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Michigan Democrats have sent Biden a flashing warning sign about the election
- Voters want Biden to drastically change course on Gaza and deliver a ceasefire. Only stopping Israel's war will assuage voters T he Michigan Democratic primary was the first test of the electoral strength of the movement for a ceasefire in Gaza. It exhibited strength beyond what any observer expected, showing the size and enthusiasm of the peace movement and the danger to President Biden of continuing his current ...

Source: theguardian.com
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Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump's immunity claim, setting arguments for April
- WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether former President Donald Trump is immune from prosecution on charges of plotting to overturn the 2020 election, further delaying his criminal trial as it considers the matter. The justices scheduled arguments for the week of April 22 and said proceedings in the trial court would remain frozen, handing at least an interim victory to Trump. His ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
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Mitch McConnell's departure removes the Republican adult in the room
- WASHINGTON — During 17 years as Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell often infuriated Democrats, never more so than when he refused to consider a Supreme Court nominee from President Barack Obama in an election year but then allowed President Donald Trump to fill a high court seat that opened even closer to Election Day. But McConnell, of Kentucky, still was viewed as a legislator Democrats could deal ...

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House expected to vote on stopgap bill to avert government shutdown
- The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on a stopgap bill to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of the week. Congress is confronting a pair of shutdown deadlines – on March 1 and March 8. At the end of the day Friday, funding will expire for a series of key government agencies if lawmakers do not act. On Wednesday, congressional leaders announced an agreement on six ...

Source: cnn.com
US   POLITICS  
Biden Bans Mass Sale of Data to Hostile Nations
- The White House has launched a new effort to stop data brokers lawfully selling Americans' personal data to entities in hostile states, arguing it represents a major privacy and national security risk. President Biden yesterday signed an executive order (EO) which he claimed was the most significant ever taken to protect Americans' data security. It relates to the legal sale by commercial data brokers and other ...

Source: infosecurity-magazine.com
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Texas wildfires live updates: 1 dead as more than 1 million acres burn across the state
- What to know about the Texas wildfires The state's fire preparedness level was raised to a three, meaning outside help from other agencies, regions or states may be required to battle the blazes. Family members identified an 83-year-old grandmother from the town of Stinnett as the only person confirmed killed from the fires to date. Joyce Blankenship, a former substitute teacher, was found dead in her home, family ...

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Wendy's 'dynamic pricing' kerfuffle makes clear: Charging more for fast food would be in bad taste
- Wendy's sales rose 31% in just a year after the fast-food chain's first "Where's the beef?" ad aired in 1984, and catapulted the 4-foot 10-inch Chicagoan Clara Peller to fame. To celebrate the commercial's 40th anniversary, Wendy's offered free cheeseburgers with any purchase for a week earlier this month. What Wendy's reportedly had it store for 2025 wasn't as much of a mouth-watering perk. Recent headlines about ...

Source: chicago.suntimes.com
US   POLITICS  
Donald Trump Tries to Negotiate With Judge Engoron
- Donald Trump has been accused of trying to "negotiate" with the New York judge who ordered the former president pay a $355 million penalty in the civil fraud case. A number of legal experts have reacted to Trump's legal team's request to halt the collection of the penalty, which increases to $454 million with interest, and to lower the cash bond needed in order to argue against the ruling to $100 million. Trump is ...

Source: newsweek.com
WORLD  
Gaza officials: Strike on Palestinians waiting for aid kills 70, taking war's death toll past 30,000
- At least 70 people were killed in a strike early Thursday on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for humanitarian aid in Gaza City, bringing the total number killed since the start of the Israel-Hamas war to more than 30,000, Gaza's Health Ministry said. Video above: Israel-Hamas war raising tensions of direct confrontation between US, Iran Gaza City and the rest of northern Gaza were the first targets of Israel's air, ...

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US   POLITICS  
Biden and Trump are both at the border today, staking out ground on a key 2024 issue
- President Biden is squaring off against former President Donald Trump on Thursday on one of the issues expected to dominate the 2024 presidential election: immigration. Both Biden and Trump are visiting Texas border communities that have been grappling with large numbers of migrants seeking asylum. Biden will head to Brownsville, and Trump to Eagle Pass . It's only the second time during his presidency that Biden ...

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Leap day 2024: the couples celebrating their first wedding anniversary – four years after they got married
- Valentine's Day is being eclipsed by 29 February as the favoured date for marriage, with hundreds of couples marking the occasion On a sunny, hot Thursday in Sydney, Ryan Murro and Kathryn Malenkamp celebrated their first official wedding anniversary – four years after tying the knot. The couple renewed their vows in front of friends and family during a tear-filled ceremony at the registry office, ...

Source: theguardian.com
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Republican senator blocks bill to protect IVF
- WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. of Mississippi blocked passage of legislation Wednesday that would protect access to in vitro fertilization. The measure , sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and brought to the floor for consideration under unanimous consent — meaning one senator could block it from passage — would provide federal protections for IVF. The Alabama state Supreme Court recent ly ...

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US  
Idaho halts execution by lethal injection after 8 failed attempts to insert IV line
- (Video: KBOI, IDOC - IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, CNN via CNN Newsource) — Idaho halted the execution of serial killer Thomas Eugene Creech on Wednesday after medical team members repeatedly failed to find a vein where they could establish an intravenous line to carry out the lethal injection. Creech, 73, has been in prison half a century, convicted of five murders in three states and suspected of several ...

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Judge orders Trump removed from Illinois primary ballots
- CHICAGO — A state judge in Illinois ruled Wednesday that former President Donald Trump had engaged in insurrection and was ineligible to appear on the state's primary ballot. The decision by Judge Tracie R. Porter of state Circuit Court in Cook County was stayed until Friday. Porter, a Democrat, said the state Board of Elections had erred in rejecting an attempt to remove Trump and said the board "shall ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US   MARKETS  
Today's Mortgage Rates for Feb. 29, 2024: Rates Move Upward Over the Last Week - CNET Money
- CNET staff -- not advertisers, partners or business interests -- determine how we review the products and services we cover. If you buy through our links, we may get paid. CNET staff -- not advertisers, partners or business interests -- determine how we review the products and services we cover. If you buy through our links, we may get paid. Today's average mortgage interest rates If you're in the market for a ...

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CDC recommends seniors get another COVID-19 vaccine shot
- Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A federal immunization committee is recommending seniors 65 years of age and older receive another dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11-1 in favor of making the recommendation on Wednesday as the expert advisory panel met to discuss several agenda items. "Today's recommendation allows older adults to receive an additional dose of this season's ...

Source: upi.com
US   POLITICS  
Biden declared 'fit for duty' as age issue looms in election
- U.S. President Joe Biden exits Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, following his routine annual physical exam (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS) U.S .President Joe Biden remains "fit for duty" with no new health worries, his doctor said Wednesday after the 81-year-old's last medical ahead of an election in which his age is a key issue. The keenly awaited annual examination at the Walter Reed military ...

Source: rawstory.com
Kansas City Chiefs: Amid Super Bowl success, franchise ranks poorly in NFL player report cards
- The Kansas City Chiefs have become accustomed to winning on the field, but the team's latest NFL report card tells a different story when it comes to workplace conditions. The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released its second annual club report cards on Wednesday, giving 1,706 active players the opportunity to reflect on the working environment within their teams, which includes rating – among other things ...

Source: cnn.com
POLITICS  
French Senate approves a bill to make abortion a constitutional right
- France's Senate on Wednesday adopted a bill to enshrine a woman's right to an abortion in the constitution, clearing a key hurdle for legislation promised by President Emmanuel Macron in response to a rollback in abortion rights in the United States. Wednesday's vote came after the lower house, the National Assembly, overwhelmingly approved the proposal in January. The measure now goes ...

Source: nbcnews.com
Christian Horner allegations: Red Bull boss says team 'never stronger' after investigation
- Team principal Christian Horner says Red Bull have "never been stronger" after he was cleared of inappropriate and controlling behaviour towards a female colleague. An internal Red Bull investigation cleared the 50-year-old on Wednesday. The season begins with the Bahrain Grand Prix first practice on Thursday. "We're here now very much to focus on the grand prix and the season ahead and trying to defend both of our ...

Source: bbc.com
HEALTH   MEDICINE  
Ultra-processed foods linked to 32 physical and mental health problems, review finds | World News
- The researchers used data from 9.9 million people, coming from food questionnaires and dietary history featured in review articles over the past three years. Ultra-processed foods (UPFs) have been linked to 32 harmful health effects, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and mental health problems, according to the largest review into their impact. A systematic umbrella review published in the BMJ looked ...

Source: news.sky.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
West watches for Putin's next move after breakaway region asks Moscow to 'protect' it from Moldova
- Russian President Vladimir Putin's next move is being watched closely after the pro-Russian, breakaway region of Transnistria in Moldova asked Moscow to protect it. The self-proclaimed pro-Russian authorities of Transnistria on Wednesday asked Moscow to implement measures to protect the region and its economy against an alleged threat from Moldova. Putin delivered his State of the Nation address on Thursday. ...

Source: cnbc.com
US  
Science and sky lovers are gearing up for the 2024 solar eclipse
- Many are lucky enough to live in the path of totality; hotel prices are skyrocketing This article is reprinted by permission from  NextAvenue.org . People in the path of the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse will be praying for a cloudless day. My husband and I'll step out on our deck as we did seven years ago for a partial view of the 2017 eclipse. But this one is different, as we'll be front and center for the ...

Source: marketwatch.com
US   SCIENCE  
Microplastics in water: How can you remove them effectively?
- Boiling tap water could remove up to 90% of the microplastics in it Microplastics — tiny particles in the air, water, and soil — are an unfortunate byproduct of the globalized economy in a time that some researchers have defined as the Plastic Age . Defined by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) , the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) , and the European ...

Source: medicalnewstoday.com
US  
'PFAS' no longer sold in US to package greasy food: FDA
- Regulators on Wednesday said materials with harmful chemicals known as "PFAS" are no longer being sold to package microwave popcorn or other greasy foods in the United States. Manufacturers have fulfilled a voluntary commitment not to sell material containing Per and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for use as grease-proofing agents in packaging that encounters food, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy ...

Source: medicalxpress.com
Bud Light parent company Anheuser-Busch, Teamsters reach agreement day before contract expiration
- Teamsters' president previously said the union was prepared to launch a 'full-scale strike and nationwide boycott' against the brewing company Anheuser-Busch (A-B) announced it reached a tentative agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union on Wednesday, one day before its single master contract for the 12 breweries across the country was set to expire. Teamsters, which represents all 5,000 A-B ...

Source: foxbusiness.com
US   POLITICS  
Alabama man arrested for threatening Arizona election officials over Instagram
- Feb. 29 (UPI) -- An Alabama man has been arrested and charged on allegations of threatening Arizona election officials over Instagram. Brian Jerry Ogstad, 59, of Cullman, Ala., was arrested Wednesday when he also made his initial court appearance in Huntsville where he was charged with five counts of communicating an interstate threat. If convicted, he faces up to five years for each count. "We cannot permit ...

Source: upi.com
LeBron James closing in on 40,000 career points: Will anyone else ever score that many?
- Every regular-season game LeBron James has played in the past 13 months has brought a new benchmark. Each point he has scored since breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA all-time career points record on Feb. 7, 2023 is a career point never before reached. Now, he is on the verge of 40,000 career points – just 40 shy of the mark after he went off for 34 in Wednesday's comeback victory against the Los Angeles ...

Source: usatoday.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
Putin says Moscow can strike Western targets, warns of risk of nuclear war
- President Vladimir Putin told Western countries on Thursday they risked provoking a nuclear war if they sent troops to fight in Ukraine, warning that Moscow had the weapons to strike targets in the West. The war in Ukraine has triggered the worst crisis in Moscow's relations with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Putin has previously spoken of the dangers of a direct confrontation between NATO and ...

Source: france24.com
Stacy Wakefield dies less than 5 months after her husband, World Series champion Tim Wakefield
- Stacy Wakefield, the widow of former Boston Red Sox pitcher and two-time World Series champion Tim Wakefield, has died. Her family said in a statement released through the Red Sox that she died Wednesday at her Massachusetts home, less than five months after her husband died at the age of 57. Stacy was 53, according to online records. WBUR is a nonprofit news organization. Our coverage relies on your financial ...

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Biden Calls Chinese Electric Vehicles a Security Threat
- The president ordered an investigation into auto software that could track U.S. drivers, part of a broader effort to stop E.V. imports from China. President Biden took steps on Thursday toward blocking Chinese electric vehicles from entry to the American auto market, saying internet-connected cars and trucks from China posed risks to national security because their operating systems could send sensitive information ...

Source: nytimes.com
Star Wars game cancelled as EA cuts 670 jobs
- Electronic Arts (EA) is cancelling an upcoming Star Wars game and will lay off 5% of its employees globally- approximately 670 people. The game, which was in early development, would have been a first-person shooter set in the Star Wars universe. The firm said the "streamlining" would "deliver deeper, more connected experiences for fans". It is the latest example of the job cuts sweeping the gaming industry. "With ...

Source: bbc.com
The Transportation Department proposes new rules for how airlines handle wheelchairs
- WASHINGTON — Travelers who use wheelchairs have long complained that airlines frequently damage or lose them. Now the Biden Administration is trying to change that by proposing new standards for how airlines must accommodate passengers with disabilities . "Transportation is still inaccessible for far too many people, and that's certainly true for aviation," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a ...

Source: npr.org
BUSINESS   TECHNOLOGY  
$30 doorbell cameras have multiple serious security flaws, says Consumer Reports
- Models still widely available on e-commerce sites after issues reported. Video doorbell cameras have been commoditized to the point where they're available for $30–$40 on marketplaces like Amazon, Walmart, Temu, and Shein. The true cost of owning one might be much greater, however. Consumer Reports (CR) has released the findings of a security investigation into two budget-minded doorbell brands, Eken and ...

Source: arstechnica.com
Reliance, Disney announce $8.5bn merger to create Indian media powerhouse
- India's Reliance Industries and Walt Disney of the United States have announced the merger of their India TV and streaming media assets, creating an $8.5bn entertainment powerhouse far ahead of rivals in the world's most populous nation. Reliance, led by Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani, will inject $1.4bn in the merged entity, with the company and its affiliates holding a more than 63 percent stake. Disney will ...

Source: aljazeera.com
US  
Texas executes Ivan Cantu for Dallas murders despite doubts of his guilt
- Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Texas executed Ivan Cantu on Wednesday for the murder of his cousin and his cousin's fiancée, James Mosqueda and Amy Kitchen. Prior to the state's first execution of the year, post-trial evidence raising questions about Cantu's guilt had persuaded jurors from his original trial to ask Texas courts to reconsider his case. A public campaign pushing to pause the execution won the support of ...

Source: upi.com
How the Supreme Court should rule on Florida and Texas laws against social media moderation
- Erwin Chemerinsky How the Supreme Court should rule on Florida and Texas laws against social media moderation Should state governments regulate the content of social media and other online platforms? The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases that could have a profound effect on the future of the internet and social media. The cases — Moody v. NetChoice and NetChoice v. Paxton — involve ...

Source: tampabay.com
US  
Gemini crypto exchange to return $1.1 billion to consumers, pay fine in regulatory settlement
- The settlement means customers who loaned out their cryptocurrency through Gemini may soon get their money back Gemini Trust Company, the cryptocurrency exchange founded by billionaires Cameron and Tyler WInklevoss, will return $1.1 billion to customers who invested in its defunct loan program, New York regulators said Wednesday. In addition, Gemini will pay a $37 million fine to the New York State Department of ...

Source: foxbusiness.com
TECHNOLOGY  
Sam Altman's Humane Nears Deal with Indian Telcos for AI Pin Launch
- Thursday, 29 Feb 2024 Humane, a startup backed by Sam Altman, is gearing up for the launch of its amazing Humane AI Pin device in India. The company has initiated talks with Indian phone companies to get ready for this big step. Imran Chaudhari, chairman and president of Humane, revealed that the company has begun early talks with Indian telcos and aims to make official announcements by the end of the year. Founded ...

Source: techiexpert.com
SCIENCE  
NASA's asteroid-slamming DART mission completely changed the shape of its target
- Scientists have discovered that the target asteroid of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) may have been reshaped by the impact. A new investigation into the collision's aftermath revealed that the asteroid, which is the smaller component of a binary asteroid system, exhibits a loose "rubble-pile" composition. DART slammed into the moonlet Dimorphos , which orbits the larger space rock Didymos, on ...

Source: livescience.com
DIGITAL   TECHNOLOGY  
European consumers challenge Meta paid service as privacy 'smokescreen'
- Consumer groups from eight EU countries lodged complaints on Thursday against Meta, accusing the US company of illegally processing user data and using its "pay or consent" system as a "smokescreen" for privacy breaches. Meta has reaped rich financial rewards by selling Facebook and Instagram user data to advertisers, but its business model has pit the US-based firm against EU regulators over data privacy. In ...

Source: digitaljournal.com
US   POLITICS  
Companies Scored Billions in Tax Breaks Since 2017, Report Finds
- Bank of America , AT&T Inc ., JP Morgan Chase & Co ., and Verizon Communications Inc. all received tax breaks totaling over $10 billion each during the past five years, a new report shows. The Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy report found that profitable corporations had an average effective tax rate that's about one-third less than the 21% federal corporate income tax rate between 2018 and 2022. ...

Source: news.bloomberglaw.com
US  
Oprah Winfrey leaves Weight Watchers board after admitting use of weight-loss drugs
- Oprah Winfrey is standing down from Weight Watchers after admitting she has been using weight-loss drugs. Winfrey , who has been on the board since 2015 after buying a $43 million (£34 million) stake in the company, has said that she will not stand for re-election in May at its shareholder meeting. Her decision to step down is in part to "eliminate any perceived conflict of interest around her taking ...

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SCIENCE  
White dwarf: Armagh astronomers say scar suggests star 'ate' planets
- Astronomers in Armagh have discovered a sign that a star feasted on nearby planets and asteroids. A metal scar found on the dead star's surface had never been seen before, said astronomer John Landstreet. It was discovered at the astronomical research centre in Armagh Observatory and Planetarium. The scar, believed to be 500km (310 miles) long, was on an Earth-sized remnant of a star from a nearby solar system. The ...

Source: bbc.com
BUSINESS  
Apple Cancels Its 10-Year Self-Driving Electric Car Project
- Though Apple may have intended to bring an electric vehicle to market, the iPhone maker has suddenly changed course. On Tuesday, Apple informed the 2,000 employees working on a self-driving, electric Apple Car that it was ending the project. The secret effort, called Project Titan internally, appears to have spanned 10 years and cost Apple billions of dollars. Many employees who worked on Titan will move to Apple's ...

Source: entrepreneur.com
US   POLITICS  
How Amy Coney Barrett could save us from fully legal automatic weapons
- Most of the justices appeared uncomfortable with "bump stocks," devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire automatically. "Intuitively, I am entirely sympathetic to your argument," Justice Amy Coney Barrett told Brian Fletcher, the Justice Department lawyer defending a ban on devices that convert ordinary semiautomatic weapons into much more deadly guns capable of firing very rapidly, during a Supreme Court ...

Source: vox.com
US  
Richard Lewis, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, dies aged 76
- Comedian, who was known for exploring his neuroses, said last year he had Parkinson's disease and was retiring from standup Richard Lewis, Larry David's co-star in Curb Your Enthusiasm and a beloved standup comedian has died at the age of 76. Lewis said last year that he had Parkinson's disease and was stepping off the standup stage. Despite that partial retirement, he was in the currently airing Season 12 of the ...

Source: theguardian.com
US   POLITICS  
Team Trump's Case for Disqualifying Fani Willis Is Collapsing
- Like a soufflé collapsing when it's overbaked, the effort by Donald Trump 's Atlanta legal team to get Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis and her lead prosecutor, Nathan Wade, disqualified from his racketeering case has lost a lot of altitude and could soon get tossed in the trash altogether. The run-up to the trial of Trump and his confederates was sidetracked in January when Ashleigh Merchant, the ...

Source: nymag.com
US  
Florida refuses to bar unvaccinated students from school suffering a measles outbreak
- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their students attend class — a contravention of federal guidelines calling for their mandatory exclusion. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, nationally known for his outspoken skepticism toward the ...

Source: mysuncoast.com
US  
Google parent company value plummets losing $70 billion after Gemini AI scandal
- Google's AI faced backlash after refusing to produce images of White people Google's parent company may be feeling the heat in the stock market after the disastrous rollout of its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Gemini last week. MarketWatch reported on Monday that shares for Alphabet Inc., which owns Google, fell by up to 4.4% to $137.57. This dip was equivalent to losing more than $70 billion in value. The ...

Source: foxbusiness.com
Union, Starbucks Agree on "Foundational Framework" for Contract Negotiations
- Starbucks Workers United announced on Tuesday that it has reached a "significant" agreement with the company to take steps toward negotiating first contracts for unionized stores after union members say Starbucks has worked to obstruct and delay contract negotiations for over two years now. According to a seemingly joint statement released by both parties, the union and the company have agreed on a "foundational ...

Source: truthout.org
US   POLITICS  
Hunter Biden testifies behind closed doors as part of GOP impeachment inquiry
- WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden will face questions Wednesday from members of two GOP-led House committees at a closed-door deposition that President Joe Biden's son had rejected participating in for months. The deposition, scheduled for 10 a.m. ET, is being held by the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, the two panels that have been leading an impeachment inquiry into the p resident . ...

Source: nbcnews.com
MEDICINE  
New Study Finds Consistent Cannabis Use Can Increase Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
- A new study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association , found a link between marijuana use and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It echoes the results of two American Heart Association studies presented at the end of last year. Of the more than 430,000 study participants, those who had a habit of smoking, eating, or vaping cannabis were reportedly at a higher risk for ...

Source: miamiherald.com
FAA gives Boeing 90 days to develop plan to address quality control issues
- The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it had asked Boeing to provide the agency with a "comprehensive action plan" to address quality control issues within 90 days, the regulator's latest push for safety improvements after a panel came off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet in flight in early January. The FAA administrator, Mike Whitaker, made the request Tuesday when he met with Boeing's CEO, Dave Calhoun, ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US  
2 men are found guilty for the 2002 killing of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay
- More than 21 years after the death of Jam Master Jay, one-third of the legendary hip-hop trio Run-DMC, a jury has found two men guilty of his murder. Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were convicted Tuesday and face a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum life sentence for the 2002 killing of Jam Master Jay, born Jason Mizell, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. ...

Source: npr.org
Macy's Is Closing 150 Stores Across the Country by 2026
- The department store chain announced that 50 locations will be shutting down by the end of this year alone. By We've been independently researching and testing products for over 120 years. If you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Learn more about our review process. It may be time to say goodbye to your local Macy's . The department store chain has announced plans to close approximately 150 stores ...

Source: goodhousekeeping.com
A Washington woman forgot about her lottery ticket for months. Then she won big.
- The woman bought the lucky ticket while picking up groceries for dinner at a Fred Meyer in Lynnwood just north of Seattle. She then forgot about it for months before her husband told her to check it. Imagine buying a lottery ticket, forgetting about it, and then finding out you're $135,000 richer. That's the story of one Washington woman who bought a $1 Hit 5 ticket from a vending machine at a local Fred Meyer ...

Source: usatoday.com
US   POLITICS  
Justice Department Finds Conditions at Three Mississippi Prisons Violate the Constitution
- The Justice Department announced today its findings that conditions of confinement at three Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) facilities violate the 8th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Department's 60-page details its findings from a thorough investigation of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, South Mississippi Correctional Institution, and Wilkinson County Correctional ...

Source: justice.gov
Gary Sinise Announces Death Of His 33-Year-Old Son: 'We Are Heartbroken'
- Gary Sinise is mourning the death of his son, McCanna Anthony "Mac" Sinise. The " Forrest Gump " actor announced the news on his Gary Sinise Foundation website Tuesday and explained that Mac was diagnosed with chordoma on Aug. 8, 2018. The actor's only son died from the "very rare cancer" on Jan. 5. He was 33. "Like any family experiencing such a loss, we are heartbroken and have been managing as best we can," ...

Source: huffpost.com
DIGITAL   TECHNOLOGY  
Tumblr is selling user data to train AI. Things could get weird.
- The upside? OpenAI will know a lot more about what might happen if Sirius Black and Remus Lupin were a couple. that Auttomatic, the company that owns WordPress and Tumblr, is making a deal to provide data from their sites to help train OpenAI and Midjourney . A representative for Auttomatic pointed me to a public blog post after the 404 Media article ran when I asked for comment. The blog post says that ...

Source: insider.com
Cavs release merchandise for Max Strus' iconic shot
- Subscribers can gift articles to anyone CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Not 24 hours after Max Strus' iconic 59-foot buzzer-beater to defeat the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night , the Cavs are releasing merchandise for the moment. The pre-order options were released Wednesday afternoon, varying from a hoodie to a T-shirt with a photo of Strus' shot next to Luka Doncic and the phrase "1conic" underneath the image. The T-shirt ...

Source: cleveland.com
US  
Adele postpones all Las Vegas show dates in March due to sickness
- Adele has postponed all of next month's shows of her ongoing Las Vegas residency after announcing she is ill. The British singer said on social media that doctors told her to rest but did not reveal details of her illness. The announcement comes just over five months ahead of her 10-night run of stadium shows in Munich in August. In a statement, she said: "Sadly I have to take a beat and pause my Vegas residency." ...

Source: bbc.com
US  
Rebecca Ferguson refuses to work with co-star who screamed at her
- Actress Rebecca Ferguson has said she once refused to work with a co-star who screamed at her on set and left her in tears. The Swedish star told the Reign with Josh Smith podcast that she once worked with an "absolute idiot of a co-star". She said she learned to stand up for herself after the star criticised her and she eventually asked for them to turn their back while she was acting. Ferguson did not reveal the ...

Source: bbc.com
MEDICINE   SCIENCE  
How Humans Lost Their Tails
- Tails are a common feature across the animal kingdom. Nearly every class of vertebrate has them. Reptiles use them for self-defense and attacking prey. Tails help with balance and communication in dogs and cats and aid navigation in birds. Humans' primate ancestors had them, too. Our forebears used them to grasp branches while swinging through the trees—until their tails vanished from the fossil record about ...

Source: scientificamerican.com
US  
16 Percent of All Abortions Are Now Done Virtually, New Report Finds
- The report comes as the Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments on a case that could severely restrict access to the procedure. Medication abortions via telehealth now account for up to 16 percent of abortions nationwide, according to a new report published ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could make the procedure much more difficult to access. Under current FDA policy, doctors can remotely prescribe a ...

Source: thedailybeast.com
China's Country Garden gets liquidation petition from creditor
- The troubled property developer said in a regulatory filing it received a "winding-up" petition dated Feb. 27 by creditor Ever Credit Limited. The petition against Country Garden was issued for the non-payment of a loan worth 1.6 billion Hong Kong dollars ($204.4 million). In this article China's Country Garden Holdings said Wednesday it received a liquidation petition filed by one of its creditors, deepening ...

Source: cnbc.com
US  
'Dreadful' Wonka-themed children's event leads guests to call police
- The website for Willy's Chocolate Experience promised a world of pure imagination: an immersive children's event with attractions to rival even the creations of Willy Wonka, the fictional chocolatier. Illustrations on the website advertised lush gardens with giant lollipops and swirls of colorful candy. When Stuart Sinclair arrived with his family at the event in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday, they found something ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
Russia relishes NATO disarray after hasty denials of plan to deploy ground troops to Ukraine
- Russia appears to be relishing the gaffe French President Emmanuel Macron made this week in suggesting that NATO countries discussed the possibility of Western ground troops being deployed in Ukraine, saying such an eventuality could not be "ruled out." Macron's suggestion was widely — and very publicly — rejected by NATO member countries Tuesday, leaving France looking isolated. Russian officials have ...

Source: cnbc.com
US  
Virgil, former WWE wrestling star, dies at 61
- Former WWE star Michael Jones, better known by the wrestling name of Virgil, has died at 61, according to his verified Instagram account. "This is to confirm the sad news about our beloved Meatsauce God and Wrestling Superstar Virgil/Michael Jones has passed away," the Instagram post read . "There is so much to say here and would love to share stories but for now it's a rough day as our friend is gone." "We would ...

Source: nbcnews.com
BUSINESS  
Google sued for $2.3bn by European media groups over digital ad losses
- Lawsuit filed by publishers including Axel Springer allege Google 'abused its dominant position' in digital ad-tech Alphabet's Google was hit with a €2.1bn ($2.3bn) lawsuit by 32 media groups including Axel Springer and Schibsted on Wednesday, alleging that they had suffered losses due to the company's practices in digital advertising. The move by the groups – which include publishers in Austria, ...

Source: theguardian.com
TECHNOLOGY  
Nintendo lawsuit accuses Switch emulator creators of 'piracy at a colossal scale'
- The latest Zelda game was pirated over a million times, the company revealed in its complaint. Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against the creators of a popular Switch emulator called Yuzu, which gives users a way to play games developed for the platform on their PCs and Android devices. In the lawsuit shared by Game File's Stephen Totilo , the company argued that Yuzu violates the anti-circumvention and ...

Source: engadget.com
$1 billion donation eliminates tuition at New York medical school, changing students' lives
- First year student Samuel Woo had been considering a career in cardiology so he would be able to pay off his medical school debt until the announcement this week of a generous donation that will remove tuition fees at his New York City school. Now, without the fear of crippling student debt, the 23-year-old whose parents emigrated from South Korea said Tuesday that he can afford to pursue his dream of providing ...

Source: pbs.org
US  
San Francisco Apologizes to Black Residents for Decades of Racism
- SAN FRANCISCO — Supervisors in San Francisco formally apologized Tuesday to African Americans and their descendants for the city's role in perpetuating racism and discrimination, with several stating that this was just the start of reparations for Black residents and not the end. The vote was unanimous with all 11 board members signed on as sponsors of the resolution. "This historic resolution apologizes on ...

Source: time.com
MEDICINE  
Mindfulness, talk therapy may improve mood, sleep issues in menopause
- Mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy can help ease the mood and sleep problems associated with menopause, a new review says. Women experienced statistically significant improvements in anxiety and depression following mindfulness therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, according to an analysis of 30 studies involving more than 3,500 women going through menopause in 14 countries. The results ...

Source: upi.com
US   POLITICS  
New York Has a New Congressional Map — Again
- For the second time in two years, New Yorkers have a new congressional map. On Wednesday, the State Assembly voted 115 to 33 and the State Senate 45 to 17 in favor of the map drawn by lawmakers after rejecting the map drawn by the independent redistricting commission two days prior. Although legislators only just released the new lines late Monday, they were able to circumvent the traditional three-day waiting ...

Source: nymag.com
US   POLITICS  
Embryos and the election: Will the Alabama IVF ruling change how people vote?
- With two healthy boys born by IVF , Crystal Rusch and her husband faced a deeply difficult decision: What should they do with their three remaining embryos that could one day become more children? As Catholics, Rusch and her husband always , and they didn't want just destroy their embryos they had so painfully created with the help of doctors, But they already had two sons, and the idea of having as many as five ...

Source: aol.com
AI sorts public photos to show recovering pacific humpback whales hit climate ceiling
- Scientists have found that recovering humpback whales in the North Pacific are now responding to shifts in food availability affected by climate change. They drew the conclusion from thousands of whale photographs submitted over 20 years by researchers and the public. The North Pacific humpback whale population had been recovering from commercial whaling over four decades when it abruptly declined during a massive ...

Source: phys.org
Live music strikes a deeper chord in the brain than recorded tunes, study finds
- No Result View All Result No Result View All Result Live music strikes a deeper chord in the brain than recorded tunes, study finds Live music performances evoke a significantly stronger emotional response in the brain compared to recorded music, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) . This discovery sheds light on the profound connection between musicians ...

Source: psypost.org
US   POLITICS  
'I'm living proof of why IVF is so necessary.' Bills aiming to protect IVF treatment move forward in Alabama legislature
- A group of bills aimed at protecting in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments in Alabama advanced out of Senate and House committees Wednesday – just a day after they were introduced – as state lawmakers race to respond to the state Supreme Court ruling that prompted clinics to pause parts of treatments and left many families in limbo. The quick pace means new legislation that could restore those IVF ...

Source: cnn.com
US   MEDICINE  
Popular eye ointments may not be sterile, recall warns
- Eye ointments sold at CVS and Walmart may not actually be sterile, a recall posted by the US Food and Drug Administration warned. On Feb. 26, the FDA posted a voluntary recall from Brassica Pharma, which is recalling several eye ointments with expiration dates ranging from February 2024 to September 2025. An FDA inspection at a Brassica facility found a "lack of sterility assurance," the recall notice said, which ...

Source: cnn.com
New version of ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware hits victims
- The United States' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an updated advisory warning of a new version of the ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware locker , which it has observed targeting organisations in the US, mainly in the healthcare sector. The new guidance, which is published alongside various law enforcement agencies and can be viewed in full here , forms part of CISA's ongoing ...

Source: computerweekly.com
Bitcoin's so high, it crashed Coinbase today
- Bitcoin's rally is turning out to be bad news for Coinbase, the crypto trading app that has just confirmed some of its customers are seeing a zero balance across their Coinbase accounts. "Your assets are safe," the firm assured the app's users via a Status page on its website , adding that its team is investigating the issue and will provide an update shortly. [ Update : The company has since said the issues are ...

Source: techcrunch.com
TECHNOLOGY  
Samsung's new microSD cards could make on-device AI easier
- Samsung says its new, faster microSD cards will help enable on-device AI, allowing people to use more data-heavy AI-related apps. In a press release , the company explains it began sampling its 256GB SD Express microSD card and started mass production of the 1TB microSD card. The 256GB SD Express version will be available later this year, while the 1TB UHS-1 microSD will launch in the third quarter of 2024.  ...

Source: theverge.com
POLITICS  
Prince Harry loses high court challenge to personal security downgrade
- Duke of Sussex fails in legal action against Home Office decision to reduce his security during visits to UK The Duke of Sussex has lost a high court challenge against the government over a decision to downgrade the level of his personal security when visiting the UK. Prince Harry took legal action against the Home Office after the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and ...

Source: theguardian.com
Chrysler recalls more than 338,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles for crash risk
- Chrysler has recalled more than 300,000 Jeeps due to the potential for loss of vehicle control, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall, submitted to the administration by Chrysler on Feb. 22, affects certain 2021-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L and 2022-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles produced between December 2020 and May 2023. According to Chrysler, impacted vehicles are ...

Source: usatoday.com
BUSINESS  
OpenAI claims the Times cheated to get ChatGPT to regurgitate articles
- OpenAI has claimed in a motion filed Monday that The New York Times used "deceptive prompts" to get ChatGPT to regurgitate its content. For that and other reasons, the company is asking the US District Court in southern New York to dismiss several of the claims in the outlet's copyright infringement lawsuit. OpenAI asserts that the Times exploited a bug that it's currently working to fix and that the outlet fed ...

Source: theverge.com
US  
More than 380,000 Toyota Tacoma pickups recalled because axles could loosen
- Toyota is recalling 381,000 Tacoma pickups because bolts in the rear axle could loosen and fall off, which could eventually allow part of the rear axle to detach. It's unclear exactly how many trucks have been affected, but in at least some of these trucks, metal from welding spattered onto areas where bolts needed to be tightened down. The extra metal underneath the bolts might have prevented them from being fully ...

Source: cnn.com
Of course Shohei Ohtani hit a home run in his Dodgers debut. 'He's built differently.'
- PHOENIX — Well, just in case anyone was wondering whether Shohei Ohtani could possibly live up to the hype , in one glorious afternoon Tuesday he had Dodgers fans reveling, teammates marveling and his manager running out of superlatives. One swing. One sky-high, fly ball. One opposite-field homer. That's all it took to remind everyone why the Dodgers dropped $700 million on the generational talent. HOT STOVE ...

Source: usatoday.com