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U.S. And Mexico Reach NAFTA Deal

The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to the new terms on auto trade and other issues to remain part of the three-nation pact. President Trump and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said talks with Canada would begin immediately. The Mexico-U.S. discussions focused on crafting new rules for the automotive industry. A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada would continue to negotiate, but would only sign a new agreement that is good for the country. The United States, Mexico and Canada do more than 1 trillion dollars in trade between them every year. Trump is expected to send formal notice to the U.S. Congress by the end of the week about his intentions to sign a new trade agreement within 90 days, which would give Mexico’s Pena Nieto time to sign it before he leaves office, the senior U.S. trade official said. U.S., Mexican and Canadian stocks opened higher on Monday on optimism about a trade deal. ...Read more

San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Announces Retirement After 16 Seasons

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, 41, announced Monday that he is retiring. “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” he said in a tweet. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”  His decision brings a historic 16-season run with the Spurs to an end. He is one of the most decorated international players in basketball history, a four-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist for Argentina and a Euroleague MVP. Ginobili played 1,057 regular-season and 218 playoff games with the Spurs, ranking in the franchise’s top five all time in games, points (14,043), assists (4,001) and steals (1,392). He averaged 8.9 points and 20 minutes a game for the Spurs last season. Ginobili had one year left on his contract, worth $2.5 million. ...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. Signs Five Year Extension With New York Giants

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants has signed to a five-year extension that is worth $95 million. The new deal for makes Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL, and contains $65 million guaranteed. Odell is coming off an injury, however he is currently slotted to start in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Odell racked up over 300 catches and 4,000 yards with 38 touchdowns in his first four seasons. ...Read more

Connie Britton And Dylan McDermott Back For American Horror Story Season 8

Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott will be back for the upcoming season of FX’s American Horror Story, called “Apocalypse.”  Britton and McDermott starred in Horror Story’s first season as married couple Vivien and Ben Harmon, who moved into the haunted home that gave Season 1 its name. It’s not yet confirmed that the actors will be reprising those specific roles, but given that Season 8 is titled American Horror Story: Apocalypse and will merge the worlds of Murder House and Coven (Season 3), it seems likely.  Series co-creator Ryan Murphy recently shared a photo from the Season 8 set, which reunited Coven stars Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Taissa Farmiga and Stevie Nicks. Also set to appear in Apocalypse are AHS alumni Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Evan Peters, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson and Jessica Lange. American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10/9c on FX. ...Read more

All 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Are Returning To Theaters In IMAX

All 20 installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be returning to theaters for a special film festival celebrating 10 years of Marvel. Starting Aug. 30 and running through Sept. 6, Marvel is airing all 20 films in order, from 2008’s Iron Man to the just-released Ant-Man and the Wasp. Each film will screen exclusively in IMAX.  Three of the films — Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger — will be shown for the first time on an IMAX screen. Each film will screen in order, followed by two theme days celebrating origin stories and team-up movies. You can view the full schedule below and for more info and to buy tickets, click here. ...Read more

Sen. John McCain Memorial And Remembrance Plans Made: Will Lie In State At The U.S. Capitol

Memorial and remembrance plans are being made for Arizona Sen. John McCain, a day after he died following a battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state at both the U.S and Arizona Capitols. McCain will then be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md. The senator graduated from the Naval Academy and has said multiple times that he wanted to be laid to rest there. Fellow Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake have said that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to eulogize the senator. On Sunday, congressional leaders announced that McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the announcement, in coordination with congressional leaders from both parties. The ceremony will take place on Friday, August 31. McCain will also lie in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, August 29.  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet that “this is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man. John McCain is Arizona, and we will honor his life every way we can.”  Memorial services will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 30, and at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, Sept. 1. McCain will be laid to rest at the Naval Academy the following day. ...Read more

Four Dead In Mass Shooting At Video Game Tournament In Jacksonville, Florida

A gunman killed four people and wounded several others on Sunday when he opened fire at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said one white male suspect was dead at the scene.  The shooting took place at the Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in the city’s downtown. It occured during a regional qualifier for the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside a Chicago Pizza restaurant, according to the venue’s website. The bar was livestreaming the football video game competition when the gunfire started, according to video of the stream shared on social media. Multiple reports are saying that the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost. Citing messages from another player in the room, the gunman appeared to target several victims before killing himself.  ...Read more

Neil Simon, Celebrated Playwright, Dies At 91

Playwright Neil Simon, whose hits included “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy, has died. He was 91. Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, his longtime friend and the Shubert Organization director of media relations.Simon was one of the American theater’s most successful and prolific playwrights, often chronicling middle class issues and fears. Simon’s stage successes included “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” ”Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” ”The Sunshine Boys,” ”Plaza Suite,” ”Chapter Two,” ”Sweet Charity” and “Promises, Promises.” Many of his plays were adapted into movies and “The Odd Couple” became a popular television series. Simon was the recipient of four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the Kennedy Center honors (1995), four Writers Guild of America Awards, an American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement honor and, in 1983, he had a Broadway theater named after him when the Alvin was rechristened the Neil Simon Theatre. Simon was married five times, twice to the same woman. He is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. ...Read more

NASCAR Xfinity Driver Conor Daly Loses Sponsorship Over Father’s Alleged Racial Slur

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Conor Daly will no longer be sponsored by Eli Lilly due to allegations that his father, former IndyCar and Formula 1 driver Derek Daly, used a racial slur during a radio interview in the early ’80s. The allegations surfaced last week when the employee of an Indianapolis radio station overheard longtime NFL Colts radio commentator Bob Lamey narrate a story that took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway nearly 30 years ago. Lamey’s usage of the N-word while retelling his story motivated the anonymous employee to submit a complaint to the company’s HR department, which resulted in an investigation that targeted Derek Daly. As a result, Lamey has been forced into retirement and Derek Daly was fired from his racing analyst position at a local TV station. Despite having to pay for his father’s actions from over 30 years ago, Daly released a statement on Twitter where he thanked his team, fans and even the pharma company for its support. ...Read more