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Miranda Kerr hands over $8.1 million in jewellery to US investigatorsOpen in a New Window


Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has handed over $8.1 million in jewellery to U.S. authorities, after the items — gifted to her — were said to have been bought using stolen government money.

The items include an 8.8 carat diamond pendant worth $3.8 million. Kerr handed them over to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday.

The jewels was given to Kerr by Malaysian financier Jho Low, whom she dated for a year in 2014, said the WSJ, citing a source.

Kerr married Snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegel, a month ago. Read more...

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Wanted man Stephen Colbert says agents followed him 'everywhere' on his Russia tripOpen in a New Window


Comedians who say their humor is "risky" have to be one of the most irritating breeds of comedians. 

Stephen Colbert is one of the delightful exceptions to the rule. On The Late Show last night, Colbert disclosed that he believed Russian intelligence agents were following him around on his latest trip to Russia.

Colbert spent almost a week in Russia filming various field pieces. Only the comedian's most "hard-core" fans from Russian intelligence followed him.

"It’s important to keep your eye on a comedian while he’s in Russia, doing jokes. I could be giving state secrets to the Russians. Oh wait, somebody’s already got that covered," Colbert said. Read more...

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Taylor Swift sent newly-crowned NBA MVP Russell Westbrook a congratulatory videoOpen in a New Window


Hey, so guess who crept out of the woodwork: Taylor Swift!

The popstar recorded a video to help congratulate the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook being crowned the NBA's most valuable player for 2017.

In the one-minute clip released on Monday night, Swift jokingly tells Westbrook she taught him basketball, but that he helped with the idea for "Shake It Off."

The video is a little awkward — okay, very awkward — but cute.

"I remember the first time you beat me at basketball, and I was very upset, and you said — if you remember correctly — you said, 'you just have to shake off.' And I got an idea," Swift said.  Read more...

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Man hilariously rants a Starbucks milk mix-up that made him poop 11 timesOpen in a New Window


Travel to the Visitor Posts section on any big food corporation's Facebook page, and you'll see complaint after complaint. 

Since the internet is filled with every complaint possible, most of these posts are ignored by the masses, but when someone really rips into a company with a relatable offense, people tend to notice. 

A man named Demit Strato left a scathing review for Starbucks on its main Facebook page after an alleged milk mix-up. According to Strato, he ordered a Venti iced coffee with soy milk, only to discover  later that his soy milk was apparently regular milk.

More about Starbucks, Lactose Intolerance, Culture, and Food


YouTuber shows us common folk that first class really is all it's cracked up to beOpen in a New Window


YouTuber-turned-CNN employee Casey Neistat showed the world what it's like to fly first class with Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline, in his most recent vlog. 

Warning: It's going to make you feel really bad about your cramped coach seat.

Neistat is no stranger to that first class life, and this time around he runs into one of his biggest fans, Wesley Snipes, and supermodel Karlie Kloss. 

Neistat's 7.3 million YouTube subscribers got a tour of the expansive first class area that features large flat screens at every private seat, an open bar, seats that also function as beds, and the ability to shower before you even step on the plane.  Read more...

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Your iPhone can now be a measuring tape, thanks to the magic of augmented realityOpen in a New Window


Apple's new augmented reality framework will monumentally shift the way we use our phones, if the first few demos are any indication.

The new ARKit is Apple's framework to bring augmented reality applications to iOS devices, launched at WWDC this year. 

New demos such as this measuring tape app, show a simple and useful application of ARKit.

The applications use the camera to measure distances and are shown alongside tape measures to indicate their accuracy.  One of the apps, AR Measure can be used as a measuring tape or just by drawing a line between two points.  Read more...

More about Iphone, Apps And Software, Ios 11, Arkit, and Tech


Samsung rolls out ad celebrating Russell Westbrook's NBA MVP statusOpen in a New Window


Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook is 2017's most valuable player in the NBA, and Samsung have rolled out a very well-fitting commercial in light of his win.

Following on from Westbrook's previous ad with the technology giant, which charts his beginnings in Los Angeles and his mentality in trying to break the big time.

Now that he's the league's best performer, the point guard can well turn his back on being labelled "overlooked," the "4th pick" or "snubbed."  Read more...

More about Sports, Advertising, Samsung, Nba, and Mvp


Koala and dog stuck down an abandoned mineshaft get rescuedOpen in a New Window


It might sound like a tired trope from a '70s television show, but somehow this koala and dog got trapped at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft.

Yes, these things still really do happen. The mine, located in Ipswich, Australia, was attended to by firefighters and the RSPCA on Monday after yelps from the dog were heard.

Lance Mullins from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service told 9 News the rescue was "an unusual one," and that staff deemed it was too unsafe to send anyone down the hole.

Rescuers had to use large animal bag and ropes to fetch the pair out. The dog made it out okay —taken straight to the vet with a slight limp — but RSPCA staff had trouble fetching the koala, who they thought was blind. Read more...

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Half-naked dude patiently sitting at the game just wants to streakOpen in a New Window


*** This video is NSFW ***

Look streaking isn't all about running onto a sports field stark naked. There's a real art to the preparation too.

As you'll see from a streaker at a rugby match between the New Zealand All Blacks vs. British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday. The man, dressed in only a shirt and beanie, calmly ignored jeers from the crowd to put his pants back on in a video by Caleb Marshall on YouTube. 

And oh boy, when it came for the streaker's time to shine — he certainly delivered. Read more...

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Innovative weed pipe has a built-in cereal bowl. Whhhaaaaa?Open in a New Window


Smoking weed and eating cereal go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not do both at the same time?

Cannabis technology has boomed since recent legalization, but among the various
THC extraction processes and fancy vapes, there is a new bowl that can do something all others can't: hold food like a food bowl.

Yes, some genius decided to combine a glass weed pipe, commonly called a bowl, with a food bowl, creating a very important mythical stoner invention. Here you have it: the Breakfast Bowl Wake 'n' Bake Pipe.

The pipe has been somewhat of an internet legend for many years, but wasn't actually available to purchase anywhere, so creator Ryan Hart decided to make his own and sell it to the world for $89Read more...

More about Culture, Cannabis, Culture, and Web Culture


3 big-name journalists leave CNN over retracted storyOpen in a New Window


Three CNN journalists have resigned after the network retracted a thinly sourced scoop. 

The story's author, Thomas Frank; an editor in CNN's new investigative unit, Eric Lichtblau; and head editor of the unit Lex Haris are no longer with the company as of Monday, a spokesperson confirmed.

The piece, which cited a single anonymous source, claimed a congressional committee was investigating a Russian investment fund's ties to a former member of Donald Trump's administration. 

A day after its publication, CNN scrubbed the story from its site and replaced it with an editor's note. The network never reported the news on air. Read more...

More about Cnn, Donald Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, Business, and Politics


What is Tony Stark even wearing in those new 'Avengers: Infinity War' set photos?Open in a New Window


If you've ever seen Robert Downey Jr. in person, you know the man does not suffer a fool's fashion gladly.

Always dashing, futuristic, cosmopolitan — chunky sunglasses you can sorta see through, structured collars and footwear that's probably worth your salary — the real-life Tony Stark likes to dress like the on-screen Tony Stark. Which is to say, expensively.

So when photos from the Atlanta set of Avengers: Infinity War went online Monday, we had questions. Something wasn't quite right about this: Read more...

More about Movies, Marvel, Robert Downey Jr, Avengers Infinity War, and Motion Capture


Just like you, Mike Tyson can’t resist watching this movie whenever it comes on TVOpen in a New Window


Mike Tyson was early to the social media game, and he recently launched his own emoji sticker app

But when it comes to movies, Tyson apparently can't resist a good old-fashioned love story. 

Tyson participated in a recent UPROXX interview in which he answered questions on everything from his favorite drink to his favorite animal. But the best part came when Tyson was asked what movie he can't resist watching if it's on TV. 

Mike Tyson can't resist ..The Notebook

Yep. You read that correctly. 

So if you consider yourself a big softie because channel surfing frequently devolves into a tears-and-Kleenex fest while Allie and Noah work out their issues, then think again!  Read more...

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Hey glassholes: Apple just bought an eye-tracking companyOpen in a New Window


Apple's attempts to hide the development of secret new products by using shell companies usually works, but some clever sleuthing by one site has revealed what may be a key component of Apple's future with augmented reality

Documents have been uncovered by MacRumors that indicate Apple has quietly acquired eye-tracking company SensoMotoric Instruments. In addition to tracking down acquisition documents linked to Apple attorney Gene Levoff, the site also spoke to an anonymous tipster in contact with an Apple employee who confirmed the acquisition.  Read more...

More about Apple, Virtual Reality, Vr, Augmented Reality, and Ar


Serena Williams checks John McEnroe on Twitter after his belittling commentsOpen in a New Window


When will people learn it's a bad idea to come for Serena Williams

Outspoken former tennis star John McEnroe said in an interview with NPR on Sunday that Williams would be "like number 700 in the world" if she played on the men's tennis circuit. 

Williams, who is currently pregnant, wasted no time putting McEnroe in check on Monday afternoon. 

First with the forehand:

Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017

And then with the backhand:

I've never played anyone ranked "there" nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017

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If Ivanka Trump really wants to stay out of politics, she should delete these tweetsOpen in a New Window


When it comes to the Trump administration's capacity for bizarre comments, the apples apparently don't fall far from the tree. 

During an interview Monday with Fox and Friends, Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to the President of the United States, responded to a question about whether she advises her father in managing his Twitter feed with this golden nugget:

"You know, I try to stay out of politics."

While this is a ridiculous answer for any person closely associated with the President of the United States (for obvious reasons), if Ivanka really wants to show she has nothing to do with politics, she miiiiight want to go ahead and delete these tweets from the last few months. Read more...

More about Twitter, Politics, Political, Potus, and Trump


Alec Baldwin isn't done roasting Donald Trump on 'SNL' quite yetOpen in a New Window


Hold on to your bronzer, folks — Alec Baldwin has confirmed that he'll be reprising his POTUS-baiting impersonation of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live next season.

"Yeah, we're going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it," Baldwin told CNN, before noting that his busy schedule will limit his SNL appearances in the fall, prompting him to liken his upcoming guest spots to "a couple celery sticks" rather than a "whole meal."

One person who hasn't enjoyed the impression is Trump himself; the president has taken to Twitter several times to decry the sketch show's portrayal of him, saying that Baldwin's performance "stinks."  Read more...

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Fly the Oscar Mayer Wienerdrone to my barbecue, pleaseOpen in a New Window


I am not immune to marketing, and as such, I feel comfortable admitting that I love the Oscar Mayer Wienerdrone.

This silly quadcopter is one of four additions to what the company dubs "the Wienerfleet." Other Wienerfleet members include a custom Mini Cooper called the Wienermini; a remote-operated vehicle called the Wienerrover; an electric scooter called the Wienercycle; and, of course, the original Wienermobile.  

Oscar Mayer unveiled the Wienerdrone in a very sleek, very goofy video shared Monday. 

I mean, look at this delightfully dumb thing dropping a hot dog on the ground: Read more...

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If you're having a bad hair day, this dog's curls will inspire youOpen in a New Window


Beachy waves are a great summer style for anyone who wants to look trendy yet low maintenance. 

If you're having trouble getting the perfect soft curls, then Twitter user Kerbie Gibbs has the solution.

My dog's ear is like the perfect picture to show your hairdresser if you want beachy waves and caramel highlights

— Kerbie Gibbs (@kerbiegibbs) June 24, 2017

Gibbs dog, Ruger, has a face that says, "I know I look good but it's really no big deal."

The Twitter thread quickly became flooded with images of other people's gorgeous dogs, many of whom sported impeccable ear hair. Read more...

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With every new Han Solo revelation, Lord & Miller keep looking worseOpen in a New Window


One week after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired as directors of Lucasfilm's still-untitled Han Solo film, the public perception of what went wrong behind the scenes is going from bad to worse for the duo. And that's partly because we're getting one side of this story.

With Ron Howard heading to London to take over a shoot that was set to wrap in July — but now looks likely to continue into September — a slew of new accounts from insiders are making the latest Lord-Miller production look like amateur hour. 

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California fears that the St. Francis Dam could collapse in Winter 2018Open in a New Window


When the St. Francis Dam broke, it was considered the worst civil engineering disaster in California's history. Are we in danger of history repeating itself? watch and find out. Read more...

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Sean Spicer tries to defend camera ban, and why are we even paying this guyOpen in a New Window


"You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman of the United States government; can you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off?"

That was the question from CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta on Monday, at yet another off-camera press briefing held by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer, unsurprisingly, didn't really have an answer.

The Trump White House has taken to rarely holding on-camera press briefings, a move that many (including Acosta) see as an attack on press freedom.  Read more...

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How to download the iOS 11 public beta right nowOpen in a New Window


You can now take the next version of iOS for a test drive.

Apple just delivered the first public beta for iOS 11, which adds a suite of new multitasking features for iPad, a redesigned Control Center, a new Files app, and a ton of other improvements that make you a lot more productive. 

Developers have been testing the update since it was released during WWDC earlier this month but the public beta marks the first time Apple is making it available to the public.

Of course, as with any beta, there are bound to be bugs so it's best to install the update on a secondary device unless you're feeling especially brave (and even then, make sure you have everything backed up, at the very least). Read more...

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Sea level rise is accelerating, with Greenland in leading roleOpen in a New Window


Global sea level rise is accelerating as the Greenland Ice Sheet sheds more of its ice, scientists have found. 

Given this quickening pace, it's possible that by the end of this century, sea level rise could threaten coastal communities around the world, from Miami to Mumbai. 

A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is one of a few recent works to confirm an acceleration in sea level rise during the past few decades. There had been greater uncertainty about this before, with climate deniers latching onto that and arguing that such an acceleration has not, in fact, been occurring. Read more...

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A deodorizing hanger is coming so you can officially skip laundry dayOpen in a New Window


Great news, lazy people — thanks to Panasonic's new deodorizing hanger, you can feel slightly less guilty about skipping laundry day.

The company's new hanger suppresses odors on fabric, leaving your dirty clothes smelling tolerable again without having to immerse them in water. How? By using something they call "nanoe" technology.

What the heck does that mean? Well, it's basically a fancy way of describing how tiny water particles from the air are electrified and used to deodorize fabric without technically washing it.

It's sort of like steaming a garment, except these particles are a billion times smaller. Read more...

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SNES Classic controller cables will be longer than 3 measly feetOpen in a New Window


The Super NES Classic already has one advantage over last year's NES Classic: longer controller cables.

In a statement, Nintendo of America told us: "The length of the cord on the Super NES Classic controller is approximately five feet long, which is about two feet longer than the cord on the NES Classic Controller."

Controller cable length was a bit of an issue for the NES Classic, which — at about three feet in length — didn't span the gaps between many owners' TVs and couches. Five feet is certainly an improvement, but that's still not very long. By comparison, the standard Xbox 360 controller has a nine-foot cable — pretty generous. Read more...

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Chicago residents will eat healthy, thanks to a shipping container mallOpen in a New Window


For your typical resident of Chicago’s Bronzeville District, the hunt for fresh produce in their neighborhood can be frustrating, and ultimately fruitless. Save for the few bodegas offering a slim assortment of unappetizing shrink-wrapped fruits and vegetables, a sustainable and affordable source for fresh produce is hard to come by in this part of town — until now.   

It’s called Boxville — a DIY-style retail plaza made out of refurbished shipping containers resembling “four giant metal Lego pieces.” Located just outside the CTA Green Line stop, Boxville aims to do away with the bad habits people pick up when fresh food is unavailable.     Read more...

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Google Ventures partner tweets heartbreaking story about his son's pre-existing conditionOpen in a New Window


While the GOP races to see if they can secure the votes to pass the Senate's version of the American Health Care Act, aka "TrumpCare," more people are adding their voices to the call for the bill's defeat.

The bill, if passed, would have a profound — and devastating — impact on the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities — via cuts to Medicaid and would endanger coverage for those with pre-existing conditions while giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy.  

Among those opposing the bill is Ken Norton, a former product manager at Google who is now a partner at Google Ventures.  Read more...

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A fire Leslie Jones tweet inspired one woman's incredible Pride dressOpen in a New Window


People celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month showed their support in cities across the world by walking in parades, making signs, and dressing in their best and brightest rainbow garb.

Out of all the incredible outfits we've seen during this year's Pride, this beautiful dress inspired by a Leslie Jones tweet serves its purpose best. Twitter user Kayla rocked the dress in celebration, and we just want to give her a round of applause.

Thank you, @Lesdoggg, for providing the very best inspiration for my Pride dress this

— Kayla (@heykaylabeth) June 25, 2017

I love wearing

— Kayla (@heykaylabeth) June 25, 2017

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Martin Shkreli can't get a fair jury because everyone thinks he's an evil man snakeOpen in a New Window


A New York judge is desperately searching for people who don't hate Martin Shkreli's guts.

The infamous ex-pharmaceutical company exec is set to stand trial for security fraud charges unrelated to the massive price hike on a life-saving AIDS drug that first put him in the headlines.  

But in order for him to do so, the court needs to find 12 impartial jurors who haven't already made up their mind about the kind of guy Shkreli is.

That seems to be an awfully tall order, according to various reports from the Brooklyn courtroom on Monday. Read more...

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