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Review: Instant Pot Max

Electric pressure cookers hit it big in American home kitchens a few years back because, along with the perceived lower risk of dinner on the ceiling, they cook food fast. Something like beef stew, which takes all day in a slow cooker, needs as little as 25 minutes under pressure. With an extra hit of power, Instant Pot's new six-quart Max promises to take that speed and turn it up to 11, getting dinner to the table even faster. Could it? I wondered. And what's 11 mean, anyway? Like many…

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Security News This Week: Maybe Go Ahead and Make Your Venmo Private

This week started with a controversial, widely derided meeting between President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and ended with… an invite for round two! And yes, all manner of craziness managed to happen in between. That includes yet more denials on Trump’s part that Russia interfered—and continues to—with US democracy, a stance that has serious repercussions, however many times he walks it back. The Putin press conference performance also prompted concern across the aisle, as senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner cast it as a major setback in efforts…

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First ‘Shazam!’ trailer shows off a lighter side of DC

Meet your next new big-screen DC superhero. Warner Bros. has shared a first look at Shazam!, starring Asher Angel as a kid who gains the ability to transform into a grown-up superhero (Zachary Levi) by uttering a magic word.  In contrast to the gloom and doom of the Batman and Superman movies, or even the seriousness of Wonder Woman, Shazam! looks light and funny. Because Lord knows the DC universe could use some of that right now. Shazam! hits theaters April 5, 2019. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/21/shazam-movie-trailer/

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Woman killed inside Trader Joe’s during standoff, Los Angeles mayor says

(CNN)Los Angeles police arrested a man outside a Trader Joe’s on Saturday evening, bringing an apparent end to an incident in which a man barricaded himself inside the grocery store for hours after running from police. Here are the latest developments: • The woman who was killed was store employee Melyda Corado, according to her brother, Albert Corado. She had worked at Trader Joe’s for four to five years, he said. • About 40 people were inside the store in the Silver Lake neighborhood when the armed man entered, Police…

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Trump claims Cohen tape may be illegal and insists he did nothing wrong

President claims tape containing discussion of payment to Playboy model perhaps illegal but New York state law allows recording of conversations The good news, Donald Trump reports his former lawyer Michael Cohen taped a conversation in which he and the then presidential candidate discussed a potential payment to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who claims to have had an affair with Trump. Trump also questioned the legality of both the raids and the tape, first by the New York Times, the tape was made shortly before the 2016 election…

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Stephen King uses a quote from ‘Animal Farm’ to go after Trump and Putin

Stephen King is definitely not Trump's number one fan.Image: strid Stawiarz/Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images When it comes to taking down Trump on Twitter, Stephen King regularly employs his full bag of writer’s tricks to make sure the task is carried out as efficiently as possible. Sometimes, though, all he needs is a well-placed quote. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling and Stephen King join forces to troll Donald Trump Following Trump and Putin’s summit in Helsinki earlier this week, the horror master took to Twitter to quote George Orwell. What Mr. Barclay said.…

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Demi Lovato And G-Eazy Spotted Holding Hands Walking Out Of Hollywood Nightclub Weeks After Halsey Split

Rebound alert!! Late last night, G-Eazy and Demi Lovato were spotted walking out of a Hollywood hot spot cuddling and holding hands at about 2:30 a.m. And yes, that’ just a few weeks after G-Eazy and Halsey split amid rumors of busy schedules… and cheating. Demi is reportedly going through her own issues right now, of course, but it sure seems like she’s found at least a like-minded individual in G-Eazy, if not something greater, as judging by these pics that appeared this weekend in Us Weekly. We’ll keep you…

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The week the whispers about Trump and Russia became a roar

(CNN)For months and months, liberals have insisted that Russia has something on Donald Trump — some sort of compromising material (“Kompromat”) that made the American President repeatedly call into question the idea that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and was likely to continue to do so in future campaigns. Consider: Hours before he was set to sit down with Putin in Helsinki, Trump tweeted this out: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”…

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Mueller team wants to talk to ‘Manhattan Madam’

(CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reached out to the lawyer for Kristin Davis, famously known as the “Manhattan madam,” a source familiar with the matter says. Daniel Hochheiser, an attorney for Davis, said, “If the special counsel subpoenas her I will be representing her.” Hochheiser declined to comment about the substance of the conversation between Mueller’s team and Davis. Mueller is currently heading the investigation looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and whether there was any collusion with Trump campaign associates. Trump has repeatedly denied any…

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