Hundreds of sexual assault claims filed in New York

Flurry of legal action comes on the day a new law that extends the statute of limitations for victims goes into effect. Hundreds of people who say they were victims of sexual assault have filed lawsuits against prominent institutions in the US state of New York – including the Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America – as a new law that extends the statute of limitations on those cases went into effect. The state’s landmark Child Victims Act, which legislators passed earlier this year, lifts the statute of…

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Facebook admits it listened to user’s audio messages

The company have since said it has stopped doing this as privacy organizations raised concerns over the practice. Facebook has admitted it uses an external company to listen to audio messages sent between users in an attempt to improve its voice recognition systems. According to a report by Bloomberg, Facebook paid contractors to transcribe audio messages sent between users. Those contractors did not know who the audio was from and how Facebook obtained it. In response to the report, Facebook said users who had their audio transcribed confirmed this option…

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More Americans are falling way behind on student loan payments

Mounting student debt and credit card delinquencies could sap consumer spending and undermine economic growth. More people in the United States appear to be struggling to keep up with their credit card and student loan debt payments. That could weigh on consumer spending and threaten one of the strongest drivers of economic growth. US credit card balances grew to $868bn in the second quarter, from $848bn in the previous three months, and the proportion of those balances seriously past due is on the rise, according to Federal Reserve Bank of…

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Stocks rebound after worst day of 2019

Beijing’s moves to steady the yuan calm markets one day after Trump administration calls China a ‘currency manipulator’. It will be better tomorrow. Wall Street embraced that mantra, with United States stock markets moving higher on Tuesday following the worst trading day of the year on Monday. At closing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had risen 311.78 points or 1.21 percent. The broader S&P 500 index was up 37.03 points or 1.3 percent, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index rose 107.23 points or 1.39 percent by the end of trading.…

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Trump condemns white supremacy after El Paso mass shooting

US president pledges to provide resources to law enforcement agencies to ‘disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism’. President Donald Trump says the United States must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” after a mass shooting in the state of Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. A gunman on Saturday killed 20 people, including six Mexican citizens, at a Walmart store in El Paso, close to the border with Mexico. Just a few hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. Dozens of others were wounded…

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Lawsuits allege IBM let go as many as 100,000 older workers

The company is battling lawsuits that allege it laid off older workers in order to seem attractive to younger talent. International Business Machines Corp. has fired as many as 100,000 employees in the last few years in an effort to boost its appeal to millennials and make it appear to be as “cool” and “trendy” as Amazon and Google, according to a deposition from a former vice president in an ongoing age discrimination lawsuit. The technology company is facing several lawsuits accusing it of firing older workers, including a class-action…

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The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the release of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Trump and Russian interference…

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‘Relief and joy’ in Puerto Rico as governor announces resignation

Ricardo Rossello says he will step down on August 2 after two weeks of mass protests over obscenity-laced text messages. Puerto Rico’s embattled Governor Ricardo Rossello has announced he will resign after nearly two weeks of mass protests triggered by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between him and his top advisers. A crowd of thousands outside the governor’s mansion in San Juan erupted into cheers and singing after Rossello’s announcement late on Wednesday. “I announce that I will be resigning from the governor’s post effective Friday, August 2…

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A pair of Nike sneakers just sold for $437,500

The nearly 50-year-old shoes were designed by a Nike cofounder who coached runners for the 1972 Olympic trials. A pair of 1972 running shoes, one of the first pairs made by Nike Inc, sold for $437,500 on Tuesday, shattering the record for a pair of sneakers at public auction. The so-called Nike “Moon Shoe,” designed by Nike cofounder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials, was the top lot in the first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers at Sotheby’s auction house in New York. Sotheby’s said…

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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

The notorious drug cartel boss was found guilty on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tonnes of drugs into the United States was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison on Wednesday. US District Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence of life plus 30 years, which was mandatory under the law, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn. Guzman was also ordered to forfeit $12.5bn, prosecutors said.…

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How to Make Public Space for People Living Out of RVs

For many people, living in their vehicles is the best they can do. Here’s how cities can help. My neighbor Billy has lived for 17 years in a 20-foot-long recreational vehicle parked within a mostly industrial but now gentrifying neighborhood in Seattle. A 68-year-old former carpet layer and handyman, Billy says he wants to move out of his RV, but he doesn’t have the income, savings, and credit or rental history to rent in Seattle’s expensive housing market. The lack of off-street space for his vehicle and city parking restrictions…

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What are the ‘Sunday Scaries’?

“The ‘Sunday Scaries’ Are Real,” declared NBC News in 2017. They must be. Both dictionary.com and urbandictionary.com tout definitions, something along the lines of: the feeling one gets on a Sunday when pondering week-ahead work, family and friend obligations and expectations. And then there is the official sunday-scaries.com — home of Will deFries’ The Sunday Scaries Podcast — which points to potential causes for the anxiety as: – “I drank too much” (overimbibing during a weekend) – “Work is going to suck this week” (dread of continuing uninteresting, unfulfilling work)…

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Companies are warming up to climate activists

Corporate leadership is proving more receptive to climate activists at shareholder meetings. Climate activists found companies more receptive to steps like cutting emissions and buying clean power this year, a new tally of shareholder resolutions shows. Proponents say the trend undercuts the case for rule changes sought by business groups to make it more difficult to file proxy resolutions at annual shareholder meetings. Of the 145 climate-related proposals filed for this year’s springtime annual shareholder meeting season, 39 percent led to deals for greener policies being struck with corporate top…

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How to become more optimistic

Optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. NBC News in August 2017 reported that optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. Regardless, glass-half-empty individuals can practice optimism habits to develop a cheerier outlook. Consider these four from the report: 1. Stop equating optimism with happiness. While viewing hardships…

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What to know about burning sage

Sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia. In recent years, taking herbal supplements and using essential oils have become mainstream. Another natural wellness technique, burning sage is a practice used for centuries in Egypt, Rome and Greek medicine, as well as within Native American healing traditions. Verywellmind.com in May highlighted five benefits of sage-leaf burning (also known as a spiritual ritual called smudging): 1. Removes bacteria from the air 2. Repels insects 3. Improves intuition 4. Improves mood 5. Reduces stress and anxiety The report indicated that, because poor…

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