lofilolo/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Walter Palmer, the American dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, recently sent out a letter to the patients of River Bluff Dental, his Bloomington, Minnesota, dental practice that remained closed with the shades down as of Wednesday afternoon.

Palmer’s letter to his patients sent via email Tuesday night began by explaining his hobby of hunting, which he referred to as “one of my passions outside dentistry.”

“To my valued patients: As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you,” he wrote. “I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting.”

Palmer then explained his involvement in the killing of Cecil the lion, almost exactly worded like the statement he released Tuesday. He explained he was in Zimbabwe during early July on a bow hunting trip for big game and that he “hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits.”

He continued, “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt. I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.”

“Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion,” he added. “That was never my intention.”

A small, growing memorial to Cecil remained outside Palmer’s dental office today including stuffed animals, a flower, and a sign that read, “You are a coward and a killer! :-(“

Palmer also explained he was receiving a “substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general,” that “disrupted our business and our ability to see our patients.”

He apologized for the inconvenience, adding that “we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible” and that they were working with patients with immediate needs to be referred to other dentists.

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lofilolo/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Walter Palmer, the American dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, recently sent out a letter to the patients of River Bluff Dental, his Bloomington, Minnesota, dental practice that remained closed with the shades down as of Wednesday afternoon.

Palmer’s letter to his patients sent via email Tuesday night began by explaining his hobby of hunting, which he referred to as “one of my passions outside dentistry.”

“To my valued patients: As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you,” he wrote. “I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting.”

Palmer then explained his involvement in the killing of Cecil the lion, almost exactly worded like the statement he released Tuesday. He explained he was in Zimbabwe during early July on a bow hunting trip for big game and that he “hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits.”

He continued, “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt. I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.”

“Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion,” he added. “That was never my intention.”

A small, growing memorial to Cecil remained outside Palmer’s dental office today including stuffed animals, a flower, and a sign that read, “You are a coward and a killer! :-(“

Palmer also explained he was receiving a “substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general,” that “disrupted our business and our ability to see our patients.”

He apologized for the inconvenience, adding that “we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible” and that they were working with patients with immediate needs to be referred to other dentists.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — When Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 22, Mike Epps tweeted: “I’d like to say f*** fame! It kills all of us.”

Elaborating, Epps told ABC Radio, “Fame will kill you. It kills most of us. It’s not ever a great ending. I don’t hear too many great endings of really, really rich and famous people. Maybe a couple. So, it does, man. Fame is tough.”

Brown passed away Sunday months after being found unconscious in her bathtub January 31. She’ll be laid to rest Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. The burial will be in Westfield, New Jersey at the Fairview Cemetery on Monday — the same location where her late mother Whitney Houston is buried.

Epps said that many celebrities mishandle their fame.

“When you sit and add it all up, and you think about it, you find yourself doing it for legacy. It’s only so much money you could have, it’s only so many cars you can have, so many houses, so many friends,” he explained. “You gotta be really prepared mentally to understand what was the most important thing of doing all of it. Some people never find out what was important of them doing what they did. They just accumulate things.”

Epps added that he has no interest in fame. “If I can inspire someone else that came from nothing, my job is done. If I can leave a legacy for my children, my grandchildren, my job is done,” he said.

Epps is set to return to the small screen in the second season of Survivor’s Remorse, returning to Starz on August 22. He’s also starring in ABC’s new family comedy, Uncle Buck. That reportedly premieres in 2016.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — When Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 22, Mike Epps tweeted: “I’d like to say f*** fame! It kills all of us.”

Elaborating, Epps told ABC Radio, “Fame will kill you. It kills most of us. It’s not ever a great ending. I don’t hear too many great endings of really, really rich and famous people. Maybe a couple. So, it does, man. Fame is tough.”

Brown passed away Sunday months after being found unconscious in her bathtub January 31. She’ll be laid to rest Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. The burial will be in Westfield, New Jersey at the Fairview Cemetery on Monday — the same location where her late mother Whitney Houston is buried.

Epps said that many celebrities mishandle their fame.

“When you sit and add it all up, and you think about it, you find yourself doing it for legacy. It’s only so much money you could have, it’s only so many cars you can have, so many houses, so many friends,” he explained. “You gotta be really prepared mentally to understand what was the most important thing of doing all of it. Some people never find out what was important of them doing what they did. They just accumulate things.”

Epps added that he has no interest in fame. “If I can inspire someone else that came from nothing, my job is done. If I can leave a legacy for my children, my grandchildren, my job is done,” he said.

Epps is set to return to the small screen in the second season of Survivor’s Remorse, returning to Starz on August 22. He’s also starring in ABC’s new family comedy, Uncle Buck. That reportedly premieres in 2016.

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Robin Marchant/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump has responded to allegations he had a “meltdown” when a lawyer asked for a break from a deposition to pump breast milk for her newborn daughter by saying the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, wanted to pump in front of him.

In an interview with ABC News, Beck called the claims “not true” and explained she had been pumping in a private conference room during the week of the deposition.

“They don’t cite any support,” Beck said. “I was, for example, not in a state of undress.”

Trump told CNN Wednesday, “She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that’s disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible.”

Beck said she instead gestured to her pump to explain why she needed to take a break, but stressed she was always going to “pump in private.” It was then Beck said Trump had a “meltdown.”

“He completely lost it,” she said. “And he left, ran out of there and the lawyers were just standing there with their mouths hanging open. He didn’t return.”

She said he started to “shake, his face got really red, he pointed his finger and shook it and said, ‘You’re disgusting! You’re disgusting!’ Then he bolted and no one saw him again.”

The incident was first reported in the New York Times. Beck also provided a copy of the November 2011 deposition to ABC News. In it Trump also seems to not want to stop the deposition even for a moment to let one of his own attorneys take a bathroom break.

The lawyer asks if he can “take a one-minute break for the restroom,” to which Beck says, “Yes, of course. I was going to say we take a five to ten-minute break.”

Trump then responds: “You have to take a one-minute break? Can we go on and finish this? Let’s not take a one-minute break.”

Trump’s attorney Alan Garten — who was in the room during the incident — spoke to ABC News and vigorously denied the situation happened the way Beck described, saying, “she is completely distorting the facts. Her telling of the story is absolutely absurd. She should be ashamed of herself and she should be ashamed of her behavior.”

Garten continued, saying it “has nothing to do with breastfeeding, this is only about one thing, acting professionally in a legal proceeding.” He also said, like Trump, he did think she would pump in front of them.

“That would not shock me,” he said. “It was certainly bizarre behavior and that is consistent with her behavior throughout the case.”

Beck said when it comes to Trump’s presidential aspirations she’s concerned about his “inability to handle stressful situations.”

“If something so innocuous makes this man scream and run out, what else is going to make this man scream and run out? What other weird weaknesses does he have? And are we going to leave it to other countries to find out how our future president may behave when piece of plastic shows up at meetings?,” she said referring to parts of the breast pump.

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Robin Marchant/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump has responded to allegations he had a “meltdown” when a lawyer asked for a break from a deposition to pump breast milk for her newborn daughter by saying the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, wanted to pump in front of him.

In an interview with ABC News, Beck called the claims “not true” and explained she had been pumping in a private conference room during the week of the deposition.

“They don’t cite any support,” Beck said. “I was, for example, not in a state of undress.”

Trump told CNN Wednesday, “She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that’s disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible.”

Beck said she instead gestured to her pump to explain why she needed to take a break, but stressed she was always going to “pump in private.” It was then Beck said Trump had a “meltdown.”

“He completely lost it,” she said. “And he left, ran out of there and the lawyers were just standing there with their mouths hanging open. He didn’t return.”

She said he started to “shake, his face got really red, he pointed his finger and shook it and said, ‘You’re disgusting! You’re disgusting!’ Then he bolted and no one saw him again.”

The incident was first reported in the New York Times. Beck also provided a copy of the November 2011 deposition to ABC News. In it Trump also seems to not want to stop the deposition even for a moment to let one of his own attorneys take a bathroom break.

The lawyer asks if he can “take a one-minute break for the restroom,” to which Beck says, “Yes, of course. I was going to say we take a five to ten-minute break.”

Trump then responds: “You have to take a one-minute break? Can we go on and finish this? Let’s not take a one-minute break.”

Trump’s attorney Alan Garten — who was in the room during the incident — spoke to ABC News and vigorously denied the situation happened the way Beck described, saying, “she is completely distorting the facts. Her telling of the story is absolutely absurd. She should be ashamed of herself and she should be ashamed of her behavior.”

Garten continued, saying it “has nothing to do with breastfeeding, this is only about one thing, acting professionally in a legal proceeding.” He also said, like Trump, he did think she would pump in front of them.

“That would not shock me,” he said. “It was certainly bizarre behavior and that is consistent with her behavior throughout the case.”

Beck said when it comes to Trump’s presidential aspirations she’s concerned about his “inability to handle stressful situations.”

“If something so innocuous makes this man scream and run out, what else is going to make this man scream and run out? What other weird weaknesses does he have? And are we going to leave it to other countries to find out how our future president may behave when piece of plastic shows up at meetings?,” she said referring to parts of the breast pump.

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Robin Marchant/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump has responded to allegations he had a “meltdown” when a lawyer asked for a break from a deposition to pump breast milk for her newborn daughter by saying the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, wanted to pump in front of him.

In an interview with ABC News, Beck called the claims “not true” and explained she had been pumping in a private conference room during the week of the deposition.

“They don’t cite any support,” Beck said. “I was, for example, not in a state of undress.”

Trump told CNN Wednesday, “She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that’s disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible.”

Beck said she instead gestured to her pump to explain why she needed to take a break, but stressed she was always going to “pump in private.” It was then Beck said Trump had a “meltdown.”

“He completely lost it,” she said. “And he left, ran out of there and the lawyers were just standing there with their mouths hanging open. He didn’t return.”

She said he started to “shake, his face got really red, he pointed his finger and shook it and said, ‘You’re disgusting! You’re disgusting!’ Then he bolted and no one saw him again.”

The incident was first reported in the New York Times. Beck also provided a copy of the November 2011 deposition to ABC News. In it Trump also seems to not want to stop the deposition even for a moment to let one of his own attorneys take a bathroom break.

The lawyer asks if he can “take a one-minute break for the restroom,” to which Beck says, “Yes, of course. I was going to say we take a five to ten-minute break.”

Trump then responds: “You have to take a one-minute break? Can we go on and finish this? Let’s not take a one-minute break.”

Trump’s attorney Alan Garten — who was in the room during the incident — spoke to ABC News and vigorously denied the situation happened the way Beck described, saying, “she is completely distorting the facts. Her telling of the story is absolutely absurd. She should be ashamed of herself and she should be ashamed of her behavior.”

Garten continued, saying it “has nothing to do with breastfeeding, this is only about one thing, acting professionally in a legal proceeding.” He also said, like Trump, he did think she would pump in front of them.

“That would not shock me,” he said. “It was certainly bizarre behavior and that is consistent with her behavior throughout the case.”

Beck said when it comes to Trump’s presidential aspirations she’s concerned about his “inability to handle stressful situations.”

“If something so innocuous makes this man scream and run out, what else is going to make this man scream and run out? What other weird weaknesses does he have? And are we going to leave it to other countries to find out how our future president may behave when piece of plastic shows up at meetings?,” she said referring to parts of the breast pump.

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stu99/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Stocks rose higher on an indication from the Federal Reserve that it may be ready to raise interest rates later this year.

The Dow closed up 120 points while the NASDAQ rose 23 points. The S&P added 15 points.

Facebook reported its latest earnings after the close – it’s second quarter numbers beat expectations.

If you’re planning to make a big purchase, something you’ll need to finance, you may want to do it soon. The Federal Reserve has indicated it could raise interest rates later this year but it still wants to see more growth in the economy. It won’t offer a timetable for the increase.

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Jill Greenberg/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — SPOILER ALERT: Orange Is the New Black fans didn’t see much of Natasha Lyonne, and her character, the heroin-addicted, Nicky, this season. Still, the actress said it made sense.

“I feel a great deal of solidarity with the cast of Game of Thrones,” she quipped at a panel during the Television Critics Association’s Summer TV Press Tour 2015, according to E! News.

After three episodes, Lyonne’s Nicky was sent to a maximum security part of the jail after she was blamed for bringing drugs into the federal prison in which the drama is set.

“We have an incredible puppet master in [creator] Jenji [Kohan] and there’s a great deal of trust that I have in that,” she continued. “I’m pretty much a person who is up for adventure and I thought it was wise to have there be a big consequence for Nicky’s playing around with heroin. …There’s going to be hell to pay at a certain point for playing with her personal fire.”

Lyonne added, “I think it makes sense and I think that the stakes of the show and the reason it resonates and continues to is ultimately because of this underlying intensity to the fact that these people have lost their freedom and are up against themselves behind these walls. I think it’s a good thing to have major characters suffer major consequences. Otherwise, I think it might be a little bit too friendly and it loses some of its bite.”

Although Lyonne spoke a lot about her character, she wouldn’t reveal if Nicky would be let out of max next season. “That seems like a sneaky way to ask another spoiler question,” Lyonne replied to one question.

Season three of Orange Is the New Black is available now on Netflix.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Microsoft really wants to make Windows 10 omnipresent in the lives of its users.

With the release of Windows 10 Wednesday, Microsoft is emphasizing a computing experience that can move seamlessly between the PC and almost any smartphone, including iPhone and Android devices.

While Windows 10 stands out for a variety of functionality upgrades and a sharp new browser, the software upgrade released today also includes a phone companion app, allowing users to connect whatever smartphone they own to their Windows 10 PC.

Windows phones don’t require anything extra, however Android and iPhone users will be guided through a few additional steps to get their smartphones integrated.

The result: All of the files from a Windows 10 PC will also be accessible via smartphone and anything taken on the smartphone can also be located from a Windows 10 equipped computer.

That means any notes taken and edited can be synced across the devices and every photo taken on a smartphone can also be accessed on its partner PC — no extra downloading necessary.

Perhaps the juiciest development of all: Cortana can now hone in on Siri’s turf. Microsoft’s digital personal assistant is available through the Windows 10 phone companion app at launch in select markets, however she won’t be able to be called hands-free.

Cortana will instead live in an app form on Android and iPhone devices that have opted to download the service. She will be able to remind you of certain tasks and answer questions, however there will be some limitations.

“Some features require access to the system that aren’t currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won’t initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms,” a Microsoft blog post said. “Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying ‘Hey Cortana’ requires special integration with the device’s microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs.”

Microsoft hopes to upgrade a total of one billion people in the coming years.

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