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More Misconceptions about College
More Misconceptions about College

Now that we've all had a good airing of grievances about elite colleges and their attendant injustices, let's get some perspective.While the numbers of high-school graduates heading off to college have increased in recent years, the percentages graduating with a four-year degree have not increased much. Many students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college, drop out before receiving a degree. (They cannot drop out of student-loan payments, though.)Data from the Lumina Foundation show that among Americans aged 25-64, 52.4 percent have no more than a high-school diploma (though 15.4 percent of them attended college for a while). An additional 5.2 percent...

Facebook Stopped Bangladeshi Ad Farm Targeting Utah in Midterms

Political news in a Utah congressional district wasn't coming from inside the U.S. -- a mismatch Facebook had tuned its software algorithms to detect. A data scientist in the election-monitoring center at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, inspected the activity manually and discovered, at 11:47 a.m., that the source spreading the content was an ad farm in Bangladesh. The slides, viewed by Bloomberg News, show in detail how Facebook has improved its process for rooting out bad actors using tactics similar to those Russian operatives used in 2016.

New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims
New Zealand broadcasts Muslim call to prayer on day of mourning for mosque shooting victims

The Muslim call to prayer sounded out over Christchurch and around New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people killed by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people standing quietly at Hagley Park, in front of the Al Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed during Friday prayers last week. "New Zealand mourns with you. We are one," she said in a short speech, followed by two minutes of silence. Ms Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. The country is under heightened security alert since the attack,...

Pound up but still faces pressure after Brexit delay deal
Pound up but still faces pressure after Brexit delay deal

The pound rose Friday but was struggling to claw back its latest losses after the EU gave Britain a Brexit deadline extension, while equity markets were boosted by a positive lead from Wall Street. At a summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Theresa May was given until April 12 to push her divorce agreement through a fractious parliament next week. The sterling has come under pressure owing to the uncertainty in the past few days, falling to as low as $1.3004 Thursday, though it has recovered slightly and is still maintaining its position, helped by this week's dovish outlook on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

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Republicans' silence over Trump's attacks on McCain is truly shameful

The mealy-mouthed responses of the late senator's former colleagues demonstrates the extent to which Trump has recast the party in his own imageJohn McCain was brutalized in captivity in Vietnam for his sense of duty and honor. Photograph: ABC Photo Archives/Getty ImagesIn death as he was in life, John S McCain is an American patriot and hero, regardless of what Donald Trump may think or say. As the Vietnam war raged, McCain was held for five years as a prisoner of war at the so-called Hanoi Hilton. Rather than trade on his family's connections - his father and grandfather served as navy admirals - the young McCain elected to stay with his fellow prisoners, and was brutalized for his...

U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State
U.S.-backed Syrian force still battling Islamic State

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battled Islamic State militants holed up in the Baghouz area overnight, supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the SDF said, seeking to defeat the last pockets of jihadist resistance. The SDF has been battling for weeks to defeat Islamic State at the Baghouz enclave in southeastern Syria at the Iraqi border, all that remained of the territory the militants ruled, which once spanned a third of Syria and Iraq. While the U.S.-backed SDF has captured most of the area, Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF media office, told Reuters SDF fighters were clashing late on Thursday with IS militants in more than two positions where they were refusing to surrender.

American Airlines pilots expect to test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator
American Airlines pilots expect to test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator

American Airlines pilots expect to test Boeing Co's 737 MAX software fix on simulators this weekend, the pilots' union told Reuters on Thursday, a key step in restoring their confidence in the jet after two fatal crashes. Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October. Similarities between the flight path in the Lion Air incident and a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 have raised fresh questions about the system, and pilots want assurances that the update is solid.

After crashes, Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as option
After crashes, Boeing rolls out safety feature previously sold as option

Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system suspected in October's fatal crash in Indonesia, an industry source told AFP Thursday, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra. The development comes as the manufacturer struggles to cope with the fallout from both the Indonesia crash and another in Ethiopia this month, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans. Known as a "disagree light," this safety feature will become standard and is among the modifications the company will present to US authorities and clients in the...

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding
Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states.

Trump says US will recognize Israel
Trump says US will recognize Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights

* Israel captured Golan Heights from Syria after war in 1967 * Netanyahu responds on Twitter: 'Thank you President Trump!' * Follow today's US politics newsDonald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018. Trump said the Golan Heights were of 'critical strategic and security importance to the state of Israel and regional stability'. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesDonald Trump has announced that the US will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967, in a dramatic move likely to bolster Benjamin Netanyahu's hopes to win re-election, but which will also provoke international opposition.Previous US administrations have treated Golan Heights as...

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding
Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to certify that they protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding, White House officials said.

Why Amy Schumer, husband Chris Fischer wanted to speak about his autism spectrum disorder
Why Amy Schumer, husband Chris Fischer wanted to speak about his autism spectrum disorder

"I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma," Amy Schumer said as a guest on "Late Night" of husband Chris Fischer's autism.

US STOCKS-Tech powers Wall Street's recovery; banks reel under Fed's dovish stance

A tech rally led by Apple Inc pushed Wall Street's main indexes higher on Thursday, offseting losses in U.S. lenders after the Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates this year. In a big shift to their outlook, policymakers said the Fed's benchmark overnight interest rate was likely to remain at current levels at least through this year and flagged an expected slowdown in the economy.

Hells Angels, street gangs vow to defend mosques as New Zealand braces for Friday prayers
Hells Angels, street gangs vow to defend mosques as New Zealand braces for Friday prayers

Street gangs and motorcycle clubs cross New Zealand offered to protect mosques during Friday prayers, but a Muslim leader suggests they join prayers.

The Latest: Forecasters:
The Latest: Forecasters: 'historic' flooding could hit South

The Latest on the upcoming flood threat in the South (all times local):

Video shows 171 migrants crawling through hole under border fence in Yuma, Arizona
Video shows 171 migrants crawling through hole under border fence in Yuma, Arizona

Three buses from Guatemala drop off migrants at the border wall so they can enter the U.S. and be taken into custody; William La Jeunesse reports from the scene.

Teen Builds 150 Dog Beds for Utah Animal Shelter
Teen Builds 150 Dog Beds for Utah Animal Shelter

A Utah teen's love for animals is inspiring him to help shelter dogs in a unique way. Chance Call is in the process of constructing 150 beds for dogs of all sizes. He plans to donate them to the Davis County Animal Shelter.

Ignore the liberals who defend John McCain. They'd spit on his grave, too
Ignore the liberals who defend John McCain. They'd spit on his grave, too

Who cares what Donald Trump says about John McCain? It means nothing (especially from liberals who would have done the same thing).

Besieged May pleads with EU to help save her Brexit plan
Besieged May pleads with EU to help save her Brexit plan

A dogged but isolated Prime Minister Theresa May headed back to Brussels on Thursday to beg for more time to deliver her Brexit plan, but EU leaders are likely to refuse her request for a three-month postponement. Instead, as the 28 heads of government meet for their spring summit, they will tell her that if she can win over British lawmakers to back her withdrawal agreement next week, she can have until May 22 to get Britain's house in order. Time is tight, but there will be no final decision on a Brexit date in Brussels on Thursday, and May seemed only to have hurt her own efforts to persuade more MPs to back the withdrawal agreement when she blamed them for the impasse in an...

10 Things to Know for Today
10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Police, tradesmen rush to prepare ravaged mosque for Friday prayers
Police, tradesmen rush to prepare ravaged mosque for Friday prayers

New Zealand police and tradesmen are working intensively in the hope of readying the Al Noor mosque to hold Friday prayers, just a week after it was the centre of a racist shooting which left 50 dead. "Police have been working relentlessly, doing everything in our power to gather all appropriate evidence from what are active crime scenes so we can allow people to return to the mosques as quickly as possible," a police spokesman said, referring to Al Noor and a second mosque in Christchurch attacked by the gunman. An army of carpenters, glaziers, gardeners and carpet layers could be seen entering the Al Noor grounds Thursday and the police spokesman said they were trying to return the...

Chief of staff to Venezuela
Chief of staff to Venezuela's Guaido arrested

Venezuelan intelligence officers Thursday arrested the chief of staff of Juan Guaido, the opposition leader recognized by the US and other countries as interim leader, Guaido and the opposition-ruled congress said on Twitter. Roberto Marrero was grabbed by SEBIN officers when they staged a pre-dawn raid on his Caracas home, according to Guaido and a recorded voice message by Marrero published on social media. The United States has repeatedly warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government against arresting Guaido or his aides, and Washington's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly called for Marrero's release.

The Latest: Minnesota to help Nebraska flood fight
The Latest: Minnesota to help Nebraska flood fight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on Midwest flooding (all times local):

AP-NORC Poll: Most at least partly confident in Russia probe
AP-NORC Poll: Most at least partly confident in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the special counsel investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign winds down, a new poll finds that most Americans are at least moderately confident that Robert Mueller's probe has been fair and impartial.

Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire: Palestinian medics
Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire: Palestinian medics

A Palestinian was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday by what a Palestinian ambulance service said was Israeli army gunfire. The Israeli military said it was checking the report. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of its crews treated a man with two bullet wounds at an Israeli military roadblock near the city of Bethlehem and that Israeli forces had shot him.

The Latest: Trump attends re-election fundraiser in Ohio
The Latest: Trump attends re-election fundraiser in Ohio

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Ohio (all times local):

In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-Semitism
In Jerusalem, Pompeo takes a jab at US Democrats on anti-Semitism

Jerusalem (AFP) - Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo issued a thinly veiled jab at US Democrats over anti-Semitism on Wednesday, following controversial comments by a Muslim congresswoman over American support for Israel.

President Trump Complains McCain Family Never Thanked Him for Granting John McCain's Funeral Honors
President Trump Complains McCain Family Never Thanked Him for Granting John McCain's Funeral Honors

Trump continued his streak of bashing the late Senator and war hero

Trump says Mueller investigation report should be made public
Trump says Mueller investigation report should be made public

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on his campaign's possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election should be made public. With expectations rising that Mueller will wrap up his operation within weeks after having already charged six Trump associates and over two dozen Russians, Trump said that the secret report to be submitted to the Attorney General Bill Barr should be revealed to the public.

Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn
Kentucky Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Abortions Based on Unborn's Sex, Race, or Disabilities

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday signed a bill that bans abortions chosen on the basis of an unborn child's sex, race, or disability.A court filing in the U.S. District Court in Louisville indicated that the governor has signed the bill, which included an "emergency clause" stipulating that it would go into effect immediately.Physicians must now certify in writing that the patient did not request the abortion for a reason related to the baby's sex, race, or disabilities. Flouting the new law puts doctors at risk of losing their medical license or being prosecuted for a felony, although the mother of the unborn child would not be targeted.The American Civil Liberties Union...

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Beto O'Rourke reportedly asks voters to shape him into the candidate they want him to be

The Democrat candidate kicks off his presidential campaign focusing on sentiment over specifics.

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Don't leave home without this tiny Apple Watch travel charger, currently down to its lowest price

You would never travel without your Apple Watch, of course, but wouldn't you love it if you could travel without the Apple Watch's mile-long charging cable? Clip the 5% coupon on the Amazon page and use the exclusive coupon code BGRSAVING15 when you check out, and you'll get the UGREEN Apple Watch Travel Charger for an all-time low of just $32.79. This essential accessory is tiny enough to fit on a keychain and it has an MFi certified wireless charging disc just like the charger that came with your Apple Watch. Definitely pick one up before these sales end.Here's some additional information from the product page: * Apple MFi Certified: Built-in MFI certified (PPID: 219693-0102) magnetic...

New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack
New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.

Mississippi Senate OKs ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat
Mississippi Senate OKs ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi senators on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.

New Zealand attacks unite government on gun control. America stands divided.
New Zealand attacks unite government on gun control. America stands divided.

The Second Amendment, as Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, is 'not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever': Our view

Deadly floods in Midwest cause widespread damage
Deadly floods in Midwest cause widespread damage

More rain this week could worsen the already devastating floods in the Midwest that have killed at least four people, and inundated stretches of Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Could the Twitter Primary Cost Democrats the Oval Office?
Could the Twitter Primary Cost Democrats the Oval Office?

In my lifetime, I've never seen more presidential candidates advocate breaking more American constitutional, economic, and policy norms than I've seen from the Democratic field so far in 2019. When you assemble their proposals, it's breathtaking.End the Electoral College? Elizabeth Warren is for it, and Beto O'Rourke says there's "a lot of wisdom" in her proposal.Pack the Supreme Court?  Warren, Beto, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand are open to the idea.End the legislative filibuster? Harris and Warren are thinking about it.Remake the American economy with the Green New Deal? Virtually every significant Democratic presidential candidate is an enthusiastic yes.Sweep away the private...

Hate crime investigation into attack on Muslim woman walking in Brooklyn
Hate crime investigation into attack on Muslim woman walking in Brooklyn

A woman attacked simply because she wore a hijab is speaking out about the incident in Brooklyn.

Washington teen who shoved friend off bridge pleads guilty
Washington teen who shoved friend off bridge pleads guilty

A woman has pleaded guilty to pushing her 16-year-old friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver.

This Rare 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack Is Perfect
This Rare 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack Is Perfect

Lovingly restored by its owner of the past 25 years, this muscle car is 1 of 989 four-speed cars. The Dodge Challenger is a muscle car icon, and this rare model found on eBay is a shining example of what a well-looked after model can be. Appearing as fresh as the day it rolled out of the showroom, the Dodge in question is 1 of 989 T/A cars equipped with a four-speed transmission.

Vandals target WWII memorial in Boston
Vandals target WWII memorial in Boston

The South Boston community is outraged after an oily substance is left on the World War II monument.

Venezuelan Opposition Take Over Diplomatic Offices in the U.S.
Venezuelan Opposition Take Over Diplomatic Offices in the U.S.

Representatives of Venezuelan parliament leader Juan Guaidó took over three diplomatic buildings once used by Nicolás Maduro's government

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May's Brexit Stuck Between Brussels and Bercow

Ten days before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union, it looks like anything but. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow's intervention, citing precedent dating back to 1604, to rule out a repeat vote on May's already defeated departure deal leaves the prime minister exposed ahead of Thursday's EU summit in Brussels. Bercow, whose cries of "Orrdurrr! Orrdurrr!'' to calm rowdy lawmakers have gained him a devoted international following, is now the pivotal figure in the Brexit battle.

NZ returns first shooting dead after delay angers families
NZ returns first shooting dead after delay angers families

The bodies of six of the Christchurch massacre victims have been released to their families, New Zealand police said Tuesday, but they warned only a fraction of the 50 people killed had been fully identified, with the delay angering anguished relatives. Muslims whose loved ones were gunned down by an Australian white supremacist at two mosques last Friday have had their grief compounded by the failure of the authorities to return bodies to families in time for a speedy burial, as required under Islamic custom. Police in Christchurch said only 12 of the 50 victims had been identified, and appeared to warn next of kin to brace for further delays.

Ardern Says She Will Never Speak Christchurch Terrorist's Name
Ardern Says She Will Never Speak Christchurch Terrorist's Name

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name," Ardern told parliament Tuesday as lawmakers paid tribute to the victims of the massacre. Ardern has won plaudits for her handling of the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history, in particular the empathy she has shown to the country's Muslim community.

A week after Ethiopia crash, questions swirl around Boeing
A week after Ethiopia crash, questions swirl around Boeing

Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft are grounded across the world following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, casting a harsh spotlight on the plane's safety certification and the close relationship between Boeing and American authorities. On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed southeast of Addis Ababa, killing the 157 people on board. It was the second accident in five months for a 737 MAX aircraft, a product line meant to replace the 737 NG.

The Porsche Taycan EV Is Coming into Clearer Focus
The Porsche Taycan EV Is Coming into Clearer Focus

March Madness revenue is insane. So is soaring student debt. Time for March sanity?
March Madness revenue is insane. So is soaring student debt. Time for March sanity?

Our cultural and economic priorities are misaligned. Enjoy the games, but remember that colleges have a mission higher and broader than basketball.

Volunteers fly in to wash the dead in New Zealand
Volunteers fly in to wash the dead in New Zealand

Kamran Nasir was in a finance lecture in Australia when a gunman slaughtered 50 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Within hours he had joined a band of about 60 volunteers on their way to wash the dead victims, in the somber aftermath of New Zealand's worst modern mass shooting spree. "We got this text - they need volunteers," Nasir, 35, told Reuters.

Erin Foster posts her father
Erin Foster posts her father's joke about the college admissions scandal to Instagram

Erin Foster posts her father's joke about the college admissions scandal to Instagram, which says he'd be in prison if his daughter wanted to go to college.

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