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Astros Executive's Rant at Reporters Draws Firestorm On Eve of Series

As the Houston Astros prepare for Game 1 of the World Series, the front office grapples with fallout from assistant general manager Brandon Taubman's profane rant targeting female reporters.

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More LOLs, Fewer Zzzs: Teens May Be Losing Sleep Over Social Media

Research yet again shows teens are glued to their phones to an unhealthy degree. In fact, they may be choosing social media over sleep. But maybe it's not all sad face, researchers say.

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Iraqi Security Forces Killed 149 People In Recent Protests, Inquiry Concludes

A government review says most of the dead were killed by gunshot wounds to the head or chest. Over 3,000 people were wounded.

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Should Europe Regulate American Tech Companies?

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 19:00
Four technology policy experts debate whether the EU has declared war on Silicon Valley.
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World’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

Washington Post: “A great migration is happening on U.S. college campuses. Ever since the fall of 2008, a lot of students have walked out of English and humanities lectures and into STEM classes, especially computer science and engineering. English majors are down more than a quarter (25.5 percent) since the Great Recession, according to data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics. It’s the biggest drop for any major tracked by the center in its annual data and is quite startling, given that college enrollment has jumped in the past decade. Ask any college student or professor why this big shift from studying Chaucer to studying coding is happening and they will probably tell you it’s about jobs. As students feared for their job prospects, they — and their parents — wanted a degree that would lead to a steady paycheck after graduation. The perception is that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is the path to employment. Majors in computer science and health fields have nearly doubled from 2009 to 2017. Engineering and math have also seen big jumps. As humanities majors slump to the lowest level in decades, calls are coming from surprising places for a revival. Some prominent economists are making the case for why it still makes a lot of sense to major (or at least take classes) in humanities alongside more technical fields. Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics” opens with him reminiscing about an enlightening history class he took as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He wrote that what he learned about the Great Depression was far more useful in understanding the period of economic and financial turmoil than anything he learned in his economic courses…”

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Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids

UK Guardian: “Bark and similar tech companies are now monitoring the emails and documents of millions of American students, across thousands of school districts, looking for signs of suicidal thoughts, bullying or plans for a school shooting. The new school surveillance technology doesn’t turn off when the school day is over: anything students type in official school email accounts, chats or documents is monitored 24 hours a day, whether students are in their classrooms or their bedrooms. Tech companies are also working with schools to monitor students’ web searches and internet usage, and, in some cases, to track what they are writing on public social media accounts. Parents and students are still largely unaware of the scope and intensity of school surveillance, privacy experts say, even as the market for these technologies has grown rapidly, fueled by fears of school shootings, particularly in the wake of the Parkland shooting in February 2018, which left 17 people dead. Digital surveillance is just one part of a booming, nearly $3bn-a-year school security industry in the United States, where Republican lawmakers have blocked any substantial gun control legislation for a quarter century…”

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New Charges Against Lori Loughlin And 10 Other Parents In Admissions Case

New federal charges were filed Tuesday against a total of 18 defendants accused of being part of a conspiracy to cheat their children into top colleges.

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NASA's Biggest Telescope Yet, Facebook's 2020 Plan, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 18:16
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How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 17:58
The Facebook CEO will appear before the House Financial Services Committee—ostensibly to discuss the cryptocurrency, but the questions could range far beyond.
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Turkey, Russia Reach Deal To Control Syrian Areas Once Patrolled By The U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to jointly patrol an area in northern Syria previously controlled by Kurdish forces with U.S. support.

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From The U.S. To Ukraine, 2 Giuliani Associates' Ties To Impeachment Inquiry

Little-known businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are facing campaign finance charges. The case sheds light on the Soviet-born men's involvement in events at the heart of investigations into Trump.

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Anonymous Author of Explosive Trump Administration Insider Op-Ed To Publish Book

The book will be called A Warning. The author will be identified as A Senior Trump Administration Official. It will be published by Twelve Books on Nov. 19.

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It's Superhero Time On Podcasts: Star-Lord And Black Widow To Step Up To The Mic

A Marvel deal with SiriusXM and Pandora marks a deeper investment by the companies to claim a stake in the growing realm of podcasting, now on pace to become a $1 billion industry.

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More California Blackouts To Avert Wildfires May Start Wednesday, PG&E Says

The utility giant warned over 200,000 customers in 16 California counties that gusty winds and low humidity may bring more proactive power shutoffs starting Wednesday.

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Trump Plan Weakens Protections For California Fish, Diverts Water To Farms

The move fulfills a Trump campaign promise to help California's farmers. But it ignores the warnings of federal biologists who were sidelined.

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In Chile, Protesters Decry Troop Deployment As A Pinochet Tactic

The country has been gripped by mass demonstrations and planned union strikes over economic inequality.

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Protesters Continue To Fill Streets Of Lebanon, United By Their Calls For Change

The government has taken notice and announced some changes: No new taxes. Halving officials' salaries. Approving new power plants. But the demonstrators say they're not going away.

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Is It A Meth Case Or Mental Illness? Police Who Need To Know Often Can't Tell

Calming techniques officers learn during training for intervening in a mental health crisis don't seem to work as well when a suspect is high on meth. Police say meth calls can be much more dangerous.

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A Gambian Nurse Fights Pain Without Pills

As the U.S. grapples with the opioid crisis, pain medication is in short supply in some other parts of the world. One nurse in the Gambia explains how she addresses pain with tools other than drugs.

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Boeing Exec Out As Company Prepares To Report More Post-Crash Losses

The news comes on the eve of Boeing's release of third-quarter financial results, continuing the repercussions from two 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people.

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