1. Exclusive: George Clooney responds to 'Daily Mail' report
"I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday's Daily Mail report," the Hollywood star writes in a withering retort to the media group's journalism. "I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée's mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons," Clooney writes in USA TODAY.
2. World Cup: Argentina and Netherlands face off in semifinals
When Argentina plays the Netherlands in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday, it will be a matchup of arguably the two best attacks in the tournament. Neither team lacks motivation. This is Argentina's first trip to the semifinals since 1990 while the Dutch are still bitter after coming oh-so close four years ago.
3. LeBron James and Heat's Pat Riley to meet
LeBron James will meet with Miami Heat President Pat Riley in Las Vegas on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The meeting with Riley is expected to be significant, as he has been attempting to rebuild the roster that fell short in the finals last month and does not include James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh at the moment. The three free agents may or may not rejoin the Heat, but James' view is clearly the most vital component. His agent, Rich Paul, has had formal discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.
4. Obama and Texas Gov. Perry to talk about border crisis
President Obama and frequent antagonist Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet Wednesday on border problems as part of Obama's visit to the Lone Star State, officials said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Perry has accepted an invitation to a group meeting in Dallas that will include local officials and faith leaders. Earnest also said that Obama's schedule is still being worked out, leaving open the possibility of a private meeting between the president and Perry.
5. About 1 in 4 young teens meet screen-time guidelines
Watching too much TV and staring at computers and mobile devices too long could make kids fat, the National Center for Health Statistics says. And 75% of kids ages 12-15 are watching those screens for too long, new statistics show. Excessive screen time has been linked to elevated blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and being overweight or obese among kids, the report notes. But only 27% of young teens meet the recommended limit of two hours or less of TV plus computer use daily.
And the essentials:
Weather: Thunderstorms will plaster the East Coast, Rockies and parts of the Plains on Wednesday while cooler weather invades the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Stocks: U.S. stock futures trade flat.
TV tonight: Wondering what to watch? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, The Middle and Secrets of the Dead.
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Contributing: The Associated Press