Happy 61st birthday, IHOP. Here’s how the chain still rakes in billions

New York (CNN Business)IHOP celebrates its 61st birthday Tuesday, capping off a momentous year that introduced a fake name change and a new menu item. 1958 IHOP was founded by two brothers, Al and Jerry Lapin, who discovered “inspiration in the tropical tastes of coconut syrup and dreaming up the idea of a local restaurant centered around pancakes,” according to IHOP. The first restaurant opened in a suburb of Los Angeles. The company said IHOP was a popular hotspot for Hollywood stars, including Doris Day, Milton Berle and Jimmy Stewart. 1973 IHOP went by its full name, International House of Pancakes, until 1973. That’s when it began using its now-familiar acronym. 1978 IHOP restaurants were recognizable by their A-frame roofs. …

Prosecutors Say Evidence Against Jeffrey Epstein Growing ‘Stronger By The Day’

Prosecutors say Epstein, 66, is a flight risk and danger to the community and should remain incarcerated until he is tried on charges that he recruited and abused dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In a written submission Friday to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, prosecutors revealed new information about their investigation and why they perceive Epstein as dangerous. Prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, in the last year. That came after the Miami Herald reported the circumstances of his state court conviction in 2008, which led to a 13-month …

Facebook and Google are keeping tabs on what porn you’re watching

(iStock) BERNIE SANDERS SAYS HE’D ABSOLUTELY TRY TO BREAK UP FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AMAZON Even if a person were to enter into “incognito mode” on their browser, meaning that their results were supposedly not being tracked, they still were, the researchers found. Using a hypothetical person named “Jack,” the researchers note that incognito mode only means the browsing history is not stored on Jack’s computer. “The sites he visits, as well as any third-party trackers, may observe and record his online actions,” the study adds. “These third-parties may even infer Jack’s sexual interests from the URLs of the sites he accesses. They might also use what they have decided about these interests for marketing or building a consumer profile. They may …

Asia’s meth trade is worth an estimated $61B as region becomes ‘playground’ for drug gangs

(CNN)Deep in the jungle in Thailand’s northern Chiang Mai province, a unit of armed border officers were on duty late last month when they stumbled on a cave stuffed with drugs. A UNODC report published Thursday found the methamphetamine trade is now worth between $30 billion and $61 billion per year in East and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. The UNODC report noted that it has found “large quantities” of meth are also being trafficked through Laos — which also borders Myanmar — to Vietnam, which has ample coastline for shipping to nearby markets such as Malaysia and the Philippines, but also to Australia and New Zealand. Coyne, the former Australian Federal Police official, said drug gangs have …

Chicago mayor: Police ‘are losing the streets’ to major eruptions of violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. (Getty) Lightfoot’s comments also came off the back of one of the city’s bloodiest weekends so far this year, in which more than 40 people shot, nine of them fatally. Right before Independence Day, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally. OCASIO-CORTEZ CONTINUES TWITTER SPAT WITH TRUMP, LINKS GOP TO WHITE SUPREMACY More than 1,500 extra Chicago Police officers hit the streets, parks and lakefront for the July 4 holiday, typically one of the most violent weekends of the year. Police also executed three separate operations in June that resulted …

Why Acosta absolutely had to go

(CNN)Sometimes no deal is better than a bad deal. That is perhaps one of the most important lessons that now former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta should absorb as his career appears to be crashing and burning in the wake of the “Lolita Express,” the nickname accorded to Jeffrey Epstein’s now-infamous corporate jet. The reason is that pedophiles are well known to be repeat offenders. Acosta was an experienced enough prosecutor back then to know that any guilty plea likely to put a pedophile back in circulation where he can damage the lives of even more innocent children is most probably a very bad deal. It is also the kind of plea destined to rebound and destroy the prosecutor’s own reputation …

Kumail Nanjiani: Math In The ‘Silicon Valley’ Jerk-Off Algorithm Is All Real

Kumail Nanjiani gave fans the lowdown on that iconic jerk-off algorithm from the “Silicon Valley” Season 1 finale. “They got people from Stanford to do the math. So when you’re looking at the board and all math is there, that’s all real,” said Kumail, who also stars in the Friday release “Stuber” with Dave Bautista. “There’s a lot of things to consider,” he said. “That was my favorite scene to do.” REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.

New Bond movie scenes being filmed in Highlands

The property was Glenbogle in the BBC series Monarch of the Glen. Eon Productions, which is making the film for release in April 2020, has been asked for comment. While not commenting specifically on the Bond movie, Highland Council’s film office said it had assisted a number of productions every year. A spokeswoman added: “As well as providing an immediate benefit during filming, many of these productions and, most notably, successful movies or well-known TV series also provide a showcase for the area that brings further tourism benefits.” Image caption The Bond production is shooting scenes in the Cairngorms

In pictures: Led Zeppelin’s first concert, in 1968

Photographer Jorgen Angel documented Led Zeppelin’s first concert, on 7 September 1968, capturing unique images of the band. Image copyright Jorgen Angel Image copyright Jorgen Angel The book also features pictures of the band at other concerts photographed by Angel, seen below. Image copyright Jorgen Angel The band were called the New Yardbirds at the time and were performing at a Danish school youth club. The New Yardbirds comprised the four famous Led Zeppelin members: Image copyright Jorgen Angel Their precursor, the Yardbirds, included Page, playing experimental music such as using a violin bow on his Fender Telecaster guitar, and a number of other influential artists, such as Eric Clapton. Image copyright Jorgen Angel Angel was the house photographer at …

John F. Kennedy was emotionally devastated by his cousin Anthony Radziwills cancer diagnosis, says pal

John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn arrive for a gala awards dinner in New York, in this May 19, 1999 file photo. — Reuters Radziwill lost his battle to cancer on Aug. 10, 1999 at age 40 — nearly a month after Kennedy passed away. Terenzio spoke to Fox News about what it was really like to work with Kennedy and how he was “emotionally devastated” by Radziwill’s cancer diagnosis. Fox News: There are so many myths surrounding your friend John F. Kennedy Jr. What were some that you wanted to address in this documentary and why?Terenzio: I don’t know about myths, but we did want to portray John as the man he was — a leader, a mentor and …

May announces body to tackle social injustice

Theresa May: Did she solve her seven burning injustices? Has life expectancy fallen in Britain? Downing Street said it would gather information where there was currently a lack of reliable data, but it would not make policy recommendations. Theresa May said: “I am proud of what we have achieved to make the UK a more just society. “But there is more to be done now and in the years to come, if we are truly to say that this is a country which works for everyone.” She added that policies such as mandatory reporting on the gender pay gap had shown how data could be used to tackle existing cases of injustice. Number 10 said the new body would follow …

China will be US military’s ‘primary challenge’ for decades, says top general

(CNN)China will remain the “primary challenge” to the United States military for as long as a century, warned President Donald Trump’s nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday. Milley was fielding questions about how he would function as the President’s principal military adviser and handle the pressure of delivering his own opinions in the Oval Office. If confirmed, he will succeed outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, to become the highest-ranking military officer in the United States and principal military adviser to the President. This transition would come at a time when the Trump administration faces a variety of geopolitical challenges, including the continued expansion of Chinese military power, as seen in areas …

Sex Offender Registries Don’t Keep Kids Safe, But Politicians Keep Expanding Them Anyway

The first time Damian Winters got evicted was in 2015. He was living with his wife and two sons in suburban Nashville when his probation officer called his landlord and informed him that Winters was a registered sex offender. The previous year, when he was 24 years old, Winters had been arrested for downloading a three-minute porn clip. The file description said the girl in the video was 16; the prosecutor said she was 14. He was charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and, because he had used file-sharing software to download the video, attempted distribution of child pornography.  Winters had no criminal record, no history of contact with children and no other illegal files on his computer. …

Florida Principal Removed After Defending Holocaust Deniers

principal in defended Holocaust deniers in an email to a parent has been removed from his position. Boca Raton told a parent that “not everyone believes the “In addition to being offensive, the principal’s statement is not supported by either the School District Administration or the School Board,” the district Latson has been reassigned to an unspecified job as the district searches for his replacement at the high school. Latson, in an April 2018 email exchange with an unidentified parent who asked how his school teaches about the World War II atrocity that killed 6 million Jews, said he had to be respectful of those who don’t accept the Holocaust as historical fact. obtained by the Palm Beach Post through …

Iran shows growing fury in the Gulf. It really is desperate to talk

Abu Dhabi (CNN)The British Heritage super tanker is owned by BP, under a British flag, and on charter to an Anglo-Dutch company, so it’s unsurprising that the ship appeared to abandon suddenly its plans over the weekend as it sailed within sight of Iran. The skipper’s instincts were dead on. According to sources in the British Ministry of Defence, the Montrose drove off three Iranian gunboats that sought to herd the tanker into Iranian waters in or near the Straits of Hormuz. HMS Montrose manned its guns and leveled its 30-millimeter automatic cannon to add menace to the verbal warnings given to the Iranian ships to clear off. The Iranians deny the incident ever occurred. But the United States says …