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Armed militia group that detained migrants kicked out of their New Mexico camp

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 20:59

Members of the United Constitutional Patriots militia, who had set up camp in Sunland Park, New Mexico, were told to leave their campsite by Friday.

AP FACT CHECK: Mueller interviewed many close to president

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 20:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely suggesting that the people "closest" to him weren't called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller and his team because investigators didn't want to hear the "good things" those people would want to share about the president. Plenty of people close to Trump, or who worked closely with him, were interviewed by investigators or invited to do so.

Demoted and sidelined: Google walkout organizers say company retaliated

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 18:25

Staff who organized mass protests say in internal letter their roles were changed after November 2018 demonstration Workers protest against Google on 1 November 2019 in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP They helped to organize an unprecedented global protest that saw tens of thousands of Google employees walk off the job in November 2018. Now two Google employees, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, are alleging that Google is retaliating against them and other employee activists. “Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities,” reads a letter from Whittaker, Stapleton and 10 other employees that was published internally on Monday and seen by the Guardian. “Retaliation isn’t always obvious. It’s often confusing and drawn out, consisting of icy conversations, gaslighting, project cancellations, transition rejections, or demotions. Behavior that tells someone the problem isn’t that they stood up to the company, it’s that they’re not good enough and don’t belong.” Stapleton, a nearly 12-year veteran at Google, wrote that two months after the walkout, she was demoted, had a previously approved project cancelled, and was “told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick”. “Only after I hired a lawyer and had her contact Google did management conduct an investigation and walked back my demotion, at least on paper,” she wrote. “While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day.” Whittaker, who co-founded the AI Now Institute, wrote that after Google decided to scrap its AI ethics council, she was told that her “role would be changed dramatically”. “I’m told that to remain at the company, I will have to abandon my work on AI ethics and the AI Now Institute,” she wrote. Neither Whittaker nor Stapleton responded immediately to a request for comment. The letter was first reported by Wired. A Google spokeswoman said that the company has already investigated these cases and determined there was no retaliation. “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace, and investigate all allegations,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. “Employees and teams are regularly and commonly given new assignments, or reorganized, to keep pace with evolving business needs. There has been no retaliation here.” Google employees have been at the forefront of a wave of tech worker activism that has swept the industry over the past year. Employee-organized protests have taken aim both at the company’s business decisions – such as its work for a Department of Defense drone project or plans to build a censored search engine for China – and its treatment of employees and contractors. The November walkout was sparked by a New York Times report that revealed that a former executive, Andy Rubin, had received a $90m severance package despite being forced out over an allegation that he had forced a female employee to perform oral sex. The report unleashed a flood of anger and frustration among Google employees who had faced harassment or discrimination. In Monday’s letter, the organizers say that they “collected over 350 stories” during the walkout, and discovered a “sad pattern”: “People who stand up and report discrimination, abuse, and unethical conduct are punished, sidelined, and pushed out. Perpetrators often go unimpeded, or are even rewarded.” The organizers are planning to host a Retaliation Town Hall for workers on Friday. They have reserved conference rooms and plan to live stream the discussion internally. Have you experienced retaliation for workplace activism in the tech industry? Contact the author: julia.wong@theguardian.com or julia.carrie.wong@protonmail.com

Trump sues to block Congress subpoena for his financial records

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 18:08

The suit seeks to block a subpoena issued by the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee for information about Trump's personal and business finances, alleging Democrats have launched "all-out political war" on Trump with subpoenas as their "weapon of choice." The committee's subpoena sought eight years of documents from Mazars USA, an accounting firm long used by Trump to prepare financial statements, related to its investigation of allegations Trump inflated or deflated financial statements for potentially improper purposes. Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight Committee chairman, issued the subpoena to the president's accountant after Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified to Congress in February that Trump had misrepresented his net worth.

Oil prices jump as Trump cracks down on Iranian exports

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:52

Oil prices jumped to near six-month highs on Monday as the Trump administration cracked down on Iranian oil exports, announcing it would no longer grant waivers from US sanctions.

Big changes to Siri, Marzipan, AR, and more could dramatically change the Apple ecosystem

Macworld - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:35

A fascinating report at 9to5Mac offers a sneak peek at some of the announcements Apple has in store for developers at WWDC in June. Previous reports have focused on changes coming to iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, but this leak is all about the tools developers use to make apps and services on Apple’s platforms. If they prove true, it could mean a big improvement in the way we use our iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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Target recalling nearly half million wooden toys because of possible choking hazard

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:29

Target is recalling about 495,000 Bullseye’s Playground wooden toy vehicles sold between October and November 2018 because of a possible choking risk.

'Big-hearted' US technician among Sri Lanka dead

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:27

A "big-hearted" technician who was visiting Sri Lanka for work was among at least four Americans killed in the Easter attacks on churches and hotels, his employer said Monday. Dieter Kowalski, who worked for British educational and publishing company Pearson, wrote a final Facebook posting as he flew out Friday from his base in Denver. See you soon Sri Lanka!" wrote the 40-year-old Wisconsin native.

Johnson & Johnson Heirs List Hudson Valley Estate with Helipad for $13 Million

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:12

The property is a subdivision of the family’s 600-acre estate called Lightning Tree Farm

Cardi B rejects plea deal in strip club brawl case, facing up to one year in jail

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 15:41

Cardi B rejected a deal to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count in strip club brawl, even though it would keep her out of jail.

Experts Warn Latest Trump Administration Move on Iran Could Backfire

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 14:50

Officials within the U.S. State Department, Defense and intelligence warn that the latest move against Iran could backfire.

The 2020 Jaguar XE in Photos

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 14:47

'I'm Sure People Have All Kinds of Labels on Me.' Melinda Gates Reveals Why She Decided to Be Vulnerable in Her New Book

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 14:02

The philanthropist on the hardest story she chose to share, how she thinks about wealth and more

Should Catholics keep their faith? Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church, poll finds

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:44

Amid the latest spate of allegations of sexual abuse by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the religion, new poll shows.

Tesla Claims Fully Automated Autopilot Upgrade Will Be Fail-Safe

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:43

How much of this announcement is hype and how much is tech that's ready for market, we won't know right away, but they've got our attention.

10 Home Decor Sales We’re Excited About This Week

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:26

Consider us your personal shoppers

Samsung pushes back Galaxy Fold release to 'run further internal tests' following poor reviews

Macworld - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:09
After several poor reviews and broken devices, Samsung has reportedly decided to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold originally planned for Friday, April 26.

Trump 'not even a little bit' worried about impeachment. Should he be?

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:02

President Trump says he’s “not even a little bit” worried about being impeached. But the history of the presidency suggests his unconcern might be premature.

Amazon sale gets you a Dyson cordless vacuum for just $140, today only

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:53

Dyson's newest cordless vacuum is the V11 and it costs as much as $700. That's no typo... the V11 Torque costs $700! It's a phenomenal vacuum of course, but $700 is a whole lot of money to spend on something that sucks up dirt off the floor. If you don't need all of Dyson's new bells and whistles though, you can score a great cordless vacuum for a tiny fraction of that price. Amazon is running a one-day sale on Dyson V6 Motorhead Cord Free Vacuum refurbs for just $149.99, and they're of course guaranteed and warrantied. So what are you going to do with the $550 you just saved?Here are the bullet points from the product page: * 75% more brush bar power than the V6 Cord-free vacuum * Cord-free. Hassle-free. Quickly and easily clean when you need to * Up to 20 minutes of continuous suction. Trigger releases instantly. Also features max power mode - which provides up to 6 minutes of higher suction for more difficult tasks * The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt. 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, work in parallel to increase airflow and capture fine dust * Quickly convert to a handheld for quick clean ups, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places. Includes convenient docking station that stores and charges the machine, and holds additional attachments. So it's always ready to go * This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, includes all original accessories, and a 6 month Dyson limited warranty against original defects in materials & workmanship; warranty covers private household use in accordance with the owner's manual

Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attack

Top Stories - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:52

Turkish police on Monday were holding six people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after a mob attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that sparked widespread criticism. Kilicdaroglu, 70, of the Republican People's Party (CHP) was assaulted on Sunday in a crowd as he attended a funeral in Ankara for a soldier killed fighting Kurdish militants in the southeast. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP in March 31 local elections, seen as a major setback for the ruling party after a decade-and-a-half in power.


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