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Your Mailbox Could Be Opened Up To Private Carriers

By law, only you and the Postal Service are allowed to put things in your mailbox. But what if companies like FedEx and UPS could do it too? That could happen under a Trump administration proposal.

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Remembering Lamia Al-Gailani, Pioneering Iraqi Archaeologist

The noted Iraqi archaeologist died Jan. 18 in Jordan. She helped restore Iraq's national museum after it was looted in 2003 and specialized in the study of ancient cylinder seals.

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Chrome Avail Backpack Review: Comfortable For Commuters

Wired Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 08:00
Plush shoulders and a ventilated back panel make this a good choice for bike commuters.
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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Kills 100,000 Children A Year

Many people consider measles to be a quaint disease from the past. But it still kills over 100,000 children a year and can cause severe complications such as permanent hearing loss.

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Senegal's Stunning Gold Jewelry ... And The Controversial Women Who Wore It

An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art highlights intricate gold work that nearly disappeared — as well as its past ties to a morally complicated group of powerful women.

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Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Compete To Spurn Establishment Cash

All of the party's announced presidential candidates say they don't want money from corporate PACs. But they wouldn't have gotten much from those PACs anyway.

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Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI–Kinda, Sorta

Wired Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 07:00
In a new white paper, Google suggests tech companies are best left to themselves on how to deploy AI, but highlights areas where the government might help.
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As Grizzlies Come Back, Frustration Builds Over Continued Protections

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service keeps trying, and failing, to get grizzly bears taken off the endangered species list. Some worry that frustration over this could hurt efforts to protect the bears.

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TEACH Grant Updates; And Denver Teacher Negotiations At An Impasse

The Education Department has published guidance for teachers hurt by the federal TEACH Grant program. And a possible Denver teacher strike is on hold while the state decides whether to intervene.

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Judge Orders Pentagon To Stop Discriminating Against Naturalized Citizen Soldiers

A federal judge says the Pentagon has provided no justification for profiling immigrant recruits who became U.S. citizens.

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In UK First, Court Convicts Mother Of Female Genital Mutilation

It's the first time anyone has been successfully prosecuted under the anti-FGM law, passed more than 30 years ago. Officials say the mother performed the procedure on her 3-year-old daughter in 2017.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Why Apple App-Slapped Facebook

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 19:02
Apple temporarily booted Facebook (and Google!) from its enterprise app program this week. You weren’t really surprised, were you? Plus: Details on Tesla’s new Model Y.
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Virginia Governor Apologizes for Racist Image In 1984 Medical School Yearbook

Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist and Democrat, was elected in 2017. The photo shows a person wearing blackface standing next to another person wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe.

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Warren Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test

Last fall, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test indicating she has Native American ancestry. The move backfired; Warren was hesitant to admit she did something wrong — until now.

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Space Photos of the Week: Look, Ma, No Selfie Stick!

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 18:10
The Curiosity rover is a social-media champ, and more.
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White House Says State Of The Union Will Be Bipartisan Pitch, Even As Shutdown Looms

The speech the White House outlined belies the deep divisions right now not only between Republicans and Democrats but between President Trump and Congress, including some within his own party.

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Ditch the Super Bowl for a Who's Who of Superb Owls

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:22
Great gray owls! Great horned owls! There are many great—nay, superb—owl livestreams to enjoy on Sunday ... or whenever you'd like to see some head turners.
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Backlash to the 10-Year Challenge and other Top Stories in January

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 17:17
Plus: The myth of the lone genius founder, and 25 movies we can't wait to see this year.
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ICE Failed to Hold Detention Center Contractors Accountable, Report Finds

According to an inspector general report, DHS inspector general found 14,000 deficiencies but only issued two fines. The deficiencies include not disclosing sexual assaults.

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‘The Wolf’s Call’ US Audiobook Pre-Order and ‘Raven’s Shadow’ Reading Order

I was pleased and surprised to find that the pre-order page for the US audiobook edition of The Wolf’s Call is already up on audible.com several months before it usually appears: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Wolfs-Call-Audiobook/1984890816

Also, with the publication of The Wolf’s Call due in July, some people have been asking about the best reading order for the Raven’s Shadow series. To date, the series consists of three full-length novels, three novellas and one short story. As the novellas contain some mild spoilers for the novels, I’d recommend reading in the following order:

Blood Song

Tower Lord

Queen of Fire

The Lord Collector

A Duel of Evils

The Lady of Crows

Many Are the Dead

However, here’s the reading order if you want to follow the strict chronology of the overall narrative:

A Duel of Evils

Many Are the Dead

Blood Song

The Lord Collector

The Lady of Crows

Tower Lord

Queen of Fire

Check out the books page for where to buy. 

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