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Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency for the next six months

10/10/2016
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For the first time in 25 years, Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency, an attempt to calm anti-government protests that have spread across the country. “The state of emergency is vital. It is essential to restore peace and stability over a short period of time,” prime minister Haile mariam Desalegn said in a televised address on Oct 8. The state of emergency, effective immediately, has been issued for six months, the longest amount of time it can be declared, according to the country’s...

Duration: 00:02:50


Polls show that Trump’s vulgar video has done very little to sway voters

10/10/2016
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Following the release of a 2005 video that revealed Donald Trump making vulgar, predatory comments about women, many Republican lawmakers began withdrawing their support for the party’s presidential nominee. By our count, 30 Republican officials have said Trump should leave the race, and 14 have said they won’t vote for him. But according to polls by ABC News/SSRS and Politico/Morning Consult, voters have not been as quick to jump from the Trump ship. Both polls were conducted immediately...

Duration: 00:02:29


Trump’s tape makes “October surprises” of recent elections seem quaint

10/10/2016
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During every presidential election year in the United States, seemingly without fail, a damaging piece of news about a candidate arrives in October. Leaves will fall, pumpkins will be carved, and pundits will ponder whether a presidential candidate can make it through a scandal or miscue dug up by journalists or opposition researchers. But 2016 is not like other election years. September ended with the revelation that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, appeared in an adult...

Duration: 00:03:51


Billy Bush has been suspended from the “Today” show for his role in the Trump tape

10/10/2016
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NBC has suspended Today show co-host Billy Bush after he was caught joking about sexual assault with Donald Trump in 2005. The anchor had planned to address the controversy on Monday’s show, but NBC now says he is suspended. The network wouldn’t elaborate on how long he’d be gone. Though Trump has been the focus of the controversy since a recording of the conversation emerged on Friday, Bush’s encouragement of the vulgar conversation has not gone unnoticed. In the video, when the Republican...

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Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005

10/9/2016
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Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post. The video captures Trump talking with Billy Bush, then of “Access Hollywood,” on a bus with the show’s name written across the side. They were arriving on the set of “Days of Our Lives” to tape a segment about Trump’s cameo on the soap...

Duration: 00:05:08


The Editorialists Have Spoken; Will Voters Listen?

10/9/2016
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The Atlantic magazine has made only two presidential endorsements in its 159-year history: one for Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and one for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The third comes Wednesday afternoon, when the magazine posted an editorial endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and dismissing Donald J. Trump as “the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency.” For good measure, it calls him “a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a...

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West Bank Settlers Prepare for Clash, With Israeli Government

10/9/2016
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Thousands of Israeli police officers stormed this hilltop settler outpost in the occupied West Bank to raze nine illegally built homes. Settlers and their supporters hurled cinder blocks at the officers, who charged on horseback and beat protesters with batons. The homes were torn down, but 300 people were injured and the emotional scars ran deep. Some later called it a pogrom. That was a decade ago. Now the residents of Amona are readying for another battle with their own government and...

Duration: 00:03:17


The CIA Says It Can Predict Social Unrest as Early as 3 to 5 Days Out

10/9/2016
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According to Deputy Director for Digital Innovation Andrew Hallman, the man tapped by CIA Director John Brennan to run the digital wing, that digital pivot is paying off. The agency, Hallman said, has significantly improved its “anticipatory intelligence,” using a mesh of sophisticated algorithms and analytics against complex systems to better predict the flow of everything from illicit cash to extremists around the globe. Deep learning and other forms of machine learning can help analysts...

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Snapchat Is Preparing to IPO at a $25 Billion Valuation

10/9/2016
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Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., is preparing for an initial public offering that is expected to value the company at $25 billion or more, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The newspaper says the company is already filling out the paperwork. But there’s there is no guarantee that a share sale will happen on the timeframe, or that the valuation will remain the same by that date. If Snap Inc. decides to go through with the IPO, it could be one of the biggest in recent tech...

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Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone catches fire on Southwest plane

10/9/2016
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Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told The Verge. More worrisome is the fact that the phone in question was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, one that was deemed to be safe by Samsung. The Verge spoke to Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, on...

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Kid Cudi’s announcement that he's checking into rehab is a powerfully honest blow to mental health stigma

10/9/2016
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In a powerful statement on Facebook late Tuesday evening, Kid Cudi announced that he is checking into a rehabilitation facility “for depression and suicidal urges.” “I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” Cudi wrote. Cudi, 32, has been a familiar face on the rap scene for more than a decade, since he moved to New York City from his hometown of Cleveland in 2003. But he gained national attention for his 2008 single “Day ’N’ Nite.” In his Facebook statement, Cudi revealed he...

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Trump donated to state attorneys general reviewing his business: WSJ

10/9/2016
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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has given campaign contributions to state attorneys general while they considered decisions affecting his business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The Journal said records showed that Trump, his family and associates donated in particular to attorneys general in New York, from the 1980s through incumbent Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who said last month he had opened an inquiry into the Donald J. Trump Foundation. "The money...

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Robotic bees are now being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees

10/7/2016
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Honeybees pollinate almost a third of the food we consume, but they’ve been dying at alarming rates due to threats like habitat loss and disease, as well as colony collapse disorder (CCD), the phenomenon where worker bees abandon their hives, leaving behind only the queen bee and enough food and nurse bees to help take care of the immature bees and the queen. There is also increasing evidence of a direct link between neonicotinoids, which are the most common type of insecticides, and CCD....

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The scariest thing about a Donald Trump presidency is what Paul Ryan would do with it

10/7/2016
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A lot of people are scared by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. But the reality of a Trump White House, as envisioned by House speaker Paul Ryan, could be even more frightening than we realize. Though the Republican representative was once a Trump holdout, Ryan is now getting ready to hit the campaign trail with the GOP nominee. To shore up support for Trump among business conservatives, Ryan is pitching the Donald as the key to unified government in Washington—the last piece of the...

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Our Closest Earthlike Planet Appears to Be Covered in Water

10/7/2016
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Jupiter’s moon Europa recently became the best candidate yet for harboring alien life within our Solar System. But in the search for life outside of our cosmic backyard, an Earth-sized, newly-discovered rocky exoplanet has scientists woozy: They've concluded that the planet may in fact be covered in oceans of liquid water—water that could contain life. In a study to be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, an international team led by researchers at the Marseille Astrophysics...

Duration: 00:02:36


Matt Drudge Suggests Government May Be Lying About Hurricane Matthew

10/7/2016
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Matt Drudge, author of the conservative media siteDrudgeReport.com, is being ridiculed over his tweets in advance of Hurricane Matthew's arrival in Florida. Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning, the conservative firebrand took to Twitter to imply that the storm might not be as powerful as government officials say it is. First he tweeted: "The deplorables are starting to wonder if govt has been lying to them about Hurricane Matthew intensity to make exaggerated point on climate."...

Duration: 00:03:08


U.N. Body Calls on Saudi Arabia to End Execution of Children

10/7/2016
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A U.N. human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end "severe" discrimination against girls and to repeal laws it said allowed children to be executed by stoning or punished with amputations and floggings. The Committee on the Rights of the Child on Friday issued the conclusions of its review of the kingdom's record of compliance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. States which ratify the pact are reviewed every few years. Children over 15 years are tried as adults...

Duration: 00:03:26


Elections, storms, and campaigns: none have changed public opinion on climate change

10/7/2016
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A new Pew survey shows just how stable the partisan climate divide is. Pew Research is out with a big new survey on public attitudes toward climate change. It contains disturbingly little that’s new. Instead, it found exactly what pollsters have been finding for decades: Public opinion on climate change is split along partisan lines. And it’s not just about whether climate change is happening. "Political differences over climate issues extend across a host of beliefs about the expected...

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Why Hillary Clinton could be in even stronger shape than the polls show

10/7/2016
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Election Day is still a month away, but there are signs that Hillary Clinton might be on stronger footing than even her edge in the polls suggests. The main reason is that early voting — whether by mail or in person — has already begun in a number of states, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign believes they are winning the early voting battle. On a conference call with journalists Thursday afternoon, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said that “states like Nevada, North Carolina, and Florida...

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Yahoo’s Government Email Scanner Was Actually a Secret Hacking Tool

10/7/2016
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The spy tool that the US government ordered Yahoo to install on its systems last year at the behest of the NSA or the FBI was a “poorly designed” and “buggy” piece of malware, according to two sources closely familiar with the matter. Last year, the US government served Yahoo with a secret order, asking the company to search within its users’ emails for some targeted information, as first reported by Reuters this week. It’s still unclear what was the information sought, but The New York...

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