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Braves, Cubs And Red Sox Lead All-Star Game Lineups

The American League’s starting outfield for next week’s All-Star Game features the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, New York Yankees’s Aaron Judge and Boston’s Mookie Betts all getting nods. The Red Sox have a second starter in designated hitter J.D. Martinez. The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs lead the National League’s roster with two starters apiece. Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, voted an All-Star for the fourth straight year, is batting just .218 this season, but he has 21 homers and 50 RBIs. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds out the outfield for the National League, with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford joining Baez and Freeman in the infield for the NL. Baltimore’s Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the American League, with Chicago’s Jose Abreu, Houston’s Jose Altuve and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez joining him in the infield. Altuve led the fan balloting with 4.8 million votes. Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos will start at catcher for the American League. ...Read more

Singer Justin Bieber Engaged To Model Hailey Baldwin

Singer Justin Bieber became engaged to model Hailey Baldwin over the weekend, according to multiple reports on Sunday. The couple dated in 2016 before breaking up; just last month, they appeared together publicly, leading to speculation from fans that they had rekindled their romance.  According to reports, the pair got engaged on Saturday during a trip to the Bahamas. Agents for Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 21, did not immediately respond to requests for comments; howeer Bieber’s parents put up social media posts that helped spark speculation about the pair. A tweet posted by Baldwin’s father, actor Stephen Baldwin, also seemed to allude to the engagement, saying: “Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in the hearts of JB&HB.” The post, however, is no longer on Baldwin’s Twitter account. Before he reunited with Baldwin, Bieber dated singer and actress Selena Gomez off and on for many years. ...Read more

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Debuts With $80 Million+ At The Box Office

Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is on its way to an estimated $83.7 million opening weekend from 4,206 North American locations. The 20th Marvel film, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, totaled an estimated $33.8 million Friday, including $11.5 million in Thursday previews. The original “Ant-Man” opened to $57 million two years ago, and went on to earn $519 million worldwide. If estimates hold, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be the seventh-highest domestic debut of the year, behind “Solo: A Star Wars Story’s” $84.4 million. Rudd and Lilly reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, respectively — superheroes able to shrink themselves into the quantum realm. The cast also includes Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, and Bobby Cannavale. Peyton Reed, who oversaw the first film, returns to the director’s chair. ...Read more

Puerto Rican Mayor And Two Other Government Officials Arrested On Corruption Charges

A mayor and two former government officials in Puerto Rico face public corruption charges in separate cases that involve a total of $8 million in federal and local funds, authorities said Thursday. The suspects are the mayor of the southwest town of Sabana Grande and the former directors of finance for the northern town of Toa Baja. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez told reporters that the former officials from Toa Baja are accused of using nearly $5 million worth of federal funds to pay the town’s public employees and municipal contractors. Toa Baja’s former interim finance director, Angel Roberto Santos Garcia, is accused of making similar transactions worth $650,000 using funds from those two federal agencies. A spokeswoman for Ortiz could not be immediately reached for comment. The arrests come as Puerto Rico struggles to recuperate from Hurricane Maria and tries to restructure a portion of its $70 billion public debt load. ...Read more

Scott Pruitt Resigns As EPA Administrator Amid Ethics Scandals

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned after months of ethics controversies, citing “the unrelenting attacks” on himself and his family, which “have taken a sizable toll on all of us.” President Donald Trump first tweeted the news Thursday that Pruitt had resigned. “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump tweeted. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.” Pruitt’s resignation follows months during which the EPA administrator has been embroiled in controversy. Trump said on Twitter that Pruitt’s recently Senate-confirmed deputy Andrew Wheeler will on Monday assume the duties of acting administrator of the EPA. ...Read more

Documentary Film “Whitney” Explores The Rise And Fall Of Superstar Whitney Houston

“Whitney,” the second feature-length Whitney Houston documentary in 10 months, was produced with cooperation from Houston’s estate, providing greater access to those closest to her. Director Kevin Macdonald uses archival material and interviews to create an intimate portrait of the late music superstar.  Not only does the documentary cover the professional life of Houston, it devotes time to Houston’s relationship with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died three years after her mother. “Whitney” premieres in theaters today, July 6. ...Read more

‘House of Cards’ Season 6 Teaser Celebrates Robin Wright’s “Independence” From Kevin Spacey

Netflix released a new House of Cards season 6 teaser to coincide with July 4, building up hype for a Claire Underwood-centric season and made a nod to Kevin Spacey‘s firing. In the clip, it states that Claire Underwood has a special Fourth of July message to the country: “Happy Independence Day. To me.” The brief teaser, which depicts Claire proudly sitting atop a marble throne then fades to black with the text #MyTurn appearing on the screen. Frank (Spacey’s character), was the protagonist of the series for five seasons but resigned from the presidency at the end of season 5, allowing Claire to take command. In the final moments of season 5, Claire turned to the camera to break the fourth wall for the first time in the series. “My turn,” Claire declared.  House of Cards season 6 will feature Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver, all of whom appeared in previous seasons of the show. Newcomers to the cast include Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear and Cody Fern. ...Read more

Minnesota Twins Sign First-Round Pick Trevor Larnach For $2.55 Million

The Minnesota Twins have signed first-round draft pick Trevor Larnach to a minor league contract that includes a $2.55 million signing bonus. Larnach, an 21 year old outfielder who helped lead Oregon State to the College World Series championship, was selected with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft. He hit .327 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs this season for the Beavers. At the College World Series, Larnach hit .417 with five doubles, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in eight games. The Twins announced the contract Thursday.  ...Read more

Oakland Raiders Second-Year Corner Gareon Conley Sues Rape Accuser For False Allegations

Weeks before he was drafted in 2017, Oakland Raiders’ cornerback Gareon Conley was accused of raping a woman; he has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Grand Jury in Cleveland, Ohio. Now the former first rounder is seeking a payout for defamation, believing it was enough to drive away corporate sponsorship. The court documents speak directly of a coveted Nike contract he had to pass up on. Conley believes his accuser lied out of spite, and is pushing his lawsuit for a “malicious criminal prosecution,” so he can recover the funds he would have gained, had it not been for his legal issues. Conley is expected to earn a starting berth for the Oakland Raiders, in his 2nd NFL season. ...Read more