Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

… Los Angeles times that he was never contacted by the grand jury about Rodriguezs case. I was surprised and distressed by the grand jury report, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of law at the University of California, Berkeley, told HuffPost. Heres some of the reasons the report left many feeling that an independent probe is desperately needed now more than ever before. Gail Fisher via Getty Images Grand jury says its just rogue deputies who worked informants improperly, despite court evidence. …

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Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

… accused of threatening others, racism, and other forms of harassment, and most of them are classified as “right wing,” according to The New York times. In the U.S., speech meant to threaten is illegal, but hate speech is not. In Germany, both can result in a visit from police. German law prohibits speech that “incites hatred” against a number of groups, including groups defined by race, national origin, and religion. This gives Germany a broader scope to go after …

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Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

… subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate LeEco, also put out a statement saying that two unnamed ecommerce platforms forced it to offer voucher and cashback discounts. “Two major e-commerce platforms still forced us to conduct voucher and cashback deals on top of the discounts we already placed on our products,” LeTV said. “They’ve also forced us to pay for the voucher and cashback deals this is way beyond what we can pay for.” Black Friday multiple times a year The …

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 22, 2017

… continues to undergo decomposition.” The possibilities could have been any number of things, Wecht said, including strangulation, suffocation, medication or a botched suicide attempt. But “the basic cause, no matter what the mechanism, would have been … hypoxia,” the medical term for insufficient oxygen reaching the brain. What happened in North Korea? Up until last week, one of the last times the world saw Warmbier, an American college student, was at a news conference …

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

… time, but I was laying the groundwork for becoming an on-demand worker, while my earning potential skyrocketed. In my first year, I earned three times what I did at my fashion writing job. Sound appealing? To make this transition work, I committed to three key steps: Reading the market for business trends The funny part is, this opportunity was staring me in the face the whole time the hardest part was recognizing it. Once crystallized, my plan made so much sense it would almost have been …

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Philando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

June 21, 2017

… whose hand had been near his gun, pulls out his weapon and fires seven rapid shots into the car, striking Castile five times. Reynolds: You just killed my boyfriend. Castile: I wasn’t reaching … Reynolds: He wasn’t reaching. Yanez: Don’t pull it out! Reynolds: He wasn’t. Yanez: Don’t move! (Expletive.) Yanez is then heard shouting obscenities and breathing heavily as the tape continues. The child exits the car amid the chaos and the other officer picks her up. …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… for the nickel and dime left over after that. Elbowing over that sliver of the market are hundreds of entitiespublishers ranging from the New York times to BuzzFeed to a rogue’s gallery of fake news sites. Also in the mix are ad tech middlemen from targeters to re-targeters to robotic exchanges, and even mafia fraudsters. Just look at this mess. These are all the companies that are playing some role in this. The amount of money spent on digital ads is still growing quickly, but …

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Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

June 19, 2017

Bill Cosby walking through the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.Image: Mark Makela/Getty Images Bill Cosby remains free on bail after a Pennsylvania jury on Saturday convinced the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked, but the district attorney took the unusual step of immediately announcing that a new trial date would be set. The jury of seven men and five women spent a week shuffling between deliberations and the courtroom, telling the judge multiple times along …

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

… says the website was used by about 100,000 people – more than four times as many as its 24,000 membership. This meant young people with no experience of canvassing could team up with those with previous election experience for targeted canvassing. “If you have a young person telling another young person, ‘You should get out and vote because this election is important’, it’s more convincing,” Mr Todd said. Manifesto There was also an unashamed pitch for the …

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Independence Day Fast Facts

June 16, 2017

… most popular day for grilling. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest:The winner eats the most hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes to win prize money and the Mustard Belt. Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, has won the title nine times (2007-2014 and 2016). He also holds the world record for eating 73 hot dogs. 1916 – The Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest is held at the original Nathan’s Famous at Coney Island. 2011 – For the first time, men and women compete …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… the feature, and Instagram did not collaborate with the Federal Trade Commission, which is tasked with keeping advertisers in check. Neither Instagram nor the FTC have “hard and fast rules” for the practices, the New York times wrote last summer. Even the rules that do exist are broken. Marketing firm Mediakix issued a report in May that found 93 percent of sponsored posts by the top 50 celebrities on Instagram do not comply with FTC guidelines. Still, Instagram will not enforce the …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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Kim Jong Un Pal Dennis Rodman Reportedly Heading To North Korea

June 14, 2017

… President Trump. He would go back there in a second, if it ended up helping our nation, the Los Angeles times reported at the time. The flamboyant bad boy of the NBA first struck up a friendship with Kim in 2013, when he helped arrange an exhibition basketball game with the Harlem Globetrotters in North Korea for Kim, whos a fan of the sport. He returned the following year with a crew of ex-pros to arrange a historic game between the two countries to celebrate Kims 30th birthday. After …

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Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

… have to be positive.” They now prefer to focus on Jo’s children. Cuillin and Lejla were aged five and three when their mother died. “Going forward, build on the children,” Gordon says. “Jo’s children have got so much of her in them. That’s a great legacy. We love that.” Love ‘100 times deeper’ Jean and Gordon’s house, however, still retains many memories of Jo. When Jo decided to run for Parliament – and at the time was …

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

… appeared in force during a March protest movement to step out once again. Protests were held in more than 100 cities, including in St. Petersburg, where up to 900 people were reportedly detained. Maxim Shemetov / Reuters As media outlets and several photo agencies in Russia noted, those calls appeared to have been heard. The Guardian described crowds of mainly young protesters chanting anti-Putin slogans. The New York times chronicled the enthusiastic resolve of mostly young …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… Korea’s women’s soccer team traveled to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier. Footballing culture is strong in the two Koreas. North Korea has qualified for the World Cup more times than China, a country with a population 54 times larger, while South Korea’s national football team is the most successful in Asia. However, not all sporting overtures have been successful. Pyongyang boycotted the 1988 Olympics, held in Seoul, after negotiations for the two countries to potential …

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

… the light: Jon Snow is still dead. It’s so obvious. The man was stabbed like 15 times. You don’t just come back after that. So that’s that. Jon Snow is still dead. Coffee #6: Jon Snow was never alive After my sixth coffee I realized something that completely floored me. Jon Snow was never actually alive to begin with. Mind. Blown. He’s always been dead. Isn’t it so obvious to you, too? It’s pretty obvious that Jon Snow is not alive and is just a figment of Sam …

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Katy Perry talks about the Taylor Swift feud again oh my god why

June 10, 2017

… SEE ALSO: Katy Perry can’t find a signal on ‘Witness’ Perry’s response sounds a bit like Swift’s defense following Kim Kardashian’s Snapchats revealing her phone call with Kanye West over “Famous.” It makes sense that once, in simpler times, the songbirds had mad love. “Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination,” wrote Swift at the time. “I …

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Facebook’s Instant Articles are getting more ads after publishers began to flee

June 9, 2017

Image: facebook The Guardian is out. So is The New York times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is going to do something about those terrible ads on your website Facebook has failed to keep the two of the most reputable newspapers on board with Instant Articles, the publishing platform where articles are uploaded directly to the social network. But Facebook is not giving up. On Thursday, the social network added more ad placements in Instant Articles. Any publisher can now insert ads in the related …

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Here’s a Twitter list for Comey’s Senate testimony

June 8, 2017

… CNN’s chief political correspondent. Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1 MSNBC producer who’s always on it on Twitter. Ken Dilanian @KenDilanianNBC National security reporter for NBC News. Bradd Jaffy @BraddJaffy NBC Nightly News writer and editor. Gabriel Debenedetti @gdebenedetti Politico political reporter. Greg Miller @gregpmiller National security correspondent for the Washington Post. David Sanger @SangerNYT National security correspondent for the New York times. Maggie Haberman …

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Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ is a bleak crusade for intimacy in the digital age

June 7, 2017

Email my heart? Imagine your terror of tweeting a joke that doesn’t quite land or even a careless typo. Multiply that pressure millions of times, and you’re in Katy Perry’s social media hell, where the weirdly defensive Witness was born. The album plays out like the “Can you hear me now?” Verizon commercials a meme before we knew to call it that as Perry wanders aimlessly in search of a connection. “Can I get a witness?” she pleads. Feeling like the …

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Justin Bieber has some good sports tweets for you

June 7, 2017

A lover, not a sportsmanImage: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan times via Getty Images Justin Bieber doesn’t know much about sports. He just knows about love and when stuff looks cool, and isn’t that enough? Maybe not. Now, Biebs has opened up about the suffering his fair-weather sports fandom has brought about in a series of very good tweets on the sensitive subject. SEE ALSO: Justin Bieber singing about iced coffee is the 2017 Song of the Summer It all started when Bieber Instagrammed 26 …

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URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 6, 2017

London (AP) — The latest on the attacks in the London Bridge area (all times local): 12:18 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says three Australians have been injured in the knife attacks at London Bridge and in London's Borough Market. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Candice Hedge is recovering in St. Thomas' Hospital and Andrew Morrison had received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia. Both had been stabbed in the neck. The government is still …

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’13 Reasons Why’ showrunner says ‘there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell’ in Season 2

June 5, 2017

… different young people’s lives,” he says. “I’d like to see us keep telling those stories, keep looking at those kids’ lives and how they move on from here and how especially they try to lead lives of fullness and joy in times that are very, very dark.” 13 Reasons Why Season 1 is now streaming in full on Netflix. If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention …

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Hey Corporate America, Please Sponsor This Column!

June 5, 2017

… NBA uniform may be new, it doesnt amount to a patch on the days of the old National Basketball League, when, as The New York times notes, teams bore the names of companies like the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots, the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, the Toledo Jim White Chevrolets. But the decades since such team names disappeared, has apparently meant that the impending appearance of corporate logos has been met with resistance. According to the times, NBA fans have expressed displeasure at the idea, …

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Police Tell Londoners to Run and Hide as Attack Underway in London

June 4, 2017

… entrances as the armed men approached. The doors were locked by the bar staff. Three men with big hunting knives were outside. They were trying to get in the pub but the doors were locked. They were smashing the windows,a witness told The Sun. I saw at least one man stabbed in the chest about five times. Heavily armed officers arrived at the scene just as these assailants were trying to gain entry to the pub. Armed police turned up, I saw them shoot at least two of the guys in front of me, the …

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