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Epstein Commits Suicide.
Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein killed himself inside his Manhattan prison cell on Saturday as he awaited an upcoming trial on sex trafficking charges. The death came one day after a number of court documents filled with lurid details of Epstein's operation were released. Epstein, who struck a widely-criticized plea deal in 2008 and served 13 months in jail for underage solicitation, was accused of shuttling young girls between his New York City and Palm Beach residences. The 66-year-old billionaire reportedly established a network of dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, luring them by offering jobs as personal masseuses. The case has drawn intrigue due to the number of wealthy and powerful people who were in Epstein's orbit to varying degrees, from former President Bill Clinton to President Trump, Britain's Prince Andrew, and more. The FBI has launched a probe into the death - Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch just days before his death. 

Internet conspiracy theories are (predictably) flourishing. 
US gymnast Simone Biles made history yet again, becoming the first woman to complete a clean triple-double during a floor exercise in competition. The move - a double backflip with three twists (watch here) - came as Biles captured her 6th all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships. The Olympic gold medalist, widely considered the best gymnast in the world at the moment, actually preceded the groundbreaking floor routine with another history-making moment, pulling off the first double-double dismount from the balance beam. Biles won every event in the Championships except the uneven bars (what she's called her least favorite event) where she finished third - 16-year-old Sunisa Lee, who finished second overall, won the bars. Biles has now won 20 consecutive all-around titles in which she's competed dating back to 2013. Next up, Biles will lead the US women's team into the World Championships this October in Stuttgart, Germany.

Read more on what makes Biles a unique talent
Yemen's Winding War.
Yemen's bloody civil war took a complicated turn over the weekend as separatist fighters captured the strategic southern port city of Aden over the weekend. The 5-year conflict has primarily been fought between the Saudi Arabia-backed pro-government coalition and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. The separatists, aligned with the United Arab Emirates, have fought aside the government coalition but the partnership had long appeared tenuous - the Southern Transitional Council has advocated for an independent nation in the country's south. The proxy battle (read more) between the region's major powers has inflicted a devastating famine and widespread disease on the civilian population. At least 15,000 civilians have been killed and up to 8 million are at risk of starvation - one report estimated 85,000 children under the age of 5 had died from acute malnutrition. The city's capture leaves the government without control over the country's two biggest cities, with the former capital of Sana'a being held by rebel forces. 
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