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07-20-2018 Science&Technology
Trump says EU's $5 billion fine on Google is proof the US is being taken advantage of

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the European Union's antitrust ruling against Google is proof that it is taking "advantage of the U.S." On Wednesday, the EU hit Google with a $5 billion fine, alleging the company had violated antitrust laws by bundling its apps like Chrome and Google Play with its Android operating system. Google has 90 days to end the practice, or else face more fines. On Wednesday, Margrethe Vestager, the EU's commissioner for competition, told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" that the decision would protect European consumers. "The thing that Google has to do now is of course to stop," Vestager said. "This of course will free up the market to allow mobile manufacturers to use other Android systems." Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, said in a statement that the company intends to appeal the decision.

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07-20-2018 Science&Technology
Apple Confirms 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboard Has 'Membrane' to 'Prevent Debris From Entering the Butterf

In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors from multiple reliable sources, Apple has confirmed that the third-generation keyboard on 2018 MacBook Pro models is equipped with a "membrane" to "prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism." The relevant excerpt from Canadian and European versions of Apple's internal 2018 MacBook Pro Service Readiness Guide: Keyboard and Keycaps The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. The procedure for the space bar replacement has also changed from the previous model. Repair documentation and service videos will be available when keycap parts begin shipping. While the U.S. version of this Service Readiness Guide does not mention the membrane, it contains a link to a separate internal document titled "Butterfly Mechanism Keycap Replacement MacBook Pro (2018)" that states: Caution: The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism. Be careful not to tear the membrane. A torn membrane will result in a top case replacement. In its teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar last week, the repair experts at iFixit were first to discover the thin, silicone barrier underneath the keycaps, and theorized that it was to prevent dust indeed. Apple filed a patent for a contaminate-resistant MacBook keyboard back in 2016. Publicly, Apple has only confirmed that 2018 MacBook Pro models feature an "improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing," but many suspected that the silicon membrane was actually to prevent "contaminate ingress," fancy speak for the crumbs from your sandwich that you ate at your desk for lunch. Following years of anecdotal complaints from customers, and a few class action lawsuits, Apple initiated a worldwide service program last month, offering free repairs of 2015-and-later MacBook and 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro keyboards, which are equipped with low-profile butterfly switch mechanisms. We've already reported about the service program in more detail, but the gist is that those particular MacBook and MacBook Pro models can experience issues with sticky, unresponsive, or inconsistently functioning keys when small particles like dust or crumbs get stuck underneath the shallower keycaps. Apple confirmed to MacRumors that third-generation keyboards will not be offered as replacements under its service program for 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro second-generation keyboard repairs, likely due to a tweaked top case design.

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07-20-2018 Science&Technology

How much do you really hate the notch? Companies like Oppo and Vivo, which are devoting serious engineering resources to find creative solutions to avoid 2018’s most conspicuous design trend, are hoping that the answer is “a lot.” The Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex both use complex moving parts to hide and reveal components like selfie cameras and face scanners that would otherwise have to be housed in a notch in an “all-screen” phone. I was in Shanghai and Shenzhen a few weeks ago, and one thing that struck me was the huge, ubiquitous marketing for these two phones. They may not be expected to sell the most units, but they’re also far from wild experiments. They need to execute on their futuristic promise in order to establish each brand as an innovator. And, based on my time with the flagship Vivo Nex S at least, I can say that it’s a seriously impressive device that essentially delivers on the full-screen phone dream. The headline feature of the Nex S — its elevating selfie camera — first appeared on Vivo’s Apex concept phone that I saw at Mobile World Congress in February, so that aspect of the hardware wasn’t too novel for me. The biggest change is how the blocky Apex has morphed into an attractive and surprisingly slim premium phone with curved glass and a holographic back panel. The phone does pick up a lot of fingerprints, but the way it shimmers and diffracts in different lighting conditions is just really cool and feels appropriate for a phone positioning itself on the cutting edge. So, too, does its spec sheet. Inside there’s a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, a dual-camera setup with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary module, a headphone jack, a USB-C port, and a huge 6.6-inch 2316 x 1080p OLED screen. Along with the mediocre haptics and lack of wireless charging, that screen is actually the only part of the phone that doesn’t feel as high-end as it could. Its color reproduction, contrast, and viewing angles are all fine — great, even — and the bezels are almost nonexistent all around (except for the bottom edge, which is roughly twice as thick as the rest). But the resolution is slightly insufficient to be stretched over such an expansive canvas; it’s a PenTile screen, and you can see jagged edges on text if you look closely. This isn’t a huge deal, and I tend to think 1080p is the right choice for most phones, but I feel like Vivo could have sprung for a 1440p panel like Samsung and LG if it really wanted to push the Nex S as the most advanced phone on the market...

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07-20-2018 Science&Technology
Samsung Galaxy Watch Hits FCC With WiFi and LTE Connectivity (Updated)

This morning, a report suggested that Samsung’s next watch was indeed called Galaxy Watch, but that it would run Tizen 4.0 instead of fulfilling the rumor of Samsung’s switch back to Wear OS. Tonight, we can 100% confirm the name of Samsung Galaxy Watch, thanks to FCC documents that just went live. As you can see from the images we included here that were snapped from FCC pages, the device says “SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH” across its back case. That sort of takes any mystery out of it. In addition to the name, we can gather that the Galaxy Watch model numbers will be SM-R815U and SM-R815W. The R815U model should be for the US, while the R815W is for Canada. The case measures in at 51.2mm x 43.4mm, so it’s on the bigger side for a watch, yet smaller for a smartwatch. The display measures diagonally at 30.2mm which converts to about 1.2-inches. Looking at those, we have LTE support on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It sure looks like Samsung plans to either sell this at all carriers or as some sort of unlocked watch that can be activated on each. There wasn’t a mention of the software that it runs, so we aren’t able to confirm Tizen over Wear OS. My money is on Tizen, though. UPDATE: Shortly after posting about the LTE-equipped Galaxy Watch, the WiFi-only model hit the FCC too. The WiFi model will be SM-R810. The documents reveal that the watch was codenamed “Galileo” and that it does have a 1.2¿ display, just like we figured above.

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07-20-2018 Science&Technology
First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes

The first-ever discovery of an ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million-year-old amber, provides important new information on the evolution of modern snakes, according to a new study led by University of Alberta paleontologists. "This snake is linked to ancient snakes from Argentina, Africa, India and Australia," explained paleontologist Michael Caldwell, lead author and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. "It is an important—and until now, missing—component of understanding snake evolution from southern continents, that is Gondwana, in the mid-Mesozoic." Caldwell and his international team, including collaborators from Australia, China and the United States, have tracked the migration of these ancient Gondwanan snakes beginning 180 million years ago when they were carried by tectonic movements of continents and parts of continents, from Australia and India, to Madagascar and Africa, and finally to Asia, in modern-day India and Myanmar. The amber fragment in which the specimen was found also provided important clues about its environment. "It is clear that this little snake was living in a forested environment with numerous insects and plants, as these are preserved in the clast," explained Caldwell. "Not only do we have the first baby snake, we also have the first definitive evidence of a fossil snake living in a forest." Using CT scans, the scientific team studied the ancient snake and compared it with the young of modern snakes. Their results yielded unexpected insight into the development and embryology of the ancient specimen, including the formation of the vertebrae and notochord. "All of these data refine our understanding of early snake evolution, as 100-million year-old snakes are known from only 20 or so relatively complete fossil snake species," said Caldwell. "There is a great deal of new information preserved in this new fossilized baby snake." The paper, "A Mid-Cretaceous Embryonic-to-Neonate Snake in Amber From Myanmar," was published in Science Advances.

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07-20-2018 Science&Technology
Whale Of A Plane: Airbus BelugaXL Makes Maiden Flight

It's built for oversize cargo — but it also sports a smile: The Airbus BelugaXL took off on its maiden flight on Thursday, creating a unique sight as the jet with the bulbous upper half rolled down the runway. The BelugaXL's paint job "features beluga whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin," the aircraft company says. That whale flew over southern France, soaring over the coast and mountainside. The jet is the first of a handful that Airbus will use to shuttle large aircraft components between its manufacturing facilities in Europe. Crucially, its expansive cargo area — the fuselage is nearly 30 feet in diameter — can carry two wings for the Airbus A350 jetliner. Based on an A330 cargo plane, the BelugaXL features an oversized tail section, with a large horizontal stabilizer and fins. To accept cargo, the plane's "forehead" (in keeping with the whale metaphor) hinges open, revealing a cavernous opening above the cockpit — which sits below the cargo floor. The jet is capable of taking off with a total weight of 227 tons. Carrying a full load of more than 50 tons, the lumbering plane's maximum range is 4,000 kilometers (about 2,485 miles). On its maiden flight of some four hours, the plane took off from France's Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and returned to the same spot, performing a low pass and tilting its wings "hello" on its way back to the runway. The BelugaXL is slated to enter regular service in 2019.

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07-20-2018 Games
Fortnite's Season 5, Week 2 Challenges Delayed A Bit

Update: They're live, a little bit earlier than the countdown suggested. So hard to tell what's going on. My current working theory is that the countdown paused during the server downtime, and that the game just re-ran those hours once servers went back up. This morning, it appears that Epic Games is shifting its schedule for the popular weely battle pass challenges a little bit. Usually, these things go live at 4:00 a.m. unless there's server downtime, like there was this morning. If there's server downtime, the challenges go live as soon as the servers come back online. That's what it looked like was going to happen this morning after a bit of longer-than-usual downtime, but now the in-game challenge list appears to have moved back the Season 5, Week 2 challenges until 10:00 a.m. Eastern. You can take an early look at the challenges her, knowing that they're subject to change. Moves like this aren't without precedent. Epic Games has followed a fairly strict schedule with challenges as well as updates, but it's also bounced the weekly challenge reveal from Thursday to Tuesday and then back to Thursday again, where appears to be resting comfortably for the foreseeable future. It's unclear if this is a permanent change or not, and I've asked Epic Games to clarify. Those who write Fortnite guides on the eastern seaboard would be totally fine with that. If this is indeed a permanent change, it would make a kind of sense. Epic Games is based in North Carolina and thus the Eastern Time Zone, and even if it has offices around the world the core Fortnite team is at headquarters. That means that there probably needs to be at least someone up making sure that the challenge reveal goes smoothly, even if the actual time is already scheduled. That might not be the case, but the fact would still remain that the game is doing something at 4:00 a.m., and whenever the game is doing something there's the potential for it to do something wrong. Leaving minor problems around is the sort of thing you might have a little bit more leeway with when you're not making the most popular game in the world, but there's just a little more pressure when you're as big as Fortnite, and we've seen various challenge bugs pop up from time to time over the past few months. Moving the challenge reveal up to normal working hours would mean that more of the team would be on hand to deal with anything that went wrong. This is speculation, but it would stand to reason. Again, this might just be a one-day thing, but such changes have been permanent in the past. We'll hear more soon.

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07-20-2018 Cars
Ford recalls 550,000 vehicles, including some Louisville-made Escapes

Ford Motor Co. issued two safety recalls for vehicles made in North America, including some Louisville-made Escapes. The issue involves shifter cable bushings in about 550,000 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles. In a statement, Ford said the bushing that attaches the cable to the transmission may detach, allowing the transmission to be in a gear that's different than the position selected by the driver. The faulty cable could result in unintended vehicle movement. Ford said it isn't aware of any injuries or accidents related to the faulty part. The recall covers: 2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 18, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015 2013-14 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013 Ford also is recalling about 160 2018 Ford stripped chassis incomplete vehicles with 22.5-inch wheels and 22,000-, 24,000- or 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating for front-wheel studs that were not heat treated properly. These vehicles were built at the Detroit Chassis Plant between June 13-22, 2018. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford operates two plants in Louisville. It builds Navigators, Expeditions and Super Duty F-Series trucks at the Kentucky Truck Plant and Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC at the Louisville Assembly Plant.

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07-19-2018 Politics
Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now

A federal judge in California has temporarily halted the deportation of immigrant families that have been reunited after being separated by the Trump administration. The order was issued Monday by Judge Dana Sabraw, the same judge who previously ordered the government to reunite the families. It comes as the Trump administration is scrambling to reunite roughly 2,550 immigrant children with their parents by the court-imposed deadline of July 26. What will happen to those families after reunification isn't clear. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, say they're concerned about rumors of "mass deportations" of families that have just been reunited — potentially leaving parents with just hours to make the "momentous decision" about whether to leave their children behind in the United States. In court papers filed Monday, the ACLU urged the the judge to prohibit the government from removing parents until at least 7 days after reunification. In response, Judge Sabraw ordered a temporary halt to deportations for one week. Lawyers for the Trump administration have until Monday, July 23 to reply to the ACLU's motion. "The judge once again made clear that the government unconstitutionally took these children away and now must do everything in its power to reunite them safely and by the deadline." said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, who has been arguing the case. The Trump administration says it has reunified all eligible children 4 years old and under. On Sunday, the government submitted a plan to reunify children between the ages of 5 and 17 ahead of next week's deadline. Judge Sabraw, who was appointed by George W. Bush, has been critical of the pace of reunifications. During a status conference Monday, the judge complained about the government's failure to use "common sense" to reunify children with their parents more quickly. But Sabraw said the new plan, crafted by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, "went a long way to addressing the court's concerns" about the reunification effort. The next status conference in the case is set for Friday, July 20.

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07-19-2018 Politics
Trump Reverses Tack on Election Meddling

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said he has “full faith” in U.S. intelligence services and accepts that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections, reversing course from his remarks alongside Vladimir Putin Monday after a barrage of criticism that he failed to stand up to the Russian president. Mr. Trump’s revision, given in remarks at the White House Tuesday, came after U.S. officials and some of the president’s closest allies voiced concern that the Helsinki summit—and several contentious days in Europe that preceded it—had put the administration on the defensive, created conflicts with fellow Republicans and illustrated the perils of the president’s off-the-cuff style. Mr. Trump expressed surprise at the backlash and said after reviewing the transcripts of the news conference he realized that he had misspoken during “a key sentence in my remarks.” Asked at Monday’s summit whom he believed—U.S. intelligence agencies or Mr. Putin—Mr. Trump said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, “came to me [and] said, they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia.” He then said, “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be.” Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that he had meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,” adding that the mistake “should have been obvious.” Even as he said he accepted U.S. officials’ finding that Russia interfered in the election, Mr. Trump repeated his assertion that there was no collusion with his campaign and said there “could be others too.” U.S. intelligence agencies haven’t implicated other foreign countries in the 2016 election meddling. Mr. Trump didn’t address other remarks he made in the Helsinki press conference, including calling the special counsel probe of Russian election interference a “disaster for our country” and declaring his “confidence in both parties,” referring to U.S. intelligence agencies and Mr. Putin. He also said “both countries had made some mistakes,” whereas U.S. officials had urged him to take a tough line on issues such as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s alleged role in the poisoning of a former spy in the U.K. ...

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07-19-2018 General
Terrifying details of Thai cave rescue revealed by divers

Divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave have revealed extraordinary details of the dangerous operation. A team of more than 150 worked together to free the group from Tham Luang cave, a 6-mile limestone cave system, in an operation that scared even the most seasoned professionals. New details of the rescue were revealed Monday night on Four Corners, an Australian television series, including how it was decided which of the 12 boys were rescued first. “It’s one of the most difficult and dangerous and risky things I’ve ever done, not in terms of my own personal safety, but in terms of the people I was responsible for,” British cave diver Jason Mallinson told the reporter. “I’ve never done anything as risky as that and I don’t think I ever will again. But it was the only option we had, and we took it.” Mallinson was a “recover diver” tasked with getting the children through some of the most dangerous flooded passageways, in water that was so murky there was sometimes no visibility. “The probability of success was about as low as you can get,” U.S. Mission Commander Major Charles Hodges said. “I was fully expecting that we would accept casualties. Maybe three, four, possibly five would die,” he added. For the dangerous three-hour long journey, each of the children was sedated to stop them from panicking. The rescue was so dangerous the Australian Government negotiated immunity from Thai authorities for any Australians involved in the sedation of the children in case anything went wrong. Expert cave divers Craig Challen and Richard “Harry” Harris have been hailed as Australian heroes for their pivotal roles in rescuing the Thai football team. ...

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07-19-2018 Science&Technology
Google Assistant gets more helpful

Google Assistant, the app that answers questions and helps you get things done, has been enhanced with an eye toward automatically putting your daily tasks front and center on your phone. Initially launched as a search feature that also allowed you to do things like make quick phone calls, send text messages, set reminders and more, the new features provide curated information based on the time of day, location and your recent interactions with the Assistant. Based on your calendar and itineraries, you’ll see travel times to your next destination. As you scroll down, you’ll see your agenda, reminders, restaurant or movie reservations, favorite stocks, upcoming bills, packages in transit and suggestions for new Actions to try. Google said that it’s planning upcoming new features for Assistant, including: Notes and lists from Google Keep,, Bring!, Todoist and others. A new discovery section to help you find nearby activities or points of interest. A map to show where you parked. Personalized recommendations for music and podcasts. There are also now over 1 million “actions” that enhance what Assistant can do, that range from playing music or videos from various sources, to controlling smart devices like thermostats and lights, interacting with news and other media sites and much more. Here’s a complete list of actions for Assistant. The new features are available on Android and iOS devices in all languages supported by the Google Assistant, accessible by tapping on the new icon in the top right corner of the screen after you’ve activated your Google Assistant. On an iOS device, the updates will display when you open the Google Assistant app. Assistant for Android devices is available in the Google store, and for iOS devices, it’s available in the Apple store.

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07-10-2018 Cars
Tesla Model S vs. Dodge Challenger Drag Race Ends With Expected Winner

The Tesla Model S and the Dodge Challenger found themselves on opposite sides of a drag race, and the expected winner easily won after the quarter mile. Tesla electric vehicles are no strangers to drag races, with the Tesla Model X beating the Lamborghini Aventador SV in a drag race last year while setting the quarter-mile record for SUVs. Does the Dodge Challenger have what it takes to beat the Tesla Model S? Tesla Model S vs. Dodge Challenger The Tesla Model S is a silent electric family sedan, while the Dodge Challenger is a loud muscle car. The two went up against each other in a drag race, which was captured on video by YouTube channel Wheels. In January 2015, the Tesla Model S went head-to-head with the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The electric vehicle handily beat the muscle car, with the Tesla Model S then setting a new world record for being the quickest and fastest production electric car. It appears that the Dodge Challenger driver forgot about that when he challenged the Tesla Model S to a drag race. For a moment, it even looked like the Dodge Challenger could pull off the upset. The video starts with the red Tesla Model S and the yellow Dodge Challenger rolling into their positions on the quarter-mile racing strip. When the race started, the Tesla Model S actually found itself behind due to a bad launch. The Dodge Challenger raced ahead of the Tesla Model S off the line, but in a matter of seconds, the electric vehicle caught up and overtook the muscle car. The Tesla Model S finished the quarter-mile run in just 10.96 seconds, while the Dodge Challenger, which looked like it suffered a misfire in the middle of the run, took 14.29 seconds to complete the race. Tesla Model S Problems Speed has never been the problem of the Tesla Model S, especially with the appropriately named Ludicrous Mode that allows the electric vehicle to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds. The Tesla Model S, however, has recently been involved in a series of accidents involving Autopilot, the company's semi-autonomous driving feature. In May, two separate incidents saw the Tesla Model S crash into the back of a firetruck in Utah and into a parked police SUV in California while Autopilot was engaged. However, for drivers who prefer to be in control of their vehicles, the Tesla Model S should satisfy their cravings for speed.

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07-09-2018 Politics
Judge insists timeline be met to reunite children at border

A judge insisted on Friday the Trump administration stick to a deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to share a list of the 101 children with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully sued to force the reunions, by Saturday afternoon. The two sides will try to determine over the weekend which cases merit a delay in an effort to present a unified front in court on Monday morning. "The government must reunite them," the judge said. "It must comply with the time frame unless there is an articulable reason." The administration said it needed more time to reunite 101 children under 5 years old to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships. "There's always going to be tension between a fast release and a safe release," said Sarah Fabian, a Justice Department attorney. The administration has matched 86 parents to 83 children and 16 are not yet matched, Fabian said. The deadline is July 10 for parents with children under 5 and July 26 for everyone else. More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May that the zero tolerance policy was in full effect, even if it meant splitting families. While parents were criminally prosecuted, children were placed in custody of the Health and Human Services Department. Trump reversed course on June 20 amid an international outcry from opponents who said families should remain together. On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said fewer than 3,000 children are believed to have been separated, but that includes kids who may have lost parents along the journey, not just parents who were detained at the border. If DNA testing is inconclusive, officials said in a court filing, they won't be able to confirm a child's parentage by the deadline. They will need more time to collect DNA samples or other evidence from parents who have been released from government custody. About half of the parents of the 101 children are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Others have left the country or were released, Fabian said. She said it has been more difficult to reunite children when parents are outside government custody. The judge, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, set the deadline last week, writing that the "situation has reached a crisis level" and that the "chaotic circumstances" were of the government's own making. ...

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07-09-2018 General
Thai cave rescue: Storm clouds pressure rescuers to get boys out

Mae Sai, Thailand (CNN)For the Buddhist monks who keep nightly vigil outside the cave where 12 young boys and their soccer coach remain trapped, the dry weather is a sign their prayers are working. Members of this tight-knit community in Mae Sai, northern Thailand, know that the return of seasonal monsoon rains will complicate any attempt to rescue the boys, who became stranded deep inside the tunnel network 14 days ago following a sudden flash flood. The Thai authorities know it too. Monsoon season typically lasts from July to October. During that time, water levels in Mae Sai, which sits nestled along Thailand's mountainous border with Myanmar, can rise rapidly, flooding farmland and cutting off entire villages. The Tham Luang Nang Non caves, where the boys are trapped, act as the town's natural drainage basin during this period of heavy rains. The boys and their 25-year-old coach are huddled together in a small chamber four kilometers (2.5 miles) inside of the cave network, with a limited supply of oxygen. To reach them, expert divers must carefully traverse jagged passageways, occasionally narrowing to the width of a person, forcing divers to remove their breathing tanks from their backs and enter like a pencil, taking extra care not to snag their wetsuit. The tunnels are pitch black. The water is muddy and cold. The whole journey can take up to six hours. For almost two weeks, authorities have been pumping water from the caves, 24 hours a day. Such is the volume of water extracted that entire nearby fields have been transformed into lakes. Such hopes have now vanished, replaced instead with a mounting sense of urgency. People at the large makeshift camp that now surrounds the caves liken the mood to that of a hostage situation. Dark clouds drift ominously overhead. Weather forecasters predict heavy rains throughout the coming week. The chamber in which the boys are located is no longer thought safe. Even if they are given enough food to wait out the rainy season, there is no guarantee that the ledge they are sitting on will not be submerged. There are no easy decisions. But with the flood waters expected to rise in the coming days, a decision will have to be made soon. "The teams there will have a tipping point where they have to make that call to bring them out. To leave them there would almost certainly result in them drowning," said one British mining engineer and experienced cave diver, who did not wish to be named due to the sensitivity of the subject. ...

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07-09-2018 Games
‘Warframe’ Coming to Nintendo Switch

“Warframe” is in development for the Nintendo Switch by the studio behind the Switch ports of “Doom,” “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus,” and “Rocket League.” The development by studio Panic Button was announced at TennoCon, the annual “Warframe” convention held by Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes, today. The cooperative free-to-play “Warframe” has more than 38 million registered players worldwide. The third-person online action game has players using the Warframe armor as the enigmatic Tenno, a race of ancient warriors wielding blade and gun, who are awakened from centuries of cryo-sleep by the Lotus to restore order throughout the Solar System. Warframe, which is already available on PS4, Windows PC, and Xboc One, features more than 35 Warframes, hundreds of weapons and thousands of customization options, the ability to upgrade weapons armor and items using a flexible mod system, and the ability to join clans, nurture pets, and explore massive new open worlds. It’s unclear how much of the game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch as a port or when that version will arrive. ...

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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