoop in and try to make a bigger bid for Whole Foods, turning the deal into a competitive…

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State Department plans to eliminate special envoy on Afghanistan, Pakistan

Washington (CNN)The State Department is planning to eliminate the position of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior US officials confirmed to CNN Friday. But the decision to eliminate this particular post comes at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration is re-evaluating US military strategy in Afghanistan, potentially paving the way towards sending several thousand more troops to the country. That timing raises questions about where civilian leadership fits into the strategy writ large.

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Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope

Simple, right? Im reminded of the old Family Circus cartoons, with Billy or whoever going all over the neighborhood, petting dogs, tracking mud on the neighbors porch and so on. Except Billy is a lentivirus, and the neighborhood is the soupy exterior of a cell membrane. Its not all just for kicks, of course: The goal is to be able to watch as a virus makes contact with a cell and does whatever it does to penetrate and infect it. That moment, so critical to understanding viral behavior, is poorly…

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White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

Washington (CNN)The White House is letting President Donald Trump’s tweet Thursday — asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey — stand as the President’s official statement. “In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter: “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any…

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Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that Mueller is ‘very good friends’ with Comey

(CNN)President Donald Trump said “we’re going to have to see” when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Trump fired Comey over dissatisfaction with how the FBI head was handling the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation, including potential collusion between Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials.

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A month with the Catalyst Fermentation System

Ive been following the multiple easy brewing systems available online for a while now and have never found one that truly spoke to me. Devices like the Minibrew seem great but price and shipping problems have always kept them out of my boozy little hands. So, rather than wait for the perfect automatic system, I decided to look at the Catalyst Fermentation System, a $199 carboy kit that promises to make brewing as easy as boiling some oats and hops and managing a trub. Fermentation is a fairly simple process.…

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Bali bombing: Guantnamo inmate Hambali charged over 2002 attack

Indonesian faces military trial for twin bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians and seven Americans, as well as 2003 Marriott bomb A US war court has charged an Indonesian detainee at Guantnamo Bay in connection with the captured in Bangkok in 2003, in a joint operation by the CIA and Thai police. Last year a US government review board rejected the release of Hambali, saying he continued to be a significant threat to the security of the United States. Hambali, whose real name is Encep Nurjaman, appeared before…

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Tight Canada 150 security will mean long lineups in Ottawa – The Globe and Mail

Toronto Sun Tight Canada 150 security will mean long lineups in OttawaThe Globe and MailBring water, sunscreen and a healthy dose of patience if you plan to party on Parliament Hill over the Canada Day long weekend. Police in charge of security for the Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa are warning visitors to leave their cars at home …What's with U2 at Canada 150 bash?Toronto SunA (beautiful) Canada Day: U2's Bono, The Edge coming to Ottawa July 1CBC.caU2 to perform at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1CP24 Toronto’s…

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‘ Sincerely, A Drunken Fool ‘: Thief mails apology, mummified toe to Dawson City bar – CBC.ca

CBC.ca ‘Sincerely, A Drunken Fool ‘: Thief mails apology, mummified toe to Dawson City bar CBC.ca The package also contained a letter of apology, which Coulbourne read to CBC News: “‘I’m deeply sorry. I was way too drunk and lost my intellect celebrating a special Yukon date. I returned it as fast as possible and not damaged. Sincerely, A Drunken Fool.’”. Human toe stolen from Dawson City bar CBC.ca Thief returns stolen human toe to Dawson City bar CBC.ca The Sourtoe Cocktail Atlas Obscura all 37 news articles >>

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Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the plot as part of self-serving schemes managed from abroad. Five people, including a woman, were arrested in security operations in Mecca, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news website said, citing interior ministry…

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Satellogic raises $27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites

Space tech company Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. What Satellogic offers thats unique is affordable, high-resolution imaging in a micro-satellite platform, with the ability to capture photo data of the Earth at 1 meter resolution. By comparison, Planets constellations of 142 satellites…

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