Sean Parker sets up $250 million cancer immunotherapy collaboration

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will include over 40 laboratories and more than 300 researchers from six key cancer centers: New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering, Stanford Medicine, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, San Francisco, Houston's University of Texas MD Anderson and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The institute will focus on the emerging field of cancer immunotherapy, which harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer cells.
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Trump’s daughters and wife defend his treatment of women

Throughout the Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump has had a strained relationship with female voters — thanks in part to his derogatory comments about women. Asked by an audience member what they think about the media’s portrayal of Trump as insensitive to women, his daughters Ivanka and Tiffany and wife, Melania, came to his defense. “I’ve witnessed these incredible female role models that he’s employed in the highest executive positions at the Trump organization my entire life.
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Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Grassley tells Garland no hearings

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland walks after a breakfast with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill WashingtonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court selection, failed to persuade Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley during a private meeting on Tuesday to hold confirmation hearings on his nomination. "As he indicated last week, Grassley explained why the Senate won't be moving forward during this hyper-partisan election year," Grassley's office said in a statement that described the meeting as "cordial and pleasant." The two men met for 70 minutes in the Senate dining room.


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Taxpayers pick up bulk of rehab bill for ‘affluenza’ Texan: newspaper

File photo of Ethan Couch is seen in a booking photo released by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Ft Worth, TexasTexas taxpayers picked up most of the $200,000 bill for the so-called affluenza teen's court-ordered rehabilitation in a probation deal that kept him out of prison for killing four while driving drunk, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Ethan Couch, who turned 19 this week and was 16 at the time of the incident, will be in a Tarrant County adult court on Wednesday for a likely determination of how much time behind bars he must spend for violating the probation deal. Taxpayers paid more than $150,000 of the bill for his year-long rehabilitation because his parents were unable to pay for all of the treatment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said, citing court documents.


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Kobe Bryant says farewell after 20 years with the LA Lakers

Kobe Bryant says farewell after 20 years with the LA LakersKobe Bryant is down to one last shot, and everybody knows he's going to take it. After two decades spent dazzling the world, Bryant will end his basketball career at home with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Nobody ever got to spend 20 seasons with one NBA team before the 37-year-old Bryant, and he intends to thank Los Angeles with one last display of his transcendent talent.


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Obama gives U.S. women’s soccer an assist in pay dispute

Obama gives U.S. women’s soccer an assist in pay disputeBarack Obama welcomes the U.S. Women’s National Team to the White House last year. Barack Obama welcomed the U.S. women’s soccer team to the White House to celebrate their World Cup championship, saying they had achieved “payback” for prior defeats. On Wednesday, he waded into the battle over the considerable difference in pay between men and women players.


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