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U.S. And China Impose Fresh Tariffs As Trade War Escalates

The U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion of Chinese goods overnight, and China matched them. The two have slapped tariffs on a total of $100 billion of each other's goods in two months.

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How Much Energy Can You Store in a Stack of Cement Blocks?

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:00
It's not a trick question: You can make a battery out of concrete by storing gravitational potential energy.
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NewsGuard Fights Fake News With Humans, Not Algorithms

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:00
A new Chrome extension rates news sites on trustworthiness, with input from experienced reporters.
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Best Latte and Cappuccino Machines (2018): Keurig, Mr. Coffee, Nespresso, Breville

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 08:00
We've tested a bunch of the best latte machines and best cappuccino makers. These are the absolute best devices to make awesome milk and espresso drinks at home.
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2 Killed In Knife Attack Outside Paris

The French interior minister said the attacker had psychiatric problems and authorities are not treating the incident as terrorism, despite a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State.

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After Centuries, Hemp Makes A Comeback At George Washington's Home

George Washington grew cannabis. Not the kind you toke, but the kind to make rope. Industrial hemp was returned to Mount Vernon this year to help cultivate a new image for the crop.

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The Solo JavaScript Developer Challenging Google and Facebook

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 07:00
Vue, an open-source framework, is winning fans among the creators of web applications.
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How NASA Built a Shark Tank for Space Inventions

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 07:00
At an event in Denver, companies faced off in a battle to win NASA mentorship—and maybe the chance to put their tech in space.
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Powerful Hurricane Lane Lumbers Toward Hawaii As Residents Prepare

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, is predicted to near the Hawaiian Islands Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service said.

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What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico's Fight for Power

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 06:00
More Americans rely on Puerto Rico's grid than on any other public electric utility. How one renegade plant worker led them through the shadows.
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Puerto Rico’s Governor: The Island Is Ready to Welcome Tech

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 06:00
Opinion: The governor of Puerto Rico writes that the island is a perfect place for tech companies to set up shop.
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What Tech Has—and Hasn’t—Done for Puerto Rico

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 06:00
Balloons, batteries, and the crypto invasion. A progress report on the industry's aid to the island.
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First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Pillar Of Na'

The Ohio folk-rock band matches fatalistic, ruminative rambles to arrangements that sparkle and surprise.

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Expect An Autumn Of Outrage: Both Parties On Offense In Bruising Midterm Campaigns

As the summer winds down and the fall campaigns gear up, it appears both parties plan a strategy of criminalizing the opposition and calling on the faithful to cleanse the nation's capital.

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NYU's Move To Make Medical School Free For All Gets Mixed Reviews

New York University students cheered, but critics say waiving tuition isn't the best way to ease student debt or boost the number of primary care doctors from diverse backgrounds.

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What Does It Take To Impeach A President?

No president of the United States has ever been removed from office by impeachment. But efforts to impeach presidents date back to the 1840s.

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FACT CHECK: Trump's Misguided Defense Of Cohen Payments

When President Trump said the money didn't come from his campaign, he was making the wrong defense. The problem is that it didn't come from the campaign.

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In A Segregated County, A New Charter School Offers An Alternative

Only about half of University Charter School's 300-plus students are black. That's a rarity in Sumter County, Ala., which, like many school systems, has struggled to achieve integration.

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Ohio State Suspends Football Coach Urban Meyer For 3 Games

Meyer's sanction comes along with a more than two-week suspension for Athletics Director Gene Smith over their response to allegations of domestic abuse against a former assistant coach.

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LA Approves $1.9 Million Settlement To Family Of Homeless Man Killed By LAPD

An investigation exonerated officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man, but a jury ruled they'd used excessive force. The payout is the first involving LAPD bodycams capturing a police killing.

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