rss: ap

  • Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bitterly-divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported....

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  • Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country....

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  • Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency
    With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office....

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  • Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart....

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  • California DA says couple's abuse of 12 kids became torture
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of the outside world....

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  • Trump steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- He once called himself "pro-choice." But a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is stepping to the forefront of his administration's efforts to roll back abortion rights....

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  • Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials....

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  • Clues sought in copter crash that killed Zimbabwean leader
    RATON, N.M. (AP) -- A husband and wife who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area in the U.S. state of New Mexico....

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  • Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs
    DETROIT (AP) -- For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised not make the same kind of promises to just anyone....

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  • Tourism booming in Cuba despite tougher new Trump policy
    HAVANA (AP) -- On a sweltering early summer afternoon in Miami's Little Havana, President Donald Trump told a cheering Cuban-American crowd that he was rolling back some of Barack Obama's opening to Cuba in order to starve the island's military-run economy of U.S. tourism dollars and ratchet up pressure for regime change....

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rss: reuters

  • House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to stave off an imminent federal government shutdown encountered obstacles in the U.S. Senate late on Thursday, despite the passage of a month-long funding bill by the House of Representatives hours earlier.


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  • China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action
    BEIJING (Reuters) - As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S. President Donald Trump is serious about tough action over Beijing's trade practices, there is little sense of a crisis in the Chinese capital, where officials think he is bluffing.


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  • Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.


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  • U.S. workforce shortages bolster case for Fed rate hikes
    LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Reuters) - HydraForce Inc is going to almost desperate lengths, including offering to bus in out-of-town workers, to find the muscle it needs to meet growing demand for hydraulic valves from its three factories north of Chicago.


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  • Sales of Trump properties suggestive of money-laundering: researcher
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a political research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.


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  • Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning.


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  • U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.


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  • North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.


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  • Exclusive: Rohingya refugee leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation
    KUTUPALONG, Bangldesh (Reuters) - Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.


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  • Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency?s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.


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rss: bbc

  • Cancer blood test ?enormously exciting?
    Scientists move nearer to one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer.

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  • Shackled siblings: What we know about their lives
    Chained to beds and beaten as punishment, the couple's children hatched an escape plan over years.

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  • Turpin case: California couple deny torturing 'shackled siblings'
    The couple appeared in court after prosecutors detailed the horrific abuse allegations against them.

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  • Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant
    Jacinda Ardern, who took office in October, jokes that she "thought 2017 was a big year".

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  • Dolores O'Riordan: Inquest into Cranberries singer awaits test results
    A coroner is waiting for the results of medical tests following the Cranberries singer's death.

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  • 'Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24'
    Delayed marriage and parenthood has pushed back perceptions of when adulthood starts.

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  • Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again
    Dutch and German transport resumes but removing all the storm debris is a huge task.

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  • Yu Wensheng: China human rights lawyer arrested on school run
    He was reportedly seized by dozens of people, including a Swat team, while walking his child to school.

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  • Patricia Dagorn: France's 'Black Widow' jailed for poisonings
    Patricia Dagorn was accused of poisoning four men, two of whom died, in attempts to enrich herself.

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  • US government shutdown: House backs funding bill and sends it to Senate
    A bill to temporarily fund the US government must now be backed by the Senate to avert a shutdown.

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rss: the register

  • Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

    Stuffs portfolio with CI, flash and converged solutions

    NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it.?



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  • Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

    Just put it under the desk along with all the others

    Something for the Weekend, Sir? It could get steamy in here. I have stripped off the layers and am now looking to turn up the heat. I?m looking forward to an afternoon of delightful tenderness with plenty of oohs and aahs.?



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  • Delve into the hidden corners of security at CyberThreat18

    New event set to infiltrate QEII

    Promo If you are a cybersecurity practitioner who feels on top of the latest developments in your field, CyberThreat18 may make you want to think again.?



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  • You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

    If pizza delivery, coffee joints and banks can do it, so can you

    I don't begrudge organisations who want us to start calling them "software companies". People are free to do whatever they like with such trivial labels, I guess. But the tick of such labelling has always been an annoyance to me.?



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  • DON'T PANIC... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

    Jeez, get a grip, Sol!

    As the Sun ages and sheds mass, the gravitational pull it exerts on its planets weakens.?



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  • User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn?t work

    European Commission sysadmin offers us tales of Euro-dunderheads

    On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register?s weekly reader-contributed tales of facepalm-worthy failures in the field of tech support.?



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  • Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

    Wine Is Not an Emulator Windows-on-POSIX software now handles Windows apps on Android

    Version 3.0 of Wine Is Not an Emulator ? aka WINE ? has arrived, and offers all sorts of new emulation-on-Android possibilities.?



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  • .UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation ? and why this matters

    Non-profit org mutates into investment firm

    Special report Nominet, which runs the UK's domain-name registry, has abandoned its own charitable foundation, raising questions about the organization's direction and accountability.?



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  • Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

    Only tits in this drama were the two kids in trouble

    Video Australian politicians are claiming a world first after a drone saved two teenagers from drowning in heavy surf.?



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  • Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc

    Apple font code on iOS, macOS knackered by texted link

    A specially crafted webpage will knacker Apple's Messages and Safari software on iOS and macOS, allowing miscreants to spread merry mischief by texting fans a link to the dastardly HTML.?



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rss: ars technica

  • Office for Mac now shares a codebase with Windows, gets real-time collaboration
    Office will share a codebase across all platforms for the first time in 20 years.

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  • NASA has pulled Jeanette Epps just months before her first flight
    Epps would have been the first African-American crew member on board the ISS.

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  • Crazy kaiju-robot antics only hint at Nintendo Labo?s true potential
    We examine limited footage to figure out the robot suit?and predict Labo's future.

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  • FCC admits mobile can?t replace home Internet, won?t lower speed standard
    Pai offers no data for claim that Title II repeal boosts broadband construction.

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  • Peeved by price gouging and shortages, hospitals will now make their own drugs
    ?This is a shot across the bow of the bad guys.?

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  • Here?s why you can?t buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy
    ?Cryptocurrency can?t crash soon enough,? one gamer fumes.

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  • Dealmaster: Get a (refurbished) Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa for $30
    Plus deals on Lenovo and Dell laptops, Apple's iPad Pro, LG 4K TVs, and more.

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  • Samsung is now mass-manufacturing GDDR6 memory for your next GPU
    Expect to see memory like this in upcoming graphics cards.

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  • Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it offers ?no benefits to users?
    Researcher's iPhone app tests speeds of YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, and more.

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  • Project Fi?s ?Bill Protection? works out to an $80 ?unlimited? plan
    Bills will cap out at $80, with throttling after 15GB of high-speed data.

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