Joe Biden uses his campaign kickoff to argue Americans want unity

Joe Biden uses his campaign kickoff to argue Americans want unity

“Our principles must never be compromised, but comprise itself is not a dirty word,” the former vice president said. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden officially kicked off his 2020 campaign with a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania, birthplace of both himself and the Declaration of Independence, and home to his campaign headquarters. The former vice president used the speech to push his “unity” theme, hitting directly back at those who criticize his desire to reach across…

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Ball State University party shooting: what we know

Ball State University party shooting: what we know

Seven were shot at a party near Indiana’s Ball State University. At least seven people were injured, three in a life-threatening fashion, in a shooting near Indiana’s Ball State University overnight. According to local NBC affiliate WTHR, the shooting occurred at a large off-campus house party, with shots fired inside the house around 12:45 am. Police say they are still working to piece together what happened, as most witnesses heard but did not see the…

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Most Alabama voters don’t support their state’s exemption-free abortion ban

Most Alabama voters don’t support their state’s exemption-free abortion ban

Even Alabamians don’t agree with banning abortion in cases of rape or incest, a previously unreleased poll shows. A previously unreleased poll shows that a majority of Alabamians do not support the kind of extreme abortion ban passed by their state legislature this week, AL.com reports, revealing that Alabama lawmakers seem to be out of step even with their own highly conservative electorate. According to the 2018 statewide poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research…

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Valve is making Dota 2 players pay to avoid toxic gamers

Valve is making Dota 2 players pay to avoid toxic gamers

Dota 2 is no longer free to play if you want to have the best experience. In this year’s Dota 2 “Battle Pass” — a premium subscription that usually offers cosmetics and other optional curiosities to the game — Valve bundled one of the most important features it has ever created. Players who buy the Battle Pass can now use an “experimental” Avoid Player feature, which is supposed to keep toxic players away from you….

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A Memory Called Empire is a brilliant blend of cyberpunk, space opera, and political thriller

A Memory Called Empire is a brilliant blend of cyberpunk, space opera, and political thriller

In Arkady Martine’s debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, Ambassador Mahit Dzmare, an emissary from the distant Lsel Station, is called to the center of the vast Teixcalaanli Empire after her predecessor winds up dead. As she begins to understand the ins and outs of her new role, she also has to figure out how to keep her home station from being absorbed into the Empire, and what happened to her predecessor. Author Martine lays…

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