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Zinke's travel raises ethical questions

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 22:02
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has mixed official business with political activities and visits home, raising questions about the appropriateness of the trips and whether any ethics rules have been violated. 

Professional sports teams spurn Trump hotels

Washington Post - Wed, 2017-10-11 22:00
The Washington Post's David A. Fahrenthold explains the trend of major pro sports teams leaving Trump hotels.

Kim Wall, Slain Journalist, Is Remembered in Her Own Words

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:59
At a memorial service at Columbia University, family and friends read from Ms. Wall’s work and urged others to continue the work she had loved.

Editorial: Mr. Trump Alone Can Order a Nuclear Strike. Congress Can Change That.

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:56
Time to require the president to first get a declaration of war.

Pre-release Google Home Mini goes rogue, starts recording 24/7 [Updated]

Ars - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:54

The Google Home Mini. It's listening, even sometimes when it's not supposed to. (credit: Google)

Update: Welp, this is officially a full-blown disaster. In response to reports of constantly recording Google Home Minis, Google is permanently removing the Google Home Mini's center touch point functionality. The company released a statement tonight, saying:

We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously. Although we only received a few reports of this issue, we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.

We have made the decision to permanently remove all top touch functionality on the Google Home Mini. As before, the best way to control and activate Google Home Mini is through voice, by saying “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” which is already how most people engage with our Google Home products. You can still adjust the volume by using the touch control on the side of the device.

The total, permanent removal of the top center touch point means you won't be able to long-press on it to begin voice recognition, and you won't be able to tap on it to pause or resume music, or stop an alarm from beeping. While the Mini still isn't released yet, apparently the false-positive touch issue is not fixable through software, the Minis are too far along to fix the hardware, and Google doesn't want to rip apart the units that have already been manufactured. Someone messed up big time.

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23 dead, hundreds missing

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:53
Wildfires raging across Northern California have killed at least 17 people, as hundreds of firefighters battle the flames and keep thousands of people away from the blaze's path.

Opinion: The real risk in Trump's Iran gambit

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:52
It's still unclear whether Donald Trump's expected decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal will lead to the total collapse of the agreement. But the truth is that decertification is only half the story. The bigger threat to the deal is Trump's apparent intention to ratchet up pressure in the region on Tehran. Doing so risks not only scuppering the agreement, but putting the United States and Iran on a collision course that could result in outright conflict.

Trump slams Iran deal as 'incompetently drawn'

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:39
President Donald Trump called the Iran deal "incompetently drawn" in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday night.

Delicious donuts delivered by creepy clowns

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:37
A donut delivery company enlists creepy clowns. CNN's Anderson Cooper explains on the Ridiculist.

Lawsuits After Las Vegas Shooting May Be Uphill Battles

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:36
With Stephen Paddock dead, who is left to blame? If history is any guide, seeking damages will be a difficult task.

Official: N. Korean hackers stole war plans

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:19
North Korean hackers allegedly stole classified military documents from a South Korean Defense Ministry database in September 2016, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly. CNN's Will Ripley reports.

Trump: I have different attitude on NK

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:16
President Donald Trump says that he has a stronger and tougher attitude than other people on North Korea, and he will do what's right for the world.

Trump: I have 'different attitude' on N. Korea

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 21:14
President Trump told reporters that he has a different attitude towards North Korea than others in the administration, but reminded that his attitude matters most.

Critic’s Notebook: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. But Hollywood Still Has a Problem.

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:51
Women helped build the movie industry, but it has long been a male-dominated enterprise that systematically treats women — as a class — as inferior.

Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:39
The New York Times visited refugee camps where civilians described a campaign of slaughter and rape by Myanmar’s military.

How to help the victims

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:39
Fast-moving wildfires continue to spread devastation and desperation in Northern California. So far, the flames have driven more than 20,000 people from their homes. Dozens are dead. Authorities in Sonoma County received more than 100 missing person calls.

10 Hurricanes in 10 Weeks: With Ophelia, a 124-Year-Old Record is Matched

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:28
With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia, 2017 became the first year since 1893 in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength.

Trump: I want nuclear arsenal in 'tip-top shape'

CNN - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:28
President Donald Trump said that he just wants to have the US nuclear arsenal in "tip-top shape," pushing back on a report that he wanted to increase the stockpile tenfold.

Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:26
The president said he might use the power of the federal government to retaliate by challenging broadcast licenses.

Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare

NY Times - Wed, 2017-10-11 20:26
President Trump is expected to issue an order on Thursday to allow the sale of health insurance plans that are exempt from some Affordable Care Act rules.
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