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US Government shutdown would HALT military operations official warns as deadline looms

GETTY Jim Mattis said that a government shutdown would heavily impact military operations The US Government has until midnight on Friday to reach a deal on federal spending. If no deal is made it will be forced to go into shutdown until an agreement is made. A procedural vote on budget bill set for 3am GMT (10 pm local Washington DC time) according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Jim Mattis said: ”Our maintenance activities will pretty much shut down. “Over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be…

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Newsnight: Journalist REFUSES to give Donald Trump full credit for BOOMING US economy

Jill Abramson, who was the New York Times executive editor from September 2011 to 2014, made the remarks while speaking on BBC Newsnight. She also criticised the Mr Trump’s pick for the US Supreme Court as well as his approach to climate change and healthcare. When asked if she sees a single redeeming thing about the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, she said: “The strong economy obviously is a big plus but I do not really think President Trump can take much credit for it. “If the economy is…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t regret firing James Damore – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Google CEO says ‘I don’t regret’ firing author of diversity… Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about diversity and Silicon Valley in San Francisco on Friday.  Kim White/MSNBC Onetime Google engineer James Damore wrote a contentious 3,300-word memo in August that argued the gender gap in Silicon Valley is largely due to women and men being “biologically” different. Days later Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired Damore saying the engineer violated company rules. A firestorm followed. Damore went on a media tour saying he…

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NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn’t noticed – CNET

The Prism and Upstream programs made it through Congress without much fuss. Colin McDonald/CNET For all the controversial issues US lawmakers have debated lately, there was one bill that made it through both houses of Congress and on to President Donald Trump with little fanfare. There was so little fuss around its passing, you might be surprised to hear the law renews two government surveillance programs that less than five years ago caused public outcry and panic. They’re the US National Security Agency’s Prism and Upstream programs, both of which…

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Rock legend Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose

Rock superstar Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking various medications that included opioids, the Los Angeles county coroner and his family said Friday. The beloved musician’s system showed traces of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, according to a statement from Jonathan Lucas, the chief medical examiner for the coroner’s office. In a message posted on Facebook, Petty’s wife and daughter confirmed he was taking a mix of drugs to treat health issues. “Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious…

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Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated – CNET

Twitter said Friday that Russian meddling ahead of the 2016 presidential election was more widespread than it initially estimated and it pledged to let users of the service know if they were exposed to propaganda associated with a Kremlin-linked troll farm.  Twitter says it found more Russian interference than it originally estimated.  Getty Images The social network said it had identified 3,814 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which was the seat of the Russian propaganda effort. In October, Twitter executives testified in front of Congress that it had…

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Delta cracks down on service animals allowed on board

Delta Air Lines is tightening the leash on service and emotional support animals, requiring human passengers to hand over more information about their pets before everyone gets cozy in coach. Reports of animals urinating and defecating or biting have spiked some 84 percent in the last few years, forcing Delta to get tougher on some of the roughly 250,000 service or support animals that travel on its planes every year, the airline said Friday. The solution: extreme vetting. “Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as…

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Acura RDX’s chief engineer breaks down what’s new and hot for us – Roadshow

Now Playing: Watch this: Acura RDX’s chief engineer sits down to spell out what’s… The Acura RDX Prototype debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and we’re a fan of its new sportier look and improved interior. Roadshow Editor-in-Chief Tim Stevens and Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley were able to sit down and go over all of the new, nearly production ready features on the 2019 RDX with the program’s lead designer, Stephen Frey. The RDX prototype takes some styling cues from Acura’s NSX halo car and trickles them down into a…

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Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins – CNET

Take a step behind the scenes at CNET to get to know some of our staff members better and learn what they do to make our site a success. Hello, CNET readers and members! I hope this column finds you well and enjoying all that the new year has brought you so far. Here I am with another installment of Get to know the CNET family. It’s been a while since I’ve published one of these, but here I am, back in saddle with a special treat.  All the way…

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