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  • 3 days ago
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    Wells Fargo Is Trying to Bury Another Massive Scandal

    The bank became notorious last year for creating fake accounts on behalf of customers. Now it's trying to kill a class-action lawsuit over shady debit card fees. Wells Fargo became a poster child for corporations that abuse their own customers last year when it got fined for ginning up roughly 2 million (maybe even more) fake accounts to meet high sales goals. The bank has since tried to block customer lawsuits over that misconduct, using fine print buried in contracts known as the forced a...

  • 3 days ago
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    Japan doctor who practiced until months before his death dies at 105

    A centenarian Japanese doctor who saw patients until just months before his death and helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world's longest-lived nations died on Tuesday at the age of 105. Born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank, Shigeaki Hinohara was for decades the director and public face of St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, so well known as an "international" hospital that it treated luminaries such as Paul McCartney when he fell...

  • 6 days ago
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    Facebook turns down Pakistan’s request to link accounts with mobile numbers

    Facebook has declined Pakistan’s request to pair mobile numbers with user’s account, a move that the government argue could help overcome the issue of fake accounts on the social network. Responding to an email by VOA regarding the social media giant’s reaction to the request made by the Pakistan government, Facebook spokesperson Christine Chen said the company had declined the request in order to protect the rights of its users.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    'Spider-Man' star Tom Holland shoots down 'Venom' talk

    Sorry webheads, new Spider-Man star Tom Holland will not be appearing alongside Tom Hardy in Sony’s upcoming Venom. Ahead of the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming with Holland in the titular role, fans speculated that the hero might swing into action against Hardy in the R-rated spinoff. Film producer Amy Pascal also sparked rumours when she hinted that there might be a crossover between the two films, saying, “There’s always a chance.”

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Right back at ya buddy.

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  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Japan considers using cruise ships as hotels for Olympic and Paralympic visitors

    The government is considering using large cruise ships as "hotel ships" to guarantee sufficient lodgings for guests during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • 1 month ago
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    Horizon Zero Dawn Is Now A Major Sony Franchise With Years Of Content Planned

    Horizon Zero Dawn is easily the biggest breakout game of 2017 thus far, and it’s unlikely to be topped by year’s end. As a new IP Horizon Zero Dawn was a bit overshadowed by other big titles prior to launch, but it’s been a very consistent seller for Sony over the past few months, moving nearly 3.5 million copies to date. Well, apparently, Sony and Guerilla Games are betting heavily on the fledgling franchise. In a recent interview with British newspaper The Telegraph...

  • 1 month ago
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    With Rich People Problems, the Crazy Rich Asians Series Goes Global

    There is a point in wealth after which even the sky seems limited. For those who have made it to this gilded stratosphere—or were born into it—it’s not out of line to spend $300,000 on a pet fish and then hire a plastic surgeon to give it an eye lift and fix its crooked jawline.

  • 1 month ago
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    Most Trump real estate now sold to secretive buyers

    There’s something new about President Trump's real estate sales since he won the GOP nomination. More buyers are secretive LLCs, obscuring their ownership, according to a USA TODAY investigation of every deal.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Canada will step up to lead on world stage, foreign affairs minister says

    Canada will step up to play a leadership role on the world stage as the U.S. turns inward to focus on its own national interests, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a major policy speech today. While never mentioning Donald Trump by name, Freeland rejected many of the U.S. president's policies, including the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, imposing protectionist trade policies, and closing the nation's doors to refugees.

  • 1 month ago
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  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Mylan chairman: Drug pricing critics ought to go copulate with themselves

    Some pharmaceutical companies are troubled by stratospheric drug prices. Several have vowed to limit price hikes, for instance. And the powerful drug lobbying group PhRMA is at least trying to distract consumers’ attention away from price gouging by dangling shiny advertisements about their life-saving research. But there are some companies that just don’t care. Mylan appears to be one of those.

  • 1 month ago
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    Jeremy Corbyn accuses Theresa May of ignoring terror warnings

    Jeremy Corbyn tonight accused Theresa May of ignoring warnings about the terror risks of cutting police officers. Labour's leader said Mrs May accused the Police Federation of 'crying wolf' about the cuts as he responded to the third terror attack in three months to hit Britain. He said the Government could not protect the public 'on the cheap' in a hard-hitting address.

  • 2 months ago
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    Trump White House Says Diabetics Don't Deserve Health Care

    Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that people with Type 2 diabetes don’t deserve to have health insurance because they gave themselves diabetes. While speaking at Stanford University, Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney classified diabetes as a bad lifestyle choice, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”

  • 2 months ago
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    A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known.

    In 1701, in Middletown, New Jersey, Moses Butterworth languished in a jail, accused of piracy. Like many young men based in England or her colonies, he had joined a crew that sailed the Indian Ocean intent on plundering ships of the Muslim Mughal Empire. Throughout the 1690s, these pirates marauded vessels laden with gold, jewels, silk, and calico on pilgrimage toward Mecca. After achieving great success, many of these men sailed back into the Atlantic via Madagascar to the North American seaboa...

  • 2 months ago
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    France bans extremely thin models

    A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect. Models will need to provide a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) - a measure of weight in relation to height. The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty. Digitally altered photos will also have to be labelled from 1 October.

  • 2 months ago
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    Police officer doesn't punish girl caught stealing, helps her instead

    When a police officer responded to a heartbreaking call, he chose sympathy over punishment. Officer Milton responded to an incident about a shoplifter at a Family Dollar store. According to the Atlanta Police Department, store employees were holding a 12-year-old girl they had caught stealing. The girl told Officer Milton she tried to take a pair of $2 shoes for her 5-year-old sister. Her sister needed new shoes, but her family couldn't afford them.

  • 2 months ago
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    Armored military vehicle runs over Venezuelan protester

    Sirens blared in the Altamira neighborhood of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Anti-government protesters poured into the streets of this once bustling commercial and residential hub, their young faces obscured by tear-gas masks and bandanas. They hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police who responded Wednesday to the almost daily demonstrations calling for embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

  • 2 months ago
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    Coinbase adds support for Litecoin

    Coinbase has just rolled out full support for Litecoin, its third cryptocurrency. Users will be able to buy, sell, send and store Litecoin from Coinbase’s website or mobile apps, using easy payment methods like a credit/debit card or PayPal. While Coinbase was founded as a platform to transact only with Bitcoin, the company has since announced its intent to add other cryptocurrencies with the broader goal of becoming a “digital currency company.”