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A blaze erupted at a Poland-based "Escape Room” location and claimed the lives of multiple teenagers, officials said Friday.

The deadly inferno started at roughly 5 p.m., according to Monika Kosiec, a police spokeswoman in Koszalin.

All of the deceased individuals were 15-year-old girls, according to Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski. Their remains were recovered from the scene after responders extinguished the fire, Kosiec said.

The fire also injured a 25-year-old man, who suffered burns and was transported to the hospital, the police official said.
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The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will just text a code to your phone number when you sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal: “a world without passwords.”

This feature is available now in Insider build 18309. It will be stable and available to everyone in the next version of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and available sometime around April 2019. Passwordless logins debuted for Windows 10 Home back in Insider build 18305, but are now available on all editions of Windows.
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Tesla has opened its Model 3 configurator for the Chinese market, allowing potential buyers of the electric sedan to design their vehicles. As could be seen in Tesla’s Chinese website, the company is only offering two variants of the Model 3 in China for now — the Long Range AWD and the Performance version. The Mid Range Model 3 RWD, the vehicle’s most affordable variant available today, is currently unavailable in the country.

The Model 3 configurator in China reflects the vehicle’s updated prices, which were rolled out after the Chinese State Council Customs Tariff Commission announced last month that it was suspending the extra 25% tariffs it placed on cars and parts being imported from the United States. With these adjustments in place, the Model 3 Performance, which was initially announced with a price of 689,000 RMB (roughly $100,000), was adjusted to 560,000 RMB (around $81,000). The Long Range AWD variant, initially listed with a price of 580,000 RMB (around $84,000), was re
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duced to 499,000 RMB (roughly $72,600).
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday met with cabinet ministers to lay out his 2019 agenda for reform. Proposals include overhauls of France’s employment benefits and pension system as well as steep cuts in the public sector.

Macron has vowed to push ahead with the reforms – which he insists are necessary to get the ailing French economy back on track – despite a gruelling year that saw his approval ratings plummet and which were capped by the nationwide “Yellow Vest” protests.
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Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and tourist resorts as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand’s east coast.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 42mph (70kph), made shore at Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Friday afternoon and headed westward at 12mph, said Phuwieng Prakhammintara, the director general of the national meteorological department.

“We can expect heavy rain and downpours, flooding and flash floods in the area throughout the night,” he said.

Earlier in the day, authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat, about 480 miles (800km) south of Bangkok, drove trucks through flooded streets with downed power lines, urging people to leave.
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Apple was the biggest story on Wall Street Thursday as shares plunged 10% to levels not seen since mid-2017 and equity analysts slashed their price targets left and right.

But the vast majority of analysts aren't retreating into bear country, with some suggesting the company's installed base is intact, and that the problems surrounding Apple — largely slowing iPhone sales — are confined to the Chinese market.

After US markets closed on Wednesday, Apple told investors it would report fiscal first-quarter revenue below prior estimates, warning mainly on weak iPhone demand in China. The iPhone accounts for a hefty 63% of Apple's total revenue, according to UBS (followed by services, at 14% of the company's total revenue), and the announcement spooked shareholders. Apple shares have now plummeted almost 40% from their October 2018 high.
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Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said.
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Samsung’s soft sales of the Galaxy S9 through 2018 and Apple’s dramatically reduced forecast of iPhone revenues for the end of that year, it’s that most people who want a great smartphone already have one. In his letter to investors yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook spelled out the reasons why his company sold (many) fewer iPhones than it had anticipated in the final quarter of 2018, and a large chunk of them can be summed up as “too many good phones already out there.” This statement from the boss of the iPhone company is merely the crowning punctuation to a market stagnation that’s been apparent to phone makers for well over a year.

Smartphones, the iPhone especially, have been on a constant growth trajectory for so long that we’ve come to expect them to keep perpetually expanding as a category. But, just as desktop PCs eventually reached a saturation point where almost every home that could afford a computer had a decent one, smartphone shipmen
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ts had to eventually hit a level at which demand for them tapered off. That point was reached sometime over the past couple of years, driven by three major long-term factors: the shrinking benefit when upgrading from a recent phone to the latest model, the increasing average price of new devices, and the concordant reluctance to treat smartphones as things to be disposed of every year or two.
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Quantum computing and quantum information processing technology have attracted attention in recently emerging fields. Among many important and fundamental issues in science, solving the Schroedinger equation (SE) of atoms and molecules is one of the ultimate goals in chemistry, physics and their related fields. SE is the first principle of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, whose solutions, termed wave functions, can afford any information of electrons within atoms and molecules, predicting their physicochemical properties and chemical reactions.

Dr. K. Sugisaki, Profs. K. Sato and T. Takui and coworkers, all researchers from Osaka City University (OCU) in Japan, have found a novel quantum algorithm enabling us to perform full configuration interaction (Full-CI) calculations suitable for "chemical reactions" without exponential/combinatorial explosion. Full-CI gives the exact numerical solutions of SE, which are intractable problems even for supercomputers. Such a quantum algorithm
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contributes to the acceleration of implementing practical quantum computers. Since 1929, chemistry and physics have sought to predict complex chemical reactions by invoking Full-CI approaches, but they have never been successful until now. Full-CI calculations are potentially capable of predicting chemical reactions. The researchers of the current study report a new Full-CI approach implemented on quantum computers for the first time.
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Humans have landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon for the first time in history.

China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft achieved the milestone at 10:26 a.m. on Jan. 3 in Beijing (6:26 p.m. PT on Jan. 2), with the country's space agency landing its lunar probe in Von Kármán crater on the moon's mysterious far side. Official word was provided at 12 p.m. local time (8 p.m. PT) by Chinese State Media service CCTV.

It sent back the first photo of the lunar surface a few hours later, via the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), according to the state-run China Global Television Network.
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A 2,300-year-old fortress that protected an ancient port called "Berenike" has been discovered in Egypt on the coast of the Red Sea by a Polish-American archaeological team.

Constructed at a time when Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemies, a dynasty of pharaohs descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, the fortifications are sizable.

"A double line of walls protected the western part of the fortress, while a single line sufficed farther to the east and north. Square towers were built at the corners and in strategic places where sections of the walls connected," wrote archaeologists Marek Woźniakand Joanna Rądkowska in an article recently published online in the journal Antiquity.
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New Year, new books to read.

Whenever Jan. 1 rolls around, many people out there are looking for some new ways to better themselves and enrich their lives. One way to do this is to gather up some good reads in order to expand your horizons in 2019.

But if you don’t know where to start, you’re in luck, because former President Barack Obama has some excellent recommendations.

It has become a yearly tradition for Obama to recommend his favorite books, movies, and music at the year’s end, and 2018 was no different.
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Welcome back to the Tuesday Shootaround roundtable! After a week off due to Christmas, we're back to discuss New Year's resolutions in college hoops, which non-favorites could steal a conference title and the non-conference matchup we'd have added to the schedule.
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A year ago, Paul George's visits to Staples Center were borderline recruiting trips, featuring plenty of cheers, signs and chants. But after George spurned the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency last summer, fans greeted him with hearty boos on Wednesday, including every time he touched the ball.

"It was fun, it was fun," George said of the boos. "I look forward to the second time, later this season, where I'll be booed, and that's in the Midwest. It was fun. I enjoyed it regardless. The booing wasn't going to throw me off my game. I've been playing basketball for a really long time and a little booing and a little noise is not going to make me forget how to play basketball."
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President Trump, as he often does, had a few things to say.

After admitting that he had been lonely over the holidays, Trump took advantage of his first public appearance of the new year Wednesday to air lingering grievances, make multiple false claims and reinforce recent decisions that have rattled financial markets and his party’s leaders.

As he held forth for more than 90 minutes before a small pool of reporters and photographers, members of his Cabinet, ostensibly called to the White House for a meeting, sat quietly around a long conference table.

Trump defended his decision last month to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and sharply cut the deployment to Afghanistan, moves that disturbed Republican allies in Congress and prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James N. Mattis. In doing so, he contradicted his own recent claim that the U.S. had achieved its objectives of total victory over Islamic State militants in Syria.
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The number of people killed in an apartment building in central Russia that partly collapsed after an explosion rose to 28 on Wednesday, as hope dwindled that about a dozen others still missing would be found alive.

Rescue work at the site was interrupted for long periods because of fears that more walls would crumble, more than 48 hours after the explosion at 6 a.m. on Monday in the city of Magnitogorsk caught many residents asleep in their beds.
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Windstream is up 25.8%, a top gainer after returning to trading action following Monday afternoon's news of the sale of its EarthLink consumer business for $330M in cash.

That's a move that firms up the balance sheet even as the company continues awaiting a decision in its debt-default trial with Aurelius Capital over the Uniti Group (UNIT +1.5%) spin-off. “We will be a more delevered company over time after selling a declining business,” a spokesman says.
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Over the weekend I found myself at a Japanese grocery store food court, standing in line at a noodle stall that makes fresh udon before your eyes. Even though it’s the dead of winter here in Chicago, I opted for a bowl of cold udon noodles, nestled in a cool soy base with a runny poached egg atop. Right as I paid, I saw a tub of tempura crunchies sitting by the cashier. I scooped a spoon, then two, then three, essentially burying my noodles with those lacy fried bits. What a delicious decision that was. When you’re eating something where everything’s slick, cool, and chewy, having that crunchy contrast was delightful.
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Breakfast: There’s a reason many tout this meal as the most important of the day. From stabilizing blood sugar levels to providing a much-needed boost of energy first thing in the morning, eating breakfast has many benefits for your overall health that shouldn’t be ignored.
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Ask a MD or registered dietitian for tips on everything from boosting your metabolism and healthy weight loss to keeping your digestive system running smoothly and lowering inflammation, and chances are they’ll immediately say the F word: fiber. Basically, fiber is everything. You probably already know that leafy greens and plant-based proteins like lentils are good sources of the nutrient, but there’s another, totally underrated way to get your fiber fill: plantains.
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Independence of Taiwan is "a dead end," China President Xi Jinping said Wednesday during a speech marking the 40th anniversary of when Beijing sent a message to Taiwan calling for unification.
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Μαγικές εικόνες από την Ακρόπολη όπου πλήθος κόσμου συγκεντρώθηκε για να υποδεχτεί τον νέο χρόνο.


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Four people have been injured after a man intentionally drove into a crowd of people in Germany in what appeared to be a racist far-right attack, police said. Those hit by the car included Syrian and Afghan citizens and the driver made anti-foreigner comments during his arrest, according to officials. The man, who fled the scene, made racist comments when he was later stopped

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It's New Year's Eve and if by some chance you aren't going out to party your way into 2019 or even tuning in to see the ball drop on Time's Square tonight, you might have considered celebrating the end of 2018 by watching one of its biggest movies, Avengers: Infinity War. Now, we know how to make that experience even better by ringing in the New Year with Thor's arrival in Wakanda.


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Earlier this year, Tom Hiddleston's Loki died a heartbreaking hero's death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. It was quite the end for a character who was once such a massive villain that he invaded Earth. But just as his actions towards the end of his life caused us to rethink the God of Mischief, so too does an update to his official bio, which now reveals that Loki was under the influence of the Mind Stone in The Avengers.

A Reddit user noticed that Loki's official bio on Marvel.com was quietly updated at some point and now confirms a theory that has been floating around for some time. According to Loki's updated bio, Thanos offered Loki dominion over Earth, which would allow him to get back at Thor, in exchange for Loki getting Thanos the Tesseract, which we now know to be the Space Stone.
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James Wan's Aquaman more than conquered the Christmas box office swim meet.

The superhero tentpole finished Sunday with a shimmery global total of $751.8 million, guaranteeing that Aquaman will fly past $900 million by the end of its run and become the biggest Warner Bros./DC title since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises earned $1.09 billion in 2012, not adjusted for inflation.

In the intervening years, DC and Warners have struggled to compete with Marvel's booming cinematic universe, both creatively and at the box office.

The sole exception was Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, which earned the adoration of fans and critics alike on its way to $821.8 million worldwide in 2016. Otherwise, the post-Nolan era at DC has lagged in terms of both meeting expectations and keeping up with Marvel.
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Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is expected to announce in the next few days that it has poached media finance veteran Spencer Neumann from Activision Blizzard
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Microsoft’s app store for Windows has become a fairly impressive library of software for users, and we want our readers to go into the new year with apps that will make their PCs just that much better. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite apps from the Microsoft Store.

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Carolyn Pioro used to be a trapeze performer for a Toronto-based circus. But, in 2005, she was tragically and terribly injured during training when she fell 40 feet and a landed badly on the safety net, severing her spinal cord. With her trapeze career cut short, she enrolled at Centennial College in a contemporary journalism program. She wanted to shoot a photo essay on the performance she loved, but was unable to find an accessible camera option that fit her needs. So, Taras Slawnych stepped in to create one for her.


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Revellers welcomed 2019 with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and the Americas at the conclusion of a tumultuous year. Monday's celebrations kicked off with Sydney hosting its biggest-ever pyrotechnics display and lighting up its harbour-front skyline for a full 12 minutes. More than 1.5 million spectators gathered to enjoy the spectacle that also featured a ceremony to celebrate Australia's indigenous culture.


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The street, sealed off to traffic, was packed with people heading to a shrine for New Year's prayers.
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Russia says it arrested a U.S. citizen spying in their country. But former CIA officers say that, far from a counterintelligence coup, the American’s detention is most likely payback for the U.S. arrest of confessed Russian agent Maria Butina.
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Six Iranian migrants are found on the Kent coast as the home secretary cuts short a holiday to deal with the issue.


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As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month.


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Russia has added to its list of imports from Ukraine that are banned, claiming it is a retaliatory move against restrictions on certain Russian goods.


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At least 15 people were killed in election-related clashes in Bangladesh on Sunday, local police officials told CNN.

Bangladeshis were voting on whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term in an election marred by allegations of human rights abuses by her government.
The military was deployed across the country to try to prevent the violence seen during recent polls, which were tarnished by a low turnout and boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
But nine people were killed in Chittagong division alone on Sunday, police official said.


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If you’ve spent any time covering President Donald Trump’s White House, or following those who do, you’ve probably encountered a catch-all metaphor that illustrates what it is like to contend with the daily deluge of breaking chaos that flows, hour after hour, into the news cycle: It’s like the writers’ room for a prestige television show has gone rogue and thrown every plot device they can imagine at the wall, until the wall buckles and the ceiling collapses.

Thursday, December 20 was one of those days that epitomizes this phenomenon. The day began with the news that Trump was set to sign a sweeping criminal justice reform bill — one he’d championed and which had received resounding bipartisan support. It was going to be a win for the president. If he’d been running an ordinary White House, his staff would have been directed to carefully stage-manage the day so that no other news could break and step on the big moment.
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Dell returned to public markets on Friday, nearly six years after the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell took it private.


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With uncertainties swirling around General Electric (NYSE: GE) stock, investors will probably not want to bid shares higher. But, while GE made a few moves that hurt the shareholder in the short-term, they should pay off in the long-term. It cut its dividend, will launch a tender process for appointing an auditor and is set to IPO its health business. The cash preservation from the dividend cut and the asset float will stabilize the company’s balance sheet. From there, the new CEO could start the process of rebuilding the business. GE shareholders undoubtedly wonder if the pain is over yet. The short answer is that it is too early to tell.

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Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology proposed new quasi-1-D materials for potential spintronic applications, an upcoming technology that exploits the spin of electrons. They performed simulations to demonstrate the spin properties of these materials and explained the mechanisms behind their behavior. Conventional electronics is based on the movement of electrons and mainly concerns their electric charge. However, modern electronics are close to reaching the physical limits for continuing improvements. But electrons bear another intrinsic quantum-physical property called "spin," which can be interpreted as a type of angular momentum and can be either "up" or "down." While conventional electronic devices do not relate to electron spin, spintronics is a field in which the spin of the conducting electrons is crucial. Serious improvements in performance and new applications can be attained through spin currents.


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Almost 9,000 children and teenagers died from opioid poisoning from 1999 to 2016, and annual deaths increased threefold over the 18 years, a team of researchers at Yale University reported Friday.

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Apple today shared a new iPhone XR ad entitled 'Color Flood' on its YouTube channel. With Cosmo Sheldrake's "Come Along" as the soundtrack, the ad features a cast of hundreds dressed in colorful jumpsuits running through an otherwise empty town.

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If you opened up Instagram today and found that your timeline orientation was totally switched, you weren't alone. It appears that quite a few users had a timeline that moved left to right, where posts could be tapped through as they can be in stories. When the new timeline appeared, Instagram surfaced a notice that said, "Introducing a New Way to Move Through Posts," and told users to tap through to see their posts. However, it seems that this may have been another short test rather than a permanent change to Instagram's feed.
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Warning: SPOILERS up to Avengers: Infinity War

It's a good day to be a Loki fan, now that Marvel has officially confirmed Thor's brother was under the influence of the Mind Stone in The Avengers. Which raises the question... was Loki ever really a villain at all?

That will be a controversial debate in itself, since Tom Hiddleston's Loki has been the MCU's best villain to date. So good, in fact, that he racked up more starring roles than some heroes. And to prove how far he had come from his days of evil villainy, Loki was given a hero's death in Avengers: Infinity War. A death made even more tragic now that Marvel has confirmed a fan theory explaining why the Avengers villain wasn't the REAL Loki at all.
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One of the most fun things about all superhero movies is all of the easter eggs and references that tend to get littered throughout them. With the growing connected universe that both Marvel and DC are building, many references are to other characters that we know, while others are to comic book lore that only fans of the original books will even notice. Aquaman, the newest DC film, is no exception to this rule. It includes a great reference to another popular DC hero, Wonder Woman, though, hilariously, the reference claims the two characters could be an item.

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The personal information of nearly 1,000 North Koreans who defected to South Korea has been leaked after unknown hackers got access to a resettlement agency's database, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Friday.


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Higher collective consumption of sweetened fruit drinks, soda, and water was associated with a higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a community-based study of African-American adults in Mississippi. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), contribute to the growing body of evidence pointing to the negative health consequences of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.
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House Democrats — increasingly convinced they’re winning the shutdown fight with President Donald Trump — are plotting ways to reopen the government while denying the president even a penny more for his border wall when they take power Jan. 3.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her top lieutenants are considering several options that would refuse Trump the $5 billion he’s demanded for the wall and send hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees back to work, according to senior Democratic sources.
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Not since the days when Donald Trump defended neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “very fine people” has approval for his job performance sunk so low: And, of course, besides Trump’s shutdown, there’s also the recent news of migrant children...


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It was a quiet day, the last Thursday of 2018. Or so it seemed

Then Instagram rolled out a transformational update to its app, causing the internet to collectively lose its mind. What was this change to its core product that caused the online denizens to grab their digital pitchforks? Say goodbye to the infinite scroll capability and hello to swiping hell.

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