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7/13/18
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;
Finance
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;

Education:
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;

7/6/18
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;
Finance
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;

Education:
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;