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Need To Know.
Houston Killer Caught.
A possible serial killer was stopped after an alert tipster notified police in Houston, leading to a 14-minute chase through a residential neighborhood. The tipster was a local news reporter whose crew was onsite covering the manhunt when he noticed the suspects gray Nissan Sentra. Police took Jose Gilberto Rodriguez into custody alive, suspecting him of three killings over the past week. Rodriguez had gone undetected after cutting off his ankle bracelet - he was being monitored following his 2017 release from prison after serving time for attempted aggravated sexual assault. Because the three killings appeared to be randomly chosen, officials had concluded that a serial killer was on the loose. 

His landlord said Rodriguez was the perfect tenant

Google Hit With Record $5B Fine.
Google faces a record-breaking $5B fine by regulators in the European Union over antitrust violations surrounding the company's Android operating system. A formal decision is expected this afternoon and would mark the EU's largest-ever antitrust fine. Android is open source software, meaning anyone can use its code to build apps, but in recent years Google has significantly increased the amount of its own software on Android-based mobile phones. Regulators say the net result is that developers must make software compatible with apps like Google Store, which the company controls. Despite being a record fine, the company - which pulled in $111B in revenue last year - generates the same amount in roughly half-a-month of operation. The decision follows a $2.7B fine against Google in 2017 for demoting competitors in its search results. While Android has just under 50% market share in the US (Apple's iOS has the other half), the platform is used on between 75-80% of global smartphones worldwide. Google is expected to appeal the ruling. 

Goldman Sachs Names New CEO.
Lloyd Blankfein, long-time head of Goldman Sachs, announced he will step down from his position as CEO of Wall Street's most prestigious firm effective October 1st. Blankfein, who was raised in a Brooklyn housing project, navigated Goldman through a number of peaks and valleys during his 12-year run - the longest tenure of any chief executive at the firm in over five decades. He assumed leadership during the Great Recession, and the firm repaid a $10B loan from the federal government while managing a public relations crisis over its role in creating mortgage-backed securities, one of a number of complex financial instruments that accelerated (see background) the 2008 financial meltdown. The company also released a strong earnings report yesterday, reporting a 40% increase in profit in the second quarter to $2.57B. Blankfein will be replaced by David Solomon, the company's current president. 

Blankfein will reportedly be spending his now ample free time trolling Twitter

 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> American League defeats National League 8-6 in MLB All-Star game; teams combine for record 10 home runs (More) | Houston Astros' Alex Bregman wins game MVP (More)
New Batwoman series will feature first-ever LGBT lead of a live-action superhero show (More)
Dallas Wings star Liz Cambage breaks WNBA single-game scoring record with 53 points (More)  

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Science & Technology.

After four-year-long lawsuit, court rules 3D printed gun company can distribute computer design files and 3D print guns under current law (More)
BMW launches Ride, a pilot ride-hailing service in Seattle (More)
12 new moons discovered around Jupiter, bringing total to 79 (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Federal Reserve Chief Jerome Powell tells Congress strong economic outlook should allow for gradual interest rate increases, US markets up on the news (More)
Texas Instruments CEO resigns after just 6 weeks in role after code of conduct violation (More)
Didi Chuxing - the Uber of China - raises $500M from Booking Holdings (Priceline, Kayak, OpenTable) (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Four former wrestlers sue Ohio State University for failing to stop sexual misconduct by former team doctor Richard Strauss between 1978-1998; Strauss committed suicide after retiring in '05 (More)
Four states - NY, CT, MD, NJ - sue federal government over tax provisions that places caps on deducting state and local taxes from federal income tax (More) | Why people are up in arms about SALT (More)
> Special Counsel Mueller asks judge to grant immunity to five witnesses in case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (More)
Etcetera.
Singapore Airlines tops World's Best Airline list for 2018

Tokyo's Mori Digital Art Museum just opened the world's most Instagrammable art exhibit.

SuperShe Island, the world's first all-female resort, is now open for business

A Holy Grail of baseball cards, mint condition Mickey Mantle from 1952, was delivered to a Colorado museum via armored truck for a 72-hour display

The timing of your dinner could affect your risk of getting cancer.

Pugshot: This dog's stint in New Jersey jail goes viral

Rubber shoe company Crocs now offers high-heels - and they're flying off the shelf

This tiny Oregon shop is building the straw of tomorrow.

Clickbait: Local political candidate arrested after posting revenge porn of his wife on campaign website. 

Historybook: RIP Jane Austen (1817); HBD Nelson Mandela (1918); HBD John Glenn (1921); Mein Kampf is published by Hitler (1925); Nadia Comaneci gets 1st perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics history (1976).

 
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