These pages are a modest attempt to provide up-to-date news that is relevant to the areas of mathematics, education, computer science or information technology. Reader should keep in mind that old links often disappear.
Get as an RSS feed xml file
Google  
News     Comer's Site    

2/16/18
TechNews for the week: February 16; February 14; February 12;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
New fronts emerge in Syria as Assad, allies push for victory; Iraq Wants $88 Billion for Rebuilding. Allies Offer a Fraction of That;
Israel carries out 'large-scale attack' in Syria after Israeli jet crashes under antiaircraft fire; Israel has taken its biggest step into the Syrian war yet;
Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after air strikes; Iran sneers at reports of Israel downing Iranian drone; No one wins after Israel's strikes, but Syrians definitely lose;
Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria; Israel was about to get 'a lot more violent' with Syria after losing an F-16 - and then Putin stepped in;
Israel Preps for Syrian War With Golan's Oil and Water in Its Sights; The Hush-Hush Deal That Keeps the Middle East From Exploding;
Netanyahu, US discuss annexing West Bank settlements;
Israeli Police recommend indictments of Netanyahu in corruption cases; In Netanyahu's Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him;
Netanyahu Lobbied The U.S. For 'Fight Club' Producer Milchan But Denies Bribes; Netanyahu, Linked to $300,000 in Bribes, Says He Won't Quit;
Putin ally warns of arms race as Russia considers response to U.S. nuclear stance; US spies bilked for $100,000 by Russian peddling Trump secrets;
Russia Blocks Aleksei Navalny's Website, After His Inquiry Into an Oligarch;
Russia to use propaganda, false personas and other tactics to influence 2018 midterm elections, top U.S. spy tells lawmakers; used mainstream media to manipulate American voters;
Special counsel indicts Russian troll factory and 13 who allegedly worked there for interfering in the 2016 presidential election;
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in to talks in Pyongyang;
Secret Clinton Documents Could Help Mueller Interview Trump in Russia Probe; A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller;
Bannon, House intelligence panel head for subpoena showdown;
Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Rebuttal To GOP FISA Memo;
As Kushner's security clearance is delayed, White House hesitates to act on others with possible problems;
Which is scarier: that Trump doesn't read his daily intel briefing, or that Jared Kushner does;
Kelly makes changes to White House security clearance process after abuse allegations against top aide;
White House climate adviser resigns after past pot use blocked security clearance;
Fired Official Was Exploring Resolution to 9/11 Case Precluding Death Penalty;
Supreme Court on the verge of reversing some of its old decisions;
White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits; Trump budget to give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit;
White House budget proposes increase to defense spending and major cuts to safety net programs, but federal deficit would remain; budget hits poor Americans the hardest;
Trump wants to overhaul America's safety net with cuts to health care, food stamps and housing; Graphic: proposed cutting in 2019 budget;
Budget proposal includes huge deficits, cuts in social programs; Trump budget chief says he would oppose budget if he were in Congress;
Trump's military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million;
Veterans Affairs official altered email to justify paying travel costs for Secretary Shulkin's wife on Europe trip;
White House wants to sell National and Dulles airports, other assets around U.S.;
NASA document shows Trump administration wants to turn International Space Station into a commercially run venture;
Trump's Infrastructure Plan Puts Burden on State and Private Money;
Trump urges GOP to consider a 25-cent hike in the gas tax; Congress Unlikely To Support Gas Tax Hike Despite Trump's Support;
FBI Chief Disputes White House Claims On When It Heard Of Rob Porter Allegations; Trump and Pence made peculiar statements on domestic violance;
Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, while talking about respect for women, hit a new low;
Trump lawyer paid porn star out of his own pocket; Did Trump's lawyer just implicate Trump in the Stormy Daniels payment;
Trump Lawyer's Payment to Porn Star Raises New Questions; The latest alleged Trump affair coverup is a damningly familiar tale;
Senate launches debate over immigration and a GOP plan picks up support; U.S. border patrol agent cited by Trump died from fall, not attack;
Arrests of 'noncriminal' immigrants double under Trump, disrupting lives once thought safe; An immigrant called 911 to report a crime. Police took him to ICE in handcuffs;
Sessions' reference to 'Anglo-American' legal heritage concerns some groups;
White House official refuses to discuss immigration of Melania Trump's parents;
Senators Strike Bipartisan Deal on Immigration Despite Veto Threat;
Immigration bills fail in the Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of 'dreamers';
Immigration failure shows the ideologues are ascendant in the Trump White House;
Trump's Inaugural Committee Paid $26 Million to Firm of First Lady's Adviser; Developers Seek $6 Million Tax Break for Trump-Managed Hotel;
Trump Sold a $40 Million Estate to a Russian Oligarch for $100 Million and a Democratic Senator Wants to Know Why;
How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump's E.P.A.; New Health Secretary Faces First Test as Idaho Skirts Federal Law;
In response to Florida shooting, Trump calls suspect 'mentally disturbed,' does not mention gun control;
How Congress and Trump stymied Obama's mental-health gun-control rule;
Florida shooting: Leader of white nationalist group confirms suspect was member of his organisation;
Pennsylvania Republicans have drawn a new congressional map that is just as gerrymandered as the old one; Governor Rejects GOP Proposal For New Congressional Map;
Pennsylvania requires paper trail on all new voting machines;
US veterans answer political call to arms in era of Trump;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
February Crypto-Gram Newsletter, Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities, Section 702 Reauthorization, and more; Meltdown-Spectre flaws: new attack variants;
New National Academies Report on Crypto Policy; Cryptography Experts Warn That Backdoors Can Undermine Security;
Homeland Security Chief Says Terrorist Using New Ways to Post Online; Menlo Security Reports Hackers Exploit Old Software, Trusted Websites;
Cryptocurrency-Mining Scheme Hijacked Government Computers;
Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought;
German Court Calls Facebook's Use of Personal Data Illegal;
Op-ed Election Security;
Math and science
The Intellectual War on Science; Trump Budget Cuts Funding For New NASA Space Telescope; NASA Budget Includes Cuts To Earth Science, ISS;
How local governments ensure an accurate census; Census uncertainty spurs state action to prevent undercounting;
Verify statistics: There haven't been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.;
Study: Moore's Law May Have Ended;
What happens to your body during an ultramarathon; Here's a way to protect your body in a marathon;
Web and computing issues
Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You're a White Guy;
Russia could block access to YouTube over opposition video;
States, FCC May Be Headed For Legal Battle Over Net Neutrality;
Cloud providers ranking 2018;
SC News and Politics
Florida Utility Wants to Buy Santee Cooper;
Putting an End to Gerrymandering;
Flood Victims Want To See Action;

Business and Economics
Consumer Price Index reached 2.1 percent in January; US Not Producing Enough Workers To Fill Coming Jobs;
The Era of Fiscal Austerity Is Over. Here's What Big Deficits Mean for the Economy;
The Trump Tax Cuts Hurt This Manufacturer. It Kept On Lobbying; Surprise threat in US tax law hits agricultural companies;
Big Profits Drove a Stock Boom. Did the Economy Pay a Price; Where Did Your Pay Raise Go? It May Have Become a Bonus;
US blocks Chinese-led takeover of Chicago exchange; U.S. Bank Cited by Federal Authorities for Lapses on Money Laundering;
CFTC Commissioner Wants Self-Policing for Cryptocurrency Firms; Administration Imposes Sweeping Limits on Federal Actions Against Companies;
Trump's Infrastructure Plan May Ignore Climate Change. It Could Be Costly; Trump Administration Considering Use Emergency Authority To Aid Some Coal Plants;
Georgia Lawmakers Introduce Resolutions Opposed To Offshore Drilling;
Trump Administration to Eye Big Cuts to Fuel Economy Rules; Storm Brewing Over Renewable Fuel Standard;
Study Finds Prime Air, Other Delivery Drones Could Reduce Emissions;
Robot Delivery Vans On Faster Track Than Self-Driving Cars; Union Pulls Back Demand To Ban Drones, Autonomous Vehicles In Negotiations With UPS;
South Korea union says GM plant closure is 'death sentence', threatens strike;
Comcast on DOJ's antitrust 'radar screen'; F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair;
US craft beer slowdown sends hops market from boom to bust;
FERC Seeks To Remove Barriers To Electric Grid Storage;
Other news
The immigration status of Melania Trump's parents;
"Who Needs a Controversy Over the Inauguration?": Reince Priebus Opens Up About His Six Months of Magical Thinking;
'Resist White Supremacy': A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed;

Education:
Degrees and Certificates Rise in U.S., but Not Fast Enough ; Rural High School Graduates Least Likely To Attend College;
Students In Certificate Programs At Public Colleges More Likely To Profit Than Those In For-Profit Schools;
How to Identify and Invest in High-Achieving, Low-Income Students; Harnessing the Power of the Developing Brain;
What the $400-Billion Federal Spending Deal Means for Higher Ed; Budget Deal Clears Post-Katrina Debt For Four HBCUs;
DeVos Education Plans, Finds Skeptics in G.O.P. Governors;
The Sex Study That Could Alter Our Understanding of Campus Assault; Bill Would Hold College Presidents Accountable for Sexual Abuse by Employees;
Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses; University Of Michigan Professor Develops Tool To Detect Student Confusion During Lectures;
Most Professors Hate Post-Tenure Review. A Better Approach Might Look Like This;
FBI's college basketball probe reportedly contains bombshells; Auburn's Secret Effort to Advance an Athlete-Friendly Curriculum;

2/9/18
TechNews for the week: February 9; February 7; February 5;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Pence vows North Korea to face harshest U.S. sanctions ever; The United States and South Korea now openly disagree on North Korea;
Mike Pence avoids handshake with N. Korea delegate ahead of Olympics Opening Ceremony;
Stunning new pictures show the scope of Chinese building in the South China Sea;
Israel Moves to Expel Africans. Critics Say That's Not Jewish; Lebanon vows to block border wall, Israel eyes diplomacy on gas field;
Netanyahu attacks police chief in bribery inquiries; Trump Tells Israel Peace Means Compromise; U.S. Envoy Under Fire;
Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo's O.K.;
Some Syrian Refugees Are Going Back to War Alongside Turkey; Far From Winding Down, Syria's War Escalates on Multiple Fronts;
Russia strikes back at Syrian rebels after fighter jet is downed, pilot killed; U.S. strikes pro-Syrian forces after 'unprovoked attack' on partners' base;
2 of ISIS' Infamous British Fighters Are Captured by Syrian Kurds;
As Trump Wavers on Libya, an ISIS Haven, Russia Presses On;
Sentence buried in GOP memo may undercut Trump efforts to discredit Russia probe; President claims GOP memo on FBI surveillance 'totally vindicates "Trump" ' in Russia probe;
FBI Messages Show the Bureau's Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey; Kashyap Patel, Main Author of Secret Memo, Is No Stranger to Quarrels;
House Intelligence Committee votes to release Democrats' rebuttal to GOP memo; Timeline: How the Steele dossier was compiled;
Trump declares newly released FBI texts 'BOMBSHELLS,' though the picture they paint is murky; Former CIA director says Nunes 'abused' his power on intelligence panel;
Trump's Lawyers Want Him to Refuse an Interview in Russia Inquiry;
This Is The Real Reason The GOP Doesn't Want To Do A Budget This Year;
Senate leaders announce two-year budget pact; Republicans are doing a complete reversal on the deficit; 12 of the most important things in Congress's massive spending deal;
Brief government shutdown ends as Trump signs spending bill; Rand Paul's short-lived shutdown is ending, but his warning about GOP deficit hypocrisy reverberates;
Paul Ryan criticized for tweet about tax cut saving a secretary $1.50 a week;
New bipartisan immigration bill to be introduced in the Senate; White House Chief of Staff: Trump not expected to extend DACA deadline;
WH Kelly said some immigrants eligible for DACA failed to apply because they were "too lazy to get off their asses";
Pelosi launches filibuster-style speech in bid to force immigration votes in the House; 'Pillar of the community' deported from US to a land he barely knows;
Trump nominee to lead U.N. migration post called Muslims violent, Christians top priority;
The judge Trump disparaged as 'Mexican' will preside over an important border wall case;
Senior White House official to resign following allegations by 2 ex-wives of abuse; Top officials knew of abuse allegations against White House aide for months;
WH chief of staff offers account of staff secretary Rob Porter's exit that some White House aides consider untrue;
A second White House aide has resigned amid past domestic abuse allegations, which he denies;
Dozens at White House, including Trump adviser Jared Kushner, lack permanent security clearances;
Breaking with tradition, Trump skips president's written intelligence report and relies on oral briefings;
Trump (Following Fox News) thought the British were protesting their health service. They weren't;
White House to withdraw controversial nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality;
Justice Dept. official who helped oversee Clinton, Russia probes steps down;
At Trump's direction, Pentagon is planning large-scale military parade in Washington inspired by France's Bastille Day celebration;
Pentagon Loses Track of $800 Million; FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered.;
Opponents of gerrymandering keep winning, but it might not matter in 2018;
Supreme Court won't block Pa. ruling that state redraw congressional boundaries immediately; Judge Failed To Disclose Donation From GOP Defendant In Gerrymandering Suit;
'Un-American': Trump attacks Democrats who didn't applaud his State of the Union lines on minority unemployment;
President Trump cries 'fake news' and the world follows;
For every woman in political office in the United States, there are three men;
Court affirms $25 million Trump University settlement; 'Follow the money': Senator probes Trump's $95 million Palm Beach mansion sale;
The Confederate flag reemerged. The KKK burned a cross. How racial tensions flared in one N.C. town;
A white man said two black males were suspects in a violent robbery. Then police watched the video;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Russian Accounts on Tumblr Posed as Black Activists During Election; Edward Snowden Schools Joe Scarborough On Nunes Memo and Information Leaks;
Cisco: Severe bug in our security appliances is now under attack; ADB.Miner worm is rapidly spreading across Android devices;
How WeChat came to become China's ID system;
Cabinet of Secret Documents from Australia;
Math and science
Maya civilization was much vaster than known, thousands of newly discovered structures reveal; Lasers Reveal a Maya Civilization So Dense It Blew Experts' Minds;
Scientists may have discovered the first planets outside the Milky Way; Physicists Release Study Detailing Moon's Separation From Earth;
Fate Of Space-X Falcon Heavy Center Core Revealed;
New study shows Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity;
Study Shows Fracking And Earthquakes In Oklahoma Strongly Linked.;
Researchers Use Nanoparticles To Manipulate Light; Researchers Unveil Condensed Wood Lighter Than Steel With Comparable Strength;
Tim Harford's guide to statistics in a misleading age;
'Unsolvable' exam question leaves Chinese students flummoxed;
Web and computing issues
YouTube to Label Videos from State-Funded Media Outlets; Twitter Criticized for Slowness in Deleting Russian Propaganda Videos;
Why Google Chrome will label thousands of websites as 'unsafe' in the next few months;
Why younger developers can't stand new programming languages;
New Jersey Governor Signs Order Establishing Net Neutrality;
What is 5G? Here are the basics;
SC News and Politics
Moody's downgrades SCE&G to Baa3 and SCANA to Ba1; Wall Street Is Losing Faith in SCANA $8 Billion Utility Takeover;

Business and Economics
Dow closes down Monday more than 1,100 points after plunging over 1,500 points in volatile trading; Dow closes up Tuesday 567 points after a rocky day of trading;
Thursday Dow closes down more than 1,000 points as volatility grips markets; Dow surges at the finish in a week of heavy losses;
US trade deficit grows 12.1% in Trump's first year; The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year, nearly double last year's amount;
The Trump tax cuts are looking hollow right now; The Republican Fiscal Stimulus Could Be Bigger Than Obama's;
What on Earth Happened to Stocks? Here's Where to Cast the Blame; Who Has a Stake in the Stock Market;
Federal Reserve ousts four Wells Fargo board members over scandal involving sham accounts; Key to the Wells Fargo-Fed Deal: Holding Directors Accountable;
Payday Rules Relax on Trump's Watch After Lobbying by Lenders;
Labor Dept. Plan Could Let the Boss Pocket the Tip;
Jobs Requiring "Non-Cognitive" Skills Grew Much Faster Than "STEM Occupations" Between 2000 And 2012;
From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables; Sweden Investing $18 Million In Northvolt Battery Plant As Part Of Large-Scale Battery Project;
US Solar Power Industry Lost Jobs Last Year; BLM Considers Allowing More Wind, Solar Projects On Federal Lands;
Atlantic Coast States Embracing Wind Power While Trump Administration Pushes Offshore Oil; Virginia Gov. Endorses Utility-Backed Legislation On Rate Regulation;
Almost A Dozen States File Suit Over Trump Delaying Water Rule; Ryan Zinke Says 'Yes' To The Biggest Coal Plant In The West;
Market Realities Stall Trump Push For U.S. Pipelines To Be Made Of American Steel;
EPA Report Shows Dramatic Decrease In Polluter Enforcement; Court orders EPA to act on Connecticut air pollution petition;
Embark Completes Test Drive Of Autonomous Semi-Truck Between Los Angeles, Jacksonville;
Comcast may consider topping Disney bid for Fox assets;
Finance
The Stock Market Works by Day, but It Loves the Night;
Why Severe 19% Correction Could Happen Like 1998;
Other news
Voters think lawmakers care more about party than country;

Education:
Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap With Professional Peers; Using BLS Statistics Would Mislead Students About Career Education Programs;
Why Students Are Leaving Illinois in Droves and Why It Matters;
Classroom robots stand in for children too ill to go to school; Some Math Teachers Aim To Link Instruction With Real World; How to Help Students of Differing Abilities;
Federal Student-Loan Program Is Rapidly Losing Money, and Income-Based Repayment Is to Blame;
Senate Democrats Release Higher Education Act Reauthorization Wish List; An Update of Higher Ed's Sweeping Framework Could Be Years Away;
CBO Report: House HEA Reauthorization Would Cost Students Billions In Federal Aid;
DeVos's Education Dept. Relaxed Rules for For-Profits Under Accreditor That Closed; One year after taking the helm, DeVos hails shrinking the Education Department;
What the $400-Billion Federal Spending Deal Means for Higher Ed; McConnell attempts to protect two Kentucky colleges in budget deal;
Security Costs Loom Larger in Campus Free-Speech Fights; As U. of Washington Braces for Right-Wing Rally, Judge Bars It From Charging Security Fee;
Finding out How Much Professors Work;

2/2/18
TechNews for the week: February 2; January 31; January 29;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
White House Wants Pentagon to Offer More Options on North Korea; Withdrawal of U.S. envoy candidate and tough talk from Trump worries South Korea;
Trump's pick for ambassador to South Korea may not be nominated after rift over North Korea policy;
New American strategy for Syria could be doomed as U.S. allies fight each other; Kurds and Their Allies in Syria Count On Promises of U.S. Support;
ISIS Is Weakened, but Iraq Election Could Unravel Hard-Won Stability;
Deadly terrorism blitz in Kabul exposes government weakness, limits of U.S. training effort; US censors Afghanistan report after surge in attacks;
Attacks Reveal What U.S. Won't: Victory Remains Elusive in Afghanistan; In Afghanistan's Unwinnable War, What's the Best Loss to Hope For;
Israel vows to retain West Bank control in any peace deal; German FM says Trump support not necessarily good for Israel;
U.S. defends role of Lebanon army as Israel threatens to attack it;
Pentagon unveils new nuclear weapons strategy, ending Obama-era push to reduce U.S. arsenal;
Negotiating the details of a Trump-Mueller interview can become contentious; Trump's handling of the Russia probe has never looked more like a coverup;
Special Counsel Interviews Facebook Staff in Russian Probe; Court rules that Kushner firm must disclose partners' names;
White House press secretary incorrectly claims polls show 'no one' cares about Russia probe;
Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting; Mueller just got another critical piece of evidence in the Russia investigation;
Justice Dept. probes McCabe's role in final weeks of 2016 election;
Embattled FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepping down from position amid mounting scrutiny from Trump, other Republicans;
Why we might want to be skeptical of the GOP memo criticizing the FBI; Fmr. Federal Prosecutor: If Memo is Released, I Will Call for Criminal Investigation of Nunes;
FBI says it has 'grave concerns' about accuracy of memo alleging the bureau overstepped while surveilling Trump campaign operative;
With FBI statement on memo, Christopher Wray could now be in the president's crosshairs; Trump to approve release of FBI memo over objections from intelligence officials;
The controversial Nunes memo authorized for release by Trump; Nunes memo centers on a 40-year-old law written to prevent surveillance abuses;
The Trump administration's weird explanation for withholding Russia sanctions; Sanctioned Russian spy official met with counterparts in US;
Federal government on track to be out of money sooner than expected because of new tax law;
White House plan would reduce environmental requirements for infrastructure projects;
Immigration proposal contains bitter pills for both sides; Forget Senate negotiators, House conservatives could have the last word on immigration;
Lawmakers call on Trump to drop bid for legal immigration cuts;
Alaska Senators, Representative Request Partial Exemption For Alaska From Offshore Drilling Plan;
Names of campaign donors to be flashed during live stream of Trump's speech; 'He's not God': In the wake of porn-star allegations, most evangelicals stand by Trump;
Full Video: President Trump's First State of the Union; An annotated transcript of State of the Union address; Winners and losers from the State of the Union;
Fact Checker: the dubious facts and figures in Trump's State of the Union; Trump says his State of the Union viewership was the highest ever. The ratings say otherwise;
House Appropriations chairman to retire, giving boost to Democrats in midterms; Chief executive officer leaves DNC, the organization's latest shake-up;
Nine questions about Trump's businesses and possible conflicts of interest; Trump golf course in Florida sues over property tax bill;
CDC director resigns over conflicts with financial interests;
Pennsylvania GOP leader tells state supreme court he will ignore its anti-gerrymandering order;
Trump administration strips consumer watchdog office of enforcement powers against financial firms in lending discrimination cases;
Republicans and Democrats do battle over 'crumbs' for working Americans in tax legislation;
Koch network to spend about another $20 million promoting GOP mid-term election;
A new Economist report warns U.S. democracy is in grave danger;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
After Section 702 Reauthorization domestic mass surveillance became a permanent part of US law; Estimating the Cost of Internet Insecurity;
Dutch Intelligence Service Accessed Russian Hacking Network; Israeli Scientists Accidentally Reveal Classified Information;
Officials Say U.S. Test of Missile Interceptor Fails Off Hawaiian Coast;
Locating Secret Military Bases via Fitness Data; Strava Fitness App Reveals Military Sites;
Trump team considers nationalized 5G network to counter China;
These 10 US states will lose the most money to cybercrime in 2018;
Spectre and Meltdown flaws being exploited by more than 100 strains of malware; Signed Malware;
Windows emergency patch: Microsoft's new update kills off Intel's Spectre fix; Firefox security: Mozilla issues fix for critical HTML hijack flaw;
Hackers are making U.S. ATMs spit out cash like slot machines; Connected Vehicles Raise Cybersecurity Concerns;
Math and science
Scientists discover 'the holy grail of dinosaurs' in Africa; Very old, very sophisticated tools found in India;
NASA, US Navy Conduct Orion Recovery Test;
Ford wants to patent a driverless police car that ambushes lawbreakers using artificial intelligence;
Web and computing issues
New York Attorney General Probes Company Selling Fake Followers; Senators Want FTC to Investigate Company Selling Fake Followers;
Twitter Says 1.4 Million Users Interacted with Russian Accounts; Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts; Twitter's bot problem is bigger than we realized;
Copyright Royalty Board Increases Payments for Streaming Services;
Amazon patents a wristband that can track workers' movement;
How to turn off reminder ads in your Google account;
SC News and Politics
Long Savannah, a huge West Ashley development 13 years in the making, takes another step forward; Construction wrapping up on new West Ashley apartments;
House passes bill to halt nuclear-related payments to SCE&G; Will rates rise if SCE&G pays for reactors; The Pentagon wants to weigh in on SCANA's sale;
Report: $246M State tax hike slated if adjustments not made;
Bill that would effectively ban abortion in South Carolina worries doctors;
SC secretary of state asks U.S. Supreme Court to halt Pennsylvania gerrymandering case;
Nikki Haley calls speculation of affair with Trump 'disgusting';

Business and Economics
Dow tumbles 550 points and is on track for worst week since 2016;
Job growth was solid in January at 200,000 as unemployment held steady; Robust jobs data intensifies U.S. bond market sell-off; Federal Reserve Leaves Rates Unchanged;
There's a big red flag in this report on the economy; 6 Reasons That Pay Has Lagged Behind U.S. Job Growth; 93,000 Jobs Were Outsourced Under Trump, Most in Years;
Every One of the World's Big Economies Is Now Growing; At Davos, the Real Star May Have Been China, Not Trump;
401(k) boom sparks urge to splurge for some with retirement accounts; New work rules spur red state holdouts to launch bids to expand Medicaid;
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway announce plan to create health-care company;
Canada Pitches Electric, Autonomous Exemptions For NAFTA Regional Content; Most Americans Uncomfortable With Autonomous Vehicles;
Report: US Has 54,259 "Structurally Deficient" Bridges;
In reversal, EPA deals setback to controversial gold mining proposal in Alaska;
Maine AG Says Executive Order Does Not Change State Law On Wind Power; Texas Continues To Lead US In Wind Power; Texas Concerned About Autonomy Of Its Grid;
Interior Department Orders Shorter Oil, Gas Lease Review Period; White House seeks 72 percent cut to research on clean energy, underscoring preference for fossil fuels;
Attorneys General Urge Offshore Drilling Plan's Cancellation; New Jersey Governor Signs Order To Spur Offshore Wind Production;
Other news
Gerrymandering is the root of all political evil. Or is it;
The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything;

Education:
An Economist Argues That Our Education System Is Largely Useless; The quest to quantify everything undermines higher education;
International Grad Students' Interest in American Higher Ed Marks First Decline in 14 Years;
ED To Run Pilot Program Putting Student Loan Money On Bank Cards; ED's Changes To Student Loan Forgiveness Could Cut Relief By 60%;
Federal Student-Loan Program Is Rapidly Losing Money, and Income-Based Repayment Is to Blame; ED Considering Removing Penalties From Gainful Employment Rule;
The Limits of Free Speech on Campus; Propaganda: 'White Supremacists Are Targeting College Campuses Like Never Before';
Pitt Investigates Racist Messages Connected to College Republicans; Should Students Be Expelled for Posting Racist Videos;
Republicans Stuff Education Bill With Conservative Social Agenda; Yes, Charters Do Hurt Public School Funding;
Columnist: Calculus Instruction Methods Must Be Updated;
Researchers Examine Why STEM Majors Among Least Likely To Vote;
Southern Illinois Chancellor Hired Family Members for Posts Created for Them; Academic Ethics: 'Hidden' Hiring Criteria;
Who Should Oversee Athletes' Academic Progress;