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Super-strength cannabis blamed for sending rates of psychosis in London to highest level

>‘In Brexit Britain we are leading in one area still – and that is the frequency of psychosis’

Super-strength cannabis flooding the streets of London is helping drive psychosis rates there to the highest levels recorded in Europe.

A major new study has found that smoking powerful strains like skunk every day made people five times more likely to develop mental health problems.

Nearly a third of cases recorded in southeast London hospitals were linked to people smoking these powerful drugs, which now make up 94 percent of the cannabis sold in the city.


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New York police arrested a 24-year-old man Saturday suspected of killing Gambino crime family leader Frank Cali, potentially over a love interest.

Police arrested Anthony A. Comello, who lives with his parents, at a home in Brick Township, New Jersey, after identifying him from surveillance camera footage that showed him pulling up to Cali’s home in a pickup truck, conversing with Cali at his front door, then returning to his car and firing a gun at Cali 12 times.


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Dutch police arrest Turkish man suspected of killing three in tram shooting

>Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday.

Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt and had earlier run-ins with authorities in the Netherlands.


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Politician who opposes mandatory chickenpox vaccinations contracts chickenpox

>A senior member of ruling League party branded previous government ‘Stalinist’ over mandatory chickenpox immunization programme - but insists he is in favor of vaccines did have his children vaccinated

A senior member of Matteo Salvini’s far-right League party who is an outspoken critic of Italy’s mandatory vaccination rules has been treated in hospital after contracting chickenpox.

Massimiliano Fedriga, president of the northeastern Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, announced he spent four days under observation in a medical facility after being diagnosed with the virus last week.


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Doctors prescribe MDMA as first government approves drug as PTSD treatment

Most of us think of ecstasy (or MDMA) as an illegal dancefloor hallucinogen with side-effects including unusual facial expressions. But the drug could soon be used as a treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after Israel approved it to treat 50 patients. Israel’s Ministry of Health has approved the use of MDMA to treat PTSD in 50 patients in Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center plus psychiatric hospitals in Be’er Yaakov, Lev Hasharon, and Be’er Sheva.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/04/doctors-prescribe-mdma-first-government-approves-drug-ptsd-treatment-8799518/?ito=cbshare

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/


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Devout Catholic 'who used wrong pronoun to describe transgender girl' to be interviewed by police

A devout Catholic and mother of five has been asked to attend a police interview after being accused of using the wrong pronoun to describe a transgender girl.

Caroline Farrow was contacted by officers from the Surrey force to inform her they were investigating an allegation that she had made transphobic comments on Twitter.

Mrs Farrow is being investigated for a possible hate crime under the malicious communication act, an offense that carries a maximum two-year prison sentence.


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Florida School Bus Aide Rips MAGA Hat Off Student’s Head

Florida police are investigating a public school bus aide who allegedly ripped a “Make America Great Again” hat off the head of a 14-year-old student.

According to a report from a local Florida news outlet, The incident, which was caught on the bus’s security camera, shows that the bus aide screamed at the student for wearing a MAGA hat on the bus.

“Boy, if you don’t take that hat on this bus. Take it off. Take that hat off. Take the hat off. Now,” the aide said to the student.

“I can’t wear a hat?” the boy responded.

“No, take that hat off. Take it off. Now. Put it in your backpack. Take if off,” the aide continued.


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Petition aims to save lives of two dogs after Utah boy loses hand

A petition is gathering support to spare the lives of two dogs involved in an incident that cost a 4-year-old boy his hand.

The petition describes the situation as unfortunate for all sides but hopes to save the lives of the two animals.

Authorities said the young boy had put a sock over his hand before reaching beneath the fence that separates his backyard from the one where the huskies were kept. That is when one of the dogs bit the child, severing his hand above the wrist.


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EU countries ‘really exhausted’ by UK and could block Theresa May’s delay, Germany warns

>Theresa May must have ‘clear and precise’ reason for the extension

Germany and France have warned that Theresa May will need to present a “clear and precise” reason why she needs a Brexit delay when she meets EU leaders later this week if she wants to have any chance of them approving it.

Michael Roth, Germany’s Europe minister, said EU member states were “really exhausted” by the UK’s approach to talks, warning the situation was “not just a game”.

Meanwhile, his French counterpart Nathalie Loiseau said Ms May would have to present “something new” that did not just result in an extension of “the same deadlock”.


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Polish journalist in Venezuela tormented, viciously beaten by government 'death squad,

In another example of Venezuela’s increasingly brazen attacks on journalists, national police reportedly forced a Polish reporter from his car and viciously beat him.

The reporter, who was not arrested, was left lying in the street, according to multiple reports, including from the reporter's newspaper in Poland and the Venezuelan Press Workers’ Union.

A photo of Tomasz Surdel’s bloody, swollen face was posted on Twitter after the attack, which occurred late last week.

He suffered a broken nose, cuts and other injuries, according to his newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza.

Gazeta Wyborcza posted a message from Surdel on its website saying: “My lips are so swollen that I cannot speak.”


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More and More Democrats Come Out to Support the Wall

Democratic members have increasingly expressed support for a physical barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border over the course of immigration negotiations, making it harder for party leaders to ignore their positions.

Prior to the lengthy partial government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seemed to have complete control over the members of his party, even those who had expressed support for the wall during election campaigns.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — then the House minority leader — promised that she would not appropriate a single dollar to the wall, despite Trump’s promise of a shutdown if he did not receive $5.7 billion to build on the border.

But a number of rank and file Democrats have since said that they support a physical barrier in concert with other border security measures, perhaps due to pressure from the extended shutdown and a desire to prevent another one.

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Man who tackled 'Eggboy' has outstanding warrant on charges relating to church incident

Outspoken Anglican priest Rod Bower has identified one of the men who attacked 'Eggboy' as the same person who allegedly 'terrorised' his Central Coast church last year.

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An Anglican priest has identified one of the men who attacked 'Eggboy' as part of a group who stormed his church in May last year

NSW Police confirmed Erikson failed to front court in September

He has an outstanding non-custodial arrest warrant for the charges of using threats to prevent a clergyman discharging duties and disturbing religious worship

It is believed Neil Luke Erikson and several others stormed into a Gosford Anglican Church service carrying a whip, a fake sword and a megaphone in May last year, traumatising the congregation.

At the time Father Bower described the incident as a "terrorist attack".


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Vietnam veteran who survived being shot seven times dies in house fire

An early-morning house fire in rural Georgia has left a celebrated war veteran and beloved grandfather dead.

Family members confirmed that Duane Downey, 71, died during the blaze that engulfed his home in the small town of Bethlehem, Georgia around 5 a.m. on Monday morning. They added that he was a Vietnam veteran who survived being shot seven times and being hit with a rocket during the war, for which he received two Purple Heart medals and two Bronze Stars. A neighbor told WSB-TV that Downey also was disabled.


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Endangered orangutan blinded after being shot with 74 air gun pellets in Indonesia

An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat.

An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun pellets in her body, including four in her left eye and two in the right, said veterinarian Yenny Saraswati with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.


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Man gets year in jail, probation in bowling ball assault

A Detroit man charged with assaulting a Roseville bowling alley employee last October with a 10-pound bowling ball was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail and two years of probation.

Quinton Kisor, 31, was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon in the Oct. 10 incident at Apollo Lanes on Gratiot.

The charges are felonies that can carry up to 10 years in prison, but Kisor pleaded guilty as charged under an agreement in which he would receive a maximum sentence of 12 months in the county jail.

Sentencing guidelines under the Cobbs agreement called for 10 months to 34 months incarceration.


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Michigan lands S.H. Stevenson lineman Giovanni El-Hadi for 2021 recruiting class

Stevenson Heights Stevenson offensive lineman Giovanni El-Hadi announced via Twitter he has verbally committed to the University of Michigan's 2021 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman had offers from Central Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Penn State. He received an offer from Michigan on Sunday. He is the first commitment to UM's 2021 recruiting class, 247sports reported.


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Officials shut down access to California's Walker Canyon amid ‘poppy apocalypse’

Crowds rushing to the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore to see the poppy fields may have been disappointed this weekend after officials were forced to close access to the poppy–blanketed Walker Canyon after the crowd of people became too overwhelming.

About 150,000 people over the weekend flocked to see a super bloom that occurs about once a decade. However, the rush of people was too much for the city of about 60,000 residents to handle. Interstate 15 turned into a parking lot and some people fainted from the heat, The Associated Press reported.


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Egg Boy WON'T take legal action against Fraser Anning after the senator hit him in the face when he

The Australian teenager dubbed 'Egg Boy' won't pursue legal action against Senator Fraser Anning or the politician's supporters who put him in a headlock, his lawyer says.

Will Connolly, 17, was whacked in the face by Senator Anning when he slapped an egg on the politician's head on Saturday, following the senator's widely-condemned comments on the Christchurch mosque shooting.

'Our client has no intention of making a complaint or taking any action against Senator Anning,' Mr. Connolly's lawyer Peter Gordon told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.


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Unexpected discoveries from near-Earth asteroid Bennu about origins of life, Nasa reveals

>Osiris-Rex will be the first spacecraft to return an asteroid sample to Earth

Nasa has revealed "unexpected" findings from the first data received back from a nearby asteroid, offering clues to the origins of the solar system and even life on Earth.

The US space agency launched the Osiris-Rex (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu in September 2016 and it finally arrived on 3 December 2018.

It is the first mission aimed at returning an asteroid sample to Earth, though this won't be for another few years.


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Beto O'Rourke makes early impression in Pennsylvania visit, adds to chorus against Electoral College

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is making an early impression in Pennsylvania, a late-voting state that may yet play a role in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary contest.

An animated O’Rourke spoke Tuesday for 50 minutes to a crowd of hundreds in a Penn State auditorium, promising a grassroots campaign and, speaking to reporters later, suggesting that he’d support doing away with the Electoral College.


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France To Ban Yellow Vest Protests In Neighborhoods With “Ultra” Radicals

>Philippe added that he has asked the State Judicial Agent to “systematically seek the financial responsibility of troublemakers.”

Via Zerohedge…

France is cracking down on “yellow vest” protesters following a weekend of renewed violence – as the Macron administration announced on Monday that it would ban demonstration in several areas of france – including the Champs Elysees in Paris, if “ultra elements” are present, according to Interior Minister Edouard Philippe.

‘We will ban demonstrations if ultra elements’ are present, said Philippe, according to CNEWS.

The ban will apply to “neighborhoods that have been most affected as soon as we have knowledge of” the “ultras.”


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Regulators just approved a new depression drug with the potential to be a game-changer

Federal regulators have just given the green light to a second new kind of antidepressant this month, after decades of little progress combating the disease.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved an injection branded Zulresso that is made by biotech company Sage Therapeutics. The drug, known as brexanalone, treats people who experience depression after giving birth, a condition known as post-partum depression (PPD).


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Sudanese shepherd sexually assaulted man because 'immorality' of UK encouraged him, court hears

A Sudanese shepherd granted asylum in the UK has claimed that "immorality" in Newcastle encouraged him to sexually assault a man in the city centre.

Zain Osman, 25, who arrived in the country on a lorry, thrust his hands down the victim's trousers and tried to force him to perform oral sex on him in the street.

He also bit the man on his back and shoulder and sent him tumbling into a roadworks ditch during the 20-minute attack last September.


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At Bennu, NASA finds a mysterious, boulder-strewn asteroid

>Overall, the asteroid is very dark, but it has some distinctly brighter areas.

After traveling more than 2 million kilometers through outer space over the course of 27 months, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the asteroid Bennu in early December of last year. Since arriving, the spacecraft's five scientific instruments have been surveying the 490-meter wide asteroid to better understand its properties and find a safe landing site from which to gather samples for a return to Earth.

On Tuesday, the first results of these scientific inquiries were published in seven papers that appeared in Nature and a handful of its research journals. The seven papers are collated on this website.


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Mugshot of 'Mama June' released after drug arrest

The arrest of "Mama June" — a reality star who gained fame on TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" — went down just like every other carried out by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Alabama, the sheriff said Tuesday.

June Shannon, 39, and her boyfriend, 43-year-old Eugene Doak, were taken into custody on Wednesday at a gas station in Alabama after deputies received a report alleging domestic violence.


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Man who changed his name to Michael Jackson wants to revert it in wake of documentary claims Save

A man who changed his name to Michael Jackson now wants to revert it in the wake of claims aired in the Leaving Neverland documentary.

John Lomas, 38, altered his name to "John Michael Jackson" by deed poll because he was a superfan of the singer during his childhood.

But the factory worker, from Malvern, Worcestershire, now fears his name will cause him havoc when applying for jobs since Jackson was accused of being a paedophile in the TV documentary, which aired in Britain this month.


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New Zealand mosque attacker Brenton Tarrant’s 74-page manifesto bears striking similarity to literature put out by the Islamic State to justify its attacks.

Tarrant murdered 49 people Friday in a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. He broadcast his attack live on Facebook and posted a link to his manifesto on an online discussion board. The video of the attack shows Tarrant’s weapons scrawled with white supremacist slogans and other sayings. He expresses joy and no remorse after his crimes. Tarrant has been charged by New Zealand authorities after being apprehended by police.


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Dutch police make new arrest in deadly Utrecht tram shooting

Authorities in the Netherlands have arrested another person on suspicion of involvement in a tram shooting which left three people dead and others injured.

The man, only identified as a 40-year-old, was taken into custody as investigators continue to look into any alleged involvement in the attack, Dutch prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday.

Two other suspects who were previously arrested — a 23-year-old and a 27-year-old — have been released from custody, while Gokmen Tanis, the 37-year-old Turkish suspect who was captured during a raid on Monday, remains in jail.


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Trump Rips Steele For Using “Low Ratings” CNN ‘Citizen Journalist’ Article As Dossier Source

>Trump also ripped the late Arizona Senator John McCain on Sunday.

President Trump ripped Christopher Steele after it was revealed that the former British spy used a ‘citizen journalist’ article from CNN’s now-defunct ‘iReports’ website as part of his research.

“Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from “send in watchers” of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!”


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Google to prompt Android users to choose preferred browsers to allay EU concerns

Alphabet’s Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred browsers and search apps, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday, as the company seeks to allay EU antitrust concerns and ward off fresh sanctions.

The European Commission last year handed Google a record 4.34 billion euro ($4.9 billion) fine for using the market power of its mobile software to block rivals in areas such as internet browsing.


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Cheerleader, 17, and two boys, 16 and 17, are named as victims of St Patrick's Day 'stampede'

A high school cheerleader, a keen football supporter and a promising Gaelic football player died in a horrifying crush last night.

Lauren Bullock and Morgan Barnard, both 17, and Connor Currie, 16 were killed when pushing broke out in a crowd of around 700 teenagers waiting to get into the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, at around 9.30pm last night.

Around 100 young people were pushed off their feet in a mass of bodies against the closed gates of the venue, which was hosting a St Patrick's Day disco.

Multiple eyewitness accounts have described the horror the teens fighting to breathe and screaming hysterically for space to move as dozens were knocked off their feet and crushed down.


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The suspected gunman being sought in connection to a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five injured was arrested hours after the shooting, police said.

Dutch police had been searching for 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, who was born in Turkey, in connection with the possible terrorist attack, reported BBC Monday.

Dutch authorities raised the threat alert to the highest level in Utrecht and surrounding areas before the suspect was found, reported


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Google announces browser-based streaming game service

Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Tuesday that it would launch this year a browser-based video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company's cloud technology and global network of data centers.

The technology allows users to play games through their internet browser or YouTube without waiting for content to be downloaded to a device, making access to games potentially as easy as watching a video from YouTube.

But Google offered scant details on timing, pricing or available titles for the service, which faces potentially tough competition from game publishers and from rivals including Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp.

With Stadia, the "waiting game will be a thing of the past," Phil Harrison, a Google vice president overseeing the new service, said during a keynote presentation on Tuesday in San Francisco at the Game Developers Conference, which is bringing together this week about 25,000 people who work in the video games industry.

Google declined to say how it would price its technology to consumers or game makers or specify supported games. It demonstrated titles from the Doom and Assassin's Creed franchises on Tuesday and said that it would be developing some games in-house.

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Japan’s government will publicly back restrictions on developing robots that can kill without human intervention at an upcoming U.N. conference, departing from the country’s usual policy.

The Japanese government already opposed the creation of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS, which are robots empowered with artificial intelligence that equips them to kill human beings without the direction of another human. Japan initially cautioned against regulating the development of LAWS on the basis that such regulations could hinder the creation of advanced but more benign artificial intelligence.


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Conservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech's censorship expands

As Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives becomes ever more flagrant and overt, the old arguments about protecting the sanctity of the modern public square are now invalid. Our right to freely engage in public discourse through speech is under sustained attack, necessitating a vigorous defense against the major social media and internet platforms.

From “shadowbans” on Facebook and Twitter, to demonetization of YouTube videos, to pulled ads for Republican candidates at the critical junctures of election campaigns, the list of violations against the online practices and speech of conservatives is long.


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‘Damn socialism, why are you chasing me?’ Chinese-Americans see ghost of communism in Democrats’

When Saga Zhou first moved to the United States from China in 2009, she steered clear of politics. The Communist Party rules supreme in China, so most Chinese immigrants bring a built-in aversion to political involvement.

But Zhou’s interest in politics was piqued as she began to see the American Left embracing policies that reminded her of those she’d fled in China.

One such policy was the Left’s support for late-term abortion. When she lived in China, Zhou, like many young Chinese, didn’t consider abortion to be a big deal. But her view changed after moving to America, getting married, and bearing two children.


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Airbnb host jailed for killing guest over unpaid bill

An Airbnb host in Australia has been jailed for 11 years for killing a guest who could not afford to pay.

A jury convicted Jason Colton, 42, of 2017 killing of Ramis Jonuzi. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but denied murder.

A court heard two housemates had held the 36-year-old down, while Colton beat and strangled him for not paying the A$210 (£113, $149) he owed.

A judge described the attack as "cowardly, vicious and unprovoked".

Mr Januzi, a 36-year-old bricklayer, had packed his bags and was about to leave the home when he was attacked.

Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth said Colton instigated the violence.


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White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. was temporarily blocked from making public Facebook comments on Monday evening.

Scavino posted a screenshot of the ban with the caption, “Dear Facebook—

AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks.”


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Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained 'Nothing But Nonstop Plastic'

Darrell Blatchley received a call from the Philippines' Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources early Friday morning reporting that it had a young Cuvier's beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood.

Within a few hours it was dead.

Blatchley, a marine biologist and environmentalist based in the Philippine city of Davao, gathered his team to drive two hours to where the whale had washed up.


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Firefox 66 Is Out – Promises to “Reduce Your Online Annoyances” with Blocked Autoplaying

Mozilla has released Firefox 66 today for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android. Firefox 66 brings one of the highly anticipated features of blocking autoplaying video and audio. The browser maker said that today’s Firefox release minimizes online inconveniences, and puts you back in control. The latest version of the browser brings smoother scrolling, improved security warnings, Web Authentication support for Windows Hello, and better search experience.

“Firefox now prevents websites from automatically playing sound,” Mozilla writes in the release notes. “You can add individual sites to an exceptions list or turn blocking off.” The company added that this feature will be rolled out gradually to all users.

Another extremely useful feature coming with Firefox 66 is scroll anchoring, which makes sure the “page remembers where you are so that you aren’t interrupted by slow loading images or ads.” Along with smoother scrolling and automatic blocking of audio and video, Firefox 66 brings several other features, including easy-to-understand security warnings, improved experience for extension users, and more.

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Trump forges bond with Brazil's Bolsonaro in White House visit

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil’s new far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro forged a bond over their shared brand of conservative and populist politics on Tuesday, with Trump pledging to give more U.S. support to Brazil’s global ambitions.

In a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he told Bolsonaro he would designate Brazil a major non-NATO ally and possibly go further by supporting a campaign to make Brazil “maybe a NATO ally.”

Bolsonaro, a former army captain who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign modeled on Trump’s 2016 run, has declared himself an unabashed admirer of the U.S. president and the American way of life.

He praised Trump for changing the United States in a way he said he hopes to change Brazil.

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Apple Rolls Out First Update to iMac Desktop in Almost Two Years

Apple Inc. introduced the first update to its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since mid-2017, continuing a hardware blitz ahead of a highly anticipated event March 25 to unveil new media and entertainment services.

The latest iMac adds speedier processors from Intel Corp. and new graphics engines from AMD. The new 4K 21.5-inch models are up to 60 percent faster with 8th-generation quad-core chips, while the 5K 27-inch versions are up to 2.4 times faster with 9th-generation eight-core Intel processors, Apple said Tuesday.

The new 21.5-inch iMac will still start at $1,299, while the larger-screened model will sell for $1,799. Apple is also still selling a 21.5-inch iMac without a 4K or 5K screen for $1,099.

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Nvidia Is Set to Change the Autonomous Driving Game

On Monday evening, the tech world was dialed into Nvidia's keynote presentation for its GTC 2019 event in San Jose, CA. Following the company's presentation, shares are up 4.65% on Tuesday to $176.76.

The event is one loved by many – so many, in fact, that Nvidia had to find a new venue for this year's keynote presentation by CEO Jensen Huang – as the innovative GPU company showed off new products and announced new partnerships.

Being one who covers the autonomous driving segment, waiting until the end was admittedly somewhat tough, but Huang didn't disappoint. Aside from announcing Release 9.0 for its current autonomous driving capabilities, which includes updates like real-time mapping, the company also announced an end-to-end partnership with Toyota Motors (TM - Get Report) involving autonomous driving.

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Tesla and Elon Musk face dozens of lawsuits and investigations far beyond the SEC court fight

Tesla and CEO Elon Musk are facing dozens of lawsuits and investigations, according to public filings.

The costs of defense and settlements burden the car maker financially at a time when Tesla is already cutting headcount, closing stores and delaying loan repayments. No doubt Tesla would rather spend its money to improve its service, set up manufacturing lines to make the Model Y (its forthcoming compact SUV), or to build out its Shanghai Gigafactory.

Among Tesla's most recent legal woes, the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a motion to hold Musk in contempt of court. The financial regulators argue that Musk violated the agreementthey finalized with him and Tesla in October 2018 requiring the CEO to submit his tweets for review by the company's in-house counsel if they contained material business information and could potentially affect the company's stock price.

Musk is represented in this matter by John C. Hueston, formerly the lead prosecutor for the federal trial of Enron's Jeffrey Skilling.

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Pope Refuses Resignation of Cardinal Convicted of Covering Up Sex Abuse

Pope Francis declined to accept the resignation of a French cardinal convicted of covering up sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Tuesday, a decision that drew fire from victims and their advocates in France and abroad.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon had offered to step down in a private meeting with the pontiff on Monday.

The cardinal issued a statement similar to the Vatican’s on Tuesday, adding that the pope had cited the “presumption of [the cardinal’s] innocence” in declining to accept his resignation.

This month, Cardinal Barbarin became the highest-ranking Catholic Church official ever to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, in the latest chapter of the church’s long-running abuse scandal.

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Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi pushes back on Democratic critics of her impeachment stance

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed fellow Democrats who say she has set the bar too high for impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, Pelosi said some House progressives have "wanted to impeach the president since the day he got elected."

"You're wasting your time, unless the evidence is so conclusive that the Republicans will understand," Pelosi, D-Calif., told USA TODAY. "Otherwise, it's a gift to the president. We take our eye off the ball."

The speaker said, instead of impeachment, Democrats needed to stay united in pushing through legislation that they campaigned on, such as addressing rising health-care costs and creating jobs.

"I'm just not going to say it's all about him," Pelosi said Monday during a stop in Ferguson with Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo. "No, it's all about you and you and you," she added, gesturing to an imaginary group of people in front of her.

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George Conway: I Taunt Trump on Twitter ‘so I Don’t End Up Screaming at’ My Wife

Attorney George Conway says he hurls barbs at President Donald Trump on Twitter so he doesn’t “end up screaming” at his wife Kellyanne, who serves as Counselor to the President.

Conway, a Trump foe once under consideration for a top position at the Department of Justice, has ratcheted up criticism about the president in recent days, questioning whether his wife’s boss lacks the mental fitness to lead the country.

“It’s so maddening to watch,” Conway told the Washington Post Tuesday. “The mendacity, the incompetence, it’s just maddening to watch. The tweeting is just the way to get it out of the way, so I can get it off my chest and move on with my life that day. That’s basically it. Frankly, it’s so I don’t end up screaming at her about it.”

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Failed GOP Candidate Don Blankenship Files $12 Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Major Media Outlet

Failed Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship filed a massive defamation lawsuit on Thursday against dozens of news outlets and media personalities for referring to him as a “felon” during his 2018 run in the West Virginia primary.

While Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, spent a year in federal prison after a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate safety regulations prior to a deadly mining disaster in 2010, he was acquitted of all felony charges.

Blankenship — whose campaign rose to national prominence after he ran an ad dubbing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “Cocaine Mitch” and called Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao‘s father a “wealthy Chinaperson” — is seeking over $12 billion in damages in the lawsuit filed in Mingo County, West Virginia Circuit Court.

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New Zealand welcomes gun control after mosque massacre: 'There will be no opposition'

he New Zealand leader’s promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her Cabinet will consider the details of the changes on Monday. She has said options include a ban on private ownership of semi-automatic rifles that were used with devastating effect in Christchurch and a government-funded buyback of newly outlawed guns.

While curtailing gun owners’ rights is a political battleground in the United States, Christchurch gun owner Max Roberts, 22, predicted Ardern won’t face serious opposition to her agenda.

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Donna Brazile Hired as Fox News Contributor

Donna Brazile, the former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, has joined the Fox News Channel as a contributor, the network announced Monday.

Brazile, a longtime Democrat operative, will provide political commentary on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network and makes her debut appearance on The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino this week.

“I’m delighted to be joining Fox News. I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News. My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views,” Brazile said in a statement. “There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other. For there is no safety in self-limiting numbers. You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on Fox News.”

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Chinese goths post selfies in protest after subway incident

China's community of goths is coming together in protest online after a woman was made to remove her make-up before being allowed to enter a busy subway.

The woman, who media are not naming, posted on social media that she was stopped by subway security in the southern city of Guangzhou, and told that she needed to remove her dark make-up if she wanted to travel.

Although she was not carrying any prohibited items, she was told she would be refused entry unless she removed her make-up, to avoid "distressing" other passengers.

Since similar incidents have come to light, Weibo users have begun using the hashtag #ASelfieForTheGuangzhouMetro and sharing pictures of themselves in gothic make-up and attire.


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UK scientists join race for lab-grown meat

British scientists have joined the race to produce meat grown in the lab rather than reared on the hoof.

Scientists at the University of Bath have grown animal cells on blades of grass, in a step towards cultured meat.

If the process can be reproduced on an industrial scale, meat lovers might one day be tucking into a slaughter-free supply of "bacon".

The researchers say the UK can move the field forward through its expertise in medicine and engineering.

Lab-based meat products are not yet on sale, though a US company, Just, has said its chicken nuggets, grown from cells taken from the feather of chicken that is still alive, will soon be in a few restaurants.


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Human embryo smuggling: Malaysian arrested at India airport

Indian authorities are investigating a possible smuggling ring after discovering a live human embryo in a suitcase at Mumbai's airport.

A Malaysian national was allegedly found with the embryo in a canister concealed in his luggage on 16 March.

The man, who reportedly admitted this was not the first time he had smuggled embryos into India, then led officials to a high-end IVF clinic in the city.

But the clinic has vehemently denied being involved, alleging a set-up.


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Man accused of threatening delegate who vilified LGBT groups

A Virginia man is accused of threatening a GOP member of the West Virginia House of Delegates who called the LGBTQ community a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.

News outlets report an arrest warrant has been issued for 49-year-old Jonathan George Benfer. Court records say Benfer called Mercer County Del. Eric Porterfield last month and left a slur-laden message offering to fight him.


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Christchurch shootings: Ardern vows never to say gunman's name

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed never to say the name of the Christchurch mosque gunman.

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ms Ardern said in an emotional address at New Zealand's parliament.

Last Friday's shootings at two mosques left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder.


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Online feminist, transgender, and other intersectionality-inclined communities have seemingly begun to faction. With so much uncertainty surrounding the definition of “woman,” questions are naturally arising about the definition of appropriate feminism. Do trans women count? What about women who choose to sell sex? Ask too many of these questions, however, and you’ll likely be excommunicated from the conversation entirely.

The term “transmedicalist” generally refers to individuals who support the practice of gender transition, but believe it should be reserved to those who have the mental condition of gender dysphoria and have a desire to switch from either of the biological genders to the other. These people typically argue that while genuinely transgender people exist, some who purport to be transgender are doing so for reasons other than dysphoria, such as a search for a solution to general depression, or a desire to follow a trend.


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In new research done by NASA, more than half of the astronauts who traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) and on space shuttles had dormant herpes and other viruses reactivate, reports CNN.

The testing, which was published in Frontiers in Microbiology, showed that the longer astronauts stayed in space, the more likely that these viruses will flare up. This new discovery could spell danger for longer missions, such as a mission to Mars.

Blood, urine and saliva samples were collected from these astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. The virus “shedding,” which is when it successfully reactivates, occurred most during the flight itself, according to the research.


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MySpace Says It Lost Years Of User-Uploaded Music

MySpace — the once-dominant social media platform that was largely subsumed by Facebook — may have lost a decade's worth of music uploaded by users, the company says.

MySpace started in 2003 and quickly gained traction as a platform for uploading and sharing music, particularly for new bands trying to find an audience.

Now the company says millions of music files uploaded to the site may have disappeared.

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U.S. Cities Scrap Recycling Programs Due to High Costs

Hundreds of U.S. towns and cities have scrapped their recycling programs because the costs to maintain them have skyrocketed.

Municipalities across the country have either eliminated their recycling programs, put strict limits on the type of material they accept, or agreed to raise their prices to try and make ends meet after China stopped buying some recyclable materials like used plastic and paper, the New York Times reported.


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Airman killed while trying to thwart armed robbery

A 23-year-old senior airman stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas was fatally shot Friday while trying to stop an armed robbery.

Shawn Mckeough Jr., who served in Germany, Kuwait, and South Korea, was shot at the Valero Big Red convenience store in North Little Rock on Friday around 11 p.m. when he attempted to stop two people who barged in with handguns, police said. The two armed individuals then left the store without taking any money.


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House Judiciary receives 'tens of thousands' of documents for Trump investigation

The House Judiciary Committee said Monday “tens of thousands” of documents have been obtained in response to inquiries regarding President Trump’s campaign, businesses, presidential transition, and administration.

"I am encouraged by the responses we have received since sending these initial letters two weeks ago," Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a statement. "It is my hope that we will receive cooperation from the remainder of the list, and will be working to find an appropriate accommodation with any individual who may be reluctant to cooperate with our investigation."


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After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

In February, Pope Francis acknowledged a longstanding dirty secret in the Roman Catholic Church — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests.

It's an issue that had long been kept under wraps, but in the #MeToo era, a #NunsToo movement has emerged, and now sexual abuse is more widely discussed.

The Vatican's wall of silence was first broken in Women Church World, a supplement of the official Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano. An article in the February issue by editor Lucetta Scaraffia — a history professor, mother and feminist — blamed abuse of women and minors on the clerical culture of the all-powerful priesthood. The piece was based on hundreds of stories she heard from nuns.


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‘Invasion’ Coming at the Border; U.S. Has ‘Captured’ Thousands of Illegal Aliens

President Donald Trump told Breitbart News during his exclusive interview last Monday that there is an “invasion” of illegal immigration coming across the southern border.

“You are talking about an invasion,” Trump said in response to a question from senior Breitbart News White House correspondent Charlie Spiering about immigration. “People get angry on the other side when I use the word ‘invasion.’ This is an invasion, but it’s an invasion not only of people, but an invasion of drugs and human traffickers and other things.”


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Jeb Bush: Trump needs Republican challenger in 2020

Jeb Bush believes a Republican should challenge President Trump for the nomination in 2020 — slamming the president's "dangerous" policies on trade and other issues.

In the latest salvo between the two former rivals, Bush, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, made the comments Saturday during an interview with ex-Obama adviser David Axelrod.

“I think someone should run just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” Bush said on CNN's "The Axe Files." “It’s hard to beat a sitting president, but to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative, I think it’s important.”

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Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini with Apple Pencil support

Apple today announced updates to its iPad line. There’s a new iPad mini and a new iPad Air, with a 10.5-inch screen. The iPad Air features a thinner design with a 10.5-inch display and the Apple A12 Bionic chip.

The iPad mini keeps the same 7.9-inch screen, but gets the same A12 spec bump. Both the Air and the Mini are compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. The iPad mini starts at $399 for the 64 GB model, and the Air starts at $499. You can order them today from Apple.com.

In addition to the A12 performance boost, the iPad Air features a fully laminated True Tone display with 2224×1668 resolution. In most ways, this is a direct successor to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which has been discontinued. It is offered in 64 GB or 256 GB storage options, and comes in gold, silver, and space gray finishes. However, it does not boast a ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate display or a quad speaker array, like the 10.5-inch iPad Pro had.

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Australian government brands controversial camper van firm 'misogynistic'

The Australian government on Friday stepped up its campaign against a "misogynistic" campervan firm, branding its notorious fleet of graffiti-clad vehicles vulgar and offensive.

Officials choose International Women's Day to launch the tirade against Wicked Campers, a van hire firm whose spray-painted slogans have long been a source of outrage on Australian roads.


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NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges

The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his co-defendants are trying to avoid going to trial with him next month.

Keith Raniere was charged last week with exploiting a child and possessing child pornography. He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of operating a secret society within his NXIVM group that forced women "slaves" to have unwanted sex with him and branded them with his initials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza told a judge on Monday that the government is in "active plea negotiations" with Allison Mack, best known for playing a teenage friend of Superman on the "Smallville" TV series, and two other defendants in the sex-trafficking case. Additionally, defense attorney Mark Geragos said that his client, Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, will be asking for a separate trial on charges she bank-rolled the Albany-based group that has been compared to a cult. Bronfman and Mack have previously denied the charges.

"We don't need to be the collateral damage," Geragos said.

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Gokmen Tanis, Dutch tram shooting suspect, arrested in Utrecht

Police have arrested the man accused of killing three people on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, the city police chief announced.

The suspect, identified as Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, allegedly gunned down three people and wounded five others before fleeing in a car, officials said.

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Steam Responds to Epic Store Features, Boosts Online Speed Of Exclusives

Valve has released a new software framework for Steam that will allows the digital distribution service's partners to improve the online performance of their games. The update was released late last week, and will likely allow multiplayer games to make use of a stronger online service to host better quality matchmaking and gameplayer performance in an online setting.

Steam has recently come under fire for some of its policies, especially those related to the platform's content curation system. With a bonafide competitor in the Epic Games Store beginning to entice developers way from Valve's digital distribution service, many have called for Steam to begin making some serious policy changes to compete. That change began with a recent change to Steam's user review policy that was meant to prevent review bombing from users who were dissatisfied with a game's decisions.

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Bethesda could be teasing more Starfield for its E3 2019 event

Bethesda is heading back to E3 for its fifth annual event on June 9, and the show's announcement gif may have a teaser for Starfield hiding in plain sight - if you can call big, glittering stars "hiding". The animated image shows a crowd of Bethesda characters and fans staring up into a late evening sky together, the field of stars twinkling above them to form a #BE3 hashtag.

Sidenote: if you don't know what the hell that Walmart Canada reference is about, you missed one of the strangest pre-E3 reveal seasons in recent memory.

The stars/Starfield connection in the teaser image could be a coincidence, but it would be a weird move for Bethesda; we're all yearning for the silence to be broken after Starfield was announced at Bethesda's E3 2018 event. Its teaser trailer showed an unearthly world with a star emerging around its horizon, then a satellite or ship seemingly entering hyperspace (or whatever they call it in this sci-fi universe), finally concluding with a logo. In other words, Bethesda has a lot more to reveal about the game - especially since we know Starfield will arrive before the studio will put out Elder Scrolls 6!

All that said, the only segment Bethesda has officially confirmed for the show is "an in-depth look at Doom Eternal." The company will likely sneak out a few more confirmations of featured games as E3 gets closer (for instance, Wolfenstein Youngblood probably still exists) and we'll keep you informed as it does.



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Facebook Outage Drives Millions to Look for Something to Do

Much of the Western world went into panic Wednesday and into Thursday when Facebook, the social networking platform used by billions worldwide, went down. The crash affected WhatsApp and Instagram as well.

Users around the globe found logging-in impossible. In Israel, users could access Facebook normally by late Wednesday night, although many features – such as posting for some users – were unavailable.

BBC news called it “the most severe outage in its history” noting the last time Facebook service was disrupted on such a scale was in 2008.

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Xiaomi unveils Black Shark 2 gaming phone with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB of RAM

Xiaomi is wasting no time with its gaming-focused Black Shark brand. It's announced three Black Shark phones in the last year, the most recent of which is the confusingly named Black Shark 2. It's the third phone after the original Black Shark and Black Shark Helo. Those phones were already plenty powerful, but the new phone sports the latest Snapdragon 855 and up to 12GB of RAM.

The Black Shark 2 comes in two variants. There's the base model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and an upgraded version with 12gB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Both versions have the new Snapdragon 855, which you can only get in the Galaxy S10 currently. Xiaomi also says it has developed a new liquid cooling system that covers all heat-generating areas to lower temperatures by as much as 14 degrees Celsius.

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A Videogame ‘Arms Race’ of Mergers Is Coming, Analysts Say

Advance coverage of this year’s Game Developers Conference, the videogame industry event that starts today in San Francisco, has this year largely focused on the possibility of a major streaming announcement from Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google unit.

Several news outlets expect announcements tomorrow that could move the industry—and the company—closer to the “Netflix of Gaming” future that industry experts anticipate is on its way, the upshot of which is that, someday, players will be able to play just about any game on just about any mobile device. Google, according to reports, could unveil both a console and a new service offering.

If we’re heading toward a race between Google and other big-tech companies to be the platform of choice, some experts say, mergers and acquisitions is inevitable as those players, including Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and, perhaps, Apple (AAPL), look to acquire valuable content to bolster their offerings.

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OnePlus 7 looks drop-dead gorgeous in these all-new images

OnePlus has made no bones about the fact that it's building a successor to the OnePlus 6T, which is likely launch around May or June 2019.

The new flagship device is tipped to have an all-screen design with a pop-up selfie camera that emerges from the chassis above the display. OnePlus is also expected to include a triple-camera system on the back of the handset.

However, the latest leak doesn't concern the features or technical specifications of the forthcoming phone, but instead centres on the look. And if it's accurate, the OnePlus 7 is going to be a breathtakingly good-looking smartphone.

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Netflix Fires Lori Loughlin from ‘Fuller House’ After Arrest in College Bribery Scandal

With streaming giant Netflix dropping her from its Fuller House series, actress Lori Loughlin has lost another job after being arrested in the wide-ranging college bribery and cheating scandal.

Lori Loughlin’s character will be written out of the upcoming season of the re-booted 1990s sitcom, according to PageSix.

The loss of her Fuller House role is the second major blow to Loughlin’s acting career after she was fired from her role as a featured player in many Hallmark Channel movie productions.

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Alleged robber at Bellagio casino dies after trading gunfire with police on Las Vegas strip

An attempted robbery at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ended in a gunfight between police and the suspect late Friday.

An armed man walked into the casino and approached a popular poker cage, where he demanded money, before quickly fleeing out the north entrance, Las Vegas police said in an overnight press conference.

The suspect attempted to carjack someone at the valet but was confronted immediately by four uniformed officers.

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Apple is Guilty of Infringing on Three Qualcomm Patents

Qualcomm has won an important legal victory as part of its multi-tiered legal battle against Apple: The Cupertino consumer electronics giant was found to have violated three Qualcomm patents and must pay the first $31 million in damages.

“The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly,” Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement. “We are gratified that courts all over the world are rejecting Apple’s strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP.”

Apple wasn’t quite as pleased with the verdict.

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WhatsApp co-founder renews call for users to delete Facebook, questions Apple’s App Store moderation

Almost exactly one year ago, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton publicly called on users to delete Facebook. Now, Acton is renewing that call, while also criticizing companies like Apple for certain privacy and moderation stances.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a hefty $16 billion in 2014, bringing co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton onboard in the process. Acton, however, left the company in 2017 due to growing tension between WhatsApp and Facebook leadership.

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Sanders cuts head on shower door, receives 7 stitches

Sen. Bernie Sanders cut his head on a glass shower door on Friday morning and received seven stitches, his campaign announced.

But the 2020 candidate was given a "clean bill of health" and will attend all of his previously scheduled campaign events over the next couple days.

Arianna Jones, a Sanders spokeswoman, said "out of precaution, he went to a walk-in clinic" to have the cut checked out.

"The senator has proceeded with all of his scheduled events — joining a group of approximately 20 local clergy for breakfast this morning — and looks forward to joining a roundtable with South Carolinians this afternoon to discuss how we can provide high quality affordable health care for all," she added.

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Arlington County Board approves $23 million incentives package for Amazon

The Arlington County Board unanimously approved a $23 million incentives package for Amazon to build a headquarters facility in Crystal City at a raucous meeting Saturday repeatedly disrupted by protesters who shouted “shame” and twice forced the board members to briefly leave the room.

The 5-0 vote was the final action granting local and state subsidies to the online retail giant as part of its much-publicized plan to create at least 25,000 jobs over 12 years in the Northern Virginia suburb.

The vote came at the end of six hours of testimony and debate in which supporters touted the project’s economic benefits while opponents warned that the influx of highly paid workers would raise housing prices and displace lower-income residents.

The outcome was never really in doubt because board members had signaled for weeks that they intended to back the plan, which surveys showed had broad support.

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Reuters Reporter Covered Up Damaging Beto Info During Texas Senate Race

A Reuters reporter admits he offered to hide damaging information about Beto O’Rourke during the Democrat’s tight Senate race against Sen. Ted Cruz.

On Friday morning, Reuters journalist Joseph Menn broke the news that, as a teen, O’Rourke, who is now a freshly-minted 2020 presidential candidate, was part of a secret hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow.

Since publication, Reuters has also been forced to admit their reporter, who was on leave at the time, knew all about O’Rourke’s hacker past during the 2018 Texas Senate race but offered not to reveal it until after the race:

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Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge.

So the Pentagon is undertaking two studies. The first is a $15 million exploration of whether satellites outfitted with lasers might be able to disable enemy missiles coming off the launch pad. Defense officials have said previously that these lasers would need to be in the megawatt class. They expect to finish the study within six months.

They’re also pouring money into a study of space-based neutral particle beams, a different form of directed energy that disrupts missiles with streams of subatomic particles traveling close to light speed — as opposed to lasers, whose photons travel at light speed.

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Paris Jackson Released from Hospital After Attempted Suicide

Paris Jackson was hospitalized Saturday after she attempted suicide – and family sources tell us it's due in large to the fallout from "Leaving Neverland."

Law enforcement sources tell us police and EMS responded to Paris' LA home at 7:30 AM. We're told Michael Jackson's only daughter slit her wrists. Our sources say she was transported to a hospital and placed on 5150 hold. She's currently in stable condition.

Sources with knowledge tell us Paris did this in direct response to the allegations made against her father in "Leaving Neverland" – a documentary in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse MJ of molesting them as children.

As we reported … Paris was standing firm behind her dad and maintaining his innocence, even though she hadn't seen the doc yet. We're told the Jackson kids have been in turmoil over the renewed allegations … and that they feel the doc was one-sided and unfair.

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Orangutan recovers after shot with 74 airgun pellets in Indonesia

An orangutan is slowly recovering after being shot with 74 airgun pellets in Indonesian, an official said Saturday.

The 30-year-old female was found severely wounded in Aceh province last Sunday after officials received a tipoff from villagers.

She was found in critical condition with her one-month baby under a jackfruit tree on a plantation owned by a villager.

"The orangutans came to a villager's plantation and they were considered as threats by the owner who then attempted to expel the animals," said Sapto Aji Prabowo, chief of Aceh Conservation Agency.

Officials immediately rescued the animals but the baby died from malnutrition.

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Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure

MPs have voted by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.

It means the UK may not now leave on 29 March as previously planned.

Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her deal in a vote next week.

If they reject her deal again then she says she will seek a longer extension - but any delay has to be agreed by the 27 other EU member states.


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Dozens Of School Children Feared Dead In Nigerian Building Collapse

After several hours of clawing through mountains of debris with bare hands, hammers and heavy equipment, approximately 37 people have been rescued from a building that collapsed Wednesday morning in the Nigerian city of Lagos. But many more are trapped under the rubble, including dozens of children.

Several news outlets reported at least eight people died, as of Wednesday night.


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In picking Microsoft's cloud, Volkswagen shows that even carmakers have some fear of Amazon

In the cloud wars, Microsoft has been able to win big business from retailers, largely because companies like Walmart, Kroger, Gap and Target are opting not to write big checks to rival Amazon.

The more Amazon grows, the more that calculation could start working its way into other industries — like automotive.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Volkswagen's Heiko Hüttel, who runs the company's connected car division, said the carmaker chose Microsoft Azure late last year for its "Automotive Cloud" project after considering Amazon Web Services.

Hüttel said he's not worried about Amazon building competitive cars, but suggested that there are other things the company is doing in connectivity that could seep into Volkswagen's market. Amazon was recently seen hauling cargo with self-driving truck technology from start-up Embark.

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Xiaomi's upcoming foldable phone will cost half the price of a Samsung Galaxy Fold

Xiaomi is set to unveil its own foldable phone in the coming months, and the device will be priced so as to massively undercut the competition. Reports claim that the device will cost US$999, which would be about half the price of most other foldables.

Foldable phones were always going to be the next “big thing”, so it’s no surprise that a number of foldables were unveiled last month at MWC. While companies like Energizer have showcased their takes on the technology, the biggest talking points were the Mate X and Galaxy Fold by Huawei and Samsung respectively.

Both devices have something in common: price—as the Mate X has a US$2600 MSRP, while the Galaxy Fold will set buyers back US$2000. We also don’t expect foldable phones from other OEMs to be significantly cheaper. That is, bar Xiaomi’s, of course.

Xiaomi’s foldable phone is yet to be officially named, but it’s likely to be a toss-up between the “Mi Flex” and “Mi Fold”. While we don’t expect it to be quite as good as either the Mate X or Galaxy Fold—for one, it doesn't use OLED panels made by Samsung—we believe it will offer a good price to performance ratio, as is customary with Xiaomi’s offerings.

According to reports, the Mi Flex will sell for US$999 in the US, €999 in Europe, and Rs 74,999 in India. It’s expected to launch around June.



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OH BOY! Barack Obama’s brother asks if Michelle is ‘Michael’

Barack Obama’s half brother, Malik, took to Twitter on Thursday to ask if Michelle is actually “Michael”.

“Is Michelle Michael?” Obama asked, referring to a conspiracy theory that the former First Lady is actually a man.

In 2017, Alex Jones claimed to have proof that Michelle was male.

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Did Cooking Really Give Us The F-Word?

Processed foods get blamed for a lot of things. But this week, a group of linguists took it to a whole new level.

To put it crudely, they argue that the invention of processed foods like yogurt and gruel, thousands of years ago, gave us the F-word. Lots of F-words. To be more precise, the researchers think that softer foods led to more frequent use of the sounds "f" and "v" in human languages. (Other experts on language are skeptical; more about that later.)

According to the new theory, food influenced language through a complex chain of events.


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Trump's border agency says he has built ZERO walls in new places despite claiming otherwise

The Trump administration has not built any walls to protect previously unbarricaded sections of America's southern border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed exclusively to DailyMail.com on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has boasted in the past that '[w]e have already built large new sections' during his time in the White House.

Border barriers erected between the U.S. and Mexico since Inauguration Day 2017 have consisted of supplements to existing walls and replacements for outmoded or decreipt barriers.

But '[t]he first new wall project, where no barrier currently exists, is anticipated to start in April,' CBP spokesman Roger Maier said in an email. He identified Hidalgo County as the construction project's location, a border zone along a meandering 50-mile stretch of the Rio Grande.

CBP said last year that it was 'designing and constructing approximately 25 miles of levee wall system' in that county, whose anchor is the the border city of McAllen.

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French protesters riot in Paris, accuse Macron of “hot air”

French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze.

Cobblestones flew in the air and smoke from fires set by protesters mingled with clouds of tear gas sprayed by police, as tensions continued for hours along the Champs-Elysees. By dusk, as the demonstrators had dispersed, the famed avenue was a blackened expanse.

The resurgent violence comes at a watershed moment for a movement, which had been fizzling in recent weeks, and at the end of a two-month-long national debate called by Macron that protesters say failed to answer their demands for economic justice.

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Spotify on Apple's Response to App Store Dispute: 'Every Monopolist Will Suggest They Have Done Noth

Spotify on Wednesday announced it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission over unfair App Store practices. Apple responded two days later, labeling the complaint as "misleading rhetoric" and arguing that "Spotify wants all the benefits of a free app without being free."

The war of words has since continued. In a statement issued to Variety, Spotify said "every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong" and that, consequently, Apple's response was "entirely in line" with its expectations.

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Beto O'Rourke officially announces run for president

Beto O'Rourke sat inside the kitchen in his home, located just blocks from Mexico, as he made the case for his presidential campaign — one born from President Donald Trump's intense focus on the border as a dangerous place in urgent need of a wall.

O'Rourke, 46, who was a little known congressman from El Paso when Trump was elected, officially entered the 2020 presidential race Thursday, ending months of speculation that began after the Democrat narrowly lost a Senate seat in reliably red Texas.


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DuckDuckGo a new ‘default search’ option for Chrome, is it time to start paying attention?

Google has reportedly introduced new options into the list of potential “default” search engines available to Chrome users. Most notably, DuckDuckGo has now become one of those options in 60 markets around the world.

DDG joins the list. In the past users were always free to manually add alternatives to the existing choices, which included Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask and AOL in the U.S. However, the overwhelming majority of Chrome users don’t do that kind of customization; Google is the default default engine.

DuckDuckGo has also offered a Chrome extension. It prompts users that don’t have the extension currently installed with its privacy pitch: “your data shouldn’t be for sale.”

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Man Develops Infection in His Skull and Brain Lining After Cleaning His Ear with a Cotton Swab

A simple step in many people’s hygiene left an English man developing a near-fatal infection that spread to the lining of his brain.

Over the past five years, the man had been experiencing pain and hearing loss in his ear — something he had been treated for multiple times. It wasn’t until he had a seizure that led him to look more carefully into the problem and discover that a piece of a cotton swab stuck in his ear was causing his severe medical issues, according to his link opens in a new tab Live Science.


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Twitter's announcement that it plans to update how people use the site has prompted fears that it is about to hide the number of likes and retweets a post gets.

The confusion began following a misunderstanding by some users that Twitter is planning to remove the engagements entirely from tweets.

Instead, Twitter is only testing putting engagements counts on replies behind a user tap – or click. Twitter attempted to clear up the confusion in a series of tweets responding to confused users.


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Saudi women’s rights campaigner who has been ‘tortured and sexually harassed in prison’

>Loujain al-Hathloul, who goes on trial alongside other women’s rights activists, was said to have been made to sign a request to be pardoned

A leading Saudi women’s rights campaigner who has allegedly been tortured and sexually harassed in prison stood trial on Wednesday.

Loujain al-Hathloul, who defied the kingdom’s recently overturned ban on female drivers, was arrested in May 2018 along with 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia.


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What you need to know about the flesh-eating infection that a woman thought was a pimple

An Indianapolis woman has died from a flesh-eating infection after returning home from a trip to Florida. Her husband believes that she contracted the infection from a hot tub at the resort they were staying out.


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10 brutal killers on California death row who have been saved by execution moratorium

Some of America's most notorious killers have been spared the death penalty by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday halting the death penalty in his state, providing reprieve for 737 death row inmates.

“The intentional killing of another person is wrong and as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual,” the Democrat said Wednesday. “Our death penalty system has been, by all measures, a failure.”


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Almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs

Almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs, research suggests, as women say they are overwhelmed by conflicting advice on fertility.

The survey by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) found widespread fears among those hoping to start a family one day.

The poll found 44 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 said they would consider egg freezing to try to preserve their fertility.


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Chris Cox, a key Facebook exec and lieutenant of Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company amid a huge

There's a massive shakeup in the leadership of Facebook underway.

On Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Chris Cox — a longtime Facebook executive who most recently served as chief product officer — is leaving the company in what is the most significant departure at the embattled company in years.


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Nairobi lion replaced after Twitter uproar

A new sculpture of a lion with a shaggy mane in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has been replaced after it got ridiculed on social media.

Since it was placed in the middle of the University Way roundabout at the beginning of last week, bewildered motorists and pedestrians have been stopping to take pictures of the beast, which quickly became a talking point in the national press and a figure of fun on Twitter.

One Twitter user pleaded: "Please guys help Sonko (Nairobi's governor) get a better Lion. What he has put is an embarrassment to the nation."

But residents woke up on Saturday morning to find that the "ugly lion" had been replaced with a new one, and no longer adorned with faux fur. One Twitter user proclaimed the result "the power of social media".


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‘Neolithic Brexit’ unearthed at Stonehenge shows British identity began 5,000 years ago

The birth of British identity began 5,000 years ago when the country found itself secluded from the continent in a ‘late Neolithic Brexit’ archaeologists believe.

A new study suggests that monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury acted like prehistoric focal points, drawing Britons from the far corners of Scotland, England and Wales to central meeting places in England where they could feast together as compatriots.


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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp in widespread lengthy outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all experiencing outages, preventing users from accessing the apps.

Figures suggest there has been a partial outage across its apps since 4pm GMT, making it one of the longest outages the company has suffered in the recent past. The issue is impacting all of Facebook's apps.


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Michigan becomes second state to receive funding in national opioid initiative

Michigan on Thursday is set to become the second state to receive part of a $50 million investment to help combat the opioid crisis nationwide, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a partnership between Vital Strategies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the CDC Foundation. It aims to help up to 10 states over the next three years find ways to boost prevention and treatment efforts for opioid addiction.


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Friends: Englishwoman's death in Guatemala seems accidental

Friends who were with an Englishwoman found dead near a Guatemalan highland lake in her final days recall her as a spiritual person who spread joy to others, and said numerous details of the case suggest to them that it was an accident.

Those who helped search for Catherine Shaw, 23, of Witney, England, said several things didn't seem to square with possible foul play, such as that her sweater was found near the body carefully folded with her rings inside. Also found nearby was the puppy she adopted as a sidekick the day she arrived in San Juan La Laguna.


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Overlooked Ingredients In Medicines Can Sometimes Trigger Side Effects

If you have a bad reaction to a medicine, it might not be the drug itself, but what are called "inactive ingredients" in the pill or capsule.

An article published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine surveys this field and finds ingredients that are potentially troublesome for some people are ubiquitous.

For example, a few years ago study co-author Giovanni Traverso, a gastroenterologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, came across a patient with a severe gluten intolerance called celiac disease. The person was having trouble with a medication that apparently contained gluten as an inactive ingredient — potentially making the condition worse, not better.


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Cardinal George Pell sentenced to six years for child sex abuse in Australia

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, and will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd, who handed down the sentence in a live television broadcast, said there was a real possibility that at age 77, Pell could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Pell, a former top adviser to Pope Francis, is the most senior Catholic to be convicted for child sex offences.


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Brits are more scared of spiders than cybercrime

Cybercrime and hacking has overtaken flying, dogs and clowns in the top 10 list of things the British are most scared of, but still only ranks in sixth place behind spiders, heights, snakes, dentists and small spaces.

Arachnids top the list despite there being less than a one-in-a-million chance of being bitten by a spider badly enough to warrant going to hospital in the UK.

Cybersecurity company McAfee has released these findings to coincide with this week's 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web (and tomorrow's National Spider Day). According to the report, 23 percent of Brits have admitted to worrying about getting hacked and/or tracked by the government and businesses at least once a day.

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Italy moves to allow schools to ban unvaccinated children

Public schools in Italy will reportedly be allowed to turn away unvaccinated children under a new law that requires 10 mandatory vaccinations.

The new law will allow public schools to bar unvaccinated children under the age of 6 from public schools, according to the BBC.

Under the law, parents could also be fined up to $560 for sending unvaccinated children to school, the BBC reported. Parents of children ages six to 16 can be fined, the outlet reported.


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Jade Raymond has joined Google

Google is set to make its games industry splash at GDC next week, and ahead of that presentation, Jade Raymond has announced she will serve as a vice president at the company–presumably a vice president working on its games interests.

Raymond worked at Ubisoft as a producer and then as an executive producer on the first two Assassin's Creed games, as well as Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watch Dogs, before moving to Electronic Arts to work on several Star Wars projects. She left EA in October.

Tweeting the news today, Raymond didn't specify what she's the VP of, though when asked for clarification she responded with an eyewink emoji. That seems to suggest that she's the VP of a yet-to-be-announced wing of the company. It all makes sense.

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Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features

Twitter is teasing some of the biggest changes to its social media service since it first launched in 2006, aiming to make good on the company's promise to promote "healthy conversation."

The company is also introducing new features to enhance pictures and video on the app in an effort to encourage users to make more use of the cameras on their smartphones, a move that adds features similar to those found on the apps of some of its main competition: Instagram and Snapchat.

“We’ve really intentionally tried to make the images and footage that are captured on the ground at an event look different than other images and videos that you might attach to a tweet,” said Keith Coleman, Twitter’s head of consumer product.

On Tuesday, the company offered the public its first look at a new prototype for the Twitter app, which the company is calling "twttr" in a nod to CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey's first tweet, that includes a variety of changes to how Twitter looks and operates, centered on a new format for conversations and color-coded replies.

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New Android adware found in 200 apps on Google Play

Security researchers have found a new kind of mobile adware hidden in hundreds of Android apps, and downloaded more than 150 million times from Google Play.

The malware masquerading as an ad-serving platform, dubbed SimBad by researchers at security firm Check Point, infected more than 200 apps which, likely unbeknownst to the app developer, would open a backdoor to install additional malware as a way to outsmart Google’s app store scanning. Once installed, the downloaded malware also removes the app icon and persists in the background, loading each time the device boots up.

Once the malware retrieves its instructions from the command and control server, the malware runs through lists of web addresses in the background, serving ads to generate fraudulent revenue.

Check Point provided a list of the apps, which Google pulled from Google Play following a disclosure by the security researchers. The list can be found here. Google’s removal from the app store does not delete the app from users’ devices.

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Google launches Android Q Beta 1 for all Pixel phones

For the fourth consecutive year, Google is providing an early look at the next major version of its mobile operating system. The Android Q Beta today reveals an improved permissions privacy that will publicly debut on consumer devices later this year.

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Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple

Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service.

Spotify, which launched a year after the 2007 launch of the iPhone, said on Wednesday that Apple’s control of its App store deprived consumers of choice and rival providers of audio streaming services to the benefit of Apple Music, which began in 2015.

Central to Spotify’s complaint, filed to the European Commission on Monday, is what it says is a 30 percent fee Apple charges content-based service providers to use Apple’s in-app purchase system (IAP).

Horacio Gutierrez, Spotify’s general counsel, said the company was pressured into using the billing system in 2014, but then was forced to raise the monthly fee of its premium service from 9.99 to 12.99 euros, just as Apple Music launched at Spotify’s initial 9.99 price.

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Here’s how much 5G service will cost from Verizon

Verizon on Wednesday made several announcements about its upcoming 5G network, revealing launch dates for the new wireless service as well as pricing. The good news for customers looking to be among the first Verizon customers to take advantage of the faster speeds is that 5G access will only cost you $10 extra each month. However, not all Verizon subscribers will be able to get on 5G come April 11th, which is when Big Red’s 5G service officially launches.

Just like 4G a few years ago, initial 5G coverage will be limited to a few markets and the same goes for Verizon. The first 5G Ultra Wideband mobility cities are Chicago and Minneapolis, Verizon said in a press release.

The service will cost $10 per month after the first three months, which are free of charge, but it will require an unlimited plan — that means you’ll need a Verizon Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited plan. If you have an older Verizon plan and refuse to switch, you won’t have access to 5G.

Finally, the last obstacle between you and 5G is a compatible device. Only one of the current 4G devices in the carrier’s lineup can be upgraded to 5G, and that’s what Verizon is essentially offering its subscribers. The Moto Z3 launched several months ago and is ready to deliver 5G speeds as soon as you cough up the cash for the brand new 5G Moto Mod that goes along with it.

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Bill Blocking National Emergency Declaration for Border Wall ‘Going to Be Vetoed,’

President Donald Trump marveled that any Senate Republican could vote against his decision to declare a National Emergency on the Southern border in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in the Oval Office on Monday. But Trump vowed again that he would veto the measure regardless of whether it passes the Senate.

Trump suggested that Democrats in the Senate and the handful of Republicans planning to vote to block the national emergency declaration are on the losing side of the immigration issue in the eyes of the public. He argued that, generally speaking, immigration is an 80/20 issue, meaning that 80 percent–or the vast majority of Americans–want the border secured, whereas just 20 percent support continued mass illegal immigration.

“We have a vote coming up on this whole national emergency thing it’s an 80/20 issue in our favor, it’s border security, a wall, no crime versus open borders and nothing but crime,” Trump said. “Forty-seven Democrats will probably vote for the 20 percent issue, and with the Republicans, we have some that don’t vote for it. It’s hard to believe actually.”

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Facebook takes down Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook

Facebook has removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.

The ads, which had identical images and text, touted Warren's recently announced plan to unwind "anti-competitive" tech mergers, including Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram.

“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google," read the ads, which Warren's campaign had placed Friday. "We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”


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Catherine Shaw death: Woman missing in Guatemala had ‘blow to head’

A woman who went missing in Guatemala died of a blow to the head, a post-mortem examination has found.

Catherine Shaw, 23, from Witney, Oxfordshire, was reported missing after she left Hotel Mayachik near Lake Atitlan on 5 March.

Her body was found between four and six days after her death, the National Institute of Forensic Sciences of Guatemala told local media.

She was found on Monday near the top of the Indian Nose hiking trail.


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Saudi Arabia puts women's rights activists on trial

A number of women's rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia in a case that has raised questions about the kingdom's human rights record.

The first activists were detained last May, shortly before the lifting of a ban on women driving, for which many of them had campaigned.

Charges they face are said to include supporting "hostile elements" and could carry long prison sentences.

Demands for the women's release have come from around the world.

Last week more than 30 countries at the UN Human Rights Council criticized Saudi Arabia for detaining the women.


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BlackBerry launches new US subsidiary in push to earn more federal contracts

BlackBerry on Tuesday officially opened a new D.C.-based branch aimed at helping the tech company secure more contracts with the federal government.

The new subsidiary, known as BlackBerry Government Solutions, is largely focused on the firm’s projects that fall under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the government-wide program on cloud security that companies must comply with in order to earn federal contracts.


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Spotify lodges EU antitrust complaint against Apple

Spotify has filed a formal antitrust complaint against Apple with European Union competition regulators, alleging that the iPhone maker is unfairly trying to stifle the competing streaming service.

“Apple operates a platform that, for over a billion people around the world, is the gateway to the internet,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Apple is both the owner of the iOS platform and the App Store — and a competitor to services like Spotify. In theory, this is fine. But in Apple’s case, they continue to give themselves an unfair advantage at every turn.”


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No deal Brexit: No tariffs for Irish goods going to NI

Irish goods entering the Northern Ireland market will not face tariffs in a no deal Brexit.

However, Irish products entering the rest of the UK would face high tariffs on a range of food products.

The details are contained in a new no deal Brexit plan published by the government.

There will also be no checks or controls on the Irish border, according to the plan.

It says the plan recognizes the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.


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Infertile women a fifth more likely to develop cancer in middle age

Infertility could increase the chance of cancer in mid-life by almost a fifth, research suggests.

The study of more than three million women of childbearing age found that those with fertility problems were 18 per cent more likely to develop the disease.

Scientists from Stanford University said it was not possible to show whether infertility - or treatment for it - was a cause of cancer.


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Ben Nevis avalanche: Three climbers killed and one injured after being 'wiped out'

Three climbers were killed in an avalanche on Ben Nevis on Tuesday, following hazardous warnings not to try and ascend the mountain.

The incident, which injured one other person, occurred at 11.50am in gully number five located on the mountain’s north-eastern aspect.

At 6pm on Monday evening, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service released a hazardous forecast for the north-eastern aspect of Ben Nevis, classing the avalanche risk as “high”.


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Jung Joon-young: K-pop star quits over secret sex videos

A second K-pop star has dramatically quit the music business, in a growing industry sex scandal.

Jung Joon-young, 30, admitted to secretly filming himself having sex with women and sharing the footage.

"I admit to all my crimes," said Jung in a statement. He also promised to drop all his TV and music work.

It comes a day after superstar Seungri from the group Big Bang quit the industry after he was charged with sex bribery.

Jung, who is accused of taping 10 or more women, is due to be questioned by Seoul Metropolitan Police on Thursday.


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Hundreds surrender as Islamic State nears defeat in last enclave

Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave on Tuesday as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said the battle was as good as over.

A Reuters journalist in Baghouz saw hundreds of people surrendering to the SDF, which launched its final attack to capture Baghouz on Sunday, backed by U.S.-led international coalition air strikes after weeks of siege.

The enclave is the last shred of territory held by the jihadists who have been driven from roughly one third of Iraq and Syria over the past four years.


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Dutch 'blunder building' bans dancing

Dutch civil servants have been warned off dancing in their staff restaurant for fear that the floors of their renovated building might not take the strain.

The foreign ministry has circulated a memo saying safety concerns mean they should also avoid over-stacking photocopier paper, placing a second row of chairs around conference room tables, or installing heavy cupboards and safes in their offices, the NOS public broadcaster reports.

King Willem-Alexander himself opened the building in The Hague in November 2017 after extensive renovation work, but it has been plagued by staff complaints from the start.


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MoD to pay legal costs of any Bloody Sunday soldier charged with criminal charges

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is understood to have promised to pay the legal costs of any soldier facing criminal charges over Bloody Sunday.

In a letter from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to army veterans, seen by the BBC, assurances were given to the 18 former paratroopers who have been reported to the Public Prosecution Service over the 1972 killings.

It says the soldiers are represented "entirely at the Ministry of Defence's expense", according to the broadcaster.


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Your Modern-Day Leftist is No Different than a Child Throwing a Tantrum

Michael Savage has long argued that Liberalism is a mental disorder. What is ironic is that he did so long before the uptick in outrageous outbursts by leftist "crusaders" who've earned the monicker "Social Justice Warrior" or SJW, for short. Whether it's a matter of mental illness, cult-like groupthink, a form of entitled behavior left unchecked and grown cancerous or just the manifestation of a toxic ideology in the past few years it has become a problem too big to be ignored. Once upon a time political discourse could be conducted between opposing ideologies without childish shrieks, screaming, name-calling and literal temper tantrums endemic to SJW culture.


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Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal

A federal court of appeals in New York on Monday took the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

The three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave the parties until March 19 to establish good cause as to why they should remain sealed and, failing to do so, the summary judgment and supporting documents will be made public. The court reserved a ruling on the balance of the documents in the civil case, including discovery materials.


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A horde of 200 vegans stormed a farm in Lincolnshire, England, to protest animal cruelty but caused a stampede that crushed piglets, according to the farmer.

Farmer Sylvia Hook said the mob of vegans from the “Meat the Victims” group distressed her animals while storming Sandilands Farm in their rush to cuddle newborn piglets, causing two of them to get crushed and killed. The crowd reportedly damaged farm property, frightened Hook’s family, caused injury to two other animals, and sowed chaos by cuddling piglets that did not want to be held and then placed them in the wrong pens with the wrong sows.


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Company offers to build 234 miles of border wall for $1.4 billion

A U.S. company is offering to build 234 miles of President Trump's border wall for just $1.4 billion, a fraction of the $8 billion the Trump administration is hoping to use for that project.

Fisher Sand and Gravel Company's President and CEO Tommy Fisher said the government is overpaying and that for $4.31 billion, he can build the wall and incorporate paved roads and border technology plus warranty.


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Stephen Hawking's ex nurse STRUCK OFF over his care

>Patricia Dowdy, 61, from Ipswich cared for the scientist for 15 years until two years before his death aged 76 from motor neuron disease on March 14, 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking's former nurse Patricia Dowdy has been struck off the nursing register.

It comes after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that she "failed to provide the standards of good, professional care that we expect and Professor Hawking deserved".

Dowdy had faced multiple misconduct charges in relation to the care she provided to Prof Hawking.

It said the charges included financial misconduct, dishonesty, not providing appropriate care, failing to cooperate with the NMC and not having the correct qualifications.

Hawking, who had motor neuron disease, died on March 14, 2018, aged 76.


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New York family beach home turns into 'ice house'

Turbulent waves and high winds have turned a family beach home into an "ice house" at Ramona Beach, in Pulaski, New York.

Maureen Whelan's family has used the house for the past 85 years, but none of them has ever seen anything like this before.

Maureen shares the house with her brother and sister, and together they have been trying to chip the ice off the roof.

"We're devastated" she told the BBC.

High winds of up to 70mph (112km/h) at the end of February created massive waves from Lake Ontario, which blew spray onto the houses and then froze in the chilly temperatures.


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Leaked: Dick Cheney told Mike Pence he worries Trump's foreign policy has shades of Obama

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and current Vice President Mike Pence went head-to-head over President Trump’s foreign policy over the weekend.

During a private event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney said, “We’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us,” according to a transcript obtained by the Washington Post.

“I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan,” Cheney said.


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Pope Francis denounced anti-Semitism inside and outside the Catholic Church Friday after House Democrats opposed decrying anti-Semitism without also denouncing criticism of Muslims.

Francis condemned the “wickedness and fury” and “depraved hatred” inherent in the worldwide resurgence of anti-Semitism during a meeting with the American Jewish Committee (AJC), according to The Associated Press. The pontiff also warned Christian faithful that holding to anti-Semitic views is “a rejection of one’s own origins, a complete contradiction,” given that Jesus and his disciples were Jewish and the theology of the church is rooted in historical Judaism.


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Red Wings sign Michigan State's Taro Hirose, Princeton's Ryan Kuffner as undrafted free agents

The Red Wings signed two forwards — Michigan States Taro Hirose and Princeston’s Ryan Kuffner — Tuesday to two-year, entry-level contracts.

Both were undrafted college free agents, whom general manager Ken Holland said will join the Red Wings as early as this week.

Hirose, 22, spent the last three seasons at Michigan State, scoring 116 points (33 goals) in 106 games.

Hirose led the country in points (50), points-per-game (1.47) and assists (35) this season. In Big Ten play, Hirose led the conference in scoring with 34 points (10 goals) in 24 games.


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Private equity giant TPG has put a top exec on leave after he was charged in a college admissions sc

Private equity giant TPG has placed William 'Bill' McGlashan on leave after he was among dozens of business leaders and Hollywood celebrities indicted by the FBI in an alleged scheme to get students into elite colleges.

McGlashan is the founder and managing partner of TPG Growth, which makes investments in growth equity and middle market buyouts. He's also cofounder and CEO of the Rise Fund, an investment fund focused on companies trying to tackle social and environmental issues.


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Rape Day prompts call for UK government review

A British member of parliament has slated Steam over the recent Rape Day controversy, calling for a government review.

In a statement released today, Scottish National Party MP Hannah Bardell described it as "utterly abhorrent material", and said the government must "commit to getting around the table and sorting this issue for good."

"The content of this game is utterly perverted," she said. "It's time for the UK government to undertake a full review into how tech companies and gaming platforms – specifically Steam – are able to get away with this kind of stupidity,"

"The culture to seek forgiveness rather than permission is a stain on an industry that otherwise has the potential to be a real force for good."

She was joined in her comments by Shona Robison, First Minister of the Scottish Parliament, who supported calls for a UK government review to "strengthen the legislation around this area."

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Colorado baker ends legal fight over transgender woman's cake

It’s the icing on the cake.

The Colorado baker whose refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple was partially upheld by the Supreme Court has ended a separate legal spat with the state over his refusal to make a cake for a transgender woman.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and baker Jack Phillips’ legal team agreed to end two cases: one brought against Phillips by the state for refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition and a federal lawsuit against the state that Phillips filed claiming the state was on a "crusade to crush" to him.


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Meet the alleged ringleader of the massive college-admissions scandal, William 'Rick' Singer

William "Rick" Singer, 58, is the founder of Edge College & Career Network, LLC and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, the companies at the center of the 2019 college-admissions scandal that has resulted in the prosecution of 33 parents, including celebrity Felicity Huffman, and 13 college coaches and other business associates.


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Canada not grounding Boeing 737 MAX planes despite EU airspace ban

The United Kingdom and the European Union’s aviation safety agency (EASA) have banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft planes from its airspace after the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people this weekend.

Although there are a growing number of countries banning the plane, Canada is not one of them.


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Byron York: Key House Republican on Pelosi impeachment pullback: 'I don't buy it.'

Rep. Kevin Brady is the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. As chairman in 2017, he pushed through the tax cuts that remain President Trump's top legislative achievement. Now, he's dealing with the role that Ways and Means might play in a possible Trump impeachment. (It is the only House committee that is permitted by law to demand the president's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, and Democrats are currently taking steps to do just that.)


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Trump signed Bibles. Heresy? Many religious leaders say no

President Donald Trump was just doing what he could to raise spirits when he signed Bibles at an Alabama church for survivors of a tornado outbreak, many religious leaders say, though some are offended and others say he could have handled it differently.

Hershael York, dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Theology in Louisville, Kentucky, said he didn't have a problem with Trump signing Bibles, like former presidents have, because he was asked and because it was important to the people who were asking.

"Though we don't have a national faith, there is faith in our nation, and so it's not at all surprising that people would have politicians sign their Bibles," he said. "Those Bibles are meaningful to them and apparently these politicians are, too."

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DNA Collection, The 4th Amendment Right To Privacy And The Slippery Slope

Sites like 23&Me, Ancestry.com and others have grown in popularity among people looking to learn more about their genealogy and genetic makeup, but do these DNA testing services pose a Constitutional danger as well? Last year, the Golden State Killer was finally apprehended. This week, in El Dorado County, California the killer of a teen girl and young woman in Lake Tahoe during the late '70s was caught using "an emerging DNA technique" as CBS News put it. But is that "new technique" a gross violation of the 4th amendment? Once this is allowed, what could be next for criminals, suspects and innocent private citizens?


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Democrats Slam Trump’s Border Wall Request Despite Rising Migration

President Donald Trump’s $8.6 billion request for border-wall construction in 2020 should be denied, and the funds should be redirected to schools and “rebuilding America,” say top Democratic leaders.

The Democrats’ statement comes one week after a top security official said the cross-border flow of job-seeking migrants threatens to reach 900,000 in 2019.

“Our country faces challenges about jobs for the future, this money would be better spent on rebuilding America, and on education and workforce development for jobs for the 21st Century,” said a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer. The statement also stated that Democrats will block funding even if Trump refuses to sign Congress’ budget:


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Missouri policemen raid stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient's hospital room for marijuana in viral vid

A Missouri police department is being criticized after officers raided a stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient’s belongings for marijuana in his hospital room.

In live footage shared by Nolan Sousley, the terminal cancer patient, on Facebook on Thursday, officers from the Bolivar Police Department can been seen searching his belongings at Citizens Memorial Hospital, where he was hospitalized.


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Execution date set for inmate convicted of preacher's death

Alabama has set an execution date for an inmate convicted of killing a preacher in a robbery more than two decades ago.

Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to be put to death on April 11, according to an order from the state Supreme Court.

Price was convicted of the 1991 stabbing death of Bill Lynn, who was pastor of the Natural Springs Church of Christ.

Lynn was killed with a sword and knife during a robbery at his home on Dec. 22, 1991.


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A Tale Of Two Obamas: Lives & Legacies of Two Vastly Different Brothers

Despite his unearned Nobel Peace Prize, former President Barack Obama earned the veneration of the masses who looked past his record of civil and human rights abuses and policy of never-ending war, deportations and drone strikes. Barack Jr. is celebrating the anniversary of his My Brother's Keeper initiative. Despite his loftily titled "brother's keeper" charity, his brother shares details that poke holes in the slick, carefully cultivated veneer of a kind, caring and thoughtful soul. The Washington Post pointed out how between 2002 and 2005 Obama's charitable giving amounted to between 0.4% and 4.6% of his total earnings, something less than half a penny per dollar. In 2012, while lecturing the rest of us on how "we are our brother's keeper," Barack ignored the plight of his own brother George and aunt Zeituni as they suffered through abject poverty.


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Sheffield: 11 Men Charged in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry

Ten men from Sheffield have been charged with historic child sex offences including rape and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and another has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Charges were brought on Monday against Usman Din, Tony Ejoune, Kamaran Mahmoodi, Shangar Ibrahimi, Farhad Mirzaie, Soran Ali Karim, Kawan Omar Ahmed, Saman Mohammed, Jasim Mohammed, Nzar Anwar, and Saba Mohammed. All are due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.


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Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.

He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests.

It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy.

He said the Church was attempting to address the problem but said it was "still going on".


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9-Year-Old Found in Duffel Bag Identified, Two Suspects Arrested

Trinity Love Jones, 9, of Los Angeles County, California, was killed and stuffed in a duffel bag, confirmed authorities on Sunday night.

“Investigators have detained two persons of interest in this case and they are actively continuing their investigation,” said a statement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “Although the Coroner’s Office determined the death to be a homicide, the cause of death is being withheld.”

While there were no apparent signs of trauma, the child’s death was ruled “suspicious.” Authorities have not identified the detainees being investigated. They have said only that “investigators have detained two persons of interest in this case, and they are actively continuing their investigation.”


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Reed College Claims ‘Make America Great Again’ Is ‘White Supremacy’

A training seminar at Reed College this year included a graphic that suggests that the phrase “Make America Great Again” is an example of “covert white supremacy.”

According to a report from The College Fix, Reed College in Portland, Oregon, is teaching students that the phrase “Make America Great Again” is an example of “covert white supremacy.”

A graphic provided to student residential assistants on campus made the case that the “Make America Great Again” phrase is “white supremacist.” The graphic also included phrases like “But we’re just one human family,” “I never owned slaves,” and “it is just a joke” as examples of “covert white supremacist” phrases.


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Cartel Gunmen Kidnap 19 from Passenger Bus near Mexican Border City

Mexican authorities are investigating the local kidnapping of 19 victims after a bus hijacking by cartel gunmen. The scene of the incident sits within contested territory of rival Gulf Cartel factions.

The kidnapping occurred Sunday afternoon along the highway that connects Matamoros and Reynosa, near the rural community of Palos Blancos. According to Mexican federal law enforcement sources, a bus from the company Transpais was originally traveling to Reynosa from Tampico.


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Kremlin says it's not Putin's place to answer Briton whose mother died in poisoning

President Vladimir Putin will not reply to a letter from the son of a woman killed by a suspected Russian nerve agent near the English city of Salisbury last year because Russia’s ambassador to Britain has already done so, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Ewan Hope called on Putin in a letter publicized by the Daily Mirror earlier this month to allow Britain to question two Russian nationals London suspects of trying to murder former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter last year.

Moscow has denied involvement in the attack.

Hope’s mother, Dawn Sturgess, died after coming into contact with the same nerve agent used in the attack, which her partner found in a discarded perfume bottle, police said.


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US withdrawing last of its embassy personnel from Venezuela

The United States announced late Monday that it is pulling the remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela, citing the deteriorating situation in the South American nation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision as Venezuela struggles to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country and a deepening political crisis.

The U.S. has led an international effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro and replace him with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who vows to hold a new presidential election. Guido is backed by some 50 countries, while Maduro maintains support from countries such as China, Russia, and Cuba.


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Macron urges 'reasonable' transition period in Algeria

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Algerian authorities to organise a "reasonable" transition after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika dropped a bid for a fifth term in office and scrapped upcoming elections.

"I welcome the decision by President Bouteflika, which is the start of a new page in the development of Algeria's democracy," Macron told a press conference during a visit to Djibouti in East Africa.


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Brexit: What do the 'changes' to Theresa May's EU deal actually mean?

>Last night the government announced that it had secured a number of 'legally binding' agreements

Theresa May claims she's secured 'legally binding' agreements to go to with the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

She'll be hoping that she's convinced the EU to enough changes to the Northern Irish backstop that will allow her Eurosceptic MPs to back it.

The new version will be put to a meaningful vote in the House of Commons tomorrow.

But will it be enough to swing her party - and the rest of Parliament - behind her deal?

Here's what it all means and what happens next.


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Ann: Jussie Smollett vs That Asshole Schizo Who Raped Me: Part I

Governments can always find funding when they really want to.

In which I abuse parentheticals and don’t give a damn. You can tell how mad I am by the number of tangents.

The Jussie Smollett story keeps changing, as does my reaction to it. The Chicago Police Department went from having egg on its face to being incredibly proud of itself just as quickly as two-bit, rich-kid actor Smollett—who tried to get big by (under)paying a couple “friends” to beat him up (who makes their friends split $3500 for this kind of hijink?!)—went from heroic, strong victim and poster boy to national scapegoat and an extreme example of how not to protest anything.


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A Belgian court found a suspected ISIS member guilty of gunning down four people at a Jewish Museum in 2014, the Associated Press reports.

Mehdi Nemouche, 33, who is a Belgian citizen of Algerian descent, was found guilty of terrorism charges and the murder of four people this Thursday.

The attack happened in 2014 when Nemouche used a Kalashnikov (AK 47) Rifle, which was supplied by his friend. Four people died in the attack, including an Israeli couple on vacation and two workers at the museum, one French and one Belgian.


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The Indonesian island of Bali turned off the internet, closed its airport, and outlawed TV broadcast

The Indonesian island of Bali turned off the internet and shut its airport on Thursday for an annual "day of silence."

The day — called "Nyepi" — allows people to reflect on the previous year. It started at 6:00 a.m. local time on Thursday (5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.)

It will last a full 24 hours and marks "Saka," New Year's Day for Hindus in Bali.


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Honda to recall around 1M older vehicles with dangerous air bags

Honda is likely to recall around 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the Takata driver’s air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous.

Documents posted Monday by Canadian safety regulators show that Honda is recalling many of its most popular models for a second time. The models are from as far back as 2001 and as recent as 2010.

Canadian documents say about 84,000 vehicles are involved. That number is usually over 10 times higher in the United States.


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'Birdman of East Village' assaulted, cockatoo killed

The bruises on his face soon may heal, but the broken heart of Victor Vasquez — the Birdman of East Village — may take a while longer.

“Sydney, the day before he died, I told him, ‘You’re the reason I wake up in the morning,” Vasquez said this week of his 31-year-old medium sulphur-crested cockatoo from Papua New Guinea, one of his three feathered companions.

“He was just an amazing soul.”

The bird was killed during an attack on Vasquez, which he said occurred Wednesday in front of the San Diego Central Library. Vasquez said he was punched, kicked and knocked to the ground by two unknown assailants.


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Showtime Asks Court to Toss 'Billions' Lawsuit

Showtime is asking a New York federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from a performance coach who claims her book inspired one of the lead characters on BIllions, arguing the fictional woman and real-life author have next to nothing in common.

Denise Shull in January sued Showtime and series creators Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, claiming Maggie Siff's character Wendy Rhoades is based on her book called Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading, and Risk. Shull says Sorkin in 2015 asked her to help develop the character, but she was never paid.

The defendants, which also include CBS and its Chief Creative Officer David Nevins, on Friday moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing that the series and Shull's book are "strikingly dissimilar."

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Hopes dim for thousands of missing Yazidis as Isis battle nears its end, but 'search must go on'

>Yazidi group says many captives might be hidden in plain sight in areas already captured

A few months ago, when the Isis caliphate had been reduced to a string of towns and villages along the Euphrates River, there was still a glimmer of hope.

For the families of more than 3,000 Yazidis who were taken into slavery and are still unaccounted for, there was a possibility that their loved ones could be living among the population, unable to escape, or waiting for the right opportunity.

But as the caliphate has slowly collapsed, so have the hopes of finding the missing.


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Conor McGregor arrested in Miami Beach, accused of smashing fan's phone

Former UFC champ Conor McGregor was charged with two felonies after an altercation with a fan early Monday morning, according to the Miami Beach police.

McGregor allegedly “slapped” a phone out of a man’s hand. The fan had attempted to take the 30-year-old Irish fighter's picture outside of a Miami Beach nightclub around 5 a.m. Monday.

McGregor then allegedly stomped on the mobile phone several times, according to the police report. McGregor then picked up the smashed phone, valued at $1,000, and walked away. The incident was caught on surveillance cameras and McGregor was arrested later Monday.


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Mystery Sculpture Thought To Be The Work Of Leonardo da Vinci Is Unveiled In Italy

Leonardo da Vinci is long-thought to have made sculptures, but since his death in 1519, no three-dimensional work of art by him has ever been identified. But now, curators in Italy have unveiled what may be the only known sculpture by the artist, inventor and scientist.

The Virgin with the Laughing Child was part of an exhibition this week in Florence. The 20 inch-tall sculpture, made of red clay, depicts the Virgin Mary, with an enigmatic smile similar to that of Mona Lisa, looking down at a smiling baby Jesus on her lap. Curators say the sculpture was created around 1472, when da Vinci was a student of the Florentine artist Andrea del Verrocchio, reports


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Scientists Thread A Nano-Needle To Modify The Genes Of Plants

Is there an efficient way to tinker with the genes of plants? Being able to do that would make breeding new varieties of crop plants faster and easier, but figuring out exactly how to do it has stumped plant scientists for decades.

Now researchers may have cracked it.

Modifying the genetics of a plant requires getting DNA into its cells. That's fairly easy to do with animal cells, but with plants it's a different matter.

"Plants have not just a cell membrane, but also a cell wall," says Markita Landry, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.


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A Pakistani Catholic woman, acquitted in January of a blasphemy charge by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, remains trapped in the country amid fears that her health is failing.

Asia Bibi, 53, is reportedly living with her husband at a secret location in Karachi, Pakistan, where she is being denied medical care for her “low blood pressure,” according to a source who spoke with The Daily Mail. The source explained that Bibi is “very unwell” and expressed frustration that she is being kept by the Pakistani army from following her children to Canada, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered asylum.

“Everyone is very worried,” the source continued, according to the Mail. “She won her appeal and was supposed to be out of Pakistan by now. Even though the government says she can leave, the army has all the power in this case.”


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Australian town left devastated after beloved 15ft, 80-year-old crocodile is found dead

The death of a beloved crocodile has left an Australian town reeling, with local residents organizing a memorial day for the 15-foot reptile who became a tourist attraction.

A local fisherman, Ryan Moody, found the 80-year-old crocodile, named Bismarck, dead in Cardwell's Meunga Creek last week, uploading the discovery on social media.

“Well Cardwell says goodbye to one of your biggest tourist attractions,” Moody said in the video. “This croc was never a threat to humans.”


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Plastic surgery on the rise: Breast augmentation, liposuction among most popular procedures

There were more than 17.7 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures in 2018 — more than a quarter million more than the year before, according to statistics released Monday.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that total cosmetic procedures in 2018 increased by 2 percent from 2017, according to their Annual Procedural Statistics.

There were a total of 1.8 million surgical procedures in 2018, primarily focused on the body as opposed to the face. The top five surgical procedures were: breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and tummy tucks, ASPS found.


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New Assad statue triggers rare anti-government protests in Syria

Hundreds of Syrians took to the streets of the city of Deraa on Sunday in protest at the erection of a statue of President Bashar al Assad's father, in one of the largest anti-regime marches outside of opposition areas since the start of the war.

The large bronze statue of Hafez al-Assad, who ruled over Syria with an iron grip for more than three decades until his death in 2000, was placed in the same spot the one before it had been torn down in 2011.


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The government will soon announce the start of a wide-ranging plan to ban people from viewing pornography unless they prove their identity.

The plans, referred to as porn blocks, will attempt to stop children from looking at adult content by establishing age verification procedures. The most popular of those procedures will require people to register and show official documents and then log in whenever they look at pornographic websites.

Numerous reports have suggested that the plan will go into place on 1 April. But the government says a final date is not yet set, though it will be announced soon.


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Chinese plan to bottle water from world's largest lake sparks protest in Siberia

Pensioner Mikhail Panchak has fished on Lake Baikal in freezing temperatures and biting winds, but this year he's faced a new obstacle in the form of a black pipe stretching 1,500 feet across the ice.

The pipe is the intake for a factory to bottle water from the world's largest lake and sell it in China, where Baikal is well-known as a tourist destination.


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Pelosi says she's opposed to impeaching Trump: 'He's just not worth it'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., revealed she's opposed to the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the absence of evidence that is "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan."

"I’m not for impeachment," Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday. "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it."

The speaker's remarks ran counter to sentiments expressed by some freshman members of her caucus, most notably Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who vowed to Democratic activists that she would help "impeach the motherf—er" hours after she was sworn in this past January.

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The FDA approved a new ketamine depression drug — here’s what’s next

For years, ketamine clinics across the country have offered intravenous infusions as a fast-acting treatment for severe depression. But last week, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a version of ketamine, called esketamine, to do the same thing — so what’s the difference and what will this mean for newly interested patients?

Ketamine, sometimes known as the party drug Special K, is a compound made of two mirror-image molecules. It has long been approved as an anesthetic, isn’t covered by a patent, and is widely used — meaning it’s not going to make much money for a pharmaceutical company. So, Janssen patented the left part of the molecule, esketamine, and sent it through the FDA approval system as a potential cash cow called Spravato, legitimizing the use of ketamine for depression in the process.


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Details about the highly anticipated augmented reality (AR) game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, have been revealed by the makers, who also created Pokémon Go.

Developer Niantic partnered with Warner Brothers Interactive to make the Harry Potter game, using its AR expertise to bring wizards and mythical beasts into the real world.

Images of the gameplay and several teaser videos were shared through the game's website, although its release date was not revealed.


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Kazakhs are lured to China and imprisoned as crackdown on Muslim minorities reaches across border

Guly returned to China the first time because police had been phoning her mother.

The ethnic Kazakh and Chinese citizen, employed in the Kazakh city of Horgos, was told that police needed to see her in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, and she worried about the risks to her family in China if she did not comply with their order.

She was briefly held on her return, but they let her go after she gave up fingerprints, blood samples and the password to her phone.


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London murder of Putin enemy made to look like 'trashy suicide', says victim's daughter

The murder of an enemy of Vladimir Putin was made to look like a “trashy suicide”, his daughter has said as she speaks publicly for the first time.

Natalia Glushkova found the body of her father Nikolai Glushkov, the former Aeroflot deputy director, in his London home a year ago and police have yet to identify any suspects.

In a series of interviews to mark the anniversary, Miss Glushkova said it had all the hallmarks of a targeted hit, with no sign of a break-in and no noise from his normally protective large ridgeback dog.


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Report: YouTube Alters Search Algorithm to Deter ‘Captain Marvel’ Critics

In an attempt to deter critics of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster film Captain Marvel, YouTube has reportedly tweaked it’s search algorithm to rank “authoritative sources” higher in results.

CNET reports that following the release of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster film Captain Marvel, YouTube tweaked its algorithm to dissuade critics of the film. Over the weekend, searches for the film’s star Brie Larson were marked as “news,” which ranked “authoritative sources” higher in search rankings.

The change was noted by Twitter user Julia Alexander who questions if the algorithm alteration may have been made to push critical videos further down in search rankings:

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A Chinese scientist claims to have genetically engineered babies. Here's what editing DNA means.

In 2011 scientists created glow-in-the-dark cats. The researchers took a gene from a glowing jellyfish and inserted it into the unfertilized eggs of house cats. It was a neat trick, but they had a bigger goal in mind. They also made the cats more likely to be resistant to a feline form of AIDS by, again, manipulating their DNA. And cats aren't that different than humans. In fact, we share around 90% of our DNA with them.

So why can't we engineer humans in the same way? Well, we can — engineer ourselves to be resistant to life-threatening illnesses, that is. In fact, one scientist claims that he's genetically engineered two babies using a revolutionary tool called Crispr. But what exactly is a "Crispy baby" anyway?


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Apple just sent invites to a March 25 event, where it's expected to unveil its video-streaming servi

Apple is holding an event on March 25 where it will presumably announce details about a new video-streaming service and a new subscription news service.

Apple's invitations, sent on Monday, did not disclose any details about the announcement, but they open with a film-reel countdown, furthering speculation that the company will unveil its long-rumored video service.


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Trump unveils budget with ambitious goals for spending cuts, economic growth

President Trump released a fiscal year 2020 budget Monday that relies on sunny projections for economic growth and trillions in budget cuts to achieve the goal of balancing the budget by 2034.

Trump calls for $2.7 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years through major decreases in domestic spending. Much of that would be achieved through $1.9 trillion in cuts to entitlement spending.


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Canada not grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 after deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canada will not order its airlines to ground their Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians.

Garneau said it was important “we don’t jump to conclusions,” as investigators are still working to determine what led to the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.


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New Requirements For Traveling To Europe: What U.S. Citizens Need to Know

U.S. citizens are currently permitted to visit 26 countries in the European Union for up to three months for the purpose of business or tourism without any visa requirements.

Beginning July 1, 2021, the rules will change. Visiting any of these Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical or transit will require approval from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)—which will be considered an additional check on security rather than a visa.

The intent of this new requirement is to better address the challenges posed by terrorism and to raise revenue for the EU.


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Police: Man Arrested For Choking Driver Who Wouldn’t Stop Singing Christmas Carols

A Pennsylvania man who was seemingly not in the Christmas spirit last week was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a man for singing festive songs, according to reports.

Clayton Lucas, 25, was a passenger in a car driving down Route 28 in East Deer Township, northeast of Pittsburgh, on March 4 when the altercation broke out, KDKA reported, citing a criminal complaint.

The driver of the car reportedly was singing Christmas carols, which upset Lucas. He allegedly “reached around [the driver’s] seat and began choking him” to the point where he almost lost consciousness, according to the news outlet.

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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Surface Hub PC Listing Spotted

Microsoft is gearing up for an exciting March 12th Inside Xbox episode and among the announcements, the team over at Xbox Game Studios have already teased that they have some "exciting" Halo news regarding the Master Chief collection. There have been rumors for a long time now regarding a possible PC port, though a recent Surface Hub listing seems to validate a lot of the speculation about this being the big reveal.

For those that may be unaware, Surface HUB is a mounted device with 1080p capabilities that runs the Windows 10 operating system. Seeing the Hub listing on the official store listing seems to point that this is what one of the announcements will be, which is great news for those looking forward to taking on this beloved franchise fully on PC.

If the upcoming Inside Xbox segment is like previous entries, we'll likely see more about the additions to the Xbox Game Pass, possible Xbox One X enhancements, and a few other possible peripheral reveals like the epic red Xbox One controller seen last month.

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Google Pixel 2 Spotted Running Android Q on Geekbench

Although its too early to talk about Android Q, mostly due to the fact that a lot of devices are yet to receive the update. We got our first glimpse at Android Q last month via a leaked build. Since then, a lot of upcoming features have been spotted online, including one that gives carriers a lot more control over the devices they sell. Like all previous releases of Android, Q will make its way to the Pixels before rolling out to other OEMs. Today, GSMarena spotted a Google Pixel 2 running Android Q on Geekbench

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Adobe will retire Shockwave on April 9, 2019

Adobe plans to discontinue Adobe Shockwave, a browser-based platform for interactive games and applications, on April 9, 2019.

Adobe will remove downloads for Shockwave Player for Windows on that day from its Internet sites and servers. The company notes that Enterprise customers will continue to receive support for Adobe Shockwave until contracts expire.

Adobe states that the rise of alternative technologies are the main reason for discontinuation of the product.

>As technologies evolve and the use of mobile devices has grown, interactive content has moved to platforms such as HTML5 Canvas and Web GL and usage of Shockwave has declined.

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Apple announces event for March 25 where streaming TV and subscription news services are expected

Apple just announced a press event that will take place at 10 a.m. Pacific on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

It's where Apple is expected to introduce a new streaming TV service that will, at least to start, offer iPhone and iPad owners access to free original showsthat will be provided along with the option to sign up for other streaming services including Starz and Showtime, CNBC reported earlier this year. The service is expected to launch as soon as April or May, but won't include Netflix or Hulu, CNBC reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported in February that the company is also planning a revamped Apple News product that will include a bundle of subscriptions from major news outlets in a single monthly plan. The new Apple News product will be based on Texture, the so-called "Netflix for magazines" app that Apple bought in 2018. Publishers have been resistant to Apple's revenue sharing terms, so some news outlets might not be a part of it at launch, according to The Wall Street Journal.

There's also a chance Apple could announce some new hardware.

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Apex Legends Has Banned 355,000 PC Cheaters

Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment announced that it's banned more than 355,000 players on PC since the game's debut. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the 50 million people who are playing the game, but every single one of those players benefits from having cheaters kicked out of the battle royale.

Respawn said in a Reddit post on March 8 that Apex Legends currently relies on Easy Anti-Cheat and that even though "the service works," it's not going to rest on its laurels. The developer said it's taking the following actions to make some improvements to Apex Legends' anti-cheat tools.

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American bases overseas aren't just favors to our allies

For President Trump, defense seems to be a transactional matter. As he sees it, it is a privilege to host the U.S. military, for which countries should be willing to pay a premium.

Bloomberg reported on Friday that the White House is considering imposing a “cost-plus-50” formula where countries hosting U.S. forces would be expected to pay the full cost of maintaining the troops, plus an additional 50 percent, with potential discounts for good behavior or policies aligned with the U.S.


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Turnout falls to lowest yet in French 'yellow vest' protests

Turnout at "yellow vest" protests across France, a backlash against high living costs that has lasted nearly four months, fell on Saturday to its lowest level yet.

People wearing the neon high-visibility vests that have come to symbolise the movement were joined in Paris by others donning pink tops, as child-care workers turned out against a reform of their unemployment subsidies.

Demonstrators on the Champs-Elysees avenue were pushed back at one point by water cannon, and sporadic clashes with police erupted in other cities including Lyon, Bordeaux and Toulouse, though the protests largely passed off peacefully.


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Anti-Semitic vandals target Jewish sites in eastern France

Vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a former synagogue in eastern France, the latest in a string of incidents that have caused nationwide concern.

Swastikas were discovered Monday on the door and facade of a building in the town of Mommenheim that formerly held a synagogue and has Hebrew lettering etched above its doorway. The building now houses a sports facility.


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Allred: Tape appears to show R. Kelly sexually abusing girls

A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday.

The man then turned the tape over to law enforcement, according to attorney Gloria Allred. She and her client, Gary Dennis, would not discuss the specifics of the tape during a news conference in New York. But Allred said it appears to show a separate incident from the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that Kelly faces in Chicago, though she acknowledged she could not be "100 percent certain" that the man in the tape is Kelly.


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No Survivors as Ethiopian Airlines Crashes with 157 Aboard

Bishoftu (Ethiopia) (AFP) – An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew on board, state media reported as African leaders offered condolences.

“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today,” the airline said in a statement, later confirming a report by Ethiopia’s FANA Broadcasting Corp that there were no survivors.

“It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight,” it said.


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Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up Apple, in addition to Google, Facebook, and Amazon

Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced in an interview on Saturday that she wants to break up not only Amazon, Google, and Facebook, but also Apple – as the Massachusetts senator pushes further to the left of her numerous Democratic rivals on a host of populist issues.

Speaking to The Verge at the South by Southwest (SXSW) technology conference in Austin, Texas, Warren specifically demanded that Apple must be forced to either surrender control over the App Store, or cease selling its own apps within it.

"Apple, you’ve got to break it apart from their App Store. It’s got to be one or the other," Warren said. "Either they run the platform or they play in the store. They don’t get to do both at the same time."


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Top Doctors Are No Longer Prescribing Metformin (And Here's Why)

People with Type II Diabetes could soon say goodbye to expensive prescription pills, needles, and annoying test strips. Thanks to a recent breakthrough by a Texas doctor, everything we know about treating Type II Diabetes is about to change.

No more pinpricks! If a "miracle shake" could be the answer for diabetes would you try it?

Dr. David Pearson has been threatened to have his medical license revoked for even introducing this idea to thousands of Type II diabetes sufferers.

"I was tired of treating patients with the same old shots and pills and never seeing them really break free of this disease." He said. "It was a time we found a better way."


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Biden Considers Another White House Run While on Island Vacation

Former Vice President Joe Biden is vacationing on a tropical island, but sources say he is using the downtime to do his final calculations before deciding on joining the Democrat presidential race, including whether he can muster the money needed to rise to the party’s nomination.

Biden and his family are on St. Croix island, but the subject around the kitchen table will be focused on 2020, the Associated Press (AP) reported:

Those close to the former vice president believe he would start off at a fundraising disadvantage compared to would-be rivals, whose campaigns have benefited from an early flood of small-dollar donations from the most liberal wing of the party. Biden, a 76-year-old lifetime politician with strong connections to the party’s establishment, would be forced to rely on an “old-school grind-it-out” plan to generate campaign cash from wealthy individual donors, according to a person with direct knowledge of Biden’s thinking.


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Armoured Mewtwo Trademarked In Japan

Following the reveal of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch during last week's Pokémon Direct, it's been discovered Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures Inc. filed a trademark in Japan for Armoured Mewtwo earlier on in the same month. The trademark covers videogames, merchandising and events.

If you keep up with Pokémon news, you may or may not have already heard a rumour about armoured pocket monsters coming to the latest generation of games. Alternatively, this trademark could be tied to the official Trading Card Game or the upcoming movie, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.


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Man adrift in Pacific Ocean survives for hours by inflating his jeans

>‘Without the jeans I wouldn’t be here today,’ says German sailor

A man stranded 20 miles off the coast of New Zealand survived after inflating his jeans with a series of knots – helping him stay afloat in the Pacific Ocean for more than three hours.

German sailor Arne Murke, 30, was sailing a 12-metre yacht from Auckland to Brazil with his brother when he was knocked overboard by the boat’s swinging boom.

After failing to reach a lifejacket thrown by his brother, Mr Murke found himself cast adrift in rough conditions, 20 miles off Tolaga Bay on New Zealand’s east coast.


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Russia internet freedom: Thousands protest against cyber-security bill

Thousands of people in Russia have protested against plans to introduce tighter restrictions on the internet.

A mass rally in Moscow and similar demonstrations in two other cities were called after parliament backed the controversial bill last month.

The government says the bill, which allows it to isolate Russia's internet service from the rest of the world, will improve cyber-security.

But campaigners say it is an attempt to increase censorship and stifle dissent.

Activists say more than 15,000 people gathered in Moscow on Sunday, which is double the estimate given by the police.


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Businesses urged to 'do more' to win public contracts

Businesses looking to secure public sector contracts will need to do more to help improve society, the UK government is set to announce.

Ministers want firms to tackle issues like modern slavery and climate change.

The UK, which spends £49bn with outside organisations every year, will also try to award more contracts to small firms.

It is "morally right" for the UK to make certain demands of companies taking taxpayers' money, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will say.

When drawing up public contracts, the government will now be looking at:


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Man almost swept out to sea taking selfie: 'My god, what's he doing?'

>'I couldn't believe it…if he'd gone in, the wash would have taken him out and he wouldn't have survived'

Coastguards have warned people against taking selfies near high waves after pictures emerged of a man risking his life to get a seaside storm snap.

The image shows the unidentified selfie-seeker stood on a narrow sea wall as a 12-foot wave crashes over his head in Scarborough.

Michael Knaggs, an amateur photographer who pictured the moment from the safety of high ground, said: “He hopped on to the sea wall and started taking a picture. I couldn't believe it.


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Whale tries to 'swallow' South African tour operator in feeding frenzy

When Jonah was swallowed by a whale it was three days and three nights before he was finally spat back out, alive, on a beach.

Fortunately for Rainer Schimpf, 51, who similarly found himself trapped in the jaws of a huge whale, his ordeal was of rather less biblical proportions.

The South African dive tour operator has described the moment everything went dark as his head and torso were suddenly swallowed by a Bryde’s Whale mid feeding frenzy as it gulped down everything in its path.


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Toxic fumes from ships linked to thousands of UK deaths

>Study shows more than 3,000 early mortalities linked to toxic fumes from ships around the British coast

The UK is one of the most vulnerable nations to the toxic fumes spewed out by ships, according to a new study.

Analysis by transport experts reveals more than 3,000 British deaths each year can be attributed to shipping emissions.

Pollution from boats is linked to early deaths as the toxic gases and particles in fumes trigger health problems including asthma, heart disease,

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/ship-air-pollution-deaths-uk-asthma-heart-lung-disease-a8812486.htmland cancer.

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If Google can't kill the gender pay gap, who can?

Google is well-known for attempting at least only to hire the really bright people among us. They're also finding, as the largest collection of clever people on the planet, that it is somewhat difficult to deal with the gender pay gap problem. This suggests it might not be a simple thing to solve.

Their latest analysis result is not quite what the campaigners desired. Google went out and tried to measure each and every job for comparability. Is this the “same work” or work of equal value? If so, the people doing it should be paid equally. The result of this being that they discovered underpayment of men, a failing that had to be remedied with significant adjustments. Adjustment here meaning more pay for those men, quite contrary to the insistence of the more vocal campaigners — you know, those who keep telling us women are unfairly treated in tech, and the gender pay gap is proof perfect of that simple fact.


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Putin advises women on how to maintain their figures during International Women’s Day event

>Russian leader praises women for being ‘beautiful, charismatic, charming’

Vladimir Putin marked International Women’s Day (IWD) by congratulating Russian women on managing work and the home, all while remaining “beautiful, charismatic [and] charming”.

IWD is a public holiday in Russia but mostly lauds gender roles that are now outdated.

The Russian president made the comments in a video posted on the Kremlin’s website.

“You manage to do everything: both at work and at home and at the same time you remain beautiful, charismatic, charming, the center of gravity for the whole family, uniting it with your love,” he said.


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Two more Isil brides stripped of British citizenship

Two more jihadi brides who joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are believed to have been stripped of their UK citizenship while living in a refugee camp in Syria.

The disclosure came as a row intensified over the death of a three-week-old baby whose mother Shamima Begum had been stripped of her British citizenship.

Reema Iqbal, 30, along with her sister Zara Iqbal, 28, are mothers of five children between them, and are also in a camp. Legal sources told the Sunday Times that the sisters have had their citizenship removed after marrying into a terror cell linked to the execution of western hostages.


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An Ohio appeals court overturned a previous judge’s “unreasonable” decision to reject a request by the parents of a transgender teen for a name change for their child.

The 12th District Court of Appeals ruled in a unanimous decision that Warren County Probate Judge Joseph Kirby’s previous rejection of the name change “was arbitrary, unreasonable, unconscionable and based solely upon the transgender status of the applicant’s child,” The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported Sunday.

The court found, in its March 4 ruling, that Kirby failed to properly consider the parent’s wishes as well as the medical advice presented to the judge, according to the Enquirer.


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Facebook Changes To Be More Like WeChat Are Part Of Copy From China Trend

Facebook plans to change its social media platform with private messaging, groups and payments that resemble WeChat innovations is the latest example of China tech being copied in the West. It's a trend that has evolved over the past decade as China tech have moved up from the old standard of copying from Silicon Valley, when Facebook was copied in China by Renren.

Chinese mobile apps are more advanced than those in the West for content, social and commerce. WeChat makes it easy to shop, pay and connect, and it's more functional than Facebook apps. Tencent’s ubiquitous super app WeChat has 1 billion users. WeChat Pay counts 900 million users, an instant mobile wallet that bypasses banking and credit card fees to pay for items via a mobile app scan.


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UN migration agency says German staffer on plane Associated Press

The United Nations migration agency said that one of its staffers, German citizen Anne-Katrin Feigl, was on the plane en route to a training course in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the plane's destination.

Germany's foreign ministry has officially confirmed that five victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people were German citizens.

The ministry said in a statement Monday that it was in contact with the families of the victims. It did not reveal any information on the identity of those who died in the crash Sunday.


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Scientists Recently Spotted Several Rare Killer Whales Near Chile

In January of this year, a team of U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists sighted a pod of rare killer whales (also known as "orcas") off of Cape Horn, the southernmost point of Chile. Drawn there by anecdotes of fishermen losing freshly caught Chilean sea bass to the whales, the team spotted nearly 30 Type D killer whales.


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Maine fire chief dies after suffering medical episode while attending firefighter's funeral

A Maine fire chief died Sunday after suffering a medical episode while attending the funeral of a firefighter who was killed battling a blaze earlier this month, the state's governor said.

The Portland Fire Department told Fox 23 it responded to a parking garage outside the downtown Cross Insurance Arena approximately one hour before the scheduled start of the funeral service for Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes. Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco was pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center. Further details were not immediately available.


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2 die after their vehicle hits bus carrying Texas students

Police say two men have died after their pickup truck collided in East Texas with a charter bus carrying students returning from Florida.

Tyler police say five occupants of the bus - the driver, two other adults and two students - were taken to a hospital after sustaining minor injuries in the head-on crash just after 4 a.m. Sunday.

Police say witness accounts indicate the eastbound truck veered into the westbound lane, striking the bus, which went off the roadway.

Police say 32 people were on the bus, including six adults and 25 students. The students from The Brook Hill School near Tyler were returning from Orlando. The private Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.


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Hidden FDA reports detail harm caused by scores of medical devices

>'I don’t want to sound overdramatic here, but it seemed like a cover-up,' says a Pennsylvania doctor

Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a Pittsburgh surgeon remove an appendix when something jarring happened. The surgical stapler meant to cut and seal the tissue around the appendix locked up.

Kwazneski later turned to the Food and Drug Administration’s public database that tracks medical device failures and “there was nothing,” he said. Yet when he surveyed leading surgeons on the matter, he discovered that more than two-thirds had experienced a stapler malfunction, or knew a peer who did. Such failures can have deadly consequences.


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Andrew Yang’s Crazy UBI Plan: Give Lazy Freeloaders $12,000 Every Year for Doing Nothing

Last month, Democratic rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came under fire for a line in the Green New Deal that promised security for those “unwilling to work.” Her team quickly lied about it, claiming GOP doctoring, before eventually chalking it up to an “early draft” that was accidentally released. But Universal Basic Income (UBI) is gaining traction among Democratic candidates, and now Andrew Yang is running for president with just one promise: free money for all.

Yang, a former education entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, claims on his website that his first priority “will be to implement Universal Basic Income for every American.” And who could say no to that? Under his plan, every American over the age of 18 will receive $1,000/month, with “no strings attached”:

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Netanyahu: Israel is the state of 'Jewish people alone'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland "only of the Jewish people," in a new jab at the country's Arab minority ahead of April's election.

Netanyahu on Sunday addressed "slightly confused people" after an Israeli celebrity defended the rights of Israel's Arab population. Arabs comprise about 20 percent of Israel's 9 million residents. They have full citizenship rights but have faced decades of discrimination.

On Saturday, actress Rotem Sela denounced Netanyahu's frequent talking point that his political rival will form a government with Arab political parties.


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First British victims identified among 157 killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash

A grieving father said on Sunday he had “never wanted” his “soft and loving” daughter to be on a plane that crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers and crew onboard.

Joanna Toole was one of seven Britons who perished when a Boeing 737 Max-8 jet, which was only months old, crashed just six minutes after take off.

The US aircraft giant launched an investigation amid growing concern over the passenger jet’s design. The same model had crashed in Indonesia less than five months ago, killing all 189 people onboard.


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Jaguar attacks woman who allegedly crossed Arizona zoo barrier for a selfie

>"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar," the zoo said. "She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe."

A woman was attacked by a jaguar as she allegedly tried to take a selfie outside the big cat’s enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Arizona, authorities said.

Rural Metro Fire Department crews said the woman, who was not publicly identified and is in her 30s, was attempting to take a selfie near the fence of the jaguar enclosure when the cat reached out and attacked her arm.


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Out-of-service bus explodes in Stockholm, driver injured

>The driver of the bus was rushed to the hospital with burns. No passengers were on the bus.

A bus exploded after crashing into a barrier near the entrance of a tunnel in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday, police said.

The city’s police department tweeted that the driver of the bus was rushed to the hospital with burns. No passengers were on the bus.

The department said the incident was being investigated as a traffic accident.

Photos from the scene posted on social media showed the bus consumed in flames and thick black smoke rising from the wreckage.


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The FDA has approved Spravato nasal spray to treat major depressive disorder

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new nasal spray for the treatment of severe depression.

On Tuesday, the government agency announced Spravato nasal spray, also known as esketamine, can now be used "for the treatment of depression in adults who have tried other antidepressant medicines but have not benefited from them."

"There has been a long-standing need for additional effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression, a serious and life-threatening condition," said Dr. Tiffany Farchione, acting director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement.


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Endangered orangutans 'doomed to extinction' as Chinese-built hydro dam set to rip through habitat

>The Tapanuli orangutan was discovered in 2017 and fewer than 800 are believed to exist

A critically endangered species of orangutan which lives in one forest in Indonesia is in danger of rapid extinction after a court ruled construction of a new hydro-electric dam can go ahead, despite a legal challenge by environmental groups.

The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) was discovered by scientists in 2017, and just 800 individuals are believed to exist, making it the rarest great ape species on the planet.


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Chinese state media: Detained Canadians stole state secrets

China's state news agency says two Canadians detained on suspicion of harming national security acted together to steal state secrets.

Xinhua News Agency on Monday cited unidentified Chinese authorities as saying former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig violated Chinese laws by acting as a spy and stealing Chinese state secrets and intelligence with the help of Canadian businessman Michael Spavor.

Both Kovrig and Spavor were arrested on Dec. 10 in what was widely seen as an attempt to pressure Canada to release Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities.


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Suspensions for incomplete immunization records cancelled due to potential strike

>About 1,200 high school students were supposed to be suspended

More than one thousand high school students who were supposed to be suspended at the end of March for having incomplete immunization records have now been told they can stay in school.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said in a statement that due to a possible labour disruption, those suspensions have been cancelled.

Currently, talks have broken down between the Ontario Nurses' Association and the health unit, with the public health nurses voting on the final offer March 7. There are about 80 nurses connected to the health unit represented by the ONA.


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Attacks may worsen Ebola epidemic in Congo, officials warn Social Sharing

>Re-infections could happen in places where the outbreak was brought under control, WHO warns

Aid workers at the epicentre of the worst Ebola epidemic in the history of Congo say they are facing a spike in attacks and threats, slowing their work and potentially triggering a surge of new cases.

While two Doctors Without Borders facilities treating Ebola patients in North Kivu province were attacked last week, aid workers said they are only the latest in a series of violent events.

Three Canadians — one doctor and two nurses — were working in those centres but are safe, a spokesperson for the organization said.

One of the facilities has since reopened.


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President Trump Hits Back Hard At TV Pundit Ann Coulter: “Wacky Nut Job”

President Donald Trump has lashed out against media commentator Ann Coulter, the woman who once wrote a book lauding his 2016 campaign, calling her a “wacky nut job” for criticizing his approach to border control.

Coulter, a frequent television and radio presence, wrote In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome, a New York Times best-seller that asked conservatives, moderates, and disgruntled Democrats to embrace Trump. However, Coulter has lately been on the attack against the president, particularly when it comes to her perception of inaction on his promise to build a wall on the southern border and gain control of illegal immigration.

Trump has previously soft-pedaled his responses when asked about the criticism, saying that “I just don’t have the time to speak to her.” He also said she’s “off the reservation.” However, he’s avoided the full-throated attacks he’s mustered against other perceived enemies – until now.

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Jussie Smollett update: 'Empire' actor indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury

A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday.

Smollett was originally charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on Feb. 20.

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Venezuela's Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called on citizens nationwide to travel to the capital Caracas for a protest against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, as the country’s worst blackout in decades dragged on for a third day.

Addressing supporters in southwestern Caracas, Guaido - the leader of the opposition-run congress who invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January - said Maduro’s government “has no way to solve the electricity crisis that they themselves created.”

“All of Venezuela, to Caracas!” Guaido yelled while standing atop a bridge, without saying when the planned protest would be held. “The days ahead will be difficult, thanks to the regime.”

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Cleveland’s bid for Amazon offered prime downtown real estate and unprecedented tax breaks

To entice the world’s largest online retailer to build its second headquarters here, the region’s leaders offered Amazon access to a patchwork of downtown and waterfront real estate that would have embedded the company throughout the core of the city and likely changed its look and feel.

The proposal, made public for the first time this week, also dangled unprecedented financial incentives worth up to $3.5 billion that included the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County giving Amazon much of the new income and property taxes generated by the project.

Cleveland’s bid included the surface parking lot on the northwest quadrant of Public Square, where leaders envisioned a skyscraper marking Amazon’s downtown footprint, loosely weaved together with Tower City, Post Office Plaza and undeveloped land throughout the Warehouse District, along the Cuyahoga River on the Scranton Peninsula and lakefront property north of Browns Stadium.

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OnePlus 7 Specs And Pricing Leaked Through A Retailer Website

nePlus’ upcoming flagship, dubbed the OnePlus 7 is making headlines every other day. Now, the OnePlus 7 has been found listed on a UK-based retailer’s website, hinting at the specifications the forthcoming smartphone will carry.

According to a listing on retailer site Giztop, the OnePlus 7 will come with a 6.5-inch AMOLED waterdrop display, which will be relatively smaller than its predecessor model.

However, if we go by the image on the website, the waterdrop notch is not visible at all.

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Microsoft confirms the latest version of Skype for Web drops support for Safari

Microsoft released a new version of its Sky for Web client earlier this week in a bid to make the service easier to access. Now, however, the company has confirmed that Skype for Web is no longer supported in Safari.

In a statement to VentureBeat, Microsoft explained that Skype for Web uses a “calling and real-time media” framework that functions differently across the various browsers. Thus, it decided to prioritize Skype for Web support in Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome

>A Microsoft spokesperson said the service requires “calling and real-time media” technology that is “implemented differently across various browsers.” So the company “decided to prioritize bringing Skype to [the] web on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome based on customer value.

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Octopath Traveler Getting Console Sequel and Mobile Prequel

Octopath Traveler was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2018, setting itself up to be one of the best titles on the Nintendo Switch so far. Now it seems that a couple new games in the series are on their way. The official Octopath Traveler channel confirmed that two new titles are in development, one for console and one for mobile. While the developers noted that development of the console game will take a bit more time, fans may be able to get their hands on the mobile game, Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, fairly soon.

Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent will be a free-to-play single-player RPG. It will take place in Osterra, the same land as Octopath Traveler. The game will take place a few years before the events of the hit Switch RPG, and will hopefully give a little more background and worldbuilding that will make fans enjoy Octopath Traveler even more. Champions of the Continent will feature the familiar HD-2D art style and 8-player combat that fans have come to expect from Octopath Traveler. At the time of writing, Champions of the Continent has only been confirmed for a Japanese release in 2019, with a Western release likely coming shortly thereafter.

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Covington Student Lawyer L. Lin Wood: CNN to Be Sued for More Than $250 Million

In a clip of an interview set to air on Sunday’s 10 p.m. ET broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” L. Lin Wood, the lawyer for Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, said CNN was likely to be hit with a massive lawsuit worth more than $250 million over alleged “vicious” and “direct attacks” in the near future.

“CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post,” Wood said. “And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes. It’s broadcast into their homes. They really went after Nicholas with the idea that he was part of a mob that was attacking the Black Hebrew Israelites, yelling racist slurs at the Black Hebrew Israelites — totally false, saying things like Nicholas was part of a group that was threatening the Black Hebrew Israelites, that they thought there was going to be a lynching. Now you’ve seen the tape. If you took the time to look at what was said that day, Nicholas Sandmann did absolutely nothing wrong. He was as I said to other the only adult in the room.”

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Argentine 11-year-old's C-section sparks new abortion debate

A cesarean section carried out on an 11-year-old girl raped by her grandmother's husband has reopened the debate about abortion in Argentina, where rules on pregnancy terminations are strict.

"I want you to take out of my tummy what the old man put there," the girl had said in a complaint lodged with authorities in the northern province of Tucuman.

She and her mother then submitted an abortion request.


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Trump said he wanted more 'highly skilled' immigrants to come to the US. But skilled

Even as a little boy growing up in China's Jiangxi province, Leo Wang knew he wanted the American dream.

He loved the idea that working hard and following the rules could guarantee success, and he remembers watching from afar as a booming tech sector drew some of the world's top talent to Silicon Valley.

Wang even owned a hard drive from Seagate — a company he and his parents admired, and one that would eventually pour months of effort into hiring him.

But he admits now that he was naive about some aspects of America before he arrived as a graduate student in 2015.


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64-year-old plans to spend 'golden' age at Holiday Inn instead of retirement home

>The Texas man compared the costs, and Holiday Inn won out.

A man on the brink of retirement found an alternative way to live out his "golden" years: by spending them in a Holiday Inn rather than a retirement home.

Spring, Texas, resident Terry Robison, 64, worked out a detailed comparison between the two options, and the mid-priced hotel chain appeared to win out by a landslide.

Robison wrote on Facebook that the average cost of nursing home care is about $188 per day. A long-term stay with a senior discount at the Holiday Inn, on the other hand, is $59.23 per day.


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Man admits to sex with girl transported by grandma, mom

A Missouri man has been sentenced for sex crimes involving a 13-year-old Alabama girl who was brought to Missouri by the man’s mother and grandmother.

Twenty-two-year-old Michael James Collins was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison without parole.

Investigators say Collins met the girl on a dating website in July 2017. At the time, Collins was a registered sex offender on probation for a previous conviction for sexual misconduct involving a child.

He admitted in November that he paid his grandmother $400 to bring the girl from Alabama to Missouri. His mother was with his grandmother when they picked up the girl.


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Homeless man, N.J. woman accused in GoFundMe scam plead guilty

>Johnny Bobbitt Jr. faces up to 10 years in prison and Kate McClure faces up to 20 years.

A homeless Philadelphia man and a New Jersey woman pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday of concocting a GoFundMe scam that raked in more than $400,000 from unsuspecting donors.

Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., 36, who was supposed to be the beneficiary of the donations, pleaded guilty in Camden, New Jersey, to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Kate McClure, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud.


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Family pug seized, sold on eBay by German town over unpaid taxes

A family in Germany has been left brokenhearted after their pedigree pug, Edda, was seized by their town over unpaid debts and sold to a new owner in a controversial eBay transaction.

A wife and mother of three owed her town of Ahlen money, including some in unpaid pet taxes, and the city decided to seize her most valuable asset: Edda the dog.

The town then sold Edda to a new owner from a private account on eBay for just €750 ($853.53). Edda's new owner, a police officer named Michaela Jordan, said she expected to pay twice that amount for the pedigree pup, BBC reports.


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UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment

A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature.

The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs.

The researchers say it is too early to say the patient is "cured" of HIV.

Experts say the approach is not practical for treating most people with HIV but may one day help find a cure.

The male London patient, who has not been named, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012.


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Czech man mauled to death by lion he kept in back yard

A man has been mauled to death by a lion caged at his family home in the eastern Czech Republic.

Michal Prasek owned the nine-year-old big cat and another lioness for breeding, reportedly drawing concern from local residents.

Mr Prasek's father found his body in the lion's cage and told local media it had been locked from the inside.

The animals - living in separate pens - were shot dead by police called to the scene.

A police spokesperson told local media that the shootings were "absolutely necessary for them to get to the man".


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US teen who defied parents over vaccine warns of misinformation

A teenager who made headlines for getting vaccinated despite his family's wishes has testified about his experience to US lawmakers.

Ethan Lindenberger, from Ohio, sought immunisations aged 18 after turning to the internet for advice.

Federal data suggests the proportion of US children under two not being immunised has quadrupled since 2001.

Doctors at the hearing blamed online misinformation and discredited science for scaring parents away from vaccines.

Mr Lindenberger, who is still a senior in high school, spoke on Tuesday at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions alongside four doctors who are experts in the field.


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Microsoft is getting close to its goal of 1 billion Windows 10 devices

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is getting bigger.

The operating system for desktop PCs, internet-connected devices and other systems is now running on more than 800 million devices, according to a website that Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi pointed out on Twitter on Thursday.

The total is up from 700 million in September, and it suggests that the newest rendition of Windows could now be the most widely deployed version of Windows, ahead of Windows 7 and other versions.

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iPhone sales are falling, and Apple's app fees might be next

Last year, every time someone paid $11 for Netflix through an iPhone app, Apple pocketed as much as $3.30. Multiply that by every charge made through iPhone apps and you can see why Netflix and other companies are fed up about what they consider Apple’s unfair market power.

Late last year, Netflix rebelled against Apple’s fees, which can range from 15 percent to 30 percent. Analysts fear other companies may follow. And attorneys representing consumers in a pending Supreme Court case charge that Apple is an unfair monopolist in the market for iPhone apps. An adverse decision, in that case, could open a legal door that might eventually force Apple to cut its generous commissions.

That could spell more bad news for Apple, which is already reeling from a slump in iPhone sales that has knocked down its shares by 25 percent. The company has been positioning its booming digital-services business as its new profit engine. That plan could hit a snag if the app store takes a hit since it currently generates about a third of the company’s services revenue.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Platform Was ‘Probably Way Too Aggressive’ in Banning Conservatives

During a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated that the social media platform was “probably way too aggressive” in banning conservatives.

On a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey returned to the show this time accompanied by Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead. Independent journalist Tim Pool also appeared on the show, where he grilled the Twitter executives about their platform, multiple times backing them into a corner and forcing them to answer questions on topics they had previously evaded.

During the course of the podcast, the topic of the recent “learn to code” phrase came up. Shortly after a number of left-wing journalists were laid off, Twitter users — many who were conservatives — tweeted at the journalists to “learn to code,” the same advice that many left-wing publications gave to coal miners and laborers who found themselves out of jobs.

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Gmail Smart Compose no longer Pixel 3 exclusive, open to all

The Gmail Smart Compose feature is a nifty time-saving service that uses AI and machine learning to suggest words and sentences while you compose emails. Those that use it find it to be fairly accurate and legitimately helpful.

However, those that have been using it have been Google Pixel 3 owners, as Smart Compose has only been available on that device. Not anymore, though!

Starting now, Smart Compose is rolling out to everyone, regardless of your smartphone’s make or model. Simply fire up the Gmail app and, assuming you’re on the latest version, you should see the pop-up in the embed

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Valve lays off 13 employees

Valve has confirmed that 13 full time employees were laid off at Valve last month, and a number of contractors were let go at the same time. The exact nature of those layoffs are undisclosed, but many of those affected seem to be from the company’s VR and hardware division. Valve was working on new VR hardware as recently as last year, though much of that work wasn’t presented to the public.

“Last month,” Valve says in a statement to UploadVR, “13 full time employees were let go and a portion of our contractor agreements were terminated. It’s an unfortunate part of business, but does not represent any major changes at the company. We thank those affected for their contribution and wish them well in future endeavors.”

Nat Brown recently tweeted that he was no longer on Valve’s VR project, as of February 7. Other Valve employees have been removed from the company’s personnel page over the past month, as UploadVR notes, and those include people working on projects ranging from VR to the Steam Controller.

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'We're Leaving Out Of Necessity': Venezuelans Top List Of Asylum-Seekers In Spain

It's 8 in the morning, and the doors are just opening at the immigrant and refugee services center in Barcelona, Spain. There are about a dozen people from various countries already in line, some of whom showed up as early as 4 a.m. to ensure a good spot.

One of those migrants is Javier Quintero, a Venezuelan asylum-seeker who arrived in September. He says back in his hometown of Caracas, there's virtually no medicine or food available. Sometimes there are power outages for days on end.


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Theresa May has faced anger over her refusal to link knife crime to police cuts

Theresa May last night faced anger over her stubborn refusal to link knife crime to police cuts.

As another young victim was stabbed to death, Home Secretary Sajid Javid even ­disagreed with her.

He said: “I think police resources are very important to deal with this. We’ve got to do everything we can. I’m absolutely committed to working with the police in doing this. We have to listen to them when they talk about resources.”

He spoke out after the PM claimed she was pouring money into the police forces, to cries of “No you’re not” in the Commons.


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Passengers, crew on Virgin Atlantic flight briefly quarantined due to illness

>One passenger tweeted that the passengers had all been on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and that it is believed the illness originated on the ship and not on the plane.

All passengers and crew on a chartered flight from Barbados to London were briefly put into quarantine because of widespread illness on board. Virgin Atlantic said Wednesday

The airline said the 448 passengers — who returned to Britain after traveling on the MSC Preziosa cruise ship in the Caribbean — and crew were taken to a reception center near London Gatwick Airport for medical assessments.

It said a number of customers had "reported feeling unwell onboard" and that it is conducting a full investigation as to what happened.


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U.S. Journalist Released After Detainment By Venezuelan Authorities

Cody Weddle, the American journalist who was detained and taken into custody by Venezuelan authorities early Wednesday morning, has been released and will soon be deported to the U.S., several news outlets, including Spanish language newspapers, have reported.

The Virginia-born journalist was held for about 12-hours by a counterintelligence military agency, Weddle's employer, WPLG Local News 10 reported.


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Anchor from 'most valuable shipwreck in history' found

An anchor from a treasure-laden 17th-century shipwreck has been found off the coast of the U.K.

SWNS reports that the anchor, believed to be from the Merchant Royal, was brought up in a fishing vessel’s net 20 miles off Land's End, Cornwall. The merchant ship sank in 1641 carrying an estimated $1.5 billion of treasure.

Dubbed “the El Dorado of the seas,” the Merchant Royal was carrying 100,000 pounds of gold and 400 bars of Mexican silver, as well as almost 500,000 pieces of eight (Spanish dollars) and other coins when she sank.


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Huawei just upped the ante in its fight with the US, announcing it filed a lawsuit against the US go

Huawei just upped the ante in its fight with America over its telecommunication devices.

The Chinese tech giant announced on Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against the US government, which has banned its federal agents from using the equipment citing privacy concerns.

The US has ramped up political pressure on Huawei in recent months, requesting the extradition of its CFO Meng Zhou, who was arrested in Canada in December, and lobbying allies to reject its 5G equipment.


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Philadelphia priest arrested in alleged child sexual abuse

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic church says a Philadelphia priest has been arrested on allegations that he sexually abused a minor.

Philadelphia police say 49-year-old Armand Garcia was arrested Monday and faces charges of rape and sexual abuse. Police did not release details of the allegations. Court records show Garcia posted bond and was released late Monday.

Garcia's attorney, William J. Brennan, says there's notoriety about allegations against priests, but Garcia is presumed innocent and should be given a chance to present his defense.


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>Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange closed operations at the end of January following the unexpected death of its chief executive

The mystery surrounding hundreds of millions of dollars worth of missing cryptocurrency from the Quadriga bitcoin exchange has deepened, after investigators discovered a series of unexplained transactions.

Quadriga once served as Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange but closed operations at the end of January following the unexpected death of Gerald Cotten, who served as the firm's chief executive.

His death on 9 December in India meant the Vancouver-based exchange was unable to pay 115,000 customers C$260 million (£148m) in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, according to court documents, as Mr Cotten had sole access to the digital wallets.


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Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

Google employees have carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal.

Late last year, bosses moved engineers away from working on the controversial project, known as Dragonfly, and said that there were no current plans to launch it. However, a group of employees at the company was unsatisfied with the lack of information from leadership on the issue — and took matters into their own hands.

The group has identified ongoing work on a batch of code that is associated with the China search engine, according to three Google sources. The development has stoked anger inside Google offices, where many of the company’s 88,000 workforce previously protested against plans to launch the search engine, which was designed to censor broad categories of information associated with human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.

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GOOGLE EMPLOYEES HAVE carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal.

Late last year, bosses moved engineers away from working on the controversial project, known as Dragonfly, and said that there were no current plans to launch it. However, a group of employees at the company was unsatisfied with the lack of information from leadership on the issue — and took matters into their own hands.


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A rising number of family, work and student visa applications are getting denied, indicating that President Donald Trump’s effort to limit immigration isn’t confined to just the U.S. southern border.

Between fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018, the rejection of foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the country increased by 39 percent, according to an analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-partisan research organization. State Department data also show the number of denials for temporary visas climbed 5 percent for the same time period, along with a rise in student visa rejections.


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Crusader skull stolen from Dublin church recovered

The skull of an 800-year-old skeleton known as the Crusader, which was stolen from the crypt of an Irish church, has been found.

Vandals decapitated the skeleton, which was interred beneath St Michan's Church in Dublin, during a break-in last week.

On Tuesday, gardaí (Irish police) said they had recovered the skull along with another stolen from the crypt.

The crypt is a popular tourist attraction but tours were canceled after the break-in.


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Alabama tornadoes: Seven family members among 23 killed

Seven members of one family were among the 23 victims identified after an outbreak of tornadoes devastated the US state of Alabama, officials have said.

Every victim, including four children, was found close to their homes, rescue crews say.

The victims range in age from six to 89, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told a news conference.

Up to eight people remain missing, officials say, and there are fears the death toll could rise.


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Inmate Michaël Chiolo wounds guards at France's Condé-sur-Sarthe prison

A prison inmate in northern France has seriously wounded two guards in a knife attack, in what French ministers have described as a "terrorist incident".

Michaël Chiolo was later detained in a police operation carried out on Tuesday evening.

He and his female partner, who was visiting him, had been barricaded in the family-visiting area of a Normandy high-security prison since the morning.

Both were shot by police, and she is now said to have died of her wounds.

One of the guards suffered a serious abdominal wound, while the second was slashed on the face and back, reports say.


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FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson’s Ketamine-Derived Drug For Treatment-Resistant Depression

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Tuesday approved Johnson & Johnson’s ketamine-derived nasal spray Spravato for treatment-resistant depression. The green light means ketamine—an anesthetic abused as a party drug but promoted by some doctors without FDA approval as a necessary treatment for the most severely depressed patients—has spawned the first materially new depression treatment in decades.

Following early research by the National Institutes of Health, specialized clinics have offered intravenous ketamine treatments for depression on an off-label basis for many years. But since insurance companies would not pay for an unapproved treatment and psychiatrists are not accustomed to giving patients IV infusions in their offices, Johnson & Johnson began developing and running clinical trials on a related molecule, esketamine, that could receive a new FDA approval and be given to patients more conveniently.


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Attorney for ISIS bride Hoda Muthana confident she will return to US: 'We are very likely to succeed

The attorney for the American-born “ISIS bride” says she and her child are likely to return to the country despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump’s comments stating otherwise.

“We are very likely to succeed… in the final motion or complaint,” Charles Swift, attorney for Hoda Muthana said on “America’s Newsroom.”

“She’s likely to come home in the end.”


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Explosive packages found at Heathrow, Waterloo and London City Airport

Counter-terror police are investigating three packages containing explosives found at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo station.

The "small improvised explosive devices" were found in A4 postal bags, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force's Counter Terrorism Command is treating it as a "linked series" and "keeping an open mind" about motives.

Irish police are assisting the Met as the Heathrow and Waterloo packages had Republic of Ireland stamps.

Heathrow's Compass Centre was evacuated after a package was reported to police at about 09:55 GMT.


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Mormon websites renamed in push to end use of nicknames

The Mormon church said Tuesday it will rename websites, social media accounts and employee email addresses to get rid of “Mormon” and “LDS” as the faith continues a push to be known by the religion’s full name and not shorthand nicknames it previously embraced and promoted.

The changes mark the latest step to implement a shift ordered last year by Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nelson, 94, has said the Lord impressed upon the importance of the full name and that removing the name from titles is “a major victory for Satan.”


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Health Canada looking into 2 pot firms' sponsorship of children's charity event

>Promoting cannabis and displaying brands in sponsorships are prohibited

Health Canada says it is looking into whether two cannabis companies' sponsorship of a children's charity event last October is in violation of promotion restrictions in the Cannabis Act.

Licensed producer Canopy Growth and cannabis extraction company Halo Labs were among the sponsors of an Oct. 23 event in support of Kids, Cops & Computers for the Merry Go Round Children's Foundation, and their logos were used in event materials at the Toronto venue, according to pictures posted online.


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74 kilograms of suspected cocaine found at Ambassador Bridge

>Initial inspection revealed about 8 kilograms

Forty-nine more bricks of cocaine have been found in a tractor-trailer at the Windsor-Detroit border crossing — after six bricks were originally seized.

On Feb. 19, the Canada Border Services Agency searched a tractor-trailer at the Ambassador Bridge and found six bricks of suspected cocaine, weighing about 8.2 kilograms, in an initial inspection.

On Feb. 20, with the assistance of a CBSA detector dog, 49 more bricks were found — bringing the weight of suspected drugs to 74.2 kilograms.

CBSA officers arrested a 44-year-old from Waterloo. The man and the suspected cocaine are now in police custody.


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Jury Recommends 20 Years For Security Guard Who Killed Grandpa Playing Pokémon Go

>Jiansheng Chen, a Chinese immigrant, began playing the game to connect with his grandchildren.

A Virginia security guard has been could spend up to 20 years behind bars for the second-degree murder of 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen, who had been playing Pokémon Go, before he was fatally shot in 2017.

The Chesapeake Circuit Court found Johnathan Cromwell, 23, guilty of second-degree murder on Friday. The security guard had fired at Chen, who was parked about a mile from his home and was playing the popular mobile game. The attorney for Chen’s family said that Chen, a Chinese immigrant, had started playing the digital game as a means to connect with his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


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Man put KKK hoods on Confederate monument, charged with littering

A Raleigh man was charged with littering after police say he put white hoods on a Confederate monument Monday.

Jonathan Alan Williams, 42, used white sheets to make hoods resembling those of the Ku Klux Klan, according to an arrest warrant.

The warrant states Williams placed the hoods on a monument honoring Confederate women in downtown Raleigh.


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Alleged victim in kidnapping, sex assault files lawsuit

A New Hampshire woman who police say was kidnapped along with her 4-year-old son and later sexually assaulted by a man who had allegedly run away from a Vermont addiction treatment center is suing the state of Vermont and the center for not doing enough after he fled.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Vermont Superior Court, Celia Roessler argues Valley Vista should have called the state police as soon as Everett Simpson was discovered missing. The suit also says state police should have informed the public and other police agencies.


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Two young California sisters were lost in the woods for 44 hours. They used their wilderness

The Carrico sisters were getting impatient.

After days of heavy rain in Humboldt County, California, the sky was finally clear Friday afternoon. Leia, 8, and Caroline, 5, were eager to play outside and hike through the woods that border Richardson Grove State Park by their northern California home.

But their mom, Misty Carrico, wasn't quite ready, so she asked them to wait as she finished up chores, she later told authorities.

Leia and Caroline started the hike anyway.


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Germany to remove citizenship from Isil volunteers

German dual nationals who fight for Islamic State will lose their citizenship under new measures announced by Angela Merkel’s government on Monday.

The move follows the decision of Sajid Javid, the British home secretary, to strip former Bethnal Green schoolgirl Shamima Begum of her British nationality after she travelled to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)


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Italy faces olive oil crisis as climate change and disease cuts harvest by a record 57%

Italy faces the indignity of importing large quantities of foreign olive oil after a combination of climate change, disease and insect pests reduced its production of homegrown oil by a record 57%.

Unusual spring frosts, extreme summer drought and rainy autumn – all phenomena blamed on climate change by scientists - played havoc with last year’s olive harvest.


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Schnatter's Board Resignation Doesn't Automatically Mean Smooth Sailing For Papa John's

Is this the final curtain on the months-long Papa John’s drama? Early takes on today’s news that founder and ex-CEO John Schnatter struck a settlement deal with the pizza chain read as though a truce had finally been called.

On paper, there’s no reason to doubt that. The company said in a filing on Tuesday that it would cooperate with Schnatter to find a mutually acceptable independent director who is not affiliated with Schnatter or hedge fund Starboard Value LP, which invested $200 million for a nearly 10% stake last month. Schnatter also agreed to drop two lawsuits against the company, which he famously founded in a closet in 1984.


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UK's cash payments system could collapse in two years

The UK's cash payments system could collapse in two years, the industry has warned, as the Treasury is being urged to step in to save it.

Companies which circulate, sort and distribute coins and notes say the rapid trend towards digital payments will soon render their businesses unprofitable, sources told the Daily Telegraph.

At present just over a third of payments made in the UK are cash but this is set to plunge in the coming years.


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Trump commits to keeping some US troops in Syria, in apparent partial reversal

President Trump has definitively agreed to keep some U.S. military forces in Syria, in an apparent partial reversal of his commitment two months ago to fully withdrawing from the country, a National Security Council source tells Fox News.

Amid a bipartisan backlash and concern for local Kurdish forces aligned with the U.S., the White House later said that it would keep a force of approximately 200 troops in Syria for the forseeable future as part of an international contingent – a decision that a bipartisan group of senators and House members praised in Feb. 22 letter to Trump. Fox News obtained a copy of that letter on Tuesday.


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Counter-terror police show transport staff explosives packets in vigilance plea

hubs in London are warning workers to be vigilant for further suspicious packages.

Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night that images of two of the packages have been circulated to mail sorting offices and transport workers.

Police responded to suspicious packages at Waterloo train station and office buildings at Heathrow and London City airports on Tuesday.

Security sources emphasised investigators were keeping an open mind, and added that the devices did not appear to be very sophisticated.


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Blind student, 24, found hanged with loyal guide dog still by her side

>Jade Clements, 24, who was registered blind, took her own life while she was living in student halls at Keele University

A family have spoken of their heartbreak after their 'inspirational' daughter killed herself with her guide dog by her side.

Jade Clements, 24, who was registered blind, was in the final year of a biomedical sciences degree at Keele University when she took her own life.

An inquest , held at North Staffordshire Coroner's Court, heard how Jade, who had been getting first class marks in her studies, had hanged herself in a student hall of residence.

Security staff had gained access to the room after friends raised the alarm when Jade sent a final distressing message.


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Vaccines don't cause autism, yet another study finds

A new decade-long study of more than half a million people found that the measles vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, further reinforcing what the medical community has long been saying about preventative shots.

Researchers from Denmark looked at a Danish population registry of 657,461 children, some that were vaccinated with the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and some who were not. After over a decade of follow-up, 6,517 were diagnosed with autism. There was no increased risk of autism in children who had the MMR vaccine and no evidence that it triggered autism in susceptible children.


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This 10-Year-Long Study Says There's NO Correlation Between the Measles Vaccine and Autism

Looking for even more evidence that suggests vaccinating your children is the best way to go? A new, decade-long study suggests that the measles vaccine does not cause autism. And given the fact that there's been 206 confirmed cases of the previously eradicated disease in the US in 2019 so far — with outbreaks in New York, Washington, Illinois, and Texas — this is very important research.

The study, which was published in Annals of Internal Medicine this week, examined 657,461 children who were all born to Danish mothers between 1999 and 2010. Of the total number of participants, 6,517 children were diagnosed with autism over the next decade. Although the study didn't release figures concerning how many kids got immunized and how many did not, researchers found there was no increased risk of autism in children who got the MMR vaccine — which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella — compared to those who didn't get vaccinated.

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Trudeau expected to change his tone on SNC-Lavalin affair in a statement in coming days

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to change his tone on the SNC-Lavalin controversy after an afternoon huddled with his closest advisers, as the Liberal government struggles to confront the political crisis engulfing it just months ahead of the election and moves into damage-control mode.

The prime minister cancelled a planned trip to Regina, instead returning to Ottawa for an emergency strategy session with his senior staff and advisers in order to come up with a way forward on the SNC-Lavalin affair.


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Regulators just approved the first new depression drug since the 1980s

A drug inspired by the anesthetic ketamine just became the first new kind of depression medication in 35 years.

Called Spravato or esketamine and developed by Johnson & Johnson, the drug is a nasal spray designed to treat severe forms of depression that don't respond to other medications. J&J's new nasal spray contains the chemical mirror image of ketamine, which has previously been called a "party drug" because of its quasi-psychedelic effects.


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Florida-bound cruise ship battered by winds, injuring passengers

Extreme gusts of winds rocked a Florida-bound cruise ship Sunday, causing injuries to several passengers.

Norwegian Cruise Lines says the Norwegian Escape ran into winds estimated at 115 mph late Sunday that caused the ship to tilt to its port side.

The cruise line said in a statement Tuesday that several injuries were reported, but it didn’t say exactly how many or what type of injuries occurred.

Norwegian says the passengers received treatment from medical staff. The ship had no damage and remained fully operational.


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Israeli spacecraft snaps ultimate selfie on way to moon

An Israeli spacecraft has taken the ultimate selfie on its roundabout journey to the moon.

Organizers for the privately funded mission released the photo Tuesday, 1 ½ weeks after its launch. It shows the spacecraft Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis, orbiting some 23,300 miles (37,600 kilometers) away, with the entire Earth as the stunning Apollo-style backdrop. Australia easily stands out. A plaque reads: "Small Country, Big Dreams" and "The people of Israel live."

The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 21 and has been circling Earth in ever bigger loops.


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Michigan official says evidence 'compelling' in murder case

Michigan's new attorney general said Tuesday there was enough "compelling" evidence to file a murder charge in the disappearance of a suburban Detroit woman, even if the victim's body hasn't been found more than two years after she was last seen at work.

Most felonies in Michigan are filed by county prosecutors, but the case against Floyd Galloway Jr. has been taken over by Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Galloway, who is in prison for an attack on a woman at a park, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of Danielle Stislicki of Farmington Hills. The 28-year-old disappeared after work in December 2016. Police say Galloway was a security guard in the same office building in Southfield.


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1 dead in western Mich. amid blowing snow, pileups

Authorities say one person has died in a series of crashes and pileups on western Michigan roads amid blowing snow and slick pavement.

Michigan State Police say 65-year-old Evert-Jan Ohler of Kalamazoo died Tuesday morning after driving into a school bus that was stopped for an earlier crash on US-131 in Allegan County. One student was hospitalized with minor injuries.

The National Weather Service says more than 3 inches of snow was measured in the county Tuesday morning. It issued a winter weather advisory for several western Michigan counties for periodic snow showers through 7 p.m. Tuesday.

State police also say a pileup on I-96 collected as many as 12 vehicles.


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Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces he's not running for president

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor, announced on Tuesday that he won't run for president in 2020, ending long-running speculation that the former Republican would join the Democratic primary field as a centrist option.

Bloomberg made his decision public in an op-ed on his news site in which he pledged to direct his energy into a new climate initiative.


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FDA says tests confirm asbestos in makeup from Claire's, Justice

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has confirmed the presence of asbestos in makeup products from tween retailers Claire's and Justice first reported in 2017.

The FDA, which regulates the sale of cosmetics in the United States, released test results that confirmed reports from 2017 that led to the voluntary recalls of several products.

Three products from Claire's and one from Justice were found to contain asbestos, the FDA said.

In a statement Tuesday, Claire's said there is no evidence that any products sold by the company are unsafe.


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Google wage equality study finds it underpaid some male engineers

Google during its annual review of wage equality at the company found that it had been underpaying some male engineers in 2018.

The company quickly corrected course, compensating the men equally to their female peers after the wage analysis identified the discrepancy.

"The 2018 analysis flagged one particularly large job code, Level 4 Software Engineer, for adjustments," Google wrote in a Monday blog post. "Within this job code, men were flagged for adjustments because they received less discretionary funds than women."


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Clinton tweets 'Mean Girls' image after Trump mocks her 2020 decision

Hillary Clinton fired back on Tuesday after President Trump mocked her decision not to run for president again in 2020.

The former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee tweeted out a gif from the movie “Mean Girls” in which Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, asks Lindsay Lohan’s character, “Why are you so obsessed with me?”


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A state regulator has subpoenaed an insurance provider for The Trump Organization

A state regulator has subpoenaed an insurance provider for The Trump Organization, opening a new front in the widening investigations focused on President Donald Trump, his business, family, and White House administration.

Aon, a London-headquartered financial services company that is one of the world's largest insurance brokerages, said it was served a subpoena on Monday by the New York Department of Financial Services.


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California sisters, 8 and 5, survived 44-hour ordeal by drinking fresh water from Huckleberry leaves

Two young sisters who survived for 44 hours in the wilderness of Northern California before they were found alive on Sunday did so by using basic survival skills they learned at their local 4-H club.

Carolina Carrico, 5 and Leia Carrico, 8, were discovered around 10:30 a.m. by two firefighters who were able to follow their tracks and locate them, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal told reporters.

"This is an absolute miracle," he said. "This is rugged territory, this is an extreme environment. How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty amazing."


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Husband, daughter who claimed woman was killed after helping Baltimore panhandler are now charged

>Jacquelyn Smith's husband allegedly lied to police about what happened to her.

The killing of a Baltimore woman took a stunning twist Sunday when her husband and stepdaughter were arrested on murder charges, two months after they claimed a black man panhandling with a woman and a baby stabbed her when she gave them money.

Jacquelyn Smith, 54, was stabbed to death just after midnight on Dec. 1 in the Johnson Square neighborhood of East Baltimore, police said.

Her husband, Keith Smith, called 911 and later told police that he and his wife, along with his daughter, Valeria Smith, were driving when they saw a woman standing on the side of the road, carrying what looked like a baby wrapped in a blanket. They said she was holding a sign that read, "Help me feed my baby, God Bless."


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Saudi app used to track women 'not against' Google rules

Google has remained silent over reports it told a US congresswoman that a controversial app was not in breach of its terms and conditions.

Saudi app Absher can be used by men to track women and prevent them from travelling.

The office of Jackie Speier confirmed to the BBC that a verbal conversation took place with Google after she co-wrote a letter of complaint about the app.

Google declined to comment.

Absher is currently available on both Apple and Google's app stores.

The app, which also offers access to government services, has been criticized by human rights groups.


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Leaving Neverland: everything we know about the new Michael Jackson documentary airing on Channel 4

A troubling trailer for Leaving Neverland - the explosive new Michael Jackson documentary - was released two weeks ago, offering the first look at the two-part testimonial of two men alleging Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children.

Despite legal threats from Michael Jackson's estate, the four-hour film will show James “Jimmy” Safechuck and Wade Robson sharing intimate details from their time spent with the superstar and - as images of Robson fighting back tears in the trailer might suggest - their stories are expected to be unsettling.


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Five things Tanzania's President 'Bulldozer' Magufuli has banned

This year began with a new ban in Tanzania - all public hospitals were forbidden from televising entertainment programmes and told to show only health-related content.

Since President John Pombe Magufuli, nicknamed "The Bulldozer", came to power three years ago, his government has been infamous for issuing hasty directives.

Just days after taking office in late 2015, he cancelled the symbolic independence day fete and directed all the funds budgeted for the event to be used to widen a part of a highway notorious for gridlocks in the main city of Dar es Salaam. That was coupled with firing a number of government bigwigs in his anti-corruption crusade.


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Mark Zuckerberg's wealth shrinks by $8.7bn on Forbes rich list

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's wealth has shrunk by $8.7bn (£6.6bn) in the past year, according to the latest billionaire's list compiled by Forbes.

His shares in Facebook at one point lost a third of their value as the company battled privacy scandals.

The total combined net worth of this year's billionaires' list also fell from $9.1 trillion to $8.7tn.

But Amazon founder Jeff Bezos keeps his top position, increasing his net worth to $131bn, up $19bn from 2018.


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Carlos Ghosn: Ex-Nissan boss granted bail by Tokyo court

The former boss of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, has been granted bail by a Tokyo court in a surprise decision.

The court set bail at one billion yen (£6.8m; $8.9m) and Japanese media reports said he could be released as early as Tuesday.

Mr Ghosn has been charged with financial misconduct but has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

The court had rejected two previous requests for bail, saying Mr Ghosn was a flight risk and could hide evidence.

The latest request was filed by a new legal team, which was appointed by the Brazilian-born executive last month.


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Facebook prohibits foreign-funded ads for Indonesia election

Facebook says it will not allow foreign-funded advertisements for an upcoming presidential election in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, hoping to allay concerns that its platform is being used to manipulate voting behavior.

The announcement on Facebook’s website said the restriction in Indonesia took effect Monday morning and is part of “safeguarding election integrity on our platform.”

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez re-iterated her opposition to U.S. intervention in Venezuela on Monday but refused to denounce the regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

“I think that this is absolutely a complex issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think it’s important that we approach this very carefully.”

Ocasio-Cortez said that while she was concerned with the humanitarian crisis in the country, she didn’t believe that U.S. intervention would help the Venezuelan people.


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