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23 Texas Towns Hit With Ransomware Attack In 'New Front' Of Cyberassault

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:16

Investigators haven't identified who or what is behind the attack that took systems offline, but the Texas Department of Information Resources says the evidence points to "one single threat actor."

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Colombia Kindly Offers Free Health Care To Venezuelans – Up To A Point

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 10:09

The government has promised to welcome migrants from neighboring Venezuela as "blood brothers." But more than 1 million newcomers are adding to the stress on an already strained health-care system.

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Billie Full Of Grace

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:00

The only place Holiday received formal vocal instruction also gave her bad-girl cred and an ambitious spiritual discipline. It was The House Of The Good Shepherd For Colored Girls, a Catholic convent.

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Why Do We Find True Crime Fascinating? 'Savage Appetites' Looks For An Answer

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:01

With her well-researched, beautifully written book, Rachel Monroe addresses the desire to consume stories of murder and mayhem — and what it reflects about us and the world around us.

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We Did It For The LOLs: 100 Favorite Funny Books

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 07:00

We thought you might need a laugh right about now, so this year's summer reader poll celebrates all the books (and one short story, and a few uncategorizable gems) that make you laugh out loud.

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The Case For Summer Vacation

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:30

Economists have long criticized summer vacation as economically inefficient. But one has come to its defense.

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Britain's Boris Johnson Appeals To EU To Drop 'Irish Backstop' Demand

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:17

The prime minister, in a letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk, calls the backstop deal reached by his predecessor "anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the U.K."

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How China Uses Twitter And Facebook To Share Disinformation About Hong Kong

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 06:07

Russia gets most of the attention when it comes to malicious use of social media by state actors. The protests in Hong Kong have made clear China is using the same playbook.

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Poll: Americans, Including Republicans And Gun Owners, Broadly Support Red Flag Laws

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:01

People are hotly divided about many gun restrictions — but not on extreme risk protection orders. They allow police to temporarily take guns from people seen to be a risk to themselves or others.

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Unanswered Questions Leave Californians Worried About Fire Season

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:00

Warm temperatures have Californians again bracing for wildfires. But to better prepare, the residents of Ventura say they need a clearer picture of what went wrong in the destructive 2017 Thomas Fire.

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Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:00

Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider that a loophole that hurts kids.

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U.S. Tests Missile With A Range Prohibited By Now-Abandoned Treaty

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 04:40

The Pentagon says it tested a modified cruise missile that flew "more than 500 kilometers" — a distance prohibited under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty scrapped earlier this month.

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U.S. And The Taliban May Be Near A Deal. What Does That Mean For Afghanistan?

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:18

The Afghan government has been left on the sidelines as the U.S. and the Taliban have held multiple rounds of talks this year in the Gulf nation of Qatar.

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'Stand Your Ground' Trial Begins In Florida A Year After Unarmed Black Man Is Killed

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:26

Michael Drejka who is white, says he feared for his life after Markeis McGlockton, who is black, pushed him to the ground in a dispute over a handicapped-accessible parking space in 2018.

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Can U.K.'s New Prime Minister Pull Off Brexit? Here's What To Know

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:23

Britain's prime minister vows to bring the country out of the European Union at the end of October — deal or no deal. Here are some of the key challenges he faces.

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In Zimbabwe, An Economic Crisis With 175% Inflation Drives Discontent

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:21

Protests took place Friday. Power cuts can last up to 18 hours a day. About a third of Zimbabwe's population needs food aid, due to drought and the worsening economy, the U.N. says.

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Planned Parenthood Out Of Title X Over Trump Rule

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:55

The organization says it is leaving the federal family planning program because of rule changes that prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring most patients for abortion.

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New California Law Says Police Should Kill Only When 'Necessary'

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:46

The legislation is a response to police killings of unarmed black men such as Stephon Clark. But critics say it doesn't go far enough.

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In Congo, Even Ebola Can't Stop Lovers From Dancing

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:18

The city of Goma is trying to keep the Ebola outbreak at bay. But as night falls, Congolese rumba fills the air, and people dance close together.

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Maybe The Way To Control Locusts Is By Growing Crops They Don't Like

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:42

A lab at Arizona State University tries to find new ways to combat the global scourge of locusts. One solution may have to do with farming practices.

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