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College Football Playoff Rankings 2019: Week 13 Poll Announced by Committee
With just over two weeks remaining until conference championship games in each Power Five conference, the latest College Football Playoff rankings feature the same Top Four teams. LSU maintained the No...
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Giants awaiting Lorenzo Carter’s ‘big jump’ they were counting on
Nearly halfway through his rookie contract, the answer is supposed to be a swift and unconditional “yes’’ when it comes to determining Lorenzo Carter’s worthiness to get a second deal with the team that drafted him. Is this a swift and unconditional “yes’’ for Carter? The answer is “no,’’ and that is one of the...
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South Dakota's anti-meth campaign gets mixed reviews
In a state struggling with meth use, South Dakota wanted to let everyone know, "they're on it." But a lot of people didn't hear the campaign the way it was intended. Jim Axelrod reports.
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Yoenis Cespedes plans to play for Mets in 2020
It qualified as only a little less surprising than video footage of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or the Mets’ Bombshell Candidate: Yoenis Cespedes taking batting practice?! Out of nowhere Tuesday, beloved former Met Endy Chavez, now a coach in the team’s minor league system, released an Instagram post with him throwing BP to Cespedes,...
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Trash-talking robots can hurt feelings, says study you stupid humans probably won't understand
Turns out robots can shade humans, and when they do, it makes us sad and unproductive. So say researchers from Carnegie Mellon University who have released the results of a student-led study from its Robotics Institute.  The whole thing worked like this: Each of the study's 40 subjects played a game called "Guards and Treasures" against the robot, Pepper, 35 times. The game, classified as a Stackleberg game, pits "leaders" against "followers," where a designated leader moves first based on a predetermined strategy, and subsequent players have to respond to that strategy. Still with us? Good. Researchers typically use this type of game to study "defender-attacker interaction in research on security games." But for this study, they were able to "explore the uses of game theory and bounded rationality in the context of robots." That's a mouthful, we know. But what it essentially means is they were testing to see how humans and robots interact in a non-cooperative environment. While playing each game, the students would either receive praise or taunts from Pepper.  Read more...More about Robots, Carnegie Mellon, Tech, and Artificial Intelligence
Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher could be expelled
In what many will consider an act of defiance, the Navy is ordering a decorated SEAL to go before a review board, which could kick him out of the unit. It comes after the president signed an order, restoring him to his full rank. David Martin reports.
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Amazon KitchenAid deals for Black Friday are already heating up
TL;DR: Be a kitchen wizard and save up to 35% on KitchenAid blenders and food processors at Amazon before Black Friday even begins. Take a look around that kitchen. What do you see? Like most folks, the basics probably adorn your counter top: microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. Which is fine, if you want to be basic.  But now that you've binged The Great British Baking Show and exhausted the entirety of America's Test Kitchen, basic simply won't do. You need the right appliances at the right price to give your kitchen the glow-up it deserves and get cooking. SEE ALSO: These are the Black Friday sales worth waiting for Read more...More about Black Friday, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, Kitchenaid, and Blenders
Apple CEO Tim Cook explains the 'revelation' he had late in life that led him to realize his 'highest value' (AAPL, CRM)
Getty Apple CEO Tim Cook said everyone's highest purpose in life is to "help somebody else." Cook made the remark at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference, where he talked about how his values guide his business decisions at Apple. Cook said that by focusing on serving others, a lot of complex decisions in life become "pretty simple." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple CEO Tim Cook told an audience on Tuesday how he realized late in life that "the reason we are all here is to help somebody else." Cook's remarks came at the end of an interview with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on stage at the annual Dreamforce mega-conference, where the two had been discussing Apple's corporate values — especially around innovation, user privacy, and environmental stewardship.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside the US government's top-secret bioweapons labSee Also:Apple CEO Tim Cook says there's a 'false tradeoff' between technological progress and forcing people to give up their personal dataApple CEO Tim Cook says privacy isn't a feature that should be built into products after the factHow to use private browsing on your iPhone, and turn it off when you're done browsing
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An Interview With the Woman Who Strongly Needed Her Coffee During a Live Impeachment Hearing
“It’s hilarious. It looks ridiculous.”
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Faced With Firsthand Witnesses to Trump’s Ukraine Phone Call, Republicans Attack the Messenger
Decorated Army officer describes hearing Trump’s Ukraine call firsthand, gets mud slung his way.
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Kurt Volker, citing Biden link, becomes latest witness to revise testimony
The former U.S. envoy for Ukraine negotiations appeared at the House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing.
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House Dems tap Maloney to be Oversight Committee’s first female chair
Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney Tuesday cleared her first hurdle to become chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, succeeding the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Maloney got the nomination from the House Democratic steering committee in a meeting Tuesday afternoon and the full Democratic caucus will finalize the vote on her chairmanship Wednesday. She’d become the...
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Epstein jail guards charged with falsifying records
Two corrections officers pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the death of Jeffrey Epstein. They're accused of failing to conduct checks on Epstein and falsifying jail records claiming they had. Mola Lenghi reports.
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Elfrid Payton’s return to Knicks will have to wait
Frank Ntilikina will not be getting unseated as the Knicks’ starting point guard any time soon. Not only has the 21-year-old been playing well in nine straight starts since getting his shot, but the starter he replaced is still not close to returning to action. Elfrid Payton was re-evaluated Tuesday and an ultrasound showed his...
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Church of England urges UK voters to 'leave their echo chambers'
Justin Welby and John Sentamu remind people of ‘democratic duty to vote’The leaders of the Church of England have urged the public to “leave their echo chambers” during the general election campaign in an effort to understand those with whom they disagree.The archbishops of Canterbury and York released a message on Tuesday, saying voters, campaigners and candidates “have a responsibility to speak accurately, to challenge falsehoods when we hear them, and to be careful to separate facts from opinion”. Continue reading...
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My beloved Hong Kong has become a war zone and daily life is full of anxiety
People cannot work, schools are closed, the roads are paralysed, children are scared and social lives have ground to a haltThe ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong is probably the biggest challenge of my life. I don’t remember having lost sleep and appetite and not being able to think about anything else for months on end ever before.Like many other Hongkongers, I have been overwhelmed by an acute sense of helplessness and anxiety during the past five months as I have watched our home descend in to a war zone every few days. Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Henderson questions whether Altior can go the distance
Trainer also accepts that ‘media pressure’ has helped persuade Altior’s connections to step him up in trip at AscotCyrname has edged closer to Altior in the betting for Saturday’s head-to-head in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot, as Nicky Henderson admitted the step up to 21 furlongs is “a big question” for his unbeaten chaser. Altior’s trainer added that “he doesn’t look like a horse that is going to stay [on the gallops] as he has got such a ridiculous amount of speed”.On Tuesday morning, several major firms were offering 11-8 about Cyrname, who is officially rated 1lb ahead of Altior, but that had dried up to a general 5-4 by midday. Altior remains top-priced at 8-11 with BetVictor, while the odds suggest that Top Notch, who will get 2lb from the market leaders, is their only credible rival among three possible opponents. Altior’s stable companion is a 16-1 shot. Continue reading...
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Noise pollution rules should be tightened to protect wildlife, say scientists
Researchers examined more than 100 studies on the impact of human-produced noiseNoise produced by human activities should be better regulated to protect wildlife, say the authors of a study exposing how sound pollution affects myriad creatures from fish to birds. Related: Seals are deafened in noisy shipping lanes, say scientists Continue reading...
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Grow your skills before the year ends with these eBook collections
Need a boost on that resume? Get a valuable tech education on your own time with these eBook bundles. They contain guides from Packt Publishing that cover everything from game development to machine learning. The Complete Mobile App Developer eBook Bundle It's a veritable gold rush in the App Store these days. Get in on it and develop your own killer app using Xamarin, JQuery and other platforms. This 10-book master class covers the entire development process from scripting to marketing. MSRP: $223.90 Sale Price: $19.99 (91% off) The Machine Learning Mastery eBook Bundle This bundle simplifies the complex algorithms you need to kick off the process of machine learning, the technology powering voice recognition, self-driving cars, and more cutting-edge innovations. The eBooks here include broad overviews of the core concepts plus dedicated courses on Python and other essential tools. MSRP: $223.90 Sale Price: $19.99 (91% off) The A to Z Artificial Intelligence eBook Bundle Master the growing field of AI, and you can work smarter by teaching your computers to work harder. There are applications for artificial intelligence in the worlds of robotics, big business, and gaming, all of which are covered in this series. MSRP: $311.90 Sale Price: $19.99 (93% off) The Complete Game Developer eBook Bundle These guides will get you mastery of all the tools you need to make your game idea a reality. You'll get complete walkthroughs of not only platforms like Unity and Javascript, but the process of how to test your creation for bugs. Read the rest
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Google outlines plans for mainline Linux kernel support in Android
Google wants less forking, more modularization for Android's Linux kernel.
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Frozen 2 Should Have Heeded the Lessons of “Let It Go”
The sequel dutifully re-creates the beats of the original, but its heart is icy.
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DJ Earworm: 100 songs from the past decade in one mashup
Ten years, 100 songs, three minutes. Sheer. Fucking. Genius. Watch it before a Youtube copyright enforcement bot deletes it and DJ Earworm's channel with it. (via Metafilter) Read the rest
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Ethics agency refuses to release whistleblower complaint on Cuomo leak scandal
The state’s embattled ethics agency refused Tuesday to release the whistleblower complaint that prompted the state’s Inspector General to open a probe into leaks involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics met behind closed doors for almost four hours in Albany and then suddenly adjourned, refusing...
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The U.S. makes a policy change concerning Israel, we explore the upsides and downsides of plant-based "meats," and a real-life "Iron Man" breaks his own record.
Teenager tries to smuggle meth across U.S. border using RC-car
A 16-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested on drug smuggling charges after Border Patrol discovered the 55.84-pound bundle
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White House, Trump associates trash Lt. Col. Vindman's testimony
Vindman serves as director of European Affairs on the National Security Council at the White House and listened in on the July 25 phone call between Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
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Witnesses describe Trump call with the president of Ukraine as "improper"
The third round of impeachment hearings got underway on Tuesday. Two witnesses were alarmed by the president's July call with the leader of Ukraine, calling it "improper" and "unusual." Nancy Cordes has the latest.
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The GOP’s Witnesses Aren’t Helping Trump
At the start of the second session of today’s doubleheader impeachment hearings, Chairman Adam Schiff noted an important distinction about the two witnesses appearing before the House Intelligence Committee: Both Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, a senior director on the National Security Council, were “requested by the minority.”In other words, the Republicans on the committee wanted them there. And, presumably, they wanted Volker and Morrison because they thought their testimony would help President Donald Trump and hurt the case for his impeachment.That’s not exactly what happened.In his opening statement, Volker made a point of defending the potential political opponent who Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate, the former Vice President Joe Biden, calling him “an honorable man” whom he holds in “the highest regard.” Volker referred to allegations about Biden’s involvement with Ukraine during the waning months of the Obama administration as “conspiracy theories” and said the suggestion that Biden had acted corruptly was “not credible.” Volker insisted that he did not make a connection at the time between Biden and Trump’s desire for Ukraine to investigate both possible interference in the 2016 election and the energy company Burisma, on whose board Biden’s son once had sat. But Volker testified that he now understood that the president’s demands of Ukraine went beyond a generalized crackdown on corruption—that he wanted a probe of the Bidens, something Volker said this afternoon was “unacceptable.”“In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections,” Volker said.As for Morrison, Republicans had interpreted his private deposition to lawmakers on October 31 as favorable. In this morning’s hearing, GOP lawmakers used Morrison’s words to undermine Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman’s credibility, pointing out that Morrison had raised concerns about his judgment. Morrison stood by that critique in the afternoon, but he would not elaborate, and his portrait of his NSC colleague fell far short of the “deep state,” anti-Trump partisan the president’s loyalists had painted.[Read: Trump's committee to protect the president]Moreover, on the questions central to impeachment, Morrison did little to help the president’s case. He acknowledged that both he and Vindman were disappointed with the message that Trump delivered to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in their July 25 call—the one in which the president asked him for the “favor” of an investigation into Biden. Both men, Morrison said, had hoped Trump would deliver a stronger message of support for Ukraine. And when asked by Democrats whether it was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign government to investigate a domestic political opponent, Morrison replied: “It’s not what we recommended the president discuss.”In the first two hours of testimony, the best Republicans could get from Volker and Morrison was a firm “no” when they were asked whether anyone at the White House had ever asked them to extort or bribe anyone. Indeed, the clearest defense of Trump’s actions today did not come from testimony on Capitol Hill at all, but from an unsolicited statement issued by Vice President Mike Pence’s national-security adviser, Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. He is the direct supervisor of Jennifer Williams, a Pence adviser who testified alongside Vindman in the morning. Kellogg said he was also on the July 25 call, but unlike Williams, he did not find anything amiss. “I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns,” Kellogg said in his statement.Perhaps that’s what Republicans were hoping to hear from Volker and Morrison, their chosen witnesses. What they presented to lawmakers, however, was consistent with the testimony that’s been delivered in the House for the last week—that Trump’s demand for an investigation of Biden was, at best, unusual and inappropriate, and perhaps much worse. In fairness to GOP lawmakers, the witnesses they most want to haul before the House, Biden’s son Hunter and the original whistleblower, were rejected out of hand by Democrats. So they had to settle for Volker, Morrison, and David Hale, an undersecretary of state who will testify tomorrow.When it was his turn to question Volker and Morrison, Representative Devin Nunes of California began with a wry lament. “I have some bad news for you,” he said. “The TV ratings are way down.” It was another way of saying the day’s testimony was a dud, but it was really an admission cloaked as a joke—and the joke was on Republicans: If Volker and Morrison had actually helped the president’s case, Nunes and his colleagues would have wanted millions more people to have heard what they had to say.
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'Still a lot of water to go down this creek': reaction to Trump impeachment hearing
The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its third day of public hearings on Tuesday in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, with four witnesses testifying on two panels.
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New York joins California in lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul
New York state officials have joined their counterparts in California and North Carolina in suing e-cigarette maker Juul, alleging the company created marketing campaigns that targeted youth and helped fuel teenage lung illness and, in some cases, vaping-related deaths. CBSN New York reports.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook says there's a 'false tradeoff' between technological progress and forcing people to give up their personal data (AAPL)
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the widely-held notion that people need to give up their privacy for better technology is a 'false tradeoff.' Cook's comments on privacy were part of a broader response to a question posed by Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference on Tuesday. Benioff asked Cook how the company balanced improving the lives of its customers with improving the state of the world itself.  Although Cook's response did not name any specific companies, his answer was a thinly-veiled jab at companies like Google and Facebook, which have come under scrutiny for how much data they collect on customers.  Apple, meanwhile, has tried to position itself as the platform of choice for the privacy-conscious, especially given that its business model doesn't rely on ads. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. CEO Tim Cook said that Apple rejects the idea that any progress in artificial intelligence requires people to give up a "boatload" of personal details, in a thinly-veiled jab at the practices of competitors like Facebook and Google. Speaking with Salesforce founder and co-CEO Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference this Tuesday, Cook reiterated Apple's commitment to privacy even as it continues to develop new products that use machine learning. The Apple CEO framed this as a larger commitment to the company's mission to both improve customer lives and still remain faithful to the company's moral values, rather than treating privacy  a "slogan du jour."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Google reveal the new Nest Mini, which is an updated Home MiniSee Also:Apple CEO Tim Cook says privacy isn't a feature that should be built into products after the factHow to use private browsing on your iPhone, and turn it off when you're done browsingThe FTC confirmed Facebook isn't the only tech company it's investigating
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Google will sell a $15 ‘Claw’ to attach your Pixel to the Stadia controller
Google Stadia launched to mixed reviews, but it remains an intriguing concept for the future of gaming. If you’re one of the people who bought into the device and was fascinated by the idea of playing console-quality games on your smartphone, Google will soon begin to sell a ‘claw‘ accessory that will allow you to attach your phone to the Stadia controller. While the Stadia controller is not absolutely necessary to use Google’s gaming service on a PC or phone, the company has claimed it offers the best Wi-Fi experience. This is because the controller bypasses your device and connects… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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NASA astronaut rates space movies based on how realistic they are
Hollywood loves its space movies, but how well do they nail the actual science? NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, former director of space operations at SpaceX, rates 10 iconic scenes from space movies based on how realistic they are. See how the facts in your favorite space movies hold up, from "Gravity" and "Interstellar" to "Star Wars" and "The Martian." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. Han Solo: Let's blow this thing and go home! Garrett Reisman: "Pwsh!" Hi, I'm Garrett Reisman, former NASA astronaut. And today we're gonna look at some popular movie clips, and I'll try to use my experience as a former director of space operations at SpaceX and current professor at University of Southern California, USC, and give you a rating on how realistic it is.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:40 LA restaurants you need to try before you dieGet natural, bouncy curls without heat by wearing this headband to sleepPeople pay $500 for these custom cannabis-infused meals
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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ review: Hanks was born to play Mr. Rogers
If you were raised on Mister Rogers, you may find your tear ducts a little wobbly in the opening credits.
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'Catan' AR game could ride on Niantic's tech
If you're Niantic and you're planning a follow-up to augmented reality hits like Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, what famous property do you work with next? Apparently, the answer is a hardcore board game. A product page, source c...
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Teen used remote-controlled car to smuggle $100K worth of meth into US from Mexico: feds
A 16-year-old boy was busted for allegedly using a remote-controlled car to smuggle over $100,000 worth of meth into California from Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the teen, a US citizen, sneaking along the US-Mexico border while holding two duffel bags at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the agency said in a...
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As DirecTV tanks, AT&T says it will “re-bundle” TV with HBO Max
HBO Max will include non-AT&T shows as AT&T aims to rebuild the bundle.
Ars Technica
Only 10 schools still have a legit shot to make the College Football Playoff
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The College Football Playoff is rapidly approaching, and while we don't quite have a handle on who will make the four-team slate, the field of potential contenders is dwindling. The committee is set to release its third College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, and major losses from the undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers and Baylor Bears may have further narrowed down the field. As of now, LSU, Clemson, and Ohio State appear to have a solid hold on playoff spots, but a handful of strong one-loss squads are still very much alive and vying for a bid. Check out where the last 10 contenders stand heading into Week 13 of the season. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 10. Minnesota Golden Gophers Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports Record (AP rank): 9-1 (11) Last week's result: Lost to Iowa 19-23 Last week's playoff rank: 8 Key games remaining: Wisconsin at home, Big Ten title game The outlook: Fresh off of a 31-26 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Golden Gophers marched into Kinnick Stadium and walked out with their first loss of the season. A blemished record certainly hinders Minnesota's chances of breaking into the playoff, but a win against the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers and a Big Ten championship win — likely over Ohio State — could be enough to seal the deal. 9. Penn State Nittany Lions AP Photo/Matthew Putney Record (AP rank): 9-1 (9) Last week's result: Beat Indiana 34-27 Last week's playoff rank: 9 Key games remaining: Ohio State on the road, Big Ten title game The outlook: The Nittany Lions took a major hit when they lost to the then-undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers two weeks ago, but they still have a chance to snag a spot in the playoff. Penn State's only compelling claim would involve running the table — including taking down the Ohio State Buckeye juggernaut at the Horseshoe this weekend — and exacting revenge against Minnesota in the Big Ten championship game. Even then, the best of the Pac-12 and Big 12 may have better cases for the final spot. 8. Alabama Crimson Tide Associated Press Record (AP rank): 9-1 (5) Last week's result: 38-7 Last week's playoff rank: 5 Key games remaining: Auburn on the road, SEC title game The outlook: A College Football Playoff without Alabama is impossible to imagine simply because it is unprecedented; the Crimson Tide have competed in every College Football Playoff since its inaugural year in 2015. Though Alabama still has a shot, the loss of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa due to injury doesn't help the cause. LSU more than likely needs to win out for the Crimson Tide to have a shot at the fourth spot, but even so, former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and his Oklahoma Sooners or a one-loss Pac-12 champion may have a stronger case to earn the final ticket. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:5 biggest winners and losers in college basketball this week The University of Texas is giving its football stadium a face-lift, but people are saying the new 'Longhorn patio' looks like the female reproductive system Ohio State superstar Chase Young's suspension comes against 2 of the Big Ten's worst teams, and many are wondering why the NCAA even bothered
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Celebrate 10 years of Angry Birds by beating the crap out of this vending machine
In a recent NPR poll, 84 percent of respondents said that people were angrier today than they were a generation ago. And who can blame us? The idiots representing (insert political party you hate here) are full of crap and they don’t know what they’re doing. So many people are wrong about AI and vaccines, and other things you care about, it’s enough to drive you bonkers. And way too many people care way too much (or not enough) about that stupid (or important) movie that just came out (or is about to). If only there were some way we… This story continues at The Next Web
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Gordon Sondland Returns To Impeachment Inquiry As A Key Witness With An Updated Story
The U.S. ambassador to the EU will give much-anticipated public testimony Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. His story has changed since he first testified last month.
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Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is ‘sick’ of getting death treats
The death threats and hatred were becoming too much for Sean Clifford to look at. He no longer is. The Penn State quarterback told reporters Tuesday he has turned off his social media accounts in response to the vulgar messages he received over the team’s first loss of the season to Minnesota on Nov. 9....
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Conspiracy Theorists Are Less Angry Than the Rest of Reddit, Study Finds
The path to the million-member-strong league on Reddit’s r/conspiracy is paved with politics, toxicity, and tech culture, a sprawling study has found. From an eight-year sample ranging from 2007 to 2015, a team of Australian researchers compared 15,370 r/conspiracy posters to an equal number of users who’d started out…Read more...
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Polls show impeachment hearings aren't changing much
Most Americans say they're keeping an eye on the televised impeachment hearings -- but that doesn't mean they're open to changing their minds about what they mean, according to new polling. - RSS Channel
Avidly Reads Board Games excerpt: Pandemic Mobile saved Pandemic … from me
Playing on the Pandemic app more closely resembles an experiment conducted with the rules of the game — it can act as a useful way to learn about the game
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Google keeps face-planting on the small stuff with latest Stadia launch gaffe
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge On June 6th, Google opened up preorders for the $130 “Founder’s Edition” of its Stadia cloud gaming service, promising those buyers would be the first to experience the future of gaming — and reserve a unique username. Though Stadia is now live, many buyers are reporting they haven’t received the most crucial piece of the entire Stadia package: the invite email that opens the door to actually let them in. Many on Stadia’s official Discord server are performing what they’re calling a “code check” to let others know whether their codes have been sent, and whether their devices have actually been shipped. On Reddit, Google said it was investigating the issue: We’re aware that some of you who pre-ordered Founder’s Edition may not have... Continue reading…
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