THE FUTURE OF THE ASIA PIVOT "As [President Barack] Obama’s time in office comes to an end, Asian nations are deeply skeptical about how much they can rely on Washington’s commitment and staying power in the region. They sense that for the first time in memory, Americans are questioning whether their economic and defense interests in Asia are really that vital." [NYT]
ONE OF THE COPS CHARGED IN FREDDIE GRAY'S DEATH FOUND NOT GUILTY The judge ruled it could not be proved without a reasonable doubt that the officer had intent to hurt Gray. [Julia Craven, HuffPost]
TOYOTA RECALLS 1.6 MILLION VEHICLES As part of the ongoing recalls for faulty Takata air bags. Included in the recall are some of the Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Sienna, Scion xB, Lexus ES, GX and IS vehicles which were built between 2006 and 2011. [Reuters]
TSA SECURITY CHIEF FIRED FOR LONG LINES If only that made the lines shorter. [Reuters]
'EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG' BEFORE THE RIO OLYMPICS "Yet just two months before they kick off, the 2016 Olympics -- the first to come to South America in the event’s 120-year history -- are shrouded in crisis and doubt. Brazil is facing its greatest recession in 100 years, is embroiled in one of the most formidable political crises since its transition to democracy more than three decades ago, and is navigating a potential global health crisis." [Travis Waldron, HuffPost]
BOMB THREATS TARGET SCHOOLS ACROSS COUNTRY A wave of what appears to be automated calls threatened schools in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. [USA Today]
'MACHINE BIAS' "There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks." [Pro Publica]
THE LIVE-ACTION 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' TRAILER IS HERE The music. The rose. Emma Watson. This movie is perfect and we've only seen 60 seconds of it (yes, Belle was our favorite Disney princess). [HuffPost]
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY GROUP TEXT Who doesn't want to make fun of their siblings' instagrams with parental commentary? [We Are Mel]
HAVE SOME FEELINGS ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION AND LIKE CARTOONS? If you'd like to put those feelings into drawings, we'd love to have them. Please submit samples and proposals to email@example.com. [HuffPost]
DON'T WORRY ABOUT SUMMER TV Netflix has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. [HuffPost]
WE WANT TO COME BACK AS CATS They spend over 60 percent of their day asleep. [HuffPost]
LEGOS HAVE GOTTEN A LOT MORE VIOLENT "The number of Lego weapons overall has increased greatly since then. Researchers found that nearly 30 percent of all Lego sets sold today now include at least one weapon. In 1978, that figure was under 5 percent." [HuffPost]
THE HARVARD MEDICAL STUDENTS TACKLING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC "Students at Harvard Medical School may just be the first doctors-in-training to learn how to administer one of the most effective drugs for combatting America’s opioid epidemic. But they had to organize the class themselves." [HuffPost]
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