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Travi$ Scott Got Arrested After His Lollapalooza Act for Trying to Make His Fans Go Crazy

Travi$ Scott was arrested by Chicago police Saturday after he attempted to incite the crowd at his Lollapalooza set, according to reports. In video footage (watch below) from his performance, Scott tells his fans to bum-rush security and join him onstage. Consequently, the rapper is facing disorderly conduct charges, the ... More »

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Clinton unfazed by possible Biden White House run: aide

Washington (AFP) - A top Hillary Clinton staffer told CNN that the former first lady's campaign team is unfazed by news that Vice President Joe Biden is giving serious consideration to a White House bid.

"We'll let him make his decision," Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's campaign spokeswoman, told CNN.

"However hard it is to secure the Democratic nomination is however hard it is. We have no illusions. We never thought that this was going to be easy,"  Palmieri said.

News late Saturday that Biden is exploring a White House run had US pundits and politicos -- including some already declared candidates -- handicapping his odds of wresting the Democratic nomination from Clinton, widely viewed as the top contender.

A New York Times columnist reported on Sunday that his son Beau Biden, who died in May, at the end of his life encouraged his father to run for the US presidency.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was among those weighing in Sunday on Biden's odds.

"I think that Biden would have a good chance at beating her now," Donald Trump, the leading contender in the Republican race, told CBS television.

Controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server for State Department business may have tarnished her candidacy for some voters -- at least temporarily.

"I think that the email scandal is going to be a devastating blow for Hillary," said Trump, who made the rounds of various political chat shows.

"I think she's got some very big problems," he said Sunday. 

"And you look at her poll numbers, they're coming down like a crashing rocket."

Biden, 72, has run, unsuccessfully, for the White House twice before, but news reports said he has said he feels more prepared than ever for the presidency.

Trump, 69, said however, that he was less than convinced that Biden could prevail in a general election contest.

"I don't think that he's going to be that effective as a campaigner," the outspoken Republican business mogul said.

Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, 73, told ABC on Sunday he was unconvinced Biden offers Americans a substantially different option to Clinton.

"I think the American people who are seeing the middle class of this country disappearing, massive levels of income and wealth inequality, (and) a campaign finance system which is literally corrupt... want to go beyond conventional establishment politics," the socialist lawmaker told ABC News.

Dick Harpootlian, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party and an outspoken booster for a Biden White House run, told ABC that the vice president's family seems generally supportive of his making another presidential bid.

"This isn't some snap decision. He really is weighing how this would impact his family, he said.

"My sense around the country is there's tremendous support there. He's got to gauge that. And then he's got to do a gut check," Harpootlian said.

In addition to apparent public unease over her emails, Clinton has been dogged by problems about her family foundation.

Republicans in Congress also have been holding her feet to the fire over her handling of the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya which left three Americans dead. 

She is scheduled to testify in Congress in October over the Benghazi affair.

Palmieri played down recent polls that have showed that voters find her boss, 67, less than trustworthy.

"She has the most money, and she's beating every Republican in most of the polls. So you can't really ask for much more than that," she said.

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AT&T's first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo

AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellphone and TV service at the same time. The offering gives you basic TV service for four receivers (through either DirecTV or U-verse) and four phone lines with 10GB of shared data for $200 per month over the first year. You'll need to agree to a 1- or 2-year TV contract and sign up between August 10th and November 14th, but you could save up to $600 in those initial 12 months -- no small amount, even though the rate is likely to change in the long run.

If you're not taking advantage of that specific promo, you'll still have some options that include DirecTV. AT&T's new All in One plans range between $50 to $125 for TV alone, and again let you pick whether you're on DirecTV or U-verse. If you need phone service for your family, you tack on $160 to get the same cell service from the promo. And yes, you can bolt on internet access -- promo pricing for that ranges between $30 to $50 per month for the first year. This could ultimately prove to be expensive if you're getting everything at once, but it's not often that you can spring for a single promo that theoretically covers all your needs.

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'Downton Abbey' Cast Talk About the Show's Final Season During TCA Panel
Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Joanne Froggatt pose for a photo at the Downton Abbey cast photo call during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday (August 1) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The stars of the show were joined by cast mates Penelope Wilton, Elizabeth McGovern, and Hugh Bonneville [...]
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Empire State Building projection shines a light on endangered animals

If you were hanging around midtown Manhattan this weekend, you may have noticed some exotic animals projected on to the side of the Empire State Building. What was that all about? As it turns out, that was one of the more ambitious examples of tech-powered advocacy in recent memory. It was Projecting Change, a collaboration between the Oceanic Preservation Society and Obscura Digital that used striking imagery to highlight the plights of endangered species, such as snow leopards and manta rays. The piece relied on 40 stacked projectors to beam 5K video on to the legendary New York City skyscraper. At 33 floors tall, the resulting image was clear within about 20 blocks' radius -- you could have had a good view at 14th Street. There's sadly no talk of repeating the event in the near future, but there are replays both on YouTube and Discovery if you want to see what happened.

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Rolling Stone Finds New Managing Editor After ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ with Will Dana

Here's another item for your list of Gwyneth Paltrow gripes: her ostensibly enlightened term for divorce is now being used to describe what happens when you and your employer part ways following an embarrassing scandal. Last week Rolling Stone announced that managing editor Will Dana would leave the magazine, four ... More »

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FIFA boss Blatter gives up International Olympic Committee seat

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Under pressure FIFA leader Sepp Blatter on Monday gave up his International Olympic Committee seat because he will soon end his reign in charge of world football.

Blatter, whose organisation is embroiled in a corruption scandal, was among a group of eight IOC members who should have sought re-election on Monday at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

He has said he will stand down as FIFA president on February 26 when an election for a new leader will be held.

IOC president Thomas Bach said that Blatter "does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election for eight years knowing that after seven months his term would come to an end."

Bach thanked Blatter and other members leaving the IOC for their "great contribution" to the Olympic movement. Blatter, who has been an IOC member since 1999, did not attend the Kuala Lumpur meeting.

The FIFA president was part of an IOC commission that decided on reforms of the Olympic organisation after it was hit by a bribery scandal over the Salt Lake City Winter Games in 2002.

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Brazil's only Olympic worry? Getting enough medals: minister

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's sports minister, George Hilton, says he has only one real concern a year before Rio hosts the 2016 Olympics: the medal haul.

In an interview in the capital Brasilia, Hilton told AFP that the focus is on Brazil getting an unprecedented slot in the top 10 rankings for Olympic medals.

Rio's preparations for the Summer Games, the first to be held in South America, are going flawlessly thanks to the experience the country gained in hosting last year's football World Cup, he said.

"We're moving forward with a very high level of satisfaction that we will be able to deliver all the works according to schedule," said Hilton.

Starting this August, dozens of international competitions in sailing, riding and other Olympic disciplines will be held in Rio to check the city's preparations under realistic conditions.

Hilton was confident that Brazil would pass the test, dismissing fears that corruption scandals enveloping major companies involved with Olympics could damage the government's heavy reliance on private investment to pay for preparations.

Oil giant Petrobras, a sponsor of some of the athletes, is at the heart of a sprawling bribery and kickbacks probe. Odebrecht, a major construction company in the Olympics project, has also been snared in the same investigation.

"It's clear that the names of certain companies have come up in certain accusations, but the (Olympic) consortium has different companies and they have the financial security for the works not to be affected," Hilton, 44, said.

- Brazil wants medals -

Hilton, a former Evangelical preacher who on being named sports minister in January admitted that he knew "nothing about sports," said the question Brazilians really care about now is how many medals their athletes can win.

He wants to make the top 10 in the medal table.

This is an ambitious goal, given Brazil came 22nd in the 2012 London Olympics table. In the Paralympics, Brazil's looking for a top seven finish, he said.

"My only concern is winning medals," Hilton said. 

After hosting the World Cup but losing in humiliating fashion 7:1 to Germany in the semi-finals, Brazil is desperate to recover its sporting pride.

"The World Cup was a success from an organizational point of view," Hilton said. 

"There were worries of security problems, that the country would not be ready, but in the end we managed everything, except on the field where we lost with this lamentable result."

Hilton said Brazil's traditional Olympic strengths in judo and athletics would lead the way, but he was especially hoping for a first gold in women's and men's football.

"We have won the World Cup five times but never the Olympics," he said.

Basketball, volleyball, canoeing and swimming "without doubt" are other potential medal sports, he said.

However, there have been warning signs for the country with a less than stellar performance by athletes at the Pan Am Games just held in Toronto.

- Don't be gloomy -

Brazil is in political turmoil, with the government's popularity ratings at under eight percent, the opposition threatening to impeach President Dilma Rousseff and the economy about to go into recession.

But Hilton said the pre-Olympic mood was buoyant.

Calling reports of crisis a "media exaggeration," he criticized "a wave of pessimism that doesn't correspond to reality."

Although the government budget is in austerity mode and tax receipts are falling, Olympics financing is safe, thanks to 60 percent of investments being covered by private companies, he said.

"This is the reason we have not got the criticisms that we got during the Confederations Cup and World Cup," he said.

As for security worries, the police expect to "repeat the great success of the peaceful World Cup without major problems, without terrorism."

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China manufacturing index hits two-year low: survey

Beijing (AFP) - A key gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity plunged to a two-year low in July, an independent survey showed Monday, the latest data suggesting the world's second-largest economy faces challenges in the third quarter.

The final reading of Caixin's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) came in at 47.8 for the month, the Chinese media group said in a joint statement with Markit, a financial information services provider that compiled the survey.

The figure was below the 49.4 registered in June and was the weakest reading since 47.7 in July 2013, according to previous data.

The index, which tracks activity in factories and workshops, is seen as a key barometer of the country's economic health.

A figure above 50 signals growth, while anything below indicates contraction.

"July data signalled that the downturn in China's manufacturing sector intensified at the start of the third quarter," Caixin and Markit said in the release.

"Renewed falls in both total new work and new export orders led manufacturers to cut production at the fastest rate since November 2011." 

The result came after China announced on Saturday that its official PMI slowed further in July, decelerating to 50.0 from 50.2 in June according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Caixin took over sponsorship of the PMI survey from British banking giant HSBC from July.

China's economy, a key driver of global growth, expanded 7.4 percent last year, the weakest since 1990, and has slowed further this year, growing 7.0 percent in each of the first two quarters. 

Authorities accept the need to steer China's growth lower to make it more sustainable but have taken stimulatory measures to put a floor under the slowdown. 

The central People's Bank of China in June announced its latest cut in benchmark interest rates, the fourth such move since November, in an effort to boost lending as fuel for the economy.

It has also lowered cash reserve requirements for banks as well as other steps such as easing mortgage policies to boost the property market, a key reserve of wealth for many Chinese.

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Insanely Expensive Versions of Normal Things

Summertime is a great time for munching hot dogs, but if they just aren't classy enough for your tastes, you can always try heading to Washington where you can get your hands on a $169 dog that features wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffle and caviar. 

Food that fancy shouldn't exit your body into a normal toilet, so you'd better have this $6,500 toilet equipped with an air deodorizer, heated seat, and even a nightlight. 

These are only a few of the many absurdly expensive versions of normal products featured in this great  TopTenz article.

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Abercrombie stopped offending its most important customers — and that could spell trouble for the brand

Being nice isn't always a good thing.

As teen customers continue to flee the brand, Abercrombie has taken several steps to change its image and tone down its sexy advertisements. 

The company has been criticized in the past for its promiscuous ads and excluding customers who weren't toned and preppy. 

Former CEO Mike Jeffries famously said he only wanted the "cool kids" to shop at Abercrombie. Since then, the company has made strides by advocating anti-bullying campaigns and offering larger sizes. 

But as a result, Abercrombie's all-important teen customers might be bored by the brand. 


But the company's attempts to become nicer may be more detrimental than beneficial, according to one brand expert. 

"Abercrombie has removed their brand differentiation from what it used to be, and by trying to be nice — or maybe, more kosher — [concerned with the] sensitivity of the Americans," Erich Joachimsthaler, CEO and founder of Vivaldi Partners, said to Business Insider. "I think that has made Abercrombie bland."

Not everyone liked Abercrombie, but one thing was certain about the brand: it had a target customer.

"Abercrombie & Fitch had built on [a] particular customer, a particular consumer...they didn't like anybody...[former CEO Mike Jeffries] said he [didn't] want to market to everyone. So I think that's very important — if you don't stand for something, you fall for anything," he explained. "And what you see right now...Abercrombie, what they've done, is they're in eternal drift mode."

Abercrombie's lack of a brand identity is evident on its website, too — with dresses that resemble those from fast fashion beacon, components of athleisure, and its namesake shirts with the company  name emblazoned across the chest.

This could alleged lack of brand identity could confuse customers, according to Joachimsthaler. 

Abercrombie's notorious "look" policy forced upon employees has landed them a class-action law suit and a lost Supreme Court case.

Earlier this year, Abercrombie softened its "look" policy.

So while the brand may no longer be offending people as frequently as it used to, it's not doing anything at all — which might be worse, as Joachimsthaler hugely advocates brand differentiation.

"If you think about it, everything that made them different, they have removed," he said. "But they haven't replaced it with anything."

SEE ALSO: 11 major changes Abercrombie made in 2014

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11 examples of China making large-scale knock-offs of world-famous buildings

China's construction boom has been one of the biggest drivers of economic growth in the past few years.

And although most of that has been original infrastructure, China also focused its attention on building replicas of world-famous tourist destinations.

Many of the original "world wonders" are considered cultural status symbols that reflected an empire's soft power. Consequently, some analysts believe that it's about more than just pretty tourist spots for China.

"The ancient parallels for these copycat projects suggest that they are not mere follies, but monumental assertions of China’s global primacy," Oxford University scholar and archaeologist Jack Carlson wrote a few years back.

A nearly full-scale copy of the Great Sphinx of Giza, which was built by the ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom circa 2500 BC, is now standing at an unfinished theme park in Chuzhou, Anhui province in China.

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In the Beijing World Park, there are replicas of the Washington DC's White House and Lincoln Memorial, as well as New York's Statue of Liberty.

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Other fun things you can find in the Beijing World Park include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In total, there are over 100 world famous attractions in the park.

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Hillary Clinton expects to face a Republican super PAC 'avalanche' — and she just launched a preemptive strike

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will launch her first 2016 presidential campaign ads on Tuesday. Both commercials, which will air in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, focus on illuminating details from Clinton's biography. 

"Both 60-second ads – 'Dorothy' and 'Family Strong'– combine to tell the story of Hillary Clinton as a tenacious fighter for families. In keeping with a theme from Clinton's launch speech in June, the ads ground Clinton's commitment to public service in the story of how her mother overcome her abandonment as a child due, in part, to the kindness of others," the campaign's statement announcing the ads said. 

In a conversation with Business Insider on Sunday evening, a Clinton campaign aide said the ads are designed to counter a coming "avalanche" of negative attacks from Republican super PACs. According to the aide, Clinton's campaign expects these GOP PAC commercials will begin airing in the fall after Labor Day and they estimate at least $34 million worth of airtime has been purchased for these attack ads in the first four primary states.

"Hillary Clinton is going to be the subject of the most intense and well-funded attack machine in the history of presidential politics. We are not going to let the Republicans succeed in their attempts to define her before she has the chance to take her own, positive message to the voters in Iowa and New Hampshire," the aide said.

In her first ad, "Dorothy," Clinton describes her mother's story as the main reason she has pursued a political career. 

"When I think about why I’m doing this I think about my mother Dorothy. She was abandoned by her parents at the age of eight, sent from Chicago to LA to live with grandparents who didn’t want her. But people showed her kindness, gave her a chance. Like the teacher who saw my mother had no money for food and started bringing her extra from home," Clinton says in the commercial, adding, "When she needed a champion someone was there. I think about all the Dorothy’s all over America who fight for their families, who never give up. That’s why I’m doing this. That’s why I’ve always done this."

The second ad, "Family Strong," alludes to Clinton's mother, but it primarily focuses on Clinton's own story and casts her as an advocate for children and families. Specifically, the ad highlights her work for the Children's Defense Fund after she finished law school and lists other causes she backed after entering the political realm.

"In Arkansas, she fought for school reform to change lives forever. Then as first lady she helped get health care for eight million kids," a narrator says in the commercial, adding, "The senator who made sure the heroes and families of 9/11 got the care they needed. The Secretary of State who joined the cabinet of the man who defeated her, because when your President calls you serve. And now a new title: grandma." 

The Clinton campaign said, so far, it spent $1 million in each of the two states to air the ads for five weeks. View both of the ads below.



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Comcast's X1 box automatically records extra-long events

There are few things worse for DVR-toting sports fans than to realize that a game is going into extra time that they can't record -- just ask Red Sox and Yankees fans, who may have missed 10 innings this April. Thankfully, Comcast might save you from similar TV tragedies in the future. It's planning an upgrade to its X1 set-top box that can automatically extend recording in half-hour increments when a live event runs past its scheduled end. The extension feature is currently only useful for major sports leagues (MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA basketball and football, NFL, NHL and soccer), but it should be reaching other live events in the future.

There's more waiting in the wings, too. One test (shown above) gives you the option of skipping to the highlights of a sports event you've recorded. You might not have to worry about missing scoring moments just because you're short on time, in other words. Another trial, Welcome Back, catches you up on both your DVR recordings and what's hot. There's no mention of when these features might move past the testing phase, but they're useful enough that we could see them rolling out quickly.

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Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world's biggest carmaker

MUNICH/TOKYO (Reuters) - Volkswagen overtook Toyota as the world's largest carmaker by sales in the first half year, achieving its long-held ambition three years ahead of target.

But staying on top will be a challenge for the German maker of the Golf and Polo, as deliveries are falling in China, destination of a third of its global sales, making it overly reliant on relatively stagnant western European demand.

"The hunt for scale only makes sense if it boosts synergies, something VW hasn't really been able to achieve," said Stefan Bratzel, head of the Center of Automotive Management think-tank. "Dependence on China is VW's weak spot and managing such a large group inevitably poses problems."

VW has been pushing for greater scale under Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn's eight-year reign, propelled by adding brands and factories and roaring sales in China.

The German group on July 17 reported 5.04 million deliveries in the first half year. By comparison, Toyota said on Tuesday it sold 5.02 million cars between January and June, a 1.5 percent decline on year-ago levels.

Toyota, due to announce first-quarter earnings next Tuesday, said sales were dragged down by a slowdown in emerging markets and increased taxes on mini vehicles in Japan.

VW's rapid expansion has masked underperformance in the United States and Brazil, where it has been slow to upgrade models and adjust its offerings to market trends, analysts say.

Although boosting market share and brand awareness, VW's race for volume has triggered a costly proliferation of models and equipment, especially in its core passenger-car brand where profit margins have languished amid growing inefficiencies.

With over 310 models and nearly 120 factories worldwide, VW's size may be turning into a disadvantage, forming the backdrop to a leadership crisis in April when ex-chairman Ferdinand Piech was ousted after publicly criticizing CEO Winterkorn.

VW's top management has since been trying to regain the initiative, though other top players, notably its unions and stakeholder Lower Saxony, are seeking to influence the course of its move to a leaner structure as VW is pushing 5 billion euros of cost savings in its core division.

Wolfsburg-based VW last year started shifting its focus to boosting earnings quality to help fund growing technology needs and plant upgrades.

VW has a goal of "moderately" raising deliveries from last year's record 10.14 million cars. The group will publish first-half results on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer and Minami Funakoshi; Editing by Georgina Prodhan and David Holmes)

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No growth for China's manufacturers in July

Growth across China’s vast manufacturing sector stalled in July with the government’s official PMI gauge slipping to 50.0.

The reading, below the 50.2 level of June, missed expectations for no change overall. It was also the lowest level seen since February, fitting with the deterioration seen in the separate Caixin-Markit flash manufacturing PMI report released in late July.

While manufacturing activity missed to the downside, it was a different story for the nation’s services sector with activity accelerating for a second consecutive month. The government’s separate non-manufacturing PMI gauge rose to 53.9 from 53.8 in June.

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Kourtney Kardashian Posts Sexy Swimsuit Photo on Boat
Kourtney Karashian shows off her amazing post-baby body in a low-cut one-piece swimsuit in this new Instagram photo. The 36-year-old reality star spent the day soaking up some sun with friends on a boat. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kourtney Kardashian “Boating,” she captioned the pic. The day before that, Kourtney also shared [...]
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