WHY JOE BIDEN BOWED OUT "The healing process, Biden had famously told grieving military families months before, was when the memory of your loved one brings a smile to your face before it brings a tear. The good news, Biden said, is that he and his family are finally at that point with his beloved son Beau, who died at the end of May. The bad news for him was that they got there after the point when he thought he could mount a campaign that would actually have a shot at working. He wanted to run -- but he knew it was too late." Here's what the decision means for Biden's political legacy, and take a look at the photo that tells it all about the relationship between Biden and President Barack Obama. [Politico]
PAUL RYAN SECURES MAJORITY SUPPORT "A majority of the House Freedom Caucus voted to support Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for House speaker during a closed-door meeting Wednesday evening, apparently putting to rest a tumultuous speaker's race." [Mollie Reilly, HuffPost]
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN AMAZON TEMP "Temp employees walk upwards of 12 miles over the course of a full shift at the Amazon warehouses. On Jan. 18, 2013, Jeff Lockhart Jr. died after collapsing on the job. This is his story." [Dave Jamieson, HuffPost]
OBAMA CALLS FOR CHANGE IN OPIOID INDUSTRY "President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-assisted treatment must be expanded. For decades, those treating opioid addiction ignored the scientific consensus that the best approach involved medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, coupled with counseling." [Jason Cherkis and Ryan Grim, HuffPost]
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ROAD RAGE MURDER OF 4-YEAR-OLD Lilly Garcia was shot and killed after her father and Tony Torrez got into a road rage argument on the freeway. [AP]
BAD NEWS, CHIPOTLE FANS The chain's unstoppable growth is slowing down. [Buzzfeed]
MEET THE FIRST AUTISTIC SESAME STREET CHARACTER Julia will help raise awareness for the 1 in 68 people born today with autism. [Buzzfeed]
THE END OF THE TRADITIONAL NEWS ARTICLE "Creating news for the current and future media landscape means considering the time scales of our reporting in much more innovative ways. Information should accumulate upon itself; documents should have ways of reacting to new reporting or information; and we should consider the consumption behavior of our users as one that takes place at all cadences, not simply as a daily update." [NYT]
MOMS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WITH THE PREGNANCY BLUES Over 13 percent of dads report depression after their little ones arrive. [HuffPost]
THE FALL OF MICKEY ROONEY "He was one of Hollywood's greatest actors, someone whose estate could have been worth hundreds of millions when he died in summer 2014. Instead, he endured beatings, humiliation and poverty at the hands of his eighth wife and one of her sons, both accused today of elder abuse and destroying a legend."[The Hollywood Reporter]
AFTER BANNING TIPPING, SUCCESS "Six months later, Bar Marco manager Joslynn Manges told The Huffington Post the transition has been a success, and said that the restaurant is attracting more customers because of the change in policy." [HuffPost]
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WHAT BACK TO THE FUTURE GOT RIGHT And wrong. [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Want to live like Queen B for a day? Here's Beyonce's pizza order.
~ Mountain Dew was actually supposed to be a whiskey chaser.
~ You can finally have the Nike shoes that lace themselves up.
~ Daniel Radcliffe gets real about the effect "Harry Potter" had on his alcoholism.
~ Looks like Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are sticking together after all.
~ The adorable letter a mom penned to a teenager after he helped teach her daughter how to skateboard.
~ Why fingerprint technology is essential for mobile's future.
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