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• A new study from from DePaul University shows Metra’s digital shortcomings including “Do not plug your cellphone or laptop or any other media device into this outlet!!!!! By order of the Metra Police.” It’s comical seeeing as they don’t take square payments on trains and only recently upgraded their credit card systems. [CHICAGO TRIBUNE]
• The son of Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo, Alexander Ciccolo- 23 an Islamic State(ISIS) supporter, was turned in to the FBI by his father and arrested July 4, is being accused of planning a terrorist attack at an out-of-state college and charged with illegal possession of firearms. [WASHINGTON POST]
• An historic Iran Nuclear deal has been reached. Iran and six major world powers (United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia) reached a nuclear deal today, after more than a decade of negotiations. So what does it all mean? 1) sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. 2) The end of sanctions could bring a rapid economic boom for Iran by lifting restrictions that have drastically cut its oil exports and hurt its imports 3) Congress has 60 days to review the deal, and if it votes to disapprove of it, Obama can veto the rejection.
Some haters of the deal includes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who called it an “historic surrender”. [REUTERS]
• In the end, the hometown favorite Todd Frazier, won this year’s Home Run derby beating Joc Pederson 15-14 in the final round. Though he was trailing in the final minute of each round, cheers from the fans “really picked me up and [helped] drive the ball out of the park a lot more.” [ESPN]
• FanDuel, a fantasy sports operator, raised $275 million Series A valuing the company at “over $1 billion.” The “oversubscribed” round was led by Google Capital, Time Warner Investments, and Turner Sports, various NFL and NBA team owners also participated, along with previous investors, Shamrock Capital, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Pentech Ventures and Piton Capital. [TECHCRUNCH]
• IBM in the US announced it will provide a milk transportation service for breastfeeding women who are away from their babies due to work commitments.the aim of the initiative is to help the company’s employees balance their home and work life.
• Is 50 cent really bankrupt or is it a legal maneuver to reorganize his finances? The rapper turned actor turned investor filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, the same day he was supposed to appear in a New York state court to determine whether he owes punitive damages, to the tune of $5 million, from a 2010 lawsuit . Filing for bankruptcy protection halts lawsuits and collection efforts.
•Prince Harry is coming to the states!! Well his Invictus Games, where wounded servicemen and women from all over the world competing in a variety of sporting events from archery to wheelchair basketball is and it will be held in…Orlando, Florida. [US WEEKLY]
• VINCE CEO Jill Granoff has resigned after three years heading the company but will remain the CEO during a transition period. Speaking of CEOs Rupert Maunsell, formerly operations director Mary Katranzou has been appointed the new CEO at Jonathan Saunders to begin immediately. [VOGUE UK]
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