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Fake news ads are reportedly popping up on fact-checking websites

Fake news ads are reportedly popping up on fact-checking websites. The New York Times reported that as recent as last week, these ads were found on sites like PolitiFact and Snopes. The report said the ads took the reader to sites that looked like major media websites, like Vogue and People. The headlines read, for example, “Melania Trump is leaving ...

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Texas man's execution halted amid alleged confession scheme

HUNTSVILLE, Texas –  A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man known as the Houston area’s “Tourniquet Killer” so authorities can investigate an alleged scheme in which the inmate says a fellow death row prisoner asked him to confess to another killing. Anthony Allen Shore was scheduled to be given a lethal injection Wednesday evening, but the judge ...

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The latest AI can work things out without being taught

IN 2016 Lee Sedol, one of the world’s best players of Go, lost a match in Seoul to a computer program called AlphaGo by four games to one. It was a big event, both in the history of Go and in the history of artificial intelligence (AI). Go occupies roughly the same place in the culture of China, Korea and ...

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Burger King goes after bullying in strange new ad

Burger King’s new campaign focuses on bullying and … ruining customers’ sandwiches?  (iStock) October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Burger King is joining forces with NoBully.org to bring awareness to the cause with a new video advertisement. The anti-bullying campaign, which the burger chain describes as “eye-opening” in a press release, “brings the issue even closer to home with ...

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Dallas Cowboys to host 2018 NFL draft at AT&T Stadium

The NFL announced Wednesday that the Dallas Cowboys will host next year’s draft with all three days taking place at AT&T Stadium. The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at the Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday at the owners meetings in New York. It will be the first time the event will ...

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Burger King goes after bullying in strange new ad

Burger King’s new campaign focuses on bullying and … ruining customers’ sandwiches?  (iStock) October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Burger King is joining forces with NoBully.org to bring awareness to the cause with a new video advertisement. The anti-bullying campaign, which the burger chain describes as “eye-opening” in a press release, “brings the issue even closer to home with ...

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When the revolution eats itself

WHEN a revolution happens, the consequences are not obvious straight away. The British referendum on EU membership in June 2016 was seen as a revolt of ordinary people against a globalised elite. The politicians who led the Leave campaign did not seem to expect to win. As wags remarked, they were like “the dog that caught the car”. This helps ...

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Up in smoke: Wildfires scorch California pot crop at harvest

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. –  Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to a disheartening sight: Scores of his marijuana plants had been destroyed, and a barn that ...

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