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When Transit Agencies Spy on Riders

For months, the Bay Area’s transit agency sent license plate information to federal immigration authorities, violating its own “sanctuary” policy.<p>In 2015, workers installed a pair of cameras overlooking a parking lot in Oakland’s MacArthur Station. It’s the largest station in the Bay Area Rapid …

Civil Rights

Apple's New iPhones Have Expensive Hidden Costs

This week Apple launched its new iPhones to much fanfare and looking closely at the iPhone XS (details), iPhone XS Max (details) and particularly the iPhone XR, this is deserved. That said, Apple also made a second, quieter announcement shortly after the launch and it will be greeted with a lot …

Galaxy Note

Uber has decided to leave its broadly derided current logo ‘behind’

Uber is preparing to release a new logo (shown above), in order to cure two problems with the ridesharing company’s current logo. The new mark uses …

Los Angeles

Spurs legend Tony Parker agrees to sign with Hornets

An era in San Antonio is coming to an end.<p>Tony Parker, the Spurs point guard who has been with the franchise since being drafted in 2001, has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke …

10 Items You May Have Lying Around That Could Be Worth Money

<b>By TJ Herrington, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>You just may want to poke around your attic or basement and dust off items that rekindle childhood or family memories. Maybe you’ll find an old record player, your toy doll collection or vintage jewelry. These types of sentimental collectibles can be great …

We all cut cable, and now we’re just as screwed on streaming

Cutting the cord doesn’t look like such a bargain these days.<p>First, Sling TV raised the price of its base package last week by $5. Just a day later, …

Sling TV

For agent who brokered Bobby Bonilla Day, 'I'm just happy that he's happy'

Dennis Gilbert woke up Sunday morning at his Beverly Hills home, listened to the congratulatory message, and laughed.<p>Yes, he remembered the significance of this day.<p>How could he ever forget July 1?<p>It’s Bobby Bonilla Day.<p>It’s the day that Bonilla will be paid $1.193 million by the New York …

Top 5 Stocks Under $10

Back in April, we wrote on article on top stocks under $10. This proved to be a very rewarding experience. We are re-introducing an old concept of buying stocks below a $10 stock price. Typically, it is hard to find companies possessing the collective financial traits we seek, such as the …

Profit

30 Shocking Sales Statistics that will Change the Way you Sell

For sales veterans, sales statistics may be uncomfortable to read through, but they reflect the cold hard truths that sales teams come across every …

If (And When) Your Career Stalls, Reinvent Yourself

Has your career stalled? If it hasn’t yet, it likely will.<p>Don’t take that personally. Career stalls happen to some of the most capable people in business.<p>Here’s the good news: A career stall doesn’t have to be catastrophic. In fact, a temporary career stall can provide the ideal launch pad to a …

The NBA Draft lottery is the world’s greatest farce

It’s a beautiful farce that we all love, but a farce nonetheless.<p>It is all too fitting that in the final year of the NBA Draft lottery as we have known it for 24 years, the two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals — the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics — could have end up with the top …

NBA

Why the nightingale's song is being silenced

Nightingales are now found at just a handful of sites in southern England and East Anglia and only 5,500 singing males remain.<p>The chance of hearing …

The legacy of Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs

La Liga Results 2018: Table, Scores and Reaction After Final Week 35 Match

Real Betis came back from a goal down to beat bottom-of-the-table Malaga 2-1 on Monday and confirm their spot in next season's UEFA Europa League.<p>The entertaining clash at the Estadio Benito Villamarin brought to an end a weekend of action in Spain that saw Barcelona crowned champions and Deportivo …

These are America’s drunkest states

Excessive drinking can lead to a variety of health problems and significantly shorten a person’s life. The habit claims nearly 90,000 lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And those who die as the result of alcohol abuse do so 30 years prematurely, on average.<p>…

Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean

Holy crap!<p>The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out they have …

Biology

Kevin Harvick glad to see evolving Cup schedule, but wants more changes

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – If Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts a Cup race on its infield road course just once it would be worth it to Kevin …

Usain Bolt aims for March training with Borussia Dortmund

<b>Usain Bolt</b> will try to train with Borussia Dortmund in March, but nothing has been arranged yet, his agent said Sunday.<p>Earlier Sunday, a newspaper …

Floyd Mayweather Responds to #MeToo Question by Talking About His Wealth

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather said during an interview with Jordyn Taylor of <i>Men's Health</i> that he didn't know about the #MeToo movement, which has encouraged women to speak out against sexual harassers and abusers and to support those who have come forward.<p>Mayweather also joked about his own wealth …

LeBron defends Browns over 0-16 parade

Browns fans held a “0-16” parade for their football team, and King James responded.<p>Many in the football world already knew the Cleveland Browns were …

CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats Opened Contract Negotiations With Johnny Manziel

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats started contract negotiations with Johnny Manziel Sunday.<p>The Tiger-Cats have the contract rights of the 2012 Heisman Trophy …

Bill Cowher jumped through a table and was so pleased with himself

#BillsMafia<p>When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When covering the Bills, do as Bills Mafia do.<p>This isn’t a true dive. Look, I’ll give it a pass because he’s in a suit -- but Bills fans do this on the reg, except it’s onto an asphalt parking lot and the table is on fire. Still though, look how happy …

John Wall signed a 5-year deal to return to Adidas, per report

Wall is back with Adidas after testing sneaker free agency for the last two seasons.<p>John Wall has returned to Adidas with a new five-year deal after testing the sneaker free agency market over the last two seasons, according to a report from The Vertical’s Shams Charania.<p>Wall had been in talks with …

‘What the Forecast?!!’ is the honest weather app you didn’t think you needed

<i>App Attack is a weekly series where we search the App Store and Google Play Store for the best apps of the week. Check out App Attack every Sunday</i> …

Google Play

New York Community Bancorp: A Well-Run Bank At A Bargain Price

<b>Even in hindsight the Astoria Financial deal made sense</b><p>Flashback two years ago to October 15, 2015, when the Astoria Financial (NYSE:AF) deal was …

Business

Things Go Better With Coke, Laxative Edition

Japan warms to Coca-Cola Plus, which the government has awarded a gold label for the health benefits of its special ingredients<p>TOKYO—In a country where grilled fish is a breakfast food and many think the stinkiest soybeans are the tastiest, it stands to reason Coke is now a health drink.<p>Once a …

Coca-Cola

Humans Can Fly in This Drone-Like Electric Hybrid 'Octocopter'

It's a drone, it's a plane, it's a SureFly.<p>The company that partnered with UPS to create a package-delivering drone is ready to fly its new passenger aerial vehicle.<p>The SureFly, a two-seater electric hybrid helicopter (or “octocopter,” because of its eight propellers), has received approval from …

When Companies End Remote Work, This Is What They're Really Saying (Hint: It's About Trust)

Keep your people engaged, and they'll be effective no matter where their desk is.<p>The debate over remote work rages on. At the heart of the issue is collaboration and, by extension, creativity, and innovation.<p>How well can teammates <i>really</i> work together when they're not in the same building? Don't we …

‘50 urban blocks’ offers inspiration for stumped city designers

Lay ‘em out, pin ‘em up<p>Sure, there are oodles of architecture-themed playing cards, holiday cards, and even “Cards Against Urbanity.” But here’s a new, more productive deck from a+t Architecture Publishers: 50 Urban Blocks. The pack of 50 cards was created as a simple tool in the process of …

Gruyere

Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

In the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, a father is rocking a baby attached to a heart monitor. While doctors roam the halls trying to prevent infections, Chief Information Officer Theresa Meadows is worried about another kind of virus.<p>"The last thing …