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From Beyoncé to Rihanna, See All the Top Style Moments From the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Once again, the MTV Video Music Awards was all about the performances. Rihanna opened the show and performed three subsequent times during the broadcast (hey, she’s this year’s Video Vanguard Award recipient). At the end of her quartet, Drake stepped out to present the singer with her award. Beyoncé brought Lemonade to life up on stage in a refreshing medley of tracks. Kanye West didn’t rap live, but he showcased a new explicit video for “Fade” prefaced by a rambling speech that called out Taylor Swift and Anna Wintour (to name a few). Kim Kardashian introduced Britney Spears’ performance, which was a vast improvement from the Las Vegas headliner’s 2007 travesty. Outside of the performances, in a truly surreal moment, Jimmy Fallon dressed as Ryan Lochte as he presented Video of the Year to Beyoncé for “Formation.”

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When it came to fashion, it was no surprise that skin was still in. See-through pieces ruled the white carpet and black was definitely trending. There were a number of attendees who brightened up the ceremony with vibrant pops of color, outfitted in everything from cobalt blue to fiery red and even a rainbow pattern. A group of drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars gave a style shout-out to VMA looks of the past, including Lil’ Kim’s purple number and pastie, Lady Gaga’s meat dress and Britney Spears’ python stage outfit. But it was Rihanna and Beyoncé who really slayed on the fashion front (both on stage and off). For all the top style moments from this year’s show, just click through the slideshow above.

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Larson's Win Scrambles Chase Field

Kyle Larson grabbed the brass ring Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, winning the Pure Michigan 400 and securing a guaranteed spot in the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver came to Michigan’s Irish Hills with his back to the proverbial wall, after losing a whopping 59 points to the Chase cutoff in the previous two weeks. A 29th-place finish on the Watkins Glen road course and a 24th the following week at Bristol put Larson on the hot seat, with many railbirds pointing to Michigan as his last realistic chance to earn a berth in the 2016 Chase.
Sunday’s win – his first in 99 career Sprint Cup Series starts — secured that coveted playoff berth, making the Target Chevrolet driver the 13th different winner of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.
“I was teared-up the last few laps,” admitted Larson in Victory Lane. “I could just feel it. This was finally going to be it.”
“This means a lot for me and it means a lot for Kyle,” said crew chief Chad Johnston afterward. “We didn’t start out this year the way we wanted, but we’ve found speed throughout the year and the kid’s got a ton of talent. I think you’ll see more to come from Kyle Larson.”
In addition to punching his ticket to the Chase, Larson’s Michigan victory also left a maximum of just three Chase spots available for non-winners, based on points. When Larson jumped off the hot seat Sunday afternoon, at least four other drivers saw their Chase hopes pushed to the brink.
Michigan runner-up Chase Elliott is now 14th on the Chase grid, after losing five spots in the last eight weeks. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t (frustrated),” admitted Elliott, who was in position to win Sunday’s race after a stellar final pit stop, only to surrender the lead to Larson when the green flag flew with just eight laps remaining.
“If I wasn’t, that would mean I didn’t care. I just have to try to take the positives out of it.”
Behind Elliott, Austin Dillon and Jamie McMurray now own the final two spots in the 2016 Chase. McMurray holds a 27-point edge over Ryan Newman, whose 17th-place showing at MIS dropped him out of Chase eligibility for the first time since Dover in mid-May. The Richard Childress Racing driver has a knack for playing the “Winless Chase Qualifier” card, falling just a car length short of an unprecedented Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead Miami Speedway two years ago, without the benefit of a single checkered flag.
Now, however, Newman is even more of an underdog. With rumors swirling of a post-season departure from RCR in favor of youngster Ty Dillon, the “Rocket Man” needs to recoup half a race-worth of lost championship points in the final two starts of the regular season at Darlington and Richmond.
That’s a tough row to hoe, even for a driver used to making the Chase through the back door.
For Newman, McMurray, Dillon and Elliott, the next 14 days provide absolutely no room for error. One mistake, one botched restart, one mechanical failure will bring an unceremonious end to their 2016 championship hopes.
And another first-time winner at either Darlington or Richmond will throw an already tumultuous Chase grid into absolute turmoil.

There are sleepless nights ahead in the Elliott, Dillon, McMurray and Newman households.

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Some Bees Experience Deadly Jet Lag | Tucson Bee Removal Experts

Some Bees Experience Deadly Jet Lag | Tucson Bee Removal Experts

New research conducted at North Carolina State University has shown that bees can suffer severe health consequences as a result of long distance and extensive travel. Bees that travel long distances onboard trucks or other vehicles suffer greater oxidative stress than other bees that remain within their natural habitat.

Large amounts of bees are often relocated to areas where certain crops stand in need of pollination. The extensive and long distance travel can shorten the lives of the traveling bees due to the oxidative stress that they suffer. This stress can also lead to a weakened immune response making it more difficult for the traveling bees to fight off disease and parasites.

Since commercial agriculture means that various crops, such as almonds, apples and berries, are spread all over the United States and into many differing environments, bees are not always available in the natural habitat to pollinate crops. Therefore relocating massive amounts of bees across long distances is necessary to continue production. Unfortunately, this means that many traveling bees will develop health problems that result in less pollination.

Could this problem be solved by genetically modifying bees to allow them to withstand the stress of long distance travel?

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Czech Traveler Survives for a Month in the New Zealand Wilderness After Partner Dies

Here’s a harrowing tale of survival that will probably make a great book or film at some point. Last week, authorities found a Czech tourist who had been missing for more than a month in the wilderness of New Zealand. The woman was discovered living in a park warden’s hut along the Routeburn Track, one of the country’s popular trekking routes. She is said to be in reasonably good physical…

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6 burning questions we still need answered on 'Making a Murderer' season 2

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Netflix is currently in production on season two of its true-crime hit, “Making a Murderer.”

The docuseries follows Steven Avery, a man who had been cleared of a sexual assault charge after spending 18 years in prison.

Free and with a $36 million lawsuit pending against Wisconsin’s Manitowoc County, Avery suddenly found himself at the center of the investigation into the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

Even worse, his teen nephew, Brendan Dassey, was accused of helping.

In the end, both Avery and Dassey were given life sentences for Halbach’s murder.

Since “Murderer” was released in December 2015, many people have come away with their own takes and theories on the case. And there have been a couple major developments.

Kathleen Zellner, a defense attorney whose work has so far led to the overturning of wrongful convictions for 17 people, took on Avery’s case earlier this year. She has expressed nothing but confidence that she can get Avery freed.

And Dassey’s conviction was recently overturned. A federal judge in Milwaukee ruled that Dassey’s constitutional rights were violated when authorities questioned him without an adult present.

All this amounts to several loose ends that need to be tied up.

Here are six questions that need to be answered on “Making a Murderer” season two:

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How will Brendan Dassey’s overturned conviction play out for Steven Avery?

The recent overturning of Dassey’s murder conviction has revived the attention to Avery’s conviction. But how will it play out for Avery? Will Dassey become a trial witness for his uncle? Or will Avery’s attorney want to distance his case from Dassey’s?

Also, there’s still a chance that the state will refile charges against Dassey. Does that mean season two will once again feature Dassey’s trial?

Who is new defense attorney Kathleen Zellner’s alternate suspect?

During the trial and in the wake of the success of “Making a Murderer,” several possible alternate suspects in the Halbach murder have been discussed in the media and fan forums. They’ve included Avery family members, Halbach’s ex-boyfriend, and even a serial killer known for pinning his murders on others.

In March, Zellner said she was close to identifying alternate suspects among key people who knew the victim. Currently, Zellner says that she has a very good lead on an alternate suspect. Will that pan out?

Will new tests uncover that evidence was planted?

Since choosing to represent Avery, Zellner has been using new tests on the alleged crime scene and the evidence in the case. She hasn’t established whether earlier tests have come up with anything that would help Avery’s case, and recently told The New York Times that she’s embarking on more, with results coming back within 60 days.

Nonetheless, she still feels fairly certain her defense team will come up with something.

“It may not all be successful, but I believe if even one bit of evidence is planted, the conviction is going to be vacated,” she told The Times.

Will any of the tests prove that evidence was planted, as many “Making a Murderer” fans suspect, or is she bluffing?

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Esapekka Lappi linked to 2017 Toyota WRC drive after Skoda exit

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Kyle Larson came out on top in a tense late race battle with rookie Chase Elliott to win his maiden NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Michigan

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Inside the legal case everyone on Wall Street is talking about

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It is not uncommon for an investment banker to jump from one Wall Street firm to another.

It is less common for five of them — from the same team — to do it at the same time for the same rival. That’s what happened at Credit Suisse’s San Francisco-based technology team in May.

The bank’s response, though, was also just as unlikely: In early June, just days after the bankers gave their resignation, Credit Suisse went to court asking for a forensic search of their electronics and for a judge to keep them from starting work at the rival firm, Jefferies.

The injunction filings were first brought to light by a Reuters report on August 18 — two days after the five bankers were first free to call and recruit former Credit Suisse employees.

Credit Suisse accused the bankers of stealing proprietary documents and trying to poach former colleagues, court documents show. The bankers denied this in affidavits, and the injunction was granted only in part by the judge, ordering a litigation hold until the dispute is resolved in arbitration.

The bank wanted to prevent any harm to its business before that process could run its course. But the hasty and vague effort — the documents it claimed as confidential include a pitchbook for an initial public offering that is no longer active, for example — also highlights the pressure it was under to stem the tide of departures. Indeed, the technology bankers aren’t the only senior dealmakers to have left this year.

“It’s curious why Credit Suisse would file an injunction action articulating in only general, almost template language, the proof of the conduct alleged,” said Ruthann Granito, the president of Granito Ltd., a corporate advisory company, and a financial-industry attorney in New York who is not affiliated with the case. “Are they trying to stem the tide?”

A representative for Credit Suisse said: “The court put a stop to the inappropriate conduct of five individuals who departed Credit Suisse and violated their obligations to the firm. Despite their actions, our global technology business is continuing to have one of its strongest years in recent memory.”

Jefferies declined to comment.

A public pivot

The tech bankers are Steve West, who was cohead of software-investment banking; Bill Brady, chairman of global technology investment banking; John Metz, head of global enterprise technology banking; Cameron Lester, head of global internet banking; and Cully Davis, cohead of the Americas equity capital markets origination group. Each announced his departure for Jefferies on May 17.

Tidjane ThiamThe resignations had as much to do with internal sentiment toward CEO Tidjane Thiam as they did with the firm’s plunging stock price and its public pivot toward wealth management, according to several former employees of the bank.

Thiam, who took his post a year ago, turned heads in January when he said the pay model for investment bankers was broken and their compensation should not always remain stable or increase but instead fluctuate with the market.

While the firm has been explicit about the fact that this shift would come at the expense of its trading business, it has said it isn’t moving away from bread-and-butter investment banking. Still, Thiam’s comments have rubbed bankers the wrong way, the people said, and the departures reflect a sense that he doesn’t value the investment bank highly.

‘No real proof’

The five dealmakers began a period of gardening leave, a practice on Wall Street in which bankers remain employees of the firm for three to six months that keeps them from bringing pertinent trade secrets to their new employers. Yet Credit Suisse accused them of printing and stealing confidential information belonging to the bank before leaving.

Rather than wait for the issue to be addressed through mediation or arbitration, as the firm’s dispute policy requires, the bank filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent the dealmakers from using that information in a way that could harm Credit Suisse. The firm also attempted to block the five from soliciting any remaining employees.

“Each of these individuals managed a different vertical within the technology investment banking group. In combination basically half — more than half of that business walked out the door,” said Credit Suisse’s attorney, Robert Goldstein, according to a transcript of the June 29 hearing.

The five belonged to a specialized tech group working in the bank’s San Francisco office.

Though Credit Suisse won the temporary restraining order in early June, which lasted until a preliminary injunction hearing later that month, it did not at that point get the full injunction it had been seeking. Until the issue is sorted out in the private arena, the bankers are ordered not to destroy any evidence and the bank has to post a $25,000 bond to be paid out if it loses its case in mediation or arbitration.

credit suisse shadow bankersThe firm’s other injunction requests — preventing the former employees from starting work at Jefferies until they had undergone a forensic search of their possessions, for example, or blocking them from soliciting any Credit Suisse client they had ever previously pitched — were either withdrawn by Credit Suisse on assurances the bankers would not breach their contracts, or thrown out by the judge, Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich.

Four of the bankers also provided affidavits. Lester, for example, was accused of stealing information on an internet banking conference he had planned. He said the documents were used for a marketing summary and for thank-you notes to the attendees.

Metz was accused of connecting a USB device to a Credit Suisse-issued laptop in an attempt to transfer documents, but he said the firm had never issued him a laptop and that the only computer he had at work was a desktop. Several of the bankers said in affidavits that Credit Suisse has for years disabled computers from being able to upload files onto or download files from USB drives and that they were aware that any attempt to do so would be futile.

Other information they are accused of stealing includes contact lists and compensation information.

Ultimately, the arbitrator’s ruling on this will have to determine how to define what is proprietary. Is a banker’s client list, for example, his property or that of his bank? Are old pitchbooks on an initial public offering that is finished considered trade secrets?

As for the claim that the dealmakers tried to poach other employees, the judge on June 29 said: “There is no real proof that they did. There is nothing from any of the clients or from any employees, no affidavits saying ‘I was contact by any of these people.'”

The bottom line

If you’re going to file for an injunction — that is, an order to hold everything on the assumption that you’ll ultimately win your case — you have to be very sure that you are going to win. That’s why the bank had to post a bond, to repay the bankers if they end up winning the case.

And to be certain that you’re going to win, you need to have a very good case laid out — and a very specific one. The judge, meanwhile, said Credit Suisse’s “allegations are not specific enough for me to know exactly what’s going on” and did not ultimately grant it the full injunction.

Of course there’s still a chance the bank could get its way in mediation. That Credit Suisse didn’t win the full injunction is not an indication that it won’t win the ultimate case. Whether the five bankers stole from the bank has yet to be proved.

The case is Credit Suisse Securities USA LLC v. Stephen West, William Brady, John Metz, Robert Lester and Charles Davis, Supreme Court, New York of New York, No. 653002/2016.

SEE ALSO: Credit Suisse’s CEO dodged an important question about his investment bankers

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