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France's Sarkozy to face trial for influence peddling

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for influence peddling over accusations he offered to help a prosecutor get promoted in return for leaked information about a separate criminal inquiry.<p>Sarkozy, who is embroiled in several criminal …

Corruption

Mayoral candidate tells audience members at forum in Florida to 'go back to Africa'

A forum about opportunities for youth in St. Petersburg, Fla. turned racial when long-shot mayoral candidate Paul Congemi lashed out at an opponent’s supporters.<p>The Uhuru Solidarity Movement has backed Jesse Nevel as he has expressed support for its effort to create reparations for slavery.<p>“Mr. …

Tampa Bay

Exclusive: Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.<p>How many judges will be …

Immigration

AWS Personal Health Dashboard helps developers monitor the state of their cloud apps

DevOps teams will be happy to hear that Amazon is launching its own dashboard for Amazon Web Services. Personal Health Dashboard, as the company calls it, is its latest release from the stage of re:Invent 2016 to support more advanced cloud apps monitoring.<p>The tool puts critical infrastructure data …

Cloud Computing

20 smart ways to save electricity

U.S. Dept. of Energy

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable, According to a Green Beret

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Self-help

China Really Doesn't Want Anyone to Call Kim Jong-Un a 'Fatty'

Chinese websites are censoring a phrase that translates as “Kim Fatty the Third,” a nickname referring to the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un.<p>As …

North Korea

Twitter adds QR codes for some reason

When clicking the follow button feels too hard<p>Twitter today introduced QR codes into its apps for iOS and Android, because not having QR codes was Twitter’s biggest existential threat as a business and the main reason that no one ever followed anyone on the service.<p>Before now, to follow someone on …

Apps

New social site Gab is getting popular with the 'alt-right'

Last night, Twitter took the bold move of banning a number of white nationalist "alt-right" users on the same day it said it would finally start cracking down on hate speech. But where oh where will the trolls go? Once possible option is Gab, a relatively new social media site cut from similar …

This Analysis Shows How Viral Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined.<p>In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated …

Man Dissolved in Acidic Water After Trying to Soak in Yellowstone National Park Hot Pool

An Oregon man who died in a Yellowstone National Park hot spring and dissolved when he fell into the boiling, acidic water, was looking to soak in …

National Parks

This chatbot will deal with Comcast customer service for you

Trim wants to save you money—and potentially hours of despair<p>Comcast isn’t exactly known for its great customer service. Much (metaphorical) ink has been spilled over representatives refusing to let customers cancel their service, data limits on home internet, and class action lawsuits fighting …

McConnell will still lead Senate GOP, Schumer new leader of Democrats

Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to be majority leader next year while Democrats picked Chuck Schumer to lead them, setting the chief actors as the chamber prepares for an agenda that will be dominated by Donald Trump and the GOP.<p>McConnell, 74, is a discreet but deadly …

Mitch McConnell

The 18 best TV shows right now, according to critics

This year, HBO leads the pack with 22 nominations. There's a tie for second place between ABC and Netflix, with each earning 14. And FX takes the third position with 12 nominations.<p>"In this golden age of peak TV, viewers have an embarrassment of riches to choose from every day and night," said Joey …

TV

Todoist now lets AI software schedule your due dates

Because humans are bad at it<p>The company behind productivity app Todoist, which lets you manage your personal and work lives with powerful to-do lists, is adding a new feature today: an artificial intelligence-powered scheduler. Now, when you need to set a due date for the completion of a task, …

Apps

Trump says transition is going well; team is working on appointments

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and aides say the presidential transition team is on track and planning to make major announcements soon.<p>Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the transition chairman, are taking a "structured" and "methodical" approach to putting together a presidential …

Donald Trump

APNewsBreak: Engineer in crash had undiagnosed sleep apnea

The engineer of a commuter train that slammed into a station going double the 10 mph speed limit, killing a woman, suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea, his lawyer said Wednesday, and a U.S. official told The Associated Press that investigators are looking at it as a potential cause.<p>The official, …

Latin America

Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Great American Bromance

A decade ago, it didn’t look like Barack Obama and Joseph Biden had all that much in common. Two men from different generations. One a longtime …

Joe Biden

Mexican experts say original pyramid found at Chichen Itza

Archaeologists have discovered what may be the original structure built at the pyramid of Kukulkan at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, experts said on Wednesday.<p>Last year, archaeologists using electrical imaging techniques found that the pyramid, which is also known as El Castillo, was built atop a …

Airstrikes in Syria's besieged Aleppo kill more than 20

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers said.<p>The Russian military meanwhile said airstrikes in …

Middle East

Adult Friend Finder Website Hacked: How To Search The Leaked Database Of Emails And Usernames For The Adult Dating Site

Adult Friend Finder has been hit with a data breach 10 times larger than last year’s Ashley Madison attack, and anyone worried that their information …

Ashley Madison

China doubles down on internet control after tough new law

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders and official media are pushing for greater control of the internet and technology products as tensions surrounding a far-reaching Chinese cybersecurity law loom over a gathering this week of the world's leading tech firms and Chinese officials.<p>The Communist Party's …

China

Backward compatible Xbox 360 games now come in Xbox One cases

Backward compatibility with a huge chunk of the Xbox 360 library is one of the Xbox One’s best features, and now Microsoft wants to highlight that capability at retailers.<p>Certain backward-compatible Xbox 360 games are now shipping in Xbox One cases that list both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 where you …

AP source: Trump offers Flynn national security adviser job

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump offered former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser as he began to build out his national security team Thursday, according to a senior Trump official. The move came as Trump made his most direct foray into …

Donald Trump

In wake of Trump victory, FCC abandons proposed reform of business data services market

<i>(Reuters)</i> – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is dropping plans to push through a proposed reform of the $45 billion business data services market in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president.<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday pulled the item previously set for a commission vote …

Pluto could harbour 'slushy underground ocean'

A frozen area of Pluto, known as the ‘heart’ may harbour a slushy ocean between 150 and 200 km beneath its surface, NASA scientists say.<p>This could explain why part of the region – Pluto’s most prominent feature – remains securely aligned with Charon, its largest moon.<p>Its believed the central area …

'FIFA' hackers guilty of 'mining' $16 million from EA

We tend to think of 'wire fraud' as a white collar crime perpetrated against a banking institution, but in a world with virtual currencies and online marketplace, the reality can be a bit more complex. Take the case of Anthony Clark, a 24-year-old man from Whittier, CA, who was found guilty of a …