The JungleJuly 17, 20183min0

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood, to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities.

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin testifies to the House Financial Services hearing on state of the international financial system on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

The policy change, heralded by conservatives as an advance for free speech, maintains donor disclosure requirements for traditional charity groups organized to receive tax-exempt donations under a section of the Internal Revenue code known as 501(c)(3), the Treasury said.

But the move frees labor unions, issue advocacy organizations, veterans groups and other nonprofits that do not receive tax-exempt money from meeting confidential disclosure requirements set in place decades ago.

“Americans shouldn’t be required to send the IRS information that it doesn’t need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The change protects the privacy of wealthy donors of “dark money” donations to politically active groups. Conservatives have complained that the disclosures to the IRS, though not public, were susceptible to media leaks.

The issue of the IRS’s handling of nonprofit political groups exploded into headlines several years ago when the federal tax agency was found to have targeted tax-exempt political groups aligned with the conservative Tea Party movement for greater scrutiny.

“It is important to emphasize that this change will in no way limit transparency,” Mnuchin said. “The same information about tax-exempt organizations that was previously available to the public will continue to be available, while private taxpayer information will be better protected.”

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Leslie Adler

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The JungleJuly 17, 20183min0

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing Technology Co Ltd is looking to spin off its car services unit in a deal worth up to $1.5 billion ahead of its expected initial public offering, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at its headquarters building in Beijing, China, May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Didi is hoping to raise between $1 billion and $1.5 billion for the unit and has tapped investors including SoftBank Group (9984.T), an existing investor in the firm, the sources said.

The unit is mainly involved in car rental and maintenance services and also provides drivers with optimized gas station deals, the people said, adding Didi is currently valuing the unit at between $2 billion and $3 billion.

Didi declined to comment, while SoftBank did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The people declined to be named as the information was confidential.

Didi cemented its spot as China’s biggest ride-hailing company when it bought Uber’s operations in the country in 2016.

It has since expanded into a number of markets worldwide, including Southeast Asia, Brazil, Mexico and Australia, by either taking stakes in local ride-hailing firms or rolling out its own services.

The company has also launched a food delivery service to compete with Meituan-Dianping, China’s dominant startup in that area, which is planning its own IPO of more than $4 billion in Hong Kong in the coming months.

Didi is also expected to go public at some point in what is expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of recent years given the company’s current $56 billion valuation. The company has never confirmed its IPO plan.

Reporting by Julie Zhu and Kane Wu in Hong Kong; additional reporting by Sam Nussey in Tokyo; Editing by Jennifer Hughes and Himani Sarkar

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The JungleJuly 17, 201811min0

Next to fashion pieces, Amazon Prime Day is also a source for major deals on beauty items. From makeup to skincare, summer’s biggest sales event is brimming with beauty buys that help you put your best face forward. Whether you’re looking to stock up on your staple cleanser or try out a new eyeliner, shop the discounted lineup ahead from Prime Day. 

Read here for our tips on how to score big from today’s deals. 

Nip and Fab pads


Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads  $11 $8

L'Oreal Elnett hairspray


L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray  $15 $11

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser


Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser  $45 $32

Amika Dry Shampoo


Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo  $25 $20

Stila liquid eyeliner


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner  $22 $15

Waterpik water flosser


Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser  $80 $40

Aesthetics contour kit


Aesthetica Cosmetics Cream Contour and Highlighting Makeup Kit  $29 $16  

Clarisonic cleansing brush


Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush  $169 $110 

La Roche Posay mascara


La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Mascara  $25 $18

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick


Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Carina  $20 $14

Jane Iredale eyeshadow palette


Jane Iredale Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit  $48 $38


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The JungleJuly 17, 20186min0

The Home Run Derby is a time where some of the best sluggers in the game get to show off their prowess and hope to be crowned king.

Jesus Aguilar, Bryce Harper, Max Muncy, Alex Bregman, Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez, Freddie Freeman and Rhys Hoskins all showed their chops, but it was Harper who earned the title as the 2018 Home Run Derby winner in his home stadium.

The setting was perfect, with Harper earning his first Derby title after a late rally at Nationals Park

To put everything into perspective, here are three takeaways from this year’s Home Run Derby.

Harper thrived under hometown love

Fans booed Freddie Freeman and went wild less than five minutes later when Bryce Harper came up to bat. The Nationals outfielder defeated the Braves first baseman 13-12 with more than 20 seconds left in regular time. 

He faced off against Muncy in the semifinals, where he won 13-12 and was able to take a slight rest with some extra time on the clock. Against Kyle Schwarber he rallied hard, matching Schwarber’s 18 home runs in the last second. Luckily for Harper, he had 30 seconds of extra time, where he hit that elusive 19th home run.

The crowd rallied behind Harper, hardly sitting down each time he was up to bat. With the win, Harper became the first member of the Nationals to take home the Home Run Derby Crown.

Kyle Schwarber is one strong dude

The Cubs outfielder hit a whopping 55 total homers, barely losing to Harper in the final. His 55 home runs are the second-most in Derby history, behind Giancarlo Stanton’s 61 in 2016.

He started with 16 dingers in the first round, then matched Rhys Hoskins as the second player ever to hit more than 20 homers (21) in the semifinals. At more than 230 pounds, he was beastly throughout the entire affair.

Hoskins has the heat

The Phillies first baseman, who is the eighth seed, stunned top-seeded Jesus Aguilar in the first round. Hoskins smashed 17 homers without bonus time, which dwarfed Aguilar’s 11. It’s impressive for Hoskins, who hit 14 homers in the first half of the regular season. For comparison, Aguilar leads the National League at the All-Star break with 24 home runs.

His power didn’t let up in the second round, when he blasted 20 dingers. However, Schwarber gained momentum and hit 21 to push past Hoskins. Either way, he was technically the first player in Home Run Derby history to hit 20 homers in the semifinals.

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The JungleJuly 17, 20184min0

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Flying lava has struck a tour boat in Hawaii, injuring 23 people, officials in the US state say.

An explosion sent rocks and debris hurtling through the air and through the roof of the tourist vessel.

One passenger broke a leg while others suffered burns. The authorities are investigating.

The lava is from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which erupted in May and has been spewing out gas and molten rock ever since.

The explosion left a gaping hole in the roof of the tour boat, which had been taking visitors out to view lava plunging into the sea.

Those injured are being treated in hospital.

Some passengers told Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources that the boat was outside a safety zone established by the coastguard.

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The explosion ripped a hole in the top of the boat

Officials have warned of the dangers of toxic fumes, created when molten rock hits the sea and forms hazardous clouds containing hydrochloric acid and glass particles.

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and its eruption has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

But until now there had only been one serious injury, a man whose leg was hit by a projectile of molten rock as he sat on a balcony.

Last week, scientists at the US Geological Survey said the flow of lava had created a new small island.

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The flow of lava into the sea made a new small island

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The JungleJuly 17, 201827min0

If Amazon Prime Day is the internet’s version of an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, then think of us as the hungry but discerning diners there to feast on high-value items like smoked salmon and made-to-order omelets. There are going to be a lot of deals to sift through between 3 p.m. ET July 16 and 3 a.m. ET July 18, but don’t waste your time: we’ll be going through and finding the best, most bang-for-your-buck kitchen sales to shop and posting them right here. Read on for what to buy now, and keep checking back as more deals are added.

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Photo by Chelsie Craig, Food Styling by Kat Boytsova, Prop Styling by Emily Eisen

Fact: these ribs were made in an Instant Pot.

If you’ve been following the tale of the Instant Pot over the past two years, then you know that the hybrid slow cooker/pressure cooker is capable of making broth in 30 minutes, steel-cut oatmeal in 3 minutes, and coq au vin in under an hour. The multi-functional appliance usually costs around $100, but Amazon has been known to drop the price to too-good-to-pass-up levels on shopping holidays, especially Prime Day. This year, the 6-qt DUO60 is $59.

Buy it: Instant Pot 6-qt DUO60, $59 (originally $100)


Photo by Alex Lau

Two Joules in action.

Sous vide cooking is the answer to making perfectly cooked steak, chicken, and fish in your home kitchen, and our favorite tool for the job, the Joule, is at its lowest price ever this Prime Day: $129. (Read more about why we love the Joule here.)

Buy it: ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide (White), $129 (originally $179)


Photo by Alex Lau, Food Styling by Anna Billingskog

Press and seal.

Once you’ve got that sous vide machine, you’re going to want a vacuum sealer. You don’t need one—you can easily use heavy-duty freezer bags to safely sous vide—but food-grade vacuum sealing bags are the gold standard, and to use those, you need this tool. The FoodSaver vacuum sealer starter set is our favorite, and it’s on sale for Prime Day. Plus, it comes with pre-cut bags in various sizes, so you don’t need to worry about those until you run out.

Buy it: FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer System, $80 (originally $100)

Yes, if you search hard enough, you can find a KitchenAid stand mixer on sale any day of the year. But in a color that isn’t from last year’s limited edition run? Only on Prime Day folks. Classic 6-qt mixers in silver, onyx black, and empire red are up to 60% off right now.

Buy it: KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Silver, $252 (originally $450)

Buy it: KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Onyx Black, $252 (originally $450)

Buy it: KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Empire Red, $220 (originally $391)

Basically gift guide 2017 Vitamix blender

The Vitamix 5200 is $152 less than its usual price.

At time of publishing, three different models of the Vitamix blender are on sale. Long favored by restaurant pros, the classic 5200 is more than 40% off, while the more affordable E310 is 30% off at $200. (Note that the on-sale E310 is “certified refurbished,” meaning that Vitamix gave it an updated motor and new container.) If you’re looking for an extremely heavy-duty blender, the 7500 is marked down 30% to $370.

Buy it: Vitamix 5200 Blender, $298 (originally $450)

Buy it: Vitamix E310 Blender (Certified Refurbished), $200 (originally $290)

Buy it: Vitamix 7500 Blender, $370 (originally $530)

Similar to the Instant Pot, if you’re going to buy a robot vacuum, the most economical time to do so is at Prime Day prices. The iRobot robovac connects to Wifi and is compatible with Alexa or Google Home. Reviewers say that it cleans a variety of surfaces (hardwood floors, throw rugs, carpets, marble) and its dirt sensor, which detects areas where there’s extra debris, actually works (it passes over dirt spots three times before moving on).

Buy it: iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum, $250 (originally $350)

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Photo by Alex Lau, Styling by Sue Li

This can be you, making hummus in your food processor.

There are currently two Prime Day sales on Cuisinart food processors (which is what the BA Test Kitchen uses). The heavy duty 14-cup is marked down to $142, but this size is best if you often find yourself making big batches of dough. If you’re just looking for something to make dips and sauces like hummus or pesto, the mini is better. It’s also way cheaper—the last time we checked, the Prime Day deal reflected a price of $25.

Buy it: Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor, $142 (originally $186)

Buy it: Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor, $25 (originally $38)

Sparkling water addicts rejoice! The SodaStream is here to maximize your carbonation capabilities. All you need to do is fill the bottle with water, insert it into the machine, and press a button that’ll create the CO2 bubbles. It’s light, easy to store, and will cut down on waste from plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Buy it: SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker Without Carbonator, $40 (originally $50)

Need some recipe inspo for that Instant Pot? Start here:


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The JungleJuly 17, 20186min0

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American boxer Floyd Mayweather was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer on Monday on a list that saw actor George Clooney take the No. 2 spot with the highest annual pay of his career.

FILE PHOTO: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. poses in the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. on August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo

Reality star Kylie Jenner, 20, came in third on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list, largely thanks to her booming cosmetics line that Forbes said put her on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire in the United States.

Forbes compiled its 2018 list estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2017-June 2018, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, and interviews with industry experts and celebrities themselves.

FILE PHOTO: Actor George Clooney arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Mayweather pulled in some $285 million in the period, largely thanks to his August 2017 comeback fight win over mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor.

Oscar-winning star Clooney earned an estimated $239 million after selling the Casamigos tequila company he co-founded to British spirits company Diageo in June 2017. Forbes said the sale gave Clooney the best annual earnings of his 35-year career in film and television.

Forbes said entertainers on its 2018 Celebrity 100 list earned a combined $6.3 billion before tax, up 22 percent from last year’s list. Many of the highest earners came from celebrities leveraging their brands through side ventures and through their social media presence.

“There’s never been a more lucrative time to be famous than now, with 11 superstars earning $100 million or more over the past year,” Zack O’Malley Greenburg, senior entertainment editor at Forbes, said in a statement.

FILE PHOTO: Television personality Kylie Jenner arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

“Entertainers have found all sorts of new ways to monetize their audiences, especially with the help of social media,” he added.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson almost doubled his earnings from the previous year to land in 5th place with estimated earnings of $124 million. Forbes said the earnings of the “Jumanji” and “Fast & Furious” star were the largest acting-related earnings it had recorded in 20 years.

The top earner on last year’s list, musician Sean Diddy Combs, dropped to No. 32 on the current list. His earnings on the 2017 list were inflated by a tour and the sale of part of his Sean John clothing line, Forbes said.

Musicians and athletes fared well, with Irish band U2, British band Coldplay and British singer Ed Sheeran appearing in the top 10. Soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also earned more than $100 million, Forbes said.

The full list can be seen here here.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Frances Kerry

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The JungleJuly 17, 20183min0

Ever since the release of the first Uncharted video game on PS3 in 2007, which saw the world introduced to the roguish adventurer Nathan Drake, fans have mostly agreed that the only actor worthy of filling the character’s shoes in a live action adaptation would be Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle). 

Now, fans have finally gotten their wish with the release of a surprise short film from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), which sees the likeable star don the iconic half-tuck to throw himself into a role that many believe he was born to play.

It’s clear that Ungar is a dear admirer of the game series he’s adapting, particularly during the short film’s climactic getaway scene, which apes the game’s style by being filmed from behind Fillion’s back, and occasionally employing an over-the-shoulder zoom during shootouts. 

Fillion good

Fillion’s not the only big Hollywood name to star in this polished production, either — Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) shows up to play Drake’s long-suffering sidekick, Sully. 

Also starring is Mircea Monroe (Episodes, Hart of Dixie) as Drake’s significant other, Elena, along with Geno Segers (Banshee) as the short’s villain, and a surprise turn from Ernie Reyes Jr. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze) as the diminutive torturer, El Tigre.

We think everyone involved has done a pretty great job of nailing the spirit of the Uncharted video games (right down to the transition between ‘cut scene’ and ‘gameplay’). Don’t believe us? You can watch the full 15-minute fan film below to see for yourself.

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The JungleJuly 17, 20182min0

Nick and Joe Jonas

Double Date with Priyanka & Sophie

… And 5th Wheel, Kevin

7/16/2018 6:01 PM PDT

The Jonas Brothers reunited this week with their ladies hanging off their arms — well, everyone except Kevin … the only one who’s actually married. 

Nick and Joe Jonas were spotted hitting up the 34 Mayfair restaurant in London Monday, with Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner tagging along for the double date. 

Everyone was looking suave as hell, including their older Jonas broski, Kev, who ironically showed up solo as a fifth wheel. He’s actually married — has been since 2009 — and already has a couple kids with his wife, Danielle. No sign of them here, though.

Maybe Kevin just wanted to impart some long-term relationship wisdom on his little bros by himself … or maybe he owes Danielle a huge favor for babysitting.

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The JungleJuly 17, 201812min0

Jabari Parker has never been afraid of Derrick Rose‘s shadow. He has embraced it on every step of his basketball life. As he gets set to join the Chicago Bulls, the team Rose led back to prominence earlier in the decade, the parallels between the two proud South Side natives will only intensify. To Parker, the comparisons to Rose are a blessing, not a curse.

“He’s still a hero for a lot of people, including myself,” Parker told a few months ago. “And his legacy is gonna be, it’s going to be with the tops and historically with the best no matter what. … We embrace Derrick so much no matter what he does; he can stop playing now. He’s going to be a legend.”

The similarities between Parker and Rose’s journey to NBA stardom have never been hard to see. At Simeon Career Academy, Parker took his team to four straight state championships, following in the footsteps of the title that Rose won at the same high school. After watching Rose become the youngest MVP in NBA history at age 22, Parker became the second pick in the 2014 draft, suffering the same ACL injury in his left knee that Rose sustained in 2012 — only Parker did it twice — enduring the tedious rehab for a second time before returning in February of last season to mixed results.

“His injuries don’t define him,” Parker said of Rose, although he could’ve easily been talking about himself. When healthy, the four-year vet has shown flashes of the form that made him one of the most highly touted prospects since early in his high school career. Before re-injuring his knee in 2017, Parker was averaging career highs across the board (20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game) and showing off a 3-point shot he hadn’t possessed as a teenager.

The Bulls are hoping that Parker’s words about Rose will be prescient about his own future, and he’ll be able to return to that pre-injury form, and perhaps even surpass it. There is no organization more familiar with the risk involved in banking on a star returning to form after a torn ACL — after three consecutive seasons averaging better than 20 PPG before his injury, Rose never again averaged even 18 PPG in a Bulls uniform after it — but the Bulls are willing to take that risk, in part because the second year of Parker’s $40 million contract is a team option.

“Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core,” Bulls GM Gar Forman said in a statement announcing Parker’s arrival. “And is a proven scorer at the NBA level. We look forward to welcoming him back to his hometown.”

When Parker suits up in October, he’ll become the 19th player in team history born in the city of Chicago, according to Bulls Radio statistician Jeff Mangurten. The Bulls are banking on that hometown connection to help them reinvigorate a frustrated group of season-ticket holders who have been hesitant to continue to invest in a lackluster product. Even while playing in Milwaukee, Parker’s connection to his hometown has remained strong, and while his relationship to Rose isn’t as close as expected when Parker entered the league, both men have a respect for the all the steps needed to take in order to get from Chicago’s high school ranks to basketball’s biggest stage.

“His influence on the culture helped me go to Simeon,” Parker said. “I’ve seen that if you bring a group of guys together, and if you are successful, then you’re going to do well, so that’s what I love: The exposure that he helped pave the way for me and other guys, and I was able to do that for other guys after me.”

Now Parker is faced with the challenge of doing what Rose and fellow Chicago product Dwyane Wade could not do before him: Maintain the same level of love within the city on the way out that they had on the way in.

Rose’s relationship with the city soured during his yearlong absence as he rehabbed his torn ACL. As he struggled to stay on the floor because of injuries over his final three seasons in Chicago, Rose received an increasingly rocky response.

“It’s just normal, especially with fans; they don’t know him,” Parker said of the way Chicago’s relationship with Rose went south. “But the people who he has the impact on love him. That’s the type of relationship that’s normal in any society, just a love-hate relationship.”

Wade’s homecoming in the summer of 2016 was much celebrated, but the good feelings didn’t last long as he wasn’t able to recapture his championship form from his years in Miami, squabbled with teammates and was eventually bought out and departed his hometown again after just a year.

It’s not an uncommon story. Of the 18 Chicago natives to play for the Bulls before Parker, only Rose made an All-Star team in a Chicago uniform, and only Randy Brown and Darrell Walker — reserves on the Michael Jordan-led teams of the ’90s — won a title. But Parker remains focused on the positive.

“I always remember the good times,” he said. “[Rose is] an MVP. Not many people can say they’re MVP of the league, and that’s all I remember is how he carried the city, who he was to us growing up, and that’s just going to be my hero.”

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