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TechNews for the week: January 26; January 24; January 22;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Turkey Begins Ground Assault on Kurdish Enclave in Syria; As Turkey Attacks Kurds in Syria, U.S. Is on the Sideline; U.S. Accuses Syria of New Chemical Weapons Use;
Pence says U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open in 2019; Jordan's king delivers pointed public remarks to Pence in wake of Jerusalem decision;
Trump threatens to withdraw more U.S. aid from Palestinians if they don't negotiate with Israel; Trump's Hard-Line Israel Position Exports U.S. Culture War Abroad;
How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran's Protests;
Military Shifts Focus to Threats by Russia and China, Not Terrorism; Deadly ISIS Attack Hits an Aid Group, Save the Children, in Afghanistan;
Senate votes to end shutdown, sending House a short-term spending bill to fund government through Feb. 8; House votes to end shutdown, sending legislation to Trump;
Trump Signs Bill Renewing Warrantless Internet Surveillance Program;
Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned; ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years;
In spending fight, Republicans embrace Trump's hard-line stand on immigration; Most Americans Want Legal Status for 'Dreamers.' These People Don't;
Trump proposes path to citizenship for 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants and $25 billion for border wall;
Amid Trump's inaugural festivities, Russia's elite anticipated a thaw between Moscow and Washington;
Russians got nearly 90,000 Americans to RSVP for phony political events publicized on Facebook during U.S. presidential campaign;
Guide to the anti-FBI conspiracy theories rippling through conservative media;
Senator says FBI did not save officials' texts during key time for Trump probe;
Jeff Sessions Pushed FBI Director to Clear Out Top Bureau Staff Amid Trump-Russia Investigation; FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure;
Trump asked then-acting FBI director McCabe how he voted, a conversation said to be of interest to special counsel Mueller;
Interview transcripts of Donald Trump Jr., other members of Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer, to be released by Senate panel;
Sessions interviewed in Mueller probe; Trump moved to fire special counsel Mueller in June, bringing the White House's top lawyer to the brink of quitting;
Mueller seeks to ask Trump about Flynn, Comey ousters, indicating an intensifying focus on potential obstruction of justice issues;
Trump surprises his lawyers and alarms his friends by saying he will talk with Mueller;
Even in optimistic Davos, winter has come; Trump encourages a buy-American brand of globalism at Davos;
Trump wins over global elites at Davos. All it took was a $1.5 trillion tax cut;
Pennsylvania Supreme Court throws out congressional map, a major win for Democrats who argued districts were gerrymandered;
Trump voting commission bought Texas election data flagging Hispanic voters;
To expose voter fraud, Kansas Republican exposed 945 Social Security numbers; Pence casts tie-breaking vote to overcome Senate filibuster over Brownback ambassadorship;
Alabama GOP celebrates Doug Jones' win by ending special elections; Wisconsin Republicans Abruptly Decide To Oust Top State Elections And Ethics Officials;
Senate confirms Trump nominee Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve chair, a position with enormous influence over the economy;
Yet-to-be-released White House infrastructure plan published; Interior Official Says Drilling Off Florida Is Still On the Table;
The Navy built a 'fast, agile' warship for $440M. It's been stuck in ice since Christmas Eve;
Trump's 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he 'just didn't show'; appointee to step down by month's end;
Trump HUD Official Lynne Patton Under Fire After Calling Journalist 'Miss Piggy';
Rep. Patrick Meehan, under scrutiny for alleged inappropriate behavior with aide, will not seek reelection; Congressman Combating Harassment Settled His Own Misconduct Case;
Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law;
A 'pro-white' town manager who wanted races to separate refused to quit. He's been fired;
Federal judge appears receptive to emoluments lawsuit against Trump; Trump Groups Raised Millions, Then Paid It Out to Loyalists and a Trump Hotel;
Fox News opinion hosts disregard the network's own reporting;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Effects of the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities; Intel halts some chip patches as the fixes cause problems;
Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government; Lawmakers Concerned About Tech Providers Cooperating with Russians;
Ways to keep your data safe while traveling; Detecting Drone Surveillance with Traffic Analysis;
OnePlus Reports Breach of Up to 40,000 Credit Card Numbers; Skygofree: New Government Malware for Android; WhatsApp Vulnerability;
U.S. GAO to Investigate Fake Comments on FCC's Net Neutrality Request;
Math and science
Dead Sea Scrolls: One of Last Two Encrypted Ancient Writings Deciphered in Israel; Fossil shows modern humans left Africa earlier than thought;
The last U.S. slave ship was burned to hide its horrors. A storm may have unearthed it;
Scientists Say Adolescence Now Lasts from 10 to 24; New research will radically change response to strokes; Is that yogurt really healthy;
While the U.S. waits, China has been CRISPRing human cancer patients since 2015;
How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage;
US News Profiles NSF Director;
Web and computing issues
Twitter to tell 677,000 users they were had by the Russians. Some signs show the problem continues;
Facebook Says Social Media Can 'Corrode Democracy'; EU Court of Justice to Rule on Privacy Activist's Facebook Case;
Montana Governor Signs Executive Order on Net Neutrality;
Commerce Department Official Pledged to Reverse U.S.-ICANN Role;
10 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2018;
SC News and Politics
McMaster largely sticks to talking points, goes after SCANA and Santee Cooper in State of the State;
Templeton jumps on bandwagon to whitewash MLK;

Business and Economics
U.S. economic growth slowed in 2017's fourth quarter, missing Trump's targets; 'America First' is a hard sell in Davos;
Trans-Pacific trade deal to go ahead without US; Trump opens door to US rejoining TPP; Trump Makes First Big Trade Move With Tariffs Aimed at Asia;
U.S. trade panel strikes down 300 percent tariffs on Canadian jets, removing a sticking point in NAFTA talks;
Analysts Say Solar Tariff Will Harm Industry; Tariff Will Make It More Difficult For States To Hit Renewable Power Targets;
India Has 600 Million Young People and They're Set to Change Our World; Japan's Biggest Bank Is Releasing Its Own Cryptocurrency In March;
Moody's says Tax overhaul will have a limited effect on U.S. economy; Tax Code Change on Intellectual Property May Bring Work to U.S.;
Banks Have No Plan For New Financial Crisis; Yale's Shiller: Why the Stock Bubble Will Burst Quickly; Bonuses Aside, Tax Law's Trickle-Down Impact Not Yet Clear;
Zinke Defends Decision To Exempt Florida From Offshore Drilling; Seven Governors Seek Exemption To Atlantic Drilling Plan; NC's Gov. Prepared To File Lawsuit;
US Dominance In Science, Technology May Wane Due To Immigration Policy; Bill Would Double Number Of Temporary Visas For High-Skilled Immigrants;
Puerto Rico to sell off crippled power utility PREPA; Residents Move Into America's First Solar-Powered Town;
Coal's Decline Seems Impervious to Trump's Promises; New DOE competition aims to jump-start US solar manufacturing;
Autonomous Vehicle Developments Continue Despite Public Uncertainty About The Technology;
Chinese Government To Promote Autonomous Vehicles; Highway Tests Of Semi-Autonomous Truck Platoons Underway In Japan;
NTSB To Investigate Crash Involving Tesla's Autopilot System; California Could Soon Allow Driverless Cars Without Backup Driver;
Small, Factory-built Nuclear Reactors Could Help The UK Power Electric Vehicles;
America's Sports Stadiums Are Moving Downtown;
YouTube Live has 300K subscribers, behind Hulu Live TV;
The 3 Biggest Opportunities for Dominion Energy Inc;
Designating A Trust As Retirement Beneficiary; Rule of thumb for not running out of money in retirement;
Insurance-based Tax Deductions You May Be Missing;
15 Owner-Related Business Principles of Warren Buffett;
Why Dominion Energy Is a Retiree's Dream Stock;
Other news
A Sundance filmmaker has made a movie about the Russian propaganda machine, and it is terrifying;
The 21 Most Important Questions Of Your Life; 3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions; In Praise of Adequacy;

State Spending on Higher Education Has Inched Upward, But Most Public Colleges Can't Celebrate; Standard and Poor's says Outlook for Higher Ed in 2018 Is Bleak;
College and University Endowments, 2007-17; Endowment Returns Rebound After a Dismal 2016, but the Long-Term Outlook Is Cloudy;
Online Course Enrollment Sees Relentless Growth; Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help;
Administration Eases Disclosure Requirements Under Gainful Employment Rule; States Doing Little To Regulate For-Profit Colleges;
DeVos Tells Mayors There's a 'Disconnect' Between K-12 Schools and the Economy; Florida House, Senate Pass Competing Higher Education Funding Bills;
Republican Tax Overhaul, HEA Reauthorization Could Lead To Fewer Advanced Degree Candidates;
The Academic Innovation Center: The Hope and Hype; Reinventing the Survey Course; The Benefits of Doing It Wrong;
Educators, Policymakers Say Problem Solving is Important, Not Emphasized in School;
2018 to See More Emergency Hiring to Cover STEM Teacher Gap; Professors Don't Make More Money Because of The Flexibility They Enjoy;
New Analysis Finds The Wealthiest Have the Most Student Debt;
Michigan State president resigns in wake of abuse scandal involving athletics doctor; Athletic Director also Resigns Amid Fallout;

TechNews for the week: January 19; January 17;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Olympic Detente Upends U.S. Strategy on North Korea; First Hawaii, now Japan sends a false alarm about incoming North Korean missile;
Hawaii received false alert about missile attack, sending people scrambling; Sen. Hirono vows to 'make sure it never happens again';
White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump as saying he has a good relationship with North Korea's Kim Jong Un;
Trump Rebuked China for North Korea's Oil Smuggling. It's More Complicated;
Can the U.S. stop the Taliban by bombing at will;
Iran vows 'serious response' to new sanctions and rebuffs Trump's demands on nuclear deal;
Turkish president threatens to 'drown' U.S.-backed force in Syria; U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria;
The U.S. backpedals on new Kurdish force as Turkey prepares for war;
Palestinian president calls Trump peace offer 'slap of the century'; Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel;
UAE accuses Qatar of intercepting 2 civilian flights, escalating Persian Gulf feud;
Philippines Orders Critical Online News Site to Shut Down;
Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms;
Trump lawyer arranged $130,000 payout to woman before the 2016 election; Porn star had yearlong affair with Trump in 2006;
Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn't pay up; 2011 interview with porn star about affair with Trump;
Fox News Had the Trump-Pornstar Story Before the Election and You'll Never Guess What They Did Next;
Sen. Durbin, rebutting Trump, says president did utter 'racist' remarks; Trump's words reveal his misunderstanding of nation's history of immigration;
U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump;
Trump was 'fired up': Inside the tense and profane White House meeting on immigration; Senators who didn't recall Trump using vulgarity backtrack;
Trump Administration Wants More Control Over U.S. Lands for Border Wall; Chief of Staff Says Trump Was Not 'Fully Informed' in Campaign Vows on Wall;
Trump appears to challenge his chief of staff, saying his Mexico border wall stance 'has never changed or evolved';
Government, citing ruling, again will accept requests for DACA protection;
Trump administration to take 'rare step' of asking Supreme Court to clear way for government to dismantle 'dreamers' program;
Supreme Court to rule on Trump's authority to implement travel ban in what will be a major examination of the president's powers;
Trump judicial appointee rules in favor of deported Mexican mother of four;
A burst of acrimony on Capitol Hill threatens immigration deal; U.S. customs agency is so short-staffed, it's sending officers from airports to the Mexican border;
Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel and House committee to testify on Russia probes; FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump;
Individual Mandate Now Gone, G.O.P. Targets the One for Employers;
Democrats Add Momentum to G.O.P. Push to Loosen Banking Rules;
Republican leaders offer one-month spending bill; House passes short-term spending bill, but Democrats say they can block the measure in Senate;
Government shutdown looms. Hopes for bipartisan agreement to aid 'dreamers' fades as Trump accuses Democrats of killing deal;
Trump misfires with claim that military would 'shut down' during government shutdown; G.O.P. to Use Children's Health Insurance as Lure for Averting Shutdown;
Looming shutdown raises a fundamental question: Can the GOP govern; Everything you need to know about a government shutdown;
Poll shows More Americans blame Trump, GOP than Democrats for potential shutdown; Trump tweets create confusion for Republicans trying to avert government shutdown;
Government shuts down after Senate bill collapses, negotiations fail;
Congress demanded NSA spying reform. Instead, they let you down; Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections;
Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration; Trump Administration Sidelining Science Advisory Boards At Federal Agencies;
West Virginia started drug testing welfare recipients and the results were a total flop;
A 24-year-old political appointee, once a campaign worker, holds a top job in Trump's drug policy office;
Trump names lawyer at firm advising him as pick for labor board; 'I just don't like Muslim people': Trump appointee resigns after racist, sexist and anti-gay remarks;
Florida Democrat Plays Hardball On Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan; Zinke Calls SC Rep Samford After Blasting Florida Exemption In TV Interview;
Supreme Court says North Carolina does not have to immediately redraw congressional maps that a lower court ruled unconstitutional;
Majority of Americans Say in New Poll Trump's First Year Was a Failure that Divided the Country;
Sharper State Divide in Congress Seen as 'New Civil War'; Rep. Gowdy resigns from House Ethics Committee;
Sen. Tom Cotton's cease-and-desist letter to an activist raises serious First Amendment questions;
Breitbart called Davos a collective of 'leftist elites' and 'corporate cronies.' Then Trump said he was going;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
January Crypto-Gram Newsletter, Spectre and Meltdown Attacks and more; Human-Factor Gaps in Cybersecurity Research; Keys to Unlock Ransomware;
Russian company linked to devastating NSA leaks;
North Korea malware Linked to Attacks on Cryptocurrency; Hacking Operation Linked to Intelligence Agencies in Lebanon Exposed;
Car Hacking Threat Could Become "Increasingly Serious"; BlackBerry Launches Cybersecurity Product For Self-Driving Cars;
Experts Warn Automakers Increasingly Tracking Vehicles; Skygofree' Allows Surveillance on Android Phones, Including WhatsApp;
Trump administration links terrorism and immigration, but an expert doubts the math;
Security Breaches Don't Affect Stock Price; Jim Risen Writes about Reporting Government Secrets;
Math and science
Scientists find possible cause for mystery epidemic that wiped out Mexico 500 years ago; Scientists say The classic explanation for the Black Death plague is wrong;
Government scientists report 2017 was among the planet's hottest years on record;
The largest prime number yet has been found has more than 23 million digits; Student Cracks Inca Knot Code;
Researchers Measure Single Atoms In A Graphene "Petri-dish";
Web and computing issues
Facebook's changing its news feed. How will it affect what you see; In a major change, Facebook will ask its 2 billion users to rank their trust in news feed organizations;
Twitter to Notify Users Exposed to Russian Propaganda During Election;
Lawsuits, Including One from 21 States, Target Net Neutrality;
30 things you should never do in Microsoft Office; How to take control of Windows 10 updates and upgrades (even if you don't own a business);
Google Unveils Cloud Computing Service That Builds AI;
Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust; 5 apps to help you save water;
SC News and Politics
Black history sites Black history sites abundant in Charleston ;
S.C. African American Heritage Commission launches new 'Green Book,' names top black history sites;

Business and Economics
3.2 million more people were uninsured at the end of 2017 than at the end of 2016; Kentucky becomes the first state allowed to impose work requirement on Medicaid recipients;
Why many companies are giving bonuses - not raises - after the new tax cuts; Eric Trump says 401(k)s are doing great, but half of American families don't have one;
Apple expands U.S. capital spending, plans to add 20,000 jobs; Amazon just released the list of metro areas it's considering for its second HQ;
Deals Between Tech Companies, Cities Increased In 2017 Showing Smart Cities Are Nearer; Tech Trade Groups Urge Administration To Allow H-1B Spouses To Work In US;
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Sales Taxes for Internet Purchases;
US gives surprise go-ahead to Chinese acquisition of Pennsylvania semiconductor firm; Chinese Court Rules for Huawei in Patent Case Against Samsung;
Airbus A380, Once the Future of Aviation, May Cease Production; Insitu Developing UAS "To Fly Long Distances";
The Guardian, Britain's Left-Wing News Power, Goes Tabloid;
Companies race to gather a newly prized currency: Our body measurements;
Trucks, Not Autonomous Or Electric Vehicles, Grab Headlines At Detroit Auto Show; Railroads Prepare To Address Impact Of Self-Driving Trucks;
New Paint Technology Aids Development Of Autonomous Vehicles;
Keystone XL Secures Enough Shipping Commitments To Become Commercially Viable;
Federal tax rewrite opens golden door for South Carolina's richest;
Medicare Premiums Increase for Many Retirees in 2018;
Tips to save water (and money!) around the house;
Other news
Sen. Jeff Flake compares Republicans to Stalin's enablers;
How Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination changed America 50 years ago and still affects us today;
The details of how Michael Wolff penetrated the White House are the most damning of all;
Fact-checking President Trump's 'Fake News Awards';

Studies Show Nonwhite Students In Rural Areas Equally Unlikely To Attend College; Relationships Are Central to the Student Experience. Can Colleges Engineer Them;
The Biggest Problem for State Higher-Ed Policy: Federal Higher-Ed Policy;
Wesleyan President: Americans Losing Faith In College Education; Putting Students In Touch With Manufacturers Key To Solving Skills Gap;
Kansas State Board Of Regents President Expresses Alarm Over Declining Enrollment; Kansas Governor's Dual Enrollment Proposal Draws Skepticism From Technical Colleges;
The Promise - and Limits - of Big Data ;
Hate groups make unprecedented push to recruit on college campuses; Florida State President Praises Charges Against Students in Death of Pledge;
The NCAA as Modern Jim Crow;

TechNews for the week: January 12; January 10; January 8;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
U.S. and South Korea Start Trade Talks Amid Rising Tensions ; Trump says he's open to talks with North Korea, claims credit for Pyongyang-Seoul talks about Olympics;
How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea; North Korea agrees to send athletes to Winter Olympics;
As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction; Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel;
International organizations that advocate boycotting Israel will now be denied entry; Kushner's Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role;
Trump and Netanyahu are playing the same game;
Behind Iran's protests, anger over lost life savings and tightfisted budgets;
Trump administration keeps Iran nuclear deal alive for now but issues new sanctions unrelated to the agreement;
Everything we know so far about Russian election meddling in Europe;
200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the U.S. or face deportation as Trump administration ends immigration protection;
Immigration agents raid dozens of 7-Elevens as Trump administration moves to crack down on businesses with undocumented workers;
Judge temporarily blocks Trump's plan to rescind immigration protections for 'dreamers';
Trump requests $18 billion for border wall, indicating U.S. taxpayers would fund it for the foreseeable future; To Pay for Wall, Trump Would Cut Proven Border Security Measures;
Trump attacks protections for immigrants from 'shithole' countries;
Trump denies 'language used' at meeting where sources said he called Haiti, El Salvador and places in Africa 'shithole countries';
Trump rages on against White House tell-all, calling it 'a work of fiction' and blaming weak libel laws; For Trump, Book Raises Familiar Questions of Loyalty and Candor;
Trump suggests he wants US law to limit free speech in wake of publication of explosive new book;
Amid Calls from Trump, F.B.I. Renews Questions Over Clinton Foundation;
Mueller likely to interview Trump as part of Russia probe; questioning could happen within weeks; Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel team;
Trump says it 'seems unlikely' he would need to be interviewed in Russia probe, declines to say whether he would meet with Mueller;
Fusion GPS founder told Senate investigators the FBI had a source in Trump's network;
'It's not a fabrication': Six times the firm behind the infamous dossier contradicted Trump's claims;
Schiff lays out Republican efforts to block access in Russia probe;
Senate Democrats Want to Force Vote on FCC's Net Neutrality Reversal;
White House opts for speed over accuracy in implementing new tax law;
House passes legislation to renew key NSA surveillance program after Trump's contradictory tweets; Trump backtracks after contradicting his administration's support of FISA;
Trump will be first U.S. president since Clinton to attend Davos global gathering of leaders and wealthy elite; Trump Cancels His Trip To London, Blames Obama ;
Interior Dept. plans to move thousands of workers in the biggest reorganization in its history;
Judges: North Carolina must redraw GOP's gerrymandered map;
Supreme Court Weighs Purge of Ohio Voting Rolls; Purged from voting rolls while deployed, Ohio vet demands answers;
Departing Kansas governor's budget has fellow Republicans in revolt;
Kansas lawmaker says African Americans are more susceptible to drug abuse because of 'character makeup' and 'genetics';
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admits extramarital affair but denies reports he blackmailed woman with nude photo;
Ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for hard-line views on illegal immigration and pardoned by Trump, announces run for Senate;
After Becoming President, Trump Has Reportedly Sold Millions in Real Estate In Secret Deals;
New Filing Shows Eric Trump Raised Millions, Lied About His Foundation's Expenses; Eric Trump Charity Paid Trump Family Business More Than $150,000 during election;
Ecuador grants citizenship to Julian Assange in bid to end London embassy standoff;
Steve Bannon Out At Breitbart;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Facial Recognition Is Coming to Retail near you; Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance;
FBI to Issue Alerts About Russian Social Media Use in Elections; House Extends Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Safeguards;
Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts;
Intel Faces Scrutiny as Questions Swirl Over Chip Security ;
Microsoft suspends some chip patches due to PC freezing; Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix;
FBI chief calls encryption a 'major public safety issue'; Yet Another FBI Proposal for Insecure Communications;
How robo-call moguls outwitted the government and wrecked the Do Not Call list;
36 fake security apps in the Google Play store downloaded malware, stole data, tracked locations;
Fingerprinting Digital Documents;
Math and science
'A fantastic find': Mars hides thick sheets of ice just below the surface; Aerospace Corp Warns Of "Terrestrial Interference With Critical Satellite Services";
In New York, Drawing Flood Maps Is a 'Game of Inches'; The nation's rivers and streams are getting dangerously saltier;
Engineer Unveils Plans To Build Test Circular Runway For Cargo UAVs;
Five myths about exercise; A Review of the GPS Origins DNA Ancestry Test;
Web and computing issues
FCC Rejects Delay Of Net Neutrality Repeal As Tech Companies Vow Lawsuit;
Intel announces 'major breakthrough' in quantum computing chip;
Twitter Advertiser Linked to Phishing Scam for Twitter Accounts;
Why You Should Switch From Google Chrome to Firefox;

Business and Economics
Natural disasters caused $306 billion in U.S. damage in 2017, the largest amount for one year; On Florida's 'Forgotten Coast,' a Supreme Court fight over fresh water;
Canada Attacks U.S. Tariffs by Taking Case to World Trade Organization;
China "Closing In" On US In Space, Cyber Capabilities; Chinese Workers Leaving Silicon Valley For China-Based Startups;
China Automakers Take Center Stage At CES 2018; China's phone giant Honor has its eye on the US;
Trump Administration Backing Away From H-1B Visa Proposal; Trump and The H-1B Visa Issue Explained;
Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs; Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements;
Trump-appointed regulators reject plan to rescue coal and nuclear plants; Grid Responds Well To Frigid Weather;
New Hampshire's Governor Expresses Opposition To Administration's Offshore Drilling Plan; Backlash Against Offshore Drilling Plan Continues;
Oil, Gas Drillers Mainly Attracted To Offshore Drilling Opportunities In Eastern Gulf Of Mexico;
How a Coal Baron's Wish List Became President Trump's To-Do List;
Walmart raises starting hourly wage to $11, expands parental leave, promises bonuses for some workers; abruptly closes 63 Sam's Club stores, laying off thousands of workers;
Trump's tax bill will make 2018 a wild year for divorce;
How 'Not in My Backyard' Became 'Not in My Neighborhood';
CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase Regrets Labeling Bitcoin a Fraud;
New York's Donald J. Trump State Park: A story of abandonment and decay;
Boeing Unveils Prototype Unmanned Electric Cargo Air Vehicle;
GM Requests To Test Self-Driving Vehicle Without Controls;
This Mega Merger Is A Huge Win For Dividend Lovers;
Under new Trump administration tax rules, millions of Americans will need to use an IRS tool to ensure their paychecks are accurate;
Other news
As Low-Power Local Radio Rises, Tiny Voices Become a Collective Shout;
How Donald Trump's White House team handles his giant ego; How Actual Smart People Talk About Themselves;
How the Right Weaponized Free Speech;

Federal Report Recommends Guidelines For Middle-Skill Jobs Training; To Boost Workforce, States Offering Residents Tuition-Free Community College, Technical School;
ED Selects Only Two Debt Collection Firms To Recoup Overdue Student Loans; Officials Offer Student Advocates Few Details On Tougher Student Loan Relief Standards;
North Carolina Leads States In Industry-Funded University Research;
Kansas Education Officials Consider Reducing Credit Hours Needed For Bachelor, Associate Degrees;
In a Region With Few College Degrees, People Pin Their Hopes on Trump; Tax Overhaul Targets Elite Colleges In Blue States;
Offspring of Purdue's Controversial Kaplan Purchase Now Has a Name;
Higher Education Is Drowning in BS;
U. of Rochester's President Resigns as Report Supports Handling of Harassment Case;

TechNews for the week: January 5; January 3;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
South Korea Seizes Ship Suspected of Sending Oil to North Korea;
North Korea leader says he has a 'nuclear button on my desk' and that the deterrent will prevent war with United States;
Why North Korea succeeded at getting nuclear weapons when Iraq and Libya failed; South Korea Proposes Border Talks With North Korea After Kim's Overture;
Frustrated U.S. Might Withhold $255 Million in Aid From Pakistan; Pakistani official fires back after Trump tweet, saying U.S. has offered 'nothing but invective & mistrust';
Trump administration suspends nearly all security assistance to Pakistan, claiming it has failed to act against extremists;
Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution; Trump lashes out at Saudi Arabia about its role in Yemen's war;
Protests in Iran stretch into third day despite government warnings; Protests threaten Iran's ascendant role in the Middle East;
Emboldened Israeli Right Presses Moves to Doom 2-State Solution;
Israel passes law to prevent ceding control of Jerusalem; Netanyahu Allies Rethink Remapping of Jerusalem to exclude Palestinians;
In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims;
Trump administration fires all members of HIV/AIDS advisory council; Trump Administration Taking Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization Movement;
Trump dissolves controversial voting commission, blames states for not providing information; His Voter Fraud Panel Folded, Kobach Turns His Attention to Ruining Kansas;
How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt; Manafort challenges his indictment in Russia probe by filing lawsuit against Mueller;
At Trump's behest, top White House lawyer urged Sessions not to step aside from Russia probe; How money laundering works in real estate;
Senate Judiciary chairman refers Trump-Russia dossier author for criminal investigation, escalating GOP's challenge to FBI;
The likeliest issues Congress will actually deal with in 2018, ranked;
As U.S. budget fight looms Republicians suddenly worried about debt again; Former Treasury Secretary Lew Says Tax Cuts Will Leave the U.S. Broke;
New California bill could serve as national boilerplate for skirting Trump's tax law ;
Trump: 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.';
Trump's lawyers send cease-and-desist letter to Bannon over his comments to the author of a tell-all book about the White House; warns author, publisher to stop book release;
Supreme Court clashes with Congress over 'gibberish' in laws written by legislators;
Judge Says Pennsylvania Election Districts Give Republicans an Edge, but Are Not Illegal;
Republican wins tied Virginia race decided by lottery, likely keeping GOP's 18-year hold on House;
Utah Republican Orrin Hatch announces he's retiring after 40 years in Senate;
The FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for months;
Police fatally shot nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. last year, a grim tally that has persisted despite scrutiny of such deaths;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Spectre and Meltdown Attacks Against Microprocessors; Tech giants scramble to fix critical Intel chip security flaw; Security flaws affect every Intel chip since 1995;
NSA's top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization;
Warrantless phone, laptop searches at the US border hit record levels;
New Malware Sample Detection Hits Record High; Tamper-Detection App for Android; Detecting Adblocker Blockers;
Senators Introduce 'Secure Elections Act' to Eliminate Some Voting Machines;
5 Lessons Cyber-Security Chiefs Can Learn From Warren Buffett;
Math and science
A tiny island, created by a 2014 volcanic eruption, may provide clues to Mars's past; Group Of "Citizen Scientists" Discovers Unique Star;
National Academies To Release Earth Science Study Friday; What Is the Hayward Fault? Bay Area Earthquake Hits California at 'Time Bomb' Zone;
Boeing Presents New Military Drone That Can Land On Aircraft Carrier;
Researchers Develop Tech Allowing Robots To Think Ahead;
A Yale Psychiatrist Evaluates the Mental Health of Trump - and the Nation;
She was a triathlete in great shape, so why was she breathless, lightheaded and in pain?
2,700-year-old Jerusalem seal found;
Web and computing issues
Germany kicks year off with strict online hate speech law; British Official Threatens Facebook, Twitter with Sanctions in Russia Probe;
Facebook's Content Reviewers Act Inconsistently on Hate Speech; The 3 loopholes that keep Trump's tweets on Twitter;
Some Real Data on Fake News; How an A.I. 'Cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos;
States Beginning to Draft Their Own Net Neutrality Regulations;
$20 Raspberry Pi rival runs Android and offers 4K video; Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips;
Online Markdown Converter For Open Educational Resources;
SC News and Politics
Glitch in South Carolina Lottery Could Mean $19.6 Million in Winnings;
How utilities wine and dine the public officials that set your rates; SC lawmakers call for utility regulators to resign;
Hedge-fund investors will turn a $171 million profit from S.C.'s nuclear settlement;

Business and Economics
U.S. added 148,000 jobs in December, a lagging end to year of growth; Federal workers fret about jobs as sequestration looms;
Companies with Overseas Cash; Apple To Pay 15% On Foreign Cash; Goldman Sachs Sees $5 Billion Earnings Hit Ahead of New Tax Law;
Tax Law Offers a Carrot to Gig Workers. But It May Have Costs; 6 things we'll regret about the Trump tax cuts;
A Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Thinks We're Asking All the Wrong Questions About Inequality;
Why the U.S. Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care;
Dominion Energy to buy Scana Corp in $7.9 billion deal in wake of nuclear plant failure; Westinghouse, Toshiba's troubled nuclear unit, is acquired;
Tax Cut Passage May Have Impact On Perry Grid Proposal; New Mexico Utility Proposing Legislation To Would Ease Pain Of Closing Coal Plant;
Nearly Half Of Puerto Rico Grid Remains Without Power;
Advancement Of Automation Poses Threat To Truckers; California Drone Startup Aims To Cut Cost Of Air Freight In Half;
Trump to allow drilling in all U.S. waters, despite concerns of Pentagon and coastal communities;
The tax bill has turned America's accountants into very popular people;
5 Reasons Stocks May Fall 15%;
Other news
Dave Barry's Year in Review; The wealthy won. The truth lost. These are the political winners and losers of 2017;
The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list;
Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests; Trump and the liar's paradox;
A Dying Town;
Ways to melt ice;

Republicans Pushing For Alternatives To Traditional Four-Year Degrees; High School Career Readiness Expectations Unrealistic;
A new way emerges to cover college tuition. But is it a better way; University Of Illinois Plans Fourth Consecutive In-State Tuition Freeze;
As Flow of Foreign Students Wanes, U.S. Universities Feel the Sting;
ED Considering Higher Standard For Loan Relief For Defrauded Students;
Why Education Matters to Your Health;
The Future of Trumpism Is on Campus;