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Far-right news sites smear California professor after misidentifying Kavanaugh accuser

Tech & Media<p>Several far-right news websites, amplified by The Drudge Report, published articles on Monday saying that Christine Ford, the college professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault, was a “mad” and “troubled” professor.<p>But the stories identified …

News

You’re Unlikely To Find More Useful Articles To Help With Student Motivation Than These Two…

geralt / Pixabay<p>We finished our second day of school yesterday. I’m sure it will be a great year, though even now it’s clear that in some cases I’ll …

Teaching

How the humanities can deliver for the fourth industrial revolution

What do you teach university students in a post-Google world? In a few minutes, anyone with a smartphone can get basic knowledge about the …

Humanities

Trump stands by warning of 'violence' if Dems win midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged evangelical leaders this week to get out the vote ahead of the upcoming midterm elections and warned of "violence" by opponents if they fail.<p>Trump made the dire warning at a White House dinner Monday evening attended by dozens of conservative Christian …

Donald Trump

US is denying passports to Americans along border

<b>By Kevin Sieff | Washington Post</b><p>PHARR, Texas – On paper, he’s a devoted U.S. citizen.<p>His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered …

Immigration

‘Disney Play’ is the company’s Netflix competitor UPDATE: Nope

<b>Update:</b> It seems the original source on of the report misconstrued a comment from Iger, who was referring more broadly to “a Disney Play,” rather than giving name to the service itself. A spokesperson for the service told TechCrunch, “A name for the upcoming Disney steaming service has not yet been …

Walt Disney Company

Myanmar crackdown splits Rohingya with little hope of return

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Forged over generations in villages in Myanmar, Rohingya communities are now held together in calls over crackling phone lines.<p>"Mummy! Mummy!" 15-year-old Abdullah Razzaq shouted to his mother earlier this week in their once-a-week call, nearly a year after he and his …

Asia

US customs faces lawsuit over copied iPhone data

US agents seized and copied a woman's phone as she returned to the US.<p>A US Muslim woman whose iPhone was taken from her by US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) is suing to have her property returned. But the property in question isn't the phone itself, which was eventually returned, but the data …

Electronics

John McCain, ‘maverick’ of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81

By Karen Tumulty<p>Karen Tumulty<p>Columnist covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>U.S. Sen. John S. McCain, the son and grandson of four-star admirals, was bred for combat. He endured more than five years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese as a young naval officer and went on to …

Republicans

Trump administration moves to revoke Obama-era fuel economy standards

Autos<p>The White House announced Thursday that it is moving ahead on its much-anticipated plan to roll back the fuel economy mandate set by the Obama administration. The move is likely to mean fewer high-efficiency, zero-pollution cars on the road.<p>The previous guidelines, which were reached during …

Trump Administration

Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe’s ruling party declared winner of first post-Mugabe elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe’s ruling party was declared the winner early Friday morning of the country’s first elections since the fall of authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe. But the opposition, which has accused the ruling party of vote rigging, has vowed to protest the …

Africa

Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" was …

San Francisco

A quiet change in US policy threatens immigrants who apply for a change in status

It went largely unremarked, just another bland procedural decision from a government agency. But a quiet policy change at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services last month is the next step toward a nationwide purge of non-citizens.<p>On June 28, USCIS announced that non-citizens who …

Holocaust deniers bid for US Congress in at least two districts

The era of President Donald Trump has rejuvenated white nationalism in the US along with a spike in anti-Semitism. At least two far-right candidates …

US ambassador to Estonia resigns over Trump comments

HELSINKI (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Estonia has resigned over frustrations with President Donald Trump's comments about the European Union and his treatment of Washington's European allies.<p>In a private Facebook message posted Friday, James D. Melville wrote: "For the President to say EU was 'set …

European Union

Prankster Calls the President, and the White House Puts Him Right Through

The president of the United States, one of the most protected people on the planet and among the least accessible to the public, would seem to be a long-shot target for a prank caller looking to have some fun.<p>But President Trump, who likes to field his own telephone calls and prefers spontaneity to …

U.S. Politics

Trump environment nominees pressed on federal climate report

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as his top environmental adviser said Wednesday she is unconvinced by a new U.S. government assessment reaffirming that manmade carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change.<p>Kathleen Hartnett White testified before a Senate …

Carbon Emissions

Supreme Court says states can remove voters who skip elections, ignore warnings

WASHINGTON – Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that probably will help Republicans and hurt Democrats.<p>The court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Ohio did not violate federal laws by purging …

News

Austria to shut down mosques, expel foreign-funded imams

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist.<p>The coalition government, an alliance of …

Political Islam

Trump says he's considering pardon for Muhammad Ali, who doesn't need one

Donald Trump<p>President Donald Trump said Friday he was considering granting a posthumous pardon for Muhammad Ali — prompting a lawyer for his estate and family to say thanks, but no thanks: The boxing great had his criminal conviction overturned by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago.<p>Trump, who …

Donald Trump

Anthony Bourdain, Renegade Chef Who Reported From the World’s Tables, Is Dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, whose darkly funny memoir about life in New York City restaurant kitchens made him a celebrity chef and touched off his second career as a journalist, food expert and social activist, was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in France. He was 61.<p>His death was being treated as a …

Anthony Bourdain

Guatemalan families continue search for victims after volcano eruption

EL RODEO, GUATEMALA (Reuters) - The death toll from a volcanic eruption in Guatemala rose to 69 on Monday as family members desperately searched for the missing in makeshift morgues and on streets blanketed with ash.<p>Guatemala's national disaster agency, CONRED, increased the death toll as more …

Guatemala volcano: at least 62 killed and 300 injured after Fuego erupts

Fuego spewed a five-mile stream of lava, burying dozens of communities and raining smoke and ash on other regions<p>At least 62 people, including three children, have been killed and nearly 300 injured in the most violent eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano in more than four decades, officials …

Guatemala

A Pilot Whale Has Died in Southern Thailand After Swallowing 17 Pounds of Plastic Waste

A pilot whale died last week in southern Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags and other debris, Agence France-Presse reports.<p>The …

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes meeting of Afghan clerics who had just condemned terrorism

By Sayed Salahuddin<p>KABUL — A suicide bomber killed 14 people Monday outside a large gathering in Kabul during the holy month of Ramadan where top religious figures had just condemned suicide attacks as violations of Islam.<p>The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a website linked …

Afghanistan

In India, a trio of unlikely heroes wages war on plastic

NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 25 years, Ram Nath has lived on the banks of the Yamuna River under a 19th-century iron bridge. Each morning, the wiry man walks a few steps from his makeshift hut and enters the black, sludgy waters of one of India's most polluted rivers. He is fishing for …

New Delhi

MH17: Plane shot down with Russian military missile launcher, investigators conclude

An international investigation has said the Russian military brought the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 into eastern Ukraine, leading to the tragedy that killed 298 people.<p>The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team said last year the Buk 9M38 surface-to-air missile in question arrived …

In Praise of Civility

Without respectful discourse, free speech isn’t much more than a hostile shouting match.<p>One month before the 2016 presidential election, I spoke on a panel in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the topic of campus speech. The audience was generally enthusiastic and engaged. A tense moment arrived, …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump cancels Singapore summit in letter to Kim Jong Un

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, he announced in a letter to Kim released by the White House Thursday morning, scrapping plans for what would have been a historic diplomatic summit.<p>He said during an appearance from the Roosevelt …

Gaza buries its dead as death toll from protests at fence with Israel rises to at least 60

By Loveday Morris and<p>Loveday Morris<p>Jerusalem bureau chief covering the Middle East<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ruth Eglash<p>Ruth Eglash<p>Reporter covering Israel and the Palestinian territories<p>Email Bio Follow<p>GAZA CITY — Gaza residents buried their dead Tuesday as the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli …

Gaza