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  • 2 days ago
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    Erica Parsons case: Parents charged with murder years after N.C. girl vanished

    The parents of a North Carolina girl who was missing for years before her father led them to her skeletal remains in 2016 will be charged with murder, reports CBS affiliate WBTV. A grand jury on Monday indicted Sandy and Casey Parsons on charges of first-degree murder, felony child abuse, felony concealment of death and felony obstruction of justice in the death of their daughter Erica, the station reports.

  • 10 days ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Massachusetts bill would bar companies from citing religious exemptions

    Lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at preventing corporations from being able to claim religious exemptions from state anti-discrimination laws for conduct that occurs in Massachusetts. The bill is in part a reaction to the 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision that enabled the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby chain to be exempt from a federal mandate to offer contraceptives as part of its employee health care plans.

  • 10 days ago
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    New Lithium Collection Method Could Boost Global Supply

    With continual technological advancements in mobile devices and electric cars, the global demand for lithium has quickly outpaced the rate at which it can be mined or recycled, but a University of Texas at Austin professor and his research team may have a solution.

  • 11 days ago
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    Terrifying British Study Shows Trump Supporters Are Now Basically Unreachable

    British researchers from Oxford University have proved definitively that Trump supporters share more "junk" political news over Twitter and Facebook "than all other groups combined".

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Why This City Wants Drones to Respond to Gunfire

    The first responder to gunfire in Louisville, Kentucky, could soon be a drone. Louisville is pushing a program that would connect drones to ShotSpotter, a program that listens for gunsfire through microphones placed throughout the city. The proposed program, first reported by the city’s WDRB, could make the city safer, Louisville officials say. But privacy advocates are skeptical of the tech, which they warn could push surveillance on locals.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Latest: Syria denies US allegations on chemical weapons

    The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Syria's Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "null and void" U.S. accusations that President Bashar Assad's government is producing and using "new kinds of weapons" to deliver deadly chemicals despite committing to abolish...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Flu Season From Hell Keeps Getting Worse

    Children returning to school after the winter holidays appear to be sharing more than just their new toys. They are driving influenza infections to levels not seen since the swine flu pandemic of 2009, public health officials said. By the time this flu season is over, experts said, more than 50,000 Americans will be dead. While the year’s flu activity is actually starting to cool in some regions, it remains high across most of the country and is gaining in other areas, according to the Centers...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    It's a lunar trifecta. A rare 'super blue blood moon' will soon light up the sky

    Set your alarms, space fans -- if you can drag yourself out of bed next Wednesday, you're in for a treat. The pre-dawn hours of January 31 will play host to an incredibly rare celestial convergence -- a "super blue blood moon." To prepare you for the lunar triple whammy, here's your all-you-need-to-know guide.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Net neutrality will be enforced in New York under orders from governor

    New York has become the second state to enforce net neutrality with an executive order that prevents ISPs from obtaining state contracts unless they follow net neutrality principles. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the executive order yesterday, days after Montana Governor Steve Bullock did the same. The states are challenging the Federal Communications Commission, which repealed its own net neutrality rules and preempted states from imposing similar ones.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Why Canada is poised to become a prime destination for Bitcoin mining

    It won't be long before cryptocurrency mining operations want to set up shop in the true north strong and free — if they haven't already.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Twitter to tell 677,775 people they interacted with Kremlin-linked trolls

    Twitter will inform nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. that they either followed a Kremlin-linked troll account, or retweeted or liked a tweet sent by one of the accounts, the social media company said Friday. The company last year identified thousands of Twitter accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-linked troll army in St. Petersburg that worked to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and to promote chaos and division in American society more gener...

  • 1 month ago
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    'If you just sell based on customers' needs, you'll be fired': Rogers' employees on pressure to sell

    Call centre employees working for Rogers Communications say the telecom company is pressuring them to try to make a sale on every call — even to elderly people who don't understand or need certain products or services. In emails and interviews with Go Public, dozens of Rogers workers say they're under "extreme pressure" to hit sales targets or risk termination.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Canada launches trade dispute with U.S. through World Trade Organization

    Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States, challenging Washington's use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, according to a World Trade Organization filing dated Dec. 20 and published Wednesday. Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited almost 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, Brazil and the European Union.

  • 1 month ago
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    Shark fin soup now illegal in Nevada

    As of Jan. 1, it's the soup that dare not speak its name. Shark fin soup -- a Chinese delicacy, one sometimes eaten for special occasions like weddings or Lunar New Year celebrations -- is now illegal in Nevada because of a law signed in June 2017 by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment robmonk

    Hell of a game! Good classic SEC football right there.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Google is running customer surveys in the Pixel 2's settings page

    Seemingly out of nowhere, Google has started running surveys in the settings of the Pixel 2. Although Google's been around since the late 90s, Google as a hardware company is still very young. The Pixel and Google Home from 2016 were the first two major hardware releases we saw, and Google followed those up this year with the Pixel 2, Home Mini/Max, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, and more.