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TechNews for the week: December 28; December 26;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Major parts of the federal government begin shutting down for an indefinite closure. Negotiations to continue through the weekend;
Partial government shutdown likely to extend into 2019 as Congress prepares to punt on budget deal until Democrats take over House;
As Shutdown Lingers, Only Guarantee for Federal Workers Is More Uncertainty; Federal Workers Share Shutdown Fears on Social Media;
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says 'Very possible' shutdown could last into new year;
Violence Against Women Act expires with government shutdown;
'Tyranny of talk radio hosts': Limbaugh and Coulter blamed for Trump's shutdown; Lindsey Graham Vows To Nancy Pelosi, House Democrats: 'No Wall Money, No Deal';
Trump vows not to reopen government until wall funding is secured; threatens to 'close Southern Border entirely' if Democrats don't fund border wall;
Trump's arguments about wall are mostly exaggerated or false;
Retreating ISIS army smuggled a fortune out of Iraq and Syria to finance future resurgence;
Iran looks to expand its reach across Middle East amid U.S. exit from Syria;
Top U.S. envoy to anti-ISIS coalition quits in protest of Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria; Ex-official: It's 'very telling' Trump didn't know anti-ISIS point man;
U.S. forces will stay in Iraq and could reenter Syria from there;
Trump makes unannounced visit to Iraq a week after announcing a victory over the Islamic State; Brags To Troops About A Fictional Giant Pay Raise He Got Them;
Trump's visit to Iraq prompts concerns about politicization of military; Angered at Trump's Visit, Some Iraqi Lawmakers Want U.S. Troops Out;
America's Allies Fear That Traditional Ties No Longer Matter Under Trump; Glee in Russia Over Trump's Foreign Policy Largess;
In Afghanistan, Alarm and a Sense of Betrayal Over U.S. Drawdown; Military walks a fine line in discussing Afghanistan after Trump orders withdrawal plans;
Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu's coalition dissolves parliament; Netanyahu could soon be Israel's longest-serving prime minister - despite decades of scandals;
Why the Attorney-General May Announce Intent to Indict PM Before Elections;
Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race; Day After Election Called, Netanyahu Green Lights Nearly 2,000 New Settler Homes;
Syria state media says Israeli planes attack targets near Damascus; Moscow accuses Israel of 'gross violation of sovereignty' in Syria strikes;
Russia is poised to add a new hypersonic nuclear warhead to its arsenal; Russian weapon fires 27 times faster than speed of sound;
How Russia's military intelligence agency became the covert muscle in Putin's duels with the West;
United Arab Emirates reopens embassy in Syria;
Ukrainian minister calls for fresh sanctions on Russia;
Saudi Arabia appoints new foreign minister in reshuffle; Arms Sales to Saudis Leave American Fingerprints on Yemen's Carnage;
On the Surface, Hungary Is a Democracy. But What Lies Underneath?
In Venezuela, Russia pockets key energy assets in exchange for cash bailouts;
Brexit may be good for terrorists and the Kremlin and bad for European security;
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to leave on Jan. 1, deputy Patrick Shanahan to assume title of acting secretary; Shanahan has no experience in military, government;
Justice Dept. officials told Whitaker signing gun regulation might prompt challenge to his appointment;
Mystery company involved in Mueller investigation appeals to Supreme Court;
Exasperated over market drop, Trump asks advisers whether he can fire Jerome Powell, a sign of mounting frustration at Fed chairman;
Dow Jones plunges after Mnuchin comments; Trump doubles down attacks on Fed;
Texas Tent City Housing 2,500 Migrant Children Said to Close in January;
In two years, Carson has only once used his authority as HUD secretary to scrutinize housing discrimination;
House Democrats will not seat a North Carolina Republican amid questions about integrity of election;
Texas' One-Stop Shopping for Judge in Health Care Case;
'A rogue presidency': The era of containing Trump is over;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
U.S. says Russians Tried, but Were Unable to Compromise Midterm Elections; A Russian bank gave Marine Le Pen's party a loan. Then weird things began happening;
Introducing the World's Most Secretive Nuclear Weapons Program (Not North Korea);
The Navy's Version of the F-35 Has a Big Problem;
Massive Ad Fraud Scheme Relied on BGP Hijacking;
Math and science
Archaeologists release stunning photos of new Pompeii find: Horses remarkably preserved in lava;
How a snowflake gets its shape;
Web and computing issues
Stay private and protected with the best Firefox security extensions; How to Delete Facebook;
Facebook's leaked rulebooks highlight struggle with content moderation; Facebook's and social media's fight against fake news may get tougher;
One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine;

Business and Economics
U.S. markets continue sharp sell-off, ignoring efforts by the Trump administration to stabilize stock prices;
Markets stage one of worst Christmas Eves ever, closing down more than 600 points as Trump blames Fed for stock losses in a tweet;
Dow surges more than 1,000 points, its biggest point *gain* in history, recovering from days of losses;
Economic growth is slowing around the world, feeding a financial sell-off;
Trump's Tax Cut One Year Later: What Happened? Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills;
'A kick in the stomach': massive GM layoffs leave workers distraught - and angry;
U.S. OKs Iraqi purchases of Iranian natural gas to boost U.S. business deals; Iraq's Kirkuk oil exports to stay restricted;
OPEC in a 'Whatever It Takes' Moment to Prop Up Oil Prices;
North and South Korea hold ceremony to link railways, but sanctions block way;
India Curbs Power of Amazon and Walmart to Sell Products Online;
How Each State Makes Electricity;
Indigenous Nation Blocks TransCanada Pipeline with New Checkpoint;
Why the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Matters;
Other news
For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain;
Based on Trump's detailed diagram of his slat wall, we did some advanced mathematics;
What the Fall of the Roman Republic Can Teach Us About America;

Harvard, MIT Among 65 Colleges Supporting Legal Challenge to Trump Visa Policy;
TechNews for the week: December 21; December 19; December 17;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Russia Slowly Throttles a Ukrainian Port; Trump Administration to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch's Companies;
North Korea Says It Won't Denuclearize Until U.S. Removes Threat; China's 'Belt and Road' Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn;
Iran vice-president celebrates legal win against US;
Trump administration plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria immediately; Push to quickly leave Syria startles allies and White House aides;
Trump's Syria strategy was always a mess; Analysts say Islamic State is reviving despite Trump's victory claim; Decision to withdraw from Syria marks a win for Putin;
Trump call with Turkish leader led to US pullout from Syria; Turkish president delays planned offensive against Kurds, welcomes Trump decision to pull out troops;
Trump seeks major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move advisers warned would plunge country deeper into chaos;
Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary, Resigns in Rebuke of Trump's Worldview; Mattis's resignation letter makes clear he differs with Trump on key issues. Read it here.;
'A morning of alarm': Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad;
Britain's Brexit crisis was entirely self-inflicted;
Global climate summit ends with deal to nudge the world toward tougher emissions targets;
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for two malignant nodules in her left lung;
As Trump argues for a wall, a border security measure gets pulled back; Sarah Sanders said 'all of America' wants the wall. That's just not true;
Senate to pass bill that would keep government open, deny Trump wall funding; Trump says he won't sign Senate deal to avert shutdown, demands funds for border security;
Government shutdown still possible after Democrats reject new GOP offer on immigration, border security funding;
Trump threatens government shutdown 'will last for a very long time' if Democrats oppose House bill that includes border wall money;
Trump: Senate unlikely to approve wall funds; shutdown looms; Rep. Meadows (R-NC) tells federal employees who won't get paid during shutdown: You signed up for this;
A partial government shutdown is assured at midnight. The House has adjourned without a spending deal;
Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats immediately vow appeal; Legal experts rip judge's rationale for declaring Affordable Care Act invalid;
Chuck Schumer Urges Congressional Vote Rejecting Obamacare Ruling;
Trump says: Ryan Zinke to resign as interior secretary amid investigations;
Senate passes sweeping bipartisan overhaul of criminal justice system; Supporters of criminal justice reform bill warn of 'poison pills' as legislation heads for Senate floor;
For Kushner, Criminal Justice Has Been a Personal Issue and a Rare Victory;
House Intelligence panel will examine possible foreign funding of Trump's inaugural committee; How money flowed into - and out of - Trump's inaugural committee;
Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations he used it for personal and political benefit;
Justice Department Asks Court to Halt Emoluments Case Against Trump;
Sweeping report prepared for the Senate says Russia used every major social media platform to help elect and support Trump;
Report prepared for Senate says Russian disinformation teams targeted special counsel Robert Mueller soon after appointment;
Revelations about hush money and Russian interference renew debate over the legitimacy of Trump's 2016 win;
'I don't know anything about that': Republicans dodge or dismiss Trump's legal woes;
How Democrats plan to request President Trump's tax returns in 2019;
Michael Flynn ex-business partner charged with acting as unregistered agent of Turkey;
Flynn Sentencing Postponed as Judge Raises Doubts; judge tells ex-Trump adviser he may not avoid prison: 'Arguably, you sold your country out';
The 'Michael Flynn is an innocent hero' conspiracy theory suffers a major setback;
The plot just thickened on Trump Tower Moscow; Trump claims vindication on 'Steele dossier';
Roger Stone admits he pushed false statements on Infowars; Mueller seeks Roger Stone's testimony to House intelligence panel;
Justice Department will ban bump-stock devices that turn rifles into fully automatic weapons;
Supreme Court rules Trump administration may not immediately begin denying asylum to those who cross border illegally;
Trump administration reaches deal that will force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as cases are processed;
Judge blocks Trump administration effort to deny asylum for migrants fleeing gang violence, domestic abuse;
ICE report shows Deportations under Trump are on the rise but still lower than Obama's;
Trump administration to toughen work requirements for food stamps, bypassing Congress;
Blaming the Deep State: Officials Accused of Wrongdoing Adopt Trump's Response;
Justice Dept. ethics official told Whitaker's team he should recuse from Mueller probe; Attorney general pick wrote memo criticizing Mueller obstruction probe;
Arizona Republican Martha McSally named to fill open Senate seat once held by John McCain;
Georgia Governor-Elect Brian Kemp Might Be Even More Corrupt Than You Thought; made up hacking claim against Dems;
Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal; Michigan Republicans' effort to curb Democrats' power hits snag;
N.C. officials sounded alarm about alleged election fraud to federal prosecutors in January 2017;
North Carolina Republican Says He Chose to Hire Controversial Operative;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
December Crypto-Gram Newsletter, Surveillance, Malware, Propaganda, and more;
Congressional Report on the 2017 Equifax Data Breach; Senate Committee Report Says Social Media Firms Impeded Probe;
Cloudflare Providing Services to Foreign Terrorist Organizations; Experts Advise US To Get Help From Allies In Push Against Chinese Hacking;
U.S. and more than a dozen allies to condemn China for economic espionage; Why Russian Social Media Activities Indicate Peril for Enterprises;
FBI Seizes 15 Websites Offering Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks;
Security Researchers Find Malware That Uses Code in Twitter Memes; New Shamoon Variant;
China Driving Use Of Armed Drones In Middle East; Drone Denial-of-Service Attack against Gatwick Airport;
Math and science
Archaeologists discover a 'one of a kind' 4,400-year-old tomb in Egypt;
Researchers Create Smartphone Case To Monitor Blood Glucose; UW Scientists Create Implantable Weight-loss Device;
The fat-burning heart-rate zone is a myth: How exercise and weight loss really work;
Web and computing issues
After Yellow Vests Come Off, Activists in France Use Facebook to Protest and Plan; Facebook Closing Fake News Sites in Bangladesh Ahead of Elections;
D.C. attorney general sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal, the first major U.S. regulatory action in company's crisis;
8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People's Movements; Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics;
Google Shuts Down Project for Censored Search Engine in China;
5G Network Rollout In US Plagued By Limitations, Technical Challenges;
JavaScript is the most popular language;
How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos;
SC News and Politics
SC Republicans could forgo 2020 primary to protect Trump;
'God is responsible' for repairs, a cemetery reportedly said after flooding exposed caskets;

Business and Economics
Federal Reserve cuts its outlook for U.S. economy; stocks plunge; U.S. stocks suffer worst week in a decade; Mnuchin Blames Market Volatility on Volcker Rule;
A year after their tax cuts, how corporations spent the windfall; U.S. Cash Repatriation Plunges 50%, Defying Trump's Tax Forecast;
Researchers say Politicians have caused a pay 'collapse' for the bottom 90 percent of workers; As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price;
Student Loan Debt Reaches Record, Creating Risk; Federal Report Finds Homelessness Rises Slightly Despite Strong Economy;
Fewer Births, More Deaths Result in Lowest U.S. Growth Rate in Generations;
6 Reasons Healthcare Is So Expensive in the U.S.;
China's Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping;
Trump signs $867 billion farm bill; Interior Dept. Moves Toward Selling Oil Leases in Arctic Refuge;
Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman Sachs after fund is looted of $2.7 billion;
DOT Announces $1.5 Billion In BUILD Grants For 91 Infrastructure Projects;
IEA Report Says Coal Demand Will Remain Stable Through 2023;
Congress Will Not Pass AV START Act In 2018;
A Looming Spike In Inflation Is Bad News For Stocks;
How Property Taxes Are Calculated ;
10 Risks That Could Shake the Markets in 2019;
Other news
How a World Order Ends;
Anti-Trump conservatives want to reverse the GOP's destruction. But they helped light the fuse;
Can a president be arrested? Ask Ulysses S. Grant;
Planning to give 23andMe or AncestryDNA kits this Christmas? Read this first;

Admissions Officers: Grades In High School Best Indicator Of College Success; Colleges Doing Little To Fact-Check Applications;
A 'Hidden Curriculum' for Latino Students; Specialized Skills Are Crucial in Science. But They May Not Lead to a Tenure-Track Job;
Most Trustees Believe That Public Approves of Higher Ed; Law Schools Are Bad for Democracy;
Colleges Step Up Professional Development for Adjuncts;
Trump's safety panel recommends schools consider arming personnel;
Online-Learning Leader says General Education Can Wait; Private Companies Eager To Profit From Colleges' Growing Online Offerings;
Texas Makes Public Colleges Forbid Contractors to Boycott Israel. A Lawsuit Says That Violates the First Amendment. ;
North Carolina Board Rejects Chapel Hill's Controversial Plan for Silent Sam;

TechNews for the week: December 14; December 12; December 10;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Theresa May delays parliamentary vote on Brexit deal; Theresa May survives confidence vote;
French Police Crack Down on 'Yellow Vests' With Tear Gas and Over a Thousand Arrests; Contrite Macron, Confronting Protests, Promises Relief to France;
Senate rebukes Saudis and Trump over death of Khashoggi with vote to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen; Warring Sides in Yemen Agree to Truce in Key Port City;
Israel Faces More Formidable Hezbollah Dug in From Lebanon; Palestinian kills two Israeli soldiers after Israel kills two in West Bank raids;
Trump's peace plan for Israel-Palestinian conflict facing more delays; Israel's Nation State Law is a mistake and 'racist';
The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House; Saudi Arabia Declares War on America's Muslim Congresswomen;
Poll: Americans Are Increasingly Critical of Israel; Congress passes bill targeting use of human shields by Israel's enemies;
Israeli Ex-cyber chief: Khashoggi hacking irrelevant for Israeli spyware sales;
Former Canadian diplomat's detention in China adds new twist to Huawei executive's arrest; Second Canadian detained in China amid row over Huawei extradition;
U.S. rejects language affirming global warming's severity, joining Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait as battle lines sharpen at summit;
Coal is still king in Poland, where world leaders gather to confront 'climate catastrophe';
Mueller: ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort lied to investigators about funds, contacts;
Court filings directly implicate Trump in efforts to buy women's silence, reveal new Russia contact; Michael Flynn Asks Judge for Leniency for Lying to F.B.I.;
Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition, public records and interviews show;
Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina poised to plead guilty in case involving Kremlin attempts to influence NRA;
Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison, tells judge he's lived in 'personal and mental incarceration' since working for Trump;
Trump: Payments to silence women were a 'simple private transaction,' not illegal campaign contributions;
Trump Improvises New Defense in Hush Money Payments; Tabloid Publisher's Deal in Hush-Money Inquiry Adds to Trump's Danger;
Cohen says Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong, contradicting his former boss;
Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations;
Republicans defend president amid brewing legal storm; Orrin Hatch dismisses Trump hush-money allegations;
Trump's falsehoods on hush-money payments are 'coming home to roost';
Trump blasts Mueller's team for political donations. But his Justice nominee has given more than $500,000.;
Former FBI director Comey testifies in House GOP probe; Comey defends FBI and himself in interview with House committees;
Comey: Russia investigation started with four Americans with ties to Trump, Russia;
Trump tells reporters White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave by year's end; Nick Ayers, Trump's once-likely replacement for Kelly, has decided not to take the job;
'There was no Plan B': Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after Ayers turns him down; Trump made competence a dirty word. Now he has to settle for second-rate talent;
Trump names OMB Director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff;
Pelosi, Schumer clash with Trump in dramatic Oval Office confrontation over border security, government shutdown;
Trump Threatens Shutdown in Combative Appearance With Democrats; Trump uses Israel's wall as example in negotiation with Pelosi and Schumer;
Trump claims 'money we save' from trade deal means 'Mexico is paying' for border wall; Trump: Military will build border wall if Pelosi, Schumer don't agree to pay for it;
Trump's Judicial Nominees Take Heat but Largely Keep Marching Through Senate;
House, Senate agree on sexual harassment bill after months-long struggle to resolve differences;
Pelosi says she expects a House panel will 'take the first steps' toward obtaining Trump's tax returns;
Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Rules for School Lunches;
Republicans and Democrats Unite on at Least One Issue: Oversight of the V.A.;
VA chief Robert Wilkie once praised Jefferson Davis as 'martyr to The Lost Cause'; Trump loyalist at VA forced out after collecting pay but doing little work;
The Alarming Scope of the President's Emergency Powers; Trump says 'the people would revolt' if he were impeached;
Government could hold migrant families indefinitely in unlicensed detention centers under new plan;
Troubled by Lapses, Government's Voice to the World Braces for New Trump Management;
Probe of U.S.-funded news network that called George Soros a 'Jew of flexible morals' finds additional offensive content;
The Weekly Standard, influential conservative magazine, will shutter;
Michigan lame duck governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws; Wis. governor signs lame-duck legislation to weaken incoming governor, attorney general;
Wis. Gov.-elect Tony Evers may take legal action on lame-duck bills restricting executive power;
Republican Jon Kyl plans to leave Senate, says Ariz. governor, who will now appoint another McCain successor;
North Carolina elections board identifies 'person of interest' in fraud probe;
GOP congressional candidate in North Carolina is said to have directed hiring of aide at center of election-fraud investigation;
N.C. congressional candidate sought out aide, despite warnings over tactics; After Possible Data Leak, North Carolina Edges Closer to a New Election;
Trump routinely says things that aren't true. Few Americans believe him;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
How a powerful Russian propaganda machine chips away at Western notions of truth; Facts vital for a US justice system under scrutiny;
US officials: China poses serious national security threat; EU Tech Commissioner Warns of Security Risks from Chinese Companies;
U.S. investigators point to China in the hack of Marriott Starwood's reservation system, which affected 500 million travelers;
'Operation Sharpshooter' Targeted Defense, Gov't Organizations; Real-Time Attacks Against Two-Factor Authentication;
Microsoft patches Windows zero-day used in the wild;
New Australian Backdoor Law;
Math and science
The Planet Has Seen Sudden Warming Before. It Wiped Out Almost Everything; The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest ice;
Air Pollution Experts Urge EPA To Reinstate Scientific Advisory Panels;
The Voyager 2 spacecraft has escaped the sun's bubble; China's Chang'e-4 Launches on Mission to the Moon's Far Side;
Maxar Technologies' MDA Instrument provides high resolution 3D scans of the Asteroid Bennu;
Virgin Galactic flies higher than 50 miles, meeting FAA definition of space and taking a step closer to flying tourists there;
Is Screen Time Bad for Kids' Brains?
Web and computing issues
At Partisan Hearing, Google CEO Denies Google Has 'Political Bias'; Russia Fines Google for Not Removing Certain Entries from Search Results;
FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages; California Considers Plan to Charge Users for Sending Text Messages;
How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location;
AWS, NYU Announce Deep Graph Library (DGL) For Building Neural Network Graphs;
A Layman's Explanation of Docker;
SC News and Politics
Sen. Tim Scott tells fellow Republicans: Do better on judicial nominees;

Business and Economics
The Trump tax cuts are putting America in a hole; U.S. mortgage rates ease to lowest level in three months;
The Senate just passed an $867 billion farm bill. Here's what's in it;
Congress may have accidentally freed nearly all banks from the Volcker Rule; Europe's Central Bank Ends the so-called quantitative easing program;
China logs record trade surplus with U.S.; Trump administration to condemn China over hacking, economic espionage. Actions include sanctions, indictments;
China makes first major buy of U.S. soybeans since Trump-Xi meeting; Soybean futures fall 1.6%, as China purchase barely dents huge U.S. stockpile;
Targets of U.S. Sanctions Hire Lobbyists With Trump Ties to Seek Relief;
OPEC and Allies, Defying Trump, Agree to Cut Oil Output to Prop Up Prices;
Job Satisfaction Down At Nearly 60% Of Federal Agencies;
As Hiring Slows, Employers Say It's Getting Harder to Find Workers; Job Openings At U.S. Factories Surge;
The "Middle Skills" Gap: Half Of America's Jobs Require More Than High School Diplomas But Less Than 4-Year Degrees;
What These Medical Journals Don't Reveal: Top Doctors' Ties to Industry;
Dominion Energy Halts Work On Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project; Court tosses permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail;
Offshore Wind Lease Auction Breaks Record;
The Oil Industry's Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules; Trump Criticizes GM Shift To Electric Vehicles, Says It Is "Not Going To Work";
Verizon takes massive $4.6 billion write-down on its media business; Qualcomm Wins Court Order in China Banning Some Apple iPhones;
World Stocks Tumble on Weak Economic Data From China and Europe;
SCANA +6% as state regulators say they will support Dominion takeover; SC gov: Merger deal 'best of a bad situation';
Other news
America's red-blue split isn't about ideology or culture. It's economics.; How the IRS Was Gutted;
Senate Republicans are responsible for the most unethical and incompetent administration ever;
Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again;
He lived an exemplary life. Then he kept an immigration appointment - and got deported;
Should you walk out of that bad meeting, even if it's rude?

Executive Compensation at Private and Public Colleges; How Scandal and Severance Enrich Private-College Presidents;
Colleges With the Greatest Percentage Decreases in Full-Time Undergraduates; Analysis Examines How College Waitlists Affect Prospective International Students;
Study Suggests Teenagers May Get More Sleep And Perform Better In Schools With Later Start Times;
Teaching the Students We Have, Not the Students We Wish We Had; Students Who Change Majors Pay More For College, Take Longer To Graduate;
Trump Administration Concealed Report Showing Wells Fargo Charged College Students High Fees;
Report: Banks And Colleges Using "College-Sponsored Accounts" Is Costing Students Millions; Education Department Defends Enforcement Of Campus Banking Rules;
Betsy DeVos panel rejects Obama-era effort to reduce discrimination in school discipline; ED Reverses Changes On Civil Rights Complaint Processing;
Guided by the Courts, DeVos Cancels $150 Million in Federal Student Loan Debt;
Education Department To Address Problems In TEACH Grant Program;
Fifty Colleges Sued Over Website Accessibility For People With Disabilities;
How 2 Professors Use a 'Grade Insurance' Project to Motivate Students; In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?
Temple Board Condemns Professor Who Criticized Israel but Defends His Freedom of Speech; Outcry on Silent Sam Builds on Eve of Critical Board Vote;
Does sports glory create a spike in college applications? It's not a slam dunk;

TechNews for the week: December 7; December 5; December 3;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
George H.W. Bush dies at 94;
Police recommend charging Netanyahu with bribery, fraud in Case 4000; Nearly half of Israelis say leadership is corrupt;
Israel, Palestinians jockey over Jerusalem in Trump era; Merkel urged EU countries not to move embassies to Jerusalem;
U.S., China declare 90-day halt to new tariffs; After Trump summit, no mention in China of 90-day deadline or trade concessions;
'Nobody knows what the deal is': Cracks appear in Trump's claims of China trade agreement;
Experts Warn North Korea Is Expanding Missile Base With Eye Toward U.S.;
Saudi crown prince exchanged messages with aide alleged to have overseen Khashoggi killing;
Intercepts Solidify C.I.A. Assessment That Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killing; Turkey issues arrest warrants for allies of Saudi Arabia's crown prince;
Senators condemn Saudi crown prince, say he's complicit in Khashoggi's killing after briefing with CIA director;
Israeli software company 'shared hacked messages' from Khashoggi with Saudi, lawsuit claims;
In the Middle East, Russia is back; Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria;
Iran's president says If Iran can't export oil from Gulf, no other country can;
EU court advisor: U.K. can cancel Brexit unilaterally; U.K.'s Theresa May Suffers Defeats in Parliament as Hopes Fade for Brexit Deal;
German conservatives pick a Merkel ally to be party leader, signaling continuity and a long goodbye;
Shutdown Postponed by 2 Weeks Under Measure Passed by House; Congress passes short-term spending bill, setting up pre-Christmas shutdown fight;
Shutdown looms as Nancy Pelosi rejects Trump's demand for border wall; Ted Cruz And Other GOP Senators Announce Bill To Give Trump $25 Billion For Border Wall;
Lawmakers in both parties wary of Trump's threat to cancel NAFTA;
Cohen's guilty plea suggests Russia has 'leverage' over Trump, top Democrat says; Three Remarkable Things About Michael Cohen's Plea;
New Mueller filing says Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen was in touch with a Russian seeking 'political synergy' with campaign;
The Mueller investigation is closing in on Trump; The president's statements on Trump Tower Moscow: A timeline;
Ivanka Trump's involvement with Moscow Trump Tower plan 'being investigated by Mueller';
Legal questions swirl around idea to offer $50 million penthouse to Putin in Trump Tower Moscow;
Experts say Trump's latest tweets cross clear lines;
Mueller seeks no prison time for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his 'substantial assistance';
Mueller says Manafort told 'discernible lies,' including about contacts with employee alleged to have Russian intelligence ties;
N.Y. federal prosecutors seek prison for former Trump lawyer Cohen;
Supreme Court to consider case that could affect potential Manafort prosecutions;
Whoops, Rudy Giuliani: Your tweet indirectly called President Trump a traitor; Giuliani Blames Twitter for 'Traitor' Link He Accidentally Created;
13 Trump entities being subpoenaed in case targeting president's D.C. hotel, potentially revealing private details of his business;
2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization and Treasury;
After Trump's election, lobbyists rented 500 rooms at his hotel but U.S. veterans staying there didn't know Saudis paid for them;
The red flags on Trump's new attorney general pick, William Barr; Barr charged DOJ's antitrust chief with giving an 'inaccurate' account of meeting with Time Warner;
The GOP was upset about election fraud - before it threatened their candidate; The shoe-leather reporting boosting North Carolina's explosive election fraud investigation;
Republican officials had early warnings of voting irregularities in N.C. congressional race that are now the subject of probes;
North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate;
North Carolina Board of Elections chairman resigns amid election fraud investigation;
GOP-held state legislatures in Wisconsin and Michigan try to limit new Democratic governors' powers;
Wisconsin GOP Legislature shifts power to itself to weaken Democrat who defeated Walker; passed a bill in a lame-duck session to enact a Medicaid work requirement;
'Pop-up' super PACs spent millions on the 2018 election without disclosing donors, FEC filings show;
Some Republicans want to oust a Muslim doctor from his GOP leadership role - because he's Muslim;
Rep. Louie Gohmert falsely says George Soros helped take property from fellow Jews; Don't condemn white nationalists, VA's diversity chief was told after Charlottesville;
Self-professed neo-Nazi found guilty of first-degree murder in Charlottesville rally car-ramming that killed one, wounded dozens;
Rex Tillerson on Trump: 'Undisciplined, doesn't like to read' and tries to do illegal things;
'Chaos breeds chaos': Trump's erratic and false claims roil the globe. Again.;
How President Trump twists government data to suit the political moment;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Your Personal Data is Already Stolen; China Increases Cyberespionage Efforts Amid U.S. Trade Tensions;
Facebook Considered Giving Advertisers Access to User Data; Lawmakers Call for Data Privacy Protections After Marriott Breach;
Banks Attacked through Malicious Hardware Connected to the Local Network; Kubernetes' first major security hole discovered;
National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hacked during this year's election cycle;
Homeland Security Will Let Computers Predict Who Might Be a Terrorist on Your Plane - Just Don't Ask How It Works;
The DoJ's Secret Legal Arguments to Break Cryptography;
Math and science
Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018, dashing hopes that the world had begun to turn a corner;
Littleton-Made NASA Spacecraft Arrives At Ancient Asteroid, Its First Visitor; NASA Releases New Images Of Mars, InSight Lander;
NASA's Adorable Space Station AI Had An Emotional Meltdown In His Debut;
The Long, Strange Story of Electric Wind, the Phenomenon Behind the Plane With No Moving Parts;
Research Finds Light Rain Can Perplex Algorithms Used By Autonomous Systems;
Trump administration threatens future of critical HIV research hub that uses fetal tissue as contract gets only a short extension;
Science Writers Explain Objections To He's Work;
Remarkable fossil of 180-million-year-old 'sea monster' preserved its Jurassic-era blubber and skin;
Web and computing issues
FCC Chair Admits 500,000 Net Neutrality Comments Linked to Russia;
Apple CEO Says White Supremacists Have 'No Place on Our Platforms';
China Behind Top-Secret Boeing Project On Satellite Technology; China leads Race to Protect Data From Next Leap in Computers;
How to Digitize Your Handwritten Notes; 10 Unique Free Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs;
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SCANA's $2.1B settlement with customers wins preliminary approval by judge;

Business and Economics
U.S. economy adds 155,000 jobs in November, below expectations. Unemployment was 3.7 percent;
U.S. fund investors pull most cash from bonds in five weeks; The Treasury yield curve just inverted, sounding the alarm for recession;
Uncertainty surrounds U.S. deals on trade with China, North America; China Announces Punishments for Intellectual Property Theft;
U.S. stocks are battered in one of their worst days in 2018 as U.S.-China trade deal appears to sputter; Market slump continues amid trade tensions;
Trump thought Yellen was too short to be Fed chair. That's not how any of this works;
Top Huawei executive arrested on U.S. request, clouding China trade truce; Huawei executive faces U.S. fraud charges in case related to Iran sanctions;
Report Says Higher Fuel Taxes Necessary To Restore US Interstate Highways;
Corporate tax breaks cost U.S. schools billions of lost revenue;
Strong Economy Poses Recruitment Challenge for the U.S. Army; To Feed U.S. Troops, Businessman Violated Iran Sanctions;
Qatar to pull out of Saudi-dominated OPEC amid Doha boycott;
Trump Administration Approves Seismic Testing In Atlantic; State Department Conducting Review Of Keystone Pipeline Project;
EPA To Announce Roll Back On Coal Restrictions; Wall Street cleans up on 'clean' coal subsidies; Clean Coal Programs Ineffective At Reducing Smog;
White House says U.S. to end subsidies for electric cars, renewables; Trump Administration Wrong To End Electric Car Subsidies;
BLM Rejects Application For Proposed Wind Farm Along Nevada-California Border;
CA Approves Rule Requiring New Homes To Be Built With Solar Panels;
Senators Make Last Push For Self-Driving Car Bill;
Tribune Media and Nexstar in $4.1bn local TV takeover;
Betting on a new way to make concrete that doesn't pollute;
The Myth of Steady Retirement Spending, and Why Reality May Cost Less;
Social Security benefits will go up in 2019. Find out now how big your check will be;
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The Confederacy was built on slavery. How can so many Southern whites still believe otherwise?
China Rules They didn't like the West's playbook. So they wrote their own;
How they survived: Owners of the few homes left standing around Paradise, Calif., took critical steps to ward off wildfires;
How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions;

Moody's Gives Higher Ed a Negative Outlook, Again; Study Finds Teaching Costs Vary Widely Across Academic Fields;
In Unusual Letter, Democratic Senators Ask 'U.S. News' to Change Emphasis of College Rankings; Does 'High-Impact' Teaching Cause High-Impact Fatigue?
Education Experts Alarmed By Declining Demand For Liberal Arts Courses; How One University Uses 'Sneaky Learning' to Help Students Develop Good Study Habits;
Colleges Consider How To Prepare Students For Future Jobs; One Way to Set Up Liberal-Arts Majors for Success: Focus on Skills;
Congress Urged To Reauthorize Higher Education Act;
DHS Proposes Shifting H-1B Focus To Higher-Skilled Foreigners; Trump Administration Releases Five-Year STEM Education Plan;
For-Profit College Chain Closes, Shutting Out Nearly 20,000 Students; 'Fear, Intimidation, Bullying': Inside the Most Scathing Accreditation Reports in Memory;
Amazon Mania Revealed These 3 Things About Higher Ed; MIT Report Concludes Saudi Partnerships Are Too Valuable to Give Up;
Free Speech Is a Core Tenet of the Academy. College Trustees Really Ought to Know That;
Rick Pitino Was College Basketball's Highest-Paid Coach. Now He Is 'Enemy No. 1';
Ohio State's Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl;