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Here are the top stories from today’s news.

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Today’s top stories include a new report on the Mueller investigation, the death of a US troops in Afghanistan, and more.

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This is the second story in our top stories series.

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Snowden Leaks Reveal How US Surveillance programs Have Grown

The Edward Snowden leaks have given the public a rare glimpse into the top-secret world of US government surveillance, revealing how some of the most controversial programs have grown in scope and capability over the years.

One such program is Prism, a data collection effort that allows the National Security Agency (NSA) to tap into the servers of major US companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. According to documents leaked by Snowden, Prism was first operational in 2007, with only a handful of companies participating. But by 2012, that number had grown to nine – indicating that Prism had become a major part of the NSA’s surveillance efforts.

Another program that has come under scrutiny in recent months is Boundless Informant, which tracks and stores data on foreign communications. One document leaked by Snowden showed that in March 2013 alone, Boundless Informant collected 97 billion pieces of intelligence from computers in Iran – more than any other country.

These revelations have sparked a heated debate over the proper balance between security and privacy, with many accusing the NSA of going too far in its surveillance efforts. But despite the criticism, it’s clear that these programs have become an integral part of US national security – and they are only likely to grow in importance in the years to come.

Business

According to a recent survey, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe the current state of the economy is good. The highest percentage since 2001. The survey also found that 67 percent of respondents expect the economy to improve in the next 12 months. This is all great news for businesses, as it indicates that consumers are confident and have money to spend.

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Police in Los Angeles are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred early this morning. The victim, a pedestrian, was crossing the street when he was hit by a car. The driver of the car fled the scene, and the victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The hit-and-run is just the latest in a string of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. In the last month, there have been five other hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians, three of which were fatal. Police are urging drivers to be more careful and to yield to pedestrians, especially at crosswalks. They are also encouraging witnesses of any hit-and-run accidents to come forward with any information they might have.

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The leadership of the National Rifle Association is in turmoil after the group’s longtime president was ousted amid allegations of financial impropriety, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The NRA’s board of directors voted on Monday to remove Wayne LaPierre as president and CEO, effective immediately, according to a letter sent to NRA members and reviewed by CNN. The letter does not mention any specific allegations against LaPierre.

LaPierre has been with the NRA for more than 30 years and has been its public face for much of that time. He is one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in the America gun debate.

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Reports have surfaced that the Trump administration is planning to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, making the U.S. the only country in the world to not be a part of the pact. The decision would further isolate the U.S. on the global stage and would be seen as a major setback in efforts to combat climate change.

Technology

The biggest story in technology today is the launch of the iPhone 12. The new phone comes with a lot of new features, including a new design, new camera, and 5G support. Apple is also launching a new homepod mini. This is a smaller version of the homepod that was launched a few years ago.

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Police in Long Beach, California, fatally shot a man on Tuesday after he drove a stolen car toward an officer and then got out of the vehicle with what appeared to be a handgun, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. local time after officers tried to stop the man for an undisclosed traffic violation, Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said at a news conference.

The man refused to stop and led police on a chase before stopping in an alleyway, Luna said. He got out of the car and “produced what appeared to be a handgun,” prompting one of the officers to open fire, he said.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) has started production of its Model 3 electric sedan, the company said on Sunday, a long-awaited milestone that was delayed several times as it tried to work out manufacturing issues.

The first production Model 3 rolled off the line on July 7 at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, the company said. The first 30 cars will be delivered to customers on Aug. 31.

Tesla has been working for years to develop an affordable, mass-market electric car. The Model 3 is central to that plan. With a starting price of $35,000, it is about half the cost of Tesla’s previous models.

The company has been plagued by production delays for its other models, including the Model X SUV, which went on sale last year about two years behind schedule.

Musk has said Tesla would need to produce 5,000 Model 3s a week by the end of this year to meet customer demand. The company had only made 260 by the end of June.

Analysts have said it could take months for Tesla to reach that target given the difficulties it has had getting production up and running for its other models

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3 major stories in technology today include the launch of Google’s new Pixel phone, Facebook’s new video Calling feature, and Microsoft’s plans to release a new line of Surface tablets.

Entertainment

Lady Gaga is set to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show next year and people are already talking about it. This will be her first time performing at the Super Bowl. She is known for her outrageous fashion and her lively performances.

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According to Variety, Dick Wolf’s long-running NBC procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has been renewed for Season 22. The show, currently in its 21st season, is the longest-running primetime live-action series in television history. It has been a mainstay of NBC’s lineup since 1999 and has been a ratings success for the network, averaging a 1.5 rating in live + same day viewing for Season 21. The show’s renewal was widely expected, as it is one of NBC’s most successful scripted shows and has been a key part of the network’s lineup for over two decades.

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In news from The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has set a release date for its untitled Superman reboot. The film, which will be directed by Matt Reeves (“War for the Planet of the Apes”), is set to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. This will mark the first time that Superman will be played by someone other than Henry Cavill since 2013’s “Man of Steel.” It is not yet known who will take on the role of Superman in the new film, but it is rumored that Warner Bros. is interested in casting a black or Latino actor in the role.

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Today’s top news stories include Michael Cohen’s release from prison, tensions between the U.S. and China, and the death of Chadwick Boseman.

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3 Things to Know in the Housing Market Today!
A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet.The following three areas of the housing market are critical to understand: interest rates, building materials, […]

Sports

Chipper Jones, a baseball legend, has announced his retirement. He played his last game on September 28, 2012. This ends his 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves.

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You’ve probably heard of big sporting events like the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the Stanley Cup. But there are other, less well-known championship games taking place all the time. Here are some recent winners in a few different sports.

The National Collegiate Paintball Association (NCPA) recently crowned its champions for the 2018-2019 season. The University of Central Florida won first place in Division 1, while Liberty University took home the Division 2 title.

The National Dodgeball League (NDL) wrapped up its seventh season last month, with the New York Dodgeball Club winning the championship game. The NDL is North America’s only professional dodgeball league, with teams from cities across the United States and Canada.

Finally, congratulations to the Toronto Roller Derby League’s All-Star team, who won first place at the 2019 International WFTDA Championships in Montreal. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the governing body for women’s roller derby around the world.

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The Baltimore Ravens have officially released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the team announced on Saturday.

The 29-year-old signed a two-year, $11 million contract with Baltimore in 2017 and was set to make $5 million in base salary this season. He appeared in 12 games (seven starts) last season and caught 40 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns.

Maclin is the latest veteran to be cut by the Ravens as they continue to rebuild their roster under new general manager Eric DeCosta. Earlier this offseason, Baltimore released running back Kenneth Dixon, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and safety Eric Weddle.

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The U.S. Men’s National Team came away with a much-needed 1-0 victory over Costa Rica last night, thanks to a late goal by captain Michael Bradley. The win keeps the USMNT alive in the CONCACAF Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, and Bradley’s goal was a relief for a team that has struggled to find the back of the net in recent months.

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