Rupert Murdoch Touts Michael Bloomberg for President

"It's time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring"

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced his top choice for a presidential candidate on Sunday, urging New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to “step into [the] ring.”

Murdoch touted Bloomberg as a serious contender to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who has held a narrow lead in the polls, despite stiff competition and a string of controversial comments. Murdoch dubbed Bloomberg as the alternative “billionaire candidate.”

Murdoch was tweeting from a yacht above the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia, where he also seemed to suggest climate change damage to the reef was untrue.

He later seemed to backtrack:


Watch Jon Stewart Get Body Slammed by WWE Wrestler

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JP Yim—Getty Images Jon Stewart gets into the action at WWE SummerSlam 2015 Barclays Center of Brooklyn in New York City on Aug. 23, 2015.

"Stewart asked for it"

Jon Stewart returned to the ring Monday evening to mend fences with WWE wrestler John Cena, one day after the retired Daily Show host swung a chair into Cena’s gut.

Cena claimed to “understand” why Stewart launched a sneak attack, and asked for Stewart’s understanding in return, before treating the comedian to his signature body slam, the Attitude Adjustment.

TIME Companies

Blue Bell Ice Cream Will Return to Stores at the End of August

Blue Bell Ice Cream is seen on shelves of a grocery store prior to being removed on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a Listeria contamination. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire—Getty Images Blue Bell Ice Cream is seen on shelves of a grocery store in Overland Park, Kansas, on Apr. 21, 2015.

The company was forced to close its plants after a listeria outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries announced that its first shipment of ice cream will ship to “select markets” on August 31, roughly four months after a Listeria contamination forced the company to issue a nationwide recall.

Blue Bell resumed production at its upgraded Alabama creamery in late July, while its Texas and Oklahoma facilities remain closed pending further upgrades.

“Over the past several months we have been working to make our facilities even better, and to ensure that everything we produce is safe, wholesome and of the highest quality for you to enjoy,” Ricky Dickson, Blue Bell’s vice president of sales and marketing said in a press release.

The company announced a phased shipment plan that will begin with deliveries to parts of Texas and Alabama and eventually fan out across 15 states.

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Watch Heidi Klum Shrug Off Donald Trump’s Latest Insult

"Sadly, she's no longer a 10"

One day after Donald Trump declared Heidi Klum “no longer a 10,” the supermodel struck back at the Republican frontrunner over Twitter on Monday, showing that as far as she was concerned, his opinions amounted to a big, fat zero.

Klum shrugged off his critique in a video response posted to her official Twitter account, in which she can be seen feigning shock as she’s demoted to a “9.99” during a photo shoot. A quick shrug of the shoulders says it all.

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Airline to Begin Weighing Passengers for ‘Flight Safety’

Airline to set up a “special weighing machine” at the departure gate

Uzbekistan Airlines announced a new policy that involves weighing passengers shortly before take off.

A statement by the airline announced a decision to install a “special weighing machine” at departure gates, where passengers would be weighed along with their luggage.

“According to the rules of International Air Transport Association, airlines are obliged to carry out the regular procedures of preflight control passengers weighing with hand baggage to observe requirements for ensuring flight safety,” read a statement posted to the airline’s webpage.

A spokesperson for the International Air Transport Association denied any knowledge of a regulation that would require passengers to stand on a scale, adding in a statement to CNN that airlines normally calculate passenger loads as a mathematical average, rather than a precise, personal measurement.

TIME A Year In Space

Here’s How to Chat With the International Space Station

You'll need a Ham radio

NASA confirmed on Wednesday that anyone with a ham radio could potentially make contact with the International Space Station (ISS), as one astonished user discovered earlier this month.

Adrian Lane, a ham radio enthusiast in Coleford, England, was stunned to receive a reply from an astronaut aboard the ISS, after spending nearly a month in his backyard shed attempting to make contact. “They came back to me and said, ‘Receiving you – welcome aboard the International Space Station,'” Lane told the BBC.

And technically speaking, anyone with similar radio expertise can do the same thing. A NASA spokesperson told the New York Times that the space station is equipped with a ham radio, which is set to a public frequency. Astronauts can use the radio to strike up an idle chat at will, usually during their break hours.


TIME tennis

Serena Williams Contemplates Life After Tennis

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Thomas Concordia—Getty Images Serena Williams walks the runway at the Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection show during STYLE360 on September 9, 2014 in New York City.

The tennis champ discusses her body's limits and a promising career in fashion

Fresh off of her grand slam victory at Wimbledon, Serena Williams candidly acknowledged the physical toll tennis has exacted on her body and an awareness that, at age 33, she has begun to position herself for life after tennis.

“We were so fast,” Serena said of herself and her sister, Venus, in an interview published in Wednesday’s issue of New York magazine, before laughing at her inadvertent slippage into the past tense. “We are,” she said. “We were. Gosh, is this over?”

Not that the tennis champ has a shortage of opportunities beyond court. She said she and her sister “brought fashion back to tennis” with a new line of athletic clothing, and is currently modeling her latest clothing line in an eye-popping photo shoot.


These Are the Least Religious Cities in the U.S.

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Paul Zimmerman—Getty Images Saint Patrick's Cathedral at the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day parade on the March 17, 2012 in New York, United States.

A new survey finds that Americans who reject organized religion tend to concentrate in urban areas

A new survey of religious beliefs across the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas finds that “religiously unaffiliated” residents match or exceed all other religious dominations in 10 major U.S. cities.

The survey results, released by the Public Religion Research Institute on Wednesday, reveal that Americans who do no identify with any organized religion tend to flock to urban areas, with some of the largest shares cropping up in Portland (42%), San Francisco (33%) and Seattle (33%).

Catholic communities dominate in 15 U.S. cities, while evangelical Protestants hold sway over another 6 cities. The results are derived from the institute’s American Values Atlas, which rolls up survey results from 50,000 Americans each year.

TIME Basketball

Michael Jordan says There’s ‘No Question’ He Could Have Beaten LeBron James One-On-One

NBA: Heat v Bobcats Game 4
Charlotte Observer—Getty Images Charlotte Bobcats' team owner Michael Jordan shakes hands with Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6), after the Heat defeated the Bobcats, 109-98, in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 28, 2014.

Jordan also said the best Bulls would have "killed" the best Lakers

Retired basketball legend Michael Jordan has no doubt that the latest batch of all-stars, LeBron James included, wouldn’t have stood a chance against him in a one-on-one matchup.

“This is the ESPN question,” Jordan said during a Q&A session marking at the 20th annual Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, California, Sports Illustrated reports. “If I was in my prime, could I beat Lebron in a one-on-one game? No question,” before adding, “And he’s going to say no question.”

The response comes a few weeks after Cleveland Cavaliers forward James surpassed Jordan’s record for the most minutes played during playoffs.

Jordan also challenged Shaquille O’Neal’s theory that the top 5 Lakers players would have mopped the floor with the top 5 Bulls players by a 50 point spread.

“I think we would have killed them,” Jordan countered.

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