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OxyContin maker to settle historic Oklahoma opioid lawsuit

CNN - 2 hours 47 min ago
Purdue Pharma has agreed to settle a historic lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma attorney general who accused the OxyContin maker of aggressively marketing the opioid painkiller and fueling a drug epidemic that left thousands dead in the state, a source familiar with the case tells CNN.

Senate defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats call vote a ‘sham’

Washington Post - 2 hours 50 min ago
The measure failed on a 0 to 57 vote, with most Democrats voting “present.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) forced the vote on what he calls a “far-left wish list.”

Purdue Pharma Reaches $270 Million Opioid Settlement With Oklahoma

NPR All Things Considered - 2 hours 59 min ago

Purdue Pharma, the maker of opioid OxyContin, has reached a $270 million civil settlement with the state of Oklahoma.

Pentagon announces $1 billion transfer for border barriers, angering Democrats

Washington Post - 3 hours 3 min ago
The move, announced Monday, was justified under Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.

Kavanaugh Seems Conflicted On Partisan Gerrymandering At Supreme Court Arguments

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 11 min ago

The court once again appeared divided on whether redistricting could be done on the basis of politics. The newest justice seemed to be at least open to considering it as a problem.

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On College Basketball: What’s Next in the N.C.A.A. Tournament? Let’s Look Ahead

NY Times - 3 hours 14 min ago
Sorting the favorites and the almost favorites in the N.C.A.A. tournament’s Sweet 16.

Green New Deal stalls in Senate after largely political debate

CNN - 3 hours 15 min ago
Senators had a spirited debate Tuesday over the merits of the Green New Deal, a broad policy proposal from liberal Democrats to battle climate change and other social ills but in the end, no one voted to advance the measure and it stalled.

74% of US coal plants threatened by renewables, but emissions continue to rise

Ars - 3 hours 17 min ago

Enlarge / Wind turbines spin as steam rises from the cooling towers of the Jäenschwalde coal-fired power plant. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Monday saying that in 2018, "global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 33 Gigatonnes." That's the most growth in emissions that the world has seen since 2013.

Coal use contributed to a third of the total increase, mostly from new coal-fired power plants in China and India. This is worrisome because new coal plants have a lifespan of roughly 50 years. But the consequences of climate change are already upon us, and coal's hefty emissions profile compared to other energy sources means that, globally, carbon mitigation is going to be a lot more difficult to tackle than it may look from here in the US.

Even in the US, carbon emissions grew by 3.1 percent in 2018, according to the IEA. (This closely tracks estimates by the Rhodium Group, which released a preliminary report in January saying that US carbon emissions increased by 3.4 percent in 2018.)

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Mayor Emanuel: City's reputation dragged through mud

CNN - 3 hours 17 min ago
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he does not believe justice was served in the case of Jussie Smollett, after all charges against Smollett were dropped, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel added that the outcome was a "whitewash of justice."

What Happens if Obamacare Is Struck Down?

NY Times - 3 hours 20 min ago
The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans. Some 21 million could lose health insurance if the Trump administration were to succeed in having the law ruled unconstitutional.

Venezuela’s Powerless Revolution

NY Times - 3 hours 24 min ago
To end an electricity crisis, the opposition and Maduro’s regime have to agree to put the lives of the people above their political goals.

Netanyahu slams Ilhan Omar for suggesting Israel’s U.S. allies are motivated by money

Washington Post - 3 hours 25 min ago
“From this Benjamin: It’s not about the Benjamins,” the Israeli prime minister told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

MacArthur Genius Recipient Jennifer Eberhardt Discusses Her New Book 'Biased'

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 31 min ago

MacArthur Genius recipient Jennifer Eberhardt has a new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do.

Democrats Grapple With Party Tensions Over How The U.S. Should Treat Israel

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 31 min ago

Some Democratic leaders addressed the pro-Israel group AIPAC this week, as the party faces tensions over the U.S. relationship toward Israel and attacks from President Trump.

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Actor Jussie Smollett, Prompting Outrage From Police

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 31 min ago

On Tuesday, prosecutors in Cook County, Ill., announced that all charges against actor and musician Jussie Smollett have been dropped. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded with outrage.

HTML email reborn, as Google brings AMP to your inbox

Ars - 3 hours 34 min ago

Enlarge / Lightning bolts have currents from 5,000 up to perhaps as many as 200,000 amps. (credit: John Fowler / Flickr)

Google is bringing AMP, its cut-down version of HTML, to email. Starting today, Gmail on the Web will be able to support embedded AMP content, with support rolling out to mobile clients later. Gmail will also be joined by Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, and Mail.Ru, with their respective developers promising to add support soon.

AMP for email isn't just a warmed-over version of email with HTML formatting. The embedded AMP content will be able to offer features such as interactivity without having to click away from your inbox. For example, an online store could send you an email about a product or promotion you're likely to be interested in, and the AMP embed could allow scrolling through pictures of the products and even initiate the purchasing process. Or Pinterest could email you a selection of the day's popular items and you could pin them directly from your inbox.

Accelerated Mobile Pages were introduced by Google in 2015 as a narrow set of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS capabilities that produced pages that are fast to download and render, could easily be packaged together, and were amenable to being embedded in, for example, Google search results pages. JavaScript features were limited to those offered by a Google-supplied library. This greatly curtails the range of things that pages can do in favor of being extremely cache-friendly and having consistently good performance.

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Uncle Sam surrenders to growing backlog of crime lab DNA tests

Washington Post - 3 hours 39 min ago
The Justice Department apparently has given up on eliminating the growing backlog of crime lab DNA tests. "Officials stated they believe the goal of eliminating backlogs is unachievable in the foreseeable future," says a new government report.

Analysis: Tim Cook says Apple Card is a game changer. Experts are not so sure

CNN - 3 hours 40 min ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday that the tech company's new credit card would be "the most significant change in the credit card experience in 50 years." But not everyone's buying it.

Jordan Peele's 'Us' Is Setting Box Office Records — And Breaking Down Racial Barriers

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 46 min ago

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with horror expert and professor Tananarive Due about why Jordan Peele's Us is so revolutionary and what makes horror a special genre for black audiences.

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