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A U.S. Federal appeals court today threw out the murder conviction of former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten, who had been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Slatten and other former staff of military security contractor…

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This tiny little hedgehog appears to be sitting on a piece of bread. It’s actually a cloth cushion with a photorealistic print on the fabric, but the illusion is adorable. [Source: Instagram] Fifty-six retired U.S. generals, admirals and other senior officers today voiced opposition to President Donald Trump’s…

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Inside-out grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, please. [embedded content] [YouTube, circa 2010] To call Shopsin’s “a Greenwich Village institution” was to understate something profound and important and weird and funny: Shopsin’s (first a grocery store, later a restaurant) was a kind of secret reservoir of the…

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In 2015, U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring the communications of Russian agents overheard them talking “about meetings held outside the U.S. involving Russian government officials and Trump business associates or advisers.” That was before Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign began. The Wall Street Journal reports that “In light of…

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President Donald Trump today “offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Inc and General Electric Co and other business leaders,” reports Reuters. At the White House today, Trump met with venture…

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Executives from Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, and other Silicon Valley tech firms met with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner today, to talk about reducing government waste and improving information technology services. Trump administration officials in attendance included Mike Pence, Steve Mnuchin andWilbur Ross. Ivanka Trump participates in an…

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