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last updated: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:55:11 -0400

Lochte mum on returning to Brazil, will compete on 'DWTS'

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men's 4x200-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During an Aug. 30, 2016, appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," Lochte wouldn't say whether he'd return to Brazil to face charges of filing a false police report over an incident at a gas station during the Games. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Man’s five-day crime spree
A MAN who has allegedly been responsible for at least five shooting incidents since Thursday was arrested in dramatic scenes yesterday.

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Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
last updated: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:55:36 -0400

EU orders Apple to pay $14.5 Irish tax bill

EU orders Apple to pay $14.5B Irish tax billRegulators rule that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to the U.S. tech giant and must now recover the unpaid back taxes.


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Thousands of migrants saved off Libyan coast

Thousands of migrants saved off Libyan coast. (AP)Migrants from Eritrea and Somalia cheered as rescue boats arrived, with some jumping into the water and swimming toward them.


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Mel Brooks remembers Gene Wilder's 'magic'

Gene WilderThe famed director joins other stars in paying tribute to "one of the truly great talents of our time."


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U.S. levels rare criticism at NATO ally

A Turkish tank is stationed near the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)The Pentagon pushes Turkey to "stay focused" and not engage in clashes that distract from the battle against ISIS.


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Trump waged ‘personal’ crusade against Weiner

Donald Trump, Anthony Weiner (Photos: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)For over five years, the GOP nominee attacked the disgraced ex-congressman via social media.


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White House objects to QB's anthem views

Josh Earnest and Colin Kaepernick. (AP)Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem is objectionable but within his rights, the White House says.


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Facebook makes changes after accusations

Facebook changes "Trending" after bias accusations. (Getty Images)The social media giant revamps its popular "Trending" section to lessen the influence of humans.


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Gary Johnson: I will qualify for a debate

Gary Johnson (AP)The Libertarian presidential candidate needs to reach at least 15 percent in an average of five national polls.


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Traffic deaths take an uncharacteristic upswing

A red traffic light stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building in WashingtonMore than 35,000 people died in U.S. crashes last year, a 7 percent increase that runs counter to a five-decade trend of declining fatalities.


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Giuliani on Beyoncé VMA routine: 'It’s a shame'

Rudy Giuliani calls Beyoncé’s VMA performance ‘a shame’The ex-NYC mayor rips the singer again, this time for her visual composition about gun violence against black people.


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Fresh start for Sandy Hook, 4 years later

Classes began Monday at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP)Students are attending school here for the first time since a shooting rampage killed 20 first graders and six educators in 2012.


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Abedin announces her separation from Weiner

Huma Abedin announces separation from Anthony WeinerThe Clinton aide announces the decision after allegations her husband had sexually explicit dealings with another woman online.


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Pope Francis chats with Mark Zuckerberg

Pope Francis meets Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)One topic of discussion was "how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty," said a Vatican spokesman.


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Clinton proposes mental health treatment plan

(AP)Under this system, mental health issues would be treated the same way that physical health problems are.


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Donald Trump finally making big TV ad blitz

Donald Trump at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty Images)The GOP candidate is spending $10 million on commercials in nine battleground states over the next week.


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FBI says hackers breached election systems

Yahoo News/AP/GettyForeign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, according to an FBI "flash" alert.


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Clinton invokes dad's memory to attack Trump

Clinton invokes father's memory to attack Trump. (AP)The Democratic nominee says her father would have been "stiffed" in a deal with the celebrity businessman.


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Costs of N.J. bridge scandal still adding up

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Nearly three years after gridlock was allegedly created to punish a mayor for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie, repercussions linger.


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RNC chair: 'I don't speak for Trump'

Reince Priebus: "I don't speak for Trump." (AP)Reince Priebus said that if people want to know the specifics of Trump’s immigration policy, they'll have to ask the candidate himself.


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Dallas police squelch critics after attack

Police officers arrive at a funeral service for slain Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer Brent Thompson. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Nearly two months after the sniper attack on officers, the department has moved to silence questions.


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2 brothers charged in shooting of Wade's cousin

Two men charged in shooting of Dwyane Wade’s cousin. (AP)Two brothers have been charged with first-degree murder of Nykea Aldridge, who was walking to register her kids for school.


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Christie defends Trump's immigration policy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention. (Brooks Kraft/Getty Images)Chris Christie called Donald Trump's stance on immigration "completely consistent" on Sunday.


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10,000th Syrian refugee reaches U.S.

10,000th Syrian refugee reaches U.S. (AP)The U.S. ambassador to Jordan says staying safe and taking in the world's most vulnerable people are not mutually exclusive.


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Did building code lapses boost Italy quake toll?

A rescuer and a sniffer dog atop rubble in Amatrice, in central Italy, in Amatrice, in central Italy, in Aug. 27. (Antonio Calanni/AP)As the death toll rises, investigators focus on construction code enforcement at recently renovated sites.


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Friends mourn slain Mississippi nuns

Sister Paula Merril (AP)Those who knew Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held are struggling to reckon with their deaths.


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How a fictional cop probes N. Korea mysteries

Pyongyang, North Korea, at dusk. (Dita Alangkara/AP)The novelist known as James Church uses Inspector O, a Pyongyang cop, to help describe the realities of life in North Korea.


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Kaep's national anthem protest fuels debate

Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knew that not standing for the national anthem would draw some opinions – and it has.


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Report: Black men shot most by Chicago cops

Officers watch as demonstrators protest the fatal police shooting of Paul O'Neal in Chicago. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)Data from the city's police department shows that four out of five people shot by officers were African-American men or boys.


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Trump sparks outrage with reaction to shooting

Donald Trump addresses supporters in Akron, Ohio. (Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was killed in crossfire in Chicago, but Donald Trump didn't offer condolences.


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Can Kaine's wife make Clinton more relatable?

Anne Holton and Hillary Clinton in July. (Andrew Harnik/AP)Anne Holton, wife of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, is a veteran of the political stage.


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Tears flow in Italy on day of mass funeral

Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrives in Amatrice on Aug. 27. (Ciro De Luca/Reuters)Recovery efforts continued as the country mourned the victims of the Aug. 24 earthquake.


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Judge blocks N.C.'s transgender bathroom law

Judge blocks North Carolina's transgender bathroom law. (Getty Images)The ruling means two students and a UNC employee can use bathrooms matching their gender identity.


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Immigration hardliner's warning for Trump

Republican Rep. Steve King speaks in Des Moines. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)GOP Rep. Steve King says that if the candidate is changing his position, it could prompt supporters to stay home.


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Maine governor to lawmaker: ‘I am after you’

Rep. Drew Gattine; Maine Gov. Paul Richard LePage (Yahoo News)Gov. Paul Richard LePage became angry after being called a racist by Rep. Drew Gattine.


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Zika screening at U.S. blood centers advised

FDA advises Zika screening at all U.S. blood centers. (AP)The new FDA advisory means all states and territories will need to begin testing blood donations for the virus immediately.


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Behind university's 'trigger warning' letter

Students walk through the main quadrangle at the University of Chicago. (Robert Kozloff/University of Chicago)The University of Chicago's dean says the firestorm over a letter to freshmen was somewhat the point.


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French court rules to suspend burkini ban

French court makes initial ruling to suspend burkini ban. (AP)The Conseil d'Etat gave the ruling after a human rights group said the ban contravenes with civil liberties.


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Obama race relations legacy seen as mixed

Obama's legacy on race relations is seen as mixed. (AP)As the presidential candidates attack each other over racial politics, black leaders say Obama's record looks mixed.


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Dangerous humanitarian mission in Iraq

Clearing mines amid the rubble of war. (Yahoo News)A team made up mostly of Kurdish civilians is tasked with clearing explosive devices before displaced Iraqi residents can return to their homes.


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Controversial rape case judge requests change

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. (AP)Aaron Persky, criticized for a lenient sentence for a former Stanford swimmer, will no longer hear criminal matters.


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last updated: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:05:05 -0400

EU orders Apple to pay $14.5 Irish tax bill

EU orders Apple to pay $14.5B Irish tax billRegulators rule that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to the U.S. tech giant and must now recover the unpaid back taxes.


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last updated: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:51:23 -0400

EU orders Apple to pay $14.5 Irish tax bill

EU orders Apple to pay $14.5B Irish tax billRegulators rule that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to the U.S. tech giant and must now recover the unpaid back taxes.


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Herald Sun | Top Stories
last updated: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:00 GMT

Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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Digg Top Stories
last updated: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:50:47 +0000

Japan’s Hail Mary For Keeping Fukushima Safe Is An Underground Ice Wall
The project sounds like a fanciful idea from a James Bond film, but it's about to become a reality in an ambitious, controversial $320 attempt to keep the reactor buildings dry.

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EU demands Apple pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros in tax
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes plus interest to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid.

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last updated: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:01:03 -0400
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How Virtual Reality Could Change Computers As You Know Them
PC makers are experimenting with so-called "virtual PCs"

Among the hottest trends in technology these days are virtual reality, or VR, and its cousin, augmented reality, or AR. VR devices like the Oculus Rift give wearers the illusion of being in an entirely digital universe, whereas AR gadgets like Microsoft’s HoloLens overlay computer graphics on the wearer’s physical environment.

The latest development in this exciting space is the acceleration of “virtual personal computing,” in which the entire PC experience is based around VR or AR. Instead of interacting with a computer or smartphone via a mouse, keyboard or touch inputs, virtual personal computing calls for doing so with your voice, hand gestures or a digital keyboard you might only see while wearing special goggles.

One example of this concept is Intel’s Project Alloy, which packs a PC’s worth of components into a headset that can be used as a virtual computer. The idea is that instead of carrying a laptop or tablet, your glasses might deliver the PC experience virtually instead. Just put on some goggles, and a digital keyboard and mouse would appear in front of you, allowing you to write documents or enter data. (Voice recognition could make this even easier.)

If you have used any recently released VR or AR technology, you know they can be useful for playing games or more productive tasks, like previewing a house you might like to buy. But using them to create a virtual PC for real productivity could be transformational, opening the door to new, difficult to predict modes of computing.

For most of us, the only computing setup we have known is a PC that includes a monitor, keyboard and mouse. We cut our computing teeth on this model, and while the PC designs of the past have morphed into jazzy all-in-ones and ultra-thin laptops and tablets, the basic concept of using a physical or real screen, keyboard and mouse or trackpad is still the same.

From what I can see coming from those pushing the AR/VR computing experience, they’ll bring something real to the table within the next three years. However, this raises an interesting question for those of us who have only used a traditional PC for most of our lives: Could we actually make the switch and have a virtual PC replace our “real” computers?

That may be an easier leap for younger users, who have shown time and time again they’re willing to leap to new and seemingly strange technologies if they find some value there. But I wonder if us computing veterans will be able to accept, adapt and embrace virtual PCs. There’s no doubt in my mind that VR and AR will allow for better video games and power interesting new communications platforms. And virtual PCs may indeed be the next generation’s first introduction to computers. But that shift, as with any profound change, will certainly take some time.

Tim Bajarin is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists, covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin is the President of Creative Strategies, Inc and has been with the company since 1981 where he has served as a consultant providing analysis to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry.

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