263 Overturned Murder ConvictionsJust 16 New Suspects Charged

July 4, 2017

Ninety-two year-old Emma Crapser spent the last night of her life playing Bingo at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, about a half a mile from her Poughkeepsie, N.Y. apartment. Upon her return home, she was murdered, apparently in the course of an intended robbery. According to court documents, she had asphyxiated after being bound and gagged with five pieces of material [stuffed] down her throat–including a chisel-like instrument, cloth, and…

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The Billions at Stake in Britains Biggest-Ever Divorce

July 4, 2017

An extraordinary insight into the life of a couple widely regarded as among Britains most vulgar billionaires–Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt–was on public display this week, as the opening salvos in their mammoth 5.5bn ($7.1bn) divorce battle were fired in Londons family court. It has been widely reported that the divorce could result in Britains biggest ever settlement. Petra, the cherished eldest child of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire founder of…

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How the internet turned harmless prank videos into a terrible embarrassment

July 1, 2017

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE: SAMUEL CORUM/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES/YOUTUBE “It’s just a prank!” What started as a playful trend has turned into an embarrassment for the internet. It’s not “just” a prank anymore. Prank videos were once the darling of YouTube. But somewhere between the classic gags of surprising someone with an airhorn under their chair and the recent death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, who was shot in the chest during a…

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Microsoft’s mistakes show why Google needs to settle with the EU

July 1, 2017

Image: REX/Shutterstock The European Union (EU) hit Google this week with a huge fine for violating antitrust law in comparison shopping. Google is also currently under investigation by the EU for illegally tying the Android operating system with Google search, on monopolizing advertising, and a couple of other issuesin total five different antitrust investigations. Additionally, several countries, including India, Korea, Russia, and Brazil, are at various stages of investigations of…

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UK CO2 and energy costs ‘set to rise’ – BBC News

June 29, 2017

The CCC says the UK must shift much more swiftly towards electric cars to reduce carbon and tackle local air pollution. It also says a strategy is urgently needed to insulate millions of homes and create new forms of heating that don’t foul the air or crank up climate change. The report’s finding on home energy bills will surprise people amidst allegations of energy company profiteering and fears that many…

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MashTalk: What is Uber’s future without Travis Kalanick?

June 25, 2017

After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals. Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There’s the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There’s the Greyball program that…

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. A collection of framed Beatles record covers adorn the living room wall of the house where 25-year-old government contractor Reality Winner lived until late last week. One room is empty, save for a rug where she practices yoga, a book titled The Art of Peace and prayer beads. In her bedroom, a blanket with a giant picture of the Pokemon Pikachu is laid neatly on her bed. It…

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Trump is back from Europe and ready to scare us all on Twitter again

May 30, 2017

Image: christopher gordon/us navy/Getty Images Even though he was busy destroying postwar alliances and praising autocrats, it was nice to have President Trump away from the United States for a week, especially away from Twitter. Well, that time has ended. President Trump is back from Europe and back on his phone, with some of his most disturbing (yet properly spelled!) allegations yet. SEE ALSO: President Trump left TripAdvisor reviews for…

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Former Fox News exec Roger Ailes has died at 77

May 19, 2017

Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News who was forced out of that position in 2016 due to multiple sexual harassment allegations, has died at the age of 77. The Drudge Report was the first to report the story, sharing a statement from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. Breaking News: Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, his family announced. pic.twitter.com/AksPdNSZaI Fox News (@FoxNews) May 18, 2017…

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