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US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970, study says

US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970, study says

Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by 29% since 1970, signifying 2.9 billion birds lost in almost 50 years, according to a new study. The scientists involved in the study warn that like a canary in a coalmine, birds reveal environmental health. This steep loss of bird populations, including some of…MORE

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg visits Washington to discuss election security, data privacy

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg visits Washington to discuss election security, data privacy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday afternoon with Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, one of Facebook’s most vocal critics, to discuss data privacy and allegations of anti-conservative bias. Calling it a “frank discussion,” Hawley said he pressed Zuckerberg to sell off WhatsApp and Instagram. “Safe to say he was not receptive to those suggestions,” Hawley…MORE

‘Alexa, I want to make a political contribution’: Amazon announces new 2020 donations feature

‘Alexa, I want to make a political contribution’: Amazon announces new 2020 donations feature

Starting next month, customers will be able to donate up to $200 to US presidential campaigns through Amazon’s Alexa. Amazon announced the new elections feature Wednesday and said candidates can start signing up on Thursday to receive campaign contributions through the voice-controlled assistant. “With Alexa Political Contributions you can donate to participating 2020 U.S. presidential…MORE

Nike says Antonio Brown is no longer ‘a Nike athlete’

Nike says Antonio Brown is no longer ‘a Nike athlete’

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown no longer has an endorsement deal with Nike, the company said Thursday, more than a week after the NFL player was accused of rape. “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete,” a Nike spokesperson said, declining to comment on specifics. Brown took the field Sunday in his first…MORE

11 distressing moments from Trump’s interactions with world leaders

11 distressing moments from Trump’s interactions with world leaders

It’s still a mystery what exactly occurred and who exactly was involved, but a new report suggests a US intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the US President for, as the Washington Post reported, making a “promise” of some kind to a world leader. That an intelligence official was so distressed as to move…MORE

Drugmaker halts shipments of ranitidine heartburn medication after contaminant found

Drugmaker halts shipments of ranitidine heartburn medication after contaminant found

Drugmaker Novartis said it is halting distribution of all ranitidine medicines made by Sandoz, a measure it called “precautionary” after the acid-reducing medications were found to contain an impurity. The move comes after the US Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency announced earlier this month that tests showed some ranitidine products contained NDMA,…MORE

White House also involved in advising DNI not to share whistleblower complaint

White House also involved in advising DNI not to share whistleblower complaint

The White House and the Justice Department have advised the nation’s top intelligence agency that a controversial complaint involving President Donald Trump isn’t governed by laws covering intelligence whistleblowers, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The revelation is the first known evidence of the White House’s involvement in the standoff between Congress and…MORE

The 2020 top tier is just two candidates now

The 2020 top tier is just two candidates now

There are — still! — 20 candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination. But, at the moment, it looks like a two-horse race. Those two are former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who, in a series of recent polls, increasingly appear to be separating themselves from the rest of the field.…MORE

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