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Glyphosate In L.A. River Causes Controversy, Lawmaker Responds

Glyphosate poisoning of the L.A. river has become so bad and such a contentious issue that a congressman from the area has urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop using the weedkiller.

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Chinese transit cops deploy face-recognition glasses to spot indebted people, oppressed ethnic/religious minorities and criminals

Chinese transit cops are wearing glasses with heads-up displays and cameras tied into the country's facial recognition to spot criminals, people smugglers, and riders who are using high-speed trains in defiance of rules that prohibit indebted people and people from ethnic and religious minorities from traveling.

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Trying to Deliver "Failing" Grade to Betsy Devos, Teachers Locked Out of Education Dept

Teachers' groups, parents, and students were barred from entering the Department of Education on Thursday, the anniversary of Betsy DeVos's confirmation as Education Secretary, to present her with a "Failing" report card alongside tens of thousands of comments from teachers who disapprove of her performance leading the nation's public education system.

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Now That It's Passed, Here's What's In The Budget Deal

The House managed to approve a purportedly "bipartisan" budget deal early this morning after a marathon all-night session that was brought on by Sen. Rand Paul's self-indulgent insistence that he needed to "make a point" about excessive government spending...less than two months after he voted to blow out the deficit with the Trump tax plan...

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Facebook testing 'downvote' button

Facebook is testing a new "downvote" button that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them.

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Russian nuclear scientists arrested for 'Bitcoin mining plot'

Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies.

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India arrests commando instructor who fell for Pakistani honey trap on Facebook

Indian authorities have arrested an Indian Air Force officer for allegedly giving classified documents to two Pakistani spies on Facebook, who posed as women interested in him. The officer has been named as Arun Marwaha, a wing commander stationed at the Indian Air Force headquarters in Delhi. Marwaha, 51, is a para-jumping instructor who trains members of India’s Garud Commando Force —the Special Forces unit of the Indian Air Force. He was reportedly due to retire in 2019.

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Smartphone Data Predicts How Survivors Would Respond to Nuke Attack on DC

It’s a nightmare scenario—a nuclear strike on a populated area. Unfortunately, the threat of such an attack seems more tangible lately, as nuclear powers openly sabre-rattle, missile alerts are mistakenly sent to huge populations, and the Doomsday clock ticks ominously closer to midnight.

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‘Search bias & leveraging dominance’: Google fined $21mn by Indian antitrust watchdog

Google has been fined $21 million by India’s antitrust watchdog after being accused of search bias and abusing its dominant position. The search giant says it is reviewing the complaints. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in a 190-page order that Google was “found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users.” “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services,” the CCI said, as quoted by Reuters.

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American body parts and capitalism: a match made in heaven

According to a report from Reuters journalists John Shiffman and Reade Levinson, The United States could well be the biggest exporter of severed heads, arms, legs, and torsos in the world.

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Boston Police Waste Taxpayer Money Violating Law Through Illegal Surveillance Of Citizenry

Boston Police effectively broke the law by illegally surveilling social media users for years to conduct online surveillance in 2014, 2015, and 2016, without telling the city council, and violating civilians right to free speech, a new blog post by the ACLU alleges.

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Surprise, Surprise: A Deepfakes Website Is Loaded With Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

As the banhammer falls on deepfakes communities and hosting on Discord, Gfycat, Pornhub, Twitter, and Reddit people interested in making and consuming AI-generated fake porn have been searching for new internet clubhouses to share nonconsensual porn clips and tips about how to make it.

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Net Neutrality: Facebook, Amazon, Google push Congress to restore internet protections stripped by Trump FCC

Facebook and Google's parent company Alphabet are among the tech giants pushing a congressional bid to reverse the Trump administration's plan to repeal Obama-era Net Neutrality rules that protect the open internet.

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The CLOUD Act: A Dangerous Expansion of Police Snooping on Cross-Border Data

This week, Senators Hatch, Graham, Coons, and Whitehouse introduced a bill that diminishes the data privacy of people around the world.

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Cable operator Fidelity Communications admits it that secretly created the fake-grassroots "Stop City-Funded Internet" campaign to kill Missouri municipal net

Isaac Protiva wanted to know who was behind the "Stop City-Funded Internet" campaign that was pouring a fortune into scuttling the plan to build a fast, efficient, low-cost city network in his hometown of West Plains, Missouri; after a lot of digging, he discovered that (naturally), the "collection of fiscally conservative Missourians" who were nominally behind the site was actually the local cable-monopoly, Fidelity Communications, who came clean (but never apologized).

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Human egg matured in lab for first time in possible breakthrough for fertility treatment

Biology researchers have managed to grow human-egg cells obtained from ovary tissue to full maturity in a lab, promising a new treatment for fertility preservation. The technology would be of interest for women fighting cancer.

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Top DOJ Official Involved In Clinton And Russia Probes Steps Down

An senior Justice Department official who was involved in oversight of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as the Russian interference probe has stepped down, citing personal reasons.

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The US Military’s Drug of Choice

Donald Trump has, it seems, finally offered his plan for dealing with the opioid crisis in America. He did so during his State of the Union address to Congress, filled with Republican applause (none louder than The Donald’s), introducing the country to an Albuquerque policeman who had decided to adopt the future baby – now named “Hope” – of a homeless, pregnant heroin addict he found preparing to shoot up behind a convenience store. Previously, the president had directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid epidemic to be a “national emergency.” He didn’t, however, come up with an extra cent of federal money to make it so. As a result, his response to the present national crisis of addiction turns out to be a nod of approval to the possibility of police officers adopting the babies of opioid addicts.

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True US goal in Syria is control over resources, not fighting ISIS – Russian MoD

The US-led coalition’s attack on pro-government forces in Syria has again proven that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” instead of fighting terrorism, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The MoD was referring to an incident which took place on Tuesday in Deir Ez-Zor province, as a Syrian militia unit was moving against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The operation was prompted by a surge in shelling of the positions of Syrian government forces in the area over the past few days, attributed to the covert activities of IS terrorists, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.  

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Rand Paul Blocks Spending Bill; Government to Shutdown

Senate leaders, facing a determined Senator Rand Paul, adjourned the chamber until just after midnight, conceding they could not prevent at least a short-term government shutdown, which will begin Friday morning.

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