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

NPR All Things Considered - 3 hours 51 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 51 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 54 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 59 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 - 4 hours 23 sec 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 - 4 hours 6 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.

House Armed Services Committee Blocks Shift Of Pentagon Funding For Border Wall

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 6 min ago

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan appeared before the House Armed Services Committee for the first time following Democrats taking control of the House.

How The First All-Female Spacewalk Could Be Foiled By A Spacesuit

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 6 min ago

The first all-female spacewalk was called off for want of the right-sized spacesuit. NASA has long been questioned about how its limited number of suit sizes disproportionately affects women.

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander Wants To Address Climate Change Without The Green New Deal

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 6 min ago

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. While he is voting no on the Green New Deal he says Republicans need to respond to climate change.

Justice Department Shifts Policy, Says Entire Affordable Care Act Should Be Overturned

NPR All Things Considered - 4 hours 6 min ago

The Trump administration's shift in a major legal case against the Affordable Care Act could lead to the reversal of the expansive law and far-reaching effects on all Americans' health care.

County takes 'extremely unusual' step to ban unvaccinated minors from public places amid measles outbreak

CNN - 4 hours 9 min ago
Unvaccinated people under age 18 are banned from public places in Rockland County, New York, as of midnight Wednesday, according to John Lyon, director of strategic communications for County Executive Ed Day.

Second Man Found Dead in Ed Buck’s Home Died the Same Way as the First

NY Times - 4 hours 10 min ago
Timothy Dean, 55, like Gemmel Moore, 26, died of an accidental methamphetamine overdose, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Vice President directs NASA to return to the Moon by 2024

Ars - 4 hours 16 min ago

Enlarge / Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. (credit: NASA)

On Tuesday, at a museum within a stone's throw of Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a significant space policy speech that called for American men and women to return to the Moon by 2024. If the Trump administration follows through on the policies Pence outlined—admittedly a huge if—this was arguably the most consequential space speech since President Kennedy's Moon speech in 1962.

However, Pence's comments, and some of the plan later outlined by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, raised significant questions about the viability of these ideas.

During a 30-minute speech that Ars previewed last week, Pence said NASA has moved too slow for too long. Half a century ago, the agency only took eight years to go to the Moon, Pence said, when NASA didn't know how to do the job. Therefore, he was not satisfied with NASA's stated aim of landing humans on the Moon by 2028, which would come 11 years after President Trump first established the goal of returning humans to the lunar surface.

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Trump just made sure health care will decide 2020

CNN - 4 hours 17 min ago
• Trump says GOP will be the party of health care following administration's Obamacare reversal • House Democratic leaders to unveil health bill • Opinion: Who will Trump choose for his next enemy?

GOP lawmaker: Real climate change fix is to have more kids

CNN - 4 hours 18 min ago
During a speech on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. Mike Lee joked that if the Green New Deal passes, people would get around by riding Tauntauns, a fictional creature from "Star Wars," and said that the real solution to fighting climate change is to have more children.

You should probably update your iPhone. It needs a bunch of critical security fixes

CNN - 4 hours 24 min ago
At the same time Apple was promoting its new streaming TV offerings Monday, it pushed a massive amount of security fixes along with its newest operating system -- 51 to be exact.

The Democrats’ shift away from Israel

Washington Post - 4 hours 26 min ago
A new poll shows the party is newly split on whether it sides more with the Israelis or Palestinians.

Opinion: Avocado recall is a wake-up call

CNN - 4 hours 31 min ago
There are two takeaways from the avocadeo recall this week, writes Ford Vox. Government food inspection is your tax dollars well spent, and our reliance on a complex web of food production, delivery and mass retail sale—rather than well-stocked local sources-- makes us vulnerable.
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