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Chris Borland on his early NFL retirement: 'Football could kill you'

Chris Borland has given more details on his decision to retire early from the NFL due to fears over head trauma.<p>Borland was one of the standout players for the San Francisco 49ers last season, and his decision to retire at the age of 24 shocked many. But Borland told ESPN’s Outside The Lines that …

Football (U.S.)

Swift resignation of Scott Walker aide raises questions of campaign viability

In a whirlwind 24 hours that saw him hire and then quickly lose a well-respected digital strategist, the Wisconsin governor and presidential contender Scott Walker went out of his way to appease Iowa Republicans – and in doing so may have damaged his role as a darling of the conservative media.<p>On …

Government

Apple's new TV service will have the one feature that will scare the heck out of cable companies

The service, featuring "about 25 channels" including ABC, CBS, and Fox, will be available on Apple TV and other Apple devices.<p>While there are already ways to get a minimalist television experience that includes network television without subscribing to a cable service, Apple's new service will have …

A Guy Raised More Than $3 Million On Kickstarter By Reinventing The Cooler

Launched just four days ago, Ryan Grepper's "Coolest Cooler" has raised $3.2 million of his $50,000 goal, and he still has 48 days left.<p>Besides the aesthetically pleasing design and it being able to keep drinks and food cool, it includes just about every possible feature you might want to have for …

Earl Sweatshirt Cancels Tour

Earl Sweatshirt has cancelled his remaining tour dates, citing exhaustion in a series of tweets. He'd been scheduled to play at a number of festivals in July and August, including our Pitchfork Music Festival. <b>Update:</b> We've received confirmation from Earl's representatives that he will, indeed, …

Detroit Casinos See Revenue Bump, But Problems Persist

Gambling revenues at Detroit’s casinos stopped sliding in June and showed their first year-over-year improvement in 2014.<p>The three casinos — MGM …

Obama's no photo op strategy - CNN Video

2014's sleeper issue: A bank nobody's heard of

The 2014 campaign season’s got a sleeper issue: a government bank most people have never heard of.<p>The Export-Import Bank, a federal entity that has handed out loans to American businesses in relative obscurity for years, is suddenly a political flashpoint — either a symbol of government-sponsored …

LeBron James Just Showed How To Solve The US Housing Crisis

Despite the housing crash, many Americans still find themselves in a position where homeownership is unaffordable to them.<p>My colleague Andy Kiersz recently published the following map, based on data from Zillow, showing where middle class homebuyers are totally screwed.<p>The darker the patch, the …

Housing

Career Lessons from LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony

There is a lot more to relocating for a job than a bigger paycheck<p>Fair enough: There’s a limit to what mere mortals can learn from the career …

Luol Deng agrees to contract with Miami Heat

The Miami Heat continued to recover nicely from the departure of LeBron James, agreeing Sunday to sign free agent small forward Luol Deng to a two-year, $20 million deal.<p>A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed it to USA TODAY Sports, but spoke on the condition of anonymity because it had not …

Apple is building a new iBeacon-powered device, FCC filing reveals

Heads up, iBeacon developers: Apple is gearing up to launch a new product that will utilize its location-aware iBeacon technology, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission — discovered by TUAW.<p>Apple’s iBeacon technology has recently made waves in the retail industry. The …