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Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:37
A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

As Brexit Vote Nears, Theresa May Races to Save Deal

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:36
Britain’s Parliament is set to vote on Tuesday on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, which is so disliked that she is seeking to at least limit the scale of its failure.

Bitcoin is 10 years old. What's next?

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:35
Bitcoin, the world's most famous cryptocurrency, just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Remember when Bill Gates challenged Slash to Guitar Hero? 13 years of Ars at CES

Ars - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:30

Ars may be turning 20, but the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) makes us feel downright youth-y. The annual tech gathering has been around quite a while at this point, some 50-plus years. And over that time, the show has hosted countless industry-wide announcements—big (IoT everywhere, the Windows 7 public beta), small (USB C, 802.11ad WiGig routers), and just plain insane in retrospect (has using your eyes as a video game controller caught on yet? What about screens made of air?).Ars Technica's 20th Anniversary

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2019 makes it a baker's dozen for Ars—we've covered it on-the-ground annually since 2006. We've learned several times over that robots love "Gangnam Style" and that early Chromebooks proved only moderately effective for covering such a news fest. But looking back reveals some admirable prescience from CES. Maybe the TV Hat at CES 2010 genuinely did pave the way for Oculus-fever in 2014 and our present-day "VR is so close to happening, right?" realities. Or perhaps the abundance of personal transportation vehicles—Spinkix remote-controlled skates in 2013 to Inmotion unicycle-y things in 2015 to US Marshals targeting hover boards in 2016—really did set the stage for today's scooter-laden urban landscapes. CES 2010 stoked the tablet wars between Microsoft and Apple months before the iPad, 2014 pushed curved displays (at least TVs), 2018 highlighted the utility of self-driving cars. Heck, even in 2006 they knew years later we'd all be watching TV on our phones (c'mon, that's totally what Palm and Mobi TV had in mind).

So with another CES fresh on our minds and nostalgia levels a bit higher than normal given the site's anniversary, we decided to take a walk down Ars-at-CES memory lane (err, memory midway?) as part of our initial 20th anniversary series. Who knows what kinds of showcased technological movements we'll look back on as groundbreaking after we complete our 20th January in the desert? But we at least have total confidence that future tech executives will continue the proudest CES tradition—inviting friends from Slash to Tom Hanks onstage for some totally casual conversation about upcoming products.

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LA teacher strike leaves 600K students in limbo

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:27
This is the outcome nobody wanted. But it will happen anyway.

Verizon charges new “spam” fee for texts sent from teachers to students

Ars - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:21

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A free texting service used by teachers, students, and parents may stop working on the Verizon Wireless network because of a dispute over texting fees that Verizon demanded from the company that operates the service. As a result, teachers that use the service have been expressing their displeasure with Verizon.

Remind—the company that offers the classroom communication service—criticized Verizon for charging the new fee. Remind said its service's text message notifications will stop working on the Verizon network on January 28 unless Verizon changes course. (Notifications sent via email or via Remind's mobile apps will continue to work.)

The controversy cropped up shortly after a Federal Communications Commission decision that allowed US carriers' text-messaging services to remain largely unregulated.

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Passenger carries firearm through TSA screening at Atlanta onto Delta flight

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:18
A traveler carrying a firearm successfully boarded a flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

Chechnya Renews Crackdown on Gay People, Rights Group Says

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12
The Russian LGBT Network said two gay people had been killed and about 40 people imprisoned by Chechen security forces, echoing a 2017 pogrom.

Congress Begins Consideration Of William Barr's Nomination As Next Attorney General

NPR All Things Considered - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12

Congress is considering William Barr's nomination as U.S. Attorney General. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with George J. Terwilliger III, who served as Barr's deputy AG during the H.W. Bush administration.

To Understand France's Yellow Vest Movement, You Have To Get Out Of Paris

NPR All Things Considered - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12

The yellow vest protests continue in France despite President Emmanuel Macron's attempts to mollify the protesters.

How The 2020 Democratic Field Is Filling Out

NPR All Things Considered - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12

The Democratic presidential field grew over the weekend, with two more candidates joining the race. But more than a dozen are poised on the sidelines of the 2020 primary.

In Poland, Gdansk Mayor Dies After Being Stabbed At Charity Event

NPR All Things Considered - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12

The mayor of Gdansk, Poland, has died after he was stabbed on stage at a charity concert on Sunday. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Anna Noryskiewicz about the rise of political violence in Poland.

Facing Potential Liabilities From Wildfires, California's PG&E To File For Bankruptcy

NPR All Things Considered - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12

California's largest utility plans to file for bankruptcy, facing potential liabilities of $30 billion from 2018 wildfires. What will this mean for shareholders, victims and 5.5 million customers?

How The Government Shutdown Is Impacting Airline Safety

NPR All Things Considered - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:12

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Todd Curtis, aviation safety and security analyst and founder of AirSafe.com, about the risks involved in air safety due to the partial government shutdown.

See kidnapping suspect in court

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:06
Jake Patterson, the suspect accused of killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, appears in court for the first time.

Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ Ace During Lean Years, Dies at 77

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:04
Stottlemyre was an anchor for the pitching staff during the late 1960s and early ’70s. He was later the pitching coach for Yankees and Mets teams that won the World Series.

Political Memo: Democrats Want to Run on Issues in 2020. But Does Beating Trump Matter Most?

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:02
A major question in the coming Democratic primary is which candidate will be the best antidote to Trump and Trumpism. Liberals may want to apply policy litmus tests. Moderates may just want a winner.

Best Credit Card for Travelers? Probably Not One From an Airline

NY Times - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:01
Airline cards offer free checked bags and priority boarding. But general-use cards with travel perks are often a better choice, an analysis found.

His heavy sweating led to an unexpected diagnosis

CNN - Mon, 2019-01-14 17:00
A 60-year-old man struggled with unexplained sweating episodes for three years before doctors diagnosed him with temporal lobe seizures, according to a case study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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