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Fed expected to raise rates, may signal fewer hikes ahead
The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates on Wednesday, but may cut the number of hikes it anticipates next year and signal an earlier end to its monetary tightening in the face of financial market volatility and rising recession fears.
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Light at the end of the tunnel? Elon Musk's Boring Co. sees solution to traffic congestion
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks about breakthrough in tunnel building that allow commuters to zip to work. Is it for real?         
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White paper to set out tough UK immigration regime post-Brexit
Minimum salary threshold of £30k-a-year will also apply to migrants from the EU27Sajid Javid is expected to publish a long-delayed white paper on Britain’s tough new immigration regime on Wednesday, as the prime minister seeks to build the case for her Brexit deal by pledging to “take back control of our borders”. Related: Business leaders warn against plan to slash EU immigration to UK Continue reading...
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Twitter Makes It Easier Than Ever to Switch Between Latest and Top Tweets
Twitter has finally delivered on its promise to give users more control over their timeline. It comes in the form of a new button on the main screen that lets you switch between two different kinds of tweets. The post Twitter Makes It Easier Than Ever to Switch Between Latest and Top Tweets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How I recovered, by the people who did | Julie Powell and others
Addiction, mental illness, bereavement, cancer, debt: there is no shortage of afflictions that can beset a human life. But how do you recover?“I’ve been falling for years,” writes the Canadian author Katie Inglis in her memoir about grief and the death of her baby son, “scrambling up again, sorting out in fits and spurts, freshly sorted reasonings collapsing in on themselves to make space for new wrack”.The sense of loss she chronicles is both past and present. Grief is a continuum, recovering is continuous, with no identifiable moment of arrival. Continue reading...
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‘This is supposed to be a rich country’: volunteers on the reality of food bank Britain
Food charities are preparing for their busiest Christmas ever. Guardian readers and volunteers share stories from the frontline of povertyMy husband’s work arranged a food bank collection, as part of their corporate social responsibility. I rang up the organiser and said: “I can come, but I’ll have to bring my baby.” He was eight months old and used to sit in a high chair. We get a lot of young mothers who are embarrassed to be there; having a baby at the table immediately makes a connection. Straight away, you are talking about sleep, or lack of. Continue reading...
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Dolphins’ TV-watching habits confirm what gentle creatures they are. Unlike cats … | Stuart Jeffries
Scientists have established that the mammals are stimulated by television images, and enjoy an episode of SpongeBob SquarePantsWhat, you’ll be wondering, should you get a dolphin for Christmas? Socks will clearly get regifted; the latest volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s memoir will lie damp and unread at the bottom of the ocean, while presents of fish are thoughtless – the dolphin equivalent of service-station flowers. One idea is a subscription to Radio Times (obviously laminated or in some other way water resistant).This, at least, follows from research in Florida showing dolphins don’t just like TV but are discerning viewers. Until now dolphins’ viewing habits have not been studied, presumably because putting TV sets in water isn’t so much scientific research as the kind of genocidal cull that sets David Attenborough why-oh-whying at the end of Dynasties. Continue reading...
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I lived on a lonely street. Could I convince my neighbours to socialise? | Margaret Murphy
When I realised most people didn’t know each other, I organised a party. Success was not immediateAfter moving into my flat a few years ago, I was keen to meet the neighbours and make new friends. I sensed a lack of neighbourly spirit, however. The nature of the street – Victorian terraced houses, many converted into multiple flats – precludes natural neighbourliness. There are no common areas, and no play areas for children or even gardens where you can casually talk to others. But I think we should be friendly to our neighbours. We are all interconnected in our immediate environment, and we should look after and extend goodwill to one another. Benefits such as safety, sharing knowledge about reliable tradespeople, or support when sick, are some advantages of a shared community.In the first few years, I befriended my two immediate neighbours, who live in the same converted house. But after a while I was ready to meet others – so I began a social group for the road. One cold Saturday afternoon I knocked on my neighbours’ doors to find out if they would like to be part of it. As I started to meet them, I realised the extent of loneliness on a typical city street. I found that many people had been residents for a long time – one for more than 40 years. Most did not know many of their neighbours, and some knew nobody. Continue reading...
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UPDATE 1-Elon Musk unveils his first Los Angeles-area tunnel
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk made a brief public appearance late on Tuesday to unveil the first tunnel completed by the underground transit venture he launched two years ago as an ambitious remedy to Los Angeles' infamously heavy traffic.
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St. Louis police searching for woman’s stolen tiny home
ST. LOUIS — It shouldn’t be hard to spot the property stolen from St. Louis resident Meghan Panu. She’s looking for a 12-foot-tall tiny home that was stolen sometime Saturday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Panu spent the past two years and about $20,000 working on the 20-foot cedar home. The house was parked outside...
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Indian regulator to test samples of J&J baby powder: media
India's federal drug regulator will on Wednesday seize samples of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder for testing, local media said, following a Reuters report that the company knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in the product.
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Amazon and Facebook Reportedly Had a Secret Data-Sharing Agreement, and It Explains So Much
Back in 2015, a woman named Imy Santiago wrote an Amazon review of a novel that she had read and liked. Amazon immediately took the review down and told Santiago she had “violated its policies.” Santiago re-read her review, didn’t see anything objectionable about it, so she tried to post it again. “You’re not eligible…Read more...
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Elon Musk's Boring Co. unveils its transportation tunnels
       
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Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company’s Car-Flinging Tunnel
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO showed off the details of his latest scheme to slay traffic.
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Broncos rookie Phillip Lindsay makes pretty cool NFL history by being named to Pro Bowl
Phillip Lindsay wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine, was overlooked in the draft and signed as an undrafted free agent. Now, he's a Pro Bowler.        
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Dying man left 2-year-old 14 years’ worth of Christmas gifts
A Welsh family recently discovered that a deceased neighbor left their two-year-old daughter, Cadi Williams, Christmas gifts that she’ll be able to open for the next 14 holiday seasons. The neighbor, Ken, lived next to Cadi and her family in the Welsh town of Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, for two years, according to the BBC....
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Tribune stock tumbles after McClatchy bid dies
News that the McClatchy bid for Tribune Publishing is dead as a doornail sent the stock spiraling to another new 52-week low on Tuesday — slumping to $12.40 a share before closing at $12.45, down 4.1 percent. Will Wyatt, a former hedge fund operator, has been looking at the books in recent days to see...
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Samsung adds QLED screens to its artsy Frame and Serif TVs
Samsung designed the Frame and Serif TVs to be stylish additions to your home, like some sort of art piece that you can also use to watch movies. So, it's not surprising that the tech giant has announced an upgrade that's supposed to make them look e...
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Teenager behind 'flossing' dance craze the latest to sue Fortnite creators
Russell Horning is credited with making the dance move a global phenomenon in 2016 A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Russell Horning, aka the Backpack Kid, against a video game company, alleging they breached his copyright for including his signature dance move “flossing” in their wildly popular game Fortnite.Horning, 16, is credited with popularising “The Floss”, and became famous when he did the dance on Saturday Night Live during a performance by Katy Perry in 2016. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Facebook Caps Off 2018 With Yet Another Massive Privacy Scandal
This has been a terrible 2018 for Facebook so far, from numerous revelations about its shady privacy practices and high-profile political spats to admissions it helped enable genocide. With 13 days left in the year, it’s still getting worse. Much worse.Read more...
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Boys fight alongside men in Yemen war
An AP investigation has found that thousands of children have been recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels to fight in the country’s civil war. Boys describe being thrown into the heat of battle, amid bombardment and airstrikes, watching friends die. (Dec.19)        
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Jones shuts out Wild, Couture scores 2 in Sharks' 4-0 win
Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his first shutout this season and the 20th of his career in the San Jose Sharks' 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild        
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Robin Lehner dominates as Islanders snag another road win
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots, Anthony Beauvillier scored his fourth goal in five games and the Islanders beat the struggling Coyotes 3-1 Tuesday night. The Islanders beat Colorado 4-1 the night before, yet had more jump after Arizona scored the opening goal. Arizona’s Mario Kempe scored in the first period, but Joshua...
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Say Media’s Matt Sanchez appointed CEO of Hearst’s Autos Group
Hearst Magazines has tapped its third ex-Say Media executive for a big job. Say Media founder Matt Sanchez was quietly appointed CEO of Hearst’s Autos Group, which includes Road & Track, Car and Drive and the Jumpstart auto group that is an ad network for outside titles such as Autoweek, J. D. Power, US News...
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This Pee-Wee-Herman-Themed Samantha Bee Promo Is the Future of Advertising
Advertising. We all hate it. We’re all soaking in it. And far, far too much of it is made up of cynical attempts to convince the audience to buy something, do something, or watch something, while far too little of it—virtually none, really—recreates the set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse to make a convincing argument that the show’s anthropomorphic chairs, Etch-a-Sketches, and globes were trapped in the Playhouse as eternal punishment for their sins, tormented forever by a sadistic man-child in a grey suit. It’s no wonder that advertising has such a terrible reputation.
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European Union diplomatic communications 'targeted by hackers'
Thousands of messages in which diplomats discuss a range of subjects have reportedly been intercepted.
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Broncos' Lindsay becomes 1st undrafted offensive Pro Bowler
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is the first undrafted offensive player to make the Pro Bowl        
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YouTube host faces charges for criticising Thai princess's Miss Universe dress
Online presenter accused of affecting the country’s reputation after suggesting the outfit was ugly A popular YouTube presenter is facing charges in Thailand after she criticised a Miss Universe dress that was designed by the daughter of the king.Wanchaleom Jamneanphol, a popular online TV host, is facing charges under Thailand’s notoriously strict cybercrimes and lèse-majesté laws – which make it illegal to say anything negative about the monarchy – for her comments online describing a dress designed by Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana as ugly. Continue reading...
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Gannett quietly cutting staff through early retirement packages
Gannett, the parent of USA Today, has been quietly thinning its ranks through voluntary early retirement packages. Rumors are swirling that the voluntary buyouts are just a preliminary to further deep cuts expected to take place early in the new year. At the Record in Bergen County, NJ, which has seen hundreds laid off since...
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Da Silva scores 23 points in Stanford's win over Spartans
Oscar Da Silva scored a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, KZ Okpala added 25 points and Stanford beat San José State 78-73 on Tuesday night        
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Here's what it's like to ride in the inventor's 1.14-mile tunnel
Our Tesla Model X pulled into a small parking lot behind an old kitchen cabinet store and came to a stop on a metal lift. Moments later, Elon Musk's vision for how to beat traffic congestion began to take shape.
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Struggling Queens Tribune searching for new financing
The Queens Tribune, a weekly started nearly 50 years ago by longtime Congressman Gary Ackerman is searching for new financing. “It’s another sad day for print journalism,” said Ackerman — in response to a rumor the newspaper was in trouble. He and his partners had sold the publication to an investment group in April. Ackerman...
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SoftBank telco suffers rare Japan drop on debut after record IPO
SoftBank Corp shares slumped more than 12 percent on debut, as investor appetite for Japan's biggest ever IPO was hurt by a recent service outage at the telecoms operator and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei.
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Humans find sick fox with drain around neck
If you saw a struggling fox with something stuck around its neck, would you do what these people did?        
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Kid beats cancer, celebration doesn’t go as planned
Little Dominic Barone finally beat cancer in and it was time to celebrate with a big party in Pensacola, Florida. But no one showed up. Word got out and something amazing happened. Kindness.        
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Little brother prank backfires with big brother surprise
Watch middle brother’s prank on baby brother get turned on him in the BEST way.        
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Teen adopted days before 18th birthday
She spent 6,567 days in foster care. But this moment, on this day, is one she’ll always cherish.        
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LeBron James had a dunk attempt blocked for just the 9th time in his career
Jarrett Allen came up with a rare, huge block on a LeBron James dunk attempt in the Nets' win over the Lakers.        
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McAfee: Cryptomining and IoT malware both rose over 70% in Q3 2018
Cybersecurity firm McAfee said that the cybercriminal underworld is generating 480 new threats per minute, according to a new report.
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Facebook denies it let other tech companies misuse personal data
But the social network didn't directly address a report that it gave "partners" far more access to private data than it has publicly disclosed.
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Facebook reportedly gave tech giants access to users’ private messages
Facebook gave tech companies such as Microsoft, Netflix and Spotify, access to user data — including private messages — in ways that were not previously disclosed by the social media giant, the New York Times reported. Facebook gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read users’ private messages. They allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to...
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Oil prices climb after tumble on hint markets stabilizing
Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday after falling for the past three sesssions with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure though sentiment may be shifting as falling equity markets seemed to stabilize.
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Donald Trump must sell Tim Tebow autographed Denver Broncos helmet
Among the assets that the Donald J. Trump Foundation must sell is a Tim Tebow-signed Denver Broncos helmet.        
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Witness describes meeting El Chapo, and the naked man chained nearby
A key informant in the case against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified in federal court on Tuesday, highlighting his meetings with the reputed cartel boss and the bloody drug war that drove him to cooperate with investigators.
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LeBron James: Jarrett Allen's Block 'Probably All over Social Media'
Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen had the biggest moment of his young career Tuesday night when he blocked a dunk attempt from LeBron James...
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It’s Showtime for Elon Musk’s Tunnel, With a Long Way to Go
With revisions to the initial concept, a subterranean transport system provides a one-mile ride under a Los Angeles suburb. (In a Tesla.)
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Thousands of Migrant Children Could Be Released After Policy Change
With the easing of security screening requirements, the time that migrant children are kept in shelters is expected to be much shorter.
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George H.W. Bush secretly sponsored a Filipino child for 10 years
To most, George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States. But young Timothy had a different title for him. Using a pseudonym, Bush served as the boy’s secret pen pal — writing heartfelt letters to him in the Philippines from 2002 to 2012 as part of a US-based sponsorship program. Copies of...
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