British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt

Sandeep and Reena Mander say they were told they were unlikely to succeed as the only children in need were white

A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.

Sandeep and Reena Mander said they had wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background.

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Cirrus Vision Jet

It isn’t just the most affordable jet on the market. The Cirrus Vision Jet also promises to be among the easiest to fly. The result of a full decade of…Visit Uncrate for the full post.

Senate healthcare bill would cut insurance for 22 million Americans, CBO says

Republicans’ draft bill improves slightly on projections over next decade compared to similar legislation passed by House counterparts

Twenty-two million Americans will lose health insurance coverage over the next 10 years under the draft Senate healthcare bill, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Related: ‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan

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Trump travel ban: US supreme court partially lifts block on order

Supreme court agrees to hear arguments on legality of controversial order in the fall after lifting significant elements of lower court orders to block ban

The US supreme court handed a partial victory to the Trump administration on Monday as it lifted significant elements of lower court orders blocking the president’s controversial travel ban targeting visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries.

Related: Refugee admissions nearly halved as supreme court mulls Trump travel ban

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Apple acquires SMI eye-tracking company

 In a move that is sure to stoke rumors about Apple’s future work in augmented and virtual reality technologies, Apple has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), an eye-tracking firm. The German company has done significant work in eye-tracking research with proprietary eyeglass hardware while also working on consumer-focused applications like eye-tracking for virtual reality. Read More

The Angle: Year of the Tick Edition

Gorsuch, revealed: With his dissent in the Supreme Court ruling on Monday that will require states to list same-sex parents on birth certificates, Justice Neil Gorsuch indicated he opposes equal rights for same-sex couples. And so, just two months in, Gorsuch has “revealed himself to be everything that liberals had most feared: pro-gun, pro–travel ban, anti-gay, anti–church/state separation,” writes Mark Joseph Stern.

The DOJ whisperer: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and his ousted predecessor Sally Yates have a lot more in common than just their drama with Trump this year: They share a trusted adviser, a former prosecutor named Scott Newton Schools, who is the senior-most career attorney at the Department of Justice. Leon Neyfakh learns more about “the most important unknown person in D.C.” and how he might influence the future of the DOJ.

How to “think like a tick”: Scientists predicted this year would be a bad one for ticks. Melinda Wenner Moyer outlines everything you need to do to protect yourself and your family from the vicious bloodsuckers.

Follow the white lines: To Medellín, where cocaine is illegal but easily accessible—even encouraged, perhaps. It’s been decades since Pablo Escobar’s rule, but tourists still flock to the Colombian city to indulge in the white powder and other drugs. Ben Grenrock headed to the former murder capital of the world to see how the city has tried to improve its notorious reputation, and how the drug is still holding it back.

For fun: This July Fourth, Slate and the National Archives have a challenge for you: Condense the Declaration of Independence into a single tweet.

And don’t forget to tag #TinyDeclaration,
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Stayawhile gets $1.5M to target the sweet spot between Airbnb and long-term rentals

 New York-based startup Stayawhile announced today that it’s scored $1.5 million in seed funding to provide travelers with what founder Janine Yorio refers to as “medium-term housing.” It’s a midway point between your standard hotel/Airbnb stay and a year-plus apartment lease, aimed at vacations and business travelers who’d like to spread out their stay in a new city… Read More

GM cuts outlook for U.S. new-vehicle sales in 2017

GM now expects U.S. new-vehicle sales in 2017 will be in the “low 17 million” unit range, reflecting widespread expectations that industry volume is headed for a moderate downturn, as a flood of nearly-new used cars and light trucks hit the market.