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Live Briefing: Sessions Won’t Detail Conversations With Trump, Frustrating Democratic Senators
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making his first appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the nation’s top law enforcement officer on Wednesday.
Trump Told a Soldier’s Widow Her Husband ‘Knew What He Signed Up For,’ His Mother Says
The mother of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, backed a Democratic representative’s account of a phone call the president made to his widow.
In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges
Sweeping changes include introducing partisan ballots to judges’ races, the first state to do so in almost a century.
A Marine Attacked an Iraqi Restaurant. But Was It a Hate Crime or PTSD?
After a Marine attacked an Iraqi restaurant in Portland, Ore., his family said he was provoked by trauma, not hate, and that he needed help, not jail time.
Quebec Bars People in Face Coverings From Receiving Public Services
Under a new law, women in face veils will not be able to use public transit or work as public employees, including as teachers.
Op-Ed Contributor: When the Price of Reporting Is a Car Bomb
The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta illustrates the stakes for journalists pushing back against power.
Op-Ed Contributor: There’s No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case
Congress, not the Supreme Court, should decide the fate of data held abroad.
The Neediest Cases Fund: Playing by the Rules After Breaking Them in Foster Care
After nine years of tumult moving from home to home, Shaquille Samuel, 23, now possesses a Regents diploma, a food handler’s license and motivation for a brighter future.
New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S.
International delegates will gather next month to discuss implementing the Paris agreement, and American negotiators will be there even though the United States has said it will quit the pact.
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Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska's Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved.
College Football Picks: Playoff-elimination possibilities
A team that has lost two games has yet to make the College Football Playoff. The playoff has only been in existence since 2014, and it's bound to happen at some point, but for now it seems like a difficult bar to clear.
Ivy League touts safety impact of experimental kickoff rule
(STATS) - The Ivy League's experimental football kickoff rule has led to a significant drop in injuries and concussions, the league announced Wednesday.
Ravens specializing in long kick returns and effective kicks
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) During an up and down season for the Baltimore Ravens, getting a solid performance by their special teams has been the one steady constant.
Sharapova, Puig heading to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Maria Sharapova and Monica Puig will head to Puerto Rico next week to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.
Road teams above .500, AFC West dominating KC now at Oakland
No longer unbeaten, Kansas City now must concentrate on remaining atop the AFC West and, if the Chiefs can manage it, in front of the rest of the conference pack.
Michael Porter Jr. wants to revive Missouri, leave legacy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. has yet to play his first college game, and he's already making it clear he has very high expectations both for himself and the Tigers.
Twins decline option on Glen Perkins' contract
Twins have told Glen Perkins they will decline their $6.5 million option on his contract for 2018 and pay him a $700,000 buyout.
Twins tell Perkins they'll decline $6.5M option for 2018
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have told left-hander Glen Perkins they will decline their $6.5 million option on his contract for 2018 and pay him a $700,000 buyout.
Sopoaga named at 10 in All Blacks team to play Australia
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will start a test for the first time since his debut in 2015 as a replacement for the injured Beauden Barrett in Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Brisbane.
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Snap is selling a dancing hot dog costume on Amazon
This might perhaps be the most random thing I ever write, but here goes nothing. Snap, the maker of Snapchat and Spectacles, is selling the dancing hot dog costume on Amazon for $79.99.If you’re a Snapchat or Bitmoji user, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. The dancing hot dog fir...
Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung’s Developer Conference
No surprise, Samsung is making the connected home a big focus of its annual Developer Conference this week in San Francisco. DJ Koh, the company’s head of Mobile Communications took to the stage at Moscone Center to reveal a spate of different announcements focused on connected devices, as the c...
Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election
In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as...
‘Bad things happen,’ Facebook’s response to Russian election interference
Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads. When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about al...
Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands
There’s no doubt that our collective mobile device addictions are hurting real-world engagement for advertisers. This is especially true in professional sports stadiums, where looking down at your phone means you’re not paying attention to announcements, advertisements, and sometimes even the li...
Garmin’s new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker
If you’re looking to get pretty much all the benefits of a smartwatch without a watch, and to track your activity and sport performance with tools that are more than up to the task, Garmin’s Vivosport is a strong option, with a price tag that comes in well under that of most dedicated smartwatch...
MakerBot attempts to embrace the open-source community with its new Labs platform
The topic of open source has been a touchy one for MakerBot over the past decade. The one-time 3D-printing darling was the subject of some serious smack talk when it stopped disclosing machine design in 2012. MakerBot Labs doesn’t mark a full return to those roots, but it is carving out a niche ...
The Sonos One offers all that wireless speaker goodness with a side of Alexa
There isn’t much to say about the new Sonos One that hasn’t been said about Sonos already. The company has long been the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio and their speakers, while small, are powerful and more than usable for music, home entertainment, and general merriment. So how do y...
AdHawk acquires Automate Ads to improve Google and Facebook ad campaigns
AdHawk is announcing that it has acquired one of its competitors, Y Combinator-backed Automate Ads. Even if you weren’t a customer, Automate Ads may sound familiar because it was previously known as Kuhcoon, a social advertising startup co-founded by Andrew Torba, who has since been in the news ...
Abu Dhabi’s state fund just opened for business, right in San Francisco
How fast the landscape seems to shift. SoftBank has been making waves in Silicon Valley since announcing its Vision Fund earlier this year. Now, one of SoftBank’s besties — the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates, called the Mubadala Investment Company — is also making a splashy de...