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Wednesday July 17th, 2019 morning edition

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London (CNN Business) Ikea is shutting down its only furniture factory in the United States.

The Swedish company will end production this December at its plant in Danville, Virginia.

Operations will move to Europe, where the company says it can cut costs.

"We made every effort to improve and maintain the competitiveness of this plant, but unfortunately the right cost conditions are not in place to continue production in Danville," site manager Bert Eades said in a statement.

Wooden products including shelves and storage units are made at the plant.

In justifying its decision, Ikea pointed to raw material prices, which it said are higher in the United States than Europe.

Ikea operates plants in European countries including Poland, Russia and Sweden. »

Taika Waititi to Direct 'Thor 4' (Exclusive)

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Several sources have said that the studio is keen on keeping Waititi involved for the long term and hopes to see him pick up Akira after Thor 4.

Next up for Waititi is Jojo Rabbit, a unique Nazi-era satire he directed for Fox Searchlight, which is set to open Oct. 18.

Scarlett Johansson stars in the picture alongside Waititi, who portrays a boy's imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. »

Patch 9.14 notes

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E stores less Grey Health but heals for a higher percent; cooldown reduced but starts on shield expiration.

ON-HIT DAMAGE 1.5% Tahn Kench's maximum health per stack ⇒ 2.5% Tahm Kench's maximum health at any number of stacks.

GREY HEALTH 80/85/90/95/100% of the damage Tahm Kench takes ⇒ 45/50/55/60/65% of the damage Tahm Kench takes. »

Taika Waititi to Direct ‘Thor 4’ for Marvel as WB’s ‘Akira’ Is Delayed Again

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Taika Waititi is set to write and direct a fourth film in Marvel’s Thor franchise after a successful collaboration with stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson on 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Collider has confirmed with sources.

Waititi had been slated to next direct an Akira movie for Warner Bros., but according to The Hollywood Reporter, that project has been plagued by typical development problems and delayed once again.

Apparently, Waititi wouldn’t have had enough time to finish Akira before needing to jump into Thor 4. »

American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts

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Only in China did children have a clear preference for being an astronaut—or rather, a taikonaut—over other potential professions.

Children in China were also much more interested in going into space and had higher expectations for human settlement of space in the decades to come.

It is not clear why kids in the Western world are less interested in space or space professions than those in China. »