Facebook reportedly seeking users’ bank info

Facebook is looking to expand into financial services and has reportedly asked several U.S. banks for customer information as part of a move to build out its Messenger application, the Wall Street Journal reported. The social media giant reached out to several large U.S. banks about the topic last year, including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo […]

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1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have health issues, study finds

NEW YORK — One out of every seven babies born to U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, according to the first long-term look at those children. Tuesday’s study focused on the children of women in Puerto Rico and other territories, where most of the U.S. cases […]

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U.S. doubles reward for info about al Qaeda leaders charged for embassy bombings

WASHINGTON — The United States is doubling rewards for al Qaeda leaders charged for their roles in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.  The reward for information leading to the location, arrest or conviction of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Saif al-Adel is now $10 million each — up from $5 million offered since […]

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Firefighters capture video of a “firenado”

Firefighters in Derbyshire, England, captured a strange and frightening natural phenomenon on video Tuesday. It looks like a tornado that’s on fire, and the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Ashby Station appropriately referred to it as a “firenado.” The video of the menacing, swirling flames has gone viral online, and the fire and rescue service […]

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Fourth and final suspect arrested in killing of rapper XXXTentacion

The fourth and final suspect in the killing of rapper XXXTentacion has turned himself in, authorities said Tuesday night. Trayvon Newsome, 20, is being held without bond in a Florida jail on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. He is suspected of being the second gunman involved in the June shooting […]

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“Dear Ivanka” messages flood Instagram

Ivanka Trump may have once again found her Instagram feed full of pointed messages from celebrities and influencers she follows. This time, they’re asking the White House adviser and first daughter to take action against family separations at the border. The identical “Dear Ivanka” posts started popping up on the social media site on Monday, […]

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How the Great Recession destroyed the American Dream

In the decade since the 2008 financial crisis, the American economy has, by most metrics, recovered what it lost. Most Americans are employed; inflation is acceptable; and GDP is currently expanding at the fastest rate in 13 years. But despite the economy’s recent strength, America has not addressed the deepening inequality that has been growing for three decades, […]

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Expedition hopes to solve mysteries about great white sharks

Scientists tagged a great white shark named Hilton last year. Now, they hope Hilton can answer key questions about the mysterious predators. The researchers with Ocearch studied a trip Hilton took to Nova Scotia. They are now preparing to go there themselves for the first time next month on their 33rd expedition. They believe the area […]

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Australia’s most populous state is now entirely in drought

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years.   Much of Australia’s southeast is struggling with drought. But the drought conditions […]

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Alex Jones and Infowars test limits of free speech online

Alex Jones is going to war with Silicon Valley. As one of the internet’s most controversial personalities, making outlandish claims and spreading conspiracy theories through his Infowars website and broadcast has made Jones a household name in political circles. Initially, it was for his baseless accusation that 9/11 was an inside job. But in the past […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains why Alex Jones is not banned

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Tuesday that Infowars founder Alex Jones has not been banned from the platform because he “he hasn’t violated our rules.” Dorsey’s announcement after Apple, Facebook and YouTube earlier this week removed some content from Jones and Infowars.  In a series of tweets, Dorsey wrote that Jones would be removed from […]

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Test-driving Tesla’s Autopilot: Does it actually make driving safer?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shook up the stock market Tuesday afternoon when he tweeted he’s “considering” taking his company private. The stock immediately shot up, closing up nearly 11 percent at just under $380 per share. All that came on the same day the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put out a series of […]

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