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Croatia Advances To Their First World Cup Final With Win Over England

Croatia advanced to its first-ever World Cup final with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over the English on Wednesday. England had gone ahead early, but lost control of the match in the second half. It then lost it in the 30 added minutes, when Mario Mandzukic’s 109th-minute goal pushed Croatia for the win.  Croatia is the first team in World Cup history to win three consecutive games of more than 90 minutes, and it also became the second-smallest nation to ever make the World Cup final. They will face France in Sunday’s final.  ...Read more

Federal Judge Warns Trump Administration To Meet Deadline On Family Reunification

A federal judge on Tuesday told the Trump administration to adhere to the deadline for reuniting children separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, even as officials have said they’ll be unable to meet it. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw stuck to his Tuesday deadline for the youngest children to be returned to their parents, despite government officials indicating they’d be unable to meet the target.  “These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals,” Sabraw said. “I would like the process to continue as expeditiously as it has been with paramount focus on the children’s welfare.”  The judge additionally asked for an update from the government on the reunification process by Thursday. Government lawyers said that U.S. officials will only be able to reunite 75 of 102 children under the age of 5 in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. The others are not eligible to be reunited because their parents have criminal records, haven’t been verified or have been otherwise ruled unfit. ...Read more

Facebook Faces First Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

On Tuesday, Facebook was hit with its first fine related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved the data firm obtaining personal information on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a privacy and data watchdog office in the United Kingdom, announced Tuesday that it would fine Facebook the maximum allowed penalty of $664,000 for what it said was improperly overlooked warning signs and for lacking overall privacy protections that could have prevented Cambridge Analytica from obtaining the sensitive data. In a statement, Facebook responded to the findings by acknowledging it “should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and take action in 2015.”  Facebook admitted back in April that as many as 87 million people could have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica has maintained that none of the data obtained without the knowledge of Facebook users was shared with or used for the purposes of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.  ...Read more

Reese Witherspoon To Interview Trailblazing Women For Her New Talk Show

Reese Witherspoon is making her first foray into the world of unscripted television with the half-hour series “Shine On With Reese” where she’ll interview trailblazing women about their journey to success.  The series will find a home on a new video on demand network created for Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine. It will premiere exclusive content on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse. “Shine On With Reese,” which premieres July 17, will celebrate “the stories of extraordinary women who have created their own unique paths to success,” according to a press release, with host Witherspoon leading conversations about “their perspectives on ambition, work, family and hopes for the future.” ...Read more

George Clooney Recovering At His Home Following Scooter Crash In Italy

George Clooney was taken to the hospital in Sardinia and released after being involved in an accident while riding his motorbike, hospital officials said. Clooney has been shooting the Hulu miniseries ‘Catch-22’ on Sardinia.  Clooney’s rep said in a statement on Tuesday, “George was treated and released from an Olbia hospital. He is recovering at home and will be fine.” The John Paul II hospital in Olbia said Clooney was released Tuesday.  Local news said the 57-year-old Clooney had been headed to set on Tuesday when his scooter was hit by a car. He was taken to the emergency room after complaining of “a slight trauma to the pelvis and bruises to one leg and an arm.” The accident occurred near Costa Corallina, in the province of Olbia.  Reports also said that Clooney was driving 60 mph when he was thrown from his bike and that he traveled 20 feet in the air before hitting the car’s windshield; his helmet shattered on impact. Clooney has a home on the Italian mainland on Lake Como. Production on the limited series Catch-22 is expected to continue as planned.  ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid To Join Juventus

After nine years, 16 trophies and 451 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid. The Portugal star, 33, is to join reigning Serie A champion Juventus from the Champions League holder for a reported $117 million transfer fee.   An announcement on the Juventus website Tuesday read: “He’s called Cristiano Ronaldo and he’s now officially a Bianconero.”  The club also confirmed that Ronaldo would sign a four year contract, tying him to Juve until 2022. Real Madrid had earlier released a statement “expressing its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.” In an open letter to fans, Ronaldo said that he had “reflected a lot” and knew that “the time has come for a new cycle.” Last season, the Portuguese star scored a stunning bicycle kick against Juventus in Turin, which was widely viewed as one of world’s greatest ever Champions League goals. ...Read more

France First Team In World Cup Final By Beating Belgium 1-0

France has made it back in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006.  Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the all-European semifinals. The French danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 but had been hoping to eliminate his native country as Belgium’s assistant coach. France’s fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match. On Sunday in the final in Moscow, France will face either Croatia or England, who play Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital. ...Read more

Luc Mbah a Moute Agrees To 1-Year Deal To Return To LA Clippers

The LA Clippers and Luc Mbah a Moute have reportedly agreed to a new deal that will bring the forward back to Los Angeles. The former Houston Rockets’ wing is leaving the team that was one win away from the NBA Finals and coming back to the team where he spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Mbah a Moute averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. He missed time early in the season and then again late with a dislocated shoulder, but appears to be recovered from the injury. ...Read more

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson Resigns Over Brexit Plan

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has become the second cabinet minister to quit, as divisions over Brexit deepen a political crisis threatening Prime Minister Theresa May’s government. Johnson’s departure on Monday came a day after David Davis, the British minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, also stepped down amid disagreement’s over the country’s strategy. The two resignations raise questions over whether May will stand firm in her commitment to pursuing Brexit, or will be faced with more resignations and calls to quit herself. “This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary,” May’s spokesman said in a statement. “His replacement will be announced shortly. The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work.” ...Read more