Technology 

Google’s firing of James Damore was legal, labor board says – CNET

Ex-Googler James Damore. The National Labor Relations Board says the tech giant didn’t break the law when it fired him. The issue has made Damore a poster child for conservatives in the debate over identity politics. Dhillon Law Group Google didn’t break the law when it fired James Damore over a memo that criticized the company’s diversity policies and claimed tech’s gender gap may be due to biological differences between men and women. That’s the word this week from a lawyer with the US National Labor Relations Board, a federal…

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Kodi Box WARNING – Your illegal streaming apps could get DELETED remotely

Kodi Box fans have been warned that apps for illegally streaming movies, TV shows and Premier League football could get deleted from their devices remotely. The Kodi surge continues without any sign of stopping, as users continue to ditch paid TV services for the online player. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content.  These apps…

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At crossroads of policing and murder, a long push for accountability

After her son Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by a New York police officer, Constance Malcolm says she dedicated herself to community activism almost by accident. “I had to be Ramarley’s voice,” she says. “Even now, when you hear about Ramarley’s story, you think, ‘Oh, yeah, that was the kid that was running from police into the house, and who hid in the bathroom.’ Six years later, and that’s what you hear. I have to try to get that out of people’s mindset.” Two hundred miles away in Baltimore,…

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Science 

Politics Threatened to Overshadow the Winter Olympics. The Athletes Wouldn't Let That Happen

All Olympic Games become a platform for causes bigger than the events they showcase. But the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics threatened to overshadow anything set to take place on the snow and ice in PyeongChang, South Korea. The location of the global gathering, barely 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone that marks the border with North Korea, guaranteed that the rogue state and the nuclear ambitions of its unpredictable leader would cast a fraught shadow over the action. For a while, it did. The flourish of…

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Porn star who alleged Trump sexual encounter: I can now tell my story

Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump’s personal attorney acknowledged paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump, her manager told The Associated Press Wednesday. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump attorney Michael Cohen invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published Tuesday: One, in which Cohen told The New York Times that he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that…

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Shaun White apologizes for dismissing misconduct allegations as ‘gossip’

Olympic gold medalist Shaun White insisted he is a “changed person” on Wednesday when asked about sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him in a 2016 lawsuit. “I’ve grown as a person over the years,” White said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, just hours after winning his third gold medal in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe. “I definitely feel like I’m a much more changed person than I was when I was younger. I’m proud of who I am today,” White added. The comments came as social media lit up…

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Bill Paxton family sues hospital, doctor for wrongful death

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE LOS ANGELES — The family of Bill Paxton has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed the actor’s heart surgery shortly before he died. The suit filed Friday against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center alleges the surgeon, used a “high risk and unconventional surgical approach” that was unnecessary and that he lacked the experience to perform, and that he downplayed the procedure’s risks. And it alleges the…

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Technology 

BuzzFeed sues DNC for information on Trump dossier – CNET

BuzzFeed is suing the Democratic National Committee for information about a controversial dossier about Donald Trump the news outlet published last year. Steven Musil/CNET BuzzFeed has filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, hoping to receive information related to a libel lawsuit the news site faces over its publication of Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier. BuzzFeed, which published the controversial dossier last year, has been sued by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian businessman who says he was libeled by BuzzFeed’s publication of the dossier when it tied him with the alleged…

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Fired officer who refused to shoot suspect gets $175,000 settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia announced the settlement with the city of Weirton on Monday. In the lawsuit, Stephen Mader said he did nothing wrong in May 2016 when he tried to persuade 23-year-old R.J. Williams of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, to put down his weapon. Another officer later saw Williams with his gun raised and fatally shot him. Williams’…

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Maine dairy company settles Oxford comma suit for $5 million

An absent “Oxford comma” will cost a Maine dairy company $5 million. The suit, brought against Oakhurst Dairy by the company’s drivers in 2014, sought $10 million in a dispute about overtime payment. A federal appeals court decided to keep the drivers’ lawsuit, concerning an exemption from Maine’s overtime law, alive last year. Court documents filed Thursday show that the company and the drivers settled for $5 million. Related: Oxford Comma defenders, rejoice! Judge bases ruling on punctuation “For want of a comma, we have this case,” U.S. Court of…

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