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    John Deere Just Swindled Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair

    The fight for our right to repair the stuff we own has suffered a huge setback. As anyone who repairs electronics knows, keeping a device in working order often means fixing both its hardware and software. But a big California farmers’ lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers’ right to access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software. As an organization representing 2.5 million California agriculture jobs, the California Farm Bureau gave up the right to purchase repair...

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    Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

    Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country. One ultimate destination, multiple sources have said, was Russia, where Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the US. The plan was abandoned after ...

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    ‘You killed my mom:’ Man stabs tow truck driver who ran woman over, Mass. cops say

    A woman is dead and a tow truck driver is in critical condition in Watertown, Massachusetts, after the driver struck and killed the woman crossing the street, and her son stabbed the driver multiple times in the torso, authorities said.

  • 5 days ago
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    SpaceX to Unveil 1st Passenger for Private BFR Rocket Moon Trip Tonight! How to Watch.

    It's going to be a big night for space tourism. The private spaceflight company SpaceX will reveal its first passenger for a trip around the moon on the company's massive BFR rocket and you can watch it all live online. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has even dropped tantalizing previews of the BFR's new rocket design on Twitter.

  • 8 days ago
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    Racist killer found dead seven months into life sentence

    A Tulsa man has died in prison seven months into serving a life sentence for killing his Lebanese neighbor in what prosecutors said was a hate crime. Stanley Vernon Majors, 63, died in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He was found dead in his bed in the maximum-security prison's infirmary. Officials said the death would be investigated and did not reveal why Majors was in the infirmary.

  • 10 days ago
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    Could a DIY ultrasound be in your future? UBC breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine

    Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    German teachers' union calls for cellphone ban

    The head of Germany's national teachers' union on Friday called for a ban on mobile phones for children under the age of 14, citing concerns about bullying. "During school breaks, the cellphone is a permanent source of bullying," said Heinz-Peter Meidinger. "Almost all physical bullying today is accompanied by bullying on the internet and social networks."

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Anti-aging medicine is so hot even this controversial idea has investors

    That’s the slogan of a new Harvard University spinout that plans to put millions behind a hotly disputed rejuvenation discovery. The startup, Elevian, which is based in San Francisco, says it intends to explore whether daily injections of a protein called GDF11 can promote “the body’s ability to restore itself” and eventually treat conditions including coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s, and the muscle-loss condition sarcopenia.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Todd Frazier tricked umpires into thinking he made the catch by grabbing a fan's fake baseball

    The New York Mets have been playing the role of spoiler in Los Angeles this week as they took each of the first two games of their three game series against the Dodgers by a score of 4-2. During Monday night’s victory, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier pulled off a pretty incredible catch in the stands…or at least he made it seem like he did.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Basic Income Could Prove To Be The Ultimate Back-To-School Tool

    Sherry Mendowegan feels very lucky that she already paid her tuition and bought books for the upcoming school year. The mother-of-two in Thunder Bay was using money from Ontario's basic income pilot project to help cover the costs of going back to school. In July, the new Progressive Conservative government announced it would "wind down" the program two years early, without warning participants.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Most Russians say they are now ready to join street protests against Putin's pension reform

    Most Russians have sided with the thousands of protesters in Moscow, saying they too are ready to rallly against a policy backed by President Vladimir Putin to postpone their retirement by half a decade. The controversial plan, which dented Putin's popularity to an extent that even the hosting of the soccer World Cup couldn't mend, seeks to up women’s retirement age from 55 to 60 and men’s from 60 to 65.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Duterte tells Obama: I’m sorry

    In a speech during his meeting with members of the Filipino community here, Duterte recalled how he cursed Obama in public for criticizing his war on drugs and for telling him to uphold human rights. According to Duterte, Obama should know not to criticize a country for the problems that it is trying to solve.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Complaints against doctors pushing up suicide rates, leading medic says 

    Patient complaints are pushing up suicide rates among doctors, a leading medic has said as it emerged that female doctors are up to four times more likely to take their own lives than those in other professions. The number of physicians ending their own lives is on the rise, Dr Clare Gerada has warned as she said that one of the main reasons seems to be that patients are now encouraged to make complaints which doctors find "shatter their sense of self" even when they are trivial or un...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Republicans who accept Trump's endorsement are validating his misconduct

    Donald Trump implied during that 2016 presidential campaign that if a candidate accepts the endorsement of a political figure, that candidate must then answer for the wrongs of the person endorsing him or her. Trump told us as much in December 2015 after Hillary Clinton announced that Bill Clinton would be taking to the campaign trail to help her run for the White House.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Brain Volume May Be Tied to Emotionally Protective Traits

    A new study finds that people with larger volumes in the prefrontal cortical brain regions may be more likely to have greater personality traits that can protect against emotional distress, such as optimism. For the study, researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois looked at a sample of 85 healthy college students to see how a number of personality traits can protect a person’s brain against symptoms of emotional distress, particularl...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Trump admits to explosive off-the-record comments on Canada

    President Trump told reporters he was not offering Canada any concessions in NAFTA negotiations but couldn't say so publicly because it would kill the deal, he confirmed in a tweet which featured an accusation that Bloomberg had "BLATANTLY VIOLATED" an agreement that the remark was off-the-record.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Google responds to Trump: Denies favoring ideologies in search results

    Google on Tuesday responded to President Trump's early-morning tirade against the search giant, denying that its algorithms favor liberal media outlets over right-wing ones. The tech giant said that it does not bias its "results toward any political ideology." "When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Killer robots ‘no longer the stuff of science fiction’ warns expert at UN talks

    Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” — futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second of its kind this year at U.N. offices in Geneva to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and explore ways of possibly regulating them, among other issues.