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    FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump’s attacks on McConnell come at the worst possible time, if the president’s goal is actually to accomplish the agenda on health care, infrastructure and taxes he’s goading his GOP ally to pass. Behind from left are Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Trump's verbal shots against McConnell complicate his agenda

    The verbal shots from President Donald Trump against Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell have widened divisions at a moment when the GOP should try to work together on shared goals

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    Disney’s newly announced streaming service will feature the sequel to the blockbuster “Frozen,” as well as original programming aimed at younger audiences.

    Disney aims to dominate children’s programming with own streaming service

    As adult television viewers increasingly opt out of traditional cable, streaming services are trying to entice their kids. Disney jumped ahead of the pack with plans to pull its children’s programming from Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service.

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    Facebook Watch is the social network’s first attempt to showcase videos made specifically for Facebook — and change the way we watch video in the process.

    Making sense of Facebook Watch

    Facebook Watch, the social network’s new video site, started rolling out Thursday. Watch is the social network’s first attempt to showcase videos made specifically for Facebook — and change the way we watch video in the process. Or perhaps more accurately, it’s mashing up the many ways we watch and communicate around video into a way that best suits Facebook.

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    Apple Health promised to monitor “your whole health picture” when it launched in 2014. The iPhone app could track your exercise habits, your blood alcohol content and even your chromium intake. But for a full year after launch, it couldn’t track one of the most common human health concerns: menstruation.

    Analysis: How tech’s sexism shows up in the products you use

    We’ve heard lots about Silicon Valley’s toxic culture this summer — its harassing venture capitalists, its man-child CEOs, its abusive nondisparagement agreements. But what happens in Silicon Valley doesn’t stay in Silicon Valley. It comes into our homes and onto our screens, affecting all of us who use technology, not just those who make it.

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    A new lawsuit alleges that Disney allowed software companies to embed trackers in apps intended for young children, such as “Disney Princess Palace Pets.”

    42 Disney apps are spying on your kids, lawsuit claims

    The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.

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    When health-care costs increase, one expert suggests employees can see if they can opt out of employer coverage and find a better deal at HealthCare.gov.

    When a raise leads to higher health-care costs

    Q: After my husband receives his annual review and cost-of-living raise, he will be in a new pay bracket. When this happens, the cost of his health insurance will increase as well — way beyond the raise he would receive — so he will be bringing home significantly less in his paycheck. His coverage and benefits will not change. Getting a raise is actually going to cost us money! How is this legal?

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    Offbeat YouTube channels are on the front lines of a new media revolution, as threatening for today’s pay-TV business models as those systems were to broadcast networks just a few decades ago.

    How YouTube’s ‘Binging With Babish’ is disrupting the content industry

    The Platinum Age of video is here, and viewers appear ready to consume all 15 layers — professionally produced or ad hoc, mass-market or niche, scripted or spontaneous — on any device with a screen. “Binging with Babish” and other offbeat YouTube channels are on the front lines of a new media revolution, as threatening for today’s pay-TV business models as those systems were to broadcast networks just a few decades ago.

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    Facebook has an aggressive strategy to reach into new areas beyond social networking, often by rapidly acting to mimic the most successful features of rival companies’ apps. Nobody has claimed that what Facebook is doing is illegal. But interviews with two dozen top investors and entrepreneurs suggest it is having a profound impact on innovation in Silicon Valley.

    Does Facebook’s willingness to copy rivals’ apps hurt innovation?

    Facebook has an aggressive strategy to reach into new areas beyond social networking, often by rapidly acting to mimic the most successful features of rival companies’ apps. Nobody has claimed that what Facebook is doing is illegal. But interviews with two dozen top investors and entrepreneurs suggest it is having a profound impact on innovation in Silicon Valley.

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    The app “Guess the Emoji” has you do pretty much exactly what you think you would: guess the meaning of strings of emoji.

    App reviews: Guess the Emoji, Splashy Dots

    App reviews: The app “Guess the Emoji” has you do pretty much exactly what you think you would: guess the meaning of strings of emoji. In Splashy Dots, players are faced with sparsely dotted canvases that they must complete by connecting the dots in a particular order.

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    Google has announced a new search algorithm for apps available on the Google Play Store. The better apps will be ranked higher. What’s a “better” app? According to Google, it’s those apps that simply crash less, load faster and use less battery power.

    How Google is making its Play Store a little better

    Google has announced a new search algorithm for apps available on the Google Play Store. The better apps will be ranked higher. What’s a “better” app? According to Google, it’s those apps that simply crash less, load faster and use less battery power.

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    In Touchdowners, players are put in charge of a team of three football “players” — whose movements are limited to pinwheeling their arms around.

    App reviews: Touchdowners, TickTick

    App reviews: In Touchdowners, players are put in charge of a team of three football “players” — whose movements are limited to pinwheeling their arms around. TickTick, A beefed-up to-do list app, lets you create lists with things to do but also lets you assign them to days in your calendar, snooze them for a later date when things get crazy, and assign tasks their appropriate importance.

Life & Entertainment

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    A paulownia tree in Tarrytown, New York. If cut back each year by winter cold or pruning saw, paulownia grows back vigorously and sports humongous leaves.

    Paulownia is grown for leaves, flowers, wood

    Although I haven’t seen a paulownia for years, I vividly remember one that bordered a path along which I used to jog when I lived further south, in Maryland. The tree caught my attention for its leaves. It was not their color — green — that caught my eye, nor their heart shape. Outstanding about these leaves was their size: each was 2 to 3 feet across!

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    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Bruno Mars performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. Mars told the audience Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at his show in Auburn Hills that he and tour promoter Live Nation are redirecting funds from the concert to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charity.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    Bruno Mars donates $1M from concert to Flint water crisis

    Bruno Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis

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    Chance the Rapper acts as grand marshal of Chicago parade

    Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper rode through the streets of his Chicago hometown as grand marshal of the city's back-to-school parade

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    Blues fans will thrill at the new Airbnb Experiences in Chicago.

    Midwest travel: Explore Chicago in-depth with Airbnb Experiences

    Airbnb just launched Experiences, bookable local-led immersions that offer visitors a closer look at Chicago’s world-famous food, art, music and night life. Broadway In Chicago returns to Millennium Park for the sixth time to present its annual Free Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert Monday, Aug. 14.

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    Teens are struggling more than ever with anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide.

    Teens are more stressed and anxious, but they don’t know why. Here’s how parents can help.

    A recent report shows that hormones aren’t the only thing troubling the teen years; young people are increasingly showing a general inability to identify the source of their angst and pain.

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    If you child is being bullied, do you know what to do?

    What to do if your child is being bullied

    One in three children experience bullying firsthand and 70 percent of both students and teachers admit to having seen bullying in their schools. So, it’s important to know what to do if your child is being bullied,

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    Incidence of diverticulitis emblematic of unhealthy lifestyles

    Q: I am recovering from a bout of diverticulitis. What are my chances of having another round - — and how can I avoid later episodes? Does the onset increase my risk of serious ailments such as cancer?

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    Comedian Chris Distefano performs at Zanies in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Chris Distefano from ‘Guy Code’ hits Zanies

    Comedian Chris Distefano (“Guy Code,” “Money From Strangers”) brings his act to the stage at Zanies in Rosemont. More on this and other fun upcoming events.

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    Author Stacey Ballis signs copies of her new book, “How to Change a Life,” on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Author appearances: Stacey Ballis signs new book at Anderson’s

    Author Stacey Ballis signs copies of her new book “How to Change a Life” at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

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    Alex Moffat as Eric Trump, left, Mikey Day as Donald Trump Jr., center, and Colin Jost on set during the debut episode of “Weekend Update: Summer Edition,” in New York. The “Saturday Night Live” spinoff runs through the end of the month.

    The best moments of ‘Weekend Update Summer Edition’

    Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t let recent political events slide by during the debut episode of “SNL” spinoff, “Weekend Update: Summer Edition.”

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    Winning the doctor lottery can mean the difference between life and death

    When you win the Doctor Lottery, there is no cash prize, but a far greater payoff: the possibility of extraordinary healing, even a miracle.

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    Between the genders, women showed the larger increase in alcohol abuse, according to a recent report.

    America’s drinking problem is much worse this century

    Americans are drinking more than they used to, a troubling trend with potentially dire implications for the country’s future health care costs.

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    Take advantage of the vertical space in a small bathroom, designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey says. A tall cabinet or a medicine cabinet over the toilet can make a big difference.

    For a small bathroom lacking storage space, think vertically

    Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, owner and lead designer of Arlington, Virginia-based SCW Interiors, discussed bathroom decorating do’s and don’ts with me. Here is an edited excerpt.

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    Talk to lawyer rather than inherit mortgage debts

    Q. My mother has end-stage lung disease. In her will, I am the sole heir to her two properties, which are both underwater. Upon her death, do I simply continue making mortgage payments to the banks, or do I need to notify the mortgage holders of the change in ownership?

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    Architectural millwork can be seen in many areas of a home, including kitchens.

    Millwork can add appeal and a classic feel

    Homeowners are discovering that architectural accents can go a long way toward improving both the look and value of their homes. When renovating a space, the term ÒmillworkÓ may be mentioned by designers and contractors. While it might be a mystery to some, millwork can give rooms unique looks.

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    Posting a meeting notice

    Q. Our condominium association emailed owners today to give notice of a board meeting that is two days away. Two days’ notice seems way too short. Is there a law that regulates the amount of notice that must be given?

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    The 11-acre, 7,000-square-foot Lasata property in East Hampton, New York, where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s family summered when she was growing up, is listing for $51.99 million.

    Hamptons estate has celebrity pedigree

    The 11-acre property for sale in East Hampton, New York, cuts a unique figure amid the sprawling estates that line this affluent summer enclave. Despite its bountiful amenities, however, what may make the home’s $51.99 million price tag more palatable to prospective buyers is its celebrity pedigree. The 100-year-old house is where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent childhood summers.

Discuss

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    Simple math suggests that roughly one out of every two of us will suffer the loss of our life partner. How do we prepare ourselves?

    Editorial: Seeking coping advice on death of spouse

    The Daily Herald asks those who’ve suffered the loss of a spouse to share their coping lessons at spouse@dailyherald.com.

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    Today, it seems five years of construction on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway was well worth the wait.

    Construction nightmares? Depends on your route to work

    Columnist Jim Davis: So, I was running late Friday, and the first light I encountered turned yellow well before I had hit the intersection. Opted not to chance it.

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    Let me vote GOP
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: All my life I’ve been an ardent Democrat, but if the Republican party will offer me a chance to vote for viable candidates in elections against Joseph Berrios, Toni Preckwinkle and Dorothy Brown, I will eagerly cast my vote for those candidates.

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    Lawmakers must get agreement on SB1
    A Millburn letter to the editor: As president of Millburn District 24 Board of Education in Lindenhurst and a concerned parent, I’ve witnessed firsthand the effect of partisan wrangling on our school’s finances and our community’s morale.

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    A fitting punishment
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Your Tuesday’s paper contained an article about an Arizona woman who was sentenced to death for killing a 10-year-old girl by “locking her in a small plastic storage box.”

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    Encourage officials to work with Trump
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: In response to a letter to the editor: “GOP just doesn’t care”: Again we see in print a “fake headline.” This is not a one-man show.

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    Prevention is key
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Alcoholism results only from drinking as does drug addiction from drug use. Why not spend our tax dollars on education about resisting the activities that cause pregnancy?

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    Let’s try GoFundMe page for services
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Illinois will continue using its power to raise taxes even though we pay the highest overall taxes in the country. This tax burden is hurting many people.

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    Trump Jr. shouldn’t fear investigation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: On July 30 and July 31, there were three letters bemoaning the investigation of Donald Trump Jr. Why?

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    Trump Jr. shouldn’t fear investigation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: On July 30 and July 31, there were three letters bemoaning the investigation of Donald Trump Jr. Why?

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    How about GoFundMe page for human services?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Illinois will continue using its power to raise taxes even though we pay the highest overall taxes in the country.

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    Term limits solve legislative frustration
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: So what’s the big deal? Elaine Nekritz is quitting as state representative after 15 years.

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    No one enforcing speed limit on I-90
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I must tell you that I nearly choked on my morning coffee when I read the Daily Herald headline that said, “Tollway Wants Higher Speeds on I-90.”

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    Putting hopes in a god with feet of clay
    A Lombard letter to the editor: It’s about time the Evangelicals and other Christians who voted for Trump admit they’ve fallen into a kind of idolatry by putting their hopes in a god with clay feet, and by overlooking and dismissing this most un-Christ-like man’s behavior and lifestyle.

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