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Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

June 25, 2019

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prohibit makers of smart home speakers from saving or storing recordings without users’ explicit consent. The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, which cleared its first committee Wednesday, would also ban smart speaker device manufacturers from s...

Responding to college scandal, California lawmakers propose sweeping reforms

Responding to college scandal, California lawmakers propose sweeping reforms

April 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Reacting to widespread allegations of cheating in the college admissions process, California lawmakers Thursday proposed a sweeping package of bills aimed at closing loopholes that officials said gave the children of wealthy parents a side door into elite universities. The six measures would ba...

Think Trump can’t use emergency powers to build the border wall? Here’s why he could

Think Trump can’t use emergency powers to build the border wall? Here’s why he could

Special to the Viewpoint, Reporter

January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump intensified threats Thursday to invoke his “emergency powers” to build his border wall if Democrats don’t cooperate, saying his lawyers have looked into the matter and “they tell me 100 percent” he can. Critics have denounced the idea as abusive and un...

Northeast named one of the most affordable colleges in the country

Northeast named one of the most affordable colleges in the country

Special to the Viewpoint, Reporter

October 25, 2018

SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, has just unveiled their 2019 rankings on GuidetoOnlineSchools.com. The new best online colleges lists are the first to offer all-encompassing rankings of online colleges using up-to-date alumni salary data from PayScale and tu...

Big Peter Thiel donation shows he’s still with Trump

Big Peter Thiel donation shows he’s still with Trump

October 17, 2018

Tech billionaire investor Peter Thiel has again put his money where his mouth is: He’s still with Trump. With $250,000, Thiel was the biggest donor to the Trump Victory Committee in the most recent quarter, a new Federal Election Commission filing shows. The donation, dated July 10, appears to be the f...

College endowments hit record values — and maybe the ire of lawmakers

College endowments hit record values — and maybe the ire of lawmakers

October 17, 2018

NEW YORK — Harvard University’s $39.2 billion endowment has reached a record value. So did Yale. And Brown. And Dartmouth. As many wealthy U.S. universities report bulging assets and strong investment gains for the latest fiscal year, the timing isn’t ideal. Their fat coffers may draw the ire...

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

October 9, 2018

SEATTLE—The epiphany that mushrooms could help save the world’s ailing bee colonies struck Paul Stamets while he was in bed. “I love waking dreams,” he said. “It’s a time when you’re just coming back into consciousness.” Years ago, in 1984, Stamets had noticed a “continuous convoy of bees...

Apple to U.S. lawmakers: China did not hack us, as reported

Apple to U.S. lawmakers: China did not hack us, as reported

October 9, 2018

Apple is strongly denying to Congress an explosive report that its products have been compromised by the Chinese government. Apple’s top security officer told lawmakers the company has found no evidence of claims made in a report published last week. His response comes after the Department of Homeland Se...

The economy is booming. But are Americans ready for the next recession?

The economy is booming. But are Americans ready for the next recession?

October 2, 2018

Need a few thousand bucks? Get a loan fast online. Need a mortgage? Apply for one on your phone. Have questions for your bank? Chat with a robot instead of a teller. The way Americans interact with the financial system has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. And yet, for all the technologi...

University of Minnesota fraternity house death is under investigation

University of Minnesota fraternity house death is under investigation

September 25, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Police are investigating the death of a University of Minnesota sophomore found Wednesday morning in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house near the St. Paul campus. Police spokesman Steve Linders said authorities do not believe foul play was involved, nor do they believe it was caused by hazi...

GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate Lang Sias says he saw nothing at notorious sex party where dozens were assaulted

Special to the Viewpoint, Reporter

September 20, 2018

On Friday afternoon, the Colorado Sun published a story describing GOP Lieutenant Governor candidate Lang Sias's role in Tailhook, one of the most notorious military sexual assault scandals in U.S. history. According to records, Sias flew a taxpayer-funded combat jet to Las Vegas with his superior officer to attend the Tailhook conference, a notorious sex party where dozens of women and several men were assaulted -- many of them service members. Testimony and reports plac...

Is your avocado an illegal clone? Grower sues Miami competitor over trendy hot-seller

Is your avocado an illegal clone? Grower sues Miami competitor over trendy hot-seller

September 18, 2018

Deep in a lush remote valley in the Dominican Republic, the discovery of a single very special tree spawned a new species of avocado. Called the Carla, it has since emerged as a rock star of the avocado world, combining the buttery richness of the popular but small California-grown Hass with the prod...

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