Should Americans Be Banned From Traveling to North Korea?

June 26, 2017

The U.S. State Department urges Americans to avoid traveling to more than three dozen nations, including such troubled locales   as Libya, Cameroon, and Venezuela. Still, obtain a valid passport and permission from the ostracized nation, and you can go there relatively freely. This freedom may soon be curtailed for those wishing to visit the most famous member of the club: North Korea. Following the death of a college student from Ohio who was held prisoner for 17 months in the …

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Google vows to stop its creepy practice of reading your emails to target ads

June 24, 2017

… massive reach, the company no doubt has more than enough information with which to personalize ads without digging through inboxes. The move comes as Google is investing heavily in cloud computing and its G-Suite software packagewhich includes enterprise Gmailin a bid to catch up with companies like Microsoft and Amazon. That this announcement came from the company’s cloud Department rather than its ads people suggests that customer privacy concerns may have been making it harder to …

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Uber’s HR chief Liane Hornsey should be the next to go

June 23, 2017

… has parted ways with a large chunk of its senior leadership. Here’s a look at the few executives left: Image: Bob Al-Greene How Hornsey has remained at the company is something of a mystery. No other executive at the company has been as vocal in contradicting the claims of former employees as the leadership crumbled around her. Meanwhile, the failure of Uber’s HR Department to address claims from its employees occupied a crucial part of the company’s broader problem. Maybe …

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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DoD still using 8-inch floppies and other infrastructure horror stories from Jared Kushner

June 21, 2017

Jared Kushner (left) and Apple CEO Tim CookImage: SHAWN THEW/EPA/REX/Shutterstock I dont care what Jared Kushners voice sounds like. Its what he said that blew me away. The globetrotting head of the White House Office of American Innovation broke his cipher-like silence on Monday to offer a stunning outline of the federal government’s recidivistic tech tendencies. Chief among them is that the U.S. Department of Defense still uses 8-inch floppy disks, a stored media technology retired by …

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Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

… control the waters and gases out of it. I was brought up around here so I care what we do.” The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs used to offer grants to local authorities to clean up contaminated land, via the Contaminated Land Capital Projects (CLCP) programme. This funding stream came to an end in March this year. Image caption Kellie Judson is leading the campaign against 200 new homes near a hazardous landfill site The development has twice been turned down by …

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that President Donald Trump promised …

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

… doing exactly the right thing. You had no criticism of him. You felt that in fact he was a skilled professional prosecutor. You felt that his last statement in October was fully justified. So how can you go from those statements to agreeing with Mr. Rosenstein and then asking the President, or recommending he be fired? SESSIONS: I think, in retrospect, as all of us begin to look at that clearly and talk about it, as perspectives of the Department of Justice, once the director had first got …

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Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. Past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. The …

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Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… different story. “They could easily fail here,” Kantar Retail analyst Meaghan Werle said. “They still need to establish that credibility with shoppers.” Success, however, could go a long way toward sealing the fate of Department stores and mall outlets and further undermine traditional supermarkets. Either way, Amazon’s private-label momentum should already spook established consumer brands watching customers trickle online, where Amazon greets them with open arms …

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The best marketers are mad scientists

June 9, 2017

… with hypotheses, and can then perform experiments to prove their usefulness. The science of marketing has become increasingly, well, scientific. Given the revelation that hyper targeted marketing is more effective marketing, its no surprise that almost every marketing Department or digital agency out there will tell you theyre data-driven. But at this point, data-driven marketing is more of a minimum requirement than a differentiator. Without data supporting them, marketing recommendations would …

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It’s Simple: Either Trump Or Comey Is Lying. Who Is More Credible?

June 9, 2017

… reputation as a person of integrity a reputation that was solidified back in 2007, when he offered damning testimony about warrantless domestic spyingduring oversight investigationsof the Justice Department under then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Senators in both parties praised Comey while questioning him on Thursday, with many remarking on his candor and honesty. Comey himself has said that decision caused him personal anguish, but that it arose from a desire to preserve the reputation …

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Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

… whistleblowers to be skeptical of the official channels for reporting misconduct, according to Melvin Goodman, a former CIA and State Department analyst and author of Whistleblower at the CIA. Daniel Ellsberg, who released classified reports about the Vietnam War to the New York Times. This is what whistleblowing is all about going to the public arena to talk about wrongdoing, said Goodman. There arent a lot of avenues other than the media. The so-called guardrails of democracy are …

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One Dead, Nearly Two Dozen Injured After Bus Crash Near Atlanta

June 9, 2017

The bus was on its way to the Atlanta airport so the youth group could catch a Thursday night flight to Africa for a mission trip, said Detective P. Smith of the Fulton County Police Department. There were 38 people on board when the bus was involved in an accident with a vehicle carrying two people, Smith said. Police could not say whether the deceased was a child or an adult. Video from Atlanta television stations showed the bus upside-down on the side of a busy four-lane road in …

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Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… was occupied by American forces from 1945 to 1952. By the 1960s it had sunk by up to 43 inches, and in 1967 it was demolished. If it existed today, this would surely be one of the world’s cult hotels. 1939: Fallingwater (Fayette County, Pennsylvania) With the effects of the Great Depression and the growing influence of a younger generation of Bauhaus-influenced Modern architects, Wright’s career stalled. In 1934, Edgar J. Kaufmann, a wealthy Pittsburgh Department store …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… previously a manager in the EPAs pesticide division, allegedly bragging to company officials in April 2015 that he could kill investigations into glyphosate. A Monsanto regulatory affairs manager sent an email to colleagues that said Rowland had told him, If I can kill this I should get a medal. At the time of the email, Monsanto was apparently seeking Rowlands help to shut down a review of glyphosate within the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the U.S. Department …

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Key Witnesses In A California Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Refuse to Testify

June 3, 2017

… sheriffs Department that it doesnt exist were pretty hard to swallow. This week, Seth Tunstall became the third sheriffs deputy to refuse to answer questions about his work with jail informants. Dekraais attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, was trying to question Tunstall about his involvement in a sheriffs Department unit called Special Handling, which dealt with jail informants. Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who worked in Special Handling with Tunstall, refused to …

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Want a U.S. visa? Please list your social media handles from the last 5 years.

June 2, 2017

… those looking to enter the United States. Completing all fields of the questionnaire is voluntary but the language at the bottom of the form clearly states that failure to provide the information “may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application.” SEE ALSO: Spare a thought for the guy detained in U.S. for allegedly overstaying by 90 minutes The strict new questionnaire doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The State Department first proposed the new …

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Cadillac’s future cars could ‘chat’ with traffic lights

June 1, 2017

… rolled out a feature to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication back in March, which made its 2017 CTS sedan the first car on the market with the ability to “talk” to other enabled vehicles in its vicinity by sending data about road conditions back and forth through a connected system. V2I is just a test feature in demo CTS cars for now, as GM’s Research & Development arm is working with Michigan Department of Transportation and the Macomb Country Department of Roads …

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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

… has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, the sources said. A person in regular touch with the White House said it needed a different structure to focus on the new reality that there would be continued leaks to the media from the law enforcement and intelligence communities, leaks that have increased in frequency since Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on May 9. The White House declined to …

May 27, 2017
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This ‘Famine Food Truck’ Is Countering Trump’s Budget

… poor governance. The side of the truck lists a number that people can text to help contact political leaders. When I texted Famine Truck to 97779, for instance, I was texted a link to a site, which prompted me to input my zip code and address. It then populated with Once someone has texted the number, Oxfam can continue to send prompts to help spur further action, such as calling members of Congress, Grossman-Cohen said. HuffPost cut or 29 percent from the State Department and the U.S. …

May 24, 2017
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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

… investigation while weighing Comeys future at the Justice Department. I hope you can let this go, the president said to Comey, according to notes Comey reportedly wrote soon after the meeting. On Thursday,the Justice Department announced it was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation. Trump attacked the appointment on Twitter, calling the investigation the single greatest witch hunt in U.S. political history. The same …

May 23, 2017
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Police probe UK links to Magnitsky money – BBC News

… founder Bill Browder, who was himself tried in absentia. What happened to Sergei Magnitsky? William Browder: The man behind the Magnitsky List The US Justice Department highlighted the UK connection to suspected illicit funds after investigating how proceeds of the Russian tax fraud were allegedly laundered into luxury apartments in New York. US court documents, seen by the BBC, show alleged wire transfers from the Russian organised crime group going into the UK bank account of Renaissance …

May 20, 2017
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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

… — a number that rose after Texas defunded Planned Parenthood and poor women found it more challenging to access contraception and legal abortion. This bizarre definition of “pro-life” extends overseas, too. In what is largely seen as a gift to his anti-abortion base, Trump expanded the Gag Rule, and this week his State Department broadened the order, which strips US funds from any organization abroad that so much as mentions abortion as an option for women — even groups …

May 20, 2017
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Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

May 19, 2017
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Fox Stands By DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory Even After Main Source Changes Story

… DCist it was standing by the story. Washington police believe Rich was killed in a botched robbery attempt, and continue to investigate, the Metro Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. But since Richs death, right-wing web sites have that the Democratic Party, DNC or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, were somehow responsible for the killing because of Richs supposed ties to WikiLeaks. The theory rests on WikiLeaks release of a trove of internal DNC emails weeks after …

May 18, 2017
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