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Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic gymnast and member of Team Kellogg’s, took the gold medal Tuesday in the floor competition, bringing her total to five total medals at the Olympic Games. Biles finished with a score of 15.966 in the floor competition to win gold, adding to her collection of gold in the team competition, individual all-around and vault competitions, as well as bronze on balance beam. “I’m thrilled that I was able to share my first Olympic Games experience with my U.S. teammates,” said Biles. “The support down here in Rio has been amazing – between my family, Team USA and Team Kellogg’s I’ve felt so much love. This whole experience has been a dream come true.” See the full release for more about Biles’s journey to the Olympics.
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Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will take a temporary leave of absence from Breitbart and will resume work with Breitbart the evening of November 8, 2016. “Steve is a huge piece of manpower and we know he will perform brilliantly in his new role as CEO of the Trump presidential campaign,” said Breitbart CEO and President Larry Solov. “We look forward to continuing to deliver the kind of first-in-class news coverage that has generated well-over one billion pageviews so far this year.” See the full release to learn more about Bannon’s temporary exit.
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Daren Metropoulos, a principal at investment firm Metropoulos & Co., has closed on his purchase of the Playboy Mansion at a sale price of $100 million. Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Enterprises, will continue to occupy the Mansion for his lifetime. “The Playboy Mansion is one of the most iconic properties in the world and the crown jewel of Holmby Hills and the platinum triangle,” said Mr. Metropoulos. “For the last 45 years, Mr. Hefner has imbued the estate with a rich and storied legacy. The property’s heritage is not only that of a famous address; it is a true masterpiece in design, constructed by a noted architect for a family who played an important role in the development of Los Angeles in the early 20th Century.” See the full release to see more about the sale, and the Mansion’s sister house — Metropoulos’s home since 2009.
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American Red Cross disaster workers are helping thousands of Louisiana residents with a safe place to stay and food to eat despite closed roads and continued flooding making it challenging to get relief supplies to where they are needed. “The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which we anticipate will cost at least $30 million and that number may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.” See the full release for how you can help.
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The votes have been tallied and the results are in. McLoven the Stud Muffin nosed out Kanye Westie in the dog division and Agent Jack Meower purred past Shakespurr in the cat category to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2016. Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 575,000 insured pets and put to a public vote where McLoven the Stud Muffin and Agent Jack Meower were crowned the wackiest. See the full release for the full list of names.
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“Did I lock the car?” “How can I warm up my car on a snowy morning without going outside, get my news and still get to work on time?” These are questions that can leave many car owners feeling frazzled. But not G80 and G90 owners, as Genesis is the first automaker to launch an Alexa skill, allowing remote voice commands to control connected cars. Genesis Connected Services can take care of these tasks and more from inside the home using the Alexa voice service on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. The new Alexa skill for Genesis is available today across Alexa-enabled devices. See the full release to read more about how the cars work.
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