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Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one …

U.S. senators concerned about Chinese access to intellectual property

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is trying to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, U.S. senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing.<p>Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman …

FBI, CIA, and NSA chiefs advise against using Huawei and ZTE phones

• Heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA have warned against using smartphones from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE.<br>• The comments were made during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday.<br>• The intelligence chiefs said they were “deeply concerned” about the risks posed by these devices, …

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

Mind-Altering Cat Parasite Just Got Linked to a Whole Lot of Neurological Disorders

"This study is a paradigm shifter."<p>The brain-dwelling parasite <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> is estimated to be hosted by at least 2 billion people around the …

Iraqi Kurdish leader says no turning back on independence bid

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq’s Kurdish leader said on Thursday that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict.<p>Iraq's Kurdistan region's President Massoud Barzani speaks …

Middle East

Far-right activists detained at UK border before Britain First rally

Antisemitic Polish priest Jacek Międlar and head of Dutch branch of Islamophobic movement Pegida among those held<p>Prominent far-right activists from Europe who were planning to attend an anti-Muslim rally in Birmingham have been detained at airports hours before they were due to speak.<p>Jacek Międlar, …

Many In Eastern Ukraine Want To Join Russia

Vladimir Putin insists Russia doesn't want to annex separatist enclaves in eastern Ukraine, but many residents, who already use the Russian ruble and depend on Russia in many ways, wish he would.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>An update now from eastern Ukraine, where, for the last three years, …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users

Instagram has doubled its user base, to 700 million monthly actives in two years, fueled by Stories, web signups and better onboarding on low-end Android phones. Instagram’s growth rate is actually speeding up. It took just four months to add the last 100 million users since hitting 600 million in …

Social Media

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

Vim

AI engineer builds and marries his robot wife

A 31-year-old AI engineer has married one of his robot creations.<p>Zheng Jiajia, who used to work for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, held an informal …

Robotics

New Hamas Charter Would Name ‘Occupiers,’ Not ‘Jews,’ as the Enemy

CAIRO — Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that has governed the Gaza Strip for a decade, is drafting a new platform to present a more pragmatic and cooperative face to the world, Hamas officials confirmed on Thursday.<p>The document would represent a departure from the group’s contentious 1988 …

Mathematics for Computer Science: a free, CC-licensed MIT textbook

This is indeed an up-to-the-minute text [PDF], dated Mar 7, 2017. It's written by Googler/MIT prof Eric Lehman, MIT/Akamai scientist F Thomson …

Mathematics

Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents

The racial wealth gap has been measured and studied for decades. One fact has remained the same: White families build and accumulate more wealth more quickly than black and brown families do.<p>The reasons for this are multiple and well-documented. They start at slavery and traverse the historical and …

Demographics

Someone came up with a clever Tinder move to ensure responses

Have you ever matched with someone on a dating app like Tinder, only to have no clue what to do after that?<p>You're not alone.<p>Joe Bagel has been there …

Why Trump's Meeting With RFK Jr. Has Scientists Worried

Of all Donald Trump’s conspiratorial obsessions, perhaps one of the most dangerous has been his long promotion of the much-debunked theory that vaccines cause autism.<p>For years, his distrust of vaccines had been an occasional curiosity of his Twitter feed, nestled between bromides against Rosie …

Burst your bubble: five conservative articles to read in this 'peak Trump' week

Just when you think you’ve hit peak Trump, Buzzfeed comes out with a story that gives a whole new meaning to “leaks”.<p>As our grace period between Trump’s election and his assumption of power draws to a close, people on the right are frequently as bewildered as the rest of us. But some of them offer …

Foreign Policy

Pay gap between college grads and everyone else at a record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans with no more than a high school diploma have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the …

Controversial New Theory That Says There's No Gravity or Dark Matter Passes Its First Test

Dutch theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde has been shaking up the physics world with his controversial theory of “<b>emergent gravity</b>”, which sees …

South Park spoofs the US election result: 'What have you done? You maniacs!'

In a quickly tweaked episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone lampooned Donald Trump’s victory with a frenzied summation of a strange year in politics<p>If you thought your day was ruined by the unexpected use of the phrase “President-elect Donald Trump”, just imagine being a South Park writer: they had to …

3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and at least two other states said Friday that they have denied efforts by Russian officials to be present at polling …

Donald Trump refuses to say whether he'll accept election results

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election if he loses to Hillary Clinton, raising the possibility of an extraordinary departure from principles that have underpinned American democracy for more than two centuries.<p>"I will look at it at …

Government

Iraqi special forces join battle for Mosul, US soldier dies

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation …

Middle East

Four nations agree on road map to revive Ukraine peace plan

BERLIN — The leaders of Germany, Russia, France and Ukraine on Wednesday agreed on a road map designed to revive the halting peace plan for Eastern Ukraine at a highly anticipated meeting in Berlin.<p>The agreement included the withdrawal of troops in four additional areas in the conflicted Donbass …

The Latest: Russia introduces Aleppo statement at UN

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):<p>1:20 a.m.<p>Russia has introduced a draft statement to the Security Council calling on countries with influence on Syrian opposition groups to intensify efforts to separate moderate opposition forces from terrorist …

Middle East

The 20 College Majors With The Highest Starting Salaries

Choosing a major is a complex decision, often a tug-of-war between personal interests and financial prospects. Recently there has been a heightened focus on colleges’ financial return on investment. Parents sometimes put pressure on their kids to choose majors that lead to lucrative careers, and …

Italy honors quake victims as bishop warns of reconstruction

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — An Italian bishop issued a veiled critique of the suspected shoddy construction behind the high death toll of Italy's …

Has technology made us more independent?

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>As the British celebrate their independence from the French and Germans, and we celebrate our independence from the British, I wonder about technology.<p>Has it made us more independent?<p>Has the rise of Apple, …

How 'Star Wars' actor John Boyega got ripped in just 21 days

Recently, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star John Boyega told British Vogue that his character Finn will be "much more physical" in the next "Star Wars" movie, "Episode VIII."<p>"I might be in the gym a bit more," the British actor said.<p>Turns out he wasn't joking.<p>After filming wrapped on "The Force …

Star Wars