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Cop Gets $585K After Colleagues Snooped on Her DMV Data

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 15:47
A jury this week finds that Minneapolis police officers abused their license database access. Dozens of other lawsuits have made similar claims.
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Judge Orders Special Prosecutor To Review Handling Of Jussie Smollett Case

A judge in Illinois' Cook County says a special prosecutor should review the case "to restore the public's confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system."

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1st-Time Homebuyers Are Getting Squeezed Out By Investors

The pool of smaller, affordable starter houses is low. And the market for these first-time home purchases is increasingly being driven by investors who help push prices out of reach.

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San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Aims to Goose the FDA

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 13:48
Some researchers say teens will find a way to vape despite a ban. Some worry that it will drive kids to tobacco.
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Missouri Refuses To Renew License For State's Last Abortion Provider

The St. Louis facility will continue to provide abortions for now, but the clinic's ultimate fate is uncertain.

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'Legion' And 'Jessica Jones' Played The Long Game — And It Paid Off

After three seasons, both Marvel TV shows are ending their runs with first-rate acting and storytelling that's strong, ambitious and surprisingly satisfying.

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Teen Yogis Do Yoga On Nails And Eggs

Uttrasree Ilango just got a spot in a book of records for doing lotus pose for an hour atop 2,209 nails. Her brother can perch on eggs without cracking them. What's their secret?

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Explosions At Philadelphia Oil Refinery Sends A Giant Ball Of Fire Skyward

The blasts were the result of a fire that is "confined and being addressed, but it is not under control," a Philadelphia fire official said. The incident prompted a brief shelter-in-place order.

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Willie Nelson On Cowboys, 'Crazy' and CBD-Infused Coffee

It's been about a year since World Cafe caught up with Willie, and he's been busy!

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Will 1 Of These 4 Experimental Treatments Cure Ebola?

A landmark study in Congo is very close to finding out. But there are some major obstacles that have nothing to do with science.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With GOP Lawmakers To Limit Democratic Governor's Power

In its lame-duck session last December, The state's Republican legislature passed a number of laws curbing Gov. Tony Evers' power.

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How Prince Worked His Magic On The Bangles' 'Manic Monday'

In the 1980s, Prince wrote one of the Bangles' biggest hits, "Manic Monday." Now, The Prince Estate has released the demo version of the track as part of the artist's posthumous album, Originals.

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Venezuelans Take Risky Voyage To Curaçao To Flee Crisis

Most Venezuelans looking to emigrate cross land borders into Colombia or Brazil. But for many, Caribbean islands like Curaçao are much closer escapes from their country's turmoil.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Conviction Of Mississippi Man On Death Row For 22 Years

Curtis Flowers was tried six times for the same crime, and the court said it made its decision due to bias in jury selection. Now it's up to Mississippi whether to try him again.

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The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:00
You and a buddy are plummeting through the clouds. Perfect time for a game of catch—if you have the exact right type of ball.
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Electronic Arts Says That Loot Boxes Are Basically Kinder Eggs

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:00
A rep for the videogame company went before the UK Parliament this week to answer questions about game content.
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VinGardeValise Grande 05 Review: A Safe Way to Haul Hooch

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:00
Pack this padded suitcase full of fancy wines (or any bottles) and fly worry-free.
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Planet-Saving Robots? Robert Downey Jr. Is on to Something

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:00
Opinion: Go ahead, roll your eyes at his vague plans to “clean up the planet” with nanotech. I welcome these new conservation technologists.
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Trump Says Strike On Iran Was 'Cocked And Loaded' Before He Called It Off

When he was told U.S. strikes against Iran would kill 150 people, President Trump says, he decided the attack was out of proportion to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone.

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Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 08:00
A network of skyscrapers that communicate and trade their carbon emissions around the world could form the backbone of a climate change solution.
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