Native American activists: The fire at Notre Dame is devastating. So is the destruction of our sacred lands.

Native American activists: The fire at Notre Dame is devastating. So is the destruction of our sacred lands.

It’s an ongoing abuse that’s garnered far less outcry. The devastating destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has fueled an outpouring of grief across the globe, but it’s also prompted discussion about tragedies that have long received far less attention: the active abuse of lands sacred to Native Americans across the US. “The concern and dismay is being felt by many around the world,” reads a quote from attorney Casey Douma posted by…

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Facebook confirms it’s working on an AI voice assistant for Portal and Oculus products

Facebook confirms it’s working on an AI voice assistant for Portal and Oculus products

Facebook has confirmed a report from earlier today saying it’s working on an artificial intelligence-based digital voice assistant in the vein of Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. The news, first reported by CNBC, indicates Facebook isn’t giving up on a vision it first put out years ago, when it began developing an AI assistant for its Messenger platform simply called M. This time around, however, Facebook says it is focusing less on messaging and more…

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16 people arrested for allegedly stealing Car2Go’s luxury cars

16 people arrested for allegedly stealing Car2Go’s luxury cars

Chicago police have arrested more than a dozen people for ripping off luxury cars from the rental app Car2Go. CBS Chicago reporter Brad Edwards tweeted the news this afternoon, stating that as many as 100 cars were missing after a “hack” — although Car2Go says the problem was just an instance of fraud, not a security breach. We still don’t know how the cars were stolen, but the problem is supposedly limited to Chicago, and…

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William Barr will give a press conference on the Mueller report Thursday. Here’s how to watch.

William Barr will give a press conference on the Mueller report Thursday. Here’s how to watch.

The attorney general will discuss the special counsel’s findings at 9:30 am ET. Attorney General William Barr will hold a press conference Thursday morning about the release of the Mueller report, Justice Department officials have confirmed. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who appointed and oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller for much of his tenure — will address reporters at 9:30 am Eastern time on the findings of the nearly two-year investigation into…

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Black churches in Louisiana see $1.3 million surge in donations after fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

Black churches in Louisiana see $1.3 million surge in donations after fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

Before Tuesday, the Louisiana churches had received less than $100,000 in donations. A fundraising effort to support three historically black Louisiana churches burned down in recent arson attacks has seen a tremendous surge in support in the wake of a fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, raising more than $1.3 million in donations since Tuesday morning. The wave of donations came one day after a massive fire damaged parts of the historic Paris church, sparking…

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As extreme diets have become mainstream, Beyoncé swears she’ll never do hers again

As extreme diets have become mainstream, Beyoncé swears she’ll never do hers again

In “Homecoming,” Beyoncé reveals her postpartum, pre-Coachella diet. Celebrity diets have been rumor fodder since modern celebrities were a thing. Clara Bow’s contract included a “weight clause,” which caused her to consume just 500 calories a day, and when Judy Garland gained weight, MGM put her on a daily diet of chicken soup, black coffee, and, reportedly, 80 cigarettes. Today, our extreme celebrity dieters are people like Tom Brady, who has never eaten a strawberry,…

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The case against solitary confinement

The case against solitary confinement

On any given day, some 61,000 people are in solitary confinement in US prisons. It’s time to abolish the practice. Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confinement for more than 40 years in a Louisiana prison before being released in 2016, when he was 69 years old. In his book Solitary, published last month, Woodfox writes that every morning, “I woke up with the same thought: will this be the day? Will this be the…

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