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Police in New York and London Look Into Assault Allegations Against Weinstein – New York Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

Neither police statement named Mr. Weinstein, in line with British protocol. The British press, including the BBC, reported that he was the subject of the inquiry. In New York, the police are looking to interview the actress Lucia Evans, who told The New Yorker that Mr. Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the offices of Miramax (now the Weinstein Company) in TriBeCa in 2004. There is no statute of limitations…

What Did Trump’s Health Care Executive Order Do? – New York Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

Did any laws change? Not yet. The executive order has no force of law itself. It instead asked three federal agencies to consider possible new regulations that could help achieve certain goals. It is not clear what those rules will say. Generally, issuing new regulations takes several months, including a period of public comment. None of the proposed changes to regulation are specifically tied to Obamacare. But they would alter…

Las Vegas hotel owners dispute police timeline, say there was no gap between report of gunshots and massacre – Washington Post

Friday, October 13, 2017

The owners of the Las Vegas hotel where a gunman opened fire last week disputed on Thursday the police account of how part of the shooting unfolded, casting further doubt on what happened before and during the massacre. In the days since Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people at a country music festival and injuring hundreds more before shooting himself, mystery has surrounded…

Gunshots, a Cry of ‘Kill the Hostages,’ Then Freedom for Canadian-American Family – New York Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump praised the Pakistanis for their role in freeing the family. “This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan,” Mr. Trump said in a statement on Thursday. “The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region.” The family was at the American Embassy in Islamabad late Thursday, Tariq Azim Khan, a…

FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness – NPR

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A panel of experts has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve a treatment developed by Spark Therapeutics for a rare form of blindness. Spark Therapeutics hide caption toggle caption Spark Therapeutics A panel of experts has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve a treatment developed by Spark Therapeutics for a rare form of blindness. Spark Therapeutics Gene therapy, which has had a roller-coaster history of high…

Trump signs order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces – Washington Post

Thursday, October 12, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday intended to circumvent the Affordable Care Act by making it easier for individuals and small business to buy different types of health plans with lower prices but also fewer benefits and protections. The White House and allies portray the president’s move as wielding administrative powers to accomplish what congressional Republicans have failed to achieve: tearing down the law’s insurance marketplaces. The order…

San Juan mayor fires back at Trump: ‘Shame on you’ – The Hill

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, fired back at President Trump after he said the U.S. couldn’t keep FEMA, the military and first responders on the hurricane-ravaged island “forever.” “It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR,” Cruz tweeted Monday. “Shame on you!” “[Y]our comments about Puerto Rico are unbecoming of a Commander in…

Inside American Caitlan Coleman’s five-year ordeal as a Taliban prisoner – Washington Post

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It must have felt like such an exciting time: Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, were embarking on a six-month adventure through Central Asia. But their exuberant trip ended in a nightmare: In the fall of 2012, they were kidnapped by Taliban fighters. Over the next five years, relatives and friends could do little but pray for the couple’s well-being. Hope came in the form of short video clips released by…

California Wildfires Death Toll Rises to 26 as Vast Region Is Scorched – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fanned by warm, dry winds, the fires have grown so big, so fast, that the immediate goal fire officials set was not so much to stop the spread as to slow it, to channel it away from threatened cities and towns, and to save lives. Saving homes and businesses was secondary. The fires have killed at least 26 people in Northern California, Ken Pimlott, the chief of Cal Fire, the…

The sound in Havana: What Americans heard in Cuba attacks – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. But not quite. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: Some hear multiple, distinct tones colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana, part of the series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. The recording, released Thursday by…

The music I test headphones with – The Verge

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As The Verge’s resident headphones obsessive, I hear a few questions quite often: what are the best Bluetooth headphones, where can I find those $1,000 cans for less than $100, and what music do you use for testing in your reviews? The first question will be answered in an upcoming This is my next feature, the second is daft, and the third forms the subject of this article. The obvious…

How to keep your old videos, music, and photos safe forever – Popular Science

Thursday, October 12, 2017

VHS tapes We’re guessing you keep many of your old home movies and favorite childhood films on VHS tapes. To digitize this format, you need a device to play the videos, an adapter to output them, and a computer to capture them. If you don’t have a VHS player sitting around, borrow one from a friend or source a second-hand machine from a site like eBay. On the back of…

Kayn: A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound CD review – a cosmic achievement – The Guardian

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Twenty-two movements, 14 hours and 16 CDs worth of spangling cosmic sound play: this premiere release of the magnum opus by German composer Roland Kayn is a colossus and a marvel. Roland who? In a profession that glorifies big egos and fetishises the kind of creative genius that demands total control, Kayn went to more selfless extremes. He worked in the pioneering electronic studios of Germany and the Netherlands in…

London Sinfonietta review – an outstanding birthday celebration with bells and whistles – The Guardian

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nowadays, when there are ensembles that can bring specialist performing expertise to the music of almost every historical era, it’s hard to imagine how radical the idea of setting up a British orchestra specifically to play 20th-century works really was in Britain in the 1960s. But when the London Sinfonietta gave its first concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in January 1968, with a programme that included the world…

Trump: Relief Workers Can’t Stay in Puerto Rico Forever – New York Magazine

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Donald Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rican people. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency implored Puerto Ricans not to drink from wells at hazardous-waste sites, no matter how thirsty they might be. That piece of advice came amid reports that the island’s residents were searching Superfund sites for potable water. At present, more than one-third of Puerto Ricans lack access to clean drinking water. Only 16…

California wildfires: Calistoga evacuated amid blazes – BBC News

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Media captionCalifornia districts wiped out by wildfires California officials have ordered an entire city to evacuate as “conditions have worsened” in the wildfires that have killed 23 people. All residents of Calistoga were directed to leave the area on Wednesday evening, Napa County officials said. About 60 prison inmates have joined hard-pressed firefighters in battling the fast-moving blazes, the state fire chief says. Among the areas scorched by the 22…

American Woman and Family Held for 5 Years in Afghanistan Freed From Militants – New York Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In an unusual moment on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump appeared to telegraph the family’s impending release. “America is being respected again,” the president said during a speech on his tax plan in Harrisburg, Pa. “Something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news. And one of my generals came in, they said, you know, I have to tell you, a year ago…

The Health 202: Trump’s executive order has a history. And the government says it’s not all great. – Washington Post

Thursday, October 12, 2017

THE PROGNOSIS President Trump speaks during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Want to understand health policy? Get stories like this here. President Trump intends to sign an executive order this morning expanding association health plans. But 25 years ago, federal watchdogs concluded that such plans ripped off hundreds of thousands of Americans by refusing to pay their medical claims while violating…

US withdraws from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural organization, citing anti-Israel bias – Washington Post

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, citing financial reasons, as well as what it said was an anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, cultural and science organization. The decision to withdraw from UNESCO was announced Thursday morning by the State Department, which said the United States would remain involved as a nonmember observer state. The United States helped found UNESCO but has been at odds with the organization…

Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins – Variety

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Universal Music Group’s The Sound of Vinyl project is turning everyday into Record Store Day. Imagine a Tinder for LPs, with text-messaged recommendations that offer daily suggestions based on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order).  You can also text specific requests. The site, which had been in beta, launches today (Oct. 12). The Sound of Vinyl is a direct-to-consumer e-commerce, retail platform for commercially…