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The hidden lesson inside the Alabama election

By most any political estimation, this past week’s Alabama special senate election was an outlier. Democrats generally don’t win statewide races in Alabama and Doug Jones likely wouldn’t have if a series of child molestation stories hadn’t surfaced about Republican candidate Roy Moore. But tallies out of Alabama’s biggest vote-producing counties suggest the election was just another example of a trend that’s shaped the most-watched races of 2017: The GOP’s retreat from the suburbs. More than 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday night came out of just five counties…

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Sex harassment cases redraw election map next year

WASHINGTON — Alabama’s stunning Senate race is over, but there are more special elections ahead — and they will all be analyzed, dissected and picked apart for what the outcomes mean for President Donald Trump and the Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections. The political calendar in 2018 is lighter — so far — than 2017’s, which was defined by a string of high-profile contests from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to Alabama’s Senate race. But two congressional races and a slew of state legislative contests have already been scheduled —…

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Technology 

Facebook reveals whether using social network site affects YOUR happiness

Facebook has published an in-depth blog post analysing whether the social networking site is actually good or bad for our mental health. The social networking giant joined the conversation about the impact the site’s had on us after a former exec blasted the service. Last week Chamath Palihapitiya, who was Facebook’s vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” for the company he helped make. He said: “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”. The former Facebook exec…

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EPA delays post-Flint rule changes for lead in drinking water

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving forward to update regulations to reduce lead in drinking water, but says the effort will take months longer than planned. The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it would delay its publication ofproposed changes to federal regulation of lead and copper in drinking water until August 2018, having previously set out to have them released by January 2018. It similarly pushed back the timeline for finalizing the changes to February 2020, seven months after its previous deadline. It is the second time…

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Technology 

Ford finds the future of driving in Detroit – Roadshow

Ford is bringing its electric and autonomous vehicle business and strategy teams home to Michigan to help make the motor city a technological hub once again. To those of us outside of Detroit, hearing that Ford is bringing several of its key teams in its most technologically advanced and forward-looking divisions to Detroit seems smart. To people in Detroit, it means a lot more than that.  Ford recently chose its Flat Rock manufacturing facility to become its autonomous vehicle production hub, and this most recent announcement further signifies that Ford…

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Facebook releases Snooze feature to mute certain friends – CNET

You can temporarily mute friends, groups and brand pages on Facebook. Facebook Sometimes there are people on your Facebook feed you just don’t want to see for a while. The social network says it wants to help. Facebook on Friday globally released a feature called Snooze that lets users hide certain people, groups or brand pages for up to 30 days, without permanently unfriending or unfollowing them. When the snooze window is about to end, you’ll get an alert to let you know or renew the snooze. The tool was…

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Michigan police under fire for treatment of 11-year-old girl

A suspect being chased by a team of Michigan police officers last week was a potentially dangerous 40-year-old white woman wanted in connection with a stabbing. But the person they cuffed at gunpoint and placed into the back seat of a squad car was a terrified 11-year-old black girl named Honestie Hodges. Now those Grand Rapids police officers are the subjects of an internal investigation into their alleged heavy-handed tactics — and the girl’s mother is hopping mad. “The whole time they are telling her to come down, I’m telling…

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56 female Democratic lawmakers ask House to investigate Trump

More than 50 female Democratic lawmakers on Monday asked the House oversight committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump. In a letter to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Democratic Women’s Working Group wrote that the country deserves “a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations.” “At least 17 women have publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct,” the letter, which was signed by 56 lawmakers, said. “We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come…

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Ford’s 300-mile electric SUV heads to Mexico to make way for autonomy – Roadshow

Remember when Ford said it was going to build its 300-mile electric crossover in the US? Well, plans have changed. Ford’s new electric crossover, which is believed to pack 300 miles of range, will now be built at the Cautitlan plant outside Mexico City, rather than in Michigan, Automotive News reports, citing an internal Ford memo. According to the document, Ford plans to maximize its otherwise slim margins on battery electric vehicles by moving production to Mexico where labor costs are significantly lower. Ford CEO Jim Hackett (left) and chairman…

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Science 

We may know why younger brothers are more likely to be gay

Having lots of boys can affect a woman’s immune responseAleksandarNakic/Getty By Andy Coghlan The more older brothers a boy has, the more likely he is to be gay when he grows up – an effect called the “fraternal birth order effect”. Now it seems that increasing levels of antibodies in a mother’s immune system could play a role. Anthony Bogaert at Brock University, Canada, and his team think that some women who are pregnant with boys develop antibodies that target a protein made by the Y chromosome. Our immune systems…

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