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Facebook will restore news stories in Australia after government agrees to amend bill

Facebook will restore news stories in Australia after government agrees to amend bill

Facebook Inc. will restore links to news articles in Australia, five days after blocking news from its platform in response to a proposed law requiring tech giants to pay publishers for their content. “We’re restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, said in a statement late Monday night.Facebooksaid it had reached a deal with the Australian government to amend the bill, allowing for, among other things, a two-month mediation period to reach deals with publishers before entering an arbitration process...

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‘Politics is not about the weird worship of one dude’: Sen. Ben Sasse slams Nebraska GOP committee

‘Politics is not about the weird worship of one dude’: Sen. Ben Sasse slams Nebraska GOP committee

In a blunt and defiant video, Sen. Ben Sasse on Thursday told a Nebraska Republican group to go ahead and censure him for “not bending the knee” to former President Donald Trump.“You are welcome to censure me again – but let’s be clear about why: It’s because I still believe (as you used to) that politics is not about the weird worship of one dude.”While he described himself as “one of the most conservative voters in the Senate,” the Nebraska Republican has been one of his caucus’s most vocal critics of Trump, and is one of the few Republican lawmakers to condemn Trump’s rhetoric that led...

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‘I thought I was going to die’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounts traumatic experience during Capitol siege

‘I thought I was going to die’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounts traumatic experience during Capitol siege

“I thought I was going to die.”Those are the words of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, during an emotional Instagram Live video Monday night, recounting her experience during the Capitol riot last month that left five people dead and her “traumatized.” The New York Democrat also revealed she was a survivor of sexual assault, noting “when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other.”She said that in the days leading up to Jan. 6, she had been confronted in public by Trump supporters, and had received text messages — some from other members of Congress — warning her to be careful,...

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Simon & Schuster cancels upcoming book by Sen. Josh Hawley after Capitol siege

Simon & Schuster cancels upcoming book by Sen. Josh Hawley after Capitol siege

Simon & Schuster said Thursday it has canceled an upcoming book from Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who has been widely condemned for stoking disinformation that culminated with a pro-Trump mob storming the U.S. Capitol. The publisher cited Wednesday’s “disturbing, deadly insurrection” as the reason. “We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after...

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NYSE reverses course, says it won’t delist 3 largest Chinese telecoms

NYSE reverses course, says it won’t delist 3 largest Chinese telecoms

In a major reversal, the New York Stock Exchange said it no longer intends to delist three Chinese telecom companies that had been targeted by an executive order from President Donald Trump. In a statement late Monday, the NYSE took back its intent to delist China Mobile Ltd.  China Telecom Corp. Ltd. and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. , whichAmerican depository receipts of all three companies had fallen sharply in Monday trading. All three companies are also listed in Hong Kong, where shares of China MobileChina Telecomand China Unicomshot up in Tuesday trading after the announcement. The...

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Impeachment redux? Democratic lawmakers condemn Trump’s remarks, raise question of criminality

Impeachment redux? Democratic lawmakers condemn Trump’s remarks, raise question of criminality

Democratic lawmakers on Sunday called for swift and serious action to be taken against President Donald Trump, ranging from censure to impeachment, after he was heard in a leaked audio tape pressuring Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” more votes to reverse his election loss in that state. Read:Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s DeKalb County, tweeted Sunday that he would introduce a measure to censure Trump, and called on the president to step down, while referencing Trump’s self-proclaimed to Ukraine’s president that sparked his 2019-’20 impeachment...

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Bernie Sanders threatens to filibuster defense bill unless Senate allows vote on stimulus payments

Bernie Sanders threatens to filibuster defense bill unless Senate allows vote on stimulus payments

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday he plans to filibuster the Senate’s vote to overturn President Donald Trump’s veto of the defense spending bill, unless Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to vote on a bill to raise individuals’ stimulus payments to $2,000. “This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year,” Monday. “I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class.”McConnell has given no indication how the...

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Apple TV+ killed a show about Gawker after Tim Cook disapproved: report

Apple TV+ killed a show about Gawker after Tim Cook disapproved: report

A TV series about the defunct news/gossip blog Gawker was killed by Apple TV+ after Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook found out it was being developed, Sunday. The series, called “Scraper,” was sold to Appleby two Gawker veterans, and two additional Gawker editors had been hired as writers, the Times said, completing several episodes.But development of the show took Cook by surprise, the Times reported, and he expressed his disapproval of Gawker in an internal email. The plug was quickly pulled on the project, which is now searching for a new production partner. Gawker had a decidedly...

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California fines Uber $59 million for stonewalling questions about sexual assaults

California fines Uber $59 million for stonewalling questions about sexual assaults

A California judge fined Uber Technologies Inc. $59 million on Monday, and threatened to suspend its permit to operate in the state if the ride-hailing giant doesn’t pay the penalty and answer regulators’ questions within 30 days. Last December, an administrative law judge ordered Uberto answer the California Public Utility Commission’s questions related to , which listed, among other things, thousands of sexual assaults during rides from 2017-’19. The CPUC, which regulates ride-hailing in California, wanted more information about how the report was compiled, and specific details about the...

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Trump’s efforts to fight election results ‘should stop’ after Monday, Sen. Lamar Alexander says

Trump’s efforts to fight election results ‘should stop’ after Monday, Sen. Lamar Alexander says

Sen. Lamar Alexander said Sunday that there should be no doubt who won the presidential election after the Electoral College casts its votes Monday, and said he hopes President Donald Trump puts the country first. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Tennessee Republican, who is retiring at the end of the current session of Congress, said Trump’s efforts to overturn election results “should stop.”When asked by NBC News host Chuck Todd if there was any doubt who won the election, Alexander responded: “Shouldn’t be after Monday. The states have counted, certified their votes. The courts...

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More Americans died from coronavirus Wednesday than died on 9/11

More Americans died from coronavirus Wednesday than died on 9/11

National newsThe U.S. set another grim record Wednesday, as the coronavirus death toll surpassed 3,000 in a single day for the first time. At least 3,011 Americans died Wednesday, according to , the most yet in any single day of the pandemic. Over the past seven days, an average of 2,249 Americans have died from COVID-19 each day, the Times reported.By comparison, 2,977 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The previous worst day for coronavirus deaths was 2,885, set last week. The U.S. also reached a record high Wednesday with more than 106,000 people hospitalized with...

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Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as Trump’s coronavirus adviser

Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as Trump’s coronavirus adviser

Dr. Scott Atlas, the most controversial White House coronavirus adviser, resigned from his post late Monday. Fox News first reported his departure. Atlas confirmed it later with a tweet that included his resignation letter, dated Dec. 1. “Honored to have served @realDonaldTrump and the American people during these difficult times,” he said.Atlas was serving as a coronavirus adviser to President Donald Trump on a 130-day Special Government Employee detail, which was due to expire at the end of this week, . Trump appointed him in August. Atlas, a radiologist with no previous experience in...

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Politicizing masks ‘is like politicizing toilet paper,’ Biden coronavirus adviser says

Politicizing masks ‘is like politicizing toilet paper,’ Biden coronavirus adviser says

“Unfortunately the wearing of masks has been politicized. This is a basic hygienic measure — it is like politicizing toilet paper.”That’s Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden-Harris coronavirus advisory board, stressing the importance of mask-wearing Monday with Katy Tur. Gounder, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist, said it will be difficult to change anti-mask attitudes, but that providing more financial aid could help.“People resist, people disbelieve when their other needs are not being met,” she told MSNBC, adding that the abstract threat of the coronavirus might...

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Guitar Center files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Guitar Center files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Guitar Center Inc. filed for bankruptcy Saturday, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the retail industry. The retail chain, the largest seller of musical equipment in the U.S., said Saturday it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and plans to keep its nearly 300 U.S. stores open during the process.“This is an important and positive step in our process to significantly reduce our debt and enhance our ability to reinvest in our business to support long-term growth,” Chief Executive Ron Japinga said in a statement. “Throughout this process, we will continue to serve...

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Trump campaign attempts to distance from conspiracy-theorist lawyer Sidney Powell

Trump campaign attempts to distance from conspiracy-theorist lawyer Sidney Powell

The Trump campaign on Sunday attempted to distance itself from attorney Sidney Powell, who took part in with Rudy Giuliani on Thursday. , Giuliani, who’s President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, and campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump legal team. She is not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity.”Trump as part of his legal team as recently as Nov. 14. On Saturday, Powell claimed an upcoming election lawsuit filed in Georgia “will be biblical.” “Georgia’s probably going to be the first state I’m...

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WHO advisers recommend against Gilead’s remdesivir for treating COVID-19

WHO advisers recommend against Gilead’s remdesivir for treating COVID-19

Shares of Gilead Sciences Inc. fell in after-hours trading Thursday after a World Health Organization panel recommended against doctors using the drug remdesivir to treat coronavirus patients. The panel of experts, known as the WHO Guideline Development Group, published their findings Friday in The BMJ, a British medical trade journal.Remdesivir “has no meaningful effect on mortality or on other important outcomes for patients, such as the need for mechanical ventilation or time to clinical improvement,” the WHO group said. “There is currently no evidence that it improves survival or the...

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CDC now says face masks protect the wearer — and the economy

CDC now says face masks protect the wearer — and the economy

Wearing a face mask doesn’t just protect others from catching the coronavirus — it protects the wearer too, and even the economy, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday, in its most explicit endorsement yet of masks. In , the CDC said that while “masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets,” they “also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer.”“Experimental and epidemiological data support community masking to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” the CDC said. “The prevention benefit of masking is derived from the combination of source...

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Nationals invite Biden to throw first pitch on Opening Day

Nationals invite Biden to throw first pitch on Opening Day

Joe Biden’s calendar is already filling up. The Democrat had not been president-elect for a full day before the Washington Nationals extended an invitation for him to throw out the first pitch of their baseball season.“We’re excited to continue the long-standing tradition of sitting presidents throwing out the first pitch at the home of the national pastime in our nation’s capital,” the team tweeted Saturday night, in a subtle dig at President Donald Trump. Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter to not throw out a first pitch on Opening Day, declining the Nationals’ invitation in...

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Biden vows to rejoin Paris climate accord on ‘day one’ if he wins

Biden vows to rejoin Paris climate accord on ‘day one’ if he wins

Hours after the U.S. officially pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Joe Biden said that if elected president, he would immediately rejoin it. “Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it,” Biden tweeted.President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the global pact in 2017, but did not started the formal withdrawal process until a year ago. Read: Biden’s comments were not a surprise, as he has pledged to rejoin the accord of his potential administration. As the...

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‘I condemn all white supremacists,’ Trump tells Hannity

‘I condemn all white supremacists,’ Trump tells Hannity

 “I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys.”That was President Donald Trump on Thursday night, finally saying the words he was sharply criticized for not saying at Tuesday night’s debate. During a Fox News phone interview with Sean Hannity, Trump attempted to quell the furor caused after he failed to explicitly condemn white supremacists at the debate, instead saying the Proud Boys should “stand back and stand by,” a message the far-right group reportedly took as encouragement for their cause.“I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again: I condemn the KKK,” Trump...

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What it's like to actually use Honeywell's new quantum computer

What it's like to actually use Honeywell's new quantum computer

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Oracle interested in buying TikTok: report

Oracle interested in buying TikTok: report

Oracle Corp.has entered the picture as a potential buyer of TikTok, Monday night. Citing sources briefed on the matter, the FT reported that Oracle has held preliminary talks with TikTok owner Bytedance Inc., and was working with a group of investors that already holds a stake in the Chinese company. President Donald Trump on Friday of assets used to support TikTok, the popular social-media app, in the U.S. within 90 days. Trump claims the app's data collection poses a national security threat. Microsoft Corp.has been to buy the app's operations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New...

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Boeing offers workers a second round of voluntary layoffs

Boeing offers workers a second round of voluntary layoffs

Boeing Co.will offer its employees a second round of buyouts, the aviation giant said Monday. "While we have seen signs of recovery from the pandemic, our industry and our customers continue to face significant challenges," Boeing said in a statement. "As we continue to assess our workforce ... we will be offering a second voluntary layoff (VLO) opportunity for employees to depart the company voluntarily with a pay and benefits package." Boeing did not say how many buyouts it is seeking. In May, the airplane maker announced . Demand for planes has plunged amid global travel restrictions due...

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Amazon wins FCC approval for $10 billion satellite internet project

Amazon wins FCC approval for $10 billion satellite internet project

Amazon.com Inc. has won approval from the Federal Communications Commission to build a $10 billion satellite-internet network that would rival SpaceX’s Starlink network., the FCC authorized Amazon’s request to construct a network of more than 3,200 satellites in low Earth orbit. Amazon told the FCC it intends to launch the satellites in five phases and at three different altitudes, with the service becoming operational once the first wave of 578 satellites is in orbit.The network, known as Project Kuiper, is intended to beam high-speed internet service to “unserved and underserved...

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Fed-up San Francisco lawmaker proposes ‘CAREN Act,’ targeting racist 911 calls

Fed-up San Francisco lawmaker proposes ‘CAREN Act,’ targeting racist 911 calls

Calling 911 to report a fabricated, racially-biased emergency would be illegal in San Francisco under a new proposal called, appropriately enough, the CAREN Act.“Racist 911 calls are unacceptable that’s why I’m introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting,” San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton . “This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies.”“Karen,” of course, has become a pop-culture catch-all name for people (in many notable cases, white women) who call the police on minorities for trivial matters, exaggerating a situation or...

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