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Hong Kong's Leader Backpedaled, But Here's Why The Opposition Movement Continues

Under a "one country, two systems" policy, Hong Kong is connected to China but with its own legal protections. Protesters view the extradition bill as a threat to that arrangement.

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Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:25
No matter what you feel about "You Need to Calm Down," you're probably playing directly into her hands.
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Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open

The Trump administration is replacing one of President Barack Obama's signature plans to address climate change. It may help coal-fired power plants but is unlikely to slow the industry's decline.

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Tipu Sultan's Magic Box, Shah Jahan's Jade Dagger: Stunning Jewels Up For Auction

A collection of Indian gems, jewelry and artifacts is expected to fetch more than $115 million — which would break a record set by Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection.

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Regular Old Sci-Fi Not Weird Enough For You? Try 'FKA USA'

The pseudonymous Reed King's new novel is a loopy, violent, funny Technicolor road trip across a post-apocalyptic America. There are robots, talking goats, and even the occasional lone songbird.

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A Look Inside the X-59 QueSST Cockpit

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 09:58
The pilot of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology, or QueSST, aircraft will navigate the skies in a cockpit unlike any other.
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'I Want To Go Back': The Yazidi Girls Who Did Not Want To Be Rescued From ISIS

The girls, ages 10 and 11, were held captive for years and remember nothing of their Yazidi heritage. They miss the ISIS woman who looked after them and tell rescuers they want to return to her.

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Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 09:00
Google's Private Join and Compute will let companies compare notes without divulging sensitive information.
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Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, the 68-year-old poet and musician says she bears "the honor on behalf of the people and my ancestors" and aims to serve as an "ambassador" of the art form.

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Olympus Tough TG-6 Review: A Durable Point-and-Shoot Camera

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 08:00
The latest Olympus TG is a go-anywhere camera that soars where smartphones crash.
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Why The American Shoe Disappeared And Why It's So Hard To Bring It Back

Footwear companies face big costs in potential new tariffs on more Chinese imports. Almost all shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas. Only about 200 factories remain. One man tried to change that.

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Hospitals Aren’t Ready for a Mass-Casualty Wildfire

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 07:00
With wildfires intensifying, the number of burn victims is likely to rise. But hospitals have been losing their burn treatment expertise, leaving the country unprepared.
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How Facial Recognition Is Fighting Child Sex Trafficking

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 07:00
A nonprofit called Thorn is using Amazon Rekognition to scan online ads for underage sex-trafficking victims.
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Nearly 71 Million People Forcibly Displaced Worldwide In 2018, U.N. Report Says

The record number headlined the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees' annual "Global Trends" report published Wednesday, just a day before World Refugee Day.

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'Starving' Polar Bear Wanders Into Siberian Town

Residents in the town of Norilsk in northern Siberia were surprised to see the female bear, who reportedly appeared to be exhausted and looking for food.

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From A Napkin To A White House Medal — The Path Of A Controversial Economic Idea

Art Laffer receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday. For decades, Laffer has promoted the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves, against all evidence to the contrary.

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Hong Kong Leaders Apologize For Extradition Bill As They Brace For More Protests

A day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her mea culpa, two top advisers followed suit. But the apologies are unlikely to be enough to placate protesters.

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Canada's Trudeau Approves Controversial Pipeline Expansion

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first approved the project, which is opposed by many environmental groups, in 2016, but Tuesday's announcement means construction can begin later this year.

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Trump Launches Reelection Bid With Promises Of Greatness And Familiar Grievances

The president told supporters that Democrats want to "destroy" the country, turning up the heat on opponents in a speech that mostly picked up where the 2016 campaign left off.

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Congressional Hearing On Slavery Reparations Set For Wednesday

A proposal to create a commission to study reparations for African-Americans comes as the presidential election season is kicking into gear. Some Democratic hopefuls support reparations.

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