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'No Meaningful Oversight': ICE Contractor Overlooked Problems At Detention Centers

Public scrutiny of the health and safety conditions at immigration detention centers is growing. But the contractor ICE hired to inspect those conditions is accused of ignoring problems for years.

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2nd Democratic Primary Debate: See Which Candidates Made The Cut

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will be taking the place of California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who dropped out last week. The lineup for each night of the July 30-31 event will be announced Thursday.

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Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:24
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Trump's New Asylum Rules A Hard Blow To The Thousands Waiting To Cross Legally

"People get in line, everything is regulated," said one migrant who has waited three months. "And now comes this, that you have to have political asylum in a third country."

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Your Local Library May Have A New Offering In Stock: A Resident Social Worker

Libraries have never been just about books; they're also crucial hubs of community support. Some are even expanding that role, and supporting their librarians, by bringing in trained social workers.

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Drug In A Rug: Is That A Bag Of Cocaine Under Your Toupee?

A Colombian man trying to sneak more than a pound of the drug into Spain was caught with the package (poorly) hidden under his fake hair, a police official told NPR.

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They Fight — Politely — For What's Right For The World's Girls

We spoke to teen activists at the Girl Up event in Washington, D.C., this week. They had a lot to say about everything from buzzwords that make them mad to the best ways to de-stress.

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No F-35 Fighter Jets For Turkey, White House Says In Rebuke Over Russian Missiles

"The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

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Car Shopping, Handbags And Wealthy Uncles: The Quest To Explain High Drug Prices

Trump administration officials say drugs' list prices are like cars' sticker prices — easily negotiated. But in the life and death world of medicine, health economists say, that analogy falls apart.

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Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:08
The idea that FaceApp is somehow exceptionally dangerous threatens to obscure the real point: All apps deserve this level of scrutiny.
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Menstrual Cups: Study Finds They're Safe To Use — And People Like Them

A comprehensive analysis looks at the cup, its ability to prevent leaks — and whether it could be a viable alternative to pads and tampons in low-income countries.

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Remembering Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Stevens, who died Tuesday, was appointed by President Ford and served on the court for 35 years before retiring in 2010. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2011 about his memoir, Five Chiefs.

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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak In Congo An International Health Emergency

The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,650 people, according to the World Health Organization. About 12 new cases are reported daily.

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The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:09
It’s come to this.
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DoNotPay's New Service Automatically Cancels Your Free Trials

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:58
The service Free Trial Card gives you a crafty digital credit card number you can use to sign up for free trials around the web and never get charged.
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WNBA Suspends Riquna Williams For 10 Games Over Alleged Domestic Violence

The Los Angeles Sparks guard was charged months ago with assaulting an ex-girlfriend. She will miss nearly a third of the regular season, and the WNBA players union plans to file a grievance.

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Residente, Bad Bunny And iLe Share Puerto Rico Protest Song 'Afilando Los Cuchillos'

Amid the most crucial political crisis to hit Puerto Rico in its modern history, Puerto Rican artists Residente, Bad Bunny and iLe respond with music in real time.

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Climate Change Is Very Real. But So Much of It Is Uncertain

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:00
Researchers bring new clarity to a key measure of climate change, which could help the fight to save our planet.
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Why Microsoft’s BlueKeep Bug Hasn’t Wreaked Havoc—Yet

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:36
Microsoft's critical vulnerability remains unpatched in hundreds of thousands of computers, and may already be exploited in secret.
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As Scrutiny Of China Grows, Some U.S. Schools Drop A Language Program

At least 13 U.S. universities have shut down their Confucius Institutes, which are funded by China's government. Critics say the program could be used to recruit spies or steal university research.

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