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The move against Hikvision would mark another step to counter China’s economic ambitions, and the first time the administration punished a company for China’s detention of Uighurs.
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‘Boob, nipple, everything’: Topless woman photobombs family’s vacation pic
Forget photobombs — now you’ve got to watch out for photoboobs. A Texas mother was stunned when she looked through her family’s vacation photos — and found a woman flashing her breasts behind them. Monica Davila said she had “no idea” that the mystery flasher was behind them as they took a photo at Garner...
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Huge 9,000-year-old Stone Age settlement, one of the largest in the world, discovered in Israel
Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a huge Neolithic settlement near Jerusalem, which they say is one of the largest ever found.
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Rep. Green will read impeachment articles on House floor in bid to force vote
"What do you do when the leader of the free world is a racist?" Green said Tuesday. "You file Articles of Impeachment."
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Planned Parenthood CEO Dr. Leana Wen Is Out Due to ‘Philosophical Differences’ With Its Board
She was the first doctor to lead the group in 50 years
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Fitbit fitness trackers are on sale this Prime Day — save up to 62%
TL;DR: Shop Amazon's and Walmart's Prime Day sales to save up to 62% on a Fitbit fitness tracker. Are you feeling a little restless after spending the past 40-some hours on your couch browsing Prime Day deals? Because same.  Fortunately, getting back up and at 'em is easy if you've got a fitness tracker on your side — er, wrist — and if you visit Amazon or Walmart ASAP, you can grab a Fitbit on sale for up to 62% off. Take your pick from five different models: Fitbit Versa   All watches within the Versa family feature workout, sleep, and heart rate tracking; app support; notifications; and a battery life of more than four days.  Read more...More about Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Prime Day, Heart Rate Monitor, and Mashable Shopping
Jeff Daniels’ congressman look-a-like attends ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
Leaning over to him from two seats away this lady says, “You’re Jeff Daniels’ brother, right?” “No,” he said, “Just a fan.”
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‘Waitress’ to end four-year Broadway run
There go the pies. The Sara Bareilles musical “Waitress” will end its Broadway run on Jan. 5, the Hollywood Reporter announced, after nearly four years and countless turns by many guest actors, Al Roker and Bareilles herself among them. The show, based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 indie movie featuring Keri Russell as the beleaguered server...
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The Best Remaining Amazon Prime Day Deals, a Deadly App, and More News
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Toddler asked to pick parent in attempted family separation at US border: report
A US border patrol agent attempting to separate a migrant family asked a 3-year-old Honduran girl to choose which of her parents got to stay in the country and which was sent back to Mexico, the couple claimed in a report. The asylum-seeking family, parents Tania and Joseph, their toddler Sophia — nicknamed Sofi —...
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Planned Parenthood groups announce departure of president, acting leader named
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a leading provider of reproductive services, and its political arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said on Tuesday they replaced their president, Dr. Leana Wen, effective immediately.
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Did the US try to weaponize ticks?
The US House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that orders the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to "conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975." The amendment was spearheaded by New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith. From CBS News: The theory, which sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel, contends that bioweapon specialists packed ticks with pathogens that could cause severe disabilities, disease and death among potential enemies to the homeland. Smith said he was inspired to add the amendment to the annual defense bill by "a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at U.S. government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland and Plum Island, New York to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons." Those books, however, have been questioned by some experts who dismiss long-held conspiracy theories that the federal government aided the spread of tick-borne diseases, and federal agencies, including the CDC, may have participated in a cover-up of sorts to conceal findings about the spread of Lyme disease. Here's the amendment. image: "Chelicera of the sheep tick" by Richard Bartz (CC) Read the rest
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White nationalist: Trump gives nothing but racist tweets
CNN's Sara Sidner speaks with a white nationalist after President Donald Trump made racist comments about four Democratic congresswomen.
While defending Trump, Kellyanne Conway asks reporter: 'What’s your ethnicity?’
Kellyanne Conway seems to think it's okay — and even relevant — to ask what someone's ethnicity is during a press conference. It's not.  Today, reporter Andrew Feinberg asked Conway to clarify what President Trump meant by a series of racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen this week. In response, Conway asked, "What's your ethnicity?"  When Feinberg asked why this was relevant, Conway told him that her ancestors are from Ireland and Italy. Feinberg responded that “My ethnicity is not relevant to the question I’m asking you.”  "He's tired," Conway said. "A lot of us are sick and tired in this country of America coming last." Read more...More about Politics, Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and Social Good
Can you solve secret puzzle on UK’s new 50 pound note?
A new design for Britain’s highest value banknote has won acclaim not just for who it features but also a sneaky puzzle hiding in plain sight. Yesterday the Bank of England, which despite its name sets monetary policy for the entire UK, revealed who would be emblazoned on the new style 50 pound note, worth...
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Georgia man dies in Dominican Republic, bringing US death toll to at least 10
A Georgia man died in the Dominican Republic in March, adding to the list of U.S. tourists who have died in the Caribbean destination this year.       
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Amid protests, Puerto Rico governor says he will not resign
Ricardo Rossello insisted that he would not leave office despite the scandals.
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Julia Roberts reacts to Emmy nomination ‘snub’
Leave it to Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts to laugh off an Emmy nomination "snub."
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How Did Decorative Pillows Take Over Our Homes?
How the Victorians, sitcoms, and HGTV led to the rise of the decorative pillow.
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Google Maps now displays bike-sharing locations in 24 cities
Bike-sharing is a convenient way to get around a city, but with so many schemes operating concurrently it's sometimes tough to know where the nearest station with available bikes is. Now, Google can tell you.
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Apple Highlights Upcoming 2019 Emoji in Celebration of World Emoji Day
In celebration of World Emoji Day tomorrow, Apple has shared details on new emoji that are coming to iOS devices this fall following the Unicode 12 emoji release. Unicode 12 brings 59 new emoji characters, 75 with gender variations, and 230 total emojis when gender variations and different skin tones are counted. Orangutan, sloth, otter, skunk, and flamingo are the new animals included in the update, while new food items include garlic, onion, waffle, falafel, butter, oyster, beverage box, maté, and ice cube. New faces, gestures, and poses include yawning face, pinching hand, person kneeling, person standing, and people holding hands (gender and skin tone inclusive) To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple is previewing a selection of new emoji coming this fall, revealing the newest designs that bring even more diversity to the keyboard, alongside fun and exciting additions to popular categories of food, animals, activities and smiley faces. In a major update to the Holding Hands emoji typically used to represent couples and relationships, users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone, in addition to gender, to personalize the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations.Several new accessibility-related emojis are included, such as ear with hearing aid, deaf person, mechanical arm/leg, person with cane, person in wheelchair, guide dog, wheelchair (manual and motorized), and probing cane. Following Apple’s proposal to the Unicode Consortium last year to introduce more disability-themed emoji, a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg will be available in the emoji keyboard. Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard.Other miscellaneous emoji include Hindu Temple, auto rickshaw, parachute, ringed planet, diving mask, yo-yo, kite, safety vest, sari, one-piece swimsuit, briefs, shorts, ballet shoes, banjo, diya lamp, axe, drop of blood, bandage, stethoscope, chair, razor, white heart, and circles and squares in various new colors. A full list of the emoji included in Unicode 12 are listed on the Emojipedia site. Last year, Apple released new emoji in an iOS 12.1 update released in October, and the launch of new 2019 emoji could follow a similar timeline. New emoji won't be included in iOS 13 at launch, but could come in one of the first major updates to the new operating system.This article, "Apple Highlights Upcoming 2019 Emoji in Celebration of World Emoji Day" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Emmy nominations 2019: Biggest surprises and snubs
HBO seized the Iron Throne Tuesday when the TV academy handed out its annual Emmy nominations. The premium cable channel walked away with a whopping 137 nods, largely due to the overwhelming love for “Game of Thrones,” whose controversial final season received a record 32 nominations, the most for any series — ever. The producers...
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Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” Guzman faces life sentence
See ya, Shorty! Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will appear in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday, where a judge is expected to sentence him to life behind bars. Guzman, 62, whose nickname translates to “shorty,” faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison after a jury convicted him of operating a continuing...
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Self-Taught AI Masters Rubik’s Cube Without Human Help
Fancy algorithms capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube have appeared before, but a new system from the University of California, Irvine uses artificial intelligence to solve the 3D puzzle from scratch and without any prior help from humans—and it does so with impressive speed and efficiency.Read more...
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Alejandro Toledo: Peru ex-president faces corruption charges after US arrest
Toledo is a fugitive from Peru for allegedly receiving $20m from a Brazilian construction company Peru’s former president Alejandro Toledo has been arrested in the United States following an extradition from his home country where he faces corruption charges.Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, was arrested in northern California on Tuesday and ordered held in custody pending a hearing on Friday, according to the US Justice Department. Continue reading...
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‘Space Jam’ sequel starring LeBron James gets new director weeks after filming begins
Welcome to the Space Jam! Now, please leave. The LeBron James-led sequel to the 1996 family film “Space Jam,” which starred Michael Jordan, has scrapped its director only weeks after filming began. Deadline reports that original helmer Terrence Nance, who’s known for the HBO sketch series “Random Acts of Flyness,” has been replaced by the...
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Google Maps can now show you where bike sharing stations are and how many bikes they have
Google Maps is adding support for bike sharing stations in a big way, with the company rolling out a new integration that will offer users information on docked bike sharing services like Citi Bike directly in the app. The new integration is made possible from data provided by Ito World, which provides information on where to find a bike sharing station, how many bikes are there, and whether or not there’s an empty space waiting for you to dock your bike when you arrive at your destination. Now available in 24 cities around the world The feature has previously been in testing in New York City for the last year, and now is expanding to 23 more cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich. It’s not Google Maps’ first embrace of shared vehicles: last December, the app gained a feature to direct users toward shared Lime scooters and bikes. The new bikesharing feature is available on Google Maps on both iOS and Android, assuming you live in one of the 24 cities mentioned above. Support for more cities is planned for the future, too.
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Brother of student killed in Sandy Hook school shooting to run for public office
JT Lewis, whose younger brother Jesse was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, announced Monday he's running for state senate in Connecticut.
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Pompeo claims Iran is willing to talk missiles. Iran says that's not true
President Donald Trump painted an optimistic view of the prospects for diplomacy with Iran on Tuesday after his top diplomat suggested Tehran was willing to discuss their ballistic missile program but it remains unclear how Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to that conclusion. - RSS Channel
People Are Really Breaking a Sweat With the Jokes About Grimes’ Too-Crazy-to-Be-True ‘Workout Routine’
The singer also claimed that she got eye surgery to "cure seasonal depression"
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Inside the Social Network: Facebook’s Difficult Year review – thumbs down!
As if bewitched by their level of access, the BBC ditched critical distance, rolled over and let out one giant cheer for the global techno-oligarchy. Unfriend!Facebook has a director of social good. She is called Hema and if she has a surname, we weren’t privy to it. The BBC’s Horizon team, as if bewitched at being granted unprecedented access to the social network, bowed to its ethos by captioning interviewees by first name only. But access is like sex: it’s not what you have, but what you do with it that matters.We met David, the director of harmful behaviour (tough gig, if his task is to stop it, rather than enable it), Monika, who is head of global policy management, and Vlad, Facebook’s head of artificial intelligence, though he will always be The Impaler to me. Sadly, we didn’t get to see Nick, but David Cameron’s former fig leaf has become Mark Zuckerberg’s now he is Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs. Mention Cleggmania in Menlo Park and nobody will know what you are on about. Continue reading...
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Find Out If Your State Is Having a Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekend in 2019
Gone are the days when parents could swing by the drugstore for a new Trapper Keeper and declare back-to-school shopping done. The lists of required school supplies are intense. It’s not surprising that moms and dads will drop an estimated $519 per household on school items this year, according to Deloitte’s annual…Read more...
Hailey Baldwin defends Justin Bieber, claims Tool singer acts ‘childish’
After Tool's lead singer tweeted it was a "#bummer" that Justin Bieber was a fan of his music, Hailey Baldwin stepped up in her husband's defense.
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Billy Vunipola says his social media will not be a World Cup distraction
• Saracens forward made comments supportive of Israel Folau• ‘I have made my position clear,’ he says at England campBilly Vunipola has no plans to stay off social media during the forthcoming World Cup in Japan despite the controversy sparked by his support for Israel Folau – who has since been sacked for his homophobic outburst. Vunipola refused to discuss his specific Instagram post and the furore it prompted in April, stating only that he will not “expand on” nor “take a step back” from his stance, with the England international adding: “I have made my position clear.”The Rugby Football Union will not place any restrictions on England’s social media use at the World Cup – indeed, Eddie Jones was recently extolling its virtues – but while all players will receive guidance before heading to Japan, Vunipola’s insistence that he will not impose any ban on himself, as he did during the Six Nations, has the potential to cause the union a headache. Continue reading...
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Threats against members of Congress increasing, Capitol Police chief says
Threats against members of Congress continue to climb, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Tuesday, projecting the number of threats this year will "break last year's record."
Men died for that flag and other commentary
Conservative: Men Died for That Flag Think twice before you devalue the American flag, chides Rich Lowry at National Review. (Nike execs, ICE protesters, and a certain soccer player come to mind.) “Men have fought for the flag, and not just in the sense of fighting under it,” he notes, relating stories of “color sergeants”...
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Kellyanne Conway Asks Reporter, ‘What’s Your Ethnicity?’
Her question came in light of Trump's recent tweets about four Congresswomen
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We’re getting a fourth Thor film and Taika Waititi is directing it
But it means the director's anticipated adaptation of Akira is delayed indefinitely.
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Professor who tried to set St. Pat’s on fire sent to psych hospital
The former Lehman College professor who allegedly planned to set St. Patrick’s Cathedral ablaze will have his attempted arson case put on hold indefinitely while he undergoes treatment at a state psychiatric facility, a judge ruled Tuesday in Manhattan court. Justice Neil Ross ordered Marc Lamparello, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, committed after two psychiatrists found...
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Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams suspended over domestic violence incident
The WNBA player was arrested in Florida on April 29 for allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening another person with a firearm.
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Scaramucci to Trump: You should apologize
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticizes President Trump after a series of attacks on a group of Democratic congresswomen.
Stocks dip on bank earnings worries
Wall Street stocks edged lower Tuesday as bank earnings added to concerns about lower interest rates dampening profits. As Fred Katayama reports, U.S. President Donald Trump's comments on trade also weighed on investor sentiment.
Suspect Arrested In Death Of African American Museum Founder Discovered In Car Trunk
Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was a community fixture in Baton Rouge, La. Police say the suspect was one of Roberts-Joseph's tenants who was behind on his rent.
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Iran denies it’s ready to discuss missiles despite Pompeo claim
​​Moments after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran was open to discussing its missile program and President Trump ​touted “progress” ​being made in the escalating crisis, the Islamic Republic contradicted both men. At a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet at the White House on Tuesday, Pompeo said for the first time, “the Iranians said they...
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CES 2020 will allow sex tech on a trial basis
At least one sex tech product caused a stir at CES last year. As you might remember, the company Lora DiCarlo had a Robotics Innovation Award for its Ose "blended-orgasm machine" revoked and then reinstated. This year, likely hoping to avoid another...
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Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
Following yesterday’s Prime Day strike at a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, over a dozen progressive lawmakers—including Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ro Khanna—co-signed a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to request a…Read more...
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This small autonomous robot will deliver food at your doorstep — Strictly Robots
Refraction AI, an autonomous robotics startup, created the REV-1, a low-cost, lightweight autonomous delivery robot that can operate in both the bike lane and on the roadway. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Autonomous, Delivery Robot, Autonomous Robots, and Strictly Robots
Pain Meds As Public Nuisance? Oklahoma Tests A Legal Strategy For Opioid Addiction
The first civil trial against an opioid manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has ended in Oklahoma. The verdict could affect lawsuits filed by other local and state governments coping with addiction.
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Trump, ‘the Squad’ and Racism in America
Readers discuss the president’s use of tweets as a distraction and the response of the four congresswomen to his attack on them.
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