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How to update antitrust law for the Facebook era  

The feds are coming after Facebook. According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the social media company "violated terms of a 2011 consent decree" when the Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica pulled the data of about 50 million people off the platform. Coming on the heels of reports that Russian agents used Facebook to influence the 2016 election, the Cambridge Analytica revelations have sent Facebook's stock tumbling and its chief information security o

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2018-03-21 06:54:49

Billionaires, centrists, and a Holocaust denier advance in Illinois primaries  

On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) beat back a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R), who attacked him from the right, and fellow billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker won a three-way contest for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rauner in November. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, beat Chris Kennedy, the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, and state Sen. Daniel Bliss. Pritzker has already put $70 million of his own money into the race and Rauner has put in $50

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2018-03-21 06:44:07

Stephen Colbert is bemused by Trump's legal shakeup, Ivanka's lab act, and Trump's 'atta boy' call to Putin  

Last week, lawyers for President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller sat down to discuss which topics investigators could ask Trump about, Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show, showing an artist's rendition of what Trump's lawyers asked for: "They will allow questions on the 2016 electoral map and noises trucks make, but nothing about Stormy's bathing suit area or 'Vlad stuff.'" Trump is also shaking up his legal team, Colbert added, introducing viewers to former U.S. attorney, Fox

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2018-03-21 05:54:31

Ben Carson has two new excuses for that $31,000 office dining table: his wife, and danger  

Tuesday's House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Housing and Urban Development Department's budget ended up largely being about HUD Secretary Ben Carson's office furniture budget — specifically, the $31,000 mahogany dining set Carson's office ordered. Carson "offered a rambling, at times contradictory, explanation of the purchase of the table, chairs, and hutch," The New York Times notes, pinning the blame variously on safety considerations; his wife, Candy Carson; and staff members...

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2018-03-21 05:39:48

American teenagers' quiet despair  

Most statistics are meaningless. But once in a while one comes across a figure that cannot be summarily dismissed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2006 and 2016 there was a 70 percent increase in the number of white children aged 10 to 17 who committed suicide in this country. For black teenagers, the increase was even higher, at 77 percent. Only 48 American teenagers in 100,000 die each year; at present some 4,600 Americans between the ages of 10 and 24 tak

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2018-03-21 05:19:14

Holocaust denier wins Illinois GOP congressional primary  

After running unopposed in Tuesday's Republican primary, it's now official: Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier, is the GOP nominee for a House race in Illinois' 3rd congressional district. The Anti-Defamation League says Jones has been involved with anti-Semitic and racist organizations for several decades, and he has a section on his campaign website called "Holocaust?" where a document called "The Holocaust Racket" is posted. Earlier this year, the Illinois Republican Party said it "strongly" o

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2018-03-21 05:04:14

Stephen Colbert explains perfectly why everyone is dumping on Facebook now  

"Does anybody here use Facebook? Still?" Stephen Colbert asked on Tuesday's Late Show, noting that the world's biggest social network is in hot water over the unauthorized harvesting of the private information of 50 million American users by Cambridge Analytica, President Trump's campaign contractor — and also "the scientific name for John Oliver." "Now, people are blaming Facebook for this because they handed over all your data willingly," Colbert said. "It's less like they're a bank tha

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2018-03-21 03:33:35

Chick-fil-A cashier saved regular customer's change for weeks after he left it behind  

After customer Danny Cadra drove away from a Chick-fil-A in Lubbock, Texas, without his $3 in change, cashier Marcus Henderson stuffed it into an envelope, knowing the regular would be back sometime soon. For three weeks, Henderson carried the envelope in his back pocket while at work, never knowing if that would be the day he saw Cadra. He could have put it back in the cash register, but Henderson wanted to ensure Cadra received what was rightfully his. When Cadra came back to the restaurant l

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2018-03-21 03:25:48

In the 'grain glitch,' the GOP is reaping what it sowed  

Predictable as a sunrise, Republicans have encountered the first major unintended consequence of a tax cut bill that was ill-considered to begin with and then hurried madly across the finish line. Wags are calling it the "grain glitch": A late change to the legislation altered a deduction for United States production in a way that permitted farmers to deduct 20 percent of their total sales to cooperatives — agricultural organizations owned by groups of farmers that operate for the benefit of ...

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2018-03-21 03:18:26

Trevor Noah is skeptical of Trump's opioids plan. Jordan Klepper jokes 'bad' PSAs and killing drug dealers might just work.  

President Trump went to New Hampshire on Monday to roll out his plan to fight the opioid crisis, and he couldn't quite agree with himself on whether America was ready for his proposal to kill drug dealers, Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show. "One of my favorite things about Trump is that he has inner monologues out loud — it's like America elected Gollum as president." Sill, killing drug dealers won't solve America's opioid crisis, Noah said. "Do you also kill doctors who overprescr

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2018-03-21 02:40:28

Can anyone stop Trump from firing Mueller?  

President Trump is ready to fight. Apparently because the multitude of lawyers in his employ weren't displaying the proper legal je ne sais quoi he's after, this week he added yet another attorney to his team, longtime Washington fixture Joseph diGenova. DiGenova, however, is known less for his courtroom wizardry than for his regular appearances on Fox News, which is no doubt where Trump learned about him and became convinced of his qualifications. Not long ago, for instance, diGenova told Tuck

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2018-03-21 02:38:33

The Fed shouldn't control interest rates. It should control taxes.  

As the Federal Reserve announces its latest interest rate decision this afternoon, one economic fact will doubtlessly be forgotten: Interest rates are terrible. They can tank markets. They can throw people out of work. They can even cause recessions. They're just not a very good way to manage business cycles. But there's a better tool, one that we should take out of the hands of government's most dysfunctional institution, Congress, and put into the hands of one of its most functional, the Fed.

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2018-03-21 02:16:33

This cruise ship is being cut in half to make room for a 49-foot-long extension  

It will take more than 500 workers a combined 450,000 hours to complete what Silversea Cruises says is a first-of-its-kind project: The lengthening of a luxury cruise ship. The 642-foot-long Silver Spirit, which first set sail in 2009, was cut in half earlier this month while in a dry dock in Palermo, Sicily. A new 49-foot segment is being built for the ship's midsection, which will include a large pool area, restaurants, spa, and more cabins. It will take 846 tons of steel, 360,892 feet of cab

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2018-03-21 02:15:14

The dark side of tech  

If you want to understand how Donald Trump became president of the United States and why his fellow populists and nationalists are on the march across wide swaths of Europe, you could do worse than to glance at the smartphone you interact with about 500 times a day. No, the incredibly powerful computer nearly all of us carry around in our pockets and purses didn't give us Trump. But this ubiquitous piece of technology is as much an avatar of our historical moment as the factory or sweat shop wa

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2018-03-21 02:11:22

Police: Austin serial bomber suspect killed in police standoff  

The suspect in the serial bombings that terrorized Austin this month was killed early Wednesday during a standoff with police along Interstate 35 in Round Rock, just north of Austin, police tell local media. The suspect detonated an explosive device and possibly shot himself, CBS News reports. A high-ranking law enforcement official tells the Austin American-Statesman that authorities identified the suspect within the past 24 hours, thanks mostly to evidence gathered from when the suspect shipp

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2018-03-21 02:09:49

Study says to avoid getting sick on an airplane, pick a window seat  

Airplane window seats: They let you curl up a little easier, avoid getting hit by the beverage cart, keep an eye out for gremlins on the wing, and apparently cut your risk of catching the flu. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by Vicki Hertzberg of Emory University wrote about the model they put together, called "Fantasy Flights," that showed how pathogens spread through airplanes. The team put together different simulations of how pa

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2018-03-21 01:47:48

Former Apprentice contestant's defamation suit against Trump can move forward  

A New York judge on Tuesday rejected President Trump's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice in 2005. Zervos has claimed that in 2007, while in Trump's New York office, he kissed her on the lips twice, making her "uncomfortable, nervous, and embarrassed." She also alleged that while at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Trump kissed and groped her, and pressed his genitals against her. In January 2017, Zervos filed a defamation suit against Trump, a

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2018-03-20 22:38:17

Former Playboy model sues to break silence on alleged Trump affair  

A former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Trump is suing the media company that paid her to stay silent about the allegations back in 2016, The New York Times reports. The model, Karen McDougal, filed a lawsuit Tuesday to be released from the agreement. The New York Times reports that McDougal was paid $150,000 by American Media Inc., the parent company of The National Enquirer, in the summer of 2016. The media company then buried the story, never publishing her allegatio

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2018-03-20 21:48:18

Google will invest $3 million in news literacy programs for teens  

Google is ready to shell out $3 million in the battle against fake news. A new project called Mediawise, which is being funded by the tech giant, aims to help teenagers identify fake news online. The Poynter Institute, a resource for journalists, will head the project, which intends to enlist the help of educators and YouTube content creators, including author John Green. Mediawise will include a media literacy curriculum for middle and high school students and a "first-of-its-kind teen fact-ch

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2018-03-20 21:22:03

'Ashamed' Fox News analyst quits after calling network 'a propaganda machine'  

After spending a decade at Fox News as a strategic analyst, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters did not renew his contract, and sent colleagues a farewell email detailing all of the issues he has with the network, which he calls a "propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration." Peters, who often appeared on Fox as a vocal critic of former President Barack Obama's foreign policy, wrote in his email that he believes Fox News is "assaulting our constitutional order and the r

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2018-03-20 19:15:44

America can't 'dictate how other countries operate,' Sarah Sanders says about the Russian election. But that's kind of our thing.  

Putting "Russia" and "elections" in the same sentence makes for a touchy subject, given the country's spotty record of voting integrity. So it's no wonder that a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether Russia's elections were "free and fair" in Tuesday's press briefing, in light of reports that President Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on winning re-election. "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate," Sanders respon

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2018-03-20 17:14:55

Trump reportedly ignored advisers telling him not to congratulate Putin on re-election  

Before he called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, President Trump was warned in all caps by national security advisers not to congratulate Putin on his re-election, officials familiar with the phone call told The Washington Post. Trump did congratulate Putin, and later said they also discussed arms control and the situations in Syria and North Korea. His briefing materials included the note "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," and aides told Trump he needed to condemn the poisoning of former Russ

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2018-03-20 15:58:57

Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO after undercover video released  

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was suspended by the company on Tuesday, following the release of a secret recording that features Nix talking to an undercover reporter about how to obtain compromising material on an opponent. The data company worked for President Trump's campaign, and in the tapes, Nix and other executives hint they used bribes and other underhanded techniques to influence more than 200 elections around the world. The undercover reporter was from Britain's Channel 4, and

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2018-03-20 14:50:21

Watch the deeply uncomfortable dressing-down House Democrats gave Betsy DeVos  

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified on her department's budget before the House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, on the heels of her disastrous appearance on 60 Minutes last week. The hearing did not go much better: DeVos found herself facing a hostile crowd of Democrats, who expressed open frustration with her lack of answers. Watch some of the most uncomfortable moments below. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.): Is there some problem? Yes or no. Will you guarantee— DeVos: I think

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2018-03-20 13:56:56

Cuomo ally Christine Quinn calls Cynthia Nixon an 'unqualified lesbian'  

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn dismissed Cynthia Nixon as being an "unqualified lesbian" after the actress announced she is going to challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. Quinn, who made her comments to the New York Post, also expressed irritation that Nixon endorsed her Democratic primary opponent for New York City mayor in 2013, Bill de Blasio. "Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City," Quinn said. "

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2018-03-20 13:49:24

Man convicted of hate crime after training dog to give Nazi salute  

A Scottish man who was arrested after he trained a dog to give a Nazi salute was found guilty of a hate crime Tuesday. In 2016, Mark Meechan posted a video that showed him teaching his girlfriend's pug to raise his paw upon hearing "sieg heil" or "gas the Jews." The video was viewed more than a million times. Meechan defended his behavior as a way to prank his girlfriend, and said after he was arrested that he doesn't "actually hate Jewish people." In the video, Meechan says that his girlfriend

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2018-03-20 13:35:19

Another bomb was discovered in the Texas FedEx facility where a morning explosion injured 1  

Police have discovered a second explosive device at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, where an early morning explosion left one employee injured, The Washington Post reports. The second device had not yet detonated when it was uncovered by the police, and authorities hope it will offer clues to help identify a suspect believed to be serially bombing residents of Austin, where the devices at the Schertz facility were reportedly headed. The Schertz police chief told reporters that investigators

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2018-03-20 13:31:53

It's a beautiful day to watch this Mister Rogers documentary trailer  

The first trailer for the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood documentary is here, and it's a tearjerker. Won't You By My Neighbor follows the classic children's show from its low-budget start on a Pittsburgh public TV station to earning its place in pop culture history. It promises an inside look at how Fred Rogers introduced tough topics to children, how he used the show as a vehicle for equality, and an explanation for his welcome message that became documentary's title. It also promises to give you

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2018-03-20 11:59:34

The daily business briefing: March 20, 2018   

1. U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Monday as Facebook led a selloff of technology shares. Facebook's stock fell by 7.1 percent as its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, faced calls from lawmakers to explain how a data firm linked to President Trump's campaign got access to information on 50 million Facebook users. Facebook shares finished the day down 13 percent from a record high reached on Feb. 1. Other major tech stocks also fell on rising speculation of tighter regulation in the tech sector. The Dow Jones

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2018-03-20 11:57:35

Baseball-sized hail pelts Alabama during overnight storms, causing 'significant damage'  

Severe storms hit Alabama on Monday night, causing major damage and leaving debris that trapped several people as winds shredded buildings and cut off power lines. Tornadoes swirled and hail pelted the region, slamming northern Alabama and bringing strong winds and stormy weather to parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. "There has been significant damage tonight in parts of Alabama," Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement. That damage caused at least one person to be injured in Jackso

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2018-03-20 11:55:18

The U.S. invaded Iraq 15 years ago today. Americans are still split on whether that was a good idea.  

Tuesday, March 20, marks 15 years since the United States invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein and find those elusive weapons of mass destruction. At the time of the invasion, nearly 3 in 4 Americans said using military force was the right choice, but since 2006, public opinion has almost always shifted toward opposition. As of this year, Pew Research reports, 48 percent say the war was the wrong choice, and 43 percent still believe it was a good idea. (Pew Research Center) Among those who su

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2018-03-20 11:47:41

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico faces a suicide crisis  

It's been six months since Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, and the island still has a long way to go in recovering from the storm, which left hundreds of thousands of citizens without homes, electricity, or running water. But beyond infrastructure reconstruction, Puerto Rico faces another challenge as a result of the storm: skyrocketing suicide rates. The number of suicide attempts between November 2017 and January 2018 was more than double the same period a year ago, Vox reported, based

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2018-03-20 11:30:05

Trump calls Putin to 'congratulate' him on re-election  

President Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone Tuesday morning, congratulating Putin on his electoral victory over the weekend. In a statement, the Kremlin said Trump called to "congratulate" Putin on his win, calling the conversation "constructive" and "businesslike." Kremlin readout: @POTUS called to "congratulate" Putin on reelection. Discussion of potential summit meeting."In general, the conversation was constructive, businesslike and focused on overcoming the accumula

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2018-03-20 11:23:40

Pro-abstinence Trump appointees overruled HHS experts to end pregnancy prevention program, costing taxpayers millions  

Trump administration appointees directed the cancellation of a successful teen pregnancy prevention program, despite opposition from Department of Health and Human Services experts, an NBC News report found. The federal Teen Pregnancy Program was abruptly ended in August 2017, after seven years spent training more than 7,000 health-care workers and 3,000 organizations, NBC News reports. The $213 million program helped lead to an all-time low in teen pregnancies and had bipartisan and medical ex

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2018-03-20 08:22:19

Cambridge Analytica was testing Trump campaign themes in 2014, whistleblower says  

Facebook's big Cambridge Analytica problem began when former Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie came forward with evidence that his company had harvested the private data of 50 million Americans on Facebook without authorization. Cambridge Analytica said in a statement that it deleted "all Facebook data and their derivatives" and did not use any of that data in its work for President Trump's campaign, but Wylie told CNN's Don Lemon on Monday night that the company's denial

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2018-03-20 08:17:55

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy taken into custody, faces allegations he received illegal campaign financing from Gadhafi  

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into custody by the police over allegations that he received suitcases containing millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the government of then-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, The Associated Press reports. Sarkozy has denied the allegations, which first arose in 2013 and were later fueled by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine telling an investigative website that he was involved in the transportation of the cash. Sarko

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2018-03-20 07:18:08

San Antonio police chief says he 'misspoke' when reporting a 2nd bomb in shipping facility  

Update 2:26 p.m. ET: The San Antonio police chief told the Austin-American Statesman that he "misspoke when he claimed a second suspicious package was found at a FedEx facility in Schertz." A second device was not found, and The Washington Post has likewise amended their reporting. Our original article appears below. Police have discovered a second explosive device at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, where an early morning explosion left one employee injured, The Washington Post reports. Th

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2018-03-20 07:17:32

Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah examine the mounting evidence that Trump wants to fire Robert Mueller  

"Man, crazy s--t happens so fast in this presidency, sometimes it feels like I'm binge-watching it," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night, trying to digest the weekend's news. "It's like, 'He's suing the porn star? Two hours ago he said he didn't even know her! Where's my Chinese food?'" He compared Trump's shifting story on whether he had a relationship with Stormy Daniels to Trump's shifting story on whether he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin, with a compelling video montage. And he

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2018-03-20 06:23:09

College students, patients with dementia bond during spring break volunteer trip  

Several students from the University of Miami decided to have a different kind of spring break, leaving the beach for Colorado, where they volunteered for a week at the Chelsea Place memory care facility. The students spent their days in Aurora getting to know the residents, who have dementia. They ate lunch together, shared stories, and at the end of the week, split up into pairs and created paintings that represented their experience, with the artwork then placed in a small gallery set up by

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2018-03-20 06:09:04

1 injured after explosion at Goodwill store in Austin  

Authorities in Austin, Texas, responded to an explosion at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city Tuesday night, which left one person injured. The victim is a male in his thirties, and his injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening. The Austin Police Department later tweeted that it was "not a bomb, rather an incendiary device" that went off inside a package, and "at this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs." There ha

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2018-03-20 05:56:06

Why Trump can't get over his wall  

President Trump has always understood the power of symbolism. As a real estate developer, he counted on it to turn his ambitions into reality: Create physical manifestations of what you want people to believe, and eventually they'll believe it. Put your name in 20-foot-high letters on the side of a building, and people will think you're a giant. Despite his many business failures, Trump never lost faith in that kind of symbolism. When he ran for president, one symbol rose above them all: a big,

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2018-03-20 05:27:52

Mississippi governor signs 15-week abortion ban  

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed legislation Monday banning abortion in the state after 15 weeks of gestation, joined in the closed-door signing ceremony by lawmakers who pushed through the legislation and other abortion opponents. If it survives court challenge, it will be the nation's strictest abortion law. About an hour after the signing, Mississippi's lone abortion clinic sued to block the law, arguing that it violates Supreme Court precedence by banning abortion before a fetus coul

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2018-03-20 05:04:18

Obesity can make you lose your sense of taste  

New research suggests that the key to understanding obesity might be hidden in your taste buds. In a study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists discovered that mice that were fed a high-fat diet lost about 25 percent of their taste buds in just eight weeks, Science News reported. Taste buds are clusters of cells on the tongue that help the brain identify flavors, Pacific Standard reported. Although taste buds have a natural life span of about 10 days, in mice with high-fat

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2018-03-20 04:35:30

The Weinstein Co. declares bankruptcy, releases some employees from NDAs  

The Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy, the company announced Monday, after dozens of women accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and harassment. Several women came forward last fall with their allegations of abuse against Weinstein, at the time one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, and as more and more accusations were made, the company couldn't stay afloat. Earlier this month, a group of investors announced they made a deal to buy the Weinstein Co., but that

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2018-03-20 04:31:48

Austin police chief says bomber is 'taunting' law enforcement  

The suspected serial bomber targeting Austin, believed to have set up explosions that killed two people and injured five, is "showing that he's quite good," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday. Since March 2, four bombs have gone off around the city — three were left on doorsteps, and one was triggered Sunday night when two men on their bicycles hit a trip wire; they were seriously injured, but are expected to survive. Due to similarities between the devices, it's believed that all f...

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2018-03-20 04:22:08

Facebook execs are reportedly struggling to figure out how to deal with disinformation backlash  

Executives at Facebook are at odds over how to best respond to the spread of disinformation on the platform, several current and former Facebook employees told The New York Times. The Times reports that Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, is leaving the company by August because of the tension. Stamos has been vocal about how important it is for the public to know how Russians used Facebook to spread fake news and propaganda before the 2016 presidential election, the current and fo

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2018-03-20 04:10:13

Trump reportedly will make it easier for America to export lethal drones  

President Trump will loosen rules governing the export of lethal drones to U.S. allies, Reuters reports, and may announce these changes as soon as this month. The president has been lobbied by American drone manufacturers, who say foreign rivals are beating them on the international market thanks to fewer restrictions in their home countries, like China and Israel. Trump is expected to cast the change as a feature of his "Buy American" campaign, which also includes his steel and aluminum tariff

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2018-03-20 03:49:39

Gardening is great  

Spring is here! And what better way to celebrate this new season than plant a garden? Spring and plants belong together. Whether you live in a part of the country where green shoots and buds are just beginning to burst through the frost or the more temperate areas of the South and West, lengthening days and warmer temperatures spark new life and renewed hopes for the future. It's time to put down the smartphone and pick up your favorite gardening tool. Here's why: 1. Gardening is good for your

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2018-03-20 02:56:10

Can the Salton Sea be saved?  

If you don't live near the fading banks of the Salton Sea, it's easy to forget it exists — that is, until the winds pick up. Depending on which way they are blowing, gusts carry tiny, toxic particulates — and sometimes the stench of decaying fish and sulfur dioxide — from the Colorado Desert to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and points beyond. The smell is a reminder of the public health crisis that will occur if more isn't done — and quickly — to save the sea. The Salton Sea is in California'...

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2018-03-20 02:51:33

Trump's maximal tribalism  

American politics have become little more than extreme and reflexive tribalism. We all sense it: the rise of hyper-partisanship; the denial that those who seek to position themselves above the political fray actually mean it; the claim or insinuation that the very act of such positioning expresses a concealed form of partisanship; the implication that there might not be any nonpartisan position or truth at all, with all efforts to speak for or act in the name of a genuinely common good or objec

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2018-03-20 02:47:08

Gripped by controversy, United suspends large pet travel  

United Airlines won't load any more large animals on flights until it figures out what's going wrong with its furry passengers. Last week, a dog died after it was put in an overhead compartment. The next day, a German Shepherd from Kansas was swapped with a Great Dane and sent to Japan. Two days after that, another flight was diverted to drop off a pet that had been loaded on the wrong plane. The mistakes prompted United to announce it would suspend PetSafe, its program for transporting large a

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2018-03-20 02:32:22

The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died  

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in existence, died on Monday, Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy announced early Tuesday. He was 45 and "being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds," the conservancy said. "He was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal. The veterinary team from the Dvůr Kralove Zoo, Ol Pejeta, and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him." It is with gre...

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2018-03-20 02:31:44

3 great last-minute travel deals  

It's never too late to get a great travel deal! Here are three of the best last-minute travel deals we found on the internet this week: 1. Europe for millennials (iStock) Contiki, a tour operator for 18- to 35-year-olds, is taking 25 percent off its 18-day "Road to Athens" package. The tour, which begins in London on April 30 and ends in the Greek capital, starts at $2,757. Book by March 31. 2. Set sail to Antarctica (iStock) Peregrine Adventures is offering up to 35 percent off its Antarctic

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2018-03-20 02:28:19

There is an unexpected obstacle to funding the government this week: Snow  

Tuesday is the first day of spring, but you wouldn't know it in the Washington, D.C. region, where residents are awaiting what could be "one of the biggest snowfalls in almost two years," WTOP-FM writes. The winter weather will do more than just dampen moods, though — it could potentially bog down lawmakers' efforts to pass a spending bill and result in the government shutting down, Politico Playbook writes. Congress is once again facing a looming Friday night deadline to complete its $1.2 tr...

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2018-03-20 02:24:44

Smug elites are about to start parading their virtues. Ignore them.  

Why does anyone bother publishing things like Susan Jacoby's hilariously titled New York Times essay "Stop apologizing for being elite"? The only thing more fatuous and boring than listening to a rich and powerful person apologize for his or her flourishing in a painfully insincere manner is hearing the same types explain that, actually, they are proud of the inordinate amounts of wealth and privilege they have accumulated thanks to the vagaries of fortune and their possession of pieces of recy

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2018-03-20 02:24:06

The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center  

With America's president casually stirring racial and other hatreds, it would be helpful for our civic good to have an organization that tracks with honesty and precision what rabble his rhetoric is rousing. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation's largest (and richest) watchdog of hate groups, has long sought to fill that role. Unfortunately, the SPLC is not up to the task. It is too busy enforcing liberal orthodoxy against its intellectual opponents. For proof, look no further than how i

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2018-03-20 02:22:11

The Koch brothers' network urges Trump to take Democrats up on their DACA deal  

On Sunday, the White House asked congressional Democrats to accept two and a half years of legal protections for DREAMers, or young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, in return for $25 billion for President Trump's border wall, Politico reports. Democrats countered with $25 billion for the wall and border security in return for permanent protection for 1.8 million DREAMers, not just through September 2020, and the White House balked. The omnibus spending package that must pas

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2018-03-20 02:13:11

Austin-bound package explodes at FedEx facility outside San Antonio, injuring one  

A female FedEx employee was injured early Tuesday when a package at the FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, exploded. SanantonioFIRE says the package was destined for Austin, and the FBI tells CBS News that it is "more than possible" that the explosion is linked to the four explosions in Austin this month. Two people were killed and four injured in those blasts. Of the 75 people working at the facility, only one complained of injury described as a non life threatening percussion type injury. All

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2018-03-20 01:41:13

Being a middle-aged woman is a super power, and Hollywood is finally catching on  

I spent most of my 35th birthday ugly-crying over the grey hairs I'd just noticed in my brunette bangs, like bleached tentacles rising from a dark sea. My friends' jokey texts welcoming me to "almost middle age" and "impending old-ladyhood" socked me in an unexpectedly tender place, a part of me that was achy over the fact that even if I still wasn't old, I wasn't exactly young anymore, either. I can't say when this fog of anxiety first rolled through my mind and smothered my better judgment ...

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2018-03-20 01:37:02

10 things you need to know today: March 20, 2018   

1. President Trump on Monday called for using the death penalty against some drug traffickers as part of a campaign to get tougher in fighting the nation's opioid epidemic. "Toughness is the thing that they most fear," Trump said. The comments came as Trump unveiled a long-awaited plan to combat opioid drug addiction. Trump announced the plan in New Hampshire, an early-voting state that has been hit hard by the epidemic. Trump called for heightened awareness and expanding treatment, but the cent

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2018-03-20 01:33:32

Stephen Colbert explains why you should be rattled by the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica shenanigans  

The big news on Facebook is that "free will is an illusion," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show, pointing to the weekend's news about Trump campaign "behavioral microtargeting" contractor Cambridge Analytica. "That's a classy name, Cambridge Analytica — not to be confused with their competitor, Oxford Thinkemups," he joked. It just came out that when the data firm was run by Stephen Bannon, it built detailed psychographic profiles of U.S. voters by harvesting the personal informat

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2018-03-20 01:30:26

Stephen Colbert finds the most shocking thing in Trump's tweet-gloating on Andrew McCabe's firing  

"Are you guys enjoying March Madness?" Stephen Colbert asked on Monday's Late Show. "Speaking of madness, Donald Trump. We're on the brink of another crisis? Because it really feels like Donald Trump is gearing up to fire" Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The first clue was when Trump lawyer John Dowd released a statement calling for Mueller's investigation to be scrapped, writing in purple comic sans font. "Now that sounds inappropriate until you remember that the Declaration of Independence wa

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2018-03-20 01:30:05

Cambridge Analytica executive caught on video boasting about swinging elections with bribes and entrapment  

Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, Strategic Communications Laboratories, were apparently secretly filmed by Britain's Channel 4 News suggesting they have used bribes and other shady techniques to influence more than 200 elections across the globe. Cambridge Analytica was a Trump campaign contractor in 2016, and it was reported this weekend that the company harvested 50 million American Facebook profiles for electioneering, a major data breach. In order to get the

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2018-03-19 22:55:46

Michael Cohen explains to Vanity Fair exactly how the Stormy Daniels payment came to be  

President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told his side of the Stormy Daniels story in a Vanity Fair interview published Monday, describing the negotiations that led to the now-infamous $130,000 payment to the adult film actress. Cohen told Vanity Fair that, until 2011, he didn't know that Trump had ever met Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. But when a website published an interview about the alleged affair between the former real estate developer and porn star, Coh

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2018-03-19 22:02:12

Trump pushes for border wall to combat opioid crisis and 'keep the damn drugs out'  

President Trump pushed his proposed border wall as a method to combat the national opioid crisis in a speech in New Hampshire on Monday. "Ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border," said Trump. "Eventually the Democrats will agree with us, and we'll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out." His call for additional border security elicited a standing ovation from the audience, who cheered and chanted in support of a wall. Attendees also applauded the president's pl

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2018-03-19 20:55:57

Supreme Court won't block new Pennsylvania congressional map  

In a blow to Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Pennsylvania's newly drawn congressional map. In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that the map drawn by Republicans in 2011 was gerrymandered and violated Pennsylvania's constitution, and last month, voted 4-3 to approve a new congressional map that no longer favors the GOP. Under the old map, Republicans usually won 13 of the 18 districts, but with the new boundaries, Democrats a

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2018-03-19 17:13:49

Eric Trump says shooting kept him away from drugs  

The world has shooting to thank for the Eric Trump we know today. This is sad. Shooting was a big part of my youth - it kept me away from drinking/drugs, taught me safety, discipline, consentration and so many other positive life lessons. It has brought generations of children together with parents, grandparents and other role models. #Why #2A — Eric Trump (@EricTrump) March 19, 2018 On Monday, President Trump's middle son responded to a Fox and Friends tweet about a...

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2018-03-19 16:43:28

Mueller reportedly wants to ask Trump about events that took place after his election  

President Trump attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller by name on Twitter over the weekend, veering from the White House legal strategy of cooperating with Mueller's investigation, but Trump's legal team is still trying to work out how Mueller can interview Trump, Axios reports. And Mueller, in his conversations with Trump's lawyers, is focused on "events since the election," Axios' Mike Allen says, specifically "the firings of FBI Director James Comey and National Security Adviser Michael Fly

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2018-03-19 14:30:41

Trump to unveil plan to fight opioid epidemic  

President Trump is expected to unveil his plan to fight the opioid epidemic on Monday, Politico reports. An early version of the plan would have called for the death penalty against some drug dealers, but the final version is expected to be scaled back, with a call for capital punishment against drug traffickers only "when appropriate under current law," said Andrew Bremberg, the White House's director of the Domestic Policy Council. Trump will announce his new policies during a trip to New Ham

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2018-03-19 14:15:12

Trump has apparently decided he doesn't need advice anymore  

Over the past week, President Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, openly advocated the death penalty for drug dealers, bragged about lying to Canada's prime minister, apparently forced the firing of a retiring deputy FBI director, and, most recently, hinted on Twitter that he might try to oust Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating him. Trump is "newly emboldened to say what he really feels and to ignore the cautions of those around him" because he "now believes he h

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2018-03-19 13:25:26

Trump's Cabinet firings set a 100-year record  

After 423 days in office, President Trump has gotten rid of more Cabinet officials (three, in Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson) than most presidents lose in their first two years on the job. In fact, NPR reports, no other "elected first-term president in the past 100 years has had this much Cabinet turnover this early in his presidency." Most presidents since Woodrow Wilson have replaced just one Cabinet

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2018-03-19 11:03:03

Report: Hoping to limit scope of interview, Trump's lawyers turn over documents to Mueller  

Attorneys for President Trump have given Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office written documents about events under investigation, including summaries of internal White House memos and correspondence, with the hopes that this will keep Mueller from having to ask about certain incidents, two people familiar with the situation told The Washington Post. Trump's lawyers are concerned that Trump being able to handle an interview that could last several hours, and have been negotiating the terms o

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2018-03-19 11:02:36

A self-driving Uber has killed a woman in what might be the first pedestrian death by an autonomous car  

A woman in Tempe, Arizona, has died after being struck by an Uber car that was operating in "autonomous mode," potentially making her the first pedestrian to be killed by an unmanned vehicle, The New York Times' Daisuke Wakabayashi reports. A human driver was in the car when the collision occurred Sunday night around 10 p.m. MT. The woman was apparently outside of the crosswalk when she was hit by the car, Arizona's ABC 15 reports. Uber is "fully cooperating" with the investigation, a spokeswom

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2018-03-19 10:39:14

The all-girl Muslim metal band smashing through Indonesia  

Thrashing guitar riffs, throbbing bass licks, and banging drum cymbals resound as the lead singer howls into the mic. The crowd forms a mosh pit, screaming fans go wild, and the band members, visibly energized, smile and bang their heads as they tear through another performance. Though this may seem like a typical rock concert, Voice of Baceprot is anything but prosaic. Smashing their way through Indonesia's music scene, this teenage, all-girl, hijab-wearing heavy metal trio is uprooting gender

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2018-03-19 06:57:56

How #MeToo is leaving child victims behind  

For years as a child, I was abused by an adult. I kept this secret for decades. I'm sure I knew other victims. But I heard none of their stories. Like me, they chose silence. We survivors of child sexual abuse don't just know how to keep a secret — we were groomed to believe secrecy was essential to our survival. #MeToo has changed that, as more and more survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment are coming forward to share their stories. But while some of these stories have included ...

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2018-03-19 06:43:38

Veteran Cirque du Soleil performer dies after falling during Tampa show  

A Cirque du Soleil aerialist died Saturday after he fell 20 feet during a performance of the show Volta in Tampa, the company announced Sunday. Yann Arnaud, 38, of France later died at the hospital. A husband and father of two, Arnaud had been performing with Cirque du Soleil for 15 years and was one of the most experienced members. Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, told Reuters he was "very surprised" by Arnaud's death, and he couldn't descr

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2018-03-19 06:25:22

John Oliver takes his favorite thing about Mike Pence and bends it to support gay rights  

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spent 20 minutes talking about Vice President Mike Pence, the one White House official President Trump can't fire. Pence's constitutional immunity from being sacked is actually worrisome, "because he's synonymous with some extreme positions," especially on abortion and gay rights, Oliver said. "If there are any Mike Pence supporters watching this, I cannot promise that he is going to come out of tonight's show looking great, but I can promise that I wi

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2018-03-19 06:19:36

How the young people of today will save the small businesses of tomorrow  

I have two sons, ages 6 and 8. When I ask them what they want to be when they grow up, they say farmer, builder, artist, video game designer, YouTuber, store owner. The games they play, like Minecraft and Roblox, inspire some of their career goals, while the YouTube videos they watch (often in languages they don't speak), inform others. Every few weeks, they want to start a business — selling lemonade or their artwork, doing chores for the neighbors, their teachers, or me. I ask them why they...

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2018-03-19 06:10:59

After a weekend of upsets, only 2 No. 1 seeds will play in NCAA's Sweet 16  

Florida State knocked No. 1 seed Xavier out of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Sunday night, taking the lead for the first time with 1:08 left in the game then holding on for a 75-70 finish. Following the shocking elimination of overall top seed Virginia by University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), only two No. 1 seeds are advancing to the Sweet 16 round for the first time since 2004. (UMBC's underdog run was ended by ninth-seeded Kansas on Sunday, 50-43.) The NCAA says it is the

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2018-03-19 06:01:33

In 2016, school officials wanted Florida mass shooter involuntarily committed  

In September 2016, two counselors and a resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recommended that Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation, per court documents obtained by The Associated Press. Cruz, 19, stands accused of killing 17 people in a mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school last month. Under Florida's Baker Act, a person can be forcibly committed for a mental health exam for at least three days, and it's not clear why no one e

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2018-03-19 05:49:01

Baseball is beautiful. Don't wreck it.  

I love baseball. But even I must admit that sometimes baseball is too slow. Last year, the average Major League Baseball game took 3 hours and 5 minutes — almost 10 minutes longer than the (already very long) 2:56 average of the 2015 season. In trying to address the game's snail's pace, Minor League Baseball (a.k.a. MLB's Petri dish for terrible ideas) announced new rules and procedures last week. While many were perfectly reasonable, if not overdue (there is no reason to allow mound visits f...

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2018-03-19 05:41:25

Trump's vindictive political purging puts America's democracy at risk  

Every year, the non-partisan, D.C.-based organization Freedom House issues a report scoring every country in the world along two dimensions of human liberty. Its scorching 2018 report, called "Democracy in Crisis," singles out America for "an accelerating decline in American political rights and civil liberties." The United States no longer features the freest combined score of 1 on the group's benchmark political and civil rights index. While the U.S. is not yet anywhere close to what I like t

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2018-03-19 05:39:11

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson alleges Mitch McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, got him blacklisted from Fox News  

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson alleged in a blog post Monday that Fox News removed him from air in 2014 at the request of Elaine Chao, who didn't like Erickson's criticisms of her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Chao held an influential position on the Newscorp board of directors at the time, and former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes reportedly told Erickson that she was "riding [his] a--" about Erickson's unfavorable coverage of McConnell. Now the Senate majority leader, McConnell at

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2018-03-19 05:25:15

Vladimir Putin wins re-election with an unbelievable 77 percent of the vote  

Russia's Central Election Commission said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won re-election with 76.67 percent of the vote in a field of eight candidates. That was a record-high number for Putin, who won his third term in 2012 with 63.3 percent. In second place was communist Pavel Grudinin, with 11.78 percent, followed by Vladimir Zhirinovsky (5.66 percent) and TV personality Ksenia Sobchak (1.68 percent), the only of the candidates to openly criticize Putin. The candidate most likel

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2018-03-19 05:15:48

Off-duty New York firefighter rescues neighbors from burning building  

While walking home from the subway last Thursday, firefighter Roben Duge saw black smoke billowing from his neighbor's two-story house, and although he was off-duty and didn't have his gear on him, Duge ran into the flames to save a family. "I'm not a hero, I'm just reacting off instinct," the father of three told the New York Daily News. "When I heard the kids screaming, it hit home." Duge, a resident of Jamaica, Queens, has been with the FDNY for five years, and was able to get a grandmother

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2018-03-19 04:52:36

New report shows Hope Hicks' life over the past few months has been like a soap opera  

When she leaves Washington, D.C., don't expect to see outgoing White House Communications Director Hope Hicks write a juicy memoir or run for office. "She doesn't particularly like politics," one person close to Hicks told New York's Olivia Nuzzi. "She's loyal to Mr. Trump." Nuzzi spoke with more than 30 current and former White House officials about Hicks, and among other things, she learned more about her terminated relationship with Rob Porter, the onetime White House staff secretary. Last m

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2018-03-19 04:52:36

Facebook's big data breach has already cost Mark Zuckerberg $3.8 billion  

Following weekend revelations that Facebook was exploited by data firm Cambridge Analytica in order to harvest 50 million Americans' profiles, founder Mark Zuckerberg saw his fortune drop by $3.8 billion Monday morning, Bloomberg Technology reports. Facebook stock had plummeted 6 percent by 10:50 a.m. ET, a change of around 12 points, with the S&P 500 tugged down almost 1 percent with the social media giant as its worst performer. That drop means the company has lost around $25 billion in marke

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2018-03-19 04:43:52

The daily business briefing: March 19, 2018   

1. AT&T Inc. heads into court on Monday in a fight with the Justice Department over the company's proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. Time Warner is the home of DC Comics heroes Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, as well as HBO and CNN. Phone giant AT&T says it needs Time Warner's media power to compete in a changing media landscape increasingly dominated by Netflix and Amazon. The Justice Department says the deal would hurt consumers by giving AT&T power over both content and distrib

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2018-03-19 04:41:39

Rep. Adam Schiff thinks Republicans are too 'complicit' in Trump's agenda  

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is surprised by how many Republicans have been willing to "carry water" for President Trump, he told Politico, as his presidency careens through Washington. Particularly in the face of the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Schiff criticized Republicans for failing to speak out against the president: "I think one of the really sad realizations over the last year is not what kind of a president Donald Trump turns out to be — I thi...

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2018-03-19 04:30:50

Claire's files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  

The teen accessories chain Claire's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, and will close 92 stores this month and in April. The company announced it has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure $1.9 billion in debt, and is "confident" it will emerge from bankruptcy protection in September. The chain has 1,600 locations in the United States, mostly in malls, which don't have the foot traffic they used to, due to competition from big box stores and online merchants. Just remember t

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2018-03-19 04:28:49

D.C. councilman apologizes for claiming Jewish financiers control the climate  

Snowy weather in the nation's capital has inspired some unconventional meteorology. Washington D.C. councilman Trayon White Sr. apologized for posting a video in which he pushed a conspiracy theory that the Rothschild family, a prominent Jewish business dynasty, controls the weather. White, a Democrat, took to Facebook on Friday when flakes began to fall, posting a video to his official page that insisted the flurry was more than it appeared, reports The Washington Post. "Man, it just started s

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2018-03-19 04:12:10

10 things you need to know today: March 19, 2018   

1. Lawmakers from both parties rallied behind Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Sunday, after one of President Trump's lawyers said Mueller's inquiry into Russian election meddling should end soon. Trump fueled concerns with an angry weekend tweetstorm attacking Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey, and FBI No. 2 official Andrew McCabe, who was fired late Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Democrats called for Congress to take steps to protect Mueller. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sai

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2018-03-19 04:09:05

John McCain joins a thin chorus of Republicans defending Mueller after Trump's weekend tweetstorm  

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), undergoing cancer treatment in Arizona, has been unable to appear on the Sunday news shows, but he still joined a thin chorus of Republicans on Sunday to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with President Trump's campaign. Over the weekend, Trump lashed out at Mueller by name on Twitter for the first time, raising concerns that he would fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a prelude to ordering

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2018-03-19 04:03:21

Even the threat of prison isn't keeping drivers off their cell phones  

If you're reading this from Mississippi, please put your phone down and look at the road! A massive new study of 2.3 million drivers by Zendrive found that not even the threat of going to jail seems to be able to stop people from using their phones while behind the wheel, and Mississippians are the worst abusers of the bunch, Bloomberg reports. Almost 18 percent of drivers in the Magnolia State are considered "phone addicts," meaning they call, text, or fiddle with apps at a rate that is more t

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2018-03-19 03:20:04

Michelle McNamara's tantalizing roadmap for finding a long lost serial killer  

The Golden State Killer could be the most horrifying of America's serial killers. Not just because of his gruesome crimes, his disturbing chatter and hysterical weeping, or his penchant for collecting personal items from his victims while leaving behind valuables and cash. It is not even for the fact that he vanished without a trace after terrorizing California communities over the course of a decade between 1976 and 1986, raping more than 50 women in their own homes and murdering at least 10 p

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2018-03-19 03:16:56

Report: 3 witnesses contradict Sessions' testimony on Russia outreach  

Three people who have spoken with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team or congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election told Reuters that during their interviews, they contradicted the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who last November told the House Judiciary Committee he "pushed back" against a proposal in 2016 to have Trump campaign representatives meet with Russians. The three witnesses were at the March 2016 meeting, where former Tru

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2018-03-19 03:16:06

Another explosion in Austin injures two, might have been triggered by trip wire  

On Sunday night, an explosion of some kind injured two men in their 20s in southwest Austin, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Services. In a short press briefing, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said it is not yet clear if the explosion is related to the three package bombs that killed two people and injuring another on March 2 and March 12 in eastern and northern Austin. The two people injured on Sunday night suffered "significant" but apparently "non-life-threatening" i

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2018-03-19 03:11:41

8 in 10 Americans believe the government spies on them  

A majority of Americans believe the U.S. government is engaged in mass surveillance of the general public and is influenced by the "deep state," a "group of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy," a new Monmouth University poll published Monday reports. Asked whether the "U.S. government currently monitors or spies on the activities of American citizens," 82 percent of respondents said yes, with 53 percent affirming that such surveillance

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2018-03-19 03:02:40

White evangelical support for Trump has increased amid Stormy Daniels reports  

White evangelicals have held steadfast in their support for President Trump, recent Pew Research Center data showed, despite allegations that the president once engaged in an extramarital affair with an adult film star. Not only that, but their approval of his performance has only increased in recent months, Pew found. Survey data from March found that just 39 percent of Americans approve of Trump's performance overall, but 78 percent of white evangelicals gave their support. That number is eve

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2018-03-19 02:29:14

Tax evasion is getting easier  

It is getting easier to evade tax payments, FiveThirtyEight reports, and though anti-tax fervor is usually found among the GOP, for this shift Americans can thank Republicans and Democrats alike. Specifically, we can thank their bitter partisanship. Following the passage of the GOP tax reform bill, blue states like California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are considering classifying some state or local taxes as charitable donations or a payroll tax that can be deducted from federal pay

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2018-03-19 02:27:54

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