Blues move to brink of Cup final with blanking of Sharks

Blues move to brink of Cup final with blanking of Sharks

Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a penalty shot and Jaden Schwartz added the first of his three goals during a dominant second period that carried St. Louis to the brink of its first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in nearly a half-century, sending the Blues to a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

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Deutsche Bank employees say leaders dismissed concerns about suspicious Trump transactions

Deutsche Bank employees say leaders dismissed concerns about suspicious Trump transactions

Current and former employees say the bank chose to ignore warnings by anti-money laundering specialists. In 2016 and 2017, computer systems that screen for potential money laundering at Deutsche Bank flagged transactions conducted by legal entities owned by President Donald Trump and White House adviser Jared Kushner as suspicious. Anti-money laundering specialists at the bank took note, and recommended that the transactions be reported to a financial crimes watchdog at the US Treasury Department. But…

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Trump and top Republicans distance themselves from Alabama’s controversial abortion law

Trump and top Republicans distance themselves from Alabama’s controversial abortion law

The president tweeted he believes in abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or when a pregnant person’s life is in danger. Days after Alabama’s government passed a near-total ban on abortion, President Donald Trump and other prominent Republican lawmakers are staking out their more lenient positions on the issue. Saturday night Trump sent out a series of tweets explaining his stance on reproductive rights while warning that Republicans will suffer if the party cannot…

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Google reportedly pulls Huawei’s Android license

Google reportedly pulls Huawei’s Android license

Following the US crackdown on Chinese technology companies, Reuters reports that Google has cut off Huawei’s Android license, which would represent a huge blow to the besieged phonemaker. Reuters is reporting the news from a single anonymous source; The Verge requested comment from Google and Huawei about the suspension, but did not hear back from either company by the time of publication. If the Reuters report is accurate, Huawei could be restricted to using the…

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The Star Wars prequels are dumb and bad — and also insightful about American politics

The Star Wars prequels are dumb and bad — and also insightful about American politics

Looked at 20 years later, The Phantom Menace reads as a story about rampant inequality spurring the rise of fascism. Hmmmmm… The Star Wars prequels are bad. They’re stilted and strange, with bland stories that get stuck in first gear, performances that can’t escape director George Lucas’s apparent desire to create an emotionless universe, and gratuitous visual effects that at times seem to be the movies’ main reason to exist. Also, Jar Jar Binks, a…

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Tati Westbrook and James Charles’ new videos are a lesson on how to placate YouTube’s wildest fans

Tati Westbrook and James Charles’ new videos are a lesson on how to placate YouTube’s wildest fans

Beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook posted a video that lost fellow YouTuber James Charles three million subscribers, and then asked fans to stop unfollowing him. They listened — and showcased a cycle that defines fan culture on YouTube. After Westbrook’s plea, fans started re-following Charles in droves, with more than 45,000 people hitting subscribe just one day after her second video went up. That video has more than quadrupled since Charles published his own lengthy video…

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20 years ago, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace changed movies forever

20 years ago, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace changed movies forever

On May 19th, 1999, George Lucas changed movies forever. The long-anticipated Star Wars prequel Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit theaters, returning to a world that fans had thought they’d never see again. For some, excitement turned to confusion, puzzlement, and outright anger by the time the credits rolled, and Lucas’s grand cinematic experiment was off to a rocky start. Looking back at the film two decades later, The Phantom Menace proved to be a…

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A million fans sign Game of Thrones petition, but it won’t stop them from being killed off tonight

A million fans sign Game of Thrones petition, but it won’t stop them from being killed off tonight

As fans prepare for the longest night — a world without Game of Thrones — many are still hanging on for dear life. A petition to remake the controversial final season has crossed a million signatures on Change.org, and is currently featured on the site’s front page above real causes, like asking CVS to donate food instead of throwing it in the trash. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent…

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