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Inside Daily Brief (Jul 15th, 2017)

At least three people died during a large fire at a high-rise in Honolulu. The fire began close to 2:15 p.m. local time on the 26th floor of the 538-unit Marco Polo Apartments on Kapiolani Boulevard. The building houses both condominiums and apartments. Two women and one man were found dead in two separate apartments on floor 26. Five more people, including one firefighter, were rushed to the hospital. While it's currently unknown how the fire started, Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves has noted that the apartment where the fire began was not outfitted with sprinklers. – CNN

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Spain's Garbine Muguruza defeated 37-year-old Venus Williams at Wimbledon on Saturday to win her second Grand Slam title. 23-year-old 14th-seeded Muguruza beat 10th seed Williams 7-5, 6-0 for the 77-minute match. Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open. Williams, who had been going for her sixth Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam trophy, was asked after the match if she had a message for her sister Serena, who is expecting the birth of her first child. Speaking to her absent sister, Venus said, "I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do. I think there will be other opportunities. I do." – USAT

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Pixar CCO John Lasseter has announced he is stepping aside as co-director of the upcoming Toy Story 4. Lasseter, who made the comments to the crowd at Disney's D23 convention on Friday, said he will be remaining on as executive producer and consultant and that previously announced co-director Josh Cooley will be taking the reins on the film. Lasseter directed the first two Toy Story pictures before passing the responsibilities to Lee Unkrich for 2010's phenomenally successful Toy Story 3. The announcement of a fourth film in the series by Disney CEO Bob Iger during a 2014 earnings call came as a surprise after the principal creatives behind the first three films had strongly implied that the third would be the last. Toy Story 4 is due for release on June 16, 2019. – DEADLINE

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A team of scientists from Stanford University investigating Bikini Atoll has been surprised at the amount of marine life thriving at the site once declared a nuclear wasteland. Seventy years ago, after relocating the island's 167 inhabitants, the US tested 23 nuclear bombs on Bikini Atoll, including one that was 1,100 times bigger than the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The Stanford team recently found a huge amount of fish and coral seemingly thriving at the crater site, as well as apparently healthy coconut crabs feasting on still-radioactive coconuts. The animals at Bikini Atoll appear to show little of the deformity of animals studied at the site of the Chernobyl disaster. – GUARDIAN

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At the D23 Convention, Disney showed off the first trailer for "A Wrinkle In TIme," their film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 YA science fiction novel. The film, directed by Ava DuVernay ("Selma"), features Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine. The story follows a group of children who journey through time and space in search of their missing father. The L'Engle novel was the first in the author's celebrated "time quintet." The film is due in theaters on March 9, 2018. (Also at the D20, Disney released a behind-the-scenes reel for the upcoming "Star Wars Episode 8" and announced casting for remakes of "Aladdin," "The Lion King" and "Dumbo.") – VARIETY

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Marathon Enterprises, the Bronx-based manufacturers of Sabrett hot dogs, issued a recall for over seven million pounds of products on Saturday morning after customers reported finding pieces of bone in their food. After the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service Consumer Complaint System was contacted by several consumers who found the unwanted matter (which also included cartilage) in their food, the group issued a statement saying that there had been "one minor oral injury" related to the issue. The hot dogs in question were sent out in batches nationwide. – MIAMI HERALD

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For the first time, scientists have encoded a film clip into the DNA of a living cell. Researchers from Harvard Medical School recently published their findings in the journal Nature. British photographer Eadweard Muybridge's 1878 film of a galloping mare was made in an attempt to determine whether or not all four feet of a horse in motion were ever airborne at the same moment. Now, the entirety of that film has been encoded onto a living cell, where the information can be retrieved when needed, and will multiply indefinitely as the host cell replicates. As early as 1959, physicist Richard Feynman noted that DNA could be used for this type of storage. Previously, researchers were able to store all of Shakespeare's sonnets in DNA in a similar fashion. – NYT 

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