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Gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Murdered (1947)
Infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel began his criminal career extorting peddlers in New York City and soon graduated to bootlegging, gambling schemes, and contract killing. In 1937, he was sent to develop rackets on the West Coast, which he did with much success. In 1945, he began building the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Originally budgeted at $1.5 million, the cost was driven to $6 million due to his skimming, angering his mob bosses. Months after the opening, Siegel was killed by whom? Discuss

Mexican Emperor Maximilian I Executed by Firing Squad (1867)
In the 1860s, France sought to establish an empire in Mexico. Ferdinand Maximilian, an Austrian navy chief and member of the Habsburg dynasty, accepted Napoleon III's offer of the throne, naively believing that the Mexicans had voted him their king. In reality, Maximilian's only support came from the French army, and the empire was doomed. In 1866, Napoleon withdrew his troops. Maximilian refused to abdicate and was captured and executed, ending the empire. What were his last words?

Mona Mahmudnizhad and Nine Other Baha'i Women Are Hanged in Iran (1983)
Prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution, the approximately 1 million Iranian Baha'is had generally prospered, despite widespread societal discrimination. Under the Iranian Islamic republic, which regards the religion as heresy, Baha'i was banned, Baha'i property was confiscated, thousands were imprisoned, and several hundred were executed. Among the youngest victims was 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was arrested in 1982 and hanged after several months in prison. What were the official charges?

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Iran: OPEC should stick to its production limits
Iran says that OPEC and other major oil producers should stick with an agreement that curbs output.

American Airlines asks the government not to fly separated children on its planes
American Airlines told the federal government to "immediately refrain" from using its planes to transport children who have been separated from their families who crossed the US-Mexico border.

Why investors should bet on individual stocks
Investors looking for value should forego indexes in favor of individual stocks, says Lindsey Bell, an investment strategist with CFRA Research


Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.

Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.

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See stunning ancient sites and unspoiled nature on a Japanese pilgrimage hike
The Kumano Kodo is Japan’s best-kept secret — if not the world’s greatest unknown trek.      

Interactive quiz: Vegas resort or prescription drug?
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Pizza city smackdown: Chicago v. New York
A Chicago food writer compares the pizza in two famous food scenes and claims the Windy City reigns supreme. Vote for America's best pizza city.      

Virtual reality: VR tech added to theme park rides
Due to limitations, VR remains a novelty at parks. Attraction designers are working to overcome its failings, though, to realize its potential.      

TSA: Fliers will face more scrutiny for powders in carry-on bags
TSA is asking foreign airports to match U.S. policy in urging travelers to remove larger containers of powders from carry-on bags for screening      

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Hollywood rallying around immigrant children separated from their families
Two series centered around Latino characters are challenging other shows to take a stand against the immigration policy that has resulted in children being separated from their parents.

XXXTentacion remembered at memorials
Fans celebrated the life of rapper XXXTentacion and mourned his death Tuesday on both coasts.

Seth MacFarlane, Judd Apatow and other Fox creatives slam Fox News' border coverage

Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' to get theatrical release
Kevin Spacey will be seen on the big screen once again.

Andy Cohen on those John Mayer dating rumors
Hard to believe the perpetually youthful Andy Cohen recently turned 50.