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How Neil and Buzz Almost Were Stranded on the Moon in 1969

Even after half a century, people still don’t know much about the little broken switch that nearly stranded Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface in July of 1969. No one will ever be certain how the switch broke, but Aldrin is pretty sure it happened after he and Armstrong reentered the lunar…
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Xi Jinping offers to help Greece recover contested Parthenon Marbles
Chinese President Xi Jinping has weighed in on a long-standing controversy by offering to help Greece retrieve the contested Parthenon Marbles from Britain.
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Facebook Pay will let you make payments through Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram
Last night, Facebook launched its new payment service called Facebook Pay in the US. The service will let you pay other people and businesses across Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. You can add your debit or credit card to Facebook Pay and choose if you want it available in certain apps or all Facebook apps. In the beginning, the service will be available on Facebook and Messenger to pay for fundraisers, in-game purchases, event tickets, person-to-person payments, and select pages on Facebook Marketplace.  The company said Facebook Pay will roll out on Instagram and WhatsApp without specifying a timeline. It’s important… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp,Facebook,Instagram
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Tammy Abraham: Is Harry Kane's England place under threat from Chelsea striker?
Captain Harry Kane remains England's first-choice striker, but what do the stats tell us about who Southgate should be selecting to lead the line?
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Wednesday briefing: Johnson-Farage pact threatens 'nasty government'
Angela Rayner says Brexit party ‘in cahoots’ with Tories ... PM to deliver first big election set-piece (since the last one) … Trump’s TV impeachment beginsHello and welcome to your election-heavy daily news roundup. It is feeling a little bit like groundhog day as Boris Johnson delivers the first big speech for the Conservative election campaign, despite having launched the party’s campaign last week with … another big speech. There’s much to mock in Johnson’s new election advert, and things are falling apart as alliances and detentes between parties fray. You can follow our live coverage of the day’s political news here, and read on for a round-up of non-election news as well. Continue reading...
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Asian stocks hit by trade confusion and HK unrest
Asian stocks and Wall Street futures fell on Wednesday, as confusing signals over the extent of progress made in U.S.-China trade talks and concern about intensifying unrest in Hong Kong hurt demand for risky assets.
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Federal Court Rules That Border Agents Need Probable Cause to Search Travelers' Phones
A federal court in Boston ruled on Tuesday that suspicionless searches of electronics at U.S. border crossings are unconstitutional, finding that reasonable suspicion of an actual crime is required before authorities can demand access to cell phones and other devices.Read more...
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Queens bootlegger busted with $36K worth of booze in Massachusetts
It's illegal in the state to transport more than three gallons of liquor without a permit, cops said.
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Tickets for HOPE 2020 go on sale tomorrow!
Aestetix writes, "Our 13th conference is taking place next summer in a brand new location as you've probably heard. We expect it to be bigger and better than ever with lots more activities and space - all without leaving New York City! Since this is #13, we figured we'd make an initial batch of tickets available on November 13th at precisely 13:13 Eastern Time (that's 1:13 pm for those who don't do 24 hour clocks)." It's been a rocky time for 2600 Magazine and its venerable Hackers on Planet Earth con -- so unbelievably awesome to see HOPE back in 2020! Initial Ticket Sales Wednesday! [HOPE/2600] Read the rest
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Australia court to give Cardinal Pell chance to have abuse convictions overturned
He is the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children and was sentenced to six years in prison.
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EFF and ACLU triumph as federal judge rules that warrantless, suspicionless device searches at the border are illegal
Back in 2017, EFF, ACLU and ACLU of Massachusetts sued the US government on behalf of 11 travelers whose devices had been subjected to warrantless, suspicionless searches by Customs and Border Protection at the US border. Now, a federal court in Boston has found in favor of the travelers, affirming that CBP cannot conduct searches of border-crossers' devices without particularized suspicion of illegal contraband. The judgment has the potential to stem the rising floodtide of warrantless border searches of devices -- up 400% in just three years. International travelers returning to the United States have reported numerous cases of abusive searches in recent months. While searching through the phone of Zainab Merchant, a plaintiff in the Alasaad case, a border agent knowingly rifled through privileged attorney-client communications. An immigration officer at Boston Logan Airport reportedly searched an incoming Harvard freshman’s cell phone and laptop, reprimanded the student for friends’ social media postings expressing views critical of the U.S. government, and denied the student entry into the country following the search. Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional [EFF] Read the rest
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J&J's Remicade losing ground in Quebec health plan despite court victory
Johnson & Johnson's Remicade, a blockbuster drug that treats autoimmune disorders, has steadily lost market share among patients enrolled in the Canadian province of Quebec's public drug program, even after a court ruling reinstated full coverage in January, a Reuters analysis of government data shows.
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Cuomo: What to watch for in the impeachment hearings
CNN's Chris Cuomo goes over what to expect from Republican and Democrats in the impeachment hearings.
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Singer Andrea Bocelli: ‘Absurd’ to shun opera legend Placido Domingo
“I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible artist,” Bocelli said. He is the most prominent artist to speak out on the Spanish opera star’s behalf
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Emergency declared in Venice, Italy over high tides
Sirens warned people in Venice of the rising water, and authorities closed nursery schools as a precaution
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Mars to launch vegan Galaxy bar
Plant-based alternative to milk chocolate a first by mainstream confectionerMars is to launch a vegan version of its best-selling Galaxy bar in the UK, the first move by a large mainstream confectionery brand to offer consumers a plant-based alternative to milk chocolate.The new variant, certified by the Vegan Society, will be available in three flavours: smooth orange, caramel and sea salt and caramelised hazelnut. It will go on sale online and in store at Tesco, Ocado and Amazon from Monday, costing £3 for a 100g bar, double the price of the regular Galaxy. Continue reading...
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Afghanistan paedophile ring may be responsible for abuse of over 500 boys
Social workers claim teachers and local officials are implicated, and believe thousands more children may have been targetedA paedophile ring involved in the abuse of at least 546 boys from six schools has been discovered in Afghanistan’s Logar province.Some of the victims of the abuse have since been murdered according to the campaigners who first discovered videos of abuse posted to a Facebook page. Continue reading...
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From carnage to a camp beauty contest: the endless allure of Troy
Why has the ravaged fallen city been such an inspiration to artists for millennia? Ahead of an epic show at the British Museum, our writer unravels its extraordinary influenceTroy is a real place. The excavated city of tumbled stone at Hisarlık in western Turkey, near the mouth of the Dardanelles, is generally accepted as the site of its remains. But perhaps Troy is now more a zone of the imagination, rebuilt and repeopled every time someone makes it afresh in their mind – through the act of reading or looking, writing or making.It all started with the Homeric poems: The Iliad, about the Trojan war; and The Odyssey, about Greek fighter Odysseus’s troubled, circuitous return home after victory. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, the first century BC scholar, called Homer the source from which every sea, every fountain, every river flows. As if to prove his point, he was quoting Homer when he wrote that (specifically, the ancient Greek poet’s description of the ocean, the encircling girdle of waters that surrounds the known world, in book 21 of The Iliad). Continue reading...
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The controversial plan to redevelop Checkpoint Charlie
Three decades after the Berlin Wall fell, the crossing is a mess of souvenir shops and fast-food restaurants – and time is running out to change thingsIt was the most famous border crossing in the Berlin Wall, the official gateway for allied diplomats, military personnel and foreigners to enter communist East Berlin by road.And in 1961, Checkpoint Charlie seized the world’s attention when a diplomatic spat about allied forces’ freedom to travel in East Berlin quickly escalated and saw Soviet and American tanks squaring up to one another. The world watched aghast, fearful of a third world war, as a formidable flock of superpower tanks rolled towards the border, standing just 100 yards apart. Continue reading...
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Farage working 'in cahoots' with Johnson, claims Angela Rayner
Shadow education secretary says Tory election win would ‘make Thatcher look like a pussycat’Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has claimed Boris Johnson is “in cahoots” with Nigel Farage, and urged voters in the Midlands and the north to stick with Labour, or risk the election of “the most hard-right government we’ve seen since Margaret Thatcher”.Labour has seized on Farage’s announcement on Monday that Brexit party candidates would stand aside in Conservative-held seats to help deliver Johnson a majority. Continue reading...
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‘I would burn in hell before returning’ – why British teachers are fleeing overseas
At an exclusive Swiss school, teachers honed their skills in cash-strapped English comprehensives. They are just a few of thousands heading abroad. What’s behind the brain drain?Perched high on a hill above the historic Swiss city of St Gallen, set in 25 acres of private parkland, sits one of the most expensive boarding schools in Europe. Costing up to £100,000 for an academic year, the Institut auf dem Rosenberg is more than twice as expensive as Eton college and educates the offspring of some of the wealthiest people in the world. Most of whom, it turns out, will be taught by teachers who trained in the cash-strapped classrooms of UK state schools.Those teachers who find themselves in Rosenberg’s five-star setting are a small subset of the thousands leaving their students in Oldham and Lewisham, Liverpool and Leicester, and heading for Switzerland, China, Canada, Dubai, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Nepal and numerous other international education destinations. Continue reading...
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How Parasite became the most talked about foreign language film of 2019
Bong Joon-ho’s darkly comic Korean thriller has become a box office hit, a meme machine and might be the first non-English language film to win the best picture OscarOn Monday morning, a flurry of Hollywood trade-paper headlines greeted the news that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite had, in its fifth weekend of release, crossed the $10m threshold: at this time of writing, its American gross stands at $11.3m, steadily rising as its screen count expands across the country. Ordinarily, that is hardly a figure that would have champagne corks popping in Tinseltown, but the current market is a tough one for subtitled cinema: Parasite’s current haul is the year’s highest for any non-English-language film in the US. (For the sake of comparison, last year’s critically beloved, Cannes-approved Korean thriller, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, made a paltry $719,000 stateside; even Park Chan-wook’s more broadly accessible The Handmaiden barely scraped $2m in 2016.) Related: Parasite: how Bong Joon-ho returned home to make his masterpiece Continue reading...
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Tactical pacts won’t turn this into a Brexit election | Rafael Behr
Trying to organise people into leave and remain compartments is a non-starter. The voters will decide what this poll is aboutA message pings on my phone from a swing voter. This person was a remainer who accepted the referendum verdict, backed Theresa May in 2017, loathes Boris Johnson and thinks Jeremy Corbyn would ruin the country. The Liberal Democrats don’t appeal and can’t win locally. What to do?It is a commonplace dilemma, hardly worth sharing, except for the detail that this individual was a Tory cabinet minister not long ago. Something peculiar is going on with political identities when people who have served in government for the two biggest parties are at a loss as to how to vote. Continue reading...
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Hong Kong in chaos as protesters take to streets with bows and arrows
Universities become latest battleground after months of protests that have brought the city to a standstillHong Kong was paralysed on Wednesday morning, with much of the city’s public transport suspended and all universities closed following sharp clashes overnight with anti-government protesters.Many subway and rail stations were closed after the protesters blocked commuters and vandalised trains. Classes were suspended at schools and universities. Groups of riot police were deployed around the city centre and outlying territories to try to contain fresh violence, as students at the Chinese University prepared for more clashes with police. Many were armed with petrol bombs while some carried bows and arrows. Continue reading...
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What Mets could be looking at for center-field upgrade
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Mets are working from a short list in their attempt to upgrade defensively in center field for next season. To start, the free-agent market is largely devoid of such players, leaving Mets officials to ponder trade possibilities and potential non-tenders next month as the source of their next center fielder. At...
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Kristen Bell sings 17 different Disney songs in 5 minutes —including 'Let It Go'
Holy clearance, Mickey! Who needs Disney+ when you have Frozen 2 star Kristen Bell (and also Jimmy Fallon) singing the best 17 seconds from 17 classic Disney songs? Their takes on the overwrought duets of the 90s (and Fallon's Elton John impression) rivals the ones you do alone in your car; and Bell's "What do you call 'em? Oh, feet, duh" has me wishing they'd remake a bunch of Disney movies with dorky thirtysomething comediennes playing all the princesses.  I don't care whether you're 'Part Of Your World' years old or 'Let It Go' years old — we were all kids once, and there's a goosebumps moment in here for you.  Read more...More about Disney, Kristen Bell, Frozen 2, Entertainment, and Celebrities
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ESPN anchor criticized for ‘moment too big’ comment after 49ers kicker missed field goal
An ESPN anchor raised eyebrows Monday night when he took apart San Francisco 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin who had just missed a field goal that would have won the game.
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UMass guard Sean East hits amazing shot from other end of court
With less than a second left on the clock before the end of the first half, there was little that UMass guard Sean East could do Tuesday night except fire away from his team’s own end of the court.
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Carl Bernstein's advice for viewers watching the Trump impeachment hearings
The impeachment of President Trump will enter a new phase Wednesday at 10am ET when the House Intelligence Committee's hearing is gaveled in.
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Carl Bernstein's advice for viewers watching the Trump impeachment hearings
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Arizona YouTube mom accused of abusing her children dies
She was indicted in March for pepper-spraying her children and forcing them to take ice baths.
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The road to impeachment: How we got here
CNN's Jeff Zeleny explains how President Trump's July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky call led to historic public impeachment hearings.
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U.S. issues warning on Bolivia as opposition leader claims power
The State Department cited "ongoing political instability" in the nation
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Sarah Palin learned of husband’s divorce plans via email
The former Alaska governor and onetime vice presidential hopeful got the lawyer's message almost three months before her hubby Todd Palin filed for divorce.
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In pictures: Clashes in Chile amid national strike
Protests against inequality continue, with a strike bringing much of the country to a standstill.
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Pennsylvania high school senior plunges to death from hiking trail
A Catholic high school student from Pennsylvania died over the weekend from a fall during a hike in the Poconos, reports said. Luke DePiano, 17, who attended Archbishop Carroll in Radnor, died after falling at World’s End State Park in Forksville, the Philly Voice reported. In a statement released on social media, the school said...
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Arianna Huffington: The Power of Taking Microsteps
Small habits can lead to big changes.
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The first televised impeachment hearings in Trump's presidency are set to begin Wednesday
The gravity and drama of the first televised impeachment hearings into Donald Trump's presidency on Wednesday will imprint themselves on history and reverberate far from Washington.
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Nets blow huge lead in heartbreaking loss to Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY — The Nets loss Sunday in Phoenix was an embarrassment. Tuesday’s defeat in Utah was a heartbreaker. Brooklyn fixed its first-quarter woes, shored up its defense, but still blew a big lead and fell 119-114 to the Jazz at Vivent Smart Home Arena. After getting blown out by the Suns two days...
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Boris Johnson's Vogue-style campaign video sparks comparisons with David Brent
Clip also angers fans of The Clash after PM claims punk band is among his favouritesThe aim was to position himself as an everyman but in the end he looked more like David Brent.The Conservatives’ latest campaign video sees Boris Johnson stroll about the party headquarters answering questions posed by an unseen man from behind a camera. The PM makes himself a cup of tea in the office kitchen and casually greets a passing man. Continue reading...
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The leave-voting seat where the library matters as much as Brexit
In Darlington, loss of trust is upending traditional loyalties on all sides – and the result is a crucial race that nobody can predictIn one of the most unpredictable elections in decades, Boris Johnson’s route to a Commons majority goes through places like Darlington. The Tees Valley market town has been solidly Labour since 1992, but its 56.2% vote to leave the EU put most voters at odds with its MP Jenny Chapman, the shadow Brexit minister. Two years ago Chapman slightly increased her majority, to 3,280 votes, but so much has changed since 2017. And while the changes on the national stage are the most obvious, the constituency’s effect on the balance of power may ultimately be down to a much more local set of concerns. Continue reading...
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Fortnite gamer who livestreamed assault on pregnant girlfriend avoids jail
An Australian Fortnite player who was charged with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend while livestreaming the online video game will not face jail time, a report said. Luke James Munday, 27, of Sydney, was sentenced to a 14-month good behavior bond on Wednesday for the December 2018 attack, according to The Guardian. He had pleaded guilty...
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Stephen Miller Linked to White Supremacist Sites, Pushed Racist Talking Points in Leaked Emails
Donald Trump’s senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, the immigration ultra-hardliner behind this White House’s nastiest efforts to villify and torment immigrants and refugees, pushed racist talking points and linked to white supremacist websites in leaked emails published on Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.Read more...
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Democrats' 2020 uncertainty has heavyweights thinking about a run
Three Democratic heavyweights this week have dangled the possibility of a 2020 White House run, a reflection of the extraordinarily unsettled nature of the Democratic field only a few months before voting begins.
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Washington Post: White House to livestream border wall construction
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and other administration aides are planning to launch 24-hour web cameras at the southern border to livestream wall construction, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
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Blueprints for 3-D Printed Guns Cannot Be Posted Online, Judge Says
The judge said the Trump administration did not follow the right procedures when it moved to allow the blueprints to be posted. The organization that wants to publish the blueprints plans to appeal.
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An unscripted 'Friends' reunion special is in the works at HBO Max
NBC After years of mini reunions on TV and a recent selfie that almost broke Instagram, the "Friends" cast may finally get together for a proper television reunion. Talks are underway for an unscripted "Friends" reunion special on the upcoming streaming platform HBO Max, sources said. Jennifer Aniston, who orchestrated the recent reunion of the cast for a photo that launched her Instagram account (and temporarily crashed the platform), recently alluded to the project while on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The special, which is still in the planning stages, would help launch "Friends" reruns on HBO Max. The streamer recently shelled out $425 million for rights to the hugely popular sitcom, which has emerged as one Netflix's biggest hits. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After years of mini reunions on TV and a recent selfie that almost broke Instagram, the "Friends" cast may finally get together for a proper television reunion. Talks are underway for an unscripted "Friends" reunion special on the upcoming streaming platform HBO Max, sources said.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent childrenSee Also:Former press secretary Sean Spicer was eliminated on 'Dancing with the Stars' after weeks of low scores and Trump supportCourteney Cox and Matthew Perry reunited for lunch, and their Instagram selfie shows how much Monica and Chandler have changed in 15 years'Sesame Street' turns 50 this year. Here's 15 photos that show how the program has evolved over the years.
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Giants hire Gabe Kapler month after Phillies fired him
SAN FRANCISCO — Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler received a three-year contract to replace Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco. The...
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