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Elon Musk says Tesla will build cars in Berlin

CNN - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:45
Less than three weeks after starting trial production of cars in China, Tesla has announced the location of its second factory outside the United States: Berlin, Germany.

Universities Cut Semester Short as Protests Roil Hong Kong

NY Times - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:38
There were severe public transit disruptions across the city, a day after demonstrators staged a fiery standoff against the police near a university.

Most grocery stores are struggling. These are bucking the trend

CNN - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:38
Traditional grocery stores in America are struggling. But some regional grocers are using local expertise to maintain their cult-like appeal.

What to Expect in the Trump Impeachment Inquiry’s Public Hearings

NY Times - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:35
William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine policy, are set to appear for joint testimony on Capitol Hill.

Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50

Ars - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:30

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Finding a gift for your most tech-savvy friends and family can be tough, especially with electronics getting more expensive as the years go by. While it may seem like the only electronics worth getting are those that exist outside of your budget, that's not actually the case. Plenty of tech gifts are available at affordable prices—the struggle is sorting through the junk to find the devices worth shelling out any amount of money for.

This is where we at Ars come in: we spend all year testing electronics, with prices spanning everything from "luxury" to "dirt-cheap." So recently, we poured through our notes to find some of the best tech gifts you can buy that are under $50. All of the devices listed below have been tested and verified for excellence or for personal use on a regular basis. Instead of shooting in the dark or overspending when it comes to tech gifts this year, consider the following devices that we know will make any recipient happy.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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The Cybersecurity 202: Arrested Iowa hackers spark alarm among security pros

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:25
‘Organizations that do this kind of work…are kind of freaking out,’ a CEO says

The Health 202: U.S. to lose thousands of health-care workers if ‘dreamers’ must leave

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:22
About 27,000 work in health-care provider and support occupations, a think tank says.

Living with range anxiety: Two weeks with the Jaguar I-Pace

Ars - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:15

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The Jaguar I-Pace is a brilliant car. The first battery electric vehicle from Jaguar-Land Rover, the I-Pace starts at about $70,000 and goes up from there.

My colleague, Ars Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin, drove the I-Pace when it launched and came away raving about it—and for good reason. Not only did it win the World Green Car award, but it also won World Car of the Year.

Jonathan covered the I-Pace in great detail, so I won't spend much time talking about the driving experience. But, put simply, the I-Pace is a blast to drive. It accelerates briskly, it's incredibly comfortable, sight lines are good, handling is impeccable, it's roomy for its size, it has some modest off-road skills, and Jaguar-Land Rover's infotainment system, Touch Duo Pro, is well-thought-out, even if slightly laggy at times. Beyond that, JLR fixed one of the major complaints Jonathan had about the I-Pace as it entered production: the regenerative-braking settings are no longer buried under layers of menus.

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The GOP's defense of Trump, annotated

CNN - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:15
• Fact check: GOP talking points full of untruths, Anderson Cooper finds • Opinion: Because of Trump, the suburbs are nearly gone for the GOP

How Small Habits Can Lead to Big Changes

NY Times - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:08
The power of taking microsteps.

ACLU and Michigan workers file sexual harassment suit against McDonald's

CNN - Wed, 2019-11-13 07:03
Days after Steve Easterbrook was fired as McDonald's CEO for engaging in what the company called a consensual relationship with an employee, workers filed a class action lawsuit against the company over sexual harassment.

‘The Hare With Amber Eyes’ Comes Home

NY Times - Wed, 2019-11-13 06:50
An exhibition in Vienna puts the figurine at the center of Edmund De Waal’s 2010 memoir on show, and tells the story of a family forced from their home by prejudice.

Tesla is walking into the lion's den

CNN - Wed, 2019-11-13 06:46
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A “mouse-deer,” seen once in the last century, has now been caught on film

Ars - Wed, 2019-11-13 06:45

Enlarge / Camera-trap photo of silver-backed chevrotain (Tragulus versicolor). (credit: SIE/GWC/Leibniz-IZW/NCNP)

Every time field biologist An Nguyen finds a mammal in the wild that he's never seen before, he adds a line to the tally count tattoo on his left wrist.

The silver-backed chevrotain, a tiny "mouse-deer" native to Vietnam, is a sighting significant for more than just Nguyen's personal tally. There has been only one confirmed record of the elusive mammal since 1910—a specimen obtained from a hunter in 1990—until Nguyen and his team set camera traps that recorded 280 sightings within nine months.

The news, reported this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution, is more than just confirmation that the silver-backed chevrotain is not yet extinct. It means that researchers can start studying it more comprehensively, trying to get a sense of how many are left and what kinds of protections it needs. And protecting the chevrotain also means protecting the less cute, but equally essential, species that share its habitat.

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Many angry at Mulvaney's 'incomprehensible' legal approach

CNN - Wed, 2019-11-13 06:44
• Fact check: GOP talking points full of untruths, Anderson Cooper finds

Redistricting activists brace for wall of inaction as battle moves to states

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-11-13 06:29
Activists say that trying to abolish partisan gerrymandering will probably be harder in parts of the country where conservative-leaning state courts are less receptive to such challenges.

Power Up: Democrats need a big moment in impeachment hearing today. Some worry it won’t happen.

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-11-13 06:23
“The onus is on us to wow some people this week,” an aide told Power Up.
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