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  • Amazon Reportedly Employs Thousands of People to Listen to Your Alexa Conversations

    Not only is Alexa listening when you speak to an Echo smart speaker, an Amazon employee is potentially listening, too. Amazon employs a global team that transcribes the voice commands and feeds them back into the software to help improve Alexa’s grasp of human speech so it can respond more efficiently in the future, Bloomberg reports. Amazon reportedly employs thousands of full-time workers and contractors in several countries, including the United States, Costa Rica and Romania, to listen to as […]

  • Police Arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London

    Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, arresting Julian Assange and bringing the WikiLeaks founder’s seven-year stint there to a dramatic close. Metropolitan Police said in a statement that he was “further arrested” on his arrival at a London police station on behalf of United States authorities, who have issued an extradition warrant. The UK Home Office confirmed the extradition request in a statement, adding, “He is accused in the United States of America of computer related offences.” […]

  • He Found a Body While Renovating His Childhood Home … It Was his Mom

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When Aaron Fraser began excavating behind his childhood home in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of a renovation in 2014, he made a gruesome discovery: human remains. They were the skull and bones of his mother, Bonnie Haim, who had gone missing in January 1993 and whose body had not been found. Prosecutors say that discovery led officials to arrest her then-husband, Michael Haim, and charge him with second-degree murder. “The truth was always out there, buried in […]

  • This is the First Ever Photo of a Black Hole

    In April 2017, scientists used a global network of telescopes to see and capture the first-ever picture of a black hole, according to an announcement by researchers at the National Science Foundation Wednesday morning. They captured an image of the black hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87. “We have seen what we thought was unseeable,” said Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. “We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.” […]

  • Dick Cole, Last of the Doolittle Raiders, Dies at 103

    Richard “Dick” Cole didn’t just have a front-row seat to history. On an April day in 1942 — just four months after Pearl Harbor — he sat next to Jimmy Doolittle as 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers lumbered down the deck of an aircraft carrier to begin a mission that ended in a huge morale boost for the United States. Eighty gallant men volunteered for that successful mission — which turned out to be a one-way attack — vengeance for Japan’s strike […]

  • Iowan Kyle Korver Writes on his Struggle With White Privilege and Calls for Denouncing Racism ‘At Every Level’

    NBA player Kyle Korver revealed Monday in an intensely personal essay that he has struggled with the privilege he’s been granted as a white man, and he tasked himself with becoming a “part of the solution” against racism. “I know that, as a white man, I have to hold my fellow white men accountable,” Korver, a guard for the Utah Jazz and graduate of Pella High School, wrote in his article titled “Privileged” in The Players’ Tribune. Korver described two […]

  • 3-Year-Old Boy Repeatedly Entered Wrong Password, Locked Dad’s iPad Until 2067

    A persistent 3-year-old wanted to use his father’s iPad, but he didn’t know the password. That didn’t stop him from entering a few possibilities and getting locked out for a while. Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Brookings Institution tweeted a cry for help, letting the world know of the little situation his toddler put him in. “Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?” Osnos […]

  • Blizzard Conditions Likely for Several US States Under ‘bomb cyclone’ Threat

    While beautiful spring temperatures have settled into the Plains and Midwest, folks there shouldn’t get used to it. There’s a storm on the way that’s going to remind Midwesterners that winter’s never over till it’s over. The potential is there for a “bomb cyclone” to impact the Plains this week. That’s an area of low pressure that drops 24 millibars in 24 hours — aka a potent, rapidly intensifying storm system. This would be the second time in less than […]

  • Principal Acquires Wells Fargo Retirement-Plan Business in Billion Dollar Deal

    DES MOINES, Iowa  — Wells Fargo is saying goodbye to its retirement-plan business as the bank continues to grapple with penalties, legal fees and a backlash over its scandals. Principal Financial signed a $1.2 billion deal on Tuesday to acquire Wells Fargo’s institutional retirement and trust business. The unit serves 7.5 million retirement customers across the United States, offering 401(k), pension, employee stock ownership and other services used by employers. Wells Fargo said the deal reflects its goal of focusing resources on areas it can […]

  • California Congressman Eric Swalwell Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

    Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell announced Monday that he is running for president, telling “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that he believes the United States is in “quicksand” where Americans feel they are “running in place and it is not adding up to anything.” Swalwell has been contemplating a run for months. The California Democrat has made several trips to early nominating states like Iowa and New Hampshire, telling reporters that he sees a space for a candidate like himself in […]

  • Felicity Huffman and 12 Wealthy Parents Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scam

    Thirteen wealthy parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, and one coach will plead guilty to using bribery and other forms of fraud as part of the college admissions scandal, federal prosecutors in Boston said on Monday. Huffman, Gregory and Marcia Abbott, Jane Buckingham, Gordon Caplan, Robert Flaxman, Agustin Huneeus Jr., Marjorie Klapper, Peter Jan Sartorio, Stephen Semprevivo and Devin Sloane were all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and have agreed to […]

  • President Trump Says Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Leaving

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security who has become a face of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration push, is leaving the administration, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump said on Twitter. “I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. […]

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