Kushner hopes his denials put ‘these matters to rest’ 

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, spoke behind closed doors Monday with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. In his 11-page statement and brief comments outside the White House, Kushner flatly denied any collusion with Russians to sway the election for Trump. He said his four contacts with Russians during the campaign and transition were perfectly “proper.” What about the meeting he attended last summer with a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr.? Kushner said he never read the email forwarded by Trump Jr. saying the meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. The Russia question is taking a toll on the administration. A new poll shows Americans are evenly split over whether the president should be impeached. And Russia news will keep coming this week, with Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort slated to speak to congressional panels.

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The President’s Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner says he ‘did not collude with Russia’ or does he know of anyone else who did. This comes after Kushner met with Senate investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (July 24)
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Dozens of people were found in a sweltering tractor-trailer. Now, the driver could face the death penalty

The death toll in the Texas human smuggling tragedy rose to 10 on Monday. The driver of the big rig, found in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart, now faces federal charges that could get him the death penalty. One passenger told authorities about 100 people stuffed in the trailer took turns breathing through a hole in the wall of the truck, which had no functioning air conditioning as the temperature hit 100. The wrenching incident comes as border arrests are down.

You actually thought Phelps was getting in a pool with a great white?

From the moment Discovery revealed that Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps would race a shark, he told us it wouldn’t be the real deal. Phelps wasn’t going to race an actual shark, just a computer simulated version. Despite all the warnings, many expected Phelps to race alongside an actual great white, so the social media reaction to the simulation was harsh. Many viewers claimed they were duped. Hey, it’s not Discovery’s fault they fell for those ads — hook, line and sinker. 

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Michael Phelps races fake shark, loses to fake shark and Twitter gets upset.
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Would you let your job give you a microchip implant?

A Wisconsin-based tech company is offering its employees a surprising (and, highly disconcerting) work perk: microchip implants. A chip the size of a grain of rice would be implanted between a worker’s thumb and forefinger. The company, Three Square Market, pictures employees using it to buy food, open doors or access office equipment like computers or copiers. Wearing work badges doesn’t seem so bad now.

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Three Square Market is implanting workers with microchips so they can buy items from vending machines, open doors and log onto computers.
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Time to let 11-month-old Charlie Gard ‘be with the angels’

Charlie Gard has a rare, incurable genetic disorder, and the 11-month-old’s disease has left him with brain damage and unable to move. His parents’ grueling legal battle over his treatment ended Monday. Their lawyer told a British court that medically, “time had run out” for an experimental treatment, so they were dropping the legal case. His parents had been seeking to take Charlie to the U.S. to receive an untested therapy they admitted would not save him. Outside the court, Charlie’s dad said it was time to let Charlie go and “be with the angels.”

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