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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The consequences of being placed on a government watchlist can be far-reaching. They can include questioning, harassment, or detention by authorities, or even an indefinite ban on air travel. And while the government keeps the evidence it uses to blacklist people in this manner secret, government watchdogs have found that as many as 35 percent of the nominations to the network of watchlists are outdated and tens of thousands of names were placed on lists without an adequate factual basis. To make matters worse, the government denies watchlisted individuals any meaningful way to correct errors and clear their names. read more


Officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the police van inside which Freddie Gray incurred his fatal neck injury last April, has been found not guilty of second-degree "depraved heart" murder by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams. Goodson, 46, has also been found not guilty on charges of manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Goodson waived his right to a trial by jury. His bench trial began June 9 and final arguments were heard Monday. read more


Road and Track: With the Model S, Tesla proved that electric cars could be quick. The P90D equipped with Ludicrous Mode, for example, is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. But in order to be the fastest-accelerating electric car in the world, it would have to cut that time nearly in half. That's because the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich just completed a world-record 0-60 mph run in a scant 1.513 seconds. And to top it all off, it took less than 100 feet to do so. That's insane. What's possibly even more insane is that this record was set by college kids. The team is made up of students from ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts who compete in Formula SAE and built the car (that they've nicknamed "grimsel") themselves. read more


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Prestigious wine auctions are currently dealing with fraud and accusations of tampering of wine supposedly worth thousands of dollars. But what if one of the world's greatest wines was stuck on a shelf somewhere between baby wipes and off-brand cereals and only cost $6? A Chilean wine sold exclusively at Asda -- a British supermarket chain owned by Walmart -- has won a platinum "Best in Show" award at the Decanter Magazine World Wine Awards. read more


A list of mass shootings between April 1999 and January 2013 prepared for lawmakers in Connecticut showed that rifles were used in 10 incidents and shotguns in 10 others, while handguns were used in 42. Glock brand pistols turned up in nine of those cases. Another compendium of mass shootings since 2009 by the New York Times showed that handguns were used in 13 incidents, compared to five in which a rifle was the primary weapon. Glocks were recovered from six of the perpetrators. read more


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