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On the Wrong Track: Why Biden Abandoned Rail Workers
- The White House has leveraged the power of Congress to ratify the bargaining terms that management wanted. This outcome is as depressing as it is predictable. When President Joe Biden helped to engineer a tentative agreement to avert a threatened railroad workers' strike earlier this fall, a narrative of benevolent patrician governance locked immediately into gear . Knowing that a massive work stoppage would upend ...

Source: thenation.com
US   MARKETS   POLITICS  
Fed's preferred inflation gauge slowed in October
- Inflation showed signs of slowing in October, but it still remained uncomfortably rapid even as a spate of economic data underscored that a return to normal price increases could take time. Prices as measured by the Personal Consumption Expenditures index, the measure the Federal Reserve watches most closely, climbed by 6 percent in the year through October, the report showed, in line with what economists in a ...

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US   BUSINESS  
Kanye West Is Suspended From Twitter After Posting a Swastika
- The tweet was deleted before the rapper's account was shut down. Twitter's chief executive, Elon Musk, said the post violated a rule against inciting violence. Elon Musk, Twitter's chief executive, said late Thursday that Kanye West would be suspended from Twitter after the rapper and fashion designer tweeted an image of a swastika inside the Star of David. Mr. Musk said the post violated the social media outlet's ...

Source: nytimes.com
US  
The Ugly Truth Behind Biden's Latest Student Loan Payment Pause
- Fixing America's student-debt crisis would be extremely difficult. It's much simpler to take the Joe Biden approach: provide people with bailouts they didn't earn, continue running up the national debt, worsen the country's growing inflation crisis, and keep money pouring into left-wing universities nationwide in the process. Late last month, the Department of Education doubled down on Biden's failed strategy, ...

Source: newsweek.com
US   POLITICS  
Appeals court: Trump merits no 'special master' for seized files nor 'special exception' to criminal law
- A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday that a federal judge in Florida erred in granting former President Donald Trump's request for a "special master" to review the thousands of documents the FBI took from Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in an August raid. The unsparing ruling was a victory for the Justice Department, a big defeat for Trump, and an embarrassing rebuke of ...

Source: theweek.com
Elon Musk says Neuralink brain implant is nearing human trials
- Elon Musk says his brain computer interface (BCI) company Neuralink is almost ready to start human trials, possibly by the middle of 2023.   At an event that appeared to be another recruitment drive for Neuralink, Musk – chief of Tesla, Space X, and owner of Twitter – said the BCI startup could put one of its devices in a person's head in six months' time, meaning at some point in 2023.  Musk ...

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US   POLITICS  
Arizona's Cochise County supervisors certify election after court loss
- An Arizona judge on Thursday ordered Cochise County's board of supervisors to certify the county's votes in the 2022 midterms by 5 p.m., and two of the three supervisors then met and did so . The third supervisor, Tom Crosby, skipped the court-ordered meeting and did not vote. Crosby and the other Republican on the board, Peggy Judd, had voted against canvassing the election before Monday's state-mandated deadline, ...

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DIGITAL   TECHNOLOGY  
LastPass Suffers Second Major Data Breach in Four Months
- LastPass says the breach did not compromise the passwords of 33 million company users and over 100,000 business accounts. On Wednesday, LastPass confirmed it was breached, a fallout of the August 2022 incident wherein portions of source code and some proprietary LastPass technical information were compromised. The recent breach came to light after the company noticed unusual activity in a third-party cloud storage ...

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White House sparks primary firestorm by pushing South Carolina for top spot
- WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is recommending that South Carolina, the state that lifted him to front-runner status in the 2020 primaries, kick off Democrats' 2024 presidential nominating contest, according to a top Democratic source familiar with the plan. In doing so, he has set off a frenzied scramble among competing early states that are apoplectic over the proposal. The proposed order would do away ...

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US   MARKETS  
Today's mortgage and refinance rates: December 2, 2022 | Rates move down following Powell speech
- Mortgage rates have trended down this week following a speech Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell gave at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday. In his speech, Powell talked about the current economic conditions and how the Fed is thinking about inflation as it prepares to head into its mid-December meeting. Powell reiterated what he's been saying for months, which is that inflation has been incredibly stubborn ...

Source: businessinsider.com
POLITICS  
What to know about the West's new efforts to slash Russia's oil revenue
- The United States and its allies are about to deliver a double blow to Russia aimed at starving its oil revenues. First, the European Union will ban all seaborne imports Russian oil, a move that takes effect Monday. Also, the U.S. and other members of the Group of Seven leading economies will attempt to impose a price cap on the oil Russia continues to sell to other parts of the world. The two moves are intended to ...

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Prosecutor Says Trump 'Knew Exactly What Was Going On' With Exec's Tax Fraud Scheme
- NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump "knew exactly what was going on" with top Trump Organization executives who schemed for years to dodge taxes on company-paid perks, a prosecutor said Thursday, challenging defense claims that the former president was unaware of the plot at the heart of the company's tax fraud case . Manhattan prosecutor Joshua Steinglass lobbed the bombshell allegation during closing arguments. He ...

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US  
Idaho student killings: As police release a series of confusing statements on the case, here's where the investigation stands
- After a series of confusing statements released by police on the Idaho student killings, here's where the investigation stands CNN — As many University of Idaho students returned to campus this week, the police investigation into the stabbing deaths of four of their peers continued – but not without confusion over a key case detail. Nearly three weeks since the college students were found stabbed to ...

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State dinner scenes: Biden and Macron stand 'shoulder to shoulder'
- On Thursday night, the youngest-ever French president and the oldest-ever American president toasted each other during the White House's first state dinner in more than three years, since before the pandemic swept away millions of lives and froze Washington's fancy rituals. Emmanuel Macron, three weeks from turning 45, raised a slender crystal Baccarat flute of California brut rosé to President Biden, ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
WORLD  
China vows to slowly ease 'zero covid' rules after mass protests
- China's coronavirus czar said that the country would take "baby steps" in extricating itself from a three-year pursuit of "zero covid," after authorities stepped up censorship efforts following rare mass protests, and ahead of a state funeral for a former leader. "We should prioritize stability while pursuing progress: take baby steps, but don't stop going, to optimize the covid policy," Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
Hawaii volcano: As officials urge spectators to be cautious of lava bursting from Mauna Loa, they've also developed a safe way to see it
- As officials urge spectators to be cautious of lava bursting from Hawaii's Mauna Loa, they've also developed a safe way to see it CNN — Officials in Hawaii have a message for the many people flocking to see the world's largest active volcano ooze molten rock: You may do so, safely, from a newly developed route that won't get you ticketed. Mauna Loa on Hawaii's Big Island has been erupting for days, with lava ...

Source: cnn.com
US   POLITICS  
What Congress's same-sex marriage bill actually does
- It doesn't go as far as Obergefell, but it still offers important protections. Congress could soon pass historic protections for same-sex marriage, offering a critical safeguard if the Supreme Court were to overturn its 2015 decision that established the right. The Senate has already passed this legislation, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, and it now heads to the House, which is likely to approve it next ...

Source: vox.com
Tesla just delivered its first all-electric Semi truck to PepsiCo and said it can cover up to 500 miles on a single charge
- Tesla delivered its first electric semitrailer truck to PepsiCo on Thursday. The delivery was made after several years of delay. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in October the company is aiming to make 50,000 Semis in North America in 2024. Tesla on Thursday delivered its first electric semitrailer truck to PepsiCo, as the electric vehicle maker expands its offerings beyond passenger cars. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, ...

Source: businessinsider.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
EXPLAINER: Why South Africa's president might lose his job
- – South Africa's president might lose his job, and his reputation as a corruption fighter, as he faces possible impeachment over claims that he the theft of millions of dollars stashed inside a couch on his farm. The allegations brought by a political rival have led to a damning parliamentary report and pressure from the political opposition and some in the ruling party for President Cyril Ramaphosa to ...

Source: news4jax.com
US  
City of Uvalde Files Lawsuit Demanding Access to Investigative Reports
- The city is demanding that Uvalde County District Christina Mitchell share evidence and findings obtained by her investigation into the Robb Elementary School shooting. The City of Uvalde has filed a lawsuit against local District Attorney Christina Mitchell, demanding that her office release investigative materials related to the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. According to ABC News, the city's ...

Source: legalreader.com
Singapore and New York are the most expensive cities to live in, EIU says
- Singapore has once again been ranked as the most expensive city to live in, sharing the top spot with New York City this year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).  This is the eighth time in 10 years that Singapore topped the list. Both Singapore and New York City knocked last year's leader, Tel Aviv, down to third place thanks to higher inflation and stronger currencies, the EIU reported in ...

Source: cnbc.com
US  
FDA moves to ease blood donor restrictions on gay men amid national shortage
- The Food and Drug Administration is weighing a series of moves to make it easier for gay and bisexual men and other individuals to donate blood amid a nationwide blood shortage . Driving the news: The FDA is considering easing blood donor screening restrictions for men who have sex with men that originated during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. An option under discussion is moving from a three-month deferral ...

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Pantone reveals 2023 color of the year, Viva Magenta
- Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Pantone, the New Jersey-based company known for its proprietary color matching system, has revealed its 2023 color of the year: Viva Magenta. Each December, the company reveals its color of the year for the upcoming year. This year's announcement was made in a livestream from Art Basel Miami. Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, said at Art Basel that the selection ...

Source: upi.com
US   POLITICS  
GOP tension builds over House speaker race as McCarthy and critics prep for floor fight
- CNN — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his critics are gearing up for a potential floor fight over the speakership in January, raising the possibility of a messy intraparty showdown that could bring uncertainty and chaos just as Republicans prepare to enter their new majority. McCarthy still insists he will have the 218 votes needed to secure the speakership. Conservative hardliners seeking to plot ...

Source: cnn.com
US  
November Jobs Report: U.S. Hiring Continues at Robust Pace, Complicating Fed's Path
- America's jobs engine kept churning in November, the Labor Department reported Friday , a show of continued demand for workers despite the Federal Reserve's push to curb inflation by tamping down hiring. Employers created 263,000 jobs, even as a wave of layoffs in the tech industry made headlines. That was only a slight drop from the revised figure of 284,000 for October. The unemployment rate was steady at 3.7 ...

Source: nytimes.com
MEDICINE  
Teenage brains aged faster during the pandemic from stress, anxiety: study
- Research also showed structural changes in the brain and changes to parts responsible for memory, concentration, learning, emotion, reactivity and judgment Fox News medical contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier breaks down the new study that suggests infants born before and after the peak pandemic months had sharp differences in learning and communication. In addition to heavily increased rates of anxiety and ...

Source: foxnews.com
US  
Amid its war on rodents, New York City is hiring a 'rat czar'
- A war is raging in New York City, and the bloodshed is about to begin — at least that's what city leaders hope as they search for a new "rat czar." Rats' fight for supremacy in the Big Apple has long been a losing battle — but they're gaining momentum. Though humans still outnumber rats, the rodent population is on the rise, fueled by an ever-present, all-you-can-eat buffet of trash in the city. New ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
A 12-year grudge: Ghana eager to avenge 2010 Uruguay defeat
- Accra, Ghana – Ghana and Uruguay meet in World Cup 2022 with an added importance for both sides. While La Celeste, currently sitting bottom of the table, need a massive win to go through, a win or draw by the Black Stars will knock their opponents out of the 2022 World Cup. For millions of Ghanaians – and other Africans – the latter outcome would be predestined fate because of a 12-year-old grudge ...

Source: aljazeera.com
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts reveals a new timeline
- The fact that Rise of the Beasts has been referred to as a Bumblebee sequel raises the possibility that the franchise is moving away from Michael Bay's films. There's a New Transformers: Rise of the Beasts timeline is unveiledIt's possible that viewers won't ever see another Transformers movie with Michael Bay's take on it because Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will reveal a new portion of the current timeline ...

Source: techbriefly.com
U.S., Asian allies hit North Korea with new sanctions over missile tests
- SEOUL, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The United States, South Korea and Japan imposed new sanctions on North Korea in the wake of the secretive regime's latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch. The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday that it had sanctioned Jon Il Ho, Yu Jin and Kim Su Gil, North Korean government officials who "directly led DPRK organizations that are linked to the development of WMDs." The ...

Source: upi.com
Coinbase Wallet app says Apple blocked update for offering NFTs without in-app purchases
- Another day, another controversy regarding App Store policies. This time, Coinbase Wallet, an app to secure your crypto wallet, has posted a long thread on Twitter saying Apple blocked its latest update because the Cupertino company wants Coinbase to use the built-in in-app purchases function when users transfer NFTs to one another. Per the Twitter thread , Coinbase Wallet says that "for anyone who understands how ...

Source: bgr.com
US   POLITICS  
Ukraine has lost between 10,000 and 13,000 soldiers so far, according to presidential adviser; US president offers to speak with Russian counterpart
- US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron presented a united front on Ukraine with Biden saying he would talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin if he is willing to end the war and only in consultation with Nato allies. I'm prepared to speak with Mr Putin if in fact there is an interest in him deciding he's looking for a way to end the war. He hasn't done that yet," Biden told a news conference ...

Source: theguardian.com
MEDICINE  
Lecanemab: Does the new Alzheimer's drug work?
- There is some promising news in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. The makers of a new drug, lecanemab, announced that trial studies demonstrate it reduces the rate of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients by 27 percent. The news "comes after many years of frustration and failure" by researchers looking to slow and reverse the disease, NPR reports . But there is a downside: The trials also show lecanemab ...

Source: theweek.com
Mother Earth, musical prodigy or steely powerhouse? The enigma of Christine McVie
- Through Fleetwood Mac's most turbulent times, she held the line – and wrote some of their most beautiful, bittersweet songs. We pay tribute to Christine McVie A ccording to a handwritten note Stevie Nicks posted on social media on Wednesday, Christine McVie's bandmates in Fleetwood Mac hadn't even known she was ill until a few days before her death. "I wanted to be in London; I wanted to get to London," Nicks ...

Source: theguardian.com
US  
FTX missing billions remain mystery after Bankman-Fried grilling
- Mystery continues to shroud the missing billions at the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX after its disgraced founder Sam Bankman-Fried denied trying to perpetrate a fraud while admitting to grievous managerial errors. In his first major public appearance following the Nov. 11 implosion of FTX and sister trading house Alameda Research, Bankman-Fried said he "screwed up" at the helm of the exchange and should have ...

Source: americanbanker.com
US   POLITICS  
House Democrats set to discuss how to handle Trump's tax returns
- CNN — The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee will meet Thursday to discuss how to handle six years of former President Donald Trump's federal tax returns, one day after the panel received access to the records following a protracted legal fight . The committee is planning to be briefed by House general counsel Doug Letter on the legal ramifications of the section of the tax law that chairman ...

Source: cnn.com
Japan shock Spain in controversial style to send Germany tumbling out
- Not content with one jaw-dropping shock in Group E, Japan managed a second in feverish conditions to beat a multitalented Spain side and claim another place for Asia in the last 16 of this increasingly unpredictable World Cup . Two goals in three minutes just after half-time – one that was scored by the very finest of margins – shocked Spain cold, taking their metronomic rhythms and throwing them into a ...

Source: theguardian.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
Biden, Macron vow unity against Russia, discuss trade row
- Biden and Macron sought to underscore the strength of the U.S.-France alliance and that the West must hold steadfast against Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. WASHINGTON — Presidents Biden and Emmanuel Macron vowed to maintain a united front against Russia on Thursday amid growing worries about waning support for Ukraine's war effort in the U.S. and Europe. Biden also signaled he might ...

Source: pressherald.com
Florida Gators Quarterback Jalen Kitna Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
- Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested Wednesday on two charges of distribution of child exploitation material and three charges of possession of child pornography. Jalen Kitna of the University of Florida throws a pass against Eastern Washington in a 2022 game. Gainesville police said the 19-year-old Kitna shared the images via a social media platform. ...

Source: huffpost.com
US   POLITICS  
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg gets 11 years as probe into congressman stalls, sources say
- Joel Greenberg agreed to cooperate with the probe into Rep. Gaetz, sources said. Joel Greenberg, the former Florida tax collector who sources say agreed to cooperate in the federal probe into his one-time close associate, Rep. Matt Gaetz, was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes ranging from wire fraud to sex trafficking a minor. Greenberg pleaded guilty last May to six of the 33 ...

Source: abcnews.go.com
Parler says Kanye West is no longer buying the social media company
- Ye is no longer buying Parler Parler announced Thursday it reached a mutual agreement with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West , to terminate the sale of the social media app. Driving the news: The announcement from Parler, which has become a haven for conservatives, came hours after Ye spewed a torrent of antisemitic remarks during an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Be smart: The deal already was on ...

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Stéphanie Frappart makes history as 1st female World Cup ref
- AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — French referee Stéphanie Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a men's World Cup game on Thursday as she blew her whistle to start Germany's game against Costa Rica. Frappart also had two women as assistants — Neuza Back of Brazil and Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico — to complete an all-female refereeing team on the field. Kathryn Nesbitt of the United States ...

Source: apnews.com
US  
Danny Masterson: Mistrial in case of That '70s Show actor accused of raping three women
- Masterson is a member of the Church of Scientology, and his three accusers were at the time of the alleged crimes. A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson, who was facing three rape charges. Jurors told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo that they were hopelessly deadlocked, having voted seven times on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 46-year-old is accused of ...

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MARKETS  
Falling Gas Prices May Be Sign of Looming Economic Disaster
- The decrease in the national average of gas prices may be a sign of economically turbulent times to come. The average price per gallon of gas in the U.S. on Thursday is $3.47, according to AAA, representing the biggest weekly decline Americans have experienced in nearly four months. "Increasing supply and fewer drivers fueling up have pushed pump prices lower," AAA reported. "As demand remains low and stocks grow, ...

Source: newsweek.com
US   POLITICS  
Trump's dinner with antisemites provides test of Republicans' response to extremism
- Trump has been taken aback by the backlash and maintained that the controversy over his Mar-a-Lago dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kayne West would blow over, according to advisers. Former President Donald Trump's refusal to apologize for or disavow the outspoken antisemites is setting him increasingly at odds with leaders of his own party, providing the first test of his political endurance ...

Source: pressherald.com
DHS issues national terrorism alert due to recent acts of targeted violence
- The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, issued a  National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin  regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. This is the seventh NTAS Bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since January 2021, and it replaces the current Bulletin that was set to expire in November. "Our homeland continues to ...

Source: securitymagazine.com
POLITICS  
Biden Issues Grant to Relocate Native Americans From Rising Oceans
- For centuries, Native Americans have been forcibly relocated from their rightful homes to more vulnerable locations. And after far too long, President Biden is finally attempting to reconcile. On Wednesday, Nov. 30 during the two-day White House Tribal Nationals Summit, the POTUS promised to allocate $75 million to relocate three tribes to higher grounds, away from rising sea levels. In addition to Biden's grant to ...

Source: greenmatters.com
US  
ICE Exposes Personal Data of Thousands of Asylum Seekers
- The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accidentally posted personal identity information and locations of more than 6,000 immigrants currently in agency custody to its website this week. (TNS) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement accidentally posted the names, birth dates, nationalities and locations of more than 6,000 immigrants who claimed to be fleeing torture and persecution to its website this ...

Source: govtech.com
US  
Indiana AG files complaint against doctor who provided abortion to 10-year-old
- Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has brought an administrative action against Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim. Rokita claims Bernard "violated federal and Indiana law related to patient privacy and the reporting of child abuse." He filed the administrative action against Dr. Bernard with Indiana's Medical Licensing Board. Bernard filed a termination of ...

Source: upi.com
POLITICS  
Netflix releases trailer for "Harry & Meghan" docuseries: "No one sees what's happening behind closed doors"
- Netflix gave a first look at a new docuseries featuring Prince Harry and . The streaming service released a trailer for "Harry & Meghan" on Thursday.  The teaser features several black and white pictures of the couple in various stages of their relationship, including pictures of their wedding reception, Meghan's pregnancy and the couple attending royal events together.   "No one sees what's happening ...

Source: cbsnews.com
US  
Ohio jury convicts George Wagner IV in 2016 killing of Rhoden family
- WAVERLY, Ohio — In the end, one of Ohio's most complex and costly murder trials came down to one brother's word against the other's. On Wednesday, jurors in Pike County convicted George Washington Wagner IV, 31, on all 22 counts he faced in the April 2016 killings of eight members of a southern Ohio family, most shot multiple times in the head — many as they slept — including two young mothers ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
Coming soon to your local police department: killer robots
- Imagine: You get pulled over for rolling through a stop sign, but instead of a police officer tapping your window, you see a drone hovering beside you. "Hold your license and registration up to the camera, and do not make any furtive movements," says a voice. "Furtive movements?" you think while eyeing the rectangular box on the drone's underside, which you have heard contains an explosive charge large enough to ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
Jeffrey Epstein's estate agrees to pay $105m to US Virgin Islands
- Jeffrey Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019. Jeffrey Epstein's estate has agreed to pay the US Virgin Islands more than $105m (£86.8m) as part of a settlement in a sex trafficking and child exploitation case. As part of the agreement, the estate will also pay the US territory half the proceeds from the sale of Little St James, Epstein's ...

Source: news.sky.com
Today's Google Doodle features a Silicon Valley trailblazer who knew Steve Jobs and Wozniak—and 'was not impressed with them'
- Today's Google Doodle highlights a little-known piece of Silicon Valley history.  The animation recognizes tech and gaming pioneer Jerry Lawson , one of the few Black engineers working in the tech industry in the 1970s. Lawson, who died in 2011 at the age of 70, cemented his place in history when the team he led at San Francisco-based Fairchild Semiconductor released a gaming console called the Fairchild ...

Source: cnbc.com
China launches elderly vaccination drive but health fears linger
- SHANGHAI, Dec 1 (Reuters) - As China works to raise COVID-19 vaccination rates among its elderly, essential if the country is to open up again and live with COVID, many older people remain fearful that the treatment will make them sick. "If I were fit for vaccination, I would definitely get it," said Cai Shiyu, a 70-year-old retiree in Shanghai. "But I've had a heart stent, and I have heart disease, and high blood ...

Source: reuters.com
US  
What's in New York's Illicit Cannabis: Germs, Toxins and Metals
- A report from a medical cannabis trade group found contaminants such as E. coli and salmonella in some products purchased at unlicensed dispensaries. Some cannabis products sold at unlicensed storefronts in New York are not only illegal, but also contaminated with harmful bacteria, heavy metals and toxic pesticides, according to an industry report released on Wednesday. Lab tests conducted on smokable weed, edible ...

Source: nytimes.com
US  
How rampant abuse by fintech fueled covid relief fraud
- "The faster the better," the workers were told at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, as the little-known financial technology company Blueacorn raced to review small businesses that sought federal loans. Speeding through applications, Blueacorn employees and contractors allegedly began to overlook possible signs of fraud, according to interviews and communications later amassed by investigators on Capitol ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
SCIENCE  
Traversable wormhole recreated in a quantum computer for first time
- Wormholes are a staple of sci-fi, and there's a possibility that they exist in the real universe. But how would they work? Physicists have now used a quantum processor to simulate a traversable wormhole, teleporting information between two quantum systems. In fiction, wormholes are usually depicted as tunnels that connect two distant points in space, allowing instantaneous travel across the cosmos. But while they ...

Source: newatlas.com
US  
Students at Yale faced mental health crises. Instead of helping them, Yale forced them out.
- Nicolette Mántica was a junior at Yale who seemed to be thriving, maintaining a 3.8 GPA and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. But she was also seeing a therapist through Yale Mental Health and Counseling. When she told her therapist that she sometimes cut her arms to cope with stress, she found herself thrown into a cruel and complex system—one that would forcibly withdraw her ...

Source: reason.com
US  
Did the Talmud warn us about 'Cocaine Bear?'
- Turns out Jewish texts have a bit to say about dangerous bears (if not cocaine) There's a new movie coming out called Cocaine Bear about a bear who consumes cocaine and goes on a killing spree. The sages predicted this. Sort of. In the Talmudic tractate Bava Kamma, 15b , which deals with liability and torts, the bear is named as one of the wild beasts that is "forewarned."  Essentially, this means, if you ...

Source: forward.com
US   POLITICS  
Obama heads to Georgia as Herschel Walker faces new violence claim
- Former president to rally for Raphael Warnock against Trump-backed Republican as early voting closes in Senate runoff Barack Obama will campaign for Raphael Warnock in Georgia on Thursday night, as early voting in the US Senate runoff closes and as Herschel Walker, the Republican challenger to the Democratic incumbent, faces yet more controversy. On Thursday, a former girlfriend told the Daily Beast that in 2005, ...

Source: theguardian.com
WORLD  
Spain PM got letter similar to one which exploded at Ukraine embassy
- Security staff carried out a "controlled explosion" of the mailed item, whose "content was similar" to that found in other letters sent to the Ukrainian embassy, an air force base, the defence ministry and a military equipment firm. The envelope, "containing pyrotechnic material" and addressed to Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, arrived by regular mail on November 24, the interior ministry said in a ...

Source: france24.com
US  
LeBron James queries why media asked him about Irving but not Jerry Jones
- LeBron James took reporters to task on Wednesday for their failure to ask him about a controversial photo featuring Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The Washington Post recently unearthed a photo from 1957 in which a teenaged Jones is in the crowd while a mob of white boys blocks six Black students from entering Arkansas' North Little Rock High. The photo was taken in a period when schools had started to ...

Source: theguardian.com
Dinosaur That Looked Like Penguin-Goose Mix With Too Many Teeth Discovered
- A dinosaur that resembled a penguin-goose mix with too many teeth has been discovered in the depths of the Gobi Desert. The near-complete skeleton was unearthed in 2008 from the Baruungoyot Formation, within the Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia, by a team led by Yuong-Nam Lee, paleontologist and professor at Seoul National University. The fossil—which included a skull, spinal column, one forelimb, and two ...

Source: newsweek.com
Hurricane season's late start made for an average year but a big insurance bill
- Living With Climate Change Hurricane season's late start made for an average year but a big insurance bill Even with deadly and expensive Ian, the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season wrapped on Nov. 30 with leftover names, long-term lessons and a $110 billion damage bill A late-bloomer Atlantic hurricane season that had 14 named storms and a handful of leftover monikers has officially ended now that the calendar flipped ...

Source: marketwatch.com
US National Teams Are Splitting World Cup Prize Money. The Internet Is Mad About It.
- The US Men's National Team (USMNT) advanced to the Round of 16 in the men's World Cup with a win over Iran yesterday, and the players on the field aren't the only ones reaping the benefits. Thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement between the USMNT and the US women's national team (USWNT), the men's and women's teams will split the prize money that the men win in this World Cup, including the $13 million ...

Source: popsugar.com
Don't underestimate the power of AI in marketing
- Matt White, VP EMEA of Quantcast , discusses how marketers can effectively employ AI to create a better customer experience and meet buyers where they're at. Bringing AI up in conversation can stir up a lot of different opinions. Hollywood has prompted an entire generation to fear AI thanks to Black Mirror, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ex Machina – just to name a few.  This perception misses one crucial ...

Source: marketingtechnews.net
US   MEDICINE  
U.S. health officials to test wastewater around the country for polio
- U.S. health officials will begin testing wastewater for poliovirus in select locations around the country, including possibly at sites in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The testing will happen in communities that have low polio vaccination rates or those with possible connections to New York communities that are linked to a recent case of paralytic polio in Rockland, N.Y. "Wastewater testing can be an important tool to ...

Source: upi.com
US   POLITICS  
Obama to stump for Warnock with five days left to go in Georgia runoff
- The former president enjoys a broad following among Democrats. On Thursday, former President Barack Obama is set to stump for Sen. Raphael Warnock for a second time this campaign cycle -- five days before the Democratic incumbent runs for a full Senate term in next week's runoff against Republican Herschel Walker. Obama, who enjoys a broad following among Democrats, will appear with Warnock in Atlanta to "encourage ...

Source: abcnews.go.com
US  
Al Roker returns to hospital due to 'complications'
- Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Today weather anchor Al Roker is back in the hospital. The Today cast gave an update on Roker, 68, during Thursday's show after he was hospitalized once again following his release. Roker missed the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, leaving Today 's Savannah Guthrie , Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin to host the event without him. "It was wonderful hosting the ...

Source: upi.com
US   POLITICS  
Florida to pull $2 billion of assets from BlackRock over ESG
- Florida will pull $2 billion worth of state assets managed by BlackRock, accelerating Republicans' fight with the world's largest money manager over its ESG investing practices. The state treasury will immediately have Florida's custody bank freeze about $1.43 billion worth of long-term securities and remove BlackRock as the manager of approximately $600 million worth of short-term overnight investments, Florida ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
Two new AI systems beat humans at complex games of Stratego and Diplomacy
- Two new AI systems beat humans at complex games Two new papers from AI powerhouses DeepMind and Meta describe how AI systems are notching wins against human players in complex games involving deception, negotiation and cooperation. Why it matters: Machine contenders have struggled with games where information is incomplete or hidden from players — similar to the intentions of humans in daily life and ...

Source: axios.com
HEALTH   MEDICINE  
Legalizing Weed Reduced Opioid Use in America's Cancer Patients
- The legalization of medical marijuana use may reduce opioid use in cancer patients. As of 2022, medical marijuana for pain relief is legal in 37 states and Washington, D.C. Living in these states is associated with a lower rate of opioid dispensing in patients receiving cancer treatments, a paper published Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology says. Results of the study show that medical marijuana legalization was ...

Source: newsweek.com
Jeanne Dielman: Film directed by woman picked as best ever
- By Elsa Maishman A film directed by a woman has been chosen as the greatest of all time by a group of experts. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, directed by Chantal Akerman, has topped the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound poll. It is the first time a work directed by a woman has reached the top ten. The poll, which runs every decade, has been criticised for a lack of diversity. The ...

Source: bbc.com
TECHNOLOGY  
Google Accuses Spanish Security Firm of Developing Exploit Tools for Chrome And Microsoft Defender
- Variston IT develops but doesn't advertise Heliconia, a web framework that exploits vulnerabilities in Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Defender. Google associated zero-day exploits in its flagship browser Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Defender to spyware products developed by a Spanish firm, Variston IT, that positions itself as a custom cybersecurity solutions vendor. According to researchers at Google's ...

Source: spiceworks.com
U.S. Soccer star Christian Pulisic mending, hopes to play in Saturday's match
- DOHA, Qatar — U.S. men's national soccer team star forward Christian Pulisic said Thursday he's taking it day-to-day with his injury but "doing everything in my power to be able to be out there on the field Saturday." That's when the Americans play a round of 16 match against the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar. when he collided with Iran's goalkeeper while scoring what turned out to be the winning goal ...

Source: npr.org
US  
Airbnb Now Helps Renters Find Apartments to Host Part Time
- Airbnb this week launched a new program that helps people find apartments to host on the service part time, and when it's convenient for them to do so. The Airbnb-friendly apartments feature aims to make it easier for renters to "share their space" by renting it out only some of the time. Whether you're looking to turn a spare bedroom into spare cash or sublet the entire flat while traveling, renters can browse ...

Source: pcmag.com
E.U. warns Musk to beef up Twitter controls ahead of new rules
- The EU's commissioner for digital policy told Musk that Twitter will have to significantly increase its efforts to comply with the Digital Services Act, set to take effect next year. LONDON — A top European Union official warned Elon Musk on Wednesday that Twitter needs to  beef up measures to protect users  from hate speech, misinformation and other harmful content to avoid violating new rules ...

Source: nbcnews.com
US   SCIENCE  
Never-before-seen minerals discovered in Somalian meteorite
- A space rock that crashed in Somalia decades ago lay partially encased in sand until 2020, when researchers dug it up and sliced into it for samples. Inside the 15 ton meteorite — the ninth largest ever found intact on this planet — were two minerals, and possibly a third, that had never before been seen on Earth. The finding could not only inform theories on how asteroids form , but inspire new forms ...

Source: salon.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
Syrian Rebels Did Not Know Iraqi Militant Killed Was Islamic State Head
- BEIRUT — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October in the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they had no idea that a militant commander who was killed in the operation was the leader of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently did not know that the man killed was IS leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi and identified him as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi. ...

Source: military.com
POLITICS  
Kate Middleton Wears Burgundy Suit and Bow Blouse – Boston Outfits So Far
- Published: Dec 1, 2022 Amid a and the , Kate Middleton and Prince William kicked off the second day of their Boston tour by just keeping the focus on their work, and adhering to the family's "never complain, never explain" mantra. The Princess of Wales stepped out in a sleek burgundy suit and pale pink bow blouse for her visit to Greentown Labs, North America's largest clean-tech incubator. She and William are in ...

Source: elle.com
US   BUSINESS   POLITICS  
Herschel Walker Ex Comes Forward: He Attacked Me in a Rage
- Cheryl Parsa says she endured cheating, lying, violence, and multiple personalities during her romance with the gridiron great. A former longtime girlfriend of Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker has come forward to detail a violent episode with the football star, who she believes is "unstable" and has "little to no control" over his mental state when he is not in treatment. The woman, Dallas resident ...

Source: thedailybeast.com
Elon Musk's Starlink to help strengthen internet in remote UK places
- Elon Musk's satellites are to be part of a UK trial to get high-speed internet to remote homes and companies. The enhanced package of connectivity - operated by his Starlink technology - is part of government plans to ensure everyone can access reliable coverage. It will test how more than 3,000 low-Earth orbit small satellites can be used to help more than a dozen "very hard to reach" places. The rollout will ...

Source: bbc.com
US   POLITICS  
Comey, McCabe audits were likely random, IRS watchdog finds
- The review was done for tax years 2017 and 2019 — periods in which both James Comey and his one-time deputy, Andrew McCabe, were chosen for detailed audits. According to the IG's report, the IRS hired an outside contractor soon after the publication of the original story to replicate the process for the 2017 and 2019 programs. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo An IRS watchdog said Thursday that it "did not ...

Source: politico.com
US   POLITICS  
Chemerinsky: An important week of arguments in the Supreme Court
- Erwin Chemerinsky. Photo by Jim Block. Next Monday and Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two of the most important cases of the term. Each could have enormous implications for future litigation and for constitutional law. 303 Creative v. Elenis Do a person's religious beliefs and free speech rights provide a constitutional basis for an exemption from anti-discrimination laws? The court has ...

Source: abajournal.com
Brexit added £210 to household food bills, new research finds
- Extra checks and requirements on goods crossing the border has increased food prices by 6% overall, says the Centre for Economic Performance. Brexit added £210 to household food bills across the 24 months to the end of 2021, new research suggests. Analysts from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics said extra checks and requirements on goods crossing the border has ...

Source: news.sky.com
US   POLITICS  
Bidens to serve Maine lobster to Macron despite Whole Foods ban
- Whole Foods announced a ban on the sale of Maine lobsters, citing a danger to North Atlantic right whales American Osetra caviar, butter-poached lobster from Maine , beef, and California wines will be presented to French President Emmanuel Macron for a state dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden . The Biden family and the Macrons will be part of a red, white, and blue-themed gathering at a pavilion set up on the ...

Source: independent.co.uk
Amazon Won't Remove the Antisemitic Film Promoted by Kyrie Irving
- Amazon's CEO announced the company will not remove the antisemitic movie, Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America , from its store or include a disclaimer on the site explaining the context of the film's discriminatory viewpoints. Instead, the company will rely on customer reviews about the movie as a form of content moderation. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy defended the company's decision by saying that Amazon has ...

Source: gizmodo.com
US  
Hall Of Fame Pitcher Gaylord Perry, Famous For 'The Spitter,' Dies At 84
- GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball who wrote a book about using pitch, died Thursday. He was 84. Perry died at his home in Gaffney at about 5 a.m. Thursday of natural causes, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. He did not provide additional details. The native of Williamston, North Carolina, made history as the first ...

Source: huffpost.com
Mexico was eliminated from the World Cup in heartbreaking fashion due to goal differential tiebreaker
- Mexico was eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday after a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia. While their 1-1-1 record left them with four points through the group stage, it wasn't enough to advance. Poland finished with the same point total as Mexico, and advanced over El Tri based on a one-goal advantage in the goal differential tiebreaker. Mexico won its final match of the 2022 World Cup, but it wasn't enough to ...

Source: insider.com
US   POLITICS  
Hakeem Jeffries, a staunchly pro-Israel Democrat, will lead his party in the U.S. House
- Jeffries visited Israel five times in the last decade and calls Jerusalem New York City's sixth borough Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York Wednesday became the first Black leader of either major political party in Congress. House Democrats voted unanimously for him to succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats, and Jewish leaders and pro-Israel groups welcomed their choice.  The Democratic Majority ...

Source: forward.com
US  
Deputy posed as teen online, 'catfishing' girl before kidnapping her, killing family, police say
- RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a Virginia sheriff's deputy posed as a 17-year-old boy online to groom and sexually extort a teenage girl in California before driving across country and killing her mother and grandparents and setting fire to their home. Austin Lee Edwards, 28, was killed Friday in a shootout with San Bernardino sheriff's deputies. The 15-year-old girl from ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
YouTube App Down on iOS Devices
- Users reported a YouTube outage on Wednesday, complaining the app crashed within seconds of logging on. YouTube users reported the app on iPhones and iPads went down today at about 12:30 p.m., with many saying it repeatedly crashes when they try to open a video. More than 7,500 users reported issues with the app on DownDetector by 3 p.m. and 75 percent of complaints said the issues were with the app itself. The ...

Source: gizmodo.com