Here’s what Apple’s iPhone 7 invitation tells us about the new phones

Apple has invited the press for what shapes up to be its biggest event for the year. The expected star of the show: the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, of course.
And while you’ve already seen so many leaks and rumors that your eyes probably hurt (we know our do), there’s nothing like a good old teaser from Apple itself. A company known for carefully staging every detail of its presentation, it’s no coincidence that people read Apple’s every public move as a puzzle to solve.
And this time around, it’s not even a complicated …

Stormy Weather, Bound for Hawaii and Florida


NEWS BRIEF Two U.S. states are preparing for severe weather this week: Two hurricanes are nearing Hawaii, while a tropical storm is headed toward Florida. Both storms are already dropping heavy rains on the states, and both are bracing for high winds with the potential to cause severe damage.

Hurricanes are rare in Hawaii. Since 1949, only two hurricanes have directly hit the islands. In the same period, just 13 hurricanes have come within 200 nautical miles. The waters surrounding the island chain typically aren’t warm enough to support their formation, and the land is also protected by wind shear, which either prevents hurricanes from forming or diverts them to the north or south. This week’s hurricanes, Madeline and Lester, are both on a path toward Hawaii but the state is expected to narrowly avoid a direct hit. Two hurricanes this close together is rare for any part of the world, although it has become slightly more common in the past decade.

Here’s a look at Madeline and Lester:

By Wednesday morning, Madeline’s winds had slowed to 80 miles per hour, making the storm a Category 1 hurricane. Madeline spun about 355 miles southeast of Honolulu. Lester moved further east, with winds of 130 miles per hour, and was expected to pass just north of the islands. Both hurricanes are expected to bring severe rains, and a hurricane warning and flash flood watch are in effect for several of the islands.

In Florida, the governor has declared a state of emergency as a violent tropical storm—which could turn into a hurricane—approaches the Gulf Coast and could make landfall as early as Thursday. The state of emergency covers 42 of Florida’s 67 counties. Heavy rains, in some area as much as 15 inches, hit the state Wednesday as the tropical storm neared. The storm’s winds had not yet reached the required 75 miles per hour for hurricane designation, but forecasters expect they will by the time the storm hits land, if it sustains its power.

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Mel Brooks: Why ‘Blazing Saddles’ Is the ‘Funniest Movie Ever Made’

"It's a good thing you're in New York and I'm in Los Angeles then," Mel Brooks says, before howling with laughter. He's just been informed that, as preparation for getting the 90-year-old filmmaker on the phone, the interviewer he's speaking to has consumed a large amount of black coffee and baked beans — the same combination that fuels the notorious, a

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Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 Plus

Being one of the few manufacturers left that still care to make tablets, Lenovo produced a high-end slab with a 2K-resolution screen and four front-facing JBL stereo speakers that’s perfect for watching video. The tablet is constructed so it could be held, propped up, tilted, or even hanged somewhere while you’re watching. It also features a large 9300mAh battery that’s good for up to 18 hours of general use.

Mike Pence Calls Allegations Donald Trump’s Modeling Agency Broke Immigration Laws a “Sidebar Issue”

Yesterday, Mother Jones reported that three former models employed by Donald Trump’s modeling agency worked in the United States illegally. The bombshell allegations from this investigation, which include the claim that Trump Model Management even encouraged models to lie to customs officials about their visits, flies in the face of the GOP nominee’s tough stance on immigration, which is hard line despite Trump’s recent vacillations. They also appear the same week Trump will go to Mexico to speak to the country’s president and deliver a speech his campaign says will clarify his position on immigration once and for all.

But according to Trump’s vice presidential pick Mike Pence, the issues concerning a Trump business allegedly skirting immigration laws aren’t even worth discussing. When asked about the Mother Jones report on CNN Wednesday morning, Pence immediately deflected, describing the apparent hypocrisy as a “sidebar issue.”

“I am very confident that this business, like the other Trump businesses, has conformed to the laws of this country,” Pence told Alisyn Camerota. “These sidebar issues that come up, his business enterprise can address those and I’m confident they’ll address them forthrightly.”

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First Trailer for Thriller ‘Shut In’ with Naomi Watts & Jacob Tremblay

Shut In Trailer

“Something’s going on and it’s not just in my head, I can prove it!” EuropaCorp has released the first trailer for a new thriller titled Shut In, from director Farren Blackburn. The film stars Naomi Watts as a child psychologist who moves to a big house in the middle of rural New England with her new foster care child, played by Jacob Tremblay (of last year’s film Room), along with her other brain dead son. While at first she seems threatened by him, it turns out they’re both being haunted by a “bad guy trying to kill them”. Oh boy, watch out. This trailer reveals quite a bit of twists, including that it might be a supernatural thriller of sorts. Also starring Charlie Heaton, Oliver Platt, David Cubitt and Crystal Balint. Take a look below. ›››

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Emmys 2016: What Will Win, What Should Win

In the era of Peak TV, the real winners are the audience. Today's television watchers have an unprecedented variety of programming at their fingertips, at an equally unprecedented level of quality. In this environment, the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing on Sunday, September 18th, may mean more than ever — they're a way to separate good TV from great TV, one category

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