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3M Knew About the Dangers of PFOA and PFOS Decades Ago, Internal Documents Show

News that the Environmental Protection Agency pressured the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to suppress a study showing PFAS …

Pesticides

Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's busiest airport will be the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, officials said Thursday, a move that pleases airport executives but worries privacy advocates.<p>Officials at Orlando International …

Now we know the outrageous scale of the Trumps’ White House dividend | Jill Abramson

Donald, Ivanka and Jared’s money-grubbing during this presidency puts the Clintons in the shade<p>I’m feeling nostalgic for Hillary’s Goldman Sachs speaking fees. Remember when we got our ethical knickers in a twist over Clinton’s $225,000 (£170,000) Wall Street speeches? Those worries seem positively …

Donald Trump

Honduran migrant who was separated from family is found dead in Texas jail in an apparent suicide

A Honduran migrant separated from his wife and child under the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy was found dead in his Texas jail cell last month, officials said.<p>Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39, crossed into the U.S. from Mexico with his wife and 3-year-old son on May 12 near Granjeno, a …

Immigration

Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle

I’m very proud of our working conditions and very proud of the wages we pay Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO<p>Foxconn uses a large number of dispatch workers and violates workers’ interests Li Qiang​, China Labor Watch<p>Five o’clock in the morning and the young woman’s eyelids are drooping. All night she has …

Jeff Bezos

Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain

Creator of a breakthrough compression algorithm fights to keep it patent-free.<p>When Jarek Duda invented an important new compression technique called …

Mueller's Latest Charges Bring Together Trump Campaign, Russia

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment is significant beyond the new charges, in that it links senior officials on President Donald …

Bill Browder: I found a way to challenge Putin. He's really sore about it

After his arrest in Madrid, the financier explains why he’s one of the Kremlin’s main enemies<p>The knock on the door of his Madrid hotel room came at 9.40am on Wednesday morning. Two Spanish national police officers and the hotel’s general manager stood apologetic in the corridor: “Mr Browder, I’m …

Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military Drone AI Work to Grow Exponentially

The internal Google email chain also notes that several big tech players competed to win the Project Maven contract. Other tech firms such as Amazon …

Border Patrol Continues to Exaggerate Danger to Agents to Justify Violence Against Immigrants

After Claudia Patricia Gómez González, a 19-year-old indigenous Guatemalan, was shot to death last week by a Border Patrol agent near Laredo, Texas, …

Study Estimates Hurricane Maria Killed Nearly 5,000, But Barely Makes News

On the day this week that <i>Roseanne</i> was canceled because of a racist tweet, researchers from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated Hurricane Maria caused at least 4,645 deaths in Puerto Rico.<p>Now that is a story.<p>That's almost 5,000 people who may have died, more than 70 times the …

Hurricane Maria

Whatever You Think of the Trump-Russia Investigation, Whistleblower Reality Winner Deserves Your Support

Winner is caught between two camps — a whistleblower without a constituency.<p>Some local media in Georgia — not least the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, …

Experts Say Keep Amazon’s Alexa Away From Your Kids

What’s the best way to keep adults from questioning the use of a deeply problematic product? Get them started when they’re too young to question …

Ahead of Vote on Gina Haspel, Senate Pulls Access to Damning Classified Memo

As the Senate prepares for a Wednesday vote on whether to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, the Senate Intelligence Committee has …

This startup says it wants to fight poverty. A food stamp giant is blocking it.

Four years ago, Jimmy Chen left a lucrative perch as a product manager at Facebook to found Propel, what he calls an “anti-poverty software …

Online Life

Columbine, Parkland students unite for voter registration

DENVER (AP) — A planned national high school walkout for gun control on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting Friday won't include student …

Trump is running America just like his businesses — right into the ground

By Catherine Rampell<p>Columnist<p>Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly pledged that if elected, he’d run government like a business.<p>“If we could run our country the way I’ve run my company, we would have a country that you would be so proud of,” he promised during one debate.<p>Well, he …

Donald Trump

One of the most worrisome predictions about climate change may be coming true

By Chris Mooney<p>, Reporter<p>Two years ago, former NASA climate scientist James Hansen and a number of colleagues laid out a dire scenario in which gigantic pulses of fresh water from melting glaciers could upend the circulation of the oceans, leading to a world of fast-rising seas and even superstorms.<p>…

Global Warming

How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents

When asked why CBP started using this irregular method, CBP spokesperson Carlos Diaz emailed The Intercept that “it is the most transparent method of …

Immigration

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook hearing was an utter sham | Zephyr Teachout

Now that the initial show trial is done, we need the real deal<p>On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg was in the hot seat. Cameras surrounded him. The energy in the room – and on Twitter – was electric. At last, the reluctant CEO is made to answer some questions!<p>Except it failed. It was designed to fail. It …

Mark Zuckerberg

Security for EPA chief comes at a steep cost to taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen …

Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts?

Sorry to break it to you, but you are probably a “dumb fuck”. This is according to statements by a young Mark Zuckerberg anyway. Back in 2004, when a 19-year-old Zuckerberg had just started building Facebook, he sent his Harvard friends a series of instant messages in which he marvelled at the fact …

Social Media

Why the Parkland students have made pro-gun conservatives so mad

By Paul Waldman<p>Opinion writer<p>The American right is officially terrified of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.<p>Those students, who rapidly turned themselves into activists and organizers after 17 of their fellow students and teachers were murdered at their school, have become the …

Gun Control

Donald Trump Jr.’s tour through India is staggeringly corrupt

The Trump brand is surprisingly hot in India — and the president’s son is exploiting his connections to milk this moment.<p>Donald Trump Jr. arrived in India on Tuesday for a week-long visit, and his trip has already revealed a couple of things.<p>First, it’s clear that the Trump administration is still …

Has Anyone Seen the President?

Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any …

Donald Trump

The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Social Media

Russians got tens of thousands of Americans to RSVP for their phony political events on Facebook

By Craig Timberg<p>, Reporter<p>Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>Russian operatives used Facebook to publicize 129 phony event announcements during the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing the attention of nearly 340,000 users -- many of whom said they were planning to attend -- according to a …

Senate Intelligence Committee

How the Interrogation of Reality Winner Reveals the Deceptive Tactics of “Exceedingly Friendly” FBI Agents

In late January, George Papadopoulos did what a lot of Americans do when FBI agents ask for a few minutes of their time — he agreed to talk. It’s a …

Welcome to Law Enforcement’s “Dark Side”: Secret Evidence, Illegal Searches, and Dubious Traffic Stops

Federal agents at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration speak in veiled terms about the secret DEA unit that shares intelligence from the National …

Fake news is a threat to humanity, but scientists may have a solution | Dana Nuccitelli

“Technocognition” proposes that we use technology and psychology to break through the mental barriers that make people deny threats like climate change<p>People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among …