Read: Mueller’s new filing accusing Paul Manafort of lying to the government

Read: Mueller’s new filing accusing Paul Manafort of lying to the government

The former Trump campaign chair agreed to cooperate — but the special counsel says he continued to lie. Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a document explaining why he believes former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has lied to investigators in recent months. After being convicted of financial crimes at a Virginia trial in August, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller to avoid a second trial on separate charges in September — and, as part…

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White supremacist who drove into a Charlottesville crowd found guilty of murder

White supremacist who drove into a Charlottesville crowd found guilty of murder

James Fields Jr. was found guilty of 10 charges, including the murder of Heather Heyer. James Alex Fields Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder and nine other charges on Friday, 16 months after he drove into a group of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017 — injuring dozens of people and killing a young woman named Heather Heyer. Fields was also found guilty…

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Huawei’s CFO is being accused of fraud, and her main defense is a PowerPoint

Huawei’s CFO is being accused of fraud, and her main defense is a PowerPoint

After years of facing suspicion from US authorities, Huawei is now standing trial for fraud. Today, a bail hearing was held for Huawei’s chief financial officer, who was arrested in Canada on Saturday at the request of US law enforcement. The CFO, Meng Wanzhou, is facing extradition to the US for conspiring to defraud banking institutions, according to the Star Vancouver. Many lined up to see Meng’s bail hearing today, after the extremely high-profile arrest…

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Why an ad for bootleg Hallmark socks is one of the most ubiquitous of the holiday season

Why an ad for bootleg Hallmark socks is one of the most ubiquitous of the holiday season

It has to do with dropshippers in China. The holidays are a time of haunting — old flames, family drama, memories of holidays past. And this year, it seems, there’s a new ghost in town, following shoppers wherever they click. It’s an ad with a picture of photoshopped socks, warning interlopers: IF YOU CAN READ THIS LEAVE ME ALONE I AM WATCHING HALLMARK MOVIES. I first saw this ad while I was riding the train…

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The best and worst cities in America for public transit, according to an urban planner

The best and worst cities in America for public transit, according to an urban planner

Urban planner Christof Spieler tells us what cities are doing right and wrong. US public transportation is notoriously underdeveloped compared to most other wealthy countries. In fact, according to a recent study, the New York City subway is the only US rail system that ranks among the 10 busiest in the world. Another report found that transit ridership fell in 31 of 35 major metropolitan areas last year, including in Washington, DC, Chicago, and New…

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Apple releases new Beddit sleep tracker

Apple releases new Beddit sleep tracker

Apple has released the first Beddit sleep tracker since acquiring the Finnish company in 2017, via CNET. The Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor is a thin sensor strip that can be placed under the bedsheet to track body movements through the night. It’s available to purchase now for $150 on Apple’s website and in stores. The 2mm-thin sleep tracker can measure sleep time, heart rate, breathing, snoring, and bedroom temperature and humidity. The advantage over other…

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William Barr, Trump’s pick for attorney general, will hold the fate of the Mueller probe

William Barr, Trump’s pick for attorney general, will hold the fate of the Mueller probe

What Barr, if confirmed, might mean for the Russia investigation. President Donald Trump nominated William Barr to be the next US attorney general on Friday — an event that could have major implications for the Mueller probe. Barr, a veteran Republican lawyer who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, will be returning to the Justice Department at a strange time, as Trump has spent much of the past year feuding with the…

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Read: Mueller and prosecutors’ sentencing filings for Michael Cohen

Read: Mueller and prosecutors’ sentencing filings for Michael Cohen

The special counsel sent a letter assessing Cohen’s cooperation. Special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York each filed their sentencing memoranda for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Friday. In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to tax, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations in a case brought by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Those campaign finance charges were about hush money payments Cohen arranged in 2016 for women…

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This is what wind on Mars sounds like

This is what wind on Mars sounds like

Listen to the wind on Mars, as heard by NASA’s InSight lander. Last week, after a harrowing 6.5-minute self-guided descent, NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars to begin its two-year investigation of Martian geology. And today, we learned the lander has sent back what, according to NASA is, the first-ever audio dispatch from Mars: a recording of the sound of the wind on the Martian surface. So far, we’ve only gotten back images of…

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