Daily Archive : Saturday June 3, 2017

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    President Donald Trump gestures while speaking about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    AP FACT CHECK: A blast of hot air with Trump's climate move

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump's announcement on Paris climate deal came with a blast of hot air

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    Ubisoft's upcoming video game "Far Cry 5" will pit a player's band of Heartland resistance fighters against a charismatic doomsday cult leader who kidnaps townspeople all while proclaiming a love of freedom, faith and firearms (not necessarily in that order).

    Rural America: The newest dystopian setting in one of gaming's top franchises

    Ubisoft announced last week that its upcoming video game, "Far Cry 5," will set the series in the United States for the first time. The story pits a player's band of Heartland resistance fighters against a charismatic doomsday cult leader who kidnaps townspeople all while proclaiming a love of freedom, faith and firearms (not necessarily in that order).

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    Amazon and Google currently dominate the home hub market.

    Is Apple ready to enter the home hub market?

    Speculation over what Apple will do to compete in the home hub market is spinning up ahead of Apple’s annual developer’s conference, where many analysts expect Apple will confirm the project. And what will be the Apple home hub’s distinguishing feature?

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    “You sold my privacy up the river!” one person yelled at Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. — lead sponsor of the Senate bill that would to kill landmark privacy regulations — at a gathering in April.

    Analysis: How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules

    While the nation was distracted by the House’s pending vote to repeal Obamacare, Senate Republicans scheduled a vote to wipe out new online privacy protections. On March 23, the measure passed on a straight party-line vote, 50 to 48. Five days later, a majority of House Republicans voted in favor of it, sending it to the White House, where President Donald Trump signed the bill in early April without ceremony or public comment.

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    “I think Trump’s FCC is going to unwind the rules, no matter what anybody says,” Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said recently. “That’s going to happen, and then we get to see what’s going to come out of that.”

    Is the fight over net neutrality already over?

    As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to deregulate the telecom and cable industry by rolling back the agency’s net neutrality rules, some people on both sides of the issue already say the battle is pretty much moot.

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    In a cross-border auto heist that resembles a scrapped plot from the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, nine members of a Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs, the Justice Department announced earlier this week.

    How stolen computer code helped a biker gang steal 150 Jeeps

    In a cross-border auto heist that resembles a scrapped plot from the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, nine members of a Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs, the Justice Department announced earlier this week.

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    Parents whose children made Amazon purchases on mobile apps without their permission will begin getting their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. And it turns out that money could amount to more than $70 million — charges incurred between November 2011 and May 2015.

    Amazon must refund parents for app purchases made by kids without permission

    Parents whose children made Amazon purchases on mobile apps without their permission will begin getting their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. And it turns out that money could amount to more than $70 million — charges incurred between November 2011 and May 2015.

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    Delta recently announced a new biometric identification pilot program that will eventually let you use your fingerprints instead of a plane ticket.

    Your face or fingerprint could soon replace your plane ticket

    Headed on a trip? You may soon be able to ditch your boarding pass in favor of your fingers or face. On Wednesday, Delta announced a new biometric identification pilot program that will eventually let you use your fingerprints instead of a plane ticket. That followed a JetBlue announcement hours earlier that it is testing a program in Boston that will match pictures of customers’ faces with the passport database maintained by U.S. Custom and Border Protections.

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    Melissa Malzkuhn, left, and Jason Lamberton prepare to give a demonstration of how motion capture apps are created at the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University. Malzkuhn leads a team at the lab that is giving young deaf children new digital tools to learn to read.

    New apps give young deaf readers access to American Sign Language

    A new app created in a Gallaudet University lab aims to give deaf children something quite valuable — easy, early access to American Sign Language.

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    People spend an average of 51 minutes playing console games every day, edging out Facebook (50 minutes), Snapchat (30 minutes), and Instagram (21 minutes), according to a report by venture capitalist Mary Meeker.

    The cultural influence of gaming and the state of the internet

    Venture capitalist Mary Meeker released on Wednesday her highly anticipated annual report on internet trends, capturing the tech world’s state of play. This year’s biggest insights include: the sprawling growth of the gaming industry, slowing mobile phone shipments, and online ad dollars surpassing that of TV.

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    Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch airplane emerges from its hangar in Mojave, Calif., on May 31.

    Why is Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen building such a massive plane?

    Why is Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, building a massive plane? It’s not to carry passengers, but rather rockets. The bigger the plane, the larger the rockets, or the greater the number.

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    Riot's "League of Legends" has been one of the biggest esports titles since shortly after its 2009 release.

    Want a piece of esports' 'League of Legends'? It'll cost you $10M

    Over the last several years, investors have grown curious about the world of professional video gaming. If this were any other sport, one logical thing to do would be to put money into a team. But in esports, it's not clear what prospective team owners would be buying.

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    FILE - In this April 10, 2017 file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with a woman ahead of a G7 Energy meeting in Rome. Since becoming President Donald Trump’s energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

    Energy's Perry having blast running agency he vowed to kill

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he's having the time of his life running an agency he once said he wanted to eliminate.

Life & Entertainment

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    FILE - In this Thursday, May 25, 2017 file photo, Marcus Mumford of the band Mumford & Sons performs in concert during their "Wilder Mind Tour" at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J. Mumford is joining the all-star lineup for Ariana Grande's "One Love Manchester" benefit concert Sunday, June 4, 2017. Show organizers announced Saturday, June 3, that the frontman of the group Mumford & Sons will join Grande, Coldplay and other stars at the concert raising money for victims of the May 22 suicide attack in Manchester, England. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

    Marcus Mumford added to Manchester benefit concert lineup

    Marcus Mumford is joining the all-star lineup for Ariana Grande's "One Love Manchester" benefit concert Sunday

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    RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT BILL MAHER IS ON RIGHT - In this photo provided by HBO, Bill Maher, right, speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb, during a segment of his "Real Time with Bill Maher," Friday, June 2, 2017. Maher is facing criticism for his use of a racial slur during a discussion with the Republican senator on his HBO talk show Friday night. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)

    Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur during HBO show

    Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using a racial slur to describe himself as a house slave during a segment for his late-night HBO talk show

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    In this photo taken on Friday, June 2, 2017 provided by the Manchester Evening News, victim of the Manchester concert blast Lily Harrison hugs singer Ariana Grande during her visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, in Manchester, England. Grande surprised young fans injured in the Manchester Arena attack, hugging the thrilled little girls in their hospital beds as they recovered from injuries sustained in the May 22 suicide bombing. (Manchester Evening News via AP)

    MTV will livestream Sunday's Manchester benefit concert

    MTV says it will broadcast live online Ariana Grande's 'One Love Manchester' that will help victims of the May 22 suicide attack

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    In this photo provided by HBO, Bill Maher, left, speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb, during a segment of his "Real Time with Bill Maher," Friday, June 2, 2017. Maher is facing criticism for his use of a racial slur during a discussion with the Republican senator on his HBO talk show Friday night. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)

    The Latest: Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur

    Bill Maher has apologized for using a racial slur on his HBO show; network says it will not re-air the segment

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    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo actor Michael Che attends the "Top Five" premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto. "Saturday Night Live" star Che said he was surprised by the reaction to comments he made on the show in February 2017, when he called Boston the "most racist city" he has ever visited. The Boston Globe reports that the comedian and co-anchor of "Weekend Update" told an audience at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday, June 2 in Boston that people were upset by the comments, adding that "when I say 'people,' I mean 'white guys.'" (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

    'SNL' star surprised by reaction to Boston racism comment

    "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) says he was surprised by the reaction to the comments he made about Boston, when he called it the "most racist city" he has ever visited

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    Ribfest Chicago June 9-11 is the city’s largest cookout serving up 50,000 pounds of barbecue.

    Midwest travel: Get ready to chow down at Ribfest Chicago

    Head to Chicago’s Northcenter June 9-11 for the nationally noted culinary and music party Ribfest Chicago. Find out some interesting tidbits about Chicago on two walking tours from Chicago Elevated: The Disaster! Tour and the 90-minute Binoculars Tour.

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    Best-selling author David Sedaris signs copies of his new book,”Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002),” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Author events: Anderson’s hosts David Sedaris and Manny the Frenchie

    Best-selling author David Sedaris signs copies of his new book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. Meet Manny the Frenchie at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove.

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    The Throwbacks cut classic rock ‘n’ roll songs with a pop-punk edge Saturday, June 3, at Duke’s Alehouse in Crystal Lake.

    Weekend picks: Celebrate Throwback Saturday at Duke’s Alehouse

    Give some old favorites a new listen when The Throwbacks put their punky spin on classic rock songs at Duke’s Alehouse. More on this and other fun weekend events.

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    Study: A third of teen girls experience depression

    A large new study contains some alarming data about the state of children’s mental health in the United States, finding that depression in many children appears to start as early as age 11. By the time they hit age 17, the analysis found, 13.6 percent of boys and a staggering 36.1 percent of girls have been or are depressed.

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    Can early exposure to pets protect kids from allergies?

    An emerging body of evidence suggests that early exposure to pets may indeed offer a measure of protection from developing an allergy. It’s tied into what we’re now learning about the importance of the gut microbiome, which is the array of microbes and microorganisms that coexist within our bodies.

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    Future income replenishment with a reverse mortgage

    The more I work with HECM reverse mortgages, the more convinced I become that it is the most underutilized financial tool available to seniors in the U.S.

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    Is buying a home at 70 a wild idea?

    Q. What do you think of an older person buying a house or a condo? I’ll be 70 this year. I am single, and I have excellent credit. I’ve been looking for an apartment, and landlords seem to really jack up the prices, at lease this time of year. I pay $1,100 a month, so I think I can afford a mortgage.

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    While baby boomers are jettisoning their overstuffed furniture for slimmed-down pieces, they are still likely to opt for things that match.

    Tastes differ when furnishing a home

    Most people shopping for furniture these days are either millennials who have purchased their first or second home or baby boomers who are downsizing and want to simplify. And the two groups have different tastes in furniture, says Andrea Odishoo, an interior decorator at the Vernon Hills Steinhafels furniture store.

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    This Mazu pattern is part of Trove wallpaper’s new Ode to Eau collection, which celebrates the serenity and the explosiveness of water through watercolor imagery. One has the sense of a tumbling waterfall, with this Mazu pattern shown here. (Trove via AP)

    Designers dive right in with water-themed decor

    Summer for many of us means reconnecting with water — lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some relaxing pool. Watery hues and motifs are all over home decor.

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    Establishing a special assessment

    Q. The board of our condominium association recently approved both a large expenditure and a loan with a bank to pay for it. The repayment period of the loan is five years. Does the board’s approval of the loan automatically impose a special assessment on the owners for the amount of the loan?

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    Fr. John Brennan speaks against the war in 1967 at Ohio State.

    A look at where some of those protesting, commune-living ‘hippies’ are today

    We take a look at five suburban activists whose life direction was formed in the tumultuous 1960s -- a time in which Martin Luther King Jr. led the call for civil rights, many protested our involvement in the Vietnam War and women fought for equality.

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