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New report describes numerous security breaches at the Supreme Court

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Supreme Court justices have often used their personal email accounts in lieu of secure servers to transmit sensitive data about cases, according to a report from CNN published Saturday. The revelation is one of many breaches of security protocol at the court described by CNN. According to the report, unnamed Supreme Court justices would send sensitive emails about ongoing cases on their personal …

2nd Chinese balloon seen flying over Latin America, days after similar balloon seen in U.S.

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The Pentagon said Friday that a second suspected Chinese spy balloon had been observed over Latin America, just days after a similar balloon was first seen crossing the United States. News outlets in Costa Rica first reported that a balloon was seen flying along the country's western coast. Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder later confirmed to Politico that the Defense Department was "…

Arctic front brings life-threatening temperatures to Northeast

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A chilling arctic front is set to bring life-threatening winter weather and plummeting temperatures to the Northeast United States this weekend, sending residents scrambling to stay warm. The National Weather Service said in a memo Saturday morning that temperatures across the region "will be 10 to 30 degrees below average." A winter storm warning was placed in effect by the NWS for the Northeast…

Are zoos ethical?

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Zoos have been controversial for nearly as long as they've existed. Proponents argue the institutions are safe, controlled environments where the public can view and learn about wild animals. Opponents insist zoos are inhumane bastions for the animals they house. Who is right? Pro: Zoos are a key part of wildlife conservation Zoos are certainly controversial, but they "protect against a species g…

The fentanyl scourge

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Overdose deaths from the powerful, easy-to-produce drug have soared. How did this happen? Here's everything you need to know: How dangerous is fentanyl? Developed in 1960, the synthetic opioid is still used as a prescription painkiller through controlled-release patches, pills, lozenges, and sprays. But in its illicit form, it is purer, highly addictive, and often lethal. A narcotic 50 times more…

The rising price of true love

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Here are three of the week's top pieces of financial insight, gathered from around the web: Taking the mystery out of inheritance It's time for Baby Boomers to have an awkward talk with their children, said Alexis Leondis in Bloomberg . Over the next 20 years, wealthy Boomers will pass down $70 trillion in "the largest transfer of money in U.S. history," but surveys suggest nobody wants to talk a…

The Check-In: New rules for visiting the UK, securing your house while on vacation, and more

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Welcome to The Check-In, our weekend feature focusing on all things travel. Most travelers will soon have to fill out an online application to visit the UK As part of efforts to fully digitize its borders by 2025, the United Kingdom is launching the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system, which is expected to be up and running by the end of 2023. All foreign nationals will have to apply onl…

5 clever cartoons about Groundhog Day

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Purported Chinese spy balloon prompts hot air from pundits and politicians

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A specter is haunting America — the specter of communism. Or, perhaps more specifically, the specter of a purported "high-altitude surveillance balloon" Pentagon officials believe originated in China , which has been floating slowly eastward across the continental United States. Speaking at a Defense Department press conference on Friday, Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder confirmed the military is tracking th…

Matthew McConaughey starred in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days due to advice from a fortune teller

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Had Matthew McConaughey not bumped into a fortune teller on the streets of Los Angeles, he may never have said "alright alright alright" and starred in one of his biggest films. The actor has revealed he accepted an offer for his role in 2003's How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days after receiving advice from a fortune teller who approached him on Sunset Boulevard. McConaughey dropped the revelation in a …
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