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  2. Two California men were sentenced to life in an Italian prison Wednesday night for the killing of a police officer following a botch drug deal while vacationing in Rome. View the full article
  3. John Means threw the major leagues’ third no-hitter this season and came within a wild pitch on a third strike of a perfect game, pitching the Baltimore Orioles over the Seattle Mariners 6-0 Wednesday. View the full article
  4. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the remote testing company Proctorio on behalf of Miami University student Erik Johnson. The Verge reports: The lawsuit is intended to "quash a campaign of harassment designed to undermine important concerns" about the company's remote test-proctoring software, according to the EFF. The lawsuit intends to address the company's behavior toward Johnson in September of last year. After Johnson found out that he'd need to use the software for two of his classes, Johnson dug into the source code of Proctorio's Chrome extension and made a lengthy Twitter thread criticizing its practices -- including links to excerpts of the source code, which he'd posted on Pastebin. Proctorio CEO Mike Olsen sent Johnson a direct message on Twitter requesting that he remove the code from Pastebin, according to screenshots viewed by The Verge. After Johnson refused, Proctorio filed a copyright takedown notice, and three of the tweets were removed. (They were reinstated after TechCrunch reported on the controversy.) In its lawsuit, the EFF is arguing that Johnson made fair use of Proctorio's code and that the company's takedown "interfered with Johnson's First Amendment right." "Copyright holders should be held liable when they falsely accuse their critics of copyright infringement, especially when the goal is plainly to intimidate and undermine them," said EFF Staff Attorney Cara Gagliano in a statement. "I'm doing this to stand up against student surveillance, as well as abuses of copyright law," Johnson told The Verge. "This isn't the first, and won't be the last time a company abuses copyright law to try and make criticism more difficult. If nobody calls out this abuse of power now, it'll just keep happening." Read more of this story at Slashdot. View the full article
  5. The launch of The Asian American Foundation has drawn bigtime support from high profile groups and individuals alike as the philanthropy commits a record $125 million to efforts benefitting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. View the full article
  6. The young attractive royal couple that is not Harry and Meghan has dropped a truly chaotic intro video for their shiny new official YouTube channel. In the video, the presumed future queen and king of the United Kingdom (also known as Kate Middleton and Kate Middleton’s husband) laugh and chat awkwardly in what looks like their home. It’s well-lit but not too well-lit: a reasonably good YouTuber rig but not exactly one of royal magnificence. “Be careful what you’re saying, these guys are going to start filming,” says Prince William to his smiling wife, as though she doesn’t know how cameras work. The general feel of the clip is the first few seconds after a camera starts rolling but before the YouTube stars start vlogging in earnest.... Continue reading… View the full article
  7. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended loan forgiveness for minority farmers in a press briefing Wednesday, citing historical discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. View the full article
  8. South Africa's Zulu nation awaits a decision on who will succeed the queen, who died last month. View the full article
  9. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of withholding information at a classified briefing on the border crisis -- as Republicans seek more information about the severity of the situation at the border. View the full article
  10. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo suggested on Tuesday that Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who has been swept up in a sex scandal, would be a goner if he were a Democrat while overlooking glaring example of a top Democrat who has remained in office despite the avalanche of controversies that have piled up in recent months. View the full article
  11. Nintendo’s next game for the Switch is one you build yourself. Today the company revealed Game Builder Garage, a new software title that’s designed to teach beginners the basics of programming and game design. It utilizes visual programming, has pre-built lessons and games, and will be launching on the Switch next month. Game Builder Garage appears to build off of some of the ideas featured in past Nintendo projects, like the DIY series of Labo experiences and Super Mario Maker. The core of the experience is a playful, visual programming language that utilizes cute characters called Nodon that you can move around and assign properties to. For instance, once you insert a character node, you can attach a “stick” node and assign the... Continue reading… View the full article
  12. An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Residents living on the West Coast don't know when the next earthquake will hit. But a new expansion of the U.S. earthquake early warning system gives 50 million people in California, Oregon -- and now Washington -- seconds to quickly get to safety whenever the next one hits. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, cellphone users in California, Oregon and Washington should receive a mobile alert from the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system when tremors are detected. Alerts are sent from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Wireless Emergency Alert system, third-party phone apps and other technologies. The West Coast, the most earthquake-prone region in the U.S., is home to major fault lines that put the area at risk of devastating earthquakes. David Applegate, the acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey, said in a statement that "ShakeAlert can turn mere seconds into opportunities for people to take life-saving protective actions or for applications to trigger automated actions that protect critical infrastructure." The ShakeAlert system relies on sensor data from the USGS Advanced National Seismic System -- a collection of regional earthquake monitoring networks throughout the country. Alerts can come through the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which sends text-message alerts similar to Amber Alerts sent to cellphone users when a child is kidnapped. Cellphone users will get an alert only when an earthquake is magnitude 5 or higher. Read more of this story at Slashdot. View the full article
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  14. The disgraced movie mogul is looking to get a $1 million refund from his former attorney, Jose Baez, for failing to provide any “meaningful” legal services, Fox News has learned. View the full article
  15. Guests: Jim Jordan, Ron Johnson, Eric Trump, Alan Dershowitz, Josh Hawley, Sean Hannity, Leo Terrell, Tammy Bruce, Joe Concha View the full article
  16. Fox Nation's In The Valley Of Sin is a six-hour docuseries that examines the mid-90s witch-hunt that pitted neighbor against neighbor in Wenatchee, Washington when police uncovered a monstrous child sex ring known among its membership as 'The Circle.' View the full article
  17. Former chairman of the House Rules Committee Pete Sessions, R-Texas, told Fox News on Wednesday that he predicts the DOJ memo from March 2019 will “validate” Barr’s decision to clear Trump from obstruction of justice charges. View the full article
  18. A 3-month old died from one gunshot wound in the early hours of Tuesday morning after his father got in a shootout with the baby's father, but it is unclear if the fatal shot came from close range or long range, Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer told WLOX. View the full article
  19. The Atlanta Police Department is struggling to fill vacancies in its ranks as crime rates continue to soar, according to a newly released report. View the full article
  20. Officer Mario Cerciello Rega was stabbed to death after a drug deal gone wrong in central Rome. View the full article
  21. Star cornerback Marcus Peters admitted that he was "pissed off" when the Los Angeles Rams traded him away to the Baltimore Ravens and then acquired All-Pro Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars shortly after. View the full article
  22. Police in a Dallas suburb fatally shot a 27-year-old man who they said ran toward officers with a knife and club, although his family said he was carrying a walking stick and had a history of mental illness. View the full article
  23. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and former advisor to President Donald Trump, is founding a new group to work on strengthening agreements that normalized relations between Israel and four Arab states last year. View the full article
  24. Privacy-oriented messaging app Signal tried to run a very candid ad campaign on Facebook-owned Instagram, but it wasn't meant to be. From a report: Signal explained how it went down in a blog post Tuesday. The idea was to post ads on Instagram which use the data an online advertiser may have collected about users, and basically show the user what that data might be for them. "You got this ad because you're a teacher, but more importantly you're a Leo (and single). This ad used your location to see you're in Moscow. You like to support sketch comedy, and this ad thinks you do drag," one of the ads said. According to Signal, the ad "would simply display some of the information collected about the viewer which the advertising platform uses." The fact that Facebook and similar companies collect your data isn't a secret. According to Signal, however "the full picture is hazy to most -- dimly concealed within complex, opaquely-rendered systems and fine print designed to be scrolled past." In other words, you may have consented to this because you weren't bothered to investigate the details, but you may feel differently if you knew exactly what online advertisers know about you. However, Facebook wasn't having it, and shut down both the campaign and Signal's ad account. Read more of this story at Slashdot. View the full article
  25. Cincinnati's Joey Votto fractured thumb during a 10-inning, 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. View the full article
  26. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it supported waiving patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines, calling the pandemic a “global health crisis.” “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement. Waiving those protections would theoretically let countries and organizations manufacture patented vaccines without facing repercussions. But they would need to have the expertise and materials on hand to... Continue reading… View the full article
  27. EXCLUSIVE: The St. Louis man who went viral last summer after he and his wife stood an armed vigil on their front lawn as Black Lives Matter protesters marched through their gated community is praising the Kentucky diner seen holding a pistol as shouting demonstrators surrounded him outside a restaurant Saturday. View the full article
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