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Ball State students hold walkout after professor calls cops on student who refused to change seats

Student demonstrators at Ball State University in Indiana held a walkout on Tuesday to peacefully protest a professor who last week called police on a black student for refusing to change seats during class.
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Kings' future and past cross paths with Gabriel Vilardi debut
Fresh faces, including top prospect Gabriel Vilardi making his debut, replaced familiar ones in the Kings' locker room before a game against Florida.
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Mike Bloomberg tweeted a doctored debate video. Is it political spin or disinformation?
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is shown on a screen during a Democratic debate watch party at the candidate’s field office on February 19, 2020. | Jeenah Moon/Getty Images “This video is deceptive and misleading,” an expert told Vox. Following his lackluster performance in Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg tweeted out a doctored video that made it look like he had a hugely successful moment on the debate stage, even though he didn’t. And while politicians putting out campaign ads that take their opponents’ words out of context or are selectively edited to misconstrue their opponents’ positions is a practice basically as old as time itself, some experts are calling the Bloomberg video dangerous and unethical in a digital age rife with disinformation. The 25-second clip starts with the mayor asking a question he really did pose in the debate: “I’m the only one here that I think has ever started a business — is that fair?” What follows is a series of close-ups on everyone from former Vice President Joe Biden to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) keeping quiet, looking confused and uncomfortable, all backed by background noise of crickets chirping. Put together, it makes it look like Bloomberg had an epic mic-drop moment in which he thoroughly owned all of his opponents on the debate stage. Anyone? pic.twitter.com/xqhq5qFYVk— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 20, 2020 But that’s not what really happened. In reality, there was a brief awkward silence after Bloomberg asked the question, but then he proceeded to talk about his vision for mentorship programs for young entrepreneurs. When he finished, one of his opponents — Sanders — actually went on the attack to complain about a “corrupt political system, bought by billionaires like Mr. Bloomberg” that help the richest people pay fewer taxes. Here, I made the clip of what actually happened when Bloomberg asked who else had started a business. It was not 20 seconds of dumbfounded silence. pic.twitter.com/cpUAH5mkNJ— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) February 20, 2020 Of course, every campaign makes videos and ads that make their candidate look good. Stretching the truth is a normal practice in politics, and it’s no surprise that Bloomberg’s or anybody’s team would put out a slickly edited, somewhat humorous video like that one. And, yes, it’s also incumbent on the public to be discerning when a politician says or does anything. But at a time when foreign governments are actively trying to spread disinformation in US elections and President Donald Trump frequently shares manipulated video clips on Twitter to attack his political opponents, all candidates need to be wary of what gets released in their name. “In this digital age, campaigns need to be more careful than ever before,” Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst and disinformation expert, told me. “There needs to be a higher standard.” Doing this sort of thing could also get candidates in hot water with the social media platform itself. Starting on March 5, Twitter will begin a new policy of labeling tweets that mislead the public. A spokesperson for the company told Vox that if Bloomberg’s tweet had come out after the new policy was in place, it likely would have been labeled as containing manipulated media. However, the policy is not retroactive, so Bloomberg’s video can live forever on the internet without any indication it was doctored. Bloomberg’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment. The problem with Bloomberg’s “Anyone?” tweet Emerson Brooking, a disinformation expert at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, explained some of the specific problems with Bloomberg’s video. “There is no watermark to indicate that it has been edited, nor any disclosure that it was produced by the Bloomberg campaign,” he told me. Even though the video was tweeted out by Bloomberg’s official Twitter account, it’s conceivable someone might see it or share it without realizing the doctored clip came from the mayor’s team. And if a viewer doesn’t have that context, they might think what they’re seeing truly happened. “This video is deceptive and misleading,” Brooking said. Otis, who authored a book titled True Or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News, said a campaign’s intent when releasing content also matters. “Was the goal to mislead or hide a connection to any piece of disinformation? Not being up front about an edited video or other changed content runs a big risk since people spread things quickly without verification,” she told me. How people online receive the information matters, too. A glance at replies to the tweet show most people realized it was manipulated. But as of this writing, the video was shared over 4,000 times and viewed about 2 million times, and it’s unclear how many of those people discerned that the content was fake. Brooking doesn’t believe the Bloomberg campaign aimed to really trick voters. “Although it uses common disinformation techniques, I do not think the intention is to deceive,” he said. “Rather, their intention is to draw a contrast between candidates.” But, he added, “Based on the lack of watermark or attribution, it’s clear the Bloomberg campaign does not care if people are fooled in the process.” Should Bloomberg’s tweet stay up? It depends on who you ask. There’s a raging debate over what to do with videos like the Bloomberg campaign’s, Irene Pasquetto, a disinformation expert at Harvard University, told me. One side argues that “cheap fakes” — easily doctored videos — should stay online no matter how harmful or misleading they might be. Take what happened earlier this month: Trump tweeted out a video that had been edited to make it look like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was ripping up the president’s State of the Union speech during touching moments, such as the introduction of a Tuskegee airman. That’s not what transpired: Pelosi did rip up the speech, but only at the end of the full address. Jonathan Zittrain, a legal expert at Harvard, argues that tweet shouldn’t be taken down, even though it’s misleading, because it’s protected by free speech. pic.twitter.com/QhTWvcY4Ke— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020 “It’s political expression that could be said to be rearranging the video sequence in order to make a point that ripping up the speech at the end was, in effect, ripping up every topic that the speech had covered,” he wrote on Medium on February 10. “And to show it in a video conveys a message far more powerful than just saying it — something First Amendment values protect and celebrate, at least if people aren’t mistakenly thinking it is real,” Zittrain wrote. But another side argues the simplicity of manipulating a video in the way Bloomberg did — in the midst of a political campaign, no less — is problematic. It doesn’t take extensive technical skills to edit a video favorably, and that fact alone stops social media giants from pulling easily doctored content down. That arguably makes this kind of disinformation more effective in the long term. “There is no doubt that these videos are manipulated and dangerous, but whether they are dangerous or fake ‘enough’ to be removed is not clear — for now,” Pasquetto told me. Which means it’s only up to the Bloomberg campaign to decide what to do with the video. Let it stay up and potentially misinform voters, or take it down because it flirts with disinformation? Whatever the decision, it could weigh greatly on the rest of his campaign and the way candidates release content throughout the election. Shirin Ghaffary contributed reporting to this piece.
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Minnesota’s Democratic attorney general asks for examples of ‘bad’ Sanders supporters. Steve Scalise says he knows one.
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Gutfeld on the Democratic debate
Turns out all it took was a little “chum” to get the sharks feeding. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the little chum who got eaten alive in the Democratic debate Wednesday.
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Extreme-right killings leave Merkel coalition searching for answers
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Bloomberg's VERY expensive debate performance
Michael Bloomberg has spent an astonishing $464 million on his presidential campaign -- which he launched just 10 weeks ago, as he noted on the debate stage Wednesday night.
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Mark Hamill wants Trump to 'pardon' notorious 'Star Wars Holiday Special'
Actor Mark Hamill jokingly asked President Trump on Wednesday to pardon the 1978 television "Star Wars Holiday Special" that has never been re-aired because of negative reviews.
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Baltimore demolished a family’s house, then sent a nearly $27,000 bill
The two-story house and four others on an East Baltimore block were torn down in 2018.
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Tanker truck crashes and burns on Indiana highway
A tanker truck has overturned causing a huge fire on a highway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The driver was rescued by passersby and rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. (Feb 20)       
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Debate moderator Chuck Todd was Amy Klobuchar’s landlord in Arlington
A source said while it's not a secret in D.C., the fact that Todd rented a home to Klobuchar has not been publicly disclosed.
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Mom shares heartbreaking video of bullied son: ‘I want someone to kill me’
In the heart-wrenching video, Yarraka Bayles' son Quaden Bayles, who was born with Achondroplasia dwarfism, sobs in the family's car after a schoolmate taunted him for his height.
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Coronavirus fears create ghost town in South Korea after church 'super-spreader'
The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the new coronavirus in what authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church.
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China's Hubei province reports 411 new coronavirus cases on Feb 20
China's central Hubei province had 411 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Thursday, the province's health commission said on Friday, up from 349 cases a day earlier.
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Matthew Broderick, SJP revive Neil Simon comedy ‘Plaza Suite’
Boston theatergoers recently said they had “the best time of their lives” at the play.
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Live coverage: Donald Trump to rally supporters in key battleground state of Colorado
Donald Trump's campaign rally in Colorado Springs comes on the third day of a four-day swing through the West and two days before the Nevada caucuses.       
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Bethenny Frankel sells Hamptons house weeks after selling Soho apartment
The "Real Housewives of New York" alum sold one of her two homes in Bridgehampton for $2.28 million, as well as a condo on Mercer Street for $3.65 million.
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Mike Bloomberg, in his first Democratic presidential debate, didn't get it done
Bloomberg's campaign ads are spot on, boosting his poll numbers to the point that he qualified for a high-stakes debate before he was ready: Our view        
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Supreme Oreos are selling on eBay for over $10,000
Fans are eager to get their hands on the limited-edition cookies — and are willing to spend whatever it takes to do so.
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Taliban terrorist, killer, misogynist — New York Times op-ed columnist
Imagine, in the waning days of World War II, any American publication — let alone the New York Times — publishing an opinion piece by one of Hitler’s deputies, running this identifier (with an honorific, always an honorific): “Mr. Himmler devised the very first concentration camp for Nazi Germany.” Sounds like something out of The...
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Russia is looking to help Trump win, election security official told lawmakers
Intelligence officials warned lawmakers earlier this month that Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential election in an attempt to get President Donald Trump reelected, five people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.
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Will Las Vegas debate sway voters in the state's upcoming caucus?
Senator Amy Klobuchar saw a boost in New Hampshire after the debate there. Could the same thing happen for any of the candidates in Nevada? CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, CBS News correspondent Nikole Killion, Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott, and Los Angeles Times political reporter Melanie Mason joined CBSN to discuss the state of the 2020 race.
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USC announces free tuition for students from families making less than $80G
USC announced Thursday that it will be waiving all tuition fees for any student who comes from a family that makes less than $80,000. 
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The Enduring Mystery of Malcolm X’s Assassination
February 21 marks the 55th anniversary of Malcolm X's murder
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Nets' Kyrie Irving out for year, will have arthroscopic surgery on right shoulder
Kyrie Irving played in just 20 games this season for the Brooklyn Nets thanks to a right shoulder injury.      
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5 of the most devastating earthquakes in US history
In 2019, California was rocked by back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.1 and 6.4, respectively. The quakes brought renewed attention to the state’s vulnerability given its boundaries around the San Andreas fault line.
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GOP is accused of sending misleading 'census' forms ahead of the actual count
The Republican National Committee is sending misleading mailers labeled "2020 Congressional District Census" to people across the country.
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Russia, Roger Stone, Dan Brown: Your Friday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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A Washington state proposal would stop bottled water companies from tapping natural water sources
Washington state is taking a stand against bottled water companies.
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Little League teams in several states are dropping the Houston Astros name in the wake of its cheating scandal
The Houston Astros baseball cheating scandal may be a problem that stays in the Major Leagues, but the lesson is trickling down to local Little Leagues.
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Eric Holder tells journalist Paul Sperry to 'shut the hell up' about prosecutor in Andrew McCabe probe
Former Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at journalist and author Paul Sperry on Twitter Wednesday, telling Sperry that he should "shut the hell up" about Justice Department attorney Molly Gaston's donations to former President Barack Obama.
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MIT develops plan to deflect "planet-killer" asteroids
If an asteroid appears to be speeding towards Earth, scientists would rather not use nuclear weapons to deflect it.
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Bloomberg’s manipulated debate video earns Four Pinocchios
This is a classic case of "deceptive editing," under the rubric established under the Fact Checker's guide to manipulated video.
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NYC man busted for allegedly killing man, dumping body in New Jersey in 1985
David Garrido was arrested by the NYPD Wednesday after cops connected him to the 1985 murder of 29-year-old Ricardo Brown in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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White House says economy is clicking, but trade battles hurt
President Donald Trump's chief economist said trade uncertainty dampened business investment last year.
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Block on Mississippi's fetal-heartbeat abortion bill is upheld
Mississippi's 2019 law banning abortions at the detection of a fetal heartbeat -- as early as six weeks into pregnancy -- will remain blocked, a panel of circuit judges ruled on Thursday.
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The arguments, risks and rewards of the Nevada debate
In this edition: Inside the debate hall, inside the “leftist garage,” and inside the end of the no-Super PACs pledge.
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Police say they’ve arrest man who threatened House speaker
Police in Virginia say they’ve arrested a man who threatened House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs might be 'Bad Boys for Life,' but he is all heart
'Diddy' is #DadGoals. He surprised kids battling cancer on "Ellen" and is also working with his own kids on the reboot of MTV's "Making the Band."       
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In a deadlock, WGA and large talent agencies turn to a mediator
The WGA and large talent agencies Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment have agreed to meet with a mediator to resolve a federal lawsuit. The agencies have sued the union, accusing it of organizing an illegal boycott.
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Cop who told driver not to record police demoted
The North Carolina officers apparently did not know that Jesse Bright was a defense attorney when they told him it was illegal to film cops last month
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Counterterrorism analyst admits leaking classified information
The ex-Defense Intelligence Agency employee shared information on weapons systems.
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Meet the hair colorist who helped Sharon Osbourne and Jane Fonda go gray
Famous for his stunning salt-and-pepper hair transformations, Jack Martin spoke to Page Six Style about his process.
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68-year-old man leads cops on slow-speed chase while high
Slow and steady may win the race — but doesn’t make cops go away. A 68-year-old man who was high on marijuana led seven squad cars on a 20 mph chase in Pennsylvania, reports said Thursday. Dorie Adams was driving in Bellefonte around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, when cops first tried pulling him...
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BTS Tests Out a TikTok Release and Viral Challenge Combo for ‘On’ to Get the Fan ARMY Assembled
Welcome to the "ON" Challenge
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Why the US ambassador to Germany is now also the new acting head of US intelligence
Richard Grenell with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Munich, Germany, earlier this month. | Johannes Simon/Getty Images Oh, and he’s the special envoy in Kosovo-Serbia talks, too. President Donald Trump on Wednesday named current US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the new acting director of national intelligence, a move that caught many in the US intelligence community by surprise. Grenell is an unconventional pick: The ambassador has little experience with intelligence work and is widely seen as Trump loyalist above all else. His selection for the job — albeit in a temporary role — has some veterans of the US intelligence community worried about the potential for partisan influence on sensitive national security issues. One former CIA officer told the New York Times, which first broke the story, that “this is a job requiring leadership, management, substance and secrecy. [Grenell] doesn’t have the kind of background and experience we would expect for such a critical position.” Another official who spoke to the Times referred to Grenell as an “ultraright-wing sniper.” As acting DNI, Grenell will oversee 17 intelligence agencies on an interim basis, including the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. He will also serve on the National Security Council. However, even stranger, Grenell will also stay in his current post as US ambassador to Germany. Oh, and he’ll stay in his other job — as special envoy in Kosovo-Serbia talks — as well. On Thursday, Grenell clarified on Twitter that he will only be serving as DNI temporarily. “The President will announce the Nominee (not me) sometime soon,” he tweeted. But even if it’s temporary, the question remains: How, exactly, does one oversee America’s 17 intelligence agencies while sitting in an embassy in Berlin over 4,000 miles away from Washington, DC? Or, if the other way around, how does one act as an effective ambassador to Germany while being 4,000 miles away in Washington? John Koenig, who previously served as US ambassador to Cyprus, told Politico that Grenell’s dual role as ambassador and acting DNI isn’t “realistic at all.” “Being ambassador to Germany is a full-time job,” Koenig said. “It’s really very demanding. So I really can’t see how you can do that difficult job and do the equally and more demanding job of being acting DNI at the same time.” Grenell’s appointment is historic: He’ll be the first openly gay Cabinet member in US history. But his appointment is also controversial, beyond the obvious logistical challenges. Grenell has been a contentious figure in Berlin since he was confirmed in spring 2018. He’s vocally supported right-wing leaders and policies in Europe, and he demanded on Twitter that German companies stop doing business with Iran following new US sanctions on the country, among other breaks from traditional diplomatic norms. Last year, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Grenell has found himself “politically isolated” in Germany and described him, based on the accounts of more than 30 sources, as “a vain, narcissistic person” with little knowledge of Germany or the rest of Europe. There’s also the fact that Grenell may have been put into the acting DNI role to protect the president’s political interests. Grenell is replacing former National Counterterrorism Center director and retired Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire in the acting role. On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post reported that Trump berated Maguire last week over a classified briefing one of his deputies had given Congress on 2020 election security. The New York Times reports that the official, Shelby Pierson, “warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected” and that that briefing “angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.” That, it seems, may have torpedoed Maguire’s chances for the top job: The retired vice admiral was reportedly a leading choice until last week. Grenell will be yet another “acting” Cabinet official Though the DNI job normally requires Senate confirmation, Grenell is able to take over as intelligence chief because of the Vacancies Act, a 1998 law that allows another administration official in an “advice and consent position” — one that requires Senate confirmation — to assume an acting role for a limited duration. The president’s preference for “acting” officials in senior administration positions is well-documented. “I sort of like ‘acting,’” Trump told reporters in January last year. “It gives me more flexibility. Do you understand that? I like ‘acting.’ So we have a few that are ‘acting.’ We have a great, great Cabinet.” Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, who left the job in August, was the last Senate-confirmed official to hold the post, and it’s unclear who might be in the running for the permanent DNI job now. In any case, the clock is ticking for Grenell: His tenure could be limited to just three weeks if Trump doesn’t nominate a permanent candidate before March 11. The president’s last pick for the top intelligence job, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from contention in August 2019 after it became clear that he was unlikely to be confirmed by the Senate.
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Intelligence employee pleads guilty to leaking classified info to journalists
Federal prosecutors say Henry Kyle Frese researched multiple classified intelligence reports – some of which were unrelated to his job duties.       
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Jurors in Weinstein trial focus on 'Sopranos' actress Sciorra
New York jurors weighing rape and sexual assault charges against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein ended their third day of deliberations by asking on Thursday to review testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra.
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