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TechNews for the week: July 27; July 25; July 23;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence; Hundreds of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound; Israel Picks Identity Over Democracy;
Hamas accepts cease-fire after massive Israeli Gaza strikes; As Violence Flares, Kushner Threatens to Abandon a Plan B for the Mideast: Rebuilding Gaza;
Israel military says Syrian plane shot down after crossing Golan Heights line; Israel raises pressure on Russia over Iran presence near border;
UN bloc of developing countries elects Palestine as next leader in snub to US and Israel; Hundreds of Gazans Protest UN Agency Layoffs, Pay Cuts;
Trump warns Iranian president of consequences 'few ... have ever suffered' if he threatens the United States again; Iran warns US that it has forces 'in places you cannot think';
The oil route that could be behind the escalating Trump-Iran threats;
Trump's Iran tweet was a distraction from his 'un-American performance' at summit with Putin;
Report: North Korea Starts Dismantling Key Missile Facilities; In private, Trump vents frustration over lack of progress on North Korea;
White House says U.S. military takes possession of remains that North Korea says belong to Americans who died in the Korean War;
Imran Khan declares victory in historic Pakistan election; Pakistan's military has its fingerprints all over the elections;
Trump says U.S. will impose 'large sanctions' on Turkey for detaining American pastor on terrorism-related charges;
Russian firm indicted in special counsel probe cites Kavanaugh decision to argue that charge should be dismissed;
Kavanaugh papers offer new clues into his views on executive power; Top Senate Democrat presses former president George W. Bush for Kavanaugh documents;
In one tweet, Trump reveals nearly everything he gets wrong about the Mueller investigation;
Senate testimony: Russian billionaire with U.S. investments backed alleged Russian agent Maria Butina; GOP congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, dined with alleged Russian agent;
What's really behind Putin's obsession with the Magnitsky Act;
Trump lashes out at Cohen's secret recording: 'Your favorite President did nothing wrong';
Four important points that arise from the Trump-Cohen recording; The Trump-Michael Cohen tape transcript, annotated;
How Michael Cohen's Audio Clip Unraveled Trump's False Statements; Transcript of Cohen tape suggests Trump knew about model's deal to sell story of alleged affair;
Trump maintains not knowing in advance about meeting with Russians, disputing Cohen claim;
Move over, Trump: This president's two lions set off the greatest emoluments debate; Trump hotel ruling could open door to his financial records;
Putin's soccer ball for Trump had a transmitter, logo indicates;
Carter Page FISA Documents Are Released by Justice Department; With the release of new documents, Devin Nunes's memo on Carter Page has gotten even less credible;
Paul Manafort's fraud trial in federal court in Va. delayed from Wednesday until July 31;
Without evidence, Trump says his campaign spied upon illegally;
Trump again reverses course on Russian interference, calls it 'all a big hoax'; Trump has now walked back his walk-back on U.S. intelligence and Russia;
White House delays Putin meeting amid criticism of Trump's conflicting statements on Russian interference; Trump moves to punt three political problems until after the midterms;
The Trump Tower meeting increasingly looks as bad for Trump as it initially seemed; Trump maintains not knowing in advance about meeting with Russians;
Mueller Examining Trump's Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry;
White House says Trump wants to revoke security clearances for former officials critical of him over Russia;
'He's just trolling people': Ryan downplays Trump's threat to revoke security clearances of former top officials;
Documents show Wilbur Ross actively pushed to add citizenship question to 2020 Census;
Accidentally released documents show Trump administration dismissed benefits of protected public land in favor of logging, drilling;
Congress to ease Russia sanctions amid clamor for tougher measures;
House Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general; Attorney General Sessions joins chant: 'Lock her up';
Trump uses taxpayer-funded trip to campaign for GOP candidates; Have U.S. taxpayers spent $72 million on Trump's golf outings?
Trump Blames Twitter for 'Illegal' Practice of Limiting Republican Visibility;
Without evidence, Trump claims Russia 'will be pushing very hard for the Democrats' in the midterms;
Once again, 'fake news' decried by Trump turns out to be true; White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event;
Why Rep. Jim Jordan is surviving, and thriving, despite Ohio State sexual abuse scrutiny; Jim Jordan, Embattled Conservative, Says He Will Run for House Speaker;
Big money is flowing into the 2018 fight for the U.S. Senate;
A Vote Expanded Medicaid in Maine. The Governor Is Ignoring It;
Drive Against Gerrymandering Finds New Life in Ballot Initiatives;
NC Republicans worry their own law could backfire; North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendments;
What It Takes to Get an Abortion in the Most Restrictive U.S. State;
Black victims are the least likely of any racial group to have their killings result in an arrest;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
How the Midterm Elections May Be Compromised; Claire McCaskill, a vulnerable Democrat running for reelection, targeted in Russian hacking attempt;
Russian-Backed Hackers Claim 'Hundreds of Victims' in Attack on Utilities; DHS Warns of Russian Hacking of Utility Networks; How hackers got into the energy grid;
Cantwell, Graham Urge Trump To Protect Nation's Energy Grid From Russia.;
NCSC Report: China, Russia, Iran Conducting Economic Cyberespionage Against US;
New Report on Police Digital Forensics Techniques;
Lessons on Financial Fraud; The 3 riskiest apps found in the enterprise; 1Password's Travel Mode;
Math and science
Archaeologists have found the remains of one of Jamestown's early settlers;
A 12-mile-wide body of water lies beneath a Mars ice cap; NASA's next great space telescope is stuck on Earth after screwy errors;
Quantum computing: Seven truths you need to know;
Trial of new Alzheimer's drug shows promising results;
Why people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories;
Folding, rolling or packing cubes: What's the best way to pack a suitcase?
Trump administration to freeze fuel-efficiency standards and fight states;
Web and computing issues
Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers Seek To Overcome Interference From Other Wireless Devices;
Facebook Agrees to Stop Allowing Business to Block Certain Groups; Mozilla exec: Google slowed down YouTube on non-Chrome browsers;
YouTube Issues Strike to Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones' Channel;
Researchers Find Racial Bias With Facial-Recognition Technology;
SC News and Politics
Report: Utility Offered SC Lawmakers Deal to Kill Rate Cut; Ruling: SCE&G can challenge $445M rate rollback but must fix suit;

Business and Economics
U.S. economy grows at the fastest pace since 2014; US sales of new homes drop sharply in June;
How the Trump Tax Cut Is Helping to Push the Federal Deficit to $1 Trillion; House Republicans ready new tax-cut package, aim to advance it ahead of midterms;
Decade After Crisis, a $600 Trillion Market Remains Murky to Regulators; Watchdog charges IRS outsources debt collection to private firms, and the poor feel the sting;
Trump announces limited trade deal with European Union, avoiding escalation of tensions over tariffs;
European officials struggle to make sense of apparent trade truce between Trump, E.U.; In tentative deal with E.U., Trump touts parts of global trade deals he once rejected;
White House readies plan for $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in Trump's escalating trade war;
Trump pushes 25 percent auto tariff as top advisers scramble to stop him; Qualcomm Plans to Drop $44 Billion NXP Deal, Blaming China Inaction After Tariffs;
Policy Experts: Retraining US Workforce Will Not Solve Labor Shortage; Report: Gender Gap Worsening In Energy Industry;
Baltimore Sues Energy Companies For Contributing To Climate Change;
Secretary Perry Forced To Adjust Electricity Market Policy To Align With Trump;
Toyota Expected To Increase Low-Cost, Mass-Market Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles;
Study Finds Gas Drilling Not Harming Pennsylvania Forests' Waterways;
Facebook loses more than $100 billion in value, the biggest drop in Wall Street history - as privacy concerns finally take a toll;
How a Small Bank Became a Go-To Lender to the Trump Family;
The Ordinary License Plate's Days May Be Numbered;
Other news
Only a quarter of the country identifies as Republican. There are two reasons the party keeps winning anyway;
Veteran recall the racism: 'They thought black soldiers couldn't fight';

"Student Achievement Measure" Should Replace College Graduation Rate For Measuring Colleges' Success;
Student Loan Debt Prevents Some Graduates From Pursuing Jobs For Which They Studied;
Proposed Changes in Borrower-Defense Rules Make It Tougher for Defrauded Students to Get Debt Relief; DeVos to Eliminate Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges;
Senate Passes Perkins Act Reauthorization; If Reelected, Walker Would Continue Tuition Freeze At State Colleges;
What Is Academic Freedom? Statement That Alarmed Professors at U. of Texas Sets Off Debate;
Temple U. Says Several Programs Submitted False Data to 'U.S. News';
Georgia Tech's Finance Chief Is Out After Campus Gave 'Boat Load of Money' to Company That Paid Him;
U. of Oklahoma Official Hired in Wake of Racist Fraternity Chant Says He Was Forced Out;
Republicans and Democrats Both Think Higher Ed's on the Wrong Track - for Very Different Reasons; Most Republicans Think Colleges Are Bad for the Country;
History in an Age of Fake News; Inside a Stealth Plan for Political Influence;
Ex-Athletic Director Says Baylor 'Set the Football Program on Fire' as Scapegoat in Sex-Assault Scandal;

TechNews for the week: July 20; July 18; July 16;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Violence flares as Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets; Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting; Israel hits Hamas posts in response to arson kites;
Hebron: where Israelis and Palestinians are separated by a gauntlet of military checkpoints - and the harsh, complicated truth of the conflict was immediately clear;
Israel passes nation-state law, drawing praise from Netanyahu. Arabs say it makes them second-class citizens; 'Collective punishment': Israel blocks fuel shipment to Gaza;
A Supreme Court hearing in Israel that erupted into a brawl showed in a matter of minutes why the Israel-Palestine conflict has been impossible to solve;
Papers stolen in a daring Israeli raid on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran's pre-2004 weapons research;
U.S. Jerusalem Embassy to Cost 100 Times More Than Trump Claimed;
Iran nuclear deal: US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption; Iran eyes Asia buyers to protect oil exports from US sanctions;
Trump sanctions bolster influence of Iran's Revolutionary Guards;
Iraq rocked by fresh protests as public anger continues; ISIS is making a comeback in Iraq just months after Baghdad declared victory;
Erdogan, Flush With Victory, Seizes New Powers in Turkey;
White House Orders Direct Taliban Talks to Jump-Start Afghan Negotiations;
U.S. expecting war dead remains from North Korea within 2 weeks;
Trump's remarks about changing European culture draw ire and encourage white nationalists; Trump's Montenegro comments make it abundantly clear he doesn't understand NATO;
Theresa May rules out second Brexit referendum; Donald Trump taunts protesters at Scottish golf course as they tell him to 'go home';
Hours before meeting Putin, Trump faults 'U.S. foolishness and stupidity' for poor relations with Russia; A low-profile Mattis makes no mention of Trump as he tours Europe;
Putin again denies Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election; Trump calls probe a 'disaster for our country'; Trump's defense of Russia prompts outrage from some Republicans;
Joint news conference was everything Putin could have dreamed; The transcript of news conference, annotated;
Chris Wallace gave Vladimir Putin the grilling Trump wouldn't - on Fox News;
"America First": The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow; Putin's view triumphs in Helsinki as Trump questions U.S. intelligence;
8 Suspect Claims From the Trump-Putin News Conference; The facts missing from Trump and Putin's news conference;
Trump says summit with Putin was 'even better' than NATO meeting;
Trump says he accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian interference in 2016 election following uproar over Helsinki comments;
In his prepared remarks, Trump removed a line about bringing election hackers to justice; How Trump retreats: Grudging apologies, plus a wink and a nod to the original insult;
Trump says Russia is no longer targeting the U.S., contradicting statement from U.S. intelligence chief;
White House attempts to clarify Trump's latest response to whether Russia is still targeting U.S. elections;
Mystery surrounds Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's 'security deal' as Pentagon and administration stay silent; Putin raised Ukraine referendum plan at Trump summit;
As Russians describe 'verbal agreements' at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity;
Outrage erupts over Trump-Putin 'conversation' about letting Russia interrogate ex-U.S. diplomat Michael McFaul; Putin's push to interrogate U.S. officials, explained;
White House says Trump disagrees with Putin's request to interview former U.S. ambassador and other Americans;
Trump asked senior aide to invite Putin to Washington in the fall; Putin accuses U.S. forces of trying to ruin Trump summit outcome;
Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina had ties to Russian intelligence agency; Russian gun rights advocate charged in U.S. with acting as a Russian Federation agent;
Russian Foreign Ministry launches 'Free Maria Butina' campaign after alleged Russian agent is jailed;
Report: Trump Told Of Putin's Meddling 2 Weeks Before Inauguration;
After Putin Meeting, Trump Voters Mostly Dig In; Russia-friendly GOP congressman doubts hacking indictment, plans to consult outside 'experts';
Republicans Block Anti-Putin Resolutions Before Senate Approves One Rebuke;
As Trump attacks the Russia investigation, these House Republicans keep attacking Rosenstein;
House GOP refuses to renew election security funding as Democrats fume over Russian interference;
Trump prompts another birther conspiracy theory - this time about his own dad;
Court Orders Temporary Halt to Migrant Family Deportations; Federal judge calls Friday filing by HHS 'cover' for its failings in reunification process;
'Morally repugnant': Some members of Homeland Security advisory council resign over immigration policy;
Georgia Governor Candidate Caught Saying He's in Race to Be the 'Craziest'; She's Mexican-Born and a New U.S. Citizen. But She Can't Run for the Georgia House;
Fox's Tucker Carlson identifies the actual threat to American democracy: Hispanic voters;
Rep. Claudia Tenney claims that Trump's tax cuts already paid for themselves;
Former White House Stenographer Speaks Out: 'Trump Was Lying To The American People';
Veterans Affairs takes aggressive steps to purge or reassign staffers perceived to be disloyal to Trump before new secretary starts;
Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal;
Senate withdraws Trump circuit judge nominee over racial writings;
The House GOP super PAC's strategy to localize every key race;
Amendments are ballot twist in North Carolina power struggle;
A retired judge just ruled that nearly half of 4,000 documents Michael Cohen labeled as privileged are not - and he's not challenging that decision in court;
In secret recording seized by FBI, Trump and Cohen discuss making payments for story of former model who alleged affair with Trump;
2 troubling questions for Trump in light of the new Michael Cohen tape revelation;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
July Crypto-Gram Newsletter, National Cybersecurity, Privacy, Encryption, and more ;
G.R.U., Russian Spy Agency Cited by Mueller, Casts a Long Shadow; How Russians hacked the DNC and passed its emails to WikiLeaks;
Trump Invited the Russians to Hack Clinton. Were They Listening; Twitter Suspends Two Accounts Linked to Russian Intelligence Officers;
NSA and Cyber Command to coordinate actions to counter Russian election interference in 2018 amid absence of White House guidance;
New Report on Chinese Intelligence Cyber-Operations;
Reasonably Clever Extortion E-mail Based on Password Theft; Installing a Credit Card Skimmer on a POS Terminal;
Math and science
Video shows newly discovered Stonehenge-like site, revealed by extreme drought;
Astronomers discover 12 more moons of Jupiter, including an oddity;
Automakers Embrace Next-Gen Steel In Pursuit Of Greater Vehicle Efficiency;
Researchers Develop New Computer Model Of How Amorphous Metals Fracture;
Web and computing issues
Facebook's InfoWars, fake news, Alex Jones problems aren't going away; Facebook and Holocaust denial: How it's become worse over time;
U.S.-Funded Broadcaster Directed Ads to Americans;
SC News and Politics
Suing South Carolina Because Its Election Machines Are Insecure;
South Carolina's Higher Education Spending Dropped After 2008 Recession; SC legislators hope to borrow 100s of millions to fix state-owned buildings, colleges;
SC lottery generates record $435 million for education;
SCANA Corporation Adds Two Independent Directors To Its Board; Forms Special Litigation Committee;
Trey Gowdy says public hearings are 'freak' shows. 'I don't do many of them';

Business and Economics
Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains; In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states;
Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn't Keep Pace; Wall Street managers have cost Americans more than $600 billion over the past decade;
The Flattening Treasury Yield Curve Indicates Trouble Ahead; Congress may put American retirement vehicle in play;
Trump criticizes Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates, breaking long-standing practice of not commenting on Fed policy;
The Trump administration has a new argument for dismantling the social safety net: It worked;
China GDP slips to 6.7% in second quarter, slowest since 2016; Latest Sign of China's Slowdown: A Technology Cash Crunch;
How to Combat China's Rise in Tech: Federal Spending, Not Tariffs;
Oil Industry Slams Trump's Lack Of Tariff Relief As 'Bad News' For Economy; Some US Farmers Concerned About Impact Of Trump's Trade, Biofuel Policies;
How Trump's Trade War Went From 18 Products to 10,000; Trump says he's 'ready' to put tariffs on all $505 billion of Chinese goods imported to the US;
For the cost of Trump's military parade, we could pay for eight months of Mueller's probe;
'It's just not wise': In past year, Trump's company repeatedly paid property taxes late;
US Leads Global Aerospace Industry; Climate Changes Leading To Split Between Oil Companies, ALEC;
UAW Research Director: Rise Of Electric Vehicles Could Cause Job Losses In US;
California Utilities Face Liabilities From Wildfires; Experimental Buoy Could Enable New Jersey To Meet Wind Energy Goals;
EU slaps Google with record $5 billion fine over Android antitrust practices;
MGM Resorts Sues 1,000 Victims of Las Vegas Shooting, Seeking to Avoid Liability;
Comcast drops bid for 21st Century Fox, clearing way for Disney;
The Basics of Tariffs And Trade Barriers;
Other news
Can truth survive this president? 'Who do you believe?' a reporter asked Trump. His answer was stunning;
Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly; George Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin;
Alzheimer's symptoms are anything but normal: here's what you need to know;

More People Live in Education Deserts Than You Think; Professors Dispute Perceived Division Between Liberal, Vocational Educations;
What Public-College Presidents Make; One Public-College President Made $4 Million Last Year. Now His University Wants It Back;
How a President Tripled the Size of His University; What Remains When a University Is Sold in Pieces;
The New Toll of American Student Debt in 3 Charts; Democratic Senators Call On IRS To Clarify That Student Loan Relief For Corinthian Students Won't Be Taxed;
Trump Signs Executive Order On Job Training; Career And Technical Education Bill Expected To Clear Senate Soon;
Pell, Work-force Training Could See Increase In 2019 Spending;
Suit Alleges USCIS Switching Foreign-Grad Visa Program Rules Is Illegal;
Khan Academy Releases Free Early Learning App;
Survey finds wide opposition among parents to arming teachers;
South Dakota Teacher Salaries No Longer Lowest In Nation;
Education Expert Discusses Study On Gates Foundation's Teacher Evaluation Initiative; Colleges Can't - or Won't - Track Where Ph.D.s Land Jobs;
What Happens in the Classroom No Longer Stays in the Classroom. What That Means for Teaching; A Promising Approach to Running Class Discussions on Divisive Topics;

TechNews for the week: July 13; July 11; July 9;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
North Korea calls U.S. attitude toward talks 'gangster-like' and 'cancerous,' rejecting Pompeo's assessment; Pompeo pushes back against North Korea's 'gangster-like' criticism;
Trump administration focuses on Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, with Mideast peace plan stalled; Palestinian leader vows to keep paying attackers' families;
Israel Patriot missile intercepts unarmed drone from Syria; Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria;
Bulldozers in the West Bank: How Recent Israeli Settlement Expansion Jeopardizes The Peace Process; As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage;
Irish Senate Backs Bill Banning Israeli Settlement Goods;
As a U.S. shadow war intensifies in Yemen, al-Qaeda is down but not out ;
Annexing Crimea was egregious. Why does Trump disagree;
Trump's combative words on NATO put Mattis in an increasingly tough spot; Trump hits combative notes as he undermines May, praises Putin ahead of NATO summit;
As Trump hammers NATO allies on defense spending, military planners worry about his '2 percent' obsession; After tirade against allies, Trump backs NATO agenda on Russia;
Trump says NATO nations make major new defense spending commitments after he upends summit; Trump's NATO trip shows 'America First' is 'America Alone';
As Trump rattles NATO, 42 percent of Germans now want U.S. troops out of the country;
Britain rolled out the red carpet for Trump's first visit. Then his explosive tabloid interview stunned British officials;
Boris Johnson and 'Brexit minister' resign, leaving Theresa May's government in disarray; Brexit timeline: key dates in UK's divorce with EU;
U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials;
Trump administration seeks to extend deadline to reunite some migrant families; Judge Rejects Long Detentions of Migrant Families, Dealing Trump Another Setback;
Pentagon Won't Pay for Housing of Immigrants;
Shifting Strategy, Trump's Lawyers Set New Conditions for Mueller Interview; Giuliani advises Trump not to pardon Cohen, says 'it would just confuse everything';
Rudy Giuliani undercuts two of Trump's biggest scandal-related denials; Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney;
Ex-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is back in court for first time since guilty plea;
Key moments from Peter Strzok's contentious hearing; Nunes leaves in middle of hearing following questions on Russia probe;
Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016; Russia indictments undercut Trump's denials;
New Mueller indictments reveal that congressional candidate requested stolen documents from Russian hackers in 2016;
Spotlight intensifies on Roger Stone after latest charges in Russia inquiry;
Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court; Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, faces four big questions ahead of his confirmation;
Supreme Court nominee incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt by purchasing baseball tickets;
White House doesn't deny report Trump made secret deal with Kennedy over retirement, replacement;
In wake of high court ruling, Trump moves to shield administrative law judges;
Prosecutor placed on leave after social media posts reportedly target Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama;
Trump pardons Oregon cattle ranchers in case that sparked 41-day occupation of wildlife refuge in 2016;
Declaring War on Poverty 'Largely Over,' White House Urges Work Requirements for Aid;
Trump administration slashes grants for groups that help people sign up for Affordable Care Act health insurance;
Jared Kushner lacks security clearance level to review the most sensitive intelligence that crosses Trump's desk;
Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper; Kushner's Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington;
N.C. Republicans tried to game elections. Now look at who's gaming who;
GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid;
Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence;
Trump denies he said something that he said on a tape everyone has heard;
Why Republicans Acquiesce to Trump's Politics of Destruction;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Russian Operatives Built Local News Websites to Create Trust; Hacker Reportedly Tried to Sell Files on U.S. Military Drones;
Ex-Cambridge Analytica staff launch venture using same techniques; Programmer at Israeli Spyware Developer Accused of Stealing Tech;
Department of Commerce Report on the Botnet Threat; The NSA's Domestic Surveillance Centers;
Apple's 'Restricted Mode' Thwarts Law Enforcement iPhone Access;
Recovering Keyboard Inputs through Thermal Imaging;
Math and science
In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy;
Repeated Delays Of James Webb Telescope Stymie Researchers; Europe Plans Second Attempt At Asteroid Planetary Defense Mission;
Scientists may have solved a huge riddle in Earth's climate past. It doesn't bode well for the future;
Scientists say No single birthplace of mankind; The prehistoric shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico is so fertile you can see it from space;
California will face a terrible choice: Save cliff-side homes or public beaches from rising seas;
Study finds Wearable Device Increases Detection Of Atrial Fibrillation;
The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained;
Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity;
Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks; The fallacy of obviousness;
Web and computing issues
Data Companies, Marketers Explore Using Info from Smart TVs;
California Legislators Agree on 'Strongest Net Neutrality Protection';
YouTube's 'Copyright Match' Tool to Let Creators Find Stolen Content;
SC News and Politics
SC's 13,000 voting machines unreliable, vulnerable to hackers;
Report: South Carolina Manufacturing "Above Average";
Dominion-SCANA merger gains FERC approval;

Business and Economics
U.S. job growth underscores economy's strength, tariffs a threat; Trump makes good on threat to target an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports with tariffs;
Trump seeks to reassure anxious farmers being hurt by his trade war with China; As Trade War Persists, Mnuchin Says China Talks Have 'Broken Down';
Trump administration takes big step to help Chinese firm ZTE do business with U.S. companies;
How Rare Earths Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War; Tesla Announces Deal To Build New Auto Plant In China;
Trump Administration's Potential Blocks On Chinese Investment May Hurt Tech, Automotive Firms;
Trump says Brexit blueprint will kill any UK-US trade deal;
Study Finds Industry, Education Needed To Bridge STEM Skills Gap; International Graduates Face Pitfalls In Search For US Jobs;
Top 25 Highest-Paying U.S. Jobs of 2018; Why Americans Are Having Fewer Babies;
Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality; Trump's fight with federal employee unions gets real on Monday;
America's Very Real Trucker Shortage - and What's Driving It;
EPA Grants Loophole For "Super Polluting" Diesel Trucks; E.P.A. Drafts Rule on Coal Plants to Replace Clean Power Plan;
A Supreme Court with Kavanaugh will affect Silicon Valley too;
Pentagon's Research Spending Steadily Declined In Past 20 Years; McKinsey Ends Work With ICE Amid Furor Over Immigration Policy;
"Mini-Grids" Could Provide Rural Power, But Face Government Resistance; North Dakota sues Dakota Access over farmland ownership;
Pfizer buckles under pressure from Trump, delays drug price increases;
Three Mega-Generators Expected To Be Removed From Puerto Rico During Hurricane Season; Puerto Rico Senator Asks Corps To Alter Mega-Generators Removal Plan;
Self-Driving Car Makers Push Congress To Bar States From Creating Regulations;
Robo-calls are getting worse. And some big businesses soon could start calling you even more;
8 Best Personal Finance Apps of 2018;
The truth about IRS tax settlement firms;
Other news
Why abolitionist Frederick Douglass's speech still resonates;
There's no relationship between Lincoln and today's GOP;

Study: College Students Questioning Value Of Education; Many Career-Focused Students Eschew College;
National Center for Education Statistics Report Shows Outcomes For Working Students At Community Colleges;
Major colleges drop essay test requirement; Colleges Likely To Weigh Risks Of Affirmative Action Policies After Administration's Rollback Of Guidance;
Parents Increasingly Take On Debt To Pay For Children's College; Education Department Suspends Changes To Handling Of Defaulted Student Loans;
Higher Ed's Real Productivity Problem; How One College Reinvented Its Hiring Process to Better Test for 'Fit';
States Increasing Regulation Of For-Profit Colleges;
Online STEM Courses Need More Real-World Interactivity; Standards Seek To Help Elementary Teachers Teach Science;
Teachers With Science Degrees More Likely To Use Inquiry-Based Learning;
Why a College Plans to Raze 2 Dorms and What It Means for the Future of the Campus;
How One College Used Student Comments to Identify Its Best Professors;
Wisconsin Court Sides With Professor Who Was Suspended After Blogging About a Student; A Dangerous Precedent: Court's Ruling at Marquette;
This Professor Made Up a Job Offer From Another University. Now He Faces a Criminal Charge;

TechNews for the week: July 6; July 2;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
North Korea working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program; Trump said North Korea was 'no longer a nuclear threat.' His spies disagree;
How Trump Went From 'Fire and Fury' to Dismissing North Korean Nuclear Advances;
Syrian Assault Flouts U.S.-Backed Cease-Fire and Sets Off New Exodus;
Israel warns Syrian army away from Golan, boosts frontier forces; Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria;
Trump falsely claims Obama gave citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal talks; Israel Law Freezes Funds for Palestinian Attackers' Families;
U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe; Trump Warns NATO Allies to Spend More on Defense, or Else;
NATO Allies Defend Military Spending Amid Trump Criticism; A U.S. ambassador resigned over Trump's 'factually wrong' attacks on allies;
Poland Purges Supreme Court and Protesters Take to Streets;
The Trump Administration Drafted a Bill That Basically Pulls the U.S. Out of the WTO; Trump's Ineptitude Is No Joke;
Trump administration poised to impose tariffs on China tonight, plunging two countries into costly and unpredictable trade war;
Analysts say Trump's trade war with China is finally here - and it won't be pretty;
Lopez Obrador wins Mexican presidency, becoming first leftist to govern in decades;
Did Anthony Kennedy's son loan Donald Trump $1 billion;
Leading contender to be Trump's Supreme Court pick faces questions from social conservatives; Trump makes clear Roe v. Wade is on the chopping block;
Susan Collins says she won't support Supreme Court nominee who demonstrates 'hostility to Roe v. Wade';
Trump administration plans to detain migrant families together for months rather than release them;
Most Americans oppose key parts of Trump immigration plans, including wall, limits on citizens bringing family to U.S.;
Some Contractors Housing Migrant Children Are Familiar to Trump's Inner Circle;
It started with your shoes, then your water. Now the TSA wants your snacks;
Trump claims he 'never pushed' House Republicans to vote for hard-line immigration bill;
Senate report affirms intelligence community's conclusion that Russia favored Trump over Clinton;
Plea deal for ex-congressional IT staffer Trump called 'Pakistani mystery man' debunks conspiracy theories;
Aides describe Pruitt's spending and management at EPA; Emails reveal close ties between top EPA officials and those they regulate;
EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scrutiny over his high-priced travel and ethics and management decisions;
How Trump weaponized fake news - and changed the rules for fact checkers; In a Fox-Inspired Tweetstorm, Trump Offers a Medley of Falsehoods and Misstatements;
10 stories illuminate the Trump doctrine on foreign policy;
More Women Than Men: State Legislatures Could Shift for the First Time;
Trump embraces the big-money donor world he once shunned;
'Access to Literacy' Is Not a Constitutional Right, Judge in Detroit Rules;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
N.S.A. Purges Hundreds of Millions of Call and Text Records; Breach Exposes Data on Thousands of U.S. Law Enforcement Officials;
This password-stealing malware just added a new way to infect your PC; Ransomware: Not dead, just getting a lot sneakier;
Facial Recognition Software Helps In Annapolis Shooting Case, But Critics Concerned Over Privacy; Beating Facial Recognition Software with Face Makeup;
Army Upgrading Bradley While Working On Next-Generation Combat Vehicle; China's new laser-powered rifle can literally set you on fire;
The Great Russian Disinformation Campaign;
California Passes New Privacy Law;
Math and science
Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds;
Calories and macros and BMI don't count. Here are the numbers that really matter;
Study: Test for HPV more accurate than Pap smear at detecting cancerous cervical changes;
According to two new studies America is a nation of narcissists;
Northeastern U. Has Done Research for ICE. No, It's Not About Border Patrol;
Web and computing issues
How Background Checks Use Artificial Intelligence;
Facebook's disclosures under scrutiny as federal agencies join probe of tech giant's role in sharing data with Cambridge Analytica;
I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos;
California high court: Yelp can't be ordered to remove posts;
SC News and Politics
Police say Summerville woman screamed racial slurs and smacked a black teen at a pool. She lost her job;

Business and Economics
Trump calls for another round of tax cuts, further reductions to corporate tax rate; Finally, Some Answers on the Effects of Medicaid Expansion;
'A way of monetizing poor people': How private equity profits by offering high-interest loans to needy Americans;
Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It;
Research Shows H-1B Spouse Work Ban Could Hurt Tech Companies, Cost 100,000 Their Jobs; G.M. Says New Wave of Trump Tariffs Could Force U.S. Job Cuts;
Trump says he won't sign NAFTA deal until after midterms even as Canada starts tariffs on U.S. products; China to Cancel More U.S. Soy Shipments as Extra Tariff Looms;
Trump's business keeps profiting from Chinese ties; White House considers declaring 'national emergency' to stop telecom deals involving foreign firms;
Trump presses Saudis to increase oil production in face of rising gas prices;
Former NTSB Chairman: Senate Should Act Soon Or China Will Lead Autonomous Vehicle Revolution;
Cambridge Becoming An Engineering Hub For World's Tech Companies;
German Engineering Group Warns Of Drop In New Wind Power Projects;
Two New Hampshire Biomass Plants To Stop Buying Wood Chips Following Governor's Veto;
Natural-Gas Fired Carbon Capture Power Plant Said To Be As Efficient As Traditional Generation;
Blurring Lines, Hotels Get Into the Home-Sharing Business;
Regulators order SCE&G to start cutting rates; SCANA subsidiary sues South Carolina over $365M rate cut tied to failed nuclear project;
Scana Jumps to 4-Month High as Dominion Signals Merger Still On;
Other news
Night Owls May Have Higher Depression Risk;
Your chances of living longer are better once you reach 105 - further evidence that humans may not have reached their age limit yet;
Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets;
Master of celebrity: How Trump uses - and bashes - the famous to boost himself;

What's Obvious to Academics but Not to the Public? Scholars Are Happy to Say ; Student Needs Have Changed. Advising Must Change, Too.;
The Trump administration is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance on the use of race in college admission decisions;
ED Inspector General Faults Accreditor Oversight;
How Much Is Tuition? At the U. of Illinois, Like Many Research Universities, It's Complicated;
No More Chili Pepper: RateMyProfessors Ditches 'Hotness' Ratings;