2 million people—and some dead ones—were impersonated in net neutrality comments


“My LATE husband’s name was fraudulently used [in comment to FCC].” “Millions of fake comments have corrupted the FCC public process—including two million that stole the identities of real people, a crime under New York law,” Schneiderman said in an announcement today. “Yet the FCC is moving full steam ahead with a vote based on this corrupted process, while refusing…

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Sad ‘pigs’ have been filmed apparently mourning a dead friend


Famously clever animals like chimps and monkeys seem to grieve for dead comrades, but now even wild relatives of pigs called peccaries have been seen mourning PIG-LIKE animals called peccaries have been seen apparently mourning their dead. The discovery adds to the growing list of species that have exhibited signs of grief. It came from a science fair project. Peccaries…

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Regierungsbildung: Union will mit der SPD sondieren


Nach “vertrauensvollen Gesprächen” sprechen sich CDU und CSU für Sondierungen mit der SPD aus. Die Sozialdemokraten wollen erst in ihren Parteigremien darüber beraten. Die Spitzen von CDU und CSU haben sich nach dem Treffen mit der SPD für Sondierungen zur Fortsetzung der Großen Koalition ausgesprochen. Man habe ein “offenes und vertrauensvolles Gespräch” geführt, teilten beide Seiten am Mittwochabend in Berlin…

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Weinstein threatened to kill me – Hayek


The actress is the latest to come forward with allegations against the Hollywood mogul. Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled “monster”, alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her. Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.” Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan,…

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GOP says it’s got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year


WASHINGTON (AP) — Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans — Donald Trump among them — and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president. Middle- and low-income families would get smaller tax cuts, though Trump and…

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Der WIRED-Review zu Star Wars: Die letzten Jedi


Der neue Star-Wars-Film hat die Regeln des Universums neu geschrieben. Die Skywalker-Familie steht nicht mehr im Zentrum der Geschichte. Regelmäßig neue Updates aus dem WIRED-Kosmos! Der neue Star-Wars-Film macht einiges anders als seine Vorgänger. Und geht damit so weit, dass er einer zentralen Idee von Schöpfer George Lucas widerspricht. Die Macht ist stark mit diesem Film, auch wenn er Fehler…

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Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis suspended by ESPN as it investigates harassment allegations


The two former NFL players will not appear on ESPN as it investigates harassment claims against them during their time at NFL Network. “We are investigating, and McNabb and Davis will not appear on our networks as that investigation proceeds,” ESPN vice president of communications Josh Krulewitz told USA TODAY Sports in a statement Tuesday morning. McNabb co-hosts a show on ESPN…

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We can make plants pass out—with the same drugs that mysteriously knock us out


It’s unclear if researchers asked the plants to count backward first, though. Just like humans, plants can succumb to the effects of general anesthetic drugs, researchers report this week in the Annals of Botany. The finding is striking for a variety of reasons—there’s the pesky fact that plants lack a central nervous system, for one thing. But, perhaps more noteworthy…

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