Conor McGregor: 'Mayweather Shoulda Paid His Taxes and Stayed Retired'

Conor McGregor:Floyd Shoulda Paid His Taxes … And Stayed Retired!

7/10/2017 5:34 PM PDT

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Conor McGregor has landed in Bev Hills — and he’s spending crazy money and talking smack!!! 

We got Conor in the middle of a super expensive shopping spree at Versace, Dolce, etc — where he told TMZ Sports, “I’m on Rodeo Drive! I’m blowing f*cking loads of it!” 

We also asked Conor about reports that his opponent Floyd Mayweather owes MILLIONS to the IRS for not paying off his 2015 income taxes … a number that some estimate could be more than $ 100 mil. 

“That’s gotta sting,” McGregor said … “He shoulda paid his taxes and stayed retired and kept my name out of his mouth!”

He also told us he’ll be way smarter with his money … as he continued to drop thousands at some of the most expensive stores in the world.

Conor also had one last note about Floyd — “He’s f*cked now.”


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Lack of weed prompts ‘state of emergency’ in Nevada

There’s a reefer shortage madness in Nevada, where – after just one week of recreational marijuana sales – supplies are drying up. The governor has approved an “emergency regulation” to ease licensing to keep the new industry puffing along.

When Nevada voters approved commercial sales of weed to adults over 21 in a November ballot measure, the joke was that buffets would soon be emptied. Instead, just one week after the law went into effect July 1, the marijuana dispensaries are the ones unable to keep up with customer demand.

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The problem is that none of the seven applications from liquor distributors have been approved, leaving 47 dispensaries without reliable product transportation. Current law states that no other distributors than ones in the wholesale alcohol industry can apply for the first 18 months of sales.

Governor Brian Sandoval (R) declared a state of emergency on Friday to expand what kinds of applicants can be approved to do the job. The department is set to adopt the licensing rule changes as soon as Thursday, July 13.

One of the major reforms that the emergency regulation could produce is empowering the taxation department to make a determination of sufficiency – i.e. how many distributors the industry needs. The statement signed by the governor warns that inaction “will result in many of these employees losing their jobs and will cause this nascent industry to grind to a halt.”

The statement also estimated that “well over” 40,000 transactions were made during opening weekend of legalized recreational marijuana sales. The July 4 Independence Day certainly propelled sales even further than many anticipated, and even with dispensary owners stocking up in advance, some fear they may have to close down their businesses.

READ MORE: 4 governors ask Trump admin to chill out on marijuana enforcement

The taxation department previously failed to open up the licensing process, when the liquor industry sued to prevent the reform in state court in May. The department had said that the few alcohol distributing companies did not meet the set standards.

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Jessica Simpson's Ass Kisses 36 Goodbye

Jessica SimpsonHappy 37th to Me!Now, Kiss My …

7/10/2017 4:55 PM PDT

Jessica Simpson‘s drivers license says 37, as of today, but you’d never tell it from her ass … which she put on full display.

Jess spent at least part of her birthday tanning her cheeks in her pool, while sipping on what looks like a fruity adult beverage. She captioned this piece of art … “Kiss My Butt 36.” Suddenly wish your name was 36? 

Happy birthday, Jessica — hard to believe it’s been 12 years since ya slipped into the Daisy Dukes … sure doesn’t look it!


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Most of Gulf nations’ demands on Qatar unrealistic, but some could be negotiated ‒ Tillerson

It is unrealistic of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, which last month cut ties with Qatar, to expect that the Doha-based emirate will fulfill all their demands, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Some items on their list could be included in an eventual deal, Tillerson added. The United States’ top diplomat is looking to spend most of the week in the Gulf region in an effort to mediate in a month-long dispute between Qatar and four neighboring countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

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Last month, the countries put out a 13-point list of demands for Doha, insisting that, among other things, their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter the Al Jazeera news channel, cut back diplomatic ties with Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. They also demanded that Qatar sever its alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIL/ISIS).

Qatar has denied funding terrorists, but has rejected the demands, calling them an “unprovoked attack on Qatar’s sovereignty.”

“Reading between the lines, the blockading countries [are] demanding that we have to surrender our sovereignty to end the siege, something which… Qatar will never do,” Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said.

Doha’s refusal to accept their demands proves it has links to terrorist groups, the four Arab countries leading the boycott against Qatar claimed in a joint statement last week. 

The international community is losing patience with the Gulf’s funding of extremist groups, said Tillerson’s communications adviser, RC Hammond, adding that all countries in the region needed to act against terror funding.

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“This is a two-way street,” he said. “There are no clean hands.”

Washington has been sending mixed messages on the subject since the beginning of the crisis earlier in June. While President Donald Trump supported the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, Tillerson called for an easing of the ban. And adding further confusion, days after Trump blasted Qatar for “funding terrorism,” his administration authorized the sale of over $ 21 billion of US weapons to the emirate.

There are more than 10,000 American service members at the US Central Command base in Qatar.

The Gulf countries have also accused Doha of not complying with previously struck agreements.

On Monday, CNN published the purported agreements signed in 2013 and 2014, the authenticity of which Qatar appeared to have confirmed by telling the outlet that it was Saudi Arabia and the UAE who “have broken the spirit of the agreement.”

“A full reading of that text will show that the intent of the 2013/14 agreements was to ensure that sovereign GCC nations be able cooperate within a clear framework,” the director of Qatar’s government communication office, Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, told CNN.

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“Their demands ‒ that Qatar close down Al Jazeera, force the breakup of families, and pay ‘compensation’ ‒ are demands that bear no relation to the Riyadh agreements,” he added.

The published documents show that Gulf states, including Qatar, struck a series of agreements in 2013 and 2014, vowing not to support opposition forces on each other’s territory, as well as not to support “antagonistic media” that would trumpet opposition groups in the region, including Egypt and Bahrain.

One of the agreements specifically mentioned preventing Qatar-funded Al Jazeera from being used as a platform for groups or figures challenging the Egyptian government.

After the agreement was signed, Al Jazeera shut down a channel dedicated to Egypt coverage: Al Jazeera Mubashir Misr, CNN reported.

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Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna Agree to 50/50 Custody Split, No Conflict Over Dream

Rob Kardashian, Blac ChynaAgree to 50/50 Custody SplitNo Conflict Over Dream

7/10/2017 4:15 PM PDT

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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be at war with each other, but we’ve learned they’re in lockstep when it comes to co-parenting 8-month-old Dream.

Sources close to mom and dad tell us Rob and Chyna have been operating under an unwritten arrangement where they each are entitled to physical custody 50% of the time. We’re told the arrangement has been “loose by consent” and recently Rob has had the kid 4 days a week and Blac Chyna picks up the remaining 3. The staff of nannys/baby nurses are always present.

Our sources say they have had no problem on co-parenting, which includes child-rearing decisions. Somehow they have been able to wall off their personal beef.

We’re also told Rob and Blac Chyna have no plan to go to court and ask a judge to make a formal child custody order, although we are told they will probably memorialize the arrangement in writing.

BTW … during Monday’s hearing, when Chyna got a restraining order against Rob, he had the kid.


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Open top tour bus flips down Peruvian hillside, 9 dead (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

A Peruvian tour bus has crashed in Lima, killing nine people and injuring at least 30 others.

Local media reports a vehicle owned by company called Green Bus came off the road at San Cristóball hill on Sunday. 

The area on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital is popular with tourists thanks to its views over the capital. 

According to La Republica, the open top bus was returning tourists from a trip to the summit of San Cristóball when it lost control.

The death toll is reported to have reached at least nine people. Meanwhile, more than 30 people are being treated for injuries at the nearby Maison de Sante and Daniel Alcides Carrión hospitals, reports Trome news.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the incident.

READ MORE: Horrific moment helicopter crash kills 4 travelling to wedding caught on camera (DISTURBING VIDEO)

CCTV footage shows the moment of the deadly crash. In the shocking clip, the green double-decker bus can be seen smashing into a roadside barrier before flipping over and falling down an embankment.

Distressing images of the aftermath show bystanders rushing to pull the injured and dying from the wreckage.

WARNING: Some viewers may find this footage distressing.

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US Army soldier in Hawaii charged with supporting ISIS

A Hawaii-based active duty US Army soldier, Ikaika Erik Kang, has been arrested on suspicion of providing material support to the Islamic State. He had been under FBI investigation for over a year.

Kang, 34, reportedly tried to provide military documents and training to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), the US Army said Monday in a statement, according to HawaiiNewsNow.

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Kang was reportedly taken into custody Saturday night by an FBI SWAT team at his apartment in Waipahu.

He had been assigned to Schofield Barracks in Honolulu and was with the 25th Infantry Division, FBI spokesman Arnold Laanui told HawaiiNewsNow. Kang also reportedly completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army and FBI were investigating Kang for over a year, the FBI special agent in charge, Paul D. Delacourt, said in a statement. Kang is believed to be a lone actor.

The soldier will be arraigned on suspicion of providing material support to IS in federal court at 2:30pm local time, or 8:30pm Eastern, on Monday, NBC News reported.

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Ben Affleck and 'SNL' Producer Lindsay Shookus On a Coffee Date

Ben Affleck & Lindsay ShookusI’m Totally Juiced on New GF

7/10/2017 3:41 PM PDT

Ben Affleck‘s looking more and more like he’s locking in ‘SNL’ producer Lindsay Shookus as his new gf … ’cause they had a coffee/juice date Monday morning.

Ben and Lindsay grabbed Starbucks in Brentwood after apparently spending the weekend together. They reportedly had a dinner date Thursday night at Giorgio Baldi … one of Ben’s fave spots.

We broke the story … Ben and Jen Garner officially filed for divorce earlier this year. We were told they were already seeing other people.

Moving on, indeed.


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State Dept welcomes ‘TechGirls’ from some Muslim countries, but bars others

The Trump administration is going ahead with an Obama-era technology program aimed at young women from predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East and North Africa, even as it denied visas to Afghan girls for a robotics competition.

On Tuesday, the State Department announced the participation of 28 young women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia in the 2017 TechGirls exchange program.

The three-week event begins July 12 and runs through August 3, in Washington, DC and at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The TechGirls initiative “empowers girls around the world to become leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields,” the State Department said in a statement. The program has 130 alumnae already, who have trained more than 2,300 peers in their home countries. Their achievements “contribute to the US global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world, as well as STEM education,” the statement said.

The program dates back to 2012, and has been administered by the nonprofit Legacy International. For this year’s exchange, the State Department has partnered up with AT&T, Byte Back, Echo & Co, FCC, i Strategies Lab, Islamic Relief, Nokia, NPR, Relief International, Synoptos, TechChange, Vox Media and 18F, according to the announcement.

Even as it continued to pursue this Obama-era program, the State Department last week denied US visas to a team of schoolgirls from Afghanistan that was supposed to attend a robotics competition in Washington, DC. The robot was allowed in, but the girls were not.

“We still don’t know the reason why we were not granted visas, because other countries participating in the competition have been given visas,” said Fatemah Qaderyan, 14, according to Reuters.

“All of the countries can participate in the competitions, but we can’t. So it’s a clear insult for the people of Afghanistan,” said Lida Azizi, 17, another team member.

One other team, from The Gambia, was also denied visas for the First Global Challenge competition, which will take place July 16-18 in Washington, DC.

When Reuters inquired about the decision, the State Department declined to comment, citing regulations prohibiting them from discussing individual visa cases.

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'American Idol' Alum Haley Reinhart Arrested for Punching Bouncer (MUG SHOT)

‘Idol’ Alum Haley ReinhartArrested at BarLittle Chick, Big Punch

7/10/2017 3:07 PM PDT

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Former “American Idol” contestant Haley Reinhart got busted for punching a bouncer in the head … TMZ has learned.

Cops say Haley got arrested early Saturday morning at a suburban Chicago pub called the Lamplighter Inn. Officers showed up around 2 AM after bouncers tossed Haley and some friends for knocking over a table. Cops say as they were being shown the door — Haley, who stands at a generous 5’2″ — uncorked a closed fist on the bouncer.

She was taken into custody and booked for battery.

Haley went deep into season 10 of ‘Idol’ … taking third place. She’s currently on the Netflix show “F Is for Family.”

Seems like she’s vying for a spot in the UFC too.


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