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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Enters 2020 Democratic Presidential Race

De Blasio is the 23rd Democrat to run, and not the only mayor. He won his current office from the back of a big primary pack, something he is mindful of as even allies have warned against a 2020 bid.

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'Game of Thrones' and the End of the Last Great Watercooler Show

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:00
There will never be another show like it again.
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The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:00
Scientists are trying to crack the code of how smell works—and create robots that can sniff out the world's secrets like a dog.
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Court To Rule On Sex Reassignment Surgery For Idaho Inmate

An Idaho inmate sued the state to receive sex reassignment surgery and won. If she prevails in federal appeals court, she'll become the first inmate to receive the surgery through court order.

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Another Rule Trump Could Break: Primary Challengers Doom Incumbent Presidents

The last three sitting presidents to lose reelection — George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford — all faced strong opponents within their parties. But Trump has strengths they did not.

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Trump's New Immigration Plan Doesn't Address Undocumented Immigrants

President Trump will announce the new immigration proposal on Thursday. It would keep legal immigration levels the same but dramatically change who would be let in.

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Why An Indonesian Rehab Center Doesn't Insist On Abstinence

Sam Nugraha of Indonesia says that in his country, a smile can be a mask covering inner turmoil. So how do you get addicts to be honest?

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CFPB Chief Says Education Department Is Blocking Student Loan Oversight

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Kathy Kraninger says the department is getting in the way of efforts to police the student loan industry. The revelation comes in a letter obtained by NPR.

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Trump Pardons His Friend Conrad Black, Who Wrote Glowing Trump Biography Last Year

The former media mogul was convicted of fraud in 2007 and served more than 3 years in prison. Black says Trump told him he was reversing an unjust verdict, not rewarding him for his support.

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Lilium's 36-Motor Flying Taxi Takes Off for the First Time

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:01
The latest aircraft vying for a piece of the not-quite-realized aeromobility space takes a big step toward becoming a reality.
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Trump Takes Aim At Huawei, Paves Way For Ban Of Foreign Telecom Equipment

Amid rising trade tensions, President Trump is moving against Chinese telecom firms that the administration says can exploit vulnerabilities in communications and information technology.

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PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say

The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.

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SpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet. Maybe It Shouldn't

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 20:53
The first satellites of Elon Musk's mega-constellation Starlink are heading to space, but the satellite internet project faces tough economics on Earth.
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Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, National Relations Board Rules. Drivers Saw It Coming

While the ruling may be disappointing for drivers, driver groups say they are not daunted. They will continue to pursue policies to regulate working conditions at the state and municipal levels.

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FCC Wants Phone Companies To Start Blocking Robocalls By Default

"The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. "And we believe that we need to make it easier for phone companies to block these robocalls."

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Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 19:07
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Which Countries Are Best At Preventing Low Birth Weight? Which Need To Do More?

For the first time, the World Health Organization has estimated how well the world is doing to prevent low-weight births. The progress too slow, researchers say.

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The FCC's Robocall Plan Sounds Awfully Familiar

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:07
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a set of rules to combat robocalls. Don't get your hopes up quite yet.
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VW Will Make Its Own Batteries to Power an Electric Future

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:53
The German automaker plans 70 electric models by 2028. So it's building a gigafactory to ensure it has enough batteries.
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Tariff Waivers Let U.S. Government Pick Winners And Losers

President Trump suggests U.S. firms hurt by tariffs on Chinese goods can apply for a waiver. The Commerce Department is already dealing with thousands of exclusion requests for earlier tariffs.

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