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Retailers Pull Back Gun Offerings.
Both Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods announced modifications to their offerings of assault-style weapons and accessories in response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL, that killed 17. The CEO of Dick's - the nation's largest sporting goods company - announced in an open letter that the company would ban all assault-style weapons from its stores. Such weapons had been banned from its main chain, Dick's Sporting Goods, after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, but was still selling them at its 35 Field & Stream locations. Walmart joined Dick's in announcing that it would raise the age limit for gun and ammo purchases from 18 to 21 - current federal law is 18 for rifles and shotguns. Walmart stopped selling assault-style weapons and accessories in 2015. Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz did buy a gun at Dick's, but it wasn't the weapon used in the attack. 

There are approximately 56,000 gun retailers in the US, most of them small businesses. 

1 in 14 Women Smoke While Pregnant.
Nearly 7.2% of women reported smoking cigarettes at some point during their pregnancy, according to a report released yesterday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data shined an unwelcome light on West Virginia, where over 25% of expectant mothers reported smoking (see data by state) - by ethnicity, Native American women reported the highest rate (16.7%). Smoking while pregnant can cause brain defects and miscarriage as it interferes with the placenta, which produces food and oxygen for the baby - and states with higher infant mortality roughly correlate with higher rates of smoking while pregnant. 

US Olympic Committee Chief Resigns.
Scott Blackmun, head of the US Olympic Committee, resigned yesterday, citing ongoing health issues stemming from his battle with prostate cancer. Blackmun, who received praise for guiding Los Angeles' successful bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics, had been heavily criticized for the inaction of US Olympics in shocking sex abuse scandal that rocked USA Gymnastics, in which team doctor Larry Nassar molested over 260 young gymnasts over multiple decades. The decision also comes just days after the US wrapped its worst Olympic performance in nearly two decades. Separately, gymnasts Jordyn Wieber, Jamie Dantzscher, and Jeanette Antolin testified on Capitol Hill as legislators attempt to establish a timeline of the abuse. 

In related news, Russia's Olympic membership was restored despite having two more athletes test positive for doping. 

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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

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Science & Technology.

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Business & Markets.

US Consumer Confidence Index reaches highest level since November 2000 (More)
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Sources: SEC launches probe into cryptocurrency market (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

White House communications director Hope Hicks to resign, reportedly testified to House Intelligence Committee she occasionally told "white lies" in her role (More)
Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) unveil plans to pull US from Yemen war (More)
Trump administration may announce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as early as today (More)
In Depth.

I Don't Know How You Got This Way. 

Washington Post | Terrence McCoy. Across the country, families are grappling with how to react as their children come out - as Neo-Nazis. Some hope it's a phase, others get effectively disowned, while others uncomfortably accommodate the beliefs that their children - often unemployed with ample time - pull off the darker corners of the Internet

Inside the World of NBA Barbers. 

The Ringer | Haley O’Shaughnessy. Finding the right barber can be tricky, but most people don’t pay for their barber’s flight and hotel. In the NBA, this isn’t very uncommon. Discover the importance of the right cut.
The most neurotic places in the US, based on 1.5 billion tweets (see full data set). 

Coach K, John Calipari top list of highest paid men's college basketball coaches

New research spells out how many years obesity will shave off your life

Americans favorite foreign country is Canada, and they really don't like North Korea

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The most underrated city in all 50 states (via Thrillist). 

Saudi Arabian women can now join the army - but still need permission from a male guardian

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