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Need To Know.
Harvard Admissions Accused of Discrimination.
Harvard University has consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality tests, lowering their chances of admission, according to data revealed during a lawsuit alleging discriminatory admission practices against the university. The case, brought by the non-profit Students for Fair Admissions, is one of the first times the elite Ivy League school has been forced to make details around its rigorous selection process public. According to an analysis of over 160,000 applicant records, Asian-Americans routinely scored higher on quantitative measures like test scores and GPA, but were dragged down by lower scores on 'likeability' tests (see case file here). The school does not deny the data, but says it has divergent views on what constitutes a fair admissions process. 

Harvard, one of the most elite schools in the country, admitted just 5.2% of its applicants in 2017.

Koepka Wins US Open.
Brooks Koepka won the 2018 US Open yesterday, holding off a late rally by Englishman Tommy Fleetwood to finish the tournament one over par. Koepka, who also won the tournament in 2017, becomes just the second golfer to win back-to-back US Opens since Ben Hogan in 1951. He was followed on the leaderboard by Fleetwood (finished two over par), Dustin Johnson (+3), and Patrick Reed (+4). The tournament was a little more chaotic than in past years - five-time major winner Phil Mickelson caused a stir by intentionally swatting at his own ball while it was still moving (see video), and USGA officials came under fire for making the course too difficult. Players went as far as to call the course "unfair", and that pin positions made them "look like fools". The US Open is one of four major championships in professional golf - it will be followed by the Open Championship in Scotland on July 19-22. 

Earthquake in Japan.
At least three people were killed and hundreds injured after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Monday morning. The quake, centered just outside of the 2.6-million-person city of Osaka, did not trigger tsunami warnings but left many fearing the possibility of aftershocks. It was the strongest to hit the country since a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in 2016. Japan is particularly prone to earthquakes, being responsible for 20% of the quakes over 6.0 worldwide, and sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire" - a seismic zone that traces the Pacific Ocean where a number of tectonic plates meet. Guatemala's Fuego volcano, which killed at least 110 people when it violently erupted on June 3rd, sits on the southeastern side of the Ring. 

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Business & Markets.

Trump to nominate Office of Management and Budget official Kathy Kraninger to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (More) | CFPB 101 (More)
Elizabeth Holmes - co-founder of embattled blood-testing business Theranos - indicted on fraud charges by Justice Department (More)
Clothing designer & retailer Perry Ellis to be taken private by founder in $437M deal (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z release surprise joint album, Everything is Love (More)
Martin Bregman, longtime Hollywood movie producer, dies at 92 (More)
Mexico upsets World Cup favorite Germany in opening match (More) | See full results and schedule (More)  
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Judge revokes house arrest for former Trump adviser Paul Manafort over alleged witness tampering; will be jailed while awaiting trial on illegal lobbying and fraud case (More)
Gunfire at New Jersey arts festival kills 1 and injures at least 22 (More)
Colombia elects conservative populist, political newcomer Iván Duque as president (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Scientists pinpoint a small region of DNA with no genetic information that can determine whether mice grow ovaries or testes (More)
National Institutes of Health plans to end funding for $100M study on the health effects of drinking over improper industry influence (More)
Gene therapy helps rats regain motor functions after spinal cord injury by repairing dense scar tissue around spinal cord that blocks new nerve growth (More)
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University of Chicago becomes first elite college to make SAT, ACT optional for applicants

Clickbait: Top clarinetist wins lawsuit after ex-girlfriend fakes rejection letter from his top school.

Historybook: US declares war against Britain as War of 1812 begins (1812); HBD Paul McCartney (1942); HBD Blake Shelton (1976); Sally Ride is first American woman in space (1983).
 
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