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TechNews for the week: February 28; February 26; February 24;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups appear to be coordinating attacks in West Africa;
Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket barrage; Syrian capital rocked by explosions as Israel hits targets;
Russia denies responsibility for attack in northern Syria that killed 33 Turkish soldiers; As Turkey Asks for U.S. Help, Trump Befriends Its Old Enemy;
Netanyahu will press ahead with E-1 settlement project in West Bank; announces plans for 3,000 new settler homes near East Jerusalem;
Arab Israeli leader makes Trump plan election target; Trump's Plan for Palestine Looks a Lot Like Apartheid;
Trump's Plan Backs Israeli Settlements. So Why Are Settlers Unhappy? The Israelis fighting to keep the Jordan Valley Palestinian;
Toll rises to 22 in Delhi violence as Modi issues plea for calm;
With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in India: 'I have never seen him eat a vegetable';
Trump and his entourage fail to eat anything from special vegetarian menu prepared for them on India trip;
U.S. immigration policies hinder Venezuelans seeking refuge; Supreme Court denies Mexican family's damages claim for cross-border shooting;
Supreme Court eliminates last obstacle to immigrant 'wealth test'; Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect;
Federal court blocks Trump administration's 'Remain in Mexico' program, a setback for the president's immigration crackdown;
Trump embarks on expansive search for disloyalty as administration-wide purge escalates;
Ginni Thomas: Supreme Court justice's wife leading right-wing effort to purge officials 'disloyal' to Trump;
Trump targets Sotomayor, Ginsburg in tweets, seeks their recusal from all 'Trump related' cases ;
'Wake up America, he's creating a dictatorship': Trump ignites backlash with demand Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from cases affecting him;
Trump wants to block 'traitor' Bolton's book entirely, claiming most conversations are classified;
Roger Stone asked for a judge's removal. It may be more fuel for a Trump pardon, experts say; Judge swats down Roger Stone's effort to remove her from his case;
Responding to news of Russian interference, Trump sends chilling message to U.S. intelligence;
Same Goal, Different Playbook: Why Russia Would Support Trump and Sanders;
Pro-Israel AIPAC slams Sanders after he says conference is platform for 'bigotry';
Sanders wins in Nevada, grows lead as race enters key stretch; Explore poll data to see who is supporting the candidates;
Winners and losers from the South Carolina Democratic debate; The moderators let the Democratic debate spiral into chaos and crosstalk;
Fact-checking the Democratic debate: Two billionaires' comments on their tax returns and six other claims that caught our attention;
Surging Sanders shows few signs of making nice with fellow Democrats;
Bloomberg Pledges Restraint on Executive Power but Reserves Legal Wiggle Room;
Trump's Rally Recipe: Just Add Data, Money, Entertainment and Grievance;
Trump judicial nominee once called for abolishing Social Security, other agencies;
Trump nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) to be next director of national intelligence;
Vice President Pence will be in charge of coronavirus response; As Pence takes the lead on coronavirus, critics recall his response to Indiana HIV outbreak;
Trump keeps his coronavirus news conference focused on one high-risk patient: Himself;
New coronavirus case confirmed in U.S.; Trump claims media stoking fear;
Trump says he can bring in coronavirus experts quickly. The experts say it is not that simple; Conservative pundits blame a grab bag of supposed villains amid the outbreak;
Second coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California, indicating virus is spreading in the state;
Emails reveal EPA officials' reaction to Trump rant on toilets, showers;
Congress warns Pentagon not to move money to fund Trump wall;
House passes historic anti-lynching bill after Congress's century of failure;
Former White House counsel Donald McGahn can defy congressional subpoena, federal appeals court rules;
In Oregon, a Holdout Juror Can't Block a Conviction. That May Not Last;
Judge voids nearly 1 million acres of oil and gas leases, saying Trump policy undercut public input;
Kansas Senate leader wanted ambassadorship, Trump ally's aid;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Five myths about cyberwar; Russia Is Trying to Tap Transatlantic Cables;
How Hackers and Spies Could Sabotage the Coronavirus Fight;
Newly Declassified Study Demonstrates Uselessness of NSA's Phone Metadata Program;
Prosecutors Drop Narcotics Cases After Files Lost to Ransomware; Securing the Internet of Things through Class-Action Lawsuits;
Business Email Scams Keep Growing, Called 'Super Effective';
Firefox Enables DNS over HTTPS;
Math and science
New developments suggest coronavirus incubation could be longer than 14 days, as global infections rise;
Universe's Largest Known Explosion Came From A Black Hole; "Toffee Planets" Hint at Earth's Cosmic Rarity;
NASA's Mars lander discovers quakes and a surprising magnetic field;
Freeman Dyson Visionary and renaissance physicist dies at 96;
Web, computing and technology issues
Twitter Suspends Bloomberg-Related Accounts for Violating Rules; Twitter Fails to Verify Many Congressional, Gubernatorial Candidates;
Facebook Adding Tool to Track Political Sponsored Content; Facebook Sues Marketing Company for Exploiting Its Login Feature;
Appeals Court Says YouTube Not Subject to First Amendment Scrutiny; FCC seeking wireless fines over location sharing;
Internet Companies Threaten to Leave Pakistan Over Censorship;
Facebook cancels F8, its biggest event, because of coronavirus;
Vine Made the Internet Fall in Love With Short Videos;
Turn your old phone into a home security camera for free;
SC News and Politics
SC utility execs under investigation asked few questions;

Business and Economics
U.S. stock markets dropped more than 3.5 percent at close amid fears that coronavirus has knocked global economy off course;
Dow dives more than 800 points after CDC warns of coronavirus inevitability in U.S.; Dow plunges more than 1,100 points, extending losses in brutal week;
Stock-market expert says what many are thinking as Dow sheds 3,600 points in a week: 'This market is not normal';
Trump officials discuss tax cuts, other measures to tackle coronavirus fallout;
IMF says global economy could still see 'v-shaped' recovery from coronavirus; Digital Tax Fight Emerges as Global Economic Threat;
China's Manufacturing Hubs Resume Business, Ease Travel Curbs;
Canada Oil-Sands Plan Collapses Over Politics and Economics; U.S. Supreme Court leans toward $7.5 billion pipeline in trail dispute;
N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads;
Washington State Could See $363 Million In New Revenue If It Eliminates Boeing Tax Break;
Huawei Announces Plans To Build First European Factory In France;
Solar Energy Industry Experiences Slowdown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak;
Lockheed Martin Considering Shifting F-35 Manufacturing To Poland;
Intuit to Buy Credit Karma to Create Financial Data Giant;
Inside The Wall Street Journal, Tensions Rise Over 'Sick Man' China Headline;
The Democratic presidential candidates approach to taxes ;
What most high-income tax returns have in common; What Is the SECURE Act and How Could It Affect Your Retirement;
Retirement: What Happens If a Spouse Dies;
Other news
Lifestyle strategies to keep brains healthy, which also might push back the onset of dementia;
'Mad' Mike Hughes dies in homemade-rocket disaster on mission to prove Earth is flat;

Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students, 2019-20;
How to Make College Work for More People; Report Offers Measures To Improve Part-Time Student Performance;
Early College High School Students Graduate In Greater Numbers;
Chinese University To Hold Classes Online Amid Coronavirus Outbreak; Four Universities Cancel Study Abroad Programs In Italy Due To Coronavirus Concerns;
More Than 1.5M Students Studied Toward Online Degrees At Institutions In Their Home State Last Year;
California Considers Making Sweeping Changes To Its College Financial Aid System; Gen Z Can Avoid Massive Student Loan Debt By Taking Several Steps;
Changing Math for Good; California State University-Long Beach Experiencing "Remarkable" Success In Turning Out Physics Majors;

TechNews for the week: February 21; February 19;

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
U.S. and Taliban Agree to Reduce Violence, in First Step To Peace Deal; U.S., Taliban plan to sign peace deal Feb. 29;
Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria;
Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels Are Holed Up in Albania;
Benny Gantz says he will lead Israeli government without Benjamin Netanyahu; Israel hopes Germany, other ICC members will help stave off Palestinian investigation;
Israel plans new east Jerusalem settlement; Trump's Middle East peace plan has effectively discarded the Oslo Accords;
Russia has started promoting Scottish independence;
Venezuelan president says arrest of Juan Guaidó "will come";
Fourteen cruise ship passengers with coronavirus were allowed to fly home with more than 300 other Americans over CDC's objections;
White House memo on Soleimani strike makes no mention of imminent threat;
Trump proposes cutting funding for program honoring diplomat killed in Benghazi;
Barr's internal reviews and re-investigations feed resentment, suspicion inside Justice Dept.; More than 1,100 ex-Justice Department officials call for Barr's resignation;
Federal judges' association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone;
FACT CHECK: Trump's exaggerations on Roger Stone sentence;
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months for lying to Congress, witness tampering amid turmoil between Justice Dept. and Trump on penalty;
Strange scenes at Roger Stone's sentencing raise even more questions about William Barr;
Post-impeachment, Trump declares himself the 'chief law enforcement officer' of America;
Trump is granting clemency to ex-governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.), Michael Milken, and former N.Y. police commissioner Bernard Kerik;
The 11 Criminals Granted Clemency by Trump Had One Thing in Common: Connections;
How Trump is closing America; Mulvaney says U.S. is 'desperate' for more legal immigrants - in contrast with White House's public position;
McConnell Vows To Kill 395 Bills Passed By House;
Justice Dept., in wrestling with how to handle Giuliani, tightens rules for Ukraine-related probes;
Top Pentagon Policy Official Pushed Out; Trump plans to name Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence;
After Senior intelligence official told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected, Trump soured on acting spy chief;
Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump; Intel officials: Intel officials: Russia is trying to help Trump in 2020;
Trump set off by intelligence assertion that Russia favors him; Trump considering Rep. Douglas A. Collins for permanent DNI post;
Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia;
Iowa Democrats Complete Recanvass, but No Delegates Are Shifted;
How Mike Bloomberg's new retirement plans stack up vs. other Democrats; Sanders fires back when Bloomberg goes after 'socialism';
Winners and losers from the Nevada Democratic debate; Fact-checking the ninth Democratic debate;
Bloomberg says he will release women from three nondisclosure agreements;
Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign;
Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join Idaho;
Trump Is Already Making Stuff Up About Voter Fraud;
Five GOP-led states seek to block Equal Rights Amendment;
Arizona governor pulls immigration plan amid business revolt;
Supreme Court overturns Michigan partisan gerrymandering ruling;
North Carolina court blocks voter ID law as discriminatory; Proposal would overhaul blocked Tennessee voter signup law;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
February Crypto-Gram Newsletter, Windows Vulnerability, Facial Recognition, Data Hacking, and more; Policy vs Technology;
Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses in South America;
Microsoft's ElectionGuard is meant to make hacking voting machines pointless; Voatz Internet Voting App Is Insecure;
Iranian hackers have been hacking VPN servers to plant backdoors in companies around the world;
U.S. and Britain say Russia launched 'paralyzing' cyberattack on Georgia;
When Rudy Giuliani tweets a typo, hackers find an opening;
How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter;
Gas pipeline shut down after ransomware attack;
Problems Plague Microsoft's February Security Patches;
Hacking McDonald's for Free Food;
Math and science
SpaceX Launches Next Batch Of Starlink Satellites, Falcon 9 Booster Misses Landing; Russia Launches Military Communications Satellite;
House Subcommittee On Space And Aeronautics Holds Hearing On Space Debris;
Brain Injuries Are Common in Battle. The Military Has No Reliable Test for Them; Why Is the Human Brain so Efficient?
Researchers Create 3D Models Of Coronavirus;
Scientists say we've dramatically underestimated how much Methane we're emitting;
Study Finds Climate Change Making It Harder For Airplanes To Take Off; Boston harbor brings ashore a new enemy: Rising seas;
The Scientific Paper Is Outdated;
How to Compute the Fibonacci Number Recursively;
Web, computing and technology issues
Where the Democratic candidates stand on tech;
Attorney General Barr blasts Big Tech, raising prospect that firms could be held liable for dangerous, viral content online;
Facebook Allows Political Candidates to Run Branded Content; Zuckerberg Calls for New Framework to Regulate Social Media Firms;
Facebook balked at removing misinformation after the 2016 election out of concern it would alienate conservatives;
How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook;
EU Industry Commissioner Says Facebook Must Adapt to Its Standards; Swiss Court Upholds Fine for Sharing Anti-Semitic Facebook Post;
Twitter Experiments with Labels for Misinformation Posted by Politicians;
SC News and Politics
Debunking myths surrounding the Confederate narrative;
Lowline organizers present ideas for linear park they say could connect city and help downtown flooding ;

Business and Economics
Why aren't more Americans working? Fed Chair Powell says blame education and drugs, not welfare; Never Mind the Internet. Here's What's Killing Malls;
The Medicare-for-all study Bernie Sanders keeps bringing up; Who's Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills??
U.S. Watchdog to Investigate Trump's Farm Bailout Program; Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers;
In all-caps tweet, Trump vows new farm bailouts as China purchases appear weaker than promised;
Trump tries new approach for $1 trillion infrastructure plan;
Trump Effort to Keep U.S. Tech Out of China Alarms American Firms;
Trump Rejects Banning Sales Of U.S. Jet Components To China; Barriers To Reopening Businesses Eased In Chinese Manufacturing Hubs;
Huawei Is Winning the Argument in Europe, as the U.S. Fumbles to Develop Alternatives;
U.S. Increases Tariffs On European Aircraft; EU Commissioner Calls Out U.S. Position on Taxation of Digital Revenues;
Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle criminal, civil cases stemming from fake-accounts scandal;
Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy, allowing organization to operate as it handles sexual abuse allegations;
Coronavirus Will Cause Airlines To Lose $29 Billion In Revenue; Airbus Defense And Space To Cut 2,300 Jobs;
North Dakota regulators OK expanded Dakota Access pipeline;
Morgan Stanley to Buy E-Trade, Linking Wall Street and Main Street; DuPont CEO and CFO to leave company;
Form 1040-SR: Seniors Get a New Simplified Tax Form for 2019;
Other news
Trump's 'King Kong' nickname has come into full fruition;
Lincoln's forgotten legacy as America's first 'green president';
Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry;
This map shows which companies have lasted hundreds (and even thousands) of years;
Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?

Tech Experts Testing New Ideas That Could Shape The Future Of Higher Education; New California Online College On Track To Achieving Desired Objectives;
Report: Financial Aid Money Too Often Allocated To Students Who Don't Really Need It;
Filling Gap Between Rising Tuition, Stagnating Incomes Becoming Increasingly Difficult;
Dozens of Colleges Pledged to Enroll More Low-Income Students. So Why Did Their Numbers Go Down?
Some Traditional Universities Offering Income Share Agreements As Substitutes For Student Loans; USC To Offer Free Tuition For Families Making Under $80,000 A Year;
Several Wealthy Universities Share Info About Estimated Endowment Tax Bills;
New Study On Gender Differences In STEM Publishing Explains Gap In Productivity, Impact;
Course Hero's Popularity Rising Among College Professors Despite Lingering Concerns;
New Mexico Sues Google for Illegally Collecting Data on Students;
A renowned German professor was headed to U-Va. to teach about the rise of far-right extremism. The State Department held up his visa.;

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

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
UN rights council releases list of Israeli settlement firms; Pompeo 'outraged' by UN list of firms with settlement ties; Israel bans Palestinian agricultural exports via Jordan;
Buried in Trump's peace plan, a proposal that could strip thousands of Israeli Arabs of their citizenship; Moroccans protest Trump's Mideast plan, support Palestinians;
Trump administration blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning its Middle East peace plan;
Netanyahu: Israel drawing up map for West Bank annexations; Israeli court nixes ban on Arab politician's parliament bid;
Benny Gantz had two shots to oust Israel's Netanyahu. He hopes the third time is the charm;
Syria says Israeli airstrikes hit targets near Damascus; Russian envoy: Israeli strikes in Syria 'increase possibility of conflict';
How Months of Miscalculation Led the U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War; Iran says it will strike U.S. and Israel if they make the 'slightest error';
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's would-be successor resigns;
Philippine leader terminates troop agreement with U.S.;
Senate approves measure to prevent Trump from taking further military action against Iran without Congress's approval;
Trump escalates campaign of retribution as Republican senators shrug; West Virginia Democrat fires back at Trump criticism;
President Trump fires Gordon Sondland, the second impeachment witness to be removed from his post Friday;
Trump says John Kelly has a 'military and legal obligation' to 'keep his mouth shut';
Democrats tear into GOP Sen. Collins over acquittal vote; Fallout from Trump's impeachment reaches Senate races;
CPAC chairman says he would fear for Mitt Romney's 'physical safety' at conference;
Powell, Warning of a Possible Virus Fallout, Is Slammed Again by Trump;
U.S. prosecutors say Trump confidant Roger Stone deserves 7 to 9 years in prison for lying to Congress in Russia probe;
Justice Dept. to reduce Roger Stone's sentencing recommendation, official says, after Trump calls it 'unfair';
All four prosecutors in Roger Stone's case have asked to withdraw, raising questions about politicization at Justice Dept.;
Trump attacks federal judge, prosecutors in Twitter tirade defending Roger Stone; Trump lashes out with a dangerous lie at the federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s case;
Roger Stone asks for new trial in sealed motion, one day after Trump accused jury forewoman of bias; D.C.'s new U.S. attorney is in political firestorm;
Senate Democrats Demand Barr Resign Or Face Impeachment Over Roger Stone Case;
Trump bucks Barr's request to stop tweeting about Justice Dept., declaring a 'legal right' to seek intervention in criminal cases;
Trump faces fresh corruption allegations, as senior Republican condemns 'carefully staged' Barr criticism;
Trump Admits He Sent Rudy Giuliani To Ukraine After Denying It;
Federal prosecutors took new steps in probe related to Giuliani as impeachment trial ended, say people familiar with case;
Lindsey Graham: Bill Barr Has 'Created a Process' for Giuliani to Give Him Biden/Ukraine Dirt; Justice Dept. Will Accept Material From Giuliani, but Barr Voices Caution;
Retired general gets emotional as he unloads on Lindsey Graham for smearing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman;
Trump's border wall, vulnerable to flash floods, needs large storm gates left open for months;
Number of migrants detained at U.S.-Mexico border drops, but unauthorized crossings by Mexican nationals on rise;
To build more of Trump's border barrier, Pentagon will divert another $3.8 billion from its budget; Mystery $844B pot in Trump budget signals Medicaid cuts;
Winners and losers from the Democratic debate in New Hampshire: Sanders gets the better of Buttigieg;
Democratic debate highlights; Fact Checker: Eight claims that caught our attention;
Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary; Buttigieg, Klobuchar are top moderate candidates;
Winners and losers from the New Hampshire primary; New Hampshire Democratic primary: exit poll results and analysis;
Pete Buttigieg refused to answer The New York Times about how he'd handle Iran, North Korea, and other key foreign policy challenges;
Trump allies take aim at Buttigieg's sexuality, a possible sign of things to come;
Trump is fulfilling his pledge to build fortress America — and running on it; Trump is elevating judges who could gut the Voting Rights Act;
U.S. House removes ERA ratification deadline, one obstacle to enactment;
Trump's deal with Deutsche Bank; Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year;
Trump fundraiser costs $580,600 per couple, the most expensive of his reelection bid;
'QAnon' conspiracy theory creeps into mainstream politics; What Happens When QAnon Seeps From the Web to the Offline World;
Rep. Jim Jordan accused of participating in OSU sexual abuse cover-up by ex-wrestler;
Judge rules against Georgia elections chief in records case;
Kansas anti-abortion measure fails; Advocates target Medicaid plan;

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
'The intelligence coup of the century': How the CIA was able to read the encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades;
Crypto AG Was Owned by the CIA; He Combs the Web for Russian Bots. That Makes Him a Target;
U.S. charges four members of Chinese military in connection with 2017 hack at Equifax that compromised data of about 145 million;
FBI warns about ongoing attacks against software supply chain companies;
U.S. Releases Plan To Fight Foreign Intelligence Threats, Includes Defense Of Supply Chains, Trade Secrets;
Amount of Malware on Macs Outpaces PCs for First Time; Apple's Tracking-Prevention Feature in Safari has a Privacy Bug;
Companies that Scrape Your Email;
Playing on Kansas City Radio: Russian Propaganda;
Math and science
The Ancient Peruvian Mystery Solved From Space; Turtles the size of a car once roamed the earth. Scientists just found their fossils.;
Ancient Antarctic ice melt caused extreme sea level rise 129,000 years ago - and it could happen again;
Climate Models Predict "Nightmare" Warming Scenario, Puzzling Scientists; Researchers Say US Power Grids Needs To Be Upgraded To Handle Climate Change;
The toxic reach of Deepwater Horizon's oil spill was much larger - and deadlier - than previous estimates;
Pulsar Fusion Tests Miniature Prototype Of Rocket Engine It Claims Could Halve Travel Time To Mars; NASA, ESA Launch Solar Orbiter;
Scientists Discover Newly Discovered 2020 BX12 Asteroid Is Actually Binary;
Researchers Work On Solutions To Mitigate High Salt Content In Farm Soil, Irrigation Water;
ASU Bioengineer Uses Updated Gene Editing Tool To Address Alzheimer's;
Texas A&M Researchers Develop New Tool To Address Software Performance Regressions;
Nike's Vaporfly shoes changed running, and the track and field world is still sifting through the fallout;
What's the Best Running Cadence? How to Know Your Ideal Step Rate; Scientist Uses Reverse Electro-Wetting To Recharge Fitness Tracker;
Web, computing and technology issues
The Hidden Signs That Can Reveal a Fake Photo;
Twitter Says Official Facebook, Messenger Accounts Hacked;
Facebook Removes Foreign Accounts Suspected of Manipulating Users; Facebook, Twitter Refuse to Take Down Edited Video of Pelosi;
Senate Hearing on DMCA Expected to Lead to New Copyright Bill;
How to use the new-look Google Maps transit tools;
Byte vs. TikTok: Which video app will live up to Vine's legacy?
SC News and Politics
Sell, manage or status quo? Report out on SC public utility;

Business and Economics
Trump proposes $4.8 trillion election-year budget with big cuts in domestic programs;
Internal summary shows budget plan would fail to eliminate deficit over 10 years; Fed Chair Powell warns Congress that $1 trillion budget deficits are unsustainable ;
A study reveals the US could save $600 billion in administrative costs by switching to a single-payer, Medicare For All system;
Americans are increasingly optimistic about the state of the economy; Black Workers' Wages Are Finally Rising;
Appeals court unanimously strikes down Medicaid work requirements;
As Congress Prepares to Vet Judy Shelton, Worries About the Fed's Future Mount;
Puerto Rico Reaches Deal to Settle $35 Billion in Debt; To Survive, Venezuela's Leader Gives Up Decades of Control Over Oil;
Iran's Economy Is Bleak. Its Stock Market Is Soaring.;
Economic fallout from China's coronavirus mounts around the world; Chinese Manufacturers Struggle To Resume Production;
A Rare Trump-Era Climate Policy Hits an Obstacle: The Tax Man;
Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel; Carbon Tax Enjoys Bipartisan Support In US;
U.S. Divided Over Chinese Drone Bans;
Judge Is Said to Rule for T-Mobile Merger With Sprint;
Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy, hobbled by debt and declining print revenue;
Social Security: Where Do the 2020 Candidates Stand? IRS Deletes Advice About Tax Consequences for Fortnite Players;
The World's Cheapest, Safest Retirement Countries;
Top Pro Athlete Pension Plans;
Other news
An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter;
Five myths about slavery;
'The Hunt' writer defends controversial film as Universal sets new release date: ;

Value Of College Degree In The Workplace Remains Without Question; Today's College Students Being Thwarted By Too Many Choices;
Black Boys More Likely To Attend College If Taught By Black Male Teachers;
Number Of New International Graduate Students Enrolled In US Colleges Increased In 2019;
Severity Of Coronavirus' Impact On US Colleges Depends On Many Unknown Variables;
Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Scholarship Program For Public College Students Who Remain In-State After Graduation;
California College Students To Receive Funds In Exchange For One Semester Working With Local Nonprofit Or Government Office;
Only 10 States Provide Fully Accessible Postsecondary Educational Opportunities For Incarcerated Individuals;
Proposed White House Budget Slashes Education Spending;
Trump's rhetoric has changed the way hundreds of kids are bullied in classrooms;
Senators Tell N.C.A.A. to Stop Lagging and Change College Sports;

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

War, Politics and Reports (Also, see Finance and Economics)
Trump aide: No Palestinian recognition if peace plan goals unmet; Palestinian Authority cuts ties with Israel and U.S.;
Capital in Trump Mideast Plan Makes 'a Joke' of Palestinian Aspirations;
Israeli settlers stage tractor protest to demand annexation; Trump aide ties Israeli settlements to rising anti-Semitism;
Jared Kushner reportedly angers Netanyahu camp by slowing Israeli annexation moves;
U.S. envoy warns Palestinians against raising opposition to U.S. peace plan at U.N.;
UN Security Council to meet with Kushner on Mideast plan; Guterres: UN safeguards international law in Mideast;
Kushner defends Trump's controversial Middle East plan by saying 'I've read 25 books'; The Big Missing Piece of the Kushner Plan: Water;
Syrian air defences intercept Israeli missiles;
Israeli officials: Israel and Sudan will push to normalize relations; Sudan says leader made no promises to Israel PM;
Britain has officially left the European Union after 47 years in the bloc, a victory for anti-establishment forces; Brexit redraws European Parliament battle lines;
Trump slammed the phone down on Boris Johnson after an 'apoplectic' call with the prime minister;
Germany's Far Right Causes a Political Earthquake;
NATO Eyes Troop Reductions in Afghanistan as U.S. Draws Down;
Nigeria scrambles to escape Trump’s immigration ban;
In the U.S. embargo on Venezuelan oil, Russia is a clear winner;
Top Navy SEAL commander resigns after apparent disagreements with Trump;
Trump legal team made donations to impeachment jurors;
A Trump phone call, closed-door meetings, and one holdout: McConnell stops rebel push in GOP for witnesses; McConnell Gets Trump Signoff for Vote Plan;
Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump, rallying to his side in the final days of impeachment fight;
Sen. Manchin calls for censuring Trump over pressuring Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals;
'A permanent asterisk': Acquittal at hand, Democrats sow doubt about Trump trial;
Republicans say Trump has learned his lesson on impeachment. The evidence suggests otherwise.;
Trump remains in office after Senate votes to acquit impeached president on obstruction of Congress charge, ending divisive trial;
In historic vote, Trump acquitted of impeachment charges; Take away from Trump's impeachment and acquittal;
Beyond the Partisan Fight, a Wealth of Evidence About Trump and Ukraine;
Justice Dept. acknowledges 24 emails reveal Trump's thinking on withholding military aid to Ukraine;
Trump said everyone should 'stand proudly' for the anthem. Video shows him fidgeting, pointing at his Super Bowl party.;
4 takeaways from the State of the Union; Fact-checking President Trump's State of the Union address;
Trump touts economy, immigration policies and foreign relations in State of the Union address as Senate impeachment vote looms;
Trump lashes out at Democrats as 'corrupt people' at National Prayer Breakfast, in his first public remarks after acquittal;
The stark difference between Trump's victorious speech and Clinton's sombre address after senate acquittal;
Trump celebrates Senate acquittal at the White House, expresses no contrition and calls Democratic leaders 'vicious and mean';
'Unshackled and unleashed': Trump, post-acquittal; Trump lambastes his critics as he moves to target perceived enemies over impeachment;
Impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman removed from his White House job, his lawyer says;
DHS Secretary Says New Yorkers Will Be Cut Off From Global Entry in Response to State's Sanctuary Law;
Long-term maintenance for Trump's border wall could cost billions, but government isn't saying;
Trump administration to allow drilling and mining in Utah areas once protected as national monuments;
Treasury Department sent information on Hunter Biden to expanding GOP Senate inquiry;
New emails show how President Trump roiled NOAA during Hurricane Dorian;
Most of Trump's grants of clemency bypass DOJ, go to well-connected offenders;
Supreme Court Will Weigh Expediting Democrats' Obamacare Appeals;
At the Supreme Court, cases about the president's power and immunity from investigation await Chief Justice Roberts;
Federal appeals court: Individual members of Congress barred from suing President Trump over business dealings;
$650 a night at Mar-a-Lago, $17,000 a month at Bedminster: What Trump's company charged taxpayers for Secret Service lodging;
Rick Scott Announces Constitutional Amendment Raising Impeachment Voting Threshold in the House;
Conservatives spread false claims on Twitter about electoral fraud as Iowans prepare to caucus;
Iowa caucuses fail to declare Democratic winner after major snafu with reporting results; It's unclear who won the Iowa caucuses, but some lessons were learned;
First set of Iowa Democratic caucus results shows Sanders and Buttigieg leading;
Social media was a cesspool of toxic Iowa conspiracy theories last night. It's only going to get worse.;
Pete Buttigieg is emerging as a unity candidate in New Hampshire - with a bounce from Iowa;
A pro-Israel lobby group has launched a campaign against Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders;
Bloomberg Proposes Tax Plan to Raise $5 Trillion for Policies;
Kansas Senate rivals try to minimize Kobach's ties to Trump; Rising Kansas revenues fuel GOP anger over lack of tax cuts;
Librarians Could Face Charges for 'Age-Inappropriate' Material Under Missouri Proposal;
A GOP state legislator contends The Constitution says it's okay to shoot socialists;
Pompeo tells Kazakh reporter that barring NPR reporter sent 'a perfect message about press freedoms';

Math, science and technology:
Security issues
Security in 2020: Revisited;
Iowa Caucus Results Riddled With Errors and Inconsistencies; The Only Safe Election Is a Low-Tech Election;
Facebook Issues Security Advisory for Flaw in WhatsApp Desktop; Hackers Prey on Coronavirus Fears to Spread Malicious Software;
New tool from Alphabet designed to spot fake photos; This crafty malware makes you retype your passwords so it can steal them;
New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems;
Attacking Driverless Cars with Projected Images;
New Research on the Adtech Industry;
Math and science
NASA slowly drains the oceans in an incredible animation, revealing hidden underwater mountain ranges and ancient land bridges;
The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times;
Coronavirus 2019 tracking map; China lab seeks patent on use of Gilead's coronavirus treatment;
Space Agencies Working On Methods For Growing Crops In Space;
Bumblebees are dying across North America and Europe as the climate warms; Antarctica just hit 65 degrees, its warmest temperature ever recorded;
Researchers Develop Highly Flexible Material With Sensing Capabilities;
98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit Isn't the Average Anymore;
Sunday's date is a rare, extra-special palindrome; The Mathematics of Mind-Time;
Web, computing and technology issues
YouTube pledges to remove deepfakes, disinformation as election season kicks off; YouTube to Ban Misleading Videos That Could Impact Elections;
An inside look The app that broke the Iowa caucus; Iowa caucus results delayed due to reporting 'inconsistencies' after switching to new tech system;
Social media pushes the panic button on coronavirus;
Clearview AI says the First Amendment lets it scrape the internet. Lawyers disagree;
U.S. appeals court will not reconsider net neutrality repeal ruling;
OneWeb Launches 34 Satellites as Astronomers Fear Radio Chatter;
SC News and Politics
'Operation Chaos': Republican voters aim to skew South Carolina Democratic primary;

Business and Economics
The U.S. labor market remained strong in January, adding 225,000 jobs; U.S. Trade Deficit Shrinks, but Not Because Factories Are Returning;
Independent Voters See Economy Improving, a Potential Boon to Trump; The Graying of the American Economy Is On Display in Iowa;
After Disasters, Puerto Ricans Are Left With $1.6 Billion in Unpaid Insurance Claims;
Federal Reserve Considers Benefits of Issuing Its Own Digital Currency;
Mexican farmers take over dams to stop water payments to US;
Virus threatens U.S. companies' supply of Chinese-made parts and materials;
OPEC Scrambles to React to Falling Oil Demand From China; Oil Extends Losses After Report Shows Rise in U.S. Crude Build;
Canadian antitrust regulator launches probe of major ag companies;
FAA Developing New UAV Standards; FAA Begins Certification Process For Drones; Sen. Feinstein Urges FAA To Require TAWS In Commercial Helicopters;
Barr Warns China's Dominance of 5G Networks Puts U.S. Economic Future at Stake; Huawei Urges FCC To Drop National Security Risk Designation;
Macy's is closing 125 stores and laying off 2,000 employees;
Auto Industry Embracing Smart Factories; 'All-Electric' Movement Picks Up Speed, Catching Some Off Guard;
Republicans, Business Groups Urge Trump To Endorse Climate Innovation Agenda;
Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Block Offshore Drilling;
Sen. Sanders Proposes Bill To Ban Hydraulic Fracturing;
Boeing Refuses to Cooperate With New Inquiry Into Deadly Crash; Airbus Posts Largest January Order Haul In 15 Years;
Coronavirus Continues To Impact Airlines, Travel Plans;
How to Fill Out a W-4 Form;
Other news
After a Century of Waiting, the Little Shell Celebrate Recognition;
'Then why didn't you stay in Mexico?': A Latino dad was interrupted by a white man at meeting about racism in schools;

Data Suggest Black Students Often Take Longer To Graduate From College; Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says;
Study: GPA Five Times More Effective Than ACT In Predicting College Success; Most California Students Did Not Meet Or Exceed Standards On New Science Test;
Report Recommends University Of California System Continue Requiring College Admissions Tests, For Now;
Colleges Seeing Decline In Early Applications, Data Show; Poaching Enrolled Students: Once Taboo, Now OK;
Financial Barriers Impacting California Student Parents Seeking Postsecondary Degree;
Report Examines How The Use Of Education Data In Underwriting Private Student Loans May Exacerbate Economic, Racial Inequality;
Donations To Institutions Of Higher Education Grew For 10th Consecutive Year;
Congress Passes Measure Encouraging Veterans To Prepare For STEM Workforce;
Education Department Revises Memo About What Data Colleges Can Provide For 2020 Census;
What to Know About Alumni Relations;