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Winners and losers from Trump's State of the Union address

President Trump delivered his second address to Congress and his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night. And a year after that address earned plenty of praise, Trump did his best to re-create its aspirational, highflying tone. At least for most of the speech.<p>So what were the big …

Immigration Reform

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims in his State of Union address

WASHINGTON (AP) — The AP is fact-checking remarks from President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. Here's a look at some of the claims we've examined (quotations from the speech as delivered or as released by the White House before delivery):<p>WAGE GAINS<p>TRUMP: "After years and years of wage …

Immigration

Physicists are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space

Inside a cramped laboratory in Shanghai, China, physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the …

House votes to end government shutdown, sending legislation to Trump

Congress voted late Monday to reopen the government after a three-day shutdown, sending President Trump a short-term spending bill that passed after Senate Republican leaders pledged to act on immigration policy next month.<p>The House joined the Senate in passing the bill to fund the government …

Republicans

Facebook Says Social Media Isn’t Always Healthy for Democracy

Facebook Inc. acknowledged today that social media can have a negative impact on democracies, and that the company has more work to do in order to …

Social Media

Everything you need to know about the federal government shutdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> Good morning! Your federal government is officially shut down. Wonder how it all affects you? We've got <b>everything you need to know</b> about it in this special Saturday edition of CNN's 5 Things newsletter. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox every …

Government Shutdown

This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

Whoa!<p>A small pebble found in Egypt is decidedly Not From Around Here.<p>The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It …

Tens of thousands of people have protested in Iran. Here’s why.

Anti-government protests in Iran, where demonstrations of political unrest are rare, have left at least 20 people dead — and do not appear to be subsiding.<p>Since Thursday, tens of thousands of protesters have formed the largest outpouring of government opposition since the volatile 2009 presidential …

Middle East

Snapchat goes public at $29bn and makes co-founders tech billionaires

Snap Inc’s IPO pushes Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy’s company ahead of Twitter and potentially creates a serious rival for Facebook<p>Snap Inc, the company behind disappearing messaging app Snapchat, has gone public with stocks soaring 44% on their first day of trading and valuing the company at $28bn.<p>…

Social Media

Preliminary exit poll results: How different groups voted in the U.S. senator election in Alabama

Percentage-point lead in select groups<p>Democrat Doug Jones<p>Women + 16 <br>Under age 30 + 22 <br>Black + 92 <br>Independent or something else + 8 <br>Disapprove of Trump + 87<p>Republican Roy Moore<p>White women + 29 White no college degree + 55 Approve of Trump + 80 Abortion should always be illegal + 62 Decided in …

Roy Moore

Alabama's women wrote the verdict on Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Women drew the line at Roy Moore.<p>There are many reasons why Moore became the first Republican nominee to lose an Alabama Senate race since 1992 on Tuesday night, including a strong turnout by African-American voters and a lack of enthusiasm among Moore's base.<p>But with Moore …

Roy Moore

2 Bizarre Ancient Galaxies Found in a Colossal Sea of Dark Matter

Two enormous galaxies seen merging in the distant universe have astronomers rethinking the leading theory of how galaxies form.<p>When the universe was …

Palestinians protest Trump move, more unrest feared

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, demonstrators in the Gaza Strip burned U.S. flags and pictures of President Donald Trump, and a top Palestinian official said Vice President Mike Pence would not be welcome in the …

Israel

Everything We Know About Physics in One Neat Infographic

If you've ever wondered which part of physics covers which part of space, fret no more. Here is an awesome map that lays it all out.<br>Read More

Physics

Trump FCC chair unveils plan to repeal net neutrality

The days of net neutrality are numbered.<p>Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, unveiled his controversial plan to repeal Obama-era protections intended to keep the internet open and fair.<p>"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet," Pai …

California fires: Searchers seek hundreds of missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> In some areas in Sonoma County, the wildfires that have ravaged tens of thousands of acres died down enough Wednesday for the sheriff's department to check on more than 600 missing persons reports by visiting burned-out neighborhoods.<p>In many other cases, detectives used telephones to track …

Natural Disasters

Arnold Schwarzenegger Gerrymandering SCOTUS Speech

As the Supreme Court began hearing the Gill v. Whitford case regarding Wisconsin gerrymandering, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out against the redrawing of political districts and its impact on Congress.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Brain's Link To Immune System Might Help Explain Alzheimer's

Fresh evidence that the body's immune system interacts directly with the brain could lead to a new understanding of diseases from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer's.<p>A study of human and monkey brains found lymphatic vessels — a key part of the body's immune system — in a membrane that surrounds the …

Immune System

Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.<p>Andabout half of those …

Feminism

Trying to Stem Fallout From Breach, Equifax Replaces C.E.O.

When the board of Equifax convened last week to discuss the company’s response to an enormous data breach, the 10 outside directors concluded that it was time for their hard-driving chief executive to step down.<p>There was a problem, though. The roster of possible replacements had been depleted by …

Amazon is reportedly working on smart glasses

The smart glasses would connect wirelessly to a smartphone, and bear traditional aesthetics that don't attempt to look overly futuristic (Google Glass' futuristic design was somewhat alienating), according to the report. It may use a "bone-conduction audio system" that would let the user hear Alexa …

Smart Homes

Equifax faces first lawsuit from a credit union

Summit Credit Union, a small Wisconsin credit union, is suing Equifax, which could be the first instance of a "financial institution attempting to …

Privacy

Despair rises for relatives of the missing in Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As painstaking attempts to reach survivors in quake-ravaged buildings across Mexico City stretched into a third day Thursday, desperation mounted among loved ones who earlier had high hopes for quick rescues and some complained they were being kept in the dark about search …

Mexico

Uber is under federal investigation for spying on Lyft drivers

Uber's been in the headlines for the worst of reasons this year, and the bad news keeps on coming. Now, it looks like Uber is involved in yet another federal investigation. Authorities from the FBI's New York office are looking into whether Uber's Hell software illegally interfered with the …

Dara Khosrowshahi

Death toll 61 in Mexico quake as hurricane hits Gulf coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 61 people were reported dead.<p>The quake that hit minutes …

Extreme Weather

Black Girls Code says it turned down $125,000 from Uber

Uber seems to be looking to make amends to the tech industry in light of its tumultuous year that kicked off with former engineer Susan Fowler’s allegations of sexual harassment and management issues at the company. Just yesterday, Uber offered $125,000 to Black Girls Code, but the organization …

Women of Color

YouTube begins isolating offensive videos this week

In June, Google announced that it would begin isolating YouTube videos that weren't directly in violation of its standards but contained "controversial religious or supremacist content." And starting this week, those efforts will begin to take effect.<p>The videos that fall into this category won't be …

Internet

MalwareTech’s legal defense fund bombarded with fraudulent donations | Ars Technica

At least $150,000 in donations were from stolen or fake credit card numbers.<p>Marcus Hutchins, the popular British security researcher, has a new legal …