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First non-Jew to lead Bet Tzedek has devoted career to working with legal aid groups
The incoming leader of the legal aid group reflects on the organization's mission and Jewish roots
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Big rig hauling live chickens ruffles feathers with road closure in Chino Hills
The semi-truck toppled onto its side exiting the southbound 71 Highway at Grand Avenue, closing the off-ramp and eastbound lanes, Chino Hills police said
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We need a President who will help all Americans -- not just the rich
Jeffrey Sachs writes that over the last 40 years, the nation has been split by a prosperity gap that benefits the wealthiest Americans. The 2020 election is an opportunity to elect a president who will support policies that produce prosperity for all Americans.
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Video shows Migos rapper Quavo throwing punches at Paris Fashion Week party
"[They] made him wait 10 minutes at the door like a nobody," a source told Page Six.
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Oklahoma senators filed a bill to create 'Make America Great Again' license plates
A portion of the proceeds from the plates' sale will benefit veteran nonprofits, the senators said.
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Matthew McConaughey’s mom, 88, set up with Hugh Grant’s dad, 91
Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant have successfully played matchmaker for their widowed parents. Co-stars of the upcoming film “The Gentleman,” the two actors entertained the idea of setting up McConaughey’s mother Kay McConaughey, 88, with Grant’s father — James Grant, 91 — during a December interview with Mashable. In a new Q&A, Matthew reveals that...
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ISIS leader dubbed ‘Jabba the Jihadi’ captured in Iraq
A morbidly obese ISIS fanatic dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been captured by Iraqi forces -- who loaded him onto a flatbed truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car.
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'Jeopardy' contestant who loses after being overcome by nerves gets support from viewers
"Jeopardy" contestant Priscilla Drobes garnered national attention after she appeared on Thursday night's episode of the popular game show — but probably not for the reason she anticipated.
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ICE director: De Blasio needs to ‘own’ elderly woman’s murder
The nation’s top immigration official said Friday that Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to “own” the death of a 92-year-old Queens woman allegedly killed as a result of his “sanctuary city” policy. “The policies of the mayor make this city less safe,” said acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence. “If you’re going to...
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Amazon’s Ring blamed hacks on consumers reusing their passwords. A lawsuit say that’s not true.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Plaintiffs suing the company say they created unique passwords but were hacked anyway. After a series of high-profile incidents in which hackers gained access to live footage of Ring security cameras inside people’s homes, the company blamed consumers for reusing old passwords. Two plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of negligence and invasion of privacy say that’s not the issue — instead, they say their passwords were unique and that the company didn’t implement basic security measures to protect users. A security expert enlisted by Recode found that Ring’s devices lack widely adopted safety precautions. Tania Amador and her boyfriend, Todd Craig, said they used unique 14- and 16-character passwords for their Ring security cameras. That didn’t stop a hacker from breaking into their camera feed in December, blaring sirens and threatening them: “Pay this 50 bitcoin ransom or you will get terminated yourself!,” the hacker said, according to the complaint. The stranger also accessed their Ring doorbell and terrified them by saying, “I’m outside your front door.” The lawsuit claims the hack happened December, 9, a few days after another much-publicized hack in which a strange man used a Ring device to terrorize an 8-year-old girl in Mississippi. The parents of the little girl are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit. About a week later, Ring sent an email to customers that attempted to reassure them by saying the issue was related to the use of old credentials for other accounts that had been previously compromised: Screenshot of an email sent to Ring users on December 16, 2019. “Ring is basically blaming this on the consumer, saying the way they got hacked was their login and password was leaked,” Hassan Zavareei, a lead attorney on the lawsuit, which may be combined with a similar class-action suit, told Recode. “We know that is absolutely false,” he added. “While we do not comment on ongoing litigation, it is important to note that there is no evidence that Ring’s systems or network were compromised,” Ring said in a statement to Recode. “But we have taken the issues seriously and plan to launch new user privacy controls.” The existing precautions haven’t been enough to stop hacks. Unique passwords of 14 to 16 characters are difficult, though not impossible, to crack, according to security experts. They’re susceptible to a number of different hacks, including brute-force attacks in which a hacker uses a program to run through an automated list of email address and password combos until they gain access. “If we believe the users in this lawsuit, then there’s something we don’t know,” Brian Vecci, field CTO at data protection and analytics company Varonis, told Recode. “If hackers have the ability to do this — which would probably require a man in the middle attack, compromised laptops, or a very powerful computer — then I would wager there’s way more than two users compromised.” Michael Schenck, director of security services at cybersecurity firm Kaytuso, told Recode, “Long, complex passwords are great at protecting your information; however, the hackers of the world are getting a lot better at finding ways to break those things with their automated scripts.” Ring devices don’t stop that from happening, nor do they warn customers if someone is trying to execute that kind of attack, according to Schenck, who tested it out for Recode. He created a new account for his Ring device and tried to log in with incorrect information 25 times in a row. He also used a program that made it look like someone was trying to access the device from different countries. Schenck was not locked out of his Ring account, nor did he receive any alerts that these attempts were happening. The result was similar to that of a Vice security test published in December. “It is not best practice to allow repeated attempts without some kind of stop or, ‘Hey, wait five minutes before you try again, or something,’” Schenck said, adding that companies much smaller than Ring challenge users after failed login attempts with security tests like CAPTCHA, to prove that they’re humans and not robots. In response to the hacks, Ring is launching a privacy dashboard later this month that will allow users to see who is logged in to their account and log them out, as well as confirm any new logins before they gain access to Ring footage. Ring has had a history of security issues, including a vulnerability that let people in close range of the device get access to users’ wifi credentials. However, experts told Recode that probably wouldn’t have given hackers access to the Ring accounts and devices. Earlier this month, Ring announced that new devices would enable two-factor authentication by default, a process in which users have to supply a second piece of information, like a unique code from their phone, to get access to their accounts and video feeds. Recode and other publications had previously suggested mandatory two-factor authentication as an easy security fix. This is a very effective method, but it only works if people choose to use it. Ring is not mandating that existing Ring customers activate two-factor authentication, claiming it would cause mass logouts, and users still have the option of disabling the process. “There’s a balance in security and privacy: The more secure and private you try to keep data, the more impact you have on convenience and functionality,” Vecci said. “Ring is clearly erring on the side of convenience.” As for the lawsuit, the next step is for Ring to respond, either by asking for the case to be dismissed or filing an answer, in which case the plaintiff’s lawyers would begin collecting more information from Amazon, like statistics on how many people actually own Ring devices and could therefore benefit from joining the class action. Ring’s terms of service include a class-action waiver and instead require arbitration, but Zavareei said that isn’t an issue. “There’s terms and conditions, but you don’t have to click on them and agree,” Zavareei said. “They’re nonbonding and unlawful.” Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
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Brazil's culture minister fired after paraphrasing quote by Nazi propaganda chief Goebbels
Brazil's Culture Secretary Roberto Alvim was fired Friday after posting a video that strongly resembled a speech given by notorious Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels while music from Adolf Hitler's favorite composer played in the background. 
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ESPN eyeing David Cone with Jessica Mendoza’s Sunday night spot in limbo
ESPN/Mets advisor Jessica Mendoza didn’t help herself Thursday by blaming the main whistleblower in the Astros cheating scandal, but it won’t be the reason she could lose her spot on “Sunday Night Baseball” game broadcasts. All offseason, ESPN has contemplated how it should construct its Sunday night booth with one consistent thought — it will...
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Kate Spade clearance items an extra 30% off during New Year’s sale
Your dreams of overhauling your wardrobe are about to become reality once you shop Kate Spade’s latest clearance sale. Through January 20, you can get your hands on the stylish designer goods at an extra 30% off with the code HI2020.  The sale includes handbags, clothing, and jewelry.  You can make a statement with beautiful...
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Meet the woman turning plastic waste into garments
Uganda's Juliet Namujju is transforming trash into fashion while employing people from disadvantaged backgrounds
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Can Trump Lower The Price of Insulin And Epipens Without Congress?
In this week's Democratic presidential debate, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said they could, and would, take executive action to reduce prices for much-needed drugs as president—with or without help from Congress.
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Wall Street hits new high as data boosts growth outlook
Wall Street indexes hit new record highs on Friday after strong U.S. housing data and signs of resilience in the Chinese economy raised hopes of a rebound in global growth.
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The Cost Of Free: Casper Pays A Price For Generous Mattress Returns
Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public.
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Designing jewelry for a cause
Nigerian goldsmith Gbenga Ayo-Dada uses his platform to create awareness around health issues
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Ex-manager at Soho salon claims workplace was racist to black staff, clients
Charisse Samuel says she started with the company in 2015 and while working at the DevaCurl salon on Broome Street called, Devachan, she saw rampant racism by white employees toward black staff and clients, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
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Factbox: Dershowitz, Starr among those on Trump's impeachment defense team
Prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz and two former independent counsels, Ken Starr and Robert Ray, will be among those defending President Donald Trump when his impeachment trial begins in the Senate in earnest on Tuesday.
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Yosemite National Park sees 170 people fall ill with gastrointestinal issues 'consistent with norovirus,' 2 cases confirmed
Two confirmed cases of norovirus were reported Thursday by officials at Yosemite National  Park as at least 170 people have now fallen ill with gastrointestinal issues since visiting the park this month. 
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Trump makes vulgar comment hitting back at Senate impeachment trial
While honoring Louisiana State University's football team at the White House, President Donald Trump turned to the Senate impeachment trial, with a vulgar comment
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The US was once the uncontested world leader in science and engineering. That keeps falling, according to a federal report
The United States was once the dominant, global leader in science and engineering, but it's dropping from the top as other countries invest in research and development, according to a new report.
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Toyota moves Tacoma production from Texas to Mexico, shifts Sequoia from Indiana to Texas
Toyota is shifting production of the Toyota Tacoma pickup from Texas to Mexico and replacing it with production of the Sequoia SUV.       
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America's Zoos Help Animals Threatened in Australian Fires With Custom T-Shirt, Contest and More
Some zoos are even capitalizing on their animals to raise money for those in need across the world.
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French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier bids farewell to the catwalk
French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier said on Friday a show scheduled for next week in Paris would be his last, after 50-year career on the catwalk that had earned him a reputation as the "bad boy" of the industry.
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Wiggles member collapses on stage during benefit
A founding member of The Wiggles celebrated his 48th birthday the day before the reunion show.
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Navy builds aircraft carrier drone headquarters
The Navy is building a special new command and control mini "drone-headquarters" space on its aircraft carriers to operate deck-launched drones as part of a strategy aimed at massively increasing the scope of carrier-launched drone missions in coming years. 
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Bloomingdale’s clearance an extra 40% off during Long Weekend Sale
The winter savings are heating up at Bloomingdale’s now that the retailer is rolling out its deals-packed Long Weekend Sale. You can take an extra 40% off clearance items from brands like Adidas, Coach, and Theory.  Shoppers will get an extra 20% off a large selection of sale items, as well. Even home products are...
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Google parent Alphabet joins $1 trillion club
Investors still high on Big Tech despite mounting political concerns about the industry's size and influence.
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Hulu drops first trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries
Hulu has dropped the first trailer for its upcoming four-part docuseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
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China confirms second death in mystery viral outbreak
The man was identified as a 69-year-old who was admitted to the hospital with an array of health issues.
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson breaks silence on ‘barrier breaking’ father's death: 'It’s just pain'
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson broke his silence following the death of his father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, at age 75.
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Appeals court throws out lawsuit by children seeking to force action on climate crisis
A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a heavily promoted but long-shot lawsuit by a group of children and teenagers trying to force the federal government to take action to address the climate crisis.
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Migrant surge into Guatemala reaches 3,500, heads for Mexico
More than 3,500 Central Americans had poured into Guatemala by Friday in U.S.-bound gatherings known as caravans, officials said, posing a headache for the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico amid fierce U.S. pressure to curb migration.
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To stop Trump fracking plans, California is going to court
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit to limit the Trump administration's new oil fracking efforts on federal lands inside California.
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The power of media and its ability to affect change
We explore the power of media and its ability to affect change. In Uganda, one journalist is challenging Ugandans to create stories that impact the world. In Botswana, a filmmaker is highlighting wildlife conservation through documentaries.
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Hillary Clinton: 'Lord knows what will happen if we don't retire' Trump
Hulu released a trailer for its documentary on Hillary Clinton, who advised Democratic primary voters to pick who they think can beat President Trump.       
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‘Clever’: Biden plays the Obama card
Biden's latest ad borrows from the former president's speech praising his vice president before awarding him the Medal of Freedom.
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Remembering Spiritual Leader Ram Dass
Dass, who died Dec. 22, was a practitioner of Eastern-inspired philosophy who became interested in the religious potential of LSD in the '60s and '70s. Originally broadcast in 1990.
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Eminem’s new song “Darkness” tries to enter the mind of the Las Vegas shooter
EminemMusic / YouTube The rapper’s surprise album, Music to Be Murdered By, features the harrowing gun control anthem at its center. Eminem has continued his recent tradition of surprising fans with new album drops: Music to Be Murdered By, released Friday, is both a Hitchcock reference and a promise from the rap diva to slay. How well Eminem fulfills that promise is already a matter of heated debate — just as it was with his 2018 surprise album, Kamikaze — but there’s no denying Marshall Mathers makes an impact: Within 12 hours of its release, the album was reportedly charting at No. 1 on iTunes in 53 countries. The breakout track from the 20-song album is “Darkness,” a harrowing, disturbing takedown of gun violence, framed through the point of view of the perpetrator of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, one of the worst mass shootings in modern US history. The motives of the Las Vegas shooter remain a mystery, but in “Darkness,” Eminem paints a picture of an isolated man with mental illness, “loathing in Las Vegas” but emboldened by the failure of US gun control legislation: I got ammo for all the hecklers, I’m armed to the teeth ... Finger on the trigger, but I’m a licensed owner / with no prior convictions, so loss, the sky’s the limit The track briefly includes reportedly recreated audio of gunfire and screaming crowds, and ends with an overlay of real news footage from the litany of mass shootings that have happened since the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. The accompanying music video further reenacts the Las Vegas shooter’s point of view (but not graphically) and ends with a call to register to vote to “help change gun laws in America.” This isn’t the first time Eminem has used his platform to get political; 2004’s “Mosh” protested the Iraq War and was framed as a voting rights anthem, while his 2017 BET freestyle was a blistering anti-Trump invective. The rest of Music to Be Murdered By is generally lighter, however. The album features several guest artists, including Ed Sheeran (who collaborates on “Those Kinda Nights,” a “doing it for the Top 40” number), Young MA, and Royce da 5’9.” It also contains frequent cameos from Alfred Hitchcock, whose 1958 parody album of the same name Eminem liberally homages. the title and cover art for eminem's new album ‘music to be murdered by’ were modeled after iconic filmmaker alfred hitchcock's 1958 album of the same name https://t.co/36kV2Edzik pic.twitter.com/HmrhB29EJv— Genius (@Genius) January 17, 2020 The end of the album feels a little more like old-school Eminem, canvassing the usual series of beefs and responses to diss tracks. Though the album overall doesn’t feature nearly as much misogyny (or, thankfully, any of the homophobic slurs Eminem has been justly scorned for in the past), a late track, “Farewell,” heaps a litany of deadpan sexist scorn on its object. In conjunction with the rest of the album, it’s jarring — though as always, Eminem’s character heaps as much of that scorn and loathing upon himself. Eminem also keeps up his long tradition of commenting on his divisive critical reputation, with an opening track, “Premonition,” that references his view that he just can’t catch a break from the critics: Once I was played in rotation / at every radio station / They said I’m lyrically amazing but I have nothing to say But then when I put out Revival [his critically panned 2017 album] and I had something to say They said that they hated the awake me / I lose the rage, I’m too tame — I get it back, they say I’m too angry Whether you love or hate Music to Be Murdered By, there’s no denying Eminem is still awake, and — according to him, at least — still has something to say.
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What's on TV This Week: Awkwafina, 'Avenue 5,' 'Star Trek: Picard' and more
TV highlights for Jan. 19-25 include the new series "Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens" on Comedy Central, "Avenue 5" on HBO and "Star Trek: Picard" on CBS All Access
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Ariana Grande sued for copyright infringement over '7 Rings'
Ariana Grande and seven co-writers are being accused of plagiarizing her Grammy-nominated hit "7 Rings."
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New Netflix show shines light on kids' social anxiety
"It's a topic that's been talked about among adults, but it's not really talked about when it comes to kids," 13-year-old actor Mauricio Lara said.
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David Attenborough: Planet Earth is facing a ‘disaster’
The beloved voice behind nature documentaries such as “Planet Earth” says humanity has reached a “moment of crisis.” In a trailer for his new documentary, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet,” the legendary broadcaster and environmentalist accused humans of “overrun[ning] the planet,” warning that all life on Earth now faces impending “disaster.” “The living world...
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'Cyberpunk 2077' Won't Be Delayed Again, Multiplayer Release Due After 2021, CD Projekt Says
'Cyberpunk 2077' will be released on September 17, with a separate game codenamed 'Cyberpunk Multiplayer' following in 2022.
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Movies on TV this week: Jan. 19-25: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Jan. 19-25: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Casablanca; Psycho; Stand by Me and more
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Former US attorney says report on possible leak by James Comey is a 'bombshell'
Former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman on Friday said that the report on former FBI Director James Comey possibly illegally leaking secret information concerning a Russian document to The New York Times and The Washington Post “is a bombshell.”
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