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Time replaces its logo for the first time in its history. Now, it says 'Vote'
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For the first time ever, Time magazine's logo will be replaced with an imperative -- "VOTE."

Hidden cameras and secret trackers reveal where Amazon returns end up
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It’s safe to say that online shoppers like the promise of easy — and even better, free — returns. But it may surprise consumers to learn what can actually happen to all those unwanted items. 

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show
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Court records in an arson case show that Google gave away data on people who searched for a specific address.

Big Tech Faces Ban From Favoring Own Services Under EU Rules
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Big tech firms could be banned from preferencing their own services in search rankings or exclusively pre-installing their own applications on devices, under new regulations planned by the European Union.

Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests
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About 500kg of cocaine, heroin and other drugs have been seized as well as guns.

Global banks defy U.S. crackdowns by serving oligarchs, criminals and terrorists - ICIJ
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The FinCEN Files show trillions in tainted dollars flow freely through major banks, swamping a broken enforcement system.

Inventor of waterproof fabric Gore-Tex dies aged 83
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Robert W. Gore's invention has been used in space suits, guitar strings and waterproof jackets.

'Venus is a Russian planet,' Russian space agency director says
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Russia's space agency has announced an independent national effort to explore Earth's twin after news there could be signs of life in the Venus' clouds.

U.S. Company Faces Backlash After Belarus Uses Its Tech to Block Internet
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Sandvine Inc., the U.S. company whose technology helped Belarus block much of the internet during a disputed presidential election last month, promotes its wares with a stark selling point: it can be used to “blacklist” as many as 150 million websites.

More advised to evacuate as El Dorado Fire, sparked during gender reveal party, grows to 11,259 acres
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A new evacuation warning was issued Tuesday night that ignited over the weekend as a result of a gender reveal mishap in the Yucaipa area. Officials say the El Dorado Fire had scorched 11,259 acres…

Drone drops hundreds of bags of cannabis in Tel Aviv
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The bags were dropped by the "green drone" Telegram group, which advocates for the legalization of cannabis in Israel, with "free love" being the group's slogan.

Honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells, Australian research finds
abc.net.au/news/2020-09-01/new-aus-… 
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Venom from honeybees is found to rapidly kill aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancer cells, according to potentially ground-breaking new Australian research, with hopes the discovery will lead to the development of a treatment for triple-negative breast cancer.

'Putin, have some tea': Russian city holds eighth anti-Kremlin protest
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Thousands turn out to protest against the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin's handling of the fallout from the arrest of Sergei Furgal, chanting slogans linking the Russian President to the suspected poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Coronavirus cases among students at University of Alabama climbs to more than 1,000
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Coronavirus cases are continuing to climb at the University of Alabama, with more than 1,000 students testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of on-campus

China fires 'aircraft-carrier killer' missile in warning to US
aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/china-fi… 
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Ballistic missiles launched in response to US aerial activities in a 'no-fly zone' during a Chinese naval drill.

Africa declared free of polio
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Nigeria is now rid of wild polio having had more than half of global cases less than 10 years ago.

Germany puts on crowded concerts to study Covid
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Scientists are using Saturday's three concerts to explore ways of holding mass indoor events safely.

First Covid-19 reinfection documented in Hong Kong, researchers say
statnews.com/2020/08/24/first-covid… 
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The case raises questions about the durability of immune protection from the coronavirus, though it remains unclear whether it's an outlier.

Fury erupts outside Buckingham Palace as enraged crowds scream 'paedophile' at gates
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An enraged crowd of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace and appeared to chant "paedophile" repeatedly...