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World’s Foremost Checkers Champ Dies

Marion Tinsley, the perennial world checkers champion who was widely regarded as the best player the world has known, died Monday, five years after he ran out of worthy human opponents and had to win his last titles by beating evermore powerful computers.

Tinsley, 68, died of cancer on a visit to the home of his twin sister, Mary Clark, in Humble, Texas, relatives said.

Tinsley, a retired Florida State mathematics professor who first won the world championship in 1955, abandoned his world title last August because of illness.



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Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn’s ‘judgment issues’

UPDATED: 7:31 p.m.

President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump’s chief of staff asked days later if Flynn’s communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.