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Artificial intelligence bot vs. the poker pros

Doug Polk, one of the world's best poker players, shoveled egg whites into his mouth with a plastic fork and slurped unsweetened oatmeal from a paper cup, 13 days into the oddest tournament he has ever entered.

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  • At West Point, warriors shaped through Plutarch and Shakespeare

    At West Point, warriors shaped through Plutarch and Shakespeare

    So crisp in the morning light they were, nine cadets, dressed in fatigues and sand-colored boots, hearing the curious news that the poet would outlive the warrior. Shakespeare's rhyme lingered as if a sacrilege on a campus where soldiers have been mythologized for generations and graduates have...

  • Party for future moms, FYOE (freeze your own eggs)

    Party for future moms, FYOE (freeze your own eggs)

    If you peeked in on a recent party at the Viceroy Santa Monica, you might have noticed that the guests, almost all female, were chatting quietly, hesitantly, in pairs or trios. This wasn't a group of good friends — Prosecco and hors d'oeuvres aside.

  • Melissa Rivers: 'My whole life cannot be about my mother's legacy'

    Melissa Rivers: 'My whole life cannot be about my mother's legacy'

    Joan Rivers was about to die, and everybody needed her daughter, Melissa, to fix it. To magically bring her out of a medically induced coma. Keep her lucrative businesses afloat. Ease the pain of losing comedy's sassy surrogate grandmother.

  • Chile's quest to save melting mummies

    Chile's quest to save melting mummies

    For thousands of years, the mummies lay buried beneath the sands of the Atacama Desert, a volcanically active region along the northern Chilean coast with virtually no rainfall.

  • Even in the minor leagues, video game team is living the dream

    Even in the minor leagues, video game team is living the dream

    After taking a red-eye out of Georgia to check on his employees, Ethan Smith arrives in the late morning at the house on a quiet street in Santa Monica. He stops in the foyer and laughs at the state of the place.

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