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Accurate Biometrics wins fingerprint background checks contract for the State of South Carolina

Accurate Biometrics has been awarded a contract with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation for receiving, storing and reporting fingerprint-based criminal history background check results in support of state licensing requirements. According to the announcement, the total duration of the contract is for up to five years.

The Illinois-based company provides managed fingerprint applicant tracking and storage solutions for public and private entities nationwide, as well as fingerprinting for employment, licensing, and other required purposes.

https://www.biometricupdate.com/201905/accurate-biometrics-wins-fingerprint-background-checks-contract-for-the-state-of-south-carolina

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Children saved as international pedophile ring busted

Fifty children have been rescued and nine people arrested after an Interpol investigation into an international pedophile ring.

The arrests were made in Thailand, Australia and the US and more are expected, Interpol said.

The investigation began in 2017 and focused on a hidden "dark web" site with 63,000 users worldwide.

Police believe 100 more children have suffered abuse and are working to identify them.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48379983

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Sikh girl who wore religious knife to class caused parents to take their children out of school

A Sikh girl who brought a religious knife into class caused parents to boycott her primary school over safety concerns.

The schoolgirl brought a kirpan, a small blunt sword or dagger worn by Sikhs as a mark of their faith, into the school earlier this month.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/21/sikh-girl-brings-religious-knife-class-sparking-police-investigation/

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President Trump Tweets Support For Oklahoma Flood Victims

>President Donald Trump tweeted about the flooding Oklahoma has seen in the last few days.

Trump tweeted: ".@NWS and @USACEHQ are monitoring the damaging storms and flooding in Oklahoma. Listen to the warnings of your local officials and stay safe. We are with you!"

https://www.newson6.com/story/40525982/president-trump-tweets-about-oklahoma-flooding

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Man murder in Cordova appears in court

Deputies have made an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting in Cordova.

Bryant Ward, 24, was arrested after deputies said a man was shot to death on May 15 in the 1200 block of Linnean Cove.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office officials said Bryan Hervey, 61, was killed in the incident early Wednesday morning.

According to court records, deputies found Hervey and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police said they found 25 shell casings in the area of Linnean Cove.

Court records said officers found a doorbell camera which shows a victim running to the front door and screaming for help.

https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/man-charged-for-murder-in-cordova-appears-in-court/951137510

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Buttigieg: Trump faked being disabled to get out of Vietnam

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Thursday hammered President Trump for in the past saying he had bone spurs to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, saying he faked the disability.

“Well, I have a pretty dim view of his decision to use his privileged status to fake a disability in order to avoid serving in Vietnam,” Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran, said during a livestreamed interview with The Washington Post.

“Yeah, at least not that one,” he doubled down when asked if he thought the condition was faked. “This is actually really important because I don’t mean to trivialize disability, but I think that’s exactly what he did.”

The South Bend, Ind., mayor has shot to national prominence in recent months following a media blitz that has included various interviews with national outlets as well as more niche publications.

more here:

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/445220-buttigieg-trump-faked-being-disabled-to-get-out-of-vietnam

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Senate Moves Bill Forward to Urge Sanctioning China for Muslim Concentration Camps

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill Tuesday that, if enacted, would call for sanctions on the Chinese government and select individuals over the mass imprisonment of potentially millions of Muslims in concentration camps in eastern Xinjiang province.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), under Xi Jinping, has building hundreds of “re-eduation centers” that it claims are “vocational training” facilities for Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other minorities. Those who have survived them call them “concentration camps” – locations where they are taken by force to learn Mandarin, renouncing their Muslim faith, memorize communist propaganda songs, and engage in slave labor.

Survivors report the widespread use of torture, including electroshock and sleep deprivation, and, in some cases, killing.

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/05/23/senate-moves-bill-forward-to-urge-sanctioning-china-for-muslim-concentration-camps/

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Vice News Journalists Break Into Home Of Man Who Denied Them Interview

The Wonderful Duke Of Beans.

Man: wtf are you doing in my house!

Journalist: it’s ok, I’m a journalist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnhIUby5YCs

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Statement Regarding the Smears Against Books.audio, 8chan and Jim Watkins

Recently, 8chan has been in the crosshairs. The New Zealand shooter shared the Facebook livestream link of his carnage on the /pol/ board. It was Facebook's livestream that people are blaming 8chan for sharing. Sidenote: DOJ's Project Safe Childhood, Facebook owned WhatsAppTwitter-owned Periscope and Kik show up multiple times a month for sharing child exploitation materials and as a tool to lure and exploit children.

http://thegoldwater.com/news/44039-Statement-Regarding-the-Smears-Against-Books-audio-8chan-and-Jim-Watkins

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AL JAZEERA GETS TWITTER TO SILENCE CRITICS OF ITS VIDEO IMPLYING JEWS BENEFITED FROM HOLOCAUST

The Qatar-funded Al Jazeera news network published a video questioning the Holocaust and implying that Jews have benefited from it.

Then, when Western media caught them and published translations, Twitter agreed to censor the westerners’ translated versions, invoking Al Jazeera’s copyright.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/20/twitter-al-jazeera-holocaust/

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World’s Oldest Record Store Bans Morrissey Sales Because He Has a Different Opinion

The world’s oldest record store has banned sales of Morrissey records because he dared deviate from leftist dogma by supporting a political party which is critical of the Islamic practice of halal slaughter of animals.

“I’m saddened but ultimately not surprised that Spillers is unable to stock Morrissey’s releases any longer,” the shop’s owner, Ashli Todd told the Guardian. “I only wished I’d done it sooner.”

Morrissey is set to release a new solo album on Friday. The former Smiths frontman has been lambasted by the left and the media for expressing support for Anne Marie Waters, leader of For Britain, a political party which has criticized Islam and opposed halal slaughter.

As early as 2007, Morrissey began criticizing mass immigration, telling the NME, “The higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears … the gates of England are flooded. The country’s been thrown away.”

“If you try to make everything multicultural, you end up with no culture at all,” the singer also commented.

more here:

https://www.infowars.com/worlds-oldest-record-store-bans-morrissey-sales-because-he-has-a-different-opinion/

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Internet Censorship Thoughts

The Pen is mightier than the sword. When the pen cannot write, there is seriously a dangerous situation for society. By removing the ability for individuals to be heard. Humanity is left in a precarious position. People need a place to express themselves freely. It seems that few places on Earth are left for the expression of individuals. America's left. Perhaps a few more places. When the president of the United States of America needs to remind of the nations of the dangers that come from censorship. There is a big problem. This means that there already exists a problem. In the past there have been trials by the press, and Congress. Not too long ago Hollywood had a blacklist based on political viewpoint it did not require a conviction in court to be on that list. In fact when this particular pen was manufactured. There were hearings in American Congress to determined who was a Communist. These hearings are a sad part of the history of the United States. The Congressman McCarthy became Famous and a household name from these hearings. Many people that did not deserve to be blacklisted were hastily added to these lists. Entire families were refused work because of this. It is a shameful time in American history. A time I hope will not be repeated. writing in whatever color is available. Letting our freedom ring out loudly and clearly so as not to stifle the independence of our great nation is a fundamental right that Americans own! Taking ownership of our rights as citizens of this great nation is part of the national experience. It is a right not a privilege to be able to put words on paper, then share that paper with other people in our country. Even in other places around the globe that desperately need the freedom to be heard. It is not a right to have the opportunity to put your thoughts on paper and share them in many parts of the world. Those of us that do have the right, have a moral/ethical obligation to express these rights for those that don’t have the right. Many places on Earth only a privileged few speak out about their opinions. The majority is silenced. Giving these silenced members of humanity a place that they can write their political speech without fear, without penalty for having controversial views. Expression of controversial viewpoints are the most protected rights that Americans have. There are actual American battle flags with words. Words and wording such as “Don’t tread on me.” American soldiers had fought and died underneath these words. These days American soldiers still fight, and they still die. These rights remain rights because of their willingness sacrifices. These men and women are generally looked down on by the elitist mentality of some of the world's ultra wealthy individuals. Some of these folks that have accumulated more than most others will ever think to imagine to have. Some of these people control the ability period of the ordinary common man to communicate. When they have risen to the level that can actually stop those of different political opinions from expressing themselves, the temptation to do so must be incredibly enticing. Yet controlling a library in some cases the only library available comes of the certain amount Of obligation. Librarians must have sufficient moral turpitude to keep their own opinions out of the books they display for their patrons to read. Writers have died to keep their words available for readers. Authors often live under constant scrutiny and threats of death. In order to ensure the meanings behind their words are not censored, or obscured from view. Often we did not realize the difficult life that has come to those with opposing viewpoints. Folks need to realize that we as humanity are not free across our entire Earth. There will always be some evil man with an evil plan. Whether you read his words or not. He will still be evil. There are places his words may not be considered evil. Who is giving the librarian the right to decide this? Government regulatory agencies in many places do exactly this. Those places have their rules for a reason. Perhaps the religious values of some places will cause the library and to keep the Playboy magazine behind the counter. Only allowing men to read it. Than the library and will have deniability when the housewife comes looking for the magazine. “Sorry, we do not keep that magazine in our facility.” This will keep the sensibilities of our society safe from dangerous or abnormal thinking. This is been the modus opporendi of those who control the institutions that house our knowledge. Many places will refuse to have a copy of the Satanic Verses available in their library since it could possibly incite religious tension. However other places would rather see their lives brought to an end, before they would remove a despicable cartoon character depicting the prophet Muhammad. Even though they know it will enrage to the point of violence the normally quiet Muslim population. In fact the institutions that do this are glorified, edified above others for their bravery in standing up to the dangerous Muslim threat. When the page is the next and turn to another story they may not stand so tall in their glory. If someone believes an alternative version of events from World War II and write about their views than the library and may be forced to not keep such a book in the same facility that has keeps a copy of the cartoon character image of the Mohamad. Even if the librarian wants to keep that book, not because she should or because she believes the atrocities in concentration camps did not happen. It is likely that the librarian believes those awful incidents did indeed happen. However, the benefactors of the library have decided that it is alright to rile up the Muslim anger, but the anger of the benefactor will shuttered the windows and closed the doors of the library. Thus most institutions will only allow certain text to be displayed, and hopefully endure through history. It is with coordinated effort that the history is rewritten in this way. Before our eyes. Entire nations of otherwise normal folks have forgotten by forced amnesia the atrocities their own Army’s are guilty of. If you did not experience it, and cannot read about it, then it never happened. At least that is the opinion of those that are educated in that manner. Whether or not our grandfathers are guilty of the slaughter like animals of innocent noncombatant women and children can easily be forgotten. If we just don't talk

https://youtu.be/GkIj49qHpIU

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Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant promote sexist attitudes towards women, says UN

A report by UNESCO has suggested that the default use of female-sounding voice assistants in our smart home gadgets and smartphones perpetuates sexist attitudes towards women.

The report, titled I'd Blush if I Could, takes its name from Siri's former default response to being called a bitch by users – and criticizes the fact that Apple's Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana, are "exclusively female or female by default, both in name and in sound of voice".

Why is this a problem? Well, according to the report, the default use of female-sounding voice assistants sends a signal to users that women are "obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK’".

The report also highlights the fact that these voice assistants have "no power of agency beyond what the commander asks of it" and responds to queries "regardless of [the user's] tone or hostility".

more here:

https://www.techradar.com/news/alexa-siri-and-google-assistant-promote-sexist-attitudes-towards-women-says-un

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Amazon Is Developing a Wristband That Tracks Your Emotions

I don’t know if we need a wearable device that can track emotions like joy, anger, fear, or sadness but Amazon seems to be thinking we need an emotion-reading wristband for “health and wellness purposes."

Oh, and to better sell you more stuff, of course.

Internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg show that Amazon is working on such a device, a wristband that uses microphones and artificial intelligence to figure out what the wearer is feeling at any given time. In a 2017 patent, Amazon claims that the device and the accompanying AI software would be able to know if the wearer is feeling “joy, anger, sorrow, sadness, fear, disgust, boredom, stress, or other emotional states.”

more here:

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-emotion-tracking-wearable,news-30149.html

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'American Taliban' Lindh released as Afghan war still boils

John Walker Lindh, the US Muslim convert who came to be known as the "American Taliban" after being captured while fighting in Afghanistan in 2001, was released Thursday after serving 17 years in a federal prison.

The US Bureau of Prisons confirmed his early morning release from the federal high security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

His lawyer Bill Cummings told CNN that 38-year-old Lindh, suspected by some of still harboring radical Islamic views, will settle in Virginia under strict probation terms that limit his ability to go online or contact other Islamists.

Known as "Detainee 001" in the US War on Terror, Lindh's early release on an original 20-year sentence has resurrected memories of the September 11 attacks, when he became for many Americans one of the faces of the jihadist threat against the United States.

more here:

https://news.yahoo.com/american-taliban-lindh-released-afghan-war-still-boils-191325947.html

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Violent tornadoes tear across Missouri, killing 3 and leaving extensive damage

Government officials and residents in Missouri began picking up the pieces and assessing the damage on Thursday after a deadly tornado outbreak in the late-night hours ravaged several parts of the state including the capital, Jefferson City.

A large tornado tore through Jefferson City late Wednesday night around 11:45 p.m CDT. The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a tornado emergency for the area after a 'violent tornado' was confirmed on the ground. First responders worked through the night to begin search and rescue efforts for people who were trapped in collapsed buildings.

Jefferson City Police have confirmed at least 20 citizens were transported to local hospitals.

The Jefferson City tornado was given a preliminary rating of EF3 on Thursday afternoon, meaning it had a peak wind speed of 160 mph.

more here:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/live-intense-thunderstorms-erupt-over-oklahoma-as-new-round-of-severe-weather-unfolds/70008345

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Google’s Outrage Mobs and Witch Hunts

Google has become a company where outrage mobs and witch hunts dominate its culture. These outrage mobs and witch hunts have become an existential threat not only to Google’s culture internally, but to Google’s trust and credibility externally.

Google has long claimed to be a nonpartisan company, yet like many other tech companies, they also maintain many policies against “hate speech”. How do we reconcile these two apparently conflicting goals? While this statement came from a spokesperson for Facebook, it could just as easily apply to Google, Twitter, and many other tech companies.

>We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.

An astute reader will notice that this response does not actually answer the question; it merely shifts it from one point to another. Instead of asking, “Is Google a nonpartisan company?” we instead ask, “Does Google apply a nonpartisan definition of hate speech?”¹

more here:

https://medium.com/@mikewacker/googles-outrage-mobs-and-witch-hunts-b1d8fa9c74d9

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Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are parasites. Maybe they should disappear

Advertising is what the social giants truly care about, and for an obvious reason. It’s how they turn a profit. And when it comes to making money, they’ve been great innovators. They’ve designed platforms that extract massive amounts of personal data without telling consumers, then sell that data without consumers’ permission.

And in order to guarantee an audience big enough to make their ads profitable, big tech has developed a business model designed to do one thing above all: addict.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/22/facebook-instagram-twitter-do-more-harm-than-good-column/3751735002/

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Students put urine, semen on food served to teachers

Several middle school students are under investigation for allegedly putting bodily fluids into food that was then served to teachers, reports CBS Columbus, Ohio affiliate WBNS-TV.

The incident allegedly occurred Thursday at Hyatts Middle School in Powell, in a "Global Gourmet" class.

The Olentangy Local School District says that, during a student cooking competition, students allegedly contaminated the food they were serving to teachers judging the contest.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-middle-school-students-allegedly-put-urine-semen-on-food-served-to-teachers/

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U.A.E. Says It Won’t Be ‘Baited’ Into Iran Crisis as Tensions Mount

The United Arab Emirates “won’t jump the gun” and accuse Iran of sabotaging ships off its coast, a senior government official said, as rising tensions in the Gulf stoke concerns the region is teetering on the brink of another war.

In an hour-long briefing, the U.A.E.’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, struck a cautious tone, stressing his country is “very committed to deescalation” and would exercise “caution and prudence” in a “brittle, difficult” situation. He said an investigation of the attack on the four ships, which includes Saudi and Norwegian vessels, was being assisted by American and French investigators and should wind up within days.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-16/u-a-e-won-t-be-baited-into-crisis-with-iran-as-tensions-mount

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More Than 1,000 Holocaust Victims Are Buried In Belarus After Mass Grave Discovered

Their bones were unearthed this winter by construction workers as they began to build luxury apartments in the southwestern city of Brest, near Poland.

Soldiers brought in to excavate found undisputed evidence of a mass grave: skulls with bullet holes, shoes and tattered clothing worn on the last day of people's lives.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/22/725728990/more-than-1-000-holocaust-victims-are-buried-in-belarus-after-mass-grave-discove

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Google bars Huawei from some Android services after Trump order

Google Opens a New Window. revoked Chinese tech giant Huawei’s access to some elements of Android Opens a New Window. operating system and other proprietary services on Monday, threatening the world’s second-largest smartphone maker’s business amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

Future versions of Huawei devices will lose access to Google technical support and software, including apps such as Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps. The company is barred from Android services, except those available through open-source license.

more here:

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/google-huawei-ban-android-services-trump

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French transgender assault leads to 10-month sentence

A young man who was filmed assaulting a transgender woman was sentenced Wednesday (May 22) to 10 months in prison, four of them on parole, by a Paris court.

Seddik A, 23, was found guilty of assault because of the victim's gender by the Paris Criminal Court and was ordered to abstain from contacting the victim, Julia Boyer, or appearing near her residence.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/french-transgender-assault-leads-to-10-month-sentence-11556996

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Mueller’s House testimony likely off until at least June

House Democrats are backing away from plans to hold a blockbuster hearing this month with Robert Mueller after talks stalled out with the special counsel and his representatives.

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and a senior Democratic committee aide told POLITICO on Friday that there’s no Mueller hearing planned for next week, though that could also change at a moment’s notice if the special counsel said he’s ready to testify.

“I would assume not,” Nadler replied when asked whether Mueller would be appearing before the upcoming Memorial Day recess, which starts next Friday.

A Judiciary staffer later added, “Mueller could always call us and say, ‘The heck with it, I want to come in Wednesday,’ and we would make time. But at the moment, no Mueller planned for next week.”

Nadler had set a tentative May 23 deadline for Mueller to publicly testify in a letter last month after the release of a redacted version of the special counsel’s 448-page report.

more here:

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/17/mueller-testimony-june-1331704

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Facebook’s face recognition

After analyzing the accounts of 31 users throughout the U.S., Consumer Reports discovered that 8 accounts, or roughly 25 percent, did not have the face recognition setting.

Bobby Richter, the head of Consumer Reports’ privacy and security testing, notes that although it only tested a small number of accounts, the prevalence of such an issue suggests it is likely widespread.

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/facebook-face-recognition/

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Fake news rampant after Sri Lanka attacks despite social media ban

A nine-day ban on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and WhatsApp was introduced following the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-claimed attacks on churches and hotels on April 21 which killed 258 people and wounded nearly 500.

Many anxious social media users switched to virtual private networks (VPNs) or the TOR network to bypass the order and keep communication open with friends and relatives as the extent of the carnage became clear.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/fake-news-rampant-after-sri-lanka-attacks-despite-social-media-ban

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Banned gas that saps Ozone layer

Rogue emissions of a gas that harms the ozone layer are coming from eastern China, primarily from two heavily industrialised provinces, an international team of researchers said on Wednesday (May 22).

The findings confirm what many scientists, environmental groups and policymakers had suspected after an initial study a year ago reported new global emissions of the gas, CFC-11, but could locate the source only generally as East Asia.

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/study-pinpoints-source-of-banned-gas-that-saps-ozone-layer-eastern-china

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Fears rapist working in New Zealand parliament

The most serious accusations concerned three sexual assault allegations against an unnamed man, which the inquiry's report said: "appeared to be part of a multi-year pattern of predatory behavior".

Mallard, who is responsible for administering the parliament, said such behavior amounted to rape.

https://news.yahoo.com/fears-rapist-working-zealand-parliament-020358408.html

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'American Taliban' set to be released after years behind bars

John Walker Lindh, who became known as "American Taliban" after he was captured in 2001 fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, is set to be released from prison Thursday despite concerns among some lawmakers that he may remain a threat.

Lindh, who converted to Islam before traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan in November 2000, was captured in late 2001 and was later present when several Taliban prisoners launched an operation that killed a CIA officer who had been interrogating him and other prisoners.

https://thehill.com/policy/international/terrorism/445108-american-taliban-to-be-released-after-years-behind-bars?

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'How To Write About Africa'

Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title. Subtitles may include the words 'Zanzibar,' 'Masai,' 'Zulu,' 'Zambezi,' 'Congo,' 'Nile,' 'Big,' 'Sky,' 'Shadow,' 'Drum,' 'Sun' or 'Bygone.' Also useful are words such as 'Guerrillas,' 'Timeless,' 'Primordial' and 'Tribal.' Note that 'People' means Africans who are not black, while 'The People' means black Africans.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/22/725808622/binyavanga-wainaina-tells-us-how-to-write-about-africa

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Wild chase of stolen RV ends with injuries in Los Angeles

A woman in a stolen recreational vehicle led authorities on a wild chase in Los Angeles on Tuesday, smashing into cars and a palm tree before finally coming to a halt with a large dog hanging out of the shattered windshield.

The half-hour chase began around 7 p.m. in Santa Clarita, just north of L.A., when the RV failed to yield for the California Highway Patrol, KTLA-TV reported.

https://fox8.com/2019/05/22/wild-chase-of-stolen-rv-ends-with-injuries-in-los-angeles/

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Africa's elephants lifts hunting ban

Botswana, a country home to nearly one-third of the entire African elephant population, has reportedly lifted its ban on hunting.

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said in an emailed statement on Wednesday that the country would ensure that the “reinstatement of hunting is done in an orderly and ethical manner,” according to Bloomberg News.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/445080-botswana-home-to-nearly-one-third-of-africas-elephants-lifts?

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Philadelphia D.A. says Meek Mill should get a new trial because judge has been biased

Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has been biased against him.

District Attorney Larry Krasner's office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley's "impartiality," citing her decision to check in on Mill at a homeless shelter where he was doing community service and later criticizing him for not doing more.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/05/22/meek-mill-should-get-new-trial-judge-says-philly-district-attorney/1197537001/?

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Memphis woman found dead in Texas oil field in 1986

Police in a Texas city have identified the body of a Memphis woman whose body was found in 1986 in an area referred to as “The Killing Fields.”

On February 2, 1986, the body of a woman was found. Investigators called her Jane Doe until she was identified as a Memphis woman named Audrey Lee Cook.

Investigators said Cook and her girlfriend moved to Texas from Tennessee in 1976. She wrote letters and spoke to her family on the phone regularly.

https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/police-identify-memphis-woman-found-dead-in-texas-oil-field-in-1986/940211359

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Mississippi judge who blocked 15-week abortion ban hears arguments on fetal heartbeat law

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday asked pointed questions about Mississippi's law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at approximately six weeks of pregnancy.

In 2018, Reeves was the judge who struck down a 15-week abortion ban.

>"Doesn't it boil down to six is less than 15?" Reeves asked, adding that the new law "smacks of defiance to this court."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/05/21/mississippi-abortion-law-fetal-heartbeat-bill-six-weeks-district-judge-roe-v-wade/3740436002/

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Amazon continue selling facial recognition tech to police

Amazon (AMZN) investors voted on Wednesday to continue selling the company’s controversial facial recognition technology to governments and law enforcement agencies around the world.

The vote, which took place Tuesday during Amazon’s annual shareholder's meeting, comes amid a widespread backlash against facial recognition technology and the potential for it to inappropriately target women and minorities.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-facial-recognition-police-203621917.html

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Ohio city warns residents as KKK, Antifa, New Black Panthers converge over Memorial Day weekend

Dayton, Ohio is bracing for what could become a violent convergence of groups centered around a Saturday rally by a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group.

Democratic Mayor Nan Whaley released a video Tuesday titled, “Dayton United Against Hate.” In the video, she urged people to avoid the downtown part of the city where the rally is slated to take place.

>Whaley said she hoped Saturday would be “a day that our community demonstrated that we are united against hate.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/ohio-city-warns-residents-as-kkk-antifa-new-black-panthers-converge-over-memorial-day-weekend

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Trump busts up White House infrastructure meeting with Democrats, angered by investigations

President Trump canceled a scheduled meeting on infrastructure with Democrats on Wednesday, saying he was upset about claims he engaged in a cover-up and Democrats' use of "the I-word," meaning impeachment.

"Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up. I don't do cover-ups," Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden about 25 minutes after the scheduled start of the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/trump-busts-up-white-house-infrastructure-talks-with-democrats-angered-by-russia-probe-attacks?

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200 injured in Jakarta riots

As riots escalated in the capital on Wednesday morning, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that six people had died as of 9am.

“Six people have died so far. Two at Tarakan Hospital and then at Pelni, Budi Kemulyaan, Cipto Mangunkusumo and RSAL Mintoharjo hospitals,” he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2019/05/22/six-dead-200-injured-in-jakarta-riot/#jV0oBdIVsTavgU5b.99

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Need a toilet urgently?

It’s amazing what you can do with 3D printing. From food and furniture to prosthetics and artificial organs, the technology is very versatile and will undoubtedly change the way industries work in future.

Now, researchers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have taken it one step further by successfully printing an entire unfurnished bathroom – all in 12 hours.

https://www.businessinsider.sg/need-a-toilet-urgently-a-research-team-in-singapore-successfully-3d-printed-a-bathroom-unit-in-just-12-hours/?

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Google's problems in China are bigger than Huawei

>Google's troubles in China now include Huawei.

For years, the tech giant has been dogged by its relationship with the world's biggest country. In 2010, Google pulled out of the search market in China after co-founder Sergey Brin cited the government's "totalitarian" policies, including censorship of the web.

https://www.cnet.com/news/googles-problems-in-china-are-bigger-than-huawei/?

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Boris Johnson leads backstabbing race for Theresa May's job amid Brexit chaos

Boris Johnson leads the field of backstabbing Tories saddled up for a leadership race as Theresa May made her last stand, but looked set to free-wheel out of No10 in days.

The Prime Minister is expected to meet Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – her preferred choice to be her successor – tomorrow.

But David Lidington, a former Europe Minister who is the PM’s de-facto deputy, could find himself the caretaker boss as the political crisis grips the country.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-leads-backstabbing-race-16186349

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Transgender woman assaulted in Dallas last month shot dead

A transgender woman who was beaten in a Dallas parking lot last month was fatally shot on Saturday, according to police.

Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said that the woman, who was identified as Muhlaysia Booker, was found dead after police responded to a reported shooting at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday.

“Upon arrival, officers found the complainant lying face down in the street — deceased from homicidal violence,” Weddington said at a press conference Sunday.

A transgender woman who was beaten in a Dallas parking lot last month was fatally shot on Saturday, according to police.

Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said that the woman, who was identified as Muhlaysia Booker, was found dead after police responded to a reported shooting at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/transgender-woman-assaulted-in-dallas-last-month-shot-dead

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5G Danger:Scientists Sound The Alarm About Health Effects As 5G Networks Go Up Nationwide

Even though many in the scientific community are loudly warning about the potential health effects that 5G technology could have on the general population, Verizon and AT&T are starting to put up their 5G networks in major cities all across the nation. Today, the total number of cell phones exceeds the entire population of the world, and the big cell phone companies are making a crazy amount of money providing service to all of those phones. And now that the next generation of cell phone technology has arrived, millions of cell phone users are looking forward to better connections and faster speeds than ever before. In fact, President Trump says that 5G networks will be up to 100 times faster than the current 4G networks that we are using right now…

https://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/5g-danger-hundreds-of-respected-scientists-sound-the-alarm-about-health-effects-as-5g-networks-go-up-nationwide

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178 cats found in West Bloomfield home for largest hoarding case in Oakland Co history

One-hundred and seventy-eight cats were removed in the largest animal hoarding case in Oakland County history.

Animal control officers removed the massive number of cats from the 1700 block of Elsie Drive between April 24 and May 17. To date, they have humanely euthanized 60 cats due to severe illness or aggression.

"This is the worst animal hoarding case I have seen in my entire career," said Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center Manager Bob Gatt. "These cats were living in deplorable conditions. They were not provided with the adequate care necessary to maintain good health."

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/178-cats-found-in-pontiac-home-largest-animal-hoarding-case-in-oakland-county-history-

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Pamela Turner, proclaimed pregnancy before being shot by officer wasn't with child

A Texas woman who screamed “I’m pregnant” before she was fatally shot by an officer Monday night – amid a struggle over his stun gun – was not actually pregnant, the Baytown Police Department said Tuesday.

Baytown Lt. Steve Dorris told Fox News the department has confirmed the 44-year-old woman was not pregnant, based on autopsy findings, but those findings haven't been officially released yet.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-woman-fatally-shot-police-taser-not-pregnant?

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Thousands gather in France, worldwide for annual march against Monsanto

Thousands of protesters gathered across France and in over 30 cities around the world to march against the activities of Bayer-Monsanto and other agrochemical giants on Saturday, while Monsanto lost its third lawsuit in the US.

Since 2013, environmental activists and other protesters have organized the annual March Against Monsanto in cities in France and across the world, demanding agriculture free of pesticides and toxic agrochemicals.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190519-france-monsanto-bayer-world-wide-march-environment-planet-roundup-glyphosate

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Rise in global sea levels could have 'profound consequences'

Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica,

The long-held view has been that the world's seas would rise by a maximum of just under a meter by 2100.

This new study, based on expert opinions, projects that the real level may be around double that figure.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48337629

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Convicted Russian agent Maria Butina appeals for money in U.S. prison video

A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs.

Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker.

In the video that appeared on social media, Butina speaks on a phone in a dormitory with bunk beds. She says her lawyer is filing an appeal and she asks for contributions to help pay him.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/20/world/crime-legal-world/convicted-russian-agent-maria-butina-appeals-money-u-s-prison-video

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North Korean women 'forced into sex slavery' in China

Thousands of North Korean women and girls are being forced to work in the sex trade in China, according to a new report by a London-based rights group.

They are often abducted and sold as prostitutes, or compelled to marry Chinese men, says the Korea Future Initiative.

The trade is worth $100m (£79m) a year for criminal organizations, it says.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48340210

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'WHATSAPP WILL NEVER BE SAFE': TELEGRAM BOSS ATTACKS FACEBOOK-OWNED MESSAGING APP

>'Looking back, there hasn't been a single day in WhatsApp's 10-year journey when this service was secure,' claims Telegram founder Pavel Durov

A huge security flaw with WhatsApp that compromised the privacy of 1.5 billion users this week will not be the last and may not even be the worst incident of its kind, the founder of rival messaging app Telegram has warned.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/whatsapp-privacy-telegram-alternative-messaging-app-pavel-durov-a8916326.html?

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Vice Reporters and Film Crew Accused of Breaking Into Bedroom in Home of 8Chan Owner

The accusation was made by the verified 8Chan Twitter account, which said that the reporters and their crew entered Watkin’s bedroom before being ordered out of the property.

Earlier this month Vice published an article about 8Chan referring to it as the place where “racists get radicalized.”

“Sites like 8chan and others where racists can get radicalized online are key to counterterrorism efforts, experts say, but in a Wednesday hearing on domestic terrorism, U.S. intel officials from the FBI, DOJ and DHS seemed fairly unfamiliar with those platforms — or what to do about them,” the article read.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/05/vice-reporters-and-film-crew-accused-of-breaking-into-home-of-8chan-owner/

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New Zealand mass shooting on immigration was voted out of office

Far-right Senator Fraser Anning was voted out of Australia's Parliament just two months after he made international headlines for blaming the New Zealand mosque attacks on Muslim immigration.

Anning was later egged by a teen boy during a press conference in Melbourne. Several news outlets witnessed the incident, footage of which shows the teen cracking an egg over his head. The senator responded by punching the 17-year-old teen, who was then tackled to the ground by Anning's supporters in the crowd.

https://www.businessinsider.com/far-right-australian-politician-fraser-anning-blame-muslim-immigration-voted-out-of-office-2019-5?

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Exeter Cathedral bans Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin from European election hustings

>Authorities accused of ‘hating freedom of speech and interfering in the election by de-platforming people’

Ukip has condemned as “outrageous” a decision by Exeter Cathedral to ban one of its candidates from hustings for the European elections.

Cathedral chiefs said the presence of Carl Benjamin may be a risk to public order after he became the subject of protests.

Far-right activist Mr. Benjamin, who is standing as an MEP in the South West England region, had three milkshakes thrown at him in three days while out campaigning last week.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/carl-benjamin-ukip-ban-exeter-cathedral-european-election-hustings-milkshake-a8920741.html?

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Pregnant athletes 'punished' by Nike

>The runner joins a chorus of American athletes who say Nike froze their sponsorship when they became pregnant.

British runner Jo Pavey has revealed Nike stopped her sponsorship money immediately when she told the sportswear company she was pregnant.

The European 10,000m champion told Sky News female athletes were being "punished" by their sponsor for starting a family.

https://news.sky.com/story/pregnant-athletes-punished-by-nike-says-champion-british-runner-jo-pavey-11721817

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Elspeth Reeve With a Filmmaking CrewJjust Broke and Entered into Jim's Bedroom

Elspeth Reeve @elspethreeve with a filmmaking crew just broke and entered into Jim's bedroom and were ordered out of the property. @elspethreeve and her producer @lani_levine have now protected their tweets.

The Filipino authorities have already been notified.

https://twitter.com/infinitechan/status/1129674534775209985

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AMD confirms its processors are immune to ZombieLoad

AMD has taken the opportunity to twist the knife regarding Intel’s current security woes, reminding customers (and potential buyers) that it doesn’t suffer from any of the latest vulnerabilities to have plagued the latter’s chips. While at the same time, news has emerged that Intel’s mitigations across all speculative execution vulnerabilities have a much heavier performance impact than AMD’s.

In a statement, AMD reminded us all that its processors do not suffer from ZombieLoad or similar ‘MDS’ (microarchitectural data sampling) variants because they are protected at the hardware level.

AMD noted: “At AMD we develop our products and services with security in mind. Based on our analysis and discussions with the researchers, we believe our products are not susceptible to ‘Fallout’, ‘RIDL’ or ‘ZombieLoad Attack’ because of the hardware protection checks in our architecture. We have not been able to demonstrate these exploits on AMD products and are unaware of others having done so.”

more here:

https://www.techradar.com/news/amd-confirms-its-processors-are-immune-to-zombieload

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Facial recognition technology: should we be worried?

San Francisco has become the first US city to ban law enforcement bodies from using facial recognition technology (FRT) in any way.

With police forces across the UK rolling out FRT trials - with the prospect of making it permanent - should we be worried about the technology's potential effect on our freedom?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/05/15/facial-recognition-technology-should-worried/?

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Doctors end life support for French patient in landmark right-to-die case

Doctors stopped giving food and water to French quadriplegic Vincent Lambert on Monday, lawyers said, renewing a fierce debate over the right to die that has split his family and country.

The 42-year-old former psychiatric nurse has been in a vegetative state since a motorcycle accident in 2008. He has almost no consciousness but can breathe without a respirator and occasionally moves his eyes.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-france-life-lambert/doctors-to-end-care-for-french-patient-in-landmark-right-to-die-case-idUKKCN1SQ15G?

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Chinese state media hits out at 'fabricated' U.S. tech claims

The United States has “fabricated” accusations that China forces firms to hand over technology in exchange for market access, China’s top Communist Party newspaper said on Saturday, the latest salvo in a bitter trade war.

China announced this week it would retaliate against a move by Washington to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports amid complaints Beijing had done little to resolve U.S. concerns about the theft of intellectual property and the forced transfer of technology to Chinese firms.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-technology/china-paper-says-u-s-s-forced-tech-transfer-claims-are-fabricated-idUSKCN1SO035

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Young dad died after being trapped in cinema seat in UK complex

Four Americans and a Canadian pilot were killed when a small plane went down off the coast of Roatan island in Honduras, officials said Sunday.

Armed Forces spokesman Jose Domingo Meza confirmed the nationalities of those who died in Saturday's crash.

The Piper Cherokee Six plummeted into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from the popular tourist destination of Roatan en route to the port of Trujillo. The military said in a statement that rescue boats with police divers and firemen recovered four bodies within minutes of the crash, and transported another to a hospital, where he died shortly after of internal injuries.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12232560

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Handwritten wills of Aretha Franklin would be binding

A piece of spiral notebook paper allegedly written on March 31, 2014, is something thought never to have existed before now.

In August Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at 76 years old.

At the time her family and her longtime attorney David Bennett thought no will was ever written, but the first line of newly found documents may prove otherwise.

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/attorney-newly-found-handwritten-wills-of-aretha-franklin-would-be-binding

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: Memphis police purchasing new technology to hack into suspects' phones

Cell phones contain private information and most of us keep it locked with a password.

FOX13 Investigates has learned the Memphis Police Department just bought new technology to hack into suspect's cell phones.

The device is so secret neither the company that makes it nor the MPD will discuss it. Both believe it can help solves crimes in which a cell phone contains vital evidence.

https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/fox13-investigates/fox13-investigates-memphis-police-purchasing-new-technology-to-hack-into-suspects-phones/950964923

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Facebook is using its trove of data on 2.4 billion people to build maps to help fight diseases

>Facebook is using its hoards of data on two billion-plus.

Some of this data is drawn from Facebook's own proprietary t ..

Read more at:

https://www.businessinsider.in/Facebook-is-using-its-trove-of-data-on-2-4-billion-people-to-build-maps-to-help-fight-diseases/articleshow/69409821.cms?

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NASA’s Juno just discovered that Jupiter and Earth have something important in common

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has delivered some of the most stunning glimpses of the gas giant that mankind has ever seen, but it’s also taught scientists a lot about how the planet works. We now know that its storms stretch far deeper into the planet than previously assumed and that Jupiter’s lightning is a lot like the kind we see here on Earth.

Now, data gathered from Juno has shed light on another aspect of Jupiter that seems a lot like Earth. In a new paper published in Nature Astronomy, scientists reveal that Juno’s readings of Jupiter’s magnetic field differ from observations made by past missions. This suggests that the planet’s magnetic field is actually changing in small but important ways, much like the shifts we see in Earth’s own magnetic field.

https://bgr.com/2019/05/20/jupiter-magnetic-field-juno-nasa/

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Formula One legend, Austria’s Niki Lauda dies aged 70

>Formula One legend Niki Lauda was not a quitter.

After a horrific car crash that disfigured him for life he went on to win races, and he weathered the crash of a passenger jet during his time as an airline entrepreneur.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/motor-sport/formula-one/formula-one-legend-austrias-niki-lauda-dies-aged-70/news-story/63e3d91f1d0746ec430ecd7d41e2ae98

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Luxury cat food recalled after pets and owners develop bovine tuberculosis

>Two owners and around 50 cats infected by Natural Instinct's wild venison product, vets believe

A gourmet cat food sparked an outbreak of a deadly strain of tuberculosis which affected around 50 animals and at least two of their owners, veterinary scientists believe.

The “natural” wild venison cat food was recalled nationwide by Natural Instinct, which marketed it as a healthier option to regular pet food.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cat-food-recall-tuberculosis-wild-venison-natural-instinct-university-of-edinburgh-a8920606.html?

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LGBT school lessons protests "We are not Homophobic People"

Schools across England have received letters opposing the teaching of relationships and sex education (RSE) and LGBT equality, the BBC has learned.

Protests started in Birmingham and letters, predominantly from conservative Muslims, have been sent to a number of schools elsewhere.

One campaigner said relationship lessons due to start in schools in 2020 "proselytize a homosexual way of life".

Supporters of the lessons said there was a "lot of misinformation".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48294017

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Italy’s Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy’s Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend.

Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to the Virgin Mary at a rally on Saturday, which featured a host of far-right European leaders. He spoke glowingly of St. John Paul II and retired Pope Benedict XVI for having tried to remind Europe of its Christian roots.

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-europe/2019/05/20/italys-catholic-establishment-faults-salvini-for-rosary/

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Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids

An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza.

South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say.

A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing.

It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but Islamist militants have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48328793

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Massacre at bar in north Brazil

>Several customers escape injury by hiding in the back of the building

Eleven people have been shot dead in a “massacre” in northern Brazil, according to officials.

Police said at least seven masked gunmen fired into a bar in the Guamá neighborhood of Belém on Sunday afternoon.

Five women and six men, including the owner, were fatally wounded, local media reported.

Another man was injured in the attack.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/belem-brazil-shooting-massacre-bar-dead-killed-latest-a8921246.html?

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Bangladesh bans fishing for 65 days to save fish

The government told the BBC that all types of fishing vessels would be covered by the ban and coast guards would enforce it from Monday.

Thousands of fishermen have planned protests - arguing that they will be left without a source of income.

The ban - lasting from 20 May until 23 July - is timed to occur with the breeding season.

"These resources will deplete one day if we do not use them sustainably," fisheries and livestock minister Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. "We should let fish grow and breed. Otherwise, we will have to suffer in the future."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48335509

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The ‘holy grail’ of plastic?

>Like Lego, it can be broken down in an acid bath and reassembled into different shapes, colors, and textures

The “holy grail” of plastic – a material that can be repeatedly recycled without any loss of quality – has been created by scientists.

Placed in an acid bath, it can be fully broken down into its component parts.

Like lego, these monomers can then be reassembled into different shapes, colors, and textures, according to the scientists at California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who created it.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-berkeley-holy-grail-of-plastic-recycling-a8906296.html?

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The antibiotic industry is broken

A world without antibiotics is horrible to contemplate. They underpin much of modern medicine and are essential for patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, organ transplants or common surgeries such as cesarean sections. Yet the global rise of antimicrobial resistance, exemplified by the spread of Candida auris—the latest infection terrorizing hospitals—and super-resistant gonorrhea, is alarming. Resistance could kill 10m people a year by 2050, up from 700,000 today. This week a un commission recommended immediate and coordinated action to avoid a calamity whose economic cost, the World Bank reckons, could rival that of the financial crisis of 2008-09.

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/05/04/the-antibiotic-industry-is-broken

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Tanzania to impose plastic bag ban on tourists

>More than 30 African countries have legislated to control usage through bans or taxes

Tourists are being warned to avoid bringing plastic bags to Tanzania from June 1st, when a ban will go into force throughout the country.

The Tanzanian government has issued a notice saying all plastic carrier bags will be prohibited from being “imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in mainland Tanzania”.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/tanzania-to-impose-plastic-bag-ban-on-tourists-1.3898650

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Nigel Farage hit by milkshake protest on Brexit Party campaign trail

Nigel Farage has been struck by a milkshake wielded by a protestor in Newcastle as he campaigned for the European elections.

The Brexit Party leader was visiting the city ahead of the European elections, which take place on Thursday when he was hit.

He was heard afterward saying "this is a failure" and asking his security: "How did that happen?"

https://www.businessinsider.com/nigel-farage-hit-by-milkshake-protest-on-brexit-party-campaign-trail-in-newcastle-2019-5?

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Huawei's Android loss: How it affects you

The restrictions being placed on Huawei's access to the Android operating system will cast a long shadow over Tuesday's launch of the Chinese company's latest handsets.

The firm has invited press from across the globe to London to witness the unveiling of its Honor 20 Series smartphones.

The BBC understands the devices will still offer the full Android experience - including use of Google's own app store.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48334739

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Australian finds A$100,000 gold nugget using metal detector

An Australian man has unearthed a 1.4kg (49oz) gold nugget with a metal detector while wandering Western Australia's goldfields, say locals.

A shop in Kalgoorlie shared pictures of the rock online, estimated to be worth A$100,000 (£54,000; $69,000).

The unidentified man was an experienced local hobbyist, shop owner Matt Cook, told the BBC.

Finds of this scale by prospectors are known to happen a few times a year, experts say.

About three-quarters of the gold mined in Australia is produced in and around the Kalgoorlie region.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-48331769?

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Plants are doing their best to save mankind, but they can’t do it alone

We humans are great at a number of things and very, very bad at several others. For example, we’re pretty terrible when it comes to managing our waste and cleaning up after ourselves and, on a related note, we’re really good at producing carbon as a result of burning various fuels for energy. In fact, we just hit a rather frightening new milestone in our CO2 emissions, and scientists universally agree that the planet is warming as a result.

https://bgr.com/2019/05/17/photosynthesis-levels-worldwide-climate-change-carbon/

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Hostility to men and elderly people could become hate crimes

Hate crimes are offences motivated by prejudice against someone's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

But should other so-called "protected characteristics" be included as well?

Last month, it was announced that a review by the Law Commission would look at whether offences driven by misogyny - dislike, contempt or ingrained prejudice against women - should be treated as hate crimes.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45870948?fbclid=IwAR23KOotoBSHQxYkXxyL6LOtILmAwI1jxlj4qzAA-rM4NCT3ag5QYnST8f4

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Blocking Hate Sites Like 8chan Only Makes Them Stronger

Like the gunman who killed 50 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques in March, the man who killed one person in a Poway, Calif., synagogue on April 27 announced his intentions on 8chan, an anonymous online message board with a reputation for violent extremism. In the wake of these and other murders, calls to shutter such sites have only grown louder.

Several Australian ISPs blocked 8chan right after the Christchurch, New Zealand, attack. There have also been suggestions for ways websites like Facebook could stop linking to these spaces, as well as demands for censorship or taking the sites down completely.

http://time.com/5581701/should-we-block-hate-sites/

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Graphic Jim Carrey Artwork Depicts Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Being Ripped from Womb

Far-left actor Jim Carrey used Twitter to promote his latest violently graphic artwork over the weekend, depicting Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as a fetus being sucked into a tube.

“I think If you’re going to terminate a pregnancy, it should be done sometime before the fetus becomes Governor of Alabama,” Carrey wrote, accompanied by a graphic image of a fetus-like Ivey about to be ripped from the womb.

Weighing in on the recent passing of a restrictive abortion law in the state of Alabama, Jim Carrey suggested fetuses of individuals such as Ivey should be terminated rather than allowed to live.

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/05/19/jim-carrey-artwork-depicts-alabama-gov-kay-ivey-being-ripped-from-womb/

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Calves exported for Dutch veal brutally beaten, jumped on and hit in the face, hidden cameras reveal

>Illegal violence towards Irish calves exposed – as Ireland planning to increase numbers sent abroad

Veal calves from Ireland were beaten, hit in the face and jumped on by workers at a resting post for live exports in France, secret footage has revealed.

Some were kicked and hit so hard they collapsed in the shocking scenes filmed during an investigation into the treatment of live exports.

It is the first time such brutal and illegal violence towards animals sent to Europe has been caught by hidden cameras.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/calves-beaten-hit-video-footage-violence-animals-live-exports-europe-a8899631.html?

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Paediatrician indicted on 65 charges of rape accusation

A Maryland pediatrician accused recently of raping a patient has since been indicted on 65 additional charges, including nine counts of child sex abuse.

Frederick County police and prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted Dr. Ernesto Torres after 11 more victims came forward after an initial indictment May 3. He was arrested Monday, their joint statement says. The latest indictment includes 43 counts of third-degree sex offenses.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/pediatrician-indicted-on-65-charges-after-rape-accusation?

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17 Species of Bees Have Gone Extinct in the UK

>A new report that coincides with World Bee Day outlines the significant collapse of bee species in one of the "richest regions of bees in Britain"

Bees are an important part of our ecosystem, but many species are struggling to survive.

Coinciding with World Bee Day, the World Wildlife Fund released a new report outlining the significant collapse in the bee population of eastern England, which is one of the “richest regions for bees in Britain.”

https://people.com/pets/17-species-bees-gone-extinct-uk/?

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After 6 hours, climber who scaled Eiffel Tower in Paris taken into custody

The man who scaled the Eiffel Tower on Monday, triggering an operation to evacuate the 2,500 visitors on the monument, has been taken into custody, according to multiple reports.

The man, who has not yet been identified and whose motives remained unclear, clung to the Parisian landmark for more than six hours, the BBC reported.

>On Twitter, officials announced: “This afternoon's incident is over. The #EiffelTower will reopen tomorrow morning at 9.30am.”

https://www.foxnews.com/world/eiffel-tower-climber-taken-into-custody?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Message to 2019 Graduates: ‘My Generation Has Failed You’

On Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was recently acclaimed as an even better leader than the legendary Steve Jobs, carved out a morning from his very busy schedule to deliver a commencement speech for the 2019 graduates of Tulane University in New Orleans.

Back in February, when Tulane confirmed Cook as its commencement speaker for this year, the university’s president Mike Fitts touted that the Apple CEO, who enjoys the reputation as one of the world’s most workaholic bosses, “represents the kind of success we hope all of our graduates can attain.”

But as soon as Cook stepped up to the podium on Saturday, his message to Tulane’s graduates became the very opposite of what was expected of him—instead of presenting himself as a role model for the young graduates in the audience, Cook encouraged them to challenge older generations’ successes and to find their own.

“In some important ways, my generation has failed you,” Cook said. “We spent too much time debating, too focused on the fight and not enough on progress.”

more here:

https://observer.com/2019/05/apple-ceo-tim-cook-tulane-2019-commencement-speech-climate-change/

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Contact Info for Millions of Instagram Influencers, Celebrities, and Brand Accounts Leaked Online

A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online.

The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour.

From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture, the number of followers they have, if they’re verified and their location by city and country, but also contained their private contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number.

more here:

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/20/instagram-influencer-celebrity-accounts-scraped/

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Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft sued over 'massive music piracy'

Visit any of the major digital music stores and you'll find unauthorized copies of songs for sale and streaming. The stores know this is happening, but don't seem to care. That's the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by the estate of well-known composer Harold Arlen.

As Forbes reports, the lawsuit was filed in the US district court of California with a very long list of defendants including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Pandora, along with the music distributors they work with. It accuses the companies of selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of songs Harold Arlen composed and that this counts as "massive music piracy operations in the digital music stores and streaming services." The lawsuit goes on to claim that the defendants have "joined with notorious music pirates to sell and stream thousands of pirated recordings."

The piracy takes the form of recordings offered using alternative record labels at a cheaper price than the authorized copies. In some cases the cover art has been doctored to remove the legitimate record label logo.

more here:

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/apple-google-amazon-microsoft-sued-over-massive-music-piracy

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Nigel Farage pelted with a MILKSHAKE by ‘radicalised Remainer’ on Brexit party election trail

Nigel Farage was today pelted with a milkshake while on the election trail in Newcastle. The Brexit Party leader was left soaked after being hit with the drink in front of jeering crowds.

Furious Mr Farage could be heard raging "complete failure", adding: "you could have spotted that a mile away" and "how could this happen" as he was whisked away by his security. He later tweeted: "Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible.

"For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this."

more here:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9113950/nigel-farage-milkshake-newcastle/

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DHS warns of 'strong concerns' that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

Chinese-made drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday obtained by CNN.

The drones are a "potential risk to an organization's information," the alert from DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency states. The products "contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself."

The report does not name any specific manufacturers, but nearly 80% of the drones used in the US and Canada come from DJI, which is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, according to one industry analysis. US local law enforcement organizations and infrastructure operators have grown to rely on drones in recent years.

more here:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/20/politics/dhs-chinese-drone-warning/index.html

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Wikipedia Is Now Banned in China in All Languages

China has expanded its ban on Wikipedia to block the community-edited online encyclopedia in all available languages, the BBC reports.

An earlier enforced ban barred Internet users from viewing the Chinese version, as well as the pages for sensitive search terms such as Dalai Lama and the Tiananmen massacre.

According to Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), an internet censorship research group, the block has been in place since late April.

http://time.com/5589439/china-wikipedia-online-censorship/?

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The Democrats can’t let go of their Big Lie about Trump

No doubt you’ve heard a Democrat or two declare that President Trump is a “threat to our democracy.” Joe Biden used his campaign launch to up the ante, saying that the 2020 election is a “battle for the soul” of America and warning that if Trump gets a second term, “he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”

Ho hum. The suggestion that the president is the personification of evil and is destroying all that makes America exceptional has become so routine that it’s easy to ignore it. In fact, it’s a ­extraordinary charge, even for our nasty, turbulent times.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/michael-goodwin-the-democrats-cant-let-go-of-their-big-lie-about-trump?utm_source=newsprompt_chrome_extension

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Dearborn city worker accused of racist online post about Muslim model

The city of Dearborn has the largest Muslim population in the United States and a city employee's racist comment on social media has him under fire.

The man is accused of making a disparaging post about a Muslim model on another news organization's Facebook page under the photo, saying "Cute picture should be on the cover of Camels are us."

It was attributed to Bill Larson, a part-time employee with the city's engineering department, and was directed towards Halima Aden, a Muslim, Kenyan-American woman who became the first model to wear a hijab and burkini for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/dearborn-city-worker-accused-of-racist-online-post-about-muslim-model

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Pentagon Requested Taxpayer Funding to Pay for Taliban Food, Transport to Peace Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration reportedly indicated this week that it wants American taxpayers to foot the bill for Taliban expenses incurred during the ongoing peace talks to end the Afghanistan war, but a Democrat-controlled House committee denied the request.

In a statement first reported by Roll Call, Kevin Spicer, a spokesman for Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN), claimed that the “the money would cover the Taliban’s costs for expenses such as transportation, lodging, food, and supplies,” adding:

>The Defense Department requested [the] fiscal year 2020 funding to support certain reconciliation activities, including logistic support for members of the Taliban and, in March 2019, they sent a notification letter to the Committee on using fiscal year 2019 funds for similar activities.

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/05/17/pentagon-requested-taxpayer-funding-pay-taliban-food-transport-peace-talks/

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Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity

His party may be enraged by Donald Trump’s presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president in 2020 if they pick an angry nominee.

Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the second time as a 2020 contender, the former vice president offered a call for bipartisan unity that seemed far more aimed at a general election audience than the fiery Democratic activists most active in the presidential primary process.

Some believe that the angrier a candidate is the better chance he or she has to beat Trump, Biden told thousands of Democrats who gathered in downtown Philadelphia.

more here:

https://www.apnews.com/254643092cb74f17a78e1a1c7974816c

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Man dressed as clown handing out candy on his birthday sends town into panic

>“The great clown mystery has been solved,” the Facebook post began.

Police was notified of the man's activities by a school resource officer after a couple of 5th graders alerted administrators that a man dressed as a clown had offered them candy on their way to school, according to a report from local news site Clarksvillenow.com.

Officers were able to locate the man shortly thereafter and discovered that he was celebrating his birthday the way he does each year — by dressing up as a clown and handing out candy.

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/man-dressed-as-clown-handing-out-candy-on-his-birthday-sends-town-into-panic

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A typical crab that has ever lived

A recent discovery of hundreds of fossils has given the crab family a new cousin, a 95-million-year-old extinct species that, scientists say, will force us to rethink the definition of a crab.

An international team of researchers discovered the exceptionally well-preserved specimens, dating back to the mid-Cretaceous period of 90-95 million years ago, in rock formations in Colombia and the United States.

https://earthsky.org/earth/callichimaera-perplexa-strangest-extinct-crab

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Abortion ban aims for U.S. Supreme Court, but won’t get there soon

Alabama’s virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46 years ago in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a more incremental approach to reining in abortion rights than the frontal attack Alabama’s new law or the “fetal heartbeat” measures enacted by other states present.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5282780/abortion-ban-supreme-court/

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Paedophile police officer jailed for sexually assaulting teenage girl and taking indecent photos

>‘He is a manipulative individual who abused this girl’s trust,’ detective says

A police officer who sexually assaulted a teenage girl and took indecent images of her, without her consent, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Dominic Dunne's phone was found to contain indecent images and videos taken of a girl between the ages of 16 and 19. Some showed him sexually assaulting her.

Other images had been taken without her consent or while the teenager was unaware she was being photographed.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/dominic-dunne-jailed-paedophile-sexual-assault-police-officer-manchester-a8914966.html

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Man kicks Arnold Schwarzenegger in the back during Arnold Classic Africa in Sandton

A video has surfaced of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is currently in Sandton for the Arnold Classic Africa, being kicked in the back at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The video, which is circulating on social media, shows how Schwarzenegger was watching a rope-skipping competition when he was approached to take a video of the children skipping. Schwarzenegger obliges and is filmed as he gets up from his seat and then takes a video of the children while speaking into the phone camera. A man can be seen lurking behind him and it seems that he is pulled away by what appears to be Schwarzenegger’s security team.

Just as Schwarzenegger hands over the phone on which he was taking his video, the man returns again, runs up, jumps up and kicks Schwarzenegger in the back.

more here:

https://sandtonchronicle.co.za/226372/watch-man-kicks-arnold-schwarzenegger-back-arnold-classic-africa-sandton/

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Florida student hacks into school, announces ‘Mandatory Penis Inspection’

High school pranks. A lot of you might have participated in them, but students at two Hendry County high schools may have gone too far – with $20,000 in damages at one school and a cheeky hacked memo going out at another.

Labelle Senior High School students managed to send an email addressed to all faculty, staff, and students about a "Mandatory Penis Inspection," yes you read that correctly.

"It was something funny, but at the same time it was something scary," said Kenneth Carrion, a parent who lives in Labelle. Carrion says he found the humor in it, but he says it’s something serious too.

"You get some high schooler hacking into the system, think about it, what are we doing wrong for security?"

more here:

https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/two-hendry-county-high-schools-go-too-far-with-senior-pranks

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LGBT rights in Europe

Several countries in Europe are for the first time "moving backwards" on their policies over equality and laws in the LGBT community, a new report has found.

The report, conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Europe, found that regression was specifically seen in countries revoking existing laws and policies.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/14/lgbt-rights-in-europe-some-countries-moving-backwards-on-equality-for-first-time-in-a-deca

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Story Behind the Story - Mass Digital Censorship

Censorship and some of it's sources and targets on this episode of The Story Behind the Story featuring Major Burdock and Phil from Manila.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrTbJkfATBM

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Australia’s Conservatives Win Surprise Election Victory

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison won re-election on Saturday, stunning pollsters who had anticipated his defeat for several months. Morrison championed working-class economic stability during his campaign, and his victory is part of a populist trend, which now stretches across the U.S., Brazil, Hungary and Italy.

At his victory party in Sydney, Morrison said, "Tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first. And that is exactly what we are going to do."

In his speech, Morrison also paid tribute to "the quiet Australians" who voted for his coalition. "It has been those Australians who have worked hard every day, they have their dreams, they have their aspirations, to get a job, to get an apprenticeship, to start a business, to meet someone amazing," he said. "To start a family, to buy a home, to work hard and provide the best you can for your kids. To save for your retirement. These are the quiet Australians who have won a great victory tonight!"

more here:

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/18/724620023/australias-prime-minister-scott-morrison-scores-surprise-election-victory

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Google Jump will end next month: What you need to know

Google has announced plans to shutter its Jump video stitching software platform in June, stating that the rise of alternative solutions has resulted in a decrease in users. Customers have been given a few weeks to transition from the service to a different option — the service end will apply to both past and present users and include the loss of any data that is not backed up by the end of June.

Google revealed its intention to shut down Jump in an email sent to users, as well as in a message shared on the Jump support website. In describing why it made its decision, Google explained, “With the emergence of a number of alternative solutions for creators, we saw usage of Jump Assembler decline.”

The company reassures its YI HALO and GoPro Odyssey owners that the raw footage captured with these arrays can be stitched using other third-party software. The Jump service will officially end on June 26 a minute before midnight.

more here:

https://www.slashgear.com/google-jump-will-end-next-month-what-you-need-to-know-18577138/

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Elon Musk Email To Tesla Employees: “Curb Your Spending”

he CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, along with the company’s CFO Zach Kirkhorn, recently raised around $2.7 billion dollars at an Investor call. During the event, Musk was confident that his company would become a $500 billion giant with the help of self-driving technology as it’d help Tesla cars appreciate in value.

However, things are a little different behind the scenes. In an email that Elon Musk sent to his employees, the dire situation with Tesla was visible. Elon Musk has taken it upon himself to personally make sure that the spending of every one of his employees is under control.

more here:

https://fossbytes.com/elon-musk-email-to-tesla-employees-curb-your-spending/

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Elton John defends Rocketman’s Taron Egerton

Elton John has defended Rocketman star Taron Egerton over criticism that a straight actor should not play the gay icon – branding it “bullshit”.

The sobbing singer watched the movie for the first time during an emotional world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night.

Then, in an exclusive interview backstage at his private party, Elton tells me: “The last time I saw a movie in Cannes was Billy Elliot — and I had to be escorted out in floods of tears, it moved me so much.

“I was very emotional just now as well. The movie floored me. But I’m very high. Taron is beyond belief. It’s like watching me. It’s quite extraordinary, he’s so me-like. He’s a megastar.

“He was schooled by George Martin's son Giles and he’s done the most amazing job. I wanted it to be a movie where the actor sang — and he sings.”

more here:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9100258/elton-john-rocketman-taron-egerton-straight-gay/

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Burger King Hints That People Should Assault Nigel Farage with Milkshakes

Police in Scotland have asked McDonald’s to halt selling milkshakes while Nigel Farage is in town, as protesters have recently thrown them at European Parliamentary candidate Tommy Robinson and Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin.

The assaults have become a viral “protest” meme against right-wing figures, cheered on by the liberal media.

Burger King apparently did not get the memo from the police, or did not care — and took to Twitter to subtly suggest that protesters can and should get their milkshakes there.

more here:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/05/burger-king-hints-that-people-should-throw-milk-shakes-at-nigel-farage/

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Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy

Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama's governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law.

The Missouri bill needs another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for an earlier version Wednesday.

The legislation includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/health/missouri-senate-passes-bill-to-ban-abortions-at-8-weeks-of-pregnancy

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Canberra set to recognise animals as 'sentient beings'

Pet owners who keep their dogs locked up and do not allow them to exercise for longer than one day could face a fine of up to $4,000 under sweeping changes that enshrine animal feelings into ACT law.

Under the bill, confinement is judged on the dog's size, age and physical condition.

And anyone found confining a dog for longer than 24 hours would have to provide two hours of exercise or pay the fine.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-13/canberra-animal-laws-fine-owners-who-dont-exercise-dogs/11106158

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Woman dies from rabies after rescuing stray puppy

A woman who was vacationing in the Philippines died after contracting rabies from a stray puppy.

Birgitte Kallestad, 24, from Norway, was with her friends when she found a puppy on the street and took it back to their resort, where it bit her, according to BBC. Officials believe she became infected with rabies due to the bite.

Kallestad’s family told BBC the pup had given her some small scrapes that she sterilized, but she did not seek any further treatment.

https://www.clickorlando.com/health/woman-dies-from-rabies-after-rescuing-stray-puppy

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CNN Terrified Republicans are Winning the Meme Wars

Brian Stelter and David Axelrod discuss critical news coverage of Joe Biden; President Trump's promotion of a right-wing meme about Biden; and whether Democrats are equipped to fight in the "meme wars."

http://www.thecourierexpress.com/business/national/are-republicans-winning-the-meme-wars/video_2d43231a-f4f2-55aa-ae76-05cd01225c1d.html

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White House Asking Americans Censored on Social Media to Share Their Stories

The White House launched a new system Wednesday to collect stories about free speech censorship on social media.

“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the website reads. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/15/white-house-asking-americans-censored-on-social-media-to-share-their-stories/

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‘To shoot an elephant is an awesome thing to do’ says trophy hunter

The Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said indigenous communities should be “respected and not patronized” admitting the UK currently has no plans to ban trophy hunting imports.

Mr. Gove says it is a “delicate political balancing act”.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/06/shoot-elephant-awesome-thing-do-says-trophy-hunter-michael-gove/

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Amputee seeks damages after United Airlines and airport security seize scooter batteries

Stearn Hodge says he will never forget the humiliation of having to drag his body across a hotel room floor during what was supposed to be a vacation celebrating his 43rd wedding anniversary — because a security agent at the Calgary International Airport and United Airlines confiscated the batteries he needed to operate a portable scooter.

"Having to crawl across the floor in front of my wife is the most humiliating thing that I can think of," said Hodge. "It unmasks how real my disability is … I haven't been the same since."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/amputee-claims-discrimination-after-airport-security-takes-batteries-1.5109369

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Missouri teen threatens to lynch students of color, says it's a 'privilege' to go to 'our school'

Perhaps the most important difference, however, is that in this 20-second viral video, the teen doesn’t just use offensive language. He threatens to lynch his peers.

Yes, really.

>“I’ve got something to say. This is for all the c–ns, sp-cs and n—–s,” the white student is heard saying in the video. “Stay the fuck out of our locker room. Coming in and stealing shit. We should fucking lynch you. Fuck all of you.”

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/15/1857856/-Missouri-teen-threatens-to-lynch-students-of-color-says-it-s-a-privilege-to-go-to-our-school

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French doctor charged with poisoning 17 patients

A criminal investigation has been launched against a French doctor over the poisoning of 17 people in France.

Frédéric Péchier, an anaesthesiologist, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine deaths.

Prosecutors allege he deliberately tampered with his colleagues' anaesthesia pouches to create an emergency and show off his talents.

Mr. Péchier denies all allegations and faces a life sentence if found guilty.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48303733

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A new Trump administration rule could force more than 55,000 kids into homelessness

The Trump administration has proposed a rule designed to purge undocumented immigrants from public housing. But according to analysis from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the rule could have the effect of displacing more than 55,000 children who are all legal citizens or residents of the United States.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has described the proposed rule, which is being aggressively pushed by White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller, as a way to “make certain our scarce public resources help those who are legally entitled to it.” However, HUD’s analysis indicates that about half of the people in households that are facing possible eviction or homelessness are children who are legally qualified for help.

https://www.salon.com/2019/05/10/a-new-trump-administration-rule-could-force-more-than-55000-kids-into-homelessness_partner/?

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Bedbugs survived the dinosaur extinction event

A study that began as an investigation into the "utterly bizarre" way in which bedbugs reproduce has revealed they have existed for far longer than humans.

DNA samples from 30 species of bedbug revealed the insects had been around for at least 115 million years.

The blood-sucking parasites predate their earliest known hosts - bats - by more than 50 million years.

The surprising finding is published in the journal Current Biology.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48274090?

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Toronto man who murdered physician wife

>Mohammed Shamji, 43, killed Elana Fric, 40, after she served him with divorce papers

A disgraced Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered his physician wife just days after she filed for divorce more than two years ago was sentenced to life in prison Thursday and will not be eligible to apply for parole for 14 years.

Mohammed Shamji, 43, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the death of Elana Fric, 40, a respected family doctor. Because he has been in custody since his arrest on Dec. 2, 2016, Shamji will, in fact, be eligible to apply for parole in 11½ years.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/shamji-fric-sentencing-hearing-day-two-1.5129004

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US refuses to sign declaration protecting the Arctic

The US refused to sign an agreement on challenges facing the Arctic due to its wording regarding climate change. The refusal puts global cooperation in an effort to stop drastic effects of climate change in jeopardy.

Eight nations that border the Arctic, known as the Arctic Council, met in Rovaniemi in Finland on Tuesday in hopes of framing a two-year agenda to balance prevention of further damage by climate change with the sustainable development of mineral wealth.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-climate-change-arctic-trump-pompeo-declaration-sign-a8903706.html?

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China's Huawei, 70 Affiliates Blacklisted By US Commerce Department

oday, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will be adding Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its affiliates to the Bureau’s Entity List. This action stems from information available to the Department that provides a reasonable basis to conclude that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interest. This information includes the activities alleged in the Department of Justice’s public superseding indictment of Huawei, including alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), conspiracy to violate IEEPA by providing prohibited financial services to Iran, and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of those alleged violations of U.S. sanctions.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-15/latest-move-against-huawei-trump-order-new-restrictions-foreign-telecom-companies

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Parents record Fla. teachers yelling, cursing at elementary school students with autism

>Parents of elementary school students with autism in Florida are demanding accountability after teachers were recorded cursing and screaming at their children.

The special education class at Pasadena Lake Elementary was empty Thursday. All of the students, who are on the autism spectrum, stayed home because their parents say they're too afraid to send their children to school.

https://www.13abc.com/content/news/509875752.html

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Theresa May given 24-hour deadline to say when she will quit

Theresa May was served a deadline of 24 hours by senior Tory MPs today to clarify when she will leave office, or risk being forced out by a rebellion of MPs and activists.

Members of the 1922 Committee executive, the party heavyweights who represent Tory backbenchers, said they were not satisfied with the Prime Minister’s latest attempt to delay her departure too late July so she can have another try at getting MPs to pass her thrice-rejected Brexit deal.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-given-24hour-deadline-to-say-when-she-will-quit-a4142761.html

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County lines dealers jailed in 'landmark' slavery case

Three county lines drug dealers who used vulnerable teenagers as runners in a coastal city have been jailed in a "landmark case".

Glodi Wabelua, Dean Alford and Michael Karemera, all 25, recruited six youths to traffic crack cocaine and heroin to Portsmouth in 2013 and 2014.

The victims were used to carry drugs to Hampshire and money back to London.

It is believed the three are the first to be charged under the Modern Slavery Act in relation to county lines.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48267349

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Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

>Takeover price of $13 a share is a 22% premium to where Air Transat was valued yesterday

Air Canada is in exclusive negotiations to buy the company that owns Air Transat, the two companies say.

The proposed deal would value Transat at $13 per share, a 22 per cent premium from the $10.58 a share the company was valued at on Wednesday. At $13, Transat is being valued at roughly $520 million.

Shares in Transat A.T. Inc., the corporate entity that owns Air Transat, were briefly halted on the news, but when trading began, they jumped about 16 percent to just over $12. That's below the level Air Canada is offering, which could be a sign investors aren't convinced it's a done deal.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-canada-transat-1.5138180

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Opioids crisis has spread beyond United States

Opioid use has reached crisis proportions not only in the United States but also in Canada and some European countries, as prescription opioid painkillers have become much more common, the OECD club of wealthy nations said on Thursday.

So far the opioid epidemic has focused largely on the United States, where the OECD said nearly 400,000 people died of overdoses between 1999 and 2017, resulting in the lowering of overall life expectancy for the first in more than 60 years.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/reuters-america-opioids-crisis-has-spread-beyond-united-states--oecd.html

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Walmart to raise prices in response to increased tariffs

Prices are about to climb at America's biggest retailer in response to the recent increase in tariffs on Chinese goods put in place by the Trump administration, Walmart's CFO told press on Thursday.

Brett Biggs, the chief financial officer of Walmart, did not specify which products would be sold at a higher price point, but he did assure consumers that Walmart's merchant teams have been working alongside its suppliers to keep costs as low as possible.

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/walmart-to-raise-prices-in-response-to-increased-tariffs-cfo-says

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Resilience in a Child of War

This was an impromptu Interview with Joseph Sitar who was visiting my office today. I cut short my pen review because this guy is so awesome. He is a former child soldier from Sudan. He grew up in the Nubu Mountain region of Sudan and had to carry grenades to walk to school. His book Resilience in a Child of War is a must read for anyone that wants a real serious look at what it is really like to grow up with a gun in your hand. It is a story of Hope, Courage and Faith.

His story of hope is something that reminds me of the hope that I got when I read "Fragments of Isabela" about an Auschwitz survivor.

https://www.amazon.com/RESILIENCE-CHILD-WAR-Story-Courage-ebook/dp/B07QF94LXZ/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii-297SY9jY

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Anti-Salvini balcony protests sweep Italy

The removal of a protest banner against Italian far-right leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has sparked hundreds of copycat protests around the country.

The explosion in the number of banners being hung from balconies comes as the social-media obsessed anti-immigrant leader is frantically campaigning ahead of next week's European parliamentary elections.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190516-anti-salvini-balcony-protests-sweep-italy

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French doctor charged with poisoning 17 patients

A criminal investigation has been launched against a French doctor over the poisoning of 17 people in France.

Frédéric Péchier, an anaesthesiologist, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine deaths.

Prosecutors allege he deliberately tampered with his colleagues' anaesthesia pouches to create an emergency and show off his talents.

Mr Péchier denies all allegations, and faces a life sentence if found guilty.

His lawyer, Jean-Yves Le Borgne, told AFP news agency that the investigation proved nothing.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48303733

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Theresa May agrees to set timetable to choose successor

Theresa May has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June.

The agreement follows a meeting between the prime minister and senior Tory MPs who are demanding a date for her departure from Downing Street.

If she loses the vote on her Brexit plan, already rejected three times, sources told the BBC she would resign.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said he will run for leader once Mrs May goes.

The prime minister survived a confidence vote by Conservative MPs at the end of last year and party rules mean she cannot formally be challenged again until December.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48290760

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Huawei row: China formally arrests Canada detainees

After months in detention, China has formally arrested two Canadians accused of espionage.

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were taken into custody last December, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei chief Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the US.

They have been accused of harming national security, but were not formally arrested until Thursday.

Their official arrest comes a day after the US imposed additional security measures targeting Huawei.

Ms. Wanzhou is currently fighting her extradition to the US in Canada's courts. The US has charged her with fraud linked to an alleged violation of sanctions on Iran.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48302455?utm_source=newsprompt_chrome_extension

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Venezuela crisis: Both sides in Norway for peace talks

Norway has attempted to facilitate high-level talks between Venezuela's government and political opposition, both sides have said.

The government and the opposition have been engaged in a bitter power struggle since January.

Reports of a meeting between the two sides in Norway's capital Oslo first emerged on Thursday.

They were later confirmed by Juan Jorge Valero, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48294833?

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Birds ‘stepped on and left convulsing and wounded in scenes of suffering and cannibalism’

>Workers given extra training after secret cameras record ‘harrowing shots of painful abuse’

Workers on chicken farms supplying Nando’s, Asda and Lidl have been filmed leaving a bird convulsing after breaking its neck, stepping on the animals necks and throwing sick ones onto piles, footage from an animal rights group shows.

In a grisly video taken by secret cameras, dead birds appeared to be left among the living, leading to cannibalism, while workers stepped on and kicked flocks in sheds.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nandos-asda-lidl-chicken-workers-farms-video-footage-red-tractor-rspca-avara-animal-cruelty-a8911991.html

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China’s Xi warns of ‘stupid,’ ‘disastrous’ clash of civilizations

>In the latest sign that the confrontation between China and the United States is escalating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that one civilization forcing itself on another would be “stupid” and “disastrous."

Xi’s remarks, delivered at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, where Beijing demonstrated its soft power, did not mention the U.S. but were regarded as the highest level response yet too tough rhetoric from Washington.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/15/china-xi-jinping-clash-of-civilizations-1440898

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Scientists create light-activated bio-glue that can instantly repair a broken heart

>Light-activated glue repairs cuts in a pig heart and stops it bleeding within 30 seconds

A light activated bio-glue could repair a broken heart after surgery or trauma by reducing uncontrolled bleeding, which is currently a major cause of death.

Sealing heart and artery wounds is difficult because the adhesive must be strong enough to resist high blood pressure and the movement of a beating heart. Very few non-toxic materials meet these criteria.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/broken-heart-repair-bio-glue-surgery-trauma-science-china-a8915391.html?

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Impatient customer punched after hurling threats, racial insults at diners on Mother’s Day

A violent confrontation prompted by a man’s racist tirade at a sushi restaurant in Long Beach, Calif., was caught on camera Sunday.

The Mother’s Day incident took place at Aburi Sushi and was captured by diner Ivan Velasco, who posted it on social media.

According to the now-viral footage, the unidentified white man comes into the restaurant and is upset by the waitlist. In the first video of the incident, the man is seen yelling that there is no one standing outside of the door, to which the host responds that those in front of him on the list are waiting in their cars — the restaurant reportedly uses a digital waitlist and sends text messages when the table is ready.

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/customer-punched-threats-racial-insults-mothers-day

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Phone and broadband firms to be forced to tell customers if they could be on cheaper deals under new

Broadband, TV, mobile and home phone companies will have to tell customers when their contract is coming to an end and show them the best deals available under new rules unveiled by Ofcom.

The telecoms regulator said the move, the latest in its Fairness for customers program, could see up to 20 million customers benefit by switching provider or agreeing on a new deal with their existing one.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/15/phone-broadband-firms-forced-tell-customers-could-cheaper-deals/

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Netflix is coming to E3 2019 to make video game announcements

Netflix will come to E3 2019 for a panel called “Bringing Your Favorite Shows to Life: Developing Netflix Originals into Video Games.” This news broke via the NX social channel, which exists to promote science fiction and fantasy content on Netflix.

The NX and E3 channels held a (blatantly PR) back-and-forth discussion about the upcoming expo on Twitter, with NX asking if they could get a panel at the show to show off some games. When E3 asked for a teaser of what to expect, NX responded with gifs of its upcoming Stranger Things 3: The Game, but also promised “definitely more to come!”

more here:

https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/2019/05/13/netflix-e3-2019-video-game-announcements-nx/

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Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from "foreign adversaries".

He signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose national security risks.

The order does not name any company, but is believed to target Huawei.

The Chinese tech giant said restricting its business in the US would only hurt American consumers and companies.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48289550

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Norovirus Outbreak Closes Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School for Rest of This Week

A San Juan Unified elementary school in Fair Oaks will be closed for the rest of the week after several students contracted norovirus.

Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School Principal Carol Stephens-Klipp posted a letter Tuesday telling parents about a recent surge in absences at the school. Many of those students have common norovirus symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

https://fox40.com/2019/05/14/norovirus-outbreak-closes-harry-dewey-fundamental-elementary-school-for-rest-of-this-week/?utm_source=newsprompt_chrome_extension

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Spain withdraws warship from US-led combat group in Gulf

Spain's government announced that it would withdraw a frigate from a U.S.-led carrier strike group deployed to the Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions with Iran.

Reuters reported that Spanish officials made the decision following disagreements with the Trump administration over Iran policy. The U.S. has been at odds with European allies over Tehran since President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Obama-era nuclear agreement.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/443758-spain-withdraws-warship-from-us-led-combat-group-in-gulf

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White House says it won't sign international agreement to combat online extremism

>The White House said it supports the goals of the call to action in the name of Christchurch, but would not sign on because of freedom of speech concerns.

The United States says it supports an international effort to find ways to stop social media from spreading hate — but won't take part in it.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the White House praised the call to action in the name of Christchurch being spearheaded by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/white-house-says-it-won-t-sign-international-agreement-combat-n1006046

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A former Somali army commander accused of war crimes has been working as an Uber driver in Virginia

A man accused of committing war crimes while serving as a Somali military commander during the African nation's brutal civil war later moved to the US and got a job driving for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft.

According to a CNN investigation, Yusuf Abdi Ali, a driver for Uber in Virginia since November 2017, is a former officer in the Somali army who is accused of being involved in killing more than 100 men while serving under the dictator Siad Barre.

https://www.businessinsider.com/uber-hired-somali-general-accused-war-crimes-2019-5?

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Poland shaken by documentary about pedophile priests

A new documentary revealing new cases of pedophilia by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.

"Just Tell No One," a film paid for through crowdfunding, was released on YouTube on Saturday and by Monday had more than 8 million views.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/poland-shaken-documentary-pedophile-priests-62999758

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Students' racist proposal sign sparks outrage after surfacing on social media: 'Condemn this'

Two students at a California high school will face disciplinary action after they posed with a racist promposal sign, which was shared on social media.

The Palos Verdes High School students held a sign in the photo that read, "You are racist but I would give anything for you to go with me to prom," CBSLA reports. Individual letters throughout the message are bolded, spelling out a racial slur.

Palos Verdes High School Principal Allan Tyner issued a statement to parents with regard to the incident.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/two-california-students-will-be-punished-after-racist-promposal-is-shared-on-social-media-202352077.html?

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Instagram blocks vaccine hoax hashtags

Instagram says it will block hashtags being used to spread "verifiably false" information about vaccinations.

The social network already blocks hashtags that are themselves false claims, such as #vaccinescauseautism.

It says it will now block more general hashtags that are being used to spread lies by so-called anti-vaxxers.

However, several anti-vaccine topics and accounts spreading misinformation and hoaxes are still active on Instagram.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48227377

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Activist who was 1st black woman mayor in Mississippi dies

An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor’s race in Mississippi has died.

Unita Blackwell was 86. She died Monday at Ocean Springs Hospital, according to Cynthia Goodloe Palmer, executive director of Mississippi Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, who received the details from Blackwell’s son, Jeremiah Blackwell Jr.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/activist-who-was-1st-black-woman-mayor-in-mississippi-dies/?

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Acting FAA chief defends agency's Boeing 737 Max safety certification

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defended his agency's safety certification of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, as the company continues to face scrutiny following a pair of deadly crashes involving the jet.

The FAA official, Daniel Elwell, acknowledged that the company should have done more to explain the aircrafts' automated flight-control system prior to the crashes, but doubled down on its decision not to ground the jet until other regulators moved to do so, the Associated Press reported.

https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/aviation/443912-acting-faa-chief-defends-agencys-boeing-737-max-safety?

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Methodist Church should allow same-sex marriages

Methodists have recommended that gay couples be allowed to marry in their churches for the first time in a groundbreaking report.

In a document published on Tuesday ahead of the Methodist Church’s Conference this summer, a task force called for a series of recommendations in a bid to modernize the Methodist Church.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/14/methodist-church-report-recommends-changing-rules-allow-same/

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San Francisco becomes first city to ban facial recognition technology

The bill, dubbed the "Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance," is the first of its kind to gain approval in the U.S., and similar bans are pending in Oakland, Calif. and Somerville, Mass. Other cities may follow suit after San Francisco's ban on facial recognition tech goes into place.

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/443476-san-francisco-becomes-first-city-to-ban-facial-recognition-technology?

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Manning again will not testify on WikiLeaks, risking return to jail

Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said Sunday she again plans to refuse to testify before a grand jury about her leak of classified documents to WikiLeaks – even if it means returning to jail.

Manning, who served seven years in prison over her transfer of secret diplomatic and military documents, recently spent another two months in lock-up for contempt of court after refusing to answer the grand jury's questions.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190512-manning-again-will-not-testify-wikileaks-risking-return-jail

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‘Empire’ Canceled After Season 6 with ‘No Plans’ for Jussie Smollett to Return

The FOX drama Empire is slated to end after season six as producers for the embattled program say there are still “no plans” for actor Jussie Smollett to return, according to a report.

“We are turning the final season into a large TV event, we are trying to go out guns a blazing,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said during Fox’s Upfront conference call on Monday, per Deadline. “You allow fans to lean in and have the ending they deserve.”

When pressed on whether Smollet would return to the show, Collier replied vaguely that while there’s an option for the embattled star to return, “we have no plans for that,” adding that Empire’s writers haven’t begun sketching out the show’s final season yet.

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/05/13/empire-canceled-after-season-6-with-no-plans-for-jussie-smollett-to-return/

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'A Million Elephants' No More: Conservationists In Laos Rush To Save An Icon

Centuries ago, the kingdom that made up much of modern-day Laos was called Lan Xang. In English: "Land of a Million Elephants."

Yet while the Asiatic elephant may have endured as a cultural icon for the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the numbers tell a story of a species in crisis.

The Laos government and conservation groups estimate there are only about 800 elephants left in the country — 400 wild elephants, 400 in captivity.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/12/707525699/a-million-elephants-no-more-conservationists-in-laos-rush-to-save-an-icon

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Homeless Community College Students Sleep in School Parking Lots

There's a new effort that would help address one immediate need many homeless college students have – a safe place to sleep.

These days Vanacy Thompson keeps busy during her shifts at the American River College Library.

She told FOX40 balancing school and a job is easier now. This year she has a place to sleep at night.

"No home. No transportation, how can I get to my school? How can I thrive?" Thompson said.

Not long ago Thompson was one of thousands of homeless college students in the Sacramento region.

She said being a dedicated student was nearly impossible.

https://fox40.com/2019/05/14/proposed-bill-would-let-homeless-community-college-students-sleep-in-school-parking-lots/

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Ex-Episcopal bishop who killed bicyclist gets out of prison

A former Episcopal bishop who fatally struck a bicyclist while drunk and texting behind the wheel was released Tuesday from a Maryland prison after spending more than three years behind bars.

Heather Cook was the second-highest-ranking Episcopal leader in the state when the fatal crash occurred two days after Christmas 2014. Thomas Palermo, a software engineer and a married father of two, was fatally struck by Cook's vehicle as he rode his bicycle in Baltimore.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ex-episcopal-bishop-who-killed-bicyclist-gets-out-of-prison?

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Pro-company unions will melt away in Mexico

A Mexican official says a majority of the country's labor contracts are probably fake, pro-company deals that provide only minimal wages and benefits.

But the assistant secretary of labor says the unions behind those contracts are so weak that they will probably disappear once Mexico's new labor reform goes into effect.

Alfredo Dominguez says the reform will require unions to prove they have the support of workers. Secret votes will be held so leaders can't sign fake "protection" contracts behind their members' backs.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/official-says-pro-company-unions-will-melt-away-in-mexico?

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LGBT Virgin Mary triggers Polish activist's detention

The Polish civil rights activist who put up images of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo said she did so to protest against what she calls the "exclusion of LGBT people from society" by the country's Catholic Church.

The images by Elzbieta Podlesna appeared on rubbish bins and portable toilets in Plock late last month in reaction to an Easter display there featuring slogans about crimes or sins.

>Listed among the sins were "gender" and "LGBT".

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48257706

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How Money Flows From Amazon to Racist Troll Haven 8chan

This piece, by Judd Legum, was published in the Popular Information newsletter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A6hnXScgVw

You may or may not know about the 8chan website—but you are most likely familiar with its work. The rudimentary message board is a wellspring of racism, violence, and criminal activity online and in the physical world.

Most famously, 8chan hosted a manifesto from the Christchurch shooter, who killed 50 people at mosques in New Zealand. After the massacre, 8chan users flooded the website with posts praising the mass murder. Before killing 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the shooter posted threatening messages on 8chan.

8chan differs from other hate sites in that it has a relatively stable presence online.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-money-flows-from-amazon-to-racist-troll-haven-8chan?ref=8ch.net

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Crossbow German deaths: Two shot through heart, one in neck

Two German medieval combat enthusiasts killed with crossbows were shot through the heart with arrows and a third fatally through the neck, reports say.

The three were found in a hotel room in Bavaria on Saturday, along with three modern crossbows. Two were used to fire the arrows, prosecutors say.

A man and woman were in bed, hand in hand, impaled with arrows. A woman hit in the neck was lying on the floor.

The deaths, near Passau, were linked to two more deaths in north Germany.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48265096

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Emmanuel Macron defends decision to order French tourists' rescue that led to death of special force

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Tuesday defended ordering commandos to free hostages held in Burkina Faso as he paid tribute to two French special forces who died in the daring operation.

>His defense came amid a row over the risks taken by the tourists.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/14/emmanuel-macron-defends-decision-order-french-tourists-rescue/?

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Trump Jr. Strikes Deal With Senate Intelligence Committee For Additional Testimony

Donald Trump Jr. has reached a compromise with the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify before the panel, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal comes less than a week after the committee's initial subpoena inflamed tensions between the GOP-led panel and the White House.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/14/723371521/trump-jr-strikes-deal-with-senate-intelligence-committee-for-additional-testimon?

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7.5 quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

A powerful earthquake struck Papua New Guinea late Tuesday evening, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) were possible along coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the epicenter, including Papua New Guinea and the nearly Solomon Islands. It later said the tsunami threat had largely passed and no waves had been observed, but that there were no sea level gauges in the area for measurement.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/powerful-quake-hits-papua-new-guinea-tsunami-alert-issued/ar-AABlzIV?

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US does not seek war with Iran, says Mike Pompeo

Speaking in Russia, Mr Pompeo said the US was looking for Iran to behave like a "normal country" but would respond if its interests were attacked.

Meanwhile, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also said there will be no war with the US.

Last week, the US deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf.

Tensions escalated even further after an incident with four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, with US investigators reportedly believing Iran or groups it supports were involved.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48272208?

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WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a "select number" of users and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber actor".

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48262681

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Twitter accidentally shared user data with advertising partner

Twitter says it “inadvertently” collected iOS location data from some of its users and shared it with one of its “trusted” advertising partners — marking the fourth time in the past year that people’s private information has been made public.

“You trust us to be careful with your data, and because of that, we want to be open with you when we make a mistake,” said the social media giant in a blog post Monday.

“We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances. Specifically, if you used more than one account on Twitter for iOS and opted into using the precise location feature in one account, we may have accidentally collected location data when you were using any other account(s) on that same device for which you had not turned on the precise location feature. ”

The company claimed that the data leak had been caused by a “bug.”

more here:

https://nypost.com/2019/05/13/twitter-accidentally-shared-user-data-with-advertising-partner/

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Pompeo tells Russia: Don't meddle in next U.S. presidential election

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russia on Tuesday that Washington would brook no interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and wanted Moscow to take action to show there would be no repeat of its suspected 2016 meddling.

President Vladimir Putin, who met Pompeo in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, pushed back, telling him that Russia never interfered in U.S. elections and that a report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which he praised as being “objective overall”, did not establish there was collusion with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Now that the Mueller report was out of the way, something which had long cast a pall over U.S.-Russia relations, Putin said he hoped ties would start improving.

more here:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-lavrov-pompeo-interference/pompeo-tells-russia-dont-meddle-in-next-u-s-presidential-election-idUSKCN1SK21C?il=0

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Microsoft patches Windows XP, Server 2003 to try to head off 'wormable' flaw

As part of its May 14 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is releasing a security fix for several older versions of Windows, including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 – neither of which is supported by Microsoft any longer. Officials said a potentially "wormable" flaw in those systems could result in them being hit by a malware attack like WannaCry.

The vulnerability, CVE-2019-0708, is in remote desktop services (a k a terminal services). To exploit the vulnerability "an attacker would need to send a specially crafted request to the target systems Remote Desktop Service via RDP," Microsoft officials noted. The update corrects how Remote Desktop Services handles connection requests.

more here:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-patches-windows-xp-server-2003-to-try-to-head-off-wormable-flaw/

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Arson suspect sought in fire at 2 homes owned by SC governor near Five Points

The fire that damaged two homes near the University of South Carolina Tuesday morning is being investigated as arson, and police are looking for a man in connection with the incident, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said the fire, which involved two homes on Greene Street, has been deemed suspicious.

The Columbia Police Department released a surveillance image of a man they say is suspected of setting the fire.

more here:

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article230374659.html

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Ocasio-Cortez Decries Biden 'Middle-Of-The-Road Approach' On Climate Change

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted "middle-of-the-road" approaches on climate change, an apparent criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need to find a middle-of-the-road approach to save our lives," the 29-year-old freshman Democrat, who introduced the Green New Deal framework earlier this year, said Monday night at an event in Washington, where she was trying to rally support for her climate-change proposal.

more here:

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/14/723298209/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-decries-biden-middle-of-the-road-approach-on-climate-ch

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Beijing calls for a 'people's war' against the US

The US-China trade war continues to heat up, with Beijing calling for a "people's war" against Washington and President Donald Trump threatening to impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

In a series of editorials and op-ed articles published Monday, Chinese state media slammed what it labeled the Trump administration's "greed and arrogance" and called for a "people's war" against it. Beijing's state-run media effectively serves as a mouthpiece for the Communist Party.

more here:

https://www.newstimes.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Beijing-calls-for-a-people-s-war-against-the-US-13843480.php

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Cuba Plans Gay Communist March in Remote Province After Crackdown on Havana Rally

The communist regime controlling Cuba announced a “rally for inclusion and respect for diversity” Monday after near-universal condemnation of the use of state violence to shut down an LGBT pride parade in Havana.

The Castro regime, which famously imprisoned and tortured openly and suspected gay Cubans in labor camps and prisons for decades, has hosted twelve “congas against homophobia” organized by dictator Raúl Castro’s daughter, Mariela. This year, Mariela canceled the conga over fears that the United States would somehow use the event against the regime. Dissident gay Cubans and allies organized a pride march in Havana, anyway, attracting an estimated 300 people and resulting in public beatings, arrests, and shocking videos of dissidents being hauled away into cars by plain-clothes state security officers.

The crackdown triggered international criticism but also upset prominent communists like singer-songwriters Silvio Rodríguez and Vicente Feliú. In an attempt to silence the near-universal condemnation of the regime’s actions, Cuba has now announced a new event to take place in remote Camagüey, 340 miles and abut a six and a half hour drive from the capital.

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/latin-america/2019/05/14/cuba-plans-gay-communist-march-in-remote-province-after-crackdown-on-havana-rally/

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Eric Trump Squares Off With Bill De Blasio: 'Our Great City Has Gone To Shit Under Your Leadership'

Eric Trump squared off on Twitter with Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, claiming that “our great city has gone to shit” under de Blasio’s leadership.

The son of President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets Monday evening in response to a press conference de Blasio held in the lobby of NYC’s Trump Tower earlier in the day. The mayor intended to tout his NYC Green New Deal and attacked Trump for being a major source of the emissions he aims to eliminate.

more here:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/14/eric-trump-new-york-city-bill-de-blasio-twitter/

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Baby seals released into wild in China

Dozens of spotted seal pups have been released into the wild, months after they were rescued by police from poachers in China.

They were among 100 pups found starving inside a remote farm shed in the Chinese city of Dalian in February.

Some 39 were unable to be saved.

The pups were taken from the wild by traffickers to be sold to aquariums and commercial venues, Humane Society International said.

>Eight suspects have been arrested.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48250107

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U.S. removes Japan from blacklist of countries not complying with Hague Convention on child

The U.S. Department of State has removed Japan from its list of countries said to be showing a pattern of noncompliance with the so-called Hague Convention on cross-border parental child abduction.

In an annual report released last week, the department noted Japan’s legislative efforts to better enforce the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which Japan joined in 2014.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/13/national/politics-diplomacy/u-s-removes-japan-list-countries-showing-noncompliance-hague-convention-child-abduction/#.XNolbdMzbBI

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Teenage boy murder of 17-year-old Ellie Gould

Ellie, a Year 12 pupil at Hardenhuish School, was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to a house in Springfield Drive at 3.15pm on Friday.

Police detained the suspect in the nearby town of Chippenham later that afternoon.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/06/teenage-boy-charged-murder-17-year-old-ellie-gould/

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Venezuela exodus raises worries of babies being stateless

Arelys Pulido had already lost one baby in a neglected Venezuelan hospital where doctors and medical gear are in increasingly short supply, so when she got pregnant again she decided to give birth in a foreign land.

She packed suitcases filled with clothes and a few prized ceramic statues of saints that she hoped would grant her and her unborn child protection as they passed through one of the perilous illegal crossings into Colombia.

Earlier this year, Zuleidys Antonella Primera was born, a lively girl with dark hair and eyes bearing no hint of the odyssey her mother went through so she could deliver her in a hospital across the border in the city of Cúcuta.

https://www.macon.com/news/article230369334.html?

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THE MOON IS SHRINKING AND SHAKING, NASA

The Moon is shrinking – and shaking as it does, according to new Nasa data.

Over the last decade, scientists have established that as the inside of the Moon cooled, it shrivelled up a like a raisin. That left it riven with cliffs called "thrust faults", marked all over its surface.

Now a new analysis, using data from Nasa missions, suggests that the Moon could still be shrinking today. As it does, it is experiencing moonquakes along those thrust faults, with the planet shaking along those cliffs.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/moon-shrinking-nasa-moonquake-space-crust-lunar-surface-a8911881.html?

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Pressure from religious leaders mounts in death row case

Pressure from religious leaders for Tennessee's governor to grant mercy to a death row inmate mounted Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal that could have delayed his upcoming execution.

Don Johnson's petition for clemency has centered on his religious conversion and Christian ministry to other prisoners. That journey included his ordination as an elder in a Nashville Seventh-day Adventist church while on death row.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/supreme-court-hear-tennessee-death-row-inmates-appeal-63005480

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Coca-Cola billionaire arrested on a private jet '$1.3 million worth of cannabis'

>Alkiviades “Alki” David is a member of the Leventis family, who run the biggest commercial bottling facilities in Europe. A merger with Coca-Cola bumped the family's net worth to approximately £4.6 billion

Isle of Man resident Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. He has been charged with Possession with Intent to Supply, Possession of Controlled Drugs and Importation of a Controlled Drug into the Federation after his plane was stopped by customs authorities.

https://vancouversun.com/cannabis-news/coca-cola-billionaire-arrested-after-search-of-private-jet-reveals-5000-alleged-cannabis-plants/wcm/41c1e0d3-b021-4234-9812-23c64299f401

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Facebook closes Italy pro-government fake news pages: rights group

Facebook has closed 23 mostly pro-government pages in Italy which were spreading fake news and anti-immigrant content, after an investigation by Avaaz, the civil rights group said on Monday.

More than half of the pages, which had a total of almost 2.5 million followers, supported the far-right anti-immigrant League party or the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which form the ruling coalition, Avaaz said in a statement.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190513-facebook-closes-italy-pro-government-fake-news-pages-rights-group

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Cuba gay rights activists arrested at pride march in Havana

A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba's capital, Havana.

Saturday's event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country's 12th annual march against homophobia.

Activists condemned the move and then organised their own demonstration, largely through social media.

Marching in Cuba without permission can be met with a strong police response.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48242255

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Six killed in attack on Catholic church in Burkina Faso

>A Catholic church in north-central Burkina Faso was attacked by armed men on Sunday morning, leaving at least six people, including the priest, dead, Radio France Internationale (RFI) reported.

The attackers opened fire on the faithful at the beginning of Mass in the village of Dablo, 90 km from Kaya, according to FRANCE 24’s sister radio station, RFI.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190512-attack-catholic-church-burkina-faso-sahel

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Legendary American actress,dies aged 97

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the legendary Hollywood star died early on Monday surrounded by her close friends at her home in Carmel Valley.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/13/doris-day-dies-aged-97/

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Ex-Google boss defends multiple controversies

>Former Google boss Eric Schmidt has defended the company’s record on multiple controversies: its work in China, its treatment of women, and its tax affairs.

The 64-year-old executive, who sits on the board at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said the tech giant was right to pursue opportunities in China, despite heavy criticism from senior US officials.

"The world is a very interconnected place,” Mr Schmidt told BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48262148

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Ninety-nine-million-year-old ammonite trapped in amber discover

>Spiders, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, flies and wasps that would have lived on the forest floor, found inside it

A 99-million-year-old ammonite trapped in amber has been discovered for the first time.

Found in northern Myanmar, it contains at least 40 other creatures, including spiders, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, flies and wasps that would have lived on the forest floor.

Ammonites are extinct sea-dwelling relatives of squid. It is incredibly rare to find sea life trapped in amber because the fossilized resin is produced by land-based trees.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ammonite-prehistoric-amber-myanmar-spider-cockroach-wasp-a8911546.html?

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Veteran Palestinian negotiator she was denied U.S. visa for first time

A veteran Palestinian negotiator said on Monday she had been denied a U.S. travel visa for the first time and viewed it as retaliation for her criticism of the Trump administration and Israel.

Asked about Hanan Ashrawi’s allegations, a U.S. State Department official did not comment directly but said visas are not refused on the grounds of an applicant’s politics if those political statements or views would be lawful in the United States.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians/veteran-palestinian-negotiator-says-she-was-denied-u-s-visa-for-first-time-idUSKCN1SJ1X3?f

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Anti-gay preacher is banned from Ireland under exclusion powers

>Controversial pastor Steven L Anderson has already been banned from most EU countries

An American preacher with extreme anti-gay and anti-Semitic views has become the first person ever banned from Ireland by exclusion powers dating from 1999.

Steven L Anderson, a Baptist pastor based in Arizona, came to public prominence in 2009 when telling his congregation he had prayed for the death of the President.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/anti-gay-preacher-is-first-ever-banned-from-ireland-under-exclusion-powers

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All heart and cancer screening programmes in England missed targets last year

More people will die of preventable cancers and heart conditions because of the government’s failure to address “appalling” flaws in screening programmes, experts have warned.

A damning report by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee found not one adult screening programme in England met its minimum target for health checks.

Some 1.25 million women last year were forced to wait too long for cervical cancer screening results, with uptake at the scans standing at a 21-year low.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/cancer-screening-england-cervical-bowel-breast-heart-deaths-mps-a8906821.html?

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Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic bag

An American explorer has found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive.

Victor Vescovo descended nearly 11km (seven miles) to the deepest place in the ocean - the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.

He spent four hours exploring the bottom of the trench in his submersible, built to withstand the immense pressure of the deep.

He found sea creatures, but also found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.

It is the third time humans have reached the ocean's extreme depths.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48230157

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US Senator introduces bill to ban loot boxes and pay to win microtransaction in video games

Senator Josh Hawley has announced that he is introducing a bill to the Senate floor that will ban loot boxes and pay to win microtransaction in video games that are “played by minors.” This bill targets games that are played by those under 18.

The bill is called “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.”

“When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” Hawley said. “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

more here:

https://charlieintel.com/us-senator-to-introduce-bill-to-ban-loot-boxes-and-pay-to-win-microtransaction/54032/

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Marvelous President Haruki Nakayama Steps Down, Shuichi Motoda Named as Successor

Marvelous has announced their current president, Haruki Nakayama, will be stepping down.

Nakayama confirmed his resignation is due to his deteriorating health in recent years, and will vacate his role at the company after the company’s 22nd annual shareholders meeting, on June 18th. He is the current president, chairman, and CEO of Marvelous.

Shuichi Motoda, the current vice chairman of Marvelous (who also held a role as special advisor to Tencent Japan), will take his place. As with any corporate leadership, the change in roles must be formally voted upon during the aforementioned shareholders meeting, as well as in the board of directors meeting that follows.

more here:

https://nichegamer.com/2019/05/13/marvelous-president-haruki-nakayama-steps-down-shuichi-motoda-named-as-successor/

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Red Dead Redemption 2 For PC Appears on Dev's LinkedIn Profile

Rockstar Games' Wild West sandbox seems like its PC debut lies just beyond the horizon, as a PC port of the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 was recently listed on a programmer's resumé. There's been a lot of back and forth within the gaming community over whether or not PC players will get to step into the boots of Arthur Morgan on their platform of choice, and this most recent development has renewed hope that it could still happen.

Rockstar is notorious for skipping out on PC development and restricting its widely praised titles to Xbox and PlayStation systems, so it's not out-of-character that they neglected to launch Red Dead Redemption 2 alongside its console versions last year. However, the PC community was offered a sliver of hope when talk of a Grand Theft Auto V PC release began to circulate around the time of its re-release on Xbox One and PS4 in 2014, and the massively popular title did eventually come to PC the following year. This created a massive fan outcry for Red Dead Redemption 2 to follow in its modern counterpart's footsteps, but any news of the long-neglected PC crowd getting their next Rockstar fix has been sparse and largely unreliable until now.

more here:

https://screenrant.com/red-dead-redemption-2-pc-linkedin-profile/

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China is raising tariffs on $60 billion of US goods starting June 1

China will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the U.S. decision to hike duties on Chinese goods, the Chinese Finance Ministry said Monday.

Beijing will increase tariffs on more than 5,000 products to as high as 25%. Duties on some other goods will increase to 20%. Those rates will rise from either 10% or 5% previously.

The move follows President Donald Trump’s decision to raise duties on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10%. The world’s two largest economies have struggled to sign a trade deal and end a widening conflict that threatens to damage the global economy.

more here:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/13/china-is-raising-tariffs-on-60-billion-of-us-goods-starting-june-1.html

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Supreme Court rules iPhone users can sue Apple over App Store prices

The Supreme Court on Monday said that iPhone users can proceed with a class-action lawsuit against Apple over its control of app sales in a ruling that could threaten the company's exclusive marketplace of third-party software.

A group of consumers had sued Apple, claiming that the company's monopoly over its App Store led to inflated app prices. Apple disputed the legality of the suit, arguing the consumers had no standing to sue the company because it merely operated an intermediary between users and the developers who make and sell apps.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the opinion for the 5-4 decision, surprising many by breaking with his conservative colleagues and siding with the court's liberal justices.

more here:

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/443358-supreme-court-rules-class-action-lawsuit-against-apple-can-advance

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San Francisco may ban police, city use of facial recognition

San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras.

Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper's facial expressions as they peruse store shelves.

Efforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it's far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell's novel "1984."

more here:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/san-francisco-may-ban-police-city-facial-recognition-050021962--finance.html

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Uber shares continue sliding in first full day of trading

Uber shares were down 8% in morning trading and dipped below $38 after the opening bell.

Monday was the first full day of trading for the ride-hailing company after its rocky debut on the stock market Friday. Its shares had been priced at $45 each.

It’s rare to see shares in a tech company hit so hard upon going public. Over the past five years, just 10% of similar companies finished their first day of trading below their IPO price, said Matt Kennedy, senior IPO market strategist at Renaissance Capital, a manager of IPO focused funds.

Uber’s revenue last year surged 42% to $11.3 billion, but the company admits it could be years before it turns a profit.

more here:

https://www.apnews.com/5dad6f17faa54898bf3e35d7c57131b7

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Google is already working on a foldable Pixel phone

Google has been prototyping technology for foldable phones, but don't expect a folding version of the search giant's flagship Pixel phone or its cheaper Pixel 3A anytime soon. Phones with screens that bend and hinge have been touted as the future of smartphones, generating tons of hype and excitement with their ability to transform from a phone into a tablet.

Some of the early enthusiasm, however, has faded since the screens on review units of Samsung's Galaxy Fold began breaking. The embarrassment forced Samsung to postpone the release date for its $1,980 device, which was one of the first major foldables to be announced.

Google has also experimented with the foldable form, said Mario Queiroz, who leads development of Pixel phones, ahead of the search giant's I/O developer conference. But Google isn't in a rush to get a folding product to market.

more here:

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-is-already-working-on-a-foldable-pixel-phone/

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Biden Gets New York Times Headline For Not Saying Anything Stupid

The New York Times gave Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden free press Sunday because he hasn’t said anything stupid recently.

Biden is praised in the story, which was featured on the paper’s app Sunday night, for making it a few weeks into his presidential bid without going off message. “‘There He Goes Again?’ Not Yet, as Biden Avoids Major Gaffes,” the headline reads.

“Just over two weeks into Mr. Biden’s candidacy, the most notable feature of his campaign may be what hasn’t happened: He has not blurted anything out that delights his rivals, horrifies his aides and reinforces his image as ‘Uncle Joe,’ America’s there-he-goes-again relative who makes you smile and wince in equal measure,” reported The New York Times.

more here:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/13/biden-new-york-times-gaffes/

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Domino's worker assaults co-worker who revealed spoiler for 'Avengers: Endgame'

Police in Friendswood, Texas, said an employee at a local Domino’s snapped at – and even assaulted – a co-worker who revealed a spoiler for “Avengers: Endgame.”

Authorities in Friendswood posted the news to the town’s Facebook page in a “Police Activity Report” posted on Monday, confirming that police responded to the fast-food outlet on Sunday evening after receiving reports of an assault.

ustin Gregory Surface, 33, of Friendswood, was issued a citation for Assault by Contact after another employee revealed a spoiler about the movie, ‘End Game’ [sic],” the report reads.

A representative for Domino’s was not immediately available to comment on Sunday’s incident, although a local resident who spoke with KTRK called the incident both “hilarious” and “insane.”

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/dominos-assaults-coworker-spoiler-avengers-endgame?

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Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'

On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report.

One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.

Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our need for ever more food and energy are the main drivers.

These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take "transformative change" in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48169783

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U.N. clinches deal to stop plastic waste ending up in the sea

They agreed to amend the Basel Convention to make global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated, while also ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment.

“I’m proud that this week in Geneva, parties to the Basel Convention have reached agreement on a legally-binding, globally-reaching mechanism for managing plastic waste,” Rolph Payet, executive secretary at U.N. Environment for the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions, said in a statement.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-environment-plastic/u-n-clinches-deal-to-stop-plastic-waste-ending-up-in-the-sea-idUKKCN1SG19S

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2 French Soldiers Killed Freeing American and 3 Other Hostages in West Africa

Two French soldiers have been killed in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that freed four people from the U.S., France and South Korea who were kidnapped in neighboring Benin.

In a statement Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed condolences for the two soldiers killed in the overnight operation. He thanked authorities in Burkina Faso and Benin for their cooperation in the mission and promised them support in fighting terrorism in the Sahel region.

http://time.com/5587238/french-soldiers-killed-hostages-west-africa/?

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US sends missile system and ship to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate

The USS Arlington, which transports amphibious vehicles and aircraft, will join the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group in the Gulf, officials say.US B-52 bombers have also arrived at a base in Qatar, the Pentagon said it said the moves were a response to threats of possible operations against US forces in the region by Iran.

The US has given little information about the exact nature of the reported threat, which Iran has dismissed as nonsense, describing the deployments as "psychological warfare" aimed at intimidating the country.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48235940?utm_source=newsprompt_chrome_extension

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McGahn rebuffed request to say Trump did not obstruct justice

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that McGahn was asked within days of the release last month of special counsel's Robert Mueller's report to declare that the president had not taken steps to impede or obstruct the federal Russia probe.

But McGahn rebuffed those efforts, multiple sources told the Journal, saying the former counsel declined because he did not want to weigh in on the totality of the evidence uncovered by Mueller's probe beyond the testimony he had already given to the special counsel.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/443210-mcgahn-rebuffed-white-house-request-to-say-trump-did-not-obstruct?

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Dem senator calls for Senate to investigate Giuliani's planned Ukraine trip

Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Friday that the Senate should investigate a planned trip from President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine, where the former New York City mayor is pushing for a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Murphy called for the panel to send a query to the White House for details about Giuliani's reported efforts to persuade Ukrainian prosecutors not to abandon probes that Giuliani believes could turn up information beneficial to Trump.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/443229-dem-senator-calls-for-senate-to-investigate-giulianis-planned-ukraine-trip?

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U.S. House panel chairman subpoenas Trump's tax returns

In the latest salvo of a political battle widely expected to end in federal court, Neal issued separate subpoenas to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig that seek six years of Trump’s individual and business tax returns. The officials have until 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on May 17 to produce the material.

Trump is stonewalling oversight investigations by Neal and five other Democratic committee chairs in the House of Representatives, prompting Democrats to warn Trump officials that they could face contempt citations along with heavy fines and even impeachment by defying congressional subpoenas.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxes/u-s-house-panel-chairman-subpoenas-trumps-tax-returns-idUSKCN1SG2DS?

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Authorities Say Victim in Tennessee Killings Was Decapitated

Authorities revealed Friday that there was the eighth victim in a mass killing last month in rural Tennessee and his head was found 25 yards from his body.

Seven warrants were filed Thursday and Friday on first-degree murder charges against 25-year-old Michael Cummins, who has a criminal record and a history of court-ordered mental illness evaluation. A criminal homicide warrant was filed earlier.

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2019-05-10/authorities-say-victim-in-tennessee-killings-was-decapitated?

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Andrew Freund's parents plead not guilty to murdering their son

The parents of Andrew Freund, the 5-year-old boy found dead in a shallow grave near his suburban Chicago home about a week after his parents reported him missing, pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple charges, including murder.

JoAnn Cunningham, 36, and Andrew Freund Sr., 60, entered their pleas in a McHenry County court one day after a grand jury indicted them on 20 charges each, including three counts of murder and one count of concealing a death for the April 15 murder of their son.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/andrew-freund-s-parents-plead-not-guilty-murdering-their-son-n1004286?

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Prince Harry opened up about missing his mother Princess Diana after Archie’s birth, report says

Prince Harry is still feeling the loss of his beloved mother, especially now after the arrival of his firstborn.

The British royal traveled to the Netherlands on Thursday to launch the official countdown to the Invictus Games in The Hague next year, and he opened up to a friend, former soldier Dennis van der Stroon, during a bike ride.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/prince-harry-misses-princess-diana-baby-archie?

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CNN resurfaces Biden remarks calling for a border fence

Cnn has unearthed 2006 remarks from former Vice President Joe Biden warning about drugs coming into the country from Mexico and defending the construction of a barrier at the southern border.

In the video, which is from a speech Biden gave to a South Carolina rotary club, then-Sen. Biden defends his vote for the Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing between the U.S. and Mexico.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/443182-cnn-resurfaces-biden-remarks-calling-for-a-border-fence?

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Local election results: Fury as Conservative wins council seat by single spoiled ballot scrawled wit

>‘It is absolutely unbelievable – I am absolutely stunned,’ says defeated independent candidate demanding a recount.

Cotswold District Council has defended its decision to accept the voting slip and grant victory to Tory candidate Stephen Hirst in the Tetbury town ward contest.

The returning officer claimed everything had been done in line with Electoral Commission rules, despite the fact the paper had no cross and “Brexit” written on it, with only an arrow pointing towards the Conservative candidate.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/local-election-results-conservative-ballot-brexit-cotswold-tetbury-stephen-hirst-kevin-painter-a8898321.html?

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Swastika sign mars U. of Wisconsin Israel fest; campus police say they can’t act

>Man says he brought Nazi symbol to an event outside Golda Meir Library to draw attention to rising in single mother homes, opioid addiction, abortion

The Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted a video of the man holding the sign and wrote “At the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, UW-Milwaukee Police stand idly by as a student taunts his Jewish peers with a swastika for over 3 hours. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, is this what student fees are going towards?”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/swastika-sign-riles-university-of-wisconsin-event-celebrating-israel/

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Prison officer stabbed in head by inmate

The officer was attacked at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire on Tuesday morning and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed a prison officer had been hurt in a "serious assault".

A Prison Service spokesman said: "The incident has been referred to the police and we will push for the strongest possible punishment."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-48195608?

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Japan's gang members are running out of places to hide

Gangsters that remain in syndicates have no place left to hide, with many being picked up for either trying to hide their identity or conceal evidence.

According to the Osaka Police Department, several Yamaguchi-Gumi gangsters attacked a rival gang member in the street on Feb. 7. Interestingly, security cameras at the entrance of the syndicate caught the assault on tape.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/04/national/media-national/japans-gang-members-running-places-hide/#.XM-UA5MzbBI

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Father killed Infant Son After Losing Video Game

A Kentucky father frustrated over losing a video game was charged with murder after punching his infant son, investigators said.

Anthony Trice, 26, was watching the child alone on Friday at a home in Louisville when he began losing a video game and threw the controller, according to an arrest citation. He then struck his 1-month-old son in the head with his fist, causing serious physical injury, police said.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/05/06/father-accused-killing-infant-son-after-losing-video-game/

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YOUTUBE’S SINISTER PEDOPHILE COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO FLOURISH

>YouTube has cracked down on the comment sections of videos featuring minors in them — sort of. Many videos that have young children in them still have comment sections and are still being used to exploit children.

After vlogger Matt Watson released a video that showed how the comment section of videos with minors in them was being used to exploit children, YouTube was forced to take a stance. In March, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said, “We are no longer going to allow comments on videos that are featuring young minors and older minors that are engaged in risky behavior.”

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/05/youtube-pedophile-community/

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Amber Alert for 5-year-old Texas girl Maleah Davis, allegedly abducted by 3 men

An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday morning for Maleah Davis, a Houston girl who underwent brain surgery last month. She was last seen wearing a pink bow in her hair, a light blue zip-up jacket, blue jeans, and sneakers, police said.

Police are asking the public for help in finding the girl, who was last seen on Friday night when, according to what her stepfather Darion Vence, 26, told the police, three mystery men beat him up and briefly held him and her 2-year-old brother hostage. He later told police that they dumped him and the toddler on the side of the road and absconded with Maleah.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/amber-alert-issued-year-texas-girl-maleah-davis/story?id=62835502

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Xbox Community Standards Updated to Discourage “problematic” Content, Behavior

Microsoft updated the code of conduct for using Xbox Live with a new Community Standards Page over on the official Xbox website. The updated page went live on May 1st, 2019, outlining the encouragement of safe “trash talk” and discouraging “problematic” content and behavior.

The outlines consist of topics such as:

1. Keep it Legal

2. Do Your Part To Keep Everyone Safe

3. Turn That Spam Into Substance

4. Keep Your Content Clean

5. Fraud Benefits No One

6. Where There Are Limits, There’s A Reason

7. Harmful Behavior Has No Place On Xbox

8. Respect The Rights Of Others

9. Always Respect The Privacy of Others

10. Be A Force For Good, Even When Others Aren’t

If some of those sound reasonable and others sound like “sensitivity training” ushered in by Social Justice Warriors, then you hit the nail on the head. For example, there’s a section telling gamers to be “welcoming and inclusive”. This is not a joke.

more here:

https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2019/05/xbox-community-standards-updated-to-discourage-problematic-content-behavior/83290/

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Meet Baby Sussex! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son makes his debut

Good things come to those who wait. After arriving well past his due date and having two days of alone time with parents Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and grandma Doria Ragland, the new royal baby has made his first public appearance. Spoiler: He’s a cutie.

As promised, the first-time parents showed off their newborn son — who weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. at birth — on Wednesday, two days after his arrival early Monday morning. In contrast to sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s hospital photo ops staged just hours after childbirth, the couple instead waited to arrange a photo call at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle to introduce their boy, who is seventh in line to the throne.

The couple has since announced the baby’s name – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

more here:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/meghan-markle-prince-harry-baby-boy-photos-114136472.html

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Facebook pushes back after co-founder calls for company's break-up

“Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability," Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, said in a statement on Thursday.

"But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company," Clegg continued. "Accountability of tech companies can only be achieved through the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet. That is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg has called for. Indeed, he is meeting Government leaders this week to further that work.”

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/442947-facebook-pushes-back-after-co-founder-calls-for-companys-break-up

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Study Uncovers How Coca-Cola Influences Science Research

Coca-Cola has poured millions of dollars into scientific research at universities. But if the beverage giant doesn’t like what scientists find, the company has the power to make sure that their research never sees the light of day.

That’s according to an analysis published in the Journal of Public Health Policy that explains how Coca-Cola uses contract agreements to influence the public health research it financially supports.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/05/07/coca-cola-research-agreements-contracts/

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Tesco accused of using 'barbaric' pig farms where animals are kept in cages 'no bigger than a fridge

>‘Why should a mother pig have to suffer under the Tesco brand just because she’s been born and raised in Thailand’

Tesco has vowed to explore eradicating sow stalls from its Thai supply chain after animal welfare campaigners accused the supermarket chain of selling pork products from farms where mother pigs are kept in steel cages “no bigger than a fridge”.

Also referred to a “pregnancy cages”, sow stalls have been banned in the UK since 1999, but World Animal Protection accused Tesco Lotus, Tesco Group's second largest business outside the UK, of selling pork products from animals kept in them.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tesco-lotus-pig-farms-pregnancy-cages-thailand-world-animal-protection-a8906696.html

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Marijuana for depression and insomnia?

More than half of Ohio’s population could become eligible for a medical marijuana card in June if the state approves five more ailments as qualifying conditions.

Among the proposed additions: depression and insomnia, which affect hundreds of thousands in the state.

An advisory committee for the state's medical board began studying whether medical marijuana could help the ailments in January. The three other conditions being considered are anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and opioid use disorder, a formal term used for opioid addiction.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/06/medical-marijuana-ohio-depression-insomnia-anxiety-autism/1117007001/

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Brown bear sighting in Portugal in over a century

The first brown bear sighting in Portugal in more than a century was confirmed by wildlife experts on Thursday, after reports of an animal in the northeast of the country.

The bear, which most likely belongs to a population living in the western Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain, is thought to have wandered across the border.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190509-first-brown-bear-sighting-portugal-over-century

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Former soldier says discipline of Army prevented more deaths

>The discipline of the Army prevented a higher death toll at Ballymurphy, a former British soldier has said.

The Ballymurphy inquest is looking into the shooting death of 10 people in west Belfast in 1971.

Henry Gow is a trained barrister, a former soldier, SAS member, and policeman.

He claimed that soldiers ran sweepstakes on who would shoot a gunman first.

He further said that he believed inquests like this one were "witch hunts".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-48216157

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Free birth control for youth

>Young Canadians face barriers to getting contraceptives

Birth control pills, condoms and all other contraceptives should be available at no cost for youth in Canada age 25 and under, the Canadian Paediatric Society says.

In a position statement released on Thursday, the society called for confidential access to contraceptives to minimize the personal and financial costs of unintended pregnancies, such as derailing life plans for education and increasing the likelihood of needing social assistance.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/contraception-cps-no-charge-1.5128634

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Failed escape from Texas jail led to sprinklers set off

Investigators in San Antonio say a man originally arrested on a trespassing count tried to escape through the ceiling of his cell but was caught after setting off some sprinklers.

The Bexar (bayr) County Sheriff's Office says Matthew Fields of New Waverly was being held Wednesday on the initial count pending other charges. Authorities say Fields is expected to face escape and criminal mischief charges, plus assault on a public servant.

https://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Failed-escape-from-Texas-jail-led-to-sprinklers-13828382.php

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5-foot snake bites Oklahoma man's face in viral doorbell videoAn Oklahoma man got the shock of his l

An Oklahoma man got the shock of his life when he approached a friend's front door and received a painful greeting – a bite from an angry, 5-foot-5-inch snake.

>Now, a doorbell video of the harrowing moment is going viral.

https://www.ajc.com/news/national/foot-snake-bites-oklahoma-man-face-viral-doorbell-video/qnA7j1vJwK0jU6qPDkLQCP/

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Want to see red-light cameras banned in Texas? That effort just got a big boost.

A plan to turn off red-light cameras across the state moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday.

The Texas House, on a 109-34 vote, approved a plan by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, to prevent cities from continuing to run the cameras.

However, an amendment added to the bill — if not stripped later in the legislative process — will let cites keep operating the cameras until their contracts with vendors expire. Fort Worth’s red-light camera contract expires in 2026.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article230167119.html

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Sweden Creates ‘Hate Speech Robot’ To Combat Hate Online

The Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOI), along with other partners, have created a “hate speech robot” online and are asking members of the public to give it examples to form an algorithm to fight against “hate” on social media platforms.

The robot, named “Hatometen” is a collaboration between the FOI, a part of the Defence Ministry, as well as the Swedish national police and the University of Uppsala. According to a press release from the FOI, the aim of the site is to, “investigate the possibilities of recognizing hateful texts in Swedish with technology.”

As part of the project, the website Hatomaten.com was created and allows users to input examples of what they consider to be hatred in order to allow the algorithm to learn to recognize hateful terms and phrases automatically.

“Hatomaten is a digital robot that wants to be fed with hatred and then, with the help of algorithms, be able to help us detect hatred in written text,” the website writes and describes internet hate as, “threats, violations and harassment of groups or individual individuals in digital environments affects us all and threatens free speech.”

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/07/sweden-creates-hate-speech-robot-to-combat-hate-online/#

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Ohio home, Muslim family fears their attire, Ramadan lights motivated crime

As the holiest month for Muslims kicked off, one family in Butler County is fearful that their religious expression may have motivated someone to shoot at their home.

A bullet narrowly missed two of the family members, according to the Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, an organization founded in 1994 to empower American Muslims and to protect civil rights.

The family lives in Monroe near Stone Ridge Lane, according to the Monroe Police Department.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/crime/2019/05/07/ohio-muslim-family-fears-bias-motivated-attack-monroe-home/1134674001/

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Melbourne 'tinnie terrorist' leader jailed for seven years over Philippines plot

The Melbourne ringleader of a “tinnie terror” plot to sail from Queensland to help overthrow the Philippines government will spend up to seven years behind bars.

Islamic State sympathiser Robert “Musa” Cerantonio and five other men plotted in 2016 to sail a seven-metre fishing boat off the Queensland coast, with plans to encourage others to overthrow the southern Philippines government and establish sharia law there.

Cerantonio pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for hostile activities.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/03/melbourne-tinnie-terrorist-leader-jailed-for-seven-years-over-philippines-plot

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Monster catfish sets new Pennsylvania record

Weighing in at 50 pounds, 7 ounces, a flathead catfish that was recently caught in Pennsylvania set a new state record.

Jeff Bonawitz, 54, made the record catch while fishing with a friend on the Susquehanna River in York County on April 6, the state Fish and Boat Commission said.

The catfish was so big that Bonawitz, of Lancaster County, struggled for 25 minutes to reel it in.

https://www.wtae.com/article/pennsylvania-state-record-flathead-catfish-caught/27397737

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Peabody pilot Gregory Sylvia arrested in Pennsylvania child sex sting

An airline pilot from Peabody was one of 10 people charged in a Pennsylvania child sex sting after authorities said he sent nude photos to and tried to solicit sex from an undercover corporal posing as a 15-year-old boy.

Gregory Mark Sylvia, 32, of Lowell Street in Peabody, was charged with attempting to commit involuntary intercourse after he allegedly arranged to meet a 15-year-old boy who was actually an undercover Pennsylvania State Police corporal, according to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

https://www.masslive.com/boston/2019/05/peabody-pilot-gregory-sylvia-arrested-in-pennsylvania-child-sex-sting-authorities-say.html

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Tencent pulls blockbuster game PUBG in China, launches patriotic alternative

Tencent Holdings Ltd on Wednesday shut down its test version of global blockbuster “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” in China and shifted users to a similar, more patriotic video game which, unlike PUBG, has regulatory approval to generate revenue.

The Chinese video gaming leader has waited in vain for over a year for approval to earn money on PUBG via in-app purchases, having given the gory, South Korean-made game a socialist makeover to meet stringent government rules.

In a post on the game’s official account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, Tencent said it would end testing for PUBG. It also said it had launched an anti-terrorism-themed “Game for Peace”, for which it gained monetization approval in April.

“With PUBG Mobile having around 70 million average daily active users in China now, we expect Game for Peace could potentially generate 8 billion yuan to 10 billion yuan ($1.18 billion to $1.48 billion) in annual revenue”, said analysts at China Renaissance.

more here:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tencent-games/tencent-pulls-blockbuster-game-pubg-in-china-launches-patriotic-alternative-idUSKCN1SE0CT

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Microsoft wants to close the UWP, Win32 divide with 'Windows Apps'

For months, many pundits, partners and customers have wondered aloud whether Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) has a future. Officially, the story is UWP is alive and well. But the Win32 platform lives on and seems to be back on Microsoft's radar screen. So what's the real story?

I had a chance this week in Seattle to ask Kevin Gallo, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform, for his take on what's going on with the Windows developer platform.

When Microsoft launched UWP in 2015, officials promised that the platform would provide apps with better performance and security because they'd be distributable and updatable from the Microsoft Store. Developers would be able to use a common set of programming interfaces across Windows 10, Windows Phone, HoloLens and more, officials said, when selling the UWP vision. The downside: UWP apps would work on Windows 10-based devices only. Developers would have to do work to get their apps to be UWP/Store-ready. And Win32 apps wouldn't get UWP features like touch and inking.

more here:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-wants-to-close-the-uwp-win32-divide-with-windows-apps/

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A security mistake provided access to Samsung's SmartThings app source code

Last month, it was discovered that a GitLab instance for Vandev Lab, which is owned by Samsung, had not secured its projects with a password. As such, dozens of internal coding projects for various Samsung apps, services, and projects were set to public, which in turn provided further access to Samsung projects, including its popular smart home ecosystem SmartThings.

Without properly securing the projects with a password, it gave anyone the ability to view the source code, download it, or even make changes.

A security researcher from SpiderSilk named Mossab Hussein uncovered the lapse in security on April 10 and reported it to Samsung. In his findings, he had access to the entire AWS account including over a hundred S3 storage buckets containing logs and analytical data.

more here:

https://www.androidcentral.com/security-mishap-opened-access-samsung-smartthings-app-source-code-and-more

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Android Q won't have Android Beam

Google announced a lot of exciting new Android Q features at Google IO 2019, but there was also one it didn't tell us about: a replacement for Android Beam.

Android Beam, the NFC sharing method where you put to phones back to back to transfer photos, videos, and other files, is nowhere to be found in the ongoing Android Q beta.

At Google IO, we found out that it's not coming back, either, according to the reps we talked to who are working on Android updates. It's in the Android Pie version of our Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL phones, but not on our Google Pixel 3 touting Android Q beta 2 – and upgrading to beta 3 won't help.

more here:

https://www.techradar.com/news/android-q-wont-have-android-beam

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Google brings AR and Lens closer to the future of search

Imagine you're thinking about chairs, and you Google up some to try out in your living room. Or, you're looking at a subway map in Tokyo, and you see suggestions on what routes to take that suddenly appear, translated into your own language. Google AR and Google Lens are getting there faster than you think.

I'm in Google's Immersive Lab in Mountain View ahead of Google I/O 2019, looking at a restaurant menu on the table through the lens of the phone in my hand. What looks interesting to order? The display glimmered, and suddenly options are highlighted for me.

These aren't the wild dancing dragons or holographic avatars you might associate with AR and VR. There are no Pokemon to find, or weird new headsets to try on. Instead, Google's augmented reality vision this year is a double dose of attention to utility and assistance, as AR comes to Google Search and Google Lens aims to help people read. While it may seem tamer than years past, and it's not as showy as recent Google AR projects involving Marvel and Childish Gambino, Google's trying to be legitimately helpful. After dozens of smartglasses and AR headsets have come and gone, we need real reasons to use this tech. Can Google find a way forward?

more here:

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-brings-ar-and-lens-closer-to-the-future-of-search-io/

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Sextech company scorned by CES scores $2M and an apology

Lora DiCarlo, a startup coupling robotics and sexual health, has $2 million to shove in the Consumer Electronics Show’s face.

The same day the company was set to announce their fundraise, The Consumer Technology Association, the event producer behind CES, decided to re-award the Bend, Oregon-based Lora DiCarlo with the innovation award it had revoked from the company ahead of this year’s big event.

“We appreciate this gesture from the CTA, who have taken an important step in the right direction to remove the stigma and embarrassment around female sexuality,” Lora DiCarlo founder and chief executive officer Lora Haddock (pictured) told TechCrunch. “We hope we can continue to be a catalyst for meaningful changes that makes CES and the consumer tech industry inclusive for all.”

more here:

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/08/sextech-company-scorned-by-ces-scores-2m-and-an-apology/

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John Wick Game Announced, PC Edition Exclusive To Epic Games Store

“John Wick Hex” will bring the film noir-styled action of upcoming Keanu Reeves hitman vehicle “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” to consoles, Windows PC and Mac exclusively through the Epic Store, said publisher Good Shepherd and Entertainment, in partnership with entertainment company Lionsgate.

An action-based strategy game, “John Wick Hex” is in development from acclaimed game director Mike Bithell (Volume, Thomas Was Alone). Developed in close co-operation with both the creative and stunt teams of the film series, the game is described as “fight-choreographed chess” that aims to bring to life the “gun fu” style of the films.

more here:

https://variety.com/2019/gaming/news/john-wick-hex-mike-bithell-1203208179/

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New York woman found inside suitcase suffocated to death

>Valerie Reyes' body was found inside a suitcase in Connecticut in February.

The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner listed 24-year-old Valerie Reyes’ official cause of death as homicidal asphyxia, NBC New York reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Reyes, of New Rochelle, New York, died before or after she was stuffed inside the suitcase. The medical examiner did not respond to a request for clarification Monday.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-york-woman-found-inside-suitcase-suffocated-death-officials-say-n1002626?

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Mozilla Had A Rough Night With Add-Ons Getting Disabled Due To An Expired Certificate

If you are waking up this morning to find all of your Mozilla Firefox add-ons have expired, you are certainly not alone. A major blunder has found users of Firefox finding most add-ons getting disabled.

Add-ons like Netflix, Amazon Assistant, Greasemonkey, Ghostery, NoScript, uBlock Origin, and many other popular browser add-ons ended up getting disabled at midnight… An intermediate signing certificate expired over now having an invalid signature. For whatever reason, Mozilla hadn't planned ahead and shipped a renewed certificate in advance. Whoops!

Mozilla developers are now scrambling this weekend to address the issue. As of a few minutes ago, users with Mozilla's Normandy enabled should find a new intermediate certificate being sent down. This should allow the add-ons to begin working over the hours ahead while they are still working on packaging up a new certificate for other Firefox users.

More details regarding this ongoing issue can be found via this Mozilla bug report. Mozilla does appear to have folks working on this issue through the weekend so hopefully the issue will be fully resolved soon, for those using Firefox add-ons.

source:

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Firefox-Add-Ons-Cert-Expired

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California man admits trafficking underage girls on Backpage.com

A California man who prosecutors say ran a criminal ring that trafficked underage girls on the now-defunct sex website Backpage.com pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a string of federal charges.

Former Backpage Chief Executive Carl Ferrer agreed to take the site down as part of a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering charges and pledged to cooperate in the case.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-sex-trafficking/california-man-admits-trafficking-underage-girls-on-backpage-com-idUSKCN1SE08L

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Two dead after suspected gas explosion destroys bungalow

Crews began tackling the inferno at the property in the small village of Lidgate, near Newmarket, shortly after midday.

Specialist dogs were later brought in after two people were initially described as missing. They were later announced as dead.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/07/two-dead-suspected-gas-explosion-destroys-bungalow/?

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How To Talk Dirty Without Being Awkward

Dirty talk doesn’t have to be complicated. As sex columnist Dan Savage once summed it up, the best sex talk is simple and straightforward: “Tell ’em what you’re going to do, tell ’em what you’re doing, tell ’em what you did.”

Still, as simple as it can be, many of us freeze up in the moment, either saying something we heard on Pornhub that sounds unnatural, or something that’s awkward, weird or deeply unsexy.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-talk-dirty_l_5cd0c71fe4b0548b735e9062?

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Calves exported for Dutch veal brutally beaten, jumped on and hit in the face, hidden cameras reveal

>Illegal violence towards Irish calves exposed – as Ireland planning to increase numbers sent abroad

Ireland has increased the number of calves it sends to the EU – which now stands at 160,000 a year – and it plans to increase them further.

The footage reveals a worker at the center near Cherbourg casually beating calves on their faces with a rod, then forcefully hitting one facing a different way.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/calves-beaten-hit-video-footage-violence-animals-live-exports-europe-a8899631.html?

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Google automatically delete your location and web history

Google on Wednesday announced that it will soon let users automatically delete old location information and web history it has saved on everyone who uses Google services.

Currently, you need to remember to visit Google and delete this information or turn it off completely. But if you turn off location or web history, that can hurt your experience, as Google might not know enough about you to recommend things you might like.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/01/google-auto-delete-location-and-web-history-coming-soon.html

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Chris Reccardi, Leading Animation Industry Artist, Dies At 54

He was a leading character designer, storyboard artist, writer, and visual development artist in the industry. Born in New York City and a graduate of Sayville High School in Long Island, Reccardi entered the animation industry in the late 1980s. He described his path into animation in a 2008 interview with Hi-Fructose magazine:

>I came to L.A. because I was hoping that my sister’s husband (Disney animator Chuck Harvey) could help me get into the business. I was never an animation geek (outside of early Fleischer Popeye, which were just cool to watch stoned) and didn’t go to art school, so even with Chuck’s leads, I couldn’t get hired anywhere. But I persisted, because anything is better than a $4.50 an hour stock room or warehouse job. My first real in-house animation job was when John Kricfalusi, who was producing The New Beany and Cecil show at D.I.C. decided to give me a chance as a layout artist. My drawings were pretty lousy, but they needed new people badly. Roger Rabbit came out that summer and a sort of renaissance in the animation biz happened after that. Mostly because some execs figured that you can make real money off of the shit.

more here:

https://www.cartoonbrew.com/rip/chris-reccardi-leading-animation-industry-artist-dies-at-54-173590.html

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Google expected to show off new hardware

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to showcase much-anticipated updates to the company’s hardware lines and artificial intelligence Tuesday during his keynote at the company’s annual I/O conference for software developers.

Google will also likely address privacy updates as concerns about data sharing continue to plague the tech industry. Facebook dedicated much of its own conference last week to addressing privacy.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/google-expected-to-show-off-new-hardware-ai-at-annual-event/?

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Norway to Revoke Islamic State

Norwegian Minister of Justice Jøran Kallmyr has announced that the country will be revoking all residency permits granted to individuals who left Norway to go and fight or join the Islamic State in the Middle East.

The minister gave the order to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) to withdraw the permits saying that only those with Norwegian citizenship would be allowed to step foot in the country, Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang reports.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/06/norway-revoke-residency-permits-those-affiliated-islamic-state/

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Man located hunting for fugitive connected with three rapes and two abductions

Police this evening revealed that a man was speaking to trained negotiators after being secured by officers in a rural area of Congleton, Cheshire.

A fresh manhunt was launched today for the "extremely dangerous" 34-year-old after two women were forced into a black Fiat Punto in Congleton town center at around 6.45pm.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/05/man-suspected-raping-three-women-believed-connected-abduction/?

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Bomber gets 16-year term; judge cites mental health

A federal judge on Monday handed an Illinois man a 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of people by detonating what he thought was a car bomb outside a crowded Chicago bar, saying she factored in Adel Daoud's mental health in imposing a sentence much lower than prosecutors requested.

The sentence — which, with time served, could mean the 25-year-old goes free in less than 10 years — includes prison time for attempting to have an FBI agent killed and for slashing an inmate with a shiv for taunting him with a drawing of the Prophet Muhammad.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/would-be-bomber-gets-16-year-term-judge-cites-mental-health?

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Facebook Bans Jones, Yiannopoulos, Loomer

Facebook said Thursday that it has permanently banned several far-right and anti-Semitic figures and organizations, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer, for being "dangerous," a sign that the social network is more aggressively enforcing its hate-speech policies at a moment when bigoted violence is on the rise around the world.

Facebook said it was going to remove the accounts, fan pages, and groups affiliated with these individuals on both Facebook and its sister site Instagram after it reevaluated the content that they had posted previously, or had examined their activities outside of Facebook, the company said. The removal also pertains to at least one of the organizations run by these people, Jones' Infowars.

https://www.chron.com/news/article/Facebook-bans-far-right-leaders-including-13814271.php

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Translator charged after his voice was intercepted on calls

A former FBI translator has been charged with doctoring transcripts in which his own name appeared on intercepts of phone calls placed by a terrorism suspect.

Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 66, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested Saturday at an airport after returning to the U.S. on an international fight, according to Josh Stueve, a spokesman for the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Wheelie made an initial appearance Monday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, where he is charged with making false statements and obstructing an investigation.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/translator-charged-after-his-voice-was-intercepted-on-calls

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Florida Man Gets DUI After Crashing Lawnmower Into Police Car

A Florida man is facing charges of driving under the influence after he crashed his riding lawnmower into a police car Saturday night.

The Haines City Police Department said 68-year-old Gary Wayne Anderson crashed into the vehicle while an officer was away from the car, according to the Lakeland Ledger.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gary-wayne-anderson-dui-lawnmower_n_5cd09fa6e4b0e4d75736e1cf?

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Ex-cab company owner sentenced for selling alcohol in Bethel

State prosecutors say 57-year-old Min Sook Cha also will serve a year on probation. She was sentenced Monday in Bethel.

She’s the seventh person to plead guilty as part of an Alaska State Trooper investigation into Bethel’s illegal alcohol sales in 2015 and 2016.

Cha sold undercover officers a bottle of alcohol on five occasions in February and March 2016 as she drove for Guyana Cab Co., which she co-owned at the time.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/ex-cab-company-owner-sentenced-for-selling-alcohol-in-bethel/?

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Robocalls Legislation May Not Silence All Suspicious Calls

“This year it’s going to top 60 billion robocalls,” said Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin who recounted the hassles of robocalls. “I receive robocalls talking about my Social Security benefits.”

“I am frequently a victim of receiving these robocalls,” added Illinois Attorney General Raoul.

And so have lots of other people. Including folks, CBS 2 has featured in past stories. On the surface, the idea of legislation to silence the robocalls is welcome.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/05/06/robocalls-legislation-may-not-silence-all-suspicious-calls/

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Robocalls Legislation May Not Silence All Suspicious Calls

On the surface, it sounds like a great idea: A proposal to protect consumers from illegal robocalls.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is behind the legislation.

But 2 investigator Dorothy Tucker discovered it may not actually silence your phone.

“This year it’s going to top 60 billion robocalls,” said Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin who recounted the hassles of robocalls. “I receive robocalls talking about my Social Security benefits.”.

https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/05/06/robocalls-legislation-may-not-silence-all-suspicious-calls/

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Woman who sent poison to judges pleads guilty to escape Associated Press

Prosecutors say a Connecticut woman who was imprisoned for mailing cookies laced with rat poison to Supreme Court justices and others has pleaded guilty to escaping from federal custody.

Seventy-three-year-old Barbara March signed out of a halfway house in Washington, D.C., where she was completing her sentence in April 2018 and did not return as scheduled. She was arrested in Bridgeport in October.

In October 2006 she was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sending the poisoned baked goods to judges, FBI officials and military leaders.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/woman-who-sent-poison-to-judges-pleads-guilty-to-escape?

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Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes, not days

The era of doctors prescribing patients powerful antibiotics while they wait for lab reports could soon be numbered, with a new device returning results within minutes instead of days.

It was invented by a team at Penn State University and described in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190507-scientists-develop-device-detect-bacteria-minutes-not-days

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Asteroid Killer destroy New York

An exercise set up by "planetary defense" experts is reportedly meant to gauge what would happen if authorities were unable to deflect a giant space rock hurtling toward America's most populous city at 43,000 miles per hour.

The asteroid, about 330 to 1,000 feet in diameter, would explode 9.3 miles above Central Park on April 29, 2027, with 1,000 times the energy of the nuclear bomb that decimated Hiroshima, according to AFP.

In the simulation, Manhattan is destroyed, and the damage extends as far out as 42 miles from the epicenter, ensuring destruction across the heavily-developed metropolitan area.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/killer-asteroid-destroys-new-york-in-exercise?

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TWITTER REFUSES TO FOLLOW FACEBOOK’S LEAD IN BANNING LOUIS FARRAKHAN

Twitter will not ban Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan from its platform, The Daily Caller learned Friday evening. The decision comes a day after Facebook and Instagram barred Farrakhan, who has made explicitly anti-Semitic statements.

Farrakhan was de-verified on the platform last June, two days after he ranted about “satanic Jews” and the “synagogue of Satan.” His behavior is not in violation of any rules that would constitute that type of punishment, a Twitter spokesperson told the Caller.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/03/twitter-facebook-louis-farrakhan-banning/

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Facebook deleted accounts linked to Russia

The company deleted 97 accounts from Russia that focused on Ukraine and another 21 that focused on Austria, the Baltics, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, Facebook said in a blog here post.

The social media company had in March removed 2,632 pages, groups, and accounts from Facebook and Instagram linked to Iran, Russia, Macedonia, and Kosovo for similar reasons.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-fake-accounts/facebook-deletes-more-accounts-linked-to-russia-idUSKCN1SC1T4?

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Child sex abuse inquiry widens scope to other religions outside Christianity for first time

Religious organizations across the country will be investigated for the first time, as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) announced it was widening its scope.

Faiths including Buddhism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Baptists and religious settings such as mosques and synagogues will all fall within the scope of the newly announced probe.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/02/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-widens-scope-religions-outside-christianity/

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Edinburgh city centre goes car-free to combat air pollution

Roads in central Edinburgh closed to vehicles for the first time on Sunday as the Scottish capital joined the Open Streets movement to combat air pollution.

The city’s historic Old Town was shut to motorised vehicles between midday and 5pm.

Instead of traffic, the area was filled with members of the public taking part in activities ranging from open air yoga to giant chess games.

Musical performances, Tai Chi and electronic bike trials were also on offer.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/edinburgh-air-pollution-open-streets-cars-old-town-a8901086.html

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Swiss court declares driver an Uber employee

UberPop was a version of the application meant for individuals not categorized as professional drivers. It was operated by Dutch-based Uber subsidiary, Rasier Operations B.V..

UberPop was banned in Switzerland in 2017, but UberX, which only uses professional drivers, remains available in the country.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190506-swiss-court-declares-driver-uber-employee

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Girl bitten by snake charged $68,000 for lifesaving antivenom which costs just $17,000

>Medical bill for Oakley Yoder, 10, totalled nearly $143,000 (£108,500) with roughly half of this for four vials of antivenom that has an average price of $3,198

A US hospital inflated the price of a lifesaving anti-venom by 400 per cent in medical bills for a nine-year old girl needing urgent treatment after being bitten by a snake.

Oakley Yoder, now 10, was on a hike during a summer camp last July when she was bitten on the toe by what was believed to be a copperhead viper, and airlifted to St Vincent Evansville hospital in Indiana.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/snakebite-antivenom-medical-bill-treatment-cost-indiana-hospital-a8900776.html

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Egypt thought Italian student was British spy

The Italian foreign ministry tweeted Sunday that it “supports the Rome prosecutor’s request for information, in the strong hope that it contributes to the path of justice for Giulio Regeni.”

The unnamed eavesdropper learned the Egyptian’s name when he exchanged business cards with a colleague, La Repubblica said.

He was one of five agents Italian prosecutors said in December last year that they were investigating for involvement in the murder of Regeni, who disappeared on his way to a Cairo metro station on January 25.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/06/world/crime-legal-world/egypt-thought-italian-student-british-spy-tortured-murdered-report/#.XNC4k5MzbBI

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Football phenom shot to death

Police say that shots were fired at a large party Saturday night and two teens were hit by this gunfire.

One of the victims was 14-year-old Jaylon McKenzie of Belleville. He was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries a short time after arriving.

The other victim was a 15-year-old female. She is currently in critical condition due to her injuries sustained during this shooting.

https://fox2now.com/2019/05/05/eighth-grade-football-phenom-shot-to-death-at-party-in-venice/?

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Germany considers fining parents over $2,700 if they don't vaccinate children

Sphan's proposal has not yet been discussed by the country's cabinet, but it comes as measles outbreaks emerge in areas around the world where the disease had previously been eradicated.

There have been nearly 700 cases of measles reported in the U.S. this year, an outbreak attributed in part to the rise of the "anti-vaccine" movement of people who refuse to get vaccinations. Measles was eradicated in the U.S. 19 years ago.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/442201-germany-considers-fining-parents-over-2700-if-they-dont-vaccinate-children?

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Leonardo's 'claw hand' stopped him painting

Leonardo da Vinci, who lived from 1452-1519, was an artist and inventor whose talents included architecture, anatomy, engineering and sculpture, as well as painting.

But art historians have debated which hand he used to draw and paint with.

Analysis of his drawing shows shading sloping from the upper left to lower right, suggesting left-handedness. But all historical biographical documents suggest Leonardo used his right hand when he was creating other kinds of works.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48151105

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Zookeeper attacked by lions in northern Germany

The dpa news agency quoted a spokesman for police in Walsrode, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Hamburg, as saying the experienced keeper had walked into the lion enclosure during feeding time early Saturday.

Fellow keepers at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen noticed the attack and managed to get their 24-year-old colleague to safety.

The keeper, whose injuries weren't life-threatening, flowed to the hospital by helicopter.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/zookeeper-attacked-lions-northern-germany-62821689

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Canadians are trying marijuana for the first time since it was legalised

The report found that a large number of these first-time users were middle-aged, with half being aged 45 or older. Overall however, general cannabis use remained most frequent amongst people aged 15 to 24 - with 30% reporting they'd used the drug.

Canada's legalization of weed was targeted at neutralizing the illegal sale of the drug. The report suggests that the new law is having some success in diverting weed users away from illegal sources - with an estimated 47% of cannabis users getting their weed from legal sources in the first three months of 2019, up 24% from the previous year.

https://www.businessinsider.in/Twice-as-many-Canadians-are-trying-marijuana-for-the-first-time-since-it-was-legalized/articleshow/69175486.cms

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40 PASSENGERS KILLED ABOARD RUSSIAN FLIGHT

The Russian Superjet 100, Aeroflot Flight SU1492, was flying from Moscow to Murmansk, Russia, when pilots called in an emergency after takeoff. The pilots then stopped responding and the plane returned to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, The New York Times reported.

The plane attempted to land twice, the Times reported. The plane bounced, skidded, scraped the engine across the ground and burst into flames as it landed on the second attempt.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/05/fire-russian-flight/

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Health inspectors board Scientology cruise ship to investigate measles case

"Health inspectors are on board and interviewing everybody according to international rules. Everybody must [have] proof they are vaccinated. This, of course, is a challenge being on a cruise ship. But because [the] Curacao team was in contact with [the] ship since the beginning of this week pax [passengers] and crew already had time to prepare to locate those documents via family, et cetera," the source said.

"It seems, for now, that only one case was there from the beginning and did not spread due to good precautions by the ship," the source said.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/health-inspectors-board-scientology-cruise-ship-investigate-measles/story?id=62821269

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Killing off animals and plants now threatens humanity itself

Up to a million species facing extinction in the world’s sixth mass die-off - as big a risk as climate change, say scientists

Loss of biodiversity threatens the human race just as much as climate change, the experts believe, with up to a million species facing extinction in the world’s sixth mass die-off.

The UN’s global assessment on the state of nature – published on Monday, and the most comprehensive of its kind – is expected to say that without urgent action, the wellbeing of current and future generations of people will be at risk as life-support systems providing food, pollination and clean water collapse.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-nature-biodiversity-report-2019-humans-animals-earth-paris-a8899926.html?

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Code Pink Protesters Take Over Embassy, Defend Venezuela’s Maduro

Code Pink faced backlash Thursday and Friday as the activist group holed up in the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C., claiming to hold the territory for dictator Nicolas Maduro.

“[Code Pink] is a harmless joke of an organization. But this LARPing at the Venezuelan embassy is mildly sinister. Millions of Venezuelans struggle for free and fair elections. And Code Pink defends Venezuela’s tyrant,” Bloomberg opinion columnist Eli Lake tweeted, “Call this stunt what it is, an act of moral illiteracy.”

The U.S. State Department ordered Venezuelan diplomats representing the Maduro regime to return to Venezuela, recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of the Venezuelan people — and Code Pink activists took over the vacated building, saying that they had permission from the “legitimate president” to stay there.

more here:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/03/code-pink-slammed-defending-venezuelas-maduro/

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Titanic sister ship Britannic's fittings sold at auction

Ornate carved wooden panelling from HMHS Britannic, one of the Titanic's sister ships built at Harland and Wolff, has fetched more than a quarter of a million pounds at auction.

Two items from the first-class lounge and second-class library fetched a sum of €301,000 (£257,000) in Co Laois.

They were bought by bidders from the Republic of Ireland.

One item - "exceptional maple paneling in a colonial style" - has been recreated as a fine period piece bar.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48112113

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Brunei reverses on death by stoning for gay sex after international outcry

The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, made the move on Sunday, according to Reuters. Bolkiah said that the death penalty would not be included in the new criminal code that punishes sodomy, adultery and rape with death and death by stoning.

"I am aware that there are many questions and misperceptions with regard to the implementation of the [Syariah Penal Code Order] SPCO. However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident,” the sultan said in a speech, according to Reuters.

https://thehill.com/policy/international/442195-brunei-reverses-on-death-by-stoning-for-gay-sex-after-international?

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Body in Cyprus lake, tie rape to serial killings

The lake is part of an abandoned copper pyrite mine where a woman's body was found by chance last month in a flooded shaft, setting off an investigation that police say led to the island nation's first known serial killer.

The 35-year-old army captain told investigators he killed five women and two girls and disposed of three bodies — those of a Filipino woman and a Romanian mother and daughter — in the man-made lake. A suitcase with the remains of a woman was found at the bottom a week ago.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cyprus-serial-killer-suspect-accused-raping-woman-62832805

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Mayhem at Kentucky Derby

The announcement seemed to come from the heavens, and then all hell broke loose.

“Hold all tickets.”

Country House was declared the winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs after the second disqualification in the race’s 145-year history. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in 2:03.93 but was moved to 17th place after a lengthy review.

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/kentucky-derby/2019/05/04/kentucky-derby-2019-country-house-wins-after-disqualification/1105197001/

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Huawei Overtakes Apple to Become Second Biggest Smartphone Maker

Huawei Technologies Co. overtook Apple Inc. to claim the No. 2 spot in smartphones in the first quarter, moving a step closer to its avowed ambition of displacing Samsung at the top of the market.

The networking giant, shrugging off a barrage of accusations that it aids Chinese espionage (which it’s repeatedly denied), grew shipments 50 percent from a year earlier, research firm IDC estimates. It was the only name in the top 4 that managed to expand volumes as the overall market slid for the sixth consecutive quarter.

Huawei’s been steadily gaining on Apple and Samsung Electronics Co. with an increasingly high-end line-up of devices, particularly in its home market of China. The iPhone maker this week projected quarterly sales that topped analysts’ estimates, suggesting demand for iPhones has stabilized after a disappointing holiday period. Samsung also enjoyed a spike compared with the fourth quarter thanks to the launch of the marquee S10 range in February. IDC reckons Huawei should cling to the No. 2 spot over the rest of 2019.

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https://news.yahoo.com/huawei-overtakes-apple-become-second-011135074.html

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Home routers are open to attacks, as Huawei ‘backdoor’ shows

A security breach in Huawei routers points to a larger problem in your home.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that home routers supplied by Chinese electronics giant Huawei to UK-based Vodafone had a way to bypass security, also known as a backdoor.

At a high level, this is a U.S. national security problem. The Trump administration, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, has repeatedly been saying at public forums that Huawei’s equipment is a vehicle for Chinese government espionage. Most recently, the U.S. is advising against the adoption of Huawei 5G hardware for the next generation of mobile networks.

But the vulnerability also points to a problem closer to home. Backdoors can allow hackers to break into your home router and get into any connected device in your home.

The problem lies in old firmware, default passwords, and a host of other configuration issues.

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https://www.foxnews.com/tech/home-routers-are-open-to-attacks-as-huawei-backdoor-shows

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‘satisfying and Uplifting’ — Black Church Pastors Tell Don Lemon They Are ‘encouraged’ by Pence

Two pastors whose historically black churches were burned down spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon about Vice President Mike Pence’s Friday visit and the Trump administration’s response.

Rev. Gerald Toussaint of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and Rev. Harry Richard of Greater Union Baptist Church both sat down with Lemon Friday night. Their churches were burned in hate-motivated arsons allegedly committed by the son of a local sheriff’s deputy.

Instead of being critical, the reverends praised both Pence and the administration’s response to the tragedy.

more here:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/04/black-church-pastors-don-lemon-pence-arson/

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Hunter Biden’s Work in Ukraine Emerges as a Potential 2020 Scandal

In a move sure to trigger 2016 P.T.S.D., The New York Times has published a nearly 3,000-word tale of intrigue involving the Biden family’s various entanglements in Ukraine. In short, the story is this: in the final year of the Obama presidency, Vice President Joe Biden “threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor”—Viktor Shokin—“who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.” The pressure campaign also just so happened to benefit Biden’s younger son, Hunter, who was then getting paid as much as $50,000 to sit on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company that was in Shokin’s sights. The question the Times raises, but does not answer, is: were Joe’s and Hunter’s overlapping interests in Ukraine coincidental, or corrupt?

The Bidens say Joe acted “without any regard” for the impact on his son, and that Hunter never discussed private business with his father. But of course, that seems unlikely to put this story to rest. The current Ukrainian prosecutor general recently decided to reopen the investigation into Burisma, which could unearth new details about Hunter’s work. No surprise, the story is also being heavily promoted by Donald Trump and his allies, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani. According to the Times, Giuliani has met repeatedly with both the ousted Ukrainian prosecutor and the new prosecutor, and has discussed his findings with Trump—who then suggested he would like Attorney General William Barr to look into the matter. (Perhaps that is why Barr was at a loss for words on Wednesday, when Senator Kamala Harris asked whether “the president or anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone.”)

more here:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/05/biden-ukrainian-gas-company

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Donald Trump Jr.: Google ‘Kowtowing’ to Leftist Demands by Blacklisting Hunting Ads

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted on Saturday that Google is “kowtowing” to leftwing demands to “blacklist” hunters from advertising on its platforms. He also supported the efforts of Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Rep. Greg Gianforte’s (R-MT) to stand up to the Masters of the Universe on behalf of hunters and the Second Amendment.

Donald Trump Jr. called out Google’s policy that prevents advertising on hunting.

Trump Jr. wrote, “Oh look, now @Google is kowtowing to leftwingers & blacklisting hunters from advertising on their platform. But we’re really supposed to believe that Big Tech isn’t biased?”

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/05/04/donald-trump-jr-google-kowtowing-to-leftist-demands-by-blacklisting-hunting-ads/

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Man who swallowed an AirPod says it still worked in his stomach

A Taiwanese man was stunned to find that his Apple AirPod still worked after he swallowed the device and was forced to dig it out of a toilet.

Ben Hsu fell asleep with the pair of wireless headphones still in his ears but woke up unable to find one of them.

Using an iPhone tracking feature he discovered the device was still in his room and heard its beeping sound following him around.

He said: 'I checked under my blanket and looked around but couldn't find it - then I realised the sound was coming from my stomach.'

The navy recruiter, from Taiwan's south-western port city of Kaohsiung, said he did not feel any discomfort.

more here:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6981233/Man-accidentally-swallows-Apple-AirPod-WORKS-passes-system.html

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Man tried to grab officer's gun

Police released a body camera video from a police officer who arrested a man who tried to grab the officer's gun Sunday night.

About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, police contacted a man who ran from two officers at the Sooner Haven Apartments, 1444 NE 36, said police Capt. Bo Mathews.

The man fought with the officers and tried to grab an officer's gun. The man, identified as Muhajir Amsar Sango, 43, was arrested and taken to jail where he remained Wednesday on complaints of assault and battery on a police officer, obstructing an officer and possession of illegal drugs. His bail is $15,000.

http://newsok.com/article/5630250/video-of-arrest-of-man-who-tried-to-grab-officers-gun-released-in-oklahoma-city

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CNN: Beto Beats Trump by 10 Points

Beto O'Rourke emerges as the most electable Democrat in poll that shows he would beat Trump by 10 points – and the only front-runner the president would beat is Elizabeth Warren

In a new poll, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke emerged as the most likely Democratic candidate to beat President Donald Trump if the two would go head-to-head in 2020 elections

52 per cent of registered voters said they favored O'Rourke and 42 per cent said they would vote for Trump over the former Texas congressman

Of the six front-runners, Trump only came out on top of one in the poll: Senator Elizabeth Warren

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Kamala Harris also beat out Trump

33 per cent of registered voters who participated in the poll are Democrats, and only 26 per cent are Republican, the rest say they are either independent or third party voters

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6986603/Beto-ORourke-emerges-electable-Democrat-poll-shows-beat-Trump.html

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Microsoft CEO Nadella says he’d be ‘disgusted’ by celebrating the company’s $1 trillion market cap

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said he couldn’t care less that the company has hit $1 trillion in market value under his leadership.

“I would be disgusted if somebody ever celebrated our market cap,” Nadella told Bloomberg Businessweek in an interview. While Microsoft’s stock has spiked 230% during Nadella’s tenure as CEO beginning in February 2014, he told Bloomberg that the milestone is “not meaningful.”

Nadella would prefer to remain focused on the future rather than celebrating past accomplishments, he told Bloomberg.

“At Microsoft we have this very bad habit of not being able to push ourselves because we just feel very self-satisfied with the success we’ve had,” he said. “We’re learning how not to look at the past.”

more here:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/02/microsoft-ceo-nadella-says-not-to-celebrate-1-trillion-market-cap.html

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in England

>His seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy cost British taxpayers $21 million, and the judge said he sought asylum as a "deliberate attempt to delay justice."

Assange failed to report to a police station in June 2012 when he faced extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual assault and rape.

He claims he sought refuge because he feared subsequent extradition to the United States, where he has since been charged with leaking classified American military documents.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-sentenced-50-weeks-prison-skipping-bail-n1000506

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Plane crashes into Florida river at end of runway

A charter plane travelling from Cuba to north Florida with 143 people on board ended up in a river at the end of a runway, officials said.

The Boeing 737 crashed into the St Johns River on Friday as it arrived at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, a military airport eight miles south of Jacksonville, from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter that a marine unit had responded to assist.

https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/plane-crashes-into-florida-river-at-end-of-runway-922043.html

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Ukrainian embassy confirms DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016

The boomerang from the Democratic Party’s failed attempt to connect Donald Trump to Russia’s 2016 election meddling is picking up speed, and its flight path crosses right through Moscow’s pesky neighbor, Ukraine. That is where there is growing evidence a foreign power was asked, and in some cases tried, to help Hillary Clinton.

In its most detailed account yet, Ukraine’s embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee insider during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country's president to help.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/441892-ukrainian-embassy-confirms-dnc-contractor-solicited-trump-dirt-in-2016

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28-year-old Oklahoma man suffers stroke from cracking his neck

A 28-year-old man who is a young father suffered a major stroke.

Josh Hader of Guthrie tore an artery in his neck leading to his brain. The cause of the stroke? He popped his neck.

“The moment I heard the pop, everything on my left side started to go numb,” Hader said. “I got up and tried to get an ice pack from the fridge, and I remember I couldn't walk straight.”

His father-in-law rushed him to the emergency room.

“I had about six or seven nurses and doctors surrounding me,” Hader said.

more here:

https://www.koco.com/article/28-year-old-guthrie-man-suffers-stroke-from-cracking-his-neck/27337986

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More bald eagles found dead on Maryland's Eastern Shore as authorities struggle to solve 'systemic'

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the deaths of at least seven bald eagles and a great horned owl on the Eastern Shore this spring, saying they signal a “systemic” problem with use of an illegal poison on the Delmarva peninsula.

The birds died under similar circumstances as 13 eagles found dead near Federalsburg in 2016.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-eagles-owl-poisoned-20190501-story.html

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YouTube Threatens To Remove Steven Crowder’s Channel For ‘Copyright Violations’

It looks like Steven Crowder’s march to 4 Million YouTube subscribers is now in serious jeopardy. In a video entitled, ‘Louder with Crowder: CANCELLED?!’, Conservative comedian Steven Crowder, announced that due to multiple hard copyright strikes that were issued in the last week, the future of his channel is in serious doubt.

A few weeks back, Crowder did a Donald Trump/Kiss parody song called ‘Dr. Trump’ on one of his weekly Youtube episodes. The parody video has gone on to receive not one, but three copyright violation strikes from Warner Music Group. YouTube’s rules state that three copyright strikes would lead to a channel being completely removed from the platform. While Crowder’s team in still in negotiations with the site, it is worth noting that the song in question was an original parody of a Kiss song and falls within ‘fair use’.

more here:

https://society-reviews.com/2019/04/27/youtube-threatens-to-remove-steven-crowders-channel-for-copyright-violations/

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Bill And Chelsea Clinton Have A New Project

Former President Bill Clinton launched a podcast Thursday with his daughter Chelsea called “Why Am I Telling You This.”

The title “Why am I telling you this” harkens back to a phrase Clinton leaned on during his presidency while he told stories during speeches. The podcast, produced by the Clinton Foundation and At Will Media, will feature stories from the former president, Chelsea Clinton, The Clinton Foundation staff, and various guests in efforts to highlight The Clinton Foundation, according to CNN.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly will not be formally involved in the podcast, but she may appear at some point to support the Clinton Foundation.

more here:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/02/bill-clinton-podcast/

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Tiger to be honored at White House on Monday

Tiger Woods will celebrate his Masters victory and receive the nation's highest honor for a civilian when he visits the White House and President Donald Trump on Monday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday announced the event, at which Woods will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Woods won the Masters last month for his 15th major championship. The day after the victory, Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Woods and announced he would be honoring him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The president is an avid golfer who played a round with Woods at Trump's golf club in Jupiter, Florida, in February.

source:

http://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/26654136/tiger-honored-white-house-monday

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The Razer Toaster is going to be a real thing

What started off as an April Fools joke is going to become reality. The Razer Toaster, formerly known as Project Breadwinner, is leaving the world of pranks and memes to become a tangible, real working machine that will probably make your current toaster become immediately obsolete.

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan caved to fans' wishes after years of toaster-hopefuls asking him about it every time he posted on Facebook. "I'm going to put together my team of designers and engineers. It will take a few years, but I'll be sure to share the progress," said Tan.

more here:

https://www.pcgamer.com/the-razer-toaster-is-going-to-be-a-real-thing/

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Facebook could get new privacy oversight and record-breaking fine in FTC deal

Facebook is looking at the possibility of significant changes to its privacy oversight protocols, and a massive fine, as part of a deal with the Federal Trade Commission, according to several reports.

Any agreement between the FTC and the world's largest social network stemming from privacy-related scandals and woes is still subject to negotiations, but one source told Politico that Facebook could be required to place a privacy-minded executive at the company's highest levels.

That privacy-minded official would have to be federally approved, and Facebook would have to build an "independent" privacy oversight committee that might include board members, the source at the regulatory agency reports.

more here:

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/facebook-privacy-oversight-ftc-deal

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Facebook Blacklists Prominent Conservatives Including Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer

The Masters of the Universe at Facebook have banned multiple conservative personalities from both Facebook and Instagram, including Infowars host Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos.

The Atlantic reports that Instagram and its parent company Facebook has banned a number of conservative personalities from its platforms, including Infowars host Alex Jones, Infowars contributor and YouTube star Paul Joseph Watson, journalist and activist Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Louis Farrakhan was notably also banned from the platforms at the same time.

Paul Joseph Watson confirmed his ban, claiming he has not broken Facebook’s rules, and commenting, “In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged.”

more here:

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/05/02/facebook-blacklists-prominent-conservatives-including-paul-joseph-watson-laura-loomer/

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Burger King Launches ‘Unhappy’ Meals For Mental Health Awareness Month

Burger King is switching things up in support of Mental Health Awareness month. Instead of ordering their signature Happy Meal, the fast food company has released a range of “Unhappy Meals.”

Patrons in a few select restaurants across the country can now eat their feelings: from the Pissed Meal, the Salty Meal, the YAAAS Meal, and finally, the DGAF (don’t give a fuck). Each box can be ordered with a purchase of a Whopper.

more here:

https://thehollywoodunlocked.com/burger-king-launches-unhappy-meals-for-mental-health-awareness-month/

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Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty To Spying For China

An ex-CIA officer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to spying for China, the third separate espionage case in the past year linking a former U.S. intelligence officer to the Asian nation.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, entered the guilty plea to the most serious of the three charges he was facing.

"I conspired to gather and send secret information to the PRC (People's Republic of China)," Lee said when asked by Judge T.S. Ellis to describe his actions.

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/01/719006289/former-cia-officer-pleads-guilty-to-spying-for-china

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Wooden Cross on spiritual pilgrimage from South Carolina to the Grand Canyon

A South Carolina man is on a 2,000-mile spiritual journey to carry a cross from his home state to the Grand Canyon while carrying a wooden cross on his back.

Acie Burleson, 34, said he had an epiphany to carry across after Christianity saved his life several years ago, The Associated Press reported. He built the cross himself, he said.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/man-carries-wooden-cross-spiritual-pilgrimage-south-carolina/story?id=62727283

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Records of suspected child abuse in Georgia Catholic churches

>A group of Georgia prosecutors has been granted access to Catholic records to search for possible abuse cases across the state in an independent, third-party review.

The Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia announced Wednesday that it had been permitted by both the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah to conduct a third-party review of the cases. The review will include "any records, files, documents and reports concerning suspected child abuse" that are in the possession of either organization.

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/records-of-suspected-child-abuse-in-georgia-catholic-churches-to-get-second-look/85-5db1fc54-063a-4518-89f4-f5f74112c125

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The Dog And Personal Assistant Of The Future

I have been enamored with the Sony Aibo robot dog ever since the 90s when I was a kid. Back then it was a ridiculously expensive toy that was decades ahead of its time—a custom-designed robot dog that adapts to your personality to become your own personal companion via artificial intelligence. Sony discontinued the project in 2006 but brought Aibo back in 2018. The new ERS-1000 model features much more dog-like appearance and more modern capabilities. Let’s take a look at the revamped Aibo.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/moorinsights/2019/05/01/sony-aibo-the-dog-and-personal-assistant-of-the-future/?

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Man marrying 4 women from Ohio to Georgia pleads guilty to bigamy

Michael Middleton, 43, married a Georgia woman in 2006, an Alabama woman in 2011 and a New Hampshire woman in 2013. That led to the bigamy charge in New Hampshire, but according to court documents, he also married a fourth woman in Kentucky in 2016.

Prosecutors say he used the marriages to gain access to the women's assets. In court Monday, Assistant Strafford County Attorney Michael Rotman read a statement from Middleton's New Hampshire wife, Alicia Grant, who blamed Middleton for her transformation from a compassionate person to someone with a "not-my-problem" attitude.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-man-bigamy-guilty-20190429-story.html

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Girl trains pet bird to attack whoever she wants

Twitter user @Apex_sH posted a video of his niece's stunning powers on Tuesday. The girl has the absolutely incredible ability to sic her pet bird on whoever she screams at.

In the video, she stands on a bed while her bird perches on the bed frame. Then, she turns to face the camera and lets out an unholy shriek. Without any hesitation, he

https://mashable.com/article/girl-trained-bird-to-attack-screams/

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Doctor charged with sexual abuse of teens

A Pennsylvania sports medicine doctor who spent decades working with high school athletes has been charged with sexually assaulting five patients, including two minors — one of them in a high school athletic trainer's room.

Dr. William Vollmar was charged Wednesday with felony institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors and other offenses. He was released on $250,000 bond. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office is prosecuting Vollmar, said the investigation is ongoing, noting that additional victims have come forward.

https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Pennsylvania-doc-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-13810741.php

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CNN Ratings Drop 26% in April

CNN's prime-time ratings dropped a whopping 26 percent in April compared to last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

MSNBC's ratings were down 14 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018, while Fox News's ratings overall were flat.

The sharp decrease for CNN marked its lowest-rated month in total viewers since October 2015.

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/441557-cnn-sees-ratings-swoon-in-april

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Woman suffers 3rd-degree burn after salon treatment

A Harris County woman is suing a local hair salon and the maker of a hair product after she said a color service left her with a third-degree chemical burn stretching across the top of her head.

Idania Rivera said it happened March 19 at Unique Boutique and Hair in the 14700 blocks of Woodforest Boulevard.

Rivera, who said she had been to the salon, once before for a haircut with a different stylist, wanted to lighten the color of her naturally dark hair.

The lawsuit alleges the stylist used a product called Pravana Pure Light Power Lightener.

Halfway through the process, Rivera left the salon with the product still in her hair to pick up her daughter from home.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/woman-suffers-3rd-degree-burn-after-salon-treatment

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‘POOPERINTENDENT’ WHO DEFECATED ON RIVAL SCHOOL’S FIELD SUES POLICE FOR PUBLIC EMBARRASSMENT

A former Kenilworth school superintendent who pleaded guilty to defecating on a rival high school’s track field filed a lawsuit against police Tuesday for releasing his mugshot and publicly embarrassing him.

Thomas Tramaglini resigned as superintendent from Kenilworth schools in July after surveillance video revealed that he was the one pooping on Holmdel High School’s track “on a daily basis.” according to Holmdel police. He faced charges of lewdness, littering and defecating in public, to which he pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $500

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/01/pooperintendent-crapped-high-school-field-sues-police/

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US wildlife is down-listing endangered beetle

The American burying beetle was once found in 35 states and three Canadian provinces. It was on the brink of extinction when it was classified as endangered three decades ago, when it was found only in small populations in eastern Oklahoma and Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island.

Conservation efforts over the past 30 years have helped the beetle recover and it is now also found in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts, said Amy Leuders, southwest regional director of the