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High-School Coach Ignored Boys Screams as Teammates Raped Him, Lawsuit Claims

La Vernia, Texaspopulation 1,200has struggled to emerge from a cloud that covered the sports-obsessed town after rape allegations involving its most gifted athletes went public almost one year ago. Now, a new family has filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming that a La Vernia coach witnessed and ignored two violent sexual assaults suffered by their son while he was on its basketball team. The complaint alleges that a…

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Trump Suddenly Doesnt Want Credit for Economy, Blames Media for Stock-Market Drop

Since he was elected in 2016, Donald Trump has tweeted more than 60 times about how great the stock market has performed under his leadership. The world was gloomy before I wonthere was no hope, Trump tweeted a month before he was sworn in as president. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars! If the Dems (Crooked Hillary) got elected, your stocks…

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Self-Driving Cars Use Crazy Amounts of Power, and It’s Becoming a Problem

For longtime residents of Pittsburgh, seeing self-driving cars built by Uber, Argo AI, and others roam their streets is nothing new. The city's history with robot cars goes back to the late 1980s, when students at Carnegie Mellon University caught the occasional glimpse of a strange vehicle lumbering across campus. The bright-blue Chevy panel van, chugging along at slower than a walking pace, may not have looked like much. But…

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Qualcomm rejects Broadcoms $121 billion bid

The largest tech acquisition offer in history wasn’t enough. Qualcomm’s board of directors issued a statement on Thursday saying that they are turning down Broadcom’s $121 billion bid to buy the competing chipmaker. According to the release, Qualcomm “unanimously rejected” an “unsolicited proposal” to buy all of its shares at $82 each, of which $60 would be cash and $22 stock. Broadcom made the revised offer on Monday, up from…

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Dad Warns Parents After 7-Year-Old Is Sent Home With Sore Throat, Dies 2 Days Later

ShareTweet By now, it’s certainly no secret that the most devastating flu season in years is upon us. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 53 influenza-related child deaths in the 2017/2018 flu season, with 17 fatalities reported last week alone. The flu’s latest victim was a sweet 7-year-old named Savanna from Columbus, Indiana, who left the hospital with a sore throat last week and lost her life…

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Even Elon Musk was starstruck during the Falcon Heavy launch

If you think you were excited watching SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch, here’s how Elon Musk handled it. On Saturday, National Geographic shared an exclusive clip of the SpaceX CEO taking in Tuesday’s launch.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX just launched the Falcon Heavy, its most powerful rocket, and landed 2 boosters “Holy flying fuck, that thing took off,” Musk said as the Falcon Heavy rose from its launch pad at the Kennedy…

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The Netherlands cleverly disses Trump after Olympics speed skating sweep

Nyah, nyaaah.Image: reddit The 2018 Pyeongchang Games are officially underway and now it’s a race to see which country scores the most golds and overall medals in the next two weeks. On Saturday, The Netherlands pulled off a medals sweep in the women’s 3,000-meter speed skating event, making them the first country to collect gold, silver, and bronze medals for this round of games. And how did they celebrate? By…

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Imagine Facebook and Instagram without the Like button

Off with their thumbs!Image: bob al-greene/mashable The Like button must die.  More than any other feature, the thumbs-up on Facebook — along with its cousins, the Instagram and Twitter hearts — encapsulate everything that’s wrong with social media. It’s time to start visualizing a world where it doesn’t exist. The Like has become the currency of carelessness — a way to show we approve without being deeply invested. In many…

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The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly two years ago, IBM made a quantum computer available to the world: the 5-quantum-bit (qubit) resource they now call (a little awkwardly) the IBM Q experience. That seemed more like a toy for researchers than a way of getting any serious number crunching done. But 70,000 users worldwide…

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Nursing homes sedate residents with dementia by misusing antipsychotic drugs, report finds

(CNN)Children complained about parents who were robbed of their personalities and turned into zombies. Residents remembered slurring their words and being unable to think or stay awake. Former administrators admitted doling out drugs without having appropriate diagnoses, securing informed consent or divulging risks. The 157-pagereport, released Monday, estimates that each week more than 179,000 people living in US nursing facilities are given antipsychotic medications, even though they don’t have the…

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THIS JUST IN The Spice Girls ARE Going On A Reunion Tour!

Get excited, Spice Girls fans! According to We had a feeling this news was coming as Posh (Victoria Beckham), Scary (Mel B), Ginger (Geri Halliwell), Baby (Emma Bunton), and Sporty (Melanie C) all recently reunited for a meeting with former manager Simon Fuller. While it was initially reported that the girls got together to discuss a potential TV project, it seems they also decided on a reunion tour. Per the…

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Tesla Sees Your Super Bowl Ad and Raises You a Rocket Launch

Kia may have scored some kudos and Lexus Elon Musk’s very own cherry red Tesla Roadster floated through space to the cheers of a crowd and David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” at the end of a 43-minute webcast that drew millions of viewers Tuesday afternoon. The sports car was the payload for the “epic views” as the car hurtles toward Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun. “No one” does publicity…

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Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?

The tech industry is having a moment of reflection. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are talking openly about the downsides of software and algorithms mediating our lives. And while calls for regulation have been met with increased lobbying to block or shape any rules, some people around the industry are entertaining forms of self regulation. One idea swirling around: Should the programmers and data scientists massaging our data sign…

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Emotional support hamster flushed down the toilet after Spirit Airlines wouldn’t let it fly

Image: Getty Images When Dexter the emotional support peacock was denied entrance to a flight, he drove cross country.  Pebbles the hamster wasn’t so lucky. When Spirit Airlines didn’t let her board the plane, her owner flushed her down the toilet after she says a Spirit Airlines employee suggested it.  21-year-old Belen Aldecosea tried to bring her hamster on her flight from Baltimore to Miami Beach in November. She told…

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Man Allegedly Rapes & Takes Pictures Of 18-Year-Old Woman Dying Of Drug Overdose

Brian Roberto Varela (above, left) allegedly raped Alyssa Mae Noceda (right) while she was dying of a drug overdose, took pictures of her unconscious body, and sent them to friends. According to a police report obtained by BuzzFeed News, the Washington-state man was arrested Thursday in Lynnwood, Washington on suspicion of manslaughter, homicide by controlled substance, and second-degree rape. The alleged incident took place on Saturday at Varela’s mobile home…

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YouTube will remove ads and downgrade discoverability of channels posting offensive videos

After barring Logan Paul earlier today from serving ads on his video channel, YouTube has now announced a more formal and wider set of sanctions it’s prepared to level on any creator that starts to post videos that are harmful to viewers, others in the YouTube community, or advertisers. As it has done with Paul (on two occasions now), the site said it will remove monetization options on the videos,…

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How to Make Your WP Site up to 70% Lighter and up to 500% Faster

Today let’s talk about optimizing  our websites / blogs  ….. Most of the Current WordPress optmisation products do half a job… or less …   I mean they don’t tell you if you are having problems with your host, you have no idea if your themes/plugins are slowing your site down  95% of optimisation tools don’t do the #1 thing you should do to a website which is… optimise graphics…

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Fox anchor suggests Trump play with toy tanks instead of holding a military parade

“He could go see the tanks at a military base if he wanted to,” Smith said. “Or they could give him replicas. Little mini replicas. I mean, he wants to see what he has. I had some of those when I was a kid.” Griffin made a joking suggestion of her own. “I think a parade showcasing our military and the sacrifices they make to our country would be appropriate as…

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Bulger killer jailed for indecent images

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRalph Bulger says the sentence given to Jon Venables is an insult Following the hearing, campaigners condemned Venables’ sentence as “too short”. Chris Johnson, of the Justice for James Campaign, said: “Sitting through this hearing this morning was a horrendous ordeal for Denise, having to listen to the vile and repulsive behaviour that Venables has engaged in yet again. “The length of…

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Early Briton had dark skin and blue eyes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDNA shows early Brit had dark skin A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes. Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903. University College London researchers then used the subsequent genome analysis for a facial reconstruction. It underlines…

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Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside a California dispensary

Image: Getty Images This Girl Scout knows her customers well.  The young entrepreneur set up shop outside of Urbn Leaf, a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego. According to local news outlet Fox 4, the girl sold more than 300 boxes in about six hours.  Urbn Leaf posted this photo on Instagram, encouraging its clientele to grab some “Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC.” (GSC is a strain…

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People Are Laughing At Armed Cops Who Had Almost Hour Long Standoff With Tiger Before Realizing Its A Toy

After a Scottish man called local police to inform them about a tiger in his animal shed, the officers immediately went to help him. After all, 200 of his cows had been in danger. Several vehicles, including an armed response team, were dispatched to the farm at Hatton, near Peterhead. “I got the fright of my life,” 24-year-old farmer Bruce Grubb told The Scottish Sun. At the time, Grubb was…

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How Poetry Helped Me Find My Voice, My Worth, And Myself

Sandrachile . / Unsplash It has taken me twenty-seven years to realize the following sobering fact: the greatest challenge I’ve ever faced and overcome is myself. Always my parents’ darling, I grew up smiling when they said I should and joining the extracurricular activities they’d assured me I’d enjoy. Without batting an eyelash, I always did as I was told and walked the path along stones they’d set out for…

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