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The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this …

Research
Saudi Arabia

Mystery Hackers Blow Up Secret NSA Hacking Tools in ‘Final F--k You’

A gang of elite hackers, believed by many to be Russian, say they’re quitting—just as Donald Trump gets ready to enter the Oval Office.<p>A mysterious …

Security

How Computers Made Humans Better at Chess

The World Chess Championship is nearing its close, with the final tie-breaking match between Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin set …

Artificial Intelligence

We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide." The story is completely false, but it was shared on Facebook over half …

Journalism

How Lipton Built An Empire By Selling 'Farm To Table' Tea

Lipton tea can be found in almost any grocery store, and the brand is just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So tea enthusiasts who sniff at the familiar square bags might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world. In fact, it was sold with …

Tea

Native American pipeline protest becomes violent

Hundreds of people have gathered in North Dakota to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters, who fear pollution of their water, were attacked by dogs and sprayed with irritants after facing off with construction workers.

Environment

Facebook launches a bot platform for Messenger

Started from the bot and now we're here<p>The bot era has officially begun. In a widely expected move, Facebook today announced tools for developers to build bots inside Facebook Messenger, bringing a range of new functions to the popular communication app. Facebook believes Messenger can become a …

Chatbots

KRUGMAN: Bernie Sanders 'is becoming a Bernie Bro'

In a scathing New York Times column published Friday, Krugman, a Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist, said Sanders was "starting to sound like his worst followers." The Vermont senator at a Wednesday rally questioned Clinton's qualifications to be president.<p>"Bernie is becoming a …

Middle-class

Your Employer Can't Stop You From Recording Conversations At Work

If you're looking to catch your boss breaking labor law, that smartphone in your pocket might be your best friend, thanks to a new ruling from federal officials.<p>On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that upscale grocer Whole Foods cannot forbid employees from recording conversations …

Labor Law

The Fed Sacrifices the Unemployed to the Inflation Monster

The Federal Reserve decided on December 16 to raise interest rates, ostensibly to curb inflationary pressures that are presumed to result from "dangerously" low unemployment. The upshot is that the punch bowl is being taken away before the least privileged -- the unemployed -- have even had a sip. …

Global poverty has fallen below 10% for the first time ever

For the first time, extreme poverty has fallen below 10% of the global population.<p>Twenty-five years ago, more than a third of the world's population was living below the international poverty line. In 2012, it was just under 13%. Under a new international poverty line of $1.90 a day, the percentage …

World Economic Forum

Rahm Emanuel flipped out after Politico's Mike Allen revealed his Cuba-vacation plans

The panel interview Wednesday focused on the mayor's handling of the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old black teenager at the hands of police.<p>At one point, Allen attempted to shift gears by asking Emanuel why he was choosing to take his family on a trip to Cuba later this year.<p>The Democratic mayor was …

McDonald's

Hundreds of fake ads totally skewer corporate sponsors of Paris climate talks

World leaders arriving in Paris this week for U.N. Climate Summit were greeted with hundreds of spoof billboards mocking what activists see as the …

The White House

Smarter robots put 50% of jobs at risk

Love your job? Enjoy it while it lasts. There's a 50% chance you're going to be sacked and replaced by a robot.<p>The Bank of England has warned that machines could take over 80 million American and 15 million British jobs over the next 10 to 20 years. That's roughly 50% of the workforce in each …

Bank of England

Four Hong Kong publishers known for books critical of Chinese regime missing

Rights groups raise alarm for Gui Minhai, last seen travelling to Thailand, Lu Bo and Zhang Zhiping, who headed to China, and missing Lin Rongji<p>A group of Hong Kong booksellers specialising in books criticising China’s Communist elite have gone missing.<p>The four men work for Sage Communications, a …

Hong Kong

Baltimore Buys Victims' Silence With Settlements For Police Misconduct

WASHINGTON -- On April 30, 2012, Ashley Overbey called the police because someone had broken into her Northeast Baltimore apartment while she was at work.<p>The responding officers were "very rude and unprofessional," Overbey, now 28, told The Huffington Post. She said one officer indicated she should …

Justice

Wage Theft Comes to America: The Facts That Drive the Sanders Revolt

<i>(From Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice, Labor Institute Press, 2015)</i><p>In Denmark, companies like McDonald's and Burger King pay workers $20 an hour plus benefits, and don't bat an eye. These same companies, which are actually based in the U.S., pay American workers less …

Income Inequality

Ban Columbus Day? There Shouldn't Be a Debate

As most of us know -- there is no reason on the planet for the United States to observe at least two of its holidays -- Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. Both for basically for the same reason.<p>The United States' perception of Christopher Columbus is filled with erroneous information. He was a killer. …

Native Americans
Economics

Everything we know about the Chinese president's childhood is terrifying

Xi, who took power in 2013, is known for being an incredibly private man of few words. What little we do know about him and how he grew up, though, is terrifying stuff.<p>The New York Times painted a harrowing picture of those days in a profile of Xi's teen years.<p>Xi's father was a high-ranking …

China

CREDIT SUISSE: Europe's inflow of migrants is good news for the economy in the short term and great news in the long term

But according to Credit Suisse, it makes economic sense to let them in.<p>In a note to clients on Monday, Christel Aranda-Hassel, Peter Foley, and Sonali Punhani at Credit Suisse say that the inflow of refugees and migrants will be positive for Europe's economic outlook both in the short- and …

Credit Suisse