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Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe

Pageant director: Mexico won't send contestant to Miss Universe
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's national beauty pageant director confirms the country won't send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an owner of the pageant.

Lupita Jones says via her official Twitter account that she was offended and angry "like everyone else" with Trump over his comments referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

Patterson announces first round of grants to schools

James Patterson announces first round of grants to school libraries, part of $1.75M program
Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - James Patterson is announcing the first round of school libraries to receive grants from an initiative he and Scholastic Reading Club launched in March, and he continues to raise the amount of money he will donate.

'Changed' Justin Bieber attends Sydney church conference

Justin Bieber declares his life has changed while praising God at Sydney church conference
The Associated Press

SYDNEY - Justin Bieber credited a Pentecostal pastor with changing his life as he mingled Tuesday with thousands of Christians at a five-day church conference in Sydney.

The 21-year-old Canadian pop star praised Hillsong Church's New York City pastor Carl Lentz, who has recruited several American celebrities and sports stars to the Sydney-headquartered church.

IOC wants Tokyo organizers to finalize plans for new stadium

IOC wants 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers to finalize plans for new stadium
The Associated Press

TOKYO - Tokyo organizers of the 2020 Olympics have been asked to finalize plans for the main stadium by the International Olympic Committee after it was confirmed that building costs have almost doubled.

IOC President Thomas Bach told the head of the organizing committee to finalize the plan before an IOC meeting in late July, Toshiaki Endo, the newly appointed minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said at a press conference on Tuesday.

NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired; Televisa drops pageant

NBC says it will sever ties with Trump after comments on Mexicans; Televisa follows suit
David Bauder, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

The network said it would no longer air the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Miss USA has aired on NBC since 2003, and this year's edition was set for July 12.

Game-changer: Vegas moves toward arcade-style video gambling

Game-changer: With slots losing their appeal, Vegas moves toward video games that pay out
Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Bragging rights are usually the only reward at the end of a well-played video game. But what if high scores came with cash, too?

Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution, drawing up plans to introduce arcade-style video games that would pay winnings based on a gambler's skill at, say, blasting aliens out of the sky or driving a virtual race car around a track.

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going to auction, passed down in 1 family for 155 years
Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album.

Now the pre-Civil War card that's been in the same family for over 150 years is going on the auction block where it could bring as much as $50,000.

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going to auction, passed down in 1 family for 155 years
Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album.

Now the pre-Civil War card that's been in the same family for over 150 years is going on the auction block where it could bring as much as $50,000.

Early, weighty choices in 'Frontline' doc 'Growing Up Trans'

Early, weighty decisions for a young generation in 'Frontline' documentary 'Growing Up Trans'
Frazier Moore, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings.

Mexico's Televisa drops Miss Universe after Trump remarks

Mexico media giant Televisa pulls the plug on Miss Universe broadcasts over Trump's remarks
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Mexican media giant Televisa says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage any other communication project with Donald Trump.

Televisa says its decision comes in the wake of "disrespectful" remarks by Trump that the company says offended the entire Mexican population.

During his presidential kickoff speech, Trump said Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists and some, I assume, are good people." He advocated building a wall along the United States' southern border.

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