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Facebook Accidentally Exposes 14 Million Users’ Private Posts

On Thursday, social media platform Facebook acknowledged that it accidentally exposed the private posts of 14 million users over the span of a few days last month. From May 18 through May 22, when Facebook was testing a new feature, any posts published by those 14 million users were automatically made public — even if the user’s privacy settings should have restricted who could see them. Facebook corrected the mistake, and by May 27, it changed back the affected posts. That means someone could have unwittingly shared a post publicly for as long as nine days. Starting Thursday, Facebook is letting the affected users know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time. ...Read more

NASA Rover Finds Potential Building Blocks Of Life On Mars

Scientists reported on Thursday that NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has found fresh evidence for the red planet’s past — and possibly present — habitability. The nuclear-powered rover has detected a variety of organic compounds, a requirement for life as it’s known on Earth, in 3-billion-year-old rocks deposited on the floor of Gale Crater. While organics were discovered by the rover earlier, the age and variety of the newly analyzed samples strengthen the case for a habitable environment in the past. “We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lakebed,” said Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “Those organic molecules could have come from life.” ...Read more

New England Patriots Julian Edelman Suspended 4 Games For Violating Performance-Enhancing Drug Policy

The NFL on Thursday announced that the New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. After missing the entire 2017-18 season due to injury, Edelman may also miss the start of the team’s 2018-19 season. If the suspension is upheld, Edelman would miss the team’s first four games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins. ...Read more

Val Kilmer Joining Tom Cruise Again For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Actor Val Kilmer is all set to reprise his role of fighter pilot Iceman in “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the hit 1986 action drama. The 58-year-old actor will join Tom Cruise in the sequel which recently started production. Kilmer had previously hinted in a Facebook post that he was offered a chance to star in the sequel. The original film, directed by Tony Scott, featured Cruise as a young naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The sequel will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, and will explore Maverick and his time in the modern military, as he tries to adjust in the world of drones and modern tech. The film is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance, and is expected to release in July next year. ...Read more

Reese Witherspoon Confirms ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Reese Witherspoon took to social media to confirm “Legally Blonde 3” is in the works. “It’s true… #LegallyBlonde3,” she captioned and posted a short clip of herself floating past the camera on a blue lounger.  The clip referenced Witherspoon’s sorority sister turned Harvard Law School student’s video application to the prestigious institution. Witherspoon, 42, first played Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy and reprised her role two years later for “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” The film was also made into a Broadway musical in 2007.  ...Read more

Dave Grohl Producing TV Show Based On Mother’s Book

Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, is developing a docu-series based on her 2017 book, From Cradle to Stage, featuring interviews with fellow music moms. For the original project, Virginia spoke with numerous mothers of famous musicians, including Marianne Stipe (mother of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe), Donna Haim (the Haim sisters), Janis Winehouse (Amy Winehouse), Verna Griffin (Dr. Dre) and Hester Diamond (the Beastie Boys’ Mike D). The series will utilize excerpts from interviews with the mothers of Pharrell, Adam Levine, Tom Morello and more alongside Virginia Grohl’s personal stories and family photos. ...Read more

Warriors Take 3-0 Series Lead Over Cavaliers In Game 3 Of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors are one victory away from capturing back-to-back titles after Wednesday’s 110-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.  The Warriors Kevin Durant dominated with 43 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, helping bring his team to the win after Stephen Curry (11 points on 3-of-16 shooting) and Klay Thompson (10 points on 4-of-11 shooting) had rough nights.   Game 4 will be Friday at Cleveland. ...Read more

Conor McGregor Reveals He Agreed To Fight At UFC 224

Conor McGregor posted on social media on Wednesday that he agreed to make a history-making return to the UFC last month. The former featherweight and lightweight champion hasn’t fought in MMA since winning the 155-pound belt in November 2016.  McGregor took to Instagram to celebrate his placement at No. 4 on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2017, but then added that he would have placed higher with an “agreed May 12th bout in Rio de Janeiro” before “something came up.” That fight almost certainly would have been against Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight championship.  ...Read more

President Trump Grants Alice Marie Johnson Clemency After Visit From Kim Kardashian West

President Trump reportedly granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson on Wednesday, days after Kim Kardashian West traveled to the White House to advocate for the Tennessee grandmother’s release.  Johnson — a 63-year-old woman who has spent more than two decades behind bars for a first-time nonviolent drug offense — was said to be among those on a shortlist of at least 30 people the President was considering pardoning, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Kardashian West met with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner in the Oval Office last week in a bid to convince them to release Johnson from the federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama. She was handed a life sentence on charges related to cocaine possession and money laundering in 1996. ...Read more

White House Press Aide Kelly Sadler, Who Joked About John McCain’s Health, Leaves The White House

A White House communications aide who made headlines in May for cracking a macabre joke about the health of Senator John McCain has left the White House. Kelly Sadler made off-the-cuff comments about the Republican senator’s opposition to President Trump’s nominee for C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, saying that it did not matter because Mr. McCain was “dying anyway.” Mr. McCain has a malignant brain tumor and has been in treatment for several months. The joke was shared with the news media, igniting a firestorm. The White House addressed the departure in a brief statement on Tuesday evening, saying that Ms. Sadler was “no longer employed within the executive office of the president.”  ...Read more