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Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

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There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in ...

Arkansas Just Passed Its Own Indiana-Style 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act'

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Despite national outcry over a similar bill in Indiana, the Arkansas state Legislature on Tuesday passed its own 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' which critics warn would allow business owners to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgendered people on religious grounds.The bill now goes to Republican state Gov. Asa ...

If Hillary Clinton Testifies About Her Emails, She Should Do It In Public

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The chairman of the House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks asked Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday to appear for a private interview about her exclusive use of a personal email account when she was secretary of state. ....Mr. Gowdy said the committee believed that “a transcribed interview would ...

Here Are All the Athletes, Celebrities, and CEOs Joining the Indiana Backlash

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Miley Cyrus, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former NBA star Charles Barkley are just a few of the high-profile figures condemning Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who signed a law on Thursday that critics say will give businesses the option to discriminate against LGBT customers on religious grounds. Here's ...

Ditch the Keyboard, Take Notes By Hand

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Joseph Stromberg reports on recent research suggesting that taking notes by hand is way better for students than taking notes on a laptop: The two groups of students — laptop users and hand-writers — did pretty similarly on the factual questions. But the laptop users did significantly worse ...

Obama's New Climate Change Plan in Two Charts

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The White House just pitched to the United Nations a detailed statement of its goals for cutting climate pollution and how it expects to meet them. By the end of the day, developed countries were supposed to issue reports on all their climate-friendly activities—what the bureaucrats call an ...

Stuck In Seattle

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About 20 workers wearing hard hats and reflective vests clump together on the edge of a chasm near Seattle’s waterfront, peering down a hole 120 feet deep and 83 feet wide. The last men have been craned out of the pit in a yellow metal cage. Gulls squawk.

Scientists Can Predict Your City's Obesity Rate by Analyzing Its Sewage

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If someone were to ask you what distinguishes skinny cities with from fat ones, you might think of the prevalence of fast food joints, the average length of automobile commutes, or the relative abundance of parks and jogging trails. But there's also another, more underground factor: their sewage.

America Ranks in the Top 5 Globally—for Putting Its Citizens to Death

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America once again ranks among the top five nations in the world—in executions. Sigh. That's according to a new report from Amnesty International, which also notes that more and more nations have been opting not to kill their convicts. Amnesty tallies at least 607 known executions in 22 ...

Iran Nuclear Envoys Near Outline Agreement, Buy More Time

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P5+1 Ministers, European Union and Iranian officials wait for the opening of a plenary session on Iran nuclear talks at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel on March 31, 2015. (Bloomberg) -- Iran and world powers are closing in on an agreement detailing the main steps needed to resolve ...

Here Comes a New Wave of Billion-Dollar Hedge Funds

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(Bloomberg) -- Hedge fund investors aren’t giving up just yet. At least five new hedge fund companies are on track to start with at least $1 billion this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, after eight firms started with a 10-figure sum last year. The industry hasn’t ...

Syria gets Russian arms under deals signed since conflict began: Assad

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is supplying weapons to Damascus under contracts signed since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar al-Assad said. Assad's comments, in an interview published by Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Monday, appeared to contradict Moscow's ...

O'Reilly Cameraman Disputes Fox News Host's Falklands "War Zone" Story

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly continues to insist that he never misrepresented or embellished his wartime reporting experiences and other previous episodes—even after CNN, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Media Matters, and Mother Jones reported significant discrepancies between O'Reilly's accounts and what actually occurred. Last Tuesday, O'Reilly appeared ...

Yes, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker Are Different Kinds of Conservatives

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Jeb Bush may project a warmer, fuzzier, less hardnosed conservatism than Scott Walker, but is there really much difference between them? Greg Sargent isn't so sure: Here’s what I’ll be watching: How will this basic underlying difference, if it is real, manifest itself in actual policy terms? On ...

Ohio State Rep: Why I Spoke Out About My Rape and Abortion

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Teresa Fedor is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives. As an Ohio Legislator, I have witnessed, for nearly 15 years, legislation introduced that intends to marginalize or completely eliminate a woman’s reproductive rights. The most recent and arguably worst offender is House Bill 69, termed,

Pesky Packing Peanuts Baked and Crushed to Make Battery Electrodes

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Packing peanuts make shipping fragile objects easy. But the puffy particles become a wasteful nuisance once the shipment is complete. Now researchers report a method to turn them into something useful. The chemical engineers carbonize the foam packaging and use the resulting carbon microsheets to construct lithium battery ...

How DIY Bond Traders Displaced Wall Street’s Hot Shot Bond Dealers

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(Bloomberg) -- Time was, Sherman McCoy could stride into Pierce & Pierce to bray for money on the bond markets with other Masters of the Universe. That was 1987. McCoy, the hotshot bond dealer at the center of the “Bonfire of the Vanities,” would be 66 by now,

Marco Rubio's 2016 Campaign Could Depend on This Billionaire Car Dealer

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As Jeb Bush sucks up cash from Florida's wealthy Republican donors for his all-but-announced presidential bid—his allies have set a goal of raising $100 million by the end of the month—many of the state's wealthiest conservatives have passed over Sen. Marco Rubio, another possible 2016 contender, who like ...

Greek Proposals to Unlock Aid Need Lots of Work, EU Aides Say

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(Bloomberg) -- Greece’s proposed plans to bolster its finances in exchange for unlocking bailout funds still need lots of work, three European officials said. The 15-page draft, which was discussed Sunday in Brussels, requires more information and details and was a long way from serving as the basis ...

Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. Remarks by António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Kuwait City, 31 March 2015

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Let me express, like the Secretary-General and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, my deep gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah for hosting this conference here in the "International Humanitarian Center". After four years of conflict, we are at a tipping point. It is clear that the world's response to the crisis in Syria cannot be business as usual. The situation is becoming unsustainable. First, the situation of the refugees themselves. Over 3.9 million are registered in the neighbouring countries, and they are becoming increasingly impoverished and vulnerable,

Cohen’s Point72 Starts Technology Venture Capital Unit

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(Bloomberg) -- Point72 Asset Management, the firm that manages the fortune of billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, started a venture capital unit that backs technology companies. The business, Honeycomb Ventures, will invest mainly in growth equity opportunities and is led by Point72 money manager David Fiszel, the firm ...

Syria: Latest report to Security Council highlights “breath-taking” levels of savagery

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the UN Security Council today on Syria. She noted the briefing came just a little over a year after the Council adopted a resolution demanding action by parties to the conflict to cease attacks against civilians and ...

Palyul Lineage

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Excitement and forward activity prevail, along with confusion and uncertainty. Stick with the action, and the uncertainty will pass quickly. Avoid the tendency to hide or feel conflicted, this is your moment! After a time of preparation, waiting and hoping, what you have wished for is here. An ...

Musk: Tesla Will Unveil Major New Product on April 30

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will be unveiling a major new product line on April 30th. He further stated that it will not be a car. Follow us on:FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube

Big Oil Pressured Scientists Over Fracking Wastewater's Link to Quakes

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In November 2013, Austin Holland, Oklahoma’s state seismologist, got a request that made him nervous. It was from David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, which houses the Oklahoma Geological Survey where Holland works. Boren, a former U.S. senator, asked Holland to his office for coffee with Harold ...

In photos: Gaza fishermen "in God's hands"

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Tawfiq Abu Reyala’s wife and four children have no income after the fisherman was shot dead by Israeli naval forces. Hundreds of mourners gathered outside of al-Shifa hospital to protest the killing of Tawfiq Abu Reyaleh, a 34-year-old fisherman shot by the Israeli navy just hours before. Along ...

#WaterforlifeVoices Exhibit and Campaign

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The UN will celebrate the end of the ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 Decade at UN Headquarters in New York on World Water Day 2015. Celebrations will include a planned exhibition to take stock, observe our shared successes and contribute to the road map for the future #post2015. The ...

ECB Nerves Fray on Greece as Supervisors Rile Central Bankers

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(Bloomberg) -- Inside the five-month-old union between monetary policy and financial oversight at the European Central Bank, nerves are beginning to fray. As officials under ECB President Mario Draghi seek to replace deposits fleeing Greek banks without blatantly financing the state, the efforts of the institution’s new Single ...

Alan Cumming Is Bisexual — And You Might Be Too

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The award-winning actor of The Good Wife and Cabaret is always candid about his life, including in a new memoir. Bisexuality, film, Spotlight, television, Theater, People, Arts & Entertainment The Only 2 Things to Know Out of Mike Pence's Dissembling Interview Is This Photo Proof Mike Pence Knew ...

Blue Crabs Migrate North as Ocean Warms

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In the last few years, researchers have noticed the appearance of an unusual southern species in New England waters, the delectable blue crab. Populations of the crabs are typically found between the Gulf of Mexico and Cape Cod in Massachusetts, but in 2012, shellfish wardens and wildlife managers ...

Poverty shrinks brains from birth

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The stress of growing up poor can hurt a child’s brain development starting before birth, research suggests—and even very small differences in income can have major effects on the brain. Researchers have long suspected that children’s behaviour and cognitive abilities are linked to their socioeconomic status, particularly for ...

Israeli government spreads racist caricature of Arabs on Facebook, Twitter

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Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s supposed apology for his incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel during Israel’s recent election campaign, his government continues to spread anti-Arab hatred. Israel’s verified Arabic-language Twitter account and Facebook account, titled “Israel speaks Arabic,” published the above caricature on Sunday, which asks “Which ...

Massive List of Companies Warn Indiana: NASCAR, Marriott, Twitter, GAP, Duke U. - UPDATE

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Dozens of companies are taking action against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act including NASCAR (below), Anthem, Cummins, Dow, Roche, Starbucks, Apple, Angie's List, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin (below), YELP, Salesforce, Eli Lilly, NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever (below), Marriott (below), NCAA, and Gen Con: "We will ...

The Problem With Over-Policing Peaceful Protest

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Last night, NYC Shut It Down held it’s weekly #PeoplesMonday demonstration in Grand Central. The event promised to be similar to the previous Monday night vigils that have been held for months – always entirely peaceful – but the police had ramped up their presence, and the effects ...

WA shark policy allowing killing of great whites will not be reviewed

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Environmental Protection Authority says exemption allowing use of drumlines in case of a ‘serious threat’ is unlikely to significantly affect the environment The Environmental Protection Authority will not review Western Australia’s policy of using drumlines to catch sharks that pose a “serious threat” because it is unlikely to ...

Univ. of Southampton cancels conference after government, Israel lobby pressure

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Organizers say they are considering emergency legal action against the UK’s University of Southampton after administrators withdrew permission for a planned academic conference on Israel. The cancelation follows an intense smear campaign against the conference and its organizers by Israel lobby groups, columnists and UK government ministers and ...

Editorial: Gov. Pence, fix 'religious freedom' law now

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Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about State should extend protected status to gays, lesbians — those protections can co-exist with RFRA. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 1010,

The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

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Editor’s note: Kevin Spain is a general partner at Emergence Capital. Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud ...

BREAKING: Women in Karnes family detention camp start work strike and fast for Holy Week! Demanding freedom!

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Click here to sign the petition in support of the women in Karnes!The women detained in the Karnes detention camp in South Texas released a statement today saying they will be refusing food and will launch a work strike starting Tuesday morning. We obtained their demand letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) late Monday. The full text of the letter is below. In the name of the mothers, residents of the Center for Detentions in Karnes City, we are writing this petition whereby we ask to be set free ...

Oceana Hosts “Fashions for the Future” Event to Support Marine Conservation

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UK - Young philanthropists, activists, and fashion designers gathered in London for the Oceana Junior Council’s “Fashions for the Future” event to support marine conservation efforts. Oceana received support from London’s young philanthropists and environmentalists at the ‘Fashions for the Future’ event, which took place at London’s Phillips ...

Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

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Google has begun showing photos uploaded via Google+ in Google Drive, where they can be managed via a new Google Photos tab, or stored in folders alongside other kinds of files easily. The inclusion of Photos and Videos in Drive is one sign that Google is moving to ...

Unpacking Etsy’s S1

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Editor’s note: Ezra Galston is a venture capitalist with Chicago Ventures and the former Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming. He writes the blog BreakingVC. As an investor in many digital marketplaces (Kapow Events, Spothero, Bloomnation, Shiftgig, among others, as well as an arts and crafts community, Blitsy) ...

Testlio Raises $1M To Provide On-Demand QA Testers

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Testlio, a startup that provides development teams with dedicated quality assurance testers, has recently raised $1 million in seed funding to bring on more experts to fill out its “elastic” on-demand offering. Instead of hiring a team of QA engineers to deal with the bugs produced in new ...

The destructive legacy of Arab liberals

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Arab liberals have allied with Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia to wreak an unparalleled record of destruction. It has become commonplace to present Arab Islamists of all political stripes (liberals, conservatives, radicals, neoliberals, moderates, extremists, nonviolent, violent, etc.) as a most, if not the most, dangerous political ...

Washington State, Portland to Ban Government-Funded Travel to Indiana

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Add Washington State and Portland to the growing list of cities and states banning government-funded travel to Indiana in the wake of its newly passed "religious freedom" bill allowing businesses to discriminate against gay customers.“I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more ...

Arctic ice melt sets yet another record

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This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Every year around the end of February, after a long winter, Arctic ice reaches its maximum extent. This year that happened around Feb. 25, when it encompassed 14.54 million square ...

Texas In 'League Of Its Own' with 20 Hateful Anti-LGBT Bills In 2015

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Indiana may be getting most of the attention, but Texas is "in a league of its own" when it comes to anti-LGBT legislation in 2015, according to a joint news release issued Tuesday by Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Freedom Network.As we reported earlier ...

Jeb Bush Defends Indiana's Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Law: 'Pence Has Done the Right Thing' - AUDIO

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush defended Indiana's anti-gay "religious liberty" law when asked about it by conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Monday "I think if they actually got briefed on the law, they wouldn’t be blasting this law. I think Governor Pence has done the right ...

Martha Stewart Delivered the Funniest, Dirtiest Jokes at the Justin #BieberRoast: WATCH

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Martha Stewart is many things. She’s a grandmother, an ex-con, and the owner of multi-million dollar empire built out of blueberry scones and scented potpourri. Last night at Justin Bieber’s roast, though, she proved to be something else that few people were expecting: a deliciously blue comedian. “I ...

10 Facts About Hunger In Yemen

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Hunger is a huge issue in Yemen. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing the following ten hunger facts: This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered; priority is given to family farming; and food ...
 

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