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Deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame

Deaths from liver disease have risen sharply in the U.S., and doctors say the biggest factor is drinking —especially among young adults.<p>A study published Wednesday found a 65 percent increase in deaths from cirrhosis of the liver since 1999. The biggest increase is among millennials: the team found …

Public Health

Study links frequent gadget use to increased ADHD symptoms in teens

It’s no secret that the number of hours teens spend on electronic devices has some impact on their well-being. What scientists disagree on, however, is just how much.<p>The latest study, published in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association</i>, has linked Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder …

Mental Health

Here are the 16 leaking VPNs to avoid

A VPN is a virtual private network—a way to protect and encrypt your web traffic from prying eyes. There are dozens of VPN services available, but …

Information Systems

Officer resigns after video shows him not stepping in when woman in Puerto Rico shirt is harassed

<b>CHICAGO --</b> A police officer has resigned amid an investigation into his response to a woman who said she was being harassed in a Chicago forest …

Puerto Rico

How Permethrin Can Help Protect You From Ticks

As reported in The New York Times (Wirecutter’s parent company), the CDC recently announced that insect-borne illnesses have more than tripled in the …

iPad 2018 vs. iPad Pro: Which should you buy?

Originally, the Apple iPad was a single one-size-fits-all device, beyond a few storage size options. Then came colors and screen sizes, and Mini, Air and Pro variants. Today, the line has thinned back down a bit to the iPad and iPad Pro, plus an older Mini holdover -- but that doesn't make it much …

IPad Pro

Blogger stabbed to death after giving seminar on online trolls

An expert on internet crime and prominent blogger was stabbed to death in Japan after giving a seminar on dealing with internet trolls, allegedly by a man who had reportedly harassed him online.<p>Kenichiro Okamoto died Sunday after holding a two-hour seminar for about 30 people in the city of …

Internet

‘Chemo Brain’ Now a ‘Widespread Problem’ for Cancer Survivors

As more people survive cancer treatment, more are experiencing the mental fog known as chemo brain. Scientists are calling for more answers to this …

Cancer

​GitLab moves from Azure to Google Cloud Platform

Microsoft may own GitHub soon, but GitLab is moving further away from Microsoft.<p>When Microsoft acquired GitHub, a lot of open-source GitHub users …

Google Cloud Platform

The entire justice system here is run by black women. It's not a diversity experiment. They do things differently.

<b>South Fulton, Georgia (CNN) —</b> When LaDawn "LBJ" Jones walked into a meeting at work a couple of months ago, she was hit with a serious case of "black girl magic."<p>Jones, the city solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia, was meeting for the first time with the city's municipal court staff. As she entered …

Justice

The Average Net Worth For A 50 Year Old In America

<b>The short answer is:</b> the average net worth of the average 50 year old is around $150,000. But the <i>above average</i> 50 year old has around $1,250,000. …

2018 has been deadlier for schoolchildren than service members

<i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>The school shooting near Houston on Friday bolstered a stunning statistic: More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while deployed as members of the military.<p>Data for military casualties are difficult to ascertain. An original version …

Military

A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

There are plenty of guides available on how to protect your data, how to secure yourself online, and how to stop digital snoops from tracking you …

You’ll never read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>With privacy-centric European Union legislation set to …

Bill Gates: Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV

Bill Gates, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, has claimed Donald Trump twice asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and knew a “scary” amount about Gates’s daughter’s looks.<p>The remarks were recorded at a recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting, where Gates took questions …

Donald Trump

Comcast charges $90 install fee at homes that already have Comcast installed

$90 fee may be required even if you buy your own modem and plug it in yourself.<p>Comcast is making it difficult for many new customers to avoid paying …

A white woman called the cops on a black real estate investor. Police defended him.

In a twist on recent racial profiling incidents, police officers told the woman they weren’t needed.<p>Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a wave of high-profile racial profiling incidents — white people calling the police because black people or people of color look “suspicious.”<p>But some officers …

Here Are 17 Reasons Teachers Are Paid Too Much $$$

They get off at 3 every day.

Pets At Home is banning the sale of rabbits - for a good reason

Easter is a time for egg hunts, chocolate and the arrival of spring – but it also means you won’t be able to buy any pet rabbits from Pets at …

American farmers in Trump-voting states may get hit hardest by a trade war

President Donald Trump's trade war with Beijing has U.S. farmers — especially soybean growers, whose number one export market is China — concerned for their future.<p>China has threatened to target the crop as part of a tit-for-tat over Trump's $60 billion in tariffs against Chinese imports, announced …

hithardest

CLOUD Act becomes law, increases government access to online info

The federal spending bill signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday does more than fund the budget. It also makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to demand access to online information no matter what country the data is stored in.<p>Lawmakers added the CLOUD Act (PDF), which stands for …

Bad nutrition advice dietitians want you to forget

Thinking about juicing, cutting carbs or giving up fruit in a quest to lose weight? Think again.<p>How many times have you read that you need to eat clean, start juicing or only eat foods that have a specific number of ingredients? The advice may be compelling, and even sound science-y, but in the age …

Nutrition

Steve Jobs tried to warn Mark Zuckerberg about privacy in 2010

Facebook’s executives have spent much of the past week dealing with the fallout of reports claiming millions of its users had their data harvested from a quiz app without their consent. CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg issued a long non-apology on Facebook, and appeared on cable news to explain how …

Silicon Valley

This California Bill Would Bring Back Net Neutrality With A Vengeance

The most detailed state internet-access bill in the country could be replicated by other states, defying the FCC.<p>On December 14, the FCC voted to abolish net neutrality regulations. The same day, California state senator Scott Wiener released a video saying that he wanted to revive those policies …

Net Neutrality

The Worst Government Possible, on Purpose

I worry less about Kim Jong-Un than I do Betsy DeVos. The North Korean dictator, for one, doesn’t have dominion over the educational futures of …

Education

27 foods you should stop buying immediately

Some foods are just not worth buying at the supermarket, whether it's because they're overpriced, misleading or bad for your health.<p>Here are the 27 foods you should never buy again.

Turns out that Geek Squad has been in the FBI's pocket for a decade

Who needs probable cause when you have geeks?<p>That appears to be the thinking of the FBI, which has been working with Best Buy's computer repair …

Why don't we all just spring forward and stay there, like Florida?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The news Wednesday night that lawmakers in Florida were more united around instituting daylight savings year-round than they were around new gun laws likely does not presage a new and overriding national movement to spring forward and stay there, like Florida wants to.<p>A lot still has to …

Florida

Nearly 40% of Americans say they've lost faith in American democracy

At the South by Southwest festival today, I'm moderating a panel on "Reforming the Vote." Jon Cohen of SurveyMonkey, a great Axios partner, tees up …

Facebook’s data-collecting VPN company has found a way to collect even more data

Facebook’s analytics company released a new app this week, which like many of their products, existed mainly to collect user data and package it up for Facebook.<p>The app, called Bolt App Lock, and is made by the same company behind the controversial VPN service Onavo Protect. The app was released on …

Apps