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BET Awards: Remy Ma beats Nicki Minaj, see the full winners list

Jamie Foxx walked the red carpet at the BET Awards with his daughter and other guests including DJ Khaled, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lil Yachty. (June 26)

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Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj’s seven-year winning streak at the 2017 BET Awards, a show highlighted by ’90s R&B and groups popular in that decade, as well as five wins for Beyonce.

Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist Sunday in Los Angeles, an award Minaj has won since 2010. Ma last won the prize in 2005, and was sentenced to prison three years later after she shot a former friend after accusing her of theft.

“I wanna thank God first and foremost,” said Ma, who named two correctional facilities in her speech and thanked her mentor Fat Joe and husband-rapper Papoose. “You can make mistakes and come back.”

In March, Ma released the hostile diss track Shether, which earned praised from critics and rap fans. Minaj never officially responded to the song.

At the live show at the Microsoft Theater, ’90s R&B favorites New Edition and Xscape were the most welcomed performers of the night.

New Edition, whose three-part biopic was a white-hot ratings success for BET earlier this year, earned the lifetime achievement award and received a lengthy tribute. It started with the child actors from the movie singing Candy Girl, later followed by the older actors for some of the band’s hits apart from the group, including Bell Biv DeVoe’s Poison and Ralph Tresvant’s Sensitivity.

The real group then hit to stage to sing Can You Stand the Rain and Mr. Telephone Man. The actors later joined New Edition for If It Isn’t Love.

Girl group Xscape, set to launch a new reality show on Bravo, reunited at the BET Awards and sang the popular hits Just Kickin’ It, ‘Understanding and Who Can I Run To? The crowd was in awe, singing along and filming the performance with their phones.

Bruno Mars, whose new album was heavily inspired by ’90s R&B, also shined Sunday. He and Beyonce tied for video of the year — the top prize but not televised — with their hits 24K Magic and Sorry. Mars also won best male R&B/pop artist and kicked off the show with a fun and funky performance of the song, Perm.

“To the fans, you know I love you. My first BET Award,” he screamed.

Kendrick Lamar surprised the audience when he performed with Future and won best male hip hop artist. He gave a shout-out to fellow nominee Chance the Rapper, who earned…

Roman Polanski’s Rape Victim Urges Court to Drop 40-Year-Old Case

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Samantha Geimer, who was raped at 13 by director Roman Polanski, urged a judge on Friday to resolve the 40-year-old case.

“I would implore you to finally bring this to a close as an act of mercy to myself and my family,” Geimer told L.A. Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon. “We are human beings, not wins and losses.”

Polanski pleaded guilty to raping Geimer in 1979, but fled the country before sentencing. He has lived as a fugitive abroad ever since, and is now seeking to dispose of the case so that he can travel without fear of arrest.

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In April, Gordon rejected Polanski’s latest effort to be tried in absentia, ruling that Polanski must first return to the U.S. and submit to the court’s jurisdiction before the case can be resolved. Polanski has made several earlier attempts to get the case dismissed, without success.

Geimer said this was the first time she has been allowed to address the court in the long history of the case. Over the years, she has repeatedly expressed her wish that the case come to an end, and has said that the media circus was worse than the rape.

“He got arrested. I knew he was sorry the next day,” she said…

31-Year-old is Now World’s Best Climber After Scaling El Capitan Without Rope

Alex Honnold has just become the first person to ever complete a death-defying free-solo climb up the 3,000 foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California.

The California-born climber has spent two years preparing for the feat, which he finally completed in a little less than four hours on Saturday.

“So stoked to realize a dream today,” wrote 31-year-old Alex on Facebook following the accomplishment.

El Capitan is a sheer granite rock face that is even taller than the highest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Though climbers have maneuvered the cliff with ropes and safety gear, no one has ever made the journey with just their hands. The cliff is so sheer, in fact, that many of the rock points that Alex used during his climb were no bigger than his thumb, according to the Associated Press.

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Honnold scaled El Capitan with safety rope several times before Saturday, marking every handhold and crag with chalk so he could find them during his final climb. For…

Top 5 Financial Moves to Make This Year

With a new year comes the chance to have a fresh start. According to a Fidelity study, more than one-third of Americans set a financial resolution for 2017. Whether or not you set a financial resolution, though, improving your finances is likely still important to you. To help with this, we came up with a list of the top five financial moves to make this year.

5 financial moves

1. Create a Realistic Budget

A budget is simply a plan for your money. It can be as minimal or as comprehensive as you like. What’s important is that you know how much money you bring in versus how much money you spend and save.

A realistic budget is one that you can sensibly stick to over time. To create such a budget, you’ll need to track your expenses for a few months. You can do this by looking at your bank account and credit card statements and seeing how much you’ve spent in previous months. You can also use a tool like Personal Capital or Mint to track your expenses for you.

Learn More: How to Budget If You Hate Budgeting

After you’ve tracked your monthly spending, you’ll need to decide how much you can reasonably save each month. If the amount you want to save each month is doable based on your current spending habits, great! Otherwise, you may have to reduce your spending in order to meet your savings goals.

2. Build an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is an amount of cash set aside for use in the event of a financial crisis such as job loss or a large expense. If you don’t have an emergency fund already, this is the year to build one. Aside from the obvious financial benefit, an emergency fund also provides a peace of mind that’s priceless.

Resource: How to Decide If an Expense Is Emergency Fund-Worthy

To build your emergency fund, you can set it up like any other savings goal you have. You can decide on an amount to be transferred from your bank account into the savings account on a regular basis – for example, every two weeks or once per month – until you reach your goal. Personal finance experts recommend having three to six months of expenses saved in an emergency fund.

Your emergency fund should…

Groom Chooses 90-Year-Old Grandpa To Be His Best Man

When KC Schafer decided to get married, he knew immediately who should be his best man.

The 27-year-old picked his 90-year-old grandfather Charles to stand next to him when he got hitched to his bride Sarah in Louisville, Kentucky.

“He’s been my role model and idol since I was a little kid,” Schafer told ABC News. “I spend so much time with him. He pretty much modeled me into the man I am today.”

Sara told Inside Edition that Charles “was basically like a father” to her new husband.

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Schafer poses with his grandfather — and best man! — on the wedding day.

Although the newlyweds thought Charles was truly the best…

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, coming ‘later this year’

At its Build 2017 developer conference today, Microsoft announced the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. The company detailed a slew of new features coming to its latest and greatest operating system, all free. The update is slated to arrive “later this year” (that likely means September 2017, but Microsoft isn’t committing to a specific timeframe). Windows Insiders and developers will be able to play with it sooner.

Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes but new features, too. Microsoft has released many such updates, including three major ones: November Update, Anniversary Update, and Creators Update.

As part of the update, Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, showed off Windows Story Remix, a new creative app built with .NET that uses the Microsoft Graph to transform your photos and videos. Think of it as the successor of Windows Movie Maker, with 3D features. It automatically brings together your photos and videos, or even those shared by your friends and family, to create stories with a soundtrack, theme, and cinematic transitions. You can also add 3D objects to your photos and videos or turn them into a canvas for drawing on with Windows Ink.

Lorraine Bardeen, Microsoft general manager of Mixed Reality Experiences, gave a demo that emphasized the collaborative nature of the creative app. There is image recognition technology for people and objects, Android and iOS versions…

Ancient whale tells tale of when baleen whales had teeth

36-million-year-old fossil belonged to oldest discovered member of group that includes humpbacks

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WHALE IN TRANSITION The skull of Mystacodon, a 36-million-year-old whale found in Peru, is an early relative of today’s baleen whales. Its skull (shown here) has a flattened snout and a mouth full of teeth, which baleen whales later lost.

A 36-million-year-old fossil skeleton is revealing a critical moment in the history of baleen whales: what happened when the ancestors of these modern-day filter feeders first began to distinguish themselves from their toothy, predatory predecessors. The fossil is the oldest known mysticete, a group that includes baleen whales, such as humpbacks, researchers report in the May 22 Current Biology.

Scientists have made predictions about what the first mysticetes might have looked like, but until now, haven’t had much fossil evidence to back up those ideas, says Nicholas Pyenson, a paleobiologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “Here, we have something we’ve been waiting for: a really old baleen whale ancestor.”

The earliest whales were predators with sharp teeth — a legacy carried on by today’s orcas, dolphins and other toothed whales. But at some point during whale history, the ancestors of modern mysticetes replaced teeth with baleen, fibrous plates that filter out small bits of food from seawater like a giant sieve. Such a huge lifestyle change didn’t happen overnight, though. And the new find, dubbed Mystacodon selenensis, shows the start of that transition, its discoverers say.

Mystacodon largely fits in well with what scientists have predicted from analyzing other whales, says Mark Uhen, a paleobiologist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. “It fleshes out this transition, rather than being something wacky and crazy we never thought of.”

Mystacodon was unearthed in a Peruvian desert by…

Mya Systems raises $11.4 million for its AI recruiter chatbot

Mya Systems, formerly known as FirstJob, today announced funding of $11.4 million to further develop its recruiter chatbot, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate outreach and communication with job candidates. Emergence Capital was the sole investor in this round.

“The existing recruiting landscape is made up of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), online assessments, job boards, and professional networking sites,” wrote Mya Systems’ founder and CEO, Eyal Grayevsky, in an email to VentureBeat. “The market is broken, as evidenced by the fact that 75 percent of workers submitting applications don’t hear back from employers and 54 percent of employers say it’s become more difficult to find qualified candidates.”

Mya Systems launched Mya last year and is on pace to interact with a total of 2 million candidates by…

Badass 10-Year-Old Pries Open Gator’s Jaws To Free Her Leg

A 10-year-old girl managed to free herself from the jaws of a nearly 9-foot-long alligator over the weekend by prying open its mouth with her bare hands, Florida wildlife officials said.

The child was sitting in a designated swim area in Orlando’s Lake Mary Jane on Saturday when the alligator latched onto her leg, according to an incident report released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The water where she sat was about 2 feet deep.

One witness heard the girl’s screams from the shore.

“I realized that she was screaming that she got bit by an alligator,” witness Emilio Aquino told Fox News. “At this point, I couldn’t see anything, but a couple of seconds later, I saw the alligator so I ran towards the water.”

The 10-year-old was swimming at this central Florida lake when she was attacked by an alligator.

The brave girl fought back, first by poking the alligator in its nose and then…

Sony sold 60 million PS4s to date, including 20 million in past year

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Sony has sold more than 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles to date, including more than 20 million in the past fiscal year, according to results reported by the Japanese electronics giant today.

And Sony is predicting it will sell another 18 million PS4s in the fiscal year…