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DIGITAL  
TikTok Begins Launch of Instagram Competitor 'Notes' App
- TikTok, which popularized short-form video across the globe, has begun rolling out its new photo-sharing app –– a competitor to apps like Meta's Instagram -- in select markets, including iOS and Android users in Canada and Australia. "The TikTok Notes experience is designed for those who would like to share and engage through photo content," the ByteDance-owned company posted on X, adding that this ...

Source: mediapost.com
US   POLITICS  
Trump's NY hush money trial: What to know about the jurors
- Jury selection is underway in the historic hush-money trial of former president Donald Trump, with the first seven jurors being seated Tuesday. There will be 12 jurors total, plus about six alternates, according to the New York judge overseeing the case, Juan Merchan. During questioning, potential jurors were asked dozens of questions about their backgrounds and ability to remain fair and impartial. The seated ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US   POLITICS  
Johnson moving forward with Ukraine aid bill despite pressure from hardliners
- Speaker Mike Johnson announced Wednesday he is sticking with his plan to put a series of foreign aid bills on the floor, including funding for Ukraine , after facing significant pressure from hardliners. "After significant Member feedback and discussion, the House Rules Committee will be posting soon today the text of three bills that will fund America's national security interests and allies in Israel, the ...

Source: cnn.com
US   POLITICS  
Senate Democrats unceremoniously kill Mayorkas impeachment trial
- And just like that, it's over. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats voted to declare as unconstitutional both articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — effectively ending the trial. It put a swift end to what had been a monthslong process by House Republicans, championed originally by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. Democrats were unable to convince any ...

Source: news.yahoo.com
US   MARKETS  
The U.S. may be entering a new era of persistently high interest rates
- The movement in rates, inflation and the outlook for Fed policy over the last few months — and especially over the last week — fits that pattern. The big picture: The Fed's plans to pivot toward interest rate cuts in the near future — more or less announced in December — are in disarray after three straight months of elevated inflation to start 2024. Chair Jerome Powell confirmed that ...

Source: axios.com
US   POLITICS  
Supreme Court isn't likely to toss charges against Trump — yet
- This week the nation got its first glimpse of Donald Trump as a criminal defendant as he appeared at his New York trial, accused of falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments in an effort to silence allegations of an affair with an adult film star before the 2016 presidential election. But as he sat, stewed , nodded off , and was admonished by the judge for mouthing off during jury selection in New ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
NSA Unveils New Guidelines for Safe AI Deployment in Defense Sector
- In a very short time, artificial intelligence (AI) has gone from being little more than a buzzword of science fiction to a widely employed technology that could impact the world in still unforeseen ways. It offers countless opportunities but also poses significant threats. To ensure the safe use of AI, the National Security Agency's (NSA's) Artificial Intelligence Security Center (AISC) – working with several ...

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WORLD   POLITICS  
Iran and Israel dragged their shadow war out of the dark, and it's much more dangerous now
- A decades-long shadow war between Iran and Israel has been thrust into broad daylight. For years, the two bitter foes have relied on strikes in other countries, covert assassinations, and proxy forces to trade blows as part of a simmering — but deadly — conflict. Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel last weekend has notably changed the dynamics of this conflict, and it's now more dangerous. A senior US ...

Source: businessinsider.com
BUSINESS  
Boeing ignores safety concerns and production problems, whistleblower claims
- Boeing whistleblowers testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday, alleging that the aviation giant prioritized profits over safety and accusing it of discouraging employees from raising concerns about the company's manufacturing practices.  Sam Salehpour, a quality engineer at Boeing, said in a prepared statement that Boeing's emphasis on rapid production undermined its commitment to safety, claiming that managers ...

Source: cbsnews.com
Copenhagen fights the last pockets of a fire that destroyed a 400-year-old landmark
- COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish firefighters were still at work extinguishing the last pockets of a fire that destroyed a 400-year-old Copenhagen landmark a day after the blaze began. "This is sad, so sad," said Mikkel Jensen, a 44-year-old civil servant, as he looked up at the twisted scaffolding still clinging to the ruins of the city's Old Stock Exchange. Morten Langager, manager of the Danish Chamber of ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
SCIENCE  
Record-Breaking Stellar Black Hole Found Lurking Close to Earth
- You never really know what you might find hiding in your own backyard, especially if those things are particularly adept at escaping detection. Just 1,924 light-years from the Solar System, in the constellation of Aquila, astronomers have just discovered a black hole . And it's not just any black hole. Named Gaia BH3, or BH3, the object is the most massive stellar-mass black hole we've ever spotted in the Milky ...

Source: sciencealert.com
NASA Claims Space Junk That Crashed Into Florida Home
- A Florida homeowner was treated to a shocking surprise when a jettisoned piece of metal from the International Space Station crashed into his home in March. (TNS) — A Florida homeowner was treated to a shocking surprise when a jettisoned piece of metal from the International Space Station crashed into his home in March. On Monday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed the space station ...

Source: govtech.com
USC under fire for canceling valedictorian speech
- The University of Southern California is facing intense criticism after canceling a planned graduation speech by valedictorian Asna Tabassum, citing unspecified "substantial risks relating to security and disruption." Who said what The "alarming tenor" of discussion about USC's valedictorian, on social media and from "many voices outside of USC," has escalated the risk of "harassment and even violence" at ...

Source: theweek.com
US  
Columbia president faces scrutiny from lawmakers on campus antisemitism
- Columbia University leaders will face scrutiny from lawmakers Wednesday about what they have done to combat campus antisemitism since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war , which has touched off intense protests at colleges across the country. In December, the presidents of MIT, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania testified on campus antisemitism before the Republican-led House Committee on Education and the ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
Atlas, a Humanoid Robot From Boston Dynamics, Is Leaping Into Retirement
- It has been replaced by a new model, which will be used in automotive manufacturing. A farewell video featured the old machine running outdoors, performing back flips and awkwardly shimmying. Atlas, the humanoid robot that dazzled followers for more than a decade with its outdoor running, awkward dancing and acrobatic back flips, has powered down. In other words, it is retiring. On Wednesday, Boston Dynamics, the ...

Source: nytimes.com
POLITICS  
Biden to call for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel as he makes economic pitch in Pittsburgh
- President Joe Biden will call on his administration to ratchet up pressure on the Chinese steel industry as he brings his economic competition pitch to Pittsburgh, the heart of the American steel industry, on Wednesday, part of a three-day campaign trail swing through battleground Pennsylvania. The domestic steel industry remains critical to building everything from cars to appliances, to roads and ...

Source: cnn.com
US   POLITICS  
Uri Berliner, NPR editor who criticized the network of liberal bias, says he's resigning
- Uri Berliner, a senior editor at National Public Radio who had been suspended from his job after claiming the network had "lost America's trust" by pushing progressive views while suppressing dissenting opinions, said he is resigning from the broadcaster. "I am resigning from NPR, a great American institution where I have worked for 25 years," Berliner wrote in his resignation letter to NPR CEO Katherine Maher, and ...

Source: cbsnews.com
US  
Tesla seeks to revive Musk's multi-billion-dollar pay package
- Electric-vehicle maker Tesla is asking shareholders to ratify a pay package for CEO Elon Musk worth tens of billions of dollars — the same agreement that was thrown out by a Delaware court this year. "We are coming to you now so you can help fix this issue — which is a matter of fundamental fairness and respect to our CEO," Robyn Denholm, chair of Tesla's board, wrote in a Securities and Exchange ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
NBA bans Raptors forward Jontay Porter for life over gambling violations
- The NBA banned Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter for life on Wednesday after a bombshell probe found he bet on league matches -- dubbed a "cardinal sin" by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The league said that Porter, who spent part of his season in the NBA and part of it in the developmental G League, also shared private information on his fitness with a sports bettor and removed himself from a game to influence ...

Source: france24.com
US   POLITICS  
In Pennsylvania, Biden has a field day razzing Trump on everything but his trial
- As he kicked off a series of events in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, President Joe Biden freely ripped into his nemesis. From his hometown, Scranton, Biden chided Donald Trump about his past tax plan for giving tax breaks to billionaires and his . He joked about Trump's personal financial predicament. He accused Trump of ballooning the federal debt, razzed him for suggesting that ...

Source: aol.com
US  
Idaho's ban on youth gender-affirming care has families desperately scrambling for solutions
- Forced to hide her true self, Joe Horras' transgender daughter struggled with depression and anxiety until three years ago, when she began to take medication to block the onset of puberty. The gender-affirming treatment helped the now-16-year-old find happiness again, her father said. A  decision by the U.S. Supreme Court  late Monday allowing Idaho to enforce its ban on such care for minors could ...

Source: nbcnews.com
US   POLITICS  
Arizona GOP defies Trump, refuses to repeal 160-year-old abortion ban
- Arizona Republicans shut down an attempt by Democrats to repeal a contentious abortion ban from 1864 that was reinstated by the state's Supreme Court earlier this month. Democrats attempted to introduce a bill Wednesday that would repeal the ban during a state House legislative session, NBC reported . But two votes moving to discuss the bill failed. "I would ask everyone in this chamber to respect the fact that ...

Source: insider.com
US  
Google employees stage sit-ins to protest company's contract with Israel
- Dozens of Google employees held sit-ins Tuesday at the tech giant's New York City and Sunnyvale, Calif., offices to protest the company's work with Israel. Google and Amazon have a cloud computing and artificial intelligence contract with the Israeli government and military, a deal known as Project Nimbus that is worth $1.2 billion. The employees participating in the sit-ins wore shirts that said "Drop Project ...

Source: latimes.com
SCIENCE  
"Confronting, severe": Scientists respond to global mass bleaching
- The fourth recorded global coral bleaching event has been declared by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a timely reminder of the threats posed by climate change. Warnings about the likelihood of serious mass bleaching have persistently sounded since an El Niño weather phenomenon began in mid-2023. That event is noteworthy for its increased natural warming of oceans. But while El ...

Source: cosmosmagazine.com
US   POLITICS  
IRS Warns Taxpayers Who May Have to Pay 'Surprise' Fees
- Taxpayers may be in store for a brutal hit to their wallets if they don't use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator, the federal agency warned today. Americans often are forced to pay " surprise fees " when their tax refund from the year before was too large or withheld the incorrect amount from their income. But with the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator, you can guarantee you're withholding the right amount from your pay ...

Source: newsweek.com
No, Dubai's Floods Weren't Caused by Cloud Seeding
- Dubai is underwater. Heavy storms have caused flash flooding across the United Arab Emirates, leading to shocking scenes circulating on social media: Cars abandoned by the roadside, planes sloshing through flooded runways. Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Dubai's busy international airport, and at least 18 people have died in neighboring Oman. News reports and social media posts were quick to point the ...

Source: wired.com
US   POLITICS  
Six GOP Governors Appear To Be Freaking Out Over A Crucial Union Vote
- The day before auto workers in Tennessee are set to cast ballots in a potentially historic union election, six Republican governors from the South came together in their own show of solidarity: a joint statement revealing how worried they are. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all said they were "highly concerned" about the United Auto Workers' organizing campaigns ...

Source: huffpost.com
US   POLITICS  
Florida says school principals could be penalized over book restrictions
- Principals could have their educator's certificate suspended or revoked if they are found to be in violation. TALLAHASSEE — Florida education officials on Wednesday voted to put the onus on school principals to ensure students have access to "appropriate" reading materials in classrooms and libraries, saying such a step is needed to prevent the politicization of the state's book challenge process. The ...

Source: tampabay.com
US   POLITICS  
Friends and colleagues share fond memories of political giant, environmentalist Bob Graham
- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former U.S. Sen. and two-term Florida Gov. Bob Graham, who gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks and as an early critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 87. Graham's family announced the death Tuesday in a statement posted on X by his daughter Gwen Graham. "We are deeply saddened to report the passing of ...

Source: news4jax.com
MEDICINE  
Weight-Loss Drugs Help Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- E li Lilly & Co.'s weight-loss drug Zepbound improved breathing problems in highly anticipated studies that may convince more insurers to cover the $1,000-a-month treatment. In two late-stage trials of patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition closely linked to obesity, Zepbound reduced the number of times breathing slowed or stopped during sleep by up to 63% from the baseline, Lilly said in a statement ...

Source: time.com
SCIENCE  
Father-daughter team helps discover giant prehistoric sea beast
- On a nice spring day at the end of May 2020, 11-year-old Ruby Reynolds and her dad, Justin, were fossil-hunting on Blue Anchor Beach in Somerset, England, when they discovered a fragment of a titanic sea beast. As Justin studied the four-inch-long, oval-shaped fossil, Ruby started to scout the slope above them. She found a second piece of fossilized bone, this one about twice as big. Joining forces with a team of ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
US  
Hawaii AG report details timeline and factors that contributed to deadly Maui wildfires
- Hawaii Attorney General Anne Lopez on Wednesday released the first set of findings from an independent investigation into the deadly wildfires that erupted on the Hawaiian island of Maui last year, the deadliest natural disaster in state history. At least 101 people died in connection with the wildfires. Much of the historic town of Lahaina was destroyed by the blaze that burned thousands of residential and ...

Source: aol.com
US  
Hugh Grant Says He Doesn't 'Want to Accept' Settlement in Privacy Case Against the Sun Publisher: 'I Refuse to Let This Be Hush Money'
- Hugh Grant has settled his privacy case against the publisher of The Sun, Rupert Murdoch 's News Group Newspapers. As reported by the BBC , Grant reached a settlement on Wednesday regarding allegations of unlawful information gathering against NGN. He had claimed that The Sun had employed private investigators to tap his phone in 2011. In May 2023, it was ruled that Grant's case was eligible to go to trial, barring ...

Source: variety.com
GOP senator slams Ticketmaster for 'exorbitantly high prices' ahead of reported DOJ lawsuit
- Tennessee Sen Marsha Blackburn says she will be 'closely' watching DOJ to ensure 'ticket industry better serves' music fans Following reports that the Justice Department is zeroing in on litigation against one of the biggest concert ticket companies for an alleged monopoly, one GOP senator representing Nashville, Tennessee, says she is keeping a close watch.  The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week ...

Source: foxbusiness.com
BUSINESS  
Microsoft Makes Another Large Investment In An AI Company
- Microsoft has made a sizable investment in another artificial intelligence (AI) company. Earlier this week, the company announced a $1.5 billion investment in United Arab Emirates artificial intelligence firm G42.  With the infusion of funds, Microsoft gains a minority stake in the company, and Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith gains a seat on G42's board. "Our two companies will work together not ...

Source: mediapost.com
NBA play-in tournament: Warriors' season ended by Kings as Klay Thompson held scoreless
- Keegan Murray scored 32 points, De'Aaron Fox added 24 and the Sacramento Kings stayed alive in the play-in tournament, eliminating the Golden State Warriors with a 118-94 victory on Tuesday night. Sacramento advanced to play at New Orleans on Friday night with a chance to return to the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference after snapping an NBA record 16-year playoff drought last season. The Kings ...

Source: theguardian.com
Climate impacts set to cut 2050 global GDP by nearly a fifth
- Climate change caused by CO2 emissions already in the atmosphere will shrink global GDP in 2050 by about $38 trillion. Climate change caused by CO2 emissions already in the atmosphere will shrink global GDP in 2050 by about $38 trillion, or almost a fifth, no matter how aggressively humanity cuts carbon pollution, researchers said Wednesday. But slashing greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible remains ...

Source: digitaljournal.com
Will housing prices drop in 2024 in the Boston area?
- In some of Boston's wealthiest suburbs, where McMansions are seemingly built more often than apartments, something bizarre happened between 2022 and 2023: Home prices actually dropped. Over that year, the median sales price of single-family homes fell in Belmont (down 7.28 percent), Brookline (6.29 percent), and Hingham (5.14 percent), among other places — all toney communities where high home values often ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US   POLITICS  
Trump campaign asks GOP candidates using Trump's name and likeness in fundraising to give it a cut
- Donald Trump's campaign is asking Republican candidates and committees using the former president's name and likeness to fundraise to give at least 5% of what they raise to the campaign, according to a letter obtained by CNN. Trump's campaign managers, Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita, said in a letter dated April 15, "Beginning tomorrow, we ask that all candidates and committees who choose to use President ...

Source: cnn.com
Dubai submerged in floods as UAE gets over a year's worth of rain in hours
- Heavy thunderstorms have lashed the United Arab Emirates (UAE), dumping more than a year and a half's rain on the desert city-state of Dubai in just a few hours and flooding major highways and its international airport. The rains began late on Monday, soaking the sands and roads of Dubai with some 20mm (0.79 inches) of rain, according to meteorological data collected at Dubai International Airport. The storms ...

Source: aljazeera.com
Here's how much Caitlin Clark will make in the WNBA
- College basketball sensation Caitlin Clark will earn less than six figures in her rookie season with the Indiana Fever, reigniting debate over whether professional women athletes in the U.S. are fairly paid.  Clark, this year's  No. 1 draft pick in the WNBA , will have a starting salary of $76,535 and earn roughly $338,000 over the four-year contract she signed with the Fever. The second, third and fourth ...

Source: cbsnews.com
BUSINESS  
First Movers in Enterprise Generative AI Will Dominate the Market - Here Are the Frontrunners
- Henry is a managing editor and writer at Business2Community.com with a passion for writing and… Generative AI (artificial intelligence) has been making waves globally and the optimism has helped catapult Nvidia into the ranks of $2 trillion dollar companies. Enterprise generative AI is set to be the next battlefield now as Linux Foundation, along with other tech giants like Intel, Qdrant, Red Hat, Domino ...

Source: business2community.com
US  
Removing PFAS from public water will cost billions and take time – here are ways to filter out some harmful 'forever chemicals' at home
- Chemists invented PFAS in the 1930s to make life easier: Nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant carpet were all made possible by PFAS. But in recent years, the growing number of health risks found to be connected to these chemicals has become increasingly alarming. PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – are now either suspected or known to ...

Source: theconversation.com
DIGITAL   BUSINESS   TECHNOLOGY  
YouTube escalates war on ad blockers
- YouTube users who use ad blockers to avoid advertising on the platform will now see alerts or experience buffering issues. Chat with SearchBot YouTube has introduced two new measures in its crackdown on ad blockers. There will either be:  Why we care . YouTube is doing all it can to ensure ads are seen by as many of its free users as possible. YouTube's war on ad blockers will likely lead to disgruntled users ...

Source: searchengineland.com
Alaska Airlines flights resume after FAA's temporary ground stop
- Ground stop affected Alaska, Horizon flights but not SkyWest The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday lifted a temporary nationwide ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines flights. The FAA said in a statement that "operations are normal" after Alaska Airlines asked the agency to pause departures nationwide as it worked to resolve an issue with its weight and balance system "as quickly as ...

Source: foxbusiness.com
American Airlines pilot union sees 'significant spike' in safety, maintenance issues
- American Airlines is looking into a "significant spike" in safety issues raised by a union representing its pilots, according to union president Ed Sicher, amid growing public scrutiny of safety issues in the wider airline industry triggered by missing parts , forced landings and the midflight blowout of a plane door in January. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents 15,000 pilots working for American ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
WORLD  
Iran Has 3,000 Ballistic Missiles Ready for War
- In 2022, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, assessed that the Iranian military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could field more than 3,000 ballistic missiles of all types.  Summary:  Early on a Sunday, Iran launched a significant attack on Israel, firing around 300 ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and suicide drones. The Israel Defense ...

Source: nationalinterest.org
POLITICS  
20,000 rally in Georgia as MPs advance controversial 'foreign influence' law
- Some 20,000 protesters rallied in Georgia on Wednesday after lawmakers advanced a controversial "foreign influence" law that opponents say will undermine Tbilisi's longstanding European aspirations. In a vote boycotted by opposition deputies, 83 lawmakers from the ruling Georgian Dream party passed the first reading of the bill, which has been criticised as mirroring a repressive Russian law on "foreign agents" ...

Source: france24.com
TECHNOLOGY  
Heineken's Boring Phone Wants to Take You Back to a Simpler Time
- Heineken is the latest company attempting to take us back to a time before the smartphone . The beer-maker, in collaboration with fashion brand Bodega and device-maker HMD, is launching the Boring Phone, a transparent flip phone designed primarily for making calls and sending text messages -- just like in the old days. Based on Heineken's press release , it's unclear exactly what the phone can and can't do (some ...

Source: cnet.com
TECHNOLOGY  
This new Google Maps feature is game changer for EV drivers
- Electric vehicle drivers are getting a little extra help on the road from Google Maps. Google Maps and Search is rolling out new features tailored just for electric vehicles, including specific information on the location of EV chargers and hotels with on-site chargers. Maps will also help drivers plan charging stops on their travels in real time. In 2023, 1.6 million electric vehicles were sold in the U.S., up 60% ...

Source: usatoday.com
POLITICS  
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi moved to house arrest amid heatwave
- Myanmar's jailed former leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from prison to house arrest as a health measure amid a severe heatwave, the military has said. Major General Zaw Min Tun told foreign media on Tuesday that Aung San Suu Kyi and the president of her toppled government, Win Myint, were among the elderly and infirm prisoners transferred from prison. "Since the weather is extremely hot, ...

Source: aljazeera.com
WORLD  
Death toll from 4 days of rains rises to 63 in Pakistan with more rain on the forecast
- PESHAWAR – Lightning and heavy rains led to 14 deaths in Pakistan, officials said Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of extreme weather to at least 63, as the heaviest downpour in decades flooded villages on the country's southwestern coast. Flash floods have also killed dozens of people in neighboring Afghanistan. In Pakistan, most of the deaths were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, ...

Source: news4jax.com
POLITICS  
UK set to ban tobacco sales for a 'smoke-free' generation. Will it work?
- Britain is set to impose tough measures to stub out smoking, which has emerged as one of the biggest causes of cancer deaths in the country. Parliament approved the government's "historic" plans to create a "smoke-free" generation on Tuesday in a bid to reduce the number of people dying from smoking-related diseases, a big burden on the country's publicly funded National Health Service (NHS). MPs voted 383-67 to ...

Source: aljazeera.com
POLITICS  
Peter Jackson to release restored version of Beatles' 1970 documentary Let It Be on Disney
- Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the film captures the recording sessions of the band's final album After decades out of circulation, the Beatles' 1970 documentary Let It Be has been restored by Peter Jackson's production company. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Let It Be captures the recording sessions of the band's final album of the same title. It was originally released mere weeks after the Beatles ...

Source: theguardian.com
US  
Mine Safety and Health Administration Releases Silica Rule
- The Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") released its long-anticipated silica rule on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. ( See the rule here ) The rule is aimed at reducing miners' exposure to respirable crystalline silica, otherwise known as silica or quartz dust. The final version of the rule is mostly consistent with the version MSHA proposed last year. It modifies the limits of exposure to crystalline silica ...

Source: natlawreview.com
US  
Biden announces a fresh round of $7.5 billion in student loans canceled
- Income-driven repayment plan faces legal challenges President Joe Biden is keeping the ball rolling on student loan forgiveness, canceling a new round of loans as his administration crafts a new plan to target even more outstanding student debt. The latest round of cancelations targets $7.4 billion in student loans for 277,000 borrowers, the Department of Education said in a  statement . This brings the total ...

Source: foxbusiness.com
EU questions TikTok over new Lite app in France, Spain
- The EU gave TikTok 24 hours to provide a risk assessment on its new Lite app over concerns of its potential impact on children. The EU gave TikTok 24 hours to provide a risk assessment on its new Lite app launched in France and Spain over concerns of its potential impact on children and users' mental health, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The new rewards app TikTok Lite arrived in the two countries this ...

Source: digitaljournal.com
Police make multiple arrests in 'largest gold theft in Canadian history'
- Police in Canada have arrested multiple people accused of stealing thousands of gold bars worth more than 20 million Canadian dollars ($14m), in what authorities say was the largest gold heist in the country's history. Last year's theft at a Toronto Pearson International Airport facility was orchestrated by a "well-organised group of criminals", Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah told reporters on ...

Source: aljazeera.com
Powerful storms fire up in the Midwest with large hail and tornadoes
- A powerful storm system is spinning up tornadoes, unloading hail and sending damaging wind gusts over parts of the Mississippi Valley and Midwest Tuesday. Tornado reports were made in at least 10 counties across Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. One of the reported tornadoes tore a nearly 7-mile path through Dallas County, Iowa, destroying a handful of ...

Source: aol.com
US  
Ford recalls over 450,000 vehicles in US for issue that could affect battery, NHTSA says
- Ford is recalling over 450,000 vehicles in the United States because of an issue that could affect the battery, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice published Tuesday. The recall affects certain 2021-2024 Bronco Sport and 2022-2023 Maverick vehicles. The NHTSA said the body and power train control modules on these vehicles may fail to detect a change in the battery state of charge, ...

Source: usatoday.com
WORLD  
US intends to monitor North Korean nuclear weapons with or without UN, ambassador says
- Fox News correspondent Stephanie Bennett joins 'Fox News Live' to break down recent evidence tying missile fragments in Russian attacks to North Korea. The United States and its allies are discussing options "both inside and outside the U.N. system" to create a new mechanism for monitoring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday. Russia last month ...

Source: foxnews.com
Bill Belichick's failure to land Falcons job: 5 takeaways from ESPN story
- ESPN.com published a report Wednesday morning detailing Bill Belichick's failed job search this offseason as well as his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Here are some takeaways: 1. Belichick thought the Falcons coaching job was his. According to ESPN, four days after he and Kraft agreed to "mutually part ways," Belichick met with Falcons owner Arthur Blank one-on-one aboard a yacht in Antigua. The ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US  
The Supreme Court opens the door to more discrimination claims involving job transfers
- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for workers to bring employment discrimination suits over job transfers based on sex, race, religion or national origin. At issue was a question that has produced many conflicting decisions in the lower courts over what constitutes illegal discrimination when it comes to job transfers. The high court's answer Wednesday was that an employee must show some harm, but ...

Source: npr.org
US  
House lawmakers are optimistic about comprehensive privacy legislation
- We might really do it this time.  That was the takeaway that House lawmakers were eager to impart at a hearing in the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on innovation, data, and commerce (IDC). Comprehensive data privacy legislation is on the table yet again — but this time, it's different. Lawmakers also touched on children's online safety proposals like the Kids Online Safety Act, which recently got ...

Source: theverge.com
US   POLITICS  
Donald Trump Confuses Jimmy Kimmel For Al Pacino In Weird Rant
- Former President Donald Trump recently mixed up Jimmy Kimmel and actor Al Pacino in a bizarre rant on social media about Kimmel's hosting of the 2024 Academy Awards. "Stupid Jimmy Kimmel, who still hasn't recovered from his horrendous performance and big ratings drop as Host of The Academy Awards, especially when he showed he suffered from TDS, commonly known as TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME, to the entire World by ...

Source: huffpost.com
BUSINESS   TECHNOLOGY  
Media coalition asks the feds to investigate Google's removal of California news links
- The company yanked the URLs in response to a proposed law that would require it to pay publishers. The News/Media Alliance, formerly the Newspaper Association of America, asked US federal agencies to investigate Google's removal of links to California news media outlets . Google's tactic is in response to the proposed California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), which would require it and other tech companies to ...

Source: engadget.com
US   MARKETS  
Housing starts fall amid interest rate, financing concerns
- Housing starts fell in March with interest rates somewhat higher than expected last month as the latest inflation readings failed to show improvement. Builders are also still facing higher supply-side costs and tighter lending conditions, according to the National Association of Home Builders . Overall housing starts decreased 14.7% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.32 million units, according to ...

Source: lbmjournal.com
SCIENCE  
Goldene: New 2D form of gold makes graphene look boring
- Graphene is a bit like the Novak Djokovic of materials – it's so damn talented that each new achievement feels passé. But now, an exciting new upstart is challenging graphene's title. Meet goldene, a two-dimensional sheet of gold that has its own strange properties. It wasn't long ago that graphene was constantly hogging the headlines, thanks to it being incredibly strong , thin, flexible, lightweight, ...

Source: newatlas.com
US  
Elon Musk Says New X Users Will Be Charged a Fee to Post
- Elon Musk is continuing his upheaval of the platform formerly known as Twitter. On Monday, X's owner said that the platform will start charging new users to post in an attempt to get rid of bot and spam accounts. In response to an X post that claimed Musk was initially testing the new policy to "improve the experience for users overall," Musk replied that initiating a "small fee" was the "only way" to get rid of ...

Source: entrepreneur.com
SCIENCE  
Lyrid meteor shower 2024: Visual guide to the celestial show
- The Lyrids meteor shower will peak this year on the night of April 21-22, after a drought of meteor showers since January's Quadrantids . This year, they'll be a bit hard to see with the moon nearly full on that night. In ideal conditions, the Lyrids average about 10-15 meteors per hour, but can bombard the sky with up to 100! The best viewing will be in the pre-dawn hours, specifically after midnight when the ...

Source: usatoday.com
Bumblebee species able to survive underwater for up to a week
- Common eastern bumblebee queens' ability while hibernating could help it endure flooding, scientists say Bumblebees might be at home in town and country but now researchers have found at least one species that is even more adaptable: it can survive underwater. Scientists have revealed queens of the common eastern bumblebee, a species widespread in eastern North America, can withstand submersion for up to a week ...

Source: theguardian.com
DIGITAL   TECHNOLOGY  
Logitech's new mouse summons AI with a button push
- On the heels of keyboards with a Cortana key…comes a mouse with a ChatGPT key? Well, mostly. Meet the Logitech Signature AI Edition M750 Mouse. Logitech plans to launch the Signature AI Edition Mouse in April in the United States and the United Kingdom for $49.99. Though it has a dedicated AI key — you do need a dedicated AI key on your mouse, right? — the button actually launches an app called ...

Source: pcworld.com
US  
Circus elephant runs loose in Montana after being spooked
- A circus elephant ran loose in the streets of Butte, Montana, on April 16, Surveillance video from Town Pump gas station shows the elephant roaming the streets as it's being followed by a person. Butte Sheriff Ed Lester tells NBC News by email that the elephant was apparently spooked by a vehicle and briefly escaped. The elephant walked on the road for a block or two before it was recaptured and ...

Source: aol.com
DIGITAL   TECHNOLOGY  
Amazon Music users can now create playlists with AI
- Amazon Music is launching a new AI-powered feature called Maestro that allows users to create playlists with text commands or emojis. Amazon Music is introducing Maestro, an AI tool that creates playlists based on your text instructions or emojis You can request playlists for specific moods, genres, or weather conditions Maestro allows you to save and share playlists, facilitating user music discovery While ...

Source: techbriefly.com
Army Financial Counselor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Gold Star Families of Death Gratuity, Life Insurance Money
- A financial counselor for the Army 's Casualty Assistance Center in New Jersey pleaded guilty Monday to wire and securities fraud in a scheme that bilked Gold Star families out of the money awarded them after the death of their service member. Caz Craffy, who also went by Carz Craffey, was responsible for educating surviving family members on the financial benefits they receive: a $100,000 death gratuity and life ...

Source: military.com
Trump's Truth Social plans to launch a live TV streaming platform
- Truth Social, the social media platform owned by Donald Trump's media company, has announced plans to launch a live TV streaming platform. The platform will focus on "news networks" and "religious channels," along with "other content that has been cancelled, is at risk of cancellation, or is being suppressed on other platforms and services," according to a press release. The service will also feature ...

Source: techcrunch.com
Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog dies at 92
- NEW YORK — Whitey Herzog, the gruff and ingenious Hall of Fame manager who guided the St. Louis Cardinals to three pennants and a World Series title in the 1980s and perfected an intricate, nail-biting strategy known as "Whiteyball," has died. He was 92. Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said Tuesday the team had been informed of his death by Herzog's family. The team was not yet sure whether it happened ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US  
Counterfeit Botox blamed in 9-state outbreak of botulism-like illnesses
- Dangerous counterfeit versions of botulinum toxin — better known as Botox — are being linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in nine states, causing nine hospitalizations, federal safety officials are warning. In a Tuesday  alert to consumers and health care providers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said unsafe counterfeit versions of Botox had been found in multiple states and ...

Source: cbsnews.com
US   POLITICS  
"Absurd": Experts say Trump still "playing games" with fraud bond — and it could blow up in his face
- Attorneys for Donald Trump asserted Monday night that the $175 million bond the former president posted to cover the judgement of his New York civil fraud case is financially secure, asking the judge to "set aside" the state attorney general's challenge and award him costs. In a spate of court filings submitted just hours before the midnight deadline, Trump indicated that the bond Knight Specialty Insurance Company ...

Source: salon.com
Meta's Oversight Board probes explicit AI-generated images posted on Instagram and Facebook
- The Oversight Board , Meta's semi-independent policy council, is turning its attention to how the company's social platforms are handling explicit, AI-generated images. Tuesday, it announced investigations into two separate cases over how Instagram in India and Facebook in the U.S. handled AI-generated images of public figures after Meta's systems fell short on detecting and responding to the explicit content. In ...

Source: techcrunch.com
WORLD  
Dubai airport diverts flights as 'exceptional weather' hits city
- Dubai's major international airport began diverting all incoming flights on Tuesday as heavy rains lashed the city, causing widespread flooding. The world's busiest air hub for international passengers, which had been expecting more than 100 flights on Tuesday evening, earlier briefly halted its operations in the chaos caused by the storm. Dubai, the Middle East's financial centre, has been paralysed by the ...

Source: digitaljournal.com
Michigan gets 3 years of probation for football recruiting violations; case vs. Jim Harbaugh pending
- Michigan was given three years of probation, fined and hit with recruiting limits by the NCAA on Tuesday after football coaches and staff had impermissible contact with recruits and players under then-coach Jim Harbaugh while access was restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA said it had reached a negotiated resolution with the school that has been approved by the committee on infractions involving five ...

Source: apnews.com
How Buttigieg plans to better protect consumers from "deceptive" airline practices
- State of play: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday visited Denver International Airport to announce a "fast-track system" to investigate consumer complaints, hold airlines and ticket agents accountable and better protect passengers. Alongside him was Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, who for years has pressured the Biden administration to take the issue more seriously and extend enforcement ...

Source: axios.com
Travis Kelce to host celebrity spin-off of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
- Kansas City Chiefs tight end will make his TV series debut as the host of Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity? for Amazon Prime Video Travis Kelce has a new addition to his résume: gameshow host. The Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs tight end has landed his first TV series job as the host of a spin-off of the erstwhile Fox series Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? for Amazon Prime Video. The new series, ...

Source: theguardian.com
SCIENCE  
Pluto's huge white 'heart' has a surprisingly violent origin, new study suggests
- When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in 2015, it returned images with a sweet surprise: a heart-shaped formation dominating the surface of the dwarf planet. Now, researchers believe they've uncovered the origin of this cosmic Valentine. The heart, they report today (April 15) in the journal Nature Astronomy , was formed in a slow-motion, glancing collision with an icy rock wider than Kansas is long. ...

Source: livescience.com
US   SCIENCE  
NASA Mars samples, which could contain evidence of life, will not return to Earth as initially planned
- NASA is looking for a new way to get its precious Mars samples back to Earth. Those samples are being collected by the Perseverance rover in  Mars ' Jezero Crater, which hosted a lake and a river delta billions of years ago. Getting ahold of the samples is one of NASA's top science goals; studying pristine Red Planet material in well-equipped labs around the world could reveal key insights about ...

Source: livescience.com
Rory McIlroy denies reports he will join LIV Golf for $850m
- Rory McIlroy has brushed aside reports he is considering a move to LIV Golf, and insists he is committed to playing on the PGA Tour. The world No 2 has been a vocal critic of the Saudi-backed series but City AM this week reported he is considering a move to LIV worth $850m that would also give him a 2% equity in the tour. On Tuesday, McIlroy denied the reports. "I honestly don't know how these things get started," ...

Source: theguardian.com
Capitals return to Stanley Cup playoffs by beating Flyers
- PHILADELPHIA — For the Washington Capitals, it all came down to Game 82. Six-plus months of wins, losses, triumph and pain, with the team at times looking like a surefire playoff squad and at others appearing in line for another top-10 draft pick, boiled down to the final game. The last time Washington's postseason fate was determined in the 82nd game of the season was in 2008, the first time the Capitals ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
WORLD  
Palestinians describe Israeli settler rampage in villages near Ramallah
- AL-MUGHAYYIR, West Bank — The attack by Israeli settlers on this Palestinian village was the worst anyone here could remember. There were pools of dried blood on the rooftop where assailants shot a man dead; a pile of lambs with their necks slit was thick with buzzing flies. At least two Palestinians were killed in the rampage across West Bank villages near Ramallah over the weekend, according to residents, ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
TikTok Expands Ticket-Selling Integrations Through AXS Partnership
- TikTok is expanding its in-app ticket-selling integrations through a new partnership with AXS, an American ticket outlet for live sports and entertainment events. TikTok users can now search and purchase tickets from AXS directly through the social video-sharing app. The feature, which TikTok says will eventually be available to users worldwide, has launched in the US, UK, Sweden, and Australia, allowing TikTok ...

Source: mediapost.com