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Giants taking look at Johnathan Cyprien, Tre Boston for open secondary spot
On the day the Giants welcome in their rookies for the start of training camp, the team on Monday will also bring in a pair of veteran safeties, as Johnathan Cyprien and Tre Boston are expected in for visits, The Post confirmed. The defensive backfield is already in a major state of renovation, with two...
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Indian government ban on ‘non-sovereign’ cryptocurrency would see holders jailed for up to 10 years
A government panel in India has issued a recommendation to ban all “cryptocurrencies created by non-sovereigns,” a step which could be applied to Bitcoin. “The Committee notes with serious concern mushrooming of cryptocurrencies almost invariably issued abroad and numerous people in India investing in these cryptocurrencies. All these cryptocurrencies have been created by non-sovereigns and are in this sense entirely private enterprises,” their report reads. The panel said anyone dealing with digital currencies of any kind could face 10 years behind bars and be handed hefty fines. As part of its recommendation, the panel laid out the reasons why cryptocurrencies… This story continues at The Next Web
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Two Southwest planes collide while preparing for departure in Nashville
A battle of the winglets left two Southwest Airlines planes full of passengers out of commission in Nashville. “Welcome to Crashville,” passenger Eric Borden tweeted Saturday night from one of the two clipped airliners. “Got stuck waiting on a plane at BNA due to weather on the way back to Atlanta. We finally pull back...
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Florida House hopeful Elizabeth McCarthy admits to lying about saving Pulse nightclub victims
A former Democratic hopeful for Florida’s House of Representatives confessed to making up claims that she removed 77 bullets from Pulse nightclub victims, flatly admitting to state investigators that she lied about her dramatic response to the mass shooting. Elizabeth McCarthy, 50, confessed to the Florida Department of Health that she lied about removing the...
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Woman reportedly falls out of Illinois carnival roller coaster: 'It happened so fast'
A malfunction on a roller coaster in Plainfield, Ill., sent a woman “flying,” according to witnesses.
Jupiter's Volcanic Moon Io Continues to Surprise Scientists
Scientists have published five years of observations of Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, revealing just how strange the world is. They even describe one volcano that might be influenced by the moon’s orbit. Read more...
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Trump cites very good talks with Congress on debt ceiling
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that talks with Democrats and Republicans on raising the debt ceiling were going well and that it was important to take care of the military in any spending legislation.
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Equifax to pay $575M for data breach, promises to protect data next time
The company promises free credit monitoring and not to screw up with security.
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First images emerge of crew from oil tanker seized by Iran
The first images of the crew of the British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz were released on Monday, showing them gathered around a table and preparing a meal. The 23-member crew of the Stena Impero, many of them dressed in red coveralls bearing the name of the vessel, are...
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Remains of one the world's oldest known mosques discovered in Israel’s Negev desert
The remains of a 1,200-year-old mosque have been discovered in Israel’s Negev desert. The ancient structure is one of the earliest known mosques in the world, according to experts.
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Hill And Trump Administration Close In On 2 Year Budget Deal
The two-year deal to set spending levels and raise the debt limit would end a decade of roller coaster fiscal stand-offs in Washington.
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Morgenthau reveals promise he made during WWII (2009)
During an 2009 interview with CNN, former Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau said he made a promise to devote to life to public service after his ship sank while serving in the Navy during WWII.
Trump Denies Iran Has Captured 17 CIA Spies
A senior Iranian intelligence officer says Iran has detained CIA-trained spies who were attempting to gather information on the country's military and nuclear capabilities.
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Why are American NBA stars skipping the FIBA World Cup?
Almost every big-name star is sitting out the tournament, and only some of them have obvious reasons for doing so. USA Basketball’s senior men’s team is losing steam at an alarming rate. In the past few weeks, the roster expected to defend the United States’ FIBA World Cup championship this summer in China lost its two biggest stars, Anthony Davis and James Harden, and two key shooters in Eric Gordon and C.J. McCollum. Just before this piece was published, Bradley Beal withdrew due to the impending birth of his child, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes. Former FIBA stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin, Paul George, and Kyrie Irving were already out for various reasons. In fact, of the 11 Americans on the All-NBA team this past season, only two are currently slated to participate in the World Cup: Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker. There were 20 NBA All-Stars this season who are eligible for USA Basketball service. Only four remain on the roster: Lillard, Walker, Khris Middleton, and NBA champion Kyle Lowry, who had thumb surgery after the season and might not be back in time. Here’s what the depth chart looks like going into camp after the recent pull-outs. Guards: Lillard, Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Lowry.Wings: Middleton, Tobias Harris, Jayson Tatum, Harrison Barnes, P.J. Tucker.Bigs: Kevin Love, Andre Drummond, Myles Turner, Kyle Kuzma, Paul Millsap, Brook Lopez. Lillard is the team’s best talent. Four of the five best players on the team are guards. Keep in mind that five years ago, Lillard was cut from a World Cup roster because Team USA had so many stars. (The player that got Lillard’s spot? Derrick Rose. Welp.) How times have changed, for Lillard and especially for USA Basketball. There’s no good answer for why this is happening. The senior men’s team has its best coach ever in Gregg Popovich. Steve Kerr and Lloyd Pierce are assistant coaches. The opportunity to spend a couple of months with that coaching staff, both stateside and overseas, sounds like a dream. Contrary to popular belief, the World Cup actually is important even though American fans don’t pay much attention: the clearest way to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics tournament is to finish top two among Western Hemisphere teams in the World Cup. Now, Team USA is still talented enough to easily finish top two among the seven North American, South American, and Caribbean teams (Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, United States, and Dominican Republic). Most of those teams have also suffered some attrition due to retirements, NBA commitments, and injuries. And if something wild happens and the United States really falls apart, there’s a last-chance tournament before the Olympics next summer, at which point the stars could come out and clinch a spot fairly easily, one would imagine. In fact, the United States is still the overwhelming favorite to win the World Cup, even with this stripped-down roster. The senior men’s team hasn’t lost a tournament game since 2006, when the U.S. finished third under Mike Kyrzyzewski in the reboot tournament after the embarrassment of the Athens Olympics in 2004. Serbia and Spain are Team USA’s biggest rivals for the title, and since Giannis Antetokounmpo has announced he will play for Greece, you can’t count out the team that beat the Americans in 2006. But yes, USA Basketball is the huge favorite, even without Harden, Davis, and everyone else. The question here is, why they are without everyone else. There’s no security or health issue keeping stars away, as there was in Athens 2004 (terrorism threats) or Brazil 2016 (Zika virus). The host nation is China, still NBA stars’ favorite foreign market to pitch. Popovich is well-liked and known to more NBA stars than Coach K had been. There hasn’t been a major injury suffered in international tournament play or preparation since 2014, and that didn’t seem to have a huge impact on the 2016 Olympic roster. Is it complacency? As mentioned, the Americans haven’t lost in a tournament in more than a decade. Wounded pride sparked American NBA stars to participate beginning in 2006. There’s no wounded pride on the world basketball stage at this point. Is that a necessary component to getting a higher level of commitment from the best players? Is it a lack of pre-existing friend groups and cliques? From 2006 through 2012, the senior men’s team was defined by the LeBron-Wade-Melo-Bosh crew. Around 2014, we saw the sprouting of the Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving friendship that rocked this summer’s NBA free agency. Lillard is fully committed to Portland for the next half-decade. Walker is off the market. Mitchell, Tatum, and Zion Williamson, if he gets added to the team, are on rookie deals. None of these players seem all that connected together. It’s a pretty random group. Is it pressure from teams? There hasn’t been any public suggestion of that. It’s possible that given the enormous contracts being doled out these days, there has been behind-the-scenes requests by teams to skip the summer. Or, perhaps players are doing the math themselves. Is it politics? Is the allure of proudly wearing U-S-A across your chest less appealing now than in, say, the years 2008 through 2016? That might be true, though 2006’s high level of star participation sticks out, and the presence of Popovich and Kerr should calm fears of being misunderstood on the world stage. Is it the fact that USA Basketball has not stuck to its guns on requiring stars to eat their vegetables (playing in the FIBA World Cup, which most American fans and merch buyers don’t care about) to get their dessert (playing in the Olympics, which tons of Americans watch and love)? Is it the timing of the tournament at the end of the NBA offseason? The World Cup championship game is Sept. 15. There are preseason games the first week of October. It’s likely some combination of these factors, personalized for each star player. But whatever the case, this is easily the weakest Team USA has been heading into a major tournament since 2004 (maybe even 2002, when the Americans finished sixth as a host nation) and it’s exactly what Jerry Colangelo and the leadership of USA Basketball has worked to avoid over the past 15 years. Dame, Kemba, Pop, and the others will probably still cover the United States in basketball glory. But it won’t be as easy as it could have been, and it’s worth figuring out why it’s heading back in this direction.
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Egg salad and sandwiches sold at Target recalled for listeria
Egg salad and deviled egg sandwiches are among the foods recalled because of possible listeria contamination
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FDA targets teens with e-cigarette prevention ads
Today, the FDA launched its first e-cigarette prevention TV ads. Part of "The Real Cost" campaign, they're meant to educate teens on the dangers of e-cigarette use. The ads will target nearly 10.7 million teens, aged 12 to 17, who have used e-cigaret...
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The golden age of dining may be at its end
The revolutionary era of American restaurants and cuisine may be at its end, according to Kevin Alexander, author of the new book, "Burn the Ice." He argues that since 2006, the U.S. restaurant industry experienced a transformative change in the era of "fine casual dining." Alexander joined CBSN to discuss the trend.
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Slash $100 off a lifetime subscription to Rosetta Stone
TL;DR: Get lifetime access to a comprehensive Rosetta Stone language course for $199, normally priced at $299.  There are lots of things you might be too old for — staying out all night, learning gymnastics, sleeping on a futon — but learning a second language is not one of them.  Whether you're looking to travel somewhere new in the future, or just want to challenge your mind, let 2019 be the year you finally become multilingual. While there are a ton of up-and-coming language-learning apps, Rosetta Stone remains the mother of all software on the market and right now, you can slash $100 off a lifetime subscription. Read more...More about Travel, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Onlinelearning, and Rosetta Stone
A Utah woman died after blood drained into garbage can after surgery. Her family is suing the hospital
Donnamay Brockbank died at a hospital in Utah after heart surgery after her blood drained into a garbage can.        
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Screwed by Equifax? Apply to get some of the record-breaking $700 million settlement.
Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the United States, has agreed to pay up to $700 million for its 2017 data breach which affected nearly 150 million customers. The FTC announced details of the settlement on Monday. It would be the largest ever paid by a company for a data breach, once it gets court approval.  According to Equifax, the company will put up to $425 million towards a consumer restitution fund in order to “pay for three-bureau credit monitoring for consumers whose information was impacted in the 2017 breach, actual out-of-pocket losses related to the breach, and other consumer benefits such as identity restoration services.” Read more...More about Hacking, Settlement, Data Breach, Equifax, and Equifax Hack
Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens Lies In Repose
Stevens, who died July 16, is lying in repose Monday in the Supreme Court's Great Hall. Several current justices as well as President Trump have paid their respects, along with members of the public.
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Fact-Checking Trump’s Claims That Democrats Are Radical Socialists
The president wants to portray his opponents as steering the country in a dangerous direction. But what does it mean to be a socialist — and to what degree do Democrats fit the definition?
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Apple Releasing watchOS 5.3 Today With Walkie-Talkie Bug Fix, ECG Support for Canada and Singapore
Apple will today release watchOS 5.3, the seventh update to the watchOS 5 operating system that runs on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 5.3 comes more than a month after the launch of watchOS 5.2.1, a minor update that expanded ECG availability. watchOS 5.3 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone. The update will be available at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. No new features were discovered in watchOS 5.3 during the beta testing process, but according to Apple's iOS 12.4 release notes, the new update, along with iOS 12.4, fixes a major bug in the Walkie-Talkie app that could allow it to be used to spy on people and it once again makes the Walkie-Talkie app accessible. The watchOS 5.3 update also brings ECG support and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Apple Watch Series 4 owners in both Canada and Singapore. From Apple's release notes:This update includes new features, improvements and bug fixes and is recommended for all users: - Provides important security updates including a fix for the Walkie-Talkie app - ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 now available in Canada and Singapore - Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Canada and SingaporewatchOS 5.3 may be one of the final updates to the watchOS 5 operating system as Apple shifts its focus to watchOS 6, which is currently being beta tested ahead of a planned fall release.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6Tag: ECGBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)This article, "Apple Releasing watchOS 5.3 Today With Walkie-Talkie Bug Fix, ECG Support for Canada and Singapore" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Animal shelter: Our pets ‘protect you from the Area 51 aliens’
These pets are looking to get beamed up. An Oklahoma animal shelter has jumped on the viral “Storm Area 51” event in an attempt to find forever homes for its rescue dogs, cats and pigs. “Come storm our shelter,” OKC Animal Shelter wrote Friday in a Facebook post that’s racked up more than 11,000 shares....
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Watch Tom Brady cliff jump with his daughter
NFL star Tom Brady is being criticized for cliff-jumping with his 6-year-old daughter.
Specialist jails to prevent extremism are 'undersubscribed'
Critics says separation centres entrench ideologies and discriminate against MuslimsJails-within-jails designed to prevent extremists from radicalising vulnerable prisoners are undersubscribed, staff at the specialist units have told officials.The separation centres were launched in 2017 to keep the most influential extremist prisoners from radicalising the broader prison population but critics have accused them of making ideologies more entrenched and discriminating against Muslims. Continue reading...
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How to Speed Up Your Android Hotspot Connection
Being able to turn your smartphone into a miniature access point that can give other devices an internet connection—like your laptop—is one of the best features ever. It’s saved my bacon plenty of times, those rarer moments when I need to use my laptop for something (like editing a Lifehacker post), but can’t access…Read more...
The logo for Marvel's new 'Loki' series gets slammed and meme'd by fans
Graphic design is not always Marvel's passion.  Marvel Studios kicked off MCU Phase 4 during San Diego Comic Con this weekend, revealing new projects, movies, and series on the timeline that'll be released in the next few years. This included the announcements of releases for Disney's new streaming service, Disney+.  Making our way through the Avengers roster we have titles for WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, and of course the god of mischief himself, Loki. Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ LOKI, an original series with Tom Hiddleston. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Spring — Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 Read more... More about Twitter, Memes, Marvel, Sdcc, and Loki
Chelsea Clinton announces birth of third child
Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton announced Monday morning that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky welcomed a new child into their family.
Trump: 'We will have to find out' about Huawei's relationship with North Korea
Asked about a media report that said Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] had secretly built and maintained North Korea's commercial wireless network, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday, "We will have to find out."
UFC champ Jon Jones accused of slapping waitress’ genitals
Jon Jones may be the best to ever step into the octagon, but his record in the court of public opinion continues to disappoint. The UFC light heavyweight champion is facing a battery charge, following an alleged incident in April at a strip club in New Mexico. Jones is currently being accused of slapping a...
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New York mob boss slaying a result of gunman's 'deep state' obsession, defense attorney says
The brazen March murder of a New York Mafia boss was reportedly driven by the young gunman’s delusional obsession with online right-wing conspiracy theories and resulted from his desire to root out and arrest members of the so-called "deep state," according to court papers filed last week.
Submarine found 51 years after mysterious disappearance
The Minerve was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board in 1968
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In Conservative Michigan, Voters Want to Love Trump, Not Leave Him
Voters in a part of the state that swung for Mr. Trump in 2016 have largely overlooked his recent attacks on four congresswomen, instead focusing their ire on Democrats.
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Best TV deals for the week of July 22
Comic-Con went down this past weekend and the MCU was very blessed. Marvel announced a crop of new movies and TV shows to usher in Phase 4 of the franchise, including confirmation of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and a new Thor movie. If that's not the kicker you need to watch (or rewatch) all 22 movies to prep for the new stuff, we're not sure what is. How to experience it in the best way possible? A 4K TV. Movies as action-packed as these need the details that millions of pixels can provide — and no one will be complaining about seeing Chris Evans, Hemsworth, or Pratt's faces in HDR. SEE ALSO: You'll probably see some of those Marvel Disney+ characters back on the big screen Read more...More about Home, Lg, Streaming, 4k Tv, and Mashable Shopping
Trumps pay respects to Justice John Paul Stevens
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Monday as he lay in repose at the Supreme Court building in Washington. Stevens, a leading liberal voice on the high court, retired in 2010 and died last week at age 99.
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Apple Releasing iOS 12.4 Today With New Wireless Data Migration When Setting Up a New iPhone and Apple News+ Improvements
Apple will today release iOS 12.4, the fourth major update to the iOS 12 operating system that first launched in September 2018. iOS 12.4 comes more two months after the release of iOS 12.3, another major update that brought the new TV app. The iOS 12.4 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.4 is free to download, but it may take some time for iOS 12.4 to propagate to all iOS users. iOS 12.4 will see a release right around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time or 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. During the beta testing process, there were no outward-facing features or major changes discovered in iOS 12.4. According to Apple's release notes, the update introduces a new iPhone migration option to directly transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone, and it introduces enhancements to Apple News+. From Apple's release notes: iOS 12.4 introduces iPhone migration to directly transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone, includes enhancements to Apple News+ and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad. This update: iPhone migration - Introduces the ability to wirelessly transfer data and migrate directly from an old iPhone to a new iPhone during setup Apple News - Makes downloaded issues accessible in the My Magazines section, both offline and online - Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed - Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues by selecting History > Clear > Clear All Other improvements and fixes - Includes a security fix for the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch and re-enables Walkie-Talkie functionality This release also includes support for HomePod in Japan and Taiwan.The update was believed to include support for Apple Card, laying the foundation for Apple's new credit card, though the release notes make no mention of this. It could still add the underlying framework for Apple Card, which is set to be launching this summer and could come at any time. Related Roundup: iOS 12This article, "Apple Releasing iOS 12.4 Today With New Wireless Data Migration When Setting Up a New iPhone and Apple News+ Improvements" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Kenya Barris Developing Netflix Animated Series Based on Kid Cudi’s New Album
Cudi will star in, write, and executive produce the series, which will showcase music from his new album "Entergalactic."
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Charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time with this device, now on sale
TL;DR: The powerful BatteryPro portable charger is $89 (a savings of 10%) for a limited time in the Mashable Shop. Batteries are the Achilles heel of electronic devices. If only battery technology can keep up with the advancement of gadgets, then we wouldn't have to scramble for power outlets multiple times a day. Until the tech gods come up with a way to make batteries last all day long (with streaming and all), we have no choice but to settle for chargers to keep us juiced up and connected on the go. The BatteryPro Portable Charger is an ultra-portable battery that is capable of refueling your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously. Read more...More about Iphone, Apple Watch, Charger, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
New parents charged with strangling unwanted baby in hospital
A young couple strangled their newborn to death in a California hospital just hours after the birth, saying they had never wanted him, according to authorities. Police in Oxnard say they were called to St. John’s Medical Center on Friday morning because of a newborn “in critical condition with suspicious injuries.” “Despite the efforts of...
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FDNY says damaged air conditioner cord caused fatal Queens blaze
The Queens blaze that killed a mother and her 7-year-old daughter was caused by a damaged air conditioner cord, the FDNY said Monday. The two-alarm fire erupted on Sunday morning at the 117th Street home in Richmond Hill, leaving dead Siliva Umana, 51, and 7-year-old Guadalupe Perez, officials said. Umana’s sons, 19 and 15, were...
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British Airways pilots back August strike
Airline tries to obtain injunction to prevent strike backed by 93% of pilots The travel plans of hundreds of thousands of British Airways passengers face the threat of disruption from mid-August after pilots at the airline voted to go on strike over pay.In the ballot, 93% of BA’s 4,000 pilots voted in favour of taking industrial action after rejecting a three-year pay deal. No strike dates have yet been announced by pilots’ union Balpa, which must give two weeks’ notice of any action. Continue reading...
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Are the original Sugababes getting back together?
A photo posted by original member Siobhán Donaghy has prompted rumours of a second reunion with Mutya Buena and Keisha BuchananLast Friday, the singer Siobhán Donaghy popped a picture on Instagram stories of her and two friends. “My girls,” read the caption. Obviously, it should have said “babes”, considering the picture included Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena, AKA the other two members of the original (and best?) incarnation of pop’s most turbulent girlband, Sugababes.The picture immediately caused a stir in the more nostalgic corners of the internet, despite this marking the trio’s second reunion attempt since 2012. Back then, the reformed band was dubbed Mutya Keisha Siobhán, or MKS, because of a rights issue over the name. It ended with a No 50 single, the prophetically titled Flatline, and a leaked album called Sacred Three. Continue reading...
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Robert Morgenthau, longest-serving Manhattan district attorney, dies at 99
Robert Morgenthau, who became the scourge of New York's white-collar criminals over three decades as the longest-serving Manhattan district attorney, died on Sunday at the age of 99.
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Trump is expected to drop in on White House tech meeting with Broadcom, Intel CEOs -sources
Chief executives from chipmakers Intel and Broadcom will attend a Monday meeting at the White House to discuss Huawei's blacklisting and other topics, and President Donald Trump is expected to drop in even though the meeting was not on his official schedule, according to two people briefed on the matter.
The Rest Will Be Familiar to You from Cinema review – flesh-and-blood take on the Oedipus curse
Avignon festivalMartin Crimp’s version of Euripides’ Phoenician Women is sly and violent, while its sphinx’s riddles read like exam questions from hellHe might recently have been haunting the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, but playwright Martin Crimp seems more at home outside Britain. His translations of French classics are justly celebrated, while certain German theatres treat him almost like a house dramatist. His latest appearance at the Avignon festival, The Rest Will Be Familiar to You from Cinema, a version of Euripides’ little-performed Phoenician Women, is appropriately transnational: a French version of a script that debuted in German in 2013, translated from English, itself adapted from Greek.Focusing on the tragedy of Oedipus, it narrates a part of the tale we don’t often hear, the catastrophic fallout for the hero’s family. We encounter his mother Jocasta – who, catastrophically, he has married – her long-suffering daughter, Antigone, and their sons, Eteocles and Polynices, together locked in conflict. Oedipus himself only appears at the very end, blinded and befuddled. Centre stage in this version are the Women, halfway between a conventional Greek chorus and Macbeth’s Witches, administering malign fate and purring sphinx-like riddles: “If Anna has two more ponies than Miriam / and Miriam’s cat Bobby has seven kittens / then what is it like to kill?” Continue reading...
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This website uses AI to turn your selfies into haunted classical portraits
A selection of portraits produced by the AI Portrait Ars model. Bored of using AI to age yourself into a desiccated husk? Why not use it to turn your selfies into harrowing but artistic portraits instead? Head over to, home of a fun little widget built by researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, and upload a photo to try out an artistic transformation for yourself. The site uses an algorithm trained on 45,000 classical portraits to render your face in faux oil, watercolor, or ink. There’s a huge number of styles included in this database, covering artists from Rembrandt to Titian to van Gogh, with each input producing a unique portrait. The algorithm doesn’t just copy the lines of your facial features, but it uses them as a base to generate an entirely new portrait. As the researchers point out, unlike earlier AI methods that created similar AI portraits, the algorithm here is not merely “painting over” your face in a new style. Instead, it uses what’s known as a generative adversarial network (GAN) to generate new features from scratch. Certain elements within any selfie may prompt the algorithm to use a specific style. In the images below, for example, researchers say the algorithm “decides upon a Renaissance style, highlighting the elegance of the aquiline nose, the smoothness of the forehead.” If you try a few different selfies, you’ll certainly get different results. An example of’s handiwork. Before you get worried about the privacy implications (as some have warned with face-aging app FaceApp), this does all seem above board. Your photos are sent to the creators’ servers in order to produce the portrait, but the researchers promise they won’t use your data for any other purpose, and any images you send are “immediately” deleted after use. But know this: once the AI paints your portrait, your youthful features will be frozen forever, while your digital rendering ages day by day in your downloads folder. Yeah, it will become a foul ledger of your life, a record of every sin and vice you commit. Its very existence will wrack your conscience and corrupt all pleasure and joy you had once hoped for. But, I’m told, that’s fairly standard for this sort of privacy policy and nothing to worry about.
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Rashida Tlaib says she’s not going anywhere until she impeaches Trump
​Rep. Rashida Tlaib ​–​ one of the four members of the squad that President Trump said needs to “go back” to where ​they came from — returned to her hometown Monday and insisted she’s not budging. “I’m not going nowhere,” Tlaib said to cheers at the NAACP convention in Detroit. “Not until I impeach this...
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