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New US Bill Wants to Assign State Cybersecurity Coordinators


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The Cost Of Free: Casper Pays A Price For Generous Mattress Returns


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Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public.

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Remembering Spiritual Leader Ram Dass


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Dass, who died Dec. 22, was a practitioner of Eastern-inspired philosophy who became interested in the religious potential of LSD in the '60s and '70s. Originally broadcast in 1990.

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FBI Says State Actors Hacked US Govt Network With Pulse VPN Flaw


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Puerto Rico Relief: Trump Declares Major Disaster After Series Of Earthquakes





Island officials were quick to thank the president for the designation, which makes residents eligible for more financial assistance from FEMA. They were just told aid for 2017 hurricanes is coming.

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U.S. Virgin Islands Officials: Epstein Trafficked Girls On Private Island Until 2018





The Virgin Islands Attorney General's Office says Epstein recruited and abused young women and girls over two decades on his two private islands. Some victims allegedly were as young as 11 years old.

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Christopher Tolkien, 'Middle-earth's First Scholar,' Dies At 95


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J.R.R. Tolkien's son was instrumental in cultivating his father's legacy, shepherding unpublished works to readers and helping extend the world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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WordPress Plugin Bugs Let Hackers Wipe or Takeover Your Site


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FBI Vows To Warn More Elections Officials If Discovering A Cyberattack





The bureau was faulted after the Russian attack on the 2016 election for keeping too much information from state and local authorities. It says it'll use a new policy going forward.

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Electric Burn: Those Who Bet Against Elon Musk And Tesla Are Paying A Big Price





For years, Elon Musk skeptics have shorted Tesla stock, confident the electric carmaker was on the brink of disaster. Instead, share value has skyrocketed, costing short sellers billions.

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New York Mets 'Part Ways' With Manager Carlos Beltrán Over Sign-Stealing Scandal





The fallout continues from a sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Beltrán was part of the team in 2017, and a league investigation said he was involved.

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Report Defends 'Thorough Work' Done Certifying Boeing 737 Max — But Suggests Changes





Amid difficult questions about the steps taken by Boeing and regulators, the review commissioned by the Department of the Transportation largely validated the process that put the jetliner in the air.

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'PigeonBot' Brings Robots Closer To Bird-Like Flight





Birds change the shape of their wings far more than planes. The complexities of bird flight have posed a major design challenge for scientists trying to translate the way birds fly into robots.

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FBI Arrests 3 Alleged Members Of White Supremacist Group Ahead Of Richmond Rally





A law enforcement official tells NPR that the three suspected members of The Base had discussed going to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia.

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Aussie Firefighters Save World's Only Groves Of Prehistoric Wollemi Pines





Fire swept through the canyons where the rare trees had outlived the dinosaurs. For days, the smoke was so thick that no one knew whether the careful plan to protect them had worked.

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Leaked Intelligence Reports Reveal The Vast Power Iran Wields In Iraq


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Intercept journalist James Risen says new documents show how Iran has embedded itself in the politics of its neighbor — and that the late Gen. Soleimani oversaw Iran's proxy wars in Iraq and Syria.

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Microsoft Pledges To Remove From The Atmosphere All The Carbon It's Ever Emitted





The tech giant, which says it has been "carbon neutral" for years, is now vowing to go "carbon negative" — by cutting emissions, planting trees and investing in new carbon removal technology.

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TSA Says It Seized A Record Number Of Firearms At U.S. Airports Last Year





The Transportation Security Administration said 87% of the guns taken at U.S. airport checkpoints in 2019 were loaded. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International had the most firearms confiscated: 323.

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Coaxing Cops To Tackle Cybercrime? There's An App For That





Local police often don't feel equipped to investigate cybercrime. The NYPD is trying to teach patrol officers to ask the right questions about IP addresses, Bitcoin and phone spoofing.

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Sepsis Kills Millions More Worldwide Than Previously Estimated





Sepsis, or blood poisoning, arises when the body overreacts to an infection. An analysis finds that it may be involved in 20% of deaths worldwide, twice the proportion previously estimated.

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Why Iran's Economy Has Not Collapsed Amid U.S. Sanctions And 'Maximum Pressure'





The Trump administration is applying what it calls a "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran. Although the economy has been hit hard, Iranians have managed to live under sanctions for four decades.

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Fetching With Wolves: What It Means That A Wolf Puppy Will Retrieve A Ball





Some wolf puppies will unexpectedly play "fetch," researchers say, showing that an urge to retrieve a ball might be an ancient wolf trait, and not a result of dog domestication.

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Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes





The Government Accountability Office opined on Thursday that the Trump administration's actions in the Ukraine affair went beyond the bounds of a law called the Impoundment Control Act.

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Exclusive: Trump To Reinforce Protections For Prayer In Schools





The president is expected to remind public schools that students have constitutional rights to prayer – and that they could risk losing federal funds unless those rights are protected.

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In 2012, Obama Won This Tiny Iowa County By 21 Points. Then Trump Won It By 20





Nearly a third of Iowa's 99 counties swung from voting for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 to Republican Donald Trump in 2016. Howard County saw the biggest swing.

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Senators To Be Sworn In For Trump Impeachment Trial





Like many congressional activities, the Senate trial begins with pomp and circumstance and procedure and process. Little of substance will be achieved until the case is presented next week.

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Tattoo Removal Programs Help Former Inmates Wipe The Slate Clean





For people who have been incarcerated, head and neck tattoos are often a barrier to reentering society and getting jobs. Some former inmates are removing their tattoos to help leave the past behind.

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Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth





Forty mice spent more than a month in orbit to test two approaches to strengthening muscle and bone in microgravity conditions. The results could help people with muscle and bone diseases.

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For Some Women Nearing Menopause, Depression And Anxiety Can Spike





Women with a history of depression and anxiety are at a higher risk of having a flair up during the time leading up to menopause. And getting doctors to take the issue seriously can be challenging.

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After Debate, Warren Told Sanders: 'I Think You Called Me A Liar'





Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders shared a tense moment after Tuesday night's Democratic debate. Now, CNN has released audio of the exchange.

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Months After Blowing Deadline, Trump Administration Lifts Hold On Puerto Rico Aid


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HUD says it is releasing more than $8 billion in aid to Puerto Rico aid. The deadline to do so was in September. The aid is for rebuilding after devastating Hurricanes Maria and Irma struck in 2017.

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Virginia Ratifies The Equal Rights Amendment, Decades After The Deadline





The ERA's provisions include a guarantee that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged ... on account of sex." But its legal status is uncertain.

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2019 Was The 2nd-Hottest Year On Record, According To NASA And NOAA





Last year's data collected by NOAA and NASA is the latest confirmation that the Earth is steadily getting hotter. The planet is now about 1 degree Celsius warmer than it was in the mid-20th century.

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Latest Retelling Of Trump's Term Smacks Of A Prosecutor's Courtroom Summation





A Very Stable Genius gives pause to ponder: Is this moment simply about Trump — or are we also witnessing a sea change in journalism? Are we seeing new standards for the presentation of a presidency?

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In Rare Move, Pope Francis Appoints A Woman To A Senior Vatican Position





Francesca Di Giovanni is the first woman to have a managerial role in the Secretariat of State, one of the most important departments in the Vatican. She's been working there for 27 years.

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Judge Blocks Trump's Executive Order Allowing Local Officials To Reject Refugees





The judge's order is blow for the White House, which essentially tried to give state and local government officials power to veto resettlement. The judge says it violates the Refugee Resettlement Act.

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