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Cold office temperatures are hurting women’s productivity, study says
Businesses are giving women the cold shoulder by blasting the building air conditioning, with a new study finding that frigid office temperatures lower a female's cognitive performance and productivity.
New York Post
Trump's latest China tariffs to cost typical U.S. family $831 a year
Tally does not include president's threat to tax another $300 billion in Chinese consumer goods like clothing and shoes
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What to expect from ‘RHONY’ star Dorinda Medley’s new SiriusXM show
The six-episode series will air on Radio Andy starting May 29.
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11/12: CBSN AM
Massive fires claim 31 lives; Victoria’s Secret Executive apologizes
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11/13: CBSN AM
California camp fire now deadliest in state history; Rockefeller Center tree arrives in NYC
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11/7: CBSN AM
History made in the midterm elections; Democrats win control of House while GOP Holds the Senate
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Cher Horowitz does not approve of this ‘Clueless’ collection
Alicia Silverstone was less than impressed with K-Swiss's latest offerings.
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Deepfakes are getting easier than ever to make, new research paper shows
To make a convincing deepfake — an AI-generated fake of a video or audio clip — you usually need a neural model that’s trained with a lot of reference material. Generally, the larger your dataset of photos, video, or sound, the more eerily accurate the result will be. But now, researchers at Samsung’s AI Center have devised a method to train a model to animate with an extremely limited dataset: just a single photo, and the results are surprisingly good. The researchers are able to achieve this effect, (as spotted by Motherboard) by training its algorithm on “landmark” facial features (the general shape of the face, eyes, mouth shape, and more) scraped from a public repository of 7,000 images of celebrities gathered from YouTube. From there, it can map these features onto a photo to bring it to life. As the team proves, its model even works on the Mona Lisa, and other single-photo still portraits. In the video, famous portraits of Albert Einstein, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Marilyn Monroe come to life as if they’re Live Photos in your iPhone’s camera roll. Like with most deepfakes, it’s pretty easy to see the seams at this stage. Most of the faces are surrounded by visual artifacts. Though, fixing this component is likely easier compared to the feat of accurately faking the Mona Lisa to look like she’s a breathing human. Despite some flaws, fake videos and audio are getting more realistic. If you need more proof, check out this uncanny AI-generated recreation of Joe Rogan’s voice. As researchers continue to come up with low-lift methods for making high-quality fakes, there’s a concern that they’ll be used against people in the form of propaganda — or to depict people in situations they’d object to, like pornographic videos, which was the software’s original purpose. According to my colleague Russell Brandom, the potential political danger of deepfakes is real, but the worry is currently overblown.
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Brooklyn community board spent $26K in public funds on SUV
A Brooklyn community board took $26,000 in public funds and splurged on a hybrid SUV that was reportedly found parked at the board manager’s home. The borough’s Community Board 1 spent the money — which came from a city grant — on a Toyota RAV4 about five months ago, according to THE CITY. The large...
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Download 'The Sims 4' for Free Right Now
The Sims 4, the latest game in the popular Sims series, is completely free to download right now. The Sims publisher, EA, is giving away the standard PC version of the game until May 28th, through the EA Origin launcher.Read more...
Meghan Markle’s makeup artist swears she doesn’t have a stylist
The Duchess of Sussex really does do it all.
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Judge orders file in Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed
Smollett wanted the case sealed, saying that he had "the right to be left alone"
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11/9: CBSN AM
Camp and Woolsey fires destroying buildings, forcing evacuations; people buy doughnuts by the dozens to help out owner and his family
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India's Prime Minister Modi headed for landslide victory
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India is expected to win a second term. Election results from the world's largest democracy are expected to be released today. India correspondent for BBC News Yogita Limaye spoke with CBSN AM as the votes were being counted.
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Global growth worries slam Wall St. as trade tensions persist
U.S. stocks slumped on Thursday as investors dumped shares of technology companies as well as businesses in cyclical sectors on fears that the escalating trade war between United States and China would stymie global economic growth.
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In This Town, You Apply For A Job And You Get It
Ames, Iowa, has an unemployment rate of 1.5%, making it the tightest job market in the country. That's great for workers — but a challenge for those looking for them.
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Global shares slide on fear trade spat is now a tech cold war
World shares skidded further on Thursday and oil prices slid more than 5% as investors worried the China-U.S. trade spat was turning into a technology cold war between the world's two largest economies, boosting the dollar and sending benchmark government debt yields down.
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A better way to clean and organize your home
This room-by-room guide will help you tackle cleaning chores, organize your stuff and figure out the best plan of attack to get the job done faster.
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Palmer Luckey: I left Facebook enraged, but Zuckerberg is VR’s top backer
Oculus's founder says he had hate and rage in his heart after leaving Facebook, yet continues to back the company because of its strong support for VR.
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11/6: CBSN AM
Midterm Elections today; Iowa Powerball winner revealed
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Safety, Power issues top priorities in Missouri
Keeping residents and their properties safe is among the top priorities officials are facing after a tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as part of an overnight outbreak of severe weather across the state. (May 23)        
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Sabalenka beats Puig to reach semifinals in Strasbourg
Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeated former champion Monica Puig 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Thursday        
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How to set up Google Assistant on your Sonos speaker
Google Assistant is now available on the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, meaning you’ve now got a second choice besides Alexa for handling your voice commands. If Assistant is already controlling your smart home gadgets — or if you merely think it’s better at responding to questions than Alexa — it’s probably worth switching over. Even if you don’t own a Sonos speaker with a built-in mic like the One or Beam, you can still control the company’s other speakers if you have a Google Home speaker somewhere in the house. The setup process is very similar in both cases. We’ll start off under the assumption that your Sonos speakers are already up and running. Set up Google Assistant on the Sonos One or Sonos Beam Each of Sonos’ smart speakers can have its own voice assistant, so if you want, you can configure one to use Alexa and another to use Google Assistant. Under this scenario, your Sonos system stays in sync and both voice helpers remain aware of what’s playing, no matter which you requested it from. To pick Google Assistant, follow these steps: Open the Sonos app on your mobile device. Tap the “More” tab at the bottom right and pick “Voice Services.” Choose Google Assistant. From here, you’ll be presented with a list of compatible speakers, where you can select which ones you want to run Google Assistant instead of Alexa. After you’ve picked the speaker(s), you’ll be switched to the Google Assistant app (if you’re using iOS, this must first be installed to successfully go through this process). Sign in with your Sonos account information to link Assistant to your existing Sonos setup. Google will then run through several steps, which include detecting your Sonos speaker, requesting permission to access and control it, asking you what room it’s placed in, and then adding the music services you use. If you’re already a Google Assistant user, you’ve probably already set it to work with Spotify, Pandora, or Google Play Music / YouTube Music. Just make sure that those same services are added to your Sonos account through the Sonos app, as well. You’ll go through the Google part of this setup for each Sonos One or Beam speaker on which you’re using Assistant. Once all of them are done, you can just say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” to start trying out voice commands or music requests. GIF: Sonos Control older Sonos speakers with a Google Home speaker The process is largely similar if you’ve got a Play:1 or Play:5 that you’d like to control with a Google Home speaker in the same room or anywhere else in your house. To configure Google Assistant to control your Sonos speakers, follow these steps: Open the Sonos app on your mobile device. Tap the “More” tab at the bottom right and pick “Voice Services.” Choose Google Assistant. This time there’s no menu for choosing speakers. You just sign in with your Sonos account credentials inside the Google Assistant app. Link all your music services to Google Assistant if you haven’t already and choose which one you prefer to be the default source for song requests. With a Google Home or Home Mini, you can play and pause music on Sonos, skip tracks, and adjust volume. GIF: Sonos What music apps can I play using voice commands with Google Assistant and Sonos? Spotify Pandora Google Play Music YouTube Music Deezer iHeartRadio (can play music to Sonos, but can’t be added to the Assistant app) Tidal (can play music to Sonos, but can’t be added to the Assistant app) TuneIn Radio (can play music to Sonos, but can’t be added to the Assistant app) For other services like Apple Music, you can begin playing music using the Sonos app on your iPhone or (since newer Sonos speakers support AirPlay 2) you can ask Siri to play content as well from an iOS device. Once you’ve started playing something from Apple Music or another source that Google Assistant doesn’t fully support, you can still say things like “Hey Google, skip this track” or pause music with your voice. The Sonos One and Beam don’t yet support all Google Assistant features You can do a lot with Assistant on Sonos. For example, you can control your smart home, set alarms, play content on the TV if you’ve got a Chromecast, or power your TV on and off (if you’ve got the Sonos Beam). Your third-party Assistant skills are also usable with Sonos. The company has a good list of things to try here. However, there are a couple of features that aren’t yet working. Sonos doesn’t yet support voice recognition for multiple people. So, unlike with a Google Home, you won’t get different answers (calendar appointments, etc.) for different people depending on who’s talking. This might be a significant inconvenience for some people, so hopefully Sonos and Google can enable voice match soon. You can’t make phone calls or send text messages with Assistant on Sonos. For now, Google Assistant only works with Sonos in the United States. Sonos has said the integration will expand to Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the UK sometime in July. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.
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11/5: CBSN AM
Election Day countdown; Ramen burning kids
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The Harder Trump Fights Impeachment the More Likely It Becomes
Do you remember the little woven finger traps you sometimes got as a kid, as a party favor or a reward at a fair? You could comfortably stick your fingers in, but if you tried to pull them out, the weave would tighten and you’d be stuck. Only by maneuvering gently, and not pulling too hard, could you extract yourself.President Donald Trump finds himself in a sort of impeachment finger trap right now. He isn’t certain to be impeached—but every step he’s taking to try to squirm out of it seems to tighten the bind he’s in.Consider the president’s tantrum on Wednesday. Having invited Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House for a meeting on infrastructure, Trump stomped out of a meeting, supposedly because Pelosi had earlier accused him of participating in a cover-up. (The accusation is unrebuttably true.) Trump insists he did not throw a fit—“I was purposely very polite and calm, much as I was minutes later with the press in the Rose Garden. Can be easily proven.”—but one can’t calmly blow off a meeting. It defeats the point.[Quinta Jurecic: Impeachment is a refusal to accept the unacceptable.]Trump has many things to be upset about. His feint on infrastructure came to nothing: Pelosi and Schumer were happy to go along with his plan, but he couldn’t rally Republican support for it. His former spokeswoman Hope Hicks has just been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee. And his strategy of stonewalling Congress in the face of Democratic investigations is unraveling quickly. There never seemed to be much hope that it would block the probes altogether; instead, the goal appeared to be bogging down the process and run out the clock before the 2020 election.On Wednesday, however, a federal judge in New York ruled against Trump’s effort to block a subpoena from House Democrats of his financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. That came a day after another federal judge rejected his bid to keep his accounting firm, Mazars USA, from turning over documents; that judge refused to stay his order pending appeal, and seemed incredulous at the administration’s arguments. NBC News reports that two other banks, TD and Wells Fargo, have already handed over documents. The process is moving much faster than Trump had hoped. Instead of eating up months, his refusals to comply have barely eaten up weeks.So Trump is suggesting he won’t work with Democrats on anything until they drop their investigations. “It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time,” he tweeted. But being able to do both oversight and lawmaking is precisely how Congress is structured, and as veterans of any previous administration can attest, plenty can get done while Congress is investigating a White House.There is also no chance Democrats are going to drop their investigations, and that’s where the finger-trap comes in. By and large, the House Democratic caucus has been wary of impeachment. Even after the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report all but accused the president of obstruction of justice and suggested that Congress ought to act, most members were content to follow Pelosi’s slow approach and to avoid open calls for impeachment.More recently, however, that has changed—and the spark has been the White House instructing former aides like Don McGahn to neither produce documents nor testify in response to subpoenas. It’s one thing to fire the FBI director to kill an investigation, pressure aides to lie, and try to fire the special counsel—you might very well get away with only harsh words for that—but start stepping on Congress’s prerogatives and its members start to get very angry very fast. Specifically, they start to demand impeachment inquiries.If Trump were to follow through on his threat to not do anything with Congress until House Democrats drop their investigations, things could get even dicier. Within the next few months, the debt ceiling will need to increase and the government will need to be funded. Democrats might have been tempted to hold those bills hostage, just as Republicans have done in the past—but now Trump has given them an opportunity to pass an increase and a spending bill and dare the president to call their bluff. A senior government official told CNBC that the debt ceiling and funding are not subject to Trump’s ultimatum, but the president has demonstrated again and again that only he can speak for himself. And if he doesn’t act, and the U.S. defaults or shuts down? It could be foder for another article of impeachment.[Yoni Appelbaum: The Mueller Report is an impeachment referral.]Thus far, Pelosi has been the brake on the members of her caucus most eager to impeach, but Trump’s erratic behavior is backing her into an ever-more-untenable situation. On Wednesday, she accused him of a cover-up and said, “I pray for the president of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.” Later on Wednesday, she said, “In plain sight, this president is obstructing justice and is engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense.” On Thursday, she said that she was concerned for Trump’s well-being and said he was conducting an “assault on the Constitution of the United States.” But Pelosi continues to say she doesn’t support impeachment, and reportedly told Democratic lawmakers, “He wants to be impeached, so he can be exonerated by the Senate.”With each comment like this, Pelosi’s balancing act becomes more challenging. Even if it is true that the odds of conviction in the Senate following an impeachment are very long, it’s difficult to tell your members and your constituents that the president is attacking the Constitution and has committed impeachable acts, and then decline to even launch an impeachment inquiry. There’s an analogy with the Republican rhetoric about Barack Obama: Once GOP voters were convinced that Obama was a tyrant, everything the Republican Congress did short of acting that way started to look like a betrayal, and incumbents paid a price for that in their primary elections.While Pelosi’s explicit position is against impeachment, her implicit position, I have argued, is actually not yet. Trump’s response to the investigations is making yet closer for her and for the rest of the Democrats. His fingers are in the trap, and he’s pulling furiously, but the trap is just getting tighter.
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Carlos Gomez’s blast vs. Nationals puts Mets in unfamiliar territory
Call them the smoke and mirror Mets. Down five projected starters, a few days removed from their manager’s job being believed to be in serious jeopardy, the Mets have put together their first four-game winning streak of the season after beating Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg on consecutive days. Or, to be more accurate, the...
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MIT’s AI makes autonomous cars drive more like humans
Researchers at MIT detail in a new paper a machine learning method that imbues autonomous cars with humanlike driving.
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11/2: CBSN AM
President Trump spotlights Immigration; Rep. John Lewis dances to "Happy"
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders says 'we can fight' if Democrats don't abandon investigations
"We’re either gonna have to agree that we want to solve problems for the country...or we can fight," Sarah Sanders said in an interview with CNN.        
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Gómez HR sinks Nats after Martinez ejection, Mets sweep
Carlos Gómez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping the New York Mets overcome a rally started by Washington manager Dave Martinez's heated ejection to beat the Nationals 6-4 and cap off a four-game sweep        
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Oil plummets, on track for biggest weekly drop in 2019
Oil prices plunged on Thursday, losing about 5% as trade tensions dampened the demand outlook, putting the crude benchmarks on course for their biggest daily and weekly falls in six months.
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Google Duo's group video calls roll out to everyone
Google is making Duo more useful as it's rolling out group video calls to everyone on Android and iOS. You can have up to eight people on a call at once (a far lower limits than FaceTime's 32 and Skype's 50). Group calls gradually went live in some m...
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Why These Prison Reform Attorneys Are ‘Immensely Grateful’ For Kim Kardashian’s Support
Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission
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As Wildfire Season Looms, Finding Tree Trimmers is a New Problem
For Pacific Gas & Electric, it isn’t easy mustering crews to thin the forests where its equipment might cause fires.
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Britons Pause to Vote in an Election Many Did Not Want
But voting for the European Parliament was an ideal way to cast protest ballots against the Tories and Labour, they said. Both parties seemed headed to humiliating defeat.
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First trailer for 'Star Trek: Picard'
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Misery Grows At Syrian Camp Holding ISIS Family Members
In recent visits to the camp, NPR was told of babies dying of malnutrition, and found women collapsed by roadsides. "There's a lack of supplies and the numbers of patients are huge," a doctor says.
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Narendra Modi, India’s ‘Watchman,’ Wins Historic Election
Mr. Modi’s party captured a commanding parliamentary majority for the second time in a row, a feat not achieved for decades.
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11/1: CBSN AM
President Trump rallies for Republicans; Obamas’ Netflix show could talk Trump
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Healthy dog euthanized after owner dies
Not only is euthanizing a healthy dog one ethical issue – burying animals in human cemeteries is illegal in Virginia
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Deutsche Bank Leaders, Facing Angry Investors, Survive Vote
At its annual shareholders meeting, the bank’s chairman faced pressure to resign amid a money-laundering scandal and meager profits.
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India's Modi dedicates win to the people
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Missouri cleans up after devastating tornadoes
A relentless barrage of violent weather in the central United States left at least three people dead on Thursday, as tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri and devastated the state capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Teen electrocuted ‘trying to impress girlfriend’ by climbing on top of train
A teenage boy exploded into flames and died after he suffered an electric shock from 27,500-volt cables when climbing up on top of a train to allegedly impress his girlfriend. Oleg Khoroshaev, 13, was reportedly taking a selfie during the stunt when he was electrocuted in Karasuk, Russia. A deeply distressing video was released of...
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10/31: CBSN AM
Pres. Trump's visit met with controversy; Haunted House to fight cancer
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The 9 best deals and sales you can get this Thursday
The time for great savings is now.        
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10/30: CBSN AM
President Trump moves to end birthright citizenship; Custodian saves choking child
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