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GOP candidate cited for assault as newspapers pull endorsements – Washington Post

Thursday, May 25, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. — Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was charged late Wednesday with misdemeanor assault after witnesses said he “body-slammed” a reporter for the Guardian who had been trying to ask him about the GOP’s health-care bill. Hours before polls close Thursday after nearly four weeks of voting in a special election to replace Ryan Zinke, who became interior secretary, three of Montana’s largest newspapers rescinded their endorsements of Gianforte….

Montana House candidate charged with assault of reporter; newspapers pull endorsements – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday’s nationally-watched election for Montana’s sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian. Gianforte would face a maximum…

On The Beat: Grade schoolers start newspaper – Belgrade News

Thursday, May 25, 2017

While most of their classmates enjoy the playground, a small group of budding journalists stay back to hone their craft each Friday at Saddle Peak Elementary. This winter, a few fourth graders decided they wanted to start their own newspaper. So, they devised a petition, got a crew on board and made their case to Saddle Peak Elementary Principal Barbara Frank. “The news going around doesn’t…

The Daily 202: Five fresh setbacks for Republicans, who just can’t catch a break – Washington Post

Thursday, May 25, 2017

With Breanne Deppisch THE BIG IDEA: Republicans just cannot catch a break, but many of their wounds are self-inflicted. – Greg Gianforte, the Republican nominee in today’s special congressional election in Montana, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly “body slamming” a reporter for the Guardian. Gianforte, who has been seen as the favorite in the race to succeed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, faces a maximum $500 fine or six…

Manchester attack: UK halts sharing bombing intel with US – CNN

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Trump asks Justice Department to investigate Manchester bomb probe leaks – Washington Post

Thursday, May 25, 2017

BRUSSELS — President Trump on Thursday denounced U.S. leaks about Britain’s investigation of the Manchester terrorist bombing and called on the Justice Department to launch a full investigation. In a statement issued amid meetings with foreign leaders, Trump responded to British outrage over the leaks by calling them “deeply troubling” and vowing to “get to the bottom of this.” He added: “The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat…

How Obama not so subtly undercuts Trump – Politico

Thursday, May 25, 2017

“In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind walls,” the former president said in Berlin. | AP Photo Obama’s calculated but opaque opposition to Trump was on full display in Berlin. By Edward-Isaac Dovere 05/25/2017 09:44 AM EDT Updated 05/25/2017 10:09 AM EDT 2017-05-25T10:09-0400 When they realized Barack Obama was going to be in Berlin the same day President Donald Trump was going…

Beijing protests US Navy patrol through South China Sea – Washington Post

Thursday, May 25, 2017

BEIJING — China protested a U.S. Navy patrol that sent a guided missile destroyer near a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, in the first American challenge to Beijing’s claims to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. China’s Defense Ministry told reporters that it had sought an explanation with U.S. officials over the incident, which Beijing said involved the USS Dewey and took…

Computer wins 2nd game against Chinese go champion – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A computer beat China’s top player of go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time Thursday in a competition authorities limited the Chinese public’s ability to see. Ke Jie lost despite playing what Google’s AlphaGo indicated was the best game any opponent has played against it, said Demis Hassabis, founder of the company that developed the program. AlphaGo defeated Ke, a 19-year-old prodigy,…

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What’s ahead in Linux land – The Register

Thursday, May 25, 2017

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things. Even if you give Canonical the benefit of the doubt – that it will continue working on desktop Ubuntu – at the very least, desktop Ubuntu’s future looks uncertain. Post Unity, how will the transition to GNOME work? Will existing Unity users be “upgraded” to…

Microsoft released a new version of Windows that’s tailor-made for the Chinese government – Quartz

Thursday, May 25, 2017

On May 23 Microsoft formally announced a new version of Windows 10, customized for an important client—the Chinese government. The tailor-made software’s unveiling highlights the hoops foreign internet companies must jump through in China and the tighter controls they face, as well as China’s worries over possible US snooping and cybersecurity. The new edition comes as a new Cybersecurity Law, which will require foreign tech companies in China to give…

Lyn Slater becomes fashion icon at 62 years old – The Denver Post – The Denver Post

Thursday, May 25, 2017

By Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post Like many women, Lyn Slater was not thrilled when she started experiencing the physical signs of age. But she was even less happy about the “solutions” she saw: the anti-aging serums, the dying of hair, even the rhetoric. “Retirement,” for example. “It means that you kind of fade into the background. You retire, and you dress very comfortably, and you’re taking care of grandchildren….

Amazon dominates every market it touches — now it’s coming for … – The Verge

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last week, Amazon gave Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade his own boutique of sorts. “Bringing my style game to @amazonfashion with my own online store,” said Wade in an Instagram post blasted to his 9.2M followers. Wade’s Amazon hub houses a suite of brands he’s collaborated with — Mission activewear, Stance socks, Tie Bar accessories — as well as his own sneaker label, Way of Wade. It doesn’t sound…

A Chain Of Corporate Newspapers Could Make The Difference In Montana’s Special Election – The Intercept

Thursday, May 25, 2017

As Montana’s voters decide who will represent them in Congress in Thursday’s special election, their choice will be heavily informed by their local newspapers. That bodes well for Republican Greg Gianforte. Earlier this month, a trio of Montana’s largest newspapers — The Missoulian, the Helena Independent Record, and the Billings Gazette — all endorsed Republican businessman Greg Gianforte over Democratic musician turned candidate Rob Quist. The papers all share a single owner, the Iowa-based Lee…

British newspapers join together in $2.6 million fundraising for Manchester bombing victims – USA TODAY

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Security camera photos reportedly show a man believed to be Manchester bomber Salman Abadi carrying a backpack. The UK is on its highest threat level as authorities investigate a ‘network’ of alleged attackers. (May 24) AP MAY 24: Members of the public gather to view the floral tributes and pay their respects on May 24, 2017 in Manchester, England. An explosion occurred at Manchester Arena…

(Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images) – A.V. Club

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The newspaper may be a medium of yore, but what it lacks in informational immediacy it makes up in folksy reader-submitted contests. To wit: The New Orleans Times-Picayune is running what might be the most Louisianan competition of all time, a chance to “win your weight in shrimp.” If you’re a resident of New Orleans (or its surrounding parishes), today is the final day you can submit an original shrimp…

Here’s one tally of the losses from WannaCry ransomware global attack – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A digital worm powered by stolen National Security Agency software caused $1 billion in damages when it infected hundreds of thousands of computers in less than a week, a Florida digital security company says. And new attacks may be in the offing. Hackers unleashed the worm, dubbed WannaCry, on May 12. Some 200,000 to 300,000 computers were affected in at least 150 countries. “The estimated damage caused by WannaCry in…

5 things to watch in Montana’s special election – The Hill

Thursday, May 25, 2017

All eyes are on Montana as voters head to the polls Thursday to decide a pivotal House special election. A confrontation between millionaire Republican businessman Greg Gianforte and a reporter Wednesday night roiled the race, with Gianforte later charged with misdemeanor assault.  Republicans and Democrats have poured money into the race to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the state’s sole House seat, with the parties fighting over whether the ever-tightening race will become…

Manchester bombing probe expands to Germany amid raids, arrests in Britain – Washington Post

Thursday, May 25, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — The investigation into a suicide blast that killed at least 22 people at a Manchester pop concert widened Thursday, with security services carrying out raids and rounding up suspects amid fears that the bombmaker who devised the bolt-spewing source of the carnage remains at large. Police used controlled explosives to carry out a raid in the early hours of Thursday, while also arresting two male suspects in Manchester. The arrests bring…

DHS officials have met with Europeans over likely "laptop ban" on flights bound for US – CBS News

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Homeland Security (DHS) officials held a staff-level “technical meeting” Tuesday with European officials over the so-called “laptop ban” the U.S. is likely to institute soon, CBS News’ Andres Triay reports. According to DHS spokesman Dave Lapan, the meeting dealt with “information sharing” and “alignment of technical standards.”  A final decision has not been made, but what’s taking shape is an expanded ban that is “likely” to contain a “substantial increase…