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Thursday, April 25, 2019

A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects -- or, as the military calls them, "unexplained aerial phenomena" -- prompted the U.S. Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue. "Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis," Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told the Washington Post on Wednesday. read more


Deutsche Bank has begun the process of providing financial records to New York state's attorney general in response to a subpoena for documents related to loans made to President Donald Trump and his business, according to a person familiar with the production. read more


Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has declared a presidential bid, putting an end to months of speculation. In a video announcement, Mr Biden warned that the "core values of the nation ... our very democracy, everything that has made America America, is at stake. ... I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen."


Black activists say hate speech policies and content moderation systems formulated by a company built by and dominated by white men fail the very people Facebook claims it's trying to protect. Not only are the voices of marginalized groups disproportionately stifled, Facebook rarely takes action on repeated reports of racial slurs, violent threats and harassment campaigns targeting black users, they say. read more


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday said that he would attempt to challenge impeachment in the Supreme Court if Democrats carried out such proceedings, though it's unclear the high court would hear such a case. read more


Stabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death. Picking off a school-age girl and an old man from a sniper's roost. Indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire. Navy SEAL commandos from Team 7's Alpha Platoon said they had seen their highly decorated platoon chief commit shocking acts in Iraq. read more


The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfunctioning air bags to include an additional 12.3 million vehicles with air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash. The investigation now includes certain models of cars by Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler, which contain an airbag control unit produced by ZF-TRW, a German auto-parts company. read more


Greenland, home to the Earth's second largest ice sheet, has lost ice at an accelerating pace in the past several decades -- a nearly sixfold increase that could contribute to future sea level rise, according to a new study based on nearly a half century of data. read more


Did you know that if you make less than $66,000 a year, you can prepare and file your taxes for free? No? That's no accident. Companies that make tax preparation software, like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, would rather you didn't know. read more


If you've ever had a parking ticket, there's a good chance you know what "chalking" is. A federal appeals court ruled this week that the practice of marking a car tires unconstitutional, a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches and seizures. read more


Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Disney's co-founder, said CEO Bob Iger's level of pay is too high compared to that of his median employee. Disney made the comments at the Fast Company Impact Council on Thursday. read more


In normal politics, the policies adopted by a president and Congress may zig one way, and those of the next president and Congress may zag the other. The contending parties take our system's rules as a given, and fight over what they understand to be reversible policies and power arrangements. But some situations are not like that; a zig one way makes it hard to zag back. This is one of those moments. read more


Team Trump's bellicose tweets and public statements in the last few days could expose the president to fresh charges of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. read more


The US Treasury blew past a Tuesday evening deadline to turn over President Donald Trump's tax returns to House Democrats, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying his department will "take final action on the Committee's request by May 6." read more


Twitter has suspended over 5,000 accounts tied to a network amplifying a message denouncing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a "RussiaGate hoax." According to a researcher, the accounts -- most of which had only posted three or four times in the past -- were connected to other accounts previously used to post pro-Saudi messages. read more


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