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    Facebook’s Trending section to be run by algorithms, not humans after ‘liberal bias’ accusations

    SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is removing the troublesome humans responsible for manually writing news descriptions and headlines for its Trending box. The company is turning the job over to algorithms that automatically select topics and generate text. The announcement comes months after Facebook was accused of political bias in in its “trending topics.” A Gizmodo article claimed the freelance editors responsible for picking the news and writing headlines were favoring liberal topics over conservative ones. Following an inquiry from the […]

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    ‘Dark twin’ of the Milky Way galaxy discovered

    Welcome to the dark side of the universe. In a direct contrast with the beautifully bright Milky Way galaxy, a “dark twin” called Dragonfly 44 has been discovered 300 million light-years away in the Coma constellation, according to a new study. But don’t cue “Star Wars’ ” Imperial March theme music or Darth Vader breathing just yet (even if the closeup image looks like a slightly creepy emoji). Although it’s massive and mysterious, Dragonfly 44 is really just misunderstood. Dragonfly […]

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    Yellowstone National Park worker falls to death

    A worker at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is dead after falling off a cliff, park rangers said. Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, 21, of Quito, Ecuador, was killed early Friday morning, according to the National Park Service. She was a park concession employee. The woman was socializing with a group of co-workers at the park’s Grandview Point trail when she fell over the cliff edge into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, the NPS said. Rangers say her body […]

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    Greensboro mother of overdose victim: ‘Drug policy is the reason people are dying’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In March, Louise Vincent was forced to live every parent’s worst nightmare. Her daughter Selena died after a drug overdose. She was 19. Yet despite Vincent’s grief, it’s not heroin that she blames for Selena’s death. “Drug policy is really what’s killing people. That’s what would have saved my daughter,” Vincent told CNN. Vincent, 39, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, knows well the everyday horror of drug addiction. She used heroin herself in her 20s, though […]

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    Domino’s delivers pizza by drone in New Zealand

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In New Zealand, pizzas will soon be dropping from the heavens. Domino’s demonstrated its ability to deliver food via a drone Thursday in New Zealand and plans to test actual deliveries to customers next month. “It doesn’t add up to deliver a two kilogram package in a two-ton vehicle,” said Scott Bush, a general manager for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which is independent of the U.S. chain and operates in seven countries. “In Auckland, we have such […]

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    Man arrested in fatal stabbing of 2 nuns in Mississippi

    DURANT, Miss. — A man has been arrested in the stabbing deaths of two nuns whose bodies were found in their home in rural Mississippi, authorities said. Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners, failed to show up for work Thursday at a clinic in Lexington, where they served one of the state’s poorest counties. Authorities believe the killer took the victims’ car, a blue Toyota Corolla, which was later found on an abandoned road less than a mile […]

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    Disturbing new details emerge in ‘horrific’ killing, rape of New Mexico girl (warning: graphic content)

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Candles, flowers and stuffed animals mark the memorial for a 10-year old girl, who New Mexico police said was brutally murdered. Three people arrested in the case include her own mother. Victoria Martens had just started fourth grade at an Albuquerque elementary school and celebrated her 10th birthday Tuesday. On Wednesday, she was killed in what police described as a “horrific” crime. Friends and family honored the victim during a vigil Thursday, with one person saying Victoria […]

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    Ryan Lochte charged by Brazilian authorities

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — US swimmer Ryan Lochte has been charged with falsely reporting a crime, Rio police said Thursday. The department’s chief has requested a letter be sent to Lochte explaining the legal process related to the charges, according to a statement. The 12-time Olympic medalist will now be summoned to Rio, according to Tourist Support Special Precinct officials. Lochte can opt to send a lawyer and does not need to appear in court. If convicted, Lochte, 32, […]

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    Dolly Parton on 2016 candidates: ‘I think they’re both nuts’

    Country music legend Dolly Parton might be undecided on whom to back in the presidential race, but there’s one thing she’s certain of. “It’s the greatest show on television right now,” she told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, laughing, in an interview that aired Friday. The 70-year-old “Jolene” singer, who embarks next month on a 60-date North American tour to support her new album, “Pure and Simple,” also didn’t hold back when asked about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “I don’t know […]

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    Man steals truck, hits plane

    Some random man just drove this truck past security into the plane my wife and I were about to board #eppleyairfield pic.twitter.com/34yEQTqMJu — David Postier (@davidpostier) August 26, 2016 OMAHA, Neb. — A man who breached a security gate at a Nebraska airport, stole a truck near the taxiways and rammed it into a parked Southwest Airlines plane was detained and taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, police said Friday. The plane was loading for takeoff at Eppley […]

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    First known case of sexual Zika transmission without symptoms

    A man who had no idea he had Zika has given the virus to his female partner during sex, the Centers for Disease Control announced today. It’s the first documented case of a person with no symptoms sexually transmitting the virus to a partner who had not traveled to an area of active Zika circulation. The announcement came the same day the Food and Drug Administration revised its guidance to recommend that all blood donations in the United States and […]

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    Fallen officers: 38 shot dead in the line of duty in 2016

    The killing of a Tennessee police officer Thursday brought the number of U.S. law enforcement officers shot to death this year to 38 — well ahead of last year’s pace, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Maryville police Officer Kenny Moats, 32, was shot outside a home while responding to a report of domestic violence, police said. The 38 shooting deaths from January 1 through August 26 represent a 58% increase over the number (24) for the […]

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