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Nate Silver: Trump’s ‘Original Claim Wasn’t Really That Wrong’

FiveThirtyEight Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver issued an apparent defense of President Donald Trump’s claims that Hurricane Dorian was originally targeting parts of Alabama, expressing his exasperation over the media firestorm. “Might get ratio’ed here but I am declaring the Trump Alabama/map controversy to be tiresome and I regret the one tweet I sent out about it a few days ago,” Silver ...

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New York Attorney General Leads Eight State Coalition To Open Antitrust Probe Into Facebook

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday morning an eight-state coalition to open an investigation into Facebook that will focus on the social media titan’s alleged anticompetitive business practices. The probe will include the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio, among others, James’s office said in a statement. The probe “focuses on Facebook’s dominance ...

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Thieves Used Voice-Mimicking Software To Pull Off An Incredible Heist, Raising Concerns About Deepfakes

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to dupe a company’s employees into putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into a secret account, the company’s insurer said, marking a first for the growing artificial intelligence industry. The managing director of a British energy company followed orders one day in March from the supposed CEO to wire more than $240,000 to an account in ...

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Trump Rolls Back Obama’s Light Bulb Regs

The Trump administration announced new rules Wednesday rolling back requirements for energy-saving light bulbs, The New York Times reported. The Department of Energy move will prevent new efficiency standards on light bulbs from taking effect on Jan. 1 under a law passed in 2007 under former President George Bush’s final year in office. Congress passed the legislation to phase out incandescent ...

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‘Total Devastation’: Unreal Aerial Footage Of Of Dorian Destruction Emerges

Hurricane Dorian is gradually making its way up Georgia and then the Carolinas but has made a devastating impact on parts of the Bahamas. WATCH: #BREAKING: Bahamas: First aerial footage shows Hurricane #Dorain devastation – @bclemms/WXChasing pic.twitter.com/eHBPPP7mPV — Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) September 3, 2019 Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane before weakening to a 2 Wednesday morning, crushed boats and splintered ...

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‘He Hurt A Lot Of People’: Ron Wyden Floats Putting Mark Zuckerberg In Prison For Facebook’s Alleged Privacy Violations

Sen. Ron Wyden is floating the possibility that imprisoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be the best way to hold the social media company responsible for privacy violations. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term,” Wyden said in an interview published Saturday on ...

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Four Of The Top POTUS Candidates Are Planning To Spend A Grand Total Of Nearly $26 Trillion On Fighting Climate Change

Four of the top Democrats running for president in 2020 are planning on plowing trillions of dollars into fighting climate change even as reports suggest such lofty plans could hurt them ahead of the election. Former Vice President Joe Biden, businessman Andrew Yang, along with Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, are slated to plow roughly $26 trillion into climate ...

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Sen. Booker Reveals $3 Trillion Climate Plan, Promises To Clobber Oil Companies

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announced a pricey climate plan Tuesday, marking a trend as the New Jersey Democrat joins other presidential candidates who are pushing trillion-dollar plans to tackle global warming. Booker unveiled the $3 trillion plan, which promises to spend on green energy, phase out the use of fossil fuels and create a 100% carbon neutral economy in ...

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Odessa Police Say Only One Gunman Was Responsible For Shooting That Killed 7

Odessa police said Sunday that only one shooter was involved in a shooting Saturday that killed at least seven people, injured more than 20 others Police initially thought multiple shooters were involved, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said during a news conference. They are now “confident” that one person was involved. Gerke said he would not identify the suspected shooter ...

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Allegedly Hacked, Tweets Offensive Posts About Black People [NSFW]

Warning: This article contains images displaying graphic language. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey alleges that he was hacked Friday afternoon when his account began posting offensive tweets insulting African-Americans. “[email protected]#k [email protected]@RS,” a tweet from his account states. Dorsey’s account also posted “[email protected]#k Voku black s$!t.” Dorsey’s account has tweeted roughly 18 tweets that appear to be suspicious, including a retweet of ...

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Former Amazon Employee Indicted For Hacking Capital One’s Network, Swiping People’s Data

A former Amazon software engineer was indicted Wednesday for stealing sensitive data from Capital One, a move affecting millions of Americans. Paige Thompson was charged with wire fraud, as well as computer fraud and abuse for hacking into Capital One’s network. Thompson, who is a transgender male living in Seattle, faces nearly 25 years in prison if convicted. The crime ...

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Gillibrand’s $10 Million Campaign War Chest Dwindled To $800K Before She Quit

Kirsten Gillibrand’s $10 million campaign war chest dwindled to a fraction of that number before the New York Democratic senator ended her White House bid, Politico reported Thursday, citing campaign sources. Gillibrand made a big push to stay on the debate stage in August, spending more than $1 million on advertisements and making stops on cable news. It didn’t work. ...

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Trump Goes After Another Obama-Era Reg As EPA Reportedly Eases Rules Affecting Oil Companies

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning on loosening federal rules governing methane emissions, a move that could be a boon for some energy providers and setback for environmentalists, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The move will reverse standards set under President Barack Obama that require oil companies to install instruments on their pipelines and wellheads that curb the release of ...

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Hey, Who Wants to Watch CNN’s 7-Hour Long Climate Town Hall?

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CNN revealed Tuesday night the details of its upcoming climate town hall with 10 Democratic presidential candidates. Former Vice President Joe Biden will be one of several candidates who will appear in New York at back-to-back town halls Sept. 4, taking audience questions but not delving deeply into any debate surrounding the science of climate change. CNN announced the schedule ...

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Facebook Clamps Down On Political Ad Buyers Ahead Of The 2020 POTUS Election

Facebook announced Wednesday a new policy requiring people and groups who buy ads promoting political candidates or hot-button issues to provide more information about who is responsible for paying for them. The Silicon Valley company’s decision comes after several high-profile examples of governments placing misleading disclaimers on ads, which critics say undermines Facebook’s desire to be transparent about spending on ...

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