Their view: Focusing on Facebook, Google’s monopoly misses point

The heads of four of the U.S.’s biggest technology companies — Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. — appeared before Congress last week to respond to criticism that they have too much market power. The hearing showed that lawmakers are beginning to understand what is and isn’t important when it comes to […]

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Venezuelan coalition opposed to Maduro rejects upcoming vote

By SCOTT SMITH CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A coalition of political parties in Venezuela led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó said Sunday that it won’t participate in upcoming congressional elections called by officials loyal to President Nicolás Maduro. A group of 27 opposition parties rejected the Dec. 6 election as “fraud.” The vote would determine control […]

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Leading Democratic VP contender Bass defends stance on Cuba

By BRIAN SLODYSKO WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, one of the top contenders to be Joe Biden’s running mate, on Sunday defended her past travel to Cuba and the sympathetic comments she made after the death of Fidel Castro, the dictator who ruled the communist country for decades. Bass said she was trying […]

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Searing heat will make COVID-19 racial disparities worse

By Teresa Wiltz WASHINGTON _ Scientists say the nation is experiencing another public health emergency that will further exacerbate the coronavirus crisis: extreme heat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the next three months will be hotter than normal for much of the country; 2020, it says, likely will rank as one of […]

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Finnish prime minister marries her long-time partner

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced Sunday that she has married her long-time partner, eight months after becoming the head of government. Marin, 34, that she married Markus Raikkonen on Saturday and posted a picture of the couple in their wedding outfits with a bunch of white flowers. Finland’s government said on […]

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Exploring Chinese Idioms: Watering Melon Fields

In China, there is a popular saying that goes like this: “Irrigating the neighboring state’s melon fields” or simply “Watering melon fields.” The idiom actually has nothing to do with agriculture or melons, rather, it is advice on using kindness to deal with malice. The saying originates from a conflict that took place in the […]

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LEADING OFF: Reds-Tigers debut MLB’s 7-inning doubleheaders

By The Associated Press A look at what’s happening in the majors today: LET’S PLAY 7! Shortened doubleheaders are about to make their Major League Baseball debut. At least that’s the plan. In this most unpredictable and unusual of seasons, perhaps we shouldn’t take anything for granted. The Detroit Tigers are set to host the […]

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Meet Sky Hawk, China’s Stealthy Drone

With drone technology advancing at a rapid pace, the defense departments of various countries are investing heavily in the tech. The probability of having an AI-driven swarm of thousands of UAVs that can strategize with each other and attack opponents based on real-time data is indeed an attractive proposition for countries. Inevitably, the Chinese too […]

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Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan recovers from coronavirus

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was discharged from a Mumbai hospital on Sunday after undergoing three weeks of treatment for the coronavirus. His actor son, Abhishek Bachchan, who is still in the Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital with the virus, said in a tweet that his father has tested negative and will rest […]

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