The "All In" custom poker table is the card-shark's dream. Akke Functional Art spent 600 hours making it, and the playing surface features 15 different types of wood, including Madagascar ebony and rosewood. The table has a subtle opulence, with a shimmering underbelly outfitted with gold-painted pipes and five light bulbs, which illuminate the table through diamond cutouts. In order to snag this custom piece, you'll need to be good, as the table is reserved for the winner of the World Poker Tour's player of the year honor. Source: Gizmodo
South Carolina prosecutors said Tuesday that Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old accused of opening fire during a Bible study group at a historically black Charleston church, has been indicted for the shooting incident that left nine dead. The grand jury indicted Roof on nine murder charges, three attempted murder charges, and one count of possessing a weapon during a violent crime.
Roof's potential punishment if he is convicted so far remains undecided. Charleston County prosecutor Scarlett A. Wilson said previously that she had not made any decision on whether to seek the death penalty, as she first wanted to discuss that possibility with the victims' families. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), meanwhile, has called for Roof to face the death penalty. Becca Stanek
Here's something you can use that pocket change for: In honor of the International House of Pancake’s 57th anniversary, the breakfast chain will be selling it’s short stack of 3 buttermilk waffles for just 57 cents between on Tuesday, July 7.
— IHOP (@IHOP) July 7, 2015
IHOP started as a single restaurant in Los Angeles specializing in pancakes from around the world in 1958 and has since expanded to over 1,500 locations in the United States and Canada. In recent years, it got a little bit more international when it opened locations in Dubai and Kuwait. Marshall Bright
Having saved the world countless times, James Bond is setting his sights on a more modest goal: conquering Broadway. Playbill reports that producer Merry Saltzman has acquired the rights to stage James Bond: The Musical. The play is already in development, and producers hope to have it ready for Broadway or Las Vegas by 2017 or 2018.
While the story of James Bond: The Musical will be original — and introduce a brand-new female character for 007 to tangle with — the play will include several existing Bond villains. Here's hoping Jaws finally opens his steel-toothed jaw and reveals the beautiful baritone he's been hiding all along. Scott Meslow
A new campaign by the Russian Interior Ministry seeks to help curb dangerous 'selfie' behavior, the BBC reports. A poster released by the ministry urges Russia's youth to stop trying to impress their friends by snapping selfies near trains, with guns or wild animals, or on electrical pylons, among other potentially dangerous situations.
"Even a million 'likes' on social media are not worth your life and well-being," the "Safe Selfie" motto goes. The campaign is in response to a growing number of selfie-related injuries, including one in May in which a 21-year-old woman survived shooting herself in the head while attempting to take a selfie with a gun. Marshall Bright
Powerball winners of yesteryear, rejoice: The odds were ever in your favor.
Starting October 7, that will no longer be the case for people playing the popular lottery game, thanks to a Monday change by New York's Gaming Commission, The Buffalo News reports.
Powerball players select numbers from two lines of possibilities. Up until now, the first line's field size has been 59 numbers, and the second has been 35 numbers. Officials changed the top field to a larger 69 numbers, and the bottom to a lower 26. So, people will have a better chance of guessing one number in the bottom field correctly, but picking all five correct numbers in the top field will be harder. The net effect, officials say, will be more partial winners — but fewer jackpot payouts. The odds of winning $1 million for correctly guessing the top five numbers and one bottom number will be 1 in 11.7 million, down from 1 in 5.1 million, for example. And the chances of winning a jackpot will fall from 1 in 175,223,510 to 1 in 292,201,338.
On the upside, these changes don't go into effect for another three months, so get thee to a gas station or bodega — and good luck! Sarah Eberspacher
For the first time since the 1960 trade embargo, it just might be possible to take a cruise to Cuba. The world's largest cruise company, Carnival Corp., announced Tuesday that it plans to offer trips to Cuba, departing from Miami. The cruises will be weeklong stints aboard the Adonia, a smaller ship that carries 710 passengers.
But don't light up that cigar and pour a glass of rum just yet: These cruises won't be vacations. Rather, the Cuban cruises will be a part of Carnival's newest brand, fathom, which sails passengers to a destination to do volunteer work. The cruise ship would only be allowed to stop at a specified county in Cuba, so passengers wouldn't necessarily be getting a full tour of the Caribbean island nation, either.
At this point, the cruise itinerary is not yet approved by the Cuban government. If Cuba approves Carnival's proposal, prices for the trip will start at $2,990. Becca Stanek
Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who announced his long-shot campaign for president last week, prides himself on being a fighter — for the working class, for fallen soldiers on all sides, for America. But what voters may not know is that his penchant for pugilism extends to actual fights, the kind where people get beaten to a bloody pulp.
That's the accusation made by a former aide named Chase Untermeyer, who authored a little-known book about his time at the Pentagon called Inside Reagan's Navy. (Webb served as Reagan's secretary of the Navy.) Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast unearthed this tidbit from the book:
Untermeyer recounts a session in Webb’s private office, during which the Navy secretary reminisced about a long-ago violent dustup with a ponytailed biker.
"I had him by the hair and was beating his head on the sidewalk when he suddenly went limp on me," Webb recounted. "Then it came to me: I had killed the f--king son of a bitch, and I would be put on report back at the Academy! So I revived him — whereupon he came to and kicked me in the head about 10 times till I was able to grab his leg... Moral: Show no mercy in a fight." [The Daily Beast]
In the book, Webb is portrayed as a humorless, self-serious striver who is so convinced of his epic role in American history that he views insults to himself as "treason."
Webb's campaign reportedly did not respond to a request for comment. Ryu Spaeth