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At Least 82 Killed In Devastating Indonesian Islands Earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 82 people, one week after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen. The latest quake damaged buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali, including a department store and the airport terminal. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to an evacuation center. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the toll had risen to 82 with hundreds others injured. Thousands of homes were damaged and most people were killed by collapsing houses, he said. A total of 65 of the deaths were in North Lombok district, nine in West Lombok district, four in the provincial capital Mataram and two each in Central Lombok and East Lombok districts, Nugroho said. The quake, recorded at magnitude 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck early Sunday evening at a depth of 6 miles in the northern part of Lombok. ...Read more

Mike Scioscia Denies Report He’s Planning To Resign As L.A. Angels Manager After Current Season

Mike Scioscia, MLB’s longest-tenured manager, denied a report that he is planning to make the 2018 season his last as leader of the Los Angeles Angels. Scioscia’s 10-year, $50 million contract is expiring and reports stated that he is not seeking a new deal, but instead is planning to step down upon the completion of the season. However, the 59-year-old said he would talk to general manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno after the season about his status.  “Nothing has changed since we talked last October,” Scioscia said Sunday morning. The Angels are in the middle of a disappointing season, sitting in fourth place in the American League West. The Angels have not made the playoffs since 2014, and have not won a playoff game since 2009. ...Read more

Seth Rogen Apologizes For The Use Of Blackface On Set Of “Good Boys”

Seth Rogen, a producer on the comedy film Good Boys with Evan Goldberg, has issued an apology after leaked photos from the set showed a stand-in for a child actor wearing blackface makeup. “I should start by saying this shouldn’t have happened, and I’m terribly sorry it did.” Rogen said in a statement. TMZ had published photos on Thursday that revealed the child stand-in for 11-year-old Keith L. Williams sitting on the Vancouver set wearing darkened face makeup. Sources connected to production company Good Universe told the site it’s “not uncommon for lighting purposes to match actors’ skin tones.” Williams stars alongside Jacob Tremblay, Molly Gordon, and Brady Noon in Good Boys, about four boys on a mission to fix a broken toy. The film will open in theaters in 2019. ...Read more

LA Clippers Trade Sam Dekker To Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers have agreed to a deal that would send 24-year old forward Sam Dekker to the Cavs. The Clippers will get a trade exception from the Cavs out of this trade and trim their current roster down to 16 players. Dekker, entering his third season, had a disappointing year with the Clippers. Dekker averaged just 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 12 minutes of action. He shot just 16.7 percent from beyond the arc; this coming after a year where he made 60 threes on 32.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. ...Read more

Patrick Stewart To Reprise Jean-Luc Picard Role In New ‘Star Trek’ Series

Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. The actor announced the news on Twitter, calling the chance to play Picard again “an unexpected but delightful surprise.”  Stewart played the iconic Starfleet captain on Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987 to 1994, and last reprised the role in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis.
Details about Picard’s next adventure are limited, but the new show will not be a reboot or prequel but will cover “the next chapter of Picard’s life.”   In June, news broke that the studio had hired Alex Kurtzman, co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery, to an overall deal that included expanding the Star Trek franchise. Picard’s further adventures will be broadcast on CBS All Access, the network’s premium subscription service. ...Read more

Apple Becomes First U.S.-Based Company With A Trillion-Dollar Stock Market Value

Apple Inc. became the first U.S.-based company with a market value of $1 trillion, four decades after it was co-founded by Steve Jobs and later revolutionized the worlds of computing, music and mobile communications. The consumer-technology giant briefly touched the milestone in New York trading Thursday morning, based on share count data the company disclosed in a recent regulatory filing. Other tech giants are not far behind Apple, with Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. worth more than $800 billion each. Since its inception in 1976, Apple has consistently reimagined what a computer can be and defined how humans interact with devices and software. The iMac desktop computer, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have all been hugely successful.  ...Read more

U.S. States Vow To Fight Trump Administration’s Rollback On Auto Emissions

California and 18 other U.S. states promised on Thursday to fight a Trump administration proposal to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and force states into line, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect the environment for future generations. The 19 states, and Washington D.C, announced they would sue to halt the proposed rollback. The Trump administration billed the proposed rollback from Obama-era fuel efficiency standards as a way to help car companies and lower vehicle prices for consumers, but critics said the plan would accelerate climate change and increase fuel prices.   ...Read more

Cincinnati Bengals Release Wide Receiver Brandon LaFell

According to reports, the Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran wide receiver Brandon LaFell at his request. “We have been lobbying for his release for some time now and appreciate the Bengals granting our request,” LaFell’s agent Jonathan Feinsod said. LaFell signed a two-year, $9 million extension in March 2017 that would have paid him $2.25 million in base salary this year; he was the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver over the past two seasons, and he caught 116 passes for 1,410 yards with nine touchdown. By releasing LaFell now, the Bengals will have a chance to look at the other young players. ...Read more

New England Patriots Sign Wide Receiver Eric Decker To One-Year Deal

The New England Patriots signed free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year contract. Decker will join the reigning AFC champions a day after they released Jordan Matthews, who injured his hamstring early in training camp. Injuries and a four-game suspension to Julian Edelman have depleted the Patriots’ receiving depth, leading them to scour the market for help. Decker reportedly worked out for the team on Monday. Decker spent last season with the Tennessee Titans, collecting 54 catches for 563 yards and one touchdown.  The 31-year-old has split his eight NFL seasons between the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Titans, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark three times. ...Read more

Beyoncé’s Upcoming Vogue Cover Will Make History

Beauty and fashion magazine Vogue is changing how it does business with celebrities for the first time in its history. Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour is giving superstar Beyoncé “unprecedented control” over her photographs and captions when she appears on the cover of its September issue.  Beyoncé will also be writing the photographs’ captions herself, and the singer has used her star power to get the publication to hire its first black photographer to shoot her cover photo.  ...Read more