WhatsApp now allows users to search the web to verify claims made in forwards

WhatsApp now allows users in a handful of markets — but not India — to verify claims made in forwarded messages on the platform, the company announced on August 3. The feature, called ‘search the web’, will add a magnifying glass icon next to “messages that have been forwarded many times”. The icon will appear next to messages that have been forwarded at least five times, according to TechCrunch. We have reached out to WhatsApp for more details. The feature was rolled out in Brazil, Italy, Irela...
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Trump to sign order in Ohio requiring government to buy 'essential' drugs from U.S. companies

Donald Trump will use trip to Ohio to sign executive order requiring the federal government to buy 'essential' medicines from U.S. companies         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Playing Nina Simone

In 2016, Zoe Saldana portrayed Nina Simone in a biopic titled Nina. The casting of the lighter-skinned Saldana was widely criticized at the time. "My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark," Simone's daughter Lisa told The New … More »
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Man in background of news segment misses train

I don't know what this fellow is saying, but I surmise that it's along the lines of "Unfortunately I have missed the train to Stockholm! Now I shall have to wait for the next departure."
Tags: Video, News, Trains, Mistakes

Walmart launching drive-in movie theaters at 160 stores amid COVID-19. Here's how to reserve a parking space.

Walmart parking lots will become drive-in movie theaters and will show movies including Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Ghostbusters, Spiderman and more.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Coronavirus live updates: New York City sets up checkpoints; don't drink the hand sanitizer; LA cutting power to party houses

While New York City is setting up checkpoints for travelers to remind them to quarantine, Los Angeles will cut off power to party houses. Latest COVID-19 news.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, La, New York City, Los Angeles, Usa Today

The suitcase computer of 2020

The a-X sereies of portable workstations resemble the earliest laptops, but are fully contemporary beasts fitted with top-of-the-range AMD Threadripper CPUs, up to 256GB of RAM and dual GPUs. And price tags hovering around $8000. PC Gamer: Picture this: you sit down in a meeting alongside your colleagues. They pull out their Surfaces, iPads, phones, and whatever else. You place a briefcase down on the table with a deafening thud. Everyone turns to look at you.
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Watch The Weeknd Debut New Music, Perform With Doja Cat In Virtual TikTok Concert

The Weeknd played a virtual concert on TikTok last night. The singer's avatar performed several songs accompanied by trippy 3D visual effects in "The Weeknd Experience," an interactive augmented reality livestream billed as the platform's "first-ever in-app cross reality experience." During "In Your Eyes," a digital avatar of Doja Cat joined the party … More »
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Not in the room where it happens: U.S. Senate's McConnell opts out of coronavirus talks

McConnell, a Republican like President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he is deliberately hanging back as Congress's top Democrats and White House negotiators work out a deal to help American families stay afloat during severe economic times caused by the coronavirus pandemic. If they reach a deal, he said, it would be "something I'm prepared to support even if I have some problems with certain parts of it."
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Unemployment Fell To 10.2 Percent In July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday morning that 1.8 million jobs were added in July while unemployment dropped down to 10.2%. This is a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is stalling hiring and slowing an economic rebound. With confirmed viral cases still elevated in much of the nation and businesses under continued pressure, many employers appear reluctant or unable to hire. Even counting the hiring of the past three months, the...
Tags: News, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unemployment, Labor Department, Cristina Cabrera, COVID-19

Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, likely first-round NFL pick, opts out of the 2020 season

Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, a projected first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, has opted out of playing in 2020 college football season.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Head of US Christian college steps aside in flap over photo

Jerry Falwell Jr. has taken an indefinite leave of absence as president of a prominent US evangelical university amid a furor over an Instagram picture of him and a young woman, both with pants partly unzipped. The 58-year-old Falwell, whose father was one of the country's best-known televangelists and who founded Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is stepping aside at the request of the school's trustees. A terse statement Friday from the Christian university said the trustees' execut...
Tags: News, US, Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr, Falwell, Lynchburg Virginia, Christian University

Isaias makes landfall in southern North Carolina as Category 1 hurricane

Isaias strengthened into hurricane priort to making landfall in the Carolinas on Monday night, will bring dangerous storm surge and flash flooding.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders' power to block Kobach

Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven’t lost a Senate contest in Kansas since 1932.
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The National Rifle Association faces its worst nightmare: accountability

The NRA is facing lawsuits and investigations for possible financial misconduct while losing the influence it once had on American leadership.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump Abruptly Ends Briefing When Challenged For Falsely Taking Credit For Veterans Choice

President Donald Trump abruptly ended a news conference Saturday when he was pressed by a reporter regarding his false claim that he was the first to sign the Veterans Choice bill into law, a feat that he said “no president has ever been able to do.” “I’ve just signed two bills that are great for our vets, our vets are very special,” Trump announced during a news conference in Bedminster, New Jersey — his second in just two days. “We passed Veterans Choice, as you know, and Veterans Accountab...
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Fauci Decries The ‘Sport’ Of Him Being ‘Pit’ Against Trump: ‘I Don’t Want To Do That’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the White House’s leading health responders to COVID-19, expressed unhappiness with being portrayed as an enemy of President Donald Trump on Friday. During an interview with the Washington Post, the doctor would not say if he believed voting by mail was less risky than voting in person, which Trump has vehemently advocated in his attacks against mail-in voting. Fauci said his opinion on the matter “almost certainly is going to be used as a soundbite.” “It’s a sport n...
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FDA Advisory Committee Member Worries That Admin Might Rush Vaccine For Political Ends

A member of the committee tasked with advising the Food and Drug Administration on COVID-19 vaccine approval expressed worry to TPM about political meddling in the process of vaccine approval. Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and a member of the FDA’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said in an interview that he was concerned the FDA may not rely on the traditional expert committees used to evaluate vaccine...
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Slug + Murs Return as Felt With New Album “Felt 4 U”

Today,  Felt—the iconic hip-hop supergroup comprised of Murs and Slug (of Atmosphere)—drops a surprise album: Felt 4 U. The duo signaled a triumphant return from an eleven-year hiatus earlier this week with the standalone single “Name In Ya Mouth” before following up with a full-length album produced by Ant of Atmosphere. With all the core elements that established Felt as a cult favorite still in place, Felt 4 U offers a fresh perspective from two virtuosic lyricists whose talents have only ma...
Tags: News, Jazz, Atmosphere, Rosie Perez, Murs, Felt, Slug, Shepard Albertson

'The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders,' says Peter Navarro in defending Trump orders

"The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government," Navarro said.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Teen ‘mastermind’ accused of crippling Twitter hack is linked to deadly home robbery

A Florida teenager who is accused of participating in last month’s Twitter bitcoin scam, which saw several of the world’s highest-profile accounts hacked, has reportedly been linked to an attempted robbery that ended in a lethal shooting.An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, who is credited by police as one of the “masterminds” of the scam, has also been named in the case of a burglary seven months ago that saw one teenager killed and another wound...
Tags: Florida, News, Tampa Bay Times, Graham Ivan Clark

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the US could experience 300,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of 2020

In an interview with CBS "Face The Nation" Dr. Gottlieb said the death toll will be between 200,000 and 300,000.
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Visiting Popeye's village in Malta

In 1980, Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall starred in Popeye, a live action musical comedy about the great sailor. The film is set in the fictional town of Sweethaven which was actually a wonderfully elaborate set built near the village of Mellieħa on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Fifty years later, Sweethaven still stands and has become a popular tourist attraction. The Popeye Village even hosts weddings, birthday parties, school tours, and corporate team building experiences. Make sur...
Tags: Video, News, Robin Williams, Tourism, Mediterranean, Malta, Popeye, Shelley Duvall, Sweethaven, Bluto not Brutus, Mellieħa

Roseville Kidnapping Suspect Crashes Maserati While Fleeing From Authorities

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A man is under arrest and facing charges of kidnapping after an incident in Roseville on Monday that ended with him crashing his Maserati while trying to escape from authorities. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says the incident started around 5:30 a.m. Monday when they got a call about a reported kidnapping along Taylor Road. Deputies responded and started investigating, but a few hours later the department got another call from a witness along Sierra College Boulevard wh...
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Trump again threatens executive orders to extend benefits after stimulus talks fall apart

White House negotiators will recommend Trump make executive orders after stimulus talks with Democrats fell apart Friday.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump claims Biden will 'hurt God. He's against God.'

At a speech to supporters in Cleveland on Thursday, President Trump said former Vice President Joe Biden is “against God.”
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Esper says he underestimated how much racial injustice affects service members

Defense Secretary Mark Esper called George Floyd's death a wake-up call for military leadership.
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'They just pull up everything!' Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life

A vast fishing armada off Ecuador’s biodiverse Pacific islands has stirred alarm over ‘indiscriminate’ fishing practicesJonathan Green had been tracking a whale shark named Hope across the eastern Pacific for 280 days when the satellite transmissions from a GPS tag on her dorsal fin abruptly stopped.It was not unusual for the GPS signal to go silent, even for weeks at a time, said Green, a scientist who has been studying the world’s largest fish for three decades in the unique marine ecosystem a...
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Dems Paint Meadows’ Positions As ‘Hardened,’ Say COVID Compromise Offer Rejected

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that they offered to take the topline of their relief package down $1 trillion if the White House negotiators would offer an additional $1 trillion in their proposals. The compromise, Schumer said, was rejected by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with “vehemence.” “The Speaker made a very fair offer — let’s narrow each — and you should’ve seen the vehemence,” Schu...
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Letters to the Editor: We're a third-world country if Trump can corrupt the Postal Service so easily

We must vote Trump out of office. Unfortunately, he's making that a lot more difficult by slowing down the Postal Service, which will deliver mail-in ballots.
Tags: News, Postal Service, Trump

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